29/03/2015

Lady-Like



I've never considered myself much of a "girly girl". Although my outfit posts over the last few years might tell a different story (see pink floral dress and feminine flowy skirts), I like to think I'm more of a smart chick one day then a tough tomboy the next. But my friends tell me different and have in the past been labelled 'the girliest girl' that they know. This full skirt by Lucy Paris kinda makes me feel I'm playing dress up but I also LOVE the femininity of this look and how it makes me feels so lady-like! Lucy Paris are a brand I first discovered whilst interning at Nylon Magazine in New York late last year. I wore an amazing sequin crop top and printed midi skirt by the brand when shooting for Nylon Magazine Online back in December. 
I'm a strong believer in wearing more masculine structured accessories to balance out feminine pieces in an outfit. Here, I've opted for black leather with silver hardware for both my shoes and my bag which unintentionally match very well together. Make-up wise I've kept my look very minimal with a strong brow and nude lip. 
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Cropped Daisy Jumper: c/o Lucy Paris | White Rain Print Skirt: c/o Lucy Paris | Bubbled Leather Effect Bag: Primark (similar here) | Peep Toe Ankle Boots: Topshop (similar here) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Nails: Barry M in Blue Moon |



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23/03/2015

London Cool


Considering I've lived in London for over 2 years, it surprises even me that this my first time striking a pose amongst the classic red telephone boxes. Not being from London, I still do get a little excited every time I see them, as they're such a iconic staple of the city. These photos were taken in the pleasant neighbourhood of Bayswater on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. There's something magical about being in London when the sun is shining, I genuinely feel like a much happier person!
Its been a while since I've worn my beloved leopard print fur coat on my blog, which I've had almost 5 years now and its still one of my favourite pieces! Its funny to think (MAJOR throwback) that I wore the coat in one of my first blog posts over 4 years ago. Its crazy to think how much my life has changed since then.
These shots were taken a few days before my trip to Italy, and some of you may have seen via my Twitter or Instagram that I unfortunately left my camel fedora on the plane! Silly Mon! Luckily, it was only about £8 from Primark so I'm hoping I can pop by and grab myself another!

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Wearing: Striped High Neck Top: Topshop (similar here) | Burgundy Front Pleated Skirt: H&M (similar here) | Leopard Print Faux Fur Coat: Internacionale (similar here) | Bubbled Leather Effect Bag: Primark (similar here) | Peep Toe Ankle Boots: Topshop (similar here) | Camel Fedora Hat: Primark (similar here) | Victorian Pendant Necklace: Vintage (similar here) | Nails: Barry M in Blue Moon |


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19/03/2015

Travel Diary: Perugia, Italy.



This weekend just passed, I took the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of London for a few days and flew out to the small city of Perugia, located north of Rome in the valleys of central Italy. Having never visited Italy before, I was really looking forward to experiencing the local culture, the authentic food (a girl can't say NO to carbs or ice-cream) and spending the long weekend catching up with one of my best friends, Shona. Shona is lucky enough to be spending her year studying abroad in Perugia and having not seen each other in about 7 months, we sure had a lot of catching up to do!

I stayed at Shona's apartment which was nestled on the cobbled Italian streets filled with street art and   so much character. Just 5 minutes walk away from the city centre where I was greeted by the amazing historic architecture plus so many cute coffee shops! One of the main attractions in the city is the breath-taking Cathedral which is definitely worth a peek inside! As well as spending time in Perugia, we also took a trip to Tuscany and spent time exploring a local town and visiting the beautiful nearby attraction of Lake Trasimeno. 
The majority of these photos were taken on the steps of the Cathedral of San Pietro, where I am wearing one of my favourite pieces of the moment: my Warehouse checkered culottes.  Last year, I felt the way about culottes that a lot of people maybe still do.. unflattering and frankly quite ugly. However, as the seasons change, so do my opinions and what I may have disliked in the past, is my new favourite obsession. I love the simplicity of the monochrome checkered print, whilst still adding a bit of interest and adds a smart casual vibe to the outfit. I recently rediscovered my salt 'n' pepper biker style coat from Oasis (about 2 years ago) and have barely taken it off since! I feel kinda bittersweet that it will not be cold enough to wear it for much longer!

