Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Spring Outfit Ideas

Now that it's half term - praise the lord - I am actually dedicating most of my time to getting back up to speed with my blogging. Not only will this significantly improve my mood due to doing what I love - writing and talking about fashion and beauty stuff, but hopefully it will also give you something to do during your half term break (if you're lucky enough to have one that is!).
  A little earlier in the year I said that I was on a 'no spending' January..well, January is now over and while I managed to save a nice wad of cash in the month of January as I stuck to my no spending mindset, as February neared and my birthday came and went (I'm now seventeen btw - hooray), my money pile grew…and so did the Spring/Summer stock in my nearby high street stores…Arg, the frustration, but yes, I spent my money and no, I don't really care, because I now have a wardrobe full of glorious new, current clothes that will serve me well in the upcoming Spring… I am a little gutted I couldn't resist the urge to spend though..
  I also said back in January that I was going to be steering clear of any wish lists because I was refraining from looking on sites to avoid torturing myself. Well, now that I'm officially the world's biggest spender once more, I have been constantly browsing online high street stores and making the occasional purchase here and, inevitably there is a wish list. However, I've decided to make my fashion wish lists into Spring outfit ideas. Here are some of the things that I want in my wardrobe asap..

1. River Island Pink Zip Base Tote Bag £45 / 2. River Island Cream Floral Burnout Swing Top £25 / 3. Urban Outfitters Marlo Sunglasses in Champagne £16 / 4. Missguided Holly Suede Snakeskin Sandals in Coral Blue £40 

I really love this Spring outfit - every item would be a lovely addition to any Spring wardrobe. The pastel colours really portray the essence of Spring and its lighter and brighter colour palette! The Holly Suede Snakeskin Sandals add a contrast of a harsher colour and are striking for casual or 'going out' wear. (I have to admit I was slightly tempted by the name - it being 'Holly' I sort of saw it as my destiny that I should buy them as soon as a nice hefty pay check comes through..). The sunglasses are a must for the unexpected, dazzling sun that may decide to make its appearance - you must be prepared. The champagne, see-through colour will make it a versatile accessory which you can pair with any Spring outfit!

1. Boohoo Lauren Ankle Strap Perspex Heel £30 / 2. Zara 5 Pocket Printer Trousers £25.99 / 3. Missguided Graca Cropped Scuba Sweatshirt in Lilac £14.99 

Floral prints are a must-have for any Spring wardrobe - which is why I love these Zara patterned trousers a lot! Keep it sophisticated and simplistic, letting the busy florals do all the talking by pairing them with a pair of gorgeous Perspex Heels, keeping the colour palette white in order that your legs aren't too dazzling and busy through too much colour. The subtle lilac Sweatshirt adds a nice colour contrast, keeping in with Spring's brighter colour palette.

I love this outfit idea because it's so full of sophistication and class. I kept the colour palette mostly pristine and pure with the overruling white but injected blocks of colour with the Zara skirt and Cobalt Colour Block heels from Missguided. I designed the idea around the Abstract Print Waterfall Jacket because I simply adored it - eye-catching and a perfect statement piece, I wanted an outfit that would say 'look at me' while keeping it cool and tamed. I loved the addition of the backpack because it gives the outfit an extra edge, making it urban-chic and perfect day-to-day wear. 

1. Miss Selfridge Rania Metallic Heel Flat £17.00 / 2. River Island Green Floral Wrap Front Belted Playsuit £45 / 3. New Look Black Leather-Look Aztec Biker Jacket £44.99 / 4. Boohoo Melissa Envelope Front Structured Day Bag £30

I like the way that this outfit can be worn in the day or night - all you need to dress it up for night life is a pair of statement, high-heels and a stack of bangles on your arms! By swapping high heels for a pair of classic flats and giving it a dressed-down vibe with the addition of a Biker Jacket - this outfit is a perfect 'go-to' number. This outfit is easy but stylish, sporting one of my all time favourite S/S14 trends - floral prints!

I'm a typical case of being a 'girly girl' so naturally I couldn't resist a 'pretty'n pink' theme here. I absolutely love each and every item on this outfit idea collage. My favourite fashion comeback of all time has got to be the jelly sandals. As a child you wouldn't see me without my pair of jelly sandals - I thought that I was the best dressed child on the block with my fluorescent, glittery jelly sandal number. They were comfy and the essence of a childhood summer for me. As a result, when jelly sandals came back as an acceptable choice of footwear for those of us over the age of 5, I was overjoyed. This outfit is an example of true nostalgia for me. Dressed in pink at every possible given opportunity, I thought I'd take a trip down memory lane and keep it pink and child friendly with the addition of a rainbow print - fun and cool if you ask me. I added a touch of sophistication with this fashion-forward, colour block midi skirt from Missguided, which is perfect for pretty much any S/S14 outfit with its pastel colouring. 

