Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Slip Dress

Yesterday, after a stint of sun, the rain began to pour and the grey day called for a trip to the cinema. We saw Maleficent; it was good fun and Angelina Jolie is uh-mazinggg.

It wasn't too cold, but it was rainy, so my outfit needed to be a little more covered (although the sun did peek through in the afternoon!)




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T-shirt: H&M // Dress: Forever 21 // Boots: Primark

I have a lot of love for Forever 21. They do lots of cute and quirky items and at such bargain prices - this slip dress was £10.50! It'll be great on holiday, but can be layered over a plain tee for colder days as I've done here. I've gone gingham again this week - it really is a fave print of mine.

These boots were bought a few months ago from Primark; the shoes that they're producing lately are amazing! These go with so much and are really comfy. I've missed wearing boots the last few weeks, it was nice to welcome them back for a day!

I'm not very good with hair normally, and I was having an especially bad hair day - it had to be shoved on top of my head. It was a lazy day so I let myself off!

This weekend has been lovely and chilled. The grey weather allowed a guilt free TV and film marathon. Next week however, I'll be off to Wireless Festival and I'm so excited. I need to figure out what to wear though...

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Summer Shoes: Top Picks

I've recently booked a holiday to Turkey for the end of July. I'm very excited! With that and the stint of sun we've been having, I thought I'd write a little post about my latest accessory collection - the summer shoe.

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The closed toe sandals - left: Topshop // right: Primark

These shoes are perfectly girlie and are just a little bit smarter than the typical sandal. I love the pastel shades; they can help to lift and brighten a plain outfit. These Primark ones are just £12 too!

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The slider: Topshop

Sliders are simple and easy to wear for everyone. They're geeky and a little ugly which of course makes them ridiculously cool. Not only do they look great with simple summer outfits but they're also lovely and comfortable. These Topshop ones are reasonable at £26. They're the nicest ones I've seen around that aren't too expensive!

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The jelly shoe: Primark

Love them or hate them, you can't deny that the jelly shoe transports you right back to childhood. My love for them is built mainly on the basis that they're fun, and these were a steal at £6!

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The chunky sole: Newlook @ Asos

The chunky shoe has been around for a few years now and last from winter to summer. This summer, the chunky sandal is everywhere. Like sliders, they're a little ugly and very comfy - they can add a bit of grunge to summer attire. These ones are reduced to £19 in the sale!

So there you have it, my top summer shoes. I can fit them all in my suitcase right?!

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Animal Print (With a Difference)

As I've said before, I absolutely love collared shirts. In my opinion, you can never have too many! The weather has been pretty hot this weekend, but today was a bit cooler; the perfect temperature to wear my newest shirt.




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 Shirt: Monki @ Asos // Jeans: Topshop // Shoes: Primark // Necklace: Primark

This quirky shirt is from Monki. I love the twist on the animal print; swapping patterns for full sketches of snakes, greyhounds and horses. I saw it and HAD to have it. I just think it's so cool! And at £20 it's pretty reasonable. I've only recently discovered Monki, but searching through their website and their range on Asos has got me thinking it may be my new obsession! Their clothing is edgy and fun and looks to be pretty purse friendly!

I saw these shoes on a friend of mine and couldn't believe they were Primark! They're very similar to my Topshop shoes in my previous post, and although the Topshop shoes are reasonable at around £20, these ones are even better at £12! I think they're super cute and love the vintage style. The neutral colour also means they can be paired with lots of different outfits.

Again, I've opted for some Primark neck candy. This gorgeous gold number was £3 and again will go with loads. It adds a bit of glamour to a casual outfit.

I've gone for a smart/casual vibe with the styling today, but I'm excited to grunge this shirt up a bit with some chunky boots and layered jewellery for a night out. I'm also now in anticipation for pay day so I can see what other Monki gems I can get my hands on! (My shopaholic ways are terrible I know.)

I'll of course keep you posted!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition: The Barbican Centre, London

It's been a little while since I've ventured to London for an exhibition and today seemed like a perfect day to do so. The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition has had great reviews and looked stunning - I had to go! And oh my goodness. Jean Paul Gaultier is a genius.



Jean Paul Gaultier: From The Sidewalk To The Catwalk, showcases a selection of Gaultier's finest creations. His experimental and daring designs have proved popular among the fashion elite, as well as a-list performers (most famously, Madonna).

What I didn't know, is that Gaultier never received any formal design training - he caught his break by sending sketches to couture designers of the time and learning his skills first hand from them. I love his theatrical and extravagant designs. Not only are they fun and interesting, but they are also thoroughly well made.

I love that Jean Paul Gaultier deliberately chooses models of all races, shapes and sizes and has done so long before 'different' became mainstream. He designs collections to inspire a wide range of individuals and celebrates imperfection.




