First Party of the Season

 

Possibly the most nervous I’ve been in a while. Went to Hayden’s work Christmas party and met all the people he talks about me to for the first time. It was so warming to have people be excited to meet you and to get to hear how wonderful my boy friend is, it  makes me warm inside. We took a moment away from the party to snap a few outfit photos on the stairs on the Hallmark hotel in Bournemouth.

Dress – H&M (old) sequin option, red floral option, black option, | Boots – New Look (old) similar, similar, similar, | Earrings – Camila Carril “Eugenie ” Huggies| Lip Colour YSL – Fuchsia

 

 

 

Julia’s House Store Expansion – Press Event

Dress – Old | Boots – seven7footwear | Jacket – Vintage | Bag – Calvin Klein (thrifted)

Halloween earrings – Claire’s

Julia’s House Children’s Hospice is a charity founded by a lady called Julia. As a nurse she saw a gap in the community from in-patient care to home care and wanted to create a charity that would bridge that gap. Unfortunately Julia lost her battle with cancer. But her friend Mike Wise took over the dream and founded Julia’s House. Julia’s House provides respite for families with have life-limited children. There are two hospice locations one in Dorset and one in Wiltshire. There are many ways you can donate to Juila’s House. Through charity events, leaving money in your will, my favourite one is shopping in one of their stores.

One of the stores is in Creekmoor, just outside of Poole, Dorset. It was a large store before it expanded and now it’s more a department store than a charity shop. The visual merchandising in this store is perfect. Creative displays really promote all the donations that come through. Their bridle room has expanded, there is now a library, electronic store, a huge kids section and the women’s and homeware has expanded too. The store manager talked through the process of the re-fit building displays for the store using as much recycled, materials as possible. Julia’s House store really developed on the sustainable shopping trend. Why not shop sustainably in a sustainable shop.

To celebrate the expansion of the store bloggers were invited to have an after-hours shopping spree. To be able to have a look around and have a talk from the various staff was affirming. I took Hayden along with me, he picked up a running book and I a striped cardigan for my holiday at the beginning of November. I did have to restrain myself from buying so much more. I think I’ll be going back for the dress in the second picture.

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Thank you to Julia’s House & Bournemouth Bloggers

Dinner Date

 

Rewearing this Monsoon number for date night with Hayden and Hotel du Vin. This dress makes me feel so put together. The length is perfect for a more formal look with buttons down the front you can create a little split for a more sexy look. Long buttoned sleeves, delicate flowers.

Whole look is created from pieces I’ve had for a long time. Similar items here ( dress, dress, dress, )

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Hotel du Vin, Dorset

Hotel du Vin, Poole. A perfect hotel on the quay for Hayden and I to have dinner and spend the night to celebrate being together for three and a half years. We usually do something every 27th of the month. We thought this one would be a little more special so found a bank holiday promotion that fit in with our schedules.

Hotel du Vin was founded in 1994 buy two chaps we had worked in a Hampshire hotel and joined to create what we see today. the “du Vin” is after one of the founders sommelier knowledge.

 

 

Staying in the Château Bauduc ( from the Bordeaux region of France ) room we were spoilt with a view of the courtyard, L’Occitane bathroom products. I love L’Occitane products and took advantage of using all of them during our stay.  The whole hotel down to the menu was influenced by France. From wine regions for the name of the rooms to the dishes at dinner we were in an anglo-french mix which was perfect.

If you have the opportunity to stay at a Hotel du Vin, I suggest you do. The perfect hotel for a little getaway or the best home base while exploring a new city. Hayden and I really had the most relaxing time and will sure to go back.

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap – Bournemouth Pavilion       5th August – 10th August

There are lots of things I loved about this play and one of them was the set design. The lounge/sitting room/ entryway of the country home was perfectly created. Nothing looked out of place. As the audience member, you could quite easily guess the date the play was set. I did a little digging and found that the clock on the mantelpiece was used in the very first production of The Mousetrap.

You can’t really go to a play or performance without talking about the acting. But as someone who hasn’t been on a stage in about 8 years and the highest level of education I have is an A-level. That said, it was convincing, flawless and I got exactly what I wanted out of every performance. Special attention has to be made to Christopher Wren played by Lewis Chandler. Do you remember watching the old Agatha Christie films on day time TV from the ’90s? I way purely nostalgic about them and Kenneth Williams. The comedic timing them ease of performance. By far my favourite character.

Please, if you have the chance to go and see The Mousetrap it’s a really good watch. You will be trying to guess the murderer all the way through. What is truly great about this play is that you are trying to figure out the murderer. My choice changed twice. Tell me in the comments if you’ve seen The Mousetrap and if you guessed right the first time.

 

Dress – Zara | Shoes – Primark | Bag- Yumi

Tickets were gifted from BH Live Tickets and Bournemouth Bloggers.

Mint and Blush Dress

Dress – H&M | Trainers – Footway * | Bag – Zara | Earrings – Romwe

Are you one of those people who doesn’t have a particular style? There isn’t one aesthetic you subscribe to? I know I am. I used to be frustrated that I didn’t fall into one category. The Androgyny look, only wearing nude tones, the pretty dresses 24/7.  But I now realise that it’s the best way to be. You are free to wear whatever you want. I don’t need to stick to one thing because that’s what I’m comfortable with or that’s what people know me for. I can wear anything any time. nothing is off-limits.

