I have quite fallen for Very catalogue (which was, when I was a young lass, called Argos Additions). Now, I realise that catalogue shopping is probably not the most sophisticated form of purchasing clothes... but seriously! They sell size 9 shoes. They have a menswear collection modelled by Steve Jones. They sell PPQ, for goodness sake! It's cyber-shopping heaven - like ASOS, only I can pay in three months time (like, when I'm not going on holiday in six days).
This is what I got:Love Label Claud ankle boots.
I am, in fact, far too tall to own a pair of platform four inch heel shoes, but how could I resist? A giant I may already be, but at least now I'll be a giant with epic boots (and yes, those are my legs! You may be fooled by the paleness of them into thinking that I am the walking dead, but no, that's just my palid natural ginger genes coming through).
POP PPQ skirt.
It's brown. It's ugly. It's something a 1940's schoolgirl would have been forced to wear during the war. I HAD TO HAVE IT. (The skirt arrived creased, though, thus the snazzy website photo and not a slightly blurred one of me and my pasty northern pins).
POP PPQ dress.
Whilst I have been quite literally gagging for this dress ever since I first saw it, depressingly by the time I decided to actually buy it, they only had a size 18 left. I'm a 12. But I bought it anyway, with the intention of modifying it using my trusty sewing machine. (Also, it was on sale - which means necessary).
I then moved on to Amazon, which was a mistake of the greatest proportion. I cannot visit that website without buying something, anything. I must admit that this time I got slightly carried away with the offers of free P&P and the fact that oh my gosh if you get this book second hand it only costs 57p!
So this what I have been reading the past few days:
The Informers - Bret Easton Ellis (re-reading for my dissertation)
The Andy Warhol Diaries - Andy Warhol. I have an obsession with Andy and have done since I was about 9 or 10.
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk. It is ridiculous to think that I have never read this before, but I know the film off by heart, so it isn't especially new to me.
2666 - Roberto Bolano. Recommended by Bret Easton Ellis. I'm halfway through. It's intensely good.
Play It As It Lays - Joan Didion. Another Bret recommendation. It's lovely to me to see what he was reading as he developed his own style of writing.
Rome and Prague guide books. For information purposes only.
Finally, I received the absolute sweetest gift in the post today, from my beautiful friend and soulmate Gregory Tehern, who is currently away, studying physics on an extended exchange trip. I haven't seen him for slightly over a year, which sounds like a very long time (and feels it, too).
The letter reads Je t'aime.