Hey everyone, today’s blog is a collaboration with a brand called Madkollection. It is made in Manchester brand however the fabric is used, is Nigerian material popularly known as Ankara. Ankara was originally manufactured by the Dutch for the Indonesian textile market however it ganared more signicance with the Nigerian market. So production was focused on West Africa. What Madkollection do well, is that they take gorgeous ankara fabric with gorgeous prints and turn it into pieces that anyone and everyone can wear. This peplum top I am wearing is

Hi darlings, it’s been a moment! I haven’t been away, in fact it is quite the contrary, I have simply been sooooooo busy. Life has been incredibly busy over the last few months, in between trying to consistently slay the gram, be a dutiful friend, a lover to “bea” and an amazing sister to my family. This has in turn left little room for the other love in my life which is this blog.  I have set myself a new goal/challenge to get consistent with the frequency of my posts.

Spring Whites

Hey lovelies, so the sun has been shining in London and I must say it feels sooooo good. I marvel at how the weather has such great impact on our mood. It is no secret that Londoners are one of the grumpiest people in the world. You will be sat in a carriage packed full and everyone does their utmost to avoid eye contact. You’ll be breaking the public transport social code if you said good morning or hello to the person sat next to you. However with the slightest hint

“Hi I am Barbara, I am style chameleon and a Zara addict”. What this means is I love to wear different looks. Be it a nod to street style look, ultra feminine styles or something in between grunge and rock chic and 70% of my wardrobe is from Zara. I saw this skirt in the Zara sale and knew immediately the styling possibilities would be endless. It was a piece I could envisage myself wearing thoroughly in the spring and transition into my summer wardrobe. The salmon colour looked extremely flattering against my

Fishnets are a massive trend right now and I couldn’t resist trying my hands on this trend but of course with the added sprinkle of “Barbara”.  It was going to be classic fishnet (classic because of the size of the holes) styled with a few special bits to create the extra oomph that I love my outfits to have. First look was styled with wet look skinny jeans gave it that biker edgy feel paired with my classic black courts. So there I was happily minding my own business and scouting

Valentine’s Day

There she was, staring out into the streets as the rain slowly trickled down against the window. There was a mellow tip tap as the rain hit the glass and the wind whistled gently. It was a cold winter evening on February the 13th to be precise. The same happy ending she had played out over and over till it felt almost as real as the raindrops against the window pane, the fantasy which she would  retell paints the picture of a day with the perfect ending. The day always began in

How to style a tweed dress

I have been spending the last few weeks planning for the year ahead. Making sure that I have laid a good foundation to see that 2017 is not only successful but also a triumphant year. If you follow me on Instagram outofbarbarasbox, you’ll see that I have started the year with a lot of gusto and I have finally found my style “niche”.   I have discovered I love simplicity in style, things have to fit right and feel right. I really hate having to fuss over the hem of

How to add a pop of colour

Happy New Year beautiful people, thank you all for carrying on this beautiful stylish journey with me. Perhaps you have set yourself resolutions to guide your year or simply will go as the days present itself, I hope this year is exceptionally good to you and brings a lot of things checked off your important to do list. Today’s style post is me sharing in the simplest way how I add a pop of colour to a seemingly basic outfit. The coat I am wearing adds that extra jenesaisquoi to

Lady in a red dress

There she was propped up on in a bar, sat alone a whiskey glass carefully placed in front of her, jazz music floating in the air. Decadently she picked up the glass allowing the aroma of oak and vanilla to carefully caress her senses. To anyone she looked like a lady of the night, mystery surrounded her and had a tale or two to tell. She had a sense of elegance about her but a knowing of how the world works. She was a lady who had seen it all

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