$34 - riverisland.com
$39 - houseoffraser.co.uk
$37 - inlovewithfashion.com
$35 - newlook.com
$38 - fashionunion.com
$46 - pullandbear.com
$23 - janenorman.co.uk
So, I thought I’d follow up this weeks post with a slightly more affordable day to night look!
Whenever I go out after work I often take an entire change of clothes, but it generally means I have to leave half my wardrobe at work, which can be a hassle the following Monday!
Let me know what you think of this outfit, and post and ideas you have in the comments.
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Have you ever been invited to an event, job interview or party, and been completely baffled by the dress code, especially if its so vague? Imagine being invited for an interview at a company you know wear jeans and hoodies on a daily basis. Should you wear a smart outfit for the interview, or go in something more casual?
In this blog series, I’m aiming to bring you some simple ideas about how to adhere to vague dress code requests, for a variety of situations. Let me know what you would wear, and if you like these outfits you can link to my Polyvore for more of my boards!
First up is Workwear.
I’ve worked in a few different offices, but one thing has maintained throughout. The darker the colour of your clothes, the smarter it appears. I know it sounds strange, but imagine if you wore a bright pink summer dress. It would look very casual. But, if you wore the same dress in a dark purple, or even black, it would instantly look a lot smarter.
So many factors will affect your available fashion choices. Your offices code of conduct, how other people dress and the season will all factor in to what you can and can’t wear. But always remember to wear something which makes you feel comfortable. Just because every girl in the office is wearing sky scraper stilletos, it doesn’t mean you can’t crack out your little black flats. Stick to what works for you, but style it to look best for your new office environment.
A few things I’ve picked up are…
- Hem lines.Whether it’s your trousers, chinos, pencil skirt or dress – make sure they are neat. Also, a general unwritten rule, is your skirt shouldn’t really come above your knees. A little prehistoric, I know, but it looks so much smarter when your dress covers your bum – especially in unpredictable British weather! A trick for longer looking lengths on black skirts is to wear thicker black tights. It’s creates the illusion of a slightly longer skirt. Just, fyi….
- Trends Just because it’s in fashion right now, doesn’t mean you can’t wear it for the office. Wearing a peplum top over slim leg suit trousers looks chic, and teaming it with plain black pumps or heels can take your look up a notch.
Essentially, whilst each office is different, dress codes for workwear normally just want their employees to look presentable, and ready to meet customers. Messy hair and ripped jeans are normally big no-no’s, and some employers are even adding ‘No Leggings’ to their contracts to fit in with recent fashions.
Below is an idea I’ve put together for office wear. Let me know what you think, and if you would wear something similar! I’d love to see your ideas to, so if you have a Pinterest board or Polyvore account feel free to link it below.
It’s a question I get asked A LOT. “Why do you blog?”
It started as a want – I’d always wanted to blog – but felt I needed a subject to write about, before I could just start. I tried a personal blog, more an online diary, but felt it wasn’t the right fit.
So, after a little while, I started to right draft blog posts about my fashion and beauty ideas, and from there I launched this blog you’re reading now.
I use my blog as a style diary too. I love to look at what other people are wearing, especially girls my own age from all corners of the globe. I like to try out my own spin on fashion trends, and I love looking back at old blog posts of my favourite bloggers to see how they have changed, and how their style has developed too.
But, why me? Why fashion?
I love the thought of working in fashion or beauty one day, but I didn’t really take a big interest until I was in my late teens. Growing up, I loved sport more than fashion, and spent my days in various sport kits, attending competitions or training. I didn’t really have time to take an interest in clothing, or makeup. But, at university, I really started to notice mix of girls, and how they interpreted trends. Going to somewhere with such a massive mix of people, from all over the UK, and even the world, really introduced me to more styles than I could have ever seen in my hometown.
So, effectively, I’m pretty new at the this!
I’m learning new things every day, and I want to write about my approach to fashion, and introduce other beginners to it too. When I have built up a few more blog posts, I’m really excited about launching a YouTube channel too, with trend and beauty reviews, body shape advice, and style tips.
Why do you blog? Is it something you just love doing, or do you have other reasons for it? Have you ever thought of vlogging too, or creating make up tutorials online? Or, have you never blogged, but thought about launching one?
