Friday, 19 June 2015
Aren't these sandals just the most beautiful, summer perfect shoes you've ever seen? It was ove at first sight after my mum spotted them in Topshop last week. They also only had my size left in the whole shop which if that isn't fate, what is? If you're a long term reader of my blog you'll have seen these ASDA sandals that I bought last year and have practically worn to death already so were in dire need of replacement.
These sandals were £48 which I must admit, I thought was a little excessive for summer sandals, but i've never had a bad pair of shoes from Topshop; the quality is (in my experience) second to none so hopefully these beauties will be the same and last me for 5 summers! In terms of fit, i've only worn them once but I had them on at least 4 hours and experienced no discomfort- heavenly, and exactly what I want from a pair of shoes that will probably see me through a summer of exploring.
I'm completely smitten with these sandals and can't wait until you see them pop up all the time on the blog!
Work out top - £6
Mermaids have more fun tee - £5
Grey vest - £4
Pendants - £2 each
Black & White Denim shorts - £3.90 each
I feel like I haven't posted a Primark haul in forever! I only called in the other day to return a tee and have a look at their work out clothes and ended up with one of huge bags... oops. In fairness, it was mostly boring basics that I needed; the shorts will be perfect for the summer (and a bargain price for a limited time only - go, go, go!) and even though my Primark didn't have many small times, the 10's are comfortable and a great fit. I bought them in black and white, simply because I don't do colour and know these colours will go with everything but there loads of colours available; everything from acid wash denim to hot pink. I also picked up the work out top and matching leggings (that I couldn't make look nice so didn't include, blogger life!) which are both made of that weird lycra work out material. The top and leggings were £6 which I thought was amazing and though the leggings aren't the best quality - i've already noticed some fraying around the crotch after one particularly stretchy yoga session - I'm smitten with the top; I love the flashes of hot pink and it even has a built in bra. I'm going to do a separate post on the work out pieces so keep your eyes peeled!
Finally I picked up a couple of casual / work out tops - the grey one and the mermaid one. I'm actually heading to Centre Parcs with my boyfriend and his family tomorrow so wanted some casual tee's to throw on when we're doing activities and running around everywhere. I did pair the mermaid tee with the work out gear for a class on Thursday night and received a tonne of compliments for it; I normally hate colour but the quote really made my smile and when i'm working out / on a beach I think the pop of colour is a nice addition. The pendants were another thing I actually went for in the first place after seeing the gold circle a few weeks ago and being unable to stop thinking about it! I love quirky jewellery but tend to veer towards more understated pieces rather than bold so these necklaces are perfect. I bought one in either colour to match all my wardrobe - how could I resist for only £2 each? I did also pick up an amazing folk, cold shoulder top that was too creased to photograph but it'll be featuring in its own outfit post soon so keep your eyes peeled!
A boring but necessary Primark haul from me, although i'm so proud of myself for staying away from the homewear and shoes because Primark are killin' it in these departments this season!
Have you picked up any bargains recently?
Thursday, 18 June 2015
If you follow me on instagram on twitter, you may have seen that on Wednesday evening I headed down to the Panache Office in Sheffield for a night of exploring. It was great to meet so many Sheffield and fellow Yorkshire bloggers and with it being such a small group of us, it was a much more intimate feeling and luckily, we all got on like a house on fire!
We were ushered on arrival into the main conference room of the Panache offices which, as you'll see from the pictures, was filled with so many beautiful pieces; there was everything from bras, to bikinis to the award winning sports bra. I'd seen and heard so many rave reviews about the sports bra so it was great to see it - it comes wired and non-wired (depending on your preference!) with the wired version being made of a specially designed wire to stop any discomfort. The separate cups also stop the dreaded 'mono-boob' look (as one of the girls described it!) which I know i've certainly had with sports bras.
After being stocked up with cakes and sandwiches we had a really in-depth, interesting talk from the three Panache girls: Jenny, Alicia and Debbie who are the head of Marketing, Product Manager and Head of Creative respectively. They're obviously so passionate about their jobs and it's great to see a company really moving with the times and embracing trends whilst still being true to themselves. Jenny works really hard on making sure their adverts are more real than some brands; including less photoshop and the amazing #MyRoleModel campaign which includes so may inspirational people. The design and product management team work hard to make sure their products are fun but still classic and of course, have that famous Panache fit. Judging by the pieces I saw, i'd say they've definitely got this balance right.
I learnt so much from the talk i'll have to try to condense it. But as a family owned business Panache basically work getting their fit to perfection (they have a 'core range' of bras which they switch up every season) so their customer can be fashionable but know her bra's going to fit her perfectly. This idea really appeals to me; I can't be the only person who's ever bought an amazing bra from somewhere only to go back for another to find they no longer do the same style so the idea of having not only a bra but swimwear and a sports bra in a reliable fit and shape is dreamy. Panache's core pieces means this oh-my-god-they've-stopped-selling-it panic doesn't happen to their customers and they can be reliable with the fit and experiment with the colours, textures, prints.... As you can probably tell, I totally didn't know Panache did this 'core' range but it's something i'd be keen to try - i'm not ashamed to tell you all I only wear one type of brief and would happily extend this to my bras. Well you know what they say, if it ain't broke...
