Top Knots and Polka Dots

Getting ready the morning I wore this dress, I debated getting changed maybe 3 times.  As it wasn’t too grey out and I felt it would be possible to get away with this strapless beauty with a jacket…translated: “come hell or high water, I am wearing this dress”. 

Needless to say the high water came. Less than 5 minutes after shooting this look the heavens opened and what can only be described as “rain of a Biblical nature” fell.

Luckily enough we managed to catch a few shots outside the back of the royal Palace in Brussels.

ASOS have been having a sale to end all sales and this dress was a great find.  You can’t help but feel summery in a polka dot print.  On city breaks, I tend to blow dry my hair as it is so much easier to manage (and less products to pack).  But after a few days all I can be bothered with is to lift my hair into a tidy top knot. Chic and practical- my favourite!

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Jacket: Zara | Dress: ASOS | Bag: New Look | Sandals: H&M

Reflecting

It’s a new week and I am back at work (boooo), even though my trip was a short one, I do miss the freedom and care free nature I have whilst away.  I see it reflect in many aspects of my life – especially my style.  On holiday as much as I want to be this super chic woman; sight seeing in a dress and heels, I am not that woman.  Especially when it’s a walking holiday. In the wind.  And rain…

Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I am the queen of comfort, it is the key part of my everyday style.  I am the type of woman who will buy shoes if the ones I am wearing are too uncomfortable!  I know beauty is pain, but me + pain = disaster for all those around me.

This trip I packed very light, a few shirts and jeans and a few dresses – no heels! There’s a first for everything :)

For this particular outing I chose my favourite pieces from my suitcase, however the intermittent wind and rain called for a long coat and hat.  Hair altered into a neat(ish) plait and leather jacket exchanged for my long ASOS coat and I was ready to hit the road.   Despite the beautiful sites in Brussels, I couldn’t help but shooting this look against this colourful backdrop :)

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Hat and Coat: ASOS | Shirt and Sandals: H&M | Jeans: Topshop | Bag: New Look | Jewellery: Michael Kors, A Girl’s Best Friend Jewellery

I’d love to know your holiday style! Is your look more casual or very glamorous abroad?

Bianca xx

Brussels: Day 2 Photo Diary

Brussels is so beautiful and a break away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is great- even if it all ends tomorrow :(

Today we went to an antiques fair, and walked the whole city just popping into shops and sites, enjoying the brisk weather.  It really is a city that you can get lost in!

EU Parliament

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Notre Dame du Sablon

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The Antique Market

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Lunch

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Dinner

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If you have any suggestions for my last day in Brussels, do let me know!

Bianca x

Brussels no Mussels

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for my lack of posting this week.  Crazy, crazy, crazy week.

Secondly, I am ending my week in the beautiful city of Brussels for an end of summer treat.

The city is great – full of life and history.   Being a Londoner,  Eurostar is so easy to get to France and Belgium.  2 hours et voilà you are on holiday! No annoying airport check in time and a train straight into the city. A great way to get around!

So here are a few pictures from day 1.  Hope that you enjoy x

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Hey Shorty

I have spent most of the summer looking for culottes – I manage to find a fabulous pair just as the weather changes…typical!

I love to mix things up with a little masculine influence at times and these are great for that.  I wanted to be comfortable and boy did these deliver!   With the top and culottes being so unstructured, I needed to wear heels, chunky bangles and big bling to keep me feeling glam!

As September looms, I can already feel my summer tan fading away :( why can’t it be hot and sunny all the time?

Enjoy the long weekend everybody! X

Top: H&M | Culottes: ASOS | Heels: New Look | Bag: Forever 21| Necklace: J Crew

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Bank Holiday Refreshment

So many people use this long weekend to do DIY or spruce up their homes a bit!

Today I am collaborating with great home decorating site CHAIRISH to bring you my ideal home bar!

