Sunday, 25 June 2017

Gingham Gorgeousness

Dress: Zara // Shoes: Topshop (similar) // Socks: Topshop // Bag: Primark // Sunglasses: Primark

I am obsessed with Zara lately. The frills, the embroidery, the bows, the beauty; I want it ALL. Not to mention this gorgeous red gingham summer dress of my dreams. I've said many a time before that when it comes to exposing the ol' pins in summer, I am pretty self-conscious; however, this dress eases my woes. It's comfy, floaty and my perfect length - and it's now in the sale for 20 quid! It'll be a piece I take with me on my 'olidays and it's ideal for a festival too. An all rounder and an absolute wardrobe win!

I went all Sandy-from-Grease and teamed the dress with my go-to Topshop sneakers. I can't resist a little retro and the 50s is as good an era as any to land on! All rounded off (geddit?) with my new fave Primark sunglasses. These beauties were only £2! I cannot stress my love for Primark accessories enough. 

The warm sunshine has been so lovely the last couple of weeks. I really hope it sticks around - I've got plenty more Zara summer sale finds to debut!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Disneyland Paris: The iPhone Edit

If you don't wear Minnie Mouse ears and pose in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle, then did you even go to Disneyland Paris?

Oh, hey there! If you happen to follow me over on the 'gram, you'll know all too well that I spent last weekend at Disneyland Paris. I seriously loved every second and definitely came over all fan-girlish when it came to that castle. My last and only other visit to Disneyland Paris was 20 years ago, and it felt just as magic being there even as an adult (although I do use the term 'adult' loosely...). So, I thought I'd share some of my top piccies from the weekend, all taken on the ol' iPhone (cannot imagine lugging round a big camera here, kudos to those who do!)

First things first, THE CASTLE. When my sister and I first arrived at Disneyland, it had been thunder-stormin' something good and proper. We still braved it into the park, and even though the sky was dull and drizzly, we couldn't hide our excitement to see the pretty pink palace against the grey! I absolutely admit that I reverted to full childhood mode walking into Disneyland. The above photo was taken on the last day in between downpours. When the sun shone it was glorious, but when it rained it, it bucketed!

I wanna take a minute to just appreciate the shops. There is a Christmas shop all. year. round. And it sells the cutest little ornaments! It's the little details that make Disneyland so magic, and the shops are no exception. I also couldn't resist an ice-cream from Fantasia Gelati. I went for strawberry cheesecake and it was delicious!

Park hoppin'! Was so fun spending the morning in Walt Disney Studios and the afternoon/evenings in Disneyland. We went on Tower of Terror three whole times and it is now my favourite ride ever. We managed to tick all the big rides off the list, and even had time to do the classics too (hello, It's a Small World! I dare you not to have that tune in your head for the rest of the day...)

Aaaand finally, Disneyland looks just as gorge at night as it does in the day. We watched the illumination show in awe! Was SUCH a fab weekend, I'm definitely dreaming of visiting the others now too. One down, five to go!

Monday, 24 April 2017

It's a Spring Thing

Embroidered Jacket: Primark // T-shirt: Topshop // Jeans: Topshop (similar) // Loafers: Topshop

Well, hey there! I know my last few posts have started with 'long time, no see', so that needs to stop. I pretty much just need to accept that my regular blog posts - or at least, semi regular for a novice like me - are kinda gone (at least for now) and this blog has become a little sparse. I think for now, it'll just be a place I can throw some thoughts/outfit pics etc. down if I fancy (aka have the time at the weekends if I'm not engulfed in the latest Netflix series - I'm looking at you, Line of Duty.)

So, on with the post! Spring is nice, isn't it? I don't think there's many a person out there who doesn't enjoy the sight of pink blossoms and blue skies (well, when the sun decides to show its face of course). I'm not the greatest at transitional dressing; going from winter to sort of warm is a weird one and I require weeks of adjustment before I'm finally ready to ditch the winter coat in favour of something lighter. Luckily, I purchased this dream leather jacket from Primark a few weeks back, and it's the perfect spring throw-on, especially as it has the prettiest floral embroidery detail. Phase one of the spring makeover complete!

I popped on my new fave jeans from Topshop (where else?! God I wish they were cheaper...) and a statement tee (which says 'Femme Forever' no less - let's hear it for the gals!) and felt ready to rock. The cropped length is a perfect choice for milder days and you can't go wrong with a statement tee. If need be, you can lose the jacket if the sun really decides to start shining. I think I can do this transitional dressing malarkey after all?!

My first seasonal look ticked. And maybe, just maybe, I'll surprise everyone (including myself) and get another spring appropriate look up soon. See you around, I hope! 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Puffer Perfection

Pink Puffer Jacket: Topshop (similar) // T-shirt: Joanie Clothing // Jeans: Primark // Shoes: Topshop

I think it's safe to say that most of us have had enough of winter now. I don't mind the cold really, but this drizzly, snowy weirdness is not cool. Luckily, I did bag a super comfy and warm puffer jacket in the Topshop sale for £45 so at least the rubbish weather is an excuse for a new jacket. Not only that, but the pink velvet brightens up even the dullest of days.

