Working Wardrobe Dreams – The Skirt

The Skirt

 

Ok, so I had every intention on making this month’s WWD specific to pencil skirts, but as you can see, upon searching for skirts to feature, I fell in love with pleats and A-lines instead!

First up, and adding a bit of colour to the selection is this stripy number from New Look, just because I think so many people seem to think colour doesn’t scream ‘professional’, and I think that’s a bunch of rubbish!

Then we’ve got three different pleated beauties; the single pleat, wide pleats and narrow pleats, all of which I think can be really flattering, and I love the ‘classic’ style of all of them, especially with the length! The grey midi is from Alexa Chung’s new collection at M&S! Last up, a simple yet eye-catching a-line from H&M!

Do you prefer a pencil skirt, or are you smitten with my selection?

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Friday Favourite Five – Cutie Handbags

I don’t think its much of a secret that I’m a bag addict..

Today I’m dipping into my collection to share a few of my slightly less practical but more adorable favourites!

Skinnydip Milk Carton

Skinnydip Milk Carton bag

This one is so cute! Yes, its not always the most practical, but its shape actually means it can hold more than you might think! Also the top is magnetic, which is great.

Asos Party Ring shoulder bag

Asos Party Ring bag

This is my go-to night out bag; big enough for my makeup, phone, keys and a small purse, and um, its a party ring!

Daisy Street Shell clutch

Daisy shell clutch

Another night out favorite of mine because its so sparkly! It also has a little wrist strap and is pretty roomy.

New Look Doughnut clutch

New Look doughnut clutch

A doughnut the size of my face? Yes please!

Monki Watermelon clutch

Monki watermelon clutch

Watermelon = summer to me, and I can’t wait to use this bagboy (no, not a typo) more when then sun comes out!

What do you think then, huh?

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Spring Disneyland Paris Outfits

Tomorrow I am off to Disneyland Paris, eeek!!

So obviously I have to share what I’ll be wearing on this little excursion of mine, right?

Donald Duck Disneybound

First up, I’m gonna be Disneybounding as my favourite duck in this white midi from Asos and blue crop top. The ears were made by the lovely Maggie from Elephant and Mouse, and are inspired by Philharmagic Donald, and they’re so fluffy!! I’ve also added a little extra touch of Donald with my mini bow from Mickey Waffles!

Mermaid Princess

I’m also going to be twirling around the parks as a mermaid princess in this amazing tulle skirt! The seashell crop top was on I snagged in the Missguided sale last year and I love it; I actually love everything about this outfit!

If you’re going to be in the parks Thursday-Friday, now you know what to look for!

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Friday Favourite Five – Mickey Ear Makers!

For me, nothing pulls together a Disney trip outfit more than the perfect pair of Mickey ears, and I’m a real sucker for a beautiful pair of handmade ones!

Today, I’m going to share five of my favourite creative beauties who make beautiful ears, some of which I already own and some of which I’m desperate for!

1. Le Ears

I first posted about Le Ears way back last year, and from that post blossomed a friendship with the lovely Nancy, who not only sent me a pair of her ears as a thank you for the feature, but also has been so kind to me and I was lucky enough to meet her back in January! She makes the most amazing range of custom ears!

2. Elephant and Mouse

Another ear pixie I’ve been so lucky to meet is Maggie! I bought a pair of her first ever ears, and have been obsessed ever since; she always has the cutest fabrics! We stayed in the same resort on my January WDW trip and I can honestly say she is just as lovely as her ears!

3. Queen Ursula UK

The most beautiful sparkly and sought after ears in all the realm! I’ve been waiting until I had a perfect design to make an order, and custom slots sell out quickly, but I’m poised and ready for the next shop opening and hoping I can snag a spot!

4. World of Wishes

My beautiful Disney friend Amy has just started making these beautiful wire ears, and I think they’re so pretty!

