Three Summer Wedding Outfits

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Summer is all about special occasions, whether it’s a beautiful summer wedding, a relaxing garden party or going out for dinner and a few cocktails on holiday. So, you want to make sure you have the perfect outfit to go alongside that occasion you’ve been looking forward to all summer long. To celebrate these events and to give you some styling ideas for that ultimate summer special occasion outfit, I’m sharing three of my favourite, straight from my wardrobe. I’ll also be giving you tips on styling them up and the best accessories to last you through every event this year.

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The Co-Ord

This is a new discovery for me, as I’ve always loved them on other people and a few weeks ago I finally found the one for me and took the plunge and bought it.

It’s the perfect way to have a put together look really quickly, as you simply pair them together and you’re outfit is already sorted. This one is slightly different as it is a pair of high-waisted patterned trousers and a cropped Bardot top to match, all from New Look. So when pairing them together they look like a really cute jumpsuit, but without the all in one and needing to go toilet dilemma.

The best ways to nail a co-ord are:

  • Pair them with neutral accessories and let the co-ord do all the talking.
  • As it’s summer, go for something patterned and bright, as it makes your whole outfit standout more and look that little bit more summery. 
  • Think about your body shape, and what individual items suit you. If a blazer really suits you and you love a good skirt, then a blazer and skirt combination would be perfect for you. 

 

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The Mini Dress

A dress is one of my favourite go-to items when it comes to special occasions, because I love how effortless they are yet they still look super pretty and feminine.

This is one of my favourite dresses in my collection, from AX Paris a few years ago. I love how it’s a really gorgeous silky satin fabric, with really bright flowers on it. It’s a real mix between classic florals and modern styling, and I love the contrast. It’s perfect for a wedding, as it’s still summery and pretty, but is more idyllic and also slightly bridal.

Here’s some of the best places to bag that ultimate summer occasion dress:

  • AX Paris is a beautiful destination for occasion dresses, whether it’s a mini, bodycon, maxi or skater dress you’re looking for. They have it all in beautiful patterns and at such affordable prices. 
  • Karen Millen is another gorgeous place to find that perfect special occasion dress, however it’s expensive and would be an investment piece or for a super special summer occasion.
  • Coast is another great choice, when looking for dresses in all matter of different styles and patterns. They also do accessories too, which is wear this beautiful nude box clutch bag, in my hand is from.

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The Tailored Trouser & The Blazer

This is a real representation of my style at the moment, as I’m really loving neutural colour blocking and then adding a pop of pattern or colour. This outfit does both, with this beautiful blouse from Primark, these tailored trousers from New Look and the key luxury piece; this blazer from L K Bennett.

This is the perfect choice if jumpsuits or dresses aren’t really your thing, or the occasion is in the evening or more casual. You can pair this blazer and trouser combo with almost any style of top and create so many different looks, whether it’s a lace cami, blouse or even a casual tee. Which would be great for a garden party.

Here’s some tips for styling those tailored trousers:

  • Find a style that suits you, whether it’s a paper bag waist, a general flat waist band or a more formal tailored trouser. The better the fit for your body shape, the better they will look. 
  • Pairing them with a casual top half, such as a tee, nails that smart casual look and is perfect for everyday or even for drinks on holiday.
  • Find a pair you love, from a brand you love and buy them in every colour. I love these ones from New Look, and have them in three different colours, because I love the fit and style of them so much.

 

What special occasions are you going to this summer?

*This post is dedicated to my boyfriend and amazing photographer Ed, who has taken the most gorgeous pictures that have really made this post beautiful. 

10 Steps To Your Building Your Girl Boss Empire

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Motivation, hard work, self belief and resilence are the four things that are the foundation for success for me. These are what get me up in the morning and give me the drive to succeed and make something amazing out of my life. I’ve always been so driven and want to live out my dreams, that I honestly believe that if you’re dedicated and are ultimately passionate about what you want to achieve, you can really do anything.

The wish to succeed and be that ultimate girl boss can come from so many places; whether it’s a true role model in your life, a life long dream or even social media and other people’s successes. However, for me having a personal link to wanting to achieve sends you miles more forward than anything else. For me my foundations lie in being a little girl and my mum telling me i can achieve anything if i work hard, as no one will bring it to me on a plate. This has stuck with me for life and she is one of my biggest moitvations, along with my dad. My parents devoted their lives to me, motivating me and i honestly think they are the reason I’m the woman I am today.

