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As this heatwave continues to be the basis of every conversation in Britain (am I right?), I can't help but think about all the upcoming festivals that are going to be bloomin' UH-MAZING if the weather stays this way! 

After all, what is better than spending your weekend in the sun, alcoholic beverage in hand, listening to a few of your fave bands, and, of course, buying an entirely new outfit!?

Literally my favourite thing about going to a festival is planning (and justifying) an entire new outfit, which is fit for my field dancing alter ego.  

But, my outfit often depends on the festivals vibe. For example, quirky Bestival is different to urban Lovebox. Plus, I'm pretty sure if I headed to Reading Fest dressed head-to-toe in baby pink and glitter I'd have a cup of what I'd tell myself is cider thrown over me in a millisecond. Ah Reading, how my 17-year-old scene/goth/alternative self misses you. 

So, I've teamed up with PrettyLittleThing to bring you two looks that are appropriate for whatever festival date is in your diary:


The low-key day look 


If I'm heading to a day festival (most probably Wireless) I feel a tad more self-conscious about my outfit. 

Because it's set literally a few feet off the London streets people don't go as full-on festival with the dress code. After all, you've got to get the tube all the way home after. 









I usually opt for a more casual look, yet still with a festi twist. 

I'm currently getting back on board with the camouflage trend that is set to soar this autumn. So, not only can I wear this skirt during festival season, but, I can have it in my wardrobe ready to re-style into trendy A/W18 looks. 




Continuing with the 90s vibes, I paired the skirt with a spaghetti strap crop top in summer's must-have print: polka dot. 

The clashing prints create a stylish, yet little braver ensemble than your usual everyday look AKA the perfect compromise for a day festival. 






Finally, although we currently want to go sit in our freezers, festival evenings are known for getting a ickle bit chilly. And, I for one am not one for the cold. So, if I don't have a jacket it's game-over - I'll get grumpy, grab some chips and be on my way.  

Therefore I picked up this shaggy black jacket, which adds a bit of wow-factor to the look. And, once again, is perfect for restyling throughout autumn.



The show-stopping festival look

As I said at the start, If I'm going to a festival I usually want to go all-out and embrace every single glitzy, quirky and colourful style I can find. 

So, allow me to introduce you to my in-your-face 2018 festival outfit. 








Yep, I did warn you.

For starters, I will be the first to admit that I am obsessed with cycling shorts. And, I promise it's not because of Kim K, it's because they are just oh-so-comfy, you can dance your heart out and not worry about showing your knickers, or about your denim hot-pants riding up your ass into an uncomfortable wedgie. 

Seriously, they are the way forward.






Next I wanted to sparkle-up the shorts so I went for this glitzy disc top, that yes, may be prone to a nip slip but I'd just whack on some nipple pasties and be on my way. After all, festivals are a place where you can just be free from all responsibilities - and bras. 







For me, colour is the key to any amazing festival look, and therefore, can we all just take a moment to appreciate this ridiculous shaggy rainbow cardigan. 

It's extra AF, and that's exactly the aesthetic I go for at festivals. 

If that wasn't enough, I also had to finish off the extra ensemble with a *few* accessories. 

(Side note: I'm sh*t at makeup so always compensate through my outfit haha!) 

Obviously you can't have a summer 2018 look without a pair of teeny tiny sunglasses, I have this style in black and pink but opted for the pink because if the weather gets a bit, well British, you can convince yourself otherwise by looking through rose tinted glasses. Like, literally #lifehack. 

Next up, I bought these Buffalo boot-esque shoes from Urban Outfitters and I. AM. OBSESSED. I've always wanted a pair of Spice Girls ready shoes, but at £150 a pop it was a no-go from my bank balance. These were only £50 so it was a win-win. 

Finally, you've probably seen hair scarfs have been blowing up the 'gram and I thought this little rainbow number tied together the whole look rather nicely. 

So, there you have it, my two festival-ready looks. 




From Low-Key To Show-Stopping: Festival Feels with PrettyLittleThing

7.28.2018

As this heatwave continues to be the basis of every conversation in Britain (am I right?), I can't help but think about all the upcoming festivals that are going to be bloomin' UH-MAZING if the weather stays this way! 

