Tuesday, September 27, 2016

AW16 Wardrobe Refresh With Boohoo

There's nothing that excites me more than the start of a new season, but lets not kid myself here, I've usually already bought into the new trends months in advance, because who doesnt anticipate the return of the chunky knits and boots for Autumn? New trends are constantly being thrown at us both online and in the shops which is what makes disposable fashion a thing, nowadays we so easily buy things, wear them once and then leave them untouched for years. This is very much true for myself, but I actively clear my wardrobe out once every few months and donate my clothes to charity, as it feels like I'm actually doing something worthwhile with the amount of money I have wasted on clothes that I have sometimes not even worn, oops! The bundle of clothes I usually donate to charity are a) things I've worn to death but no longer fit, b) the items that still have their tags on and C) the 'what was I thinking items' that definitely didn't suit me! Rather than throwing clothes away, I always donate as they're almost always in excellent condition, and I'm sure someone will be very happy with my Boohoo, Topshop or Asos threads! 

So where does this link into today's post? Boohoo challenged me to a wardrobe refresh for Autumn, so donating a bundle of clothes to a charity of my choice, and making room for a whole new outfit!
Wool Look Coat* - Boohoo
Blouse - Primark
Bag* - Boohoo
Boots - H&M

I could honestly spend hours on the Boohoo website scrolling for new items for my autumn/winter wardrobe as they have SO much stuff! 2 hours later and I had picked up some autumnal beauties. I think it's fair to say the real star of the show here is the embroidered pinafore dress, it's the dreamiest thing I've ever worn. It's made from a faux suede fabric, and the red embroidered flowers contrast beautifully against the black. I teamed it with this white blouse for a smart look, roll neck jumpers will look so good with this when the weather gets colder. I'm also loving this little bag that I featured in my smock dress post too, I adjust the strap length of this cross body bag as I prefer the look when it sits higher up. 

Not forgetting the integral part of any well put together winter outfit, I had to finish my new autumnal look off with a cosy coat from Boohoo's huge range of coats and jackets. I feel like I've been wanting a tan coat for so long but have never committed, it's definitely the most chic colour for an autumn get up, it makes for a dreamy combo with rich berry colours. It's the perfect length, doesn't button up and provides a sleek, streamlined finish to any outfit. I feel like it's not going to leave my back this winter. 

It's all good having a new wardobe for Autumn, but I desperately needed to have a clear out and make some room for the new items...
With a beautiful new autumnal ensemble from Boohoo, it was time to dig deep and find some clothing to donate to charity, I was definitely not stuck for choice! Donating is such an important thing to me, as I do feel guilty about spending so much on clothing and not wearing them as much as I should, as I know that not everyone is as fortunate to have so many material possessions. I feel like I'm giving something back, and also helping to raise money for some amazing charities that help to fund lifesaving causes. I usually donate to a handful of different charities, but I will be donating this lot to the Cancer Research UK charity, almost everyone knows at least one person in their life that has suffered or lost their life to cancer, whether that's a family member or a close friend. 100% of their profit from our donations goes towards their life saving work, so every little bit helps, and I really feel like I'm doing my bit to help save the world, and eventually find a cure for cancer one day. 
I'm saying goodbye to about 14 different pieces of clothing including t-shirts, shoes and jeans! For once most of these pieces have been worn to death at some point, but a lot of these haven't been worn for a few years so it was finally time to donate them to charity. I also love purchasing clothes from charity shops as you can always find the odd gem, and I love the idea that each piece of clothing has a history behind it which adds so much character to the item. These jeans were purchased from New Look from a £100 gift card that I won from my first blogging competition almost 3 years ago, I always remember going in and buying them that day and thinking it was the best thing ever! The Toms shoes were bought back in my sixth form days when they were all the 'rage', I literally wore these to death!

I am probably most gutted about donating this floral, ruffle top that was from Zara. I bought this 5 years ago and have NEVER worn it! It was one of those impulse buys that just looked so cute and I had to have it. It's finally time to cut my loses and say goodbye to it, I'm sure it will go to a loving home!
Among the rest of my donation were items I bought with my first ever pay check, the expensive obsession I had with Hollister and a top I purchased from Target in USA when I was working at camp for the summer. Every single piece has a story behind it, and I'm sure that someone will be delighted to incorporate these items into their wardrobe. It now means I have plenty more room to fill with autumnal pieces, including the dreamiest new items from Boohoo!

How often do you donate to charity? Do you like my new autumnal outfit from boohoo? Have you got a new winter coat yet?


*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

AW16 Shoes Wishlist

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Daniel Beige Leather Mules / Pull On Leather Chelsea Boots / Black Suede LoafersDaisy Street Flower HeelsMiss Selfridge Embroidered Boots /  Pom Pom Trainers / Grey/Rose Gold Converse / Faux Fur Sliders / Glitter Block Heels

You'd think by now that I'd have a different pair of shoes for EVERY possible occasion and season, but nope! It doesn't matter how overflowing my drawers and cupboards are with shoes, I just can't resist the newness of different designs and trends, and boy am I loving the AW16 shoe trends! It's all about the floral embroidery, glitter, pom poms, mules and Chelsea boots, it's probably my favourite run of shoe trends in a good few years! 

There's such a great selection of shoes on Daniel Footwear this season, especially their range of Ash Shoes that are glamorous, and have both original and unique designs, they're definitely investment pieces that you'll be able to pull out year on year. I also spotted a few beauties on there including some mules, Chelsea Boots and some loafers, they're all classic designs for Autumn. You really can't beat some leather boots for the winter, they're so cosy and literally look good with anything, whether that's with a pleated skirt, dress and tights combo or mom jeans. I've also become a real fan of mules this summer as I never realised how easy they are to walk in, they do look dubious if you've never worn a pair before though! Daniel Footwear are home to a whole host of designer brands including their own range, so there's something that will catch the eye of everyone!

