Workwear Style: What to wear to a Client Meeting

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Happy Friday! It’s been an absolute scorcher in London this week, which is fabulous in many ways but makes it tricky when it comes to dressing for the office. I have to factor in the sticky commute to and from work, an air conditioned office, meetings, amongst many other things! 

This post is the start of a workwear style series: “what to wear to…”, where I’ll be offering tips and inspiration on what to wear for different work situations. I wanted to share with you today my tips on how to dress for a formal client meeting in warmer Summer temperatures. 

On a regular day in the office with no meetings in the calendar, workwear can be much more laid back and the rules can be bent to some degree, but when it comes to meeting clients and representing the company, it's important to look professional and make a good impression, yet still showing your individual style at the same time!

Here are a few of my tips:

1. Arms or legs. 
When it comes to a formal meeting, you don’t want to show too much skin, so if you’re wearing a skirt above the knee, cover up your arms, and vice versa. If you’re wearing a midi skirt, then you can get away with a sleeveless top, but never a vest top! This rule actually applies to the workplace as a whole, but especially at a client meeting. 

2. Comfortable shoes. 
I’m very rarely in flats as I always feel they dress down an outfit, especially when worn with tights, but during the Summer months I practically live in them. They also make running around the City to my next meeting a lot easier! My snake print flats are a wardrobe staple. If I have time before a meeting, I normally slip on a pair of pointy heels, but if I run out of time then I can always rely on these to look professional as well as stylish. 

 3. Stock up on camis.
Camis are a life saver under blouses. I have a bazillion camis from Zara in my wardrobe in every colour possible, to simply pop under those blouses in a lighter fabric that are a little see through. At the weekend it’s a different story and I like to wear a black bra underneath as a statement, but for work, a cami underneath is essential. 

4. Dress comfortably. 
The worst thing you can do is wear something you’re not entirely comfortable in, or something that always needs adjusting when you move a certain way. You don't need any distractions! 

5. Wear your confidence. 
Audrey Hepburn once said, "to pull off any outfit, wear with confidence." This is so true! Confidence speaks volumes and can truly transform an entire outfit. 

6. Keep hair and make up fuss-free. 
My go-to hair style for a meeting is soft curls tucked behind my ears. Make up wise, I keep it toned down with a soft lip colour. Statement lips are a no go for me because I would be constantly worrying about having a lipstick on my teeth moment, and how awkward would that be?!

navy skirt (same in white here) | white blouse (sold out but similar here and lots below) | white cami | snake print flats (sold out but similar here and here) | silver necklace 

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Weekly Workwear Picks

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Happy hump day! The sun is shining in London today and I'm feeling extra motivated this week. I hope you are too! 

A couple of days ago, the gorgeous floral dress I've featured above popped up on my twitter feed and I instantly knew it had to be featured in this week's picks! Worn now with bare legs and black pointy heels, then paired with tights and ankle boots when Autumn sets in. Perfect!

Culottes are high on my workwear wishlist for this Autumn/Winter, and the navy pair I found above tick all the boxes. High waisted, check. Thick pleats, check. Sits just below the knee, check! I'm imaging them now with a white blouse tucked up. SO chic!

Now and again I come across certain items that are slightly out of my comfort zone when it comes to my style, and the pink cigerette trousers I've featured have achieved just that! I think it's good to experiment with your style, and if you see something you like and you want to wear it, why not? That's why these bad boys are firmly on my workwear wish list! 

Happy shopping guys, and have a fabulous rest of your week! 


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We're Moving!

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This year has been an exciting one so far to say the least. In June, Lloyd and I reserved our first house together, and we officially completed last Tuesday! It’s a new build, so it’s currently being built and won’t be ready to move into until February 2017. This feels like a complete lifetime away, and I feel bad wishing away the months but I just want time to hurry up so we can move in!

It’s a strange feeling knowing we finally own our own house, and after 6 years we will finally be living together. We’re officially becoming grown ups, haha.

Times are changing. I’m becoming more excited about buying homewear and furniture than I am about clothes, and my Pinterest has shifted from fashion to home décor in a matter of months! This makes me realise just how excited I am about moving day. 

As the house will be a blank canvas for us to decorate how we wish, we will be kept busy over the next few months planning, deciding which themes to go with, homewear shopping and transforming the house into our home. I wanted to keep you guys updated on our journey, as I’ve enjoyed reading similar blog posts from people in the same position as us. It’s been fun gaining inspiration from other people and I hope I can inspire somebody else too.

Thankfully, we both agree when it comes to décor styles. My friend Jen told us about this ‘ultimate find your style quiz’ and we both chose the same styles each time. It revealed that our favourite style is ‘Classic Glam’ which, after reading the summary, could not be truer. 

“You're somewhat traditional and love to keep your space pretty and put-together. You also like a little sparkle and lots of ornamental detail. You don't oppose color, but you tend to use it rather sparingly and save it for a statement. You don't mind if your home is a little more formal. You like historical pieces but also like them to be in good shape.”

