Summer 2015 LookBook: Peplum Stripes with Blue Vanilla

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FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top
FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top
FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top
FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top
FashionFake, UK fashion and lifestyle blog, Blue Vanilla peplum top, Chanel bag
what i'm wearing: peplum top* Blue Vanilla // jeans H&M (similar here// shoes JustFab // bag Chanel // watch Michael Kors // earrings H&M

I love the classic Riviera style which has been revived this summer - actually, I'm pretty sure it never went anywhere in the first place because I always see navy stripes in the first couple of pages of Vogue! I love the twist on the classic striped top by adding peplum detail on to it, it kind of refreshes the look and brings an element of femininity to it.

When I think about the Riviera style, I think about staple classic items so it's no surprise that I paired my peplum top with a statement watch and an iconic bag. As a nod to SS15 trends, I added statement earrings - they have been all the rage on the catwalks, and I don't know about you but I love the way statement earrings look however I struggle to keep them on all day!

I have also been loving my white jeans from H&M - although I am cautious about where I wear them to because I'm scared I'll either spill or sit on something and ruin them! White is a hard colour to wear but one of my favourites.

This is the perfect outfit to wear for a day out shopping, or lounging about in a seaside town - my heels from JustFab are super comfy and I could easily spend a day wearing them without the fear of my feet getting hurt.

*Thank you to eTail PR and Blue Vanilla for this collaboration! 
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Restaurant Review: The Royal Oak, Charlton, Hampshire

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The Royal Oak in Charlton used to be my local pub when I lived with my ma, and I often used to go there with my friends for a couple of drinks. I had food in there before, but never really rated the pub as somewhere to eat as the food wasn't fantastic. However recently it must have changed management as the food in there is really good pub grub with a menu that pleases everyone.

The Royal Oak in Charlton, places to eat in Hampshire, pub food, food blog
The Royal Oak in Charlton, places to eat in Hampshire, pub food, burger, food blog
The Royal Oak in Charlton, places to eat in Hampshire, pub food, burger, food blog
The Royal Oak in Charlton, places to eat in Hampshire, pub food, burger, food blog

Heidi and I visited the pub for a catch up and some YouTube planning a couple of weeks ago and I was seriously impressed with the quality of the food - big portions for great prices. We had the calamari to start with, which was really yummy and the calamari pieces were big and flavoursome. We also had their 'mocktails' which I have to warn you - they're not actually proper mocktails like the Pina Colada I had I was expecting maybe some more texture in the drink but it is essentially just syrup, ice and water. Not even blended ice, so slightly disappointing but it still tasted OK.
I had the gourmet meat burger which is beef, pulled pork and cheese and it was delicious - it came in a soft bun which I love and was huge! The beef was cooked well done, which isn't to my preference as I prefer rare but kind of expected as the burger is probably frozen prior to cooking rather than fresh in which cases you can have it rare. It came with chips and coleslaw - great stuff! Heidi had the scampi which again was a big potion!

The Royal Oak in Charlton is a great place to stop off for lunch or dinner especially if you're on a budget or have kids with you as they have an extensive kids menu. The pub also has a nice big garden which is brilliant for summer drinks.
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Dressing For A Summer Occasion With M&S - Summer Cocktail Party

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Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.
Dressing for a summer occasion with Marks & Spencer: the perfect summer BBQ party outfit.

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a Marks & Spencer representative regarding telling me all about the new website feature, Ultimate Dress Guide, which is a quick and easy guide to help you find the right dress for you for any summer occasion. From wedding guest to festival dresses, there is huge variety of frocks at Marks & Spencer and sometimes browsing online stores for something particular can be daunting so the Ultimate Dress Guide breaks it down for you, and a huge bonus is it also features the seasons top trends as well as a quick guide on what styles will suit your body shape.

