Thursday, 1 December 2016

A different kind of Festive Dressing with Dorothy Perkins

I’ve mentioned many times that I’m not into dressing up, now don’t get me wrong, I love to look smart and well presented but I have always preferred a more masculine look compared to feminine pretty dresses. I don't know how many times I have said on here and to people that I will wear a two piece suit to my wedding... 

Christmas, however, is a time when people love to dress up and so the last thing you want to feel is under dressed. Taking this into account I have found the best way to do Christmas dressing is to mix things up and add feminine touches but still keeping the look to my style.
It also means your look will be different to others. 

I always start with mixing textures. I love silks and leather, even adding velvet is great because it gives a luxurious feel but you can still rock it with those leather look trousers. 

This satin blush blouse is one of my favourite pieces for the season – beautiful, eye catching and goes with everything to dress it up or down. The satin and especially the blush tone adds that feminine tone to break up the look. I am so glad I found this Dorothy Perkins blouse as I've been searching for a good one this colour for months now. 

Blazers always pull an outfit together & are great for a day to night look if you are heading out for festive fun after work one evening. I love the length of this Dorothy Perkins white one as the shape at the back is really flattering (aka makes my bum look nice...) 

Whats your favourite thing to wear for festive nights out? If you are like me and love to always rock trousers, tweet me @florals_corals and let me know! 

I'm still thinking of what to wear on Christmas day this year, last year I wore tailored trousers with a cropped fur jacket and my Valentino Rockstuds - we are heading out again this Christmas so please leave me comments below of what festive outfits you have planned! I am always looking for different ideas. 

Created in Collaboration with Dorothy Perkins. All Views, styling and words are my own Thank You to Dorothy Perkins for working with me on this post. 



Monday, 14 November 2016

7 Things that Help me Overcome a Bad Week - Ft. My current Go To Products

Being honest, for someone who naturally wants to control everything around them (and make it perfect) can be difficult,  even more so when it's on a platform such as my blog. I try to be as impersonal as possible, because I never wanted the blog to become invasive to my life and those around me.

After the past few weeks of thinking however, I have become so bored with the blog, and think that it's time I need to bring more personality in to it. This time of year always comes, the weather and light are poor, it's difficult to shoot images that I feel are worthy for my social channels and when your job depends on this it can feel like everything seems to be falling around you.

I essentially work one full time job and one part time job, so I am always busy, and finding the time to be creative when your surroundings don't inspire you, again - it's not easy. So I thought I'd bring some of my favourite ways to overcome these struggles together and at the same be a little more honest on the blog.

7 little things I do to make myself feel better after a bad week

1. Skincare! You all know how big I am on taking care of my sensitive skin, but especially at this time of year, invest in something that will help brighten your skin and energise it. I get excited to get up in the morning and try my new products and to also see the benefits. My current favourite is the Estee Lauder Wake Up Balm above, if you follow me on instagram stories or snapchat you will have already seen me rave about this amazing product. 

2. Flowers or anything interiors, a mug, a new fur throw for winter - buy it for yourself, the smallest of things can make you happy. I just bought a marble console table for our hall, and every week I get a new candle and flowers to sit on it. 

3. Coffee, another big one for me, for you it might be tea, a smoothie or anything else, but I try to take time twice a day to sit myself and enjoy this. Especially because of my eating issues, I avoid eating out, and eating things I used to enjoy, so coffee has become my saviour. 

4. Do something you enjoy. Go to the cinema, out for coffee and cake, whatever it may be, this weekend I made sure to take time out of work to enjoy my Saturday afternoon.

5. Pamper yourself. Get your hair done, nails, eyebrows or whatever makes you feel a bit better about you, it's all bout feeling good on the inside - don't they say? 

6. Buy yourself something. Whether it be a luxurious lipstick like the Tom Ford one above (the new collection are amazing for Christmas), a new knit for winter or a beautiful festive scent. Sometimes treating yourself can make all the difference. 

7. Walk! My final and favourite, as because I am still unable to run, walking gives me time to think and take 30 minutes away from my phone to just be alone. I don't always have time to go in the morning, but I have grown to love my evening walks, especially in the colder weather. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you would like to see more personal posts, please let me know in the comment section or tweet me @florals_corals! 

Have a wonderful week! 



Monday, 7 November 2016

5 ways to tackle winter dressing with PANDORA

Let’s be honest, as we dive head first into winter, does anyone really enjoy swapping moto jackets and light fabrics for heavy coats and layers? Unless you're crazy, the answer is no. However, as a native Glaswegian, where it’s cold for 11 months and 25 days of the year, I consider myself a pro when it comes to winter styling.

This year in particular, I wanted to test my skills by looking at different ways you can pull together a capsule wardrobe for winter and identify the best ways to accessorise appropriately for different occasions. It’s a simple truth that winter clothes can be more expensive. Indeed, very few have the luxury of having a different coat to wear for each day of the week. As a result, I have been sticking by a few set rules (See below) for winter dressing that helps escape the monotony of dressing entirely for functionality and the price tags that come with it.

Top Tips 

1. First off, you’ll need a warm and stylish coat – not only will it keep you warm when the temperature drops but it will also help make winter dressing easier. You know that your coat will be worn every day; therefore, you can plan a capsule wardrobe around it and eliminate those early morning “what do I wear today dilemmas”.

2. Lets talk about the V-neck knit. I’m telling you, this is its year. Chunky knits have never been more chic, especially in a V-neck. It allows you to play around with accessorising and create effortless yet unique looks. My advice? Ditch the scarf and accessorise with jewellery.

3. Layering Necklaces, another favourite trick of mine this year. Accessorising with necklaces allows you to layer without feeling so bundled up that you can barely move. A winter coat and chunky knit will ensure functionality and warmth, so add some layered necklaces like these beautiful PANDORA ones that I’m wearing to really pull your look together. The locket is my favourite as you can add charms  to the inside and make it completely unique to you. I’m thinking of getting one of the Christmas Charms for the locket and maybe even one or two that remind me of all the travelling that I have been lucky enough to experience through my blog. The locket is also a dream to accessorise with because of its length. Not only is it a standout on its own, it is also incredibly easy to pair with other, more dainty pieces.

4. If you can’t tell by now, I love layers. Clothes, cakes, pastries, necklaces and now, rings. Layering with rings is something, which, I think is underused, as with rings, you can create the most effortlessly chic look by simply adding two or three across both hands, like I have done here. The PANDORA pearl ring is perfect for layering, as it add height and sits beautifully next to all other rings. 

5. My final tip is to add some sparkle; it is winter after all. Sometimes, even the simplest of additions can make you smile and feel so good. Escape the monotony of winter dressing and add some sparkle to your look by adding a simple yet beautiful piece, like one of the gorgeous PANDORA rings.

So what do you think? Please let me know if you try any of these and if you are harbouring any winter styling secrets of your own, then please do share them with me!

Also, I want to know, what are your favourite pieces to accessorise with in the winter? I am so enjoying layering with the PANDORA Locket; it’s definitely my favourite piece this season. Tweet me or leave a comment below with yours – I’d love to hear!

Happy Monday evening & have a wonderful week. 

Pieces Mentioned

Created in Collaboration with PANDORA - all views, styling and words are my own. Thank you to PANDORA for working with me on this post. 

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