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Velvet Suiting

Friday, 17 February 2017

Hello! I've been saving this post for the warmer weather because who could get away with wearing a velvet suit last week? It was bloody freezing! Now the temperature is rising and with spring is just around the corner, I couldn't be more excited for the new season.

Blazer | Mango
Trousers | Mango
Jumper | Zara
Shoes | Mango
Bag | Chloé
Sunglasses | Céline Marta

I realise my outfit is practically made up of Mango and Zara (who quite frankly are killing it at the moment). I can't stop myself from stalking Mango's New In page every day, subtly dropping things into my basket and letting them sit there a while until I've decided and justified why I need such item in my wardrobe!

The velvet suit sounds like a pretty bold statement, right? But paired with a thick turtleneck and tan accessories you'll bring things back down to earth a little. This duo is now on sale here so grab it while you can. Shop my velvet edit below...

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The Ski Edit

Saturday, 11 February 2017

If you're a follower of my Instagram (which I apologise for updating a lot more regularly than here), you'll know that I recently hit the slopes in Val d'Isere toward the end of last month. Not only were the conditions perfect but I also brushed up on my skiing with a fab instructor (thanks Pascal) and am already dying to visit a new resort next season.

This was my fourth trip and now I'm feeling pretty confident I want my clothing to reflect that. Fusalp is my go-to for elegant, quality skiwear; fusing high-performance designs with beautiful belted styles with cinched-in waists and fur detailing, accentuating a feminine silhouette. I picked up my Fusalp jacket online at 40% off - always shop around to find a style you'll still like years down the line.

Recently, a handful of highstreet retailers have caught onto the need for more choice in the world of skiwear, producing their own fashion-forward and affordable lines. Some great examples of this include H&M and Topshop's 'SNO'. For discounts, head to TK Maxx, Sweaty Betty do some great thermals and Perfect Moment has become the new cool kid on the block.

Are you hitting the slopes this season? If so, I am very jealous! Let me know in the comments below...

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I'm Feeling 22

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Dress | Zara
Boots | c/o Ted & Muffy
Belt | Gucci
Watch | Larsson & Jennings
Sunglasses | Céline Marta

I've been thinking... January blues aren't so bad. I'm not participating in 'Dry January', perhaps that could be why?! There's something strange about spending the first proper day of the new year being a year older than you were the day before... I suddenly feel ancient, but I suppose that's because I'm finally settling into adult life and I'm ready to start a new year with more consistency than the last. I also get to say this really cool thing that no one ever believes until they waste 10 minutes of their life working it out. 

On the 1st of January 2017, I could say 'I was 21 last week but I'll turn 24 next year'. Yes - it really does add up and it's kind of depressing... I'm also heading off to the Alps on Saturday so my January isn't really looking that bleak at all!

I found this beauty of a dress in the Zara sale - I'm surprised I'd never spotted it before because it is such a me sort of dress; houndstooth, check, tweed, check, frilly, check. I took these photos on my 22nd Birthday (NYE) and had the loveliest day spent brunching at The Ivy in Clifton, hunting for cool antiques, opening pressies and celebrating the new year with family and friends. The belt was a present from my incredible Grandma. An investment piece I'll wear time and time again and keep forever and ever. It just adds an extra touch of luxe to any outfit; whether that be vintage denim or over the top of a velvet blazer.

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Velvet Bomber & Good-bye 2016

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year! 

Seeing as this is officially my first post of 2017, I thought I'd not only talk about my outfit, but reflect upon the rollercoaster year of 2016 and share what I've achieved. I can't believe how fast 2016 went, but upon reflection I definitely achieved more than I could have possibly imagined. From moving to London and starting my first job in September, to travelling the east coast of Australia and getting awarded a First Class Degree, 2016 has been a big year for me...

I turned 22 on New Year's Eve and have been enjoying the Christmas holidays with friends and family back in my hometown of Bristol. I've been living in these Topshop Boutique jeans and thoroughly recommend them as the perfect pair of quality vintage-denim-without-actually-being-vintage jeans. I picked up this bomber from Warehouse on Black Friday and whilst keeping me warm, it looks super stylish in a luxe midnight blue hue. I'm also sporting my new Céline Marta shades I received for Christmas - aren't they fab?! And as you can see from my boots, I'm still not over patent quite just yet (and don't plan on being anytime soon!)

