Yep, it’s another Amsterdam outfit post. I’m not quite sure why I chose to wear a sweater on one of the hottest days of the holiday, but I think I was desperate to give it a first outing. As you can see in the second image, the sun got the better of me and I ended up stuffing my sweater into my bag, oops. Both top and sweater are from Republic, which I thought had gone into administration, but to my delight is still up and running in my local shopping centre. I like the cropped style and the American sports design, despite secretly seeing myself as a volleyball on the beach kinda’ girl, but ssh.
I’ve featured this skirt a couple of times before on my blog, which just shows how much I love it because I tend to get bored of my clothes really easily. But dipped hem, lightweight, casual AND dressy, what’s not to love?! My vans were my go-to choice of footwear; they’re such a good summer trainer and the red matches my sweater wonderfully.
Hope you like!
If you follow my blog, you’ll have read in my previous post that I recently embarked upon a little trip to Amsterdam. This is what I wore on day two; my outfit looks kinda’ grungy so the graffiti backdrop is pretty apt, right?!
My black skater dress is relatively simple, so I decided to liven it up with my red vans and checkered shirt. It has an oversized fit on me that I quite like because I can wear it unbuttoned over a top or dress. I love the frilly socks and vans combo too, they just make the outfit that bit cuter, don’t ya’ think?
This day involved a visit to Anne Frank’s house and a boat trip along the harbour and canal. Perfect and very touristy!
Top – Primark Skirt – Primark Belt – Primark Sandals – Asos Sunglasses – TK Maxx Bag – Zara Watch – Marc Jacobs*
This week, I’ve been in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, so over the next few days my blog posts will primarily be roundups of my outfits and little snippets of the pretty sights (stay tuned!). When anyone says Amsterdam, it’s common to automatically think of the red light district, the publicised sex industry and the legitimacy of class A drugs, but there’s really so much more to this city that in my opinion doesn’t get enough credit. In fact, this ‘dark’ side of Amsterdam is really only a minute proportion of the capital as a whole, and one that’s become generalised by the huge tourist community. Aside from this, the streets are filled with breathtaking, archaic buildings and monuments that each share a historic revelation; the canals are lined with quaint house-boats, bicycles appear to be the preferred form of transport, and the picturesque parks are the city’s beauty spots.
But enough of me reminiscing, this is what I wore on day one. I only realised after uploading the photos that my outfit is very Primark-heavy! I picked up this skirt on a last minute shopping trip and it had been marked down to about £5, including the belt. I’m not overly into floral print clothes, but I liked the monochrome colour scheme and the cute nipped-in waist style. I paired it with my black, chain strap cami and Asos sandals, which proved to be a wise choice seeing as a lot of walking and exploring was done that day! Luckily the weather stayed lovely, so I didn’t need a cardigan until the evening.
Since moving back home from uni I’ve had a huge bedroom clearout, resulting in a copious number of bags and boxes labelled either charity, ebay, or bin. Being a bit of a neat freak, I love how much more relaxed I feel once I tidy my room (pretty sad, I know). So with my wardrobe organised, I was still faced with the dilemma of where to store my bits and bobs. It wasn’t long before I had a light-bulb moment and remembered my 21st birthday cupcake stand, which as you can guess, hasn’t been used since my 21st birthday (8 months ago!). It seemed such a shame to only use it for special occasions seeing as it’s just so pretty, so I decided to ditch its box and use it as a feature in my bedroom to store some of my jewellery and beauty products.
I hope you like this idea, especially if you’re thinking of new ways to store your bits and bobs. I think it will look cute as a stand for nail polishes too!
I’d love to hear your thoughts and any more creative storage ideas.
Sunglasses – H&M Kimono – Zara Bralet – River Island Shorts – Zara Belt – Primark Wellies – Hunter
I love being set challenges, so when Pearl & Butler asked me to take part in their blogger competition with two tickets to North Wales’ Festival Number 6 up for grabs, I rose to the opportunity. Having already attended Wireless not so long ago, my festival fever is still running high and so I put together this festival inspired outfit in next to no time.
