Inspired by the #fbloggers. 

I hate to admit it, but I’m addicted to my phone! But aren’t we all these days? I’m constantly tapping away on my phone, checking emails,  checking Instagram, checking Facebook. It drives my boyfriend (who owns a very old school  ‘un-smart’ phone) to sometimes become rather annoyed when we’re meant to be relaxing in front of the tv! 

My main addiction is definitely Instagram. I absolutely love checking out what the fashion bloggers are wearing, and because their job is to post regularly and daily, I never get bored!

 
Whether we’re aware of it or not, celebrities and fashion bloggers massively influence what we choose to buy. I like to think that I’m fairly decisisive in knowing what I want to buy for myself, but I can easily be swayed into buying something  just because I’ve seen a celebrity or blogger wearing it.

  

Top fashion bloggers’ jobs are to show off their amazing lifestyle and wardrobe with flashy photographs in to-die-for locations. It’s hard for any girl to resist buying something that could give us their lifestyle, or at least to resemble it!

In this blog post, I take a look at two of my favourite fashion bloggers and what trends I’m going to nab from them for the summer season.

Anna Hart. South Molton Street Style. 

  Anna Hart is creator and founder of South Molton Street Style, a fashion blog I discovered when I was newborn to the world of blogging and Twitter. I love Anna’s blog because she writes about luxurious and delectable fashion, but in a funny, down to earth and honest fashion.  
A fan of classic style including Breton stripes and boyfriend jeans, she also loves to take risks with her style, experimenting with fun clothing styles and bright colours. The perfect mix of girl next door and fashion blogger style. 

  

You should follow this blog if you like lovely British fashion set against posh London backdrops. I’ll be taking inspiration from Anna’s footwear this summer and will be on the hunt for some espadrilles and some bright colour pop heels! 

   


Victoria, In The Frow. 

  

I discovered this site after seeing other bloggers on Instagram rave about it. Warning, if you are gagging for a holiday, this blog may depress you! The Maldives, Santorini and Cannes are just some of the beautiful locations that Victoria has recently blogged from- lucky girl! 

  

I like this blog because of it’s aspirational factor- what girl wouldn’t be jealous of this lil lady’s lifestyle of jet-setting off to luxurious locations, wearing the best designers goods and showing off the most highly sought after beauty products. Reading this blog is the perfect little bit of escapism. 

 

   

 

Even though Victoria is stunningly beautiful and she obviously lives a privileged lifestyle, her blog is still approachable and likeable and you feel you can relate to many of her comments. 

What am I inspired to wear through reading this blog? Pretty pastel colours, floral lace and matte dusky pink lips! 

Who are your favourite fashion bloggers? And what inspo will you be taking from them for the summer? 

Xx 


 
  

 

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Emma Roberts- the princess of clashing patterns and boho vibes. 💜💛💜

  
She’s the niece of Julia Roberts so her beauty is anticipated even before you’ve seen her- Emma Roberts is one of Hollywood’s most talented young ladies at the moment and is fast becoming not only known for her sterling acting skills, but also for her confident and fun fashion style. Think tomboy and girly girl at the same time- impressive! 

 
  

What I love about Emma’s style is how laid back it is when she’s ‘off-duty’. Often heading out in loose fitting floaty numbers paired with scruffy converses or a thrift shop vintage fur coat, Emma has achieved both a casual Californian style and a fun and innovative one.  

Emma is a big fan of effortlessly clashing patterns, particularly leopard print  (one of my personal favourites). I love how she successfully combines things that you would never think would look good together. Who would’ve thought Bart Simpson would look so chic paired with an A-line skirt? 

  
  

She clearly loves experimenting with her clothes, and being the Hollywood actress she is, has lots of exciting opportunities and events to attend where she can exercise her style ideas. From Coachella pool parties, to sitting Frow at a fashion show and attending premieres, Emma always manages to execute her wonderful personal style perfectly.

