Artificial plants for modern landscaping - What you need to know

28 March 2018

The finely trimmed lines and lush green colour of plants can brighten up the mood any time of the day. But to keep them looking the same all day, every day is a cumbersome task and prove to be quite expensive while managing large spaces over a long period. To keep big office spaces, malls, and hospitals look as sharp with a contemporary look, artificial plants and trees have proven to be of great help. Starting from ornamental grasses to boxwood topiary, the choices with silk plants are innumerable for modern landscaping designs.

that polka dot trend and how to wear it without looking retro

23 March 2018

Polka dots can look quite retro and while I like that look on other people it’s really not something that suits my style. However this season has seen some great pieces being launched into the highstreet and I’m very tempted to be brave and give polka dots a go, with the aim to avoid retro vibes if I can. Some of these pieces could be worn in a way that looks styled in the 60s but I think that they are also perfectly suited for a formal workwear ensemble or fun night out outfit and this is exactly how I’d choose to wear them. There are also a number of types of dotty accessories that could add a statement to an otherwise plain or ordinary outfit which could be a simple way to ease into polka dot trend

Is getting an emotional support animal status difficult?

22 March 2018

Everybody deserves an uncomplicated and peaceful treatment for any sort of illness. But when it especially comes to the illness of minds, sometimes your pets know it better how to help you deal with a certain kind of a trauma than your therapist who would have otherwise prescribed you the stereotypes, and in a way more isolated and repressive techniques. Have you heard about the ESAs yet? It’s all about getting an animal, preferably dog, in most cases, by your side for your emotional support especially when you are going through mental stress.

new in: ring detail mini backpack

13 March 2018

The ring detail that started gaining popularity because of the Chloe bag can now be found everywhere. I’ve seen leather gloves and ankle boots with ring pulls, belts with a metal ring decorating it or in place of the buckle and of course many bags inspired by (and mimicking) the original. Handbags, cross body bags and backpack styles are all decorated with this circular hardware and they're littering our store, online shops and social media inspiration - of course this means that we all want one!

I’ve contemplated buying a number of bags with this detail now, most recently including a similar style backpack on asos but it was too big and large soft pink cross body bag from Matalan but it was too pink! This bag from inevitably won me over and I'm pleased it did. I’ve been looking for a nice mini backpack for some time that wasn't necessarily like this and I hadn’t quite find one which was suiting of my style until now. I didn’t want a mini rucksack which was going to look too soft or relaxed or have a rounded top style like a school backpack does so a rigid PU leather structure with a flap over the top opening is perfect (much better than fumbling with a zip all the way around a soft shell). I also wanted something that was suitable for day to day wear that would work with almost any outfit, be it casual or dressy. This bag has detachable rucksack straps and a replacement shoulder strap make it more diverse and wearable for almost any outfit.

The other thing that was an absolute must for me when shopping for a small backpack was gold hardware. I look for the same thing when buying other bags too because gold is a metal I’m drawn to for most things these days (including homewares - blog post coming soon). Yes I have silver hardware bags and a couple of gunmetal pieces too because variety is the spice of life but lately if I am forced to choose I will always opt for gold.

Since using this PU leather shoulder bag I've had a number of compliments from my family, my friends and complete strangers in the street which almost never happens and is unusual because it's just a bag right? Well it's a damn good one according to a lot of people, including me.

♥ abby

10 ring detail bags that won’t break the bank | a wishlist

12 March 2018

For some time I've been looking for a bag which use the perfect circle hardware in their design. Be it as a handle, decoration or something to help lift the flap and open your bag, this ring detail is all over the fashion industry. I’ve noticed that there are three types of these bags on the market; Some metal ring bags are obviously over-the-top similar to the designer Chloé’s bags (which is very unfair), others are clearly inspired by them (rather than a very close copy) and others simply hold the hardware similarity and nothing more.

I really like the metal ring detail on these bags because it’s something different to the many tassel and fluffy bags around at the moment. For me I need a simple clean-lines accessory that will suit any of my outfits with ease. These backpack, tote and cross body bag designs are more wearable for me and suit my obsessed-with-biker-jackets style.

Learning comfort is king when it comes to footwear and not letting it cramp my style!

8 March 2018

I have recently learnt that comfort is king when it comes to shoes. After going for a reasonable length walk in my daily-wear calf boots and getting blisters (again) I decided enough is enough and I need some decent trainers in my life. Sure I have my Nike Airs but they don’t go with everything thanks to the colour I chose (burgundy, grey and bright orange) and I also have some gel sole Asics but again I opted for a colour which just doesn’t suit every day to day outfit which leaves me a bit stuck for easy-to-wear comfy footwear!

I've taken to my favourite shoe store, Spartoo, to find myself a black and/or white pair of decent trainers that I could wear every day if I wanted (not plimsoles, though my plimsoles are gold or yellow so I should get some new ones). I’ve narrowed it down to these 4 and here’s why.

craving: flat black shoes

4 February 2018

I read a lot of blogs especially fashion and personal style blogs and I've recently noticed that most don’t give enough credit to basic shoes. Sure the basics are covered when it comes to clothes and shoes get a look-in when discussing capsule wardrobes but aside from that we don’t give them the time of day. With my current need for a comfy flat shoe that’ll go with everything I thought I’d share my wish list while I shop for the perfect basic black shoe.

I’d already decided that I’d be getting a pair of flat shoes from Spartoo because I’ll be able to get a pair I love for great value. My shortlist includes pairs of flat shoes by Melissa, Marc Jacobs, Ravel, Alexander McQueen, ALDO, Dune and other brands that I like a lot and know are reliable.

craving: Zaful outerwear

31 January 2018

With the weather being pretty naff across the country at the moment it’s reasonably sensible to be looking at clothes that will keep us warm and dry. While that sounds boring, it really doesn’t have to be because there’s some great looking cosy knitwear and equally gorgeous outerwear to get excited about out there this post included as it shows some of my favs from a site called Zaful.

