You know it's winter time when the faux fur comes out. Always faux, never real. Last year we saw gilets really coming into fashion, and once again they are back in full force. I love these because they keep you nice and warm, even if you have your arms out. Perfect to throw on or dress up any basic outfit. For this post I've decided to wear one of my many gilets in a more causal style. They are wonderful to use in both smart and casual outfits. Under my gilet I am wearing a basic black turtle neck top from Quiz. Quiz have an array of these tops in different colours including camel, khaki and stone at only under a tenner! Bargin. 

To match the colour of the faux fur in my gilet, I wore brown flat boots. These boots are perfect for winter as they keep your feet dry and in addition they are easy to clean after treks along muddy trails. You can also wear nice warm fluffy socks underneath and no one would know a thing! To complete this casual look, I wore a pair of ripped Leigh jeans from Topshop. Topshop sell different styles and lengths of jeans which means there are always a pair a jeans perfect for someone. I prefer Leighs as they have a bit of stretch to them so they can fit over my muscular dancer legs and Beyonce booty. 


America. Land of the free, home of the brave. But also my favourite place to escape to when things aren't particularly going my way. After hitting the age of 24, I started having a bit of a quarter-life crisis. I needed to do something crazy and a bit out of my comfort zone. So what better way than to book a plane ticket for one heading straight to Las Vegas! A few weeks later I stepped off the plane and there I was, Sin City. Completely on my own, and if anything was to go wrong my family and friends were 5226 miles away. People told me Vegas was huge but my god they weren't joking. Even now I couldn't put into words how big it really was. Anyone who knows me will know that I am a city girl by heart, so I was in my absolute element here. After a quick explore it was time to head to bed so I was ready to start my big adventure in the morning. 

7 am the next morning I was standing in the hotel lobby waiting to meet my tour leader and fellow explorers. A hot american guy walks in, introduced himself and told me he was going to be my leader for the trip (definitely a fist pump moment). We placed our suitcases into the trailer and we were off to our first destination, Zion National Park. The Vegas city lights and buildings soon disappeared and we were travelling through the vast Nevada, Arizona and Utah desert. After making a quick pit stop to pick up some of my favourite American food which you can only buy fake versions at home (Cheetos and Mountain Due) we arrived at Zion. We were told we were going to embark The Angel Landing Trail, a trail that was only for the most adventurous and bravest people. A 5 hour hike across narrow sandstone ridges which had dizzy drop-offs reaching thousands of feet on either side. 

Trekking through Zion National Park

This trek was without a doubt one of the scariest things I've ever done, and something I would never forget. I've never been scared of heights and always loved climbing as a kid, but this did make my legs shake in fear. Trying to look graceful and elegant in front of my hot tour leader had gone straight out of the window. Every time I looked down to take a step I would think "Yep, if my foot just slipped a tiny bit I would easily fall to my death." But I was determined to make it to the top. Even though my tiny body made it bit more difficult when pulling myself up onto rock faces and uneven boulders, I could rely on my dancer muscles to complete each arduous move. After climbing just under 6000 feet high, we made it to the top of Angels Landing, and wow what a view it was. I was so proud of my little self making it to the top, and it shows you can achieve anything if you are determined enough.

The view from the top of Angels Landing

When we trekked back down and made it to even and non-dangerous land, we hopped back into the trailer and headed to our next destination called Bryce Canyon. As we spent most of our day trekking through Zion National Park, there wasn't a lot of daylight left in the day. Therefore we decided to watch the sunset over Bryce Canyon before grabbing some food and getting a bit of an early night. The reason for the early night was because we could watch the sunrise in the morning if we left by 5.30 am. Thankfully my body clock was still slightly in English time so it wasn't too much of a challenge (as I am definitely not a morning person). 5.30 am the next morning, my tour leader was already in the van waiting for us and we set off back to Bryce Canyon. Watching the sunrise was beautiful, just like watching the sunset the night before. Suddenly I had an epiphany, it made me realise that being upset over my heartbreak was completely pointless when there is all this beauty and wonderful things to do and see in the world. In a second my problems had been solved, I was happy independent Loren again and I couldn't be happier. 

