Alexa Chung resort collection

Personally I love adding a pop of colour to a look, and Alexa Chung gives food for thought on this idea in her new Resort Collection. Alexa gives us strappy checked dresses, a gorgeous layered tulle skirt and mixed prints, but the standout trend of the collection? The splashes of red in the footwear (and this emoji inspired dress )! Now, all those of us that follow fashion probably had an inkling that red boots were here to stay throughout SS18, but with it cropping up in resort collections, I’d imagine we can now expect to see them following through into AW19 as well!

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MFW Milan: Smoking Jackets with a Twist

Men’s fashion week has recently begun and as I trawled through the photos from various shows so far I noticed that outerwear for men was making a huge statement- from big bold prints to oversized bomber jackets.

One big trend came from Etro; with the whole collection boasting lots of Japanese influences that included Obi belts wrapped around suit jackets and waistcoats. Not only this but the Italian fashion house also gave us a belted robe, almost similar to the traditional smoking jacket, but with a Navajo style print in luxuriously thick material. If this newer combination isn’t quite your style then those of us with a more classic style can refer to D&G, who also failed to disappoint, offering a silky, embroidered version that gave us matching suit style trousers!

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Throwback Thursday: Outfit of the Night in Budapest

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The details:

Cropped vest: River Island

Midi Skirt: Originally from Miss Selfridge, but bought on Ebay.

Handbag: Fiorelli

Wedges: L K Bennett

Accessories

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If you saw my last post you’ll notice that I dressed up a pair of blue jeans with silver block heel sandals and a blue pin striped shirt- what I didn’t show you was how I accessorised this look to dress it up even more. Luckily I took this up close shot of my accessories for that evening!

The details:
Clutch bag- House Of Fraser
Bracelet (I also wore matching earrings) – Attwood and Sawyer
Ring- by a Welsh Designer at Tintern Abbey
Nails: ‘Girls on Film’ Glitter Polish from Gosh

September Style Diary: Cruise Edition [Amsterdam & The Fjords]

Day Time Exploring

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               *Amsterdam Strolling*                                                                                                          [Patent Heeled Ankle Boots- H&M] [Black Jeans- Primark] [Roll Neck Sleeveless Tee- Peacocks]    [Leather Bomber Jacket- Topshop]

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                    *A Day At Sea*                                                                                         [Grey Vest- Primark] [Patterned Trousers- Bought in Budapest] [Necklace- Gift from India]
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                 *Tvindefossen*                                                                   [Cosy Roll Neck Jumper & Black Jeans, both from Primark]

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                  *Eidfjord Dam*                                                                                           [Leather Bomber Jacket- Topshop] [Black Jeans- Primark] [Jumper- Select Fashion] [Trainers- Nike]
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               *A view of Bergen from Mt Fløyen*                                                                                                                 [Suede Dress- Primark] [Wool Coat- Warehouse]

Dressing up for Dinner Time

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             *Formal Night on the Ship*                                                                                   [Earrings- Peacocks] [Dress- Miss Selfridge]

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*Another Shot of my dress from above*                                                                                                                                                     Two dresses in one- The inner part of this dress was tight fitting, covered by gorgeous mesh and embroidered detailing- you can see this part blowing in the wind behind me (it was very windy on the top deck).                                                                          [Shoes- New Look]
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            *Dressing Up Blue Jeans*                                                                        [Leather Bomber- Topshop] [Striped Shirt- Zara] [Blue Jeans- Primark] [Sandals- New Look]

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                   *Formal Night #2*                                                                                          [Dress- Phase 8]

A Week in Instagram ♥

Follow me on Instagram for more fashion and food related pics @Katieloumaloney ♥

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Shellac nails in the colour 'Envelope Please' all ready for my holiday ♥
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Feeling 60's vibes in faux suede and a leather bomber ♥
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Crazy Golf in St David's Centre, Cardiff! ♥
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A Baileys cake in the shape of a coffee cup that I made for my boyfriend's birthday ♥
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What I wore- bird print blouse and my red Fiorelli handbag ♥
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A funny photo of when I caught the bride's bouquet at a recent wedding.. I don't want to get married but seeing my boyfriend's face was well worth catching it ha! ♥

Travelling with Liquids in your Hand Luggage

Living in the UK I tend to favour long weekend breaks around Europe with good old budget airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair, and over the years I’ve got better at condensing my packing (not that my boyfriend would agree, but we’ll skim over his opinion for now 😀 )

So, only once have I checked my bag in on a budget airline (and yes, we were that couple unpacking at the desk and putting on layers of clothing so we were under the weight limit), and this means that every other time I have taken a small suitcase as carry on free of charge- no painful £50 charge for me *smug grin*. Initially, this was more stressful than it needed to be and you eventually learn that for a weekend away you don’t need both straighteners and curling tongs, neither do you need 6 dresses and four pairs of shoes *sigh*.

