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Friday, 12 February 2016

Witchcraft









EMBROIDERED SMOCK DRESS, METAL TRIM FEDORA: TOPSHOP / *BLACK TASSEL BAG: c/o ASOS / *PATENT POINTED ANKLE BOOTS (similar): c/o NEW LOOK / *WATCH: c/o DANIEL WELLINGTON 

On Wednesdays we wear black. Seriously, in this outfit I feel like I've walked straight out of the cast of American Horror Story's Coven and I am loving it. I say this all the time but all black outfits are a go-to for just about everyone whether you're part of the blogosphere or not; isn't there something just so classic about an all black ensemble? A lot of the time, all black can be made to look sleek and classy but I think this one has more of a modern goth vibe, with the Victorian style embroidery and oversized hat. The dress isn't actually my usually style. I mean, I love the embroidery and the white contrast but smock dresses aren't usually something Im drawn to but I love how flattering this one is. Roll on the end of winter so I can rock it without the dreaded black tights! If you want to rock the Victorian style dress but want something a little bit brighter for the ever approaching summer, Topshop also have a khaki embroidered smock dress, which is just as beautiful as this one. 






I'm so glad at how long my hair is getting too, woop woop! *does a little dance* It's taken a while but it's finally getting to a length at which I'm happy with it. Anyone who's gone for the chop before will know the struggle of the regret that you feel when you want those luscious long locks back and it is bloody painful. It's not quite there yet but it's so so so close and I can finally wear my beloved floppy hat without looking like an egg.

Amy x
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

GIVEAWAY: Win a House of Fraser Voucher!


So we're halfway through February (as if!! Where is 2016 going?) and it's time to start thinking about those summer holidays. I'm yet to book my own beach get away for this year but that doesn't stop me from dreaming about beautiful swimwear and House of Fraser have got us all covered there. No matter your age, your size or your style, the range stocked at House of Fraser is certain to have something for your suitcase. I personally love the Ted Baker swimsuit in the top right - how nice would that look underneath a floaty, white cover up? Get me booked up for a getaway ASAP!!!

Last year, when I was in Egypt, swimsuits were my best friend as they're so flattering and comfortable and you can really make a statement. My favourite styles are the vintage, fifties style classics with a big statement pattern - anyone can pull them off! Of course, we all need bikinis too. The great thing about bikinis is that there are so many different styles and combinations, you can get one that is really perfect for you. It might be a little hard to find but when House of Fraser come along with all of their separates, it becomes a little easier to get matching bikinis that fit your boobs and bum. Hallelujah!

Anyway, House of Fraser are giving you the chance to win a £30 voucher to spend on their site that you could even put towards your own summer swimwear if you're the lucky winner! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Don't forget to read the T&Cs and good luck!

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  1. The giveaway is open from 12:00am on Thursday 11th February 2016 until 11:59pm on Wednesday 24th February 2016.
  2. Multiple entries are not allowed. Only one entry account per person.
  3. The winner will be drawn randomly on Thursday 25th February 2016 using Rafflecopter's generator and will be announced on Twitter later that day. 
  4. The winner will be contacted via Twitter or via email and in the event they do not claim their prize within one week of being contacted, another winner will be drawn in the same way.
  5. The winner will receive one £30 House of Fraser voucher. 



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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Staple Trench Coat








BLACK TRENCH COAT: FRENCH CONNECTION (similar) / CHUNKY ROLL NECK KNIT: ZARA / COATED JONI JEANS, CHUNKY BOBBLE HAT: TOPSHOP / *PATENT ANKLE BOOTS: c/o NEW LOOK / MICHAEL KORS SELMA BAG IN BALLET: JOHN LEWIS 

You know those pieces that sit in your wardrobe and never see the light of day until you rediscover them during a clean out? Well surprisingly, this trench coat was one of those pieces. I know, I know - it's way too beautiful to just be sitting in my wardrobe and I'm baffled as to how I let it sit there for months. I think I just kept looking over it and choosing my other coats but these last few weeks have showed me that this is actually probably one of the most versatile coats I own. 

