06 November 2014

DIY FOLDOVER CLUTCH BAG

HOW TO MAKE FOLDOVER CLUTCH BAG DIY

I've been looking for a plain black clutch for forever and whilst my budget can't quite stretch to one of those Whistles clutches, I thought it was time for another DIY...



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29 October 2014

TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

Coat: Topshop | Top: Mango | Trousers: River Island | Shoes: ASOS | Bag: Monki | Bangles: Pia 

Since my last outfit post, the clocks have gone back the nights have drawn in and it's becoming increasingly difficult for someone who works full time to take outfit photos afterwork (hence the extremely pixelated photos). But I'm hoping you can look past that on this occasion as I would hate for any attention to be taken away from this coat of dreams. 

The camel coat is one of those iconic pieces of clothing that everyone wants but doesn't know how to wear. I felt exactly the same but nevertheless after a bit of pinteresting I was soon full of inspiration and this caramel-hued Topshop coat is my new baby. Paired with these fab River Island printed trousers and THE most comfortable ASOS loafers known to man (no, really!), no coat has ever made me feel so classy or elegant. So move over Parka, theres a new coat in town. 

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

HOW TO WEAR TOPSHOP CAMEL COAT

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27 October 2014

HALLOWEEN SPIDER WEB NAILS

HALLOWEEN SPIDER WEB NAILS

Halloween is fast approaching and whilst not everyone likes to dress up in a full costume, you can always get into the halloween spirit with some spooky nails. This is a super easy DIY with some colours that you probably already have at home, all you need is black, silver and clear for the base and top coat. I'll be sporting these nails whilst dressed as a female version of Jigsaw if all goes according to plan (photos of that to follow)


- I started by giving myself a mini manicure - push your cuticles down with a pusher (if you have a cutter you can remove them altogether) and buff your nails slightly with a nail file
- Paint your nails with your favourite base coat. I simply used a Barry M clear polish
- Next, paint your nails with two thin coats of black until you have a smooth opaque finish
- Take your thin brush and dip it into your silver polish. You guessed it, I used another Barry M polish, this time it was there Silver foil edition. Paint three thin lines that come from the corner of the nail. Do this for all nails, changing which corner you start in and allow to dry.
- Once dry, connect those lines with little 'u' like lines (something I didn't do a great job at this time). You should now see the spider web starting to take shape. I have little nails so did two rows of 'u's on each finger except my thumb.
- Lastly,  apply a top coat to keep your design in tact.


P.s. Excuse the bad photo, my camera battery died and I really wanted to share these nails with you. 
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22 October 2014

DIY TASSEL EARRINGS


Do you ever find something you want to buy but theres that niggly little feeling that you could make it yourself just as nice? I get that a lot and whilst most of the time the convenience of being able to buy something at the click of a button gets the better of me, this is one time I didn't cave in. After recently perusing the jewellery section of ASOS (a regular occurrence at the moment let me tell you!) I found these earrings and fell in love. I decided to give it a bash at making them myself and whilst the end product is quite different to the original I'm more than happy with result. So without further ado (because this introduction has been far to long already), heres how you make them...

You will need

2 x tassels in a colour of your choice with jump rings attached
2 x large daisy charms
2 x small daisy charms
2 x earring findings
2 x thick jump rings
8 x small jump rings

Instructions

- Make your tassels for the bottom of your earrings. To do this I followed the instructions here.
- Gather all your materials and place it all in order so you know exactly what your earring is going to look like.
- Use some flat nosed pliers to open the jump ring attached to your tassel. Hook the tassel to your smaller flower and then close the jump ring. You now have the bottom of your earring!
- Follow this process of using jump rings to attach all of your parts together right to the top of the earring and you're done! How easy was that aye?! 


DIY TASSEL EARRINGS

DIY TASSEL EARRINGS

DIY TASSEL EARRINGS

DIY TASSEL EARRINGS

DIY TASSEL EARRINGS

DIY TASSEL EARRINGS



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20 October 2014

BP. PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

Kimono: BP. Clothing | Vest: Dorothy Perkins | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: New Look | Hat: Topshop | Necklace: Forever 21

If you wind back a few weeks you will remember a time when you didn't need to be a duck to go outside. Thats when these photos were taken. Since then we've had non stop rain and boy does it look depressing outside. I know, I know typical Brit...always moaning about the weather.  

