I’ve mentioned before that Pyjama shirts are my favourite things to wear at the moment. However when someone actually said ‘oh, I really like your pyjama’s’ I felt slightly offended. I always thought it was more of a put-together look as opposed to ‘I just woke up like this…’ This shirt is from New Look, only brought a couple of weeks ago so probably in store. The shirt I can see myself wearing for quite a few months, I love the fit, the material and in general how it looks when worn.These Topshop Gold Pleated trousers on the other hand are a bit of a FAD buy and one that I’m trying to wear on daily basis so I get the most out of them. They’re actually quite see-through so tucking in the shirt was literally only done for the purpose of this photo. Metallic and pleats is a combination that I’m really into the past couple months and now I’m on the hunt for a yellow toned gold metallic skirt – there was one on sale at H & M but all sold out online and I have yet to locate it in stores.
Also I wanted to take this moment to address sliders, how have they become so popular? I absolutely loathe them and bearing in mind everytime I make a comment as such I end up buying the said items. Well not this time, I can assure you now that I will not be buying sliders
anytime soon, especially not the fluffy pink puma ones. They don’t even appear to be remotely comfortable and they look hideous on. I am team Birkenstocks all the way – I’ve seen an all black pair for £129 which in all fairness is probably way too much to pay for a pair of sandals hence why I don’t own them yet – but they look so good!
If you’re ever about in London, keep an eye out for the mews, these are old stables/warehouses which have been refurbished and made into little apartments that have a ‘holiday home’ vibe. I literally spent my day strolling around the back roads of Oxford Street all the way through to Marble Arch and there are some really pretty mews, they’re also perfect ‘ootd’ backdrops. This linen dress was an absolute bargain from New Look, I found it in the sale for £12. The benefits of living, what feels like, the middle of nowhere is that you end up finding some awesome stuff in the sales, I found a couple other bits in H&M in the sale – all my purchases are normally hauled on Snapchat as soon as I get them (beautclassyfied) The nude gladiator sandals are from Zara – purchased last year and I remember these being awfully painful however I feel like I’ve broken into them as 6hours of strolling around and they’re now quite comfortable. Also, is it possible to loose weight on your foot? If so, I feel like it’s happened to me.
This Mulberry bag is the only bag I’ve been wearing these days, very pleased with my younger 20′s self for picking this one up. Although I do have my eye on the YSL Sac De Jour or Gucci Dionysys – which one out of the two though? Gucci feels like a trend purchase, similar to what the Chloe and Celine were a year ago and the Sac De Jour seems like a safer bet as it’s more of a classic bag. And I’ve thought the GG sign on the bag is, slightly tacky? But I’m starting to really warm up to it…ahhh #firstworldproblems. I have a couple months to decide so I’m hoping within that time I’ve decided – your opinions wouldn’t go a miss though…
New Look Dress / Mulberry Bag / Zara Sandals / Raybans
It would be an understatement to say that I’ve been obsessed with the pyjama shirt trend, it feels very relaxed whilst maintaining a ‘put together’ look. I’ve seen a few in River Island, this little number is from New Look and the black piping makes it stand out. I had a dentist appointment today and I detest the dentist. Probably still traumatised from my experience as a teenager. However I now need to go back and have 2 fillings – which I’m not looking forward to! So I thought I would treat myself and go into London and visit Notting Hill gate before it gets busy before the carnival. I went into Notting Hill Gate and browsed the streets like a tourist. Kitchen and Pantry looked amazing but didn’t get a chance to go in for lunch – Biscuiteers had the cutest interior. Whenever I go into central London it makes me love the city more!
If you follow me on Snapchat (beautclassyfied) I’ve show cased these shoes already, as well as all the other purchases I’ve been making. The hot pink Topshop shoes are called Karter Loaders and they come in a range of colours but I had to get these metallic pink leather ones and they are AMAZING. An obvious dupe of the Gucci shoes but at a fraction of the price – whats not to love? Extremely comfortable too, I had to size down with these. There’s also a mint pair which I have my eye one, can I really justify buying two shoes of the same style? I need to find black denim jeans which actually fit well, these Leigh Jeans from Topshop have served me well for a couple of years, these ones are starting to feel loose and the colour is also starting to fade away. Any jean suggestions send them my way…
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.
