Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Accessories: Olivia Burton

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Big Dial Mink and Rose Gold, Paisley Design & White Dial Powder Blue and Gold: Olivia Burton.

If there's anything that you ever take away from my ramblings, I hope the first is that I have a thing for accessories and the second, is that I'm a real girls girl; in life and when it comes to my style.

So it should come as no surprise to you when I confess my absolute adoration for the Olivia Burton girls. Firstly, if you've not yet spotted, coveted or worn on of their timepieces, you're in for a treat. Combining on-trend catwalk style with vintage cuteness, the duo behind the brand really know their stuff. 

As if a simple face, elegant strap and all round quality wasn't enough, they've also given us a selection of metals and fabrics to go with an entire summer wardrobe. And we all know how much it pains us when an outfit can't coordinate with said desired accessories. 

I've fallen head over heels for the Paisley Design. It's so '70s, yet more cute less funky and it will prove the perfect companion for my summer festival-come-camping attire. 

But, for a simpler look, I'm also completely taken with the mink on rose gold number and just like clockwork, excuse the ever-apt pun, the powder blue baby couldn't be more appropriate for the frenzy of pastels that have sprung into shops in recent months.

Have you fallen for them yet? Which design has dazzled you?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Seeing Yellow

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Sport Bralet: Topshop. Midi Skirt: Topshop. Necklace: Topshop. Heels: ZARA.

Being pale skinned, I've definitely feared wearing white. Being an all-round neat freak, I've never really worn all-white. Until now.

The AW13 season definitely spurred on my love of all things white. That crisp, clean look teamed with blacks and brights and prints really struck me. And now that I can carry it on through summer, ditching the brights and adding in a few pastels, I couldn't not brave it.

I'm a fan of a full skirt at the best of times, but when it's such a great fit and amazingly designed like this Topshop beauty, I'm most definitely in love. I've already begun outfit planning in my mind for months to come - and now have the most ridiculously long hit list of shirts, crops and sweats that I need to go with it, yet haven't spotted in shops yet!

Alas, when you imagination fails you - work with what you've got. And this very sport-luxe style crop is doing exactly that. Although I definitely will be throwing a shirt or oversized tank over it in looks to come, that I can be sure of.

How about you? Have you braved the all-white everything attire yet?

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Accessories: White, Snake & Round

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Necklace: Topshop. Sunglasses: Topshop. Clutch: ZARA.

I don't think I'll ever be able to hide the fact that I'm a borderline crazed-obsessive when it comes to accessories. Sure I love clothes, what member of the fash-pack doesn't! But there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of new arm candy, hand swag or ankle armour; you just can't beat it.

I must lust over shoes for around 23.5 hours a day. The remaining 30 minutes are spent contemplating over the new must have additions to bag lady like desires or gold jewellery phase. With that in mind, and the mere minutes used to decided upon my latest accessory additions, I think I've done quite well!

The little snakeskin number played on my mind for some time. I was dying for a snake clutch, but spent weeks without a stitch of luck in my hunt - until ZARA came to my rescue with they elegant oversized edition. Look at her, isn't she a beaut? Definitely one for my summer jaunts, it will fit in perfectly!

Speaking of summer, how could I be more prepared than with a range of sunglasses to protect my eyes, stay on trend! This year, I did try to start a mini collection of with a pair of Marianne Faithful meets Jane Birkin '70s shades, but they broke. By literally falling of my face. It was heartbreaking.

But enough of that, I'm all made up now that I found a suitable replacement in these oversized bug style sunglasses via Topshop. Not quite '70s cool, but maybe more '70s chic. Whatever they are, I heart them. Farrah Fawcett, here I come!

A little less retro and much more modern, is this statement double-row baby, which is also now in my life thanks to Topshop. There's no surprise that it's gold, I've never been that sold on silver, but what I do love - is the white. Perfect for summer and the best partner for pretty much all of my monochrome-based wardrobe, you'll definitely be seeing a lot more of it in weeks to come!

Have you started your summer accessory lust-list yet? What will you be buying?

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Top Shoppin'

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Dress: Topshop. Leather Jacket: Topshop (old). Shoes: Topshop (similar here). Clutch: ZARA. Necklace: Topshop. Nails: Barry M. Bracelet & Rings: ASOS.

There are some days where a girl just really wants to wear flats. Yes heels are the best thing since, well, shoes were invented, but somedays they just don't cut it.

You know the days... When you're feet are crying out for a less thought-out waking regime and just want to drag themselves to work rather than glide in a somewhat poised manner. Or you want to look less chic, more cool.

Yes, this was one of those days.

Whilst I'm branching out a little with my tootsie trends, I'd also like to point out I've done something a little similar with the dress. It's jersey. And plain. And Midi. Three combos I can't quite say I've been drawn to in a dress before. But this one had me as hello - or should we say 'buy me'.

It's safe to say I'm definitely behind the whole simple midi-flats thing. What do you think - have I done it well?

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Beauty: Hair Extensions with Hairtrade

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I&K Clip In Hair Extensions in Auburn: Hairtrade.

I have a secret. And I think by know you may already know. My hair is a lie.

