31 March 2016

Casual in Converse

Leather Jacket - Topshop (similar)
Top - Adidas (similar can be found on eBay)
Shoes - Converse

Finally another style post on my blog! I honestly meant to get one up sooner but various events meant I had to keep cancelling on meeting my photographer. Eventually I decided to ask Tom, and I think he did a great job. We shot these in our back garden and the whole process went pretty smoothly! No diva strops from me, and a whole lot of patience from Tom.

This outfit is very typical for me, casual and comfortable. I am definitely a jean kinda girl, you won't often see me in skirts or dresses unless I'm going for an evening out. Over sized t-shirts and skinny jeans with a pair of trainers is pretty standard. I kept the outfit all black to allow the tie-dye Adidas t-shirt to stand out. 

Please let me know what you think in the comments!


30 March 2016

Recently Read

The bell jar by Sylvia Plath

I have always enjoyed reading, as a child on holiday I had my nose in a book at every opportunity. It used to be a joke that once I'd started reading no one could talk to me because I just wouldn't hear them. I love getting lost in a story line and being completely absorbed in the writing. With that in mind, I do mainly read fiction books. Recently I bought Girl Boss which is not my usual purchase but I have heard it's really interesting and inspiring, but as of now it's still on my bookshelf as I just keep picking up new fiction novels.

I use Goodreads to track my reading and I've set myself a goal to read 20 books in 2016, I'm doing okay so far - 6 down, 14 to go! I wanted to give a run down of some of my favourite reads this year. They are all very different books, but all really good reads in my opinion.

Starting with the one I'm currently reading, I'm about three quarters of the way through. My uni friend has been recommending I read The Bell Jar for years and I really don't know why it has taken me this long. The basic premise of this story is about a girl named Esther who has won an internship at a New York fashion magazine. She is, in theory, at a great point in her life. However she is battling with depression and mental health issues and this book tells of her struggles. It is partially autobiographical which makes the book all the more touching. I am finding this so interesting to read, to see how her feelings and emotions are processed. Be warned though, this book is very sad so if you're looking for something uplifting, this is not for you.

This book was bought for me by my lovely boyfriend for Valentines Day. I hadn't actually heard of this before, but I believe it is really popular. Kazoo Ishiguro has a beautiful way with words and I adored how this was written. I found this book to be a head scratcher, I was talking to my friends about it and just feeling like I had no idea what was happening. But not in a bad way, just in a way that made me keep on reading. The book is based in a boarding school, where the pupils don't have any contact with the outside world. It explores how your mind can conform to way of thinking if that is all you have ever known, they believed everything that was happening was normal because that's what they were told. I thought this was really interesting as this can so easily be applied to so many things in our society. 

This is definitely a lot more of a light hearted read than the previous two I've mentioned. I have read One Day by David Nicholls and really enjoyed that so I felt pretty confident I would like this book too, and I wasn't wrong. This follows the journey of a couple and their son, the wife says she thinks she wants to get divorced but they have already booked a long holiday as a family so she says she will delay her decision until afterwards. Throughout the holiday Douglas tries to win back his wife by having the perfect trip. It's heartwarming and sad all at once, the characters are written in a way that makes you feel as though you know them. I love when a writer can really give you a sense of the characters personalities and David Nicholls does this brilliantly.

This book came up in my Amazon recommendations, described as gripping psychological thriller. I am still undecided if I enjoy thrillers or not, they are definite page turners but I often find myself guessing the ending which is disappointing. However I did enjoy this book and I didn't guess the ending exactly right which is a bonus. It's about a girl who is found murdered in a small village and the story follows the investigation to find out who is the murderer. The story touches on domestic abuse and the impacts that has on the family. It was an interesting read, and written really well. I would like to read more by Debbie Howells.

I hope you enjoyed these quick reviews and maybe found a new book you'd like to read. Any recommendations are welcome in the comments!


16 March 2016

St Katharine's Docks

Leather Jacket - Topshop
Shirt - Uniqlo
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Adidas

So it's finally arrived, my first proper fashion post. I'm so excited and nervous to post this. I've been wanting to do fashion posts for a long time and show you some of my favourite pieces, but I've been too nervous! After some encouragement by some lovely ladies including Tasha, Beky and Lindsey, I've plucked up the courage. So, thanks ladies!

I wanted to photograph this beautiful shirt from Uniqlo, it's my first purchase from there and I love it. For some reason I thought Uniqlo was really expensive, so I was pleasantly surprised when I went in. I paired it with some favourites, my leather jacket and Adidas Superstars. I'm loving monochrome at the moment so this is the sort of outfit I am gravitating towards. Simple, but classic.

Let me know what you think and if you'd like to see more fashion posts on here!


13 March 2016

Home Interiors

mantelpiece home interiors

I've been wanting to share photos of my flat for a while now, but I hadn't got it quite right. I absolutely love reading interior posts so I hope you enjoy them too.

