Friday, 30 January 2015

Book Club: Fashion Inspo

As part of my resolution to read more in 2015, I've started acquiring some new books. Christmas and Birthdays are always a good time to stock up on interesting new reads and this year I received a whole bunch ranging from fashion to food to social media (geek). 

Books are a really great source of inspiration and that's something I've definitely been lacking in January. There's just something about bitterly cold weather, dark evenings and miserable rainy days that drains me of any creativity. Luckily, a flick through the following four books and a couple of my favourite magazines has got me feeling totally motivated and excited for the new season. 

The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art
Sharmadean Reid

How to be Parisian Wherever You Are
Sophie Mas, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret, Anne Berest

Berlin Street Style: A Guide to Urban Chic
Angelika Taschen

Alexa Chung

What are your favourite books for fashion / lifestyle inspiration?



Friday, 23 January 2015

Berlin Fashion Week Street Style

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Looking at these street style snaps has got me thinking one thing: will I ever be as cool and effortlessly stylish as the Berlin fash-pack? 

The first outfit is my favourite. Simple, elegant and the epitome of sports-luxe. Dare I say it - the perfect fashion week look? I'm digging the rest of course, with the sharp monochrome tailoring, over-sized coats and scarves, hints of khaki and uhhmazing pyjama-esque pieces. As Berlin has actually been 0 degrees over the past few days, this bunch of incredibly chic girls have all my respect for leaving the house in anything other than ski boots and five coats, let alone these perfectly put-together outfits. 

As our very own London Fashion Week is just around the corner I suppose I'd better start planning what I'm going to wear. I'm definitely feeling inspired by all the gorgeous Berlin street style, do you think I could pull any of these styles off? *seriously wishing I was cool enough*       



Tuesday, 20 January 2015

I Baked: Cinnamon Rolls

If you follow me on Instagram / Facebook / Twitter / Tumblr / every single social media platform known to man, then you'll probably be sick of seeing this picture of my homemade cinnamon rolls. Also, as it's January, I presume a few of you might be trying to eat healthily and avoid naughty sugary treats. For these reasons I am very sorry.

But, I mean, look at them. Just look at them. All the cinnamon-y, doughy goodness with that incredible cream cheese glaze, complete with delicious specks of vanilla. They're quite a masterpiece - if I do say so myself of course.

Originally I had no plans to showcase my baking here on the blog so there's no 'step by step' photos or guide. If you do want to whip up a batch yourself then I can highly recommend you follow Donal Skehan's recipe. He is adorable. And if you do make them then promise me you will eat at least one just a few minutes after they come out of the oven. Seriously. Heaven on Earth.  

Catch you later! S...x


Friday, 16 January 2015

Minimal Accessories

When it comes to jewellery and accessories, I'm a minimal girl at heart. But, this hasn't always been the case. I have vivid memories as a young teen of giant hoop earrings the size of my head, hundreds of (very noisy) bangles on each arm for holidays and giant rings with bright, colourful stones.

These days you'll be lucky if you catch me wearing any jewellery at all - bar a couple of minimal midi rings and a simple black pendant. This necklace sees me through every outfit, it goes with everything and is the easiest way to add a little somethin' somethin' to an otherwise basic look. I recently left it at a friend's house who took a good few weeks returning it. Needless to say, I felt a little lost.

Since receiving my beautiful Daniel Wellington watch*, it has barely left my arm. With the simple black leather strap and elegant rose gold detailing, it's the perfect accompaniment to pretty much any look. Not to mention it goes perfectly with my fave Whistles clutch bag - another staple minimal accessory that sees me through every occasion. 

As far as eye-wear is concerned, I like to make a little more of a statement. I've got big love for my tortoiseshell Ray Ban frames for days when I'm not wearing my contacts. For sunglasses I lean towards bigger frames, mainly because they hide half of my face making them perfect for hangovers. These are a cheap pair from River Island, but this year I'd love to get my hands on a pair of Miu Miu or Céline shades.

Last, but not least. Hats. I remember buying a bowler hat when I was a student and wearing it out to nightclubs and bars all the time. I'm still partial to a piece of head gear, but these days it comes in the form of a camel fedora from no other than Primark. The thing about a good hat is that it instantly makes any basic outfit not so basic. 

So from minimal like me, to OTT like Mr T, where do you stand on the accessory spectrum?



Friday, 2 January 2015

A New Year

There's something about a brand new year that installs a sense of new beginnings and fresh starts in us all. It's a chance to evaluate the previous year and remember all the things we did that made us smile, and it's an opportunity to consider what we want to achieve over the next year. The above photo was taken in January 2014 and although in some ways it only feels like a short while ago, in other ways I know so much has happened since then. 

Here are some things I did in 2014 that I'm proud of:

Travelled - I did that 'backpacking' thing. I've done a modest amount of travelling in the past few years but this time I ditched the nice hotels and swanky restaurants and opted for hostels and flat shoes instead. It was a great, alternative way to experience some new (to me) European cities this year, I met loads of new people and had an amazing time.

Graduated - University wasn't an easy ride for me. I found it very difficult, demotivating and kind of disappointing. At one point it was very uncertain as to whether I wanted to stay at all, but I did. I struggled through my final year and, after what felt like a life time, I finally made it through the other side. Graduating uni with a 2:1 in English Literature is one of my biggest achievements and proudest moments of 2014.   

Appeared in Company Magazine - Blogging is a funny old thing sometimes. Acquaintances who don't really 'get' blogging often ask me how the 'modelling' is going, which I find hilarious. But this year, because of my blog, I actually did get the chance to try my hand at that 'modelling' thing. Turns out I'm not cut out for it at all. But I did get my own double page spread in a fashion mag and I'm pretty proud of that.     

Attended LFW - I've been to a few London Fashion Weeks now. Attending shows is always really exciting and sauntering about the cobbles at Somerset House, pretending to be part of the 'fash pack', is great laugh. The best part though is always hanging out with my faves Sophie and Allie. We can always make time for an Amarretto Sour at Bill's between the rest of the chaos.

Like I said in my last post, sometimes it's best to just see where life takes you. However, I always like to have a few aims and goals to guide me in a somewhat focused direction. So here's a couple of my 'resolutions' of sorts: 

Stay Career Focused - I am starting a brand new job next week. This is both very exciting and somewhat nerve wracking. Will I be any good at it? Will they like me? Is this the right decision for my future?! Who knows? What I do know is that I'm going to put everything I've got into finding out. 

Boring Things Matter - For the love of God save some damn money. Oh, and keep your room tidy. Having recently moved back into my old room at my parents' house, I've decided this year that I'm going to make it a little more 'me' again and add a few finishing touches to the decor. I'm already mentally planning a wall gallery. 

Enjoy Reading Again - Having studied English Literature at university, you can imagine there was a time when I absolutely loved reading. Unfortunately my degree sucked all the enjoyment out of it and instead it became a huge chore. This year I fully intend to rediscover the joy of fiction and hopefully pick up a few good books. Any recommendations?

I'd love to know what you did last year that made you smile and, tell me, do you have any New Year resolutions?

© Sarah Nunn

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