Gingham dress - Girlglobalising

Photos by Dom John

The gingham trend has been raging on for a while – it’s now basically inescapable for summer. I was pretty set on this being another trend that I give a miss (in the same way I’ve avoided ruffles and big floaty sleeves like the plague). I’ve been making an effort to change my style to something a bit more grown up in the last few months, although my boss would probably disagree since I still turn up to work in jeans and a t-shirt everyday, and gingham didn’t seem to fit into that.

Then I spotted this dress in UO that couldn’t be more gingham if it tried. The ruched top half only seems to make it look more gingham! But with a weekend in Barcelona, hopefully a few days in Cornwall and a whole blissful week in Majorca coming up, it seemed like the perfect holiday dress. I wore it a lot in said weekend in Barcelona (check out the post here), the elasticated top half is perfect for not bothering with a bra (keeps everything where it should be!), the midi length makes it perfect for cities and the light floaty material makes it great for beaches and heat too.

I’m officially a gingham convert. I’m also clutching a Lime flavoured Calippo in these photos, and I’m starting a petition to bring them to the UK. SO GOOD! Let me know if you’re with me…


Dress – Urban Outfitters | Sunglasses – Rayban | Sandals – Forever 21

Gingham - Girlglobalising

Bag – Mango (old) | Sandals – Forever 21

Ollie Quinn - Girlglobalising

I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of glasses since I was first prescribed them in Year 8. Back then my tastes leaned more towards the pink side and for a long time I was perfectly happy with the pink wire frames that I left the opticians with.

Then I favoured something a bit more brightly coloured and a blue and orange pair fit the bill.

Ollie Quinn - Girlglobalising

Before long everyone’s glasses were big and square. Geek chic, it may have even been referred to and I wanted a piece of the action.

Finally when I was old enough the see sense I headed back to the opticians and followed their advice. Unfortunately I can’t say I was ever that happy with the frames I left with. Since I split my time between glasses and contact lenses, I found myself favouring the contacts more than ever before.

Ollie Quinn - Girlglobalising

Ollie Quinn opened a shop on Park Street in Bristol recently and for anyone in need of new glasses or just something a bit more inspiring I suggest you head over there.

There’s something to suit everyone, in all colours and sizes. So much so I took a looong time trying to decide which ones to go for.

Ollie Quinn - Girlglobalising

All frames cost £98, including the lenses and although they warn that it will be 1-2 weeks before they’re ready, I ordered mine and collected them within 4 days.

All you have to do is take a copy of your prescription with you (or email it if you can’t get into the store) and they take care of the rest.

Ollie Quinn - Girlglobalising

My frames are the Rachel style and they come in a couple of different colours. I couldn’t be happier with them. Finally some optical delight for us four-eyes in the world!


I’ve been taking a long hard look at my wardrobe recently. I’ve been completely uninspired with everything in there and struggling to put outfits together that I actually want to wear, rather than just have to wear out of necessity.

I’ve been thinking a lot more about sorting out a sort-of capsule wardrobe, or at least one that has a good collection of items that all go together and are suitable for both work and weekend. After having a browse of some great, inspirational blogs, I have a much clearer idea of the look I’m going for and what I need to add to my spring wardrobe.

Spring Fashion Inspiration - Girlglobalising

Natalie off duty

A blazer has been on my to-buy list for a while and while I’m still searching for the right one that will make me look more professional, but not corporate, I may well add one in a spring hue to tide me over. This powder blue suit is just perfect for this time of year, and you could even double it up as something to wear to events in the summer.

Suggestions: Asos | Topshop | New Look


Spring Fashion Inspiration - Girlglobalising

Carolina Engman

I absolutely love this monochrome outfit. Having a simple, minimalist style that still looks put together and as though you’ve made an effort is the ultimate dream for me. How quick would it be getting ready in the morning. This simple white coat is perfect for when the British weather forgets that it’s spring and turns chilly again.

Suggestions: Asos | Ted Baker | Debenhams


Spring Fashion Inspiration - Girlglobalising

Simple Et Chic

Yes, my obsession with stripes continues. I honestly believe that I will never tire from a really good striped t shirt. I love this look – casual with the t shirt and jeans, but put together with the heels that also add a pop of colour.

Suggestions: New Look | Asos | Topshop


Lisa Olsson

A pair of white trousers or jeans are a must-have for spring/summer. They come back every year and are the perfect way to make your everyday wardrobe look brighter and fresher than the autumn and winter. I’m on the lookout for a the perfect pair of white kick flairs. It will be a bit of a step outside my comfort zone, but I’m really into this trend right now.

