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Some of my favourite…

April 19, 2015

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I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite bags but instead of just photographing them I’ve illustrated them. Currently my Urban Outfitters backpack is a daily favourite, my Tres Chic clutch from Miss S is also in daily use. My two red bags are great vintage finds and my bright blue bag was gifted to me by BHS, I love the colour – it’s great for spring!bags

Backpack – Urban Outfitters
Satchel – Cambridge Satchel Co.
Clutch Bag – Wallis
Tres Chic – Miss Selfridge
Large Red Bag – Vintage
Small Red Bag – Vintage
Navy Blue Bag – Vintage
Blue & Gold Chain Bag c/o BHS
Tan Leather – Topshop
Khaki Bag – Billingham
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Bohemian Vibes…

April 16, 2015

park_018park_030park_035Glitzy Secrets have created a fun quiz which let’s you discover your style era. The quiz only takes a couple of minutes and is great fun! I was intrigued to find out which era I was destined for – when I started my blog and first found my love for vintage fashion I was into the 1940’s to 1950’s, it was all about the victory rolls (I wasn’t too good at those though!) and the nipped in waist lines with full skirts. These day’s my hair is a more relaxed late 60’s to early 70’s feel with my full fringe and shaggy waves. As the years have gone by my style has developed with more elements of 70’s style creeping into my wardrobe – with fedora hats, button up shirts and printed kimonos. It came as no surprise when I got the 1970’s as my era on the Glitzy quiz, I’m pretty pleased with and as the 70’s is big this season, pretty much every high street store has a 70’s inspired collection which means you can dip you’re little toe in or jump head first into this years biggest trends. For this look I went for more of a Boho vibe, I picked up this little black dress from Forever 21, teaming it with my New Look kimono and patterned fedora hat – these are a much loved combination!
Why not head over to Glitzy page to see which era you are? Also if you like my 1970’s s outfit why not vote for me too ;-)park_028park_005park_033park_004park_036What I’m wearing –
Dress – Forever 21
Kimono – New Look
Bag – ASOS
Fedora Hat – Urban Outfitters
Trainers – Vans
Jacket – Wallis

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New Threads…

April 12, 2015

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When Debenhams got in touch asking me to try out their jeans page to find a new pair of jeans, I checked out the styles on offer I quickly replied with a yes and got to picking a new pair. The jeans page allows you to narrow down you’re search by style, brand or shape and fit – I opted for style and searched through the skinny jeans. In the end I whittled it down to a couple styles, pretty much all of them were ripped at the knees. I’ve also wanted to try out the ripped jeans trend for a while but wasn’t too sure if they would suit me, this was the perfect time for me to give this style a whirl, so I picked these Red Herring ripped knee jeans.

For their first outing I’ve teamed them with some other new threads, this shirt I brought from ASOS for my holiday to NYC and these Nike sneakers I picked up while in New York. I can see this type of outfit becoming my Sunday default look, its easy and comfy which is perfect for lazy days. I had a wonderful time in the Big Apple and can’t wait to share what Dave and I got up to!nike_sb_014nike_sb_011nike_sb_023nike_sb_007nike_sb_017What I’m wearing –
Jeans c/o Debenhams
Shirt – ASOS
Jacket – Wallis
Fedora Hat – Urban Outfitters
Clutch Bag – Miss Selfridge
Trainers – Nike
Sunglasses – Topshop

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Easy Peasy Berry Smoothie!

April 8, 2015

IMG_7340IMG_7330IMG_7318This smoothie really is the easiest thing to make and it only takes 5 minutes.

Ingredients –
300g frozen berries
200g fat free Greek style natural yogurt
200ml semi-skimmed milk

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It’s super easy all you need to do is put all the ingredients into a blender and whizz until smooth – see this really is the easiest recipe ever! I recommend serving in a jazzy glass (my favorites are old jam jars or these Kilner handled jars) and with a pretty paper straw ;-)

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Spring, Is that you!?

