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How I Balance University and Blogging

Thursday, 30 March 2017

How I Balance University and Blogging
Currently, I'm sitting at my desk typing away on my laptop to have this post ready and scheduled for 8AM as usual - not only is this one of my favourite parts of the day, it's become my routine. For years I've been working on both my blog and my university degree side by side, it's been challenging but it's something I'm so proud of.

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!

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.

Help! I'm In a Style Rut

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Help! I'm In a Style Rut
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I can't believe this is the first time this blush pink bell sleeved top makes it onto my blog. Sometimes I share items I love on Instagram and forget that they haven't yet made an appearance on here so as soon as I realised I had to rectify that. I didn't even try to style it any differently to how I have in the past; I simply tucked my top in to high waisted mom jeans (the ASOS farleigh jeans, duh) and picked out a pair of ankle boots, this time going for a new embroidered pair from New Look.

I've been wearing the same things constantly over the past few weeks, I don't know what it is but I just can't help myself. I've found myself in a real style rut and I'm not sure how long it will last nor when I'll snap out of it so in the meantime, there'll be a lot of same-y outfits. Because of my blog and the nature of what I do online, I feel like I always need to be wearing new things like the hottest new trend and ensuring items are new-season and in-stock so that if you want to buy something you can. However, following on from my post last week where I talked about sharing items that are sold out, a lot of you actually said you don't mind not being able to buy the exact items I'm wearing and that my blog serves more so as a platform to inspire you which was amazing to read so thank you so much if you took the time to comment but not only that, it's made me think less about what I should be buying and more about my own personal style.

With that said, I've been wearing the same things over and over and over and quite frankly, I'm bored of it. Mom jeans are a classic in my wardrobe, I wear them so much and whilst I've actively been trying not to wear them as much, opting for skinny jeans at times, I'm still pretty stuck on the whole denim thing. I want to try and rid myself of wearing so much denim (although don't hold me to that, it's still quite cold for anything else!) We're finally in the month of spring and I'm anxiously waiting for it to arrive, I'm hoping the sunshine and warmer weather will re-inspire me and absolve my current style rut. Any tips on how to beat a style rut are more than welcomed! Step 1 for me has been to add colour back into my wardrobe, see how I've been getting on over on Instagram: @peexo.

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[Photos taken by Maria]