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~ AD ~ Layering Up This Winter With Femme Luxe

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  • Saturday, 23 November 2019



Winter in the UK is well and truly upon us it seems. I feel as though I barely had time to appreciate autumn and now I’m having to pull out my gloves, wooly hats and all of my cosy knitwear. 

Living down in London I have found that layering up my outfits is a must - from walking to work, hopping on and off the tube, being in central heated buildings or wandering down the high-street, I find that I am constantly flip-flopping between wanting to bundle up and strip off. 


The look that I have put together in this post is so easy to wear. It feels comfortable and chilled, yet stylish and very on-trend with winter fashion. 

I have been trying to find the “perfect” pair of casual mom-jeans, especially after seeing Hello October’s looks that she has been putting together lately on her Instagram. I struggle to find a good fit because not only am I very short, I’m also curvy and so finding a style was both flattering for my shape, that didn’t make me look like a child, was difficult. I ended up finding this pair in Topshop and love the way that they look on me. They are quite high-waisted but I feel as though this extends my legs a little and it also means that they sit on my waist, which is very flattering. They fit my bum really well and they are slightly turned up at the bottom, which again, I always find compliments a shorter frame. 

I have been wearing these jeans constantly over the last couple of weeks and find that I can wear them both very casually or dressed up. I love pairing the casual fit of the ripped jeans with this pretty, black, lace bodysuit. I enjoy styling pieces together to create a more casual vibe, that still looks pretty and feminine. However, because we are now in the midst of winter, I wanted to layer up the outfit and this white shirt works perfectly in line with the casual/pretty look I wanted to create. The shirt itself has a fairly masculine shape to it, with large cuffs and a wide collar. But because of the flowy material and the mesh sleeves, it really softens the style and creates a much more gentle effect. 


To finish the look, I knew that I needed some sort of coat or jacket. Gone are the days when I would go out on a night without this layer of clothing in winter - I honestly have no idea how I did it! I am obsessed with this camel, waterfall coat. It is so effortless to wear and I think it looks so stylish and chic. It is quite a large, over-fit and I am aware that it comes close to the floor when on my 5ft2 body, however I almost feel although that just adds to the overall effect of the outfit. It is again, for me at least, the perfect combination of casual yet pretty/stylish that I absolutely adore, and I am sure that I will be getting a lot of wear out of this outfit over the next couple of months… 




Madolyn
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A Few Autumnal Staples ~ Femme Luxe Finery

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  • Tuesday, 29 October 2019


The clocks have gone back, the Halloween parties have begun and the nights are getting darker. Autumn is officially here and I couldn’t be happier. It is my favourite time of the year by far, I love the cosy evenings, crisp walks outside and the fact that it is time to pull out all of the autumnal wardrobe pieces.

I recently placed an order through Femme Luxe and picked out some lovely autumnal staples. They have a fantastic range which you can order from online, perfect to see you through any occasion.

The first item I picked up are these black PVC trousers. I have seen these in shops over the last few weeks but absolutely fell in love with the way that Hello October has been styling them recently. I love her fashion sense and the way that she has created so many different looks with just one pair of trousers. She always looks so lovely with a casual yet classy style and when I saw this dupe on the Femme Luxe website I put them straight into my basket. 

For this casual look I have teamed them up with a soft knit and a lace bralette. I feel like this would be a really nice outfit to wear with Vans for a coffee date with a friend. I also like the idea of dressing the trousers up with a black body, heels and a clutch bag. Or with court shoes and a baggy jumper tucked in the front for a casual ‘date night’ look. 


The next piece I picked out was this cute little leopard print dress. I am obsessed with puff sleeves at the moment - you can see my picks from my last collaboration with Femme Luxe here. I think that this dress is so cute and great for this time of year. I wore it out last weekend when I went out for drinks with some girl friends. I wore it with over the knee boots and it was the perfect outfit to dance in without freezing on the way home. I also love the black and white effect of the leopard print, I feel like it gives it a slightly more subtle look whilst still remaining on trend. 


