Sunday, 4 August 2013

Ain't Laurent (Without Yves)

T-shirt: Reason via ASOS here
Shorts: Topshop
Cowboy boots: Topshop 
Cuff: Mulberry
Watch: Michael Kors
Bag: 'Del Rey' Mulberry

Meard Street is my favourite street in London and by far the prettiest in Soho. It's perfect for snapping photos for the blog.

Today was the debut of my new cowboy boots. My next step is a country music record deal.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The King's Canary

Last Thursday I had a plan for a great night in with one of my best friends, Josh. We were going to cook a delicious meal, watch a movie and have a sleepover. As we were strolling through Fitzrovia, we noticed a crowd of people in the hair salon beneath his flat. And I noticed that there was champagne. Our plan for a quiet night in was soon scuppered as we were ushered in for a drink by Stan and his lovely wife who were celebrating the opening of their awesome new hair salon, The King's Canary.

The King's Canary is the brain child of Stan and his business partner, Gavin, who have set up shop in the heart of the West End. The lovely thing about TKC is the interior; it's a huge white, minimal space with great big windows. You really don't feel like you're in a hair salon.

A few flutes of champagne later, we were somewhat tipsy and I found myself booking in for a cut and blow dry. Getting potential customers drunk is definitely a savvy sales ploy from the guys down at The King's Canary. After taking the party to the local pub and devouring a Dominos, we waved our goodbyes and Stan promised my hair would look Victoria's Secret catwalk-worthy once he was finished with it.

Saturday morning arrived and I strolled down Great Titchfield Street feeling slightly hungover from the night before. I was greeted by a smiley Stan and a large glass of champagne (I sensed a theme here) before he went to work on my tresses.

Now I'm not the kinda high-maintenance gal who gets a weekly blow dry that breaks the piggy bank, but I do love big hair. And big hair is Stan's specialty. I could not have been happier with the finished product.

Skirt & Tee - Zara
Necklace - Tatty Devine
Haircut - The King's Canary

Now this isnt just a blog post for the ladies. TKC also caters for you fellas. What's more, they've got a man-cave area towards the back of the salon complete with cigars and other macho, manly things. And you'll have the pleasure of Stan and Gavin's sarcastic wit and banter whilst you're there.


I cannot recommend The King's Canary enough. Thier price list is cheap in comparison to other West End hair salons (I bagged a 25% discount, but even without this a cut and blow won't melt your plastic) and the atmosphere is a million miles away from the stuck-up and pretentious vibe you feel in some central London salons. Think Shoreditch meets the West End and that's The King's Canary.

Click here to visit the website, book online or peruse the price list.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Office Attire

Since beginning my job as a trainee solicitor (lawyer for my American readers), my Instagram has been full of requests for a work wear post.  However, I don't usually take much care with regards to snapping what I'm wearing during the week - a quick Instagram shot in my lounge mirror (usually with my washing hung up in the background) is as close as I'm going to get to a post on this, so here goes!  It's not all glitz and glam in the big city ;)

The majority of my work wardrobe consists of dresses. I adore fitted dresses for work. If you do too and you work in an office environment be sure that they're not too short and not too low.  Zara is my go-to for these kind of work-appropriate dresses. They are cool but classy. Hobbs and Reiss also have some beautiful work dresses too, albeit at a slightly higher cost.

In fact, Zara is my go to for most of my work attire which is probably why I don't blog about each outfit individually; you'd all be sick of me harping on about Zara the whole time!

My next stop when a dress just isn't cutting it for my mood are cigarette pants with a matching blazer and tailored shirt . Zara, once again, come up trumps for these kinda suits. The thing I loved about my suit (pictured above) was that it wasn't dark blue or black but a lovely, summery light grey. The beauty of Zara is they usually do both a skirt and trousers to match a suit jacket so you can double up!

My work shoes range from M&S and Louboutin, to (you guessed it) Zara. However, my pet hate is the kitten heel so I make sure they have a proper heel whilst still being comfy and durable. Who says form and function can't go hand in hand?

My work wear crush is Rachel Zane from 'Suits' (if you don't watch it, do). Every outfit she wears on set in her law firm is killer; shame we can't all have a stylist while we're roaming around the office huh?

