CURRENT TRENDS AND HOW TO WEAR THEM

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So whats big this season? Spring 2017 brings bright colours, feminine prints and a bit of an 'oversized everything' attitude. I don't know about you, but by this point in the year I'm entirely done with February and the cold mornings and dark nights it brings. But with already February half gone, and March just around the corner, I can't wait to get a taste of spring weather and the styling that comes with it. Less layers, thinner coats and shoes that don't require socks... ah the warm life! So heres a few things I'm feeling for spring...



Flared, bell or fluted... whatever your calling them, there's one thing for sure - this trend isn't going anywhere fast. Versatile in that it can be adapted to tops, jumpers, dresses, long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves or half, there's a sure motto of 'the bigger the better' going round. Here's a few of my favourite sleeves on the highstreet right now...




If there's one trend prediction I'm making this year, it's the death of the skinny jean. The super skinny style has definitely had it's day and more, and personally, i'm ready for the change. We're saying goodby skinnies and hello loose fits, straight legs, high waists and frayed hems! Mom jeans are having a real moment right now, but who knows if this will last much longer. For a long-term investment, opt for a straight but not-too-90's cut.




I've never been a pink wearer, but recently I've found myself more and more attracted to the colour. I enjoy the colour most when it features on a loose fitting, masculine style item. The contrast between the masculine shape and feminine tones really make the clothing come to life. If like me your not a pink gal, ease yourself in to the trend with duty rose tones and blush hues, rather than heading straight for barbie girl pink.




Probably the easiest trend to wear this spring is ruffles! Just a small ruffle detail can make a big statement on an otherwise simple top. But as I said earlier, this season is all about that oversized attitude. Big frills = big dreams. If you want to stand out in fashion you mustn't be afraid to go a little bigger!




Inspired by the dreamboat Gucci shoes we all know and love, this season waves farewell to our chunky boots and welcomes in the easy slip on style elegant loafer. I'm not used to wearing a backless shoe so early in the year, but i definitely plan to embrace some of these gorgeous styles as soon as the weather allows it!






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SECRETS TO AN EXPENSIVE LOOKING WARDROBE

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Often people are tricked into believing that style has a lot to do with the amount you’re willing to pay for an outfit, despite it being a very personal choice. But as the late fashion editor Diana Vreeland once said, “Too much good taste can be very boring. Independent style, on the other hand, can be very inspiring.” Thus, it’s possible to have style, no matter how much you have in your bank account, though we certainly don’t want our outfits to look like they’ve been picked up from a market stall.

There are loads of tips and clothing hacks out there that will have others believe your ensemble cost an arm and a leg to put together. While many people will advise that you reduce your shopping trips and invest more on quality basics, a budget conscious fashionista would still more likely go on a spending spree at an affordable retailer like H&M rather than splurge on essentials from the latest Coach collection, a brand which Lyst editors have described to represent quality, craftsmanship and innovation — a luxury label beyond the majority’s reach.

It’s true that the quality of designer items is a cut above the rest, but there are other tricks in the book that will refine your wardrobe without requiring you to spend more than you are comfortable with. To make your clothes look sophisticated for less, try the following tips:

1)              Find a good tailor

It’s difficult finding clothes that fit you perfectly, especially ones from the sales rack. The fit is a huge factor in elevating your personal style, so if you come across a discounted blazer or pair of dark skinny denim that needs a bit of adjustment, leave it to your tailor to get it right. And if you ever suddenly lose interest in certain items in your wardrobe, ask your tailor to make a couple changes to make them unique and seem brand new, rather than actually buying new clothes. You’d be surprised how a couple of stitches or a switch from plastic to metal buttons can change your appearance.

2)              Invest in a steamer
 
No matter how much you spend on clothing, nothing cheapens a blouse more than wrinkles, as Zanita Studio reminds readers that having clothes pressed or steamed will already appear more luxurious than they might be. Running them under a hot iron will solve this wardrobe woe, but not all fabrics were made to withstand the heat. A steamer is the safer, easier alternative, will eliminate wrinkles within minutes and change your closet forever.

3)              Do not underestimate the power of accessories

Remember that it’s not all about your clothes. Those little details can really upgrade your outfits to a new level, so keep your handbags in mint condition, opt for gold accessories for a touch of elegance, or cinch your waist with a chic belt for a polished look.


Do you have any tricks you’d like to share?
 
 
 
 
 
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TRAVEL DIARY: A FEW DAYS IN BUDAPEST

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If you follow me on Instagram, you're probably already sick of me sharing photos from my recent trip to Budapest. And if that's the case... well you're not going to like the overflow of pictures that's about to follow #sorrynotsorry. 
About a month ago now (yes I've been terrible at blogging recently), Sam and I packed our bags for our second trip of the year and headed to a city that's been at the top of my bucket list for a while now. We spent two and a half days there and I honestly couldn't recommend visiting enough! The city is absolutely gorgeous, with beautiful architecture in every direction. But the thing I most loved about Budapest was the calmness of the city - I'm not really sure how to describe it, but everyone and everything seemed so relaxed, chilled out and care free . As much as I love cities like London, where the hustle and bustle is all part of experiencing the capital, Budapest was the complete opposite for all the right reasons. 
As usual, we managed to squeeze plenty of activities into our short time there, a lot of which are captured below. However, we visited some great places on the evenings which there are no pictures of (bad lighting - ugh), but if you were ever to visit Budapest, I would 100% recommend visiting the Ruin Bars! They're old and quirky and a really great unique experience! 
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now, here are some pretty pictures...


Hungarian Parliament Building
Fisherman's Bastion


The Chain Bridge
The view from Buda Castle
Parliament 


Fisherman's Bastion
The Chain Bridge
The view from the top of Matthias Church (that we climbed a billion steps to get to)



Fisherman's Bastion
View from the evening River Cruise - The Chain Bridge & Buda Castle


Margaret Island
Walking to the Citadella
The River Danube
Parliament Building 
Margaret Island


Citadella Hill
Liberty Statue



Rowing on Városligeti-tó (so much fun - I would definitely recommend!)



I absolutely loved this trip and it's definitely one of my favourite places I've visited! 
If you ever get the chance to go do not turn it down!

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