07/08/2014

iPad Mini: My new beau.



Okay, I'll be honest: I always thought that I was a PC. I use a Windows laptop, I have an (old, dying, in definite need of being put kindly to rest) android phone. The only piece of Apple technology I've been faithful to so far in my life is my iPod. But, now the tides have turned.

You see, now I have an iPad mini. And I love it. I feel like everything has fallen into place. Tweeting and instagramming is no longer an awkward, desperate keysmash on my old phone or the big, ol' laptop. Instead, it's sheer joy!


I'm not going to lie - sometimes I cradle my iPad mini like a baby. Yup. My love runs deep.

I have the 16GB, white version, from Argos (which, has a wide range of iPads available on-line & in-store). It's the perfect size and weight for popping inside your handbag, or getting out in a coffee shop and not feeling like it's taking up half of your table. I sat comfortably on the train with it this weekend and whiled away a tedious journey with a few obsessive games of Beehive Bedlam (I'm totally stuck on level 19, ack). But, the main thing about being an iPad mini owner that has surprised me, is how many awesome fashion apps there are out there, and free ones at that.

Here are the three that I'm becoming inseparable from:

The ASOS app makes shopping (and pre-payday browsing & adding to your saved items) super easy. Plus, all of the ASOS trend guides and editorials are there too, for some quick inspiration before dressing in the morning.


The polyvore app has been one that has totally sucked me in. It's so much nicer to be able to use touch-screen to create collages, rather than using the web version on my PC; and browsing other people's collages on the full screen is such a visual feast.


Instagram may seem pretty obvious, but, honestly, it's probably my favourite fashion focused app. I think this may have something to do with the screen size on the iPad mini being such a perfect size for viewing insta-pics. It just feels like I'm viewing everything at its optimum level on the iPad, and means I get stuck in the #ootd and #fbloggers hash-tags for waaaay longer than I usually do!


All in all, fashion has never felt so forward!

(Written in collaboration with Argos.)

20/07/2014

Metallic(a)


Saint Laurent Paris, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Topshop, Acne 

Silver seems to be the colour I'm most attracted to at the moment & so I am on the hunt for the perfect metallic leather jacket before Autumn swoops in on us!

(Also, you can still vote for She's Dressing Up to be voted Insider's Top blog of the month!)

03/07/2014

Vacation, Vacation, Vacation

[White tunic - Zara, Polka Dot jeans - Matalan, Pink sandals - Topshop,  Black studded bag - Primark]

I went on vacation to Turkey, & it was wonderful. Beautiful skies, tons of tasty food, white sands, blue sea, and time to sit and relax. If only it was compulsory to go away on holiday every month!

Being back in England isn't too bad, though. I opened my emails this morning to see that Style Fruits have selected me as one of their five Insider's Tip Blog of the Month nominees, which is all sorts of lovely! 

You can vote for She's Dressing Up to be their overall Blog of the Month for July here if you'd like!

16/06/2014

Skirt (Around The Issue)

[Tank: H&M, Skirt: River Island, Shoes: Primark]

I own a lot of skirts, but I don't actually, you know, wear them very often, and, since this is what they're designed for, I feel like I should probably start to leave the house in them more. So, this weekend I pulled myself out of my jeans-jeans-jeans comfort zone (I really do love jeans), and wore this lovely skirt I picked up a few weeks ago for only £10 in the River Island sale. And I'm glad I did, because I had the most fun swishing it around everywhere all day -- how grown up of me, right?! 

Dear skirts of my wardrobe, thankyou for putting up with my ignoring you for so long. I promise this will not continue. Yours sincerely, Nicola.

Have a lovely week, everyone!

08/06/2014

Ta-dah: outfit change.


If only I could snap my fingers and then suddenly be wearing this outfit!

02/06/2014

Black, Blue & the obligatory leopard print.

[T-shirt - Urban Outfitters, Jeans - Primark, Boots - Topshop, Clutch - Burman Textiles]

I go on holiday in three weeks, and have started the inevitable descent into "Oh no, I have no holiday clothes" territory. This involves hopelessly staring at my clothing rail and adding way too many items to my basket on the Topshop website. One thing I really do need, though, is some swimwear, so, I'm trying to get into the zone of imagining myself on the beach, ice cold drink in hand before I commit to any purchases!! I think it's working..!