Looking Lime-y

Friday, 29 August 2014

This was the outfit I wore to my cousins wedding last weekend. I'll be honest and say that I absolutely love it! The photos aren't super because I was in the typical mad running late rush and somehow, I had forgotten to change the camera to autofocus so most of the ones I took were all fuzzy. How annoying! I felt like these two photos show my outfit pretty well though, although I do blend into the background a little!
Dress: Calvin Klein, Shoes: Ugg Australia, Bag: Kate Spade

The dress is from Calvin Klein, I picked it up from Macy's while I was in Florida last month. It was actually a very reasonable price, and I immediately knew it was the perfect dress for me. I love anything that is lime green, there is actually one particular shade that has been named 'Joanne Green' by my friends because I own so many things in that colour, oops! I love the seams that run along the dress, they add just a touch of detail while still maintaining a minimal look. I think it's one of my favourite clothing items I've ever owned!

I paired it with my all time favourite wedges from Ugg, seriously they are the most comfortable shoes! I then used my small black Kate Spade bag, I love how it can so easily be used for both casual and more formal outfits. I finished off the look with my favourite nail polish, Dior's Psychedelic Orange, I'm obsessed with this colour combo! I've been wearing it a ton ever since I picked it up in the Spring, I actually got it in Duty-Free on my way home from Tenerife for something crazy like 5 Euros! Definitely one of my best beauty purchases this year!

In other news I've just booked a trip to London for next week which I'm really excited for. Three days of wandering around my favourite city, art museums and buying too many macarons from Laduree. 

Style Spotlight #3: Ultimate Fall Handbags

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I’ve been feeling a little under the weather recently and combined with the fact I’m not back to university for another few weeks, it means I’ve had a ton of free time. So I’ve had plenty of time to spend online, looking at the new fall collections that have arrived into stores over the last few weeks. It’s definitely made me wish I could buy an entirely new wardrobe in gorgeous burgundy and neutral tones!  

Of course, something I’ve looked at a lot has been the new season handbags. I feel like there are 3 key handbag trends for Fall:
1. Small Cross Body Bags
2. Backbacks
3. Red and burgundy tones

I’ve picked out a few bags that I love and feel are right on trend for this season. Who knows, maybe I'll bite the bullet and add one of these to my collection in the next few weeks. I really shouldn't but I probably will. A girl can never have too many handbags!

Let me know which one is your favourite! 
In Henri Bendel's classic buttery soft leather this is the backpack of my dreams. I adore the minimalistic style of this and the drawstring top. Seriously dreamy. If Henri Bendel delivered to the UK I would purchase this in an instant!

For those of us can't quite justify spending so much money on a Chanel Le Boy bag, this is a perfect alternative! I'm absolutely smitten with the Boy bag and I've been eying up this similar one by Rebecca Minkoff for a few months now. I love the quilted effect on the front of the bag and it looks even better in burgundy although it is also available in black!

When did Skagen start doing handbags!? Is this a new addition to the brand or have they always done them and I've just never noticed? I'm a huge fan of their watches, I actually own three, so I was very excited to come across their bag collection! I love the innovative style of this bag, not only is it cross body, it also has a wristlet strap so you can use it in a multitude of different ways to suit your outfit. How useful is that!? This bag also comes in a variety of colours, I particularly loved it in 'Grey Steel' as shown here but truthfully every colour looks just as gorgeous!

I think I can safely say this bag was 'love at first sight' for me. Like the 'Dorty' it also has a selection of ways to carry it; as a cross body satchel, using the top handles on your arm or as a large clutch. I love the simplicity of this bag and the slouchy nature of it. Again it is available in a variety of colours, all gorgeous, however I've fallen in love with it in 'Wine'. I've already convinced myself not to buy it at least twice today!

This bag differs from the classic MBMJ range in that it has blacked out hardwear and boy, oh boy is it gorgeous! All black outfits are perfect for this time of year (anytime actually) and bags with black hardwear definitely add that a little extra edginess. It's the perfect size for slipping your phone, keys, cash and a lip product into! For anyone looking for an all black bag for Fall, this is the one for you!

This is my ideal little red bag for Fall. With it's perfect size, two zippered closures, multiple interior pockets and exterior zippered compartment, whats not to love? The 'Dark Red' colour has just the right amount of depth to it, this would look great with so many outfits. Once again, if Henri Bendel delivered to the UK I would already own this!

The backpack version of the burgundy cross body bag I included above. I feel backpacks are going to continue to be hugely popular over the next few months and I love how this one looks! I feel like this would be the perfect partner to distressed denim or any form of leather. It's super sassy, edgy and just perfect in my opinion.

Another Skagen bag, I feel like they might be my new favourite brand. This one comes with a detachable cross body strap or can be used as a clutch. I love it in 'Wine' the same as the 'Mikkeline' bag but once again in does come in a variety of colours. I feel like this is a perfect bag for everyday use that is perfectly minimal, it makes a statement without being too flashy with glitzy hardwear.

Kate Spade and Kimonos

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Kimono: H&M, Top: Zara, Shorts: Hollister Co. Shoes: Toms

This is one of my classic go-to outfits when on holiday. I wore it a lot when I was in Tenerife in March, so it goes without saying that I wore it a ton on my most recent trip away. Have I really been back for nearly three weeks!? I found that this kimono was great for going out to dinner or shopping when the inside air conditioning resembles the Antarctic. 

