Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Stripes & Pinafores











 *Corduroy pinafore dress: c/o GOLDIE / Striped t-shirt: ZARA / *Grey heeled ankle boots: c/o DOROTHY PERKINS / Watch: ASOS / *Leather bracelet and *Pendant necklace: both c/o LOLA AND GRACE

For me, stripes and pinafores are an absolute classic combination that you can't really go wrong with and this one is no exception; I love the contrast of the white against the black corduroy material of the Goldie pinafore and I kind of think it gives off a cool, school girl vibe (despite being 21 there is something oddly satisfying about putting a twist on the typical "school uniform" type clothes!!). I've also dug out a few more classics from jewellery collection with these Lola and Grace bits. The necklace is probably the most worn piece in my jewellery collection, though you probably knew that from seeing it so much in my previous posts! It is just so beautiful with the crystals and the chain detailing and encapsules everything I could want in a piece of jewellery.

Amy x

Monday, 24 November 2014

Shearling












*Brown shearling biker jacket: c/o RARE LONDON / *Grey heeled ankle boots: c/o DOROTHY PERKINS / Knitted high neck jumper: ZARA / Skinny leigh jeans: TOPSHOP /

The other day when I was looking through my wardrobe and my rather large jacket & coat collection, I asked myself "can a girl ever own too many coats?" Of course that was a moment of madness - a girl can never own too many coats! They're like shoes in that they're so versatile and can be worn in so many different ways with different outfits, too much is never enough! With that, I was more than happy to add this beautiful sheerling jacket from Rare London to the collection; it is probably the smartest jacket I own and teamed with the heeled ankle boots it just gives off such a classy yet casual vibe - an all around winner in my eyes.

Amy x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Sunday Post: A Christmas Throwback With New Look






*Red Christmas jumper: c/o NEW LOOK

Christmas is probably my favourite time of year; I just love the atmosphere, the decorations, the lights and (naturally) the winter fashion so when New Look challenged me to write a Christmas throwback blog post around this red Christmas jumper I jumped at the chance. I've never actually owned a Christmas jumper before so I was over the moon when this super cute, super cosy one arrived on my doorstep! They used to be an embarrassment but now they're a novelty wardrobe essential for the festive season and I know I'll be wearing mine on Christmas Day along with a little paper hat out of the crackers!

As part of the Christmas throwback I decided to do a list of why Christmas was better 15 years ago as anyone who is my age and had their childhood Christmas memories in the late 90s and early noughties know just how much times have changed since then, especially those of you who, like me, have younger siblings who Santa still visits!

What Made My Childhood Christmas

1. Decorating the Christmas Tree: There was none of this matching the baubles to the home decor like we all do now (including me!) - my brother and I would just throw every decoration we could find onto the tree from tinsel to santa clause ornaments to angels and absolutely none of it matched!

2. Making random decorations at school: I'm not sure about other primary schools but I know my 7 year old sister doesn't make decorations like we used to! We made biscuits to hang on the tree, santas out of that glittery piping and we even sewed little stockings to hang up there! Those were the good old days of D&T at school..

3. Advent calenders went right up New Year's Day: These days, advent calenders are extremely stingy with their chocolate; you're lucky if you get a bigger chocolate on Christmas Eve! Back in the day, the advent calenders went right up to New Year's Day with a mini chocolate bar or giant chocolate as the last one!

4. Genuinely good Christmas songs: Mariah Carey, Destiny's Child and The Darkness...the 90s and the early noughties were home to some of the best and most original Christmas songs that are still played over and over again in our Christmas seasons today. These days the charts are rife with Cascada dance covers of the 80s classics that make us want to barf.

5. Non-X Factor Christmas number ones: Don't get me wrong, I like the X Factor and do watch it weekend after weekend in the run up to Christmas but there's no denying that it has ruined the concept of the Christmas number one. Did anyone else love that year that Rage Against The Machine beat Joe McElderry to the top spot?!

6. The classic Christmas movies: It's a well known fact that Christmas films were a hundred zillion times better in the 90s; we had The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Frost, The Muppets Christmas Carol...the list goes on. Today the Christmas films are so tame and fariy-fied (everyone knows what I mean by that right?!) that they would send me to sleep rather than get me into the Christmas spirit (except Elf. Everyone loves Elf). Where's Tim Burton when you need him?!

Well there are my top 6 reasons why Christmas was better in the 90s and noughties... a bit of a random list but I'm sure you can all relate! What made your childhood Christmasses good?

