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The Perfect Summer Dress for an IBS-Bloated Tum

Do you remember when we had that first heat wave a few weeks ago? Well I do, because I immediately panicked that I didn’t have any dresses to wear that would cover me for work and play. I headed to my saviour, ASOS, and ordered this dress and am now convinced it’s the best thing since sliced sourdough with smashed avo on top. Especially for those of us who spend 90% of their life with a bloated IBS tum.

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Dressing Like a Mermaid

Let’s just take a minute to cast our minds back to Wednesday. The sun was shining, there was a light breeze in the air and a feeling of calm on my normally stressful commute. Every one was digging the weather. So much so, that I deemed it only appropriate to bust out my metallic teal pleated midi skirt and rock a bit of shimmer and a bit of leg.

That’s right. I unleashed my inner Ariel and channelled a mermaid for the day.

I originally bought this skirt around the end of last year and wore it to my work Christmas party but I knew it’d be one I could wear again and again, no matter the occasion.

This time, I paired it with a plain grey sleeveless top, snake print blazer, and a statement necklace, not forgetting to mention my silver sparkly slipper shoes.

Thanks Ariel.

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3 Ways to Wear Clashing Prints

Warning: You may want to put your sunnies on before reading this post.

Recently I wore this striped top and snake-print skirt to work and got mixed reactions from my colleagues. One girl said she loved it and wished she had the confidence to wear an outfit like it to work, whereas one of the guys did several double takes, asking me if stripes and animal print really went together. But so what if they don’t? Why would I want to wear a plain top if I wore a patterned bottom. Why can’t I wear whatever the hell I want, when I want. After all, I’m not dressing for anyone else but myself and if wearing stripes and snake print makes me happy, which it does, then I’ll happily continue. It only felt right to experiment with my wardrobe and mix ALL THE PRINTS together for a blog post.

So here it is, 3 Ways to Wear Clashing Prints.

Stripes vs. Animal Print

 

 

This has fast become one of my favourite looks. I feel like a smorgasbord of colour, prints and textures, which is a guaranteed way to get me smiling.  Stripes are a staple that can be rolled out with absolutely anything, snake-print included. While the red glitter boots are optional, they’re certainly recommended.

Top, Topshop. Skirt, Lavish Alice. Tights, Tesco. Boots, ASOS.

Florals vs. Jacquard Print

 

I love breaking out the florals for Spring, groundbreaking I know. I particularly love the layered peplum on this sheer top, adding an extra level of movement to an otherwise fairly structured outfit. I’ve had these trousers for a couple of years now and they’re the perfect material for when the weather brightens up. Again, I’ve added glitter shoes. I’m not even sorry.

Top, Topshop. Trousers, French Connection. Shoes, Dune.

Checks vs. Lace

I imagine that nearly everyone owns a checked shirt of some sort. Mine is super oversized and looks best when buttoned to the neck. I’m also loving how it looks tucked into a lace midi skirt, with added lace socks. I will definitely be busting this outfit out again.

Shirt, Topshop. Belt, ASOS. Skirt, ASOS. Lace socks, Accessorize. Brogues, Clarks.

There you have it, three ways to clash any print whatsoever. Go bold or go home.

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All the Animal Print

Sometimes, I’ll pull on a coat, scarf and shoes and rush out the door before realising that I’m wearing a lot of animal print. But how much is too much?

My cousin would come out in hives if she saw print, on top of print, on top of print. Especially because my scarf is a purple and gold animal print, clashing with the neutrals on my coat. Throw in the fact that I’m wearing striped socks and I know she’s currently hyperventilating.

To me, this will never be too much. I am a lover of all prints, I just so happen to own a helluva lot of the animal-printed variety. I went head-to-toe here and I loved it. And I will be rocking it again.

So what if Pat Butcher is my idol…

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My Trusty Cold-Weather Skirts

I have three skirts which, when worn with suitable layers and thick black tights, can get me through any situation no matter how miserable the weather is outside. These are my reliable and trusty cold-weather skirts.

First up, a pop of colour…


Pink Tulip Skirt

This skirt always reminds me of a giant Quality Street. It’s bright pink, shiny looking and in the shape of a bubbled tulip. It’s perfect for tucking tops or jumpers in to. It’s a definite stand-out item.

Whenever I put this on I feel instantly more glam. I love the folds and pleats in this skirt and the way it bubbles under at the bottom.

What I’m Wearing:
Skirt, ASOS
Jumper, Warehouse
Belt, ASOS
Boots, River Island
Necklace, present
Watch, Michael Kors
 

Leather Skater Skirt:

If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that I love a skater skirt. It’s my go-to and fall-back skirt. If in doubt, choose skater. That’s my motto.

This one is a tad too big for me around the waist, but when belted tightly, it’s the best.


What I’m Wearing:
Skirt, Warehouse
Shirt, Phillip Lim for Target
Belt, ASOS
Brogues, Topshop

Animal Print A-Line Skirt

Every time I wear this skirt, the compliments roll in. It’s garish, in-your-face, covered in a mix of snake and leopard print and has deep pockets. It’s perfection in a skirt.

I like pairing it with something equally as bold, just because I can.

What I’m Wearing:
Skirt, Lavish Alice at ASOS
Tee, pinched from Al
Boots, Emma Cook for Topshop
Necklace, Love Moi
Watch, Michael Kors

Do you have a trusty winter skirt?

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Want it on Wednesday: ASOS White New Drop

ASOS have just dropped the latest collection from their luxe line, ASOS White, and I’m smitten. So smitten that I’ve pulled a whole look together for Want it on Wednesday that I can’t get out of my head.

The collection is full of cosy cashmere jumpers, slinky camis, powerful tailored trousers all in neutral shades.