I decide to try the guide out myself and had so much fun picking out different outfits for festivals, BBQs, and weddings - however I settled for this summer cocktail party outfit. I absolutely LOVE this dress - seemingly simple but the shape of it is really flattering and can easily take you from day to night, and also the colour is just amazing! You will notice that usually on my posts I put 50% of a photo filter just to balance out the colours and make the photos a bit brighter, however I really felt like you just have to see the raw colour of this dress so no filter here guys!
I also fell head over heels for these shoes (see what I did there?! :) ) - again, a simple design made so stylish by the see-through blocked heel. The shoes are so comfortable, I could easily wear them all day long.
Because the dress is such a stand out piece, I didn't feel it needed a lot of jewellery so I went for simple and classic hooped earrings and these sleek cat eye sunglasses - and voila, my summer cocktail party outfit is ready!

If you're planning on spending lots of time in the sunshine with a mojito in your hands this summer, here are my top tips for staying stylish:

  • Pick a dress style that is loose, rather than a bodycon - being practical, in the summer it's nice to feel a breeze up your sleeve rather than get sweaty wrapped tightly in fabric. Also, if the BBQ is on the go, you won't feel conscious about eating all of the food! 
  • Choose bright colours - although it looks chic and goes with everything, a black dress will attract heat. Choose a shade that is right for you, but try and stay away from black on scorching days. 
  • Wear sensible footwear - this one speaks for itself really, think about how long you will be spending in your shoes and as it's an outdoor event you really don't want to be running around barefoot (unless there's a nicely cut lawn, then go for it!) 
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Superdry Town Coat

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Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
Superdry Town Coat, Superdry Blogger Network, fashion blogger
what i'm wearing: town coat* Superdry // Joni jeans Topshop // t-shirt Zara // Converse All Star low leather sneakers // watch Michael Kors // necklace Zara

Last week I found out that I was a lucky winner of the Superdry #MySuperdry competition from their press event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London - which I was obviously MEGA excited about! I couldn't believe it, finding out was such a nice surprise! I won a coat of my choice from Superdry so after a lot of pondering which of their classic coats I am going to choose, I decided to go for The Town Coat - a stylish and tailored jacket which works for both smart outfits and also looks great worn casually.

I always perceived Superdry to be very much focussed on sportswear without having much to do with trends, however my opinion was changed at their AW15 press event where they showcased a lot more tailored and fashion focussed items. The Town Coat is an absolutely gorgeous fit, nipped in all the right places and structured to perfection. I love how great this coat looks styled with skinny jeans, classic Chuck Taylors and a big chunky watch for a touch of bling bling!



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Restaurant Review: The Oak, Smannell, Hampshire

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A couple of weekends ago, a group of my friends and I visited The Oak in Smannell, a quaint Hampshire country pub with a warming atmosphere and delicious pub grub. Smannell is a small village in Hampshire just out side of a town called Andover and you are guaranteed beautiful field and forest views if you fancied a weekend dog walk - naturally followed by refuelling at a scrumptious eatery.
With prices averaging to around £6 for a starter and around £12-£15 for the main, they are very reasonable for a variety of food to choose from and pretty big portions.

The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog

For starter I had the lightly breaded whitebait with tartare sauce which is one of my favourite starters as long as it's cooked well and the produce is fresh. Liam had the deep fried calamari which I had a taste of and it was just delicious - perfectly cooked and not rubbery at all; Louise had the ham hock terrine from the specials menu and Harriet had baked camembert with a selection of items to dip like crusty bread and vegetables, and caramelised onion chutney.

The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog
The Oak Smannell, Hampshire country pub, restaurants in Hampshire, UK food blog, UK lifestyle blog

Now as for the main, I have to reinforce the message that these potions are pretty delicious and big! I had the duck with country vegetables and mash - it was absolutely perfect. The duck was cooked to be tasty, pink and melt in your mouth which is exactly how I like it, and it came with a tangy red berry jus. Liam had a combo of ribs and chicken marinated Southern style - I again stole some of the ribs from him and they were pretty tasty, although I would like to have tasted more sauce and flavour on them. The burger at the pub is a pretty standard pub burger in a ciabatta which comes with chunky chips - great comfort food.

