Saturday, 28 March 2015

OOTD: Pleather meets stonewash

I never thought I would see myself in stone-wash denim let alone make it work but what do you know, it works! My denim shirt is a Primarni number which I wore with my new H&M faux leather trousers and New Balance trainers. My trusted hat finished off the look and without realising, my outfit has a kind of 80's look and feel especially with my aviator style glasses. This is a new ensemble for me but I'll definitely be repeating it! Happy Saturday!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials for Spring

Spring Essentials
Chicnova Fashion brown sweater | Nasty Dress Red coat  | MANGO leather jacket | In the Style Jumpsuit |Paige Denim blue jeansMichael Kors brown skirtOffice leather shoesJ W Hulme Co crossbody purseRay-Ban sunglassesTory Burch infinity scarve
There's nothing like a burst of spring finally to get out of the winter slump, and get excited about taking off those layers. UK Spring time is notorious for deceiving you to believe it's a lot warmer than it actually is. I always used to get my transitional wardrobe wrong by pulling out all my summer pieces to early but nowadays, I much prefer buying and wearing staples that see me through all seasons. Having said that, now is the perfect time to change wardrobe essentials. The important thing is not to feel the need to go out and buy new clothes, but pull out classic essentials you've stashed away. Based on style and preference, everyone will have different staples. Mine are very much about layers and day wear items that are smart but comfortable. I used to spend more money on going out/evening clothes before realising that daytime pieces are far more important, as we tend to spend more time in them. As far as my top ten essentials go for spring, my hero pieces including:
You can never go wrong with a leather jacket because it's so versatile and easy to wear. There's not much it won't go with in your wardrobe, but it also adds some edge to a softer feminine look. I also love the fact that it's a transitional piece you can wear through seasons as well.

2) The lightweight scarf  
Never go anywhere without a scarf! You'd be surprised how much warmer you are as soon as you fully cover your neck (just realised how much of an old woman I sound but I don't care, it's the truth). I've seen some great prints in ASOS and Not on the high street but my favourite has to be this Pamela palm print  from Accessorize. Scarves are perfect for layering and are again transitional.

Whether your go to denim is the skinny, boyfriend, flare or straight leg, a good fitting pair of jeans will go a long way. My staple jean has to be the skinny and the boyfriend (depending on my mood), which I like to wear with a plain t-shirt or vest layered with one of my trusted blazers or leather jacket. I also like the fact that double denim is still in for SS15 which means my denim shirt will get even more wears! 

4) The perfect pair of sunglasses
As soon as the sun's out, sunglasses are the must have accessory. I have two pairs I wear all the time; my aviator Ray-Bans and a cheap pair I picked up in a vintage store in LA for $10. The most important thing is taking the time to find a pair that suit and flatter your face. I definitely prefer the big, rounded shape as small glasses generally don't work for me. These are a must have item that stay in my bag as soon as spring hits.
5) The Jumpsuit  
For me, jumpsuits are essential for spring. Not only are they easy to throw on, they are versatile and can be transformed into many different outfits. I'm still obsessed with the black Zara jumpsuit I bought over a year ago, but it's also nice to invest in one that's more colourful and summery for the season. I love the black and white number from In the Style which I would either wear with a biker jacket to make it edgier or a blazer for a more classic look.

6) The trench coat/mac 
 1. Nasty dress pink turned down collar mac |2. M&S belted trench coat | 3. Topshop classic cotton trench coat 
The mac or trench coat is a classic spring essential and the ideal lightweight cover up. The thrill of packing away my winter coat can't come soon enough though I am yet to find a spring coat I like. Military is a huge trend so you can't go wrong with the simple khaki or green version but I also love the colour block stories in bright green, yellow and orange, or the pastel alternatives in baby pink or blue.

7) The chunky knit 
You can't get through UK spring (or summer for that matter) without some good knitwear. As we all know, the unpredictable weather plays havoc to our summer wardrobe so I'm really into chunky knit jumpers at the moment. I love wearing them with boyfriend jeans and heels or a short bandage skirt with wedge heels. 

