My chunky love affair.

Today I looked at my lovely jewellery tree, which is normally only sporting dainty little Alex Monroe pieces from birthday’s past or old discoloured Urban Outfitters necklaces, but then I realised that all of those delicate or broken necklaces were engulfed by my recent obsession of ‘make a statement’ jewellery.

I stay true to my little four leaf clover Alex Monroe necklace, or my Dinny Hall Talitha pendant given to me by my brother on my 21st birthday, but I decided a while back to cheat on my dainty beloveds and go for something bigger in size (obviously no sexual connotations here…).

I didn’t think my love affair with chunky statement jewellery would last long, ‘just another passing fashion phase’ I thought to myself, but oh how wrong I was, and unfortunately, my bank balance didn’t seem too pleased with my chunky love affair either.

However, my bank balance didn’t see my money-saving ways at first, but once I had the statement jewels that I thought was enough to cover most outfits in my wardrobe, I felt no need to go looking for another printed top or blouse – just popping on one of my statement necklaces instantly made wearing a plain white top all the more fun and quirky – as seen below.

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Chunk-ify to have some fun with the plain basics.

When it comes to statement necklaces, I divide mine into two camps: the bling-jewel crew, and the edgy tribals. As you can see from the ‘bling-jewel’ style, I do have a passionate love for an Emerald green or Gold:

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Greens & Gold’s.
– Green cuff & both necklaces: Accessorize
– Chunky chain: Urban Outfitters
– Scallop style gold necklace: Topshop

With my selection of the ‘edgy & tribal-esque’ necklaces, I find these sharp structured lines work best with a simple silk or textured top, preferably with no pattern as the jewellery is doing the talking for the outfit itself:

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Lines, Curves & Points:
– All the above is from Topshop (not so adventurous, but at a price that keeps both me and my bank balance happy).

Does a long gold spike necklace work with a nice white formal dress? Well, I thought so, and here was the result:

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Plain white dress? Edge it up.

Obviously my opinion is heavily biased, but my verdict is that YES, the long spike chain necklace completely transformed a plain white bodycon dress (from Zara) into something INTERESTING, something that stood out from the sea of expensive little gold chain necklaces.

By adding that chunky edgy statement to your everyday or formal outfit, I promise you will have a lot more fun, and notice a lot more compliments on your quirky choice. Just remember to make sure none of the spikes of edges harm anyone in the process wearing your new chunky friend!

Time to love you & leave you now!

With love from London,

C

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Sunny Sunday.

I’ve decided to up the ante and start blogging more about fashion/my style favourites etc. I felt my blog had a bit of a sad theme going on, with a few of my posts about my parents divorce, feeling alone or sad etc. So I’ve now decided that I am going to blog about things that I love or am interested in so my mind isn’t so focused on the sadness around me. Its all about getting the balance in life right eh?

I think the best place to start is to show you, (the lovely reader of my blog), what I wore out and about during my Sunday FUNday antics.

As it was warm, but not warm enough to wear my favourite shorts, I stuck to my trusty denim jeans – always there when you need them when London hasn’t decided in the rainy morning that it wants to be hot in the afternoon.

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Feeling floaty floral in Notting Hill.

Right now I’m very much into loose floaty shirts, especially ones with a great pattern or design. Button up shirts are also great to show a little bit of lingerie lace if you want to make it a little more risque than just casual day wear.

My favourite part of the outfit is the clash of patterns between the floral print on my shirt and the blue and white stripes of my hairband – which I picked up from a children’s clothes shop! Stuff in those kind of shops ain’t just for toddlers or pre-teens!

From where?

  • Floral button up shirt: Primark
  • Jeans: New Look
  • Bow Hairband: No Added Sugar
  • Bag: Ozzy & Deena (Urban Outfitters)
  • Shoes: found in my mum’s shoe collection & have now worked their way into mine.

As Sunday is a day of rest, I will love you and leave you now. My ‘bible’ (the Style magazine supplement that comes with the Sunday Times papers) is calling me!

With love from London,

C

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Time to play in the summer sun!

