Retro Vibes / Denim Midi Skirt

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Retro vibes coming to the blog today with a cute denim midi skirt from Zara. Every now and then, I like to style something for the blog that I wouldn’t normally pick out to wear for myself everyday. I’ve discussed so many times before on here that I am way more of a jeans girl than a skirts girl, but there’s something about this skirt and its vintage vibe that I loved and knew I had to shoot. On my petite 5’3″ frame, I’d normally be fastening up my stilettos to wear with a midi skirt, but I’m kinda liking this look with my trusty Stan Smiths. I paired it with a white lace ruffle collar top from M&S which adds a touch of elegance to contrast the trainers.NCFdenimmidiskirt-1 NCFdenimmidiskirt-8 NCFdenimmidiskirt-3

The weather seems to have gone off in the past few days, and instead of styling this top with a lightweight skirt, I’m picturing it layered underneath a cosy knit and classic coat. Is it too early to be planning my autumn/winter outfits?
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Wearing: Marks & Spencer top (old, similar here), Zara denim skirt (buy the exact one heresimilar here), Adidas Stan Smiths (here), F+F bag (old, similar here)

Bringing Back Von Dutch

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I remember Von Dutch from back in the day and more recently saw it popping up in my feed on the likes of Kylie Jenner. Who doesn’t remember those slogan trucker caps? You can probably imagine my excitement when we found this vintage Von Dutch denim jacket on yet another charity shop haul. Luckily it was just about my size (maybe a little oversized) so I could borrow it for a photo shoot. I actually wanted to keep it all to myself but since I already own 3 denim jackets, you can shop it here!NCFvondutch-2 NCFvondutch-1 NCFvondutch-4

I kept the styling super simple as always, to make sure the focus was all on the jacket. I’m never against double denim (unless you’re talking Britney and Justin double denim, then I’m not so sure) but I decided to steer clear of it for this look and opted for monochrome details instead. When was the last time you saw these Adidas Superstars on the blog?! I’ve definitely been living more in my Stan Smiths, but I dug these ones back out again because they fit the look so much better!NCFvondutch-15 NCFvondutch-3 NCFvondutch-10 NCFvondutch-11 NCFvondutch-5 NCFvondutch-9 NCFvondutch-6 NCFvondutch-12 NCFvondutch-7 NCFvondutch-14 NCFvondutch-8

If you’re wishing you could be a bit more Kylie in your everyday life, shop the Von Dutch jacket here, and follow me on Instagram @notcentralfash to see my Von Dutch flatlay! xx Soph

Wearing: Von Dutch jacket (here), Primark t-shirt (similar here), Hearts & Bows shorts (old, similar here), Adidas Superstars (here), watch c/o Everwrist* (here)

Skyline To

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Today I’m bringing you a rather smart dress, something much fancier than I normally wear but if you can’t dress up for the blog, when can you dress up? OK, so there are definitely a million other times you can dress up too, but I thought this Zara dress was gorgeous and really wanted to shoot some photos with it for the blog! It was yet another £3 charity shop job and I think it’s the perfect little dress for a garden party. I know the summer season is coming to an end, but we’ve still got some pretty nice weather at the moment so why not make the most of the sunny days and pretend like it’s still summer?NCFjacquarddress-4 NCFjacquarddress-8 NCFjacquarddress-3

I paired the dress with my nude strappy shoes from Topshop to make sure the look was casual and fun, and easy-to-wear (you know I’m not about those stilettos most days of the week!). For me on these sunny days, an oversized floppy-brimmed hat is essential to shade your eyes and face, and I feel like it ties the whole look together without going too overboard on the accessories.NCFjacquarddress-9

My pretty jewellery is from Born Pretty Store and you can get your own with my 10% discount code, BVT10! Check them out online here for super cheap costume jewellery and more accessories!NCFjacquarddress-2 NCFjacquarddress-5 NCFjacquarddress-6

Shop the dress here and check out my Instagram page @notcentralfash for more updates! xx Soph

Wearing: Zara dress (thrifted, buy it here), New Look hat (similar here), Topshop shoes (old), all jewellery c/o Born Pretty* (bangle here, rings here)

How To Style A Kimono When You’re Not Poolside

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I’ve never been big into kimonos because I feel like they’re something to be worn poolside on holiday or by the beach. However, you may be aware that I do like a bit of leaf print every now and then (check out the amazing Ganni dress here!) so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shoot with this one. My “leaf print kimono” search on Pinterest didn’t return much in the way of inspiration so I had to go it alone and create a look from scratch. My first thought was a black slip dress layered underneath the kimono but I didn’t want to make the look too dressy as that’s not really my style. I’d much sooner throw on a slouchy playsuit than a figure-hugging dress, so that’s exactly what I did. This khaki Firetrap number hasn’t been out of my wardrobe for quite some time now, but it’s just as good as it always was! Check out the look in 2014 here!
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I feel like this playsuit is a piece which doesn’t need a lot of fuss or excessive styling around it, but this kimono just adds a nice little touch with a nod to this summer’s leaf print trend. Plus, it makes a great cover up for when the sun goes in.NCFpalmkimono-3 NCFpalmkimono-8 NCFpalmkimono-6 NCFpalmkimono-11 NCFpalmkimono-9 NCFpalmkimono-10

