Monday, 29 September 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: FLUFFY LILAC JUMPER









JUMPER: F&F @ TESCO (£16)
BLACK HIGH WAISTED JONI JEANS: TOPSHOP (£36)
BLACK ZIP FRONT BLOCK HEEL ANKLE BOOTS: RIVER ISLAND (£40.00)
PASTEL PINK RUCKSACK: TKMAXX (£24.99)


Hey everyone! I Hope you're all well. Firstly I apologise for the lack in quality of these photos - the lighting was terrible and I was in a huge rush because I'd been packing for uni non stop all day! Today I thought I'd post an outfit featuring one of my new favourite pieces. I bought this lilac fluffy knit jumper from F&F @ Tesco a few weeks ago, and it's become my go-to jumper in my wardrobe. I don't often buy clothes from Tesco, but I think this just goes to show than you can find some really great pieces from supermarkets! If this had been in Topshop it would have been retailing at around £30, so it's definitely worth checking out brands like F&F and George @ ASDA from time to time. It goes with everything and is just so comfortable and cute! I don't often wear a lot of colour so it's definitely a nice change in that respect, too - I think it goes really nicely with my pastel pink rucksack from TKMaxx. I'm looking forward to winter so I get the chance to style it in a few different ways - I'm thinking it would look great over dresses as it is slightly cropped, paired with some brogues and a hair scrunchie for a cute 90s look.

Have you made any winter purchases yet?
Elly xxx

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

SHOESPIE PICKS

Hey everyone! Recently I was contacted by an online shoe retailer named ShoesPie. Having not heard of them before, I decided to have a browse of their website. I discovered that they stock a huge range of shoes to suit pretty much everyone's tastes and budgets! They have some really unique pairs which I think are perfect for making a statement, as well as a whole load of casual shoes too. They're having a big sale at the moment so a lot of their shoes are discounted up to 95% which is pretty crazy! Seeing as it's coming up to winter months and the party season as well, I decided to pick out a few of the pairs which stood out to me from their range of heeled ankle boots to share with you. 


Chic Black Contrast Colour Pointed Toe Stiletto Heels ($135 $80.39 (£49.28)) - Click here


This pair stood out to me for so many different reasons. As you all know, I am obsessed with monochrome, so they basically had me at hello! They are so unique yet so chic, and are a really effective way to make a statement. I really haven't seen anything like these before, and I just love the grid pattern and strap detailing. They'd look great with a monochrome outfit featuring black trousers or culottes and a black fedora hat.  


 Black Cowhide Block Heels Closed Toe Ankle Women's Boots ($215 $122.39 (£75.02)) - Click here


For a more of a wearable, every day pair of boots (which you could easily take to night time) I thought I'd pick these. I love platform heeled ankle boots because they give the illusion of height whilst still being really comfortable. This pair are really simple yet so bad ass, and would look great with an all black outfit (I'm getting cat woman vibes.).


 Chunky Heel Thick Platform Martin Boots with Flower Print Decoration ($300 $120.59 (£73.92 )) - Click here


This pair of boots jumped out at me straight away because they are so unique! I absolutely love the heel detail on these boots and am dying to get a pair. I love florals, especially in pastel tones so these are basically perfect for me. These would again be great for making a statement and would work well with pretty much everything, day or night! They're not too high, either, so are perfect if you're not too comfortable with wearing heels. 

Take a look at ShoesPie because you never know what amazing pieces you might find!


Click here to visit their main website.
Click here and here to visit browse their range of heeled boots.