After all, what is better than spending your weekend in the sun, alcoholic beverage in hand, listening to a few of your fave bands, and, of course, buying an entirely new outfit!?

Literally my favourite thing about going to a festival is planning (and justifying) an entire new outfit, which is fit for my field dancing alter ego.  

But, my outfit often depends on the festivals vibe. For example, quirky Bestival is different to urban Lovebox. Plus, I'm pretty sure if I headed to Reading Fest dressed head-to-toe in baby pink and glitter I'd have a cup of what I'd tell myself is cider thrown over me in a millisecond. Ah Reading, how my 17-year-old scene/goth/alternative self misses you. 

So, I've teamed up with PrettyLittleThing to bring you two looks that are appropriate for whatever festival date is in your diary:


The low-key day look 


If I'm heading to a day festival (most probably Wireless) I feel a tad more self-conscious about my outfit. 

Because it's set literally a few feet off the London streets people don't go as full-on festival with the dress code. After all, you've got to get the tube all the way home after. 









I usually opt for a more casual look, yet still with a festi twist. 

I'm currently getting back on board with the camouflage trend that is set to soar this autumn. So, not only can I wear this skirt during festival season, but, I can have it in my wardrobe ready to re-style into trendy A/W18 looks. 




Continuing with the 90s vibes, I paired the skirt with a spaghetti strap crop top in summer's must-have print: polka dot. 

The clashing prints create a stylish, yet little braver ensemble than your usual everyday look AKA the perfect compromise for a day festival. 






Finally, although we currently want to go sit in our freezers, festival evenings are known for getting a ickle bit chilly. And, I for one am not one for the cold. So, if I don't have a jacket it's game-over - I'll get grumpy, grab some chips and be on my way.  

Therefore I picked up this shaggy black jacket, which adds a bit of wow-factor to the look. And, once again, is perfect for restyling throughout autumn.



The show-stopping festival look

As I said at the start, If I'm going to a festival I usually want to go all-out and embrace every single glitzy, quirky and colourful style I can find. 

So, allow me to introduce you to my in-your-face 2018 festival outfit. 








Yep, I did warn you.

For starters, I will be the first to admit that I am obsessed with cycling shorts. And, I promise it's not because of Kim K, it's because they are just oh-so-comfy, you can dance your heart out and not worry about showing your knickers, or about your denim hot-pants riding up your ass into an uncomfortable wedgie. 

Seriously, they are the way forward.






Next I wanted to sparkle-up the shorts so I went for this glitzy disc top, that yes, may be prone to a nip slip but I'd just whack on some nipple pasties and be on my way. After all, festivals are a place where you can just be free from all responsibilities - and bras. 







For me, colour is the key to any amazing festival look, and therefore, can we all just take a moment to appreciate this ridiculous shaggy rainbow cardigan. 

It's extra AF, and that's exactly the aesthetic I go for at festivals. 

If that wasn't enough, I also had to finish off the extra ensemble with a *few* accessories. 

(Side note: I'm sh*t at makeup so always compensate through my outfit haha!) 

Obviously you can't have a summer 2018 look without a pair of teeny tiny sunglasses, I have this style in black and pink but opted for the pink because if the weather gets a bit, well British, you can convince yourself otherwise by looking through rose tinted glasses. Like, literally #lifehack. 

Next up, I bought these Buffalo boot-esque shoes from Urban Outfitters and I. AM. OBSESSED. I've always wanted a pair of Spice Girls ready shoes, but at £150 a pop it was a no-go from my bank balance. These were only £50 so it was a win-win. 

Finally, you've probably seen hair scarfs have been blowing up the 'gram and I thought this little rainbow number tied together the whole look rather nicely. 

So, there you have it, my two festival-ready looks. 





 Are you a streetwear stan? In 2018, who freaking isn't? 

Our Instagram feeds and fashion week street style snaps are continuously filled with Hype Bae approved brands, most of which are a throwback to the 90s. 

To name a few that have had an almighty return in recent years: Kappa, Champion, Kangol, Umbro, Fila - the list goes on. 




But, how do you go about buying all the has-been brands from the past? 

From the moment numerous noughties brand got the green light I've become somewhat of a pro at hunting them DOWN.

