ASOS ANIMAL PRINT HAUL

If you know me, you'll know by now I'm a massive fan of an animal print shirt. In my opinion, there's nothing cooler than a wild print, teamed up with a leather biker jacket. It always looks so bloody cool, it's very rock & roll! Carefully chosen printed shirts styled correctly, create a strong look, so don't be afraid of a little pattern! I've scouted out the best animal print shirts I can find from Asos and styled them to suit my look. Hopefully, this post will give you a little inspiration to try some bold prints for yourself. 

This season, Asos have their animal print shirts down. They're some of the best I've seen both online, and on the high street, all for a very reasonable price. All Saints have also got some killer animal print shirts in stock too, but I can't justify buying one when there are so many less expensive alternatives elsewhere.









I've always loved a zebra print shirt. Believe it or not, a few years ago, it was near enough impossible to get your hands on a zebra print shirt, well a guys version anyway. Believe me, I tried! Thankfully now there's more out there as the animal trend is finding its way into mainstream fashion. Asos have aced it in designing this fitted half sleeve shirt.


The second shirt I chose was this black leopard print number, it's one of my favourites. I love the simplistic black leopard pattern, the design resembles more brush marks than leopard print. It's a simple monochrome half sleeve shirt, perfect for a summer holiday or upcoming festival. Since this shirt has a very busy print, I've teamed it up with a classic black denim jacket & black skinny jeans. This tones down the overall look of the outfit.








This shirt you've seen before, but I still wanted to include it into this post. I wore this shirt while I was on holiday in the States. This shirt was a surprise, as I found it in the women's section in H&M. This shirt, although a women's, still looks super cool, it's a lightweight material and has one AMAZING print! I bought this shirt in a larger size than I'd normally go for and rooted for a medium. No one would question if it was a women's shirt, in fact, nobody did, I was complimented on the shirt a lot. Sadly this shirt is now out of stock in H&M but there are similar ones you can find on their website.





The final shirt is a change for me as I normally go for neutral coloured animal prints. This burgundy colour has grown on me a lot the more I wear it. This shirt has a spread collar and has that vintage look. In my opinion, this is the perfect shirt for under a black leather jacket. As you can see it's a match made in heaven!










You can now watch my YouTube video all about the animal print shirts I've featured in this post, in more detail below.




THE WHITE DENIM JACKET, THE STYLE OF THE SUMMER?




I've wanted a white denim for years, finally, after all that time searching, I've found the perfect one. I came across this jacket in The Kooples, as soon as I tried it on, I knew it looked sweet, meaning I had to buy it! It's a classic fit denim jacket which is quite short in the body, it has metal buttons up the front with two breast pockets.

Personally, I think the white denim is a total change from the standard blue & black and it's this summers must have! The white denim jacket is easily integrated into your wardrobe and has a great summer vibe. Worn open with the sleeves rolled up a white denim can see you through the British summer. This is a key item you need to own for SS17, which will last you many years to come.



As you can see I've styled this jacket in three ways to show you it's versatility. Simply worn alone, teamed up with a snazzy shirt or T underneath, it will always look cool. Sadly The Kooples jacket I picked up was from the outlet store, so it's no longer online but thankfully I've found two other killer jackets that look virtually the same and actually come in a little cheaper too.





Visit Zara man for a similar version of my jacket here - White Zara Denim.

Alternatively, check this cool white denim I spotted in New Look Mens.


'FOR CRYING OUT LOUD', KASABIAN ARE BACK!


Three long years have past since Kasabian's last album, I'm pretty happy they've finally returned with their brand new album 'For Crying Out Loud'. I bought the vinyl last week and it's yet to come off my turntable.

This is the sixth studio album from Kasabian, and took Serge (lead guitarist and songwriter) only six weeks to complete. 'For Crying Out Loud' has over fifty minutes of classic Kasabian tunes, the new album definitely packs a punch. '||| Ray (the king)' is the big opening anthem of the album. It's a fast paced, beat-heavy tune! I can already imagine this being a big track at festivals this summer! 


Lets face it, the cover of the album is hard to miss. It features a topless older gent, who is actually a longtime roadie of the band. Serge made it his goal to get Rick immortalised forever, and thought the best way to do this was to use him on their album! The artwork itself was designed by Aitor Throup who is an artist turned fashion designer. Aitor is now a friend of the band and has worked with Kasabian countless times in the past. He's also the creative director at G-Star Raw, you should all remember that campaign starring Sergio back in 2014.


