Even though we are technically now entering spring, at the moment it’s still certainly cold enough to keep us from reorganising our wardrobes any time soon. With this in mind, I thought I would talk you through my winter style that I have rocked pretty consistently, throughout the season so far.
One of my favourite things to do at the weekend, is layer up and take a walk across to Windsor for a coffee and a mooch, before heading back home again. Call it boring, but so often it’s the simple things in life that provide the most fulfilment.
I love this bag, it was a recent find at Topshop for the total bargain price of £8!
My Episode coat has been my winter staple and I purchased it at the beginning of the season last year as a bit of an investment piece; I have no doubt it’ll see me through many winters to come. It has a fairly masculine appearance to it as it’s quite broad in the shoulders and has wide lapels, it also has just one buckle to secure it together but to be honest it really suits being left open. You really can’t go wrong with a thick black coat.
During colder months layers are absolutely the way forward and for me, are one of the best things about this time of year. The burgundy wool cardigan and cotton t-shirt are both from PacSun which I visited in LA back in October with Trek America (see my travel diary here). The t-shirt is from the new Kendal & Kylie (Jenner) range and although you can’t see it here, the side panels are cut out so it falls really nicely over other clothing, but more so over your hips which I think is really flattering. PacSun is one of my favourite American stores, I would definitely recommend you try and locate one if you’re ever on that side of the Atlantic in the future.
Despite my vast collection of scarves, this one from River Island has barely left my neck all winter; it goes with everything and I love how an animal print can add interest to an otherwise plain or simple outfit.
All that’s left is a deep berry lip and you’re all set to go -the one pictured is MAC’s Smoked Purple (review here) and has quickly become my favourite.
What staples have been your winter style?
Until next time x
Firstly I have to apologise, owing to the horrendous recent weather and crap winter lighting, I had to photograph my January sales haul indoors. I also didn’t put on any makeup hence why I have cut my face off some of the images because I just looked too terrible. Is this good enough, Sweeties? No, it’s not. But I hope you’ll forgive me this one time and appreciate it is down to circumstances and me trying to make the best of a bad photography situation and not actually a true reflection of my effort or commitment to post quality content.
Right, confession over, let’s get on with the post shall we?
Unlike previous years where I have been known to have a fairly big blow out in the January sales, this year I haven’t scaled the high street stripping the rails of fashion finds, instead I have literally just shopped in two places –River Island and Missguided. Mostly this was owing to time (I haven’t had any), and also I don’t need a lot to be honest and why spend money for the sake of it?
I love River Island sales, you really can get some great stuff in them and from my local store I picked up three items: A dark yellow 3/4 sleeved top; a loose fitting black mesh knitted top, and a pair of checked leggings.
I ummed and ahhh’ed over the leggings for ages but I am so pleased I bought them in the end -they fit perfectly (they have a zip at the back) and are a bit of fun. Where possible, I try and always incorporate a pattern or a bold colour in an outfit and usually achieve this best at work. While the leggings might not be work appropriate, the tops definitely are. Last year I bought another yellow top from River Island and when it’s paired with black skinnies it looks fab -check out my How To Nail an Interview post where I’ve featured the look for you previously. I otherwise actually think all three pieces are quite versatile and can be matched with so many other items in my existing wardrobe.
I bought: Gold buckle detail cigarette trousers in nude; a tailored pair of cigarette trousers in burgundy; A black vertical sheer stripe t-shirt; and a scallop hem mini skirt in nude. I also purchased a wrapped front jersey midi skirt but it looked terrible (not to mention creased) so that’s going back.
I am really pleased with each of my purchases particularly when they are bought online as you can never be 100% sure of how an item will appear when it’s not on a tall skinny model. Essentially I was looking for some easy work pieces and that’s exactly what I have got -my favourite purchase is definitely the scallop hemmed skirt (above), it pairs so brilliantly with a black top and it has pockets!!
What great finds have you guys picked up in the sales?
Until next time x
For the month of July, I thought I would create a new blog series covering my favourite things. Publishing each Thursday, I will take you through some favourites of mine that aren’t beauty, and not necessarily material. Today we kick off with my favourite pairs of shoes and it was writing about Carrie Bradshaw on Sunday (here), that inspired the topic for this first post.
I can’t tell you how delighted I was when I purchased these heeled boots a few years ago & they won’t have cost me more than about £25, so a total bargain! Recently you have heard me bang on about my fashion scrapbooks (here), and how much they have helped inspire purchases that ultimately refine my style; this is a classic example (as below too). I saw a picture of Taylor Momsen during the heights of her Gossip Girl days wearing a pair of heeled boots in a similar style & I desperately wanted a pair to match. It took another year or two of being patient but eventually these came into my life.
Because they are platform heels, they are incredibly comfortable to wear and the rubber sole means they have good grip so are fine for day or night. What I love most is the edge the tie-up laces create. View Full Post
You know it’s Friday when this post pops into your social media/Bloglovin/reader feeds! How has your week been? Aside from my day job, I have spent quite a lot of time this week planning future blog posts and trying to introduce some new ideas into my content. Sometimes it’s just so hard finding the time to do this and write without risk of slipping in my blog schedule -anyone else struggle with this?
In other news, this week I have done two new things! I experienced my first Yoga and Zumba classes at my gym! Both I thoroughly enjoyed and (I feel) work together well; I get that full fun work out with Zumba, and in Yoga, I take an hour to myself to listen to my body and stretch, releasing tensions and stresses following too many hours sat at my desk. I am at my happiest when I am fit and healthy and I love keeping active!
Anyway, here is this week’s work wear highlight and in today’s post, I show you how effectively a fun scarf can add a level of fun and interest to an otherwise simple outfit for the workplace.
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I can’t get over with how quickly Fridays come around, I’ve been at my new job almost 5 weeks now -the time has just flown by!
I love the look this week, the trousers have become such a work staple as have the shoes but this shirt I can’t believe I haven’t worn sooner! I don’t even remember getting it but I know I have had it a long time, and I mean probably years and yet never worn it. I think the combination of black, pink and grey go really well together, look so effortless, and overall, a great combination. What do you think?
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