Tuesday, 16 August 2016

OOTD // Pyjama chic

When you hear the words "pyjama chic", I'm talking silky two pieces which look like luxe sleepwear, and loose trousers which could easily pass for pyjama bottoms. Although not brave enough to wear the former out, as for the latter, I'm all about that comfy trouser life. Having had a pair for years now, they are officially the comfiest things ever. I wear them around the house and on plane journeys they are are a GODSEND. I usually get raised eyebrows from people when I wear them; hey you lazy sod, too lazy to bother getting dressed today. But au contraire, ladies and gents. These are proper legit trousers.

Up until now, I haven't felt very comfortable wearing them out for other events that don't include the airport or a quick dash for groceries, but the pjyama chic trend coming around makes me feel a little less timid to wear such a look out.

Camisole - thrifted
YSL bag* - Farfetch
Trousers - Forever 21 (old)
Shoes - gifted

Because of their loose shape, I like to wear something a little more fitted on top to balance out the look. I usually go for strapless bandeau tops, or a delicate camisole like the one featured above. This top I've had for years (a hand me down from my aunt!) and is one of my favourites. It has scallop detailing on it too - meaning I was all about the scallops right from a young age!

And can we talk about the shoes? These were a recent gift from family who just came back from holiday and they are the comfiest things I have put on my feet in a very long time.

How you do feel about the pyjama trend?

*A huge thanks to Farfetch for introducing me to the bag of my dreams!

Friday, 12 August 2016

Friday night feels // moules frites, seafood risotto and Belgium beer

A couple of months back I met a friend for a long overdue catch up and had zero ideas where to go to eat and drink. We were walking around for a while and came across a Belgo. For those of you not already acquainted, Belgo is a Belgium inspired bar and eaterie, which specialises in Belgium beers and moules frites. But not just any moules frites. With options including Thai green curry, BBQ and chipotle, these are mussels with a difference. On that occasion I had a risotto and I usually find these very heavy, filling dishes with not nearly enough flavour... but Belgo's king prawn risotto was a revelation. It was hands down the best risotto I have ever had. I was so impressed with my first visit to Belgo, I went back again one Friday to a different branch to indulge in more Belgium beverages. Oh and the same risotto. Which was equally good second time around.

The risotto in question is their king prawn and asparagus risotto cooked in champagne, brandy butter and lobster bisque. A very luxurious dish which although rich sounding, isn't at all. It being the first risotto where I can easily clear my plate and not have to surrender early on account of being full.

The real MVP of the meal however were the moules frites. Whilst I can deal with a few mussels in paella, I'm not a huge fan of them as they are a little too fishy for me... I would never order a pot of them by themselves. However that Friday I tried the Belgo ones and I was converted. The ones I tried were meaty rather than fishy and were consistently good - you didn't get bored after a set amount of time. The ones I tried were the chorizo ones which were infused with the lovely paprika oil and had a dusting / sprinkling of parsley. Straight away I knew what I'd be ordering on my next visit!

The drinks menu at Belgo is a daunting thing. With so many beers on offer, it's difficult to know where to start! The Tripel Karmeliet was a good choice and came in the most awesome glass with a fleur de lis at the base. Their wine was equally good too!

Have you ever been to Belgo?

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Autumn / Winter Lookbook: Damart

I'll be honest... I hadn't heard of Damart before. It's not a brand I've seen mentioned in magazines, on social media, or the blogosphere. I received a press release through the post the other week and whilst I receive a few fair press releases, I don't always share them on here as they aren't necessarily tailored to me, my interests or this blog. This press release for Damart on the other hand, really grabbed me. From the way the campaign was shot, to the way the model has been styled - it was all very 'me'. Especially the hair. Oh I love long tousled hair. Here are my top picks from their A/W collection:

I adore the pleats, patterns, textures and colour palette running through the campaign. And can we talk about the boots? Beautiful boots FOR DAYS. My favourite look of them all has to be the fur gilet, worn with a loose blouse, belted trousers and knee high boots. Although I wouldn't exactly say no to the blue shirt / blouse... what a beauty.

