Pulling off your Summer party look

Pulling off your Summer party look

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Want to hear something ironic? My favourite fashion posts to discuss here on the blog are always evening and party looks, but they are the looks that I wear the least as I hate being out past 7pm! Pathetic excuse for a 21-year-old I know! Nevertheless, it is my favourite fashion looks to create so I am going to post all about them anyway. I find Summer party looks often a lot more difficult than other seasons to pull off, mainly because of the temperature uncertainty, however they are also the ones that you can have the most fun with.

One of the main reasons I love dressing up in the Summer is that I find it a much easier season to really express myself and have fun with an outfit. In the Winter I automatically go to darker colours and much heavier accessories, so in the Summer it just feels like there are many more options.

Summer often caters to a much larger variety of parties and occasions to celebrate from birthdays to weddings, christenings to proms and even a Summer garden party. With this, there is a much larger selection of outfits available, many of which can be picked apart and transitioned from one event to another. When I had my colour analysis a couple of weeks ago it opened my eyes to so many more looks that I can create, and most importantly has made me get so much more creative with my summer looks, day to night. In the analysis it was very obvious that black is not a great match for my skin tone, however it is a colour I have in abundance in my wardrobe, so I have had to play around with it to out my clothes to good use. So, that brings me on to this year’s Summer evening look.

Wedges/ Block Heels

So, for me the first component of any Summer look is a wedge or block heel, contrary to what you see in this blog post. My feet got tired during our shoot and I forgot to put my heels on!! Block heels and wedges  just scream Summer and let’s be honest, they are a hell of a lot more comfortable. I think the majority of Summer evening looks just look so much more elegant with this chosen shoe, particularly with the huge midi trend of 2019. Dune London have always been my go-to for a good wedge shoe, as well as Asos and Topshop for great block shoes.

The Midi Dress/ Skirt

The midi trend of 2018/19 has been huge, and I hope that it is a trend that goes on and on as it is my absolute favourite look. Yes, it may very much be an easy to go to day look, however for the evening they are so easy to dress up in any way for any occasion. The key ways to do this are with accessories, the right shoe and of course a bag. The midi dress featured in this post is one of my latest pieces in my wardrobe from New Look and it has quickly become one of my favourites. I would describe it as a very ‘Summer toned leopard’, that can easily be adapted. Trying to tone down the black, I chose to pair it with a white top and silver accessories which compliment my skin tone and give the outfit an overall very Summery feel.

Accessories

Accessories are the key way to dress up an outfit, particularly a Summer outfit that can exist with all the other components in the day and then a simple necklace to give it an evening edge. I am very much a silver toned accessory girl, so accessorising for me in the Summer is a lot easier as it is much more of Spring Summer toned colour. I would say however that your accessories shouldn’t depend on the season, they should only depend on what looks right on you and what you enjoy wearing.

Hair Accessories

The biggest trend of 2019 so far seems to have been the introduction of bold hair accessories, such as ribbon hair ties, knotted and ‘diamond’ hair bands and those o so gorgeous pearl hair clips. They are all so beautiful and I do think they look utterly divine in the evening with any evening look. What’s even better? You can get them for a complete bargain across all high street stores.

Glitter

Let’s be honest, we all love a bit of glitter and in the Summer, it really works! In fact, I have been on the hunt this season for some gorgeous glitter pieces to add to my wardrobe, but they are surprisingly hard to find. I think a glittery cami with block coloured trousers are a huge yes for an evening look, or a plain top with a glitter midi skirt is just to die for. This trend can be used anywhere on an outfit for that extra touch of glam, and just looks so beautiful in the Summer when it catches the sun.

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Skirt – H&M

Top – Primark

Shoes – Zara

Bag – Gucci 

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My favourite higher high street brands

My favourite higher high street brands

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

As a fashion lover, I admire and love so many different brands across the industry. So today I wanted to discuss my favourite higher high street brands, which are the brands I choose to shop at for key pieces in my season wardrobe and items that I invest in knowing they are going to not only last me a long time but not go out of fashion in my eyes. When I look at my wardrobe, or my style, I would say that I have a very much high street wardrobe which I then use my more expensive items to complete any look. I don’t believe in spending a fortune on all areas of my wardrobe and I have to say, clothes themselves are where I do generally spend less money.

I can very easily separate my wardrobe into three sections. The first being my core items that are the building ground for any outfit, followed by my higher end high street items to bring the other items to life. Followed by my much higher end pieces to really complete a look.

If I had to explain these higher high street brands to anyone, I would very much summarise them as brands I shop at a few times a season for key pieces, compared to my basics which I shop at regularly each month. They are the brands that I get such a buzz from when getting to shop at them, and they are the brands that I would say I get such good value for money from in my wardrobe.

