3 March 2012

The Only Way Is Hebburn

Hey everyone,

I am a big advocate of "making it work" - especially wearing outfits worn not specifically in the way they were originally designed.
During a spot of outlet shopping I spotted the "cardigan" in the window of a Pilot.
(Remember them? Funnily enough there are still three branches open around where I live...)
It's actually a crop top, with a zip at the back.

I had a lightbulb moment - what if I wore it back-to-front, would it work as a crop cardigan?
Take a look:

DRESS: Next.
BAG: Matalan.
SHADES: Marc Jacobs.
BELT: Dorothy Perkins.
HAIRBAND: Primark.
NECKLACE: River Island.
SHOES: Office.
POINT OF FASHION: Yet more clashing prints and making it work.

The dress is yet another Next sale find - and actually this one in a different colour
It's incredibly rare I buy the same dress in different colours, but for £15 a pop they were wee bargains, so I couldn't resist!

The rest of the outfit was quite cheap too. 

I've been after a royal blue bag for quite a while - I lust over Leanne's version from Primark whenever she posts about it! This is currently in Matalan for an almighty...£6!

My shoes were a present two Christmases ago - but I originally found them in the Office sale for just £10. Hmmm, perhaps shiny red lips on patent black pumps aren't to everyone's taste. 
I can't see why not, though.

(Gahhh stupid sun always makes tights look scraggy!)

I don't know about the rest of the country, but the North East has had some lovely sunny days this week - not quite warm enough for Italian Catholic Mother to whip out the patio furniture and parasol (it should be noted I live in a terraced house so we only have a small back yard but that doesn't bother us. We like to have Pimms and nibbles and pretend we're middle class) but sunny enough to wear sunnies and today was what I call "cardigan weather" - where there's a slight chilly breeze in the air, but not enough to warrant wearing a coat.

This is one of my favourite times of year when the sun is just starting to shine again, and people find themselves in beer gardens after work and on weekends after months of them being closed for being ice hazards. 

But speaking of the North East - I was excited to hear about a new show being commissioned by the BBC all about the sunny town of Hebburn, the little town I live in! Not Newcastle, not even South Shields or Sunderland...Hebburn! Fame at last! 

It's being written by comedian Jason Cook who is originally from around here, so I hope they show some local landmarks, such as:
Hebburn Diner, the Ethel Austin (Yes, we still have one! Jealous?), Hebburn 'Hopping' Centre (someone nicked the 'S' from 'Shopping' in the mid-90s and it's never been replaced) and Fountain Park which doesn't even have a fountain anymore, but no-one can be bothered to change the name.

If you're still interested, type "Hebburn" into Google Images and this is the very accurate first image that comes up:

Ahhhh, one must be proud of one's roots.

Finally, I leave you lucky lucky people with a vlog.
I recently hit over 1,600 followers which is awesome - I really am so grateful that so many of you enjoy reading my ramblings.

But it's been quite a while since I've posted a video so if you're a newbie or an oldie - this is me, ta-dah!
I chose the 13 question tag that has been bouncing around teh interwebz for a while now:

1. What do you order at Starbucks?
2. What's one thing in your closet that you cannot live without?
3. What's one thing that most people probably wouldn't know about you?
4. Name one thing that you want to do before you die
5. What's one food that you cannot live without?
6. What quote/phrase do you live your life by?
7. What do you like and dislike about the YT community?
8. What's your number one most listened to song on iTunes?
9. What kind of style would you define yourself as having?
10. Favorite number
11. Two hobbies
12. Two pet peeves
13. Guilty Pleasure

Please be aware that I had waaaaaay too much coffee before filming this so I bounce all over the place.

I think the thumbnail says it all though.
*Le sigh*

Muchos love,


  1. Love your style Carla - look forward to that show about Hebburn and Let's hope they call it The Only Way is Hebburn! haha xXx

  2. It looks fab as a cardigan and I love those shoes :) xx

  3. Lol the New Town!!!! Only place I know with a catholic club at one end and an Orange Lodge at the other end! (Well outside of Glasgow that is)
    Not been there in years - though I do remember marthas, claps, Dougies ( ok it was Jarra) adn the other two pubs on the way to the Hebburn Buffs! Ahh TV series lol Anticipation!!! said in my best Tim Curry impression ala Frank.

  4. Hebburn is a place on Earth lol

  5. I'M HOLDING MY HAND HEART TO THE SCREEN. :D twinz fo lyfe x

  6. Love this outfit, the prints and accessories are gorgeous :-)

  7. i BLOODY LOVE you for your answer to question 12!

  8. I've lived in Newcastle for 13 years and I've NEVER been to Hebburn!
    Love your vlog.
    "Nose orgasim" XD.


  9. LOOOOLLL your video! you're so jumpy and cute :)

  10. Only you could pull off leopard and floral! You look great!

  11. :)what a great idea! It makes a great cardigan. Love that dress too!


  12. Great post :) Yay for little places becoming famous, especially if it is for it's 'hopping' centres and non-fountain squares. Sounds cool to me!

    Also, love what you have done with the little top/cardi thing. Definitely works xx

  13. look at your shoes!!!!

    Love, Ylenia | Longuette

  14. I love you, absolutely bloody gorgeous!

    Maria xxx

  15. Love the outfit! That dress is gorgeous! <3

  16. I pretty much love your entire outfit, the dress is such a lovely pattern and such lovely colors, I also love the blue bag and those shoes! I watched the video and omg you are too funny, cheese is pretty awesome, I must say.


  17. ...your shoes are LOVELY!!! I was looking for something like that!

    I'd like to invite your and your readers to enter the giveaway on my blog: an italian designer is givin to a lucky reader the chance to win a lovely pair of handmade tights!

    Please, feel free to visit and tell me if you like it!


    xo, Lara

  18. Haha, your pet peeve/seething face actually made me LOL! Great blog :)

  19. Personally, I love your shoes, but this is coming from a girl that has 2 pairs of shoes with big hearts on them :) xx

  20. I can stop loving the dress!!

    I cant find it in Spain :(

    Great job!