It’s been absolutely boiling here in Cardiff this week which is just typical, innit? And there was me all ready to bust out the big jumpers, boots and scarves. I took Bungle for a walk earlier in the week and ended up coming back a sweaty mess! Still, it’s getting colder every morning and I can’t wait to really get into my Autumn wardrobe – including these five things I picked up recently. 🙂
1. Baggy Jumper
I really wanted to find a nice oversized jumper to wear this autumn, and I fell in love with this one when I spotted it in H&M at the end of the summer. The colour is a kind of frosty blue that goes so well with denim, and the wool isn’t too prickly either.
And my favourites online:
There’s absolutely no way I can get away with the whole ugly trainer trend – nor would I want to, if I’m being completely honest. I DON’T GET IT. I mean, £705 for these? I’m not a fan. I am, however, a massive fan of Converse. My mint green high tops are well loved, and over the summer I felt like I fancied picking up a white ankle pair that would go with both jeans and dresses. But, it’s Autumn now and there’s no way a pristine clean pair of white chucks are going to survive the morning dog walk through puddles and leaf mould. So instead of shelling out £50 on a pair that are probably going to be ruined by the time the Christmas decs go up, I spent £6 on these dupes from Primark. 🙂
3. Snuggly Oversized Scarf
I really didn’t need another scarf – I’ve got LOADS – but I haven’t got a black one. I spotted (…😉 ) this one in Zara at the end of August and just knew I’d end up wearing it all winter with everything – because it’ll go with everything! And, the polka dots mean that it’s not just another boring black scarf.
And my favourites online:
4. Statement Shirt
You know me, I can’t resist a weird shirt and I’ve been eyeing up adding a bold black and white striped one to my collection for a while now. I pretty much haven’t taken this one off since I picked it up in H&M at the beginning of September, so I’m counting it as a solid addition to the squad. It’s not made from silk, but it’s kind of a heavy weighted alternative which means it hangs really nicely. I LOVE it.
And my favourites online:
5. Animal Print
Okay, so this one technically isn’t new – but I’ve brought it back into rotation after a long summer break. I love all the animal prints out there right now, but I’m yet to find anything I like clothing wise – plus, aren’t we a little close to overdoing it? I mean, so many people are wearing animal print (particularly leopard) at the moment that it’s practically becoming a uniform. I love it, but like I said, I’m yet to make the plunge clothing wise and if I’m honest I’m not entirely sure I will. But, what I do have is the Cheetah Print Bag I picked up in TK Maxx, I think around this time last year. It’s enough to jazz up my Autumn/Winter grey, monochrome and denim wardrobe without going full on Jungle Book.
Have a great weekend guys! 🙂
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If you’re like me then you know the drill. You leave packing right until the last minute, throw in as many clothes as you can for as many different eventualities as you can, sit on the case… and then come back having worn maybe a third of it. Argh! By the time you read this post I’ll almost be on my way back from Canada – the first trip I’ve taken in a while – and this time around I’ve promised myself to streamline my travel wardrobe and only pack clothes that I know that I’m definitely, absolutely going to wear. I’m yet to be converted to the whole capsule wardrobe thing in my day to day life, but I’m definitely on board when it comes to travelling. Who wants a bulging case and last minute panics about what to wear when you want to be out and about exploring anyway? So, without further ado, here’s how to plan a travel capsule wardrobe in five easy steps.
1. Do Your Research
Before you even touch any clothes, you’re going to employ a bit of Google-Fu. Research where you’re going, how long for and what you’re going to be getting up to while you’re away. The answers to these questions are going to help you build a destination appropriate capsule wardrobe:
What’s the weather going to be like where I’m going?
Are there any events that I need to bring specific outfits for (like a wedding)?
How long am I away for?
Are there any local customs when it comes to fashion (will I need to cover up?)
2. Plan Must-Have Outfits First
Now that you’ve done your research, it’s time to get stuck into your wardrobe, starting with the must-have basics.
A Travel Outfit
What are you going to wear when you’re on the road/in the sky? Set aside something comfortable that will work as your “Travel Outfit”. The bottom half is the most important part in my book; I like to be comfy if I’m going to be sitting down for a long time, and like to wear a pair of shoes that I can slip off if I want.
