Is the Trainer really dead?

  This blog post is inspired by an article written by the brilliant Pandora Sykes in last weeks Sunday Times Style magazine . This was an article which actually made me smile and say “thank the Lord!!” . Let me tell you I am not a shallow individual who cares only about clothes and trends. Of course I care about many more important social issues but fashion is an interest of mine- and just as some write about their delight when their favourite football team wins the premier league I will express my joy at one of my most hated trends coming to an end – HALLELUJAH !

I have always been open minded to trying new styles or trends, however looking back this was not always a good thing. I have been the most tango individual to grace Northern Ireland, I have coated my eyes in thick blue eyeliner and I have persisted to try and wear yellow denim shorts (D I S A S T E R). Despite my love for toying with new trends there are two things I will never ever warm too: knee length denim and trainers. Now don’t get me wrong I love my Superga’s, I have four pair and combined I probably wear them more than any other shoes in my wardrobe, but these are not trainers, goodness no I refuse to believe these are trainers, rather they are tennis shoes, plimsoles, sneakers- take your pick I have no preference just do not call them trainers. Somewhere along the line it became acceptable (and fashionable) to wear big clumpy trainers pretty much anywhere. Ninety pounds for trainers to wear in the gym? Do not be so ridiculous, one would never spend so much on a shoe to wear to only wear it to a spin class, oh no this is an ‘everyday shoe’. Trainers in the office? Why of course, there is a trainer for that .. blah blah blah trainers trainers EVERYWHERE!

As Pandora rightfully noted “great seductions have never taken place while wearing a pair of Air Max”- this could not be more true. Seduction may not be at the forefront of every womans mind-I gather that it is not the concern of the majority of women when they get dressed in the morning – nevertheless everybody wants to feel good in their outfit don’t they? As a woman they do nothing for your shape or posture, they are simply a practical shoe made for exercise, that . is . it. View Full Post

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London: A Royal Beauty

I have traveled to many special places in the world, but London holds a special place in my heart. I could happily spend every weekend in London, browsing around with no itinerary and not a care in the world. Everytime I leave this vibrant city, I feel a pull on my heart strings which reminds me that I will definitely be back soon.

Outfit Details: Maxi Dress- All Saints ; Cropped Leather Jacket- H&M ; Biker Boots- Office : Bag- JW Anderson 

London has something to offer for everybody, in terms or restaurants, events or things to do. I spent a week in London during fashion week: spending the first half with my parents and the second half with my best friend. I feel that I know London as well as I know my home city, therefore I am going to give a little run down on my London trip, and my recommendations for anyone going to visit.

*RESTAURANTS*

SKETCH LONDON

Located in the heart of Mayfair, this restaurant is the most aesthetically beautiful place I have ever dined. I am sure everyone has seen at least one picture of the candy pink dining area, pop up on their instagram feed and think  ‘where on earth is that?’.  Dinner at Sketch has been on my bucket list for quite some time , but it was only on my most recent trip did I actually get to go, and oh my goodness it was so unbelievably worth the wait. Hidden behind the plush velvet certain which graces the entry is the powder pink, restaurant: The Gallery. Decorated with scalloped,  pink booths, a vast copper bar and wall to wall David Shrigley drawings, this place is deliciously bonkers. The food is equally fantastic also, I dined on the vialone risotto with green curry and prune marmalade, sounds strange – looked even stranger (it was a vivid bright green!) but it was absolutely amazing. It was so good I wish I could have licked the plate and asked for a second helping! View Full Post

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The JW Anderson Pierce Bag

They say you should always wait at least 24 hours before buying a designer piece. The test being if you sleep on it (aka wait 24 hours) and still feel that unrelenting, butterflies in the stomach feeling then you have a keeper. That is exactly how I felt about this JW Anderson beauty, it popped up on my instagram feed at least once a day for about three weeks – surely that is a sign no?  When I finally plucked up the courage to spend the $$ the Pierce bag, in devine black leather.. was sold out. However, as my friends and family know all too well, when I really want something my determination is fierce- of course this is a quality that should be reflected in my strive to establish my career- but really I am most determined when I see the words “OUT OF STOCK”.

My love for JW goes way back to his first collaboration with Topshop, when I spent all my birthday money on a twin piece from the collection. It was a t-shirt and jeans combo, with a white backdrop and covered in primary coloured shapes; I thought it was genius. Now I am a little older (and hopefully wiser) I still appreciate the design, however white jeans in general are a massive ‘no’ on me, I dont need any help accentuating my thighs thank you very much! Nevertheless my fascination for JW Anderson has grown and intensified alongside his career, with each collection he brings something new to the season and as a fashion hopeful I feel lucky to have his collections to aspire to.