Let me know your thoughts on kimonos for summer – should they stay by the pool or can we style them for everyday? xx Soph

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Wearing: AX Paris kimono (shop the actual one heresimilar here), Firetrap playsuit (old, similar here), Zara boots (here)

Gold Trainers & Dungarees

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I’m a sucker for anything gold. If I walk into a shop and see gold, chances are I’ll buy it – whatever it is. At the moment I’m also really into Zara, so sorry if it seems like I keep going on about them in all my posts! #notsponsored

My mum got these gold trainers from Zara last month, and while I wasn’t jealously wishing I’d got there first, I did know that I’d have to borrow them for the blog. The perks of having a fashionable mother with the same shoe size as you!

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I had a few ideas of outfits I could wear with the shoes (at first I was picturing the white t-shirt under a cami trend – let me know if you want to see that in another post!) but I settled on my dungarees and a trusty plain white tee. Strangely, my denim dungarees haven’t been out of my wardrobe all summer, something which I surprised myself with. They cost a bomb from Topshop but I knew they’d be great quality, and yet I haven’t had much wear out of them. They go so well with so many different combos (see how else I’ve styled them here and here) but paired with a white t-shirt has to be one of my faves. Throw in some snazzy gold trainers and you’ve got yourself a perfect outfit in my eyes!NCFgoldtrainers-3 NCFgoldtrainers-8 NCFgoldtrainers-4 NCFgoldtrainers-5

Even though I said I wasn’t jealous of my mum’s gold shoes, I did just order myself some “champagne gold” hi-tops in the sale at Superdry…

Let me know if you’d like to see me style those on the blog too! xx Soph

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Wearing: Zara trainers (here), Primark t-shirt (similar here), Topshop dungarees (similar here), Primark clutch bag (similar here), triangle necklace & bangle c/o Born Pretty* (here and here), arrow necklace c/o Orelia* (similar here)

Must Have Summer Piece / Denim Skirt

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Every season I find a piece of clothing that I just want to wear all the time. For summer this year I think the best thing I did was search “Bella Hadid style” on Pinterest because it lead me to this denim skirt. Check out the post I did here to see how to steal Bella’s style!

Now I have to wear a uniform to work five days a week, I don’t have a lot of time to style up my own clothes – and I’m sure you’ve gathered from all my blog posts by now that I have quite a lot of clothes! Whenever I do get chance, as long as the sun’s shining and the temperature’s above 20 degrees, then this denim skirt is all I want to wear.
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Today I’ve paired it with a couple of new buys from Zara (white shirt and black boots) and my monochrome fancy bomber jacket. The shirt comes in 3 different colours – white, khaki, and denim blue – and I could’ve quite happily bought them all! I settled on the white one, though because it makes it a classic shirt that I can wear a million ways with a million things. The boots were also a great buy – a piece which will transition well from summer to autumn. See how I wore them with a funky denim playsuit here and if you want all the goss on the fanciest jacket in my bomber collection then let me know in the comments and I’ll dedicate a post to the designer piece that I got for a steal!NCFwhiteshirt-6 NCFwhiteshirt-3 NCFwhiteshirt-7 NCFwhiteshirt-4 NCFwhiteshirt-5

What’s your favourite summer clothing item? xx Soph

Check out my Instagram to see the cool trainers I shot photos in today, plus loads more! @notcentralfash

Wearing: Zara shirt (here), Zara boots (here), New Look skirt (sold out, similar here), Marella jacket (old, similar here), New Look belt (sold out, similar here), watch c/o Everwrist* (here)

Where To Get Your Understated (& Statement!) Jewellery / Born Pretty Store

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Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately. It’s hard to find time to shoot photos for the blog and put together a post all in one day but I had a few minutes now to show you my latest goodies from Born Pretty! You know by now that I love a bit of BPS jewellery (check out my last Born Pretty post here and the last jewellery post here) and there were some really pretty new pieces this time around too. I wear both gold and silver jewellery already but I’m always drawn to gold pieces first, so that’s what I picked out.

The Born Pretty prices are so good if you’re on a budget – for less than $15 I got a necklace, ring set, bangle, and an anklet, so there’s no need to go splashing the cash if you’re after some costume jewellery. If you use my code “BVT10” you’ll also get 10% off your order across the whole site!

