So this week I had the pleasure of being invited to visit the STALF studio to see what goes on behind the scenes of a clothing brand, and find out more about the brand. Paris is the one woman band running STALF from her Lincolnshire studio with her trusty seamstress at her side. I love the concept of the brand that it’s all made from scratch in Britain, right from the designing stages to the creating of the fabric to production. There’s only one batch of each style so once it’s gone it’s gone, I always think when somethings limited edition it makes it that bit more special, particularly if you know who made it ( see above!). STALF clothes are made with free sizing ( between a 6 -14 depending on the fit) and are perfect for people like me who prefer clothes on the looser side. Can we just take a minute to appreciate how beautiful her studio is? Converted from an old butchers this is a truly pinterest worthy! I’m obsessed with this tile counter! Visit the STALF website here for your own hand made pieces!

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DIY Gladiators

I thought I’d try my hand at some DIY gladiators this week. I’m a huge fan (as you already know) of the gladiator sandal trend, and as I got a pair of ankle sandals for my birthday I’ve had a go at upgrading them. The pair I already own are the gladiator style but I guess you could try this with any style if you already had a pair in mind! (Mine are from Topshop). So this idea came to me one day, (a light bulb moment if you will) I’d been looking for a nice (cheap) pair of long gladiators which don’t seem to exist! And suddenly thought, what if I could just get some longer laces? So off I went on an ebay search to find some matching laces, I have to admit 90cm sounds a lot longer than what turned up, so I decided to add them on top of the existing laces. I really like it, I thought it might look weird as the shoe stops at the ankle but I’m happy with how they turned out and I’m now on the hunt for some SUPER LONG laces, next time I’m going knee high! I always think the footwear and accessories are what makes an outfit, so I’ve kept it simple with my favourite denim skirt, my Brown and Berry bag and this beautiful crop I got from STALF Studios yesterday, I’m already in love. Top: STALF | Skirt: Primark ( Find similar styles here) | Bag: Brown and Berry | Sandals: Topshop | Laces: Ebay | Bracelet and Ring: JJDR

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Lace Up

Unless you’ve been living in a hole this past few months you must have noticed that most things ( the best things) this summer come with some form of lace up on them. Dresses, all forms of footwear, where there’s a will there’s a lace up. I’ve dived in head first and embraced the lace up trend this week with my sister’s new H&M dress ( thanks Lauren!) and my beloved Next lace up heels. This is actually a cover up but I’ve put something underneath to maintain my modesty! Personally I think it’s far too pretty for a cover up, at just £9.99 from H&M it was a steal, unfortunately for you and me it’s now sold out, but not to fear, I’ve been trawling the web to find some look a likes. You can thank me later! I always think jewellery is key to finishing off the outfit and these minimalist pieces from  Cradle Jewellery, a jewellery designer based in New York,  are perfect for me! They’re really simple pieces which makes them super easy to wear.. they go with anything! I love the rings, I got a midi ring and a normal one, they work perfectly together! I’m also an absolute rebel and love mixing silver and gold jewellery ( sorry if this makes you cringe you weirdo)!   Dress: H&M  | Shoes: Next | Earrings: Cradle Jewellery | Bracelet: Cradle Jewellery | Ring: Cradle Jewellery | Midi Ring: Cradle Jewellery | Sunglasses: Bali

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Boyfriend Tee

My absolute style staple that I can’t live without is my favourite white t shirt, courtesy of H&M menswear! As someone who appreciates a good white t shirt, I have to admit that I pick up my favourite pieces in the menswear section. This is my favourite boyfriend tee, the linen mix means the fabric has a marl effect look which is slightly see through, but not too much! Mens tees just fit so much nicer in my opinion, I’m someone who prefers loose clothing, so mens t shirts are perfect as they aren’t fitted. Womens t shirts always seem to be made of uber stretch material with a fitted shape and it just doesn’t do it for me! I’ve dressed it up with my gorgeous new elilla Jewellery layered gold necklace and pearl ring, delicate gold jewellery is the perfect finishing touch to any outfit! I love my new Next lace up wedges, I’m not usually a wedges kinda gal but these ones are an exception! These paired with my leather look Topshop jeans give a plain white tee a smarter look.   Get my Brown and Berry bag now for just £149.00 whilst it’s still on offer! Offer runs out on 30/05/15! T Shirt: H&M | Jeans : Topshop | Wedges: Next | Bag: Brown and Berry | Hat: H&M | Watch: Larsson & Jennings | Ring: Elilla Jewellery | Necklace: Elilla Jewellery

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Birthday Wishlist

This Saturday it’s my birthday! I’m going to be 25 which I have been informed ( far more times than necessary) is a quarter of a century. I’m definitely not ready to embrace adulthood yet but I will take the presents thank you very much! I know it’s a bit late but I thought I would put together a little birthday wishlist ( Mum are you reading this?). I wont actually be here for my birthday as my ever so thoughtful boyfriend is whisking me away to a surprise location ( how the hell am I supposed to pack for that!?) to celebrate in style.   1 – I’m a big fan of fringing, this cute little clutch is great for summer and as a jeans and t shirt kinda gal, it’s the perfect finishing touch – Zara : £29.99 2- I’m still loving Next, they are so on it this season and this cute little dress would be perfect for if my weekend away is in the sun! – Next: £50.00 3 – My one true love in life is notebooks. I buy them on a  weekly basis, each one has a specific use I promise. As a result I have at least 10 notebooks on the go at any time and of course I’m always on the lookout for a new beauty like this one – Zara Home: £15.99 4- This Daniel Wellington watch is perfect for summer, love the blue and white strap. I always prefer men’s watches to ladies, I like the chunkier style and the large face – Daniel Wellington: £149.00 5- In my opinion, you can never have too many candles. Diptyque are the creme de la creme of the candle world, even if you don’t burn it just look at that pretty packaging – John Lewis: £40.00 6- This elcy clothing bra is almost too beautiful to wear under your clothes! Love the gold straps and perfect for if your a small boobed lady like me – Elcy Clothing : £25.00 7- Love these lace up shoes, the best Aquazzura dupes I’ve seen. If I don’t ( or someone else doesn’t) get them I know in a months time when they’re all sold out I will be kicking myself – Topshop : £62.00

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