Spring & Summer Fashion Inspiration

Okay I know it has been a week since I last wrote and published a post on my blog, but I’m not lying or making excuses when I say I’ve been really busy the last week.

The weekend I went away to the Lake District and although it was tiring due to climbing a huge mountain and driving for over 3 hours there and 5 hours back home it was amazing and a much-needed break.

At the moment I am suffering with tired legs from the walk, as well as from a chest infection which is pretty crap but I have the next two days off of work so I’ll be writing up and scheduling some blog posts, yes!

I realised when I was packing my weekend suitcase for the Lake District that I don’t really have many lighter coloured clothes, nor do I have many dresses for summer, I don’t have many longer pairs of shorts, or any cool looking summer t-shirts and it made me feel rubbish and worried about what I intend to wear during the rest of spring and summer this year. As well as that I’ll be going away to Bristol in less than a months time, as well as hopefully going to Fuerteventura in September for a long holiday away with my boyfriend and maybe some friends.

So! I have finally decided to have a look online at some shops to get a vague idea of what sort of style I would like to start going for during the summer times and it seems to be swaying towards skater boarder/surf boarder styles and a lot of the brands I have had my eye on lean towards these too.

So for today mind I am making a post about my fashion inspiration for spring and summer this year.

Although I do shop the high street shops for clothes when it comes to spring and summer, since getting with my boyfriend I’ve been able to start getting back into the style mentioned above, which I’ve worn a lot over the past 10 years.

Some favourite brands in particular are Vans, Element, DC and Animal.

There are some certain pieces of clothing by all of these brands that hold a certain style that I like, whether it be a baggy piece of clothing or a tighter piece. I’m going to share them all with you today!

  • Baggy t-shirts

You can’t go wrong with a baggy t-shirt! It can keep you cool and prevent you from feeling clammy during warm days as well as hide your tummy if you aren’t so confident about it, like the way I am with my own. I have a lovely baggy t-shirt by Element that I bought in the January sales and still now it’s doing me a good job and I wore it for my mountain climb the weekend, it did a great job of keeping me cool! You can get these t-shirts from Primark too for less than £10 each if you don’t wish to pay a big price tag and in all sorts of colours. I have one in a dark blue and a cream colour.

  • Sweaters

I know the weather is getting warmer and with that sweaters should be put into the back of my wardrobe and left there until autumn and winter are upon us once more, but I just can’t! I love my sweaters, they’re that warm hug you crave when no one is around and are comfortable as hell! I wear them when the weather isn’t that warm, as well as in the evenings when the sun has gone done and I wish to sit outside. I live in my Animal sweater and I’m sure throughout spring and summer I’ll continue to do just that! As well as that one I also love my Spider Man sweaters from Forever 21, they do some awesome ones for a great price.

  • Denim shorts

I have plenty of pairs of denim shorts and too right I should! They can be worn on their own with bare legs, or with a pair of black or patterned tights when it’s a little chilly or you feel a little conscious of your thighs (like I do). I have one pair of longer (just about the knee) shorts that I live in during the spring and summer when it’s really warm as I just feel too conscious to wear short shorts due to my thighs, but sometimes I just has to be done and at the right place, and with the right people I feel a little less paranoid. I do however want another pair of longer denim shorts, so that I don’t worry I’m too paranoid during holidays and such. You can pick these up ANYWHERE! I’ve always loved Topshop’s denim shorts, especially the American flag style, which I have one pair of and miss wearing terribly!

  • A baggy hoodie

I don’t often wear jackets or coats during the spring and summer as it’s usually too warm to and as I get warm quite easily I often opt for a hoodie to keep me warm on my travels. One I’ve been grabbing lately is my boyfriends yellow DC hoodie, but I do plan to get my own Element or DC hoodie soon so I can stop stealing his. As well as that I also tend to put my Evanescence hoodie on, it cost enough so I need to ensure to wear it! xD

  • Skateboard shoes

These are pretty much what I live in during the hot days as my Dr Martens are just too warm and the same can be said about my Chelsea boots too. I even wear a pair of black Vans for work! I wear my Vans slip on shoes, or my newer DC skate shoes during the warm days. They’re greats shoes that can just be slipped on and off whenever.

