LIFESTYLE & FASHION – a black & white affair

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new look waistcoat / asos top / river island jeans /primark sunglasses & sandals

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a cheeky starbucks treat

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lusting in urban outfitters

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linebreakEarlier this week I headed to one of my favourite cities – Manchester! It was a much needed ‘chill’ and ‘window shopping’ day, which consisted of a Starbucks (a caramel frappe and a skinny blueberry muffin, yum), whilst I sorted out my portfolio. I then had a cheeky browse in Urban Outfitters. I love their accessories and gifts section – if I could, I would have a whole UO library in my house – I just love their books! Today I am on my way to Leeds for a girls weekend, which will be amazing, as I haven’t seen my best friends in two months!

What are your weekend plans?

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TRAVEL – what to pack for a two month USA adventure

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Tomorrow I fly to New York to start my trekamerica adventure!

It’s come around so quickly! As a helpful guide for future trekkers, or for anyone travelling to the USA in general, I thought it would be a great to show you guys what’s in my suitcase, and what I’ve packed for a two month trip!

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new look backpack/cross-body / glamour magazine / New York guide / mini hairbrush & comb / samsung camera / watch / passport

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It may be small but this New Look bag is very versatile. With a handy strap, the bag can either be a backpack (perfect for days when we’re hiking) or a cross-body bag (great for when we’re in the city). The tassel also adds a cute touch. My in-flight essentials include my samsung camera (I have to say it’s not very good, but it does an okay job at taking photos if my iphone ever runs out of battery) and my New York guide, which was given to me as a leaving present from the guys at F&F. With fold out maps and information on the main attractions, places to eat and entertainment, I can’t wait to use it!

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snow & rock XL trek towel / trespass packaway waterproof jacket / torch

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A small torch is a must for walking around the campsites at night (and more importantly for not getting lost whilst searching for the toilet). I bought a handy packaway Trespass jacket from Argos which is waterproof and has a hidden hood. This will be a great lightweight layer for when it rains, and for our visit to Niagara Falls. I left it quite late to get a towel for the trip, so for £17.99 I bought this XL one from Snow & Rock. It is really thin, but apparently it dries 10x quicker than a normal towel, so we will have to wait for the verdict on that one! It is however really compact and that means more room in the suitcase for clothes!

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t-zone face wash / razor / toothbrush / mini toothpaste / carex body wipes / paracetamol / plasters / face cloth / mini batiste dry shampoo / insect repellent / full size radox shower gel / full size garnier shampoo & conditioner / full size sure deodrant / nivea 50+ sun spray / nivea moisturiser / mini gilette shaving foam / mini body shop hand wash

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I’ll be taking these in a large see-through bag, alongside my very little amount of make-up. Some important essentials to shout about here are insect repellent with 50% DEET (apparently there are mosquitos and ticks in America), sun cream (factor 50, gotta protect your skin), carex body wipes (there are apparently no showers at Yosemite, groovy) and the of course plenty of plasters and paracetamol (for those nights out and long walks!)

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vila sequin top / river island nyc tee / next embellished vest / asos grid vest / river island sequin vest / primark lace kimono

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I’ve packed more tops than shown above (about 15 in total), but here are a few of my favourites. As you can see I love all things black, white and er, embellished! The sequin tops are perfect for nights out, the kimono is a great cover-up and I couldn’t resist visiting New York without my River Island NYC tee (yeah, I’ll be that tourist).

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river island denim shorts / primark linen shorts

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Once upon a time, there lived a girl called Sarah, who loved her shorts as much as she loved black, white and all things embellished. Shorts are my wardrobe staple, and as the weather looks to be getting rather hot in America, I thought it would be best to pack a variety of linen and denim shorts. Great for the day and the evening!

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f&f flip flops / gelert walking boots / converse / primark flatform sandals

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I’ll be taking four pairs of shoes on this trip – these must-have flip flops (for showers, trust me you do need them), walking boots for hikes and long walks (extra points if they’re waterproof), converse for everyday wear and flatform sandals for nights out (and the extra height).

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topman mtv jumper / topdeck hoodie / primark leggings / primark blanket scarf

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What’s a trip without some home comforts? Clothes-wise it’s these above. Jumpers can take up a large amount of room in your suitcase, so I thought I’d pack one jumper and one hoodie. Two pairs of basic leggings are great for the cold weather too, as well as a blanket scarf (which will be pretty handy for the 8 hour flight.)

Other nifty things to pack are: underwear (including cosy socks for those extra cold nights), face wipes, swimwear, jeans (I’m taking one pair), make-up (eye liner, lipstick, lip balm and mascara) and a sleeping bag if you’re camping.

So there you have it – my packing guide for America. If you want to stay tuned into my American adventure, follow me on instagram – @sazwatson.

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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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LIFESTYLE & FASHION – sheer delight

lifestyle and fashion - sheer delightf&f top/river island shorts/converse/primark rings

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lifestyle and fashion - sheer delight - portfolioportfoliolinebreakOne thing I have always struggled with is how to portray my love of fashion and style on my blog. I hate having my picture taken, so I thought that I would show you guys what my daily outfits are through still life, so here goes! Yesterday was a comfy day focusing on life admin. I like to think with it being June that summer is finally upon us so I donned my River Island denim shorts – I also own the black and white styles too – and my F&F sheer cropped sweater, which added to my ‘lounging around’ vibe. Most of the day was spent sorting through my portfolio; printing my work and photos from shoots that I styled, and also updating and printing my CV. Today I am on my way to Leeds with my dad to get the final bits and bats for my trekamerica trip! It’s only 12 days away now – eek!

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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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IT’S that time of year again ladies! Here are The Live Scene’s top three party dresses for your New Year’s Eve night out!

nye21. Embellished Bodycon Dress, £89, Miss Selfridge – It’s the final day of Autumn/Winter 2012, so why not go out with a bang in this elegant embellished dress from Miss Selfridge? Embellishment is popular this season with Balmain’s collarless jackets, Jenny Packham’s shoulder encrusted dresses and Mark Fast’s intricately jewelled cover-ups turning heads at Fashion Week. Wear this dress with these nude heels from Bank to elongate those legs of yours, and finish your outfit off with some Barry M lipstick in Chestnut Red.

2. Light Purple V Neck Peplum Dress, £25, River Island – Designers loved the two P’s (that’s Peplums and Purples) this Autumn/Winter, with Prada, Gucci and Christopher Kane waving the purple flag, whilst Nicole Farhi, Mary Katrantzou and Burberry Prorsum took the peplum trend one step further with their exaggerated hip-line pieces. This River Island dress seems to emulate both of these trends – so for only £25 what more could you ask for?

3. Foiled Lace Skater Dress by Dress Up Topshop, £50, Topshop – Skater silhouettes were huge this season with Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen including this cut in their A/W collections. Complete this look with these black Topshop platforms and some sexy smokey eyes, courtesy of Models Own.

I shall be wearing either a cobalt blue cut-out dress from Desire, or a Topshop smart cream blouse with Republic’s Miso PU leggings! Oh and not forgetting my killer black Primark heels!

What outfit will you be wearing this New Year’s Eve?

 

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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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