#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

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Essential Summer Accessory: The Baseball Cap

Baseball hats aren’t just for playing on the field, they’re a must-have for your Spring/Summer wardrobe and possibly one of the cutest and sportiest current trends. The fashionable staple item will bring your sports luxe look to life, keep you looking chic on those troublesome hair days and are the essential statement accessory to keep you dancing the weekend away this Festival season. I love this classic trend because it brings a masculine twist to any girlie outfit.

I’ve owned baseball caps since I was tiny weenie, but I’ve never been brave enough to wear them away from the sports field, but now that they are bang-on trend and it’s cool to accesorise them with ANY outfit, I couldn’t be happier! =

When I did Camp America in 2012 (best summer ever!) I lived in my Atlanta baseball cap and just looking through Fanatics hat collections, it brought back all of my amazing memories of teaching the kids the English version of baseball we play at home- Rounders. After browsing through all of the trendy designs, I found my fave from the Red Sox hats collection!black hat

The New Era Boston Red Sox snapback stood out to me the most because of its tradtional black and white colour scheme which makes it a fab accessory to pair with absolutely anything in your wardrobe! It will be the perfect match to my grey and red Boston sweater- my essential every-night sofa jumper for the past 2 years!

The Baseball cap is bang-on trend this season and has been mastered by some gorgeous faces in the public eye. Baseball caps aren’t only a male accessory anymore, they’re totally a hot item for women too and I’m totally crushin on Cara Delevingne and Rihanna’s statement looks- they rock the trend so effortlessly!

So whoever said a baseball hat isn’t a women’s wardrobe staple… here are my favourite four looks to prove them wrong.

The Sports Luxe trend is all about combining monochrome stripes with leather fabric to create the perfect statement look. Inspired by Vanessa Hudgens’ stylish take on the trend, I have put together my own look with the essential addition of this Boston Red Sox Baseball hat. Great for a cool statement weekend look or even to fashion-up a baseball game on the field.

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59FIFTY Fitted Hat in Black, Fanatics $34.95

Black Tres Cool crop top, MayKool.com £11

Finders Keepers faux-leather shorts, COLLECTIVEHABIT, £49

Sporty stripe knee-high tube socks, NORDSTROM, £6.89

Heading to the gym or going for a run this Summer? Sweat it out in style just like Stephanie Pratt with this sporty look. And just as she shows off, Baseball hats are the perfect pair to a ponytail hairstyle. Phew! Now you can save your hair from blowing all over your face on your windy jog AND keep your head from getting sunburned. Result!

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Gym ‘No Pain No Champagne’ tank top, etsy.com £13.25

Lorna Jane rebellion bra, House of Frazer £42

59FIFTY Fitted Hat in Black, Fanatics $34.95

Nike low-top trainers, zalando £70

Aztec print cropped leggings, New Look £14.99 

Now that the festival season has officially kicked off, with Coachella showcasing some fab looks for the Summer, it’s time you get your weekend looks ready to pack into your rucksack. A Baseball cap can be as cute of an accessory as a headband or flower, being the essential statement accessory to your weekend this year.

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59FIFTY Fitted Hat in Black, Fanatics $34.95

Hand crochet bralet, Topshop £36

Round frame sunglasses, Boohoo £8

Womens original Hunter short gloss wellies, £80

Mid wash distressed denim shorts, River Island £30

Fringed suede messenger bag, Forever 21 £29

Baseball hats are a traditional all-round season item and can be worn with any off-duty outfit. Even on those hangover and ‘my hair just isn’t right’ days, a baseball cap will be your best friend. Khloe Kardashian, Rihanna and Cara Delevingne are three trendsetters who have mastered the baseball cap on casual days, pairing with denim fabrics, leather and stilettos.

Off-duty chic

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Ditsy frill bardot top, Topshop £16

59FIFTY Fitted Hat in Black, Fanatics $34.95

Paige distressed skinny jeans, Farfetch £177.78

Leather-look biker jacket, River Island £60

Leather high-heel sandals, Zara £69.99

Whatever look you’re going for, you can always count on a trendy baseball cap to top off any outfit! My favorite way to style my baseball caps are to wear them with a classic simple tee, high waisted denim shorts, chunky wedges and a floral statement necklace.The denim, sandals, and necklace come together as a casual feminine look, with the baseball cap and slouched tee making the outfit look effortless.

