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My 5 key wardrobe staples

October 3, 2017

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With autumn just around the corner, I’m looking to the high street and fashion magazines for items to add into my autumn and winter wardrobe. Each year there are much loved items that I dig out and bring back season after season, these are my fashion staples.  I thought it would be fun to share my five key wardrobe staples that always make an appearance each fall season.

Faux Fur Coats

These are my favourite thing to wear in the chillier months, they add much needed texture and fun to the most mundane looks. Both of these coats I’ve had for many years, the brown faux fur I picked up from a vintage store in Birmingham when I was around 16 or 17 years old, its originally from Marks and Spencer’s or rather St Michael’s as it was known when made. It’s in great condition still and I love it as much as the day I found it.

The leopard print has been with me a rather long time too, I think I was between the ages of 19 or 20 years old. Over all its in good condition and I love dusting it off each year. It adds a much needed element of glamour to most looks or helps jazz up an all black outfit.

 

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Bold bags are one of my favourite ways to inject fun into my looks. It’s easy to create a statement with bold colours or prints. I guess bold bags are my favourite accessories all year around but I feel in the autumnal months the are even more important. Often when shooting outfit looks in the winter months you don’t take your coat off, mainly due to it being bloody cold, I feel this is when a statement accessory takes the lead of the look. It helps create depth and texture to a look.

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Knitwear

Whether it’s an embroidered jumper or a plain grey knit, it’s key for the season to have a the right knitwear in your wardrobe. I love a good jumper, in recent years I’ve been drawn to statement knits, they can update your wardrobe and keep you warm. Whats not to love about a cosy statement knit!?

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Statement Shoes

Ankle boots and loafers are my go to in the chillier months. I love a good black ankle boot but you can’t beat a bold stand out shoes. These rose gold and silver ankle boots are my favourites.

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Hats

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Hats are a great way to jazz up an outfit, they can be a bold statement or simple. A couple of my favourites are Berets, Fedora and a Beanie.  This season I’m all about the Beret and fancy getting my hands on some different colours.
Are you into hats and what will you be wearing this season?

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Photos – Shooting Dave

A pop of red

October 2, 2017



Day two of ‘Blogtober’ thought I would share a cute outfit illustration I’ve created.

This fall season red is a key colour, it’s all over the high street stores and designer catwalk. From dressing head to toe in the shade red or adding a pop of colour with a shoe or jumper. Either way I’m thrilled about it as it’s one of my favourite colours and I already own so many statement red items.

To update my key items a little I’ve brought some red tassel earrings – tassel earrings are another huge trend. This is an easy one to dip into and wouldn’t cost you too much to try out.

Over the month I will be mixing things up from my usual posts and will try my hand at sharing key trends for the season ahead, as well as my usual fashion outfits. Fingers crossed I can keep up this ‘Blogtober’ up – doesn’t bode well that I’m saying that on day two 🙈

Is there any content you would like to see?

 

Illustration by Amy Purfield-Clark

Rouge Amoureux

October 1, 2017

 

Well I finally got my hands on a red skirt, albeit this is one I’ve borrowed from my dear friend Josie. I still haven’t found one I like enough to buy from the high street, alas the search continues… but for now I’ve styled up the borrowed one.

Today I’m wearing it with my much loved tee and styled with a red bandana and new faux fur jacket.

This jacket is the softest thing ever – and is such a bloody good price at £29.99p from Zara. I mean under £30 and from Zara! I truly felt like I was robbing them. I have to say Zara has SO many lovely things to lust over in their TRF collection and reasonably priced too. I might have to pick up a couple of other new autumnal pieces (watch this space).

I’m also attempting to do ‘Blogtober’ where I post daily throughout the month of October. I have lots of exciting posts lined up for you. Check back for daily fashion, lifestyle and wedding posts.