I also picked out a staple pair of blue jeans from Femme Luxe which are a gorgeous fit. They are really high-waisted which is great for me as I feel like it makes my legs look a little longer, and it means that they can be styled in a number of different ways. I really like the way they look teamed with this glittery body, also from Femme Luxe, as it really dresses up an otherwise casual pair of jeans. With heeled boots and a clutch I think this would make a great ‘cocktails with the girls’ outfit. 


I would also wear this lovely little body with the black PVC trousers. It would create a really classic look, especially with a pair of black court shoes and a little clutch bag, the perfect autumnal date night outfit. 

Madolyn
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AD | Four Ways To Style... Femme Luxe Glittery Mini Dress

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  • Monday, 14 October 2019


I love it when you find a wardrobe staple that can create multiple looks for a number of different occasions. Sometimes the more simple the piece, the easier it is to style. I am in love with this sparkly mini dress, which is a great number to have on the build up to winter to take me into Christmas and New Year. 


The Oversized Shirt 

I really like wearing shirts as cardigans by unbuttoning them all the way down. I enjoy the casualness of the open shirt mixed in contrast with the tighter fitting dress and love this cute white shirt with the see-through, spotted material at the top and the solid white body. I wore this combination with over the knee boots when I went out for cocktails last week.


The Puff-Sleeve Top 

Although this dress looks really cute on it’s own as an evening piece, I really like the way it looks as a skirt when paired with this ruched cropped top. I love the puffed sleeve style and think that this outfit would work really well with a clutch and a pair of over the knee boots for a fun, girly night out. 


The Slogan Tee

I am a huge fan of slogan tees and think that they are so universal. I think that this is a really nice way to down-play the dressy-ness of the dress. To complete the look I would probably team it with a pair of vans and a little back-pack, the perfect look for brunch with the girls. 


The Casual Knitwear

 Another way to dress-down this little number is with some cosy knitwear. I would again finish this outfit with a pair of trainers and I think that this would be a really nice look for a gentle autumnal stroll, or a cute little coffee date. 

Madolyn
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Moving To London | Making My Priorities A Reality

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  • Friday, 11 October 2019


One of my favourite things to do was blog. I loved the creativity, the planning, the organisation, the promotion, the interaction and the joy that it brought me. I had a regular upload schedule, I was growing a following on Instagram, my portfolio was expanding, I was networking and building up great relationships with brands that I believed in. 

However, just over a year ago I went through a pretty tough time emotionally and my relationship breakdown became my soul focus. My confidence hit an all time low and my whole reality revolved around self care and looking after myself. I couldn’t think about anything other than dealing with the raw emotion that I was faced with on a daily basis. 

I needed that time to heal, to reset my focus and to build myself back up. It has been a long and exhausting journey that has really made me grow as a person. There has been a lot of self love, reflection and rebuilding. It was not an easy process, and something that I could not have done without the help and support from my beautiful friends and family. 

Over the last few months however, I have given myself a focus and a goal, which was to move to London and start working on my blog again. I’m so, so happy and grateful to say that at the beginning of September I finally took the leap of faith, packed my bags and moved down to the capital. It was a little scary but this is something that I have dreamed of doing and I am so proud of myself for making that dream a reality. For a long time I have felt so lost and I don’t think I realised just how long I’ve been feeling that way until I finally moved down here. I really feel as though London is the place I am supposed to be.

So, now that I have ticked that London box, my focus and shifted to my next goal; to make blogging a priority again. It wasn’t that I wanted to stop, it was just that my priorities had changed and I couldn’t commit to the time and energy I wanted to put into Madolyn Thinks. 

I have posted a few collaborative posts over the last year or so, but I am so excited to finally feel that I am in a much more positive and focused mindset which I can apply to my blog. I appreciate that this post is a little bit of a ramble, but I guess I just wanted to spend the time to introduce a new phase of Madolyn Thinks. 

