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

 

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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

 

1920s glamour

P1070941.jpgWith the party season coming up its go big or go home! Sparkles, glitz and glamour seem to be the order of this season. A great way to nail the glamour look os to take inspiration from the 1920s. My 1920s inspired turban is from the Topshop collaboration with Her Curious Nature, which has brought out some of the most beautifully embelished hair accessories at more affordable prices.

 

Winter Layers

The first word that pops into my head when I think about winter fashion is layering. For some people this word may seem rather daunting, the idea of having to make sure that not only one layer but all the layers work well together. But see it as a challenge, a chance to experiment and get creative. Devote half a day to looking through your winter wardrobe and putting layers next to each other to find out what goes. At first you may try something on and think this will never work! But keep faith and swap one of the layers for a different layer in your wardrobe until you get a set of layers you are happy with, then take a photo so you won’t forget! And get creative combining different fabrics, textures and patterns.

I wore this layered outfit for a walk in the park. I teemed a high collared, tight fitted black top to keep my chest warm with a baggy pink knitted jumper that created beautiful shadows in the creases and a floaty sheer pink polka dot skirt to give an ultra feminine look and to show the layer of more sporty black jeans under neath. Then accessorised it with ladylike pink pearls and gold charm which contrasts with the more sporty, edgy sneakers that are black and gold with a slither of pink at the back to bring all the colours together. This complete look gave a feminine ladylike look with a sporty edgy twist…

I would love to see how you style your layers, you are more than welcome to leave a photo in the comment section below (:

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Sweeten Any Outfit With Colour Coordinated Macaroons

Accessories of the DayThe macarons are in the flavours rose, cafe au lait and passion fruit from Le Mini Macaron: http://www.leminimacaron.co.uk  They do almost every colour including silver! So your bound to find the perfect colours to match your outfit. They would look really cool in a see through purse, to show them off when you walk down the street, such as this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maisone-Handbags-Transparent-Rectangle-Cluthches/dp/B00HY8Z0BA/ref=sr-1-3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433182657&sr=8-3&keywords=transparent+purse

Other Accessories include: Trainers, Carvela Kurt Geiger: http://ww.kurtgeiger.com/libby-metallic-leather-41-carvela-kurt-geiger-shoe.html

Accessorize Scarf: http://uk.accessorize.com/view/product/uk_catalog/acc_19.7/7871608100