Thursday, 18 July 2019

3 WAYS TO STYLE CYCLING SHORTS | SOHO


Do you remember these shorts first being style scouted on Kim K a few summers back? Well I initially thought they looked great on her, but must admit I didn't warm to them instantly. But when my good good friend Zoe (who takes all these amazing blog images btw) set me the challenge of styling them three ways. Zoe was adamant and very confident that the 'cycling shorts look' would appear fashionista fierce on me. I at the time replied with a "Hell Noooooooooo", which made Zoe rightly highlight the whole reasoning for me starting this blog was to empower YOU to feel free to rock any damn style you liked. She basically reminded me to practice what I style preach! Go ZOE!


So after consideration in the changing rooms and asking fellow style lovers on the gram for extra help (via insta stories)....I bloody loved them on, felt so carefree and just had the same feeling you get from wearing super comfy leggings lounging around at home. I chose to style the first Cycling Shorts look (I'll be sharing three) against an oversized 80's inspired black tee, with beautiful retro palms and neon pink embossed detailed writing. Shoes wise - I went for the trusty converse black hi top design, which I've been obsessed with wearing this summer. A classic 70s style that never ever go out of fashion and would like in every single colour please (especially pink or yellow). Accessories wise - the gold vintage statement earrings, black bold frames and vintage leather bum bag are great for injecting a bit of that gritty London urban street style vibe into your overall summery look. 


T-shirt/Here (purchased in womens section)
Cycling Shorts/Here
Converse/Here
Bum Bag/Vintage/Similar
Sunglasses/Here
Gold Earrings/Vintage/Similar 


Style Tips: Think effortless minimalistic styling (like a baggy muted t-shirt). If you are going casual also try and balance out the silhouette with something chunky and aesthetically interesting on the footwear. Have style fun and I hope you're able to embrace the look like moi X


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Sunday, 9 June 2019

HOW TO LOOK FABULOUS THIS WEDDING SEASON | YELLOW SUMMER MINI DRESS | STYLE NO.2

Platforms\Kurt Geiger (purchased years ago at a more expensive price, bargain now!)
Snake Clutch\Vintage\Etsy
Sunglasses\Vintage shop in Brooklyn\Les Specs\Deepop
Dress\Vintage Market\Nasty Gal\Aspiga
Streetstyle Photography\Zoe Griffin
This Hello Sunshine look is perfect to style and rock on a hot sunny day to evening celebration, or a super chilled summer wedding reception party. The light linen fabric is extra cooling on the skin, refreshingly clean cut, comfortable to wear and effortlessly chic. I bought this particular baby yellow Queens Park piece recently at a vintage market. I actually spoke to the lady selling the item who told me that she'd only worn the mini dress once to a wedding. She was ultra chic and I wanted all her clothes. Of course the retro vibes had to be injected with a pair of cat eyed feline blue tinted shades, a vintage snake clutch that is taken to all occasions at the moment, big funky fabulous gold hoops and a flash of electric blue killer platform heels. Again feel free to add more accessories. As long as you feel stylishly-expressed, comfortable and make summer fashion work for you, this look will feel fabulous. Oh and expect to see more linen on here as I'm slowly becoming obsessed with the stuff! I'm currently after a relaxed yet chic 2-piece suit....I'll keep you posted. X

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

HOW TO LOOK FABULOUS THIS WEDDING SEASON I THE SASSY SLIP DRESS | STYLE NO.1


Wedding Summer Season is finally here Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh! And after being a part of my best friends wedding last year (omg her dress! Let's not talk about my maid of honour dramatic speech hahaha) and with another bestie getting married in July, and seeing a very close member of my immediate family say ‘I do’ this May. My love for all things weddings has truly grown. I believe and understand the magical celebration now (only taken many years). And I recently gushed about weddings on insta with 'To mark a celebration of love can only be a beautiful thing and to be asked to share their moment is an absolute blessing. I live to love and adore seeing happiness in others'. I think what I meant is the true essence of weddings simply come down to - LOVE.