Are you going to a special event while you’re away? Are you going to be doing a certain activity that’ll need a certain outfit? Are you going to be swimming? Make sure these outfits make it into the suitcase before any others.
Knickers and Pjs
We all sleep, we all wear underwear (…right?). So make sure you’ve got enough to see you through. And when it comes to underwear, pack a variety that’ll work with different outfits (Spanx, Stick on Bras etc…).
3. Try On Some Outfits
With your must-have items sorted it’s time to work out what else you want to pack, keeping in mind that you want to build a versatile, interchangeable wardrobe. You want colours that work together (some people like to choose black and white with accent colour) and items that are going to layer well. Again, think about where you’re going, the weather and the sort of things you’re going to be doing. Ask yourself:
What am I going to wear if it gets really hot?
What am I going to wear if it suddenly gets chilly?
What if it rains?
What am I going to wear during the day?
What am I going to wear out at night?
4. Build Your Capsule from the Core, then Add Extras
Now that you’ve got some ideas, you can start building your travel wardrobe starting with the basic core capsule items. Here’s a basic list, obviously it’ll be different depending on where you’re going, for how long and your person style, but it should be enough to get you started.
1 Pair of jeans
1 Pair of black jeans (that can be dressed up or down)
2 T-Shirts (one white)
2 Vests/Camis (for layering)
1 Jacket (what kind of jacket will depend on your destination)
1 Comfortable pair for walking (trainers or boots)
1 Pair of smart flats (could be sandals or ballet pumps)
1 Fancy pair (evening shoes or heels)
Once you’ve got your core capsule sorted, you can start adding extras and statement pieces. 🙂
5. Add Accessories
Now that you’ve planned your outfits you can start adding accessories. Try and streamline, picking items that will go with everything you’ve picked out so far and make sure you’ve covered the essentials like bags and belts.
And there you go, one travel capsule wardrobe that’ll free up some space in your suitcase and stop all those last minute wardrobe panics! Have a great weekend guys! 🙂
I love a good hack! And I’m always on the lookout for ones that’ll help me make the most out of whatever’s hanging in my wardrobe. So here are five fashion hacks I’m always pulling out of my sleeve. 🙂
1. The Two-Way Blouse
You know how much I love my weird and wacky patterned shirts, and now I love them even more thanks to this genius little hack I picked up whilst video hopping on Youtube (damn you ‘Suggested’ sidebar!). There are plenty of different ways to wear a shirt, but this trick is a new favourite of mine because it’s easy peasy and practically turns the shirt into a whole new top. All you have to do is tuck in the collar, work out where you want the neckline to sit and button inwards (just like you would with your duvet – or am I the only one who does that?). Tuck it into some Mom jeans and voila!
2. The Perfect Imperfect Tuck
First World Problem Number 99, amiright? How to tuck your blouse/t-shirt/cami into your bottom half so it looks neat… but not too neat. Here’s what I do. Put on your jeans but leave them unbuttoned, then put on whatever top you’re looking to tuck. Grab the middle part of the top’s hem and twist it once. Now position it downwards against your abdomen whilst you do up your jeans. Once everything’s secured you can gently tug on the fabric to loosen things up a bit. Tada! The perfect imperfect tuck without spending an hour fussing in front of the mirror. 🙂
3. From Dress to Skirt
This is one of my favourite things to do when I’m travelling. It only works on dresses with an open neckline that’ll fit over your thighs, though, so it’s not exactly a foolproof hack. Saying that, I’ve got a couple of dresses that I know work well with this trick and like to pack them to save on space in my suitcase. All you need to do is step into the neckline, pinch the waistline and then pull it up. You can tidy up the waistline with a belt or a tied shirt.
4. Paperclips and Safety Pins
I keep a stash of these babies in my jewellery box because I use them all the time to tweak and perfect my outfits. Safety pins can be used to fasten low necklines and wrap dresses, and can even be used to stop necklace chains from twisting round. Just loop a pin through the clasp and then secure it to the label in the back of your top (providing it’s high enough of course 😉 ). Paper clips can be used to hide bra straps – especially when you’re wearing a racer back.
