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Thursday, 20 April 2017

THE SHOES & BAG THAT FELL FROM HEAVEN


Hey gorgeous ones, welcome back. I posted a picture of this outfit on Instagram and after so many comments, thought how could I possibly not post this on my blog! This is probably my most "aesthetic" outfit so far. Which reminds me- when on earth and why did people start using "aesthetic" as an adjective?! Fyi, that's the first time I've ever done so haha! Anyway, on to my sassy floral ballerina look... (I challenge you to come up with a better description! One rule- do not use "aesthetic")...


Where to even begin? Let's start with the trousers. My new obsession, which you're going to realise in my next few posts, is frill hem trousers, or any sort of cool, sassy trousers for that matter. There was a time in life when I would have been completely mortified by even the thought of wearing these sort of trousers, but I've come to a realisation. I will never be as young, or free, or as able to pull off crazy and outgoing outfits as I am right now. So I'm not going to waste my time being boring! True, some of the outfits I wear may well make me cringe later on in life, but no doubt some of the things I'll be wearing then would make me cringe now! That's the fun of fashion! And let's not pretend I'm some super fashion forward risk taker all of the time, because I am well aware that I'm not. But somehow, when Spring rolls around and the air is warmer and the days are longer, I start to feel like a newer, fresher, freer and more confident me. Maybe it's the vitamin D the grey English clouds withhold from us all Winter long that makes me feel so confident and fabulous. Or maybe it's the fact I don't have worry about staying above a 2 on the 0-10 'how cold am I' scale (0 being hypothermia, 10 being moderately warm- I draw the line very low down) and of course the fabulous Spring styles that pop up all over the high street, that gives me my much longed for fashion freedom.

 Anyway, what a ramble! The point is, this outfit is pretty much my life right now. I'm trying to push out of my comfort zone little by little, and in turn widen it. It's amazing how slowly 'breaking in' a certain look that once may have made you uncomfortable can really add to and evolve your style. I love to blend current trends with my own personal style, and I love to stand out without looking overly outrageous and remaining classic. And these trousers just tick all of the boxes. These beauties are from Zara, which I must say has been giving me total life so far this season. In the last month, I cannot walk out of there empty handed, and I have had to seriously hold back! They are killing it right now, and despite the hideous customer service and on the whole infuriating shopping experience that always makes me vow to never walk through the doors again, I am repeatedly drawn back in to bring home those styles that bridge the gap between high end and high street so beautifully well.


The whole look is so feminine and sophisticated. The trousers have a tailored look which gives a really elegant and polished feel, but the sexy satin cami (which is from last Summer by the way, but I'll link some similar alternatives below) brings it down to a more casual level. And isn't it fabulous how a detail as simple as a frill hem on the trousers, can instantly make the entire look completely current and totally on trend? If they just ended on a straight hem, they would not have the same effect at all. They make me feel like the actual princess of chic. That is a valid thing to feel by the way. Promise. 

And how perfect that the trousers are cropped? Drawing all the more attention to the absolute #shoegoals that are gracing my feet...


Bless you Aldo. Bless you for creating my DREAM SHOE. That's it- erase anything you had in your mind about me declaring any other pair of shoes my favourite, because these have stolen the title. Never have I ever owned a pair of shoes I love more (obviously I did not just take a sip... of the hot water and lemon infront of me). But for real, where have these shoes been my whole life! Believe me,  I have tried to find the perfect pair of ballerina shoes, but all the ones I've seen have been sort of gimmicky, and don't even get me started on the ribbons actually staying up on the ankle. But Aldo have actually done it. They have created the ultimate wearable, chic ballerina shoe. Everything about it is perfect. The soft, delicate pink suede, the classically feminine round toe, and the comfortable yet still elongating low-block heel. And I don't even have the words for the ribbons. There is literally nothing I would change about this shoe. They are so comfortable to walk around in, and the ribbons actually stay put up on the ankle, which believe me is a rare quality in this kind of shoe. Plus, the ribbons are actually removable, so you essentially get two pairs of shoes in one. The pump is very Chloe-esque, and in my opinion these do not look like they came from the high street. Perfectly feminine, sophisticated yet fun, and extremely flattering as well. I could go on and on and on. These shoes are simply beautiful, and have totally stolen my heart- exactly what the perfect pair of shoes should do to a girl.



