Wednesday

Marks and Spencer Floral Dress


My god, how has Easter come and gone already? I feel like it's totally crept up on me and neither me or my wardrobe was ready for it! I took a big look at my "summer stuff" and it's all too "hot weather." Spring in the UK is sweating profusely in a sweater one minute, shivering in shorts the next! So, I've been on the hunt for things that work no matter what the temperature and floral dresses seem to be the most obvious winner...

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Sunday

Celebrating The Everyday

Followers of my Instagram will know I've spent a large chunk of the Easter weekend indoors working  (quite a bit of it on this very post). Running your own thing, whether it's a a freelance workload or your own business is hard going and it's very important to appreciate the simple pleasures of the every day. So when The White Company got in touch and asked me to get involved in their Celebrate the Everyday campaign it seemed very fitting.


I thought it was fitting to get my little ball of happiness involved. I've had Lopez for nearly six years and he's very much the calm in my storm. Whether it's being curled up on the sofa for a cuddle or bouncing down the street towards the park, nothing makes me happier than seeing him with that big silly (slightly wonky) grin on his little face. 
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Friday

Giving River Island A Go

So this week was crazy, eh? How are we at Easter? It was January five minutes ago! We're really not doing much this weekend; bit of home, bit of friends, bit of family. Most definitely chocolate and a roast dinner on Sunday - although I'm still desperately attempting a keep-fit regime so I'm going to be trying not to go too far astray...


As part of my competition with intu (details here, you can win over £1000 worth of vouchers to shop at places like ASOS, Topshop, Marks and Spencer and Missguided) I wanted to style out how I'd spend the winnings. River Island is the majority of their centres, so I thought I'd give the brand a proper try. In truth, aside from the odd thing I've seen via magazines I'd not shopped there for about 5 years. Turned out it was much more successful than I thought...




my trousers in various colours = red / black / beige / taupe / white

The brand do still have the cropped, bright, stretchy stuff that makes any girl above the age of 25 (or trying to be) shudder. But once I'd got through that I found some amazing stuff. Firstly, I was pleasantly surprised by their trousers. Rather than the cheap, sweaty fabric you might expect these are thick, well structured and I feel like a million dollars in them. I don't really like my thighs, but the frills at the bottom almost balance them out - and they are slightly cropped meaning my ankles are on show (slimming). They're from their Limited Edition range, and you can find them in lots of colours as above.

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Monday

How To Visit Gstaad For A Weekend

As followers of my Instagram here know, I popped over to Gstaad for the weekend a few weeks ago. Knowing little about the area other than it being excellent for skiing I was really curious to check it out from a perspective of a non-skier (I'm not the best, and given our trip was so quick I thought I'd let Gus have a day to bolt down the mountains without worrying about me). After a few busy weeks my agenda was simple, relax and relaxation, and when I looked up our hotel, Le Grand Bellevue, I had a feeling it might just tick the boxes...

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Saturday

Win A £1000 Shopping Spree

Not sure about you but this time of year makes me want to rip up everything in my wardrobe and start again! I've just finished a ruthless closet edit which involves 3 bin bags going to charity (Mary's Living And Giving in Hampstead), a big eBay sale and a few friends doing quite well... I then set about trawling Pinterest and the general Internet to find what I need to buy for Spring 2017. At the same time, Intu Digital got in touch and asked me to promote their £1000 spring shopping competition - so I thought I'd marry the two and shop from retailers at their centres across the UK to show you how I'd spend the money!


Intu shopping centres are across the UK, you can find out where here. The centres have all my favourite brands but the prize vouchers are available to shop online at retailers including ASOS, New Look, M&S, Missguided, Topshop and Superdry. I don't often do competitions on the blog but thought this one was great, and you lot would really enjoy the prize...
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Thursday

Needle and Thread Floral Dress


Monday was a beautiful day so I dragged Emma to Hampstead to get her to help shoot some outfits for me. It was so much fun shooting with a (unbelievably patient) mate, and I feel so much better having shot a lot of looks as I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with holding down two roles - I am trying very hard to steer the blog back to being the out of hours activity, but it's really hard when I love it so much. 
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Monday

Topshop Gingham Top

It seems like our prayers have been answered and finally Spring is here! More than anything I've been dying to get out some new pieces I've been storing up for warmer weather like this Topshop gingham shirt. The top has been all over Instagram, but I shot these images a couple of weeks ago and was saving them up. I'm very aware I quite recently posted about Toyshop's other failsafe gingham piece, the pencil skirt, here (for anyone who can't be bothered to read about it, see it straight on the Topshop site here)

