Tuesday, 29 March 2016

STYLE DIARY | ASOS ALL THE WAY

WEARING - 
JUMPER - ASOS // JEANS - ASOS // JACKET - ASOS // TRAINERS - NIKE 
BAG - KAREN MILLEN // SUNGLASSES - TOM FORD

When shopping for a few bits to wear in paris, the first place i searched was ASOS. This lead me to realise that this isn't the first time i've immediately thought of ASOS when wanting something new. I'd say at least 40% of my wardrobe is pieces i've purchased from ASOS, whether its their own brand pieces or concessions. I'm sure all of you are familiar with the site but regardless, i wanted to dedicate this post to all things ASOS seeing as majority of this outfit is from there. The quality of their pieces is always great, and although not everything i purchase ends up suiting me or fitting quite right, the returns process is a breeze and with their Premier next day delivery, i never have to wait long to try on my new goodies which is perfect for an impatient person like me! I'm always so amazed by their prices and although not everything is cheap, their more expensive pieces are always worth it for the unique cuts and high quality fabrics. I just posted about why i love investing in high quality pieces (read the post here), but for trend pieces or basics i purchase to mix in with my investment staples, i tend to head to ASOS before then venturing into Zara and the likes as i know i'm likely to find something i love. This post sounds so sponsored but i promise you i just love ASOS haha!

So i wore this outfit for our second day in paris as i wanted something super casual and comfortable for walking around all day in. I love this blazer and i've worn it so much already since i purchased it a couple of months ago, and knew i wanted to take it with me. I decided to pick up a new pair of jeans for the trip as i'm loving light wash denim at the moment and the only pair i have are the most distressed things on the planet. I always buy my jeans from ASOS (other than black skinnies which i get from All Saints), so i knew i was going to love these even before they arrived. They're a true, thick denim and although a slightly smaller fit, flatter my figure beautifully if i do say so myself! I paired the outfit with this tight camel jumper as i'm just so obsessed with them lately, they're the perfect transitional wardrobe piece and this one was so affordable at under £20! On my feet i opted for trainers and to be honest these aren't the most comfortable (i had a good few blisters by the end of the day) but i think it was partly due to the fact it was the first time i properly wore them, and i wore pop socks which were pretty tight and uncomfortable in themselves. Oh Well! Accessories wise i wanted to be very minimal with my choices so i didn't have to bring too many, so i ended up bringing my Karen Millen nude bag as it goes with practically everything, and a black option if i wanted a change.  This is such a 'me' outfit and i tend to repeat this look with various different pieces on a weekly basis, as i know it'll suit me and keep me feeling confident and comfortable throughout the day. 




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Thursday, 24 March 2016

STYLE DIARY | INVESTING IN HIGH QUALITY PIECES


WEARING:
JUMPER - JOHN LEWIS // JACKET - JIGSAW // TROUSERS - JOSEPH 
BAG - KAREN MILLEN // SHOES - DUNE // SUNGLASSES - TOM FORD

Bonjour! So i got back from paris late last night and couldn't wait to begin editing the blog posts and vlog i shot whilst there. This is my outfit from the first day, which was so hectic yet exciting. We got to paris at half 2 after being up since 6am, and after checking in to our air bnb, we instantly set off to explore Paris. Wandering the streets was so magical, i was so mesmerised by the beautiful architecture and cobbled streets. It just felt so different to back home in England. I could simply wander the streets forever, checking out the little shops along the way, but we made sure to do some touristy things such as visit the Notre Dame cathedral (just wow) before going for dinner. Although in Paris we both decided we wanted Italian instead of French, so we found this quaint little place near where we were staying called Le Bucheron, and had what was possibly the best Italian food i have ever tried! We shared the Carbonara and the Bolognese, with a couple of glasses of red wine. After sufficiently stuffing our bellies it was getting quite late and we were so exhausted, so we crashed for the night in our beautiful apartment. I've posted a couple of snaps of it on Instagram, along with some more photos from the trip, so be sure to check it out! Wearing this outfit inspired me to write about investing in higher quality pieces, which is what i've been doing lately and i've been loving it.


I've recently began saving my money up to purchase pieces of higher quality, rather than aimlessly spending in high street stores 24/7 on things i don't really need and usually end up getting rid of. Since doing this, i've been so much happier with my wardrobe and i think this is down to a few things. 

For one, the cuts are so much better. High street brands seem to spend less time perfecting the cut of a piece, and sizing can vary a lot from piece to piece. I find that since investing in higher quality pieces, everything (so far) has been very true to size and very flattering, rather than sticking out or looking weird in odd places. This has made me feel so much more confident in myself as i know what i'm wearing flatters my figure. 

