Friday, 31 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

Zara black fur coat

Zara zip buckle ankle boots

H&M velvet crossbody bag

Zara white chunky knit

Pretty standard outfit formula for me: a good dose of knitwear, leather leggings and some fierce-looking accessories (still totally obsessed with these boots).

Zara coat /
Zara jumper /
Michael Michael Kors leather leggings /
H&M bag /

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

Topshop Boutique ponyskin skirt

Kurt Geiger spike heel boots

Whistles quilted leather jacket

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag Smoke

Can't get over what an amazing sale bargain this skirt was. Little bit in love.

Whistles jacket /
Topshop jumper /
Topshop Boutique skirt /
Kurt Geiger shoes /
3.1 Phillip Lim bag /
H&M beanie /




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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

today i love… the monday wish list

Topshop Boutique ribbed sweat Whistles Jenny zip top tote NARS radiant creamy concealer

(Yep, I know it's Tuesday. I may have forgotten yesterday. I blame my shiny new ponyskin skirt.)

I'm finding I love a sweatshirt at the moment. Provided they can definitely be distinguished from sportswear, I think they're a great alternative to a cosy knit when you want to look suitably casual yet simultaneously chic. (Also, they are machine washable. Most of my knitwear is currently in a pile waiting for me to be bothered to hand wash it.) I love this oversized, pure white ribbed version, and can imagine it looking just perfect with a fierce leather skirt, some classic black Ray-Bans and a simple crossbody bag.

Another perfect bag from Whistles? Why yes, and I realise I may be sounding a little like a broken record here, but bear with me on this one. It's navy. It's perfectly Céline-esque. It's practical. It's beautiful. It's not ridiculously priced. Sold? Thought so.

I'm always on the lookout for a good, inexpensive new pair of jeans, and these immediately caught my eye for two reasons. Firstly, this is exactly the shade of blue I'm in the mood for right now. Somehow fresh and spring-like. Secondly, the perfect length of cropped ankle = amazing with a court shoe in summer and perfect with a high ankle boot right now.

I can't get enough of jewellery that looks like it may have come from an industrial tool box (remember that Proenza carabiner rope bracelet from a few seasons ago? Loved that). These bracelets are just perfect. Normally I'm a gold-plated only kind of girl, but I'll make an exception for these beauties.

In winter my parched skin needs products that will nourish as well as cover up, and there's nothing worse than a dry, flaky concealer. I've heard lots of good things about this creamy formula; in fact, Teen Vogue recently called it "the only concealer you'll ever need". I may just put that one to the test.

6. Mango fur stiletto shoes / £39.99 (reduced from £79.99)
There's definitely something of the Isabel Marant about these heels that has kept me clicking back for more. Besides, you can never have too many leopard print ponyskin accessories, right? Right?


See what else is on my wish list here.


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Monday, 27 January 2014

today i bought… topshop boutique ponyskin skirt

topshop boutique ponyskin skirt

Topshop Boutique ponyskin skirt /

Turns out the scrag end of the sales can actually be pretty awesome. I just happened to be passing Topshop today and thought I'd pop in for a quick browse (always fatal), when I stumbled across this beauty languishing all alone on the sale rail. After realising it was my size, I asked the sales assistant how much it was, expecting to hear upwards of £100. When she told me it was reduced from £130 to £30 I couldn't believe my luck. Happily when I tried it on it was a perfect fit, and it took me less than 5 minutes to rush from changing room to checkout. It's safe to say I had a pretty big grin on my face as I left the shop.


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Saturday, 25 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

Whistles Lennox longline leather biker

Zara blue skinny jeans

Topshop Boutique navy fisherman knit

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli burgundy

Topshop Portabello black heeled boots

It's so refreshing to have a bag that's not black, and this colour still goes with pretty much everything. I love the combination of burgundy with navy blue right now.

Whistles jacket /
Topshop Boutique jumper /
Zara jeans /
Topshop shoes /
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli bag /

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

today i bought… zara ankle strap mules

zara ankle strap mules2


Perhaps "ankle straps" and "mules" contradict one another, but that's the best way I can think to describe this hybrid of a shoe, otherwise known as the best sale bargain on the high street right now. The trend for mules has been creeping up on us in recent months to the point where it now seems to me to be the perfect shoe to finish off any outfit. Strangely, however, they are relatively sparse on the high street; I've been scouring the internet and found surprisingly few examples around. No doubt they'll spring up all over the place before long though. Until then, I think these Zara psuedo-mules are pretty much the perfect compromise: more wearable than mules as they won't fall off your feet, with a closed toe so you don't have to wait until April to wear them, and yours for under £30. What more could you want?


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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

Zara black fur coat

H&M black sheer top

Kurt Geiger black patent boots

Zara white skinny jeans

3.1 Phillip Lim burgundy Pashli bag

Pretty much obsessed with this bag.

Zara coat /
River Island jacket /
H&M top /
Zara jeans /
Kurt Geiger boots /
3.1 Phillip Lim bag /

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Monday, 20 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

& Other Stories black cable knit

Zara zip ankle boots

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag Smoke

River Island cream boucle coat

Here's what I wore on my birthday on Friday. Simple basics with my favourite standout accessories: just the way I like it.

