This evocative, quintessential ensemble screams 1940’s glamour; I absolutely adore a vintage look. Fashion just isn’t always as stylish as it used to be. This cream Zara rustic midi dress with front buttons fits my figure like a glove, it extenuates all the right places; pulling in the waist which gives a full hourglass figure. I wore my Zara leather tan belt with statement buckle to further draw in the waist and add a decorative central focal point. I accessorised with a Zara tan fedora and my Zara canvas tote bag with beige piping, the tan accents are perfect against the cream dress. This sumptuous look is perfect for an afternoon tea or lunch date.
Faux leather is ALL THE RAGE for this coming season. Look on any fashion websites new-in and you will spot countless faux-leather options. Around this time every year I begin searching for THE winter coat and this year it is proving to be difficult; TOO MUCH CHOICE. For the autumnal period this Zara off-white faux leather trench coat with wrist buckle, collar and waist belt is a vibe; literally the angelic version of classic black leather outfits from The Matrix. Off-white is a favourite of mine at this time of year, the clean brightness of white always makes you stand out against the dull British weather. Although the coat comes with a matching leather tie belt, here I replaced it with my Mumma’s vintage silver metal Guess belt; this allowed me to draw the waist in more and the Zara diamanté branch statement earrings add a jazzy vibe. I wore my Mango cream leather fashion wellies and the ASOS nude silk scarf. The final look is so a la mode.
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BELT – VINTAGE
The perfect green jean! This outfit is Zara from head-to-toe. Green is a great summer colour; these jeans are a great alternative to the classic blue denim. Green and white is a late-summer must. These jeans are a great item to bag right now, summer will begin to draw out and they’re an ideal more covered option. The white ruched, bardot, cross-over top has an idyllic cropped length to cut in at the waist, which looks super flattering. Accessorised with the canvas grab bag with brown leather edging and brown leather sliders with pearl décor, the classy look is complete.
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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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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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BOOTS – CONVERSE
Who knew getting married could look so chic. Of-course if Villanelle is getting married, it’s going to be in style. Not only did the loveable assassin wear the controversial choice of a suit, but layered a mesh bodysuit and sensual bra underneath, finishing the look off with a Loewe brooch and killer heels…
I thought the look was phenomenal. The perfect look for when you want to blow peoples socks off. The bra is a H&M black and cream lace style, the mesh bodysuit prettylittlething, the black culottes are a Zara classic; the flawless fit and elegant flow, contrast impeccably against the close-fitting bodysuit. A black tux blazer pulls the look together, while the pointed black shoes with bow detailing adds a precious style to the edgy look. To finalise the look, I added statement diamanté branch earrings, accentuated even more by the scraped back ponytail. Slick.
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Killing Eve villain Villanelle is a fashion ICON! Villanelle a Russian ruthless assassin played by actress Jodie Comer is the most astonishing villainous role out there. The enchanting, compelling, strikingly stunning assassin is everyone’s girl crush and her fashion is to DIE FOR (excuse the pun). She is the perfect devil in disguise.
Series 3 starts typically with an array of bizarre techniques to assassinate people. The outfits are as anticipated; outlandish and modish. Of all ways to stylishly do the deed, Villanelles technique of posing as a delivery driver comes with a trendy outfit; in this instance a tan jumpsuit with delivery driver print. Of course, the jumpsuit I am wearing is just plain, but has a similar vibe. This H&M camel jumpsuit is the perfect fit; very often I struggle to find jumpsuits fit the length of my leg and body, this fit hit the nail on the head. Drawing in the waist with my tan Gucci belt adds femininity to the masculine chic. The military inspired pocket detailing is so en vogue. Tan western boots match perfectly, adding height and charm to the look. Keep an eye out for more Villanelle looks.
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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)