My Top 5 Favourite Podcasts To Listen To

Podcasts are something I’ve really only discovered over the last year, as before then I never really saw the appeal. I’m the type of person that wherever I go, if I’m driving or walking I’m listening to music. Especially if I’ve got a song stuck in my head and just need to listen to it. But when two of my favourite Youtubers Lily and Anna started their ‘At Home With Podcast’, I obviously wanted to listen to it and see what they were all about. Well that was kind of the beginning of me having a love of listening to them. I know look for new shows to listen to, and love escaping into them whilst I’m holiday, driving or walking the dog. It’s just something different from listening to music and is like watching a TV programme but without a screen. They are also fab for getting you off looking at a screen and listen to something instead. So, I thought I would share my 5 favourite shows I love to listen to, to inspire you to pick up a podcast or listen to a new show.

'At Home With' - Lily Pebbles & Anna Newton

This is a podcast for all those people who love interiors and getting to be nosy. It’s a podcast that mixes an interview with a well-known person showing you around their house. Although you can’t see the house itself, you can see pictures on an app along side the podcast. This is just an interesting show as it allows you to get a scoop into peoples homes and I think it really shows them so much about the interviewee. Also, as they are both Youtubers and don’t really move in the celebrity circles, its some really different people that interviewed. Think people big in Youtube, Blogging and Beauty, opposed to generic celebrities. 

'The Brights' - The Bright Family

This is just my slice of reality heaven and is just so funny. This podcast is basically like a reality tv show, following the Bright family. The second oldest daughter Lydia Bright, used to be on TOWIE and the rest of the family are also known for different appearances. It follows their lives, up and downs and their sisterhood. It’s a real feel good podcast to listen to and the 30 minute show goes so quickly. They’re currently on their second series at the minute, and even if you don’t like TOWIE and don’t know them I would still listen to it. Its just so relatable to any family. 

'Out Of Fashion'

This is just the podcast for all fashion lovers. It doesn’t always have a guest on, but follows to women who talk all things life and fashion every week. But what I love is that they have some amazing people from the fashion industry on like an ex director of Topman. It’s perfect for people who study fashion and are absorbed by everything it entails. I love it and the women who host it are also great at chatting about new shows and books they’ve been reading, which I love to get new recommendations from. 

'Happy Place'- Ferne Cotton

This podcast is just really feel good and follows an interview with a different celebrity every show. With Ferne Cotton interviewing each one, you get to learn about their lives, work, childhood and also things to do with their mental health. She interviews so many amazing people and my favourite had to be Got Wan, as Fashion is always my first choice for anything. Fearne is a really good host and as she’s friends with so many of the people she interviews, its like listening to a deep chat between two friends. It’s just relaxed and easy listening and perfect for lying on a sun bed on holiday. 

'True Tales Of Luxury' - Harrods

This one is definitely for this people who love luxury fashion or dream about owning some. They interview some of the m most interesting people from the fashion and design industry. You get to hear them talk about themselves, their pieces, how they design and their collections. It often people that are more unique, and not the really well-known designers, which is great for the fashion lovers who want to broaden their knowledge of designers and the industry. 

20 Summer Event Outfit Ideas

One of my favourite things about this time of the year is all the events that are going on. It could be a simple spur of the moment family barbecue, a drink at the pub, or something more special like a wedding or a garden party. However, whatever the occasion I love to make sure I have the best outfit. I always think that if you’ve got a lovely outfit on and you feel confident, then you always feel much better about yourself and have a better time. Also, the pictures will always look fabulous and you will be on it with those instagram stories and posts for days after. So, to give you some inspiration on finding that perfect outfit for every special occasion you have this summer, I’ve chosen 20 looks that would look beautiful whenever and wherever you like. 

