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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Power in Pink: Shooting my first fashion film!

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Being a complete technophobe, I naturally found the thought of shooting and editing an entire film by myself (even if it was only 30 seconds long..) a tad bit daunting. But, my fears were, of course, challenged in my Fashion Film unit of my course this semester.

Being decidedly much more comfortable in front of the camera than behind it, I enlisted the help of my friend Jess to help film, and together we scouted different pink places around London to film. The title of my film is Power In Pink, it’s an editorial for Missguided consisting of entirely pink outfits. Admittedly, I struggled with the editing of the film far less than I thought I would, and managed to emerge from the library 2 hours later with a finished film!

Location 1: Notting Hill

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Stole – Primark

Blazer – Oasis

Jeans – Bershka

Trainers – Puma

Location 2 – Princes Gate Mews, South Kensington

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T-shirt – Primark

Stole – Primark

Skirt – Missguided

Location 3 – Trevors Square, Knightsbridge

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Jumpsuit – Boohoo

Jacket – Primark

Trainers – Puma

 

 

Christmas Presents Your Friends & Family Won’t Want to Return

 

Christmas is approaching at lightning speed and I thought it would be polite of me to give you a friendly reminder that Christmas is the season of giving, as much as receiving – I know I could definitely use a reminder of that! So if you haven’t already spent all your cash on presents for yourself in the Black Friday sales, this one’s for you, a gift guide for everyone in your life, and things they’ll actually want. Buying presents is definitely one of my favourite parts of Christmas, it’s like going on a little guilt free shopping spree where you can spend as much money as you want without having to have a little “why did I buy ANOTHER black jumper” cry when you get home later. Fantastic.

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Boots – Zara, £49.99

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Trainers – ASOS

Coat – New Look, £44.99

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Top – New Look, £14.99

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It’s official. Your best friend is the most fun person to shop for, ever. Why? Because it’s basically like you’re shopping for yourself!

For Your Mum

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Earrings – Pandora, £40.00

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Top – Zara, £29.99

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Tealight holder – Sass & Belle at Debenhams, £10.50

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Pouch – Accessorize, £14.00

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Shopping for mum’s is usually down to what type of mum you have, for example, the sentimental mum who would love a pair of earrings, or on the other end of the spectrum is the gym mum who is more excited by a new pair of trainers.. I’m still trying to decide what type of mum my mum is..

For Your Dad

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Slippers – Marks & Spencer, £15.00

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Personalised Beard Comb – NotOnTheHighStreet, £32.00

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Self Stirring Mug – Amazon, £4.70

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Gilet – Joules, £59.95

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Personalised Barbecue Tool Set – FindMeAGift, £35.99

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Wallet Ninja – Firebox, £8.99

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Stylus Pen – Marks & Spencer, £9.50

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The Enlightened Cyclist Book – White Stuff, £10.99

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Shirt – Fat Face, £49.50

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Get your dad something other than slippers this year! Or if you did want to, M&S is always the best option.

For Your Other Half

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Walking Dead Comics – Waterstones, £14.99

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Virtual Reality Gaming Headset – Marks & Spencer, £19.50

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Jacket – Topman, £85.00

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Hoodie – Primark, £12.00

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Shirt – Uniqlo, £24.90

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Sorry if the boyfriend picks are a bit more suited towards the nerdy boyfriend, I was basing them off of what I might get for my own boyfriend (sorry Stefan).

For Your Secret Santa

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Bag – Accessorize @Very.co.uk, £20.00

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Gloves – Topshop, £20.00

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Morphe 35F 35 Colour Fall Into Frost Palette – Beauty Bay, £23.00

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Personalised Coffee Mug – Littlewoods, £14.99

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Personalised Wallet – Littlewoods, £17.49

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Headphones – H&M, £17.99

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Belt 2 Pack – H&M, £17.99

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Slippers – River Island, £16.00

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Pocket Drone – River Island, £30.00

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Secret Santa gifts can be so tricky sometimes, especially when you don’t know the person that well! I think personalised gifts are so good for Secret Santa because it shows that you put that extra bit of effort in rather than just getting them a generic box of chocolates or gift set!

 

Hope that gave you a little bit of extra inspiration if you’re struggling for ideas this year, or maybe even gave you some ideas of what to put on your own wishlist. Now it’s time to get shopping, good luck!

 

 

 

 

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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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