Let’s rewind back to the ‘summer’ months of London 2012 and reminisce of the glorious weather it brought us Brits… For starters, it was recorded as the wettest summer since 1917, and then all hopes of sunbathing in Hyde Park or a trip to Brighton were dashed by the measly mean UK temperature of 13.9 °C – the coolest summer we’ve had since 1998! My 2012 ‘summer’ wardrobe consisted of jumpers, jeans, and if VERY LUCKY, maybe even a t-shirt without a cardigan!

Fast forward to the London summer months of 2013 and its a whole new story. The heatwave that gripped us from the start of July has held on into August, I like to think that’s the weather saying ‘sorry about the shit summer we gave you last year, we feel kinda bad about all that flooding and ruining the Queen’s Jubilee, so we’ve decided to let you all have a hot and sunny summer’. This was very nice of the weather, but a heatwave that causes problems with my wardrobe? Not so nice.

In this perpetual 28-32°C weather I have found my new best friend that keeps me cool and un-sweaty in this city heat – the playsuit.

I used to think playsuit’s looked silly and that it was odd that women wanted to wear a child’s outfit. It wasn’t until a few years back that I tried one on in Urban Outfitters and decided that for a shorty like me (I nearly reach the great height of 5ft), that these short, silky little things did wonders for my little legs and added instant sex appeal through the short hem, silk and pattern.

I’m not a huge fan of Aztec prints, but on this Urban Outfitters playsuit (below), works perfectly. With the cream base and pink patterns toning down the bold Aztec style pattern it stands out from the regular heavy black, yellow or red typical Aztec prints seen on the high street.

As the playsuit’s pattern does all the talking for the outfit, I think its better to tone down when it comes to accessories. Wearing a delicate necklace helps to balance the loud design of the playsuit, seen in the picture below, choosing to wear my favourite Dogeared gold star necklace.

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Silky printed playsuit = solution to keeping cool in the hot weather.

For all you lucky regular sized people out there, a pair of ballet pumps or flats or even a nice pair of sandals will do the trick to making your legs look lovely and long. As you can see in the photo above I opted for a pair of wedges which instantly flattered my little legs. However, as I soon sorely found out, wedges and cobbled stones DO NOT MIX.

Another playsuit I added to my ever growing collection is much more understated, being black in colour with a minimal print to it. In this case I added a statement necklace that complemented the colours of the pattern on the playsuit (dark pink and blue).

I also found that with nearly every playsuit you don’t have to stick with jewellery to add to the look, in fact I found that adding a belt complements both the outfit and emphasizes your waist at the same time – two birds, one stone!

This outfit (although not properly seen in the photo) has kept the sweat at bay in clubs or on holiday.

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Keeping cool on holiday in the Italian heat – picture taken in the beautiful Florence.

If you want to check out a beautiful model wearing the Aztec print playsuit, or if you would like to add it to your wardrobe collection, check out: http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk/sparkle+fade-ombre-playsuit-in-aztec-print/invt/5741424315842/

Urban Outiftters may be a little on the pricey side, but the sale always comes up tops and is well worth checking out instore. My favourite alternative if I’m not up to splashing out on £38 or more for one item is to trawl Ebay, where I’ve already found two beautiful swallow printed playsuits in a lovely light blue colour or in cream.

Wondering about a reasonably priced necklace to go with your playsuit? Here is my favourite choice (I rarely take it off!): http://www.asos.com/Dogeared/Dogeared-Make-A-Wish-Rising-Star-Necklace/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2573568&cid=4122&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Gold

Wanting something to emphasize that itty bitty waist, or maybe to simply make the playsuit more fitted? Try out a belt like this (I have one like this, but with a pink-y nude belt strap instead of black), the gold bar on the front of the belt will make it easy to accessorize with jewellery and also gives it a more sophisticated look:

http://www.missselfridge.com/en/msuk/product/accessories-299050/belts-299077/black-skinny-metal-bar-belt-2020270?bi=1&ps=40

The sun is shining, and now its time to get out and play in my playsuit without sweating till I’m soaked! And because its called a ‘PLAYsuit’, it means you HAVE to have some fun in it. Enjoy!

With summery love from London,

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