8) The daytime flats

Unless you're Victoria Beckham, it's hard to rock a pair of 5 inch heels all day long. Daytime flats are a definite must have so it’s worth investing in a nice smart pair that can work with most of your wardrobe. Brogues or loafers in a summery colour are a good choice as are quirky floral or sparkly espadrilles. Ballet pumps are also handy as they can squeeze into your handbag and enable you to swap on the days you do go for heels.  

9) The pleated midi skirt

I've steered away from midi skirts in the past because I always felt too short to pull them off,  but when I saw one on a girl shorter than me worn really well (street style stalking), I thought why not? The midi pencil skirt has been on trend for a while now but the pleated A-line midi has made a huge come back over the last few seasons. I especially love the lace and denim fabrics but also the wet/patent leather look. Midi skirts are great for spring as your legs are out but still covered up. You do need to choose the right length for your height because they can drown you if you go too long. Go for one that’s no longer than half way through your calf. I'm experimenting with mine at the moment (I have a black lace one and a green one) but you can wear them with everything if you get the length right; plain t-shirt or vest, blazer, jumper, crop top, or fitted shirt. 

10) The cross-body bag
If you weren't aware, small bags are back in! I love the big 'can carry a kitchen sink' kind of bags but there is something to be said about the small cross-body. Spring should be about clearing and de-cluttering and that includes your bag! Holidays, festivals, weddings and summer events all work better with a smaller bag so it's worth pulling out ones you already have from your wardrobe or investing in a new one. The Cross body satchel been especially popular over the last few seasons with no signs of slowing down. 

Sunday, 8 March 2015

OOTD: Weekend Biker Chic

Biker Jacket (similar here)| Zara jeans (similar here) | Chloe boots| beanie hat (similar here)
 Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses| Saint Laurent ligne bag
Hallo ha! Hope you all enjoyed what felt like the first weekend of Spring! Just a quick outfit post about my look yesterday. I love the fact that I'm making the most out of my new biker jacket which inspired the rest the outfit.Though we automatically think of wearing bright colours as soon as the sun's out, you can never go wrong with an all black ensemble. I wore my trusted Zara jeans with a studded skull vest I picked up in LA years ago, and accessorised with a beanie hat, studded Chloe boots and Saint Laurent ligne bag. I am now fully aware of my obsession with black and gold as I can see a signature theme going on with my jackets, blazers, shoes to bags (Even my Ray-Bans are black and gold!) MUST STOP THIS NOW! This is an example of how you make purchases subconsciously without realising you have tons of the same in your wardrobe. Note to self, if it's black and gold, PUT IT DOWN! Happy Sunday :-) 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Beauty Vlog Round-up: JoJoba, Kiels and Clinique!

It's been a while since I last did a beauty vlog (hence the rambling and strangely positioned video), but I still wanted to share a few more products I've been using recently. Hope you find the recommendations useful, I've included products mentioned below if you fancy trying any of them out. Enjoy! (the rambling strangely positioned vlog - Zoella, you have competition.. NOT!) 
Products I featured: 
Jojoba hydrating Day cream, Kiel's Ultrafacial Overnight hydrating mask, Clinique even better eyes cream, Murine bright and moist eyes

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Blog Crush: Style tips with Olivia of What Olivia Did

All photos sourced from What Olivia Did 
My blog crush series starts this year with a Q&A interview from  the lovely Olivia of What Olivia did. I met Liv three or four years ago and been fan of her style and blog ever since. Her well put together and beautifully written blog has become a brand in its own right, which I think is down to her authentic way of interpreting fashion, style, photography and all things in between. Olivia runs her blog with boyfriend and photographer Joe full time as well as  taking on freelance and consultancy work.

