Sunday, 11 June 2017

OOTD // THANKS BUT NO THANKS.

Since returning from my mini-break last week, I've loved nothing more than a few home comforts: jeans, tees and converse for the ultimate laid back chic look.


Sunglasses: Quay Australia 'Vivienne'
Tee: (Self - customised) from Missy Empire.
Jeans: ASOS
Bag: H&M
Cacti Accessory: H&M (Available separately)
Shoes: Converse








Suki.

Gu & Suki.
Funnily enough, the t-shirt was actually a t-shirt dress on me, it was incredibly long and baggy so I cut it to resemble a more boxy fitting tee and I love it so much more now! Missy Empire is a recently discovered brand for me, I think I came across it via an ad placement on Facebook and I just really loved their unique spin on several trends. This along with two ruffle sleeve dresses went straight to the checkout with me.  

The sunglasses are as far as I'm aware a discontinued style from Quay Australia (my favourite sunglasses brand, honestly, I don't buy sunglasses anywhere else now!), they're called 'Vivienne' and I bought them from blogger Alix a.k.a ICovetThee on Depop. I thought these were the exclusive and discontinued 'The Playa' ASOS edition sunglasses and bought them (they weren't listed with a style name so I took a gamble and although they're not the exact style I wanted, I absolutely adore them!) I now own 6 pairs of QA sunglasses and I'm beginning to need a way to store them all!

The little cacti bag charm is a recent addition, I bought it in the H&M on Oxford Street, it was £2.99 and it's one of a few small souvenirs that I brought home from my recent trip to London. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing this outfit, if you have any requests for outfits or blog posts, please leave them as a comment down below or contact me through my 'CONTACT' tab.

Have a b-e-a-u-t-iful day.

Love,


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Thursday, 18 May 2017

WEEK IN REVIEW. 18.05.17.

I don't half pick funny random days of the week to post these, but I guess like most things on my blog nowadays, they're done in the moment, when the inspiration strikes. 

So today's post is a week in review post, I love writing these types of post, because I get to tell you a sort of story about my week and if I'm lucky you guys will let me know how you've been too either via commenting or sometimes you guys tweet me which is really nice because I love hearing from you.

 This past week has been all over the place.



I've had a lot of ups and downs, and I've been keeping to strict deadlines for university (and I STILL haven't finished). I'm struggling with one of the three assignments quite a lot but I guess I'm getting there, I'm just over halfway now. I've finished one assignment completely and the third has been started and I feel positive about that one, I'm not concerned about writing that one.

I've been really rather tired recently but I'm getting through it, and I've been very emotionally confused lately. To clarify that, I mean one minute I feel positive about my progression with life in general and then I feel really worried that I'm not making any real progression. I guess I just have to trust that I'll get where I need to be at the end.

I recently picked up a fashion magazine (which I haven't done in a very long time) because I fancy browsing at the visual elements of it and admiring the way in which they choose to put together an outfit. 

I've personally been more invested in sorting my wardrobe out, since I'm always finding holes in it, (I'd love to say that was just the slip of the tongue but honestly I've also found the tops I own in a certain soft material keep getting multiple holes in them at the bottom center and I have NO idea why, I do know it isn't moths though) and tops are always lacking. I've been dressing in a more mature way, whilst keeping my little spin on things as always.

I've been watching Doctor Who for the first real time since David Tennant's days as the doctor, and I'll be honest, it took me a REALLY long time to get into it. I have to admit that Peter Capaldi is good at what he does, but it just doesn't feel right reverting from super gorgeous David Tennant to Matt Smith (who didn't float my boat) to Capaldi. Sad truth, but aesthetics really come into my enjoyment of programs. I hope that doesn't sound as superficial as it does now in my head?! Anyway, I have been enjoying the new series now that I've caught up on BBC iplayer and I feel more connected with the characters. Any DW fans reading this? What are your thoughts on PC and the 'new' DW?

Good things? Well I'm a sad-ass sap who has started enjoying crappy short romance novels because that's better than being hit on by some of the deadbeat old guys who make eyes at the girls in this town. No idea where that sentiment came from. Probably the dark recesses of my soul.

I'm gonna go get some hot cocoa and think about life.

Ah anyway, if you read this, you need some milk.
(HE NEEDS SOME MILK if you had no idea what I was referencing. Look it up)

Love,

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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

MY DESIGNER WISHLIST.

As hard as it may be to believe, my heart has been set on designer goods since I was eleven. That was the age that I dreamed of starting a fashion blog, (and having absolutely no idea how to I sort of kept putting the idea to the back of my mind and putting it off, as I thought it wasn't truly possible. I made various blogs, none of them ever going out to anyone other than myself, and dreaming that one day, one day I would create a place to share my fashion loves with like minded people. I can gladly say today, that dream came true.)


