Tag Archive: OOTD

Dec 02 2013

My Style: Stripes & Tiny Tim

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My outfits are normally pretty safe, I like jeans, jumpers, ankle boots, the occasional flared skirt, leather pencil skirt, and dress, as well as statement jewellery and a great handbag – so I never thought that I would buy or wear stripy jeans!!!

I bought these beauties at the Donna Ida pop-up at Cheshire Oaks, not only were they a bargain down from £150 to £25, but Donna herself convinced me to try them on and to be honest who am I to argue with the Queen of Denim.

When I saw them I loved them, the mint colour is just amazing, but I instantly thought I could not only pull them off but my chunky thighs would look even bigger – what surprised me the most is how they are actually flattering and slimming.

To tone down the stripes and to make it more me I decided to pair them with lots of black – a chunky jumper, cut-out boots and my new Anya Hindmarch ‘Tiny Tim’ handbag, which granted doesn’t hold a lot but is oh so pretty.

Considering I was pretty nervous about rocking these jeans once on I felt amazing and I think I pulled them off by keeping the styling simple. I can’t wait for summery weather as they would look great with a black tee and strappy black heels.

How would you style these stripped beauties?

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Nov 26 2013

My Style: Checks, Denim and Cut-Out Boots

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When was the last time you actually bought a head-to-toe look from one shop? Well a few weeks back I was challenge with £100 to do just that at Bank Fashion and it was hard – not because it wasn’t enough but because of the amount of gorgeous pieces.

They sell everything from DKNY to Superdry, as well as their own label brands including Blonde & Blonde, which does casual, cool pieces like this ripped denim skirt and these cut-out boots that I am currently living in they are so nice.

It was hard to choose my final piece, I was crushing over a fluffy jumper and even a Christmas pug jumper, but I couldn’t resist this Red or Dead checked boxy crop top. I am having a bit of a check moment, first I went for the Boohoo coat, then I recently bought a check scarf, and now I have added this beauty to my wardrobe.

You are probably thinking that I froze to death in this look, well I did a little while I was having my pictures taken, but actually I was in-and-out of the car all day, first for breakfast, then to watch a movie, and then a spot of shopping that I actually didn’t need to wear tights, I have to be honest though the coat did come on for those brief moments running across the car park!!!

What I love most about this look, other than the great fit of the denim skirt, and the cool check top, has to be those cut-out boots. I have a bit of an ankle boot obsession, stay tuned for a shopping post on my favourite pieces in the shops at the moment, and trust me you will be seeing these beauties in some more up-coming style posts.

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My Style: Check top, Red or Dead (c/o Bank Fashion) // Ripped denim pencil skirt, Blonde & Blonde (c/o Bank Fashion) // Zahara cut out boots, Blonde & Blonde (c/o Bank Fashion) // Black glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) // Bracelets from Thomas Sabo, Tiffany’s and Vintage // Heart ring, River Island // Necklaces from Thomas Sabo and Vintage //

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Nov 12 2013

My Style: All About The Coat

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So I have been a little slack on my outfit posts of late, first it was because I went away and style snaps and living on a boat didn’t really go hand-in-hand, then there was more than a week when I never came home while it was still light enough for a picture, then I had to contend with the rainy weather at the weekend, and my constant problem finding someone to actually capture my look.

Finally this weekend the weather was actually bright, well for most of it, I managed to rope my boyfriend into taking my picture and it was cold enough to wrap up in my new favourite coat from Boohoo’s Boutique collection.

I first spotted this coat at the Boohoo dinner I went to back in August – I fell in love with it because it kind of works three trends in one – checks, biker style and furry and it is super cosy to wear. I was kind of scared about working the checks trends, mainly because I think you have to get the right size check for it to work, so when I saw this half-check-half black biker-style coat I couldn’t resist, especially as it has a cute furry faux-fur collar to give it a vintage vibe.

As this coat does all the talking I paired my beauty with my go-to Donna Ida jeans, an oversized black jumper, and my new cut-out ankle boots from Bank’s Blonde + Blonde, trust me you will see more of these beauties as the season goes on but I couldn’t resist taking them out for a spin this weekend.

Have you fallen in love with wrapping up warm in a coat or are you already wishing for spring?

