Sunday, 28 September 2014

Feelin' Fancy

Yay for this weekend's weather! It meant I got to bring out a couple of things from summer I didn't get a chance to properly wear. As excited as I am for winter dressing, the sun doesn't half put a smile on my face.




 



Top: H&M // Shirt: Glamorous (similar) // Skirt: Topshop // Shoes: eBay // Bag: H&M

I bought this gorgeous skirt way back in the Topshop summer sale for £25 after lusting after their pastel midis for weeks (what a strike of luck that was!). I actually haven't had a proper chance to wear it, so as soon as I saw this delicate leaf print H&M top, I knew I just had to pair it with this skirt for a fun yet fancy ensemble. With the skirt being a sale purchase from a couple of months ago, unfortunately it's no longer available; however, there are always plenty of gems to find in Topshop sales, whatever the season, and I absolutely love it when they come around!

I decided to layer a short sleeve white blouse underneath the H&M top to add a bit of extra texture to this outfit. I do love a bit of layering, even on a warmer day! It's an easy way to bring something a bit different to an outfit. Nevertheless, I do look forward to wearing the top on it's own with a pair of jeans for a smart/casual day look.

I grabbed this patterned clutch again for an extra pop. Patterned bags are statement accessories that can transform outfits and add that fashion edge.

These eBay shoes have been fabulous summer staples. The white goes with loads and I have adored the chunky, 90s style of footwear this year. It was nice to wear them again! I just typed in 'chunky white sandals' into the eBay search bar and after a sift through, I found these. At around £20 with P&P they were well worth it!

I have worn the outfit with and without a belt and I think it looks nice either way. I like to experiment, even if it is with something so minor as a belt!

I hope you've all had a nice weekend enjoying the warmer weather and maybe even bringing out your favourite summer pieces before the weather undoubtedly takes another turn!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Casual Kimono

With the cooler weather set for the next few weeks, I decided to incorporate one of the biggest summer staples into a more 'in-between weather' outfit (oh the dreaded in-between!).




 



Kimono: H&M // T-shirt: H&M // Jeans: Topshop (similar) // Shoes: Newlook (similar) // Sunglasses: Asos // Belt & Necklace: H&M

Apologies for the messy hair etc. this week! I wasn't feeling very well, so I felt like I just couldn't get myself in order (one of those days!). I hope I still do the outfit a bit of justice at least :)

I wore the kimono first at V Festival with a more summery, boho outfit. This time, I threw it over a t-shirt and jeans for a simple yet pretty ensemble. I love H&M kimonos as they always come in such gorgeous prints and at around £14.99, they're a steal! I can see this one lasting me through winter as well (as long as I layer a coat on top!).

My boyfriend jeans have certainly had their use. I still adore my skinnies, but these go with so much and add a bit of grunge to plain outfits. These chunky Newlook sandals have also barely left my feet! I'll be sad to see them put away once the cold sets in, however I will be excited to get my hands on some new winter boots!

With the English weather doing what it does best and being completely unpredictable, I've been enjoying raiding my wardrobe to find pieces that can be worn during this in-between period. I'll be back in a few days with another transitional ensemble, combining old and new for a temperature appropriate look!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sixties Twist

It's amazing to see how many eras influence the highstreet. We've had an influx of nineties goodness (baggy, high waisted jeans, crop tops and jelly shoes to name a few) but the girly gorgeousness of the sixties is working it's way to the front of the revival train - how exciting!

I adore the sophistication and refinement of the early sixties; the bouffanted hair and cute tapered dresses were undeniably chic. With an emphasis on femininity and flare, the sixties is arguably one of the best decades for women's fashion.

With this in mind, I decided to try and work a speck of sixties in today's look.



 






Jumper: Primark // Leggings: Topshop (similar) // Bag: H&M // Sunglasses: Portobello Market // Shoes: eBay

I thought these checked Topshop treggings would be great for a modern take on sixties style. Although the focus in the sixties was very much on short skirts and dresses, I thought these still gave an air of sophistication and refinement. They're also boldly patterned - a nod to the psychedelic patterns that were so prominent then. I also put my hair in a mini beehive and teamed that with these vintage sunglasses for Audrey Hepburn-esque glam.

