Beauty: GHD Azores Review

Beauty: GHD Azures Review

GHDs. The name is synonymous with hair styling and straighteners. I got my first pair of GHDs when I was 17 (God knows how I survived my teenage years without them up until then...) and I literally used them for 10 years straight (to be honest, I still have them and they still work fine!)

So I was majorly excited when I got an invite to Selfridges Trafford to try out the new GHD Azores... These beauties are DIVINE.

Just look at them! Inspired by the Azores islands in Portugal, there are three different shimmering shades to choose from; these are the Serene Pearl Platinum Stylers.

Featuring the same innovative technology that carries through across the GHD range, the latest product offering hasn't just had a mermazing facelift... The Azores also have new Tri-zone technology that ensures your hair remains at a constant temperature for styling.

Beauty: GHD Azures Review

Beauty: GHD Azures Review

Note that these pretty things are called Stylers and not Straightners? The contoured edges of the plates allow you to curl, wave and texturise your hair whilst still leaving it in good condition.

And for those "Did I turn off my straighteners off?" moments, the Azores have a built in automatic off-switch that triggers after 30 minutes of non-use.

Beauty: GHD Azures Review

Beauty: GHD Azures Review

Travel Tip: If you're heading abroad, these bad boys have a universal voltage to allow you to style anywhere in the world!

This is so useful!! Whilst on my recent trip to Canada, I discovered that my hairdryer didn't work as well with the North American plug sockets. Cue flat hair for 3 weeks... not cool.

Luckily the travel sized GHD hair spray sized me from a life of hair misery!! I'd highly recommend :-)

Beauty: GHD Azures Review

Are you due a Hair styler update!?

FYI, these beauts are limited edition so get them whilst you can!

Style: What To Wear In Ibiza

What To Wear In Ibiza Fashion Blog

A few weeks ago, I decided last minute to go on a Hen Do that I'd been invited to - in Ibiza! Yes, actual Ibiza. The home of the coolest clubs around, the trendiest girls and the Summer playing ground of some of the biggest names in music. Just saying the word Ibiza conjours up images of clear blue seas, sandy beaches, and beautiful sunsets. (Closely followed by all night raves, colourful drinks and short shorts...)

So. What the hell was I going to pack to take with me??

No joke, I literally googled "what to wear in Ibiza".

We went at the end of May so the weather was incredible - beautiful hot sunny days. However, the big clubs hadn't really opened up yet. So here are my tips on what to pack if you're heading to 'Sant An' this Summer...

What To Wear In Ibiza Fashion Blog

Big Sunglasses

Ok, this is kind of a given. But my Quay Australia shades were an impulse buy just before I headed away and they were ideal. The mirrored lenses hide all the hangover sins on the morning-after-the-night-before and they're just really cool. End of.

What To Wear In Ibiza Fashion Blog

A Tropical bikini

Triangl have been copied by high street stores all over the UK, but they are still the original and best. Their scuba material is super comfy and form fitting. Plus they have a range of styles and sizes to suit all shapes and sizes. I love the zingy colour on the Brigitte bikini and the crochet detailing is very "Ibiza".

Tote Bag from our new Rock On Ruby Summer Collection and Bracelets from Helix and Felix.

What To Wear In Ibiza Fashion Blog

A Cap

Yup, forget the straw trilbys and cowboy hats, the Cap is where it's at. Just ask Kylie Jenner. This simple khaki cap is from Asos and was great for throwing on during the day or hiding bad beach hair at the airport!

What To Wear In Ibiza Fashion Blog

A Slogan Vest (or two...)

Dress up from day to night for casual Summer vibes. These slouchy vests from Rock On Ruby are the perfect top to keep you looking cool on a hot Summer day. The drop armholes allow you to show off your bikini top underneath. For night time, I styled mine with what I like to call "the sequin shorts of dreams" from Topshop.

Style: What To Wear In Ibiza

A Printed Playsuit

The beauty is also from Topshop. I love the tribal patterns and cool blue tones. The back is lovely and strappy too (I'm really hoping that we get some good weather in the UK so I can wear this again over here!!)

What To Wear In Ibiza Topshop Fashion Blog

Funky Flats

Yes, I said flats. I packed one pair of heels for our Ibiza trip and I wore them out one night as we went down the infamous Sant Antonio strip. To my credit, I did survive in them until about 4 in the morning, however I did end up stumbling down the cobbled street at the end of the night. As I passed one of the bars, a club promoter did her best to lure us in but I just waved my heels at her and wailed "Nooo, my feet!!"
She gave me the biggest look of pity and just said, "Yeah, NOBODY wears heels in Ibiza"
And that was me told. I didn't wear them again!

What To Wear In Ibiza Fashion Blog

Fancy Dress

Yes, I was as shocked about this one as you might be! But Ibiza was full of Hens, Stags and big groups of girls, guys and gays, all dressed up in the most hilarious outfits! We dressed in Hawaiian gear one night and it was brill! I was really surprised that in a place with a reputation for being as "cool" as Ibiza, that fancy dress was so popular. But it totally was! So, if you want to add a little fun to your holiday, don't be afraid to raid your dressing up box, or at least have some fun with glittery face paints, hair sprays and accessories!

I hope this helps - if you have any questions, do comment below!