 The iconic Gaultier corset







 



I have tried to choose the best photos of the day (I took about 100!). There was so much to see and everything felt worthy of being photographed. I would definitely recommend this exhibition for fashion and design lovers. Not only are Gaultier's designs incredible, but the whole lay out of the exhibition works really well. It's bold and gripping, complete with a rotating catwalk and projected moving faces on most of the mannequins making them come alive!
As I said in a previous post, I have a few gingham items I want to share. As the weather was so glorious, I decided it was time for proper summer attire.





Top: Topshop // Skirt: Primark // Shoes: Topshop // Bag: H&M // Necklace: H&M

Midi skirts are fab. They can look so pretty and are perfect for day to day. This gingham number from Primark was around £10 when I bought it, but I saw they now have it reduced to £5! As I've said before, I love gingham as it's a print that can be worn by anyone. It's a cool print that can be dressed up or down.

This Topshop cropped tee is lovely. The floral detailing adds something a bit different to the plain white top. It's a summer staple and I'll definitely be looking to get a couple more in different colours!
By now, I'm sure you all realise I'm a bit of a colourful shoe addict. I love how the pastel green/blue lifts the outfit. I also kind of had to take a massive bag today to fit my camera in! But I do like how a big bag can add sophistication to an outfit (and of course can fit all your essentials and more!).
I hope you like my second outfit featuring gingham this week and also maybe even feel inspired to go and see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition! I promise you wouldn't be disappointed if you did - it was truly amazing.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

A day at the beach

On Sunday, my boyfriend and I decided to hit Sanbanks beach in Poole as it was such a sunny day and we were already in Bournemouth. The beach was busier than expected, but I still managed to take a few snaps on my new camera (as well as have some taken of me in my 'sunny day' attire.)

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Shirt: H&M // Jeans: Topshop // Bag: Vintage // Shoes: Topshop // Sunglasses: Portobello Market


I'd seen the weather forecast before I'd packed for Bournemouth, so I anticipated a bit of sun. I went for a light cotton shirt and jeans as I knew it'd be a fairly cool outfit - although it did turn out to be rather hot on Sunday in the end!


The shirt is from H&M and was around £14 a few weeks ago. I'd seen boyish/preppy shirts around and thought they looked effortlessly stylish. I love this striped number as it's a perfect go-to item when I just want to throw something on.


This red vintage bag was bought from a vintage store just off Portobello Road. I love vintage things! They can look so pretty and quirky, plus, as vintage items are pretty old, it means that not many people will have the same thing! The red bag against the pale blue gives a kind of nautical vibe - perfect for being beside the sea!


My sunglasses are also from Portobello Road market. A steal at £6. I adore them! They are my ideal sunglasses. I love the big lenses and vintage glamour style. Sunglasses are a bit hit and miss for me and some styles definitely don't suit my face! These however, are very comfy and I think (and hope) they suit well.


As the beach was pretty busy, I only managed to take a few pictures.


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Two cheeky seagulls catching a ride on a boat


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Poole Harbour


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And of course, the obligatory 'camera in the sunglasses' shot


I'm really enjoying using my new camera but any tips or tricks are welcome from any experienced DSLR users!


As the warm weather increases (although it takes a few steps back here and there), I'm looking forward to wearing lighter and more summery clothes and of course for more beach days like this one!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Tropicallic

Yesterday, I went back to Bournemouth to celebrate a uni friend's birthday; it was such a fun night and great to catch up with old friends!

After (of course) debating with myself over what to wear for the occasion, I decided on this ensemble:






Top: Topshop // Jeans: Topshop // Shoes: Topshop // Bag: Primark // Necklace: H&M

I didn't know what to expect from the metallic trend at first, I was kind of imagining that metallic also meant space-like and crazy shiny! But I was wrong, and there are lots of pretty metallic items on the high street. I particularly liked this Topshop tee and at £20 it's very reasonably priced. The print is gorgeous and also fits with the tropical trend - two for one, perfect!

I'm definitely not normally dressed head-to-toe in Topshop - I couldn't afford it all the time! But the top was very reasonable and I definitely get my money's worth from these jeans! My fave item though, the shoes, were an absolute steal in last year's sale. I love a good hunt in the sales and I make sure I go straight to the shoes when the Topshop one comes around - you can bag some amazing bargains. They were reduced to £20 from £70 and I even got 10% student discount on top! They really are beautiful and one of my proudest finds. The bead detailing is gorgeous. The gold and silver blend also brightens the outfit up a bit - I found this necklace from H&M yesterday which matches the shoes perfectly!

The above photos weren't taken with my new DSLR (as you can probably tell). A big camera isn't exactly night out friendly! I did however, get to take a couple of photos at the beach which I'll post in a few days!).


I definitely still have a lot to learn!