So term has finished, my first year at university over. I thought I would just post a few of the (belated) photos from the summer ball because everyone looked lovely and it was such a nice day.

 

Summer Ball

Joe in his tux

Summer Ball

Group shot

The night was amazing with the vast majority of students at the university attending. Everyone made such an effort with their outfits and got dressed up. The event was held at the York Racecourse and there were fairground rides (not sure how sensible that is with drunk students?), professional photos, a casino and, of course, music.

Summer Ball

Couples shot

Summer Ball

Dress: H&M | Shoes: New Look

I decided that as I wasn’t sure how dressy this event is to go for a blue dress from H&M. It is long and has a chiffon over layer with a shorter underskirt so the legs can be seen. I also love the slits up the sides. The back is really beautiful too and is what attracted me to the dress in the first place. The dress can be seen from the back in one of my previous looks; “Save the Date”, which can be seen on my LookBook if you click here.

 

Summer Ball

Couples shot

The shoes are just a plain black wedge with studding detail on the heel. This gave a little interest without messing with the interest of the dress. They are also super comfy to wear all night long – despite being nearly 6 inches high! My hair has once again changed colour and I decided to put it in a half-up-half-down style. I simply backcombed the top section of my hair from around the top of my ears upwards. I then smoothed it down and pulled it back into one place where it was secured with grips.

Summer Ball

We look far too happy

I wore really simple accessories and had really simple makeup on too. Overall we had an amazing night and enjoyed it so much. Looking forward to next year and hoping to have an amazing summer too!

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

 

I know I’ve been away from my blog for quite a while and I’m sorry for that! I’ve been really busy doing my end of year exams and moving out of halls and into my flat. However, now I’m all sorted and back to blogging; so I’ll pick up where I left off!

 

Shirt: New Look Skirt: Pilot Creepers: Lilley

Shirt: New Look
Skirt: Pilot
Creepers: Lilley

 

Wherever You Need Me: This is a slightly more gothic look than I would usually go for but I quite like it here. It is all-black with a chiffon shirt; buttoned all the way up to keep a crisp edge, a black skirt, black tights and creepers. The creepers really finish the look off with the studding detail, which I really love because they make the shoes really interesting and not just “plain black”. The black vest under the shirt creates a nice shape that can just about be seen by the contrast between the parts of the shirt that have the vest behind and the parts that don’t.

 

Vest: H&M Skirt: H&M Shoes: TK Maxx

Vest: H&M
Skirt: H&M
Shoes: TK Maxx

 

I’m Never Gonna Save The World: I love how cute this top is, I absolutely had to buy it when I saw it. The black background of the vest picks out the black in the tartan skirt. The skirt creates a cute/schoolgirl kind of look that is continued with the t-bar pumps. Both are made a little more edgy however by the colour scheme on the skirt and the studs on the shoes. The hair-tie is matching in with the colour scheme in a dark red/maroon colour also. This is a great everyday outfit due to the casual feel and flat shoes making it easy to walk anywhere.

 

Trilby: H&M Blazer: Oasis Top: Cherokee Leggings: New Look Shoes: H&M

Trilby: H&M
Blazer: Oasis
Top: Cherokee
Leggings: New Look
Shoes: H&M

 

I Always Do: This look incorporates leopard print and leather. The leather leggings begin by creating an edgy but plain base and the t-shirt continues by adding a casual touch with a metallic leopard in leopard print. The shoes also continue the casual vibe as they are just flat ballerina slippers, but they also tie in nicely with the top due to their leopard print. To make the look a little smarter, edgier and preppier I added a black blazer with rolled up sleeves and a trilby. This is perfect for smart/casual occasions, everyday wear and could easily be dressed up with leopard print or black heels or boots.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

Top: New Look Skirt: Pilot Heels: New Look

Top: New Look
Skirt: Pilot
Heels: New Look

 

I’m No Ordinary Girl: This is a great look for everyday to evening wear. It’s quite classy because of the black silhouette with the waist pulled in and then the skirt flaring out to enhance the hips. The all-black look combined with black heels elongates the legs too. The blouse has an all-lace back, which is cute and pretty, yet subtle. This look is all about the simplicity. It could be worn with flat shoes for a more everyday feel or with heels to dress it up for going out in the evening or for a night out. Touches of colour could always be added to liven it up, for example with a belt and/or a bag or even bright shoes.

