Saturday, 31 August 2013

ARE WE THERE YET?

Has anyone else noticed the darker evenings and recent drop in temperature after sunset? With a new season now nipping at our ankles, I've started daydreaming about my perfect Autumn wardrobe. Don't get me wrong, I'm going to miss the vitamin D and beautiful sunny days spent in the park with friends, but autumn holds so many positive connotations that I simply can't help but get a little excited! Birthdays, hot chocolates, watching films all afternoon, cuddles, oversized coats and the build up to Christmas...

One of my favourite things about the autumn season is actually the decrease in colour on the high street. Call me Scrooge but I'm not a "colour kinda gal", I much prefer the richer tones of autumn and the contrast of darker shades against my skin. I find summer shopping rather uninspiring, but in Autumn I literally have to avoid Oxford Circus like the plague for fear of falling in love with every item in Topshop!























































The truth is that I can't wait to be back in black! I've been making myself wear colour throughout the whole of summer, I even added some yellow into the equation, *shivers*, so for the sake of what's to come, here's a mainly black outfit - this is the kind of thing that I'd wear on a night out in Autumn. I love that you can see a cheeky bit of bra underneath the sheer panel of the top! Oh, and please lets all stare in admiration at my newly purchased Dr Martens! I love that they don't have the classic, yellow stitching, I think it makes them a little more modern, feminine and well, cooler!


SKIRT & SOCKS: TOPSHOP
SHOES: DR MARTENS



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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

NOT ON THE HIGH STREET DOT COM HAUL

When I was recently asked to write about some products for notonthehighstreet.com I jumped at the opportunity. Having previously shopped with them before, I was already aware of the vast variety of wonders they have to offer, from jewellery to quirky homeware, notonthehighstreet is the perfect place to look for gifts for friends, or simply search for beautiful bits and bobs for yourself. I selected a random haul of goodies to review consisting of a battery powered bunny lamp, which I've named Sally-Anne and love dearly, some washi tape, and a cute pack of funky notebooks!


























I decided to keep two of the notebooks for myself then I gave one to Matt, telling him to jot down any future shoot ideas, and the other to my friend Sarah who likes to write poetry. I asked them to use the books for these things specifically in the hope that they'd find it easier to collect their thoughts... too many of my creative ideas get lost in old notebooks scrawled alongside to do lists and other nonsense. Tidy notebook, tidy mind! I think I will use one of mine for shoot ideas of my own, then fill the other with blog related gibberish!

As for the washi tape, I plan to decorate my life with it! It's so fun and useful for scrapbooking, framing photographs and just generally adding colour to anything and everything... I've already used it to stick some polaroids to my bedroom wall and also decorated my Mac keyboard with it!



















































I actually got these snaps printed with a cool little app called Printic, which allows you to print images straight from your smartphone or any of your social media platforms - it also enables you to add messages to your photos and send them directly to your friends and family! What better way to brighten up someone's day than with happy memories in polaroid form?

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Monday, 26 August 2013

DORK: AN OUTFIT FROM FRANCE

I'm not normally one for cliché tees, but for just £5 in the Topshop sale I couldn't resist this simple black design with "DORK" written across the front, rather fitting don't you think? This is what I wore last Friday in France. As I spent most of the day power walking through Paris, travelling, catching grass hoppers and chilling out by a campfire, I wanted to feel comfortable and casual, so a loose t-shirt with a pair of shorts and DMs seemed very suitable. I also have an outfit to show you from the day I spent in Versailles, when I wore my new Mod Dolly dress, so I will get those images up for you soon to!

I do hope you've all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend, three day weekends are such a treat! I had a relaxing day on Saturday before going to a friend's house party, on Sunday I did a test shoot with Matt using some great male models from Oxygen, and today I plan to chill around the house and catch up on life. What have you lot been up to?

GLASSES: SWAG & STARE
T-SHIRT: TOPSHOP
SHORTS: H&M
SHOES: DR MARTENS 

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

FRANCE: A PHOTO DIARY
























































Last Thursday I got the 7am Eurostar train to Paris - I hadn't been on holiday in a while, (since Antwerp way back in March I think), and was in much need of a break from England. Also, "mon pére" lives in France so I thought I would visit him on his birthday. Matt and I decided to first spend the night in Paris however before heading west to enjoy the beautiful french countryside, and although we had limited time there we managed to do so much in the 24 hours or so that we had!

