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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Things I Need to Get Done Before I’m 20

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Whenever people tell me I’m going to be 20 next year, I freak out. Older people, please don’t roll your eyes at me. The thought of not being a teenager makes me want to curl up into a little ball and cry, does this mean I can no longer collect little stuffed Disney toys just because I think they’re cute? Or play Sims 3 for 5 hours and have no regrets? Probably not, but either way it’s fair to say I’ll be sad to see the backside of my teenage years, they’ve been completely cringey, awkward, and at times quite sad but above all they’ve been utterly and astoundingly wonderful. Everything they should be.

At the age of nineteen, I’m lucky enough to say I’ve crossed quite a few things off of my bucket list already, even more so in the past year.. I’ve been to L.A., Paris, Rome Coachella, seen John Mayer in concert.. but I feel like I have a few more things I need to get done before I move on from my teenage years, hence the reason I thought this deserved a post. I haven’t done a post like this in a while so please excuse me if I start babbling, so, before I start doing just that, let’s get into it….

1. Learn to cook

I have the biggest love hate relationship with food – I love crap food and hate everything else! Since starting uni last year my biggest challenge has without a doubt been cooking. The most I’ve ever been able to cook is an omelette, which within itself is a bit of a struggle and sometimes gets a tad bit burnt to a crisp (or chargrilled if we want to use proper chef terms) . I’ve had my fair share of setting things on fire too which has been very traumatic and really put me off. I’m not saying I’m going to be the next Gordon Ramsay but I just want to eat less toast for dinner and order less takeaways this year, you know?

2. Have someone enjoy my posts on here who isn’t my mum

Blogging for me has always been something I’ve never been toooo super serious about, it’s just been a fun hobby. But since starting my Fashion Journalism course and meeting so many like-minded, wonderful people who love fashion as much as I do (shoutout to Team FJ if you’re reading!), I’ve felt so much more inspired to continue this journey and really put the work in to attempt to make it successful. I’ve been blogging since I was sixteen, and back then I definitely did not know half as much about my style or even myself as I thought I did, I still might not now! But if I can have at least one person read my post and enjoy it even the smallest bit, I feel like that’s an achievement. I only racked up the courage to start sharing my blog on my Instagram this year, and I have no regrets. Never be ashamed or scared of something that makes you happy, no one has the right to judge you!

3. Go on another girls holiday

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I have the most incredible memories from the past year, going to Ibiza, Sziget (in Budapest), L.A and Paris with some of my best girlfriends has been amazing! There’s honestly nothing better than going away with your girls and getting dressed up every night! This year I’m hoping to have enough money to go on a big girls holiday with my friends, I’d love to go back to Ibiza or Sziget and really explore a little bit more, we’re always talking about it.

4. Stay up all night

I realised the other day that I don’t think I’ve ever stayed up all night. I get tired by about 3pm on a normal day (about 9am if for some awful reason I haven’t had a coffee). Alcohol also makes me fall asleep after about 2 hours so this is a problem. I think this is going to require some planning.

 

Hope you enjoyed! I did think of some other things like go to Tokyo, visit every Disneyland in the world etc. but I think these things are going to take me waaaaay longer than a year so I’ll save those. Let me know what you want to do before you turn 20 in the comments, or if you’re already 20 what you want to do IN GENERAL. okay. Thanks for reading!

 

 

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