5. House of Mouse

I love how bright and coloured all of the ears from House of Mouse are, I just wish shipping to the UK wasn’t as expensive as the ears, waa!

Support handmade!

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Spring Favourites

In my almost 3 years of blogging (WHAT?!), I don’t think I’ve actually done a ‘favourites’ post!

So although the weather still hasn’t completely decided its spring yet, the brighter mornings and occasional blue skies and sunshine has got me feeling like we might just be going in the right direction towards summer, and there are a few things I’m loving right now, so I’m gonna share them!

Spring Favourites

Hollister lace skirt – I’m rarely one for brands like Hollister, but I stumbled across this little beauty on Asos and I’m so glad I did! The lace is so pretty, and it looks cute with or without tights making it perfect for the changing Spring temperatures.

Tone It Up mini resistance bands – you may have seen these in the set I featured in my fitness wishlist last month, and seeing as I caved and bought it, I’ve been loving everything about these, from the colour to the ease of adding them to my workouts!

MAC x Ellie Goulding lipstick in Without Your Love – remember how excited I was with my MAC Ellie Gouling haul back in January? Well I’m still just as in love with it now I was I was back then, and I’m really feeling this shade right now!

The Fitness Marshall – if you haven’t already seen one of these amazing dance workout videos on Youtube, check them out now. Ah-MAY-zing!

Nikki McWilliams custard cream purse – I bought this back in January, buts its now, when I want to use my cute little handbags that are too small for my big purse, that its really coming into its own.

The Comforter shower gel – I always feel a little late to the Lush party, and right now with our bathroom under refurb I’m pretty limited in my product usage, but I bought a bottle of this back in February and I’m only just getting round to using it! Its purply-pink, glittery and smells AMAZING, and foams up into pink bubbly goodness, yay!

What are you loving right now?

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Working Wardrobe Dreams – The Heels

Comfortable heels are like the grail, right? For someone like me who could happily spend every day barefoot and basically only wear Converses, heels are a struggle enough before even considering the comfort factor, but I honestly wish I could be one of those fabulous women who effortlessly glide around in stilettos and pumps all day every day without a blister plaster in sight! Until then, I’ll just ogle over them..

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Top row: Showbiz heels from Asos, Yellow Pointed Court Shoes from New Look, Nero Flare mid heel from Topshop Bottom row: Pine Cone heels from Asos, Contrast Leather heels from Zara

Man I love shoes, aren’t they all so pretty? You might have noticed that I generally go for a pump style, and of course I love a bit of colour; I think shoes are such a great way to brighten up a boring-ish outfit.

I love how cute the little strap is on those gorgeous coral heels, and the abstract print on the Asos Pine Cone is so fun without being too garish. It also wouldn’t be one of my wishlists without a bit of yellow, would it? Going against my general dislike of open toes, the shiny gold heels of the Nero would make them perfect for heading straight from the office to dinner or drinks, and the teal/navy/orange combo leather is all kinds of perfect!

Are you happy in heels?

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Working Wardrobe Dreams – The Little Black Dress

Believe it or not, I actually applied for an office job a few weeks ago.. But the interviews were last week and they didn’t even send me a polite rejection so that ends that one.

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Left to right: T-Shirt Dress from Asos, Ribbed Dress with Lacing from h&m, Square Neck Skater Dress from Missguided, Cheryl Skater Dress from Boohoo, Black Frilly Mini Dress from River Island

But you can never go wrong with a little black dress, right?

Who would argue with Coco Chanel, eh? Ask any fashion designer, writer, blogger or quite frankly female what they think is the ultimate wardrobe staple is, and I think you’ll find the answer is pretty unanimous. Its stylish, effortless (or at least looks it!) and its versatile. With minor tinkering – a change of shoes or bag, some killer jewellery etc – you can go from office chic to cocktails with the girls without batting an eyelid.

