Birthday: Gig, Shopping, London and Burgers

A couple of weekends ago I was in London getting ready to see one of my favourite bands Wolf Alice.

I stayed at The Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch and have to say price considered it’s a  great hotel. It has all the perks and feels of an expensive 5 star hotel without the price tag. The hotel also has its own grill and bar which were busy and lively. This was a perfect place to start the evening. (The burger was  top-notch)

I wore the outfit I had picked out on my personal shopping day at Topshop and I must say  I absolutely loved it. The blazer is just everything and was just the ticket to add something special and unique to the outfit. The gig itself was awesome I’ve seen Wolf Alice before in much smaller venues so it was exciting to see them on such a big stage. Delete The Kisses was sooooo good and was performed with a disco ball lighting up the venue. It gave a great atmosphere that reminded me of being at an American Prom. Space and Time was also a highlight.

 

 

The next day we went shopping in Carnaby ST. surrounded by carnival style Christmas decorations it was buzzing. We popped to Stax Diner (Kingly Court) and had another burger (this time chicken) which was huge and came with fries covered in Cajun spice.

 

 

I love the shops on Carnaby ST and always like to pop into Monki and Dr Marten where I purchased a new pair with my birthday money. I have needed a new pair for months, so thought this was the perfect occasion to treat myself. I love the independent boutique shop on offer my boyfriend always pops into The Face (known before as Sherry’s) to get a silk printed shirt that you really can’t buy anywhere else.

Before leaving London  we headed to the mothership of Liberty’s the windows were beautiful to look at but their christmas department was amazing, so many original designs. It’s worth a visit especially this time of year.

 

 

 

 

Personal Shopping experience with Topshop

It’s my birthday next week and I am going to London to see one of my fav bands Wolf Alice, as well as the usual birthday drinks with friends so obviously I needed a couple of extra special outfits. So when Topshop Norwich invited me to try out their new personal shopping experience I jumped at the chance. I had always been curious about personal shopping services and I wasn’t disappointed. The service is free and there are 4 girls you can book in with, you are asked pre questions about your style goals, influences and sizes.

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The personal shopping suit had a relaxed atmosphere and Michaela was easy to chat to. There was a rail of outfits already picked out to try on and mix n match with a beautifully laid out accessory table to complete the look. A plus point of this service is even as someone who is confident in styling outfits it’s pretty cool to see someone else’s interpretation of your style and to try things you may not have otherwise picked up.

 

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I would recommend trying this service out especially over party season for outfit inpo as well as gift ideas! I came away with two perfect outfits that I am super excited to wear.

 

 

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Best Buds Tee All @Topshop

 

I love the mix of textures with the Velvet Blazer and Star Studded Skirt detail, I am also a massive fan of the pink and red colour clash (Very on trend.) The dress is something I probably would never have tried on because of the low neckline, however styled with a black crop top underneath it looked perfect. The velvet fabric is lovely to wear and I am in love with the floral print and vintage feel of the colours.

 

 

 

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Finally got my hands on one of these to try.. Baker Boy Hat- Topshop

Monthly Fashion Best Buys

 

A- line Skirt

I love wearing skirts even in winter so was on the look out for a cord one. I found this one in Topshop and it is a great update to my A/W wardrobe. I love the ring pull detail which gives the skirt a retro feel. The mini length is perfect for me and to team with Chelsea boots.

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Skirt from Topshop

 

 

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Shout out for this Casper Tee also by Topshop

 

Faith, Hope and Pixie Dust

I was tagged in a pic of this shirt by a friend on Instagram and could not resist. What’s not to love about anything  Tinker Bell? I like the fact the detail is only on the collar as it is not to over the top Disney, but just enough to add a child like, whimsical touch. This shirt looks so cute layered underneath a pinafore dress I am going to keep it forever!!

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Shirt by Cath Kidston

Denim Jacket

I have a fair few obsessions but jackets and coats has to be my number one. I can’t resist buying them. My latest jacket to add to the collection is a dark wash denim jacket with contrasting white stitching from Topshop. The contrast stitch, oversized boxy and cropped style gives this jacket an edgy update to regular denim jackets. I like to wear this jacket real casual with just skinny black jeans and a slogan t-shirt.

