Wednesday, 31 December 2014

REFLECTING ON 2014



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Saturday, 27 December 2014

CHRISTMAS DAY | 2014



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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

COPENHAGEN | PART 2

Following a day of rain, (luckily on the Friday Matt had bought me a new waterproof jacket from the Danish brand RAINS), we decided to head out in Norrebro on the Saturday evening. First we went to Cafe Plenum, which did delicious cocktails and had a lovely, cosy vibe. I'm always intrigued by nights out abroad as club culture tends to be very different from the UK everywhere else, so we ended up in a grotty nightclub called RUST, which was so bad that it was good! We ended the night with a kebab, obviously, and got in around 4am. Good times!  


On Sunday morning we went to Jægersborggade, which is a lovely, arty street in Norrebro reminiscent of London's Columbia Road. Here we found a selection of quirky art galleries, cute cafes, bakerys and trendy clothing shops; I really liked a little shop called Tricotage, which sold some very cool underwear and boots.  



On Monday, our final day, we took a trip to Christianshavn, home of the autonomous Christiania. Admittedly I was a little apprehensive about the place having heard mixed reviews but it was actually quite interesting and we took a nice walk around the lake. As I said about Nyhavn I would really like to visit again in summer to see how the vibe changes with the seasons as I imagine it's more buzzing when it's warmer and sunny.

Overall I really enjoyed Copenhagen; it's very pretty, the people are friendly and there's lots to do and see. I would definitely recommend this city for shopping, (for fashion and homeware), or if you just fancy a relaxing cultural break. Merry Christmas everyone x






5 THINGS I'VE LEARNT ABOUT DENMARK

1. IT RAINS. A LOT.
2. EVERYONE IS REALLY HAPPY
3. THERE ARE BIKES EVERYWHERE.
4. IT'S CLEAN AND STYLISH
5. I LOVE IT


TOP PLACES TO VISIT

1. TIVOLI (CHRISTMAS MARKET AND THEME PARK)
2. NYHAVN (BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE)
3. STROGET (AMAZING HIGH-STREET SHOPPING)
4. ELMEGADE (QUIRKY CAFES AND VINTAGE SHOPS)
5. JAEGERSBORGGADE (GALLERIES, CAFES AND INDEPENDANT SHOPS)
6. THE BRONX BURGER (YUMMY BURGERS AND HOT CHOCOLATE)
7. WOOD WOOD (DESIGNER SHOPPING AND MAGAZINES)
8. STORM - DESIGN, ART FASHION (DESIGNER SHOPPING AND MAGAZINES)
9. STUDIO TRAVEl SHOP (VINTAGE SHOPPING AND MAGAZINES)
10. URBAN SHOP (FOR GIFTS AND HOMEWARE)
11. THE LAUNDROMAT CAFE (A GREAT BREAKFAST)


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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

COPENHAGEN | PART 1


Those of you who follow me on Instagram will have already seen that I spent my weekend in the beautiful capital of Denmark. I'm back in London now missing Copenhagen's quaint cobbled streets and snug cafes - but hey, I'll be down in Devon with my family by 7pm this evening so I shan't be feeling the post-holiday blues too much!

After our 5.30am start on Thursday Matt and I were pretty tired by the time we arrived at our apartment in Norrebro, we therefore spent most of our first afternoon in Copenhagen wandering around the local area before having a chilled night in. We found this great burger bar called The Bronx, which was just a 10 minute walk from where we stayed; the food and drinks were delicious, the staff were super friendly and the place had a really positive, cosy vibe. We actually ended up going back for lunch on the Saturday!

The following morning we woke up bright and early to get out and enjoy the sights. Because Copenhagen is actually quite a small city we decided to walk everywhere to save money on travel. On our way into central we went into The Round Tower, which you can walk up to get a spectacular view of the city. From the top all of the little cobbled streets and terracotta buildings looked like they were part of a toy town; there was also a photography exhibition on in the tower, which was a nice surprise.

