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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Double Pom Poms


I feel like so much has happened since my last blog post! I swear when you are a child, the days up to Christmas in December major ally drag but when you work in retail the days go by so quick! I have struggled lately to keep up the blogging and work balance and I must suck since I only work part time ! I have felt constantly exhausted lately and my eyes have kept twitching (probably from the tiredness and stress), so I do apologise that this post is overdue but for the last couple of days I have tried to take a step back and try and rewind a little. The Clothes show knocked my out on Saturday and Sunday I was literally feeling the symptoms of a hangover (even though I hadn't drank anything). Bare with me guys, I am slowly catching up!

So this outfit was shot a couple of weeks ago but most of the items are still in stock! Missguided have been literally slaying with their new in stock, and their discount codes around the Cyber Weekend were too good to say no to so I purchased this lovely camel jumper dress. Yes you heard, this is an actual dress! I probably could have got away with wearing this as a dress but on this occasion I didn't want to be freezing my tits off so I stuck to practicality and wore my old Topshop coated joni jeans

So I styled the jumper dress with my trusty aviator jacket thats also from Missguided! I purchased this last year but they have luckily brought back a similar style, plus many more colours! My boyfriend found three of my aviator jackets from Missguided and he wasn't impressed! I say if you like the fit of one jacket you might as well get in in at least one other colour to mix and match!

So what I think really makes the outfit is obviously the double pom hat from Amelia Jane London! I have been after a beanie hat with faux fur poms poms because a lot of them floating around are used with REAL FUR! Always read the small print guys when buying a hat like this on ebay or a boutique shop. Me personally I just don't like the idea of a dead racoon on my head but luckily Amelia Jane stock a massive range of fur and faux fur pom pom hats but this one was my favourite! 

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Jacket (similar below) - Missguided 
Jumper dress (similar below) - Missguided 
Bag - From Holiday 
Jeans - Topshop 
Pom Hat (*)  - Amelia Jane 
Boots (*) - Public Desire 

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Grey on Grey


Can't believe it is now exactly a month until Christmas! I was working on Black Friday the other day and admittedly it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! The store I work in is pretty small but it didn't help that I was exhausted from the previous days! I was in London on Thursday for the Boohoo Christmas party (which was epic!) and then on Tuesday I was lucky enough to attend the Missguided store launch party! Missguided has been one of my favourite online stores for years so to see the store before the official opening was such a privilege. It's honestly incredible! I love how its layered out and all the little features really make their brand image stand out compared to all the other stores in Westfield. I mean what other store would have UNICORN MANNEQUINS!? I did visit it yesterday and it is sad to see the store getting messy but thats retail for ya! It is the cyber weekend so I probably didn't visit it at the best of times but any if you visit it any other weekend and you will be amazed! 

So speaking of the Cyber Weekend, my boots, gilet and hooded jumper are all discounted! Let's start with the top half. I kindly got sent the grey hooded jumper and gilet and coincidently they went rather well together!  I have been obsessed with the colour grey this season and this combo works so well on mild days when it isn't too chilly. If you don't fancy grey then they also stock a stone coloured version. The gilet also feels really good quality, and looks especially good over a leather jacket if you want to layer up! I have been complimented loads when wearing the gilet so do check out their website and they currently have 30% off their entire website! Winning! 

Public Desire are also killing with their Black friday deals and they have been running 30% off everything too! These over the knee boots went perfect with the jumper and they surprisingly do not slip! Thats always my biggest pet hate when it comes to over the knee boots but I'm impressed with these ones! I think the block heel really makes these boots stand out! It looks like marble but it isn't too over the top or striking. They are the perfect versatile boot and the dark grey colour make these a nice change to my black OTK. 

