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Speak Soon – Merry Christmas!

By December 17, 2014 DIY & Lifestyle

Christmas 10

Christmas 13

~ MERRY CHRISTMAS ~

I just wanted to write a little post to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I’m not going to be blogging very much (in fact, not really at all as I’ve scheduled posts), between now and the New Year because my family are over and I want to enjoy it. I have scheduled and written a few posts to go up on each Sunday between now and then, so you won’t have to miss me too much!

Then when it’s the New Year, I’ll pop up my resolutions and goals for 2015, and we’ll be back baby! I’m so excited to sit by the fire with a hot chocolate and tear open festive wrapping paper with all the people I love. We’re even putting carrots down for Father Christmas for the first time since I found out he wasn’t real… the joys of having a 1 year old nephew! I hope you have a lovely time too, no matter how little or many presents are under the tree. And for those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, have a wonderful time during the holidays and celebrate ringing in the New Year! I can’t wait to share my stories with you in 2015… flipping heck, I’ll be 15! Half way to 30, and only a few more years until I can drive my own car. Yikes!

So, from me to you,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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A-Z Fashion Guide: Burberry Group plc.

By December 14, 2014 A-Z Fashion

Another Sunday…. another Series Sunday post! Today, I have a post from my A-Z Fashion Guide series which I hope you guys are enjoying, and are finding helpful! Let me know what you think in the comments :) We’re on #2 of letter ‘B’, which only means one thing… Burberry! May I just apologise if you have visited my site in the past week or so, and have seen anything offensive. We’re trying really hard behind the scenes to remove this re-direct. It’s been really stressful, but I will update you when it is all fixed. So sorry once again!

Thomas Burberry Burberry Group plc. A-Z Fashion Guide

We all know about Burberry, do we know all know about Burberry’s history? Burberry was founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry when he was just 21 years old. He was a former draper’s apprentice who decided to open up his own store in Basingstoke, England. At the very beginning the store became known for it’s outdoor attire, but slowly started to introduce a breathable waterproof fabric called gabardine.

The shop started to grow, with a new shop being opened in the Haymarket of London in 1891. In 1941, Burberry was commissioned by the War Office to create a new version of their classic coat, which would be suitable for warfare. This later became known as the ‘trench coat’. Before this, in the 1920s, the classic Burberry check was introduced and is now recognised as a symbol of the global brand all around the world.

For me personally, I’ve always been more interested in the more recent collections from Burberry, but remembering that it all started in England is a nice reminder of how we should all appreciate designers and where they come from. Especially when they come from your home country! Talking of more recent collections, let’s take a look at a few of my favourite trench coats…

Thomas Burberry Burberry Group plc. A-Z Fashion Guide

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I’ve picked a selection of the classic trench coats from each of the different ranges. There’s Burberry Prorsum (1), Heritage Collection (5), and even a Bespoke trench coat which I quickly popped together (6). I’m actually starting to love trench coats. They’re so simple and are the style of coat which go with everything. They’re the striped top of outerwear. Whatever colour it is, it’s simply the style that pulls the outfit together. From this selection I can’t decide on my favourite… I love the burgundy colour of #4 and the cool statement that comes with the Prorsum number, but the idea of having your own unique trench coat is pretty darn cool. What’s your favourite?

I hope you found this helpful! I want to start doing these posts more frequently during 2015 so be prepared! We’re only on ‘B’ and I started in March (or May… I can’t remember)! Whoops! As usual, collage images are from Pinterest, and you can find all the original sources here!

  Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Style Inspiration with ASOS – Scandimania*

By December 9, 2014 Fashion

Today, I have a very exciting post indeed. There are two reasons why it is an exciting one… firstly, it’s a fashion/trend/inspiration/outfit idea post, which I miss writing, and secondly, I’ve teamed up with ASOS *fan girls* You guys know how much I love them, so I am truly excited to be sharing with you a little bit of style inspiration. Not any kind of style though, I’ll be talking all about ‘Scandimania’ and those hip girls in Scandinavia…

ASOS Scandimania Scandinavian Fashion MONKI

Jumper - BagLeather SkirtJeansCropped ShirtBlue BroguesFlatsWrap SkirtOversized Blouse

For me, Scandinavian style has always made me think of folk prints, but after a quick Pinterest session, I came to the conclusion that I was simply wrong. ‘Scandi style’ is all about simplicity, and masculinity… sorry to stereotype if you are actually Scandinavian… it’s all about getting that balance between chic and casual. Another bonus is the fact it’s the perfect style for travel, and holidaying. It has that comfort factor with the baggy oversized shapes, but you won’t look too under dressed when you pair a slouchy shirt with some patent brogues. It’s all about the finishing touches! I personally quite like the whole look and feel of the sorts of outfits that they can think up… I’m just not sure how well it would work on a small 14 year old like me!

