Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com UK fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Wed, 04 May 2016 13:25:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://i1.wp.com/fashionistabarbieuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/favicon.png?fit=32%2C32 Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com 32 32 Timberland Boots Not Just For Guys http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/05/timberland-boots/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/05/timberland-boots/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 13:25:14 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55469 When I think Timberland boots, I think 90s hip-hop, men’s work boots, and generally guy boots, well it seems these magenta beauties that I’m styling here are just for the girls and aren’t they beautiful. I’m a lover of all things pink, I have vibrant pink coats, jumpers, handbags, and trainers, but these are my...

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When I think Timberland boots, I think 90s hip-hop, men’s work boots, and generally guy boots, well it seems these magenta beauties that I’m styling here are just for the girls and aren’t they beautiful. I’m a lover of all things pink, I have vibrant pink coats, jumpers, handbags, and trainers, but these are my first pair of pink boots and I’m a little obsessed, these Timberland boots are seriously cool. To be honest, the cool factor is something that’s always put me off a little from these chunky beauties, I do worry that I’m probably not cooler enough to pull these off, it’s probably why I opted for a Shoreditch background, to make these pictures look a little more hip.

For me, I think that Timberland boots work best when worn with denim, the two just work really well together, and I think a skinny style or a very slouchy pair of boyfriend jeans, you either want to balance the proportions of the chunky style or exaggerate it even further. I’ve decided to make my legs look a little skinnier by working the dark blue skinny jeans, then pairing with a floaty top, did you see the fun sleeves, as well as a slightly oversized bomber jacket, I basically just wanted to slim down my thighs and highlight these great boots. Did I succeed?

These boots are about having fun, being comfortable, as well as making a statement, I’m in love with the colour, and I have to say the Iconic 6-inch Timberland boots really are great for stomping around London on appointments and prancing about in front of colourful street art in east London. 

How would you style these pink Timberland boots?

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My Style: Pink Timberland Boots, Timberland (c/o) // Jeans, Saltspin (c/o) // Bomber jacket, Quicksilver // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) // Black top, New Look // Striped top, Comme Des Garcons via Farfetch (c/o) // Glasses, London Retro via Glasses Direct (c/o) // Watch, Carvelle NY (c/o) // Bracelets, Lola & Grace (c/o) //

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Met Gala 2016: My Top 5 Best-Dressed Looks http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/05/met-gala-2016-top-5-best-dressed-looks/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/05/met-gala-2016-top-5-best-dressed-looks/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 16:18:27 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55453 After a few questionable themes, do you remember the year of punk? The Met Gala 2016 displayed a high-tech vibe for this year’s exhibition, ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’, and if I’m honest it produced more misses than hits as designers fell a little short when they were thinking fashion and...

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After a few questionable themes, do you remember the year of punk? The Met Gala 2016 displayed a high-tech vibe for this year’s exhibition, ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’, and if I’m honest it produced more misses than hits as designers fell a little short when they were thinking fashion and technology, which doesn’t just mean robots and space-age, so as you can probably guess there was a lot of silver. Rather than exploring the idea of wearable technology, it seemed that the red carpet was split in two, haute couture man-made beauties and machine-inspired, in a ‘Manus vs. Machina’ vibe. 

OK, so there were a lot of misses, but there are always standout looks, so here are my top five from the at the Met Gala 2016:

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Met Gala 2016: Zoe Saldana in Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda

When it comes to the Met Gala I expect big, bold gowns, and you don’t get any bigger than Zoe Saldana in this gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda bustier gown wrapped in tulle with a silk organza skirt embellished with multi-colored feathers. More Manus than Machina but come on just look at the craftsmanship that went into creating this stunning gown. I love it. 

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Met Gala 2016: Katy Perry In Prada

At first glance you might be wondering why I added in Katy Perry in this black, midnight blue, and emerald green velvet open back Prada gown, I know you guys hated it on social media, but come on, anyone who adds a Tamagotchi, you know those cute digital pets from the 90s to a gorgeous frock deserves a mention. Yep, all that enameled collage embroidery has everything from a purse to keys and what looks like machinery parts hanging from it. Whether or not it hits the mark with the theme I think this look, including her hair and make-up, is totally fabulous. 

