Monday, 29 July 2013


I had the opportunity yesterday to go out for both lunch and dinner, and so I decided to create outfits that fitted each occasion accordingly. It's not often that I'm lucky enough to have the chance dress up twice in one day! I couldn't resist wearing a few of my newer pieces that I featured in my recent haul, alongside some items that I haven't worn in ages.

Outfit 1: 

This outfit is very much "smart casual" and I think it was perfect for a lunch. I usually shy away from jeans and trousers, and although I guess you could say this outfit is slightly more masculine than what I would usually wear, I think all the pieces work well together.

Monochrome Check Shirt: Topshop
JONI High Waisted Jeans: Topshop
Brogues: Clarks
Bag: Primark
Necklace: H&M
Bowler Hat: H&M
Glasses: Rayban

Outfit 2:

I'm obsessed with my kimono! I think it really adds something to the classic "LBD" look here, and when paired with my bowler hat is a little bit different to your typical evening look. I've had so many comments on this particular piece and I'm so glad I own it!

Velvet Bodycon Dress: Primark
Kimono: Topshop
Boots: ASOS
Bag: Vintage
Bowler Hat: H&M

Have you had to dress up recently?
Elly xxx

Monday, 22 July 2013


Burgundy Crop Top - Topshop
Kimono - Topshop
Skirt - Primark
Frilly Socks - Topshop
Jelly Shoes - Urban Outfitters
Bowler Hat - H&M
Bag - Primark
Belt - Vintage

This week I had my last ever class at my dance school before I go off to university in September. It was a really emotional day as I have been attending classes for almost 15 years and I don't really remember life before it. By way of saying "goodbye" my lovely tap class decided to go out for a meal yesterday at Pizza Express. I had a lovely evening and it was nice to see everyone in their ordinary clothes (i.e not clad in lycra), and I definitely recommend Pizza Express' chocolate fudge cake! I decided to wear something weather appropriate (it's boiling in the UK right now) but also slightly dressed up and formal, so I paired this burgundy crop top with my black skater skirt and my favourite belt. I decided to attempt the ever-stylish "socks and sandals" look and couldn't resist putting on my newly acquired bowler hat from H&M. My new kimono from Topshop was also out in full force and I think it adds a really interesting element to the outfit, as well as keeping me warm in the evening!

What are your plans for next year?

Sunday, 21 July 2013


I'm going on holiday in a couple of weeks' time, so mum and I decided to go on our yearly pre-holiday shop, which has become a bit of a tradition in recent years. I needed a new swimsuit, some sunglasses and a hat, but somehow ended up with a few other bits along the way. (My mother spoils me too much!) My mum also bought a few really interesting pieces for herself which I'll probably be borrowing at some point!

1. MONOCHROME CHECK PRINT SHIRT -TOPSHOP (£35) - Yes, another monochrome piece - I think I'm developing a problem. I've wanted a shirt with this style of print since I saw a girl wearing one a few months ago. I love the boxy cropped style of this shirt, as well as the way in which the pattern on the pocket contrasts to the rest of the shirt. It's true to size and great quality and I know I'll get a lot of wear out of it because it's so versatile - you can wear it with literally anything!

2. BLUE PATTERNED KIMONO - TOPSHOP (£55) - I am in love with this, and feel so spoiled to actually own it! It's a bit of a love or hate piece, but I think it's the perfect way to layer up and add a bit of interest to an outfit. The pattern and material are beautiful, and it feels really well made so you can almost justify the price. Plus it makes me feel a bit like Florence Welch which is never a bad thing.

3. TROPICAL PRINT HIGH WAISTED BIKINI - TOPSHOP (£34) - If you know me, you'll know that I hold a vendetta against bikinis. I hate the idea of people getting their stomachs out and I just think that they look horrendous, even on the most "toned" of women. However, I have been slightly converted since high waisted bikinis have come into fashion. I'm obsessed with wearing high waisted skirts, shorts and jeans and pairing them with crop tops, and I don't really see how wearing a high waisted bikini is much different. This one covers my belly button which is perfect, and is the only bikini I've ever tried that actually fits both my non existent chest and my disproportionately large bum! I love the pattern and it's great quality so I'm really happy with this purchase - it's pretty much perfect for me!

