5 Outfits I wore in Italy

Items gifted have been marked with a *

As you’ll have seen from my previous post, I recently went on a wonderful Italian adventure courtesy of Bookings For You and fellow HEY Blogger Violet which meant, yup you guessed it, packing too many items of clothing into a small space and worrying about how you’ll close it (and later, how you’ll close it again before you go home)

I thought a lot more about my holiday wardrobe for Italy for a couple of reasons – firstly because I knew the weather wouldn’t be height of summer hot, secondly because of the variety of activities I’d be doing (including driving, something I’ve never done out of the UK) and finally because it’s Italy and I wanted to feel nice.

For a four night stay I managed to pack in a fair few outfits, but I’ve picked out five of my faves to share

Photo by Olivia Lennon

This is what I’m calling my “I’ve partied hard, but only ’til 10pm” look. As soon as I saw the bold print of this shirt dress I knew it had to be mine, and in a bizarre twist my nan also picked up a pair of wide leg trousers in the very same print on a recent shopping trip…great style runs in our family it seems! I’d definitely suggest sizing up one or two in this frock if you have bigger boobs as the fabric doesn’t have any give, it easily clinches back in with the attached belt so the shape isn’t lost. The biker jacket was necessary for the chill or early mornings and evening, and made me feel a bit more cool and Italian.

Dress, Matalan* (sold out online) / Jacket, ASOS / Shades, ASOS

Photo by Olivia Lennon

for me a skater dress is an absolute essential wardrobe item as it’s simple to style, throw in a cute print and it really does make dressing just that little bit easier! The fabric of this is very soft and stretchy so moves really well when out exploring, and I picked it up for the bargain price of £22! It’s a great transition piece into the colder months too; sack on some tights and boots and hey presto. I picked up the hat last year before heading to Santorini last year and it just felt like it would add some cuteness and glam whilst in the Italian countryside.

Dress, Next / Hat, Accessorize (Similar item here) / Shades, ASOS / Sandal, borrowed from Emma Picks (similar style here)

I have lived in this frock since buying it at ten start of summer! Soft jersey, fit to flatter my hourglass shape and the length makes it appropriate for a variety of occasions. I added in my trusty Converse as I was walking around the beautiful streets of Siena, but switch them out for a pair of heels and you instantly have a more dressed up look.

Dress, Dorothy Perkins (sold out online, the A/W print in the same style is linked here) / Trainers, Converse / Shades, ASOS

Photo by Olivia Lennon

This dress was such a hit with our group that two of us brought it away with us, and a further three went on to wear or buy it! It’s easy to see why – great colour, lovely ditsy print, fantastic shape that shows off shoulders and cleavage and hugging curves. I adore it so much. As my hair is kinda short I enlisted my tried and trusted clip in bun and fashioned this low up do thingy, it’s actually more fiddly than a high bun but makes for such an elegant look.

Dress, ASOS (Sold out) / Sandals, Dorothy Perkins (similar style here) / Bun, Hair Rehab London

Dress, Next / Shades, ASOS / Trainers, Converse

I’ve always been a “if the shoe fits, buy it in every colour” kind of a gal, so it will come as no surprise that this dress is the same style as the leopard print one from before. I also have it in black and white floral (which I’m actually wearing as I type) and red polka dot. They’re just so easy to wear and fantastic value! This version was more of an impulse buy on the way to the till with the leopard number, I love the retro feeling of the floral print. As the weather gets cooler I’m definitely going to have a go at styling it with a roll neck underneath as it is on the website.

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration for holiday style a little later in the year, as well as items that can be just as wearable when you’re back home. Maybe I a, getting a bit better at this shopping smarter malarkey after all…

Thanks for reading,

J xx


7 Outfits I wore in Mykonos

Items gifted in this post are marked with a *

If you follow me on social media (if not, feel free to head over and do it now) you’ll have clocked that I’ve recently been on holiday to Mykonos. Last week I shared one of activities I enjoyed there, this week I’m giving a little roundup of a selection of my vacay outfits (there were more than this, but I spent a solid 90% of the time looking like a hot sweaty mess so couldn’t get any more pictures). Enjoy!