We continued our walk through the city, stopping for mulled wine along the way in a lovely Christmas market, which had set up right in the centre around Stroget. Stroget is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe and boasts an amazing selection of shops from independent galleries to major high street brands like Topshop - I would highly recommend Copenhagen for shopping. We headed past the shops towards iconic Nyhavn, a picturesque 17th Century harbour scattered with cafes, restaurants and market stalls. It was super pretty but I'd love to revisit in summer as I imagine it's even more beautiful on a summer's day set against a beautiful blue sky!


I couldn't help but head back to Stroget for a better look around; we spent a good hour in Tiger buying silly Christmas presents - very exciting. I also found a great shop called Weekday, which was kind of like a H&M / Cos hybrid. Once we were all shopped out, astonishingly, it was still only four in the afternoon and so we headed to a nearby Italian to warm up and enjoy an early dinner before facing Tivoli.

Tivoli was AMAZING. I anticipated the worst, expecting big crowds, noise and all of the other annoyances that come hand-in-hand with funfairs or theme parks, (I'm not into rides). On entering the park however we were greeted with the most wonderful, glittering sight; I literally thought I was in the North Pole visiting Santa. Christmas lights decorated the entire park, which was huge and contained an extremely cosy Christmas market alongside pubs, restaurants and, yes that's right, fairground rides! We treated ourselves to more mulled wine, (which just so happened to be the yummiest I'd ever tasted), and wandered around, completely dazzled by the view - it was a lot to take in all at once!   



Saturday was super cold. We'd planned a full day of exploration around Norrebro but that just didn't happen.... we did, as I mentioned previously, revisit The Bronx Burger Bar for another amazing burger though; I could't get enough of their hot chocolates either! We also walked down the trendy street Elmegade, which has a cluster of boutique, vintage and secondhand stores next to cosy pubs and cafes. I only returned from Copenhagen last night and I've already been on venere.com checking out accommodation for Amsterdam! I've well and truly got the travelling bug... I will try to get the rest of my holiday photos up tomorrow, but for now, I'm off to Devon to see my family, whoop!
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Monday, 8 December 2014

#MerryMMissoni

I'm sure I've mentioned this a million times before but I LOVE winter clothing. The colours, the textures, the cosy layers... what's not to love!? I'm therefore very excited about my new M Missoni dress* - not only does it tick all of the boxes above but it's fabulously made and makes me feel super special. The roll neck design makes it perfect for daywear, (these images were taken whilst out and about in North London doing a recce for a recent shoot), but because it's so beautiful it can also be dressed up for the evening with a pair of heels and a pretty clutch. I'm actually thinking about wearing it to a Christmas party later this week; I'm not one for "dressy" dresses anyway and the tartan makes it feel a little festive! Does anyone else have a Christmas party to plan for? What will you be wearing!?







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Thursday, 4 December 2014

A MORNING IN NORTH EAST LONDON

Last Saturday my lovely housemate Harriet and I enjoyed a morning out in North East London where we popped to The Whitepepper's sample sale before getting the train to Highbury and Islington and, as it was such a beautiful day, we walked home from there. It's only about a half hour walk but on our travels we stumbled across a great Vintage store on Holloway Road called Blue 17. They have a great selection of vintage clothing, both men's and women's, and all at very reasonable prices; I did get myself a sleeveless roll neck for £10, (bargain), but I can't wait to go back again in the new year with more pennies to spend!

We spent our afternoon chilling in our pyjamas because it was too cold to go out, and then we made mexican and minced pies in the evening whilst watching Dracula, (weird film). It's awful at the moment because whenever I get invited to parties or events I end up just wanting to stay inside in the warm and watch films... oh winter! I'll have to sort myself out soon and stop being such a hermit.  



BLACK COTTON TIGHTS FROM H&M
DR MARTENS SHOES
 
 
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STYLE ICON | VICTORIA WINTERS

Last week I finally got around to watching Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. Admittedly when the film first came out back in 2012 I didn't think it looked very good, which is why it's taken me so long to actually sit down and watch it. I was pleasantly surprised therefore when I enjoyed an hour and thirteen minutes of mild horror, romance, comedy and beautiful visuals.