Zara

So, you probably read Zara and thought ‘no way is that high end’ but bear with. Yes, Zara is amazing for basic pieces and seasonal trends, however there really are categories of Zara that I would summarise as high end. For me that would be there higher quality coats and blazers. Zara is my go-to when I want a good blazer or seasonal coat and as you are probably aware, they are by no means cheap, hence why I categorise them as being higher end. The blazer featured in this post sums that all up perfectly, as it is something, I have had my eye on for a really long time and adore the quality of it. This blazer for me screams Chanel vibes, and can be dressed up or down for an elegant and utterly chic look. The blazer cost £90 and was such an investment for my wardrobe.

Dune London

I have raved multiple times here on the blog about Dune London and will never stop… I absolutely love them! They are my go-to for good quality, value for money footwear, all year round. They have so many beautiful styles of shoe for every season, are so well made and amazingly manage to follow the trends with all their looks. The shoes featured in this post were a treat to myself as I branded them ‘my birthday shoes’ and I have worn them so many times since. They are the perfect shoe for day to evening, Summer and Spring and most importantly, they are so comfortable. If you are looking for new shoes, Dune should be your number one!

Michael Kors

I think a lot of us can agree that Michael Kors is a great brand for bags and accessories. I have loved their handbags for years and have lost count of how many I have had come and go in my collection. The red bag featured in this blog post is one of my absolute favourites and the style itself I have in three colours because they are so easy to use for different outfits. Every bag I have had from this brand has been amazing quality, they all work with so many different looks and they are extremely hard wearing. A definite go to when I am looking for a new handbag that is mid-range in cost.

Ted Baker

As with Michael Kors, Ted Baker is another brand that I adore and, in my eyes, they are very on par with each other. I do love Ted Baker handbags and accessories like Michael Kors, however I also absolutely love all their clothing and other pieces such as sunglasses and swimwear. Everything they produce is great quality, always such pretty and unique designs as well as being timeless in style. The few Ted Baker clothing pieces I own a cherishes items in my wardrobe and they have all definitely had their cost per wear!

Mint Velvet

Mint Velvet is the latest brand that I fell in love with and I would definitely call it higher high street end in terms of cost. Since discovering them around a year ago I have had quite a few pieces and I love wearing them each day. I have had a lot of jewellery from them, shoes, day tops and this year a few Summer dresses. They all fit into my wardrobe and style perfectly and I can’t fault them on anything. They are also lovely shops to visit and it is always a pleasant experience when you buy from them, in store or online.

 

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Blazer – Zara

Jeans – Zara

Top – Zara

Shoes – Dune London

Bag – Michael Kors

 

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Styling Silk this Summer

Styling Silk this Summer

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

Silk has been the biggest trend of 2019, and it is something I have adored, however found extremely difficult to style on myself. The classic straight cut, silk Topshop skirt that everyone has been wearing caught my eye instantly, although when I put it on it was a very different story. I have a very small waist, followed by hips that go out a lot. Therefore, a lot of skirts look strange on me as they go out and in way too much to be deemed anywhere near flattering. So, long story short, the skirt didn’t work for me. Wanting to be involved in this trend I searched high and low for an alternative, and finally found something a lot more like me. I headed to trusty ASOS and found the perfect skirt for me, a midi skater style skirt, in gorgeous champagne, and most importantly, silk! I adore this new item in my wardrobe and have had a lot of fun over the past few weeks styling it for different occasions. It has been worn for work, special occasions and even dressed down for a chic day look.

Silk is a texture that can be adapted to suit you and the occasion in so many different ways. This is one of the many reasons that I am so thrilled that silk has become a big style trend of the moment.

Perhaps you are like me and love this trend, but are also struggling like me to get it to work for you? I wanted to put together a little blog post based all around silk, styling it for different occasions and most importantly making it work for you. This can often be the hardest part of new trends on the scene, as we all love what others are wearing but really struggle as obviously it is never one size fits all.

Alternative Styles

First things first, as I have had to do, always search for an alternative to the on-trend piece. I loved the straight cut silk skirt, however it didn’t work with my body shape, so I had to search for an alternative. Silk is the part that I loved the most, so I knew straight away that I was able to mix this up and find a silk-based skirt in a different style. Luckily for me, a midi, flowy skirt is just up my street so stumbling across one in silk was a great find for me! So, in this case, I found the texture I love in a style that really works for me.

