When you end up wearing the same outfit 3 times in a week – thats when you know it’s ‘the one’. This jumpsuit is from ASOS by a brand called Ebonie n Ivory – I absolutely love how Boho Chic it looks and the gorgeous print! The fabric is a light-weight, breathable fabric which is also quite floaty making it perfect for the London heatwave. I also adore that it’s quite a modest outfit with the floaty trousers and the sleeves. There’s a tie-up detail at the front, and I’ve worn a super lightweight, cami underneath just incase there are any accidents. I wore my double strap birkenstocks with these and they just worked! Because of the cut of the jumpsuit it makes your legs look far more longer than they actually are. I’m 5’5 and although I think I’ve always had a longer bottom half, this outfit just accentuates the length of my legs. LOVE IT! I really feel like I’m missing a flower headband or something to channel my 70′s vibe. I’ve also filmed a collective haul video with all the clothes I’ve brought in the past month (there is quite a lot) it’s up on my channel (click here) if you’re interested!
Ebonie n Ivory Jumpsuit available here.
For the time, ever, I really struggled to pick photos for this blogpost! It was a very good blog photo taking day indeed. This is THE Zara striped dress, the one every blogger seems to be wearing and for very good reason too. It’s floaty, with an extremely flattering shape. Off the shoulders and pinstripes, it all just works! Best £29.99 I’ve spent – and even though it is quite a basic dress and every other person I walked past was wearing it – I can’t help but love it.
Shopping the stash for makeup is a thing, however I’m now shopping my wardrobe and I’m discovering so many new things that I’ve hardly ever worn. Exhibit A – the metallic converses. These high top metallic are just as beautiful – converses were never made for long distance walking and I’ve learnt this the hard way after walking from Knightsbridge to Soho. Exhibit B – the Mulberry satchel, I brought this on the days that they were sold in House Of Fraser – is that still a thing? But 8 years ago £500 was quite a lot of money for a struggling student – how I managed to buy this I have no idea. But I was so scared to actually use it that I kept it hidden in my wardrobe and never took it out until today. I remember Mulberry having the hype that the Chloe/Gucci bags have today. The colour is perfect and I am eternally grateful to my younger self for having made a wise decision of picking a very neutral and classic colour.
Today basically consisted of me having a late lunch in Dishoom which was glorious, it’d been too long since I’d been that I almost forgot how good it was! I uploaded a series of photos on instagram and did a late night ‘snapchat’ mini-haul! So if you’re not already following go and head over onto my instagram/snapchat to keep upto date! Summer holidays seem to be flying by…if time could slow down just a tad that would be great!
Snapchat/instagram username: beautclassyfied
Oh it has been a while! I’ve attempted to take blog photos atleast 3 times in the past month, either it starts raining, my battery dies, or I can’t find a spot quiet enough. Even today I forgot my SD card but that was something I could quickly buy. My weekends these days mainly consist of walking up Tottenham Court Road going into all the interior stores. Apart from the obvious West Elm, Lombok is quickly becoming one of my favourites places for furniture/interior pieces.
This ASOS maxi denim pinafore is perfect for the unpredictable London weather – I’ve worn it with a Primark stripped top which is probably one of my most worn tops and considering it was only £6 I really have gotten my monies worth. Finished off with a pair of all leather white converse – these are not made for long distance walking. I forgot how uncomfortable converses actually are and as much as I love these, my feet will not be getting into another pair for a while.
The Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag is lovely but there are a couple things to note if you’re considering on getting this a) it can get really heavy once you have things actually inside it, b) it scratches very quickly, loosing that pristine quality, c) it takes forever finding anything in the bag! But other than, it’s a beauty of a bag.
…and in with the new.
Today I say farewell to some brilliant students, colleagues and friends. After four extremely rewarding and challenging years I’m moving onto teaching Architecture in a brand new school! I graduated as a students of Built Environment in 2009 and fell in love with teaching simultaneously, since then I have been consumed with teaching and learning and have never looked back. When the opportunity to take a slight turn in my career, it was too good of an chance to miss out. And now here I am, things packed in boxes, feeling slightly overwhelmed.
Change is hard but quite brave also. Going into the unknown, away from your comfort zone is a huge risk however I’ve had to say to myself, “if not now, when?” I love teaching and I really can’t see myself doing something different for a while, also change refreshes the soul and mind. I’m staying positive!
So whilst I’ll be busy planning and prepping for my new role this summer I’ll hopefully have some more time to post ootd’s. 28 years old and I’m still refining my style, normal right? I’m very envious of all the instagram bloggers who seem to have their style figured out at the ripe age of 21 – there is definitely an art to it which I have yet to master. Currently in the process of trying to find a middle ground between eccentric with everyday wearable items, things are going well, sort of. I’m being really careful/mindful of the clothes I choose to purchase but I’ve resulted in picking up some crazy shoes to compensate!!