We then headed to the design / production room which is another amazing part of the Panache story, they handmake select pieces and all their samples in this very room (with the amazing thread statement piece on the wall - I so want one of these!) and next door the design team are hard at work. It was really interesting to see that the designers and makers work so close and it obviously makes for a very close knit, in sync team. We then headed back upstairs to the conference room where we looked at more of the pieces in detail and took lots of pictures.
It's so refreshing to see more and more companies branching out on bigger sizes too - Panache go up to K cup in some of their most gorgeous bras (including the beautiful 'Jasmine' set in the last picture, look at those colours!) so it means bigger busted girls still get to wear beautiful bras which is so important for people, the right bra can make a huge difference to your outfit, posture and mood and why shouldn't you enjoy the style or the colour? Life's too short for bad bras! Whilst on the subject, I also had a bra fitting whilst at Panache (How could I say no?) and well, lets just say I am not the size I thought I was but who ever is? After being totally shocked by my true size*, we headed home after a really interesting, fun evening filled with great people, great bras and a great company - what could be better?
PS, Panache were kind enough to gift us not only a goodie bag but a Panache set sent to us too so keep your eyes peeled for a review coming to whatgeorgiadidnext, i'm so excited to own a bra that's actually the correct size!
Friday, 12 June 2015
Shoes - ZARA via eBay (similar - and so cheap!)
Clutch - Tunisia (similar)
So as you may have seen on my last post (or on my twitter / instagram) it was my 21st birthday last week! My parents, my boyfriend and I went into Leeds City Centre for some cocktails and some seriously kick ass Mexican food- Neon Cactus on Call Lane is my new favourite place!
I, of course, wore my favourite colour head to toe and accessorised with some birthday treats; the gorgeous Olivia Burton watch that i've linked and a new Pandora bracelet that is officially my new favourite thing! I love how personal they be and can't wait to start building my collection.
Outfit wise I wore this Topshop lace dress that I actually bought last October and have kept safe since and paired it with these lace up effect heels originally from ZARA; I searched everywhere for a pair of actual barely there, lace up heels to no avail a couple of months ago and ended up this pair (that are actually really comfy!) but they now seem to be popping up everywhere, including the gorgeous ZARA pair i've linked above for only £20! To top off my look I simply added my favourite almost-not-quite Mulberry bag (with my actual Mulberry purse inside, would you like a separate post on that?) and I was ready for a night on the town! I loved this outfit; from the dress I knew was my birthday dress six months ago to a pair of second hand shoes I bought a week before I adore all these items separately and hopefully keeping my outfit is staying true to my natural style and will still look stylish in another 21 years... well a girl can hope!
I had a fab day and night in all though, can I be 21 every year?
Hi world! Sorry for my slight drop off the radar lately; I turned 21 this weekend and instead of being glued to my laptop (as per) I decided to spend some quality time with my nearest and dearest exploring! As a result i'll have lots of exciting posts coming soon and hopefully will be able to block-write to cover my Centre Parcs break next week... what's life without a little bit of chaos?
Whilst on my travels into Leeds last week I accidentally stumbled into ZARA (of course!) because the rest of the high street wasn't really inspiring me and if there's one thing in life I can never resist, it's definitely ZARA basics. While I sometimes find ZARA a little over priced I really can't complain about their basics range - for low prices you can get some serious wardrobe staples.
These tank tops (or vests to us english people!) were only £4.99 each and I was drawn to them by their colours; I love the olive green (which i've loved for a long time!) and the stone was a more stain proof alternative to white that goes great with all black outfits. I've worn both of these tops since buying them last week so can happily confirm they're a great addition to my wardrobe; i've worn them paired with my jeans, pencil skirts and even my denim shorts when the sun poked his head out. My only dilemma now is which colour to go for next?
Monday, 1 June 2015
Checked Skirt - Primark (similar)
Ankle Boots - Blonde & Blonde @ BANK (similar)
Necklace - Primark (Limited Edition) (similar)
I wore this look a couple of weeks ago for our family trip to Temple Newsam when the weather had slightly warmed up but I still needed a jacket (this is England, remember!).
I paired my gorgeous Miss Selfridge skirt with my favourite New Look tshirt (I promise i;ll stop wearing this tshirt to death soon..) and my trusty Primark checked shirt. To break up the grungy, nineties look I added some bling in the form of this insane Primark statement necklace and my favourite cut out boots. I always forget I have these boots but with the mesh and the cut out detailing they're perfect for pairing with summer outfits to keep me warm and fashionable in the crazy weather. I seem to keep throwing this outfit on recently but it's perfect for the weather and I can change it so easily to suit my mood; if i'm feeling a bit more glam I add a an embellished jacket and some heels and for serious laid back vibes I throw on my Puma Suedes and an oversized jumper.
What's your favourite outfit?