18 July 2014

THE LITTLE WHITE DRESS

 
Recently I've become a little obsessed with LWD's - that's little white dresses to me and you. Pinterest has some amazing street style inspiration and with summer in full swing, I don't think there's a prettier look than sunkissed skin and a white dress.
 
OK, so I'm more than likely going to spill something down in, but I've decided to get one dress, add three items each and create three very different looks. I absolutely love this lace applique dress from Topshop (which is currently in the sale so get in there quickly) and love how it can work for both day time and night time.
 
My first look is perfect for a summer wedding although I'm not too sure you're allowed to wear white at a wedding are you? OK, let's say this is for a garden party instead. I love the simplicity of this look with a collarless white blazer, nude clutch and courts - the snakeskin detailing on this adds just the right amount of interest.
 
 


1. Leaf Applique Mesh Overlay Dress £30.00 Topshop 2. Square Clutch with Zip Top £15.00 3. Nude Courts £79.00 Dune 4. White Collarless Tailored Blazer £48.00 Lavish Alice

The second look was more of a festival look. The first piece I fell in love with was this amazing blue bag from Dune. How gorgeous is that colour with the gold hardwear? Throw over a khaki shirt jacket and some brown Chelsea boots and you're good to go.


1. Leaf Applique Mesh Overlay Dress £30.00 Topshop 2. Lightweight Shirt Jacket £45 Topshop 3. Brown Low Block Chelsea Heel £24.99 New Look 4. Blaze Blue Chain Bag £65.00 Dune

Lastly, I wanted to create more of a summer holiday, relaxing by the pool look so I added a beautiful embroidered kimono from Miss Selfridge, this beautiful statement necklace and rose gold Birkenstocks - who would have thunk it, old lady slip-on's totally back in fashion thanks to Celine.   



1. Leaf Applique Mesh Overlay Dress £30.00 Topshop 2. Statement Jewelled Necklace £28.00 Oasis 3. Burnout Fringed Kimono £45.00 Miss Selfridge 4. Rose Gold Leather Footbeds £20.00 Dorothy Perkins

So overall, which is your favourite look? I think mine is going to have to be number three. Actually maybe number one....or number two. OK, I'll have them all. Are you a fan of the LWD? Let me know if any of these looks catch your eye.
 
Thank you so much for nominating I Heart Fashion for Best Lifestyle Blog, and if you think it's worth winning the title, then click here to vote over at Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Peace and love.
 

14 July 2014

MELLOW YELLOW

Midi Dress in Pretty Rose Print £38.00 ASOS, Happydays Laser Cut Peeptoes now £10.00 Topshop, Tan Shopper £14.99 H&M, White Collar Similar Here and Here

Wow, an OOTD post outside, what a first this is. I fell in love with this green industrial background when we were at Bread and Butter in Berlin last week so I ask one of my work colleagues to get some pictures set against it. If I had someone to take my photograph all the time and ace backgrounds like this, capturing what I'm wearing on film wouldn't be half as traumatic.

Anyway, this dress is one of my new favourite things to hang in my wardrobe. I've bought quite a few dresses recently from ASOS, this being one of them and the colour and print make it feel vintage whilst still having that luxe feel to the fabric.

I teamed it with my collar which I got free many season's ago in a goodie bag from Vero Moda, my nude Topshop flats and my tan H&M shopper bag which I use daily. Although you can't see from these pictures, this bag has a detachable purse which is perfect for keeping my passport and documents in when I'm travelling.

Anyway, here's two more pictures of me looking exactly the same, except one face is trying to be casual and the other windswept. Enjoy.


Thank you so much for nominating I Heart Fashion for Best Lifestyle Blog, and if you think it's worth winning the title, then click here to vote over at Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Peace and love.




13 July 2014

BERLIN, BUSTING A GUT AND BEING SHORTLISTED FOR A BLOG AWARD



What a week this has been. Actually what a month. After moving back to Leeds from London I seem to have been on the go nonstop, which in turn has seen I Heart Fashion fall off my radar a little. I moved away from blogging about life for a second and just lived it. I've been to Florence and Berlin, the latter taking up my whole last week - a week when I received some AMAZING news. 

