Get The Look: Jourdan Dunn // TTYA x Long Tall Sally

TTYA x Long Tall Sally

TTYA x Long Tall Sally

TTYA x Long Tall Sally

TTYA x Long Tall Sally

TTYA x Long Tall Sally

TTYA x Long Tall Sally

Black Trilby Hat / £20 / River Island
Black & Stripe Wrap Shirt / £50 / TTYA x Long Tall Sally
Black Leather Look Trousers / £55 / TTYA x Long Tall Sally
Black Leather Jacket / £100 / River Island
Black Suede Court Shoes / £45 / M&S

The lovely people at Long Tall Sally sent me a very exciting package last week! Two samples from their newly launched collection: LTS x Long Tall Sally. As I mentioned in my previous post, LTS x Long Tall Sally is a new fashion-forward range, specifically for ladies that are 5ft8 and over  - so perfect for me at 5ft11!

Alice at Long Tall Sally sent me a striking black and white striped shirt (that last week the supermodel Jourdan Dunn wore to London Fashion Week!), and a cool pair of black leather look trousers. Both of these items I TOTALLY LOVE.

I'm normally fairly conservative with the style of clothes I buy and don't go for crazy patterns, but seeing the shirt on Jourdan Dunn I was totally sold! This is the perfect desk to disco outfit... smart enough to wear to the office and when a trilby is donned, it becomes a sassy enough for a night on the tiles!

In terms of the fit, the shirt is perfect, sleeves actually come right down to wrists and there's a conveniently placed popper on the bust, preventing any unexpected flashes!

The trousers have quite a high-waistline, which again is good and prevents the dreaded mushroom tops.... I normally wear a size 10 trouser and this size fits me comfortably, but it you're after the super skin-tight look I'd recommend going down a size in these trousers. They are super skinny round the ankles but there are invisible zips on the inside leg to help you slip in easily! (TTYA x LTS you think of everything!)

If like me you're all over this, head over to: to browse the rest of the collection (before the limited stock goes!)


TTYA x LTS "The Coolest Fashion Range Ever For Tall Girls!"

There's big news for tall girls everywhere today...

TTYA x Long Tally Sally has launched!

What? I hear you say...

TTYA x LTS is a seriously EXCITING collaboration between Long Tally Sally, the leading global fashion brand for tall women, and Taller Than Your Average (TTYA), a specialist British apparel brand from London-based fashion stylist, Irene Agbontaen.

The limited-edition, 18-piece, capsule collection has been designed specifically for women that are 5'8" and taller and is the first collaboration for Long Tall Sally.

Trend-inspired and fashion-forward, the new range is aimed at a young and fashion conscience audience - and it delivers!

Supermodel Jourdan Dunn was pictured at London Fashion Week last week wearing a bold striped blouse from the collection, and Glamour Magazine is calling it “the coolest fashion range EVER for tall girls”.

I'll be receiving some samples in the post any day now myself and will share how I've styled them shortly. Until then, here are some photos of the collection which is modelled by Irene's close friend, Jamie Gunns. God isn't she stunning!

So what are you waiting for... it's available to buy online now: be quick... as it's sure to go fast!

*Disclosure this post is in collaboration with Long Tall Sally, however all opinions are my own.

#100happydays - Positive Vibes Only Please!

Last year I spent a year struggling with depression. At my worst I would sit inside on the sunniest day of the year and cry in my bed. I couldn't talk about the extent of my depression because I felt stupid for feeling the way I did. Literally nothing could cheer me up.

Thankfully, I ended up going to see a counsellor about it. Part of my problem was going into a negative thought pattern about myself, which I couldn't pull myself out of. It was a bad habit that formed that I didn't know how to break.

One of the ways I learnt to deal with the depression was to remember the things that made me happy and I enjoyed doing and set myself a goal of doing one of these things each week. My counsellor would set me tasks such as: organise a night out with a single friend or signup for a cookery class. Each time I did a small thing like this it made me a little bit happier and I slowly felt more in control of my feelings and not powerless to the depression. In the end I had built up my confidence so much that I booked a flight to Thailand and went travelling for a month on my own (you can read all about those travels here).

Now I'm sure lots of people may think it's odd to tell the world about this and it's something that should be private, but that's what's wrong with the world in my opinion! Every day millions of people are walking around hiding their true feelings and in fact who they really are. It's only when you fall in love that people generally share the 'real them' warts and all! And even then lots of people still don't! How sad is it to think there could be just one person in the whole world you can truly, truly, be yourself with. Maybe that's why so many people are searching for 'the one'?

Well that's no good. You have to be happy in yourself before you can think about anyone else!

Anyway, thankfully the depression was as a result of a series of things and not anything clinical, so now I have the tools to cope with the difficult times that will inevitably come again someday. I also know that I have to trust my instincts and not allow other peoples opinions to influence me. We are all wonderfully unique and that's what is amazing about humans and makes us interesting. We don't all need to be the same and we don't all need to agree!

