While getting dressed I fancied wearing something a little Christmasy, this outfit may not scream Christmas but the colour palette lends its self rather well to the festive period, or at least I think so. To me there is something so classic about a monochrome (well mostly monochrome) outfit and then with an added dash of red, it’s truly one of my favorites. This dress is a firm favorite of mine, this time around I added my fluffy black jumper and Dr Martens for a more casual day look. For an added pop of red I choose this little red bag, its surprisingly spacious and is the perfect running around town doing errands bag.
I also got to see my Father this weekend, which was amazing but will be sharing more on that later in the week. I also have finished all of my Christmas shopping and will be sharing my wrapping style with you soon.
Bag – Vintage
Shoes – Dr Martens
Hat – Urban Outfitters
Necklace c/o Zara
I’m full of cold and feeling awful but before it all got too much, Dave and I headed out for lunch at Honest Burger in Tooting. After lunch and with the burger fueling my energy we took Coco for a walk around the common. As well as sporting a runny red nose (sexy, I know!) you may notice my new hair. These aren’t the best photos to show off my new hair as it blends into my coats fur, but as you can see the top is a darker shade and long gone is the brass blonde dip dye, instead it’s a more natural Balayage/Sombre style of colouring, with softer highlighted ends with different shades of Ash blonde and a deep brown running through. I’m really pleased with the way it turned out and would like to thank my Mother as it was her Christmas present to me. :-)
Photos - Shooting Dave
As the Festive season is now in full swing, I thought I’d help you out with some Christmas present ideas. I’ve tracked down the best stocking fillers to larger presents for that special lady in your life. Quite a few items featured on this list are on my stocking wish-list too! I mean there all too cute, who wouldn’t be happy to receive a Cambridge Satchel, a Dachshund Anatomy Cushion or a beautiful Mad Elizabeth Earth Druzy Pendant…
P.S my blog has started snowing ;-) making this time of year even more magical!
1. Topshop Lip & Cream Blush set £12
2. Liberty Cream Tower of London Heart Decoration £7.95
3. Urban Outfitters Reindeer Jewellery Holder £6
4. Urban Outfitters Christmas Pudding Lip Gloss £3
5. Urban Outfitters Reindeer Christmas Socks £12
6. Mad Elizabeth Globe Watch £16
7. Cath Kidston Christmas Mug £6.50
8. L’occitane Summertime in Provence Collection £28
9. Topshop Bell Motif Christmas Sweater £42
10. The Cambridge Satchel Company Classic in Navy £116
11. Vans Authentic Shoes £47
12. Urban Outfitters Diana Mini Camera Cushion £40
13. Topshop Christmas Animal Print PJ set £32
14. Wallis Metallic Envelope Clutch Bag £15
15. Beyond Retro Reindeer Jumper £18
16. Topshop Rhinestone Flower Frabric Collar £22.50
17. New Look Fashion Rebel T-shirt £9.99
18. River Island Red Fedora Hat £25
19. Topshop Metallic Pleated Midi £60
20. Mad Elizabeth Earth Druzy Pendant £20
21. Laura Ashley Rhubarb & Vanilla Candle £9.80
22. Benefit Rockitude £25.50
23. Oh Deer Quirky Illustrated Dachshund Anatomy Cushion £34.95
24. Oh Deer Polar-bear A4 Note Book £8
My date for coffee was my good friend Katrina (her blog is under going a make-over currently but will share links once it’s back up). We went to Harris and Hoole. Which was a new coffee shop for me but it didn’t disappoint, in-fact I loved the 70’s inspired furniture and the crockery. We both opted for hot chocolate (so not really a coffee date) and shared banana bread and lemon drizzle cake. If your ever near a Harris and Hoole, I’d a recommend visiting, even though its a chain (not a very large one) it still has that independent local coffee shop vibe, that starbuck and other large chain places are missing.
I picked up this rose gold clutch bag in the sale at work and with the party season just around the corner, it’s perfect to jazz up any LBD or give that little bit of sparkle to any day time look. For it’s first outing I teamed it with my new blouse from Topshop, this rich burgundy shade is my favorite colour and the silky feel to the fabric makes it that perfect dressy blouse with out being OTT. To keep the outfit on the casual side I added my Fedora hat and faux fur scarf.
What I’m wearing -
Hat – Urban Outfitters
Necklace – Freedom
Photos - Shooting Dave
Laura Ashley Press Day
As I’ve been a busy bee recently and visited a few press and blog events, I thought I’d do a little round up post – starting with the Laura Ashley SS15 press day. I met up with Katrina and headed over to Laura Ashley HQ, this was my first visit to their head office but Katrina has been many a time so she lead the way. The home-wear really caught my eye – oh so many lovely things I have on my wish list now! The clothing was very cute and had some delightfully kitsch prints.
Voucher Codes Swap Shop
Ashley and myself were invited along to the Voucher Codes swap shop, we each had to take along five or more items in good condition and these would be up for swaps with other bloggers who’d done the same. A good way of updating your wardrobe and saving money at the same time. I walked away with a really cute hat and a cashmere Burberry esque scarf – I was very happy indeed! As well as shopping, there was mac-n-cheese, cocktails and balloons. I mean you can’t beat a cupcake balloon hat, can you! I was also in the video of the night, if you want to cringe and hear me speak, you can watch it here.
On Friday I popped along to the HOF press day – the home-wear was to die for, I literally squealed with delight as I saw the room! They also had some pretty lovely clothing on show, I’m lusting after that gold leather jacket from Biba. It’s out end of Jan and is limited edition, so if it takes your fancy keep an eye on the website and act fast! I must also mention how good the nibbles were (by Sugar & Spice), I hung around for a little longer than needed to taste and photograph them. I’ve also included a snap of London taken from the press room, I mean London is a pretty city and that view! It was one of my favorite press day’s I’ve ever been to, with so many thing I can’t wait to buy come SS15!
Tea, cake and a catch up with Ashley!
I feel very lucky having Ashley living not far away, means I have a blogging buddy just down the road. Which is good, as when we meet for tea and cake we both spend time photographing how pretty it looks before we take a bite. After taking Ashley to my favorite local coffee shop Lavish Habit in Balham we headed to the common, which was rather muddier than I had expected. Coco didn’t seam to mind running in the mud, Ashley and I however didn’t wander to far from the path to take our outfit snaps. We only managed a few snaps due to the fading light and crazy misty fog seeping over the common.