Side note: You have to look extra hard to purchase them without an inflated price tag, which for me is high on the criteria, because look *enter brands name*, I know I managed to score a sick Fila jumper on my £15 pocket money back in the day and now you wanna be charging me £65! Erm, let me just think about that - nope, sorry, that jumper is going to be as single as Alex in the first week of Love Island. 


I digress.

So, over the past year or so I've discovered the best ways to get your hands on throwback streetwear brands for less and thought I would impart my wisdom, because sharing is caring, right? 

1. eBay

Firstly, lets talk eBay. 

If you're a subscriber to my YouTube channel then you will know that if there was an 'eBay anonymous' I would be signed up. 


For example, right now, as I write this I'm sat here in a pair of cycling shorts that are cutting off all circulation to my waist, with the initials of some school kid in the back. They said 30" waist, I thought they were adult size, they were not. Always read the small print kids. 

Anyway, cycling shorts as an exception, eBay is fab for grabbing yourself a Kappa tee for under a tenner or buying yourself a Playboy handbag in tribute of Hugh Hefner the day he died. What can I say? I'm sentimental. 




2. Vintage shops

When I'm not being 100% lazy shopping on eBay I freaking love scouting out vintage shops for hidden gems. 

A few of my faves include Rocket Vintage in Covent Garden and Beyond Retro in Shoreditch. They are without a doubt my all time faves. 

There's something just so satisfying about uncovering a treasure in a vintage shop. Sure, winning a bid on eBay is one thing, but leaving a store with a tangible item is another.


After losing a ton of bids on a Kangol hat on eBay (yes, A-KANGOL-HAT, literally they were going for like £25 - NO THANK YOU). 

I was lucky enough to stumble upon a vintage shop in my uni town York when I was visiting with my besties. I managed to find a awesome red Kangol hat for £7. I know the Up North part helped, but still it was a freaking steal. 

So, if you want to get out of the house, which I strongly suggest, go vintage shopping! 



3. Urban Outfitters

Nowadays because a lot of these brands have become, once again, 'mainstream' a lot of high street stores are selling them, from Topshop to ASOS. 

However, I've found that by far the best shop is Urban Outfitters, AKA hipster central.  I know what you're thinking, you're thinking "that's stupid, the prices are premium!"

But, a little research and you will find otherwise. 


Sure, when I was at uni I used to go into UO and spend more time looking at the hot hipster guys than I did at the cash register. 

But, as I've got older and savvier (yet still single) I've learnt that it is the best, mostly because it does the best deals, you just have to find them.

If i'm online shopping I will most certainly spend at least 20 mins searching for a discount code at the checkout (because you gotta save that dollar, right?) and UO always comes up trumps. 


For example, a quick scroll on Groupon and you can find a full list of perks, such as free delivery, student discount (if you are lucky enough to still be a student), £15 off codes and 2-for-1 deals.

Also, as a extra sartorial win Urban Outfitters do a ton of exclusive collaborations with 90s brands such as Umbro and Champion.  This jersey dress is in fact from the Umbro x Urban Outfitters collab, which puts an immediate modern twist on the brand so it's ready to go.




So, what are you waiting for? Ready, set, shop! And remember, to save them pounds by checking out Urban Outfitters promo codes.



Streetwear stan: Where to buy the best 90s brands

6.22.2018


 Are you a streetwear stan? In 2018, who freaking isn't? 

Our Instagram feeds and fashion week street style snaps are continuously filled with Hype Bae approved brands, most of which are a throwback to the 90s. 

To name a few that have had an almighty return in recent years: Kappa, Champion, Kangol, Umbro, Fila - the list goes on. 




But, how do you go about buying all the has-been brands from the past? 

From the moment numerous noughties brand got the green light I've become somewhat of a pro at hunting them DOWN.

Side note: You have to look extra hard to purchase them without an inflated price tag, which for me is high on the criteria, because look *enter brands name*, I know I managed to score a sick Fila jumper on my £15 pocket money back in the day and now you wanna be charging me £65! Erm, let me just think about that - nope, sorry, that jumper is going to be as single as Alex in the first week of Love Island. 


I digress.

So, over the past year or so I've discovered the best ways to get your hands on throwback streetwear brands for less and thought I would impart my wisdom, because sharing is caring, right? 