I've only ever owned a few designer pieces, and they've always stayed in my mind.
I found a genuine (and now incredibly popular and sought after) Moschino Red Wall Italy Black leather belt with the 'MOSCHINO' gold letters. I bought this at a car boot for £3. I bartered with the seller, because I was about 13 or 14, and had very little pocket money to spare. The lady kindly accepted my offer, and I kept it for a few years, but it was always too small for me, so I eventually sold it and it sold for over £100, which for someone who was a teenager with little money, was a huge and very pleasant surprise! 

My next piece was a Dolce & Gabbana cherry print bra that was far too small for me, that I found in TKMAXX for £10 and bought just for the pleasure of owning such a beautiful designer piece. I don't know what happened to that but it probably got sold on at some point.

Either way, I've only ever had a few designer pieces. As a young adult, I still dream of being out of university, in a full time job with a disposable income and of the beautiful designer pieces I may treat myself to once in a while. So I wanted to share with you today, the pieces I dream of buying.

 

So the pieces that I've chosen are the Maria Tash White Gold Opal Spike Hoop, the Johanna Ortiz Rosemary gingham cotton-poplin wrap top in two colours, the Gucci Discobag in two colours, the black leather Gucci Belt, and the Rose Gold initial engraved Missoma pendant and bobble chain.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my designer wishlist. 
What's on yours?

Love,

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

A RUFFLE LOVE AFFAIR.

Recently, in case you hadn't seen, the ruffle trend has been trickling into the high street stores like rivers of goodness ready to capture the hearts of any unsuspecting ladies. The ruffle trend has, shall we say, hit hard, and I believe the trend is here to stay. 

I myself became captivated after having discovered a top that was so unlike anything else I'd encountered (a certain sold out limited edition Topshop top that I showed in my Spring Haul & Wardrobe Update video) As I mentioned in the video, I had to send back the one I had due to it's unforgiving material, and said I had found another elsewhere (that fell through, but I've since found another which I'll have in hand hopefully by the end of the week!) 

Anyway, I wanted to share with you, and possibly introduce you to what I believe is a lasting and beautiful trend: The puff sleeve ruffle top.

Credit: AliexExpress
Credit: Boohoo
Credit: StyleofSam

Credit: TheFashionMagpie

This trend can be mastered for daytime pleasure with simple blue wash jeans, or for more fancy ocassions, a similarly ruffled skirt in either a different colour (if matching with a white top, it can look beautiful with a bright and colourful A Line skirt) or in the same colour (which proves tricky if trying to match up as shade differences aren't usually subtle!) Pair with some oversized sunglasses and you could look like a movie star. 

I myself have ordered the Boohoo version as shown in the second image above, and am looking forward to showing you my take on the outfit I have in mind. This trend isn't for the faint hearted, it is in itself, a work of art, and something the wearer should wear proudly and confidently, because darling, you look a million dollars.

Love,
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Friday, 21 April 2017

PLEASE BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER.

Today is a beautiful day, and like usual I'm struggling to add anything useful to my university assignment (I'm pretty sure my choice of module wasn't that great, actually). 

Credit: Lovethispic
I just wanted to take this moment to say, use your day wisely.
Think before you say that insulting thing on your mind whilst you're in a spur of the moment argument with your friend, family member or partner.

Work hard on yourself. Try to be a better person. I've been trying harder lately to learn to be more patient, and more forgiving. I won't deny it, it hasn't always been easy. Some positive personality traits don't always come easily, but you can always learn them. I've always had trust issues which I don't want to get into, but let's put it this way, I've been let down by people who were very close to me in the past and that's meant I'm pretty closed off from letting people in. Learning to trust isn't easy, but the positive of being disappointed is that I've developed a pretty sharp sense for knowing who is genuine and who isn't, so see the positives in the negatives. There's bound to be something good there. If there isn't, well maybe you're looking in the wrong place and need a fresh plot of good to plough.

Say something nice to a colleague today. Make them smile, and let them know in your own little way you appreciate them.

If anything, why not follow another of my readers/followers (you can find them on my Google + widget on the right of my blog, you may need to scroll down a little) and make a new friend? I am grateful and so fortunate to have such lovely readers/followers, and I feel it's time to give a little back to all of you, because you've not only been amazing, but you've helped me be a better person.

So get out there, make a new friend, find inspiration in your surroundings and please, 

Please be kind to one another.

I know you'll do great.

Love,

Samantha.


