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

Early November

 

November evenings are so calming, seeing the bleak cold day, turn golden just before dark is truly magical. Golden Hour really is my favourite time of day. Recently GH has produced some really lovely moments. From reeds that are so beautiful, they look like they should be having in the Louve swaying in the breeze. To surfers catching the last of the waves before dark at Bournemouth Pier. Or the end of the day hitting the rooftops of buildings.

locations – Bournemouth pier | Bournemouth Pavilion | Westover Road | Lymington

Christmas in Bournemouth wearing Seina

Spending a beautiful day with H after a stressful week. University is getting on top of me so I’m really appreciating the days where I just spend time doing nothing. Doing nothing, wearing cosy Christmas outfits. I’ve been looking for a grey pearled jumper for about a year. I saw a cute one in the Zara in Edinburgh but for some silly reason just didn’t get it. I saw this jumper on an Instagram sponsored story and just impulsively bought it. While looked amazing and oversized on the model. It looks like a cropped jumper on me, which I’m kind ok with. From Seina. Paired with button fronted trousers that are comfy and soft with a paper bag waist. Teamed with my fave block heeled court shoes and a Joanna Hall bag mum gave me because she’s having a bag purge.

 

Shoes – Next | Trousers – Primark | Jumper – Seina | Bag – Joanna Hall

Shot by – Hayden

location – Bournemouth Gardens

Autumn Dress

Vintage dresses like this one are the transitional piece you didn’t know you needed. Bought years about on a whim, it’s become a staple in my wardrobe and I’ll never part with it. It’s the most versatile dress I own, perfectly worn open with bare feet and sunglasses in the summer or paired with boots and leather jackets and buttoned all the way up for Autumn. The skirt is full enough to swish when you move but long enough to keep you warm. Paired with a vintage tan Italian leather jacket to match the leaves and black witchy boots to pare down the styling. Adding a modern twist with fishnets and a Furla pouch. It’s much easier to wear vintage items then you may think.

SHOT BY SUZIE

Morris&Co in Water Reeds

I love tucking shirts into trousers the masculine styling is something I’m really into. Mixing patterns is really easy when you pick one bold pattern and a more muted pattern. The contrast of the trousers and shirt are so easy to wear. Of course my blue wool Topshop coat. I’ve found the the Louis Vuitton bag of my dreams. I’m so excited and motivated to work towards getting her.

Shots taken while walking over the bridge in Lymington. On the way back from an adventure to find a monument hidden in the trees. The sun had pretty much set, but it still looked beautiful.

Trousers – Primark | Sneakers – Converse* | Shirt – Morris &Co H&M | Bag – Yumi | Coat – Topshop | Earrings – Parfois

The Vintage Edit

Slow fashion items currently in my wardrobe.

I love style and shopping but and have found over the years that vintage and slow fashion pieces are my most cherished fashion possessions. Here are 16 pieces of fashion that I’ve been given or that have been bought from vintage stores or from charity shops. Slow fashion is on the rise and we should all rise with it.

A blue vintage dress bought for £6 that I wore a lot over summer, and a black mini dress made by my mum and myself. We really used the most simple pattern to create this dress.

Another vintage dress bought at the same time as the one above, again for £6 and wore so much over summer and is so comfortable. Some awesome Liz Claiborne trousers that i’m yet to wear but bought from a Red Cross store.

A vintage mens Ralph Lauren shirt snapped from a vintage store in Southampton. A beautiful dark blue daisy print dress bought from a charity stop for £1.99.

The best vintage find in all my shopping career. This tan Italian leather jacket was £5 from a charity shop. it was £5 because it’s a little worn around the edges and is missing a button. I think it adds character and I love the shape of it. It’s all over the blog, I just wear it that much.

 This clown collar sheer blouse was picked up in Edinburgh and I am in LOVE with in. Such a funky piece.

A mens shirt picked up from a vintage kilo sale and a koi jacket my mum found in a charity shop. I’ve not worn the jacket, because I was given it at 14 which was nearly 11 years ago.

A Rowan yarn cardigan that flits between the women in my family. It’s a family piece and will stay in the family forever.

An amazing jewelled purple drape jacket. Picked from a Vintage store in an old Saxon town. Possibly my most complimented piece.

This jacket is my number one. It’s reversible and I just love the bright green and the deep blue with the little houses on it.

Two cardigans that my Nanny gave me. Her dear friend knitted them for her but she didn’t wear them as much as the others so I was given them. The cream is a much more slimline knit which the green is oversized and baggy.

These shoes are an Oxfam online purchase. They are H! Henry Holland and so amazing. They were the shoes I wore in my latest Halloween post on Instagram. They had never been worn and I love them so much. I love anything Henry Holland and couldn’t resist buying these bad boys.

This gorgeous little beret is a perfect. A deep red, not a standard simple beret. A true statement piece. Originally from a Finish brand called Redrikson.

 

I think a collection like this just goes to show you that you can really find amazing vintage pieces of you know where to look. You don’t have to shop in Vintage stores, as they are often a higher price point then charity shops. And shopping vintage or second hand means you aren’t contributing to the over production of garments. You are creating more impact by shopping slow fashion then trying to keep up to trends with fast fashion.

Haunting Sounds

A collection of haunting sounds compiled of my favourite psychedelic songs, melancholy melodies and awesome Halloween tunes. This selection have been on my play list all witching season. You might find a few that are new to you or some old favourites in the list. Happy Halloween.

Nina Simone – I put a spell on you

Lo Fang – Boris

Vanilla Fudge – Season of the witch

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit

London Grammar – Non Believer

LP – Lost on You

Moving Sidewalks – Crimson Witch

AG & Brad Gordon – Terrible Thing

The Cranberries – Zombie

Tamino – Persephone

alt -J Deadcrush

Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen

Cigarettes After Sex – Keep On Loving You

Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness

Pixies – Where is My Mind

Metallica – Enter Sandman

Black Magic Woman – VCTRY

LP – Muddy Waters

Stevie Nicks – Rhiannon

Black Sabbath – War Pigs

Valerie Broussard – A Little Wicked

Warren Zevon – Werewolves in London

Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire

Anthony and the Johnson’s – Hope There’s Someone to Take Care of Me

A Giant Dog – I Come Crashing

London Grammar – Wicked Games

Black Sabbath – Paranoid

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

Cigarettes After Sex – Nothings Going To Hurt You Baby

Florence and the Machine – Howl

I’m always on the look out for new songs, so if you have any that you think will fit in with this theme please comment at the top of this post

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.