Monday, August 15

3 Ways To Rock Velvet On A Budget

Hey guys, I have been doing lots of travel posts recently due to the fact that, well, I'm travelling so it makes sense. However, I have missed creating outfit inspiration as styling outfits together is my favorite past time and after being on the road for about a month and half I'm getting a bit sick of most of my clothes. I mean finding new ways to style the same pieces has been a great challenge but once you've tried every possible outcome it becomes a little tedious. Luckily, my best friend Lily is joining us next week and so we will be stealing some of her clothes (sorry Lils) making things a bit more interesting. 

 For now I wanted to share with you one of my favorite styles and something I am hoping that Lily will be bringing lots - Velvet. At the moment we have one velvet crop top and as lovely as it is, one is just not enough. When scouring the Internet for this post I was drawn to so many fabulous pieces (such as these red velvet Jimmy Choo boots, and this black Etro maxi skirt) but I stayed true to my poor student ways and created 3 ways to rock velvet on a budget, because, although it's nice to dream a girl needs to shop.
Velvet on a Budget - Fashion Blog
Romper - Choies // Boots - Go Jane  // Bag - Newlook // Lip - Lime Crime  // Sunglasses - Similar here 

Velvet on a Budget - Fashion Blog
Skirt - River Island // Top - Newlook // Shoes - Yoins  // Watch - Nelly  // Bag - Lamoda // Rings - Zaful
 
Velvet on a Budget - Fashion Blog
Top - Similar Here  // Shorts - Newchic  // Boots - River Island // Choker - Miss Selfridge // Lip - Dolls Kill  // Rings - Newlook

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Emily

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Thursday, August 11

Pretty In Prague

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Hey guys,
Travelling has been and is an eye-opener to say the least. So many beautiful places, beautiful people and generally collecting vibes from places all over Europe is an incredible feeling. After spending a month in Amsterdam it is fairly obvious that this is one of our favorite places, however we now have a contender for the top spot. Prague. Don't get me wrong I loved Berlin, it is an incredible city, but being from the country I am someone who likes to walk around, see the greenery and smile at every person I walk past and for me this fits Prague nicely. From stunningly beautiful architecture (yes, more architecture) to incredible cafes our Prague visit was an absolute dream and that's why it's up there as a favorite. I will expand more on why I loved this city so much in my guide to Prague which will be coming soon, but for the moment I wanted to share with you some pictures from a wonderfully sunny day in a park in Prague.

The whole outfit is from Topshop, which I only realized when curating this post, funny how things work out! The skirt is very old school as I have had it for years but I still love it because it has such deep pockets which is unbelievably useful when wandering around the city adding a practicality which is quite uncommon in skirts these days. I love this outfit as it is so simple but creates a beautiful silhouette, and the off-shoulder adds a cute elegance which I find off-shoulders always do.

Hope you enjoy!

Travel & Fashion Blog - Pretty In Prague
Travel & Fashion Blog - Pretty In Prague
Travel & Fashion Blog - Pretty In Prague
Travel & Fashion Blog - Pretty In Prague
Travel & Fashion Blog - Pretty In Prague
Travel & Fashion Blog - Pretty In Prague

Outfit Details: 
  
Top - Topshop // Skirt - Topshop (Similar) // Sunglasses - Topshop 
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Emily

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Monday, August 8

Budget Guide To Berlin


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As promised here is my budget guide to Berlin, a little handy help for anyone who fancies seeing this beautiful city but like me has a budget. As we were only in Berlin for 6 days, this guide obviously doesn't cover everything (unlike Amsterdam Berlin is not so much a walking city) but I have tried my best to give you an insight into our trip and my best recommendations based on what we did. I hope you enjoy!

