Finding the Perfect Bra with Hunkemöller

Buying lingerie for myself is about making myself look and feel good whether it's just to wear day to day or to wear for your other half. I also want it to be comfortable and fit well as us girls have to wear one everyday of the week. I have found it a struggle in the past to find the perfect bra as lots of lingerie brands sizing is so different. I must admit I never used to spend loads on bras but now I'm learning how better the quality and the fit is, if you do spend that little extra. Hence the beautiful brand from the Netherlands I am going to be talking about today - Hunkemöller. They specialise in lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and most recently a new sportswear collection. 


My Designer Wishlist

Even though my fashion blog is all about bargains it doesn't mean that I don't like designer goods, it's just I unfortunately can't afford them (hint hint boyfriend) whilst other things in life take priority, like paying the bills. But if there was a world where I could buy any designer clothing, shoes and accessories I wanted lets just it would be like a scene from confessions of a shopaholic, overflowing with shopping bags and my credit card would have to be frozen. And obviously there would be a designer wishlist, which I am going to share with you today.

With so many websites stocking designer clothes its hard to know where to shop but I was recently introduced to OD's Designer Clothing and I really love their fashion website and their clothing range. OD's stock various designer labels including Ash, Ted Baker, Olivia Burton, Vivienne Westwood, Moschino and lots more for men, women and kids. You can shop by designer label or category making it a whole lot easier to find what you are looking for and they currently have a sale which is always a bonus.

my designer wishlist

Barcelona Style Diary

Whenever I go on my travels, I get so excited to plan my outfits because it always means buying something new....as they say a girl can never have too many clothes! This particular travel adventure was Barcelona for our three year anniversary and I knew it was going to be hot, 35 degrees in fact which meant cool clothing for day and night.

I could only carry on a small suitcase, so this meant extra planning because I could only fit a minimum amount of shoes (which is difficult for a fashion blogger who is a shoeaholic) and I also wanted to do some shopping while I was out there, so I had to keep a little space for that.


Mad Beauty Review

With so many beauty brands in the blogosphere its rare that you come across something unique and quirky, I thought that until I discovered Mad Beauty. A beauty brand that takes me back to my youth with its vintage inspired Kelloggs and Disney products all starting from 99p! Not only are the prices reasonable but they are launching new ranges all the time including jelly belly and slush puppie. In addition to this they even have their own branded beauty products, including hand sanitizers, cosmetic bags, nail varnishes, lip glosses and so much more! If you're an eager beaver you can even start getting prepared for Christmas (148 days away) with their lovely gifts or if you just want a cute gift for a birthday there is so much choice.

Off The Shoulder Lace

Whenever I get the chance to show off my beautiful hometown of Stratford Upon Avon I take it, especially when it comes to my blog outfits. By the Avon there are plenty of little walkways to explore the quieter side of the town, it's the perfect place to relax with a good book and take in the views or a chance to get some beautiful photography like I do. This particularly summer look was taken by Holy Trinity Church which is well known as Shakespeare is laid to rest there and it is so picturesque, I almost felt like I was in a fairy tale.


Making Delicious Coffee at Home

 With about two billion cups consumed every day, coffee certainly does make the world go round. I myself, cannot image a Monday morning without a cup and I know I would be asleep at my desk at work if I didn't drink one... in a fashionable mug of course. Before I met my boyfriend Blake (who loves coffee even more than I do) I used to drink ordinary instant coffee granules at home which I thought at the time were great until he introduced me to fresh coffee beans that are ground at home. Now thanks to him I get the pleasure of drinking local hand roasted coffee from Monsoon Estates everyday at home and I'm here to show you how you can too.



My Niece's Christening

Family is the most important thing in the world to me, I really don't know what I would do without them and I love it when we get together for special occasions like a christening. Having grown up with just my mom and my sister we are very close and when I became an auntie for the first time, to Lily who is now five, it was the best thing ever and then when Olivia came along who is now 11 months old, it was just as special. I now have two beautiful girls to call my nieces and godchildren! 