I love shopping for these sorts of items because it’s easy to convince yourself you’re being sensible and buying something you really need. Whether that’s true or not it neither here nor there when you’re convincing a loved one that the purchase is justified.

new in: ombre bandeau dress & how to wear it

28 January 2018

Admittedly I haven’t had chance to wear this dress from Tobi yet but as it’s brand new to me, and so very pretty, I thought I’d feature it in a ‘new in’ blog post before it sells out (it’s currently on sale!) and to show what I’ll likely wear it with when I get the opportunity.

This dress is just the right amount of classy and flashy for my taste. The loose hanky style hem makes it more wearable for me on those days that i'm not feeling a fitted style (because I love cinnamon swirls too much) it also offers more to the length of what is actually quite a short dress. Being a blend of black, grey and white means any accessory colour or material will work with it at any time of year. I'd love to wear a statement brilliant purple sandal and matching suede cross body bag with this dress - so it looks like i'm going shopping!

new in: from Moony Mood

24 January 2018

Throughout the winter months the majority of us are drawn to darker shades of the colours we love but there’s nothing wrong with injecting bright colours into an otherwise dark coloured outfit. My favourite way to do this is with statement pieces from my wardrobe like this red leather jacket by Mango. The vibrant red is both suitable for this time of year and gives me great confidence when I wear it.

While I have a collection of statement clothes that finish an outfit I believe it’s the base of the outfit that makes it what it is. My black and darker pieces are staples that work with so many different jackets, a range of accessories and a huge amount of shoes but they don’t often get enough of the credit they deserve.

new in: cold shoulder jumper dress

21 January 2018

Talking about outfits isn’t something I’ve done in a long time, since deciding last year that outfit photos weren’t for me or my blog I’ve avoided writing about clothes in this way and instead focussed on collages of items I want or outfits I’d wear but having recently added a number of great pieces to my wardrobe I’m finding my way back (see my previous blog post for another new in item). I’m rediscovering my style so I want to talk about it again and whilst I won’t be taking traditional outfit photos, as I did before, I’m going to try a few different ways to present outfits; starting with a flat lay.

craving: Tobi knitwear

17 January 2018

One of my favourite things about this time of year is being able to snuggle up in a comfy knit with a cup of hot chocolate (or even better; an irish cream coffee) and binge watch tv shows. Having recently added a number of cosy pieces to my wardrobe, with the intention of purchasing more, I'm going to do a series of blog posts to show what i'm buying and how I'm wearing these new items.

Starting with this blue/grey off the shoulder chunky knit dress from Tobi. We're only 16 days into 2018 and I've worn this jumper a number of times already this year. As with most things it's easiest to wear with all black including a waist belt, black leggings and over the knee boots. I've also worn it as a jumper with one side tucked into a pair of jeans and my Nike air trainers on foot then again as a jumper dress loose over black leggings with my Jeffrey Campbell western style ankle boots.

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great sale picks that you may not have found yet

9 January 2018

The sales are still going strong with items being reduced all the time and believe it or not there are some gems out there waiting to be snapped up. With the threat of these Christmas sales coming to an end the time to buy is now especially with final reductions having happened in most stores.

I've put together my own 'get it before it's gone' list of great looking bargains from all over the high street that will carry you through to next season and beyond. From River Island, asos, Topshop and more, these pieces are all on my to-buy list I just need to pick which ones I love the most!

In the interest of urgency I haven't created a product collage and instead linked all of my top sale picks below. Happy shopping :)

tortoise shell slip on plimsolls
black floral multi-buckle ankle boots
silver glitter over-the-knee stretch boots
mustard vegan leather moto jacket
touch screen leather gloves
black faux leather biker with crushed nude faux detail
green velvet biker jacket
carvela glitter across body bag
dune embroidered floral across body bag
light grey allover lace appliqué top midi pencil dress
black bandeau lace maxi dress
bandeau floral body with bow detail
khaki faux leather biker gilet
white off-the-shoulder mermaid midi dress
sleeveless turtleneck longline knit jumper with slit
studded western boots
studded biker jacket gilet
rose gold hi-shine ankle boots
washed black pierced pattern jeans
blue ankle-grazer zipped hem skinny jeans
black cross-strap heeled sandals with gold pyramid studs

♥ abby

craving: embroidered and patch biker jackets

6 January 2018

Biker jackets are one of the most versatile items because you can wear them over anything (and so I wear them with almost everything). With that in mind, over recent years, high street stores and fashion brands have been releasing every type of biker you could imagine which means we can wear them even more often and if you're like me you can build a much loved collection of biker jackets. In addition to the leather and leather-look bikers there are now velvet biker jackets, brightly coloured jackets, suede jackets, sequin covered jackets and of course as shown in this collection blog post there are many types of decorated jackets. From embroidery to sewn on patches, badges, slogans, studs and even beading; the embellished biker jacket is growing in popularity as shown from the many shops now stocking them.

These are some of my favourites - The white jacket on the second row being at the top of my to-buy list swiftly followed by the black beautifully beaded jacket also on the second row.

happy new year

2 January 2018

Who knows what 2018 will hold. Everyone reflects and plans (and buys a new diary from Typo) at this time if year so while we're all doing that I wanted to wish anyone who reads this a very happy new year.

New stationery or new gym gear or a cracking new outfit for work; however you decide to start the new year here's to an amazing 2018! May all of your dreams come true.

♥ abby