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Denim jacket from Topshop (similar linked)

Purple Haze

These trousers where just calling my name as I walked past and saw them in Zara. They were one of those easy purchases where it’s just straight to the tills. The fabric is velvet and feels good quality and the colour is a rich royal purple. They are perfect for the upcoming party season, I’m thinking they would look amazing with a black bodysuit and gold accessories or teamed with a boxy black jumper and ankle boots for a more casual look.

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Pleated velvet trousers @Zara

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Pick of the SS18 Catwalk shows

Henry Holland

Sliders were massive on the runways for SS18 and were seen both here and Miu Miu styled with socks.

Aside from the sliders and socks – which I just can’t get over this collection featured bit of everything from suede and crochet to bold prints, double denim and pirate hats. My favourite outfit from this collection was the multi coloured  wave print jumper and skirt combo which was youthful, fun and gave  a 70s inspired feel.

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Love, Love, Love this print

 

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Sliders and Sock combo with a very 70’s suede and crochet outfit

 

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Ride the wave, Rock a pirate hat

 

Ashley Williams

A very 80s New wave inspired collection with luxe sports wear elements which have been creeping in over the last few season and seem to be sticking around. The 80’s was carried through the collection within the silhouettes of dresses and power dressing suits in acid pink and zebra print to add the quirky edge Williams is loved for.

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Love this leather co-ord

Erdem

I always look forward to the Erdem show. I am in love with his signature aesthetic of classic, girly with beautiful floral prints. His SS18 collection didn’t disappoint with 50s inspired floral dresses accessorised with long silk evening gloves, pretty jewellery and dazzling pearl embellished shoes.  I can’t wait to rock some 50’s royal glamour next season.

 

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Embellished shoes

 

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Statement earrings here to stay for SS18

 

Marc Jacobs

Again this show featured sliders and socks, a definite trend coming through for SS18 although I’m not convinced how wearable this will actually be. This collection had a real relaxed, airport chic feel with oversized weekend bags, oversized silhouettes and silk turbans perfect for a long haul flights with that oh so important pair of sun glasses.

This collection had a retro feel with large, bold floral and psychedelic prints, bright colours and floor length sequin evening gowns accessorised like Erdem with long silk gloves this time in black.

 

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Psychedelic print

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Socks and Sliders ALERT!

 

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Dreamy sequin dress

September’s Best Buys

Earrings are  having a massive moment right now whether it’s mix and match studs or large staemtnet earrings. I have had my ears pierced for years but never really experimented with bold earring before and just stuck to studs, however I am really loving them at the moment. They bring a real  fun, playful touch to an outfit. I am all about this red pair from H&M right now. They work so well with muted tones like black, white and grey or clashed with hot pink for statement sass.

 

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Earrings @ H&M

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“I don’t need another bag” the exact phrase I uttered to myself before leaving Topshop 10 minutes later with another bag. In my own defence I do not own a back pack style bag and I recognised it from the latest episode of DR Foster (Kate wore it) where I was admiring it amidst all the drama. So  when it caught my eye there was only one way it was leaving and that was with me (see what I did there.) It is a lovely deep, rich burgundy colour and feels more expensive than it was, with plenty of room for all the crap I like to carry about.

 

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Back Pack From Topshop

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This blazer featured in my A/W trend post and I can’t get enough of it. I was looking back at it the other day when a sudden realisation hit me that I  must buy the matching trousers immediately. Suits are not my thing at all however I’ve seen a few celebs and  influencers rocking them at LFW so thought why not give it ago. I wore it for my friends  hen party and felt amazing in it. Not only was it comfy and practical it also looked bang on trend when teamed with a casual band tee, silver boots and red tassel earrings.

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Blazer and Trousers @NewLook

 

Floral dresses are definitely not just for summer especially this one. I love the pretty florals contrast with the black background to give this dress an Autumnal feel. The ruffle detail around the neckline and sleeves are super flattering .This is a very girly dress so it is perfect to grunge up with a leather jacket. When I wore it I  also clashed it again some star print tights and my Topshop teddy fur bag.

 

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Floral Dress Topshop

 

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A/W Ready

what to be buying and looking out for now, ready for A/W17.