Which brings me to the bag. I'm not sure I even have the words. I saw this in the shop window of Aldo and literally stopped in my tracks! I've never seen anything like it! Sadly I cannot seem to find this on the website, but I've seen it in three different Aldo's so I'm pretty sure you'll be able to find it in store. This is the kind of bag that get's my heart racing. I love a nude structured tote that will go with everything, and I love the gold chain. But the flowers. The stunning appliqué flowers STOLE my heart! The whole three dimensional appliqué style seems to be such a trend now and I find it so exciting. The organised chaos of the nude, pink and white flowers with gold studs and occasional diamanté is absolute perfection. Colour palette goals. This is such a statement and eye catching accessory, sparkling up the simplest of outfits. It is so unique and therefore looks more like a higher end piece, and at £55 I think it's an absolute steal. One of those high street gems that you just have to stand back and applaud (internally). Believe me, everyone will want to know where you got this bag; and believe me again, it will crush you a little bit to tell them how easily they can also get their hands on it... a bit like how I feel telling you now. Juuuuuust kidding! Or am I...


And then finally we have the sunglasses. If you know me well you'll know I have a small obsession with Aldo sunglasses, and the moment I saw these I knew they had to be mine! I love everything about these- the sexy cat eye silhouette, the delicate rose gold frame with laser cut detail, and of course the pink iridescent lenses. Look at that reflection! I wish I could wear pink iridescent contact lenses and always look at the world with a pretty pink filter. These sunglasses are so statement and chic, and so so girly, fun and glamorous. I already know I'm going to wear these SO much during Spring and Summer.

I hope you enjoyed the post. Because I always want to be honest and transparent with you, I want to let you know that Aldo sponsored me for two Instagram posts, where I featured all of these products. But I loved them SO much that I just had to write a blog post! So this post isn't sponsored at all and I had no obligation to write it, I just felt that the shoes, bag and sunglasses were so beautiful they deserved so much more than two pictures, so I felt completely compelled to write this! Just wanted to let you know incase you were suspicious as to why this post was so Aldo heavy! Nevertheless, I hope you loved the outfit as much as me! As always, let me know if there's anything you've seen in store or online lately you think I would love!

Lots of love,
Freds
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

SPRING STYLE DIARY


Hellooooo my lovelies, and welcome back to Freddy My Love, the fair-weather fashion blog :') and that is officially what I've decided it is. I've realised reading and writing about beauty products totally bores me! I love using them of course, and watching them in action on Youtube and Instagram, but they don't inspire me anywhere near as much as the perfect outfit. I'm sure there will be a beauty post on here occasionally, but first and foremost I want to focus on documenting my personal style. And now Spring has almost sprung (I feel like we're still in the Spring-ing process currently), my inspiration is flying off the handle. Finally, every where I turn, every rail I see (I totally sung that in my head Moana style) is filled with white and pastel hues. Finally, we are moving out from under that dark cloud I call Winter. Those six months of the year where the amount of black and lack of pink just depresses me. The six months of the year where my style is suppressed! Of course I still always make the best of it, (this usually entails risking hypothermia everytime I walk out of the door due to lack of warm layers), but it is soooo much easier and more fun when there is so much more choice and my preference of colour and style is actually weather appropriate. Sadly, it's also the time of year I pretty much lose all sense of self control; my love for Spring hues and lace details heavily outweigh my powers of restraint. Anyway, I wanted to share with you my favourite new Spring additions to my wardrobe, and of course by now you'll have noticed the beauty that is my coat...