On arrival we checked into the hotel, dropped off our heavier bags and then got the train to Versailles. I've been to Versailles before whilst on a university trip; it was February, freezing cold and all of the trees and flowers were bare, I therefore wanted to return in summer to see the palace and gardens in full seasonal bloom! It was a bit of a nightmare when we got there, (we hadn't realised it was a french bank holiday), it was extremely busy and very unorganised. In the end we decided to skip the queues for the palace and just go into the grounds, which are stunning anyway.


Although it is a pretty magical place to explore, some of the fountains looked a bit dirty and run-down, which was slightly disapointing when they have the potential to look so beautiful. It was lovely to see all of the trees thick with greenery and the flower garden was simply beautiful - we spent quite a bit of time there taking photographs and watching the bees go about their business! We couldn't have asked for better weather, it was so ridiculously warm I felt a little overwhelmed from the heat and all of the walking after a while... strangely I think Versailles is almost more beautiful during the colder months though; there are less tourists for a start and I find scarce trees and frosty scenes much more inspiring.

I would love to return again and look around the palace as I'm sure it's incredible inside!  




























As Matt had his camera, I decided to be brave and not bring a digital camera at all! Instead I borrowed this Fujifilm Instax Mini, which is an instant camera that prints cute little polaroid pictures. It was so fun to use and a relief to not be constantly looking at things through my digital camera all of the time. I sometimes get so carried away trying to record my experiences to show other people, that I forget to actually enjoy them for myself! Does anyone else ever find themselves doing this? (Luckily I couldn't take snap after snap on the Instax because the film can be pricey!)


When our legs couldn't carry us much further we left Versailles and got the very busy train back to the centre of Paris where we admired the view of the Eiffel tower, of course, before finding somewhere to eat. After dinner and a rather large glass of wine each we walked back towards the Eiffel tower to see it in the evening, as I find it far more spectacular when it's lit. I love it when it sparkles!

We were staying at the Ibis hotel by the way, which I would highly recommend as somewhere cheap and easy to stay when travelling, (I stayed in an Ibis hotel in Belgium to). There were loads of them dotted around Paris, but we stayed just down the road from the Moulin Rouge and very near to Montmartre, so in the morning before our train to Redon we walked up to see the beautiful view of Paris and also treated ourselves to banana and Nutella crepes for breakfast, yum! 

It took us about four hours to get to my Dad's - he lives in the middle of nowhere near a very quaint little town called La Gacilly. Despite having a great time in Paris and loving the city buzz, it was great to finally feel relaxed in the quiet, picturesque countryside and we spent the new few days enjoying lie-ins, walks, campfires, great food and wine! There was also an amazing photography festival on in La Gacilly that we went to where hundreds of stunning photographs from around the world had been displayed about the town. 




















Don't you just love Matt's Rayban sunglasses? As I don't wear contacts very often I've spent most of this summer squinting through the sun, which isn't ideal. I was browsing www.redhotsunglasses.co.uk and came across this gorgeous Clubmaster design in havana and green; although I love the classic style of Matt's, I love how modern and cool these look and they're more feminine to. I really want to invest in a pair and get prescription lenses! I also really like these Cathy Clubmaster Glasses in Violet Horn, they'd look super cool as daily frames don't you think!? 

On our last evening a group of us went to a local village fete. It was literally like stepping back into medieval times. There was food, (some nicer than the rest), drinking, music, dancing, fireworks and then a huge bonfire to finish off the evening. The fireworks were really pretty, the bonfire was certainly something different, and Matt and I also went for a lovely walk around a nearby lake before the sun set.

Oh, let me just add that this was just after Matt and I had attempted to cut my fringe with blunt scissors and made a mess of it... uh oh. 




I had such a great trip - it was short but sweet - but now I've definitely got the travelling bug and can't wait to go away again... we're thinking Germany in January! Apologies for the picture and text heavy post by the way; I do hope you enjoyed Matt's gorgeous photography... have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

NEW GLASSES FROM SPECSAVERS


























When describing my appearance I'd say that I had mousey brown hair, a fringe and glasses. Yep, despite needing them as a necessity in order to see, since getting my first pair at the age of 16, my spectacles have well and truly become part of my identity and now I wouldn't have it any other way. They reflect my personal style and make me feel more confident; a girl can conquer the world in the right specs!

I got these rounded, ombre frames from Specsavers the other week, I wasn't sure if I could pull off a more circular style but I quite like them... what do you think? They're a really interesting reddish colour and I love the ombre effect as it makes them less harsh against my face, I can't really pull off thick, heavy frames so these are perfect!



















You may have already seen if you follow me on instagram, but last week I took a little trip to France! I've been to Paris a couple of times before but it's never really managed to win me over, this time however was a little different... this could have had something to do with the handsome man I got to drag around with me the entire time ;) I'll get some photos up soon!













