Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Suede Skirts & Polo Necks

Shop The Look
Polo Neck- New Look
Sleeveless Blazer- Primark
Suede Skirt- Select Fashion
Bag- Michael Kors
Fur Pom Pom - H&M
Now that the weather has turned colder I have been reaching for my warm clothes, my favourite piece being this roll neck top. It has a fine rib texture, so it's not too thick, but the high neck keeps you nice and warm. I decided to layer it up with this fitted sleeveless blazer, to give the outfit a bit of edge.
  The suede camel skirt is very on trend now and gives the muted outfit a little pop of colour whilst keeping within the autumn colour palette. I wore this outfit to a recent event I attended and felt confident yet comfortable all day.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Intu Victoria Centre Fashion Show, Nottingham

 When an email pinged into my inbox asking me if I wanted to come along to watch Intu Victoria Centre's A/W15 Catwalk Show, as part of the V.I.B (Very Important Bloggers), I jumped at the chance. You will all have guessed by now that autumn is my favourite fashion season, clothing gets so much more experimental. Think opulent prints layered with lavish accessories, I just can't get enough. So when the opportunity arose to see what my local shopping ground had in store for this upcoming season I was very excited.

 On arrival I was greeted by the lovely Kath, Intu Victoria Centre's Digital Marketing Manager, who explained the structure of the day and introduced me to fellow Nottingham blogger Sherry (Sherry Scribbles). Then, we were then took over to the catwalk where the shows would be taking place.

 The catwalk was beautifully set up with soft fuchsia up lighting that created a striking, yet romantic mood. It was also lined with perfectly cleaned mirrors, which were going to be used throughout each of the show's to create a visually vivid feast for the eyes.

 We took our seats and chatted eagerly as we awaited the first of the shows to begin. As soon as it was time to start I grabbed my camera in anticipation. Opening the show were Superdry and their A/W collection.

Superdry's A/W15 collection was very fun. It tied in your classic autumn wear, like your knits and berry tones, and then clashed them with a bold print or a vibrant flash of colour. The collection was very focused around layering, and the mixing of textures. Most of the outfits featured a shirt layered underneath a jumper, then again with a jacket. The colours and fabrics complimented each other well.
  My particular favourite of this collection is the classic black coat, with the flashes of neon pink that are reciprocated in the jumper too, bringing the whole look together (see image 2). The collection was practical yet fashion forward.
We had a mini interlude after the first show for a glass of bubbly, and a quick toast to the day ahead.


Next up on the fashion agenda was John Lewis showcasing their new A/W collection.

John Lewis took the classic tailored monochrome route to Autumn/Winter, but kept it very on trend with stunning prints, textured fabrics and well cut garments. This collection was a nod to luxury in a glamorous muted palette. Perfect for the beginning of party season.

 I really loved the floral applique skirt, which seen close up had impeccable detail. The skirt is from Alice Temperley's line 'Somerset' which you can find in the women's fashion department in Nottingham Victoria Centre's John Lewis.

After another stunning show we were given a massive treat, which was to speak to the stylist behind the show Jo Wilson.

Jo Wilson was the eyes behind the show and was kind enough to spare some of her time to speak to us about the collections, as well as some of her own style advice. Jo advised us that monochrome was going to be big this season, alongside rich jewel tones, such as emerald greens and vivid reds. Think opulence. She also shared with us that her best advice for styling is a fantastic set of underwear. What you wear underneath your clothes can redefine how the clothes fit and look, which is something I will definitely be taking on board from now on.

It was so lovely to be able to understand how much effort goes into each of the collection's styling and I really appreciated hearing Jo's expert advice.

We were also extremely fortunate to get to talk to Lucy Budge, Reporter for The Nottingham Post. Lucy was super friendly and asked us a little bit about our blogs, if you fancy having a nosey at her article you can find it here.

We were then ready for the third collection which was from Next.

I thoroughly enjoyed Next's collection, with its muted tones and warm camel accents. There was even a bit of leopard print peaking in, which is another pattern I have been seeing popping up in stores for this Autumn. The ladies sported a stunning berry lip, which, with the camel tones in their outfits, really set the whole look off. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that Rimmel Kate Moss 107 is my go to lipstick for Autumn. Now all I need is a long camel coat and I'm set for the rest of the season!

I really liked the men's styling in this collection, particularly the sleek leather bomber jacket and camel shirt combo. The look is perfect for day to night.

The final collection we saw that day was House of Fraser.

