Friday, 19 December 2014

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Cape: River Island | Top: Primark | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Topshop | Clutch: Smash Glam*

Simplicity is really key this season with 'norm core' gaining a lot of fans, I too am loving minimalistic colour palettes and combinations. I received this amazing camel cape/cardigan from my Auntie for my birthday and I love it. It is super soft, warm and can be worn really casually or dressed up a little with heels. It's not quite warm enough to wear out alone at the mo but I think it'll be the perfect item for Spring when it starts to warm up a bit. Pairing it with all black means it is the stand out piece and an all black outfit can never go wrong, right? A turtle neck is the ideal style to wear with the cape as it'll keep you warm and reduces the need for a scarf! I paired with black Joni jeans but any black trouser would have looked good. And to finish off for a smart casual vibe I wore these jewelled Topshop heels. My housemates bought me them for my birthday and although they are pretty darn uncomfortable I think they are perfect for the Christmas/New Year period to jazz up otherwise plain outfits! Another favourite for party season is this Smash Glam clutch, it is a must have if you're out on NYE and its all over embellishment adds a bit of glamour to the night.



Monday, 1 December 2014

Navys for Winter









Cardigan: New Look | Top: Missguided | Trousers: Primark | Shoes: Office

I don't know about anyone else,  but life seems so manic at the moment... the run up to christmas is always a bit hectic and with more than an ideal amount of work to do for my uni module I've been struggling to post as much on here. Also, the fact it's becoming a regular occurrence that I only leave the house the 3 times a week I have lectures slightly impacts on  my outfit choices (it's always the same). Anyway, I've got a post for you here, showing some of my purchases from the last few weeks. 

First off is this soft grey cardigan which I got from New Look when they had a 25% offer and I definitely don't regret it. I was lacking in the cardigan department and this fluffy (but not TOO fluffy) number is so warm and I love that it's quite long on me. It ticks all the boxes and feels like really good quality. I am loving the combination of navy and grey and so I paired the cardigan with this pair of culotte/awkward length trousers I picked up in Primark for just £5, yes £5! The pinstripe is something I really like on a pair of trousers and they are a surprisingly soft material. Although they are not full length, I found them pretty warm to wear and didn't moan about the cold any more than I do when wearing jeans. Keeping to the navy theme, I wore this new off the shoulder crop. I ordered it as a potential top to wear for a night out on my birthday (coming up this Friday) but found that it looked great worn casually too. It was super inexpensive at £6.99 and with 20% off it was a bargain and can be worn on so many occasions. 

I really loved wearing this outfit as it made a change from the staple jumper, jeans and boots combo I find myself going back to way too often. Have you picked up anything recently that was a bit out of your comfort zone?


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

LAYERS










Jumper: Zara | Roll neck: Primark | Dress: Topshop | Coat: Next | Shoes: Mango 


My No. 1 tip for A/W is layering. I'm determined not to spend the season ill and so I've been wearing layer on top of layer on top of layer to keep warm and cosy. It doesn't mean hiding away behind huge jumpers and jeans everyday as I've tried to show. I paired a knitted Topshop dress with a similar berry coloured turtle neck from Primark and then wore a super warm knit on top. The maroon colour peeks out under the jumper and allows you to wear colour without overwhelming the outfit. And just to top it off, a camel coat- this season's must have item which luckily goes with everything! Everything else is simple- a black bag and black shoes.

What do you think of layering this season?




Friday, 7 November 2014

Party Dress Edit


As Winter has arrived it has got to that time of year we call 'party season'. Everybody loves a christmas and NYE party but for me there is always that last minute panic of what to wear. I've selected a few of my favourites to cover different occasions (from left to right):