Tights and pumps make any of these dresses a cute and comfortable office-worthy outfit, but ditch the flats for some fancy heels and a pretty clutch and you’re ready for an evening of networking, whether it be professional or social! I’m not sure I can pick a favourite of these five, but as they’re all under £40, I don’t see any reason why I’d have to choose, ha!

How do you style up your LBD?

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Handmade Love #1 – Alice Vitrum

I love shopping handmade, and I love sharing my favourite handmade finds with people, so it only seemed to make sense that I should start a little series on them, right?

First up is the Etsy store of the lovely Charlotte, Alice Vitrum. I’ve been friends with Charlotte through Instagram for quite some time now, and admired her cute creations for ages, but it wasn’t until October that I finally could call one of them my own, and this chubby little charmer took up residence on my jewellery stand.

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I instantly fell in love, so when Charlotte started looking for a brand rep, I jumped at the chance, and in return I got sent two more beauties, themed from two of my favourite films, The Lion King and Tangled. As well as the designs being available in silver and bronze, some designs have a longer chain; my Tangled boat scene does and its perfect!

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As well as adorable fandom jewellery, she also makes AMAZING embroidery hoops – you can see some of these on her Instagram (@alicevitrum), where you can often find sale items and discount codes, like 25% off using TY1100 – ends today!

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Don’t you just love handmade?!

(If you’d like to be featured as part of this handmade series, please get in touch!)

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Working Wardrobe Dreams – The Coat

Ok, so this is a new little series for 2016, and it pretty much centres around the little part of me that secretly wishes I had a ‘boring’ office-based job that meant I could dress in super cute work outfits, rather than my current retail uniform. Bleurgh. Each month I’ll be focusing on a different wardrobe staple in a business girls arsenal, and today, given this chilly winter weather, its the coat!

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Left to right: Classic Mac from Asos, Textured Weave Jacket from h&m, Denim Waterfall Coat from Topshop, Belted Cape from River Island, Oversized Coat in pastel pink from Asos

Now I know that a coat isn’t exactly something you’d wear around the workplace, but in many cases its the first impression you could make on someone, whether you’re walking into their building or meeting over coffee, so its a perfect excuse to make sure yours is not just professional but also adorable!

Personally, I’m finding myself obsessed with the blue waterfall coat from Topshop; it just seems to hang so effortlessly! I’m also a real sucker for a classic mac, hence featuring Asos’s offering, and I love the wintery vibes from the RI belted cape.

Which is your favourite?

Friday Favourite Five – Winter Hats

Another Friday has rolled around, although after a week of being back at work properly its felt like forever since last Friday..

I’m really not enjoying this cold weather. I think because October-December was so mild, I didn’t get used to the cold before going away, and now I’ve been thrown into it since getting home, I’ve had no time to adjust or grow my winter wardrobe.

What I do love about this time of year though is winter hats. I like all sorts of hats really, but winter is the only time I really make the effort to wear them, probably because its more of a necessity than anything else! And thus..

1. The good ol’ fashioned beanie, but yellow, cos y’know..

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2. BAYMAX BEANIE

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3. This cutesy little Children In Need Pudsey hat

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4. Mickey Mouse pom-poms!

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5. In case a beanie is a little understated and I need full blown Minnie Mouse style..

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Are you a hat person?

Disney Fashion: Dinoco Girl

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So its been over 5 years since we were last at Disneyland, and probably the most exciting development since then is the addition of Cars Land. Yep, Radiator Springs is alive in California, and I needed an outfit to commemorate it!

I’ve actually had these checkered leggings for a year or two now, bought in an Asos sale for maybe £3, and they’ve just been sat in my wardrobe waiting for an occasion to be styled up, so once again I turned to Redbubble! Originally I wanted a Lightning McQueen shirt, but I couldn’t find one I liked enough, and in the process I stumbled across this Dinoco logo, which came in the perfect colour to match The King and his crew.

I am speed!

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Reindeer Lovin’

Considering just how much I love Christmas, I’m a little surprised that I haven’t written more Christmas posts this last month, but I’ll admit I’ve been really looking forward to this one: my Christmas outfit!