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Thursday

What To Buy Your Mum On Mothers Day

This week was a special one for our family; my Mum's "big" birthday. I will spare telling you the exact number as I'm not sure she'd want me to (even though, as I'm sure you'll agree, she's looking pretty awesome right now) but regardless, it was cause for celebration. All six of us headed down to the Cotswolds for a weekend of rest, relaxation and intensive "Pit" playing (if you don't know the game it's excellently competitive... and none of us are exactly wall flowers).

outfit links: my top / mums top

One of the lovely things about blogging is when a brand comes to you with a project that is just so fitting. The White Company asked me to share what I planned to gift Mum for Mothers Day and as she'd most likely be getting something from the store regardless of the project - and it was her birthday - it seemed perfect! Mum's never been on the blog before but once we got Lopez in to liven up the scene she was fine (and very excited about her new top, here).
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Saturday

How To Visit Iceland For A Weekend

I've always wanted to go to Iceland, and it seems I'm not alone. I've had more questions and requests for recommendations in the last week than ever before so I thought I should get cracking on the post - particularly as I know a couple of you are heading there very soon. As a prerequisite can I just say that we were incredibly lucky in that not a single thing failed us. Everything from the car (decision to rent cheaply from Sadcars and not get a 4x4) to the weather (the whole place was covered in snow) worked in our favour... NB - there is a quick hit-list itinerary at the base of this post.

outfit details = coat, Parka London / boots, Monsoon (amazing find for cold weather, and in the sale!) / jeans, Topshop / scarf, The White Company / sunglasses, Jimmy Choo

We decided to go Sunday to Wednesday as the weekend flights were much more expensive. We arrived after the heaviest snow fall ever in a February so everything looked pretty, damn beautiful. It's a bit of a lottery going at this time of year, had we taken the weekend flights we'd have been stranded due to the weather so do bear this in mind! We flew in to Keflavik which is the equivalent of flying into London Luton, hopped in the car and arrived in Reykjavik. After a quick pizza and a beer our apartment...
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Monday

The Everyday Breton

I've put off doing this post as I didn't really think I was wearing anything interesting or new (great start to a post Anna, well done). But then I realised this really is what I wear all the time, and by "all the time" I mean that I'll wear this as many days of the week I can get away this. These are collectively my best finds of 2017 so far...

full outfit details at the base of this post

Lets start with most obvious one; my Breton tee. I actually really wish I'd started my blog just wearing Bretons and then that had been my thing. Every outfit would have included one, it would have been much better than the blog I did create - and leaves far less margin for error. As I said in my birthday blog piece last week I own a lot of these. However, Joules sent me theirs for my birthday and the others have been left gathering dust ever since. They're just so good, the one I'm wearing is my favourite here - but they also kindly sent me a lovely green one here and one which is a sort of cream and gold here that looks amazing with my blue denim jeans.

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Saturday

Topshop Gingham Skirt

I knew I wanted a gingham pencil skirt as soon as I saw them on the runway back in September at the fashion weeks. As my Instagram Stories here will have told you I had a bit of a trial and error finding one. At first I tried a red and white one from ASOS but it made me look like I worked in a diner (nothing wrong with that, but as I don't it could look a bit weird at a meeting). Then I tracked down this one at Topshop and it's been love ever since...

full outfit details at the base of this post

It's navy and white (rather than black which it kind of looks like in the pictures) which means it takes the formality out of it, and the ruffles make it very flattering. I used to be really nervous about pencil skirts on my shape, I assumed I was too short and too curvy. What I've learned is that they're actually really good for me - I wear them a lot. The secret I find is making sure they are cut on the bias (Google it) and they're not a silk or satin based fabric as that opens up a whole new level of questionable lumps and bumps in areas girls don't want them. If you really aren't into the shape, I found this one at ASOS.

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Friday

Happy Birthday Blog!

Well this is now officially the longest job I've ever had. Not that the blog is a job, I vehemently protest that the blog is fun and the consultancy is work but the reality is I earn a fair chunk of my living through South Molton St Style... And now it's 6. SIX. The last year has been the most fun with the most travel and I'm feeling the most comfortable about my presence online - which took me a while to find.