Another thing is that the quality of the fabrics is obviously much higher, which improves the feel of the garment and also means they wash and last a lot better. This was something i never really cared about as i liked to change up my style frequently but since discovering the style of clothing i like to wear most and what suits me best, i've found myself re-wearing and keeping things for a lot longer. When it comes to blazers or trousers or bags which i will keep for a long time and re-wear time and time again, its so important to me that they maintain their quality throughout the time i have them as having to replace my favourite piece with something else is the worst!

There are so many high end high street brands that i'm loving at the moment, such as Jigsaw, Reiss, Joseph, Karen Millen and French Connection. They are expensive but still accessible, with their pieces being of such great quality that i see no need to splurge on designer clothing. I like to call them investment pieces without the guilt! Bags and shoes however i have no problem purchasing from luxury brands, as you may know! Probably not quite so good for my bank balance!

So, all in all i'm loving the direction my style is going in. I can purchase high street trend pieces and mix them in in with the investment pieces, which means overall the outfit tends to look that little bit more luxe and in turn gives me a huge boost of confidence. Theres just something about wearing a beautifully cut jacket which makes me feel so good about myself. Let me know if you feel like this too!


Ps. Shout out to Lydia Millen for inspiring this outfit, majority of the pieces are recommendations from her and i'm so happy she shared them! Go and follow her if you don't already!

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

STYLE DIARY | HOW TO WEAR A SWEATER DRESS


WEARING:
DRESS - ASOS // CAPE - TOPSHOP(similar) / HAT - TOPSHOP // BOOTS - ZARA(similar
BAG - CHLOE // SUNGLASSES - TOM FORD

So i'm off to paris tomorrow, i cant quite believe it! I booked the trip a few weeks ago and its come around so fast. Me and my boyfriend are going for a few days as a belated birthday trip, and i couldn't be more excited. I've been planning an itinerary and my outfits since we booked it. Seriously. Expect a lot of blog and youtube content when i'm back!

Anyway, onto the outfit. I had a bit of a blogging day yesterday. I finished off my lookbook video (which is now live, click here to watch!) and then went on to shoot this outfit. I've had this outfit planned ever since i purchased this jumper dress, as i knew it would look amazing like this. I feel like the accessories keep it casual but as they are all black it makes the whole look a little more luxe. I kind of feel like an off duty model ha! I know this is an outfit i'll wear time and time again as its just so me, and its so comfortable. I did however have to keep grabbing onto my hat to avoid it flying into the sea. Damn wind!


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Thursday, 17 March 2016

INTERIORS | HOME ACCENTS


So today i thought i would share with you some of the favourite parts of my flat. I've always been so interested in interior design so getting my own flat and being able to decorate it how i like was the best thing ever. I'm still longing for a bigger flat so i can have my own office to decorate too, but i know if i do move i'll miss the amazing view this one has! I keep meaning to paint the horrible cream walls in the living room but as i may be moving out in 2 1/2 months there doesn't seem much point! If you are interested in where anything is from, please do leave a comment :)
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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

STYLE DIARY | NUDE & BLUSH


WEARING:
TOP - ZARA // JEANS - ZARA // BAG - KAREN MILLEN // BLAZER - JIGSAW
SHOES - ZARA // SUNGLASSES - QUAY 

So Sunday was super lovely, and we made the most of it by going for a walk around town and down the beach/pier. Living in the centre of town, literally 2 minutes walk from the beach is absolutely amazing and something i'll appreciate more and more as the weather gets warmer and the evenings get lighter. I finally managed to shoot on the pier in beautiful lighting, however of course it was a lot more busy which made taking the photos more difficult - you can't have it all!

I've been loving wearing all nude outfits, with different tones of cream, nude, white and blush. It's the perfect way to look and feel more summery whilst still wearing warm, weather appropriate pieces. I picked up this bag from Karen Millen to take with me to paris next week, but i've already used it a couple of times as its just too beautiful! The rest of my outfit is all Zara bar my white Jigsaw Blazer which i picked up in London last month. I just couldn't resist it after seeing it on Lydia and i'm so happy i bought it, its the perfect year round wardrobe staple. PS. how cute are these espadrilles?! I cant get over them.

It was my birthday yesterday and i was so ridiculously spoilt by my family. I received some amazing Burberry Beauty gifts along with some home bits and a few other lovely things. I cant wait to share them with you in upcoming posts!


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