I love Olivia's style because....
She has a fantastic way of mixing up vintage chic with a modern twist while staying true to her individual style. I also love her reference to the 60's era, hints of Audrey Hepburn and flair of boho chicness. Here are some of her style tips for blog crush:

Q: If you could only have three items of clothing in your wardrobe what would they be and why? 
A:Ooh this is tough! Saying that I'd probably safely say a breton striped tee (it's my complete go to when ell else fails), a good pair of jeans (normally I'd say skinny, but I'm having a flares phase, as they seem to be the only jeans to make me look a little taller) and a cute seventies or sixties inspired swing dress to pair with tights and sandals for all weather!
Q: How would you best describe your personal style? 
A: Probably a mix of sixties girl-group wannabe and overgrown toddler (dungarees and all)!
Q: What do you think makes someone stylish?   
A: Just having the confidence to wear what makes you happy. Whether that's a white shirt and a pair of jeans, or a tile print rainbow co-ord, being able to wear what makes you feel good is the most important thing.
Q: What is your biggest style tip? 
A: Just do it! You live and learn and life is too short to not make sartorial risks (trust me, me and my yellow jeans have been there)!

                                          All photos sourced from What Olivia Did 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

OOTD: it's all about the layers

Jumper Shirt combo | River Island 
Skinny Jeans | Gap
Faux leather Jacket | Store near Brighton Lanes but similar here
Boots| Primark
Waterfall camel coat| Edge Style (but not impressed with it, it's really thin, find similar here

Just a quick ootd post from earlier this week. Layering up is an essential skill to master when it comes to the cold winter months. As it's getting to sub-zero temperatures, I have no shame in admitting that my layering consists of my trusted M&S thermal vest which I topped up with a shirt, jumper, leather jacket and winter coat! I refuse to get ill for the sake of fashion, you can still layer up and make it work. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

My 2015 Goals: Do more, think less

Having New Year’s resolutions is kind of a cliche. The clock strikes midnight to welcome a new year and all of a sudden you think your old problems will go away, your bad habits will stop and you'll be reborn into a new and better life. What I will say about the New Year is that it gives you time to reflect, refocus and reprioritise. My outlook on it all is that the first of the first gives you a chance to start afresh and try to change all the things in your life that make you unhappy and make peace with things you can't change. My New Year’s resolutions post isn't about a check list I'm going to attempt to tick off (I already have my bucket list for that), but to do more things that make me happy and keep me balanced and less of the things that make me sad. So here are my do more and do less for this year. I figure that if I have it all written up on my blog, it's a great reminder for me to stick to what I set out to achieve. 

1)  Read more 
My brain has officially turned to mush due to an addiction to technology. My phone, tablet and laptop are always by my side filling in the spare time I used spend reading. I'd be lying if I said I was a bookworm but I did used to enjoy a good book, so far as reading non-stop for two days to finish one at a go. I need to read more, at least a book a month to give my brain some much needed stimulation as well as getting a tech break from all my gadgets, especially before bedtime. A book a month is perfectly feasible and I'm going to do it!

2)   Be more active 
I've never had a love for exercising and keeping fit but this is something I definitely NEED to incorporate in my life. I've now been with my local gym for three weeks and doing one hour sessions 2-3 times a week. Apart from the obvious lose weight/be healthy/tone up benefits, going to the gym is doing wonders for my moods. I feel so good after a workout (the theory about exercise releasing endorphins to make you feel happier certainly works for me) as it gives me the perfect opportunity to blow off some steam and think. I have come to a stage in my life where if I sit and do nothing, my body will suffer the consequences. Doing some sort of active/aerobic session a few times a week has to become part of my normal routine, as I'm seeing so many positive results after 3 weeks already.

3) Travel more
I am and always will be a travel junkie, and hope to continue being one. There's something about getting my passport out of the drawer and making my way to an airport that is the most exhilarating feeling. I love going to new places and seeing the different ways people live, as it takes you out of your comfortable bubble and makes you realise there's so much more going on in the world. Places on my hit list over the next couple of years include New York, Japan, Barbados, one of the Greek Islands and New Orleans. There are tons and tons more but if your list is too long you can never focus on making the trip happen. Let's see how far I get this year.   

