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Now that we are in the midst of winter and no one has time for cold feet, I thought that I would post about the key shoes your wardrobe needs for the winter season (note, tights may be required)

Winter is great for getting your boots out the wardrobe but is quite constricting when it comes to what you can wear without freezing your tootsies off. 

So below are what in my opinion are what a gal needs on her feet at this time of year;

The Trainer - The trainer is now probably on the feet of about 70% of girls that live in London every day. But there is a reason for this, they are comfy, practical and stylish and give a scandi-esque look to any outfit.
These Adidas Gazelles are one of the comfiest pair of trainers that I own (My Stan Smiths win of course) and although suede may not be low maintenance in winter they are worth it. 

The Loafer - The simple classic loafer has been a staple shoe in any girls wardrobe for years. Perfect with skirts and tights or if you're brave enough ripped jeans and a cosy jumper. These shoes can take you all the way through winter. I opted for metallic loafers as a bit of metallic adds an instant trend update. 

The Statement Loafer - The statement loafer, is a definite must have in any wardrobe. This shoe packs a punch on a grey dreary day with its leopard detailing and burgundy colour. Teamed with a denim skirt and a cream knit or jeans and a crisp white cotton shirt with a coatigan is a perfect relaxed yet stylish outfit for work.

The Heeled boot - These boots I purchased over a year ago, and they are the perfect heeled boot that goes with everything and crucially they are not stupidly high so I can wear them all day, without having to wear a pair of flats to work and change once I arrive #glam.
Heeled boots look great with everything from jeans to dresses to smart joggers with a shirt tucked in. Plus these boots are super warm as your ankles are not exposed!


Shoes left to right: Loafers - Boden (old) | Trainers - Adidas Gazelles | Boots - Whistles (old) Loafers - Boden (old)





There you have it, the four shoe styles that you need this season. 


Last week my boyfriend and I took a long weekend break in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. We had heard a little about the amazing design that you can find around every corner, so being big interiors and fashion fans we were eager to check out what Copenhagen had to offer. 

I will of course pop a little post up about what we got up to in Copenhagen
, but I thought that first I would post this OOTD that we snapped in the Botanical Gardens. 

I don't think we realised how beautiful 
it would be and were amazed at how many plants were housed in what seemed from the outside a smallish greenhousebut inside you could get lost in the overgrown palms and vines. 

It's definitely worth checking outmake sure that you check out the cacti and succulents house which are amazing! Plus if you go in the Winter, its also a nice winter warmer with its sub tropical climate (however make sure you wear layers - I was more than cosy in my jumper and Arctic parka).
Whilst in Copenhagen I think I may have come away with more than a little inspiration from the Scandi style. It's so effortless and simple, all the greys, navy, pinstripes and knitwear
: so classic. 
If you were wondering where the jumper I have on below is from, you may be surprised to hear that it’s from TU Clothing at Sainsbury's, yes Sainsbury's….how amazing!

When I saw it originally on The Frugality's Instagram and with 25% off, I couldn't resist. This jumper is so cosy and was perfect for freezing Copenhagen.

For this trip I wanted a comfy outfit for walking round the city that was 
also practical, so this jumper teamed with ankle cut flares from H&M and my ever versatile Stan Smiths, was the perfect ensemble. 


Copenhagen OOTD

Copenhagen

Copenhagen OOTD

Copenhagen OOTD

Copenhagen OOTD

Copenhagen OOTD

Copenhagen OOTD

Copenhagen OOTD

Copenhagen OOTD

Copenhagen OOTD

Outfit: Jumper - TU Clothing at Sainsbury's // Trousers - H&M // Backpack - Daisy Street at ASOS // Shoes - Adidas // Watch - Marc Jacobs. 

FYI TU Clothing has 25% off clothing until the 5th December.  
Shocker ANOTHER slogan sweatshirt.... yes I know I don't need anymore. But I love them so much and they are the easiest and simplest things to style. Team with statement shoes, ripped jeans or a skirt and hey presto ..perfect weekend outfit. 

Anyway this Etre Cecile sweatshirt is a great addition to my wardrobe. 

It's super cosy and I love the metallic copy. You have to check out Etre Cecile if you haven't before, so many slogans tees and amazing knitwear. 






