4 September 2016

Style Heroes with Dorothy Perkins

As we move from summer to autumn fashion, our wardrobes can go through quite a few changes to keep up with new trends and this year I feel like it's more relevant than ever as in London we've been lucky enough to actually dress for summer and ditch the umbrella for longer than a few days -  I really can't remember the last time that happened! 

Moving towards autumn, Dorothy Perkins are back with their Style Heroes A/W16 campaign, consisting of 10 key pieces upon which you can build pretty much all the outfits you could need in the seasonal transition, from statement dresses to skinny jeans and trainers. I was invited to take part with one of my own style hero pieces and went with the statement dress category because although they look the most 'done up', they honestly make for such an easy outfit as you can throw it on with a few accessories or great shoes and the look is done (and I could have picked the jeans category but let's be honest we all know I pretty much live in them anyway).

I went for a Floral Print Shift Dress, which I felt had all the autumnal vibes - the long sleeves, the darker base colour and the deep pink and green details running throughout. No matter which colours or styles you're into, I feel like everyone needs a statement dress (or 10) in their wardrobe!

I paired the dress with what are possibly the most comfortable heeled sandals I have ever owned, which you can find right here, and you can pick them up in a few different colours too. I think they're perfect for when it's not cold enough for boots yet and they will go with anything from dresses like this to a simple pair of jeans. 

I'd love to know what you think of my picks? What are your style hero pieces?
Hope you're having a lovely Sunday and speak to you soon!

20 June 2016

Keeping Fit with The Pack | Virgin Active

A few weeks ago I was invited to go over to Virgin Active in Mayfair to try out one of their new group exercise classes - The Pack. I was of course really up for it because I always find I'm so much more motivated with classes, compared to when I try to do it by myself out in the gym. Anyone else with me on that one? I think I just find it easier to keep going when I see everyone else doing it too.
The class was split into three different groups which all compete against each other, and to make us all even more competitive, they had arranged this one to be Food vs Fashion vs Beauty bloggers. I was in the Fashion pack which was lead by Ali.
The class itself is split into four different challenges, which I think really helped to break it down rather than have it seem like one long daunting challenge, and the music and light effects throughout helped to keep the energy flowing really well. The fact that the big screen shows the team's progress really urges you on because noone wants to let the side down! It is a real calorie-burner and just from one workout I could tell that if you do this class consistently, it would seriously help tone and sculpt your lower body.
I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but my god what a workout. There were a few moments where I was just like 'I literally cannot' but the class leader kept coming around and motivating us that little bit more, and I think by the end it gives you a real sense of achievement (and a lot of heavy breathing...). I think cycle classes might just be my new fave.
After the workout, I couldn't been happier to find these incredible brownies from Soulmate Food the size of my head on the table, I think we earned them!

 Let me know what you think of this class, do you like group exercise?
Speak to you soon and keep up with all my posts here -


30 July 2015

Photography day with Manfrotto

Photography is something that I'm constantly working on and something that I think can always improve. I'm completely obsessed with it and sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than taking a photo that you're really proud of. When Manfrotto invited me to go to a photography day with them, I was obviously super excited to go and pick up some tips and get my hands on some super cool gadgets.  I found it all really interesting so I thought I'd share some of it with you so that you guys can pick up on some new gadgets here to help with your photo's that you might not have come across before.
The penthouse of the Sanderson Hotel was an awesome location, as beautiful as you would expect it to be and the lighting was pretty much perfect too (fitting right?). The floor was split into different areas exploring different kinds of lights, lenses, tripods and different kinds of photography ranging from food to fashion.
The tripods themselves were quite something, allowing you to be so precise with where you wanted your camera to go, or putting your camera at an angle which would just not produce anywhere near as good a result if you were to take the photo handheld. There was also a Pixi tripod which is really small and portable for when you can't have a full size tripod with you. 
As well as these I spotted some Lumie LED lights which I thought would be perfect especially for blogging beauty products or food photography where you need a little bit of extra light on a small area. 
But as cool as the other things were, they didn't beat the Digital Director. You clip your ipad into it, connect it to your Canon/Nikon camera and then you can completely control the photo's or video's you take on the app. It's one of those things that would just be really cool to have, you can get really precise with your photo's and edit them on the spot without having to deal with your memory cards etc first. Obviously it's not cheap so it's not something everyone needs to have, but if you can afford it, I think it would be a pretty awesome investment.
After all the chats and wandering around there was time for some nibbles, macarons and mini burgers anyone?

