Outfit of the Day: Sub Fusc…

Today, it begins. I have 4 and a half hours of exams – yep, Finals have begun. This is what I’ll be wearing for the next 18 days…

So, at Oxford, they don’t let you sit your exams in normal clothes, oh no. You have to wear what is called ‘sub fusc’, which is essentially white shirt, black skirt/trousers, and your ‘gown’, which is a sort of silly swooshy thing not at all like a Harry Potter robe (unless you jump through some academic hoops to get a cool one).

Sub fusc is usually hot and uncomfortable, and no one looks their best in it… Especially me!

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I’ve Been Away For A While…

Once again, my blog has fallen to the mighty gods of Doing My Degree, and I’m sorry. I’ve been working on my thesis, and that doesn’t leave too much time for writing even more words, even if it’s about something fun (plus my library outfits haven’t been nearly so chic as usual!). I’m back now, and should be on schedule to post something every day again!

As a peace offering, please accept this fabulous picture of me as a thesis-defeating Disney Princess, done by my wonderful friend Claire, who has a super-cute webcomic, Bittersweet Sepia. You should all go show her some love!


Regular posting should resume from tomorrow – is there anything in particular you’d like to see?

Asha x


December Empties!

Well, the end of the month snuck up on me, rather! It’s time for empties again. Since my most recent post was in the middle of December, I don’t have too much to show you, but I should get back into a proper monthly timeframe, so I’m wrapping up the year with the last of my 2013 empties.

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My Favourite Autumn Scarves


I love that bit of autumn where it’s starting to get cold enough for layering, but not so cold that you need to wear an entire sheep’s worth of gloves, hats and scarves. I think that a trench coat with a floaty scarf is such a stylish look! So here’s which light autumn scarves are my favourites this year!


My first scarf is a gorgeous raspberry pink with a cherry blossom and bird pattern (the same as this vest top which I wore all summer!). It comes from Oasis and is still available if you want to check it out. I love it – it goes perfectly with my autumn satchel.


This next scarf I picked up in a little shop in Hay on Wye, so I’m afraid it’s not one I can link you to… It’s a really pretty lavender-grey with an intricate turquoise swirl design, and it’s ever so soft!


This cute little thing is more fun than stylish. It was from Primark last year, and cost all of about £3 – they might have some similar styles this year, but you’ll have to pop in to find out. It is absolutely huge, and I have to do a fair bit of folding to stop it poofing out all round my neck, but it’s good for slightly colder days!


And lastly, this scarf is a little thinner and shorter than the others, but it still keeps my neck warm! I absolutely love the deep, rich colours of the florals, which take it nicely into autumn despite being a summery pattern. The best thing about this one was that it was only 50p in a charity shop!

Is a lightweight scarf something you can get behind in autumn? Let me know what you think of my picks!

Asha x


New (Look) Satchel!

Is anyone else kind of glad that autumn’s crashed in? Autumn is definitely my favourite season to dress for – burgundys, dark greens, teals, browns and greys can creep back into my wardrobe, and so can my amazing collection of boots and scarves! I’ve been longing to put the floaty bird-print things back in the cupboard and return to damask, suede, wool and other heavier prints and fabrics…

Autumn also brings the start of term (although not for another month), and while returning to Oxford doesn’t have the same sort of stationery-fuelled Back To School madness, it does awaken some sort of primal school-start longing for satchels in my heart. I don’t know why. I didn’t ever have a satchel for school!

Today, the combined powers of burgundy, baroque and satchels overcame me, and I just had to bring this little beauty home:



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A Very Special Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter my JewelCandle, Lush and Revlon birthday giveaway! 😀

The Oxford Owl

I did it! I reached 250 followers! I completely missed gaining 200 followers while I was out of the country, so I thought I’d hold on for the big 2-5-0 to celebrate, and you beautiful people did it just in time for another amazing milestone: my one year blog anniversary 😀

Happy birthday to me!

party owlYes, I started blogging on September the 5th, 2012, and although I didn’t really pick things up and get into it until February, nevertheless it’s my blogiversary!

Thank you to each and every one of you who’s helped me discover just what a wonderful experience blogging is. I’m so grateful that so many of you have taken the time to read my ramblings – here’s to many more years!

So, I thought I’d let you guys celebrate a little bit too! You know how when you were a kid you’d bring sweets into class to…

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