Suggestions: Asos | Topshop | & Other Stories


Spring Fashion Inspiration - Girlglobalising

Olivia Palermo

An all black outfit in spring? I know, I know. But as I’ve previously mentioned, the spring weather in the UK is not always sunshine and light. I love this simple look for days when you just have to get the tights out again. And again, I’m all about the speedy-ness of getting ready in the morning and you can’t deny how quick an all-black outfit is.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Photos by Dom John

Hello! I have returned from my very unexpected blog hiatus. I’m not sure what caused the complete lack on content on here – whether it was lack of inspiration, motivation or simply being busy with other things. I haven’t felt particularly festive in the recent weeks, which always brings the mood down when everyone else is all for the mulled wine, ice skating and decorations.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Myself and Dom got ourselves a little Christmas tree, and I went on a short festive trip to York, but with working all the way up until Christmas eve (like most other people) I can’t quite muster the spirit of Christmas just yet.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Still, I though I would take the opportunity to share my favourite festive outfit of the moment. This pinafore dress from New Look is just what I’ve been looking for. Something that will work for autumn, winter and spring, depending on what you wear underneath and whether you bother with tights or not. I’ve paired in here with another new favourite, my green fluffy bobble hat, and burgundy brogues, which happen to be the most comfortable shoes I’ve had in a long time.

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

The Ivy - Clifton - Girlglobalising

Dress – New Look | Coat – New Look | Hat – New Look | Shoes – Diechmann | Bag – Accessorise

The Ivy in Clifton provided the perfect festive backdrop for a post this close to Christmas. They happen to have the classiest decorations I’ve seen this year. I’m yet to pay a visit inside but I think a mid January afternoon tea in there would be perfect to lift the inevitable January blues!

Until the next post I hope you have a plenty of mulled wine and mince pies – I’m off to engage in just that now!


Mango tshirt - Girlglobalising

I haven’t posted about any new favourite things for a while (you can catch up with the previous ones here and here) so I’ve been gathering up all the things that have made me smile for the last few weeks and here they are:

This lemon printed clutch. It’s not actually lemon printed, it’s more woven and yes, it is an extremely summery piece to only now be using. I picked it up in the Mango sale for a mere £4 at the end of summer and it’s far too cheery to pack away with the rest of my summer items. I spotted it on Hannah Gale’s blog and to be honest I wanted the cactus one but clearly so did everyone else. It also comes in flamingo print which is equally as sassy as the lemon or cactus.

The discovery of Mango t-shirts. If I’m honest this is another recommendation from Hannah Gale. Mango is not somewhere I normally shop, it always feels like the most ‘adult’ of shops (and in my mind I’m just not there yet), but upon the mention that the t-shirts are soft, and sassy and reasonably priced I was all over it. This particular number comes in both London and Paris prints too which I might have to pick up soon. If like me, you by t-shirts based on the search for ultimate softness then I highly recommend.

NYC is comin’ up fast! Also related to my new favourite t-shirt, have I mentioned that I’m going to New York soon? Joke, I know I have. It’s now only five weeks away and I’m on a count down. We’ve got our accommodation sorted, which is a pretty little Airbnb because LOL have you seen the price of hotels in NYC?! It’s no joke. Anyway I’m still collecting things to see and do so let me know your recommendations!

Kat Von D - Girlglobalising

Kat Von D. Along with various other things that you can only get in the States I was planning to raid a Kat Von D stand somewhere, until Debenhams got there first. Now the only place in the UK to stock the brand I immediately picked up an Everlasting Liquid Lipstick and I fully understand what all the hype is about a matte lip. It lasts all day and doesn’t completely dry my lips out like all other matte products do. I picked up the colour Lolita II which is as close to a Kylie Jenner lip as I’m ever going to get.

And the finally my last point is the Shine Walk Half Marathon 2016. My mum and I took part in the Cancer Research Shine Walk a few weeks ago and it was such a great experience! After having done a few Race4Life walks in the past we decided to go bigger and better this year. We far succeeded our fundraising target and it was such a great atmosphere on the night. You can find out more about the walk here and maybe even sign yourself up for next year!

Shine Half Marathon - Girlglobalising

That’s about it for this post. Apart from a few things for work I’m on a mission to save for New York so perhaps my next New Things post will be full of people and experiences. Truly my favourite things! As always you can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin and I’ll be back with a new post soon.