Now here are some pictures of some inspiration!

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So I hope you enjoyed this fashion post! I’ll be going for some slight clothing shopping before I go to Bristol and I’m sure that shopping trip will result in either a haul post or plenty of what I wore posts after Bristol! 😀

I hope everyone’s week has gone off to a good start, I know mine has!

Until next time, take care all.

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Things I’m Excited For – The Body Shop

Recently The Body Shop have announced a lot of exciting things for spring and summer this year, including hair chalk, some lip glosses, and eye shadows, as well as a special edition collection, which I oh so wish was permanent!

Like a lot of bloggers have been doing, I’m also going to jump on the bandwagon and talk about some of these, but I’ll be sharing the ones I’m interested in. I don’t really bother with lip gloss anymore and as regular readers will know, I don’t wear a full face of make up, just my lip products.

So let’s get started! I’ll save the best for last! 😛

Hair Chalk.

For a year or two now, everyone has gone mad for multicoloured hair and people have gone to all sorts to gain it whether it be with permanent, semi permanent or sprays and chalks to get this look. Women have been putting it on their ends of their hair to give them a different look, as well as a pop of colour and I even bought some red hair spray about a year ago to try and pull the look off myself, but I never got round to trying it and the can of spray is still in my cupboard…

However now that The Body Shop have bought out some hair chalks, I KNOW I’ll be giving these a go, as they look and sound amazing. I’ve seen some promotional images of how these transfer onto both blonde and brunette hair colours and they look great!

There are two shades to choose from, pink and blue.

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The pink hair chalk is called Tickle Me Pink and is described as, “Transform your look with a pop of pink hair chalk for instantly on-trend style.”

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The pink hair chalk is called Falling For Blue and is described as, “Transform your look with bold blue hair chalk for instantly on-trend style.”

I really like the look of these hair chalks and not only do they look nice in their simple packaging, they transfer well onto the hair and to apply and remove, is a piece of cake!

The colours are both pretty bold and to transfer to hair you just pick the piece of hair you want to make colourful and rub the chalk onto the hair. Once you’re satisfied with your new temporary colour you spritz with some hair spray to keep seal it into place.

When you’ve had enough of your hair chalk all you need to do is wash it out with shampoo. Simple!

As of yet a price hasn’t been announced for  how much the hair chalks will be, but as soon as I know, I’ll be updating this post!

I’m going to get my hands on Falling For Blue, when my spending ban  is over, as I really want to give colour a go for the summer. I’ll be applying it to pieces of my braid to give it a funky look! When/if I give this a go, I’ll be making sure to post about it!

The Body Shop Special Edition BlueberrySpecial Edition Blueberry.

This is what I’m excited about, the Special Edition Blueberry collection that The Body Shop is bringing out for spring and summer. Damn, why can’t it be permanent?! I know so many who love Blueberry and when The Body Shop brought their Blueberry body butter out, it did very well! Same about their Blueberry shower gel, but that was only an online item, which was a shame.

However they now have a WHOLE collection of goodies out, including lip butter, shower gel, a cute bath sponge, body scrub-gelee, body lotion, and body butter.

I already have my eye on pretty much everything but I know that in reality I’m only going to be picking up four things (if I like them after trying them in store of course!) out of the six listed above… Unless I’m good and pick up less, but I doubt this will happen. I love blueberry a lot, it’s one of the few fruits I can actually eat and blueberry muffins are something that I’ve grown to love over the past couple of years.

