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17 March 2017

How to Style the Bralet with Boohoo*



I was contacted by Boohoo with the challenge of styling the bralet for their underwear as outwear campaign, aptly named 'Peek-a-Boohoo'. Gone are the days of that faded old t-shirt bra, that you used to live in, now it's time to don bra's that are made of intricate lace, exotic patterns and adventurous designs. I was excited to take on the trend and share how I like to style the bralet.

I'm not as daring as those who can rock the bralet with nothing but a suit jacket, though I wish I was, they look amazing! Instead, I like the Peek-a-Boo style, where you can just see a bit of lace peeping out under an outfit. So I got to work scouring their lingerie page, when I finally settled on a delicate, black, long line, lace bralet. There was so much choice in design and styles, that it was hard to choose! You can have a look for yourself.


I decided to style three of my favourite things together; Leather, Lace and Leopard Print. I think that the femininity of the lace looks great contrasted with the toughness of the leather. The *, also from Boohoo, fits like a glove, I love the zip detailing and stitched piping, which really enhance the jacket.

Underneath I popped on an extreme plunge neck* which really shows off the stunning black lace bralette.* Going for the all black everything look, I also wore some staple, black, skinny jeans. I wanted to let the lace and the leopard print do the talking, therefore, I kept the rest of the outfit fairly plain and simple.

 

Following my Leopard print obsession, I came across these beautiful boots in Primark, for £6.00! What an absolute bargain. They really compliment the overall look, as well as giving it a pop of colour.


I wanted to style this outfit as an everyday, casual wear look. This is because at first, when given the challenge I immediately thought it had to be evening wear, but then when I thought about it more, why not style a bralet for everyday wear! Wearing pretty lingerie always make me feel 100% more sassy and put together. This is what I came up with! I hope you like it.

I'd like to thank Boohoo for giving me the opportunity to share with you how I style this season's Bralet trend. Let me know how you would wear yours!




*Items in this post were gifted to me. All opinions are my own.
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26 February 2017

Nottingham Fashion Week Blogger Event

 


Nottingham Fashion Week is right around the corner, so in advance of this, I was invited along to the Blogger's Event for a cheeky preview as to what's going to be gracing the catwalks.

The event was hosted inside Beauty Temple, which is a luxurious salon just off of Market Square. The décor was striking, with lavish velvet sofa's, copper accessories and ornate mirrors. It looked like a beauty lover's haven, and a place I definitely want to go back to for some much needed pampering.

The reception area was the main focal point, boasting stunning draped lighting and a DJ playing the best chart hits. It was adorned with cocktails, cake and pizza. Just off of the reception, was a nail bar, where you can relax with a glass of champagne whilst getting a manicure. There were also treatment rooms, one of which was offering make-overs using Delilah products, which were displayed beautifully around the salon.


On arrival we we're greeted with a pink and super sparkly cocktail, aptly named the Glitter Bomb. It was delicious, and something I'm going to try and re-create at home! There were also some adorable kilner jar mocktails.

MOD Pizza had supplied the event with lots of glorious pizza's and we were also very lucky to receive a free pizza voucher in our goody bag! Who doesn't love pizza. If that wasn't enough, there were also some adorable mini cupcakes for afters.

Once we were thoroughly fed and watered, and had done some much needed catching up with my fave blogger ladies, it was time for the main event.



We were treated to a preview of some of the trends that are going to be featured in the Nottingham Fashion Week Catwalk Shows. What I loved most was the concept of the show's being tailored around the people of Nottingham, and what they can take away from the upcoming trends and then recreate them at home.

The first concept is From Campus to Club, mainly aimed at student life in Nottingham, and being able to translate clothes through both occasions. Retailers such as Primark, New Look, River Island and Dorothy Perkins will be displaying their latest pieces during this show. Perfect to suit all budgets.


The next is Desk to Dinner, aimed at taking workers from their desk to dinner in one outfit. This one has to be my favourite, as I've often had to go from work to events. It's a style I'm trying hard to accomplish in my own wardrobe, pieces that work for all occasions. The retailers featured in this theme will be Warehouse, Marks and Spencer (which I'm loving right now), Next, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Monsoon.

 Finally there was Style Classic's that is aimed at those who love high end fashion. Perfect for working out your next investment piece, with the likes of Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Cath Kidston, Jigsaw, White company and Radley show casing their products.