Elly xxx

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

STYLE INSPIRATION: PALOMA FAITH AT THE LATE NIGHT PROMS










A few weeks ago, Paloma Faith performed at the BBC's Late Night Proms. I've always been a fan of her music and her style, and so it didn't come as a surprise to me when not only was her performance amazing, but her outfit was on point as well. The midi dress and heels look is quite toned down for Paloma,who is pretty well known for her outlandish style, however I think it really suits her. The cut and fit of this sequin midi dress compliment her body shape so well that I couldn't keep my eyes off her! If that wasn't enough, she paired it with a pair of white and pink t-bar stilettos which are just the right combination of classy and statement. She's managed to channel lot of her originality yet still maintains a formal and in keeping look for the Royal Albert Hall - something that I reckon is pretty hard to pull off. 

Similar dresses available herehere and here.
Similar shoes available hereherehere and here.

Who has inspired you recently?
Elly xxx

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: DIY RIPPED JEANS






WHITE CAMI TOP: H&M
BLACK HIGH WAISTED RIPPED JEANS: TOPSHOP JONI JEANS (RIPS DIY)
BLACK ZIP FRONT BLOCK HEEL ANKLE BOOTS: RIVER ISLAND (£40.00)

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been MIA for the last week, I've been away  (again) in Venice! I'm currently very tired after our flight which was delayed for 16 hours! I spent last night sleeping on the floor outside the airport toilets (I have been, and always will be, the definition of classy.) Despite this, I thought I'd do a quick OOTD post today (such dedication.) Here I'm wearing my new favourite boots and an old pair of Topshop Joni jeans which I recently re-vamped by distressing them at the knees (a great idea if you've got an old pair of jeans lying about!) These River Island boots are amazing and I can't get enough of them - they go with everything and are incredibly comfortable. I find they add a bit of an edge to an outfit, and paired with my new ripped jeans I could almost pass for cool. I love the back detailing on this white cami I bought from H&M earlier this summer, and it's perfect for creating simple yet effective monochrome looks. 

What did you wear today?
Elly xxx

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Sunday, 14 September 2014

UNIVERSITY HAUL PART 1: DECORATIVE HOME WARE

Hey everyone! Seeing as I'm off to university in a couple of weeks time, I thought I'd do a series of hauls based on the purchases I'm making leading up to my departure. Today I thought I'd start with the most interesting: decorative home ware! I am obsessed with home ware and so I found this part to be really exciting. It's made me so excited to get my own place just so I can decorate each room to my tastes (I'm going to need to be millionaire but a girl can dream!) I'm trying to continue channelling the theme I have in my room at home (vintage, shabby chic), so that I can reuse some of the pieces I already have when I get to uni. Here are some of the newer things I've purchased in the last week:


GREY AND CREAM WOODLAND SILHOUETTES DUVET COVER (£10) AND GREY SHEET: PRIMARK


CREAM WATERCOLOUR FEATHER PRINT CUSHION: TESCO (£10)


WOLF PRINT CUSHION: TESCO (£8)


CREAM MIRROR WITH ROSE DETAILING: TKMAXX (£12.99)


EMMA BRIDGEWATER BLUE SQUARE TIN: THE FARMHOUSE PRESENT IDEAS OXFORD (can buy here for £11.99 and here for £7.95) (£8.99)


BUNTING SET AND WHITE PEGS (FOR MY NOTICEBOARD): FACTORY SHOP (£1.00)


MINIATURE ROSE: B&Q (£4)

Are you heading off to uni this year? 
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Friday, 12 September 2014

HAUL: AUTUMN/WINTER 2014 SHOES


It's approaching that time of the year again! I've starting buying things for Autumn/Winter. As much as I love summer I am looking forward to the darker evenings and colder weather. My Mum has always taught me that it's very important to have a good pair of shoes, and seeing as both my trusty Chelsea boots and my patent brogues were on death's door I thought it was about time I updated my go-to shoes.



Clarks brogues never let you down! I always trust Clarks to make really good quality shoes which are comfortable and long lasting. I've been getting shoes from there for my whole life and they've always lived up to expectations. This particular design is great as they are a bit of twist on the usual brogue style shoe, and they seem to go with just about everything. 



