Sunday, May 28, 2017

Look, ma, I'm in a magazine!

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Happy Sundaaaay! With the emphasis on the sun... where the shit did this weather come from? I'm definitely not complaining but I did make the mistake of wearing leather look trousers today so that was upsetting and sweaty all at the same time. Anyway, I bring to you some exciting news.. I'm in a magazine! The River Island in-store magazine to be precise. We teamed up this month to do a little feature on petite dressing - as you may know, I'm only 5 foot and still find it incredibly hard to find clothes that fit me properly pre-tailoring and for this reason, RI is one of my go-to's - so it was a real pleasure to work with them on this! I put together two outfits, the first featuring the most amazing pair of little tassel bottom cigarette trousers (also available in this amazing floral print) and the second featuring a pair of jeans that actually fit in length without me having to hack at them with scissors or roll them up. What a rush, my friends, what a rush. 

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I really hope you like the looks and, if you fancy having a wee read of the below, you can pick one up in store now (they're free of charge but I can't promise my Mum won't have swiped them all). I'm off to Lisbon on Tuesday morning so I'm spending tonight panic packing - why always with the panic packing, I don't know... why I don't learn - and cleaning so I better get back to it. If you fancy following what we're up to you can follow along over on good old Instagram here.

Shop my favourite River Island petite picks (just click on the image to be taken straight to 'um):



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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Smelling The Flowers

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SANDRO asymmetric hem dress (also comes in black and similar in polka dot) | FENDI sunglasses |

Well hello there! From one fancy dress post to another, who do I think I am? I'm not sharing my Greece content for another couple of weeks (not to be selfish or to build suspense, just because I want to get it all looking spick and span and I accidentally took over 2000 photos) but I couldn't wait to share these outfit snaps we shot. As you all know, Sandro's one of my favourite shops and, although it's more at the I'll-be-living-on-beans-for-a-month end of the scale, I couldn't resist picking this dress up for Santorini. I'd had my eye on it for ages and in a wild, Carpe Diem style moment of madness, I ran to the till with it in Harvey Nichols one day shouting 'JUST RING IT THROUGH BEFORE I CHANGE MY MIND'. Kidding, they'd probably have thrown me out the store if I'd done that but, still, it was exhilarating all the same. Like the majority of us gals do, I saved it for our last day because it was my favourite and it just so worked in my favour because it ended up matching perfectly with the blue domes of the Santoiri churches. I'm not one to dress to match my surroundings on purpose but, my, what a rush it is when it happens. That reads like sarcasm doesn't it, but it's really not, I like playing chameleon and I'm not ashamed of it. The dress really was so lovely and light to wear and I've got a few summer weddings coming up in the next few months so I know I'll get my wear out of it. Ah... if a sentence has ever reeked of desperate justification...

Amy

P.S I apologise for the creases and the Monica Geller-esque hair, I'd been riding a scooter previous to these photos and it did not bode well for either my hair or the dress 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dressing Up This Summer with Selfridges

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Well hello there! May has hit and 't'is officially the season of weddings, barbecues, races and other such occasions of merriment, so for today's post I've put together a more dressy outfit to tie in with that. Now, this look probably wouldn't work for a summer wedding - something about brides not liking other people to wear white, divas, I know - although, in saying that, I would actually wear it to get married IN... but that's a different story. But, yes, not ideal for wedding guest attire, but for everything else I honestly think white's the perfect colour. It's so light and bright for Spring/Summer and allows you to get pretty funky with your accessories too.

So, I'll start with the dress. It's hands down the most beautiful dress I've ever had the pleasure of wearing; dresses never normally fit me at the waist but this one, this magical one, I zipped up to find fit perfectly. Cue happy cries and lots of celebratory dad dancing. I really do love everything about it, from the exaggerated sleeves that give it a bit of edge (and also distract from bingo wings, let's not overlook that), to the midi length (that disguises potato knees, let's not overlook that either) to THE POCKETS. That's right, it's got pockets and for that reason it just blew every other dress out of the water. No more dilemmas about where to put your awkward hands during photos! Now, if you're sitting there thinking, 'darn, I love this dress but I need one for a wedding and white just won't cut it' then, fear not, it also comes in this deeeelicious red colour

Like I said, white lets you get pretty funky with accessories, so I paired the dress with these mad red tassel earrings to bring a bit of extra summer to the look (someone asked if I was a flamenco dancer when I had them in, which I've chosen to take as a compliment). I kept the rest of my accessories quite neutral with a nude Whistles clutch and a pair of H&M sandals so as not to take away from the dress and its magical pockets too much. Neutral accessories are always a safe bet because they go with almost any colour of clothing, meaning, you guessed it, you can wear them again and again. No more buying new clutches and shoes for every event you have to go to, huzzah! The clutch is a great size too, there's enough room in there to get your purse, phone, keys, lip stuff (and probably a flask too... just sayin').

And there we have it, my dressed up look! So, if you're after something for an event this summer, from evening dresses to clutch bags and everything in between, then make sure and give Selfridges a wee browse! Also, I'd like to say a huge thank you to my wee Mam for shooting these snaps for me, pretty good ain't they?

