Thursday, 28 April 2016

STYLE DIARY | DRESSING FOR SPRING AND SUMMER


Hello! Here is another outfit from Ibiza, which was worn on a cloudy, colder day. I threw this outfit together and it got me thinking about how versatile my holiday wardrobe really was, as i definitely wasn't banking on any cold days but i still managed to find an outfit suitable for one. I thought i'd chat a little about how i shop for spring/ summer in this post.

I don't think i realised how much i was longing to change up my wardrobe for the warmer months. Pretty much as soon as i saw the first day of sun, i began searching the shops for the perfect spring/ summer wardrobe pieces. I began purchasing some key investment wardrobe pieces for the season and also a range of more affordable, high street, trend pieces or basics to mix in and complete my outfits.

When putting together my spring wardrobe, i stick to a few rules. I try to go for pieces in a lighter colour palette, whilst sticking to warmer styles such as jeans, shirts, off shoulder long sleeve tops, cardigans and bombers. Alternatively, if i am going for my favourite blacks and greys, then i will go for lighter fabrics such as cami, silky pieces or t shirts. I find by sticking to these kinds of styles i feel spring appropriate but I am still prepared for the colder spring days which we get an awful lot in the UK. For example, i can either pair all of the heavier pieces together, or vice versa.

Then when it comes to summer, i think its important to not go too overboard on the summer clothes as lets be honest, you wont get much use of them here in the UK unless you find yourself jetting off to warmer countries a lot. I find it best to purchase a handful of specifically summer pieces, such as crop tops, denim shorts, floaty dresses, matching two pieces, sandals and kimonos, which i can then mix in with my existing spring purchases.


WEARING:
TOP - ZARA // JEANS - TOPSHOP // CARDIGAN - H&M // BAG - ZARA // SHOES - ZARA JEWELLERY - BAGATIBA // SUNGLASSES - QUAY AUSTRALIA

I'm absolutely loving wearing off-shoulder tops at the moment. They are the perfect balance between summer dressing and weather appropriate dressing, as they still cover you up on the arms and body, and if your shoulders get cold you can just throw on a jacket. This one is from zara and i am seriously considering purchasing it in white too. I have so many from different stores in different cuts and fabrics, but they are definitely a spring/summer must for me. These shoes are also another favourite, as they are in between a sandal and a shoe. They are basically just a flat but i feel like the strap detail makes they very summery and the nude beige makes them perfect for pairing with the light blush, nude and white tones i love to wear during the warmer months. Do you have any spring/summer wardrobe rules or staple styles you go back to time and time again?


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Monday, 25 April 2016

STYLE DIARY | HOLIDAY WHITES


WEARING:
DRESS - ASOS // HAT - ASOS // SUNGLASSES - H&M // SANDALS - TOPSHOP(similar)
BAG - H&M // SCARF - H&M

You may have seen from my Instagram that we are currently in Ibiza! We got here late saturday night so this outfit is from Sunday, where we spent the day exporing Ibiza Town in the search for food before heading down to the beach for the day. We are officially here for work purposes but have got to squeeze in a few relaxing days! Our apartment for the first part of the trip is in the most beautiful complex, so i just had to shoot there right away. So white - my dream!


I pretty much just chose this outfit because it was the most comfortable and practical for the beach, but i actually love this dress from ASOS. I got the one from the Petite range which will only really work if you are around my height (I'm 5"1), although they do have it in regular length which you can buy here. I love the neckline/ arm detailing. It's perfect for throwing over a bikini as an alternative to a beach cover up! Paired with some simple accessories to finish off the look, including some really cheap pieces from H&M, it made the perfect casual beach day outfit. I think the bag was £12-13, the scarf £6-8 and the Glasses £5-6! Bargain.


I thought i may as well share my swimsuit and towel from the day too, as i am smitten. They are too cute! The circle shape makes a great alternative to your regular towel and is so much more practical as it makes it much bigger! Love the pattern too. The swimsuit is from asos and i pretty much had to stop myself from purchasing it in every single colour. Here is the towel and here is the swimsuit.


So many more outfits to come, but for now, Adios! 
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Sunday, 17 April 2016

INVESTING IN CHANEL | THE LEATHER ESPADRILLES

So i've been in love with these shoes for probably a year now, and with every colour way and fabric i saw, the more i became obsessed with them. They've always been so hard to get hold of so i never even considered a purchase. That was until i saw them in Harrods one day. It was literally love at first sight, and even though they only had a size 3 in stock, i asked to see them and attempted to try them on. Of course they were a size too small and i couldn't get them on at all, but from that point forward i just knew i had to have them. So here we are, after a month of phoning Chanel every weekday morning, i have the shoes! I explain about how i purchased them and show them in full glory in my latest youtube video which you can watch here. I also wanted to dedicate a post to them as they are just too beautiful to keep on one platform!


WEARING:
JACKET - ASOS // T SHIRT - ZARA // JEANS - ALL SAINTS // BAG - ZARA
 SUNGLASSES - QUAY AUSTRALIA // SHOES - CHANEL

I've always envisioned wearing these Espadrilles with casual outfits with smart and feminine touches. I know they'll be perfect with denim shorts on holiday or little white summer dresses, however right now i'm loving them paired with jeans, a tee and a smart jacket. I'm loving jackets at the moment as they dress up any outfit without making it too 'formal'. This one is from Asos, i wasn't sure about it at first but now i love it! In my opinion it looks very Chanel-esque. Bag wise, i've been using this one from Zara a lot lately as its actually my only black bag other than my Chloe. I'm dying for a Celine Trio Bag for the summer as i think it would pair so well with outfits like these. We will see!


