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.


Top – Primark

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..

 Arriving in Palm Springs


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.


DAY THREE

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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


Sunglasses – Primark

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.

OOTD: Spring Florals

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Shirt – Primark

Scarf – Primark

Jeans – Topshop

Shoes – Primark

The weather finally seems to brightening up a bit! Although I’m not a fan of the fact that when the temperature rises a degree or two above freezing in England, everybody starts walking around in maxi dresses and sandals, I’ve been finding transition pieces, such as this ditsy long-line sheer shirt from Primark, to be great additions to my early Spring wardrobe. My Primark slip-on’s have also been a god send, good for those days that are warm but not too warm, and completely on trend! I’d definitely reccomend a look around Primark for your new Spring/Summer wardrobe, they have everything at the moment, slip ons, embroidery, gingham (etc, etc.).

Wardrobe Refresh: Shoes

Lately it seems that I’ve been craving one thing and one thing only. Shoes. Lots of shoes. In every colour and every style. I’m sure this is something that most hopeless fashion losers/shopping addicts such as myself can relate to. Personally, I find that I go through phases with shoes, there are times when I feel that the only pairs of shoes i need are a simple pair of black heeled booties and a pair of black heels. Other times, much like the present, I can’t seem to walk into a shop without falling in love with a particularly beautiful pair of suede boots or the most irresistible tasselled loafers. As you can imagine, this most definitely is not the healthiest of habits for a student to develop. But, never the less, it seems that I just can’t seem to deny myself the simple pleasures in life, and so in this post I have decided to round up some of my newer shoe purchases.

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First off are these grey velvet heeled booties from River Island. Can you believe these were on sale for £20? I have a similar glitter pair from River Island which I bought late last year which I’ve also been loving so I thought these would be great too, but slightly more wearable for everyday use due to their more subtle grey colour.

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I’ve been looking for a pair of grey knee high boots just like these ones for a while, so when I spotted this pair on sale for £14.00 in New Look I just couldn’t resist. Great paired with jeans or a denim skirt.

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I’m sensing a definite theme of grey boots here.. But these grey ankle boots from Primark are so unique. I love the marble detail of the heel, little details like this are exactly the kind of thing that can bring a delicate touch of style to any plain outfit.

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I’m so obsessed with these Missguided slip-ons! If you haven’t been to their new Westfield shop then you definitely need to check it out. EVERYTHING is pink, it’s beautiful! I picked these up when I visited their store as I thought they were just so cute and Instagrammable!

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(Please ignore how gross my feet are)

I could’ve cried over the sheer perfection of these shoes when I opened them on Christmas morning (thanks Dad), they’re just so pretty! I spotted them in New Look and just knew I needed them in my life. My only issue is that I struggle to find going out outfits that actually go with them because I never really wear anything too plain that will go with the pattern.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my latest shoe purchases!

 

 

 

 

More For Less – Celebrity Looks That You Can Wear

Ever wondered how you could recreate some of your favourite celebrities looks without the billion pound budget? I have collected some of the most sought after celebrity looks of the past few weeks, and have scoured the high street so that you too can party like Kendall Jenner or steal the chic street style of Jennifer Lopez. Interested? Read on…

 

  1. Kendall Jenner’s Antoine Salameh Dress

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Kendall Jenner channeled vintage Paris Hilton vibes when she headed out to celebrate her 21st birthday bash last week. Her tiny, sparkly mini dress was designed by Lebanese designer Antoine Salameh of the brand LaBourjoisie and cost a shocking $9,000. Luckily these metallic style mini dresses are in for the party season, so you can find a range of more affordable options on the high street, like this very similar dress from Boohoo.com.

