29.8.15

Flower Field


(Jacket, dress and shoes: Topshop; Bag: Alexander Wang; Belt: old; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

As we get closer to fall the accessory tones shift from browns and camels to blacks...a nice contrast against the sea of colourful flowers that is this dress. Excited to wear a shirt under this as the weather cools!

28.8.15

Sails


(Jacket, waistcoat, belt and jeans: ASOS; Shirt: Zara; Shoes: Topshop; Bag: Prada; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Because often the only thing between than swanning around in one long floaty/billowy layer is swanning around in two...

27.8.15

Candy Shades


(Jacket: Primark; Shirt and trousers: COS; Sandals: Kat Maconie; Bag and watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

An effort to bring back a little excitement/a throwback to my colour-blocking days with red and pink. Still love the divine combo of stinging red and candyfloss pink; definitely one to carry on into the new season. 

26.8.15

Blair Waldorf


(Blazer: ASOS; Dress: Oasis; Belt: old; Shoes: Dune; Bag and watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Now I love me a poppy print and for me, the standout print from Oasis this season hasn't been their (albeit lovely) V&A collection but their poppy-inspired pop-arty range. I was eyeing up a few things as the sales started but I hadn't considered this dress until I tried it on on a whim and got drawn in by the full on Blair Waldorf chic. Now all I need is a hotelier boyfriend with a good selection of suits.

24.8.15

Stand Out


(Jacket and top: Topshop; Belt and bag: ASOS; Trousers: M&S; Sandals: Mango; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

You know how every season M&S does one standout piece (or two-piece in this case) that has every fashion magazine falling over themselves? These trousers and their matching top were it before any suede skirts or pink coats snuck onto the scene. With a slightly pantaloon-esque billow they aren't the most flattering trousers in the world (a slightly higher waist would have been preferable) but the print is just too good to resist. 

22.8.15

Curtains


(Jacket: H&M; Shirt: Zara; Jeans and shoes: Topshop; Belt and bag: ASOS)

Your nan called, she wants her curtains back. Boom, beat you to it! My nan (who I have addressed by her first name my whole life) definitely doesn't have curtains like this, but I thought it was a good comfy yet stylish overall outfit to pop up to Cambridge to visit her. I've acquired (it sounds better than 'bought' but less pretentious than 'curated', which isn't quite you call having an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of Topshop but is near enough) a fair few things on the autumn colours spectrum of late - reds, browns and blacks - so it was definitely a day to wear as much brown as I could. My mum would laugh - she's the one who always used to wear brown. 


21.8.15

Soft and Sweet


(Duster coat: ASOS; Top: Topshop; Skirt: M&S; Belt: from Primark top; Shoes: Zara; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Coming over all pink and soft and ladylike in time for the weekend - again another grey rainy day but mercifully the long hem of this coat managed to avoid splashes! I spotted it on ASOS and it camped out in my saved items bag until I was ready to swoop in - perfect as a light layer in between seasons. There's a brilliant fuschia pink one I've got my eye on at the moment...along with a whole host of other coats and jackets. Bring it on autumn!


The soft faux-suede skirt is the perfect addition to the softened baby pink of the coat. Topped off with my usual resting bitch face to stop everything becoming too saccharine! 

20.8.15

Yeehaw


(Jacket: Boohoo; Shirt: Glamorous at Topshop; Trousers: ASOS; Sandals: Topshop; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Now THAT'S better! Feel a bit more like I got my groove back. Maybe it was the imminent excitement of weekend plus burgers with Bethany that evening plus generally things looking good atm but I was starting to perk up and my wardrobe decided to start churning out the goods. I do love this blouse (only complaint is it needs MORE embroidery...also that it's entirely see-through but hey ho) with its handy adaptable neckline and I'm excited to get out this wine-coloured fringed jacket again, along with these black suede wedge sandals that are the sister/brother of the tan ones I've worn a lot. Foolishly I made a mad beeline for these despite one being the display version, only to see them on sale in other stores only a few days later. Darn it. Oh well!


 Speaking of Bethany, she is in possession of a truly divine new jacket and naturally said she would wear it for dinner. So I had to bring my jacket A-game. The wine one was just for effect. Are you ready?


