Sunday, 21 December 2014

Layered Up

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Khaki Jacket: Oasis (old), but also love this and this. Denim Shirt: Topshop. Gingham Dress: Missguided (now on sale - hurry!). Cross-body: ZARA (old), also love this and this. Booties: New Look (also now on sale). Necklace: Warehouse (old), similar here. Watch: Daniel Wellington. Bracelets: Sage K & Co and Edgy Elegance. Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte in '12 - Coral Incandescent'. Nails: Essie in 'Lacquered Up'.

So it definitely doesn't feel like December. I know it is December and there are only four more days to go until Christmas, but it just doesn't seem to feel all that Christmassy in The Cotswolds. It might just be me or it could just be this part of the country (or even The UK as a whole) - but I just don't feel like it really is December and there are only four more days to go until Christmas!

I think one of the biggest reasons is the weather. Now I know us Brits love a good moan about the weather, but I'm usually impartial to it - unless it's effecting my abilities to shoot outfits, then I tend to get a little grouchy. I wear what I want and try not to let the elements factor in on my choices. But, it just seems so mild at the moment considering it's 21st December!

We've yet to have snow - well at least not in the West - and I think I've only had to defrost my car a handful of times in the early mornings, which going on most years should be about one hundred million by now! Not that I'm complaining - okay, I probably do sound like I'm complaining - but it just doesn't make me feel very wintery. Hence the non-tight clad legs for this post - in Mid-December, might I add!

So, I am going to hope that we're blessed with a little Christmas spirit in the next few days - or maybe I'll just have to force some cheer myself! I started wrapping presents yesterday and I have to say, it definitely feels a lot more of a chore than it should. So I think for round two, I'll just have to fuel myself on whipped cream and marshmallow topped hot chocolate and whistle whilst I work!

How are you finding this time of year? It is the same for you?

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Raspberry Ripple

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Boucle Jacket: Miss Selfridge. Blouse: ZARA. Leather Look Leggings: Topshop. Satin Bow Heels: ASOS, similar here. Raspberry Bag: ASOS. Necklace: ASOS (now on sale!). Bracelets: Lola Rose, Sage K & Co and Edgy Elegance. Nails: Essie in 'Sole Mate'.

So, if you saw yesterday's look, you'll be expecting this one already. Over the weekend, I popped into the City to see my lovely friend Amanda, but I came back a little early to have dinner with family. Each year, around this time, all of the ladies in Billy's family get together over dinner, drinks, fun and festivities and it's always the best.

Unfortunately, thanks to the glory that is public transport when it fails, my connecting train home was cancelled and I had to wait an hour for a replacement coach home. I was due to arrive home half an hour before dinner so that I could change quickly, but instead, I got into the train station 15 minutes after dinner was due to start so I had to dash straight their in my Check Casual attire.

Now, on a normal day, this would upset me hugely as getting ready is one of my most favourite things ever, but this past weekend, I was so stressed because of it! I really wanted to wear this look and had gotten quite obsessed with it. But, nevertheless, I knew I had to share it on here anyway, even if it wasn't quite what I wore.

Definitely a look for a casual dinner, lunch or date out, I am going to keep this one for another occasion, although I'm unsure exactly what that'll be yet - but I'll keep you posted.

Have you ever had a missed-outfit-opportunity like this? Did you feel just as sad about it as I did?

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Check Casual

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Coat: Topshop (old). Check Shirt: ZARA. Check Scarf: Next. Black Skinnies: Topshop. Booties: New Look. Bag: ZARA. Watch: Daniel Wellington. Necklace: ASOS. Bracelets: Lola Rose, Sage K & Co and Edgy Elegance. Nails: Essie in 'Sole Mate'.

Sometimes being comfortable is the only thing that will do, and I really mean sometimes. This past weekend was one of those times. Having plans to catchup with one of my best girlies Amanda (find her herehere or here) in the City, outfit planning was so easy. Not knowing what we were going to do meant that I knew I had to be comfortable - so comfortable I was.

