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Sunday, 24 July 2016

HAMSA


Good evening! Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend! Where on earth has July gone? I'm not too upset just because there's lots happening in August so I do want July to hurry up. Plus I will be nearer to my holiday (which isn't til September waahh! At least I've got plenty of time to prepare) 

It doesn't stop me wearing holiday looks which can be styled up so it's suited for out and out in the 
UK though! The Boohoo hamsa playsuit is PERFECT for holiday and is a wardrobe must! It's only £15 and it's a lovely lightweight material. I would wear this over a bikini if I needed to go out of the holiday hotel or, for this instance in the UK, a simple lightweight jacket is great to layer it up for the cooler evenings. If you aren't a fan of the Hamsa print, Boohoo also stocks an elephant print in a deep purple colour *adds to basket*.

I also need to add something about the Missguided biker jacket. I noticed on the reviews some people said the faux suede biker jackets are poor quality or not worth the £40 price tag. In my opinion the jacket definitely isn't poor quality, however, the strap at the bottom of the jacket gets pulled from the heavy buckle so on a couple of occasions the strap has fallen out but i've luckily noticed. I may just simply stitch the belt strap in place to keep it secure but apart from that I really like their jackets and love how easy they are to style. You can size down in these but I kept to a size 10 just because I prefer the slouchy fit. Would I buy another in a different colour? Absolutely!

The shoes from Boohoo are also a must! I only picked them for a festival a couple weeks ago because the cleated heel would make them practical for walking on the grass but they have become one of my favourite pair of shoes! I am definitely taking these on holiday because I love that they still give the illusion of longer legs, yet I literally feel like I have a spring in my step when I walk in these. I honestly couldn't fault them! 

The ASOS western belt has been used loads! It's real leather and I have worn it several times but I MIGHT buy a new one just for holiday because the strap is wearing away slightly. The one I have will probably be fine for holiday but this belt has been one of my earlier summer purchases and the strap is starting to flake a tiny bit! I still think it's worth it. It's flattering and it looks super nice with ripped denim shorts or around a floaty summer dress! 

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Playsuit (*) and Shoes (*) - Boohoo  / Jacket (*) - Missguided  / Bag - Sarah Ashcroft collection at Lamoda / Sunglasses and Belt  - ASOS 
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Festival Edit with ASOS


I'm very chuffed to say that I've been able to work with one of my favourite brands again, ASOS!! I was over the moon when I got told the news and was thrilled to pick out some items for a festival look! Every year I am obsessed with festival fashion and I'm always inspired to try new and exciting items or make up ideas. I wanted to pick items that would be practical for day to day looks, but still wanted to make it look like I've made some effort to show some festival vibes. 

Let's start with the ASOS suede western fringe backpack . This has been on my radar for some time and I love the fringing and silver detail on the front. I have bought suede bags from ASOS in the past and I have never been disappointed with the quality. For £55 this is worth every penny! I'm tempted to take this with me on holiday because it will also make such a good travel bag or for when I'm sunbathing on the beach and I will need to carry all my beach accessories. Of course, this bag would be perfect for a festival! The fringing helps to give it some movement, and you are bound to get compliments with the statement silver studs. 

I am so in love with this Kiss the Sky lace dress! I realised that I hadn't blogged a dress in ages and when I came across this one, I knew I had to purchase this! The sleeves are so floaty! The overall fit is slightly oversized, but it's very flattering at the same time. It isn't too short either so I'm really happy with the length,  and the detail on the front with the button fastenings makes this such a beautiful bohemian inspired design. The dress also comes in black if cream isn't your cuppa, but I am really impressed with this one and would highly recommend. 

My last purchase was the ASOS Emma slouchy ankle boots which I think really helped complete this look for me. I was hunting for brown boots because I always feel like I wear lots of black footwear and wanted to break this habit. Yes, the block heel is black but I still feel like I've made some effort and at least the heel matches my bag! These are so comfy and I love the simple tie and laid back appearence. These boots will look seriously lush with jeans or a denim skirt, so I'm confidant these will get worn many more times in the future. 

Do check out the ASOS website if you are needing some items for a festival, or if you are after some items with a festival theme! You are bound to find something when they are adding new items every day!

