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!

15 June 2017

Topshop

The British high street, to be frank, is number one when it comes to shopping. Topshop is one of the major high street stores that make it the best, delivering fashion-forward as well as the wardrobe basics like the good old white t-shirt and jeans. Shopping there for over 15 years now and it's still going strong for me. I can spend hours in the Topshop Oxford Street store and not realise the time fly by and end up leaving with something, whether it be clothing, accessories, shoes or jewellery (or a cheeky Lolas cupcake).

I have hand picked out my favourite wardrobe essentials and put some outfits together that are simple to create, starting with everyday casual looks:


The dungarees are an essential in my wardrobe, it's easy to wear, stylish and wearable all year round. I've teamed this up with classic white trainers and a white tee, paired with a fuschia pink bag to make the outfit stand out. The second outfit is another classic, striped t-shirt that has a slight twist to the basic striped tee and mom jeans. I paired this with a statement footwear and a red bag (available in store), again the accessories do all the talking. The third outfit was a simple white shirt over black jeans and black sandals, here the bag (available in store) was the statement piece and made such a difference.




In the first outfit, I'm wearing classic khaki trousers paired with a slogan tee and trainers, I paired this with a yellow bag that blended in well with the colours. The second look I'm wearing the same mom jeans as before but with a cami and slip on shoes, adding a bit more necklaces for detail (available in store). The third outfit is another timeless look, the camo jacket, white shirt and skinny jeans. I decided to wear red shoes for this outfit.



Evening looks:


The evening looks are mixed up with the classics, for the first look, I teamed the slogan tee with a denim skirt and red shoes and earrings. This outfit can easily be dressed down with trainers. The second look, again wearing the mom jeans I wore it with black block heel sandals and a white cami, the yellow coat made all the difference. Third look I added a black blazer and red heels to a simple look.


The ultimate wardrobe classic:


The white t-shirt and jean look is the ultimate classic look, can't go wrong really. For the evening add a blazer (In store), statement earrings and heels.

Holiday Essential - Denim shorts


Denim shorts are the first things I pack for a holiday. I've paired mine with a straw hat and t-shirt, a strolling around town look.



I hope you liked some of my picks, Topshop is great for wardrobe staples but also one of the best for trend pieces too. Everything I picked is available either online or in store. I just wanted to say I haven't been sponsored in any way for this post, I genuinely love Topshop and wanted to do a post on one of my favourite high street shops. A big thank you to the Topshop personal shopping department in Oxford Street for all the help and for letting me use their space. I would definitely recommend booking with them if you need help. Lastly, a massive thank you to my lovely friend Caroline for taking the photos. She came along with her beautiful little girl who was an angel, safe to say the department is mum friendly and the staff are very friendly too. Happy Shopping!

29 May 2017

Holiday Ready

Images from Pinterest

My husband and I moan day in day out we need a holiday but take forever booking something, we are in desperate need of some relaxation. Not even booked anywhere yet and I'm already looking (shopping) for things I may NEED on holiday. Holiday clothes are great, for me, I get to wear certain things I wouldn't normally consider wearing here. I mean you can prance around in swimwear and shorts if you wanted to. There are a few essentials I always pack when it comes to a holiday wear, denim shorts being one of them. Other essentials are sandals/flip flops, beach bag, swimwear, floaty dress, maxi and a good long shirt (which I use as a cover up). I have grouped together all the above and more for my holiday essentials.

1. H&M sunglasses
2. &otherstories headband
3. Mango tee
4. Primark cami
5. Topshop sandals
6. ASOS shirt
7. H&M swimsuit
8. Topshop denim shorts
9. &otherstories swimsuit
10. New Look sandals
11. Topshop shorts
12. Honey Rocks basket

Dresses:

Left to Right: &otherstories, ASOS, Warehouse, Warehouse

Happy shopping!

21 May 2017

Summer Dresses

I get very excited over new season clothes but then I play the waiting game, waiting for the appropriate weather to come. With the unpredictable weather, I was never too sure what to wear. But apparently, we are in for a good week this week.

I bought the below dress mid-April and ended up wearing it over jeans as I was fed up waiting for sunnier days. It's a great little dress, especially for holidays, the gingham, the tassels and the colour, what's not to love.

Zara dress £29.99

I also purchased the below dress recently, my mate spotted it in a local shop so I tried it on to see what it would look like on. I then went home, pondered on it, Instagrammed it and basically couldn't stop thinking about it. Went back the next day to get it. The only thing about this dress is that it doesn't come with a slip and it is very sheer, I can definitely see myself wearing this on holiday, will look lovely with a black body underneath. Or alternatively a long sleeve black midi dress, easily get a cheap one from Primark.

Lace and Beads £48 

What else is on the high street? Usually, around this time, many stores start bringing in all the lovely dresses, mainly for wedding season but also holidays and for summer season too. Although I am mainly a jeans and t-shirt type of girl, if I see a dress I like I will try it. I would happily buy a dress that I can dress up or down. Here are my favourites.

New Look Blue dress (Red here)
Stradivarius black racer dress
ASOS cami dress

Zara mini dress
Mango ruffled dress
Mango linen dress


If you want something a little more dressy, this wrap dress from Topshop is perfect. Wear the dress with trainers or heels, great also for a wedding. It comes in tall if you want a longer length and the bright red colour will definitely make a statement.





Lastly, I love this playful dress from ASOS, it's bright, fun and floaty, perfect for summer days.