1. eBay

Firstly, lets talk eBay. 

If you're a subscriber to my YouTube channel then you will know that if there was an 'eBay anonymous' I would be signed up. 


For example, right now, as I write this I'm sat here in a pair of cycling shorts that are cutting off all circulation to my waist, with the initials of some school kid in the back. They said 30" waist, I thought they were adult size, they were not. Always read the small print kids. 

Anyway, cycling shorts as an exception, eBay is fab for grabbing yourself a Kappa tee for under a tenner or buying yourself a Playboy handbag in tribute of Hugh Hefner the day he died. What can I say? I'm sentimental. 




2. Vintage shops

When I'm not being 100% lazy shopping on eBay I freaking love scouting out vintage shops for hidden gems. 

A few of my faves include Rocket Vintage in Covent Garden and Beyond Retro in Shoreditch. They are without a doubt my all time faves. 

There's something just so satisfying about uncovering a treasure in a vintage shop. Sure, winning a bid on eBay is one thing, but leaving a store with a tangible item is another.


After losing a ton of bids on a Kangol hat on eBay (yes, A-KANGOL-HAT, literally they were going for like £25 - NO THANK YOU). 

I was lucky enough to stumble upon a vintage shop in my uni town York when I was visiting with my besties. I managed to find a awesome red Kangol hat for £7. I know the Up North part helped, but still it was a freaking steal. 

So, if you want to get out of the house, which I strongly suggest, go vintage shopping! 



3. Urban Outfitters

Nowadays because a lot of these brands have become, once again, 'mainstream' a lot of high street stores are selling them, from Topshop to ASOS. 

However, I've found that by far the best shop is Urban Outfitters, AKA hipster central.  I know what you're thinking, you're thinking "that's stupid, the prices are premium!"

But, a little research and you will find otherwise. 


Sure, when I was at uni I used to go into UO and spend more time looking at the hot hipster guys than I did at the cash register. 

But, as I've got older and savvier (yet still single) I've learnt that it is the best, mostly because it does the best deals, you just have to find them.

If i'm online shopping I will most certainly spend at least 20 mins searching for a discount code at the checkout (because you gotta save that dollar, right?) and UO always comes up trumps. 


For example, a quick scroll on Groupon and you can find a full list of perks, such as free delivery, student discount (if you are lucky enough to still be a student), £15 off codes and 2-for-1 deals.

Also, as a extra sartorial win Urban Outfitters do a ton of exclusive collaborations with 90s brands such as Umbro and Champion.  This jersey dress is in fact from the Umbro x Urban Outfitters collab, which puts an immediate modern twist on the brand so it's ready to go.




So, what are you waiting for? Ready, set, shop! And remember, to save them pounds by checking out Urban Outfitters promo codes.





It's been 20 years and we're all still trying to recreate Cher Horowitz's Clueless wardrobe. 

Recently, as I stumbled from a burlesque show into a 90s themed nightclub (don't ask) I realized that the Clueless gals wardrobe has never been more relevant. 

Naturally, the dance floor was filled with, fluffy accessories, guys in light denim jeans and white tees giving off James Dean vibes (well hellooooooooooo) and a sea of yellow check.



Albeit, most girls there were in their late teens (sobs into coffee) and therefore had no idea about the history of their 90s look, other than the fact it was now stocked in Topshop. 

Side note: my sis and I threw a 90s party for our 25th birthday a few months back and my 18 year old cousin (who I still think of as  5 - sorry lil' G) bought his girlfriend. When she admitted she was in fact not alive in the nineties, having been born after the millennium my sis and I started knocking back the prosecco at an extra fast pace.  





Anywhoo, back to the yellow check. 

If you're wondering why the sunshine yellow print has come back in fashion, you may want to have a little peek at Versace's AW18 collection, the luxe label literally recreated Cher's plaid suit with a modern rainbow and reconstructed twist - and it was oh. so. good.


Stella Zipped Checked Skirt in Yellow: iKrush*
Dotty Polka Dot Tie Crop Blouse in Black: iKrush*
Seline Braided Studded Wedges in Black: iKrush*
  
If you think about it, it was only a matter of time before the check made a comeback. 