When it comes to a special occasion I love a one piece that you can just throw on, add some accessories too and your look is complete. Then you don’t have to worry about feeling comfortable having things tucked in or being pulled in by a belt. So, that’s why you will see lot’s of gorgeous dresses and jumpsuits in my choices. Whether it’s floaty and floral or structured and sharp, there’s a piece for everyone and every style. But, I do also think a co-ord is a really perfect and on trend way to rock a summer event. As they just add more interest to an outfit and come in so many different varieties. It could be a blazer and shorts, a bardo top and wide leg trousers or a top and skirt. However, if neither of those are for you, I’ve chosen a few individual pieces that you could easily style up to create a beautiful outfit too… 

The Summer Wedding Guest

For a summer wedding I love to look really feminine and go for an outfit that’s lovely and floaty and really comfortable to wear all day. One of my favourite choices would be this floral shirt dress from River Island. Not only do shirt dresses suit so many different figures, but the slit on the side allows you show a classy bit of leg. The bright patterns would also look beautiful paired with nude accessories and add that trend driven and summer vibe. If that’s not your thing then this bright red tailored jumpsuit would be another beautiful choice. I love jumpsuits because they are so comfortable and easy to wear. This one is also great to add colour to your look, and again paired with nude accessories and a red lip and that your look sorted. 

The Prom

So, as it is prom season that means that all my beautiful girls are looking for that perfect dress. It might be for a full on prom, a leavers ball or even just a meal  but you still want to get that outfit spot on. If you’re looking for something still super special, but dresses aren’t your thing then this embellished nude jumpsuit would be perfect. I love this piece so much and how special it looks. It would look amazing paired with metallic accessories or a pop of colour and really would be a standout piece. Or if you are looking for a dress then this red halter neck pleated dress would be the perfect choice. It young,. playful and would also be great to have a good dance in. It would look beautiful paired with metallic or nude accessories and some smoky eye makeup. 

The Garden Party

When it comes to a garden party you want an outfit that’s a lot more relaxed and has a real summer vibe. For me that’s when co-ords are such a perfect choice as they can be worn as separates or paired together and look so chic and put together. If this is what you’re looking for then this bardo top and wide leg trousers, in this dark floral fabric, would be  such a perfect choice. Paired with a pair of gold sandals and shell earrings and you would really pull the look. Or if that’s not your style then you could choose this yellow top and shorts set. This is super feminine, lacey and playful, which will also be super comfortable to sit on the grass or or have a Pimms. 

A Girls Night Out

Finally we have to talk about a good girls night out. It could be going out for a few cocktails, a meal, out to bars and clubs or a full blown girls holiday. Its all about getting glam and going all out for a night with your best friends. If it was me a perfect choice would be this silver sequinned pencil skirt. It would look fab paired with a crop top or a body suit, throw on some heels and you’re good to go. It’s a great mix between sexy and demure and glam but not too over the top. Or if you’re looking for a classic piece then this black jumpsuit would be the piece to go for. It’s chic, classic and would be amazing to have in your wardrobe for so many different occasions. 

6 Wearable Trends For Spring Summer 2019 You Need To Know

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When it comes to the fashion industry, trends are the first thing that most people think of. It’s the slice of it that we can all love and enjoy, and bring into our own styles in a unique way. They are what leads the way in the industry and are the core to the rest of it. It’s how fashion is portrayed to the public, and how an everyday person will get to buy into it. However, being a fashion student I get to delve into the industry and tell you that it’s so much more than just these trends you see on the catwalk,  and that for me personally a lot of the trends on there’re purely for the luxury end of fashion. They influence how and what we shop, but it’s our chance to take them, and make them commercial. Make them wearable for everyday, and that’s why I’m sharing 6 spring summer 2019 trends, which you can just that to. 

They are already pretty wearable, which you can see in some street style pictures I’ve popped in below here. So what I would recommend is get Pinterest, it is the mothership and I absolutely love it for so many things. However, I honestly think Fashion is one of its massive strengths and especially if you’re looking for street style. It’s the perfect way to see how other fashion lovers, like you and me, have style up their outfits and the current trends. It really gives you inspiration about your own wardrobe and what you can do to piece some of your favourite pieces together to create new looks. Sometimes buying new pieces isn’t even needed, all you need to do is shop your wardrobe and find items that suit the trend and style them together, or in a different way to how you usually would.

All About The Neutrals

Neutrals is always a must have every season, as it goes with everything and always looks so classy. However, this season it’s all about the beige and pairing it with more beige. You need to make sure if you’re wearing a neutral, it’s an all over outfit and you’re in it head to toe. It doesn’t have to be the exact same shade, but just keep it in a similar colour palette, and you’re ready to go. I love this trend when you want to look stylish, but don’t have the time to pair a full outfit together, its quick, easy and looks amazing, especially paired with tortoise shell. 