 4. BLACK ROUND SUNGLASSES WITH GOLD DETAILING - TOPSHOP (£16) - As I said, I needed to buy a pair of sunglasses for summer as my last pair broke at V Festival last year. I wanted a pair of round sunglasses and I just love the gold detailing on this pair. They're pretty versatile as well as being statement, and I reckon I'll get a lot of wear out of them this year.

5. BOWLER HAT - H&M (£6.99) - I'm so in love with this! I've always envied people who wear these hats as I feel they really complete an outfit, but I have never actually bought one myself because they always seem to be either too expensive or not big enough for my head! This one is a great price and fits, so I'm going to be wearing this with everything. I put it on as soon as I got out of the shop!

6. WHITE HEXAGONAL SUNGLASSES - TOPSHOP (£18) - My mum and I fell in love with these! They're a bit crazy and admittedly are not to everyone's tastes, but I think they're going to look great with my new bikini on the beach. I feel slightly like I'm out of Charlie and the Chocolate factory in them, but we've all got to wear silly and fun things sometimes, haven't we?

Have you bought anything new for summer?
Elly xxx

Wednesday, 17 July 2013


As you might have already noticed, I am obsessed with the monochrome trend at the moment (very summery, I know!) I saw this checkerboard print top in H&M a couple of weeks ago, and I love it because I feel that the print is a little bit different to usual monochrome patterns such as stripes. It's made of a lovely chiffon material, and has a really interesting jersey collar detailing which I feel picks up on the sports luxe trend slightly, a trend that I will admit I have found it difficult to get into. I've paired it here with a black pencil skirt and my beloved holographic court shoes from Forever 21, but this top can be dressed down really easily as well with a pair of high waisted jeans or a skater skirt.

What's your favourite recent purchase?
Elly xxx

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


1. Motel Fonda Halter Crop in Green Palm Leaf (£18) & Motel Kimmy Mini Tube Skirt in Green Palm Leaf (£22)  - I am completely obsessed with the "matchy matchy" trend right now, and have recently been looking for some sets. Coincidentally, I have also been looking for a palm leaf print skirt for a while, so this set from Motel is perfect! Although you might say the print is somewhat controversial, I think it's great as I love bold prints and I don't have anything like it in my wardrobe. I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to wear the whole set together, but I love the skirt on its own, and think it would look just as good with a simple black crop top.

2. New Look White Floral Racer Back Crop Top (£4 [now out of stock]) & New Look White Floral Skater Skirt (£16.99) - I think this set would be a lot easier to wear than the set from Motel Rocks, as the print is a lot less in your face and the cut (skater rather than bodycon) is much more wearable in the daytime.  I think this is so cute, and both pieces would look equally as nice worn alone or together. I'm gutted the top is sold out as I thought it would look great with high waisted jeans, shorts and skirts!

3. Dr Martens Oil Slick Lex Shoes - I can't find these for sale anywhere, so I'm guessing they were limited edition back in around 2011. However, I'm on the hunt for some dupes as I think they fit in perfectly with the holographic trend which I adore so much. I think they'd go with pretty much everything and add another dimension to a plain outfit, I need some!

4. Topshop Cream Textured Scallop Swimsuit (£36) - I'm planning on getting this in the next few weeks before I go on holiday. I absolutely detest bikinis with a passion and so have always been a swimsuit girl, and I just think this one is so cute. The white and navy blocks almost give the appearance of a high waisted bikini which I really like, and I think the scallop detailing around the bust is adorable and with the halterneck tie is almost 50s inspired. The white will look great with a tan!

5. American Apparel Lace Cycle Shorts (£26) - These look slightly odd on their own, and are a bit of a love/hate piece in themselves, but I think they would look super cute under dresses, skirts and even shorts in the summer. I don't know about you, but I'm always really paranoid that my skirts are going to blow up when I'm not wearing tights, so I think these are a stylish solution to that age-old problem!

6.Ray Ban Sunglasses  (£89.99) - RayBan are my favourite glasses brand ever. I've had two pairs of these glasses that I've worn as my actual every day glasses to correct my sight, and they have lasted me so well, as well as being incredibly on trend. I love the "John Lennon inspired" round glasses that have been around for the past couple of summers, and this pair are RayBan's more subtle answer to them. There are so many awesome and wacky pairs of sunglasses on the  market at the moment, and I have been tempted by some of them, but ultimately I want something wearable. I've seen these on Rhiannon (FashionRocksMySocks), and I feel that although they are quite statement, they are subtle enough to get away with on a day to day basis without feeling self concious.

What have you been loving recently?
Elly xxx

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