21 Jul 2014

PASTEL PLAYSUIT

Evening all! Apologies for the lack of posts round here as of late. Things have been a little hectic round here lately, and a lot of my time has been taken up with work things and family commitments over the past week, but hopefully regular posting can resume now! I'm actually off work next week and heading to York with Dan for a few days, so I'll be taking plenty of photos whilst I'm there to show you on my return later in the week. Exciting! Until then, I'm hoping to get as many posts up including outfits, a pale girl's guide to make up and of course my Weekly Snapshot, so stay tuned for those! Anyhow, on to today's look. The sun was beating down when I finished work this evening, so we saw our chance and took it! I've been dying to show you this Darccy playsuit since it landed on my doorstep about a week ago...










Playsuit - Darccy*
Sleeveless Kimono - TKMaxx
Sandals - Clarks
Sunglasses - Black Five*
Rings - Pandora

I love everything about it; the pastel mint blue colour, the cinched in waist, the pleats and the pin tucks. It's the perfect playsuit for a formal occasion, and looks just as good with a little cropped blazer as it does with my gorgeous new TKMaxx sleeveless kimono. The colours compliment the mint of the playsuit perfectly and the print is so gorgeous!

How do you style playsuits in summer? Have you shopped at Darccy before?

16 Jul 2014

CHINA BLUE

I love shooting outfit photos when the sun is just starting to go down as it gives such pretty lighting in the pictures. A balmy summer evening was the perfect setting my my lovely new dress. You all know I love a good floral print, but I've never owned anything in this colourway before, and I'm starting to wonder why on earth not! There's something about a blue and white print that instantly reminds me of china that my mum has, and this dress is the exact same shades of blue. It was a little cool to wear it on it's own so I had to throw a jacket over the top, but I did do a few shots without it to show you how lovely the neckline is. It's a really nice off-the-shoulder slashed neck, which isn't something I would normally go for, but it turns out it's super flattering! 









Dress - Quiz*
Biker Jacket - Topshop
Sandals - Clarks
Lipstick - Boom Boom by Topshop

I think the dress would look lovely for an evening out for dinner and drinks if I styled it a little differently. I'd throw over my off white vintage blazer and slip on a pair of nude heels to keep it simple and let the print take centre stage. I love the fact that it's a stretchy jersey fabric yet such a feminine cut as it makes it so easy to dress up or down. I'm now on the hunt for more blue and white prints like this! A pair of high waisted shorts would be pretty darn perfect!

How would you style a dress like this one?

15 Jul 2014

WEEKLY SNAPSHOT #99




Jumped on the They're Real bandwagon | Safe to say it's my favourite eyeliner, ever! | Dreaming of being back in Portugal | Two words; Five Guys. | One hell of a burger | Ridiculous amount of polaroid prints | Made a polaroid wall in the bedroom! | Just some of my June beauty favourites | Beautiful new Asos smock | Got my hair did | Nail paint haulin' | Posing in the street for outfit photos | Toby joined me for blog photos | Celebrating eight whole years together with Dan | Celebratory tapas | Drugged up on painkillers and flu tablets after my cold caused me to sneeze and put my back out!

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14 Jul 2014

SUMMER WISHLIST

With the temperatures rising in the North (albeit it a bit muggy and still rainy here and there) I'm dreaming of new summer pieces to add to my wardrobe. The High Street seems to have got it right this season, and as I often say, it's usually very hit and miss for me a lot of the time. However, this summer I seem to constantly be seeing pieces that I have to have, which is great for me but not so great for my ever dwindling bank balance! I would shop in the sales but I really don't have the patience for scouring messy shop rails and fighting off fellow shoppers for that must have item, so the majority of these are full price, but hey, there's always good old discount voucher codes to get the price down! 
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12


I think over the past year or so my style has changed quite a lot. I now know what shapes and fits suit my frame, and can confidently pick an item without even having to try it on and know it will be right for me. I also know which colours suit me best and complement my skin tone and hair colour, and I think my look overall is a little more relaxed but with a slightly grown up feel.
I'm loving printed tops that are ever so slightly cropped, paired with high waisted jeans and shorts at the moment. There's something so classic about a striped tee and a high waistline that I really like, probably because it's one of those things that never seems to go out of fashion and is so easy to wear. I'm also loving denim in general, but in particular the vintage-esque grey bleach wash that is emerging again, particularly in jackets. As I've mentioned before, I've fallen out of love with my Primark jacket, and I'm actually considering bleaching it myself rather than getting rid of it altogether, so if anyone knows how to achieve the look of the jacket at number 2, holler! 
When it comes to accessories, I'm really liking chic, ladylike shapes, especially in my shoes and bags lately. I love a good pastel accessory, so the pink sandals from Asos are right up my street, and the baby blue peep toes from Faith are so sweet! 

I think I've put myself a nice little capsule wardrobe together up there! Now just to find the money to pay for it all....

What are you lusting after this Summer? What pieces are at the top of your wish list?