Our wardrobe's (alas, still without the outfit choosing computer *sigh*) have literally been morphing into what the Clueless costume cupboard would of looked like. What with the blazers, berets, teeny tiny handbags, Prince of Wales check and platform shoes.

And I mean, who can say no to a flatform?

I always struggle with sandals in summer, I just can't work le sandale. Literally, the only style I ever wear are platforms because I find them more comfy, aesthetically pleasing, and just overall a lot less basic. 


 This pair from iKrush  are literally my dream sandal, thanks to the stud detail, chunky platform sole and buckle up style (I'm all about that practicality).

Lastly, another retro print (albeit, a little more vintage) that is set to be huge this spring/summer is polka dots. The 'gram is already filled to the brim with the spotty print and if it carries on this way it could even overtake our trusty summer stripes.

Groundbreaking? I think so.  

 
Should the two prints be worn together? I mean, probably not, this most likely isn't how Donatella Versace (or Cher for that matter) envisaged it. 

But hey, I like polka dots, I like yellow check. So to quote Joey from Friends (can you tell I've been binge watching it on Netflix again) "what's not to like!?" 

Check? Good. 

Polka dot? Good.  

Check-a-dot? Gooooood. 

 Clashing prints for the win guys.


 So, until next time, "I'm Outie!" 


This post is sponsored by iKrush - all views, opinions and words are my own.

Clueless about why Cher's iconic yellow check is back?

4.15.2018



It's been 20 years and we're all still trying to recreate Cher Horowitz's Clueless wardrobe. 

Recently, as I stumbled from a burlesque show into a 90s themed nightclub (don't ask) I realized that the Clueless gals wardrobe has never been more relevant. 

Naturally, the dance floor was filled with, fluffy accessories, guys in light denim jeans and white tees giving off James Dean vibes (well hellooooooooooo) and a sea of yellow check.



Albeit, most girls there were in their late teens (sobs into coffee) and therefore had no idea about the history of their 90s look, other than the fact it was now stocked in Topshop. 

Side note: my sis and I threw a 90s party for our 25th birthday a few months back and my 18 year old cousin (who I still think of as  5 - sorry lil' G) bought his girlfriend. When she admitted she was in fact not alive in the nineties, having been born after the millennium my sis and I started knocking back the prosecco at an extra fast pace.  





Anywhoo, back to the yellow check. 

If you're wondering why the sunshine yellow print has come back in fashion, you may want to have a little peek at Versace's AW18 collection, the luxe label literally recreated Cher's plaid suit with a modern rainbow and reconstructed twist - and it was oh. so. good.


Stella Zipped Checked Skirt in Yellow: iKrush*
Dotty Polka Dot Tie Crop Blouse in Black: iKrush*
Seline Braided Studded Wedges in Black: iKrush*
  
If you think about it, it was only a matter of time before the check made a comeback. 

Our wardrobe's (alas, still without the outfit choosing computer *sigh*) have literally been morphing into what the Clueless costume cupboard would of looked like. What with the blazers, berets, teeny tiny handbags, Prince of Wales check and platform shoes.

And I mean, who can say no to a flatform?

I always struggle with sandals in summer, I just can't work le sandale. Literally, the only style I ever wear are platforms because I find them more comfy, aesthetically pleasing, and just overall a lot less basic. 


 This pair from iKrush  are literally my dream sandal, thanks to the stud detail, chunky platform sole and buckle up style (I'm all about that practicality).

Lastly, another retro print (albeit, a little more vintage) that is set to be huge this spring/summer is polka dots. The 'gram is already filled to the brim with the spotty print and if it carries on this way it could even overtake our trusty summer stripes.

Groundbreaking? I think so.  

 
Should the two prints be worn together? I mean, probably not, this most likely isn't how Donatella Versace (or Cher for that matter) envisaged it. 

But hey, I like polka dots, I like yellow check. So to quote Joey from Friends (can you tell I've been binge watching it on Netflix again) "what's not to like!?" 

Check? Good. 

Polka dot? Good.  

Check-a-dot? Gooooood. 

 Clashing prints for the win guys.


 So, until next time, "I'm Outie!" 


This post is sponsored by iKrush - all views, opinions and words are my own.

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