Date Night at The Peacock, Oxhill

Living in the countryside I am spoilt for choice when it comes to food there are so many fantastic restaurants and country pubs so I was very excited to be trying somewhere new for date night. Situated about thirty minutes from my hometown of Stratford Upon Avon, is The Peacock a lovely pub in the village of Oxhill. Upon entering the warwickshire village I could already tell that that we were going to have a lovely evening, the houses are stunning and it had a real countryside vibe.



Ibiza Travel & Style Guide

I have recently got back from the best holiday to Ibiza with the girls and I already have major holiday blues! I think Ibiza is one of those holidays you have to do with your friends when you either turn 18 or go when your bit older (25) like me so you have more sense and money! The girls and I only went to Ibiza for four days, flying on a Sunday and coming back on a Wednesday because I think if your going to party heavy that is definitely all you need! I needed another holiday to recover from this one. 

Before I went to Ibiza I was doing some research about costings and where to go and I felt the internet was lacking so here I am to bring you my personal guide to Ibiza.





Stella & Dot Blogger Event

I recently was invited to a blogger event at the Pig and Tail, a quaint bar in the trendy Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, hosted by the lovely people at Stella & Dot. Having been obsessed with the jewellery and accessories brand for some time I was beyond excited and it was only my second blogger event too! Not only were the hosts super fabulous, especially the Stella stylists, but I also got the chance to meet some local bloggers who made the evening a delight!


What I'm packing for Ibiza

I'm off to the sunny white isle of Ibiza on Sunday and excited is an understatement. I have been packing my suitcase for at least two weeks trying to decide what to take, as I only have a small suitcase allowance and I'm a girl who loves her fashion and wants to take her whole wardrobe! I am travelling with two airlines: Jet 2 and Ryanair who's luggage restrictions are slightly different but It's fine because I'm all prepared with my day and night outfits whilst not forgetting the accessories! 



Styling Gingham Shorts for Summer

It's been a while since my last outfit post and I've been so eager to step outside and take some shots with my friend Hannah*, especially as it's so warm here in the UK and I have recently had my hair coloured lighter! We found the perfect spot in my hometown of Stratford Upon Avon, a wall with red and white roses and a bright red postbox! It was meant to be!

May Fashion Bargains

May was a super busy month including not one, but two holidays consisting of the Dominican Republic and Cornwall, plus a trip to London to catch up with the university girls but I still managed to fit in some time for shopping... as always! I know we're nearly halfway through June, (2017 please slow down) but I really want to share what I bought in May including lots of fashion bargains from the high street and online.

Red Herring at Debenhams


A Gluten Free Guide to Cornwall

Me and the boyfriend are proper foodies but unfortunately our options can be somewhat limited when we go on holiday as Blake is coeliac. Having recently visited Cornwall we were really surprised to find so many gluten free restaurants and cafes compared to when we last visited over a year ago. So if you are coeliac or just fancy hearing about some cool restaurants in Cornwall read on!


My Hair Makeover with Regis Salons

I was recently contacted by Regis Salons to trial their new colour bonding technique at my local Leamington Spa salon which included a cut and colour. Having never had my hair coloured at a salon before I was very excited and I've wanted to go lighter for a while now so this was the perfect opportunity! I had also recently come back off holiday, where my hair was very sun damaged and dry so a hair makeover was definitely needed! 

Who are Regis Salons?

With over 130 salons in the UK, Regis is a salon that you would have seen around. Offering endless options for your hair including cuts, colours, treatments and even just a blow dry if your heading out on the town. Inside the salon in Leamington it's very sleek with lots of branded professional haircare products including L'Oreal and GHDs for you to buy. 

An Unforgettable Holiday at Dreams La Romana

At the end of April I flew to the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominican Republic with the boyfriend and the best thing about it, it didn't cost us anything! I won this holiday through Holiday Pirates which you can read about here and now I get to finally tell you all about my dream holiday at Dreams La Romana.