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Guess who's back...


Coat: Zara
Jumper: Forever 21
Jeans: Hollister
Cowboy boots: Topshop (similar here)
Beanie: Urban Outfitters (similar here)
Bag: Prada

It's been a long time since I came around, it's been a long time but I'm back in town.

I wish I could blame my hiatus on internet firewalls in China. Sadly my trip to see the American Boy finished a good few months ago so that excuse isn't going to run.

However, I'm back and ready to dust the cobwebs off Not So Basic.

 The American Boy and I escaped rural Jinjiang and headed to a freezing Shanghai for Chinese New Year. We had the most fantastic time in a beautiful city and I maaaaay have reworked the lyrics to Rihanna's Diamonds along the lines of 'we're beautiful like tourists in Shanghai...' 

Lyrical genius? Who, me?!

Also, check out Shanghai skyline...not a bad way to see in Chinese New Year...

Monday, 7 January 2013

Peep Show

Jacket: American Apparel (same style, different colour available in the sale here)
Disco Pants: American Apparel (available here)
Leotard: American Apparel
Handbag: Mulberry 'Del Rey' (available here)
Boots: Zara
Watch: Michael Kors (available here)

HAPPY NEW YEAR people! I hope you all had a relaxing festive season. I'm writing from the deepest, darkest depths of my boudoir as I'm currently struck down with the flu and have been doing nothing but blog stalking and watching back-to-back episodes of Breaking Bad for the last 3 days.

This outfit post is rather overdue. My bessie Rose over at The Londoner snapped these shots when her and I were out on a pizza hunting mission in Soho a while back, but somehow they have evaded the blog. 

I think this may be the first time my disco pants have appeared on NSB, which is in no way a true reflection of how much I wear them in reality. I bought these bad boys 3 years ago, back when they were a semi-reasonable price as nobody had jumped on the disco pant bandwagon yet. They are one of my wardrobe staples; they hide a multitude of sins and can easily be dressed up or down. What more does a gal need?!

Friday, 28 December 2012


Goofing about

Beanie: Topshop
Bag: Mulberry (get my faaaaavourite bag here)
Jacket: Topshop
Jumper: Topshop 
Shorts: Topshop (similar here)
Boots: Zara

Winter has brought out my beanie fetish, much to the dismay of my gay best friend. Beanie fiends; Rockit vintage boutique in Covent Garden has a huge array of beanies. My neon number is from Topshop but for some reason, they don't have it online. However, they have every other colour here.

I hope you all got spoilt this post to come on my prezzies! I was one lucky lady!

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Redbury at Hollywood and Vine

Finally getting the hang of the turntable

Top: H&M
Shorts: Levi's (similar here)
Bag: Mulberry 'Del Rey' here
Boots: Topshop (similar here)

Old Hollywood glamour with a rock and roll edge is a clothing style I like to embrace. Think Lana Del Rey meets Nancy Sinatra or Jaimie King meets Monroe. There's just something special about that Old Hollywood vibe. So when I stepped into The Redbury Hotel in Hollywood last month, it was love at first sight; old school Hollywood opulence with just the right amount of modern cool. This is a hotel that knows how to dress so I knew I must blog about it. 

Thanks to Twitter, someone answered my plea for 'cool but affordable boutique hotels in LA' by suggesting The Redbury and rather than plump for the obvious Chateau Marmont or The Standard, the American Boy and I decided The Redbury was for us.

We decided to take full advantage of what The Redbury had to offer and checked out their super fun restaurant, 'Cleo', where the cool kids in Hollywood like to hang. Tapas style dishes, pumped up music and a killer Grey Goose martini meant that Cleo was never lacking in atmosphere.

Just a short walk upstairs is The Library. Rather than kicking back with a good book, you'll instead be entertained with a cocktail or five and the chance to hang out on the amazing roof terrace. I likened the vibe of The Library to that of any similar Hollywood haunt: young, fun and lively. And there was music which made us want to dance our socks off. But the best thing?....knowing our bed was a mere lift ride away!

I cannot recommend The Redbury enough and the American Boy and I have already decided we're spending another night or two there when I next head back to Cali.