Outfit one – the typical weekend look, ‘that’ palm print with a neutral background, Topshop Lucas jeans are the love of my life at the moment. Baggy but not too baggy, lightweight so they don’t end up feeling too heavy unlike the Topshop Mom jeans. Zara floral bomber, I’ve worn this pretty much everyday, London weather has been absolute pants (well, not today, today is the hottest day of the year at 32 degrees) so a bomber for rainy moments is a must. Nike AF are another weekend must. I may do a trainer collection video because I accidentally seemed to have collected quite a few.
Outfit two – would you believe me if I told you that this dress was a UK size 14 – now the old me would be really bothered by this. Making sure I was no bigger then a size 8 was a big deal to me, saying that – I suffered from some form of body image disorder where the smaller I was the happier I was – this state was unhealthy. At this moment I couldn’t care less about sizing, as long as it fits well/ looks good /I feel comfortable. I had my eye on this when it was full price but never actually got round to actually purchasing it. The shopping angels were sending positive vibes my way because I found this for £10! I wore it to Camden over the weekend and I loved the super baggy feel, a slight Olsen vibe going on here. Whilst cleaning out my wardrobe I literally found these sunglasses hiding in the back, shopping the stash! They’re matte black over sized wayfares, a style that I was utterly obsessed with during my Uni days. As much as I love Quay sunglasses, investing in a good pair of Raybans will always be a good idea.
Thats it for now! More outfits to come…
I’ll let you in on a secret, when I was thinking of blog names ‘in the woods’ was a potential name. SO glad I didn’t go with that, although I’m not quite happy with my current blog name either – really considering another blog name.
However today I’m sharing my love for this H&M Conscious collection 100% silk dress. It is all sorts of fabulousness. I adore it and literally want to wear it everyday and I bloomin’ well should wear it – it’s quite expensive at £85. I picked this up in Malaysia couple weeks back so I’m assuming with the currency difference and tax refund that I got it slightly cheaper (well, that’s what I’m saying to my husband)
I had no idea Malaysia was a muslim country – I thought it was pretty similar to Thailand so all I had in my suitcase were swimsuits, shorts and pretty much breast baring tops which made me feel incredibly uncomfortable. It was the perfect excuse to go shopping for modest attire. Conveniently our hotel was situated within the Golden Triangle where we had the three biggest shopping centres in Kuala Lumpar! H&M had some amazing bits and given that I don’t really find that much here I was glad to find this gorgeous dress. It’s made from 100% and feels beautiful on. I have to admit that in India you could probably buy this so much cheaper! There’s also a pair of silk shorts that I really wanted but they were sold out in every H&M!
The silk maxi dress is quite sheer so it required a slip underneath and after all my attempts of looking for a slip I resulted to buying a grey strap cotton maxi from Forever 21.
My glasses are a fairly cheap (£20) pair from Minkpink and these were brought from ASOS as was the bag. I seemed to have kept my hair in a bun the entire holiday – it’s my go to hair do these days! Also Haviannas are the only shoes I’ve worn on holiday, comfiest flip-flops ever!
Oh hello there. We have got to meet more frequently! It’s been a week since I’ve been back from my Asia travels – if you aren’t following me on twitter and instagram @beautclassyfied I’ve just come back from a 2 week trip to Thailand and Malaysia. I’m totally still battling with slight jet-lag. Which to be honest I don’t actually mind that much because I find myself waking up at 4am and getting so much more done in the mornings.
Before I upload my travel vlogs I thought I’d stop by and showcase one of my most favourite outfits through-out my trip. Topshop Boutique Silk Kimono is so comfortable – quite expensive for what it is, £85, but I have worn it quite a bit and it’ll probably be the one dress in the summer that I wear constantly. The material is like a raw soft silk so it does tend to crease quite a bit however it is so soft and airy. It’s hard to find really breathable dresses for the summer which are some what conservative and I feel like this is definitely the one! The colour palette is also one of my favourites with a hint of mustard – which is usually a winter shade and I love that this Topshop Kimono is bringing in those colours into spring/summer. The metallic sandals are from ASOS – those of you familiar with the Birkenstock sandals, these feel exactly the same when worn but for half the price! The gun metal coloured straps add a little more glamour to your outfit.
Dress – Topshop (click here)
Sandals – ASOS (out of stock)
Last week Wednesday it was National Pyjama Day (yes, that is a thing) and it gave me the perfect excuse to dress into clothes that resemble night-wear. I love jumpsuits, they’re so casual but have the ability to be dressed up or down. These silk ones were brought in the sale from Topshop. It amazes me that the sales are STILL happening. Speaking of sales, I did a huge amount of shopping and decided to share it on the inter webs, you can see my hauling here. And if you reeeeally want to, you can also subscribe over here *cheeky little plug there*
The jumpsuit was marked down to £85 from £120 so not the cheapest ensemble but they quality and cut is amazing which totally makes up for it. I love the Topshop boutique line, they have pieces which aren’t entirely fast fashion and can be worn for a good few seasons – think of them as more investment pieces.