The luxury all inclusive resort is situated on the southeast coast of The Dominican Republic in Playa Bayahibe, La Romana which takes about 45 minutes to travel to, from Punta Canta airport. In total Dreams have four resorts in Dominican Republic which all look just as beautiful as La Romana, I'm hoping one day I can visit them all! 


My Caribbean Holiday Outfits

After recently sharing my beautiful floral maxi dress from Blue Vanilla on the blog I am excited to share more holiday looks with you! As you will see from my outfits below, my wardrobe is full of florals and summer prints. I do love to select certain pieces of clothing depending on where I am going on holiday and with this trip being to the Caribbean I wanted bright colours, tropical vibes and lots of prints.


OUTFIT 1


This outfit I put together very last minute before the holiday, the orange pleated skirt was only £9 from Very and the floral pleated cami is from New Look only £12.99. I styled this with my pink espadrilles from ASOS and a River Island clutch bag. I sometimes don't like how pleated long skirts look on my petite frame but this one was the perfect length and I love the brightness. With the cami there are so many other colours to pair it with including blue and green.


Protecting your Skin in the Sun

When I think of Summer, I think of going to the beach and sunbathing in my bikini but because I'm so fair skinned I have to slap on the sunscreen. I have been burnt numerous times before, the worst in Newquay in the UK, because of being careless and not reapplying when I have stepped out of the water. Sometimes you may think it's not even that sunny, but believe me you can still get burnt, so read my helpful tips and be careful whilst relaxing in the sun!




Navy Ruffle Maxi Dress

Before I go on holiday my favourite part of the preparation is the outfit planning, at home I rarely get to dress up in the week so being able to do this every day is fabulous and what better place to take outfit photos then in Dominican Republic, with its amazing tropical backdrop! 

One item that I always bring on holidays is a maxi dress, why you ask? Because they are so versatile. You can easily wear a maxi dress from the beach to the bar and be super comfy whilst your doing it! The only problem I do have with buying maxi dresses is that they do design them for tall people and being that I am only 5 ft 2, some of them can be super long, but a pair of wedges does always help with the height problem.

With this maxi dress outfit post I had a little help from Blue Vanilla who kindly gifted me a gorgeous navy ruffle maxi dress from their SS17 range, which actually fit my small frame and is easily affordable at just £30! I have previously worn their designs on the blog before here, I love that their clothing has a unique style and it doesn't break the bank. If you're looking to update your holiday wardrobe they are the place to go...


Holiday Style with JORD Watches

Today I have something very exciting to share not only do I have a GIVEAWAY (NOW CLOSED) for you but the boyfriend is finally joining in on my blog photos. He is normally the one behind the camera taking my shots for Instagram, otherwise known as the "Blogger Husband".

The reason he has joined me today is because the lovely people at JORD watches have gifted us a stylish wooden mens watch. I say mens watch, but because it's made of wood it is versatile so any gender can wear it, so we will definitely be fighting over who wears it next! When it comes to purchasing watches my boyfriend owns a lot - well over fifteen, whereas I've never really been a watch person that is until I discovered JORD's unique watches. 




Why Fragrances for Men Make the Perfect Gift

When I'm buying a gift for my partner Blake I always like to get him something really special whatever the cost. Birthdays are a great time to spoil each other and this year I went all out and paid for a trip to Amsterdam as we've both always wanted to go. But on previous birthdays I always tend to buy a fragrance as I know he appreciates a good scent!

One fragrance brand that I have in my hometown of Stratford Upon Avon is L'Occitane. Instantly recognisable because of the bright yellow front, originally started in France, they have over 2700 stores over the world offering skincare, bath & hair products plus the perfume for men L'Occitane range. 

Fitness And Cheap Gym Membership: A Guide To Getting Free Gym Passes

Fitness and health are important factors in contemporary society; this is the reason so many people choose to join a gym. Unfortunately, most of these people find themselves locked into expensive long-term contracts without ever stepping foot into the gym - well, beyond signing the contract, that is. 

