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17 March 2017

How to Style the Bralet with Boohoo | AD



[AD] 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 | AD




[AD] 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 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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28 September 2016

A/W16 VIP Blogger Event With Intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham | AD



[AD] Last week I was invited along to an exciting, behind the scenes, VIP Blogger Event with Intu Victoria Centre. The event was all about the new A/W Launches that were happening in the centre, and we were going to be treated to a sneaky preview before they hit stores.

I have been fortunate enough to attend all of Intu Victoria Centre's Blogger events along side the lovely Sherry from , and every time they get bigger and better, so I was extremely excited to see what they had in store for us this season.



 As I approached the Blogger Box I could see that it had been beautifully decorated with an array of golden, orange leaves, and mannequins sporting the latest styles. I gave my name and headed straight over to the cocktail station!



We were spoilt with a selection of delicious, mouth watering, canapés from Thaikhun, that perfectly accompanied their rainbow coloured cocktails.


Drink in hand I headed over to the Super+SuperHQ Flower Crown making station. The table was full of autumnal coloured flowers, pearls and gold glittery accessories. I decided to go all out and make a full crown of stunning, sumptuous, purple flowers, with pearls delicately dotted in between them. If you want to see how it turned out, check out my . I loved the finished look!






With my new headpiece in place I wandered over to the Boots Beauty stations. There were beauty experts from; Clarins, Benefit, Estee Lauder, Liz Earle & Lancôme there to talk to us about their brand. It was really interesting to hear the stories behind the collections, and also find out what new launches they had in store.

Estee Lauder are launching a breath taking new scent in October, by the name of  Modern Muse Nuit, which is autumn captured in a bottle! The scent is described as 'A contrast of hypnotic florals and addictive woods, seductive as the night', completely sold by the description alone!

 Another intriguing fact, did you know that Liz Earle's packaging is that stunning blue shade because it was inspired by the sea view from her first ever store?! It was amazing to see how much thought goes into every aspect of these brands.






I have booked myself in for a few consultations, and beauty treatments with a selection of the brands, and cannot wait to try out some more of their products.

We were able to chat and network with some of the other bloggers before the John Lewis Catwalk Show began.

This A/W John Lewis are launching a new brand that's exclusive to themselves, by the name of Modern Rarity. We were treated to a preview of what the collection has to offer.










 Modern Rarity is a brand that takes a modern twist on classic, timeless pieces. The colour palette consists of soft, muted neutrals such as, blush pinks and creamy camel tones. The collection is designed around premium quality, luxury fabrics and precision tailoring. The aim is that you can wear the pieces season upon season.

  It took two years to create Modern Rarity, with every design decision having immense thought put into it. You can see the effort being exuded by the clothing as the fit and textures are sensational.

I fell in love with the long camel Notch Collared Coat and the Gorgeous Cashmere Funnel Neck Jumper. Two classic pieces that I would love to add to my A/W16 wardrobe.

 Being a luxury, premium quality, brand means that these pieces are investment wardrobe staples. The collection ranges in price from £60 onwards. However, the price is indicative of the high end quality.

Overall, Modern Rarity is a classic, fresh take on timeless, staple, wardrobe essentials. A luxurious, perfectly put together, premium brand featuring; precision tailoring, flawless exclusive design and limited edition collaborations. What more could you want from a brand.

You can shop the collection online , or better yet, head over to John Lewis in Intu Victoria Centre to experience the opulent collection in the flesh.

As the event drew to an end we were gifted a gorgeous goody bag by Sostrene Grene, a cute homeware store, full of home décor goodies and Boxed water! Which is very LFW.


A Huge thank you to Intu Victoria Centre and Cartwright Communications for letting me be part of the Intu Victoria Centre VIB Night, and also for all the hard work and effort that's put into every one of their events.

 I have Vlogged the event too, so keep your eyes peeled on my YouTube Channel for that Vlog!

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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.

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