So, I’ve decided to start a weekly (or bi-weekly) post in which I share my top ten of different trends I’m loving at the moment. I feel I needed to resurrecte this blog a little as I’ve again being neglecting it, I’m sorry! So I’m starting to get a structure of posts at least, instead of just every now and then.

Basket bag: Dream Baskets from Etsy

On my last count I appear to have at least 10 wicker bags, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan. I’ve got a mix from independent brands, high street, vintage to Spanish market finds, and yes EVERY ONE IS DIFFERENT AND I LOVE THEM ALL. You can NEVER have too many wicker bags in my opinion. And they go with every single outfit, I promise you. I might go as far as to say that they are quite possibly the easiest bag to style. My favourite wicker/straw bag has to be the Birkin basket though, it’s a classic.

So, without further ado, here are my top ten wicker bags picks (or basket or straw or I don’t know woven) not wooden though they are a separate category altogether…. but whatever you like to call them, I’m fondly referring to them as wicker.

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Last night I was kindly invited to a VERY exclusive Samsung launch for the new Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ phone, I was representing Very at the event. So the event was held at the Tobacco Docks in London (which I’ve never been to before) and I got to see the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy phone and learn about all its features, as well as being the first to try the brand new handset for myself. They also launched the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds on the same evening, both which sync perfectly with the Galaxy S10 phone. So to let you know in all these photos I’m using the S10+ in prism white, which by the way is the prettiest pearly white, I’m in love, it’s almost like a holographic feel. Very snazzy.

So….to get right into it, let’s start by talking about my favourite things that the new Samsung Galaxy S10+ phone has to offer. One of the key features I absolutely love on the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the ability to shoot and upload straight to Instagram no messing, they have partnered exclusively with Instagram on this, so there’s no need to keep switching between apps etc. Which makes life much easier !

The camera is also amazing, the phone has an 6.3 inch Infinity-O display and triple lens camera at the back, which has ultra-wide and ultra-zoom.  And there’s also a dual-lens camera (with wide angle) on the front for all your selfie needs. They also included a super cool blurred, swirl, spiral and black and white back ground effects on the front camera.

And if that’s not enough, the phone also charges OTHER PHONES with its PowerShare feature. I know. This is the really cool part. So if your friend is out of battery they can use your phone to charge theirs. And with the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds, both of which you can charge using your phone too.

Oh and did I mention it’s dust and water proof too?

It is launching on March 8th and is now available to pre-order through Very.co.uk here.

They have the exclusive white and black S10+ with a whole 1TB of storage, now that’s a lot !

If you want to find out more head over to the link here to Very for all the information you need

Thanks so much for having me Samsung and Very! I can’t wait to properly try the phone out, will report back !

*This is a sponsored post by Very but all views are my own*

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Last summer I practically lived in Nobody’s Child’s floaty floral dresses and skirts and I’m super excited to get them out again. Their vintage inspired prints always work perfectly with all my vintage pieces in my wardrobe and I always get excited by their new collections. Nobody’s Child has been one of my favourite fashion brands of mine for quite a while now, but did you realise that they were sustainable too?

So on their website their tagline reads: ‘sustainable fashion with a conscience’. The small but amazing brand are able to combine the latest trends whilst sourcing materials that are made in a way that benefits people and minimises the impact on the environment. Now that’s pretty great to hear.

“We know that fashion can be a big polluter, but we also believe that fashion can make lives better – we just need to be smart about it. ” – Nobody’s Child 

It’s so amazing to see a small brand care so much about the environmental damage of ‘fast fashion’, a fact that is still largely unknown by so many people. Of course it was recently brought to light a lot more by the Stacey Dooley documentary ‘Fashions dirty secrets’ (if you’ve not watched it head over to BBC Three now, it’s an eye opener. So what it is actually great to see that a brand is showcasing the fact that you can still enjoy fashion and trends, whilst contributing sustainable solutions too.

And they are endeavouring to showcase even more information about their methods: how how their products sourced, who makes it, the conditions they work in, how they pay them and the environmental impact of our production methods in the upcoming weeks and months on their website.

As a vintage shop owner and a firm advocate of treasuring and loving your clothes, not just buying them for the sake of it, this really rings true for me in what their doing and in my opinion should be something that is shouted from the rooftops. Or you know talked about more. In my shop we regularly up cycle and create clothes from previous vintage items as well as selling pre loved items, so for a brand such as Nobody’s Child that not only wants you to be on trend but also has a conscience when it comes to sustainability and recycling is something I really feel ALL brands should aspire to. Oh and did I mention they donate their textile scraps to local fashion colleges too? Nothing goes to waste. 

