DENIM CULOTTES & CROP TOPS

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This weeks weather has been pure bliss, I have enjoyed having my lunch outside, taking a full hour break. We have also enjoyed the sunshine in the evening by having a BBQ every night for over a week now! Not going to lie the BBQ was the best thing we have bought for the house. I have actually been in summer dresses all week but yesterday the weather in London turned a little bit and rained. So I decided to wear my new denim culottes from Topshop.

I love a wide leg pair of trousers as it hides my thighs well and if they are cropped even better for making my legs look longer. I picked these denim culottes because of the raw edge finish, it's still on my raider and seeing what was happening on the catwalks it's going to be all over the high street next season as well. Here I have worn this Zara crop top I actually bought a couple of months ago. It was an impulse buy and at the time I loved it, now I'm not so sure. I think the main reason is the cross straps at the front. I do think it goes well withΒ  these jeans and heels, but still not loving it. I would love to know your thoughts on this crop top? And let me know how your week has been?

Joey x

DENIM CULOTTES - TOPSHOP

CROP TOP - ZARA

HEELS - CHRISTIAN WIJNANTS

MIDI SUMMER DRESS

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It's official, the UK has had its hottest day of the year (so far). I'm sure you guys are feeling the heat, I know I have, with my commute to work being the worst part. So to stay nice and cool I wear summer dresses that are light and airy to minimise any stickiness! Now I haven't tanned my skin in ages, I have been letting my skin breathe for a few weeks, so this means I have bared my pale legs in public, please don't judge! 

Anyway back to the outfit, I picked out this gorgeous loose fitting midi dress from & Other Stories last week. I saw it hung up with some chunky midi heel slip on shoes and fell in love with it! It is the perfect summer dress that can take you from day to night just by changing up your shoes and we all know I love a style that can take you from desk to dance floor. Here I have gone for a simple day look with my Birkenstocks and layering up two silver necklaces. To finish off I've chosen my new favourite sunnies from ASOS. Seriously if you are looking for a summer dress to you can wear both in the UK and holiday this is a key piece to invest in.

Below I have also picked out four styles that fit into the same ilk with simple prints in midi length. Let me know your thoughts on any of the styles.

Joey x

p.s. Yes there is our neighbours cat in background rolling around, totally trying to get in on the photo action!

MIDI DRESS - & OTHER STORIES

SUNGLASSES - ASOS similar

BIRKENSTOCKS - ASOS

NECKLACE - URBAN OUTFITTERS & H&M

THE WHITE T-SHIRT

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Carrying on with my t-shirt theme I have picked out a key white t-shirt that covers a few trends for the summer going into trans. White t-shirts are a great basic piece to have in your wardrobe, you can just pair them with any bottoms or underneath a slip dress.

Here I have picked out a white cotton standard length t-shirt from Topshop. What is special about this one is the distressed detail at the neckline and edges. This was a key trend on the catwalk, from shows like Yeezus. They had such an extreme distressed look to their clothing that is not truly wearable for everyone. But what some of the high street stores like Topshop have done is create basics in top quality cotton fabrics so they can have this distressed look. This t-shirt has such a subtle amount of nibbling to the edges that from far anyway you won't be able to tell. Great for anyone who loves the style but not so much the distressed look.  

Here I have taken the distressed look t-shirt and paired it with some tailored trousers. This look that is perfect for day to day work, mixing up both a casual and formal look. To add a slight edge to this look a raw edge denim jacket and my new favourite sunglasses from ASOS. This is actually one of favourite outfits at the moment. Let me know your thoughts on the look and if you guys are loving the distressed trend.

