My Three Essentials for a London Christmas trip for Fashion Lovers

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  1. Visit an art exhibition: London is full of some really great art galleries with exhibitions constantly changing, but the exhibitions are very popular so its worth doing your research early on finding which one you like and booking it. I love the V&A because it combines my three favourite things fashion, textiles and history. While down in London I visited the ‘You Say you want a Revolution’ 60s and 70s exhibition at the V&A. It was a truly amazing exhibition, like stepping back into a time machine! It was set out into sections going through the different influential areas fashion, history, protest, pop culture, festivals. Before going to the exhibition I thought I knew quite a lot about the 60s and 70s, although being a 90s baby I had been told a lot about it by different people.But by seeing it all together it was like a jigsaw puzzle had been put together and suddenly I felt like I could see the whole picture, all the little things I had been told before suddenly made sense and I felt like someone had literally put me in their shoes. I could feel and understand how they felt and why the young were so eager for change! So I would recommend this exhibition to anyone who loves art and history. I couldn’t resist picking up one of these super cool psychedelic postcards and ‘Colour outside the Lines’ pencil. The V&A is a really amazing place to pick up unique quirky gifts for any art enthusiast!

2. Window Shopping and Visiting the Christmas Windows at Bonds Street

3. A Visit to Libertys Haberdashery: A beautiful pick mix of colourful fabrics and buttons, the paradise of all sewers and makers is a must!

Have a Fabulously Fashionable Christmas! x

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Autumn from the inside

img_2747IMG_2748.jpgAutumn is the season where the weather turns cold and crisp the sky are big and blue and the leaves turn a golden colour,  an art students dreams come true. But as much as I love walking outside in Autumn, I also love the feeling of going into a warm cosy cafe after a walk outside. There is something truly comforting about that warm air that hits you and that smell of freshly made baking and coffee, peering outside at the beautiful autumn landscape from the comfort of your cosy spot inside the cafe. Today was a particularly satisfying day as the contrast of the cold outside with the warmth inside created a beautiful condensation on the windows which gave a mysterious, more abstract look to the outside, and a comforting reminder that you are sheltered from the coldness of outside.

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I love discovering new and interesting little coffee shops, you get the same feeling as when you find that perfect dress. My perfect coffee shop is one that is cosy with comfy furniture, like a home away from home, plenty of magazines to keep up to date on all the latest fashion trends and quirky, arty decor to obsess over. For me coffee shops are great for getting work done, where you won’t be distratced by the temptations of home like tv, somewhere to people watch and stalk peoples outfits or to meet friends and chat over everything you’ve missed since you last saw them (the size of the coffee cup depending on how much you have to catch up on!)

While Visiting a friend in York this weekend I found this little gem of a cafe complete with mint and purple decor, cute fairy fairylights, golden mirrors, leafy plants and three floors all fitted with mismatch cosy furniture, what more could you want!..And it matched my top 😀 leaving me feeling like a camelion

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Im wearing:

  • Black velvet pinafor dress-Urban Outfitters
  • Mint lace top-H&M

 

Barcelona-A Little Something For Everyone

What I loved about Barcelona was it seemed to have just about anything you could want in a holiday. It had the beach for beach lovers, the port for boat lovers, the shops for shopaholics, restaurants for food connoisseurs and art galleries and museums for culture queens.

Here are a few photos to give you a small taster to tickle your tastebuds of what Barcelona has to offer:

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My Holiday Looks and Packing Tips

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Packing Tip- when packing choose a colour scheme and stick to it, to avoid the problem of getting to the hotel and finding nothing goes.

