Khaki Mules

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Out and about again, exploring the back streets of Rochester, Medway. I think I have found my favourite street to get my photo's on, it's cute and secluded so you don't get many people in the background or cars for that matter! There are quite a few streets like this around Rochester but this one is my favourite at the moment! My boyfriend and I wanted to go for a walk around the castle grounds and wander around a bit more but it was just so hot and we couldn't really appreciate it properly. So we decided to head home but to be honest it was just as bad being in the flat than it was being outside. 

* Before you scroll down to the photos, I must say that I have awful tan lines on my feet. It's not dirt or anything! haha! It's down to me wearing trainers a lot and now I have unfortunate tan lines. I didn't realise until I started editing the photos and now it has made me a bit conscious! In some of the photos you can't tell but yeah. Just thought I would put that out there in case it is mistaken for dirt. This is another reason why I prefer Autumn! I don't get tan lines! ;) 









Top - New Look (old)
Skirt - Topshop (old)
Khaki Mules - 4th and Reckless
Bag - Primark (old but there is a similar one in store)

The main focus of this post is these amazing khaki mules from 4th and Reckless! I found them on Twitter a couple of months ago and I fell in love instantly! At the time they were holding a giveaway to win a pair of these mules and of course, I entered and hoped for the best. I was lucky enough to have won the giveaway and I chose these khaki ones. There were black and pale pink ones but I thought I will give the khaki ones a try. I love them and think they will be perfect to transition into Autumn. They are a little higher than I usually go for and I do need to practice walking in them a bit...I don't wear heels often unless they are boots! 
I really do recommend that you check them out because there are some really really nice shoes on their website and I can't wait to buy from them again! The customer service was amazing too! :) 

For the rest of the outfit, I'm afraid it is clothing that I brought a while ago and I thought would bring them up to date. The dainty florals are back on trend and it is a skirt that I can style throughout the Autumn months too; until it gets too cold obviously! Plus I thought the colours in the skirt matched the mules perfectly! As the skirt and the mules were the main part of my outfit, I decided to keep my top quite basic and I thought this one with the lace trim would be great for that. The lace trim doesn't take anything away from the skirt and the mules but it does add a little touch of detail that completes the look. 

How would you style these mules? I was thinking of styling them with my mom jeans next! What do you think? Let me know in the comments and I will reply as soon as I can! :)

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed it!
Hope you have a lovely day!
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DIY - Bleach Painting

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Recently, I have been wanting to do a bit of fashion DIY and I have had so many ideas of little projects I could do but no materials to do them. Plus due to finances at the moment I can't really go out and buy the materials I needed. So it got me thinking. What sort of DIY could I do that won't break the bank or cost a lot of money? I wanted to do something creative so turning an old pair of jeans into shorts didn't really cut it for me and I don't really wear denim shorts anyway...Now thinking of it, I don't actually own a pair!
I remembered that I did some bleach painting a while back but I used coloured paper instead of fabric and I loved it. So I thought, why not try it on fabric? As bleach turns fabric different colours (depending on the fabric of course!) I thought it would give a good effect. I decided to paint some flowers onto a black denim dungaree dress I had brought from New Look a while ago.

Before you start -
Make sure you're in a well-ventilated room!!
Open all windows, doors or whatever so you don't feel ill from the bleach. It is best to try and do this outside but if like me, you live in a flat; open all of the windows you can to allow the fumes to escape. I would recommend keeping one room in your house shut so that when you need a break from the fumes you can go into that room. My flat has a balcony door so I was able to keep the door fully open as well as all of the windows whilst I did this. Just keep in mind that bleach can be harmful  if inhaled and please read the warning labels on the side of the bottle.


I decided to test it out on an old pair of blue jeans to see what happens. That way, if my idea didn't work how I planned then I haven't ruined any clothing. The jeans I tested on turned a bit green and not what I had expected. So I thought I would test a little bit of bleach on the inside seam of the black denim dress. It turned out exactly how I wanted, so I went for it!