I also love to wear mine on holiday when i’m chilling at the pool or taking a wander down the beach. Not only are these hats super stylish and your best friend on troublesome hair days, they can work as a fab sun protector too. Pair with your fave bikini and sling-on a kimono for your ‘I’m in paradise’ look.

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

Exclusive Book Review: Farfetch curates food

I am very excited to share with you my first ever book review. As much as I love to read I just never get the time to finish any book off… unless i’m on holiday then I can read a marathon of books because I actually have the time while i’m sunbathing and relaxing in bliss! But I couldn’t resist getting stuck straight into this book from Farfetch and was delighted to be offered an exclusive look at it because it is right up my street!

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Farfetch Curates Food is the first in the series of books which look into the creative fields that are synergistic with fashion. The grand alliance between fashion boutique market Farfetch and publishers Prosper and Martine Assuline brings a book with a unique twist. Fashion and food is brought together through the exploration of all things trendy in the modern edible world with distinctive viewpoints and recommendations from both the fashion-trained and tastemakers.

Just browse through your social media sites and you can see exactly how food and drink has become such a huge trend. Just scrolling down my instagram feed this morning, amongst the cringe mirror selfies and beach hot dog legs, I saw all these artfully styled stacks of pancakes, plates of huge hangover breakfasts and healthy smoothie creations.

IMG_1603I love how this book mirrors this popular ‘foodstagramming’ phenomenon with the bright, bold eye-grabbing pictures of delicately styled dishes of cuisine from around the world. Not only does it make you want to devour the book with a knife and fork, it looks as if all these food shots could adorn the walls of an art gallery.

I’ve never been the best cook- it’s something i’m trying to work on but I have always loved to eat! So reading this book did make me rather hungry and also quite inspired to be more creative and inventive with my cooking. Hey who knows… I may even host my own dinner party and serve my guests some of Tommy’s margaritas.

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It’s always an awesome feeling when you find a new favourite restaurant close to home, somewhere you least expect or where none of your friends have heard of. It means you have a regular hot spot where you know you can get good food and a special place to take your friends or to celebrate special occasions. Well what I love about this book is that it has gone out and found all the best restaurants to visit across the globe to save us from trying any bad ones first.

Throughout the book, charismatic enthusiasts from all over the world share their own distinctive viewpoints on food, offering recommendations of restaurants to try around the world, what to order and what to wear when you make your visit! I have picked out the top meals they have now tempted me to want to try!

For breakfast…

I’ve been to Spain soooo many times and I am still yet to try the famous Churros Con Chocolat. I’m a chocoholic AND I can speak the lingo (I think I got it right) so I really don’t know how I haven’t eaten any.

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Well… thanks to Alejandro Gutierrez, the PR manager and buyer at Elite, I am now even more excited to visit Marbella this year and will definitely be stopping off at the recommended hot spot for the sweet treats! Great to know they are the perfect hangover cure to!

The well-known shopping destination for Marbella’s cosmopolitan crowd, was one of the first multibrand department stores and offers some gorgeous goods from Victoria Beckham sunnies to statement retro clutches.

And for lunch…

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The high-street blogger and food enthusiast, Man Repeller, has given me a great insight for when I achieve my dream of living in New York City. Now I know exactly where to grab a healthy lunch in the big apple whilst following her recommended dress code. My god I wish I had this fashionista’s amazing life! I will be sure to follow her tips and wear my fanciest sunnies while i’m eating my oatmeal in The Butcher’s Daughter.

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If you’re going to eat cake you have to do it properly and have it in Paris. Oh my god I remember walking down the streets of the gorgeous city two years ago and just drooling at the windows of all of the patisseries. The chefs over there really do help the city live up to its name as the ‘world’s pastry capital’. Their eclairs and strawberry tarts are divine!

Reading what some of the pastry chefs of the capital have to say is fascinating and the way it’s written in the book gives you so much detail of what these culinary enthusiasts are like- in a real journalistic way.

From reading this book I have learnt some very important things…

For those dreaded Monday mornings- everyone should take note of The steps to the perfect cup of coffee.

