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

 

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.

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

Pale Blue & Bright Red

I’ve explored so many castles and ruins in Dorset but never Durlston Castle in Swanage. Hayden and I went to have a walk with family and take in the castle. We set off from Swanage town, walking all the way up and over the cliffs to the Castle. Taking in the view of the Needles and Swanage Bay as we went. Do go see Durlston Castle because it is a beautiful place the views are amazing and get up to the top floor via the spiral staircase inside, the views up there are panoramic.

These photos are of a thoroughly windswept me trying to show

i off my outfit and not fall to pieces over hunger, messy hair and having walked up a steep hill.

I wore

jeans – Primark | Tank – Topshop | Bag – Yumi | Charm – Stella McCartney | Trainers – Converse* | Sunglasses – Romwe

*gifted.

Tartan Trousers

Do you ever buy pieces and hope they stay in your life for ages and feel slightly sad as soon as you get them because you know other trousers just won’t cut it anymore?  Jeans are ruined for me now. These New Look tartan trousers are the one. They are super comfy, look like smart trousers, are elasticised at the back, feel like pyjamas, still not decided if they actually are or not. Worn with a Cola jumper to keep the comfort level high. Heels to make an effort and red accessories.

I wore
jumper – Vintage | Trousers – New Look | Heels – Primark | Bag – Yumi | Sunglasses – Romwe

 

Photographer – Caitlin

Location – Dorset Pub Garden

Rugby Jumper

Taken after I’d eaten curry and got a refund on my ice-cream as there was plastic in it ( i found the plastic in my mouth)  But I love this jumper, reminds me of a rugby shirt. The detailing of the little speckles add more interest into the look.H said I looked a little bit like Denise the Menace. All compliments are greatly received. Paired with pale mom jeans and flatworm DKNY trainers.

location – Bournemouth

Photographer – H

Jumper – Zara | Jeans – Primark | Bag – yum (sale) | Trainers – DKNY (sale)