Monday, 29 September 2014

Truly Transitional - The Maxi Dress

(all clothing in this post can be found on the topshop website!) 

The classic black maxi dress is a staple in most women’s wardrobes, with sandals and a sunkissed glow it gets us through many-a summer holiday! However, continuing with the theme of transitional dressing I wanted to show how I will be styling my plain black maxi to work for autumn and winter.

For autumn I went for a casual look, pair your maxi with a statement sweater to give it a sporty looking edge.  Slip on trainers are everywhere this season  and I love this faux furry pair from Topshop! To add a pop of colour to the outfit I decided to add a bright pink lip - if this is too daring for you try a nude gloss. 

When winter draws in its time to pile on the thick wooly jumpers, black tights and hand cream! There’s no reason why you can’t wear your maxi as a skirt in winter, it makes a nice change from the same old black jeans. Just pull on a thick jumper, and layer with tights for extra warmth I love this bag & boots combo - both Topshop, they match brilliantly and can be worn with almost any colour.

Well, that's all for now folks! So don't pack away that summer maxi just yet! 
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

when the boat comes in..

On a recent trip to visit my parents in their newly bought narrowboat home I took the opportunity to wear a special dress for the occasion. The crochet-esque lace on this dress reminds me of 1960s table cloths or doilies - in a good way! On browsing the Milanoo website I came across this dress and thought it would work well with bare legs in summer & tights in the winter.

I am recently on a 1960s style obsession and can't resist making everything look that little bit more vintage! Therefore I couldn't resist pairing the dress with my new shiny black loafers and a black hair bow to match! I will never stop dressing like an oversized toddler it would seem!

We spent our afternoon turning the boat and going through locks (well I wasn't much help really but I did make a good 'I'm on a boat!' girl! ). As the evening wore in William fired up the barbeque and we munched our way through delicious food aplenty! Luckily this dress also has extra belly room!! I am already looking forward to visiting my parents again as there doesn't seem to be much more relaxing than sitting on the front of a peaceful boat watching ducks & swans float along the canal.

I hope you are having a mighty lovely September and are making the most of these last few bits of warmth we are getting!
Lots of love

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Truly Transitional...

A switch in seasons means it’s time to change up & refresh your wardrobe and buy some new key pieces, as I highlighted in my previous post. However, if you are anything like me you'll find it’s a bit hard to let go of those last summer pieces and pack them up for the year. So, I have come up with a few ways to transition some classic summer garments for the colder months!  Starting with the simple floral sundress…

In the summer this dress was beautiful worn with bare legs and brown leather sandals but as the leaves turn brown it is time to add a few extra layers for warmth. Autumn is the perfect opportunity to layer your summer pieces, a simple white shirt looks great under a floral dress and a cardigan adds a little warmth but won't overheat you!

As winter draws in you needn't pack away that old floral dress. The fashion pack have created a trend called ‘Winter Florals’ the means you can't get away with flower prints all year round! Any floral print looks stylish as a skirt popping out of a thick jumper.  Pairing your dress with socks, boots and an oversized trilby hat conjures images of Sienna Miller & KeiraKnightley in the film The Edge of Love. 

Well, that's all for now folks, next Saturday watch out for the next post in the 'transitional pieces' series all about styling the maxi dress through autumn & winter!! 



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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Raindrops on Roses & Whiskers on Kittens..

Ok, so I am a little late to the game to call these August favourites as we are already on our way through September, however, these are a few of my favourite things from the last month or so...


The Naked palettes.. I couldn't be later to this party, there was cake..balloons...pass the parcel.. I missed it all! The naked palettes have been a cult beauty favourite since the naked 1 was released in 2010 (I did have to google it, I am not that obsessive). I have heard almost every beauty youtuber talk about them, read every beauty bloggers adoring reviews and finally... years later... I got my hands on them (as an amazing birthday present from my parents.. What a lucky girl I am!

