15 Apr 2014

WEEKLY SNAPSHOT #91

Outfit details | Starbucks treat | Cactus - the only plants we're capable of looking after | Ultimate nineties  kid rocking jellies the first time round | I posted a little topknot tutorial video! | Babysitting two little munchkins | Saturday morning breakfast | Outfit pictures in a beaut new dress | A few snaps from my trip to York | Spoilt rotten in Zara and Urban Outfitters!

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14 Apr 2014

SITTING PRETTY DOES YORK

Dan is currently working away in York, so I hopped on to a train at the weekend and went to spend a day with him in my favourite UK city. I've loved York since my first visit, which must have been about ten years ago, and have been lots of times since then with family and with Dan, so even though it sucks that he's away from home, I was so excited when I realised I was free to go and visit him on his day off! We've done all the touristy things time and time again (tour of the Minster, ghost walks, museums etc, etc) so it was nice to go and just spend the day strolling around with him, taking in the sights and doing a spot of shopping. The weather was pretty cold and windy (wearing a skirt wasn't the best idea I've ever had), but it didn't stop the sun from shining! Here's some snaps we took on Sunday when we were out and about...






Top - H&M
Skirt - Primark
Jacket - Topshop
Boots - New Look

We had a lovely walk in to the city centre for a late breakfast, then headed off around the shops visiting some of my favourite haunts. We of course had to go and take a look at the Minster and Clifford's Tower, and stroll down the shambles before stopping off a few hours later for a spot of lunch. I got super spoilt in Zara and Urban Outfitters to an amazing Spring coat and a gorgeous new bag, both of which you'll see in an outfit post this weekend, I'm sure! We then walked back over the river to the hotel where Dan's staying and had a drink at the bar, before I had to reluctantly go and catch a train back home (mega sad face). It was lovely to go and visit York again, and we're already planning a proper trip there for the two of us, hopefully some time in Summer.

Have you visited York before? Would you recommend any must see spots there?

12 Apr 2014

NEON SHIFT

Neon is something I rarely wear, and when I do wear it I tend to go for it in small doses, so this dress from Ad Lib Girl is something completely out of my comfort zone. I was one hundred percent sold on the fit and style of this shift though, so I decided to give it a whirl and I'm glad I did! The raspberry/fuchsia shade is so amazing and bright, and sits surprisingly well against my pale skin, something I was a little worried about at first! It also has a dipped hem which is really flattering as it's short enough at the front to give the illusion that my little stumpy legs are longer than they are, and long enough at the back to ensure my decency is kept in tact!!





Dress - Ad Lib Girl*
Jacket - Topshop
Converse - Zalando*
Rucksack - Primark
Lips - Chatterbox by MAC

I wanted to style the dress in a more casual way than a shift would typically worn, as the colour is so fun and eye catching. Rather than going for the usual court shoes and statement necklace, instead I opted for a biker jacket and some Converse for a laid back look, perfect for a relaxing weekend. I also threw on my favourite backpack and wore some bright pink lipstick to mirror the colour of the dress. I really love the way this outfit turned out, and think I'll be a bit braver with neon shades in the future as I'm pleasantly surprised!

Have you tried the neon trend? How would you style a shift dress like this?

10 Apr 2014

TUTORIAL: TOPKNOT/BUN FOR SHORT TO MEDIUM LENGTH HAIR


This has been something that I often get asked to do but I've always pushed it to the back of my mind as I don't see myself as an expert in doing it and quite honestly, I seem to wing it every time I do this style! I've posted pictures on Instagram in the past of my hair up in a knot or bun though, and always seem to get asked how I did it. When I first chopped my hair short I would always struggle with ideas of how to style it, so I know a lot of you will be in the same situation! That's why I decided to finally do this post, and seeing as it's easier to show you what to do than tell you, I filmed myself doing the style on my hair to make it nice and clear!

Apologies for the amateur looking video captions, but my iMovie doesn't seem to want me to change the text sizes so it tends to do it's own thing when it comes to fonts! Hopefully this will help some of you out there who are stuck for ideas of how to style your short or medium length hair, or those of you who like me, have hair that's too fine to use a donut! 



Have you any style ideas for short hair? Share yours in the comments below! If you'd like to see more posts like this then please say so, as I really enjoyed making the video and think I've got the tutorial bug!

8 Apr 2014

WEEKLY SNAPSHOT #90


Got my mits on my favourite item from the Topshop x Adidas Originals collection! | My favourite cosy corner of our lovely little living room | March beauty favourites | Pre-cut hair inspiration | I have a fringe! | Styling my new tee in some outfit snaps | Beautiful jewellery from Jon Richard | One of my favourite looks from my post styling up the gorgeous Jon Richard jewels!