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I will also take away this message with me: There is no better way to explore a new geographic environment and get a sense of different cultures than to taste the traditional cuisines.

I will definitely take this on board when I go jet-setting around the globe and hopefully end up in some of the spots recommended by top fashionistas and chefs… but I think I will still stray from tasting any fried scorpions or insects no matter what the country’s delicacies are!

There is so much more to learn from this book and I really do recommend giving it a read especially if you like to jet set around the globe, try the latest trends and like to be inspired by arty and foodie pictures.

Love Leeanna xo

Lovin’ Mollie King’s new Oasis collection

Yay she’s done it again, The Saturdays’ gorgeous Mollie King has launched her third Oasis collection. And this Loved By Mollie range features all things pretty, pastel and floral for the Spring/Summer season.

The fashionista’s last two collections were a big hit becoming instant best-sellers for Oasis, and by the looks of the items in this season’s new instalment, everyone will be rushing to get the latest looks.

The 15 key pieces from the high street store’s spring/summer collection are all must-haves for your new season wardrobe.

Here are some of my faves from Mollie’s curated edit:

The Khaki Jumpsuit is bang-on trend with it’s safari/explorer look and is perfect for jazzing up any work wardrobe, £55

Botanical prints are SO in this Spring/Summer season and this collection showcases them fabulously 

The Shadow Orchard Shift Dress is the perfect day-to-night statement piece with its pretty floral printing, £50

The Relax Fit Blazer uses the gorgeous botanical patterning of willow trees to create a feminine but bold look, £70

Read my recent post on the fabulous garden-inspired look: #FridayFavourites: Botanical Prints

If you haven’t got yourself a floppy hat in your holiday apparel yet then this 70s-inspired Spotty Bow Hat is the one, £20

Mollie’s collection offers the perfect items to reiterate why stripes are the trend of the season

You can’t go wrong with this chic and simple Stripe Shift Dress. Add wedges and giant sunnies for a fab summer look, £38

Read my recent post on the timeless catwalk look: Trend Of The Season || STRIPES

Pastel shades always look lush for the Spring time and these Roxy Block Heels are so stylish for the warmer months, £35

Read my recent beauty edit of pastel shades: #MidweekManicure: Spring Shades

Skinnie jeans are my favourite go-to essential and these White Ripped Crops create a perfect off-duty summer look, £45

I’m all about the boxy boyfriend-fit shirt atm and this Rain Drop Blouse is a great asset to any work wear wardrobe, £38

You should definitely check out the new collaboration and if you’re like me… you will probably be tempted to treat yourself to one or two of  the gorgeous pieces.

I’ve loved all of the Loved By Mollie collections and I so hope my style crush brings out another one next year!

Love Leeanna xo

#FridayFavourites: Botanical Prints

The Spring/Summer season is bringing the inspiration of gardens into your wardrobe with Botanical prints being the new hot trend- expected to stay in fashion for a long time. The Botanical trend includes gorgeous patterning and printing of flowers, trees, fauna, birds and animals, creating a feminine and interesting statement look.

After stunning everyone when they made their mark on the catwalk, botanical printed garments from designer brands like Gucci and Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer collections show these prints are going to make it big this season!

From statement dresses to matching separates and accessories- you can now see the bold print everywhere on the highstreet and online.

Here are a few of my favourite picks:

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Fever key hole bikini set, Forever 21

Ornate botanical print kimono, Forever 21

Monochrome Balinese print shorts, Monsoon

Green underwired botanical print swimsuit, River Island

Grey chiffon long sleeve shirt, New Look

Blue vintage floral print iphone 6 case, Zazzle.com

Print cosmetic bag, Forever 21

Botanical textured print t-shirt dress, ASOS

Jacquard crop top, Topshop

Folk floral pelmet skirt, Topshop

Floral peplum top, Topshop

Oasis bird print midi skirt on ASOS

Whether your style is more suited to the vibrant hues, the natural prints, fresh floral digital prints, or a camouflage of jungle prints- this hot trend is sure to match anyone’s personality and bring some va va voom to an outfit.

So keep in mind this hottest trend of the upcoming season when buying your holiday and summer apparel.