My Main Colour Scheme-Nude,white,gold

Look 1.) Casual evening-The outfit was for an evening when I was planning on going for a wander to find a casual local restaurant. As I wasn’t sure how much walking I was going to do I went for a pointed toed kitten heel in the colour nude, which is a must have when going on holiday, as it goes with everything and is practical yet glam. I teamed these with my white jeans which have a lacy pattern, giving them more of an evening feel. I then put this with my floaty white peasant shirt, which is lovely for evenings in hot climates,as you feel a bit more covered up for the evening, yet still cool and comfortble and it singes in at the waist creating an hourglass figure. My bag is a nude/gold colour in an envelope style, I feel it is the perfect size as its big enough to fit your phone, lipstick, powder and shall, without looking bulky.

Shoes-M&S

Trousers-Karen Millen

Shirt-H&M

Clutch bag-Olga Berg

 

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Look 2.)- Outfit to the shopping mall

This top is really useful as because of its floaty long style, it can also team up as a beach cover up. I teamed it with my white jeans (shown in previous look), a statement necklace and a grecian headband to give it an exotic feel.

Top-H&M

Necklace-M&S

Hairband-Fenwicks

Bag-Michael Kors shopper bag in gold and nude

 

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Look 3.) At the beach club-This is my favourite beach cover up as the pattern is really beautiful and unusual and it has little beads that catch the light when you move. I teamed it with my swimming costume with similar purples, pinks and blues in as it will show through the cover up, so I wanted it to match. I then teamed it with my black and gold Chanel sunglasses to add that extra touch of glitz. I feel if there is any piece that is worth investing in for summer its sunglasses, as you will where them everyday so will be sure to get your moneys worth, just make sure you get a colour and style that is classic, timeless and will go with every outfit.

Sunglasses-Chanel

Swimming Costume and cover up- Both Accessorize

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Look 4.)- Special restaurant

This evening we had booked a special restaurant, so it was a chance to dress up. I wore my peasant shirt again (as talked about in first look) showing its versatility, but this time dressed up. I teamed it with long teardrop gold Swarovski crystal earrings, gold tulip skirt and my gold open toed stilettos. I tied my hair up to show off the earrings, but left a few strands of hair down to intertwine with the earring to further emphasise it.

Skirt-LoveNivada

Earrings-Swarovski

Stilletos-Kurt Geiger

 

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This outfit was for another shopping day but followed by dinner. As this outfit had to do both shopping and dinner, I needed it to be comfy yet glamourise without being too over the top for shopping. These trousers and top are a matching set and are made out of a very lightweight, breathable knitted material making them super comfy. The flared style of the trousers gives them more of an evening feel and the metallic threads woven in-between add a beautiful shimmer. I brought a shall as sometimes with the air conditioning in the malls it can be bit cold, this one is nude, with metallic threads also woven in so matches with the overall look. I teamed it with some more chunky casual heels to dress it down a bit for shopping and to give the comfort needed. I then wore my gold studded hairband to give the look a bit of edginess, followed by my gold shopper (mentioned in look 2)

Trouser and top set- Zara

Shawl-Accessorize

Hairband and shoes- Both Topshop

Packing tip: Shawls are always handy as can double up as a blanket on the plane, a shawl or scarf in the evenings for when its a bit cooler and a beach cover up.

Packing tip: Often when on holiday you need outfits that will be good for lots of different occasions and can be dressed up or down, so try to consider this when packing.

I hope this post has been helpful and feel free to share any packing tips you may have, as I am always looking for ways to improve my travel x

 

Beach Please

After two skiing trips it was defiantly time for a beach holiday in the sunshine. As I only had time for a short trip I needed somewhere fairly close by, so that ruled out some of the competition, in the end I chose Tenerife as I had never been there before and it seemed one of the most lightly destinations to have sunshine. What I didn’t realise was just how much I would enjoy Tenerife! My hotel Jardin de Tropical, was in the perfect location situated in Costa Adejes, with a beach club attached to the hotel which looked right out to sea with luxurious cabana beds, a pool and bar. When wanting to explore I only had to walk out of the hotel to discover many different restaurants, two shopping malls and people offering excursions and water sports. I took out a sailing boat and was so shocked to find dolphins started swimming next the boat, then when I went snorkelling off the side of the boat I discovered a turtle, it was amazing to see these creatures you normally only get the chance to see in the zoo, in the wild and free! Tenerife really did have something for everyone, and I will be defiantly be returning in the future

