Fortified

Valentines Day is an opportunity for me to find my true north again. To refocus my attention on the things and people I love. Walking to a castle looking out on to the sea was a very fitting activity to do this Valentine’s day. This year Hayden and I are planning so many exciting life-changing things. So to show you this outfit at a forte fortifies my decisions. For my life and life with Hayden. 

 

Puffed sleeves – Topshop | shredded hem jeans – Primark | Boots – (thrifted) | Necklace – From Hayden | Sunglasses – Primark | Coat – Primark

 

Location – Sandsfoot Castle

Photographer – Hayden

Minty

includeds gifted items

Found this forgotten part of a shopping centre walking through it the other day. I love the 80’s tiling, it’s a huge contrast to the rest of the centre. It’s been through a lot of modernisation, but this is the best part. The perfect place to showcase this mint pussy blouse I bought from a vintage store in Florence. The blouse is actually from Elena Miro, a plus size brand but whatever you know. Is a 16 is now plus size, cool?

I am so drawn to mint at the moment, often picking up knits and T’s in minty tones and shades whenever out shopping. But they were never right. I love the styling of this blouse though. The ruffled sleeves, long bow ties. Style bows undone for a more relaxed less office look. Less taking notes, more getting drinks. Tucked in to develop the style into frayed jeans. Also highlighting the ties and their length. The jacket was a gift from LOTD.com over a year ago ( new guidelines, how am I doing?) But have no obligation to post anything about it anymore apart from that it’s a sick jacket that I love. And buckle slippers from a vintage store in Florence.

Blouse – Vintage | Jeans – old | Slippers – Vintage | Jacket – LOTD.com *gifted

Diner Girl

Cami – Next | Jeans – Primark | Heels – H! Henry Holland 

Styling silky delicate camis that should belong in the bedroom. This checked slip cami is a Next pyjama top from the boxing day sales. It looks exactly like a lot of Zara camis at the moment. paired with ripped hem jeans and a gorgeous pair of heeled sandals. These heels are everything! From H! Henry Holland but bought from Oxfam online. Such a classic look with a great amount of height. A more sexy look than usual and I love it. A bit of flesh, lace and bondage sandaled heels.

The location was right next to our hotel while in Florence. It’s endlessly big and fun. Waitresses skate your order to and from you while busboys in diner uniforms sling cokes your way. The food was great too. I had the Californian chicken burger and it was delicious. A nice spicy kick and a Dr Pepper to wash it down. 

Location – 1950’s American Diner, Florence

photographer – Marshaine – Swaggy.princess

 

Check Squared

Trousers – Primark | Trainers – Vans | Coat – Primark | Jumper – H&M

Two full days in Florence consisted of ice cream, pizza, vintage shopping and laughing. The purpose of the trip was to spend a day at Pitti Filati, a yarn/knitting trade show. Getting to experience what it’s like to be a buyer and be surrounded by industry.

Hello again my old friend ( the Duomo) I can to Florence for the day years ago with my parents and it was a magical experience to marvel at the detail of this building. Its dome can be seen just by the hotel we stayed in this time. The beautiful pink and green pattern is next level inspiration to colour clash in my styling.

One look that I loved wearing was this checked look. Coordination is so much more fun then I thought it could ever be. The different brown checks compliment each other match into that this amazing creamy knitted jumper. Effortless matching and muted tones. Yes completely contrasted with these new checked Vans from the Schuh sale. I’ve lusted after a pair of checked Vans for what feels like a millennium. To finally have a pair is so pleasing I cannot tell you. Styling wise, it’s not the best, a cream shoe or brown would have looked chicer. But I only bought with me these Vans and a pair of heels.

 

 

 

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

Rose

At university, you make a lot of mood boards, I mean A LOT.  Colour pallets, mood boards, InDesign becomes your best friend. This post should have been called When Life Imitates Universtiy. The colour pallet in these shots and the shadowing are motivational (for me) to try and find new places to shoot. The location is as important as the outfit when blogging.

Pocketing, is that a word? Well, I’m seeing it all over and am so inspired. The utility styling of square pockets really elevates a basic t-shirt. I’m looking to create a serious pocket shirt collection.

T-shirt – Zara | Jeans – Primark | boots – New Look | Lipstick – Loréal Paris ( Mahogany Stud )

 

 

Color Matte

The new Addition.

Blue toned lipstick, not Joey Tribbiani’s famous Japanese blue lipstick commercial, more Mädchen Amick in the early 90’s. Her strong brows, messy long hair and deep red/brown lips are so much of an inspiration right now. This Color Matte lipstick in 636 ( Mahogany Stud) from Loreal Paris is exactly what I was looking for. The blue tone makes your teeth look white so a bonus really. Stays on almost all day. I tested it out at work and it lasted pretty well. From talking to drinking and eating the staying power was pretty great.

The packaging is chic as ever, aged black leather style with gold hardware, it’s stepped right out of the 90’s for sure. The most satisfying click close too. I believe my mother had a similar lipstick in this packaging, it was so elegant and dramatic.

 

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