I have wanted a pair of dungarees since I was 4 years old - I still haven't ever owned a pair…While I sob and cry at the lack of a dungaree presence in my life, I continue to fantasise about it by creating appealing collages of outfits that I can't afford - oh the perks of fashion blogging. I love this outfit because it is casual but dressy all in one. The Chia Strap Sandals dress the outfit up appropriately giving it edge with colour blocking and also Spring chic. While dungarees were once used by workers as clothes designed to get mucky, these dungarees are certainly not to be seen anywhere near a car engine! I added the Sheer Panel Shirt to keep the outfit 'dressy-casual', not dressing it down too much with a sweatshirt or jumper, but keeping it suitable for a lunch date or a stroll around a park. These cool sunglasses will also keep you looking fashion-forward and they are super, super awesome. Accessorising with a cute and dainty Cross Body Bag, I added another simple but effective injection of colour.

If you're not a massive fan of the pastel colours, darken up your Spring wardrobe with a chunky, lace up boot and Black Ponte Skort like these! If Spring's typical dainty and cute nature really isn't for you, grunge your look up with statement, stack rings and heavy accessorising. Dress a Skort down with a casual knit jumper like above.

This Spring outfit has an exotic vibe and is head-to-toe in patterns - a major aspect of S/S14. If you like a more subtle colour palette than Spring's brighter colours - this is the outfit for you. Although you've toned down the eye-catching colour blocking, you've kept your outfit attention seeking through use of heavy patterning. Although this outfit isn't my style, it's perfect for a 'thrift' vibe and 'old school' throwback while still being on trend. 

1. River Island Yellow Textured Jersey Peplum Jacket £40 /  2. Miss Selfridge Mint 90s Square Crop Top £8.00 / 3. Topshop Novice Chunky Buckle Sandals £52 /  4. Miss Selfridge Turq Stone Ring £5.00 / 5. Topshop Stitch Cigarette Trouser £30 

Blue is one of my favourite colours, as well as green, and they're mostly the colours that you'll see me trotting around in. Therefore, it's a no brainer that I would accidentally and unintentionally choose clothes that are mainly these colours and it seems I've done it again and ended up with a mostly blue ensemble here. However, breaking up the blue monotone theme going on here, is a bright Peplum yellow Jacket that I've kind of fallen in love with. Spring is all about daffodils where I'm from - they're happy, tall, proud, yellow flowers that bloom and when they do make their grand appearance - you know Spring has arrived. This is partly why I love this statement Peplum jacket, it brings another dimension to any outfit - it's bold and daring and will definitely fit in well with Spring wardrobe! Make sure you break up colours with an injection of an alternative colour like this jacket - head-to-toe in one colour can very rarely be pulled off correctly - it often looks a little bland and boring. Liven up an outfit with accessories, shoes or, better still - this Peplum Jacket!