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My Style: Alexa Check Wool Biker Cocoon Coat, Boohoo Boutique (c/o and Out of stock) // Black jumper, Boohoo // Black cut-out ankle boots, Blonde + Blonde, Bank (c/o) // Blue jeans, Donna Ida (c/o) // Black glasses, Retro54 (c/o) // Heart socks, F&F from Tesco // Black bag, Jane Shilton (c/o) //

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Sep 13 2013

LFW SS14: Day 1 – Highlights, The Apartment & My Style

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There is something different about London Fashion Week this season, even with the rain pouring down on Somerset House there is a positive up-beat vibe that I am loving.

Starting with the beautifully sunny Bora Aksu, the feminine sporty look of Fyodor Golan, and the utilitarian cool of Christopher Raeburn, and ending with a look around Topshop’s designer showroom and a fashion film presentation from River Island for their new collaboration with Eudon Choi.

Day 1 was a busy one.

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What to wear on day 1 is always a worry – fashion week can be a little like starting high school – instead of wondering if the cool kids will like you its more like will a street style photographer want to take my picture. This would only happen in my dreams. My wardrobe for fashion week is always more about comfort than an outrageous style statement – I find the best way to embrace fashion week is to go as yourself and you can’t go wrong.

So for the opening day of shows I went for my new monochrome ASOS dress as I really wanted to wear my new Topshop red Dorothy shoes with a tiny heel, they are my geeky shoes and I love wearing red accessories with monochrome prints.

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My Style: Black and white dress, ASOS // Red shoes, Topshop // Red belt, New Look // Red glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Black bag, Osprey London // Watch, Lulu Guinness (c/o) // Bracelet, Monica Vindar // Bracelet, Dower & Hall (c/o) // Bracelet, Claire’s (c/o) // Make-up, Laura Mercier/Birchbox at The Apartment //

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Favourite Show: It is hard to choose between the bright and intricate detailing of Bora Aksu and the fun and change of direction from Fyodor Golan – both shows were a great opening to the spring/summer season.

I also really loved the prints at Jean-Pierre Braganza and the utilitarian chic at Christopher Raeburn, the shirt dresses, the sleevless parka and parachute cape – plus I also spotted a very talented drawer in the crowd doing live illustrations of the runway show.

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The Apartment: As well as checking out the latest collections I also went by my friend Abi’s The Apartment, a retreat from the madness of fashion week where you can grab something to eat, have your hair and make-up done, learn a few tricks on Pinterest and generally hangout with cool bloggers. Look out for a post on this season’s The Apartment in the next couple of days.

To round off Day 1 at LFW I have put together a highlight reel using HTC Zoe on my HTC One:

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Sep 07 2013

My Style: ASOS Floral Dip-Dye Dress

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Before the fashion craziness of September, my boyfriend and I always try to get away for a mini-break, so last week we headed to Wales for a spot of relaxation at a spa in Anglesey. More to come on the amazing hotel, the treatments and the island, but as I haven’t blogged an outfit post in nearly a month, so I thought I would share with you one of my favourite looks from my holibob.

This floral dip-dye smock dress is from ASOS and I bought it on a whim as it was in the sale, it still is and is only £18, I like the shape and the idea of wearing florals without being too girlie and bright. The thinking was I could wear during the summer with bright accessories and then come winter I could layer up with tights, boots and a chunky cardigan.

For dinner at the hotel one night I decided to wear this beauty paired with my bright orange heels from Marks & Spencer, I got them for a wedding last year and they are super comfortable and I love the pop of colour with the burn-out floral design of the dress. As I don’t have an orange belt, seriously the only colour I don’t own, I went with my trusty flower clasp beauty from Dorothy Perkins as this dress really needs to be nipped in a little otherwise it looks a little unflattering.

Finishing off my look I kept my jewellery simple, mainly because we were away to relax not get dressed up, so I wore my trusty Fossil watch that my mum got me for my birthday and my new favourite piece of arm candy – this cute bow bracelet from Kate Spade.

There is something about this dress that I love, and I think it works against the gorgeous backdrop of Anglesey, as it makes the pop of colours in the flowers and palm trees look even more vibrant.

Are you a fan of floral dresses and would you wear this beautiful dip-dye number?