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Met Gala 2016: Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen

Stepping away from Gucci for the night, Nicole Kidman was stunning in this Alexander McQueen silver moon embroidered chiffon dress and cape from its autumn/winter 2016 collection. Her statuesque figure killed this space-inspired frock, and come on you can’t go wrong with added sparkles can you, I loved her Fred Leighton 19th century diamond tiara and pear-shaped diamond drop earrings.
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Met Gala 2016: Claire Danes in Zac Posen

When it comes to killing the theme, Claire Danes did so in this custom made fibre optic woven organza Zac Posen gown, it brought the Cinderella vibe and the technology to the red carpet and it looked beautiful, especially when it glowed in the dark. I really do this that this is the perfect hybrid of fashion and tech. 

 

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Met Gala 2016: Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa x IBM Watson

One of the most tech-savvy looks had to be this Marchesa x IBM Watson, yep the tech giant’s ‘cognitive dress’ worn by model Karolina Kurkova. The dusty blue tulle dress, which took months to make, featured ombré-painted flowers embedded with 150 hand-placed LED lights that kind of acted like a mood ring, by analysing tweets for the emotion of the fans watching the Met Gala 2016 on social media, and lighting up the embedded LED lights in corresponding colours.

Which Met Gala 2016 look was your favourite?

[Met Gala 2016 Images: Facebook.com/DolceGabbana // Facebook.com/Prada // Facebook.com/BrandMcQueen // Facebook.com/officialzacposen // Twitter.com/IBM]

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W London Anarch-Tea http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/w-london-anarch-tea/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/w-london-anarch-tea/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:28:29 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55424 It seems quite fitting that the week I get green-blue highlights put into my hair that I get invited to celebrate 40 years of punk with a rebellious afternoon tea at the W London, Anarch-Tea, a reworking of its Rock Tea that I’ve enjoyed before in the past, with new cakes that represent iconic songs and...

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I always love going to the W London, it really is a little different to other 5 star hotels, there’s a fun and edgy vibe, and their afternoon tea is always a great one to do with friends, the setting is incredible, and the hotel’s pastry chef, Rachel Newman, always goes full out with her cake designs and it looks like she’s had fun with the punk theme. 

Anarch-tea, anarch tea, afternoon tea, w hotel, w london, london, hotel, punkAs well as the traditional finger sandwiches and scones, which are yummy served with jam and clotted cream, the cakes are incredible, from the ‘God Save the Queen’ The Sex Pistol cake, a red, white and blue Battenburg with a marzipan icing crown, which FYI was my favourite, to the delicious strawberry mousse red lips sealed with a zip, representing ‘Shut-Up’ by The Stranglers. There was also a fashion statement with a Vivienne Westwood inspired studded bracelet-style chocolate swiss roll, which is so rich you must savour every bite, and there’s a fruity mousse filled cake with a punky wafer ‘Mohican’.

I have, to be honest, I loved the Rock Tea, I do like the way the W London has developed their afternoon tea served on a vinyl cake stand, it really adds to the theme. I also love that it mixes quintessential British flavours with the finger sandwiches and scones with the bold ‘punk’ statements of the cakes.

There’s something a little different about the Anarch-Tea, but I do wonder, how punk is drinking tea? With this in mind, why not add an extra rebellious punk kick with the special cocktail, ‘Lust for Life’ with its  punchy Cachaça, zesty lime, sugar and passion fruit. Trust me this drink has a kick.

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**I was a guest of W London, but as always, all views are my own, I really do love afternoon tea this much!!**

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Mermaid Hair With Schwarzkopf Colorworx http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/colorworx-mermaid-hair/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/colorworx-mermaid-hair/#comments Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:39:23 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55399 How long have you had your current hairstyle? For me, it might be at least 7 years, OK there have been various lengths, layers added, layers removed, and too many crazy up-dos to mention, but overall, my hair hasn’t changed much, I’m a bangs, long, brown hair kind of girl. Don’t get me wrong, I...

