Thursday, 18 December 2014

The Cape

^see how happy I am with my new cape
We took advantage of the beautiful weather the weekend before last to shoot these pictures.
Although those mild, bright, Autumn days seem to be disappearing fast as winter settles in. I am just thankful that it wasn't raining as it meant that I could shoot some pictures for my blog, having finally gotten round to doing so. As I am writing this I realise how much I have missed blogging. I think I am going to push myself more, have a few less lazy Sundays and make more time for my blog.
Since the weather has been fairly kind to us lately, I have been wearing layers a lot! In particular, this gorgeous cape by Oasis which I snapped up from Asos, who were offering a generous 20% student discount at the time. I wanted to show you how easy it is to wear a cape this season; they're super versatile and an excellent way of staying warm whilst still looking chic.
I was so happy when my cape arrived as I had been searching everywhere for the perfect everyday cape I could layer over most outfits (for maximum cost per wear). I am glad I chose the black over patterned alternatives as it goes with pretty much everything, plus it's also super soft and cosy - I love it!
I may have also ordered myself another hat (I'm slightly obsessed) I think they're brilliant for adding an elegant twist to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

Hat /Asos
Cape / Asos
Handbag & Necklace / Primark
Top / Topshop 
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Budget Buys / Primark

I love to update my wardrobe with budget buys, especially from Primark.
Yes, they may only last one season (although I do have a few items from Primark that I've had a good few years and are still going strong), but who really cares when trends move on as quickly as they do. I mean I am all about investing in top quality sustainable items every now and then, but I really think those investment items should be carefully considered. I think it's brilliant that we have high street stores such as Primark and Forever21 offering amazing on-trend items at affordable prices. I venture into Primark every now and then and I usually have two big hauls a year where I stock up on current trends: one for Spring/Summer and one for Autumn/Winter. I haven't really done a big shop as such this Winter, but when I popped into my local Primark recently I knew I had to have this faux fur stole - a trend I am loving this winter, much to my boyfriend's dismay! I had already seen one, nearly identical to this, in Topshop for around £25 and this one was such a bargain at only £6. I am such a happy shopper when I bag myself a bargain...
Anyway, I also purchased this lovely sparkly top which I thought would be perfect for Christmas festivities. Only £8! *even happier now. And this super cute coin necklace for about £2 *does little dance. I also got some gorgeous earrings for only £2 and can't believe I didn't get a photo for you. I'm sure they will feature on the blog very soon though.

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Wanderlust & NYC dreaming

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Over the last few years I have become more eager to want to see the world  - I have been on quite a few city breaks and I've loved all of them, but I keep thinking more and more about how I'd love to see even more unexplored areas of this world. "A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world." - yep I am truly wanderlust.
However, right now I am looking forward to my next city vacation. This time I am off to the ultimate city destination, in my opinion, New York!! And to say that I am excited would be an understatement!

Even though it is now only two weeks away until we fly out, it feels like I have been waiting a lifetime - I have wanted to go for as long as I can remember and now that day is finally approaching I couldn't be happier. I have saved and dreamt of going to NYC for what feels like a lifetime and I just know it's going to live up to each and every one of my expectations.

I am currently piecing together a rough itinerary as I want to maximise the time we have there and try to see and do as much as possible! I have found using pinterest a godsend; it's so easy to bring together lots of travel tips and ideas, places to see and things to do, and my favourite - where to eat! You can see my board so far here.
I still need lots more ideas, and I need your help! I want to hear from any of you who have been to NYC or even better those of you who live there, please leave a comment and let me know what I mustn't miss in NYC.