I bought this coat at the end of January, so deffo pre-Spring, but it did serve me pretty well as a Winter coat. It's not the warmest, but you know me- never one to let a silly thing like warmth hold me back! But it certainly seems more suitable as a Spring coat- bearing in mind our Spring here in England is still pur-etty chilly. I picked this darlingggg trench coat up in Abercrombie & Fitch, after lots of comments from my Youtube viewers. I did a fabulous video with my ten year old sister, where we chose an outfit for each other. I bought her the absolute cutest pink mac from Abercrombie Kids, and commented on how I was yet to find the perfect one for myself. I had lots of comments telling me I could find one similar to Coco's on adult A&F! So naturally I went straight there! I love Abercrombie, but I must admit I would never have thought to look there for a coat like this. But I fell in love instantly, and bought it just in time for my trip to Paris. I'm not exaggerating when I say I'd rather not go to Paris, than go to Paris dressed badly. Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration. But it is super important to me to always feel my best and chic-est (new word; I'm thinking I need a Freddy dictionary section to this blog as I make up so many words) at the best of times, let alone when in Paris! But this coat made me feel absolutely perfect, and it does every time I wear it.  Do you want to know my new motto? Life is too short to wear black. And do you know what is really a fabulous feeling? Walking down a busy street wearing a pink coat in a sea of black. 


Now, if you watch me on my youtube channel, you'll know all about this bag. I treated myself to this just before Christmas. After a year of hard work and a few pretty good achievements, I decided to buy myself my first "grown up" present. This was pretty much the first time I've splurged so much on one single thing (apart from my car!) but it was so so worth it. I've wanted a Louis Vuitton forever; it was the first designer I ever really took notice of as a young teenager and developed serious heart eyes for. So buying this was a pretty big deal to me and a bit of a dream come true! I'd known for a while this was the style of bag I wanted to get; something that would be an every day bag, and be convenient as well as gorgeous. The Neverfull in the MM (medium) size was perfect, especially when I saw they now make it with Rose Ballerine interior. This really was the perfect bag; I'm in love with the classic and iconic Damier Ebene canvas, and the baby pink interior gives it the ultimate Freddy flair! It's  been such a great every day bag and really lives up to its name- you can carry so much inside it. The straps are the perfect length for carrying it both over the shoulder, and in the crook of your arm, and the canvas material is almost invincible, so it's pretty much guaranteed to stay in fantastic condition for a really long time. I couldn't be happier with this beautiful bag, I'm so in love with it and I still get a thrill every time I pick it up! I would absolutely buy it all over again, which is actually quite worrying as, like everyone said I would, I feel like I've caught the Louis Vuitton bug...


Okay, so now for accessories, and I'm quite relieved to finally talk about them in detail as I've been getting so many questions lately about my signature jewellery pieces. First, this beautiful pink crystal ring from Pandora. I got this at the end of January, and I'm not exaggerating when I say I've worn it every day since, and I'm not particularly a ring person! I adore the simplicity and elegance of this ring. It's so dainty and sweet, and although it's very understated, I still feel like it stands out. The delicate pink crystal is almost iridescent and it's just so blooming pretty. And then of course, the necklace. The necklace. The piece of jewellery I had coveted for months and months, and after the sometimes perhaps not so subtle dropping of occasional hints, my wonderful boyfriend bought it for me for Christmas. I got my first Tiffany necklace for my 18th birthday, and again, pretty much wore it every day. I'm sure you'll all have seen my Return to Tiffany mini double heart pendant, with the pink enamel. But after four years, I was totally ready for a change, and my teenage fantasy was always wearing a big Tiffany pendant from my loved one. And like the bag, I still get a thrill every day I put this on. The classic and instantly recognisable Return to Tiffany tag is the love of my life, and with the added touch of rose gold in the key, it just pushes it past perfection! Again, it's so simple and elegant, and looks perfect with everything I wear. Oh I could go on and on all day about how much I love this! And with the sweet message engraved at the back, it means so much to me sentimentally as well. 


OH THE BOOTS. These boots have been my everything for the past few months. I can't tell you how long I spent searching and scouring for the perfect pair of pale grey over the knee boots, that would actually fit my legs properly and stay slim. This search turned out to be a lot harder than I expected, with the majority of boots either not being that gorgeous shade of grey I was obsessed with, or mostly just sitting really baggily and ugly on my leg! I tried on so many pairs, and one day (the week before THE Paris trip), I ordered 7 pairs of boots online at once! And these ASOS beauties were the only ones that fit the bill. The only others I've seen that looked perfect, are the Stuart Weitzman boots, but at a super hefty price tag they were not ideal. These boots cost an absolute fraction of the Weitzman's, and although I couldn't say they were just as nice, I'd say they were actually pretty close and definitely the closest I could get on the high street, and without spending hundreds of pounds. They are the perfect shade of grey, and over the knee boots have just become on of my style staples. They utterly transform an outfit, instantly making the simplest of outfit look fabulously on trend and chic. They are the ultimate Winter to Spring transition piece, and definitely a key item to add to your wardrobe for the next few months. These actually have a gold detail heel, which I wasn't keen on at first but they've actually really grown on me, and now I love how they have something a little different and statement about them. The heel height is also great, (yes, I'm realising as I'm writing this how I really didn't capture the best picture of the boots!) as they are high enough to still feel elevated and sophisticated, but not too high so I feel too tall or can't walk comfortably. And in terms of comfort, I rate them pretty highly, although I wouldn't recommend going for a hike!


