Festival Vibes

Festival season is soon upon us here in the UK and I don’t know about you but when I think about festivals all that springs to mind is tassels and boots (and the music obviously). I’m also that person that will still wear all black on a hot summers day- so here you have it, the perfect all black festival day look complete with plenty of tassels and ankle boots!

I found this cute little playsuit in Pull & Bear- quite loose fitting with bell sleeves, a V-neck front with strappy detail for only £20. Also great for a beach cover up on holiday or to throw on when the sun goes down! I’ve styled it with this gorgeous fringed suede jacket from Zara. I try and steer clear from buying clothes with silver finishing’s just because all my jewellery is gold so it can clash but I loved this so much I bought it anyway. The tassels go all the way around the back and down the sleeves- perfect for dancing the night away at the main stage!

The bag of choice for this outfit, keeping in mind people dancing and drinking all day and night- is this studded cross body from Mango. Unless you’re wearing a rucksack it’s probably your safest bet so you don’t loose it! This bag isn’t available anymore but I’ve found similar here and a rucksack option here.

Everyone needs a good pair of black boots in their life that can be dressed up or worn in the day- these boots I stumbled across in the sale in Debenhams. The black ones are sold out online now but the tan pair are still available here (I might have bought those too)! If you wanted to add a pop of colour to the outfit anyway then the tan would look great!

Accessories

 

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Now back to the post at hand and I’m talking everything accessories, in particular the famous GG Gucci belt. I was lucky enough that my boyfriend bought me this little gem for being, and I quote, ‘the best girlfriend ever’ (seriously ask him). I’ve had my eye on it for a while though now so I’m so happy to have it as its quite hard to get your hands on.

I think accessories are so important with an outfit- whether that be a bag, jewellery or in this case a belt. Honestly, picture this outfit without the belt and it really isn’t great, it doesn’t look finished at all.

You can wear this belt with anything really, a distressed denim skirt, wrapped around your waist with a little summery day dress or smart/casual as I’ve worn here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll know that I love high street retailers- great for wardrobe top ups, keeping up with fast fashion today and no one can deny the price points are great but I think one way to enhance your outfit is with designer accessories. They’re much more affordable than buying a whole wardrobe from Gucci for example and they can add a touch of luxury to any high street outfit. I’ve paired this Gucci belt (larger size here) with some ankle grazer jeans, satin lace cami top, bag and blazer (similar here) all from H&M and a pair of black stilettoes from Zara (similar here) to create a classic style great for heading out for dinner or drinks.

 

 

 Photography- Rebecca Spencer

Summer Days

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Being from Manchester myself and having only moved to London last Christmas, I’m truly shocked that summers could actually be hot in England- its a revelation! I’ve been taking full advantage of this southern heat and have been residing myself at any park I can to soak up all that Vitamin D goodness.

So I thought I would just do a little outfit post and share with you what I wore when I went to the infamous Hyde Park.  If you’ve never been before I would suggest you make some time to. It’s absolutely massive so you can decide to be near the hustle and bustle of it all, renting boats out on the lake, sipping on a cocktail at one of their bars- or find yourself a nice quiet corner for a picnic or a deck chair to doze on. Bliss.

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I bought a cute navy playsuit form H&M and it was perfect for a hot summers day to throw on with some sandals (not surprisingly from H&M too) and be on my way. It’s frilled all the way around which makes it floaty and loose- perfect combination. The necklace is also from H&M (I must stop) and my sunglasses are from Ralf Lauren. I’m all about easy fashion, I don’t like anything too fussy and actually rarely wear prints. I also still mostly wear dark colours in the summer- I’m one of those people whose half their wardrobe is black and struggle to match the different colours of black whilst getting ready! The struggle is real.

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Holiday Two-Piece

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Following on from my previous posts where I talked about an all in one swimming costume and then swimwear with high waisted briefs, the only thing left to show you from my holiday is a two piece. This was my favourite one that I packed. Simple yet chic. Shock that it’s from H&M again but I think that they get swimwear so right every year. This particular one is almost like scuba material which I loved about it, it made it really tight (in a comfortable way) that held me in and pushed me up in all the right places.

