NEUTRALS TWO-WAYS

Who doesn’t love a neutral? Mixing white with camel/sandy tones is a favourite colour combo of mine for the Summer months. As you all know I am a detail addict, whether it be voluminous sleeves or creative collar. This camel H&M midi shirt dress is a fantastic piece from Spring to Autumn. The midi length and shirt collar combined with the oversized nature of the dress screams for a statement belt to clinch in the waist. Here I added the Zara jute, knot belt in-keeping with the neutral vibe. This look would work with stylish, white chunky sneakers, but here I styled the look with Primark off-white ankle-tie sandals adding sophistication. I would wear this for an afternoon tea or glam brunch with my girls.

The second outfit: Zara cream shorts with turn-ups, a sandy H&M puff-sleeve blouse, the Zara jute knot belt and Primark tie-ankle sandals. The short + shirt combo, accessorised with the belt has an elegant, yet playful style. I finished both looks with my Mango gold chain, camel bag and Kate Spade bangle. You will never go wrong with a neutral style!

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SHOP LOOK 1

SHIRT DRESS – H&M (WHITE VERSION)

BAG – MANGO

BELT – ZARA

SHOES – PRIMARK (IN-STORE)

 

SHOP LOOK 2

SHIRT – H&M

SHORTS – NEXT

BAG – MANGO

SHOES – PRIMARK (IN-STORE)

BELT – ZARA

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MADDISON’S JUNE

This June has been an unbelievably stressful and rewarding month of my life. Finishing my dissertation required a large amount of resilience and determination. My hard work and dedication enabled me to finish a piece of work that I am immensely proud of. Since, I have taken some time to fully relax which I have never had the opportunity to do before. My fitness levels have increased and as restrictions of lockdown have reduced I’ve taken the time to spend some quality time with close friends and family. With my 21st birthday approaching in July I am taking this unprecedented time to reflect on what I have achieved and plan what I want my future to look like. I hope you’re all happy and doing well!

 

GRADUATING UNIVERSITY!

After 3 rewarding years reading BA Hons Fashion Marketing & Management at University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art I handed in my Final Major Project/Dissertation titled Gucci Travel Club in June. Throughout my time at university not only have I been enthralled by a subject that I absolutely adore, but I also learnt the most valuable life lessons and formed friendships that will last a lifetime. My Mumma has always said that university is not only about learning your craft it’s mainly incredibly grounding for a person, I couldn’t agree more. I lived in university halls for the first year, then private halls for the second and third years which I nicknamed my ‘New York Apartment’. I feel incredibly overwhelmed that my university experience was cut short due to Coronavirus however, it gave me the opportunity to work undistracted on my final project.

I was incredibly fortunate to go on 3 trips of a lifetime while at university. In first year, I visited Berlin, second year I travelled to Florence and in third year I visited my bucket list destination; New York. Each trip I learnt numerous clandestine facts about the fashion industry. When visiting Florence, the group visited a perfumery named Sileno Cheloni where the informed experts offer a personalised scent experience made from all-natural ingredients. Sileno Cheloni creates the signature scent that Gucci uses within their stores; I find sensory marketing exceptionally fascinating.

Now that I have finished university and I have a small break before finding my dream fashion job I will take the time to post about my university projects on this blog. I may even make a few YouTube videos explaining the innovations. Expect a lot of posting coming your way!

GUCCI TRAVEL CLUB SNEAK PEAK…

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UNIVERSITY ROOM YEAR 1 & 2/3

UNIVERSITY TRIPS TO BERLIN/FLORENCE/NEW YORK

JULY SNEAK PEAK…

1. PINK SATIN & BOWS

2. DARLING…IT’S FINALLY SUMMER!

3. GIRL IN GREEN

 

MADDISON’S FAVOURITE QUOTES…

 