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Saturday, 8 April 2017

OOTD // BIKER BABE.

I promised you another OOTD didn't I?
 
Well here it is. My take on the biker babe trend, which I am LOVING! Leather jackets, paisley bandanas, low maintenance hair and laid back band t-shirts are go!

 


Leather Jacket: River Island
Bandana: Amazon Fashion
T-shirt (Worn as dress): Missguided at ASOS
Leggings: Marks & Spencer
Shoes: Converse.

 










I hope you enjoyed my take on the biker babe trend!

Samantha x
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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

OOTD // ROCK CHIC COOL.


Today's post is of course, an Outfit Of The Day post. 
It's been a while, hasn't it?

I know.

And I'm pleased to be back, bringing you a new look that I love wearing at the moment, and there's another Outfit Of The Day coming at the weekend! I'm getting a new camera lens at the end of the month so I hope it'll make a big difference to future OOTDs!

Anyway, enough rambling, enjoy!

  
 

  



 

  













I hope you enjoyed today's post, see you soon!

Samantha x

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

W E E K I N R E V I E W // 1 1 . 0 3 . 1 7 .

So I've neglected you a little over here lately, haven't I? 

I'm sorry.

I mean it.

This week has been ... strange. I don't mean in the "I've seen a ghost" kind of strange, nope, I've never seen a ghost so don't worry. Nor do I believe in them. Anyway, off topic. This week like I was saying, has been strange. It's been a week of highs and lows, like any other week, and it's been a week of new beginnings. This week I took up Pilates for the first time and really enjoyed it, (even though, like always, I underestimated the intensity of it, and found myself feeling a little embarrassed by my physique and lack of body strength compared to some of the slimmer ladies in the room, and then kicked myself for feeling so uncomfortable internally, and slightly jealous of some of the other women, since, I took up Pilates to better myself internally and externally, more on that later)... so Pilates was brilliant, and totally had me aching for the next few days. I've decided to attend the weekly session every week from now on as a replacement for Zumba, which I haven't attended in at least 3 years. It had gotten to the point where Zumba was more stressful than enjoyable since the studio gym I attended (and now attend for Pilates class) was ABSOLUTELY CRAMMED, to the point whereby each week was fully booked and you could barely move in the space that was provided. With that and my health at the time deteriorating, I decided to leave. However, I can finally say I've found a replacement that makes me feel both mentally and physically better.

I also started ANOTHER fitness class this week and that was Aqua Fit, held at the same venue as Pilates. I thoroughly enjoyed the class, and even though I was again, really nervous about integrating into a class I didn't know, I sort of found my own slot and got on with it, and they played the Mamma Mia soundtrack to work out to - I was smiling from ear to ear, since I've loved the soundtrack since the release of the film years ago, and I downloaded the full soundtrack onto my phone last week. It was wonderful, and uplifting for the soul to be in a swimming pool filmed with women supporting one another and encouraging one another (and one man, who bless him took part and found his own place too) to do their best, sing along, and work out. And yet again, I underestimated the intensity of the class. That was a nice surprise, to find the class was actually a little bit knackering - it worked out my arms far more than my legs which was great, because it was mainly my legs being destroyed in Pilates!

So, returning to a point I made earlier - I've been really working on being a better person, not just visibly, but internally too. I don't feel like I'm a particularly "good" person anymore, and for a long time, I've just sort of "existed". I don't feel like I've really added to society and the world around us, so I've been trying harder to learn and be a better person. I want to improve the lives of others, whilst improving myself. 

I've been eating healthier - I've cut out sugary drinks, (which I didn't drink that much of to begin with), I've cut out chocolate (I haven't eaten any in over a week, bar a teaspoon of nutella on an apple today, which I'm kicking myself for). I'm cooking cleaner, healthier meals and making acai bowls for breakfast every morning and working on just trying to tone up and slim down because honestly, I'm not happy in my body anymore, and that's affecting my mind. My mind is becoming unhappy because my body is unhappy.

I bought the Phil Collins CD shown in the image above this week, and I'm so glad I did. It's soul soothing, and just hugely nostalgic, not because I was born in the era to appreciate it (because I wasn't - I was born in '95 in case you didn't know) but because it reminds me of Greece (more on that in my last post) and it just makes me feel so much better when things get a little too much.

I completed two more assignments and submitted them on time which was a massive relief, and I've today started the first of two more due at the end of this month.

