I’ve spent my lunchtime watching British Vogue’s YouTube channel. With every video and every closet tour, a little pulse of jealousy and admiration flows through my veins. Oh WHY can’t I be best friends with Taylor Swift?! And WHY does my apartment not look like SJP’s New York house?!
It’s been a while since I actually bought a fashion magazine. I love browsing through the luxuriously silky and colourful pages and breathing in the scent of ‘vogue’, as I swoon over the dangerously expensive shoes and jewelery. But for some reason or another, in recent times I seemed to have lost my passion for all things fashion.
Maybe I can blame this on my sheer exhaustion of watching haul after haul/OOTD videos. There’s something about them which I love – but also dislike. Especially throughout the time when I gained a bit of a winter belly and wanted to hide my body. Not forgetting the times when I’ve been trying ever so desperately to save my money, yet those little links in the description boxes end up leading me to a full basket on ASOS. I’ve missed shopping and walking into the changing rooms attempting not to trip over the clothes which are clinging to my swollen fingers.
I remember when I was younger (around nine years old) and I wrote a series of articles based on the latest trends. If you grew up in the UK, you would know I’m talking about the latest Kylie (non-Jenner-related) range – let’s not forget Tammy either! I absolutely loved writing those articles and I remember feeling so proud of them.
I’ve tried to get back into the style swing of things by taking some time to browse my favourite highstreet stores. Earlier this week I ventured into town and explored the rails and shelves of Mango, Oasis and M&S. Each store felt truly summery and a little bit exotic – the blue skies and hot flushes may have helped with this. But alas, in true British fashion we can’t quite put away our boots and umbrellas.
So when it came to write today’s post, I felt in the mood to share two trends which I am absolutely loving at the moment.
But first of all – here’s a few pieces which I bought on my most recent shopping trips!
As you can see, I’m very fond of my blues, metallics and stripes. From Zara, I bought this amazing navy-blue linen, midi dress with cut-out sides. When I saw it in store, I just knew I had to try it on as I thought it would be a key item for my wardrobe and those sunny days. I’m going to team it up with these gold leather sandals from Oasis for a pretty day-look and some chunky wedges for evenings.
I’ve been on the hunt for a couple of new shirts as I love wearing them for work with my dark denim jeans. I picked up a crisp white shirt from Oasis which is a beautiful, soft material. Unfortunately I can’t find it online, but if you’re after a new shirt I’d definitely recommend checking out Oasis. I ventured into Zara for a little browse (as I quite often do) and spotted this simple, striped shirt – it feels amazing to wear and is such a soft, floaty material.
A few years ago I picked up some floaty, monochrome trousers which became a staple item for my holidays. I do love them and still like to wear them throughout summer, but having picked up this pair of navy printed trousers from Mango – I can’t wait to wear them with a strappy white top and navy pumps. And last but by no means least, a bit of a brave choice for me – a crochet lace crop-top. It’s very booby so something I will wear on holiday and not around Manchester! It’s light, stretchy and a lovely cream colour which will look cute with a simple midi-skirt.
- Metallic clutch (£18.00), 2. Silver textured tunic (£22.99), 3. Metallic strappy sandals (£19.99), 4. Silver and gold strap sandals (£19.99), 5. Stud earrings (£6.40), 6. Sparkle sandals (£19.99)
- Navy print trousers (£17.99), 2. Grey-blue backpack (£35.99), 3. Stripy tote bag (£29.99), 4. Tie-dye dress (£39.99), 5. Striped poplin trousers (£25.99), 6. Beige buckle belt (£15.99), 7. Chain loafer (£28.00), 8. Leather knotted sandals (£65.99), 9. Laser-cut leather flats (£39.99)
I guess sometimes we need a bit of time to re-discover the things we love. I’ve never been one to call myself a ‘fashionista’ nor will I ever! Goodness, I can barely even pose for a photo. But watching those videos from Vogue & reminiscing over writing my first fashion articles, somehow managed to re-light that little flame I once had for discovering pieces which I would love to wear. And at the end of the day, I guess that’s what it’s all about really.