Fresh dewy skin which won’t melt off in the city heat, that is ultimate makeup goals for me. And one which I feel like I’m getting quite close to achieving with these two products. To be honest, primers were never on my radar, I think it’s a lot to do with having quite dry skin therefore lasting power of foundations was never an issue but after trialling a small sample of the Becca Backlight Priming Filter I was quickly fully converted. It wasn’t the longevity that got me hooked but more to do with how my foundation appeared as the day went on. Becca are very quickly becoming one of my favourite makeup brands, surprisingly not just for the Jaclyn Hill highlighters. The Becca backlight primer is my ultimate base when I want my makeup to stay all day and have that ‘lit within’ angelic glow. The formula is of a creamy consistency which blends in seamlessly and leaves the skin feeling ultra nourished, always adds bonus points when there’s a bit of added moisture. But there is truly something magical in this little wonder which which makes my skin beam as if it’s had a real life snapchat filter. There’s illuminating tiny little specs but nothing that resembles glitter/gold.
Dewy foundations are in abundance within my collection but a recent obsession is the Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Beige which I feel like is a little too light for me and I totally could have done with going up one shade. However its nothing a little bronzer can’t sort out! Not only is this a beautifully light foundation, it also gives a decent amount of coverage. Definitely not concealer coverage however a light/medium coverage and any little pesky areas that need some tlc will have to be tackled with a little bit on concealer. This just adds to the dewy/fresh glowing skin. It similar to the Burberry Fresh Glow foundation that I was hooked on last year but this one trumps out just a little more.
Together these are brilliant, individually they’re also nice but after trying them together I don’t think I’ll be using them as individuals any time soon.
Both these products were brought from spacenk.com - is there anything else I need to add to my collection to get a dewy glow?
…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 put off writing this post for a while. I’ve been back almost 2 weeks now and normally I get my laptop out straight away and write down everything but I just didn’t have the urge to do that this time round. I flew out to Thailand pretty much straight after finishing work and I was already exhausted that the 15+ hours of travelling didn’t help. We flew into Phuket and booked a hotel just off of Patong beach. The beach itself was nice but the water was a dark/muddy colour which didn’t seem appealing and the sand wasn’t the cleanest.
Let me start with a breakdown of my 3 three days in Phuket.
Day one we went into the main street just to get a vibe of the town and there’s a strip leading towards the beach where there are 30+ massage parlours and each one looks sleazier than the next. Specific shops had messages on the window front saying ‘only massage, no sex’ which made me ‘lol’ a bit. The actual beach was super busy with tourists and locals. To be honest we didn’t spend that much time on the beach, I’m always cautious that Nojmul hates standing/sitting in the sun/heat for long periods. We walked on the stretch leading towards Bangla road (we had no idea what Bangla road was) and it was just tourist. I’ve been to parts of Europe and stayed in tourist parts but it still felt like there was some culture but Bangla road was a whole other story. Its literally strippers valley. At first I chuckled like a little 12year old boy but then I felt really uncomfortable. People were walking their kids through this street and I was so shocked. Why would you chose to expose you child to this so early on in their life? Maybe I’m just old school.
Day 2 we did a sea kayaking tour which was pretty cool and we took a ferry down to James bond island – which was super packed and because I’ve never actually seen the movie, it didn’t really have much significance. When we got back to the hotel in the evening I asked the hotel owner where could I go which was the ‘real’ Thailand. He suggested that we go Old Phuket town which has a open market every Sunday. With great street food, local music, stalls and all around nice family fun. So that’s exactly what we did. Best experience ever. Absolutely loved being around so many local people who hadn’t submit themselves to the western/tourist lifestyle.
Day 3 - The entire morning I felt like death. I slept in until 2pm, got up had some lunch. Walked around the tourist streets of Patong and then booked Fanta Sea for the evening. Which was an incredible experience – a huge theatre show with acrobats, live music. They also have a buffet dinner but we decided to get dinner after the shower since we had lunch so late that day. It was quite a touristic thing to do but still felt like it had asia culture infused.
Travelling around Phuket, the most popular & cheapest way to get around is rent a scooter, everyone seems to be on one. Another method is tuk tuks, they’re quite good but you have to haggle down the price.
Tours/excursions are easily available but haggle and ask around for prices because they over price everything and then lower prices very quickly.
Be careful of where you eat. Some places don’t always have fresh food. Try the fresh fruit. I ate an insane amount of mangos and pineapples.
My thoughts on Phuket? It’s not somewhere I would be in a rush to back to due to how tourist/sleezy it was. But I do want to go back to some islands because Koh Phi Phi was my favourite place I’ve ever visited! Day 4 we got a ferry early morning to Koh Phi Phi
I’ve created two vlogs for day 1 & day 2 – been playing around with editing techniques too! Let me know what you think.
D A Y 1 here
D A Y 2 here