One of the things I wanted to complete on my bucket list before I was 30 was to put myself forward for a blog award of some kind. This year it was the Cosmo Blog Awards 2014 and with that, I put my case together and nominated I Heart Fashion for Best Lifestyle Blog. It seems a few others did as well, and with the judging panel deciding that IHF was kind of OK, I discovered on Monday morning I'd been shortlisted. I was in the car on the way to the airport when I found out and I literally couldn't breathe properly. I text nearly everyone in my phone and, of course, called mama straight away. It is such an amazing feeling to have worked on something for as long as I have - five years in fact - and for someone else to think it's worth a read. I am up against some amazing blogs which you can find here, so I fully expect not to win, but just the feeling of being shortlisted is one I won't forget. Plus, I'll get to dressed up and go meet so many amazing bloggers at the awards night so I'm very, very happy.

So with that said, I had to wait until I returned from Berlin to be able to write anything and let anyone really know how to vote etc for me. Berlin was great as usual, but travelling for work always takes it out of me so this season I retired to bed before 11pm most nights and didn't burn the candle at both ends like I would have normally. 

With work as manic as it is, including two photoshoots and two of the biggest issues of the year needing to be done, the fact that I am one, going on holiday next week and two, moving house the week after I return, seems that have slipped my mind. Life seems incredibly manic right now, but I want to really step up my game when it comes to IHF - if you think it deserves to win Best Lifestyle Blog, you definitely deserve some great stuff to read. So here's to the next month or so where you can place your vote over at Cosmopolitan's websitehttp://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/blogs/cosmo-blog-awards-2014/cosmo-blog-awards-2014-shortlist, and also a month of craziness for me. I definitely don't like to do things by halves and this is just another prime example as I settled down to design nine prints I have waiting to be delivered, getting ready for a MAJOR week at work, get ready for a full-on family BBQ tonight and needing to answer all emails and life-sorting-out that has fallen by the wayside from this past seven days. 

Oh and a quick note, if you were one of the gorgeous ones that nominated me for the Cosmo Blog Awards, then I just want to say thank you so, so much, you probably don't realise how happy you've made me but it's such an amazing thing to be able to tick off my bucket list. Thank you x

Thank you so much for nominating I Heart Fashion for Best Lifestyle Blog, and if you think it's worth winning the title, then click here to vote over at Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Peace and love.

5 July 2014

BOOK REVIEW: HOME FOR NOW



When you rent a place, like I do, it's very hard to put your own stamp on it. Very few landlords will let you make big changes so it's a case of working with what you've got. That's where new book Home For Now comes in. 

Written by freelance interior stylist and writer, Joanna Thornhill, this hardback offers a plethora of inspiration and practical advice. Having lived in twelve rented properties in her life, Thornhill definitely knows what she's talking about when it comes to making most of the canvas you're presented with. Whether it's how to style a coffee table, or make a room perfect for storing all your crafty bits and bobs, this book is ideal for making a temporary living space feel more like home.

Moving into my new place at the start of August - which is completely unfurnished - has meant that furniture up-cycling and restoration has become one of my favourite past times on a weekend. I've just finished a coffee table and next I'm turning an old fire screen into a side table. This book shows various different ways of using furniture in a way that you wouldn't normally imagine. Like old suitcases on top of each other in a hallway to offer additional storage, or painting wooden stools white to act as bedside tables. For the money conscious, the book is perfection.

Split into sections, the book covers Living Spaces, Kitchens, Dining, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Creative Workspaces, Plants and Outdoor Living, with each chapter closing on a project to complete. Visually, this book is stunning, while the advice and general tone is helpful, witty and informative. 

I'll let the pictures do the rest, but if you want to pick up a copy of Home For Now - even if you've bought your house but need a little inspiration - you can get it on Amazon here. Let me know what you think if you get it or if you've already got it in the comments section below.

30 June 2014

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

 
This has so far been a summer of love, romance and weddings. Not on my part I’d like to add but with my best friend newly engaged, another bestie getting married this August and two uni sweethearts tying the knot this weekend just gone, I'm definitely feeling the love right now. 
 
Being the Queen of organisation and slightly crafty, it's no surprise I seem to be the one who gets asked to visit potential venues to check out the pros and cons of each one. 
 
The weekend after last, myself and childhood friend Dawn visited two amazing venues. One called Rudby Hall and the second, Goldsborough Hall. 
 
Driving up to Rudby Hall was certainly a wow moment, with the quintessential British gravel drive and an expanse of rolling green hills. I won't go into too much detail as you can see from the pictures just how amazing it was. Plus they happy couple haven't decided yet so I'm a little worried I'll persuade one of you guys to get it the weekend they’re hoping for.