Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Navy on Navy

Outfit details: Dress - c/o George at Asda, Jumper - Primark, Fur Scarf - Debenhams, Shoes - c/o George at Asda, Hat - H&M, Bag - Cambridge Satchel Co c/o My Bag

If there's one colour I'm all sorts of obsessed with this season, it's navy. I've never really felt cool enough to pull off that whole head-to-toe in one colour thing but after too much time over on Pinterest, decided to give it a go. Ok, so this suedette shift dress itself isn't navy but it's pretty close and I love how the whole combination ties together. I've been on the hunt for a navy fedora for over a year now, so when I spotted it in my local H&M, I just knew it had to be. And with Christmas Eve only a month away now, would it be too early to say that I'm already thinking of wearing this on Christmas Day? I think not!

Funds are low right now, so stocking up on Primark knitwear was top of my agenda for this colder season and this navy jumper hasn't left my back since. I love the high neck detailing and it's surprisingly warm, I may or may not have stocked up on a few colours... #soznotsoz. To dress the outfit up a little (well, for me anyway) I chose to wear these tassled ankle boots which have been a lovely addition to my wardrobe in recent weeks. Being quite short, I often find it tricky to wear thick knitwear and oversized coats without them drowning me, but I find adding a little height to an outfit really helps balance it out so these boots have been doing the trick.

As mentioned in my previous post, I've fallen head over heels for a certain bag. A certain black little satchel with scallop detailing. This one, in fact. Although photographs don't do it justice, it's a bag of dreams and the first high(er)-end bag that I've ever owned which is super exciting. Any excuse to wear it, it's been worn!

Have you any pieces of clothing and/or accessories that you love wearing more than the others?

Photographs by Helen of The Lovecats Inc (thankz gurl!)

Friday, 20 November 2015

What's In My Bag? Ft. My New Satchel

Cambridge Satchel Co Cloud Satchel - c/o My Bag

If there's one thing I'm guilty of, it's carrying too much around with me on a daily basis. I'm that girl who carries a big bag bursting full as well as a camera bag and sometimes even a shopper bag filled with clothes to change into... yep, fashion blogger woes. So when they lovely people over at My Bag kindly gifted me this dreamy satchel, I thought I'd challenge myself to downsize to what I carry around with me.

First things first, I tend to carry around with me a few cards and some cash. Unfortunately my purse doesn't actually fit in this satchel, but I'm currently on the hunt for a card holder which will be perfect to slot into the bag and use on a daily basis. I've already noticed how unnecessary carrying so many cards around me, all I need is a bank card and my Boots points card (obviously) and I'm good to go. I like to keep organised and up to date with all of the tasks and work to do (especially since I'm blogging weekly now on the Intu Metrocentre website) so carrying around some sort of notebook is a must. We all know my love for Rifle Paper Co and their stationery, so when I spotted this pocket-sized notepad over on Nouvelle Daily it was love at first sight. It's perfect if I'm just wanting to jot any ideas down as I tend to think of blog post ideas at the most random of times!

Makeup wise, I don't really carry much around with me. Apart from days when I'm photographing my outfits, I'm not really one for reapplying during the day as quite honestly, I forget. So I often just carry around my lip combo of that day! My current favourites are this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Liner in Pillow Talk that Helen kindly bought for me for my birthday last month and also the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace. What can I say? I'm a total Charlotte Tilbury Fangirl. And don't even get me started on the rose gold packaging, swoon.

As someone who suffers with pretty severe anxiety especially when leaving my house, I've always had my things that I feel 'safe' carrying around with me; my bottle of water, mints/chewing gum, hand sanitizer and a wordsearch book. If you know me in person, I'm always within reaching distance of these, but switching to a smaller bag is certainly helping me realise that this doesn't have to be the case! Don't get me wrong, it wasn't easy at first at all (trust me) but it's good to get out of your comfort zone once in a while, right?! And my shoulders/back are certainly thankful for it!

So what are your must-have bag essentials? Anything you always have to with you?

P.s. - I'm sure this will feature in some up and coming outfit posts, so keep your eyes peeled!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Things To Do Over The Autumn/Winter Season

It's no secret that this time of my year is my favourite. There's something about the run up to festive season that fills me with nothing but excitement and year in year out there never changes. It always seems to fly past, so I like to try and make the most of November/December by putting together a little list of things to do. Sometimes it's all about the little things, and I certainly think that this is the case when it comes to the festive season. I was recently challenged by Ocean to shoot some autumnal-inspired photographs in and around my house and it's now safe to say that I'm now in full festive swing. I'm a big advocate of traditions and spending time with close ones, so I hope enjoy this list!

- Bake at every given opportunity.
- And along with that, learn some new recipes.
- Take part in a Secret Santa with friends.
- When the weather is being kind, go on walks. There is nothing quite like crispy leaves under foot, right?
- Enjoy a night in for New Year's Eve because sometimes fairy lights and a good read are the best.
- Have a Christmas film-athon. Blankets, hot drinks, the lot.
- Watch a Christmas film you've not seen before. I like Christmas films how I like my food; the cheesier the better.
- Hot milk and Nutella heated together in a pan, enough said.
- Write Christmas cards to friends and family. E-cards are certainly something I'm not on board with, just me?!
- Spend an afternoon cutting paper snowflakes.
- Go sale shopping on Christmas Eve. (UO and Topshop sale start then and they're always super quiet!)
- Visit a Christmas Market and indulge in festive foods.
- Decorate your home with as many autumn-scented candles and Christmas decorations as you can.
- Or you know, just go shopping and smell every candle there is... totally fun too.
- Find the most ugly but festive Christmas jumper you can.
- Make your way through your favourite coffee stores Christmas menu.
- Have an afternoon in baking and decorating gingerbread men.
- Reflect on the past year. Make note of the positives and start thinking of resolutions for the year ahead.
- Buy one special Christmas Tree decoration each year.
- Write a Christmas list to Santa. Lets be honest, it's still fun.
- Make your own Wrapping Paper.
- Wear all of the glitter nail polish you can.
- And also wear the most sparkly of dresses you own. Just because.
- Go to a local carol service.
- Donate whatever you can to charity - sometimes you have to remember how lucky you are.

So what do you like to get up to over Autumn/Winter? Anything you think I should add to my list?