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What to Buy on Black Friday

Interior Laredoute

I feel like La Redoute is one of those websites that is always dishing out discount codes. If I recall correctly for Black Friday last year, they were offering 50% off everything – including sale items. This year, though they are only offering 40% off, their sale has actually started way earlier than Black Friday itself.

I’m always hesitant to buy clothes from them because the sizes are always off. Nonetheless, I have my eyes on a few items for my girls. However, what I want to highlight today are their homeware bits. I don’t think there is ever a time when I’m not decorating my home. I literally live in TK Maxx. I’ve found quite a few things on La Redoute that I was put off from buying due to how expensive they were. However, with this code, I think the price is finally right. Black Friday                                                   Round Gold Coloured Metal Tray | From £45 t £27

Black and White Rug | From £69 to £41.40

Black and Gold Bedside Table | From £99 to 59.40

Gold Mirror | From £55 to £33

Mesia Candle Holder | From £59 to £39.40 for the largest

Ikalo Two-Colour Metal Vase | From £35 each to £21

Zafi Cushion Cover | From £27 each to £20

 

Fashion Trends Spring/Summer 17

Reiss Dress

It’s always a bit weird attending preview events. Although the weather feels like -10 outside, I’m ooh-ing and ahh-ing at summer clothes. I recently attended a few S/S16 fashion press previews in order to get a better idea of upcoming fashion trends for spring/summer 17. I spotted a few trends which I think will be very popular for the coming season.

Saying this might sounds like the biggest cliche but I don’t follow trends. Instead, I let it inspire what I wear. There are certain trends I know just won’t suit my body type ( big butt and mum tum).

  1. Embroidery  – This began to trickle in for Autumn/Winter and from what I saw, it’s going to explode come Spring/Summer. Everything from denims to suede will carry a spot of embroidery. I saw a red floral embroidery on a striped shirt at Matalan’s press day and it was love at first sight.
  2. Off the Shoulder – I can’t even tell you how happy I am to see this trend will still be available come Spring/Summer 17. In this post, I explained how I thought it possessed a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that oozes sexiness and elegance alike.
  3. Athleisure/Sports Luxe  –  Comfort and style is all we fashionistas pray for ( aside from world peace of course). It was great to see even Reiss, known for their tailoring dipping their toes into this trend. I noticed a pair of suede trainers at their press day that I now need to have. This is definitely a trend any mum can wear. Especially on the school run. This leopard print trainers from  Marc Cain is also on my wish list.
  4. Rainbow  – At the Next S/S17 press day, I spotted a cardigan with a rainbow coming out of one pocket and into another and instantly noted it down as a must-have for Amelia! Moving on to the Alex and Alexa press day and it clear as daylight – rainbow is an upcoming childrenswear trend. It looks like Jools Oliver’s Little Bird collection may be the inspo behind this. At the Mothercare press day, I got a peak at her next collection. Let’s just say you’ll want it all.
  5. Prints – Who remembers that scene from from ‘Devil Wears Prada’ where Amanda Priestley goes ‘ Florals… for spring? Groundbreaking. That’s what this trend reminded me of. However, what makes it different is the types of prints. Aside from the usual florals, there are also geometric, stripes and various other style prints. My fave so far was at one I saw at the George at Asda press day.
Pink Converse

Converse at Alex and Alexa

Leopard Print trainers

Marc Cain

Spring Summer George at Asda

George at Asda

Rainbow Trends

Littlebird Clothing by Jools Oliver

Warm Stylish Coats for Girls

Winter Kids Coats

Using the word ‘freezing’ to describe the wether in London at the moment would not even be an exaggeration. I think because of how long the cold weather took to kick in, we all got comfortable. October felt so warm and many of us could still get away with leaving the house with no jacket.

Fast forward to November and things have changed. The crisp air came out of nowhere and slapped us on the face. Quite hard might I add. As a mother, one of my main worries during the cold season is ‘ how do I keep my kids warm?’ The ailments associated with Autumn/Winter is something I far too familiar with as I’m sure you are too.

