JOHN LEWIS AND/OR

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So it’s official we have moved back to Manchester! We are all moved into our new home. You have no idea have amazing it is to have so much space, compared to our little flat in London. I have so many ideas for the interior for our house, but I really want to take things slow. Take our time deciding how we want our new home to look like, plus I want to bring you guys along the way.

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But first let’s talk about this outfit that I was kindly sent and the new summer collection by And/OR by John Lewis. Of course let’s start with the building block of most my outfits and that’s denim! Even though we are heading into summer I still love a pair of jeans to go with my summer tops and this look here is no exception. The boyfriend fit and grey wash makes this pair a nice summer alternative to my black jeans. To go with the grey wash I’ve teamed it with this red flowing blouse. This has been perfect for keeping me cool whilst in the midst of this mini heat wave we’ve had this weekend. I feel like this top will be worn loads over the summer months, with vintage denim shorts and even over my bikinis for days by the beach. To bring this whole look together I’ve gone for some tan accessories as I’ve really been drawn to tan colour shoes and bags just recently. They make for a nice change to my usual black boots and handbag.

Some other lovely pieces . . .

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As this weekends weather was on point and had everyone in a happy mood, I also pulled out some summer dresses that And/OR have in their summer collection. I would like to know your thoughts on the collection.

Joey x

TOP - AND/OR

JEANS - AND/OR

EARRINGS - AND/OR

SHOES - AND/OR

BAG - AND/OR

POOLSIDE GLAMOUR WITH JOHN LEWIS

Just a quick disclaimer that for this post I have used affiliate links to all products listed below. This means if anyone wished to purchase an item through one of the links I would be paid a small amount of commission from your sale.

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It’s amazing how a little bit of sunshine can change your mood. I know I’ve got a little giddy last week, making the most of beer gardens and drinking outside in the sun. It also felt amazing going from winter coats to summer clothes in a matter of days. I even contemplated booking a mini trip to Ibiza after a few drinks. I mean I should really be spending money on furniture and not planning holidays. This is what the sun does to me!

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As well as taking in all the sunshine last week, I was kindly invited by John Lewis to hangout at their pop up poolside installation. They have taken a corner of their 3rd floor flagship store and turned it into an LA-inspired summer hangout spot. With a realistic ‘poolside’ look full of floating pineapples and sparkly unicorn inflatables. They had full length mirrors which were perfect for taking selfies with all the inflatables. All this really didn’t help with my urge to book a holiday, I’m even more determined to go away, just so I can take one of these inflatables with me!

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Some lovely summer pieces ...

They have also cherry picked some of there spring summer clothing to feature in their poolside pop-up. I’ve picked out some of the clothing items which I loved and you can shop straight away.

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If you are in need of some summer inspiration or some poolside glamour, then I would recommend heading to the 3rd floor of John Lewis. They have lots of home, holiday, beauty and clothing inspiration. I’m already using the Vita Liberata luxury tan to give myself that holiday glow. The Poolside installation is open now until 12th May.

Joey x

THE SQUARE NECK CAMI TOP

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Hello and welcome back to a full fashion post with three different looks, featuring the square neck cami top. I’ve felt inspired by a combination of 90’s TV shows & the sunshine from the past week! But first a little life update, we have officially moved back to Manchester this weekend. We are all moved into our new house up North, so you can expect some interesting backdrops of the Northern Quarter and other spots around Manchester. I feel like the city has changed so much since we left nearly four years ago, so I’m very excited to go explore the new places to eat, drink and shop in Manchester. This means this is my last outfit post from South London. I do have a few more looks to post from London as I’m still down for another two weeks working. But I have left Joe and Bernard building furniture and unboxing loads of stuff until I return in two weeks. Very, very excited to be back t’up north.

Anyway let’s get into this hefty post all about the square neckline. So I've been rewatching Sex and The City back to back and watching Friends having my tea. After all this telly watching I’ve felt the influence of 90’s fashion. Both Carrie’s and Rachel’s fashion sense in both series has really resonated and inspired a lot of girls for this coming season. I’ve already seen how much 90’s fashion has influenced bloggers like Lizzie Hadfield and Monkhi in their looks. With all that in mind I have put together three different looks featuring my favourite 90’s top, the square neck cami.

CAMI TOP NO.1

The weather has had such a positive affect on my mood so all these looks are styled for a summer’s day. Starting with this multicoloured spotty two-piece set. The rainbow trend has been huge, but it’s a trend I have admired from afar until I saw this rainbow polka dot print. This print is a subtle way of incorporating the rainbow trend into my looks, without it over powering my whole look. Another reason I picked out a set is because you have two great pieces you can wear together for one look and two pieces which you can pair with other items in my wardrobe. It is such a versatile outfit that is perfect for work in the day and drinks in the evening.

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CAMI TOP NO. 2

My second look was created for a night out when I’m back in Manchester. I dig out my velvet heels from last season to pair with these linen summer trousers and this leopard print cami. Leopard is another big trend for this summer. I do love myself some leopard print every now and then. If the print is on the right item of clothing it can look amazing and I always love to style it against denim or like here with black trousers for the perfect night time look.