 

Jacket: New Look Dress: New Look Heels: New Look

Jacket: New Look
Dress: New Look
Heels: New Look

 

The Beat’s In Time: This look is definitely one for evening or night time wear. It is a far more formal look that has quite a classy touch. The dress is figure hugging with a peplum to bring the waist in but enhance the hips. It also has a beautiful dusty-rose print on it. The jacket is thin but keeps the cool off enough and matches in with the pink of the rose print. The little diamond sparkles add some interest and glitter and also tie in nicely with the shoes. The heels have a nice height to them but aren’t so high that they are uncomfortable. They also have a beautiful strap at the front which is covered in glitter, and I personally love a bit of glitter when I’m getting dressed up.

 

Top: New Look Jumper: Gap Skirt: Pilot Shoes: New Look

Top: New Look
Jumper: Gap
Skirt: Pilot
Shoes: New Look

 

Who We Are: This look is a great everyday It keeps me nice and warm living up in the north of England too! The skirt also has a subtle embossed pattern on it which adds a slight interest, without taking away from the jumper. For an everyday look I have tied my hair up in a ponytail and used a big velvet bobble to add texture. The shoes finish the casual edge of the look off as they are just plain white sneakers. The black base of this look gives a great base to interchange many different jumpers to create different looks without changing much at all and when it gets warmer it could be worn without the jumper and with socks instead of tights.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

Top: Zara Shorts: New Look Boots: New Look

Top: Zara
Shorts: New Look
Boots: New Look

 

Can’t be that Difficult to Find: This outfit is tailored and chic; perfect for smarter everyday wear. The shorts are slightly tailored and make for a more subtle focal point to the look because of the muted colour scheme. The top ties in nicely as it is black, creating a black canvas for the outfit along with the tights and boots. The leather shoulder pad detail and the chunky-heeled, cut-out boots add a little edge to the look. The boots are great to walk in all day because of the chunky heel, so they add a nice amount of height without being uncomfortable. The boots could easily be switched up for some black heels and a blazer could be added to make this look a little smarter, perhaps for the office.

 

Necklace: New Look Dress: H&M Clutch: Ted Baker Heels: New Look

Necklace: New Look
Dress: H&M
Clutch: Ted Baker
Heels: New Look

 

Just a Little Bit: This one is definitely a more formal, going-out outfit. The long dress is great as it is a block colour of black with subtle details, such as the cut-out adding interest and the shorter underskirt with longer chiffon skirt which gives the silhouette of the legs and also has slits up both sides so the dress is really easy to walk in. The heels aren’t too high but are a bold statement in silver and glitter and they add a nice tie-in with the statement silver-cage necklace. These two pieces add the most interest to the look. The clutch just finishes the look off nicely with a patent black body and pale gold clasp and hardware. This is a perfect outfit for date night or for a night out.

 

Dress: H&M Clutch Ted Baker Heels: New Look

Dress: H&M
Clutch Ted Baker
Heels: New Look

 

If This Feeling Flows Both Ways: This outfit is also great for a night out. The black dress is very fitting and has lovely nest and studding detail around the top, enhancing my shape. The heels have black and white detail, making them interesting yet subtle and the platform on the heels make them easy to walk in all night long, despite being quite high. The clutch just finishes the look off nicely with a patent black body and gold details. To add a little more edge to the look a leather jacket could be added; especially if it is a little cooler.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

 

