I have a lot of black in my wardrobe. Black for me looks elegant, classic and is the perfect base for allowing me to add a pop of colour, texture or print when needed.
My favourite kind of weekend involves little more than moving from my bed to my sofa, with the help of Elle magazine, chips and guac and my laptop. This weekend however I had a bigger job ahead of me as Al and I decided it was time to attack the house and unpack those pesky boxes we haven’t looked at since moving in together a year ago.
It also meant delving into our wardrobes and ruthlessly throwing out any item we haven’t worn recently. Which reminded me of my trusty Topshop mum jeans which look all the better when paired with an oversize ASOS tee, floral kimono and Kurt Geiger leopard and glitter trainers. And a bright pink lip obviously.
For me, white lace dresses are the epitome of summer. It’s the chance to really show off your tan or, in my case, pasty limbs. My only real chance of wearing a white lace dress is on holiday where if the sun has been shining, my freckles will have come out to play and I might have a golden hue. Then and only then, do I allow myself to pull out that dress.
The dress in question is quite an old one now. It’s from Topshop, is one shouldered with one long billowing sleeve and nips in at the waist before falling into a short skater skirt. It’s the perfect holiday dress. And now we’ve finally got a holiday to look forward to this year, I’ve taken this as the perfect opportunity to look for the best from around the web.
The only thing left to decide is which one I most want to purchase.
Flower Lace Dress, £79
This is the ultimate bohemian summer dress. It’s soft, sheer in some parts, has beautiful lace sleeves and detailing down the side. It has an a-line skirt which I’m always a fan of and looks like it’ll have the perfect swish when you walk. I’m sold.
Lace, tick. Mesh, tick. Crochet, tick. Scallop hem, tick.
I’m a sucker for a shirt dress and this one is the perfect combination of pretty and preppy.
Lace Bardot Dress, £36
Who doesn’t like a little shoulder action? Especially when the swing dress in question looks beach-to-bar ready.
There’s always that one dress that goes one step further. Sheer lace and delicate appliqué flowers make this Marchesa Notte dress sensational but very, very expensive.
Which one would you choose?
Stop everything, the Adidas superstar ’80s trainers are back, and they’re metallic silver and I want them.
Adidas have teamed up with Topshop to celebrate the iconic brand’s archive, with monochrome colours and moody 80s poses. I have to be honest, most of the collection, including a track jacket and running shorts, is not something I’d be likely to pick up as I’ve well and truly left those dressing days behind me. However, these metallic trainers are something else.
The classic blue stripes, the red lining and the shiney-cracked silver outing. Man, I’ve fallen hard.
Get your Premium Superstar ’80s Trainers by Topshop for Adidas Originals, for £110.
This month I’ve been prepping for sunshine with coral lips, new jeans and a brightly-coloured bag.
I’ve found myself living in these jeans this month. They’re high waisted, even on my long body, fitted at the top before becoming slightly baggier at the turn ups. They’re distressed, beaten up and really bloody rigid making bending hard work, but I love them. I’ve even surprised myself by wearing them with my tops tucked in. Who ever knew. And at only £40 a pair, they’re a decent price. Hail the Mom Jeans.
Smudge Print Chain Clutch
This joined my collection of Whistles clutches back in March and promptly became my new favourite. I’ve worn it out and received compliments on it’s beauty. It’s surprisingly spacious and can hold all my belongs making it perfect for both nights out and work. Expect to see more of this beauty this summer.
Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Soapy Suds
The smell of the blood oranges is so gorgeous it makes morning showers the best. I’s sweet but not sickly. I also use the matching moisturiser which soothes my dry skin. You can find the set here.
Rosie for Autograph Eau de Parfum
This has become my every day fragrance and is better than most celeb perfumes. It’s floral but not too sweet and has deeper undertones. It’s also well priced at £28 for 75ml, making it easy to repurchase. Get yours here.
My Favourite YSL Mascara
I like to own this YSL Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils a couple of months before I really start to use it. I like the formula to dry slightly as I find it helps hold a better curl rather than sticking my lashes together in small clumps. It has a thick brush which are my favourite and helps to add volume as well as length. What more could you want from a mascara?
I am a firm lover of chick lit, always have been and always will be. It makes my commute more bearable and helps put a smile on my face. Two of my favourite authors are Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell and I’ve been reading books from both this month.
My Dry-Lip Saviour
I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream for longer than I can remember. For the past couple of weeks my lips have become extremely chapped and sore and are only just getting better now thanks to me constantly slathering this thick balm over them. This essential never leaves my bag.
Speedy Nail Varnish
My nails have only been painted in Barry M’s Speedy Quick Dry nail varnish this month. I’m loving the pale, almost grey shade, Pit Stop the most. It’s subtle, elegant and looks fab on. The fact that it takes minutes to dry means I can paint my nails and be done within 5 minutes. What a relief.
The New Coral
As soon as the sun starts to shine I’m drawn to the brightest of coral lipsticks. This month I’ve gone for L’Oreal Color Riche Matte 228 VIP. I apply a generous amount and then smudge it in to my lips to soften the colour.
Whistles Card Holder
This Lizard Card Holder from Whistles has made my life a helluva lot easier. It means I can carry smaller bags and prioritise the cards I need to take with me, rather than carting around my massive furry-red purse, change and all.
What’s been on your list this month?
Now the weather is getting hot, hot, hot, I’m in need of a transitional jacket to take me through to summer.
I’m looking for something long, in a fairly thin fabric that can be thrown on top of anything. And I’ve found it in Topshop’s Soft-Belted Trench Coat.
This jacket is smart enough to dress up any outfit, is perfectly tailored with a double-breasted fit and waist belt and lined in a deep tobacco colour, which makes a nice contrast to the light grey.
My only problem now is that it’s not in stock online. I’ll be waiting patiently until this beauty comes back in stock before I pounce.
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.
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.
And I have Topshop’s latest Denim Dreamers campaign to blame for it. I’m falling hard for all things seventies inspired at the moment. So much so, that I’ve even dusted down my flares so they’re ready for action.
Topshop are absolutely nailing all things denim. They’ve got seventies soul covered with a-line skirts, flared jeans, d-ring shirt dresses, denim pinafores and smocks. They’ve even got cute ankle boots with a side order of fringing. Don’t even start me on suede.
I want to be Margo and Viv. I also want to get my bangs cut back in… Damn you Topshop.
Are you embracing seventies-inspired fashion? I want to know.
Image courtesy of instagram.com/topshop
It’s no secret that I’m addicted to my Urban Decay Naked Palette. This weekend I felt the need to bust out some shimmery-gold shadow to complete my 70’s-inspired look alongside my flares, and there was only one palette worth picking up. You guessed it.
I started by blending Half Baked all over the lid, however, when I applied it, I decided it was far too brassy for my pale skin on its own. I toned it down by applying Smog over the top, resulting in a gorgeous golden brown metallic colour. I finished with a thin line of Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Stag on my top lashes just to make them appear fuller, before lashing on layers of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Drama Mascara. This mascara has just started drying up which is when it’s at its optimal for me.
I filled in my brows with a few strokes of Soap & Glory’s Archery Pencil and set them in place with Maybelline Brow Drama in Transparent. This holds the strays in place all day and is super cheap.
I felt this look wouldn’t be complete without a slick of red. My Topshop Lip Bullet in Joyride has become my most-loved red lippy at the moment. It glides on like a dream and doesn’t dry out my lips, which are already super cracked at the moment. And there you have it. Golden Eye.