Sticking to my roots, I’ve gone for a printed two piece and a slick bomber.

Jacquard ClippedPanel Top, £75
Jacquard Clipped Panel Trousers, £85

I love a two piece but don’t own any, could now be the time to start? The earthy colours, the geometric design, slight texture, cropped cut, everything here is working for me. I’m imagining it with my shiny brogues or beaten-up Converse. And the bomber below…

Textured Bomber Jacket, £95

I’m not normally drawn to white jackets but this is perfection. It looks so soft but still crisp, smart but still relaxed with ribbed cuffs and hem. I want it but do wonder how long I could keep it looking that pristine.

See the full collection here. Which item catches your eye?

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My Perfect Trans-Seasonal Outfit: Check Prints and Skater Skirts

I feel like if my best friend was a fashion website, she’d definitely be Farfetch. I’m having a total love-in with their range of new season collections. I feel like they get me.

I’m currently feeling the chill and have been searching for the perfect trans-seasonal outfit. It will come as no surprise that this involves a printed jumper and skater skirt. Standard.

Just look at how good they are together. I waaaaaaaaaaaaant.

Kenzo Check Knit Sweater, £336.16

MSGM Metallic Skirt, £222.42

How much does the Kenzo jumper remind you of Cher’s get up in Clueless? Unlike Cher I want to wear the above with flat boots and a fedora.

I mean I couldn’t afford to get them right now but that doesn’t stop a girl from dreaming. You know me.

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What to Wear to an Engagement Party

Pineapple print, of course.

For some reason I drew a complete blank when trying to start this post. I had officially got writers block and it sucked. I had no witty one liners, no film quotes, nothing. I asked my besties for help. I got a particularly filthy joke about a pineapple and a quote from Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

And then it hit me, the reason I accidentally purchased this dress in the first place. An engagement party for two of my besties.

It doesn’t necessarily scream glam or sophisticated but hey, neither do I. Plus, who doesn’t like pineapples? Right?

It’s cute, fun, has a skater-style skirt (tick, tick, tick) and has an iddy-little cut out that I’m kinda digging.

And that right there is my party face.

Boom.

Take that writers block.

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Want it on Wednesday: This Shirt is a Sure Thing

If ever a shirt was made for me, it was this one. Even the name of it, Sure Thing, is a sure sign in should be mine.

Black and  ivory stripes down one side and then a jungle floral print on the other is pretty fantastic, no?

It’s perfect for summer as it’s sleeveless and looks fairly lightweight. Plus it’s only £39, which isn’t that bad.

I recently picked up a cute checked skort from Topshop which this shirt would clash perfectly against. Hello.

Goldie London, I salute you.

Get yours here

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Prints, Heels, Dress Up and OM Label

When I get an email announcing a new fashion label I get excited. When I get an email announcing a new fashion label, with images of their latest collection and asking to meet up, I practically fall off my seat in excitement. That’s exactly how it all started with Lisa Engelhardt from OM Label.

We started emailing back and forth and decided that rather than just emailing questions and uploading her product shots, we should meet, run a proper profile, and here’s the best bit, shoot me in some of the collection. I absolutely love finding new labels and couldn’t miss an opportunity like this. So, a couple of weeks ago now, I went to Lisa’s London flat and had the time of my life trying on the three looks below and finding out exactly how it all started…

Singlet Dress, OM Label. Shoes, Bertie. Necklace, Love Moi Boutique.

How it Started
After graduating in fine arts in Melbourne, Australia, Lisa experimented silk-screening hand drawings and illustrations onto fabrics under the name Orchis Morio and succeeded in selling them as fabrics for interior products. Following this success, Lisa collaborated with artist and fashion designer Lucille Nolan, to start creating garments for their first collection, Midnight Citrus and just like that, OM Label had begun.

Ideology
OM is a fashion label that produces unique wearable art pieces with a focus on using expressive print to complement the confident feminine silhouette. Each printed piece has it’s own story of how the fabric design developed, with a continual back and forth dialogue between print design and construction. OM is about how style can be expressed through print, but classically restrained in design.

What was your inspiration behind the Midnight Citrus collection?
Southeast Asia, summery colours and brightness. Melbourne has a tendency towards a neutral colour palette, whereas Southeast Asia is bright, the way people dress is different to Melbourne. I developed this idea of citrus fruits, freshness and rejuvenation but wanted a contrast, a day and night theme. The midnight part came from the Tokyo cityscape.

What’s your go-to outfit?
I’m a printed top kind of girl, so it’d have to be the Midnight Singlet Top and jeans. Something I can wear day to night.

 Singlet Top, OM Label. Trousers, Miss Selfridge. Shoes, Dune. Necklace, Love Moi Boutique.

Who are your favourite designers?
I love Sibling for their knitwear, prints, colours and art direction. Matthew Williamson as his colour patterns are outstanding and Jonathan Saunders as he started with a print textile background.

One staple you can’t leave the house without?
I’m a jacket girl so a bomber or blazer. I like a girly look with a masculine blazer.

Can you tell us what’s in store for the next collection?
It’s called Galaxy Parade and was inspired by space and adventures into black holes. It’s whimsical and inspired by NASA imagery featuring pastel colours like pinks and greys.

Shift Dress, OM Label. Shoes, Bertie. Necklace, Love Moi Boutique.

How do you start a new collection?
I like to tell a story, a narrative. The hardest thing for me is finding a contrast, always countering each other. I like taking a simple theme and giving it a twist. I then start buy researching colours.

Three things you’re loving right now?
Tortoiseshell sunglasses handmade by Italian brand RetroSuperFuture, my summer beauty staple, Olay’s BB cream and filtered water!

I just want to thank Lisa as I had a great time and loved, loved, loved her current collection.

If you like the look of what you see, head over to the OM Label website for a browse.