Sunday, 19 February 2017

How to get your wardrobe ready for spring




After the excitement of Christmas and New Year has worn off, I start to get excited around this time of year for spring. As much as I love to embrace winter and enjoy cosy evenings, I also love spring and summer where the evenings start to get lighter and the weather much more milder. As I'm writing this blog post, the weather is so cold outside but I'm still looking forward to spring and I'm excited to change a few things in my wardrobe.




Swap coats for jackets


Very soon when the weather becomes much milder, we can all put away our winter coats and get our jackets out. I like wearing light jackets like this pink one from New Look. It goes well with pretty much anything including dresses and jeans. This outfit I'm wearing is much more of a casual weekend look, but I love how these Miss Selfridge jeans look much smarter when paired with this jacket.






Bring out the pastel colours


You can't really go wrong with pastel colours in spring. My personal favourites include this pastel pink jacket, as well as blues, yellows and lilacs. Just by adding these pops of colour, your wardrobe instantly changes with the season. I also think details make so much difference. For example, this white top I'm wearing has a subtle diamonte neckline which makes the whole outfit so much more elegant.





Have a wardrobe detox


As soon as spring arrives, I like to take a good look at my wardrobe and put away any clothing that I won't be wearing for the next six months, such as thick jumpers and coats. This is also the perfect time to have a wardrobe detox and get rid of any clothes you no longer wear. You'll be surprised at how many clothes you find that you've forgotten about too!





How do you like to get ready for spring?

Photography by Kirstie Melville.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Visiting Chichen Itza in Mexico

Visiting Chichen Itza


Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most popular tourist destinations. Many people may not have heard of it, but when you see photos of the iconic pyramid, El Castillo, you will certainly recognise it. Known as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re on holiday in Mexico, I would definitely urge you to go for the day. I was staying in Cancun for a week, so taking a day trip to Chichen Itza was a great way to explore more of the history of the country. Read on for my tips on getting the most out of your day trip and what to expect.

Visting Chichen Itza

Travelling to Chichen Itza


As I was staying in Cancun, it was a very early start as we were picked up from the hotel at around 5am. The reason for this was because Chichen Itza is quite far away from Cancun (around two hours drive) and also leaving early meant that we arrived early and avoided the crowds. However, the early start is completely worth it and on a two hour journey you can take a nap in the coach!

What to see when you get there


The most famous landmark of Chichen Itza is the El Castillo pyramid, which I’m sure you will have seen on postcards. However, after you’ve admired this there’s lots of other ruins and architecture to explore. It’s an ancient Mayan city and if you have a tour guide, they will be able to explain more about the history and culture. I recommend having a tour guide for the day, as they help to bring the architecture to life and explain why things are in a certain way.

Visting Chichen Itza


Visting Chichen Itza





What to take with you

As well as flat and comfortable shoes, I would recommend taking along some spending money as there are stalls selling things like arts and crafts, jewellery, souvenirs and rugs. I bought my mum some lovely jewellery from there, so if you’re looking to get things like souvenirs, then this is a great place. Other things to take are your camera, sun lotion, sunglasses and a small bottle of water. I have a very handy cloth over the shoulder bag that I like to take with me to day trips like this, as I can fit all of the above in it.

Chichen Itza is a beautiful place and one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ sights, so I would definitely say that it’s worth taking a day trip. It is a long day, especially if you’re staying in Cancun like I was, but it’s so interesting to explore and learn about the ancient Mayan culture and history.

Visiting Chichen Itza


Have you ever been to Chichen Itza? What did you enjoy the most? 

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

How to nail the trouser suit look

How to nail the trouser suit look


For your slick and smart office looks, the classic trouser suit is a go-to piece that everyone can wear. It's all about finding the right style and fit for you. I personally don't need to wear a trouser suit everyday for work, but I know many company dress codes require this attire on a daily basis. Whether your trouser suit makes an appearance once or twice a week or everyday, read on for my tips on nailing the trouser suit look.

How to nail the trouser suit look


How to nail the trouser suit look


Find your perfect fit


I'm a huge fan of tailored pieces, especially for smart workwear. Once you find a fit that you feel comfortable with, stick with that and the rest of your look will fall into place. For example, if you prefer skinny trousers, find a suitable suit jacket to go with them and keep that as your signature trouser suit look. My preference for a trouser suit is straight cut trousers and a fitted blazer. This grey suit from Next is one of my favourites and the fit is absolutely perfect. I'm usually a size 8 in clothing but interestingly, I had to get the Next Petite size 6 blazer with these size 8 trousers. The size 8 blazer was far too big for me, so it's really important to try on a few options and find your perfect fit.

