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Sunday, 12 April 2015

COACHELLA STYLE

With Coachella in full swing this weekend, I took the opportunity to style a festival look which doubles as a 60's costume for a party last night. Although I'm desperately wishing that I was there soaking up the LA sunshine and music, it's definitely the best excuse to dress up and experiment with hair and makeup. It seems so long ago now, but last summer I did a few festival looks (see here), and attempted to do a crimped hairstyle. It dropped out pretty quickly, so learning from my mistakes I was able to create a longer lasting crimped look with more impact and volume by leaving the plaits in for longer and starting with wet hair. I went crazy with glitter and sparkly eyeshadow, as festivals are the best excuse to go a little wild and as always, sparkle needed to be part of the look! 

H&M's latest collection, H&M loves Coachella, is absolutely on point for festival wear this summer. I struggled to pick only a select few pieces to buy, as almost the entire collection went into the changing room with me. It's so reasonably priced and great quality; it filled me with that kind of happiness that only a girl can get when shopping. Loose wide leg trousers are an item I have not tried before, but as I was in an experimental (you could almost say a hippyish open-minded) mood, I thought I would give them a try. I was so pleasantly surprised at their soft and loose material and flattering shape; at £15 they were a necessary purchase. Crop tops are excessively bought and added to my wardrobe during the sunny season, which explains this cut out patterned top. The high neck is perfect whilst I'm still without a tan, (although it would look even more fabulous when sun kissed) and layered over a green lace bralet here allows it to stand out, although it could be worn with any kind of bralet or small crop top. Paired with lots of silver jewellery including a body chain to layer up with some necklaces, I created an eclectic look fit for the Coachella dessert. I thought I'd post 3 different headwear options; the first is the classic circular sunglasses, the second a more toned down floral headpiece, and the third a major statement headpiece featured last summer (here) which I chose to wear for the party. See what you think!

Top, Trousers, Necklaces, Body chain & Black floral headband - H&M
Bralet, Sunglasses, Rings & Earrings - Topshop
Bracelet - Links of London
Heels - Steve Madden


Friday, 10 April 2015

SPRING IN MY STEP

Finally, some beautiful weather. One thing that really struck me being back home was the sheer amount of flowers that lined the roads and filled gardens everywhere, and the vibrant green that engulfs them. Although I love the buzz of face-paced city life in London, it's nice to come back and be able to breathe real air and appreciate colour and natural life. All the flowers made it easy to find a beautiful setting to shoot this incredible jumpsuit. I wanted something yellow to tie in with the flecks of colour in the jumpsuit, which was pretty simple to find as daffodils are out in their millions at the moment. It's already a key piece in my wardrobe this spring/summer, as the print is not so overwhelming that it would quickly go out of style; yet another classic piece. I'm not a major fan of a floral print ("Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.") as they're constantly changing and ageing - but this one caught my eye as soon as I walked into the shop and I just had to try it on. Jumpsuits are such easy pieces to wear and in this case, the sweetheart neckline is extra flattering on me. I've been going mad in Miss Selfridge recently - the brand has always been a favourite, but I just can't seem to resist everything - it's all so beautiful! My longline jacket makes a reappearance, as it works so well with so many silhouettes and cuts. My super high heels have been out in full force this week with a few nights out on the agenda, but they work just as well as day shoes. Going with the spring them I added a pop of peach lipstick, which coordinates with the little colour in the print. 

Jumpsuit and Jacket - Miss Selfridge
Necklace - New Look
Heels - Kurt Geiger

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

STAPLE SEPARATES

Guess who's back, back again! 

I'm afraid the schedule over the next few weeks will be just as hectic as the previous few months, however with weekends free I will most likely be able to get some more looks posted regularly - and I'm excited to be able to get back into the routine! After finishing my second term at uni and with only a few lectures remaining, I was able to come back up North to spend Easter at home with friends and family. It's been a lovely but hectic few days, but great to get some countryside air and enjoy the luxuries of home, with food filling the fridge and my squishy bed. 

Today's look consists of key staple items that I've purchased in the time I've been away; mostly online with no time to get out and about shopping. There are so many incredible things available both online and in store at the moment I have been wearing my purse lining pretty thin; shopping is a fantastic stress buster. Sleek longline shapes are just the elegant style I will be after this spring, and as the weather will probably be on and off until around June this black crepe jacket is a versatile purchase to carry me through until then. The light material is perfect in a transitional piece which can be layered up with so many bits in my wardrobe, to create a laid-back look like this or to smarten things up with strong silhouettes and separates. I paired it with this pair of ripped baby pink skinny jeans - I'm not usually one to buy coloured jeans, but in a moment of bravery I went for it as something different. Again, these will be great for Spring/Summer! Cat-eye sunglasses have finally graced my collection, after being on the hunt for a unique pair - its not as visible here which is a shame, but there is actually baby pink leopard print on the inner frame. They'll definitely be worn to pieces!

I don't want to be wishing my life away but I'm extremely excited for summer - pastels, florals and lots of colour are definitely on the agenda in the sunshine. 

Jacket, jeans, top & necklace - Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses - River Island
Heels - Kurt Geiger


Whilst at home I also got treated to a haircut; big thanks to Julian at Andrew Collinge in the Trafford Centre - if you're looking for a real pampering and high quality cut, he's your man!