Friday, 24 June 2016

Stayin' Alive - Floral Print Shirt Dress from Simply Be

A bright and bold print is a great way to give yourself a boost, and this 70s delight is no exception. Sitting somewhere between Woodstock vibes and your great grandmother's curtains, this delightful shirt dress from Simply Be is definitely a summer smash.

I couldn't resist it once it had gone on sale, and is currently reduced from £40 to just £20. It's a dress which needs very little in the way of accessories, so I simply teamed it with some plain blue ballet flats, and a matching yellow rose in my hair.




Whilst most of my wardrobe and style inspiration is generally stuck somewhere between the 50s and 60s, I've really been falling in love with all the 70s trends from the last few seasons. They're just so much fun to play with, and almost always come attached with a huge burst of colour. If ever there was a dress which screamed summer, it's this one!

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Nothing But Flowers - Ditsy Floral Print Dress from F&F

I recently wrote a blog post which showed the ditsy print peg leg trousers from F&F, and was so in love with the print that I just had to buy the matching dress too.

Like all the best dresses, it has pockets on both sides, as well as a cute pussy bow tie and a lovely, floaty shape perfect for the summer. Right now this particular style isn't in stock on their website, but there are lots of other dresses, shorts, tops and trousers which are currently rocking this cute ditsy style.


Dress: Ditsy Print Dress from F&F (currently unavailable).
Sandals: George at Asda (previous season).

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Monday, 20 June 2016

Black Cherry

Sometimes you come across an item of clothing, and you just know that it'll become one of those easy, chic looking no fuss garments. One of those wonderful, elusive items which you can just throw on and know that it'll go with anything. That's how I felt when I came across this side split tunic from Simply Be (£11), and I knew the second I put it on that it would be a wardrobe staple during the warmer weather.

Available in a choice of black, grey or red, I choose the darkest option to reflect how I feel about sweating it out during London's smoggy heatfest. But also, you know, because black goes with pretty much everything and I like to know that I have those easy to wear, dependable bits hanging in my wardrobe.

Here I've teamed it with some high-waisted jeans, and I love how the tunic's slits are high enough that they still show a little bit of skin. With the warmer weather, I've been wearing it a lot over some high wasited shorts, and it's been a great outfit for shooting in as I'm cool, but not in danger of flashing anyone! Plus it's so comfy, with the stretchy material both soft and cosy.

High Wasited Jeans: Curves from New Look (£24.99). 
Sandals: George at Asda (previous season).
Necklace: Tatty Devine (previous season).

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Monday, 13 June 2016

Addicted To Love (and monochrome)


I know, I know - shock, horror, it's me in yet another pair of trousers! Who is this person, and where have all her floral and polka dots gone? She's still there someone, and without a doubt will be back on the blog shortly, but for now I'm really enjoying playing around with my wardrobe and just having fun.

With this look, I felt part way between a chubby rock star and bad ass biker babe which is probably as far away from my usual bumper bangs and hair flowers as you can get! I loved pairing the high waisted jeans with a white shirt, and simply unbuttoned and tied it up to give it more of a cropped finish.


Shirt: Simply Be
Jeans: HM+
Biker Jacket: HM+ (Old season)

The only thing I'll say is that I needed to size up with both the blouse and the jeans (two sizes in the jeans, in fact!) If you're smaller in the bust than I am, your normal size will probably be fine but if you've got a lot up front, size up to avoid the dreaded gape of doom!

I really like this outfit, and it was put together very much with my friend Chattermonkey in mind. It's the right balance of smart vs casual for me to go and meet clients and has definitely made me want to continue to further push through my self imposed style limitations.

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Flower Child - Floral Print Peg Leg Trousers from F&F

In those brief windows which promise a flicker of summer, I'm trying to get out of my comfort zone and switch up how I dress for the warmer weather. My wardrobe is filled with vintage polyester and repro dresses which are my usual go to, but often worn with tights or leggings and even cardigans despite the soaring heat. It's mostly due to feeling insecure about my dry and blotchy skin, but as I'm getting older, I'm realising that people just don't care. Everyone is too busy with their own life to take note of every single little thing you hate about yourself, so with that mind set firmly in place, this is going to be the summer where my legs, my arms and even glimpses of my stomach will be very much on show.

I don't wear trousers very often, but having just a skirt or dress without leggings when on a photoshoot isn't practical unless I want to show everyone the colour of my underwear. But that didn't mean that I had to stray too far from my floral ditsy print loving style. When I saw these Floral Print Peg Leg trousers (£16) on the F&F website, I knew that they would be the perfect bridge between being practical and not veering too far from my personal style.
The trousers are available up to a UK 22, and with their comfy waistband and tapered leg are as easy to wear as they are pretty. They have pockets on the hips which is always a plus for any photographer, and a fabric belt which can easily be removed.

I teamed it with an old favourite vest rolled up from Simply Be, a Pearls & Swine rose headband and some ballet flats from JD Williams.

All the floral elements make me feel like it's still very me, just a more casual and sunshine ready version. I'd definitely wear this to a festival or for a picnic in the park, and would simply ditch the floral headband for a single flower clip to bring it back to be more everyday. I was so surprised how comfy I felt in the trousers, and loved the print so much that I've brought the matching dress too which will also be in the blog soon!

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Wildflowers - Daisy Painted Swing Dress from Collectif

I've always been a huge sucker for daisies, so when I saw this pretty gingham print coming out as part of Collectif's SS16 collection, I knew that at some point I'd end up twirling around in it. My lovely mother in law recently gave me some money to buy some clothes with the provision that it had to be frivolous, so I finally had the perfect excuse to make the purchase as I honestly cannot remember the last time I brought something, just because.

The dress is an absolute dream and is one of the new wave of dresses by Collectif to go up to a UK size 24. It features a halterneck style with a darling daisy applique to the bust and skirt, with the swing skirt fully flared and petticoat ready. It's a zip free pull on style with an elasticated back panel to ensure it accommodates busts of all sizes.



Despite the wealth of fabric, the dress doesn't feel heavy when worn which makes it the perfect gsrment for a lazy summer day. It also comes with a white belt which sits on the waist, and I cannot wait for the weather to warm up so that I can pretty much live in this dress.

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Blue Is The Colour

I know, I know, it's an actual real life blog post! It's been a little quiet over here for the last week, but I've spent the last seven days back to back shooting so am slowly catching up on admin, sleep and organising a huge backlog of content! As ever you can find all the behind the scenes gossip on my Instagram, so if you're not already following me, feel free to tap the button!

On the blog today is something which I picked up from JD Williams a few weeks ago, and have just been waiting for the warmer weather to come back again so I could wear it. This navy coloured spot covered shirt dress (£29) is the holy grail of buttoned up dresses for anyone with a larger bust as the slightly stretchy fabric has both give and a generous cut on top.

The dress is a kitschtastic take on the utility trend, with the polka dots giving a 40s aesthetic to the tea dress shape. Made from a light, floaty material, it's perfect to flit away lazy summer days in, but also one which have leggings and oversized knits added to it to wear through the cooler months too.

On this occasion I teamed it with some simple sole diva ballet flats (£10) from Simply Be, and a cute red London bus necklace (£35) from Tatty Devine. Now all I need is some sunshine and a picnic to go to!

Until next time,

Diana x ❤ x
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