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Cinched in Stripes

Outfit of the Day







Outfit Details:

Black Long Sleeve Turtle Neck - New Look
Oversized Blue & White Striped Shirt - Boden        Alternative - ASOS
Wide Buckle Waist Belt - River Island                      Alternative - ASOS
Mid Rise Skinny Jeans in Mid Wash - Superdry
Patent Black Aladdin Ankle Boots - Schuh
Cocoon Oversized Coat in Mustard- Great Plains
White Watch - STORM
Black Bucket Bag - Karen Millen 

Courtesy of Prada, the corset has had a huge comeback, no longer to be hidden away as underwear, it has been completely reinterpreted and is now a key layering piece to be worn over clothing, accentuating your waist. Now I am not a huge fan of some of the corset pieces that too closely resemble the traditional corset or look like a waist trainer, it just seems unnecessary to me. However, I do love the concept of accentuating your waist, whatever outfit you happen wearing. Whether its an oversized shirt or a summer dress, this corset trend works with absolutely everything and I've been looking for a way to achieve the same look whilst avoiding the more underwear like pieces. In comes the oversized waist belt. Cinches your waist in so is beyond flattering, can be worn over virtually anything, its essentially the perfect accessory and I can't believe it's taken me so long to get my hands on one. The high street has got on board with this trend surprisingly quickly and there are so many variations of the 'corset' available that it's not hard to find a piece that's to your own personal taste.
Another key trend for spring 2017 is Banker Stripes. I stole this shirt from my dad's excessive shirt collection however, these striped shirts are becoming unavoidable. Zara are doing this trend particularly well and most of the pieces I've seen combine multiple spring trends into one piece. For example, striped shirts featuring floral embroidery, or even deconstructed, asymmetric striped shirts. It's definitely a look I want to experiment more with in the near future.

Thanks for reading, Cxx






Liverpool 22/02/17

Spa, Stir-Fry & Site Seeing...

This week my friend Nancy and I went for a long awaited day out in Liverpool. Neither of us had ever been before and having lived in Manchester for over a year now, I really don't know why it has taken us so long, its less than an hour away on the train! Even though we were only there for a few hours and didn't get to explore anywhere near as much as I would have liked, I had such a lovely, relaxing day that I thought I'd blog about it. Hopefully this will be the first of many more day trips to come since there's so many places in the UK, particularly in the north of England, that I am desperate to visit. Living in Manchester it's just so easy to get to places that it would be a shame not to!

Lush Spa - Tailor Made 


The main reason we went to Liverpool, it's our nearest Lush Spa! We'd both heard great things about the Lush Spa treatments from friends and family and went ahead and treated ourselves to a much needed massage. We both chose the Tailor Made treatment which is 30 minutes of localised, deep-tissue massage said to help ease knots and revive both the mind and body. The Tailor Made treatment is a 30 minute localised version of the Good Hour treatment which is a full body massage. When we arrived at Lush we were greeted by two lovely masseuses who escorted us upstairs to further discuss our preferences for our massage, any areas of particular tension and the products that they would be using. We got to choose a massage bar which were allowed to take home after our massage. We both chose the Hottie, not only does it smell amazing but it was recommended to us by our masseuse. It was specifically designed for the deep-tissue massage treatments as the ginger and black pepper oils are both warming and stimulating. The massage bar also acts as a beautifully indulgent moisturiser but I will say you are left feeling slightly greasy after the treatment finishes but not uncomfortably so. I can't wait to try and use the massage bar at home and even purchase a few more with different properties. This spa experience is unlike any other as it is nautical themed and rather than playing your typical calm spa music, sea shanties and folk songs really set the atmosphere and take you on a journey out to say. My all time favourite Lush bath bomb, Big Blue, was dissolved in hot water and poured over dry ice beneath the massage bed just before the treatment began, the scent is amazing and the light film of smoke that covered the floor really set the atmosphere. The massage itself was almost too relaxing, I very nearly fell asleep. My masseuse quickly identified and focused on all of my problem areas and I left feeling as if I was standing taller and had literally had weight lifted off my shoulders. When our treatments had both finished, Nancy and I were in a relaxed trance and were given some black tea with rum accompanied by some delicious homemade shortbread. Overall, I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience at the Lush Spa, the staff make you feel so at home and as if nothing is an inconvenience, you can try any products you like, I would recommend it to anyone and will hopefully be back very soon.


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Casual Monochrome

Outfit of the Day

Since I spend most of my time either in university or just lounging around the house, I thought I would share with you how I style an everyday casual look. Since it doesn't seem to be warming up in Manchester any time soon, jeans, over sized knitwear and a thick coat has become my fail safe formula for a comfortable and effortless outfit. Although creating what is essentially my own uniform has meant it's been very easy to decide what to wear each morning, it can sometimes be a bit boring and I need to find ways to make my winter outfits more interesting. You can't really go wrong with monochrome, so clashing different prints, such as checks and stripes, is an easy way to inject some style into any outfit. Perhaps most importantly, the accessories. Finish with a bucket bag and pair of statement metallic boots and you're good to go. 


