Try-day Friday – Dare to be brave with your next outfit

How often do you try on an amazing new outfit, take a look in the mirror and then chuck it to the the back of your wardrobe and opt for something you ALWAYS wear.

It’s probably something black isn’t? We’ve all been there… every day… trust me.

I was recently inspired by Dia&Co, an online subscription box, and their ‘Try-Day Friday’ project to encourage self-esteem and I couldn’t wait to get on board. From today onwards,  Friday isn’t just the last day before the weekend (hallelujah!) it’s so much better. Friday brings us the opportunity to get over our fears of bold colours, short skirts and tight tops!

Everyone feels insecure from time-to-time whether it be a fear of showing off that extra bit of skin or ALWAYS turning to the same practical items in your wardrobe. We all like to hide our perceived flaws – I am definitely guilty of this too – but really we should be embracing them because life would be SO boring if everyone looked the same.

Everyone is beautiful in their own individual way, so let’s all bite the bullet and wear that daring outfit that we bought God knows how long ago and STILL haven’t worn!
Gone are the days of hiding behind a boring wardrobe and only imagining ‘pulling off’ your dream outfits from Style Icons’ Instagram posts !

My outfit wishlist (fears)

I’ve put together some of my dream outfits I’d love to wear but happen to find my self saying the same phrases whenever pI go to try them on.

‘It’s too bold’

  1. Pink cropped faux fur jacket, bluebanana.com £28
  2. Black floral print pencil skirt, River Island £30
  3. Gold tiered statement necklace, GILT.com £23
  4. Pink faux fur crossbody bag, SoleSociety.com £36
  5. Gold sock boot with block heel, River Island £25

I always like to shy away from clothes with too much colour, fabric and pattern- purely because I hate to stand out in a crowd.

I probably own at least 5 different midi skirts but I’m so self conscious about my short stumpy legs… that – yep you guessed it – they’re obviously hidden in dust at the back of my wardrobe.

This is probably the reason I always end up wearing the same clothes I feel comfortable in without drawing too much attention to myself.

‘It’s too OTT- I’m not a bloody supermodel’

  1. Burgundy dress, Topshop £62
  2. Black fedora hat, Belk.com £39
  3. Black over-the-knee boots, pilotuk.com £50

I dream about wearing numerous fedora hats whenever I’m booking city breaks away… please tell me I’m not the only one who does this?! Haha! But whenever it comes to packing my suitcase I’m just never brave enough because I just think other people will be like ‘who does she think she is trying to pull off a Kendal Jenner look’!

‘It’s not my style’

Blue velvet choker bralett, prettylittlething.com £8.43

Leather skater skirt, boohoo.com £15

Red and black checked shirt, rosegal.com £9.52

Matte red lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury £23

So many items in my wardrobe are spontaneous buys – often in the sale and naughty treats to myself – but far too many of them aren’t worn. This is purely because I don’t think they ‘suit my style’ (whatever that is?!) and imagine they would just look better on someone else.


MY TRY-DAY OOTD

Try-day is the perfect opportunity to bring out the clothes you’ve always wanted to try, but have been too scared to.


I’ve combined all my fears together in this one outfit and although I felt stupid in too much colour, patterns, fur and skin on show by the end of the day I was actually strutting around with confidence! I was feeling so brave I even brought out the red lipstick!!

Checked pattern midi skit, Topshop

Crop faux fur khaki jacket, Missguided

Black gold pendant choker, New Look

Lilac glitter cami, Topshop

Red strappy heels, New Look

Red lipstick, Rimmel 

If I can do it you can too! I challenge you to wear that leather mini skirt, flaunt those Boho flares, and try on those daunting high heels, even if you’re hesitant. Brush aside your fears and rock the outfit you’ve always admired with absolute confidence!
I hope I can given you some inspiration and motivation to face your own fashion fears next Try-Day. I promise you will ALL look and feel GREAT!

Love Leeanna xo

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#FridayFavourites: Pretty in Paisley Prints

Paisley prints are such a gorgeous trend for the summer whether you’re chilling on the poolside or dancing the nights away at a festival. The pretty print will bring some girlie-girl vibes to a bohemian look with its meshed floral patterns. Bold colours against the Persian-inspired trend creates the perfect statement summer ensemble.