1- ASOS // A classic black dress is perfect for any night. The lace detail keeps it pretty whilst the high neck nails the 'modern victorian' trend and the skater shape flatters every figure. 
2- TFNC // Another black dress, but this time more suitable for a formal occasion. It's midi length makes it appropriate for work parties and the body con style makes it super figure flattering. I love the gold detail around the bottom which just jazzes it up a bit for christmas!
3-ASOS // If you don't want to buy a dress, a full midi skirt is a great idea to pair with any plain tops you may have. The shape also glides over any body parts you may be self conscious about and the black and silver means you won't have any trouble finding accessories to wear with it.
4- ASOS // For the more daring, a jumpsuit is a great party outfit. Especially with an all over sequin look, it makes it dressy enough but a little more fun. But, be warned sequins are very scratchy!
5- Missguided // Let's not forget that it's Winter and it's pretty cold so if we can cover up we will. This Missguided dress has just the right balance of skin on show. The long sleeves and midi length are likely to keep you warm but the lace material still offers up a hint of flesh and more colour.
6- Missguided // Face it, when we think party season we think sequins. An all over sequin dress is a winner (and the long sleeves on this Missguided one will prevent the scratching) and the iridescent greens on this dress are gorgeous.
7- Topshop // I couldn't not include a bit of fur/fluffiness and this Topshop dress is the perfect option. Simple and chic black body con but with the fun touch of a fur hem- this is a favourite!
8- Topshop // I love this dress for all year round but it's particularly great for party season. It's silver and glittery and it's not such a boring shape with the asymmetric hem . Yet it still remains classic and easy to style.
9- George at Asda // If you're a tad bored of the dark colours, a cobalt blue is a great option this season. This George at Asda dress is super budget friendly and could easily be dressed up or down. 

I hope you like the party dress edit and it has given you some ideas of how to approach your  party shopping!


Monday, 3 November 2014

OOTD: rust










Top: ASOS | Scarf: Zara | Trousers: Zara | Shoes: Missguided 


So it's been a while since my last post thanks to a super busy week but I'm back with a very autumnal outfit. I love autumnal colours of camel, khaki and deep reds and oranges and I wanted to combine them all. This scarf has been a winner this season.. it's incredibly warm and pretty much goes with all of my coats and jumpers. The texture is also really lovely but it does moult a bit..! The khaki t shirt is also a favourite. It is an ASOS 'forever' t shirt and is the ideal baggy t shirt shape. It is v necked and is actually knitted which makes it drape well and really soft. Not a bad price either when you can get 3 for £30. Finally, these Zara trousers/leggings- they are the softest faux suede material which makes them super comfy and great quality. The fit isn't amazing because Zara trousers always come up to long and baggy around the knees on me but I couldn't leave them behind once I'd felt them. As you can tell, I've still not added much pattern or print to my wardrobe and I really want to- do you have any recommendations of a great pair of printed trousers? At the moment I'm sticking to plain but textured.





Saturday, 25 October 2014

OOTD: camel coordination















Jumper: ASOS | Skirt: Boohoo | Shoes: Mango | Bag: Mulberry | Collar: Miss Selfridge


This outfit has a few favourites included. First off, my new Mango pointed shoes. I love them, a lot! They are black with a croc texture and follow the pointed shoe trend of this season. I spotted them on Hannah Crosskey  (a fave blogger of mine who you should definitely check out if you haven't already) and had to have them. Second, this ASOS camel roll neck jumper. So soft, so comfy and nailing the camel colour trend. And finally, the faux fur. This is actually a collar from a Miss Selfridge coat I bought a few years ago but I love the stone colour and the way it compliments the camel jumper. 

I've combined the faux fur with the brushed knit, leather skirt and croc textured shoes. As I'm not really into patterns too much at the moment, mixing up textures is the perfect way to keep an outfit interesting and while its not crazy cold yet I wanted to still rock the skirt with bare legs and make the most of what warmth we do have. A pair of black jeans would finish this outfit off equally as nicely. 

Have you got any firm favourites in you A/W wardrobe at the moment?




Friday, 17 October 2014

OOTD: simple and chic













Shirt: H&M | Necklace: Smash Glam* | Trousers: H&M | Shoes: Simmi Shoes* | Clutch: Primark

The pointed toe is a trend I'm really loving this season and although it isn't necessarily the most comfortable of trends I think it's really flattering and refreshing to see. When Simmi Shoes said I could pick a pair from their website I was instantly drawn to these faux suede boots (among a lot of others!). Now they might not be the most practical shoe for a lazy student who rarely wears heels but they're just so beautiful and they're the kind of shoe I wish I could wear more often. I think they'll be perfect for meals out and special occasions where I need a bit of height but don't want a platform. I wanted to contrast the suede with leather and opted for my H&M faux leather pants which, I'm not going to lie, are very tight. And also very long. First World problems of a short girl. I've been searching for the right pair of leather trousers for so long that I've now realised none are going to be the perfect fit and compromised. Keeping to the monochrome theme I wore my favourite shirt, a loose and baggy white cotton shirt from H&M which is so versatile and I love! To glam the simple outfit up, I styled it with this gorgeous statement necklace from Smash Glam. I thought the deep greens and blues were perfect for Autumn and it sits perfectly under an unbuttoned shirt. I can't get enough of simple, chic outfits at the moment and I seem to be completely avoiding pattern. 



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