First look for Spring/Summer’17

Welcome back! I could write a thousand reasons why I haven’t posted in the last few months, but it doesn’t matter and all that matters is that I’ll be back for good for those who like reading my posts for the written part or those who just like having a look at the pictures. I have the next few posts planned but I always welcome any ideas and suggestions from you guys about what you would like to read about here!

Going back to the post topic; I present you the first spring outfit (I probably took this on the only sunny day last week!). My favourite season, spring carries so many outfit possibilities. I usually show you outfits that I normally wear everyday and this is probably my favourite spring everyday outfit as this dress is so easy to dress down with trainers and an denim jacket or up with some lace up heels and an blazer, things that have many styling possibilities especially if you’re on a budget and can’t afford to buy something new each time further more a design like this is always ‘in, stripes are a classic that make a comeback every season especially in baby blue. To be honest each brand in this outfit is timeless, Levis, Converse and Abercrombie and all brands that have stuck around for years and make clothing that you can wear for years not for a season.

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(denim jacket – levis, dress – abercrombie, shoes – converse, shirt – dorothy perkins)

Season Trend: Grey & Pastel Pink

First of all hello to all my lovely readers and second of all I want to apologise for the lack of posts in the last month; what can I say life got in the way but I won’t let that happen again. It took me three tries to take these pictures due circumstances that were not under my control but I didn’t give up because I was determined to show you guys this outfit especially that I know there were people waiting for it which is really lovely and motivating for me. I really wanted to show this outfit to show that just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean we have to wear dark and gloomy colours all the time and that pastel colours do work in winter as well, because the jacket is quite bright and it makes the whole outfit I chose to go for toned down colours in everything else and also I’m obsessed recently with the combination of pastel pink and grey. Also a tip for girls; this is my second pair of heels from Public Desire and they are so comfy that I could wear them all day so if you’re looking for a pair for the party season that’s the place I would recommend because they’re really affordable as well and have always have great promotions on!

As this is my last post before Christmas I would like to wish you all a wonderful time with your families during that special time, try to for those couple of days concentrate on what’s really important and put your phones down.

Love Lola

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(jacket – new look top – new look trousers – george asda bag – marc b shoes – public desire)

Casual Autumn Look

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The leather jacket and blue jeans combo is my fave for every season, this outfit is completed by two trends; a velvet bag which is a must have for this season and a layered top which both were bargains. Recently I’ve been lucky with finding bargains and this designer bag was purchased for only £14,99 in Tkmaxx and the top in Zara for £15.99 which for Zara is quite cheap, I don’t make a secret out of the prices because I want to show that you really don’t need a lot of money to dress well! There were a few other alternatives which I was taking into consideration for this outfit; I think that leather pants and black stiletto heels would make an great more elegant alternative or if you like playing around with fashion black jeans, small red leather bag and red stiletto heels would look great.

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(jacket Dorothy Perkins top Zara jeans Asos bag Steve Madden shoes Firetrap)

Season Trend: Burgundy

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I couldn’t wait to do an outfit like this; this is my go to autumn outfit. For the past few seasons I have been obsessed with burgundy but I always try to keep a balance as you can see in those outfits and I don’t go with more than 3 pieces in the same colour. Like I’ve said before in posts all you need is an ‘base’ for an outfit and my base in this case is the hat, bag and shoes which I can use to style in many different ways. In my opinion in every outfit there is an element to it that makes it ‘whole’ in this case it was the string choker which is beautifully handmade from Niki and you can check this and all her other chokers on her instagram here and if you quote ‘SIMPLYBYLOLA’ you will get one and the other half price! dsc_0027dsc_0034dsc_0016dsc_0002dsc_0057dsc_0067dsc_0065dsc_0041dsc_0083dsc_0116dsc_0045

(hat Urban Outfitters, choker Grad Chokers @instagram, jumper H&M, jeans Mango, shoes Hotter, bag Aldo, jacket Dorothy Perkins)

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(hat Urban Outfitters, jacket Dorothy Perkins, top Topshop, skirt New Look, bag Aldo, shoes Hotter)

Fashion tips

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Tired of spending hours in front of your wardrobe not knowing what to wear? Dressing well without putting too much effort into it is a skill like any other which also means that it can be learned! Hopefully my tips that I’ve put together for you will make it easier for you!

  • Look for inspiration! One of the purposes why I have this blog is to inspire people and show them how to style certain things which can sometimes be tricky to style, which is probably the case for many fashion blogs. So look for inspiration online for example Instagram is a great source for inspiration, in magazines, on celebrities and I myself often find inspiration just looking round shops!
  • Basics are important! Everyone should have a white t-shirt, black t-shirt, black jeans and white jeans in their wardrobe as they’re a great foundation for lots of outfits, and even I have days where I don’t know what to wear and that’s when I go back to the basics! It’s so easy to put an outfit together with an white t-shirt, black jeans, some silver jewellery, black leather jacket and some trainers or black biker boots and to make it more of an fashion magazine worthy outfit you can always chuck in some cool accessories like an chunky necklace, an statement bag (you can read more about what I mean when I say statement bags here) or use an bandanna as a scarf ! Also another great alternative when you don’t know what to wear are stripes; stripes are always a good idea.
  • Don’t clash colours! Personally I don’t really go for colourful clothes, I mostly wear black, white,grey, navy or pastel colours but when I do go for a colourful piece of clothing I make sure to pair it up with something more toned down like for example a flowery top with a navy pair of shorts furthermore there are colours which pair up with each other nicely like navy and red or yellow, grey and dust pink or burgundy and mustard yellow.
  • Don’t be scared to try the latest trends! Don’t feel pressured into wearing the latest trends but also don’t be scared to try them as in every seasons trends there will be something for you.
  • Annnd if after reading this post you still feel a bit clueless about how to style certain things or just want some advice in general feel more than welcome to message me!

