Tuesday, 8 July 2014

And put your faith in my stomach

Hola beauties! So I've got a fairly large blog post for you this week as I'm going away to Portugal (#HolidaySpam) for two weeks and won't be able to write to you little delights! 

Anyway I've been thinking about wedding fashion recently, not that anyone I know is getting married as of yet, but I am aware that summer is a popular time to get hitched. And I was thinking 'how on earth am I going to afford to keep buying new dresses when my friends do decide to put a ring on it?' My solution is to revamp an old dress by adding the coolest addition from the Summer 2014 fashion favourites: the Kimono!

Now I feel pretty certain that most of us have a few prom-style dresses in our wardrobe that we've accumulated from the many formal occasions we've attended in our time. Well pulling out one of these dresses could save you a load of time and money. They're also a fail-safe for a dressy soiree because the cut suits almost any figure and looks extremely classy. Then my next piece of advice is to take this dress with you on a shopping trip and find a kimono that compliments it (definitely do this, cause I didn't and had a right predicament of choosing a kimono without said dress).

Right just humour me for a second; you may be thinking 'why is she so obsessed with these kimonos?' Well they are so so so easy to throw on and just give a really plain dress, top, skirt a bit of razzmatazz! Also, they come in hundreds of different cuts, patterns and colours, so there is one to channel any fashion personality. And at a wedding, where most people may have gone for a similar look, you'll stand out and look like a fashion forward kinda girl (but don't try and steal the bride's thunder, not a good shout).

So once you've got yourself into a clothes store, I would recommend choosing a kimono that has one or two of the colours of your dress included on it. This way the two pieces will compliment each other well and help you to avoid looking too mismatched. So here I have paired a white, simply patterned dress with my kimono, which also has white flowers. I want to mention here that this dress was wonderfully made by my friend and photographer Marissa. She has done a fabulous job and I don't think I'm alone in saying that it looks extremely professional for a dress that was made in a matter of days.

I would also advise looking for shades that will radiate your skin-tone. For example, I have chosen this kimono because I find fuschia pinks and peach tones bring out my natural colour.

I also tried this kimono with another dress of my own just to prove how versatile it is, and how it can be draped upon almost any outfit. Again I have made sure that the colours are complimentary, by matching a white and pink dress with the shades of the kimono, and finishing it off with a cute, salmon clutch bag.

My friend Sarah asked me to throw hay cause we thought it would look arty and dramatic.. Not quite sure if it's had that effect!

1st set of photos:

Dress: Handmade by Marissa Wright
Kimono: New Look
Heels: Vintage
Sun Umbrella: River Island

2nd set of photos:

Dress: Topshop
Kimono and Clutch Bag: New Look
Sandals: Primark

Will write when I'm back from my travels <3 xx

Friday, 4 July 2014

Singing we found love in a local rave

Hello all! Sorry it has been a few weeks since I've updated; I've been working and then a tiny bit ill so haven't had the chance. I hope everyone is enjoying 4th of July, its a positively unpredictable day in England, we've had rain, sun and wind all at once here! I can't believe that five years ago today I was in America for Independence day! It's made me realise how much I want to revisit that amazing country!

Fringing is going to be my fashion focus of this post; I am a huge fan of fringing on EVERYTHING! I have bags, tops, skirts, shorts, dresses and kimonos with fringing! Obsessed? Maybe... But I feel sorry for fringing cause I get the feeling that a lot of people don't embrace it for its associations with the Wild Wild West and John Wayne. There are so many other ways to rock this beautiful, elegant trend without looking like Calamity Jane..

I have seen fringing being used in much more innovative ways this season such as on swimwear (perfect for your summer holiday) and being added for minimal detail, like shoulder features on jackets and mesh backs on blouses. I am infatuated with this fringed bralet from Topshop, however, I actually bought it almost two years ago (which shows how fringing can be reused again and again). I just think this top is so figure flattering because, if you are quite small on top like myself then the layering on the tassels accentuates your bust (to put it politely haha). Also cause the bralet is well structured it pulls you in at the waist giving you a beautiful hour-glass shape.