DRESS: BOUTIQUE
CARDIGAN: TOPSHOP
SOCKS: TOPSHOP
SHOES: DR MARTENS


  
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Monday, 12 August 2013

WIN £40 TO SPEND AT ASOS!



I was recently sent this navy "vintage stripe" blouse from Chicnova. It has such a sporty, American style so my immediate thought was to wear it with my unicorn running shorts - I then wore Dr Martens to add a British twist! I finished the look with some deer head collar tips, which my Mum bought me for Christmas. If you haven't visited their site before, I really would recommend checking it out. They have such a great variety of clothing and accessories at bargain prices and they regularly get new, on-trend stock!




DR MARTENS FROM EBAY




Whilst I have you here, I also have an exciting giveaway to announce, (it's been a while)! I've teamed up with ao.com to offer you the chance of winning a £40 gift voucher to spend over at one of my favourite online stores, asos.com, exciting right!? This giveaway is open internationally and you each have 10 entries, (depending on how many of the following steps you complete). I will announce the winner on Monday 26th August. Good luck everyone!


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Saturday, 10 August 2013

LAST WEEKEND: EPPING FOREST


























Last weekend Matt and I left London for the day and headed North East to Essex. After a delicious pub lunch of scampi and chips at the Kings Head, we went for a long walk through Epping forest and eventually came to a big lake - it was so lovely to be out of the city! I wore my favourite tee from Dahlia with shorts, my Dr Martens and my new yellow, Boden raincoat. I don't usually like yellow but recently I've been wearing lots of it; clearly this sunny weather is having an effect on me!?  













































































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Friday, 9 August 2013

TRENDS: AW13



























When on Friday morning I awoke to torrential rain and thunder, my immediate thought was "what the fuck am I going to wear today?" Having only recently gotten used to dressing for summer and purchasing a pair of sandals, I felt it a little cruel to be so suddenly plunged back into soggy weather... Britain is so difficult to dress for!

Speaking of soggy weather, I couldn't help but notice all of the autumn trends sneaking back into the magazines and I thought it would be nice to share my favourites with you! I'm not one to follow trends religiously but of course I'm influenced by what's available to buy on the high street and it's always interesting to see what's come through from catwalks.

MOODY FLORALS
A modern twist on a usually rather traditional trend, florals are set to be big this autumn but the prints are looking darker, moodier and more complex than in previous seasons. This reminds me a little of the hyper floral trend from last summer when I bought myself a beautiful, silk bomber jacket from Zara - I bet they get some great moody floral pieces back in for Autumn to!

 MSGM AW13 (IMAGE TAKEN FROM VOGUE.CO.UK)



EMBELLISHMENT
Replacing statement jewellery, embellishment on clothing is a great new way to get that "dressy" look for an evening out, but it can also be worn in a more casual way as demonstrated here at the Preen show where a soft, slouchy jumper has been embellished. I love this!   




PREEN BY THORNTON BREGAZZI AW13 (IMAGE TAKEN FROM VOGUE.CO.UK)


FEATHERS 
I'm so glad that feathers are due a comeback; I've always wanted a feather skirt and I would love a dress to... I remember seeing one in the Warehouse sale last year but they didn't have my size left by the time I got to it, darn! I love the feminine, whimsical look they can add to an outfit.  
























































DRIES VAN NOTEN (IMAGE TAKEN FROM VOGUE.CO.UK)


GRUNGE 
An obvious favourite, I love the simplicity of this updated "less 90's" looking grunge - it's modern and chic. I love wearing dark colours, especially throughout winter, so personally I can't wait to see the shops filled with black and grey! I'd wear this look with Dr Marten shoes, a chunky pair of creepers or ankle boots, (very practical for winter weather)!  
























































RAG & BONE AW13 (IMAGE TAKEN FROM VOGUE.CO.UK)



VINYL
Although I'm still a bit weary of wet-look fabrics, (I'm just not sure how flattering they are), I really loved Topshop Unique's range of vinyl skirts. I love the idea of wearing one with a slouchy, casual jumper for a complete clash of texture! I'll definitely be purchasing one for myself this autumn; I think I'm ready!    
























































TOPSHOP UNIQUE (IMAGE TAKEN FROM VOGUE.CO.UK)


I also saw in ASOS magazine that masculine shoes are "a thing" this season, which I'm very excited about cos I love a good brogue or pair of DMs! What trends are you most looking forward to wearing when the weather turns sour? 
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