MOTIF TEES AND CROPPED FLARE JEANS

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Outfit Details: Top – Urban Outfitters, Coat – Topshop (similar), Jeans – Topshop, Shoes – c/o Cloggs, Hat – M&S; (similar)

Hello, my name is Amy and I quite clearly have a problem with leopard print clothing right now.

Following on from Friday’s post, there seems to be a little theme going on with my wardrobe at present and I can’t stop picking up printed pieces. This coat was actually a gift for Christmas after spotting it go on sale at a crazy price a few days prior. I’d been toying with the idea of getting one for a while and when I spotted this one I couldn’t resist – it’s swing coat shape is my absolute favourite cut. It’s not as warm as it looks (these photographs were taken when it was -1 outside with ice everywhere so things were a little chilly…) but needless to say it’ll take me happily into Spring. I thought it was going to be a tricky one to style, however, I love how it’s just slotted nicely into my existing wardrobe like it was meant to be.

I was kindly sent these Black Hi-Top Converse from the lovely people over at Cloggs a few weeks ago, and there’s been attached to my feet pretty much every day since. When I was 13/14 I was a little emo kid (P!ATD fan girl, forever) with skinny jeans, band tees and Converse being my uniform, so I’m totally smitten to have my hands on another pair. I’d forgotten just how comfy they are. I love wearing them with this pair of cropped kick flare jeans I picked up in Topshop sale on Christmas Eve. I’ve somehow managed to lose weight over Christmas so these fit me perfectly and nip me in in all of the right place and I’m already eyeing up the other colours. They seem to be in sale in some stores so keep an eye out! (And if you spot any blue ones, let me know)

Of course, I couldn’t help but go back to my emo roots and reach for my nearest motif tee, this A initial t-shirt was my first choice. I never thought a t-shirt could be flattering but I was so wrong, who knew!? This whole outfit in general takes me back to my gig days which hold some of the best memories (apart from the 12 hours spent queuing in the cold…). So the temptation to whack out the eyeliner is very real whenever I’m wearing it..! Of course it wouldn’t be an outfit of mine without a hat and I have a new one this time. Move over fedoras, I’m all about the berets at the moment. Admittedly it often takes me about 10 attempts just to get the hat on right, but you know, you just gotta do these things, right?

I’m super happy to be back photographing my outfits again, they’re one of my favourite posts to do but weather and anxiety haven’t been on my side the past few months or so making it really difficult for me to just leave the house some days. However, I have many more planned so hopefully they’ll be up very very soon!

So does anyone else have that piece of clothing that brings back lots of memories?

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THE BEST PLACES FOR CAKE IN NEWCASTLE

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If there’s one thing I probably couldn’t live without, it’s cake. I absolutely love meeting up with my favourites and catching up over cake or taking a cake break whilst in town taking outfit photographs. I’ve lived in this city for my whole life now and it’s always been a little poor in the cake department, but in the past few years many places have opened much to my taste buds delight. So when I was contacted by the lovely people over at Travelodge challenging me to name where I’d recommend to anyone visiting Newcastle, I thought it would be fun to tell you about my favourite places for cake. One which is more of a sit-down cute cafe and the other a small shop which have the best selection of cupcakes to go – both which are independent and both which are incredible!

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The GB Cupcakery

Easily my favourite place to visit for cupcakes and the biggest slices of cake you can imagine is The Great British Cupcakery. It’s located a stones throw away from the iconic Newcastle Quayside, so is a must to anyone visiting the city (and anyone local who just hasn’t been). Often quite busy, you sometimes do have to wait a few minutes or so for a table to become free but it’s well worth the wait as they have a huge selection of cupcakes, cakes and scones available. Oh and the biggest milkshakes known to man, like, seriously. I’ve rather shamefully worked my way through half of their menu (not. even. sorry.) and my favourite so far have to be the Red Velvet cupcakes, Salted Caramel and Chocolate cake and Carrot Cake cupcakes – they’re all equally wonderful!

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Pet Lamb Patisserie

If you’re looking to pick up a cupcake/brownie whilst you’re exploring the city centre then The Pet Lamb Patisserie located in the Grainger Market is a great shout. Unlike The GB Cupcakery this is a small store without seats, but their brownies especially are not to be missed. I’m talking they have Nutella, Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and even Raspberry variations here, all which are as amazing as they sound. Everything is baked behind the counter too, meaning you’re met by the most incredible sweet smell when you walk in too, which is a total bonus. Alternatively if you’re looking to try these goodies whilst resting your feet, there’s a cat cafe in Newcastle City Centre called Mog On The Tyne (yes, you get to spend an hour cuddling little kittens) where you can enjoy some cupcakes/brownies from Pet Lamb Patisserie there too!

So where are your favourite places to eat cake? I’d love to hear your recommendations – whether you’re local to Newcastle or not!

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LEOPARD PRINT SCARF

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Outfit Details: Leopard Print Scarf – c/o Laura Ashley, Jumper – Primark, Skirt – New Look, Hat – c/o Laura Ashley, Bag – Zara

As the darker nights are really starting to cut in, it’s that time of year where copious amounts of blankets scarves become a must have (I mean, it is Christmas next month after all..!). From silk scarves, to neckerchiefs, wooly scarves to fur snoods – I have a bit of thing for them and how they add that extra something something to an outfit. I’ve been incredibly lucky in the last few weeks to acquire quite a selection, all which I’ve really been enjoying styling up. I love their versatility and how many variations they come in, so when I spotted this leopard print wooly number (we all know that classic print is my fave) I had to snap it up.

I wear a lot of leopard print in my wardrobe, and although it’s often seen as being quite daunting, it’s really one of the easiest prints to incorporate into your outfit in my opinion. Whether you like to wear a more neutral colour palette, it always really complements autumnal shades such as camels, navys and burgundys (and reds, dusty pinks, bottle greens, the list goes on). Choosing to let this scarf be the main focal point, I decided to pair it with a fail-safe high neck black jumper and suede skirt combination which are both real outfit staples. And it goes without saying that this Berry coloured Fedora was the perfect addition to finish this outfit off. What can I say? This girl gotta have her hat #fivefingerforeheadproblems.

Ps – Fun fact, I shot these photographs on Halloween… it turns out the street I was shooting on was called All Hallows Lane. Spooky or what?!

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