Well okay, maybe I'm being a little harsh. Not a complete lie, as she has been good to me and often does me proud, but she's spent years masquerading as something she's not; thick!

That's right, my long old locks are just plain old fine - but there's just so much of it. I've managed to fool you all though haven't I? With the right products and a few blowdrying techniques, I've managed to trick myself, and let's face it - even my own hair, into thinking I have lovely thick locks.

To make it worse, I've gotten a whole lot better at this tomfoolery with the help of Hairtrade. Now, I've had a special relationship with them for over 5 years now, even if it got a little forgotten somewhere along the lines.

You see I've always pined for the Rapunzel-esque look, even before I (un)patiently waited the three or so years it took for me to grow my hair from shoulder to bust line. Way back when, Hairtrade were my go-to guys for natural looking and easy to use clip-in hair extensions. And boy did I get my use out of them.

Being back on my radar has meant one thing - I've dreamt day and night of expanding my locks instead of extending them.

Don't let the name tag fool you, hair extensions can be used for so much more than just a growth spurt. I've started adding a clip or two hear and there to pad out my 'do and achieve a much fuller look - without a second thought for abusive backcombing!

So now that you know, are you mad? Or can you see why I've done it? Keep an eye out in my next few outfit posts to see if you notice the difference or follow me on Instagram to get a sneak peak!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Currently Coveting: Pretty Prints

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Skirt: ZARA. Shirt: ZARA. Clutch: ZARA.

If there could only be one thing I love about spring, I'd have to go with the prints. Yes, yes I love the lighter days, warmer weather and sprouting florals, but there's nothing quite like that fashion that comes with it. 

Arguably, I'm a fan of prints all year round, but those that come out to play in the brighter months are just so much more dreamier than the glamour of the winter print. After all, as much as I confess my dying love for a textured leather trouser, you're never going to believe I covet it more than the patterned skirts, shorts and swimwear we get to galavant around in come spring.

To prove it, as I type, I'm amidst an order for the three items mentioned above. ZARA, ZARA, ZARA oh how I love thee. Especially when you bought said gingham shirt and printed pelmet skirt into my life. I'm never one to go for a pre-styled look, as those never quite suit my style, but this one had me. I've bought both items and am dreaming-dying to wear them now! And who could resist the snake clutch, certainly not me! Do I have issues?

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Print Dress: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Beaded Jacket: MANGO. Pattern Shirt: Paul & Joe Sister.

It's not hard to see why I'd obsess over the little Marc by Marc Jacobs number; it's monochrome, abstract (and arguable deco inspired) and retro - tick, tick, tick. The MANGO jacket it surely a printed summer staple? If you're not on board the beaded jacket bandwagon yet, well then you really ought to be! I'm sure I'm not required to explain why - look at it. 

And that palm print shirt? Well, I wouldn't normally be the one fighting for the palm print, but this year something snapped. No more are the days where the brits abroad would parade around in gaudy prints that scar your eyesight. Oh no! Us fashion folk have taken the trend and turned it out right - classy and fabulous. I can see it now, with boyfriend jeans and flats a la Olsen or heels por Palermo. 

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Tunic Top: Red Valentino. Trousers: Red Valentino.

But my love of prints will never stop at basics and more fool you for even contemplating that it could. We should all treat a print with respect and adorn it from head to toe at least once or twice in life or, if you're like me, once or twice a month!

Even if you're a non-believer, you'd have to agree that the tunic and trouser combo by Red Valentino is a show stopper. Now just imagine turning up to a summer soirĂ©e or evening event in that and not being the best dressed - it's never going to happen.

Yet if the price tag is a deterrent, there's never a worry, our heavenly High Street has us covered; in the guardian sartorial angel that is Warehouse. After my last post, you'll know I've become a fan of the crop top, albeit a late bloomer, and now you can too. You'd hardly even guess it was a crop, but look how fabulous the two pieces are when put together.

Certainly the show-stopper we're all after for this season - wouldn't you agree?

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Top: Warehouse. Skirt: Warehouse.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Checks & Stripes

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Jacket: H&M. Crop Top: Topshop, similar here. Midi Skirt: Topshop. Heels: Topshop.

You know that old saying 'a leopard can't change its spots' well it's an oldie by goodie for a reason and more than fitting to start this post.

Ah, here I am in what some would usually save for their casual comfies or Sunday best, my go-to getup! Oh monochrome how I adore you. Well, I'll be a little honest with this one, it's hardly monochrome but Topshop dubbed it so and who am I to disagree.

This little twosome has been on my radar for sometime. I'm infatuated with the pattern. That cutesy little gingham design is perfect for spring, yet still so me that I'll wear it long after the sun starts to go down at 6pm; even if it is in cream.

But back to that leopard. I'm all for change, especially when it's enriching or exciting, yet in some instances sticking to your guns can be for the better. I'd like to think I know my own style and what suits me best, hence the colour pallet. With that being said, it doesn't mean I'll box myself in forever; just jump back in when the time calls for it.

And this, my lovelies, is the right time. I never thought I'd be one for baring my midriff outside of European coastlines and lavish poolside lounges, but I'm definitely all for the two-piece. I think I'll need to hunt down another for my spring wardrobe.

Have you fallen for the two-piece trend?

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