Needless to say, we are all searching for a way to lose weight without having to spend thousands of pounds. When my local gym Xtreme Gyms opened last year, I managed to get an early bird deal of £25 a month which I think is about average.

This article below will provide you with information on how to shed the fat without having to spend a single penny, by making use of the latest free gym trials, pay-as-you-go deals, and no-frills contracts from approximately £10/month. Be sure to watch out for these contracts and keep an eye on what to do when the membership hits a snag.

Floral Statement Sleeves

My love affair with florals has started all over again for Spring with the help of the lovely people at Apricot Clothing, who recently gifted me this hibiscus flower print bardot blouse (£22) with stunning, statement sleeves. Since receiving the blouse, I've hardly taken it off, it's so comfy and I get so many compliments. I wore it recently on a night out tucked in a leather bodycon skirt. The floral printed blouse is made up of green, pink and rust tones which compliments this pretty Stratford Upon Avon backdrop and more importantly my wardrobe!


Ways to Create the Perfect Bath

When it comes to getting ready, I am more of shower person because it's quicker to jump in and jump out when you're living life 9-5, there's no organisation involved. Where as a bath takes a lot more time because you have to wait for it to fill up and get the temperature right. But bear with me there are lots of perks which I have listed below. I always try to make time for a bath after a long week or on a Sunday because as soon as I have a bath, I feel like all my worries have gone away and I even feel happier in myself.




Styling a Silver Backpack

It's been a while since my last outfit post but hopefully worth the wait! I really wanted to capture "Spring" in the photos and I think the colour combination and the backdrop is pretty perfect. I also had a great excuse to take photos with my friend Hannah (she's amazing) in this lovely weather were having, as I was recently gifted this gorgeous Lexi backpack (£23.99) from OOH Accessories. The brand is quite new on the fashion scene but their bags are great quality and so affordable plus they even deliver to Europe.

The backpack comes in a metallic silver colour, which is unusual for me as I normally opt for black and tan when it comes to handbags, but I fancied something different for a change and I'm so glad I did! The backpack has gold buckle detailing, lots of pockets to keep all my belongings and the best part is it's so comfortable to wear all day long! 

When it came to choosing an outfit to style the bag with I could of either gone a bit rock n roll (it sounded cooler in my head) because of the metallic or more low key and sophisticated. I went for the latter.
I have been dying to wear this pleated pink skirt that I got for £20 in the Topshop sale for ages and this white lace blouse (£28) from Apricot Clothing is so prim and proper. I felt very elegant! To finish off the look I put on my cute New Look blue heels.


25 things I have learnt in 25 years

I turned 25 yesterday and not only did I think where have the years gone and also have a little freak out that I am getting close to 30, but I also started reflecting on the past few years since graduating from university and how far I have come as a person. So sit back and get ready to read my list of life lessons...



My Amsterdam Travel Diary

Three weeks ago my boyfriend and I headed off to Amsterdam for the first time ever. I recently blogged about my stay at the unique Hotel De Hallen so now I am going to share with you the rest of what we got up to in this beautiful city.


Guest Post: Travel Trends 2017

New travel trends are forming all the time. International travel to South Asian countries is particularly popular these days. Many westerners on tight budgets are looking for the best deals they can when travelling. These Asian countries are aware of this and so they advertise their hotels, restaurants, and airlines to these westerners looking for a good deals. Besides, the value of western money like the dollar goes a lot further in a country like Thailand than a country like England. In fact, many people who stay in Thailand for an extended period of time claim they can survive in the country for $700 per month. This includes apartment rent, food, public transportation, and utilities. This is why more people are travelling to Thailand than ever before.


