Monday 31 August 2015

Bad Summer Weather

England isn't known for it's great summers, and it appears that I've accidentally ended up doing a bit of a series on summer knitwear - Head back through my last couple of outfit posts for some more inspo!

Once again my jumper is light yet protective. Cropped sleeves and a side split keeps it in this season, but the cosy alpaca means the wind won't chill me!

White Crystal necklace - Zara


Friday 21 August 2015

Wishlist: Summer Holidays

I am off on my holibobs to Croatia in a couple of weeks so I decided this wishlist will be holiday themed, as I'm sure it wont be too long before the summer styles give way for a pretty fab Autumn/Winter, so I'm getting my last bit of holiday shopping in quick!!


Such a gorgeous colour, it gives me images of hot sunny countries, striking against the blue sky and with the cheeky tie back its screams summer getaway.


How lush is this colour?! The company calls it aqua but I would go with more of a mint green. As its a muted tones it goes with so much more in your wardrobe than more pigmented colours. Perfect for those holiday evenings when the breeze sets in but you're not ready to end the night!


The flowers, the cutout, the colour, I'm struggling to think of more ways to fit summer in a skirt, super cute for lazy summer evenings drinking cocktails at a beach front bar..


Perfect journey trousers, loose fitting and they look super comfy, not only will you look fab on your way to the airport, but like the cardi above, they would be perfect for lighter evenings when you want to look chic making your way through the bars!


Sadly, whilst I'm on holiday as much as I want to be strutting around in heels, cankles are a real thing (a real embarrassing thing..) so flat shoes it is for me. But, when they look like this I can't really complain! Not only are they beaut, but with the straps reaching further up the leg than the ankle they will elongate your pins, win, win!


Finally, what's a holiday without a swimming costume or bikini? I chose this little gem because I might have accidentally bought it after I was browsing for this post and I can confirm that it gives you cracking cleavage and I can't imagine that ever being a bad thing!


Going on a late summer holiday too? Let me know where you're going!


Saturday 15 August 2015

Midi The Sequel

I've never really been sold on midi skirts before, I own one other, and it's a rare occasion when it gets dragged from my wardrobe.

Although I'm lucky enough to have long legs which I personally think aren't too bad, I've always felt that midi skirts just don't flatter me, they appear to chop my legs off and being tall already, I tend to go for the flat option in the shoe department, which never seem to compliment this skirt length.
But I was trawling through Missguided one day, and I don't know whether it was the colour, the texture, or simply the sheer beauty of the skirt but I found myself putting it into my basket, and the next thing I knew I was trying it on at home.

I will admit, I'm still not 100% convinced purely not being able to work flats with them, but for the times when I want to pull out my heels, this skirt is a necessity!

Green Beaded Necklace - Mango
Heeled Sandals - Clarks


Wednesday 12 August 2015

Perfect Summer Knitwear

Hello belly! Apart from on a beach I rarely get my stomach out, but this cheeky split, paired with some high waisted trousers is just the right amount of tum. 

If you're a winter lover and are missing your knitwear fix then this is the perfect medium! Lightweight, sleeveless and open. And don't fear, come the colder spells it will look fab layered up with thinner pieces underneath or over the top!

Crystal Necklace - Zara
Two Part Flats - New Look


Monday 10 August 2015

Layering In Summer

My mum moaned at me for this outfit. 'It's not summery enough!!'
Mother, we live in England, it's hardly California sunshine, and as is usually the case, it was a very windy day where sleeveless tops were not permitted!

As I said in a few posts back (here) I have discovered a love for waistcoats that is strong, but I don't want to be restricted to sunny days for when I can wear them. So I layered it up with a simple long sleeved, high neck crop, threw in a floral skirt so the season is not lost and I love this look!

Even in summer, layering is possible (and sometimes necessary)!!


Friday 7 August 2015

Special Birthday Present

On your birthday, do you do that thing, where you open a card, read who its from, and then go back later to read the message? That's what I do.. It got me so confused this year, when I opened a card which was signed from Spanky & Jones. I had no clue who this was and it wasn't until I read the message that I understood who they were.

It was actually attached to a box which I hadn't yet opened, but the card explained that they were a little company, who take vintage plates or cups and carefully cut them into shapes, to then be turned into jewellery! They can be a shape of your choice or you can choose from the ready made delights and my sister had organised a little Westie charm for me because I blooming love them!!