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Hooded Jumper (*) - Miss Pap 
Gilet (*) (similar here) - Miss Pap 
Boots (*) - Public Desire 
Necklaces - New Look 
Bag - Primark 
Jeans - Topshop 

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Embroidered Boots Round 2



I am literally the busiest I have ever been this year! Last week was especially heaving and the tiredness definitely caught up with me on Sunday! On Thursday I worked from 9-1 then dashed to the bus stop to get into London. An hour and a half later I was rushing to the Primark SS17 press event, followed by the Glamorous Press event and then Boohoo. Then I brisker walked it into Primark because I had a gift card to spend, followed by making the long trek back to the bus stop. I didn't get home til midnight! It was a fun day and this week coming will be evening better! I'm going to make the effort to use Insta Stories so if I do post anything this week it will be worth watching! 

Okay onto this outfit! I featured a pair of Ego boots last month and this is basically round two! I was really unsure of these to begin with, but I like that the dark brown colour on these go really well with blue denim. I've been a tad unlucky when this shooting this outfit. I was meant to shoot it ages ago at Center Parcs but felt really unwell. Then I attempted a couple weeks ago but the focusing on my camera was playing up! So this is third time lucky! I have grown to really love the bright embroidery detail on these and the heel height isn't anything ridiculous so you can easily walk around town for the day with no pain. Check out their collection because these aren't the only embroidered boots Ego stock! 

So I have styled this with a few New Look items! When you are in a store environment for sixteen hours a week you do grow to like some items when you are constantly eyeing up the stock. This longline bomber was one of them. I was going to buy the light grey version but I have so many grey jackets that I felt I should try something different. I do love this burgundy jacket but I would suggest going up a size because the size ten on me was tiny! Apart from that its a lovely cosy jacket which you can style up with a fur stole for the evening, or keep it casual for a day look. 

I have also tried the velvet cami and top combo! I have seen this perfected on a few people on social media and I really wanted to give it a go! My black ASOS velvet cami was the perfect fit and did the job for what I wanted to achieve and it wasn't too overpriced either. The New Look necklaces and the Cluse Watch were the perfect pieces of jewellery to go with this look and definitely helped brighten the over all outfit. Overall I am really happy with the outcome!

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Necklaces - New Look 
Bag (similar) - New Look 
White Top - Boohoo
Velvet Cami - ASOS 
Boots (*) - Ego 
Watch (*) - Cluse 
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Monday, 14 November 2016

Fabulous Faux Fur



So as some of you may know I have recently got a part time job just to help tie me over whilst I blog which means I am more limited for time when taking photos! I feel like I have been tested lately! Even this week my mum are I were able to take this outfit in town after my morning shift but it TIPPED it down with rain on the bus there! Luckily the rain did stop but we were lucky! If it rained that would have been a waste of money at the car park and a waste of bus tickets! Honestly at times I really do want to give up because I lose the will to live when things do not go my way! But when I always finish the final edits and share my favourite shots to you guys on my social media thats when I know its always worthwhile! I just need to time manage better and pray that the weather is on my side!

So this is my latest look! I recently showed you guys this faux suedette oversized biker from Jakke over on mu insta which I have completely fallen in love with! It has a quilted lining to make it cosy but the jacket itself feels rather lightweight. I don't always like jackets that swamp me or are really thick material but this honestly ticks the box! I am loving grey right now and the fur lapels and cuffs give it a luxe feel. Its worth every penny guys! I literally felt fabulous wearing this! 

So I decided to style it with my New Look Grid Jumper and my Miss Pap lace up skirt. New Look are winning right now with their knitwear selection! All of their jumpers are so affordable and tempting! Probably doesn't help that I'm surrounded by this brand whilst I'm at work but I genuinely would recommend this jumper and especially love wearing it with my Topshop Joni jeans. The Miss Pap skirt however had to make an appearance purely because I like to mix my outfits up and I get into a bad habit of wearing jeans all the time with blog outfits! I love the lace up front and luckily the skirt isn't too short for my 5 ft 8 frame. They do other colours if you like this style so check out their website! 
The Boohoo velvet boots had to be used for this look because they went with the jacket spot on! I have been undecided with this velvet trend but have grown to like this material on footwear!  These were super easy to walk in but I would suggest to not get these wet like I did! Soggy socks after these photos whoops! 

