Monday, 31 March 2014

OOTD: Mother's Day

 Top: Miss Selfridge | Skirt: Topshop | Clutch: Dorothy Perkins | Shoes: ASOS | Watch: Olivia Burton

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed treating your mums for Mother's Day. This is my first outfit post and I'm a complete newbie to it so excuse the poor quality of the photos and poses… I'll try to get better! Also, sorry for the pasty legs and squinting, next time I'll slap on a bit of instant tan and won't look into the Sun.

So, this is my Mother's Day outfit. I kept it simple and made the most of the Sun's warmth and went bare legged in this white Topshop skirt. I did buy it last Summer so it isn't still on the website but there are plenty of white skirts around and they instantly brighten up an outfit. 

I bought this top for £15 in the Miss Selfridge sale but it seems to have sold out on the website, probably because it's such a flattering piece. It brings together a floral and checked print along with neon colours and monochrome and the fit is perfect. The shoulders are slightly gathered and there is a peplum waist so it gives the illusion of an hourglass figure, which I certainly won't turn down. It is fairly smart, but paired with some jeans can easily be a casual day time top.

You might recognise the sandals from my earlier sandal wish list as I just couldn't resist buying them. ASOS kindly sent me an earlybird 30% off code before their sale began so I managed to pick these up for just £21, which is a bargain. Their colour is the perfect pink, and I fell in love as soon as I saw them and just know I'll wear them so much throughout Spring and Summer. They look just as great with jeans or cigarette trousers and they are so comfortable too, which is a bonus.

I paired this outfit with minimal accessories, a plain grey clutch from Dorothy Perkins and my Olivia Burton watch. I never used to wear a watch but having seen the beautiful designs of Olivia Burton watches I decided I couldn't not buy one last September and treated myself. It has a real leather strap, and mine is cream so gets dirty easily. But, this is its only flaw. The bird design is so pretty and I wear the watch every day now as it goes with everything. I'd definitely recommend checking out their watches as they really are good quality and look lovely!

And that's the end of my first outfit post, I'll try to post more soon!

What did you wear for Mother's Day and have you found any bargains in the Spring sales?

Sunday, 30 March 2014

New Balance 574

I've never really been one for trainers and when this trainer trend began I didn't think I'd be buying a pair in a million years. But, recently I've been getting a bit fed up of how uncomfortable all my shoes seem to be and was craving a nice comfy pair. As I saw other people wearing New Balance, they grew on me and I couldn't resist having a look. 
I wanted a pair of shoes I could run in, as this Summer I'm doing the 5K London Colour Run with my housemates, but I also wanted them to fit in with everyday outfits. These navy and pink New Balance are super comfortable and I know they're not everyone's cup of tea but I like them. The pink adds a bit of colour to an otherwise plain trainer and the colours are quite versatile for outfits. I've been wearing them with turned up jeans and leggings recently!
At £42 in the ASOS sale, why not give them a try?
Are there any trainers you've been loving at the moment?

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Daily skin care essentials

As the weekend begins I'm excited to share with you my favourite skincare products that I swear by. I use all four of these products every single day and having problem-prone skin I find that they help reduce blemishes. 

A little bit about my skin… it's combination to oily and throughout my teenage years I've struggled with inflamed acne across some areas of my skin. I have suffered mainly around my forehead and temple areas as well as along my cheekbones and around my chin. I know it's not severe acne but there have been times when it's been really bad and times when my skin looks pretty clear. 

I've been prescribed so many different ointments and antibiotics by doctors and none of them really worked long term. I've gotten to the stage now where I'm fairly happy with the condition of my skin and I feel it's down to these products.

Cleansing is the first stage in my skincare routine and my cleanser of choice is this REN clay cleanser that is specifically for blemish-prone skin. I first heard about this during a series of light treatments I was having for my skin a couple of years ago. The salon recommended REN products and I began using this cleanser and straight away noticed an improvement in my skin. It really cleanses the skin deeply  and REN say it "combats the 3 key causes of breakouts and blemishes: excess sebum; build up of dead skin cells; blemish-causing bacteria... without harshness". I completely agree with their claims and feel like it is gentle, it smells great and it leaves the skin feeling clean. At £18 a bottle it isn't cheap, but buying from the REN website allows you to build up reward points and choose one product to get 10% off of every time. REN products are also sold at M&S who often have 20% off deals, so keep a look out, it's worth it! 
Best skincare out there!

