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20 August 2016

Flute Sleeves & Khaki

I'm currently typing up this post from the comfort of my bed, the rains pattering down outside, and i'm wondering if summer has even happened?! I feel like it's come and almost gone, please don't go!, in the blink of an eye, the stores are stocking up on their coats, hats, scarves and an array of maroon and khaki coloured ensembles, and we're looking ahead to those colder months. Which brings me to this outfit. I am currently in the process of transitioning my wardrobe so that it can cover those rare sunny days, as well as the inevitable rainy, gloomy days.

  I've seen that khaki has come back again this year, and I've had this khaki button down skirt in my wardrobe for a while. It was time to shake the cobwebs off it and take it out for a spin! I picked this up from select a while ago, maybe even last year! but i'm sure there will be some similar alternatives in stores this season. I will have a browse online and see if I can find a similar one to link down below.

 I decided to pair the skirt with this flute sleeve, cream blouse from next. I love the fit and style of this top, the material is very thin, which is perfect for summer. Although I must admit, I did feel a bit like a pirate in this outfit!

  To add an extra layer, I popped on this sleeveless jacket. This has been a firm favourite of mine for a while, I love the structured blazer style of it. It's the perfect alternative to a proper jacket.

To finish I have my Kurt Geiger handbag, a circle choker from River Island and my trusty Primark sunglasses.

Shop The Post
- Khaki Button Down Skirt - Select / Alternative
- Cream Flute Sleeve Top - Next / Alternative
- Black Sleeveless Jacket - Primark / Alternative

17 August 2016

Nottingham Food & Drink Festival | Wollaton Hall

Last weekend I headed over to the gorgeous Wollaton Hall for the Nottingham food and Drink Festival. I've never actually been to a food festival, and couldn't wait to tuck in to all the delicious food!


We grabbed a salted caramel iced latte and headed off towards the tents. There was so much to choose from, gin vans, Mexican food, pizza, cake, chocolate. We decided to do some wandering and tasting before we decided where to eat.

We stumbled across The Cherry Tree which sold some amazing chutneys, jams and curds. I ended up buying a Mojito flavoured curd, which is incredibly delicious! I can't wait to do some baking with this, and also can we just appreciate the copper packaging.

It's no secret that I love pizza, so when I saw the Bare Bones wood fire pizza van I knew that's what I wanted. I opted for the classic margarita, which was mouth wateringly delicious.  Bare Bones is a family run company who cook their gorgeous pizzas in a wood fired oven, in their decked out van! If you're a pizza lover like me, of course you are, then you can check them out here.

Stephen opted for a box full of  African, flavour-packed goodies including; bean cake, jolof rice, chicken, plantain and spicy spinach. Which by the speed he ate it, must have been good!

I was so excited to see these coconut drinks, if you don't know already, I'm going to the Dominican Republic for my honeymoon in November, and seeing these made me even more excited! The top of the coconut was chopped off and I was able to eat the juicy, coconut flesh inside and drink the fresh coconut water. Then I was able to choose what flavours I wanted adding to the water, I picked a fruity strawberry and lime concoction, which was zingy and refreshing. A real treat for the taste buds.

Of course no good summer's day is complete without ice cream, me and Stephen had already spotted the ice cream parlour tent when we first walked in, but resisted temptation until after we had eaten our main! It took a lot of will power!

We chose Strawberry Crunch, it took us some time to decide as there was just so many flavours to choose from! In the end this one was perfect, not too heavy on our stomachs and really refreshing to enjoy in the sun.

Wollaton Hall and it's grounds in general are beautiful, I've enjoyed many walks here. As well as the fact I have managed to get some beautiful outfit photos taken in them too, see here and here. I would recommend whiling away an afternoon, seeing the deer roaming, and admiring the picturesque hall.


14 August 2016

Pyjama Top Styling

 What a wonderful idea, inventing a Pyjama style top for outside wear? The ultimate comfort and style fix! When I saw this silky floral beauty, hanging elegantly in the aisles of River Island, I knew it had to be mine.

I had lusted after these tops for a while, but couldn't find one that fitted the bill, until of course I saw this one. I love the muted floral pattern, and my head filled with outfit ideas as soon as I saw it, leather trousers and heels, denim dungaree dresses, skirts.. so many outfits!

On this occasion we were off to a food festival, so I decided to pair the shirt with a black denim dungaree dress from Primark, and some black tassel boots, I was aiming for a boho casual vibe.

I've always been a strong believer that accessories are the focal point of any outfit. I chose a tan felt trilby. a black choker, and brown tinted sunglasses to complete my outfit. I had been on the hunt for a choker, and loved the circle design on this River Island one. It has an adjustable strap so it will fit perfectly on all necks, which was a must as I didn't want it too tight, or slipping down! The hat was such a bargain, just £3 from Primark!

This outfit was really comfortable all day, even after eating all of the food!

What do you think of pyjama style tops?


6 August 2016

Slip Dress Styling

Happy Sunday! I managed to sneak in a cheeky outfit shoot as I am in love with this slip dress & T-shirt combo from Primark - I know I practically live in there!

 Slip dresses have been a huge trend for a while now, from sexy slinky silk ones, to more edgy velvet ones, you name it there's a slip dress for it. However, I just felt with my body type the trend wasn't that flattering on me, that was until I saw this combination. I really like how the outfit is still girly with the cute ditsy daisy print, but it's made more wearable and casual by layering it over the top of this plain white tee.

The material is soft, airy and floaty, meaning that it's perfect for a summer's day. It could be worn bare legged with tan flats and a huge floppy hat, or even be worn with trainers for a sport luxe twist. The possibilities are endless, which is why it worked it's way into my ever expanding wardrobe.

As it was a Summer's night I decided to pair the slip dress with this over-sized, baby pink trench coat, also from Primark. I really like how the coat adds a pop of colour to the outfit, but it's still very season appropriate. The cut and fit of the jacket is very flattering and it moves easily with you, instead of not being able to lift your arms above waist height, wahoo!

I can definitely see myself wearing both these pieces endlessly throughout the rest of this season, and maybe even into next season! I'm already picturing it with knee high boots and a burgundy suede biker jacket, someone stop me!


2 August 2016

I Have Nothing To Wear

After shooting this outfit, I realised that it's actually all from Primark! I just can't resist that place.

The first thing I saw when I was shopping was this 'I have nothing to wear' t-shirt, this sums me up perfectly! I'm always moaning that I have nothing to wear, when clearly I do.

I love dressing down, as much as dressing up now if I'm honest, casual wear is something I've been buying more of. I like the idea of adding pieces to my wardrobe that are versatile. I can picture myself being able pair this t-shirt with a floaty skirt and strappy sandals for a summer picnic, or with skinny black jeans, a leather jacket and heels for date night.

For this outfit I decide to go super casual, an everyday, running errands, kind of outfit. I decided to pair the t-shirt with a relaxed fit, light denim, pair of jeans, and a khaki utility style jacket. Both of which are also from Primark.  I think the key to casual dressing is all about the accessories, taking an outfit from plain, to styled. I chose this monochrome paisley neck tie, and rose gold sunglasses, to tie the whole look together.

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