 

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Off-the shoulder printed dress, Topshop £39  

Bardot necklines are bang on-trend this season and this dress is your new summer holiday must-have. Pair with sandals for your friend’s BBQ or glam up for a cocktail night with chunky wedges and a classic clutch bag.

Coral flounce bikini, Charlotte Russe £12

The paisley print looks fab in coral and blue shades and its flouncy statement style makes it the perfect boat party look- Hello Ibiza!

Fermore iphone case, Jack Wills £14.50

This gorgeous patterned case will make your everyday essential look so glam when you’re on your daily commute to work.

Lily Bright crop top, boohoo.com £12

All you need with this statement crop is a cute pair of wellies, high-waisted denim shorts, a pretty flower garland for your hair and you’ve got your boho chic festival look to a Tee!

Silky strappy dress cami dress, missguided.co.uk £25

This is such a cute day dress for sunny afternoons and the expected odd cloudy ones this summer too.

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Fashionista Olivia Palermo totally rocks the paisley print trend with her gorgeous pretty-in-pink daytime off-duty look. 

Vera Bradley turn-lock wallet, Amazon.com £21

I have such an obsession with statement purses and sometimes love to just take one out with me on a night out because they can fit your key essentials inside. This print looks so gorge in girlie purple shades.

Angie gauzy shorts, wetseal.com £8.68

I love this style of shorts- so comfy for casual days- whilst injecting some must-have boho vibes to your look.

Front-split pencil skirt, ASOS £38

This statement pencil skirt will take you from AM to PM. Pair with a fitted blouse for a summer office look then glam up with strappy heels and a crop top for drinks later in the bar.

Print joggers, Jane Norman £20

Teamed with a classic cami vest, this bold all over print will bring statement to your summer daytime wardrobe.

Happy summer everyone!

Love Leeanna xo

OASIS gives us a history lesson with its new cutting-edge V & A collection

A recent collaboration between high street retailer, Oasis, and London’s Victoria and Albert museum, saw a very unique approach of combining physical history with cutting-edge fashion to kickstart our Summer wardrobe.

The remarkable approach has brought a capsule collection of beautiful kimonos, dresses, co-ords and accessories, all heavily featuring brightly coloured floral and botanical prints inspired by the museum’s archives. The gorgeous pastel shades, feminine prints and statement patterns brings a range of chic looks perfect for your summer wardrobe. The pieces from the collection showcase the transformation of William Kilburn’s 18th century botanical design into a modern wardrobe must-have.

This bold printed Kimono is your new wardrobe essential. Pair with white skinnies and wedges for a summertime off-duty BBQ look or smarten it up for the office with a fitted shirt and black cigarette trousers. Kensington Kimono Jacket £48

This cute clutch is both practical and pretty, with a detachable chain and inside pocket to keep all your essentials safe. The feminine floral print is sure to brighten up any look this season. Victoria Bag

A cami dress inspired by two pieces of 18th century print history?! I love it! Perfect for a sunny day or the odd cloudy one. Smithfield Cami Dress £35

This gorgeous floral blazer is perfect if your attending a wedding this season or if you want to bring some statement to your 9-5 office look. The pretty flower design gives it a girlie touch whilst the tailoured shape maintains a smart and sophisticated style.  V & A Southbank Blazer £70

Super comfy flip flops are a must-have for your paradise getaway suitcase and these are even more great because 10% from every pair sold will go to the Gandys’ Orphans for Orphans charity that helps build Children’s Homes across the globe. Gandy’s Print Flip Flops £19

This easy-to-wear skirt, designed in London by the 18th century illustrator, William Kilburn but given a new lease of life by Oasis, is an item that will take you through every season in style. Swanfield Skirt £29

These gorgeous garments are perfect for the summer, whether you’re strolling along the beach, partying it up in Ibiza or stuffing your face at a friend’s BBQ. These pieces can double up as smart casual-wear and take your outfit straight through the night so you can dance until dawn.

