18 October 2017

Tailoring

When the catwalks were filled with tailoring, I couldn't wait to see what the high street had to offer. I like to think my style is somewhat androgynous, so this trend was perfect for the likes of me. But the great thing is that tailoring will last years in your wardrobe.  I have two classic blazers I have had for years, I bring it out year after year, it's never dated.

Trousers suits are big this season, if you feel a bit overdressed, dress down with trainers or just wear the trousers with a slogan tee or jumper. Below are a few ways you can style this trend (All images from Pinterest).


The benefit of buying a suit is that you can mix and match. We saw above that trousers can be worn just like jeans, dressed down. The same applies to a blazer, a blazer is not only great for layering under coats, wear it as a light jacket to wear over jeans, dresses and skirts. Or invest in a well-tailored coat, it will last you for years and become a wardrobe essential.


Whats on the high street:

The below blazer is perfect to wear with jeans and dresses, the trousers will look great with a pair of white stan smiths or converses and a basic tee or chunky knit.

Mango Blazer, Trousers

If you want to make a statement, the below is for you!

Zara Blazer, Trousers (New)

Favourites on the high street: 

1. Camel coat
2. Mickey T-shirt
3. Blazer
4. Pink trousers
5. Grey checkered trousers
6. Stan Smiths
7. Wool checkered coat
8. Pinstripe trousers
9. Brogues
Happy Shopping!

2 October 2017

Red

The official colour of Autumn/Winter, RED! Red associated with romance, danger, fire and many others, this bold primary colour represents power to me. It will transform any outfit, sometimes even the simplest things like red lips, red nails or red shoes will still do the trick.

I've put together a few of my favourite street style images from Pinterest below for some inspiration.


The easiest way to add red to your outfit is accessories. Shoes and bags add colour to a simple outfit straight away.

Topshop, Mango, Zara

Tops are good for people that don't want to stand out too much, wear with denim or black and it won't look too much.

Topshop, Nobody's child, H&M
Weekday, H&M, Zara

If you want to make a statement then invest in a coat, this will brighten up any outfit and you will definitely stand out from the crowd. Trousers and skirts are also another way to make a bold statement, dress these with colours such as pink, white, black, grey or denim. But if you really want to go all out then be the lady in red and invest in a red dress!


River Island, NewLook, Topshop, H&M

Zara, Topshop, Asos

Happy Shopping!

25 September 2017

Ankle Boots

All images from Pinterest

Ankle boots are a great transitional piece as well as an everyday footwear for Autumn/Winter. It's definitely a wardrobe essential and one that will stay in fashion season after season. Finding the right pair is a different story, you end up having so many requirements just in one pair of boots. I need the perfect heel height, the toe shape needs to be right and then there's the price and colour! Around this time all retailers have their version of ankle boots, but where do you even start? I've broken it down into groups and picked out my favourites.

First up is your everyday flat boots, practical but will go with everything. These will look nice with floaty dresses which will toughen up the look but can also be worn with pleated skirts or jeans.

Top left: Dune
Top right: Dune
Bottom: Topshop

Second is the slight heel. I'm not a big fan of heels but love a heel height under 5cm, it's my kind of heel. Good for day or evening.

Top left: Clarks
Top right: Sam Edelman
Bottom: Mango

Thirdly, the fashion boots, coloured/patterned or very high heels. These boots are the ones that will make your outfit stand out, it will draw attention to your feet and look good on.

Top left: Mango
Top right: River Island
Bottom: Mango

Check my shop page to see which ones I bought recently, looks like I will need another pair too! Happy shopping as always!

13 September 2017

Marks and Spencer

I have never been a big shopper in Marks and Spencers, apart from the underwear department and food department obviously, but over the years it has grown on me. A place where my mum shops ALL the time, it has now become a place where I buy clothes too.

From the 14th September till 18th September Sparks card holders get 20% off clothing, beauty, home and furniture (excludes some items, check in store). Usually, I wouldn't bother looking but after my recent purchase of this cardigan in cream, I skimmed through the site and saw lots of lovely things, so I wanted to share some of the items I came across. All casual looks, all wearable and all which can be worn several times.

The first outfit is simple with a pop of colour and a fun shopper bag. The top looks lovely on the model, which could easily be dressed up with statement earrings or layered necklaces.

Top, Jeans, Bag, Shoes

The second outfit is my kind of outfit, it looks effortlessly stylish! I bought this velvet skirt in black last year and love it. This year they have it in the below navy colour and this season's yellow colour too which is equally beautiful.

Top, Skirt, Bag, Trainers

The final look can easily be worn during the day and evening. Just add gold hoops and add red lipstick!

Top, Jeans, Bag, Boots

Tried on the two tops mentioned above including the white top on the left

Coat

Happy Shopping and remember to stick to items you can wear on multiple occasions.


7 September 2017

Topshop Buys

As you probably know from my last post on Topshop, I LOVE the store! So I thought I'd do a post on all things Topshop and put together some new season outfits.

