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”

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

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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

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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

 

 

Encased in Lace

‘A Woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving it’s purpose without obstructing the view’ Sophia Loren .

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It’s not often that I feel supremely elegant, but this dress definitely nudged me towards feeling like a 50’s film star.

Thinking about it, the Disney Princess vibe was probably down to a factor of different elements. Now, where do I start?? The colour… so perfect for understated chic. The length…. yes, just yes, elegant and swishy. The lace details….. so Self-Portrait-esque (but at a fraction of the price). I have to say I’m totally in love!!

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This dress oozes glamour and is a great look for any spring/summer events you may have coming up. I can really picture it in the Ascot enclosures teamed with a fabulous fascinator, or if you have a friend’s wedding coming up this dress would be a beautiful choice to keep things elegant and covered up.

It’s the kind of dress which I knew deserved a special outing as soon as I clapped eyes on it. It just so happened the lovely people at Cari’s Closet sent me this beauty in the nick of time for a special dinner I had planned with my boyfriend. I honestly felt so graceful, I had people asking me where the dress was from as I twirled my way through the restaurant. The length is so demure, it’s hard not to get noticed these days with a longer hemline (it must be quite rare).

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Here, I paired it with barely-there nude heels but the beauty of this dress is that you can easily pair it with nude, black or white. This dress actually comes in 7 colours including this cream option – other colours are linked below.

This Easter you can bag yourself this beauty with a whopping 25% off!! Just type ‘EGG’ into the discount code box (I’m eyeing up the lilac version as I type) and they’re so clever, they deliver worldwide!!

Now, I’m off to book Ascot/Henley Regatta tickets so I can show this dress off a little more!!!!

Hope you have a fabulous Easter Weekend!!

Hannah
xox

N.B. This is a collaboration with Cari’s Closest who kindly gifted me this beautiful dress. All opinions are my own.

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EXACT DRESS

DRESS IN ADDITIONAL COLOURS

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Spring at the Supermarket

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You may have noticed that I’ve been crushing on F&F Clothing recently and wearing pieces of theirs. The truth is, I’ve been incorporating their clothes into my OOTD’s since working in Tescos over 8 years ago!! It’s hard to resist eye catching pieces whilst you’re walking through the store to get to the canteen and over the years I have built up quite the little collection!

Now, I understand there can be a bit of snobbery around Supermarket clothes, but I find they offer a very affordable way to mix your wardrobe up frequently for a very reasonable cost. I have found the quality to be comparatively good too!!

Fast forward 8 years and I am absolutely in love with their S/S18 collection. What I really love about some of these pieces is that they are looking very Zara-esque (and you know how I feel about Zara). I’ve styled 3 of my fave pieces that are available now and linked some more of my faves along with them below.

THE ORANGE STRIPED JUMPSUIT

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I’m kicking things off with this orange, black and white eye catching striped jumpsuit. Stripes are always a big deal in spring… and I still can’t get enough of them. As I’ve mentioned before, the vertical variety are always super flattering. I can definitely envisage myself wearing it in warmer climes, with a pina colada in my paw, but until them I’m sticking with some layers.

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Here I actually used a thermal top 🙈 to keep Mr Frosty at bay.

You may have seen from my Colour Blog that I tend to stick to no more than 4 colours in any one outfit. I added tan as the fourth colour to compliment the orange accents and make the jumpsuit pop.

Using black as the base tones down the gorgeous (but very bright) stripes making for a chic city look. I added a leather biker to make things a little more edgy and London appropriate.

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You can get definitely get away with these fabulous bright colours on a snazzy beach somewhere or out for cocktails on holiday.

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RED JEANS

My next pick are these fabulous red jeans with zip fastenings at the ankle. As you have probably realised, I am a massive believer in huge splashes of colour within my wardrobe.

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These red jeans just fit the bill perfectly. They can be paired with pink for a dramatic look or navy/black for a more classic approach if you want to let the jeans do all the talking. Being the colour queen that I am I opted for pink with black accessories.

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They’re nice and stretchy and so comfortable to wear. The hight waist is flattering too for days when you want to wear a shorter jumper or cropped top!

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Lastly, I am obsessed with this off the shoulder top. F&F are really nailing cute summer style with this one. I’ve noticed it comes in yellow too so I might even have to purchase one in every colour!!

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Its so cute paired with jeans for a lovely daytime lunch outfit. I opted for ripped jeans from a couple years back but skinny jeans would look just as gorgeous. The sandals added a touch of jazz and can be found here.

The beauty with white is that you’re not restricted in terms of colour matching. It also looks gorgeous with a tan!!! (when the Sun finally decides to pop its head out). It has a lovely scalloped hem but because my jeans were baggy I went for a tucked in approach to add a little definition to my waist. I also incorporated a belt to accentuate the sillouette a bit further.

So, it seems F&F clothing have affordable supermarket togs dialled down. It’s not hard to get distracted by the clothing section whilst making your way round your mundane weekly shop. It’s an extra excuse to go in for the milk if anything!!!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

Hannah
xox

N.B Some of the gorgeous pieces in this blog post have been gifted by the lovely F&F team, but all views are firmly my own

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ORANGE STRIPED JUMPSUIT

WHITE LACE BARDOT TOP

YELLOW LACE BARDOT TOP

RED SKINNY JEANS

MORE HOT PICKS

BLACK AND WHITE STRIPED JUMPSUIT

STRIPED SHIRT DRESS

SCALLOPED SWIMSUIT

YELLOW JUMPER

Pretty Polka Print

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Having just got back from Paris it’s fair to say that I’m in the most romantic of moods. Couple that with the official start of Spring and in my eyes that means spicing up my looks with pretty skirts, and pretty dresses.

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I first clapped eyes on this print when I was about 13. Watching Pretty Woman for the first time. You know? The scene where she attends the posh polo match all spruced up in that gorgeous silk dress.

I remember thinking how elegant Julia Roberts looked. The brown colour suits the large polka print so well and due to the neutral tone it looks expensive and chic (even when it’s not silk).

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Fast forward a few years (20 to be exact) and when I spotted this print again I was drawn to it like mini Hannah was all those years ago. Now of course Vivian was wearing a matching hat complete with silk polka dot trim, but this may be overkill for a spot of lunch in Chelsea.

I paired this skirt with caramel hues to keep it as the centre piece but this brown colour also coordinates perfectly with blue tones – such as denim. I’m loving the button fastenings down the front.

At this time of year knitwear works really well with a Midi skirt due to the contrast in the materials maintaining that warm feel. Slowly adding skirts into your OOTDs is a sure fire way to introduce some flair.

For Summer I can envisage matching the look with a white crop top and sandals, and unbuttoning a few of the buttons for an edgier look with chunky boots.

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I love the length too; it’s perfect for my height (5ft4) and identical to the stripey one I featured a couple weeks back here.

I have linked the exact skirt below but all of the other pieces are from a few years ago – you know how I love to recycle. But in true Hannah style I’ve linked some similar options below.

I hope you are all having a great week.

Hannah
xox

BUY THE LOOK

EXACT POLKA DOT SKIRT

ASOS LINK (IN CASE MANGO SOLD-OUT)

SIMILAR PRETTY LITTLE THING CROPPED JUMPER

SIMILAR ALDO COURT SHOES

SIMILAR JIGSAW CHAIN BAG

MATCHING BASKET BAG

OPTION MANGO CHAIN BAG