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My Style: Floral smock dress, ASOS // Belt, Dorothy Perkins // Watch, Fossil // Glasses, Karen Millen at Specsavers (c/o) // Bow bracelet, Kate Spade (c/o) // Orange heels, Marks & Spencer (c/o) //

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Jul 08 2013

My Style: Summer Walk By The River


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This weekend I embraced the sunny weather, because let’s be honest we don’t know how long it is going to last for. On Saturday, I generally sat around the garden, lounged around reading magazines, occasionally helped with the gardening, and munched on BBQ food, which kind of spur me to get up early on Sunday for a walk down the River Cam.

Living in South Cambridgeshire I get the best of both world’s I am not too far from London, no matter what some people think, and I get to explore the gorgeous countryside, quaint towns and adorable villages. One of my favourite villages, and on my wishlist of dream locations to live has to be Grantchester, which is just outside Cambridge.

This is a village that isn’t that big but has three great pubs and an amazing outdoor tea room, which is where we started our Sunday stroll, well I needed to fill up before the walk and I do love lounging about in a deck chair!!!

From there we headed down the river until we came to the edge of Cambridge and headed into town, it took about an hour, we weren’t rushing and it was hot, but it was such a lovely walk. It was fun watching the tourists try their hand at punting, the new canoeists going round in circles, the cute dogs swimming in the river, and the adorable swans.

I always find it hard to decide what to wear on hot days, it is that worry of getting my legs out, wearing something that will reveal my less than stellar body, so I decided to go for a fun floral skirt, tee and bright trainers – easy, casual and comfortable. Although, as it was so hot I am not sure why I opted to wear a black top, such a mistake, I love the loose fit of my boyfriend tee from Primark I just wish I had worn my white one instead.

I also wore my Lulu Guinness watch, which I am obsessed with, and as it has a larger face that my other watches I now have a large tan mark on my left arm!!!

What did you do this weekend to enjoy the sun?

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My Style: Floral skirt, Animal (old) // Black boyfriend tee, Primark // Pink trainers, Keds (c/o) (similar pair) // Barbie necklace, eBay // Glasses, Retro54 // Vintage white gold bangle // Love bracelet, Monica Vinader  // Black bracelet, Thomas Sabo // Quilted Lips Watch, Lulu Guinness (c/o) //

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Jun 19 2013

Summer Staple: Working A Ripped Denim Skirt

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How many denim skirts do you own? At the last count I think it was edging up to 10 – including a denim skater skirt, a micro mini, a maxi, a button down one, and too many shades of denim from faded to black to even describe, yet each summer I go in search of my next summer staple, and the 2013 version is this ripped beauty from Zara that only cost me £29.99 – serious bargain, so versatile, and I love the pencil skirt fit.

I wore this beauty at the weekend when I went into London to meet Sherin for our cupcake class and our trip to the cinema to see Joss Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing and we did plan on taking fabulous style post piccies near Warwick Avenue, however it seemed to be raining every time we were outside so I only managed to get two snaps, which to be fair aren’t that bad considering they were super rushed.

What I love about denim skirts is that they basically work with near enough anything, you can make them casual with trainers and a statement jumper, you can dress them up with a sheer blouse and sky-high heels, and this weekend I went with a smart-casual vibe pairing it with a boyfriend style black t-shirt, chunky ankle boots and a pop of colour with my pink parka. Who would have thought that in June I would need a t-shirt, a scarf, a coat and an umbrella – seriously crazy weather?

Most denim skirts out there are either too short, too faded, or both, but this beauty is perfect – still working the 90s trend with the ripped patches, but with a pencil skirt fit, which I find super flattering as it kind of hugs all the right places and makes me feel skinnier, and it is that great in-between shade of blue, which is perfect for the summer.

As well as loving this denim skirt I also can’t stop wearing this pink parka that I picked up in Primark for £22. As well as being a serious bargain, it has been a godsend with this weather, as it isn’t too heavy and with rolled up three-quarter sleeves it is perfect to show off my arm candy – I really wish I had picked it up in every colour imaginable!!!

What are your summer staples? Do you love wearing a denim skirt when it gets warmer? 

 

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My Style: Ripped denim skirt, Zara // Pink parka, Primark // Black & white scarf, New Look // Ankle boots, Topshop // Black boyfriend tee, Primark // Black bag, Jane Shilton (c/o) //  Panda watch, New Look // Tiffany’s bracelet // White gold bangle // Silver bracelet stack, New Look // Gramercy Red Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Heart ring, designed by me with Stephen Einhorn & HTC (c/o) //

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