Monday, 25 January 2016

today i love… the monday wish list



I've been lusting after this beautiful sheepskin gilet for ages now. In fact I was really hoping it would go into the sale after Christmas, but no such luck. It would be the perfect layering piece in this chilly weather.

Still can't get enough of H&M's interior offerings. You can never have too many trays to store trinkets in, right?

In case you're dropping hints for Valentine's Day, look no further than Diptyque's latest limited edition offering. Roses, violets and kisses all in a Diptyque package - what more could a girl want?

I still love scuba and it's perfect for winter because it's warm but still sleek, making it an ideal alternative to knitwear for the office. This would look great with a pencil skirt.

Cut-out ankle boots are a great transitional footwear option. I love the soft grey of these.

For some reason I'm all about a fur hood right now. Maybe it's because I'm off to New York this weekend and just thinking about the weather makes me crave soft cosy layers. Khaki is definitely on my radar as well at the moment so this jacket has my name all over it.


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Friday, 8 January 2016

today i'm wearing...

& Other Stories black t-shirt

Zara zip ankle boots

Topshop white Jamie jeans

& Other Stories grey mohair cardigan

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli medium burgundy

Nothing like an oversized, fluffy mohair knit to make you feel cosy on a freezing winter's day. I like to toughen it up with no-nonsense zip boots and my trusty Pashli bag.

& Other Stories mohair cardigan / similar here
Topshop Jamie jeans / similar here
Zara zip boots / similar here
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli bag / in black here
Larsson & Jennings silver CM watch /


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Monday, 4 January 2016

today i love… the monday wish list



Today's Monday wish list is the best of the sales. First up: a classic grey cardigan by & Other Stories, the home of the best knitwear on the high street. Timeless woollen pieces are ideal to snap in the sales, and much needed in this dreary weather.

I've long been a fan of Aussie jewellery designer Ryan Storer's statement ear cuffs, but they're a little out of my budget. Net-a-porter's sale provides the perfect opportunity to invest in one, and I love this elegant rose gold piece.

3. Reiss Gerbera neoprene-panel shoes / £120 (were £150)
Two part shoes are the perfect transitional footwear for this time of year: for days when a boot isn't quite needed, but open toes are still far off. I love the neoprene panel on these.

4. Whistles Alexa V-neck dress / £48 (was £160)
The Whistles sale is always my first stop for classic workwear, and this dress would prove a versatile piece through winter and into summer.

I love Grown Alchemist's products, and happily Space NK have reduced a few of them. Oil-based serums are perfect for my parched winter skin and this one is too good a bargain to pass up.

French Connection does the best industrial-style homeware. I can't believe this beautiful lamp is in the sale. It's taking all my willpower not to order it right now.


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Friday, 1 January 2016

this year i'm wearing...





A little look back at my outfits throughout the year (see last year's here). Thank you so much for following my blog in 2015. Sorry that I'm not as conscientious a blogger as I once was: life has got in the way a little. But I hope you'll continue reading in 2016. There may be more of a focus on beauty and interiors going forward but there'll still be fashion too. Thanks for every comment, like, email and page view. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2016!


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Sunday, 27 December 2015

today i'm wearing...

Givenchy Obsedia bag

Topshop white Jamie jeans

Whistles Kumiko navy faux fur coat

Topshop Boutique grey top

Acne Pistol boots

Wrapped up warm to head to my favourite British tradition on Christmas Eve: the pantomime!

Whistles Kumiko navy fur coat / similar here
Topshop Jamie jeans / similar here
Givenchy Obsedia bag / similar here
Larsson & Jennings CM watch /


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Friday, 25 December 2015

today i love… the sales

Forget Christmas… The best thing about this time of year is the sales. (OK, no, I lied: Christmas is the best. But sales come a close second). One of my favourite recently added Christmas traditions is the annual pilgrimage my sister and I make to Space NK on Boxing Day to snap up all the half-price gift sets. So much so that I'm a bona fide sales pro by now. I know exactly what to grab off the rail and what to leave behind in the bargain bin. So many people end up falling foul of that tantalising red ticket and ending up with an expensive haul of items they never really wanted that much. So here are my 3 golden sales shopping rules to stick to:

1) Don't buy it if you didn't already love it.
That item you returned for not looking quite right earlier in the year won't suddenly fit you better just because it's cheaper. My strategy is to keep my wish list on Pinterest and use these links as my first port of call. Of course you don't always have to have already been in love with the exact item, but if you find yourself drawn to styles and colours you'd never considered before, step away.

2) Only buy returnable items.
Almost all stores offer full refunds on sale items nowadays, but be sure to always check (up until recently Whistles would only offer exchanges on sale stock, for example). You need to be able to return sale purchases, and you need to be willing to do so as well. My strategy is buy loads, then weigh them all up against each other and only keep the top 10 or 20%. It's much easier to tell whether you really want that top when you've got to prioritise it against 6 others.

3) If in doubt, stick to classics, beauty and accessories.
Steer clear of trend pieces. Even if you still love that trend from last season now, you probably won't in another year. With clothes, stick to tried and tested but quality classics. Perfect items to snap up in the sale include cashmere knits, leather jackets and good quality jeans, because these can be expensive full price but will never go out of style. I count lingerie in this category too: you can't go wrong with a half price silk set. Failing that, beauty gift sets are always my number one sale tip, and accessories are also far more likely to stand the test of time than clothes.

With that said, below are my top picks, all falling into the classics/beauty/accessories categories (either already reduced or I'm hoping they will be…)

Hope you have a very merry Christmas!




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Saturday, 19 December 2015

today i'm wearing...

Topshop black Jamie jeans

Acne Pistol boots

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli medium

Whistles navy faux fur coat

Sorry for the lack of outfit posts of late - it's been difficult to source a photographer! It's been an unseasonably warm December but I've still managed to bust out my beloved Whistles faux fur. Still totally obsessed with this big navy beauty.

Whistles faux fur coat / similar here
& Other Stories t-shirt / similar here
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli bag / in black here
Larsson & Jennings CM watch /


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