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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Feeling Festive; Tartan Cape, Pussybow Blouse, Pointed Loafers

Hello all and Happy December!

It's no secret that I've had rather a thing for capes for years now, but, suddenly they have been deemed 'in' and this means there are capes-a-plenty across a huge variation of brands which I've been taking full advantage of. As well as that, it also means a lot of other people are now wearing them, which is obviously the nature of 'fashion' - things are 'in', then they're out, and I can't complain about that. I'm not someone who's often felt 'in' or 'cool' but in this instance I can't deny that I enjoy feeling somewhat smug that I was already on this bandwagon before it drove off. 

I've been more than a little lacklustre when it comes to posting outfits on my blog recently, so I'm kicking things off for winter with this rather festive ensemble, featuring a cape and pussy bow - what I'd call my 'signature look' (pause for vomit noises/cringing). I often feel a bit school-girlish in the way I dress and that's not at all intentional, I just enjoy dressing in a rather tailored, put-together manner somewhat reminiscent of a school uniform (my Granny often tells me I look 'smart'). Here I'm wearing an absolute new treasure of mine - this tartan cape, which has been my go-to colourful coat of the season. With it, I wore a pair of pointed black loafers with a 'pony hair' detail (not entirely sure I'm describing that accurately, but do we all know what I mean?) which I loved so much, I also bought the patterned version! I wore this outfit about a week ago whilst having a good old chinwag (pause for appreciation of the word 'chinwag) with Charlotte - who kindly took these photos for me in one of my favourite, most-frequented blog photo locations of all time. I just really enjoy the contrast in colours and crispness of this outfit - it's very much an eye catcher. 

Do you wear a lot of colour in the winter, or are you more of a black and white kind of person? Please let me know!

Monday, 1 December 2014

All Wrapped Up with Cath Kidston

Hello all!

December has arrived! You know what that means? CHRISTMAS of course! (and it just so happens to be my birthday today, too...) If you're not already feeling the festivity (I always appreciate alliteration, hohoho!) I've got something to share with you that will hopefully leave you feeling jolly enthused for the festive season ahead. 

Of course, you will all have heard of Cath Kidston. Be it in the form of a tote bag, a duvet cover or a pencil case, I'm fairly certain that at one time or another we've all had our mitts on something featuring one of Cath Kidston's famous floral prints. (In fact, when I was at school a Cath Kidston pencil case was the only pencil case to be seen with.) 

So to gee us all up, Cath Kidston have created 'All Wrapped Up'; a charming, funny little festive film made in order to help us all out this Christmas in regards to the tricky old business of present buying. In the short animation (complete with alarm-enducing banana - don't ask, just watch) we're not only shown what happens in the unfortunate event a present falls into the wrong hands, but also just how easy it can be to find something perfect to put under the tree for everyone this Christmas, be it Mum, Dad, Sibling, Grandparents, that rather awkward office Secret Santa and even the family pooch. 

So, I hope you enjoy this little film. Please do let me know if you find it helpful, and if you'd like to see the musings of others, use and take a look at the hashtag #XmasWrappedUp.

Please note; This is a sponsored post. I very rarely accept sponsored posts and I only do if they are from brands that are in keeping with my blog, that I genuinely like. So, I hope this doesn't bother you. I've always been honest with you if a post is sponsored and I always will be. If you'd like to hear more about what a sponsored post is and what my thoughts/policies are on them, please take a look at my 'About' tab. 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Navy & Pink Autumn Floral Co-ord / Pointy Pink Heels

Skirt: c/o Missguided. Top: c/o Missguided. Necklace: Zara. Shoes: M&S - old, alternative here.

Hello all!

What with this practically tropical autumn we're having, I thought it'd be a crying shame not to take full advantage of it with some thoroughly cold-inappropriate clothing. Now, don't get me wrong. - I'm certainly not saying this perfectly autumnal dark-floral co-ord is inappropriate, but more drawing attention to the fact that it's November the 1st and I'm wearing a relatively thin t-shirt and skirt with no jacket required. NO JACKET REQUIRED, PEOPLE. How on earth this possible? Make the most of this madness and throw off those coats I say! I'll be wearing my midi skirts jacket-less and with bare legs until the bitter end. 

Although - that's not to say that these kinds of pieces aren't practical when the cold inevitably arrives; I'll be teaming this co-ord with some black tights, pointy boots or flats and a warm coat, perhaps with a black fur stole on top -  of course, not forgetting the essential A/W berry lip!

... and this is what I'm wearing!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pastels in Paris

 Top: ASOS. Skirt: Ted Baker. Shoes: Kurt Geiger. Necklace & Bag: Zara. Sunglasses: Miu Miu.

Hello all!

Your eyes aren't deceiving you. What you see before you is a selection of photographs from a good few months ago, featuring that large, fiery ball often referred to as The Sun. Oh, THE SUN. Where has he gone? With the evenings AFTERNOONS getting darker, I felt the need for a little escapism. These photos, I'll admit - are not particularly recent - they are from my summer trip to Paris. I intended to share these photos with you at the time, as the outfit is a particular warm weather favourite of mine. As I gaze out of my kitchen window into the black 5pm abyss (HOW IS IT DARK AT 5PM?) it makes me yearn for a lighter, less weatherly-miserable time (not entirely confident that weatherly is a word but we'll go with it.)  If I say 'hashtag throwback' does that make it ok?

As I've bombarded you with so many photos, I won't witter on - on this occasion I shall let the outfit and city speak for itself. Nosing through other people's holiday snaps or just enjoying photos of pretty destinations is something I love to do. There's just so much colour, beauty and incredible architecture in Paris, so despite these being less than current I hope you enjoy them nonetheless. 

and this is what I wore...

Thursday, 2 October 2014

London Fashion Week Day 4 - Blue & Gold Floral Print Co-ord / YouTube Lookbook

Hello all!

Here it comes, bringing up the rear with its tail between its legs; my LFW day 4 outfit. Better late than never eh? At least that's what they say. (Who are 'they' anyway? Who are these mysterious people we constantly quote?)

Day 4 included 2 of my favourite shows, firstly; the Jay Briggs presentation. Held in a beautiful marble room with stained glass windows, both live models and mannequins were dressed in exquisitely ethereal, feather adorned pieces. It was a mystical, darkly romantic wonderland. Secondly, the Huishan Zhang show held at The Rosewood Hotel. Truly, I have never enjoyed a show more. It certainly helped that we were kindly seated right at the front and that each table was accompanied by its own afternoon tea - as seen below. Finger sandwiches and mini scones? (I had 5 mini scones. Do not judge me. They kept being replaced and who am I to turn down miniature food? Or any food) Not only that, Zhang's creations were essentially what the inside of my head looks like; giant bows, midi length and bardot style dresses, poofy skirts, ruffles, shirts and sweet little cropped jacket. I never usually watch a show and think 'I'd wear 99% of that' - but with Huishan Zhang, I honestly would! It was utterly divine. With every model that walked out, I gasped. My face was the little emoji face with hearts for eyes.

 A huge thank you again to Premier Inn for having Becca and I to stay with you. (Shout out to Paulcat and the delivery man who delivered us midnight dominos in our pyjamas almost every night.) 

P.S. Before you go, I've been really rather naughty. I've started YouTube and informed every platform but you, which is terrible of me, as this was where it all began, and for that reason I have each and every one of you to thank for the wonderful experiences I'm lucky enough to receive now. So, thank you. If you'd like to take a peek at my very first YouTube lookbook, featuring all of the outfits I wore to LFW, as well as a little peek into what I got up to, click here.