If you don't know anything about them the naked palettes are a selection of wearable matte and metallic eyeshadows based on urban city colours...Ok, it sounds boring but I promise you its divine! The shadows blend beautifully and I am yet to find a colour that I don't like on my lids! My only problem with these two new arrivals in my life is how overwhelmingly amazing they are.. I can't choose which ones I want to wear each morning! What a lovely problem to have :).


Another one from my birthday (the post will be full of them I'm afraid) is this amazing new outfit I chose on a birthday shopping outing with Will. With autumn fast approaching I have decided I want a smarter, more classic wardrobe.. after pinning a few too many photographs of Alexa Chung and Audrey Hepburn in cigarette pants,loafers and crisp white shirts I went and got my own (well Will treated me ;) Birthday Girl that I was!). The trousers were featured in my last post about AW 2014 trends and they are the perfect fit, the shirt had to be mine the moment I laid eyes on it in Topshop and the shoes...well.. I have been searching for the perfect pair of smart loafers for quite some time and having tried on almost every pair on the highstreet I decided on these babies from River Island! The patent isn't too shiny which is nice but makes the shoes look smart and put together and I'm a sucker for a tassel!


On my birthday ( Ok Dusk we get it! It was your birthday!!!) I went out to dinner with the fam and I had to chose a place vaguely central as at the  moment we are all spread out over London and it makes it easier to meet in the middle! I have a pretty unhealthy obsession with noodle soup and on hearing about Bonedaddies ramen from a certain beauty youtuber (Essiebutton) I knew I had to go and try it out & this was the perfect opportunity. 

The restaurant has more of a fast food (in a Wagamamas way not a Mcdonalds way) feel to it with communal seating and high tables. The music was loud and rock-y in a good way that made it feel very youthful & exciting and the food was just...ucccch..I can't even.. so, so good. If you are a fan of ramen you will absolutely love it! I got the edamame beans (yum) the T22 Ramen which included shredded chicken and chicken scratchings (like pork scratching but YUMMY) as well as a nice pile of vegetables plus an extra helping of Nori!  I can't recommend this place enough, just go! 


After pinning this backpack and then blogging about it my brother & his girlfriend cleverly gifted it to me and what a happy bunny I was to receive it. This backpack still looks smart and put together but has a fun 'back to school' style feel to it.


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I was lucky enough to get to see the Wedding Dresses exhibition at the V&A with Wills mum, sister and my mum last month. The exhibition shows the changing style & traditions in wedding attire through the ages which as a fashion graduate I found fascinating. There was also a selection of famous dresses from either specific designers or famous owners (Kate Moss' is even more beautiful in person then in picture just fyi). Even if you are not that interested in weddings then I would say you will still enjoy looking at the shapes, construction & history behind the garments. I myself have an interest in both! 

Well, that's all for now folks! How was your August? Are you looking forward to autumn or dreading it? 



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Saturday, 6 September 2014

From Catwalk To Highstreet - How To Style AW14 Trends

Hey guys,

Today's post is an update on all the fashion trends that are trickling down from the catwalks to the highstreet for autumn/winter 2014!

Capes, cloaks & oversized scarves At Burberry they were giant scarves draped over models shoulders with initials emblazoned across them, at Valentino they were of fairytale proportions and scattered with embroidered butterflies, at Mcqueen trimmed with black fur or splattered with otherworldly colours and patterns.. You can’t avoid the cape this year. Echo Burberry with this Asos tartan number and hit two trends with one stone 

Pale pink  I’m sure you had to living under a rock to not realise the pastel pink coat trend last winter!  Even M&S had one (It was gorgeous btw.. don't judge a shop by its dowdy reputation!) This autumn/ winter history repeats itself - not only in the form of deliciously soft rosy wool coats but also in candy pink patent skirts and strawberry ice cream coloured fluffy jumpers. I for one am happy to take the springtime pastels trend on early and make like Cara at the Chanel Supermarket show… (Look it up). This pink coat is actually from Primark and costs a mere 25 pounds.. meaning it's you can try out the trend without breaking the bank!