I really enjoyed our evening at The Oak in Smannell - cheap drinks, good food, excellent atmosphere so overall it's a big thumbs up!
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Summer 2015 LookBook: CelebLook White Playsuit

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CelebLook review, festival fashion, fashion blogger
CelebLook review, festival fashion, fashion blogger
CelebLook review, festival fashion, fashion blogger
CelebLook review, festival fashion, fashion blogger
CelebLook review, festival fashion, fashion blogger
what i'm wearing: white lace playsuit* CelebLook // shoes JustFab // swimsuit* Cleo by Panache // daisy chain Primark

I'm very excited to start styling up festival and beach outfits on my blog - I'm hoping this type of optimism about the weather and sunshine will actually bring us good weather and sunshine? Maybe? I fell in love with this white lace playsuit from CelebLook, an online fashion boutique which stocks items similar to what you see on your favourite celebrities, and some original gems like this playsuit. From casual to cocktail wear, you can find the right items for you at a very good price!


I love the pom pom details on the playsuit - I think they are fun and bring a special twist to the outfit. the top of the playsuit is all lace so I have teamed it with a bright print swimming costume - perfect for a beach party. But you can also team it with a cami top, or a colourful bikini!
Daisy chain headbands bring a nice, hippie-esque feel to any outfit and this summer I'll be sporting mine which I got from Primark for like £1 I think! 


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Summer 2015 LookBook: Summer Ready With Superdry

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Festival outfit, beach outfit, Superdry denim shorts, fashion bloggers
Festival outfit, beach outfit, Superdry denim shorts, fashion bloggers
Festival outfit, beach outfit, Superdry denim shorts, fashion bloggers
Festival outfit, beach outfit, Superdry denim shorts, fashion bloggers
Festival outfit, beach outfit, Superdry denim shorts, fashion bloggers
Festival outfit, beach outfit, Superdry denim shorts, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: shorts* Superdry // top Zara // denim gillet New Look // sunglasses* Superdry // shoes Topshop // necklace Zara // watch Michael Kors

Summer is just around the corner and I have started planning my beach and festival outfits. If you guys follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you would have seen that I recently became a part of the official Superdry Blogger Network (so excited about that!!) so I am looking forward to sporting more Superdry items this year.

I was really worried these shorts would fit me very well because they look quite small, however the fit was perfect - and they are so comfortable, usually I feel a little self conscious in hot pants but these denim shorts made me feel comfy no matter what I was doing.
I teamed the shorts with a plain white t-shirt and decided to double up on denim with a lighter coloured gillet as denim is hawt this season. With a festival in mind, I kept accessories chunky and eye catching - I especially love the Superdry sunglasses which look and feel like they could survive a weekend of dancing in crowds and so much more!
As for footwear, I opted for something a little more stylish however if you're all about comfort you can pair this look with white leather Converse - comfortable, reliable and easy to clean!
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Spring 2015 LookBook: CelebLook Lace Mesh Dress

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Celeblook review, Red lace dress, fashion bloggers, cocktail wear, FashionFake
Celeblook review, Red lace dress, fashion bloggers, cocktail wear, FashionFake
Celeblook review, Red lace dress, fashion bloggers, cocktail wear, FashionFake
Celeblook review, Red lace dress, fashion bloggers, cocktail wear, FashionFake
Celeblook review, Red lace dress, fashion bloggers, cocktail wear, FashionFake
what i'm wearing: red lace dress* CelebLook // shoes Zara (old) // clutch* JustFab // watch Michael Kors

Everyone has been raving about Michelle Keegan recently, from her hair to her clothes the woman can do no wrong! I fell into that trap after seeing her in a very similar dress, so I decided to see how this frock looks on a lady of average body build.

CelebLook is an online fashion boutique which stocks items similar to what you see on your favourite celebrities, like this red lace mesh dress in the style of Michelle Keegan. From casual to cocktail wear, you can find the right items for you at a very good price!

I fell in love with this dress instantly as I loved the way it looked on Michelle Keegan so I thought maybe I could look like a celebrity bombshell in the right frock? I love the lace detail around the neck, and the keyhole detail at the front of the dress.
A little tip I will give you is that the dress is very figure hugging and is also made from very thin material, so consider what underwear you are going to wear with this. I wore my Calvin Klein Second Skin undies and still you could see a VPL (visible pant line)!

Because the dress is such a statement in itself, I decided to keep makeup classic and hair in a relaxed, beachy wave style and keep accessories to a minimum with a chunky watch - keep an eye on what time Cinderella has to get home!
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