Trilby: H&M Blazer: Oasis Dress: New Look Clutch: Ted Baker Socks: Topshop Boots: New Look

Trilby: H&M
Blazer: Oasis
Dress: New Look
Clutch: Ted Baker
Socks: Topshop
Boots: New Look

 

My Boy Builds Coffins: The main piece in this dress is great because it is so flexible in style. Here I have chosen to dress it down and make it into a grunge style outfit. The dress itself is interesting with a black mesh underskirt and a top layer of gold lace. It is really eye catching and interesting. To keep the dress the focal point everything else I added is black. The trilby and cut out boots add an edge and the heels add a little height without being uncomfortable because the heel is chunky. The blazer just keeps the cool off and smartens the look up and finally the frilly socks add a cute edge, keeping it feminine. This is a great smart/casual look for everyday wear or a casual date, lunch, etc.

 

T-Shirt: Grand Canyon Shorts: H&M Shoes: TK Maxx

T-Shirt: Grand Canyon
Shorts: H&M
Shoes: TK Maxx

 

Grand Canyon: This makes a cute, casual outfit for everyday wear. The shorts blend into the tights; elongating my legs, and the flat shoes make this outfit comfortable for everyday wear. The shorts are quite tight so I added a larger t-shirt to balance it out. I love t-shirts with memories like this because they make your look more individual.

 

Blazer: Oasis Dress: H&M Heels: New Look

Blazer: Oasis
Dress: H&M
Heels: New Look

 

Once in a Lullaby: This look is great for evening wear, or smarter occasions. The dress is quite dressed up in itself with lovely patterning on it. The colours of the dress are similar, adding a subtlety to the outfit. The heels are black with teal panels to add further interest to the outfit. For a smarter edge or to keep the cool off.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

 

Top: Next Skirt: Pilot Shoes: TK Maxx

Top: Next
Skirt: Pilot
Shoes: TK Maxx

 

Like I Was Never Here: This is a great monochrome outfit. The skirt flares out nicely with a skater style, making the outfit feminine by bringing the waist in and enhancing the hips. The skirt has a subtle embossed patterning on it; adding a little interest without being too obvious. The top is just a plain white, long sleeved top; something I think is essential to every girl’s wardrobe. It is great for the autumn and winter, through to the spring to keep the cool off. Continuing with the monochrome theme I just added black tights and some cute T-bar ballet flats with studs. The outfit is overall quite cute and girly but chic due to the monochrome aspect. This outfit is perfect for everyday wear and casual days.

 

Top: New Look Shorts: H&M Boots: New Look

Top: New Look
Shorts: H&M
Boots: New Look

 

If You Could See Me Now: This is quite an edgy look due to some of the elements of the outfit. Firstly the most obvious is the leather shorts. These are really flattering because they are high-waisted, perfect for day-to-night, and add some edge to any look. The top I’d cropped and has a cute daisy print in it but this had been made more edgy by the black and white of the print. The boots have a chunky heel, making them comfortable for all day, everyday wear and the buckles and cut-out detail add interest and again, a little edge. The fact I have added black tights means that the outfit becomes quite subtle with just a little skin showing above the shorts and below the top. This look is great for everyday but could easily be dressed up for a night out with some accessories.

 

Dress: H&M Boots: New Look

Dress: H&M
Wedges: New Look

 

Standing in the Hall of Fame: This look is great for a night out or a more formal occasion. The heels add some great height but because they are wedges are super comfy. Keeping the outfit completely black means that the subtle details aren’t drowned out like they usually would be, for example the studs on the heels and the mesh neckline on the dress. The dress is of a flattering shape, with a sweetheart neckline and mesh above it, a tight top and a flared skater skirt. This dress could easily be taken into a warmer season by taking the tights off, or into a colder one by adding a blazer. To go out I would probably take my hair down and add a clutch and some bracelets and rings, so it can easily be personalised or changed – you could even add a belt to enhance the waistline or add some colour.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

 

