Once again time has made fools of us as we find ourselves on the brink of Autumn. Despite enduring somewhat of a heatwave at the moment, conversations concerning Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas have begun surface. It’s hard not to look ahead excitedly to the cooler months and all the festivities they bring but I am in no rush to hurry time along.
As September approaches I find it is the perfect time to reflect on the summer just gone. They always seem to dash by in an instant and suddenly the big plans you spent hours dreaming up slowly slip away. But before the attic hatch opens and our boots replace our sandals, while the weather is still balmy and mild, let’s take a moment to pause and relish the good times we’ve enjoyed.
They say music can transport you to a time or place in your past, a single song can hold a memory for a lifetime. While we listen to our favourite music, our brain is busy forming links with our surroundings, absorbing and storing as much detail as possible ready to unleash the next time we hear that song. There’s no better way to capture the magic of summer than through the medium of music. Unlike pictures and videos, music inspires all of our senses and immerses us in emotion. That is why I like to use music at times of reflection. My top three tracks for this summer are from artists who you wouldn’t usually find in my playlists but it seems fitting as this summer has been one of new beginnings for me. Take a listen below. Whenever I hear them I will think of the very best memories from the past few months, from days at the beach to personal achievements. They are my little bits of summer that will accompany me throughout the winter and beyond. Summer doesn’t have to be over just yet.
To honour the power of music I have teamed up with Farfetch to give you the chance to win a pair of brand new Will.I.Am headphones worth £175! The I.Am +EPS headphones are a fusion of fashion, music and technology, ideal for any style conscious music lover. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to leave a comment below.
Although my attempts to slow time down are in vain, I am clinging on to the dregs of summer through fashion. 2016 has played host to a number of incredible trends including my two favourites, the pyjama trend and the choker trend. Anything that makes wearing nightwear acceptable during the daytime has my vote! More often than not I have found myself whiling away the day in whimsical silks and satins floating loosely off my shoulders. It is the perfect accompaniment to lounging in the sun or strolling down winding lanes. And as a child of the 90’s I think I can safely say it is about time the choker made a come back!
As ever, Farfetch have my favourite trends covered over on their website. I’ve pulled together a couple of looks that I’m dying to try and yes, you guessed it, a couple of nightwear pieces and a choker have slipped in there!
- Fleur Du Mal Long Sleeve Pyjama Top
- Frame Denim Distressed Raw Hem Jeans
- Cesare Paciotti Dagger Cross Body Bag
- Giuseppe Zanotti Design Cruel Slippers
- Henson Hammered Ring Set
- Fleur Du Mal Bias Cut Slip
- Maria Lucia Hohan Lili Skirt
- Gianvito Rossi Pumps
- Monique Lhuillier Dasha Clutch
- Lanvin Crystal Pendant Choker
- Dita Eyewear Cat Eye Sunglasses
Don’t forget to comment below for the chance to win Will.I.Am headphones. Best of luck!
I have to admit it, my designer bag wish list is growing longer by the day. In fact, browsing sites like Net-a-Porter and Farfetch has become a bit of a habit. But unfortunately, like most people, my bank balance can’t always stretch that far. Which is a shame because the last couple of seasons have been so inspiring in the women’s fashion world. But luckily for us small spenders the ‘high street’ has kept up. If you want to look designer without forking out thousands on an outfit then dupes are the way forward. I’ve seen so many amazing dupes recently and I had to share my favourites with you.
Balmain has to be my favourite designer label at the moment. I love the structure and the bold detailing on all their pieces because it’s flattering for all body shapes and sizes. I also love the neutral palette Balmain tend to stick too. Nudes and beiges or khaki and black ensures any piece you purchase remains a classic.
But if you’re not feeling spendy then the blazer I’m wearing is from Missguided but is so similar to the real deal. And it’s only a fraction of the price at £30! I’ve styled this blazer in khaki in a pervious blog post and wore it so much the buttons literally fell off. It comes in other colours too like white and beige. My advice when buying this particular blazer is to size down. I am usually a size 6 but I went for a size 4 this time so that the fit was more cinched and structured.
Paige Cut Off Jeans
Cut off jeans are really in at the moment and perfect for the summer months. They’re so versatile to dress up for evening or down for daily wear. I saw Rosie Huntington-Whitely style these jeans a couple of ways on Paige’s twitter and it looked so effortless but well put together.
These ones I’m wearing from Topshop are the most comfortable jeans I own and the fit is perfect. I really struggle to find jeans that fit well and when I do they’re usually too uncomfortable to wear. So you can imagine how happy I was to find super soft, well fitting jeans in the style I wanted. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen me wearing these a lot lately!
