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18 and East "Style It Your Way" Challenge

28 Nov
The lovely guys at one of my favourite high street haunts – 18 and East – recently asked me to take part in their “Style It Your Way” challenge. All I had to do was pick a piece and style it my way. Simple, non? Well no actually, I discovered the hardest part of the challenge was actually picking one piece, their AW11 collection has some really great pieces, I love the bright teal and coral pieces which are perfect for injecting some colour into your autumnal wardrobe and the cute prints are super fun.

I almost went for a lovely star printed skirt but chose this oversize waterprint chiffon shirt. The voluminous box shape just looked so easy to wear and the blurry, blotchy colours are so unique. I wore the shirt with black skinny jeans from J.Brand and brogue wedges from Bertie. The shirt is so versatile though, I’m looking forward to wearing it dressed down with studded biker boots, layered over dresses, basically with everything! How would you style up this shirt? 

The mammouth ‘what I wore to fashion week’ post

4 Oct

I know this post is slightly delayed but I always think that writing up the shows and being a responsible blogger comes above ‘what I wore’ posts. This year, I wasn’t overly excited about dressing up for London Fashion Week, it’s my fifth season so the novelty and excitement has worn off slightly but it is kind of essential to make an effort. Lots of people do dress up and walking around the courtyard can be so inspiring, but personally, my main MO has been comfort and championing my beloved high street. For me, London’s differentiator is the quality and range of our high street so I always make a point of repping my favourite stores.

The lovely guys at Motel Rocks were kind enough to gift me the black lace Cilla dress which I wore for day one. The lace trend has been around for a while but this sheer, delicate tattoo lace is really striking; especially over the nude slip. It’s a classic skater shape with long sheer sleeves and a low back for some added interest. I continued the nude trend with my semi-sheer tights from New Look. I always rely on New Look for quirky tights and this pair is one of my favourites. The wedged brogues are from Bertie and they are super comfy, the wedge and the platform make them kind to my feet. The perfect shoes for rushing around on the cobbles with. 

Is wearing all black a bit of a fashion cliché? The oversize tshirt cape from 18 & East was actually perfect for LFW, the voluminous shape worked double time to keep me cool during the day but warm when it got chillier in the evening. Personally, I’m a little over dip-dyed hair but the black/grey dip-dye fringing added a little bit of an edge to the cape, not to mention it looked amazing when I walked! I balanced out the volume on top with super skinny jeans from J.Brand and my favourite black wedges from Carvela. The crucifix necklace is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, I found the actual crucifix in a market in Barcelona and asked super talented jewellery designer and stylist Frankie Murray of Swell Vintage to put it on a chain for me. 

Do not adjust your monitor, your eyes are not deceiving you…I am indeed wearing flats. This is the most casual I’ve been at LFW, I needed a really low key way. The fabulous ankle boots are from Sarenza, my feet deserved a one day haitus from the heels. I love these boots and pretty much lived in them for a week after LFW was over. The jumper is such a lovely colour and an absolute bargain from Boohoo. I hadn’t shopped there before but I was really impressed by the pieces they had on the site. I do love the colour but also the ladder detail at the waist and back. Being a super casual day, I wore the jumper with some Levis cut offs but dressed up the outfit with this stunning necklace, courtesy of Eastern Mystic. Known for their statement pieces and tribal influences, the brand is regularly featured in the likes of Grazia, Cosmopolitan, The Telegraph fashion and Cosmopolitan Bride. 

Style it up: 18 and East jersey dress

8 Jun
This super cute jersey dress was sent to me by the lovely ladies from Push PR as part of a “style it up” challenge. But I genuinely love this dress, it’s become my new go-to piece for dressing up, dressing down and everything in between. Jersey is such an easy to wear fabric, 18 and East fully appreciated this by making this dress loose and slouchy, but adding an elasticated belt for a little waist-cinching action. I love the blurred print and longer length at the back too. At a mere £25, it’s such a style steal. 

It’s such a versatile piece that I decided to show it dressed up and down with minimal accessories for the challenge. For my casual look, I’ve just paired it with some flat, studded ankle boots from Primark, I’ve also worn it with pumps though and it looks very nonchalant, oh-this-I-just-threw-it-on. I dressed it up with my House of Holland suspender tights and black Carvela wedges. The length of the dress is perfect for these tights, as you only catch a little glimpse of the suspender detail. I’m also going to experiment with brights too, as the muted colours of the dress would make the perfect base for some really bright pops of colour. 

Apologies for the lighting in the images, I was hoping to get out and about to take advantage of the sunshine in London but never have time to snap pics on the move.