Roxanne Marie Carr


Now is the time to embrace the stripes, yes they are still IN! 
If you haven't all ready noticed the models have been hitting the runways this month for fashion week, in what is known as The Big Four: fashion capitals of the world. Do you know which capitals they are ? 
I hope you do! But not to worry if you don't, as I will give you a hand.
There are quite a few cities which could make a great influence on the world of fashion, but the most important fashion capitals there are four which undeniably rule all: the Big Four of fashion. LondonParis, Milan and New York. 

These Cities enlighten us every year with our fashion fix and the up and coming trends, but like I said above.. Stripes are still in!! 

A designer who really pushed the stripes through his Spring Summer collection this season was, Han Chong the designer for Self-Portrait. There were vibrant suits that opened the show, and he also introduced a striped open-knit dress, with flat fringe-like strips along the bottom. Playing with different prints and textures, this collection brought an element of fun, mixed with the fabulosity of the late Seventies/early Eighties. Take a look at the full collection here on ELLE.

So if you feel like being bold and channelling those stripes, but you are worried you may look like the milkmaid or milkmen. Well fear not, I have some quick tips to get you looking cool and chic. 

  1. Style your stripes with a pair of pumps, this will create that edgy effortless cool look.
  2. If styling a striped dress add a high-waisted belt to break it up, or look for a dress that has a wrap around bow, like the one shown in my pictures. This will then add some shape and detailing to your outfit. 
  3. If you are channelling a strip suit, pair a bold coloured T-shirt or polo neck underneath. You could either match one of the stripe colours on your suit or use an opposite colour. 
  4. Try sticking to wearing white shoes, pumps, boots or a heel. The white will bounce of the stripes and give more power to your look. 
  5. Always add a pair of sunnies, you can't go wrong here they make every outfit look cool.
  6. Add a cute handbag, not to big keep it small. You will be rocking a bold striped outfit so a small bag would fit perfectly, you don't want to be too OTT on us now do you!
  7. Wear simple jewellery, personally I would stick to a slick watch and nothing else. 
  8. FINALLY.. Be confident. To pull of a bold stripe dress or suit you just need to own it. Wear it proudly, I mean who wants to blend in anyway!

Check out more of my pictures below:

We all know how hit and miss the weather can be, especially here in England. So to save myself from freezing I paired the dress with a red puffer jacket, the colour works well with orange and wearing a short jacket will still show off the dress. You can also read my blog post about puffer jackets here how to style and wear the puffer jacket

Look: Zara Dress- Simular Long striped tunic or Striped dress with pleats : Sunglasses- Ray Ban : Pumps- Adidas : Handbag- Simular Mango

So.. What did you think of this look?

: Playing with a bold colour and pulling it off :

Is Red Right For You?
The first thing you want to ask yourself when educating yourself on how to wear red is, if it is a colour that is right for you. Undoubtedly, red is a colour that calls a lot of attention and focus when worn. I absolutely J'adore Red and being blonde it emphasises the colour of my hair but it does take confidence to pull it off. If you want all eyes on you then red will most definitely do this!
When it comes to giving advice on how to wear red, the first thing you should ask yourself does this colour suit my personality? Can you stand up to the power of red? And do you feel comfortable wearing it? You need confidence to wear red as a main colour in an outfit, especially if you plan to wear it head to toe. So firstly, you need to ask yourself if red is right for you? Everybody is different and it is what makes you feel and look your best that matters most.
Lets get to the main part.. There are many different tones in red from warm red to cool red

Warm red is slightly more yellow whilst cooler red is slightly more blue, there are lots of different shades on the spectrum, some are more vibrant, softer or muted. If you start by identifying if warm or cool red is best for you, as knowing which shade of red works best, will then help you pull off wearing it from head to toe like a pro!

Mixing the shades

As you can see in the above picture I have mixed the red hues. Here, I am working with more cooler reds, I find these suit my skin and hair colour more, they would normally be my go to shades. Everyone has their own preference, some people like to stick to one shade and then add in different coloured accessories. My personal preference and what I have done here is combined three different colours of red. I feel confident doing this and mixing the colours makes my outfit more appealing. Below I have put together a table to help you if you wanted to combine three different shades of red. 

Adding different hues, firstly pick your basic normal red shown as the first circle on the graph above. Depending on which reds you think suit you more you can take the colour hues from the graph to help guide you on what works well together. 

Tint, these are softer reds and pinks or more warmer reds. I would combine these three together by starting with either the bold red for your trousers, the light pink for your blouse and the rose pink as your blazer, or the other option would be to use the bold red as your blouse and either pinks for your blazer and trouser.  