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Images via Pinterest


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Monday, 6 October 2014

H&M Little Black Dress

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Little Black Dress / H&M
Bag / H&M 
Heels / New Look 
Watch / Michael Kors

It's been a while since I found a great versatile little black dress, but when I tried on this gorgeous number in H&M I knew I had found a great item. I think this collared dress is a perfect mix of preppy chic and girly glam. You could team with brogues and a satchel for a casual daytime look, or with heels and simple accessories - as I have done here - for a great evening outfit. I wore this out for a nice dinner with my boyfriend, Eric.
I felt really girly wearing this dress; the pleated, bell shaped, skirt gives great volume and makes the dress feel very Marilyn Monroe-esque. The cut-out sides also add that little extra sex-appeal whilst keeping the overall look classy. I feel like I'm onto a winner here! The dress was only £34.99 which I feel is really reasonable for a timeless item.
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

BLUE BLAZER


It's been ages since I have blogged! I have missed it so much, but I have been unwell and generally very busy so it was essential that I took it easy - which obviously means my poor blog has been neglected. But I'm feeling much better now and desperate to catch up on the wonderful world of blogging. Also, my break has highlighted the fact that I really need to get better at scheduling posts, although for some reason I don't enjoy blogging in advance as much - I want to hit publish as soon as I'm finished! Anyone else feel that way?

Anyway, enough of all that, back to the post - I wanted to share a little look I snapped a couple weeks back. I thought I would blog my current most worn wardrobe piece, my blue blazer.
I picked up this striking blazer from Forever21 about 12 months ago now, but it regularly comes out of my wardrobe and I do always get lots of nice comments on it. I seem to be wearing it a lot lately, mainly for work, but also with jeans and a casual top at a weekend just to polish off the look. We took these photos while strolling around Castlefield in Manchester before heading for some dinner. As we were going for an early dinner I didn't want to overdress so I timed my black skinny's with this blazer and a statement necklace. I also wore my JustFab boots which I blogged about here.
I wore my hair straight (pre haircut, hence the straggly ends) which I don't do often as it takes too goddamn long, but I quite like it when I do. 

What is your current wardrobe saviour? Also, what have I missed in the blogging world??
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

OUTFIT: ZARA PRINT TROUSERS

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 Trousers / Zara 
Shirt / Topshop 
Sandals / New Look 
Rings / H&M 

I fell in love with these trousers as soon as I spotted them in Zara.
I'm usually too worried about wearing loud items such as these trousers, if I do end up buying items like this they usually end up hanging there in my closet longing to be worn. My boyfriend actually convinced me into buying these trousers - he could tell how much I loved them, and shopping is something he never usually encourages! So I skipped off to the changing room and emerged even happier after deciding they were even better on.
I definitely feel more confident than usual wearing these trousers, and teamed with a simple white shirt I think the trousers make for a great statement item.
I'm just hoping that now the autumn days are drawing in, that I will still be able to pull these off. What do you think of bold pieces that this?
I would love to hear how you would style them for Autumn/ Winter, I love getting inspiration from others and mixing it up with my own ideas.
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Friday, 22 August 2014

Autumn shorts / Ark Clothing

Shorts are not just for summer, oh no, let me tell you, worn right in autumn and winter they can be uber glam!
Teamed with your best leather boots and jacket you can pull of this cool city girl look. And when it's cold, team these cute shorts with tights, boots and a cosy jumper! This is how I will be styling up my shorts for autumn:

 

I think that the print shorts teamed with all black and statement jewellery give an edgy vibe that looks totally cool.
Also, I'm totally loving black wool hats, like the one above, and I will be rocking mine all autumn to cover up my locks to shelter them from those cold winds. I think they look perfect teamed with shorts to create an effortless look, just take a look at my outfit post here.

Ark clothing have a great collection of affordable, on-trend, shorts that are perfect from taking you from those sunny days right through to the winter months. Just take a look at these:
Cute right?

I will definitely be placing an order from their shorts collection soon.
What do you think of the above look, is this a look that you will be trying this autumn/winter?

*this is a sponsored post, however all views are my own..
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

OUTFIT: BLUE BELL SKIRT

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There are always those occasions, whether it be a christening, a friend's wedding, a family party or even just cocktails with the girls that calls for an outfit item of clothing that makes you feel like the belle of the ball - well I think I may have found it!
This blue, bell shaped skirt* from Laundry Boutique is utterly feminine, and ever so pretty. In my opinion anyway. 

Laundry boutique kindly sent me this skirt, and I am being genuine when I say that I was pleased with how great the quality of this skirt is! It fit perfectly and dressed up with an ensemble of nude heels and white lace crop, I certainly felt ultra girly and I will definitely be wearing this for the next special occasion. 

