Monday, 29 December 2014



So this is really just a little quicky to say I hope you all had a fab Christmas. I planned to take a whole bunch if photos for a big Christmas day post, but alas I had a migraine Christmas day, probably due to the excitement of getting up at 6 to find 'he' had been!! So I spent most of the day drinking water and cuddling my Nan. Saying that, I managed to keep my headache at bay and still had a lovely day. As you may know, as well as starting my illustration business I also work in retail. Christmas in retail is silly. Although I was lucky enough to have 4 days off after Christmas eve, and I'm also luckier than one of my best friends is my supervisor, so she was with me powering though right up to the big day.
I'm just waffling now really... the gist of this post is I hope you had a nice time, and I did have a nice time.


Friday, 19 December 2014


If you know me, or read my blog you will know that I am a HA-UGE Asos fan. So when my weary little eyes clapped sight of that big red 'Sale' banner on the website I was nearly a little bit sick with excitement. Saying that, being so near to Christmas I am lacking in funds to buy all the things I desire, so instead I have done the only other thing I know how to do... make a wish list.
I definitely that camel cardigan though!... and maybe the boots, and bag to...and scarf as well probably. I also really like the top.
Send help.

Thursday, 18 December 2014


Faux Leather Pencil Skirt - c/o Glamorous.
Black Duster Coat - c/o Glamorous.
Cream Dipped Hem Top - c/o Glamorous.
Boots - Asos
Bag - Vero Moda
So I have teamed up with to style some party wear from their fabulous selection. To  be honest, I am not one for 'party wear'. I am most comfortable in a pair of skinny jeans, an oversized tee and a boyfriend coat, even if I go out I tend to dress down rather than up. So this was a slight challenge, but they have so many lovely pieces to pick from, I ended up finding it easy. I opted for monochrome, as I always think it's quite chic... and teamed with red lips & nails to fit the season. and add a pop of colour I also threw a bit of leather in for good measure, and finished off with a black light weight duster. I actually have the Glamorous duster coats in black, cream & navy now, I just love them! I am keeping my eyes peeled for a stone colour when it comes to spring.
It's also worth mentioning the amazing competition that Glamorous are running at the moment.
Not only do they have 30% off everything with the code that you can find on the website here, but your order will come with a secret Santa gift, as mine did...
Your gift will come in this beautiful box (which I promptly Instagramed with excitement!)  & it will have a special card in with the details for you to enter to be in with a chance to win £500 to spend. Amazeballs.
I'd love to see your entries,& how you've styled your gifts, so please do send me your links!
... & if I don't speak to you before, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Saturday, 13 December 2014


So this is going to sound like the queerest thing I've ever said, but when it comes to Christmas, believe it or not, I'm not that bothered about presents! I love Christmas shopping for other people, but most of all, I love all the simple things about Christmas. My brother arriving home, Mulled wine on Christmas eve, eating Christmas dinner with funny hats on, getting up an 6am to open my stocking (yes I do still do that), watching a random movie whilst nearly popping on Christmas night, & eating sticky toffee pudding with my cousins on boxing day are a few of my favourite things. However, we all know I love a good wish list. So this is my 'I wouldn't mind if any if these turned up in my stocking, but actually I don't mind either way' list. Catchy.

Friday, 12 December 2014


Topshop Crinkle Print High Neck Top

I just love these River Island boots!
They a bit more than I would normally spend on a boot, but I think they're absolutely worth it. They're such nice quality and fit, and have a good heel height for everyday. I'm a big fan of pony effect leather to, so when I saw these bad boys I had to order them. I would advise to go a size down if you're thinking of buying a pair, as i'm normally a 5/6 but the 6 were like flippers on me. They also come in burgundy if you're after something a bit different from black, which I would obviously buy to if I could have my way! 

Over & Out 

Monday, 8 December 2014


I must admit, I am not a massive heels fan, I much prefer a small block heeled boot. I don't know if it's due to me being such a clumsy dumb ass, or if I generally don't like the look as much... (Probably the first one.) Also, I am not really a New Look shopper. So when I saw these beauties on Asos & found myself adding them to my basket, I was a bit surprised with myself. I'm even more surprised at the lovely quality & comfort of them! They're a real winner for me.
 When I wear them out this is the sort of thing I will wear them with. I very rarely wear heels with dresses, I don't really like to get my legs out so trousers are the best option for me. I like to dress slightly down if i'm wearing heeled sandals. 

So the moral of this story is buy these heels! For £27 you can't go wrong & I think they will be a good pair of shoes to pull out the wardrobe when all else fails!



Saturday, 6 December 2014


Falling in love with boots | Illustrating my tribute to Oscar De La Renta | Finding this guilty please in H&M | Painting lace lingerie | Making friends | Eating way too many mince pies | Painting my nails festive reds | Saying goodbye to friends | Falling in love with heels
To catch up with me between posts you can follow me on Instagram @HELEN_HIRD


Monday, 1 December 2014


Vero Moda Faux Fur Coat | Vero Moda Joggers | Topshop Tee | Nike Trainers 

I have been a bit of a poorly pudding lately. It's been one thing after the other since October, & I even missed my work Christmas party this weekend. Bad times! So I have very much been going for comfort over style, in jersey joggers & oversized tees. I also dug out my favourite faux fur Vero Moda coat which is like a big hug in coat form. I think it's the warmest thing I own to, so it's pretty much my best friend at the moment. 
Hopefully I will be back on top form in time for Christmas!

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