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Ciao, bella!

So here’s a little story…

When I was 2 I used to live in Italy. It always comes up as my ‘fun fact’ when I have to introduce myself to a big group of people that I don’t know.

At the time I was completely fluent in Italian, I used to pop down to Mario’s at the end of the road and pick up a loaf of schiacciata (salty bread) to devour back at our villa.

Now, however, despite studying GCSE italian as part of my degree, I am useless.

My boyfriend always laughs at me as I tried to impress him when we first met by telling him I could speak Italian. I got myself in a v sticky situation though when we ended up on holiday in the Cinque Terre two months later and he said ‘go on then, you order the food’.

All I could say was ‘ciao’. LOL

So when I saw this BEAUT top on Anthropologie‘s website, it felt only right to pair it with a pair of vintage tartan trousers and pose outside of a pizza shop. Unfortunately no pizza was ordered (this wasn’t cause I’m in Italy lol, I just don’t think I’ve quite got to that stage in my blogging career where I can pull off posing with a pizza slice like Isabella Thorsden).

Anthropologie are absolutely bossing it at the moment. Look at those beautiful Tretorn platform trainers too (anything to give me a bit more height)!

I hope you like the photos below, ciao bella!

 

Outfit details

Anthropologie Sol Angeles t-shirt £58*

Anthropologie Tretorn trainers £88*

Urban Outfitters urban renewal trousers £46

*features press samples, see disclaimer

 

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A Parisienne Tights Subscription: Gambettes Box

 

 

So here’s a little story about why I love Twitter. My sister asked for some patterned tights for Christmas, but not being quite up on the hosiery market, I had no idea where to look. When I tweeted asking for advice, the absolute babe that is Georgia replied and said I should check out Gambettes Box*, a subscription service that delivers 2 pairs of tights through your letterbox every month. So I signed up, ordered a box, and the minute the tights came to my flat, I fell in love.

 

What is a Gambettes Box? 

 

Designed in Paris, Gambettes Box delivers two pairs of beautiful tights every month. And I’m not talking cheap, snag-on-the-first-day tights.  These are beautifully made with a unique design, and the most Parisienne packaging you’ve ever seen. When I received my first box, I wanted to pull my new tights on, grab a café au lait and skip gaily down the Champs Elysées (instead I pulled them over my sausage legs and took photos round the corner from my flat, making sure the local Greggs was not in shot).

 

What do you get in a Gambettes Box?

 

The joy of a Gambettes Box is that you don’t quite know what you’re going to get every month! The tights are a complete surprise, but from the two boxes I’ve received so far, they’re always elegant and stylish. The packaging is absolutely beautiful too, complete with French quotes, and postcards of models styling the tights. They make great presents for your gal pals’ birthdays and they’re an absolute bargain at only £13.90 per box (I even have a cheeky discount code below too!).

 

Where can I buy a Gambettes Box? 

 

Gambettes Box is a subscription service, so you get a box monthly but if you just want to buy 1 box, you can! You sign up to the subscription and then cancel the service when you’ve collected enough beautiful tights to last you a lifetime! If you don’t cancel the subscription you’ll still be delivered a box a month, but it’s pretty much a rolling contract. And the brilliant thing is guys, that because I’ve teamed up with Gambettes Box, you can get £2 off your first order! All you have to do is use the code:

GAMBETTESEMMA

Click here to order your first box: https://www.gambettesbox.com/#ae165  

 

I can’t wait to see all of your beautiful patterned legs! (not in a weird way…)

Emma x

*Features press sample, see disclaimer

 

 

Outfit Details

Olive Clothing khaki wool mini skirt £48

Gambettes Box patterned tights £13.90 (for two pairs)

Hollister black turtle neck (similar)

Accessorize black wool beret £12

Primark black loafers (similar)

 

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A weekend in Dorset

Walking along jagged cliffs, breathing in sea air, and drinking lots of wine in cosy pubs with open fires. Have I just described your perfect weekend? Because I have definitely just described mine.