Checks have become a classic wintertime obsession of mine - well, all year round obsession if I'm being honest. So when I get the chance to pile a few on top of each other, I run with it. This winter coat, affectionately known as The Princess Coat, is a great cut but definitely needs a little something extra when work with black skinnies and I knew the checks would do it.

Simple accessories and tying in a few coordinating colours were all I really needed to finish off the look. Pre-planning definitely worked as I kept my cool, comfort and cosiness all day long.

Did you spot bits from our day on Instagram? We popped to Harrods to spot the Christmas windows, wonder from floor to floor and indulge in Godiva's finest Chocolixir Hot Chocolates for a well-deserved break. After a long and restful Italian lunchtime, fuelled with bubbles of course, it was time for me to head back home for an evening with family. But fear not, I also have that look to share with you too - keep an eye out for tomorrow's post!

Do you love to keep it cosy in winter? Are checks a huge staple for you too?

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Monday, 15 December 2014

For You

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With only ten days left to go, this is officially the fourth and last gift guide in collection I've pulled together for this year. Four may not seem a lot, but I don't see the need in bombarding you with too much choice, when you're more than likely reading this because you like similar things as I do - so I've stuck to my style and only covered things I love.

And this one is no exception. In fact, this could be my most favourite of all. After my deliberation, I went with 'For You' as the title of this guide, because I've pulled together all of the final things I love that I am sure you will to. So, whether you want to use this as inspiration for yourself, friends or family, you're more than welcome - this one is purely about our favourite things.

Starting with bubbles of course. I'm not always the first to grab the rose bottle, but I always think it's prettier for gifts! I know I've also already featured a candle in the 'For Her' giftguide, but that was Diptyque and this is Jo Malone and a girl should never be forced to choose between the two.

Likewise, what girl doesn't love a good pamper? The Lush Cosmetics Twilight bath bomb is my absolute fave. Not only is it pretty and glittery but it's soothing, relaxing and calming! And after that little slice of heaven, a girl will need just a little gloss for kissable lips and the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is the best for a gloss feel and matte look.

We all know how obsessed with Kate Spade, stripes and polka dots I am, so the two notebooks are the perfect gift for any girl the same. And, if that wasn't enough, Etsy has some of the greatest bits and pieces you will ever lay your eyes on, including these two slogan prints that I just need so badly!

What girl doesn't want jewels and a little Chanel for Christmas? I fell in love with these John Lewis studs and know you all will too. I actually already know that Lisa Chaney's Chanel Biography will be in my stocking in ten days time, so I thought you all might like it too!

Aren't these just the perfect girly gifts for Christmas? What do you most want or love that you've bought for others?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Glitter Bun

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Jumper: Winser London. Sequin Skirt: Miss Selfridge, also in green. Scarf: Miss Selfridge. Bag: Barrington Gifts. Boots: Carvela Kurt Geiger

So, if you haven't guessed it already, I have a bit of a thing for sparkles, glitter and sequins. Okay, okay, maybe not a thing but more of an obsession! I'd quite happily add a little sparkle to every outfit and definitely think I have a sequinned or glittered version of everything - bags, shoes, jumpers, you name it - I have it.

When I styled up my green skirt, I went a little more elegant than casual, but I wanted to show you that little pieces like this really can be slotted into your everyday looks quite easily. I may not have popped to the shops in the green sequins and satin bow heels, but I already have in this one.

I grew up thinking that it was practically illegal to wear pink, or red for that matter, with my red hair, but as you can see, I'm not so good at falling in line. Come to think of it, I'm not so sure why I ever listened. I love pink and, although I don't tend to wear it a lot, I definitely don't shy away from it due to my colouring. Granted it can be a little tricky to work, but by teaming it with autumnal colours that suit my warmth, I definitely got it right.

Plus, winter fashion can sometimes get a little frumpy when you're laying up the knitwear and covering every spare bit of skin - so why not sparkle it up a little. That's what I say anyway.

Have you tried adding in a little sparkle to your everyday attire?

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