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I’ve basically lived in this outfit through December, but I’m still obsessed with it. Would you believe I bought this jumper back in July?! Well I did. I found it in the Missguided sale, I think I paid £2.50 for it, and its been waiting patiently in my wardrobe for Christmas to come around. I love it! Its super soft and despite being a crop top, surprisingly warm; I like to think of it as my non-ugly Christmas jumper!

The skirt is also an old favourite from Missguided, I fell in love with the cute little cloud print, and to Christmas the outfit up, my favourite plaid shirt from h&m.

What will you be wearing for Christmas?

xoxo

Disney Fashion: Adventure is Out There

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You can tell we’re fully into winter now because I’m styling these outfits to suit the colder weather!

This is an outfit I’m really excited about, because it was entirely inspired by my beautiful Up ears, which I featured in my post on my dream Mickey ears. After the feature, the lovely Nancy from Le Ears contacted me to say she wanted to gift me with the ears as a thank you, and from that we’ve become good friends and I’m really looking forward to meet her in Disneyland California!

Because I didn’t want to outshine the ears, I found this Wilderness Explorer t-shirt on Redbubble, and despite wearing jeans today, I think it’ll be a little warm for them in Anaheim!

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What I’m wearing – Heroes

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I don’t know what’s going on with my face here, I look super bored!

Well all loved the San Fransokyo locals when they appeared on our screens at the start of the year, and this Redbubble fan-art makes such a great skirt!

I’ll be wearing this to Epcot, when we’ll be dining at Teppan Edo – the same day we’ll be running the WDW 5K dressed as Honey and Baymax!

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What I’m wearing – Tale As Old As Time

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I love this dress – its from the original Black Milk Disney collection – but as its sleeveless, I was a little concerned about how to style it for colder seasons, until I stumbled upon the item of wearing it over a scoop neck crop-tee – also great for if you like to keep your shoulders/arms covered!

I’ll be wearing this to Hollywood Studios, home of Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage!

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What I’m wearing – Floating Lanterns

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Dress from ASOS

Cardigan from H&M

Scarf from Redbubble

Boots from Missguided

We all know how much I love Tangled, right?! I adore this scarf, its so light and soft; its the whole inspiration for this outfit!

I’ll be wearing this on our last day in the Magic Kingdom, and on the journey to California.

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What I’m wearing – Pooh and Friends

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Can you tell the weather wasn’t exactly on my side for this shoot, ha! Sun in my eyes, wind in my hair..

Another of my favourite pieces from the new Black Milk Disney 2.0 collection are these adorable shorties, which were the inspiration for this outfit. I also adore my Pooh ear hair clips, which I bought in Tokyo Disneyland in July!

I’ll hopefully be wearing this outfit on the day we attempt the Four Park Challenge – so I can meet Pooh and friends in both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and maybe even the Animal Kingdom; they’re very busy!

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What I’m wearing – Steamboat Willie

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This outfit is essentially a compilation of a few of my favourite things: my favourite item from the new Black Milk Disney collection – the zoetrope skater skirt – and my favourite Mickey ears, which I bought in Disney World last August. The skirt depicts scenes from Steamboat Willie, which is particularly special because it was officially released on November 18th, marking Mickey Mouse’s birthday, but also my Dad’s!

This outfit is what I’ll be wearing to Hollywood Studios, especially to see Fantasmic!

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#fitfordisney – A Fitness Lustlist

Happy, healthy Wednesday everyone, good day to you all!

Today I’ve put together what I like to call my fitness ‘lustlist’. Its sort of like a wishlist, except full of wonderfully expensive products that I could never justify spending the money on, and that’s ok, because I’m happy to admire them from a distance! Sure, if I won the lottery or something, they’d definitely be on my shopping list, but while I find them beautiful, I can live without them, I just thought it would be fun to share a few with you!

