Saturday, 25 April 2015

Bonprix Blogger Style Challenge

Hey lovelies!

The lovely PR team over at Bonprix contacted me recently and asked me to take part in their monthly blogger style challenge*. After picking my favourite dress from their website, I had to put together three different holiday looks and see what I could come up with!

I'd love to know which of the looks i've put together is your favourite!

Look 1

For my first look I decided to dress up the Empire Line Maxi Dress* with my favorite black Aldo heels, black New Look bag and my fitbit bracelet. This outfit would be perfect for an evening dinner on holiday. The light layers of the bottom part of this dress mean it keeps you cool whilst also being a floor length dress. I kept accessories minimal keeping the focus on the dress. Definitely one of my favourite looks, and one i'll be sporting in Italy this summer.

Look 2

For my second outfit, I decided to put together a look for sightseeing. I'll be going to Italy this summer and that means lots of sightseeing, but I didn't want to wear the usual shorts and tee that I usually go for. I paired the dress* with my favourite Michael Kors sunglasses, Marks and Spencers hat, Ralph Lauren bag, fitbit bracelet and Next shoes. I also felt like the full length skirt would be a little much for day time exploring, but luckily the skirt is sectioned and so I simply took the front section and wrapped it around my waist into a belt. 

Look 3

The sun decided to disappear at this point in true British spring style, so the colours look a little different in this one! I decided for my third look that I wanted another evening look, but this time I wanted one that was a little more casual. I've tied up the front of the dress again and added some nude New Look heels, a Michael Kors watch, Pandora bracelet and Accessorize Bag. This would be perfect for going for an early dinner/late lunch. It is a smart look without being too formal, and would be perfect if the sun is still warm but you want to look a little dressy.

I had so much fun putting these looks together and I would like to say a huge thank you to the PR team at bonprix for inviting me to take part and sending me a beautiful dress. If you want to see the dress online or any of their other styles you can click here :)

Which of these looks are your favourite? Would you style the dress another way?

All my love, Amylou x

*disclaimer - this dress was sent to me by Bonprix for the purpose of this post, but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own*

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Life Goals / Bucket List

Hey lovelies!

So I've been having a think about all of the things that I would love to do one day, and what better way to remember them than to make a little bucket list and put it on my blog so I can remember all of the things that I want to do. 

Maybe i'll write one every year and see how what I want to do changes, I think that could be pretty interesting to see! Most of them will end up being things that i'll never be able to do, just things I dream of being able to do one day. But too high aspirations are better than too low ones I guess!

So here goes!

1. Visit every state in the USA

As you can see i'm quite a way off this one still! I've only been to New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Nevada and California, but I hope to visit the rest soon!

2. Open my own store

So many ideas for what I would love this to be, but it's something i'm still working on.

3. Live in the USA for a year

I don't know if i'd move over there forever, I think once I started a family i'd want to be closer to my family and live in the UK, but who knows!

4. Live by the sea

There's something just so calming about waking up or even going to sleep and hearing the waves crashing. Though I imagine this is something i'd tie in with living in the states, as it tends to just rain and be stormy on the British coast so you can't really appreciate it!

5. Learn another language

I've always wanted to be able to speak French or Italian. I got an A in my GCSE french but I didn't keep it up, and now I probably couldn't even order a sandwich. Hopefully it's something i'll get back into when I finish university later this year.

6. Have a house with a library room


I've always loved reading. I've written a separate post about all that, so I won't go into it again, but having a room with walls full of books is something I would absolutely love.

And it is something that I need to make happen one day.

7. Roadtrip across the USA

So many of my goals involve going over the states haha! I've read somewhere that there is a route you can take, over 3-6 months and you can visit every landmark in every state.

Unfortunately I can't take 6 months off to drive around the US, nevermind find someone able to come along too! I would absolutely love to do it one day though.

8. Get back involved with performing arts

When I was younger I spent years in theatre groups performing plays both musicals and non-musicals and I loved it. Something i'm not quick to admit is that sometimes I actually really miss it, i'm just too shy to get involved again.

I think if I did it, i'd want to get involved in the musical side of things, so i'd definitely need to brush up on my singing skills! There's something that just makes me so happy when i'm doing that sort of thing, even if it's just singing and over-acting musical numbers when i'm cooking or in the house on my own! The way you have to really get into it, especially the disney-style ones.

Maybe one day.

I think i'll leave it there for now!

If I think of some more I might come back and update this, and I'll make another next year and see if i've achieved any, or see if I have any new ones!

What would love to do one day, any of the things i've mentioned?

Love Amylou x

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Inspired Outfits: Everyday Cinderella

Hey lovelies!