Leaving the house when it’s cold is inevitable. However, if I had a choice, I’d stay coup up in my house all winter long. One of the ways in which I keep the kids warm when we do have to go out is by wearing them really warm coats. The same way I love buying coats and jackets for myself is the way I love to get some for the kids. Here are some of the warmest ones on the market right now.

Everything from fur liners to shearling collars, paired with the right accessories, kids are bound to be warm. No longer do you have to pick between style and practicality thanks to the like of Next, Boden and La Redoute.

How to Tie a Turban/Headwrap and my YouTube return

When my is looking like a mess with no way to salvage it, the only way option I have is a headwrap. I get loads of people asking me how I tied it so I decided to make a video on YouTube about it.

I have a love/hate relationship with YouTube. Love in the sense that I go on the platform at least once a week to watch some of my fave YouTubers. However, I hate being in front of the camera. The first time I gave making videos a try was in 2014. But the whole editing process put me off.

I love reading and writing but with two children, I never seem to find the time to do any. SoI’ve found that it’s easier to just put on a video and get on with other things. This got me thinking about producing such content for my blog readers who may also be like this.

I’m still unsure on what kind of content I’ll be making videos on because lets not lie Joy to the World is a mish mash of everything. I want my YouTube channel to be more refined. I want it to be a place that I can interact, give information and for people to get to know me and my family. So to kick thing off, I’m showing you how to tie a turban/ headwrap in three easy steps. After you watch it, please subscribe to my channel as I begin this adventure.

 

7 Things to Buy for a Stylish Autumn

Hoody FASHION

Despite the fact that every blogger, their mum and their neighbours may claim that Autumn is their favourite season, I much prefer spring and can tolerate summer. As long as it’s not ridiculously hot because that makes me really uncomfortable.

Aside from the fact that I’m no longer required to shave, I don’t see what the colder season has to offer. I hate the fact that it gets dark earlier plus I hate halloween ( yes! ). Oh, I also hate having to put the heating on. Ugh, this post is sounding like a real moan-fest isn’t it?

The morning air is colder, it’s getting darker earlier and the leaves are crunching beneath our feet. All that can only mean one thing – Autumn is officially in full swing. With the new season comes a new dilemma, a sartorial one. Out goes the vests, the floral dresses and the simple sandals and in comes the chunky knits, layering and tights. Here are seven things to buy for an instantly stylish autumn. 

 

Off The Shoulder

Winter Outfit

Autumn

Autumn Outfit

 

Winter Outfit

Zara Coat (Similar) / Zara Dress / Adidas Trainers

The return of the crisp air is truly disheartening. Autumn is officially here and I’m not ready for it. No longer can I just pop on a vest, a pair of jeans and some sandals and then walk out the door.  Nor am I ready to give up on wearing this Off The Shoulder dress. I now have to think about staying warm. Coats, jumpers, boots. Ugh, I hate the cold.

I’m not ready to give up on off the shoulder clothing. They possess a certain je ne sais quoi. A slight reveal of the décolletage oozes sexiness and elegance. Recently, I’ve found myself leaning towards this style more and more. I’ve lost count of the amount of clothing I have of this style. I’m yet to find a way to incorporate them into my A/W wardrobe.

I got this black number from Zara recently and I absolutely love it! It’s available in a denim blue as well and I’ve been trying my hardest to not get it. As the weather is still somewhat warm, I got  away with wear it with no tights and a coat draped over my shoulders You know, like the fashion editors do it. Since fracturing my elbow, I’ve had more of an excuse to dress this way. My daughter thinks I look silly but who cares.

The off the shoulder dress is my style down to a Tee. It is generous enough to hide my mum tum, black because who does like black clothing and it has pockets. As the weather gets colder, I see myself pairing with with a pair of boots and a massive coat to keep warm. But for now, I’ve gone for something simple.

P.S I now have a blogging buddy, so expect to see more outfit posts. Visit her blog to see the pictures I took of her ‘ off duty look’.