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First of all, there’s Rundies! Yes, as the name suggests, undies for running, kinda like day-of-the-week pants, but with different runs printed on them, cute right?! $65

Sweaty Betty is a fitness brand that prides itself with beautifully designed workout clothes, and the Chromo Run Tee (top centre) and Ultra Run Bra (bottom right) are no exceptions! £125 and £42

I’m also a sucker for a bit of Nike, which I think makes me a bit of a fitness snob, but hey ho! I’m not 100% sure why, but I kind of love the Pro Engineers Giraffe Training Tights (bottom left) and I love the colour and design of the Dri-Fit Knit Epic Crew Training Top! £50 and £47.99

We also know how much I love Fabletics, right? The Moorea Bra (centre) is such a nice change of design from regular sports bras, and comes in a few different colours too! £30 (or £22 for VIP)

And finally, despite my general favouritism for Nike running shoes, these Asics GT-1000 are such a lovely colour! £97

Quite a stunning selection right? Do you have a lustlist too?

xoxo

What I’m wearing – Dapper Dans

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Jumper from French Connection (bought in an outlet, unavailable now)

Dapper Dans skirt from Redbubble

Boots from Missguided

I love the Dans, don’t you? A barber shop quartet, harmonising beautifully down Main Street USA, dressed in stripes and bowties – perfect! So when I discovered this skirt on Redbubble I fell in love; you might have seen it when I wrote about my favourite Redbubble buys.

I’ll, of course, be wearing this to the Magic Kingdom to hang out with the boys themselves!

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Friday Favourite Five – Lipsticks

I have two weaknesses when it comes to makeup: nail varnish and lipstick, and today’s post is about the latter.

As a full-time wearer of glasses, there’s not a whole lot I can do with eye makeup (well, I can, but what’s the point when you can’t see behind my frames), so for me, lipstick is how I express myself. My collection spans from Boots Natural Collection to MAC, and I’m a real stickler for my favourite brands and shades, but here are just five of my favourites:

1. Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout

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I love matte lipsticks, and this Revlon collection boasts both great shades and a reasonable price; I have 5 out of 8 of them. It’s a deeper red, which is great for autumn looks or nights out, or for when you’re not in the mood for a brighter shade.

2. Barry M Green Goes Pink

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The only lipstick that you shouldn’t judge by its appearance, this clever little stick transforms to a different shade depending on the pH of your lips! For me, that’s normally a deep pink shade which suits me pretty well, and is also really long lasting, so I know if I’m wearing it on a night out I’m not gonna have to keep re-applying it after every drink.

3. Maybelline ColorSensational in Electric Orange

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My colouring actually lends itself to orange shades more than pinks, so I love this for when I want to be a bit more casual. Despite the name and appearance, it doesn’t go on very bright as its fairly sheer so looks fairly effortless, which is totally my style!

4. Beautifully Disney in Rosebud

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I’ve reviewed my Beautifully Disney collection before, but this little lipstick has earnt its place in this list too! As its only a touch darker than my natural lip colour, it gives a little more colour on days where I don’t feel like anything bolder, plus I love how mini it is!

5. MAC Wash And Dry in Steam Heat

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I will admit that the beautiful packaging of this swayed the vote slightly, but I do love MAC lipsticks! This is a classic red in a satin finish, there’s really nothing that can go wrong!

What are your favourite lipstick shades?

xoxo

What I’m wearing – Mermaid Girl

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Coral Urban Mermaid crop top from Adorkable Apparel (now unavailable)

Mermaid skater dress from Soft Kitty Clothing

Boots from Missguided (now unavailable)

Who doesn’t love going mermaid-style?! A while back I actually featured both of these items on my Mermaid Wardrobe Wishlist!

I’ll be wearing this outfit in Disneyland California, for our dinner reservations at Ariel’s Grotto before World of Colour!

