24/03/2012

Mix & Match Mondays: Tailoring + Artsy Prints

Wearing: salmon high waisted tailored trousers: Miss Selfridge, floral blouse: Vintage, blazer: Primark, aqua peep toe heels: New Look, bag: Marc B @ Topshop

23/03/2012

Micro Trend of the Week: Bralets

My High-Street Pick: Bralets
Bralets and all things cropped are hot hot hot for S/S! If you don't fancy baring all then don't fret - they are meant to be worn in a way that just exposes about an inch of midriff, so pair with some uber high waisted bottoms for a chic, summery look. I have put together some options of what would work with these tricky tops below...

Wear With:
Crop tops and bralets are actually surprisingly versatile, and can be worn with many different bottoms and in an array of styles. For example, team the cute polka dot bralet with acid bright high waisted jeans, for a pop of colour and that All Americana, 50's look. For you girlie girls out there (me being one of them), team this tropical print bralet with a pleated drop back skirt, in a pastel hue for a feminine vibe. To work the 'sassy, girl about town' look, why not pair this metallic top with some tailored cigarette trousers, just add a pair of killer heels and huge black sunnies and your good to go! To combine edgy and vintage, go for this sexy studded zipped number but team with a 'granny chic' floral A-line skirt and finally, for a funky, quirky feel, go for a plain coloured cut out bralet with some patterned leggings or chinos, add some chunky block heels, whip your hair up into a messy topknot and voila!

Sunny Seaside Sundays

My sunny Sunday outfit consisted of this gorgeous floral 'nightie' dress, lace Hoss Intropia jacket, lilac fur and metallic silver boots. 
I am a big fan of the slip dresses, but they have to be worn in a certain sort of way, to avoid looking like you've stepped out in your nightwear! I have worn mine here with some black tights, to tie in with the colours on the dress and also to balance it a little for the daytime; the outfit would look a little too glamorous with the fur and metallic heels for a trip to the beach otherwise!
Lilac fur: Vintage, lace jacket: Hoss Intropia, slip dress: Topshop, pearls with Swarovski Elements.
I have been wanting to pair this jacket and my lilac fur with this dress for a while, I wanted to create quite a ladylike, classic look but with a touch of quirky. 

Metallic silver ankle boots: Office
Love the fact there is a different pattern on the back of this dress.
Rings: Accessorize, Topshop, Forever 21 and Vintage, gold chain bracelet: H&M


Beautiful High Cliff Castle near Milford-on-sea, looks so magical and whimsical...definitely planning a shoot with this as a backdrop!

Found these brilliant wall art designs along the streets of Swanage

Adorable paintings from the children of Swanage.


Love this! So charming
The paintings were all along the walls leading to the 'Art Hut'. It looks like a fun place to be!
Some of the pretty shop windows of Swanage, cutesy Vintage style bits and bobs - my faves.

Lovely message

Finished the day with a good old roast in an authentic pub.
Spotted this house with lilac painted balcony and door!
Arcade lights at night

Sunset Pastels

This was my sorbet ice cream inspired outfit for a stroll along the beach the other day. My core pastels were mint, coral and lemon. Mixing metallics with your pretty pastels creates a more defined and unique look, and gives the outfit a slightly more grown up feel.
Add a pretty pastel scarf to an outfit for a touch of sorbet if you don't want to go full on pastel.
 Footwear is a very important element when working the pastels trend. I have gone with some boyish heeled brogues, to tone the look down a tad. I would avoid anything too girly, such as mary janes, as this trend is ultra feminine and pretty, it is easy to end up looking too 'young'. So toughen your outfit up a bit with your footwear, that way it's a subtle element that doesn't overshadow the pretty!
Sunset Boulevard
 Necklaces: Forever 21, rings: Primark & Topshop
Metallic leather biker jacket: Arcadia sample sale, sheer scallop peter pan blouse: Primark, coral cardigan & brogues: both Vintage, mint ankle grazer jeans: Topshop

20/03/2012

Tie Dye Tuesday

Today's outfit consisted of this tie dye bodycon Topshop dress, denim tie waistcoat and lace up biker boots. Bodycon dresses can be a difficult style to wear casually during the daytime, so a good way to dress one down is to pair it with some opaque tights, a chunky boot and a denim item. This combination of styles brings the look more down to earth and not looking like your about to go dancing the night away in a club. Also, by scrunching hair up into a messy bun or topknot, it gives a natural and carefree attitude, with such a slinky style of dress.

I chose to wear medium denier tights, in a neutral grey, rather than a wintry black, as the sun was shining but it's still a little nippy out there, so tights are still an acceptable form of hosiery for now! 
What's the time Mr. Wolf?

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