Tuesday

[Outfit] Meandering around Mayfair


This weekend was all about relaxing and taking care of number 1. Ben has been in New York with work for the last few days, so I was able to completely chill at home and spend time with friends (and myself, there is nothing I love more than a day by myself doing absolutely nothing), take the dog our for a decent stroll and generally do things that boys wouldn't want to do...  



My friend Lucy has been away recently, so as she was back in town we decided to spend our Saturday checking out the  new Selfridges Le Chalet restaurant, meandering around Mayfair and then promptly hiding from the rain in Little House with a big bowl of apple crumble.


It was one of those days that you just had no idea how to dress, one minute it was teeming down with rain, the next it was beautiful sunshine, so I wore my faithful autumn basics (and just peeled off the layers whenever I needed to).  My coat is an amazing find this season (if I may say so myself). It's from ASOS, but everyone keeps on asking me if it's designer (it looks quite like Rag and Bone or Alexander Wang). I've always wanted a navy, big coat so when this arrived I was instantly glued to it.



My jeans are Paige, obviously. When it comes to blue denim I just don't think any one does it better.  I have a few pairs now from boyfriend styles to skinnies - this pair are called Jimmy Jimmy and they are so soft it feels like you are wearing leggings. A worthy investment, and I whole heartedly recommend. The boots are fast becoming my favourite pair of shoes ever. They're from Jimmy Choo and were a gift earlier in the year. I can safely say I will have a pair of these until I die. I live in them - so comfortable and the ultimate biker boot.



My scarf (with my initials on) was a lovely gift from Selfridges last week as part of their personalised gifting range this Christmas. Its from Johnstons of Elgin, and so super soft I can't stop wearing it. Lopez has taken to snuggling into it when I leave it on a chair too. Last but not least my bag is from L.K.Bennett, which was an early birthday present from the team.  As it's grey, it goes with everything. The grey version has been sold out for a while (though check here regularly as friends have seen them pop up ever so often), but I also recommend the blue colour which a couple of my friends now have and looks amazing (and very cool for summer, when it next comes around).


It was so nice to just wander about, it's rare that as a Londoner you get a moment to absorb the city you are in for all it's worth. If you live in the capital (or are visiting) I really recommend getting the tube to Green Park, wondering through the Burlington Arcade, turning left and meandering through the pretty Mayfair streets to Berkeley Square and then walking up North Audley Street (making note of all the pretty mews streets to your left). You'll also conveniently end up at Selfridges, which is no bad this at this time of year - their window displays are something else! Enjoy...


Monday

Love Her Look: Leopard Print Coat



I've decided to start a new chain of posts on the blog, stemming from the questions my followers on Pinterest ask me on a weekly basis; "Where can I get this outfit?" So, Love Her Look intends to provide you with that exact information. Last week, my friend Lucy's outfit was the most engaged pin in her leopard print coat, black polo neck, black heels and black ripped jeans. Simple and easy to do - as long as you have the right components!



I'm not sure where Lucy's shoes are from, but I've put in some similar shoes that I own from Kurt Geiger which are fantastic. They're not super high and very easy to wear (read: walk in). I wear them all the time... My choice of skinny black jeans will always be AG which you can find in Selfridges, when you're investing. When trying them out for the first time, make ASOS' Whitby jean your new best friend as they're a great price. Polo neck wise for me there really is only one place to go; Uniqlo. I buy ALL my basic knits from there.

As for the leopard print coat, I totally get it's a risky purchase for anyone new to prints and fluff so the pricepoint of this Topshop one is absolutely perfect... And if you're trying out layering with a leather jacket you can either invest in one from somewhere like Reiss or Whistles (I have both, and love them) or test the look out with a very good pleather one like this Topshop piece. Enjoy!

Have a look at my other leopard print looks over on Pinterest here.



Thursday

Our 30th Birthday Party




You may have noticed that the blog went a bit quiet for a week. Well, it was my big 3-0!  I decided to give myself a break from all things blogging for a few days and fully relax and enjoy my birthday.  Ben and I went away on the day itself (more on that to come) but on Saturday evening my friend Georgie (who is 5 days older than me) shared a birthday bash in Fulham with our nearest and dearest.




We went for a prohibition theme, and really went for it. It was so cool that everyone actually bothered to dress up. We had a spectacular magician (or as he prefers, an illusionist), a stonking great, big birthday cake (half red velvet, half chocolate - and I somehow managed to lose my half at some point during the night, go figure) and a lot of love from our favourite people.




I wore a dress from Miss Selfridge which went down a treat (although I am still finding the beads from it everywhere from the carpet to the car - no idea why, it still looks brand new) and some Jimmy Choo heels.  I'm not sure where many of the other girls' bits came from except for Ella, who had spent the majority of her Saturday hunting down suitable attire (and wound up in Ann Summers to buy these gloves) and Ben decked the boys out in his Atelier Scotch ties and the braces were a last minute dash to Topman.





We drank a lot, danced a lot and ate a lot of penny sweets. My mum, dad and sister came, which was lovely as they travelled all the way from Cardiff having watched the rugby in the rain. It may have been the amount of gin consumed, but I felt extremely emotional when everyone sang happy birthday to us both around the cake - genuinely touched at the effort everyone had gone to. 




So far 30 is good. I do feel older, I feel like I need to be a bit more sensible (a few weekends will no doubt get that out of me) and also felt like I need to "give back" a bit. Having been to see the poppies at  the Tower of London recently it really hit home to me how lucky my generation is in comparison to those previously. We've never had to do anything in our lives really... My grandfather went to war at 17 with 30 friends and was the only one to come back.



So, I've joined GoodGym. It does exactly what it says on the tin. You "gym" and do "good."  I'm very excited to be paired up with my isolated elder, who I will visit regularly - and in return for the commitment I get a personal trainer to help me with my fitness goals.  I'll also be told about people or tasks in need in my area, and be given the opportunity to help out. My t shirt arrived in the post today and I am raring to go!