NINE TO FIVE EDIT #1

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I’ve just gone freelance and I’m wearing more jeans and t-shirts than ever at home, however I still like to wear something smart when heading into the city centre or working from a local coffee shop. I know how hard it can be to dress right for whatever job you have, so I’ve decided to start a series on my blog called the Nine to Five Edit.

I really want to bring to you guys some interesting looks that you can wear for work and feel fashionably. So no boring work clothes here, just fun, versatile pieces that you can purchase and wear time and time again.

This first look is all about styling out the heat in these hot summer months. I did think about finding a dress, but sometimes I like to wear lightweight trousers for the office. Some workplaces love to turn the air-con right up so it feels more arctic than normal. Here I’ve gone for a soft yellow pair from H&M. They stock some beautifully structured pieces of clothing that are just perfect for the office. I especially love their selection of trend based blouses and tops. I find them very easy to work into my wardrobe for work.

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Some other lovely work wear pieces ...

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For some added contrast I teamed my yellow trousers with this v neck cami top and my favourite knotted sandals from Jigsaw. Honestly I still think they are the best pair of shoes I’ve bought this summer season. For any work look, I create, the details from my shoes to my bag, to the necklaces I wear can make a huge difference. So I would encourage investing in shoes, like when your mum did before school started in September! I’ve put together some more pieces that I think you can mix and match within any wardrobe. Do let me know if like this series and if there any shops you want to see based on workwear?

Joey x

CAMI TOP - & OTHER STORIES

TROUSERS - H&M

SANDALS - JIGSAW

WATCH - MVMT

PERFECT OUTFIT FOR THE SUMMER

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After my Parisian trip, I started researching imagery of European style. I used Pinterest as my main source, as my home feed always throws up loads of cool imagery based on what I’ve liked before and boards I’ve followed in the past. From the street style shots from couture shows, I came across an image which I loved so much I have used it as inspiration to create this look for today’s post. 

 
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Normally I take inspiration from different outfits people have posted to create a whole new look of my own, but when I saw this particular look of a tank top and paper bag jeans I just thought I must own most of these pieces and I can easily recreate a similar look from my wardrobe. I have put some images at the bottom of this post and you will see how effortless and with ease Julie Pelipas glides down the street towards another couture show. Also, I’m not alone in loving this look, the Man Repeller even wrote a whole article on how this is the summer look!

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So I decided to raid my wardrobe to see what outfit I could come up with, starting with the bottoms. I remembered before my holiday in a ‘spare of the moment’ purchase I bought these cream paper bag waist trousers in the sale from Zara. At the time the weather was far too hot here, let alone in France where the weather hit 35c but as the weather has cooled slightly I am able to wear them for this look. For the tank top I opted for this H&M ribbed vest top that I bought a true to size (size 10) but honestly, I could have gone down a size, as there is plenty of room in the body. The two-tone creams look great against each other but after looking at the original image that inspired this look, I know now I will be on the hunt for a camel coloured high neck top. The sandals are a pair I’ve worn non-stop for the last two months and the bag was a lovely gifted piece from John Lewis.

This is a loose take on the Julie Pelipas ‘perfect outfit of the summer’ look. Let me know if you like this look or have your own source of inspiration for summer looks.

Joey x

STYLE ICON : JULIE PELIPAS

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FUTURE PLANS

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After spending a week in France and having a small break from all forms of work, I came back super inspired to create again. Whilst away in Paris I felt a real pang of inspiration from wandering the streets, browsing the independent stores and not forgetting the incredibly dressed French girls. I witnessed it first hand at how effortless the style and mannerisms, which make most of them the sexiest women on the planet! I have already started collecting images that have inspired my wardrobe for the next couple of looks.

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Now I have officially gone freelance and I am traveling less for work, my days off are spent brainstorming ideas, creating content that I feel proud of, while still keeping style tips. Paris was a great place to reflect on the content I have produced so far and how I can push it further to more exciting places. I am still getting to grips with Instagram stories and IGTV. Some people have already put out some amazing high-quality content on IGTV, which makes me want to work on how I can include this form of content within my own work. The main thing for me is that my stories and videos match the quality of my images, so the work I put out on the app all links together seamless. Plus developing videos for Instagram is a nice bridge into the scary world of YouTube.

As much I love exploring new ways to create content, I am only ever going to write about things I feel truly passionate about and think you guys would love to see. Even though my blog is mainly fashion based I am loving writing about food and travel, so expect more of that content but please note it will always include some form of fashion within the post. As for sharing every last detail of my life, I’m going to leave that for the girls who are so good at it. Personally, it’s not my jam and I really don’t want to force a piece of writing, just for click baits. That is just not me and you would easily see through a post straight away. 

So you can expect more fashion, travel and food because this blog is all about escapism like blogs are for me. Not to be taken too seriously..

Joey x

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CROP TOP - ZARA SOLD OUT (similar here & here)

TROUSERS - H&M SOLD OUT (similar here & here)

SANDALS - JIGSAW

BAG - ZARA

NECKLACE - ASOS

WHAT TO WEAR TO A WEDDING

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Over the last few years more and more of our friends are getting married and with that I wanted to make more of an effort with my outfits. I see these occasions as a chance to dress up in some fabulous outfits and glam myself up. There’s just something so lovely seeing all your friends dressed up at weddings. 

Over the years I have spent a fair amount on hotels, flights, gifts and my dresses. I think the amount of effort people put into their special day you should reflect that in your outfit. Plus it’s the perfect excuse to glam up to show off your latest hair do or nails. The recent wedding I attended was in the wine region just north of Bordeaux. It was in a beautiful setting but boy was it super hot, I was glad I wore this silky loose fitting dress by Topshop Boutique. These photos were actually taken whilst we were in Paris a couple of days after the wedding. The day of the wedding I was busy helping out with favours and seating plans, so I had to get ready in record time before the ceremony started!

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Like I said the weather was so hot in France the loose dress was great for keeping me cool, but the shoes were not the best choice if I’m honest. Because of the heat my feet swelled up leaving marks on my ankles where I wrapped and tied the heels. These strappy heels look beautiful for photos but I think I need to give up on them sadly. In fact I changed after the canapés into my favourite Jigsaw sandals. 

Anyway if you guys are looking for a wedding guest dress I have picked out 8 stunning designs. They are all flowing numbers that I had on my list before deciding on this abstract printed dress. Let me know if you have any weddings and what you plan on wearing to them. 

Joey x

SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!!!

SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!!

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ABSTRACT PAINTED DRESS - TOPSHOP BOUTIQUE

HEELS - PUBLIC DESIRE similar here, and here, or these.

HANDBAG - ZARA (old)

EARRINGS - MANGO