Let me know, I love to hear from you x
I have so many cropped tops.
I have colour block ones, plain ones, text ones, patterned…. You get it, I have a lot.
But, despite this, I still wanted more!
I had an old, slightly battered I heart NY top from Primark that I thought was the perfect contender to show you how to make your own. Enjoy!
Step 1. Find a t shirt. (Maybe test on a top that you don’t mind ruining first, or just to check the cut/measurements for your new crop top) I’m fairly tall, so where I’ve cut mine might not work for you if you’re really petite – for example.
Step 2. Cut roughly a cm/inch around the neck seam, and remove.
Step 3. Remove the sleeves, and cut to roughly 2cm below the seam. (Cut more if you want a deep vest style, great for little bralet or bandeau tops in the summer!)
Step 4. Try the top on. Adjust and style to work for you, and work out where is best to cut across for the tie up front detailing. Make a pencil mark just below the chosen line, so when cutting across you aren’t left with a pencil line.
Step 5. Cut in a straight line from the outside in, roughly a quarter of the total width. Mark the middle of the shirt for complete accuracy, and to help with the tie front.
Step 6. Roughly cut out two triangles for the tie. They don’t need to be perfect, because they will be tied up eventually.
Step 7. Cut off the back section of the lower half, so your top is now fully cropped, with the two tie sections left.
Hey presto! Your top is complete!
Below are the pictures to help, and also some styling ideas I will be wearing with my new crop.
See you soon!
So, one thing you may have noticed from my blog is my ever changing hair colour…
I have dyed my hair since I was 16 (that’s just over 6 years ago) and I have had well over 20 changes in colour, cut and style since then (!)
My only advice? Treat your hair with care! I had to have my hair cut short because I bleached it too much! Use treatments, protect it when you style it, and try to wait between dyes.
Check out a brief recap of my hair history below!
See you soon,
The weather in the UK has gone from ‘beer garden hot’ to snowing in the last 7 days, so outfits this week have been pretty hit and miss.
On paper, black and navy can sound quite dull – but with the right clothes it can look classy. I chose grey tights as an alternative to a bare leg or dark opaque black for a daytime look.
If I was going to wear this outfit at night to an event, I’d wear black wedge heels, and dark black tights – but I’d keep the sequinned jacket.
Let me know what outfits you’ve been wearing recently in the comments box below!
Thanks for reading, and see you soon!
Social Media is a funny business isn’t it? There are so many different sites that are maybe too niche to ever really take off. But some – take your Facebooks and Twitters for example – that have one simple idea, and it really works.
For example, I love Pinterest. It’s that simple idea that you can share content that you like – and that’s it. No status updates, just pictures and videos of things you love.
I started using Pinterest just to browse the gorgeous images of beaches, and to look at the fashion photography littering the popular pins page.
However, after a while – especially when I started my own blog – I started to pin, repin, upload and like every day, it’s quite addictive to be honest!
Everything from fashion, beauty, home décor and tattoo ideas are included in my favourites pins, and the list is currently over a thousand, and I have only been ‘pinning’ for 12 months.
One of my favourite things about Pinterest is you can search through Pin’s, even if you aren’t following the person. So, unlike Facebook for example, you can discover so much more because the search is pretty much limitless (unless you’ve privatised your account…!) I love finding international fashion, and beauty tips from across the globe. I also love seeing images my friends have uploaded, all in the same feed. I get so many tips and ideas for my own style and blogs from Pinterest, and I love the people that embrace that type of Social Media.
Every week I’m going to post my top 10 favourite pins from the previous 7 days. I’ll link the image, and the pinner, so you can find the original and repin it too, if you love it! There aren’t any rules with my top 10, the pins can vary from fashion, beauty tips, hairstyles, photography, cookery, home design…etc anything which looks fab, and that I personally think has been a great pin that week. I haven’t been approached by any of the pinners to feature their pin, but if I have – then it will be marked with a *.
I hope you enjoy my posts, and please comment in the box below if you’d love to see a themed Pins of the week post!
See you soon!
(Click on the grid image below to see the original pins, direct on my Pinterest page!)
My Top 10 pin’s of last week, in no particular order, were…