Friday, 24 February 2017

Your Making Me Blush

Ask me four years ago and honestly the colour pink is never a colour I thought I could see myself wearing. Now...I am officially obsessed. Anyone else with me?! 

The blush shade, or the dusty pink colour is a trend that is flooding the high street and designer realm too. With the weather supposedly changing and temperatures rising, its the perfect shade to take you into the March and April with a spring in your walk. I thought I would put together a collection of my favourite blush picks and explain why each one could potentially be that little pop of colour to save your winter wardrobe.

Your making me blush

Miss Selfridge Blazer - First off this gorgeous blazer is a great staple for your wardrobe this spring. Perfect for your work wardrobe but would also look great paired with a t-shirt, ripped jeans and some converse for that slightly casual but cool style. For £39 its a pretty good bargain if you ask me and although we are taking all shades of pink, you could always opt for the black option if your not feeling that daring. 

JW Anderson bag - Next up is this beautiful bag of dreams. Personally I always end up purchasing a bag any colour other then black. Why? you ask. If you don't always fancy a full outfit of colour you can edge yourself in slowly with accessories. Picture a complete black outfit with a dusty rose bag like this one. You are looking at a killer outfit. This particular choice is rather spendy however there are plenty in the high street stores that are just as pretty, especially Zara who are killing it this season as always. 

Teddy Coat -  As much as we all want to believe summer is right round the corner, we have to remember that living in the united kingdom it doesn't always work that way. That's why I think this gorgeous teddy coat from topshop is another great rosey coloured addition to your wardrobe. Oh and a warm one too. 

River Island Skirt - I really do love a midi skirt, especially in this shade of pink. It would be perfect for drinks with girls. Pull the outfit together with a white shirt and pointed courts for a sophisticated style. If midi isn't the length for you they also show this style in a mini skirt too. Paired with a little jumper, boots and tights for a more causal look, it will work just as well.

Estee Lauder blush - Next up, this blog post wouldn't be complete without a rosey blusher thrown into the mix. This beautiful ombre design from Estee Lauder is more then just an addition to your makeup bag but also a beautiful piece for your dressing table too. It comes in two shades so if you prefer a slightly more peachier colour to your cheeks then there is something for you as well, don't you worry.

Topshop Jumper - One of my firm favourites out of these top 10 picks is this velvet textured sweater from topshop. I currently love any clothing item's with an embroidered caption as we all know, so you can see why this jumper really screams out to me. Not only is it pretty and fashionable, but the comfort element is there too. What more could you need?

Newlook Cropped Trousers- I always think its hard to incorporate an element of colour into the bottom half of your outfit. These pink cropped cullottes are the perfect way to do so. Comfortable, perfect for the upcoming spring months, and they can be worn dressed up or down. Pair with a lace cami and sandals for a night out, or for something a little more casual, trainers and a cropped jumper will do the trick. 

Jack Wills Trench Coat - Last year i purchased a beautiful dusty pink trench coat from topshop. Having loved it so much I knew I wanted to find a similar option for this post. This option from Jack Wills is definitely just as nice and perfect for the April showers we tend to experience in the spring. Throw over any outfit and you will transform something simple into fashionable as fast as you can say 'PINK'.

Studded Boots - If you saw my Christmas gift guide posts similar to this one, you will know that my love for these boots is ongoing. When I saw that they had bought them out in this colour, a nude shade and khaki I had to stop myself from clicking the buy it now button on all three. But yes, back to the boots, these are beautiful and a great way to jazz up your outfit. My only tip would be to protect them and try not to wear them when its raining as tempting as it may be. 
YSL Card Holder - Last but not least, a little flush of blush luxury (tongue twister or what?). This card holder is the cutest touch to any handbag or flatlay. If you want to invest in the trend but prefer something a little more subtle and a higher end touch this is the perfect way to do so. I myself have been lusting over similar card holders for some time and think they are a great gift, so boyfriends take note. 

So there you have it. My 10 blush pink picks for the season. What do you think? I really enjoyed putting this together and pretty much love every item in this post, so it was fun for me. I hope you're having a great end to the week and looking forward to the weekend as much as me. I'm off to London fashion week festival on Sunday so I'm sure next week's post will be full of fashion and more. 