Bright Cycling Shorts

Cycling shorts are n0t a trend I particularly love, but I do love them on other people. They can look so casual, paired with a tee and trainers, but also really put together with a blazer and shirt. A look which I’m not going to lie, I’m actually really liking and might have to try myself. But this summer it’s been taken up another notch and its all about the pastels and brights. Having that cycling short to add colour in your wardrobe and not just to be a sea of black. I imagine they’re super comfortable to wear, and I’m sure if you look hard enough you will all find a pair that you can bring into your wardrobe. 

Casual Lace

You always think of lace as something either for the bedroom or for the evening. Well this season lace has had a casual tone down and is being put into everyday, casual pieces. Whether that’s a tee-short or a basket ball top. It almost takes casual to a slightly new level, and yet it’s still super comfortable and fashionable. It would be perfect for the girl that loves to dress up everyday, but still needs to be comfortable. I bit like me I suppose. So I guess its time for me to go and get some casual lace into my wardrobe ready for this spring and summer. 

Bleached Bleached Bleached

Worn denim has been a massive trend for ages, with ripped jeans, loads of different shades of denim jeans and reworked denim jackets. However, this is all about that bleached and faded look. Looking like it’s been out in the sun for too long. It’s the perfect colours for summer, with it’s light white’s blues and pastels, and looks beautiful against a nice tan. 

The Fruity Co-Ord

Co-ords have been massive over the last few years and suits have really had a new revival. As power dressing is slowly starting to come back into style, and we’re obsessed with mixing smart and caudal styles together, it’s about time we brought back some colour. So this season it’s all about the bright suit, in a variety of colours to suit all skin tones and every fruit you can imagine. If a full suit isn’t your thing, then a bright blazer would be a perfect alternative too. 

Boiler Suits

Boiler suits were a trend I really wasn’t sure about when I first saw them, but after taking the plunge and inventing in the trend myself, I actually love them now. I love how a piece that traditionally is so masculine, when paired in the right way and put with a belt, can really enhance the womanly figure and look beautiful on. They look great paired with boots in winter or trainers in summer, and are just the perfect off duty look. 

How To Get To Know Yourself and Be In Your Own Company

Over the last few weeks and months I’ve had a lot of learning to do, as I’ve been thrown into an adult world when I’m still only in training. I’ve had to be in the deep end and forced to swim as that was the only way to get everything done, carry on and be able to stay a little bit normal. As well as learning all about houses and bills, I’ve also had to learn how to be in my own company and what can pick me up on a bad day and how to look after myself. Whether that’s doing something I love, meeting with friends and family, taking the time to pamper myself or sometimes just taking a long walk with the dog and having time to think. 

I think being comfortable with yourself and your own company is really hard to master and it takes so long to get to that point where you feel balanced. I’m far from at that point yet, as I’m slowly trying to work my way through becoming a fully fledged adult, but I thought I would share some of the ways I’ve been doing it recently. 

Make Time Yourself

When you’re going through a difficult time, I think its easy to be able to mask over your feelings, by being busy and not taking time for yourself. I’m not saying this is the way I find keeping busy great for my mental health, but I know that at the minute myself is my first priority and making sure I’m okay. So I make sure I don’t expect too much from myself and give myself time to do something just for me. That could just be as simple as watch a film I’ve been wanting to watch for ages, or. finish a new tv series. But anything that for you and makes you feel happy, as only you can truly be behind your happiness, no one else. 

Have Some Pampering Time

Recently I’ve rediscovered pampering and just how good it can make you feel. earlier in the year I had been so occupied doing other important things that I dint take time to paint my nails or do a facemark. It might seem such a small thing, but for me it makes such a difference as it makes me relax and feel good about myself. I used to pamper myself all the time, and it also makes me feel like me again. Its something that I can go to as a place to escape from everything else and just enjoy something fun and girly. Honestly if your ever feeling down, put a face mask on and paint your nails, and I can guarantee you’ll feel so much better. 

Make Plans With Family And Friends

Nothing helps me more than being surrounded by people that I love. I just think it’s such good therapy as you can tell them your problems, they can give you some good advice and most of all you can listen to them and get distracted for a while about their life. I really think that it so nice to keep meeting up with people and making plans, as at the end of the day why not enjoy yourself. 

