Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Outdoor Urban Fashion 101: Ideas and Tips

With the summer months coming in, it's the perfect time to start planning a new wardrobe. If you are an outdoorsy type and need your wardrobe to be both functional and stylish, it can be a tricky balance to strike. Invest a little time and do a little research, and you can have both options at your fingertips in no time. 
Good durable footwear
A good pair of boots are a must have, particularly if you spend a lot of time outdoors or on various terrains! You can wear all manner of durable boots either tucked into jeans when the rain comes on, or with a dress or skirt and tights when the weather is nicer. Just make sure they are properly lined to keep the rain out.

Simple pieces for layering
Being exposed to the elements often means that layering is essential, which requires your wardrobe needs to be full of light, simple pieces in neutral shades, designed to be worn underneath your waterproof jacket. Think classic cut t-shirts, in colours like black and grey. Darker shades won’t stain so easily, therefore will have greater longevity than whites and beiges. Having a cardigan or two is also a good idea, with many high street stores offering an array of colours and wools to suit every budget. Layer your plain t underneath a warm cardigan, with your Barbour jacket and boots.

A sturdy backpack
Although they have never been known for being particularly fashionable, backpacks have been making something of a comeback in recent months. Coachella music festival was held but a few months ago and every fashion icon was wearing one, so don't be afraid. Choose one in a pastel shade for a look that's right on trend, or if this is a bit too outlandish, go classic in tan leather; for a look your whole wardrobe will coordinate with.

Practical accessories
Cotton headbands both look great, and keep your hair out of your eyes when you are on the go. They are also a great way to inject a little colour into your wardrobe neutrals. Choose primary colours if you have blonde hair, and pastel shades if you are dark. Red heads look great in forest colours like emerald greens and burgundy.

A warm outdoor jacket
For an outdoor jacket that’s both functional and fashionable, opt for a Barbour jacket available from Outdoor and Country, as they are waterproof, hard wearing, and have been a wardrobe staple on the fashion scene in recent years; particularly with festival goers.
One great benefit with opting for a Barbour coat is that with just a little waxing once every other year you can add years to its life! Thornproof dressing is available from most Barbour stores; all you need to do is place it in a bain-marie to soften it. Using a soft cloth lightly spread the wax on your jacket, focusing on the arms and shoulders (which will get the most battering from the rain.)
Once this has fully rubbed in, set the wax with a hairdryer and hang it up somewhere warm. It’s well worth this quick and easy little process to keep your Barbour looking good as new for a very long time!

Image by julochka used under the Creative Commons license

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Styling Wand Review

I haven't used or owned a curling tong since I was about 12 (and it barely did anything, but bear in mind this was back in 2001 lol). However, I have always wanted one, it's just not something I thought I could justify buying since my hair is naturally wavy and I have had GHD's for the last 14 years which can be used to create curls. But oh my, I should have got one way sooner! The Nicky Clarke Diamond Shine Pro Salon Styling Wand is actually amazing! Let me take you through the process:

This is my hair, having dried naturally and been slept on:

This is my hair 1) naturally, 2) brushed through (this is why I don't brush my hair lol) and 3) after curling and brushing it out with my fingers... wow!:

And the best part? It took about 20 seconds to heat up and it took me about 10 minutes to do my entire head! I read the manual because I genuinely had no idea what I was doing and set the curler to level 2 out of 5, as I have fine/medium hair, just loads of it. I held my hair in the curler for 10 seconds, let go and walah, a perfect curl! See the demo below:

And here is a before and after, this was before I had brushed the curls out with my fingers:

For 5 minutes of effort, it is SO worth it and I legit feel like I belong in Pretty Little Liars :P For the second half of my hair, I upped the temperature to 5/5 and held it for 5 seconds instead of 10 and got the exact same result, so it was even quicker! It retails at: £34.99 which for turning frizzy hair into stunning curls in under 10 minutes, is an absolute bargain!


Thursday, 16 April 2015

Italy Road Trip Day Five

Shirt: New Look  |  Shorts: DIY  |  Backpack: Primark  |  Sandals: Ipanema

Day five! We woke up in a car park just outside of Manarola, it is one of the 5 towns that make up Cinque Terre which are all very picturesque villages by the coast. We got ready and headed into town for breakfast and an explore, the water was crystal clear and deep green and there was a great coastal path with views looking back at the village. Then we drove to another village a little further along called Vernazza for lunch and took these outfit shots in one of the many tiny narrow streets! Both towns were very similar and had an equal amount of tourists (ie a LOT!) it is a unique place and as we were walking around I often wondered who lived there and how they ended up there. The cliffs by the coast were stunning and the drive albeit terrifying (nothing new there!) had some serious views!


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Italy Road Trip Day Four

Denim Shirt: H&M old (similar) Lace Skirt: Forever 21  |  Sandals: Ipanema  |  Backpack: Primark

Today we drove into Spezia. It is a bustling port town with a cute harbour, loads of massive palm trees and lots and lots of little streets with various shops, pizzeria's and gelateria's! We stopped for some authentic italian pasta which was delicious and walked around taking the sights in! I wore this beautiful lace skirt from Forever 21 and a slightly crinkled denim shirt along with a little plait in my hair to keep my untamed fringe off my face :P


Monday, 13 April 2015

Italy Road Trip Day Two

Jumper: Warehouse  |  Hat: Next  |  Jeans: H&M  | Boots: Fashion Union

Another day another mountain! Yesterday we drove up to Mattarone which was terrifying in a massive van on tiny windy roads with death drops on one side! But the view at the top was worth it :) Then we drove to a campsite, which was closed so we parked up by the gates, went to sleep and drove in to the camp in the morning to shower! Just been chilling all day today, read some of my book and got some groceries. Off to another town tomorrow!