TOPSHOP SUMMER SALE HAUL!

With only 11 weeks left of the year, it’s a great time to make the most of the end of Summer sales. Especially for those pieces you may have had your eye on way back in July! Watch my video below to catch up on what I bought in the Topshop summer sale… Prepare for some serious savings (and spending… oops!)

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Zara Summer Sale Haul

Happy Tuesday lovelies! Brighten your day with a cuppa alongside my new Zara haul video… enjoy!

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An Afternoon Tea at The Ritz

With a reputation for being one of the most elegant hotels in London, I was truly excited to go to the Ritz for an afternoon tea. It was every bit as ornate as you would imagine. The hotel itself is located a moments walk away from Green Park, unfortunately the Queen’s carriage was busy that day, so I very cleverly decided to walk from the tube in flats. I decided to bring a pair of low closed toe block heels to change into (H&M) once I entered this luxurious hotel and be in keeping Erin the dress code. These black H&M heels are great for both comfort and style, where you can be sure to avoid any embarrassing accidental falls! Also if I learned anything from the Royal Wedding it’s that you don’t wear open toe shoes to any posh event! For my main outfit I wore a black fitted jumpsuit with short lace cap sleeves (Missguided approx £30 circa 2015) with a black leather bag (Forever 21 approx £20 circa 2016). I had also actually gone to the hairdressers the day before to go blonder for the Summer and get a fresh trim, so luckily I didn’t have to do too much to my hair as my blow dry kept for the next day!

As you walk into the Ritz, there is a cloakroom where you can change into said appropriate shoes and give any bags or jackets you wish to check in. There is also the most luxurious ladies bathroom I’ve ever seen in a fantastic shade of pink. I don’t want to ruin it all too much for you, but this beautiful orchid will give you an idea of what theme the bathroom is! Elle Woods would have a field day is all I’m saying!

Upon arrival to your afternoon tea, one of the butlers will show you to your table where you will have a moment to admire the beautiful Palm Court, the room where you will be dining. There is a grand piano being played in the background which is great because I can see how many may be intimidated by this whole experience and a bit of music can settle any soul. The golden statues and chandeliers and the intricate ceiling artistry really does make you feel like you are visiting for a royal occasion. Seemingly, you may feel like a Royal simply from the selection of 21 teas for you to choose from. I chose a Rose Congou tea from Guangdong, China which was light and delicious.

I was very impressed by how the butlers will come and regularly fill up your teacup so you do not have to lift a finger, well, apart from choosing a sandwich. You are brought plate upon plate of sandwiches which are every bit as English as you would hope. Elegantly bite size with no crusts, these are scrumptious with a cup of tea. There are also scones with clotted cream and jam, macaroons and various other desserts; if you have a sweet tooth these are definitely for you. Although delicious a couple of the desserts were a tad too rich for me. However the scone was utterly delicious and was served still slightly warm.

Overall I really enjoyed this experience and if you are lucky enough to go and enjoy an afternoon tea yourself, dress smart, relax and enjoy yourself with a glass of Ritz Champagne in hand! It’s very easy to be overwhelmed by how formal the Ritz is, but the staff truly want to make you feel comfortable and are very friendly, with even the doormen offering to take photos of you and your party should you wish. If you put this on your Bucket List, I would recommend to save it for a special occasion because an experience like this will be truly unforgettable and deserves a worthy cause!

Fashion Lessons: Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo rose to fame after appearing on ‘In The City’ a reality TV show spin-off from ‘The Hills’, based on some gorgeous young people living and working in New York. Fast forward a few years and Olivia still had the world at her feet. She has been recognised for her works in the Maasai Project for Pikolinos, supporting the wellbeing of the Maasai tribe in Kenya. She also has a very successful blog, and has recently opened Vianel a luxury brand offering leather phone cases, lighters and hats to name a few items in the collection. Olivia has also made waves in the fashion industry, most recently collaborating with Pretty Ballerinas, creating a gorgeous pump collection.