So with all the admiration for weddings in mind, I’ll be sharing a selection of 'Wedding Guest Looks' I think will look super fabulous on you this year. Kicking off with The Satin Slip Dress. I wore this dusty pink look to the May wedding (here) and so many people asked where the dress was from. And I honestly think Zara have really pushed all the glam out with their high street occasional summer collection (& all at a affordable price). I mean who doesn’t love a fashion bargain, especially when you have a few occasions to attend to (them guest looks can add up). This design will hopefully make you instantly feel elegant, confident and dance floor free (thanks to the drape movement style) all at the same time.


Dress/Zara
Earrings/New Look
Clutch/ Vintage
Sunglasses/Civion
Lip/Mixture of Fenty&Ruby Woo
Heels/Old Zara Similar
Street Style Photography/Zoe Griffin


DETAILS - Due to the demure sweet texture of the dress I wanted to make my makeup look strong and dramatic by adding a striking red lip. Also adding additional glam with these gold oversized fierce earrings and bold retro white sunglasses. The footwear I kept quite simple with a black two strap gold heel. These no faff versatile heels are literally worn throughout all seasons, as they can conveniently go with the majority of the wardrobe (definitely recommend adding this particular style to your shoe collection as they've lasted years). The snakeskin clutch is an original vintage piece from the 70’s that finishes off the overall wedding look perfectly.


And that’s it. Hair clips are a great way of adding super sparkly detail to your summer hair, hunt for a funky slogan to help elevate your overall fabulous look. The dress is quite easy to throw accessories around so I'm sure you'll have plenty of fun summer guest styling. X
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

FIERCE FASHION WISHLIST





Nine fresh new pieces that will instantly revive your spring to summer wardrobe this year. 1\ Satin Slinky Dresses are vastly becoming a new fashion obsession of late. As last weekend I wore this one at a family wedding, honestly leaving me feeling fabulous throughout the entire day that I now want one in every single colour. A design that creates such a beautiful romantic female silhouette, yet so simple. This particular golden yellow shade can look magical against the shimmering sunlight. 2\ Denim Cut Off Shorts are practically your best bet if the London weather predictions are correct (today I can confirm is sweating hottttt). And classic Levi's shorts will forever be a great S/S timelesss wardrobe staple (just need to remember to prep me old legs first). 3\ Snake Skin Sandals - After seeing Solange (goddess) all snake skinned out at the Met Gala this week in a beautiful one piece (inc thigh high boots), these little straps beauties really do need to be mine. You can see the style vision of the snake skin detail looking all fierce against vintage light denim (for a day summer look) or with a gorgeous evening summery dress. Making your night look extra special (I badly fiercely need these). 4\ Adidas Gazelle 1991 updated originals. When a shoe can be created in the 90's but feel so new and fresh now....then that's.....Fashion Everything!! I tried this exact style on recently but opted for a classic converse hi top black pair instead...BUT I'm 99.9% sure I'm going back for these. 5\ Clear Perspex Shoes are highly trendy at the moment (I think Kim K started the love for them a few years ago), and I personally love how futuristic and minimal the designs can appear. If your after - cool - understated - with a hint of detail? Then these are for you (minus perspex sticking to your skin). The block heel is also giving off plenty of 70's vibes n all! 6\ U Ring Orange Bikini Top - Perfect for the sandy beach or laying besides the holiday sunny pool. I'd style the bright bikini top with the cut off shorts, add a vintage kimono and some easy slip on thong flip flops - and you're ready to go (briefs are also available to complete the set). 7/ Perspex Hand Bag - So the futuristic perspex look can also be formed in to a ladies quirky handbag. I really like the faux croc leather effect detail on this particular piece (that keeps appearing all over my insta feed), and the inner bag is ultra versatile as it's detachable too. Also how fierce is that striking strong square bag handle (yassss!). 8/ Veja Trainers are designed with the combination of natural rubber, leather and mesh made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Veja is an ethical eco friendly brand, which is growing super super popular at the moment. The Duchess Megan Markle has been seen wearing them and a whole host of other inspirational women (props for how low key Meg's style is). I'm yet to try them on and heard that they're actually quite hard to get hold of with a lot of places selling out. So if you do find these in London....Keep me posted. Lastly - 9/ Tortoise Square Frames - So I know smaller frames are the eyewear thang at the mo, but I still have the bigger the better style mentality when it comes to summer shades. I'm not sure if the granny in me just likes the face to be super over protected from the uv rays. Or the 70's dramatic diva in me likes to feel as seventies as style possible. I basically love the look and no other sunglasses shape will ever do! I actually broke my pair of vintage round tortoise shades recently so these can replace them beautifully. If you like dramatic eye wear (like moi) these will truly look perfection on you. 