Boohoo Leah Sequin Dress: £22.00

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River Island Black Sparkle Chain Choker: £16.00

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ASOS Urban Code Faux Fur Scarf: £35.00

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Pretty Little Thing Rhianna Clear Bag: £15.00

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Public Desire Alia Strappy Heels: £29.99

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Beyonce’s $5,695 Outfit

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Beyonce spared no expenses in the style game last week when she rocked up to the Golden State Warriors x San Antonio Spurs game last week with hubby Jay Z. Her own Ivy Park camo jacket cost no less than $165, while her green Vetements sock boots cost a shocking $2,230. To top it all off, she carried a black Gucci Dionysus leather top handle bag on her shoulder, which costs an excessive amount of $3,300. If you don’t have the dosh to be splurging on a new Gucci bag this month (quite understandably so, may I add), here’s my picks from the high street.

Missguided Glitter Sock Boots: £40.00

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Topshop Frill Sleeve T-Shirt: £14.00

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ASOS Denim Mom Shorts in Mid Wash: £28.00

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Blue Vanilla Kyra Camo Print Faux Fur Parka: £65.00

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Oasis Saatchi Cross-Body Bag: £28.00

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Topshop Rhinestone Tassel Front Earrings: £8.00

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River Island Black Soft Cap: £10.00

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Danielle Campbell’s Michelle Mason Slip Dress

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Danielle Campbell stepped out in a bright yellow Michelle Mason slip dress the other night to party with boyfriend Louis Tomlinson at Cirque Le Soir nightclub in London. ASOS offer a similar yellow slip dress, without the designer price tag.

H&M Leather Heels: £39.99

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Lipsy Pouch Clutch Bag: £16.99

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ASOS Mini Slip Dress: £22.00

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Jennifer Lopez’s NYC Street Style

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J-Lo was spotted wandering the streets of NYC donning a Scotch & Soda Sunshine Collectors sweatshirt, jeans and boots. This is a classic and easy to recreate look that’s definitely suitable for an autumn day in the city. And the best part? All of these pieces are so easy to find on the high street, whatever time of the year.

H&M Printed Sweatshirt: £19.99

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AG The Stilt Cropped Skinny Jeans: £90.00

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Accessorize Albie Shoulder Bag: £45.00

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New Look Lace-up Ankle Biker Boots: £27.99

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Topshop Clean Bar Hoop Earrings: £6.00

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M&S Enamel Frame Cat Eye Sunglasses: £15.00

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Burberry Release Stunning New Christmas Campaign – The Tale of Thomas Burberry

After Burberry’s star-studded Christmas campaign last year, it’s fair to say that this year’s winter spectacle from the prestigious British design house has been highly anticipated. Burberry’s ‘The Tale of Thomas Burberry’ was released last month and on first watch, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it’s a film trailer rather than an advert.

 

The three-minute video celebrates a fictionalized story of Burberry’s founder, starring big names such as Sienna Miller, who plays Thomas Burberry’s wife, and Domhnall Gleeson, known mainly for his work in Harry Potter and Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back last year. Dominic West also makes an appearance as Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer who wore Burberry for his expeditions, along with Lily James who plays a fictional character based on Berry Kirby-Green, a pilot who flew from England to Cape Town in 1957 dressed in Burberry.

 

The ad was launched across social media, with the full-length advert being posted on Burberry’s Youtube page for anyone to watch, while a shorter version of the advert will be playing in cinemas. Stills of the advert are currently being used in print publications and on billboards.

 

Although the scale and popularity of this advert is estimated to be huge, it doesn’t come without competition from other big names, after all, it is Christmas. The Entertainer launched their biggest ever TV campaign early this year on the 20th October, and it seems that Sainsbury’s may be on to a winner with their ‘Greatest Gift’ ad, featuring James Corden. There’s no doubt that it will be interesting to see how Burberry’s campaign compares to these other big campaigns in such a competitive market.

 

And of course, the advert just had to come with its own celeb packed launch party, Burberry style. The affair was held last month at ‘Thomas’s’, Burberry’s own café which first opened its doors last year in the flagship Regent Street store, because fashion and food have always made the perfect partners. Lily James and Domhnall Gleeson led the charge of a whole host of famous faces at the party, with over 250 guests in attendance.