April 4, 2015

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The weather is playing games with us! It’s supposed to be Spring but it feels like winter still has a strong grip but I’m ever hopeful – soon as we had a hint of sunshine we jumped at the chance for our usual Sunday walk, to remind myself that it’s spring I put on my favorite floral dress and little blue satchel bag. I’ve been hit by a spout of Flu but thankfully it’s clearing and just in time for our holiday! While your reading this I’ll be NYC, it’s been snowing there which is daunting but I will be wrapping up warm and hopefully it’ll be sunny and spring like… Fingers and toes crossed!spring_01spring_03spring_07

What I’m wearing –
Dress – Vintage
Hat – Urban Outfitters
Bag c/o BHS
Jacket – Wallis
Jumper – Topshop
Pumps – Vans
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 Photos – Shooting Dave

What’s in my make-up bag!?

March 31, 2015

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As my last illustrated what’s in my bag post went down so well, I thought I’d do a make-up bag version. These are things you will find in my make-up bag and are my beauty favourites. make_up_bag05make_up_bag03

What’s in my make-up bag –

Make-up bag – Vivienne Westwood
Brushes – Mac
Pro Longwear Concealer – Mac
Blusher – Mac
Powder – Natural Collection
High Beam – Benefit
BB Cream – Topshop
Lip Balm – Burt’s Bees
Hand Cream – L’Occitane
Lip Liner – Barry M
Lip Stick’s – Mac
Nail Polish – Chanel
Nail Polish – Rimmel London
Mascara – Benefit
Chubby Eye Liner – Topshop
Perfume – Daisy, Marc Jacob’smake_up_bag01All illustrations by myself.

Top Male Style Icons…

March 26, 2015

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I thought it would be fun to mix things up a little and share some male style icons. Every now and then I share snippets of Dave’s outfits – this is something I’d like to do more of, hopefully on our trip to NYC he’ll let me take his picture! I remember when growing up men wore suits all the time, no matter what the occasion. The suave, dapper look gradually gave way to jeans and a t-shirt, and the next thing you know men can wear sarongs (think Beckham) and no one casts a sideways glance. Things have got a bit better since then, as men are now reaping the benefits of embracing fashion and are getting more judged more for their style and fashion sense by their female counterparts. Having come across this recent research by Ladbrokes which has some pretty surprising results, I decided to share what I feel if my ‘perfect man’. If you were thinking of growing a mun (man-bun) then abandon the project immediately, because I can now reveal that women don’t like those at all. In fact, where us ladies are concerned, a simple short back and sides will see you right. It’s unlikely that any women would consider a quiff or a man bun as being attractive though, as even the classic Elvis flick is no longer liked – it’s just to large a flick! It’s better to be completely bald (think the delightfully British Jason Statham) than sport any of these hairstyles.

As women idolise celebrities for their men to look like, who are the biggest current male style icons?

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Johnny is probably arguably one of the most sought after men on the planet and will continue to be regarded as a style icon for all ages. The actor, who began his career as a rock musician before being discovered by none other than Nicholas Cage, has a range of looks, but he’s at his undeniable best as when he’s gracing the red carpet in his suit and fedora hats. A fedora hat wearing gent, gets my vote every time!

Beckham-HM-campaign-2015David Beckham

What can you say? David Beckham is the origin of the term ‘metrosexual’ and is also the only man able to wear a sarong without looking pretentious. He also embodies the athletic look, is one of the foremost sporting icons in the world, holds his own in a Calvin Klein advert, and was one of GQ magazine’s best dressed men of 2014 and to top it all off he’s a family man, which just makes us crush harder!

wallpaper_di_david_g_sDavid Gandy

David Gandy has been hailed as the most handsome man in the world. His chiselled features are known the world over and has his very own style guide to educate society’s male population. The model is commonly seen in a suit and tie, but also rocks a woollen jumper like a pro.

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If it wasn’t enough to have a designer name, Benedict Cumberbatch is also a sharply dressed gent. Just like his on screen character Sherlock Homes (which I love) suits and waistcoats are part of his fashion staples, and the sophisticated gent of today would do well by copying him. He was named as one of the most stylish men at the Oscars this year.

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On the other end of the fashion spectrum is 1D star Harry Styles. Rarely a suit in sight, Harry does well with a white T-Shirt and jeans, or a black shirt and fedora hat. He has taken long curly hair to the max, and certainly wears a tattoo well.

Do any of these males top your style icon list and who’s you’re favorite out of these gents?

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