Monday, 30 May 2016

Look of the Day: Cigarette Trousers

cigarette trousers and biker jacket
Happy Monday! I hope you're having a great Bank Holiday weekend. Are you doing anything exciting? 

I did a small inventory of my wardrobe on Saturday and realised I own 4 pairs of black and white cigarette trousers. Oops...I posted a picture of them on my Instagram page if anyone is curious. 

Cigarette trousers have recently become my new off duty uniform as they are so comfortable and easy to style. Yesterday I paired them with a simple black top, a pair of red low heels and a biker jacket that you could see a glimpse of here

Do you own cigarette trousers? How do you wear them? 

Look ft cigarette trousers

biker jacket

black top, cigarette trousers

biker jacket
red heels
Jacket - It's old so I don't remember
Top - F&F
Trousers - F&F
Shoes - F&F

Friday, 27 May 2016

How to Inject Some Positivity Into Your Life

How to bring more positivity into your life
"You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind"
Joyce Meyer

There was a time in my life when I felt really low. Despite getting great grades at school and then university, I didn't believe in my own abilities and let myself think negatively.  What's more, as I was surrounded by people who thought they were better than others, I started questioning myself every day. 

After a while I realised that I couldn't carry on like this. I knew I had to change my mindset and inject some positivity into my life. I did a bit of soul-searching and cut ties with negative people and those who drained my energy. I even fell in love with my quirks, which I talked about a few months ago (here). 

Life is not a bed of roses and there are situations we can't control. I remind myself every day to look at the bright side and concentrate on the good in my life. It's not always easy so I put together a list of things I can do to be more positive and enjoy life. 

How to inject more positivity into your life

Cut ties with negative people 

You don't have to be friends with everyone. 

Be kind to yourself 

Befriend your inner critic. When you brush your teeth in the morning, look in the mirror and pay yourself a compliment. 

Don't compare yourself to other people 

Comparison is the thief of joy. 


"Worry less, smile more. Don't regret, just learn and grow." - Unknown 

Keep a journal 

You don't have to write long entries. Sometimes I just jot down 2 or 3 good things that happened to me during the day. 

Make goals

Take a piece of paper and make a list of things you would like to achieve in life. 

Go for a walk or exercise

Are you looking for more reasons to get active? Exercising releases endorphins. 

Don't overanalyse

I'm guilty of being an over-thinker. I constantly remind myself that I shouldn't waste my time and energy on overanalysing things and situations that had already happened. Instead I try and focus on the future. 

Buy fresh flowers 

Fresh flowers always put a smile on everyone's face. 

Watch a film

Put on Netflix and have a date with yourself. 

What do you do to bring more positivity into your life? I'd love to read your tips. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

New In

Although I've always been rather frugal about spending too much money on clothes, this month I just can't stop shopping. I don't know if it's something in the air or what but I can't resist the urge to buy the things I see. I think I'm slowly turning into a shopaholic.

Here is what I recently added to my wardrobe...

New Look slingbacks
I'm a self-proclaimed lover of shoes and a firm believer that the right footwear can make an outfit. So when I spotted these gorgeous slingbacks while browsing  the sale section of the New Look website, I just knew they would make a great addition to my ever growing shoe collection. Can you believe they were only £10? I can totally imagine wearing them with a great party dress or jeans and a blazer for a smart casual look. 

Speaking of blazers, I recently discovered a little shop on my high street which stocks one of a kind items in selected sizes.

cropped blazer

Among the things I discovered there, were this cropped blazer and a top you can see below. Both pieces have fun prints that remind me of tapestries my Gran used to keep in her house. 

elephant print top

What do you think of my latest buys? Have you bought anything recently? Let me know in the comments below. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Breton Top

Chic work outfit with a breton top
Do you know a woman who doesn't own a breton top? I don't. This simple garment, first introduced in 1858 as the uniform for all French navy seaman in Brittany, quickly evolved and became a hero buy thanks to Coco Chanel who brought it to the attention of the fashion world. 

I think it's safe to say that the breton top will never go out of style. It goes with pretty much everything we have in our wardrobes so for today's look I decided to team it with black trousers and Chanel-esque blazer. 