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This has been up on The Body Shop’s website for quite a few months now for £4.00 for the 250ml bottle, which is the standard price of their 250ml shower gels. I have enough shower gel to probably last me until the end of 2014, but I CAN’T resist this and I know it would be loved and used just as much as my other shower gels would be. This would be lovely and refreshing to use during the summer whether it be in the morning or on the night. I love The Body Shop’s shower gels as they always leave me feeling clean, moisturised and smelling beautiful.

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How cute is this little bath sponge?! I probably don’t need a new one, but how damn cute is this??? I don’t think I can resist it and I could probably do with a new one soon anyway! I can only imagine this will be between £2.00-£3.00 but as of yet the website hasn’t stated a price. Look at his little face! Damn I need this in my bathroom. I love the colour blue too!

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This is something somewhat new sounding by The Body Shop and I can’t wait to check out a tester version of it in store! This is the body scrub-gelee and the name is just so cool! It just sounds like a gel style scrub, which sounds rather exciting to me. It contains honey, as well as blueberry to help keep the skin soft, as well as give you that gorgeous blueberry scent. This will help lift away dead skin cells and leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. I only have two body scrubs and by the time I pick this up, the one will be finished with! I’d use this on my legs before shaving as it would help with shaving as well as leaving my legs lovely and smooth and smelling gorgeous. I don’t know how much this will cost but I can’t wait to pick this up!

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I love a good body lotion and for a while I have wanted to try one of The Body Shop’s body lotions, as I’ve previously tried their Coconut spray lotion and it was amazing! I want to try the Strawberry one, but for now I would so try the Blueberry one which sounds delicious! I can’t stand the body butters from The Body Shop, they’re greasy and take years to go into my skin that I just want to rip my skin off! However the body lotions are lovely and light, still moisturisng the same as the body butters would. Like a majority of the Blueberry products that are coming out, I don’t know how much this will be, but I can’t wait to pick it up.

So that’s all the things I’m excited for from The Body Shop!

I can see me being poor when I come off of my spending ban… But it’ll be well worth it!

Have you had your eye on any of the new products from The Body Shop? Let me know in the comments.

Take care all and I hope you’re having a good February so far!

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My summer outfits

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When the sun comes out in the UK, the clothes come off for us Brits and we get our pasty white bits out on show for everyone to see. I can occasionally be one of these people, depends how hot it is and what I’m doing. But because of all this lovely weather I’ve bought a few new crop tops and my cute skirts and shorts out of my wardrobe to start wearing out and I thought I’d show my few outfit ideas with you guys.

DSC_0004I intend to wear these over the weekend (when this post will be live!) but you watch, the weather will be crappy and raining… Just you see!

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DSC_0014Play suit by Red Herring from Debenhams. I can’t remember the price, I bought this back in 2010/2011.

I’ve had this play suit a while and it’s something I always bring out in the summer and for nights out as it’s really summery and cute with its red background and white and navy floral print. It’s not super thin but thin enough to wear during the summer time with a pair of tights and a cute denim jacket/shirt. It came with an awesome red belt which really makes your waist look smaller than it is, awesome for someone with bigger love handles than most girls my size. The straps on this dress have cute little heart-shaped buttons too, which just make this even cuter than need be. This play suit just reminds me of a dress I had when I was a little girl and thus makes me smile and think of old memories. Great worn with a cute pair of flats too, only dainty shoes allowed.

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DSC_0030Coca-Cola crop top from Primark £6.00.

American Flag hot pant denim shorts from Topshop can’t remember the price as I bought them in 2011/2012.

Okay I realise how hipster and 90’s this outfit looks but you know what? I don’t care! I’ve loved this look before the term hipster was even created for anyone who wore things like this so shh! I bought this crop top from Primark on Wednesday as I’ve wanted a Coca-Cola t-shirt for quite a while now and as we’ve had such great weather recently I didn’t think it would hurt to pick this up for £6.00. This will look great during the daytime whether I’m out shopping, in the countryside, at the park, etc. As long as there is sunshine, this look will look awesome! With some creepers for both day and evening and especially tights for evening this outfit will be great, especially for holidays!

