3 Ways to wear it: White midi skirt

This white, mid length ASOS skirt is one of the best purchases I’ve made in a long time. Totally different from anything else in my wardrobe, it’s given the rest of my clothes an new lease of life for summer. But let’s face it, a white skirt is never going to be easy to wear. Here are my favourite ways to wear it (actually there are 4 looks but gotta stay consistent with my titles, ya know?!)

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This first look is the reason I bought it in the first place. I knew it would look great – smart casual, sophisticated and pretty! I love this for days where it isn’t cold, but isn’t that warm either. The rolled up sleeves make it a relaxed look, but the pale pink flatform brogues (Kurt Geiger) and the jewellery make it a bit dressier. The top is a long sleeved men’s H&M t-shirt in extra small. I really recommend H&M men’s for basics like this, they’re actually better quality than the women’s basics.

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This next look is how I’ve been wearing it in spring -with a navy jumper and ankle boots to warm things up a bit. As soon as my skirt arrived I was just desperate to wear it, so this had to be done!

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I really like how 90’s this look is! The jumper is a unisex American Apparel one (link), and the boots are ancient. I’m also wearing an Oliver Bonas bangle, but I think this look is best kept simple.

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Now this is a look I can’t wait to rock in the summer. My thighs have always been a source of insecurity, so while I do happily show them off occasionally, finding nice summery outfits to wear that cover them up is something I always aim for. this is an American Apparel crop top (link) – I LOVE their crop tops, they stretch really well and are super comfy.

And finally, the skirt in action! Lol. I wore this when we visited the Palace of Versaille in Paris, and I have to say, I fit in pretty well, wouldn’t you agree?

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I’m wearing almost 100% ASOS here – I got the top, skirt, sandals and sunglasses from them. The bag is Skinny Dip’s Duo Cross Body (link) and the necklace is Urban Outfitters, and this is one of my favourite outfits at the moment. It is SO comfy, but looks awesome at the same time.

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I absolutely love this skirt, and I can’t wait to live in it all summer long. It’s comfy, gorgeous and unusually for me – trendy! It’s still available, for £38 – link

How do you like to rock a white skirt?

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3 Ways to Wear it: A Boho Chic Lace Dress

I fell in love with this dress the second I pulled it over my head in Urban Outfitters. I have seen LOADS of dresses around that look very similar, so I thought I’d share my favourite ways to wear it!

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Of course the beauty of these dresses is that in the summer, you can chuck them on with sandals and a necklace without a care in the world, so let’s start with that. Don’t judge my beaten up sandals btw – I bought them for Bestival 2012 and they’re still going strong!

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Second is a bit different. I came up with this one because it was really cold when I bought this dress and I wanted to wear it straight away. I found that pairing it with some bold, black leather actually works really well!

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Weird, right? And last but not least is definitely my favourite – relaxed, cute, denim jacket and pink pumps. Perfect for spring, and I love how easy it is to just throw it on!

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This was definitely one of those purchases where I didn’t take a second to think about how I would actually wear it, so I’m glad I’ve come up with a couple!

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I’m so annoyed that this dress doesn’t seem to exist anymore, but here are a few gorgeous examples that would work the same way: one, two, three, four, five.

 

Thinx: Period Underwear

Update, March 2017 **I am very disappointed to inform you that I not longer advocate buying Thinx underwear. It is unacceptable that they treat their employees and models the way that they do. There are plenty of other period pants out there and I will be trying them in due course. Please do not buy from this brand. **

Two months ago, I discovered my holy grail. Not skincare, not hair care, not make-up. My holy grail? Five pairs of period underwear that make me feel sexy, comfortable and confident. These pant(ie)s have changed the way I feel about my period, and I honestly believe they are the best investment I could ever have made for myself.

Also…I would never in a million years have expected to be posting a picture of me in my underwear on this blog, but that just goes to show how amazing Thinx underwear make me feel. Read on to find out why!

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I’ve always been very forward about periods – I don’t find them disgusting and have never felt embarrassed by them. When I started my dad was the first person I told, and he reacted with pride. I cannot express how important that was, his joyously positive response to something that women are shamed for and silenced about. It taught me not to accept men’s immaturity in the face of a bleeding vagina, and to question phrases like ‘oh my god don’t make period jokes that’s disgusting’. I think this is one of the reasons I’m so annoyed by the lack of options when it comes to sanitary products, and allow myself to loathe both pads and tampons.

For a long time, I used a Mooncup, which I loved. However I’ve had an IUD for a year and was told by both my doctors and the Mooncup team that using a cup in conjunction with an IUD is a bit squiffy – so the cup went back into its box, and I went back to using pads. I never use tampons because my flow isn’t heavy enough and it’s like lighting a match EVERY SINGLE TIME I take one out… but after a while I got sick of pads, especially since discovering that the only brand I actually liked now puts perfume in all their products (really, Always?) So I started looking for an alternative.

And that’s when I discovered Thinx. Made of four ingenious layers of absorbant, antimicrobial, leak-resistant and moisture-wicking fabrics as well as an incredible design that just fits PERFECTLY, Thinx underwear come in six styles that can hold up to TWO tampons worth of blood! The level of absorbency varies depending on the style. As you can imagine, the hiphugger holds a lot more than the thong, so you can choose your pants based on your own flow. I bought five pairs of hiphuggers because I decided to use them without anything else, and I thought the style looked really comfy. Thinx recommend that you use them with tampons or a cup, but also stress that you know your own flow, and if you think it’s light enough to go it alone, that’s up to you.

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I went with the large size, which is bigger than I would usually buy in the UK (I’m a 12, sometimes even a 10) but about right for American undies – genuinely I think they make them differently as I’ve bought medium size underwear in Peru, New York and Toronto and they’ve ALL been to small! Anyway, large fits PERFECTLY. Despite being thicker than normal underwear, it doesn’t feel like you’re sitting in a knicker-sized sanitary pad. It does feel different, but not uncomfortable, or even noticeable after a few minutes.

It’s amazing to just be able to get up in the morning and simply pull on some underwear, without having to worry about packing enough pads for the day. To be able to wear my skinniest jeans, and to be wearing underwear that I actually like! Washing them is so easy too. You rinse the top layer of blood off at the end of the day in cold water, and then pop them in a cold delicates wash with natural detergent (I use Ecover’s Delicate Laundry Detergent) along with all your other underwear and delicates.

Thinx are more than just an amazing underwear company though. Their factory in Sri Lanka is a family run company that is committed to training and educating their female employees so that that they can become empowered leaders in the community. Thinx ALSO contribute some of their profits to ARFIpads, an organisation that trains women in developing countries to sew reusable sanitary pads. They sell these pads to girls in their communities who are then able to attend school whilst menstruating, something that they wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.

In total my pants took me to about £100, which I was completely happy with to be honest. Yeah they’re not cheap, but the technology, ethics, the comfort, confidence and convenience make them more than worth the investment. Take a look at their amazing range here.