There are so many beautiful places in the UK to explore, and Dorset is one I’ve barely touched (despite living just down the road… #embarrassing) I spent last weekend with my boyfriend’s family in West Bay, which I was very excited to find out, was where they filmed Broadchurch!

We went on the most beautiful walk along the cliffs on Sunday morning (photos below) and I wore my fave new FILA colour-block sleeve jumper, which you can buy here. I hope you like my photo diary below!

Emma x

Outfit details

ASOS Fila Sweatshirt with colour block sleeves £55

Patagonia Grey Recycled wool hat £25

Accessorize Sterling Silver earrings £10

 

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How to wear yellow

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I am (very) prone to wearing a lot of black.

Anyone else scared of bright colours? Cause I am TERRIFIED.

But this year, I am embracing ‘terrified’, so hence, in this post, I’m wearing bright colours! If you’re a bit wary like me, team a bright jumper with black jeans and accessories so the colour is the focus of the outfit. Et voila, you’ve nailed it!

This gorgeous mustard/ochre yellow jumper is from Oasis and it’s a perfect colour to wear in time for Spring. (Basically just tryna dress like a daffodil)

What fashion fears are you going to conquer this year?

Outfit details

Oasis Cable Knit jumper in Bright Yellow £36

ASOS Brixton Womens Baker Boy hat £40 (perfect for small heads!)

Urban Outfitters BDG black skinny jeans £45

Urban Outfitters Western Leather belt £28

ASOS Vagabond black leather boots £80

 

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Right, I’ve got a confession to make: I know absolutely nothing about fashion. Honestly I am absolutely useless at putting outfits together, I don’t know what suits my shape, what colours suit my skin tone and I haven’t got a clue about layering. So there you have it, I am the first ever ‘clueless-about-fashion-fashion-blogger’. I’ve struggled with this problem for most of my life, that is, until recently when I discovered one piece of clothing that would conquer all. The jumpsuit. I bloody love a jumpsuit. No need to worry about what style of jeans goes with what colour t-shirt, or whether I can wear a skirt with a crop top, or is that too much skin? or is a t-shirt and jeans not enough skin?! ARGH. The stress is real. That’s why a jumpsuit is my ideal piece of clothing. Just whack it on and the job’s done. An outfit is created in one. Plus can we talk about the fact that NO BRA IS NEEDED. They’re loose, comfy and they look cool. Here are some of my faves at the moment.

The festival jumpsuit

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This is my favourite thing at the moment. Funky and floral with a 70s edge and a lace-up back, this is my dream jumpsuit. I wore it to Field Day festival last weekend and a woman complimented me on it so. You can buy it HERE from Topshop for £49. 

The day jumpsuit

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When this jumpsuit arrived through the post, I nearly wet myself with excitement. I couldn’t quite tell what the fabric was like from the website, but it’s a gorgeously soft denim cotton. The fit is perfect, although do double check because American sizing is WEIRD. I bought it from Revolve Clothing for £73.40 (also careful with extra tax they add on!). You can buy it here

The dressy jumpsuit

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It was my sister’s 21st birthday recently and I really got it into my head that I wanted to wear a white jumpsuit (we don’t coordinate our outfits, nope, not at all). The problem with white is, you can see every bloody mole and hair follicle through it. Also I have a thing about tacky white fabric. No cheap white jumpsuits in this house thank youuuuu. I got this beauty from Mango for £35.99 and I absolutely love it. It’s such a nice alternative to a lace dress or suchlike because it’s all romantic and pretty AND backless (sorry didn’t think to get a photo). If you think you can handle the lace running up your cleavage and down your thighs then DO IT. You can buy it from Mango here

p.s. if you’re not brave enough to wear it braless, invest in what I call an ‘Alien Bra’. If you wear a lot of backless clothes, it’ll be the best thing you ever buy. Alien Bras can be bought for around a tenner from Amazon. Buy one here

I have about a million more, it was tricky to pick even a few, but if, like me, you are fashion USELESS then invest, a jumpsuit makes life so much easier (apart from when you’re going for a wee lol). 

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So I’ve set up a little clothing business called Realitie Clothing. 