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

HOW TO STYLE SUMMER VINTAGE PINK

Trousers/Rokit(Similar/Zara)
Boots/Office
Sunglasses/Brooklyn/NYC
Bag/Vintage(Similar/Etsy)
Photography/Zoe Griffin

Walking along London oxford street or looking at your fashionista inspo insta feed, pink styling is absolutely everywhere this spring season. In fact colourful styling has been a fashion thang for a wee while, as the right s/s shade can go with more colours than you may think. And I for one of course am a huge gigantic fan of all things PiNK. I just adore adding a few new striking pieces into my every day looks this time of year.

Talking of THE LOOK how amazing is this vintage Naomi 90's print (I have a big love for her btw), pairing the bold block pink with a simple white top keeps the look understated and more interesting. The pure fresh white blue tinted retro 70's inspired shades and vintage 60's bag add a flare of sophistication and retro personality. Lastly the sharp leather pointy booties keep the overall mood of the look ultra modern and cool. 

STYLE TIP 1  - Get the hue of your pink (or 70's yellow, blue, orange) absolutely right. Think a lighter softer colour and along the lines of a salmon like pink, or a warm dusty rose. The more charming the shade, the more effortless your entire colourful look will appear (magenta is lovely but way too rich for this particular look).

STYLE TIP 2 -  Make sure the tailoring of the garment is on 100% point. PINK SUITS look super sharp, chic and sexy if the cut is 100% right on women. Off the hanger ready to buy pieces do have the ability to have that crispness, but you do need to try on and shop around. I went for the classic straight leg (that felt utterly flattering and fabulous once worn). 

STYLE TIP 3 - The fabric of your new pink style piece has to be of beautiful quality. I've seen a few on the high street that look absolutely lovely from a distance, but once close up a little disappointing. If your looking for a quick fix fashion throw away bargain hit, those tiny details (see through, poorly stitched, not great buttons) may not matter (and are great for a party girls holiday). But as you know the granny instilled in me (that I've no control of), longs for timeless fashion and longevity in any purchases I make (basically gaining as much wear where possible). As usual I've popped a few fabulous pink trouser options below for you....Enjoy! Let me know your favourite. X


SPRING PINK EDIT

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Friday, 19 April 2019

TALKING SPRING STYLE AND MENTAL HEALTH


Jeans/Zara
Sunglasses/Freepeople
Boots/Office
Clutch/Vintage/Etsy(Similar)
Suede jacket/Pop Boutique




STYLE 

Now that Spring has finally sprung, I wanted to kick this seasons style edit off by sharing this bold and fresh yellow blouse with you. When I first spotted this gorgeous stand out shade, hidden amongst the vintage glory on a rail in the covent garden Rokit store. I knew I had to quickly try it on and nab it. Today's look has been completely styled around the fabulous blouse with a pair of wide leg high waisted frayed comfy jeans, a pointy black leather statement boot (that I've been living in and finally found! See here for reference), banging seventies inspired super frames and mums (Flora Maria) old beautiful vintage detailed brown snakeskin clutch. Finishing the effortless look with a loose fitting suede vintage jacket, which I've had for years and is so perfect for throwing on for laying if it gets cold. You can see how everything pieced together really subtly compliments each other. And you can also get a lot of wear out of each individual piece mixed with other fabulous pieces in your wardrobe as well. Like styling the booties with a fun summer vintage dress, or pop a retro t-shirt on with the bargain jeans or piece some vintage denim shorts and white mules against the colourful blouse. Yellow is the ultimate shade for spring this year and I can't wait to style more of it.