4)   Be more brave
Stepping out of your comfort zone is one of the scariest things to do in life but at some point, it has to be done. I really believe in the saying 'accept what you can't change and change what you cannot accept'. But as I've gotten older, I seemed to have lost confidence in doing things from gut feel or taking a risk. Being brave isn't actually a trait in Virgos. We like to feel safe, secure and grounded but I must have a rising in Leo because every so often, every bone in my body tells me to take a leap of faith. So this year my mantra will be all about being brave! 

5) Laugh more
People underestimate the power of laughter. And when I say laughter, I mean laughing so hard your belly hurts, tears pour and your whole body is nearly in pain because of it. I'm very lucky to say that most of my friends can make me laugh at this level but I feel I need to explore more things to do for me to create more belly laugh moments. The aim for this year is to see more stand-up shows and theatrical comedies as well as discover comedians whose sense of humour is right up my street.

6) Worry less
Worrying must be one of the most exhausting, stressful and unhealthy emotions ever! Unfortunately not only is worrying part the Virgo character, it is also fundamentally a trait I inherited from my mum. Of course everyone worries about things and about life but I honestly think mine is significantly heightened due to analysing and dissecting thoughts. I can never not worry, but I’m certainly going to try not to sweat the small stuff. Being someone who's constantly concerned about what people think of you, how they perceive you, what's going to happen tomorrow, next week or in five years’ time is exhausting and paralysing. I'm really going to make a conscious effort not to worry. As the saying goes, worry doesn’t empty today of its sadness, it empties tomorrow of its strength. A few of my friends have suggested meditation so that's something I'll definitely look into. 

7)  Sing more 
If you didn’t know before, I’ll reveal now that for over 15 years I was a singer trying to make it in the music industry. Girl bands, management deals, publishing deals, songwriting, and tours – I did it all. After a long time I made the decision to give it up and get a ‘real’ job as my parents said, so for a very long time I gave up singing completely. I felt that it was something I had to distance myself from for a while, similar to how you need distance from an ex when you first break up.  But now I realise that it’s part of me and my creative outlet, and although I have no interest in becoming a famous pop star, I want to continue singing. Small live gigs, acoustic sets, open mike nights and songwriting are all things I want to do more of this year. I need to engross myself back into music without feeling the pressure of ‘making it’ or failing. An ideal outcome would be for me to start writing songs again, maybe for artists, maybe just for myself. As I have now put it out there, it’s something I now need to pursue.

8) Blog more 
I have had this blog for over 4 years and can’t believe I’ve been running it this long. I have to admit that I need to give it more love. I barely make two posts a month and I definitely need to spend some more time on it. I have lots of other interests outside fashion including beauty, travel and music, and need to write more about the things I enjoy. Sometimes I get stuck writing fashion/outfit posts as I’m not particularly inspired by anything or bought anything new. If I incorporate things I enjoy more, it will definitely encourage me to blog more. My aim is minimum one post a week.

9)   Be more sociable
In the last year, I found myself becoming a complete hermit and staying at home all the time. This is not me. I have always been sociable and outgoing and thrive on meeting new people. Although I hate the winter, I can’t use it as an excuse not to go out! Being too comfortable with a certain circle of friends is also not good enough. Making an effort to go out, network and meet new people has been half the reason I am where I am today so need to do more of that this year.

10) Procrastinate less
So many check lists, amazing ideas, schedules and plans that are just not followed through is all down to procrastination. I don’t know why this has crept in my mindset but I don’t like it and just need to get on with things. Deep down it all boils down to having confidence and believing in something you do or want to do, and for some reason my inner confidence has been replaced by procrastinating. Not every idea or plan is going to work out perfectly but it’s definitely not going to work out if you don’t even try!

Here’s to a new year of making things happen and not setting unrealistic resolutions. Hope you all have a new mindset, new projects and new way of thinking for 2015. Here’s to a good year for all of us.