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7 Apr 2014

CROSS MY HEART

Hurray for lighter evenings meaning I can take outfit pictures later in the day! These shots were taken just as the sun was setting yesterday evening, when I wore a lovely dress by Ad Lib Girl, but mixed it up a bit and styled it as a top! I love the print of the dress with it's monochrome cross detail. I'm not normally big on the whole cross print trend, but this one is pretty subtle and gives the effect of checks which I think is pretty nice! It's an ideal dress for work or play, and the pretty little collar is just asking to be accessorised with a dainty necklace. I wore a gorgeous Swarovski encrusted one from Black Tied that catches the light beautifully.




Dress (worn as top) - Ad Lib Girl*
Skirt - Topshop
Boots - New Look
Necklace - Black Tied
Lips - Infrared by Topshop

I tucked the shift dress in to my leather skater skirt that I picked up in the Christmas sales at Topshop, as I love the whole black/white/grey colour palette, and finished the look off with my white soled New Look boots that I seem to be wearing all the time lately! A slick of red lipstick and some black opaques keep the outfit looking work appropriate but it can easily be taken in to night too. I love outfits that are versatile like this!

What do you think of this look? Have you been sporting the monochrome trend?


6 Apr 2014

HOW TO WEAR THIS SEASON'S 4 NECKWEAR TRENDS

When I was asked by the lovely Sammie at Jon Richard Jewellery to style up some of their pieces, I instantly started planning some outfits in my head! I love putting looks together so this was right up my street, and I had so much fun playing dress up with some beautiful pieces this morning! 
I was very kindly sent four pieces from the Mood by Jon Richard new season collection, each of which channels a different trend for Spring Summer. The four trends I've put outfits together for are Carnival, Florals, Pastels and Urban Traveller. The first, 'Carnival', made me immediately think of summer and bright, bold colours. The necklace I received for the Carnival trend was a stunning bejewelled number, encrusted with blue and green crystals and a row of hot pink gems. I knew straight away what to team this with, having just picked up a seriously bright yellow tee from River Island last week, so I threw it on and tucked it in to some casual tapered trousers and accessorised with fuchsia pink heels, bag and of course, lipstick!



Tee - River Island
Trousers - Forever 21
Shoes - H&M
Bag - Clarks
Necklace - Mood by Jon Richard*


The second necklace was from the floral trend, and is my favourite of all the four! It features some gorgeous statement flowers in baby pinks, that are studded with little diamante gems. I love the size of it and how it's so bold and beautiful, plus the colour is so pretty for Spring. I'm a huge fan of the floral trend and I have tonnes of flowery dresses in all colours, but I thought I'd wear something a little different. I went for a floral jacket and paired it with a soft grey jumper and a pretty lace skirt to carry on the floral theme.



Jacket - Primark
Jumper - H&M
Skirt - Naa Naa*
Shoes - Primark
Necklace - Mood by Jon Richard*


Necklace number three is from the pastels trend that is always a big'un for spring summer and one of my favourites to wear! I went straight to my much loved cropped jumper in baby blue that I seem to wear all the time lately, and wore it with one of my new skirts that I picked up in Primark a couple of weeks back. This would have been so perfect with a pair of little pastel heels but sadly I only had nude so they had to do! The necklace ties in nicely with this look with it's pretty pearls and pink gems.



Jumper - Topshop
Skirt - Primark
Shoes - Matalan*
Necklace - Mood by Jon Richard*


Last but not least, the 'Urban Traveller' trend was a pretty tricky one for me to style, but has turned out to be my favourite look of all four!  For me this trend is all about muted tones such as khaki and beige, which I don't really suit being so fair skinned. However I also think of Aztec prints, and remembered I had this gorgeous H&M dress in black. It goes so well with the amazing rope plaited effect necklace that is a gorgeous mix of black and gold. To finish the look off I dug out my favourite River Island heels from last Summer and a slouchy grey bag. 



Dress - H&M
Shoes - River Island
Bag - Next
Necklace - Mood by Jon Richard*

So those are my four looks styling the Mood by Jon Richard Spring Summer collection. I really enjoyed pulling the outfits together and rediscovering some old favourites in my wardrobe, and the four necklaces are so beautiful! I can't wait for the sun to come out again in Preston so that I can wear these looks out, especiialy number four!

How would you style each of the necklaces? Which is your favourite trend for the new season?