In the words of Rocket Raccoon, oh yeah. No more lusting over the faux Misguided version, I gots me this vintage beauty. Real suede and therefore weighty as f*ck, it was NOT the best idea to wear this on such a muggy day. But who cares. It's flattering blazer length, it's got pockets, it's COVERED in fringing and it's one of a kind. Plus (despite its inevitable expense), I got it at two thirds the ticket price. I call it my Calamity Jane jacket. 

19.8.15

Red/Pink


(Suit: Zara; Shirt: Primark; Shoes: ASOS; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs)

This is my 'how is my camera still resolutely on a slant despite all my adjustments' face combined with my 'why has this week been so uninspiring on the outfit front' face. Despite various pieces of planning so far nothing has set the world alight for me; this pink and red ensemble is back on the path to better things (after reading and pink and red are in at the moment and wanting to do a remixed version after my previous preference for pink on top and red underneath. Maybe I'll do a revised version this week...if only I had the perfect pink bag...


18.8.15

Red and Green


(Waistcoat and sandals: Topshop; Shirt: H&M; Trousers: COS; Bag: Prada; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Yep not getting bored of loose blouses any time soon! Thankfully they're still in and in the shops for a while. 

17.8.15

Mellow Yellow


(Jacket: Primark; Top and jeans: Topshop; Bag: Prada; Sansals: Zara; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Ah, the old jeans and blazer combo. A staple of many a street-style blog but one that doesn't seem to translate into inspiring photos. Never mind. I like the combination of yellow with green accessories. As summer fades it's nice to start preparing for a new palette. 


And also figuring out what in my tripod set-up is cutting the feet off my photos!

15.8.15

Weekend Cool


(Dress; New Look; Sandals: Mango; Bag: ASOS; Sunglasses: Topshop; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

And hey, we're right back round to cute simple little summer dress! No denim jacket needed for this scorcher of a summer's Saturday - my little rucksack of dreams was all I needed to transport the portion of worldly goods I needed for a big London round trip in pursuit of a secret mission...which I can't wait to reveal properly very soon!

But for now, I'm staying cool...

14.8.15

Just Be Pretty


(Dress: Zara; Sandals: Mango; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Jacket: Topshop; Belt: Primark; Watch: Michael Kors)

Because some days you do just want to be one of those girls who wears a pretty dress...and throws a denim jacket over it and goes. 

13.8.15

Walking Autumn


(Top and trousers: Zara; Jacket: Topshop; Sandals: Mango: Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Yay, dressing in the most outlandish and coveted shades of the new season! (And according to this month's ELLE this colour combination is very in - I'm so ahead of the curve) I do like mix-n-matching so pairing the opposites of two Zara sets I have together seemed like a natural thing to do! All I need now is a suit jacket in deep plum...hmmmm....For now maybe I'll see if I can face squeezing into the brown trousers with the red jacket.

12.8.15

Bavarian Peasant Chic


(Blouse: Glamorous at Topshop; Dress and shoes: Topshop; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors)

You know when you're doing one of those casual wanders round a shop and you've seen a few things that you liked, but not enough to buy them, so you rationalise that if you find one item that screams buy me I complete you you can justify buying the others? That's how this dress came home with this blouse. The dress is the more figure-hugging (read: size up if you have hips and wear a slip underneath to avoid flashing your thigh inbetween the buttons...learned that the hard way) sister by another mister of my beloved ASOS pinafore dress, in a darker wash with a finished hem. I love the ASOS one more, but I love this shade of denim, especially with flashes of burgundy. Which, helpfully, this wonderful blouse has! It's also completely see-through so will require a vest-top to wear on its own, but the adaptable ties at the neckline mean it doesn't need to be as off-shoulder as its original fastening suggested, so you can hide those straps. Problem solved into next season!


11.8.15

Hippy Chick


(Blouse: ASOS; Skirt and jacket: Topshop; Sandals: Dune; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors)

Some days it's really satisfying to just put on an outfit that's easy. Skirt, shoes, jacket, done (with all the other bits required, obviously). That's how I feel about this outfit. A skirt I haven't worn enough (again, God bless next season for keeping the 70s vibe strong), this brilliant blouse, these super-comfy sandals I lived in last summer and a denim jacket. I remember swearing off denim jackets years ago in favour of leather ones - I figured you couldn't be in both camps for some reason, plus I didn't see myself as one of those girls who throws a denim jacket over a cute dress or print shorts and goes - but I've concluded there's definitely a place for both in my wardrobe. It does just make things easier while simultaneously pulling everything together. 