Necklace: New Look Top: Dorothy Perkins Jeans: New Look Socks: Topshop Boots: New Look

Necklace: New Look
Top: Dorothy Perkins
Jeans: New Look
Socks: Topshop
Boots: New Look

 

Do You Still Believe In Love: I don’t wear jeans often but here I love the casual style they create. The rolled up ends of the jeans allow the cute and girly frilly socks to be seen. The boots add a little height but are still really comfortable and easy to walk in due to the chunky heel. The top is slightly cropped and has a dusty rose print on which is really lovely and also subtly feminine. The necklace adds a little more interest to the look as well. I love the laid back nature of this look and it is perfect for everyday wear.

 

Top: Zara Skirt: H&M Boots: New Look

Top: Zara
Skirt: H&M
Boots: New Look

 

To The Beat: I have been loving plaid/tartan lately and this skirt is my favourite. The bold and bright colour make it the focal point of the outfit. It has great details with the pleats. The rest of the outfit is black to tie in with the pattern on the skirt, however there are subtleties in the other items that add an edge to this outfit. The leather shoulder pads on the top and the cut-out detail and buckles on the boots definitely add some edge. This outfit is great for everyday to smarter wear.

 

Trilby: H&M Top: Urban Outfitters Dungarees: New Look Boots: New Look

Trilby: H&M
Top: Urban Outfitters
Dungarees: New Look
Boots: New Look

 

Looking For A Reason Why: This outfit is great because it gives a certain nostalgia for me. As a 90s baby I was often dressed in dungarees by my mother and these dungaree shorts are a great, more grown-up version of something I wore as a child. They are really comfy and the cropped top underneath is feminine with the lace and cut-out at the back. This is a really feminine and cute look for everyday wear but has been brought into adult appropriate wear by changing the styles and adding heeled boots. The monochrome colour scheme, buckled and cut-out, heeled boots and trilby add an edge to this look to make it more chic.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

 

Cardigan: M&S Top: Charity Shop Dungarees: New Look Boots: Next

Cardigan: M&S
Top: Charity Shop
Dungarees: New Look
Boots: Next

 

Just Say Yes: This is a great casual outfit for everyday wear because of the flat boots. It takes me forever to choose flat ankle boots and I found these are perfect, they are so comfy. The pattern on the shirt adds a little colour to an all black base. The dungaree shorts are really cute and the ribbon in my hair adds to that cute element. Finally the cardigan is just to keep me warm.

 

Dress: H&M Clutch: Ted Baker Heels: New Look

Dress: H&M
Clutch: Ted Baker
Heels: New Look

 

Save The Date: I love this outfit so much, the dress is gorgeous with a plain front and interesting back making it subtle but quite sexy at the same time. I decided to keep it simple and keep the attention on the dress by wearing black wedges and adding a black clutch. The wedges mean it’s comfy to walk around all night and dance away but with a great amount of extra height. This is perfect for formal events or dates.

 

Trilby: H&M Top: Topshop Leggings: New Look Socks: Topshop Boots: New Look

Trilby: H&M
Top: Topshop
Leggings: New Look
Socks: Topshop
Boots: New Look

 

I’m Waking Up: I wear these leggings really frequently because they are comfy and casual but look quite chic and smart. The bottom half of my outfit is tight so I’ve gone for a loose fitting top. The print on this top is amazing and it is definitely the focal point of the outfit. To dress this look up a little but still make it suitable for everyday wear I added chunky heeled boots and frilly socks. This just adds a feminine touch. The trilby adds a little edge to the look and it is a complete everyday look of casual chic.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

 

Top: M&S Skirt: New Look Heels: New Look

Top: M&S
Skirt: New Look
Heels: New Look

 

Issues With My Sleep: I love the textures in this look. The leather skirt is edgy yet feminine and the top is a velvet top with ribbing in it. It has lovely colour effects due to different angles on the velvet. The studs on the wedges also add an edge to the look. The black wedges and same coloured tights elongate my legs, which is really flattering. This is a great look for a night out, with a leather jacket or blazer on top if it gets colder, or take away the tights if it is warmer. The wedges give you great height but are really comfy to walk in so they’re wearable all night for a night out!

