Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Postcards from Sweden

Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited by Swedish shoes brand Vagabond to a weekend in the gorgeous city of Gothenburg for a festival they work with: Way Out West.

My packing essentials. Flats: Vagabond (now £27 in the sale here). Headphones: Cadenzza. Sunglasses: Asos. Sassoon minis. Luggage tag: £18, Cambridge Satchel Company. Mini day cream: (part of a mini kit) Antipodes

Beautiful views across a lake to the festival
I went all 'festival' and took these gold temporary tattoos - available from Mr Kate at RedRubyRouge.com or Flash Tattoos at Beachcafe.com. Phone cover from SkinnyDip London 
Top: Next. Culottes: Asos. Bag: Theyskens' Theory. Shoes: Vagabond. Sunglasses: Asos.
'Erie' sliders, £33, Vagabond

'Erie' sliders, £33, Vagabond
Being Swedish, of course, there were lots of trendy, very attractive men in beards (there was even a beard salon!), as well as the food served being vegan. How very fashionable.
We enjoyed Seasick Steve in the day and Robyn and Royksopp as the Headliners on Saturday night.

Despite being a vegan festival, I still found something deep fried to eat!

Swedish coke names - makes me smile

And then on the Sunday we enjoyed the beautiful city of Gothenburg. I DID go shopping but will do a whole other blogpost on that!

Jumpsuit: Topshop. Bag: Anya Hindmarch (buy similar here from The Outnet). Trainers: Adidas Gazelle. Sunglasses: Asos

The coolest shop in Gothenburg: Grandpa (thanks to Girl In Menswear blogger Sophia, for telling me about it!)

I have a new YouTube video from Sweden! See it here:

Sunday, 17 August 2014

5 A/W Trends you WILL be buying

Rather than my usual trend round-ups, I've decided to just pick out a few key items that will be finding their way into your wardrobes over the next few months. My tip: if you like something now, get it before it sells out.

References: style.com
I blogged about a blue faux fur stole last year (see the post here) - but this Next one is a great alternative. I bought a pale blue mongolian fur collar for £2 from a carboot sale last month (it was from River Island), so I will definitely be bringing that out soon! This is a fun trend, so I definitely wouldn't spend crazy money on it. If you're a bit wary of doing it full-on, there are also loads of accessories, too.
Faux fur multi-stripe stole, £35, Asos

Faux fur sandals (they come in black, too), £58, Topshop
Faux fur stole (I've seen it up close and it's excellent quality), £20, Next
Faux fur bag, £14 (in the sale), Asos

References: style.com
I've recently been wearing more and more trousers as opposed to jeans (I LIVE in my Asos pair). Feels too stiff? Wear with trainers for now:

Wearing my Asos pair, £21 (reduced in the SALE), Asos
Tailored peg-leg trousers, £22, Asos
Slouchy wide-leg trousers, £45, Topshop

Pair with these velvet slip-ons, only £12.99, New Look (I've just purchased!)
References: style.com
This is hard to do head to toe, and certainly for someone as scared of colour as me. Try a block colour coat or this season's polo neck for your go-to piece.

Primary colour how to: Edie Campbell photographed by Alisdair McLellan
Wool coat, £49.99, New Look
References: style.com
There were all sorts of blue coats on the catwalk, however, it is more the soft, powdery blue which has gone global with Street Stylers. If you're after a statement coat this season, this is your one. I am waiting for the Marks and Spencer Per Una version to land instores, personally..

Images from Pinterest
References: style.com
The great thing about the lace trend is that if, like me, you haven't been on holiday yet, a lace piece will last both summer and winter. I'm buying this top from Next to take me through both seasons:
Lace top, £34, Next

Friday, 15 August 2014

Frugal To Do: Blackberry Picking

Top: Atterley Road. Shorts: Gap. Bag: Anya Hindmarch (buy similar from The Outnet here). Sandals: KG Kurt Geiger (in the sale for £49.00)
I always used to associate blackberry picking with Autumn and going back to school, but have started a little earlier recently (before everyone gets there first). It's basically free food, and I love to freeze them and use in smoothies, or snack on them at work.

Luckily we have a meadow at the end of our Road, so we go on Sunday evenings for a wander - it has been a hot summer so a lot of them have already dried up but we still manage a decent haul.

