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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.