April is always a difficult month; the thought of sunshine is always at the back of my mind when really, all we're promised is april showers. There's something about april that always makes me feel quite ethereal (see my previous post!) and I delight in wearing floaty fabrics, soft colours and subtle prints juxtaposed with grey, heavy knits against a backdrop of light rain.
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Zara dress and heels, H&M blazer, Asos clutch, Accessorize feather hair piece
This weekend was spent in Scotland at the wedding of a very dear cousin and what fun it was. Cake and Keighley aside (which, despite being extremely fun is rather difficult in 5 inch heels) I was so excited to finally be able to wear my dress. I bought it back in January and have been meticulously planning all of my accessories since. I'm really pleased with the finished result; I wanted to create an ethereal feel which came through in both the print and the delicate fabric and the tail swooshing behind me only emphasized this. I added a sharply tailored blazer to bring the look together and opted for heels in a clashing snakeskin print. I pulled out the subtle lilac tones in the dress with a matching clutch and nail polish and added a small feather and jewelled headpiece to my hair for some extra wedding pizzazz.
There's quite a lot going on in this outfit in terms of print but I've made it work by keeping all of the prints relatively small and I've pulled out key colours from the dress and worked it into my accessories which really pulls the look together. I am absolutely IN LOVE with this dress and I was so sad to take it off yesterday evening so I am hoping to go to an event where and I can wear it again very soon!
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Black and White is best - whether that be in clothes, accessories or photo form it is OH so chic. Simple, classic and understated but always elegant and sophisticated. Mix in other tones like silver or grey for a lighter feel and wear in various textures and embellishments for a more interesting look. This is the ultimate classic...
Monday, 16 April 2012
Asos dress, Zara leather jacket, Topshop shoes, Butler and Wilson headband
Brighten up rainy April days with a printed dress in pretty pastel hues - not only will it lighten your wardrobe but your mood, too. I love this Asos version; a pleated skirt is super feminine and works perfectly against the floral print. There's lots you can do with a dress like this but, personally, I like to wear mine with a simple leather jacket as it gives the look an edgier vibe.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Now that the days are getting warmer again - and hopefully it'll stay that way for a while - its time to start thinking about ways to transition your wardrobe and give it that extra ounce of a spring feeling. During the hotter months I love to add a bit of 'boho chic' to my outfits; one really simple and easy way to create this look is through headwear. It's also a great way to liven up an outfit, add a pop of colour and jazz things up a little. There's loads of styles out there, so whether you prefer bows, bands or flowers there's definitely something for you. Opt for a relaxed wave in your hair for the ultimate summertime look.From L-R: Accessorize; Asos; Johnny Loves Rosie; Missoni; H&M; Topshop; Topshop; Olympia Le-Tan
Until next time see you on Twitter and Pinterest.
Until next time see you on Twitter and Pinterest.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Jack Wills tee, Zara belt, Topshop jeans and shoes
Stripes are proving to be fairly pivotal in my wardrobe at the moment. Being back home for a short while means I don't get out and about as much as when I'm at uni, so my go to outfit is pretty easy, nondescript and something I don't have to think too much about. Stripes are perfect, they require minimum effort and always look good.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbor
Last night I watched Pearl Harbor, a film I haven't seen for quite a long while. Asides from being incredibly emotive and also from having some serious eye candy - Josh Hartnett, anyone? - it got me pondering back to the style of the 1940s. If the film is anything to go by, clothes were much more feminine and curve enhancing back then, and its a concept I think I could quite like. I'm not sure how realistic the film is, clothes wise (or story line wise, for that matter), but I've decided to scout around and pick out key items that have a 1940s feel to them.
After some time spent on the internet I've realised that clothes in this style don't come cheap as there's not much on the high street to cater to this look. However, if you've got the cash then there are some beautiful designer options available that will have you looking like the womanliest of women in no time. The main rules are:
Soft fabrics and pale colours always work best - think silk or chiffon in pink or yellow
Pencil skirts and blouses work best for day or work and polka dot prints are super feminine
Red is a must - preferably in lipstick form. The Donna Karen dress (below) is also a total knockout!
Opt for feminine accents with pointed shoes accessoried with bows and prim handbags with metal trims
Check out my four outfit ideas below - day, work, evening and holiday - and let me know if you'll be trying out this retro look.From L-R: Topshop Sleeveless Blouse; Acne Pencil Skirt; Tory Burch Polka Dot Blouse; Prabal Gurung Polka Dot Skirt; Carvela Kurt Geiger Bow Heels; Aspinal of London Handbag; KG Kurt Geiger Striped Heels; Donna Karen Red Dress; Anya Hindmarch Clutch bag, Zara Heels, Asos Visor, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Norma Kamali Swimsuit.
I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with Pinterest; it's basically an online bulletin board where you can pin all the great photos you find online to create inspiration boards. It's such a great tool and I've just joined. I've only just started so I've not gotten very far with it yet. I fear that many an hour is going to be spent on Pinterest instead of on what I should be doing - revising, sadly.
For those of you who are on Pinterest, check out and follow my page here. Happy pinning!
Monday, 9 April 2012
I remember a time, not so long ago, when there was a glow of natural light incandescently flowing through my window. Finally, spring had arrived. The long, dark days of winter had passed and finally, I could come out of hibernation - the only happy place during winter is buried under many layers in bed. Alas, once again the light has reduced to nothing and the rain has returned. I now fear that it may never leave...
All this is making my mood very 'blah'. Literally, there are no words to describe my nothingness because it is just that, nothing. I've been collecting and saving these photos for around this time as I assumed (quite wrongly so) that it would be an appropriate time to share some spring inspiration. Right now I feel as though there'll never be a time suited to this, but I want to go ahead and share it anyway because, even though I can't partake in it, I can at least imagine what it would be like and so, I hope, can you. 'It', of course, it that light and happy feeling you have when summer rolls around once again, when you can wear pastel colours everyday and float around in ethereal tea dresses with perfume that smells of roses to match, and bask in the summer sunshine...