I cleared out my wardrobe at the weekend (although I never throw anything out, just put it in storage) and it feels so refreshing to be left with a pared-back collection of items I love, all nicely folded and colour-coded. These jeans and shoes are definitely high up on that list.
My recent online splurges haven't been very successful: out of everything I ordered from Topshop, Zara and ASOS, I'm left with just these two maybes (very sad that the ASOS leather trousers I'd been longing for don't fit, despite my having tried on the same size before...) Anyway, I can't decide whether to keep these two metallic beauties. An American Apparel large leather clutch has always been on my long-term wish list, so when I saw that this black metallic version with maroon zip was reduced from £62 to £31 at ASOS, I had to snap it up (now sold out). The only thing is I feel as though I'm a bit over clutches now and wish it had a strap... Plus it's too large to be used in the evening, really. The Zara jacket was a bit of an impulse click, and the silver turns out to be seriously in-your-face bright - no bad thing per se, but might restrict its usage. I do very much like it, but again I'm just not sure I quite love it... Thoughts?
Now that I'm so used to wearing heels, I feel incredibly short and dumpy in flats, so these loafers don't get much of a look in. Sometimes, though, I'm just perfectly in the mood for a mannish shoe, and today was one of those days. Besides, even I think rocking up to the optician in towering heels is a bit much...
It won't have escaped your notice that the summer sales are now in full swing (although I'm still eagerly waiting for Zara's to start). So here are a few of my favourites from what's currently on offer...
I've had my eye on these for several months willing for them to be reduced, so they were straight in my online shopping basket this morning. In the sales it's always best to snap up classic pieces that will stand the test of time, and in my opinion it doesn't get much more timeless than a pair of leather trousers.
I'm a little bit obsessed with fisherman jumpers and this lovely oversized one in a soft silvery grey would fast become a hardworking staple in any wardrobe. Whistles is a little out of my price range normally, so it's a perfect place to look come sales time.
Kurt Geiger is another one of those shops I don't usually frequent unless things are reduced, so now is a great time to invest in a hardworking bag or an eye-catching pair of shoes. This beautiful patterned messenger bag in butter soft leather is my top pick.
Topshop's capsule collection of designer-backed tees, produced for their Newgen 10th anniversary, is now on sale. I love this simple Richard Nicoll design, which gives a standout twist to a daily basic at a brilliant price.
As much as it's sensible to invest in classics in the sales, they are also the perfect excuse to splash out on a frivolous buy without feeling guilty. These fantastic feather-trimmed heels have been on my wish list for absolutely ages, and I think a reduction in price might just be the nudge I need to commit.
This poppy red beauty has been on my wish list ever since I first featured it on my blog back in April, but when the Topshop sale started last Thursday I was sad to see it had sold out online. Imagine my excitement, then, to find a sole specimen in my size waiting for me in my local store, reduced from £48 to £30. The orange/red colour is super bright but it's actually one of my favourite colours to wear; plus I think this jumper would look oddly wonderful paired with a matching lipstick (Topshop's Infrared, for example) and maybe some leather shorts. Sadly my online sale haul from Topshop didn't produce any keepers (these tie-dye shorts are lovely but absolutely minuscule), but this perfect knit more than makes up for it.
When trying to decide what to wear this morning, I just felt like I had worn everything I own in every possible combination... not entirely true, but sometimes it seems that way. But then again, why wouldn't you wear your favourite items over and over again? It's true that I've probably worn an outfit very close to this one before, but I just love this leather gilet, this jumper and these boots so much that it would be a crime not to team them up.
Zara has got to be my favourite destination for good-looking shoes; I can always guarantee to come across a beautiful heel or two when scrolling through their website. Today it was these ankle strap beauties which made me stop and click. The strap combined with the manageable heel mean they bear a striking resemblance to Alexander Wang's (sold out) coveted Liya shoes, but for a seriously more palatable price. All of which adds up to make them the perfect summer heel. Unfortunately for some reason Zara's pick-up in store option is suspended until 2nd July, so I'm going to have to head into the shop to track down these babies (I refuse to pay for postage). Race you there...
These pink snakeskin jeans were my first sale buy of the season and they are definitely proving a hit. Ordered a few things from the Topshop online sale yesterday, too, so watch this space to see if there are any keepers...
I've been thinking about investing in an army-style jacket for a while now; whether camo, lightweight, parka-esque, fleece-lined, hooded or otherwise, it can't be denied that they make a versatile and hardworking addition to any wardrobe. Seeing one of my style icons, Caroline Blomst, rocking various iterations of the army jacket in recent weeks has only added fuel to the fire of my obsession (my favourite is this camo version). Now the only problem is which one to choose. The high street has offered up a plethora of options, and with the summer sales starting I've earmarked a few of my favourites to add to my Pinterest wish list and keep an eye on. Which one do you like the best?
It's safe to say I'm a big fan of metallics. I can't remember ever seeing something shiny and silver which I haven't gravitated, magpie-like, towards. Having said that, though, they can be a little bit tricky to wear in the daytime without looking overdressed. My metallic leather jacket, for instance, often gets shrugged on in the morning only to be put aside as seeming somehow not quite right. But that's where I think this beautiful Zara jacket absolutely bridges the gap. The pale, almost white, shade of silver means it's less in-your-face than something that looks like tin foil. The casual biker style, too, helps de-formalise the metallic sheen in a way a structured blazer couldn't manage. It looks great with a white dress, as Zara have styled it here, but equally I can see it with jeans and a grey marl tee, or leather shorts and a little black vest. In fact, I can't think of anything it wouldn't go with. Except for maybe something else metallic... Even I think double metal would be just a little too much.
Pretty excited right now as I'm off to Paris on Friday for a long weekend. The last time I went it was very cold and rainy (as you might be able to tell from these pictures) so I'm really hoping for some good weather this time around...
Anyway, I was just wondering whether any of you who've been to or live near Paris have any recommendations for me - places to visit / eat / drink / shop? Any tips much appreciated!