What I wore
T-shirt & Socks – Topshop
Jacket – Zara
Skirt & Bag – Warehouse
Neck-a-chief c/o Rocket Vintage

Photos – Shooting Dave

Red Light

September 18, 2017

I’m back with another red outfit, I bloody love red at the moment.
This bell-sleeved jumper is perfect for the cooler autumnal weather were currently experiencing.

As we were heading out for a coffee date with friends, it was the perfect excuse to get dolled up, don some earrings and grab my snazzy new bag. How cute is this little embroidered beaut? It’s from Rock My Vintage, which I highly recommend ya’ll check out.  They have some great vintage and vintage inspired bags on offer, plus plenty of accessories to lust over.

This bag is going to be perfect for that dressed up look and it works well for semi casual use, just like I’ve opted for here.   For my coffee date outing today, this outfit was the perfect in between dressy come casual look.

My new thing at the moment is wearing earrings – it’s now been over 10 years since I last wore a pair!   I’ve picked up a couple of pairs recently, these little red beauts are from Freedom at Topshop. I think they finish off this look perfectly!

What I’m wearing –
Jeans – ASOS
Leather Jacket c/o ASOS
Shoes – Topshop
Earrings – Freedom, Topshop
Jumper – Oasis
Bag c/o Rock My Vintage

 

Photos – Shooting Dave

Transitional Dressing

September 12, 2017

This time of year is a tough one for deciding just what wear for the day ahead, dressing appropriately for whatever weather turns up as the day progresses.  Whilst summer is definitely over, we still see the odd day of sunshine, then it’s back to windy, chilly days, brrr.                    I’m not quite ready to give up bearing my legs, however on cooler days  it feels like the sensible thing to give in and pull on a pair of  tights – I will hold out as long as I can bear it.

   I think transitional dressing as the seasons change can be fun, it’s the time of year when dresses or skirts can be worn with or without tights,  but you can keep cosy by donning a jumper or long sleeved blouse.   It’s the ideal season for grabbing a leather jacket, cos it’s not truly cold enough for our big winter coats.
On the plus side,  this season brings with it a variety of lovely fabrics, of which corduroy is one of my favourites.  This burgundy dress is a perfect example of a transitional wardrobe staple.   (I’ve spied an emerald green version,  who knows, perhaps I might just snap it up!)
I’m looking forward to crisp autumn leaves falling, wearing chunky knits and snuggling on the sofa drinking warming hot chocolate.  I am fickle, whilst I say this today,  I guess by next month I’ll be wishing for springtime to hurry along!
What are you looking forward to in the coming autumn months?


What I’m wearing –
Dress & Blouse – Oasis
Bag – Zara
Earrings – H&M
Boots c/o Warehouse
Leather Jacket c/o ASOS

Photos – Shooting Dave

What and what not to pack when travelling

September 4, 2017

What and what not to pack when travelling

Packing for a simple holiday is sometimes challenging enough, so it’s understandably difficult trying to work out what to bring travelling with you. I thought it would be good to share some top tips I’ve picked up along my travels to make the process easier – here are just some of them. In the past I’ve shared this post on packing but this time I’ve gone more in-depth.

PACK: Sensible clothes

Perhaps the most important thing to ensure you have with you when travelling is a sensible wardrobe. You won’t want to bring anything too flashy or too heavy as they won’t be suitable for the trip. Instead, opt for a few lightweight tops, bottoms and dresses, as well as enough underwear to last you 😉

You’ll want to ensure you have the right clothes for strenuous activity – hiking and walking are always a massive part of travelling, so consider socks and comfortable shoes, but only if you’re planning to do a lot of footwork. Don’t purchase them just for exploring cities and flat terrain, as echoed by the Secret Traveller. And don’t buy anything expensive, either – there’s a chance that it’ll be ruined by the end of your adventure, and won’t be worth bringing back with you. Good place to check out is TKMax or Blacks (in clearance) are good for sensible footwear, this is where I looked for my trip to Scotland and our hikes.

DON’T PACK: Valuables

Packing things such as expensive jewellery is non-sensical when it comes to travelling. The risk of theft when exploring certain parts of the world is too high, and therefore it makes sense to leave your valuables behind before heading off.

