A few weeks ago I got to shoot with the super-cool Ian Derry for Wonderbra, showing off their gorgeous new Ultimate Lace Strapless Bra and the ways it helps you style up your outfits. As I’m sure many of you ladies will know, finding a strapless bra that actually works is one of Life’s Great Mysteries. Most of my previous experiences haven’t been great – I’m talking unnatural cup shapes, chafing, lots of slip-and-slide action, you name it. Thankfully Wonderbra have not only perfected their strapless solution, but they’ve created a beautiful design too that you’ll feel just as minxy in as your lovely pair will feel safe. As they say, happy breasts, happy girl! (They do say that, right..?). Their updated version of the Ultimate Strapless keeps the patented Hand Support Technology that gives you great support and lift, as well as featuring silicone dots along the back of the bra for breathability and flexibility. Ace!
In these photos I’m wearing the lace version in black – how beautiful is the detailing on this bad boy! – and a plain nude style under my shirt. I love the sexy feeling you get from wearing a sheer shirt but it can be a struggle to get the balance right. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t want too much on show, especially during the day. A little hint is all that’s needed. Ultimate Strapless is the perfect nude shade to be almost invisible under a sheer top, just adding a touch of subtle sexiness. And no slip-and-slide issues here. With the right fit, your bra should stay put all day – and night! – long. A few more styling tips for sheer shirts.. tuck in if you’ve got high-waisted bottoms on to accentuate your waist and make those gorgeous legs look super long, or wear untucked over leather leggings or skinny jeans for a cool, effortless look. I like to keep accessories minimal too since the sheerness is a stand-out detail in itself.
Floaty layering is something I’ve always admired but never tried, so when Braun challenged me to be brave and play with something new for their 30 Days of Switch Up Your Style this September, I knew it was time to give it a go! And with the sudden return of the sunshine this weekend (hallelujah!), it was the perfect timing to give my legs a little room to breathe. Luckily my peepers are always ready for a little showing off now I’ve switched from shaving to epilating. Recently I’ve been testing out my Silk-epil 9′s little sister, the Braun Silk-epil 5 epilator, which is perfect for little touch ups as it can remove hair as short as 0.5mm, so there’s no need to wait weeks for full regrowth. That’s a big thumbs up when you’re as impatient as me!
There’s only a few days left of the month, so why don’t you get involved in Braun’s Switch Up Your Style challenge along with me? It’s so much fun to experiment with new shapes and textures. I love how mood-lifting a new outfit can be – this little ensemble made me feel so playful and happy! Especially paired with this beautiful yellow door we found down a little side-street (though I don’t think the owners would have been happy if I’d tried to sneak it home). I also experimented with a new hairstyle thanks to the Braun SensoCare Styler. A half-knot is definitely going to be one of my go-to’s from now on, it’s such a cute look! Make sure to use the hashtags #breakfree and #Braunbeautychallenge if you take part in switching up your style. I’d love to see what sort of looks you try out. Be bold girls, be playful, and most importantly – have fun! x
If you’ve followed Girl in the Lens for a little while now you might have noticed I have a slight obsession with black ankle boots (or the BAB for short). And yes, when I say slight I mean they have their own drawer in my room. Or two. I feel as though the black bootie is one of those pieces where you’re constantly searching for the ultimate pair – and the minute you think you’ve done it, along comes another pair you just know will solve all your wardrobe dilemmas and you’ll be BFFs for life. Every design quirk is important. Each are unique. But I’ve realised that this is the beauty of the black ankle boot. We all have different moods and fashion personalities – so too must we have a range of BABs to suit our changing preferences.
With fashion week on the horizon (just one more sleep to go now!) my new favourites black booties are these biker-style pair from the Hanneli Mustaparta X Deichmann collection. They’re super comfy, super cool and super perfect for LFW. If you haven’t heard of Hanneli, your Pinterest boards certainly have – Hanneli is a model, stylist, photographer and all-round trendsetter. Her ten piece collection for Deichmann is an approachable, versatile group, with sporty slip-on’s cosying up to knee-high boots and party-ready courts. I love that Hanneli’s designs nod to her street-style reputation. These are pieces you can switch up and play around with, and that you can wear all day long – no super-high heels here, thank you. And of course, I’m extra excited about the fact there are five different boot styles to choose from. Looks like I’ll be needing that third drawer after all …
A few weeks ago Callum and I spent a weekend exploring the New Forest in a gorgeous BMW 2 Series Convertible 220d. Broad country roads, incredible views, sunshine, music on, top down … what could be better? After the daily fight over who got to drive, we’d set out with a location in mind or just allow ourselves to get lost and explore, winding along the forest roads with the wind in our hair (and bugs in our faces), enjoying the pure thrill of a car like the 220d let loose on the world. Without sounding too much like a saleswoman, let me tell you – guys, this is one beautiful car to drive. It’s like a robot’s been hiding in my brain for the last eight years taking note of all the issues I’ve had when driving and then pinged all the info over to BMW for them to create the most enjoyable, effortless driving experience ever. Plus, I love that the new TwinPower Turbo diesel engine is not only super responsive but also efficient, meaning fewer emissions and less petrol guzzling.
With all the fun we were having, it was a wonder we were able to pull over for a quick photoshoot, but somehow we managed it. Colour coordination with my car is not usually a top priority for me, but with such a beautiful car as this I had to make the effort. And of course, slinky leather trousers and metallic heels are my natural driving gear …
I think I’ll always be a country girl at heart. As much as I love the city, heaven to me sounds like long country walks, curling up with a book and my boy by a river somewhere, and watching the sun set over golden fields. These fields are just a short walk from my parent’s house, and they hold a special place in my heart. They’re the place I go to since young to dream, write and just breathe. I’m so happy with how these photos turned out. A Self-Portrait dress was the perfect choice for this shoot as their pieces – though just as fitting worn with sleek heels and impeccable makeup – have a sense of whimsy and romanticism to them, and that’s what we wanted to capture. I hope you like the photos as much as we do! It’s such a privilege seeing Callum’s photography evolve with every shoot, he’s really growing confident with creating different atmospheres and moods!
Read on to find out how this beautiful dress came into my life …
LOVE FOR LYST
I’ve wanted to treat myself to a Self-Portrait dress for a long time, but have been waiting for the perfect one to come along. So when this one popped up on my Lyst feed, I knew it had to be mine! If you haven’t heard of them, Lyst is an awesome shopping website – and now app – that in my opinion is one of the best there is. Fashion apps are a plenty, but Lyst has some great features that make it stand out from the crowd. You can do the usual searching and browsing for items across your favourite brands, but you can also follow them to keep track of new releases and get inspired by other user’s feeds. And if you see something you like but it’s too expensive, just flag it – and Lyst will let you know if it goes on sale, or if it’s selling out. Super useful! There are many a designer bag I’m keeping tabs on this way. I also like how Lyst learns as you use it, so it can recommend you brands and products it thinks you’ll love. It’s a great way to discover new labels.