Bomber | Warehouse
Turtleneck | Uniqlo
Boots | Topshop
Bag | Mango (now on SALE)
Sunglasses | Céline Marta
Necklace | H&M

After turning 21 in Marrakech over the new year, I spent the first part of the 2016 slaving away on my dissertation, followed by a well-deserved weekend trip to Berlin in February (watch my video here). I then attended London Fashion Week for the full five days (I'd only ever done one/two days before) and watched about 10 shows (I even sat on the frow for Barbara Casasola!)

After handing in my dissertation in May, I celebrated at Disneyland Paris with my Uni pals and when I got home I found out I'd been awarded a First Class Bachelors Degree from the University of Southampton = YAY! I graduated on a beautiful, sunny July summer's day and prepared to embark on a 6-week adventure exploring the east coast of Australia and Bali with my friend Emily. My new employers kindly let me take my job in September in London when I got back. I was very lucky to be able to go away knowing that I had a job to go back to when I got home. I decided to go straight to University when I finished school so I never had proper 'time off' so to speak; this mini gap year or 'gap summer' as I liked to call it was the perfect break before stepping into the world of work and beginning my career in the fashion industry.

After losing a dear family member back in February to the devastating Brexit and Trump, 2016 has certainly had it's ups and downs, but I'm very proud of what I've achieved this year and although I'm another year older, I'm indeed feeling 22 (yes, really) and look forward to what 2017 has in store! I hope you've all been able to see past the negatives and simply reflect on what you or a friend or family member may have achieved, no matter how big or small. 2017, you're going to be a good one.

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The Last Minute Gift Guide

Friday, 23 December 2016

This year I'm hoping for little luxury updates to my wardrobe; that Gucci belt makes an appearance, as does Céline's Marta shades. I'd love to take a long weekend in Copenhagen in the springtime so Lost In's guide may come in handy.

I'm turning 22 on New Year's Eve so I've left London for a big week of celebrations in the countryside of Bristol. Don't forget to pop back next week for more outfits and a summary of my year...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Leopard, Forever

Thursday, 15 December 2016

One of my favourite 'forever' prints is leopard. A leopard coat will always be a classic and I rely on mine year upon year. I received this one from some friends last year for my 21st (it's last year's Mango - here's this year's) and I must say there aren't any quite as nice on the highstreet this season!

Jacket | Mango (similar)
Trousers | Acne Studios
Shoes | Whistles
Bag | Zara

Pair your leopard coat with a band tee to automatically modernise the look - mine is from Brandy Melville - they have an incredible edit of band tees at the moment that are super affordable with that worn-in, vintage look and feel. Growing up with a Dad who plays the guitar and listening to endless renditions of Wish You Were Here vs Another Brick in the Wall, I went for Pink Floyd, of course.

I've added a pair of white straight leg jeans from Acne to girly-up the look and a pair of suede heeled boots from Whistles. You've probably seen this bag on my blog already but I've received endless comments on it, nobody can believe it's just Zara as it looks so expensive! 

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A Dash of Pink

Saturday, 3 December 2016

As a pretty 'neutral' dresser, bright pink is quite a rare occurrence in my wardrobe. Yes, I wear the odd dash of pale pink here and there but with a more adventurous colour like this beautiful bright pink buttery leather jacket from Ego Soleil, it's important to tone it down elsewhere.

Jacket | Ego Soleil (launching SS17)
Trousers | Weekday (similar)
Jumper | Zara (grey version)
Shoes | Office (similar)
Bag | Zara

Quality is extremely important to me so when I was introduced to New York's Ego Soleil (launching SS17) by a friend of mine, I was immediately drawn to this beautifully-crafted leather jacket. It's the perfect piece to add a bit of fun into winter dressing and by simply adding a chunky turtleneck underneath it can can take you right through into the chillier months. Layering is key!

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