Casual Accessories & Tying Knots

I think the biggest trend in terms of silk is styling it down as part of a chic and effortless day look. The first way of doing this is with extremely casual accessories, such as lighter toned silvers and rose golds rather than in your face statement pieces. Followed by dainty handbags, shoes and easy look hair dos. For me, I always style my hair in a low bun or with simple waves when wearing silk in the day. Another way of dressing down this material is tying knots, especially with a silk blouse. I think a pair of denim jeans with a white silk shirt, tied in a knot at the front is such an elegant and chic off duty look.

As an underneath item

If you think of a silk blouse/ shirt, a great way of wearing it as a day item is underneath another item, such as dungarees, a Summer jumpsuit/ playsuit or even a dress. This kind of look is perfect for a dressed-up situation such as a Summer wedding, christening or even day time lunch. This is something I have seen a lot recently around London, and particularly with those attending the latest year at Wimbledon.

Biker and Denim Jackets

Silk works great when contrasted with another texture. In the evening I love the look of silk with a denim or biker jacket to give it an amazing contrasted edgy feel. Again, take a white silk shirt and jeans, with a biker jacket thrown over, or a silky white dress with a denim jacket thrown over with Summer sandals. Both these looks are my kind of dream, and it is just making me want to invest in a lot more silk for my wardrobe!

Mis-match Textures

As with the jackets, silk works best with an obvious mix-match of textures. I always think that my silk skirt works best with a cotton based top, or even a jumper in the cooler months. This difference in texture adds so much to an outfit and completely finishes off any silk look.

 

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Skirt – ASOS

Top – Zara

Shoes – ASOS

Bag – Gucci

 

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My Favourite Jewellery Brands

My Favourite Jewellery Brands

Today I wanted to talk about something a little different here on the blog, jewellery. I have always loved jewellery and have always been the first to notice a lovely piece of jewellery out and about, however it is only in recent months that I have started to really utilise the accessory and wear the things that work best for me. I think when it comes to this accessory, a lot of us are very prone to sway towards items that others and more so what is deemed to be on trend. A lesson I have learnt is that jewellery should be a timeless edition to an outfit and something that should be a true reflection of you without going out of trend. If any of you have watched Riverdale on Netflix, you will know what I am talking about when I say that Veronica owns those pearls. It is a simple design, and a classic stone that normally you wouldn’t expect to see on someone so young. However, the simple accessory very much resembles her personality and now when you see her without them it definitely looks like something is off. This is the way I want to be with jewellery. I would like key pieces in my collection that compliment my style and I, as well as can be transitioned for many different reasons.

I thought that doing a blog post purely based on jewellery brands I love is something that is way overdue here, especially as it is a part of my love for fashion that is continuously growing.

I don’t have the funds in my life to spend a fortune every time I shop on extremely expensive jewellery, and if I am being honest, I don’t believe you need to. The first brand that I adore is Mint Velvet for their accessories and mainly jewellery. I have had countless pieces from them over the last year and can do nothing but rave about their quality, unique design and value for money. The earrings featured in this blog post are from Mint Velvet, in the silver and rose gold star design. I simple adore this design and have found them to be very versatile in my wardrobe. They can be worn with a simple top and hair up look for effect, or they can be worn with other accessories to add the ideal finishing touch to any look. If you are a fan of the star design that is very popular nowadays, you definitely need to check out Mint Velvet across all their stock.

My next favourite jewellery brand is probably my longest standing favourite, and it is the only brand I have ever loved the watches from. Olivia Burton is a brand that I got into many years ago when it was really very trendy to have one of their watches and they were probably one of the most instagrammed things for a while. I loved them straight away for their simplicity, intricate design and overall selection of colour tones, shapes and sizes. I have had many of their watches since the obsession began and can’t really picture myself ever wanted to try another brand again. The one featured in this post was a present from my boyfriend over three years ago, and the light pink toned strap with the gold makes this my usually every day go to. I absolutely love the design and look of it on my wrist and think that it really compliments my style to a tee. As with Mint Velvet, I think that Olivia Burton is such a good bet as they are all beautiful and great value for money.

Pandora is a brand that is obviously very much a trend and we all love because everyone has items from them, however I do think in the last year they have really stepped up their game and started to release a lot more jewellery that is unique to them. Some of their limited-edition ranges have just been to die for, and I am gutted that I didn’t manage to get my hands on a few. Nevertheless, I am very happy with my main Pandora piece, which is the classic charm bracelet. I know it is a bit of a cliché and something everyone has, but I love my bracelet. It goes with most of my wardrobe, can be put on for added depth to an outfit and most importantly the charms do remind me of big things in life that I have gone through. I don’t wear it every day as I want to keep those memories special, although when I do, I love it.