I'd like to end this post on a positive note so I'm going to talk about 100happydays. If you haven't about it already, it's a craze that's swept social media recently. In essence it's a campaign to encourage people to slow down, appreciate life, be more present and as a result be more happy! I think it's a brilliant way to help people struggling to find the light in their life. You can use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or a blog to complete the challenge, all you need to do is share an image of something that's made you happy today and tag it #100happydays. In doing so you'll notice you start to look for positives in your life instead of the negatives!

So here's my happy photo for the day, this is the halfway point on the bike ride I went on with my Nan on my day off. It was 16 mile ride from Hove to Saltdean and back! A year ago I would never of envisaged my Nan could do it, she's had two hips replaced and a serious bout of E coli that nearly killed her! However she's a lucky lady and I'm glad to say she's on the mend now and getting back to her vivacious self :)


Thailand Travels: 1 month (31 days) in Thailand... in 6 minutes

Over four months ago I set off on a solo travelling adventure around Thailand. It was the most exciting and scary thing I've ever done in my life but it was certainly the making of me!

Before I travelled I had been battling with depression for a year and I had a really low sense of self worth. However, travelling solo built me back up to the happy, confident can-do person I used to be before the depression, and for that I will forever be grateful.

 I spent 31 days travelling Thailand covering, Bangkok, Chiang Mia, Khao Sok National Park, Koh Samui, Ko Tao, Koh Phangan, Ko Phi Phi and Railay Beach!

Each day I tried to record a few seconds of video and now (FINALLY) I've collated all my recordings to make this mash-up video of my adventure. The video is just over 6 minutes long and mostly contains 3-5 second clips (unless the footage was too good to be cut and then it's more like 10-15 seconds!)

I meet some incredible people along the way and made memories I'll treasure forever. It really was the BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE (so far) and I want to thank all those that star in the video, for bringing a massive smile back to my face!

Every time I watch it I remember how lucky I am to have the chance to do this and how much you can do in 31 days if you put your mind to it!

Thailand I ♥ You!


Review: Long Tall Sally Green Jersey Maxi Dress

It may not be obvious from my posts to-date, but I'm strikingly tall! I'm just under 6ft, with a 36" inside leg and size 9 feet. Certainly not your average size lady... And there's not a week that goes by without someone making a comment about my height. It really makes me laugh when people say: "Gosh aren't you tall!" as if I hadn't noticed myself...

But that's not the frustrating thing - shopping for clothes and shoes is! Shopping on the high-street I find myself falling in love with dresses and trousers that are too short, or sit on the wrong part of my waist or bust! Thankfully more retailers are recognising that tall women have money burning a hole in their purse for clothing that fits and flatters our longer bods and are now starting to cater for us leggy birds. At last!

One of the places I know I can find clothing to fit my tall frame, that's not only those vital inches longer, but carefully proportioned to flatter my longer body, is Long Tall Sally. I normally buy my wardrobe basics or nightwear from Long Tall Sally and I've never really thought to look for anything fashionable from there. So, when the lovely PR for Long Tall Sally kindly offered me the chance to review any item from the brands collection, I decided I wanted to try something I wouldn't usually buy and compare it with items I have from likes of Topshop and ASOS.

I chose this gorgeous green jersey maxi dress because it's very rare to find a maxi on the high street that actually falls past my ankles. I'm also on a bit of a mission to inject more colour in my wardrobe and banish the black for summer, so this dress stood out as a wardrobe brightener!

When the dress came I was ecstatic with it. I'd requested a size 10 and it fitted me beautifully. The waist nipped in at the perfect spot and emphasised this with the lovely brown studded belt that came with the dress. It was also really, really, long - actually floor length, which means I can wear an actual heel with it! Exciting!! It was also super comfortable to slip on and I've since it's arrival last Friday I've worn it in the office, out for drinks and for dinner. To be honest I haven't wanted to take it off! It's really that versatile, worn as a smart casual outfit or dolled up with dressy jewellery, it works both ways.

At £45 it is more pricey than my Topshop maxi dress and before having the chance to review the item I would have probably been bothered by this. It's rather annoying that being tall means all my clothing costs more! However, looking closer at the garment I can completely appreciate why. Cheaper clothing looks cheap, seams are often twisted and hems come undone after a wash or two - but this dress is absolutely worth the investment and looks much much nicer than my shapeless black maxi from Topshop.

One of the things I've started to realise as I've grown older is there's very little value in a wardrobe full of cheap clothing, a wardrobe half-full of quality, well-portioned clothing is a far better investment. It also means it takes a lot less time trying to find something that looks good to wear! 

So, in summary the dress is a winner and I think I need to buy it in more colours!! Sadly it's only available in green and black right now. If I was to give Long Tall Sally any feedback it would be to do it in more vibrant colours! A yolk yellow, a coral pink and a cobalt blue - I'd buy them all!

To check out the full range of tall dresses Long Tall Sally has to offer click here. And just so you know, there's currently 20% off of the Long Tall Sally SS14 collection until the end of the week, so it's an opportune time to invest in a new 'better fitted' summer wardrobe!