LIFESTYLE & FASHION – simple stripes

lifestyle and fashion - simple stripesh&m shirt & trousers/primark sunglasses/misc. rings & bracelet

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the conservatory in leeds

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duck and cucumber wrap with rocket salad

linebreakThe other day me and dad went to Leeds to get some final bits and bats for my trekamerica trip next week. We went for a lovely lunch at The Conservatory, which has the most amazing decor. We were seated in ‘the library’, where as the name suggests, we were surrounded by hundreds of books. The restaurant had a lovely ambiance and the menu also had healthy options for me to choose from. I went for the duck and cucumber wrap with rocket salad and a side of sweet potato fries. It was amazing and so filling! Today I am on my way to Madrid for a little break away with Ali! Keep up to date with my Spanish adventure on instagram – @sazwatson.

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FASHION – mad for monochrome

fashion - mad for monochromeIf there’s one trend which is currently taking over my wardrobe, it’s monochrome.

I wore this to my first London Fashion Week show on Friday, (I know, I’m such a newbie but it was an amazing experience) you can read my review here.

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Black high waist skinny jeans are my go-to (I love anything high waisted) and this River Island crop top is a great light layer. I love my cut-out buckle boots from Matalan – they are the best sale item that I have ever bought, and my instagram followers have spied this Zara necklace before

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So you’ve drank the last of the mulled wine, opened up all your presents, and you’re stuffed with Christmas dinner. But wait, it’s that time ladies… it’s the Boxing Day sale!

You may think sale items are the High Street’s way of saying ‘this isn’t on trend anymore’, and whilst these items may have been popular this Autumn/Winter, they are also going to be HUGE next season, and here’s why!

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1. Brown Leopard Print Shorts £10, Black Lashes of London Black Sequin Dress £25 & Cream Pearl Collar Jacket £30.

Designers are going animal print crazy next Spring/Summer with Erdem’s tribute to snake skin and Issa taking us through jungle paradise. So why not get ahead of the fashion pack and bag yourself these luscious leopard print shorts – hey they’re only a tenner!

 If you’re looking for that perfect NYE party dress, than look no further than this £25 scuba sequin dress! Embellishment is bigger and better than ever next season – think Viktor & Rolf, Balmain and Giles. Wear your new sequin number with MAC lipstick in ‘Cockney’ and these perfect peep-toe shoe boots from River Island, and you’ll enter 2013 in style!

It may be minimalistic, but cream and white colours were everywhere during S/S Fashion Week! From Jil Sander’s exaggerated hipline dresses to Missoni’s sleeveless shift dresses – they showed us that white can never be boring! If white is too much for you, then buy this cream pearl collar jacket – at £30 it may be expensive, but you can wear it with anything! Well, apart from white…

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1.Moto Sparkle Yoko Crop Jacket £22, Illusion Pencil Dress £20 & Trace Lace Up Trainers £12.

Topshop has surprisingly some cheap sale items this Boxing Day, and what better way to nail two trends in one, than putting this denim crop jacket into your virtual shopping basket? Cropped jackets was a favourite trend with Chanel and Balenciaga, and denim was all the rage at See by Chloe and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Just wear it with a cute pink lace dress for a cool daytime look.

What’s black and white? Moschino’s sixties coats? Marc Jacob’s referee stripes? Or what about Jonathan Saunders leather chevron dresses? All of these top designers showed us that next season you can mix up the monochrome trend, and this £20 Topshop dress seems to do just that! The black side panels create a slim silhouette, whilst the dress itself is a Bodycon number, so your curves will stick out in just the right places. Just pair it with a vibrant lippy and you’ve got yourself the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit!

Whoever thought that trainers weren’t fashionable, bow down now. Ashish and Moschino Cheap and Chic went against the fash pack and stormed the runways with their models in Reebok Classics and Nike Air Max trainers! So what are you waiting for? Get ahead of the average fashionista and click ‘Buy’ on these Topshop lace up trainers now!

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1. Flower Bomber Jacket £10, Leopard Print Mesh Crop Vest £2 & Neon Pink Jumper £12.

Bomber jackets are going to be huge next Spring/Summer with the likes of Stella McCartney and Jonathan Saunders including this look into their S/S collections. Make like Loewe and wear a floral bomber with a cute bralet and a simple skirt, or if you’re the grungy type, pair it with these River Island leather jeggings, printed H&M tee and black leather buckle boots from Office.

