If there's one thing I can't get enough of it's sassy shoes. Admittedly, I have way too many pairs of all kinds of shoes in my wardrobe, whether it's boots, heels, sandals, sliders and every other type of shoe under the sun but I can never resist a shiny new pair, my latest addition being this pair of thigh high velvet beauties. The Kyla Black Velvet Boots are from blogger fav Ego, the home of sassy footwear and the brand which has been giving us the shoes we didn't even know we were missing.
*BLACK THIGH HIGH VELVET BOOTS: c/o EGO FOOTWEAR / FRILL CUFF TOP: MISSGUIDED / *BLACK SHOULDER BAG: c/o KURT GEIGER / BLACK SKINNY JEANS: ASOS
So, these beauties definitely filled the thigh high boot shaped hole in my life and I'm in love. They attracted a hell of a lot of attention when I wore them for the first time and it's easy to see why. The super statement fit, the embellished insects and the black velvet texture make such a statement, no matter whether you're wearing them with a mini dress for a night out or over skinny jeans for a casual day out like me. I felt like the song These Boots Were Made For Walking should have been my theme tune for this day as I strutted my way along my estate (classy I know!) and actually, they are super comfortable and surprisingly easy to walk in which is always a plus.
I've kept the rest of my outfit quite simple here as I wanted the boots to do all the talking. The jeans are my old favourites which I'm sadly going to have to wave goodbye to soon I think. I've ordered a new pair of black skinnies from ASOS because these ones have just been so worn and basically have no black dye left in them at all so it might be time to part ways....if I can bring myself to do it!
What do you think of super statement boots like this?
If I had to pick a favourite type of food, chances are afternoon tea would be close to the top. I love going to out for afternoon tea and have tried so many different places for it around my area and even look for it when I'm on holiday. I went to Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira for afternoon tea last September and it was absolutely beautiful, with a view of the entire Funchal coastline, mountains and the ocean from the afternoon tea terrace. Take me back please! Anyway, you may remember that a few months back, I went to Seaham Hall Spa for the first time and had my first ever facial in their famous Serenity Spa and wowee was it good. So when they invited me back to try out their Duchess of Bedford Afternoon Tea, I was so excited. One of my favourite spas and hotels combined with my favourite type of dining? Yes please!
I've had enough of the cold weather and I'm taking a stand. Black tights are banished, heavy coats have gone back in my wardrobe and I've started spending on some Spring clothes, this simply beautiful dress being one of them. If I could sum up my style, it would be in an outfit like this with a floral, very feminine dress teamed with some grungy pieces like the chunky boots and the heavy leather jacket. Girly grunge is one of my favourite ever styles and I always find myself unintentionally dressing down outfits in this way. I'm absolutely obsessed with the frills and the pattern on the dress but unfortunately, I have had a lil bit of a to-do with it. After the first time I wore it (i.e. here!) I noticed that the entire seam on one of the arms was completely gaping open and all frayed! I was devastated and emailed ASOS customer service, from who I am still waiting on a reply but hopefully I'll get it sorted as I know how on point ASOS are with their customer relations so fingers crossed for me and the dress of my dreams!
Does anyone else go through real love/hate relationships with clothes? You the pieces that one minute you're running frantically around every shop spending dollar on every variety of it you can possibly find and then two months later you look at your wardrobe and think "what the fuck have you done?" Well, that's me with mom jeans. I went through a phase a few years back of never going a day without wearing them then a few months later, I decided I thought they were the ugliest things I'd laid eyes on and sold them on eBay for two quid. Now, I'm back in business. The mom jeans have won my heart once again and they're back in my wardrobe and granted I only have one pair at the mo', I can guarantee you I have my eye on a few more in Topshop right now...
I'm someone who finds it extremely difficult to switch off. I rarely have a day of doing nothing and my "days off" are never actually days off. There are times where I don't have a day off for weeks on end, weeks where I get by on minimal sleep and despite me choosing to do this, it does catch up with you after a while. I'm definitely a workaholic and this was particularly true throughout last year but during my busy exam period, I learnt that sometimes, you can push yourself too hard. Days off and chill days are absolutely essential for our productivity, our mental health and our physical health. Since making a conscious effort to actually sit down and just chill the eff out, I've felt so much better and have actually been so much happier in myself, my work and my blog and this is how I've been doing it.
