Wedding Guest

"I now pronounce you husband and wife" card by Caroline Gardner, "Just married" card by Blueink Studios (from local boutiques)

For me, this year's wedding season is fast approaching. I'm very lucky to be attending two this summer, and could not be more thankful for my invites - both are for university friends, and couples I don't get to see enough of - so I've started collecting some little bits together in excitement (...and a couple of months early).

There are no gift-lists for the weddings I'm attending, so I'm pulling together some personal favours instead. I'm the guest of two beautiful ladies, so my gifts are tailored towards them - and to fulfil this, I've gone with a tried-and-tested favourite of mine: Estella Bartlett.


I was browsing their online Bridal Edit, and came across these little bracelets. I wanted something that captured my friends' styles - I know Tiffany & Co. and bright silver are favoured by both, so thought this would be the perfect piece to stack in-between their daily pieces. 

Decorated with dainty heart and star charms, the Sienna Bracelet is composed of sterling silver plating, with everything thread onto a hardwearing elastic - guaranteeing a good fit for any wrist - finished off with a trademark Estella Bartlett cloud.



At the moment, this piece (and a few others!) are involved in a 3 for 2 offer on Estella Bartlett, making it a great time to stock up on gifts for upcoming birthdays, events and (of course) weddings.


If you are getting ready to celebrate this summer, I hope you have a wonderful time full of love and happiness.

Imperfections


It's far too easy to get caught up in fantasy when you're seeking perfection. You need a strong mind to deal with social media - not just when fielding other people's comments and criticisms, but with your own internal voice, too.

I've spoken about this topic on my Instagram recently, and thought it was something that deserved a full write-up (and probably seven more blog posts on top of that). I felt trapped by social media. I was focusing on numbers and statistics - obsessing over my follower count, my post engagement and the frequency of my uploads. But, aside from the digits, what really shook me was that my own desire to create content had left me. I had completely lost touch with what I was doing, who for, and for what reason. And it was horrible.

So I did what I knew how: I posted on Instagram, and admitted to my (freshly depleted) followers how I was feeling. I felt like owning up to it was the only way I could draw a line, and start again. The reaction that followed was unlike anything I ever imagined. The relationships I had forged with total strangers across the globe came to speak up, offering advice and support. It was a post with comments that brimmed with encouragement - and for the first time in a long time, I looked past the numbers and thought about the people instead.


Social media is fickle. Algorhythms get messy, and one post that's just as good as the next gets less engagement for no reason. The figures do not dictate your worth, or your success. When I look over that post, I don't look at the number of likes or the overall total of comments, I read the messages from the actual people who spoke to me. They helped me see the bigger picture - the picture I had lost whilst I was too concerned with why my pictures suddenly weren't doing as well as they once had. 

If you ever feel detached from social media, and feel that you don't know your place - relax. It's totally fine, and happens to more people than you realise. All you can do is stay true to yourself, create content that you are proud of, of things that inspire you. Remember who you started your account for - it wasn't for the thousands of anonymous likers - it was for real people. Stay true to yourself, and your content, and let the numbers fall to the wayside - and remember what is important in this life - and it will always run deeper than how many likes a photo gets.

The Romantic Bardot


Bardot tops are everywhere this season, and it doesn't look like they'll go away any time soon. And there's good reason. Just look at them. It's taken me a little while to dip into the trend - but yesterday I did. Let's have a closer look at this beautiful piece of art (not even an exaggeration) from New Look.

I was drawn in by the print. I love dusky-pinks and light, romantic colours (my majority monochrome wardrobe would lead you to believe otherwise). It's a mesh fabric, meaning it glides over your body and doesn't cling. The mesh fabric dilutes the print, and makes it look a little faded and aged, which I love - there's nothing brash or garish about the floral print.

The Bardot element is flexible, as it's composed of shirred fabric. There are also two shirred sections on the elbow of each arm, adding a little volume to the slight bell-sleeve. This is my only bone of contention - they're a bit of a fiddle to get into a position that's comfortable. The neckline sits perfectly, giving you enough room to move around, but still keeping in place so you're not constantly adjusting. 

A little online research has thrown up two colour-ways: the pink tone (as pictured), and a white tone. If I'm honest, I think the website photography washes the print out, and makes it look less appealing than it looks in person. The colours, although not bright, are stronger than the website and are more definite.  


In the past I've shied away from Bardot tops because of my chest - hear me out, this is a legitimate sentence. I have a big chest for my figure, and I'm always conscious of it. The idea of something off-the-shoulder sounds barbaric to me - why would I want to emphasise that section of me when I always try to minimise it? This top is different. The mesh fabric gives a fluidity of movement, meaning that it doesn't cling or draw attention. Instead, it maintains integrity of its silhouette, and actually flatters my body as a result (in my opinion, anyway). 

