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2 July 2017

Regent's Park

Yesterday my mum and I took a trip up to London and I had bought her tickets to see On The Town at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park. The weather was beautiful and I'd just picked up some absolute bargains in the Mango sale so I thought I'd take the opportunity to fit in an outfit shoot whilst we were there. (Sidenote: the show was absolutely incredible; it's already my mum's favourite film and I love it too so we expected great things anyway, but the show exceeded our already high expectations and was simply wonderful.)

For this look, I wanted something comfortable for a day of walking but also something stylish. I had just got this wrap-round shirt in the Mango sale and I love it; the synched in waist makes it so flattering and it's chic silhouette makes any outfit a little more done up. I also got this navy, throw on blazer in the sale. It's very oversized and the material is loose and not structured like other blazers I own. I wanted something to be able to just chuck on with anything and this fits the bill perfectly. The last thing I picked up in the Mango sale were these amazing earrings; I'm a huge fan of statement earrings at the moment and have bought so many pairs recently- mostly from Mango as their selection is KILLING IT!

I got these ruffle leggings from River Island a little while ago and love them because they're so comfy but make an outfit look more put together due to the frills. Anything I can wear and feel comfortable but still look fashionable is a win for me!

Finally I put on my favourite shoes of the moment, these red Topshop loafers, for a pop of colour.

Shirt: Mango
Jacket: Mango
Leggings: River Island
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: Mango
Sunglasses: H&M
Bag: LFW

21 June 2017

How To Style a Trench Coat

It's that time of year when everyone's wardrobe gets a revamp in the hope of a little sun; out with the jumpers and jackets and in with the skirts and short sleeves. However, one item that you can keep at the forefront of your wardrobe, whatever the weather, is the trusty trench coat. Yes, this timeless piece of apparel is the ultimate adaptable item, with distinctive double-breasted button fastenings, wide lapels, belted waist and cuffs, epaulettes and storm flaps. The ways of styling this iconic piece are limitless. 

Connoisseurs of stylish contemporary fashion with a classical twist, Jack Wills, know the power of a statement piece and have put together a guide for mastering the art of the trench this season. To get all their great tips and tricks, carry on reading...

The History of the Trench

 The trench’s history dates back to its invention in the 1850s, but it was at the turn of the 20th century that it became the indispensable civilian piece of outerwear it is today. Thomas Burberry, the founder of what is now the global British fashion house, developed a water-repellent cotton gabardine fabric in 1879. The cloth was used in a design for an army officer’s raincoat that he submitted to the United Kingdom War Office in 1901. During WWI, the coat shielded military officers from the unrelenting weather as well as the mud in the trenches; this is where the overcoat adopted its name. Beloved by officers for its weather-proof qualities and functional design, it soon became popular with male and female civilians after the war ended – and the modern trench was born. 

Over the years it became more and more popular, entering the fashion hall of fame on the backs of 60s sirens – like Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe and Twiggy – and later Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn. All of these incredibly famous women adopted the originally masculine style as their own. The design was slimmed down and simplified over the years - no longer required to be worn over another warmer coat or for the military function it once served - and its place in fashion was cemented. Now a staple in the wardrobe of influential figures such as Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Alexa Chung and the Duchess of Cambridge, among countless others, it’s easy to see why this century-old outer layer is here to stay. 

How to wear it now

 With the ability to be styled with almost anything, it’s no surprise that the trench coat has transcended every season. While a waterproof jacket is the requirement, only the trench can fit the bill of looking just as chic with sharp tailoring as it does with rolled jeans, sneakers and your favourite vintage tee. Offering just the right amount of protection from the elements without the sacrificing any of your style points, throwing on a trench is never a bad idea. But which style is right for you? 

The Classic

 The Duncombe is Jack Wills’ most classic trench coat, with the essential elements all intact. Choose from this season’s fresh pink or one of the neutral tones – stone and navy – and wear the double-breasted style with anything and everything.The most versatile piece in your outwear armoury, a classic trench coat is at home over a suit or with your most sophisticated looks. It’s also at home over tea dresses and boots when the unpredictable festival weather calls for it. Or you might choose to really dress it down with a sportswear twist or ripped jeans – there’s a reason it’s been a favourite of everyone from Emma Watson to Kurt Cobain. 