I made the little grid above into a sort of mix and match board for some inspiration. It works vertically and horizontally so if you are in need of some ‘Scandimania’ outfit inspiration, ASOS and I have you sorted! My favourite combination is probably the ripped jeans and cropped shirt. It’s simple and sophisticated but has that slight masculine toughness the whole way through. What’s your favourite combo? Let me know in the comments :) 

(This is a sponsored post. I may have been paid/gifted by ASOS to write and publish this post, but opinions are 100% honest – you know they are, I am a crazy ASOS lady. Read my full disclaimer here.)

  Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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A Blogger’s Guide To Photography When Your Dad’s The Photographer

By December 7, 2014 DIY & Lifestyle

Yes, you read that right… today I am not going to be writing this post, in fact, my dad/father/père, also known as, Papa Posh, is taking control! If you didn’t know already, from day 1 (I’m talking iPhone photography days), my dad has taken my outfit photos (no idea why, it’s just stuck), so I thought it might be helpful to get him to write about what he’s learnt, in the form of a ‘Blogger’s Guide to Photography’! Hopefully this will help any of you fellow bloggers and your (family members) photographers! Take it away Papa Posh… (Please note that I don’t have internet at the moment and am using McDonalds as a second home! Ha! I will reply to comments and emails as soon as I can, don’t fear!)

how to take outfit pictures guide to photography

Get the lighting right…

The most important thing is light. I’ve seen the difference the light can make between a duff shot and one that leaps off the page. Try and capture the light and beautiful photos will follow I guarantee it. For your outfit posts or pictures of people, the best time of day to photograph is the ‘Golden Hour,’ which is the last hour or two of sunlight in the day. You can pose with the sun slightly behind or to one side of you to make you glow, which flatters every skin tone.

I’ve noticed a hugh difference doing this when sometimes we set out to shoot at the wrong time of day knowing from the first few images that it’s not going to work and that we need to come back to it later.

Compose your shot…

Much of the editing out of an image can be done with image editors but you’ll never be able to change the angle of the shot once it’s taken so getting the composition right in the first place makes a huge difference. Be very aware of what to leave in and out of the frame… One mistake I made early on was where to stand in relation to Tolly; I’m 6′ 4” tall so I had a habit of not bending my knees to take the shot of Tolly’s outfit shots, which made her head look too large (whoops!).

So, have your photographer bend their knees a bit so that the camera lens focuses on the centre of the body. On the other hand if they bend down too far, your feet will look huge and your head tiny so be careful unless that’s the effect you crave!

Get a decent camera and a nice lens…

Now I know we can all use a smart phone to take photos but you can’t beat the ease of using a DSLR. These cameras give you so much more freedom and precision to snap away in an instant. That’s not to say an iPhone (other brands available) will not deliver the great shot, but your trusty DSLR will be much more practical – it is after all a camera not a phone.

I also recommend investing in a nice lens… for outfit photos and close up shots, I’d now recommend a 50mm or 35mm f/1.8 lenses to give the depth of focus that makes everything look that much better (bare in mind that a 50mm is less practical for full length shots, but it does the job well for the price). Tolly’s deleted more images than I’d like, due to my focus not being as crisp as she needs… so take note of that too. Fussy or what!?

how to take outfit pictures guide to photography

Choose an interesting location or backdrop…

Try and find some interesting walls for your backdrop so that you can quickly and easily pop to the location and take some shots. Use a garage or barn door or make use of natural surroundings. Use everyday props in your shots to add some interest and intrigue! I’ve taken shots of Tolly at markets, on the beach, abandoned tennis courts, antique stalls, next to vintage cars, alongside graffiti… in fact anywhere where she thinks the background will add to the message she’s trying to deliver. So pay attention to what’s around you, and with a little care, your images will add interest for your readers every time!

Avoid using flash…

This is a common mistake to make when you have an all singing all dancing camera that wants to get it right for you, and then doesn’t. Just turn off your automatic flash. Auto flash makes the photo look flat and washed out, don’t let this happen to your photos. Natural light is perfect, so take advantage of it even if this take several attempts. I know it can be frustrating but be patient and you will be rewarded with an image to be proud of.

Hopefully this has helped you and your photographer, and will make your photography sessions a whole lot easier and quicker to get through. Let us know how you get on in the comments! Who knows, you might just see Mama Posh writing a post sometime soon…


OUTFITS FEATURED: A La Plage // Chanel A/W Inspired // Fat vs Thin Debate // Tennis Court


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town…

By December 4, 2014 My Style

He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake! He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! Oh… hello there :) I won’t bore you with a whole rendition of that Christmassy tune, but I will bore you (or maybe not) with a Christmassy set of photos! Christmas is literally just around the corner… like just over 2 weeks right?! How crazy. I decided to get a little bit festive and start getting my wrapping done now, before it all gets a bit hectic. How excited am I for Christmas? I’m pretty darn excited.