Zara Outfit

Zara is probably my favourite high-street brand; hence why every time I go there I leave with a new purchase. Personally I think that it’s the most on trend shop out there, with good prices and what I also like is that they change their collections often so there isn’t a high chance of someone wearing the same thing as there is only a small amount of stock of each product. My last purchase was probably this red body which was a bargain found on the summer sales and it can be styled like today with a white tennis skirt, denim jacket and some white trainers or with a black skirt, black trainers and a black leather jacket. Today I went for the first option as it’s more summery and I feel like this might be the last summery outfit that I will have the opportunity to show before I have to swap for chunky jumpers and boots which I’m not to going to lie I’m excited for as I have lots of great autumn outfit ideas but nevertheless by November I’ll probably wish it was summer again.

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(body – Zara skirt – Zara jacket – Levis shoes – Adidas)

How to look great on a budget?

Whenever someone says that you need to be rich to be dressed well it makes me want to laugh as that statement can’t be more wrong! There are lots of ways which I’m going to talk about today which can make you have an amazing wardrobe without breaking your account.

  • The first one is pretty obvious but it’s still worth mentioning; sales! Especially online sales when there’s sometimes extra 10 or 15 % off. At the time of summer sales my favourite place to shop is Zara as they literally discount the whole stock and some of the products are over half price, if you missed out on the summer sales there’s nothing to worry about as black Friday is only 3 months away.
  • If you haven’t heard of Vinted then you’re missing out! You see that dress that you’ve only worn once to a party or those shoes that turned out too small but you forgot to return them? Well you could sell those things or swap them with someone! So what are you waiting for? Get the app and start selling and swapping but don’t blame me if you get addicted to it, also the best bit is men are also welcome to use it!
  • If you’re a student or know someone who is, always look out for student discount as sometimes shops do as much as 30% off but they’re usually just limited time only so not to miss any discounts make sure to get the UniDays app! Nevertheless if you’re not a student and you don’t know anyone who is sometimes it’s worth putting your items into the basket and going through to the point where you type your e-mail in and sometimes they send you a 10% off to encourage you to buy these items. You’re welcome.
  • Make sure to sign up to vouchercodes as they offer discount codes to many places like Lipsy, Miss Selfridge, Boohoo, Very and many more popular brands!
  • Magazines such as Grazia sometimes offer special discounts for high street brands like River Island for example.
  • Every season there’s going to be new trends but there’s no point just blindly getting everything, always check what you will wear that item with before buying it. Especially if it’s a more expensive buy like shoes or a jacket, make sure that it will go with many things before deciding to buy it.
  • DIY – this can take a bit more effort but before you want to throw something out make sure if there isn’t any way in which you could recycle that item for example if you have an old pair of jeans you can always make a pair of shorts from them or do some cut outs in your old t-shirt, not only you will save money but it will also give you a feeling of satisfaction!
  • Sometimes you don’t need to buy a whole new outfit; sometimes buying some new accessorises is enough to give you that new outfit feeling for example a fedora hat, a bandanna used as a scarf or a statement necklace.
  • It’s also always worth having a look in your local Tkmaxx as sometimes they stock designer things much much cheaper than the rrp price of them.

I hope that you enjoyed reading it and that the advice is helpful; if you have any of your own tricks of how to look great on a budget feel free to share them in the comment section!

Missguided Dress x Velvet Choker

I was never a fan of chokers before; but I’m totally into the velvet choker look as they look much more sophisticated than ordinary plastic ones that were in fashion a few years back and that you could see everyone wearing with everything which is a mistake as they don’t go with everything as they are quite a strong accessory they should be only worn with toned down outfits, in this case the choker definitely completes the outfit and without it it would be too plain and ordinary. I chose to go more elegant with this outfit but it could be easily be changed into more of an sporty look by adding a cap and swapping the lace up shoes for some trainers, which I’m going too show you how to do in the next outfit post!

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(choker – asos t-shirt – topshop dress – missguided shoes – river island)

Men’s Fashion Guide

My main target audience are women but as I am aware that I also have male readers and this is something for you! This is a post for everyone whether you are a hardcore fashion enthusiast or just wear whatever you find clean. The outfits that I will show in this post I’ve chosen for a few reasons; they’re on trend but they’re not too wild so they suit most peoples liking and they’re made of quite basic things that you should already own and if you don’t own a plain t shirt and a cool jacket then you definitely need to continue reading this to find out where you can buy some.

So you’ve made your first step towards being a fashion guru by reading this post! You’re probably wondering what now? Don’t worry I’ll take you step by step on what you need to do! First of all your wardrobe needs a revamp! Chuck away all those t-shirts that are way too small for you, or anything that you don’t see yourself wearing anymore, this way it’s going to be easier to see what your wardrobe is lacking. Now where to look for inspiration? Here are a few blogs that might come handy when looking for some inspiration:

https://dappered.com/

http://www.fashionbeans.com/

http://hespokestyle.com/

http://www.stylegirlfriend.com/

And my personal favourite https://lookastic.co.uk/men has a section where it creates your wardrobe for you based on your picks,how great is that?

When you’ve decided what you need to get head over to asos as it’s the ultimate fashion destination as you can find hundreds of brands at good prices on there. Or you can always have a look at zalando,zara or burton.

The jacket (whether it’s denim, leather or a bomber one it doesn’t matter), hoodie/sweater, jeans and trainers combo are a great everyday alternative furthermore it’s a great basis for all sorts of outfits as you can swap the hoodie for an shirt and there you have an much more elegant outfit. Don’t forget though that a good perfume is an important as a good outfit!

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