Shade, now this is adding a slight black to the hue darkness and coolness. As you can see this is exactly the same as what I have styled together for my outfit as shown above. These colours all work well together, the tones help to emphasise the look and they bounce of each other, I absolutely love this outfit, you can't go wrong with it. If you wanted too you could swap the bold red trousers and have that colour for your blouse.

Tone, adding grey to the hue will create a degree of difference in the reds intensity of colour. The rich red colour and the slight grey tones will mix beautifully together. Again I would style these similar to how I have above or I would wear a red blazer, dark plum trousers and a light red/plum blouse. Perfect!!

You can use this graph above as a base line to help you select the colours that will work well together when you mix and match the reds. Simply pull out the garments you have in mind, and either lay them on the floor or hang them amongst each other, so you can create the look as if you would be wearing it. Revert back to this graph and the order in which I would wear them stated above, then hopefully those combined will help you get the look!! Accessorise by using a different shade colour, I have worn white Adidas pumps with my look. You can also use a scarf to accessorise, for example a dark blue scarf would work well with this look or a black scarf would too. Keep the accessories a different colour to the red.   

The most important thing to consider is how you feel when you wear it. Regardless of whether you look good and consider yourself educated on how to wear red, it’s important to make sure this is a colour you enjoy wearing. What we wear can have an effect on our mood and how we feel. Always make sure you feel good in yourself and the clothes you are styling yourself in. 
Be confident and own it, remember if you need any extra help or tips I am always here. If you get stuck just send me pictures and I will help you combine the colours. But mostly have fun and enjoy it. Life is worth living and we all deserve to be happy in oneself!  

    TrousersMango These are similar to mine which I purchased from Mango, if you want a tight fit go for your normal size or for one down. If you want a slightly looser fit go for the next size up like I have!

Blazer- Mine is from Mango, simular Zara which is a nice deep maroon red, or they also have a burgundy red blazer which is super cute too Zara

BlouseMango this one is simular to mine, it has a bow around the neck instead of being a polo-neck.

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Did it catch you off guard too? Who would have thought the puffer jacket would have made a comeback !! But don't you just love it !!

Yes the coat that was seen back in the day on the ski slopes, or thrown on for a dog walk or worn to cycle to work. It is now the sought after coat. It’s on the catwalk; on the backs of celebrities wafting through city streets, it has been spotted on rihanna, been all over fashion bloggers, you can't miss them! The best thing about them it feels like your wearing a sleeping back, comfy snug and warm BUT still super chic and trendy. 

I have thrown together some of the best that I have spotted for you all to drool over. I was lucky enough to find mine at vintage shop which I happened to stumble across. 

Red seems to be the colour that everyone wants when it comes to the puffer jacket, if you like red then be sure to grab this quick as it is flying off the shelves!

Picture courtesy of ASOS

This colour is going to be the in thing, be sure to see lilac everywhere this coming season. I purchased this puffer jacket by River Island and I am in love with it. The fit suits me perfect and the double layering gives it that extra bit of detail and edge. 

Picture courtesy of River Island

This super cute puffer jacket in fuchsia is perfect for creating that oversized boyfriend look. You can always trust Mango to bring you that extra special something, and if you can't afford luxury then this is defiantly the next best thing!

Picture courtesy of Mango

The superstar who set the trend for the puffer jackets, her collection with Fenty x Puma is defiantly out there. Yes she has done it again, and if it is print that you are after then this is the one for you!

Picture courtesy of Selfridges

If the price tag is no issue then this iconic puffer jacket is yours! As seen on celebrities this impressive jacket comes in a different variety of colours. Go big, why not girl you deserve to make a statement!!

Picture courtesy of  Balenciaga

If you are unsure if you can pull of that oversized puffer jacket . Then here are some tips on what to pair it with to help complete your look..

How to keep it in proportion
When it’s oversize

High waisted denim jeans 
Crisp white shirt or T-shirt
Jeans with ripped hems
High waisted skirt

When its too big and you literally
look like you have a sleeping bag on!

Wear the jacket off the shoulder 

Long oversized T-shirt or shirt

Skinny Jeans

Ankle boots with heel/ kitten heel

Picture courtesy of Vogue

Pictures courtesy of Vogue


 Lets welcome the New Year with a big warm hug!

I hope you all had the most magical Christmas with all your family and took some time out for yourself. Everyone always seems to be so busy around this time of the year, that we all forget to just breathe!

Now that 2017 is so last year what have you been thinking about for 2018.. Have you got anything that you want to change, any new years resolutions that you want to stick to? 

