31 Aug 2015

The White Dress


photos by Amy.

dress: Mango (sale) similar | shoes: Chloe | bag: vintage Chanel | watch: Michael Kors | sunglasses: Celine* | bracelet: Monica Vinader*

HELLO. Well, what do we have here? An outfit post? You don't say. Can you believe my last outfit was on the 4th July - that's almost two months ago! Apologies for the style silence, my two regular photographers were super busy so there wasn't much I could do unfortunately. But, hopefully I'll be back on track very soon and have regular photos of my face for your, errr, perusal.

I have a minor obsession with this dress at the moment. It's the right side of pretty and floaty and borderline maternity that I like in a dress. Y'know, covers all the right bits without looking like you're wearing a tent. I picked this beauty up in the Mango sale and it's probably the best £17 I've spent in a long time, as it's lazy dressing at its best. I'm reviving the Chloe boots (not like they ever went away) as they're pretty much all I want to wear right now and are great for giving a bit somethin' extra to an outfit. The bag needs no explanation bc look at it.

I had a lovely day snapping these photos with Amy and between that and my boyfriend almost completing my new blog design, I'm feeling all inspired with the blog which I haven't felt in a long time. Can't be a bad thing, right? Oh and I'm up for 'best longstanding fashion blog' in the bloggers blog awards, so if you like this little blog then go vote for me because that would be excellent.

Please check out my newly updated blog sale as it has to go by Wednesday and £250 my Barbour giveaway!

Helen x
ps. Check out these blogs: Stories of StyleOrlagh mc and Adventures of an Anglophile.

Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes, see my full disclaimer here.
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26 Aug 2015

BEAUTY: Nail Favourites #9


I'm going through this phase with my nails where things either have to be dark yet bold or light and pretty. There's very little in between (unless I freak out and throw on a red!) and I seem to be following a bit of an Essie pattern at the moment, so here's the lowdown on my favourite nail picks.

Starting from the bottom swatch, Essie Take It Outside is this wonderful mix between nude, white and grey. It's one of those shades you can throw on and matches everything, while giving your nail that chic edge that always comes with using light colours. It's one I always come back to!

Next is a dark and bold shade in the form of Essie Style Cartel. I always love wearing a navy or dark blue shade on my nails, as it's less stark than black and goes well with my mostly monochrome wardrobe palette. This shade is opaque in two coats and dries quickly, too.

I've talked about Essie Lady Like before, but it's a shade I wear at least once a month. It's a pretty dusty pink tone which gives nails a bit of a typically feminine look, but with enough edge so it doesn't wander into sugary territory.

I can't be so close to Autumn without getting Essie Bahama Mama out of my nail polish bag. I adore this dark berry shade and it always looks so flattering on, as it's quite a subtle shade when applied despite looking so bold - if that makes any sense at all!

Finally, for a taupe/purple shade, I adore Essie Merino Cool. It's one of those easy to apply shades where it doesn't matter if you just throw it on, as it always looks nice as it's really easy to apply due to the wider brush. I often go for this one when I'm not sure what to pick!

What nail shades are you favourite?

Please check out my newly updated blog sale and £250 my Barbour giveaway!

Helen x
ps. Check out these blogs: Stories of StyleOrlagh mc and Adventures of an Anglophile.

Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes, see my full disclaimer here.
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24 Aug 2015

TODAY: Three Autumn Outfit Ideas with Barbour (plus a giveaway!)


Well hey. It's not quite an outfit post, but it's as close as I'll get for now! Apologies for the lack of outfits, having a bit of a photographer issue right now but I should be back on track in the next two weeks or so, so stay tuned! As I don't want this blog to be a beauty blog, I've been thinking of other ways to include style in my posts so, as I'm 100% down for Autumn to be here already, here's three A/W outfits featuring the amazing Barbour International Waxed Jacket. I'm absolutely dying to wear it and will add a full length photo later on this evening - keep on reading for my outfit suggestions and a giveaway!




Outfit One: Black and Gold | I am a bit obsessed with black denim if you may or may not have noticed, so for this outfit I've paired my J Brand skinny black jeans with the Barbour jacket. For my top, I went with a grey oversized Gestuz tee, as I find this coat to be quite warm and a tee is sometimes enough in early Autumn! To compliment the gold buttons on the jacket, I opted for my gold Chloe studded boots, my vintage Chanel and a Michael Kors chunky gold watch. It's laid back enough to throw on, but has a bit more detail so you feel put together!




Outfit Two: Casual | For those who don't want to wear black, this second outfit incorporates mid-blue jeans by J Brand (which is my favourite brand for denim) and an oversized cream knit by H&M. I love pairing these two, as they're a great combo and their tones are perfect for Autumn and go really well with the Barbour jacket. For shoes I went for my beige toned Isabel Marant boots and my D&G bag for a casual, easy going look.



Outfit Three: Comfy | Autumn always makes me want to curl up and be as comfortable as possible. It's why I'm usually found in fur coats and huge scarves because comfort is my number one priority. I'm basically an old lady. Anyway, I picked up those Isabel Marant moccasin style shoes and they're the softest suede and sheepskin lined, so I knew I had to base an outfit around them. I went for dark wash J Brand jeans, a Mango grey knit and my Proenza Schouler PS11 bag. I liked the mixed metal look in this, so it's one I'll definitely be wearing when the temperature drops.

Now, onto a giveaway! Barbour have kindly let me give one of you the chance to win your own International Jacket. Worth a whopping £250, this jacket will see you right through Autumn and Winter and last for years. The only mandatory entries are as follows: sign up to the Barbour mailing list, leave your details incase you win, sharing your post on social media and follow this blog via bloglovin! The rest are optional :) It will run from today until Midnight on the 7th September!

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Please check out my newly updated blog sale! It has to end before I move house! 

Helen x
ps. Check out these blogs: Stories of StyleOrlagh mc and Adventures of an Anglophile.

Some of these items have been sent to me for review purposes, see my full disclaimer here.
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