running down to the riptide


Dress: Zara         Necklace: Warehouse         Gold leaf cuff bracelet: gift         Leaf ring: Fossil          Stacking rings: H&M
Other bracelets: assortment of New Look, Primark, gifts and holiday buys!

So, my first outfit post since being back at university, and guess where I'm posting it from? Yep, back home, just to confuse you! I did go back to Cardiff for a bit, and this is my uni room you can see in the photos, but I've popped back home to Cheshire again for a few days as it's my mum's birthday. I'm only at home until Sunday, though, then it's back to Cardiff I go! Phew, I don't stay in one place for long do I?!

As I said, you can see a snippet of my uni room in these photos - believe it or not, this is probably the biggest space for outfit shots that it has. I'm still experimenting with taking photos in different parts of the room; the main benefit of this spot is that it gets good side-lighting from the big bay window. However, I also can't really avoid getting my clothes rail in the photos, and I'm not sure whether I like it being in them or not. On the one hand, it makes the photos look kind of messy and busy, but on the other hand, more clothes!

Anyway, I told you I wouldn't be able to resist putting this dress in an outfit post for long! I recently found it in the Zara sale (see this post). I love its laidback, slouchy cut, and the floaty white material makes it perfect for the coming spring. I thought it was crying out to be worn with tonnes of jewellery, too, hence the gold bling everywhere!
... (Never let me use the word "bling" again.)

Jacket: Zara

If you've read my blog before, you might be sick of seeing this jacket by now. It just goes with so much! I thought pairing it with this dress would give an interesting take on the monochrome trend, plus provide a slightly tougher edge. Not that I think this dress, or I for that matter, could ever be described as tough!

With Christmas and New Year firmly behind us now, I'm really looking forward to spring now. About this time of year, I always start getting impatient for the new season's stock to come in - I've been checking the previews obsessively!
Is anyone else as excited to see the highstreet's spring/summer collections?!

Helen xx


  1. It's always tricky trying to find the best location for an indoor photo shoot, isn't it? I think your photos look fine - the lighting is really key.
    I seriously love that dress! The drapey effect is so pretty and feminine! You look gorgeous!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  2. Hi Honey! Because I love reading your blog and think you are lovely, I have nominated you for the Liebster award! Details are on my blog, http://ambercarlydoll.blogspot.com.au/ xx

  3. I can never find a great place to take photos of outfits either - sucks not having a lovely big blank wall for doing just that! Oh well.
    I love the dress, It's gorgeous!
    Elephant stories and more

  4. It's so difficult to find the best place.. You have all the reason. Always something is wrong, the deco, the light, the weather (if we want to take the photos outside..)
    Great post, the dress is so cute :)
    Big kisses, have a nice weekend!


  5. You look beautiful! This outfit is so pretty
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

  6. That dress is lovely, it looks so comfy and easy to wear. Love the necklace too :) xx

    Ps. I'm having a giveaway on my blog and would love for you to enter :)

  7. In fact, I love the combination of this dress with this jacket! Love how you styled your dress! xx

  8. Such a nice look - love the dress, necklace and leather jacket as a top up - gorgeous! x

  9. That dress is so lovely I love the the fit and the material such a gorgeous day dress! And hope you had a lovely time at your mums birthday! xo


  10. lovely dress and jacket sweety x


  11. I love the Zara dress, it seems like an outfit you can wear to many different occasions xx


  12. lovely outfit! that dress will be so great all spring and summer long!


  13. Hello gorgeous♥

    You look fab! I love this look :)))))
    btw, I'm holding a giveaway where you can get a dress woth $200! It would mean a lot to me If you take a minute of your time and join:) click here


  14. That dress from Zara looks really nice on you! :) Hope you're having a nice Saturday!

  15. Hey Sweetie! You’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award on my blog! For further information go here: http://vintageloyal.blogspot.pt/2014/01/liebster-award-new-blogs-to-follow.html
    Hope you enjoy answering the questions!
    P.S. Your dress is so cute, I would love to see a room tour :)

    1. Aw thanks! :) I've actually been meaning to do a room tour for a while, might make myself get round to it soon! xx

  16. Loving this outfit! the dress is insanely amazing!!! Would you like to follow each other on GFC? Please let me know on my blog so I can follow back. Thank you.

    1. Thank you! :) Sure, I'd love to follow each other! xx

    2. Thx hun, following back on GFC #124 Let's keep in touch, shall we.
      Happy weekend

  17. What a chic look! I love your whole outfit! :)

    Feel free to visit my blog as well! You will find topics such as NYC fashion, beauty, style, personal growth and motivation between others! <3

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  18. Hi Helen i love your look
    fancy to follow each other?
    Please let me know >>>

    1. Thanks lovely, yeah sure thing! I'm following you now :) xx

  19. I definitely know what you mean about wanting it to be Spring! In Australia it's been Summer with some of the highest recorded days in the world of 45.1 degrees celcius or 113.18 degrees farenheit. With that being said I am ridiculously excited for it to be Autumn and for it to cool down enough for me to wear outfits like this, haha.
    I'm loving the dress! It's absolutely gorgeous. I also imagine it being perfect for uni because it'd be so comfy. I'd love to see it styled more ways :)
    Also thanks for the lovely comment on my blog :)

    Deb | Debra Bros Blog

  20. Taking photos inside can be a real tougie :( But these came out nicely! I can see the details of the dress beautifully, the style looks so dreamy :)


  21. Haha, I think you can use the word bling!

    Looks lovely on you.

    Hmm maybe...

  22. I really love the dress! You look amazing!!!


  23. Love your dress and beautiful necklace! I really enjoy your blog so far and would love to follow each other--please join my GFC and I'll follow you right back!


    xo Jess

  24. Wow..Great look !
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  25. oh yes, I am just as excited as you are! you look lovely, I really love the jacket ;)



  26. Aw, such a sweet dress! It's really boho and I can imagine Vanessa Hudgens in it. I'm really looking forward to S/S!

    Tara xo

  27. they said white is the new black, however, I still love how you pair with black jacket :)

  28. love it

  29. That dress is so lovely! The jacket definitely a great touch as well.


  30. You look really great, honey. Such a cute dress and it suits you so well.
    All the best from charming Berlin,

    Jana & Vanessa

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