Topshop is definitely my go to place for Jeans as well as accessories such as shoes, bags and jewellery. For me, Topshop Jeans have lasted longer than my other jeans, but hurry the best ones usually tend to sell out quickly, so you have to be quick. I love the below dark wash and black jeans, think they will look fab for winter teamed up with some bright colours or chunky knits. (I've actually purchased the dark wash blue jeans as this is a colour missing in my wardrobe)

Left: MOTO washed black mom jeans
Right: MOTO Dark Blue Straight Leg Jeans or try these which are similar

Everyday wardrobe picks:

Top left to right: top, blouse, trousers, bag, jeans
Bottom left to right: dress, hoodie, trousers, t-shirt, shoes


Outfit picks:

Jumper, Earrings, Skirt, Trainers


Dress, Jacket, Boots, Bag

Dress, Blazer, Boots, Bag

JumperTracksuit, Trainers, Socks

Hope you liked my Topshop Edit, happy shopping!
(This post was in collaboration with Topshop)

4 September 2017

Stradivarius

We all love the Spanish for bringing us Zara and other Spanish brands, Stradivarius being one, which is the sister brand of Zara. I tend to shop in the same high street stores so haven't shopped in Stradivarius before. But when Stradivarius approached me to collaborate with them, I skimmed through their site and fell in love with many things, which ended in a long wish list! So I was definitely up for collaborating with a brand that sells basics to fashionable items at a reasonable high street price.

If you're not quite Winter ready yet, last week Stradivarius launched a new Winter campaign, gorgeous pieces at reasonable high street prices. Below are few of my favourite looks from the campaign.

Left: coat, shirt, skirt, boots
Top right: Dress, jeans, boots
Bottom right: Coat (Note: Some items have not come into stock yet)

And here are a few everyday essentials that are also worth a look at. The striped jumper tucked into the bottom mom jeans is a perfect day look, or try the yellow shirt with the jeans for an evening out.

Top left to right: Coat, Denim Jacket, Blazer, Cardigan
Bottom left to right: Striped Jumper, Red Jumper, shirt, t-shirt

Left to right: Culottes, Trousers, Mom jeans

Happy shopping!

17 August 2017

A/W 2017 Trends

Sale racks have been pushed to the side, which only means one thing and that's to make room for new clothes...Yay! I'm usually in a limbo during this time (Mid-August), should I wait or buy new season now? If you are holding back and wondering what to expect then read on.

I have cut it down to my usual four trends as we all know there's way too many to keep up with. Last year pink was the colour for Autumn/Winter, it seems like this year it's RED! So the first of my favourite trends this coming season is red, get ready to see this colour everywhere. Red was seen on catwalks from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Fendi, Prada, Versace and more.

Top left to right: Versace, Roksanda, Victoria Beckham
Bottom left to right: Fendi, Fendi, Victoria Beckham
(All images from vogue)

Red will be the colour to make a statement and if you want to stand out invest in trousers and outerwear. Personally, I would rather get a red top or red accessories, what ever you prefer I'm sure you either own something red already or will do by the end of the new season.

Next trend is tailoring, I love smart trousers and always team mine up with trainers, for this trend think Phoebe Philo's signature style. Also, think men suits, you either go oversized with blazers and trousers or wear them fitted. Which ever you choose look sharp!

Top left to right: Celine, Chole, Fendi
Bottom left to right: Alexander Wang, Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham

Next up is my favourite, the knit! Not just any knit, a statement knit, meaning it needs to have something about it. It could be the sleeves, the length, colour or material...but don't make it simple.

Top left to right: All Chole
Bottom left to right: Topshop, Versace, Victoria Beckham

There's usually a trend focused on a decade, this season it's the 70's. Think colours like orange, camel and mustard yellows (my fav) for this trend. Also wide legged bottoms, platforms and 70's plaid.

Top left to right: Loewe, Etro, Marni
Bottom left to right: Prada, Marni, Topshop

Other trends to look out for are mid length skirts, floral dresses, fur and wide belts to name a few. Most of these trends are probably in your wardrobe, make use of what you have and stick to your style. If you buy meaning to wear it again, then it's an investment and not just a trend piece.

Happy Shopping! I will do a separate post for each trend in the coming weeks.

20 July 2017

Holiday Wardrobe

Image is taken from Pinterest

If you're away during the summer holidays and need some last minute ideas on what to take, here are a few of the items I'll be taking with me. For me holiday styling needs to be simple, I don't want to pack too much and most of what I pack needs to be wearable both day and evening.

The denim shorts as we all know is an essential, I managed to find perfect Vintage Levis cut offs which I wear every summer. This for me can definitely come into the category of wearable day and night. One is from Urban Outfitters and the other two from a vintage kilo sale, which I would recommend as I've been twice now and found loads of lovely things. (Click here for a post I did on Vintage). 

The other items are a few dresses. I bought the below Zara dress and love it, great for a cover up but also for an evening out with statement earrings. The white dress is arriving tomorrow so will see how it looks on and the polka dot dress I will want to wear in the evening.

