BAKER BOY CAPS AND KICK FLARE JEANS

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OUTFIT DETAILS

Jacket – M&S (similar)

Blouse – Topshop (similar)

Jeans – Topshop (similar)

Shoes – M&S (similar)

Hat – H&M (similar)

Bag – Topshop (similar)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First things first, I’d like to apologise for my blog posts being a bit here and there recently. If you follow me on social media, I’ve been feeling rather down about it all and quite honestly, came very very close to just closing it down completely. I fell out of love with blogging and writing posts have been a real struggle for me. I think I’ve lost my way a little and my blog has become a place I’m no longer excited about and that’s something I need to work on. I have a few more lifestyle posts coming up, but in May I’m really going to be focussing on more fashion/style content and go back to my roots. Fashion has always been my thing so I’d love my content to be more focussed on that for a little while and see how it goes – let me know what you think!

Now, onto the outfit. Living the freelance life, I’m not sure how much money I have on a day to day basis, so my shopping habits have had to change a lot recently. I can’t always buy into the new trends (although I have an ASOS saved items page that goes on for days) and sales really are my best friend. It’s fun though as it challenges me to way things in different ways and I’m really enjoying playing around with different combinations – I especially love how this one has come together. I’d like to think I’m pretty good when it comes to hunting the best pieces out in sales and I think I’ve done well with this outfit – not one item wasn’t reduced WOO YEAH. From my bargain H&M hat which cost me less than a coffee (£2) to this biker-style denim jacket I found in M&S sale last winter (that I put to the back of my wardrobe for now) and these dusty pink pointed flats that I found in an M&S clearance market stall for a quarter of the price, these are easily some of my best finds in a long time. Not to mention this incredible high-neck white blouse which I found in my local Topshop sale a few weeks ago – I’d never seen it in store before, but there was one just randomly in the wrong sale rail in my size. Fate? I think so. I have a thing for high-neck ruffle blouses right now (someone bought the two blouses from a certain M&S collab last week… oops) as I just love how they add that hint of femininity to an outfit. Plus you can never have too many white blouses can you? (answer: the limit does not exist).
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So what are your favourite items of the moment? I’d love to know!
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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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WARDROBE ESSENTIALS: THE PRINT ANKLE BOOT

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If there’s one thing that my wardrobe would be incomplete without, it would be printed ankle boots. And in particular, these leopard pony skin ones I picked up in the January sales last year on a total whim. Granted, I never in a million years thought I’d get much wear out of them, but alas they’ve proven me wrong and I’ve become stupidly attached to them.

Printed ankle boots can look a little scary, I’ll admit, but they’re a whole lot more versatile than you’d first think and they’ve quickly become one of my wardrobe essentials. I love to pair mine with an monochromic outfit to add some interest and I’m yet to find a colour they don’t actually go with. Black? Always. Navy? Of course. Burgundy? Everytime. Leopard print is my absolute favourite (blame a certain Queen Chung) so I may be biased, but there’s so many patterns and variations of the ankle boot out there, then there’s one for everyone and their style tastes. Next on my list is the perfect snake skin-effect pair. They’ll look amazing with cropped kick flare jeans, don’t you think?

Anyway, I’ve compiled a little moodboard of my favourites – from the more affordable options to the real high end pairs that you can only really swoon at from a distance. As you can see, if there’s a certain pattern that’s caught your eye recently, chances are there’s an ankle boot variation of it. And if you’re a little hesitant to go all out print, there’s plenty of muted versions available, I mean how cute are the dusty rose suede ankle boots below?! I love!

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WISHLIST: MY TOP SALE PICKS

January Sales Picks

The January sales started a little while ago now, but being on a serious budget at the minute (I mean, I’m having to contemplate removing Netflix only a few days before the new PLL, crazy right?) I like to look in the sales a few weeks into them, as that’s when the real bargains come out.

This year I’m really trying to hold back with the impulse purchases and really start to build a wardrobe of real staple pieces that I can wear each season – of course, with a few added trend pieces in there for good measure. My wardrobe is currently a total wash of different prints, colour palettes and cuts so it’s a little all over the place and I often struggle to match things up to outfits I’m completely happy with. There’s a few pieces that I just like but keep just incase and other pieces that I absolutely love but can never style them with what I have to work with. So I’m using these January sales to really try and pick up clothing in particular that fill the gaps in my wardrobe, and I think this wishlist reflects that.

