Tuesday, 26 April 2016

My Spring Wardrobe Essentials



Over the past weekend, I've been having a wardrobe sort out and really starting to think about my outfits for this Spring/Summer. As someone who favours A/W dressing, I tend to go for darker colours and heavier fabrics, so with a strict budget on clothes to upgrade my wardrobe (freelance lyf), I've had to really think about staple pieces that are not only versatile, but things I'm not going to be bored with by next week. It's only in the past year or so that I've started to feel like I finally know my personal style and what suits me the most - these are my wardrobe essentials for Spring.
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An A-Line Skirt

As someone who loves 60s/70s inspired style, A-Line skirts are a big part of my wardrobe. I love how flattering they are with my body shape (stupidly small waist and equally as stupid wide hips/thighs) and how they go with just about everything. They can be dressed up and dressed down and are a staple piece for me all year round. When it comes to Spring/Summer I like to play around with different colours and prints (whereas in Winter I'm more about textures). This year I'm particularly loving palm prints and blush pinks.


A Mini Bag

Admittedly, I've never been a huge bag person. If you know me in real life, you'll know that I carry around everything with me each day (like it's a little ridiculous) so I have a bad history of breaking every bag I've owned. So this season I'm challenging myself to purchase a smaller bag and size down when it comes to carrying around the essentials - I've never really spent more than £40 on a bag in my life, but I've currently got my eye on a few second-hand designer ones that I'm saving up for! Whilst it would be probably practical of me to get a plainer, more neutral colour, I've found myself favouring the pastel shades and patterns this season. Who needs to be sensible after all?




A Ruffle Blouse/Jumper


If there's one trend this season that I'm fully on board with, it's all about the ruffles - especially when it comes to blouses and knitwear. A lot of my wardrobe can be sometimes a little masculine, so I love how ruffles add some femininity into my outfits. I think they're a great way of adding a twist onto what are normally seen as staple pieces. I recently picked up a few white shirts with ruffle detailing and I've been wearing them on an almost daily basis!



A Denim Jacket

For as long as I can remember, I've always been a denim jacket kind of gal. The minute the weather seems to warm up, I often find myself wearing one everyday throughout Spring and Summer. There's something so timeless about them, with them coming in so many different variations to cover all bases. From pink wash denim (how amazing is this Tesco one in my wishlist below?!) and DIY details to biker cuts and raw hems, I'm all sorts of obsessed. I'm really enjoying the new shapes of denim jacket that seem to be out this season, but next on my list is one with embroidery detailing - I've seen a few over on Instagram that just need to be mine!



A Pair of Pointed Flats

When it comes to shoes, I'm definitely all about comfort. Chances are, if I end up with an uncomfy pair of shoes, I'll wear them the once and never wear them again - so I try and stick with styles and fabrics which I know not only suit me but also don't rip my feet apart (is there anything worse than sore feet? I think not!). As someone who was blessed with short legs (thanks parents) I love a good pointed flat (/with a tiny block heel) as I really feel like they elongate my legs and make me look that tiny bit taller - every little helps, right? Plus they add a real lady-like feel to an outfit and I always find it fun styling them with more masculine pieces.



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So what are your Spring style essentials this year? Anything you're loving to wear right now?


Friday, 22 April 2016

Baker Boy Caps and Kick Flare Jeans


















OUTFIT DETAILS

Jacket - M&S (similar)

Blouse - Topshop (similar)

Jeans - Topshop (similar)

Shoes - M&S (similar)

Hat - H&M (similar)

Bag - Topshop (similar)


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First things first, I'd like to apologise for my blog posts being a bit here and there recently. If you follow me on social media, I've been feeling rather down about it all and quite honestly, came very very close to just closing it down completely. I fell out of love with blogging and writing posts have been a real struggle for me. I think I've lost my way a little and my blog has become a place I'm no longer excited about and that's something I need to work on. I have a few more lifestyle posts coming up, but in May I'm really going to be focussing on more fashion/style content and go back to my roots. Fashion has always been my thing so I'd love my content to be more focussed on that for a little while and see how it goes - let me know what you think!

Now, onto the outfit. Living the freelance life, I'm not sure how much money I have on a day to day basis, so my shopping habits have had to change a lot recently. I can't always buy into the new trends (although I have an ASOS saved items page that goes on for days) and sales really are my best friend. It's fun though as it challenges me to way things in different ways and I'm really enjoying playing around with different combinations - I especially love how this one has come together. I'd like to think I'm pretty good when it comes to hunting the best pieces out in sales and I think I've done well with this outfit - not one item wasn't reduced WOO YEAH. From my bargain H&M hat which cost me less than a coffee (£2) to this biker-style denim jacket I found in M&S sale last winter (that I put to the back of my wardrobe for now) and these dusty pink pointed flats that I found in an M&S clearance market stall for a quarter of the price, these are easily some of my best finds in a long time. Not to mention this incredible high-neck white blouse which I found in my local Topshop sale a few weeks ago - I'd never seen it in store before, but there was one just randomly in the wrong sale rail in my size. Fate? I think so. I have a thing for high-neck ruffle blouses right now (someone bought the two blouses from a certain M&S collab last week... oops) as I just love how they add that hint of femininity to an outfit. Plus you can never have too many white blouses can you? (answer: the limit does not exist).
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So what are your favourite items of the moment? I'd love to know!


Thursday, 21 April 2016

My Top Tips For A Top Spring Clean




As someone who works from home, I find it very important that my surroundings are kept clean and tidy as well as being a rather calming environment. All of the furniture in my room is white which design-wise I love, but when it comes to cleaning, a whole lot of dusting is involved. Like I swear, dust can appear within minutes! So whilst I do tend to clean my room on a daily basis, I'm a huge advocate of giving my room a big Spring clean and a whole refresh. I recently posted a few simple tips and tricks when it comes to decorating a room for Spring on a budget, but when I was contacted by House Network in connection with their Spring Detox - I thought I'd share with you some of my tips for a Spring clean.

- First things first, whenever I'm tidying my room I always do it bit by bit. It's easy to be tempted to move everything out of your room to get it out of the way, but chances are (if you're like me) you'll get fed up half way through and end up putting everything back where you last had it leaving it all a bit of a waste. So to combat this I do a corner of my room at a time, maybe a corner of my room for each day and it makes the whole task feel a lot less overwhelming!

- Quite like when I sort out my wardrobe, if I'm sorting out books/DVDs/etc I tend to put everything into three piles - the things I use and want to keep, the things I'm not sure about and the things that I'm happy to give away to charity. Chances are, the things that I'm feeling uncertain about are things I've not used for months and are just gathering dust - and if so, I'll move them over to the charity pile. But if I'm struggling to decide, I'll put those things aside for a week or so - if I don't think about them, or use them, or find a place for them, then they go. Simple as really!

- As someone who tends to be rather sentimental, I normally keep a hold of everything that has a memory attached to it - whether that be a good one or a bad one. It's a real awful habit of mine but I often struggle to let go of negative events that have happened in the past and I often hang on to those feelings attached to them. It's something I'm working on, but something that has really helped has been getting rid of items which remind me of things I need to let go of.

- Once I've chosen everything that I want to keep, I'll then start putting things back on the shelves, one by one. It can take a little time to arrange things how I like, but often I find things looking cluttered and if so, I begin the process again of sorting out the three piles based on what items I'm left with.

What are your top tips when it comes to spring cleaning?