Tuesday 15 March 2016

River Island criss crossin'

River Island, has anyone checked them out recently? They seem to have nailed it for SS16 and I'm loving their mix of prints, fresh white hues and dreamy denims. I've turned into a total ASOS addict recently too, and both brands are completely killing it. Much as I love this look, I'm hopeful that with the promise of Spring blooming, this cream faux fur jacket won't be a staple for much longer. I HAD to snap up this bright pink lattice vest, a hot pink number I'm wearing backwards so that the slashed style gets a look-in. And can we talk about SS? Guys! Nearly time for the clocks to go forward! Nearly time for the blossom to babe out. For sunshine and those cocktails and that gorgeous SS wardrobe to stun and dazzle! 
Ah, it's been ages since I sat down to blog properly. It's been doing my head in that I haven't blogged for so long. I miss it. In truth I just can't be one of these people that blogs relentlessly hard if I'm not feeling it, I need to believe that the content I put out is unique and meaningful enough for creation. I've also had a really manic time since February. I was away for my birthday celebrations, I've been doing more hours at work, I'm writing a book which is a bloody long process, I promise you. It also means I need to get into a good headspace whilst writing it, and draw myself into the characters, their emotions, feelings, goings-on, dramas, day to day lives etc. I spend hours thinking about it (the book) and thinking about them, (the characters) so much so that I feel like I know them personally in real life, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I've been trying to write and focus on the book but it's also meant I've had no time for soinspo which sucks. I will make enough hours, dammit. 
Fear not though, I'm looking towards big things for the blog, especially come Spring/Summer. I did my AW related checklist: get a jazzy gold layout, print business cards, attend Blognix. Now for some summer soinspo! I'd like to steer my focus towards adding a few new elements to the blog; namely make-up looks on Instagram and some Saturday chatty vlogs. As well as buying up half of ASOS's summer stock and doing some tropical shoots of course. Stating the obvious and all. 

River Island faux cream blazer
River Island bright pink lattice vest (on sale)
River Island leather leggings 

Have you got any summery plans yet?
What trends are you loving? 


  1. Oooh that vest is fabulous and you look so rock 'n roll! xx

  2. You always look so beautiful and shoot the most amazing outfits and this is no exception! I love the gorgeous hot pink shade and the criss cross detailing. Such a great idea to turn the top around to showcase the design. I'm not really that big a fan of River Island but last season they had some great pieces and spring summer looks like they're continuing to step it up. Asos, on the other hand, I am completely addicted to aswell. I seriously want pretty much everything they have constantly. I also had no idea you were writing a book, that is absolutely incredible!! I can only imagine how difficult and how much work it must be, I really hope it's going well for you! Katie xx


  3. I am loving the criss cross! I keep seeing tops and blouses featuring it and I'm going to have to snap up a piece I think. Very excited to hear the new plans for your blog and cannot wait for your book! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  4. sooo gorgeous! and if i may add...babin'! So excited to hear that you're writing a book! keep us updated. I actually have stopped myself from going onto the RI website. must resist temptation...

    Lots of love x x


  5. Oh, hello! Bright pink looks wonderful on you <3 Love the criss cross, and your awesome jacket, of course! I know what you mean about ASOS, there are so many gorgeous things on that site at the moment, I'm trying to steer clear so I don't get too tempted! You've been such a busy bee and I think you're doing so well with your dedication to your book ♥ xxx

  6. Girl you look absolutely stunning as always! I love how you've styled this top, I really want to get my hands on some lattice tops, they just look so beaut.

    I can't believe your writing a book, that's amazing! I'd love to read some!

    You're so right, it's very difficult putting out content when you haven't got your head in the right place. I always have about 10 draft posts just waiting for those days so I can hit publish & not have to think about editing anything! xx


  7. You can wear pink so well. My skin just looks weird in pink. Good luck with your book! What an exciting and probably exhausting venture! I wish you the best with though, from one writer to another. :D


  8. Great look and I can't wait for summer to arrive! :) I think you're working so hard with everything and it will all pay off in the end. I love that you have a direction. I seriously can't wait for you to finish your book because I'll be the first to buy it! 2016 is definitely going to be your year ^_^

    Yasmin xx

  9. Ah this vest looks perfect for Spring/Summer! Such a good colour, looks amazing with the blazer x


  10. Girl. Don't feel bad at all: you're doing great and I love all your blogposts! (the wait only intensifies my curiosity)!

  11. So glad you're back to blogging Soph, but never let it get you down when you cant! Everyone needs a little break from time to time, I mean I took 2 blogging breaks last year and I don't regret them one bit! Love this little neon number btw ;)

    Grace xxx


  12. Loving the outfit and the combination looks very good, keep it up!

    Camila | www.myvoguestyle.com

  13. Hey Soph!!! I'm glad to see that the UK is getting slightly warmer, hopefully you'll be able to rock this criss-cross vest a lot more as it keeps getting milder. The faux fur looks fab with it too and I am digging this hot pink shade on you! I miss River Island, but I'm totally with you on the Asos front- I think I spend half my wages there!

    Glad your book is going well :) It's understandable that we all go through periods of times when we are not as inspired when it comes to blogging (me included). And it is so hard working a job and blogging- I'm struggling at the moment as I'm trying to find a new job at the same time too.

    I'm so excited to read your book! Keep up being all pink and glorious

    Rachel xx

  14. Oh my, Sophie, you look incredible! So happy to see you're back, and I must say I loved this post! The pictures are downright fabulous - I love the contrast between the big fur and the bright pink dress, and that slash is so stunning, gives it a 70's (or maybe 90's?) vibe I love so much. Also your book writing seems like such an interesting process, please talk about its progress on the blog, because I've always dreamed of being a writer myself but as that's never happening I would love to follow up on how your writing is going :D You're a star Sophie, keep up the amazing work, can't wait to see what's up next!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

  15. Love the colour of the top - your whole outfit is on point! River Island is my fave shop everrrr! Xx


  16. I'll be in the UK soon so I'm super happy that it's getting a bit warmer. Seoul is still quite chilly, but hopefully it'll be warming up soon! It's so awesome that you're working on a book. I can't wait to check it out once you're finished! Anyways, great look!! :)

    Mallory // Perhaps Bananas

  17. LOVE this, you look incredible - pink is definitely your colour!! I've missed your blog but I'm so happy you've been busy with all of these things. I'm so blimming excited about your book too!! x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

  18. Not really a fan of River Island, but I love their blazers. They always have some chic ones. You look so radiantly beautiful, Nadiya.
    I'm looking forward to some good weather. I'm not really into trends, but looking forward to wearing some lighter clothes. Ha!!


  19. Another gorgeous look! Loving the white/hot pink combo Soph! So proud of you for working so hard on your book and making your dreams come true. I already know that it's going to be amazing!!

    Thirteen Thoughts

  20. You look fabulous and I'm in love with the blazer, so cute!


  21. That pink is definitely your color! It looks gorgeous on you! I really wish we had River Island here. I took a shopping trip there when I was in London and I loved it! :D I wish I could pull off a jacket like that, but I would get some funny looks considering how hot it always is where I live...still wishing for some cold weather! Love this whole look!


  22. Stunning as always lovely! I'm loving RI this season too, SO many things I want :)

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk xx

  23. I really struggle to blog too when I'm not feeling it, just done a post about why I haven't blogged for the last month, I just wasn't happy with any of my drafts and I'm not happy to post them just to have something to post. So happy to hear that you're writing a book, you're such an amazing writer and can't wait to hear about it :) xx

    PS. You look gorgeous as always :) xx

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