I always feel 100 times more confident in heels, especially when they're as badass as these! I featured these in my A/W boots picks post last week, and I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy them in the end. I was so surprised at how comfortable and easy to walk in they are (tip: if you want comfortable heeled boots, go for a pair with a platform!). They're really versatile and go with just about everything. They'll take you from day to night easily, and I've received a few compliments on them whilst out and about. Size-wise they come up quite big so I'd go for the size down if I were you (I'm a 5.5/6 and bought a 5.). They're a bit different from most of the other heeled ankle boots I've seen recently, and would definitely recommend River Island's shoes, too.

Have you bought anything for the new season?
Elly xxx


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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

OUTFIT OF THE NIGHT: PALM PRINT AND LEATHER






FASHION UNION SCUBA CROP TOP IN PALM PRINT - ASOS (£20.00)
"RAMBLE" BLACK SANDAL HEELS: TOPSHOP (£55)
LEATHER SKIRT: ZARA
QUILTED FAUX LEATHER BAG W/CHAIN: MY NAN'S
SILVER ARM CUFF: PRESENT FROM MY MUM

Hey everyone! Today I thought I'd share with you an outfit that I would wear out for dinner or drinks. Once again it's featuring my favourite top from Fashion Union, but this time I've paired it with darker pieces to make it more suitable for night time. I love this leather skirt that I got from Zara over a year ago now - I definitely don't wear it enough! It adds another element and texture to the outfit which I love. I decided to try to wear a tiny bit of jewellery seeing as this is a night time outfit (me and jewellery don't really get along aside from the odd gold chain necklace), and I actually love how this silver arm cuff looks. I may have to invest in more! I'm wearing my favourite RAMBLE leather sandal style heels from Topshop and my nan's trusty bag which I have had for ages now and never seems to go out of style. 

Elly xxx

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

PICKS: AUTUMN/WINTER BOOTS 2014

Hello everyone! As it's been getting swiftly colder (the leaves are already starting to turn brown!) my thoughts have turned to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I love summer, don't get me wrong, but it will be nice to be able to start layering up and wearing chunky boots and tights again. Seeing as my beloved pair of heeled Chelsea boots gave up the ghost a long time ago (I'm still wearing them despite the sole being snapped in half), I've been thinking that it's probably time to invest in a new pair of heeled boots for Autumn/Winter. I've had a quick browse online and chosen some of my favourites to share with you:

1. Cheap Monday Layer Peep Toe in Black Leather - OFFICE (£120 £60)
2. ASOS ESTATE Ankle Boots - ASOS (£60)
3. River Island Unit Chelsea Ankle Boots - ASOS (£40)
4. Out From Under Princess Pony Point Boots in Black - URBAN OUTFITTERS (£85.00)
5. PAULEE SNAKE PRINT ANKLE BOOTS - missguided (£34.99)
6. River Island Chunky Zip Front Ankle Boots - ASOS (£40)

Which boots do you think I should invest in?
Elly xxx

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Friday, 5 September 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: MOM JEANS AND POLO NECK






ASOS BLACK CROP TOP WITH LONG SLEEVES AND TURTLE NECK - ASOS (£12)
ACID WASH MOM JEANS - TOPSHOP (no longer available, similar here)
SILVER FLATFORMS - RIVER ISLAND (no longer available)

Hey everyone! Today I thought I'd post a more casual outfit as I seem to always post outfits wearing heels etc and I thought it would be nice to share what I would wear on a normal day with you all. I bought this turtle neck crop top from ASOS last month, and I've been wearing it to death ever since! It's so comfortable and flattering, and I love the 90s look it creates when paired with my acid wash mom jeans from Topshop. I decided to whip out my silver/rose gold flatforms from River Island today because they definitely don't get enough wear! I like to add height when wearing mom jeans because I feel they can make me look shorter than I am because of their looser fit. Flatforms are a much more comfortable and discreet way to do this than with proper heels!