When it comes to what plans to make, I love going out for lunch as you can have a really good chat over food. My favourite thing EVER. Or you could go for afternoon tea, drinks, out for a meal, go shopping or my most favourite recently go to an exercise class. This helps you just have a good laugh together and is great company to get your motivated to work out. 

Do Something You Love

For me doing something I love is the best way to just enjoy being on your own. It could be to play sport, watch a film, do something that’s your hobby or just relax. I personally love writing for this blog or doing my uni work. They are both something that are so personal to me and that I can really escape into. It something that only I can do, for myself, and I can also be super creative. That always makes me feel happy. The best way to do this is also to get a good snack, your favourite drink and great place to sit, with unlimited time to get it all done. This way I get so lost in doing it and the time flies by. 

Get Exercising

Being a dancer for so many years, dance and exercise has always been something I’ve loved. However life has been getting in the way for the last few years and I’ve not been able to dance. But now I’m really trying to get into doing classes and swimming. My favourites are Aqua Aerobics and also Dance and Tone. If you’re looking for a new class, have a look on your local gyms timetable. I find they are the best way to have fun and get fit,  as the instructor motivates you and it’s a super easy way for you to work out harder than you usually would. 

The New In: Affordable Summer Accessories

Accessories have been something I’ve always loved and are a regular feature on this blog. I just adore how they can really finish off a look and make it look perfect. It’s often not so much about the clothes, but the power of a good accessory of two. You could have a plain tee and a pair of ripped shorts on, and then just pop on a red lip and pair it with a red bag, and you go from boring and simple to stylish and co-ordinated in seconds. It’s all about getting the right pieces, and that doesn’t always mean that they have to be super expensive. 

When it comes to my own shopping habits, I tend to only spend money on luxury items if I know I will get my wear from them and I will keep them for a long time. Otherwise, if its more of a trend led piece, and I know that in a few seasons I will be over it, then I will look to the high-street for affordable accessories to add to my collection. So that’s what I’m sharing with you today, 5 recent purchases of summer accessories all from the high-street. Get ready for massive summer holiday vibes, as I’m counting down the days until I’m on holiday, in the pool and sunning it up. 

I spoke about my new love for statement earrings in my 30 High-Street Style Picks For This Spring post, where I featured a few beautiful pairs that are on sale at the minute. So you all know how much I’m getting into them at the minute and that my vision is to be in my bikini, or swimsuit, with my sunnies on and a pair of statement earrings to channel those chic and glamorous vibes. That’s why I’m buying so many pairs at the minute, as I want to build my collection ready for Spain. 

When it comes to the type of earrings I’m choosing, there’s who main things I’ve got in mind tortoise shell and also versatility. I don’t know what it is about tortoise shell for me but I just love it, it looks so beautiful with my hard features, doesn’t look to harsh and also look really glamorous. I’m also completely obsessed with it and seem to just get attracted to it like a magpie. So that’s why I’ve chosen these two pairs of earrings, with those tones being the main feature. These hexagonal ones from TKmaxx are great to add dimension to an outfit and look so cool. The rounded ones are slightly more elegant and would look amazing paired with a white swimsuit. I also picked this gold pair with the pearl in, as seashells are massive this spring/summer and they would also be really versatile. They could be paired with so many outfits and look so nice for when you going out in the evening for a few drinks. 

When it comes to the sunnies, I’m actually a massive fan of luxury sunglasses, purely because they are better for your eyes and they also last longer. So for me it’s a win win. However, expensive sunglasses, water and chlorine are not a good combination and I needed a few pairs that would be easy to throw on whilst in the pool and that wouldn’t matter if they got broken. So, these two pairs from Primark where super cheap but will be an essential on holiday. They will my constant go-to and of course they have my favourite tortoise shell as a feature on both of them. I would really recommend Primark’s accessories if you’re looking for affordable and trend-led accessories, which you might only want for one outfit or a season. It’s not the most sustainable for the planet, but it’s a more sensible decision for your purse. 

My favourite ways to style these statement earrings is with a fairly simple outfit or tonal colours. With the hoops I love to wear them with an all black outfit, or a with a cropped jumper and white jeans. They just add a bit of extra glam to the look and are some thing so different for my style because I’m such a stud lover. However, its so nice to keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and changing up your style, as nothing good comes form your comfort zone. I’m still learning how to style them up, so let me know how you add them into your outfits. 

Some You Can Find On The High-Street