 

Cold Shoulder

Cold Shoulder

Cold shoulder, off-the-shoulder, ruffle blouse or whatever you call this style of top have taken the fashion world by storm. Zara, Topshop, H&M and even Next have a variant fit for any fashionista’s wardrobe.
In my opinion, the cold shoulder trend is very versatile, hence why I love it so much. It can be dressed up or dressed down depending on preference.

I searched high and low for the perfect one before settling for this blue one from Zara. It ticked all the boxes of what I was looking for. I wanted some made from some sort of cotton or linen material, long enough to cover my belly and in a vibrant colour.

What I also found so great about this top is that it provides a certain level of sex appeal with out the wearer actually showing much. Gone are the days when showing legs or cleavage were the only form of sexy. With a little peek of the shoulder, there is enough skin on display without looking trashy.

My wishlist of these style top is as long as one of the Harry Potter books. I’ve spotted some in River Island, Mango and New Look that have left me wanting buy, buy, buy.

Cold Shoulder

Cold Shoulder

 

 

Flared Up

Flared Up

There are certain trends that experience a revival and I’m like “nope” not for me.  One of them is the cropped top – not because I hate them but because my mum-tum just won’t allow it. However, when it comes to the return of flared jeans? I’m all flared up.

I’m still searching for the perfect pair for my shape but for now, this one from New Look will act as a stand in. Aside from 90s fashion, I absolutely love the 70s. The revival of this era is such a bold yet simple trend to follow. With one piece, take these jeans for example, you can dip your toes in without looking like an extra member of ABBA. I do wish I had enough confidence to wear there Extra Wide Trousers from Zara though.

This summer, I foresee myself destroyed denim and flared jeans especially during my holiday. I can already imagine it – a nice white broderie anglaise top with deep blue flared jeans like MiH’s Marrakesh.
Flared Up Flared Up

 

 

Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

As a parent, there are certain situations that leave you jumping for joy. Recently, this child of mine has left me feeling all kinds of proud and the only way to express the sheer joy I felt was to jump for joy!

Since turning 7, this little madam has gone from strength to strength. She amazes me in ways that are indescribable. In her recent SATs, I was proud to hear how well she’d done. The idea of children her age being tested was one I disagreed with greatly but non the less I encouraged her to do her best. I’m not the type to put pressure on her because, well that is wrong. The little encouragement I provided and the effort we put in her homework has definitely reflected in her abilities.
Jumping for Joy

School is not the only place she amazes me. At home, she is an incredible sister albeit sometimes impatient. However today, it’s her sense of style that has left me jumping for joy. For Easter, which feels like yonks ago now, we were offered the chance to pick an outfit from Next. With it being so close to her birthday, I put the powers in her hands – as Paddy Mcguiness would say. The outcome? Great actually. We browsed through the endless selection on the next website and this is what she picked – the Pink Jewel Trim Shift Dress and Pink Cut Out Sandals.

I was so chuffed and maybe slightly surprised with her selections. The dress is the perfect blend of dressed up but not in an OTT way. With wedding season upon us, I’m sure we’ll get a lot of wear out of it. I also loved the sandals. I have been searching a similar pair for her younger sister. It’s also available in black which I’m considering for myself as we are going on holiday soon – however its constantly sold out!

Jumping for Joy
Jumping for Joy

Gucci Marmont Loafer

Gucci Marmont Loafer

Being a journalist is fun and sometimes it can be glam but let me tell you right now, I don’t earn big bucks. That said, my pocket can only stretch so far. When it comes to style, in recent months the saying “eyes bigger than belly” definitely applies. My style is far greater than my pocket pocket. I now have a strong desire for items that would take up a huge chunk of my pay check.

Gucci Marmont Loafer

To curb this behaviour, I look for high street dupes of the items I covet. These Gucci Marmont Loafer leather courts are currently at the top of my wishlist. i don’t just want them, I NEED them! though they come in other colours, I think the gold variant is more for me. The block heel, paired with the fringe detail and interlocking ‘G’ make them the perfect dressed up but still dressed down pair of shoes. I can see it styled with a pair of boyfriend jeans or perhaps a midi skirt. I do have to say though they are manrepeller shoes but who cares when style and comfort have been blended so beautifully,

At £495 for a pair, it’ll take a couple of months for me to save up enough to get a pair. I managed to track down a pair of look-a-likes from H&M that would work well as a placeholder and for £24.99 it’s a steal! I’m not keen on the metallic finish on the H&M pair though but for now, they’ll do.

