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30 August 2016

The Classics

I've called this style post 'The Classics' as the whole outfit is made up of staple wardrobe pieces; A leather jacket, monochrome shirt and dark denim skirt. All items that are so versatile and can be worn separately, to create numerous outfits, as well as look amazing together.

I adore my faux leather jacket, it is definitely such an easy wearable piece. You can put it on with jeans and trainers for an edgy style, or have it slung over a silky dress, it works for both.

I chose this monochrome patterned shirt to keep the outfit simple, yet also add a bit of intrigue through the speckled pattern, it's a loose fitting, chiffon shirt - so really lightweight! Which is essential during this mid/end of season ,where we all really don't know whether to be buying dresses or coats!

Finally to tie the whole look together I wore a black, button down,  denim skirt. These skirts are so flattering and comfortable to wear. You can style them with a plain t-shirt and converse for that 'off-duty' laid back look, or a pretty shirt and heels for a glam day time vibe. Personally I can't wait to wear it with chunky knitted jumpers and some patterned boots! Stay tuned for that post!

Shop The Post
Faux Leather Jacket - Select Fashion /
Monochrome Shirt - Peacocks /
Denim Skirt-


24 August 2016

9 Thoughts You'll Have If You're A Blogger

1. Twitter, why your character count so low! I'm expected to be able to write 8000 words in an exam, yet when I need it most, I'm given just 140 characters!

2. How come I have taken 100 photos and only 1 of them is bloggable. If this was film I'd be ruined, good job it's the digital age, delete, delete, delete!

3. I must move to New York, or London, or somewhere really cool, with lots of places to eat pretty food and drink endless cups of coffee, all of course whilst instagramming my new chanel handbag. Ahh a girl can dream.

4. Wait, it's nearly September?! Must take as many photos as possible before daylight becomes a distant memory!

5. I'm constantly battling between pretty dainty salads and big juicy burgers, and all the donuts, cronuts, and cake. Oh and the Froyo. Instagram why you do this to me.

6. How has 3 hours passed? I've only been browsing Pinterest, is this clock still working..?

7. I never have any money, I don't even know what I've spent it on. Eyes meet 7 starbucks cups, 3 new bags and 6 notepads, that were just too cute to pass up. hmmm.

8. This Insta pic is amazing, its everything, I love it. Oh it doesn't fit my theme. Damn.

9. How have I not mastered that whole sultry, deep in thought, staring into the distance look that all the bloggers have. I just look like I'm lost or have a serious case of RBF. Can I sign up for classes please?

I hope you've enjoyed this tongue in cheek post,
 let me know some of your thoughts as a blogger!

20 August 2016

Flute Sleeves & Khaki

I'm currently typing up this post from the comfort of my bed, the rains pattering down outside, and i'm wondering if summer has even happened?! I feel like it's come and almost gone, please don't go!, in the blink of an eye, the stores are stocking up on their coats, hats, scarves and an array of maroon and khaki coloured ensembles, and we're looking ahead to those colder months. Which brings me to this outfit. I am currently in the process of transitioning my wardrobe so that it can cover those rare sunny days, as well as the inevitable rainy, gloomy days.

  I've seen that khaki has come back again this year, and I've had this khaki button down skirt in my wardrobe for a while. It was time to shake the cobwebs off it and take it out for a spin! I picked this up from select a while ago, maybe even last year! but i'm sure there will be some similar alternatives in stores this season. I will have a browse online and see if I can find a similar one to link down below.

 I decided to pair the skirt with this flute sleeve, cream blouse from next. I love the fit and style of this top, the material is very thin, which is perfect for summer. Although I must admit, I did feel a bit like a pirate in this outfit!

  To add an extra layer, I popped on this sleeveless jacket. This has been a firm favourite of mine for a while, I love the structured blazer style of it. It's the perfect alternative to a proper jacket.

To finish I have my Kurt Geiger handbag, a circle choker from River Island and my trusty Primark sunglasses.

Shop The Post
- Khaki Button Down Skirt - Select /
- Cream Flute Sleeve Top - Next /
- Black Sleeveless Jacket - Primark /

17 August 2016

Nottingham Food & Drink Festival | Wollaton Hall

Last weekend I headed over to the gorgeous Wollaton Hall for the Nottingham food and Drink Festival. I've never actually been to a food festival, and couldn't wait to tuck in to all the delicious food!


We grabbed a salted caramel iced latte and headed off towards the tents. There was so much to choose from, gin vans, Mexican food, pizza, cake, chocolate. We decided to do some wandering and tasting before we decided where to eat.

We stumbled across The Cherry Tree which sold some amazing chutneys, jams and curds. I ended up buying a Mojito flavoured curd, which is incredibly delicious! I can't wait to do some baking with this, and also can we just appreciate the copper packaging.

