20 May 2018

Perfect Pinks & Polka Dots Prints

As the weather continues to flirt with the notion of summer, I have been enjoying updating my current wardrobe with polka dot prints and splashes of sorbet.
A few of my favourite seasonal pieces come from Very's spring/summer offering; and the more I can colour coordinate with my favourite ice cream flavour - the happier I am.
I'm a huge fan of the denim A-line mini skirt, a versatile piece that can be worn all year round - but for summer I have decided to wear one of my wardrobe staples in a sugary-sweet shade of pink that will instantly give your outfit that cheerful little lift it needs during the sunshine.
One thing I've found myself leaning towards as the weather gets warmer is a heavy dose of polka dots, in place of where breton stripes would usually be. This cute little cami top is perfect for layering over a plain white tee on chillier days, or worn by itself to show off the detailing and buttons on the back when it's warm enough.
The Pollyanne wedge is a classic summer staple that can be worn with any outfit, and available in a multitude of seasonal colours, you can expect to see plenty more of them from yours truly this summer...
Shop my look c/o Very:
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6 May 2018

Bank Holiday Amongst The Bluebells

"The Bluebell is the sweetest flower, that waves in summer air. Its blossoms have the mightiest power, to soothe my spirit's care."
There is something so special about the violet carpet that fills the woods during late-spring. It reminds me of visiting my grandparents and picking a handful of bluebells for my Grandma along the way.
And so my outfit is also inspired by a childhood memory: the culottes. I think I had a pair in every colour when I was little, and they were so comfy especially during summer. I've seen quite a wide variety on the high street, but the only ones I've truly liked the exact fit and shape of are actually from the children's department in Next! (FYI Age 16 is equal to a size 8). I may have also added a couple of  little girls' summer dresses and the cutest embroidered top with a giraffe on it! Truly an ode to childish dressing...
I've also acquired a new pair of blush Superga, because nothing says new season like new kicks! I think they're super pretty and will go with almost every summer dress I own. And of course, my spring/summer staple: the basket bag. Perfect for your freshly picked flowers (although I learned you're not allowed to pick bluebells shortly after I pinched a few for my bedside table - I apologise profusely). 
What I'm wearing:



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2 May 2018

Chasing the Sunshine

Along with warmer weather, May brings the glorious rolling fields of bright yellow rapeseed. And so I went in search of the sunshine in the perfect cotton sun dress to frolic through the fields in.
I am trying to dress more grown-up lately, however I'm still a sucker for white cotton, ruffles and crochet. I think there's a Lolita element to this sweet little sun dress, and it also gives the illusion of a somewhat tanned complexion (I assure you, I am not).
Of course I've paired it with my summer essential - the basket bag. I think white cotton and tan wicker go perfectly hand-in-hand to create a classic British countryside look.
If I knew I'd have been skipping through rapeseed fields, I probably would have worn converse with this outfit. However, as the plan was to find a cute little gate to pose against... I wore these tan wedges, which actually proved pretty comfortable whilst said skipping was taking place!
What I'm wearing:
*c/o Very
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17 April 2018

Ready For Summer Dressing!

We are finally getting some sunshine here in the UK! And whereas I cannot wait for sundresses, espadrilles and basket bags... we cannot deny the fact that a cardigan is still an essential for the next few months.

I shall very much enjoy wearing the prettiest pink knit until the sun decides to make a permanent appearance. It's light and delicate; so makes the perfect throw-on staple with any outfit.