I love the feel of silk clothing however silk tends to cling onto parts which some of us *ahem, me* want to conceal therefore sizing up is totally recommended. The pink suede shoes are from Zara…and omg the Zara shoe section is on-point right now. I’m not a fan of autumn-winter Zara collections but every single year the Zara spring-summer collections gets.me.everytime! The fringed plimsoles remind me a little of a pair of Acne shoes that I had my eye one (which were also around £200+) but obviously for a fraction of the price. I was contemplating between these of the Navy suede ones – eventually got these as they seemed to fit in with the transitional season into spring. I am so tired of winter now. I am totally ready for blossoms and sun and singing birds *que the excitement…*
Right now I’m a little tempted to get cheap flights into Barcelona for a couple of nights and go crazy. I think after Greece, Barcelona was my second favourite city!
Shoes : Zara
Jumpsuit : Topshop Boutique (sold out online but still available in some stores)
Excuse the poor camera quality, my DSLR was left at home…these are your simple point & shoot photos.
Metallic shoes are quickly becoming an obsession. They just make a boring outfit look so much better and in a weird way they make me feel far more confident. These rose gold metallic brogues were brought from ASOS – pretty much true to size and surprisingly quite comfortable too. A pleated faux-leather skirt brought from Zara in Paris a couple years ago. I wear this ALL the time. Its my go-to when I really don’t want to iron trousers. I definitely need to invest in a slightly more expensive one as I know it’s something that I wear all the time. The Topshop faux fur jacket of dreams, I featured it in another OOTD post here. I love this jacket so much! I wear it with everything and almost everyone that see’s it compliments it (or really hates it but say they like it just to be nice…)
I own around 4/5 embellished white shirts – it’s such an easy way to smarten an outfit and transition from a day to night look. They’re a real staple in my wardrobe and this particular one is from River Island. I love that there’s a little detailing around the front and on the cuffs. Currently I’m trying to build a collection of The Great Frog of London rings – the Micheal Rodent ring was brought over a year ago and I’ve worn it everyday for a year so when I wanted a new one I had my eye on the Wes Lang ring but they weren’t able to resize to fit my fingers so I opted for the Anatomical ring – which I love!
This evening I went to Oxford Street and it made me realise how much I miss being around central London! The hustle, the busy streets, the shops – I really love all of it. Note to self; must visit Central London more after work!
How is half-term over? Ahh! And so the count down to Easter hols begins, also the countdown to Thailand, I am well and truly excited!
This particular outfit is one of my favourites to wear to work featuring winter pastels galore. Super comfortable with little to no ironing required. Let’s discuss the baby pink trousers, obviously a risky choice considering I’m in the Technology rooms most of the time which is prone to attracting dust/stains. And if you look really really close in the photos you can see that I’ve already got some stains (I have no idea how?!) but clever bag placement has hidden them. The trousers were a Topshop sale find, this year Topshop has been really good to me, I have found so many amazing bargains and things which are potentially timeless as opposed to the sale find of fast fashion. Pastel pink is the lightest shade of trousers I’ll ever wear I think. As much as I love white trousers/jeans I don’t think I’m brave enough to wear them. The anxiety of ‘what If I get them dirty?’ is real.
The fluffy jumper also a Topshop sale find but I’ve seen similar one in River Island on sale! This jumper makes me feel snuggly and warm so perfect for the devilish cold we’re currently experiencing. The colour is a beautiful mint shade and its easing me into spring season (that isn’t too far away)
My favourite item from this ensemble are the shoes – so they’re very much like marmite you either love them or really hate them I clearly adore them! They honestly make me feel so sassy, you know when you wear a pair of shoes and feel like you can conquer the world? Yeah that. I feel that when I wear these. They’re from ASOS – not the most durable as one of the pom pom off of one shoe fell off but I had to do a diy hot glue gun job but luckily you can’t tell the difference. These are beautiful. If ASOS did more colours – I would buy them all!
And the bag…My Alexander Rocco bag with gun metal hardware was brought 5 years ago from Selfridges during Christmas time when Selfridges did 20% off. I really wanted the black rocco with gold hardware but it was sold out and I didn’t not want to make use of the discount so I ended up getting the plum colour. And to be honest for a while I didn’t love it but justified it by the fact that I paid 20% less for it. However as time has gone by I’ve really warmed up to it and now I love the colour. Definitely prefer the darker hardware than the gold too. It’s quite a heavy bag when there’s nothing in there so not a bag I would happily travel with. Nonetheless it’s a bag I adore but a little part of me still wants the black rocco with the rose gold hardware.
I wish I was more prepared to go back to work…