With the classic pieces of footwear nailed for autumn with Daniel Footwear, I've picked out some more statement shoes that will hopefully be winging their way onto my tootsies so soon! There was a reason that I picked these embroidered boots as the centerpiece as they are just stunning, I say it every time, but I've honestly never been so smitten with a pair of shoes before, and let's not even get me started on the pom pom trainers and furry sliders, heaven!

What do you think of my shoe picks? Which shoe trend are you most looking forward to? Have you heard of Daniel Footwear before?

*This post has been written in collaboration with Daniel Footwear, but all my opinions are honest, and are 100% my own. 
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

OOTD | Weekly Flower Run

Dress - Asos
Mules - Office
Bag* - Boohoo
Watch - Olivia Burton
Flowers - Marks & Spencers

I'm now fulfilling the blogging cliche and purchasing flowers on a weekly basis to be used for outfit pictures and flatlays before they can be left to do what they do best, it's my Instagram and creating the 'perfect' picture that is fueling this obsession, but I just can't stop! Fake flowers unfortunately just don't do it for me anymore, I ended up spending £8.75 (daylight robbery or what?) on flowers this weekend so I'm definitely going to have to get my moneys worth out of them with a few flatlays, what's a girl to do? But I think you'll agree that these roses are just gorgeous, and I totally didn't pick this colour because I thought it would contrast well with this denim getup...

But let's just appreciate this denim dress, it's a smock, it's denim and it has ruffles. It's literally the DREAM transitional wear, it's one of the the comfiest things I own, I still had room left in it after my pizza, and cookie ice cream sandwich binge last weekend which really is saying something! I love laid back looks like this, and I find that I wear things like this way more than items with a bit more of a 'faff' when you actually have to decide what goes well with the item. 

I shot these pictures at a new location that myself and my mum found on the weekend, my brief was 'somewhere with coloured doors or houses', and I think we nailed it! The best thing was this place was just off the street and not one person past us by, or leered out of their house window at us. I'll definitely be back for some more pictures soon!

What do you think of this outfit? 

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Columbia Road Flower Market, London

Columbia-Road-Flower-Market-LondonI'm lucky enough to squeeze a fair few trips in to London each year as James only lives 25 minutes outside of London, so I can always stay at his house for the night. I still find London exciting every time I head in as there is always stuff to tick off my long bucket list for things to do in London. The Big Ben, London Eye, Oxford street etc etc are all great things that everyone needs to visit at some point, but I'm more drawn to things off the beaten track these days, where there's less tourists and more of the locals. It's these undiscovered parts of London that excite me the most which led me to my trip to Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday. The flower market only takes place on Sunday's, and it starts bright and early at around 8am and goes on for most of the day. It is definitely off the beaten track in London, you'll need to take a tube to Bethnal Green (East London) and it's then only a 10 minute walk to Columbia Road, it was surprisingly easy to find. I would 100% recommend this flower market to all lovers of flowers. If you like cacti, roses, succulents and flowers in any form you are going to seriously lurrrveee this post!
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You couldn't miss the flower market, but I was definitely somewhat guided by the hoards of people leaving with beautiful bunches of brown paper wrapped flowers!
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There was every possible type of flower you could ever think of...
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I loved this cornucopia of colours in what looked like a flower wall, I thought that the prices across the whole market were incredibly reasonable, I really don't mind paying for a really good bunch of flowers that you know haven't been wilting in a warm Tesco shop for the last 6 days...
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There was something colourful on every corner!
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1 bunch of every roses possible please! I didn't realise so many different colour varieties of roses existed, I absolutely loved the pastel mix bunch of roses, they were definitely a popular choice with the locals too.
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Apparently giant hydrangeas are a thing? Again, these come in every colour combination you can ever think of. I'm slightly bewildered as to how you display them though as the stalks are so long! If anyone knows please tweet me or comment below!
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Seriously, just look!!! I've developed such a cacti/succulent obsession over the last year as they are just so damn cute, nothing could have prepared me for this mighty little collection of cactus' at the market, and they even have coloured flowers on top! These were 3 for £5, so I scooped up a little selection and I was on my way. 
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This place really is a dream for any cactus loving people!
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It wasn't just like a typical florists at the market, but more like an extravagant garden centre. There was rows and rows of potted plants too, and even a selection of flower bulbs that you can plant yourself. The dream is definitely to grow my own rose and blossom bush when I have my own home!
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On either side of the flower market are rows of the cutest little shops, from floristy style stores, cute cafes to premium children clothing brands. I think it may be my new favourite part of London? I just love the fact that it is still mostly untouched by tourists, and a slither of old fashioned London still lives on! 
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I would recommend getting to the flower market earlier rather than later, we arrived at around 10am and it was already packed, it probably didn't help that it was such a warm day too, but if you leave it any later you really won't want to face the hoards of people, there was also loads of bunches so I don't think you have to worry about them selling out too early. I was just gutted I couldn't pick up some beautiful bunches of flowers, as I don't think they would have fared very well from a day walking around London and a 4 hour train ride home. However, my cactus' are settling well into their new home, with their colourful buds attached! I think it's time I moved to London so I can pick up some beautiful blooms from there every weekend like a real Londoner.

Have you been to the Columbia Road Flower Market before? Would you like to visit it? Do you have any other 'off the beaten track' in London suggestions?
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