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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

CA Travel Diaries: COACHELLA

I spent a pretty extortionate percentage of my savings on my L.A trip, most of which went towards a little-known festival called Coachella..

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I wasn’t going to talk about the day of our arrival just because, well, let’s face it, you’d probably much rather hear about the festival. But I felt that I really just needed a space where I could talk about how much I freaking adore Palm Springs, aside from the festival. Or more specifically, the part of Palm Springs that our villa was in, the old town. Not only is the weather amazing, the old town is maybe the cutest place I have ever been to. There’s little boutiques and restaurants with fairy lights and palm trees lining the streets everywhere you go. Not to mention the fact that if you look to the right there’s some really cool mountains just chilling there. They even have their own walk of fame, which is pretty cool considering I missed out on the Hollywood walk of fame. It’s just such a chill, happy place and I want to live there forever, please. Oh, and our house was also uuhhh-maaazing.

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I have to say, my expectations of Coachella didn’t line up much with the reality of it, probably because they were so high. While it is undeniably a beautiful place full of beautiful people in beautiful clothes, it’s also overpriced (be prepared to pay $10 for a lemonade) and overrun with the smell of weed. Nevertheless, Coachella was still one of my most favourite parts of my trip and I made some amazing memories.

My day one outfit is one of my favourites, simply because it’s all pink. I got my pink two piece at a boutique on Melrose Avenue a few days prior to the festival, and my cat ears are from Claire’s accessories.


DAY TWO


Day two brought my favourite performance of the entire festival: Lady Gaga. From when she released her first album I had always wanted to see her live, and she definitely didn’t disappoint!

I decided to go for a slightly more chilled look with my outfit on day 2 with my simple black crochet accessorize top (purchased at the airport, very last minute I know) and my favourite palm tree skirt from Topshop.


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The last day of the festival brought another one of my favourite performances from Lorde, someone I never expected to enjoy seeing quite as much as I did, she’s an amazing performer, I really want to go to one of her concerts now! We also went on the famous Coachella wheel as the sun was going down, which was, as you can probably imagine, just lovely. The only negative was that I just missed Kehlani, who I was so desperate to see. I had planned to go to the last 10 minutes of her set after seeing Lorde, but somehow only managed to see the last bit of the last song she played, gutted.

My day three dress was another last minute airport purchase from Accessorize (they never let me down) and I love my feather headband which was actually the result of a chance encounter in Topshop at The Grove in L.A. earlier that week. I’m so glad I saw it because the colours went perfectly with my dress!


To conclude, was it worth the money? For the experience, definitely. Is it really all that different from any other festival? Unless you have a VIP pass, helllll na. Never the less, if you like big dress up parties in the desert where you get to be as extra as you like with your outfit, you don’t mind paying $10 for a lemonade and enjoy a bit of celeb spotting (I saw Josh Hutchinson and Tyler Posey and was very happy about it), this may be the festival for you.

CA Travel Diaries: West Hollywood In 3 Days

Perched on the edge of a plane seat next to one of my best friends, leaning as far as my seatbelt will allow to see the palm trees and rows of never ending, neatly aligned houses and swimming pools out the window, not to mention the skyscrapers and rocky hills that almost look like ant hills from 6,000 feet high. It’s moments like these that make you stop to think how did I even get here?

Visiting L.A. always seemed like a pipe dream to me, it’s been a city I always felt like I belonged to without ever having set foot in it. Getting there always seemed impossible, but when my friend Jess asked me if I wanted to tag along on a trip, I thought okay, why not?

DAY ONE: Melrose Avenue, The Grove, L.A.C.M.A, Rodeo Drive

We were lucky enough to start our journey in an Airbnb just off Melrose Avenue, just around the corner from Urth Cafe, needless to say this meant that I started almost every morning with one of their amazing iced honey vanilla latté’s.

Melrose is the perfect place for vintage shopping and photo shoots, two of my most favourite things, it’s home to the famous Paul Smith pink wall, where we spent a completely appropriate amount of time capturing the perfect Instagram pictures.



