Sunday, 27 July 2014

Daisy prints and matching accessories

Dress: TK Maxx
Belt: Charity shop
Shoes: Topshop

I wore this outfit to a barbecue the other day. I wanted to wear something summery because it was roasting and what better fits that description than a daisy print dress, huh? I'm an absolute sucker for monochrome dresses. More than half my dresses are black, white or black and white. I think part of the reason is because they're really easy to accessorize - you're not stuck in the realms of black, white, silver and gold; you can put whatever colours you want together. Hence, the bright orange shoes and belt! Another thing I can't get enough of is things that match. I think matching accessories pull an outfit together beautifully, and it's even better when they're bright and make an impact!

I really love the pattern on the dress! I love it so much, I actually have a little shift dress with basically the same pattern in reverse - white on black (you can see that HERE). It totally reminds me of the Mary Quant logo or like, the daisy on the top of the Marc Jacobs Daisy bottle?

What do you think?


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Summer wardrobe favourites

I'm definitely bad for buying a new piece of clothing or an accessory and becoming obsessed with it and wearing it ALL THE TIME. I don't necessarily think that this is a bad thing however - on the contrary, I hate it when I spend money on something and never get good wear out of it. As long as you accessorise a piece differently, I think you can get a good few months wear out of it before people start wondering if you ever actually wash it. This summer I have a few things that I've barely stopped wearing and appear to create the base of my summer wardrobe. Here are the culprits:

 Dungarees dress:
I actually nicked this little dungarees dress out of my sister's wardrobe because she's had it for months and hasn't touched it. I thought it was simply too good to go untouched for such a long time it has to be surrendered to the stuff-that-was-never-worn-and-is-now-out-of-fashion pile. I think there was actually a week where I wore it four times. It's just so versatile - you can pair it with basically anything you want; a fancy blouse, a baggy vest, a lacy crop top or just a good plain-old white tee (my personal favourite!). The other thing I love about it is that it's really short. 'A bit promiscuous, are we?' I hear you say. Nope, do not fret! My extremely short legs make a lot of dresses look too long, so this little dress is a gem on when I want to look in proportion to my legs (Which is most of the time, so that might explain why I wear this so much ha ha ha.)

Dress: Primark
 THIS. This dress is the absolute holy grail of summer dresses, I'm telling you. It's light, its summery, the colours are fab and the pattern is even more fab. I love the shape, even if it is slightly guilty of making my legs look weird as I mentioned above. But, that's easily fixed my hoisting the dress up a little and putting a thin belt round my waist to keep it in place. I actually also really like the fact it has sleeves because Britain isn't the warmest of places, even in the summer so this means I don't need to take a cardigan or a jumper incase a breeze picks up. AND THE BEST BIT YET... it was an absolute STEAL at £5! That's right. I was so happy with it I went back and bought two more in different patterns. One of them actually has short sleeves but it's the same shape apart from that.

 Shoes: New Look
Every girl in the universe needs a pair of summery heeled sandals. Preferably tan because it goes with everything. I bought these in New Look a few weeks ago for going on holiday. I bought them for about £40 but I believe they're now in the sale for £18 if you'd like to get your hands on them (Damn you, New Look!). They're real leather which is so so soft and they're comfy and easy to walk in. Not to mention they look good with literally everything.

Belt: New Look
Ok, this one's maybe technically cheating a little bit because this would probably appear in my Spring, Autumn and Winter favourites too but what the hey. This belt is probably one of the biggest staples in my wardrobe. It goes with anything and everything and I can wear it as a hip or a waist belt. I'll usually pair it with high waisted shorts or jeans but sometimes I like wearing it as a wasist belt with a dress. It's pretty, practical and comfy and I don't know what I'd do without it. It's also the second tan item on my list because I love tan (my boyfriend brought this to my realisation when he pointed out that I was wearing a tan belt, bag and shoes, and mentioned how I never seem to be parted from at least one of my tan belt, bag or shoes.) so that's maybe another reason I love this so much.

So. Which of these are your favourites? What are your summer wardrobe favourites?


Friday, 18 July 2014

Denim skirts, daisy wreaths and festival talk

Skirt: Tesco (high fashion :) )
Daisy wreath: Primark
Midi rings: Topshop
Bigger rings: New Look

I've been totally in love with this daisy hair band wreath thingy. When I bought it I wasn't really sure whether it was meant to be a bracelet or a hairband but it's stretchy and waaay too big for my tiny baby wrist so I've been wearing it round my bun for the last like, three months. I actually originally bought it to cut up and wear as separate flowers in my hair for my prom but I liked it so much I didn't bother. I'm going to Leeds festival next month so I'll definitely be taking it with me to wear over the tangled mess my hair will be.

I find that at festivals my hair doesn't get greasy as such, it more just tangles up into one big dread-lock no matter how much I wash it. I sometimes go for more than a week at home without washing my hair because it just doesn't get greasy, so four days will be a breeze on the grease front. 

Last year I went to T in the Park and had a ticket for the 'refresh' tent - basically a block of flushing toilets, showers, a hair-washing station, a big tent full of free hair and make-up products and, probably the best thing, a manicure station. It sort of takes away from the idea of a festival, being clean with washed hair but everyone is pretty grateful for it when they've had a big cup of pee chucked over them. I actually didn't bother showering the whole weekend (ha ha ha) but I did get my hair washed - something I came to regret immediately because the woman just chucked the conditioner in and didn't bother sorting out the tangles which only made my hair 100x worse than it already was.

However, there's none of those luxuries at Leeds (or I don't think there is, anyone been?) so I'll be surviving on portaloos - yaaaay! I've heard there's showers but I don't know whether or not I'll bother. 

I feel like this post is getting quite long so I think I'll cut it short here but I have a lot more festival-related stuff to rant about so I might do another post about it closer to the time I'm going!

Do you like festivals? Have you ever been to Leeds fest?


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Burgundy velvet and recycled wardrobes

I've had the house all to myself this week because my family have jetted off to Turkey without me (cheeky!). It's been kind of nice though. I've had free roam of anything and everything - the tv, the fridge, the best armchair in the house and, crucial to this blog post, my mum's wardrobe.

I'm one of those lucky people who live in a family where everyone's roughly the same size (short with stubby legs and long torsos :( ) and so I basically have three wardrobes. My mum, my sister and I tend to interchange our clothes a lot of the time and I'm lucky in the sense that my mum has - or at least had, back in the day - a pretty good sense of fashion. She's one of these people who refuses to throw things out in the hope that they'll come back into fashion in ten years time and, thankfully for me, she seems to have a pretty good eye for it. This week I've been rummaging through the deepest, darkest depths and picking out some really lovely things, amongst them this fitted, velvet-feel burgundy skirt.

I wore it to my friend's 18th along with this black and white crop top I bought from H&M for £3.99 and a pair of brown leather sandal heels from New Look. I also paired it with some fairly dark lipstick to try and make it a bit matchy-matchy because who doesn't love matching clothes and makeup?!

Do you recycle your mum's clothes from back in the day?