I should also mention the Kate Spade bag I'm using here. I picked it up the day before I took these photos at the Kate Spade Outlet store in Orlando (I may have actually left the store with two other bags, but that's beyond the point..). The outlet store has a really great selection of bags, at AMAZING prices! Most of the stock was discounted from the original price anyway, but there was an additional 40% off the entire store! Not to mention when my 15% student discount was applied and taking into consideration the US Dollar/British Pound currency conversion, it was too good a bargain to pass up. Combined with the fact I can never say no to a new handbag, it was a done deal. 

The Maxi Skirt And I

Friday, 22 August 2014

Top: Topshop, Skirt: M&S, Shoes: Mulberry
I've never owned a maxi skirt before, it was just one of those things that never really appealed. I'm not a huge skirt person anyway so for years I've never really given it a second though, quite content with owning just a few maxi dresses instead. While shopping before I went on holiday though, I had I guess what you could call a eureka moment. I needed to get a maxi skirt. Why? I'm not sure. Do I regret it? Definitely not.

I had been planning on getting a black one, that would have been the sensible option. It goes with a lot, it's easy to wear. No problem. Then, I found this gorgeous red one and I fell in love. Is it the most practical of colours for matching tops with? No. It's pretty limited to black, white and a few other exceptions.  Regardless, I love it all the same and I'm going to be wearing it for summers to come.

P.s. Ten points to whoever can work out the song reference in my title. I've been listening to the soundtrack non-stop recently! Hint: It's a popular musical.

Home Comforts

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

An outfit from one of my first days back in the UK. Keeping it casual with one of my favourite pairs of jeans and a top I have been wearing non-stop the last few months. I decided to try tying a shirt around my waist, I feel like it makes the outfit a little more exciting and I love how it looks. I'm definitely going to be trying out this trend a lot more.

I thought I would mix it up a little bit and post a more recent outfit, rather than another batch of photos that I took while I was away. I think I have around five or six more posts lined up, so watch out for them!

I'm heading down to Edinburgh in a few days time for a long weekend, so I'll be spending the next few days finishing unpacking only to be packing again almost immediately. I've been excitedly trying to plan my outfits for my trip and I'm itching to get my leather jacket back out. Here's hoping it's going to be a little colder this weekend so I can take it with me.

(Is this the first time I've ever wished for it to be colder? Yes, I think so. What is happening to me?!..)

Top: Topshop, Shirt: Republic Clothing, Jeans:  Zara, Shoes: Gabor

Blue, Grey and Bonsai?

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Dress: Gap, Bag: Mulberry Alexa in Bluebelle Blue
This was my 'I'm sitting in a car for four hours, I'm running late and I want to be comfy' outfit. I love the fact that this dress has pockets, it makes it so much more practical! I picked up this one from Gap in May/June along with another one in navy with the intention of taking them away with me. They were great for just throwing on in the morning to go for breakfast or for travelling, like I did here.

I love the colour combination that ended up happening with the grey and the blue, it's one of my all time favourite combinations. Actually I love pairing any form of bright colour with grey, (older readers will remember my grey and bright pink layout!)

In other news, I bought a bonsai tree yesterday. I have affectionately named him 'Treebeard', in homage to the Ent from 'The Lord of the Rings' of the same name. I absolutely adore bonsai trees and I felt like it was time for me to invest in a new one. I've put it on my desk for just now although I might need to move it again because I'm not sure if there is enough sunlight there.. Enough about bonsai trees though, have a great weekend!

iPhone Diary - July 2014

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

After being on holiday for over a month, I'm having some serious holiday blues right now. I arrived home on Monday to a lovely sunny Scotland, that didn't last long though as the rain has already returned. To cheer myself up, I had a look through my iPhone at all the photos I took when I was away (a whopping 1,813 to be exact!!). I picked out a few of my favourites to share with you! Descriptions below, and are from left to right, top to bottom. 

 Flying into Miami at night | First French Toast breakfast of the holiday (it was super yummy!) | My view for the day in Labadee, Haiti | How gorgeous was the water in Haiti? 

 The beach in Haiti was also gorgeous, I took far too many photos there | Another Haiti photo, this is my new iPhone wallpaper! | A door I found in Jamaica, I was obsessed with the colour scheme! | Palm tree close up

Another gorgeous beach, this time in Cozumel Mexico | Smoothies back on the boat | My happy place | Sunrise arriving back into Port Everglades, Miami

Classic palm tree sunset photo after dinner | Trees at Naples Zoo | SoBe water cap quote | Gringotts bank at Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Wearing my favourite shorts | Driving home in Orlando | Spending the day at Disney Hollywood Studios with my favourite snowman, Olaf | Patterned trousers are the way to go

Interesting colours in a carpark, downtown Orlando | New Marc Jacobs Beauty products to try out | Bought one or two things from Kate Spade (okay, maybe three, but sssh!) | Magic Kingdom, my favourite place on earth!

How I felt about leaving Magic Kingdom | Cracker Barrel French Toast breakfast is amazing | Pomegranate ice lolly in the sun | Amazing sunset on my last night in Florida

Aqua Please

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Today is my last full day in Florida. I'm so sad to be leaving and heading home. I could easily spend another month out here, mostly because I've only just discovered how amazing the iced tea is here. The weather is pretty great as well though.

This is a photo from a few weeks ago when I was in Naples, FL. I love this dress so much, the pattern is amazing. I love very graphic Aztec prints, so this ticks all the boxes for me. I also really love the style of it, I've been loving anything with a similar neckline recently. It was from topshop last year and I wish it had been available in more colours. I think it would look really good in pink or orange.