Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Summer Footwear Wish List - Feat. Jones Bookmaker

Hi everyone!
So with a new job in the pipeline and my love for shoes still strong, I'm thinking I need to up my shoes game for the office. I don't want to lose the fun and freedom of my usual sandals, but still want to feel put together. My go to shop for a great mix of fun and sophisticated has, for the last couple of years been Jones Bookmaker. I like that I can get several brands including their own in one place and I find the sales are always really great as well.
I've put together a little wish list below of my ultimate Summer to office footwear along with Jones Bookmaker, my first paycheque better watch out! It's definitely going to be on my feet!

Gamine Smart Silver Flats via Jones Bootmaker - I love these silver flats because the straps give them a sandal feel while remaining fun and colourful but still office appropriate.
Ted Baker Loomi Smart Brogues via Jones Bootmaker - These brogues are amazing because they are fun and bright, still feeling like Summer but ultra smart.
Giselle Casual Athleisure via Jones Bookmaker - I love the suede and metallic mix on these and not to mention the platform - The would look so cool with cigarette pants or a midi skirt for fun!
Koi Wedge Heels Wedge Sandals Medium Heels - My favourite part of these sandals are the pastel colours but also that they look like nice and comfortable shoes. I could likely stand all day in these and still feel cute and put together.

So what do you think? What are you go-to shoe styles for Summer when you work somewhere corporate? I'm interested to know what others like as my new job is going to be the most corporate place that I have ever worked... roll on new experiences!

Polka Dots in Paradise

Good morning everyone!
So I finally have some great news! I am starting a new job next week and with this, a new wardrobe is the obvious next step... I think we can all agree! Over the last 7 months or so, working from home has been great, in terms of having my own time and being able to settle in to my new home, however, I found that it had a huge effect on my energy levels, excitement around clothing and getting dressed and just generally about how I was functioning. I am really looking forward to getting up everyday, putting on my makeup and picking out an outfit. I really miss that routine that I had back in London as I do love that entire morning process.

With this news, I am hoping that it will provide amazing opportunities for loads of blog photos and to go back to having a busy Instagram like I used to. I miss being on social media the way that I was before and am hoping to get back there with all of you asap. 
I wanted to start by sharing a little clothes story about a super cute dress that I received from Navabi a while back.

When I was browsing on Navabi's website, this little navy polka dot number from Zizzi, one of my favourite brands, caught my eye. I loved the print, and the fun yet sophisticated cut. I could immediately imagine myself wearing this dress out for fun, or with a blazer and pointed flats for work, and that to me is reason enough to own it- versatility is key!
When I received the dress at first, I put it on, and in all honesty I wasn't that into it. I let it hang in my closet and ignore it for a month until I gave it another try. The reason I am telling you all this story, is because sometimes it's not the clothes, but it's actually how I am feeling. The day that initially tried this on, I wasn't feeling great and so that feeling was projected onto this poor dress.
Today, I wear this dress 1-2 times a week - I can't get enough of it and here is why.

For starters, the obvious cute print and neckline is excellent for those of us who are bustier but would also work nicely on a smaller chest. I love that it has a little sleeve, so it feels office appropriate and also protects my delicate shoulders from the sun. Next, what you can't see, is that it's lined with a soft jersey fabric which means it feels so nice on the body. It's loose and doesn't cling but comfortable and fits right and true to size. I think we can all agree that there is nothing about this dress that isn't great.
I think you should all have it on hand for both work and play - I plan on wearing it to the office lots and also think that it will transition well into winter with a cardigan and tights.

You can find links on where to buy what I am wearing below the post. Unfortunately, my pineapple bag is last year's model from Primark, but I have found a similar one to link you. Also, my little green belt is one that I pinched off another dress so sadly I can't provide you with a link to that.
So how's that for a new outfit post, probably the first in a few months. Stay tuned for my exciting new work wear posts, along with a couple of fun lifestyle things too!

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Just Keep Swimming... with Simply Be!

Hi everyone,
I'm making an an effort to write new posts for you as I slide back into blogging. Like I have mentioned, I haven't felt entirely myself lately but I'm feeling a bit more normal, certainly the sun outside is making things easier too.
For those of you who think that Canada is just a big old cold country, you are very wrong, we, especially here in Toronto suffer from some serious heat waves and this Summer is no exception. Today, I am couched with my computer in front of a fan so that I don't melt. All I can think about is going for a swim, which I am planning on doing later at a friend's condo, thankfully! 
What I am really looking forward to though, is heading over to the Toronto Islands which aren't far at all, and swimming in the lake. This is just such a Summer friendly activity and makes me want to have all the swimwear in the world.
Since I have been saving for my wedding though, I can't have all of the swimwear, but a girl can dream right? I have put together this adorable swim day wish list of all of my favourites from Simply Be, because they have such a great selection of plus size swimwear.

At Simply Be, they are running a campaign around body confidence and as part of it they are offering loads of mix and match options. If you, like me, love the bikini tops with lots of support but then a mismatched bottom in a high waist then you can make all this happen now without breaking the bank! 
Long live Summer swims!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Best Bold Summer Looks 2016

Hi everyone!
Do you fancy a change? Do you want to overhaul your look for your summer holiday or an upcoming music festival? Pick something you can wash off, something to last all summer or something to last for the rest of your life, from the ideas below.
Non Permanent
First of all try some non-permanent measures to switch up your look.  Use a wash in, wash out hair dye. If you've got light hair, you could even try one of the very popular pastel colours trending at the moment. Why not combine them all and have rainbow hair for the summer? Or try a dramatic hair accessory like a flower crown or these head chains.
Another way of drastically changing your look without any permanent consequences is to use coloured contact lenses.  You can change your eye colour to any nother natural eye colour. So blue-eyed ladies can go for brown, green or lilac and vice versa. If you are looking for more of an extreme change, you could get some blackout lenses. Perfect for that heavy metal festival or cosplay convention.
Feeling a little braver? Why no go for a more lasting semi-permanent change? I count cutting and dying your hair in this category because hair grows so you won't have the look forever. Getting the right cut and colour for your skin tone and face shape, affects your look in a big way. If you're currently sporting long hair, why don't you go for a short on the sides and long on the top pixie crop? This cut is perfect for hotter weather as there is no hair weighing you down and heating you up. Pixie cuts look super cool too! If you have pale skin, consider blonde or light brown colour for your hair. If you have a warmer skin tone try and deep brown, red or black.
Another semi-permanent change you can make this summer is to get a fake or spray tan or use gradual tanning products in your home. The only problem with gradual tanning is that you do have to apply them once a day until you reach the required colour that you are looking. But they are a good value option to maintain your tan for the whole summer.
So if you're feeling a bit more daring, a permanent change might be for you. As this is a more drastic option, you need to think carefully before going for any change that your can't reverse.
Some of the most artistic permanent changes available are of course tattoos. With such a wide range of tattoos available, how do you know which one to pick? A style that is trending at the moment is the watercolour tattoo.  Watercolour tattoos often have bold lines and are filled in with pale coloured streaks. This gives them a beautiful contrast which can look softer than a traditional tattoo. If a tattoo is just too permanent for you, don't worry. There are plenty of temporary options available!

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