There seems to be a theme to a lot of my recent posts after watching Cinderella! But i've always loved these sorts of posts when i've seen them, and i've been looking for some new spring outfits so I thought i'd share with you my favourite pieces that i've found for an everyday outfit inspired by Cinderella's blue dresses

Everyday Cinderella

I couldn't decide whether i'd want heels or flats, but how amazing are those jimmy choo heels?! I actually love them.

I love rings at the minute too. I have a little white gold bow one, but it's too big and just falls off me now, and I also have an adorable snowflake one but I feel like that is a bit wintery, so i'm on the lookout for some new ones and these two from Pandora are so cute! The top one is a ring of daisies and the bottom is two branches, I love them both!

The dress is beautiful. I love blue dresses and this one is in such a flattering shape, so nice! Plus it would look so nice with the cropped jacket and embellished headband.

One thing that I really love but don't own any of are the box clutches that look like books or magazines. I am in love with the old style ones and this cinderella one is so cute, I definitely want to get some of these! 

What do you think to my picks for an everyday outfit inspired by cinderella? Would you pick something different? Let me know what you think!

Love Amylou x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Current Life Favourites

Hey lovelies,

There are so many things i've been loving recently, it's way too late for a march favourites post so I thought i'd just share my current favourites! They are quite random favourites so i've called this post a lifestyle favourites as there isn't really a theme to them, just things i've been enjoying!

Favourite TV show: Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

I am so obsessed with this show. Season 4 is currently on and it's so good. Without ruining the story, if you haven't seen it (though most people have it seems!) it's about an evil queen who wants to ruin the happy ending of snow white and so sends all the fairytale characters to our world where they have no magic and don't remember who they are. 

The fairytales are different to the ones we know, but I think it makes them better, the female characters are a lot stronger and more independent in this program too than in their disney stories. There are a few more sinister characters, and once or twice i've had to watch something afterwards before going to bed! But I think that's what makes me love it all the more, it's different and it makes the fairytales you loved as a kid all the more exciting.

One thing it is excellent for is making you think about evil. It reiterates the point that evil is made not born, and shows that most evil arises from envy, which is a very real point to be made. It also shows that everyone has both good and bad in them, and it's up to the individual to make their own choices and deal with the consequences.

The final thing that stands out to me is that they continue to say that 'all magic comes with a price'. I think that's a message that's very true. Not in the sense of actual magic, but in that if you take a short cut to get something, or do something you shouldn't, there will be a price (consequences) and that you should really think about whether it would be worth it.

Favourite Film: Cinderella


I only watched this film yesterday but I absolutely loved it. I'm a huge fan of the live action remakes that disney are doing at the moment. I think I was more impressed by Maleficent when it was first released, but Cinderella is definitely worth watching. The costumes are really good, they are still heavily influenced by the drawings in the original film, but they also have a modern twist on them to make them more relatable.

Everyone knows the story of cinderella and this is a really heartwarming version, it doesn't take much but I was almost crying at the sad parts of the film (no spoilers as to when) but it isn't so sad that it would upset children watching. The only downside to the remakes is that they don't include any of the songs that made the originals such magical films. If they had kept at least one or two of the songs in, I would have loved this film even more.

Favourite Album: PTX Volume 2

PTX Vol 2

I am absolutely loving Pentatonix at the moment, and this is my favourite album of theirs. Their cover of the Daft Punk songs is so good it's one of my top played songs ever. They are an acapella group, and if you didn't know you'd think they were just a normal group, the beats and rhythms that they make sound incredible. I'm actually in awe of their talent every time I watch any of their videos or listen to any songs. They also have a few originals on each album and Love Again which is on this album is my absolute favourite. It's also the video that includes the blue sparkly make up I showed you in a blog post recently. So good.

Favourite Clothing: Pink Joni Jeans - Topshop

These. Jeans. Are. Amazing. Seriously. You probably saw them on my last post and they are the comfiest things in the whole world, plus they are such a cute spring colour. I've been wearing them so much recently, they go with so many different tops and blazers and as they are cropped they look great with heels and flats. I don't know if they are meant to be crops or they just don't sell them long enough for me, but either way, they look great (if I do say so myself).

The Joni jean is a huge favourite of mine, I have them in a leather look black denim and I'm thinking of getting them in Duck Egg Blue too, which is my absolute favourite colour in the whole world. They are a stretchy denim fabric, but not as stretchy as jeggings, and definitely not as see through.

Favourite Drink: Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade

My love affair with pink lemonades began in a wine bar in Lancaster called Oscar's. They are made from vodka, cointreau, southern comfort, cranberry juice, lime cordial and lemonade. Or at least the ones I drink are, and they are so amazing. Really refreshing and fruity, a perfect spring drink, plus throw in a few slices of lemon and add a little umbrella and is there really any better pink cocktail? I think not.

What do you think of my favourites? What are you loving at the moment?

Love, Amylou x

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