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Lee Stafford uBunTu oils hair straighteners review

To make your Monday that little bit brighter, I have an exciting review and my first ever GIVEAWAY to share with you! I was recently sent these Lee Stafford uBunTu straighteners in a fabulous girly, pink colour and I couldn't wait to try them having been without any straighteners for a while. The major selling point of these hair straighteners is that the plates are infused with uBunTu OiLs, leaving your hair feeling extra glossy and hopefully a lot healthier!

If you haven't heard of Lee Stafford before he is an award-winning celebrity hairdresser who not only sells a whole host of electrical hair products but has his own hair care range (this is pink too) which you can mainly find in your local Boots. I have always used his hair products but had never came across the electricals before.



Hotel De Hallen Amsterdam Review

If you follow me on social media, especially Instagram, you will have seen all my Amsterdam photo spam over the weekend, as I am so obsessed with taking photographs wherever I go and with Amsterdam being so pretty it was hard to resist. Not only were the streets of Amsterdam very photogenic but my hotel was too, so I thought I would share it with you; introducing the quirky but fabulous Hotel De Hallen.

This trip to Amsterdam was a surprise for the boyfriends birthday so when booking a hotel I wanted it to be really special (and it was!)
 Located in west Amsterdam, it was a little bit further out but still close to the tourist spots, the nearest tram is Ten Katestraat and as I had done my research we found it very easily. The hotel is part of a group called Vondel and they have several restaurants in their portfolio too.

As soon as you enter the hotel it makes an impression with a huge greenhouse on the front with a Moroccan vibe and lots of beautiful, aromatic plants.

Hotel De Hallen

Metallic and Velvet

It's been a couple of weeks since my last outfit post so I thought I would share more of a "going out" look as I do love getting dressed up to go out, I sometimes even plan two weeks ahead because I get so excited and always end up buying something NEW. This outfit is a little bit darker than I would usually wear. I often opt for a bit more colour but on this occasion I have combined grey and black in the form of a velvet top and metallic skirt which is rather sparkly. You may think a bit of sparkle should only be worn certain times of the year but I think you should be able to shine all year round! A trend I have seen recently includes metallic cami dresses draped over t-shirts for a daring daytime look. 

When I originally purchased the skirt I did think it wouldn't suit my petite frame but I changed my mind as soon as I put my high heeled boots on and the velvet top just casually flows over the skirt. Velvet is a trend you will have seen on me quite a bit since Christmas I just think it's so sophisticated and can be dressed up or down. This open cross design from Missguided is very popular at the moment and adds an extra bit of detail that a necklace usually would.

My Outfit 

Missguided Velvet Top £15 (Similar here)
H&M Metallic Skirt £6.49 (Buy here)
New Look Boots (Similar here)

London Hotels for your budget

London attracts over 31.4 million tourists every year, according to the Office for National Statistics so because of this some London hotels can be extortionate unless you book well in advance, don't visit on the weekend or stay far away from the city centre. My favourite hotel website to book with is booking.com because you can reserve a room but pay later, if you haven't got the money at the time. As I have booked with them on lots of occasions, I am now a genius member, this means I get an extra discount which is always a bonus.

I have only stayed in London a couple of times, both of which were for theatre shows, due to the fact that the journey takes over two hours from Stratford Upon Avon on the train which can feel like a very long journey, but one of my best friends is moving there soon which I am very excited about! Each time I stay in London I make sure I read the hotel visitor reviews as website pictures can often show a very different place to what you'll actually experience when you arrive, and no-one likes those kind of surprises! Even if you are out and about enjoying everything London has to offer it's nice to come back to a lovely hotel room. So to help you with where to stay, I have put together a list of hotels depending on your budget, which can all be booked through booking.com.

Cost Conscious Chic Hotels

The Kings Head Hotel Price range: £79 - £186 

A boutique hotel which looks quite impressive from the outside and just as lovely on the inside. With a restaurant and a rooftop bar, they offer double and triple rooms all decorated in a modern style. It is not the situated right in the centre of London, being that 
the closest tube is Acton town but its super cheap.