To "celebrate" the blog's birthday I'm getting smashed answering the questions you guys have sent me via Instagram because none of this blog stuff would have been close to possible without you all having my back. I thought about doing a giveaway but the reality is thats what bloggers do to attract new followers and today - just today - I'm not looking for any new ones because I want to say "hello" and thank you to the ones I've got.

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Topshop Pink Floral Dress

I've decided to dress like Spring is already here. Dammit I'm done with cold weather. So, when Topshop got in touch and last me to style out my Valentines Day outfit (in truth, I'm expecting the day itself to be a PJs and pizza kind of affair) I instantly went for something bright and beautiful. Say hello to my new friend; the pink midi dress.

outfit details at the base of this post

It's very pink, it's very pretty and I'm more than a little bit happy with it. I did a little preview post on my Instagram here and lots of you said it was a bit of a Gucci dupe which hadn't occurred to me. Probably because right now everything on th high street is a bit of a copy of the Italian brand - the loafers, the logo tees, the prints and belts. Isn't that what we love about the high street? All hail the ability for us normal folk to get our hands on the look!

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Wednesday

My Net A Porter Sale Bargains

One thing the start of the year does have going for it is the sales. As customers have been slightly less keen to shop full price under the world's current economic circumstances, it's meant that there is a huge surplus of stock left over from last season. Thankfully (for us) this means big discounts on some otherwise never-reduced stuff...

outfit details at the base of this post

This outfit is a prime example. I would consider everything in it a necessary style staple which totally removed the guilt from spending money (lets face it, we're all a bit skint at the start of the year) or the need to smuggle the delivery into the flat without the other half noticing... I wear tops like this at least twice a week, and chino pants are a brilliant dressed-down-but-up option for any casual dresser. It's really not normal for pieces like this to go into a sale, but I got them both for 50% at Net A Porter - the sale that keeps on giving!

outfit details at the base of this post

You only need to take a look at my Pinterest boards to see how obsessed with denim shirts I am. I already had my eye on this MiH one before it went into sale, and had actually assumed it wouldn't be included and reduced. When it did I snapped it up straight away. In case you aren't aware of the brand, MiH are a premium jean/denim maker with a real understanding of cutting on the bias/shape. 



This is my first "investment" denim shirt and I've already thrown out my Zara and ASOS ones as this is just so much better. The fabric is slightly stiffer than other cotton based ones I've had, meaning as much as it is still just as soft and wonderful = it also creates the kind of silhouette a girl wants in a shirt... (slightly oversize without looking fat = goals). Above are a few others I've found (all from MiH as I'm now obsessed) that I'd put in the same category. I really don't understand people who don't wear them; I kind of freeze up. It's the perfect half way house being making an effort and being super comfortable. They also go incredibly well with...

outfit details at the base of this post

Chinos! I had a love/hate relationship with chinos for ages. I used to think it was just for people who were a bit posher than me - women who wore pearls, Aspinals notepads and Ralph Lauren cable knits. In other words, I thought they were a bit, twee (I repel any resemblance to Kate Middleton's style like the plague as it's achingly boring). Then I started working for a French company all the Parisian girls had them. They paired them with white shirts, or a tee shirt and jackets - and it looked really good. Like, really good. 

outfit details at the base of this post

So the hunt started for a pair for me - a short girl with a bum and "curves" (read: thighs that need more gym based activity). I tried a pair on in Zara which ended in tears and me swearing never to eat a carb again. I soon realised no Spanish brand was going to be my friend as all their fit models are also toned athletes (in my head). I then started to hear about J Crew's Sammie pants... I was curious but pretty reluctant to go through the emotional turmoil of a trying on session.

outfit details at the base of this post

Having seen them on so many people, and then spotting them in the sale (on Net A Porter here, and in a wider range of sizes on J Crew here) I decided to give them a go. They're really good! They're quite stretchy so I don't feel like they're too tight anywhere - and look as smart with something tucked into them as they do with this kind of outfit. Being completely honest with you, I'm considering buying a couple more pairs just to have them in stock - concerned that as they're in the sale they're going to be discontinued!

outfit details at the base of this post

Accessories wise, yet again the Sophie Hulme bag is making an appearance. Id totally forgotten I owned this as I went through a real "only colourful bags" phase. I found this over Christmas and am now wearing it all the time. As I said in a previous post, it's three years old and still good as new (and I'm really tough on bags with my clumsy ways) so I do recommend the investment. Ooh and the shoes are not Chanel - but are pretty solid dupes. Yet again they're from L.K.Bennett here (sorry to be so boring but these guys just do make the best shoes), here. They come in a few colour ways, all of which I'm after...



