21 June 2015

TREND WATCH: Off The Shoulder

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One trend that has been everywhere at the moment is off the shoulder. The weather has been pretty good in London at the moment, and an off the shoulder top shows off your décolletage whilst tanning your shoulders evenly. It's a super elegant way to show some skin. This trend is easily adapted for night by pairing a top with high waisted trousers and heels, or wearing an off the shoulder dress.

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The trend was featured on many of the SS15 Ready To Wear catwalks, such as Marchesa, Tibi and Saint Laurent. Off the shoulder garments also compliment the current 70s trend. And of course, I've happily done a little online "window shopping" to compile a wish list!

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The pom pom and khaki crop tops would look great with a pair of denim cutoffs or an A-line skirt. Throw on either of the dresses to instantly look feminine and fashion conscious, yet cool and comfortable - perfect for summer. Finally, this top from Tobi is an edgier way to pull off the trend. Pair with a skirt or tailored trousers and add heels to bring the look from day to night.

Which is piece is your favourite?
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14 June 2015

My Bucket List | Summer 2015

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I have just finished my first year at university (it flew by) and have a incredibly long summer holiday ahead of me (4 months to be exact). Due to my lack of a job and general brokeness, I'm not going abroad, however I'm taking the opportunity to do more locally. Therefore I have made myself a bucket list to inspire a hopefully memorable summer!

1. Complete my internship.
As you may know, I study fashion marketing and management, and to gain a career in the industry, I need to have experience at a fashion company. At the moment, I have taken on the role of the social media, marketing and sales intern at Rose Powder (read my post on the company here). I am learning a lot through the experience and gaining a valuable insight.  

2. Make a summer playlist.
I am a music lover, and making playlists always gets me excited for upcoming events. I have quite a varied taste, from Hip Hop/Rap to Garage to Alternative to 80s. Certain songs always take me back to previous summers and I want to make fresh music memories. 

3. Explore my city further. 
I've lived in London since I can remember, but there are places in the city that I still haven't visited. For example, I'd love to go to Portobello Market and Notting Hill. 

4. Grab a drink at a rooftop bar.
London has an amazing skyline, but due to the British weather you wouldn't catch me on a roof at any other time of the year! Thus, I will definitely sip a mojito atop a building at least once this summer. The Queen of Hoxton is apparently good and Radio Rooftop Bar is featured in the header image. 

5. Host a Mexican party!
Who doesn't love a party? Or a theme? I'm thinking a piñata, day of the dead skulls and tequila.

6. Have a champagne afternoon tea.

Basically an excuse to eat pretty finger food and drink bubbly in the afternoon.

7. Go to the breakfast club.
So many of my favourite London-based bloggers have been here, and I'm always super envious of their accompanying Instagram pictures. I may also return in the evening, apparently the Spitalfields location houses a hidden bar.  

8. See Savage Beauty at the V&A.
It's Alexander McQueen. Enough said.

9. Work on my tan.
I'm not going abroad this year so I'm going to have to dedicate time to sun my skin. Or try self-tanning.

10. Get my nails done. With all the extras.
Since I'm not going to have to be taking notes or typing reports its the perfect opportunity to get my nails done. I'm talking stiletto nails with glitter and accessories and maybe even piercings.

11. Find super healthy restaurants. 
I went to the Wild Food Café in Covent Garden the other day and loved it. It's super healthy, vegan and gluten free, but what impressed me the most was the range on the menu. It was so refreshing! I find that eating out and unhealthy/over-eating tend to go hand in hand so I want to find more healthy places to dine out.  

12. Learn to cook with super foods.     
Following on from the last one, I want to learn how to cook things like quinoa or kale or make a acai bowl for breakfast.

13. Stay overnight in a hotel.
I've never stayed in a hotel in London before, and I love the idea of a luxurious night in or being able to crash after inner city cocktails. I'd either like to stay in the centre or I've been eyeing up some quirky ones in Shoreditch.

14. Visit God's Own Junkyard.
I have an obsession with neon artwork, and this place is a gold mine. Located in East London, the 'junk yard' is filled with countless neon signs, perfect for dreaming about the interior of my future abode.

15. Go to an open air cinema.
I keep on seeing events for open air or drive-in cinemas in London and watching a classic film on a summer evening (with a pitcher of Pimms) sounds so cute!

16. See a production in the West End.
I haven't seen anything in the West End for years and its a real shame, since Theatre Land in London is one of the best in the world. I've been looking at The Book of Mormon and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.

