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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Relaxed Suiting in Melbourne

Sunglasses: c/o New Look 
Top: Mango
Blazer: Zara
Trousers: Uniqlo
Sandals: Atterley 

During our trip to Australia, we flew from Perth to Melbourne for a couple of days right in the city. We stayed in an Airbnb in Fitzroy which is about a 20 minute walk from the CBD and is full of independent restaurants, bars, coffee shops and clothes stores - it's a little like the Shoreditch of Melbourne. 

As we only had a couple of days, we spent most of our time wandering around the city, having brunch, stopping for coffee and then going out for drinks and dinner - which is pretty much my favourite thing to do, so it suited me fine.

If you're staying in Fitzroy, go to Brunswick Street for shopping (Assembly Label and Nique were my favourites) and dinner (we went to Village People for Vietnamese, Naked in the Sky for rooftop tapas and Transformer for incredible vegetarian). Make time for Gertrude Street as well for brunch (try the Donkey Wine Store and Cafe) and wine bars (Marion was our favourite). 


Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Palm Print Dress

Dress: Zara (similar)
Sunglasses: ASOS
Flip Flops: Havaianas 

I'm not normally one for bold prints when it comes to dressing, with stripes being pretty much the furthest I'll go. This season's botanical print trend has won me over though, especially this palm print dress from Zara. I took it on holiday with me and it ended up being perfect for the warm weather with its loose fit and injection of colour, plus it was easy to dress up or down with footwear and accessories, depending on the occasion. 


Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Travel Guide to Perth

Dress: Paisie
Bag: MM6 Maison Margiela at Coggles (sold out, shop red)
Sandals: By Malene Birger 

I've just about settled back into reality after two and a half weeks in Australia. We headed out to Perth first for a wedding, before flying to Melbourne and Sydney for the rest of our trip and had the best time; the food, the landscape, the coffee, the weather and the relaxed way of life were just infectious, and I can't wait to get back. For now, discover my travel guide to Perth - where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. 

Where to Stay

Scarborough Beach

As I mentioned, we went over for a wedding so a group of us stayed together. We opted to rent a house in Scarborough Beach, mainly for the space and the fact that we could just walk down to the beach in minutes. It's the kind of place that's really relaxed, with plenty of great places for coffee, brunch and well-positioned bars for a sundowner (the sunsets are incredible). If I visited again, I'd probably opt to stay in Fremantle, with its streets that are full of colonial-era architecture in bold and pastel shades, a bohemian atmosphere and some incredible spots to eat and drink.   


Sunglasses: ASOS
Dress: Totême

Where to Eat and Drink

I somehow managed to get no snaps of where we ate, probably because the food was so good I forgot to (shock) take a picture first. The food in Australia was so fresh and seasonal, and there wasn't one meal that was disappointing. 

The Wild Fig - Located just by Scarborough Beach, The Wild Fig has an inventive menu that covers everything from brunch and lunch, to evening snacks and dinner. The quality of the food was amazing, the vibe was relaxed and the positioning is incredible. 

The Sandbar - Just a few doors down from The Wild Fig is The Sandbar, a beachy kind of place that serves your classics - pizza, burgers etc. - and is a great for a post-beach drink.  

Lady Latte - We stopped by Lady Latte in Scarborough on our last day for a quick coffee before flying to Melbourne, but left wishing we'd got there sooner. It's quite small and a bit on its own, but the breakfasts looked (and smelled) delicious, and the coffee was perfect. 

Bib & Tucker - Located on Leighton Beach in Fremantle, Bib & Tucker does all-day dining in one of the best settings. Outside, tables give you views right across the ocean, while the interiors are contemporary with a slightly industrial feel. The food's great too (we went for a post-wedding breakfast and it proved the best place to ease a hangover), with a menu that's an inventive take on the classics. 

Little Creatures Brewery - Also in Fremantle is Little Creatures, a craft beer brewery where you can also have a pizza and a drink in their back garden. I'm not a big beer drinker but it's a nice spot to spend a sunny afternoon, plus they do free beer tasting which is worth a try.  

What to Do 

Kings Park - A botanic garden in the city, Kings Park is great for having a wander around or taking a picnic to. Plus, it gives you views right across the Swan River and Perth's skyline. 

Top: Oysho
Trousers: Oysho

Lancelin - On one of our days, we headed north up to the Pinnacles and stopped off at Lancelin on the way. It's a bit of a sleepy, beachside place but the sand dunes are incredible - huge white mountains of sand that make it look like a desert. If you go, make sure you save a bit of time for sandboarding. 

The Pinnacles - A bit of a drive from Perth (about 2.5 hours) but still interesting to visit if you've got the time. It's quite touristy but the natural desert sculptures are unlike anything I've seen before, plus you'll see a different side to Australia on the drive up.  

