Glorious Cambridge

Me and a few friends hit up Cambridge earlier this month to go to Newmarket races for a friends 21st, it was one of the best weekends I’ve had in long time!

Of course, typical British summer, it rained the whole Saturday. Meaning that our hair, make up, heels and dresses got sufficiently ruined, but that didn’t stop up dancing to guest entertainers….. STEPS! That’s right, Steps, the group that made my childhood, performed in a thunderstorm at Newmarket races. I don’t know if that’s brilliant or desperate?

The next day we headed into Cambridge where we gorged in Jamie Oliver’s Italian, roamed the university grounds, looked on at couples punting and shopped like true tourists. It was so bloody good! If you’re looking for a culturally rich, beautiful, scenic, friendly and relaxed UK break, I’d definitely recommend Cambridge.

http://www.visitcambridge.org/

Enjoy the rest of your week x

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Professional Style Diary

So, this is real life?! Up at 7 and home at 6. Gone are the days of getting up at 9, lunching with friends, shopping all day and partying until the early hours, oh uni, you really are long gone! I’ve just entered my second week of my first graduate job/full time job and I’m really enjoying it!

Throughout my first week, my main concern was obviously the huge challenge that lies before me, making a good impression and settling in, however, this was closely followed by what to wear!
As its my first professional job, I wanted to look smart but I despise standard office wear and I didn’t want to lose my usual style, so in a bid to look respectable and fashionable, I put together these outfits.

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All from Primarks AW12 range! can you believe it? The  navy blazer is light weight and the maroon pencil skirt with skinny belt has a stretch but has a lovely fit.

 

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This is my favourite look from my first week. All Primark AW12 minus the H&M skinny fit suit jacket. I love the androgynous look of this outfit, but the fitted white shirt gives it a feminine edge!

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I’m usually always against black trousers, even at school I hated them, but my brother convinced me that these will be a staple in work wardrobe and he was right! I opted for high waisted and teamed it with this Mango 3 coloured panel top.

 

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This Topshop floral peplum dress has become a staple in my work and social wardrobe, everyone always says how lovely it is – and for just £20 I’m really glad I invested in this surprisingly versatile piece!

Fridays are casual and I totally forgot to snap a pic as I didn’t feel like I was heading to work! I’m thoroughly enjoying what I’m doing, and I have a whole new load of items to wear this week, the work style diary may be something I’d like to do again!?

Have a lovely week!

Flirty Lady

I haven’t taken this dress off since I bought it! And because of that, I have far too many photos to share, but Ive managed to dwindle it down!

I recently landed my first graduate position so as a well done gift to myself I hit up topshop only to find that they had a sale on! I bought 3 dresses totally less than a quarter of the original price and this has got to be my favourite.

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It’s perfect for the warm weather we’ve had lately, and surprisingly it’s really versatile. I’ve mixed it up with different shoes, bags and belts on different days for a different kind of look that way I’ve gotten away with wearing it ALL the time!

Wearing such a feminine dress really makes me rethink my wardrobe, could it be time to ditch all the Vans, Fred Perry and Levi’s ?! I’ve definitely enjoyed tottering around like a real lady; lunch, running errands and momma doing my hair “all proper to suit my dress”, it’s been a lovely few days, it’s funny what an impact a simple outfit can have on my confidence and outlook.

Have a lovely weekend, I’m heading to London for a few days! x

Rainy Monday’s and Morning Coffee

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So far, today has largely been made up of running errands, getting caught in the rain and having a morning coffee with my BFF! Despite this laid back and easy living Monday, I’m in fact waiting on a really important call that is making me a nervous wreck! but I will say no more on that matter! Tease, I know.

OOTD posts are always my favourite to read, and I vowed a light year ago that I would start posting more of them too. What I love about this outfit, even though its far from weather appropriate and is pretty bland, is that its all second hand. 50% of the items in my wardrobe have probably had a handful of previous owners, I’m always curious how others may have styled the pieces that I now have!

The houndstooth brown and caramel pencil skirt was 20p from a charity shop in my home town, mental isn’t it!? The over sized khaki vest that I blogged about here is, of course, from Beautiful Barcelona for just 1 euro, along with the cream knit (4 euro) that I literally haven’t taken off since getting it! The emerald green slippers are coming up 4 years old (in my hands, anyway!) from COW vintage for just £3. But breaking the second hand look of this outfit is the bracelet, hand decorated from Spain for just 1 euro!

If you have any charity shop posts, leave your link below!

Happy Monday x

Beautiful Barcelona

Oh, I miss it so! I’ve been back in the UK a week and half, and as anti-social as this sounds, I’d much rather be roaming the streets of Barcelona alone with my iced coffee and map than doing anything with anyone here at home. That sounds awful! but Barcelona is one of the most culturally rich, beautiful, classic/authentic looking places I’ve ever visited and its a dull realization when  I’m sat at home planning a night out in this little, dead-end town whilst working out my finances.

