Friday, 24 October 2014

Cape Cover

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Cape: AX Paris. Blouse: Goldie London. Jeans: Topshop. Boots: Carvela Kurt Geiger, also here. Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs.

I really don't think I'm going to be getting tired of this weather, or should I say dressing for this weather, any time soon. Yes there is a teeny tiny chill in the air, but mornings feel crisp and the evening just hurry me along back into the warmth, ready for an evening curled up in front of a trashy TV show or with a good book. What's not to love?

Even the fashion just keeps getting better and better. First there was the cape coat, now we have the cape. Feeling a lot less like batman-woman that I was hoping, this little beauty does give you a little oomph when dressing in the morning.

After spotting THE monogrammed Burberry number for this season, but with a price point a little too steep for me, I wasn't intending on stopping until I found a suitable alternative. Luckily enough for me, and therefore for you guys too, my search barely started before it ended. Ladies, for your cape fix this season, head to none other than AX Paris.

A brand pretty much close to my heart, AX Paris have just completely won me over time and time again with this one. I'm obsessed, I'm not even going to try and hide it. This cape is just that darn good! It even had a rave reaction on Instagram, not that I was surprised of course, it's simply perfection! All that's left not is to have a go at the monogramming...

What do you think, does it make the cut for you?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lifestyle Lately

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So it's been a while since I've done a bit of a lifestyle, or Instagram, if you will catch up (find out all about the last one here), but I think now is a better time than ever. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen most of these pictures before, but there's always room for a little background information right?

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the Cosmo Blog Awards. Being shortlisted for 'Best New Fashion Blog' (out of 47,000 bloggers - woah!) was just all round insane and I couldn't have been more grateful to attend, so thank you to everyone that nominated and voted for me. 

It really was a great night.

And day. I met up with Laura from Tiny Twist (you can find her vlog from the two days here) a few hours before the event to gorge on gluten free fish and chips at The Truscott Arms. We even booked in to stay overnight and had lots of fun spending hours getting ready - who knew teenage fun could be the same in your mid twenties! We then went on to enjoy teeny tiny bowls full of steak and chips (smothered in garlic butter - mmm) with Kim from Love Cloth and Sophie from Fashion Slave

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The good thing about goodie bags is the fun you have going through them. Laura and I had the best of fun exploring everything from foodie goodness and beauty bits to e-shisha's of all things - Laura in particular thought these were brilliant and as we're both non-smokers, they were a bit of fun! We even had a little taste of Pinky Vodka included and as they were the drink of choice, served up by Liquid Chefs in the most stylish manner possible (did you see those drinks above - heavenly - right!?)

But the best of all, for me, definitely came in a little square packet courtesy of Next. This rather cosy and very autumnal scarf has been like a second skin to me and if you've not spotted it in my latest outfit post yet, take a look at it here - isn't it just divine. It looks great styled up and around my pyjamas all the same and yes, I did just say that!

Now on to this week. This week has seen a lot of autumnal styling dressed up with a little change in the air. I was fortunate to be showered with all things Kate Spade from my etailPR family as my parting gift, we even popped out to Bills together which we don't even get much time for usually, followed by a few cupcakes made by yours truly (just call me Mary Berry junior). 

So now, well now I am pretty much blogging full time (sprinkled with my freelancing of course) which is pretty darn exciting in itself! Do you feel like you're all caught up now?

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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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