Dressing For Your Body Shape – A Simple Guide

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The shops are booming with gorgeous new pieces for the new season, sparkly party dresses, cosy knitwear, it’s almost overwhelmingly difficult to know where to start. What most people don’t know is that there is a way to make it all that little bit easier for yourself: shape dressing. There are four main body types: hourglass, straight, pear and apple, and each one has particular styles and pieces that work better for it.Yes, that’s right, it’s time to refer back to the Trinny and Susannah and Gok Wan days of comparing your body to a fruit, but surprisingly, it does work.

 

So, take a look in the mirror, and decide which shape is most suited to you, and find your new season wardrobe.

PEAR SHAPE

Jacket – River Island, £60.00

Top – River Island, £18.00

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You have a pear shaped body if your top half is smaller than your bottom half, you may have curvy hips, a small bust and a more defined waist. The best way to dress a pear shaped body is to aim to even out your body’s proportions, this is best done by layering, just like I’ve done using this gorgeous dusty pink fringed jacket from River Island, perfect for layering over a delicate cami top and a pair of skinny jeans.

HOURGLASS SHAPE

Top – Marks & Spencer £49.50

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Hourglass figures are defined by their big busts and big thighs and bottoms, hourglass women tend to have defined waists. To emphasize the small waist of an hourglass body, a peplum style top just like this sheer number from Marks and Spencer is ideal for drawing in the waist, plus the v-neck style underneath the sheer material is endlessly flattering for the bust area.

STRAIGHT SHAPE

Skirt – River Island, £20.00

The straight body shape does exactly what it says on the tin, you’re most likely to fit into the straight category if you wear the same clothing size on your top and bottom half, if you have a small bust and bottom, and if you have little waist definition. A detailed printed skirt like this tiered one from River Island is great for adding interest and definition to your bottom half, and can also be styled casually for day wear or dressed up to be worn in the evening.

APPLE SHAPE

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Dress – H&M, £24.99

An apple shaped body tends to have an undefined waist, along with rounded shoulders and some fullness in the stomach area. This retro inspired printed dress by H&M is ideal for an apple shape, the material skims right over the stomach, finishing just above the knee. Wearing prints and patterns tends to look very good on apple shaped figures as they flatter and camouflage the body.

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December Fashion & Beauty Wish List

Why is it that whenever you have absolutely zero funding in your bank account the high street brings out the best things? I have been seeing SO many thing I want to get lately, including some beauty bits, which I don’t usually delve into on this blog, as honestly I’m hopeless when it comes to make-up and I don’t usually buy any make up unless I actually need to. However, recently I’ve decided I definitely need a total make up re-haul, as I’ve been using the same products for years, and with the new year coming up, what better time to change it up?

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1. Backpack – Topshop, £26.00

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Who doesn’t need a classic black leather backpack? I get into so many situations where I need to bring a big bag to carry all my stuff, and backpacks are always the most convenient, especially for traveling around London. I love the sleek, black design of this one, and at only £26.00, you can’t go wrong.

2. Boots – Topshop, £82.00

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I can’t even tell you how long I’ve been wanting a pair of soft pink/nude coloured heeled ankle boots, it’s the one thing I’m missing from my pink clothing collection! These Topshop booties are a dream, they’re just the perfect balance between pink and nude.

3. Skirt – Zaful, £13.91

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I love this skirt! It’s so chic and reminds me so much of something Blair Waldorf would wear, who of course is my complete style idol. However, I’m not sure if Zaful is the best quality, I’ve heard some pretty questionable things about the brand before, so please let me know what you think if you’ve bought anything from there before!

4. Pyjamas – H&M, £19.99

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I’ve decided it’s time for new pyjamas, and apart from the Primark fluffy Christmas bottoms that come out every year and are my favourite things ever, I’m all about matching sets. This set from H&M is to die for.

5. Cardigan – Primark, £10.00

Can the pearl embellished trend never die please? I recently got a cardigan just like this in black from Zara and I wear it all the time, this option from Primark is a little bit on the cheaper side.

6. Choker – Primark, £6.00

I feel like I’ve kind of had my choker moment, but when I see a glam one like this I can’t resist! I think a diamante or pearl choker can really add so much luxe to an outfit, and at £6.00, it doesn’t have to be from Cartier.