So let's remove the coat, (hold the tears), and see what's underneath. I've been looking for a gorgeous every day grey skirt for a while now, and the struggle is real. Well, when you're a big old fusspot like me, that is! And I've come very close with this E.F.L.A peplum hem skirt. My checklist for the perfect everyday skirt; high waisted, structured and feminine. Check, check, check! Admittedly for the femininity, I would almost always rather a skater style skirt, but I really couldn't find a decent quality one. Although I thought the peplum hem totally checked the feminine box, and the structured style is very chic. Smart casual, as you know I love, and just a really cute, classy skirt that gives an outfit a very polished feel. And the top I've paired this with, is this beautiful white lace blouse, with the gorgeous bell sleeve detail, which I must say, is my number one favourite Spring trend. If something has bell sleeves, it's appeal is instantly increased! This blouse is so simple and pretty, and just embodies Spring! It's so easy to wear, and looks so cute even with just a pair of pale or coloured jeans, or tucked into a skirt like I'm wearing it. 


That's it from me for now! Hope you enjoyed the outfit post and as always you can shop the post directly below! I love sharing my style with you and now Spring is here and the clothes are better, and shooting outside isn't so painful, there will be many more to come!

Lots of love,

Freds
x

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

THE HEART OF PANDORA



Welcome back everyone! I thought I'd title this post with a little pun... Hearts Of Pandora is the name of one of my favourite Pandora jewellery pieces, and one of my favourite necklaces that I own. Delicate and elegant, feminine and glamorous. I have always been a loyal lover of the brand, my charm bracelet never leaving my wrist. Last year I had the privilege of travelling to Thailand, to visit the Pandora factory in Gemopolis, Bangkok. This place was the real life heart of Pandora, and I wanted to write this blog post to explain why, and why this trip made me love my Pandora jewellery so much more than I did before.


So first, a bit of background. Pandora is the number one jewellery brand in the UK, creating 100 million pieces of jewellery every year. It sounds like a total machine. When I was invited to visit the factory, I was pretty confused, as I pictured huge mechanical apparatus, churning and spitting out rings and charms by the minute, and I thought, why would they want to take me to see that?! I could never have imagined how intricate, and personal, the jewellery making process actually is. Every single piece, is hand-finished by expertly skilled craftspeople. And when I say highly skilled, I mean it. To reach the approved level of skill, training can take up to a year. I actually tried my hand at creating one of the signature Murano glass charms, and even with the lovely lady's hands guiding me, it was a total fail! It is utterly unbelievable how intricate and complex the tasks are that these incredible people complete hundreds of times a day. There are so many stages involved in creating a piece of jewellery- in fact each piece passes through thirty pairs of hands before it's finished. I wish I could list all of the individual stages, but there are so many I can't remember! You honestly wouldn't believe it. I have never been so fascinated. 


Aside from the incredible craftsmanship, I was so warmed to see how well Pandora looks after their employees. Jewellery factories in Bangkok have received some pretty negative press recently, and Pandora wanted to show us how differently they work. The typical working week in Thailand is 6 days, but just like the London office, the factory is closed at the weekend, and everybody finishes early on Fridays. The perks include healthcare, insurance, free travel to and from work, pensions, free meals, maternity/paternity leave, educational classes and workshops, and even the occasional fun trip to a theme park! All of which are rare and often unheard of in similar workplaces. And they do this for all of their 12,000 employees. The employee turnover rate is incredibly low (is it any wonder?) and in fact, the first factory employee still works there 20 years later! The job is so sought after, that when Pandora announced (by word of mouth only) the opening of their new factory in Chiang Mai, ten thousand people queued all day outside the facility to be interviewed. And every single person was seen.

