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Friday, July 29, 2016

The most precious gift from Soufeel


SO, I was recently contacted by http://soufeel.com to gift me with some  beautiful Jewellery. 

First off, I am so humble and grateful every time this happens - I cannot always respond to emails to review products because I barely even have the time to compose posts (life of a full time worker who wishes she was a full time blogger) but when I do say 'yes' I am conscious about what the company wants me to do/how they want me to portray the product - and I ain't gon' lie, some companies can be very particular on how they want the blogger to present the post so it was a huge surprise that SouFeel had no requests. I kept nagging Jesse asking if there is anything they would like me to include or not include and, nope, nothing. 

I couldn't turn this gift down and I really wanted to share this with you as a blog post instead of an Instagram photo only because this is one of the most special things I own right now. 

I chose a safety chain bracelet (£44.96) and the following charms:
1) Letter D (£14.96)
4) January Capricorn (£14.36)
5) Vintage Cam (£22.50)
6) Personalised Charm (£22.50)

Guys the packaging of this product was beautiful (Pandora eat your heart out) - it is so apparent that Soufeel want to go that extra mile to make the recipient or occasion special. I was in awe how neatly wrapped and cute everything was.
I also did not expect to receive the personalised charm as I had chosen a memorable one -  when the personalised charm arrived, I almost cried. Every single one of the above charms means something special to me  (I asked for two Capricorn charms, one for me and one for my late baby sister who was also a Capricorn) - but the personalised one simply melted my heart.

The charms are also greatly sized so they fit on the bracelet perfectly which I am so happy about - I was worried the charms may be bulky or chunky and I wouldn't be able to wear it everyday.

The product reviews on the website are all positive which is no surprise as from placing an order to product quality, the experience is pleasant (the hardest bit was probably choosing the charms). It is important to note all SouFeel products are made of 100% sterling silver which they guarantee with a compensation clause. 

Their competitive prices and diverse products should make Soufeel your first point of call for jewellery that harbours your best memories. 


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Topshop, Top-Tops!



I just spent some heavy dollar on some Topshop tops - totally worth it! I am loving the casual button blouses so much I have them in three colours ... so far! I bet you can guess what I am going to say as I bang on about it all the time BUT they make switching between work and after work activities so easy! The crop detailing is also perfect as I own so many high-waisted pieces and I love my shirts, blouses etc to sit a certain way! Has anyone seen a black one yet because I haven't......


A few of my other purchases below:



I think this is also a great opportunity to tell you all about a little Instagram page I started to showcase wonderful and in the time workwear pieces - it is called @workwearofinsta ! Feel free to tag us in your looks (caption or pic) or use the  hashtag #workwearofinsta for a chance to be featured - everybody gets featured, it will never be based on your follower count or your popularity on Instagram - simply content! :)

In the mean time, you can still keep up with me and my pages below:

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Great places to take fashion shots for your blog







I wish I were one of those bloggers that travels like everyday so their blog photos are just to die for... but sadly that's not my reality...yet. Blog photos are everything and are the foundation of ones blog. Of course content is important but 6/10 people are only here for the photos and where to get the stuff... so basically I could put anything in this section and a lot of people would never even know....

I live in the UK and the weather here is such a little bitch. Like just man up and shine sun, it's not that hard.  I also do not live in close proximity to pretty all white buildings, architectural buildings or marble floors (all the craze these days). So I found 4 great places to take photos based on my blogs aesthetic..... if I have one. I had to search for places that suit my style without having to take long trips ... and indeed I did..

GARAGES
There are garages most places - some in pretty colours and some neutral coloured. This is a great starting point and actually where I started. I wasn't great with my camera and my location wasn't one I wanted to use, so the usage of garages gave my photos a unified look and at times the minimalistic backdrop I need to make the outfit the focal point. Factories and warehouses are also in line with this - harder to find but great when you do.
OFFICE BUILDINGS & CARPARKS
Office buildings usually have a neutral decor and offer great space. Weekends or after 6pm will usually be quiet so seize the opportunity to take photos (maybe take a couple of outfits and shoot in bulk). 

Car parks are great if you live next to a quiet one. There is nothing more annoying than trying to take shots when people are staring at you and cars are beeping at you to move out of the way ... how inconsiderate of them

PARKS
On a semi quiet day, parks are great places to take photos with beautiful, colourful and somewhat magical backdrops. As with office buildings, the amount of space means you can angle your photos and focus on what best takes your fancy be it the beautiful trees, fountains or lakes. 