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The style of this is a bit of a copy of the very popular Triangle bikini, which a lot of brands are doing at the moment because although it is heavily in demand, it does come with a bit of a higher price tag. If you have a bigger budget to spend, they are definitely a brand to check out. If you’ve read my blog before though you’ll know that I love a bargain and with the top costing £12.99 and briefs £7.99 (now on sale for £2.39) I don’t think you can go wrong. The hat is continuing the theme of savvy holiday shopper and is from Primark. I have had this one in my wardrobe for a while now but I’ve found a great alternative here. I love the simplicity of both of them, I think the bikini looks expensive with the ivory colour and thick black lining around the edges, and to me it’s all about how you wear something- style is something you have, not something you can buy. Don’t let other bloggers make you believe that you have to have a millionaire bank account and ‘instagram model’ lifestyle to be fashionable. After all, Olivia Palermo still shops at Zara.

 

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Just The Way You Are

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Most people don’t walk around half naked everyday in their usual lives and so the thought of doing it on holiday in front of a bunch of strangers can be daunting for some. I was at a park earlier this week when it was super hot in London and the majority of women there were just in bikinis. However, there was a group of young girls next to me around 14/15 years old or so who were happily sunbathing with the norm, bar one girl who had a bikini top on styled with a pair of high waisted shorts, when to my surprise one of the girls in the group said to her “ugh just take your shorts off already you’re annoying me now”. I watched while this poor girl, who was larger than her friends and clearly wanted to be slightly more covered up, reluntantly took her shorts off to the peer pressure of the group. Kids can be so cruel.

The point of my story is that you should only wear what you’re comfortable in, period. If that’s a bikini top with high waisted shorts then that’s what it is. Most women know this but for a young teenager growing up it can evidently be hard. There are woman who are a size 20 who are happy to wear a two piece- but if you’re a size 8, 10, 12 etc (whatever size) and you’re not comfortable, then don’t. It’s that simple.

I feel like this coincides well with sizing in stores. They all differ and it’s annoying but if you’re a 10 in one shop and then a 12 in the other- buy the 12. Don’t struggle to squeeze into something that doesn’t fit you, wont make you feel great, and will just be uncomfortable for the sake of a little number on the inside of your clothes that nobody is ever going to see.

There are so many options now, if you saw my previous post you’ll find a cheap stylish option for a one piece. Then there is the high waisted brief that has made a massive come back and is hugely on trend. You don’t have to look like a prude, like a grandma, or any of the other words I’m sure used to be associated with covering up on the beach.

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I don’t want to condone not looking after your body and saying that it is okay to be overweight because if you’re paranoid over it then there are options to cover up because I’m a massive advocate of eating healthily and looking after yourself. I do however realise that every body is different. Each woman has their own insecurities, the own parts to their body that they personally don’t like. Or even just days where we feel particularly more sluggish and bloated than normal. It’s nice to have another option, regardless of your size, as oppose to feeling like you cant go and enjoy the sunshine because you’re feeling insecure and I think these highwaisted briefs are a great alternative. Unfortunately this set from Topshop is one that I’ve had for a while and so not available anymore. I have found some other great options for you here though.

This type of style is so comfortable and really makes you feel secure. If you’ve read my breakfast post you’ll know that I have struggled in the past and still do suffer with stomach issues where I bloat and these type of briefs genuinely feel like they’re pulling you in and giving you extra support.

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I’ve finished this outfit off with a gorgeous chevron print visor wrap around with bow detail at the back- this one is from Topshops last season so again unavailable now but I’ve found another great alternative here. Then I’m wearing my favourite classic Clubmaster Rayban sunglasses which you can buy here.

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There are so many different types of swimwear you can wear on your holidays now- there’s never been more choice or more diversity on the high street in terms of trends and sizing- which makes it possible to find that perfect fit- so get out there and wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and most importantly- confident.