L-R: Zara, Topshop, Lace and Beads

Tops are the best items to take if you just want to live in your shorts, they don't take much space and you can take a few to mix and match the same bottoms. I love the two t-shirts at the bottom, they will work well as an airport outfit and during the day when you're out and about. Cami tops work well day and evening.

Top L-R: H&M, Topshop, Warehouse
Bottom L-R: Zara, Warehouse, &Otherstories

With shoes, you don't want to pack too much. I usually wear my converses to the airport and pack sandals that will go with most things.

Flip Flops, Black sandals, Orange slides

With swimwear, I have an old black one piece swimsuit from Topshop (similar here), a white bikini which is old from H&M (similar here and here) and the below which I bought recently. It's reversible which is the ideal when you're packing light as it's two in one!

Topshop

Lastly, accessories, the best way at the moment to make your outfit stand out is statement earrings but I quite like the gold hoop earrings, it's simple and still makes a difference to an outfit.

Top L-R: ASOS, Zara, New Look
Bottom L-R: &otherstories, Zara, New Look

I almost forgot, don't forget to take a few loose shirts, I'm taking a white cotton shirt from H&M (similar here) and my Zara shirt. Shirts can be used as cover ups on the beach and daytime wear too. Try to buy loose cotton or linen shirts.

I hope you liked my holiday picks, check out also my post on holiday ready.

18 July 2017

Polka Dots

Spots, dots, circles, what ever you want to call it, it's taken over this summer. However, polka dots have always been around, it's a classic and good to have in your wardrobe, I mean Mr Blobby has been rocking it for years!

If you're not big on prints, polka dots are a subtle way to wear prints. Below are a few images from Pinterest to show you ways you can wear the print.

How about dressing it head to toe? If you decide to wear it head to toe, break it down with plain shoes and simple accessories.


I love how the spots can add so much detail to an outfit, understated and timeless.


Minnie Mouse is the queen of polka dots, probably why for me it comes across as a very feminine print. Although I'm not really into girly things, I do love polka dots. The below red dresses are my favourite, red is becoming a popular colour lately and will definitely make a statement.

1. ASOS
2. ASOS
3.Topshop
4. Lace and Beads
5. H&M

I've actually bought the below Zara top and love it! Planning on wearing with denim shorts soon.

1. New Look
2. Zara
3. Topshop
4. Topshop
5. New Look
6. Topshop

Happy Shopping!



10 July 2017

Red and White Stripes

Images from Pinterest

Red and white stripes seem to be everywhere in stores and on bloggers, so I decided to do a post on what is out there at the moment. I have a few pieces in my wardrobe, although they mainly consist of Breton t-shirts. After reading the-frugality blog and seeing the gorgeous Alex in a red and white stripe top, she mentions 'candy stripes' are in fact in. Head over to her blog to see the lovely top she's wearing from H&M.

So what's on the high street? I tried on the below long Zara dress but wasn't really for me, but if you want to know what it looks like on, the beautiful Frankie Bridge is wearing it here.

Top left: H&M Shirt
Middle: Zara dress
Top right: H&M t-shirt
Bottom left: Zara dress
Bottom right: H&M bikini top and bottom

Wear striped tops with jeans for an everyday look. It will also work with a red skirt, click here to see the ever so stylish Lucy Williams wearing a similar shirt.



How will you be wearing your stripes or do you have too many stripes already in your wardrobe? Can you have too many?

30 June 2017

Prints

Print, you either love it or shy away, but prints don't have to be loud and in your face. One print I'm not a huge fan of is the floral print, saying this there is always a floral print out there for everyone. The great thing about wearing prints is that you don't need to accessorise much and you can always layer up parts of the outfit if you feel a bit out there?! Whether it's floral, animal, tropical or fruit prints, below are a few street style inspirations to get you in the mood (all images are from Pinterest).

I love the idea of clashing two different prints together, we all know how well stripes and leopard print go, how about mixing it up with other prints? Or feel brave and wear top to toe in print.


This is how I would dress prints, mainly teamed up with my wardrobe essentials (white tee, biker jacket, denim shirt, jeans and trainers) or I would wear a very subtle print similar to Lucy Williams dress on the bottom right photo (major style crush).


So what is on the high street?

If you're looking for a skirt, I love the below ones. I would team it up with a basic t-shirt and white trainers.

H&M



Printed tops can be paired with jeans or plain bottoms. If you're feeling daring team it up with another pattern. I've heard tropical shirts, also known as 'dad shirts' are big this summer.


Zara


Dresses are great as you can layer with jumpers and jackets and wear dressed up or down. This dress is perfect for holidays, pair with sandals or trainers. It will also look great with a biker jacket and ankle boots.

H&M

Finally, playsuits and shorts, love this River Island playsuit. It's not loud and yes it's stripes, but still a print in my eyes :)

River Island



Thanks for reading, happy shopping!