Sunday, 25 September 2016

Blog 25: How I tackle London fashion weekend AW16

London fashion weekend gives the public the opportunity to experience what fashion week is all about. Located at the Saatchi Gallery in London I was not going to miss out! As we arrived we were given wristbands for our allocated times and as soon as I walked in I knew this was the industry that I wanted to work in. There were 3 floors dedicated purely to designer outlets and pop-up shops ranging from Prada to designers just out of Uni. It was amazing to see the range of items available with awesome prices. Honestly it was my shopping paradise. While shopping is great, we also attended a designer catwalk for the designer Sibling. Having never been to a catwalk shop before I was a little bit sceptical of what was going to happen. However having front row seats that got me right up close to the clothing was amazing and you could see every detail. The show was really interesting with some heavy knitwear and delicate shimmery dresses. Personal favourite has to be the shimmery dress as it just look stunning and had a gorgeous cut (Pictures down below).  Just had a fantastic weekend and I couldn't wait to share it with you. I wore two outfits so here's what I wore:


Coat £22 New Look, Top £4 Primark, Trousers £25 Missguided, Shoes £40 Next, Sunglasses £80 Ralph Lauren

The morning started off quite cold so I brought with me my big black coat which to me makes any outfit a little bit more formal. My statement piece for this outfit were the Khaki Trousers from Missguided (Creds to Ellie Carpenter for the inspo) I just love them so much and they were perfect for the AW trend. To that I added a plain black top and 2 inch black boots. Sophisticated? Yas! One of my favourite outfits!

Necklace £6 Majique
I'm really not one to wear piles of jewellery but OMG I can't stop wearing this necklace! I think it's so unique and I've never seen anything like it. Hence why it's my new go-to necklace! Majique also offer different origami designs so check them out! You might find the piece you've always dreamed of as well at being at an extraordinary price!
Link here:


Top £130 Aubrey Busek, Skirt £7 Zara, Shoes and sunglasses as before

Can you really go to fashion week if you don't wear something crazy and wonderful? This beautiful top was the centrepiece of Sunday's outfit. Designed by the fantastic Aubrey Busek, I was delighted to be able to wear this. I loved the sleeves as they are so in season and the pompoms on the end are so cute. The colour is perfect as you could match it with anything! I paired it with a flared denim skirt and the same black boots to make the top stand out! They came with some lovely little shorts but more on those later! I would highly recommend the brand as the quality is outstanding and I have loved talking to Aubrey herself. Thank you again for your lovely two piece set.


Necklace £46
The perfect necklace to go with this crazy outfit had to be the wonderful Dainty evil eye necklace from Jewels from Durrani. I thought this was so beautiful as it's lightweight and the colour is fantastic. It's sterling silver coated in Gold which makes it feel so special and it's based on the evil eye theme which I thought added a sense of calm to my outfit. It's another kind of necklace that is subtly different and I really think this will be worn a lot and last a long time. Watch out for it featured in more blogs!

The shopping

The beautiful shoes

My face when I first saw them!

Trying them on

Oh dear... Obviously 15 pairs of high heels wasn't enough. Let's be honest though, they are eye-catching and so incredibly different. You will never see anyone else with these shoes again. Possibly because there are only 30 pairs of these IN THE WORLD! Each handmade with Italian leather from the wonderful designer Lucy Choi. I think my normal party heels just got replaced....
They were retailing at £225 but we got them for £140!

Other photos from the event:

Outside photoshoot
Walking up to the gallery with my free tote bag designed by Sophia Webster (The best designer on the planet)

The view from inside - Shopping

More shopping
Looking happy once I find Armani
The Sibling catwalk show begins

A few favourites

My favourite look last!

