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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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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.


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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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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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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!
 
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Faux Leather Jacket - Select Fashion /
Monochrome Shirt - Peacocks /
Denim Skirt-
 

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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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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?
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6 August 2016

Slip Dress Styling




Happy Sunday! I managed to sneak in a cheeky outfit shoot as I am in love with this slip dress & T-shirt combo from Primark - I know I practically live in there!

 Slip dresses have been a huge trend for a while now, from sexy slinky silk ones, to more edgy velvet ones, you name it there's a slip dress for it. However, I just felt with my body type the trend wasn't that flattering on me, that was until I saw this combination. I really like how the outfit is still girly with the cute ditsy daisy print, but it's made more wearable and casual by layering it over the top of this plain white tee.


The material is soft, airy and floaty, meaning that it's perfect for a summer's day. It could be worn bare legged with tan flats and a huge floppy hat, or even be worn with trainers for a sport luxe twist. The possibilities are endless, which is why it worked it's way into my ever expanding wardrobe.


As it was a Summer's night I decided to pair the slip dress with this over-sized, baby pink trench coat, also from Primark. I really like how the coat adds a pop of colour to the outfit, but it's still very season appropriate. The cut and fit of the jacket is very flattering and it moves easily with you, instead of not being able to lift your arms above waist height, wahoo!

I can definitely see myself wearing both these pieces endlessly throughout the rest of this season, and maybe even into next season! I'm already picturing it with knee high boots and a burgundy suede biker jacket, someone stop me!



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