Sweatshirt- Etre Cecile // Jeans - Topshop // Shoes - Boden // Left Ring- Ottoman Hands // Right Ring - Brandy Melville // Necklace - Monica Vinader // Handbag - Lulu Guiness

I think sometimes I am too much of a magpie, as I do tend to be drawn to things when they are oh so shiny!

I styled this sweatshirt with my Boden lace up flats, ripped Topshop Jeans and my trusty Lulu Guinness bag. 


Hope this post inspires you to buy all the sweatshirts and shiny things that your heart desires πŸ˜‰




Friday 14th October: About a month ago I attended Stylist live and I have to say it was FAB. I have never been to an event which is such a great mix of shopping, beauty as well as hearing from inspirational influencers and business women. 
On the first day, the minute I walked through the door I made a beeline for the Dyson blow dry bar, which was great πŸ‘πŸ» especially after my hair was all kinds of crazy. I think the stylist had 80's style ideas for my hair, which I had to slightly restyle (as was channeling 80's vibes) but other than that it was fab, I mean I'm still not 100% sold on the Dyson hairdryer - it is not silent! 

After having a restyle, I eagerly waited around the Dyson stage with my friend Si to hear from the babe that is Estee Lalonde. I love listening to her talk about her amazing style and her career, she is definitely one of my favourite bloggers/youtubers, if you haven't before you need to check out her YouTube channel.


Next on the cards was shopping! The hall was full of little boutiques as well as bigger known makeup and beauty brands with many offering free makeovers and free facials. So myself and Si got fully involved having a Caudalie facial (fave) and then our makeup done at Clarins.

My absolute favourite talk from the Friday had to be listening to The Frugality. This lady's style is perfection and listening to her talk was so inspiring. Even with a massively successful blog under her wings she keeps her feet very much on the ground and listening to her talk all about making your blog a brand made me step away with so much inspo and fresh thoughts for my blog, so thankyou The Frugality! 


Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Outfit: Bomber - Topshop // Jumper - Boden // Trousers - Topshop // Shoes - Boden // Bag - Lulu Guiness

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Saturday 15th October: The Saturday brought lots more fashion, beauty and inspiring talks. For the first session of the day, myself and Ellen (owner of Kapada Vintage - Check it out!) went to the Pixiwoo talk all about beauty icons over the ages. After following their videos for many years and trying to master the smokey eye with their top class tutorials I was so eager to hear them talk about their beauty icons and fave beauty products and boy did they not disappoint. These two have released some kick-ass brushes, a beautiful book (that I need to get my hands on) AND produced a documentary all about beauty icons over the ages, in just a few years! I have no doubt that come 2017 they will continue to have amazing success and they completely deserve it!

After a morning talking all about Kim K's contouring and Marilyn's red lippy we searched out the beauty stands and had a facial at Liz Earle and then our makeup done at Clarins (again) where I was completely sold on the Instance Light Radiance highlighter (I will swatch and review this soon and pop it on the blog as it's a really lovely product). 

Stylist Live

Outfit: Sweatshirt - Etre Cecile // Skirt - Boden // Bag - Lulu Guiness // Pom Pom - Hobbs // Trainers - Adidas 

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Stylist Live

Stylist Live



To finish the day we tried to squeeze in for the Jo Malone talk, which we managed to do and was so worth the queue. She is a complete hero and after purchasing her book, I need her Pomelo fragrance in my life. 

All in all, it was such a good few days hearing my absolute favourite bloggers and beauty heroes, see you there next year! 


Every year December surprises you by coming out from no where, another year gone crazy fast and the need for one or two party dresses is hastily required for the up coming festive season.
Do not fear, I have scoured the web ready for Xmas 16 to bring you my top 4 picks for the most flattering and trend led dresses. The below will cover you from the office party to that Christmas day dinner.


Dress Number 1. H&M £59.99 

Dress number one is perfect for that office party or your partners office party, its pretty but classy and oh so flattering, team it with black, metallic or nude heels. 

Dress Number 2. H&M £19.99

Dress Number two is a bit more of a sexy number perfect for a New Years Eve party or a Xmas night out with friends. Team with a leather jacket, strappy heels or pointed heeled boots for an edgy but festive look. 

