"We don't need fashion to survive, we just desire it so much."
- Marc Jacobs

I've had this striped top for a while now and have been wearing the hell out of it at work, yes, it looks great smartened up with black trousers and a sleek bun and my specs. But I thought it was time I featured my star buy on the blog... finally. 

Due to the delay in featuring this special piece I thought I'd do something a little different to usual, I've teamed up the top and jeans with a different bag and shoes, to give you a dressed up and little more casual look. 

I started off pairing the two with orange heeled sandals from Faith which complement the colours in the top. I also added my staple black and gold cross body bag from Zara. For the second more casual look, I paired the two with flat black and gold heeled sandals and a multi-way bag (which I'm wearing as a cross0body), both from Zara. I love both looks, but the flat sandals offer the perfect comfort whilst remaining chic. Which of the two looks do you prefer?

Shop My Outfit
Top - Zara 
Jeans - Topshop
Plain Bag - Zara (old)
Quilted Bag - Zara
Flat Sandals - Zara
Heeled Sandals - Faith (old)

Photography - Aurelia V (@aureliav)
"The joy of dressing is an art."
- John Galliano

A few weeks ago, maybe even months, I put together a black and white polka dot look (Polka Dot - check it out here)... as much as I loved the final look I couldn't help but feel like something was missing. At the time I couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was, that was until I put together this outfit. Colour, colour was missing from my outfit. 

Don't get me wrong, I've loved many a outfit which have had the absence of colour, but there is something so magical and beautiful when black and white are teamed with a statement bold colour, like red or yellow, or even cobalt blue. This time I decided to team up the pair with mustard yellow; adding my Boohoo yellow duster with  Pretty Little Ting crop top and art culottes. I finished off the look with perspex mules fro Boohoo and a yellow cross-body bag from Mango. 

What's better than black and white polka dot? black and white polka dot with mustard yellow, that's what!

Shop My Look
Duster - Boohoo (sold out)
Trousers - Zara
Shoes - Boohoo
Bag - Mango (sold out)

Photography - Aurelia V (@aureliav)

"You gotta have style. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get up in the morning. It's a way of life. Without it, you're nobody,"
- Diana Vreeland

Well I think it is safe to say I've got a thing for co-ords. I don't know when it started and I don't know why, I just know it hit me hard and I'm a little obsessed (ha ha... just at little...honest). But seriously, can you blame me? A good co-ord to me is a God send. I always have trouble picking what to wear with what, so when you can have this problem resolved with a co-ord, where you're only left with decided what bag and shoes to wear, it really does help a lot. And that was exactly the situation with this co-ord I bought from Zara recently. 

With its pretty emrboidered mterial in cream and navy, I wondered what would pop against my new favourite co-ord. I decided to go for something bold, but not to overwhelming, as I didn't want to detract from the beauty of the set. I decided to go for green, teaming up a green duster from Boohoo with a matching green cross body bag from Topshop. I finished off the look with perspex heels, bold red lipstick and oversized sunglasses... just to add a bit of glam. 

Shop My Look
Duster - Boohoo (sold out)
Top - Zara
Bottoms - Zara
Bag - Topshop
Shoes - Ego Official
Belt - Pretty Little Thing

Photography - Aurelia V (@aureliav)
"Pure, intense emotions. It's not about design. It's about feelings."
- Alber Elbaz 

Life can be hard sometimes. Things are not always how you'd hope they'd be, they don't always turn out the way you planned. But on other days things can feel so rosy and so good, it's like you can't believe how blessed you are. Right now I'm stuck in the middle, things are not the worst but the could be better... I'm still on my journey to achieving my goals, it's been hard and I've faced many a stumbling block... but I've kept going, because I know it'll all be worth it in the end. This is the mentality I'm taking for all aspects of my life; work, family, love and of course the blog. 

Whilst I may not be as 'big' as many other bloggers out there, I feel truly blessed and happy to be able to do this, run my own little fashion blog. I've always been into fashion, I've always had my own distinctive style; so sometimes when other things may feel out of my control, when I'm not at my happiest, I remember that there is at least one thing I can control, one thing that I can go to to express myself; get my creative juices flowing; my blog. 

I love playing dress up; putting together colour popping outfits, sexy little numbers and casual but cool looks. I wake up some mornings feeling like dressing a bit edgy, other days I want to dress cool, but as you know most of the time I like to dress somewhat sexy. With this outfit I couldn't quite make up my mind, so I thought why not just combine the three and throw a bit of culture into the mix. So, that's exactly what I done. 

I wore these trousers a couple of weeks ago with the matching shirt, from Zara (as my friends and family tend to believe I only wear my purchases a couple of times, I decided from now on I'm going to wear things as much as possible and show the different ways they can be styled). I dumped the matching blouse and went for a red crop top from Boohoo (which you may have spotted I wore recently too), a longline denim jacket from Misspap and a denim clutch bag from Forever 21. I wrapped my denim look scarf around my head, put on cool red flat sandals from Zara and finished off the look with these funky but cool sunglasses from Pretty Little Thing. 

Yes life can be hard, but one thing I've learnt is that it won't always be and there are things that we can do to make things better for ourselves, even if just a little bit better. We are in control of our own happiness, no one else. We decide what makes and breaks us, by our actions and attitude. I decided a while ago to let go of what is not making me happy, accept what I can not control and focus on what uplifts my mood, my spirit, my happiness. A positive attitude, determination, hard work and a good outfit can take you further than you ever thought possible.

Shop My Look
Jacket - Misspap (old)
Crop Top - Boohoo (sold out)
Trousers - Zara 
Sandals - Zara 
Bag - Forever 21 (old)
Sunglasses - Pretty Little Thing

Photography - R. Daniel

"You either know fashion or you don't."
- Anna Wintour

I've gone through many fashion phases in my life, well if fashion is the right word, I'm not too sure. Basically, my style has changed a lot since I was a teenager. I remember the days when I was obsessed with mini skirts, then the days when all I wore was sportswear, to my party-loving days in tight bodycon dresses. Now, I'm pretty experimental, I don't have a particular style, I wear everything and anything... so long as it is flattering. 

Many years ago, I wouldn't have been caught dead in girly clothes, but today I decided to feature some very feminine pieces to create this chic outfit. I picked baby pink and red, opting for a longline blazer, a frilly midi skirt and a ribbed crop top I finished off the look with perspex heeled sandals and a cute cross body bag, which brought together the colours of the outfit.

A lot has changed over the years, fashionably... for the better.

Shop My Look
Blazer - H&M (sold out)
Top - Boohoo
Skirt - ASOS (old)
Bag - Zara
Shoes - Ego

Photography - Aurelia V (@aureliav)

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