 This collection by House Of Fraser really hit the opulent tone on the head, and the stunning jewel toned turquoise seen in the suit and dress really made your head turn. It's definitely a tone I would love to add to my wardrobe. Again there was a hint of camel in the fur gilet and a pop of leopard print in the coat. These striking pieces paired with the jewel tones definitely made the collection luxurious and playful. It made me want to experiment with more print and textures in my own personal style.

 Overall I was taken away with how innovative the show was. It wasn't your typical catwalk show where the models just walked up and down. It was a lot more interactive and visual, with the models dancing and re-positioning the mirrors. This really helped show case the clothing to it's maximum potential. It was good to see how the fabrics moved and fell, as well as being able to see what the centre's stores have to offer this season.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a shopping list to write...

 What are your thoughts on this seasons collections?

Thursday, 1 October 2015

A/W15 Style Staples

I have spent the past few weeks looking at this seasons new trends and analysing what my wardrobe was lacking. I really have loved the 70's trend and this autumn it gets even better! All the rust, berry and khaki colours and the suede, fringed and patterned fabrics. I just can't get enough.

However, I sadly don't have a money tree in my back garden  and so had to really narrow down what it was exactly that I needed in order to bring my wardrobe into this season. After getting my hands on some excellent staples I thought I would share with you what I have picked up.

1. The A-Line Skirt

 In every colour and fabric. These skirts are everywhere in a multitude of styles and I love them. I first picked up the denim button down skirt from Primark and fell in love with how flattering the fit is. Therefore I just had to pick up more, starting with this stunning camel coloured suede zip down and then this khaki corduroy press stud offering. Both are from Select Fashion. I'm really impressed with the quality of the material with both of them, it's very thick and durable, perfect for keeping warm this autumn.

2. The Roll Neck Jumper

I think roll necks are so sophisticated, not only are they on trend and cosy but they just add a little edge to an outfit. I picked up a black one from New Look and this cream one from Primark. I think I will stick to these two for now as they go with everything in my wardrobe. You can pair them with jeans and a camel wool coat for a casual look or dress them up with a leather pencil skirt and heels. They are too versatile  not to have in your wardrobe this autumn.

3. All About Accessorising

You don't have to buy numerous clothing items to update your wardrobe every season, just adding a few key accessories can do the trick. I'm all for saving money and tend to buy a lot of accessories to help keep my wardrobe up to date yet also fitting well with my own personal style. I think autumn calls for a good hat. This beige wool effect floppy hat fits the bill perfectly and is very flattering with it's wide brim.
  Faux fur is also a good staple in the autumn/winter wardrobe department, it adds a touch of glamour to an everyday look and is also good for keeping warm, stylish and practical? win win! I have incorporated faux fur into my a/w15 wardrobe with this brown stole and cute pompom bag clip. I've seen these fluffy bag pompoms everywhere and think they are adorable.

4. A Pair of Black Boots

I like to treat myself to some new boots every winter, and it was these faux suede ankle boots from Peacocks that caught my attention this year. They are the perfect height for day to night wear which is always a massive plus in my book. I was also drawn to the gold detailing under the heel of the boot which gives them a different edge to your standard heeled boot.
  Boots are definitely an autumn style staple as they keep your feet dry and cosy through out all the rain and potential snowy spells we have!
  I have my eyes peeled for a pair of faux suede knee high heeled boots, if you have any recommendations send them my way!

*Little Style Snippet*
I recommend keeping some of your summer pieces in your wardrobe and just layering them up, your summer dresses? whack on a thick overcoat and tights! You can transition lots of your summer pieces into autumn by adding a few layers for added warmth, it will also save you some money by getting more wear out of things you already own #shopyourwardrobe.

What are your style staples this autumn?

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Annie's Burger Shack, Nottingham

Annie's Burger Shack is a highly popular American Rhode Island beer and burger bar located in the Centre of Nottingham, nestled down a quiet side street.

We had wanted to dine here on numerous occasions but there had always been a 2 or more hour wait, today however we chanced it and it must have been our lucky day, as they had one table for two!

What first drew me to wanting to eat here is that I am a vegetarian and whilst restaurants are now improving their menu to accommodate us veggies there is still a distinct lack of places for us to eat. Here at Annie's Burger Shack each one of their burgers are available in Vegan, Veggie and Meat. So it gave me plenty of variety and options to choose from.

The menu has such a good variety of burgers to choose from, from the weird to the wonderful! There is The Elvis which is a burger topped with Peanut Butter and Jam.. or The Deathray which is a super spicy concoction of jalapeños and hot chilli paste.

