So I've tried out a new look collage this month for my favourites by adding a cute little pastel background and adding some text up the side - what do you guys think? This month has been a lot of fun and I've been especially loving these things in particular. On Saturday me and my boyfriend went to the cinema to see the much anticipated movie Despicable Me 2. As some of you may know I'm a huge Disney fan so I'm a sucker for a good animated film and this one did not disappoint. The cast was great, the plot was gripping and there was a huge amount of LOL-IRL moments - it's worth going just to see the hilarious final scene. If you're a fan of the first movie or not, check it out and you will not be disappointed. Due to my recent change to a healthier lifestyle I've been trying to avoid ice cream and I've definitely found the perfect substitute in frozen yogurt. I've been a fan of fro yo for ages but have never found an eat-at-home version (I normally go to shops like Snog in London). That was until I tried YooMoo - delicious, refreshing and a way healthier option if you're trying to wean yourself off Ben & Jerrys. Since I discovered her music around a year ago, Iggy Azalea has been one of my favourite artists and with the release of her new record dawning I have fallen back in love with her. She's stunning, seems super cool in her interviews, is talented and has amazing style to boot. And to top it all off she has an Australian accent - what's not to love? You've most likely heard of the Rimmel Apocalips lip lacquers by now and trust me when I say they're totally worth the hype. I bought two in the shades "Celestial" and "Big Bang" a while ago but this month I've been using them a lot. The colours are absolutely gorgeous and look amazing on, and the staying power is excellent - it's rare that a lip product stays on after I eat but these bad boys just don't budge.
I'm off to Northern Ireland tomorrow afternoon for a short trip as my sister wants to visit Queens University which is a very prestigious uni in Belfast. If you're interested in a photo post of not just Belfast but Northern Ireland (well, what I see of it!) in general let me know in the comments. I'll also be doing an outfit round up post when I get home. If you're interested in seeing updates while I'm there, follow me on Instagram and/or Twitter at @carackobama.
Summer is a time associated with many things. Beach trips, ice cream, sunshine and shorts. But here in England there's more clouds than sunshine and more boots than sandals. Why? Because the UK is having another anti-summer. Even though the weather forecast predicts sunny days and hot weather, it always turns out to be overcast and mild. The most annoying part of the equation is that wherever we go, the shops are full of summer clothes making us all feel a bit down about the fact we can't actually wear any of it. But have no fear, this post will give all you Brits (and whoever else is in the same situation!) some tips on how to make your summer wardrobe work when it's more Inverness than Ibiza.
Pimp your jacket. Nothing says summer like a big bright and beautiful print but sometimes it's too chilly to break out the sundresses and crazy shorts. Opt for a jacket like the ones shown above (both from Zara) - the style is super easy to throw on over anything, be it a dress or a pair of jeans and flats plus it injects a bit of sunshine into your outfit on those chillier summer days.
Work a longer style. Both fluro and fresh white are popular colour choices this summertime but this doesn't mean they're limited to crop tops and short skirts. A weather appropriate way to do the trend is to wear a midi or maxi skirt, ideal if you don't want to get your legs out or if you just want to look more sophisticated. The great thing about both these skirts is they both have a fun element to them despite the more demure style - the yellow number is made of a gorgeous and unexpected lace fabric while the white maxi has a slit if you want to channel your inner Jolie.
The playsuit's older sister. Playsuits are a summer wardrobe staple - they're easy to style, quick to put on and always look amazing on holiday. A great alternative is a jumpsuit, once associated with bad 80s/90s fashion but celebrated as a styish piece for any occasion. I adore this 70s style wide legged style from Topshop, paisley is one of my favourite prints this season and I'm overjoyed to see it popping up everywhere. We all know dungarees are massive at the moment, and although they might not be for everyone these River Island ones provide a warmer alternative to the much-seen shorter version.
Yesterday it was Fathers Day, an international holiday to honour and appreciate all the dads around the world. Me and my sister went into London with our dad and had a great time - we originally intended on going to the hugely popular David Bowie exhibition at the V&A Museum but it sold out ridiculously fast despite us getting there early. Sad times :( However this didn't ruin our day as we checked out the rest of the museum (highlights for me were my beloved Fashion room and the amazing Theatre & Performance exhibits) and the Natural History Museum before catching the tube to walk over Tower Bridge and soak up the London atmosphere. Then in the afternoon I baked a very delicious but very naughty chocolate cake, which everyone loved (thank God!).
