Walk the line

Chic, leg- lengthening and slimming (thanks to the awesome properties of vertical stripes) – say hello to your new summer staple. Horizontal stripes have been hogging the fashion limelight, for, eh, basically forever, but it’s time to try its flattering little sister, the vertical. Whether you go for slouchy, billowing or floor-skimming, just make sure they come in a wide for maximum impact.
Will you wear some seriously statement striped trousers? Scroll down for style inspo, shopping and see how I wear mine…

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And celebs have been getting in on the action as well, most recently Victoria Beckham and RIhanna – who do you think wore it best?

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When I jetted off on my holidays, see previous post here – they were the perfect warm weather staple

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1. Next 2. Petit Bateau 3. Topshop 4. Finery 5. Oasis 6. River Island 7. Miss Selfridge 

We scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream…

No, this post isn’t about how to look stylish when holding an ice-cream, although who wouldn’t want to look like Eleonora Carsi when munching on the frozen stuff? Girl crush central.

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Nor is it about slathering yourself in pastels resembling sweet sorbet shades, but that wouldn’t be a bad thing either.

Instead it’s all about the humble ice-cream print. Wahey! I love anything kitsch or cute – give me an item of clothing with a burger, watermelon or pineapple any day, stick a face on it and I’m sold. So I’ve super happy to see the toothache inducing print recreated in clothes form. See below for some sweet shopping inspo.

See, kitschy prints can still look grown-up and chic, pair them with neutral tones to really make it the cute print work for everyday.

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And before you think it’s just a melt-in-the moment thing, check out Peter Jensen’s icecream-tastic resort 2016 collection. Want. It. All.

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Get the look now…

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1, Top, Asos 2. Shoes, Asos 3. Iphone case, Asos 4. Iphone Case, Asos 5. Iphone Case, New Look 6. Skirt, Au Jour Le Jour  7. Top, Topshop, 8. Earrings, Wolf & Badger 9. T-shirt, Au Jour Le Jour 10. Clutch, House of Holland 11. Jumper, Markus Lupfer 12. Bag, Sensi Studio 13. Earrings, Botica

Spilt Ends

Wrap, spit, slit, asymmetrical whatever you want to call it, just know you need this skirt you in your wardrobe. It’s been on the streets for a couple of seasons now so it’s surely becoming a staple at this stage. But before you dismiss it as a more cold weather piece, think again. It can totally work for summer- breezy, easy to wear and chic, it ticks all the style boxes for me.

Before you get intimated about how to wear – just think of it as updated pencil skirt, a modern take on the structured shape just with a little slit detail going on so style it how you would that style of skirt. Simple, right?

With a crew neck jumper and modest block heeled sandals – this wrap skirt is totally summer office appropriate.

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The perfect warm weather outfit as below? Yes to this.

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What does a bright cobalt blue wrap skirt need? More colour – this look totally screams summer style.

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And when winter rolls around, ditch the light jumpers for a chunky cable knit. It’s the perfect balance to a streamlined spilt skirt.

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This is one of my favourite Alexa’s streetstyle looks. A classic but cool monchrome jumper tones down the sexiness of PVC and zip detailing.

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Again we see shirt plus wrap skirt – killer combo especially if it’s in a classic but cool monochrome.

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Let the skirt do all the talking – a statement embellished skirt looks super sweet with a classic button-down.

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LOVE how it’s styled below – it doesn’t have to be all sexy side spilt, legs-in-your-face. Styled with a basic black jumper and trainers give it the instant cool factor.

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1. Whistles, 2. Asos 3. J.W. Anderson 4. Asos 5. J.Crew 6. Topshop 7. Raey  8. Acne 9. Richard Nicoll

Holiday Style

I recently went on a honeymoon of epic proportions – San Fran, Las Vegas and Hawaii, and I wanted to share with you some outfits I wore on my trip.