How to nail the trouser suit look


Dare to be different


You can't go wrong with a classic black trouser suit. However I like to mix things up from time to time, so when I saw this grey suit at Next I knew it was for me. The colour is brighter but still understated, and grey is still a neutral colour that will go with pretty much anything. This suit also has a very subtle print if you look closely. I'm a fan of things that look slightly different, so this really caught my eye.

How to nail the trouser suit look


Add a pop of colour


This outfit was finished off with this gorgeous pink multicoloured scarf from Accessorize. I love the bright colours and how they contrast to the grey. Scarves are really smart and can dramatically change any look. As I was wearing a plain white shirt under the suit, I thought a bright pink scarf was exactly what the outfit needed.

How to nail the trouser suit look


How to nail the trouser suit look


Accessories


For my accessories in this outfit, I chose my black DKNY handbag, a Hugo Boss watch and my New Look heels.

How to nail the trouser suit look


How to nail the trouser suit look


Photography by Kirstie Melville.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

How to look elegant in lace


Lace is definitely one of those subtle statement pieces in any outfit. I don’t own many lace items, but after buying this white lace top which was a recommendation from a friend, I know that I want to invest in more lace outfits. It adds a classic and elegant feel to your whole look and for this day time outfit, I think it fits perfectly with a pair of jeans.



Choose a cut that feels comfortable


Fashion is all about feeling your best in whatever you wear. So it’s important to be comfortable and this white lace top is perfect for a day time look for me. The long sleeves and high neck are nicely balanced with the lace where you can see through to the skin. Worn with a pair of jeans, the top falls just under the waistline to create a flattering silouhutte.




Pair the lace with a simple piece


The lace aspect of the outfit should ideally be the one that stands out. Personally, I believe that whatever you pair this with, whether it’s a pair of jeans or a skirt, should be quite simple so that it doesn’t clash or detract from the lace. These denim jeans from Miss Selfridge are flattering and a perfect dark blue colour to complement the white lace.





A pop of colour goes a long way


As you can see, the red handbag and red lips really stand out in this look. I didn’t realise how much until I put the whole outfit together! I must say, I do love how the white lace and red contrast from each other. It’s a perfect combination for making a statement. The red handbag is from Mango and is a great size for a day out as it can be worn cross-body or simply held in your hand.



It’s all about the heels


As a petite lady, heels are often my best friend. This pair of black heels from New Look make me look taller and add a touch of elegant to this everyday outfit. There’s also something about skinny jeans and a pair of heels that I love so much!







Photography by Kirstie Melville.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

How to style the tunic dress







The tunic dress is something that will never go out of fashion. It’s one of my favourite items for smart work wear, but can also be dressed down for a more casual look. I remember that I used to have to wear a tunic dress in primary school as my school uniform! As an adult, I’m much better at styling a tunic dress than I was back then! Read on for my tips when it comes to styling this piece.

Choose a suitable shirt


With outfits like this, layering makes all the difference. A crisp, long sleeved shirt under your tunic transforms the look into a smart workwear piece. The pinstripes on my white shirt add an extra smart sophistication to the whole look. For a casual look, I would wear a black long sleeved polo neck under this dress.



Stick with neutral colours


The tunic I’m wearing is a dark colour which perfectly contrasts with the white shirt. This simple touch means that it will always be in fashion and I can wear it any time of the year. The tunic also has a very simple and subtle blue pattern, which can only be seen very close up. If you keep the style simple, you can be sure that it can be paired with most things in your wardrobe.




Accessories are your best friend


My love for accessories and handbags continues in this outfit with a leopard print bag from Marks & Spencer. As my outfit colours are simple, I felt that a pop of colour with my handbag worked perfectly. This bag is deceptively spacious, with room for all of your essentials including an Olympus Pen camera!





I also wore my black shoes from New Look as they are really comfortable to walk in and they look super smart. The cut of the dress falls just above my knee, giving the illusion of long legs when worn with these heels – perfect for a petite lady like me!

Photography by Kirstie Melville.