A Year in Outfits

A Year in Outfits

We are two weeks into the new year and I am still in reflective mode. A Year in Outfits is a post I started doing a couple of years ago as a way to see how my style has changed. If you’ve read my recent post titled Goals, then I don’t think I need to repeat myself about 2015 being my best year yet. I got a new job, met amazing people and turn 25! But all in all for me 2015 for me was the year my style took a turn. I believe I finally know what suits me.

I started my job working for a magazine in July and since then, I have struggled to blog. When you write during the day, it’s hard to come home and want to write some more. I suffered a massive case of writers block at one point which led to me neglecting my blog. But inspiration returned when I decided to have redesign. I changed it quite a few times but I think I’ve finally found a layout I’m happy with.

Food blogging became a core part of my blog this year. I got the opportunity to review some great restaurants. You can all my reviews here . Furthermore, towards the end of the year, I also began posting more beauty bits which has been pretty fun to do. I never realised how much I loved beauty!

I realised that when it came to blogging, one of my weakness was that I didn’t really believe in my blog and its potential. I’ve had some amazing opportunities come my way thanks to Joy to The World but I’ve never truly believe it could be something special. Many people I spoke to towards the end of last year may recall me saying this. This year, I plan on believing that my s*** smells the greatest. My this I mean, I plan believing that the content I produce has the ability to contend with the big names of blogging.

Last year saw me learn how to use a DSLR properly.  Using my new found skills and a tripod in tow ( sometimes my oldest daughter ) I ventured into the world of taking outdoor outfit posts. Its been an enjoyable journey. Looking back, I love every outfit I wore. In previous ‘Year in Outfits’ posts, I look at some of the things I wore and look away in shame but this year, I think every single one was a hit.

This year, I hope to explore my style on a deeper level. Try out new brands – Monki is slowly becoming a fave of mine again.

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Clarks Desert Boots

My first job was in Clarks and everytime during my shifts, I’d stand and admire as parents waltz in – kids in tow to get their feet measured and buy a new pair of shoes.

I’m not going to lie and say it was my fave job ever, but what I can say is that it was a very memorable job. I loved calling out the different shoe names in the walkie-talkie because they were just so funny. Over time, I I memorised the names and the various style of shoes.
Clarks Desert Boots

Aside from their sandals and the Wallabees, one of their most popular shoes has to be the Desert Boots. Available for men, women, boys and girls these shoes often sell out fast. I’ve always wanted a pair but after trying them on, I didn’t think they suited me. However, that hasn’t stopped me from still desiring them. Designed in 1949 by Nathan Clark the Desert Boot was inspired by a rough boot from Cairo’s Old Bazaar. An instant hit, it became the footwear of choice for off-duty army officers.

When the opportunity to get the Clarks Desert Boots for one of my girls fell on my lap, I couldn’t help but say yes. Out of the wide range available, I chose to go for the classic brown leather aka beeswax. With hindsight, I should have gone for the black or vintage pink suede because according to CeCe “ These are for boys” which they actually are. To be honest, I was thinking more about my style than hers when I ordered them(Ooops)

Clarks Desert Boots

Because CeCe has a bit of a flat foot which requires insoles to fix, I’m very weary of the shoes I buy for her. Should they not be moulded correctly, I go a size up and use her custom insoles. I found that Clarks’ Desert Boot was not an issue thanks to the inclusion of signature crepe sole that’s been subtly reinterpreted in a hardwearing, textured rubber that’s perfect for active kids. I love the fit of these shoes and how they look on the feet.

The iconic shoe combines style and comfort, something we rarely see nowadays. I can’t wait to show you how I’ve styled them. Hint – Dungarees are involved!

