I know I've never met a leather skirt I didn't love, but this one's kind of special. It's asymmetric in that perfectly Alexander Wang/Proenza Schouler kind of way, rather than asymmetric for the sake of being asymmetric; it's the perfect length to be daytime appropriate but edgy enough to be nighttime appropriate; the leather looks deliciously butter soft. In short, it's the perfect way to update your tired looking jumpers and the perfect option to reach for when jeans get a little boring this winter. So, Santa, hint hint?
I really like this super fluffy knit, but because it's cropped I can only wear it with high-waisted items. Luckily though, it's the perfect partner to this divine Whistles skirt (which I still can't get enough of).
If you follow me on Instagram you'll already know that I couldn't resist snapping up this beautiful Whistles sweatshirt in the 20% off Black Friday sale. The discount is still valid until midnight tonight so hurry hurry!
It's not all that often I prioritise practicality when it comes to my clothes, but one thing I do like is to be able to walk in my shoes. It's nonsense when people say they can't walk in heels, full stop: they're just not wearing the right ones. Anyone can walk in a lovely block heel ankle boot. Or, with a little bit of practice, a well-fitting court. Or a strappy sandal. The key lies in, first off, the fit - so important. Court shoes especially need to fit perfectly or it just won't happen. I've had to get rid of a couple of pairs for this reason which kind of broke my heart, so don't get them unless you're absolutely sure because it isn't worth the gamble. Secondly, the type and height of heel. If you're a heel virgin go for a sturdy block-heeled ankle boot around the three-inch mark: I swear these are just as easy to walk in as flats, if not more so. Four inches is also absolutely fine if the heel's pretty thick. (Platforms help too but I am not a fan.) It's when you get into stiletto territory that things get a little more tricky, balance-wise. Personally I'm absolutely fine with skinny heels up to four inches; the only ones I struggle a little with are my Kurt Geiger spike-heels because the heel really is ridiculously thin. But go much above four inches and it's a different story.
I've been lusting after these drop-dead gorgeous Kate Bosworth for Topshop boots for weeks and when I finally decided to take the plunge I was delighted to find out they are just as stunning in real life. But, and it's a big but, they are really high. Just a little too high to make walking particularly easy. And beautiful as they are, we all know there's nothing less sexy than a woman who can't walk in her shoes. I already have a pair of ASOS ponyskin boots which I refuse to get rid of because they're so divine, but they are so high that I've worn them exactly twice in the two-plus years since I got them. The problem is that I really need a pair of black ankle boots which can be worn with a skirt, and these are just perfection. I can't find anything which comes close anywhere else. So what do you think? Give my calves a workout and hope I don't fall over as I get used to them? Or send them back and hold out for a slightly less precarious pair?
When it comes to jewellery, it's safe to say that I've pretty much given up on the high street. Too many times have I bought something only to have it turn from gold to silver, or silver to brass, within a matter of days (seriously, I got one wear out of my ASOS stacked silver rings before they were completely unrecognisable). The worst is rings that leave you with green fingers: seriously over that. All of my once-favourite bracelets ended up consigned to my drawer never to be worn again after just a few weeks. Contrast that with my gold-plated Dogeared necklace and Jordan Askill for Topshop ring, both of which I'm never without, and both of which look (almost) the same as the day I bought them. They weren't ridiculously expensive, either. Cost per wear it actually works out much cheaper to go for gold plating or sterling silver. Plus when it comes to my everyday jewellery, I love pieces that are very subtle and simple but with a little edge to them. So you can understand my obsession with my latest jewellery brand discovery, Rachel Boston. This UK-based designer creates stunningly simple pieces inspired by nature: stag beetle rings, insect leg earrings, spine-shaped bracelets and lizard-effect collars. The results are stunning, eye-catching pieces, all made from quality materials but without jaw-dropping prices. My top pick is the stag ring, which I also featured in my Christmas wish list, but I am pretty much lusting after everything. In any case, I'd take one of these beauties over the whole of Topshop's jewellery stand any day.
PS, Until 8th December you can get 30% off at my-wardrobe.com on all stock except sale items and those marked "New Season" or "Classics", using the code BLACKFRIDAY. Get shopping!