What are your favourite pieces from the Damart A/W collection?

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Things I'm loving this week #1

Popcorn - I will forever be a biscuit fiend, however lately popcorn has been my snack of choice. I used to hate salted (sweet for the win!), but now I'm coming around to the idea of it. Stores are starting to bring out some pretty interesting flavour combinations and we have been loving these bacon and maple syrup ones at work lately.

YSL bag - no word of a lie, this bag has made every outfit look extra special. I especially love wearing it in a more casual context as you may have noticed in my last outfit post here!

House magazines - house and home magazines are my magazine of choice at the moment. If you frequently pin interiors images on Pinterest then this right here is your porn.

New shoes one & two - I was naughty and picked up new pairs of shoes in the Office sale. Zero originality on my part as both pairs are tan and suede... but one pair are peep toe and the others are slip ons, so that's different enough right?!

Benefit Sun Beam - I have wanted to pick one of these up for the longest time and this week I finally took the plunge. It makes my skin feel all kinds of summery - even when it's grey and rainy out. #winning

Jo Malone - when the weather turns hotter, I don't like to wear anything too heavy on my skin. Jo Malone's earl grey and cucumber cologne may sound weird, but is subtle and fresh and has been my staple this week

Nature - I'm loving all the pretty colours at the moment. Especially yellow. I have a massive thing for yellow at the moment (particularly when paired with grey interiors a la Pinterest). Pinecones may seem like a weird choice, but my cat has been basking in the sun playing with them and it's all kinds of cute

L'Oreal Perfect Match - nothing sucks more than when you go to pick up more highlighter and your go to brand that you are loyal to and never stray from has sold out. And then discovering that your "back-up" option has also sold out. I bit the bullet and tried a new product this week and you know? I've been pleasantly surprised. True to its name, it blends really well.

What have you been loving this week?

* A huge thanks to Farfetch for stocking the bag of my dreams!

OOTD // A monochrome look with YSL

When it comes to fashion, I'm a bit of a colourphobe. If you were to delve into my wardrobe, you would be metaphorically drowning in a sea of black, white and grey. I'm all about that monochrome life, you see. The other weekend I got dressed in - you've guessed it - my typical monochrome get-up and ventured to the woods to catch Pokemon for a nice day out.

Top - Topshop
Jeans - Topshop
Bag - Farfetch
Shoes - New Look (old)

I'm so happy it's warming up as it means I can ditch the tights, boots and knitwear, and feel the sun on my skin FINALLY. I wanted to wear something simple and classic, without taking the shine away from my bag, as it's such a statement piece. And you can't get any more simple or classic than a pair of black jeans. I live in my black jeans. Everyone has their preferred cut / fit at Topshop, but my favourite is the Leigh range as it's not too high waisted, nor too low rise. The top I bought from Topshop a little while ago and it's been hanging in my wardrobe ever since, begging to be worn. And now I'm making up for lost time! I'm loving the off the shoulder trend at the moment - a white bardot top is so much more interesting than a bog standard plain white tee, don't you think?

I love how the bag pulls together the look. Suitable both day and night, this bag is a classic and will never go out of style. Check out that lettering. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before on a designer bag. It's just beautiful. A true work of art.

It's a small bag without being a small bag - you can still fit plenty in it. I'm used to carrying around large and heavy bags, so this was a lovely change and I feel myself becoming the small bag convert! I mean, do I really need to be carrying everything but the kitchen sink around with me?! I think not.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this look :) How would you style a bag like this? I have a few more outfit posts lined up with the bag to show it in a more casual context - so watch this space!

* A huge thanks to Farfetch for stocking the bag of my dreams!