I think that people are constantly growing and I know that I am different from the person I was just over twelve months ago. With this in mind there may be a slight shift in content from what I wrote about before. There will still be beauty, fashion and lifestyle bits and pieces but I feel the notion of minimalism, living with intention and being mindful have become more of a priority for me. There will also be a lot more London based content here on Madolyn Thinks and I have a few ideas about different series and monthly updates that I am excited to share. 


So here’s to the next chapter, I have a feeling that it's going to be a good one… 

Madolyn
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AD | Clinging On To The Remains of Summer With Femme Luxe

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  • Wednesday, 2 October 2019

 

It’s October and the Autumnal season is well and truly upon us. I’m really looking forward to pulling out my chunky knits, little skirts and knee high books, to enjoy the crisp, cooler weather and drink piping hot soya lattes to my heart’s content. However, here in London, we are still experiencing intermittent glorious spouts of amazing weather and I’m not “quite” ready to say goodbye to my summer wardrobe just yet…

I have been working with Femme Luxe Finery for a while now and they are always brilliant at providing high quality items at a really affordable price. I have recently received a lovely selection of summer pieces which are so on-trend and universal that I’m pretty sure I will be wearing them well into the back end of this year. 

I absolutely adore this cute little white linen co-ord which fits like a dream. Although I might be a little adventurous to wear this two piece in the U.K. just now… I think that separately, I can get away with wearing these little summer pieces throughout autumn. For the top I’m thinking high-waisted black skinny jeans, ankle boots and a denim jacket. As for the shorts, worn with a chunky, over-sized knit tucked into the front with a pair of over the knee boots, and these will be transformed into an autumnal staple.


Slogan tees at the minute are becoming one of my favorite things to wear. I’ve really enjoyed the casual look of tying a knot in the front and making them into a bit of a crop top, being a little ‘top heavy’ I find that this is a more flattering way of styling them as it defines my waistline. I like that the slogan of “Sweet but Psycho” is written in a very feminine font and that it isn’t too bold or large across the chest area. With it being a white tee, it is also very universal which can be worn with high-waisted shorts, like the picture above, or with jeans and heeled boots.


The final summer piece that will transition with me through to autumn is this cropped, black, fitted top. This item is a little more “risk-kay” than what I’m used to, but I loved the hook and eye detail at the front, as well as the black, sheer fabric on the arms. Although there is a fair amount of skin on show, I think that this will look cute with a high-waisted skirt, or jeans with little ankle boots for a date-night/evening look.


Madolyn
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Quick & Easy Ways To Be Environmentally Friendly

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  • Friday, 30 August 2019


There is so much information available surrounding the topic of being environmentally responsible. I think that it is something we should all contribute towards and I feel that we should all do what we can in order to take action and help in any way possible. It can sometimes seem like an inconvenience to worry about the environment when you reach for that plastic packaged salad on a lunch time, or throw away your empty drinks can into the bin, but by making little conscious changes to your daily habits, you can actually make a huge difference. 

Reusable Cups 

This is a simple one but a biggy, especially if you love a coffee fix on the go! Practically every coffee establishment now will sell some sort of reusable cup, I even saw one in Greggs the other day! And so there really is no excuse for not bringing your own to help minimise the amount of takeaway coffee cups being added to landfill. I recently received a gorgeous flask from Kambukka* which keeps liquids hot for up to six hours and cold for up to nine. It is something extra to remember on a morning when you’re rushing out the door, but most places give a cheeky discount if you take in your own cup and so it’s worth it economically, as well as environmentally, in the long run. 

Paperless Project

My family and I love to send cards for a number of occasions, but in recent years I have tried not to do it quite so much as it often feels wasteful and often unnecessary. Recently I discovered a love for the Paperless Project*; an online company that provides beautifully designed e-cards for all occasions. They have some stunning collections, my favourite being the range designed by Rifle Paper Co, one of my favourite stationery brands. This is a great way to send a card to a friend or loved one which is still beautiful and meaningful, but without being harmful to the environment. I think that it is such a lovely alternative to paper cards and I will definitely be sending these out at birthdays from now on!