OOTD: The Alexa Blazer

The Alexa Chung Blazer Archive Marks and Spencer Collection

Well. This has just been one heck of a month!! My boyfriend turned 30 this month and it's literally been about 30 days worth of celebrations! His friends and parents came all the way up from Winchester and London to part-ay which was really, really cool so we ended up in some of our fave Manchurian Haunts, like Revs de Cuba, Grill on the Alley and even the spectacular, Cloud 23 Bar.

Seriously, if you're looking for something different and cool to do in Manchester, then definitely book a table up in the Hilton bar and check out the views over the city. Not only is the venue pretty swanky, but the cocktails are unreal!! Check out the Mr Mercer cocktail that I had on my twitter page :-)

Despite all the Birthday fun, I still managed to sneak out to the launch of the new AndOtherStories store in Manchester. If you haven't heard of the brand before, then prepare to drool over their stunning Scandi styling and affordable price tags... And apparently they're brought to you from the brains behind H&M?! So that says it all really!

The Alexa Chung Blazer Archive Marks and Spencer Collection

Outfit: The Alexa Blazer - Marks and Spencer, Girlfriend Jeans - Topshop, Heels - Topshop, Cami Vest - Vero Moda, Handbag - Zara

The Alexa Chung Blazer Archive Marks and Spencer Collection
The Alexa Chung Blazer Archive Marks and Spencer Collection
The Alexa Chung Blazer Archive Marks and Spencer Collection

Special thanks to the beauts blogger Lauren from Fashion Panic for being my hot date to the launch party and for taking these pics!! We traded them on Facebook, so so if the quality has got slightly lost in the transfer. Lauren's camera is srsly amazing though, so if you're interested in photography equipment, drop her a l'il message....

Girlfriend Jeans Topshop

Have you been into the new AndOtherStories store yet?

Sale Picks - Topshop Jeans

Topshop Jeans

It's my FAVE time of year! Nope, not Christmas (although, obvs, that's up there) it's The Summer Sales!! Woop woop! Timed perfectly to start when actual Summer begins, and not when the shops think it should begin (who wants a bikini in March?!) I often pick up some of my best buys in the Summer Sales.

For example, check out my new jeans haul above. Each of these bad boys should have been at least £40 each, totalling a whopping £240. However, thanks to the Topshop sale, these 6 pairs set me back just £107. Ah-mazing! I've often declared my love for Topshop Mom jean and these gingham style jeans are a total bargain at £15. I know they will be fab with sliders and a simple, white cotton vest this Summer.

Apart from seasonal pieces like the Gingham pants, the sales are a great time to stock up on the classics that will work with your wardrobe all year round. The Leigh jeans (second from the top) are THE comfiest skinny jeans EVER!! If you can find a pair of these in your size, I would highly recommend these. The ankle length is very on trend right now.

A cool pair of black skinnies will never go out of fashion - I picked up the Baxter for my skinny jean fit and the Lucas for a more relaxed style (I love the distressed knees on these)

I've rounded up some of the big denim bargains below - which style would you go for?

  Are you a fan of Topshop denim or do you have any other recommendations?

OOTD: Boho Summer Styling

Boho outfit featuring BHS and River Island Tan Boots - Rock On Holly

WHAT is this weather, really??

From scorching hot Summer days, to torrential rain... It is SO hard to know what to wear at the moment! This look is one I pulled together a few weeks ago when the weather was just starting to get a bit warmer. The lightweight boho tunic top is from BHS -  I was quite sad to see that this store has gone into administration recently as this was such a long standing British brand. (My sister and I used to spend hours in there as kids, trawling behind as our mum shopped!)

The BHS SS16 collection looked especially good this year, so it's a real shame that this will be their last. This tunic is a really good quality top and I know it will work great thrown on with shorts and ankle boots in Summer. I'd definitely recommend heading over to their site to see what bargains you can pick up online...

Boho outfit featuring BHS and River Island Tan Boots - Rock On Holly

Outfit: Fur Gilet - Lily Lulu Fashion, Boho Tunic Top - BHS, Jeans - Rock On Ruby
Accessories: Sunglasses - ASOS, Tan Knee High Boots - River Island, Backpack - Nica Handbags, Rose Gold Watch  - Abbott London
Hair: Watercolour shades by Matrix at Ethos Hairdressing

Boho outfit featuring BHS and River Island Tan Boots - Rock On Holly

I have to point out my RI tan boots that I picked up in the Sale. Aren't they just BEAUT!? I really wish I'd picked up the Burgundy version as well now as I think these will look so good in Autumn with Boho dresses.

Boho outfit featuring BHS blouse - Rock On Holly
Boho outfit featuring BHS and River Island Tan Boots - Rock On Holly
Lily Lulu Gilet on Rock On Holly
Lily Lulu Gilet on Rock On Holly Fashion Blog

Since these pics have been taken, I have actually been and had my hair cut in preparation for my Canadian Road Trip next week! It hadn't been touched since I went to Ethos Hairdressing in April to try out their Watercolour shades!! So it was in desperate need of a good cut. I'll share this on my instagram with you very soon :-) I would love to get this Rose Gold shade done again though, so watch this space...

Boho outfit featuring BHS and River Island Tan Boots - Rock On Holly

Hope you like this look! What are your current wardrobe picks as we head from Spring to Summer?