Tuesday, 29 July 2014

REVIEW: triangl swimwear

I could not contain my excitement when I received an email from Emma from the Triangl team offering me a free bikini with 'no strings attached'. I'd watched so many girls post their stunning bikinis and underwear on Instagram and couldn't help but feel envious, so when my time came I thought I knew exactly which bikini I wanted. But when you actually sit down and take a good look at all of the bikinis, the decision becomes so much harder... they're all so beautiful. It's easy to understand why the brand have become so popular. The colours are exquisite, especially with your holiday tan, the distinct Triangl black edging makes them a stand out piece and the scuba neoprene material ensures the bikini is super flattering. 

After much deliberation I decided that either the CHLOE or INDY style would be most suitable for my body as although the OLLIE mesh style tops were a strong contender, the sizing info informed me that these weren't so supportive and weren't adjustable. That then left me deciding which colour. As much as I love all of them it was between the arizona sunset and the california coral as both would look so good with a tan. Eventually I decided I might go off pink next year and so the tangerine type colour was a more solid choice. Emma  at Triangl helped me decide which size top and bottoms would be most suitable and the order was then with me within a few days. 

In terms of size I ordered a Medium on bottoms having read reviews saying that this size was best for a size 8. The medium was perfect and they gave good coverage meaning you won't have any awkward wedgies or find them falling down. I then went for the size L on top as this was the biggest size top for the style and although it just about covers the boobs I probably could have done with a size bigger if I'm honest. So, be warned if you have a big bust then get the biggest size! The colour delivered and managed to work with what's left of my tan. I think it's the neon that somehow makes the skin look browner, I don't know but it worked for me. The quality of the fabric makes the price of these bikinis so worthwhile. Not only do they have their trademark design but the neoprene fabric hugs the body in all the right places and makes it much more supportive. It also means it's not necessary to have extra padding which is great as some can be so thick. The fabric dried pretty quickly and although I haven't worn it in chlorine, it remained just as bright and in perfect condition after the saltwater at Camber Sands. 

The bikini is $79 and shipping costs $20 which converts to £58.44 which is so worth it. Yes, it's an expensive bikini but at the end of the day it's one you know you can keep for ages and it's going to last. 

What do you think of my choice? I have an underwear set on the way too and I can't wait to share it with you soon!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

OOTD: in love with fashion

Dress: In Love With Fashion* | Clutch: Primark | Shoes: ASOS | Blazer: eBay | Rings: Primark

When In Love With Fashion said I could choose an item to review, this was a favourite! The blood orange colour is striking and perfect for a Summer occasion.. I can't wait to wear it to a BBQ. It's a chiffon kind of material so is nice and loose for this heat wave we're battling at the moment, not that I'm complaining! The fit is perfect because it's tailored enough to give you some shape but loose enough that you don't need to worry what you're eating. The wrap front shows off a bit of cleavage but if you're wanting to hide it it would look just as nice if you stitched it together. I chose to style it with white and tan accessories because the clean cut of the white blazer contrasts beautifully with the loose translucent orange. It also ensures the dress is the centre of attention as more bold coloured accessories would distract and I think the dress deserves to be shown off! As a little extra I wore some pearl ear rings, a favourite of mine at the moment as they're so chic and go with every outfit.

What do you think of the dress? It also comes in lime, pink, mint, black and coral and is only £32... follow this link to take a look at it on their website.
They've just added some new arrivals too which are amazing and I've got another gorgeous gift to show you in a future post!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

HOW TO: leopard print

feeling feline

Bra: Opening Ceremony | Watch: Olivia Burton | Trench coat: Trenery.com 
Culottes: Warehouse | Shoes: Senso | Clutch: Clare Vivier

Felt like posting something a little different to the usual outfit posts today so it's a wish list/inspiration/how to kinda post. Most of these bits are completely out of my budget but there's some much cheaper dupes I will list below. 

Leopard print is one of those things where it goes in and out of fashion and can be worn so right but so wrong. I think to wear it well and not look tacky it's best to wear it on accessories rather than a dress or top, unless it's subtle. The accessories I would choose to wear leopard on are shoes and bags (preferably a clutch). If you're matching the shoes and clutch together keep the print on the same scale, so here it's a fairly large print and has similar colour tones. This makes it much more discreet and subtle. I would also suggest not wearing another print as it's likely to be a bit OTT, unless you go for a black and white stripe or something super simple. I would then pair these accessories with muted tones such as beiges and pale blues as shown above. I love the combination of a pale blue and camel colours. I also think leopard print works well with rose gold or gold accessories if you want to wear jewellery the shoes or clutch have any hardware. My pick is this Olivia Burton watch which I have and wear everyday, it's dainty and not too showy so perfect for everyday use. Although I'm not brave enough to go out in just a bra, something similar to this which is maybe lacey and longline would look fab with a high waisted skirt, palazzo trousers or some culottes like the ones shown above. To maintain your modesty I would throw on a laid-back trench like this or even a kimono or blazer in a similar colour that would be a great cover up. 

There are lots of cheaper versions of the items shown above... Primark sell a leopard print clutch which is under £10 and very similar to this Clare Viver one. ASOS, New Look and Topshop are also selling lots of culottes at the moment so head to their websites for more options. SheInside.com sell trench coats just like the one shown above and they come in a variety of colours too for such good value (around £20 I think). Zara have had some really nice leopard print sandals which are pretty affordable and still quality. Hopefully you can find some bargains and liked this different post, let me know what you think!