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How long have you had your current hairstyle? For me, it might be at least 7 years, OK there have been various lengths, layers added, layers removed, and too many crazy up-dos to mention, but overall, my hair hasn’t changed much, I’m a bangs, long, brown hair kind of girl. Don’t get me wrong, I do love my hair, I find it weird when I see old photos where I don’t have a fringe, but I have always loved the idea of adding colour, but without the damage. That’s where Schwarzkopf Professional’s Igora Colorworx comes in, vibrant hues that offer intense colour results, but for up to 20 washes, which is the sort of commitment I can get behind. 

What I love about Colorworx has to be that its offers seven colours such as vibrant red, fresh green and dazzling violet, without the commitment. It allows you to be daring, if only for a few weeks, and in my case, it has allowed me to bring out my inner mermaid, with vibrant green-blue colour highlights through my hair. I love it, I actually have been thinking I wouldn’t mind more colour, this seafoam green hue is kind of perfect, it has that right mix of mermaid-meets-my little pony that I was after. 

To give you an idea of how easy the Colorworx transformation is I’ve done a little vlog, I know right, this wordy blogger has attempted another video, and I actually think it came out pretty well. So if you want to find out more about why I wanted to brighten up my hair, how the colour came about, and my thoughts on the Schwarzkopf Professional product – click and view my video below.

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There are seven Igora Colorworx shades – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, and pink, plus white, which means you can make nearly any colour in the rainbow, from bold hues to soft pastels and even bright neon hues, as the white is great for mixing. Plus you don’t have to stick to just one colour, you could go for a blue-green-purple mix to have the most perfect mermaid hair, oh how I wish I was brave enough to have done that. Maybe next time. Plus don’t forget it’s not permanent, these colours last for up to 20 washes.

Which colour would you go for from the Igora Colorworx shades?

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**I kindly received my Schwarzkopf Professional’s Igora Colorworx transformation, however, as always all views are my own. Huge thanks to Gemma Hensman from the Hensmans Salon Group.**

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Cold Shoulder Dress http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/cold-shoulder-dress/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/cold-shoulder-dress/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:57:46 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55380 I shot this cold shoulder dress a few backs, you know when the weather was a little more typical to April than we are currently experiencing, I still can’t believe that I got caught in a hailstone shower over the weekend, seriously where has the sun gone? Well, to spur it back on, and to...

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I shot this cold shoulder dress a few backs, you know when the weather was a little more typical to April than we are currently experiencing, I still can’t believe that I got caught in a hailstone shower over the weekend, seriously where has the sun gone? Well, to spur it back on, and to give you guys some inspiration for when the weather gets warmer, here is that Asos cold shoulder dress that I’ve been gushing about a lot, seriously, what’s not to love when a dress has a pom-pom trim.

I first spied this dress when I researching Friday Favourites, I do love a cute trend and it seems that the high street has gone crazy for a cold shoulder design, and this dress, with its pom-poms, longer sleeves, and knitted design just won me over, plus I needed a great excuse to wear these gorgeous Boden flats again and share my first Radley London bag that I picked up from the House of Fraser sale.

I have a thing for tiny, cross-body bags and this little beauty is the most gorgeous coral colour – the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe. You can also wear this bag as a belt, perfect for festival season, and I just love that it has just enough room for all my essentials. Plus did I mention that this beauty was half price on House of Fraser? It also comes in tons of different colours – so if you love the style check out the scrolling shopping panel below. 

I’ve been asking myself why I love the cold shoulder trend and I think it’s because it adds a touch of sexiness to a look without being too revealing. I’m all for a plunging neckline or a shortened hemline but isn’t it nice to have a pretty, fun trend for a once hitting the shops. I just really can’t wait for the sun to shine for longer than a day to wear these styles. 

How would you style this Asos cold shoulder dress?

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My Style: Cold shoulder dress, Asos // Red flats, Boden (c/o) // Floral Street Orange Small Flap Over Multiway Bag, Radley London via House of Fraser (c/o) // Glasses, Retro London via Glasses Direct (c/o) // Bracelet, Astley Clarke (c/o) // Watch, Carvelle NY (c/0) //


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Friday Favourites: 9 Things To Buy Now From H&M http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/friday-favourites-9-things-buy-now-hm/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/friday-favourites-9-things-buy-now-hm/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:37:00 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55365 So the past few weeks have needed a little adjustment, adding a puppy to the mix has knocked me off my game a little, but I finally think we are getting into our stride thanks to the fact we can now take Falcon for walks. It’s only a little thing, but having a puppy going...

