Rain rain go away…

By Sarah Hugill

 

Apologies all you lovely bloggers as I seem to have fallen off the face of the earth!

What with exams and then working full time i’ve been pretty rubbish at updating our blog, so it’s about time I get cracking!

I don’t know about you guys but I couldn’t wait for bank holiday weekend! No surprises it rained cats and dogs, typical English weather, so I decided to crack out my recent New Look purchases to brighten up my mood!

I worse a kimono (which I am slightly obsessed with at the moment, so many prints and colours to choose from!) this one caught my eye with the floral and bird print in a silvery shade so that you can wear it with pretty much any colour from New Look. I then wore a white vest top with detailing along the bottom also from New Look, a mint green, cream and white clutch back… you guessed it from New Look with a pair of leggings (as they’re quick drying) incase I got caught in a down pour.

I teamed the outfit with a spot of red lippy, dressing up the outfit for the occasion of a bank holiday meal out! 

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Have you joined the kimono trend? Have you had a shopping frenzy in New Look recently? Let us know @thesarahsblog

 

 

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I put some new shoes on and suddenly everything’s right

By Sarah Redman

Yes I chose my title inspiration from Paolo Nutini – if by any chance you don’t know him then have a Google or hit up YouTube or iTunes. At the moment I’m obsessed with his new album, Caustic Love.

The title also has some inference on the point of this post. It doesn’t take a genius: New shoes.

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Nude pumps & Cuticle tattoos

These are just your bog standard Ballet Pumps from H&M, retailing at £7.99, these beauties come in pretty much every colour. A put on an go kind of shoe, these are made of faux suede so are soft and sweet. Not fantastic for a day of serious walking but they look cute, a versatile and cheep. Sold.

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Harley & Freddie playing tug of war in Knole Par, Sevenoaks

Unfortunately these have now been slightly chewed at the back by puppy who is now one year old – and yes still running off with my shoes. Sob!

Are you a fan of a simple pump? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Lily flames

By Sarah Redman

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This lovely addition to my candle collection comes from Somerset company Lily-Flame. I received their Fairy Dust (invisible and true) candle for Christmas from my lovely friend Georgia Thomas. After sampling their most popular candle I can see the attraction and have been hooked ever since.

This Verbena (A summer in Provence) hooked me not only by the name, as this is my summer destination of choice, but also by the amazing fresh and summery scent. This one definitely brightens up any room.

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Lily-Flame has a range of products with both full size and mini scented tins, scented glassware, room mist sprays and reed diffusers. I absolutely love the quirky look of these candles and how the coloured wax melts into the rest of the candle releasing even more of the luscious scents.

Lily-Flame was established in 1994 and they make all their products by hand in the heart of the Somerset countryside. This has lead them to become one of the UK’s favourite scented candle manufacturers.

My next purchase is hopefully going to be a more fruity affair: Mango Fandango (hot, hot, hot!) This is ‘the worlds tangiest, most mango-ey candle’ – I popped into a local supplier in Sevenoaks today (The Lemon Tree) to check the scent lived up to the name. So I think I’ll just add this 35 hour burning candle to my wish list now.

I also have another on the wish list: Parma Violets (The sweetest feeling). Yes, exactly like the sweets – I became a big kid in a sweet shop when I smelt this one. Definitely another must have.

To complete my small but growing collection: Taste of Provence (Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary and Sage). Described as “culinary perfection” I found this one on their website and have yet to try it out but this one sounds right up my street – again with the Provence.

What do you think of my candle addiction? Or have you tried Lily-Flame before? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Summer colours

By Sarah Redman

This lovely little post contains a few outfits for my friend Georgia’s (of Life’s little Ponderings) 20th birthday!

I am loving this sunny weather and so are my girls. So for G’s birthday BBQ and night out we all chose summer brights for our outfits – sorry there are no full length photos (we may have been more focused on the Pimms than the photos).

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From L to R: Sarah Redman, Alicia Berman (AB), Georgia Plummer (GP)

I wore my new patterned crop top from New Look (Blue Tribal Print Crop Vest £5.99), AB wore a simple red cami from Miss Selfridge, while birthday girl GP wore a yellow tee from ASOS (Petite top in texture £22.00) and stunning a statement necklace from Zara (retailing between £19.99 & £29.99).

My outfit was completed with a nude body con skirt from H&M and wooden chunky heals from Clarks. AB wore a white skort also from Miss Selfridge (Origami skort £30.00) and her shoes were nude heals from Russell and Bromley. GP competed her look with a floral patterned skort from ASOS (Premium skort in bright floral £35.00) and some awesome wedges from Topshop (Wish Buckle Espadrilles Black £42.00). Yes they are on my wish list so I knew them straight away!

How are you styling your looks this summer? Is the brights trend for you? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Super Superga

By Sarah Redman

The sun is officially out and for once it doesn’t seem to be going away. Yay.

So I have take the bold step of putting my boots away – even if they are still within easy reach and out come the summer shoes. I’m that person who is permanently cold even when the sun is shining so I have left the sandals alone but instead have dug out the Superga.

