Sunday, 13 April 2014

Must-have dungarees

 ASOS - Warehouse Denim dungarees, £60

Dungarees became really popular last Summer, and since then there have been a few variations created, such as shorts, prints and lace - all of which I love.

I've picked out a few of my favourites from various online stores. I only own one pair at the minute (some denim dungaree shorts with tartan pockets from boohoo.com), so I'm looking to invest in some more for Summer.

 ASOS

I like the Warehouse dungarees as they are a classic shape and fit, and the dark denim also slims the figure. I think they'd look great with a simple white strap top in the Summer. I equally like the dungarees below from ASOS, which have a Vintage wash and are shorts rather than trousers - great for a hot day.

 ASOS - Denim dungaree shorts, £35

The three sets of dungarees that I've picked out below are quite different and more dressy, due to featuring lace detailing and prints. I'd love to get a more dressy pair that I could dress up and wear in a Summer evening, but equally could dress down and wear during the day. I especially love the quirky pineapple-printed dungaree shorts from Revolve Clothing, as they look great from the back too with a very low cut back. The Forever 21 lace shorts are a great bargain, so a good buy if you don't have too many pennies to spend.

 Forever 21 - Lace overall Shorts, $28.80


 Revolve Clothing - Harlyn Short Overalls, £116.22




Revolve Clothing - Tallow Overall, £71.71


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Summer Fashion Wishlist

As Summer is quickly approaching along with my short break to Ibiza, I've started looking around for clothes that I want/need! Topshop and H&M are my favourite places to shop for low budget holiday clothes, and Primark do some great summer dresses too, so these are at the top of my list of shops to visit in the next month.

1. Swimsuit

I love that swimsuits have become fashionable again in the last few years, and they seem to be even more on-trend this year. I find cut-out swimsuits really great and flattering, such as the black one below. I love the ruffle detailing and cut out sides which slim the waist.

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Bold tribal and floral prints are also big this season, and I one collection that I can't stop looking at is the one below by Mara Hoffman. I have also been looking at the gorgeous printed swimsuits at Topshop, and I really like the floral print below - the colours feel so Summery - I'm very tempted to get this one. One thing I'm still not too sure about it whether to opt for black or a print. I'm still very undecided on this so I think I'll just have to shop around to see what I like best.

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Topshop also have great cover-ups, such as this macrome vest, which is available in both cream and black. Also very tempted to buy this for myself!


2. Jewellery

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Stacking rings, tribal bracelets, bold and big necklaces as well as small layered necklaces are amongst my favourite jewellery trends this season - the above images sum it up! As well as this I love the bold coral/orange colour which is going to be big this Summer. I've found a lot of great jewellery on Etsy, and also at H&M, New Look and Primark for simple cheap bits and bobs - great to take on holiday.

3. Off-the-shoulder

Elle

I don't own any off-the-shoulder tops or dresses, but I absolutely love this trend - great to show off collar bones! So I'll definitely be shopping around for an off-the-shoulder crop top in time for the summer. It's also great to wear on a hot day when the sun is out as you won't end up tanning and getting strap marks - an added bonus!

4. Flattering Silhouettes

Elle

This Summer there are a lot of trends creating very flattering silhouettes, such as the outfit above by Diane von Furstenberg's Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection. This outfit is great if you have a small waist and an hourglass figure (which I do), as it pulls in at the waist and then the flared skirt flatters the legs. I'll be buying a few items of clothing to achieve this silhouette this Summer.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Walking in the North York Moors...

The other day I took a visit to the North York Moors, Sutton Bank to be precise, and although it was very misty so we couldn't see too far it was still beautiful. I can't wait to go back in the summer when it is sunny, as it was a great walk and I can imagine it would be an even better one on a clear day.

Here are a few images from the visit.












Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Elie Saab's latest (amazing) creations

With Elie Saab being one of my favourite designers, I always love looking through his latest collections. His A/W 14-15 collection didn't fail to disappoint me, with fabrics including soft velours, furs and the usual, but updated, chiffons. A theme throughout the collection is the ombre effect, with colours fading into each other. Colours are mostly dark and gothic-themed, which can clearly be seen in the images below.






Elie Saab's S/S 14 couture collection consisted of the most beautiful bridalwear, as always. The colours included soft pinks, corals, powder blues and purple shades, with every dress containing an embellishment of florals and appliqué. The chiffon-draped princess gowns are one of my favourite silhouettes from the collection, with chiffon sashes at the neck and sheer bejewelled sheaths. His designs always remain elegant and perfect for a bride. Some of my favourite pieces from the collection are below.







Images from Vogue.co.uk.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Clustered framed wall art

One thing that I want to focus on this year is getting back into art, especially when we move into our new home as I want to decorate it! I really like the idea of having a group of framed artwork in the living room, and I especially love the idea below.


This image is from Southern Living, where a cluster of framed art has been arranged as a feature of the room. The colours are different to what I would like, but they work really well along with the simple frames.

So, I have been drawing a lot more recently to try to get back into it. After a year or so I definitely need some practise!


Here is some of my artwork that I would like to include on a wall, but I also have a lot more to do as I'd like it to all be in colours that can match well and would be a good fit for the room (along with the other furnishings). 




Also, I have (finally!) completed my second crochet cover for the living room, with both shown below. I do still have my purple and cream crochet blanket to continue working on though, which will go in one of the bedrooms.




I'm currently buying lots of home design magazines to keep on giving me ideas, so it's all very exciting at the minute. I also have a lovely addition to my living room here which was given to me as a gift, so overall everything is coming together really well - I just can't wait to get all moved in now and really make it our own home.