Thursday, 24 July 2014

Brand Spotlight: Lamb 1887






Like just about every other female out there, I have a huge obsession with bags (and shoes. and clothes in general.) and investing in a high quality, classic bag can make all of the difference to your collection as it will stay with you for years; a good classic bag is great for adding a little glamour to a daytime outfit or helping to just make that night time outfit all the better. Lamb 1887 is a company ran by Charlotte Lamb, which was originally established by her great-grandfather in 1887, and is dedicated to producing timeless, glamorous bags at realistic prices, including these beauties which I've picked out here. The bags have been sported by super stylish celebs such as Millie Mackintosh, who is a huge style icon of mine, (does she ever do anything wrong in the eyes of style?!) and Pippa Middleton - need I say more?!

Has anyone else discovered any brands recently which have some gorgeous pieces on offer?

Amy x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

OUTFIT: Sunshine










*Statement necklace: c/o LOU & LACE

Neon bag: PRIMARK

Boots: MY1STWISH.CO.UK

Black leather look shorts: ASOS

Isn't it just a wonderful feeling when a new piece that you absolutely love arrives on your doorstep and you realise that it perfectly matches something that you already own? That's what happened with my necklace and bag here; seriously they match so well they could have been in a set! #easilypleased haha.

Anyway this absolutely stunning necklace is by a small brand called Lou & Lace which is a relatively new little business from my hometown. They stock so many gorgeous statement necklaces I found it so hard to choose between them, eventually settling on this yellow and crystal piece. It arrived in such cute lacey packaging (which I ripped off excitedly before getting a decent photo, bad blogger!) and the quality is great - dare I say better quality in fact than most of the high street stores in which I usually pick up my jewellery? So it would be great if all of you lovely people could check out Lou & Lace's Instagram page and Facebook page where you can place any orders.

Amy x

Monday, 21 July 2014

OUTFIT: Gridlock

 







Duster coat: TOPSHOP

Watch: ASOS

*Black crystal pendant: c/o LOLA AND GRACE

Okay so why is it when the rest of the country are having a heatwave of 30 degrees, the heavens open and we're stuck with awful wet, muggy weather here in the north?! These photos were taken in the absolute torrential downpour that occurred during one of the south's hottest days of the year last week and boy, was I annoyed ha! Typically the sun was shining brightly not even an hour after we were finished. 

Anyway enough complaining about the weather lets talk about the outfit. How pretty are the floral sandals? I was kindly sent these and the playsuit by Quiz Clothing and I must say they are so fabulous. Girly but edgy teamed with the monochrome playsuit - one of my favourite styles at the minute. The playsuit also comes with the little white belt; something which I have found

p.s I'm over the moon to be Company Magazine's Forum Blogger of the Week!! Check it out here

Amy x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Sunday Post: Jumping Bean







Durham is one of those really small, quiet cities with countless cobbled streets and alleys, beautiful scenery with the river and the Cathedral and with all of that it naturally has so many cute and cosy cafes tucked away in its streets. One that I had never been to before (or even knew was there if I'm being honest) is the Jumping Bean Cafe - is that not the most adorable name you've ever heard? With it's quirky and artistic interior, the Jumping Bean serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten free goodness and my friend Courtney and I headed there to try it for the first time. We both had the brie, balsamic and aubergine toasties while I had the gluten free lemon cake for dessert and Courtney opted for the gluten free brownie. Everything was absolutely delicious and it's great value for money too and I know I'll definitely be going back there.

Amy x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

OUTFIT: Contrast



*Thunder block heel shoes: c/o SPYLOVEBUY

*Suki pistachio bag: c/o PAULS BOUTIQUE

Watch: ASOS

Statement necklace: ZARA

Playsuits and jumpsuits have been my go-to pieces so far this summer and I just can't help but add them to my wardrobe. This simple but ultra stylish playsuit from Neon Rose at thehut.com caught my eye immediately; I love the elegant yet sporty style of the playsuit teamed with the quirky block heels but I'll also be pairing it with a pair of trainers for a more casual summer look. 


Thursday, 17 July 2014

OUTFIT: Leopard & Stripes








Striped oversized blazer, Black leather look shorts: ASOS

Black cami vest: NEW LOOK

Statement necklace: ZARA

Ever since I was younger I've always loved leopard print and this pair of leopard sandals from Warehouse just add a nice splash of animal print to any outfit (especially bearing in mind how easy it is to make leopard print into a disaster). These sandals were sent via House of Fraser, which I have always thought of as a place of dreams which sells all of the higher end brands which are no where near my student budget. When I was looking through their collections I realised that I'd been overlooking the fact that they sell a lot of affordable pieces from both universally known high street brands and a lot of fantastic pieces from more affordable brands that I had never heard of before seeing them on the site. I know when I'm browsing for my make up order from House of Fraser I'll now inevitably be drawn to their clothes and accessories department too and will no doubt be adding a lot more into my basket and ever growing wish list!

Amy x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

OUTFIT: Daisy


 








Bardot crop top: MISSGUIDED

Small watch: ASOS

Embellished sandals: TOPSHOP

I think it's very plain to see that the sun was in my eyes constantly through shooting these photos - very squinty eyes making me look like I'm giving everyone "the evils" is not a good look but hey, how often do we have too much sun in England so I'm not going to complain (much)! 

Anyway how cute is this little playsuit from Lily Lulu?! I've layered it with the crop from Missguided to wear on a hot summers day in this country as it's backless and teamed with the adorable little sandals from Topshop it makes the perfect summers day outfit for lounging around or in my case, going on long walks with the pooches. This will 100% have a spot reserved in my suitcase for any future holidays (which I haven't yet booked but like everyone else I am absolutely determined to go somewhere this year!)

p.s. I've seen a lot of people going on holiday recently whilst I'm getting changed into my work uniform - I hope everyone has had, is having or will have a great time away!

Amy x
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