Sunday, 28 August 2016

Ultimate guide: Summer's coolest pool floats

I'm sure people reading this post will automatically think 'oh for fuck's sake, here she goes again with the pool float thing' but I thought it would be fun to show you guys all the pool inflatables I've bought this summer. And it's a whole girl gang over here! One of the most important things I try to achieve as a fashion blogger is to make  shoots as visual and out of the ordinary as possible. If I've made one person go 'wow' with a shoot or an idea, then my job is done. That's my aim. This past year I've tried to think out of the box as much as possible and found pool floats have made pretty gorgeous backdrops and props for me during many a summertime shoot.  Although I haven't quite got that backyard pool yet, I'm dreaming hard of a vacay to Miami, because what better excuse than now to throw a poolside party? The lovely Elisha said she could see me with a house just made up of all my pool floats and I have to say I'm 100% with that idea. I've rounded up the coolest pool floats from this summer, here's to pool paradise!

GREEN PALM TREE POOL FLOAT 

Always keen to recreate the decor to a tiki-hut or a caribbean rum shack, this party hard palm tree hit the jackpot for me. I found it over at River Island where it's now no longer available, but you can find  a similar version here. Also, loving how it looks against a pop of yellow. High five palm pretty! 








BIGMOUTH INC GIANT ICE POP POOL FLOAT 

Graham prefers this colourful lolly the most and I can definitely see the attraction. Also my favourite as it hardly attracted any unwanted attention from passers by, which equals instant gold points! This is by far the biggest out of the floats, it seems to stretch on forever, so would be perfect for a poolside vamoose. Warning: may give you serious cravings, actually looks too much like a real lolly for its own good.










GIANT ORANGE CREAM POP POOL FLOAT 

Possibly my new favourite to the family, this orange cream pop of pool float is instantly tropical and I   just knew I had to make it the last addition to my collection this season. Saying that, how dreary is winter going to be without a pool float to hand? Will have to work on that idea and roll with something. If you're a US resident I believe you can still snap this beauty up here.  























SUNNYLIFE INFLATABLE ICE CREAM 
Ahh the Ice cream dream, literally. This one has possibly sourced the most dirty looks from the public, god knows why as I don't think it's half as offensive as the palm tree, but you know. It's obviously a real badass with an undercover criminal record. I've legit got an excuse for this one because it matches my ice cream print dress so damn well, as seen in this post. I love this one, Sunnylife definitely need to make more pool floats as this one soars to show-stopping spheres. 










BIGMOUTH INC GIGANTIC DONUT POOL FLOAT

So this dreamy donut is all where it began, back when I celebrated three years of blogging in May and thought about how it would be fun to add something special to the shoot. Who knew then that it would be the start of a whole pool parade. Ideal to float around the pool in (mojito in hand) and the eye catching sprinkle print makes it all the more gorgeous. It's also a lot bigger than it looks in the photo, so you'll make all the other pool side pretties jelly as hell.




So that's my summertime collection of pool floats. Have been mega excited to show you guys for a long while now, so hopefully you've enjoyed this post. Just because August is fading out, it doesn't mean the sunshine and cool days of the summer have to sizzle away completely. Here's to a sunny September! 



Do you own any pool floats? Are you a fan?
Let me know which pool float's your favourite!
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Friday, 26 August 2016

Summer dress style: House of Fraser

You guys know by now that I heart summer pretty hard and all the dreamy dresses it brings along with it. When House of Fraser kindly got in touch to ask whether I wanted to try one of their summer dresses I said a big hell to the yes. I haven't bought much from the brand before but have always admired them for offering such a vast range of styles and variations, there's always something for everyone and they cater to all occasions, sizes and tastes. I chose this Therapy Multi Stripe dress for the bright colours and sweet stripe print.  I also wanted to go for this dress as I thought it was a little different from what I usually wear. I'm loving the length,  it fits me perfectly as a midi-style and is casual yet comfy. 
I paired it with my favourite glittery rhinestone sandals, my longtime love aka the holographic tote bag & a berry denim jacket. Blue, yellow and green aren't always colours I rock, so I enjoyed the sunshine vibes this dress dreamt up. I deffo think this style would be relevant for any occasion, be it drinks out with the girls, a day hitting up the shops, a barbecue, the list goes on! Any summery occasion you can imagine. It's nice to find a dress that's both stylish yet easy to wear, and this dress is the perfect blend of that. Just looking through the House of Fraser site also showed me there's a whole load of gorgeous dresses; be it a floaty maxi, babin' bodycon, stunning shift or glamorous gown. I could definitely end up parting with all my dollars had I spent too long browsing....!


 I'm definitely loving this dress and can see it being a sure fire summer staple in my SS wardrobe for  the rest of this season not to mention in future years to come. It's a nice style that I can't see going out of fashion anytime soon. I know I plumped for sandals in this post but I can see converse or heels working just as well! Now I just need a Miami vacay this Autumn to wear it on..... any excuse right? 


Are you a fan of House of Fraser?
Have you ever tried their summer dress range?

Dress gifted to me for review, all opinions are my own
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Disco dreams: Suns out with MinkPink

Feeling hella love for this MinkPink Suns Out crochet halter neck top (try saying that three timesss after a rum and coke) that I treasure-troved via asos. So summery and snap-upable. Instantly fell in lust with it and knew it would make my summer stylin' that bit more dreamy. The New Look crochet salsa shorts made for the perfect pairing and I'm over the moon with the Temerity Jones disco ball. Didn't really need a disco ball but as a fashion blogger I'm allowed to justify it (sure thing, see? Done). Wedges aren't usually my scene but these Talia sandals also from asos were the perfect blend of compromise, fuelled with a pretty holographic gold vibe. And last but not least, show-stopping shades from Dolls Kill, remember those sugary sweet bracelets as a 90s kid? Yeah those. 
I'm really happy with the desert vibes going on, as you know I'm a summer girl at heart and I think this has to be one of my favourite looks ever, aside from the whole A UFO Landed in my Pool! Trip. I'm getting really into liquid gold hues and feels; the gold shimmery body oil I slathered myself in for this shoot was a start, at least. Anything a bit glowy and shimmery and gold gets my vote. 
I talked about my decision to quit my job here and it turned out to be even more of an emotional rollercoaster than anticipated in the end. I was overcome with upset, a little heartbreak and a mix of relief, sadness, highs and lows. A bit of shock too, as I ended up leaving a little earlier than planned, which, although best, was still quite overwhelming and I couldn't get my head round a lot of it, still can't. Despite a few issues towards the end it was a job I had loved once upon a time, the only place to work that's ever felt like home, and silver linings and pots of gold have come thick and fast in meeting so many good, decent people full of support and kindness. Something I can't say I've ever really experienced in the workplace before. It was nice to finally feel accepted for who I am, my visions and my direction. I've met some lifelong friends, not something I could ever have imagined last year when those glass doors looked so intimidating and the office behind it more-so. Graham often says it's usually the people that make a job, and for once I understand what he means. 
Well, that's it for now folks. I'll definitely be back sooner rather than later this time (promise you, promise you!) Ideas are trickling in for a few more personal posts, as I feel that the blog -once so open and honest - is now lacking in that department a little. It'll be nice to be posting more content on a regular basis, as it will be to open up and get chatting about a few more topics and switch-up between fashion every now and then. Besides that, I'm looking forward to broadcasting some further tropical looks, hopefully you'll enjoy them as much as we enjoyed shooting 'em. Can't wait; be sure to bring PiƱa Colada's along, and suntan cream. 




P.S Happy #NationalRumDay! 
What's your favourite cocktail?