Where to Stay
Air Bnb - For a few of our Europe locations (the longer duration ones) Air Bnb has been our choice of accommodation and I would definitely recommend this if you are travelling as a group. It may spring to mind as a more expensive option than a hostel, for example, but by pooling your money together as a group you can actually get a great place all to yourselves and feel like a local, for the same amount of money. Proof? Our lovely apartment (which slept 4 people) was approx. £50 per night, which works out the same price as a hostel in the area, and it was all to us. Need more convincing? Using my discount code EMILYB3177 you can get £25 off your first Air Bnb stay.
Hostel - For the budget traveller hostels are the main source of accommodation, and although I highly recommend them, my biggest piece of advice would be to do your research! There are some fabulous hostels out there but there are also some, let's just say, not so nice ones. So before booking any hostel, or in fact any accommodation look heavily into the reviews to see not only if it's nice, but if it's the right fit for you. Hostel world have a great system which shows you, out of 10, a rating of each factor of the hostel (for example: location, security, atmosphere) so you can find one tailored to you.
Hotel - For the budget traveller hotels are not really an option. However, if you do find you have a little bit of extra doe (maybe like us you have been cheap eating) then I recommend Hotel Zoe. Right in the centre of Berlin next to Hackescher Markt, you could not find a better location with an amazing strip of pubs, restraunts and bars right outside the door. The tipping point of this hotel though, is the rooftop terrace. Although the drinks are a bit pricey (it's a nice hotel after all) they are well worth the view. Tip: Head up there about 7/8 to secure a nice spot but stay for hours; We stayed up there for 4 hours to watch the sunset over Berlin, and boy is it a view.
Budget Guide To Berlin
What To Do
Fernsehturm Tower - One of the tallest buildings in Europe, with a 360° panoramic view of the city, this tower is a must-see when in Berlin. When at the top they have a beautiful bar, featuring some great classic cocktails (my favorite Sex on the Beach) and to make things even better with your Welcome card you get 25% discount on the tower and €10 discount at the bar.
Segway Tours - By far the best thing we did in Berlin these Segway tours are a fantastic way to see the city, meet some lovely likeminded people and have quality fun on a Segway. The Welcome Card comes in use here again too, with another 25% discount, so if you weren't convinced on the card, then this should be the tipping point.
Berlin Wall - Although like many great things to see in Berlin this sight is featured on the Segway tour. However . . . My recommendation would be to take your own time out to go and see the Berlin Wall for yourself, to really appreciate it and give yourself enough time to soak it all in, because although you do get it on the Segways it's not that extensive. For walkers: If your looking for a nice route to see and learn about the wall in depth start from around Mauerpark (maybe grab a burger from The Bird) walk down past Volkspark, to Chausseestraße and follow that road all the way down to Checkpoint Charlie.  
Budget Guide to Berlin
Where To Eat
Well . . . This one is down to personal preference.
German - If your looking for something German visit one of the many Currywurst stalls and shops around the city, no point telling you where as you will find it hard not to find them.
American - The Bird is famous for its American style burgers, and has had recognition all over Prague and is even featured on quite a few of the tourist maps, so if you love a good burger, this is the place to go.
Italian - If your looking for great Italian food cooked to your preference right in front of you the Vapiano is the place for you. With fresh pasta being made all day, and at least 5 stations of chefs ready to take your order and make it an Italian dream, I can't recommend this place enough for both its freshness and its price. For lacties, gluties, veggies and vegans: Vapianos new menu has not only gluten-free and lactose-free items but a selection of vegan options (here's a food blogger review), so there really is something for everyone. There are so many options, Berlin being the huge city it is, so whatever your feeling in the mood for have a wander around and I am sure something will take your fancy.

So that was my budget guide to Berlin, if you want anymore information about stuff that maybe I haven't include don't hesitate to contact me and ask away . . . 
Happy Travels

Emily
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Friday, August 5

Berlin Beauty [Guide Coming Soon]

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Hey Guys,
Our time in Amsterdam is over and it was amazing, living like a local for a month and enjoying the beautiful city in all its glory. However, we must progress, and after a 6 hour train journey with some wonderful people we made it to Berlin. I had heard so many good things about Berlin that I didn't know if it would live up to it, but the architecture alone was enough to convince me of that. I will be bringing you my (6 day) budget guide to Berlin for all you strapped for cash travellers (or aspiring travellers) on Monday but for now here are some of the pictures from our stay in Berlin. 

P.s. If you are wondering where the food is from, all will be revealed in the guide.
Travel Blog - Berlin
Travel Blog - Berlin
Travel Blog - Berlin
Travel Blog - Berlin
Travel Blog - Berlin
Travel Blog - Berlin
Thank you for reading & don't forget to check back on Monday for my Budget Guide to Berlin.

