cos wishlistThere’s something refreshing about COS. I’m not sure if its the way the stores are laid out, the quality of the pieces or the simplistic style but something is causing COS and I to have a moment.

Now the majority of the garments are more expensive than what i’d usually shell out for a top or a pair of socks but after somewhat of an epiphany I have decided that quality is so much better than quantity and that i’ll use more money on staple, timeless investment pieces rather than parting with £30-£40 on a trend frock.

Contrary to all of that, upon a recent lustful wander I picked up the red stripe tunic for only £19 – not even sale price – and I am made up with it. It looks lovely with everything I own and is a fantastic and welcome addition to my other 10 stripe tops. To go with it, I picked up the necklace for only £7 (again, full price). I love COS jewellery because it’s so dainty and classic and looks a lot more expensive than it is. I have a ring and a bracelet from previous shopping trips, both of which are in the same brushed copper effect metal with the grey/silver thread.

My style is evolving at the moment. I always struggle with summer dressing because 1. Its never really that sunny here and 2. I feel most comfortable in black skinny jeans and a long sleeved tee. This summer, however, I’m making an effort to let my style evolve and welcoming crisp cottons, white and potentially the odd pop of colour (no the wishlist isn’t all black, your eyes are in fact deceiving you). I love the straight, simple cuts of COS clothing and the fact that they are timeless and effortless. I’m dreaming of a perfectly streamlined minimalist wardrobe for the coming months. I might even get round to having a clear out.

You can find my purchases along with all of my wishes here feel free to treat me

For the final instalment of my London fashion weekend coverage, I’m bringing four trends straight from the catwalk to your screens. This season screams pattern and texture with a sprinkling of metallics thrown in for good measure. 

The first trend is hyper florals; which translates to bold floral patterns, with bright colours and statement prints. Gone are the days of garden pansies, think colour, tropics and trees. This trend can be taken through to summer with ease.

Shimmer and shine is right up my street, subtle metallics are grown up glitter; and we all know how happy a bit of sparkle can make you feel. From daytime glamour to evening chic, I’ll be making the most of this one.

Make it monochrome is a people pleaser, doing exactly what it says on the tin. Fortunately my wardrobe already fits this to a t. Stock up on black and white basics, adding in grid print and houndstooth for that je ne sais quoi.

The seventies have been up and coming since just before Christmas, and this spring it’s their time all over again. Add texture with fringing, suede and denim, oversized buttons and flared, floaty shapes. I love.

So that’s the rundown from the runway. How will you wear the trends? 

I’ve shown you the bag and I’ve shown you the outfit, it’s only fair that my snaps from the catwalk show follow on. 

I really enjoyed my first real catwalk experience and looked on from the second row (can SROW be a thing?) in envy of the perfectly structured models strutting along with such elegance. While there’s no way I’ll ever make it onto the runway, I can sure as hell buy all of the garms and let my self believe I look that damn good in them. Do they come in petite? 

All of the models were made up by Maybelline, given slick hair by Toni and guy and dressed courtesy of the As for the trends? I’m keeping those secret until tomorrow’s post. *evil laugh*

Me (left): ALL TOPSHOP

Alana (right): blouse: missguided, skirt: Asos, boots: topshop, coat: vintage

Choosing what to wear for London fashion weekend was the dilemma of the year. I trawled shops trying to find something fresh and exciting but in the end opted for a couple of my oldies and a swish new shirt. Here’s the run down…

 I wear the leather trousers for any evening event because I’m much more comfortable in trousers than dresses and skirts, and the leather adds a luxe edge and shows that I’ve made a bit more of an effort than if I showed up in my signature black skinny jeans. 

I picked up the shirt in the last chance to buy section of my local topshop store after searching for it nationwide. It’s a boutique number with a grandad collar, a split back and an interesting texture. I also loooove the colour. 

Of course I chucked on my trusty all sorts boots, the perfect day to night shoe for me giving me a bit of height while being comfortable enough to trek around London in. I also had with me my topshop black cape to keep off the cold and my mulberry willow tote copy housing a heavy makeup bag and sleepover essentials.

I had a lovely day in London with one of my closest friends and topped it off hopping on the train to the seaside and having a night out with my boyfriend, comfortable and happy with my outfit.


I know, I know, I do a whole lotta wishin’. The trouble is, I am often sat at my desk to do work and I accidentally end up scouring the pages of my favourite stores for hours and hours and getting no work done. However, I have come up with a master plan and that is that if I open up Photoshop and put together a post for this blog, it’s not a complete waste of my time and there is some productivity in my Sunday. Gold stars all round.

It seems recently I’ve been lusting after leather, and not the false, synthetic type – the good stuff. Around the summer of last year I decided that staple items are definitely worth parting with pennies for because they will last you a life time. Buy cheap, buy twice. I do think that leather goods are timeless and so for this list I’ve assembled my four favourite pieces, all of which are available now.