17. Learn to do a standing forward fold.  
I'm not one of those super bendy yoga people, but when I do take the time to incorporate stretching into my daily routine I do get quite flexible. This yoga pose looks super impressive and I like to set myself these kind of challenges.

18. Master the three 'M's.
By the end of the summer, I will be able to whip up the Martini, the Margarita and the Mojito. 

19. Get dressed to the 9s. 
I hardly ever get dressed up for anything. My wardrobe is quite casual and I don't really go to any black tie events. So the idea of wearing a evening dress, heels and dramatic make up is appealing to me. 

Hopefully I get all of the above done by September, and perhaps I'll make a follow up post on what I managed to complete. 

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Header image found on Pinterest.  

11 June 2015

Style on a Budget... Thrifty Vibes

As a fashion enthusiast, growing my wardrobe and adapting my style is very important. However, this can be challenging whilst on the disposable income of a student. Therefore, I have compiled 3 thrifty ways to refresh your wardrobe without breaking the bank. 

Yes, I know they smell funny and often look like the opposite of a fashion haven, but don't be quick to judge. Sort through all the out of date Primark, questionable fleeces and mini-skirts, and you will be rewarded. Its the hunt that sets it apart. I like to get up early and do a round of the local charity shops with my sister, who has an eagle eye for hidden gems.

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CHARITY SHOP denim jacket | H&M cropped jumper | CHARITY SHOP trousers | OFFICE heeled sandals

I got these trousers from a charity shop a while back, and I still love them. Here I paired them with a cropped jumper and heeled sandals, which work well with the exposed ankle. I threw on this oversized, pale denim jacket which gives a casual vibe to the look and keeps me warm in UK weather! 

2. DIY
This one sounds daunting, I know. But with certain stores charging ridiculous prices for simple alterations, (*cough* Urban Outfitters *cough*) and millions of blog posts/YouTube videos on fashion DIY, then there's no reason not to have a go.

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 DIY elasticated crop top | TOPSHOP denim mom shorts | CONVERSE trainers

This DIY was made using a huge t-shirt I found in a charity shop. I chopped off the bottom, inserted, and sewed in elastic and rolled up the sleeves. If you want a tutorial on this crop top, leave a comment and I'll get on that!  

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DIY tights crop top | M&S school skirt | ASOS fishnets | Dr Martens boots

Yes, as the name suggests, I did make this top out of a pair of tights. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it's a thrifty way to produce a sheer, long-sleeved crop top. I paired it with my trusty pleated skirt and toughed up the look with fishnets and beat-up DMs. 

An upgrade to the charity shop, the hunt here isn't for the piece, but the price. Tip: always ask for a discount if stained/faulty in any way - normally easily fixed. If you're in London, try Rokit, (Covent Garden or Brick Lane, wouldn't advise the Camden store) Beyond Retro or the East End Thrift Store. 

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Vintage checked shirt (similar @ Rokit) | Vintage Dior slip 

My sister and I have collected quite a few checked shirts as they're easy to throw on over anything as a light cover-up. This slip is vintage Dior, and I found it in a vintage store for fifteen pounds. I couldn't believe it. Naturally I bought it straight away. It just proves that the effort is worth it. 

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Photo credit to Asha Oguri (IG: @ashaoguri)


4 June 2015

June Wish List

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First up, I chose this gorgeous caged bralette from Tobi. I'm obsessed! It would look so cute underneath a sheer white shirt with a pair of denim cut-offs for a sunny day in a pub garden. 

Next I chose this OPI nail lacquer. It's getting warmer in the UK, and white nails are a summer essential. They make your hands look more tanned and give an air of understated cool. 

Quay Australia sunglasses have been everywhere at the moment. They do affordable yet unique designs so I definitely want a pair for summer. I love a cat eye, so this pair were an instant winner for me. The muted grey is super chic, and the tinted lenses give a 90s vibe. 

Crochet is a big trend for SS 15, and this red bralet from Topshop is a super cute example. I'd wear it with distressed denim shorts for a festival-ready look or dress it up with a high-waisted skirt. 

Earlier this year I did a post on lace-up heels. Since then, I've discovered this gorgeous pair from Public Desire. I like how this shoe reveals the foot without showing the toes. I'd dress them down with a pair of mom jeans or wear them with cigarette pants for the evening. 

Finally, I chose this cuff from & Other Stories. I love the simple yet angular design and it would be a great way to elevate an outfit. 

What are you lusting after this month? 


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