Go bold or go home

Living in a vibrant city like London, I’m not afraid of a bold summer print or two. Palms, Polkas, Stripes, you name it… they really spice up a cute summer outfit and add some extra colours into some otherwise plain looks. And I have to say, I’m loving some of the pieces in the high street at the moment. WAREHOUSE* in particular has been nailing the print sitch, especially with their culotte jumpsuit range. The prints are so fabulous and very much necessary for some serious summer vibes.

In this post I’m gonna talk you through some of my must have summer prints.

POLKA DOTS

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SoCal and Vegas

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When my instaboyfriend first told me that Wales were playing Mexico in a football (soccer) match I smiled and kept reading my In Style mag. When he added the vital point that said match was going to be played in California I leaned in a little closer 😉

Having been to California a number of times over the past few years its fair to say I’m a big/the biggest fan.

The beaches, the hiking, the sun, the huge open spaces… I could bore you guys to tears with the things I adore about that sweet old Golden State.

I’m going to make a list of my all time favourite California road trip stop offs very soon, but for now I’m gonna fill you in on my recent trip to SoCal and Vegas. Continue reading “SoCal and Vegas”

How to Style: Daisy Dukes

img_3360-1It’s a well known fact that us Brits are slightly obsessed with the weather. Talking about it, complaining about it, planning around it – you get the drift. Recently things have been on the up and we’ve been treated to some seriously tropical temps… so it’s only fair that the Daisy Dukes make their annual appearance.

Now shorts, and more specifically Daisy Dukes, can be a scary thing. Especially in London and big cities where people tend to dress a little more modestly in boiling hot weather. If you opt for these daringly short shorts, you could be open to some funny stares.

This is why I love to throw a sheer dress/jacket on top, and this ZARA number just fits the summer bill perfectly!!

img_3366It shows just enough skin to keep the outfit cool and summery but covers the back nicely so that you can opt for cheeky (quite literally) denim numbers.

The colour is frankly perfect for this time of year, the lighter tone really brings out the early Summer tan.

img_3347Here I styled it with a white top and tan accessories to keep things simple. The floral print is so pretty, and the splashes of pink really help to bring the whole look to life. Also I’m totally crushing on the combination of tan and denim, the colours work so well together. This is no accident – it’s simply down to the fact that blue and tan (orange) are opposites on the colour wheel, making them ideal outfit partners.

If you’d love to learn more about matching colours and why some combos just work, why not check out my previous blog How to: Mix and Match Colours.

I’m off to go and enjoy the sunshine some more, but as always I’ve linked some of the pieces from this post and dress alternatives below.

Have a good weekend guys!

Hannah

xox

BUY THE LOOK

EXACT SHEER ZARA BLOUSE

EXACT ASOS DENIM SHORTS

SIMILAR TAN SANDALS

SIMILAR SHEER ZARA DRESS

PURPLE SHEER DRESS

EXACT CHLOE BAG

 

Jumpsuit Jam

img_2922Okay, let’s talk jumpsuits. These fancy all-in-ones have long been an essential in my wardrobe. They easily make an ensemble chic and polished, but also happen to be the perfect Spring to Summer wardrobe item.

Large variations in the temperature from day to night at this time of year can make dresses a chilly option. I want to embrace the sunshine but no one looks good shivering their way to the tube in the morning covered in goosebumps.

img_3001This is where the jumpsuit really comes up trumps – cover up your legs, add a jacket if necessary and you are left with a much more wearable alternative.

As you are dressed the same on the top and bottom it makes styling these an absolute dream. They also happen to be mega comfy (sort of like fancy pyjamas). 🙂
You can add heels to create an even smarter after work option too.

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If you follow me on instagram you’ll already know im a massive fan of stripes. I seem to be attracted to them like Harry to Meghan. The vertical variety really elongates my petite frame and adds the illusion of extra height.

Below I have linked some of my favourite jumpsuit options in the shops right now including a similar version of this navy beauty.

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Word to the wise, skanky loos are best avoided in these types of outfits, you’ll understand  why when you wear one…

I hope everyone has a fab weekend.

Hannah

xox

MY JUMPSUIT PICKS

Exact White Striped Jumpsuit

Exact Orange Striped Jumpsuit

Similar Navy Jumpsuit

Halterneck Jumpsuit

Yellow Jumpsuit

Hi-Lo Hems

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There are some places in London which you just know will send your Amex into a meltdown – I find a trip to Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street is always a dangerous affair. Recently I had planned to pop in there for a little ‘insta stories browse’ (my credit card was already angry at me for a Zara purchase that day) but JOVONNA LONDON had other ideas.

As soon as I clapped eyes on this unusual Shirt complete with a staggered hem/train thing I was basically drooling all the way to the till. Granted, Jovonna London clothes are not the cheapest concession in the store, but I love their quality and design.

Now, I don’t know exactly what it is, but there is something very special about a hemline which breaks convention in this way.  Perhaps the flash of leg whilst remaining demure for anyone that may be following you down the road. It may be the way it swishes in the wind too, subtly revealing more leg as you go.

img_1760img_1759img_1769I wanted to wait for some warmer climes and wear it with some sandals (which I’ve been patiently waiting to strut around in since their purchase in Saks off 5th in December!).

