SUMMER DRESS

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Since coming back from my holiday, the weather in London has been very kind and bought us lots of sunshine. Although I must admit it has been unbearably humid at night and we haven't been able to sleep without the fan being on, it's made it all worth it for when the suns out in the day!

I have to say as my style has evolved over the past couple of years, I have began to struggle finding summer dresses that one I like and two suit my figure and three are age appropriate. I have never been a massive fan of girly looking dresses, unless they have an unique pattern or detail to them. The usual floral prints make me look younger than I am, making me feel very self conscious. I know that sounds crazy that a girl wants to look her age, but I just feel like if I wear a girly dress, with my hair down and not a lot of make up I feel like I am 16 year old girl! Having said that I don't want to make myself to look older by wearing midi skirts and maxi dresses. Summer dressing can be a proper minefield. Please tell me I'm not the only one that struggles with summer dresses?!

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This sounds like a massive first world problem but I think I might have found a gorgeous summer dress that ticks all the boxes in style, taste and print. This off the shoulder midi dress is from Urban Outfitters and I am loving the look of it.

For the last couple of seasons, I've lost the love for Urban and picked other high street stores as I felt their designs went too commercial and lacked an edgy look to the clothes. Even though this dress isn't the most out there style, it does feel more like their old designs in both the pattern and the quality.

Here I have teamed the dress with my new favourite mules from Dune. I'm still very much in love with velvet and even when it falls out of fashion again I know I'll still be wearing these beauties! I would love to know how you are styling out the heat?

Joey x

OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS - URBAN OUTFITTERS

VELVET MULES - DUNE

STRAW BAG - INDEPENDENT STORE IN IBIZA TOWN

SUNGLASSES - SUPERDRY

JULY INSPIRATION

Hello and welcome to my July inspiration post. I know I am a little late in posting this but I have been so busy recently and wanted to take my time deciding what to feature this month. We have four different areas that I want to talk about this month. Let's get into to it!

My second lusting item of the month is a long chunky cardigan. Now I know this sounds crazy as we are experiencing a heat wave but I just can't get out of my head a chunky knit that I didn't buy last year and thought this time around I'm not going to miss out again! So the plan is to start looking now and keeping note of what store has what style. I already have an idea in my head of the style, colour etc so it's going to be a challenge to find exactly what I'm looking for but a girl can pray! So far I have found a good one from Topshop and very stylish number from Mango, but you decide which looks better.

 

Last but no means least is plain white t-shirts. These are my ultimate basic piece that I can team with anything and I am always looking to update my collection. I am a creature of habit when shopping for basics, once I find a store that sells good quality styles I go back every time. My top four stores for t-shirts are 4) Cos Stores 3) And Other Stories 2) Topshop and number 1 is H&M.

The first item is the floral jacquard covered sandals. Now I have seen these around the past couple of months and kept going back and forth before deciding I quite like them. I was heavily influenced by another blogger Lizzie Hadfield from the blog Shot From The Street. She bought the Aquazzura high heeled mules in a soft pink, beautiful pair and I instantly thought the florally patterned shoe will sit perfectly against a simple jeans and t-shirt look. Here I've picked out a mixed bag of floral jacquard printed shoes to show how versatile this print can be. My favourites are the dusty pink Rochas, simply because I love the fabric mixing of the jacquard and velvet together!

Before we head out shopping for winter clothes lets take a step back and enjoy these summer months. With that, I really want to purchase a gingham dress but without looking like a 10-year old primary school child. I've taken dress inspiration from another one of my favourite bloggers; Maria Bernard. So here I've picked my top 4 gingham dress, including this subtle gingham pattern item from Nasty Gal. Perfect for the heat wave we are having!

So that's my July inspiration, let me know your thoughts on what I've picked out. If you are lusting over a style or trend please let me know below.

Joey x

IBIZA - A DIFFERENT SIDE

Holidays are one of the sweet things about having to work, just the thought of taking two weeks off gets me into the holiday vibe and actually switching off from work. This year we decided to book a holiday for relaxing time in the sun after stomping around Glastonbury for a week. Best idea ever! One of our favourite places that we know quite well and love very much is Ibiza. However this time around we wouldn't be partying as much, instead we wanted to explore the island and eat lots of tasty tapas. It's now over two weeks since we flew out to Ibiza and I'm still thinking about all the amazing food we ate. I thought I would share where we visited and give you some tips on where to go if you are heading to the white isle this summer.

Bar-Anita

Situated between our villa in Jesus near Ibiza Town and Cala Sant Vincent we discovered this lovely little restaurant in San Carlos. When we found this place I thought we were actually north of the island, turns out it's east of the island! Anyway we discovered this place driving past it and round a very sharp corner on a little exploration of the island with our friends, so on the way back down we decided to stop off as it looked busy for such a small place at 3pm in the afternoon. We only had a bowl of olives, aioli and bread but it went down a treat with the big jug of sangria.

Tip: sit outside by the side of the road for the sunshine.  