The next item is from Tiffany and Co and is the classic small ‘open-heart’ necklace. I chose this for my 21stpresent as I wanted something that could be worn every day, that goes with everything, can be easily layered and most importantly will sit above all my tops. Due to my operation scar, I am often very prone to choose tops that are high, so having a necklace that was shorter meant that it is still able to be seen. For me this necklace signifies so much more than a beautiful piece of jewellery, as it is something, I received for a day that was a big deal in my life and it is a constant reminder each day of my operation that I overcame. Things like this do make me realise how much people can underestimate the power of jewellery. I don’t yet have anything else from Tiffany and Co, however after sitting in one of the London stores swooning over everything, I am sure that in my life time that is going to change.

Shout out to the independent designers

Finally, after talking about a few larger brands, I would also like to make it very clear that a large percentage of jewellery in my collection is from independent designers that I have bought at times when I haven’t been looking. Holiday markets have always proved to be great for me, as well as small independent shops in small villages and towns. I choose to shop in a variety of different places for everything in my wardrobe, so think it is only fair to mention that I personally find some of my favourite original pieces do come from smaller businesses.

 

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I have not been paid to feature any brands, and all views and opinions are my own.

My Top Tips for Working from Home

My Top Tips for Working from Home

Images by Hana Dallimore Photography

I feel very lucky to be able to work from home a lot, with two days office based in my part time job and the others based at home running my social media business. Working from home is amazing, although I have learnt very quickly that it is by no means an easy ride, in fact I found it extremely difficult at the beginning. The main struggle I endured was managing to get into the right mind set for work and then remembering that it is time to stop working and then enjoy my down time. Getting the balance right is very difficult, as well as getting yourself into a strict routine and being able to properly stay in control of yourself and get the job done.

I think working from home is one of those things in life that if you don’t do it you cannot see any fault in it and then the moment it happens to you, you suddenly realise that it isn’t all it is set out to be.

Don’t get me wrong, there are so many things that I love about being able to work from home a lot, and if I’m being honest, I don’t think I would ever want to stop, but I did want to share a post on the topic. More so, I thought that if I was going to share a post about it, it would be based on my tips to getting your work done productively at home, and getting yourself into a proper routine, for the sake of your own sanity! These are all small things that I do, that have built up over time, that have just made working from home a hell of a lot easier, as well as a lot more enjoyable.

Clean Desk, Tidy Mind

My absolute biggest rule is that I always tidy and clean my desk at the end of the day, as well as ensuring it is ready to go in the morning. About once a month I do a proper clean and organise all my paperwork, however even just a small ‘hinch’ is exactly what you need to get yourself into the right frame of mind. There really is nothing better than getting to your desk in the morning, with a coffee, and it being all tidy in front of you. To go one up on yourself, leave your work to do list of the day right in the middle of the desk!

Set Routine

As we all know, humans seem to thrive off routine, no matter what that routine is. Whether we admit it or not, we all love having our own way of doing things and living our lives according to our chosen lifestyle. When it comes to working from home, the biggest thing I have to constantly remind myself is to stick to my routine. I don’t generally stick to the 9-5 way of doing things, however I try my best to stick to set hours and not get distracted during them. I usually set this all out on a Sunday evening with my diary in front of me. Being strict with yourself is the key to pulling this off.

Background Noise

This is a pretty simple point that I am trying to make, basically we can all think that having noise in the background at home is helpful, but it really isn’t. I sometimes have the radio on, or even Friends in the background, but your concentration level will never be the same with it. The minute I turn it all off I instantly feel more in the work zone and able to do my job a lot better.

Flexible is Okay

At the end of the day, working from home is not the same as being committed to a 9 to 5 office job. If you have the option of being a little flexible there is nothing to say that this is not okay. Any appointments I have I generally book in the week as it is less busy and I want to spend my weekends with loved ones, however as I manage my time pretty well, I am able to work around it. If I have an appointment in the morning I will start work later and ultimately keep going until I am done, which yes probably is a lot later than the average finish time. However, as long as it isn’t affecting your life in a negative way, what is wrong with that? Give yourself a break… no one is perfect.

Timed Breaks

A little tip I learnt from my grandad. For the sake of your eyes, mental well-being and productiveness level, give yourself timed breaks. I set an alarm on my phone for 60 minutes – I then work for that 60 minutes until the alarm goes off and then I stand up, stretch it out, make a drink and give myself 10 minutes to refuel. Also, when I am working, as a lot of it is computer based, I try to look away from the screen regularly so that my eyes don’t get too strained.

