Sunday, 24 January 2016

The Winter Boho Edit

All I'm seeing in clothes shops at the moment is 70's inspired trends. Ethnic prints, denim, kimonos, frayed hems, fringing... I love all of these details in clothing but I've always associated boho style with summer.

I always want to wear what I see in the shops now so after picking up a cute printed blouse I put together a winter boho inspired outfit. I kept things cosy but with a nod to the 70's by teaming it up with slouchy boots, blue denim and a wide brimmed hat.

By sticking to a winter themed pantone and accessories that keep me warm in the cold I can wear this trend without looking like I'm waiting for the summer...

Blouse - New Look
Jeans - New Look
Hat - Primark, you can find similar here
Boots - Wallis from years ago but you can find similar here
Bag - Fiorelli @ ASOS

Photo credit - Helen Maycock

How are you wearing the 70's trend?

Just love

Rina xoxo

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Leather Biker Jacket

An essential wardrobe item, a leather jacket is one of the most versatile types of outerwear you can own. A good leather biker jacket can be worn with casual outfits and can also make a pretty dress look a bit more edgy if, like me, you don't like to look too overdressed or girly. My favourite way to wear a leather biker jacket though is with a distressed tee, black skinnies and converse high tops. A denim shirt would look great with it too.

I treated myself to this great find from Zara earlier this month. I love the detail on the shoulder and the way it fits my arms but mostly I love the pockets. I'm obsessed with pockets, they're fashionable and functional and this jacket doesn't have two but three pockets! All of which are deep which means I can fit my phone, keys, cash (and a spare lipstick!) in them comfortably. A rare find when it comes to women's biker jackets which usually have tiny pockets that look cool but actually quite useless.

Just love

Rina xoxo

Jacket - Zara
Shoes - Converse
Bag - Fiorelli - you can find similar here

Photo Credit - Helen Maycock

Friday, 2 October 2015

Black and cream, a perfect Autumn dream team

Autumn has to be my favourite season for fashion. I love the richer colour palette and the assortment of textures but it also means that I can wear a lot more black without looking like Morticia Adams...
Anybody who looks in my wardrobe will notice the majority of items are black but I tend to break it up with another colour or some print. Cream is a perfect pairing for black and my waterfall mac is great to throw over an all black outfit. I particularly love this jacket because a cream mac-style jacket or coat is a classic wardrobe staple that will always be in style.
I also added a mulberry coloured scarf and a tan vegan leather bag for cosiness and texture. I just love how these are the kind of colours I see when the leaves change colour in the Autumn. The bag is reversible too!
Just love
Rina xoxo
Jacket - Anita & Green at New Look you can find a similar one here
Scarf - H&M from A/W 2014 but you can find a similar one here
Photo credit - Helen Maycock

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Italian Edit

I just got back from Italy and was inspired by how stylish all the locals were. Italian style is slick and chic. People of all ages seem to know how to dress well. Men wear suits and women are well groomed. It was all about clean lines and good tailoring. My favourite part of Italian styling was definitely the use of the colour white. Italy seems to be the only place where you can get away with wearing a white blouse, white trousers and white shoes but look good. It must be the Mediterranean weather because I'd never pull off such a combination in the UK!

Rome is such a great place for checking out street style and taking inspiration to put together the outfit above. Maybe not so fitting for the fast approach of Autumn over but it's certainly something to look forward to wearing when we get the odd spell of freak good weather or perfect for an evening out if you're visiting the Med soon. The fragrance however, is fine for any time of year. One of my current favourites smells, Bottega Veneta 'Eau Legere' is a warm, seductive fragrance and so very Italian. If you like Narciso Rodriguez  'For her' you'll love it and like the lady who sold me it said, with the eau de toilette you can spray it through your hair... for those moments... tee hee!

Blouse and jeans - Zara
Shoes - Valentino

Ciao for now!

Just love

Rina xoxo

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Caravanserai - A taste of the Middle East in Leeds

I have no idea how I've been working in Leeds City Centre for the last 5 years and I've only just come across this gem of a place recently. Especially given my love for Middle Eastern/Lebanese food. Thanks to Trinity Kitchen I was introduced to Caravanserai. The owner had a temporary food stall there and when I enquired about rice dishes he told me they had them at their permanent location near the Corn Exchange.

Fast forward a couple of weeks later and I finally managed to find someone to check the place out with. Tucked away just behind the Corn Exchange, Caravanserai looks pretty unassuming but a closer look finds a magical corner food stall with tempting, exotic dishes displayed behind the window. It all looked so good and I knew then I'd be making a few trips here to make my way through the menu...

We had planned to sit inside. I heard from a friend that there's a small space to eat upstairs and I was surprised to find it to be like an Aladdin's cave filled with Persian rugs, shabby chic furniture and a long communal wooden table. Who would have thought a place like this exists in Leeds?!

As for the food, for next to nothing we got a feast of succulent chicken wings, tasty Persian rice, baba ganoush, hummus, olives, spicy potatoes and warm Lebanese bread to mop up what was left of all the dips and sauces. We were even treated to fresh mint tea and my absolute favourite, Baklava.

This is a perfect place for meeting up with friends for inexpensive, delicious food. The kind of food where you're so full but you just need to keep eating! I highly recommend it if you've never been before, you'll be glad you went.

Just love

Rina xoxo