It's no secret that I love pizza, so when I saw the Bare Bones wood fire pizza van I knew that's what I wanted. I opted for the classic margarita, which was mouth wateringly delicious.  Bare Bones is a family run company who cook their gorgeous pizzas in a wood fired oven, in their decked out van! If you're a pizza lover like me, of course you are, then you can check them out .

Stephen opted for a box full of  African, flavour-packed goodies including; bean cake, jolof rice, chicken, plantain and spicy spinach. Which by the speed he ate it, must have been good!

I was so excited to see these coconut drinks, if you don't know already, I'm going to the Dominican Republic for my honeymoon in November, and seeing these made me even more excited! The top of the coconut was chopped off and I was able to eat the juicy, coconut flesh inside and drink the fresh coconut water. Then I was able to choose what flavours I wanted adding to the water, I picked a fruity strawberry and lime concoction, which was zingy and refreshing. A real treat for the taste buds.

Of course no good summer's day is complete without ice cream, me and Stephen had already spotted the ice cream parlour tent when we first walked in, but resisted temptation until after we had eaten our main! It took a lot of will power!

We chose Strawberry Crunch, it took us some time to decide as there was just so many flavours to choose from! In the end this one was perfect, not too heavy on our stomachs and really refreshing to enjoy in the sun.

Wollaton Hall and it's grounds in general are beautiful, I've enjoyed many walks here. As well as the fact I have managed to get some beautiful outfit photos taken in them too, see and . I would recommend whiling away an afternoon, seeing the deer roaming, and admiring the picturesque hall.


14 August 2016

Pyjama Top Styling

 What a wonderful idea, inventing a Pyjama style top for outside wear? The ultimate comfort and style fix! When I saw this silky floral beauty, hanging elegantly in the aisles of River Island, I knew it had to be mine.

I had lusted after these tops for a while, but couldn't find one that fitted the bill, until of course I saw this one. I love the muted floral pattern, and my head filled with outfit ideas as soon as I saw it, leather trousers and heels, denim dungaree dresses, skirts.. so many outfits!

On this occasion we were off to a food festival, so I decided to pair the shirt with a black denim dungaree dress from Primark, and some black tassel boots, I was aiming for a boho casual vibe.

I've always been a strong believer that accessories are the focal point of any outfit. I chose a tan felt trilby. a black choker, and brown tinted sunglasses to complete my outfit. I had been on the hunt for a choker, and loved the circle design on this River Island one. It has an adjustable strap so it will fit perfectly on all necks, which was a must as I didn't want it too tight, or slipping down! The hat was such a bargain, just £3 from Primark!

This outfit was really comfortable all day, even after eating all of the food!

What do you think of pyjama style tops?


9 August 2016

Sultry Summer Look with Sephora

Although summer's been a bit of a right off lately, I really wanted to create a warm, golden, sultry summer make-up look.

I got the Sephora 'It' eyeshadow palette for my Birthday and couldn't wait to give it a whirl. To create this look I used the lighest pearl shade, and used a fluffy eyeshadow brush to apply it on my brow bone and the inner corner of my eyelids. The aim was to use it as a highlight, to open the eye and make it appear brighter.

Next I applied the glistening, warm, golden shade all over the lid, using a flat eyeshadow brush. Instead of sweeping the shadow on, I gently patted it onto my lids so that the colour was bolder.

To finish I applied the medium matte brown shadow to the crease and outer edge of the lid. This is to add depth, and warm up the tone even more. I only added a little bit of this, as for a summer look I didn't want the shadow to be too dark. To finish I added a black liquid liner to my lids from Primark, and Soap and Glory Thick and Fast mascara to my lashes.

I really love how the look all came together, it's very warm and golden, which is perfect for a hazy summer's day.

The Sephora 'It' Palette has a very good range of shadows, from mattes to shimmers, lights to darks and warm to cool tones. It's a really great palette for creating a multitude of looks and I can see it taking me from summer through to winter easily. The colour pay off of the shadows is perfect, they are very pigmented, apply with ease and blend seamlessly. I really cannot fault the palette at all.

For the rest of my face I used Estee Lauder Double Wear as my foundation, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer under my eyes and around my nose, Stay Matte Powder all over my face, Rockateur blusher by Benefit on my cheeks and Hoola Bronzer, also by Benefit, to contour. I filled in my brows with Benefit Ka Brow and  Benefit Gimme Brow - two products I absolutely adore! Then for my lips I used a lip crayon by Ghost, for a pop of deep pink. I think that's everything!

I hope you enjoyed this sultry summer make-up look, let me know what you think in the comments below