Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer brights - Style post

Hey Guys,

Shirt - Zara
Trousers  - Zara 
Watch - Olivia Burton 
Shoes - River Island

I adore this look for being comfy yet somewhat formal. The bright pink and floral prints but everything is super lose fitting meaning its super comfy. I feel so ready to explore, its perfect for traveling. Blue is one of my favourite colours to wear yet I don't own much blue at all, especially blue that isn't a stripped top. Both these pieces are from Zara which is where I ended up getting most of my new summer clothes this year. The shoes are a style I wasn't keen on for ages as I didn't want the open toe but finding low everyday black heels seemed really hard this season on the highest. As I got the shoes and trousers in the sales (£15, £12) and tge top was only £25 this was a suoer cheap outfit for this season.
I'm currently in Italy (Rome for the weekend then the Abruzzo region for a fortnight so not sure how many posts I'll get up after this x xo

Love Charlotte

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Two tone denim and paisley - Style post

Hey Guys,

jeans, denim, outfit, fashion

Sunglasses : New look via ASOS
Top : Topshop 
Jeans : TU at Sainsburys 
Belt : New Look
Shoes : Moshulu 

As much as in the summer I try to experiment more and wear less jeans but this is British summer so there are some days when we still need jeans. These are the newest additions to my denim wardrobe and I am pretty fussy with skinny jeans and normal steer away from any styles on trend such as the embroidery because I want my jeans to last every season but I thought these were perfect. The two tones of denim, being a darker shade at the back as well as having the frayed hems are both so on trend while still being versatile and should withstand seasons after this trend has past. As I mentioned in a previous post (here) I adore the clothes at TU Sainsbury's and these jeans are another great example.
Here I have teamed them with this cute off the shoulder crop top I've had from Top\shop for a few years and my favourite shoes for walking all day (again exploring castles).
I still have a few more holiday outfit posts from the trip in West Wales and soon I'm off to Italy so its all very exciting. 

Love Charlotte

Monday, 24 July 2017

A little guide to Carmathenshire - Holiday pt 1

Hey Guys,

As you guys know from the last few outfit posts and my social media, I spent the last fortnight down my family's caravan in Pendine. It's a little beach village on the border between Carmathenshire and Pembrokhsire in West Wales. I've always loved Pembrokshire and its where I went on most of my holidays as a kid but I'm getting to love Carmathenshire now too. 

I'm spliting my holiday posts in two parts one being about what we did each day in Carmathenshire and the other in Pembrokshire which should be going up next week.

Firstly Pendine as I said is an small village mainly with the caravan park and then a long promenade which is full of pubs, cafes, ice cream parlours and a surf shop. Every evening we'd head for a walk along the seafront and you can carry on up the point onto the cliff top walk to carry on and find a few hidden beaches, with pink sunsets like this its beautiful.  The beach actually stretches 7 miles. 

Next I wanna talk about Laurgarne, which was one of my favourite days out of the holiday. It is pretty small and we have driven past it loads on the way to Pendine but there is actually loads to do.

There is only a few shops and restaurants but its enough there is a cute traditional welsh gift shop. a tearooms called 'The owl and the pussycat' which is great for cakes but also lunches like local crab sandwichs or go to Ferryman's deli (pictured on the left) for lots of local produce and an amazing brunch menu. Then for dinner there is Arthur's a lil Italian with homemade pizzas or go to Portheeve restaurant and bar (pictured right) which does a great seafood and grill menu.

However one of the two things that Laugharne  is know for is the castle. I adore visiting different castles and exploring the towers and this one is amazing for that. It lies right on the edge of the town so at the top of the tower is beautiful views of the whole town including amazing views out on the sandy estuary. It was built in the medieval ages but was renovated in the Tudor era. In the grounds there is also a cute gazebo summer house building looking out on the river and a maze.

After going round the castle we went on a walk along the sandy river banks and if you carry on far enough you reach the Dylan Thomas boat house which is probably why most people come here. Even if you aren't into his poetry its an amazing place to visit. A its easy to see why he choose this place to come and be inspired with his writing.  

Love Charlotte

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Q and A / The Liebster award - Lifestyle post

Hey Guys,

I haven't done one of these posts in what feels like years. The various blogger nominated award posts were everywhere back in 2013/ 2014 and I have probably answered so many already but I have been tagged in one recently by Gem from My SweetAnxiety.

If you could live in any fantasy world, which would it be?
I'm not into fantasy as a genre when it comes to books and film which is why I can't think of any I'd actually like to live in, I'd love to spend time in Tim Burton esque world although I'm not sure about living there for ever. 