La Bodega

After talking about how much we were all craving tapas, we decided Friday night was tapas time at La Bodega. If you google this place it comes up in the top five restaurants to visit in Ibiza Town and it doesn't disappoint. We came here two years ago for my 30th birthday with 10 of my friends and had the best 'last meal of the holiday', if that's a thing?! This time around there was just four of us but I'm sure we ordered the same amount and as we were so hungry we did the amateurish thing of ordering it all at once.. Plates were coming out faster than we could eat the food! If you ever eat here, order a couple of dishes at one time and savour the food, unlike us very hungry people wolfing it down to fit more plates on our little table! FYI every person that we have recommend this place has had the best food here

Tip: Book to avoid disappointment and order the salmon or beef carpaccio - delicious!

Pikes Hotel

Ok so we couldn't go to Ibiza and not party just a little bit. This time it wasn't about the super clubs, we were looking for more of a relaxed and intimate setting. Pikes Hotel was just that! We got there a little early before the restaurant entertainment had ended so sat outside on the beds in the garden sipping on some lovely gin and tonic while enjoying the quirky exterior. The main room holds about 150 people so it's definitely a world away from the super clubs but the music and vibe was perfect! Expect plenty of funky disco & house music from the likes of Artwork, Leon Vynehall & DJ Harvey.

Tip: check out the website to see which residencies they have on - the parties are FREE! You can also eat here but it can get a little pricey.

La Granja

After the partying, it was straight back to filling our faces with amazing food and wine. This last afternoon in Ibiza was spent up in the hills in a recently renovated farmhouse called La Granja. They grow their own fruit and vegetables and even have their very own donkey and pig! The whole place has a very bohemian vibe with a slick modern twist, with soft cream wooden furniture and old brickwork showing throughout. The interior and poolside was amazing and something else but the food was the highlight of visiting this place. We only had the choice of fish, meat or vegetarian when booking our table but they certainly didn't disappoint. Fresh gazpacho, carrot & beetroot hummus and salads to start. Steak cooked on a mini BBQ on the table and a huge local fish perfectly cooked!

Tip: This was on the pricey side but it is worth every penny for the three-course meal. If you are looking for an experience and a perfect ending to your holiday then La Granja is a perfect way to leave.

S'Escalinata

This place has been highly recommended by the couple we travelled with this holiday. The bar is the perfect place to sit out on massive bean bags and watch the world go by. We ended up sitting on the hill until 1.30 in the morning drinking sangria, bloody lovely!

Tip: If you are staying near Ibiza town, this is a great bar for pre meal or pre-drinks before your night out.

La Torre

For anyone who has been to Ibiza before you know the sunset is a lovely thing to watch over dinner or pre-drinks at Cafe Mambo, but if you want to take it up a notch La Torre has a gorgeous setting up on the top of rocks. You get a perfect view of the horizon whilst listening to some chilled music watching the sun is setting. This place had the best sangria we tried in Ibiza!!

Hope you guys liked this different post, I really enjoyed exploring a different side to Ibiza and sharing my findings with you guys. Please let me know if you like this kind of post and if you have been to any of these places or planning on going.

Joey x

CAMI TOP - WAREHOUSE

PLEATED RA RA SKIRT - WHISTLES

VELVET MULES - DUNE

SILVER CROSS-THE-BODY BAG - LOEFFLER RANDALL*

Anything marked * has been gifted

RA RA LOVE

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 Hello guys and happy Sunday! Hope you have had a fabulous week and an even better weekend. I am having a very chilled weekend, spending time with my pup pup and Joe. Definitely need some R&R after the two weeks of fun I've had. Straight after Glastonbury me, Joe and a couple of our friends went to Ibiza for a week of sunshine. It was more of a chilled holiday than our usual Ibiza trips and we spent most of it just eating nice food and drinking mojitos. I'm doing a blog post about all the amazing places we ate and drank coming soon, so please check back next week if you are heading to the white isle this year. Anyway, let's get into this outfit post and how much I am loving ra ra skirts!

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Just over a month ago I saw a gorgeous photo of Sara Escudero from blog Collage Vintage dancing around in a tiered pleated ra ra skirt and I instantly thought that skirt would be perfect for my holiday! I was expecting to click through and find it out it was very expensive but I was pleasantly surprised to see it was a high street piece and from a store that I absolutely love - H&M. Luckily it was still in stock so I bought it straight away with this one shoulder ruffle top, which I thought would be great a piece to sit against the pastel yellow. I have been on a little bit of a spending spree at the moment and also purchased these pink velvet slip on mules which are a lovely version of the Mui Mui ones finishing off this pastel inspired look.

I really enjoy putting together outfits for a holiday as it gives me the chance to experiment and be more girly with my looks. Since finding this ra ra skirt I have seen so many other bloggers wearing this kind of skirt around. I have to say it's one of the easiest summer pieces to wear. I have found a couple of pieces I have bought so far to be really versatile and in this hot weather they have proved to be a great item to wear for work! But what I love most about this whole look, is that one blogger inspired another blogger meaning even if you might think your images are falling on deaf ears, they aren't. Sometimes it takes one good image to sell an item and I was hook, line and sinker.

Who has inspired you recently to make an impulse purchase?

Joey x

P.S. loving the Spanish light at dusk!

RA RA SKIRT - H&M

OFF THE SHOULDER TOP - H&M

PINK VELVET MULES - DUNE

SILVER CROSS-THE-BODY BAG - LOEFFLER RANDALL*

Anything marked * has been gifted