Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Bumpkin Blues

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Tartan Dress: River Island, also available here. Knee Socks: H&M. Boots: Carvela Kurt Geiger. Glitter Clutch: Oasis. Necklace: H&M. Bracelets: ASOS, Sage K & Co and Edgy Elegance. Nails: Essie in 'Angora Cardi'.

I think it's definitely safe to say that we are firmly into the autumn-winter season. The nights have drawn in, the days are fresh and the sky tends to stay this rather depressing shade of grey-white a whole lot of the time.

Living in a semi-rural area in the South-West, I'm definitely partial to fresh air, wide open spaces and greenery - lots and lots of greenery. You think this would mean we get a little more light than some places, but we so don't and it can put a little damper on your day!

You must be thinking Jeez, she looks freezing in this one - and I would agree, I look a little bit chilly. My lips even look a little bit blue. But the truth is, I wasn't. It was definitely a mild day, yet this bright white sky and overpowering grey feel just makes it look a whole lot worse.

So, with that in mind, I'm setting myself a challenge. I'm desperate for those days where there's a teeny bit of frost on the floors, but the sun is shining so brightly you can't help but smile. Those days, the real winter days, are what makes this time of year just that little bit better.

Are you feeling the same? Are you ready for the real winter, like me?

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Seasonal Sparkle

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With the oh so humbling, cute and memorable John Lewis advert (not seen it yet? get up to speed here) making it's appearance for this season recently, I felt the need to get my organised self into gear and thinking about the seasonal events ahead.

If, like me, you seem to have countless events on the lead up to December 25th and, come to think of it, even quite a few after (the joys of being a post Christmas and NYE baby!), you'll get the striking need to get your shopping-self into gear early on. There is nothing worse than freaking out the night before one of said events and panic buying - we've all been there!

Years ago, in my younger self, I just HAD to have a brand new dress for every occasion. A brand new dress, might I add, that could pretty much always be considered a brand new dress as it would unlikely be worn ever again! But of late, I just can't be doing with it.

To me, the party season instantly conjures up around at least eight occasions where I'll want to be dressing festively - thanks to birthdays, my anniversary, seasonal events and family gatherings. So, my mind instantly switched into what I'd like to call mix and match mode!

Finding myself at a suitable starting point, thank you John Lewis, department store shopping makes my mission that much more enjoyable. Being a big accessories gal, you'd think this would be the biggest bit of all, but it's surprisingly the easiest. I tend to take two or three styles in the form of heels and clutches and build upwards from there.

I'm already obsessed with all dresses sparkly and shining, a la Miss Selfridge, but I know I don't want to don one for each of the occasions. That's where the coord suit comes in. Worn together for that wow effect and each separately with styled up separates works like a charm - and gives me the chance to create a range of looks. And from there, I'll repeat!

I'm definitely more in love with Outfit Two above than I have been with any in a while, so I think this one will be kept for one of the more special events of the season!

Have you started to plan yet? What are your thoughts on your holiday style for the season?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Faux Florals

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Faux Fur Gilet: Topshop. Floral Dress: Goldie London, similar print here and here. Pussybow: ASOS. Over the Knee Socks: Topshop. Heels: ZARA (old), similar here and here. Bracelets: ASOS, Sage K & Co and Edgy Elegance. Lips: Stila in 'Beso'. Nails: Essie in 'Angora Cardi'.

When I really want to wear a dress, that's somewhat casual but can be dressed up in a snap, it always tends to be at the most inappropriate times. Like on a Sunday, in the middle of November.

Okay, so this isn't actually me today. Today, I am layerd up all cosy and makeup free (evidence here), but this little look was from last weekend! Eek - has it really taken me that long to post it?!

As soon as I spotted this beautiful monochrome rose print from Goldie London, I instantly thought faux fur gilet and over the knee socks. It just came to me and I couldn't resist. I'm so obsessed with the print right now that I've got my eye on a few other styles (see links above and swoon on queue!).

And my favourite little addition to any outfit made it's way onto this one too! The Bow. This little beauty is in the form of a tie (pre-tied of course) and I'm a tad obsessed. I've got my eye on a couple more (here and here), so definitely watch out for a few more bows coming soon!

Do you ever get the urge to style a dress for a not-so-dressy kind of occasion?

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Ladylike Lace

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Boucle Jacket: Miss Selfridge. Embellished Blouse: Goldie London. Lace Pencil Skirt: Missguided. Bow Heels: ASOS (sold out), similar here. Belt: Topshop (old). Bracelets: ASOS, Sage K & Co and Edgy Elegance. Nails: Essie in 'Angora Cardi'.

Some days in life, a little lace is just what's needed! Winter can be the time of year where layers get a little boring and you just feel the need to, well, break out of them! Thankfully, we've not quite hit the mid-season freeze that I know will be upon us soon, so I can still get away with a little shin on show - for now at least!

I've not always been the biggest fan of pencil skirts. They never seem to sit well on me thanks to my super short body and never ending legs. But when I fell in love with this one (insert heart eye emoji here), my preconceptions went right out the window!

You have have also noticed that my hair has grown. Well, when I say grown I mean extended! I seem to be spending half of my time au natural and half of it with longer locks - I simply can't decide what look I prefer more, so I alternate between the two depending upon how I feel that day! It's genius really, but also starting to feel a little tedious!

How is your winter styling going? Are you trying to sneak in a few autumnal looks whilst you still can, just like me?

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Six Week Wishes

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Lux Effects Nail Polish: Essie in 'Summit of Style'. Winter 2014 Nail Polish: Essie in 'Jiggle Hi, Jiggle Low'. Glitter Velvet Midi Dress: Topshop. Statement Half and Half Necklace: Warehouse. Faux Fur Stole: Topshop. Strappy Sandals: Topshop. Cross Body Bag: ZARA. Reindeer Fair-isle Tee: Jolly Clothing

So it seems we have only six weeks (six weeks!) until the big day! I don't know how this has crept upon us so quickly, I'm usually a lot more prepared. You see, each year, I tend to freak out at ten weeks to go and begin my countdown from there. But this year, it's sort of gotten away with me!

One thing that hasn't passed me by this year, is the winter fashion. I am definitely on the winter fashion wagon this year and can't get enough. I've definitely been wearing my fair share of winter layers so far this season, from jumpers and scarves to laying tees and countless colours of jeans!

Jolly Clothing have recently come on my radar and I'm definitely in love with their seasonal tees. This beauty is on my hitlist for December to not only style up with jeans, but faux fur and minis! And I won't be stopping there!

Navy is completely on my radar, if you couldn't tell already, so I'm definitely planning a few navy pieces and head to toe looks over the Christmas season. Starting with this midi dress and sandal combo! I'm definitely in love! Especially styling with sparkly neutrals and deep magentas!

What are your wants this close to Christmas? Are you a fan of Navy for this season?