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.

The Perfect Gift for a Perfume Lover

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Perfume is one of those things that is very personal to each person and can smell completely different on each and every person. So when choosing a present for someone who loves perfume do you brave it and pick a perfume and just hope they like it? OR! Is their an alternative, a perfume bottle… You may say well perfume already comes in a bottle and their are some lovely bottles but a bottle that is truly unique to that person which no one else with the same perfume will have, well if thats not the perfect present for a perfume lover, then i don’t know what is!

I recently bought this perfume bottle from an art gallery near me, The Biscuit Factory  with a gift voucher a friend had bought me. I really love the middle of it as it reminds me of an abstract heart and every time I see it in my room it brings a smile to my face, and every time I use it my perfume feels one hundred times more luxurious. So weather its a gift for someone else or just a sneaky treat for yourself why not invest in a beautiful bottle, I promise you won’t regret it!

Coffee&Chill

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

 

Autumn Fashion Essentials

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I love Autumn, crisp blue sky, golden leaves, the perfect time for a long dog walk with my favourite little pup! Autumn means a new fashion season, my favourite layering, lots and lots of layering, different textures, colours, materials and patterns. After previous years picking out the loudest, brightest coats for autumn I wanted to invest in a staple black coat which I could wear over and over again and would look different every time depending on what it was styled with. I tried various different styles but decided on the cape because I feel it is chic and can be dressed up or down, the winter version of a little black dress. I wanted a good quality coat as it was essential that it would last, yet I don’t have a massive budget so after looking around trying to find what felt like the impossible, I stumbled across the idea of TK Maxx. And in TK Maxx I found many beautiful coats by designer labels such as Kate Spade many discounted by more than 50%. The cape I chose had big pockets (always useful), a belt emphasising your waist and had splits in the arms allowing your jumper underneath to be exposed meaning it will look different every time you wear it and can be slammed up for evening with long gloves.

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Cape-Diana Von Furstenberg (at TK max)

Jumper- Ted Baker

Black Jeans-Armani

Wellies-Hunter

Fringe bag-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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Im Back!

This summer has been a whirlwind of traveling through Palma, Barcelona, Venice, Naples and more. I decided to spend the summer away from the internet so I could really experiencing these places but still taking lots of photos to bring back for you. So now I’m back armed with lots of photos to share of fashion and travel I cant wait to share.

I have had an amazing time but I am also glad to be home, home sweet home! As I feel traveling then makes you realise the beauty of the city you live in which sometimes you take for granted. So heres a photo of my favourite part of my city of Newcastle, the Quayside.

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I am wearing:

Jeans with zigzag knee patch detail- Zara
Black sheer and Velvet polkadot top- H&M
Bag- Jules B
Cardigan- Ted Baker

Photos taken by my very talented friend Emily who loves photographer and film making. Check out her Instagram page, emilyvallen

 

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

The Art Of Style Fashion Show

For those of us not blessed with living in a fashion capital it can be hard to find really unique clothing on our doorstep. I live in Newcastle and if you ask where an outfit has come from there is a 50/50 chance it will have come from Topshop. Don’t get me wrong Topshop is great and you can find some good things there but sometimes you want something really unique which you can wear without worrying that five other girls are going to turn up in the same outfit.. This is where Love NICHE comes in, as it offers something that makes you feel one of a kind, special, glamorous, like you can rule the world! Behind every great brand is a mastermind, who in this case is Nisha, she is a truly inspirational passionate women who offers a personal style and custom made service in her beautiful boutique in the heart of Newcastle. To get a flavour of what Love NICHE has to offer, come along to their fashion show The Art of Style, combining fashion and art together to create something truly unique! It takes place at the Biscuit Factory on the 15th March, so get your tickets quick before they sell out!

http://www.love-niche.com/events/event/the-art-of-style/

 

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