New Look Christmas Jumper Santa Claus

New Look Christmas Jumper Santa Claus

New Look Christmas Jumper Santa Claus~ THE JUMPER* ~

In the ‘Posh’ family, we’ve never really had a Christmas jumper tradition, but I am definitely a lover of the cosy, and cheesy feeling that they bring. This year I’m sporting a cute pastel blue number from New Look, which I am in love with. It’s super warm and soft, and definitely fits in with my adoration for all things pastel and kawaii. The Santa face also looks kinda’ retro, which I think adds to the classic feel of a Christmas sweater. I also love the sequins… it’s got me rather excited to wake up on Christmas Day and slip it on just in time for opening my stocking. Cute, huh?

New Look Christmas Jumper Santa Claus

New Look Christmas Jumper Santa Claus

New Look Christmas Jumper Santa Claus ~ THE PRESENTS ~

I know some people genuinely hate this part of Christmas Day, but I am SO excited for it… and that’s seeing people open my presents! It’s such a nice feeling seeing their plain faces change to huge great big grins when they see what’s inside the lovely wrapping. Obviously presents are quite hard to buy if you don’t have a list or have any clue as to what the receiver might like, but either way, most people are lovely enough to appreciate even a piece of coal ;) But… if you do need any inspiration, make sure to check out my gift guide here!

Another gift which would be perfect is a pair of Heat Holders. I’ve always been a fan, and they kindly sent another pair to add to my collection but due to a little photography crisis I had for this post, I couldn’t fit them in, but please do check them out if you have a set of cold toes!

New Look Christmas Jumper Santa Claus

New Look Christmas Jumper Santa Claus~ THE TRADITIONS ~

I think one of the most common questions asked when it comes to Christmas is, ‘What are your traditions?’. For my family, it’s waking up earlier than usual, grabbing our stockings (lovingly placed on the ends of our beds during the night… yes, I am 14 and my siblings are almost all 20…), and racing to our parents room to open them up. It’s always been something I’ve been excited for, because we all truly love Christmas. Not for the presents, but for being altogether. I’m also starting to appreciate that more and more as my siblings get older, as soon it will just be me on the end of Mama & Papa Posh’s bed… oh dear, don’t get the water works starting! 

(This is not a sponsored post. I was kindly gifted a New Look Christmas jumper, but all opinions are 100% honest. The mention of Heat Holders was just a little thank you for them sending me a pair my way… I just couldn’t fit them in photo form! Read my full disclaimer here.) Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Christmas Gift Guide for Fashion Lovers

By November 30, 2014 DIY & Lifestyle

This year I decided I wanted to do a gift guide. I love reading and watching them, so why not do one here?! This post may come across quite stereotypical, and I know everyone has different tastes, but if you need some inspiration, or want to know that you are definitely getting the right kind of gift for a fashion loving friend, then it might be useful to you. Let me know if you have bought any of these kinds of gifts yet in the comments! 

fashion gift guide christmas

Fashion Flakes

Let’s start off with a cheap and cheerful one… you maybe thinking, why the heck have I included a box of cereal? Well my friend, these are not any kind of corn flake cereal… these are fashion flakes. You may or may not know of the designer Anya Hindmarch, who’s AW15′ collection was food inspired. Some of the designs featured our favourite tiger, ‘Tony’, on them, so Kellogg’s have gone and collaborated with her on an actual box! Pretty cool huh? These are only around £3, so if you can get to a Waitrose, or if you can buy them online, get them! They’re a fab stocking filler too… and if your gift receiver is like me… they’ll probably just keep the box sealed!

fashion gift guide christmas

New Look Gift CardTopshop Gift Card

A fail safe option is the classic gift card. Usually covered in snowflakes and robins at this time of year, but packed with as little or as much money as you can afford. They’re perfect for anyone who likes to shop, because you don’t have to worry on choosing something that will fit, or even suit their tastes! Most let you put on a minimum of £10-15, so if you want a gift for a friend, or perhaps an additional stocking filler, these will be perfect. It’s also perfect because then they can spend it on sale items of which you may have bought yourself anyway… it’s a win-win situation! 

fashion gift guide christmas

Mink & Stone Jewellery Sponsored*

Recently, the rise and demand for unique and personalised jewellery has been higher than ever! There is something so special about receiving a gift which is completely unique and one off, so when I heard about Mink & Stone, I was intrigued! I’ve always loved designing and making my own necklaces and bracelets, and this service just makes it easier. You can choose from hundreds of beads, lots of chain lengths and metal tones, and easily design it with the virtual designer. There are so many beads to choose from, so if you want a slightly different present for a loved one, definitely check out this new idea…

fashion gift guide christmas

Alexander Wang  x H&M

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t personally love this collection, but I know a lot of people do, and if you know somebody who does, they’ve probably already asked you for something a million times. The Alexander Wang collection has been one of the biggest collaborations of the year, and it definitely tops off this gift guide! The cheapest piece is a metal ring with a handy whistle (?!) and the more pricey and wearable items come in at around £150… so definitely be certain that your chum will suit the piece you buy! Plus, items are always going in stock and then out again, so you need to be quick to snap these up before they’re all gone!

(Sponsored Feature: Mink & Stone Jewellery. All opinions are 100% honest. You can read my PR disclaimer here)

  Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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