How do you like to style a tunic dress?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Why you should invest in timeless fashion


Keeping up with the ever changing trends in fashion can be difficult. I’m always interested to see what the latest fashion trends are straight from the catwalk, but that doesn’t mean I need to necessarily wear them. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you will know that my style is much more timeless and classic and that’s because I believe in investing in your items. I like to purchase clothing, accessories and handbags that I know I would wear years into the future. I’m always purchasing new clothing, but before I spend my money on it, I genuinely ask myself – will I still want to wear this in two or three years time? If the answer is ‘yes’, then I will happily click the buy button. If not, then I don’t see the point in buying it. And that is honestly how I go about my clothes shopping.

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Think about the cost per wear


This may start to sound mathematical but if you know that you will get good wear out of something, then it’s worth investing in. This red coat from Miss Selfridge was something I purchased a few years ago, and here I am in 2017 still wearing it. It certainly hasn’t gone out of fashion and I still get lovely compliments when I wear it. I was actually asked the other day if it was a new coat that I had bought! Taking good care of your investment pieces makes all the difference and I honestly don’t think you can tell that I’ve had this coat for the last few years.

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Visualise what your purchase can be worn with


Whatever you are buying, try to see how this can be styled with current things in your wardrobe. That way, you can be sure that you will be wearing it a lot. For example, when I bought this red coat, I knew that it would look great with jeans, trousers and even dresses. The jeans I’m wearing in this outfit look great for a casual weekend outfit, but I’ve also worn this coat with a dress and bare legs underneath for an evening out. As the coat is fitted at the waist, this gives a very flattering look.

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Keep your items well looked after


Regular dry cleaning and just generally keeping your items in a good condition can really help with preserving them and ensuring they last as long as possible. It may sound obvious, but it’s what works to help my most precious items still look great. When the winter is over, I tend to put things like coats that I won’t be wearing for the next few months away in a cover, as this also helps to keep them looking great.

Why you should invest in timeless fashion

Why you should invest in timeless fashion


What are your favourite items of clothing to invest in?

Photography by Kirstie Melville.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

How to shop for luxury evening wear

How to shop for luxury evening wear

How to shop for luxury evening wear


Whether it’s an outfit for a special occasion, a date night or even just a treat for yourself, shopping for luxury evening wear can be difficult, as there are so many brands to choose from and you want to be investing in the right pieces. I’m definitely all about investing in timeless classics when it comes to clothing, so when purchasing a luxury item, I always ensure that I will get the most wear out of it before spending my money on it.

One of my favourite luxury fashion brands is Reiss. I have quite a few Reiss dresses in my wardrobe as I find them to be very good in quality, unique and timeless. When it comes to brands like Reiss, I know that I am investing in quality for sure and over the years I’ve learned how to shop well for luxury pieces.

How to shop for luxury evening wear

How to shop for luxury evening wear

Do your research


Whether that’s by looking through fashion blogs, YouTube videos or articles online, I would suggest doing your research into key luxury brands and their staple pieces. I remember I first discovered my love for Reiss when reading an article about Kate Middleton and she happened to be wearing a Reiss dress. I admire Kate Middleton’s style so much, and when I clicked onto the Reiss website, I instantly became a fan of the brand. This black dress was the very first Reiss item I bought and I still love and wear it for special occasions.

How to shop for luxury evening wear

How to shop for luxury evening wear

Find a style to suit you


Try on different pieces from your luxury brand of choice and then decide what fits you best. For me, I like dresses that are fitted and quite figure hugging. This black Reiss dress fits perfectly and the long sleeves make it great for evening wear, as it means you can go out without a jacket or coat. I’ve also never seen anyone else wearing it when I've worn it, and I always get compliments when I wear this dress, as the design and pattern is so unique. When shopping for luxury evening wear, it's important for me that the item stands out so I'm always looking for something different.

How to shop for luxury evening wear

How to shop for luxury evening wear

Look out for promotions and sales


Sometimes, you can get some of the best luxury items when promotions and sales are taking place. I’ve definitely picked up some great luxury outfits in the January sales, including dresses from Reiss! Various brands also have promotions throughout the year and I would recommend keeping an eye on their website or signing up to their mailing list. So if you’re looking to invest in some luxury pieces, try to find out if there are any upcoming sales or promotions, as any savings when it comes to high end or luxury fashion is definitely a bonus when shopping for evening wear like this.

How to shop for luxury evening wear

How to shop for luxury evening wear

Do you have a favourite luxury brand?

Photography by Kirstie Melville.