Choose Vegan

Opting for a vegan diet has a huge number of benefits, one of which being that it is better for the environment on the whole. The production of meat and dairy products is a huge contributor to greenhouse gases, as well as the amount of emissions polluting the air, not forgetting the huge amount of water wastage. Choosing to eat more of a plant based diet dramatically reduces an individual's carbon footprint both in terms of transport of the produce and the packaging it is wrapped in. 


Minimise Waste

For me, food is the main problem when it comes to waste. As I have a predominantly vegan lifestyle, I eat a lot of fresh produce but I find that it is so often wrapped in a tonne of packaging, most of which is non-recyclable. I try to shop as much as I can at local markets and take my own bags, that way I can reduce the amount of packaging I bring into my home, and subsequently throw away. It means I can also control how much I want to buy, minimising the amount of food I throw into the bin. 

Consume Less 

We can be a lot more environmentally conscious by consuming less and bringing fewer things into our homes. This notion goes hand in hand with the idea of minimising waste, because if we are more mindful of the things we buy and only purchase what we need, we can reduce the amount of waste, production and ultimately harm, which is heavily inflicted on the environment. 

Other Top Tips 

- Carry a canvas bag EVERYWHERE - save plastic and 5 pence a pop when shopping
- Keep your own cutlery in your bag - so you don’t have to use a throwaway plastic set
- Walk as much as possible - saves on emissions and is also good for both mental and physical health
- Take a packed lunch to work - saves on ‘meal-deal’ packaging and is purse friendly 
- Keep hold of your rubbish until you find a bin/recycling bin - how people still litter these days is beyond me 
- Carry a reusable bottle for water 

Madolyn
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AD | Spring Fashion With Femme Luxe | The Casual Edit

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  • Monday, 25 March 2019


As a bit of a homebody, I’m all for wearing comfy clothing whilst I’m pottering about around my flat…

I’ve never been one to stay in my PJs all day. I know that some people absolutely love it, but for some reason I just can’t. I have to get out of bed and get dressed, even if I know I’m spending the day chilling out on my own with no make up on and no intention of going outside. Because of this, I am always on the hunt for clothes that make me feel a little more put-together and productive, but are super comfy and not restrictive in anyway. 

I have added a couple of new pieces to my wardrobe lately that fit this aesthetic perfectly and I have been wearing them pretty much non-stop over the last few weeks.



The first combination is this basic, black and white, cropped tracksuit. I’m not usually a fan of the whole ‘two piece’ however this duo is really comfy and fits like a dream. The bottoms are a skinny fit, which is nice because they almost feel like leggings rather than jogging bottoms. What I like about them is that they are high waisted, perfect for hiding that little food baby, and I find the cut really flattering. Because they have such a basic design and slim fit, they are also perfect to wear to my yoga classes, so I can go straight from slobbing out to working out without having to get changed! It’s the small things right…?

I also really like the fit of the cropped top that is the second part of this tracksuit duo. I really like that it doesn’t have a hood, instead opting for a scooped neckline. I really don’t like that so much leisure/sportswear has hoods on their clothing. I literally never wear a hood unless it is waterproof and it’s raining outside. The fabric is really soft and the placement of the white stripe creates a really sliming and flattering finish. 



Another duo I have loved lately is this really cute, white, lace body and pair of black cotton cycling shorts. Being on the larger side of life when it comes to lady lumps, I can’t often get away without wearing a bra. Obviously when I’m in the flat on my own I don’t need to, but I still like to feel as though I have a little bit of support. This body offers just that as it keeps me slightly more put together, without the constraint and digging-in that comes with wearing a bra. I also feel like the body, although covered up with other clothing, looks really pretty and makes me feel more confident. I even wore it under a shirt on a night out recently and it felt so freeing not to have to wear a bra but still feel supported. 

The black cycling shorts, although not the most flattering of clothing items, is certainly one of the comfiest and most practical! These are perfect to potter about the flat in, and wear with little jumpers. Plus during summer I think they will be perfect to wear underneath dresses without tights – no more awkward picnic sitting - no one will be able to see my underwear! 


Madolyn
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