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Day Tripping

Day Tripping

The summer has a lot of perks, the best of which has to be going on day trips, especially when that includes seeing lots of adorable animals, pretty gardens, and historical houses, so you can imagine my excitement at taking a day trip to Longleat as it literally has it all. I can’t believe this was my first visit, I do love an animal park, especially one that has rhinos and penguins, as I said a day trip to Longleat is one full on day.

A fun day out needs an equally fun outfit, which is why it was only fitting that this beauty of a fringed bag from Karen Millen had to come out to play, isn’t it so beautiful. I know the 70’s has been a key theme this summer but I’m really surprised by how I have become full-on obsessed, we’ve had off-the-shoulders tops, the denim pinafore, and the giant flares, so it felt right to try the denim midi, probably the only denim skirt style I didn’t own. 

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Karen Millen AW15 – 5 Things To Get Excited About

Karen Millen AW15 – 5 Things To Get Excited About

I always have a huge debate with myself about featuring press previews on my blog, do you guys want to see something that you can’t buy for 6 months, and it really comes down to how much I love the collection, and after attending Karen Millen’s autumn/winter 2015 preview, which was very much like a presentation you would see at London Fashion Week, and loving everything, I thought that you guys would love to see what’s coming, as who doesn’t like to make wishlists ahead of a new season dropping into stores. 

Based around the concept ‘Desirability, Confidence and Ease’, the AW15 collection has a touch of elegant bohemian about it, with a nod to the 1970s featuring shearling, gorgeous tailoring in a camel hue, vintage print dresses, pleated skirts, and fringed bags. There is something about Karen Millen, it is my place to pick up quality tailored pieces, statement eveningwear, and dreamy knits, but this collection really blew my mind, I love the modern autumnal palette mixing traditional shades likes deep burgundy, red, black and royal blue, with the warm soft toffee and caramel hues and winter whites, as well as the gorgeous feminine silhouettes and the way it revolves around effortless style.

Instead of just bombarding you with images of the presentation I thought I would pick out the five key things I’m getting excited about from the Karen Millen AW15 collection: 

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My Style: A Flirty Asos Midi Skirt

My Style: A Flirty Asos Midi Skirt

Lately I have been trying to embrace the midi skirt, being more ladylike, and trying, and mostly failing to sometimes leave the jeans in my wardrobe for a little rest, and I thought afternoon tea at the Laura Ashley Elstree Hotel was the perfect occasion to show of this incredible cobalt blue Asos skirt in woven crêpe.

I bought this beauty for fashion week and my regularly size was too big, which basically made me jump for joy, so it feels good showing off this gorgeous skirt in a smaller size, and actually thinking I look slim for a change. I think this has a lot to do with the skirt, it is super flattering, beautifully cut, and the woven crêpe material really does make it look and feel more expensive than its £30 price tag. It is a steal of a price and this skirt will be an autumn/winter hero for me as I think it will work just as well with tights and a chunkier knit.

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My Style: Relaxing Vibes With James Jeans

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Sorry for the lack of blog posts this past week or so but I haven’t been too well, which sucks especially when you are in the midst of last-minute planning for a wedding, but it seems that my body decided, with a very public fainting episode that I needed to take it a little easier, and who am I to argue that.

But it seems that taking a back seat from Fashionista Barbie has made me miss my favourite doll so I thought I would ease back into blogging with this recent style post I snapped at Audley End House a few weekends ago when my Mum came to stay, plus I totally needed to share these fab James Jeans skinny jeans.

I love relaxing weekends visiting historical landmarks, I am kind of obsessed by architecture, but lately I can’t help but become consumed by the gardens at these stately homes when I visit in the hope that the gorgeous displays will magically appear in my own garden. Audley End is particularly pretty not only because of its Jacobean features, but also because it has such grand water features, impressive grounds, as well as some gorgeous floral displays. It is one of those places that literally just takes all the stress away. The only thing I think it could improve on is its cafe, it certainly wasn’t like visiting a National Trust property, but that just means that next time I come back it will be with a picnic basket stocked full of goodies.

As it was sunny but not crazy warm I decided to wear my new James Jeans ‘Twiggy’ skinnys, which when you see them off I even questioned whether I would squeeze myself into them, but the magic of these mid-to-high rise skinnys is that they have great stretch, and in this slate colour they really are rather forgiving. But what I really want to test out was the famous bum-lifting pocket tuck that James Jeans is known, which is probably why the likes of Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene and Jessica Alba wear them, as they really do make you feel amazing, and hopefully makes my arse look hot!!!

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As it was a causal day I decided to pair these beauties with a shirt/jumper combo, perfect for the weekend, and I really do love the pop of pink under this grey and black jumper, and they both worked with my uber-bright Nike trainers for wandering around the grounds and house.

What I love most about this outfit is that it is one of those looks that you instantly feel good in and that you can wear again, and again, and best of all it really doesn’t require planning or thinking – it is just comfortable, and so me.

I know people are saying that skinny jeans are on their way out, but I just think that is coming from people who haven’t discovered their perfect pair yet, and trust me there is a pair out there to suit everyone. I really do think that skinny jeans have a place in everyone’s wardrobe, but I have to be honest I can’t wait to dig out my flares again!!!

Have you tested out James Jeans’ famous bum-lifting pocket tuck?

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My Style: Twiggy James Jeans (c/o) // Shirt, Benetton (c/o) // Jumper, New Look // Nike Trainers (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Bracelets – vintage, Tiffany’s, and Monica Vinader // Watch, Marc Jacobs // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) //

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