7. Laura Mercier Contouring Pallette, £35.00

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8. Max Factor Lipfinity Lipstick in Cool, £10.99

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9. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, £25.00

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15 Super Sparkly Dresses to Wear This Party Season

With Christmas coming up, it’s time to find your perfect party dress, and this year there’s one thing on my mind… Glitter, glitter and, more glitter. What better way to make the ultimate statement than with a gorgeous sparkly dress to get your party on this season? Luckily for you, the high street’s obsessed too, with our favourite brands adorning everything from bodycon to skater styles in the stuff. Here’s my pick of the high street’s best, suitable for every super sparkly soiree.

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PrettyLittleThing – £60.00

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Monsoon – £79.00

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New Look – £19.99

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Miss Selfridge – £99.00

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Primark – £10.00

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Very – £46.00

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Primark – £20.00

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River Island – £80.00

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New Look – £34.99

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Topshop – £125.00

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H&M – £59.99

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River Island – £50.00

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Marks & Spencer – £55.00

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Miss Selfridge – £69.00

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SimplyBe – £130.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coat Edit: 5 Coats To Buy Right Now

Is anyone else completely stunned by just how cold it is at the moment? It happens every year, that moment when you truly realise that summer is far, far behind us. Starbucks stop selling Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s, you’re greeted with a blast of cold wind that almost blows you back into your house everytime you open the front door, and there’s a fabulous array of new coats in the shops! Well, that last point is an advantage at least.

With all the new styles of coats in stores it can be easy to get overwhelmed, which style should I go for? Do I even need a new coat? Yes, you do. Which is why I’m here to show you my pick of the high streets latest offerings, from teddy bear to trench, puffa to parka.

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Pull&Bear at Asos – £65.99

The ultimate ‘she means business’ coat, a check print can transform anything from casual to “I tried today”, which is never a bad thing. We used this coat on a shoot I went on for my internship last week (more on that later), and I’m completely obsessed!

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Primark – £25.00

The teddy bear coat trend is in full force this season, this staple goes with everything in your winter wardrobe, from your blue jeans to your dresses and midi skirts. But don’t break the bank over this cosy coat, Primark have nailed the trend for £25.00.

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Topshop – £95.00

Love it or hate it, the ski jacket is here to stay, and it’s made specifically to keep you warm and cosy through the cold months. I love this option, the monochrome look is so sleek, perfect for any fashion girl trying not to freeze this winter!

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H&M – £89.99

You can’t go wrong with a classic trench coat – the ultimate style staple! I’ve been looking for the perfect trench coat for so long, purely to fulfil my lame fangirl dreams of recreating Audrey Hepburn’s major fashion moment in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. This H&M pick is classic but modern, with it’s ruffled sleeves, giving it a gorgeous feminine touch.

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River Island – £30.00

If you prefer warmth over style, a practical parka is always the way to go, and even better, this one can be given an instant girly touch by adding on the retractable pink fur collar! Amazing.

Hope you enjoyed my round up of this season’s best winter coats, a lot of these are on discount at the moment for Black Friday, so make sure you nab them while you have the chance!

 

 

 

OOTD: Feeling Grey

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Perhaps it’s a little bit boring but I just can’t help obsessing over grey. Not quite as blunt or simple as black, or as dreamy and cosy as white, but somewhere in between. Classic, understated, minimalistic, grey might seem like the more dull choice to some, but to me there is so much beauty to be seen in it. I wasn’t thinking of this particularly when I picked up these gorgeous grey trousers from Zara, but nevertheless, they epitomise all of these connotations collectively. As you may know, I love colour coordinating, and so the rest of the outfit had to follow suit; I paired the trousers with my favourite Primark polo neck and the cosiest grey scarf from H&M that I can’t live without in the colder months.

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Top – Primark

Scarf – H&M

Trousers – Zara

Bag – Ebay

Shoes – Primark

 

OOTD: Layering Love Affair

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Returning to uni has meant a lot of things have changed recently, I’m getting a little bit less sleep, having to remember to eat three meals a day, and, unfortunately, it has also meant an unwelcome pause from any blogging activities as I attempt to readjust to uni life. Nevertheless, after being reunited with my favourite photographer pal (shoutout to Ellie) I finally managed to get some photos done for a post I’ve had in the works for a while.

Layering can be tricky, but I’ve learnt that the key is not to overthink. Layered over a t shirt or even a polo neck, you can wear your favourite summer tops right into winter. This satin organza top from New Look has been one of my favourite ‘night out’ pieces recently, I have the matching skirt, choker and shoes! So, I thought, why not find a way to style it for daywear? This H&M T-shirt is one of my favourite tops for layering, the band tee style can make anything look more casual and edgy, it’s perfect paired with the girly style of the top. Slouchy boyfriend style jeans were the perfect match for the T-shirt, and I finished off the look with my favourite pair of Puma trainers.