This dress we a particularly bright and light look for me. I love changing my usual outfit of jeans and a polo shirt (hello work uniform) for something exciting and fun. The dress was an H&M sale piece that I saw instore and realised that it was a dress of many style options. My endless wearing of there white Converse.  I swapped in pink laces for a girlier look and a lime green Zara bag that I’m obsessed with. Girlie feminine looks are somethings the best thing to wear when you need a little style push to be more adventurous with style choices.

Location – Weymouth

Photographer – Hayden

All items marked with a * have been gifted to me. I haven’t been paid to talk about these trainers in this post as the partnership has finished but I still love wearing them. All opinions are my own.

Rejection

The art of the ‘put down’.

It comes in many forms. If you are about to graduate soon (Monday 8th, anyone?) Then you will be applying for graduate jobs, left right and centre. I’ve finessed my CV, have previous experience, am a really hard worker that goes above and beyoned. Yet I’m not getting an interview or even a call back. I get the standard. Thank you for applying we have moved to the next stage of hiring, your application was not selected at this time. No, Dear Amelia, sorry but we aren’t interested please consider applying again in the future. The art of the put down has never been so biting. A generic message saying No. A slap in the face might have stung less. ya know?

 

The art of the ‘rise above and keep going’.

With no, after no you really do feel disheartened and it’s hard to keep going. But you have to realise no one will just give you a job you have to prove that you are worthy of it. If anyone is reading this and is in the same boat please don’t give up. Go back into education if you want, intern and get more ‘experience’ apply for something a little outside your field. Go for it with gusto and passion and I’m sure some company somewhere is just waiting for you. If nothing works book a holiday, learn a new skill, find a hobbie.Get your hair dyed. I got my roots touched up and I feel like a new woman. Take your mind away from applying for jobs and live your life for a while.

Style.

I’m not sure what made the photos more perfect, the fact that it was Golden Hour or that we were by the seaside. This little shoot was taken on a date to Weymouth with Hayden. I love the confident Hayden is getting in taking photos for me. The less standing and posing the better. I’m not looking for family portrature in my photos more candid fashion moments that work with the camera and the location. Don’t you think we are getting better at taking photos together.

Trainers and T – DNKY | Button front trousers – Primark | Rainbow hoop earrings – New Look | Bag – Zara

A Hundred Percent Thrifted

The sustainability conversation needs to be translated into action more than ever. There are plenty of clothes and accessories in the world to really take stock and use what we as fashion consumers already have. I’ve always thrifted. Or if you are British, go to charity shops. Even when it was super ‘uncool’ and I used to get bullied by the popular girls for doing it, but now they do it, so!!!! I’ve always loved the thrill of shopping, and will never stop. But I will make efforts to buy second hand, thrifted or vintage. There are more stories to clothes then sitting in a shopping centre and being worn once.

This whole look I’m wearing is thrifted, to some degree. The shoes are vintage Gucci from Florence that I bought on a university trip, a fraction of the price if they were new and they have sentimentality to them that wouldn’t have been the same had I bought them new. I had been looking at the Gucci slides for months and wanted them so much and it felt like fate to find them in my size in an aesthetic vintage store. The trousers are from a Dorset charity shop called Julia’s House. The shirt is from a vintage store in Southampton and is a men’s Ralph Lauren shirt. The bag is also from Julia’s House and costs only £2. Again a purchase I’ve been wanting to make. Straw bag season is my favourite. My mum and auntie have huge straw bags and I have the little blue one handed down to me. But I needed something big enough to fit my phone, purse, camera, chargers and wires, games and anything else in. I might customise it with some appliqued flowers.

It’s so easy to pull looks together with thrifted items. This look new would have cost roughly £835 but what I paid came to £136.99. It’s incredible to see how much things can cost and also how much you can save buying thrifted or vintage. p.s. Earrings are new.

Earrings – H&M | Trousers & Bag – Julia’s House | Shirt – Harper & Lewis | Shoes – vintage Gucci | Sunglasses – Oscar De La Renta

 

Aesthetics

The Sandbanks Clinic is now open!!

I was invited along to the grand opening, the perfect opportunity to have a look around the new space. Exploring the eight new treatment rooms, networking with other invitees. The new location is stunning, I never saw the old one but this one is better. An old building with original features upgraded with modern touches and heavy-duty technical equipment. Every room has been beautifully decorated, each with its own personality and style.

The Clinic


 

Just Call Me Barbarella

A visual representation of what a spontaneous outfit choice looks like. I’m normally someone who’s pretty good at pre-planning what to wear to an event. I look on Instagram for the location, who else will be there etc. While thinking about what I have in my wardrobe that will suit me and the situation.  But this time I grabbed items and dashed out the door on the morning to get to work. I think the look came out reasonably well considering. I did feel a little like Barbarella in the boots and short dress. But I love to style with character.

The newest addition to my wardrobe are these OTK boots, a Zara sales purchase. This 60’s style black mini dress has been the best LBD purchase I’ve ever made and it was from a supermarket. Yeah, that’s right, a bloody supermarket. To top it all off this Rowan Originals cardigan has handed round the women in my family every few years. It’s the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but with a cardigan.

Dress- Sainsbury’s | Boots – Zara | Cardigan – Rowan Originals

Photographer – Esme

Location – Sandbanks Clinic Launch