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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Blossom Showers - Spring Sunglasses with Suuna

 Sunglasses c/o Suuna.
 Coat: here. Shirt: here. Trousers: here. Shoes: Russell & Bromley. Skinny Scarf: here. Earrings: Dior. Bag: Chanel.
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Spring has arrived and it's officially sunglasses weather and I couldn't be happier, so, I've dusted off some of my old favourites and added some new additions to my collection! One of my new additions comes in the shape of this classic, black, cat eye style shade from Suuna.  As well as the shape and quality being important, high UV protection is my number one must-have when it comes to a new pair of shades. After, all that's what sunglasses are for! So, I was thrilled to find this pair, not only in my favourite cat eye shape, but with 100% UV protection and for only £33. Sold! 

I also picked up this coat in preparation for my trip to Florence (self promo no. 1: you can watch my Florence vlog here if you're interested) but it ended up only seeing the inside of a BA plane and my hotel room as the weather was so warm in Italy! So I've been doing my best to get some wear out of it here in decidedly more chilly England. I completely adore the colour; it's a sort of soft lilac, dove-grey colour which I've never seen before. It's totally different from anything I already own so I've really been enjoying wearing it. (self promo no. 2: If you'd like to see me style this coat in a few other ways, you can check out this video all about my holiday capsule wardrobe.)

*Please note, this post has been kindly sponsored by Suuna.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Blue Suede / Wide Leg Trousers - 'Cool' Tailoring with River Island

Jacket: here. Top: here. Trousers: here. Shoes: here. - All c/o River Island

I know the situation - I'm not cool, I never have been. So when River Island contacted me asking if I'd like to put together and feature an outfit I was a bit like '...me? Me, who dresses like an accountant? OK SURE.' I've always considered River Island to be pretty hip, so I took this offer as the fashion equivalent of the cool kids asking me to sit with them at lunch. You might say that I took it as a challenge of sorts. Ideally, I wanted to put together something that still represented what I consider to be 'my style' - tailored & smart, but with an edge of River Island-style cool. I think I managed it.

Being quite firmly within my comfort zone, the wide leg, tailored trousers were the first things I gravitated towards. Once I had that 'safe piece' to build around, I filled out the rest of the outfit with a cage-detail vest, snakeskin strappy shoes and a much-too-trendy-for-me suede biker jacket. You heard it right. A blue biker jacket - with the soft blue detailing of the shoes matching perfectly. 

The trousers were exceptionally comfortable, unrestrictive and soft, so much so that I also maybe possibly might've ordered them in black too. I think they have a perfect 'office chic' kind of look - a look I definitely favour. 

So, thanks River Island for helping me feel a little bit cooler than I actually am.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Pale Blue Trench: Cool-Toned Hues for Spring

Trench: here. Top: River Island (old - alternative here). Bag: here. Trousers: here. Shoes: here. Sunglasses: Miu Miu (sold out). Earrings: Chanel.
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Spring is officially here, and so I thought I would welcome the new season by creating an all blue-hued, fresh looking outfit. Spring for me, conjures images of blue skies and blooming flowers - blue is certainly a spring colour, but this more frosty, cool toned blue I thought would be acceptable for the current weather situation; COLD. I paired this pale blue trench with my blue lens Miu Miu's and silver Chanel earrings with blue stones. I wanted to continue the cool toned theme so my silver Saint Laurent bag seemed the perfect choice!

I particularly love the rough, unfinished edges of the trench and the black contrasting details; I think it's a perfect 'throw on and go' piece - it looks quite slouchy and 'chill' whilst also appearing structured and put-together. I think it's a really interesting piece and different to anything I already own. It's light and oversized enough to allow for layering underneath, but also the cool blue hue means this will still look spring-approriate when the milder weather finally arrives. I can't wait to mix it up with the rest of my wardrobe! 

What do you think? Are you a fan of coloured trenches?

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

My Style Forumla

Jacket: M&S (old - alternative here). Blouse: here. Trousers: here. Skinny Scarf: here. Shoes: Russell & Bromley (old). Bag: here. Sunglasses: Miu Miu (sold out - can't find them anywhere online, sorry!)
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I think this outfit is pretty much a perfect depiction of my style formula; old pieces mixed with new, 'higher end' high street (Reiss/Karen Millen etc) mixed with more affordable offerings (H&M, Topshop etc), topped off with designer accessories. This is my favourite way to dress. For instance, the trousers are new-in from H&M, but the shoes are years old from Russell & Bromley. To me, it makes a lot more sense to splurge on classic pieces that you'll wear over and over again, and use high street shops as your means to stay 'on trend'; for things that you know are more of a phase (I'm looking at you old Topshop harem pants circa 2010). 