Perhaps being slightly optimistic on the weather front, I chose to wear my fringed denim shorts with my white lace bralet. I think I can vouch for everybody when I say that denim shorts are pretty much a go-to when it comes to festival attire – simple, comfortable, and can be paired with just about anything.
Round sunglasses are a big hit this summer, reminiscent of the late legend, John Lennon, although I don’t think I could quite pull off those signature blue lenses! I’m still yet to become a fully fledged round sunnies convert, but the half-rimmed gold effect is a nice touch. My floral kimono completes the outfit, adding a pop of colour and yet again more fringing. Festival and fringing seem to go hand in hand, right?! I love the boho chic feel it creates. And just to be on the safe side, I popped on a pair of plum Hunter wellies. Gotta keep those tootsies protected!
So that’s a round up of my festival inspired outfit. All I need now is some live music, real sun and a TAN. Ahh…
Waistjacket – Ark* Top – Topshop Skirt – H&M Dr Marten’s – Bank
This is the outfit I wore today before popping into town to pick up some bits for my holiday next week. Since the weather was behaving itself, I decided to show off my pins and dig out my hardly worn Dr Marten’s. I keep telling myself I’ll wear them more often, but for some reason they stay sat looking pretty in my wardrobe. It’s not that I don’t like them because I really do; I’ve just been taking the fine weather for granted and making the most of wearing my sandals (a rarity in the UK!). I teamed them up with my dipped hem skirt – which I can’t seem to get enough of recently – and my leather effect waistjacket which I received as a gift. I love how well this outfit works together. I’d say it combines the right mix of girly and grungy without looking too OTT. And since I was only out shopping, I opted for the minimalist accessories approach – you know those days when even a bracelet seems like effort?!
My time in London has come to an end (for now!), so I thought I would share some photos of an event I was invited to. PLAYN is a new eyewear brand which specializes in providing high quality, eco-friendly, custom-made designs. The event was held in London’s Boxpark pop-up showroom and featured a string display of signature PLAYN pieces, accompanied by an in-house DJ and a never-ending flow of fruity cocktails – simply wonderful! You can read my full review of the event here, and don’t forget to check out PLAYN’s website here.
Recently I’ve grown particularly fond of facial oils and serums, and they have now become a staple in my skincare routine. I find that they leave my skin feeling a lot softer and smoother than an ordinary face wash or moisturiser, and surprisingly I haven’t encountered any that leave a greasy or oily residue on the skin.
This week I was lucky enough to receive the Elizabeth Arden Daily Youth Restoring Serum Ceramide Capsules (quite a mouthful, I know!). The capsules are designed to help replenish your natural Ceramide levels – lipids which capture moisture and prevent dryness – and instantly retexturise the skin for a finer, smoother look. Although I’m still in my youth at the tender age of 21 and haven’t actually acquired any wrinkles (yet), I have begun to notice my skin sometimes appears dull and tired-looking. The Elizabeth Arden serum can be applied morning or evening by twisting the top of the capsule twice to expose the clear liquid. Using clean hands, gently massage the serum into the skin with your fingertips until it has fully absorbed. The serum is fragrance-free and one capsule provides more than enough serum to cover the whole of the face and neck. I prefer to apply it in the evening before bed so that it has time to work throughout the night without any makeup to potentially hinder its progress. I’ve only been using this for about 3 or 4 days now and already I have noticed my skin looks a lot brighter, fresher and feels undoubtedly softer in the mornings.
Retailing at an extortionate £80 for 90 capsules here (considerably cheaper for 30, 45, or 60 capsules), the Youth Restoring Serum may break the bank, but that’s to be expected when it comes to a natural, high-end skincare product. And I suppose you could always think of it as being less than £1 per capsule – not so bad in the long run!
“To be beautiful is the birthright of every woman” – Elizabeth Arden.