I've always had a bit of a thing for trench coats. Isn't there something just so classic and timeless about them? Being a fan of the beauty that is Suki Waterhouse, I've been absolutely desperate for a Burberry trench coat for literally years (her collection of coats is just out of this world) but let's be honest, I'll probably never even get to touch one, let alone wear one so for me, this French Connection beauty is a perfect alternative. It's a lot more affordable than its Burberry counterparts but is still good enough quality to get that luxuriously thick feel. It's a staple coat that I'm going to get a lot of wear out of the next few months if all of these dratted named storms keep coming our way!







Keeping the classic look of the trench, I teamed it with black coated jeans, a chunky cream jumper and a trusty navy hat, though being honest the hat was mainly to keep my hair under control in the 90mph winds! This was also the first outing of my absolute love - my brand new Michael Kors bag, which you may have seen in my handbag splurge post. The colour is absolutely beautiful and although I am absolutely terrified of getting it dirty, carrying it makes me feel like a million dollars. It's also the perfect size for using as an everyday bag, fitting in my purse, iPad, book and all the other crap I seem to accumulate in comfortably. For me, this baby was worth the $$$.

If you're looking for a staple trench coat like mine, I've put some of my favourite together below (disable your ad blocker to see it!) and there is one for every budget, whether you like high end, mid range or high street. It's the perfect coat to see you through every season!

Amy x


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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

February Birthdays & A Flash Giveaway!



*PINK BUNTING BOUQUET: c/o BLOSSOMING GIFTS

So far, I've talked about unconventional Valentine's Day gifts and the perfect traditional Valentine's Day bouquet, so today I'm mixing it up even more and combining a thoughtful Valentine's Day-type gift with a birthday gift. We've all got those friends who decided to be born in February, right after Christmas and right around Valentine's Day, meaning they can be incredibly hard to buy for. There hasn't been enough time for them to refresh their wishlists after their Christmas presents and to make it harder for us buyers, the focus is around thoughtfulness thanks to Valentine's Day falling smack bang in the middle of February. My friend Jess is one of these February people and as it's her birthday today (Happy birthday Jess!) I thought I'd show you the pressies that I got her, suitable as a Valentine's gift for a close friend or a partner, or as a February birthday present.

First up, we've got some beautiful flowers from Blossoming Gifts. Like I've said in previous posts, I'm more of a fan of the unconventional flowers and Blossoming Gifts have a really amazing range of alternative Valentine's Day bouquets that are a bit different than the traditional roses, meaning that they're perfect for a friend or the less romantic type people, but are no less beautiful. This beautiful "Pink Bunting" bouquet, features oriental lilies, a handful of roses and carnations. It's an alternative bunch of flowers that are just as beautiful as the traditional Valentine's Day bouquets!



I've spoken about my own travel journal on this blog before and I absolutely love it so I decided to get Jess her own personalised travel journal for all of her travel memories. This one is from Not On The High Street and has pages to write down where you went and what you did, blank pages to stick photos in and cardboard pockets to store all of those tickets and keepsakes. It's a lovely little idea perfect for a Valentine's Day present or a birthday gift, especially for those who are well travelled. PJs are another failsafe, especially when they're from somewhere as great as Boux Avenue. They are definitely my go-to for underwear and nightwear gifts, whether they're for me or for someone else!


Get 33% off a bouquet at Blossoming Gifts with the code BGIFTS33. You can order bouquets to actually be delivered on Valentine's Day and as it's looming ever closer you better get a move on!

Amy x



p.s. I'm hostinga flash Valentine's Day giveaway where you could win six perfect films for Valentine's Day: Casablanca, The Great Gatsby, Crazy Stupid Love, The Lucky One, Focus and Magic Mike XXL! Enter via the Rafflecopter below and head over to my twitter to RT to enter and get more chances of winning!  Quick though - it ends on Thursday!