Our sneak peek included some of SS17's top trends, which included; Check's, Floral's, Fuchsia, Sports Lux, Twisted Tailoring and Born in the 80's. A particular favourite of mine is the super sleek, orange, culotte jumpsuit from French Connection, paired with a simple white tee. This would look incredible in the summer with some sandals for a floaty, relaxed look. Then it would also look amazing on it's own, with some killer heels and a matching orange red lipstick. It's definitely a piece I can see fitting into my SS17 wardrobe.

Seeing the upcoming trends has definitely got me excited for some much needed sunshine, I can't wait to fill my wardrobe with new pieces!

The shows are taking place on Friday 24th March and Saturday 25th March at the Council House, and are perfect for getting some style inspiration before hitting the shops! Better yet, the Nottingham in Fashion event is free to attend! You can book your catwalk show seat here at www.itsinnottingham.com/fashion.

At the end of the night we were given a beautiful gift bag to take home. There were some lovely goodies inside including; Treat Kitchen Strawberry and Prosecco flavoured Bon Bons (which look amazing!), a More Nottingham Card, which is a discount card for some great places in Nottingham,  samples of Dior Poison Girl perfume and Diesel Bad, a free mod Pizza, a copy of Exclusive magazine, the Beauty Temple Price List and information about the catwalks themselves.



I didn't get chance to snap any photos of my outfit before or during the event, so I got my husband to take a couple for me when I got home! I went for a smart casual vibe, with a Black blazer, floral wrap top and black skinny jeans.

I'd like to take the opportunity to give a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in organising this event and for making it such an incredible evening of cocktails, food and fashion.
 
What trends are you most excited to wear this SS17?
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11 February 2017

The Striped Embroidery Shirt You Need this SS17

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Although spring feels a million miles away right now, I am over my winter wardrobe. I am yearning for some spring warmth, to break out the pastels and floaty fabrics, and no longer be buried under layer upon layer of clothing.

I made my first spring purchase recently, which is this gorgeous, blue striped, embroided shirt from . I love the light weight, structured fabric, it'll be perfect for those warmer days. For now I'll be wearing it with a coat!

Embroidery is set to continue being a key trend this ss17. It's translating everywhere, from clothes to bags, to shoes. I personally love the intricacy and vibrant colours that these embroided flowers have on this shirt. They give a staple item a beautiful edge.


I wanted this outfit to be really comfortable and casual, so I decided to wear it untucked and loose with my black faux leather skirt, which is also from Next. This skirt goes perfectly with most shirt's and jumpers and it's an easy to wear piece, which is why I reach for it on a weekly basis.

I popped on some thick cosy tights, and plain black boots to complete the outfit. I decided to keep the rest of the outfit very simple and plain as I wanted the shirt to take centre stage.

My jacket is from Primark, and is classic and structured. I needed to add a black coat to my wardrobe as I have and array of different coloured coats from pink to khaki to camel, but no monochrome, so therefore I needed to add a neutral 'goes with anything' piece to it.

I've seen many stores coming out with very similar styles of this shirt, so it should be easy to find one to suit you.


What do you think?
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20 January 2017

How I Find My Style Inspiration



Fashion is very much an individualistic thing and with social media taking centre stage, there are so many ways to express your personal style. For those days where I'm left staring into the abyss of my wardrobe, wondering what on earth I'm possibly going to wear, I turn to a few, select platforms, to help give me inspiration.

The following platforms not only help me with my day to day outfit struggles, but are also really useful for; seeing the up and coming trends, helping you style specific pieces, or just for a plain old nosey at what other people are wearing.

 I thought I would share with you where I turn to for my style inspiration.





1. Instagram.

My favourite social media platform, I could spend hours scrolling through this app. I'm going to be featuring a blog post all about my 5 favourite fashion accounts on Instagram soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that one. However, it's not just about individual accounts, the use of the #hashtag also gets my creative fashion juices flowing.

 Most stores have clocked the effectiveness that social media has on fashion, and therefore have devised clever hashtags for individuals to show off their items. There's #myboohoostyle #imwearingri #thisisnewlook and many more. I love searching through these hashtags, as you get to see pieces from your favourite stores, styled by real people. I love to see how people style pieces differently, as this gives me my own ideas on how I would style it.

My number one fashion inspiration platform has to be Instagram.




2. Pinterest.

Pinterest is a site where you can create mood boards/wish lists by pinning pictures you like to 'boards', a bit like a virtual mood board. I literally love Pinterest, I have a home décor board, fashion board, travel board, you name it I have it. You can pin what your heart desires. It's a particularly great platform for fashion too, by typing in key specifics such as 'summer fashion' it brings up pages and pages of pictures that people have uploaded of their summer fashion looks. You can then pin these to your own board for future reference, like when you need a cute outfit for that girly picnic you have next week, or that date you've been looking forward to. You can also search for specifics like 'white tshirt outfit', and you will be shown hundreds of ways to style a white t-shirt. Great for those days where you just don't know what to put on.