The Swing

 For the Dollyhill, we’ve taken the swing coat shape made popular in the 1950s, and incorporated features from the trench – a style 100 years its senior. The perfect marriage of classic and contemporary, the shades of pale powder blue or signature stone allow us to focus on the detail that makes this coat unique. Double breasted with storm flaps and a large collar, the hybrid of pretty details – like the tie cuff straps, pleated back and swing shape – make its styling possibilities vast. The super versatile Dollyhill doesn’t have any issue with being styled like a classic trench; worn over simple summer dresses or a modern androgynous ensemble, this coat really speaks for itself. Let it elevate your look. 

Trench Tips

 It’s firmly established by now (we hope) that the trench, whichever style you choose, is prepped to be your go-to, wear-with-everything outerwear essential. You could be of the persuasion to just throw it on as you head out the door, knowingly assured that this tried and tested piece is in fact foolproof and you’ll look good no matter what. Or you could be the kind to have one in every colour, every shape, just to ensure that each time you finish your look it is the epitome of perfection and the “wearing black with navy” conundrum can be avoided at all costs. Most of us are somewhere in between. From unstudied nonchalance to unabashed prim and proper elegance, we’ve listed our favourite trench coat styling tips. Pick one, pick none, mix them all up; how to wear your trench is up to you. 

Summer Sun

 There will (hopefully) be days in the summer where no coat is required, but for the rest, a light trench is the perfect accompaniment to your laid-back summer look. 
Worn with denim (or any) shorts, a knee-length trench will elongate your legs and give a mismatched charm. Team with a delicate summer top, flats and your choice of sun-drenched location.   

Which trench will you be wearing this season and how will you be styling it? My favourite is definitely the Duncombe- it's so chic and effortlessly goes with everything. 

To check out the full guide on how to style a trench coat, visit Jack Wills' website here. And if you would like one of these beautiful trench coats for yourself, then you can find those here.

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23 April 2017

Aviator Jacket

I was eyeing up various Aviator jackets for a while trying to find one that would last me beyond its current residency in the trends. Distraught after having to give up on a gorgeous black one that had sold out on Zara, I began to give up on finding my perfect jacket, until I found this blue one from Missguided. I wanted a jacket that was a sort of sheened-suede in material and had a boxy-oversized shape for layering in the winter time. I also wanted one in black so that it would go with everything, but I couldn't find one that I liked in the fit that I wanted. 

I was a bit hesitant about this blue one a first as I was worried that when it arrived it would turn out to be a lot brighter than the muted blue that showed on the website. Luckily I was as in love with it in person as I was with it online. It's quite heavy and the fur lining extends through the whole thing, even the arms, which is a little impractical for the warmer months- but I can't fault it for anything other than that. It has such a cool vibe to it and I love that its different from others that I've seen.

I wanted the jacket to be the main focus for this look so I kept the rest simple with some washed out denim and a white tee.

Coat: Missguided
T Shirt: The 1975 Store
Jeans: Asos
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: Primark
Sunglasses: Primark

9 April 2017

Not That Kind Of Girl

I can never decide if I'm a hat person or not, but when I saw this fedora with gold detailing from Zara last year, I couldn't resist it. I've owned a few fedoras in the past in my desperate attempts to achieve the same cool-girl aesthetic that I see time and time again on Instagram, but none of them have quite got me fully on the hat bandwagon. Having quite a round face means that I find hats with a wider brim more flattering and less baby-face inducing. To me, this one has the perfect width and structure to it. The minimal detailing, bar the gold lettering obviously, means that I can wear it with anything. Plus, whilst the material is thick enough to keep a structured look, it's not so thick that I can't see this through the spring and summer. 

It will take a bit of courage to wear the hat out in public as I worry that they can be a bit obnoxious, but if I style it with something simple like this jumpsuit, I think I can pull it off. I recently got this tailored jumpsuit for my birthday and I can't get enough of it. I was a bit hesitant that I would look frumpy in it, especially after seeing how great it looked on the model on Asos, but it actually turned out to be so flattering thanks to the synched waist. 

The material is super light and soft, so it will be perfect for the warmer weather. I especially love that it's a bit on the fancier side but still day-time appropriate, so I can literally wear this for any occasion. I can't wait to dress it up, maybe with some heels. I was worried about the length before it arrived, being a tall gal at 5'10, but it actually turned out to fit great! I went for a M in size, but perhaps could have sized down, especially as Monki are usually quite generous with sizing.

