Tuesday, 29 July 2014

From Dusk Till Dawn.

Lace Maxi Kimono - FDAvenue (*)
Pink Stone Pendant - ZIBA from House of Fraser (*)
Tan Sandals - Primark

This bandeau dress sadly had to be tucked away into the back of my wardrobe for a rather long time until I had my upper body freedom back. 
This lovely little number is from Motel Rocks that was kindly sent to me to wear to Field Day Festival back in June. Timings were unfortunately not accurate, as I (stupidly) believed I would be fixed and on the mend by then. So I didn't feel comfortable wearing along with my horrible brace. 
So now its making its debut!

I think this lacy gem works perfectly with my delicate lace maxi kimono. I wanted to create an ensemble of soft pastel pink tones that back-dropped perfectly against the glowing sunset in my garden. I applied a 'dusk' filter to my photos which I think really adds to the calm and collected, summer evening I wanted to capture. 
I feel ready to traipse along a golden sandy beach in Mykonos right now. 
I love the corset style front and midi length finish. 
I think I need this lace kimono in black now too?

P.s. I'm really happy with my blog at the moment, I finally feel like I've found a healthy balance where I can go to work 9-5, still manage some outfit photos while the sun sticks around, and write up my blog post before bed.
Lets not dwell on those darker nights making an appearance anytime soon! (eshhh)

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Noodle House London #TweatUp Event

A couple of weeks ago I entered a twitter competition.
So I won a place to be invited along to the exclusive #TweatUp event at the new Noodle House restaurant, in London's West End. I was allowed to take a friend along, where we were invited to indulge into an evening of tea infused cocktails and an array of the noodle house's signature dishes and desserts. 

Of course I was excited at the prospect of a night of sipping perfectly hand crafted cocktails and sampling flavours of south east Asia. I thought it would be the perfect time to invite along my friend Louise, so we could have a much needed natter and catch up. As soon as we arrived we were treated to a cocktail and various starters to snack on. 

We had all sorts; chicken satay with a spicy peanut sauce, crispy calamari with a chilli dipping sauce, hangzhou’ style beans and wasabi prawns. The calamari was my favourite, the batter was so tender!
There was only about four other sets of couples at the event; little did we know we were about to be seated on a huge table together, to a banquet of dishes to try from the main menu. As you can see from the pictures, we had soo much food!
It was a real treat.

Sharing a table with everyone else was a really special touch, it was like sitting down to a big family meal where we all just chatted and sampled lots of yummy food. I think they wanted to emphasis the casual atmosphere of the restaurant and how the food is best enjoyed with friends, with dishes that were ideal to share between groups. Without a doubt I most enjoyed tucking into the duck pancakes. It was lovely to meet some new people, and the staff were constantly chatting to us and talking to us about all the food. You could tell they were very passionate about everything they serve and love to share the culture behind the company with the customers. 

I had a lovely evening and thoroughly enjoyed all the food and drinks. I would definitely recommend this place as there is a vast array of dishes available to suit any palette. 
When I've achieved my London job status, I will definitely be swinging by here after a long day at work, with a few friends in tow, order a few starters to nibble on and wash down with another watermelon cocktail!

Thank you to Hana at Roche Communications and the staff at The Noodle House for a lovely event!
I hope to see you again soon :)

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Barefoot Hippie.

Fedora - River Island
Feather Necklace - Accessorize
Jersey Shorts - Missguided 

Recently I've been enjoying the luxury of having some painted tootsies a little too much.
I seem to be strolling around barefoot whenever I can. 
Who needs shoes in summer hey?

I finally succumbed to buying a few pieces from NeverFullyDressed, believe me I've had a little peek around plenty of times but to be honest I've always been quite put off by the prices.
I guess that's just the premium they advertise themselves as, as they're always working hard to collaborate with charities and provide one-off pieces, yada yada. 
However when I saw this bohemian style hippie blouse I was smitten and I knew it had to be mine!
Granted, at first glance it was a bit pricey, but I am oh so pleased with the quality and fit! 
So I'm completely satisfied with my purchase and will definitely be taking the hit again :)
To be honest, price-wise I guess I'm being contradicting because the prices are hardly much different to Topshop and I always find myself spending about £20-30 for a top in there!