It was a really lovely event, so different to any that I'd been to before which had mostly been fashion or beauty related so I found it really interesting, as well as the fact I got to see some lovely old faces and meet some new ones too. 

Hope you're having a lovely week so far and speak to you soon, 
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*This is not a sponsored post, I was only invited to the event and wanted to share it.

4 April 2015

Fashion | Spring Ready Wardrobe Wishlist

asos stripe vintage playsuit
asos blue peter pan collar coat
topshop lace playsuit chunky heels
asos shift dress black
70's camel suede shift dress tunic
kimono blouse blue asos
skirt tuille orange asos

I've been so busy lately that I've barely had any time to go shopping like I usually do to try and update my wardrobe for the new season (the crap weather is probably not helping me get into the spring fashion mood either), but to make up for it I've been browsing online and a lot of the clothes I've been seeing have seriously taken my fancy, so I've put together some of my favourites for you. 

First up is the Asos Vintage Playsuit which as a stripe lover had me falling head over heels as it looks really cute and effortless, and on top of that it looks so comfortable too and can be worn super casual or easily dressed up with the right accessories if you wish. Next is the Asos Peter Pan Collar Coat (am I the only one that struggled to say that?) which might not seem like the most relevant item of clothing for spring, but I do live in England and when you live in England you can't really ever rule out a coat can you? This one is a really pretty shade of blue which makes it perfectly on trend for spring, at least much more so than the consistently black coats I've been sporting since September. I think the cut is really flattering and the peter pan collar is a lovely touch too!

To break up what seems to be quite an Asos heavy post, I'll pop some Topshop in here in the form of this Strappy Lace Playsuit and Chunky Platforms. Again, you can't really go wrong with a playsuit, this one is more suited to the evening than the stripy Asos one, and the lace detailing offers a little bit more than just a plain black playsuit. The only issue I could see with this is that it has the seam going across the middle which I've found can sometimes be a bit hit and miss depending on the person as if it's too high up/low down it just doesn't look right, you gotta just cross your fingers with that one. As for the shoes, they are just gorgeous aren't they? I don't have many colourful heels, and as much as this colour would be completely out of my comfort zone, the style is actually quite toned down and they definitely look wearable and comfortable, especially with the ankle straps going across for extra support. 

Could you sense I'd have more Asos coming up? This 60's Shift Dress is a nice twist on the usual LBD, not the brightest of options but let's face it, black is a staple all year round and it always will be! By adding the hole detailing in the middle along with the deep v-neckline, it offers something a little different and a bit more spring/summer friendly. Again this can be dressed up with the right heels, makeup and accessories or it can be worn super casual too. Next is this Suedette Tunic Dress in Camel, which you may have noticed is seriously a crowd favourite at the moment, and the colour and texture together really give off the 70's vibes which people seem to be loving. Even though it's a toned down colour and a super simple cut, it is definitely something which would be a statement piece in an outfit. This Cropped Kimono Blouse is a really simple and feminine piece which is perfect for days where you just want to throw some jeans on but still look like you've made some effort. The kimono style sleeves add a bit of something different to a regular shirt, and the lightweight material means it's good to go for spring and summer. 

Last but not least it's the Needle & Thread Tulle Maxi Skirt, which is something that I think looks absolutely stunning and I'm super envious of anyone that has bought it and pulls it off because I'm definitely unsure of whether I'd be able to (I guess that's what living in monochrome colours and skinny jeans 99% of the time does to someone!). This one is definitely the 'wish I had the confidence to wear' pick of the wishlist.

Do let me know what you guys think of these picks, and I hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend, I'm heading back home to London today which I'm super excited for and I'll be keeping you updated on the coming week - speak to you soon! 
*All images featured in this post belong to the corresponding website to which they are linked and are not my own.


8 February 2015

Fashion | Workout Wardrobe

I gave myself a bit of a break from buying new clothes because it's now got to the point where I have literally no more space to fit anything in. Then I somehow found a way out of that by shifting my focus online from normal clothes to gym gear - oops. But in all seriousness I do think that it's important to have some good gym gear so that you're able to carry out different exercises properly and feeling supported in the right areas if ya know what I mean. I've put together a bunch of different bits for you guys, ranging from high end to some more affordable pieces...