10.8.15

Peasant Chic


(Blouse: Primark; Skirt: Topshop; Belt: ASOS; Sandals: Mango; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Some peasant chic to kick off the week, back when the weather was balmy and we didn't need umbrellas! Thankfully blouses are in next season and knowing this country it'll be warmer for a little while longer so I can get away with this blouse and flared trousers in September (just typing that word makes me grin). 

My angry face is because I'm annoyed that despite almost cutting off the circulation to my calves these laces just won't stay up in reality. Sigh...

8.8.15

Summer Suit


(Suit: Dorothy Perkins; Top: Zara; Sandals: Mango; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

And from one perplexing DP purchase to a much more satisfying one...(though you do get a considerable case of 'culotte crotch' in these, to use Pandora Sykes' phrase; another item cut thinking women are the same width at waist and hip) As excited as I am for that turning of the air that makes late summer that beautifully transformative time where autumn is waiting in the wings, a few more hot days to wear this in will be welcome. Another strong year for DP on the prints front, I feel. 

7.8.15

Double Denim


(Top: Dorothy Perkins; Jacket, jeans and shoes: Topshop; Belt and bag: ASOS; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo; Watch: Michael Kors)

Oh yes. I went there. (In the voice of JD from Scrubs.) Double denim. I've wanted a pale blue denim jacket for a while and finally managed to find this one - from the most unsurprising place on the high street, sure, but with the most inconsistent and weirdly stocked sizes. Of the many gripes women have against the high street, not stocking enough of 'the average sizes' comes pretty low on the list, but considering the presumed higher demand for these sizes it would make sense to add that to said list, right? But never mind - I found it eventually. 


Though, talking of weird sizes, I have no idea what kind of body shape this DP top is cut for. It's loose around my collarbone and shoulders but then I can't even sit up straight without it straining across my (not even sizeable) chest, before billowing out tent-like below it. Who is this cut for??

6.8.15

70s Pirate


(Top, belt and waistcoat: ASOS; Jeans and shoes: Topshop; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo: Bag: Prada)

When I wore this one windy day I tweeted that I felt like some sort of 1970s pirate - camel and big wide flowing deeply impractical sleeves, with the wind making the sleeves flap and the waistcoat swirl about me. It. Was. AWESOME. The very best outfits feel like costumes and in this one I felt I could hop aboard the nearest passing vessel of imagination and go off on a great adventure.

5.8.15

Ode To A Dress


(Dress: ASOS; Sunglasses and shoes: Topshop; Top: H&M; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo) 

Oh perfect dress, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Because you can be casual with stripes or smarter with a shirt. Because you are the perfect backdrop for any colour, be it brights or muted tones. Because you are so relaxed, so effortless. Because you are the perfect proportion to flatter and create clean slim lines (if that's your thing) but with sneaky clever pockets to add curves (if that's your thing. Because you'll last into next season and the next. Because you're already in my basket again, lining up a backup for when you need a little R&R. 

And because you have SO. MANY. POCKETS. 


Also, a shorter ode to these shoes: you are almost perfect in your relaxed easy breezy smart-casual comfort, but I have used up an entire roll of plaster trying to stop you rubbing my heels. 

3.8.15

Crow's Nest


(Top: COS; Dungarees and shoes: Topshop; Bag: ASOS)

So what do you wear when heading off on a team adventure on the high seas and you need to look both on-trend nautical and comfortable? Bingo. Complete with that finally-tracked-down red Breton top I've been hunting for for months (and spotted on the off-chance in the COS sale) with rucksack to carry all worldly goods should you get lost at sea and raincoat (not shown) given the fact that it was forecast to rain four days'-worth in less than 12 hours. And boy, did it rain...


Aye-aye, Captain!

1.8.15

Fall Colours


(Kimono: River Island; Top: Dorothy Perkins; Trousers and belt: ASOS; Shoes: Topshop; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Because sometimes there is nothing better than lots of floaty layers in beautiful early autumn colours. Marking up turquoise and orange as another one of those great colour combinations...