Bra tops may have been huge last season, but they are still heating up next Spring/Summer! Take inspiration from Jason Wu and Versace! This £2 – yes £2 – leopard print mesh vest hits all the right trend buttons! Just remember to keep the outfit classy ladies!

Everyone loves a bit of neon right? Just look at Simone Rocha, Matthew Williamson and Louis Vuitton. Make like these designers and wave your neon flag with this vibrant pink jumper! Team it with American Apparel’s famous disco pants in Black and you’ll be oozing the classic casual look!

Are you heading out this Boxing Day to grab yourself a bargain? Or are you going online and shop in front of the festive fire?

(Note: All items were picked on Christmas Eve, so there might be reductions or even sold out!)

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With Christmas only a day away, here are my six favourite must-have items! Hint hint!

1. Petites Biker Trench, £85, Miss Selfridge – I have been looking for a nice coat for ages, and this Miss Selfridge biker trench is perfect to keep me going this Winter! I know, I know, it doesn’t exactly scream out ‘WINTER COAT’, but for £85 it’s not only on trend – the leather touch reminds me of DKNY – but I can also layer it up with my gorgeous green tartan scarf too!

2. Loverdose by Diesel, £28.50 for 30ml, The Perfume Shop – Loverdose is my favourite perfume in the entire world, so how could I not add this into my Christmas wishlist? It’s perfectly packaged and I love its floral scent! One of my best friends bought me this for my 21st birthday, but you can never have too much perfume, right?

3. White Friendship Bracelet By Marc By Marc Jacobs, £40, Harvey Nichols – I’m not usually into my designer gear (I’m more of a high street/vintage girl), but I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs friendship bracelet! It’s so simple but yet sophisticated, and it will go with anything and everything!

4. Alexander Wang Knockoff Bag, £37.99, eBay – Remember last year’s Christmas wishlist, where I had my eyes set on a gorgeous leather multi-strap Alexander Wag tote? Well here is the knock-off version! It may not be the real thing, but I would love to get my hands on it!

5. Project #3 Black Sequin Body, £39, Miss Selfridge – You may have noticed that Miss Selfridge is one of my favourite shops, and as I was having my daily peruse of their website, my eyes were instantly drawn to this gorgeous sequin body! At £39 it may be pricey, but add these Missguided leather shorts and some peep-toe shoe boots from River Island, and you’ll be Belle of the New Year’s Eve Ball!

6. Black Embellished Shorts, £45, River Island – And finally, I have been after some high-waisted embellished shorts for a while now, and these are the PERFECT pair for me! Embellishment is big this season with the likes of Balmain, Jenny Packham and Mark Fast sending their models down the runway with these party-inspired pieces. Just add a plain white H&M vest, and these killer Topshop heels to finish the outfit off.

What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year?

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Sunglasses Primark |Jacket The Vintage Set •|Vest Urban Outfitters
Leather Shorts H&M | Tights Primark | Flatform Brogues River Island
Pearl Necklace & Bracelet Vintage |Rings Topman and New Look

I thought that I should show you this amazing ‘Audrey’ jacket, which I bought recently from The Vintage Set! Dogtooth is everywhere at the moment – just pop into your local Primark, Forever 21  and New Look – and you can see that they’re swarming with this Coco Chanel-inspired print! I have also been eyeing this jacket up for a while now, and when the lovely Charlotte from The Vintage Set gave me a Blogger’s discount code, I just HAD to get my hands on it! It’s so chic and comfy – and it can be worn causally with my River Island flatforms (they were £8 – bargain!), or with my black Chelsea boots for work!

If you’re a vintage lover, I suggest you check out The Vintage Set for one-of-a-kind pieces! It’s cheap and cheerful too!

Quote: Audrey Hepburn: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

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Silver Aviators River Island, Cropped Biker Jacket H&M Kids, Black bandeau (underneath top) Urban Outfitters, Vila Striped Top (worn as a dress) Republic, Silver Boat Shoes Sperry.

You may have noticed that I have been M.I.A for the past two weeks or so – this is due to moving into my new house, Freshers, and oh, I’m currently on holiday in Malta too! This Vila top is perfect for the Maltese weather (which I have to say is VERY hot!), and I practically live in my silver boat shoes – they are the comfiest shoes I have ever worn!  All in all, I’ve had such a good week with the boyfriend – we swam with dolphins, had a taste of the nightlife and went sightseeing! It’s safe to say that it will be hard to adjust back to uni life and the rainy Preston weather!

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