Photography/Zoe Griffin


MENTAL HEATH 

Okay so it does seem a little odd to jump from talking about colourful style to mental health but if you've been reading my blogs from the start, you’ll know I don't really do the norm. I've been wanting to talk more on mental health with you for a while. Especially with the sudden sadden loss of Mike Thalassitis. I remember watching the show (Love Island), with Mikes entrance and thinking who the heck is this very handsome confident guy. Mike immediately grabbed the attention of viewers and made a strong mark on the series. So to hear about the news of his passing was such a huge shock. Of course I didn't know Mike and never met him but I really did feel affected by the news. Then it got me debating whether, was it only a real shock because he was in the public eye. And how so many people that are suffering from mental health go unnoticed every single day. 

Including myself in the past being one of them......Now I do want to say before I carry on with this post, that I am no way a doctor, therapist or anyone trained to address the psychological factors and thinking behind mental health. So all I can do is be honest with you and just share a snippet of my own personal experience with it. You may also be wondering why share about a topic which is so difficult to know where to start and talk about. But the main reason for this post is for you - that maybe going through difficulties with mental health yourself. For you - who wants to understand possibly for someone you care about struggling with mental health, and for you - who wants a clearer insight and understanding on a topic that is increasingly so complex and rising. 

From being someone who has felt depression derived from immediate grief (I lost my mum at 26), I would constantly receive offers of help. People I knew would say I'm here for you and your grief, and even people that I wasn't remotely close to would offer help. But in my worse state of depression I didn't want their help. In fact the thought of anyone thinking that I needed help angered and triggered my depression even more. Even though deep down I knew that what I was feeling wasn't like me and wasn't right. I didn't want help because I didn't want to help myself. I had lost the main focus of my life. A woman who I looked up to and knew would always be there no matter what, had vanished. So in my mind back then in a way my whole purpose for life had vanished too. I couldn't see the point of my existence and had nothing left to live for, and the feeling as I remember was very overwhelming and isolating. It's such a predicament to want to help someone you care about that quite obviously hasn't truly identified that they need help. But even at that lowest point I was still going to work, seeing people putting on a front and in their eyes out of closed doors ‘I was pulling through and carrying on'. So what I'm trying to say is 1. Mental health isn't always as obvious as you think, the happiest person who looks the most out there together can be suffering. And 2. Until I was ready to get help myself no one or nothing anyone said or did could help me. It was something I had to finally acknowledge and address myself. I had to tell myself that I was strong, I was kind, I was beautiful, I was caring, I was intelligent, I was wild, I was giving, I was talented, I was respectful, I was funny, I was down to earth, I was loving and I can see the positives in life. I had to build myself up again. I started to do yoga which really helped the bad thoughts trickling in my head. Exercising by running also made me physically feel fit and strong too.

I'm not sure what I wanted to achieve by sharing a perspective with you, but I do know I don't want to hear that the rate of suicide is rising, especially in men. I do also think that accountability has to be spoken more about and addressed. I can't truly place all blame onto social media but I do believe it can play a part. We as instagrammers, bloggers, readers, writers and social media phone lovers have to be mindful of what we portray. I've always been honest that I'm literally a 30's something fabulous hot mess. But try and pick and delete who you follow if you have to, take time away from social media and the intensity of your phone by giving yourself little phone breaks. I like inspiring people whether that’s through style or the acting projects I do. But I'll always be and stay 100% true X


(For support and help on mental health issues raised please do contact the wonderful charity Mind. I want to continue to talk about mental health because I would of loved to of read a blog like this to help me through some tougher times. Mental health doesn't have to be and shouldn't be shoved under the carpet and not a discussed 'thing' if we don't want it to. Thanks for reading xXx)














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