Party Season

The party season is upon us. Decembers calendar is filling fast with work parties, family gatherings, friend nights out. I’ve felt, as I’m sure we all have. The need to buy a few outfit for every occasion to get into the festive spirit. But you really don’t need to. Working with a few elements in your already existing wardrobe to create festive work party looks.

My works party this year is “smart casual” the bane of many peoples lives. I am always the one to over dress and make a statement. But there are a few ways around this “smart casual” conundrum.

A good pair of black jeans, high waisted if possible. They will make your legs look longer instantly. A “smart top” anything that isn’t a t-shirt, collared shirt or overly sporty. Anything embellished or patterned, think sumptuous fabrics. Here is a high necked top from Monsoon that’s been in my wardrobe since the boxing day sales, last year.

Footwear stick with something comfortable, but not trainers. Anything really goes for footwear. If you want to wear heels wear them if not, boots or flats are perfect.

Jackets and Coats. It best way to say you are “smart casual” a formal coat can work with a more casual look and visa versa. This little swing jacket is one colour no flamboyant detail but the cut makes it more premium. I’d suggest to not wear the coat you call run to the corner shop in at 10 minutes to close to get chocolate and crisps (you know the one)

Finally the best part.

Accessories – My favourite way to have fun with an outfit. If you are wearing head to toe black, add a bright bag for a statement. Add your sparkle to your headband or bag. Slip a broach over your lapel on your coat or wear something in your hair.

Jeans – New Look | Boots – Seven7 Footwear | Velvet top – Monsoon | Bag – Stella McCartney | Headband – Nalí Shop

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.

[press event]

Thank you to Julia’s House & Bournemouth Bloggers

Seasonal Wardrobe Change

I’ve found the best way to ignite inspiration within my wardrobe is to look back at past looks. To see what I liked what I want to create more, what didn’t work. Fashion month is here and I’ve been all over Instagram soaking up all the street style looks created by fellow bloggers. Looking at what designers are creating for the future is really inspiring and I’m motivated to create more sartorial, editorial looks. During New York Fashion Week I’ve been following Jacy from Damsel In Dior, Leonie Hanne, Elena Taber. Analysing what I liked about a photo or how I wrote a post, the location etc. I think it’s also reassuring that you are good at what you do. Seeing all your hard work in one place can give confidence.

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.

I graduated

Monday the 8th July 2019.

Dress – Zara | Shoes – Micheal Kors | Cap and Gown -? Earrings and Necklace – From my family

I graduated with my fellow Fashion Promotion and Communications girls in the Guildhall. My mum and dad came and of course, Hayden was there to share in the moment with me. Three years of ups and downs but a Ba(Hons) is worth it all. “Educational” trips to London, Paris and Florence with my uni girls will forever be a high light. Sipping coffee before presentations in the cafe across the road. Frantic messages to each other trying to decipher the notes we had written in lectures.

University isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it will fill your mind and expand your horizons if you let it. You will be pushed to your limits let down by circumstance but you will achieve and create and have an amazing time.

The thank yous

To mum and dad for listening to me cry down the phone to them about silly things. For holding my hand when I needed it and for letting me go it alone. Marshaine, Poppy, Stella, Emily, Amy, Emily, Charis, Tess, Maruta. All incredible smart girls that have been with me on this three-year crash course on, how to create, become adults ( or at least pretend to be) make friendships and love fashion and be a good kind human.

Of course to Hayden for being the best guy. We’ve been together nearly 3 1/2 years and that whole time I’ve been in education working towards this moment. We worked towards it together.

Solent Class of 2019 FPC !!

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

The Big Recap of 2018

The obligatory recap of the past year post is here. 2018 was filled with some amazing highlights I’m sharing the best bits with you now.

JANUARY

Started off the year with my birthday month. The post-Christmas/New Year lul doesn’t happen for me because come the 20th January it’s party time.

January bought me to Bicester Village for the first time. I also got to work with Footway which was amazing and I got the first snow of the year in Leicester. I also turned 24.

FEBRUARY

I went to Paris with Hayden. I signed up for the university trip but wanted Hayden to come with me so I organised everything for us two to spend a couple of days in the city of love. We met friends in Paris, I went to Premiere Vision, went museum hopping and fell in love with the city and each other. So much so that we are going back again this year.

Hayden and I also celebrated our second anniversary of being together. Two crazy wonderful years. We’ve been on so many adventures together I’m so glad I’ve found someone to walk through life with.

MARCH

The Third snow of the year (the second was in Paris) getting stranded in the countryside is something unto its self.  Spun my car trying to drive to university in the snow, the things I do for education.

APRIL

Trips to London with Hayden dragging him around shop after shop, and taking him to see Harmonics in Space for research for a project.

April bought a lot of reflection. Apart from Hayden’s birthday on the 4th (best day ever), April holds World Meningitis Day. I shared about my time with Meningitis.

Celebrate the Dare to Mask launch with The Body Shop in their Southampton store. I shared on the blog lots of goodies that I’m still using now.

Spent some of April networking in Bournemouth. Most of the people at the networking event were dressed in suits and I dressed in my most favourite outfit. Which is not at all like a suit.

MAY

I co-hosted a charity fashion event which was so much fun. We created bags that were sold and all proceeds were given to our chosen charity.

Hayden and I visited bluebell woods for the first time. Of course, there were shots taken. This year Hayden and I have really taken up more photography and are working on creating much more content.

I also had the honour to interview Peter Becker who played Fredrich in War Horse at the Mayflower Theater. It was such an amazing opportunity and I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity.

JUNE

The month of girl power. I spent a lot of time with my gal pals and really developed a true bond with them. Many trips to get coffee and snacks.

ate some Mexican food with some food bloggers and met some new blogging friends. Thanks, Bournemouth Bloggers for the opportunity.