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New York Style

Traveling to New York in December or January, you can can predict rain, hail or snow. We were lucky with the weather when we were there, we had two days of rain but other than that we had blue skies and crisp cool air. The best tip I could give is: LAYERS! I brought an extra top or jumper in my handbag every day because one moment it was nice and warm and the next we were battling the elements- better to be prepared after all.

My top 5 picks would be:

1.Camel coat – because it goes with everything and is classic

2. Cashmere.

3. Fur Scarf- because everyone who knows me is aware of my obsession with fur (faux) and it dresses up everything

4. Boots- comfort comfort comfort

5. Hats- berets, beanies, fedora

The most important thing is to stock up on the basics, such as long sleeved tops and cashmere jumpers, then you can plan what statement pieces you want to bring to dress up outfits and add that stylish edge. I’ll let you in on a sly tip: when I buy long sleeved tops I buy them from the kids section. There is method behind the madness I can assure you- they are always more fitted, they sit perfectly around waist height without having to be tucked in, the neckline is higher and the sleeves sit a tad too short (just how I like them).

This photo was taken in Little Italy, outside the most beautiful interior design store. I’m wearing my Topshop camel coat and office lace up boots which were originally black leather until I took sandpaper to them to ‘roughen’ them up. Along with my trusty Zara stole, this was one of my favourite outfits of the trip.

Recently I’ve become a bit on a hat fanatic; It started with a beret and before you knew it I had a hat for every day of the week. New York was no exception, I packed all my hats and wore one every day, totally practical and a great accessory. This hat is from a little independent store in Harrogate town, where my parents live.

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New York, New York

I would firstly like to wish you all a VERY belated Happy New Year! We are half way into January but I am taking this year to dedicate much more time to my blog, I love doing it and it deserves more TLC.

As many of you know from my bombardment of instagram snaps, I welcomed 2017 with my boyfriend in the amazing city of New York.

Growing up we holidayed in Florida at least once a year so i’ve flown into Newark airport roughly 21 times. Gazing out the tiny airport window, trying to catch a glimpse of the Statute of Liberty or Empire State building – all the cliches we associate with the big apple.

As i’ve gotten older and fashion has become a large part of my life, the desire to see New York up close and personal has enhanced massively- okay my obsession with Sex and City may also have something to do with it. Regardless I have pictured myself strolling down 5th Avenue or skipping round central park countless times.

I spent a week in NYC and it still wasn’t enough, I could have happily stayed longer but I reckon there would still have been more to do and see. Its such an amazing city, it exceeded all my expectations, I’ve included some of my recommendations for eating, drinking or visiting, however my best piece of advice is not to stick to your itinerary. The whole fun about travelling somewhere new is experiencing it yourself, and finding interesting things to do and see along the way.

Dinner/Drink Spots

The Smith East Side- I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are looking for American grub with a fancy flair. I judge a restaurant not just on the food but on the decor, ambience and over all style of the restaurant- The Smith ticked all the boxes. I ordered the mac and cheese and the prime burger, which were both simple yet sensational- I could live on mac and cheese! My boyfriend had the calamari to start with and the filet for his main, he could honestly be a squid connoisseur, he has tried every variation in many different restaurants- if a restaurant serves squid then we will be there! He said the calamari was amazing, so it really must have been. I’ve linked the menu so go check it out!

Corkbuzz- Chelsea market Greenwich- great little wine bar, located in the bustling Chelsea market. Pick a bar stool and lust over the vast wine menu. The best thing about this cosy, chic wine bar is the tasting element-yes that is right they actually allow you to sample the wine before you commit to a glass of it! Cheers to that.

 Todd English- Plaza Hotel- every Christmas I watch Home Alone II countless times, so when in New York I had to go the Plaza hotel- one day I will stay here (I hope)! Its opulence did not disappoint, it was simply beautiful. If you are around this area then you should definitely check out the plaza food court, for a glass of vino, a bowl of frozen yogurt with scrumptious toppings or to snack on a lobster roll, it’s even worth going to for the bustling atmosphere.  Todd English is the restaurant in the food court, the menu is superb, from sushi to pizza they have it covered. I would highly recommend the drunken noodles or the chicken tacos.

The Back Room- Lower East Side- This bar has a cool speakeasy vibe which takes you right back to the prohibition  era. The mysterious entrance (down an alleyway) and the hush hush atmosphere makes this bar really original. I would recommend going for one or two drinks for the experience.

Gelso and Grand – Little Italy – I absolutely loved Little Italy, so many cute authentic italian restaurants and cannoli stalls- we literally ate our body weight in pizza slices. Gelso and Grand is a great italian which you should definitely check out if you’re in the area, the cocktails are pretty great too! As I mentioned earlier I am a decor geek when it comes to restaurants, and Gelso and Grand is most  definitely instagram worthy. I can imagine it in the summer months, with the rustic shutters open wide and sipping a delicious gin collins! View Full Post

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