5. Banging Ballet Pumps
I love flats – especially open ones – but I can’t stand having to grip them with my toes to stop them from falling off. I bought these stripy ones from Primark for a couple of quid last year and they were a bit too loose, so I stitched in a couple of ribbons and gave them a bit of a prima ballerina makeover. The ribbons secure the slippy shoes to my feet, and also make them look a bit more expensive than they were. Just make sure you use a strong needle and either burn or paint the ends of the ribbons with clear nail varnish to stop them fraying.
What are your favourite fashion hacks? Let me know in the comments! 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve done a fashion post, because honestly? Until summer hit the UK I just wasn’t feeling particularly inspired about getting dressed (…I live in leggings and an old hoodie most days anyway!). It was that weird, in-between period between winter and summer (…Yeah, Spring. Duh! But not Spring weather, I guess is what I’m trying to say oh so eloquently – am I ever eloquent?), I didn’t really have anything to dress up for and just wasn’t bothered about anything I saw in the shops. But, then summer arrived (…and, more importantly, stuck around for a bit) and recently I’ve started picking up a few colourful bits and bobs. I’ve got a couple of trips coming up this summer, as well as a wedding, so I fancied sprucing up my togs a bit 🙂
Primark Pointed Flats – £6
Six quid well spent. I LIVE in flats, and the moment I spotted these babies in the Cardiff store I knew they’d be permanently attached to my feet all summer long, and I’m not the only one; when I managed to nab a size seven and skipped off to checkout with them, the cashier laughed and said she’d been selling them like hot cakes. Mine are looking a little bit grubby at the mo, it has to be said and I thinking of trying to give them a bit of a wash in the machine to spruce them back up. They are a faux-suede material though so that might be a mistake in the making. Hmm. If you’re after ones that will last, Urban Outfitters are probably your best bet.
River Island Faux-Wrap Dress – £50
If you tune into my Instagram Stories then you’ll probably remember me despairing over what to wear to a wedding. I was really hoping to get a jumpsuit (I love them, they’re so easy… and – if you’re like me – they tend to spare your dignity when you fall over after a few too many glasses of prosecco), but alas, I just couldn’t track one down that I liked and was a reasonable price, so that was that. Then, I spotted this gorgeous pink faux-wrap dress in River Island and totally fell in love with it because I feel like it’ll be something I’ll wear over the summer out and about, not just to a wedding. (They’ve even got it in yellow and stripe 🙂)
Florence and Fred @ Tesco Pink Espadrilles – £12
I need to stop trolleying around the clothes section in Tesco when I should be picking up bread and eggs. I bought these to go with the wrap dress from River Island and for just general bashing around in over the summer. They had loads of different colours, but I loved this frayed, dusky pink pair. They also come bragging cushioned soles, which I’m always a bit suspicious about (to be honest, I buy most of my shoes with the expectation that they’ll cripple me), but these are so damn comfy that I easily looped around Bute Park in them without getting a single blister – even on the first wear. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a link to the pink ones online (here’s them in a white broderie anglais), but Dorothy Perkins do a very similar pair.
T K Maxx Yellow Culotte Jumpsuit – £11
I haggled this one down, guys. I love a jumpsuit, but when I spotted this one in store I wasn’t sold on the culotte-style legs. Tried it on anyway, loved it, but found a couple of holes around the waist line. They didn’t have any others in my size, and you know how it is with T K Maxx, once it’s gone, it’s gone (although looks like Boohoo have got a very similar one). I’m good enough with a needle and thread (I knew that Brownies sewing level one badge would come in handy one day…) and decided I liked it enough to give fixing it a go, but was absolutely unwilling to pay full price. Anyway, I bossed it up to the cashier and asked them if they could do anything about it, and they did. I got it for £11 and half an hour of stitching in front of the telly. Nice! It pays to ask, right?
Hopefully I’ll be taking it out for a spin this weekend if the weather’s nice. Here’s to the Bank Holiday weekend! Have a good one everyone! 🙂
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Just before I turned thirty, I cut my hair short. I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do it, I just dropped into a London salon I’d searched up on Google that day at work, went armed with a couple of pictures I’d saved from Pinterest on the train ride, and I had the whole lot lopped off. SNIP SNIP. For someone who felt like her long hair had defined her throughout her teens and early twenties, this took guts. And while the decision was impulsive and was put down by those around me to Saturn’s Return, the truth was that I did it – and decided that I needed to do it – because I felt like I’d completely lost control of my hair. It was in bad shape and was making me miserable every time I looked in the mirror.