I am in awe of Olivia, she is someone I look up to as a blogger, is a great role model for all aspiring businesswomen and when it comes to her style, there are so many lessons we can learn from Olivia Palermo. There’s a reason she sits in the front row of major fashion shows you know. Just take a look at her Instagram, which I will be referring to* for examples in my guide on an everything you need to on injecting some of her enviable style into your look.

Accessories

Did you see Olivia in Paris this week? She was dressed in a red Dior power suit and partnered it with a choker. I have never been too convinced by a simple black choker, until now. Somehow she still made it look chic but so relevant to current trends.This is great inspiration to show how you can combine the two styles, whilst not sacrificing on that classic & timeless look.

Sunglasses. I would say this is one of Olivia’s signature style pieces and always completes her outfit. Start packing yours in your bag for an instant fashion update.

Belts to clinch in the waist. This can make your whole outfit and Olivia shows us how a belt can really pull your whole outfit with together.

Bold clutch bag. Grab a statement clutch and don’t worry about it clashing with your outfit! Olivia doesn’t.

When it comes to a minimalist outfit, add matching accessories for a simple and thought out look.

Clothes

This is next lesson is a biggie and probably the best secret of them all. You do not have to spend a huge fortune to get a taste of her style in your wardrobe! Olivia loves Zara! Yes, yes, yes! This totally makes sense that of course Olivia shops at Zara. When it comes to her style she is either sophisticated + lady like or chic with an edge. Zara is the epitome of cool, classic and daring styles. One way that you can recreate Olivia’s Chanel vibes with a great dupe is by purchasing a tweed jacket or a blazer (from Zara!) and pair it with some denim jeans.

More fashion lessons I have learned from Olivia include:

Match white tones together in your outfit, then add a pop of colour with a statement coat.

Get suited up and pair it with a cami. This will give an elegant, stylish and sexy look.

Invest in a cool white shirt. This is a must have!

Monochrome style is a go to look. Combine an ankle length turtle neck white dress with a black maxi coat, black ankle boots and black tinted sunglasses.

Mix textures like a floral print dress over leather leggings. Olivia mixes textures and prints well, whilst considering colour palettes.

Double denim can be cool. Team your denim shirt and skinnies with heels for a smart/casual vibe.

When it comes to red carpet looks, Olivia always has a show stopping look for the right reasons! She looks like a Goddess and shows that you do not always have to show off lots of flesh to be the belle of the ball. Follow her tips on accessorising with a bold clutch or mix and matching elements of embellishment in your outfit.

If your dress is busy or textured, tie your hair up and show off your face. When it’s more simple, opt for lots of volume in your hair but remember not a piece should be out of place! Not that I will be attending a red carpet but these are great tips if you have any special events like a Wedding or a fancy, shmancy birthday party coming up!

Shoes

Olivia is not afraid to dress down outfits with brogues or trainers but stays true to then dress them up with her go-to pieces; statement black sunglasses and smooth, glossy hair tied back elegantly.

Have a pair of statement heels to brighten up simple outfits. These can be colour-blocked heels, have tassels on, beading, you name it!

Don’t put away those over the knee boots just yet! Olivia keeps these boots practical by wearing them with both short dresses and long maxi dresses & skirts. This is a perfect bit of inspiration especially in this British weather, where you can wear your OTK boots all throughout late Autumn to Spring!

Ballet flats! Thank you Olivia for showing us you they can be fashionable and comfortable! The trick is finding the right pair. Olivia is a fan of Topshop flats so it’s worth having a look on the high street!

Lastly is everyone’s favourite, a pair of black heeled ankle booties. These are so versatile and for an easy day to night look, can be styled with smart dresses combined with a leather jacket (This is very Olivia!)

Overall if you’re going to take anything away from Olivia Palermo, it is that not only does she have a strong work ethic but she is a major fashion icon.

Now where my sunglasses at…?

*Photos reposted from Olivia Palermo’s Instagram.