I spent 5 days and 4 nights alone in Barcelona after a week at Benicassim festival with friends, I was desperate for some time out and to discover somewhere new at my own pace, doing my own thing, and that I did! Before I went I was warned time and time again about Barcelona’s “seedy back streets”, I’m pretty sure 95% of my friends and family expected me to get mugged! Fortunately, I had no problems like this and heard nor witnessed anything of the sort. Thankfully, I had a brilliant experience!

I’ve been compared to Monica Gellar from ‘Friends’ a million times, and in true Monica style, I planned everyday down to the hour to ensure I made the most of my time in Barcelona. My favourite places to visit which I would fully recommend are;

La Gothica area off La Rambla, La Rambla itself, Gaudi museum, Sagrada Familia, Port Vell, The cable cars that go either over the port or mountain, depending on the view you want! and of course, the beach! my trip wouldn’t have been as good if I hadn’t gone aimlessly wandering, there are sights to be seen like the ones noted above, but the true beauty of Barcelona, I think, lies in the historical back streets that are filled of buskers, charming old shops and shabby balcony clad flats.

Happy Wednesday! x

PS, If you’re planning a trip to Barcelona, I can’t recommend this hostel enough! Or if that’s not for you, check out this website for the best locations to stay in Barcelona.

The Spanish dream

Ola, I’m home!

I’ve been on my little travels to Valencia and Barcelona. I have a million photos I want to share with you all, but instead of just doing one haa-uge post, I thought I’d start off with something I know most of you will be interested. SPANISH FASHION. Well, I say fashion. It my own take of their style that I’ve recreated with pieces I bought from a Spanish charity shop in Barcelona called Humana.

I know a lot of you will read that and think 1) Who goes clothes shopping on holiday!? 2) Who goes second hand shopping on holiday! Well, the answer is, me! someone who has an addiction and in need of new clothes as they all got ruined at Benicassim (which was amazing by the way, post to come.)

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This baby blue smock dress is in fact a size 22 top for the larger lady. But when I spotted it, I knew it could get away with wearing it as a floaty dress! I had many smiles whilst trotting around Barcelona in this, its pretty cute isnt it!?

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This photo was taken upon my arrival back in the sunny UK, its also my favourite Spanish buys! the linen vest is ZARA! but bought for 1 euro, the checked green skirt as cute side pockets and fit comfortably, something that is a rarity with fitted skirts on my big bum! The tan sandals are as Spanish and cosmopolitan European you can get, and I love them. The tiny heel doesnt make me feel frumpy at all, but cute and dainty, just like a real Spanish lady (ha!)

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Every young person, girl or boy, had a leather necklace with a pendant on, mine is of a feather as I love feathers! Las Ramblas is full of small shops that sell cute earrings in all shapes and sizes, I got myself some silver earrings in the shape of baseball caps!

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This oversized khaki green vest is a shade and style that was worn heavily amongst the younger Spanish girls, most of them had a really cool, grungy look about them. It was a look much like the cosmopolitan styling that I’d been inspired by, but for now, my tee, eyelinger and ear stretcher is as hardcore as its gona get!

Spanish fashion is a wonderful mixture of tailored Mango and ZARA pieces, teamed with vintage and/or grunge looking dungarees, retro pencil skirts and dainty sandals or converse! it was a gorgeous mixture that has totally made me realise that theres so much more to fashion than the British high street, and although we do it well, I will definitely be adapting some new looks into my wardrobe!

 

Festival Must Haves

In 2 days I will be flying out to Alicante to catch a coach to Benicassim, Valencia, to pitch a tent up at 1:30am in the pitch black AND I CAN’T WAIT.

Once there, I will subject my ears to the beautiful sounds of Bob Dylan, Noel Gallagher, Flo, and Maverick Sabre etc etc etc. It’s going to be my first ever festival, can you believe it? 21 years on this planet and 2 hours down the road from Leeds(fest) and I’ve never partaken in any UK/local/northern festival, yet I’m jetting off to Europe to do just that!

I love camping, as a child my family had a large trailer tent (we sound like gypsy’s! Haha) that we used to take all over the place and rough it, kinda. So I’ve never feared a soggy pitch up, leaky tents, rustling sleep bags or waiting for the beans to heat on the gas, so I have no idea as to why I haven’t indulged in a sloppy British festival. However, I have no doubt in my mind that choosing the Spanish sun over any other festivals is in anyway a bad decision!

So, as a festival newbie, and making it probably more difficult for myself due to the heat, I’ve compiled a small list of beautystaples:

  • Dry shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Baby wipes
  • BB cream/tinted moisturiser
  • 30 day mascara (do it prior to festival then no mascara or eyebrow pencil is needed!)
  • Vaseline (lips, dry skin and lash/brow shaping!)

This is based on an au natural approach to festival living, I don’t wear much make up as it is – so this is ample for the hot Spanish days that are so, so close!

What would you take to a festival in the sun? Is there a difference between UK based festival staples and others?

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Here’s my first draft of my everything list. I hear you, first draft? 2 days before? That is very unlike me! I’m usually more prepared than Monica Gellar.

Anything missing?