Out Of Office mode: activated

Jumpsuit, New Look (Sold out)

Heading on holiday and set for a day of travelling, I wanted to wear something bright but comfortable. I have a few of these soft culottes jumpsuits fro NL and wear them all the time out of work, and this one felt the most holiday (it’s been on my Instagram feed before). The only downside of this look is that I was wearing a new bra that put my boobs where they’re supposed to be, and it lead to me nearly popping out for the entire day…oops!

JC the explorer

T-shirt*, Truffle Shuffle / Shorts, Boohoo / Sliders, Adidas

for my first full day exploring I wanted to be comfortable, so I went for an entirely light material outfit. The shorts I’ve had since last year in Santorini and found them great for walking around in the heat (a bit easier than denim shorts which are rougher and could be uncomfortable) so figured they’d be a good shout, and paired them with this adorable yet funky Stitch t-shirt (you can see the print better on the second pic). The t-shirt also has a front knot as a design feature which meant there was no need for tucking in (less bulky and more ventilation) and that created an nice line break between the pieces. Footwear was a simple choice – plain black, good grip and comfortable to wear, they are my holiday hero item.

Blending in with the scenery

Dress, Dorothy Perkins / Sandals, Next (Same style different colour here)

Cards on the table with this one – I was on the DP website browsing for holiday dresses, saw this and thought “oooh, that’ll look really nice in a ‘gram pic with the flowers” and I was right! It’s jersey material so lightweight, I often gravitate towards skater and Bardot styles as I feel they’re most comfortable and flattering. The sandals were a birthday gift from my mum to stop me stealing her pair – they’re woven with pink/green/blue/tan pieces and were a perfect match as well as being super comfy. I also had a natural colour Topshop basket bag over my shoulder (the one everyone lost their minds over in 2018 and an item I used every single day)

Always room for a versatile jumpsuit

Jumpsuit, ASOS / Sliders, Adidas / Sunglasses, Noughts and Kisses

jumpsuits are definitely my jam for a bit of a lazy styling opportunity – I wore this one a couple of times for a daytime boat trip (dressed down with sliders, shades and hair up) and out for dinner (dressed up with heels, handbag and red lippy)

Florals, florals and more more floralsDress, Dorothy Perkins / Sunglasses, ASOS

This is what I wore when I visited the Vioma vineyard from my last post. I didn’t want to go completely casual but also didn’t want to dress up as it was very hot. This dress is light jersey so was very comfy and has the skater shape I like, it also reminded me of the patchwork Topshop dress that’s sold out everywhere but would mean I could wear a bra (the Topshop one has an open back). I’ve also had this dress in a black Daisy print for a while, which I adore.

Be more Greece?

Jumpsuit, ASOS (also available in Curve and Petite) / Shoes, Dorothy Perkins (Similar here) / Sunglasses, ASOS

another cards on the table look; spotted browsing on ASOS I thought “wow, this is like Greece in an outfit, think how cool it’d look in photos!”. I was definitely right, however getting a good photo proved problematic so this was the only one close to making the cut. Immediately after this I marched down the path behind me to get some shots on the white stones near a blue door, unfortunately I was hit by an errant wave en route which put paid to my mission.

Travel home

T-shirt*, Truffle Shuffle / Skirt, Dorothy Perkins (Similar here) / Sliders, Adidas / Sunglasses, Boohoo

I wasn’t sure what weather was going to be like in the UK (it had been warm and sunny, but it’s been so erratic lately that could’ve changed) and still wanted to be comfy for travel, so I kept it simple with a denim skirt and tee combo. The slogan above Dumbo reads ‘don’t just fly, soar’ which felt appropriate for taking a plane trip!

Hope you enjoyed having a nosey and getting some outfit inspo for any sunny trips you have coming up.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


The art of not giving a fuck

I did think about putting a couple of ** in the title, but then thought “why? The whole point is NOT to give a crap right?

Throughout all of this, however, I’ve learned that unfortunately, you can’t always alter your mind perception (at least not fully, 100% of the time) and that you have to seek out another way to cope so that you can get up and leave the house every day.

And for me, the answer was given to me by the good folks who wrote Book of Mormon: turn it off.