What I'm wearing:
Sundress // Cardigan // Basket (similar) // Espadrille Wedges (similar)
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28 March 2018

EverydayLifeGoals: Ditching the Denim

I've been a huge admirer of the check trouser this season - "saving" images on Instagram and mentally styling how I'd wear them. But I wasn't able to find a pair that I thought would suit me, and being an avid denim wearer, I wasn't ready to ditch the jeans and embrace the trend just yet.
However, with Very's #everydaylifegoals campaign - I thought it was the perfect opportunity to take the plunge, try something new and expand my collection.
I found the perfect pair in a cigarette style trouser which I think flatters my body shape, so they were easy to style in my every day wardrobe. I think they're extremely versatile - for work I'd wear them with a plain white oversized shirt and a pair of loafers. And for a more informal, weekend look; I've gone for a statement tee tucked in, which instantly adds a cool and relaxed vibe.
The delicate pink pointelle stitch cardi is the perfect spring knit, and gives the outfit a vintage inspired look.
For shoes I've gone with a classic pair of black low block heel court shoes, which I think complements the vintage feel and are the perfect pair of comfortable shoes to take you from day to night.
What I'm wearing:

*all items gifted by Very

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17 March 2018

The Monthly Playlist: March

I haven't really found any new music this month (apart from Blossoms' new banger), just rediscovering old favourites. I think my music taste is pretty chilled out at the minute - there's been a lot of lazy sundays spent under a blanket with a brew. If there's anything that you think I'd especially enjoy then please do let me know!
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14 March 2018

Winter Florals For Spring

 
I enjoy floral print tea dresses all year round, this is no secret... however, with a self-inflicted spending ban until May, I have been looking through my winter wardrobe to see how I can transition my favourite pieces through to the next season.
One item I particularly cherished (and always will), was a beautiful Liberty of London print dress that was so kindly handmade for me by the lovely Rose Halstead who owns Plum & Pigeon. Although I enjoyed wearing it throughout A/W, I found it was a little too cold and found myself layering with woolly tights and chunky cardigans. Now that spring has arrived (very nearly almost, anyway!) I am delighted to be able to wear it how I imagined...
I'm a big fan of thermals and "under jumpers" but I find a pretty ruffled turtle neck to be the ideal layering trick whilst it's still a bit chilly.
It has pockets! Again, big fan... I'm wearing my Rosefield Tribeca watch with pink strap, which I think compliments the subtle rose tones in the dress without being too girly.
I imagine in summer I'll probably wear a pair of Saltwater Sandals (a firm staple). But for the months where you're in between boots and sandals, I think trainers are perfectly acceptable to wear with floral dresses, especially with a pair of Marks & Sparks schoolboy socks! But it's personal preference I guess (my mother certainly wasn't a fan).
I'm sure there will be winter-spring transitional styling aplenty as I find myself battling my way through my spending ban, and spring is my favourite season so an increase in floral patterns is a given!

Dress: c/o Plum & Pigeon // White Ruffle Turtle Neck (similar) //  
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21 February 2018

Sunday Girl

Two of my favourite things about Sundays: Coffee + fresh blooms.
If I'm not spending the day sleepily tucked up with a stack of books, I'm out and about getting my caffeine fix and buying flowers to brighten up my apartment.
And with Spring right around the corner... that means tulips are decorating the pavements outside city florists. They are one of my very favourite blooms, so bright and cheerful! And of course signifying the start of a brand new season.
It's still very chilly here in the UK, so I've recently treated myself to a brand new dream knit. From And Other Stories - it's all things pink and lovely.
Coats and hats are currently still adorned, but I find a colourful beret the perfect Spring accessory to add a pop of colour to an outfit. I have quite a few and I'm often asked where I get them from - I can recommend Accessorize, H&M, ASOS & Topshop.
What I'm wearing:
And Other Stories 'Amour' Sweater // Topshop Denim A-Line Mini Skirt // Dr Martens Black 2976 Chelsea Boots // Archive by Alexa Princess Coat M&S (sold out) // Topshop Wicker Basket (similar) // 
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11 February 2018

The Monthly Playlist : February

I'm kind of sleep-walking my way through this month, so here's a collection of music I've been listening to whilst usually hibernating in a nest I've made on my bedroom floor - wrap yourself in a blanket, light some candles & grab a brew...