What did you wear today?
Elly xxx

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

"SHE DOESN'T HAVE THE RIGHT USE USE THE WORD FEMINIST" - BEYONCÉ AND WHY I AM INTIMIDATED BY THE FEMINIST ELITE

After Beyoncé's recent performance at the VMAs, social media platforms have been alive with debate. Users have been questioning Queen B's values and accusing her of having double standards as she proclaimed herself to be a feminist in bright lights on Tuesday. Although others have praised her for promoting feminism through her performance, which featured an excerpt from novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech “We should all be feminists”, many believe that the fact she performed provocatively and sung songs with sexual connotations was simply an act of hypocrisy and was NOT feminist.




So why am I writing about this?


Well, it perfectly illustrates something which has confused me about certain feminists for a long time. Feminism's own double standards and inaccessibility. **Before I go on, I do not mean to generalise - I know there are a lot of lovely feminists out there and I am one of them!! I am talking about a select group here.** As shown here, some people take great offence at the idea of a strong woman portraying her sexuality. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought part of the point in feminism was to empower women? Perhaps she is only allowed to be empowered in certain ways to be accepted as a true feminist. Ways which do not portray her as a sexual being. Clearly, according to these feminists, if she does sexualise herself, she is objectifying herself. How outdated is that?!


"We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that men are"

In fact, people have gone as far as to call her "slutty" and a "hoe". Err hang on, isn't slut shaming one thing that feminists totally object to? The whole thing is so flawed. 

Of course, the industry is full of sexual imagery and misogyny. However, I do not believe that Beyoncé's performance is an example of this. Her performance was, simply that, her performance. Personally, I found it to be incredibly empowering. She is promoting ambition, independence, strength of character. This is not only empowering from a feminist point of view but from a general perspective, too. She is not just inspiring women here, but everyone. Of course she is capitalising from it, that's just the way the world works, but I don't think this devalues her message in the slightest.

If a woman writes a song about sex it doesn't make her any less of a feminist or mean she's objectifying herself. It doesn't mean she thinks any less of herself. Surely the fact she is able to express her sexual empowerment is a good thing? Sexuality should not be viewed as a taboo subject to be frowned upon! I think being sex positive and being feminist should come hand in hand. If it wasn't for this ideal we wouldn't have easy access to contraception, for example.

It's this kind of thing that make me incredibly intimidated by some "feminists". It should be a movement which is open and welcoming to other women, but it seems to me that there are quite an oppressive group of the feminist elite waiting on the sidelines to shoot down women who may challenge their ideals, or may think of the term in a different way. Perhaps we're not extreme feminists, but when did extremism ever get us anywhere? I've seen it mentioned that certain women (including our example of Beyoncé) don't have the "right" to use the word "feminist". I've seen it mentioned that women cannot call themselves feminists if they are uneducated in the topic. Wouldn't you find this intimidating and oppressive? It's a perfect example of why I believe that these labels do more harm than good.

Beyoncé is a person, performing, living her life and inspiring people. If she is happy with that, leave her to it. 

Elly xxx

Monday, 1 September 2014

OUTFIT OF THE DAY: TOILE DE JOLIE





TOILE DE JOLIE PRINT SHIRT: ZARA
SCUBA FLIPPY SKIRT: H&M
BLACK BLOCK HEELED RAMBLE SANDALS: TOPSHOP (£55)

I can't believe I've never blogged about this shirt before! I've had it for over a year now and I still love it as much as when I bought it. The print is so beautiful and dainty and it really drew me in when I saw it in Zara all that time ago (I feel like I'm talking about some long lost lover or something, help me). It goes with everything and is, just like most of my pieces, really versatile. I've worn it clubbing, for dinner, out shopping... I've decided to pair it with this scuba skirt from H&M and my RAMBLE heels from Topshop for a more chic look here, but I'm always wearing it with jeans and flats on more casual days. 

Have you got a piece you still love as much as when you first bought it?
Elly xxx

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