The first pick, and the most expensive, is this Leather Jacket from & Other Stories. I do have a faux leather jacket which I have worn to the death however it’s now nearly three years old and just looks a little thin, worn and lack lustre. I am already excited for the day when I’ve saved up enough money to buy this jacket, I just know it’s a worthy investment.

Again from & Other Stories (love) are these leather brogues. Another staple item for both smart and casual attire and a reliable shoe for comfort. I love the simplicity of these shoes, and everything on this list, they are again completely timeless and another worthy investment that I may start collecting my coppers for.

Next up, again & Other Stories is this chic leather card holder. I have been in the market for a card holder for a good while because I just have too many points cards, and sometimes wish I had the convenience of just pulling out an understated pouch holding my most important plastics. Handy for clutch bags too.

Finally from Topshop is this dual pouch cross-body bag, a budget buy which is still real leather and is perfect for shopping and the upcoming (?) festival season. I am in need of an everyday back which is of smaller size than my regular tote styles because frankly, you don’t always need to carry three years worth of out of date diaries and the kitchen sink with you.

Do you love leather? What are you lusting after?

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Coat – Zara, Top – Primark, Jeans – Topshop Joni, Socks – Primark, Boots – Doc Martens, Bag – Mulberry Alexa copy

My first outfit post! This was supposed to go up yesterday but i’m so un-organised that didn’t happen. This is what I wore last Sunday for a day out with my flatmate. We went to a local art gallery to see an exhibition about the city’s history and then went for coffee afterwards where I had an AMAZING vanilla milkshake in a Kilner jar with a paper straw.

This is a typical outfit for me, I live in stripe tops, black jeans and ankle boots, I love these ones from Doc Martens, they’re so comfortable as well as being suitable for all weather conditions because of their grippy sole. Also please don’t pay attention to my hair, I dyed it brown from blonde and it’s faded substantially, needs doing this weekend.

jan wishlist

1 – The Nails Inc x Victoria Beckham collaboration was one which I was more than excited for, but as with everything VB this is a little too far out of my budget to justify. If I had to pick one out of the two shades it would be Bamboo White. I just love nudes.

2 – This faux-fur gilet is something that I’ve wanted to get my hands on since September. It was completely sold out for a while so I am thrilled to see that it’s back on the website. I just know i’d wear it with everything.

3 – Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria. When I came across the launch of CT’s Matte Revolution Lipsticks, Very Victoria instantly caught my eye as the most ‘me’ shade from the range. And it’s named after and made for my queen Victoria Beckham. Heart. Eyed. Emoji.

4 – Another hit from Queen C is this K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey, another classic me shade but this time inspired by number one beauty crush/ all time idol Audrey Hepburn. I need.

5 – This month has seen the launch of the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection. Tipped as the more professional picks from the Real Techniques kingdom I am desperate to get my mitts on some and to give them a try.

6 – Keeping with the metallic theme I love this dinky little ring from Astrid & Miyu. I love the rose gold clashing with the dark green stone, a match made in jewellery heaven.

7 – Finally, this borg lined denim jacket is probably the most practical of my picks and the one which I am 100% going to pick up in the coming weeks. I’ve wanted a denim jacket for a while to add an alternative to my leather one when it gets a bit warmer.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetWith winter well and truly upon us it’s time to wrap up warm and dress appropriately for the change in temperature and conditions. For me, autumn and winter are the best seasons in terms of style mainly because my uniform all black outfits are acceptable but also because I love to layer.

The first thing I like to buy come autumn is a new pair of ankle boots (although this year i’m still in last Septembers purchase). Ankle boots are a cult classic and something everyone ought to have. I usually go for a classic black boot with a heel of about an inch for everyday. The pair above are a Topshop find and are serving me fairly although being worn every single day means they’ll probably need replacing in the new year.

Another cult style buy is a Breton stripe tee. These make me feel Parisian and chic and I wear my Jack Wills one on a weekly basis. Go for something boxy in shape and a thick cotton material.

The black skinny jean is a definite style essential for me, there’s probably no point in me taking them off for bed as you can guarantee they’ll be back on come morning. Above are the Topshop Joni jeans which are high waisted making them ideal for both daytime and evening wear.

A jumper is of course more than necessary for the current chilly temperatures. I like knitwear from Topshop and Zara. Pictured is a thinner, oversized piece (blending in with the duvet, amateur) which didn’t come off my back between November and March last winter. Why change what works.

Finally, a cosy scarf is perfect for wrapping up warm as well as looking chic and stylish, incorporating layers into an outfit. Mine is from Topshop and is a lovely seasonal camel shade.

What are your style essentials?