Outfit details (click link to brown/shop)

Photos by Amelia Allen Photography, taken using the Canon 5D available at John Lewis.
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Monday

Sorting Out My Sudden Problem Skin

This is just a little post as those who follow me on Instagram (here, go onnnn) will know I've had a bit of a nightmare with my skin lately, and wanted to let you know of the products that solved it. My skin routine is pretty bullet proof - it's taken years over perfecting. It's not a cheap one either, I'm very much of the feeling that if you're going to invest in one thing it should probably be your face, no? However, when I was away over Christmas I forgot one thing (my NARS exfoliator here) and it all went to sh*t...


I took this snap whilst out on Saturday and (because I think for a post like this I really should declare) it doesn't have any retouching (I do have make up on though, which is listed below). A week ago I was in tears in the bathroom over the state of my skin. It was spotty, painful and red - and the eye bags were not welcome visitors either.  I raided my bathroom cupboard for products I hadn't got around to testing out and spent about a day on youtube looking for help. Here is the routine I created for 5 days which got my skin back to being as above...

Morning
As soon as I wake up I put REN's Vita Mineral gel here under my eyes. I'll then sort my life out for five minutes before jumping in the shower as it needs to soak in to work. In short, it gets rid of eye bags - and really does. I wash my face with NARS Double Exfoliator here every morning and make no exception. It's so good I even decanter it into little bottles when I go away. It's fresh and really feels like your skin wakes up with it, and doesn't leave my skin dry. I then go into my make up routine, listed below.

Evening
I have added in a time frame to my regime; when I get home. Make up is removed straight away with Caudalie's Remover Oil here (I was nervous about using something oily but it really works better than any water-based stuff I've used) and put on a *revelation* of a product; all hail to Bobbi Brown's Instant Detox Mask, hereI did some homework (found Caroline Hirons post here) and discovered this alongside the Skin Nourish one here

When my skin is bad I'll rotate using these two every day, and then when it's recovered I'll go back to using them both once a week. Even Gus noticed the difference - the Detox one got rid of the spots, and the Nourish one completely eradicated fine lines (for that reason I'll be using it before an event in the mornings from now on). Mask or no mask, I'll then put on Malin and Goetz's Vitamin E lotion here.

Bedtime
This is when I do all my "fight against time" stuff. First for my eyes I use (new for me) Perricone MD's Thio:Plex eye creams, here. I'm an enormous fan of the brand and this really works well for me - I can see the difference already and only started a week ago. I then put on Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Serum, which is fantastic. It is quite expensive but I've found it for £12 cheaper here. Once soaked in (takes 2 minutes) I then use a little bit of Clinique's Overnight Mask here which is brilliant (I've tried out lots by this brand before, and it's the only one so far I've ever been incredibly impressed with).

Weekly = Every Sunday I use REN's Glycolactic Mask which is incredible, here. It really dries out spots and leaves your skin feeling like it's had a workout.

I really hope this helps anyone who is getting "problem skin." Mine was definitely a combination of accidentally stepping away from my usual routine, and then being unwell at the start of the year. Never before have I ever really had sympathy for girls who complain about painful skin, as it's nothing I could ever associate myself with. Now however, my god. I get it, and I'm sorry to those I should have been a little more supportive of.


Now for my make up. Hilariously, ever since making an effort to keep Instagram Stories going you lot have seen the clear difference between me with and without make up on as I get a lot of messages asking for where I get my foundation/mascara/brow pen. I don't know whether to be flattered or not - but either way it means my make up is clearly pretty decent. In these pictures I'm wearing my go-to basics, so I thought it was a good time to share =

I'm incredibly lazy so never, ever re-do my make up during the day. So I was convinced into using a primer for that sole purpose. Tom Ford's one here feels invisible but at the same time keeps your face on, literally. I don't know how it works but it does (they also have a tinted one for summers and on holidays this is all I wear in the evenings, here). 

My "foundation" isn't really a foundation. When I can I like to just use a tinted moisturiser, and Perricone's Face Tint here is the only one I've found that covers blemishes without feeling thick. It's also medicated, so it's fixing all the flaws while you've got it on - which is ace as I often worried that covering up spots was doing more harm than good... As a little extra I put a dot of Benefit's Sun Beam here on each cheek and spread outwards. It really lifts your face and gives you a summer glow...

