Casual weekend wear; styling Vans with Footasylum.

When it comes to shoes a. I have too many and b. I like ’em comfy. I used to be all about heels but I’ve always had a love for Vans, and these days you’re more likely to find me in a pair of flats (or sparkly ankle boots… but you get my gist). I’ve worn out countless pairs of Vans and Converse over the years, especially in my teens, paired with skinny jeans and band tees. With the first women’s Footasylum store opening in Leeds, I decided to pick-up a fresh pair and style them up for my current fashion aesthetic…
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What’s new & what’s happening; Summer in Leeds

Summer in Leeds is essentially busy season for new openings, menu changes and roof terrace parties. I feel like I’ve hardly seen the inside of my flat in weeks and can’t remember the last time I cooked dinner at home (totally not a bad thing), so I’ve pulled together a round up of the best bits of what’s been going on in Leeds lately…
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How to live your best life; don’t be embarrassed!

After heading to Blog at the Beach with Icelolly last week, I’ve been feeling so inspired, especially after a talk from Jen at She Gets Around, who had us up on our feet dancing, writing poems and supporting each other. One of the things she said really stuck with me… ‘Don’t be embarrassed’. Life is for the living so what’s the point of holding yourself back? I’m so behind not wasting time on the opinions of others so I’ve written my top tips for embracing your best life. Ready to shake it off?

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OOTD; Summer style from Zara

Zara are absolutely storming this seasons trends. You can’t move in store without picking up oversized sleeves, statement hems or embellished just-about-everything! There are plenty of items on my Wishlist, desperately trying to edge their way into my basket, but I’m broke AF so I limited myself to just a couple of pieces…
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The Alternative Weekend Break; a guide to Cambridge, England

So, after just one weekend, I’m in love with Cambridge. That might be a bit forward… I mean the glorious sunshine probably helped and the Pimms definitely did, but there were so many quirks about the city, I just couldn’t help it.  I’ve been talking about wanting to do more UK city breaks for a while so I couldn’t wait to jump on a train and be a tourist for the weekend. With one of my oldest friends as my tour guide, I couldn’t wait to explore that gorgeous city…
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A taste of Japan with Issho

For the longest time, I feel as though Leeds has been calling out for a contemporary Japanese restaurant. I’m talking great sushi (sorry Yo! but you’re hardly haute cuisine), tasting menus and specially selected ingredients from a very talented chef. The latter comes in the form of Ben Orpwood, previously of Zuma and, the restaurant with the greatest name ever, Sexy Fish. Set to launch in Summer with a home in Victoria Gate, the restaurant popped-up in Crafthouse’s private dinning room to give us a taste of what’s to come…
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Wardrobe staples with AND/OR at John Lewis*

Looking at my wardrobes, full to bursting point, it’s definitely time for a clear out. I’m more than guilty of buying fast fashion pieces that get worn once before making their way to the back of the wardrobe, never to be seen again. And how many times have we all had the ‘I have nothing to wear’ moment, despite clearly having enough clothes to dress an army (a stylish one, but still)? So I’m going back to basics and starting from scratch with my essential wardrobe staples so you ALWAYS have something to wear…
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CREAM STATEMENT BELLA JACKET | EMBROIDERED DENIM JACKET | ACID WASH JEANS | BLACK ABBOT KINNEY SKINNY JEANS | GUIDO LEOPARD PRINT LOAFERS | LONG LINE STRIPE SHIRT  | SIMPLE STRIPE TSHIRT | LACE BRALET BLACK CAT-EYE SUNGLASSES

I’m ready to admit, I don’t think I’ll ever be the type of person that can just have a capsule wardrobe. The thought of only having like 30 pieces to choose from gives me nightmares. But that doesn’t change the fact that everyone’s wardrobe can benefit from smarter choices. The new AND/OR collection at John Lewis is full of versatile pieces, just waiting to be mixed and matched, so I’ve picked some of my faves to share.

The statement jacket
Sequins/anything that sparkles? You are my jam. There’s a lot to be said for a statement jacket. You can go from simple jeans and a tee to seriously chic with that one little addition. The ruffled texture of the Bella Jacket makes it trendy, without being too ‘this season’. It’s a piece you can come back to and wear for years. If you’re more of a denim kinda gal, there’s a dreamy embroidered denim jacket that you need. Denim is so easy to wear – I’m feeling it with high waisted black skinnies, a lace bralet and some barely there heels.

A good pair of jeans
I feel like a good pair of jeans is something everyone needs. My go-to style is ripped, black, high-waisted denim but I’m a huge fan of jeans with a little something something. Whether that’s a frill hem, glitter, floral applique or a trusty acid wash.

Layers on layers on layers
British weather is the bane of my existence. I can’t help purchasing every Summer piece going, and to actually be able to wear them without turning into an icicle, layering is a must. Bralets and oversized shirts, roll necks under everything… you get the vibe! That oversized stripe shirt would look good over/under anything.

Effortless accessories
Is there anything quite as satisfying as rolling out of bed, throwing on some sunglasses and feeling beyond fabulous? There isn’t, and from experience, a pair of black cat-eye sunglasses certainly does the trick.

What do you think of my must-haves? Anything I’ve missed?
Love Lucinda xx
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*This post was sponsored by John Lewis but it’s allllll my own vibes, picks and opinion!

OOTD; the little white dress

If there’s one thing every Spring/Summer wardrobe needs, it’s a little white dress. My latest trip to Murcia gave me the chance to test run some new pieces, including this babin’ number from Rock My Vintage, and I’ve fallen in love. When something is just so easy to wear, it makes getting up and acing the day that much easier…
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Eat meat with Bossa*

Restaurant trends over the last couples of years have really taken to Leeds; think gourmet burgers, street food and all you can eat meat. And the latest edition to the latter is Bossa – a social dinning experience in the city. Bossa manages to compete with similar prices points without compromising on quality of the meat, with it’s little extras and delicious Brazilian inspired offerings…
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Picnic Afternoon Tea at Marco’s*

As far as eating out goes, I rarely need an excuse, but I feel like afternoon tea is a little more of a luxury. So with Mother’s Day around the corner and an invite from Marco’s New York Italian Restaurant to try out their afternoon tea, I got my favourite ladies together for a treat…
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