Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Summer dress wish-list

Any babe that knows me well enough will tell you how much I live for the summer and all the tropical style sightings it blissfully brings. One of the biggest decisions I made about my blog this year was that I wanted it to firmly focus more-so around summer style than ever before, especially as I feel it really empowers and embodies soinspo. In typical Sierra style, I've gone for hot hues and bright bolds whilst dreaming up my ultimate summer wish-list. JD Williams have got an amazing array of summer dresses to assist me in my search and get me screaming for summer (even more so than usual)... 

Bright, tropical colours are always a must for me when choosing a summer dress, followed by softer pastel accessories as a babe-like backdrop. I'm crushing so hard on this stripe shift dress; perfect for hitting the tropics, jazzing up a BBQ or lounging around in on holiday. The green shades add further elements of gorgeous whilst whimsical watermelon is always a good idea. As always Accessorize are killing it with their paradisiac holiday picks. I can imagine all the pretty pink beads of embellishment dazzling so dreamily by the sea. The fruit feels clash perfectly with summer stripes. These wedge sandals are so stylishly subtle yet totally wearable and make a nice switch up from glads. 

WOWZ, was my first thought upon seeing this sweet sweet fantasy of a maxi dress. Isn't is mesmerising? Embellishment is something I love to showcase in my summer style and I think any guest at any wedding would easily eclipse the most babin' of brides in this snazzy stunner. Perfect also for a hot holiday abroad or to sparkle up a sunshine fuelled blog-shoot. Liquid gold tones will set off the beautiful pink aura of the dress, and this leaf cuff and leather bag are perfect. Pink and gold go perfectly and make a really magical combination, especially during summery nights with the stars glittering down upon you. 

Flower power is nailed with this pretty Joanna Hope print dress. A good slogan is always necessary when it comes to us fashion bloggers and I've seen various versions of these straw hats although this one has to be my fave; ‘I’m busy’ obvs stands for sitting by the sea with a Pina colada in one hand an ice cream in the other. These sole diva ankle boots add an underlying edge to the look, a subtle toughen up to the floral feeling. 

*This is a PR collaboration, as always all views and opinions are my own

Sunday, 1 May 2016


Donut pool inflatables for all! Casually taking my Jaded London rainbow crop and skirt set out for a beachy blast, I couldn't resist spreading some strawberry sprinkles around with this dreamy little donut. If you're after an out of this world pool float then I recommend Big Mouth; they seem to cater for everyone's fantasies, just waiting for them to bring out a Coachella butterfly and a blow up PiƱa Colada bottle that actually re-fills itself and then I'll be 100% thrilled. 
soinspo turns 3 on 5 May and to kick start a summer of celebration here on the blog, I thought a bit of inflatable fabulousness would go down a treat. Not only do I have a ton of style vibes in mind for the blog this summertime, I'm also hoping to make it a little more personal, so you can get to know me better. One day I'll have to open up and tell you guys my journey of confidence, it's a hell of a long one, but I'd like to tell it. 

As always, I've been listening to Mariah on repeat. Any of you girls just as crazy in love with her 90s records as I? Daydream, in particular. So many damn tunes. Likewise, I've been watching all of Madonna's music videos, especially the 80s classics. Two women I admire to the highest of heights, mostly because they started with nothing and built incredible empires with sheer determination, talent and fight. Word on the street says Mariah used to be a hat checker and Madonna a dunkin' donuts waitress so there's hope for anyone and everyone with a dream out there. 
Too many people put themselves and their dreams down with a "there's no way I could ever do anything like that" attitude. Whenever I hear wank like that being said it makes me wonder how the world would be if all the successful people in the world had drawn defeat. If Howard Schultz had put his  coffee cup down in desolate after being turned down by 242 banks then Starbucks wouldn't exist. If JK Rowling had let all those negative, narrow minded publishers cloud her vision then, well any HP fan out there can tell you what's up with that. Every star out there has had failures and downfalls and that's what made every single one glitter that bit brighter. Please promise me you'll always believe in your dream. Other people love to put dreams down, but as long as your vision mirrors YOU and not the rear view they're looking through, it'll happen. Your belief in yourself is the critical one that counts, just as much as that dazzling dream amongst the stars in the skies XO 

ASOS rainbow sunglasses (last year)

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Meet Graham | Carly Watt's magical illustration

It was my lovely boyfriend's birthday on 11 April so to celebrate we decided to venture off to pretty Portugal (shots to come soon!) Once back home, I was especially excited to show Graham this gorgeous, majestic illustration that Carly kindly created for him as a birthday present. I had it printed off in poster form, and he was over the moon just as I'd hoped. Carly has included some of Graham's favourite things in her beaut illustration; everything from Marvel comics to Star Wars to the fluffy mallow himself, Mr Staypuft. So much gorgeousness set against a backdrop of blue and black, Graham's favourite colours. 

Carly kindly illustrated my ombre-fied self based on a favourite shot of mine last year and knowing how taken G was with it, I definitely knew he'd treasure a seriously sweet illustration of his own. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the beauty that is Carly and her stunning works of art. You can check out her beautiful blog here. Thank you once again from both Graham and I Carly, you truly are such a diamond! And whilst here I've gotta say thank you so much to Graham and Carly for always believing in me and being so supportive. I feel so lucky and blessed to have such special people in my life such as yourselves! Both mine and Graham's illustrations are so very special to us and really mean the world. Both will most definitely be framed and treasured and loved, that's a promise!


