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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Lust of the week: The Laden Showroom x Katka Rosanna geo panel dress




The Laden Showroom is one of my favourite shops on Brick Lane; it stocks some really unique pieces by young brands, and now they've even started stocking a few pieces on ASOS - so you don't have to schlep to East London to get your fix! 

This dress is by Katka Rosanna - I love the geometric panels, mix of colours and sports-luxe style. 

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Outfit: cami dress, ripped jeans and sliders






Cami dress: ASOS
Jeans: Sheinside (similar)
Sliders: Topshop


I've inadvertently gone back to the '90s without this outfit...I've never been much of a fan of the whole 'dress over trousers' look but there's something about the slim-line cami dress and skinny jeans that just seems to work.

I can't get enough of this dress at the moment - it's the perfect thing to throw on (especially in the summer heat) and different looks can be created just by playing with accessories.
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Monday, 28 July 2014

Outfit: LBD and diamond bracelet




Clockwise from above: Topshop lipstick in Trigger, Anjolee diamond bracelet*, Finders Keepers dress, Karen Millen heels


My style errs on the less-is-more side of things, and I love a twist on a good classic. Nothing screams 'classic' like an LBD, black heels and red lips, but the fit-and-flare shape of the dress and interesting cut of the shoes give it that little something extra. To me, this outfit doesn't need much else - just this simple (yet stunning) vintage-style diamond bracelet from Anjolee* (which sells everything from necklaces to engagement rings), which really completes the look.


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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Outfit: Pastel blue dress with sliders








Dress: Whistles
Sunglasses: Primark
Rings: ASOS (similar)
Sliders: ASOS


For the past few years, pastels have pretty much dominated Spring/Summer - both on and off the catwalks. I've never really embraced the trend because it's not really 'me'. Don't get me wrong, I like it - just on other people; when I see that pretty pale yellow dress hanging in a shop, I'm immediately drawn to the black/grey/navy garment close by.

But then this dress happened. Bought for less than half price in the sale on a trip back up to Liverpool last weekend, I fell in love with the cut and colour. Perhaps my love/hate relationship with pastels has turned into plain old love. 

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Lust of the week: Missguided suede biker jacket




This week's lust comes from Missguided, in the shape of this faux suede jacket. I love the biker jacket style, and the unusual taupe colour would make a perfect addition to a summer wardrobe. Plus, at £39.99 it's an absolute bargain!

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Outfit: Crop top, boyfriend jeans and birks






Crop top: Boohoo
Jeans: River Island (similar)
Shoes: Topshop


It's not often that I get my belly out (crop tops and bralets normally being reserved for anything high-waisted) but it's been so hot in London that I gave in for this outfit, and was grateful for the light relief that a bit more exposed flesh gave me. 

In an effort to avoid a trashy, belly-out look, I kept the rest of the outfit loose (the boyfriend jeans) and casual (the birks). I've got so much love for this crop - it fits perfectly and the shape is really interesting. In fact, I'm currently trying to persuade myself that I don't need it in white too...


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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Outfit: Printed full skirt with jumper






Jumper: Zara (similar)
Heels: ASOS (similar)


The lovely Laura from Heroine in Heels has taken her love for fashion one step further from her blog and dipped her toe into the designing pool. She's collaborated with designer Tina Lobondi and created these gorgeous full, printed skirts, with promises of more items to come - I can't wait to see what else she comes up with! 

Handmade in London, the skirt is a perfect fit and the print is so unique. I love a good print clash, which is why I've teamed it with this pinstripe jumper from Zara (I've also seen similar in H&M) and balanced it all out with a classic pair of black heels. 

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Lust of the week: Topshop wide leg trousers




Like a lot of other bloggers at the moment, I am obsessed with the slouchy, wide leg trousers that are making the rounds in the UK's high streets; they're perfect for summer and can be worn dressed down with a pair of birks or up with a pair of heels. I love the colour of these ones from Topshop and think they'd look great with a simple crop top.