Emily

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Wednesday, July 27

DIY: Halter Neck Crop Top

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Hey guys, so we're a month into travelling and I'm starting to struggle with finding new ways to wear the same clothes. But I'm not done yet. My latest creation and DIY is a halter neck crop top made from a skirt. Although this skirt is only £5, so yes bargain, this DIY is totally and easily reversible so you can continuously swap between skirt and top to your hearts content. Oh, and it literally couldn't be simpler:

DIY
   Items You Need: 

Step 1
Fold the shoelace or string in half and at the fold tie it around the top button of the skirt in a tight but hidden half knot.
 Step 2
Feed the two loose string ends through the top button hole. Then tie it off in a knot big enough to stop it going back through the hole (otherwise there could be an awkward nip slip.)
 Step 3
Ensure the knots are hidden which they should be by the material anyway, but if needed secure with a small pin on the inside. 

DIY
 
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Emily

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Saturday, July 23

Casual Gems

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Hi guys, so as promised here is the full outfit I showed you a preview of on Thursday. With the hot weather shorts have been a must and I love these high waisted ones from Missguided as they create such a flattering silhouette, especially paired with this off-shoulder bodycon top by Topshop (similar here). However the most important part of this outfit is in the details. I am huge fan of gemstones, and this necklace from True Nature Gems is absolutely beautiful, I love the delicate chain, so feminine. This bracelet has been in a lot of my social media recently and unfortunately I can't tell you where to get it as I got it for $1 in a market in Tanzania, but I have tried to find similar ones for you to shop. Have a lovely weekend!  
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Emily
 
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Thursday, July 21

Black, White & Silver: Details

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Hey everyone! Today I thought I would show you a sneak peek of an outfit that I will be sharing with you over the weekend, simple, comfortable, sexy. It has been so hot here in Amsterdam, so collapsing on the bed after a long day of wandering around the parks has been a regular occurrence. Not that I'm complaining! But I hear Amsterdam isn't the only place enjoying a heatwave at the moment, so let me know what it's like where you are. For the moment, enjoy this sneak preview and, if you have it, enjoy the sun!
 Off shoulder Shoulder

Gemstone Necklace

Ring

Bracelet

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Emily

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Monday, July 18

The Great Sales That No One Is Telling You About

So everyone is posting about the Nordstorm sale and although I like Nordstorm as much as the next person, I feel like there is no point in me showing you the same things and items everyone else will be. Instead I have decided to bring you a few of my favourite sale items that aren't from the Nordstrom sale. I have chosen to show you American Eagle because although I love so many of the sale items it is particularly the crop tops that got me, there are so many variations, there's a style for everyone and every mood. I love it. Shop, shop, shop . . .  

American Eagle - £10 // American Eagle - £5 // American Eagle - £6


American Eagle - £8  // American Eagle - £15 // American Eagle - £23
 


American Eagle - £23 // American Eagle: £18 // American Eagle: £18
 
     
American Eagle - £9 // American Eagle - £14 // American Eagle - £6
 


American Eagle - £12 // American Eagle - £11 // American Eagle - £12
 


American Eagle - £11 // American Eagle - £2 // American Eagle - £18
 

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Emily

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Wednesday, July 13

Reclaim Your Summer

So as you may know I am huge lover of sustainable fashion. Reclaimed, eco-friendly, up-cycled, vintage I love it all, not just because it is good for our little old planet but because you find unique things that you just don't find from new fashion. Wandering the Amsterdam Vintage fashion shops like Episode and Laura Dols and 1953 Retro Chic it was amazing seeing such a fabulous range of unqiue items, I haven't seen anything like it in a long time. I mean there were 3 racks of velvet, lace and silk shirts . . .

So the jist of this, in case you hadn't noticed, is that reclaimed is the way to go and as I can't take you all around Amsterdam with me I have decided to revisit one of my old favourites The ASOS Green Room aka The Eco Edit and show you what new pieces they have to offer for your summer. Last year I shared The Green Room with you, inviting you to Reclaim Your Wardrobe and now a year on I am again inviting you to reclaim your summer. 

If you want to know more about the reclaimed fashion brands visit the brand page of the Green Room or see more brands here.
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Emily

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Tuesday, July 12

Find Comfort In Lace

 
Comfort is essential when travelling. End of. Don't get me wrong I love getting dressed up and going out as much as the next person, but when your travelling around new city and have a limited amount of time to explore, the priority it getting around and seeing it and on a budget that requires comfort. For most of our wanderings around Amsterdam we have walked as it's a city with such beauty you can't not, and student budget travelling doesn't exactly cover luxury travel, however Uber has been the saviour every now and again. 
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