The rise of the denim midi-skirt. Being a tall girl, skirts and dresses can cause issues in the Spring/Summer months, but trending this year is the midi-skirt – the perfect solution to my long-leg issues! This ASOS midi denim skirt is a killer piece, the length, colour, material and tie-waist detailing combine to create the most figure flattering skirt on the market. Here I styled the skirt with both a simple ecru ribbed crop top and a tucked off-white sweat, finished with high-top trainers for a relaxed look. The skirt could be dressed up too – a tulle or silk crop top with heeled sandals would create a fab dressy option. Stylish, chic & simple.
The sweatshirt dress is a must for Spring! As the weather FINALLY begins to break into dress weather, a sweatshirt dress is a great transitional piece before the pretty Summer dresses take reign. Statement red is a non-stop trend for me; I always have one or two statement red pieces lined up, whether it be Summer or Winter. This New Look sweatshirt dress is an absolute winner. The American High-School Varsity theme is a VIBE, a look that I’ve always loved. While we are still adjusting coming out of lockdown the comfort of a sweatshirt dress is a great way of getting out of sweatpants and back into the world. Paired with white Zara high-top trainers you cannot go wrong.
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The ra-ra dress of dreams. This crinkle style cream dress is such a beauty. Cute and sassy combined you can’t go wrong. The wrap style middle and mini length create the perfect summer dress.
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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!
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…
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…
BOOK, FILM & SONG OF THE MONTH
THE MAN WHO DIDN’T CALL – BY ROSIE WALSH
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?
I’M GOOD BY GLOWIE
1 Puffball skirt, wedges and a white shirt. This half 80’s inspired style is a summer stand-out! Puffball skirts are so flattering. This Zara taupe voluminous skirt with paperbag-style waist and adjustable drawstrings is a key piece. Paired with the white Zara cut-out shirt, against neutral the summer style palette is aesthetic. The cropped style of the shirt compliments the mid waist height of the skirt. The white wedges add height, finishing off the look.
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Blue denim and white is a Summer classic; a style combo that I recycle year after year. It’s such a simple fusion that always looks chic. Zara is the Queen of white Summer tops/shirts, they have endless variations; countless unique design combinations. As Summer is nearing I have styled my two favourite Zara white tops with a denim skort and jeans. The long sleeve poplin cropped white shirt, with cross over front and open back is a killer style; who knew a plain white shirt could be so innovative and flirty. The long sleeves are decorated with button fastenings, creating a gaping effect. I paired this crop top with blue denim jeans, my red Coach belt and silver shoes. The second Zara top is a ruched strappy, crop top. This top is perfect for warmer weather and looks super cute paired with denim. I styled the top with a Zara denim skort, Gucci belt and brown faux leather sliders. Such a classic S/S vibe. I’m certainly looking forward to the warmer weather.
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As lockdown continues we’re all just craving an end date. Although it remains unclear as to when we can meet up with our friends and family again, there’s starting to be light at the end of the tunnel. It’s really important right now to cherish this time with family and find ways to embrace this lockdown; my amazing tutor at university was incredibly encouraging and recommended online courses. If you’ve had an interest in something for a long time, now is the time to exercise it.
I adore creating my monthly post; my wish-lists and song, film and book recommendations visually present of all the things I love. Designer clothing has beautiful quality and uniqueness, while high-street clothing is accessible and can be truly as delectable as designer. My exclusive Quarantini…The Minx is not one to be missed, I will be making a tutorial on my Instagram over the weekend; perfect for gin and pink fizz lovers. Take a scroll into my world of beautiful wants and wishes for a piece of glitz and glamour in a world of cloud! Try your best to remain positive and happy. Enjoy…
1. HOUSE OF MADDISON MAY SNEAK PEAK!
1. POLO DATE-NIGHT
2. SATIN SAGE
3. VILLANELLE VIBES – SEASON 1
2. MADDISON’S FOUR WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE IN THIS UNCERTAIN TIME!
3. MY QUARANTINI – THE MINX
2 X ICED LIME
30ml POMEGRANETE JUICE
TOP UP WITH PINK FIZZ
4. DESIGNER WISH-LIST
5. HIGH STREET WISH-LIST
ZARA – GREEN RUFFLED POPLIN DRESS £49.99/GREEN PLEATED DRESS £15.99/SAGE BASKET BAG WITH RHINESTONE £39.99/FLAT LEATHER SANDALS WITH PEARLS £29.99/PINK SOFT LEATHER PUMPS £19.99/BUCKLED CROSS-BODY BAG £19.99/LEATHER SANDALS £69.99/RAFFIA BASKET BAG £29.99/SAGE STRETCH TOP £25.99/CROP TOP WITH ORGANZA BOW £19.99
6. BOOK, FILM & SONG OF THE MONTH
THE UNDOMESTIC GODESS by Sophie Kinsella
‘Samantha thrives under pressure. A high-powered London lawyer, all she can concentrate on is taking the next step in her career; eating, sleeping, seeing friends – even taking a breath – will have to wait.