River Island coat /
& Other Stories knit /
Zara jeans /
3.1 Phillip Lim bag /
ASOS rings /




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Sunday, 19 January 2014

today i bought...

birthday presents 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim burgundy Pashli bag /
Kenzo iPhone case /
Burberry purse /
Alber Elbaz for Lancôme eyeshadow /
H&M top /
Accessorize earrings /

Some of my very lovely birthday presents. Getting older's not so bad when it comes with these perks…


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Thursday, 16 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

Whistles Lennox leather jacket

Topshop black heels

Topshop croc leather tote

Whistles Eden grey knit sweater

Whistles Lara slate print skirt

Whistles jacket /
Whistles skirt /
Topshop shoes /
Topshop bag /

Can't get enough of my favourite Whistles staples right now: the perfect jacket, knit and skirt. And they just so happen to look rather nice together, if I do say so.




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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

River Island navy military coat

Michael Michael Kors leather leggings

Nowhere knit sweater

Sorry for the lack of outfit posts lately, but it's been nigh on impossible to find a window of time before I leave for work in the morning when it isn't pitch black, or raining heavily, or both (shouldn't it be getting lighter by now?!) Afraid these blurry shots were the best I could manage this morning, so hopefully they're better than nothing.

River Island coat /
Nowhere jumper /
Zara shoes /
Zara bag /
Topshop beanie /




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Monday, 13 January 2014

today i love… the monday wish list

Whistles Assisi knit Laura Mercier primer Radiance Ren Glycolactic mask

It's that time of year when the dregs of the sales start to look shabby and out-of-date compared to the bright shiny new in section, and Whistles' newest drop is as covetable as ever. Top of my lust list is this deliciously fluffy jumper: perfectly S/S'14 worthy in crisp monochrome but still, crucially, toasty warm. A trans-seasonal wonder.

I can never resist a slightly different shade of nude nail varnish from the other six or so I already have. For some reason this almost mushroomy, milky tea shade is exactly what my at-home manicures are crying out for right now.

I'm a sucker for any beauty product with the word "radiance" in it; if it promises to pep up my dull winter skin, I'm sold. I love my NARS light optimising primer but when it runs out I think I may try this in its place.

What could be better on a truly bitter winter's day than to cocoon your neck in folds of baby soft cashmere?

5. Zara lace miniskirt / £35.99
I pretty much live in knitwear at the moment, and after a while you run out of jeans to pair it with. Step forward the perfect contrast to a huge, fluffy oversized knit: a delicate lace-trim skirt. Team with fierce ankle boots and a bobble hat to really get paradoxical dressing down pat.

I've heard very good things about this mask, which promises to give dull, flagging complexions a new lease of life. I keep eyeing it up every time I'm in Marks & Spencer's beauty hall, so it's surely only a matter of time before I give in and add it to my stock of weekend self-spa pampering treats.


See what else is on my wish list here.


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Saturday, 11 January 2014

today i want… topshop unique raffia stripe skirt

topshop unique raffia stripe skirt


I actually preferred Topshop Unique's pre-fall collection to their A/W'13 one, so I was excited to see the launch of their first resort line last week. Unfortunately there are only a few pieces right now, but I'm hoping for more to drop soon. This striped skirt in particular has caught my eye; I love the raffia texture. I can imagine it paired with bare legs, a crisp white shirt and some Ray-Bans. Well, maybe in a few months' time. For now the price means it'll stay firmly on my wish list, but hey, the summer sales aren't all that far off, right? Right?


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Friday, 10 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

Zara blue skinny jeans

Zara black patent ankle boots

H&M velvet chain bag

Topshop fluffy beanie

River Island cream shearling coat

Since realising last winter that beanie hats a) keep your head nice and toasty and b) look super cute, I've been a total convert. My sister gave me a lovely speckled charcoal one for Christmas and I also couldn't resist adding this adorable fluffy black beauty from the Topshop sale to my collection.

River Island coat /
Whistles sweatshirt /
Zara jeans /
H&M bag /
Topshop beanie /




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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

Whistles grey Eden knit

Zara leopard tote

Topshop black heeled boots

Zara white skinny jeans

ASOS pearl earrings

I don't often wear earrings but these cute ASOS pearls caught my eye recently, so I thought I'd give them a go (get a closer look on my Instagram). I like the contrast of the delicate earrings against messy hair, a cosy knit and fierce shoes. What do you think?

Whistles jumper /
Zara jeans /
Topshop shoes /
Zara bag /
ASOS earrings /




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Saturday, 4 January 2014

today i'm wearing...

Whistles Lennox longline biker

Whistles block heel courts

Zara blue skinny jeans

Whistles grey Eden knit

3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour bag Smoke

This weather's just about warm enough still for court shoes (especially when you spend all day indoors like I do), but even so I always keep an emergency pair of these lace socks in my bag. A handy way to stop my toes from freezing off without compromising on style too much.

Whistles jacket /
Zara jeans /
Whistles shoes /

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