I brought this beautiful BP Clothing Kimono earlier in the year when I was in America. I've never heard of the brand before but I found it tucked in a corner in Nordstrom. Ever since then, it's been pretty much my go to cover up. I love to wear this paired with some trusty skinny jeans and my favourite New Look mules (probably because they're the only heels I look like I can walk properly in). I suppose I'll have to exchange this for a blanket wrap soon though once the weather truly sets in, but until then I'm sure as hell gunna make the most of this little beauty!

P.S. Excuse my horrendously creased top, what messy pup!

HOW TO WEAR PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR PAISLEY PRINT KIMONO

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08 September 2014

MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT


HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

Playsuit: Miss Selfridge | Hat: Topshop | Shoes: Clarks | Bag: Marc Jacobs 

A Walk Along the Canal

Sometimes I forget how lucky I am living in the countryside. Whilst I normally pine for the hustle and bustle of city life I must admit that you can't beat a relaxing walk along the beautiful canal. Thats exactly what me and a friend were doing a few Fridays ago when taking these photos. 

The weather was so lovely, it was the perfect opportunity to wear this beautiful Miss Selfridge playsuit that my lovely parents gave me for my birthday (although not so perfect for trying to push the locks open, hello bum!) The dark floral print makes it the perfect transitional piece and a new staple in my wardrobe. And what better pair of shoes to wear than these comfy Clarks shoes which if you've read my last post, you'll know I seriously can't get enough of them lately.

The weather is starting to heat up again this week so I thoroughly intend on getting outdoors and making the most of it before the dreaded winter weather comes along making it damn near impossible to get out (or take outfit photos!)

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

HOW TO WEAR MISS SELFRIDGE FLORAL PLAYSUIT

XOXO

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01 September 2014

CLARKS LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

HOW TO WEAR PATENT LOAFERS

Top: New Look | Jeans: New Look | Shoes: Clarks | Bag: River Island

Do you remember being dragged around Clarks as a child looking, for the perfect pair of school shoes that you were only going to scuff on your first day back at school? I do, and because of this I always associate Clarks with boring school shoes. Oh how I was wrong...

About a month ago Sean and I were in London and it started to tip it down so ran into the nearest shop which so happened to be a Clarks. I was instantly surprised by the variety of shoes that were on offer and feel in love with these patent loafers. They are probably the comfiest pair of shoes I own (and they were in the sale, yesssss) and I wear them all the time.

On this particular occasion I went to an artisan market at Whitehall Garden Centre. Now I'm slightly biased because my friend organises the events at Whitehall, but I thought it was an absolutely fabulous market. There was a variety of traders selling everything from stain glassed angels to kitchen ceramics. But my favourite stall was one called Moji who are a mother/daughter duo that make lovely hand made items. Their knitted cushions were to die for and I event snapped up a pair of fingerless gloves ready for the winter. I couldn't recommend them more.

XOXO

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27 August 2014

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

How To Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe


Sometimes I just get in the mood to bake but just want something quick, simple and more importantly  yummy! These cookies have been my go to bake of choice as of late and they go just as quickly as they take to make. 
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25 August 2014

NEW LOOK LACE KIMONO


HOW TO WEAR RASPBERRY LACE KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR RASPBERRY LACE KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR RASPBERRY LACE KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR RASPBERRY LACE KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR RASPBERRY LACE KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR RASPBERRY LACE KIMONO

HOW TO WEAR RASPBERRY LACE KIMONO

Kimono: New Look | Playsuit: Forever 21 (Similar Here) | Boots: ASOS (Similar Here) | Bag: River Island

Getting Old

What a whirlwind week it's been! I've been rather busy over the past week with work, seeing friends and welcoming Sean home from a 220 charity bike ride (proud girlfriend alert) that it almost feels a lifetime ago that I turned the big 23. 

Unfortunately as of last Monday, I can no longer sing along to Taylor Swifts 22 which makes me very sad but I did have a lovely day which included a meal with Sean at Jamies Italian in Bath. I thought this was the perfect occasion to wear my new Kimono from New Look and also pair it with this Forever 21 Playsuit which I picked up in the US earlier on in the year. I even had another attempt at the milkmaid braid and I was quite happy with the results. 

Little did I know Sean and my friend Alex had arranged for some of my friends to join us as a surprise which was so lovely and we spent the evening feasting on lovely Italian food (just thinking about it is making me want some bread and olive oil), finished off by THE biggest chocolate cake. I may be 23 now but you are never too old for birthday cake...       

xoxo 
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