Friday

Seeing Red

To most people this probably won't be rocket science, but I've recently discovered that red is a brilliant addition to my wardrobe. When I worked for a French company, I'd spend days trying to work out why the Parisian team looked so much more refined and consistent with their style. I thought it was down the basics - and in fairness I think the denim/white/black staples definitely helped - but it recently dawned on me that they also nearly always wear something red. And it's that that makes their outfit "pop out" that little bit more.


It's been a welcomed addition to my wardrobe as I'd swung dangerous close to boring whilst cultivating the perfect black blazer, blue jean and white tee shirt. Now that I've got it in my head, it's actually really easy to do. Red goes really well with everything else I enjoy wearing (especially my breton shirts) so now I've bought the basics I thought I'd share it with you...


It doesn't have to be a bright red sweater, instead I've picked out things like this Chinti and Parker knit and this J Crew stripe tee shirt which has little pops of red in the design. I'm also on the quest for the perfect red midi skirt as I love the whole "white tee, white trainer, denim jacket and red skirt" thing that's all over Instagram. I bought this one from RIXO but it's too small so I'm hoping the replacement size will fit like a glove. I did buy this Free People dress which is a tad optimistic given the weather but I didn't want to risk it selling out, my bad (it was a tough decision between the FP one and this Other Stories one).


If you're a bit nervous about going all out, perhaps try getting some red basics. I mean the dream purchase would be the Gucci Soho in red but that's not to everyone's budget - And Other Stories have a lovely red handbag at the moment, and I've also bought the Adidas Gazelle's in red and find myself wearing them all the time alongside my jeans and grey sweaters. The shoes I'm wearing in this post are from L.K.Bennett (old, but very similar in the sale here) and they work very well for me - they tick the red box without being too "bright red Dorothy-like" and the block heel is brilliant for giving me a bit of a lift and walkability. 


Lets not forget the grey jumper with the red writing on the front - lots of those popping up in shops and I am so happy with mine. Slogan tees are a really good way of incorporate a little bit of colour - my sister bought me this tee for Christmas from Topshop and I love it, expect to see it in lots of upcoming posts teamed with blazers and jeans (also found this one in red that's pretty good for £16). I also bought myself this J Crew tee (click through to see inside the pocket, super cute) for £20 when I was in New York in December.

I also acquired this Dodo o Bar shirt which I cannot wait to wear on holidays, but for now am pairing with jeans), and this River Island top - I had last year's version and wore it to death. So having shopped to my heart's content I've done a little edit of my favourite red pieces, click on the links provide to shop them if I can tempt you. Enjoy!
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Thursday

Starting 2018 With A Bang

Somehow we made it to 2018! December was an absolute whirlwind and it felt like it was that way for everyone, lets give ourselves a pat on the back! This year I'm going to be downsizing the amount of blog content I do and focussing a little more on YouTube as I've found I really enjoy it. My following is currently laughable, so if you fancy helping an old dog with some new tricks please do subscribe to my channel here


Now the blog will go back to being very simple outfit posts, inspiration and some travel mixed in then I go away. All my beauty stuff can either be found here at my beauty store (where I keep a full list of everything I use) or over on Youtube where I'm doing proper tutorials and reviews. To start the year off I thought I'd show you some pieces I've been living in for the last couple of months in this post. Luckily for you most of them are now on the sale too! 

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Wednesday

My Pet Story with Pet Plan

Unless you're new to my little part of the internet you'll know I'm one of those pet owners. The ones that talks about their pets non-frigging-stop. My one, aka Lopez The Best Dog In The World is my soulmate and fur-baby wrapped into one, like a brilliant BOGOF offer life decided to honour me with. This year we had our first proper "poorly" incident and I felt like my world was falling apart. It was absolutely torturous and despite me being convinced he understands everything I say, him not being able to tell me what was wrong was absolutely heart wrenching.

It taught me why pet insurance is a damn good idea. Lopez's breeder wouldn't accept owners who didn't take out insurance and at the time I thought that was a little over the top. However, having experienced him being unwell and the security our insurance policy gave me I couldn't recommend it more. We chose Pet Plan Insurance and we've found them to be brilliant, as do our vets. By coincidence, Pet Plan got in touch last month and asked Lopez and I to take part in a campaign with them.
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Taking A Good Few Days Off

It's very nearly time for a well earned break. So, here's an outfit that I'll be living in over Christmas. Paired back make up (including no mascara which is why I look a little different than usual) my old faithful basics, a new cardigan and some new rings to add a little bit more to the look. Followers of my Instagram know that my goal is to have the ultimate boho hands; delicate and different rings on pretty much every finger, all probably gold as that's my favourite. Beady eyed Instagram followers will have already spotted my new additions, but here's a little more about they came to me...


Longer term followers will know that my really special piece of jewellery is from Monica Vinader, their Riva ring here. My late grandmother bought it for me for my 30th and I absolutely love it. It means an awful lot and it gets noticed all the time - if I had a pound for overtime I've been in a meeting and the person opposite me has had it on too, well, I'd own the whole collection. The brand fell a little off the radar for me, despite seeing lovely pieces of friends, so I was delighted when they got in touch and showed me their most recent collections.
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Sunday

A Few Thoughts On Being An Influencer in 2017

I've put off writing this post for about three weeks. Ask any of my friends and they'll tell you I'm as subtle as a ten metre sledge hammer and I tend to really upset people when I comment on something. I don't do well with delicate people as I always manage to offend them by accident but what’s come to light is that these delicate people are prepared to say really hurtful things about me and some of my peers - and I believe that if someone’s prepared to put something out there they should be prepared to take it back. There was one comment made about an influencer I spotted on Twitter that tipped me over the edge, so here's my ten pence on what’s going on in the world of influencer marketing right now. We have to have a really tough skin and although the perks are crazy-good I think it's important to show you a few home truths. Apologies if it gets a bit ranty.

coat, Hobbs here - often sells out so I found it with another retailer, here / boots, jigsaw

The influencer landscape is changing, moved as much by influencers as it their audiences. It's an enormous but necessary learning curve that only works with contributions from both sides. But here's the thing; any blogger who started before around 2014 didn't do it for the money. We did for the love of it. In fact making money wasn't an option when we started, we were doing it either as a creative pursuit alongside our careers or to strengthen our careers - e.g: I know quite a few very junior fashion editors who weren't given the opportunity to showcases their abilities in the magazines they worked on, so used a blog to demonstrate their talent. Ironically many of these people have since sacked in the editorial world and blog full time, because they're really pretty good at it.
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