Summer crop top I can’t stop thinking about

I saw this crop top online a few weeks ago as a coming soon item and have been desperate to get my hands on it ever since.

Summer Fiesta Embroidered Top – & Other Stories (£55)

I love the boxy shape and beautiful embroidery. Although embroidery has been a huge trend recently I love how this design is different to the floral embroidery which is everywhere at the moment (not that I’m not loving the floral embroidery trend too!)

What do you think of crop tops for summer?

Back to basics

Blogging is something I’ve always wanted to do but always struggled to be consistent with. I would like to start posting on this blog again but need to make the task less daunting so I’ve decided to take it back to basics and post easy, simple posts as often as I can. 

I’ve always been into fashion and this is the main reason why I started this blog in the first place so I want to go back to this and post fashion inspiration, images and items I’m currently lusting after.

Although it’s currently very grey and wet, the weather has been great recently and has made me start thinking about holiday pieces and my summer wardrobe.

Here’s some items currently on my summer wish list…

Pineapple print dress – & Other Stories (£69)

Button-down Denim Skirt – & Other Stories (£39)

Tab Detail Braided Leather Bag – & Other Stories (£89)

Rib Tencel T-shirt – & Other Stories (£19)

Which is your favourite item? What’s on your summer wish list? 

20’s Gatsby style – Zara fringed top

The fringing trend is very popular at the moment and this top is a great way to wear it. 
  
(Image from Zara.com website)

Zara fringed top £25.99

I’ve seen a very similar top, skirt and dress to this at Whistles but as it’s such a statement piece I wouldn’t want to spend as much on it so this Zara top is a great alternative.

There are so many different ways it could be styled and it would instantly make you look very chic and put together.  

What do you guys think of this top? How would you style it? 
Xx

New beginnings…..Birmingham!!

Birmingham Weekender 2015 was a weekend of free outdoor performance, art and entertainment across the city centre that took place  between 25th-27th October co-inciding with the opening of the new Grand Central and much anticipated John Lewis store.

  
  
  
Grand Central is a new development above Birmingham New Street Station with some great new shops and restaurants. Aside from John Lewis, there is a Jo Malone store, White Company, Kiehl’s, Oliver Bonas, MAC, Tiger, Wasabi and Leon. 

  
  
As well as the amazing shopping, there were some great performances over the weekend. One of the highlight acts were the Maudits Sonnants, a French group of acrobats, trapezists, dancers, percussionists, bell ringers and singers who were suspended from a crane 55 metres above the ground creating a musical chandelier.

  

There was a really great atmosphere in the city all weekend and it’s inspired me to kick-start my blog again. Although this blog was originally going to focus on shoes, there will be posts on a wider range of topics going forwards. This will include lifestyle posts, food, restaurant reviews, interior design, books as well as the usual fashion, beauty and shoes! 

Hope you guys don’t mind the changes, I’m really excited to get back into blogging again! X

Simple Whites – Zara White Crackled Leather Handbag

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Crackled Leather Handbag £39.99

This bag has the simplistic Stockholm street style vibe to it which I adore.

Looks like it’s made from beautiful, soft leather and looks much more expensive than the £39.99 price tag, especially since it’s 100% leather.

Apologies for blogging about yet another Zara buy, but think this is going to be one of those special Zara buys which sell out straight away!

Volume Sprays: Oribe v Charles Worthington

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I have very fine flat hair so am always on the lookout for products to add volume and texture to my hair.

The first volumising spray I tried was the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I was very intrigued, and had very high expectations for this after hearing so many beauty bloggers rave about it and I have to say, it definitely met my expectations.

This spray really is magical. I have no idea how it works but it feels like you’re pumping air into your hair when you spray this. It really lifts and adds lots and lots of volume. This product feels very luxurious, has a lovely scent, and gives your hair a very soft and fluffy texture. It makes your hair feel weightless, like there’s nothing in it and the volume lasts a really, really long time too. I absolutely love this product and would love to have endless supplies of it, however it is very pricey!

This is the reason why I decided to try out a cheaper alternative, and bought the Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray. This spray isn’t quite the same as the Oribe spray and gives a different kind of look, but I really love this spray too. It adds a lot of volume to my hair which lasts for hours, just like the Oribe, but it gives a different type of texture and feels very different in my hair. It gives more of a gritty, texturised look and feels slightly hard and crispy in your hair, but I don’t mind this when I’m going for a messier, backcombed look.

I would use the Oribe on both freshly washed hair to add volume and texture, and on greasy hair as a dry shampoo, however I wouldn’t with the Charles Worthington spray as I think it’s less of a dry shampoo and more of a gritty, texturising spray. I think both these sprays are great to have in your collection as they both are very different. I would save the more luxurious Oribe spray for special occasions or when going for more sophisticated, softer styles but think the Charles Worthington spray is great for everyday use to add volume and texture to your hair.

Have you tried either of these sprays? What did you think?