Wednesday, 16 October 2013

OUTFIT: A lighter shade of blue

The temperature today has really just dropped; and I'm pretty sure this signals a distinct exit from what felt like a very short lived summer.

I don't really mind though to be honest, I much prefer winter dressing and feel most confident when I'm layered up in boots, leggings, knits & a coat. I've also just invested in a new pair of black boots for the winter (OTK wedges by Camilla Skovgaard - more on these later!) so I'm really looking forward to the season ahead.

Here's what will be the last summery outfit post for the year - my days of wearing blue from head to toe are officially over for 2013!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

FLOWERS: Blue butterflies

Between Christmas and summer I had a fair few weddings to do, but I've now finished up for the year to take some time out to focus on my own wedding.... and to try and figure out what on earth I'm going to do for my flowers. Yikes!

Here's some flowers I created for a lovely bride who was just so sweet, she loved blue and butterflies, so you can guess what we based the flowers around...
Enjoy :-)

bridal bouquet of white roses & belladonna with diamanté and butterfly detail

Thursday, 15 August 2013

FASHION: My Top 5 Non-Trends this Season

I'm fortunate enough to spend my days visiting department stores for my job, so aside from doing ALOT of shopping, I develop quite clear opinions about the trends that pop up each season. 

The following is not meant to offend, and if you are reading this while wearing a chevron print backpack then I do apologise, but I wanted to share with you the top 5 trends you will not be seeing me wear this season.
To balance the argument, I've accompanied this post with pics of girls who are rocking these trends and manage to look supercool. You probably can too! 

It's just that I can't.

1. Backpacks

I'm sorry but I just can't buy into this one; I was there in the 90's when they were floral fabric and slouched right down to your bum, and I think I'm still recovering. I cant even stand seeing grown men toting them, even if its a casual, one shoulder affair. In my opinion the only people that should tote a backpack are children carrying books on their way to school. (Although I must admit the girl above looks pretty cool)
The absolute WORST type of female backpack toting variety in my mind, is the fresh-from-the-gym-on-the-way-to-the-office type, wearing a suit with trainers. Please dear god, get that thing off your back and get yourself a duffle bag. SO not chic.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

OUTFIT: Beige Blazer

Now I know my posts are averaging around 1 every 2-3 months, but I have very good excuses - it's the busy season at my day job, I've got lots of summer weddings to do flowers for, I'm planning my own wedding, and now - we're buying a house!

We've not yet exchanged/completed so I'm not getting too excited, just taking it one step at a time. 
(And desperately trying not to start planning where all my shoes are going to go!)

Will keep you posted, and in the meantime - here's an outfit!

Blazer: Zara - Trousers: Gap - Shirt: Tom Crown
Back in April I filled you in on my new Spring buys which included this beige blazer from Zara - it's just perfect for work and the summer months when you want a change from a heavy colour. 

Bag: Michael Kors

I love how well Zara finishes their clothes - you can fold the sleeve back on this blazer to show the neon trim.

Shoes: Aldo


Hope you are all well, happy and enjoying the sunshine!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Let's swap to Bloglovin!

ARGGHHH I just remembered that Google Reader will be no more after 1st July... 

I've now changed all of your lovely blogs over from Google Reader to follow you on Bloglovin, please do the same for me so we can keep in touch.

Follow me on Bloglovin here now!! 


Sunday, 2 June 2013

OUTFIT - Stars, Spots & Stripes

Going AWOL from my blog seems to be a theme this year - over a month without posting! Shame on me :-(

However, I make no apologies; I've come to terms with the fact that it's ok not to post every week, life is more important and there is lots of 'life' to get sorted in 2013! I've also just returned from a week's holiday in Cyprus with my sister, which was the perfect chill out and escape to the sunshine that we needed.

Anyhow I hope you are all well and staying fabulous, here's an outfit post from a few weeks back 
(pre-holiday, pre-tan and pre-hair dye touch up)

Monday, 29 April 2013

SHOPPING: Great Gifts = Not on the High Street

I love giving gifts to people that I know (fingers crossed!) they'll love. Something that I know for sure they'll be happy to receive, or that means something to them on a personal level. It's too easy these days to just dash off the high street and grab a generic gift voucher (although I have to admit under time pressure I'm guilty of the odd voucher now and then!) so if I can, I like to put a bit more thought into it.

That's why I love the website Not on the High Street, because it does exactly what it does on the tin! 
It's a great place to find unique and personalised gifts for birthdays, wedding presents etc, and after spending hours surfing their site the other day for wedding decor inspiration for myself, I was so delighted to be contact by them to trial some of their products. 

The first thing I chose is just absolutely delightful. 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

SS13: The New Denim Edit

Today I'm delighted to have my friends over at  guest post for the day! 
If you've never seen their website, check it out - they collate amazing things from boutiques across the world, with over 1,000 fashion labels to choose from. (I've recently been scouring their website for my wedding shoes....finding it hard to pick just one pair!)
Today the lovely Lucinda Bounsall has some fab tips on how to rock denim this season.

Enjoy :-) 


It’s one of those items that will never loose its place in your wardrobe; we’ve all probably had over a dozen of them and the hunt for the perfect pair is never ending. I’m talking about jeans, the perennially stylish absolute wardrobe essential that no girl can do without. There hasn’t really been a time where jeans were out of fashion they’re either fashionable or totally on trend and SS13 seems to be the latter.
Denim has had a bit of an overhaul of late, a total modern makeover and we’re loving the results; with everything from casual boyfriend styles to retro throwbacks and bold beautiful prints this season is really reminding us why we love denim so much!
We take a look at some of this season’s most sought after styles and take you through the essential rules to keeping your denim looking fresh just in time for the summer months.