3. Primania.

 If you've followed me for a while, you will know that I shop a lot at Primark. They have the latest trends for great prices. I love looking through Primania, to not only see how people have styled pieces, but also to see what's new in store. I can often be found on youtube watching Primark hauls and jotting down a quick wish list of things I need to pick up on my next visit. You can upload your own photo to Primania of yourself styling their clothing, this is then shared on their website where others can get inspiration from your style. I love it, yet still haven't plucked up the courage to post my own looks yet!






4. New In Section.

 Ahhh the one thing that makes my bank account cry, the new in section. I am forever re-freshing these to see what's just come in to store. It's a great way to see what trends are coming up for the next season, and also to help you see what items to expect in store. I like to see if I have anything similar in my own wardrobe, and then decided whether there are any key pieces I feel I need want to add to it. Beware though, things can get a little spendy.


5. Street Style.

I did a lot of this whilst backpacking around Europe. Find a cute coffee shop and perch outside and watch the world go by. Sometimes my greatest fashion inspirations are the people you see out and about doing their own thing. I love how unique everyone's style is, and this really helps me to develop my own personal style as well as admire other's. Grab yourself a cuppa and a notebook and off you go. Simple as that.

I hope this has helped you out of a style rut, or maybe your looking to expand your wardrobe for the new season ahead and didn't know where to start? Well all of these platforms are perfect places to begin, and most of them don't even require you to leave the house! Hoorah!

 
Where do you find style inspiration?
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20 December 2016

The Maxi Coat


I won't lie, I debated writing this post as I'm not 100% happy with how the photo's have turned out. However, I am happy with the outfit, hence the internal debate. I toyed with the idea of re-shooting it, but probably wouldn't have time until the new year, and I wanted you to have some chance of snapping up this absolute bargain of a coat. So throwing caution to the wind, we're rolling with it. Bad lighting and all.

I've been after a maxi coat for sometime, one that didn't drown me, or make me look shorter. With Christmas around the corner, I didn't have oodles to spend on myself, but when I came across this khaki, boyfriend style, maxi coat, sat in all it's glory in the aisles of..wait for it..Primark! I knew it belonged in my wardrobe.  Even better, it was on the sale rail, for a mere £10.00. Yup, you heard me right £10.00!


The khaki colour of the coat is the perfect alternative to your classic black jacket. It adds a subtle pop of colour, while still maintaining a very autumnal/winter vibe. The length is perfect, finishing mid calf, it doesn't swamp me, and I find the cut and fit of the coat very flattering.

With the coat being the star of the show, I decided to pair it with a somewhat understated base layer. A classic, grey, roll neck jumper, which you all know are staples in my winter wardrobe! A pair of plain black, high waist, skinny jeans, and black boots. A neutral, classic, base layer, made up of some great winter wardrobe staples.

I also think this coat could work perfectly with a classic little black dress, and some heeled boots. Perfect for those Christmas Parties, and for keeping warm!


In terms of accessories, I decided to keep these pretty understated as well. I opted for this stunning snowflake necklace from Jewellery Box, which I received from the lovely Sherry Scribbles. It's the perfect way to make any outfit festive, without being too in your face!

To complete the look I chose a very slouchy tote bag, also from Primark. This bag is amazing as it fits my camera, make-up, hairbrush, water bottle, purse and phone in easily, with plenty of room to spare. For a woman who likes to carry the kitchen sink around with her, a big bag is essential!

How would you style a Maxi Coat?
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11 November 2016

Five Ways To Prepare Your Wardrobe For Winter


As soon as bonfire night has passed my mind turns to my festive winter wardrobe. The weather has really dropped in temperature now and the shops are adorned with festive knits and luxurious coats. If you don't have an endless pot of money to spend on a new festive wardrobe, here are five ways to easily update your wardrobe on a budget.

1. My first tip would be to dig out all of your knitwear from last year. Knitwear never goes out of fashion, so therefore why buy a whole lot of new jumpers, when you already have a stash at home ready to wear? Evaluate what you have, and what you might want to buy. If you're not into big chunky knitwear, roll necks are the perfect alternative, as they're made with thinner material yet still keep you really cosy.