Not one to get a tan, I’ve tried, failed, tried again, it just ain’t gonna happen, so I preferred doing a little more covering up in light, layers while I soaked up the sun and relaxed with my new husband.

So what were some of my go-to holiday pieces? Stripes, statement sunglasses, flats and comfy trousers. You can’t get a better combo than that…

But more specifically here are my must-have items to pack when off on your holidays.

1. A good quality t-shirt – preferably in a breathable fabric like cotton or linen. A grab and go piece, find a t-shirt fit you like and buy in multiple colours. Perfect for those you want a bit of coverage but need a light layer for heading out sightseeing or shopping.

2. A classic white or printed shirt in linen – go for slightly oversized and wear thrown over your bikini or tied-up around your waist with a chic pair of trousers for day to night vibes.

3. A straw bag – it will come in super handy for toting your book, magazines, suncream and water to the beach or carrying your essentials for sightseeing adventures.

4.  Printed pair of trousers – preferably loose or wide-legged for added breeziness. If you’re like me and blessed with paler-than-pale skin then sometimes you don’t want to bare all in cut-off shorts and skirts, especially if its your first day of your holidays. A pair of striped wide-legs or full-on florals gives a stylish twist to your look while still keeping you cool and will work double duty from daytime to sundown.

5. A summer hat – fedora/tribly/floppy – whatever shape takes your fancy. Not only will it protect your face from the rays but it will go with everything and give your a basic look an Im-on-holidays vibe.

6. Statement Sunnies – sunglasses are a no-brainer especially for a sunny locale but because their small you can squeeze one or two into your suitcase, go for embellished or printed to add a little fun to your beach look.

7. Beach Cover-up -a vivid, printed chiffon cover-up like a kaftan or beach dress is perfect for throwing over your bikini if you’re nipping to the bar for a cocktail or having a quick lunch before you head back to your sun lounger and the sheer fabric will keep you cool in the heat.

8. A evening clutch – one that fits your lipgloss, room key, money and phone and you’re good to go. Simples.

9. A selection of swimwear – one-piece for those days you just want to cover-up, high-waisted bikini for those days you want to want to look chic by the pool and a string bikini for those days you want to get a tan.

10. A jumper – the boring part – it can actually get cold in a tropical locale – whether it’s the chilly air conditioning or the breezy wind when the sun goes down pack a cosy jumper for evening. You’ll thank me I promise.

11. Shoes – 1 pair of runners, 1 pair of heeled sandals and at least one or two flat sandals that are as comfy as kittens kissing your toes. You’re going to be wearing them practically all day, every day in the heat with swollen feet. So just make sure they fit you properly and want give you blisters from hell.

Do you have a go-to holiday style? Or a piece you can’t live without bringing on holidays?

                        
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1. Bag, Chloe 2. Sunglasses, Miu Miu 3. Trousers, Topshop 4. Dress, River Island, 5. Turban, Missoni, 6. Sweater, See by Chloe 7. Bag, Saint Laurent 8. Sandals, Birkenstock 9. Tote, Kate Spade 10. Bikni, Topshop 11. T-shirt, Next 12. Sunglasses, & Stories, 13. Sandals, River Island, 14. Shirt, Unliquo 15. Culottes, Whistles 16. Bag, Topshop 17. Bikini, Topshop 18. Swimsuit, Whistles 19. Hat, River Island 20. Trousers, Topshop

Kick-ass Crochet

Crochet is one of those trends, like florals for spring, that seems to pop up every year – a warm weather regular. With the hint of summer on the horizon and the start of festival season, it might just be time to invest in some cool crochet.
Now typically the white variety has been popular. I’d love to be of the long-limbed, bronze-skinned specimens, who can throw on the LWCD, that’s little white crochet dress, don’t you know.  But, fear not, because this season I’m totally digging the psychedelic, brighter-than-bright, put-a-smile-on-your-dial vibes that coloured crochet gives. Bonus – it won’t end up making you look like a giant white doily. Win.