This outfit would be perfect for a festival as it feels really ethereal and dreamy, it sort of makes me think of a festival pixie haha! And seeing as the festival season is nigh, investing in a bit of fringing couldn't hurt, right? Well maybe your bank balance, but it's worth it! However, like I said previously I have had this top for donkeys years, and I have worn it with chiffon numbers and pencil skirts on nights out, so this top is very versatile and can look extremely elegant when paired with various items. 

Skirt, Headband and Bag: Primark
Boots: Ark
Fringed Bralet: Topshop

Love xxx

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Drifting into the sea

Hello chickaroos! I hope everyone is well. It was a crazy week for me; I finished my third year of uni (how?), I had my last night out of the year with my coursemates and it was my Dad's 50th at the weekend which ensued even more celebrating! So the last few days I have been enjoying some quiet time to myself before starting my first job of the summer. 

Today I want ot talk about one of my favourite trends of 2014: the off-the-shoulder look. I have seen this look EVERYWHERE, from girls on nights out to ladies just chilling out at the park. The beauty of this design is just that; it can be adapted for every occasion, whether you are looking for a sophisticated evening dress (see my instagram) or just a cute top to look casual in.

The off-the-shoulder look is great because it just adds a bit of fashion difference. I think there is nothing more elegant than exposing a bit of skin around your neckline and collarbone. The style has it all. It can be crafted from sheer, dreamy fabrics like chiffon or more tailored pieces such as this black crop top from Topshop. 

I adore this top because it is one of the most flattering things I have ever worn. It shows off your shoulders and also nips you in at the waist. This top is obviously very simple so I have enhanced it with an uber cool studded skirt and accessorised with a similar embellished bag. I would wear this outfit for a night out, but if I was aiming for a more casual look I would pair this top with some cut off denim shorts. 

Top: Topshop
Skirt: Ark
Clutch bag & Shoes: New Look

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Peace loves xxx

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Walking on a dream

Bonjour! I hope everyone has had a fab week. I've had a surprisingly ace week; I was doing some voluntary work as part of my course which I wasn't really looking forward to but I found the experience really rewarding and got to know some new people which was great. I've also been redecorating my room at home which has kept me somewhat preoccupied. I'm making my room more 'grown up' seeing as I will be 21 in a matter of months (cue me swapping cocktails for hot chocolates). When it is finished I will share some photos with you all for a bit of interior design inspo!

Now this Summer has seen many cool and unique prints being incorporated into everyday fashion. One type of print that seems to return year after year is Aztec. This trend is great because the variety of different patterns and colours that are used can be mixed up to make your outfit look bold or more understated. However, because Aztec is quite a busy print it can be a bit tricky to know what to pair it with.

An Aztec print dress can look super cute in Summer, especially if it is colourful it can give you an essence of Ibiza glamour. Because I prefer a more relaxed summer vibe I have gone for a monochrome Aztec dress, but added a pop of colour with my lipstick and baby-pink converse. As this pattern is already quite bold, it is important not to exaggerate with accessories, just keeping it very plain and simple. For the colder months, I would throw a tailored blazer over this outfit to keep it looking chic. 

However, an Aztec dress is not the only way you can rock this trend for the Summer. An Aztec print skirt is also a sophisticated way to make a fashion statement. For a polished and hot look, wear it like Blake Lively (underneath) by matching it with a simple white top and nude accessories.

Everyone knows that crop tops have been adored by the fashion world for the last year so combining the crop top and Aztec is a easy way too achieve a cool vibe, perfect for a Summer night out with a few cocktails (okay, a lot of cocktails). I love how Selena Gomez has worn this embellished crop top which is actually from Missguided (check me out being all Sherlock Homes). Again the rest of her outfit has remained simple with fresh white shorts and stylish nude heels. Kudos to Selena for providing some high street fashion inspo!

Dress: Ark
Shoes: Converse
Lipstick: Rimmel

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Love xxx