Feeling Majestic in McQueen

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Welcome back to The Monica Way, it’s been a while!

This week I wanted to introduce you to Hire That Look, a concept that I found to be both innovative and resourceful. The idea behind the concept is simple; to have accessibility to amazing designer brands all without the hefty price tags.

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Wearing Multicolour Floral Fluted Mini Dress by Alexander McQueen

Special occasions are the perfect excuse to get glammed up, feel extra special and showcase a new outfit…but this often entails buying an expensive dress, only to wear it once or twice. That’s where Hire That Look comes into play.

Hire That Look is an online dress hire site featuring top of the range dresses from all your favourite designers. By using Hire That Look you’re met with an array of beautiful designer dresses all at the click of a button. Designers range from Anna Sui to Victoria Beckham through to Marchesa Notte to True Decadence and they’re constantly being updated. The dresses are a fraction of their RRP and are delivered directly to your door in cute pink HTL suit carriers. Very convenient and straightforward.

The hiring process was super hassle-free and you can hire the dress for up to 8 days. When I was finished with my dress, the postage box contained the required returns label and I sent it back to be dry-cleaned for the next lucky lady.

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With no strings attached, using HTL was the perfect opportunity to try out a look that was a little outside my comfort zone. I went for a loud and bold Alexander McQueen number with belled sleeves and plenty of colour. I would much prefer to wear a well made and designed piece of clothing than succumb to the ever-expanding fast fashion industry… HTL makes that possible.

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I don’t often have access to designer dresses so readily and I certainly felt amazing stepping out into the streets of London in this dress. I must admit, now I’m impatiently waiting by the letter box in hope for an invitation to a glamorous event so that I justify hiring out another gorgeous dress to wear.

Let me know what you thought of this Majestic in McQueen look in the comments below!

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With love,

Monica

 

 

A Floral Frenzy

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Welcome back to The Monica Way.

 

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Camden Passage, a beautiful and stimulating avenue full of vintage treasures, dainty trinkets, charming eateries and all the second hand books a girl might ever desire.

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HERITAGE SQUARE by Henry London

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A simple and sleek understated watch is perfect for a London day out

Inspired by the sylvan and antique beauty of Camden Passage, I wanted to feel dressy but also in tune with my surroundings. A floral full sleeved tier dress and my vintage inspired Henry London bronze watch was the perfect blend for a day out exploring the delights the passage had to offer.

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The Henry London Heritage Square watch is dainty and delicate, not overpowering.

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Camden Passage is a pedestrian passage off Upper Street in the London Borough of Islington. Alongside its many antique shops it also boasts quirky, picturesque back streets and contemporary markets, cafes and bars.

I spent the day here with my Mum whilst she was visiting for the weekend. We indulged in naughty Nutella crepes and trawled through the vintage stalls dotted about the passage.

Whilst you all know that I love a second hand bargain, my Mum on the other hand prefers to buy first hand. The area has the perfect balance of old and new, offering both second hand shops and also independent boutiques and well known brands.

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If you’re a vintage fan, a bloguette, a foodie or a book lover, Camden Passage is a great way to pass an afternoon, grab a coffee and maybe pick up a few treats.

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Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

-Hans Christian Andersen

 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my Floral Frenzy look of the day as we’ve explored the Camden Passage together.

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Have a wonderful week,

With love,

Monica

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Festive Decorating for a Healthy Mind

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Hello! Welcome back to The Monica Way.

In today’s post I wanted to share with you the ways that we can festively decorate our homes in a simplistic, clutter-free and calming manner whilst still embodying the spirit of Christmas.

For me, it’s really important that my home environment feels bright, homely, organic and well-ordered…tidy house tidy mind. But I often find that lots of the Christmas decorations on the high street are rather brash, tacky and messy looking.

This year I’ve opted for an understated organic, floral Christmas theme for my home.

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It’s scientifically proven that freshly-cut flowers within the home can reduce both worry and anxiety. I can personally vouch for these facts, as without a doubt having fresh flowers in my home always induces a sense of positivity into my day and makes me feel invigorated. Not only are there health benefits to fresh plants in the home but they also bring an air of freshness and beauty to a room.

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To bring my floral Christmas theme to life I chose a gorgeous Christmas bouquet from Prestige Flowers UK.   The bouquet arrived within two days and was beautifully packaged in a sturdy white box.

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What I love about this particular Christmas bouquet is the colours. I tend to keep my home ornaments white and very simple but as its Christmas I love the addition of the golden star spangles mixed in with the various flowerets. The hints of gold add in the element of festivity and glamour that I’m looking to achieve with my festive decor.

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Red and green are typically the colours that are associated with Christmas. Personally, I’m not a big fan of red home decor as I find it really over powering and distracting. This bouquet was the perfect balance of the clean-cut look that I like within my home environment and the festive christmassy demeanour that this season entails.

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The bouquet is really thick and beautifully put together as well as smelling delightful! My favourite flowers are white roses and I was highly impressed by their size and quality on opening the packaging.

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If you’re struggling for Christmas present ideas, or if you’re like me and just like to treat yourself every now and then, I would recommend you check out the Prestige Flowers website. Their flowers are of such a beautiful quality and they have a really wide range of bouquet designs to suit your personal style. Whats more, they deliver them safely straight to your chosen address and you can even add in extras like a box of chocolates or a personalised card.  It’s totally stress free and can bring a lovely sense of vitality into your living space.