Other stand out tracks include 'Twentyfourseven' a song with a heavy guitar riff and an easy to sing chorus. In my opinion, this makes it the perfect driving song! 'Sixteen Blocks', another instantly recognisable Kasabian tune, Tom's vocals and Sergio on guitar, a match made in heaven! Not forgetting 'Bless This Acid House' another favourite of mine on the album, it has a upbeat, happy go lucky style, which makes it an ideal track for summer. The album also includes the single 'You're In Love With A Psycho' which I'm sure you will have all heard by now. TUNE!

I can't wait to see this killer album performed live at an upcoming gig, fingers crossed I'll be attending Leeds Festival, that's if I get around to buying tickets, (I better get a move on)! Kasabian's new album went straight in at number one last week, finally knocking Ed Sheeran off his record breaking top spot. This new album sees the Leicester lads back on top where they belong.




ARRIVE & PALM SPRINGS




This was one of our treat's of the trip, we stayed in this amazing boutique hotel in Palm Springs. The Hotel in question was called Arrive, the whole vibe of the hotel was very chic, very minimalist and of course, very Palm Springs. The rooms themselves were also very tastefully decorated, everything from the wallpaper to the vintage furniture dotted around the room. The leather studded arm-chair to the "old school" lampshades, everything had a high-quality finish. My personal favourite quirk of Arrive was that the hotel reception was also the bar. What an idea! Let's just say I made any excuse to visit the "reception" whilst staying there.







The hotel is pretty much brand new, only opening its doors last year. Arrive, in my opinion, is the coolest place to stay in PSP! Our hotel played host to one of the most exclusive parties of Coachella, hosting the Revole party throughout the first weekend. Anyone who’s anyone attended the event and were hanging out where we were staying!

Arrive also has two independent shops in the grounds, an ice cream shop and coffee shop, so you're never far away from getting your caffeine & ice cream fix. Arrive is situated a little further out of Palm Springs city centre than I normally stay, still, it worked out, it was only a $6 Uber or a 10-minute bike ride into the main area of the city, so not bad at all!







The rooms and buildings are all centred around the most amazing pool area. There's a large rectangular pool with separate jacuzzi both surrounded by palm tree's, it's a pretty idyllic setting! The pool area and hotel “reception” are all framed beautifully by the large mountain in the background, which gives Palm Springs it’s amazing micro climate.





PALM SPRINGS




Palm Springs is my favourite place in the world! I fell in love the first time I visited and since then itch to return every single year. This is one of the only places on Earth I could live! The architecture, the climate, the people, everything about this city is THE BEST! Everyone is so friendly, you go out to a bar and immediately someone talks to you. Saying that it might all be down to the British accent.




This year Coachella Valley was host to some mind-blowing art installations which were dotted around the valley. The dates the artwork were on show thankfully coincided with the festival, so since we were there, we had to go check a few out.

There was quite a lot of exhibits to visit but this mirrored house was top of our list! "Mirage" is a cabin totally clad in mirrors inside and out, it was surreal! This was built upon one of the mountainsides that surround the city, so as you can imagine the views up there were pretty epic too! At first, walking up to the cabin, you couldn't make it out, but after you spotted a line of the roof or one of the walls, the cabin came into vision. We spent the afternoon exploring Mirage then headed back to cool off around the pool.




The architecture in Palm Springs is the coolest around, a mix between mid 50's - 70's. Palm Springs has its very own instantly recognisable style. White painted brickwork, brightly coloured curved concrete walls, tall palm trees and perfect cacti, this place has incredible character! Fun fact, Palm Springs has the least amount of drains by the road of any city, but why build them when it never rains?


On our first morning, we decided to take an early morning cycle through the city. We rented bikes free from our hotel and set out on a leisurely ride down to the Ace Hotel. Slowly cycling through Palm Springs was the best thing ever! Casually pedalling down the main street, under the blue skies & palm tree's, it's a dream way to spend any morning!

Palm Springs, you have my heart, I'll definitely be back soon! That wraps up my travel posts on my trip to America. I hope you enjoyed reading them! My last travel vlog is below and ready to watch now.


Now let's get back to fashion & styling!

Cheers,