Thanks so much for reading! Hope I've encouraged you to attend this next year! Really worth the money,
Top tip: Save up some money before you go as you will want everything

Ciao xxx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Blog 24: How I tackle Heels

The best feeling in the world is when you successful walking 10 metres across a gravel drive and do not fall on your face. This feat may sound easy but when you're wearing 6 inch stilettos it requires a lot of brain power and concentration. Heels are easily the best things ever invented as of course, 6 inches of extra height just gives every girl so much power. Being 5'9, heels give me the chance to literally stick out in a crowd and make me feel empowered. It's great being taller than some boys. They will moan "but you're wearing heels" and to that I say "Yep. But I'm still taller" which makes them rethink their battle tactics as I now could puncture their spleen with a quick WATCHA with my spikey feet. I love heels but they can be a real pain (literally) and it can take ages to find the one pair that you will wear eternally. I (shamelessly) own 15 pairs of heels. I am typically a size 6 1/2 which just makes life so awkward but I'll tell you about how true to size each shoe is. 
I want to do this from my least favourite pair to my favourite pair so you can get an idea of what I like and dislike about heels. It's a very long blog so sorry about that and there is a recurring theme of New Look! All views expressed are my own. Enjoy:

My heels collection of 2016

15: Monochrome wedges


Monochrome wedges £5, New Look, Size 7

I hate these. I have no idea what possessed me when I bought these but they are a fashion disaster. They are so ugly on my feet as they don't fit properly. Wedges aren't my favourites either and the trim around the bottom is vile. The only positive of these shows is that they were £5 which to me is £5 wasted.

14: Red wedges

Red wedges £5, New Look, Size 6
To quote my father, these "look cheap" which I have to agree with. Another £5 panic buy which I regret as they are highly distasteful. The idea of them isn't so bad but the colour is too pigmented and the buckle is very tacky. Also the buckle rests on my ankle and pushes which makes them so painful to walk in. Just a bit of a no no.

13: Jungle wedges

Jungle wedges £6, New Look, Size 6

Starting to think I just hate wedges. But these are a lot better than the other two. For one they actually fit around my toes and ankles and actually offer some support. However they are just too high and impossible to walk in and for someone like me, who was wearing heels before trainers, if I can't master them then heaven help everyone else.


12: Cobalt court heels

Cobalt court heels £22, M&S, Size 6 1/2
Now I actually love these because of how gorgeous the colour is! Cobalt is just the best colour but the reason why it is so low down on my ranking is because they are really hard to style. The colour is very difficult even though it is beautiful and I have a slight problem with the style of the shoe. The court shoe design is more for working women and so I'm not so sure on how age appropriate these heels are.

11: Leopard print heels


Leopard heels £7, Primark, Size 7

I do like the print and style of these heels and they fit so well. However I literally never wear these because I'm not sure what I would style them with. Let me know below if you have any suggestions! For the price they are a bargain but they aren't the best quality and I'm a little worried that the heel might break.

10: White boots

White boots £12, New Look, Size 7

I love these since they are so different and unique. I love the elasticated black slit and the white contrast works so well apart from white boots are just not the best idea. Literally mud becomes so visible and the whole boot turns a light poo shade. Great if there's no water or mud anywhere where you're walking.


9: Red heels

Red heels £7, Primark, Size 7

These were one of my first pairs of high heels and you can understand why a 13 year old would love them. The colour is awesome but with my wardrobe becoming very nude, it's hard to style. They are great for nights out with a Little Black Dress. They are a little bit big for me as the caged design doesn't really even touch my foot but I still like them.


8: Brown suede heels

Brown suede boots £70, H&M, Size 6
These are my most recent heels and I think they are gorgeous! They are real suede hence the price and they look stunning on and I love the wooden heel. The only reason they are so low is that I haven't worn them enough to determine whether I love them more than my other pairs but they are beautiful and worth the money.

7: White wedges


White wedges £10, New Look, Size 6

Finally some wedges that I don't hate!!! These are really pretty with a cute lace deign over the toe and you can wear them with literally anything. However the white colour has become quite dark due to mud, poo and sweat which is grim so they really don't look as fresh as they once were.

6: Floral heels

Floral heels £22, M&S, Size 6 1/2

I love the pattern on these and OMG they are the most comfy heels I own! They have gel padding inside which means you can definitely stand for a whole night in them. A very summer pair which does limit your outfit choice a bit but overall a very good buy. Do not underestimate M&S!


5: White sandals


White sandals £25, TK maxx, Size 7

I get asked so often where these are from and they are from TK maxx or Lotus directly. As soon as  saw them I knew they were going to be perfect. I've worn them to Sardinia and back and with the occasional blister, they have been fantastic. Would highly recommend you get a pair like these as a staple item of lower heels.


