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The past week I have opened my wardrobe every morning, looked at the contents and just felt very uninspired with what it has to offer. I always have this feeling when we come to the end of one season that I'm not quite ready for the season ahead. I don't like spending my money on more summer clothes when the end of summer is round the corner, but the weather is far too gorgeous to wack out your autumnal clothes just yet. So updating your wardrobe with key transitional pieces for this time of year is key. One key item for me is a long sleeve top; this can be in any colour or print but it should be a versatile piece that you can team with jeans, skirts or even a pair of shorts. I went for a stripe version with a soft acid wash as this style can go with any of my staple items in my wardrobe.

I feel I met the summer-to-winter transitional look in the middle with this outfit, creating a hybrid outfit perfect for the trans look for this time of year. There are a few key items you can update your wardrobe with and a long sleeve t-shirt is a great piece. Here I wanted to test my new stripe top out with an a-line leather skirt and bare legs. This look has been one of my favourites of late and I can see myself wearing it time and time again for a day look. Long sleeve tops never feel very exciting but if you find the right style you can live in them for a whole season until you are sick of them and ready for Spring/Summer again.

Let me know your thoughts on this outfit and if you like any of the long sleeve tops I have picked out for you guys.

Joey x

STRIPE LONG SLEEVE TOP - & OTHER STORIES

A-LINE LEATHER SKIRT - WHISTLES

BOOTS - ASOS

NECKLACE - INDEPENDENT DESIGNER

BEAUTY WITH FARFETCH

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be asked to attend a beauty event hosted by Farfetch. I jumped at the chance as they always host such inspiring and thoughtful events. It was such a fun evening spent socialising with other bloggers and celebrating the launch of beauty products on  Farfetch website.

Farfetch had put together three beauty tutorials inspired from the recent catwalks. The makeup artist was amazing and explained how to translate the catwalk trends into more of a wearable look. I found this very interesting, from the whole prepping of the skin before you put makeup to how you place the product on your face.  Makeup is not my strong point but I am learning! I wanted to show you guys what a lovely evening it was and the very different look I had done.

Joey x

*All photos are credit to Kaye a fashion Photographer - check out her blog www.lifeandstylesofklf.co.uk and website www.fordtography.co.uk

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HOLIDAY SALES WISH LIST

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We are in the middle of August and the high street is already starting to show signs of some key items for the Autumn Winter season. With this I start to get very excited to see how well the high street stores will translate the trends from the catwalks. But just before we go crazy over all the new products coming out, there is still a little task of tackling the last of the summer sale. I know it might seem like winter is back again but just before we head into the next season feet first some of us are still in summer holiday mode. Even right up until the end of September I am still holiday-ing so when the sales hit I always love to shop around and get myself a little bargain for a late holiday.

Sale shopping can be quite stressful so I tend to go online and buy their, researching and looking at different websites I wouldn't normally use. For the sale I check out all the designer stores as I wouldn't normally be able to afford full price but some sale items I am able too! The best online stores of designer sales are MyBag and Allsole.com! So let's get into this holiday sale wish list with my favourite beach wear brand Mara Hoffman and this awesome bikini set. I love the chevron detail in the stripes, the all over crochet fabric without looking to boho and the sporty look from the high-waisted bottoms and high neck top, this is just a beautiful item. This is a great versatile piece that can be worn at the beach at a festival and even for a night out on holiday. Here I have created two looks that could take you from day to night. The first is a beach look teaming the bikini with these bright orange sliders for a pop of colour at the beach. To finish this look off I would wear this black maxi length kaftan over the top for a chic finished look. As you head into the night you can exchange the kaftan for these leopard print shorts for a night out. Mixing two crazy prints together on holiday is a great way to have fun with your outfit on holiday and just to rain it in a little exchanging the orange sliders for these double strap black sandals. To sit perfectly against the two prints, finishing off the nighttime holiday look.

Would love to know your thoughts on my sale picks and if you got anything amazing in this summer sales.

