Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wildflowers - Ditsy Print Tea Dress from Simply Be

So, spoiler alert, I love this dress. I loved it the moment I saw it on the Simply Be website. I loved it the second I tried it on. I loved it when I took these blog photos. And I felt like the absolute grunge queen of everything when I met my mother-in-law to see an exhibition and paired it with a maroon cardigan and matching faux-dm style wellies.

Although it's part of Simply Be's SS16 drop, I knew this was going to become a go to autumnal favourite to layer up. With the shirt collar style neckline buttoned all the way up, it's perfect for keeping off that slight chill. But the light fabric also means it's a great summer style, especially if you opt to leave some of the buttons undone.

Sandals: Primark (Currently unavailable)

Because I have a larger bust, I sized up by one to make sure the buttons didn't gape, and so long as I'm not wearing a push-up bra, it's totally fine. The vintage vibe from the ditsy print can be grunged up with ease - just switch sandals for boots, throw on a biker jacket and it goes from cute and kitsch to bad ass babe with just the flick of a lipstick.

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Bags Of Style from House Of Fraser



More often than not, the perfect handbag can be the illusive holy grail of fashion. We want something which compliments our outfits, yet can also be filled to bursting with all of our daily essentials. From sunscreen to house keys to tablets, we often have different bags for different occasions - but just like shoes, a girl can never have too many handbags, right?

I always find myself on the hunt for new arm candy, and House Of Fraser certainly have one of the best selections available. I've put together a selection of some of my favourites, and don't forget to tell me which ones you love in the comments!

1. Biba Deco Box Logo Clutch (£59)
The Biba Deco Box Logo Clutch is the perfect party bag. The art deco design is an absolute stunner, with the bag being the perfect size for your phone, keys and a lipstick. This is definitely one which will take you through from the summer wedding season, right up to all those sparkle filled Christmas parties.

2. Lulu Guinness Pink Perspex Lip Clutch Bag (£245)
The Lulu Guinness Pink Perspex Lip Clutch Bag is a whole lot of fun. The shocking pink is perfect to add some colour to your favourite LBD, and is finished with a concealed magnetic clasp. Whilst at the pricier end of the scale, this cute clutch is a fun investment which will be pulled out time and time again.

3. Love Moschino Moc Croc Red Medium Flapover Shoulder Bag (£170)
This pretty, berry coloured Love Moschino Moc Croc Red Medium Flapover Shoulder Bag is a great purchase for everyday use. Hanging from a pretty gold chain, the purple hue is perfect as we get ever closer to those autumnal colour palettes.

4. Accessorize Leather Slouchy Shopper Bag (£65)
If you're looking for a good all purpose bag, look no further than this Accessorize Leather Slouchy Shopper Bag. The metallic finish to this oversized shopper is completely on trend, and in addition to having space for all those everyday essentials, it also includes a detachable zipped pouch for smaller items.

5. Vivienne Westwood Pouch Black Envelope Clutch Bag (£115)
My final pick is this classic Vivienne Westwood Pouch Black Envelope Clutch Bag. Whilst it's available in a variety of colours, you can't go wrong with the timeless ablack option. Smart with a suit, chic with a dress, this is one of those bags which will work for any occasions.

Personally I'm a sucker for clutches and oversized bags. What is your favourite go candy go to?

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
(All photos (c) House of Fraser.)
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Let It Snow - Christmas from F&F

Running around Christmas in July events whilst melting in the summer sunshine never ceases to feel odd. But every year it's worth it when you find yourself swooning over sequins, shimmer and sparkle, with Christmas party wear at the forefront. If you haven't already seen my roundup post of AW16 from F&F Clothing, you can check it out here - the collection is amazing. But this press day was focused purely on winter warmers with a party focused theme, and honestly, Christmas can not come soon enough as I want almost all of it!

Whilst embroidery is still a key trend across the more casual pieces pastel hues and mixed textures were also reoccurring themes. But really, the press day was all about the party season. Think 1920s speakeasies, slinky metallics, cropped evening jackets and all sequinned everything. See for yourself with the video below!