Ainsley Harriet's blackberry and elderflower crumble


  • 450g blackberries
  • 6 tablespoons elderflower cordial
  • 175g plain flour
  • 75g butter, diced
  • 3 tablespoons golden caster sugar
  • Cream or custard (to serve)

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the blackberries in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle over the elderflower cordial.
  2. Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the blackberries and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the blackberry juice is bubbling.
  4. Serve with cream or custard.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Beauty: Texturising Products

Since cutting my hair, I've developed a new-found love for hair products. I actually USE them! My hairdresser talked me through a few products when she cut it and I have (tried) to follow her advice.

I have become addicted to texturising spray, something I'd never really understood before, and I now know when you find one that works: stick to it. Here are the products I now consider to be my new best friends:

I love this brand. The Texturiza Spray in particular, smells of heavenly holidays. Beach Day Spray, £21, Unite. Texturiza spray, £23, Unite.
If you can only really afford one thing - make it a texturising spray. Especially if, like me, you have fine hair because it really adds volume and lasts all day. It leaves my hair dry and messy, which is a good thing.

Kiehl's 'Silk Groom', from £18, John Lewis. Batiste dry shampoo, £2.49, Superdrug. Bumble + Bumble 'Dryspun Finish' spray, £21.50, Boots

I have a love/hate relationship with Kiehl's. It's just such good stuff but I can never get it out of the bottle! However, this is its only flaw, I was recommended this 'Silk Groom' by a hair stylist to add a bit of separation without weighing the hair down or making it greasy. I don't know how it works as you use the smallest amount but it really does the trick.

Batiste I never really understood but now I can't live without - perfect for picking my hair up when it feels a bit limp. And it's so affordable.

Bumble & Bumble's dryspun finish - this is possibly the holy grail of beachy hair (I've heard their seasalt spray is the best, too). This is what I use most days - it leaves my hair stiff and very dry but once you shake your hair into the style you want...it stays. And lasts all day.

Before drying? I tend to use a few smoothing products to keep frizz away (sometimes even oil if my hair is feeling particularly dry - I like Aveda dry remedy as you can use on dry hair). Sassoon's 'Smooth Drape' is great to use on hair before rough drying and then use the 'Texture Refine' on the ends of the hair to give texture.

And a frugal find?

Mark Hill Beach Babe Wave Spray, £5.99, Boots
It may not be the prettiest packaging but it is pretty good. I bought this in between payday and getting my hands on Bumble + Bumble - and it did the trick!

And by the end, you're sure to look like this....

Toni Garnn. My total hairspiration

Monday, 11 August 2014

Free People: 1 day in my FP shoes

Today, Free People are launching their first full shoe collection.  I am also thrilled that Free People asked me to be one of the bloggers to show how I'd style up my favourite pair!

I chose the black cut-out shoe boot, £148, as they're perfect for this in-between season (plus I knew I wanted to team with the Mango dress I bought ages ago!).

Jacket: J Crew (I'm wearing size L). Dress: Mango (sold out but one left similar style here). Bag: Zara. Sunglasses: Asos (buy similar here). Boots: Free People
Free People is one of those brands which just always conjures up beautiful imagery and clothes you need (if you don't already follow them on Pinterest, then do!). Since you can order through the UK the brand has become so much more accessible and will be a big player in the UK High Street.

The styling on the website is so cool and effortless: www.freepeople.co.uk

Boots, £148, Free People
Check out @freepeople_uk on Instagram and follow the hashtag #1dayinmyFPshoes for more updates.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Red Team do midi skirts

Come see us over on Redonline.co.uk to see our new channel #RedWears.

Wearing jacket: J Crew (in the sale here). Jumper: Theory. Skirt: H+M (buy similar here). Bag: Atterley Road (buy similar here). Sandals: Kurt Geiger (in the sale here)

I'm getting more and more wear out of my midi skirt every day, and this week the team are all styling their midi skirts in different ways - heels and sunnies, pointed flats and leather jackets. See the whole post here.

We also have our own Twitter - so for all things Fashion please follow us @RedFashionTeam (or click here).

I'm off to Sweden this weekend with fellow Scandi fiend Hannah from En Brogue (I am so excited) - so see you Monday!
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