February Fashion Haul

Can you believe were now in March already? 2017 you need to slow down! But at least February was a great month for shopping and more bargains! I even managed to save some money too which never happens. If you follow me on Instagram I regularly post the bargains I've bought that week, so give me a follow to keep up to date.

Primark

I think Primark is included in all my monthly photos because if you're looking for a fashionable bargain they are your go to shop. I normally go to the store in Banbury but this time it was Oxford, The store is really small at the moment as they are refurbishing the centre but as the saying goes good things come in small packages. This blue shirt (£10) immediately made me take notice as the frill, the collar and everything about it shouts Spring!


primark blouse

How to wear Leopard and Suede

If you haven't noticed already I am quite fond of leopard print, previously I've worn the bold print in an outfit post last year featuring Primark and I am wearing it yet again today. Having seen leopard print coats in an array of magazines and on celebrities everywhere, I was keeping a look out for that one special piece. I ended up finding a coat in my local Asda Living and lucky for me there was one left in my size. I definitely did a happy dance! I have always been a big fan of Asda's clothing range known as George, as it just as affordable, as it is fashionable. 

Leopard and Suede





Benefits of Coconut Oil

The use of coconut oil in our kitchens and bathrooms is on the rise and it's because it’s such a versatile ingredient; you can rub it into your skin and hair for a natural daily moisturiseror just use it when cooking your next meal. There are so many studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet, some even class it as a superfood.

I was recently introduced to a new brand of coconut oil Bula Batiki on twitter and after hearing the amazing story that Callum and Ellis are doing for the Fijian community I couldn't wait to try the coconut oil in my kitchen.

What is Bula Batiki Coconut Oil?



Embellished Collars and Culottes

Since my last outfit post I have had my hair cut into a short bob which I absolutely needed and I couldn't wait to show off to you all. So of course I had to take some new outfit shots but being winter here in the UK it was freezing cold! I may not look cold in these pictures but my friend Hannah and I shot this outfit in 2 degrees!

Before I start rambling on about the weather...the outfit in question is a beautiful grey sweater (£22) from Blue Vanilla which has a white embellished collar complimenting my white watch from Johnny Loves Rosie. If you follow me on Instagram you may see a lot of pictures of collared tops/dresses I absolutely love them, they're just so cute! 
I find that embellishment details add subtle bling to your outfit but don't go over the top.

Blue Vanilla is a London fashion brand you may have come across in New Look or Debenhams, which is where I discovered them, but they do have their own website too. Whether your looking for a party dress or your winter essentials they have it all and the best thing of all it's so reasonable priced. 

I have styled the snugly, soft jumper with culottes from Boohoo (£6), I used to think they could only be worn for Spring/Summer but then throw on a pair of neutral tights and your ready to go. I also like wearing them to work too. 



Guest Post: How To Keep The Spark Alive This Valentine’s Day

  Hey everyone, today I have a special valentines guest post by the lovely Nat, a 28 year old blogger who originally started her blog www.helpimgettingmarried.com when her boyfriend proposed. She's now happily married and lives in Brighton with her husband and their cat James. Nat loves shopping, travel and the occasional cocktail! You can find Nat tweeting at @martinnathalie9

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Blue Velvet

Hey everyone, I'm excited to share with you my first outfit shot of 2017! I previously collaborated with Apricot Clothing over the festive season here but I have to share with you another one of their gorgeous pieces and a 90s trend - velvet.

Velvet is anything but bland; it's romantic, shiny, sumptuous and it certainly made a fashionable come back last year and it's still doing the celebrity circuit with actress Evan Rachel Wood wearing a blue velvet suit to the SAG awardsI prefer to wear the trend in Autumn/Winter because it's a heavier fabric and looks so elegant as evening wear. Luckily for us lots of velvet pieces are now on sale! 