I rotate between two depending on the scale of cover up required. Benefit's Lemon Aid here is incredible for under eye bags or purple-ish markings (apparently it's being discontinued so hurry up, I've bought four) and Tom Ford's liquid foundation/concealer here (I use the Sable tone)is brilliant for red marks, pimples etc. How people use it as foundation I don't know as it's very thick, but it's like using an eraser pen on spots!

New territory for me. I used to pluck them into oblivion and leave the rest down to luck of however my face had slept on the pillow the night before.I use two Tom Ford products which are completely and utter game changers - they're the only products I will not leave the house without having on. I brush and fill in my brows with this pen/comb combo, and then use this brow gel to keep them in place (very simple, I just brush them upward). It's been a revelation and I seriously recommend giving them a go.

I've played around with my mascara and am currently debating getting extensions (is that even what I mean?) as I like the idea of not having to put mascara on every morning. However, for now I'm making do with Charlotte Tilbury's Legendary Lashes, here. It's very, very good and never smudges. Comes off easily too.

I really hope this helps girls out, really do. I'd love to hear about your own life savings skincare and make up tips are, particularly if they are home made ones as I'm really keen to try then out after doing a honey and avocado mask on my hair last weekend (which was amazing). Let me know!

Photos taken using the Olympus PL7 at John Lewis here.
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Saturday

The Boodles Townhouse


Ever so often blogging feels really good. Like really good. Speaking truthfully, after six years (six years?!) of having the blog you kind of become numb to the majority of perks. We're damn lucky and it's easy to forget... But one moment I felt instantly grateful for was when the lovely Boodles team invited a few of us over to Antwerp on a whirlwind trip to the discover the "diamond district" - I didn't even know there was a diamond district so was instantly excited to discover more...


outfit details at the base of this post

We spent a day inside the notoriously private and confidential world of diamond dealing, including playing about with £17 million worth of jewels. I had absolutely no idea about the intricacies of the industry - nor how heavily regulated it is. 80% of the world's rough diamonds pass through Antwerp, 50% of the polished ones do too - so it really is the centre of the stone's world. I learnt all sorts of things; a carat weighs 0.2 grams (3 apple pips) - and to find that single carat you need to dig out 20 tonnes of gravel. Ooh, and the pressure required to get carbon to form a diamond is the equivalent to carrying the Eiffel Tower on your little finger... Fascinating.

outfit details at the base of this post

It was lovely to really feel like I was learning something; something I don't do enough of any more. On top of that we got to discover a new city, stay in a beautiful hotel (here) and have a very fun dinner with new/old friends. That said, the diamond district was very industrial so not the best for images so I thought I'd take a few snaps featuring some of the jewellery with a better background when I got back to London. Boodles' flagship store on Old Bond Street has an incredible townhouse above it - which set the scene for these photos...


outfit details at the base of this post

I'm usually a really "dress down" sort of person, as followers of my daily antics over on Instagram will know... So, I wanted to use the excuse of the diamonds to wear one of my favourite brands, Needle and Thread. I've worn their stuff a few times before to events and weddings, but never really shown them off on the blog. They're perfect for me as their simple, flattering shapes are also covered in pastel embellishments - a happy medium of effort/boho/comfortable. They say a lot, without it looking too much...



navy skirt, 50% off / black and pink dresspink playsuit / off shoulder dress / black and pink bomber / lilac midi dress

I love a long sleeved dress as they're super flattering (particularly when all of those New Year fitness resolutions haven't quite gone to plan) so this black and pink dress felt incredible on - note that both mini dress come in other colour ways, as noted at the base of this post... The cream dress - with all the colourful detailing - paired with my earrings - made feel a million dollars. I think you can see in the photos that I actually really wanted my photo taken, which a) made Amelia's job a lot easier and b) is an incredibly rare event. I've selected a few of their pieces above, including a ridiculously reduced skirt (which is a version of the navy dress I wear below) here.

