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January Gems

Hello to 2016! Sorry for the little hiatus, I went away on holiday straight after Christmas (post coming up, for now my Instagram will have to suffice) and have only just got back into the swing of things. If you're anything like me, I'm so happy we've got a new year starting as I was so done with 2015... Amongst other exciting 2016 projects; the blog turns FIVE next month. First on my list of "to dos" for the year is clearing out my wardrobe. I've been doing very well so far, with a big bag of stuff going to the charity shop and even more going on eBay and Vestiaire.


I've been completely rubbish about staying in touch with the latest trends - I've barely been on a website or read a magazine (in fact I've mainly been reading The Book Thief, zoning out using Headspace and eating carbs). So, having felt like a very bad blogger for most of the weekend, I spent an hour catching up. Here are a few new season pieces that have caught my eye...

Lets be honest, sales seem really f*cking awful. If the product hasn't sold out by now you question if it should ever have been made available. If I am buying anything there has to be good reason for it. 2016 is about refining and upgrading. Starting with a corker; this is going to be the year that the Neverfull becomes part of my life. Once something has been in my mind for long enough, I know I have to make it happen. I object to paying £1000 for a brand new one, particularly when they are now made from plastic. I am scouring Vestiaire daily for a vintage leather baby (absolutely gutted I missed this one whilst on holiday).

Next up, I have an eternal fear of looking too Sloaney (pinned back hair, pearls, white jeans, tops with safe necklines and neat little cardigans - eurgh!) but I have to admit one thing these girls have got right is wearing Tod's Gomminos. I bought my first pair last year and am now itching for a taupe coloured pair, here. Coat wise, I've accrued too many and am selling most of mine to start from scratch. I've just got this one from L.K.Bennett which I'm obsessed with as it truly brightens up your day.  As for shirts, I've been having a serious cull on my "weekend" ones and refined mine to this chambray blue one from Topshop and this oversize one from Urban Outfitters. Further weekend wear (because this is me after all) if you haven't got a striped top yet then just buy this one. No questions.

Finally, I'm trying to dress a bit smarter so I have been on the hunt for pieces that I can add to my existing stuff that'll make me look a little more refined. Having looked high and low I really can't do better than Hobbs' Kelsey for a simple white shirt. Reiss is always good for work pieces, though always check the neck line and hem lengths as sometimes they're made for very, very tall girls. Really like their black trousers and mink coloured skirt. Whistles as always have got it good - this monochrome top and this pink skirt are superb. Never rule out Karen Millen either, this sleeveless blazer is a gem.


PS - if you are struggling to cut down your wardrobe I really recommend you take a look at The Lovely Laura Life who has written a great post about refining her closet to "the dream 75 piece." Everyone's will be a little bit different, but it's a great starting block. Above is her list of must haves, and to read the whole post click here.


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