Hat: Zara
Jumpsuit: Monki
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: Topshop

5 April 2017

The Spring Coat

 I finally have a spare moment in between waitressing and essay writing to upload a blog post. My second year of university has certainly been overwhelming to say the least and blogging has had to take a back seat once again. As it's currently Easter Holidays and I've been enjoying some time at home, I thought I would take advantage of my younger sister and get her to shoot some outfits for me to bring my blog out of hibernation.

This longline navy coat from Topshop has seen me through the last 6 months, having bought it last October, and I'm still in love with it. Its classical, tailored style is timeless and can be paired with almost anything in my wardrobe. Plus, it's a perfect coat to see me through to the Spring as it's not overly heavy or warm.

For this simple look, I paired the coat with some jeans and a classic white shirt- an easy outfit but definitely a go-to. Statement earrings are still a must have for me this season, so I went with a pair of my favourite tassel ones for a pop of colour and texture. Matching those are these pink sunglasses I picked up from Primark recently. Their unconventional, hexagonal shape and reflective lenses drew me in and I couldn't resist them at £3. 

Coat: Topshop
Shirt: Topshop
Jeans: Asos
Bag: Primark
Shoes: Topshop
Earrings: H&M
Sunglasses: Primark
Scarf (on bag): Vintage shop

24 December 2016

December 'Dress of the Month' with Boohoo

Recently I was contacted by Boohoo to take part in their DOTM, or Dress of the Month, campaign. The idea is that they send the same dress to several different bloggers to see how differently we would all style it. As the bloggers, we would have no idea as to what the dress was like until it arrived in the post, which I found very nerve racking. I'm fairly confident in my own style, so the thought of having to work with something that would perhaps be the opposite of what I would have chosen, was quite daunting. There was a possibility that the dress would arrive and I would have nothing to wear it with because it absolutely wasn't my sort of style. Luckily, it arrived and it was something that gave me lots to work with.

The dress is fairly simple; a navy blue, velvet halter neck dress with a slit in the thigh, but it was beautiful and very flattering. I was a bit nervous considering it was basically a bodycon dress and I tend to stay clear of them to avoid showing off every imperfection in my figure. However this one features a synched in waist, giving you more of a flattering silhouette, one that made me feel way more confident. 

This dress is actually part of Boohoo's Going Out section, so technically it's meant for a night out. However, I decided to take the tone down a bit and make it more everyday appropriate. I added this white polo neck underneath to cater to the cold weather, but kept a fancy flair with the frilled sleeves and these utterly brilliant tassel earrings from H&M. Their statement earring selection at the moment is great if you're looking for something to easily spruce up a look! I kept it simple in the shoe department with some black heeled boots to complete a slightly fancy everyday outfit.

I love this dress as it's a perfect all-rounder; you can wear it dressed down, like I am here, or you can wear it for evening attire. I can't wait to dress it up for a night out! Perhaps I've found my NYE dress?

This campaign from Boohoo is brilliant as it's given me the opportunity to take a chance with my style and put the fate of my outfit in someone else's hands. It's encouraged me to take more risks with my looks and go for things that I normally wouldn't- a great new mindset to take into the new year!

Dress: Boohoo*
Jumper: Asos
Boots: Asos
Earrings: H&M

How are you hoping to mix up your style in the new year?

22 December 2016

Winter in the City

The other day my family and I took a Christmassy trip up to London to visit the The Royal Academy of Arts for an exhibition and see the delights of Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. 

The exhibition was on Abstract Expressionism from New York and was absolutely brilliant. Large, energetic, abstract pieces are my favourite and it was great to see the sort of art that I like to do myself. I've been feeling so uninspired at the moment, but being back in an artistic environment really helped- it also reminded me of how much I miss formally studying Fine Art. One of my main goals for the new year is to actively make time for producing art as I've seriously neglected my artistic side since leaving college.   

After the exhibition, we took a trip to Carnaby Street for some shopping and whilst I didn't find anything to buy, I did find this great little side street for some outfit photos. 

London felt so festive and definitely got me in the Christmas spirit! Winter Wonderland was as garish and over the top as you can imagine but it was a bit of fun. Plus, I got a chance to be a big kid and get an overpriced waffle with every single sugary topping I could get. Buddy the Elf would have been proud.

Coat: Topshop
Jumper: Primark
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Primark
Boots: Topshop