2. Accessories are essential. As mentioned in my previous , accessories really can make an outfit. Instead of light layers and thin scarves, winter is all about the thick blanket scarves, chunky bobble hats and warm golden brown hues. I absolutely adore this mustard bobble hat from Primark. It fits perfectly with my winter wardrobe, and keeps me extremely cosy on those blustery cold days. It was a bargain for just £2.00, and really adds that pop of colour to my outfit.

You can dress up an old coat with a soft, faux fur, stole, or a chunky, cable knit scarf. Hide that windswept hair under a stylish bobble hat, or sleek fedora. Keep those fingers warm in soft gloves. The list is endless.



3. Another way to update your winter wardrobe is with a practical pair of boots. Now I know there are some stunning embroided, velvet, heeled boots out there, but really how much wear will you get out of them? What your wardrobe needs is a trusty pair of weather appropriate boots. These brown, knee high, flat boots are from New Look last year, they have been worn so many times and are still a firm favourite in this year's wardrobe.

Think about your current wardrobe and what style boot will go with all of your outfits, whether it be a cute Chelsea boot, some on trend knee highs, or a vibrant pair of wellies. Which are also high on my wish list for all the winter walks I like to take!


4. If you do feel like you have some cash to spare, why not choose to add one statement piece into your winter wardrobe, for example, a stand out coat or new bag. Outfit building is made so much easier when you're basing it around one key piece.

This year I'm looking to add a long, grey, wool style coat into my winter wardrobe. I think they look perfect with jeans and little black boots, but also they're great to layer over party dresses, to keep you that bit warmer!


5. Re-style those summer pieces. Those summer dresses you've packed away, wouldn't they look great with thick tights and a snug cardigan over the top? Don't be too hasty to dismiss your summer wardrobe, as a lot of the things you own can be re-styled to work in your winter wardrobe. It saves you some money at the same time!

These are my five ways to prepare your wardrobe for winter. I hope you've found this post interesting and please let me know if there's anything you think that I've missed!

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9 October 2016

How To Nail Transitional Dressing



There's a chill in the air, stores are stocking up on those classic chunky knits, and everyone's got that twinkle in their eye for the festive season ahead. Yet at the same time, summer is desperately clinging on with it's last moments of warmth, and we're looking at our wardrobe in deep confusion.

It's too cold for that floaty, boho, summer dress, but too warm to pull on those cosy, roll neck jumpers. We are in the grey area of transitional dressing. One day the sun's shining, the next it's cold and gloomy. We're battling to keep warm, then sweltering under too many layers. How can we find the perfect compromise?

Here are my top tips for nailing transitional dressing;

1. Light layers are your best friend. Whether its a thin knit, maxi cardigan, or a structured, light-weight trench coat. They can be popped over a t-shirt for day's when it's still warm, or over thick, chunky, knits, for another layer of cosiness. 

This baby pink, boyfriend fit, Primark trench is the ideal transitional coat. It's light weight, relaxed fit, makes it an easy layering piece. I wear it with chunky cream jumpers, pretty dresses, and ankle boots. It's also perfect for making an outfit feel put together.


2. Tonal Dressing is the way forward. Classic pieces in creams, camels and browns make ideal pieces for transitional dressing. They are classic, easy to wear tones, and will last you all through the winter and into those early days of spring. They are also light in colour, making them wearable for those rare warm days. Pick breathable fabrics that can be worn over, or under other pieces. Cotton, linen and chiffon are great for this.

 I picked up this pretty, ruffle detail, cream chiffon shirt from New Look. You can wear a nude, or white, vest underneath it with just a leather jacket, or cardigan on top, for a warm (but not stifling) outfit. Or take layering to the next level by adding an on trend, flannel shirt on top, under that leather jacket. Swap the boyfriend fit, light wash jeans for a well-fitting pair of dark, skinny jeans. Et voila, perfect for all occasions.



3. Accessories are key. A classic pair of sunglasses can take you from summer to winter with ease. They are one of my wardrobe essentials, that I love to have in my bag at all times. Especially for those days when the winter sun is out in full force.
 
Thin scarves are also perfect for those cooler days, for that bit of warmth around your neck, when you don't want the restriction of a permanent roll neck. If you get too hot it's easy to take off and pop in your bag.
 
4. Look at what you have already, and only buy what you need. When winter hits, I have a habit of wanting to buy so many new clothes. Then I realise that I actually have some pretty good pieces already. Always look through your wardrobe and see what you can keep, and how you can make them work for autumn/winter.
 
 

Pink Trench Coat - Primark | Ruffle Shirt - New Look | Jeans - Asda | Bag - Primark
 
 
 
Hope you enjoyed my tips to nailing transitional dressing!
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