10 Pleated Items To Add To Your Wardrobe This October

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Pleats are one of the most beautiful types of design. They are super feminine and really add a touch of glamour to any outfit, whether it’s day or night. What I love about pleats is how weightless they look and they have such a movement, that allows so many different silhouette’s to be created just from one simple garment. They create a softness that can’t really be achieved by any other type of technique in fashion, and can be done in so many different ways, that you can cater them to the individual piece of clothing and it’s purpose. There’s the knife pleat, where all the pleats fold one way, the elite pleat where they are much smaller and intricate, and on the other hand you’ve got the classic school skirt box pleat. Maybe not the type of pleat you would always want to re-create, but they can look beautiful for the right occasion. 

Pleats are a key piece through this autumn/winter, that are featured in every trend. From animal print, to leather and even in tweed (where they super beautiful). So no matter what trend of the season you like, you can then apply a beautiful pleat to finish the trend off. It also doesn’t matter if you don’t like the classic pleated skirt, because I love them but they just don’t love my hips. So you can even find pleats in accessories; as well as tops and trousers too. 

To inspire you to add a pleat or two into your wardrobe,  I’ve trawled both the high-street and online stores, to pick out my top 10 pleated items for this season. 10 different ways you can rock the pleat, in a variety of different colours, styles and patterns…

Evening Dress | Patterned Skirt | Structured Playsuit | Tailored Dress | Satin Top | Cropped Trousers | Hair Scarf |Burgundy Skirt | Pleated Cuffs| Satin Mules 

The Printed Midi Skirt

This is for the all the girls who are already in love with the pleated midi skirt and want to take it to a new level. So this a great way to do that, by adding in a print. This one is particularly beautiful as it also takes in the animal print trend, but makes it look super chic. I love the mix between the print, but the restriction of only the blue and white make it look really classic. If you would like to pick up this beauty, just head over to ASOS (the link is just above). 

The Hair Scarf

Head scarves are one of the biggest accessory trends of autumn/winter 2018 and really add another dimension to an outfit. I love how they look so beautiful and feminine, but can also add another texture to an outfit as well. This is especially what this piece from New look would do, due to its pleated design, which is great both tied around the head or more casually around a hair bobble with a sleek low ponytail. If you love this piece, you can pick one up in New Look for 8.00, but there`s also some beautiful ones in Zara too. 

The Pleated Cuffs

These are the easiest way to invest in an autumn/ winter trend affordably, when you only want a quick snapshot of the trend in your outfit. They are able to be added to any basic white or coloured shirt, but would also look great as a colour block cuff on the arms of a patterned shirt too. These are super unique, and can be picked up really easily from the beauties at ASOS. 

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The Best Autumn Fashion Picks Under £50

Autumn is my ultimate favourite season for dressing. I just love to be able to layer up some of my favourite pieces, and really add dimension and interest to an outfit, which is a lot harder to do in the warmer months, when all you want to do is stay cool. However, in Autumn, you have the perfect combination of being able to dress chicly and also not have to worry about being ridiculously cold either. So, you can wear almost anything and make it look beautiful, as long as you layer it up ready for Autumn. It could be a shirt, denim jacket, boots, jumper or even a dress. The key is Autumn colours, patterns and the pieces you love to wear. 

This year I really need to invest in some new pieces for Autumn/Winter, as last year I thought I would cope with the pieces I already had. However, this year there’s so many beautiful pieces on the high-street, inspired with some of my favourite autumnal trends. So,  I just need to get some new additions to my wardrobe, and I can justify it this year as I do really need some new bits. 

So, I’m sharing my favourite picks on the high-street for Autumn fashion 2018, in snake print, colour blocking, stripes, checks and so much more…

Links For The Items:

Jacket | Skirt | Belt | Turtle Neck | Bag | Pinafore | Dress | Scarf | Top | Boots | Jumpsuit | Trousers | Shoes | Earrings | Bag | Shirt| Head Scarf |Boots |Top | Scarf

Even though animal print hasn’t ever really been my thing, I’m actually really loving it this time around. This leopard print dress from New Look, just looks the perfect way to wear this trend, and I also love the fit of shirt dresses too. This would be perfect for helping to incorporate more sshapes and interest into my autumnal wardrobe, as I get stuck in jeans and a top a lot of time. 

Turtle Necks are something I’ve been loving for ages and for me are such a classic essential for your autumn/winter wardrobe. They go with anything and everything and are basically like the classic black cami or tee-shirt for your summer wardrobe. I love the fit of them and also how warm they keep you too. So, i will definitley be picking up some new one for this year, and these two from New Look and Zara, in colour blocking patterns, will be perfect. 


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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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