Friday, 18 July 2014

OOTD: tiered

Shoes: Missguided | Dress: ASOS | Necklace: Primark | Cardigan: Primark | Bag: Mulberry

First off, sorry for how late this post is I've been leaving the house at 8 and not getting home until 7pm so am completely shattered! But here it is... I basically wanted to show off a couple of new Primark bits I bought. I'd been eyeing up the necklace for a few Primark visits and finally picked it up, it gives off festival kinda vibes and makes me wish I was back on holiday. Makes a nice change from the big statement necklaces too! I paired it with and old favourite, this ASOS dress. I've had it years and it's the perfect cool and relaxed dress for Summer. Despite the fact it was boiling I wore my new Primark cardigan/kimono which also has a relaxed vibe is so versatile. I then kept it monochrome with my usual black Missguided heels and my Mulberry bag. 

Have you got any old favourites you just can't throw out of your wardrobe?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

OOTD: so in fashion

 Dress: So In Fashion* | Bag: Debenhams | Shoes: Missguided | Rings: Primark

I was very kindly sent this gorgeous dress by So In Fashion and I couldn't wait to blog it. It is £22 so a bargain for such a classy and quality dress and the colour is absolutely beautiful, think minty blue/duck egg. It's a super soft material and ver figure hugging but I still found it pretty flattering, although I'm not sure I'd feel the same if I wore it after a big meal! It's almost two tone as the top half is slightly thicker and a more opaque colour, whereas the skirt of it is much more sheer. Be warned girls, it's VERY sheer... like so sheer you can't wear knickers. If you aren't brave enough to go without, I think it would work just as well with a highwaisted white skirt underneath just to make you feel a bit more dignified. The length of the dress is great, I personally struggle normally with midi skirts/dresses because I'm a bit of a shorty but I felt like this came to just the right point on my shin, but because it is a stretchy material it would definitely work for you even if you're taller. Having bigger boobs I wasn't sure if this neckline would be too flattering for me but I actually really love the shape and felt it looked super chic, only thing is I had to wear a strapless bra. The neckline leads into fab crossover back straps which I also love. The back can look really sexy and so this dress makes a change from the typically covered back but still remains high enough to let you wear a bra. If you couldn't tell, I really like the dress! I feel it's definitely more appropriate for a night out or special occasion than for everyday so I paired it with this cute diamonte bag/clutch. I bought this for my prom last year ad haven't used it since but it gives the outfit  bit of edge but it still glam and small enough to not take away the attention from the dress! I added some silver details with Primark rings and my usual two as well as a simple bracelet. To finish off I wore my black strappy sandals..again. I really should invest in some more of these in different colours, they work with everything!

Go check out SO IN FASHION for some affordable stylish pieces, you'll love them I'm sure!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

OOTD: flower girl

Jacket: River Island | Top: Primark | Shorts: Zara | Clutch: Primark | Shoes: Missguided

I love this outfit... it's a subtle way of wearing pink and flowers and not feeling too much like a little girl. When I saw this jacket in the ASOS sale I knew I had to buy it. It had been in my saved items for ages and for £30 I thought it was a steal. When it arrived I was just as much in love with it but still a little unsure of what to wear it with and still ensure I didn't look like I was going to a wedding or trying too hard. Then my lovely boyfriend came round with this Primark top as a little treat and I thought the two went perfectly together. As the jacket is pink and white I think it'll look best with white shorts/jeans/skirts so I teamed it with these old Zara shorts of mine. I had planned on throwing them out recently but they're a nice fit and a bit of a change from all of my other high waisted items, and they cover up the bum so I could get away with them for work this Summer. Ideally, I would have worn this outfit with white heels but as I'm still on the hunt for the perfect pair at the perfect price I had to compromise and wore my black ones. I don't feel like it ruins the outfit but they just don't really fit in. Oh well, hopefully I'll find some cheap white heels soon, anywhere I should be looking?? As the top was quite sheer as well I thought rather than having to wear a cami underneath I'd wear a pretty bra. I'm obviously not going to show you my bra but I picked it up in TK Maxx the other day for £5.99 and it's the prettiest white lace non padded bra... super comfy but not massively supportive.

Friday, 4 July 2014

OOTD: primark crazy

Top: Primark | Shirt: Primark | Skirt: Topshop | Sliders: Primark | Clutch: Primark

Wow, this is a very Primark-y post today... I clearly can't stay away from the store and seem to always incorporate something Primark into my outfit. It might be cheap but it's still on trend. I've been wearing lots of loose t-shirts with skinny jeans or skirts recently as it's so comfy but still looks chic. I'm also allowed to be as casual as I like for my internship so a comfy t-shirt is perfect for the long days! This time, I curled it up and tucked it into itself to create a knot as it was the hottest day of the year and just made it a little different. I wore it with this lacey white skirt I got from Topshop last Summer to make it more feminine... Topshop have another white lace skirt in stores at the mo that is just to die for but £38 is too much for a student with no money! Finally, these Primark holographic sliders! Aren't they amazing?! I was gifted them with my voucher for winning one of the Primania street style competition and I absolutely love them. They have a padded and cleated sole making them really comfy and easy to wear and the holographic panel catches the light beautifully, these photos don't do them justice! They're £10 and are in stores from 13th July so head down and pick yourself up a pair.  What do you think of them? Are you a fan of the knotted t-shirt or is it a love it or hate it kinda thing?