As soon as that opportunity arose I was out there like a greyhound out of a trap. This look is just perfect for some serious alfresco dining and I wasn’t about to miss out.

img_1772I paired the blue tones with a tan CHLOE bag and added a cream/tan belt to gather things in at the waist. As the shirt flares out I wanted to add the belt to maintain a natural feminine silhouette. This particular one is RALPH LAUREN but I’ve linked a very similar version below.

The rope belt fitted well with the outfit theme (nautical stripes) and allowed me to wear my nude AQUAZZURA heels. Obviously not appropriate boat attire, unless you’re on a Cruise – by the way, if my Insta Boyfriend is reading this… yes please!!! 🙂

To maintain the full leggy effect from the front I opted for some old ZARA skorts. I think it would look beaut with some denim shorts and flat gladiator sandals for a more relaxed look too *runs to Zara to buy some*.

I kept my make-up and RAY-BAN sunnies neutral so that the shirt/dress remained the star of the show. img_1784As always I’ve linked exact items that are still available and similar versions for the ones that aren’t.

I hope everyone has some fun bank holiday plans!!!

Hannah

xox

BUY THIS LOOK 

EXACT JOVONNA DRESS

CHLOE MINI DREW BAG

STEAL NUDE HEELS

SIMILAR RIVER ISLAND ROPE BELT

SIMILAR PRETTY LITTLE THING SKORT

Layered Florals

Last week we were treated to some truly tropical temperatures in London. It was glorious!!!! People were so smiley and friendly: the daily tube commute became a delight because everyone was in such high spirits. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen London in these conditions, but we come alive when the sun has got his hat on. More importantly, it gives us a chance to bust out our summer dresses.

Fast forward a week, and we’re back in cooler temps, with the odd sprinkle of rain (and biblical hail if you caught my insta stories this week).

Now, personally I don’t want to give up on my summer dresses just yet. I need the floral prints in my life and I’m not ready to reach to the back of my wardrobe for my jumpers. Cue layered looks like this one…

Heading to a date night in the city I needed to stay warm and also wanted to wear a summer dress, so I combined the two for this layered floral look.

For my take on summer layers, I went for black jeans to keep the look simple and not too fussy. Since the layers already add a deeper dimension to the look, I didn’t want to overdo it with a complicated colour palette. The rusty red floral print dress also gave me an excuse to pile on my fave red lippy.

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The biker was a necessary evil to avoid the to the goosebump situation (if i’m totally honest I ended up nabbing my boyfriends mac as an extra layer by the end of the night as well to avoid frostbite).

On the accessories front I opted for an old red ZARA bag to pull out more red accents from the print for some extra zing. Heels were a must but I would certainly wear this look again with red trainers for a more casual look.

I hope everyone is having a fabulous week and that the sun comes back really soon! Lets be honest, we’re nicer humans when the sun shines…. no? just me then! 🙂

Hannah

xox

BUY THIS LOOK

EXACT PULL AND BEAR DRESS

SIMILAR TOPSHOP FAUX LEATHER JACKET

TOPSHOP RIPPED BLACK JEANS

RED CROSSBODY BAG

 

 

Work to Wine Bar 🍷

It’s spring (kinda) and that means less hibernation, and more G&T’s after work. Cue the ‘work to wine’ outfit.

A work to wine outfit can be a tricky affair. Too Worky can make you look like a boring toad and you might miss out on that hot guy noticing you in the bar. Too Winey (new word) and you run the risk of looking a tad inappropes with your bangers out in front of the boss.

There’s a fine line between smart and sexy, and you want to be teetering on that line (unless you work in healthcare like me, then you need to be firmly on the sedate side of things).

For my recent work to wine outfit, I paired leather-look trousers with a jumper and blazer for the work portion. Flats were a must to tone down the brashness of the PVC trousers (also so my feet weren’t broken at the end of the day and I could dance later).

 

The jumper kept things under wraps up top. I went for a camel tone to match with the white blazer as I felt it contrasted well against the black and introduced a third colour without detracting from the blazer itself.

 

As soon as the clock struck 5.30pm I was ready to change. I threw on my trusty leopard print stilettos and removed my jumper to reveal a jazzier lower cut top.

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It wasn’t a full outfit change, so I couldn’t be accused of trying too hard, yet I felt much better swanning around with my Cab Sauv wearing my heels.

 

These KURT GEIGER leopard print stilettos offered a subtle print clash with my stripey blazer, they’re from several years ago but i’ve linked a similar style below. If you’re still getting to grips with Print Clashing check out my ‘How to’ post here.

This blazer is actually part of a co-ord set with shorts. I am craving some warmer weather so I can try out the full look, but until then I will just pair it with trousers and shiver my way around London.

I hope you have a fantastic week.

Hannah

xox

EXACT Y.A.S BLAZER

ZARA LEATHER LOOK TROUSERS

SIMILAR LEOPARD PRINT SHOES

SIMILAR CHAIN BAG

SIMILAR ASOS LOW CUT TOP