ASOS Smock dress 

Happy shopping and hope everyone enjoys the sunshine this week.

12 May 2017

Easy Styling

Rushing in the early hours of the morning for the school run or work can sometimes mean you don't always get time to put outfits together. I sometimes go through my wardrobe in my head as I'm lying in bed, which occasionally helps. There was a time (long ago) where I USED to properly plan my outfit the night before, check the weather and even iron my clothes (this was before motherhood obviously). As I work from home, I don't go out often, I mean apart from the school drop off and pick up it's either the supermarket or local town centre (exciting life). I usually just throw on a pair of jeans and t-shirt, easy dressing really.

This week I wanted to show you some outfits that are easy and effortless. (Below are images of me from this week, others from Pinterest). 


Monday is always the hardest, I hardly ever make an effort. So my outfit or uniform as I like to call it was jeans and a stripy top. I noticed this is a popular choice for many on my Instagram, very easy to dress and you can't go wrong can you really?


Tuesday I wore a boiler suit. I've mentioned jumpsuits and boilersuits on my blog a few times, it's honestly so easy to wear, by adding a biker jacket on top and trainers it's a perfect everyday outfit.


Wednesday! Yay, the sun came out! Usually, I panic as I'm not used to the sun and think what the doughnut am I going to wear?!! Well, this is when the pleated skirt comes to the rescue. I'm not ready to brave the shorts or shorter skirts just yet, but mid length is always a winner for me. I teamed this up with a slogan t-shirt and trainers (of course).


Thursday, this was a nice day but rained a little, but was warm and reached a high of 19 degrees. I'm never sure what to wear when the weather's a bit unpredictable, so I went back to basics and wore my jeans and t-shirt.


I'm always in a hurry after the school run on a Friday as I take my son swimming and most of the time I sweat to death in those swimming bars and tiny changing room cubicles. Never know what to wear! As I was out in central London in the morning, I decide to wear something practical, which was my dungarees. My dungarees are one of my favourite items, you can wear anything under it depending on the weather or occasion. Can't go wrong.


Weekends I have more time to myself but still stick to my uniform sometimes. What's your uniform or fall back outfit?

1. New Look Tee £9.99
2. Topshop Jeans £40
3. H&M Tee £8.99
4. H&M Skirt £49.99
5. Topshop Dungarees £50
6. H&M Top £12.99
7. Topshop Jeans £40
8. New Look Tee £12.99
9. Mango skirt £49.99
10. Converse £44.99

Thank you for reading as always.

7 May 2017

Summer Sandals


Hi, everyone, yes it's been a while I know. Due to me moving into a new home, I have been sorting out my clothes and shoes, organising what I NEED and what I don't. Trying to also figure out what I would like to invest in. After looking at my shoe collection, I realise I own ALOT of flats and hardly any sandals or wearable heels. So today's post is all about sandals, sandals that stand out.

I recently purchased a pair of leopard print mid heel sandals, my kind of heel too! It's a perfect height to wear during the day or for a night out, also looks great with socks too! Sadly it's sold out now, they also have it in a gorgeous grey here and a tan colour here. Worth checking stores for availability.

Topshop shoes and Jeans

Below are a few heeled and flat sandals that are in stock, fingers crossed! I guess it's worth getting them now rather than waiting for the weather to warm up.

1. Office £30
2. ASOS £25
3. ASOS £35
4. Mango £49.99
5. Topshop £24

Sometimes investing in shoes can help more than anything. By adding a statement shoe to a basic outfit, the outfit becomes a little less basic. Same applies for a bag, it's all in the accessories most of the time. Hope your summer ready more than me, happy shopping as always!

15 April 2017

The Peasant Top

The peasant top: puffed sleeves, embroidery, roomy and usually the odd tassels too, what's not to like. A summer essential, not just for holidays, wear over skirts/denim and under dungarees. I bought one last year from the Zara sale (here & here) but was on the look for another this year. I tried on the insta famous Next top but wasn't feeling it much on me. The other day I opened my email and came across the TOMS co-lab collection with '& Other stories', I loved it all. I quickly ordered the below top but was in two minds after receiving it. But tried it on again and fell in love with, it's funny how a little makeup and clean hair can make an outfit more desirable. Since receiving the top, it has sold out online but worth checking stores for stock. I think I love it more as I never knew about the tassels on the sleeves, sometimes it's the little things.


Here are a few from the high street:
First up is the Zara striped blouse with embroideries and tassels, a fun bright top perfect for summer, definitely a top that will brighten up your day.


Next is the insta famous Next embroidered long sleeve top I mentioned previously, it also comes in blue too. I first saw it on Alex from The Frugality on her Instagram stories, it looked amazing on her. A perfect combination with blue denim.


Another one I like is the below peasant blouse from M&S, seen it on a few bloggers I follow and looks lovely on. The difference with this top is the neckline, but the style is similar to other peasant tops and more wearable in some ways.


If you want something a little different for summer or holiday wear, this off the shoulder top is perfect for day and night and will look amazing with statement earrings and denim cut-offs. Not bad for £17.99 from New Look.


Lastly is this amazing top from Revolve, not high street price but thought I'd share it anyway as it's just my kind of top and perfect in every way minus the price. Now to find this exact top cheaper! (Revolve Oaxaca crochet blouse  £214.07)


Leaving you with some inspiration from Pinterest:

Images from Pinterest

Happy Shopping!