I’m trying to go back to the basics, going for the more classic cuts and fabrics. Colour palette wise, I’m not necessarily thinking totally monochrome, instead the really muted sort of pastel shades have been standing out for me. For example, this pale blue jacket would look brilliant with many of the pieces I already own such as my collection of high neck jumpers and excessive amount of striped tops. For many years, I’ve not really been that much of a jeans girl, favouring skirts and tights over anything else six out of seven days of the week. However, I have fallen head over heels for the cropped kick flares this season. I managed to pick myself up a pair in the Topshop sales at Christmas Eve (which you’ll no doubt see in an outfit post very soon) and I am obsessed. It’s a bit of a struggle to find them exactly the right length, but these New Look ones pictured above are only £5… so it would be wrong not to give them a go, surely? I’ve loved styling mine with pointed flats on dressier days and my new Converse high-tops when I’m going for something a little more casual. They’re surprisingly versatile and are set to be all over the stores this year, so if you pick up one thing in the sales – it’s these!

Suedette Jacket – Embroidered Dress – Leather Cross Body Bag – Blue High Rise Cigarette Jeans – Orange and Blue Check Scarf – Blue Cropped Flare Jeans – Catarzi Wide Brim Fedora

Have you found any exciting sale buys this year? Anything you’re still on the hunt for?

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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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SKINNY SCARF AND LEOPARD PRINT

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Outfit Details: Top – Marc by Marc Jacobs (via TK Maxx), Skirt – New Look, Jacket – Dorothy Perkins, Hat – Primark, Scarf – ASOS, Boots – Next

Photographs by Helen
My first outfit post in almost two months, crazy right?! It’s been a busy few months, with lots of commitments and university work (which, fingers crossed will be done in October!) so when the chance came around to shoot some outfit photographs, you can imagine how excited I was. It is pretty safe to say that I have fallen head over heels for the 70s trend even more so the past few weeks. Whilst I’m probably not cool enough to really pull it all off, I bought myself a skinny scarf the other day and I’ve worn it everyday since.

I decided to take some inspiration from one of my favourite blogs, the lovely Megan, for this outfit, as I’m always in complete awe at her incredible style and ability to clash prints. I’m always a little weary to, but I thought I’d give it a go and I think it came out alright. I picked up these leopard print boots last year in the sales and I’m not sure it’s quite possible to love a pair as much as I love these. I’ve always loved how stripes go with leopard print, so after finding this knitted top in the sale rail of my local TK Maxx, I knew it was a match made of heaven. Add in a little suede in the form of a skirt for good measure, a leather jacket to toughen it up and this is my uniform for the season. I just love how the fedora and skinny scarf combination can so easily transform an outfit, especially if you’re on a budget. I may be already looking for my next fedora for my collection, I’m thinking navy… ; )

In other news, if you enjoy the photography/writing/design on this blog I would really appreciate it if you could nominate The Girl in the Bowler Hat in the North East Blogger Awards under the category ‘Best Looking Blog’. I’m always trying my best to improve my photography especially, so to be shortlisted for an award in it would mean the absolute world to me!

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Are you on board with the 70s trend this year?
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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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SUMMER FLORALS

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Outfit Details: Dress – c/o Little Mistress, Hat – H&M, Denim Jacket – MANGO, 
Shoes & Sunglasses – Primark
 
Many moons ago I was contacted by the lovely people over at Little Mistress asking if I’d like to photograph one of their dresses in their Look Collection – a selection of summer inspired formal dresses. With the best excuse to dress up a little, I spent weeks trying to find the perfect location to fit.  A few weeks ago now, me and my family spent 7 days away chilling out in the Cotswolds. A place I’ve not visited before, it was filled with the most picturesque of villages, with floral displays and cottages a plenty. So I chose to shoot these photographs in Bibury, the most beautiful of villages – and one rather popular with the tourists!
I’m not normally one for overly girly prints, but there’s something about this watercolour-esque floral print that I really love about this dress. With an under-skirt, sweetheart neckline and beading details around the waistband, there’s certainly something that extra special about this frock – making it perfect for summer weddings/proms etc. Unfortunately I don’t have any such occasions coming up (I’ve never even been to a wedding before!), but with a pair of casual heels, sunglasses and a denim jacket, I love how easily it can be dressed down. I hadn’t intended to wear a hat with this outfit (I know, me without a hat is practically unthinkable!) – but I couldn’t help snapping a few quick photos on a separate day when I spotted this incredible floral wall – it would’ve been rude not to, right?!
In other news, I’m slightly snowed down with university work, having less than 2 months to complete a whole year’s worth of work – which is slightly insane. In an attempt to be organised and keep to my 3 post a week schedule, I’m trying to plan ahead as much as I can. Whilst I have quite a few outfit posts coming up, I’m thinking of shooting some more beauty/lifestyle posts and maybe some actual fashion posts (rather than personal style) – so I’d love to know which posts are your favourite to read!
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SUMMER NIGHTWEAR & LINGERIE WITH M&S;

