Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Monochrome & Metallics

 I only realised this Summer that I was not in posession of a black maxi dress, which, I'm pretty sure, is against the law. So on my pre-holiday essentials shopping I had a little mosey around the likes of H&M and New Look to find one. I triumphed in New Look with this one which now happens to be on sale here. What I liked most was the detailed, yet unfussy neckline which I probably should have photographed (take a look on their website.) It's a really staple piece that is perfect for hot days but can be used all year round too (I'm envisaging it with my parka and some military boots).

The tuxedo style blazer is a new find from Primark. I think it will go with loads of different things to sharpen up a look. It reminds me of something Fearne Cotton would wear and I think it could look awesome as part of an androgynous look.

Black Maxi Dress - New Look
Tuxedo Blazer - Primark
Metallic Bag - H&M
Leather Moccassins - New Look
Headband - Primark
Necklace - Topshop
Bracelets - Primark
Rose Gold Watch - Gift
Lipstick - Stiletto by Sleek

Monday, 18 June 2012



We've been going to Turkey for a large portion of my life and since my Mum moved there about three years ago we've sort of just kept going each year. I still love visiting and it feels like a second home now. Not only do I love not feeling like a tourist but the scenery, heat and friendliness of the people there just keep me going back for more.

 Kaftan: H&M | Wayfarer Sunglasses: Primark | Straw Woven Bag: Primark
My favourite pasttimes, eating ice-cream and sunbathing. My Mum lives in Marmaris and while it is an insanely touristy part of Turkey, living near the marina amongst the locals really makes you forget that.

 Spotty Bikini: ASDA

Each year we've discovered little hidden gems of places that nobody else seems to know about. This gorgeous retreat is called Mistral and is about half an hour dolmus ride to a village called Hisaronu. The pool is salt water and looks out over the sea and a mini marina.


Mistral is pricier than your average Turkish restaurant and when I say pricey I mean it's about the same as a restaurant in England. 
One of our favourite places to eat in Marmaris is opposite my Mum's apartment. We've coined it the workman's caff on account of the local boys who use it to refuel before heading off to work in the nearby bars and bazaar. It's the very epitome of cheap and cheerful. Our choice dish is the Iskendar kabab which is a long plate of lamb doner on a bed of sticky rice and bread with a tomato sauce at one end and tangy natural yogurt at the other. It's a 'get stuck in' dish. 
Mistral is quite different as you can see from my lemon cream salmon spaghetti. I mean look at it, it has grass decor! Not very Turkish but definitely delicious.

I'm both ashamed and proud to admit a lot of my holiday snaps are of either: food or: me looking excited about eating food. See below.

 Tropical Bandeau Top: H&M | Chunky Gold Necklace: H&M
 Under Water Reef Print Dress: Primark  
If you do visit Marmaris and want to go for a really nice meal out I would recommend Caria restaurant by the marina. Their speciality is steak and you can get a really good quality (delicious) fillet steak for around about £10-15. It's another one of the slightly classier restaurants along the sea front, you can tell because you don't get any hassle from either of the very dapper looking twins who wait the tables there.

Floral Dress: Primark | Skull Necklace: Topshop | Lipstick: Infrared by Topshop
I'm not sure why I look so sad here perhaps this is the face I make when readying myself to clear a plate. Yep, that's probably it. I love the dress I have on here, I found it in Primark a few years ago and it's perfect for holidays.

The cakes in a Turkish pattisserie are something to behold! I took this right before my friends bought about 3 kilos of baklava to take home with them.

Look at that face. That's pure happiness. That day we spent throwing coins over our shoulder and diving to find them before anyone else.

This is me doing my best 'Rihanna on Instagram' impression. We had a mint waterpipe to go with pina coladas.
 Floral Top: Primark | Gold Chain Necklace: Primark
It would seem I didn't want James in my picture.

The rest of the snaps are from years gone by but give you an idea of why I love Turkey. Plus they show a little more than just me stuffing my face. Oh wait, I spoke too soon.

Kebabs all round.
Exploring the old back streets by the castle.
Getting dirty at the mudbaths.
One of the hundreds of shops in the bazaar.
Scruff chilling out on the deck of Idefix.
I can't even remember where this is but look how pretty!
Shoe shine, anyone?
The ancient library in Ephesus.
Beautiful handmade pottery.
Water babies.
Sunset in Aktas.
Me commandeering True Love.
Market Day.
Clever ladies hard at work at their looms.
True Love's deck where we spent a blissful two days for my 22nd last year.
Marmaris at sunset aboard True Love.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Pastels & Hi Tops

I arrived back from Turkey to skies much like this. Depressing isn't the word. So even though Summer hasn't really descended upon England and I can't wear my Summer clothes at least I get to wear my new Nike hi tops! The hi tops and gold watch are two of my holiday purchases and I'm sure you'll be impressed with the genuine fakery.

This look is all about showing off my foot candy and my tan! As you know, mint is my all time favourite colour of the moment and I like how this minty jumper shows off the tan, more so than white.

Once I get myself sorted out, I'll get some pictures of my holiday on here. I had a brilliant time, sleeping until ten or eleven each day, lounging in the sun, eating at the locals caff oposite my Mum's apartment and browsing in the bazaar. It was so nice just to properly relax, wish I could have stayed all Summer.

Mint Jumper - Internacionale
Riding Pants - H&M
Mulberry Alexa Bag
Nike Hi Tops - Bazaar
Gold Rolex - Bazaar
Lipstick - Hazard by Topshop
Nails - Celestial by Topshop