Vintage Nike x Trench.

Photography by Dave Bradshaw

Deary me it's been wet few days here in Belfast! I spent the whole afternoon in Ikea the other day - bought some of the cutest bits and bobs (check the Instagram if you dare!) - and the skies shone with sunshine most of the day. In fact, I actually wore sunglasses properly for the first time this year.. didn't last long did it?!

Todays post features this super cool vintage/retro Nike crew neck jumper I picked up in an old sports shop in Dunmurry, Belfast a few years back. As small and cramped as it is, they have some serious gems in there! This kind of jumper never goes out of trend, its an easy every day piece, great with jeans but I also love it with gym gear. Its a win, win! Also this Stradivarius trench has literally not left my back. Its definitely a purchase I'll never regret, season upon season.

Anyone else given in to the new spectacle trend? Glasses have become the equivalent of an excellent pair of earrings or a pop of lipstick, to really make your outfit your own. And now, with fake lenses they're taking the shops by storm, coming out in amazing shapes and sizes, the aviator being my firm fav. These I bought for a bargain on Amazon but I've seen them retailed for way more, so definitely take a look online!

I wanted to point out how much you really can play with denim this season. Im loving all the wide cut offs, odd cut, messy hems, frilled hems, frayed hems, tasseled hems (and breathe!) at the moment - there is literally everything a girl could imagine! I'm loving playing with my jeans right now. For example here, I'm wearing my new season TopShop Jamie jeans that have an uneven split cut at the bottom. I love tucking one half into my boots, as shown here or even pulling both out! Theres really so much you can do. Why not have a go with a pair of your own jeans?

Exact featured items:
Boots - Public Desire
Jeans - Topshop Jamie
Jumper - Vintage Nike (unfortunately can't link but heres some awesome vintage pieces)
Trench - Stradivarius


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Curvy Chic Bridal : Local Business with Bootyful Meaning.

Theres something I love about a company that oozes self-love, fair treatment and encompasses a welcoming atmosphere. Not often you get it all. That was exactly what I got when I walked into Curvy Chic Bridal in Belfast - Northern Irelands very first bridal boutique for the bootyful bride.

Last week I spent a lovely evening at the store eating cupcakes, viewing a wedding makeup tutorial, taking a peek all of the new dresses in for the season, sipping on prosecco and chatting about how it all begun.

 The lovely founder Rebecca, after hearing many plus-size brides' disheartening wedding dress stories (and having some of her own), wanted to be able to give these girls the experience they really truly deserve, just like any other woman! After all, size should never come into the equation or alter the experience. 

Rebecca - a professional makeup artist by trade (she just did some of the Paris Fashion Week shows by the way, eek!) - has successfully self funded her own business, built it right off the ground and my favourite part? The boutique is in her home.
I couldn't help but feel so relaxed when I waked in, so different from my own experience wedding dress shopping early last year.  Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed hopping from shop to shop trying on dress after dress and finding the ONE, but there was just something about the atmosphere that Rebecca has been able to create that you just couldn't get in any bog-standard bridal boutique on the street.

What is most amazing is their rage of sizing. Their samples in store range from a size 16-32, whereas in most high street boutiques samples are stocked in sizes 10, 12, and 14 so for the curvier girl this can really dampen the whole experience! They also stock bridesmaids dresses from a slim 6 to a curvy 44, mother of the bride/groom dresses, bolero's, and some beautifully sparky additions for your dress (pictured above) all handmade by another local lass, Kitty Dickson at Kittys Jewels. They have literally thought of every little detail, so that the bride feels nothing but relaxed at and ease.

Every bride should leave a wedding dress shop feeling utterly amazing, and I really believe that Curvy Chic provide that for the curvier bride with thought, care and class.

Thanks for having me guys!
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Fashion Week & Shopping Haul.

One of the most fashionable times of the year is fast approaching, the week us fashion enthusiasts go nuts for. I thought I'd take today to talk through my plans for Fashion Week, and give you a mini shopping haul of my most recent purchases for the month including some key pieces I've bought for the season.

Fashion Week is always my favourite, I love the buzz. I'm not heading to many shows this year, but my main aim is to head to the Max Mara show on the 10th and possibly the High Street Heaven Show on the 24th in Belfast (definitely a favourite!). This year, the main shows are scheduled between 23rd and 26th of march. I'm excited to be attending as a blogger this year, but if you are interested in heading on down the tickets aren't too expensive at all, ad its always worth the experience! I'm really looking forward to the MaxMara showcase, I hear there will be trend notes of a tropical vibe - right up my street! For all shows and info visit the BFW Website here.

So, lets see what we bought this week! I loved photographing these pieces around our home by the way, I wish I could stylise my sunglasses and boots around the house all day long but I'm not sure Frankie would be too amused!

1) First off, the boots. These beautifully patent babies are from Public Desire. Definitely a win with all outfits - I'm feelin' dressed up with skirts, and even dressed down with a pair of cut of jeans and a tee.

2) Ray-Ban squarecle/round dupes. These shades are the perfect size and shape, and are identical to the Rayban shape featured a lot in street fashion and magazines at the moment. I absolutely love these, they look effortlessly cool and are a definite spring summer piece. To my amazement, I found them with my sister in Primark for £2 - WIN! Unfortunately I can't link the item because Primark isn't online but they are definitely still in store!

3) That out-of-space velvet bag by Miss Guided. I just love it! Its so unique, and it's just gone into sale, so head online to buy it quick! Its one of those marmite purchases I just know some people will love or hate, but I just fell in love with how cute but bold it is. Surprisingly I'm not really a velvet gal but this really caught my eye!

4) That cute off the shoulder top - a Primark steal yet again. Ruffles and frills are taking over the catwalk this season so I'm excited to take this piece out for a spin. Again it's a Primark steal, would you believe it? Sill in store so get in quick!

Well there you have it! My mini shopping haul for this week.
All items bought recently and still in stores! Enjoy fashion week, all the exciting shows you may have planned or even just catching the buzz before a show. My absolute fav is catching up with the latest street fashion!
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Backpacks & Fashion Weeks top trends.

I've recently been introduced to the world of backpacks and I don't think I'll go back for a while.. Theres so much choice! I literally use this faux leather baby like everrryday. I take it to work, church, for shopping and so much more. Every time I go to use my hand bag I'm like "wait.. I have to actually carry this?!" #lazylady

This outfit it probably the cutest ever. I'm just about to get my wardrobe ready for some new key season pieces and in organising my wardrobe, dug this cute check skirt out from Miss Guided. I've seen a lot of these in the shops recently, especially in dogtooth so a little skirt like this is definitely an all-round winner! Paired with black boots and a knit tucked in.. you're good to go!

So, whose feeling Fashion Week ready? Got lots of shows booked? Sometimes, with a whirlwind of showcases its hard to narrow down what the key trends are so heres my mini guide to help you this season. I've created a list of key season trends to keep you fashion ready and keep it simple. Reigning supreme on the catwalk are:

- Blush pinks & soft metallics
- Swaying away from skinnies, and towards a more loose fit denim
- Ruffles and frills are reigning on the catwalk with most designers such as Chloe, Loewe and Alexander McQueen
- Wearing the bralette backwards is BIG on trend (i.e. wearing over shirts, tees etc)
- Statement sleeves such as a wide fit, ruffle sleeve or bell sleeve.

enjoy the fashion week madness!
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