So, I thought i would share 10 things that have built my path to sucess and that you can also adopt to help you achieve your ultimate dreams in life…


 1. Create Your Aim

You need an aim to work towards, as that the goal you will have in your head when you`re struggling or have a set back, where you feel like you’ve gone 2 steps forward and 10 steps back. If you have a goal you can look forward to, whether it`s having that business or getting that dream job, you can think of it every minute of every day.


2. Have a Plan

I’m not talking about a full on step by step life plan, I just mean knowing what steps you need to take to get to your goal. Whether that’s smashing your a-levels, getting a good degree and landing that dream job or getting that business idea, setting up a business and going on the steps to making it big.


3. Motivation is Key

Being Motivated to achieve your dreams can be so hard when you fail or thing`s don’t go to plan. But channel that negative energy to continue and make it better next time. It’s like in blogging, there will be posts I’ll spend ages on and love but they don’t get the love back that I put into it. So I have to dust myself down, re think and try again.


4. Have a Good Circle Around You

I honestly couldn’t champion this point enough, because having an amazing circle around you is so key. They are there to support you, guide you, give you advice, are a shoulder to cry on and your ultimate cheerleaders. I couldn’t live without my family, friends and boyfriend cheering me on every step of the way, and achieving your dream is so much easier when you have a network of people, you love,  to share it with.


5. Work Hard

The biggest thing I remember my mum telling me, when I was a little girl, was that no one EVER hands you anything on a plate, so you have to work hard for everything you want in life. So, I carry this through everything I do and I believe if I work hard at every step I’ll achieve it eventually. Hard work has got me everywhere so far and so I’m going to carry on with it, to hopefully achieve those goals!


6. Set Small Goals

It’s not all about that ultimate goal, but also about all the small milestones on the way. If your big dream is miles away, then set smaller and more achievable goals for the short term. Whether it’s getting all A’s in your A-Levels, a first at uni or taking that step to set up your business.


7. Celebrate All Your Achievements

Celebrating achievements is so important to me. It’s like a thank you to yourself for all your hard work and determination. It gives you the motivation to carry on and who doesn’t love a good celebratory cocktail or dinner date.


8. Surround Yourself

When you’re going into an industry you love, setting up a new business or wanting that dream house, surround yourself with things to do with it. Read up on it, watch programmes to do with it, make it your life as well, if you really want to achieve it. It’s not forever but it helps you get more passionate and knowledgeable about the whole thing.


9. Have Faith and Believe 

Self belief is something that so many people struggle with, and one of the hardest things to keep. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will and how can you expect anyone else to. You need to know your abilities and that you can succeed and reach that goal, and it gets you so much further than you could ever believe.


10. Stay Grounded 

The one thing I never want to do is get big headed and think that I know it all. There is always something to be better at and achieve, than what you can do now, so never settle. Know that you can grow and get experience from people in the industry. Stay humble, love what you have and love to love how you can progress in the future.


*The message of this post is that hard work, motivation, self belief and resilience can get you everywhere in life, so go out and smash those dreams. 

 

A Guide To Prom On A Budget: The Jewellery

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Jewellery is a really key element to bringing an entire look together, as the small details finish the look off and make it look really polished. A delicate necklace fills the space around your neck, a pair of crystal studs adds a sparkle in your hair and a few sliver bracelets and rings bring the beauty down your whole body. However, it can be hard to find some really gorgeous pieces, when you’re on a budget and don’t want to splash out on expensive pieces. So, that’s why I’m sharing some of my favourite affordable, but yet still beautiful, jewellery brands which would be perfect to pair with your prom dress.

The Brands 

Working on a jewellery counter  exposes me to some of the little hidden gems of the jewellery world, and brands that I really love. There’s so many small boutique style brands out there today, and the key is really research them and spend time looking for the perfect pieces. Some of my favourite brands are Joma Jewellery, Estella Bartlett, Bloom Boutique, and Cluse, which are great for affordable yet beautiful watches and a bit of jewellery too.

