The Best Places To Buy Swim Wear On The High-Street

Buying swimwear has always been a huge task for me, as I find it so difficult to find the perfect mix of a comfortable piece, thats also affordable and looks beautiful too. There’s either two ways that it goes; it’s super comfortable but it’s not flattering or particulary pretty, or its on trend but is so super tiny that everything is about to fall out, the moment I move. So, finding that perfect balance is what I’ve strugged with for years, as my body shape has changed and I’m looking for those key, ultimate, go-to pieces of swimwear. 

Over the last few years, i’m loving how there’s been such a change in swimwear trends. Not only are we now whole heartedly loving the one piece, we’re also experimenting with shapes, patterns and styles across the entire swimwear industry. We’re no longer just seeing the classic, monochrome all in one, and a triangle bright pink bikini, but now there’s ice cream patterns, sequins, embellishment, high waisted bottoms, cut out’s, and so much more. However, all these beautiful additions come at a price, which makes it harder for us to find beautiful swimwear, when we don’t have £60 to splash out on the newest design. 

Where To Shop:

  • F & F at Tesco – Tesco is one of my favourite places to shop when it comes to swimwear. I bought my whole collection from there a few years ago, and went back again this year to buy this black and rose gold bikini. They’ve really upped their game this year, and has experimented with fit, style, and so many colours and prints. They really have created a piece for every type of woman. 
  • Primark- This is a place that I’ve always known has created beautiful bikini’s, with super affordable price tags. However, I never knew about the quality or fit of the pieces, and if they really were as good as the hype around them was. But, this year i went into Primark just to bulk out my swimwear collection for my summer holiday to Portugal, and fell in love with this gorgeous toucan, all in one costume. The style was beautiful, I loved the playfullness of the toucan and thought the colours would be perfect for a sunny holiday abroad. I honestly couldn’t recommend enough the quality and designs, but i would watch out for the fit. As I’m tall and to avoid any slipping I had to buy two sizes bigger than I usually buy, to make sure the fit was perfect. 

“Beautiful additions come at a price, which makes it harder for us to find swimwear, when we don’t have £60 to splash out on the newest design”

  • George at Asda-  George is another super market fashion brand, that actually has some beuatiful swimwear pieces I’ve never bought any pieces from there myself, but I know my boyfriends twin bought nearly her whole swimwear wardrobe from there. They have so many beautiful style’s, they’re really loving the ruffles this year, and their fit is great too. Super markets really are a hidden gem when it comes to swimwear. 
  • New Look- New Look is one of the only fashion highstreet retailers that I really love for swimwear, as they not only sell pieces seperately but also cater to a realistic body shape. They have so many beuatiful, trend lead pieces, yet they make sure they fit like a glove and dont just cater for the woman who want to laise by the pool all day and wear swimwear just to look fashionable. 
  • M & S- This isnt a brand i would go to for on trend pieces, however they are amazing for basics and items that fit amazingly well. I’ve got a simple, black, all in one costume from them, and it fits so well. They’re a great choice for piece to go swimming in or perfect for aqua aerobics.

Finding the perfect swimwear can be expensive and so time consuming, when you’re trauling the high-street and not finding anything that’s got the perfect fit, look and price. However, look a little bit deeper and go to some of the hidden gems of the fashion world, the supermarkets, and I’m sure you’ll be able to find some beautiful pieces that don’t break the bank… 

Styling Embellished Mules

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Building a wardrobe that’s unique and that has individual pieces in it, is something that’s key to my style. I love to have pieces that are classic, but also mix them with items that not everyone would buy or the latest on trend item. For me, that mix really defines my style, and I love to feed that through my casual, evening and special occassion wear.

The latest addition to my ever growing shoe collection is these beautiful Embellished Mules from NA-KD. They are a lovely satin pink colour, with silver embellishment across the front of your foot. They’re a style of shoe I’ve always wanted to try and working with NA-KD gave me the opportunity to try these gorgeous ones. So, now I’ve had these in my wardrobe for a few weeks I thought I would share how I’m planning to style them up.

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A Graphic Tee

The combination of this summer graphic tee and the embellished mules creates a beautiful combination, which I really love. The tee is really casual, yet still in classic monochrome colours and with a hint of sparkle with the wording across the front. As the shoes are the complete opposite and are very girly and more of a special occassion shoe.