I love this piece for Spring/Summer. Have you been on the Bardot trend for a while? I'd love to know your go-to combinations for styling them up!

ASOS Farleigh Jeans


Let's talk jeans. I went through a phase in my life when I didn't wear them at all - I hated the feel, the fit, I much preferred tights and favoured long tops, dresses and skirts over anything vaguely related to structured legs. Fast-forward a few years, and I can't stop wearing them. I love having a structured base layer to play around with, mixing textures and different fits on top - tucking in leotards, wearing cropped tops, or (my go-to for everyday life) a tied-up shirt for ultimate off-duty chic. 

When I first dipped back into the denim pool, I wore Topshop Joni and Jamie - I loved the feel of jeans that weren't really jeans at all, and they were a good transition for my legs to get used to after years of exclusively wearing super-soft tights. Although I loved the feel, the structure wasn't there in those two styles - and with my style development, I learnt to love structure. 

I heard loads about the ASOS Farleigh on Instagram, and new styles and washes were always popping up on my weekly (it's probably closer to daily) New In browse on ASOS. So I decided to buy some. Enter: The ASOS Farleigh Mom Jeans.


I was so surprised by the feel of them - although the finish looks super structured and rigid in static images, they're so comfortable and have a small amount of give to them. I'm sort of short (read: I am short, at 5'3"), and my usual gripe with ripped jeans is that the rips aren't where they should be (like my lower shin, my ankle, the floor). I don't have this problem here - ASOS sell their own-brand jeans in waist size and leg length, so I was able to personalise my order a little. I bought a 26" waist, 30" leg (which equates to a standard UK size 8 with short legs, ie. me), and they're pretty much perfect. I do feel like I could have gone down a waist size as they're a little baggy, but I'm so happy with the fit of the legs that I didn't want to compromise that for the sake of a slightly better waist fit (and if I'm honest, it's rectified in about 30 seconds with a belt).

The wash is beautiful - a light denim with white fading running throughout, making them the perfect transition item through Spring and Summer. The rips give a sense of casual down-time which I love - and I can't wait to play these up for night with some nude stiletto heels. 


They're comparable in price to Topshop - working out slightly cheaper than the average Joni or Jamie at £35.00 (and as I'm still a student, I knocked off 10%, too). They're super high-waisted, comfortable, and give a breath of effortless-chic to any outfit. They're a piece that have totally inspired me, and I can't wait to style them up in the coming weeks. 

What do you think? Have you tried the ASOS Farleigh yet? I'd love to know how you style yours!

Spring Bridal Jewels


It's an exciting time for jewellery enthusiasts and glitter magpies (I definitely fall into both categories). Estella Bartlett have teamed with Halfpenny London to create a luxe wedding edit in time for the Spring bridal season. So far, I've got two weddings lined up this year, and I'm starting to think about collecting gifts in advance - but even if you haven't got anything on the horizon just yet, keep reading - this can definitely benefit you, too.

Kate Halfpenny, designer at Halfpenny London, has chosen an edit of beautiful items to curate her collaborative gift-guide. But there's a twist - some items are now included in a multi-buy scheme, whereby the third item you buy is completely free. (I know, right?)

If you're not already au fait with the brand, Estella Bartlett are synonymous with beauty and elegance, creating delicate pieces with an intrinsically feminine core. So, even if you haven't got a wedding to attend, you can still benefit from this offer as they make exquisite gifts for any occasion (or just as a present to yourself, because I definitely did that last week #noshame). I bought the Amelia Smokey Quartz Bracelet, so here's a review on an item that's included in both gift-guide and multi-buy offer to give you a little hands-on inspo.
The drawstring closure was what drew me to the piece, as it reminded me of Monica Vinader's iconic pieces. Admittedly, I was wary of the longevity of the piece due to the closure - but after handling it in person, there's absolutely no need to hold this reservation. The bracelet feels incredibly well-made and durable, and puts up with being adjusted, taken on and off, and generally wriggled around for about twelve hours every day. I have no qualms with mixing my metals, so it's stacked in beautiful fluidity next to my holy-grail Daisy London Wishbone and Astrid and Miyu Leo bracelets. I love the look of lots of little pieces stacked together to create a wider band, and this bracelet is perfect to slot into the mix and add a little bit of texture.


If you want to shop the entire edit, click here. And if you end up buying anything (as a present for someone else or yourself), let me know either in the comments below or over on my Instagram - I'd love to know what you've got in mind!
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