Next Silver Tone Flower Effect Necklace

Bloom Boutique Personalised Initial Disk Bracelet

Joma Daisy Studs

Joma Aria Heart Bracelet

Cluse La Roche Rose Gold Watch

When you’re looking for some beautiful new jewellery discoveries, there’s a few key places to look to help speed the process up a little bit more:

  • Instagram is a great place to discover small brands and you can even search for jewellery and see all the beautiful pieces that have been featured in people’s pictures and the independent brands too.
  • Not On The High-street is another really great place to look for small, handmade jewellery pieces. I actually discovered bloom boutique through this website, and it’s honestly such a great place for undiscovered brands.
  • Local boutiques and gift shops often have locally handmade items or small brands, which you would never see on the high-street. So it’s always worth popping into your local ones and seeing what selection they have.

Key Pieces:

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When it comes to the key pieces, which every girl needs to complete her prom look, there would only be three key pieces I would advise very girl to wear; A pair of earrings, a necklace and a bracelet. These are obviously dependent on the style of your dress, but are generally the classic three pieces of jewellery and for me are the essential’s to complete a special occasion look.

The Necklace – This should always be worn when you either have a plain half of your dress or have any type of plunging neck line, such a low round or a v neckline. This is because the necklace will fill the chest space between your neck and where your dress starts and just tie it all together and ensure that you don’t look too bare.

The Earrings- I think these should be worn no matter what outfit your wear, as it takes the sparkle into your hair and then can feed down your body. Generally I love a good stud, as I have long hair and generally an type of drop earring gets caught in my hair. However, it all depends on the dress and sometimes a drop can look super elegant and classy. Really it’s all about balance.

The Bracelet- I think this is a real essential to wear to finish a look off, however it’s key that you choose wisely and with the correct dress. If you have one that is strapless, off the shoulder, or with cap sleeves, then a small bracelet would be perfect as it takes the beauty of the detail down your arms. However, if you have a long sleeve, you may want to rethink, especially if it is embellished. As this could look too over the top. So, that’s why I love the simple Joma bracelets, as they’re comfortable to wear but also still dainty and beautiful too.

What jewellery brands do you love and are wearing for your prom or special occasion?

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5 Books Every Fashion Lover Needs To Have On Their Reading List

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Delving into a really good book is one of my favourite ways to relax and enjoy an escape from the world for a while. When I can mix my love for reading with my passion for fashion and style, that’s when I find some of my favourite reads, which I’ll keep in my collection for years to come. So, as I know so many of you are just as obsessed with all things fashion, just like I am, I thought I would share five of my favourite books that you all need to add to your reading list.

Inside Vogue | Alexandra Shulman 

This is the ultimate books for fashion lovers and is an absolute must read. It’s written by the previous editor in chief of Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, who was the head of British Vogue for 25 years. The book is in diary form and documents Alexandra’s life, events, and preparation for the 100 years of British Vogue celebration. What I really love about the book is how real the accounts are and how much insight you get into the whole Vogue world. I honestly think its an amazing book for anyone who loves Vogue, Fashion or is even interested in fashion publication.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the book itself, I’ve done a review on it HERE which you can go and have a good read of.

Vogue On Giorgio Armani | Kathy Phillips

It’s not just this book that I would recommend that you add to your reading list, but the entire collection of “Vogue On” books. Each one is focused on a different influential designer, looks back on their life and really focuses on what made they become such a big name in the fashion industry. There’s one for every type of designer and I would recommend reading as many of them as you can as they’re so interesting and super helpful if you’re studying fashion or want to in the future.

British Fashion Designers | Hywel Davies

Talking about designers, this book is focused purely on the most well known British Ones. The book looks at 27 designers, at all walks of the industry, both large fashion houses and the smaller more individual brands, and does a short interview with each one. They ask questions about their position in the industry, their fashion background and also how British design has influenced their own work. It’s a quick snapshot of each designer, but brings a really fresh and unique angle where as the “Vogue On” books look back at key pivotal moments in history for each designer.

Where Stylists Shop | Booth Moore

This isn’t a book that you would sit down and read from cover to cover, but more of an coffee table read that’s really interesting to just pick up and have a look through. I’ve always been so interested in shopping, clothing and styling it all, which is why I love doing Visual Merchandising at work, and this book is the perfect guide as to the best places to shop. It looks at hundreds of cities across the world and then picks out the true gems which you need to visit. Whether it’s a boutique, market or a couture house, its the places that only the best in fashion go to shop, so of course we all need to visit too.

Revenge Wears Prada | Lauren Weisberger

You will all know of the famous Devil Wears Prada, and this book looks at what happens after. This is a great novel to pick up, read and get gripped by, as you follow what happens after Andrea leaves the office and follows a different path, starting her own magazine. It’s such a interesting twist after the film and is a great read after delving into the original, which I would really recommend too. The whole series are the ultimate read for fashion lovers and this book is the hidden gem of the entire story.