Turn it off. Push the feelings of feeling like utter crap to one side, put my fingers in my ears singing “lalalalala I can’t hear you”, utter state of denial. This may not sound healthy, but it’s what I do.

Think of it as being a model or actress. In front of the camera, they become someone else, another character, and get the results they needed. So that’s sometimes what I feel I need to do. Beyonce has Sasha Fierce, Stefanie Germanotta has Lady Gaga, and I have Princess J-Bar*.

* I don’t actually refer to myself as Princess J-Bar; I once joked to the Mr that this would be my rap name so refer to that when I’m trying to be funny.

Swimsuit, Next / Rose gold sunglasses, ASOS / Black sunglasses Dorothy Perkins / Biker jacket, ASOS / Dress, Dorothy Perkins

So now you know. You may not agree with it, and that’s fine, but you may also think “I could totally try that” and it may just be the thing that gets you out of the house and back in the game.

Whatever you think, cheers for reading my ramblings!

J xx


Five things that bloggers no longer do

Today marks five years since I decided to start (and stick to writing) my blog. Five years of making friends, challenging myself to be creative with style and discovering lots of different things. Five whole years!!

To make this milestone there’s no giveaway (sorry) no cute photo shoot with a cake or balloons (not that I didn’t want to, I just wasn’t organised enough) and no imparting of wisdom of how to do anything amazing in the blogging world (how I wish I had this wisdom to use). Nope. Instead, I’ve written five differences I’ve noticed since I first streaked claim on a little patch of the internet. I wonder who else remembers and has noticed some of these… (I’ve also peppered a few more throwback blog post pics throughout, enjoy)

1. Bloggers no longer….simply write about an outfit – why they like it, how they styled it , what it’s like to wear etc

My first ever blog post was literally me sharing 2 very ad-hoc photos of what I’d worn the weekend before. It certainly wouldn’t cut the mustard now!

Even with a lot of fashion bloggers and featuring styled outfits, the content of the post is usually something that feels a bit profound, imparting wisdom or an opinion on a key topic. The fashion is just kind of there to break up that chat a bit. That’s probably ended up being so due to the rise of the micro influencers in Instagram (not to mention Instagram Stories and IGTV) and YouTubers, which are much easier outlets to share this kinda stuff on, but I sometimes worry that I don’t have the opinions or the wisdom to keep up with this developing trend.

2. Bloggers no longer…title their posts with something profound or cute

I’ll give you examples using some of my previous post titles – Mono-magic, Peachy, Hot weather cold shoulder, summertime sadness, snug as a fashionista in a blanket cape.

As a marketeer, I’m a huge advocate of something quirky and maybe verging on a bit click-baity, so I still think there’s a place to do something along these lines. However, if you’re calling a spade a spade then people will come and read because they have a more explicit idea of what to expect.

3. Bloggers no longer…have whimsical blog names

I include myself in this one! My blog was called ‘Curious Alice Loves…’ for the first three years, I changed its for a few reasons but the main was because PR messages kept coming to me starting “Hey Alice, how are you?” (That’s very sloppy on the PR’s part for not ready the bio, or e-mail address correctly). I know quite a few people who gave their blog a more quirky name when they first started but then evolved/re-branded down the line to being ‘just them’ (does anyone remember Sarah Ashcroft’s That Pommie Girl?. I admire those who have kept hold of their original name and have a kind of ‘gal behind the blog’ approach as that’s the identity they’ve built, like the fabulous Dorkface.

4. Bloggers no longer…write “PR friendly” in their bio

Never understood this one, never did it myself. I mean, what blogger isn’t?!?

5. Bloggers no longer…engage with each other’s posts in the comments section

This one is the key – everyone used to leave comments directly on a blog post, but I honestly can’t recall the last time I had any of mine. I don’t know whether this just means that people are reading things quickly and can’t be bothered to log in to leave one, whether they’re just looking at pictures or whether they don’t feel they have anything of value to say, but I do find this a real shame. Let’s all make sure we encourage and engage with each other, the hustle is hard!

So, for this post and any others you’ve read over the years, thanks for joining me. I really appreciate it.

J xx


FASHION / The love of leopard print ain’t going anywhere!