Joey x

BIKINI TOP - MARA HOFFMAN

BIKINI BOTTOM - MARA HOFFMAN

SUEDE SLIDER SANDALS - THAKOON ADDITION

KAFTAN COVER UP - L'AGENT BY AGENT PROVOCATEUR

LEOPARD PRINT SHORTS - MINKPINK

LEOPARD CROSS THE BODY BAG - LOEFFLER RANDALL

DOUBLE STRAP BLACK SANDALS - OPENING CEREMONY

LEVI DENIM SHORTS

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Everyone has their key summer essentials that take them all the way through the summer season, whether it's a great pair of sandals or the perfect pair of sunglasses; everyone has their own favourite item. Mine has always been a pair of denim cut off shorts! In the past, I have owned up to 5 pairs of denim shorts from various high street stores in a variety of different colours.

When you find a pair that fits you they can last up to 10 years, that's how long my first pair of Levi 501 cut off shorts lasted me. It was only earlier this year I had to bin them as they were becoming too short for me, from all the wear and tear they have taken over the years they had actually turned into hot pants. So this summer I went on the hunt to find a find a good pair of Levi denim shorts and here we are with my new pair.

Going on the hunt for anything vintage can take me ages, visiting lots of vintage stores and sourcing out the right colourway whilst trying to find a pair in your size! This can be a nightmare but once you get hold of a pair that fits it's like a eureka moment. Finding this pair took some time but so glad I did and now whenever the weather is sunny in London I wear these all the time. Here I have gone for a simple look teaming my denim shorts with a simple black t-shirt from my favourite store of the moment & Other Stories. Adding little details to the outfit with my triangle necklace, sunglasses and my silver cross the body bag. I have worn some block heels here but for a more casual look, a pair of sandals would look great.

One little tip when buying vintage jeans or shorts, go up one size from what your normal size is. So here I have a 30 waist size so would be a size medium. I find even if the clothing is a little baggy it looks far better than if you squeeze yourself into a smaller pair!

Joey x

LEVI DENIM SHORTS PLACES TO BUY THEM FROM

ASOS MARKETPLACE, URBAN OUTFITTERS, ROKIT LONDON, BLITZ LONDON, BEYOND RETRO

T-SHIRT - & OTHER STORIES

DENIM SHORTS - LEVI

SUNGLASSES - ASOS

SANDALS - ZARA

CROSS THE BODY BAG - LOEFFLER RANDALL*

Anything marked * has been gifted

#STYLEYOURWAYTOSPAIN

We are well into our summer and like most people you will no doubt have a summer holiday booked or are looking at getting a last minute deal to go away. With your holiday booked you start planning your outfits for each night, I know I certainly do! So when Click Stay got in touch with me to style some outfits I would wear on holiday I jumped at the chance and have put together this post for you guys. Now as I am getting a little older, I want to have more chilled out holidays where I can just relax and recharge my batteries whilst away. So here I have picked out this stunning villa Can Simone in Pollenca, Spain; that has an amazing pool and authentic Spanish vibes. With that let's get into the outfits I have picked out for my chilled holiday.

My first look is for a day by the pool in this stunning burnt orange bikini by a brand called Prism. They are more to the top end of my budget spending on a swimwear but the quality is incredible. Teaming with this bikini is this clean pinafore playsuit by ASOS in white. For day outfits I like my clothes to be a little loose because you get so hot on holiday. To finish this outfit off I have a straw hat with big sunglasses to protect your eyes and look super cool by the pool. I have also picked out these lace-up sandals by Dr Martens, I just love the how these sandals are practical but so stylish and go so well with the playsuit. All in all a great day look for chilling by the pool with a cocktail in hand.

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This second outfit is a look I would wear for a meal outfit with my boyfriend in a local restaurant. I have picked out this loose fitting maxi dress for the colour blocking detail and beautiful thin straps. I have teamed it with these flat studded sandals and this simple but unique pendant to give the outfit some edge. To add some sparkle and finishes touches I have picked out this silver metallic crossbody bag and liquid lipstick for the night time look. This is a great outfit for a date night on holiday.

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So here comes the fun bit for you guys, Click Stay have not only asked me to style up some cool holiday looks they are also running a competition for one lucky follower the chance to win their own £500 villa voucher and a brand new suitcase from Samsonite! How amazing is that?! All you have to do is click on the link Click Stay and once on that page, leave a creative comment on which Click Stay Spanish villa is your favourite and what is your most essential travel item. It is really that easy! Good luck guys and let me know your thoughts on my two holiday looks.

Joey x