First up is the Nike Hoodie - I can't really go to the gym without having something cosy like this to throw on before and after in case it gets chilly, and in my opinion you can't get any better than a classic black one because it goes with anything as well. The Pro Gym Bra is also classic and simple, although it doesn't offer a huge amount of support, it's great for those looking for medium support in light/medium impact exercises and is also a racerback which I loveee. The Lucy leggings mainly caught my eye because they look so much cooler than every other black legging out there, but the high waist promises to keep everything tucked in and helps to increase core support for a body hugging fit. 

Next up were some pieces from Lulu Lemon, I enjoy pretty much everything they have to offer and they're definitely not the most affordable of the bunch, but the high quality definitely makes up for it. I have a pair of leggings from Lulu Lemon but haven't tried out any tops so I thought I'd include some in this post. The Free To Be bra caught my eye because of the back design - it is made for yoga so offers light support but I can just tell how much flexibility and room to breathe you would have with this. The second piece is a Tank which is an essential for me, I personally don't like exercising in just a sports bra so something like this to throw on top is perfect, loose fitting and designed to keep you as cool as a cucumber when you're feeling very hot and bothered.

The last three pieces are from H&M and are a lot more affordable than the others but do a great job regardless. My obsession with grey definitely managed to slip out with these picks, I'm a cheerful gal I promise. I've used the sports bra and it surprisingly offers pretty good support which I was pleased with, usually I find I have to go into the £25+ region to find something which supports the way it says it will. I thought the Seamless sports top looked great for when you want to go for a run or cycling etc, it's a good way to keep covered without having to layer up. Last but not least, the yoga tights - I think these sound really cool because they're pretty much like a normal legging but have an opening for the heels and anti-slip material for beneath your feet so you can get stretching without worrying about slipping everywhere, you'd be surprised how easy it is to do when you're a beginner! 

Let me know what you think of these pieces and how your gym sessions have been going! I've been doing a lot more Pilates than usual lately and seriously loving it. It's pretty great being able to feel yourself getting better at it with every session! 
Speak to you soon - 

28 December 2014

Fashion | Winter Nightwear

I don't know about you but this time of year is the time I live for sitting around in pyjama's, I'll get home and definitely don't linger around before changing into something cosy, especially if Netflix is on my radar. I know I don't really need that many different pieces just for lounging around or sleeping in but they're all so pretty and different that I end up developing a slight obsession, especially if I'm browsing around M&S. I thought I'd select a few of my winter nightwear faves for you, some are in the sale which is a bonus! 

Let me know if you have any of them, and where your favourite place to shop for nightwear is! 

5 December 2014

Fashion | Christmas Jumpers

Christmas jumpers are definitely fun, no matter how crazy they are because let's face it, no-one wears them to win any fashion awards! I think they're more fun now than when I was younger because back then they were purely known as the jumpers my grandparents knitted for me to die of embarrassment, but of course you could never let them know that so had to wear it anyway  - if only we didn't care what people thought back then! I've browsed around for some of the best (and worst...) for both ladies and gents! 

5. Penguin Heart Jumper  |  6. Filthy Animal Quote Jumper (for fellow Home Alone fans) 

Some of them are really cute and some are very, very questionable haha. 
Which one is your favourite?

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9 October 2014

Fashion | Purse Picks

River Island Purse Kate Spade Ted Baker New Look Fashion

I love a good purse, at the moment I have a plain black Harvey Nichols one which has served me well, and while it was very beautiful when I first started using it, we all know that after a while they do start to look a bit worn in - no matter how much I try to keep it under control and organised, by the end of a week it is always a complete mess. The only thing is that as much as I love the thought of buying a pretty new one, I am a hoarder and just get weirdly attached to things that I have for a long time so I hate throwing out the old ones (I will probably end up keeping it in my wardrobe 'just in case'...). Above are a few that I've had my eye on, like most of my posts I try to balance it out between affordable/more expensive pieces. I'm in love with the Ted Baker detailing, and pretty much anything from Kate Spade.

Which one do you like the look of?

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