Thursday, 5 May 2016

Getting Married?*

It's official - Spring has sprung and wedding season is officially upon us. I love how, year upon year, people in the UK often plan their wedding for this time of year, thinking that the sun will be shining, when, in reality, there is never any guarantee of sunshine. That being said, come rain or shine, I do love a good wedding. My favourite part is obviously deciding what to wear and, you know, love and all that. I love seeing everyone, each with their own individual style, come together and, I won't lie, I love seeing couples in matching outfits. When it comes to men's style, I think suit jackets look great at the actual wedding ceremony, but should be left at home (or in the car!) for the party afterwards - drinks get spilled or they end up getting taken off anyway. Though women spend so much time deciding what to wear, especially to weddings, I still think we have it easier. There is just so much variety! Trousers, skirts, shorts, dresses... Luckily, Paul Fredrick are here to help the lads out. Paul Fredrick offer a great range of men's pieces, so I've put a few outfits together, with pieces from their Summer collection, as well as showing you what I'd wear if it was my partner wearing those particular outfits.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Met Gala Best Dressed.

For those of you that live under a rock or have been avoiding the internet like the plague in order to stay away from all the GOT spoilers, last night was the prestigious Met Gala, a fundraising event for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. Each year has a theme, and this year's was Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology. Though there were some great (and some awful looks), I'm a little disappointed that not many people seemed to stick to the theme and the majority of those that did just seemed to wear silver. I just wish both celebrities and designers alike had showed a little more initiative. That being said, there were some great looks. Here are some of my favourites, whether they stuck to the theme or not...

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Wishlist: Nike Trainers.

It's that time of year again; the time I tell myself that Summer is looming so it's time to work out and then buy myself some new trainers from Nike that I know will be for fashion purposes and not actually to work out in, woooo. Considering I've been chasing Summer for the past 9 months and just continuously flying west/to a warmer climate, you'd think I'd be bikini body ready and not reaching for the cakes right now, but no. Maybe some new trainers will finally do the trick? (They won't).

Thursday, 28 April 2016

What Do You MEAN I Can't Wear my PJ's to Work?

Spring has officially sprung in London (well, it had until it snowed today) and Autumn is drawing to a close here in Australia (I came here to get a tan, not to spend my day wrapped in a blanket), which means I should probably think about booking a flight home to the U.K. and, dare I say it? Start thinking about university and work, both of which I'll start back at this coming September. One thing that has been playing on my mind more than most is what am I going to wear? I've never been one to 'dress down' and I definitely don't intend to start now, though I obviously wouldn't say no to going in my pyjamas if I could. If my lecturers have a problem with my berry lipstick and leather jackets, then they're just going to have to put up with it. Though I'm pretty much black and white when it comes to most things, with fashion, I'm much more grey - think comfy, yet stylish. I'll rarely be seen out in tracksuit bottoms and a jumper, or an outfit that I couldn't sit down in. I like to meet somewhere in the middle, which is where Betabrand come in...

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

April Favourites - The Non-Beauty Favourites.

My spending habits have taken a major cut since I came to Australia. I still haven't booked my flights back to the U.K. and plan on doing some more travelling & exploring while here, so have been making sure that I don't blow all (or any) of my money on fashion and beauty products. My brain practically screams at me to just keep walking whenever I walk past any of my usual beauty joints.  Because of this, there aren't any new products that I've been loving so, for now, here are some non-beauty favourites...

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Apps You Need.

I love but hate mobile phones and technology. People nowadays can't even leave their house without their mobile phones, finding themselves lost without them when they're actually missing out on a lot more than they would be if they didn't have them in their hands. I myself am guilty of this and am ironically writing this on the tube. Despite the obvious downside, it amazes me just what technology nowadays can do (I acknowledge that this makes me sound about 50). Some of the apps out there are amazing (and now I found like my mother). I've put together a few of my favourites...

Thursday, 21 April 2016

THE Place to Visit in London & Meeting the Cast of Zoolander.