Here are a few of the photos saved on my camera roll I’ve been using for inspiration when browsing the web or looking around the shops:

*photos from Pinterest and Elle Decor*

Now we know what sort of style we’re looking for, it’ll hopefully make shopping a bit easier. I will update you when we officially begin buying bits and bobs, and most importantly, the furniture! 

I’m currently putting together a list of shops, boutiques, online stores for furniture and décor, so please comment below if you have any recommendations. I’m totally new to all of this so would really appreciate your help! 
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Monday Motivation

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Good morning and happy Monday! I'm forever talking about the power of positive thinking, so I wanted to share with you one thing I do every day to encourage positive thoughts which remain throughout the day. 

Each morning, after I've made my coffee and jump back into bed for 15 minutes before getting ready, I have a moment to myself. I use these 15 minutes to repeat back to myself my favourite quotes, before thinking about what I want to achieve this week, and I instantly feel a rush of motivation and positivity flow through me. 

Here are a few of my favourites that I regularly refer to:

"Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change." 

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill

"The success of every single woman is the inspiration for another" - DVF

"I never dreamed about success. I worked for it." - Estee Lauder

"If you don't do it, somebody else will"

"The only way to succeed is to never worry about what everyone else is doing"

Wishing you all a fabulous week! Do you have a favourite quote? I'm always on the look out for new ones, so share in the comment section below to help spread the positivity around!
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Workwear Style: Office to Cocktails

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It was Lloyd's birthday this week, so to celebrate, we left work at midday on Tuesday and checked into the ME Hotel ready for an evening in London. After dropping our bags in our gorgeous room, we took the lift straight to the Radio Rooftop bar where we remained for the rest of the afternoon drinking cosmos and G&T's!

I wanted to wear an outfit that would take me from the office straight to the bar, so I wore my new skirt (that is over half price in the sale now!), with block heels, and swapped the bag I can fit my entire life inside, to my smaller Aspinal of London number. Good to go!

I find it so difficult finding skirts for the office, so when I find one I adore, I scramble to find it in every possible colour. When I found out this skirt also came in navy, I simply had to have it! 

White skirt (also comes in navy) | Zara blouse (similar here and here) | Aspinal of London bag | Block heels (similar here) | Dior sunnies

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#AFTERHOURS "Cooking" in the Breaking Bad Bar!

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Breaking Bad fans will love this. But firstly, if you haven't seen Breaking Bad, please leave immediately with your head hung in shame...where have you been?! 

As you'll know, the RV is the focal point of the show, and you can imagine my excitement when I got the opportunity to put on some yellow overalls, get inside and pretend I was helping Walter White! But instead of cooking up Meth, we were making cocktails. Even better.

We arrived at the RV in Shoreditch and were greeted by an extremely realistic Walter White lookalike and a couple of other guys working inside who were also in character. One of them yelled bitch at the end of every sentence and I genuinely began to think Jesse was in the room! Only Breaking Bad fans will understand!

We were given yellow boiler suits, gas masks and goggles, which we changed into and made our way inside the vehicle! 

Each detail was extremely thought out, with chemicals and bottles scattered around, ready for Jesse and Walter to get cooking! 

We were told to split into teams of two and take a seat around the tables. Shortly after, the ingredients for our cocktails were brought over to us along with the recipe and the instruments needed to create them.

I won't give away too much about the process behind creating the cocktails as it'll ruin the fun if you want to attend yourself!

They're all classic cocktails that you know and love, but whipped up using instruments you'd usually find in a science class!

The finished result was a delicious tasting gin based cocktail which we enjoyed before starting on the next one. 

The second cocktail was vodka based, created using dry ice which caused a bubbling and misty effect! It felt like we were back in a science class in school!


This cocktail was my least favourite tasting, as I'm not a huge lover of whiskey! However, the whiskey lovers in my group definitely enjoyed it. 

Easy peasy! 

Now for the fourth and final cocktail of the night, and my favourite of them all! 

**SPOILER ALERT** if you're looking to attend and want this one to be a surprise, skip this part and scroll to the bottom!

We were handed a simple slate containing two slices of lemon and two pills...

We were then handed a drink each, which we were told to take a sip of. As we all took a sip of our drinks, it was like we were drinking pure lemon juice and all of our faces screwed up! It was disgusting!

The host then told us to pop one of the pills into our mouths and wait until it's completely dissolved. 

A few minutes and a very dry mouth later, the pill was dissolved. He then told us to take a bite of the lemon, and enjoy the cocktail. 

With confused faces, we did what we were told and couldn't believe the difference in the drink. The taste was transformed from bitter to delicious and it ended up being my favourite!

After finishing our final drink and as our session inside the RV came to an end, we ventured back out into the early evening light feeling extremely tipsy (they're not shy with the alcohol!)

We began to make our way into Shoreditch, but not before a pleasant goodbye from our fabulous hosts...

The official name of the RV bar is called ABQ London, and it's officially back by popular demand in London throughout August. Make sure you book quickly though, as word has spread around London pretty fast since it's previous visit, so I won't be surprised if they only have a limited number of spaces left!

Reservations can be made via their website here

Enjoy, bitch!

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