Smarten Up We British girls are well known for our quirky and slightly scruffy fashion choices, and that is something I am proud to admit! However, this season sees a change in the air, as a smarter look is donned by the British fashion & blogger clique. Referencing Alexa Chung’s ‘geek chic’ (as if the phrase wasn’t overused enough) - cropped cigarette pants have shown up all over the high street and shirt collars pop out of adorable knit jumpers everywhere I turn. We do the ‘smart look’ with our own fashion ingenuity sewn in - although still a bit scruffy around the edges inevitably!  

Fluffy fuzzy furry Well, even if you missed the pale pink trend last year you can’t possibly have passed by the fuzzy jumper trend! This year fluff is back with a vengeance... Bunny-like jumpers and shearling coats meet faux fur gilets and shaggy wool collars! Snuggly Cosiness awaits us ladies! See this Whistles faux fur jacket as your introduction to the furry trend.

60’s Mod Louis Vuitton showed perfect A-line shift dresses, knee high patent boots and polo necks. The prints at Valentino were unmistakably bold and Mod inspired. I am particularly happy this seasons’ inspiration comes from my favorite era the 1960's! Pointed 60s flats and loafers are also having a comeback and can be seen in a lot of the new highstreet collections. This pointed flat/loafer hybrid from River Island is perfect to wear with your new Topshop cigarette pants! 

Well, that is all for now folks you can find all the links for the pieces in this post below so...happy shopping I guess! This post will also be featured on The Chiswick Herald newspaper as my first fashion feature so pop over and give the website a little look over if you are interested!



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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Marché Aux Légumes

Hey Guys,

One last Summer post before the sunshine leaves London? I think so.. especially seeing as the sun has decided to show it's face this week!!

These pictures were taken on my recent trip to France. Will and I were told by a friendly campsite owner to go past the town of Chartres and check out the vegetable market and cathedral. If there's one thing we love it's a good market and we were certainly not disappointed! After picking up some delicious fruit and veg to cook with and a big ol' box of olives (Will doesn't even like olives..I ate them ALL! Mwhaha), we wandered around the town and when I saw the beautiful gardens around the cathedral I insisted on posing outside (with a baguette and a plastic bag full of market loot!) for these pictures haha, who could resist?

Before my trip I was on the hunt to find... 'the perfect pair of shorts' (DUH DUH DUUUH) - this meant - not too short that they reveal my bottom and not too long either! On a fleeting trip to a very busy & stressful Oxford Circus I happened upon the quiet and calming oasis that is Next.. I never normally pop into Next as I assume it isn't my style but I happened to pick out quite a few pieces I liked and in the end left with these blue pattern shorts.. not too long, not too short.. just right!

The shirt was also found on the same dreaded Oxford Circus trip, this time in my new favourite shop Mango (check out their new AW collection - it's diviiiine). I often find shirts come in a rough polyester-y fabric that always tends to be too see through, however this one was..just right!

I topped off the outfit with my trusty Birkenstock dupes from Primark which saw me through thick & thin (torrential rain & boiling sun) on my holiday, not bad for 5 pounds!!

That's all for now folks, look out for a 'AW Highstreet picks' coming this weekend!

What was your favourite part of your Summer? Leave a comment telling me, lets get talking!!



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Friday, 22 August 2014

Is it Already Goodbye?

Ok.. so bear with me here but..I'm kind of ready to say goodbye summer, hello autumn!... I'm kind of ready to pack my sandals away and dust of the ol' winter coat! There's a slight chill entering the air in London lately and I am actually pleasantly excited by it.. Sure I love summer and all the sea salt flavoured air, floaty sundresses and sandy socks that come with it.. but, as I feel a cooler breeze it makes me look forward to slipping on cosy jumpers and wooly socks!

With this in mind I thought I would do a post to show my Autumn wardrobe inspiration. I did one of these for Spring/Summer '14 and it went down a treat, so, without further ado...

It would appear that I like tartan, chunky knitwear, mini skirts, peter pan collars and pumps for Autumn 2014...  what a dream! I am already welcome crispy autumn leave, bonfire smells and conkers...



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