Black Accessories by the Lake

The globality of the beret isn’t lost on me but I still feel that it is the most Parisian thing someone can wear. Such a chic iconic hat has to be a foundation of Parisian style. I have become quite the collector of said hat. This cute black number in a DKNY piece which I was planning to save for when we are in Germany. The colder climate and Europian architecture would look so striking in photos of my looks for TCHG. But I couldn’t resist.

Black accessories are the easiest way to create an effortlessly chic look. My dear friend Stella looks so chic in black and has such style that I’m constantly looking to her for inspiration. She dresses in a much more polished way then I do but I can still get a lot of styling Ideas.

On another note, I can’t believe I am loving red so much. What has happened to me? First I bought this delightful red cross body by Yumi then a cropped polo shirt from Tommy Hilfiger in bright red.

Coat – Topshop | beret – DKNY | Jeans – Primark | Boots – New Look | Sunglasses – Romwe | Bag – Yumi – Jumper – Zara | Scarf – Gift

 

Shot by – Hayden

Location – Moors Valley

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.

The Crock Boots and Fishnets

Dress shirts are the chicest thing you can possibly wear other than a suit. I am forever looking for suits and dress shirts to wear. Effortless style is what I’m all about. Nothing too fussy, just a statement.
A silky dress shirt, fishnet tights and mock croc Chelsea boots make the perfect evening out for me. A dress so short it would make anyone blush, styled with fishnet tights to really hammer home the length of the dress and small statement boots to weigh the look. Wearing a strappy pair of heels would have made the look to ‘ladylike’ for my liking. Styling with contrasts is what makes an outfit stand out for me. Accessorised with an oversized denim jacket, for that effortless ‘didn’t try to hard’ look and a faux fur bag which adds texture.

Dress- H&M (William Morris collection) | Boots – New Look | Tights – here, here | Bag – Calvin Klein ( old) Denim Jacket – Next

 

Photos – Liz

Location – Brewhouse & Kitchen Bournemouth

 

p.s. The food baby after testing the new B&K Bournemouth menu as real.

p.p.s I love the photos when I make silly faces, or smile to much they make me laugh so much.

Pumpkins and Belt Bags

Pumpkin Picking


The perfect way to get into the festive Autumn spirit, being in the cold hair hunting out the perfect pumpkin for your stoop. Hayden and I went to our local Pick Your Own to get pumpkin picking. I can’t wait to carve them and turn them in to lanterns for Halloween.

Finally found a belt bag I love. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my Stories about finding the perfect belt bag, bum bag. This River Island number comes in black too for £24 which is a bargain. The charms on the belt make the whole look more polished (But I still dropped lunch ALL down myself). I paid with a Christmas gift card and had a student 20% off. I’m teaming this belf bag up with everything right now. Blazers, more dresses, jeans, I’m in bag heaven. This time teamed with a crisp white dress shirt, thermal tights.

Why have I never worn thermal tights before? They are so comfy and soft and of course warm. The last time I wore anything thermal was on a ski holiday years and years ago. They will be perfect for our winter adventures Hayden and I have planned. Space boots, the perfect heel for stepping over pumpkins looking for the perfect ones to take home.

26-09-18 – Confidence

There is nothing like almost dying to make you love your body.

I don’t beat myself up over being heavier than my friends. Or eating ALOT of cake and then more cake. I’m excited to be alive.
Nothing more poignant then went my friends and I went to a water park. My gorgeous slender babes all in swimming costumes and me not giving an F in a bikini that made my tits look fantastic. If I do say so myself. note, it’s not to say my friends aren’t confident I just really don’t care what people think of me. So I wear what makes me happy.
Even though I was ill 10 years ago I’m still feeling grateful for all the Drs and nurses and powerful that my body (and their medicine) kept me alive.

Recently when trying on clothes I realised it wasn’t my shortcomings in the body department that was wrong it was the fashion industry that was. I see my body as beautiful and that clothes not fitting right was the fashion worlds problem, not mine. I will choose to shop in stores that understand that bodies are for living in and that what I’m doing with mine. I’ll leave behind stores that are unrealistic and don’t understand the form of the female body.
I’m wearing two pieces from high street stores that I love, They have really started to become my favourite places to shop.
This H&M dress is my favourite thing in my wardrobe. You’ve seen me talk about it in a recent post and still love it. Paired with New Look tartan trousers because it is winter. For years these two stores have been the places that I’ve never shopped in. I dreaded them, to be honest. Their sizing didn’t fit into my ideals, so I stayed away. To my delight, they’ve earned serious points for this season.
And these boots are heaven.hard to walk in because I’ve broken too many toes in my time but, Oh my I love that they make me about 6ft3.

Jacket – Vintage – Trousers – New Look | Dress – H&M (instore) | Boots – Just Fab ( OLD, Just Fab have loads of similar styles)

Double Tartan

In these transitional days, it’s key to layer, one minute it’s windy and cold then like a summers day. The wool Topshop coat from last winter is back out and I know that lots of you are in love with this coat like I am. It’s such a timeless shape with amazing blue and peach patterning. Paired with my favourite tartan trousers. What’s life without more tartan?