What's your favourite item? The huge selection of bomber jackets are beautiful, but I am utterly in love with the gold foil midi dress, and silver metallic skirt.

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

The (Red and) White Stripes

I will always have a soft spot for good vintage repro, so when Lindy Bop launched their huge 75% off sale, like many others I was waving my credit card in the air with excitement. But as a freelancer, the adult voice inside my head told me to show restraint, so whilst I could have easily brought at least seven dresses, I chose just the one which I had been lusting after even when it was still fully priced.

I find the sizing of Lindy Bop dresses to be really hit and miss, so took a chance and ordered the Audrey Red Stripe Swing Dress two sizes above my normal one. I did this mostly because the other sizes bellow were out of stock, but certainly my usual size would probably have been too small on the bust. The larger size is a little big on the shoulders, but since I got this for just £10, there was no way it was being sent back. I think I can just about get away with it, and even if I paid to get it altered, it would still probably be cheaper than buying it at full price.


It's such a cute, fun dress. It makes me thinks of picnics and seaside walks, and will hopefully get some use for both of those this summer. As the material is quite thick and comes fully lined, it's one of those items which will make it through to the chillier months too. I'm thinking it will work well teamed with a cropped cardigan, and maybe even a biker jacket to rock a 50s bad girl look. But for now, it's making me dream of boat trips and cream teas, and now that it seems that summer has finally started, I can't wait to make more use of it.

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Monday, 18 July 2016

The Jean Jeanie

I had wanted to get my hands on a pinafore dress for ages, but they just didn't seem to work on my shape, with my larger bust line being a (literal) huge issue for the fit. I had pretty much given up, but when I saw that the Sprinkle Of Glitter Dungaree Dress from Simply Be had gone into the sale, I decided to push my luck one final time.

I ordered three sizes - my regular size and then the two sizes above it and ended up keeping the largest one. The fit of the skirt was fine on all three, but the front panel comes up a tiny bit small for my taste so I went for the one which had the most coverage. It's not designed to completely cover your chest, but my big boobs ruined the shape of it in the smaller sizes so those few centimeters really made the difference. It also allowed me to deal with the straps which were a little long or me, as it meant I could pull the skirt down further to keep them taut.

Now, I'll be honest - I wasn't expecting to love the dress the way I did. I really had given up on the idea that I could make any sort of pinafore or dungaree style work, but the soft denim, rose-gold buttons and pockets instantly turned it into one of my wardrobe favourites. I love the casual style, but equally love how adaptable it is. Summer sees it paired easily with a crop top, whilst it's quick to layer with roll necks and boots for the cooler months. I love those wonderful pieces which can work all year long, and this is certainly one of the best! Also as my boyfriend helpfully pointed out, I could totally use this as a basis for a Super Mario costume, come Halloween! How's that for versatility?


I also have to mention how much I love this necklace. It's a puffin and a penguin based on a long standing joke which one of my lovely friends had made for the three female members of "puffin features". (#squadgoals and all that!) It's one of those silly things which would take forever to explain and still make no sense to anyone else, but it makes me so happy whenever I wear it! Plus, you know, penguins! 🐧❤

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Shake Your Pom Poms

I fell in love with this Lace Pom Pom top from Simply Be the second I saw it. It's not my usual style, but the 70s boho feel completely suckered me in, and I thought I could make it work in some sort of pastel goth style. Whilst the way I've styled it today is more Stevie Nicks than queen of the dammed, the crochet style is perfect for staying cool in. You know, assuming we ever get our summer back!

I'm wearing the Carmen bra from Elomi with it, as it offers good coverage underneath a top which is essentially see-through. You could easily put on a cami top underneath if you wanted to show less skin, but for scorching hot summer days, this really is the perfect option.



Hat: H&M

I love the pom poms hanging from the bottom of the top, and added the hat and necklace to balance the pastel pink of the floaty skirt. Whilst I'm normally all about the waist cinched silhouette, having something less restrictive was nice for a very humid day.

I have a suspicion that this top will also end up getting worn a lot with my high waisted black jeans and shorts. With the right styling, it has the potential to be a bit rock and roll, especially when teamed with a biker jacket and ankle boots. I suspect it'll end up being part of my go to gig outfit too, being great for hot sweaty rooms whilst still attempting to look cool!

