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.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

New Year New Shoes : Walking a mile in Manolos

 Manolo Blahnik patent BB pumps

For a long time, lusting for the perfect pair of patent leather pumps was an on-going battle. I shopped, I browsed and I tried on tons of styles but just couldn't find the right fit until ... the Manolo Blahnik patent BB pumps. Though they have been on my list for a while, I finally decided to buy them recently as they are perfect for winter. I know trends over the last few seasons have been platform shoes and super chunky heels but the stiletto will always be a staple for me and this is why I decided to make an investment purchase. I like wearing slim or stiletto heels because they make my legs look slimmer, me look taller and above all feel feminine. Chunky platforms are great but don't do the best for my body shape or silhouette (not to mention my size 7 feet). 
 Manolo Blahnik pumps

 Manolo Blahnik London

 Manolo Blahnik black patent

The flattering pointed toe and elegant 4 inch heel means I can wear them with a variety of things including an evening dress, pair of jeans, leather pants and even leggings. They are never going to be the most comfortable things to wear but they can certainly get through a few hours at a time or long sit down dinner. I also have to retain their proper shape by using a shoe horn every time I store them away, as well as wrapping them both separately in different shoe bags (this avoids them getting scuffed or scratched in the box). I've only worn them out once so far but know they are going to be used a lot, especially during winter. Love love love my Manolos :-)

Possible outfits 



Thursday, 1 January 2015

OOTD 2014: My favourite looks of the year

ootd 2014
Happy New Year and hope you’re having a good 2015 so far. As always, this is a great time to reflect on the last year and I wanted to share my favourite outfits of 2014. In a similar post I did this time last year,one of my resolutions was to make a conscious effort not to buy new clothes unless they served a real or unique purpose. Though I have made a few new purchases, I think I have got a lot better at shopping unnecessarily, and ask myself questions like do I need this? Have I got something similar or is it worth it before buying anything.  2014 was a year of rounded seasons as well as a good summer, so I definitely added more colour to my wardrobe. I also pulled out old clothes that were forgotten, and reinvented them to fit my evolved style (like my floral Lipsy dress I’d bought for a wedding 8 years ago which I then wore at a summer festival this year with converse trainers). It was also a good year for vintage finds, (like my 80’s power jacket) hats, and new hairstyles
Changing my hair helped me rework my style and see things in a new light, especially when I went for a more auburn colour. Hats saved my life during bad hair days but also quirked up my outfits through the seasons.  
One of my other resolutions was to invest in statement must-haves but aside from my lovely Jimmy Choos, I didn't really see or find anything I wanted to buy. Looking at my wardrobe now, it will be something I want to do this year as I’m starting to see the value of buying good quality pieces that have longevity. This is not to say getting  a bargain means the clothes will fall apart (like a Zara shirt I bought in the sale 10 years ago for £6 that’s still immaculate), but that it’s worth paying a bit more for items you wear a lot.  As for my 2015 style, I want to learn more about fabrics and silhouettes that work best for my shape, and continue playing with bright colours and bold prints.I also want to be more groomed and put together as I definitely let that slack towards the end of the year. Looking good and feeling confident gives you the right presence and energy and as 2015 is going to be my year, I need to dress the part! Have a good one xxx

Monday, 29 December 2014

The best of the bargains: New Years Eve outfit ideas

New Years Eve Outfit ideas
1.River Island bodycon dress frm £38.00-£10.00!|2 Topshop lace over tee frm £45.00-£25.00!| 3. ASOS lingerie pencil dress frm £45.00-£13.00!| 4.Miss Selfridge sequin playsuit frm £35.00-£15.00!|5 Topshop foil maxi dress frm £55.00-£25.00!|6.Karen Millen suede sandals frm £140.00-£95.00! 

Happy holidays! Hope you all had a good Christmas and relaxing week. It's been one hell of a year and I for one cannot wait to welcome in 2015 with open arms. After Christmas spending,we often over look News Years Eve until it slowly creeps up and gets us panicking last minute!Good thing post-Christmas sales are here to save the day and a decent outfit can be put together. There are some fantastic bargains out there and you can find whatever NYE ensemble you're on the hunt for whether it's glam, casual, or taking over the dance floor. Though I've picked out some great finds, I won't be wearing any of them and resulting to the default black jeans and t-shirt, as I've probably eaten my bodyweight in food over Christmas. Truth is I'm in desperate need to hide and conceal until all the extra pounds are gone!Have a great New Years Eve!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Blog Crush: Style tips from The Glam and the Glitter's Tamara Kalinic

Tamara Kalinic  fashion blogger  from The Glam and the Glitter
 All photos taken from Tamara's blog The Glam and the Glitter

If you've not heard about Tamara from The Glam and The Glitter, you've been hiding under a rock. Her blog is among my top ten of favourite reads and has gone from strength to strength over the last four years.

I love Tamara's style because: 
She is the epitome of luxury meets high street. She has a good eye for finding amazing affordable pieces that look premium, and combines them well with investment buys. Her outfits are always so well thought out and put together but she does it effortlessly. I couldn't wait to find out her styling secrets when I caught up with her:
Tamara Kalinic  fashion blogger  from The Glam and the Glitter

Q:If you could only have three items of clothing in your wardrobe what would they be and why? 
A: I would have to say a white simple shirt, great fitting boyfriend ripped jeans, and a blazer, you can create any kind of outfit with those 3, and with right accessories, its much easier to look great!

Q:How would you best describe your personal style?
A: My style is "girly interpretation of the trend". I like to follow trends, but always add a girly twist to it, because that is what I feel the best in. A lot of prints and a lot of colour also make me happy.

Tamara Kalinic  fashion blogger  from The Glam and the Glitter

Q: What do you think makes someone stylish?  
A: I think its the way you carry yourself and the way you combine the clothes you own. There is also that attitude,stylish people never look down on what other people wear, even if its not something what they would personally wear. Its important to appreciate the beauty of everything.

Q: What is your biggest style tip?
A: To only wear what you feel good in. And I don't mean the comfort, I mean the confidence, if you think you look great in that dress, and your friends don't agree, you will look much better if you listen to yourself. Confidence makes us look so much better :)

Some of my favourite looks Tamara has rocked this year:
Tamara Kalinic  fashion blogger  from The Glam and the Glitter

Tamara Kalinic  fashion blogger  from The Glam and the Glitter

Tamara Kalinic  fashion blogger  from The Glam and the Glitter

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

It's all about Winter Coat Lusting

I'm really not a huge fan of winter... at all! Shorter days, darker nights and freezing temperatures what's to like? Having to wrap yourself in layers to leave your front door is also a pain but I do love a good winter coat. For an entire season your coat is your staple piece so I've decided it should so be my statement piece this winter.
In the past, I've tended to go safe with coats because I wanted to make sure they matched my entire wardrobe and had longevity. Now I really feel like having one with a bit more personality whether its bright, colorful, draped, textured or just has an interesting shape. I'm on the lookout at the moment but have included some immediate favourites from my recent online spree. Which one do you like?