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Monday, 8 February 2016

The Perfect Valentine's Gift For Him



T-minus five days until Valentine's Day. It's time to get yourself together and get that guy in your life something a little bit more special for the day of romance and that perfect gift comes in the form of a gift card from Spoke London. No matter what, every guy needs a pair of smart trousers in their lives but that pair of trousers has to be the perfect fit and we all know what kind of trouble that can cause. What waist size? What leg length? What colour? That's where Spoke London comes in and boy, do they help out.

Spoke believe that when it comes for trousers, the fit comes first. They operate on the basis that it's pointless buying a really great pair of trousers that don't fit right as they not only will they not look great, you won't feel great either. That's why when buying the pair of trousers that you settle on, you can totally customise the fit and choose waist size, leg length and build to ensure that the size you order is the right size.



The gift card is such a great idea as it comes with a tape measure, which may not seem that overwhelming at first, but I always think it's so surprising just how many people don't know their exact waist or leg size for trousers. The gift card and tape measure means that your guy can know exactly what size he needs before ordering so that there's no messing around sending things back or exchanging when the parcel arrives. Plus there's no chance you can get into trouble for ordering the wrong size either! Plus, as Spoke focus on quality and firmly believe that less is more, your guy can choose exactly which style and colour trouser he wants without having to trawl through a thousand different styles. Spoke offer a few different types and colours of trousers but all of them have one thing in common; the high end, smart feel.

The pair that I ordered here are the dark navy cotton chinos and the quality is just incredible. I can tell just buy feeling the material that these are the kind of trousers that stay in a man's wardrobe for life and can be worn over and over again. They are truly timeless.

What are your favourite type of trousers for guys?

Amy x

*this post is in collaboration with Spoke London.
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Bedroom Decor


I think you know you're an adult when home decor excites you. Never did I think that one day I'd be be sitting in the house looking forward to the delivery of new bits and pieces for my room but hey, when it's as pretty as these bits and bobs in this post, who can blame me?

I don't know about anyone else but when I've got my bedroom exactly how I want it, it improves my mood immensely. For me, my home decor has to be three things; simple, bright and tidy. I can't stand clutter and recently I've been trying to get rid of all of the unnecessary things sitting on my drawers and stands (although I have too much make up for that ever to happen to my dressing table but you'll all understand.) I once heard a sleep specialist say that your quality of sleep will improve if your room is tidy and decluttered and whether that's true or not, it has stuck in my mind and I can't stand my room being too untidy, especially on an evening.

After getting new furniture and getting my room re-painted in July last year, my room is finally at a stage where I'm happy with it so I thought I'd just share a few of my favourite new pieces I've got in my room at the moment!



So first, we've got my new additions and at the minute this is probably my favourite part of my room. Both the deer head and the photo frames are from the lovely homeware website Cox and Cox, a website which is a blogger's dream. It's jam packed full of pinterest-able pieces for all rooms in your house and has the perfect balance between traditional and contemporary homeware, stocking everything from lighting to furniture to little pieces like this.

This Majestic Deer Head caught my eye straight away. It fits absolutely perfectly with the bright and simple theme of my room, adding just the right amount of personality to the decor without taking attention away from the room as a whole. It's surprisingly light so there's no risks with hanging it on the wall and I need to get my hands on some dainty little fairy lights to drape over it.

In true blogger style, quite a lot of the accessories in my room are bronze so this set of three delicate copper photo frames fit in perfectly. I love how the polaroid photos fit nicely in the middle; it looks much nicer than having a full photo fill the frame! I think my favourite thing about them though is the ribbon that turns them into hanging frames - such a cute alternative!



