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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Dress in the Jungle


The last holiday look is here (and I'm kind of relieved because I am so desperate to show you guys some autumn winter looks coming up so I want to crack on with that!). At the same time mentally, thinking about my holiday is just making me miss it and I need to move forward because I still have mega holiday blues! I kind of wish I went on holiday around June time because at least all of my items would be current and still shoppable for the sunny weather. Oh well stop dwelling Laura! Lets talk details!

I kept seeing the brand Honey Punch pop up on ASOS the odd here and there, and then this gorgeous grey embroidered smock dress appeared and I bought it instantly. I swear this summer my wardrobe has consisted of lots of playsuits and dresses this year, which is a little different to last years obsessions with kimonos. At least with this dress I'm planning to layer it with a crop jumper for Autumn and I think some black knee high boots will also look lush with this! I love the floaty simplicity and the material is really lightweight. Shame this dress is rather short in length, but I was expecting that to be the case anyways. 

So I wanted to keep the colours simple. I felt like at this hotel not many people properly dressed up for the evening buffet. I wore flats most nights but liked these lace up espadrilles from Ego because the platform definitely gave the legs some length! Yes they look chunky but I can assure you that they are really comfortable to walk in! 

I also thought the name of this post was most relevant. They had these massive giant leaves bunched together around the hotel grounds which I thought was rather Instagram worthy! Why I can't these in my back garden!? 

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Dress - ASOS 
Sunglasses - Quay Australia
Shoes (*) - Ego 
Bag - Ali Express 

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Flattering Floral


Have any of you ever planned clothes to wear for holiday weeks in advance, and then you spot something literally days before you go and that suddenly becomes the top priority in your suitcase? Thats exactly what happened with this Topshop floral shirt dress. I had a rough idea with blog outfits a month before but suddenly the day before our flight, I went into town just to get some last minute items and I stumbled into Topshop and made this spontaneous purchase! I have no regrets, however I do think this is slightly overpriced. I don't normally complain if its thin material but what really bugs me is when items are made of viscose! I have ruined so many items by accidentally putting them in the wash at 40 degrees and them coming out looking like it would fit a five year old! Unfortunately, this item is £42 AND it's also made from viscose! Gutted. You just have to make sure to wack it on 30 degrees on a short spin (15 minutes I've tired and tested), plus you have to reshape and give it a shake as soon as you take it out of the wash. As long as you can remember to do that and to not mix it with your standard dark clothing then yes I would recommend this just because it's flattering and easy to style for day wear or for the evening.frames

Rant over! Lets move on to these stunning Prada Sunglasses from Frames Direct. I tried this particular style on weeks ago in London and fell in love! Do you ever have an instinct where you stumble across something whilst window shopping and you know it's going to be a massive win before you have even tried the product on? It happens to me a lot with perfume (only judging by the perfume bottle), and it was the same with these sunglasses. Massive thank you to this brand for letting me collaborate with them and they genuinely do have such a massive selection! Prada have been slaying with their sunglasses this summer and Frames Direct do stock all the popular brands and styles, plus they are competitive prices too! (NOTE: the ones I'm wearing are the 'Spotted Brown Pink' colour.)

Have any of you also noticed the rookie error with my Public Desire lace up block heel sandals? I only noticed when I was editing the photographs!! Oh well I'm only human! Silly lace ups!

I wanted to also add as well that I have used a different camera lens (you probably can't see the difference but I wanted to explain). This year I have used the 85mm f1.8 which I literally describe as a beast! You can literally get any decent shot when you know the gist of the settings. For these shots however, I used the 50mm f1.4 lens. When I first started out I used the 50mm f1.8 which I would still recommend as the best starter lens, mainly because it's affordable (roughly £80). This one I used was just the more advanced version because it can get down to a larger aperture (potentially a more blurry background). I am impressed but I think I need to practise the lens with my Mum, just because she is normally my photographer and has a steadier hand (a few of these shots we had to re take. Was that because I was getting used to a new lens, or was my boyfriend slacking, who knows!?) Ha! I will keep you guys updated and may do a review on the comparison. I have linked the camera I use and the lens which was used for these photographs below! 