The Perfect Leather Jacket

If I recall correctly, it was about four years ago that I discovered my perfect leather jacket. The fit, the style and the price was simply perfect. You can imagine the sadness I felt when said leather jacket fell apart ( literally) last month. It initially began falling about last year. However, the thought of having to hunt for one just as perfect was so daunting, I kept putting it off.

My style is very here and there. – one minute I’m a minimalist and the next I’m a full on tomboy. My perfect leather jacket would be slightly cropped at the back, but longer at the from. It would be biker style but without any buckle detail. It has to be loose enough for me to wear chunky knits underneath. Now do you see why its been hard to find one.

I took a trip recently to Zara because I’d  come across what seemed to be the perfect one online. I spent a good two hours walking around the store going back and forth from changing room to shop floor before I came across this beauty. Now, it doesn’t have all the characteristics I was initially after but when I saw the price, I fell in love. At 19.99, this leather jacket is very close to perfect. I love the fit, the peplum detail and the silver hardware. The only downside was that they ran out of the large size in all their Central London store ( boo!

Styling it was pretty fun. I opted for my oversized denim shirt from Boohoo and my fave thigh high boots from next. Had it not been a very cold day, the H&M skirt I was wearing would have had to go. What do you think? Yay or Nay to this outfit?
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#CharliXCX4Boohoo

#CharliXCX4Boohoo

At 23, Charli XCX exudes the kind of confidence I wish I had at that age, maybe even now. She wears what she wants regardless of how risqué it may be. Her song Boom Clap is constantly on replay, with me and CeCe bellowing the lyrics.

#CharliXCX4Boohoo

When I received the email about her collaboration with Boohoo, I was intrigued. I wondered if they’d be able to encapsulate her style and indeed they need. The collection which launched today features items like these Glitter Peep Toe Platforms and this Sparkle Strappy Slip dress. The collaboration will then continue over an 18 month period where a further 3 collections will be designed and launched.

Boohoo managed to attain the 90s-ness of her style. Pieces like the Faux Fur Detachable Cuffs and the Wool Beret hat are characteristics of Clueless which we’re all aware that Charli XCX is a fan of.

“I had so much fun designing pieces for the boohoo winter collection. I can’t wait to get it out there and to wear it myself. It’s sparkly cute and sexy. I hope everyone loves it! “Charli XCX”

To celebrate the launch, I styled this outfit as a nod to the era I was born into. When it comes to fashion, to me the 90s had two things to offer, skimpy clothes or oversized items. Thanks to my mum-tum, I opted for the latter as my go-to style.

High necks tops are all the rage right now. I love the fact that this one is sleeveless which means I can layer it without getting hot. I pair it with a oversized denim shirt which reminds me a little of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

For more information or to view the whole #CharliXCX4Boohoo collection click here.

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90s OOTD

Prescription Sunglasses

Following my visit in 2012, which I reviewed, I went back to Specsavers for an eye test and a new pair of glasses. This time however, I opted for a pair of prescription sunglasses by Cheap Monday.

For as long as I can remember, I have always admired people who can throw on a pair of sunglasses whenever the sun glared. I’ve been wearing glasses ‘full time’ since I was 14 years old because I have myopia aka shortsightedness. My prescriptions started off as little as -1.50 but at my most recent check up, I have gone up to -5.25!
prescription sunglasses

I went through a long period where I only wore contact lenses but was scarred after I read a story online. I immediately went back to my glasses. Prescription sunglasses is something I’d heard about but never had the chance to try. Specsavers recently offered me a voucher to get a new pair of glasses and I was beyond excited!

The last Specsavers I went to was the Tottenham Court Road branch. I was pleased with the range that they had and the brilliant service they provided. However, I went to my local branch this time. I wish I hadn’t because I was displeased with everything about this branch. Everything proved hard. From getting an appointment to getting my questions answered. I understand that each store is part-owned and managed by its own directors so I won’t let this experience taint my view of the whole brand.

prescription sunglasses

I initially chose the Converse 21 frames but changed by mind when I saw Jess from Look What I Got rocking her Cheap Monday Gun Sun RX prescription sunglasses. Like Jess, I decided to go for Cheap Monday, but I chose the Laurel Sun RX instead.