Amy

Post in collaboration with the amazing Selfridges

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Three Outfits in Barcelona

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Well howdy there! Today's post is a bit of a whopper and has taken me the best part of my life, I mean, bank holiday to complete so I really hope you like it! You might want to grab a cup of tea and some biscuits though because I'm really not kidding when I said it's massive. You might recall me saying in this instagram that I was in Barcelona shooting something exciting with Accessorize. Well, here we are! I've put together three looks for a city break; two daytime and one swimwear, all based around accessories. When luggage allowance is tight and you can't pack those 500 pairs of trousers you wanted to, accessories are great for creating new looks out of the limited wardrobe you do have by cleverly mixing and matching, so I always pack 'um in abundance. The whole theme of the campaign is about 'living in the moment', something I'm absolutely terrible at. Truly, truly terrible... I live buried under a cloud of thoughts. However, I do find that when I'm travelling I'm much more able to focus and be present in what's going around me; I'm so busy making sure that I take everything in - from the beautiful buildings to the weird guy playing pots and pans on the street - that I'll realise it's been a whole half an hour since I've been in my head. Another few things that help me live in the moment are a good playlist (there's nothing like some motown to block out the existential crisis trying to battle its way into your head), a good book and some comfortable shoes. 'COMFORTABLE SHOES?', I hear you ask, 'how did they slip in there?'. Think about it though, how many nights of yours have been ruined because all you could focus on was the giant blister currently forming on your heel and the baby toe that you're positive will never have any feeling again? You see? With comfortable shoes on, especially during a city break when you're doing a lot of walking, your day is so much more trouble free. Anyway, I'll come back to that point about about shoes later on in the post. That's right, we've got a bit of foreshadowing going on, people.

 Now. Let's. Get. Grooving.

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ACCESSORIZE earrings, sequin bag, espadrilles & choker necklace | H&M t-shirt | MANGO striped trousers | GAP denim jacket

Now, I'm not going to lie, I pretty much based my entire first outfit around these earrings. How good are they?? I wear my hoops all the time but I've been looking for more of a statement earring as of late and these ticked all the boxes. Obnoxiously bright? Check. Tasselled? Check. Lightweight? Check. That's right, ladies, I wore these all day without a hint of complaint from my earlobes, a rarity in the earring world. My neck doesn't like to be without a necklace, but obviously you've got to keep it simple when you've got curtain ties in your ears, so I went for this really delicate gold choker necklace which has the pink and blue detailing to tie in with the rest of the accessories. Also in the colourful family is the little sequin bag, which is so not my usual style (as I'm sure you'll know), but I absolutely love. Sequins and floral appliqué, who'd a thunk it. It's quite small but is big enough to fit in all your daytime essentials, a lipstick, a phone, a purse - I've got this wee Dalmatian print one here - and whatever else you fancy. Chewing gum in case you bump into the Spanish man of your dreams. One of the most important things in a city break for me - especially when you want to be Dora the Explorer - is a comfortable pair of shoes. Step in: the lace-up espadrilles. They've got enough of a wedge to give you height but not too much that they're uncomfortable. The only thing I'd say is make sure that they're laced up tight!

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ACCESSORIZE espadrills, striped choker (only £8!), sequin bag and round sunglasses | TOPSHOP green trousers | Bershka cropped black top

The second day look is slightly dressier so, if you were having one of those wonderful holiday days that turns into an all-nighter then you'd be good to go. The choker's one of my favourite new additions to my jewellery wardrobe; it's quite understated but makes enough of a statement that you can get away with pairing it with a minimal outfit (win), plus it has my Mum's seal of approval so I know it's a goodie. I paired it with these little round sunglasses which are an amazing dupe for the round Ray-Bans you normally see me in. I know a lot of people worry about going away with expensive sunnies in case you lose or sit on them - we've all been there, don't worry - so the fact that these ones are only £12 is the perfect solution. Aaaand I couldn't help but add the sequin clutch and espadrilles again. Sue me (don't sue me).

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ACCESSORIZE two-tone hat, sunglasses, striped bikini, headscarf and choker necklace

All photos by O.G.Photos 

My last look is, as the bikini may have hinted at, swimwear! Barcelona's got the perfect mix of city and beach life so, when you've done exploring and need a break, the sea and sand is ready and waiting. I absolutely love the colours in this one - it's hard to be sad when you're so colourfully clad - and the sequin and tassel detailing is a really nice touch to give it an extra bit of pizzaz (I don't know why I always wait until blog posts to pull words like 'pizzaz' out the bag, sorry everyone). After having my hair bleached for most of last year it's in a bit of a mess, so I've got to be mucho careful in the sun with it now. A hat or a headband is the perfect solution - we all know how much I love a headband - so I decided to show you it styled with both. The hat's made of a woven material but is in black and grey, a welcome change to the usual, well, straw-coloured straw ones. The headscarves come in a variety of colours and prints, but this particular one is striped and multi-coloured to go with the bikini. 

And there we go, three looks for a city break all based round some pretty wonderful Accessories. Accessorize has been one of my holiday go-tos since a very young age when my Mam would take me in to pick up some fun wee bits for me and a beach bag and sarong for herself so it was a bit surreal to be working with them on this. I still stand by them being one of the best places to holiday shop so, be it swimwear or sunglasses you're after, make sure and give them a browse as you very well might find you come across everything you're after.

Amy

Post in collaboration with the makers of amazing sequin bags and jewellery that makes your heart beat harder, Accessorize