Saturday, 9 April 2016

Ice cream dreams

Cheers for shining, sun. It means us fashion bloggers can wear ice cream prints as well as eating actual ice creams, we can buy inflatable pool doughnuts whilst eating doughnuts...blow up flamingo drinks holders whilst.... you get the idea. Yep, I did buy a doughnut pool inflatable from ASOS as well as this Accessorize flamingo drinks holder BUT I'm off to Portugal on Monday with Graham so... justified? 

I can't wait for some sun. It'll be amazing to soak up some tropical rays at long last. The pink shoes were too glitzy and barbie bitch to resist, and the ice-cream print dress (worn as a crop) from Rare London is a little somethin' I bought last year and have been waiting (and waiting and waiting) to wear the hell out of. Add a denim dream skirt with gold buttons from River Island, some silver Topshop shades and flamingo ombre and work done, right? There was a dog running around while we took these shots but the owners were pretty cool, actually. Instead of stopping to stare, they kept apologising that it got in the shots: 'Lulu! Come here Lulu! You're not a model Lulu!' Way to put a dog down, though.

Just a quick thank you all so much to all of you for such kind, supportive words, especially in regards to my book. It can be pretty hard to keep up the faith sometimes, but your sweet support truly means everything to me. I'm excitedly working on another spin-off story, hopefully it won't be too long before I can once again publish a short segment on my blog. Looking forward to it!

Dress (worn as crop) Rare London
ASOS holographic beachy bag 

Has anyone been to Portugal? I'd love to know if you have!
Any summer holidays in the pipeline for you guys? 

Saturday, 26 March 2016

50 jams to blast this Bank Holiday

Spring's sprung but I'm eager for the blossom to bloom out and for the sunflowers to sprout. I couldn't resist setting out a soundtrack of songs that have harmonised many of my previous summer's and no doubt will be doing the same this summertime. Bank holiday's are made for good music and hey! It's Easter which is my favourite holiday, so I thought I'd share some of my favourite music. Here are my top 50 summery jams, I promise that I will totally play them all one day if ever I host a blogger BBQ, anyone up for that? I had so much fun putting this post together so I hope you guys enjoy. Music seems to be more magnetic and mesmerising throughout the hotter months, maybe it's just me. Who knows. Anyway, these are my precious sure fire bank holiday blasters, rain or shine, they still sizzle! Jam away!

SUMMER BREEZE by The Isley Brothers (sure fire favourite)
God, I can't even tell you how much I love this song. So utterly mesmerising, so blissful and chilled. For me nothing can ever come close in melody or tune or soul. That intro tho! The opening harmony speaks for itself on that one! It's my favourite summer song of all time, and I love how throwback it is: 1974!

California Love - Tupac feat Dr Dre 
Feeding off the love of the land - Stevie Wonder 
Make Sure You're Sure - Stevie Wonder 
People Make The World Go Round - The Stylistics 
All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
La Isla Bonita/Everbody - Madonna 
Can't Stand It - Steel Pulse 

This is just the definition of "windows down, driving to a barbecue, song on the radio slammin". Graham and I have had this on full blast many a sunny summer's day and it just puts you in the most uplifted mood. Such. A. TUNE. And of course, any reference to strawberry bubblegum reins supreme. 

Maybe Tomorrow - Stereophonics 
Have A Nice Day - Stereophonics 
Flowers in The Window - Travis 
Ain't Nothing But A G Thang - Dr Dre
Calling All Hearts - DJ Cassidy 
American Girl - Bonnie McKee
One More Time - Daft Punk 
Butterfly - Crazy Town 
Get Lucky - Daft Punk 
Last Night - Craig David 
The Roof - Mariah Carey 
High School -Nicki Minaj 
Lucky star - Madonna 
Ciara - Click Flash
Ciara - Got Me Good 
Up Down - T Pain 
Whatever - Oasis 

POWER TRIP - J. Cole feat Miguel (currently on repeat, love, love, love this so bad)
Reminds me of a train journey from London to Paris and from Paris to London back again, I played this tune on repeat with nothing else in between. And now, about 3 years later I'm still so addicted! Something about this song really gets me, it's really deep, yet really relaxed & smooth at the same time. I've also been listening whilst thinking about (surprise, surprise) my story and characters. It really gets me motivated. It's just addictive, like I said. I can easily listen to it a million and never get bored.

Another Round - Fat Joe ft Chris Brown 
Fall For Your Type - Jamie Foxx ft Drake
Love & War - Tamar Braxton 
Unpredictable - Jamie Foxx 
I Need A Dollar - Aloe Blacc
The Man - Aloe Blacc 
Melody - Ray J 
Thank you - Dido
Stay - Rihanna

Arguably one of her best albums, Daydream boasts diamonds and gems in the form of Long Ago, Fantasy, One Sweet Day, Forever and of course, the gorgeously good Underneath the stars. 

Crooked Smile - J. Cole ft TLC 
Blood on the leaves - Kanye West 
Guilt Trip - Kanye West 
Strange Fruit - Nina Simone 

JASMINE - Jai Paul
Obviously I've chosen five favourites out of my 50, and I have to say this one is on repeat RE-PEAT it's just so damn catchy, so utterly enchanting. I can't stop listening to it. It's just the 

What are your favourite songs for spring/summer?
Do you like any of these tunes?
Happy Easter to you babes!