Laundry Boutique has some lovely items in their online store, but they do have a shop based in Cheshire too if you wanted to check that out?! I know I will be next time I'm in the area. I particularly love this cosy jumper for Autumn which seems to be creeping up on us! 
If you see something that takes your fancy, Laundry online has kindly provided a discount code for my readers, so be sure to enter: FASHIONDOUGH10 at the checkout for 10% off your order. 
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Thursday, 14 August 2014

HAIR MAKEOVER

So, I recently took the plunge and finally got my hair coloured
The last time my hair was coloured was about 3 years ago -  I have been growing out an old colour for what seems like forever so that my natural colour could come through.
3 years later and the look I was left with was my natural (slightly dull) hair colour with lighter blond(ish) ends from where the colour had eventually grown out. 
I decided that it was now time to give my hair a bit of a makeover, and after hours of browsing perfect glossy hair on Pinterest I decided that I didn't want to repeat mistakes made in the past, and that I wouldn't go for anything too drastic or dramatically different from my current color which just needed brightening up. I wanted something like this...

pictures via Pinterest

I popped along to my hairdresser and showed him the sort of look I wanted. After a couple of minutes deliberating, he showed me the color chart and pointed out those he intended to use and the technique involved. He told me he would work a few lighter strands through the ends and a root touch up to brighten up the overall colour.

He got to work whilst I watched on nervously as he worked his magic on my hair.
Whilst my hair was being blow-dried, I was anxious to see the results, biting my lip I watched as my hair dried into this wonderfully lightened, brighter, glossier hair. I was so pleased with the results. I even had my hair finished off with a few minutes in rollers to set my curly blow-dry; my hairdresser used 'The O' rollers by cloud 9 and the results were fantastic! I even contemplated buying the set myself, but it is quite pricy - although I'm sure it's totally worth it, it might have to go on my Christmas wishlist! 
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I wish I had a picture from the day itself. Not sure what face i'm pulling here ^ either?

What do you guys think of this look?
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

OUTFIT: NEW LOOK PRINT SHORTS

Top / New Look
Shorts / New Look 
Shoes / JustFab
Bag / H&M 
Necklace / Primark 
Ring / New Look
Hat / H&M

These photos were taken a week or so ago, pre-new hairdo.
We shot this look after I attended a blog event in Manchester, hence the gift bag!
I just love the print on these shorts I picked up from New Look. I'm always drawn to bold colours and prints and I'm trying to be more confident in actually wearing them! These aren't the craziest of shorts, but they are a bit different to what I would usually end up buying - despite really wanting these.
I have definitely gained more confidence in my fashion choices since starting my blog - it must be all of the lovely support bloggers give each other?!
I styled the shorts with a high neck top, also New Look, as you don't want to flash too much flesh when your sporting short shorts/skirts on the bottom. I wore my new JustFab shoes which I blogged here, I think they finish the look off better than flats would have. Don't you agree?
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: JUSTFAB SHOES

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I recently signed up to JustFab. If you haven't heard of JustFab before go check out their page here and have a read about their story. It's a pretty good concept.

JustFab claim to offer designer quality at amazing prices, by essentially cutting out the middle man. We've seen this concept before from fashion and shoe brands alike, such as Shoe Mint, although I haven't had the pleasure of purchasing anything from such brands.

JustFab ask that you initially take a style quiz so that a handpicked selection of items, suited to your style are available for you to choose from each month. I eagerly took the style quiz and had a good look through the styles that were on offer. I instantly fell in love with these black open-toe boots, and having been tempted with the offer for 50% off your first purchase I was swayed into clicking that purchase button.

JustFab offer free delivery and I was surprised at how quickly they arrived; free delivery usually comes with the price of having to wait a couple of days at least.

The shoes came packed neatly in a white and pick shoe box - matching their logo and website theme colours. I unwrapped my new boots and was happy when I put them on that they fit me nicely - I wear a half size, and more often than not this means that shoes ordered online have to be sent back!