 The choice was very difficult but after some tactful deliberation I settled for The Gringo, which is a Mexican style burger topped with a tortilla basket full of refried beans, veg and spicy rice. The Mr opted for The Peppino Pizza burger which is basically pizza topping on a burger! Check out the other options here.

When it arrived I didn't know where to begin, you definitely get a good portion here and will not leave feeling hungry! We tucked in almost immediately and let's just say it didn't look so picturesque once we had finished. The service was great and the burgers were cooked to perfection which is amazing to say how busy it is was.

My Burger was lightly spiced and extremely juicy, being well covered in chilli sauce and topped with crunchy onions and cucumbers. It was a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. I couldn't quite finish it all but it was delicious.

Our meal, along side a beer and a pint of cola, came to £28.60 which I think is excellent value for money for the quality of food you receive.

The lighting was very dim inside the bar so unfortunately the pictures of us didn't turn out great, instead here's a selfie I took before we left! I'm wearing Rimmel Kate Moss 107 on my lips and my polo neck is from New Look.

I would definitely recommend a trip to Annie's Burger Shack if you're a burger lover or if your a vegetarian looking for a better selection of food, I will certainly be going back! It is best to reserve a table if you can as you may not get a place otherwise, or have a long wait.

I also treated myself to the Canon 1200d DSLR yesterday and I'm still getting to grips with it at the minute but I'm looking forward to providing better quality images for my blog as well as capturing memories in high definition. If any one has any photography tips or lens suggestions send them my way!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

6 Reasons Why I Love Autumn.

It's no secret that I love autumn, the atmosphere, the colours, the cosy nights, I just love it all. There's no other season to compare. Sure, summers nice to spend long days outdoors, but I just love a good night in. Maybe that's the granny inside me talking!

I decided to compile a list of reasons why I love this season, a bit of an ode to Autumn if you will. So let's get stuck in and see what sets my heart beating about Autumn.

1. Lazy Mornings In Bed. Cuddling. Fluffy furry blankets. Onesies. I just love my bed and being cosy.

2. New Season Fashion. All the layering, rich colours, cosy knitwear. Buying a new winter coat is the highlight for me.

3. Long Chilly Walks Through Crunchy Golden Leaves. You may all have guessed by now that I'm a walker, I love a long walk through beautiful landscapes, I love it more in Autumn with the spectacular sunsets we get and crunching along through pretty leaves. Bliss.

4. Delicious Filling Food- Good bye Bikini Body! Autumn is the time for food. From chunky homemade soup to anything salted caramel it is the season of indulgence.

5. Bold Sultry Make-up. A striking red lip and smoky golden eye is my favourite Autumn make-up look. I like to experiment with darker colours, embrace my pale skin and leave behind the peaches and pinks of summer.

6. New Home Décor. Aside from new season fashion my next biggest love is home décor. I can't resist a cute mug or a pretty candle. It is an addiction and I may need help.

So these are my top 6 reasons why I love autumn so much, my purse strings may not feel the same way! The fashion is my favourite, I love to have a good clear out of my wardrobe and invest in some good autumn transitional pieces, I may do a post on this soon if anyone would be interested in seeing it.

Also a tea belly like me can't wait for the cold nights, the tea strainer comes out straight away. Peppermint to salted caramel to chocolate chai- scrumptious!

What are your favourite things about Autumn?

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Casual Autumn Walks

There is nothing more I love than a good long walk in the fresh air, if you've read my blog for a while you would have gathered this already.

My walking style is very relaxed and comfortable, but me being me it still has a nod to the trends, with a little bit of 70's flare to this outfit shown through the rust coloured top and the A-line denim skirt.

If you had told me that I would be wearing a denim skirt passed the age of 15 I would have laughed in your face, but here I am after the age of 20 and need to eat my words. I've seen these skirts everywhere and just couldn't help but pick one up, I find that the A-line style is very figure flattering. It has buttons all the way down the front, which I preferred over similar skirts that had press studs down the front as I didn't want to run the risk of it popping open!

I paired the denim skirt with a high neck rust coloured top from Primark and matching ankle boots, also from Primark. I decided to add a scarf as I thought that the outfit lacked a little something without one, and this little silky snake print scarf is a very ancient piece in my wardrobe that was nearly thrown away! I'm glad I decided to keep a hold of it.

When the 70's trend first cropped up I was very sceptical, the flares and bell sleeves did frighten me a tad but it has really grown on me now and the textures and colours are perfect for this upcoming autumn.

Of course it wouldn't be a walk without this little poppet, do I get extra points for matching my outfit to my dog?!
What's your favourite trend this autumn?