After a morning of shopping at Melrose, we headed down to The Grove for even more shopping. If you haven’t heard of The Grove, it’s basically the most beautiful, picturesque shopping mall ever. This was one of my favourite parts of the day for a lot of reasons, but mainly because I made my first ever designer bag purchase! As soon as I saw the little pink bag in Michael Kors (pictured above) I was in love! I’m not usually one to spend so much at once but I know that this is something I’ll keep for a long time and will always be able to remember my trip by. It was actually the last one in stock at The Grove, and with it being limited edition and only available in the U.S, I knew I had to get it.

After that was our next photo shoot location, L.A.C.M.A (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), unfortunately by the time we had got there the museum was already closed, but there was still time to take pictures with the famous Urban Lights. 

Sunglasses – Primark

Choker – local boutique

Top – Hollister

Flannel shirt – H&M

Shorts – ASOS

Sandals – Primark

Bag – Primark


DAY TWO: Hike to the Hollywood sign & Universal Studios


For the most incredible views of L.A., nothing beats a hike across the Hollywood hills. Admittedly, me and Jess aren’t really cut out for hiking, so it was bound to be a disaster.. more on that later..

We started out at Griffith Observatory, which you might recognise from La La Land. We ended up going craaaazy early due to jet lag waking us up at silly o’clock in the morning but it ended up working out, we definitely missed the crowds! Unfortunately the observatory wasn’t open (why does everything in L.A. open so late??)  but it did offer some incredible views.

If I can give you one piece of advice for planning a hike to the Hollywood sign, it would be this: if you want to get anywhere near the actual sign, plan your route, RESEARCH the CRAP out of it. Me and Jess did not do this. Me and Jess ended up hiking in the complete opposite direction and resorted to attempting to climb down a steep muddy hill/ravine/near death experience type of situation to try and get back on the right path. But, never the less, I saw the Hollywood sign and it was pretty cool.


Next came a somewhat spontaneous trip to Universal Studios. The day before me and Jess had tried on some beautiful Puma trainers (pictured below) and had put a couple of pairs on hold at the Shoe Palace store at Universal CityWalk (Universal’s Downtown Disney basically), so we went down there for a spot of lunch and shopping. I’m not sure how, but somewhere in the excitement of it all it turned into a full on trip to Universal.

Harry Potter world is always the highlight of Universal. Always. Being almost sickeningly sweet, Butter Beer is one of my most favourite drinks ever so I’m always glad when I actually have the opportunity to get one. Although we only spent the afternoon there it was a really fun day. I’d definitely reccomend doing the Studio Tour if you should ever find yourself there.


Hat – Shoe Palace

Shirt – vintage shop on Melrose Avenue

Shorts (worn underneath) – Missguided

Shoes – Target

DAY THREE – More picture taking & Warner Bros. Studio Tour


After another delicious breakfast at Urth Cafe we returned to the Pink Wall on Melrose for another picture taking session, this time in matching pink outfits and Puma’s. Yes, we are that basic. We got our baby pink ‘Girls Tour’ t-shirt dresses from a little boutique on Melrose called Sorella. If you’re looking for some heavily Kylie Jenner/Yeezy/general Kardashian inspired style clothing, this is the place to go!

One of my most favourite parts of my time in L.A. was without a doubt are trip to the Warner Bros. Studios. Pretty Little Liars is one of my favourite shows that I’ve been watching for the longest time, so to be able to actually walk around Rosewood High School and see the Lost Woods Resort was so surreal. The Pretty Little Liars cast were even on the lot filming the Ellen Show whilst I was there, although unfortunately I didn’t see them, despite keeping my eyes firmly peeled.


Sunglasses – Primark

Dress – Sorella

Scarf – Primark

Bag – Primark

Shoes – Puma


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Top – Boohoo

Scarf – Primark

Shorts – Zara

Bag – Michael Kors

Shoes – Primark

Overall, I really enjoyed my time in L.A., and am already starting to miss our little house on Melrose. However, I’m so excited to be spending the weekend in Palm Springs at Coachella, so make sure you stay tuned for my next post to hear about that by following me! Also, you can follow me on Instagram at @_heyitsphoebe for updates, the festival pics are going to be on point, I promise.