Having worn my boots only a handful of times, all I can say for now is that I really love the look of my boots and am of no doubt that they were worth the £17.50 I spent (discounted price for being my first purchase). However, I am not sure that I would label them as 'designer quality' although the shoes do look very pretty and designer-inspired. Although, what else was I really expecting at such low prices?

I'm currently on the fence as to whether I would purchase more shoes from JustFab, but for now I am pretty happy with my boots and would recommend JustFab to those looking for a designer style shoe on a budget. Watch this space to see how I get on with these boots!

Any of you purchased from JustFab before?
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Monday, 4 August 2014

Book Club: Book 1 - The Girl with all the Gifts

Ok, so I have only just realised how hard it is to write a review on a totally amazing book without giving away all the best parts! 

But what I can tell you about The Girl with all the Gifts is this: it's truly epic.



Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite. But they don't laugh.

Melanie is a very special girl.

The vague, yet intriguing, summary doesn't give a whole lot away about what lies in store for you, and I had no prior knowledge as to what genre this book fell into before I began reading. You see, I had not realised that this book is *SPOILER ALERT* - a zombie apocalypse book! 

But boy am I glad that I was tricked into thinking that it was anything but a zombie novel, as I never would have guessed! I was probably hoping these 'gifts' would mean this book was going to be a gripping thriller. And to be honest, I probably wouldn't have even contemplated this book if someone told me it was a zombie book; they're not usually my kind of thing - although I do appreciate a good zombie adaptation movie: I am legend, world war z etc. 

Therefore, describing it a zombie book shouldn't put you off. You see, the opening chapters unfold this riveting, yet terrifying story of a post apocalyptic world outside of the base in which Melanie, the main protagonist, is being housed. Melanie lives in her underground secure cell, as do the other children - who are the test subjects. The children are strapped into their chairs and chained up by the Seargent and his guards, then the children are wheeled to class where they are taught  assessed by the for the purposes of the scientists' analysis, in the hope of finding a cure. 
At the beginning you are not exactly sure how the story is going to play out; it is clear Melanie is special - she is the most intelligent child -  and that there is some reasoning behind why herself and the others are being kept in this way. Melanie herself isn't aware of 'what' she is, as of course, being strapped securely into her wheelchair and taken to class along with the other children was just what she knew to be everyday life. However, Melanie starts to reveal, or should I say realise, unsettling facts about the world around her, and she herself.

Following the invasion of the base by the hungries - zombies - Melanie finds herself on the outside of the base and into the unfamiliar outside world which she now has to deal with. Her relationship with Miss Justineau, her teacher, her idol, is at the heart of this gripping tale of a group of individual all trying to cope with this new outside world which has been left in the wake of the zombie outbreak. Carey has wrote the characters so well, and as they go through this journey, you feel their emotions, pains, struggles and hopes as they try and make it to Beacon. 

I don't want to give too much away, although I feel I already have (sorry). So all I will say is that this book takes you on an emotional journey. It's heartbreaking in parts and it keeps you on edge, desperate to know what's coming next - you don't even see it coming. It keeps you guessing to the very end. I highly recommend it. 

One line I particularly liked in the book was "you can't save the people from the world. There's nowhere else to take them." I thought this to be very apt and for some reason it stuck with me - I like when I find that with a book, it's when I know I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 9/10.

Next bookclub book: The Abomination by Jonathan Holt. Available here for 99p in Kindle edition.


*sidenote - apologies for the review going up late, I was in Wales - home to no internet reception, apparently. Hands up who messed up blogger scheduler?
"Guilty as charged!" 
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

OUTFIT: Primark Jumpsuit




Jumpsuit / Primark 
Bag / Primark 
Jewellery / New Look 
Sandals / New Look 

I have been sporting this jumpsuit A LOT lately!
It's so lightweight and comfortable that it's been a godsend for the humid weather we've had. I picked the jumpsuit up in Primark a while back for just £10. It's not the best fitting item, but for £10 I can't grumble.
I wore this over the weekend; E and I went for a little country stroll to make the most of the weather, (and I obviously used this as an opportunity for shooting some outfit pics!) before retreating to our local for a drink and a steak dinner. Perfect!
What did you all get up to over the weekend?
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