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Adding Colour To My Spring Outfits

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Adding Colour To My Spring Outfits
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Spring has been all about stepping out of my comfort zone by adding colour and prints into my wardrobe and so far, I'm loving it!
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Hello sunshine! This weekend we welcomed longer days back into our lives and oh boy does it feel good. Life is getting pretty hectic at the moment, there's just so much I want to do but not enough time to do it all. Deadlines are approaching and exams are looming so I'm at that point where I need to prioritise and hopefully be super organised so that the next two months go smoothy - which is easier said than done.

In a bid to keep my mind off of all of the work that needs to be done right now, I've been longing for sunshine so I can finally step in some of my spring picks. I think it's safe to say the most eye-catching piece of this whole outfit is the yellow jacket, it's such a vibrant yellow and in my opinion a biker jacket looks good with everything and is one of the easiest things to add to your current wardrobe. Whenever I experiment with new colours or prints I always like to maintain an element of comfort and with this look it was keeping the rest of the outfit monochrome. I picked out a simple grey Tshirt from ASOS and houndstooth print cropped trousers as opposed to my usual denim choice (the style rut will not defeat me!) these are from New Look so they were pretty affordable and great to if you're trialling new prints like I am. For the final touch, I finished off with some lace up sandals from Public Desire because it's finally starting to look and feel like spring!

By the way, yesterday's video was another How To Style instalment where I tackle yellow; for more ways to wear yellow colour this season head over to my YouTube channel and have a watch.

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Yellow biker jacket - New Look
Tshirt - ASOS
Houndstooth trousers - (c/o) New Look
Lace up sandals - Public Desire
[Photos taken by Maria]

10 Days in Paradise: A Photo Diary

Sunday, 26 March 2017

10 Days in Paradise: A Photo Diary
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It's about time I shared some candid holiday photos from the Maldives. 

You know when you spend so long taking photos of your surroundings but then when it comes to writing a blog post - if you're a blogger that is - or even just choosing which photos make it into the photo album, you usually end up leaving out a few because they don't quite make the cut. Well, this is exactly that. I had a huge backlog of photos from the Maldives and I feel like they would have completely gone to waste if I didn't get the chance to show you. So I have a few final favourites of mine to share...

The Transitional Trench Coat

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Transitional Trench Coat
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The trench coat: an essential in everybody's spring wardrobe. Sadly, the start of spring has welcomed spring showers as opposed to glorious days of sunshine but I guess that's somewhat expected particularly in the UK. It's meant I've been going back and forth between my winter and spring picks without there being an in between...

A trench coat is a spring essential and the thing I love the most about it is its versatility, yes I would rather only be wearing it as a layering piece over Tshirt outfits but the weather at the moment hasn't been permitting. So instead - in a bid to make it feel like spring even though it doesn't look like it at the moment - I've been using my trench coat as a winter to spring transitional piece. Firstly, lets talk about this trench because it's pretty incredible; at only £39.99 it's pretty reasonably priced too, yet another major win for New Look!

I paired it with a chunky jumper underneath because as I said, it may officially be spring but it feels far from it, I went for a camel coloured roll neck jumper from Missguided which I wasn't too sure about at first because both colours are so similar but I quite like how the two blend together so seamlessly. Weather permitting I will eventually stop wearing jeans (I hope) but the best I can do whilst it remains cold is to ditch my mom jeans for other alternatives and here I've picked out a pair of light blue wash jeans, ripped at the knees from Dorothy Perkins. I haven't worn ripped jeans in what feels like forever but I quite like this pair, I feel like it makes denim a little more interesting especially as it starts to get warmer. Finally, I went for my hi top converse which I've had for little under a year now and rarely wear but for some reason I've been picking those out a lot more recently.

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Roll neck jumper - Missguided
[Photos taken by Maria]

The Return of the Mini Skirt

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Return of the Mini Skirt
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With spring right around the corner I've been eyeing up what's new and trending on the high street in a bid to decide on what I need to add to my wardrobe for the upcoming season; there will be a video coming your way tomorrow on my channel where I share my 5 top picks for spring so if you're not yet subscribed then please head over and join me on my YouTube channel! Keep an eye out for that video tomorrow evening but in the meantime, here's a sneak peak of one of the things I'm adding to my wardrobe: the mini skirt. I'm always cautious when it comes to mini skirts as being quite tall can often lead to challenges when finding the right skirt that isn't too mini (I recently bought a skirt from Topshop which was literally a belt, I couldn't quite believe it!)