CHURCHES
There are churches everywhere - a lot of them so enchanting on the outside like the one where I shot this look - http://www.dympsanddimes.com/2015/06/wedding-fever.html & this http://www.dympsanddimes.com/2015/05/tomboy-chic.html. Learning how to angle your photos can create optimal results and make the world of difference.

OTHERS:
Libraries
Hotels
Schools
Bus stations
Supermarkets

Depending on the aesthetic you are going for / that of your blog - any of these plans would work and could create awesome pictures. In blogging and photography sometimes it simply comes down to location, location, location. 

outfit details:
Blouse: Missguided
Skirt: H&M (instore)
Bag: Louis Vuitton
Jacket: All Saints

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Styling Bomber Jackets

Groundbreaking or resurgence, bomber jackets are definitely on centre stage of the fashionsphere right now - and for good reason. These bad boys add natural laid back cool to every outfit not to mention they are super duper comfy too. 
There are so many styles, patterns, sizes, lengths, colours and shapes so there is a bomber for you, your partner and your nan.

Styling: There are no rules when it comes to the styling of bombers. 
My favourite way to style is over 'formal wear' example as above -  it makes for super easy transitioning from work to play or just simply adds a dash of playfulness to your office staples. All with a throw on of a jacket.

Of course my way is just one of the many ways - check out a few other ways to style from some of my favourite bloggers (and Gigi Hadid)

 Photo credit: @little_magpie1 & @lydiaemillen
Photo credit: @sarahashcroft & Gigi 

My outfit:
Bomber: Zara (similar here)
Dress: Zara
Heels: Mango
Sunglasses: Bottega Veneta

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Monday, July 04, 2016

7 ways to make high-street look high-end

I make it no secret that I love high street brands but I am very particular on my product choices when shopping. A lot of people are shocked when I tell them an outfit I am wearing, that they love, is from Primark - it's all about clever styling and choosing well and I will tell you how...

1. LOOK FOR DUPES

dupes meaning duplicates - If you see items in your favourite high end stores, take pictures, make a mental note and look for the same items in high street stores. Unless the product is totally unique, beyonce irreplaceable and unduplicatable, look for an alternative in high street stores. A lot of fashion pieces are recycled by stores unless they are bespoke - so don't be surprised that you find the same dress you were swooning over for £70 in French Connection, for £20 in Primark. I have found Shein.com as a great high street (online) dupe for a lot of Zara products.

2. LESS IS MORE

I tend to keep my high street pieces very simple. I do not wear a lot patterns anyway but it is easier to make muted and neutral tones look more expensive than florals and printed items. Although this dress is lime/chartreuse in colour, it is still quite understated which automatically gives it a more dearer look. If I didn't tell you it was from Primark , and you hadn't seen it in store already, you probably would not have guessed.

3. FABRIC IS KEY

This is really really important as it is makes the world of difference. I tend to stay away from jersey items as it is very difficult to make jersey look expensive. Some would say also stay clear of polyester but I believe it depends on the type of clothing - this dress is made from polyester and is a gem so don't rule it out completely. When shopping from shein.com I am usually weary of their chiffon pieces because a few I have ordered have looked awful - the heavier weighted items are usually the best looking.You basically want something that won't crumble in the wash.

4. GET IT TAILORED

so you have followed the three steps above but the dress you love doesn't fit. It's okay - just get it tailored. Items that are well fitted to the individual tend to look more expensive. Where you can save on some money by shopping high street, use the savings to make the piece look like it was made for you. 

5. JACKETS SEAL THE LOOK

Jackets are basically the finishing touch to a look and will usually bring the whole outfit together . When it comes to this, I will invest and be willing to spend serious dollar. This is not to say you have to spend a lot of money on this but if you were going to splurge on any part of your outfit, this is where to do it.  This leather jacket is from allsaints.com - leather jackets are my favourite as they are incredibly timeless and look better with age! Classic Trenches, tailored jackets or aviators are also worth the investment.

6. DESIGNER TOUCH

So this one is cheating a little bit but when styling high street products, throw in some designer or statement pieces where you can. Designer handbags or sunglasses will usually do the trick - I chose my Bottega Venetta sunglasses and Louis Vuitton Bag.

7. SHOES MATTER

We live in a world where a lot of people look down instead of up when they walk... this means your shoes will be the first to get noticed out of your whole outfit. It's fine to go high street here but choose  an understated statement piece - sounds like an oxymoron but what I mean is choose something that is not necessarily loud but has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. 
And for goodness sake, keep those shoes in good order - clean, shine, polish - just make them look good - your old converse will probably not do the trick!

The Look:
Dress: Primark
Shoes: Primark
Jacket: All Saints (similar here)
Sunglasses: Bottega Veneta 

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