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What I’m wearing – Vintage Minnie

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Minnie Mouse is a total style icon, but so often her original looks are overlooked! This is an attempt to Disneybound a vintage look of hers, where she wears a blue skirt and a red pillbox-style hat with a daisy on top (which I’ll be attempting to make as well before my trip).

The skirt is one I made myself, yellow espadrilles were from New Look and the ears were from ASOS. I’ll be wearing this outfit to Disneyland in California, and I can’t wait to skip down Main Street USA and meet my favourite girl!

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Friday Favourite Five – Redbubble Buys

Discovering Redbubble was possibly the best and worst thing that ever happened to me – I’m obsessed, and I really have to control myself otherwise I’d be so broke!

Firstly, I love the concept of Redbubble; giving artists a chance to get their work out there, without worrying about the inconvenience and costs of printing and shipping, but also giving shoppers great, unique products at a reasonable price, as well as letting us express our craziest fandoms!

The Redbubble range of products has also expanded fantastically from t-shirts to prints, bags, skirts, scarves, laptop sleeves, phone cases, I could go on.. But here are 5 of my favourite purchases! (Please excuse any creases)

1. Gaston’s Gym t-shirt

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I bought this with the sole purpose of looking cool while working out, its my favourite top to wear to the gym, and I get loads of compliments! The design is here.

2. Floating Lanterns scarf

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When Redbubble announced they were introducing scarves, I had to have one, and this is one from my favourite Redbubble artist. It’s super high quality, super floaty and its large size makes it super versatile! The design is here.

3. Dapper Dans pencil skirt

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Another of Redbubble’s newer product lines, this pencil skirt is adorable and I couldn’t resist it! The design is here.

4. I’m the Lost Princess tank top

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Another workout top, this tank embraces my love of Tangled with my love of running! The design is here.

5. Hairy Baby Day Car Centre t-shirt

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Ok, so this was my bad for choosing a white t-shirt because you can’t really see the text that reads ‘Hairy Baby Day Care Centre’, but its there, promise! I am satisfied with my top, Baymax. The design is here.

Are you guys Redbubble shoppers too?

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What I’m wearing – Hakuna Matata

New mini series, yayay!

Every week until I leave, I’m going to be sharing one of the many Disney inspired outfits that I’ve planned for my trip in January! The outfits may be styled a little differently, given that I had the opportunity to shoot on a lovely sunny and quite warm day, and January in Florida and California will be a little different, weather-wise.

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Hakuna Matata crop top from Look Human (now unavailable)

Bandeau from Republic (now unavailable)

Skirt from Black Milk Clothing

Necklace from Accessorize

Grey cardigan from H&M (old and probably unavailable now)

Boots from Missguided (old and probably unavailble now)

Its fairly well known that The Lion King is a very special film to me; it came out the same year I was born, lions are one of my favourite animals, and well quite frankly, its just a great film!

I’ll be wearing this outfit to the Animal Kingdom, although probably with some more sensible shoes! (I live in chelsea boots in the winter, but most likely I’ll be in Converses the entirety of my trip)

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Clutch Loving

Any bag addicts in the house? *raises hand slowly*

I’ve always been a bag girl, going back as far as I can remember, and I’ve made a real effort in the last few years to clear out a lot of the collection I’ve hoarded since I was 11/12. With that in mind, I felt it only fair that, as an ‘adult’ now, I’m allowed to build up a slightly more grown-up collection of bags, and top of the list for ‘adult’ bags is the clutch.

While not practical for every occasion, a clutch is the perfect accessory for a night out, weekend stroll, lunch date; those times you just need somewhere to keep your phone and keys. The right clutch can make a good outfit great, and I’ve been building up a sweet little collection of them that are a little more ‘out there’..

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Pretty dreamy collection, right?

Glitter Shell by Daisy Street on Asos

Ice Cream by Daisy Street on Asos

Banana by Monki on Asos

Watermelon by Monki on Asos

Doughnut from New Look (now unavailable)

Cloud from Asos (now unavailable)

xoxo