Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Real Regal

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Check Scarf: Next. Denim Shirt: Topshop. Stripe Skirt: Topshop. Leopard Ballet Pumps: ZARA (old).  Clutch: Oasis, similar here. Sunglasses: ASOS. Bracelet: ASOS. Watch: Daniel Wellington. Nails: Essie in 'Angora Cardi'.

One of the biggest dilemmas I have (when it comes to styling of course), is balancing the what I want to wear today with the what I should really be wearing today because it's mid-October and although I'm usually quite awful dressing for the weather, I know this can be quite a cold time of year.

And here's the part when the first of those instances wins. But, in my defence, I am sporting my much-loved Next scarf come shawl, come cape number that I picked up at the Cosmo Blog Awards. It's even become more affectionately known as my blanket because it feels like exactly that and is actually so dreamy to wear, snuggle up into and keep warm in.

When the weather drops a little and we're anticipating the end of British Summer Time, my mood strangely lifts. I suppose it's that change from August to September that rocks me a little, but October, October just lifts me right back up again.

I even think I'm getting the knack of this dressing appropriately thing and I have a feeling I'll be a lot more prepared for a real British winter over the next few months. Perhaps not in this little ensemble, but I'm definitely getting there.

What do you think, am I up to the challenge?

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Mid Season Must Haves

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Striped Scarf: Warehouse. Termal Tumbler: Kate Spade. Faux Fur Trim Cape: River Island. Sequin Clutch: Miss Selfridge. Leopard Heels: New Look. Henley Duffle Bag: GiGi New York. Ankle Booties: Miss Selfridge. Glitter Hair Bow: ASOS

I don't know about you, but this last week has been pretty grey in The Cotswolds. We've only just had a bit of a break from the rain and even when the skies are dry, they're looking a little, well, grey.

There's nothing wrong with a change in the weather and these months are my favourite of all, but sometimes the rain can get you down - especially if you've missed out on wearing your favourite pair of suede boots, ahem! So I really think this post couldn't have come at a better time, if I don't say so myself.

As much as I do love a neutral colour pallet, it can be a little boring if it is just that - completely neutral. Beige is boring, beige is bland they say, but the people that say this just aren't that sure on how to jazz it up a little. You'll find each product in this Mid Season Must Have list to be neutral, but I think you can agree, none of them are boring!

I've recently become obsessed with another accessories brand; GiGi New York (watch this space for a feature on why) and the latest addition to their collection, launched with the lovely Shannon from Bird a La Mode, is the Henley Duffle. With a little monogrammed addition, GLO, I could safely see this being my weekend of choice for a long, long time.

You might think a quality leather, teamed with perhaps some burgundy boots and a little striped scarf aren't all that exciting (and shame on you if you do), but when you're sporting a sparkle in your hair, draped in a printed poncho and carrying a little Kate Spade arm candy (filled to the brim with the finest breakfast tea of course), I think you'd change your mind.

Wouldn't you agree that my chosen colour pallet is anything but boring?


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Pucci Feelings

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Boucle Jacket: Miss Selfridge. Paisley Blouse: Miss Selfridge. Bambi Print Pelmet Skirt: Topshop. Suede Boots: ZARA. Bracelet: ASOS. Rings: ASOS & H&M. Lips: Dior Addict Fluid Stick in 'Wonderland'. Nails: Essie in 'Sole Mate'.

So I know what you're going to say - "there she goes again, mixing a whole lot of prints" - but, in my defence, this one is in the name of Pucci. Yes, I may not exactly be wearing anything from Pucci, but don't I look like I should be?

I'm an avid lover of Pucci and swoon every #MFW in anticipation of the Emilio Pucci show (did you spot my picks from the #SS15 show here?), so of course I couldn't help but take a little inspiration and throw together a little something Pucci-esque.

Prints to me are one of the strongest ways of expressing my style. A part from a strong black look, there's nothing I love than a good old stripe, spots or even something a little more striking - just like this one. On first thought, paisley, deer print and boucle may not be an idillic combination, but to me it was always going to be. I don't usually like to focus on the clothes, I'd rather let the accessories dot the i's and cross the t's, yet for once I just had to.

Were you a fan of the Pucci show this season? Have I pulled the style off well?

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Parisienne

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Oversized Blazer: Goldie London. Dress: Hedonia. Sweater: Warehouse available here. (Incredible) Bow Heels: ASOS (sold out, sadly). Clutch: Vintage. Sungalsses: Karen Walker. Bracelets: ASOS, H&M and Pieces. Rings: H&M. Nails: Essie in 'Blanc'.

So, there are two things you should really (if you don't already) know about me. One, that I like to dress from the shoes up pretty much 95% of the time. And two, that I'm completely obsessed with Paris, to the point that I'd call it my second time, even though I've never been.

Yes, that right, the girl who dreams of the chicest of Parisienne boutiques, staying alive on nothing other than macaroons, other pastry based sweet treats and lots of fresh bread, oh and sitting outside of various Parisienne cafe's like a native smoking and drinking coffee, even though I am a (strict) non-smoker and can't stand coffee - I'm a breakfast tea girl all the way - has never been to Paris.

But doesn't it just sound like a life second to none?

With this in mind, and the safe and reassuring knowledge that I will be finally seeing Paris for myself in March, I often like to keep a Parisienne theme going with my wardrobe choices, just like this one. If the bows on my toes alone weren't enough to feel oh so chic, then the netting of the dress, worn as a skirt, and tailoring just tipped me over the edge.

I'd quite happily dress as my Parisienne self for the rest of eternity. Wouldn't you?

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Collections to Covet: Olive Cooper

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If there's one thing I don't tend to cover an awful lot on here, but definitely want to do more of, it's brands, collections or products that I've been newly introduced to and fancy shouting about. When I got talking to the lovely Olivia from Olive Cooper, I knew instantly this is a feature I couldn't not introduce.

Being one for getting stuck in her ways and opting for my go-to brands, styles and options, not only is this going to be good for you lovely readers, it's also going to be great for me. I'm keen to open my eyes up to newer brands and exciting collections that I may once would have overlooked (due to my head being in the clouds, not because of dislike).

So, being the first, I'm excited to start with Olive Cooper. As completely British brand, yes completely - designed and made in London, I couldn't think of better collection to share with you all. With the idea of having two bags in one, using classic yet statement materials and colours, the brand got to work on their first collection and the results are good my friends.

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I wasn't quite able to select just one or two bags to showcase, so I opted for four; we all know I can be the worst at editing and tend to just select/keep/purchase them all. I'm definitely in love with the nubuck/taupe combination for autumn, but I think the wool/purple has got me hooked for life. Just think of how much you'll cram into that shopper during the day, with the safe reassurance you won't have to take it all out with you for the evening. It's genius.

Especially at this time of year. Yes, I know it's an autumn winter collection, but I am just so head over heels for the autumnal feel that seems to be everywhere right now, that I instantly fell in love with the overall look and feel of the whole line. With the Regent Collection and the Edge Collection to choose from, I have no doubt you'll feel the same too!

So am I right, are you just as charmed as I am with the collections?

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