 

I love home interiors and I have a thing for gold and black.   The colours are a perfect couple and are very chic in home furnishings.  Whilst looking through their site, this set of 3 Mid-Century Brass and Vinyl Bar Stools immediately stood out to me.  There is nothing quite like a gorgeous bar stool around a little breakfast- come-home bar!

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Alternatively, if comfort is more your thing, maybe these Chrome And Leather Cantilever Bar Stools are more your style? I love the curve on these, they have quite a retro design but are still modern!

 

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For the perfect little side table with a fantastic vintage look, this Mid-Century Modern Brass Bar Cart is beautiful.  I can see this in the corner of a room at a party for a cool 20’s style NYE party!  Just imagine it with little mismatched bowls with nibbles and a few scattered glasses of bubbles!

 

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Add in these beautiful Blendo Frosted Pitcher & 6 Glasses for a splash of colour and you are ready to party in the most chic way!

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I hope that this gives you all a few ideas if you are looking to give your house a little re-fresh in time for Autumn :)

The site has so much to offer, there is such a great selection so definitely make sure to check them out!

 

Bianca xx

 

Obsessed with Nudes

Shoes are an obsession of women the world over and every woman has her favourite style.  At the moment I am totally obsessed with anything in the “nude” palette!  Pink tones are flattering and for someone in the smaller height bracket than most- they are a great way to elongate my legs and go with pretty much anything!

I think the perfect nude shoes come in 3 styles: Courts, Peep Toes and Patterned

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Peep toes are definitely a bit more summery than all season ready- but they look fab with jeans and dresses all the same.

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The killer heel courts always look fantastic with jeans, skirts, dresses and if you invest in a decent pair will last your quite a long time.

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For me, my favourite pair of patterned nude toned shoes are these fabulous slip ons from H&M.   These are my new shoe obsession and are beyond comfortable.  The base tone is nude which makes them even more wearable.

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What are your current shoe obsessions?

Greenday

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Dress and Bag: Zara | Jacket: Topshop | Scarf: Primark | Mules: New Look | Jewellery: A Girl’s Best Friend

There are certain colours I don’t wear enough of…Green is definitely one of them.  Especially this gem toned, dark shade which a friend of mine describes as “gambling green” (think of casino tables). 

With the weather being as chilly as it has been lately, I have found myself reaching for scarves and my leather jacket. Layering is key in this transitional period between Summer and Autumn- when the weather doesn’t quite know what it wants to do!

With such a bold colour, I like to keep my jewellery simple, this piece from my new range is the perfect necklace for a dress like this. Grecian hair (wind proof) and a big pair of shades and I’m ready to go!

White Shirts and Fun Skirts

“I love new clothes. If everyone could just wear new clothes everyday, I reckon depression wouldn’t exist anymore”

-Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic

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Shirt and Skirt: H&M | Heels: Bank | Bag: American Apparel

This quote defines me at the moment.  I really need to stop shopping.  H&M have been killing me lately as they have had some fantastic statement pieces in.  I love clothes that show off my personality.  Some of the most treasured pieces in my wardrobe are white shirts- to me there is nothing better than a white shirt and jeans combo on a lazy day/a day where I want to wear wacky pieces with something classic. 

This white blouse just needed something a little extra and there is nothing more fabulous than this sequinned skirt.  The colour is fantastic; creams, golds and khaki tomes all blended together to create a great look.  

Simple jewellery is a must for this daytime look.  There is no reason that something this great should be restricted to evening wear!

Have a great day all

B x

The Last Chance

Happy Monday Everybody!

It appears that autumn is beginning to rear it’s head and as much as I love the season for all of its fashion, I’m a little upset that it has decided to come around so soon; it is still August after all.  Gone are the days of pretty, flowing skirts and maxi dresses.  The time for transition is here. 

Before I start pulling out my giant knits and coats, I thought I would take a chance to wear my faithful old denim Cut-offs once more for the year.  These are so comfortable and the one pair of cut offs I have found that don’t give you “long bottom syndrome”.

I love bright colours so this red blazer and bag were an obvious choice. 

What summer items are you getting ready to pack away for another year?

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