Rottnest Island - Again, a bit of a touristy spot but definitely worth a visit. It's about a 45-minute ferry ride from Perth (go on Tuesdays as the tickets are half price, otherwise it can get quite expensive), with loads of little coves, beaches and quokkas running around. I'd recommend staying overnight if you can, as there are so many places to explore - perfect if you're a beach lover like me. 


Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Day to Night: The Bardot Neckline

Sunglasses: c/o New Look
Swimsuit: c/o New Look

After a three week hiatus, I'm back to blogging as usual with loads of content from my recent trip to Australia. If you follow me on Instagram you'll know we had quite the activity-packed trip, from weddings and island exploring in Perth, to eating our way through Melbourne and having the arduous task of trying to find the best wine bar, and walking Sydney's coastline all while falling in love with the city.   

I'll be sharing my travel guides soon (along with all my outfits, of course) but for now, let's talk the Bardot neckline. Before I went away New Look asked me to style up two pieces to show the versatility of this look and for me, there's nothing better than an off-the-shoulder dress or top for easy holiday dressing. 

For day though, I went for something a little different with this incredible swimsuit. There's something I really love about a one-piece for a bit of old-school glamour (or more likely, the fact it hides that bread belly that inevitably crops up on holiday) and in my go-to colour of black, this provided a chic beach-side option.   

Sunglasses: ASOS
Top: c/o New Look
Jeans: ASOS
Shoes: c/o New Look 

When it comes to evening dressing on holiday, I tend to carry on with that sense of ease and effortlessness. Enter this white Bardot top with subtle crochet detailing that can be worn with everything from culottes and wide leg trousers, to jeans - as I have done in this instance, pairing with low-heeled slingbacks for a touch more of that old-school style. 


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Linen Jacket

Sunglasses: ASOS
Jacket: Uniqlo
Trousers: Zara
Shoes: ASOS

I'm heading off to Australia for a couple of weeks tomorrow and last weekend's sun has definitely got me in the mood for a holiday. Working in an office every day, I'm going to completely switch off from all things laptop and internet and have a well deserved break, so you won't see any blog posts from me now until I get back to Manchester in early May. Of course, I'll be sharing my travels and outfits daily on Instagram and will share all things Perth, Melbourne and Sydney once I hit home soil.   


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Pyjama Dressing for Day

Blazer: Zara
Dress: Theory
Trousers: COS
Shoes: Zara 

One of my favourite ways of dressing is effectively wearing a daytime-appropriate version of pyjamas. Loose fits, relaxed tailoring and slip-on shoes are my go-tos for this kind of look, adding pieces like this Zara blazer to add a bit of structure and prevent me from looking like I've made zero effort. 


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Revisiting the Court Shoe

Top: COS
Trousers: COS
Heels: c/o Kurt Geiger

When it comes to footwear, it's safe to say that my daily go-to pairs are my most comfortable: trainers, flats, shoes that resemble slippers. Over the past few years my heel wearing days have gradually diminished; after having a pair almost permanently attached to my feet at university when more time was spent in one of Newcastle's many bars than the library, then moving to London where I soon realised the tube was not stiletto-friendly, and now having a life and career in Manchester that's too busy to wear anything even remotely inhibiting, my heels have been pushed further and further back into my wardrobe. 

While this is all well and good, I have forgotten how good a great pair of heels feels like. My nights out are more likely to be spent in a local bar where the most elaborate pair of shoes I'll wear is heeled ankle boots, so slipping into some killer heels actually feels incredible. I'd forgotten the leg lengthening effect they have, that instant feeling of wanting to straighten my back, walk tall and move like I mean business. 

These Kurt Geiger heels do all that and more, with that classic shape that goes with every kind of outfit, instantly elevating them. Of course, I can deviate from my norm too much, so I've been wearing them with a couple of black COS staples. 


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The MM6 Japanese Bag

Sunglasses: ASOS
T-shirt: Wood Wood
Trousers: COS
Shoes: ASOS 

Embracing the recent sunny weather with an all black outfit, obviously. It makes up half of my wardrobe so I can't shake it, but looser shapes and lighter pieces makes it's easy to work with so let's roll with it. Also debuting my new MM6 bag from Coggles (go check out the range, you'll want everything), which takes tote bags to a whole new level. My daily canvas will no longer do. 


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Loose, Monochrome Layers

Sunglasses: ASOS
Blazer: c/o PrettyLittleThing
Trousers: COS
Boots: Zara 

After what seems like weeks of rain, Manchester has finally had a glorious few days of sunshine - and there's nothing quite like Britain in the sun. People are happy, the beer gardens are full and it's day drinking becomes completely acceptable. 

As for outfits, it's been nice to be able to shed off the heavy coats and go for a lighter option like this blazer, which I've been pairing with loose layers and ankle boots (it's not quite warm enough to let go of them), and having sunglasses as a permanent accessory. 


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