Friday, 29 July 2016

OOTD // Keeping things casual

When you see designer bags on Instagram and Pinterest, the owner of the insanely beautiful bag is usually all legs, wearing the most coveted of outfits and skyscraper heels, with the air of having just stepped off the catwalk, en route to their next Fashion Week show. You rarely see a designer bag in a casual context with straight-out-of-bed-hair. Until now that is.

Lazy weekends mean I want to be comfortable in what I'm wearing. My go to weekend staple has to be denim shorts and a tee and / or knitwear. This sort of outfit is great for lazying around the house in, or heading down the road to pick up groceries / going to the post office / other boring aspects of adult life. Simple but effective.

My favourite piece of knitwear I own has to be this sandy coloured number (just £13!). It's fairly light-weight compared to other knitwear which makes it a great transitional piece for spring / autumn / typical British weather and is great for layering with. It's also slightly over-sized which I love as it means it can hang off one shoulder all sassy like.

Jumper - Forever 21
YSL bag - Farfetch
Shorts - H&M (old)

Another personal favourite is this chunky khaki knit. It's not a colour I'd usually go for (it's not black, white or grey for starters!), but it's a lovely deep forest sort of green and looks ace worn with blue denim.

Jumper - Forever 21 (old)
YSL bag - Farfetch
Shorts - H&M (old)

Another F21 jumper... this post is starting to feel like it's sponsored by Forever 21! (it's not for the record!)
I just genuinely love Forever 21 and I do pick up 90% of my knitwear from there.

So there you have it. Two looks with a designer bag in a more casual context. Next time I am taking casual to a whole other level, exploring if designer bags and pyjama chic are a marriage made in heaven or not... so it will be interesting gauging your reactions on that one! Do you like designer bags styled in a more casual way? Or do you prefer a glossier look?

* A huge thanks to Farfetch for stocking the bag of my dreams!

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

6 ways to style a maxi dress

When it comes to finding the perfect summer dress, it's all about versatility. Finding a piece that doesn't look out of place come rain or shine; that can dressed up or down; and taken from day to night. Here are my top 6 ways of how to style a maxi dress this summer.

1. Is a skirt? Is a dress?
Just because something is labelled as a dress, doesn't mean you have to wear it as a dress. I like mixing up my maxi dresses by wearing them as skirts too. Simply wear a boyfriend tee, crop top, or a shirt on top to give your dress a new lease of life.

2. .... or maybe it's a top?
Same rules apply. But as a top. Why not try tucking your dress into a pair of shorts / jeans / different skirt?

3. Why ruin a classic?
Appreciate the dress for what is is. Particularly when faced with a pretty print like this one. Make the print the main star of the show, and stick to basic and delicate jewellery and gladiator sandals. I adore the layered detail on this top which gives it a two-piece feel.

Maxi dress - which can be found in the Maxi Dresses section here

4. Dressed to the nines
Maxi dresses for me are usually casual comfort for those swelteringly hot days. But who's to say that maxi dresses can't be dressed up? Team yours with a fitted blazer / cropped jacket to draw attention to the slimmest part of your silhouette: your waist. Extra style points for incorporating a waist belt!

5. Embrace your grunge side
Why not try a leather jacket and ankle boots (if unlike me you actually have a pair!) for a grunge inspired twist?

6. Chilly summer evenings
You know the deal. Day time you are struggling in blisteringly hot weather, but come sun down, you feel the goosebumps pricking up on your arms. A over-sized knit makes the perfect cover up for chilly summer evenings.

And that's it for my maxi dress styling tips! If you have any maxi dresses hanging in your wardrobe, dig them out, and experiment to your heart's content - maxi dresses are so versatile and you can get so much wear out of them. Fully obsessed with #ihavethisthingswithfloors on Instagram, I fell in love with this blue tile print maxi dress which reminded me of the prettiest Moroccan tiles. So unbelievably floaty and comfortable, this dress will definitely be getting a lot of use from me this summer!

*Although this maxi dress was very kindly provided by JD Williams, summer dress styling tips and love of maxi dresses all my own!