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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

ADVICE | 6 STEPS TO GETTING YOUR BLOGGING MOJO BACK


As you may or may not know, i've taken quite a few breaks from blogging - both here and on my youtube channel. Mostly because i've been so busy and haven't made the time for it, but also due to a lack of inspiration. No matter how busy you are, if you really enjoy something you can make time for it and to be honest i think i was just using my hectic life as an excuse as i really just lost my blogging mojo. Seeing as i've been (mostly) sticking to a blogging schedule for a few months now, i thought i'd share how i got my blogging mojo back.


WEARING:
DRESS - FRENCH CONNECTION // BOOTS - STUART WEITZMAN // BAG - ZARA  // 
HAT - BCBGENERATION // SUNGLASSES - TOM FORD

READ MORE BLOGS (or watch more videos) // I find that reading more blogs really gets me excited about blogging. Its great for catching up on current trends, new pieces to add to your wardrobe/makeup collection and learn what kind of blog posts interest you the most. Same goes for videos if you're a youtuber! I like to note down my favourite post topics to give me inspiration when planning. Other than giving me ideas for posts, i find that reading other blogs is great for motivating me to do better. I know that if i'm feeling lost or demotivated when it comes to blogging, i read my favourite blogs such as Lydia Elise Millen & In The Frow, and afterwards i'm brimming with ideas and motivation to grow my blog. That being said, make sure you aren't copying these blogs (consciously or subconsciously) as ultimately i think this will be detrimental in the long run.

GET OUT ALL OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS // If i'm in a bit of a blogging rut, i find getting out all of my new/ favourite pieces of clothing (or makeup etc) can really help to inspire me. I may see a shirt or a coat i'm dying to feature, or a foundation i want to create a look with, which can then give me inspiration for a whole post or video. Find 5 things you want to post about and split them into separate posts and there you've got at least a week or two of posts sorted!

PLAN PLAN PLAN // So i'm definitely guilty of over-planning, but i think planning to some extent is so so important. I like to spend an evening a week thinking about what i'm going to post about and when. If you work a lot then the weekends are probably the only time you can get posts done, so you don't want to spend the whole time wondering what to post about. If everything has been planned for the week ahead then it'll give you a lot more time to actually work on your blog and create content you're happy with! I work from home so i'm able to be a lot more flexible, but i like to plan so i'm not left rushing a post the day before i'm due to upload due to lack of inspiration as these posts often end up the worst. If i have things planned a week or two in advance it gives me plenty of time to find the right day for the photography and i can perfect and tweak the writing for a few days before pressing publish. Posting sub-standard content or taking huge breaks from posting will be sure to take away your blogging mojo as the time spent working on your blog will feel rushed and not as enjoyable.


ALWAYS WRITE THINGS DOWN // I think its important to stay inspired with blogging if you want to keep at it. I always like to have a notebook on me, so that if i randomly think of a post idea i love i can note it down before i forget it. Its also great for if i'm shopping, as i can write down my favourite trends so i can be sure to feature them. Having a list of post ideas on hand is really helpful if i'm feeling uninspired, as i can revert back to it and find topics i'd completely forgotten about.

ONLY POST WHAT YOU LOVE // I think its so easy to get caught up in blogging and begin posting about what you think people want to see rather than what you're interested. I used to blog about beauty but these days i'm just not as interested in it. I realised i was getting bored with blogging as i was trying to stick to my original topics rather than allowing my blog to grow and evolve with my tastes, and in the end it meant i stopped blogging all together. Just because you're a beauty blogger it doesn't mean that you can't post about your style staples or home decor. Post about what you love and you're a lot more likely to stay inspired! Your blog should be a reflection of you and what you love, so as long as you're sticking to that you should have no trouble staying inspired. Same goes for the blog photography, as you can see in this post i went and shot standard outfit photos before a trip to the beach (the weather was amazing). I ended up shooting a few fun shots there and loved them so much i just had to include them, even though they didn't match the original theme of the post. If you love what you're creating then so what if it isn't the norm!

INTERACT WITH OTHER BLOGGERS // I think staying in touch with the blogging community is a great way to stay inspired. Even if you don't know any bloggers, simply putting out a tweet with one of the relevant hashtags (#fbloggers, #bbloggers or #lbloggers) can help you to feel more involved. Asking people for ideas for posts or for product recommendations keeps everything fresh. For example, getting involved with twitter blogger chats can help you to find new bloggers who may post about styles or topics you don't normally read or give you opinions of things from a different viewpoint.


So theres a few things which have helped me to get my blogging mojo back! Let me know if any of these tips help you, and let me know if you have any more tips!
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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

STYLE DIARY | FINDING YOUR PERSONAL STYLE


WEARING - 
JACKET - ZARA // JUMPER - KAREN MILLEN // TROUSERS - REISS // BOOTS - NEW LOOK BAG - ZARA // SUNGLASSES - TOM FORD

So here's my final instalment of Paris Outfits and possibly my favourite. I saw this jacket on the 'Last Chance To Buy' Rack in Zara and to my dismay found they only had a L. After asking the sales assistant she let me know a delivery of all sizes was coming in the following day, so i rushed out to purchase it as i knew i had to have it! Printed jackets are not something i'm used to wearing, but as my personal style evolves i'm realising that a statement jacket is something i now love and feel confident in. I wanted to chat a little bit about finding your personal style, as its something i've been working on over the past 6 months and something which i feel is quite difficult with all of the fashion influence from bloggers and the media throwing new trends and fashion at us from every angle.

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