You get to have a meal with 5 people, dead or alive, who are they?
This is actually so hard because there is so many for so many different reasons and ideally you'd want them to get along well otherwise the dinner would be a bit awkward. I'm picking Jeremy Corbyn because he is one of the main reasons I've been so politically active recently and his determination to stick with his beliefs will always inspire me, David Bowie for obvious reasons. Now lets get some ladies on here with Margret Atwood obviously because of the handmaids tale but in general she is such an intelligent interesting lady with so much to say about our society. Next I'm going to pick Megan Ellaby as I'd need someone there from the fashion and blogging industry to pick their brains and she is just my ultimate fave. Finally Audrey Hepburn she is my favourite old Hollywood actress and did so much for charity. However I could probably change my mind and add a load more people to this list.

Which is your favourite animal to see in the zoo?
I haven't been to a zoo since my year 8 school trip to one and they make me a bit uncomfortable but the animal I'd love to visit most is Fawns and deer. I remember visiting a manor house with fawns in the grounds and it was the best.

If you could play any instrument, which would it be?
I did use to play guitar in primary school  and loved it but wasn't very motivated as you start off learning classical guitar so I'd love to be able to play electric guitar properly.

What is your favourite season, and why?
I change my mind on this as each season comes a goes but it would have to be winter, but the good winter days when its clear skies, sun is out but its super cold and could snow at any moment.

If you could spend a night out with any celeb, who would it be?
I love this question and its something my best mates and I comment on all the time whenever we see someone cool on tele we say 'god they'd be a right laugh on a night out' or something i now realise is cringe but now I have come to answer this I can't think of one stand out person in particular but I have for sure said that anyone from Jeremy Corbyn to Joe Lycett (one of my favourite comedians) would be a firm choice.

What are your favourite things to do for self-care?
My most regular form of self care is just getting in bed watching one of the many old crappy TV shows and films that I have seen countless times with lots of snacks usually pizza then cadbury chocolate.

What is your pet hate?
I honestly am struggling to think of things I don't tend to get annoyed with small things (even being at uni and living with strangers twice not much annoys me) obviously big issues on a more political level I can rant and get annoyed for days. One pet hate though is just general rudeness one thing that drives me nuts is when someone bumps into you in the street I awkwardly mumble 'sorry' but the person who is technically at fault never says sorry. This obviously carries on further than politeness with strangers in town I just hate when people can;t admit they were wrong, learn from something and apologise.

What snacks do you choose in the cinema?
Cinema food is so expensive so if I don't have a bag of chocolate in my handbag for the film I get the kids offer of a small coke and small toffee popcorn which is enough and costs less than an adults small popcorn.

What do you eat for breakfast?
I don't tend to eat breakfast or eat in the mornings at all but I do love brunch foods like smoked salmon and poached eggs on toast and of course avocado and eggs on toast.

If you won £1,000,000,000 on the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy?
I'm a student working two retail jobs and even since having those jobs I feel like I never have money. I will soon be paying two months rent on the most expensive house at uni so far before my student loan comes so I am always thinking about what I would rather be spending my money on but its never anything extravagant. At the moment I am looking into putting more money into my blog through hiring a photographer and a new web design (if you have any recommendations in this are please leave a comment or tweet me @afashionoddity) but if I knew I had £1 million sorted for all the practical stuff one thing I'd buy first to treat myself is a pair of Saint Laurent rock ayers boots, I'm not hugely into labels or designer clothes but I am obsessed with these at the moment.

The 11 questions I'd like to ask are...

What job did you want to do when you were a child?
If you could get on any plane right now, where would you travel?
What's one goal you aim to achieve by the end of this year?
What's your favourite thing about blogging?
Name one blogger who inspires you and why
If you could only shop at one fashion brand forever, where would you shop?
What's one film you could always watch repeatedly?
Name one fictional character you'd love to hang out with?
If you could see any artist (dead or alive) in concert, who would you see?
Whats your dream first date?
Celebrity crush wise who would that said dream date be with?

As I usually do with this Q and A blogger tag posts I nominate anyone reading this who whats to do it but I also nominate Charlie from High street beauty junkie, Chloe, and Chloe Harriets. xo Let me know in the comments or twitter (@afashionoddity) if you do go ahead and answer the questions.

Hope you enjoyed my answers and getting to know me a lil better.