It is a great time to make any changes "New Year New you" as they say. What changes do you want AND are you going to stick at them?

It's January 3rd, the start of a fresh new year, the time when we all make those New Year's resolutions. You swear you're finally going to stick to your resolution, only to fall at the first hurdle. For many the clock of failure is already ticking. What's the difference between those who stick to their New Years resolutions and those who don't?

Clarity or purpose. And a plan!

And as one of the most empowering life coach says..

    Picture- Courtesy of Tony Robbins

So will you be the one that sticks to it or will you slip back into your old ways..
I have come up with a few tips to help you on your journey and to hopefully help you stick at it for longer then February!
1. Set yourself goals and a plan!
Create a super clear vision of what exactly it is that you want to achieve, by having this clear vision it has been shown to optimise reaching it. We aren't talking about vague goals for example "I want to become a manager, get a pay rise or become self employed" You need to get into depth with it, have a plan and strategy for what exactly it is you want to achieve. Choose things to do that will help you get nearer to that goal everyday. Also think-in-ink. Put pen to paper or list on your laptop bullet points to take action to reach this goal. Write these down and then tick them off as you go.

2. Have you thought about your self-esteem? 

Banish the negatives and think of all the good things people say about you, feeling good about yourself will empower you to reach that New Years goal. Set that level of respect for oneself and learn to love yourself more.
Each morning or evening spend a few minutes visualising the positive things people have said about you, as research shows doing this will absorb more positivity in your self-esteem. 

3. Self-talk, Your inner speech  

So many of us have the wrong inner monologue. When setting a goal, does your inner monologue start like- "I can’t manage this, I can't achieve that" etc? (Check my previous post which dives deeper into self-talk)
Well STOP letting it take over and re-phrase your thought to "I shall try my best today, I will achieve this by doing each bit each day".

4. Focus on progress, not perfection

Perfection is unattainable. Aim for "pretty good." What I mean is don't beat yourself up with minor mishaps like you ate dessert or chocolate because you felt stressed or you skipped the gym that week. Everyday week you will have ups and downs but the best way is to just get back on track, see it as a mishap and then resolve it and you will quickly recover. Majority of people will overestimate what they can accomplish in a day or even set goals that are non-achievable that day. Then they will underestimate what they can achieve in a year. So if you do "pretty good" all year round, when it draws to the end of the year you will feel SUPER GOOD about all your achievements!

5. Set check points

Its one thing to have a goal that says something like, I want to be a CEO by October 20th 2018.” It’s another thing to say, “I want to do this per month, every month this year.” The latter gives you something to work with. You need to achieve something small every month, which keeps you on pace, and gets you to that goal. If your only goal is to be self employed or a CEO by the end of the year, it’s easy to put things off until August or September (when it’s almost too late).
Check in on how you are doing each week or month, and give yourself that positive boost on the hard work and effort you are putting into achieving those goals and New Years resolutions!!

Over all have the best year, take each day as it comes and remember don't be afraid of time. Time can work to your advantage as long as you plan well and have a strong meaning to your why (why you are doing it)!

Love to you all and Happy New Year.

Do you ever find yourself wondering through life trying to find your feet and not knowing who you are or what you want!?

Well I think many of us can agree, and we have all probably felt lost at times, not sure what direction or route to go down and we look for all the signs and signals as to what path to take. Being in the late 20's myself I do believe that these are the toughest years. Your trying to grow as a person, find a job that you are passionate about, create a good future for yourself and your family and on top of that trying to follow and fit into the structured society that rules our lives today.

Lets go back to when we are young, we are told to go to school and do well, we are then asked to pick subjects that we have an interest in and go to university all at such a young age, but who actually fully knows what they want to do when they are 16/17 years old and why is it pushed on us during a time when we are not quite mature enough to make those big decisions! Did you know exactly what you wanted to do? Are you still doing it now?

Social Media has also impacted today's society, I have a love hate relationship with social media. Yes it is an awesome business tool and a great way to express ones self, get exposure and help other people. But the downside of it is you only see the good side of people's lives, which can create a skewed self-image. We post pictures of us looking perfect and share the good news. We never post pictures of ourselves through the bad times like when someone we love leaves, when we lose a job or when we are just having a really bad day! We never share the bad news that always clouds our lives. We are always comparing ourselves with other people, how have they got this, how do they afford to do that and I think social media has played a huge part in this. We should all just be lucky that we are alive and that we exist and grateful for what we have. 