Love Leeanna xo

#FridayFavourites: Tactile textures

Whenever I’m shopping I can’t help but touch and stroke bags and fabrics that look like they have a unique texture and for this Spring/Summer season shops are full of them.

Tactile textures like leather, creamy suede, tassels and fringing have the ability transform your look from biker gal, to hippy chick right through to rocking up at a Great Gatsby party! They are a great asset to any fashionista’s wardrobe.

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Fringe has always been one of the most steady and never changing fashion trends of almost any season, always coming up with some new interpretations and design combinations- some made with interesting textures like suede or leather on shoes tops and bags! Fringe detailing is even more powerful this season- bringing a boho/wild west style to any outfit.

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Apart from the season’s hottest trend of using fringe details, flirty and playful tassels also add fab detailing to spice up and glam up even the simplest pieces. So if it’s not fringe, then it’s tassels, and you are going to see a lot of creative interpretations of the tassel trend this Spring- as you have on the Spring/Summer 2015 catwalks!

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Leather is amazing- It can be worn as just a small accent to make any off-duty minimalist outfits look spectacular, or be the centerpiece fabric to create a statement-outfit.

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The tactile fabric has been spotted in the major fashion capitals during the recent fashion weeks too- so get some of it in your wardrobe for this Spring/Summer 2015! The classy trend- sold both in the traditional shades and bright hues for attracting extra attention- is a must-have for the fans of the luxury and the classy style.

My favourite faux leather picks are:

Leather pocket A Line skirt- Warehouse £65

Playful square neck shift dress- Missguided £25

Sagittarius platform shoes- Topshop £58

Compete with Kim and Rita with your own take on pink latex with this PU salmon mini dress from Missguided at £35. Who wears the look best now?

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Forever Unique Nell faux trousers in red- Van Mildert £35

Mint velvet bluebell faux biker jacket- House of Frazer £129

Rose gold metallic leather skirt- River Island £12

Go for a bold statement outfit by mixing the leather and tassel trends together. I love this faux leather tassel waterfall jacket from Missguided at £40. Such a bargain!

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Pieces with suede textures are by far one of the trendiest and catchiest looks this season. Whether the tactile fabric is on outerwear like biker jackets and tailored coats, or basic garments like mini skirts and shoes, it creates a chic statement look.

In the shops there are lots of subtle suede garments in brown shades and creamy pastel colours- perfect for this time of year, while bright red and orange tones are also on offer to create bold statement looks.

Get some suede in your wardrobe with some inspiration from my favourite finds:

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Orange shift dress- Topshop £60

70s’ patchwork zip mini skirt- ASOS £45

Pastel pink shearling coat- Missguided £20

Bring the tassel and suede trends together with this grey duffle bag from Warehouse at £40– perfect for holding all your key essentials and rocking a hot summers day at a festival.

Casalnuoyo ankle boots- Aldo £88

Mint suede heels- Piperlime £200

Tassel clutch- Topshop £40

On my daily commutes to work and whenever i’ve been out shopping I’ve seen so many amazing tasseled bags and been dying to know where they’re from. I think a tasseled bag is definitely an essential for your wardrobe especially as you can rock the style every season!

Here are my top 5 picks to add to your handbag collection for any season and event:

For the jet setter: Love this travel bag’s turquoise colour and summery aztec pattern. Perfect for holiday trips to the beach too. Aspiga £72 

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To hold the the key essentials: This bang-on trend fringe tassel rucksack looks great for spicing up an off-duty look. Boohoo £18

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For festivals: This convertible cross body bag is so stylish for the Spring/Summer season and will add some boho chic and bring some hippie vibes to your festival looks. Nordstrom £39.32

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For glamming things up: This Lolita fringe cross body will take your outfit from off-duty chic straight to a Great Gatsby party statement piece. A fab accessory to add to you outfits for nights out and glamorous parties. Macy’s £61.88

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The shopper’s tote: I love this statement black fringe bag. I am a shopaholic so tote bags are must-have accessories for my everyday outfits. You just never know when you are going to spot a bargain so this great Spring/Summer 2015 bag is a great partner for any spontaneous shopping sprees. Elvi £45

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Happy Friday everyone!

Love Leeanna xo