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Shirt Dress - Topshop
Sunglasses (*) - Frames Direct
Shoes (*) - Public Desire
Bag - Ali Express

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Kiss the Sky Part 2


Evening! If you follow me on Instagram you would know that I have just returned from my 11 day holiday at the Kefaluka Resort hotel in Bodrum, Turkey. I was able to shoot three outfits whilst I was out there so my plan is to get all these outfits published this week and then I can start to focus on all the Autumn Winter clothing thats slowly starting to appear! I am gutted that I have come back to a gloomy rainy England, but thankfully I do LOVE my coats and jackets so I'm excited to move forward with the seasons. 
So I'm starting with this stunning playsuit from Kiss the Sky. I'm going to be honest, it was only used for shooting and I never wore it to any of the evening meals. I purchased it from the Silk Fred website and someone suggested to go up a size because it was rather short in length, which I did. Short is an understatement!! It was just about okay to stand and take photographs in but then once you start walking then everything rides up! It's literally laughable. I'm only 5ft 8 and I never consider that massively tall!! I'm tempted to add some crochet lace on the bottom to help give it some length because I genuinely do love it and would love to wear it next year and actually feel comfortable wearing it! This hasn't been the first when purchasing from Kiss the Sky, a few of their items I've purchased have been on the short side, which is a shame because I love their summer collections for festivals. I even questioned if I was even going to post this outfit, but sometimes it's nice to show the real fit of something when the website photographs can be pretty misleading.
On a plus note I didn't have any issues with the Public Desire lace up heels. I wasn't sure on the clear heel to begin with, but it actually makes these shoes really versatile for many outfits. I guess a clear heel isn't anything statement or over the top, but something different to the expected grey heel. They come in other colours but I was after something different and I only own one other pair of grey heeled sandals. At least these will take me into Autumn Winter and they are comfy to wear (anything thats lace up is a win for me because they are so easy to adjust for the perfect fit!) 
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Playsuit - Kiss the Sky
Shoes (*) - Public Desire
Wing Necklace (*) - Tilly Sveaas Jewellery 
Feather Necklace (*) - Tilly Sveaas Jewellery 
Sunglasses - Quay Australia 
Bag - Ali Express

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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Office Tour with Zazzle

So I have just realised that I have owned my office for almost a year and I have NEVER got round to showing you guys an office tour! I remember last summer I was getting really down about not having a workspace to call my own, and it didn't really feel like my job as a blogger was taken seriously. Mum and I didn't have to search for long because we discovered this amazing workspace down the road and the rent is so reasonable! At the start we did have to redecorate and paint the walls white but I'm so grateful that the owner is easy going and said that I could literally do whatever I want with the space! I can't see me letting go of this office because the room size is perfect and I love that it forces me to get out of the house and be productive! 
The timing of this office tour is perfect because I have teamed up with Zazzle to show you some of their amazing customisable products that have really helped add the finishing touches to my office! I haven't spent that much time buying decorative items because the furniture was the priority and the money does add up over time! Luckily the items from Zazzle definitely make my space look so colourful! 
So the first thing I wanted to do was have a wall with a photo arrangement. I got some inspiration from Pinterest and I spent HOURS getting the right images and making sure they were all the right sizes for the vision that I had in my head. Zazzle have the biggest selection of prints, posters and photographs that you are BOUND to find something. Whether it's just a single print for a bed side table, or if you are thinking of a photo arrangement, I am still mind blown with how many images there are on their website and the flexibility to change the sizes is brilliant! I wanted the wall to look summery, but suiting my personality still (hence the photography quote and how could I say no to the 'girl boss' image!?) 
Now lets talk about the cushions. Again, this was just another print I stumbled upon whilst searching 'rose gold' and you could have this print added to almost any of the items Zazzle stock! I loved this print so much it made sense to have it added onto a laptop sleeve because I have never owned one and I felt like it's been very overdue! The laptop sleeve will come with me on holiday and it's honestly such a good quality as well as the cushions! 
Now the marble clock isn't very summery, but I like that it's versatile and will be suited all year round. Last year I bought a few marble items so I knew the clock wouldn't look out of place. If you love marble then you will LOVE what Zazzle has in store. It's very tempting to make a marble phone case and notebook cover!
There is literally something for everyone on Zazzle! You can shop so many categories (for example clothing, accessories, and art supplies) OR you can create your own personalised item by using a pre made design or your own image! I found the whole process really easy when choosing all of these items and I would recommend this website to anyone looking for some funky stationary, home decor, or wall decorations. 
Overall I am so over the moon with the products I picked to give my office some summery vibes. As much as I love the winter season, I find it so gloomy and I want my office to look motivating and colourful to work in. 
All of my items are added below and I have even added the sizes I used for the wall images. Of course you don't have to them in the same size as mine, but it's to give you an idea of the overall size of the wall arrangement! 
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Rose Gold Mandala photograph (5x7 inches) (*)  
'Girl Boss' Art Photo (5x7 inches) (*) 
Palm Tree Tropical Poster (14x14) (*) 
'Life is like a Camera' Poster (14x14) (*)
Galveston Sunrise Pier Photo (16x12) (*) 
Evening lights Park Photo Print (16x12)(*)
Tropical Palm Rose Gold Cushion (*)
Tropical Palm Rose Gold Laptop Sleeve (*) 
Marble Stone Wall Clock (*)
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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Simplicity in the City


