Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Why I just can't get enough of RED

Surprise, surprise - I'm back in Red! Its funny because until recent years I was never a great lover of red, I felt like it was a fake pink, pinks arch enemy. But now you'll find me sporting a red lipstick on a night out, my car has red seats and whenever I want to add a pop of colour into my outfit I always go for red! Its great because its a colour that you don't have to put on hold due to the change of seasons; In Spring and Summer its perfect because its bright and goes great with pretty blossoming flowers, in Autumn it matches the crunchy falling leaves and in Winter it's the most festive colour going - I mean, its the colour that Santa Claus wears! 

Am I the only one that feels weather confused when they wear a jumper and sunglasses? Sometimes I'll be walking down the road in full on eskimo attire: A thick knitted jumper, scarf, ear muffs, fluffy coat, but then I have to wear sunglasses because the lost sun that provides nothing but light blinds me as I walk. 

Like a true Brit all I seem to be saying is "I can't believe how cold it is", its almost as if I've lived in Hawaii for the past 20 years of my life and have only arrived in the UK. I don't know why I'm so shocked - it's the same every year! Not wanting to dress dull just because darkness now arrives around 4pm, this PRETTY LITTLE THING Jumper was just what I needed. It comes in a variety of colours but I had to get it in red, for me, red is the colour of confidence. 
For the bargain price of just £15 this round neck, high split jumper will not only keep you warm and snug but leave you feeling confident. The colour red is such a bold statement in itself, theres no other way to wear it than with confidence. Studies have proven that the colour red brings things to the foreground, your brain subconsciously picks up red faster than any other colour; so if you're having a day where you want to shy away, red may not be the best colour to wear. 

I wonder how many times I'm going to say 'red' in this post? After reading this post, you'll probably spend your day subconsciously choosing red options - want a packet of crisps but can't decide out of salt and vinegar or ready salted? You'll probably pick ready salted, When the lady at subway asks if you want Tomatoes or Cucumber? Of course you'll pick tomatoes, Maltesers or Snickers? I think you get the gist...

I decided to pair this jumper with these black lace up jeans from Primark (found an identical pair on LIPSY for you all). The high split in the jumper shows off all of the beautiful lace detail down the side of the jeans - it makes what could be a boring outfit a bit more exciting. Despite feeling a little like spider man I love the contrast of red and black together, the black really makes the red pop even more.

What's the colour of the carpet celebs walk down at awards shows, premieres etc? Red! How do the celebs look when they're strutting their stuff and stopping to take fierce photos for the paps? They look confident, they look sexy, they look powerful, there's a reason why they chose the colour red for the carpet rather than blue or green. 
Like the majority of people at GCSE'S I studied Of Mice and Men, in the book 'Curley's Wife' is described by her love for red: Red lipstick, red dress - a real lady danger. She was the most passionate, daring and confident character in the book, full of lust. Although her time was short lived, all of her traits are a result of the colour red, the colour of confidence. It's almost as if red is more than just a colour, it sets your mood as soon as you chose to wear it, probably the only colour I'll really think about before wearing. 

Red is a colour I don't see myself getting bored of any time soon. For as long as I want to feel powerful, enthusiastic and fierce, I'll continue painting on a red lip and wearing this colour of confidence!


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Lets get cringe and talk about LOVE - What does LOVE mean to YOU?

For me this is a perfect date outfit, so lets get cringe and talk about love. I'm a hopeless romantic, a sucker for love and all of the soppy cliches that come with it - I think it's because I'm born a week before Valentines Day, I just can't help it, I'm full of love!

Am I the only one that finds PDAs (Public displays of affection) cute? Of course you get those couples that take it too far and forget they're in a public place, but I think cute kisses, holding hands and snuggles are cute. I can't help but smile when I see them, now I've written that down I realise I probably sound and look like a perverted creep but I promise I'm not! I hope I haven't scared any readers away, please stay I promise I'm not creepy!

I'm 20 so what do I know about love? I've had one relationship, but after five and a half years I'd like to think, I'm in love. Love comes in so many forms, the first ever love you receive is from your mum when you're inside the womb, mums love us so much, they do everything they possibly can to keep us safe from the very moment they find out about us. They give up and do so much to keep us safe, something that they'll do for a lifetime.
These amazing tassel earrings are from TOPSHOP, I love that they're grey - a colour that can be worn all year round. They're super sparkly and have a beautiful flower stud before the drop down detail. Because I enjoy being extra on date night, I paired it with my favourite gliszy stone chocker also from TOPSHOP the stone detail really compliment the studs in the skirt. 

I love watching classic romantic movies from the stereotypical Notebook to the Original Bonne & Clyde, they show and teach you so much. The Notebook shows the obvious, true love never dies, if you truly love someone you'll try your hardest to keep them. Bonne & Clyde, a lot like Romeo & Juliet (did I just compare Bonne & Clyde to Romeo & Juliette, yes I did) show you can't help who you fall for, love steals your heart and that's out of your control. When you love someone you see the positive in them and become blind to all the negative they may have, something that can at the same time be a blessing and a curse.
Love is a lot more than material things, in fact as JLO put it, love doesn't have to cost a thing!  I won't deny that I like the dates and the gifts, who doesn't? but honestly that's an added bonus. For me, love is to have someone that supports me in everything I do, someone that doesn't judge, is open to all of my silly ideas and suggestions, doesn't let me go a day without laughing, surprises me in the smallest ways and smothers me with cuddles.