DESIGNER WISH-LIST

DESIGNER JUNE

MONCLER GENIUS, £2,580 FLORAL-EMBROIDERED TRENCH COAT

DESIGNERS REMIX, £255 LINEN AND COTTON BLEND JUMPSUIT

REISS, £95 ONE-SHOULDER GREEN JUMPSUIT

GANNI, £205 LEAF-PRINT WOVEN DRESS

OLIVIA VON HALLE, £420 ZEBRA SILK-SATIN PYJAMAS

VALENTINO, £1,950 PLEATED WRAP MIDI DRESS

GUCCI, £1,950 SLEEVELESS MINI DRESS

TOMMY JEANS, £120 DENIM MINI DRESS

SPORTY & RICH, £115 NAVY SWEATSHIRT

MAJE, £146.30 MINI SKIRT

SELF-PORTRAIT, £290 LACE TRIMMED PLAYSUIT

CLAUDIE PIERLOT, £172.50 PINK TWEED JACKET

BALMAIN, £1490 SEQUIN STRETCH FRING TOP

L’AFSHAR £620, GREY CROC LEATHER BAG

L’AFSHAR, £645, ACRYLIC CLUTCH BAG

EMMA CHARLES, £395 LADY VERA LEATHER BAG

MARC JACOBS, £300 SNAPSHOT LEATHER BAG

SAINT LAURENT, £350 CANVAS POUCH

LAUNER, £1,590 GOLD CROC LEATHER BAG

WHISTLES, £103.20 CROC SLIDERS

KALDA, £290 MINI LEATHER SANDALS

 

BOOK, FILM & SONG OF THE MONTH

BOOK

MAN

THE MAN WHO DIDN’T CALL – BY ROSIE WALSH

CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO PURCHASE 

BLURB

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything.

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn’t call.

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other?

The truth.

FILM

ROCKET

ROCKETMAN

SONG

GLOWIE

I’M GOOD BY GLOWIE

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GREEN RUFFLE DRESS

This Zara green poplin dress is a dream. The extravagant ruffle neckline and loose fit combine to make an elegant and timeless piece. The exaggerated design is incredible; an impeccable style for when you want to impress and demand attention. The popping green is a distinct shade; daring and bold. The short length, puff sleeve and loose fit contrast against the amplified ruffle detail. The stylish look screams for an understated hairstyle; I chose a tight poker bun. I added statement diamante branch earrings and off-white Primark sandals to finish the look. Zara is the greatest.

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DRESS – ZARA

SHOES – PRIMARK

EARRINGS – ZARA

SHOP SIMILAR

OPTION 1 – ZARA

OPTION 2 – ZARA

OPTION 3 – ZARA

OPTION 4 – ZARA

OPTION 5 – ZARA

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THE MAXI-DRESS EDIT

Relaxed, pretty maxi dresses are a summer staple. Whether you’re going for a brunch date or you’re holidaying abroad a casual maxi dress is a must. These two styles are sourced from ASOS. The first style is a sage green maxi length dress with a deep neckline, double drawstring front and tiered design. The colour is the trending summer green, matching my green eyes. As I wandered around in the darling maxi dress it swayed and moved freely. It is a very stylish option. The second style is the stone maxi dress with V neckline, wrap over front, ruffle trim and wicker belt detailing. The simple colour combined with the stylistic features fashions an elegant visual. The belt is a nice touch. I paired gold espadrilles with tie ankle detail, a subtle addition of metallic to the picturesque look. I also added a heavily embellished nude headband to the stone look, adding excitement to the overall appearance.

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GREEN DRESS – ASOS

STONE DRESS – ASOS

SHOES – ASOS

SHOP SIMILAR 

OPTION 1 – ASOS

OPTION 2 – ASOS

OPTION 3 – ASOS

OPTION 4 – ASOS

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RELAX MADDISON STYLE

In lockdown being comfortable is paramount. ASOS is providing the quarantine dream! This Aubergine two-piece set is totally adorable and relaxing, the fabric is stretchy so its super comfy, even when sitting down; some outfits can be super uncomfortable when sitting because they have no stretch. The colour is incredibly distinctive, I’ve never seen an item of clothing in this shade, I love it! Also, I adore cropped sweatshirts, you can never go wrong with a sweat. This particular style has a seam detail and is Elephant Grey. I thought the colour name was super charming and I just had to buy it. The sleeves are long and loose, while the body length is super-crop, perfect to pair with my Victoria’s Secret white shorts. Relaxing has never looked so good!

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ASOS – TOP

ASOS – SHORTS

ASOS – CROP SWEATSHIRT

BOOTS – CONVERSE

SHOP SIMILAR

OPTION 1 – ASOS

OPTION 2 – ASOS

OPTION 3 – ASOS

OPTION 4 – ASOS

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THAT ZARA TOP!

If you follow my blog, then you will know that I am obsessed with flamboyant and quirky designs. Once I had ordered this Zara top, it was popping up all over my Instagram feed, the most trending item right now. The ribbed, knit base in a sage green colour is beautiful in itself, but the tops main draw is its organza, flower shoulder feature. The cropped fit makes it an impeccable summer staple. Here I styled the top with white Zara jeans, sage green Topshop heels and the Zara jute knot belt. This summer season style; sage green, is one to watch.