Love Leeanna xo

#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

May Look Book

May has got to be one of my favourite times of the year- it’s my birthday on the 23rd, there are two bank holiday weekends and the brighter weather means it’s time for the summer wardrobe to make an appearance. Whether you’re lucky enough to be jetting somewhere lavish, or looking forward to a little cosy weekend break, there’s no reason not to dress for the occasion when it looks this good. Now that we’re hoping the sun is officially here to stay, it’s time to pick out some clothes that will take you from coastal mini break, to your next door neighbour’s BBQ to catching some rays at a poolside party.

I’m such a shopaholic that this weekend and last weekend i’ve been on birthday-dress hunt shopping sprees and had three online order deliveries. Bearing in mind i’ve been searching for a birthday dress, I’ve managed to buy a hell of a lot of other items… whoops! But who cares May is always the month I like to treat myself and why shouldn’t you make the effort when the sun is out?

After a few cheeky shopping hauls, this is what my Look Book features for this month so far:

You can never go wrong with an LBD, especially as an outfit for a night of your birthday celebrations. I really love a thin-strapped neckline and this bodycon dress was such a bargain at just £15 from Missguided.

Coral is my favourite summer colour, it’s on my fingers, my toes, my bags, my jewellery, I just can’t get enough of the shade when the sun is shining. I love this high-waisted tube skirt, perfect for casual work days and easy to glam up for the evening. New Look, 14.99

Gypsie tops are bang on-trend this season and are a summer must-have for any festivals you might be going to this year. This white crochet bardot top can take you from off-duty look paired with distressed skinny jeans to boho festival chick. Just wear wack on some high-waisted shorts, accessorise with colourful wellies and a floral headband and you’ll be ready dance the night away. New Look, £17.99 

Read my latest post: Festival Fashion Fever to get the Coachella celeb-inspired boho look for the 2015 festival season

I find it hard not to go shopping without checking that most of the stuff I buy I’ll be able to wear both at work and on off-duty days. That’s why I love this dress- It’s perfect for your workwear and weekend wardrobe. It is also a massive saving- reduced from £17.99 to £7.99 in the New Look sale– this grey ribbed dress will take your from AM at the office to PM in the bar.

As you can see I am loving New Look atm- they don’t just have some great new season stuff but they also have such great offers in the sale too! But I’m also loving the bright colours too- namely coral! This was my Primark/New Look shopping- and yeah I did get a little bit carried away with the coral!

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This strappy dress is a definite holiday must-have!  It is great for throwing on over your bikini during for those chilled days on the beach but so easy to glam up with wedges and clutch when you head out for cocktails. Primark, £5

I have always loved funky boho patterns, especially when I have a tan. These bold aztec shorts would look amazing at a festival and would even be great for making a statement on your morning jog! I’m so tempted to wear them to the gym, what better way to make you motivated to workout than if you look fab doing it! Primark, £4

The bardot-shoulder is bang on-trend this Spring/Summer season and I can’t wait to pair this bold coloured crop with a white skirt and wedges. I just need some sunshine! Primark

Aztec prints are everywhere at the moment and are perfect for the festival season or off-duty days with a loose-fitted Tee and Converse. What I love about this tube skirt is that it can work just as well as a bold statement piece for work too- just tuck in a smart black top or crisp white shirt and it’s good to go for the office. New Look, 12.99

Modern mosaic prints are a must-have for the summer- mixing bright colours and bold patterns together to create the perfect statement piece for your wardrobe. The coral shades in this tube skirt bring such a tropical holiday feel to your outfit that it starts your day off with happy vibes. New Look, £9.99 

My absolute favourite item i’ve bought this month though has got to be my new wedges from Primark at just £14. They are just so comfy and go with everything. I’m really fussy with shoes but when I tried these on I just had to have them! They my new essential item for the summer because they can take me from AM to PM and even fit in with my work wear attire.

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Wear with…

  • Skinny jeans and a smart fitted blouse for work- I love this £10 crop jumper/shirt combo from Primark because it brings some sophistication and style to the office. Wack on the new shoes and you will look like you mean business.
  • A bold patterned crop top (£7.99 from New Look) and a white bodycon midi skirt to bring a mix of festival vibes and classy chic to a night out.
  • High-waisted skinny jeans and a bardot gypsie top to rock the bohemian Summer trend.

Hope your week is already off to a great start with the lovely sunshine! Happy Monday everyone 🙂

Love Leeanna xo