UK Fashion Trends

Guest Post! Bringing you the latest in British fashion trends is fabulous beauty & fashion blogger, Kay

Guest post! Bringing you the latest in British fashion is fabulous Beauty & Fashion Blogger, Kay

Hi Everyone! I’m Kay from Meraki Army.

Seeing as I’m from the UK and Victoria is from the US, she came up with idea of me talking about the fashion here.

First things first….

Boyish behaviour.

Personally, I don’t see many women dressed too ‘girly’. Don’t get me wrong, I see people in dresses and heels but not necessarily together. In the UK if you saw someone wearing a maxi dress, they will most likely be pairing with the a cute pair of ankle boots and a leather jacket, something I love. A pair of cute heels paired with some mom jeans and a oversized t-shirt is a classic and a summer dress with a distressed denim jacket thrown on over top.

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Layer Up.

Maybe you haven’t heard but the UK isn’t known for its amazing weather. That doesn’t stop us though, we will still be going out in dresses and shorts in autumn because of the marvellous invention of tights! It’s better to have to take off a layer than regret not putting one on. Invest in a few great jackets- especially a leather one and a blazer.  Also scarves are always a great way for keeping you warm as well as stylish. This outfit below is perfect for spring but throw on a longline blazer or duster jacket then add a pair of tights and you’re winter ready.

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Other things we wear … A lot.

Camel coats.

Tartan scarfs.

Trench coats.

Rain Boots.


Jeans and Oversized Shirts.

Jumpers or ‘sweaters’ over shirts, the collar just peeking out the top.

Peter Pan collar coats.

Small patterned bags.  

I hope this gave you an idea of what we dress like across the pond. Be sure to visit but blog and follow me on twitter!

Thanks for reading,


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The Dangers of Drinking Your Calories

“For the same amount of calories you could either eat lunch at McDonalds or have a coffee at Starbucks.”

Starbucks and other coffee houses like to pride their brand on supplying consumers with a quick, delicious fix to perk up your morning. What isn’t advertised is the high calorie count of their drinks that rivals meals at other fast food restaurants. Most buyers wouldn’t consider Starbucks as fast food, but the calorie amount in their drinks suggests otherwise.

 You wouldn’t think such a small beverage could be so loaded with calories and sugar, even the venti sizes. But the truth is that Starbucks Frappuccinos are on average 140 to 580 calories. The small sizes are usually around 170. The lowest calorie dose is the tall Tazo Chai Frappuccino at 140. The ventis come in around 500 calories, at most the venti Java Chip Frap at 580. The mochas and lattes also come with a heavy calorie count. A venti Iced White Chocolate Mocha is 640 calories. Most lattes and mochas range from 100-500 calories depending on size.

 These large caloric numbers don’t take full effect until they’re seen in perspective compared to fast food meals. For instance, at McDonald’s a Premium McWrap with chicken and bacon is 640 calories, the same calorie amount as the Starbucks large Iced White Chocolate Mocha. So drinking that large iced mocha is the same amount of calories as a wrap at McDonalds, except there is no protein as provided by the bacon and chicken and instead massive quantities of sugar.  In other comparison a Big Mac is 530 calories, less than a venti Java Chip Frappuccino. A McDouble Burger is 380 calories, about the same as a grande frap or mocha. For the same amount of calories you could either eat lunch at McDonalds or have a coffee at Starbucks.

 In another example, at Taco Bell the Beefy 5-Layer Burrito consists of 500 calories. Still less than Starbucks’s largest and most sugary beverages. The Combo Burrito is 430 calories and the Burrito Supreme is 390. Both totaling at around the same calorie levels of medium sized drinks at Starbucks.

 The danger in Starbucks’s calories is in the size. Sticking to light and tall sized beverages keeps the calorie count mostly below 200. It may seem like a small and insignificant snack, but compared to meals from fast food chains Starbucks drinks are more sizable than you may think.