The last couple of weeks have admittedly, dragged! Basically the last five blog posts (including this one) were all photographed a couple of weeks ago because I've had to back log all of these outfits whilst my photographer aka Mum went away on holiday!! Ideally I wanted enough blog posts to last for when I'm on holiday (I go away the day after she comes back!) but it would have been so tricky and I HATE forcing outfits for the sake of a blog post. Plus we are getting into Autumn and Winter so after this blog post and a few outfits from my holiday I will be focusing on the September trends and I honestly cannot wait!! 

I am soooo pleased that this wrap print blouse from Boohoo is back in stock because I have owned it all summer and have been needing to blog it. I hate blogging something when the product is out of stock so timing is key and right now all sizes are available! This print is versatile for next season and I love the flattering fit. 

These Quay Australia Sunglasses have also been a massive must this summer! Infact I have a confession to make. I may of had too many shots at Creamfields festival a couple weeks ago and I might have lost them whilst walking around. I've still no idea how, but the last time I saw them I did hang them on the top of my playsuit and I think I was away with the fairies. I did fall back to reality when I realised, and I ordered a new pair THERE AND THEN whilst dancing in a tent because I these have been one of my favourite pairs and the lens colour is just dreamy! To be fair they were pretty scuffed and there was annoying scratch on them so I'm not complaining too much. I may have drooled when I got my fresh pair in the post! 

Another favourite item that I have enjoyed wearing this summer is bra lets! They are a bit of a rip off for us busty girls here because they sure aren't going to support anything, yet they can be just as expensive as an actual bra! So I would completely understand if you thought these were pointless but I only like them for their appearance and not practicality. This harness style from Missguided has been worn a few times for blog posts and love how it can alter the overall look! 

Compared to some of my outfits, I think this one is rather simplistic, hence the blog post name! Normally I wear a jacket and I can get carried away with my colours and prints but this outfit is very practical for day and you can easily dress it up for evening drinks with a clutch bag! Hope you like!

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Bralet - Missguided 
Sunglasses - Quay Australia at ASOS 
Shorts (similar here) - Pretty Little Thing
Wrap blouse - Boohoo 
Lace up Shoes (similar here) - Public Desire 
Bag - Topshop 


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Friday, 2 September 2016

Dreamy Denim


Happy Friday! I go on holiday in less than a week woo!! Have I got everything sorted? Nope? But I think all my toiletries are out the way and I always find that the most annoying part. Am I the only one that plans outfits for every evening?! I know that sounds really over the top but it does help me pack sensibly and means I'm not literally throwing everything into my suitcase (at the very last minute I will probably end up doing that though!) 

For now it's another outfit! River Island launched this gorgeous festival style jacket around the beginning of summer but it quickly sold out. But luckily it is now back in stock! I also purchased the same jacket in black (I blogged it here), but I do love how this one looks gorgeous with denim blue colours. On the website it is described as a kimono (it fits like a jacket), and it also states it is a 'relaxed fit'. Can I just say I had to SIZE UP in this, so please don't make the same mistake as me and order a small size thinking it will be oversized because it sure as hell isn't relaxed! I'm normally a 10-12 in jackets and I'm wearing the 12. 

So I'm styling it with these gorgeous dip dye shorts from Topshop. I spotted these in Oxford Circus a few weeks ago and I have eventually got round to buying them because I really want to take them on holiday! I also needed to size up. I always find that Topshop never size shorts well for people that have hips so I'm just accepting that these are a little baggy on the waist but I definitely couldn't get the size 10's on! Even if I did I highly doubt they would cover up the gibble so these are better suited for out and about! 

The shoes that I am wearing have also been a favourite and I've worn them loads! They are from Miss Pap and right now they have a massive espradilles selection online. I love the lace up design but they are currently sold out so I have linked some similar below.


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Jacket - River Island 
Shorts - Topshop 
Sunglasses - Dolce and Gabanna at the Sunglasses Shop 
Shoes (similar here) - Miss Pap  
Top (similar here) - Boohoo
Bag (similar here) - Missguided


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