Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dressing Up This Summer with Selfridges

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TED BAKER @ SELFRIDGES dress | WHISTLES @ SELFRIDGES clutch | H&M nude sandals and tassel earrings 


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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Uptown Funk

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ZARA skort (very similar here) & bag | BELLA FREUD 1970 jumper | MAJE studded biker | CAMILLA ELPHICK silver boots 
No, that's not a typo, I'm genuinely wearing a skort. It's not something I ever thought I'd see myself in again, but the colours and pattern drew me in and, before I knew what was happening, I was back to dressing like my ten year old self. The only option to counteract the youthfulness of it all was to toughen the shit out of it, so I paired it with black. A whole lot of black. The jumper is a very new, mildly naughty acquisition. I always said I'd treat myself to something when I hit 100k followers on Instagram (any excuse, eh) and I've wanted one of these for so long that it made perfect sense. Two of the usual culprits, my Maje biker and my silver boots, went on and then I finished it off with this Zara bag to tie it all together. I fell in love with it over on Angelica Blick's Instagram, thought it was Chanel, realised it was actually high street and ran-walked my way over to Zara. And that's the story of that.

Anyway, I've been avoiding hoovering for longer than I'd like to admit so I really should go and do that now. 

Ciao for now wee pals,
Amy

P.S Please excuse my messy hair, the wind was out of control that day #blogginginScotland

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Guess Who's Back

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FRED PERRY x BELLA FREUD tee (also available in white) | ZARA polka dot trousers (similar and similar) | NEW LOOK pumps (old sadly) | MAJE studded biker jacket | CELINE sunglasses (via Sunglasses Shop) 

Well howdy there! It's been a while since I've done an outfit post, hasn't it? I had a weird little crisis of confidence as of late where a)I completely forgot how to put an outfit together and b) eating a kangaroo testicle seemed more appealing than taking a photo of myself. Weird when that happens, innit? Anyway, I thought the best thing to do was to take a little time off rather than force anything which would, inevitably, end up with me foetal on the floor crying into a tub of peanut butter. Or something like that. Long story short, after a little Easter trip with some gal pals and a week away from blogging I've shaken my funk and am back and a-raring to go. 


We all know how much I love Bella Freud, so as soon as I saw her new collection with Fred Perry had dropped I got out my bank card, apologised in advance for what was about to happen, and bought me this amazing tee. They've got loads of cool stuff in the range so make sure and give it a wee browse if you're into either brand. The trousers are also new (yes I went down the cliche route of shopping to try and make myself feel better, if you could not judge me for that that'd be great. I also ate an entire Easter egg in one sitting whilst we're confessing things) and are in a very Amy-like high waisted, tapered shape. It's been pretty chilly in Glasgow so I popped my little Maje biker on, some sunnies (not strictly necessary but my eyebags had bags) and some little leopard pumps which I swear are trying to slowly kill my stupid wide feet, one blister at a time.


And there we go! I'll be back on Sunday with another post so I shall see u there.


Amy