My Superga are only a year old but already looking a bit tatty, covered in an array of scuffs, alcohol and nail polish (don’t ask) – I really should take care of the more! My lovely pair are their 2750 Cotu Classic’s in grey sage, retailing at £45.00. These shoes were a great purchase last summer, I can’t believe I’ve never had a pair before they are so comfy and go with everything.

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My lovely shoes – you know i’m rocking the spotty socks…

The brand Superga, known as ‘the people’s shoes of Italy’ is over 100 years old and focuses mainly on its classic 2750 style, with various remixes and fashion designs each season. It also has an impressive celebrity backing with everyone from Alex Chung through to this seasons Suki Waterhouse endorsing or wearing a pair.

So in true Sarah style I am eyeing up another pair and I thought I would share my top three contenders for this summer with all our lovely readers:

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Superga 2750 Cotu Classic – Ottani – £45.00

First up are these great teal colour, for my wardrobe this colour will work well with my style and wardrobe full of summer clothes.

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Superga 2750 Cotu Classic – Dark Bordeaux – £45.00

Secondly, these are just because a bordeaux or burgundy is just a very me colour – so I just love them.

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Lastly, I’m in the summer frame of mind and this fresh salmon hue is a great way to add some colour in your wardrobe even if you are not ready to let go of your jumpers. It’s also a really fun colour!

What do you think of my top three, do you like their classic styles or is it their metallics or animal print ranges for you? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page

(Top three Superga photos taken from their website, links back to the original posting are the description)

Trainer heaven

By Sarah Hugill

It’s official judging by my usual choice of footwear, trainers over wedges, converses over stilettos some would say I should have been a boy. 

I’m not gonna lie this is how my brain works. I’d much rather be comfortable and shop till I drop, or shuffle my feet at a weekend rave than be the one complaining about how sore my tootsies are! 

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These babies were brought courtesy of my brother, Chris Hugill. My jaw nearly dropped to the floor. I was definitely not expecting such a good present… can’t say I was complaining though!

I’ve been meaning to post about these Nike Air Max 90s for a while as they’re officially my favourite shoes and simply had to share why!

They have a patent detail, so the shine makes them look slightly more dressy (for trainers) and the contrasting white and black laces make them more eye catching. The fact that they’re black makes it easy to wear with any outfit too!

To check out another trainer purchase of mine have a look at Stylish yet sensible 

Have you added to your trainer collection recently or are a fan of Nike’s Air Max 90s? Then let us know @thesarahsblog 

Tartan dress: my new favourite print

By Sarah Hugill

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For a dress that is versatile, suitable for a night out on the town with a pair of Chelsea boots or for a more casual look with a pair of converses this dress from Miss Guided is perfect. I wore a statement silver necklace to add to the look and found the dress easy to wear with a skater dress style flattering for most body shapes! 

Have you started adding tartan to your wardrobe? Let us know @thesarahsblog or leave a comment below

Accessorising technology

By Sarah Redman

Now for a post containing no nail polish, just to break the trend.

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I’m normally pretty boring when it comes to my phone. I think my problem is I can never decide – with internet shopping there is just too much choice.

I eventually managed to decide on this lovely little case. The purple, burgundy, wine hue is a mock crocodile and super shiny and new. My case comes from Amazon, available for only £4.88, with quick delivery… just another accessory to add to my collection!

Have you purchased a new phone case or any other technology accessory? Comment below and let us know or send us a picture on Twitter @thesarahsblog or on our Facebook page.

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Awesome Etsy

By Sarah Redman

This post is basically a big shout out to my amazing house mate Liesbeth.

Recently she ordered some midi rings off the lovely Etsy and luckily for me she ordered three pairs and decided to give one of them to me!

She went for the buy two get one free deal: two pairs in silver plated and one in rose gold. I went for the silver plated in size US 3.5 as I have been wearing a lot of silver jewellery recently. The delivery on these was great arriving way earlier than expected – so now I’m totally in love with these ring’s shop: Henju Indonesia.

I absolutely love my rings, they are nice and light and very wearable. I also love the swirl design and the fact they are hand made. These rings are great as you can wear them in lots of different ways, showing the design or just the plain side.

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My lovely rings (excuse the nail polish – blame it on the washing up)

Do you like my midi rings? Or have you had a successful purchase off Etsy? Let us know and leave a comment below, Tweet us @thesarahsblog or post on our Facebook page.

Outfit of the day

By Sarah Hugill

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For a smart but casual outfit for my work experience at Absolute Radio i’ve opted for what was my christmas present to myself, a maroon jumper complete with a fresh white shirt attached, from ASOS.

I then chose to wear my jeans courtesy of Topshop, an acid wash pair from the Leigh range. They provide a snug fit, despite the soft and comfortable material.

I then partnered the outfit with my new bag from River Island, you’ve gotta love an updated wardrobe after christmas! The bag is ideal, as when commuting up to London i’m not nearly knocking people out with an inconsiderate monstrosity on my back, that us short legged people hate on escalators! But this bag is spacious enough to fit in all my essentials and the contrast of black and gold makes it eye catching, adding style to any outfit.