I have a number of little quote prints in my room and I'll admit most of them are from Harry Potter. I had to have my favourite ever, ever, ever quote on my wall and in case you can't see it it's the old faithful Severus Snape. "After all this time?" "Always." (Rest in peace, Alan Rickman). The cute floral photo frame is from Paperchase and if you're looking for some really charming little bits for your home, I'd highly recommend you have a look! I always forget to head there for homeware as I always associate it with stationary but it stocks some adorable bits and pieces for the home too. 

The quote on my shelf was a gift from my bestie Jess for my birthday and although I'm not sure where she got it, sellers on Etsy offer virtually any quote in any style and some will even custom make them for you. 


Since I got my new furniture back in July,  I've loved my bedside cabinet area. The photo frame is again from Paperchase and the lamp is just a cheapie from Tesco but it's done me so well over the two years I've had it. Although I don't like clutter there's usually something on my bedside cabinet like a book or my DS or my iPad; I know I'm not alone when I say I can never go straight to sleep when I decide to go to bed so always unwind by reading a few pages of my book or playing a bit of Pokemon. Of course I'm reading a book called "Rogue Laywer" - I read a book as a break from my law degree so what book do I read? A book all about law. Logic. 

Finally, my elephant bedspread deserves a little mention. Every time I post a photo of my bed on Instagram people want to know where it's from - Primark would you believe! Yup, it's one of the cheapest bedspreads I've ever owned but is also my favourite. I don't know about anyone else but I've been loving Primark's homeware of late!

Amy x

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

10 Signs You Went Through The Teenage Chav Stage


When I was a young teenager, you usually went through one of two stages - chav or emo. Now, aged 22, I absolutely envy those who went through the emo stage as I was a chav and when I say chav, I mean a full on tracksuit bottoms and budgie swing earrings kind of chav. Oh the shame! Anyway, I think it's hilarious now looking back on what was fashionable (for want of a better word. It was certainly not fashionable!) and as I went through the chav stage, here are ten things that you'll relate to if you went through the same.

1. Feeling like a boss when you turned the collar up on your polo shirt.
I personally used to love leaving all three of the buttons undone on my striped polo shirts and turn the collar right up and this was an even better look when I upturned the collar on my bright pink Helly Hansen coat. I've always been a trend setter.

2. No hoop earring was big enough
If it didn't brush the top of your shoulder it wasn't big enough. What health and safety risk? Also, we had a thing for those weird triangular shaped chunky earrings that kind of looked like clowns. You know what I mean! 


3. Hair gel was your best friend.
Yes you read that right. I know I wasn't the only one who combed thick wads of hair gel through my ponytail to get my hair flat to my head and then proceeded to pull two tiny wisps out of the front. If you were male, no amount of hair gel was enough to get those super hot hedgehog spikes. 

4. Your trainers went with EVERYTHING 
Whether it was your school uniform, a skirt, your trusty tracksuit or a big prom dress, you didn't leave the house without one of your many pairs of trainers on your feet (yes Lily Allen, I'm looking at you).

5. You wore football socks even though you didn't play football.
You then proceeded to tuck your tracksuit bottoms into said socks. Oh the style!! 


6. Guys with slits shaved into their eyebrows were super hot.
Side note: they really weren't. 

7. Your MSN screen name was literally a work of art.
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8. Your go to pose in a photo was the thumbs up 
Along with everyone else in the photo...Nope, not cringey at all.

9. You had a Playboy themed bedroom.
A Playboy bedspread, holographic poster, two pillows, sheets, curtains, mirror, underwear, hanging laser cut decorations... Add in the Playboy underwear and some Playboy earrings and you were the most envied girl in the year.

10. You now look back at your photos and think "really?"
Why oh why did I think that looking like I'd jumped into Sports Direct covered in superglue was a good look? Also, why don't teenage girls these days have a chav phase? Why aren't they currently tucking their tracksuit bottoms into their socks? I thought it was teenage tradition!!

Did you go through a chav phase? I hope you got a good chuckle out of this!! 

Amy x
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