As LFW is getting ready to showcase S/S18 the high st is moving forward also towards A/W.  It is that strange time of year where typically it is always hard to know what to be looking out for. Most people have had their summer holiday and are now looking forward to Autumn. So with this in mind I have pulled together some top trends for the coming months, from pieces available on the high st now.

FURRRR.. 

This has been a firm fashion favourite on the catwalks and on the high st for the past couple of A/W seasons and is sticking around for this year. 2017 is all about the Teddy bear style of fur. It is a super soft and cosy fur with more room for a lighter  colour palette with brown, grey, cream, white and pastel tones. This trend has been shown particularly well at other the Anya Hindmarch and Miu Miu A/W17 shows.

The best way to inject this trend is with an accessory. I have seen loads of options on the high street from cute quirky fur bags to shoes! Teddy fur coats and jackets are also starting to creep in looking forward to the months ahead. A great way to wear this trend now is to throw a cosy teddy fur over a floral tea dress.

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Teddy Fur bag @Topshop

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Teddy Fur Anya Hindmarch AW17

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FUR all over at Miu Miu

 

checks

Checks have been all over the catwalks including Stella McCartney and Mulberry. Recently they have been spotted all over the high street. This trend has evolved moving on from the summers much loved gingham trend into heritage inspired checks.

This trend is all about statement pieces and co-orination with matching check blazers, trousers and skirts. This is the perfect look when teamed with a logo tee to relax the formal elements or finish an outfit with an oversized heritage check coat or chunky knit.

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Check Blazer from New Look

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Bold, Blue Heritage checks @Stella McCartney

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Mulberry AW17

Red  Clash Flash

This colour has been huge this Summer and will be hanging around for Autumn, with an update from colour blocking to colour clashing with hot pink. This bold look shouldn’t work but striking pink and red combos on the catwalk at Mui Mu, Prada and Valentino give me all the feels for this trend.

This trend can be done as subtle or bold as you like by justing red accessories matched with a pink top or an all out layered clash.

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Bold clashing @Miu Miu

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Using red accessories @Prada

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Clashing different tones @Valentino

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Red Knit @Zara Vinyl Skirt @NewLook

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Texture

This trend is super fun to play with but disastrous if you get it wrong. The trick is you don’t want to clash more than three textures at once or the outfit will become confusing. A great example is to use vinyl or leather as a base and layer up with knitwear or fur another great texture clash for all out glamour is velvet and fur very A/W. 

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Yummy Textures 

 

No Place Like Rome

 

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Sorry for the cheesy title but it is true. The way the Romans discover and maintain the ruins and relics is something to be admired. The Colosseum and Forum are obvious places to visit but aside from that you can be surprised by ruins all around when walking and there is A LOT of walking. It’s definitely  the cheapest and easiest way to get about, most tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other. Our hotel was very close to the Colosseum so pretty central, most places take between 20 – 30 mins to walk.

The Colosseum itself is pretty amazing and well worth a visit as was the Vatican , however I really enjoyed just walking through Rome on cobbled streets,  thats when you stumble upon cute, authentic cafe’s and restaurants to stop and have drinks, lunch or Gelato. There were so many flavours to choose from Banana was by far the best. In the evenings there are some more lively bars, restaurants and street artists at Piazza Navona.

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The best pasta I had in Rome

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Still not over Gingham..

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Among the bars and restaurants there were also shops!! The best were close to the Spanish Steps there was everything there from Prada and Dior to Zara, Sephora and even a Lush! Rome is one of my favourite places I’ve been and would love to go back even though we spent 4 days there and did so much there is still more to explore.

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Dress @Zara and trusty Converse for walking

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Dress @H&M

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Red earrings and Limes 

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Florals

3 days to go…Rome

Only 3 days before I head to the Eternal City and I am super duper, extremely excited!! I have never been and can not wait, but before I go I need to of course plan my outfits. This will help when packing (hand luggage only those pesky airlines) and to see if there is anything else to be added to my shopping list before I go…

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Packing…

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Top and Bag both @Topshop, Shoes NewLook, Skirt Primark

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Dress and Bag both Topshop, Jacket Primark

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Blouse Topshop, Jeans NewLook

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Earrings @Topshop

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Shirt and Bag both Topshop, Hat H&M

 

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Dress @Topshop

Monthly best buys

July has been a super busy month for me with Latitude and a trip to Las Vegas so this post is a little late but here we go…

Blown away Blouse

This blouse ticks all the boxes with florals and ruffles. The ruffled sleeves are by far what sold this to me they are beautiful and the boxy shape is uber flattering and just right for pairing with jeans or a denim skirt. The shirt is a pastel duck egg blue and works really well next to red accessories.