The long, mermaid hair I’d always thought of as “me” had split and thinned out to the extent that I’d actually stopped wearing it down, and just putting it into a lanky, limp ponytail made me upset. It just looked awful. Something had changed around the time that I moved to London. London water is HARD, and the chalky residue it left behind every time I washed my hair was drying it out. It was so damaged that it was falling out in terrifying chunks in the shower or when I brushed it. And even though Sunny and everyone around me kept telling me that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was, I refused to hear them. But then I also refused to do the one thing I could to get it back under control. Instead of getting it cut, I desperately clung on to the meager strands I had even though they were beyond help.
Finally deciding to let those dead ends rest in peace was the first step I took to getting my hair back, and three years of hard work later, it’s looking so much thicker and healthier. I mean, it’s not perfect by any means, but I’m happy with it. I think I’ve finally found a routine that works. 🙂
When I was seventeen I had hair down to my waist and my whole hair care regime involved my Mum dragging me to her hairdresser once a year where I mournfully parted with an inch of a dead ends. Then, during my twenties it became horribly clear that the old ways just weren’t cutting it anymore (…see what I did there 😉 ). My fine, dry hair was far more prone to breakage than it used to be (thanks London water!) and so far more susceptible to splits. That meant that the longer I left it between trims, the thinner my hair got as the split ends made their way up the hair shaft. Nowadays I’m still a bit lacsy-daisy about getting my ass down to the hairdressers regularly, but as soon as I see the ends drying out and splitting, I go and part with as much hair as I need to to keep the hair I do have looking healthy.
Less Washing & Heat Styling
I used to wash my hair every day – and sure it kept my hair clean and restyled, but by doing so I stripped it of all its natural oils. Plus heat styling every day on top of that made it dry, which in turn left it brittle. These days I wash my hair no more than three times a week (I like the Garnier Ultimate Blends Sensitive Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner) and heat style it as little as possible. (It also helps that the water here in Cardiff is nice and soft).
Keep it Simple when it comes to Products
When my hair was at its worst I started buying expensive shampoos, conditioners and miracle oils to sort it out. But that was a waste of time and money. My hair was already broken, and layering heavy moisture-rich products on top just weighed it down, stressed out my scalp and no matter how expensive they were they were never going to be able to bring my dead ends back to life. These days I’ve stripped my products back and only use ones that work with my hair type – and, they’re all cheap as chips! 😉 Oh, and I stick with them – no more chopping and changing.
Ditch the Hair Ties
It got to a point where I was so depressed about my hair that I stopped wearing it down and instead scraped it back into a bun every day. But using hair ties was just making things worse and left me with flyaways and split ends halfway up the hair shaft. I know there are supposedly hair ties out there that claim not to cause breakages, but for me, going cold turkey on all hair ties was the only thing that worked. Clips and pins all the way!
When I was at Uni I went through a whole pink hair phase – which was fun at the time, but did horrible things to my hair and scalp! I had highlights and balayage throughout my twenties and although I loved how my hair looked with a bit of blonde through the ends, it just made it drier. I made the decision to go Au Natural a few years ago and it’s definitely helped my hair spring back to its former glory. I mean, I’m tempted all the time to foil up again like I used to… but I’ve worked so hard to get my hair back that I just can’t bring myself to do it.
Be Happy With What you Have!
Last time I went to the hairdressers there was teen in the chair next to me getting highlights put in. She had the most gorgeous mass of curls I’ve ever seen and hair envy hit me HARD. But, sometimes you’ve just got to roll with what you’ve got and be grateful for it. Did cutting my hair short suddenly give me thick, curly hair? Nnnnope. But, it improved the condition of it and put me on the path to healthier locks. Sadly, thick, curly hair just isn’t in my genes. I have fine hair. I have dry hair. I have annoying baby hairs around my face that like to stick up. And, I’m probably never going to have the mermaid hair I was blessed with in my teens again. But that’s okay. The problem with wanting what you don’t have is that you forget to appreciate what you do have.
What are your top hair care tips or holy grail products? Let everyone know in the comments! 💇
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