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There are some things which boys just don’t get. When I put on this outfit to go to work on Friday, my boyfriend looked at me in disgust. He hates these jeans, thinks the stepped hem is ‘stupid’ and that my Gucci inspired loafers are ‘old lady-ish’… a compliment, non?

The stepped hem jean is a massive trend for AW16 and one which everyone can get on-board with. Most women feel good in jeans and by changing them slightly, you’ve got yourself a new season staple. I love little details to make what would be a basic piece a little different, it’s a simple way to update your look, and if you were on a budget you could always DIY.

My loafer-love comes in the form of these ASOS beauties. They’re leather and only £35 and look suspiciously similar to the Gucci loafers which are doing the rounds at the moment. What I’m hiding in the images are the unbelievably unsightly and painful blisters on the inside of both ankles. Breaking in tips more than welcome…Help plz!

Another trend which is going nowhere is the choker. This is another easy way to update what would be a basic look. Add one to jeans and a tee and you’re instantly more chic and stylish. I also love them layered with longer varied length necklaces for a relaxed ‘I threw this on’ vibe.

 

 

spring style list 16Me and clothes are having a moment. I’ve been uninspired by my wardrobe for months and since my Topshop Style experience which I mentioned here, I’m overwhelmed with a love for fashion and a desire to shop until I drop. Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to do this right now and so a wishlist is the best I can do.

There’s a definite theme in the types of things I’m after, it’s basically denim and leather. I’m on the lookout for the perfect blazer too, something smart casual in a lightweight fabric. I also can’t get enough of shoes and handbags, which is so not like me. I used to be the type of girl who wore the same pair of shoes until they got a hole in and then I’d buy another – either loafers or ankle boots depending on the season.

I’m getting brave and lusting after double denim looks and daytime heels, I’m taking a lot of inspiration from blogs but i’m also starting to feel comfortable with my own choices. Does that make me an adult?

I’ve just written all of that, uploaded the picture and realised that the shoes are still ankle boots and loafers; some things never change…

I’m making a conscious effort to step away from the spray on skinnys, and let my legs breathe a little. There’s nothing worse than having to sit for half an hour after every meal with your trousers undone and so I’m opting for something a little more spacious and a little more stylish. I’m into MOM jeans, Boyfriend jeans and Girlfriend jeans. Pictured are the Topshop MOM jeans in collaboration with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer which makes them an even more worthy investment, also the Topshop Lucas jeans, which I tried on and LOVED.

Sticking with denim, denim shirts with denim jeans is a look which I love, I really like this two toned one from Zara which would go with a few different jean shades and the one from Topshop with the frilly collar, though this might be a bit to warm for the summer months.

There’s a definite lack of jackets in my wardrobe and after selling my old faux leather piece I’m looking to invest in something which will stand the test of time. I love the texture of the Topshop Boutique Ultimate Biker Jacket, now I just need to find the $$$.

Shoes wise I’m after some fresh new loafers now that mine are literally unwearable and smell horrific (tmi?), and think that a black and nude pair are compulsory. I’m also lusting after the Topshop Music bone heeled ankle boots, which I think would look so chic with girlfriend or boyfriend jeans.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do want a pair of Stan Smiths. Am I a bad person? I love how these look with a smarter outfit and I’ve been wearing my Nike Trainers to death in this way. Plus I have tiny feet so can pay child’s price. Justified.

Finally, until I can get a designer bag (literally scrolling Selfridges every day), I’m opting for this fancy little number from Zara. Chanel-esque with a moc-croc style and chain handle? Oh go on then!

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Top: Primark | Trousers: Topshop | Shoes: Topshop | Jacket: Topshop

A few weeks ago I nipped into Topshop’s personal shopping space in their Brighton store. I’d been feeling uninspired by my wardrobe and needed a second opinion and some inspiration for the transition between seasons. As much as I love black skinny jeans and a tee I was getting bored of putting on the same thing everyday and was looking at my wardrobe in disdain as opposed to being excited to get dressed for the day.

The girls at Topshop changed that. Three hours in the personal shopping space and I’m a changed woman. They offer tea and cupcakes while they ask a few questions about your style, what you’re looking to get from the experience and your sizes.

The girls came back with arm-fulls of clothes which they set out into outfits in a large changing room with a big mirror and two clothing rails. They pick everything from the base layers, to jackets, shoes, handbags and accessories. I do wish that I could have one of them live with me, getting dressed was so easy with their stylish eyes watching over.

I left having spent a little too much money, though with the experience theres no requirement to buy anything. I justified my spend thinking that I’d have enough for a couple of months, but the truth is I can’t wait to go back!

Since my shopping experience I’ve fallen in love with fashion again, and while I might still wear skinny jeans and tee some days, I wear them with a bangin jacket or some fabulous shoes.

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In case you haven’t got the point yet, I really am quite fond of Autumn. Burgundy, camel and copper are my favourite colours but unfortunately when I attempt to rock a plummy lip in the spring months people look at me like maybe I am mad. For beauty this season I’m coveting sparkly eyes and deep lip shades, and I’ve scoured the web for all of the things which would make my wish come true… a girl can dream.

My internet scouring consisted predominantly of me drooling all over the Charlotte Tilbury website with a quick divert to MAC and NARS. CT nails it with autumnal shades and her slap dash approach to eyeshadow application gets me excited. For the coming months i’m lusting after her Luxury Eyeshadow Quad in Dolce Vita, with a scribbling of the Colour Chameleon Shadow Stick for Green Eyes in Bronzed Garnet and a swish of the Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Bette. For supermodel like sculpting i’m desperate for the Film Star Bronze and Glow in light/medium and to perk up my pout the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria which I believe is named after a certain Ms Beckham.

My sparkly eyes obsession stretches across to MAC Pigment in Copper Sparkle and for lips with more depth I want the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Train Bleu. aw15 styleI’m not quite as adventurous when it comes to style and can usually be found in a pair of black skinny jeans and a cosy knit, but that absolutely does not stop me from wanting/needing more cosy knits in different shapes and shades. Zara do autumn brilliantly and an embarrassing amount of window shopping has left me wanting their Hand Made Coat, Colour Block Jumper and Cropped Turtleneck Sweater. H&M has become my new favourite shop and I’ve been eyeing up another turtleneck knit in the form of this lightweight red one, I’ve also spotted this dotty scarf which I think looks like it’s vintage and I loooove that. Finally with every season comes me wanting a slogan t-shirt from Whistles and this one is no different. I actually wanted the one which said ‘Beaute’ but it sold out and I was too slow and too poor (Student Life) and so I’ve now fallen in love with this one printed with a Parisian street name, how chic?! I also really really want this Burgundy Lizard Card Holder which is only £25 and next time I have £25 spare will definitely be coming home with me.

What do you want this Autumn? Are any of my picks on your shopping list?

      

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

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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.

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?