Dress Number 3. New Look £29.99

Dress Number three is super on trend and also another great option for an office party, velvet is everywhere this season and this super affordable dress is flattering for all figures and shapes. 

Dress Number 4. Topshop £42.00

Dress Number four is perfect for Christmas Day it ticks all the festive boxes..sparkles and a beautiful shade of emerald green. The high frill collar adds an instant nod to the victoriana trend for this AW. 

And there you go folks 4 dresses for every Christmas Occasion.
These trusty two have become my current favourite skincare products. I was first introduced to Caudalie through their Beauty Elixir  (my review here) which really is amazing, I mean if there was a product which was the definition of zen this would be it.
However, after trying the beauty elixir which I loved, I had to try more, so once I'd had a Caudalie facial I wanted the whole collection, all the products smell beautifully fresh and not in a heavy and synthetic way.
I have quite a few Caudalie products but the Caudalie Vinosource Serum and Moisturising Sorbet now take a place in my daily skin care regime. I love these particular products so much because my skin loves them and when you apply them to the skin you don't feel like you have caked it on but feel like your skin has been deeply moisturised.

Caudalie Vinosource

Caudalie Vinosource

These skin products are not particularly high-tech but if you want a serum that moisturises and leaves your skin with a little glow then these two are what you want. I am aware that you do not have to use both the products together but I feel that two using the products together gives the skin that extra boost of moisture especially for the winter.
With the increasing amount of press about nasties in our skincare it is nice to find a brand that keeps all of the following out;

  • Paragons 
  • Phenoxyethanoln 
  • Mineral oils 
  • Paraffin 
  • Sodium laureate sulphate
  • Phthalates 
  • Animal-derived raw materials

Caudalie uses vine and grape extracts within its skincare. The extracts from the grape contains anti-oxidants as well as having anti-ageing properties and they are also used for the prevention of dark spots. 

I have just re-purchased these products again as I love them so much! So if you are looking for skincare which is moisturising, simple and not super expensive try this range out. Link Here. 


Caudalie Vinosource

Caudalie Vinosource

With the influx of fashion bloggers, Influences, celebrities and fashion editors with their pricey and aspirational wardrobes we are constantly bombarded on social media and magazines with images of Anya Hindmarch Handbags, Acne leather jackets, Gucci loafers and Common project trainers among the many other items that do not come with an affordable price tag. 
Don't get me wrong I would love to be able to purchase these items, but in a realistic world and when you live in London and on a budget this isn't an option (😒). However even if you may not have the budget to have a designer wardrobe by following a few tips you can achieve an expensive looking wardrobe. 

I've put together a couple of my top tips below; 

  • Sample sales - Since living in London, I have attended quite a few sample sales, with some beings complete successes  and others not so much. I attended an Ottoman Hands sample sale in west London and although a bit of a mission to get too, the prices were so good. I got £20-£30 rings for £5 so it was worth the mission. However, I have also attended sample sales that were not so successful such as the Mulberry sample sale, where prices are not dirt cheap (πŸ‘ŽπŸ») the bags still tend to cost around £400 for an Effie satchel & around £900 for the Cara backpack, however the Lily was at £199 but only in metallic and bright colours.  There were smaller products such as wallets, scarves and bracelets where prices ranged from £40-£120 but nothing at the time took my eye. If you live in London then sign up to these emails to hear the latest about sample sales - A Little Bird & Ldnfashion

  • Good quality shoes & a staple coat - I am a firm believer that good leather shoes in a timeless style will keep you going season after season and add an extra touch of quality to your outfit. Old lady comment, but make sure you protect your  shoes with protector as this will keep them looking newer for longer and keep them going for seasons to come. The other staple for winter would be a classic and simple camel, navy, grey or black coat, basically a colour that is neutral and will go with everything. Try and find a coat that within the fabric composition has wool within it as for one, will give the coat a better fit and two, will not start to pill quickly and look cheap.


