Finding The Perfect Bardot Top

Finding The Perfect Bardot Top

Some days you wake up feeling ready to take on the world. Others, you wake up feeling slightly deflated and feeling pulled down rather than lifted up.

We all have those days, and those waves are just a part of life. But when you feel that the passion and fire you once thrived on is no longer there, and it hasn’t been for a while, it’s time to do something about it, make a change, and re-discover your inspiration.

For me, routine is something that I need to stay motivated, on top of things, and on my game. When I have structure, I feel fresh and ready to take on the world and inspiration isn’t something that I need to actively seek. But over the last 6 weeks i’ve had anything but routine, and as much as I loved our time in England and having my lovely brothers come to stay, it completely messed with my fire and I somehow ended up feeling a little lost.

Finding The Perfect Bardot Top
How To Wear Off The Shoulder Tops

Topshop is, and always has been, my trusty go-to store and I can't tell you how happy I am that there's one here in Vancouver. Vancouver is great for high-end shopping, but for high-street stores it's really got nothing on England and there are so many stores that I miss!

My main difficulty with bardot styles was finding something that fit properly. And by fit, I mean that it didn't ride up to my neck or feel like a straight jacket every time I moved my arms. Trust me, I tried on SO many and it was really pretty frustrating, so you can imagine how happy I was when I found one that actually looked nice.

I also got this clutch from Missguided last month and I adore it! It's so classy and I actually think it looks much more expensive than it is. I made the most of my parents visiting from England and convinced them to squeeze a Missguided order into their suitcase - it would have been rude not to, right?! One of the things I miss most about England is the shopping, and even though I can shop online here, I always feel so cheated when the import tax bill lands on my doorstep. It's always pricey to return items and a big faff to get a tax refund as well, so most of the time I shop locally and leave the online shopping for when I'm back in England. 

Finding The Perfect Bardot Top

I shot these photos with my beautiful friend Kandja (if you haven't already you should take a look at her blog!) but it was my first time shooting in a good few weeks so I definitely felt a bit rusty. 

I'm not sure if I mentioned, but my camera died on me a couple of weeks back (sob) so I'm just waiting for my new one to be delivered then I can start properly creating content again! I've ordered another Olympus Pen (this time i've gone for the EPL-7, I had the EPL-5 before) and I've decided to invest in a 45mm lens too. From what i've seen and read, the 45mm creates really beautiful photos with a shallow depth of field & blurry background, and it's supposedly great for videos as well, so i'll give you guys an update in a couple of months when I've tested it out! 

What were your favourite summer styles this year, and what are you most looking forward to in autumn? Let me know in the comment box below!

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Finding The Perfect Bardot Top
Finding The Perfect Bardot Top
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    • Go Live Explore
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      September 14, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Aww thanks girl! I picked it up at H&M and didn’t think i’d ever wear it haha but it’s actually so cute! xx

  1. September 13, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    You are a SERIOUSLY stylish and photogenic human!
    And kudos for waiting for the perfect top instead of jumping off the cliff like the rest of us lemmings! Off the shoulder pieces are usually significantly less functional than a good old worn in tee… but if you can move in it then you’re good to go!

    Looking forward to more fashion from you xx

    • Go Live Explore
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      September 14, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Kandja you’re such a sweetie! Yeah it’s so true, I love off the shoulder but they’re not suuuuper comfortable. I take it off & throw on a tee as soon as I get home haha. xxx

  2. September 12, 2016 / 5:16 pm

    Praise the UK high street stores! ?? TopShop has probably been a staple in our wardrobes for about the same amount of time. I think I first realised its majesty when I was 13. I love the top and am so pleased you found one that fits and you love. I haven’t found mine yet, hopefully I can wear it in cooler months when I do. As for what I’m looking forward to with Autumn coming, I can’t wait to get out my knee high boots! It’s been so long since I rocked those babies! Looking forward to hearing more about your new camera ? Xx

    • Go Live Explore
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      September 13, 2016 / 9:46 am

      Yes, praaaaaise the high street stores!! I bet the stores are pretty good in LA though right? Or is it not quite the same? Thank you love, i’m sure you’ll find one as well! Or just check trusty Topshop, they have quite a few 🙂 And i’m looking forward to knee high boots too – LOVE them! xxx

  3. September 12, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    That top is super cute

    • Go Live Explore
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      September 14, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks Hanna! xx

  4. September 12, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Off the shoulder tops have been making a SERIOUS appearance in today’s trends! You look great!

    • Go Live Explore
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      September 13, 2016 / 9:12 am

      Right! I love them to much! Thank you Taylor xx

  5. September 12, 2016 / 10:54 am

    You are so gorgeous and Blue+white is my favorite combo. Nicely done girl!

    • Go Live Explore
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      September 13, 2016 / 9:00 am

      Thank you so much Devika!

  6. September 11, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    It was totally worth the wait! That top is gorgeous babe! I still haven’t picked one up either but I should!
    Kyla
    Wanderlustkyla.com

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      September 13, 2016 / 8:36 am

      Thanks gorgeous glad you think so! xxx

  7. September 11, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Gorgeous look Alicia! I’m loving the shoulder ruffles and the way it looks with those white jeans and envelope handbag! Fab outfit!

    Ellie

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      September 11, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much Ellie, i’m in love with white jeans at the moment! Hope you’ve had a great weekend xx

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