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Details: Silk Teddy with Rose Lace & Nude Rose Lingerie Set (all c/o Marks and Spencer)
We all have those days when we may be feeling a little self-conscious and lacking in confidence, probably wanting to hide under the duvet and avoid the world. However, something that always helps boost my spirits is treating myself to some new lingerie sets and nightwear pieces. So when the lovely people over at Marks & Spencer contacted me to see if I’d like to try out some of their summer collection – I replied in record timing!
As the days start to heat up, there’s something about the sunnier months that makes me want to ditch the oversized fluffy Pjs and go for something a little lighter and somewhat fancier. So when I spotted this incredible Silk Teddy on the website, I knew it just had to be mine. Made of the softest silk ever imaginable (like, trust me) it has adjustable straps and an elastic waist – making it uber comfortable, and is nothing short of perfect. So the price tag kind of reflects that, but if you’re wanting to treat yourself, this is certainly the way to go! It’s perfect for those summer nights to lounge around in.
M&S also have a wide selection of lingerie, with everything from Smooth & Minimal, to Bright & Bold and Cool Curves. But the collection that caught my eye was their Vintage Charm – with the Rosie for Autograph pieces being nothing short of perfect. With fabrics such as French-designed lace and silk, in a variety of vintage-inspired tones and floral prints, I was sold. I chose to go for the Nude Rose Lingerie Set as there was something about it that stood out to me. Whilst you don’t get Rosie Huntington-Whiteleys body to go with the pieces *sob*, but if I do say so myself – I absolutely love how this lingerie set works for me. Like with the nightwear, it’s made of the most luxurious of silk and lace and fits perfectly. There isn’t much worse than lingerie that’s uncomfortable (we all know what I’m talking about) but I needn’t have worried – this set is to die for. And if I could wear it all of the time, I probably would. Plus I love it works with slightly sheerer blouses (that are all over the high-street throughout the summer months) as it adds that something something without feeling exposed in the slightest. So, basically, I’m just obsessed.
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CITY WALL

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Outfit Details: Coat – H&M, Top – M&S, Flared Jeans – c/o Tesco, Shoes – Topshop, Hat – H&M
Photos by Helen @ The Lovecats Inc

These photographs are a typical example of an outfit post that got completely forgotten about. I shot these a few months ago, and if I’m honest, totally forgot to ever upload them onto the blog, but I really like the outfit itself so I thought why not. It’s just going to be a short post as things are very hectic at the moment, if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that I’m currently working on the core team for a huge fashion event in Newcastle – Fashion Futures. The main event is tomorrow, a series of talks with guests such as Henry Holland, Laura Weird and Alexandra Shulman OBE (I KNOW RIGHT?!) and a lot of my time is busy helping out with bits and bobs for that. I’m incredibly excited, and a little bit overwhelmed, never did I think I’d be given the task to put together a goodie bag for one of my idols, the Editor of British Vogue, but that day has arrived. I’m sure I’ll do a post about it very soon!

I may have mentioned it once or twice (or 100 times) on the blog recently, but I can’t get enough of the 70s trend which has taken the high street by storm this season. There’s something about the fabrics and cuts that I find incredibly flattering, plus I can wear an oversized hat with every outfit! I’ve already spoken about these flared jeans in a previous outfit post, but I seriously can’t get enough of them – I must wear them at least once a week. I find that they really lengthen my rather short legs which is something I’m all for. The only thing I sometimes find is struggling to pair them with coats, but as the day we shot these photographs was rather dreary (as you probably tell) I chose to wear my trusty duster coat and I was pleasantly surprised at how it looks – embracing my inner Inspector Gadget and what not! And to add a little colour into the outfit, I went for this high-neck top I picked up in the M&S sale earlier this year. It’s a shop I wouldn’t think to look in for clothes, but there’s been some real finds in there recently – well worth a look!

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