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TOP – ZARA

JEANS – ZARA

BELT – ZARA

SHOES – TOPSHOP

SHOP SIMILAR

OPTION 1 – ZARA

OPTION 2 – ZARA

OPTION 3 – ZARA

OPTION 4 – ZARA 

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THE LOBSTER DRESS

This is THE lobster dress. This Never Fully Dressed style; pink satin style body, decorated in lobster print is storming the internet. Who knew lobsters could be so cute. This design is striking and commands attention. My graduation was supposed to be in July, however to due Coronavirus it has been postponed. This is heart-breaking as I would’ve loved to have worn this killer dress. Nevertheless, once we are allowed to party again, this dress will make an appearance. The dramatic sleeves, button front and midi length, combined with of course the quirky lobsters create the most matchless dress design. Never Fully Dressed also released a skirt and top in this print; mix and match for your stunning summer aesthetic.

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DRESS – NEVER FULLY DRESSED

HEELS – ASOS (SIMILAR OPTION)

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OPTION 1 – JOHN LEWIS

OPTION 2 – NEVER FULLY DRESSED

OPTION 3 – RIVER ISLAND

OPTION 4 – ASOS

OPTION 5 – ASOS

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DRESSY DRAMA

Although currently we can’t go out, everyone is itching for a dress up and boogie. I’ve felt completely deflated about going-out dress styles. They’re all similar and there was nothing edgy with newness, until…Zara released this teal, ruched detail, shoulder padded, faux leather dress! The teal leather colouring is incredibly rare, in fact I’ve never seen a dress like it and the style is so distinctive against average dresses. Being 5ft 8 and having long legs it’s problematic to find dresses that are long enough, this length however is flirty, yet modest. I swapped my signature curls for a tight, poker bun to contrast against the voluminous shoulders. Adding my Primark off-white sandals, the evening look was complete. When cocktails can be sipped again, I will be wearing this dress.

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DRESS – ZARA

EARRINGS – ZARA

SHOES – PRIMARK

SHOP SIMILAR

OPTION 1 – ZARA

OPTION 2 – ZARA

OPTION 3 – ZARA

OPTION 4 – PRETTYLITTLETHING

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FLOWING TROUSERS & SATIN TOPS

Flowing trousers are the business! I’ve always adored a palazzo pant, no matter how you style them the visual is chic. These Mango cream wide-leg trousers with decorative front pleat and waist belt are made for summer cocktail dates. The booming trend is tying the ankle of palazzo pants; here I used my Primark off-white sandals with ankle tie to create the look. Tying at the ankle creates a billowing look. As the flowing trousers craft the flowing edge, a fitted stylish top is required to contrast. Here I styled a Zara sage, satin crop top and Topshop baby pink, high neck, V bottom and tie back crop top. The pastel colouring looks beautiful against the classic cream. This look is very elegant and sassy; perfect for drinks and socialising with friends in the summer months (whenever we’re allowed). Pair your pastels with cream or white for a summery panache.

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TROUSERS – MANGO

SAGE TOP – ZARA (SIMILAR OPTION)

PINK TOP – TOPSHOP (SIMILAR OPTION)

HEELS – PRIMARK

SHOP SIMILAR

OPTION 1 – ZARA

OPTION 2 – ZARA

OPTION 3 – ZARA

OPTION 4 – ZARA

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EN POINTE

In celebration of one of my first ever blog posts back in 2016, I’ve decided to re-style the shirt dress and grey jumper combo, for a fresher summer feel. I remember taking the photos for ‘University Visits’ in Brighton, while looking at Brighton university. That feels like a lifetime ago as I’m sitting here writing my Dissertation at the end of my journey at University of Southampton. While writing this blog post I had a sudden prang of nostalgia as I recalled that post. It’s funny how much we progress, but barely take time to reflect on how far we’ve come. Maybe its lockdown allowing me to do so!

Anyway, getting back to the fashion…Shirt dresses are timeless, they’re always in fashion…Hence why I’m still wearing them. The beauty of them is they can be dressed up or styled casually. The way I styled the shirt dress this time can only be described as ‘darling’. The charming combination of the wrap over white shirt dress with waist bow tie, the Zara square neckline, puff sleeve and crop-length grey knitted jumper and the pink ballet slippers with ankle tie screams spring 2020. The pink satin ballet slipper look takes me back to pointe classes growing up. The contrast of the square neckline with the shirt dress collar adds an edge to the precious style. On a warmer day the jumper can be subtracted, leaving just the shirt dress, which demands attention alone. This look is en pointe!

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JUMPER – ZARA

SHIRT DRESS – ASOS

SHOES – ASOS (SIMILAR OPTION)

SHOP SIMILAR

OPTION 1 – ZARA

OPTION 2 – ZARA

OPTION 3 – ASOS

OPTION 4 – H&M

OPTION 5 – H&M

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