   

 She’s also a great fan of accessorising, be it with fab fifties shades or a cute (but I’m sure verrrry expensive) designer bag. 

  
So Emma’s style recipe seems to be find some boho patterns, mix with a little bit of vintage, add a few drops of classic designer, fold in some playful motifs and finish off with a twist of fifties style. et voila! An exciting and refreshing style! Emma has definitely encouraged me to clash and mix up some of my summer outfits! 

  
  

  

Summer Dreamin’…

We’re coming to the end of a lonnng April which has seen some rather erratic weather (hailstorms, blinding sunlight and hurricane in one day), lots of work and not much play unfortunately. Needless to say, I think I’m ready for summer! 

Today, the day before payday (which is very dangerous), I’ve been browsing the web looking at lots of pretty things to help me look forward to summer. We have a holiday in Spain planned and are hoping to do a few city getaways including Amsterdam, so I’m looking to update my summer wardrobe, buy some miracle-working beauty products and also get in shape for the bikini! Daunting task! 

My Summer Wishlist includes; 

1) An easy to use makeup palette which I can carry around with me easily.

Wishlist Find: Charlotte Tilbury 5 minute instant look in a palette.

  
Charlotte Tilbury is definitely one of the top celeb makeup artists at the moment with clients including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Jennifer Aniston. I quite like her makeup products as they’re  not too over the top but can stil transform your face into a thing of beauty! I would definitely love to receive this makeup palette to use for when I’m ‘on the go’- it contains everything you need to keep your face looking pretty, from eye highlighter to bronzer. £49 

2) A light and feminine fragrance. 

Wishlist Find: Jo Malone Nashi Blossom and Lime Basil Mandarin cologne. 

  

Having had the pleasure of working for Jo Malone London, I am fairly well versed on their fragrance collection, even down to knowing the three layers of each and every fragrance of the collection (we had very thorough training)!

 During my time working there, I fell in love with several of their fragrances and treated myself to a few colognes, candles and bath oils. One of my favourites has to be Jo Malone’s signature scent Lime Basil and Mandarin, a zesty and herbaceous fragrance which instantly uplifts me when I spray it. It’s perfect for this time of year as it starts getting warmer and sunnier. I’d also love to try the new limited edition cologne Nashi Blossom, a fragrance that combines fruits and florals- two of my favourite scent types. And the pretty polka dot bottle wouldn’t look bad next to the rest of my collection on my dressing table either! From £42

3) An affordable but flattering bikini. 

Wishlist Find: H&M swimwear.

  

When it comes to bikinis, I’m not fussed on spending too much on one as I tend to get bored easily and move on to another. I absolutely love H&M as a shopping destination at the moment- I’ve found some brilliant dresses and everyday casuals there recently. Their new swimwear collection offers something for every body type, despite every bikini being modelled by a size 6 model which is anything but realistic, but fairly predictable! 

I’ll always be a lover of stripes so I will probably invest in one of the below, modelled by Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra  Ambrosio. Motivation right there to get my bikini body ready! From £3.99

 
4)  Practical but funky sportswear. 
Victoria’s Secret Sportswear Collection. 

  

In order to achieve above bikini body for my holiday, I’m going to have to get myself back in shape! And of course, even when it comes to excercise, a girls gotta look stylish these days! There is a huge market for fashionable and feminine sport wears these day, and all the celebrities are all over their sportswear on the internet. 

  
Here in Bristol, we have been lucky enough to have a huge Victoria’s Secret open, and whilst I’m not a fan of all of their stuff, I do enjoy their sportswear. I’ve also heard rave reviews about the sports bras from various friends. 

It’s important to feel comfortable when excercising and this can sometimes be compromised when you also try to wear something ‘funky and fashionable’, but the Victoria’s Secret bras and leggings are the perfect combo of funky and functional. 

   
 So that’s my summer wish list (or a least a portion of it). What’s on your list? Summer, hurry on up! 

Hunting for the best new festival-wear. 