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Jacket (*) - Jakke (wearing size 8)
Boots (*) - Boohoo 
Skirt (*)  - Miss Pap 
Jumper - New Look 
Bag - Ali Express 
Sunglasses - Quay Australia 


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Monday, 7 November 2016

Starry Eyed


Evening!! It feels like ages since I last uploaded a blog post. Trust I did try to shoot last week, three times in fact! First attempt my 85mm lens was struggling to focus (I think its broken!). Second attempt I tried on my own with a tripod (massive fail!). Third attempt I went into town with Matt and the place where I planned to shoot photos was being used for a graduation ceremony!! I literally sobbed all the way back to the car because I was so fed up! But luckily today Mum and I raced against the clock and was able to shoot this with my 50mm lens after her shift. If we were ten minutes late starting I think it would have got too dark to photograph.

So this is a really casual day outfit but lately I have been liking simplistic but cosy outfits. This cardigan from Fashion Union has been a favourite of mine! Admittedly I got influenced by my sister who purchased it first! I love the colour and the cable knit detail but I did need to go down a size because the size ten literally swamped me! If you prefer the really oversized look then stick to your size! 

For a change the Boohoo Boots are the statement piece in this outfit when it's normally a jacket (hence the Starry Eyed Blog title). I spotted these at an event and Boohoo kindly sent me these to style up! The heel height on these are only three inches making them easy to walk in. I just love how great they look in jeans and I'm always so boring when it comes to boots so this has made a nice change! 

If you look closely my New Look necklace also has star pendants! I felt like I made an effort using both of them together ha! 

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Cardigan - Fashion Union 
Boots (*) - Boohoo 
Top - Boohoo 
Necklace - Newlook 
Jeans (similar) - Topshop 
Watch - Cluse 
Bag - From Holiday 


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Friday, 28 October 2016

Mixing old and new


Happy Friday all! Hope everyone has had a great week and hello the weekend! Last week I shot a couple of outfits in town on my day off and this is one of them! I still feel like I haven't got that much new current winter clothing but then I am trying to work a lot of old and new clothes together for two reasons; 1. why should all your last year clothing go to waste!? and 2. I'm not getting paid from my new retail job for another month so I'm on a tight budget for a few weeks! I'm still determined to show you guys any new blogging mail over on my Instagram and if I can combine any of the items into a outfit then I'll make sure to blog it as soon as! There is so much I want to buy right now!

Okay lets start with the Fashion Union grey ruffle jumper. I have been seeing all these ruffles on tops and jumpers everywhere and admittedly I wasn't keen, but I wanted to pick a ruffled jumper just to try something different. I literally just stumbled upon it on ASOS and liked how the model was wearing it so cudos to the ASOS stylist because the jumper got added to the bag! I like where the ruffles sit and like how its combined with a cable knit design. It's also really cheap too! This is very much a guilt free purchase! I would love to style it with a skirt like this perhaps? We shall see! 

So I decided to style it with a New Look blouse to add some layering and then wore my other Acne Dupe Jacket from ASOS last year. This jacket feels such good quality and love the buckle detail on the sleeves. The only thing I can criticise is that the arms are rather snug on and I do wish they were a little looser for an oversized fit. I have linked some similar new season alternatives which would work just as well with this outfit. Check the details below!

The boots are also 'so last year'. In fact I remember begging the sales assistant in Topshop Oxford Circus to get them off the mannequin because they were the last size 7's and it was Boxing Day. She must have been in a good mood because they allowed it! I love the marble block heel and they are a breeze to strut in because they are only 3 inches high! Again I have added alternatives below which are super similar! I'm not normally a massive shoe person but I remember really wanting these at the time and they are real leather so they weren't cheap! I really ought to wear them more whoops! 

Surely I'm not the only one that buys something expensive and doesn't get much wear out of it afterwards? Can anyone relate!?!?

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Jumper - Fashion Union on ASOS 
Sunglasses - Quay Australia 
Blouse (similar) - New Look 
Jeans - Topshop
Boots (similar here and here) - Topshop last year
Jacket (similar here and here) - ASOS last year 
Bag (genuine version here) - Ali Express 

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