The Not-So Spring Edit

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!

reAs 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 Magic


  1. 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)


Nautical Vibes


  1. 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.

29th May 2016
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  • Reply Lottie L'Amour

    Your metallic choices are ON POINT. I love the metallic sandals you’ve chosen – they would go so well with a gorgeous silver skirt I have too!

    Lottie x

    1st June 2016 at 4:22 pm
    • Reply Marianna

      Thanks Lottie! I’m glad you liked the metallic magic! I love a good metallic accessory – I say that as I am indeed wearing those sandals! 🙂

      1st June 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Shelby

    The navy and blue shades are my favorite!

    1st June 2016 at 4:35 pm
    • Reply Marianna

      Hi Shelby, I’m a huge lover of navy & blue too! There’s something so lovely about them – especially in spring & summer! 🙂 Thank you for your comment!

      1st June 2016 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Jollies and Jaunts

    Nice! I always forget to head to Zara when I’m clothes shopping but it looks like they’ve got some great stuff in at the moment.

    1st June 2016 at 4:59 pm
    • Reply Marianna

      I’d definitely recommend a trip to Zara next time you are in town. For some months I haven’t seen too many things I liked but I think they’ve certainly got a great spring/summer game!

      2nd June 2016 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Blog Andra Dorolti

    Oh how I love watching those Vogue videos!! It makes me want to go and rediscover my closet too!

    I also love those metallic sandals – I’ve seen many around, but these ones are a bit more my style 🙂

    Lovely blog!, Mariana! It’s my first time here 🙂

    1st June 2016 at 6:11 pm
    • Reply Marianna

      Welcome Andra! Thank you for your lovely comment 🙂 I can see you’re from Romania! I’m half-Romanian – my dad is from Constanta 🙂 Can’t wait to check out more of your blog!

      1st June 2016 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Megan

    Those metallic pieces you picked out are awesome!

    1st June 2016 at 8:21 pm
    • Reply Marianna

      Thanks Megan! I do love a good metallic as it shimmers in the summer light! 🙂

      2nd June 2016 at 10:25 am

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