Work and Leisure

The biggest lesson I have had to learn is that you need to be able to distinguish between your work area and your leisure area. I generally won’t work anywhere else in my flat apart from my desk, then I generally will never sit at my desk unless I am working. You have to be able to get that balance right in order to live both sides of your life to the maximum. If I’m being honest, the next thing I want to do it turn my guest room into a study, to be able to get better separation from work to life.

 

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Dress – Zara

Belt – Gucci

Shoes – New Look

Bag – Mallorca Market

 

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My Go-To Summer Evening Look

My Go-To Summer Evening Look

Imagery by Hana Dallimore Photography

I am a typical girly girl when it comes to getting dressed up in the evening. I love the process of a chilled evening, drinking a glass of wine, listening to music and getting my hair and makeup done. It is just a fun time to relax and unwind whilst also having a little pamper and getting creative. However, I do very much prefer the experience in the Winter Autumn months. Summer fashion is not where my natural skill set lies, so it takes a lot of work for me to look and feel good during the Summer, months, particularly on holiday. I just hate how uncomfortable I feel in myself when it is hot, so it is so difficult to find something to wear that changes this.

A good Summer evening look for me needs to be chic and relaxed, whilst also keeping the touch of glam that comes with all my Winter evening looks.

The first thing I try to do when putting together a Summer evening look is picking out the colour scheme. This is the toughest part of putting a look together for me as my natural colour to go towards is black. In the Summer, black just doesn’t really work, so I have to try extremely hard to stay away from it and adopt a love for the brighter shades. If I’m being honest, my go to colour in Summer is white… very much my Summer black! I personally think white works quite well on me, and as with black, I adore the simplicity and versatility of it. I can accessorize in any way, wear any makeup look I fancy and have an extremely varied choice of shoes and bags to compliment the outfit. This white dress featured in this post was a little New Look bargain at the beginning of the season and I absolutely love it. The navy stripes add the perfect touch of subtle colour to the outfit, and it comes with the amazing versatility of such a good colour.

One thing I learnt last year during the Summer season was to be very picky about the Summer dresses I choose to buy. There are a lot of quirky and cute dresses on the high street nowadays, however there is such a variety of different qualities. What is even more strange is that this can be varied within one shop. I personally love New Look for my Summer pieces, although I do choose to shop in store as not all the dresses are of the same quality. This one featured is very good. The fabric is soft to touch, comfortable to wear and is not translucent in colour one bit. Hence, why I have already reached for it a lot. I love the flexibility of this dress, being able to dress it up for the evening and then down for the day… even also wearing it as a cover up over a swimming costume.

For me, a Summer evening outfit really comes together with the shoes and bag. I love bringing out my Summer sandals during this season, mainly because I can walk in them a lot better than my Winter heels. Summer sandals are so easy to wear with a Summer dress, especially the block heel style that is very much on trend at the moment. I think all my Summer shoes have this heel and I love it because it adds the perfect height, whilst also remaining comfortable. These sandals were a little ASOS order for me at the beginning of the season and I love them. They can be worn with so many outfits, are easy to wear and are the perfect shade of tan to be pulled off with lots of other different colours.

At this time of year, I also love using my bright coloured handbags and experimenting with different textures. I mean don’t get me wrong, I use all my handbags at all times of the year, however having a bold and bright one in the Summer just always works. I bought this pink bag around two years ago from Mulberry and have shocked myself with how much it has been used. In fact, I did not think for one second, I would use it quite as much during the Winter as I do in the Summer. I adore the sweet shade of pink and it just goes with so much of my wardrobe – particularly a white toned outfit for a Summer evening. I personally think that if you want to invest in a colourful handbag, starting with a pastel toned one is going to give you a lot more flexibility with when you can wear it. I would be tempted to say that this could possibly be my favourite bag in my collection.

In terms of accessories I have one rule in the Summer… only one. I personally love jewellery and nice accessories in the Summer, however because of the usual heat I cannot stand to wear much. So, my go to is a statement pair of earrings. Rings and necklaces just irritate me when I am hot, but a chunky pair of earrings looks chic, whilst also not getting in the way or being a nuisance. I absolutely adore earrings and seemed to have gathered quite the collection. What is even better, you don’t need to spend a fortune to get pretty ones. This year my go to stores has been New Look, Accessorize and Mint Velvet.

All in all, if I had to describe my Summer evening look in a few words it would be relaxed, effortlessly chic and minimal. A simple dress with accessories to bring it to life, which gives you the ability to look glam whilst also remaining cool and comfortable.

 

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Dress – New Look

Shoes – ASOS

Bag – Mulberry

Earrings – New Look

 

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