I adore tortoiseshell. In fact I think all my glasses in the past 5 years have been tortoiseshell. I like the fact that it sits within various colour families like black and brown. When I saw the Cheap Monday Laurel Sun RX, I had an AHHH HAAA moment. Although, I’m not normally one to go for glasses with thin hands especially when I have a toddler can decided to rip them off my face at any time. I quite like the wood effect of these frames and the subtle details.

Specsavers Sunglasses

ASOS Saved Items

ASOS Saved Items

I have a problem, in fact, it’s somewhat of an addiction now. My ASOS saved items section is never empty. Whenever I’m bored, I just browse ASOS. I know fully well that I’m not going to purchase anything but I get satisfaction from selecting my desired colour and then my size before saving for late.

My list often consists of must-haves, these are items that are suitable all year round like a white shirt of a leather jacket. I then also have seasonal items for example, this season I’m lusting after a pair of chelsea boots like these. I also find that my saved item tend to be  similar coloured items.

These are the items I’m currently obsessing over as I patiently wait for them to miraculously appear in my wardrobe.

ASOS Saved Items

ASOS Denim Longline T-Shirt Dress With Split

ASOS Oversized Boyfriend Shirt With Curved Hem

Missguided Tailored Blazer Coat

ASOS MIMI Pointed Flat Shoes

Converse All Star Sawyer Suede Ox Plimsolls

Monki Oversized Check Shirt Swing Dress

Park Lane Mid Leather Chelsea Boots

 

Aso-Ebi

This year, my birthday was also the day of my husband’s best friend’s wedding and this was the Aso-Ebi. If you haven’t already been to or come across a Nigerian wedding before then let me tell you. They are big deals.

Nigerians go all out when it comes to weddings. Before the ‘white’ wedding day, a traditional engagement ceremony is held. Guests are informed the colours or fabric of the day which they have to adhere. For example, friends of the bride must wear blue, mother of the groom and her friends would wear gold etc. This is done so guests at the event can easily identify which ‘clan’ attendees belong to.

Aso-Ebi

At the wedding I attended, the colour code for my ‘clan’ was silver. My husband being one o the groomsmen was required to wear a white outfit with a silver hat. I, being his wife had to wear a silver ‘gele’ ( Nigerian head tie ) with what ever colour I desired. I chose yellow simply because it’s one of my favourite colours.

My attire was designed by me and sewn by a local tailor in under 5 days! When it comes down to Aso-Ebi there is always a trend. When my older brother got married in 2013, velvet aso-ebi was all the rage. Fast-forward to 2015 and it is all about cord lace. With much animosity, I opted for ‘dry lace’ as my fabric of choice. To bring it to 2015, I designed an off-the-shoulder deep v-neck midi dress. Which I ended up falling head over heels for. My fondness for this dress was due to how it accentuated my curves.

Aso-Ebi

Although I am not pictured wearing my gele, I can tell you it was very silver in colour to this one by ‘Queens of Gele’ My shoes are the Carvela Lotty which are super comfy.

I was so happy when I managed to get matching yellow dress for CeCe and Amelia. I didn’t even mind so much that the Crochet Dress from Zara was more of a mustard yellow because the 4 year size fit Amelia so well.

Aso-Ebi

Walk a Mile

Walk a Mile in My Shoes

The fashion industry is a billion dollar industry. Each year, brands, designers and retailers churn out new collections which we all rush to get. I have always been fascinated by how it operates. From a simple idea to a full blown collection like the new Deichmann X Hanelli Mustaparta collection. However, what gives me the most joy ( pun intended) about this amazingly large money making industry is its ability to hold hands with other industries and help change the lives of many. Sometimes, we don’t have to walk a mile in someones shoes to understand there lives.

