Monday, 21 August 2017

Gingham Girl

T-shirt: Adolescent Clothing via Asos // Skirt: Asos // Shoes: Ego // Earrings: H&M (similar) // Backpack: Monki

Ok, I admit it. I, Josie Pattle, prefer summer dressing to winter dressing. OMG it feels good to get that off my chest. After a lifetime of believing I preferred chunky knits and sleek coats, I've come to realisation that I am much more suited to no-jackets, simple tees and a flowing skirt here and there. And now, with my new found love of sunny-season ensembles, I'm definitely not ready to let them go, despite the declining temperature and the fashion calendar fully swinging into AW17. Here's hoping for an Indian summer!

I finally got my hands on Asos's uh-mazinggg 'deconstructed' red gingham midi skirt. The red and pink trend has been everywhere this year, and I might be a little late for that train but I'm still hoppin' on it before the end of the season. As I say, I'm not ready to let go of summer dressing just yet! It's the perfect swishing skirt, and another 'dancer emoji' kinda outfit (ideal!).

I'm a sucker for a graphic tee, and this simple Adolescent Clothing one was just too cute not to purchase. I even wore it again with jeans to work today, so it's already proving its versatility! It feels like it's really good quality too, and doesn't crease easily either - hello, perfect t-shirt of dreams!

With the August bank holiday looming (yay for a 3 day weekend!), I'm still hopeful that we haven't seen the last of 20+ degree weather for 2017. I still have a few more summer outfits up my sleeve that I'm not ready to part with just yet!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Monki Business

Jumpsuit: Monki // Backpack: Monki // Trainers: Topshop (similar) // Sunglasses: H&M 

Monki, you beauty. Thank you for being a jumpsuit-lover's dream. I am addicted to the all-in-one and this is EXACTLY my kinda outfit. I'm very partial to a pattern, and this purply/pinky explosion caught my eye instantly, and for only £35 I couldn't say no. From sunny holidays, to work, to throwing it on with some heels for cocktails and shape throwing; it does it ALL. As you can tell, I adore it. And I just had a peek at all the other jumpsuits they've got going on on their website. GOOD. BYE. MONEY.

For a casual wonder around Oxford last weekend, I popped on my trusty white trainers and my sale backpack find (Monki, you spoil me!). The sun decided to show its face once more, so I was thrilled I got to wear my summer garms again. Even more thrilled that I found a pink wall to blend in with (which I have cheekily used before for blog photos!).

Apparently, the weather is looking promising for the weekend ahead (us Brits and the weather, eh?!). I definitely need to get some plans together for it, and possibly another Monki jumpsuit ready for a bit more sunshine...

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Dancing-Emoji Dress

Midi Dress, Shoes and Sunglasses: Primark // Earrings: H&M (similar)

Recently, Ben and I took a trip to the Kent coast, visiting both Whitstable and Margate and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring that little bit of the UK. Whitstable is so beautiful and quaint (with the most Instagrammable oyster bar) and Margate has the coolest independent shops and cafes, complete with its super cute vintage theme park, Dreamland. 

The pebble beach in Whitstable made for a nice little backdrop for the latest round of outfit photos, even if the sun didn't want to shine on the day I decided to take them! I wore this floral midi dress from Primark and felt exactly like the dancing emoji, which can surely never be a bad thing. Teamed with quite possibly the BEST accessories I've ever owned; these H&M statement earrings. I've worn them so much as I love the way they can make an outfit pop. I'm on the hunt for more statement jewellery as I definitely want to add to the collection!

Even though we were only away for a few days, I still most definitely have the holiday blues. Only one more full day off left until I'm back to work after a lovely and relaxing week off! But first, I'm off out tonight to celebrate one of my besties' birthday! Enjoy your weekends all!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Glitter and Gold

Last weekend, a pal and I went to Secret Garden Party, AKA THE coolest festival I've ever been to. It was dreamy; full of amazing music, the yummiest food stalls and totally Instagrammable moments (take a peek here!). My favourite hidden gem though, was the gorgeously golden sunflower field, and we wasted no time in diving in for our photo opportunities. I decided on a festival appropriate Primark dress. It's floaty, floral and loose-fitting, so it ticks all the boxes for me! Teamed with all Primark accessories of course, from the backpack, to the sunnies, to the wellies! Not bad for an outfit under £30, eh?!

The weekend started out with all sun and smiles, but the rain quickly poured in. That didn't spoil the music or the mood though. We danced through the wet and through the mud and it was so much fun, all capped off on the Sunday with the prettiest paint party!

Whilst I do miss the glitter in my daily beauty routine, and would definitely love to walk through sunflower fields every day, I can't deny that I'm still feeling the effects of last week's escapades (starting to sound v old!). I have this week off work to finally recover, with a few days booked by the British sea side. Stay tuned!

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!