Sometimes photos speak louder than words, so here are a few of my favourite snaps:

PS if you are interested I will do a post going into more detail about my outfits that I put together for my holiday, and put links to where you can purchase any of the items of clothing I am wearing in the photos. So make sure your following me so you don’t miss my next post X

Photography- Industry Vs Nature

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I love the army jacket trend, sported by Versace on the catwalk, showing powerful, strong women! However as-well as the price tag dilemma, an army jacket can seem a hard thing to match with everyday basics. So I went for this jacket by Barbour, with army influences shown just within the details, by the shoulders, cut and the pockets. Yet its subtleness  and easy to match black allows it to be worn with almost everything, making sure you get your moneys worth. I went for a messy side bun as its easy, keeps your hair out of your face, while still looking chic. My gloves are from M&S and are made out of cashmere giving that extra luxury comfort, and I love the furry detailing on the cuffs!

Barbour Black Streak Jacket: https://www.julesb.co.uk/barbour-extractor-leather-trim-quilted-jacket-p771985#attribute[2]=10486

The setting was at an old warehouse, where I was taking photos for an art project with an emphasis on where nature ‘fights back’ after industrial buildings becomes derelict :

 

 
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Dressing for the Ski Slopes

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Dressing well for skiing is essential both for warmth and style. It can be bait daunting especially for a beginner.  After skiing every year since the age of four I think I have finally got it down to a T (after having gloves that weren’t warm enough one year and losing feeling in them! Then a coat that was filled with goose feathers that would come out and go everywhere!)

Boots and Skis: You can buy your own but if you are a beginner I would strongly advise renting them as they are not worth getting unless you go all the time. Though even then if your like me you might choose still to rent them as most companies have the latest skis, plus it will take up a lot of weight in your luggage and I would rather have the extra space for more clothes! Also if you try your rented skis and they don’t feel right once you start skiing you can take them back and swap them from another pair.

Ski socks: It is best to get the proper ski socks as they will keep you warm and are longer and will prevent too much rubbing. Don’t fall into the trap of wearing two pairs of ski socks on top of each other as this will actually lead to more rubbing, if you do have problems with rubbing you can get comp speed from the pharmasy which acts as a layer in-between your skin and the thing that is rubbing it.

Thermals(Base layer): They are one of my essentials as they are thin, lightweight to pack , breathable and keep you warm.

Mid Layer: I wear a very thin lightweight jacket as the weather is very unpredictable so you can zip it up when cold and down when hot.

Ski Salopettes: There are many different styles and colours so it is mainly down to preference. I find the more skinny fit ones more flattering plus they make you more streamline on the slope. But the skinnier fit ones are hard to find in the UK so I tend to order mine online, just make sure there is a good return system if they don’t fit once you try them on. My salopettes are flared at the bottom so they can go over your boots making sure there is no gap for the cold and wet to get in. The sides have a leather stripe running all the way up bringing the attention to the curves of the body.

Ski Jacket: Similarly there are many different styles and colours. I would avoid red or a mixture of black and red as this is normally the colours of the coats the ski instructors wear so you may get mistook for an instructor. I went for black as it is a classic colour that goes with eveything as you don’t know what colours your ski equipment is going to be if you rent it. I go for a jacket with subtle details such as the zip has diamantes on it and it has a belt which emphasises the hourglass figure.

Buff: For those of you who have never been skiing and wondering what on earth this is! Trust me its not as weird as it sounds. A buff is worn round your neck and can come in all sorts of patterns and colours. It can be pulled over your nose and tucked under your goggles when it gets really cold. These are particularly useful on chair lifts where you are sitting still for a long time and is open so the cold air comes through. Once you get moving and are warm again you can pull the buff back down so it just covered your neck.