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Outfit: Burgundy shorts and breton top






Top: H&M
Shorts: Whistles
Flats: Zara


I think I bought these shorts about four years ago, fell out with them for a couple of years and resigned them to the back of the drawer, and now my love for them has come back. This is my excuse for a bulging wardrobe and why I can barely part with anything...you never know when you'll have the desire to wear a piece of clothing, and I'm not sure I could ever get rid of pair of silk shorts from Whistles!



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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Outfit: Girlfriend jeans and leather jacket






Leather jacket: Topshop (similar)
Tee: Mango
Jeans: c/o Warehouse
Clutch: Michael Kors
Heels: ASOS


The girlfriend jean: essentially the middle ground between the skinny and boyfriend. Straight cut, it's not too tight and not too baggy - perfect for when you want that happy medium. This pair from Warehouse fits like a glove and I love the slightly distressed look that is pretty much dominating the high street at the moment. 

For me, when it comes to a good pair of jeans, teaming it with the classics is always a winner, which is why
I've gone for my trusty leather biker and a plain white tee. Pairing it with heels and bold clutch just gives it that little bit of summin' summin'. 


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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Lust of the week: Uterque cross back dress




A new brand has come to my attention this week (new to me anyway...it started in 2008 but is relatively unheard of in the UK - or have I had my head under a rock for the past six years?!) Uterque is owned by the same people behind Zara and Massimo Dutti and has the same sort of aesthetic as & Other Stories, Cos and Zara - so an instant hit for me! Plus, the prices are pretty reasonable. 

I fell in love with this dress when I saw it; anything with a gorgeous back like this makes me go weak at the knees, and this classic piece is one that can be worn year on year.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Outfit: Glastonbury look three



Top: Zara
Shirt: Zara
Jeans: Topshop (DIY)
Wellies: Hunter
Backpack: ASOS
Sunglasses: Primark


My third and final Glastonbury look (the other days I pretty much wore variations of the same thing). You may notice there aren't any people/tents in the background of these pictures - they were taken on a walk back from the 'Powder Room' put on by ZooLoos. About a 15 minute walk off-site, it had proper showers, proper toilets with soap, hand cream and loo roll, and a lovely little cafe that did cracking breakfasts. With mirrors, dressing tables and hairdryers and straightners, it was heaven! 

Girls, if you're going to a festival this summer, look out for something similar - there's nothing like a good shower to wash away a hangover and tent-sweat. 




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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Outfit: Glastonbury look two




Parka: Zara (similar)
Dress: ASOS
Wellies: Hunter
Sunglasses: Primark


Day two of Glastonbury when the rain arrived and festival staples, the wellies and parka came out. I kept my festival looks pretty simple (I must have been one of a handful of girls not wearing a flower crown) and wore hard-wearing pieces that would handle the ever-changing weather and being splashed with mud, beer, and other liquids that I'd prefer not to think about. 




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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Lust of the week: Topshop premium leather shift dress





I love me some leather and this shift dress from Topshop is an absolute steal - down from £150 to £40 in the sale! A classic piece that can be worn in all seasons and will be a wardrobe staple for years to come. A-mazing.
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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Outfit: Glastonbury look one




Top: H&M
Dungarees: River Island
Flats: Topshop


I'm now back from Glastonbury and feeling slightly worse for wear but it was oh so worth it. Despite the rain, the mud, and squatting over long drops, I had the best five days. It was my first time at the festival and it definitely lived up to my expectations; the music was great (my favourites being Jake Bugg, George Ezra and Kasabian) and the whole place was just like a dream world, bursting with creativity.

I wore this on the first day we arrived when it was hot and the rain was yet to hit. I love dungarees and had been on the hunt for the perfect pair for a while when I snapped these up in the River Island sale a couple of weeks ago (they're now £15!)


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