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Dress - Kiss the Sky on ASOS
Boots - ASOS
Suede Backpack  - ASOS 
Fringe Jacket - ASOS old, but similar here
Necklace - Similar here 


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Monday, 4 July 2016

Embroidered Playsuit



Evening all! I had the opportunity to take an outfit in London even though it horribly went tits up! I have just really been struggling to like my photography and I know I need to lower my expectations but I just feel like I have been taking blog photographs for a while now and sometimes I think my images should look more professional and creative. My mum and boyfriend are amazing taking my blog photos and they are so patient and I would have never have got this far without them, but sometimes I struggle to communicate what I want in my photographs, and the vision that I have in my head doesn’t appear the way I want it to when the shot has been taken. Whenever I say I’m a perfectionist, normally everyone replies saying thats a good thing, but the feeling can be very disheartening when my expectations can be so high!! So Saturday resorted to me bursting into tears and Matt cheering me up with some Ben Cookies! It could have been worse and luckily the weather did stay dry whilst we took these shots, and I'm glad some of them turned out okay. 

Okay so lets start with this Boohoo embroidered playsuit. I fell in love with this instantly and the embroidery really makes this bang on trend! I love the floaty sleeves and the elasticated waist makes this really comfy to wear, and its easy to take off when you need to visit the loo! I don't seem to understand why the shorts are longer on the inside of the leg compared to outside, but it isn't noticeable when you're on the move! For £20, I would recommend this as a wardrobe staple! 

I think a belt is needed for to give this playsuit some shape and this double buckle western one helped massively! I love how statement this one is and its easy to take off because it fastens with poppers at the back. If you aren't a fan of the double buckle feature, the single buckle western belt style would work just as well!

I am especially happy with the rose gold aviators from Elle Belle Attire! I have been after a pair in this colour for ages and these are literally perfect for my massive face! They are oversized, and for £20 I couldn't say no. These particular ones are sold out nearly everywhere so I'm just over the moon that I found a store selling them. 


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Playsuit (*) - Boohoo 
Shoes (*) - Public Desire 
Belt - Boohoo (sold out, similar here) 
Sunglasses - Elle Belle Attire 
Bag - Yes Style
Choker - Lamoda

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Dressed Down Festival


If only you guys knew what goes on whilst us bloggers edit photographs and type up content! Right now I'm currently watching Harry Potter. In a weird way the Harry Potter films definitely inspire me. Take the cgi effects for example. The animation in the first film is good, but there are parts where falling humans, and Harry getting stuck on a trolls head doesn't look very convincing. At the time when the film was made of course these effects were considered incredible. But ten years on and looking at the effects from the very last film, it definitely makes me believe that magic could exist ha! What I'm trying to say is, progression is crucial to keep the ball rolling and there are times when I think I've peaked a tad with my blogging content. I know the next step for me is Youtube and I hope to start it really soon (just wish there was a spell to edit videos in an instant! I can keep dreaming). The only thing I can do for now is keep doing what I love, and sometimes looking back at old posts or Instagram photos isn't a bad thing. 
I also need to be more accepting of my blog and stop beating myself up about it. Yes the 1st Harry Potter film doesn't have the best animation but that doesn't make it a bad film. With anything in life, you have to start somewhere!

Anyways, enough about Hazza! As you know, my passion at the moment has been focused around festival looks! When I say 'festival', that doesn't have to be items only to be worn on a field surrounded by drunk ravers. Items that can be worn to festivals, can be toned down for a casual day look. This Missguided denim jacket is the perfect example! I fell in love with the elephant print on the back, and the rips help to give it some detail. The only thing I'm gutted about with this jacket is that the sleeves are too tight to be rolled up! Plus there aren't any buttons or a zip to help loosen the sleeves. Apart from that the fit is true to size and denim is always a must in the summer season. 

I styled this with my comfy western boots and my crochet Asos top. I discovered that I've been ordering so many statement pieces that I'm lacking the essentials. This top is perfect for day to day looks and it will also be great for any holidays coming up! 

Also the Quay Australia sunglasses are now in the sale! I have always been a fan of the gunmetal colour and I've definitely got my money's worth. They are have been worn loads for previous posts! 