In the UK alone, 1 in 25 people are affected by some form of genetic disorder. My passion has always been to combine charity work and fashion because I truly believe fashion can save lives. I’m not the only one that believes this because charities like Save the Children and Genetic Disorder UK have major fundraising events like Jeans for Genes and Christmas Jumper Day that encourage people to make a donation whilst making a fashion statement.

This year’s Jeans for Genes Day is this Friday and when I came across these blue threaded Chunky Chelsea Boots from the collection my immediate thought was that they would look AMAZING with a pair of jeans!

Mustaparta’s collection for the German shoe chain epitomises style and comfort. It is rare for me to say this but I can truly see myself gallivanting in each pair. You all know about my love for skater shoes and thigh high boots and I’d explained how I thought the Chelsea boots were perfect for Jeans for Genes Day but can we take a moment to appreciate these ankle boots?

hanneli mustaparta Colllection

Deichmann Boots Collection

Hanneli and Deichmann

I am wearing my fav Boohoo Fluid Trench with Grey Jeans from Zara and Sleeveless long shirt from Monki. The bag in from Primark and the Watch is Daniel Wellington.

Oversized Blue Shirt

Twist out

My love for cotton shirts has now reached a new height. I have 3 whites, 2 printed and I’ve just added this oversized blue shirt to the collection. One of the reasons I love cotton shirt is because they so airy and ideal for a casual smart look in the summer but can also be layered in the winter.

Oversized Blue Shirt

This oversized blue shirt is from H&M and in fact when it comes to shirts, H&M is my go to place. The fit is always just right. They always have a wide range to chose from . Coloured, patterns and plain white. What I particularly like about this blue is the oversized fit.  I can wear in a wide range of ways. Possibly even as a dress if I was feeling brave.

On this occasion, I wore it with a pair of white jeans ( similar here ), tan sandals ( similar here )and a saddle bag. For a pop of colour, I add this John Rocha scarf from Debenhams.

Oversized Blue Shirt

Outfit Round Up

The second half 2015 is in full swing and there’s just a month till my birthday. I am now officially in reflective mode. I am thinking about my achievements, setting new goals and basically trying to better myself.

One of the ways in which I am doing this is through my style so I thought I’d do an outfit round up showing you my favourite outfits so far this year.

Looking at these images, I can definitely see a difference. I am taking more risks with my outfits. Even my photo editing has change. The bottom of this outfits collage shows images from the beginning of the year whilst the top half shows more recent images.

I am loving simple pieces that make a statement like the yellow and black dress which reminds me of the Snapchat icon and the green ankara top I wore recently with a pair of jeans.

I noticed that the Zara wrap skirt is a huge favourite of mine. As well as the Primark limited edition bag which is pictured below three times!

To view more outfit posts click here
Outfit Round Up

Summer Fayre

The end of the school year is almost upon us. ( 9 Days to go ) Yes I am counting. With this comes the endless activities organised by the school. Sports days, last minute school trips and even a summer fayre in included for us.

Yesterday, seeing as CeCe attends a faith school which is linked to our parish, we headed to their annual  summer fayre for a fun filled family day. Though the day didn’t start off as we’d hope ( Ugh rain! ), it turned out to be an absolutely fun day. A much needed one might I add. There was lots of food, sweets and great company involved. You can even spot my sister in law in one of the images!

Leather Peplum Top

Summer Fayre

As a young parent, I am often judged by the other parents at CeCe’s school. Without talking to me they’ve already made presumptions. Due to this, I tend to just keep to myself and talk only when I absolutely have to. The summer fayre was a good way to network with these people and show them that their presumptions were actually incorrect.

I tried to dress as casual as possible but Sundays  are my yummy mummy days. As I write, I’ve come to realise that I am decked out in Zara. The Leather Peplum Top, Light Indigo Body Curve Jeggings ( Similar ), Colour Block Heels and Reversible Bag (Similar ) are all from Zara. Its an addiction.

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Heatwave

Recently on Joy to The World, I noticed that I am always talking about the weather. The last three or four OOTD posts I’v written all start off with me talking about the weather. I guess this is what happens when you live in the UK and are not always guaranteed sunshine.