What I found most inspiring about this film however was the character Victoria Winters, played by the lovely Bella Heathcote, whose wardrobe throughout is cute and quaint with just the right amount of Gothic. Brought to life by costume designer Colleen Atwood, Victoria sports oversized collars, cardigans and pretty blouses, whilst her polished hair and doll-like features help to create a real Sixties vibe - basically I wish I was her.

Get "Victoria's" look with The Whitepepper's Embroidery Detail Blouse, a navy cord pinafore from Mod Dolly, some white tights, (you can currently buy these from ASOS quite cheaply but American Apparel also sell them), and some pretty, mid-heel shoes - I personally quite like this velvet pair from Topshop. I know who I'll be dressing as for Halloween next year... talk about planning ahead!     




















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Monday, 1 December 2014

XMAS | WHAT'S ON MY LIST?

Happy December the 1st! We can now officially get excited about Christmas without those who're less enthusiastic about "the most wonderful time of the year" saying it's too early! Yup, on Saturday evening my housemates and I definitely made minced pies whilst listening to Christmas tunes... and we may have even watched Elf last night... it's never too early!

I actually struggled with my Christmas list this year... my Mum has been asking me for one for at least a month but as excited as I am I just haven't had the time to browse the internet looking for things I may want or need in the coming year. I finally managed to compose a small but sweet list consisting of a few fashion bits, some books and of course, a bottle of Baileys... here it goes!

1. Happy Socks

2. Bobble hat from Asos

3. Blog Life e-class by A Beautiful Mess

4. Edie: American Girl

5. Knitted Roll Neck Dress by Cos

6. A bottle of Original Baileys

7. The Wes Anderson Collection

8. Leather Desert Boots by Cos

9. Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

10. Checked Shirt Dress by Cos

11. New hair straighteners
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Sunday, 30 November 2014

OUTFIT | NEW DRESS FROM THE WHITEPEPPER!

As a thank you for helping out with a feature in their latest magazine, The Whitepepper kindly sent me a few bits from their new winter range; (definitely thought Christmas had come early)! One of the items I asked for was this amazing long, black shirt dress. It's super comfortable and flattering because it literally just falls off of my shoulders to my shins, showing off no lumps or bumps on the way down. Here I've worn it with black cotton tights, my Dr Martens and my new, long grey coat, which is also from The Whitepepper.  




TIGHTS FROM H&M
DR MARTENS SHOES 

 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

WINTER PASTELS | LAVISH ALICE

It's funny, when looking at my work it seems I have a real love of colour, (I like working around colour when styling as it keeps my ideas focussed and also ties images together, keeping everything consistent). Yet in reality there are very few pops of colour in my wardrobe.

When the brand Lavish Alice asked if I'd like to review something from their winter range however, I couldn't help but notice this super cool pair of pale pink, wide leg trousers. I like that although they're pink, the colour is still very soft and neutral, and they're a fabulous fit too! They literally just fall from the waist - I can't wait to use them in a photoshoot! I can also picture myself wearing them out to a club with a cropped tee or tucked in blouse and heels. Here I've styled them in a more casual way though with a slouchy jumper, picked up from a charity shop in Crouch End, and my beloved Dr Martens.

DM are actually running an offer this weekend which saves you £25 when you spend £125 or more online; simply head over to the Dr Martens website and use the discount code DMBLACK14 at the checkout! The code expires at Midnight this Monday... go go go!

RIBBED JUMPER, £4.50 FROM A CHARITY SHOP
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Monday, 24 November 2014

A RAINY SUNDAY IN LONDON

Yesterday was so miserable that I almost couldn't bring myself to leave the house! It rained all day and was absolutely freezing... but a bit of fresh air never hurt anyone so Matt and I did pop to Crouch End for a bit in the afternoon.

I wore my M Missoni dress underneath a black roll neck, (which I've been living in recently), with tights and DMs. I then layered up with my favourite forest green coat and a beanie hat - I've actually gone off this hat recently though so I'm hoping to get a new one for Christmas;) I also wore my new Daniel Wellington watch*, which is a lovely, simple leather design. This week you can treat yourself to 15% off of any DW design with the discount code fashionyourseatbelts - enjoy!



TOPMAN BEANIE
H&M JUMPER
M&S TIGHTS
DR MARTENS SHOES 
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