Monday, 27 June 2016

Summer Outfit: Maxed Out Florals

Summer is all about sunshine and bright colours. A great way to create a fun summer outfit is with a bold statement piece that incorporates a floral pattern to make you feel like you are one with nature yourself.

When I first got this skirt I was not sure about how much I would wear it but after the first time I did I loved it because of the way it made me look and feel. It just flows so beautifully in the wind and I feel like a forest fairy in it. It makes me happy and full of confidence when I'm out and about.

I believe the key to this look is that I kept everything else in the outfit white, so as not to distract from the skirt. White is also a great colour to wear, as it looks good on most people and looks clean and put together. I recommend picking a floral statement piece with a white background too, but black will also work with this look and you can then transition it to winter if you like.

The skirt (similar), top and shoes (similar) are all from Primark, the cardigan is from Store Twenty One and my earrings are from New Look (similar). It proves that you can have great results with affordable fashion too, so you don't need to break the bank.

Do you guys have a favourite floral piece that makes you feel beautiful? Send me a photo of it @DarcRose22; I'd love to see what it is.

Lots of love,

Photo credit: Madison Salters

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Geek Style: How To Be Batman

There's a saying that goes like this: Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman. I thought, why not? Seems legit. And this brings us to today's topic, superhero logos and other geeky prints. Just in case you don't know, I am a huge superhero fan so, whenever I can, I like to bring this into my outfits.

My best advice is to never half do things like this. If you are going to be Batman this should be the main focus of your outfit so you should keep everything else quite simple. Just like a certain Mr Wayne, I kept the rest of my outfit primarily black, letting the logo shine through. I particularly like the design of this top as it turns the logo into a print all over my jumper instead of just in the centre like normal printed t-shirts do. This makes it more feminine and stylish

To slightly counteract the boldness of the print, I added a statement necklace. White necklaces, even when big, are more discreet and do not clash with the rest of your outfit like a coloured one would. Since I was also wearing another black top underneath, the necklace became the focal point of the outfit when I had to take my jumper off later because it got too hot. I did make sure though that my second top had some leather elements on it, to keep with the superhero theme of that day's look.

In all honesty, I would have much rather worn black boots with this outfit. However, due to some very annoying blisters, I ended up wearing sandals for the rest of that week. If you have no choice, a pair of gold or silver sandals are always a good option, as they should match most of your outfits.

And this is how you can use your favourite geeky things in a nice stylish outfit. Always remember to bring elements of your personality into your style because that's what's going to make what you wear unique.

Do you have any superhero prints in your wardrobe? Leave me a comment to let me know and also tell me who your favourite hero is. Mine is Iron Man.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Travel Outfits: Dressing Up Your Jeans

When you're travelling it's very easy to opt for comfortable clothes over stylish ones and end up looking less than perfect in your photos. However, that doesn't always have to be the case. Picking out the right top to pair with your jeans can easily make all the difference. Here's what I learnt while travelling to Prague last month.

First things first. Everybody has a comfy pair of jeans lying around somewhere. When I pick mine out I always go for darker jeans, as it's easier to make them look dressy and use them both with daytime and nighttime outfits. This one is a pair of basic jeggings from Primark (£7).

Next up, your top. I like taking white tops with me on holiday as they look beautiful and are super easy to pair with anything you choose to wear. In my wardrobe I have a selection of white chiffon tops and shirts that I can easily wear at the office or a night out or any other occasion while still looking perfectly dressed. This one also has a detachable necklace so you don't even have to worry about accessories. I recommend getting a few of those to build up your basics.

Tip: White tops usually make you look tanned by comparison so they are perfect to wear on holidays.

Since the rest of your outfit does not have any bright colours, your lipstick is going to make all the difference and tie the outfit together. It will also help bring all the attention back to you instead of what you're wearing. Here I am wearing Impassioned by MAC.

Finally, the rest of your accessories should ideally be simple and comfortable. A nice paid of boots will look good but also allow you to walk around and explore without tiring your feet. If the weather allows, opt for a big thick scarf instead of a coat. It will be easier to put away in your bag and when you need it at night on your way back it will feel like a warm blanket, which is always good.

And there you have it! The perfect outfit to walk around sightseeing, being comfortable and also looking great in all your photos.

Got any tips for travel outfits? Leave me a comment!