 

Top: French Connection Bag: New Look Leggings: New Look Socks: Topshop Boots: New Look

Top: French Connection
Bag: New Look
Leggings: New Look
Socks: Topshop
Boots: New Look

 

Fast Times: I love this look for a more casual day. The leather effect of the leggings and the heels make it more chic and edgy so it isn’t too laid back but the floral frilly socks add a cute element to the outfit. The heels are chunky so they’re easy to walk in all day long but boost you up a couple of inches, making your legs look longer. The oversized t-shirt is the main interest of the outfit due to the striped pattern. Due to the size it is a slouchy top, but the waist remains defined by tucking it into the leggings slightly at the front – great for those days you don’t feel like dressing up too much! The bag is easy to carry around all day and has plenty of room for all your stuff. Overall this is a great everyday, casual look.

 

Jumper: H&M Dress: Charity Shop Creepers: Lilley

Jumper: H&M
Dress: Charity Shop
Creepers: Lilley

 

Long, Long, Long Time: This is a look for colder days when you want to wear a big jumper. The dress underneath is girly and feminine in shape and has a cute bird print on it too. My silhouette can be seen, as well as the occasional glimpse of the pattern on the top of the dress, through the holes in this loose-knit jumper. This keeps the look more chic and less slouchy. Creepers are a great way to add height without wearing heels. They add a little to your height without the pain of heels. These ones have studs for interest too. This is perfect for more comfy, slouchy days.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

 

Trilby: H&M Dress: New Look Boots: New Look

Trilby: H&M
Dress: New Look
Boots: New Look

 

End The Politics: This dress is so┬ásimple in shape and easy to wear, yet chic at the same time. The baroque print is subtle due to the dark blue on black. It is edged nicely with faux-leather binding around the sleeves and neckline. It’s great because this dress can be girly with sandals or pumps, or it can be edgy with boots with buckles or spikes etc. I have taken a more edgy look here by adding chunky heeled boots with large buckles and a trilby. Due to the weather at the time it also happens to have tights with the outfit because it was cold. This is perfect for chic, easy everyday wear.

 

Trilby: H&M Dress: Charity Shop Boots: New Look

Trilby: H&M
Dress: Charity Shop
Boots: New Look

 

Give Me Reason: This is similar to the last look in that it is a dark dress with a simple print, here it is more contrasting however. It is also similar because of my choice to make this look edgy rather than girly. The bird print on the dress is quite feminine and cute, but paired with chunky heeled, buckled, cut-out boots, black tights and a black trilby it becomes a much more edgy look. Again this is great for everyday wear because it is really comfy and simple. It could easily be smarted up with a black blazer or jacket and you could add gold jewellery; either subtle or statement. The great thing about accessorising this look is it is simple enough to take some statement pieces, but also has enough interest to only have subtle pieces that won’t be drowned out.

 

Jacket: New Look Top: Urban Outfitters Dungarees: New Look Boots: New Look

Jacket: New Look
Top: Urban Outfitters
Dungarees: New Look
Boots: New Look

 

A Likely Story: This is a more grown up version of something I used to wear as a child. The dungaree-shorts are really cute and girly, which is added to by the floral lace top. however, there is an edge brought to this look by the dark tights, chunky boots, buckle hardware and leather jacket. I love taking cute and girly looks and adding some items to make them edgier because it makes the outfits far more versatile and quickly grows them up while still being feminine. This is a great casual look for everyday wear and having my hair tied up with a ribbon adds a finishing touch to this look.

 

Love xx

Twitter: @bethh_lauren
Instagram: @beth_fashionn
LookBook: lookbook.nu/laurelelizabeth

 

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