Velvet comes in many styles including ankle boots, dresses and off the shoulder tops which is what I am styling today...This beautiful dark blue off the shoulder top was just £5 in the January sales. (*Shocked face*) I decided because the top is so bold that black leather leggings (Missguided) compliment it well and the blue block heels from New Look are just simply beautiful. 



blue velvet






Don't you love the blue backdrop too? I want to live in this blue house so bad!

Do you love the velvet trend?

Liz x

*Photography by Hannah Sorrell 

Saving Money with Groupon Coupons

If you're looking to save money when purchasing online then discount codes and coupons are the way to do it. Whenever I am looking to buy something (mostly clothing) I hate paying for delivery or want to try and get it a little bit cheaper I scour the internet for a discount code. This is where Groupon Coupons comes in. (This is a sponsored post but all opinions are mine) 


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What is Groupon Coupons?

If you haven't heard of Groupon yet, where have you been? I have always been a big fan of Groupon myself mainly for; restaurants, items for the home, luggage and cheap hotels. But sometimes with all these bargains you can miss the coupon page, I know I have before. You may not even be shopping for anything in particular but if you see a coupon for a percentage off it can sometimes sway you to have a browse, as it often does for me!


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How to use Groupon Coupons

Groupon Coupons are really simple to use as they have a featured coupons section showing the top coupons, categories, student discounts (wishing I was still a student) and a search box so you can find exactly what you're looking for. Once you have spotted your chosen brand/website either click get coupon code or see sale and it will show you the code and take you straight to the website. Easy!

The best clothing and travel deals with Groupon Coupons



Have you ever used Groupon coupons before?

Liz x

Digital Camera vs iPhone: Which one is best for bloggers?

If you're a blogger having high quality photography is a must. When I first started years ago I would take them on my mobile phone in the back garden or in front of a mirror and the shameful thing is I actually thought they looked good but times have changed...

As time has past I am yet to invest in a DSLR camera instead I tend to use my iPhone 5S for my Instagram photo's and a Panasonic Lumix FZ28 for some outfit posts, sadly both are now showing their age. I am very lucky to have a friend who takes my pictures with her amazing Nikon camera so I haven't had to splash out on buying one but if I was to buy one would I opt for a better iPhone or both?!




Is a Digital Camera for you?

In my first fashion job I remember being handed the office camera and not even knowing what to do with it, there were so many buttons and functions...I was worried about breaking it! As time has gone by I have a little bit more experience with SLR cameras but I still wouldn't know which one to buy.

I have read so many top 10 lists online and a lot of people I have spoken to will always recommend a Nikon or a Canon but I think with a camera (much like the perfect party dress), unless you try it first it's hard to decide which one will be right for you. Another factor to consider is what you want to take pictures of, for me it's fashion outfits, so not only do I need a great camera but indoor backdrops and lighting are equally important. Another thought to consider is whether you will have someone to take the pictures for you, if not you will have to use a tripod and a hand remote or timer which can be a real pain to get natural shots with.

If I was buying a new camera I would go to my local electronics store and try a few out. Then you can always look online for a better price if you find the camera for you. To view some of the best budget DSLR cameras from last year click here 




Why use an iPhone?

According to statistics Apple has sold more than 1 billion iPhones worldwide! So we can guarantee that quite a lot of people including bloggers use an iPhone to take their pictures. I have owned my iPhone 5s for over 2 years now; taking pictures of holiday destinations, outfits, selfies and flatlays, but I have to edit my pictures a lot as lighting can be difficult to get right, and sometimes the shots are not the best they can be. 

But I know for a fact if I get my upgrade in April, I will be aiming for either the iPhone 6 or 7 as the camera is going to be so much better than my current handset. 
To compare; the iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel camera and optical image stabilisation (OIS) whereas the iPhone 6 has a 8-megapixel camera but a lack of OIS. The best thing for me about an iPhone is the convenience I can take it wherever I go, it fits in the smallest of bags and I can upload them straight to social media there is no faffing!


What do you prefer to use for your photography a Digital Camera or an iPhone?

Liz x