A gin tasting with Ginjams in Westbourne. I drank a lot of gin, you know for research purposes. Listening to the Ginjams guys talk endlessly about gin was really inspiring.

A Lush spa day followed at their Southampton store. I made a Cupcake face mask, which is my favourite. If I could eat it I would.

Looks like didn’t really do much in July, sorry guys.

AUGUST

August sent me to a castle…

…and to the beach.

SEPTEMBER

September was filled with Salisbury. I’ve been to Salisbury so many times throughout my life. but never remember the Abbey. We only had enough time to get the shots before they closed.

Explored Frome with Hayden. All the independent shops give me so much hope for smaller towns.

The pinnacle of September was Centre Parcs. My first friends holiday with a large group. It was amazing fun and the rapids were a huge highlight of the trip. We did the Aerial Adventure, which was us messing around in the trees and zip lining from one platform to the other.

OCTOBER

I went pumpkin picking for the first time at Sopley Farm, Shared my Halloween playlist with you all. Spent the day in London with my uni pals seeing the Frida Kahlo exhibition. Tasted the menu at Brewhouse and Kitchen with the Bournemouth Bloggers. October was really a busy month.

 

 

NOVEMBER

Styled more with my favourite William Morris for H&M shirt. I shared with you all on the blog about how easy it is to find amazing vintage pieces and slow our fast fashion consumption down.

DECEMBER

Started the final month off with playing in an upside down house with Hayden and my Nanny. Then of course we headed to Germany for that last part before Christmas.

 

2018 has been a great year with so many highs, that I really can’t wait to see what 2019 has to offer. I have a few goals in mind for the year ahead. I made plans to travel a little in 2019 and am excited to go to Florence and Paris this year. Thank you for being with me for 2018, bring on 2019. xx

Dinner with Brewhouse & Kitchen – Autumn Menu

I sometimes find it hard to be a personal style creator/blogger/writer/stylist, alot of my time is spent by myself and around people who don’t really understand why I’m on my phone all the time or want an outfit shot taken. However sometimes you get together with like minded people, and it’s the more rewarding thing ever, more importantly with bloggers and creators. I’ve been part of the Bournemouth blogger network for year and years and have met so many cool people that I love. Yes, I read their blogs on the regular too. Bournemouth bloggers were invited to try the new Brewhouse and Kitchen menu. Our location was, you guessed it, the Bournemouth location.

We were taken to our table upstairs , which had beautiful views of the Bournemouth at sunset. The vibe of B&K  is super relaxed and quirky. With bottle lighting and cinema light boxed advertising what beer they have to offer. I think the aesthetics of a place really decided for you if you’ll be returning. I definitely will. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco, which for me quickly changed to root beer. Tara from Face the Fun ordered an actual beer which she loved. I believe Bewhouse and Kitchen craft their own beer.

I’m someone who loves a starter but can never stomach a started and a main. But can’t bare missing out a main meal. B&K have really shown me that I can have starters and not feel left out.

From the starters I tried, and believe me there were alot, the bruschetta -with heritage tomato and basil pesto was fantastic. The mini goat’s cheese and roasted shall coulis were delicious served with crostini. Two starters that you would more classical see on a menu were really delicious. The black pudding scotch eggs were so flavourful that I really didn’t taste the ‘black pudding’ element which is a relief. Of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t mention ribs. The sticky half stack of ribs – English style ale were of course the favourite. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?

After indulging just a little too much, it was time for the mains. A plethora of different cuisines came to our table. To sample everything would have been a mammoth task. My selections were based off of what I wanted to sample and trying new things. To me a burger is pretty much a burger unless you go artisan and pay the price. For a change I tried the veggie burger with a vegan bun. Which really blew me away, the bun was a little dry but it was still so tasty. I’m sure I’d get it again next time and shock everyone with my choices.

The B&K Classic burger

The Lamb, Pea & Mint Pie. Super tasty but I’m sure I’m allergic to pea so didn’t really have that much.

The best Caeser Salad I think I’ve ever had.

Tried the Chargrilled broccoli and  Quinoa salad and don’t rate it at all. It is one of the two main dishes that are vegan and gluten free so it has it’s merits. I would have preferred it as a warmed salad.

The mother load! A full stack of ribs with mini cobs and homemade slaw. Again can’t go wrong with ribs at all, they have been made to total perfection. But skip the slaw, you don’t need it.

The veggie burger with vegan bun. It’s a stacked burger, six veggies in this bad boy. It still felt like I was eating a hearty meat burger but way healthier. Would have moved to have had the whole thing to myself and added the slaw into the burger for extra veggies and to take the edge of the dry bun.

An honourable mention comes to another veggie dish that I loved, the wild mushroom and thyme risotto that came on a butternut squash. A dish with some many of my favourite things in it. Mushroom, risotto rice, butternut squash. The squash was a little al dente. I don’t you can’t say that about food that isn’t rice of pasta but it was a little to the tooth for me. I’m used to it being mush softer. But still such a good dish, no picture because Tara had already gone to town cutting it into nine for us to all sample some.

Lemon and Garlic Roast chicken.

Our pudding taster was a chocolate and orange tart with vegan vanilla ice-cream. So delicious I personally find alot of chocolate vegan puddings very corse is texture but this was a smooth delight and the vegan Ice cream could rival any dairy one.

Thoroughly stuffed we wandered into the garden to admire the beach huts and have a group photo and of course outfit shots for me.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening with the best food, company and staff. I can’t wait to come back and try the christmas menu and maybe sample some beer next time.

Thank you to Brewhouse & Kitchen for having me.

Of course thank you to Emma and the Bournemouth bloggers for making the evening so much fun and organising everything.