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Get Shorty

Our summer weather is all over the place at the moment, but even with the constant rain and storm clouds, we seem to be in a perpetual state of mugginess. That means that London is a smog filled sweatfest right now, and there's only one way to combat it's navigation - shorts!

I've never been a massive fan of my legs, so constantly hid them underneath leggings and tights, even in the hottest of weather. Enough was enough though, and last year I switched to flowing maxi dresses, and now I'm at a stage where finally, I just don't care. Years of dancing followed by years of cycling have left my calves muscular and bulky from a young age, and whereas before I felt they made me look very masculine, I now see them as a sign of strength.



Cropped T-Shirt: Primark (£4)

These shorts are super comfy, made from a soft tencel fabric with an elasticated, drawstring waist and cute crochet hem. I teamed them with an adorable cropped t-shirt  which I picked up last week from Primark, and a pair of simple sandals to finish off. The necklace is a pastel coloured favourite (which you can read more about here!) Now if only someone would take their finger off the pause button, so that summer could resume again, that would be great!

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Monday, 11 July 2016

Blue Jeans

I'm not normally one to wear jeans, unless it's my trusty black high waisted skinnies in the Autumn, or when I have a long day of shooting. But I'm trying to get better at casual dressing, and slowly, slowly, I think I'm getting the hang of it.

As someone who frequently works from home, my uniform tends to be a mixture of pyjamas and comfy work-out gear, with a few staple skater styles for when I actually need to put on a bra and leave the house. Other than that, I have dresses. Lots and lots of dresses, mostly impractical, brought for dancing, clubbing or DJing in. They tend to be super frou-frou or covered in sequins, and not the ideal item for nipping to Sainsburys in. But I really need to break out of the habit of offering up either total slob or retro realness with my wardrobe, and attempting a cutesy, sort of vintage approach with denim seemed to be the obvious direction.



I decided to keep my bumper bangs and red lips, teaming the outfit with a cute boat necklace from Tatty Devine to give it a touch of riviera glam with a nautical nod. It was a comfy outfit, but I'm still not quite sure I feel like me in it - almost as if I'm playing dress up, which I know is a completely silly thing to say. I think it's something I like though, and certainly a look which I want to play around with a little bit more. Whilst I love my dinosaur pyjamas and penguin shaped poncho, there is something to be said about occasionally looking like a real life adult...

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Friday, 8 July 2016

Intergalactic Planetary, Planetary Intergalactic

So, full disclosure, I am a massive space nerd. Super massive. Whenever I leave London, I'll be the person with my head tilted upwards staring at the stars at night, amazed that I can count more than five. I'll be there, pointing out constellations, feeling tiny, and falling completely in love with the endless possibilities out there. So when the galaxy print trend hit a few years ago, I was ecstatic. But there was very little I liked, with plus size possibilities seeming very minimal.

Outside of some workout leggings, the trend mostly passed me by. Thankfully that changed when I came upon this stunning find at the most recent Fat Positive Clothes Swap. Not only was it a galaxy print beauty, it was a freaking mock-wrap PUFF BALL of a dream .


My only wish was that it was a little longer so that it could be comfortably worn as a dress. I think I'd pretty much live in it if it wasn't for that! But it's a fun item which maybe won't get wheeled out as often as some of my other favourites, but I will always feel out of this world in when I do wear it.

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Jumpin' Jack Flash

I've always loved the look of jumpsuits, but never really contemplated trying them. They seemed to be something for everyone else to rock whilst I just stared on with giant cartoon heart eyes. That was until my lovely friend Chattermonkey talked me into stepping into this New Look beauty, and from that moment my love affair with the jumpsuit was born.

I don't really know what it was which made me so hesitant for so long. This culotte jumpsuit is the right balance of smart and casual, and perfect for most situations. Meeting clients? Check. Movie date? Check. And that's what I like about it - it's so versatile and easy to wear.




What are some looks or styles that you were hesitant to try but fell in love with? Don't forget to tell me in the comments!

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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