Wednesday, 20 September 2017

YOUTUBE | CHATTY GRWM ft. FENTY BEAUTY


Get ready with me as I try out some new Fenty Beauty bits!





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Sunday, 17 September 2017

OUTFIT | TICKLED PINK


Surprise, I've gone pink! You might remember me moaning about my hair predicament when I had roots grown out to almost about my ears and a pale mint colour that actually was a happy accident faded out from a deep lilac dye (yeah wtf right). I feel like I've abused my hair enough during the process of going grey/silver a couple of months ago and decided to try out a warmer hair colour so I wouldn't have to bleach my naturally black hair to such a pale white every time I need to retouch any regrowth. I've never actually had a warm hair colour before, always had it in the blues and purple end of the spectrum. I was afraid it might make my face look more like a tomato than it usually does but alas if it does, I'm enjoying the brightness very much. Having an electric hair colour has also made me reach for colourful outfits more so than I usually do. I've never been one to shy away from colour but now I tend to gravitate towards wearing a head to toe array of different shades and pretty much resembling a walking rainbow. That's got me thinking how much a hairdo influences your style. Not only what colour but a certain style or cut as well. That's why people often go darker for winter and vice versa. To be honest I've never really thought about my hair by any of these terms and have always just done whatever the hell I felt like at the time, often a spur of the moment thing and then just dealt with the consequences after. Gone pink – ohh I should probably avoid wearing too much red now as it will clash... or should I? Truthfully there are times, more often than not, when it's just too much of a bother to worry about whether clothes will match or clash with my hair. It's such a first world problem even though I constantly get reminded by several bloggers on my Instagram feed mastering the art of aesthetically pleasing colour combinations every damn time. I guess what I'm getting at is that ultimately I don't want my hairdo to limit my style. Both are excellent forms of self expression that I try not to take for granted. So here's to the foreseeable future with pink hair!

Warehouse t-shirt / Topshop jeans / Pop & Suki bag / Gucci trainers / Daniel Wellington watch*


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Sunday, 10 September 2017

MAYFIELD LAVENDER


Having lived in London for almost five years now, I find myself becoming increasingly boxed into the humdrum routine and city life so it's always handy to take a tourist's eye to give me a fresh perspective on this beautiful country I've been lucky to call home and discover hidden gems. Not like the Mayfield Lavender farm was an obscure destination, I'd been meaning to visit this location for years but kept putting it off and eventually forgetting until one day a friend visiting from Indonesia mentioned it was on her London to-do list. The farm is in Banstead with the easiest way to get there (which we took) being to hop on a train from Victoria Station to Sutton (around 40min journey) and then to take a black cab to the farm (another 15min). If you'd prefer to drive, they also have a spacious parking space but bear in mind it tends to fill up the later it gets. We decided to leave London to get there just as it opened at 9am to take advantage of an almost deserted lavender field, it was almost like we had the entire place to ourselves. We were also blessed with the loveliest weather that day so I wore this vintage looking broderie crop top from ASOS with my favourite high waisted, wide leg jeans and converse high tops. Pretty and feminine enough on top which quenched my urge to don a dress which would have been so perfect to twirl around in but not the most practical to drag through the mud, the jeans and converse a much better option for the latter. The outfit was topped off with this hat which served as my summer straw variety this year (I left last years' on the train and someone happily took ownership of it) and some arm candy courtesy of Primarni. Unbeknownst to most from these photos, I almost had a meltdown on the train journey there as I spilt my morning coffee all down the front of my pristine white top. My friend saved the day when she suggested that I just turn the top around for the blog photos, so what you're actually seeing in all these shots is the back of this top. Problem solved and to this day I'm grateful for all the lavender to cover my modesty whilst I kept having to flip the top around. There you go, nothing is always as picture perfect as it seems, but life goes on and you've got to make the most of it!

ASOS top (sold out but almost identical one here) / ASOS jeans / Converse high tops / ASOS hat / Primark bangles and rings


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Sunday, 3 September 2017

OUTFIT | THE STATEMENT JACKET


A statement jacket was a piece I used to shy away from because I never really owned any basic staples in my wardrobe and layering a printed jacket over another printed dress would be overkill (or entirely genius if you can pull it off). Now that I've started getting into wearing jeans more (elaborated in this post), I'm jazzing ensembles up in a completely different way than I used to. Playing with prints as an outer layer can feel completely in your face at first but over something black or white is practically a fool proof way to style. Once you've mastered that you could move on to pairing prints with block colours, picking one shade in the print you're wearing to match with, a complimentary colour scheme (think a pastel theme ie. baby pink and mint or an autumn colours theme ie. mustard and burgundy) or if you're feeling braver, a contrasting shade on the colour wheel (think blue and yellow). The ultimate skill in my opinion, is clashing prints whilst still looking effortless and aesthetically pleasing. I don't think I'm qualified yet in this regard but my favourite fail-safe way to rock this look is to pair classic stripes with polka dots. Anyway, without going too off tangent, this is the new statement jacket in my life, an ASOS number that reminds me of Miu Miu's brocade jackets. I thought it would glam up a 'blue jeans, white shirt' (hands up if you read that to the tune of Lana Del Rey) get up and really loved how this look turned out, and the fact that we walked past this cute pastel pink coffee shop that day which provided the perfect backdrop.