I picked out a grey skirt from New Look with a tie belt and decided to turn it into a transitional piece. When transitioning between seasons I like to mix and match favourites, in this case, a mini skirt which is a nod to spring paired with a jumper which is of course brought forward from winter. I wanted to add a few of my wardrobe staples - I always need some favourites to act as a security blanket when experimenting with new styles - so I picked out a bucket bag and my super fun studded ankle boots from Missguided which I still think work so well both day time and night time. Now I know there's a serious lack of colour in this outfit but there's no denim in sight! For some reason I can't seem to add colour and ditch denim at the same time but we'll get there, it's a work in progress...

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Jumper - Topshop
Mini skirt - (c/o) New Look
Studded ankle boots - Missguided
Bucket bag - House of Fraser
[Photos taken by Maria]

What To Do When You Can't Stop Wearing Denim

Sunday, 19 March 2017

What To Do When You Can't Stop Wearing Denim
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As you know, I'm currently trying to beat my style rut and so far I've managed to incorporate bright pops of colour into my wardrobe and into my spring outfits - all made easier when the sun is shining - I'm particularly loving red and yellow at the moment but it's still been near enough impossible to rid myself of denim. As it isn't quite warm enough to ditch the denim completely I've been trying to take things one step at a time and the next step for me is to wear different styles of denim; as much as I love my ASOS Farleigh jeans I know I wear them an awful lot! So, I've been choosing a light wash over black and other darker colours and not only that, I've been opting for different cuts and styles too.

Which leads me onto this pair of unconventional flares, from Joe's Jeans. I've always had a thing for flares although I don't think they're the most flattering, especially on me, as despite having long legs I have big hips which are usually accentuated when wearing flares but there's just something about them that I continue to love. This pair I particularly like because of their distressed finish, I think it's a really cool way to do flares plus, it means I can still show off my footwear too! Despite trying to add colour into my wardrobe I couldn't help but wear a black hoodie and leather jacket, let's say it was a reflection of the weather that day. Having said that, this leather jacket carries a definite nod to spring with the floral back and you know what they say, every little helps right?

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Leather jacket - (c/o) Joe's Jeans
Distressed hoodie - (c/o) Joe's Jeans
Flared jeans - (c/o) Joe's Jeans
Studded ankle boots - Missguided
[Photos taken by Faith]

This post is sponsored by Joe's Jeans. All thoughts and writing my own, read my full disclaimer here.

Why Spring Is The Perfect Time For A New Dress

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Why Spring Is The Perfect Time For A New Dress
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I love dresses but I don't get to wear them enough, mostly because I just don't have that many occasions to wear pretty dresses to and I'm not sure whether I could class countless blog posts of dresses as being relatable. Wearing dresses always make me feel so glamorous and I particularly love a figure flattering dress, whether it's figure hugging or just falls in the right places, a dress has the ability to make me feel amazing. When spring comes around (I know I keep going on about spring but I'm really excited for the new season, especially now that we've had a glorious week of sunshine!) I tend to gravitate towards dresses and more often than not it's the formal options as opposed to casual day dresses that catch my eye.

Wallis has a beautiful new collection of dresses for spring, I picked out this gorgeous lilac dress with ruffles running all the way through it as my spring pick. Whether you've got any upcoming weddings or spring parties I think you can easily dress up or dress down this dress. It's the perfect length, I like to call it the mum-approved length, making it perfect for an array of spring events. I'm not one for a halter neck usually but I actually really love how it looks and I think the ruffles make it look even more spring ready as does the fact it's pastel I mean, is there anything that makes you think spring more than pastels? I paired the dress with some gold court heels which shine beautifully in the sunshine and a patent croc clutch bag - the perfect accessory to carry all the essentials.

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Dress - (c/o) Wallis
Gold heels - (c/o) Dune
Croc clutch - Topshop
[Photos taken by Maria]

This post is sponsored by Wallis. All thoughts and writing my own, read my full disclaimer here.