While in London, I think it's safe to say that I did my fair share of exploring. I visited all the local tourist spots, like Buckingham Palace, but also discovered some secret hidden gems, like The Sky Garden. Well, I wouldn't exactly call it hidden, as it's one of the tallest buildings in London, and it's practically fully-booked every hour that it's open, but not many people seem to talk about it. Though there is always a queue (there are also searches and metal detectors), it is 100% worth it. Once you reach the top, you are greeted with a 360ยบ view of London; St Paul's, The London Eye, Tower Bridge, The Shard and more. It's quite ironic that it's located near The Shard, given the fact that both have the exact same views, they just range in price, with The Sky Garden being free and The Shard being, well, ridiculously over-priced. You're free to spend as much time at The Sky Garden as you like. There are mini cafe areas (I'd go just for the carrot cupcakes with vanilla frosting), plenty of seating (both inside and out) and even restaurants, both for food and champagne. I'd imagine them to be a great place for a party, and a great place to take blog photos, as I think I've proven with this post...

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Finding Nemo & Friends.

I love aquariums. I have done since I was four years old, when my reception class was taken on our very first school trip to one. I don't remember much, just being fascinated by the stingrays and seahorses. Fifteen years on (Fifteen? Really? That is terrifying), and not much has changed. I am still just as fascinated. Though I much prefer seeing sharks, turtles and all other animals in the wild, it was still great to see the variety of colours and wildlife up close. I even got to hold starfish! And being the Disney fanatic that I am, I got a bit too excited when I saw 'Nemo' and 'Dory'... 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Triangl Bikini*

I am a big fan of the swimwear brand, TRIANGL*. I don't think I know any girl that isn't, so my friends were most upset/jealous when I managed to get my hands on one. When it came to ordering one, I honestly didn't know which to choose - there is just so much choice; different shapes, colours and styles. I eventually settled for the Ruby - Paris Playground, consisting of a black bandeau top, which you can do up with a clasp at the back or a zip at the front, and hot pink bikini bottoms. The bikini itself is made from Neoprene, making it very comfortable, but you do have to be wary with sun cream as it can stain easily. I haven't managed to wear it as much as I would like, but I'm off on a beach getaway in two weeks time, so this will definitely be getting lots of wear! You can expect plenty of photos. Despite how pretty and comfortable it is, I would say to get yourself properly measured when ordering. Though my bottoms fitted perfectly, I had to exchange my top. I'd suggest perhaps going up a size when ordering the top, especially if, like me, you have a large chest.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Style Crush #4 - Emily Ratajkowski.

I may not quite know how to pronounce her surname, but I am a massive fan of Emily Ratajkowski. Whether it be casual or red-carpet, I don't think there's a look of her's I wouldn't wear. I especially loved the Balmain dresses she wore on the We Are Your Friends press tour. I'd also like her body/abs because wow. Oh, and can we talk about how, unlike most celebrities, she actually wears items of clothing or shoes on more than one occasion. I'm not just a fan of Emily because of her fashion choices, I also admire how she is an advocate of feminism. That topless selfie that she uploaded with Kim Kardashian? Say what you want, but I fully supported it. Isn't that the whole point of the matter? That woman have the same rights as men and that they have the ability to do what they want without being judged? Women don't have to spend their lives wrapped up, scared of what other's think. We are allowed to express ourselves however we see fit, so shoutout to Kimmy K and Emily for that one.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Taking Selfies with Kangaroos and Koalas!

Well, that's another few things ticked off of my Bucket List; talking selfies with kangaroos & koalas and holding a snake! My day out at Caversham Wildlife Park was probably my favourite day so far in Australia, and potentially even one of the best days of my life. The fact that I just sat there for twenty minutes with a kangaroo, managing to get so close that I accidentally got poked in the eye with its ear. It even struck a few poses! My day at Caversham also proved to me that I open my mouth far too much, not just from talking so much, but in photos. Given that my brother practically owns a zoo (think multiple snakes, scorpions, tarantulas, geckos, etc.), I figured it was only right that I got my hand on some reptiles. Though everyone else was terrified to even go near the snake, I asked to hold it on my own, but unfortunately wasn't allowed. They clearly thought I was going to run off with it/completely bottle it, drop the snake and run screaming from the room... Here are some photos (I won't lie, they're mostly selfies) I took on the day...