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Choker – New Look

Pink top – New Look

T-shirt – H&M

Backpack – Primark

Jeans – Primark

Trainers – Puma

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OOTD: An Evening in Bristol

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Another summer mini break crossed off the list, this time it was a trip to Bristol to see family, and it literally lasted less than 24 hours…

We stayed at the Premier Inn, which despite its quite shocking lack of biscuits in the room, provided a very decent breakfast buffet and had a Starbucks, this, of course, made for a happy Phoeb. We went to Valentino’s in Bristol and had a lovely big family meal, my family don’t come together all too often, so when we do it’s really nice!

For my outfit I went for this off the shoulder shirt from New Look which I feel like I’ve seen in just about every fashion magazine this year, and my leather trousers from Cheap Monday which I got in the sale for £20. I have to admit I made a complete fashion no-no with this outfit by mixing silver and gold, I know, shock horror. Usually my overpacking would’ve saved me from such an issue, assuring that I would’ve had a bag with silver hardware and some silver jewellery to go with my shoes, but I tried so hard not to overpack for this trip! Hence, why I have gold necklaces on with silver shoes, my idea of a nightmare! Hopefully you don’t hate me as much as I hate myself…

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Shirt – New Look

Trousers – Cheap Monday

Bag – Accessorize

Shoes – Topshop

 

 

OOTD: How To Stay Interesting Within The Confines of A Dress Code

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As someone who is usually almost completely opposed to all black outfits in their own daily life, dress codes to me have always been something I struggled with (I know right first world problems). The complete boredom of having to wear the same thing day in, day out, if you’re already doing a job you’re not really passionate about, it only makes it harder to be enthusiastic.

However, I think I have discovered the key to not boring myself to death when it comes to dressing for work. As long as I mix it up so that I’m not wearing a black pencil skirt and lace top every single day, push the boundaries ever so slightly, and not be afraid of putting together things I wouldn’t usually imagine wearing, I’ve found I can survive within the confines of an all black wardrobe. I’m lucky enough to have a pretty lenient dress code working in retail, as opposed to an office job, so I’ve learned what tends to look good, and is comfortable enough for work.

This  is one of my favourite outfits to wear to work lately, a jumpsuit like this is great for work, as you can layer so many different tops underneath it, put a jumper over it for cold weather, or bare your arms in warm weather.

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Top (worn underneath) – H&M

Jumpsuit – New Look (a sale bargain!)

Shoes – Primark

OOTD: Pink Champagne

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Nothing makes me happier than an all pink outfit. Literally nothing. As if it wasn’t glorious enough that this outfit is all colour co-ordinated, all pink, it’s almost entirely all Primark. Yep, I am the bargain queen. This T-shirt was an absolute steal, reduced to just £1.00 (I bought it in blue too, obviously), while the trousers, I believe were about £14.00 but don’t quote me on that. The shoes are my prized possessions because they’re just so damn adorable but since I got them a few months ago I can’t quite remember how much they were, I’m going to guess they were about £12.00. The bralette peaking out from beneath the T-shirt was not Primark I’m afraid, I got it from Pacsun whilst I was in L.A., and I can’t recall the price as apparently money was no object to me while I was there.. Anyway, my point is overall we have a fully colour coordinated outfit for £27.00, where’s my medal please?

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Top – Primark

Bralette – Pacsun

Trousers – Primark

Slip-ons – Primark

CA Travel Diaries: DISNEYLAND

My favourite part of any trip is always going to be Disneyland. Always. I was so happy to get the chance to stay in Anaheim for a couple nights on our trip, to spend a day in Disneyland. I’m a self confessed Disney nerd and with one of my biggest life goals being to visit every Disneyland in the world (three down, four to go…), I was more than excited to be able to cross another one off the list.


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Dungarees – Asos

Bag – Primark

Shoes – Primark

As I’m a completely extra human being, naturally I decided that none of the normal Disney ears were good enough. This meant buying ears from the kids section which were waaaaaayy cuter but gave me a fat old headache all day, worth it. I also had to make a minor adjustment to them as they had an ugly butterfly bow thing on them which I cut off. DIY Disney ears coming at ya.