But what about packing your liquids- after all the limit (for most airlines) is ten 100ml containers for hand luggage. Now this doesn’t worry my boyfriend in the slightest I think he probably has about 6 liquids, if that, but me? Realistically I could end up with about 15 if I went really crazy.

So how do I go about organising my ‘Liquid Essentials’?

1) Go through your daily routine

  • For example; you wake up and brush your teeth, shower, exfoliate and wash/condition your hair. When that is done some of you might even have a more complicated morning routine that includes lots of lotions and potions. Then, you put your make up on (I tend to place everything in my go to make up routine out on the bed, then separate into liquids and non liquids). You might then blow dry your hair and use heat protectant spray and other styling liquids. Then you use body lotion and hand cream. At the end of you day you would then use a make up remover and other moisturisers. Then, you need to get specific to your destination- will you need suncream and after sun? Are you attending a special occassion that you’ll need extra hair and make up bits for than your usual daily routine?
    Eeek- seems a lot now you’ve really thought about it doesn’t it? 😮

2) Don’t panic!

  • So, you have never noticed how many liquids you use in a day before have you? But there is hope- go through your day again, what can you cut out?

3) Find alternatives

Doesn’t sound so simple, but here are some shortcuts I’ve taken:

  • Buy some cheap plastic travel bottles and dispense some of your liquids that are over 100ml into these.
  • Mix your moisturiser with your primer and dispense into an empty travel sized container.
  • I once took The Body Shop’s Beautifying Oil in my carry on so I had some form of body moisturiser as well as an oil that kept stray hairs in place.
  • Take a small handbag sized body lotion that you can take around with you and use as a hand lotion- and it’s a bonus if it contains SPF and is suitable for facial use too! I like this one from The Body Shop 🙂
  • I’ve never taken my make up remover with me- I know a lot of people disagree with face wipes but it really does make reducing your liquids a lot easier.
  • If you’re not sure what counts as a liquid- ask! I’ve tweeted Ryanair and Easyjet about what counts as a liquid- and for the record lipsticks are NOT a liquid (woohoo!). Make sure you check though, because pastes etc count as a liquid.
  • You don’t need your day, night and eye moisturiser- pick one (providing you don’t have sensitive eyes like me, if so just make sure you take a frangrance free moisturiser with you).
  • Those of you big on eyeliner, look away now- I’ve gone without eyeliner and instead took my liquid friendly eye shadow palletes with me- a damp angled brush can do exactly the same when dipped into a black eyeshadow!
  • Are you and a friend etc sharing Shampoo/Conditioner/Toothpaste/Body Wash? Have they got room in their liquid bag? Great!! (Note, this may work better with your boyfriend than your bestie 😛 )
  • Buy a few cheap powder products (I like Collection for good, but cheap, make up products)- if you use cream/liquid blush, highlight and contour you might want to rethink this, or at least check that creams are allowed through with your airline/airport.
  • Convince myself I don’t need make up setting spray to make my make up look more ‘dewy’ (#girlproblems)
  • Take a good exfoliating mit and buy a shower gel that has gentle exfoliation beads etc- shower gel and exfoliation in one for the whole body! (just make sure it isn’t too abrasive for the face!
  • You can always buy travel minis at the airport then throw away before you fly back, and the same goes for perfume samples! (I hate throwing products away though!)

So what makes my cut?

  • Foundation
  • Primer & Moisturiser (mixed, and doubles as eye cream)
  • Mascara
  • Concealer (some might be okay to miss this one and use foundation instead..)
  • Handcream
  • Deodorant (liquid roll on)
  • Perfume
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Showergel *give to your very lovely travelling companion*
  • Suncream *give to your very lovely travelling companion*

How do you pack when your travelling with hand luggage? Is there anything you can’t go without? Let me know in the comments, because it is always a struggle, I’ve just marginally improved with a few years experience! 😀

x-Katie-x

How to wear: The Safari Inspired Trend

Usually my trend reports are inspired by high end designer collections that I have spied in catwalk shows, but this blog post has actually been inspired by the SS15 collection I have been eyeing at Warehouse!