Picture the scene: you see one of your fave influencers online in the summer wearing the sassiest of jumpsuits, but it’s sold out everywhere.

You wait for weeks until it comes back into stock, but not in your size. Then suddenly, just as the cold weather hits, it makes a triumphant return to a full range of sizes in stock. Hurrah!

But wait, there’s a problem: it’s now approaching the chilly winter months and it’s a spaghetti strap jumpsuit. Whaddaya do?

Stick a roll neck next underneath and call it even! Jacket, ASOS / Jumpsuit, New Look (sold out – see below for similar) / Roll neck, New Look / Boots, EGO

I’m glad a preserved because it’s something I now adore and have worn a few times and felt awesome as well as received a lot of lovely comments on.

Th material is really lightweight and allows for really easy movement, I totally dig how super swishy the culottes bottoms of this are! I’d usually have cinched the waist section in a little bit using a belt, but on this particular day I was running around quite a lot and it felt easier to leave it.

I can definitely see why red (or non- traditional coloured) leopard print is having a moment – the print itself has now become a staple in a lot of people’s wardrobes, and the pop of colour underneath allows for just a little bit more experimentation with something a bit more ‘safe’ to back it up. Aside from red, I’d say purple and lilac are also ones to watch as we go in to spring/summer for a lighter approach.

As you can imagine, it’s flown out of the stock again, it the good news is that there are some amazing red leopard print pieces on the high street that will make super sassy alternatives – MissiLondon , ASOS, Boohoo and New Look have some similar options.

Have you ever desperately stalked a clothing item, and was it worth you while when you managed to get you hands on it?

Thanks for reading,

J xx


FASHION/ Weekly fashion faves, 8

Even though the sparkle of the festive season is well and truly over, I thought I’d keep a bit of glitter alive in this week’s header…glamour is for life, not just for Christmas dontcha know!

There have been a few cheeky outfits that caught my eye this past week, but these three were the ones that stood out most…

Vicky Pattison

Dress, House of CB

Yes Vicky pet! I ADORE this colour and the cut of the dress makemit one of those pieces you could keep in your wardrobe for years and pop out whenever you have an event that you want to feel sassy and special in. I feel like we all need that kinda frock in our lives.

Lily Melrose (image: @llymlrs) Hat, Topshop / Jumper, Boohoo /Skirt, Motel Rocks / Boots, similar here

One of my faves has had a super strong start to the year in the fashion front! The simple colour print mixed with the different textures and print are exactly what I’m about at the moment, I love experimenting with making leopard print more understated and also in place of a kind of colour pop I guess (or sometimes with, leopard print and a red lip are a pretty failsafe combo in my eyes)

Caroline Flack Dress, Zara

To fully appreciate the cuteness of this outfit, you probably have the ignore the sacks of dog poo bags and the dog lead…she’s just keeping it real I guess! I’m definitely embracing the coloured leopard print that’s everywhere a the moment too, which is something you will be seeing from me in an upcoming post (hint: if you’ve checked out my Instagram feed lately, you may know what I’m talking about).

So that’s me for another week, as I type I have a face fully of nourishing green mud and am planning some future content – as well as more fashion (yay!) there will some semi-regular beauty stuff, (hopefully) some travel and some more lifestyle/adulting posts that I hope will help others taking those steps in life now. If this anything else you think would make an interesting post feel free to shout out in the comments or get in touch on social media.

Thanks for reading,

J xx


FASHION / Same old brand new me?

Top, Topshop / Trousers, ASOS / Shoes, Misguided

I would normally post a better quality of picture than this as part of a blog post these days, however I wanted to use this one because it captured a very are and fleeting moment where I felt a little more like my old self, so I felt it was a moment worth sharing.

I wore this outfit on my last night out of 2018 and it kind of reminded me of the stuff I used to wear in my slimmer days, which me think I may be starting to turn a corner in this whole self loathing thang I’ve had going on for the last couple of years.

A high waist and a high neckline are my sweet spot for making me feel comfortable and looking flattering, as this experiment was successful I may bring this combo out again more often!

What are your favourite clothing combos that make you feel good?

Thanks for reading,

J xx