Tom and I moved into our first home together in September and it has been a work in progress ever since. Today I want to share our mantelpiece because I'm in love! We're lucky that we have this faux marble fireplace, it's so easy to make it look nice. The main piece is my scrapbook style board which was from Urban Outfitters. I've got some wedding invitations and photographs on there and I love how it gives a really personal touch to our living room. 

Around the outside I have some copper fairy lights from New Look, and two fake plants also from New Look. I would really recommend looking into New Look's home section, they have lots of really nice affordable pieces.

mantelpiece home interiors

This gorgeous gold magnifying glass is such an interesting piece and I love how it's slightly unusual. It is from a home interior subscription box called Not Another Bill. I really like the idea of beauty boxes but I found I was quite fussy and didn't use all of the products but I still wanted a treat every month. If you look on their website you can see what past months have included and I love every single month so I'm feeling pretty confident that I will get some great things.

I definitely want to keep sharing snippets of my flat with you as I get everything exactly how I want it so let me know if you enjoyed this post!

Hope you've had a great weekend :)



9 March 2016

Adidas Originals

Adidas Original Superstars

These shoes are classics and for some reason it took me until about a fortnight ago to add some to my collection. I spoke in my last post about my love for trainers and I have built up quite the collection. Most of my trainers are Nike or Adidas with some Converse thrown in as well. I love how your can pair trainers with jeans, a dress or a skirt. Simple dressing at its finest. 

Adidas Superstars

Next on my wish list is, of course, the Hugo Boss ones I spoke about in this post and also some Nike  Air Max Theas. So I'd best get saving..

What's next on your trainer wish list?



7 March 2016

Brand Focus | Hugo Boss

Kylie Jenner at the Hugo Boss AW16 show

Kylie Jenner at the Hugo Boss show (Image: Daily Mail)

Fashion week is a time of year that intrigues me. The excitement that surrounds it and the planning that goes in to each show really fascinates me. But more than the shows, it's the street style that gets me hooked. This year I noticed a shift, there was less of the outrageous fashion, which I am sure is purely to get your photo taken, and a move into comfort and practicality. 

Even the A-list celebs like Kylie Jenner opted for comfort in these beautiful Hugo Boss trainers. The Hugo Boss show this year was gorgeous, you can see the collection here for a re-cap. The blue hues running through this collection immediately attracted me and combined with classic tailoring created my perfect collection. Most of the collection was greys, blues and black but there was a pop of red to keep things interesting. Alongside the clothes I loved the beauty look in the Hugo Boss show, the whole look was really subtle. The skin was perfected and combined with a subtly contoured eye and a thin coat of mascara.

I always feel inspired after fashion week but also a little defeated because the clothes are so far out of my price range. Living in London is expensive! But there are sites like Love the Sales which collate all the sales for you to save you all the time and hassle of searching around. I found these gorgeous navy trainers by Hugo Boss which ticked all the boxes for me and at almost half price. The navy colour really ties in with the AW16 collection and trainers are definitely a trend I want to buy into, I'm all for comfort!

Do you have any savvy shopping tips to get designer clothes for less?



6 March 2016

Saatchi Gallery | Champagne Life

I have been meaning to go to the Saatchi Gallery for a long time now, last time I attempted it was closed for a private event. But this weekend I succeeded! Sometimes I can find art quite hard to appreciate. This time I went with my friend Sophie who is an artist, it was really interesting hearing her opinions on the artwork and understanding more about how they were done. I think the Saatchi Gallery is my favourite art gallery I've been to in London. It isn't too big so I didn't feel too overwhelmed and it also wasn't that busy, despite being a Saturday afternoon which was nice.

The exhibition was called Champagne Life and there was a real variety in each of the galleries. I really do want to learn more about art and the thought process behind it. I wish we had bought a exhibition guide but we didn't have any change! 

The blue toned installations by Julia Dault were my favourite, the colours and shapes were so beautiful. I also loved the wall piece with pots and pans by Maha Malluh. I found the description of her work really interesting; 'Her sculptures are assemblages of objects found in junk shops and flea markets, their decrepit state speaking volumes of the culture that once valued but has now discarded them.'

I decided to make a bit of an effort with my appearance to take advantage of the fact I wasn't hungover on a Saturday for once! I went for my classic make up look with winged eyeliner and nude lips. For my outfit I wore my beautiful Kurt Geiger boots and my Topshop camel coat with ripped jeans and a shirt. I keep meaning to try to get some good outfit photos but I'm really self-critical so I'm trying to work on that first! My friend Tasha from Style and the Sass is trying to convince me to take outfit photos with her photographer, so maybe I'll do that next month! 

Hope you've had a great weekend. I've got friends coming over today to have a roast which should be lovely :)

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