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Blouse from Topshop

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Love Love Love these sleeves

Ray-Ban Lovin’

Ray- Ban’s are just the signature of cool especially the round metal’s. I have wanted a pair for so long, so at the air port in duty-free I thought I’m going to Vegas so why the hell not and finally bought myself a pair. I am in love with them, they add an element of effortless cool to every outfit.

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Sunglasses @Ray-Ban

Bright, Bold, Bag

I am all about red accessories and this bucket bag is the perfect shade and size for everyday use. It has a cute draw string fastening and its super soft leather. I have recently booked a trip to Rome and this cutie will deffo be coming!!

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Stella bucket bag @Topshop

Embroidered Jacket

Khaki is not my usual choice of colour however I fell in love with the embroidery especially the Bee’s I am a sucker for anything with a bumblebee so I had to have this jacket. It was perfect for Latitude so will definitely be my go to festival jacket of the future.

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Jacket @Matalan

 

“Together in Electric Dreams” Tee

As I have said before I love a slogan t-shirt and if there is one I like it’s coming home with me. This one in particular caught my eye because of the typogaphy style it’s really retro and the bold red against the black is just perfection. I wore this on a night out in Manchester with mom jeans, red lipsick and of course a leather jacket. Perfect!

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T-shirt Fan-Club Clothing @Topshop

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Latitude to Las Vegas

I have had a crazy couple of weeks first of all I went to Latitude Festival and less than 24hr hours after it finished found myself in Las Vegas. It’s been a whirlwind of exciting, tiring, scary, intense, sweaty, and hot hot hot.

So lets start with Latitude this year offered a great mix of bands from the well-known 1975 and Mumford & Sons to finding some great up and coming bands just beginning their career including Lemon Twigs, GURR and Idles

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A highlight for me has to be the Lemon Twigs they were super cool and had some great music. Temples on the Sunday night are also a highlight headlining the Sunset Arena, Mumford & Sons headlining Saturday night, especially when they played Little Lion Man and last but not least Mystery Jets who played a great set on the Saturday evening.

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Temples headlining the Sunset Arena @ Latitude

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Mystery Jests @ Latitude

I was far to busy having a great time (and drinking)  to take specific outfit photos of each look but I did get a few…

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Floral tea dress @ Topshop, DR. Marten boots and Levis black denim jacket

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Topshop Floral skirt, black crop top and Levis denim jacket

So I left the magical place that is Latitude for another year and headed home, showered which is pretty standard after you’ve been sleeping in a field for 3 nights, finished packing my bag and then headed to the airport. A taxi ride, 10 hour flight and limo ride later I was in a Las Vegas hotel room at the Wynn Hotel.

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Wynn Hotel before a crazy night out- Black jumpsuit @ Newlook

I did and experienced so much in the 4 days I was in Vegas, too much for one blog post but the over view and highlights include: a pink jeep tour in which I got to see a white wedding chapel with a drive through! The famous ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign and also had the chance to see Vegas from a bird’s eye view in the High Roller (like the London eye.) We saw not one but two Vegas shows ‘Le Reve’ and ‘Magic Mike’ both great for very different reasons however both did include topless men dancing but then it was a Hen do or Bachelorette party as they say in the US for a very good friend.

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Little White Chapel Las Vegas

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“Man, I really like Vegas”Elvis Presley

I also got to see the Grand Canyon on a very hungover Wednesday morning, a Gondola ride inside a hotel and of course have a proper American burger.

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The Grand Canyon

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Bcause everybody loves a Cactus..

First Nights outfit

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Body and pleated trousers both Newlook, jacket Primark, earings and shoes Topshop, bag Mulberry

Outfit for ‘Magic Mike’ show at the Hard Rock Cafe

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Love a selfie (uurgghh) Dress, earings and bag all Topshop, Everlasting liquid lipstick (lovecraft) Kat Von D

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What else do you need? Water Melon towel @ Matalan