Of course, this sixties influence is still teamed with modern pieces. I love these chunky white sandals bought for a bargain off eBay (around £20, more detail on these in this post). Chunky shoes add a bit of edge and the white helps to lift the outfit. The pastel blue also seems to go well with the monochrome pieces. This short sleeve number is amazing quality and of course, being Primark, was very purse friendly.

My favourite piece today though, is this H&M faux fur bag. It was bought for £5 in the sale last year (amazing right??!!). I actually forgot I had this until the other day and was determined to incorporate this into a weekend ensemble! I think it really works as an accessory to this outfit. I love how it adds as an extra texture when layered over the patterned treggings. This bag will also see me through to winter as fur is always so prominent in the cold season.

After today, I'm excited to try other revival pieces to accompany my transitional looks. It's great that we have such a broad fashion archive to choose from when it comes to style and I love to see how the past can influence the present - it means we're lucky enough to take the best pieces and make them work today!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Making a Statement in Edinburgh

A couple of weeks ago, my boyfriend and I travelled to Edinburgh for a three day break and it was wonderful. Edinburgh is a beautiful, rustic city with plenty of landmarks to visit.

Packing for a city break can be tricky, especially if you're flying and can only take hand luggage (this was me). I normally limit myself to one pair of 'go with everything' shoes and a couple of pairs of comfy jeans and tops. I also managed to fit an extra jacket in too! This brings me to the 'outfit of the day'.







T-shirt: H&M // Jacket: River Island // Jeans: Topshop (similar) // Boots: Topshop (similar) // Belt: Primark // Bag: H&M (similar) // Sunglasses: Asos

Statement tees have been everywhere this year. I love that something so simple can add so much to an outfit. I instantly wanted this H&M grey number. I LOVE the Mean Girls reference (I mean like, BEST. FILM. EVERRR) but love even more that this tee actually says 'you can sit with us', which is a lovely message! T-shirts are always lightweight and can look effortlessly cool; perfect to pack into a tiny suitcase for a simple but effective city break look.

My trusty Topshop boots came with me again to Edinburgh. They're ridiculously comfy and have lasted me nearly a year - a testament to Topshop quality and to the timelessness of their pieces.

I bought this jacket a couple of years ago from a River Island sale. I love anything patterned and couldn't resist it. I'm glad that blazers are still so prominent on the high street as they've always been a favourite of mine - River Island always offer different styles of blazer which is great. They add a bit of sophistication to a simple outfit.

Along with my other practical pieces comes my 'city break' handbag. Simple and chic but big enough to fit all the essentials and more - this one was bought from H&M a few months ago. Totes are always in fashion so are a good investment!

Onto my snaps of Edinburgh!






After arriving at about 6pm we had dinner and looked around the city centre after. Edinburgh is beautiful in the evening light and it was lovely to be able to see the sunset over the city.





On our first proper day, we started at the Scottish Museum of Modern Art. It's not as big as somewhere like the Tate, but still housed some interesting and beautiful works. I'm a huge exhibition geek, so this was a perfect place to start our exploration of Edinburgh!





Next on the itinerary was St Mary's Cathedral. There's something magical about visiting traditional churches, even if you're not religious. The architecture is beautiful and they're always so peaceful.







After that, we visited the most famous Edinburgh landmark - Edinburgh Castle. It's the must-see in Edinburgh which towers over the city offering amazing 360° views.




St Giles' Cathedral was next. The most famous cathedral in the city and was again, beautiful.







Arthur's Seat was amazing. It's an inactive volcano surrounded by a natural park. The climb was a little tiring at times! But it was worth it to experience the views. I also do love a long walk through the country side, so this was a perfect thing to do.




The Royal Mile - Edinburgh old town. So pretty and authentic. I loved how 'old' the city was. I adored New York when I went a few years ago and my heart lies with London, but there was something charming about having no skyscrapers and limited modern buildings in such a big city.




Our last day was spent at Edinburgh Zoo. Unfortunately, the giant pandas were off limits as the female was showing signs of pregnancy (which is great news for the pandas, yay!) but the rest of it was still lots of fun.

For anyone planning a little city break I would definitely recommend Edinburgh. It was my first trip to Scotland and definitely not my last. I've always heard Edinburgh was beautiful and it's 100% true!