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So the past few weeks have needed a little adjustment, adding a puppy to the mix has knocked me off my game a little, but I finally think we are getting into our stride thanks to the fact we can now take Falcon for walks. It’s only a little thing, but having a puppy going crazy in the house, was making me feel less creative and very uninspired, but there’s something about going for a walk, even better seeing how happy Falcon is, that has left me ending the week on a high.

This week I also discovered that H&M is killing it with its new pieces, I was in there for about an hour the collection is so strong, and I’m obsessed with it all that I thought I would dedicate this week’s Friday Favourites to the 9 pieces that I want to buy now and I thought you guys would also love. Also, if you pick up the May issue of Elle you will also get 20% off!

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My H&M Picks: 1. Jacquard-weave bomber jacket, £49.99 // 2. Cold shoulder blouse, £29.99 // 3. Leopard-print trainers, £24.99 // 4. Shoulder bag with fringes, £29.99 // 5. Pleated denim skirt, £39.99 // 6. Chiffon maxi dress, £39.99 // 7. Bustier with appliqués, £24.99 // 8. Skirt with appliqués, £29.99 // 9. Jacquard-knit jumper, £29.99 //

First up, my love affair with the bomber jacket isn’t going away anytime soon, especially when I saw this statement printed bomber in H&M for under £50. Isn’t it lovely? Another trend I’m loving is the cold shoulders and this adorable black top will work with everything, with jeans, wide-leg trousers, a skater skirt, and even denim shorts when the weather heats up. 

Over the years I’ve also become a big fan of co-ordinated pieces and I adore this monochrome skirt and bustier set, the appliqués just makes it look more expensive than it is, and I think this would be a great wedding guest look – just imagine it teamed with bright statement accessories. Can you believe you can get the bustier and skirt for less than £55?

Spring/summer time I always seem to add cute statement accessories and these leopard print trainers, which are only £24.99, I tried these on and stupidly walked away from them, I’ve been asking myself why. Another great piece has to be this fringed bag, which is kind of a Chloe dupe without the price tag, and perfect for the summer months. Talking of Chloe dupes, this incredible summery chiffon maxi dress will give you a designer look for less, at under £40. Team with Converse trainers for a fun, casual look and a denim jacket. 

If there were two pieces I had to buy right now over the rest it would have to be this gorgeous pleated denim skirt, I know what you are thinking, do I really need another denim skirt, and I think you’ll find the answer is always yes, especially when it looks as good as this. This skirt will also go perfectly with the Jacquard-knit jumper, I do love pink and blue together, and you really can’t go wrong with a statement jumper. 

Which H&M pieces are you adding to your shopping list?

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Essie Spring Collection 2016 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/essie-spring-collection-2016/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/essie-spring-collection-2016/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:26:13 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55349 When it comes to spring nails, for the most part, they are traditionally of the pastel variety, well this spring, Essie is shaking things up with its Spring 2016 collection inspired by the paradise escape of Florida with its limited edition range of light, bright and even bold, rich colours, from vibrant oranges to a...

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When it comes to spring nails, for the most part, they are traditionally of the pastel variety, well this spring, Essie is shaking things up with its Spring 2016 collection inspired by the paradise escape of Florida with its limited edition range of light, bright and even bold, rich colours, from vibrant oranges to a rich green, and even a gorgeous dusky teal blue, which has instantly become my new favourite nail varnish colour. 

I have, to be honest, I never think of nail varnishes as seasonal, OK, maybe I do opt for darker hues in winter, but generally, I go for darker colours anyway, which is probably why the teal blue, named Pool Side Service attracted me straight away. I have a love for Essie, the brush makes doing your own nails so easy and this gorgeous colour was a dream as it only needed one coat, and I love how shiny it is. Plus, any nail varnish that gets as many compliments as this beauty has given me over the past few days deserves a lot of praise. 

