15 July 2018

The Ultimate Summer Staple

If there’s one thing every girl needs in her summer wardrobe, it’s a white cotton broderie sundress...
I have quite a few versions of this timeless classic, from mini to maxi, but my new favourite is this beautiful midi length from Zara. Actually, it’s from the Kid’s section at Zara and was a total lucky find. It’s age 13-14 but I think that’s quite accurately a size 8. And it was... 13. English. pounds.
The best £12.99 I’ve ever spent no less!

I’m completely obsessed with it and I’ve already worn it loads - from picnics in the park to having a pint at the pub. My favourite way to style it is with a pair of sandals, a wicker basket and a straw sun hat - for a traditional English look. But I also enjoy wearing it with a pair of Adidas gazelles and throwing on a biker jacket for a cooler vibe.

It has the prettiest frill detailing, I’ve been compared to a ghost but I totally think it’s more angelic than anything!

It’s currently still available on the Zara website, here.




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6 July 2018

Top 10 Summer Beauty Staples


1. Johnson's Holiday Skin body lotion
2. John Frieda Beach Blonde shampoo
3. Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Flirt
4. Tom Ford Portofino perfume
5. Sleek Blush by 3 California
6. Garnier Micellar Water
7. Lush Scrubee
8. Charles Worthington Sunshine UV Protection spray
9. Toni & Guy Sea Salt spray
10. Essie Fiji nail polish
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1 July 2018

Barcelona Diary

Last month I visited Barcelona for Primavera Festival, and fell in love with the city. I went with a group of friends and it was one of the best holidays of my life - sunshine, music, mates... what else could you ask for?!
I've jotted down a few notes of what I got up to, along with some snaps from my disposable camera - but if there's anything else you'd like to know, please do pop me a message :-)

Tuesday
Upon arrival into Barcelona, we got the Metro to our apartment (I would not advise this - it was complicated and took far too long, a taxi is roughly €20 into the centre and gives you more time to explore the city).
We stayed at the TYCHE Apartment, which was my first Airbnb experience. It was a Wes Anderson inspired dream - with pastel colour schemes and mid-century furnishings. I would highly recommend staying here if you're visiting Barcelona with a group of friends.
After settling in we took the Metro to the Gothic Quarter for an evening stroll, a few jugs of Sangria and a delicious tapas.
I've created an Instagram Stories Highlight if you'd like to see more of what I got up to.

Wednesday
On Wednesday morning we visited La Sagrada Familia for a spot of sightseeing and then headed over to the festival site to collect our wristbands. 
We did travel by Metro for most of the trip which is one thing I would advise against, if possible. I think the best way to see a new city is by foot - I can't say I saw much of the beautiful city and it was difficult to get my bearings with travelling underground most of the time. But I suppose it definitely gives me a reason to go back for a city break.

Thursday
Day 1 of the festival. We headed down to the beach where the Aperol stage/bar was conveniently located, and spent the early evening watching the sea, listening to the Four Tet DJ set and sipping Aperol Spritz. It was soon tea time and the food on offer there is absolutely glorious, there was so much vegetarian/vegan choice that I couldn't make up my mind! Although I was a regular at the Paella stall and also the vegan pizza stand was definitely worth the queue. 
Evening sets included Warpaint, Bjork, and Nick Cave. We were all pretty shattered so we had an early night (1AM)... because it's so hot the bands are usually on from late evening to gone midnight, with some DJs playing until 6! So it took a little adjusting to.

Friday
Our mornings usually now start with the girls going out to get fresh bread, coffee and pastries, for us all to have breakfast together at the table - I think this was my favourite part about going on holiday with a group of friends, it was especially nice to enjoy some time in the apartment as it was such a lovely environment.
Today was especially hot, so we spent a couple of hours down in the port where there was shade and a nice breeze. Father John Misty kicked things off at sunset, followed by The National, Thundercat (who my friends converted me to at the festival and I would highly recommend a listen), and Haim performed a spectacular headline slot... I absolutely need a pair of silver flares in my life now.