ASOS jacket / Motel top / ASOS jeans / Office boots / Pop & Suki bag


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Sunday, 27 August 2017

OUTFIT | VINE


It was some time during editing this set of photos, that I realised I'd worn blue denim jeans in my last five outfit posts. Which may seem nothing out of the ordinary to some but for little ol' me, it's almost downright miraculous. A lot of my real life friends are gobsmacked as I've spent a good chunk of my teens to early twenties moaning about the inaccessibility of a good fitting pair of denim jeans for curvier girls. No, I don't want flimsy jeggings that are guaranteed to stretch over 'plus-sized' thighs and tush, I want real quality, tailored denim to suit more figures. I remember a school friend of mine with her bestie when someone jokingly asked "So, who wears the pants in this relationship?" and she immediately pointed to her friend and said, "Zoe, because I look fat in pants." She was a size 10 at the most so why did she and so many other girls including me feel this way? Having to resort to skirts and dresses to define our style when sometimes all we wanted was a casual pair of jeans to run around in without the risk of flashing anyone. Looking back, perhaps my heavily vintage inspired style growing up was dictated by my inability to wear jeans or more accurately, to find a pair that fit me right. Whilst I was filming my style evolution video (which I still haven't finished editing and I've no legitimate excuse as to why it's taking so long), I definitely noticed the almost abrupt change in my style as I started discovering that I could wear jeans and look good in them... it was all down to finding a pair to suit my figure. Luckily, styles of jeans have branched out from your typical skinny leg, straight leg, boot cut etc. and this fact combined with inspiration from other bloggers (especially Megan Ellaby & Lizzy Hadfield for me), as well as being presented with bloggers of different shapes and sizes modelling different pairs of jeans, means that I've been able to experiment and find particular styles and fits that I've come to love and rely on for my denim fix. 


My favourite tried and trusted style are the ASOS Farleighs which have been featured in 99% of my outfit posts that have consistedof jeans. They're a slim mom jean style and ASOS do them in tonnes of different washes and even some with fun details such as embellishments, fringing, or rips. As you've seen them a gazillion times before on this blog, today I want to introduce you to my latest love affair: Topshop's wide leg jeans. These bleach light wash ones were my first pair and now I own three more washes because I'm actually obsessed. I'd eventually like to collect every single wash and colour that Topshop would like to offer. I think the wide leg almost appears like a straight leg on curvier pins. If you love the look of the Levi 501s but they don't fit right on you then these babies might be the ones for you. They're much more high waisted and fit over my sizeable behind without too much gaping around the back of the waist. There's hardly any stretch to them and the denim material is quite thick which I think is super flattering as it sucks in any unwanted flab. Today I've styled it with this absolutely stunning guipure lace top I snapped up in the last Self Portrait sale, my Glamorous baker boy cap that I also own in navy and yes, once again, my rose gold Stella McCartney platforms that apparently refuse to leave my feet on their own accord. Last but not least, this ASOS hand bag with the gold hoop is a straight up dupe of the Chloe one and I'm super impressed with it for the £20 price tag! You can carry it like I'm doing here but it also comes with a long strap to wear it cross body and the hoop stays up as decoration. I'm quite surprised it hasn't sold out already to be honest. All in all, this is one of my favourite outfits I've put together in while, I felt amazing in it. Anyway, do check out Topshop's wide leg jeans if you haven't already, and let me know what you think of them! I've got my eye on the pale pink pair next.

Self Portrait top / Topshop jeans / ASOS bag / Glamorous hat / Stella McCartney shoes


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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

OUTFIT | DEAD TO ME


A Prince of Wales check blazer has definitely emerged as the "It Blazer" during this wishy-washy period of summer and is set to continue it's streak well into autumn. Not working in an office with a strict dress code means that I often forget the chic sartorial edge throwing on a blazer can immediately lend to an ensemble, it's a refreshing change of outerwear to my usual choice of cardigan or leather jacket. For me, the easiest way to style a blazer day to day is to wear it over a casual outfit such as a simple jeans and t-shirt combo, to steer it away from looking too "business woman". I've even seen other girls elevate it to nighttime over a strappy LBD so it really is quite a versatile piece. I've gotta talk about this slogan tee, which I pulled out of my stash as I was looking for a plain white tee (that I apparently never had as I am the worst when it comes to basics). It's pretty tongue in cheek and I was surprised to have been stopped by not one, not two, but three strangers – and here's the thing, they all seemed over the age of 55! Not that there's anything wrong with that but I was just taken aback by this demographic, one man even did a double take as he walked past and asked if he could read my shirt! I felt like I was offending these baby boomers too as they squinted at my chest. Soz. Last but not least, these boots! As someone with wide feet, I really appreciate that ASOS are expanding their 'wide fit' range of shoes. These bright red boots make a real statement and have once again proven that I can't resist a good Western style buckle detail. The Chloe Susanna should be quaking, there's a brand new buckle boot in town, yee-haw.

ASOS blazer (sold out but similar) / Drop Dead t-shirt / ASOS jeans / ASOS boots


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