Sunrise over Bryce Canyon

An early morning hike was next on the itinerary and this time it wasn't death defying. This hike was more for exploring rather than strenuous climbing. As it got lighter, it was amazing the see the colour of the rock change as the sunlight hit onto it. Walking past all the hoodoos and natural amphitheaters, I could easily say it was something I had never experienced before. After completing another hike, we had to jump into the van and head to our next destination of Monument Valley. We couldn't stay too late as we had a lot to pack in for the rest of the day, but that was fine by me as Monument Valley was one of the places I was most excited to visit. 

Hiking through Bryce Canyon

It was located on the Utah/Arizona boarder and I couldn't wait to get there. This is because I knew all my childhood dreams were about to come true. Firstly, since I can remember I have watched the Back To The Future trilogy a million times. Back To The Future 3 was filmed at Monument Valley so it was amazing to be at the actual place I had grown up watching. I never thought one day I would be standing where Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd were filming. The place was as beautiful as it was in the film, it was a real pinch myself moment. 

Monument Valley

This wasn't the only dream to come true that day. When I was a kid I wanted to be one person and one person only, Pocahontas. The Navajo Native American Indian Tribe lived there and for the day I got to be one of them. While travelling through Monument Valley learning about their history, I was honored with the opportunity to be able to enter one of their homes. A lovely lady who lived in the hogan did my hair in which it is traditionally done when one gets married. Then we trekked more deeper into the valley and was served a traditional Navajo meal while the Navajo Indians sung, danced, played music and told traditional Navajo stories. I really felt like I was Pocahontas. Knowing the film inside out, everything clicked and made sense and it couldn't be more true to the film. 

Navajo Indian Tribe

After that breath-taking day, it was the next morning and we were heading back into Arizona. Next on the agenda was to spend the day at Grand Canyon. No wonder they call it 'Grand' Canyon, it was huge! Nearly 300 miles wide to be precise, and today was the day to do another thing I hadn't done before. A helicopter flight. We spent the morning embarking on another small trek, only a small one as it would take days to walk all the way to the bottom and back up again. Then the moment arrived, the helicopter trip. I was pretty apprehensive how it would feel flying on a helicopter. I love flying but I knew it would be different compared to a plane. However much to my surprised, I didn't actually feel anything as it was so smooth and controlled. It was amazing being able to fly so close to the canyon edges and seeing what the different aspects Grand Canyon had to offer. After landing back on solid ground, my tour leader took us back to the trekking areas so we could watch the sunset. 

The Pilot and I after my first helicopter flight

The next morning we drove back to Grand Canyon so we could watch the sunrise, and then it was back to van so we could head to the next place. Before reaching Hoover Dam, our tour leader took us down the world famous Route 66. In all honesty it was just a road so there wasn't much to see besides small towns that run along side it perfect for tourists as it was full of souvenirs shops. After having a quick shop in one of the towns it was back on the van and time to get on the move again. We reached Hoover Dam and we firstly walked across the bridge over-looking it. Some of the guys on the tour were scared of heights so it was down to me to take pictures for them. We soon went back down to drive across the dam and had time to take some photos in true tourist style.

Get your kicks at Route 66

Next stop it was back to Vegas! Even though I'm so glad I had experienced all these new and different things, I was so excited to see all the city lights once again. The rest of the people on the tour had already spent some time in Vegas, where I hadn't. While chatting to my hot tour leader, I told him I hadn't had much chance to see the city yet nor the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign. After dropping most of the guys off back at the hotel he kindly offered to take me on a cruise down the strip and to see the sign. It would take days to walk it so it was amazing to able to see it all.  A couple of the guys decided to join us but it was so lovely of him to do it just for me. I got my picture by the sign and got to travel from one end of the strip, all the way to downtown Vegas and back again. 

Viva Las Vegas!

We drove up to the entrance of our hotel and I was devastated it was all over. I gave my tour leader a hug goodbye and I walked into the hotel to check in. As I got to my hotel room, guess who was standing there ... my tour leader! If that wasn't a nice surprise enough, he then asked me out on a date! We ended up going for a few drinks and danced the night away on a rooftop club over-looking Caesar's Palace. Afterwards we were running through the casinos, wondering past hotels seeing what they had to offer before making it back to our hotel. It was just like a film, nothing can ever top that night. The perfect way to end the perfect trip. The next afternoon I had to sadly say goodbye to my tour leader and head back to McCarran International Airport. So it was goodbye America, and time to start planning my next trip back!