1    The Boyfriend Jean
Never has it been more fashionable to steel your boyfriend’s jeans, and luckily if you don’t have a boyfriend to steal from then there are a number amazing styles you can grab from the high street. Boyfriend jeans are absolutely huge this season and we’re not just talking metaphorically; you can wave farewell you stifling skinny jeans and lounge in comfort in these stylish numbers. They come in a number of varying shades and levels of distress so make sure you do a little research into which is the perfect style for you. Boyfriend jeans are the ultimate word in laid back cool, dress them down with an oversized marl tee and trainers or alternatively for a super stylish evening look pair your boyfriend jeans with ankle strap heels, a crisp white shirt, relaxed blazer and statement necklace.

2   Back in Black
Black, like denim, is never out of style, this season’s take on the classic black jeans sees a darker aesthetic with a real rock chick vibe; think glossed denim, high shine, studs and multiple zips. These bad boys are the perfect wardrobe option to help avoid changing dilemmas; they’re the ideal item to take you seamlessly from day to evening. Team black skinny jeans with an all-black ensemble for an ultra-chic outfit or alternatively a crisp white Alexander Mcqueen shirt will transform a classic look and bring it up to date.

3   Print Power
Prints are always big for spring / summer but usually on summer dresses and floaty shirts, this season sees denim getting a printed overhaul, with everything from animal prints to floral numbers and cool geometric styles - what easier way to add pattern into your wardrobe. Keep your outfit simple by teaming minimalist accessories with a pair of printed jeans or alternatively if you’re feeling bold try print matching for one of this season’s hottest trends. We love teaming printed jeans with a printed top or jacket for a chic print clash ensemble.

4    Flare it Up
Give your style a nod to the seventies with a stunning pair of flares; we’re not talking Saturday Night Fever style we’re talking seriously cool. The perfect addition to your wardrobe a pair of flattering flares will see you through almost any occasion. Team flares with a floaty silk shirt and stacks of bangles for a spot on bohemian style.

5    Colour Play
Winter seems to be the season reserved for chic blacks and greys, if you want to add a touch of colour into your wardrobe as we step into spring then why not get your hands on a pair of coloured jeans. The perfect addition to any wardrobe and an easy way to change up an outfit in no time, for a high impact look try matching coloured trousers with a jacket of the same colour!

6    The New Blue
We’re not going to try and tell you that blue jeans are a new thing; they have literally been around for as long as we can remember. Blue jeans are back taking centre stage this season and they’re looking better than ever; think faded blue hues, inky indigoes and sky blue shades that are flattering on almost any legs. You can team blue jeans with almost anything so try playing around with your style and try a new designer; Tory Burch’s collection is amazing!

The Denim Bible:
Once you’ve got your perfect pair of jeans bought that’s half the battle won, the only thing that you need to remember is to care for them properly to get the most out of them! There’s no point splashing out of a new pair of trousers only for them to fade or shrink beyond recognition. So we’ve put together a little denim Bible to help you get the best results from your denim!

11.    Wear the right style: Boyfriend jeans look fantastic on slim ladies but can look a little unflattering if you’ve got a chunkier thigh, make sure you choose the right style for your body type. If you are a curvier lady then a pair of high waisted skinny jeans will flatter your fantastic shape and avoid unsightly muffin tops. Long legged ladies will rock flares but try to avoid flared styles if you’re short and stout.
22.    The higher the rise of the jean the more sophisticated the look will be; don’t make the mistake of wearing super distressed low rise jeans to a job interview, they might not think you care.
33.    Jeans are treated in hundreds of different ways these days with everything from stonewashed to acid wash, whatever they are always make sure you read the label for the washing instructions, jeans are hardy but the better you treat them the longer they’ll last!
44.    Wash your denim at least every six months and if you have a full on job where you’re likely to get dirty then wash them more often, no one likes stinky jeans – don’t be that person.
55.    Hang your jeans out to dry, this will keep them as fresh as a daisy and avoid them shrinking in the dryer, not to mention all the creases!

So there you have it, the ultimate SS guide to denim, how will you be wearing it this season?
This blog post was written by Lucinda Bounsall who works at

Friday, 19 April 2013

SHOPPING: Spring Basics from Zara

Now that the UK has FINALLY emerged from this god awful  winter eclipse, I'm starting to think about Spring and the new season, and what basics I need to update my wardrobe.

I keep a running list in my iphone of stuff I'd like to buy (I use Awesome Note and am so anal I have lists for EVERYTHING), so the other day when I had a Saturday morning to myself in Zara, I referred back to this list to try and save myself from impulse buys, and invest in things that would be solid additions to my wardrobe.

Thursday, 4 April 2013


I'm in the middle of another set of busy weeks at work, which typically means falling off the blogging radar for a bit. I think if I was a bit younger I'd be able to keep it more consistent, but being 31 with 3 jobs and a wedding to plan, sometimes there's not much time for anything else. (not that I'm complaining; sometimes if I don't have something to do I'll just make something up to do to feel busy. Loser!)

I'm still addicted to Instagram - any decent phone app that's all about the visual gets a thumbs up in my books - so if you're on there too, please leave a comment with your Instagram name!! 
(I'm @vanessaeves) 
It's the best way I can keep up with my blog friends when I'm on the road, and I love checking out your outfits/food snaps/shopping hauls/cute pics of cats.

Here's a few of mine from the past few weeks - 
Gordon being supercute

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