outfit details at the base of this post

The jewellery itself taught me a thing or two. Firstly, that you can always find a way to wear them. I'd previously assumed I wasn't fancy enough to own quality jewellery, but their more simple pieces (like the earrings I wore above, here) look as good with denims and tees as they do in with this kind of outfit. In fact, we ended up shooting another look (to follow) in the clothes I turned up in. I'm also now saving my pennies for a tennis bracelet, as this one just looked incredible... I spent hours going through all of Boodles' collections in the hope of forming an idea of a "capsule collection" of jewels - so I can start to develop a collection. It was tricky as every time a new tray was brought over for us to view I wanted them all, but I've whittled it down to a few key pieces =

Studs = I think every girl should have a pair of simple diamond studs. They're timeless and will be passed on for generations. I stumbled upon this guide to work out the right size for your ear and having seen - with my own eyes - how painstakingly the Boodles team pick out their stones, I'd seriously recommend going to them... Browse their selection here.
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Tennis Bracelet = As explained above, this is going to be my first real investment. They're just so beautiful and look good with everything. Boodles' offering is here.
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Diamond Ring = No, I don't mean an engagement one (although when we get to that stage, we're coming to Boodles). I really like the idea of buying myself a nice ring - and really want a custom made diamond pinky ring like this. Thoughts?

outfit details at the base of this post

Outfit details (click link to shop/browse)

all jewellery, Boodles = enquire here for details
see all of Needle and Thread's Spring collection here

cream and pastel dress = as worn, needle and thread / in black 
black and pink mini dress = as worn, needle and thread / same in cream
navy backless midi dress = as worn, needle and thread / as a skirt, in sale / in purple (ASOS exclusive) / in cream (ASOS exclusive)
silver shoes = as worn, L.K.Bennett (previous season)
pink shoes = as worn, L.K.Bennett (previous season)

Photos by Amelia Allen Photography, taken using the Canon 5D available at John Lewis.
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Sunday

ASOS Camouflage Skirt

Before I start this post I'd like to share a little anecdote. The week before last I spent a day with Amelia getting a group of outfit photos done. As any blogger will tell you this can be pretty hectic and involves hectic outfit changes in the strangest of places. For this post I had to remove a pair of jeans and replace them with this skirt. It didn't go well - so apologises to everyone in the office behind as you all saw my pants... The trauma of being a blogger! I digress...

outfit details at the base of this post

I really struggle with skirts and don't often wear them. I'm 5 foot 4 (and a third, the third is important) and have the type of shape that can easily look dumpy. Skirts really don't seem to help me. However, I have been stalking various accounts on Pinterest and realised that if you pair a midi skirt with a cropped jumper or shirt of some kind, as you can still see your waist I don't forgo the appearance of the slimmer parts of my shape...

outfit details at the base of this post

I saw this one before Christmas and it took me a while to get it. Camouflage isn't something I'd usually *do* (in fact I don't own anything else that is) and I'd assumed it was more of a trend for the girls who like bodycon dresses and hair gel, no offence if thats you. But I kept on seeing it on various people and I just thought I'd give it a go. I absolutely love it; somehow it being a floaty skirt (nb - it's heavy enough not to blow up when the wind goes past) makes it a lot more girly - or as girly as I'm ever going to get. 


It's sparked a bit of a "skirt renaissance" in my life and I've gone a bit nuts and bought a few. I've been pairing them up with my cropped knits (more below), denim shirts and basic long sleeve tees. My first purchase was this floral one from ASOS which looks fab with blues and greys. For day-to-day wear I really love this cheapy from Monki or this plain black one from ASOS - both are smart enough for work if you pair them with heels, or flats like these are in my photos...

outfit details at the base of this post

The jumper took quite some finding. I'm hardly short of a knit or two (read: two hundred) but I was on the hunt for a cropped, soft, grey knit that didn't break the bank for ages. I finally found one at & Other Stories (for those of you who don't know; this is H&M's cooler, older sister) which has become a bit of a gem this season with all it's super-good-quality tees, tops and jewellery. It comes in two shades of grey (this is the lighter one, here) and a black here. Excellent value and so comfortable and January-y (i.e.: hides all the sins we swore we'd rid by now) mine will most likely have to walk itself to the washing machine to get a break from being on me...

outfit details at the base of this post

As for the shoes, they're a "Happy 2017 to me" present from L.K.Bennett. You guys already know their Floret style is the only heel I can walk in (I have teeny feet, big arches and a big bum that needs carrying around town = disaster in heels) but I'd never tried flats from them. I loved them as soon as I saw them as they reminded me of much more expensive ones from Aquazzura that I've had my eye on. They are unbelievably comfortable and fit my style-goal of looking less scruffy in the week. They come in black here and a sort of camel/cream shade here. Really, firmly recommend... Ooh and the bag is an old favourite from Sophie Hulme. I knew when I got it that it'd last me ages (it's about three years old) and would be a classic - I think the fact the style is still running is testament to that, find it here.