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We spend a lot of time in our homes, so it’s really important that we make our homes a space we enjoy living in and where we can seek comfort and relief from the stresses of daily life. Something as simple as a fresh bouquet of flowers or a half hour out of the day to do something crafty can really help the mind repose and contribute to your overall well-being.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I would love to hear your home decor tips.

Have a wonderful weekend.

With love,

Monica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Red Alert

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Welcome back to The Monica Way

“Red is such an interesting colour to correlate with emotion, because it’s on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end, you’ve got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.”

– Taylor Swift

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What does red signify for you? For me, the colour red says bold and fierce and I like to think that I, myself, encompass both of those attributes to some degree.

I chose to feature this look, as I feel it embodies a lot of my character, it’s adventurous and daring, but also expresses a sense of delicacy.

As I’m growing older and moving around between cities, my style is slowly changing from a form that was previously animated and perhaps a little provocative to something more classical, mature and structured.

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As I write this article, I’m listening to Do You Want to Build a Snowman from Frozen, so it’s probably worth mentioning that I do still have some rather childlike and juvenile tendencies…I get major food envy daily, I like my toast cut into triangles, I prefer Disney to most things and love to be cuddled to sleep (whilst holding my cuddly elephant wheat bag). It’s important that my style reflects who I am and how I’m feeling. Infusing vivid colour into an otherwise rather monotone outfit warrants my playful and youthful side.

 

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KENDRA PATENT Dr Martens £135

I’ve always been drawn to modish looking items. As mentioned previously in my blog, I’m on a mission to shop smart; to shop for longevity and quality. Naturally, I’m a big fan of Dr Martens, they’re renowned for their quality, in fact anyone who owns a pair will know just how durable and reliable they really are.  What’s more, Dr Martens as a brand seem to have this amazing ability to adapt and embrace change while maintaining their touch of tradition in all their boots.

For this look, I chose a classic boot brand but in an atypical design. The heeled KENDRA Dr Martens combine the masculine look of the original Dr Marten boots with a feminine twist.  I utilised these boots to infuse a sense of edge into this otherwise very imperial look.
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Another side to me is my frugal and thrifty tendencies. You’ll find that approximately half of my wardrobe is either second-hand or re-worked.

This weekend I went on a second-hand hunt with an old school friend, Molly. We spent a couple of hours together, probing through the eclectic and ever-varying clothing rails at TRAID, Peckham. If you haven’t heard of TRAID, they’re a franchise of charity shops that are dotted in and around London.

What’s really great about TRAID is that their clothing is all sorted, picked and mostly of a really great quality. It’s almost like visiting a second-hand boutique of one-offs.  Super exciting.

The aim of TRAID is primarily to increase clothing reuse whilst also helping to reduce waste, carbon emissions and consumption. TRAID proceeds go towards funding international development projects to improve conditions and working practices in the textile industry. To find your closest TRAID check out their website, they’re located all over London; Brixton, Camden, Clapham, Dalston to name but a few!

This weekend they were having a sale whereby all items were only £2-£7!

Outfit Details

Scarlet Red Tailored Jacket    TRAID £7.00

Wool Jumper Dress    TRAID £5.00

Heeled KENDRA Patent Dr Martens    Dr Martens £135.00

Black Felt Fedora Hat    Random Paris Boutique €40.00

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Wool Felt Fedora Hat Simon & Mary Audrey £60

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There are still many preconceived ideas about second-hand buying. Some seem to think that it’s dirty, bad quality or for ‘cheapskates’. But I can guarantee you, there’s just as much beauty in pre-owned clothing as newly bought, sometimes even more.

We’re living in a society driven by consumerism not to mention the continuous digression of our planet. We can all do our bit to reduce landfill and cut down on manufacturing demands. Buying second-hand clothing means you are going to reuse somebody else’s piece of clothing that may be in perfect condition but would otherwise end up in landfill.

If that’s not enough to encourage you to shop second-hand, here are the top five reasons that I buy second hand.

  1. It’s affordable and gives you more freedom to experiment with your style without taking financial risks.
  1. It aids expression of individuality. Have you ever been to Zara and bought a jumper, to later find out that every man and his dog also has that same jumper? You never know what you will find in second-hand/thrift shops, so it can be really rewarding!
  1. It’s always different. Second hand shops are continually receiving new donations and merchandise. The hunt for that unique item is always new and fresh. Second hand shopping satisfies my craving for one-off items.
  1. You can still get brand names! If like me, you’re a sucker for a brand, then check out the charity shops in the more affluent areas. If you’re in Yorkshire try Harrogate and Ilkley, or if you’re in London, check out the charity shops in Kensington and Chelsea. It’s the perfect method to feed your fashionista needs while saving your pennies and helping the environment.
  1. Your Money Stays in the Community. This is a big one. Second-hand buying ensures your money stays within the community where it can benefit local businesses, charities and those from disadvantaged situations.

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And that’s my On Red Alert look.

I would love to hear your thoughts on second-hand buying and this look of the day.

Thanks for reading!

With love,

Monica