Joey x

WHITE DISTRESSED T-SHIRT - TOPSHOP

TROUSER - TOPSHOP

NECKLACE - H&M

LOAFERS - ZARA

DENIM JACKET - TOPSHOP

SUNGLASSES - ASOS

T-SHIRT AND JEANS KINDA GIRL

If I could pick one outfit to wear over and over again it would a good old pair of jeans and a simple t-shirt. The variation with this combo is endless and I can keep coming up with new ways to style this look every day! For me the t-shirt has become a constant staple in my wardrobe and now I own far too many to mention here. It started a few years ago when I actually got quite envious of my boyfriend and how easy it is for guys to style out t-shirt and jeans. The look is simple but effective, so I started going out of my way to find different tee shapes to add into my wardrobe. So over the next week I want to bring you the different tee shapes and styles I am feeling for this summer.

My first style that I am all about is the boyfriend tee, with the whole look being oversized and having a half sleeve, that can carry on past your elbow. Designed right in a drapey fabric this style will suit anyone. This tee shape here is by & Other Stories and they have nailed the boyfriend t-shirt perfectly. The fabric has very subtle edging towards a mesh so just showing my black bra through it, but if that's not your thing you could always wear a nude bra. As I said before the fabric has enough drape in it to fit comfortably on the body to give a feminine look to this outfit. I have gone for a pair of boyfriend fitting jeans and to finish the outfit off my chunky Christian Wijnants elasticated heels. Not forgetting my new favourite bag, which has only had its second outing since getting is my Alexander Wang bag. I would love to know your thoughts on the outfit and what are your favourite looks you go to back time and time again?

Joey x

T-SHIRT - & OTHER STORIES

JEANS - URBAN OUTFITTERS

HEELS - CHRISTIAN WIJNANTS

HANDBAG - ALEXANDER WANG

NECKLACE - URBAN OUTFITTERS

FIVE WAYS TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS

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I am at a point in my life where friends are buying houses, getting engaged, having littles ones and taking the leap of faith into freelancing. In some way or another, we are all living out our dreams and have taken big steps towards them. We might not all be on the same page in life but we support each other no matter what. Having the courage to go after something you really want takes guts and a lot of planning for the future.

I still feel I have a lot more to give in my career as a fashion designer and have a plan in place in how I want to achieve this. Over time the dates might change giving room for any new encounters that come my way but the end goal will always be the same.

I have five steps I want to share with you that help me to achieve my goals.

1. Belief

Setting goals and life aims is the first step, after this comes the belief you can achieve your aims. The self-belief and confidence starts with you and if you believe you can achieve your goals others around you too. Giving up and taking the easy route in life is never rewarding.

2. Map out a plan

Once you have your goals or aspirations in mind, the next step is to set out a plan of how to achieve them. By writing down what you hope to achieve by the end of the year or by the end of the month you have set out aims for yourself. This in turn will give you focus for realising your dreams. I also find giving yourself a reward every time you achieve a small goal encourages you to push on to achieve more.

3.  Internships

When you have a career based goal there isn't always a straight forward way into the career path you want. In fact hearing stories of how a lot of my work colleagues got into the roles they are in now is very interesting. You need to explore as many avenues and internships as possible in your area of expertise as you never know where it might lead you!

4. Turn envy on its head

In any industry you can easily start to compare your path to another's and begin to doubt skills thinking you are not further on in your career as you would like. This is only natural but the best way thinking past this is by asking the more experienced colleague/friend how they got to where they are today. By asking questions you are opening yourself up to learning and soaking up any information to help push you on to achieving your goals.

5. 'Pain is temporary, quitting is forever'

This quote could not be more true. We only regret the chances we don't take, if you quit before you even reach your first goal you need to go back to the first point and start believing in yourself again. The pain of working two jobs or constantly saving is just temporary, you have to remember that you are working to your end goal, which will taste even sweeter if know you have worked so hard to get there.

I hope this has inspired you to take the leap of faith. Please let me know below your thoughts, it's always great to hear from you guys. I will leave my outfit details below. 

Joey x

DENIM PINAFORE - URBAN OUTFITTERS

WHITE VEST - & OTHER STORIES

SNAKE BOOTS - ZARA

DENIM JACKET - TOPSHOP

JEWELLERY - H&M