If there was an outfit that summed up my style in a nutshell, this would be it. Faux leather? Check. Oversized top? Check. Ankle boots? Check. Another recent purchase I didn't really need but bought anyway? Check. Ideally, I would minus out the black tights but it's currently minus one outside and my milk bottle white little pins are not ready to be exposed to such extremes right now so the tights had to come out to save the day.
I'll be the first to say it - I hate Valentine's Day. I hate the gawdy red gifts that line the supermarket shelves, the overpriced cards that we feel obliged to buy our other halves, the pressure on couples to go out and do something super expensive and even when I was in a relationship I wasn't a fan of the 14th February. Bitch, we should be appreciating each other every day of the year and not because some huge card companies say that we should but anyway I'm single for this Valentine's Day so I'm celebrating not having to celebrate February 14th and this is exactly how I'm doing it.
The new restaurant is definitely a luxurious place to spend the evening with its rooftop location in Eldon Square, decked out in modern Thai decor and one of the most beautiful views of Newcastle city centre that I've seen. We were sat right next to the window looking out onto the Monument and the busy shopping streets of the city and let me tell you I am a sucker for a good view. The atmosphere was warm with the staff all dressed in traditional Thai clothing and sitting looking over the city with a cocktail in hand was the perfect way to start the evening.
Our main courses came next and we were not disappointed! Normally when I go out for Thai food I go for pad thai which is one of my favourite dishes ever but I thought it was time to brand out to something a bit different. I opted for the chicken in plum sauce and it was so delicious that I kept eating well beyond bursting point and it was definitely a good job I chose to wear a dress with plenty of food baby room! Kallan went for the red prawn curry with extra spice which he said was lovely (and I may have even sampled a cheeky spoonful too!) and the portion sizes were enormous!
Despite literally bursting I couldn't say no to a dessert and the selection was fantastic with a mixture of traditional Thai desserts such as mango sticky rice, and Thai desserts with a little bit of a Chaophraya twist. Sadly they didn't have a lot of the desserts that were on the menu which was a bit of a shame as they sounded amazing but I went for the sticky toffee pudding. I love a bit of STP and can never resist it when it's on the menu anyway but this one was a little bit different to the usual with a hint of ginger. It was absolutely delishhhh let me tell you and Kallan's ice cream was the perfect end to such a beautiful meal too.
Needless to say, we both absolutely loved Chaophraya and although you could end up racking up quite the bill, it's worth every penny especially for a special occasion. I know I'll definitely be going back next time I want a Thai treat!
THIS POST IS IN COLLABORATION WITH CHAOPHRAYA. ALL WORDS AND VIEWS REMAIN MY OWN.
I'm a huge fan of wardrobe pieces that are versatile. Pieces that can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a chill day, things that are timeless and classic. I got these "awkward" trousers for Christmas and I never knew how much I needed them in my life until the moment I unwrapped them. They're the perfect mix between smart and casual, between comfy and chic, geeky and stylish. Granted, they may not be quite warm enough for the Arctic style cold we're currently experiencing but being honest I've never been very good at dressing weather appropriately!
So what is the "awkward trouser"? Basically, they're named after their awkward length, being not quite full length but not quite "cropped" either. I guess they're most similar to culottes in style and on my rather small frame, they sit just below the middle of my shin. Don't let the word "awkward" put you off though! They're actually pretty easy to wear, whether you want to wear them for a party or a day out shopping. I've teamed them with a classic stripe tee and trainers here for the some laid-back vibes but equally you could wear a nude bralet and some strappy heels for a super sassy, party outfit.
PLISS AWKWARD TROUSERS: TOPSHOP
STRIPE T-SHIRT: TOPSHOP
BLACK BAG: ZARA
*GREY CLASSIC TRAINERS: c/o GOLA
You may recognise the coat as my grandma's from one of my previous fashion coats and it's still standing by me. It's one of my favourite things to just throw on over anything and everything no matter where I'm going - it feels like wearing a big fluffy blanket! It compliments this look perfectly and I can't thank my Grandma enough for letting me have her "dog walking" coat!
How would you style the awkward length trousers?