What you need -
- Household Bleach
- Old Paint Brushes
- Old Pencils
- Cheap Toothbrush 
- Garment of your choice
- Cardboard 
- Vinyl mat or cloth you can use to protect the floor/table
- Wipes/tissue
- Fabric dye pen

*Remember to wear old clothes as the bleach will...well bleach your clothes!*

1. Prepare your work area -
Lay out an old cloth or vinyl mat to protect the floor or table (wherever you're working). If working on the floor, the bleach will stain carpets so make sure you cover the area you're working on. I used a vinyl table mat on the floor. Make sure the pot of bleach and tools you're using are on the mat and maybe on top of some old newspaper/magazines. I did this but forgot to photograph it. Also, make sure you have some wipes or tissues on hand just in case. 


2. Cardboard -
Place some cardboard inside the garment and under the area you wish to paint bleach on. This is because the bleach will bleed through the fabric and this will stop it bleeding onto the back of your garment.


3. Start painting! - 
It's best to have a design in mind/a design to copy from/a template before you paint. I drew a rough sketch of how I wanted it to look and went from there. Once I got into painting, I changed and developed my design as I went. Use different tools to create different effects. I mostly used the paintbrush and the end of a pencil. You can use the toothbrush to create a spray effect but I didn't use this in the end. Just experiment! :)



4. Quick wash - (I set my washing machine to 40°C)
Once you have finished your design and you are happy with it, let it dry completely. Then put the garment into the wash. Only wash your garment, I wouldn't suggest putting it with other garments just in case the bleach leaked onto them.
The wash shouldn't ruin your design as it is already stained onto the garment but it might make the bleached areas look a bit lighter. The wash is purely so any excess bleach on the surface will wash away making it safe to wear.

5. Adding detail - 
When the dress had fully dried from the wash, I decided to add some detail into the design as I felt it looked half finished. I used a fabric dye pen in black (you can get these from any craft store) to add some details to the flowers. I wanted it to look rough and sketchy so it didn't matter if it went slightly wrong. However, if you wanted a more neat finish then just take your time.


6. Wear with pride!! -
Once its all done and finished, you can now wear it with pride! :)


There will be a full outfit post with this dress soon so make sure you look out for it!
Thank you so much for reading! This is my first DIY post and I hope you liked it! If this is something you would like to see more of, please let me know in the comments or through social media! I would love to start sharing more DIYs with you! (I have so many in mind!)

Have a great day!
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T.M.Lewin - The New Infinity Suit

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Today's post is all about T.M.Lewin's new Infinity Suit! I was contacted by T.M.Lewin to do a feature of their new Infinity Suit and I was more than happy to create a post for them. So I have chosen to show you ways on how to style/accessorise the new Infinity suit. But first I will tell you about the exciting new details that the Infinity Suit has to offer.

The Infinity Suit comes in two types of fit, slim and regular. Both of these fits will flatter you and will make you look smart and professional. The fabric used for the suit is Super 120's Merino Wool which is an open weave cloth that is made from 4 yarns that are twisted together; which means it absorbs excess water and keeps you cool and comfortable throughout the day. This fabric is also crease-resistant which will keep you looking sharp, smart and sophisticated for the office. The suit comes in two classic colours, navy and charcoal. These colours are perfect for everyday wear as you can accessorise them however you want. One day you can keep the accessories quite formal and the next you could add a bright tie and novelty socks for more of a fun look. Either way, this suit is perfect for every day at the office or black tie events.


So I have explained what the Infinity Suit is and what is made of and now I will tell you about a little bit about the model, Chase Armitage. As Chase is one of the most experienced creative directors for parkour and free running, T.M.Lewin chose him to model the Infinity Suit because they felt he was the perfect person to demonstrate how well made and resilient the suit is. The logic behind this is that if the suit can survive a free running trip across London it can survive what your commute will throw at it. 

You can watch the full video here - T.M.Lewin Infinity Suit 

Now for styling the Infinity Suit - 

*All items from T.M.Lewin and are linked*

There are so many ways you could style the Infinity suit, you could dress it up quite formal or you could add some bright prints for a more fun, casual feel. I chose the Woolwich Charcoal Slim Fit Infinity Suit to style but you can see the full Infinity Suit range here.
I decided to go for a more fun look by choosing some paisley accessories. This paisley print is a nice way to add some fun to your look but you still look smart at the same time. I love the paisley print so much that I decided to add a pocket scarf in the same print to the outfit. You could wear both at the same time or one at a time, either way, the print will look great against the suit. I chose blue socks to match the colours in the paisley print, plus it adds that extra bit of colour to the look. 