So, what can you exactly expect to see from this trend?

Colours to look out for:
Ranging from beige and khaki green  for that traditional safari vibe to vibrant oranges and greens in the form of bold prints, this trend really does have a colour spectrum for everyone!

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It’s all in the details:

Fringing and tassels are seen adorning sandals, handbags and even dresses and kimonos whilst even loose cotton shorts are seen with cute little pom poms attached to the hem!
Even the fabrics echo cool safari vibes- thick fabric shopper bags are embroidered with bright ethnic prints, and as part of their holiday shop collection Warehouse have an amazing range of loose fitting cotton dresses, shorts and even wide leg trousers!

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Styles to grab now:

A part from a few mentioned above, I am absolutely loving the gypsy dress- off the shoulder, with an air of both cool and casual in light cotton materials screams safari, or at least for most of us a nice sunny holiday abroad. But let’s be honest, I’ll be wearing mine everywhere- I love dresses that can double as day and night attire.. (I will just have to wait until pay day). If you don’t fancy a dress though, why not get yourself an off the shoulder, boho style tee instead? And not forgetting the fringed kimono and poncho that have returned for another season!

Fringed Gypsy Dress


The prints:

We’ve seen how amazing just the plain brights and neutrals can look, but if you aren’t afraid of a little print then this trend is the perfect way to update your wardrobe. Think oversized African Florals for the more bold efforts, or for a more subtle approach why not try paisley or Aztec?

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Don’t forget to accessorize: 

I’ve mentioned the beautifully embroidered selection of fabric handbags, but what about jewellery? I accept that maybe it isn’t the most practical for a real safari trek- but we are probably just playing pretend when we try out this trend. So when on the hunt for some new jewellery this Summer, why not think about layering a few necklaces together? Or if you want something a bit louder, why not try something new with chunkier ethnic bracelets, even fabric bracelets are a great alternative!

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What suits you?

Before I get into anything, just take a look at my little scenario below:

You’ve found the dress for a girls night out, or so you think.

You’ve seen it on a mannequin at the front of the store and instantly make a beeline for the dress on the rack, a bejewelled necklace hanging decoratively over the hanger only lures you in further.

You, and your new love, march on over to the fitting room ‘Just the one please’ you say boldly. This dress is the one, you think to yourself smugly.

You step into the brightly lit cubicle ready to try on the one.

Pulling it over your head, you begin to frown, this feels a little snug already…it’s just the fit you decide dismissively, squeezing your arms through the holes.

You pull down the dress and zip up the sides and turning to see yourself from all angles you begin to pout with disappointment and a little self loathing.

How can it fit half of my body so perfectly and look so disgustingly wrong on the other half?

Okay, now hands up all you girls (and guys) who have experienced dressing room self loathing? 

Yep, me too!

Now how can we avoid this happening again?

1 – Finding what does (and doesn’t) suit you
It’ll be worse before it gets better, but trust me, the key is to try on lots of styles- how will you know what suits you if you always go for that same style of low rise jean, what if a higher waist looks amazing on you and you just haven’t realised it?

2- Size doesn’t matter
Be sure to take a selection of sizes per item to try as well- I know it is difficult to separate yourself from the stigma of what size you are, but seriously, if a size 12 looks good why wouldn’t you buy it? I’ve heard so many people with the attitude of ‘ I am not going up a size’- for starters sizes fluctuate massively across brands, and this is enough of a reason not to worry too much whether you go ‘up’ a size or not, because chances are, you probably haven’t.

3- Not all trends are your friend 

An online magazine tells you that you need to buy into the comeback trend of 70’s style flares. Great for some, but not necessarily great for you- but you’ll never know until you at least try them 🙂 Experimentation with trends is great, just learn which ones are your friends, and which ones aren’t, and the same goes for colours and prints too.

4- Stick to what you know

Yes, experiment all you like and add to your collection of what suits you- but don’t be afraid to have items in similar shapes and colours if you look and feel great in them! Just remember to always dress for yourself and nobody else- don’t buy into a certain trend if you feel rubbish in it- go with what you know and how you feel in yourself 🙂