Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Autumn's Falling

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Midi Dress: Topshop. Tan Boots: ZARA. Bambi Print Skirt: Topshop. Faux Fur Collar: ASOS. Shopper Bag: Tory Burch. Faux Fur Coat: Miss Selfridge. Loafers: Russell and Bromley.

With October right around the corner, it's officially time to celebrate autumn. If you missed my rambles on loving autumn yesterday (shame on you), then you're about to get a little more. And if you did read it, well then I hope you love autumn just as much as I do.

At this time of year, my love of prints seems to get stronger than ever. With a whole range from florals to animal inspired prints, how can it not? There's just something about an autumnal pallet that demands to be printed and it has a reason; autumnal prints are just that good. I'm obsessed with both Topshop prints and have literally just hit order on the bambi skirt - yay for me.

Okay, so the ZARA boots are a bit of a cheat here as I do already own them. But, I just couldn't not include them in a autumnal shopping style post. I already know they'll be paired with the bambi skirt as soon as it arrives for a little Pucci feel.

I know faux fur is more of a favourite during the colder months, but I can never see a reason not to start early. Jackets are a fave of mine for the ultimate winter glamour look, but I'm pretty sure I can work this Miss Selfridge number into a few autumnal looks before then. Oh and the ASOS collar come scarf-stole thing is so being ordered today and worn to death until March.

And for a few accessory additions I just need for the season, a signature Tory Burch tote in the cutest and most autumnal print yet - I don't even like horses but I sure do love this bag - and super sparkly sequinned loafers. Because we all need a pair of super sparkly loafers in life and I thought, why not now.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Classic Check

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Top: Paper Dolls by Little Mistress. Trousers: ZARA. Heels: Topshop (sold out). Clutch: ASOS. Sunglasses: Karen Walker. Bracelets: ASOS. Nails: Essie in 'Bordeaux'.

If I had to choose, I'd definitely say that this was my most favourite time of year of all. I do love spring for it's similarities, but I much prefer the colour pallets of autumn. Winter has the most exciting styles of all for me, but I'm not the biggest fan of the cold. And summer, well summer isn't always so big on me wearing heels, with the heat and all that, so I'm not always so big on summer. Simple.

But autumn, oh autumn is heavenly. Yes there's a chill in the air but it's mild enough to not always need a jacket, like with this look. I can wear my heels freely without the risk of blisters and exhaustion and still keep my sunglasses close to hand - or face. What's not to love?

I've started to stock up on very autumnal colours, browns, reds and winter florals, but I'm also thinking ahead to the colder months. The colder months for me involve a lot of black and I like that. There's nothing I love more than winter glamour so forgive me if I get a little overexcited and bring it out a few months too early.

For now, I think I'll stick with something in between. The retro trousers are definitely more autumn, but the top just screams winter glamour for me. You can bet it will be making a reappearance with some of my most treasured winter looks.

What do you think - is autumn on of your favourite seasons?

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Friday, 26 September 2014

#MFW SS15: D&O Loves

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No.21

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Blumarine

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Ports 1961

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Emilio Pucci

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Luisa Beccaria

When it comes to my personal style, my signature style, I've always thought of three components; feminine, preppy and retro. None of these elements should be though of in the traditional sense, oh no - they're sort of taken in, shaken up and styled out d&o style.

Femininity comes naturally to me. I love all things girly, pretty and classic. I can't get enough. Pop a bow on a bin bag and I'm sold - you get the picture. But if you can't get a bow, a killer cut, embroidery and pretty patterns will do - and that's just what Blumarine have done for me this season. 

If I could live in one dress for the rest of my life, that nude lace number would be the one for me. 

When you think of ultra femininity, surely bridal comes to mind? Luisa Beccaria has the whole bridal thing down by ready-to-wear is clearly a collection to envy. The skirt lengths couldn't be better and the colour pallet is just so dreamy. I could see myself running from Laduree to Chanel in Paris next spring in nothing but Luisa Beccaria, couldn't you?

I love anything vintage, so as you can imagine, Giamba had me at hello. The lace, the high necks, the prints; I'm just so sold on the whole collection. The femininity, the vintage feel, oh what more could I want. Monochrome perhaps? Of course, as you can tell from my edit. I do wonder if this one was creatively completely with me in mind? A girl can dream...

Switching up vintage for retro, a little more Bardot than Hepburn, Pucci is the one for me. Season after season, I long for Pucci boots. It's true. If a girl loves shoes, she can't not have a thing for Pucci. It might be my retro edge, but the switch between '60s and '70s vibes just gets me. The colours, the prints and the cuts, I'm already planning my looks for spring based on this entire collection. Aren't you?

And finally, for the modern, clean cut and proudly preppy part of me, we have Ports 1961. The tailoring and two pieces just scream prepster and I couldn't be happier. Unless of course I could opt for something between that and my retro-feminine self, which, when it comes to No.21, it seems I can. When a girl can get her hands on a retro colour pallet, preppy cut and feminine edge, what more could she want!

Which of the Italian edit works best for you? Do you have a feminine, preppy or retro side?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Aztec Inspirations

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Blouse: Goldie. Skirt: Topshop. Heels: Missguided. Bag: ZARA. Necklace: H&M. Nails: Essie in 'Bordeaux'.

So it seems I've converted my once new-found-self from a colour loving gal back to my signature self. And I like it. As much as I claim to detest the cold, boy I love the fashion. This time of year is second to none.

Autumn brings with it a killer colour pallet and the start of my favourite fashion season; autumn winter. There's nothing I love more than the deep colours, dark glamour and texture of the winter season styles. I can't get enough.

But before I get ahead of myself, let's stick to autumn for just a little while longer shall we. And what says autumn much more than a whole bunch of warm prints. You know I love a good print clash and as soon as I got my hands on this paisley printed number from the gorgeous Goldie London (a favourite of mine, just look at their New In section), I knew it had to go with aztec prints.

It's like a match made in heaven, don't you think?

Missguided have a huge selection of super-stylish shoes at the moment and, as a shoe-gal, I have to say I am completely on board. As much as I can appreciate some of the chunkier shoe trends of the time, I couldn't ever be caught switching my slender heels up for something like that - so of course I fell head over heels for a few of their newest additions. Haven't you?

Are you as obsessed with autumn as I am right now? What are your favourite looks for the season?

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

#FashFest Part 2: Modern Monochrome

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Sweater: New Look. Skirt: Topshop. Jacket: ZARA (old). Studded Loafers: ASOS. Bag: H&M. Necklace: Oasis, available here. Rings: H&M. Nails: Essie in Bordeaux.

When it comes to dressing for an occasion, I've never really been that great. Don't get me wrong, I love shopping, styling and the whole dressing up thing, but I'm not so good at boxing my options in to a certain category or dress code.

Give me a wedding and I'll really want to wear a short suit, when there's a party a jumpsuit might be on my hitlist and for dinner, you can bet your sweet self I'll want to wear a backless maxi or sequinned number; it's just the way I've always been.

There's nothing I hate more that feeling the need to follow suit or style my look around an occasion. This includes the event, the time of day or the weather. I'm much more of a I'll wear what I fancy at the time kinda gal. I'll often get a look into my head and that's what will happen.

And that's what happened for #Fashfest. I knew I wanted to wear white flat loafers, so I built the look up. I could have gone with a dress, but I didn't really feel like I would look like me; then I opted for separates and I felt really happy.

After all, who needs a ball gown when you've got your signature stripes, mixed prints and a handful armful of accessories to make you feel complete?