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 (Similar here) / 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 (Sold out) / 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


36 Words of wisdom, wonderings and randomness.

Happy birthday to someone I have known my whole life – frenemy, fashion eclectic (and by eclectic I mean ‘swings between too glam to give a damn’ or ‘how many days have you not washed your hair and worn those leggings for gurl?) and THE best card DJ you would ever have the pleasure of riding with.

Me!

I’ve written down 36 thoughts below, one for each year. There’s nothing more profound than that I’m afraid, but I hope you are enjoyed and amused by at least a few of them!

1. Bridget Jones had it right on the money – whether my dress size says I’m a 10 or a 14, I will always be just a little bit fat.

2. A walk goes a long way to clear your head.

3. Diets do not work. At my lower moments I have hoped and prayed they would, but they don’t. If you go on a diet you have to come off one sometime. To prove it, last year I tried one of the latest weight loss fads, Boom Bod, click the hyperlink to see what happened.

4. Get me on karaoke to Iggy Azalea’s Fancy and I will crush it.

5. Victoria Beckham didn’t start her uber popular fashion brand until she was 34 after a whole other career, so there’s still a chance I could become some kind of mogul yet.

6. I happily fall asleep listening to something ‘murder-ey’ – Snapped: Killer Couples or Deadly Women are my faves.

7. 9 months is pretty much the maximum I can have a hair style/colour before I must change it immediately…then pining for my old look immediately.

8. In this life you’re one of two things: good at selfies, or not good at selfies.

9. I have the same eyebrow lady as Scary Spice (I wonder if she has a pre-appointment pink lemonade like I do?).

10. Some flaws are easier to embrace than others – it turns out what I thought were freckle clusters that came out in the sun are actually a skin condition called Melasma, but I think it’s cute so I don’t actively seek to cover it up.

11. Travel the world, but don’t forget what’s right on your doorstep – get to know the culture and beauty of your own country.

12. Only follow people on Instagram that make you happy or positively inspire you.

13. You can go to Benidorm an experience cool rooftop bars, instagrammable spots and fabulous steak. Trust me I’ve been there and done it!

14. Kusadasi is beautiful and very affordable part of Turkey to visit, but boy do most of the locals seem to despise British holidaymakers…

15. An Aperol Spritz becomes an extra lil’ something when you sub the soda water for fresh orange juice. Aperol Mimosa – you’re welcome.

16. Sunsets are one nature’s most beautiful occurrences, but so are sunrises. Plus, you don’t have to share them with as many people.

17. Why is it called hot chocolate if it’s frozen…is THAT the Serendipity??

18. If you’re in New York City and want to visit Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment, the address is 66 Perry Street in Greenwich Village. It’s a small road just off Bleacker Street, and NYC cabbies have nooooo idea where it is when you ask them to take you there.

19. Strategically placed glitter can cover up sunburn a treat…but can literally take days to remove from your body. Even even when you think it’s all gone…bam, there’s a fleck on your right boob.

20. Not everybody will have the same beliefs or make the life choices as you; one size doesn’t fit all in this life and nor should it have to. You don’t have to understand why others do what they do, but you do have to accept it.

21. I am not Boiler Man.

22. For anyone who questions my driving ability – earlier this year I transported 16 cups of hot coffee from Costa along a very busy road and did not spill a drop (here’s a photo of my friend Rachel who was here to witness this crowning moment).

23. The first time I slept in a tent (well, yurt) as an adult, I woke up surrounded by heavy snow.

24. Meeting Santa is blooming brilliant, even if you don’t have kids.

25. I make a really nice paella.

26. I recently found out that I use the same Smashbox colour correcting primer as a well-known former football manager.

27. There’s a cult phenomenon in Hull called a ‘Shit on the grass’. It’s a shot available in the Old Town called the Manchester Arms, and if you’re ever in the city (or a local that has never partaken) you should stop by and check it out!

28. I once met Chubby Brown (unfortunately on purpose, but not by choice) and he said “testicles” to me.

29. I have also read Chubby Brown’s first autobiography (on purpose) which I quite enjoyed.

30. There’s ALWAYS something good about the place you live (well, I’d say a solid 95% of the time in exceptional circumstances. Find it and be proud! I love that the city I’m from is quirky and filled with street art galleries, comedy and music. Also, don’t let anybody talk smack about your home town unless they have the genuine insight to back it up.

31. Sometimes you’re weird because your are family are weird and they made you. You didn’t stand a chance.

32. Look up. Look around. Do it often.

33. The Dunelm Teddy Bear range is cosy AF, I’d recommend investing in some immediately if not sooner.

34. If we could all truly see the things that others thought were awesome about us for ourselves, the world could be…I don’t know how to finish this because we probably never will, but just imagine.

35. I’m the exact age I’m meant to be . It’s only myself that gives a shit what that number is, and only me that can stop myself feeling oldAF (if anyone has any tips to achieve this, please do comment below!).

36. I am so proud, thrilled and excited to be a co-founder and member of the HEY Bloggers community. I’m glad to say I count many of the people I have met on this journey so far as friends and all round lovely people. Thank you xx

let me know which number was your fave! 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


BEAUTY / How I make make my lips…

Since I have made a commitment this year to be more thoughtful about my fashion and beauty spending, I thought I would do a series sharing the beauty items I reach for most for each part of the face and body.

I’m kicking things off lips – I like to chat so, ya know, makes sense!

…look nicer for everyday: Urban Decay Vice Cream lipstick in Naked.

I’m stopping short of saying this is “my lips but better” as this shade is a bit more pinky than my lips are, but I’d say it definitely helps them a bit more alive and healthy if that’s even a thing?

The formula is really comfortable but a little bit sheer so it kind of mixes with the natural colour and generally makes them look a bit more appealing.

…feel sultry.

I have a couple of different options for this, depending on whether I’m feeling a goody vibe or some colour (which usually depends on what I’m wearing.

Option 1: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow.

This stuff is Gloss to the next level, definitely worth the money if you were just buying one to use all the time. The shimmery particles reflect the light so nicely and make lips look fuller and poutier yet still fairly natural as there’s not a lot of colour.

Option 2: MAC Lip Duo in Chilli/Chicory

This is a fairly new discovery of mine and I’d probably say this is the perfect red for me. It has a slight brown undertone and is just a little bit deeper which seems to work really well.

I’ve tried the infamous Ruby Woo previous which I really like but can sometimes feel a bit too bright and orange toned for my skin.

…red for days: NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels

Step aside Snow White; if I want a true red that has immense staying power, this is the one I have reached for most over the past few years. I know I’ve just named my perfect red above, but this one is for when you’re not coming to play! Controversial opinion – I much prefer the formula of the Liquid Suede to the soft matte lip cream by NYX, it’s applies easier due to the thinner consistency and you can always get it out of the tube, occasionally with the cream you’re having to kind of scrape around to pick it up not applicator.

I hope this has given you inspiration to dive back in to your own beauty collection and re-discover some faves, or some recommendations to test this year.

Thanks for reading,

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