Saturday
The day had finally arrived, we'd been waiting 5 years to see them and the anticipation was high.
But before the festivities, there was much to see - including Car Seat Headrests, Jane Birkin (a life goal completed), Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Ariel Pink and Lorde. 
 
Arctic Monkeys' performance that night was something that will truly stay with me forever, each time I've seen them live Alex has brought a new energy on stage and this time was completely different. They played the older, indie bangers, and of course we all went mental. But their new record, I think, is a more mature and chilled out direction. We all had a good old sing along and made memories that will last a life time.

The festival came to an end with Beach House, a pure dream to experience and a perfect way to say goodbye to Primavera 2018.

Sunday
So on the way home the night before, I was pick-pocketed and spent most of the night crying and panicking. Sunday afternoon was spent traipsing around the city in the pouring rain trying to find a police station which was open, and then the next couple of hours waiting to file a report.

However, that evening was truly special and will always stay with me - everyone was feeling a bit down, no energy, and soaking wet... We stumbled across a tiny hidden away tapas bar in the Gothic Quarter, lured in by fairy lights and an acoustic guitar. We ate, drank a lot of mojitos and it was one of those evenings that your tummy actually hurts from laughing so much. I think I was particularly in the moment because for the first time since my teens, I was out enjoying myself without my phone, my distractions, no need to stop for posed photos or check to see what everyone else is doing. And I didn't once feel the loss of my phone either.

On the way back to the apartment we decided to walk along the beach, and before we knew it we were all swimming in the sea! (This is not sensible and would advise against it).

I had the most amazing time in Barcelona, and I'm 100% a Glastonbury goer - my favourite place on earth, but I have definitely found a new experience that I hope will carry on for years to come.

Primavera, see you in 2019.

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17 June 2018

Hello Sunshine!

In the last couple of weeks, it truly felt like summer had arrived in the U.K. The sun was shining, and hay fever levels continued to soar. I went on holiday to Barcelona this month and at times the weather back home rivalled the glorious Spanish sunshine.

What I enjoyed most about the mini heatwave was that I was able to wear my holiday clothes when I returned, instead of packing them away in my suitcase until the next time I ventured abroad.

One outfit I particularly enjoyed wearing both on holiday and at home was from Very's new collection, and in particular their essential sunshine accessories!
I've been packing all of my essentials (and more!) into this cute Hello Sunshine beach bag, which features a beautiful printed scarf wrapped around the handles - such a pretty detail and co-ordinates with the cheerful embroidered lettering on the front of the bag. I love how much I can fit into the basket, without compromising on style; sun cream, sunglasses, beach towel, book, jacket (because it's still Britain, ha!).
The Rayne Asymmetric sandals have been an absolute staple in my summer wardrobe, I wore them almost constantly around Barcelona and during Primavera festival and they were so comfortable! They're also super versatile - I've been wearing them with dresses, culottes, and shorts. (I also have them in brown, which you may have seen on my Instagram).
I'm a big fan of this vintage patterned Tie Front blouse - a classic holiday piece. It's bright and beautiful with flourishes of summers blooms, and slightly cropped for a super cute summer look when tied above high-waisted flared jeans.
But on this occasion, I've worn it tucked in to my High Waisted Ripped Denim Shorts - the ultimate summer staple. I think they're super flattering and emphasizes a subtle tan, giving you that sun-kissed glow. I really love white denim this season, a slight risk for someone that loves ice-cream...

What I'm wearing:

*Post sponsored by Very
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9 June 2018

The Monthly Playlist : May

May was an excellent month for music. Not only were we blessed with the brand new Arctic Monkeys album, but I also went to a music festival in Barcelona; Primavera.
It was my first festival abroad and I'm totally converted... no mud, no rain, and a comfy bed at the end of the night. I will be posting a full diary from my trip soon if you'd like to see more of what I got up to there.
I spent most of the run-up listening to old favourites from bands that were playing: Haim, Warpaint and Rolling Blackouts, to name a few. And the best part about going to a festival with a group of mates was that I discovered some brand new artists that I'd never heard of before!

Here's what I had on repeat last month:
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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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