Toning is the next step in my skincare routine. Unlike, the cleanser I have only started using this product in the last couple of months. Before this I was using a toner by the Bannatyne Spa. I ran out and wanted to try out another cheaper toner. The tea tree in this toner has antiseptic qualities so removes dirt and leaves skin clearer, closes pores and also mattifies the skin. When I use it I feel refreshed and it helps wake me up in the morning. My only problem with this is that swiping it over the skin on a makeup pad is potentially spreading any dirt that is left on my face so isn't as hygienic as using a spray on toner. I would definitely recommend this, especially if you're on a budget as it's a steal at just £5!

Having toned, I then apply moisturiser. I've used this for as long as I can remember as it works really well for oily skin and is pretty cheap. I buy it from Boots and normally buy it when they have 3 for 2 offers, so even more of a bargain! I never find I have problems with dry skin so it's definitely keeping my skin hydrated and it's really awakening!

This is the final step in my skincare routine before I apply my makeup. It works as a primer and is from the same collection as my toner so they work well in combination. It means it also has similar antiseptic properties and gets rid of any shine on my face by reducing oil. These four products prepare me for makeup and keep blemishes at bay and I find all four last a good few months if not more!

Hopefully this wasn't too long and some of you might try these products and get great results! Do you have any recommendations for blemishes and scars?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Top colour/print trends for SS14: #5 Pastels

Well, I'm sure you all guessed this was coming right? Pastels might be an obvious one but it just never gets old. The sweet sugary colours are so pleasing to the eye and seem to be worn so well with each other and definitely make me feel more summery. They are flattering on every skin tone and it's impossible not to love them. I'm looking forward to wearing pastel colours in combination but also with whites and ginghams to bring all the trends together. have a particularly great selection of pastel co-ords that I can't stop eyeing up!
This is the final trend in my 5-part series so hopefully they've inspired you in some way and you are also looking forward to experimenting with some different colours. 
What is your current favourite colour or print?

From top left to right:
Tory Birch | Carven | Burberry Prorsum 
 Preen | Christopher Kane | Burberry Prorsum 
 Vionnet | Osman | BCBG Max Azria

All runway photos from

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Top colour/print trends for SS14: #4 White

As mentioned in my FAQ, white is my favourite colour. I'm not sure why really, most people would say it's boring but I think it just looks so clean and really brightens up the face if you wear it. It's particularly on trend this SS14 with so many designers featuring all white outfits in their collections and some of my favourites are below. Another advantage of white is that you can use cheap and basic items like an oversized plain white shirt and it will still look great, it does't need to be complicated. 
I have been loving white coats too because they literally go with everything but are so chic too, only problem is they will get dirty quickly!

 From top left to right:
Ralph Lauren | Chalayan | Elie Saab | Nina Ricci | J. Crew | Chalayan

All runway photos from

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Top colour/print trends for SS14: #3 Orange

This is the 3rd post in my series of SS14 top colour trends and is all about orange. All shades of this colour are just so flattering and I am especially drawn to the slightly more coral shades which seem to be very popular everywhere right now. At the same time I can't wait to buy some really bright orange pieces for my holiday to Turkey as they will look great with a tan! I have been lusting over the Miss Selfridge co-ord but my budget as a student at the moment is so low so I'm having to hold back. Topshop have got it spot on with their silk gingham dress, two of my favourite trends in one, but unfortunately it is part of their Boutique range so is way to expensive for me. Hopefully a cheaper dupe will come out somewhere soon, please?!