Head to parts of Southeast Asia and you could become a victim of “bag-snatching” – it’s a common practice that sees tourists have their bags taken from their person by passers-by speeding through on bikes. These tourists stand out because they showcase their valuables – don’t let that be you.

PACK: Sunscreen

I know it seems like a no brainer but it’s one of the riskiest things that many travellers think they can get away with is not wearing sunscreen in some of the hottest regions in the world. This can lead to some nasty illnesses, whether it be a painful bit of sunburn or something as severe as sun poisoning, which comes with some serious side effects.

Make sure you’re applying generous amounts of sunscreen whenever you’re outside. Even through cloud there’s a possibility of getting burnt, so there really aren’t any excuses. I easily get effected by this and it’s something I feel people over look, so don’t for get the sunscreen!

DON’T PACK: Extra gadgets

Sure, you’re travelling the world – so naturally you’ll want to bring your big camera and several lenses, a Go-Pro, your iPod for long journeys, your laptop to do some work on the way… you’ll need to be realistic about just how much you can carry, and how many of your gadgets you want to risk taking around the globe with you. This is one I always struggle with, I love my gadgets but if going off backpacking it just isn’t sensible and better to leave them at home.

Limit them to around three, so that you have less to be responsible for. Bring your phone to contact family and friends at home, a point-and-shoot camera for quick and easy snaps, and a device to listen to music on the long journeys from A to B.

PACK: Medical supplies

In some places, medical attention may not come quickly. Equip yourself with sufficient supplies so that you can come to your own aid or the aid of those you’re with. Include things such as band-aids, antiseptic wipes and cream for nasty cuts and grazes to prevent infection.

And don’t forget to protect yourself against airborne illnesses, too. Mosquitoes and other insects can carry viruses such as malaria, so pack some repellent to keep them at bay. Don’t forget tablets, too – antihistamines, paracetamol and travel sickness tablets are all incredibly reliable when travelling. These are key for me, I always get bitten and often have an allergic reaction to them, I also get travel sick (yes I’m that person) and theses are my saviour!

 

DON’T PACK: Traveller’s cheques

Nowadays, you won’t need to rely on traveller’s cheques. Many parts of the world have card machines – or at least ATMs – that will allow you to withdraw cash whilst you’re out there. However, it’s best to convert some money before you even leave, so that you can seize the best rates and get the best bang for your buck.

Consider getting a prepaid travel money card for the tightest control over your budget. This way, you can lock in the best rate and have a strict amount to spend whilst abroad. It’s a stress-free way to access your money that won’t leave you surprisingly out of pocket or at risk of theft.

Illustrations by Amy Purfield-Clark

Light Of Love

August 26, 2017

Happy weekend to ya’ll.

Here in England, we are enjoying a warm and lovely long bank holiday weekend with actual sunshine! Yass!  It’s been so gloomy recently and these snaps were taken on a rainy afternoon.  It feels like I am now well and truly in autumnal mode; complete with ankle boots and beret, mainly due to too many cool days of grey clouds and rain showers. Now I’m like,  what do I wear when its sunny? it’s as if I’ve forgotten it’s  summer!

Anyhow, whilst I try to work out what to wear in today’s  22 degree heat, I bet you that I only work it out – just as the weather turns.

I’m writing this during a lazy weekend; Dave is away on a friends stag do, so I’ve been taking it easy; making home cooked dinners, watching films and getting some of our wedding plans sorted.
I’m also working on a new wedding themed post and will be able to share our intended wedding venue with ya’ll next week.  In truth, we just can’t wait to start telling friends and family where we will be getting hitched! So excited.
I will tell you more about that next week.  In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine!!


What I wore –
Top – M&S
Skirt – Vintage
Leather Jacket c/o ASOS
Ankle Boots c/o Warehouse
Bag – Zara
Beret – Accessories
Ankle Socks & Belt – Topshop

Photos – Shooting Dave