The atmosphere in the factory was incredibly calm and relaxed; not what I expected at all. In a lot of companies, employees are paid per piece of product they produce, so there is an urgency and a panic to create as much as possible. Pandora's employees receive a fixed salary, to ensure each piece is perfectly crafted and not rushed, and to maintain a pleasant, relaxed working environment. 






On top of all of this, the high quality sterling silver and 14ct gold, is almost all recycled, and all the gemstones and pearls are conflict free, ethically sourced from suppliers approved by the Responsible Jewellery Council. When it comes to sustainability, ethical  business practices, working conditions and environmental impact, Pandora is leading the game, and a real model to other companies.

I wanted to share this with you, as my experience gave me an entirely new love for my Pandora jewellery. It was a privilege and a truly heartwarming experience, to meet the ladies and gentlemen behind the rings, bracelets and necklaces I love so much, and it made me love and respect Pandora in a way I hadn't before.

I really hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments if you have any Pandora jewellery you love, and if this made you look at it in a different way.

Lots of love,

Freds
x
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Saturday, 17 December 2016

CUTE & COSY CALI STYLE IN WINTER


Hey everyone, I'm back again with another winter style post... be prepared, it's a long one! For this post, I am teaming back up again with one of my favourite brands Hollister, and I have put together three gorgeous outfits to give you some Winter style inspiration. I have such a love of the brand, and after working in store from the age of seventeen to twenty, it's extra special and exciting to work with them on another style post for my blog! I've said it so many times before, but when I worked at Hollister, I pretty much worked for free, as I would buy so many clothes after my shifts. I've always adored the luxurious comfort that Hollister does so well, and the cute, cosy, laid back style. The effortlessly cool cali girl that doesn't need to try. Well, today I'm going to be bringing the California style to a Winter in London...


For my first outfit, I've started out with some gorgeous twill skinny trousers in a pretty dusky rose colour. These are so comfortable, and such a cute, girly way to wear trousers. The "perfect" rips on the knees and zip details give them an on-trend edge, and make them less twee. I don't often wear trousers/jeans- I am much more of a skirt and dresses kind of girl as you know- but I really wanted to try something different and I love how these bottoms keep it feminine and I totally feel like I'm staying true to my style. I've paired these with this adorable cable knit crew neck, and you know how I feel about cream cable knit! It's my ultimate winter staple. I love how the soft cream and dusky rose compliment each other. Winter fashion can be such a bore. Everywhere I look, all I see are people in black, or grey. And whilst I appreciate the wardrobe essential colours, there is so much more fun to be had. I feel like people don't know how to wear colour in Winter, and so they resort to the easy option. I refuse! This outfit is such an easy way to bring pretty pastels into the cold season, and it's just so cute and casual, I love it so much. 


I finished off the look with my beautiful Fairfax and Favor tan suede Chelsea boots. The Chelsea boot is my ultimate favourite winter shoe. They are totally timeless, and transcend fashion trends, seasonally and annually. The silhouette of the boot is flawlessly slim and elegant, exuding a defined femininity on a unisex style shoe. I've owned many a pair of boots this style, but none have felt so well made as these ones. I can feel and appreciate the high quality in every step, actually feeling a sturdy and comfortable sole with no trace of ground. They are what I imagine would be called a "proper shoe", and in my mind the image of a "proper shoe" is not the kind I'd like to wear, but these are so far from that image. Perfectly stylish and gorgeous, these have become a footwear staple.

I've also added my favourite Pandora pieces to accessorise. I've fallen in love with these two rings, that I wear stacked on one finger. One silver, and one gold, I love the concept of mixing metals, and I think it creates another dimension to a jewellery look. I've also added the Pandora essence bangle to sit by my rose gold charm bracelet that I wear every day, and I love how these two look stacked up and connected together; they compliment each other beautifully.