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1. Bag, Sophie Anderson, 2.  Dress, Glamourous 3. Dress, Asos 4. Turban, Missoni 5. Playsui, Missoni 6. Co-ord, Asos 7. Top, Topshop 8. Bikini, Kiini 9. Trousers, Asos

Got you Covered

We all know that our phones aren’t just smart little gadgets they’ve become an extension of ourselves and a showcase of our personality. It’s no wonder statement iPhone cases have fast become must-haves for people who want to accessorise everything in their wardrobe, including their gadgets, and at fashion week for the past few years the IT accessory isn’t always the hottest bag or shoe but the novelty phone case. Jeremy Scott kicked it up a notch with this wish-list wanting cases from Moschino and boom, a trend is born for kooky phone covers. As any smart streetstyler knows it’s not all about aesthetics, investing in a cool, chic cover also offers your phone protection. Fashionable and function is always a winning combo.

After recently upgrading to an iPhone 6, I struggled finding a cover so I trawled the shops to bring you an edit of the best cases you need to get right now.

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From Left to Right,

1. Topshop 2. Kate Spade 3. Moschino 4. Zero Gravity 5. Skinny Dip 6. Marcy by Marc 7. Revolve 8. Asos 9. Dannjo 10. Skinny Dip 11. Sophia Webster 12. New Look 13. Light in the Box 14. Topshop

Bad-ass Pink

Get on board the rose parade – before you think you need to go uber-girly, this sweet shade doesn’t have to look so sickly. Cut the sugar factor by opting for clean, streamlined pieces – think more refined less frou-frou and team pretty pink with pieces that don’t always play nice like leather and black. No pretty princess vibes for you..

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Shrug it off

If you’re over showing your cleavage and the thoughts of baring your midriff makes you cringe, try an off-the-shoulder style for size. Here’s my top tips for rocking some serious shoulder action.

A orangey-red lip, gold hardware and textured top makes this look a winner.

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Wear an off-the-shoulder dress with casual accessories and flats for a more relaxed vibe.

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Avoid boho connotations by working your OTS top, with a sleek black leather pencil skirt and statement necklace.

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Combine a bardot top in the same colour as a skirt for a sleek but fun look and finish off with kick-ass sunglasess.

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The LBD gets a flirty twist with pleats, frills and an off-the-shoulder detail.

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Genius styling trick – button your shirt into an off-the-shoulder style for those hot summer days.

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A white bardot top looks office-ready when pared with tailored black trousers and ballet pumps.

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From bows to stripes go big and bold or go home.

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A red siren number looks even sexier with a little extra shoulder showing.

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You don’t always have to go for a statement shoulder-exposing dress, a sleek monochromatic outfit is so stunning it can speak for itself too.

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Simple make-up and loose pared back hair is the perfect partner to a bright shoulder-exposing dress.

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For an unexpected boost and cute styling trick, layer an OTS top under a printed pinafore dress.

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1. Paisley top, Asos 2. Burgundy floral top, River Island 3. Black and silver dress, Topshop Unique 4. Cream and floral crop top, Saloni 5. Black dress, Tata Naka 6. Boho dress, Asos 7. Stripe dress, Topshop 8. Green floral top, Topshop 9. Blue dress, Carven 10. Cream frill top, Topshop Unique 11. Black lace, River Island

Luxe Layer

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How i wear mine: Layered up with a cosy knit until the sunny, warm weather hits! Shop my H&M duster trench here

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From left to right, 1. Pink trench, Missguided 2. Khaki trench, Oasis 3. Cream trench, New Look 4. Black trench, French Connection 5. Yellow trench, Michael Lo Sordo 6. Blue trench, Asos 7. Grey trench, Lipsy 8. Stone trench, Noisy May, Asos 9. Navy trench, Dorothy Perkins 10. Pink trench, Asos 11. White trench, River Island 12. Check trench, River Island 13. Khaki trench, Whistles 14. Orange Trench, Cedric Chadlier