It’s impossible to escape at the moment, leading me to lament that I am in work and not in the deserts of Colorodo partying away to indie music and wearing a long flowing beaded kaftan with ‘cool’ headwear and bare feet. Coachella, the world’s most beautiful and glamorous festival, is on the horizon. Which means that festival season will start to get underway very soon! Which in turn means that summer is surely on it’s way!? 

  
Festival wear is one of the more adventurous forms of dressing and can often verge on fancy dress or costume to reflect the happy go lucky and expressive moods of the festival-goers. 

Everybody knows that (in Britain certainly) a pair of wellies is a must on the festival check list and the king of British wellies are of course Hunter. 

 This British brand that has a history spanning nearly 160 years has a huge fan base, anyone who’s anyone has been papped wearing a pair at a festival, whether they’ve gone for the traditional khaki green or branched out for a patterned or collab pair. I’m sure that the year that Hunter collaborated with Jimmy Choo, you couldn’t move for black snakeskin wellies at Glastonbury! 

  
 
 Not only synonymous with festivals, Hunters are also pretty high up in the fashion world, with the rubber boots making appearances in fashion shoots in edits such as VOGUE and TATLER. 

Current Creative Director of Hunter is Alastair Willis, husband of Stella McCartney no less, and his collection last year added a more fashionable twist to the brand’s identity, with pastel colours and ombré patterns. He also ensured that Hunter was not just recognised for it’s wellies, but for other outdoor fashion pieces such as macs and accessories including bags and umbrellas. 

   

I love that these macs are both practical and fashionable, and would look great teamed with a pair of Hunter wellies (what else) at a festival. 

  Funnily enough, Alastair was inspired by festivals when he created this collection- I love how he’s merged traditional outdoor greens and khaki patterns with new and exciting pastels. He also designed some pieces which would work in everyday life, such as these pretty badass rubber heels and black bomber jacket that Abbey Clancy was photographed in. 

   
  This year, there’s sure to be a new and exciting colour or patterned wellie that everyone will want to get their hands on. And if I want a matching mac too, I’ll have to get saving..my Coachella fund may have to go to towards other means! 

   
 

The Perfect Style Icon for Me… 

I’ve been blogging as a hobby for a few years now and just like fashion trends, my style icons can change from season to season. 

I can remember becoming obsessed with Sienna Miller’s boho style many years ago, inspired by Victoria Beckham’s sophisticated and pretty tailoring when she launched her fashion label, and endlessly impressed by Kate Moss’ ability to make anything look cool over the years.  

  
This week I thought I’d revisit one of my steady style icons, Ashley Madekwe. She’s a fairly well-known British actress now living in LA (you may recognise her from Scandal and Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) but perhaps not up in the ranks with Kate and Victoria. I first discovered her amazing style through her blog ‘Ring My Bell’. 

  
The thing I love most about Ashley’s style is that it’s often simplistic but still has an adventurous edge to it. She’s a big fan of wearing neutrals and then adding some fun to her outfit through some playful accessories or a blast of colour or pattern. 

 
Ashley uses her blog to document her every-day style and again, this is why I love her- her style is easily achievable and actually does define ‘every-day’. 

 Saying that, Ashley is an actress living in LA, so gets to attend lots of glamorous events. This is where I lust after outfits which I probably wouldn’t be able to wear for everyday occasions! 

    Whether she’s going for timeless monochrome  

 
Pretty in pastels…

  
Or going neutral while some snappy clothing shapes do the talking, Ashley has conquered the art of everyday street style and glamorous LA actress style simultaneously. 

  

Ashley, I love your timeless, simplistic yet trendy style and will continue to try to replicate it for many years to come! I wish I had your wardrobe! 

  

  

 
 

 

Cut It Out! 

Gosh this erratic weather at the moment is really testing our fashion ways! One day we wake to glorious sunshine and the starting signals of spring,then the next day decides to bless us with rain and gales and we’re catapulted back into winter. 