Its soft to wear, floaty, oversized. 
A really comforting piece for my lazy Sunday!


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What I Wore: Gingham Dress + A LYDC Bag Giveaway

Orange Gingham Dress - Quiz Clothing (*)
Zebra Stripe Sandals - Sam Edelman via Diffusion (*)

A few weeks ago (as I previously mentioned and blogged) I was lucky enough to attend the iPanema beach party in Covent Garden with EtailPR. 
I was kindly allowed to choose an outfit from Quiz Clothing and accessorise with a bag from LYDC. The dress I choose to wear to the event from Quiz was this gorgeous orange / peachy coloured gingham summer dress which I thought was very fitting for a beach party event.
 I instantly locked eyes with this colourful coral bucket bag from LYDC to finish off my summer beach look. I was definitely feeling the coral, peachy tones that evening.

You'll be pleased to know LYDC and EtailPR have offered me the chance to host a little giveaway for you lovely readers. 
By following the steps below in the Rafflecopter form (nice and simple), the winner will be able to choose a LYDC bag of their choice from the website. 
Cool huh?
It's really easy to enter, standard procedures, some entries are mandatory and others will just gain you extra chances of winning.
But you'll have to be quick, as you only have until this Sunday 27th July to enter.
Afraid its only open to UK entrants also!
Go go, and good luck everyone! 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Floral Co-ord's and Floppy Fedora's.

Fedora - River Island
Floral Co-ord - New Look
Silver Arm Cuff - House of Fraser (*)
Sandals - Primark

Can you believe this is the first co-ord I've bought?
I've pretty much been searching and searching and I've been ever so picky (seeing as there's such an ample range out there available) and finally something clicked and it felt right.
I was ready to invest and settle on buying a co-ord! 
I think it was probably the usual features that stood out to me; 
Not clingy and loose fitting - check, 
Oversized - check, 
Floral pattern - check,
Bold colours - check, 
Does it look great with my River Island fedora permanently stuck to my head?
 - The ultimate CHECK MATE!

I'm thinking now I probably could have got the top one size smaller, then again I'm always having to consider the old arm and its needy needs these days. 
Seeing as I can't lift my left arm anywhere above my waist level. 
On a happier note; how adorable is this fish pendant from Lola Joseph.. if it wasn't made of solid metal and glass I would definitely squish it into thousands of tiny cute ickle pieces.
The website has some really unique pieces, everything conveys a sense of effortless, yet bold style which is definitely the look I always like to try and achieve. Not only do they sell jewellery, but clothing and accessorises too. 
I know lots of you have been lusting over my Lola Joseph houndstooth black and gold handbag I've featured a few times on my Instagram, keep your eyes peeled as I will be featuring it soon.
In the meantime check out more Lola Joseph fashion forward products with an ethnic twist here


Thursday, 17 July 2014

I've found my Oasis.

Wide-brimmed Fedora - River Island
Two-tone Floral Maxi Dress - Oasis @ House of Fraser (*)
Arm Cuff - House of Fraser (*)
Pink Stone Pendant Necklace - ZIBA @ House of Fraser (*)
Sandals - Sam Edelman (*)

Say hello to my little House of Fraser ensemble!
I've been lucky enough to choose a few bits off the site recently so I thought I would post them all together as they seem to work so well combined. It's like I was unconsciously dressing up this outfit in my head through the checkout..
The main thing that attracted me to this maxi dress was the two-tone contrast, I saw one a while back that had a leopard print skirt with black strap top that I fell in love, and haven't found since.. but this is very similar, so I'm more than happy with my find.
I'm loving the sexy side splits too! 
The jewellery I chose; a classic sliver open arm cuff and the bold pink stone necklace have my name written all over them, the boho accessorizing vibe is my absolute favourite! 
This is such a cool laid back look which I can't wait to wear over & over..