Thanks for reading my lovelies x 

*Disclaimer- I own no rights to the photos in this post, no copyright was intended*


Thursday, 16 February 2017

'Don't Look Back' Positivity and looking forward

So a week or so ago, i was out shopping with a good friend.  We came across this shirt and both of us fell in love simultaneously, meaning we walked out the shop with two bags not just one. First things first, its stripey. Now my love for stripes is forever strong, especially blue stripes in particular. I think they look very put together and inject a Parisian feel to your outfit, topping it off with a slice of elegance...yes a slice *laughs*. Secondly if you follow me on instagram ( @amyrowleyy) then you will know that my love for captions and embroidery is growing on a daily basis. So the cuteness of the shirt doubled when i saw that it had the words 'Don't Look Back' embroidered onto it. 

When styling the shirt i wanted it to be the key focus of the look, let it do the talking. I paired it with some simple black Joni Topshop jeans, my new favourites although i will admit, the button has to be undone after dinner (high-waisted issues *sighs*). For shoes i chose the boots that i have literally not taken off since i bought them. My slightly pointed leather Chelsea boots from Office. Perfect for everyday wear and they go with pretty much everything in my wardrobe. A staple black boot for your wardrobe. My bag you may have seen in a previous post (here) was a little sale find from Zara, gorgeous grey suede. It is unfortunately sold out, so i won't dwell on it too much but it does just give the finishing touches to the outfit. 

Shirt - H&M
Jeans - Topshop 
Shoes - Office 
(heads up the boots are now down to £40 !!)
Necklace - H&M

Now moving on from the outfit, after shooting the pictures for this post i thought more and more about the caption and how it fitted so well into something that is one of my main focuses this year. Positivity. 'Don't look back' and dwell on the past but instead move forward and look towards the future and what it holds for you. At the end of last year, i decided positivity was one thing i needed to focus on more, for myself but also others around me. Lets face it, no one enjoys a negative Nancy! I have always considered myself a pretty positive person, but sometimes it's easy to let the negativity surround you and eat you up. 

After moving out last year and spending my first year away from my family, i really had to learn to love myself more. I didn't have the comfort of having my mum at my beck and call, but also i found out that as you grow up and move on in your life, you really start to see where your true friends lie. So here are a few pointers that might help you be more positive in the future.

  • Surround yourself by positive people and in turn be positive to others. You need to help each other and push through the negative time's as a team. 
  • Don't dwell so much on the past, its easy to get caught up in what has happened or what could have happened, but really it won't help the future you. Look forward no matter what. 
  • Try not to let other's opinions get you down. Your life is about YOU and you control it. Don't let other people hold you back after all most of the time their opinion doesn't matter. 
My three small points are just a start of what could be the road to a positive you and a better year, you never know whats round the corner. I hope you enjoyed my little ramble, oh, and the outfit too! Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to come visit me over on my instagram @amyrowleyy or my twitter @amyspoons for more shenanigans! 

Thanks for reading my lovelies x

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Valentines Day - A Little Something For Everyone

February is among us and without a flash, into every shop that you walk, your surrounded by a sea of fluffy stuffed animals holding hearts, and red lingerie at every angle. For some of us, it's a special day for us to spend with our other half and for some its the complete opposite. A day that we dread, being single on valentines can only make us feel more lonely, which no one needs. Fear not, here are my ideas to keep Valentines day fun for everyone, no matter who you are with, or not with for that matter. 

**Outfit  Skirt - River Island, Shirt - H&M, Boots - River Island **

All Loved up 

Sometimes all you need, is to spend some quality time together. Forget the fancy presents and a la carte menu's, where half the time you can't even read the menu. These things aren't what builds a strong relationship. If you have the money, fabulous, if you don't i have you covered. 
  • A Home cooked Meal, can never go down wrong. Unless you burn it of course and then if that's the case, the only thing left to do is to head on over to *chuckles.* But seriously, take a simple menu or even her/his favourite meal and get to work in the kitchen. Throw in a couple of candles and a chocolate fondue for desert, and you are on to a winner my friend. 
  • Give your other half a Voucher, entitling them to something you know they want to do with you, have been talking about for ages, or simply something you know that normally you just wouldn't do for them. Have they been wanting to see a snooker game for ages, or a girly soppy film at the cinema that personally you couldn't think of anything worse? Then use this time of year to show the other one just how much you care. 
  • Forget Easter egg hunts, how about a valentines hunt. Something fun and silly, that costs next to nothing to prepare. You could make the prizes as simple as a picture of you both, or their favourite chocolate for good measure. The thoughtfulness behind it and time dedicated to it, will be much appreciated.  

Sassy and Single 

As much as this is a time for loved up couples to get all soppy and fancy over one another, utilize this time as a singleton to have fun or celebrate the other loved ones in your life.  Your friends and family.

