August Wishlist

August Wishlist

Motel skater skirt dress / The Ragged Priest black top / H&M skirt/ Topshop skirt / ASOS pumps/ Topshop necklace

Much to my dissatisfaction, temperatures in England have been falling recently and consequently I've been eyeing up a few items in preparation for autumn (typing that just made me shudder slightly). During the colder periods of the year my style tends to lean more towards a grungier aesthetic, whereas in the summer I opt for a more bohemian look. This is definitely reflected in this month's wishlist consisting of mostly black pieces, with smatterings of tartan, leather and velvet: my go-to fabrics during the winter. On a visit to Topshop last week I tried on the leather skirt and Ragged Priest jumper shown above and instantly fell in love with the combination, which looked rather modern-witch-esque. At the moment I'm developing a bit of a penchant for cut-out detailing; however considering this jumper cost £45 I couldn't justify spending so much on such a simple item of clothing. If you know of any good dupes please let me know in the comments below! The other day I noticed a blue version in Primark in the sale, although I couldn't find it in black so I assumed it either didn't exist or had sold out. 

On a separate note, earlier today I changed the appearance of my blog slightly and also added a blogroll. I'd love to hear your honest opinion on it, because I think I'm now suffering from "I've been staring at something for too long and can't decide whether or not it looks good" syndrome. Did I overdo it on the swirly font? Too much mint? 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Smock Happy

Dress: Asos
Bag: Urban Outfitters
Hat: H&M
Shoes: Spanish markets
Socks: Primark
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Watch: Casio

When I saw this adorable little Breton striped smock dress on Asos I couldn't resist snaffling it up. I love wearing dresses on days when I'm feeling a little lazy, because I can just throw them on and look as though I've put more effort into my outfit than I actually have, especially if the dress has detailing like the cut-out shoulders on this one. I don't you about you guys, but I'm slightly (perhaps the biggest understatement of the century) obsessed with the smock dress trend at the moment, and Asos have some beauts on sale right now. This one was in the sale for £15, but I'm also lusting after this (insert the emoji with hearts for eyes here) and a few by Minkpink. I'm pretty certain that in a few weeks my wardrobe will be bursting at the seams with smocks, despite the fact they make me look rather tent-like. I get paid on Friday so I'll have to use every inch of willpower within me (which would actually be more like a millimetre if we were to measure it metrically) to resist the urge to buy them all. 

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Girlie Grunge

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Boots: Dr Martens ("Billie Boot")
Dress: H&M
Necklace: Primark
Headband: Primark 
Belt: vintage
Jacket: H&M 

Since purchasing this crochet dress months ago it rapidly became one of my favourites, but surprisingly I hadn't yet featured it on my blog until now. It has become somewhat one of my summer staples, and I wouldn't have been able to live without it on my recent holiday to Turkey. At the moment I'm really into pairing really feminine dresses with grungier, more edgy pieces like black boots and a leather jacket, and this dress is ideal for doing so. Speaking of black boots, these ones arrived in the post earlier today: my very first pair of Dr Martens! You may have seen me tweeting about them when I bought them last week, as I was lucky enough to pick them up for a bargain price with a 60% discount via Secret Sales. I'd never previously shopped on this website, but it's definitely worth checking them out and signing up to their mailing list to stay in the loop, as brands are usually only on sale for a few days at a time. I think at the moment they're selling OPI nail polishes for a discounted price, so make sure you have a look! I'll probably live in these boots once I start college in September, although they're more of a winter boot due to the faux shearling lining.

I had a ton of hilarious out-takes from this post, some of which I posted on Twitter. You can take a peek at them by clicking here- feel free to have a giggle at my expense!

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


August Inspirations

Seeing as my posts have been relatively few and far between lately, I thought I'd quickly put together this post of pictures I've been inspired by lately. We are currently being bombarded with A/W collections already, so I'm on a mission to convince myself it'll stay summer forever, hence the mostly bohemian theme throughout these photos. I promise I'll get back to doing regular outfit posts soon; however recently I've been incredibly busy and in all honesty I feel as though I've lost my "blogging mojo", but I assure you this is temporary. Keep your eyes peeled for more outfit posts from me in the near future!


