Saturday, September 20, 2014

New In

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Ah, the answer to all my flat dreams has arrived. A nice pair of flats that are comfortable, have a mannish shape and a nice bit of detail to them have been on my wishlist for a long time, but are surprisingly hard to come by, so I can see these fast becoming my favourite accompaniment to skinny jeans and suit trousers.
photo 2 (7) Adidas black & grey Gazelles

Look ma, it's not my usual navy ones! The plain black with the white stripes do still hold a special place in my heart but I thought the grey detail added a bit of a different touch, so I decided to go for them instead at the moment.

 I didn't even meant to type 'at the moment' there - my fingers did that all of their own accord. I'm an animal.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Holiday Outfits: Neon Brights

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Oh My Love neon strapless dress | Missguided neon platforms | Primark straw clutch (similar, but better, here) | Topshop coral pendant (old, similar)

No, your eyes do not deceive you; I am actually wearing an outfit made entirely of colour. Normally on holiday I'm happy to go out in the evening in my denim shorts and a slouchy tee, but since it was our last night and we were going out for a fancy meal I thought it'd dress up a bit. Plus, it'd be rude to deny my tan at least one chance to wear neon brights. Maybe the heat went to my head, I don't know.

My Mum bought me this yellow beauty as a surprise just before I left, knowing how much I enjoy a good bit of colour on holiday, and it was a happy surprise that it ended up being a perfect match for the Missguided heels. The dress does't have a zip fastening or anything, so if you're in between sizes then I'd recommend sizing up or you'll risk getting your head stuck in there forever. I decided I wasn't wearing quite enough colour, so popped on this Topshop necklace - which I've had forever, till death do us part my old friend - and this little turquoise straw clutch.

...Yes, straw. I made sure to indulge in every single holiday cliché possible.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ode to a Tan

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Zara tie-waist skirt (similar) | Topshop cropped jumper & leather jacket | Paul's Boutique bag | Missguided leopard heels (sold out, similar)

I'm not normally one to put myself out there like this, but here goes... Dear tan, please never, ever leave me; I need you. There, I said it. I actually think I might be a little bit of a tanaholic, which I admitted to Rob late one night and he just kind of looked at me with a knowing yet sympathetic look on his face. It would appear my bargain finding skills aren't the only thing that leave me akin to David Dickinson.

Anyway, before this turns into a full blown therapy session, I should probably go on and talk a little bit about what I'm wearing. I picked up this skirt in the Zara sale just before I left for my holiday, having searched high and low for something that had the illusion of sleeves wrapped round the waist but wasn't too... mannish. I should have known good old Zara would come up trumps. Generally I've been wearing it with slouchy t-shirts, but since me and Rob were heading out I thought I'd dress it up a bit with this cropped jumper from Topshop. What? No... I didn't even realise that I'd be accentuating my tanned belly by doing that. 


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jigsaw to the A/W rescue

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The Thursday before I left to go on holiday marked a sad day for me... it was the day I finally admitted that Autumn was here to stay. I had my denim shorts laid out all ready to wear, and then when I woke up the rain was hitting the window so hard that I thought I was being attacked by a hundred children with peashooters (yes, I live in the Beano). Thankfully, Jigsaw have got A/W transitional dressing covered, not least in the form of this polka dot dream, so I quickly swapped out my shorts for jeans and I was ready to go-go. I really liked it on the website, but I love it even more in real life – it’s incredibly soft and hangs in the way that no shirt has hung before (maybe we should get a room?) and, perhaps best of all, it really reminds me of the kind of thing the Chung would throw on and look incredibly cool in. I think it'll be a great layering piece for colder days, but for the moment I've chosen to wear it on its own in the hope that a last glimmer of sun will appear. To keep with the Autumnal theme I paired the outfit with some suede ankle boots and finished it off with a little leopard ponkysin belt, because for some unknown reason I feel like A/W and leopard print really go hand in hand. Maybe because leopard looks so good with plum, black, and the usual array of colours in Winterwear's palette? One of life’s great mysteries.

Despite the initial depressing tone of the post, I'm secretly a little bit excited for the cold days coming in – hot chocolate, layering, the return of Cheryl Cole on my tv.. Winter brings so many great things with it that it'd be rude to knock it completely. Jigsaw have also got an amazing blue fur coat hitting the site just in time for Winter, so make sure and keep an eye out for that because it is an. absolute. BEAUTY.* 


*Update: it's now online. Hallelujah praise the Winter Lord.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Swimwear Edit

Honey, I'm hoooome! I had the most amazing time away, and finished it up yesterday with a boat trip to see dolphins and whales (pity the crew kept such a close eye on you or I'd have been right in there). I'll put together a little post soon about the holiday, but for now I thought I'd put together a swimwear edit, because it's one of the things I've been asked about most. I always find swimwear incredibly hard to get right, so I've rounded up my favourites to hopefully help you lucky ducks who've still got a holiday to look forward to. Maybe you could.. take me in your case as a thank you? Whatever, I don't care. Please?
Wildfox tiger print silver bikini
Wildfox silver tiger print bikini

This saucy little number is the most recent bikini I've added to my collection and I absolutely love it, both for the fit and the detailing at the back. It goes a really nice shimmery colour in the sun too, which left me staring at my crotch in awe on many an occasion. Downsides? The cups comes up a bit on the small side so I'd recommend sizing up in the top. You also get some pretty funky tan lines, but they're worth it in my eyes for the sheer beauty of this set.

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Triangl Finn Rockerbird, Winnie and Arizona sunset bikinis

Along with 99% of the Instagram community, I'm a massive fan of Triangl. Their bikinis are so different to everything else out there thanks to the mix of prints, textures and colours they use. I think the Finn Rockerbird is my favourite (you can't tell so well because the photo's black and white, but the top's orange and black mesh and the bottoms are silver - Rob calls them my 'space pants'), but the Arizona Sunset also holds a special place in my heart because it was my first one and because it goes even more neon when it's wet. Downsides? They can get a bit sweaty; scuba material + a beating sun = things getting very intense, especially in the cleavage area.
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Seafolly Bellarose halter bikini

My old faithful, I don't think I'll ever be able to part with this one. I'm wearing the halter version (there's lots of different variations in this print), but I've wrapped the straps around my bosom in an attempt to avoid tan lines. The fit's amazing, as is the support - a good one to wear if you're going to a water-park, or even for a good swim in the pool. Downsides? None. Well, it's faded a little, but that can only be expected when you wear something 56708 times.
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Missguided palm print kimono

This kimono was my little saving grace this holiday. One of my pet hates is having to get dressed every time you want to nip to the pool bar/supermarket etc, especially if you're a bit sweaty, so this was perfect to throw on and it's made of nice, light material too. Even Rob got in on the action (don't click on that link if you have a sensitive stomach). Downsides? It's long, very long. Good for people with cankle issues.

So, there we go - my favourite swimwear picks. I hope this helped some of you and, equally, if you have any favourites of you own you'd like to share, please leave them below!