Sunday, 2 February 2014


After making a minor disappearing act for about a week, I was overcoming a literary illness, also known as - writer's block. Before the New Year and Christmas' spending sprees, I'd become accustomed to writing up reviews about my latest beauty purchases. Although that was fun and I loved reviewing the things that I'd just bought, I was a little out of practise at writing about what I love the most - fashion. You'll be pleased to know that I wasn't just sitting around on my backside taking a nice old break from writing, I was racking my brains and trying to come up with a blog schedule so that I'll be blogging more frequently. I've never really wanted to just write up a post without putting much thought into it, believe it or not my posts take a good couple of hours to put together, proof read and edit. That's why I took a break from it all when the curse of writer's block came about. Thankfully I've re-gained inspiration and got some of my writing flow back. I've now discovered that creativity can come at the most random moments and I'm now punching away at the keys at an absurd hour…anyhow - away I go with my rambles and rants..
  Instagram - by now if you haven't heard of it you'll need to get your head out of the sand and say hello to the 21st century..Instagram forms a major part of our lives, similarly does Twitter, Facebook etc. There's really no escaping social networking nowadays, it forms our lives. Personally, without the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I wouldn't have got to know people as quickly as I have. It enables you to stay connected with people and get a sneaky insight into their everyday lives without being an actual stalker. While social platforms are all different and unique in one way, they all serve a common purpose - sharing bits of your lives with multiple people all in one place. With all this sharing, liking, commenting and posting, there does come a point where you forget about the real world that we all used to live in. Gone are the days of letter writing - to be honest, if someone wrote me a handwritten letter I would be close to having a fit. In fact, I have never received a letter from someone other than my grandparents and even now that's rare because my Grandma currently has the latest blackberry from which she sends me regular texts to check up on me.
  Before I go off on a complete irrelevant tangent (once again), I'll re-focus my post a little, dedicating it purely to Instagram. What spurred on a blog post dedicated to Instagram? - well I'll tell you. After Christmas everyone gets a little bit anti-food, in fact, the majority of us kind of loathe it because it's the cause of our little seasonal Santa stomach that bulges over the top of our once-perfectly-fitting jeans. As a result nations of people put together the same New Year's Resolution - lose the Christmas flubber / get fit / eat healthy. I for one am guilty of all three of those resolutions. I'd like to think that I've stuck to my word and I have in fact been going on daily walks, doing a spot of yoga and cutting out the majority of the junk food that once used to live in my cupboards. I have even lost the small amount of Christmas weight that I put on. I'll even go as far as saying that I had regained the confidence to step out in those flesh-baring crop tops that every season now seems to love. However, my confidence was soon slashed one lazy afternoon when I was sitting down and scrolling through my Instagram feed. Although I personally don't post that many pictures on my personal Instagram, lots of the celebrities I follow provide me with a constant stream of their everyday lives. From pictures of the amazingly healthy food they eat, them working out at the gym while still looking flawless and a glorious 'selfie' of them in the mirror looking the size of a teaspoon around the waist. It doesn't take an awful lot of scrolling to feel a little bit sad or guilty as you gaze at the empty bowl of pie you've just eaten while looking at their plates of red berries. It also doesn't take a lot for you to soon feel like a failure when their bodies look a gazzilion times better than yours (in your opinion, anyway). Like it or not, we are all guilty of self-comparision, whether you compare yourself to the A-listers on Instagram or your best mate - it's inescapable. But, it dawned on me, the habit of self-judgement and comparing is now bigger than it ever was because we can directly compare ourselves easier than ever before with just a simple tap on our phone screens onto the app we call 'Instagram'.
  Here are just some examples that I've whipped off my Instagram feed of what makes me happy and depressed all at the same time;

Kylie Jenner's new hair is literally my new obsession right now. When I heard that she'd cut her long, amazing hair off, I'm not going to lie, I initially gasped in horror. That was before I saw what it looked like. Kylie's new hair is my hairspiration at the moment and although I'd never pluck up the courage to ever cut my hair again after chopping off chunks of my hair a few years ago, I love to see people embrace their new hair. If it's not Kylie's hair I envy, it's her amazing figure - to die for.

Kendall Jenner…where to start…For one she is amazing and secondly where are her flaws - seriously? The envy of most teenage girls today for stealing their main man, Harry Styles, you'd really struggle to send Kendall any kind of hate mail. Kendall is gorgeous and is probably the next big thing to hit our fashion magazines, campaigns and catwalks in my opinion. Although I love Kendall her constant stream of work out pictures do leave me feeling a little bit guilty when I'm lounging around in my joggers. But, there's nothing like a bit of visual motivation I she is with a bunch of mates on one of her hikes.. *sigh*...

Queen B - sorry what baby? Have you seen that figure?!

baggalriri, a.k.a Rihanna, is also another Instgram envy of mine. While I'm not a fan of all the practical drug promotion on her page with her smoking cigarettes/ god knows what else, Rihanna is not only a body inspiration but also more of a fashion inspiration for me. I love Rihanna's style and her River Island campaigns have been one of my favourite lines of clothing that I've ever seen. Her style is edgy and unique and her pictures always make me want her clothes. ironically, she's not wearing much more than  a pair of knickers in this snapshot but like I said, it was taken off my most recent Instagram feed - a random pick basically.

To conclude this long ramble, we live in a world where self-adororation is becoming acceptable - flaunting your body or posing in a mirror, the saying 'act natural' has never been more ironic. We also live in a world where comparing yourself to others is an increasing problem…I'm not a qualified motivational speaker with some moral message but I will say this - don't be so hard on yourself the next time you envy someone on Instagram. What was once a private pose in the mirror is now a likeable picture for everyone and their cat to see. There's no changing the universe though so you might as well go along with the flow - accept that Rihanna's Rihanna (or Beyonce, or whoever you want to be right now), you won't get her exact looks, her exact body - that's hers and hers to keep. You can only take her body as a motivational target, make your own goals and make them achievable for you.
  As it's #SelfieSunday your Instagram feed will undoubtedly be stuffed with more poses than any other average day…so, what are you waiting for? Strike a pose.

Even I'm guilty of a selfie here and there…here's me and my lovely pooch, Teddy. Hope you're having an awesome weekend and enjoying #SelfieSunday!

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