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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

LOVE Audrey

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Dress: Inlovewithfashion. Hat: ASOS. Sandals: ZARA. Nails: Essie in 'Russian Roulette'. Lips: YSL. Jewellery: ASOS & Topshop.

I knew this dress needed a that something special. I mean look at it; a little black dress with a killer fit and a modern twist, a la mesh panels, a pop to the shop just wouldn't suffice. LOVE, you should be proud of this one ladies!

Our Aud, that'll be Audrey Hepburn to most of you, certainly would have done a killer LBD justice so why wouldn't I?

Living a stones throw away from one of the (in my opinion) most beautiful buildings in the Cotswolds, I do consider myself a lucky lady. The Daffodil, a deco picture-house turned a la carte eatery, is right up my street. I couldn't find more vintage glam if I tried.

And if one is to do as they did in the '20s, one ought to wear a hat of course. I couldn't non-conform now could I? Of course not.

I'm not even going to pretend that this one was a chore. In reality, it was a delight. Throwing on my party frock, vintage style, is more au natural than most in life and especially if I can have it my way (with a vintage twist), it's like a second skin.

How have I done with this one? The 1920s it may not be, but I'd like to think I've gotten it just right!

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Cricket

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Dress: ASOS (old). Shirt: Topshop. Blazer: H&M, similar here. Clutch: ZARA (old). Sandals: ZARA (old). Nails: Essie in Russian Roulette. Sunnies: Topshop, similar here. Jewellery: ASOS & Topshop

It's most definitely not intentional, but many a times whilst dressing for the day ahead, I tend to get a theme in mind. I rarely take into consideration the weather. Although if I can see the sun peaking it's little head out on a morning run, I may be swayed. Yet an event, jaunt or idea may be the starting point whilst piecing together a look du jour, even if it's completely fictitious.

This morning was definitely not one of those days. Mainly because said run was non-existent, it is Easter Monday after all, but primarily because I chose what I wanted rather than what would suit.

The result is that of a preppy-prim little number, but that's not a bad thing - it's just very me. I'd like to say that I've been asked if I'm off to the cricket, tennis or other suitable summer sports, but it's only be mentioned by my better, debatable after his little comment, half. But that's men for you, they don't always understand our style.

And it is often that I'll plan a look based on my destination for the day, so maybe I'll have to see where my travels take me this afternoon and make my backdrop suit my style!

What do you think? Do you often dress for an occasion rather than styling to suit surroundings?

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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!