NEW IN: JEWELLERY & WATCHES FOR AW 2015

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I’ll happily admit to anyone, that I’m a bit rubbish when it comes to wearing jewellery and watches. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing other people wear them – but I tend to forget to wear them myself most days. When I cleared out my room earlier in the room, I had a massive jewellery sort out (turns out I still owned many necklaces from my emo/scene days…) and cut my collection down to very few pieces. Since then, I’ve been trying to make an effort to grow my stash and pick up some classic pieces which are going to complement my current style and see me through this autumn/winter. I’m on a real tight budget at the moment so buying new clothes is really out of the question – but thanks to end of season sales and some wonderful collaborations there’s a few pieces I thought I’d talk about.

One of my favourite places to pick up jewellery is the ASOS sale. For some reason, I’m really loving hexagons right now and from hexagon prints to design to shelving (yes, I caved into the hexagon shelf hype) I couldn’t help but pick up this ASOS Hexagon necklace when I spotted that it had went into sale. I’m actually wearing it in my latest post for an eagle-eyed reader out there, but I love how it complements my outfits right now when I’m wanting to dress up something a little casual. Another ASOS find is this 70s inspired necklaceI picked up last week at a total steal (£2 to be precise – I know right?!). Apart from it slotting nicely design-wise into my wardrobe – as we all know I’m a total sucker for 70s pieces right now – something about the fact that it’s detailing is dark brown caught my eye. It’s not really like anything I’ve seen before and it’s a great colour for this season, I’m already excited to get styling it up.

A few weeks ago, I was kindly invited along to the Tatty Devine #tattyontour jewellery making event at the Baltic. It was a little bloggers preview and a small group of us met the lovely team behind the brand to make ourselves a Bunting Necklace each. There was a huge choice of colours to go for, but with copper/rose gold and grey being my favourite colour combination of the moment – I stuck to this when picking out which bunting I’d like to create the necklace with. I love how it came out and I’ve worn it many times since as it’s such a versatile piece in my collection, plus I’ve never worn it out and not received compliments, so that has to be a good thing!

Watch-wise, I’m all about classic styles. I think watches are certainly more of an investment piece and one that you’re going to like throughout each season is the best idea. Daniel Wellington are one of my favourite brands, so when an email popped into my inbox asking if I’d like one of their watches to style on my blog – I jumped at the chance. Going for the Classy York in Silver, I love the dark brown crocodile leather band on this and how many of my pieces it pairs nicely with. I have quite small wrists so I tend to stay away from larger watch faces that often don’t fit right, but the smaller face on this is perfect for me.

What are your jewellery/watch essentials? Anything you think should be on my wishlist? I’d love to know!

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CRAGSIDE

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Outfit Details: Shirt – H&M, Skirt – Miss Selfridge, Sunglasses – Primark, Bag – Primark,
Neckerchief – Primark
Something I love to do at the weekends is travel to local historical sites/beauty spots with my family, so when I was recently contacted to talk about a place you’d recommend to someone visiting the North East of England, Cragside sprung into mind. About a 45 minute drive away from Newcastle, Cragside is a stunning house and gardens, with lakes, history and incredible scenery aplenty. It’s under the National Trust, which for young adults is only £2.50 a month membership – making it an absolute bargain, and the perfect location to visit on a sunny afternoon. Yesterday graced us with clear blue skies and the most incredible sun, so I jumped at the chance of shooting some outfit photographs with this picturesque background, the photographs just don’t do the place justice!
Lens-flare aside, this outfit has quickly become my go-to. With a relaxed-fit shirt and this comfortable button up denim skirt, it’s practical and yet oh so easy to mix it up at little. As well as my trust skinny scarf, I picked up this neckerchief the other day at Primark and would seriously recommend it to anyone wanting to add that 70s flare to an outfit on a budget. I have a post coming up all about them and how I style them, but for this outfit, I thought it would look perfect around my neck – giving a little nod to the surroundings, whilst looking a little like a scout. We all know I have a thing for leopard print, but there’s a new print in town and I think it’s here to stay – the snakeskin. I was browsing my local Primark (you know, as you do) and I spotted this snakeskin, fringed backpack just sat on it’s own. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure whether someone had left theirs or something as it seemed a little too good to be true, but lo and behold I turned the corner and found a few others hiding away. Not even looking at the price tag (oops) I quickly ran to the till and it’s been on my back ever since. It has already stepped up to the title of my Autumn bag, I can’t wait to get styling it!
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Have you ever visited Cragside? Where’s your favourite place to visit?
 
Ps – If you enjoyed this post, I’d love for you to nominate me in the North East Blogger Awards!
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(This post is part of the Think Money Bloggers Travel Guide – check it out!)
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SIMPLE STEPS TO SORT OUT YOUR WARDROBE

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Maybe it’s just me, but I really enjoy sorting out my wardrobe. I find there’s nothing more satisfying than an organised rail of clothing which is easy to navigate through. Not only does it look good, but it helps encourage you to wear those pieces you may have forgotten about. For myself, getting ready in the morning and deciding on what to wear that day is one of my favourite things – and having a wardrobe that reflects my style at that time is a must.

Whilst it’s not everyone’s favourite chore, I thought I’d go through some of my top tips on how to get rid of those pieces that are gathering dust and make room for new seasonal items.

1. First thing first, empty your wardrobe completely. I think it helps to be able to visualise each piece of clothing you own, because chances are, you’ll be surprised at just how much that wardrobe was housing. From this I tend to put aside the clothing I definitely want to keep and which pieces I’ve been meaning to donate to charity or sell on depop for a while – leaving me with a pile of clothing I’m on the fence about.
2. Ask yourself, have you worn the piece in the past six months? If the answer is no, you’re probably not going to wear it in the next six months either. Apart from the occasional formal dress that may be an exception, be tough about it. Would you rather a piece of clothing taking up space in your wardrobe that you never wear, or something new that could be your dream find?
3. Does the clothing even fit you properly? It might be your favourite piece of clothing you own, maybe even the best bargain you’ve come across. But if it doesn’t fit you right, and doesn’t make you feel the best you can be – then it’s not for you. I always say, that if you don’t feel excited (or even just comfortable) wearing something, then why keep it? Especially when there may just be someone out there desperately looking for that exact piece!
4. Think of three pieces in your keep pile that you could pair the item with. I tend to do this mainly when shopping for new clothes as it helps prevent me from impulse buys, but I like to imagine three separate outfits that I could wear each piece. If you’re really stuck on whether or not to keep something, then plan out at least three different outfits where you could wear it. Let’s be honest here, we’re all not made of money and we’d all get bored of wearing the exact same outfit day in and day out, so if there’s nothing but a certain skirt or shirt to wear it with – then I’d say it was time to donate it. I’m a huge advocate of having a rail of clothing which you can easily mix and match, it lessens then days of not having anything to wear and makes those mornings where you have five minutes to pull together an outfit all than easier.
5. Consider the upcoming seasons. We all own those pieces that may have been all over social media last season, but are you going to pick it back up the next time around? Probably not. I always try to restrain myself to only a certain number of ‘trend’ items a season, because they’re exactly that – pieces that last the trend and then fall to the back of my wardrobe. So whilst the seasons are transitioning over, I like to strip back to the utmost basics and staples (post coming soon on this!). And then you’re able to see what you have, what you’re missing and which things you’d like to add to your clothing rail for the months ahead.

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What are your tips for sorting out your wardrobe? I’d love to know!
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