Being a Virgo I am very critical of oneself, and I also get that annoying voice in my head that tells me "You can't do that" "Why would anyone listen to you" YES THAT VOICE! The nasty negative one that we all let take control of our thoughts everyday! It is a voice that has grown increasingly stronger over the years as a result of being around the wrong influences, thinking the wrong thoughts, developing the wrong philosophy and making the wrong decisions.

Why do we think negatively when we know better?
Because thinking negatively, expecting “the worst,” seeing the downside of positive situations, and even downright expecting failure, all convey a kind of backwards-thinking, emotional insurance policy.  It goes something like, “If I expect a tragedy, then I won’t be disappointed when it takes place.”
Our desire to want to be right is another common reason we subconsciously choose negative thinking.  Sometimes, as foolish as it sounds, we would rather be right about our negative predictions than have a positive outcome prove us wrong. We can never totally eradicate all our negative thoughts but we can effectively silence this destructive influence by developing a sound philosophy and a positive attitude about life and our future.
Here is a guide that has helped me wash out those nasty thoughts and might help you lead a more positive and fulfilled life.
1. Pick up some personal development books
There are so many books out there that people have all ready written for us, they can help with your happiness, health, wealth and teach us how to get the life we want AND guess what, it also costs absolutely nothing to sign up to a library near you, where you have unlimited amount of free books which you can read each month!! If you have absolutely no idea where to start here are a few icons of mine that I have learnt from and found very useful in my day to day life:
Jim Rohn (legend)- Any of his books are very helpful, I particularly like "7 Strategies for Wealth and Happiness" and "Leading an Inspired life" His CD "The Art of Exceptional living" is also very inspiring! You can find these here Jim Rohn Books 
Tony Robbins- He has built a hugely successful name for himself and helped changed so many peoples life's on his journey. He has also worked with celebrities and parliament members, you can watch his YouTube videos and feel inspired! A good book to start with is "Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Life Tony Robbins Books
Napoleon Hill- He is an American self-help author. He is known best for his book "Think and Grow Rich" which is among the 10 best selling self-help books of all time. Napoleon Hill Books

2. Positive Thinking and creating a new philosophy

How can we change our personal philosophy? An effective way to change your personal philosophy is slowly. Do one discipline at a time. You want to avoid overwhelming yourself. Disciplines would be, reading a book to study what you are failing in, getting up earlier, creating a journal and writing your goals and things you want to achieve. Each discipline practised everyday will then become a habit.

Your decision and actions under you current philosophy are done effortlessly. It's already a habit. It did not happen overnight, but was embedded over the last few years, day by day. There is only one way to turn that around. For example if you are in financial trouble, you need to study your finances, pick up a book and read about how to improve them. You need to find the cause of the problem. You need to cut out the actions that are not contributing to your overall financial success. 

Are you over budget each month? Are you spending money poorly? Are you saving any money from your income? Focus on what you want and this will then help to change your philosophy. Instead you have to know that your current philosophy is not generating desired results so begin to focus on the results you want.  If you fail to make any change and continue to run the same pattern of poor judgment You will never get out of that trap that you find yourself in! I A good Book to help change your philosophy and set those disciplines in your life is The Miracle Morning : The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod
I also believe in the law of attraction, and we attract everything we have. All the negative thoughts and bad situations that we have in our lives are drawn to us through our own mental state. But if there was a way to change that, and a way to lead a happier life style would you follow the rules and stick to disciplines to create that new path? A book that I love is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne Byrne cites a three-step process to achieve: ask, believe, and receive. This book can change a person's life. If you use the principles given in this book and belief in yourself. Positive thinking can take you a long way, and I know everyone has bad days its natural to but try not to let them take over your mind-set and learn techniques to let the negative thoughts go and the positive thoughts lead.
I do think we should all give ourselves a pat on the back more often, give yourself a compliment every day. When you wake up in the morning set the day right think and of daily affirmations so when you get out of bed and take your first step each step shout out that affirmation, for example "I am thankful and grateful to be alive" or "This is a good day. This is going to be a really good day." Saying things like this will set your day of straight and you will have a positive outlook.

3. Mindfulness and Meditation 

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what's going on around us. 
Meditation is a practice where an individual operates or trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness to allow the mind to engage in peaceful thoughts. Meditation is often used to clear the mind, reduce stress,  promote relaxation or train the mind. Practise meditation, introduce it slowly into your life, could be once a month or once a week and just start by meditating either before you go to bed or in the morning. It can be anything from 10 minutes long to 30 minutes long. There are lots of brilliant Apps and Books that can guide you on how to meditate or there are plenty or websites and blogs where you can learn all about mindfulness.