With more neutral pairings of a grey Cola jumper from a vintage store that Hayden and I both love and white leather Converse. Of course, my Yumi red bag to tie in with the cola logo.

Really lacking in jewellery inspiration at the moment. Jewellery is so such a summer thing to me that wearing anything in Winter seams off.

Coat – Topshop Amazing alternatives ( here here )| Trousers – New Look | Shoes – Converse *| Jumper – Vintage | Shirt – Topshop | Bag – Yumi | Bag charm – Stella McCartney

Taken While waiting for dinner

Shot by – Hayden

Winter Silk Trend

For AW-18/19 Vogue said silk dresses are in. Or if you want something more wearable a silk scarf around your neck or in your hair is a perfect nod to the trend. Or really dive deep into the trend and find yourself a silk dress, much like the slip dress trend but for this season it’s about pattern and vibrancy for Autumn.

Silk top – DIY | Shirt – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Hoops – Claire’s

Thank god I rarely throw anything away. As I have kept most of the silk scarves that I’ve picked up here and there. From vintage kilo sales to thrift shopping you can really find amazing vintage silk if you know where to look.

Scarf – vintage ( amazon  | sunglasses – Romwe | Vest – Gap

A silk scarf dress that I bought for my senior prom (6 years ago) and just kept because it’s so unique. Of course, it’s a summer piece so pair with a turtleneck and tights or a jacket and jeans. You could just go bare legged and a huge jumper, it’s really up to you. Miss matched layering is another trend for AW-18/19 so go wild. If you are a DIY wiz get creative and cut a silk scarf diagonally in half and sew the cut triangle ends together to create a silk scarf top and a little ribbon if you chose otherwise tie together.

Dress – Apricot ( old) | Boots – old | Jumper – & other stories

Oversized White Shirt

A little trip over to Italy shot in a warm courtyard. Just kidding, still, in England, my Italian plans for this year won’t be coming true. Maybe next year.

Showing off my Zara shirt, you’d have seen it on my Instagram first. I really can’t get enough of it. A crisp white shirt is so timeless, classic. The length gives it more interest. I love styling it over trousers, Green tartan cigarette trousers or mom jeans.
Make-up has changed again. On on eyeliner days, I’ve opted for a metallic gold and mascara, mascara, mascara. Always lipstick. My mum is the biggest lipstick person. She always puts lippy on before getting out the car. I never remember a time I’d get dropped at school and she’d not be wearing something on her lips. I’m the same. This particular shade is actually two. A Benefit pale nude and a Seventeen ( back to the fuchsia) Wedged Trainers, for height, I’m kidding, I like how they look with the trousers and the white ties with white of the shirt.

I wore
shirt – Zara | trousers – New Look | Trainers – DKNY | Bag – Furla | earrings – New Look

Dressing for the Weather

An outfit so good I wore it twice. My new favourite jumper to wear from H&M. I was planning to save it for Autumn and Winter but when the weather is this temperamental how could I not wear it now? Hello, it’s off the shoulder too. I’ve never worn anything off the shoulder or cold shoulder, but I’m a true convert. I am living for the colour. Why am I so into red at the moment ( someone tell me) so this jumper is really everything. Hayden loves how soft it is. So it’s a win, win. Of course, mom jeans and you know I love heels. These Next block heels from the Christmas sale are so gorgeous, but I really couldn’t walk around the city and go exploring without many, many coffee and drink breaks.

I wore
jumper – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Heels – Next | Bag – Furla | Socks – H&M

Photos were taken at Salisbury Cathedral and Hardy’s Original Sweet Shop
By Hayden

Lace Turtle Neck at Tea

I love wearing lace, it’s such a decadent fabric. It elevates any casual outfit into something a little more special. This look is very pared down but with lace, it’s a much more premium look. A t-shirt would have been too casual and an evening look too much for the day. Of course very muted accessories. These New Look hoops are getting much more wear then I thought they would. The rainbow jewels add needed colour to this monochromatic look.

The summer has really made Hayden and I explore much more in England. It seems we save the colder months and Winter for travelling. But summer is for staying at home, well for 2018 anyway.
Driving through the New Forest in the evening, we stopped in Beaulieu to grab and drink and see the donkeys. I’ve been to Beaulieu many times to look around the house and go to the motor museum. We stopped into a little tea room surrounded by New Forest donkeys and a few wasps (know anything about me, know I hate wasps) Sitting at quaint little tables with matching tea sets and tablecloths we sipped our drinks. I instantly regretted not getting something cold. So we wandered over to the Montagu Arms Hotel for an iced something and sat in the window thinking about what we should do for dinner and chatting about the day.

I wore

Lace turtle neck – old ( here, here) | jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse* | hoops – New Look