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4 February 2018

Mini Lush Haul : Valentine's Day Collection

I always look forward to the new collections at Lush after Christmas - the bright colours and fresh floral scents mean that Spring is well and truly on the way.
 As we are now in February, that means Valentine's Day is right around the corner. And even though I'm not in a relationship doesn't mean I can't celebrate the special day dedicated to L O V E!
I especially enjoy having a Lush pamper evening and cosying up with a rom-com and a load of chocolate.

This year's Lush Valentine's Day offering have provided me with one of my very favourites - the Unicorn Horn bubble bar, and some new appearances too. Here's what I bought...

Brand new for 2018! A very zesty and uplifting scent, which I believe leaves trails of bright pink and purple as it chugs around the bath.

I always look forward to this lovely little rose scented bath bomb, it contains rosebuds and turns your bath water a delicate pink - very pretty.

Crumble the bubbleroon under the hot tap and watch it fill the bath with gorgeous rose scented bubbles. Then relax as the bergamot and shea butter centre melts away and gently moisturises the skin.

This is a nice treat if you're not a fan of the traditional rose scented products. It contains ylang ylang and bergamot oils which are very brightening, and also geranium and jasmine which soothes and calms the mind.

My all-time favourite Valentine's Day product (and possible Top 5 of the year), the Unicorn Horn bubble bar contains relaxing lavender and brightening neroli oil which is the most beautiful and delicate scent. Crumble under the hot tap and watch the water turn a dreamy pastel pink/lilac with sparkly bubbles. 

I'll be sharing these products over on my Instagram Stories
Bath time = Sunday night
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1 February 2018

H E L L O February! Time to get excited about Spring...

I am fully embracing the end of January over here... the month that seemed to last a lifetime! And speaking of time (ho ho ho), I have something rather lovely to share with you.
Blush pink and rose gold detailing? Yes please. The Rosefield Tribeca Pink Leather Strap Watch is so dreamy and perfect for February and the impending Valentine's Day celebrations.
I usually go for a more masculine style watch, in either black or brown leather. But I am very much in love with this feminine and delicate style which has me very excited for all things Spring and pastel coloured!

For 10% off Rosefield watches at Watch Nation, use the code: hayley10 x
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21 January 2018

The Monthly Playlist : January

I thought I'd make this a regular feature on my blog - seeing as though I really bloody love listening to music... I have BBC6 Music on in the background all day/night, I adore spending Sundays record shopping, and pretty much scroll though Spotify most nights finding new music to get into. 

Also, there are a few of you that do occasionally ask what music I have in videos etc so I thought this would be a nice little chance for us to share what we're currently listening to! Please also feel free to pop any recommendations down and let me know what you're enjoying atm. 

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14 January 2018

"I think we're just gonna to have to be secretly in love with each other and leave it at that, Richie"


 
I have been a Wes Anderson enthusiast for quite some time, I fell in love with his distinctive cinematography and visuals, dream colour palettes and quirky characters when I first watched The Life Aquatic. (Excellent soundtrack, too). 


My favourite film of his is, of course, The Royal Tenenbaums. (If you haven't seen it, go and watch it immediately). So when SHRIMPS (another dreamy yet usually unattainable brand I'm obsessed with), designed a jumper dedicated to the heartbreaking love story between Margot and Ritchie, I did a little squeal, pondered for a while, and decided to welcome another jumper to my knitwear collection. 


Absolutely beautiful and also suitably versatile with a variety of outfits - it is my mission to style my new jumper in as many ways as possible to justify spending more than a month's rent on one item of clothing…  


On this occasion I have worn it loosely tucked into my new flared jeans from Topshop (a style which is very new to me, but I am totally digging at the moment). They can be a little unflattering to be honest, but they're super comfy and make me feel like Farrah Fawcett on a skateboard. 


On my feet are another new addition to my wardrobe - my pink Adidas Gazelles. Which I feel compliment the Wes inspired colour palette of this look beautifully. I'm v.much into pink at the moment, particularly when paired with teal and mint green.


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