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Photo Diary: My Best Friend’s Farm Wedding

My beautiful best friend got married recently, on her farm, in a true country-wedding style.

We drank champagne on hay bails, I had gysophila in my hair, and the married couple left on a tractor! It couldn’t have been more perfect for Hannah, who’s lived on a farm since she was born. My favourite touch was the wellies filled with wildflowers that lined the marquee, and for the wedding breakfast we even ate a ploughmans.

I’ve shared some photos below because I couldn’t resist you seeing what a gorgeous day it was.

 

 

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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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A festive weekend at The Hoxton, Shoreditch

London in the Winter can be a right old sweat. Rushing in the rain to catch the next tube, ripping off layer after layer for fear of over-heating and then two stops later, putting layer after layer back on for fear of freezing to death outside.

But the minute I got to The Hoxton, Shoreditch, I instantly felt relaxed. The atmosphere is cool and chilled-out due to the bare concrete architecture and open-plan lobby complete with velvet Chesterfields, naked light bulbs and wire bookcases lined with novels.  The huge roaring fires are so inviting, it’s impossible not to drop all your bags, sink into an armchair and stay for the week. We settled down into a cosy red leather, diner-style booth and devoured a Mac and Cheese (much needed after a strenuous journey).

Our room was funky and modern with a beautiful 60s style desk complete with branded mugs and (my fave) a Roberts Radio! Ngl, we spent most of the first afternoon just chilling in the room (so lethargic after my Mac and Cheese, plus it probs didn’t help that I’d had my Christmas party the night before…). And anyway, why would you leave a room that has unlimited tea bags, pillows made from clouds and Chill fm’s soothing mix of Massive Attack and Sigur Ros (srsly tho, is this a real radio station?).

We’d decided to stay in The Hoxton, Shoreditch for two reasons:

  1. Because we were going to see a play in the evening called The Ferryman. (If you know me, you’ll know I LOVE theatre, and this was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen, hands down)
  2. Because one of my life’s hopes, dreams and ambitions has always been to go to Columbia Road Flower Market. Ohhh the hours I’ve pondered over tulips, freesias and tiny, delicate cyclamen! And as luck would have it, it was just round the corner! (lol jk this was in the plan)

Finally, my day had come.

And on that day, those 24 hours that I’d chosen, one tiny little day out of 365, it decided to bloody tip it down.

But I REFUSED to let that stop me. This was my big flower market day! (huge shout out to my boyfriend at this point who stumbled after me in the torrential rain taking blogger pics while simultaneously trying to prevent our precious new lens from getting wet lol – what a gem)

Beyond the forest of Christmas trees (not quite a forest, more cut down and popped through one of those netting machines like a french sausage) were festive displays of red berries, eucalyptus stalks, pussy willow and poinsettias all shining out in glorious, wet, Christmassy joy!

It. Was. Wonderful.

I couldn’t leave without buying a seasonal bunch myself, despite knowing it would only cause me more chaos come the rain rush, layers on, layers off, sweaty tube chaos debacle. If only there was another Hoxton Shoreditch to greet me with an open fire and Mac and Cheese when I got home!

 

Outfit details:

Zara mohair jumper £39.99 (similar)

Zara red round bag £39.99 (similar)

Mango red slingback shoes £59.99 

Hollister white turtle neck £4.99

Urban Outfitters jeans £50.00 

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I have a confession…

It’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you for years but I haven’t had the courage to do it until today. I’ve been repressing it for ages, but now I feel so confident in who I am, what I do and what I like, I’m finally ready to tell you my biggest secret. I try to keep my blog as a safe space so please don’t judge me, but instead respect that I am writing this with a newfound courage that I hope doesn’t backfire. I haven’t wanted to admit it, but the fact is…

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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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