Black Long Sleeve T-Shirt - Primark     Alternative - ASOS
Striped Knitted Vest - ASOS                  Alternative - ASOS
Black Skinny Jeans - Superdry
Rose Gold Ankle Boots - Primark         Alternative - ASOS
Statement Coat - Native Youth              Alternative - ASOS
Bucket Bag - Karren Millen
Watch - Storm


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Style Icons

Who Inspires Me?


As this blog is primarily about me sharing my own personal style, I thought it was only right for me to share with you the people in the fashion world who continually inspire me. I could reel off various names for days as I am constantly finding new people I admire, whether that's through social media such as Instagram or Pinterest, fashion blogs or even someone I happen to walk past on the street. However, I have whittled it down and these are my top 5 style icons who consistently style outfits that I love whether its a casual everyday outfit or a maxed up evening do. I one day hope to develop my own confident and distinctive look as these influential women all do.












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Winner Winner!!

Outfit Of The Night - Jimmy's Bar





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My Weekend

Cardiff 27.01.17 - 29.01.17

Recently I have enjoyed a long weekend in Cardiff, spending some time with my boyfriend, Dylan. As this weekend proved to be more eventful than most, I thought I would share it with you and hopefully even give you some ideas of what to do if you ever find yourself in or around Cardiff. When I started writing this post and looking back at all the photos, I realised that my few days away had unintentionally revolved around food. So turns out this post is less about what I wore, which is what I had planned, and more about where to eat, nevertheless, I hope you enjoy reading it all the same.

Friday

Tapas - Curado Bar

I have been desperate to go to the Curado Bar in Cardiff since its opening a few months ago, and on Friday night Dylan and I finally got round to going! The new restaurant and deli is an expansion of my favourite local tapas bar, Ultracomedia in Narberth. If I had to eat only one thing for the rest of my life, it would have to be tapas. I have to say all of that led to some pretty high expectations and the Curado Bar most definitely didn't disappoint. Centrally located, right by the Principality Stadium, the space has a welcoming ambience, both warm and informal. We chose to sit upstairs where they have a selection of more intimate booths, which proved to be slightly quieter than the more social bar atmosphere on the ground floor. We ordered a selection of dishes between the two of us including a board of meats and cheeses from the deli, fried squid and patatas bravas, all of which were amazing. Overall the Curado Bar offers a beautiful dining experience, good service and tasty, traditional Spanish food at reasonable prices. I could not recommend it highly enough and I will most definitely be back soon.









Saturday

Bill's Brunch

Neither myself or Dylan had been to Bill's before Saturday, and having heard so many good things about it from both friends and family we thought we'd give it a try. We were lucky to even get a table, it was crazy busy and we hadn't even thought to book anything beforehand, by the time we left the queue was out of the door so I guess that speaks for itself in a way. Every time the idea of brunch is brought up, I instantly crave pancakes. If i do say so myself, I can make a pretty delicious pancake from time to time (thanks to Jamie Oliver), but any excuse for eating out and I'm already there. I ordered pancakes with smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup and it was divine! I hadn't realised the pancakes were made with blueberries inside and it was a nice little surprise when they arrived at my table. Dylan was equally impressed with his Bill's Breakfast and I definitely am keen to go back to the restaurant for dinner one day soon as the entire menu looked delicious.


Cardiff Market

Yet another place I hadn't been before this weekend. Every time I have been to Cardiff without fail, I have walked straight past the market but never ventured inside. This weekend we randomly went inside, drawn in by the irresistible smell of freshly cooked welsh cakes, and I am SO glad we did! I didn't realise how beautiful the building actually is or how busy it would be. We picked up some steaks to cook for dinner, sold to us by a butcher who weirdly was revolted by the thought of eating steak himself, and they were amazing! After meandering through the market browsing all of the craft stalls and beautiful looking food, we left more than happy with a bag full welsh cakes fresh from the hot plate, which by the way, you have not lived until you have tried!


Shopping

I hadn't even intended to do any shopping this weekend, but I saw this bargain and I simply couldn't resist! We went into Schuh on a whim just to browse, but then these boots popped out at me and when I realised they were on sale, I just couldn't put them back. The Schuh Black Aladdin Boots fill a gap in my shoedrobe I didn't even realise I had, turns out I did not own a simple black heeled ankle boot. I love the patent textured finish of the leather and the block heel makes them super easy and comfortable to walk in. They're such a versatile piece and I look forward to styling them up and down in the very near future. 


Comedy Night

Perhaps the favourite part of my weekend, on Saturday night we attended a stand up comedy night at The Glee in Cardiff Bay. Dylan and I have been once before and were both so excited to go back as it's a great night out and they have different comedians every week. The club was completely packed so there was a great atmosphere throughout the evening and each one of the comedians was hilarious, in particular Jen Brister, I would definitely check her out if you're at all into comedy. However, I will say that even though the club offers discounted tickets for students, it can add up to a pricey night out as the bar is definitely not the cheapest. The Glee has various clubs spread throughout the country so I would definitely recommend checking out the club nearest you, but as a treat once in a while rather than a regular night out. 


Sunday

Sunday was slightly less eventful as it was my last day in Cardiff so we just chilled at home in our pyjamas and watched a few of our favourite films. I hope you enjoyed this little update of what I got up to on my weekend away, it's one of my favourite types of post to read and have loved writing my own. Happy Reading.
Cxx