The second outfit is definitely my favourite. I have developed a total obsession with jumper dresses this season; I've practically lived in them! And this pretty cream, textured sweater dress is one of my new favourites. I love the mix of typical jumper dress and skater style, and of course the adorable cable knit detailing around the shoulder. It's so ridiculously easy to wear, and looks so casual yet stylish. Totally easy and effortless looking, but so so cute and the perfect way to stay warm yet girly. It's so comfortable, and I feel so confident in it. And this pretty cream-white colour is probably my favourite winter colour, as obviously I love to wear pale and pastel colours, but I feel like unlike some other pales/pastels, cream is still so wintery. And of course the outfit needed a pink injection, so I topped it off with this cute af pink bobble hat. The colour is the similar dusky rose hue as the bottoms in the last outfit, and is a gorgeous mix of cable knit (woop woop) and lovely soft almost dressing gown-like material. And of course a white fluffy fairy bobble on top to complete the cuteness. 


I finished off this look with my beautiful, classic mini Chestnut uggs. These are my off-duty go to shoes. Is there anything lovelier than stepping out in the freezing cold with your feet cosily tucked away in the warmest boots in the world?! Love them or hate them, worn the right way Ugg's are a total Winter icon. Styled in the right way I think they are just the cutest shoes, and make an outfit look so casual and youthful. I thought they went so perfectly with the dress for the ultimate "just something I threw on (yet gorgeous)" look. I originally planned this outfit with tights, yet on the day the weather was pretty mild, and honestly? The dress and boots are so warm that you can just about deal with the cold biting at your legs. But if you're not as hard core (/stupid) as me, then the outfit looks super cute with tights too, and even some over the knee socks.


The final outfit is probably the most 'Freddy-like' outfit out of the three, and I'm just so in love with it! More on the chic, smart casual side than the others, but still so cute and cosy. The first piece is this amazing blush fluffy sweater with the cold shoulder detail. How can I stress how much I love this. It's so unbelievably soft and cuddly, it feels like I've stepped out wrapped up in my dressing gown. The subtle pink is so neutral and pretty, and the cut out shoulders give an eye catching edge to the classic fluffy jumper. This for me, is one of the standout pieces of clothing I've bought this year. I've tucked the jumper into this gorgeous grey a-line skirt. This skirt is so smart yet stylish, and goes perfectly with the casual style jumper. It fits beautifully, and the woollen material gives a defined Winter feel. It's very flattering, silhouetting my body really nicely, and again I feel super confident wearing this. I love the cool little details, like the faux pockets with chrome poppers, and the textured pattern- I think they make it look and feel a lot more expensive than it is! The jumper and skirt go so perfectly together, and I just love how the blush and grey really compliment one another. They are the perfect pair.



I've chosen to finish off this look with these incredible over the knee taupe boots by Aldo. Thigh high boots have captured my soul this Winter, and whist my heart will mostly always lie with ankle boots, I am obsessed with how over the knees can totally transform an outfit and instantly make it look so much more current and on trend. I love the soft browny taupe, and the elegant almond shaped toe. They are also pretty structured and stay up on my leg well, unlike a lot of thigh high boots. They are such a key piece to have in your shoe collection this Winter, as they can seriously make an old outfit look brand new. And finally, I've of course added my beloved Dune cross body, that I featured in my previous post. I adore this. It is the perfect companion to any outfit, and I had to shoot it again just to show you all how much I really do love it.



If you made it this far, thank you so much- I hope you loved these three Hollister outfits as much as I do and got some cold weather style inspo. A lot of people write to me asking how they can stay cute and girly and still be warm in Winter. Well, minus the bare legs, I hope I gave you some ideas. Big thank you to Hollister for giving me the opportunity to share these outfits with my readers, it's an honour as always to work with one of my favourite fashion brands. <3 As always, you can shop the post below by clicking on the little pics which will take you straight to the items online. I've also added a few other favourites from Hollister that I didn't include in the post. Happy shopping! Do let me know in the comments if you bought anything or which were your favourite pieces from the post.
 I hope you're all having a gorgeous December so far- but I won't say Happy Christmas just yet as I should be seeing you before then. See, I told you I would be more active ;)

Lots of love,
Freds
x


PHOTO CREDIT: OSCAR MAY 
This post was kindly SPONSORED by Hollister. Find out more about the way I work with brands here.

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