But just when she’s about to get everything she has ever wanted, Samantha makes a mistake. A fifty-million-pound, career-destroying mistake. Unable to face the consequences, she does the unimaginable and runs away…
Catching the first train she can, she finds herself in the countryside, outside a beautiful grand house. Mistaken for another woman, she falls into a new job as the family’s housekeeper.
Disaster ensues. In a blink, her life has shifted from writing briefs to washing them – and she has no idea how to work the washing machine. Let alone the oven. A former master of the takeaway menu, she’s now expected to whip up fine cuisine.
But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way. Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha’s old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?’
This book was truly unputdownable, I adored it. The constant ups and downs fashion a hilarious and tragic, yet loveable novel. I resonated with Sam’s fake it till you make it demeanour. I laughed out loud and shed a tear, I absolutely recommend this.
ALADDIN LIVE ACTION REMAKE
If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must. Aladdin was a favourite of mine growing up, I idolised the Arabian clothing, architecture and music. The live-action remake undoubtedly tops the original. A sea of turquoise, terracotta and gold enthrals your eyes, while the overriding spirit and verve captivate the audience. Will Smith’s performance as the genie is outrageously hilarious, while Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud paid homage to the animated characters. With the current zeitgeist of angst and distress, engrossing ourselves in beautiful films that provide escapism and relaxation is essential. The recognisable tunes and exquisitely picturesque visuals make a film that is not to be missed!
Play Date by Melanie Martinez
Now if you’re as obsessed with TikTok as I am, especially the trending video of heartthrob Timothée Chalamet having a boogie then you will know this song. The tune by Melanie Martinez was released back in 2015 and much like many of the TikTok trending songs it is so catchy. The captivating tune has a dream state vibe that I’m totally here for!
7. MADDISON’S ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH
A MORNING RUN
My ultimate favourite exercise is a Spin class, I adore the spin bike and the way I feel after a class; refreshed, de-stressed and pumped full of endorphins. Unfortunately, due to lockdown I am unable to spin. As an alternative I have started running. Lockdown is an incredibly weird concept, nobody would’ve believed this would be our reality if we were told a year ago. I haven’t left my village since I returned from university in mid-March, I hadn’t left my house for 2 weeks and quite frankly I was going slightly mad. My mindset is usually incredibly positive, and I thrive off of hard work however, even the most resilient of us can get low in this circumstance. My brother and I started running at the beginning of April and although initially it was tough I have grown to look forward to my venture out for half an hour. I clear my head, feel as free as I possibly can and return feeling rejuvenated, cheerier and breathless. If you’re feeling claustrophobic or downhearted, then I endorse a walk or jog to re-ignite your spark.
I’ve always found it a real struggle to find playsuits that fit long enough on the leg and body. Playsuits can be super uncomfortable when too short. This PrettyLittleThing military inspired playsuit caught my eye with its cool features; once I tried it on I fell in love. The fit is impeccable, and the length is ideal for my height. The shoulder tabs, fold over front and pockets are so military esk; a look I adore. The waist can be drawn in by two toggles, I added my Gucci belt to accessorise. The light stone colour is great for Spring. The long sleeves makes the playsuit wearable for a slightly cooler Spring day. The look can be toned down for a casual look with trainers, boots or flat sandals. Here I styled the look with ASOS white/natural wedges, my Ralph Lauren white bag and square crystal earrings. The sassy look can be worn for a shopping trip/lunch date.
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I AM COUNTING DOWN for that first post-lockdown cocktail! Whether it’s with friends in our garden or eventually being allowed to visit a cocktail bar, I cannot wait to re-connect with the real world. I certainly won’t take travelling and experiences for granted again.
Neutral colours look perfect against a summer glow and screams holiday vibes. This PLT darling two piece is comfy, cute and full of frills. Frills are requisite for summer styles. Ruching is prevalent in much of the new release summer clothing, maintaining its popularity from last year. With the assistance of ruching and frills what would be an unexciting sand two piece has been revamped into a flirty eye-catching outfit. I despise any outfit that you have to constantly re-adjust when out, this two-piece covers just the right amount and stays in place; that is a rare quality. The long sleeve length is a great contrast against the mini-skirt style; long sleeves also save the hassle of a jacket.
Positivity tip: daydream about the day you can rock your frills with all of your beloved friends and family.
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HEELS – PRIMARK (IN-STORE ONLY)