I always like to make a statement with my outfits but when I go into the city I always take it up a notch, as London is a place that - for me - oozes with creativity and inspiration. I was thinking back to what it must have been like to live there in the 70s and 80s when neon colours and crazy prints reigned supreme and people took all sorts of risks with their fashion choices. Bearing this in mind, I decided to combine this boldness with some of the season's biggest trends - neon, citrus brights, monochrome and stripes. I bought this shirt from Monki online a few days ago and I had mixed feelings on its arrival, as it's very oversized and the style of the sleeves isn't what I would normally go for. However I adore the freshness and vibrancy of the lime green colour and the crepe paper esque texture of the fabric is different from other shirts that I own. As the top is so bright I decided to mix it up a bit and tuck it into my Jordan-by-Motel inspired ASOS jeans. These jeans are great as they give any outfit a sort of 80s/90s throwback but are still uber on trend and serve as a great alternative to normal black skinnies. I decided to wear my white flatforms with the outfit as they're a bit more unexpected than a pair of black shoes plus the 2.5 inch sole gives me a bit height.
// "Pink Noveau" lipstick - MAC // square corner round sunglases - Topshop // plaid pinafore dress - Bitching & Junkfood // blue marble print kimono - Motel // apple green lace trim socks - Topshop //
Just as fleetingly as it came, the sunny spell that hit Britain has now disappeared. This means I have had to switch my sunglasses and shorts for hats and jumpers, something I thought that I'd finally retired for this season. To cheer myself up, I've been doing my fair share of online browsing despite ripping Topshop Oxford Circus a new one last week on a shopping trip with my sister Sonia (her blog is here). Here are some of my favourite items that I've spotted on my online travels...
MAC lipstick in "Pink Nouveau" - until fairly recently I have steered well clear of bright pink lipsticks, preferring my beloved deep reds. Now that the summer is nearing I've fallen in love with all things gaudy and neon - what's a holiday makeup look without some brights? This shade is perfect - bright but not branching into scary TOWIE territory and super wearable for both day and night. I'm definitely intending to add this to my makeup bag!
Topshop sunglasses - there have been some seriously amazing sunglasses cropping up in stores and online lately and Topshop has been leading the pack with its kooky yet cute offerings. I tried these shades on in London last week and was surprised at how cool they looked on, as I was honestly expecting to look like an alien. The electric blue tone of the lens is also a fabulous yet subtle homage to the futuristic trend.
Bitching & Junkfood plaid pinafore dress - dungarees are everywhere at the moment and despite being a massive summer trend seem to be marmite - some think they're effortlessly cool while others think they're a not so welcome throwback to the 90s. A perfect way to wear the trend but keep your femininity is to invest in a pinafore dress - this number is super chic but the steely blue plaid keeps it interesting. Unfortunately it'll set you back a cool £85 but a girl can totally dream.
Motel kimono in blue marble print - since the end of last August I've been on the lookout for the perfect kimono after seeing one on a fellow blogger during the summer. I spotted this one on Motel a few months ago and have been in love ever since. Kimonos are extremely stylish with oriental inspired pieces featuring all over the runways this year, and they provide the perfect alternative to a jacket for the summer months especially considering England is not the warmest of countries. They're also a great transitional piece - throw this beauty over jeans and boots and you can be ready for Autumn!
Topshop apple green ankle socks - There's few things I love more than mixing girly styles with tougher pieces, and Topshop provide great ammunition for doing so with their deliciously cute selection of ankle socks. This bright green pair caught my eye when I spotted them on the website, I can totally see myself wearing them underneath my pair of cut out boots to juxta pose the chunky shape and black leather material.
Guess who's back, back again. Last Monday my laptop stopped working due to an issue with the hard drive, meaning I've been unable to blog for the last week. Boo. However everything has now been fixed meaning there will be plenty of posts coming your way in the near future! I wore this outfit last Friday when me and my lovely sister Sonia (who I will be style profiling in a new series coming in a few days) took a trip into London for a spot of shopping. I wanted to be comfortable and wear something that's easy to change in and out of quickly yet as London is one of the fashion capitals of the world I still wanted to look cool. In the end I decided to wear this dip hem (or high-low) skirt that I bought last summer yet never actually wore. I have no idea why as I love it - it's as easy to dress up with a pair of heels as it is to style it down as I've done here. To keep the flowy look I teamed it with a loose fitting black tank top and a long cross necklace. I opted to wear my cut out boots as the silver studs add a touch of embellishment to the otherwise minimal outfit. I alternated between two other accessories which both give a different edge. The round John Lennon inspired sunglasses keep the carefree grungy vibe while also protecting my otherwise squinty eyes from the sun. The neon beanie - while may seeming like an odd choice for summertime - adds a refreshing burst of colour to the dark outfit while also giving a subtle nod to the citrus brights trend that has been spotted all over the runway.
British Mermaid is a fashion and personal style blog written by Cara, a 20 year old living in Hertfordshire, UK. Disney aficionado, intersectional feminist and wearer of glitter and rainbows who can almost always found wandering museums or petting a cat. Looking to make a difference in the world, one chunky boot at a time.