Sticking to the topic of weather, apparently we are due a heat wave this week in the UK. Temperatures are set to be 35c on Wednesday. I am not sure how to feel about this but it does make me very joyful!

Heatwave Outfit

Heatwave

My weekend was unimaginably busy. For reasons I can’t quite fathom, I decided to spring clean my room and install a new PAX wardrobe system from Ikea. I am now a flatpack queen! Aside from this, we also attended the launch event for Netflix’s new series Dragons | Race to the Edge. Judging from the first two episode, its going to be a great series!

Anyway enough waffling from me. This week’s outfit is perfect for the impending heatwave. I am wearing a Racerback Dress and Raffia Hat from H&M, Black Heels and Bag  from Primark and of course my Daniel Wellington Watch!

Heatwave

Heatwave

Flowy Florals

Flowy Florals

Flowy Florals

As of late, I’ve found myself drifting away from my comfort zone.  Whether its in the workplace, at home or even my personal style. I used to wholly hate v neck tops, but when I spotted this grey t-shirt in the Zara sale, I just had to have it. This week my outfit is all about flowy florals.

Yesterday was Father’s Day, although we didn’t do anything special like go out, getting the chance to spend the entire day with ‘Mr Sanya’ who is always are work was really fun. My girls love dressing the same, but to change it up, sometimes I’d dress them in the same colour palette or style. The palette this week was yellow and purple in case you couldn’t tell.

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floral skirt outfit

Of course, I had to join in the fun by wearing this vintage floral skirt I bought from an independent online boutique years back. I love that even after so long, the floral print is still so vivid.

Pairing the skirt with the grey t shirt made it an ideal everyday ‘casual chic’ look. In case you missed it, I wore this same skirt last year and this is how I styled it.

Net-A-Porter Sale

The Net-A-Porter sale kicked off today and some of my most lust after pieces have been reduced by up to 50%. If like me, you love a good bargain, then I suggest you head to the site now. I took it upon myself to create a list of items that I believe are worth buying in the Net-A-Porter sale.

I think these shoes are must haves due to how pocket friendly and basic they. I own a pair of each, but in different colours. They can be dressed up or dressed down and perfect for the school run. They are bound to sell out so be quick before they go!
Net-A-Porter Sale

Vans Canvas slip-on sneakers • Vans • £22.50
Vans Snake-effect leather slip-on sneakers • Vans • £35

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star canvas sneakers • Converse • £27
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star canvas sneakers • Converse • £27

adidas Originals Stan Smith leather sneakers • adidas • £45.50
adidas Originals Superstar 80s leather sneakers • adidas • £63

Curls and Print

Is it just me or did this weekend just fly by? One minute it was Friday evening and the next thing I know its Monday morning. I guess thats what happens when its brimming with stuff to do.  The curls and print of this top dominated this week’s outfit.

My curls have been getting me a lot of question. Some of the most popular things I get asked about my hair are ” Is it real?”, “How do you manage it?” and “how can I get mine to look this way?” I am starting to think it may be beneficial if I introduced a haircare section on Joy to The World. I recently reviewed some natural hair products by Cantu and NXS International over on BrownBeauty that have really worked wonders on my hair.

DSC_2510 Ankara and Jeans

I have been natural for just over three years and I haven’t had a weave in over two. Washing, moisturising and styling my hair has to be the most time consuming thing I do and even though it was on my list of things to do this weekend, I somehow didn’t manage to fit it in.

I have spoken about how I love having older sisters because I can always nip into their wardrobes. The top I’m wearing was kindly given to me by my older sister. I love the style of it because it comfortable and perfect for this summer. I still on the hunt for a nice pair of flared jeans so I can wear with my Dashiki sewn in a similar style. In this post, I am also wearing my new favourite jeans from the Zara Curve collection, with Orange wooden heels from H&M ( they look like swedish hasbeen dupes ). Accessories are the usual Daniel Wellington Watch and bracelet from Primark.

Curls and Print

Curls and Print