Although we are rapidly transitioning into winter I'm still loving, off the shoulder clothing, hence why I love this blazer style bodysuit from PRETTY LITTLE THING. When it comes to date night I like to look like I've made the effort but not like I've tried too hard, thats why this blazer was perfect. Its still casual but the crossed body and folded tuxedo detailing makes it look so much smarter, it really ties an outfit together nicely.

Not only is it important to show love to others it's also important to love and be kind to yourself. It's so easy to look in the mirror and pick out all of the things you hate about yourself, we are our harshest critics, why do we find it so hard to look in the mirror and point out all of the things we love about ourselves? It's something that almost comes as a challenge to us. 
These red ankle boots from EGO OFFICIAL paired with this black button up skirt from MISSGUIDED go together just as good as a rom-com on a Sunday night, with a bag of chocolates and ice cream. 

The studded detail take this skirt from being just a black denim mini skirt to something so much prettier. The boots with a silver ring detail brings a pop of colour, turning what could potentially be a casual outfit, to the perfect date outfit. The silver ring on both boots compliments the silver studs in the skirt. As you already know I love red, but red on a date bring added fire, heat and romance, since red is the colour of love!

Before I purchased these boots I put them on my Snapchat asking whether or not I should get them. Going against the majority vote of no, I decided I would get them anyway, I dress for myself and no one else! I'm so glad I did buy them because they may be my favourite purchase this Autumn. I love the fact they're patent, they brighten any outfit that might look a bit boring or lacking colour.
Just like love, British weather can sometimes be cold. Which is why, sticking to the monochrome theme I topped this outfit off with a tartan blazer from REBELLIOUS FASHION. Admittedly, its not the warmest - However, it covers the shoulders which are exposed from the bodysuit. I love the fact the sleeves from the bodysuit are longer that the 3/4 quarter length blazer and has the block white coming through.
It's a blazer that can be worn in so many ways, you can wear it on fully, draped over the shoulders as a bit of a statement or slouched off the shoulders. You can wear it on a night out or to a casual lunch, the perfect day-to-night jacket, the sort of thing you could wear to the office and then head out for drinks straight after in.

Since I've started blogging, I'm now taking a lot more photos of myself and I see how easy it is to become so harsh on yourself. Your hair isn't perfect in a photo, you look too tired in another, you have the most unflattering double chins in the next - the list is endless. Out of the hundreds of images that are taken, I'll probably end up actually liking 10 of them and even then I still might not be 100% happy. But it's important you remind yourself of all the good things you have, external and internal - love for yourself comes first. 

Love is a word that can often be thrown around so loosely can be very dangerous. A motto I've heard over and over is "If you can't love yourself, how can anyone else love you?" Love begins within before it's passed on. I feel for you to truly be able to know what love is you need to love yourself, so take a think and answer, what does love really mean to you.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Fly HIGH in Thigh HIGHS and HIGH Necks this Autumn/Winter

At the weekend my lovely sister and I took a trip down to the famous Calcott Street to shoot some pictures. Now I'm a blogger and my sister has just started studying photography at A-Level it's a win, win situation - I scratch your back, you scratch mine sort of thing! I get some great photos taken on her snazzy new Canon and not only does she get to practise, but also some amazing photographs of her fantabulous big sister that she can put in a portfolio, or maybe print on a canvas and hang over her bed, who knows! 
 Being in absolute awe surrounded by Candyfloss Pink and Willy Wonka Purple houses, I decided this was where I wanted to live. Being the nosey, curious Journo that I am I went on Zoopla and checked how much one of these Balamory homes would cost me, once I saw the £1.6m start price for a 3 bed I wasn't disheartened I was motivated to become successful and fly high

If you've known me for a while, you'll know high necks are another item of clothing that have always made me feel restricted. In sixth form 'Turtle neck Tuesdays' became a trend, something I never took part in - but within the past year I've become rather fond.

During a Haul I was doing for my YOUTUBE I stumbled across this MISSGUIDED cropped style high neck. I underestimate how high the neck would be, but once I tried it on I realised it's actually so flattering, it keeps your neck snug and gives a 'stand with your head held high' feel. It has a beautiful balloon sleeve detailing that clenches at the wrist, bringing it all back in and adding an extra flare. I had a mini debate whether to get the wine colour or the cream as I love deep reds during Autumn and the festive season, but I opted for the cream as it reminded me of snow falling outside and being wrapped up warm by a fireplace and a mulled wine at hand. 
Obviously, these knee highs are TO DIE FOR. I saw them on EGO OFFICIAL a couple of months back but never bought them, instead I saved them to my Wishlist. A few weeks later, forgetting about the boots and browsing again on EGO, I saw them and went to save them but to my surprise they were already in my Wishlist - that's when I knew they had to be mine. Not only do Thigh Highs go with so many different outfits: Shorts and a cute blouse, T-shirt dress and a leather jacket, jumpers & jeans, the list is endless! They also elongate the legs, making them look extra Sexy and Sassy! So although they were £54.99 I decided they'd be a good investment, a statement piece that I could bring out every year. 

This pair in particular bring serious Chanel vibes with the patent toe tip, an extra that I believe makes them look that extra bit expensive. 

WHAT'S THAT, A HAT? Circa Wizards of Waverly Place 2008. 

To complete this outfit I paired it with a TOPSHOP baker boy hat, I love hats (this may be because I'm never bothered to brush my hair) but I believe they're like a cherry on top of the cake, that little extra to top it off. Paired with this MISSGUIDED  scarf that continued the Chanel vibes with the pearl detailing they both made the perfect accessory and the perfect winter combo! 

For me this is a perfect outfit. It's all very casual, but tied together with the hat and the boots it makes me feel like I'm ready to conquer another successful day and FLY HIGH in my THIGH HIGHS!! 

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