30 Jul 2017

Outfit post: Summer floral maxi dress

I do my best to be good with money, but I often fail! I was stalking everyone on Facebook one day and noticed a gorgeous floral maxi dress from AX Paris on the Silk Fred website. Despite having absolutely no special occasion to wear it for, I had to have it! This is the Black Floral V Neck Maxi Dress by AX Paris and costs £42. 


When Ryan Hewett invited me out to take some photos on West Wittering beach, this was top of my list to wear and float around in! I was being cheeky - he wanted to practice some wedding photography techniques from my last blog post!




I teamed the dress with a gypsophila flower crown, originally from Topshop but bought on eBay, and some Next sparkly sandals. In a strange turn of event for me, I also did more natural makeup! I did my usual MAC base, eyeliner and Primark mascara, and used Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk lipliner rather than my usual Ruby Woo red.


The dress was so comfortable to wear. It's made of a lovely thick fabric so no concerns about see-through parts or VPLs. I actually wore it on the plane home from holiday the week after and felt very comfortable to snooze, although I was a little anxious about flashing as it is a low V neck, wrap over style!


It has a high-low hemline which I don't normally like (it's a mullet-dress as Sam calls it) but I love this one! I think it's because the lovely circle skirt makes it drape beautifully.



Geeky running! Team - are there any exercises that can give me ankles? If you look, I have cankles!
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26 Jul 2017

Boohoo Bridal - highstreet wedding dresses

I've been doing a bit of work with lovely Southampton Wedding Photographer, Ryan Hewett. We went to West Wittering beach a couple of weeks ago to have a play at wedding photographs on the sand. To help out, I thought I'd get a wedding-y dress, but didn't want to spend out a lot. Looking around online I discovered that Boohoo have a bridal range! I bought this wrap over dress with sheer details for £25. 


Credit to the very talented Ryan Hewett - Hampshire Wedding Photographer

It was quite a windy day, so Ryan had the idea to grab a big piece of sheer white fabric from Fabric Land in Southampton to flap around in the wind. We went late in the evening, at "the golden hour" to capture the beautiful gold light. The photos would make lovely canvasses if they were of your real wedding!



Boohoo seem to be doing loads of bridal things at the moment - they are doing hen party clothes and accessories, morning of the wedding PJs and undies and clothes for the day! They are also doing a huge range of white maxi dresses at the moment which are so cheap! This dress was lovely - so many layers of fabric to give it a gorgeous swish. It was a wrap-around style which could be sucked right in at the waist! Perfect.




The only problem I had dancing around the beach was it needed tit-tape! I wore it with the Wonderbra low-front bra which was brilliant, when I kept still! However running up and down, flapping the fabric around it did keep coming apart and showing my bra!



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21 Jul 2017

Review: ORLY Coastal Crush Summer 2017 collection


Orly have a new summer collection! I've been a long-time fan of Orly nail colours - they last so long! The summer 2017 collection is called Coastal Crush and is full of gorgeous super-brights.



I was sent For the First Time, a beautiful purple-pink creme, which is lovely and opaque after two, quick drying coats. I absolutely love this colour - so distractingly gorgeous and bright! 



The blue is called Sea You Soon, and is a more sheer blue with lots of shimmer in like the surface of a pool. Again it dried really quickly (I did it in bed, and didn't get the normal bedsheet imprint on the surface). It's great for lazy people like me. 


Both polishes lasted really well - abut 4 days before I started to get tip-wear, but no chipping. I didn't use a base or top coat for either, and I didn't get stained nails which is always a lovely bonus too!
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18 Jul 2017

Relaxed weekend denim look

 The other week, when it was super hot, I was so fed up with my wardrobe. I was hunting around for cheap summery clothes online and went to Boohoo, which I admit is not always my first port of call. I bought a whole bunch of dresses (thank god for online shopping, and trying things on at home!) and sent the majority back, but I did keep several pieces. They always seem to have amazing sales and offers on meaning when I do go there, I end up buying way too much! It looks like today there's up to 70% off everything!

I bought this cute denim dress which I'm really pleased with! This is the Teresa button pinafore dress




I teamed it with a striped, cropped t-shirt from Zara, my faithful Long Tall Sally rose gold sliders, and my new tassel earrings from George at Asda.


 My legs are always covered in bruises right now! I blame netball and putting together the IKEA Hemnes Daybed you can see me sat on the day before. Sam put most of it together, but then I helped with the last bit and got myself pretty bashed up! I'm not sure currently how to style the bed when it's in sofa mode - it's longer than a regular sofa so the cushions I bought look a bit lost. I also think I might wrap the matresses in a checked blanket when it's in sofa style to make it look less like a bed. I'll keep experimenting and learning.


Teddy dog and Button cat seem to like it - I keep catching them sleeping on it at the moment. Although poor Button with her dementia seems very confused by our housemate moving out. I'm enjoying having another room to decorate, and I've painted it Pavillion Grey like every other room in the house - I love it!
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16 Jul 2017

Lazing in the sun - Jacamo edit

A little while back, Jacamo contacted me, asking if I would like to dress my boyfriend Sam. Obviously I said I'd love to! Jacamo aim to dress any man, so they promised to be able to dress Sam who is 6'2" with a long torso and a slim, muscular build.

I chose a raglan t-shirt and some pink shorts (details below). I caught him having a coffee in the garden so grabbed some photos of him, before heading out to the beach (didn't fancy bringing my nice camera to where there's lots of sand!) Plus I was desperate to show off my lovely pot plants - look mum I haven't killed any of them!


I styled the outfit - adding some turnups (I turn up everything at the moment!) and the white pumps. Sam is wearing the Black Label belted check shorts in red (£30) and the Jacamo Drake raglan t-shirt in long (£10).


The fit of the clothes was quite loose - Sam often tends to wear skinny cuts so this was a bit alien to him! However I think he rocked it. The longer length top was welcome as he often finds t-shirts a little short on the torso.



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