Love Charlotte

Monday, 17 July 2017

It feels just like velvet - Style post

Hey Guys,

fashion, ootd, velvet skirt,

Jacket: Gap 
Top: New Look
Skirt : Marks and Spencer (now in the sale)
Shoes: Moshulu 
Sunglasses : New Look via ASOS 

This outfit I worn a few weeks back for a family garden party at Godolphin Manor house and it was perfect for that occasion as my family don't tend to dress too fancy so I dressed all pink and floral for a garden party but it was also so comfy and practical.
I had this beautiful skirt as a present for my birthday from my nan and I adore it as it can be really formal but its my usual favourite being comfy and lose fitting for these bloated days. Plus velvet is usually worn in the winter in darker colours but this is just beaut.
Most of the time wearing the skirt I've just teamed it with a plain white tee but for those day where I need a little extra I've been obsessed with this navy cami top with pink flowers on.
Mum did tell me I was dressed way too fancy for walking round a castle this day however I was feeling too uncomfortable for my tight skinny jeans and it was too cold for all the short dresses and beach clothes I packed with me on holiday, for years I hated the idea of wearing any skirt or dress that fell below the knees, I am a pretty short gal too so felt longer skirts would make me look even shorter but this skirt has changed my mind completely and I won't be forever shying away from the midi skirt now.
Finally these shoes are a little different for me although I have always had a weird soft spot for the traditional boat / deck shoe. I have always hated shopping for shoes as I can always find all the boots I want and all the sandals but practical in between shoes I really struggle with but these have ticked all the boxes with being practical (even worn them on some long cliff top walks), so so comfy, colourful with these pinks and blues being two of my favourite shades and fit into my wardrobe so well and they are perfect for the unpredictable British summer weather.

Hope you are enjoying the more regular outfit posts here and this outfit with a few out of my usual style pieces with the medi skirt and deck shoes.

I used to name majority of my outfit posts a few years ago with a song lyric related to post somehow but because of SEO and all the we have all shy-ed away from that but I had to relate this post to either Blue Velvet or Velvet / Jenny Francis by Stormzy, just couldn't not do it.

Love Charlotte

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Makin' Lemonade - Style post

Hey Guys,

lemons, blue, hat, outfit, style, fashion

Hat - Topshop
Sunglasses - ASOS

I am currently on my annual family holiday in Pembrokshire (I am hoping to get up a post after the trip as another little guide to Pembrokshire with some of my recommendations but in the mean time you can view last years here) so everyday is including a walk along a beach and a trip in the sea, its amazing. 
Gonna have to mention Megan Ellaby again in this weeks fashion post as I purchased this play-suit after she had it all over her Instagram and mentioned it in this video. As much as I am a big follower of so many 'influencers' I think this is the first time I have purchased something purely through one person. However it's my perfect summer piece, the gingham hype is one big summer trend I have kind of avoid to be honest but this is the piece to make me like it. Blue and yellow are two colours that actually really suit me (with ma blue eyes and all apparently) but I don't wear enough off. Plus if you saw this post you'll know just how much I love play suits and how comfy / flattery I find them over my stomach area at the moment. There is also a cute tie belt which helps bring it in at the right place. My only lil hate with it is the key - whole cut out on the chest which to be honest just isn't necessary plus it means I cant really wear a proper bra with it but its okay with bikinis.
So I am basically obsessed with this as its comfy, flattering but print and colour wise I have nothing else like it in my wardrobe. 
Here I have quickly styled it just for a few hours on the beach including a trip in the sea so with a random old bikini underneath, no shoes on the beach (I did have some plain white flip flops on but took them off before walking on the sand) this summers sunglasses which will be in 90% of my outfit shoots this season and my new risky purchase this black large brim straw hat which I found for a fiver in a Topshop on holiday but I am still not sure about it, let me know what you think of hats they seem to be a big love hate thing and let me know what you think of this look? 

Love Charlotte

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Stary denim daze - Style post

Hey Guys,

Sunglasses - ASOS
Top - Primark
Dress - Mango via ASOS 
Watch - Olivia Burton
Fishnets - Primark
Shoes - New Look

I've always loved these denim pinafore dresses but have never worked them into my style. They've always looked best styled in an 2000's indie way styled with tan accessories which is not me. When I saw this one from Mango I knew I could make it work, with the star waist detail and the nod to the ruffle trend it is a lil different. I styled it with my favourite combination at the moment of metallic shoes (keeping the theme of very small heels this season) and fishnets which is normally reserved for going out out looks but weirdly I think this works. The best thing about this look is how it works for both day and night put also in all seasons, (just swap the tee for a turtle neck jumper and proper nights, sorted).
I've also been obsessed with blue reflective sunglasses at the moment.
Also when shooting this I was getting very 60's vibes with the look apparently.

 In other news I'm now back in S. Wales for the summer and all moved out of my uni year two house.

Love Charlotte