You can see the original grooves and print from the plate, which makes me feel like it should be an ornament rather than a necklace as I'm scared I'm going to damage it, but it's just too pretty to sit on a shelf!

If you fancy getting a bespoke gift for someone that's a little bit different but majorly adorable then you can find them here..

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Monday 3 August 2015

Wonderful Suede Surprises

Just take a minute and absorb the beauty that is the latest addition to my assortment of skirts..

I bought this little gem from Stradivarius in Barcelona and I couldn't believe my eyes when I firstly discovered that not only is it real suede but it was also under 30 euros, THIRTY!!

My golden rule if you have aaaanything suede, nubuck or leather, please please please, use protector spray!! One loose cranberry juice and there's no saving it!


Partly failing on the whole, 'lets show you my fancy straps..'

Initial Chain - Etsy
Cross Strap Camisole - H&M


Saturday 1 August 2015

Barcelona - Part Three

Finally my part three is hereee!
The weather has been battling against me recently so recreating my Barcelona wardrobe hasn't been the easiest but the clouds finally parted and the sun shone once again.

My aim for holiday was floaty pieces that let me move freely in the breeze without clinging to my body in the heat. Bohemian style tops have been everywhere this summer and this one from River Island has been my favourite since I bought it, I never used to like off the shoulder tops but something about this one won me over and I haven't looked back!

I can't deny that when I usually think of linen I imagine middle aged women wearing white trousers abroad but it just isn't the case, I've had these Asos shorts for a couple of years now and thank god they do a new version every year because they are a summer essential. The only down side of linen is that it creases really easily so I find casual outfits are best!

Continue reading for our third day in Barcelona..

Our first stop of the day was at Sagrada Familia, Guadi's cathedral that has people coming from all across the world to witness some of the most eccentric architecture there is!

Did you know, the cathedral is only half built? We had no idea until we arrived! It's not expected to be completed until 2026 so no doubt we will take another trip back to Barcelona at some point in our lifetime!

Make sure ou book your tickets for both the cathedral and towers before you get to Barcelona as otherwise the queues are enormous!

The photo above might not be the most aesthetically pleasing photograph with vendors in the foreground and cranes behind it but this is the exact view you get when you walk out of the metro station and turn around. Its size is so overwhelming, you're expecting grandeur but its enormity still shocks you!

As soon as you walk through the doors your attention is grabbed by the light, the different colours, the different sources and the different directions.
The stained glass windows are a masterpiece on their own!

As well as the main area inside the Cathedral there are also two towers that you can go up and see the phenomenal views - Nativity Facade and Passion Facade, we went up the Passion Facade and you can see some of the incredible views below..

One final shot of the Cathedral before we moved on and took a wander past some of Guadi's other buildings..

Apparently there is not a single straight line in any of his buildings!

After a stroll through the Gothic quarter admiring the buildings we found ourselves at Barcelona's very own Arc De Triomf, it might not be quite as large as the one in Paris but set at the top of the long pedestrianised street down to the park its background makes it stand out!

The park at the bottom is full of grassy areas, surrounded by a museum, a magnificent fountain, boating lake and the zoo at the far end.

After a pit stop for dins we began exploring another section of the Gothic quarter where we stumbled across Barcelona cathedral, although much smaller in scale compared to Sagrada Familia, its mighty in its own right, unfortunately it was shut by the time we got there and we didn't have another chance to peek inside before we left, but maybe on our next trip!!

As you know by now I went on this trip with my lovely boyfriend,and over dinner he said he wanted to take me to see a fountain but wanted to go once it was getting dark, I can't say I was completely convinced as I couldn't understand the fascination with a specific fountain but I couldn't have been more wrong!

I've tried uploading a video into the post but it just doesn't work so I've uploaded one of mine to YouTube for you guys to watch..

When we arrived it was moving to an orchestral Disney track but by the end of the evening it was moving along to more recent music like maroon 5!

Even with hundreds of people milling around enjoy the same view as us, it couldn't have felt more romantic and magical if we tried!

Before we got soaked..

After we got soaked.. 

If you stand too close you get covered in a super fine mist, it was definitley needed as even at  night the temperatures had barely dropped below 30 degrees!

Spin around and you get the most phenomenal views of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (National Museum of Catalan Visual Art)..

It is definitely worth the trek up the stairs to get a view from the top! (there are escalators for those lazy gals like me..)

Been to Barcelona recently? Let me know what you visited!

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