13 Jul 2014

THE TROPICAL TWO-PIECE

First off, apologies for the lack of outfit posts this week. Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have seen my status on Wednesday about my back. I've been suffering with hayfever and a full-on cold for most of the week, and to make matters worse I put my back out whilst at work on Wednesday, by sneezing. Sneezing! Of all the things you can do to hurt your back, I had to go and do it the most stupid, pathetic way. Let's just say I've been pretty much sofa bound for the past four days, as I couldn't even straighten my body out enough to sleep in the bed. I have honestly never felt pain like it, and after a few sleepless nights, a lot of painkillers and some rather questionable walking positions, I can finally stand up straight(ish) today! It still hurts when I've been stood or sat in the same position for any length of time, and doing mundane things like putting shoes on, getting dressed and getting in and out of the shower are somewhat an art, but I'm on the mend and could finally get out and shoot some photos this afternoon!











Crop Top - iKrush*
Shorts - iKrush*
Denim Shirt - Topman
Sandals - Primark
Toes - Barry M Gelly Paint in Pomegranate 
Rings - Pandora, Primark, Rhodes


To mark the occasion, I decided to wear a gorgeous new two piece from iKrush. You all know how much I love a good two piece, but I'm super picky about the shape and fit of them. This one is just right for me, with slightly fitted, high waisted shorts and a loose cropped tee that isn't too cropped, and shows an acceptable amount of my constant food baby (note to self: must get back to the gym asap!) without making me feel self conscious. I really love the tropical print too, as it's not like any I've seen on the high street at the minute. The colours are lovely and I like the whole mirrored symmetrical style of the print.
I teamed the co-ord with Dan's denim shirt, that is slowly but surely making it's way across to my wardrobe and makes the perfect lightweight cover up when it's too warm for a jacket. I also wore some new sandals from Primark which are Birkenstock copies for a fraction of the price! These were just £5 and I've got a pair in black too. I couldn't resist! 

What do you think of this look? Have you been wearing two pieces this summer?

12 Jul 2014

EATING OUT: FIVE GUYS, TRAFFORD

A couple of weekends back, Dan and I ventured on over to the Trafford Centre in Manchester, for one thing and one thing only. Five Guys. In case you have no idea what I'm talking about, let me fill you in. Five Guys is a burger chain that's made it's way over to the UK from across the pond, and has only so far been introduced to the likes of London and Birmingham... until now! Lucky for us Northerners, Five Guys has graced the Trafford Centre with it's double pattys and crispy fries. Now, I'd never tried anything from here before the visit (only drooled over that Daym Drops Youtube video, remix and all. Comment if you know the one!), so this rundown is entirely based on first impressions.
One thing I did know from reading countless reviews, was that the bacon is super crispy and not to be missed, so naturally, I went for a Bacon Cheeseburger. The next decision to make was which toppings to go for. Now I love a burger with lots going on, so I went 'All The Way' which basically meant my burger was smothered in a tasty mix of mayo, lettuce, pickle, tomato, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard. Sound messy? It was, but oh so worth it! Wrapped in it's little silver tin foil packaging and and nestled within a brown paper bag, this has to be, hands down the best burger I've tasted! Don't get me wrong, it was probably to most difficult to eat with mushrooms and sauce flying all over the show, but that bacon, that cheese, those burgers! Heaven! 

We went for the standard Five Guys fries which are cooked in peanut oil and are so crispy! If I'm being completely honest, I was bowled over by the taste of these as it's a little different to your usual fries, no doubt because of the oil, but I can see why people rave about them because the texture is really good. FYI, a regular portion is enough to serve 2-3 people. Good job they told us when we were ordering as we were about to get one each! 


Another thing worth mentioning is the drinks machines. As you can see, they're touch screen operated and there's over 100 drinks flavours to choose from, with everything from the classics like lemonade and cola to other favourites such as Dr Pepper, Fanta and Powerade. Touch the drink you want on screen and you're taken to another page of flavours! I went for Sprite, and had 7 varieties to choose from! Refills are free, so I started off with Raspberry Sprite then went back in for Peach flavour - both were so good! 
Needless to say, we will definitely be making a trip back some time soon when a (very naughty) treat is needed as we loved it so much. I know that not every one is a huge fan of the place, but we really enjoyed it and can see why it's so popular! One thing I would say is it can be a little pricey when you start to build your meal, but for a one-off treat it's totally worth it.

Have you eaten at Five Guys? What would you recommend us to try off the menu next time?




8 Jul 2014

PUPPY LOVE

Well technically Toby isn't a puppy any more, but because he's so small he will always seem like one to me! I thought it would be nice to include him in post seeing as you all liked his last appearance (here) so here he is! I must say, he wasn't as willing to pose as he was last time, so we only managed to gather together a handful of photos where his cute little face was actually in focus, but I think these capture just how handsome he is (and he knows it, believe me).
If you don't know who Toby is, he is our beautiful West Highland Terrier, and he'll be five years old this October. He's a bundle of energy and can be a bit of a handful at times, but I think I can speak for myself, Dan and my parents when I say we wouldn't have him any other way. He's got a lovely temperament and pretty much adores anyone he meets. It's true when people say you will never be greeted in the same way a dog will greet you. He showers you with love and affection as soon as you walk through the door!  






Smock Dress - ASOS
Sandals - Clarks
Bag - Urban Outfitters
(Toby wears: Lead and Collar - Pets At Home)

It's not all been fun and games with Toby though. Let's just say the dog insurance has been a godsend! Last year he had to have an operation on his leg as his tendon was inflamed and catching on his knee cap causing him to limp and be in a lot of pain - poor little thing! He's (touch wood) all better now and aside from the occasional ear infection, something notorious in his breed, he's healthy and happy.

Have you got a dog? I'd love to see pictures of your furry friends!