Amy x

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Go Bold With #flashmob





I'm by no means a make up expert and usually I stick to a simple cat eye flick or a gold/neutral smokey eye using my trusty Naked palettes so I was a little bit worried about using this palette from Flashmob since the shades are so bright. But I think it's good to switch things up every now and then so I was more than willing to give it a go. Firstly, I'll say I love the variety of shades in this palette; it has just about every colour you could want from blues to greens to yellows making it a very versatile addition to your make up collection. So I'll be the first to say the shades look a bit scary, especially for someone like me who isn't that skilled with a make brush but once I used one of the lighter blues around my eyes I found it the colours to be quite sheer, which means there isn't much of a risk of accidentally making yourself look like a clown as the colours need builiding up to create a really bold look, something which I consider to be a major plus! Overall I really like this palette; granted it's not my usual style but I'm hoping that having it in my collection will help me venture out of my make up comfort zone a little more and experiment with the shades. With such a great price too, this palette is a worthy and fun addition to any make up box!

You can buy Flashmob cosmetics from Amazon here.

Amy x

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Glisten










 *Check zip detail mini skirt: c/o AX PARIS / Glitter jumper: NEXT / *Chelsea boots: c/o GLAMOROUS / *Limeade Millie bag: c/o MYBAG.COM / Amy watch: MARC BY MARC JACOBS / *Rose gold bangle: c/o EMOZIONI

Living in the north east isn't ideal when it comes to taking blog photos; everything is just so green and to be quite honest it can get rather dull. So as you can imagine, when I was in London last weekend I took full advantage of the pretty streets and just had to get some blog photos and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out! Anyway, I'm loving this checked skirt from AX Paris at the minute; I'm always a bit picky with skirts but this one is right up my street with the simple monochrome checks and short length. I love adding a pop of colour to all black outfits so the good old Millie bag had to make an appearance and I think it compliments the simplicity of the rest of the outfit perfectly. All in all, my ideal outfit for a day out exploring the city.

Amy x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Classic









*Sheer batwing shirt: c/o ROMWE / *Clarks ox blood leather brogues: c/o SHOETIQUE / Acid wash skinny jeans: TOPSHOP / Fur head band: NEXT / Amy watch: MARC BY MARC JACOBS / Coin necklace: PRIMARK

There is nothing that can go wrong with the classic jeans and shirt look, especially when it's teamed with a pair of brogues as beautiful as this pair by Clarks from Shoetique; I love love love the woven panel as it just adds something a little different to the usual leather brogue and along with the ribbon style laces these shoes are just a dream. I also have to mention this necklace from Primark which cost a measly £1.50! I'm sure everyone has seen Holly Willoughby sporting her probably very expensive version of this and I've seen a lot of this style of necklace around but none for as cheap as this Primark version; you know you can always count on trusty Primark for a good old dupe.

Amy x

Monday, 17 November 2014

#MyDorothyMoment With Dorothy Perkins













*Grey heeled ankle boots: c/o DOROTHY PERKINS / *Navy sweat jumper dress: c/o GLAMOROUS / Fur scarf: PRIMARK / Amy watch: MARC BY MARC JACOBS

I'll be the first to admit that I have a major shoe addiction; there's something so satisfying about buying your seventh pair of ankle boots that are just so different from the other pairs you own that can't really be put into words right?! So if you're anything like I am with shoes, which I'm sure most of you are, this Dorothy Perkins competition is an absolute must! The competition is part of the #MyDorothyMoment campaign and Dorothy Perkins wants to see how you would wear your DP shoes and how they make you feel and that is your Dorothy Moment. To enter the competition, all you have to do is take a shoefie in a from wear I stand style (which I'm sure all of you instagrammers are more than familiar with!) and share it using the hashtag #MyDorothyMoment and #dorothy to be in with a chance of winning a years supply of Dorothy Perkins shoes and lets be honest, it doesn't get much better than that! 

So for my Dorothy Moment, I chose this pair of grey ankle boots. There's something just so classic yet simple about a good pair of ankle boots and this pair fits the bill perfectly. I teamed them with the sweater dress and scarf for a laid back yet sophisticated look - perfect for a casual day out Christmas shopping! 

If you are a regular reader you'll know that I have won a few competitions recently so my advice to everyone would be enter enter enter! Tag me in your entries on twitter and instagram with my username @a_daawg so I can see them all and don't forget to follow me on instagram to see #MyDorothyMoment - follow me here. 


Amy x
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