outfit details at the base of this post

Last but not least some info about my hair as I've had a few people asking on my Instagram (find me here). I used to have very over bleached blonde hair, which was tired and arm - yellow. It's taken a long time but I feel like I've finally got to the stage I'm really happy with the colour and cut. When I first went to Sassoon 3 years ago my stylist told me it'd be a "work in progress" which it most definitely was. So, I go there every 3/4 months for my cut and colour which they deliberately put in a way so that it will grow up without the big "staging" line from my roots so I don't need to go as often...

At home I use Living Proof "Restore" shampoo here and conditioner here. It is quite expensive, and I never thought I'd spend so much on stuff like this - but the difference is insane. Try their little travel kit here if you're unsure. On top of that I try to do a hair mask once a week, and for me the best one is Phillip Kingsley's elasticiser here which is the only thing that gives volume to my very fine (therefore usually very flat) hair. I then use whatever hairspray is going cheaply in Boots for the day to day styling...


Outfit details (click links to shop or browse)

Photos by Amelia Allen Photography, taken using the Canon 5D available at John Lewis.
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Wednesday

Navy Shearling Jacket

At the weekend we went down to Somerset and when driving to our hotel spotted this field of bamboo (we think it was bamboo and will be happily corrected - this is what happens when two Londoners "do" the country). As I'm trying to be a little more "live now" I insisted on stopping the car to take some photos... So this is as real as it gets as this outfit really was what I was wearing on Sunday...



I was intending on holding back posting about this jacket for a while as it's going to be used in a bigger project next month. But I've worn it a great deal and lots of you have asked where it was from. So, with no further ado - it's from Jigsaw, here. I've never really got the whole shearling thing before; this is the first time I've ever had anything like it. I spotted it out when I did a store visit last week and knew we'd live happily ever after. I kind of thought shearling was just for super smart, super posh people. Not for people like me who dresses in whatever first falls off the wardrobe rail, and is a constant fight between her love of colourful foods and keeping white t shirts, white.


It turns out this is really very handy; I've worn it like I am here with jeans and trainers. Given it's such a dark colour I've been staggered at the number of people who have asked where it is from - clearly it's the thing to wear if you want to be noticed... As that isn't really a decision making point for me, let me list other perks = It's bl**dy warm, like seriously warm. As in you really notice that the bits of your body not covered in it are cold (I'm in the market for a onesie version if anyone knows of one). It's a neutral colour that won't go out of fashion. It's so soft; dogs really like cuddling in it...



It's most definitely an investment, even though it is in the sale here. I can't recommend it enough so if you're in the market for a treat for yourself, go for it. As ever, I've done a bit of a run around to find good alternatives. Before I launch into the high street, a few designer bargains. This J Crew one is half price in the sale and twice the size - that's like x4 the bargain then, right? Secondly this DVF one is also half price... Cheaper options include this Warehouse one - may not be navy but cream is also a staple and having seen it in the flesh I can confirm it's insanely warm. Lastly if you're looking to just test out the look, this one is £22.


Other bits in the outfit basically sum up my Sunday style, if I have one. Essentially it's all about being comfy but looking decent enough to leave the house. I find quality knits are key and the one in these shots is new from Reiss, here. You can't really see in these photos, annoyingly, but this knit has really lovely two-tone neck and sleeves. It comes in black too (I've nabbed it already) which looks super slick for work, here. It's a super flattering cut - somehow even though it's oversize it still fits if that makes sense. You'll be seeing quite a lot of it in the next few posts...


Also want to give a little shout out to the jeans, here. They're also from Jigsaw. I'd never have thought to go to them for denim but they're cuts are ace. They're made in Japan (for anyone who doesn't know, when it comes to denim you're looking for them to be made in Japan or Italy - it shows quality) and are from a very high count denim. This means that you can wash them heavily, wear them heavily etc and the fit won't loosen etc. These are their Hampton style - I also have the Richmond which is their skinnier style. For the price they really are an insane bargain.... 

Outfit details (click the links to go through to shop)

Photos taken using the Olympus PL7 at John Lewis here.
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