Date night!


As the temperature drops, it's officially time to dust off our winter coats ready to face the next season upon us. I think it's a great idea to have a neutral colour when picking a coat as that way you will always be able to wear it over any outfit. I came across this coat in the petite section in New Look. The style of the coat gives it a smart look which means this coat will always make you look fashionable while you are trying to stay warm. Sometime coats can leave us looking a bit frumpy but this coat is styled and fitted smartly, and therefore will leave us looking lovely. 

As it has only just entered December, England isn't at it's coldest yet (unfortunately) but it does mean we don't need to dig out our hat, scarves and gloves just yet. Therefore, to keep the chill off my neck I've opted for a turtle neck jumper. This jumper from Topshop's petite section fits perfectly with the lapels of the coat. Nothing beats a cosy jumper during the thick of winter to keep you warm. To finish off this casual look, I added a pair of ripped skinny jean and brown ankle boots. Now you are winter ready!


In this post we visited The Sultan Ahmed Mosque also known as the Blue Mosque. It's nickname 'The Blue Mosque' comes from the blue tiles adorning the walls in the interior. Before entering the mosque, we had to put on a headscarf and take off our shoes. Once we had made our way into the mosque, the view was absolutely breath taking. The tiling design in the interior was beautiful and it was something you wouldn't come across often.

Dungarees have been the height of fashion this summer, which have been seen on many celebrities on both sides of the pond. They have been seen in array of colours, lengths and styles. Dungarees are great because they are comfy and can be warn both casually and smartly. As purple is my favourite colour, as soon as I saw these purple dungarees on ASOS (which were also in the sale too for £16) I just had to have them. I decided to wear a plain white t-shirt underneath my dungarees as in Istanbul it is respectable to have shoulders covered. When wearing this outfit at home, I often opt for a vest top rather than t-shirt underneath. To match my white top, I wore my white Vans trainers. Lastly, to complete the outfit, decided to take my red handbag to keep the outfit colourful as well as colour blocking.

 DUNGAREES - ASOS / TOP - River Island / SHOES - Vans / BAG - Lipsy London / SUNGLASSES - Primark


Here we have briefly adventured out of Europe and entered Asia. These photos were taken in the garden of the Beylerbeyi Palace. Walking around the palace, there was room after room of beautiful designs fit for a king. Each room was huge filled with expensive furniture and paintings. The gardens were covered in flowers and plants as well as a fountain in the middle. We both said how we couldn't imagine living somewhere like this. 

These light-weight baggy trousers are ideal for the summer month or if you want to cover up while on holiday. These feature an elasticated hem around the ankles which are great for people like me who aren't the tallest people in the world. This prevents the trousers dragging a long the floor as this would damage the garment and wouldn't become a good look. I usual wear these trousers with either flip-flops or sandals, but as this day involved plenty of walking I decided to wear my comfy Vans. I then added a necklace full of spikes to give this outfit an extra bit of edge.

TOP - Miss Guided / TROUSERS - New Look / SHOES - Vans / NECKLACE - New Look


This post is a little different to our usual posts. Although we have a passion for fashion, our other desire in life is to travel and see the world. Last year we decided to visit Istanbul in Turkey, the largest European city that stretches across both Europe and Asia. We wanted to explore a destination that had a different culture to what we see in England, because we are always thirsty to learn about aspects of the world you wouldn't see sitting at home. We stayed at a beautiful hotel called Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town. This facility was filled with boutiques, a spa, a gym and we also got a complimentary cookie on arrival. 

During out time in Istanbul we visited many different locations, learning out their history and culture. These places included palaces, mosques, Grand Bazaar as well as crossing over the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia. It was lovely exploring a city that was vastly different to the cities that we have grown up in. Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting photos outside to destinations that we visited. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque and the Beylerbeyi Palace. Hope you enjoy!