#FridayFavourites: Check Mate

There’s something about the traditional trend of checked patterns that just makes me picture happy memories of family picnics in the park on gorgeous sunny days! And now the sun is trying to come out and stay again it’s about time I relived these memories and got myself some outfits. The stylish Gingham print looks fab on any item of clothing, whether it’s a bodycon midi skirt, a beach dress or cute peep-toe sandles.

The gorgeous trend doesn’t have to be saved just for a summer time picnic- Pair a checked shirt with denim shorts, a straw hat and you’ve got the cowgirl look to a TEE. You’ll even be ready for a barn dance! The picnic print and cowgirl checks look best with cotton white and denim for days at the beach, chilling in the pub or weekend breaks away. You can even get away with wearing this trendy look to the office- gingham in monochrome looks so classy and chic.

Here are some of my favourite high-street and online picks from the timeless trend:

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Isn’t this the dream Gingham picnic playsuit? Daisy trim playsuit- Missgudied, £15

Gypsie tops are bang-on trend this season and mixing it this style up with the gingham print creates the perfect summertime festival look. Just pair with denim shorts and a flower headband and you’ll be ready to dance the night away! Crop bardot top- Topshop, £18

Read my latest post to get you festival-season ready with some Coachella celeb-inspired looks.

Checked prints in pastel shades look gorgeous in the sunshine, especially against a cotton white top. Pale blue brushed mini skirt- New Look, £9

Seeing wedges back in the shops makes me so excited! These are favourite style of shoes and a must have for holidays and weekend getaways. Mariel Gingham wedge in yellow- Solestruck, £19

Everyone needs a stylish-looking phone.. I mean it’s pretty much your everyday essential accessory because it’s glued to your fingers or ear! So why not let your technology embrace this checkered trend too.  Purple and orange gingham iphone case- Isaac Mizrahi, £22

A pretty crop top is a summer essential- to pair with shorts for trips to the beach, a bodycon midi skirt for nights at a rooftop bar and high-waisted jeans for those off-duty days. But a crop top in a checked print turns your any-time outfit into a statement look to get heads turning. Peplum crop top- Miss Selfridge, £16

Need some fashion inspiration for the summer? Read about my latest shopping hauls and sunshine essentials for your paradise getaway, neighbours’ BBQs and coastal breaks. 

I la la love midi skirts- they’re perfect for work and so great for taking you from AM in the office to PM in the bar. And the gingham subtle pastel pink shade will bring some subtle girly vibes and brighten to your summer wardrobe. Altuzarra Balthazar pencil skirt- mytheresa.com, £472

You just have to get yourself a retro gingham headband this summer! A cross between an old school milkmaid and one of the Grease pink ladies, this 70s look will definitely bring some oomph to any outfit. Dolly bow hair wrap- beauxoxo.com, £7

Bring a bit of boldness to your workwear wardrobe with a gingham round-neck top. Pair with a white cotton pencil skirt and court heals for a sophisticated office look. Zalando, £18

These statement strappy monchrome heels are so classy and perfect to top off any outfit- pair with your fave LBD or even your comfiest skinny jeans. Qupid single strap heels- Charlotte Russe, £23

Be bold on those weekend off-duty days this season with this red and blue Crinkle Oversized Shirt- ASOS, £28

These cigarette crop trousers are perfect for the office and look oh so chic in the mochrome gingham print! Check trousers- Peacocks, £14

Hope this has given you some inspiration for your summer apparel shop. Happy Friday everyone!!!

Love Leeanna xo

Festival Fashion Fever

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Coachella has officially kicked off the summer festival season… I wouldn’t have known… It’s not like my instagram feed has been totally bombarded with amazing pictures from the star-studded event or anything!! But i’m not gonna lie I have been glued to my phone these recent weeks stalking the Fashion Glitterati who have dug out their kimonos and denim hot pants.

The photos and the gossip has just made me so envious of everyone at the festival and SO excited for the upcoming festivals this year. For the past three years i’ve been a loyal Bestival goer and will definitely be there again next year, but this summer I’ve got tickets for V Festival and WOMAD and I am buzzing.

I know it’s slightly early but all this Coachella hype has got me in the mood to start planning some looks and my inspiration has come from my celeb style crushes who have totally been rocking their inner bohemian style.

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Kendall Jenner has definitely got everyone talking and taking notes after rocking her inner bohemian chick with some fab bang-on-trend festival looks. She looks AMAZING!

Perfect your capsule look like the stars with 70s style fringing, floral prints, beads, gypsie tops, jewels and plenty of boho patterns.

Check out my Coachella high-street edit:

Floral trim straw fedora hat, River Island £20

Printed kimono, Zara £49.99

Flower choker necklace set, Miss Selfridge £10

White lace bardot dress, River Island £45

High waist mid wash denim shorts, ASOS £28

Paisley print flared trousers, Missguided £25

The bohemian look is bang on trend for this Spring/Summer season so these statement tassels and fringing and suede materials aren’t just for your festival weekend- they can totally be rocked out and about now!  Read my latest post on Tactile Textures.

Tan fringed faux suede biker jacket, Missguided £45

Ivory textured long line bralette, Urban Outfitters £20

Poppy tassel shift dress, Boohoo £20

Tropical floral print short, New Look 7.99

Wrap skirt, H&M £49.99

Tan fringe beleted purse, River Island £20

Now all you need to add is some flowers to your hair, statement sunnies and of course the loyal wellies and you’ll be ready to dance the night away! Happy camping everyone! 🙂

Geometric resin sunglasses, Pull & Bear, £16.99

Blue short buckle strap wellies, New Look £19.99

Floral garland, Topshop £10

I hope this has given you some shopping inspiration for your own fab festi-wardrobe without the four-figure price tag and got you just as excited as I am for the summer festival season! Eeeek bring on the camping and dancing all night long!

Love Leeanna xo

Purchase of the day!

Purchase of the day!

I am loving my new kimono at a bargain price of just £16. I did not expect to find this cheeky number on my casual weekly food shop at Asda, so I just couldn’t resist throwing it in the trolley.

I love my black and white kimono from H&M but this colorful one with tassels is just as perfect for a Spring/Summer style, chucked over a bikini, as it is pairing with skinny jeans in this winter weather. The tassel trend makes it a fab item to add to your festival rucksack checklist too.

Kimono- £16 George at Asda. Not bad eh?!

Vintage doesn’t have to be pricey

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Oh how I love a good eBay bargain… except when other bidders are as competitive as I am!

I purchased these vintage re-worked Levi high-waisted shorts for a brilliant £19. I though they were absolutely lush and perfect for Bestival in a few weeks. I also bought some studs for 99p to add my own style to top these shorts off. I am planning on adding studs on to the front left pocket. So excited for these items to arrive so I can get creative!