Chloe Faye Bag
The Chloe Faye bag is fast becoming a staple for any designer bag collection. I love that it comes in various sizes, colours and textures because it makes it easier for everyone to find one that they liked.
I have to be honest, when I first saw the Faye I wasn’t very impressed. It didn’t really feel like it would suit my style and Chloe wasn’t a designer I was that familiar with. But, like so many designer bags, the more I saw the Faye the more it grew on me. So much so that I found myself checking the price on Farfetch. I think I’d still be reluctant to buy one but for now this dupe from Lamoda does the job without the commitment!
Saint Laurent Sandals
If I was to invest in a designer item it would probably be a pair of shoes and it would most likely be these Saint Laurent sandals. This style is such a staple so I can be certain I would make good use of them.
However, as much as I think I would like the Saint Laurent pair I don’t take particularly good care of my shoes! If you’re like me then this dupe is really helpful. I can wear my New Look pair into the ground and buy a new pair without feeling like I’ve wasted money. You will have seen me wear these New Look heels in far too many posts but the style is a classic!
Andrea Marques T-Shirt
I always feel like designer t-shirts are a bigger deal for men than women. I personally wouldn’t necessarily want to spend triple figures just for a t-shirt but recently I was considering spending more than usual as long as the fit was right.
I’m always looking for well fitting t-shirts. I want ones that fall loosely but doesn’t look baggy or oversized which has proved to be a near impossible task. I was about to turn to designer in the hope that the right fit would justify the price tag but I spotted this grey Tee in the men’s section of Uniqlo. It was the colour and the material that caught my eye and it was less than £10 so I thought I would give it a go!
So if you don’t want to spend a months wages on a new pair of shoes then dupes can be a real life saver. Or if you do want to invest in a designer item then trying a dupe first is a good way to test the water and see how you style the item and how much you wear it. Either way, you can’t go too far wrong!
This outfit epitomises all my favourite things; aviator sunglasses, the colour khaki, blazers and all black outfits. Couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather be wearing.
- Missguided Military Blazer
- Asos Black Jeans
- Boohoo Black Bodysuit
- New Look Heels (similar)
- Boohoo Sunglasses
These items were kindly sent to me.
Missguided can do no wrong in my eyes at the moment and since I tried on this coat I have rarely taken it off! In keeping with my post a couple of weeks back, I am really enjoying wearing simple outfits and sticking with basic pieces. It makes getting ready in the morning 10 times quicker. And I’ve recently discovered that Missguided do this coat in a variety of colours so the grey one is next on my list!
These items were kindly sent to me.
I thought I was looking forward to winter this year but now the freezing weather has come I’m not so sure! Luckily it is the season for big knits to make the cold more bearable. I’ve always loved those crisp Tumblr images of tall fashionista’s draped in chic oversized knits strutting the streets of New York. But at 5″3 pretty much every knitted jumper looks oversized on me and not in a good way! So here is what I look for when I shop for oversized knitwear:
Always Go A Size Smaller
Whenever I see the words “oversized” in a product description it sets alarm bells ringing in my head. I never really know how oversized they mean but sure enough when I try the item on I look swamped. I also find that knits stretch slightly as you wear and wash them. So to make sure you don’t end up looking drowned try buying a size smaller than you usually would.
I used to think there were only two styles of jumpers worth wearing, roll necks and crew necks. If I had to choose I’d still opt for one of those two varieties but sometimes us petite people don’t have that luxury. Now I tend to look for knitwear with more tailoring like a drop hem or a V-neck. It breaks up the bulky material and allows you to be more versatile.
Layering oversized knits makes them super easy to wear in unpredictable weather. There’s nothing worse than sweltering indoors because you’ve been prepared for the winter weather outside. That’s why oversized knits work really well, they leave you enough room to layer under and over.
- Fearless Knitted Jumper
- Fearless Khaki Caged Heels
- In The Style Khaki Coat
- Missguided Distressed Jeans
This post is in collaboration with Fearless but all views are my own.
Now that September is here it is safe to say the coats and knits can come out. I always thought I was a summer girl because I prefer warm weather, evening BBQs and trips to the beach; plus my birthday is in the summer! I pretty much love everything that comes with the good weather. But this year I have been dying to get in to autumn/winter wear. Maybe it’s because the weather has been a bit miserable here in England the last couple of weeks but what better excuse to don my favourite colour and the warmest coat I could find!
- Missguided Longline Coat
- Missguided Ripped Jeans
- Uniqlo Roll Neck (similar)
- Simmi Shoes Boots Mango Bag
- ZeroUV Sunglasses
These boots were kindly sent to me.