There’s such a huge selection of jewellery on Born Pretty that it doesn’t really matter what style you like because it’s more than likely they’ll stock it! I’m very much a minimal jewellery type of person and I always pick simple, small, delicate pieces which are very understated. However, if you’re after something a bit bolder and more “statement” then it’s still the place to go! Check out the website here to have a browse and don’t forget your 10% off!NCFbps08jewellery-1 NCFbps08jewellery-8 NCFbps08jewellery-3 NCFbps08jewellery-7 NCFbps08jewellery-4 NCFbps08jewellery-2 NCFbps08jewellery-6 NCFbps08jewellery-5 NCFbps08jewellery-10

Are you a statement or understated jewellery kind of person? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! xx Soph

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Wearing: all jewellery c/o Born Pretty Store* (rings, bangle, anklet, necklace), Topshop jumper (sold out, similar here), French Connection bag (thrifted, similar here), Topshop jeans (here), Topshop shoes (thrifted, similar here)

Zoya Urban Grunge Collection

NCFzoyaurbangrunge-1 I came home to a delivery of Zoya’s latest collection earlier this week. They’ve created yet another set of beautiful colours, this time for autumn/winter ’16, and you can get it in One Coat Creams or Metallic Holos. Usually my favourites are the solid colours, but I’m really excited to try out the metallic holos this time around because they look so super pretty, especially in the pink and grey shades.NCFzoyaurbangrunge-5 NCFurbangrunge-6 NCFzoyaurbangrunge-2 NCFzoyaurbangrunge-7 NCFzoyaurbangrunge-4 From first look, my favourite shade was the solid grey, named August. Next I think I’m gonna try out August’s metallic counterpart, Troy. Let me know in the comments if you want me to post a swatch pic of it on my Instagram!NCFzoyaurbangrunge-3If you’re looking for some new polishes to try out, definitely check out Zoya’s website. Their colour range is absolutely amazing and they put together some beautiful collections for each season, which you can buy as a set – they’re perfect gifts for nail polish lovers. xx Soph

Urban Grunge One Coat Creams & Metallic Holos collections c/o Zoya* (shop them here)

The Coolest Pair of Jeans

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So I think it’s safe to say that Topshop jeans are my favourites. I’ve had H&M, I’ve had ASOS, but none compare to Topshop. You might have seen in my off-the-shoulder tops blog post that I’d treated myself to a new pair of my fave Jamies (if you missed it, catch up here!), but when I went into Topshop in Norwich to look for a Skinny Dip phone case, I came out with another pair of jeans instead. I think you can forgive me though because these are definitely the coolest jeans I think I’ve ever seen.

I’ve had sweatshirts and jackets with patches on already, but I hadn’t been able to find any jeans I liked with patches on, but these are the ones!! They’re in the “Lucas” style, which is meant to be a slim boyfriend fit. I do like loose-fitting jeans but I’d always pick skinnies first, so I decided to buy these ones in a size smaller than I would normally get, and the fit is perfect!NCFpatchjeans-5 NCFpatchjeans-2 NCFpatchjeans-8

I was kind of unsure about how to style the jeans at first because there’s so much going on in just one piece, so I didn’t want to overdo the rest of the outfit. Can you believe this t-shirt was ONE POUND in the H&M sale and happens to be a perfect accompaniment to the best jeans ever?! I added my pink bomber for extra warmth and since my Stan Smiths are hardly ever off my feet, they’ve made it onto the blog yet again! For accessories, I’m currently loving my quilted mini backpack which I think was from ASOS or ARK…? I’m not entirely sure but if you can grab yourself a mini backpack you’re basically ready for a day trip while still being #fashion.NCFpatchjeans-3 NCFpatchjeans-4 NCFpatchjeans-12 NCFpatchjeans-9 NCFpatchjeans-6 NCFpatchjeans-7 NCFpatchjeans-10 NCFpatchjeans-11

What do you think of my Topshop jeans? Let me know if you’ve jumped on the patch trend bandwagon! xx Soph

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Wearing: Topshop Lucas jeans (here), H&M top (sold out, similar here), H&M bomber jacket (here), Adidas Stan Smiths (here), ASOS mini backpack (old, similar here)

Don’t Look Back ft. Zara Playsuit

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If you’ve checked out my Instagram recently, then you might have seen me post a pic of the back of this playsuit I got in the Zara sale earlier this week. Around the time I bought my denim dress from Zara, I also spotted this playsuit but I knew I had more denim than one person ever really needed so I put it back on the rail. When I saw it in the sale for £10 this week though, I snapped it up…because why wouldn’t I??

I feel like there are so many ways I could wear this piece throughout the year. For this shoot I buttoned it up and put a simple bandeau underneath, letting the accessories do the talking. I’m thinking a t-shirt layered underneath with the playsuit partially unbuttoned would also be cool for summer time, and when it gets colder I’m picturing a striped long sleeve tee and a pair of tights tucked into these cut-out boots. Unfortunately, it’s sold out on the website but if you happen to be passing a Zara store then definitely go and look for it – it’s a piece you don’t want to miss out on!NCFdenimplaysuit-2 NCFdenimplaysuit-3 NCFdenimplaysuit-9 NCFdenimplaysuit-4 NCFdenimplaysuit-5 NCFdenimplaysuit-6 NCFdenimplaysuit-7 NCFdenimplaysuit-8

I’m loving Zara for cool and unique pieces at the moment – what’s your favourite high street shop? xx Soph

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Wearing: Zara playsuit (sold out online, similar here), Zara boots (here), Primark hat (similar here), New Look belt (here), watch c/o Everwrist* (here), Necklace (a gift so not sure where from, similar here)