I doubled up on the pink wearing THE t-shirt of the moment from Joanie Clothing. Brunching is my favourite thing to do, so this Brunch Club tee suited me down to a, well, tee. I've said it before, but I really love the retro vibes from Joanie Clothing and the quality of this t-shirt is really lovely. All topped off with my black straight leg jeans and new fave ankle boots.

Is it really already Sunday evening? I'm not ready for the weekend to end just yet...

Sunday, 29 January 2017

All Black Everything

Coat: H&M (similar) // Jumper: Joanie Clothing // Jeans: Topshop (similar) // Boots: Topshop

Well, hello strangers! I can't believe it's been a whole month since I last blogged, the longest I've ever gone since starting it. Truth is, I've been getting frustrated; mainly feeling like I've lost my fashion mojo and getting angry at my very old and basic camera (savings for a new one are getting there). I was stressing myself out and had to take a little hiatus. I missed it though, and I've got to remind myself now and again that progress takes time, so for now I need to chill out, throw on some garms and just enjoy doing what I can whilst striving to improve. So here we are, my first outfit post of 2017 and first post of 2017 full stop. I can do this! 

To match this grey weekend, I unleashed my dark side with this all-black get-up. Firstly, I have succumbed to the wily ways of social media influence. I have seen Joanie Clothing on all my fave bloggers and it worked on me fo' sure. After a browse on their sight, I fell in love with Joanie's vintage vibes and had to purchase this gorgeous 'maybe baby' jumper (along with a t-shirt that's coming to this blog in the not too distant future!). Sassy slogan + snuggly = a winner of a knitwear piece. I also picked up these uh-mazing embellished jeans in the Topshop sale (yes, sale! High five me!). Again enticed by social media (the lure of the Facebook ad to be precise) I was on and buying these denim delights before I could say 'monochrome'. 

Finally, you can never have too many shoes, right?! RIGHT, exactly what I thought, hence why I bought these gorgeous ankle boots. They're so comfy, however I did need to size up even more than usual with these as they did come up small. I'm not too mad though as they are pretty super. I'm a big fan of the higher and more fitted ankle - I think they just look a bit 'neater' under jeans and with tights.

Today's grey weather certainly wasn't the kinda weather I enjoy in winter. I'm hoping for a bit more frost and a lot less rain to come this week!

Friday, 30 December 2016

A Year In (A Few) Pictures

Oh, 2016, you've certainly not been everyone's friend and you haven't exactly been a favourite of all my 25 years on this planet. I don't need to go in to detail about the perils of 2016 (this video sums it up in a brilliant and ruddy hilarious way), but it's been a year that's made me incredibly confused and angry at times, it provoked me to question a lot, and also got me to appreciate being in such a fortunate position. As put so beautifully and eloquently by Liv, the utter babe behind the wonderful What Olivia Did It, 'it's important to look out for others, support people where you can and ultimately try and make an effort to understand and learn- because I'm pretty sure that's how change begins'. *Long, contented sigh*, what a quote - it's so true.  

It felt like the world was full of bad news (even though I know some amazing things still went down this year!), but in this little roundup, I'm going to focus on some of the things I was lucky enough to celebrate. From trips, travels, focusing on friends and family and working my 'no she definitely doesn't squat' bum off, I've packed as much as I could into 365 days.


I completely admit (and have confessed many times this year!) that the blogging slipped slightly. Instead of posting at least once a week without fail, it slipped to posting every two weeks, and even that required even more motivation at times. It's not that I don't still love it (because I do!), it's that I got a whole lot busier. I landed my dream job which began in May, and since then I've been super focused on that. This was probably my highlight so being busy is ok! After working so hard and having many a little (or humungous) cry at the thought of never being able to do what I wanted to do, I got my break and I adore what I do now. That alone is pretty special, but I also got to see a few cool places in between too!


Clothes and things

I tried to experiment more with my outfits this year. I would do anything to look like Megan or Faye Ellaby (seriously, they just nail it every time), so I'm working my way up to somewhere near their uber-chic realm. I love fashion and I buy way too many clothes, but I know I'm not one of those super-stylish folk who just throws things on and rocks it regardless- but maybe one day! I want to wear more of what I want to wear and this year was the beginning of that. I took a few more risks but still kept in my comfort zone. Maybe in 2017 I'll break the mould a bit more.

Ticked some travel off the list

At the beginning of the year, I fell in love with the cool, scandi style of life in Copenhagen. Not only are the people lovely and the sights beautiful, but they have some pretty sweet cafes over there too! A trip to Lisbon followed in the summer and did not disappoint. The tiles, the colours and the gorgeous (albeit, very very hot) sun equated to it being a bloomin' dream destination. I also got to grab some winter sun in Santorini. It truly is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. It was a magical week, full of relaxation, a little exploring and taking many, many photos of the picturesque white and blue villages. And in between all of this, came a couple of trips to Dublin with work! I still need to take the time to properly explore that city. Watch this space, 2017!

I took a photography course!

This was so much fun! Whoever thought going back to school could be so great?! I enjoyed every minute of these evening classes and learned so much. I still have a long way to go with photography, but I was proud of myself for taking this step and striving to learn more about what I'm passionate about. It was an inspiring and motivating class so I really want to focus on improving my photos so much further in the new year!

I've set myself a few New Year's resolutions for 2017, so I look forward to ticking them off and documenting them on this here blog along the way! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend celebrating!