 Dolce and Gabbana f/w 2013


Givenchy Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2009


All images found on Tumblr.

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo


Turkey Photo Diary

If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to Kalkan in Turkey with my family for a fortnight. It was our second time staying here, and it definitely lived up to my memories of our first visit two years ago. The temperature reached 40 degrees Celsius on most days, but of course, being a redhead I didn't tan and remained the colour of a sheet of paper, as you'll see below. I thought I'd share some of my photos from the trip with you all, and perhaps they'll encourage you to visit some of the places I did. I'd highly recommend it! 

We went to a restaurant where you sat cross-legged on cushions on the floor, which only served traditional Turkish dishes. If you ever go to Turkey and get the chance to go to a restaurant like this, I urge you to do so! I can only wish places like this existed where I live... 

Some of the traditional Turkish pottery available to purchase as souvenirs. Everything was handmade, which was really reflected in the beautiful intricate detailing. 
Similarly to our previous trip to Kalkan, we hired a boat called a gullet for the day. The captain took us to various islands, coves and inlets, and we were served a delicious lunch of Turkish mezze (although seasickness got the better of me and I was unable to eat much of it, despite it being one of my favourite meals. I'll spare you of the details.)

The breathtaking view from our villa.
The infamous Kaputas beach (usually the beach featured on the cover of all Turkish travel brochures) on the road to Kas. We also stopped off here last time we came, however I've never actually been on the beach. That being said, I don't fancy clambering down the 200+ steps leading down to it.
The streets of Kas were littered with stray cats, although they were much better taken care of than the stray cats in some of the other places we visited. I was in cat lady heaven.
Market stalls in Kas. The streets were filled with the aromas of fresh spices and incense- perfect!
The Greek island of Meis, which was just a short ferry ride away from Kas itself. We took the trip last time and the island was absolutely stunning.
We went on a second boat ride which took us to the sunken city of Kekova, which was extremely interesting. It was Lycian city perched on the hilltops, however following a violent earthquake thousands of years ago it sunk into the sea. Nowadays the area is protected by the government, so unfortunately we couldn't stop the boat or swim there, although luckily the boat had a glass bottom so we were able to look at some of the ancient pottery and ruins. The surrounding hills are now only home to a few goats, as we discovered. On the boat trip we also had six swimming stops, which you can see my sister taking advantage of in the photo above. On one of them we were lucky enough to do some water sports, which was great fun and really cheap too.
We also visited a small cave shown above, although it was only brief. When we stopped for lunch we were greeted by the aquatic equivalent of an ice cream van- an ice cream speedboat. It was so surreal!   

We also stopped off at a small island, although unfortunately its name escapes me. We got off the boat and looked around the few shops that were there, as shown in the photos above.

On one of the other days we also visited Saklikent Gorge. The scale of it is mind blowing, and I'm very glad we took the time to walk through it, as previously we only visited the cafe. Unfortunately we couldn't go further into the gorge once the path stopped, as my mum cannot swim and continuing meant walking through the water which was quite deep in some areas.

We also visited the cafe at Saklikent Gorge, which is my favourite place on the entire earth. It was just as tranquil and beautiful as I remembered, and every table was accompanied by a hammock. I'm still wishing places like this existed in the UK! Once again we sat on cushions on the floor, and the cafe is situated right next to the river, so we took the liberty of dipping our feet in, although the water was freezing. At the cafe I tucked into Turkish menemen (scrambled eggs, pepper and onion) while my parents enjoyed freshly caught local trout. We were also given the opportunity to raft down the area of the river with a stronger current, but we did this last time and considering my dad broke his coccyx doing so, he wasn't feeling up to a second go. 

Two cats regularly visited our villa and we fed them, although it broke my heart saying goodbye to them on the last day, knowing they would go hungry again (the pains of being a cat lady).

On one of the days my dad decided to drive to a nearby trout farm, however we ended up getting lost up a mountain, which wasn't good for my fear of mountainous roads.

Enjoying that, Eleanor?

Hugs and kisses, Sarah xo