From top left to right:
Paul Smith | Ostwald Helgason | DSquared2 | Matthew Williamson | House of Holland | Fendi

All runway images from

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Top colour/print trends for SS14: #2 Yellow

So, continuing on in this series of trends, we've reached #2 which is yellow. I've never really been much of a fan of yellow since it was my favourite colour at 3 years old. In fashion I would normally steer well away from it as I could never see myself wearing it and looking good. But, this season I might have been persuaded and I'm actually really enjoying seeing a bit of brighter colour in people's outfits. I'm not sure I could brave the bright yellow, but I will definitely be giving the more paler shades a go!
(I can't get enough of this final runway look by Vionnet featuring this amazing yellow fur bomber jacket… in my dreams)

 From top left to right:
J. Crew | Ralph Lauren | Roksanda Ilinic | Rochas | Topshop Unique | Vionnet

All runway images from

Monday, 24 March 2014

Top colour/print trends for SS14: #1 Gingham

As the majority of Spring clothing is now available on the high street and Summer clothing will soon be flooding in, I thought I'd let you know the colour trends I'm most looking forward to wearing. There will be a series of five posts based on each trend. 

These are examples of runway looks and those available on the high street for those of us who don't have big budgets! I've also tried to choose the most wearable from the catwalks as we all know not many of them are really 'ready to wear' unless you are very brave…

First up is gingham. OK so it's not a colour but I couldn't ignore how perfect this print is!
There is so much of it around in the high street shops at the moment and I've seen it styled so well with simple basics.

From top left to right:
Derek Lam | House of Holland | Just Cavalli | House of Holland | Ralph Lauren | Sister by Sibling
 Zara | Topshop | Motel Rocks | Missguided
Runway images from

Saturday, 22 March 2014

SS14 sandals wishlist

SS14 sandals wishlist

Top left TOPSHOP | Bottom left GAP | Top right ASOS | Middle right ASOS | Bottom right ASOS

So as the weather gets a bit warmer, I'm starting to think more and more about the shoes I want this Spring and Summer. As a student I'm on a pretty tight budget so I'll probably only be buying one pair of nice sandals so they've got to be the right ones!

All of these sandals are £35 and under and with student discount come in a bit cheaper. 

The first are from Topshop and as a lover of all things white are a favourite of mine. The low heel will give me some added height and the daisies are very cute!

I would never normally think to shop in Gap but after browsing through Polyvore I found these tan and gold sandals that look comfortable and simple enough to go with any outfit. The metallic strap makes them a bit more interesting too, but unfortunately these aren't available yet in the UK.

ASOS have an amazing selection of sandals at the moment, which explains why 3 of their pairs have ended up on my wish list. The first come in black or yellow (which is set to be a popular colour this summer if you're brave enough) and like the Topshop pair they have a small heel. The straps are very minimal and the gold hardware heel just makes them a bit more unique and appealing. 

Everybody knows that pastels are huge right now and these baby pink sandals by ASOS are just gorgeous. The colour is perfect and the mid heel makes them a perfect choice for a summer party or BBQ paired with a dress, shorts or just your favourite pair of jeans.

Finally, these sliders are perfect for around the pool and when on holiday. They are real leather so are good quality and the baby blue fits in with the pastel trend and would look great with a tan!

There you have it, my top picks for Spring/Summer sandals so far. Hopefully this has given you some inspiration… have you got any favourites yet?

Let me introduce myself

So, I wasn't really sure what to do for my first post but I thought the best way to start off is just telling you a little bit about myself and what I'm likely to blog about.

If you've read my 'About me', you'll know that I'm studying Fashion Marketing at university. I decided on this course after considering so many others like events management, fine art, and even accounting (yawn). I have always had a huge interest in fashion but I could never see myself doing fashion design so brought in my love of business. 

I had studied Art, Business studies and History at A-Level which gave me the chance to earn my place on this course. I have almost finished my first year, and it's gone so quickly… I can't quite believe it but I've had a great time! Especially on our course trip to Italy where I made some great friends and saw amazing places… there might be a post about the trip coming soon.

On the rooftop of Fendi, loving looking over Rome

I currently live in Winchester during term time and although I love how beautiful and cute the town is, the student accommodation isn't quite the same. Hey ho, I'll be out of it in a couple of months and moving back home over Summer. I can't wait!

Enough about me, onto the blog. I'm hoping to blog mainly about fashion: ootds, hauls, campaigns and collections, wishlists and style-related events, as well as letting you know which beauty products I'm loving. Hopefully this will take your fancy and I won't bore anyone too much with my ramblings! 

I am completely new to blogging and so forgive me for any mistakes I make, and please feedback on improvements I could make, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Anyway, I don't want to go on too much so I'll end this post here and the next one will be up very soon!