Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Alive in electric colour

TOP: TK MAXX, TROUSERS: NEW LOOK, SHOES: NEW LOOK & SUNGLASSES: MALTA


When I went to Morocco, I realised I must have subconsciously got a memo about colour. When I walked into the Jardin Majorelle (which was undoubtedly one of my favourite places of the trip) it was just all-blue, electric blue everywhere. It felt like being part of a painted paradise, and my outfit aptly suited the colours. 

I never used to be a fan of New Look, but it's slowly won me back, and served me well on this holiday. It helps that is one of few high street shops near uni, but I've honestly been a lot more impressed with their stock recently. I picked up these trousers for a tenner. I'm especially in love with their shoes. These sneakers are certainly not a good representation of just how gorgeous their shoes can be, although I certainly wouldn't have bought them if I didn't like them. Their slight platform saved me when it rained like crazy. Yes, I did have the luck to go to Morocco when it rained...

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Billowing

TOP: MARELLA (THRIFTED), SKIRT: PRIMARK & SHOES: CLARKS

I really do not frequent Primark. It's not like I'm one of those 'I'm too good for Primark' people, I just have a rule about shopping: if I could get something similar on sale at the same price and better quality, then I'm going elsewhere. Primark really isn't as cheap as everyone raves about. However, I braved going into my local Primark recently when trying to find a new, suitable wardrobe for my holiday in Morocco, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The stock in the store was much better than I remember from my shopping trips with friends in my early teens (although my fourteen strong collection of coloured skinny jeans aged thirteen definitely has Primark prices to thank). 

The skirt fits like a dream, clutching well to your waist and giving an almost peplum feel to the material around your hips- the silhouette (I hope you will agree) is super flattering! You can't quite see, but I paired it all with some coral-coloured sandals, which complimented the pattern wonderfully. I can't help spinning in this skirt, and watching it float around my ankles. It's a princess thing, ok. 

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bow ties are cool

JUMPER: H&M, SKIRT: TOPSHOP, BOOTS: OFFICE, BOW: ALDO & EARRINGS: THRIFTED

Bows bow bows. Such pretty little things. They have quite a strange gendered relationship with fashion though. Whilst the shape itself is rather unisex, it's interesting to consider that bow ties in formal wear are traditionally for men, whilst bow ties for hair and generally clothing are generally worn by women. I do however just love that trend of women in tuxedos currently. I'm not just talking about Angelina Jolie or whoever else your favourite female celebrity might be. It's surprising how many people think only one female has ever worn a tux on the red carpet... I suppose it's a wonder when 'female' bow ties might make the journey into men's fashion. We'll just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Spotlight: Keep It Bright


I am so unbelievably happy I found 'Keep It Bright'. They have the kind of positive mentality I just adore. It's not pink, glittery and cliche, but paper and string and authentic, if you get what I mean. They seem to really care. The business cards they sent in the parcel really do wonders for their brand identity. The 'today, make sure you' card has made it's way into my wallet, and even warmed the cockles of my mother's heart. I got the above as a present for a friend recently, and they went down a treat.

Printed onto a really sturdy card, the print is also particularly gorgeous. Too frequently there are websites with realms of positive quotes to tickle your fancy, but they all just seem drastically unauthentic. This print seems realistically drawn by hand, as opposed to something which looks like a stock image used on many different posters. It's something I also adore about the brand- it's just personable.

I loved this bracelet, because it's so simple and not outrageously priced. It's just a pendant of sorts and a piece of string, and the brand doesn't pretend it's anything more. Nor does the bracelet. 

CREATE MAGIC PENCIL:
Now the English student in me comes out. I just thought this pencil was literal magic. I loved the idea that something so simple is held in such high esteem, and as it should be. Wonders can be written and drawn with a pencil, and it's important to have a reminder of that. Especially in a day an age where self expression is equally encouraged and made an embarrassment of, I think this 'create magic' message is absolute perfection.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Practically perfect

SHIRT: THRIFTED, SKIRT: BRITAIN DOES VINTAGE & SHOES: OFFICE

I'm a big fan of Mary Poppins; I'm an even bigger fan of Julie Andrews. She's a perfect depiction of grace and eloquence. I am not- far from it. I'd quite like to be like Poppins: practically perfect. It's a bit of a pipe dream, and that's alright, just as long as I get to play dress up once in a while.

With its rounded collar, and slightly pleated front, this shirt feels practically perfect to me. I nabbed it for £2.50 in a 2 for 1 charity shop sale (sales in charity shops seem a little odd, but I'm not one to complain if it helps my pocket) and I've already had various compliments on it. When I'm feeling less Poppins-like, I've found it pairs quite well with my denim pinafore. The skirt is the true dream here though. Nabbed it for a tenner, love it to bits, most content really. You can't really see the detail in the pictures, but it has this gorgeous singular pleat at the front of it which is discrete yet perfectly elegant. I do love it, and I think Mary Poppins would too.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I'll get you, my pretty

DRESS: F&F, SHOES: OFFICE, BELT: N/A & NECKLACE: BRITAIN DOES VINTAGE FAIR

I really like costume jewellery, probably because I like make believe and I certainly can't afford the real mccoy. There was something particularly mystical about this beauty in particularly, something bewitching about its emerald green tone. I later discovered its uncanny resemblance to the pendant Elpheba wears on Once Upon a Time. I also think it's frame is just absolutely charming. There's a real sturdiness to this necklace, which really differs to many high street alternatives which I'd probably not have nabbed for the happy price of a tenner.

I picked it up at a Britain does Vintage fair, which I just wanted to selflessly promote. I've attended a fair few fairs in my time, but this one really does it for me. Admittedly some of the stalls are well out of my price range, but I've also picked up a mini skirt for a £10 and a full skirt for £20, which are again competitive prices for high street alternatives. They seem to particularly do them in uni towns. I'm lucky in that in my town everyone seems to have the initials JW carved into their chest, so I don't have to fight people off of a rail for a 1950s full skirt, I can't say the same about elsewhere.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Call it anything but versatile

JUMPER: BETTY BARCLAY, SKIRT: NEW LOOK, NECKLACE: WHISTLES & BAG: STRADIVARIUS

When my friends and I went on holiday, a couple of them ventured out to go diving. Diving isn't quite my thing, so I was super imaginative and ventured out to the local arcade and went shopping instead. I'm sorry I'm so predictable. I inevitably found an array of shops I could also find at home, but I'm not going to complain, I got this New Look pretty on sale. Their most similar skirt version on their site is the Green Check Tube Skirt but I'll be cheeky and tell you a similar Black Check Tube Skirt is currently on sale. Ever since buying it I've found similar top and dress versions too, my favourite being their Green Check Pinafore Dress. This skirt has been the definition of a word I hate to use: versatile. On a cold winter's day I throw a jumper over it, and in the evening I wear it with a long-sleeved black top. Brownie points for New Look.

However, I still had a much larger interest in the shops I didn't recognise, and one which holds a special place in my heart is Stradivarius. It's best described as a mix between Zara and H&M- I promise that's a compliment. This mini double bag is currently on sale in black, dusty rose and pale camel. I really love their aesthetic, and I assure you that as much as I love this bag, it isn't a fair testament of the brand. That's not an insult to the bag though, it's been an utter saving grace on nights out. Being previously a bit of a grandma (still am one to be honest) I didn't realise how helpful a little bag with a strap could be.