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Jacket (*) - Missguided 
Shorts (*) - Missguided 
Boots (*) - Missguided 
Bag - Missguided 
Crochet Top - Asos 
Belt - Asos
Sunglasses (now in the sale!) - Quay Australia 
Choker - Wanderdusk Jewellery 

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Blouses and Bralets


Oh it feels so good to shoot an outfit! This weather has been horrendous! Whenever my mum and I have been ready to take photographs it has either been tipping it down with rain or the sky has looked like a dull day in November! To be honest it was still pretty cloudy today but luckily it was bright, so we went for it and got snapping! 

I actually wore this outfit out last week when Matt and I went to Las Iguanas. It's had been ages since I had gone out for a meal and I wanted to make an effort! I've spotted all these pyjama style blouses and bralet combos, which tempted me to try this look (plus its a nice change from all my festival style looks lately!) I love how this Mango blouse can be worn as a lightweight blazer, but keeping the buttons fastened gives the shirt some shape. It did go into sale and most of the sizes have sold out online, so I have linked loads of alternatives below if you want to give the pyjama look a go! 

The Missguided bralet is a must!! I love the harness detail and it will be perfect to use with dresses and floaty tops in the future. I would say its true to size. They also have the bralet in nude and grey . 

I need to point out that my black western buckle clutch bag is back in stock! It's the perfect size to fit all your going out essentials in, and I love that it's on trend so it will go with any festival outfits too. 

I've also discovered that the grey sandals that I'm wearing are IN THE SALE and ALL SIZES ARE IN STOCK! Can't believe they are now £16.99 but they are honestly worth it! 

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Bralet - Missguided 
 Sandals (*) - Public Desire
 Sunglasses - Quay Australia 
Bag (*)- Boohoo 
Watch (*)- Abbott and Mosley (get 15% off their website with the code 'Pixie') 
Shorts - Pretty Little Thing (similar here) 
Blouse - Mango (similar here)  
More alternatives to the blouse in the slideshow below! 

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Young Bohemians



We are finally into June, and we can officially say it's SUMMERTIME! The only thing that has sucked lately is the weather! But I believe things happen for a reason. I have been desperate to blog this stunning playsuit from Young Bohemians for a while now and I'm so happy with this look! I first came across this brand when I purchased one of their Bomber Jackets a couple of months ago (see the blog post here!).  Their selection on ASOS screams festival vibes, ranging from tie dye cami's, lace details and lots of embroidery! With this playsuit I was drawn to the pastel colours, and the pom pom detail really helps to give the playsuit some shape and movement. The lace up front is a massive bonus because you can adjust the top half to your desired fit (busty girls, you know what I'm talking about!) 
The only issue I sometimes have with playsuits is the length because I have a long torso but I would say it's true to size and the length was spot on! If you want something colourful and comfy for a festival coming up then I would highly recommend this! How can you say no when it's under £30?!

So I do admit, I have styled it similar to the model on the ASOS website. There were two ways I was thinking of styling the playsuit. One, with a white kimono to match the pom poms OR, toughen up the look with a black jacket and lace up sandals. My aim was to shoot this look last week, but the weather was a let down. But over the weekend I spotted this stunning black eyelet suede jacket on River Island and it was love at first sight. The price was a little off putting but when there was a 25% discount code (which has expired now), I couldn't say no! Luckily the day I scheduled to shoot this outfit the jacket arrived! So going back to believing in things happening for a reason, I believe this jacket and the playsuit were made to be blogged together! It was meant to be! 

The ASOS western belt I would also recommend because it is real leather and the buckle has some pretty engraving. I don't think I have ever spent £16 on a belt, but this one was so worth it. It's easy to be worn with day wear looks, or with any of my evening wardrobe pieces like a jump-suit or with high waisted jeans. 

This outfit has definitely got me inspired to shoot more festival looks. There are times when I think I go overboard on some of the prints and colours, but I can't hold back when it's something that I love to shoot. Plus festival clothing is more acceptable in the countryside. Can you imagine if I tried to shoot this outfit in Kensington?! 

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Playsuit (*) - Young Bohemians on ASOS  / Shoes (*) - Public Desire / Belt - ASOS / Suede Jacket - River Island / Choker (*) - Wanderdusk Jewellery / Sunglasses - Quay Australia 


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