4: Small black boots

Small Black boots £40, Next, Size 6 1/2

These are such an amazing staple to have in your wardrobe as they go with anything! As you can tell, autumn is here and these are my winter boots that have been worn to death. They are suede but I've worn them so much that they have mud and bits in them so excuse that. A good investment.

3: Big black boots

Big Black boots £22, New Look, Size 6

Anyone who knows me knows that I love wearing these as I finally surpass the height of a tree. These are the definition of empowering heels as they bring in the biker chic style. I'm in love with the badass style of these but I really need to concentrate when walking in them as they are big! And yes I have fallen on my face wearing them... wear with caution.

2. Black tie-up heels

Black tie-up heels, New Look, Size 7

These were a great find and I love them soooooo much! I bought them full price and I've worn them countless times over the summer. The tie-up trend is really popular so as soon as I saw them, I knew I needed them. The ties can sometimes get a bit tricky as sometimes they cut off the blood circulation to my foot but overall they are fabulous and I would highly recommend them!

1: Glittery party heels

Glittery party heels £20, New Look, Size 6
My favourite pair of heels ever! Unfortunately the photos don't show quite how sparkly they are but they are sooooo glittery and so fantastic that I basically wear them to ever party I ever go to. I bought them originally for prom and I didn't think I would wear them again but I was so wrong. I love the fact that they change colour. If you hold it in a certain way they look gold but from far away they look silver. Girls you need sparkly heels. It's just an essential!

Hope you enjoyed my extremely long blog! Comment your personal favourites below!
Finally past 70K,
Thanks again for all the support, including all the people I meet at parties who know me as the Blogger girl!
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Ciao xxx

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Blog 23: How I tackle back to school

Cats are meant to kill birds like teachers are meant to kill my will to live. Definitely not pessimistic... but who can be pleased about being locked in a confined space and being yelled at with facts. But I guess we have to get on with it so let's not think about our bruised brains. A good distraction for someone obsessed with clothes is to put loads of effort into every outfit you wear for the first week so when you forget all your summer work at least you can say you looked good crying.
The thing is with school is that, if you stay in the rules, you can be as wacky as you want. Now I'm not advising that you come in full festival homeless person mode, but you can branch out from your neutrals, blacks and greys. Some outfits can be smart and some can almost pass as PJ's but a little thought goes a long way. So now going to take you through a brief tour of my wardrobe from my first week back at school:

Monday - No school (thank god)


Top £2 primark, Skirt £6 New Look, Shoes £22 New look

First day back! I'm so excited to see my friends but seriously I haven't been up this early in nearly two month so excuse my puffy eyes. The benefits of being in Upper sixth is that there aren't any benefits anymore and you start working from the first lesson back. No time for holiday talk, but I'm sure everyone would have loved to know in detail how I nearly lost my pants in the ocean.


Dress £13 Allegra K

Maybe it wasn't such a good idea to wake up this morning. I feel like I'm hungover on schoolwork. It's already hurting my head. I actually thought about putting an outfit together which is why I didn't resemble a car crash. Instead I wore this pretty thing which got me quite a few compliments so I thought I would put the link down below for you!



Top £20 Adidas via TK Maxx, Leggings £4 F&F

Why am I here? I miss the holidays. I miss lie ins. I already have enough homework I could build myself a paper fortress. Tbh though I only had half a day of lessons so I'm not too hard done by. This was a sport-themed-cba-to-wear-anything-complicated outfit. It's easy to throw on and put together while looking pretty sporty (even though I haven't accelerated past a walk in about 3 months).


Jumper £20 Move it, Hareem pants £20 Reading festival, Espadrilles £10.50 ASOS 

Hell yeah I made it! But I look homeless... but I don't care. I literally pulled on what was next to my bed and as you can see, I'm not exactly coordinated. This is probably what we all actually dress like. It's the given up on school look. There wasn't much of a thought process behind this but I just wanted to show you what we all eventually end up wearing.

Photos accredited to Josh Perkins who is a star for coming to my house while I was panicking this morning as I had no photos! Follow him on instagram:

Just don't remind me I have another week next week.

Ciao xxx