Of course, I wouldn't be myself if I didn't add a pop of colour to my outfit. This time I opted for green heels that I bought ages ago in the New Look sale.

Styling a breton top

breton top, black trousers and green shoes
breton top and blazer
blossoming trees
green heels
chanel-esque blazer with a breton top
Blazer - F&F
Top - It's an old one so I don't remember
Trousers - Next
Shoes - New Look 
Sunglasses - My Little Box (I blogged about the box here)

Friday, 20 May 2016

Problems Tall Girls Will Understand

Problems tall girls will understand
Do you ever find yourself scouring shops to find something in particular and not having much luck? That happened to me a few months ago when I was looking for a perfect shirt dress I could wear in the summer.

Although they were available in most high street shops, I couldn't find the one. The biggest problem I encountered was with the length as some of the dresses barely covered my thighs. Then when I was about to give up my search, I stumbled across the F&F dress I'm showing you today. It could have been slightly longer but beggars can't be choosers. 

That experience inspired me to write today's post and share with you some of my #tallgirlproblems. At 5'9" I'm not a giant but there've been times I wished I was a bit shorter. 

Trying to find a dress that is decent length
It seems that some retailers have forgotten about women who are tall. There are some shops on high street where I don't even step my foot in as I know that dresses they stock will look like shirts on me. 

Trying to find jeans that aren't capri trousers 
Dear retailers, can you please expand your tall section?

'How is the weather up there?' question
Seriously? I'm not even that tall. 

'You're tall. Why do you wear heels?' question 
I don't care how tall I am. I love heels.

When your online date turns out to be shorter than you although he claimed he is 6'00"
If you follow me regularly you may have seen a post about my struggles with online dating (here). My experience has taught me that so many men lie about their height in their profiles. Why can't they be honest? I don't care if someone is slightly shorter than me. I just need to be prepared for this. 

Getting your head off in pictures
You don't even know how many photos like that I have on my phone.

Having to awkwardly pose to take photos 
I guess you have to suffer if you don't want to get your head cut off in photos. 

Not being able to stretch your legs on a plane
How I wish I had the money to fly first class.

Are you a tall girl? Is there anything else you would add to the list? 
shirt dress
long earrings
long earrings
F&F shirt dress for summer
metallic shoes
shirt dress
biker jacket and shirt dress
Dress - F&F
Shoes - Next 
Sunglasses - Unbranded 
Biker jacket - It's old 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Look of the Day: Pop of Lime

lime blazer

Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great week so far. Today I wanted to share with you outfit photos I took in Notting Hill about 2 weeks ago. 

Although I've been living in London for almost 11 years, I still haven't properly explored the city. Hence, I've made it my mission this year to re-visit touristy places and to discover some hidden corners that London has to offer.

I started off by heading to Notting Hill and walking along quirky backstreets with colourful houses. When I spotted a pretty yellow one, I just had to stop and take some photos. 

Casual outfit with a pop of lime
novelty top
lime blazer and jeans
yellow house in Notting Hill
f&f blazer and jeans
colourfull houses
Blazer - F&F
Top - From a small boutique in Poland
Jeans - Marks & Spencer
Shoes - From a small boutique in Poland

Monday, 16 May 2016

Stripes Galore

striped co-ord

I'm sure you will agree with me that stripes as a pattern will never go out of fashion. This season they seem to be even bigger and better thanks to designers and A-listers such as Ralph Lauren or Victoria Beckham who stepped out in her own design striped culotte co-ords a few weeks ago. 

As a huge lover of stripes, I immediately fell in love with the stripey set I'm sporting on the blog today. I grabbed it at Tesco at the beginning of May while grocery shopping (oops, I did it again) and waited patiently for the weather to improve so I could show it off in its full glory. 

The skirt and cropped top are sold separately for £16 and £10 respectively. For that price, I think they're basically an instant outfit dream to anyone who wants to channel the nautical trend this summer. However, I recommend going one size down as both pieces have a loose and comfy fit.

What do you think of this combo? Are you wearing stripes this season?

sailor stripes summer 2016

striped outfit summer 2016
striped F&F crop top
F&F striped top and skirt
Top and Skirt - F&F
Bracelets - IZPROJECT
Sandals - Old so I don't remember 

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