  • Use Valentines day as an excuse to get together with your friends and have a girly night in, pink pj's, heart shaped chocolates, and cute captioned cards, celebrate your friendships in style. You don't have to have a boyfriend/girlfriend to be loved...oh no, sometimes there is nothing better then a friend who has been through everything with you, tears chuckles and more. 
  • Treat yourself, you can love yourself right?! Of course. Use the money you would spend on someone else, to treat yourself this Valentines. A bunch of your favourite flowers, aftershave or even a set of sexy underwear (which is more for us then for them i say), and you will be feeling a lot brighter then you did before. 

Something Cute For Everyone 

  • This final little idea, is something for everybody. Get your mum and dad involved, your sister/brothers, friends, whoever is with you on valentines day, and have a fort evening. I read recently about a celebrity wedding where it was all built round the idea of the first date, which was building a fort, and well what could be cuter. Gather together all of the blankets, fairy lights and snacks and build yourself the coolest fort you ever did see. If you head over to Pinterest i promise you, you'll find endless ideas and inspiration.

So there you have it, some little cute ideas for valentines this year. What ever you choose to do, or  whoever you choose to spend it with, i hope you share the love and get festive.

Thanks for reading my lovelies x


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Gorgeously Gingham

I can already tell that Gingham is going to be a huge trend favoured by all this spring/summer, and i can see why. It is a nostalgic pattern reminding us of our school days in those hideous summer dresses. This time we can wear it our own way. The classic black and white monochrome look, banishing those pastel yellows and dark green gingham combo's. I thought i would put an outfit together showing a gingham outfit still perfect for those slighter colder weeks we have left before the sun starts to make an appearance. If this trend is something you are interested in i can do Head to toe trend blog post so just let me know in the comments below.

* Outfit Details *
Shirt - Mango
Leather look trousers - New Look
Jacket - H&M sold out :(
Boots - Primark (similar from Office)
Necklace - ASOS

The shirt - So of course the main star of the show, is the shirt. The focal point of the outfit and the trend piece. I like to mix trend pieces with classic items in your wardrobe. I feel that this allows you to wear bigger trends in a subtle way, perfect for those catwalk inspirations in a high street way. This little number is a shirt i found on ASOS, but its actually by Mango. It was really inexpensive and perfect for those that love  something a little over sized. It has slightly wider sleeves or balloon sleeves, another trend that seems to be popping up, especially in high street stores like Zara at the moment.

The Trousers - As i said earlier i like to use classic pieces to trends to make them wearable and timeless. These black leather trousers do just that. we are still experiencing that cold weather at the moment so while this is the case, these skinny trousers are perfect. When the climates start to change i would mix up the leather look trousers with a dark grey/black distressed denim skirt for a slightly more edgier look. 

The bag - Now this little beauty is currently my pride and joy. It was a very much welcomed gift from some lovely friends and i could not be happier. It is the Balmoral flap bag by Vivienne Westwood, in this gorgeous dark green forest colour. The gold chain is just the icing on the cake, and this little bag can make any outfit pop. I love the subtle branding on it to, just a small Orb logo, very chic! I think this is a nice way to still be classic but not wear a black bag. I often like to go for something a little different when it comes to my bag collection, and this one is definitley going to stay in mine as a firm favourite. 

The shoes - Now these shoes were a quick emergency buy when i went to London for a day trip, stupidly wearing rather high heeled boots. These little beauty's were from primark, at the price of £12. What a steal! I have wanted some pointed boots for a while. I think they give a classic and quite elegant look to an outfit. I think buying a cheaper option to a product first to try it out is a great idea and is exactly what i did with these. I have now purchased another pair of boots similar but of higher quality and real leather from office, that i literally don't take off. I will link these below as even thought they may be a little bit more spendy, they are currently in the sale and a lot warmer on your tootsies *laughs*. 

Jacket - Last but not least i just briefly wanted to mention the jacket. There are so many similar options to these on the market at the moment, the classic Aviator jacket, that seems to be flooding our screens on instagram. This particular take on the Aviator jacket is from H&M, one of the more affordable styles from the range on the high street at £49.99. Its so warm and fluffy and great to throw on while its still so chilly. 

So there you have it! My take on the gingham trend, that i promise you will be seeing a lot more of over the upcoming months. Hope you liked this outfit, let me know your thoughts. Will you be making a gingham purchase anytime soon? 

Thanks for reading my lovelies x 

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