Leather Black Chelsea Ankle Boots



Camel coat
Images Pinterest

  • A Leather Jacket - Real leather jackets can be pretty pricey, but investing in one will keep you going for years to come. ASOS, Topshop and Mango have a great selection of real leather jackets, I have my eye on a Topshop boutique jacket at the moment which is so great πŸ‘ŒπŸ». If its just a bit too much to make that jump, try and look around in store for a good imitation leather jacket. High street retailers are getting better at using fabrics that are far better than the cheap looking fake leather that we have all seen. I would recommend looking at H&M, Zara and Topshop for higher quality imitation leather jackets.


Black Leather Jacket
Images - Pinterest 


  • Charity shops - I do enjoy a good charity shop rummage, you can find such amazing finds. The key is to find charity shops in nice areas where you are going to get great donations, for example there is a charity shop in Hampstead where I found a Mulberry jacket for £45 and JCrew cashmere for £10 so it's worth popping in your local shops to have a look. 

  • TK Maxx - I know that some people cannot stand TK Maxx but I personally love it as it's a great shop to pick up some bargains. The trick is finding a good store, I have to say some of the shops in central London I have never found to be that great but the Wimbledon and Clapham Junction stores are good for shoes and knitwear. 

  • Sales - Sign up to emails for more expensive high end high street stores such as Cos & Other Stories, Hobbs and Whistles to name a few, so that you hear first when they go into sale.  

  • Junior Trainers - If you are lucky to have size 3, 4 or 5 feet you may be able to buy certain trainer brands in the junior section which are about £10 - 20 cheaper than the adult styles. Adidas and Converse both do junior sections, it just takes a little investigating to see if you can get the trainers that you want in junior.  

  • Fabrics - Try and avoid certain fabrics that look cheap such as acrylics and certain viscose items, however this can change depending on the garment as some stores such as & other stories tend to use viscose quite a lot but with their use of prints they achieve an expensive looking item, so apply this rule on a garment by garment basis. 
  • Eyeliner is never the most exciting product to buy, a brown eyeliner is not the product I am drawn to when browsing a makeup counter nor the high street stands. It's lipsticks, blush and nail polish ..basically any colour. 

    However when practically takes over and you need a product that works effectively, not an eyeliner that smudges, doesn't last the day or leaves that questionable line on your eye crease - totes a great look..NOT πŸ‘ŽπŸ». 

    Take the stage the Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Eyeliner, this product was recommended to me and I am so glad it was. In my time I've tried a few eyeliners from high end to high street and I've been super impressed by this little but impressive product. The price tag may deter you at £22 but with this, you really pay for what you get. 

    The eyeliner can be applied either along the lash line for a more smoky eye look or it can be applied to the lash root on the upper lid for a natural look. I shall link this video here, as it's a great 'how to apply' for this style of liner. 

    On application you have a few minutes between applying and the product drying, the pencil comes with a sponge at one end which is great to use for a more sultry evening look. The lasting power you get with this eyeliner is really impressive. For me, it lasted all day and it doesn't leave any marks in your eyelid crease nor under your eyes but can be easily removed with a micellar water. 

    I bought this eyeliner in the shade Aubergine, as I prefer a brown eyeliner compared to black as this is too harsh on my fair skin tone. The shade name does hint at purple in the formula but I can't see it on application. 

    This eyeliner applied on the lash root, with mascara, a pop of bright lipstick and a highlight on the top of the cheekbones works perfectly for a natural but modern day or evening look. 

    You can buy Trish McEvoy at Liberty London and Selfridges.




    TRISH MCEVOY Intense gel eyeliner

    TRISH MCEVOY Intense gel eyeliner

    TRISH MCEVOY Intense gel eyeliner

    TRISH MCEVOY Intense gel eyeliner


    The last few days have been an introduction to Autumn and its cooler weather, however thought that I would post these more summery throwbacks to warmer weather for any of you lucky lot that may be escaping to warmer climates and looking for some summer wardrobe updates. 
    The folk blouse has been big news this season and I have been loving the trend, because folk blouses are so cool in warmer weather and they are also great all through the season and into early Autumn with jeans rather than a denim skirt. 
    Zara and Asos did some great folk blouses this season but the below was from Joules
    I teamed this blouse with Boden denim skirt, my Mulberry bag, ASOS sunnies and Topshop brown heeled cut-off boots. 


    Folk Blouse

    Folk Blouse

    Folk Blouse

    Folk Blouse