The other colours that I’m loving has to be the blush nude, I know, I just said that the bolder, rich colours were my jam, but there’s something about High Class Affair and its soft apricot vibe that I love, it’s what I call goes with everything nail colour, perfect for a holiday. Then we have the vibrant Lounge Lover, which is basically just a pretty pink-peach, which FYI is currently making my toes look amazing, and I have to say I was impressed with the uber-bright vibe of Sunshine State of Mind, which just instantly brings a little sunshine to your nails.

The two colours that I’m not loving has to be Off Tropic, a rich green hue, I like dark, but dark green has never really been my thing, and the purple, Shades On, is just a little boring, compared to the others. However, when you pair the purple with Lounge Lover it does perk it up a little, in a retro 90s kind of way.

Which colours from the Essie Spring Collection 2016 are you liking?

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Essie Spring Collection 2016, L-R: Pool Side Service (a cerulean blue); Lounge Lover (coral); Shades On (purple); Sunshine State of Mind (bright tangerine orange); Off Tropic (rich green); and High Class Affair (a blush nude).

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Little Essie competition

As well as launching this gorgeous retro-glam nail collection, Essie has also teamed up with fashion photographer Rankin to launch the Essie Colour Portrait Studio, which basically celebrates colour and offers you the chance to have your very own portrait session with Rankin and Essie, while encouraging women all over the country to be confident. It’s super easy to enter, all you have to do is follow Essie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and upload your best nail selfie or #nailfie if you like, using #EssiexRankin and @essieUK. To give you a little inspiration, here’s mine below showing off my Pool Side Service nails. 

For more details on the competition head on over to Essie.co.uk – the contest closes on April 28. 

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The Essie Spring Collection 2016 is available in Boots and Superdrug until May 30, 2016. Each priced £7.99.  

**I was kindly gifted the Essie nail polishes, but as always all thoughts are my own**

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5 Things I Learnt From The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**K Book http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/five-things-learnt-life-changing-magic-not-giving-an-f-book/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/five-things-learnt-life-changing-magic-not-giving-an-f-book/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 08:26:16 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55322 Do you worry about what other people might think? Do you spend way too much time people-pleasing? Do you not know how to say no? Well, I have the book for you – The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**K by Sarah Knight. You know I’m on this reading drive this year as one...

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Do you worry about what other people might think? Do you spend way too much time people-pleasing? Do you not know how to say no? Well, I have the book for you – The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**K by Sarah Knight. You know I’m on this reading drive this year as one of my goals, into my fourth month and already read five books, and this was number three and it’s still stuck with me that I thought I would share five things I took away after reading this book. 

First off, this isn’t a stuffy self-help book, Sarah Knight’s humour makes this an easy, fun read, which just happens to have lots of tips, tricks, and advice to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do with people you don’t like. You know the occasions, those family get-togethers that always end up in a disaster, or those dinner parties with your other halves work colleagues, or having to chaperone a toddler’s birthday party.

Liberate yourself by compiling a list of ten things you don’t give an F about

This sounds so simple but trust me is so liberating adding things like Kanye West, perfecting the perfect eyeliner, exfoliation, justifying why I need a Friday to just chill and relax, not stressing on where the lost socks go, and not being able to keep an orchid alive. Just adding these things to my list makes them less annoying, which in terms means they aren’t taking up any of my time that frankly could be better used. You know that feeling when you declutter your wardrobe? Well, this not giving an F list will give you the same feeling. 

So what would make your list?

Embrace the NotSorry Method

This is at the heart of the book, Sarah Knight’s answer to Kondo’s KonMari Method, and will become easier to achieve when you decide what you don’t give an F about, and then actually not give an F about those things. Easier said than done. 

Firstly, ask yourself: Does it annoy? Does it neither make you happy or improve your life? If yes, you are to stop giving an F about it. When you’ve found the things to not give an F about you should feel not sorry, remember, this isn’t a selfish act, it’s about stopping to worry about the things you have to do and focusing on the things you want to do. The whole point of this book is to give yourself more free time, energy, happiness and even money. 