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CAMI TOP NO.3

My final look is so Rachel with the vintage Levi’s and so 90’s with the thin cat eye sunglasses. This look is my favourite outfit, because of how effortless the styling is. Nothing beats jeans and a nice top for me, no matter how much I wear other looks. I will always gravitate to my denim collection for a fail-safe jeans styled outfit.

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All these items apart from a few pieces I’ve had a while are from Topshop. I wasn’t sponsored by them, I just happen to love their square neck cami’s that much. Let me know if you have been inspired by 90’s fashion?

Joey x

OUTFIT 1

MULTICOLOURED POKDA DOT CAMI TOP - TOPSHOP

MULTICOLOURED POKDA DOT SKIRT - TOPSHOP

MULES - DUNE (last summer - see my last post about velvet mules)

SUNGLASSES - H&M

OUTFIT 2

LEOPARD CAMI TOP - TOPSHOP

LINEN TROUSERS - TOPSHOP

MULES - H&M (last summer - see my last post about velvet mules)

EARRINGS - MANGO

BAG - ZARA (last season)

OUTFIT 3

BLACK CAMI TOP - TOPSHOP

JEANS - VINTAGE LEVI

MULES - CAPE ROBBIN (LA-based brand)

SUNGLASSES - ASOS

BAG - PAULS BOUTIQUE*

RECENT LOVES

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Well it’s official, spring is here. This weekend I finally stopped wearing my big winter coat and exchanged it for my spring jackets. Plus I even had my toes out for the first time this year! The sunshine this weekend really cheered me up and made me excited for next couple of months. Anyway enough of the weather chat, let’s talk about some things I am loving right now. Starting with podcasts!

Podcasts

I’ve started to take the time on my commute home to relax and listen to a variety of different podcasts. My most listened to has to be Keeping it Candid with Sophie and Millie, for all their real and frank chats about everyday issues and blogging. Wobble is another great podcast empowering you to feel more body confident and just to be happy with yourself. For something a little different away from fashion or pop culture, I’ve been listening to Serial which was recommended by a friend. OMG, the first season had me hanging on the edge of my seat, keeping me hooked I ended up listening to about 4 episodes back to back, trying to figure out who actually committed the crime. The drama!!

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Sex and The City

Going from a listener to a viewer, I have recently binge watched the first two seasons of Sex and The City for what seems like the millionth time. My Sex and The City box sets have always been my go to when I have nothing else to watch but just recently I’ve seen it’s had a real come back with bloggers who hadn’t watched it the first time round. I feel like the show is having a really inspirational moment on fashion, if you haven’t seen it already I would recommend watching, you will see how much the show has inspired current fashion. You might even invest in a baguette bag!

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Snail Cream

This love is a bit of a random one but I am loving my new snail eye cream. Yes, you read that right, snail eye cream. I’m always intrigued by new lotion and potions that can help with the bags or wrinkles around my eyes. This was a lot cheaper than other eye creams I’ve bought in the past, so I wasn’t expecting the world from this cream. But it has certainly delivered on hydrating and reducing the puff tired eyes I get every morning. So it gets the thumbs up from me. I paid £11 because a friend brought it back from a trip to Korea, but it retails here at £30 on Amazon.

River Island

Ok so for a long time I’ve not shopped in River Island because their style didn’t quite fit with mine. For the last few seasons, I’ve popped in but never seen anything worth buying, until now... After watching a video by Emma Hill and loved her tortoise shell button bodysuit she had on, I headed straight to the website and purchased the bodysuit plus these dark denim jeans. I could have actually bought a few more pieces but I thought I best just try these out, so I get to know the fit again. But I already know I’ll be shopping in River Island for my holiday wardrobe.

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Some other lovely pairs ...

Earrings

This was a trend I absolutely loved about 5/6 years. I would always accessorise with massive earrings for all my outfits. After a while, my tastes changed and I fell out of love with big, bold earrings, opting for smaller necklace pieces instead. But over the last couple of seasons, I’ve actually built up quite a collection of statement earrings. Most of the pieces have taken inspiration from art collections. I’m loving the Matisse cut out shape earrings that Mango have in. Plus anything that is mix matched as a pair, it just adds something unique to a look.

Polka dots

Finally, I’ve come to the reason I started this ‘what I’m loving’ post - this polka dot blouse and how much I am loving polka dot for spring summer. This season I’ve already seen more colourful and playful polka designs and can’t wait to show you guys how I’m styling them, starting with this silk blouse. You guys know how much I love a blouse and jeans, here I’ve gone for a tie front pair of jeans and tie back detail on the top.

I would love to know what you guys are loving at the moment and if like me you’ve tried new products and would recommend them!

Joey x

POLDA DOT BLOUSE - TOPSHOP (sold out, here's an alternative)

JEANS - RIVER ISLAND

EARRINGS - MANGO

VELVET HEELS - H&M (two seasons ago, see below for some options)

Some other velvet mules ...