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DSC_0024Long sleeved mint crop top from Primark £4.00.

Pug crop top from Primark £5.00

Cream and black spot skater skirt from Primark £9.00.

Wow lot’s of pieces from Primark! Probably because I’m pretty skint right now and I’m only after some summer essentials, I usually pay heavy prices for autumn and winter items due to liking these seasons more than spring and summer.

With the first outfit (mint crop top and skirt) I bought them together as I think cream and mint look really nice together, especially in spring. I was wanting to find a nice mint jumper to wear with this skirt but with no luck, the crop top did a pretty good job. This is the sort of thing you could wear on a dinner date with some patterned tights and a cute pair of flats or low heels and a light denim jacket to keep you warm. Definitely something I would wear on holiday on the beach, no tights or jacket required of course! I’m definitely going to wear this skirt at some point over the weekend.

For the second outfit it’s a little more grunge than cute and with that I would need to wear my creepers and some tights with it, probably plain and I’d wear this from day-to-night. This pug crop top is so cute isn’t it? I saw it on Zoella’s Primark haul video on her YouTube channel and thought it was super cute and would be nice to team up with denim shorts and jeans for summer, as well as winter on nights out. So for a fiver I thought, why not! I can team this up with so much, this skirt being one of them! I would wear my spiked pleather biker jacket and my creepers with this, maybe a denim shirt if the jacket was a bit too warm or heavy. I might wear this look on Sunday night for a gig I’m going to.

AND I know most girls feel too shy or embarrassed about wearing crop tops due to their tummy and trust me, I’m one of those girls. I do have a solution for those of you who do feel this way though. Make sure to get a skirt, shorts or jeans that are high-waisted because you can cover the part of your tummy you don’t feel too confident with and you’ll have your gorgeous waist to show off and your tummy will look as flat as you wish it to. The thing is with your tummy, it’s not meant to be flat, it’s meant to have a bit of a bump to it, where do you think all your organs go, eh?

I hope this post was a good read, I know I had a lot of fun picking out outfits to team together to show you guys, it’s also helped me decide on what I’m going to take with me to wear on Friday and Saturday whilst I’m at my partners and Sunday and Monday whilst he’s at mine.

I’ll be hopefully posting some what I wore posts about what I decided to wear today and Monday, so keep eyes peeled for those!

I just hope the weather stays nice, otherwise I’ll have my plan B outfits on standby!

What summer clothes have you been wearing this summer?

I hope my outfits inspired any girls out there who don’t have much crop top courage to have gained some, I’m not exactly skinny and I like to think I can pull them off (just!) so I’m pretty damn sure you girls can too!

Until next time, take care all and enjoy the weather while it’s here!

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Albums I’m listening to this summer!

Yes it’s time for another music post, but it can’t NOT be done when the weather outside is so beautiful. I haven’t really been able to go out and enjoy it as much as I would have liked as I have a few things going on right now but otherwise I’d been enjoying just seeing it looking bright and sunny outside of my window.

As I travel quite a bit these days to visit my partner (boyfriend sounds so school girl, don’t you think?) so during my train journeys I’ve been listening to various albums and some have stood out whilst the weather has been so pretty.

So I thought I would share with you what albums I’ve been listening to at the moment, enjoy!

Destroy Rock & Roll – Mylo.

This has been one of my favourite summer albums for nearly ten years. It was released in 2004 but I picked up my copy in 2005 after falling in love with the tracks; “Drop The Pressure” (don’t be mistaken by “Dr Pressure”) and “In My Arms”. They were catchy, had those annoying repeated lyrics that everyone knows the words to and were just great for listening to on hot summer days. The tracks on this album are all different from one another but work alongside one another at the same time. There isn’t a track no one can not like on this album and to this day I can’t really pick a favourite from off of it (probably “In My Arms”). It’s sad to say that this is the only studio album that Mylo has released as I craved for him to make another, he has however done some exclusive albums for Mixmag, but I don’t own these and I haven’t listened to them either. Fingers crossed for the future though!