Also, I've been giving up the liquid eyeliner more and more lately. Once my signature look and possible desert island beauty product has been tossed aside in the favour of a more natural, mascara-only make-up look. Its still very new to me, but I don't hate it... Let me know what you guys think - or if you can even tell ha!


WearingCheckered Culottes: c/o Warehouse | White Ribbed Roll Neck Top: Miss Selfridge | Black Faux Fur Gilet: H&M (similar here) | Grey Tweed Effect Coat: Oasis (similar here) | Tan Embossed Bag: Primark (similar here) | Pointed Toe Boots: c/o Dorothy Perkins | Cat Eye Sunglasses: ASOS (similar here)  | Victorian Pendant Necklace: eBay (similar here) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Amber Ring: Vintage (similar here) | Nails: Floss Gloss in 95% Angel |



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11/03/2015

Nailing It This Spring

The new Spring season is here (*happy dance*) and as well as refreshing my wardrobe, I'm also giving my nail polish collection that Spring clean and revamp! In this post I'll be chatting about a few of my polish picks that I plan on wearing this time around.

The Favourite One
An undeniable favourite shade for Spring and Summer has to be Green Berry by Barry M. I feel this colour has almost a sentimental attachment for me... (ok so we're getting down to an emotional level about nail polish - what is life?). But seriously, just looking it this colour kinda makes me smile and brings back memories of fun in the sun from the last couple of summers. If you've tried the Gelly Hi Shine range before, I'm sure you'll already be swayed by the super thick and glossy formula that leaves nails looking tiptop with little need for that top coat. Green Berry is a wonderfully striking shade of turquoise and one which you'll spot me wearing almost every time the sun shining!

The Most-Worn One
It's rare for me to stray away for my comfort zone (blues and greens) when it comes to nail polishes, but this vibrant lilac shade was a winner from the get-go. I grabbed this miracle in a bottle from Floss Gloss in the shade '95% Angel' from a sample sale whilst interning at Nylon Magazine in New York and to be honest, it has barely left my nails since - if you follow me on Instagram you will know this very well! I think it's a really unusual shade and unlike anything I've ever really seen before when scouring the make-up aisles. Although I've been wearing this polish in Autumn & Winter, the refreshing pastel vibes also makes it a favourite for the Springtime. Although Floss Gloss only stock at a small number of retailers in the UK, I'm already thinking of adding the colours WetWavepool and Glowstar to my ever-growing collection of polishes.

The High-End One
If you're a luxury beauty fanatic, YSL in Bleu Majorelle may just be the shade for you this Spring. I received this amazing cobalt blue colour as part of a leaving gift from my internship at Karen Millen last year and I'm so glad the girls picked this one out for me! Retailing at £18.50, this nails polish from YSL is certainly on the pricey side, so not something I would have necessarily invested in myself, but a beautiful colour all the same. The high quality formula makes this polish super long-lasting and is a bold statement colour for the days when pastel shades just aren't cutting it. Plus... of course the packaging is so so dreamy!
Which nail polishes will you be wearing this Spring? I'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments below!

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05/03/2015

Floral Pinafore


I spotted this amazing pastel blue VW camper van when exploring the streets of Notting Hill a few weeks ago which turned out to be the perfect backdrop for outfit photos. There is something about strolling down the well-kept streets of West London dreaming that I live in a pristine white town house that I love about weekends in the city!
You might get a spot of deja-vu when looking at these photos, as I featured the print of this pinafore in one of my last posts too, only in trouser form! When I spotted that Motel Rocks sold this pinafore in the vibrant floral print too, I knew it had to be mine! I'm pretty obsessed with layering dresses over high neck tops lately and its quickly becoming my go-to look! Plus I can't get enough of my slingback Topshop boots!

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Wearing: Museum Floral Pinafore: Motel Rocks | Grey High Neck Top: Missguided | Bubbled Leather Effect Bag: Primark (similar here) | Black Fedora Hat: c/o Chicwish (similar here) | Peep Toe Ankle Boots: Topshop | Blue Crystal Necklace: c/o The Crystal Divide | Crystal Bracelet: c/o The Crystal Divide | Rose Gold Cuff: c/o Marc by Marc Jacobs (similar here) | Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Lips: MAC in Lady Danger | Nails: Floss Gloss in 95% Angel |


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