Learning to say no 

This is my biggest challenge, learning to say no, without being worried about what people might think, worrying about whether they will offer me other opportunities in the future, not feeling guilty for saying no, and most importantly doing it without it being rude. This book makes a big point about the difference between being a dick and being enlightened, you can totally not give an F without being rude about it.

Instances recently where saying no has meant I haven’t wasted my time, energy or money has included not writing a blog in return for exposure from a brand with less Twitter and Instagram followers than me – no one can work for retweets. Saying no to enter a blog competition, which you guessed it was pitched as great exposure, just not really for me, I always wonder whether they ask magazine editors to do the same, so pointless. In both cases, it was seriously satisfying saying no, and those 10 minutes or so of worrying were better spent reading this month’s Vogue, something that actually makes me happy. 

Setting yourself boundaries 

So you have your list of things, events, instances where you aren’t giving an F, now you need to set yourself some boundaries so not the be annoyed by friends, work peeps, and even strangers. Think of these boundaries as easier ways to achieve your list. For instance, I find in the summer months everyone and their dog is participating in fun runs for charity. Don’t get me wrong I love that but I’m not sponsoring you for 5, 10 or even 15k, you want my sponsorship money then run a marathon. The only exception is if it is a charity that I regularly donate to, which I’ve created a list thanks to this book, so I can safely and without guilt say I don’t give an F about the others. Don’t worry about how you tell them, just honestly state your policy, if they don’t like it, that’s their problem, not yours, as you’ve not been rude, just honest. 

Setting boundaries will really help manage those expectations so you can get on with the part of your life that’s fun. 

Calculate your Not Giving A F**k with a F**K Budget

Stopping doing things you don’t want to do is hard. Yes, I’m happy you’re getting married, I love being your friend, but I really hate hen parties, by drafting a F**K Budget you can whittle down the friends, family members and colleagues that you value the most, if that friend is in the value list then you have to go on the hen-do and have fun, if not, you have to stop being worried about hurting someone else’s feelings by being honest and saying you don’t like hen parties but you hope she has a great time. Want to sweeten the deal – why not arrange for a bottle of champagne in her hotel room for her to enjoy on her hen-do. You’ve saved time and energy by not attending, you’ve not upset your friend, and you’ve saved money – all of which can lead to happiness and time for you to do something you give an F about. 

I found it quite satisfying drafting my F**K Budget, prioritising what I give an F about, and realising what things I could be doing with the free time, money etc. 

Seriously once you’ve read this book you will realise how incredibly liberating it is to stop apologising for things you’re not sorry about. Come on join the Not Giving A F**K club. 

Have you embraced The Life-Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**K?

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Blossom Dreams & Patchwork Jeans http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/how-to-wear-patchwork-jeans/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/how-to-wear-patchwork-jeans/#respond Sun, 17 Apr 2016 17:59:37 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55297 There’s something special in the air when the blossom is in full bloom, there’s a sense of optimism that winter is finally over, and a joy at the new season ahead that warmer weather is finally on its way, and of course, a blogger can’t go past a blossom tree without snapping for Instagram, which...

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There’s something special in the air when the blossom is in full bloom, there’s a sense of optimism that winter is finally over, and a joy at the new season ahead that warmer weather is finally on its way, and of course, a blogger can’t go past a blossom tree without snapping for Instagram, which then leads to posing in front of to show off her new patchwork jeans that she just picked up in the Gap sale. Well it would have been rude not to, right?

This beauty is in Cambridge, we actually past it on our way to breakfast, as I’m putting together a blog series on the best places to eat in the city for next month to coincide with the food festival that happens every year. I’m using it as a great excuse to eat out a lot, it’s a treat for all the early mornings thanks to our new puppy, it seems he can’t sleep past 6.30am. But he’s cute so we’ll let him off!!!

OK, so I’ve kind of gone off topic – back to these incredible patchwork jeans that I’m obsessed with, I might have worn them a little too much since snagging them in the Gap sale for less than £15. I’m a big fan of Gap denim, they have the quality, great styles, I love the mix of classic and fashion-forward, and it seems I can’t resist the sale, especially in-store, where I always find the bargains to be better.