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Tie dye t-shirts have come back into fashion in this ‘new-vintage’ age, but because tie dying is such a time consuming, labour-intensive process, t-shirts are being sold for about RRP £30 which, to me, seems ridiculous. SO I decided to make a load to sell for the bargain price of £10 (plus £3 postage) and they’re doing pretty well!

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We’ve got limited designs at the moment as we want to keep things simple, but we make things on demand, so if you’ve got a colour or a particular pattern you’d love to see on a t-shirt then hit us up and we’d be happy to create it for you! 

Here are some of our t-shirts so far. 

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Realitie blue and raspberry mottled t-shirt

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Realitie blue spiral t-shirt 

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Realitie raspberry mottled t-shirt 

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Realitie raspberry spiral t-shirt

Every t-shirt is completely unique as you can never, ever get two t-shirts the same with the tie-dying process! We make them on demand, cropped, striped, mottled – you name it, we’ll do it – and you can buy them by either emailing [email protected] OR by getting yourself on Depop (an app which works a bit like eBay!). 

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Check out our mood board below of celebrities wearing tie dye for an idea of how to wear it. 

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AND as a special promotion if you repost this, you qualify for 20% off your first order. 

Thank you for reading!

Emma x

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Going to a UK festival can be the equivalent of a cheap holiday for a student. There’s no luggage fees, travel insurance worries, or expensive club entry costs. Instead we spend an absolute fortune trying to make ourselves look casual, vintage and hipster, when all we really do is go onto Topshop’s ‘Festival Style Guide’ and buy up everything. Here’s how to do festival style on a shoestring, whilst creating one-off pieces, with a bit of make do and mend thrown in for fun.  

1. The Denim Dress

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I bought this denim dress in a charity shop for the bargain price of £2.99 and when I bought it, it was floor length, hemmed and dark blue denim. I decided to revamp it, so all I did was scrunch it into a ball and stick it in a bucket of bleach for a couple of hours (mix a couple of cap-fuls of bleach with a few jug-fuls of water and you’re good to go). After an afternoon of bleaching, this was the result! When it was dry I washed it a few times to get rid of the smell, and cut off the bottom hem. Ta da! –  a casual, festival dress that no one else will own!

2. The Patchwork Skirt

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Every fabric shop has books of samples that, if you ask them nicely, they might give to you for free. Somehow I acquired a book of Liberty print samples that my sister made into this beautiful patchwork skirt. All she did was join the sections, elasticate the waist and hem the bottom with a lace trim. If you don’t sew this might be a little bit tricky, but why not learn over the summer? It’s a bit see-through but I love this skirt and I’ve never seen anyone with one like it.

3. The Embroidered Dress

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Ok so I’ve sort of cheated, but don’t under-estimate the power of your Mum. My Mum has kept all her clothes that she used to wear in her prime, but, fortunately for me, she’s not going to wear her velvet shirts, dungarees or embroidered dresses anymore so STEAL THEM. They’re genuinely vintage and they’ve cost you absolutely nothing! My mum gave me this beautiful dress that she picked up along her travels. Teamed with a pair of wellies, this will look wafty and bohemian chic.

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I’m going to have a massive tie-dyeing session this summer and tie-dye EVERYTHING. I made these two t-shirts last year. All you need is any piece of clothing (make sure it’s 100% cotton or it won’t absorb the dye), some elastic bands, and some Dylon fabric dye (about £3 in Tescos/John Lewis). Tie, scunch or twist your t-shirt, making sure to hold it in place with lots of elastic bands, and shove it in your bucket of dye. Leave it for a few hours, rinse under cold water until it runs clean, hang it out to dry and you’ll be looking edgy as in no time. 

If all else fails (and sometimes it will) then my last piece of advice is: Primark it. I bought these two bags (above) from Primark and they have stood me in good stead through many a festival. They’re not one off pieces, but they’re super cheap and it won’t matter if you lose them! 

So there you have it: bleach, tie-dye, recycle and you’ll be looking Coachella-ready in no time. 

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