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 ūüėÄ 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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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

 

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.

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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

 

P1080407Look 5.) Versatility- Shopping followed by dinner

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

 

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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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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How to Nail Being Sexy But Covered up in Winter

I was scrolling through the internet when I came across this image of Gigi Hadid, and I was awe-struck by the brilliance of this outfit. She is covered up all over apart from the tiniest touch of skin on her left thigh which taunts the viewer allowing the rest of her skin to be left to the imaginartion creating an outfit that is sexy, yet she is almost completely covered up. This creates a look that is very classy and chic while looking effortless. She is wearing head to toe black so the outfit isn’t shouting I want attention and her hair is up but with strands hanging down looking like she put it up in a rush giving the effortless cool and no fuss look. So take inspiration from Gigi and this winter during the party season don’t think you have to have everything on show and do head to toe sparkles shouting hey look at me. Instead go for a look that only hints but doesn’t reveal all. As it can be more sexy to go against the flow of party dressing and stand out by covering up leaving only a slight hint to leave them wanting more…Gigi.jpeg

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

Black Ballerina- look of the day

Black BallerinaThe outfit I wore for the Scottish Ballet, the Nutcracker. I chose a colour scheme of all black and gave myself a messy bun rather than a traditional ballerina bun to make the look more modern and edgy. I paired my Jack Wills ballerina skirt with my H&M top with sheer material on the arms and black velvet polka dots which bring the focus to the arms. Then to bring the look together I added my black velvet Topshop hairband as it is the same material as the polka dots so re-emphasises them.