For the rest of the outfit, I decided to keep it simple and classic. I did this by choosing these black double clasp monk shoes, a reversible belt and a pair of classic silver knot cufflinks. 

If you want to read more about T.M.Lewin or suits in general, you should check out T.M.Lewin's blog! They have a lot of posts which contain tips and tricks from how to look after your suit to the top 5 packing trips for your bicycle commute to work. It is definitely worth a read! 

I don't usually create menswear posts but I thought it would be a nice change! :)
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post! 
Let me know what you think in the comments below and I will reply as soon as I can! :)

Michaela
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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour

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Today's post is all about the Harry Potter Studio Tour! I have never been before but heard a lot of good things about it. My boyfriend wanted to go there for his 21st birthday so I went with him and his family. I was a bit dubious about it as I thought it would ruin the films for me and take away the 'magic' but I was wrong! I loved it! I felt like I was 6 years old again as we were wondering around all the sets.



Of course, the first section I am drawn to was the fashion department. Even though it was a small section compared to the rest of the studios, I loved seeing what went into creating each of the characters outfits. I do understand how much work goes into the outfits because of uni but it was nice to see it all on display. 


Like most people, I'm not the biggest fan of Dolores Umbridge but I couldn't resist taking a photo of her office purely because of all the cats. I love cats...Just another crazy cat lady! ;)




I have always wanted to pose with the trolly at Platform 9 3/4's! So of course, as soon as we got too that section of the tour, I jumped at the chance! Even waited in line just to pose with the trolly that has the cat and owl on. I chose to wear the Hufflepuff scarf because I joined Pottermore ages ago and I did the online quiz to see what house I would be in and I got Hufflepuff. At first, I was like 'Ohh, I wanted Gryffindor but then I thought about it and decided I was happy with the house I was given. Plus I love the contrast of yellow with my hair! ;) I really wanted to buy the Hufflepuff knitted scarf like the one in the photo but it was a bit expensive so I settled for a Hufflepuff notebook and a classic chocolate frog instead! But next time, I will get one!


Here are a few bits that I brought back from the studios. A classic chocolate frog and a Hufflepuff notebook because, you know, got to support my house! ;) The passport was free and is usually given to children but we asked for one because we wanted to collect the stamps too!

I have so much more to say about the tour but I really don't want to ruin it for those who haven't been yet. But I will say this...it was truly amazing and I really recommend going if you haven't already! I'm sure I will be returning soon, especially since I need to get my Hufflepuff scarf! I can imagine it would be good around Christmas time, so maybe then we will go back again.

Anyway, I'm going to end the post here otherwise I will ramble on and I like said, I don't want to ruin it for others! :)

Thank you so much for reading and I really hoped you enjoyed it!
Hope you all have an amazing day!
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30 Things That Make Me Happy

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Hope you are all well!

So it's the start of another week and I have decided rather than having the 'Monday Blues' that I will be positive and be glad that it is Monday morning. A fresh week, a fresh start. This is why I have decided to share 30 things that make me happy! I started off planning to do about 20/25 things as I didn't want it to be too long but as I started writing, I realised that there are so many things that make me happy. I decided to stop at 30 because I didn't want to make this post too long. To be honest, there is probably more than 30 anyway, I put a few on the same line! ;)
*These are not ranked in order other than the first one!*

1. My family & my boyfriend
2. Flowers
3. Fashion
4. Drawing/Painting
5. Reading
6. Photography
7. Food - pizza, fries, brownies... anything
8. Cats, dogs, ducks...any animals
9. Playing video games
10. London




11. Museums
12. Castles
13. Going out to dinner
14. Being outside
15. Friends
16. Shopping
17. Blogging, reading blogs & youtube
18. Disney - Anything Disney related
19. Paris
20. Stars




21. Sunsets
22. History
23. Art
24. Fabric
25. Patterns
26. Rainy days
27. Fashion Shows
28. Magazines
29. Holiday's/Weekend breaks
30. Autumn

What things make you happy? Do we share any? :)

Thank you so much for reading and hope you enjoyed it!!
Have a lovely day!
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