These beauties were front and centre in the sale and at first I was thinking they were a little too much, too many patches, if that’s at all possible, I was also worried about the light wash, not always the most flattering on my slightly-larger-than-most-thighs. Then I tried them on, loved that I got into a smaller size than last time, and fell for the combination of patches and distressed details that I just had to have them, and it seems it was a good shout as you lovely lot went crazy for them on my Instagram and Twitter

Styling these patchwork jeans was easy, I have worn them with trainers and a statement T-shirt, with a silk shirt and ankle boots, and on this sunny, but a little chilly day, with my new cold shoulder jumper that I just picked up from Asos, inspired by my Friday Favourites a few weeks back **check out this week’s it’s all about what’s on my spring wishlist**. I may have bought up all the beautiful cold shoulder pieces and then some, and this slouchy jumper was the perfect addition to this look. 

Of course, a look isn’t complete without accessories and I decided to go for my trusty black strappy Clarks heels, I do love a block heel and these shoes are so comfortable and really elevate jeans and a jumper look. The final piece of any outfit is the bag, I do need a statement bag and this sweetpea blue Cambridge Satchel Company push lock cross-body bag is perfection. Not only is it a great colour, doesn’t it look great with that gorgeous pink blossom backdrop? It is also a great size, cute but roomy. 

So how would you style patchwork jeans?

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My Style: Authentic 1969 Patchwork Jeans, Gap // Cold shoulder jumper, Asos // Black heels, Clarks (c/o) *super old, for similar* // Sweetpea blue push-lock bag, Cambridge Satchel Company (c/o) *or why not try these colour options – Dusky Blue, Red, Black or Purple.* // Glasses, Glasses Direct (c/o) //

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Friday Favourites: My Spring Wishlist http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/friday-favourites-spring-wishlist/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/04/friday-favourites-spring-wishlist/#respond Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:38:43 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=55290 So it’s April, that means the weather should be getting better right? Yes, I’m living in the same hope as well, which is why I’ve decided that this week’s Friday Favourites is dedicated to my spring wishlist, which is very floral based, I’m going through a phase. I’ve put together a mixture of pieces, another...

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So it’s April, that means the weather should be getting better right? Yes, I’m living in the same hope as well, which is why I’ve decided that this week’s Friday Favourites is dedicated to my spring wishlist, which is very floral based, I’m going through a phase. I’ve put together a mixture of pieces, another cold shoulder top, I’m obsessed, statement to subtle florals, as well as a few neutral basics, to wear with those statement pieces, and a 90’s vibes denim jacket with lots of badges on. Basically, this is a what I want to be wearing this spring. 

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My Spring Wishlist: 1. Oasis – V&A Shirt Dress, £55 // 2. New Look – Pale Blue Ruffle Trim Cold Shoulder Top, £15.99 // 3. Warehouse – Soft Mac, £79 // 4. Adidas Superstars – Flowers Sneakers, £65 // 5. Weekday – T-Shirt Dress, £27 // 6. French Connection – Hitch Knot Sweatshirt, £55 // 7. Topshop – MOTO Badge Oversized Jacket, £50 // 8. River Island – Blue Floral Print Pelmet Skirt, £30 //

It’s weird a few years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of wearing florals, but I’m loving the Valentino-meets-Dolce & Gabbana vibe about these spring florals. For a statement look, the V&A collection at Oasis is a must, and for £55, this shirt dress will make a great addition to any wardrobe. Dress up with heels or go casual with some white trainers and a straw bag. 

Can’t do all over florals, try this gorgeous River Island floral print skirt, it would look incredible paired with this New Look cold shoulder top, which FYI is a bargain at £15.99, and to keep the chill away add the denim jacket that I’m loving as it has badges all over it. 

I always find that I buy new basics to enhance my spring wardrobe, this French Connection sweatshirt is a perfect addition, I love the knot detailing, dressing-down has never been so chic. Team with cropped jeans, and these Adidas trainers, with subtle florals. 

One thing I couldn’t forget off my spring wishlist is a mac coat, we do live in Blighty after all, and this Warehouse beauty is a gorgeous colour and I love the length and the double-breasted silhouette. This light grey beauty will work with everything. 

What’s on your spring wishlist?

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