Eyewear: Sunglasses and goggles are both useful depending on visibility. If sunny sunglasses can be used but make sure they have good grips on the side so are unsightly to fall off when your bombing it down! Goggles are best when there is low visibility. Different goggles have different levels of visibility and vary depending on price. It is worth getting a good pair of goggles so try and buy some during sale time to keep the cost down. Look out for the goggles with coloured lenses as they normally have the best variation in visibility.

Hair: If your hair is down during skiing it can be a nuisance as it gets caught in all your ski gear, but if put up in a high pony tail or bun it can be awkward to fit under a helmet. So my go to hairstyle is the plait.

Pocket items: Make sure you have your lift pass, in an inside pocket by itself if possible so there is no danger of it falling out when getting out other stuff. Then believe it or not it can get very sunny on the slopes and a bright red face with white goggle marks is not an attractive look so keep sunscrean on hand as the weather may be cloudy in the morning but come out sunny later on. The wind can be very drying so I like to keep a lip barm and now you can get ones with different tinted colours to brighten up your face. Skiing is hungry work and there are many cafes on the slopes so keep some change in your pockets ready.

Apres ski: Most places are fairly casual and after being on the ski slopes all day you want something comfy and relaxing. My go to item is jeans or my leather leggings with a comfy jumper and fluffy boots. There are a few more dressy restaurants you can book if you want to dress up one night, so maybe take one dress just incase.

Let me know if this was helpful and I would love to here of any good tips you have for skiing?  Also if you would like me to do a more detailed post on possible outfits for pares ski let me know (:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Packing Tips for a Summer Holiday

This year I planned a road trip across the states of California and Nevada in America. As America is Much! Much! Much! Bigger! than Britain one of the things I had to plan for when deciding on my two week adventure, was the weather changes. My first destination was San Francisco which was hot in the day but by night when the sun went down it could become very cold. I then went along the coast following the Big Sur. The weather felt cold because there was strong winds however in-fact it was very hot, which I found out later when I realised I was gradually turning redder and redder! Then I finished off in Las Vegas which was extremely hot being in the middle of a desert. So looking at my itinerary made packing seem like mission impossible. How could I possibly cover all eventualities while keeping under the airline restrictions? Then I had a lightbulb moment…multi-use! If I could use things in more than one way, I wouldn’t need to pack as much. So I got creative thinking of all the possible combinations and how I could use and re-use stuff!

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In the outfit above I wore a simple shirt dress with gold buttons from Oasis, which could easily be dressed down for day with trainers and dressed up for night by belting it and adding some statement jewellery and sparkly sandals or heels. To save the weight of a heavy belt in my luggage I used the chain strap on my mulberry Lily bag as a belt in the night and used it to hold my bag in the day. I used my Gold Chanel sunglass case in the night as a clutch. My gold gladiators were a must for me as lots of my trip took place in the countryside where heels weren’t very practical as they would end up sinking into the ground. Where as the gladiators were flat so practical but didn’t sacrifice on style as the gold shimmer added the perfect touch of glamour. As for my makeup I used bare minerals foundation and blusher and Rimmel’s Argon oil mascara. I used Stilla’s gold cream shadow on my eyes, lips and highlight to save on packing space. So just remember one word when packing for your holidays…multi-use!

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The Streets of Palma

I love the contrast between the blue and white matte patterns on the chair with the shiny monocrome floor patterns.

I am inspired by the contrast between the blue and white matte patterns on the chair with the shiny monochrome floor patterns.

I love the warm reds and yellows of the buildings combined with the traditional shutters and plants intertwined within the balconies.

I love the warm reds and yellows of the buildings combined with the traditional shutters and plants intertwined within the balconies.

One of my favourite features of Palma is the archway of trees as it gives the city the ideal combination of luscious green nature without having to sacrifice the practicality of the shops and cafes.

One of my favourite features of Palma is the archway of trees as it gives the city the ideal combination of luscious green nature without having to sacrifice the practicality of the shops and cafes.