So, the combination of two creates a really on trend and stylish everyday look. Which is exactly what I’ve gone for in the photos for this post.

-Have Fun with your graphic tee and find one that individual, different and reflects something about you!

-I find some of the best places to find unique graphic tee’s is ASOS, River Island and Mango.

-The best thing about a graphic tee is that it can be styled up or down and if you get the right one it can be a key player in your wardrobe.

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Contrasting Shapes

 

One way I’m really loving to wear these mules is by contrasting them with a different shape, such as this asymetric skirt from NA-KD. I love how the mules are so girly and soft against the foot, and then matching it with a sharp, straight edge or an unsual harder shape. It creates so much interest to the outfit and creates bits of detail everywhere you look.

-Think about asymetric pieces, such as a pencil skirt, off the shoulder top or a dipped hem. It’s all about creating contrast with the shapes within the outfit.

-You could also contrast your nail varnish or nail shape to add detail on the toes, which can really finish the whole look off.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for the perfect new occasion shoe, then I would really recommend a mule. They have a lovely heel, elevate your whole body and make you look super feminine. There’s so many different types of styles and colours, and I’m really loving these beautiful ones from NA-KD.

*This post never would of happened if it wasn’t for the beauties at NA-KD for working with to share some of their beautiful pieces and to my amazing boyfriend, for taking the most beautiful photos for this post. 

 

Is It Worth Investing In Luxury Sunglasses?

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Investing in a luxury piece is something that I don’t ever take lightly and always think about carefully before they become the latest addition to my wardrobe. So choosing the perfect pair of designer sunglasses was no exception. I needed a pair that really could do it all and would last in my collection. The ultimate go-to pair that I would love for years to come.

This gorgeous pair of tortoise shell Ralph Lauren Sunglasses, were the perfect pair and was in love from the moment I tried them on. They feature constantly in my everyday style, look chic when I need to look chic, but also have the ability to pair with a really easy and casual look. So, where they really worth the money and is investing in a pair of designer sunglasses the way to go?

The Pro’s

IMG_3351Sunglasses are one of my favourite summer accessories and instantly add a chic vibe to my outfit. They are my most lived in summer wardrobe piece and if that’s not enough of a reason to invest in a pair of luxury one’s, I don’t know what is!

So, here’s 3 reasons why investing in luxury sunglasses is worth the money:

-They are the perfect way to starting building a designer collection, as they’re not too expensive but give you a really good touch of luxury. They can give you an insight into having a designer item and if you use them enough to make it worth your money. 

-You wouldn’t believe it but they actually do make so much difference to your eyes. They feel so different to a cheap high-street pair and are super comfortable to wear throughout the day. 

-You look after your skin and your hair in the summer, so you should also look after your eyes. We all know that more expensive shampoo and conditioner protect and nourish your hair, and a pair of luxury sunnies does exactly the same to your eyes; and you’ll only ever have one pair.

 


The Con`s

IMG_3352However, sunglasses are not a luxury piece that everyone wants to invest in, as they can only be worn during the summer and they can be pretty expensive. They`re not pieces you need in your wardrobe and so can you live without them?

So, here`s 3 downsides to investing in luxury sunglasses:

They can be very expensive for what they are, depending on the brand, shape, style, colouring and design. They all vary a lot and if you love someone more unique, then it’s going to have a higher price point. 

They can’t be worn all year round and with everything. They can only be worn in the summer, so are an accessory limited to at the most two seasons of the year. 

They can easily get damaged and ruined, so you have to be so careful and make sure you look after them. Keep them in their case, polish them and don’t wear them on your head and stretch the shape. 

 

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For me investing in luxury sunglasses was really worth the money. I chose a pair in a colour and pattern that I loved and found a style that is perfect for any occasion. This pair was also really affordable and with my work discount, I got a pair at a really good price; meaning luxury sunglasses can be affordable when you look around a little bit.

The key for me is to really try on, and do your research making sure you go round and look at the variety of options available; as well as finding a colour and style that you love and suits you.

How do you feel about investing in luxury sunglasses?

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.