Try not to take on too much at a time, I would introduce everything slowly and learn and then you can develop as a more fulfilled person. Don't beat yourself up if you miss a day or a week, life gets in the way but just set yourself some you time and pick up where you left off. 
You are all doing a fantastic job, I'll leave you with a quote that my boyfriend sent me once during the times when I was letting my negative voice control my emotions.

Do you think you are going No Where in Life?
Take a deep breathe
New York is three hours ahead of California, but that does not make California slow.
Cameroon is six  hours ahead of New York but it does not make New York slow.
Someone graduated from college at 22 but waited five years before securing a job.
Someone became a CEO at 25 but died at 50.
Someone became a CEO at 50 but lived to 90 years.
Someone is still single,
While another is married with children.
Obama retired at 55,
& Trump started at 70
Everyone in this world works based on their time zone. 
People around you might seem to be ahead of you, & some might seem to be behind you.
But everyone is running their own race, in their own time.
They are in their time zone, and you are in yours.
Life is about waiting for the right moment to act
So, relax.
You're not late.
You're not early.

You are very much on time.

You have probably seen those super cosy and comfy teddy coats, all over bloggers Instagram's and social media. But which one would be the perfect one for you and where can you buy them from.
I did some research and I also purchased a few for myself, to see what coat would work well and sit on me correctly, because I could defiantly go from looking cute and chic to a pimp daddy! 

As the days are getting a lot colder now what better way to wrap up and keep warm by wearing a big fluffy oversized coat, that feels like you are in your dressing gown... GOALS! I searched high and low for one that I loved, and as you can see in my pictures I am so happy with this coat. After searching the web I did not have much luck but whilst I was in London down Oxford street, during one of the most busiest times of the year, that was black Friday. Yes I timed it right, but I actually stumbled across this teddy coat in Urban Outfitters, plus it was part of their black Friday deal .. GET IN! I was back and forth trying on the medium or small (worrying about that pimp look), but I finally decided the small would work better for me and would 100% suit me more, also allowing me to still fit a thick jumper underneath it. There is nothing worse then when you put a jumper on underneath your coat and you can't move your arms, restricting you from doing things like hugging your friends or even reaching for an item on a rail! ;)  
I have got to say though, this coat is super comfy and so warm the teddy name really does suit it. If you are thinking of buying one for your self or as a Christmas present I would defiantly recommend this 

: Here are a few others that I would recommend :

Bohoo Freya Boutique Longline Faux Fur Coat this coat feels gorgeous and soft, it is longline faux fur fabric instead of short pile teddy bear fabric. It is well made but it does tend to moult a little bit, so make sure you are not wearing your best jeans. 

H&M they have really upped their fashion and branding recently and are defiantly at the top of their game. Watch out high street brands H&M is killing it!  In their collection of coats they have a few short and long pile, I tried this one on H&M Short pile it was great but I wanted a longer coat which sat below the knee, and also being fair I do have to be a bit careful with beige colours as I can looked washed out. 

Next is also one to check out, I tried on two of their coats one being a red woollen boucle coat and seeing as red is a key colour for this season I thought I must try it Next red coat. The colour was perfect and sumptuous but the fitting was not what I was after. Another one of Next's coat is the Pink Faux Fur coat. Now this one really felt luxurious, the short pile fur was so soft it felt beautiful on my hands. The colour is gorgeous too so it is worth trying on, the shape did not quite suit me but who's to say it wouldn't look gorgeous on you!

Topshop have a super cute Longline borge coat which is a dark emerald green colour, beautiful I love this colour. It sits right and looks chic, it is an all round nice coat. Perfect for a gift as well.

Mango, now I love mango and I have recently fell more in love with them. Their coats are defiantly worth looking at, if you want something which is a little more edgy, and with a slight contrast this would be the one for you! Mango contrast coat, it has a pop pink colour which sits around the bottom of the cuffs, so if you are looking for an extra little something with a different style this would be it!

Pull & Bear have a wide range of faux fur coats and if you are looking for a shorter style coat that is lighter, then this one would work. Pull and Bear Faux fur, it also comes in different colours so whichever one takes your fancy. 

Max Mara, if you don't have a budget and you want something that is defiantly an iconic coat then I highly recommend Max Mara's Teddy Bear Coat, or the beautiful Red Teddy Bear coat. Be sure to catch celebrity Kim Kardashian and blogger Caroline Daur wearing one of these pieces. The coat is oversized and made with camel wool, defiantly an investment piece that will hold its wear.

I hope this post has helped you find the perfect coat for your winter wardrobe, and saved you going through the hassle of searching for that special one.

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