“Our goal is to be open and honest about how each and every article of clothing contributes to one or more sustainable measures. We have always held this core value at the heart of what we do, but we are getting smarter about how we keep our customers up to speed with how we help each other. We are continuously trying to set the bar higher to raise standards in all areas.” -Nobody’s Child

Most recently they have launched their new season range of flowy midi dresses, very aptly titled ‘Bohemian Daze’  (my kind of style) and what makes them more special is not only have the combined trends and styles of the moment (think floaty wrap dresses and frill bardot midi dresses) but they have created the dresses using up-cycled fabrics from past seasons or over orders (this is also known as deadstock) which saved the fabric from landfill and created new designs that will be re loved in your wardrobe. How amazing is that?

I really had so much fun shooting these new dress styles, both the black floral midi dress and the checked midi dress are made using deadstock fabrics by the way. Even though we shot this when it was absolutely FREEZING outside I wanted to showcase the dresses in a more creative way than usual, and working with Bekky to create the images we felt like this was one of our best shoots together yet. 

Join the Nobody’s Child movement and hash tag #wearenobodys in their clothing to be featured on their social media! 

They’ve very kindly provided me with a 20% discount code which is ‘DRESSISMORE’

so now you have no excuse not to really. He he.

Cheers to you Nobody’s Child!

*This is a paid partnership between myself and Nobody’s Child but all views are my own*

All photography: Bekky Lonsdale

All dresses gifted from Nobody’s Child.  

Shop the full Bohemian Daze collection here.

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Hurrah, I’ve finally got my laptop back after nearly two weeks, I can’t believe how much I actually rely on it. Sad but true. Basically all my photos were on there, including all the ones I shot around Christmas, then on top of that my camera has now broke, it has just been one thing after another this year, not a great start! On top of that there’s a wrong tax bill to deal with, endless chasing of unpaid invoices, some as far back as October, moving costs and now today even more stress with trying to move out, they really don’t make it easy when you’re self employed it’s so unfair, especially when there’s no way of us getting a guarantor. I’ve really tried to be positive but honestly it is just one thing after another after another, I’m getting a little fed up now. Fingers crossed this bad luck ends soon.

But I always think to myself, it could be worse, it could always be worse and I’m lucky in so many other ways, and it will get better. But i just wanted to share everything that’s gone on because not only is it nice to have a little moan sometimes, I know with this whole ‘make everything look perfect on instagram’ culture, sometimes it’s ok not to be ok, that’s totally fine. And it’s only January, I always seem to have bad starts to the year and then it ends up being great so I’m looking at this as a good omen.

These were shot a couple of months back but juggling everything last year got pretty hectic,I posted a photo on instagram but then this post got pushed back, and of course I was due to post it right before my laptop gave up on me. But here they are now, these incredible Chloe sunglasses in all their glory, kindly sent to me from Sunglasses shop along with this peachy dream from Hazel and Folk. (currently on sale FYI!) Sometimes I find it better to look at shoot a little later as I’m much less critical than straight away. I’m my own worst enemy sometimes I know, too much of a perfectionist. And don’t get me started on how long it takes me t choose a photo for instagram.

Anyway I do absolutely love the retro seventies feel of these oversized sunglasses (if you don’t know by now that is my favourite decade). They just elevate any of my outfits to the next level. I never got onto that tiny sunglasses trend, definitely not for me, give me an oversized pair any day, preferably Chloe. And they have such great selection over on Sunglasses shop.

I also wear sunglasses all year round of course. It’s maybe a little too cold to wear this top now, not that that will stop me either, I don’t even wear tights in winter. I just hate the feel of them, and of course I always ladder them within five minutes too. Sigh. I’m genuinely for for once excited about getting into blogging this year, we all know instagram is getting more and more frustrating, so I’m definitely looking forward to developing the blog more, and posted what I want on instagram rather than what I think people will like. Basically getting creative again, which I think all agree instagram is killing. So here’s to things getting better (and more creative) this year!

Photography by: Fifi Newbery

Outfit Details:

Top: Hazel and Folk (gifted)

Jeans: Vintage Levi’s from Waiste Vintage

Bag: Gucci

Sunglasses: Chloe ‘Carolina’ sunglasses via the Sunglasses Shop (gifted)

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I’m really not a ‘let’s get all dressed up in heels and a fancy dress’ to go out kind of girl, however this party season I’ve suddenly become just a little bit fond of a sequin midi skirt. I always feel like the trick with sequins for me is to dress them down a bit, to avoid looking a bit full on. I love a good jumper/ sequin skirt combination. 

I’ve been loving wearing this Zara skirt more than most things in my wardrobe this festive period, pairing it with an oversized Stories jumper and throwing my leather jacket over it by day, and a patterned Rixo blouse in the evening. It also looks great with a brown/beige/black t-shirt.

Another tip to note is sequins look a lot more expensive when in a shape such as a midi skirt, rather than a mini, so I’ve rounded up my favourites below for you. I’m also partial to a matte sequin.

Photography by Ailera Stone

I’m wearing:

Skirt: ZARA (sold out but similar here, and I also love this one

Jumper: And Other Stories

Boots: Jonak

Bag: Gucci (sold out but I love the round version)

Leather Jacket: All Saints (I got this from Bicester village but similar here)

 

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