I utterly believe that one does not have to be fitted head to toe in designer in order to look stylish - and more importantly, a designer label does not necessarily equate to a higher level of quality. For instance, this pinstripe coat. I honestly think it looks quite *premium*- the quality and cut is great, I've had it for about 3 years and it's free from signs of wear, and you know what? It's from M&S. Hell yeah. I once wore it to fashion week and when people asked 'WHO are you wearing?' and I replied 'Marks and Spencer' - people recoiled in a kind of confused horror, then asked me if it was still available to buy so they could grab themselves one. They loved it!

Alternatively, this frilly blouse with contrasting trim is a new addition. You all know I am simply incapable of resisting anything that even slightly resembles the uniform of a musketeer. I like it because it's sheer in a just-about-acceptable way. 

I also realise I'm not wearing my coat properly again and in many of these photos I look like I've become detached from arms. WANTED: my arms. Reward if found. 
But really, I think a lot of us have just kind of accepted that wearing your coat over your shoulders just looks more *fashion* in photos, but if I walked around like this in real life I'd definitely look like an arse. 

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

What's On My Face | No.1

Eyeliner: here. Lipstick: here. Eyeshadow: here. Brush: here. Blush Palette (sold out) - single blush here.
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In case you didn't know, I now have a scheduled upload day on YouTube; Thursday! I'm so happy  with how its going and feel very grateful for the enthusiastic response I've received. Despite that, my blog's been feeling a little neglected lately, and I wanted to start doing a little series that I thought would be quick, simple and fun - but also relatively time efficient for me to photograph and create. So, in-between outfit photos I thought I'd start doing mini posts on my current makeup favourites. I LOVE reading beauty reviews and recommendations from other bloggers, but sometimes (mine included) they can be so lengthy that I just don't have the time to wade through the text. This way,  as well as my style blog posts, you can check out what I've been wearing on my face in a bite-sized fashion!

Eyeliner: a delightful surprise, this liquid liner has been my go-to. So much so, it's almost run out. It's black as the night and stays in place all day long. 

Lipstick: despite the slightly odd shaped tube, this lipstick is incredibly pigmented and doesn't need a great many touch ups throughout the day. Probably one of my top 3 reds.  

Eyeshadow: the perfect soft pink, ideal for everyday wear. It evens the tone of my lids and creates the loveliest subtle sheen, only really visible if the light hits it in a particular way which is exactly what I wanted. The tiny packaging, mirror included, means it's super duper easy to travel with!

Brush: Tom Ford unbelievably soft brushes have absolutely stolen my heart. Due to their very high price point, it almost pains me to use them. However, every time I do, the result is flawless. 

Blush: The above is a Bobbi Brown blush palette. I can always count on Bobbi Brown when I'm feeling in the mood for an easily blendable and bright pop of cheek colour, but don't fancy looking like a clown. Bobbi Brown somehow always manages to get this right; bright colours that complement a variety of skin tones without looking garish.
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What are your current face favourites? 

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Trench Cape & White Polo Neck - Transitioning into Spring

Trench Cape: here. Jumper: here. Trousers: here. Shoes: Russell & Bromley (sold out) - I'd also wear these. Earrings: Dior - alternative here. Bag: Chanel - alternative here.
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By now, I'm sure you'll all be aware of my penchant for capes. Having recently forayed into the world of the trench coat, I knew when I spied this kind of weird but simultaneously beautiful trench-cape hybrid, I had to have it. When styling it, I wanted to keep most of the focus on the cape itself; being such a unique piece. So, I dressed it up with a pair of leather trousers (or what my friend Bianca refers to as 'Topshop's finest pleather') and a white polo neck with button cuff details. 

Spring is obviously the time when lighter colours and fabrics begin make their way into our wardrobes, and trench material is a spring classic. Light, but also durable enough to withstand the April showers and keep the chilly breeze at bay. Or... this would be true, if the 'spring' we're having this year wasn't so dreadfully cold!

FYI: the cape has now been reduced from £75 to £35 - click here to take a peek.