Twenty Five

Currently writing this post in my hotel room in Florence at 23:00 watching La Porto Rossa.

New Forest location for my birthday outfit shots. These two ponies were the best models I could have asked for. The heavenly dress is Monsoon, from the Boxing Day sale, New Look shoes and Topshop wool coat. The best part of the outfit is the bag, Stella McCartney top handle clutch.

Shots were taken the day after my birthday as no full-length photos were taken. Really enjoying finding more interesting places to shoot looks. What do you think?

 

Dress – Monsoon (sale) | Shoes – New Look | Coat – Topshop | bag – Stella McCartney

Knitted Dress & Beret | Düsseldorf

The perfect knitted dress for winter comes from Reversed, bought on a whim for something cosy to wear on a warmer day in Düsseldorf. The relaxed fit meant tights wear easily worn underneath without there being bunching. Black boots to elevate the look and a black DKNY beret for added style. Possibly my most Christmasy outfit during the whole trip. I have more shots of this look in a different location and want to share them with you but will create a different post for them.

 

Dress -Reserved | Beret – DKNY | Boots – New Look| Coat – Topshop

Location |  rathaus steps

Photographer – Hayden

Upside Down

Floating, being interviewed for German TV, betting coffee with my 86 year old Nanny and having laughing pains all day. Just some of the things that happened to me. The Upside Down House is in Bournemouth Triangle and really worth a visit. It sparks your creativity in getting the right shots. Ones where it really does look like you are floating.

The most comfortable dress from Topshop was in the sale a while ago but Zara does similar style right now. The stretch on the neckline and waist make it so relaxed while giving you some sort of shape. Adding thermal tights, because it’s freezing living near the sea and the best ankle boots from New Look. I think everyone has these boots now, but they are such a good bootie that everyone should have them.

Dress – Topshop | Tights – TK-Maxx | Boots – New Look

Check Trousers and Cropped Jumper

 

Took a trip a day trip to London to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A with some university friends. While we waited for a seat at Honest Burger Tess took some shots for me. I think London backdrops are so much more interesting. The orange moped was gorgeous.

Styling checked trousers has become my mission of late. I saw these button fastened ones in Primark of all places and i think they are perfect. I don’t think they are meant to be quite that cropped but I love the styling with the snake look black boots and cropped baggy grey jumper. The colour palette is so muted that colour was 100% needed. My trusty Topshop over coat was the perfect juxtaposition. Also kept me dry in the drizzly weather. Pearl hoops to add a little sophistication and glamour to the look and a vintage faux fur Calvin Klein to top it all off. Sometime super simple styling is sometimes the best.

trousers – Primark | jumper – Zara | boots – New Look | coat – Topshop | bag – Calvin Klein | hoops – Romwe

 

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

What Not to Pack For an Adventure Holiday.

Anyone find packing for a holiday the worst? I know I do, how will I know what I want to wear 3 days from now. I’m not an outfit planner. It could be colder holiday them planned and I’d hate to be in the same jumper for 6 days. Or not bring the right bikini, or the one I took with me isn’t dry to wear again.

Dress – H&M | Earrings – H&M (old) so many similar ones in store and online

Jumper – H&M | Coat – Cotton Traders (mens) | Jeans – Primark

I fully realised my packing faults while packing for my friend holiday to Centre Parcs. I packed 1 pair of shoes, 1 t-shirt,1 long sleeve, 3 pairs of trousers and two dresses. Throw in a few jumpers and that was it. For a wilderness holiday (we stayed in an executive lodge, there was no dirt, we had a dishwasher for god’s sake) I should have been packing tracksuit bottoms, thick jumpers and running trainers. A swimsuit would have been better too. I wore a new bikini that, thank god held it’s own in the water rapids and wave pool.

T-Shirt – here | Trousers – New Look | Trainers – Converse* | Bag – Yumi | Jumper – Zara

However, I do think I managed to save myself and pull together some outfits that are a little more interesting for a wilderness holiday amongst redwoods. Bright trousers mixed with bright jumpers. short dresses and big jumpers.

This is about as extensive as the fashion posts will get from my holiday to centre Parcs. It was incredibly cold, in our Lodge and around the Park. Of course it’s a holiday in England so it rained, not much but it did.

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

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

Coca Cola and Lace

I’ve lived in England almost all my life and have yet to visit so many places that are on my doorstep. Lepe Country Park is on that list. A family picnic for my dad’s birthday took myself and Hayden there. The weather started out poorly, driving through the New Forest in the lashing rain was like driving in a horror movie. But the sun came out as we reached our destination. The wind, however, didn’t leave us for the whole trip.

Wanting to wear something a little more special then usual windy beach walk wear. In my Edwardian style lace top under a Coca Cola jumper the lace popping out of the collar looks so much more feminine, which I prefer. White trainers to match my lace and rainbow hoop earrings to finish.

Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse* | jumper – Vintage store | Earrings – New Look

| Lace top – TK-Maxx