I visited a deli/tea room with my mum this week, a place local to us, that I'd never been to before, and again had troubles feeling comfortable. I became very self-conscious and worried that people were judging me for my clothing (a denim jacket, dark smoky makeup and general grunge/rock chic look) and my piercings, because let's be honest, a lot of older people do not like piercings. I felt uncomfortable for a little while, until an older couple left (who I'd felt like were staring, but god knows that could well have been in my head what with already feeling self-conscious and like I didn't fit in there) but when a lady about my mother's age walked in wearing bright pink with bright pink streaks through the front of her blonde hair, and every one was admiring her (myself included) I suddenly realized, it WAS in my head. I had no reason to feel as bad as I did, and I suddenly loosened up, relaxed and enjoyed a chilled half an hour, drinking tea with my mum, and talking, normally, about life, and things.

This coming Wednesday, I'm off on a trip with university, on a coach trip for a fair few hours to stay away for a couple of nights and watch some Shakespeare plays. I'm both excited and nervous about it, since I don't know who else is attending (I'll find out at the meeting on Monday) and we're staying in a hotel for two nights, and I'm secretly hoping I won't have to share a room with someone else, since none of my friends are attending (as far as I'm aware). However, I am excited because I get a two-night getaway for nothing, and I get to use my new solid suitcase because I've been wanting to use it since I got it, and watching Shakespeare plays live, which in my family, became a tradition, and my mother took me to many live open-air plays (all Shakespeare, a few non) whilst I was growing up, to give me a sense of culture, and honestly, I think that really shaped my progression into Literature as my degree.

Anyway, I hope this week has treated you lovingly, and that next week will treat you with the utmost kindness too. Who knows? Maybe you'll take up a new hobby too? Maybe you'll discover a new song and fall hopelessly in love with the way it makes you feel?

Have a wonderful week Ohana,

Love,

Samantha.
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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

S W E E T . M U S I C

So lately I've been listening to lots of different music, and finding it's been helping me center myself and aid my thoughts. I want to share this music with you, because I know my Music for the Soul series was well received, and I hope that my music choices can still bring others joy.

Photo Credit: Tumblr.

Firstly, I discovered this rather unconventional song in a much larger saxophone tropical house playlist, and simply fell in love with it. It reminds me of Gostan - Klanga De Hofnar Remix which is simply gorgeous too. I recommend Bakermat - Intro for the days when you need something to help you get out of a bad mood. It peps me up, and motivates me, it makes me want to raise my hands up and dance. When hearing it, I imagine a vast festival overlooked by glorious sunshine and people dancing and having an amazing time, something that is a comfort during these cold, dreary Winter months that will soon be over.


The next song that I've had on repeat every night for the past week has been Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise because let's be honest, who doesn't love Phil Collins? No, but seriously, the real reason I've come to adore this song is because of the memories it prompts. I first came to properly learn the lyrics and enjoy the rhythm of the song last summer when I traveled by myself to Greece, and stayed with a long-term family friend who moved out there several years ago. I've known this person since I was a child and I was so grateful when they offered me the opportunity to stay with them and explore the island. This family friend is learning, and at the time, was learning to play the drums. One of the songs he was determined to learn, was Another Day in Paradise and each day, as I heard him practicing along to the song, I began to learn the words and appreciate the skill required to play this song and the rhythm of it. It just gives me such happy vibes and I love hearing it. A tropical house remix of this particular song that I recommend (although can 100% say is not better than the original) is Phil Collins - Another Day in paradise (Lucas Türschmann Remix) which has a wonderfully catchy beat to it.


The next choice is another Phil Collins piece, this time another remix of an absolute classic, and it is Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight ('Panski & John Skyfield Remix) [Deep House] .  I know I've featured this one before, but there is good reason to feature it again: to remind you of how incredible it truly is. I've never been high, but I can imagine that it'd feel pretty much like how this remix makes me feel. Weightless. It's truly bliss to hear.

Photo Credit: Tumblr.

Another remix I've been adoring is Mashup Germany - I'm Coming Home with the music underneath being Midnight City by M83 and acting as the backbone to the song, it's easy to fall in love with this. If you've known me for a long time or been a longtime reader of my blog, you'll maybe know I've always loved Diddy - Dirty Money - Coming Home ft. Skylar Grey and hearing it incorporated into a song with Midnight City is breathtaking. It is well worth a listen.



Lastly, another remix that I've been adoring has to be The Police - Every Breath You Take (Deep Chills Remix) which is simply heavenly. The perfect speed and tempo mixed with the underlying beat being remarkably reminiscent of that of Titanium by David Guetta (and yes, we all know how much I adore Guetta's music). 

Okay, so I hope you enjoyed all of my musical picks! Also, some of the images are from Tumblr (all of them are credited) and the rest are my own photos, some of them from my time in Greece.

Have a wonderful rest of your week, and remember, you're amazing.

Love,

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