As you will know if you saw my post and vlog on Wednesday, I spent part of last week in Mallorca with Hush. They very kindly invited me out there for two nights to see their new collection, and it was the most relaxing few days ever. It was organised by Classic Collection Holidays who booked my flights, the gorgeous hotel (Cala San Vincenc), transfers.. everything! It was honestly a complete breeze, and I owe huge thank you's to both Hush and Classic Collection Holidays for treating me to such a lovely trip, and to Hotel Cala San Vincenc for letting us stay in such a beautiful setting.
As part of the trip I picked out some pieces from Hush's collection to wear while we were there. While the weather at home has picked up a little this week, it was lovely to be in 25 degree temperatures; jacketless and bare legged!! The first look involved my all time essential holiday piece; a shirt dress. I always pack a shirt dress when I go away as they're so versatile. I tend to wear them early on in the trip and then convert them to being a beach coverup for the rest of the holiday. This blue striped number is perfect for that!
We didn't manage to get down to the beach while we were in Mallorca this time, so this was an evening look for me. I did actually end up popping some jeans on underneath as I have a giant bruise on my knee at the mo which is best kept under wraps. But I was impressed with how good this looked over denim too, making it something I can wear while at home more often too!
DRESS: c/o HUSH | SHOES: c/o DEAR FRANCES
The second look I am sharing is all about these amazing pants!! When I got dressed it was like getting out of my PJs and into another pair, which is something I am not complaining about one bit. They were a super popular choice with other bloggers on the trip too, and everyone looked incredible in them. I wore mine with my pinned up H&M t-shirt which I am becoming so fond of at the moment, my Loewe espadrilles and hugeeee Loewe sunglasses. I bloody loved this outfit!! I normally avoid showing off an elasticated waistband as I don't tend to think they look the best, but the print of these trousers lends itself to it really well, hence me opting for the shorter t-shirt.
Also, blue seems to be subconsciously becoming my colour of choice for Spring. I was looking through my Instagram the other day (as one does, you know) and noticed just how much blue I have been wearing! It's by no means intentional but I am just going to go with it.
Thank you again to Liv Purvis for these photos!
I am writing this post from a balcony in Mallorca, feeling a tad smug to be so far ahead on my blog content right now (it's Tuesday of last week as I am finishing off this post, and I am never ever this far ahead). I have posts from this trip coming up later this week, but before then I am sharing this one.. possibly one of my favourites ever. Without sounding like a broken record, I love working on film more and more with every post. This time Paul and I decided to shoot indoors, at no other than Affleck's Palace in Manchester. It's a giant (and I mean so giant you get lost) emporium of vintage, body piercing, food, antiques.. and countless other things. It's not somewhere I go very often, and wandering round there made me realise it's one of those gems that I forget about too often. It's where I picked up my new vintage blazer too!
Such a special location deserved a special dress, and this one from Realisation Par fits the bill. Now this was sent to me so I can't answer any questions regarding customs, so apologies for that! What I can tell you is that it fits true to size (I am wearing a small), requires a petit coat as it's quite see through, and is incredibly flattering. You may well have seen these dresses on your Instagram many times before, as they are definitely a popular brand with so many of the girls I follow. I first wore this for an evening in Madrid but didn't get chance to shoot it, so I was so excited to finally shoot it... and in film, just a double whammy!
I think what makes the dresses so special is they way they manage to be both sexy and incredibly classic. The plunging necklines with the figure skimming cuts makes for an very flattering piece that manages to be subtly sexy. There are styles like this available all over the high street too, and I am thinking of possibly doing a testing basics on them - what do you guys think? Let me know if that is something you would like to see and I will get on with ordering them all!
DRESS: c/o REALISATION PAR | SHOES: AQAZZURA
PHOTOS BY PAUL T JAMES
This post is going to serve as a sort of continuation from the video I shared yesterday. It was one of my favourite videos ever, and I was so pleased with how it turned out. You can watch it here if you missed it, but it was essentially a hunt for some inspiration and ways to move out of my comfort zone. I think knowing your comfort zone is a really important part of creating a wardrobe you love. Maybe that's stating the obvious a little, but it gives you chance to really build upon your basics; to invest in the pieces you know you will wear the most, and to always have these pieces to fall back on. Equally, knowing what your comfort zone is informs you on how you may step outside of it.
For instance, I know I feel the most comfortable in trousers. I find trousers are more flattering to my figure than going bare legged. I also prefer loose fitting pieces as opposed to something form fitting. Hence this crazzyyy jumpsuit being a good piece for me to step outside of my comfort zone with. It incorporates two factors that I know I will feel comfortable and confident with, which in turns gives me the confidence to try something new. That 'something new' is the bright colours and the stripe print! This is by no means understated, classic, minimal or any of the other words I would normally use to categorise my sartorial choices. But I still felt amazing and completely comfortable in this, despite all of that.
Recently I have been more drawn to colour and prints, and I think it's because I have slowly experimented here and there in a way that makes them feel a little less alien. It's all about those baby steps, and it's best to do those on a budget too. The high street is great for trying out new things without the worry of whether or not the investment will be worth it. This jumpsuit was £32 - it's been to Spain with me (more on that trip to follow this week), may well go on a night out with me at some point, and probably on another holiday. Realistically that could be the extent of how much wear this gets, but for that price I am fine with that. I may never pick up a piece like this ever again, or it may inspire me to invest in something similar. But seeing myself in looks like this actually makes me feel more confident despite it not being something I am the most confident to wear. So that makes it £32 Well spent!