If you’re looking for another amazing series to read, then the Shopaholic series is a great one for fashion lovers, who like a good easy yet fashionable read.

Do you have any fashion favourites you can recommend to me?

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A Guide To Prom On A Budget: The Dress

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ASOS DESIGN High Low Mini Pleated Dress

ASOS DESIGN Pearl Trim Halter Fishtail Maxi Dress

ASOS DESIGN wrap organza bow front midi dress

ASOS Cold Shoulder Cowl Back Pleated Maxi Dress

ASOS DESIGN scuba seamed open back mini prom dress

Lipsy Halter Ruffle Bodycon Dress

Lipsy D Ring Wrap Dress

Lipsy Floral Print Cami Skater Dress

Pale Blue Lace Crochet Trim Bodycon Dress

Coral Ruffle Yoke Shift Dress

Navy Thigh Split Cape Sleeve Dress

River Island Faux Pearl Swing Dress

TFNC Sateen Bow Back Maxi Bridesmaid Dress

Asymmetric Hem Blazer Dress

Ruffle Detail Bardot Dress

Twist Front Midi Dress

FAUX SUEDE DRAPED DRESS

LONG FLORAL PRINT DRESS

SEQUIN DRESS

Choosing the right dress is the most important element of the entire prom process. It’s probably the first time in your life that you get to wear a truly special dress, which marks a big moment in your life so far. It’s the end of such a large chapter in your life, and not only says goodbye to the girl, but hello to you as a woman; marking your way into a new part of your life. So this makes it even more important that you nail the dress, or outfit if you’re more into rocking a jumpsuit or co-ord, with my guide on choosing the perfect dress, even when you’re on a budget.

Where To Shop

Even though you’re on a budget, you can still find some gorgeous pieces that would be perfect for an prom or special occasion. The most important thing is to choose carefully where you shop, be patient and be prepared to look around. When I was choosing some of these lovely pieces below, I stuck to the budget of up to 50.00, and you wouldn’t believe that by the look of some of these dresses. That was all thanks to places such as ASOS, New Look, River Island and Zara. All beauties of the high-street that you can easily find or pop online to their websites.

ASOS Organza Bow Dress £38.00

TFNC Sateen Bow Dress £50.00

New Look Crochet Dress 29.99

Lipsy Black Ruffle Dress 42.00

Zara Sequin Dress 39.99

When choosing a dress there is a few tips that will speed the process up and make it so much easier for you to find your perfect dress:

  • Spend time shopping online, even though you can’t try the pieces on before you buy them, online brands don’t have as many overheads and can offer much more affordable prices and also often have discount codes you can use to save a bit of money.
  • Decide on your budget and then use the price filter, when looking for pieces online, so that you will be looking at everything in your price range and not fall in love with something that’s way too expensive.
  • Know your body shape, and have a rough idea of what you want; as there’s so many different styles, colours and silhouette’s that it can get over whelming unless you know a little bit about what you want, and what suits you.

The Silhoutte’s

The Maxi Dress: ASOS Grey Pearl Neck Dress £45.00

The Wrap Dress:Topshop Twisted Dress 39.00

The Midi Dress:ASOS Bandeau Dress 45.00

The Maxi Dress– This is one of the most classic silhouette’s for evening wear and the most elegant. If you want a traditional prom dress, then is the style to go for as it enhances every body type by creating emphasis on your top half and slimming and elongating your bottom half. A perfect example of this would be the gorgeous beaded neck grey dress from ASOS.

The Wrap Dress– This is a more modern and yet still elegant take on a prom dress, as it really empahsises your curves and creates a tiny waist, while making sure everything is covered in a really modest way. I think these look best on body shapes which have a more boyfriend frame, to create the illusion of curves, or the traditional hour glass as would really enhance the natural curves of your body. A lovely example of this would be the midnight blue wrap dress from Topshop.

The Midi Dress– This a new take on the classic maxi, but with more of a playful twist. It still looks super chic, with a skirt just touching below the knee but is showing off your lower calf and a gorgeous pair of shoes. This works best on taller girls, as they can take the length and it really helps them to elongate their bodies. A perfect example would be the blush bandeau midi dress from ASOS.

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