In past years this would traditionally be the time to start transitioning to our spring wardrobes- the shops are certainly sticking to this regime. Window fronts have literally blossomed into spring, with light colours and floral patterns starting to adorn many a mannequin. 

  I’m still finding refuge in my big cosy coats, lined ankle boots and knitwear,though I long for the days where you can go outside without needing a jacket and tights on! 

I’ve recently discovered a great way to still keep warm but bring something new to my spring wardrobe-cut out clothing! 

 Not as weird as it sounds I promise. This trend has been seen on many a celebrity recently and also in both designer and high street collections. Take a traditional knitted garment and simply cut out the shoulders or parts of the sleeve. The result- a trendy twist on an otherwise fairly normal piece of clothing. 

  
  
This trend is actually very flattering for all body shapes too, highlighting little sections of the upper body body, breaking up bigger frames or showing off petite frames by highlighting delicate features such as shoulders. Sometimes just the littlest flash of flesh can be more attractive  than showing off a lot of it too! 

  
Celebrities including Selena Gomez and high street brands such as H&M, New Look and REISS demonstrate how versatile this trend can be using all sorts of clothing styles and colours. 

Selena’s simple black jumper is instantly transformed into a slick and sexy number with just a few choice slashes! Black is a great colour to go for with this trend as it can always be dressed up or down. All you would need to do to the below outfits is to add some heels to take from day to night. 

   As you can see, this trend can easily be worked into all of our everyday wardrobes, and can be used as a fun twist on the everyday knitted jumper.   
Take a look at this outfit idea for the office (or just for a smart trendy look), all from New Look:

 

And if you like the idea of cut out tops, you can transfer it to a more well-known trend, the ripped or ‘cut out’ jean. Again, a great way to keep your everyday look but add a fun twist. 

And there is no better time to buy, as sales are still going strong in the shops. You can get a cut out garment for a cut price- perfect! 

   

  

  
  

Marks and Sparks hits the fashion mark. 

Marks and Spencer is the upmarket British retailer that has brought us Percy Pigs (and friends) and luxurious ‘Two Can Dine For £10’ meals (how can I get alllll that food for only ten pounds?!)

When I’m in the mood for a culinary treat, M&S is where I’ll hastily head, ready to part with my cash.But for my wardrobe….I can’t say I’ve ever been tempted. Until recently that is! 

In recent years M&S has managed to transform itself from a clothes shop for the older lady only, where cashmere jumpers and tailored trousers were the main attraction,  to a retailer who has successfully targeted multiple markets through launching several different clothing collections.

Twiggy, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Helen Mirren, Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo (the first two having their own collections for M&S) are all high profile figures and fashion role models for various audiences.  These ladies have all helped raise the profile for M&S clothing by wearing and advertising the brand. 

  
Olivia and Alexa both modelled ‘the’ skirt of summer 2015, which sold out and had a waiting list! Who would have thought a little old skirt from M&S could create such a frenzy?! 

   
 

Through winning over hugely influential fashion figures of all ages and also using them in their advertising campaigns, M&S caught the attention of the younger fashion pack whilst still keeping the interest of their older consumers. 

  
This risky marketing move seems to have paid off. Where other companies have failed trying to target too many groups rather than honing in on one, M&S has caught and held the attention of everyone it seems! 

And their new collections have got some brilliant pieces which are both timeless and trendy at the same time. 

   
   
These pieces from the Autograph collection are right up my street and can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content. And having been featured in a Vogue edit, there may be a few more sell-outs when people see the very affordable price tags! 

  
The Limited Collection is also a new found favorite with the younger generation and is perhaps a little more trend-led and fun. This seasons collection has a great sports-luxe fused with seventies feel to it. These pieces are great for day-time wear whereas I’d say the Autograph collection is better suited for more sophisticated outfit options and work-wear. 

   
 
I’ll definitely be buying from both these collections in the future. But aside from these two, there are plenty of other collections to chose from within M&S. Why not take a look next time you pop in for your Percy Pigs?