In Your Honor – Foo Fighters.

The year this album came out is one of the best years of my life. It was when I was finally discovering which music I would come to love and enjoy for the rest of my life, the year I saw Bob Dylan (what a legend!) live with my Dad and the year I also go to see these guys live with my brother. It was an amazing gig and is still one of my favourites to date. I mentioned this album briefly in my music series as one of the albums that defined my taste in music. This album is one of those that you listen to whenever but I find it more meaningful during summer but that’s because that’s when I bought it and when I listened to it the most, mostly when I visited my brother and he would have it playing whilst we had a BBQ or drinks. My favourite tracks from this album are “Best of You” and End Over End” but I love all the tracks from this album. I listened to this when traveling recently and I forgot how much I love this album and whilst some Foo Fighter fans weren’t keen on this album, it’s by far my favourite.

EP – Beth Ditto.

This was out by Beth Ditto about a year before I discovered it and when I did I fell in love and it’s something I’ve listened to on a weekly basis since downloading it. It’s only four tracks long and I just wish there were more as the album just leaves me craving more songs! I’m surprised I haven’t mentioned this on previous music posts, but maybe I hadn’t downloaded it by then. As most know, Beth Ditto is in the band The Gossip and is their singer, I don’t know if she created this EP because she wanted to spread her wings and venture off on her own or just because she fancied a change, but either way I love it and I hope she records a full album in the future. I discovered this album through her tracks being featured on the video she made with MAC to go alongside the make up collection she made for them. The track was called “Open Heart Surgery” and it’s an amazing track. If you like The Gossip and/or electo-pop then I recommend her music.

† (Cross) – Justice.

This was a hard choice to make as I love both and Audio, Video, Disco are both as good as one another. I finally decide on this one as I’ve found I listen to it more whilst traveling in my car and it has more listens on my iPod. There are some amazing songs on this album like; “Genesis”, “D.A.N.C.E.”, “Tthhee Ppaarrttyy” and “DVNO” to name a few popular ones. Two of my favourites from off the album are; “Phantom” and “Phantom Pt. II” they’re such amazing tracks and should be played in clubs. The day I’m in a club and these are played one after the other, is the day I scream the loudest I ever have and run over to the dance floor! I only really started to listen to Justice a year or so ago and I have grown to love them a lot. Their music is just different but also reminds me a little bit of Daft Punk, which regular readers will know is one of my oldest and favourite bands. Check out Justice if you like Daft Punk, you won’t regret it.

Random Access Memories – Daft Punk.

Majority of what needs to be said about this album can be found in the huge review/post I made about it here when it came out. All I’ll say is that this album is amazing and is definitely my album of 2013 and one I’ll call my summer 2013 album too. Probably sounds daft (appropriate wording FTW!) but I always pick an album that symbolised the summer and winter months of each year, as well as an album for the whole year. This album is just amazing, seriously go and read the review for more about this. Favourite song from this is “Instant Crush”.

Tongue Tied EP – Iwan Rheon.

Some of you may recognise this guys name, he’s well-known as Simon Bellamy in Misfits and he’s also in Game of Thrones as Ramsay Snow. Like most people I discovered him in Misfits and since then I’ve watched most of the TV shows and films he’s acted in. In 2010 he brought out his first EP, Tongue Tied which only has four songs but they’re all so beautiful and summery songs. I haven’t listened to this EP as much as I have recently and it think it’s because I was too busy listened to other albums, songs, EPs, etc but this one has slowly turned into a summer favourite.

So those are my albums for this summer! Are there any here that you like for summer, or any other season?

What are your favourite songs for summer? Let me know in the comments down below.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, I know I intend to after a rough week, so see you next week!

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