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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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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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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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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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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C’EST LA VIE

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Outfit Details: Top – Topshop, Jeans – Dorothy Perkins, Coat – H&M, Shoes – Primark,
Bag – Matalan, Hat – Primark
Just a quick post from me today (if you follow me via Twitter you’ll may have seen the reasons) but basically, life has got in the way a little. Some of it very exciting which I’m sure I’ll be talking about over on here soon, and some of it not so much, and if I’m honest, it’s been all a little too overwhelming and blogging hasn’t been top of the agenda. However, I’ll let you into a little secret; this outfit was never meant to make it onto the blog. With the weather being so lovely and sunny a few weeks ago, me and my family decided to have a little trip to the Quayside, without the pressure of shooting photographs. It’s one of my favourite places to visit, there’s something about the buzz around the Quayside and Baltic that I really love, and if you’re ever in the area, it’s a place I’d recommend paying a visit (plus the Baltic gift shop is packed with goodies!). And when I was standing admiring the view from the Baltic, I decided on a whim to quickly snap a few of this casual outfit of mine. Jeans, a tee, a duster coat, my favourite pointy flats and of course, my hat (I don’t wear it all the time, promise!) – because sometimes simple outfits are the best way to go.

Aside from the outfit, I think I’ve hit a little blogging slump. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of ideas lined up for the next few weeks or so, but that’s all they are, ideas. I thankfully have a handful of outfit posts ready to post, but I don’t know, I feel like my blog has become somewhat, meh. My photography is alright, my writing, okay, and that’s about it – it’s hit a little bit of a blip. So I’m currently working away on a little blogging revamp, something to help me fall back in love with blogging again – because boy do I miss that excitement you get when pressing publish and seeing everyone’s positive responses! There’ll be a few little design tweaks and some new content, whether that be beauty or lifestyle or something completely different. And I’m pretty excited, to look at things with a fresh perspective and see how things go – I like a challenge!

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So, I’d love to know, what are your favourite types of posts (from either other blogs or this one)?

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3 WAYS TO WEAR A DENIM SHIRT WITH NEW LOOK #3: DRESSY(ISH)

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Outfit Details: Denim Shirt – c/o New Look, Skirt – Primark, Sleeveless Blazer – Primark, Shoes – Primark, Hat – Primark, Sunglasses – Primark, Tights – c/o Uk Tights, Bag – Helen’s
(Quick apologies for the grainy photographs – I set the wrong camera settings, doh!)

Here with are with my final instalment of the styling challenge I was given by the lovely people over at New Look. I’ve had a really fun time thinking of different ways to dress up the denim shirt, and I’m happy with how they’ve turned out, especially this final one – the dressy version. Okay, so it’s not dressy-dressy, but it’s not too casual either, and it’s certainly very wearable during the day and at night. Pssst, if you haven’t already, make sure you check out my first and second outfits.

Onto the outfit itself, which, without me even realising, is pretty much all Primark (apart from the denim shirt of course, and the bag that I borrowed off Helen). What can I say? I just love Primark and I fully support that you can find some great things in there if you’re willing to root around. My latest find is this sleeveless blazer which caught my eye the other day on a quick visit. I’d been after a sleeveless duster or blazer for a little while, but didn’t want to pay too much – as I didn’t know whether it would suit me and my wardrobe. So when I spotted this Primark offering, I had to pick it up! I love what it adds to my style, and I’m sure it won’t be the final time you see it in my outfit posts. To add some print to this outfit, I decided on this palm print skirt which I bought last summer and got a surprising amount of wear from.

I’ll let you in on a little secret here, but in the majority of my outfit photographs that I’m going all bare-legged… I’m normally wearing a pair of skin coloured tights. I know, I know, it’s terrible right, but my legs are that pale that they tend to go over-exposed in photographs and cause a bit of a lighting nightmare (l o l)! And with that I’ve had the dilemma of wanting to wear open-toed sandals and not being able to, until that is, I was contacted by UK Tights whether I’d like to try a few of their toeless tights. I think it’s pretty safe to say that they are da bomb, such a handy thing to have and you can’t even tell I’m wearing them, which gets a thumbs up in my books. Finally, as this outfit is a little dressier than the others, I thought it were a perfect time to sport a red lip (Topshop Velvet Lips, if you’re wondering) and match it with this dreamy Mulberry bag.
Who says you can’t match your lip colour and bag? I’m all for it!

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Which of the three outfits have been your favourite? I’d love to know!

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DENIM AND LEATHER

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Outfit Details: Dress – Miss Selfridge, Boots – Next, Duster Coat – H&M, Jacket – Dorothy Perkins, Bag – Primark, Sunglasses – Primark, Hat – Primark

(Photographs by The Lovecats Inc)
Now there’s no denying that Alexa Chung is my queen, my ultimate style icon; even if our body shapes couldn’t be any different. So of course, her latest collaboration with AG Jeans had me at hello, a denim range which was completely up my street… but unfortunately completely out of my budget. With denim being a forefront fabric in my wardrobe this season, the hunt was on to find the person denim dress and denim skirt. I’m yet to get my hands on a skirt of my dreams yet, however, when I saw this Miss Selfridge dress hitting up the blogosphere, I knew it just had to be mine. Sold out online, it only made me want it more, and lo and behold, I finally tracked one down and practically ran to the cash desk. Last one left, and in my size. Fate.

I think I was a little ambitious when shooting these outfits, thinking a duster coat would suffice, but a few minutes into it I soon realised I was wrong (and very very cold) so decided to layer under a leather jacket, because everyone carries around two coats, right?! I’d seen a few of my favourites layering up coats, and I was always a little hesitant, but I needn’t be – I absolutely love how it looks! As the outfit was very focussed on mixing fabrics rather than colour, I couldn’t resist giving these leopard print boots an outing that wasn’t involving them hiding under jeans. I definitely see these being my all-time favourite boot this year, you know you’re on a winner when you’re excited to wear them as much as you can (that is, when it’s not raining). They’re already taking pride of place in my bedroom!

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Who are your style icons? I’d love to find out!

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MY STYLE RESOLUTIONS

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1. Inject more colour into my outfits – After having a little wardrobe sort-out (more on this in an upcoming post) one thing that really stood out to me was the lack of colour in my wardrobe. I stick to the colours I know, not really trying anything new – and I’d really like to step out of my comfort zone and go for colours I wouldn’t normally.
2. Ditch the black tights a lot sooner – Even throughout the summer, chances are I’ll be wearing my black tights. I’m not overly confident with my legs, but having spent a little while looking through my old outfit photographs, it’s the ones I’m bare-legged that I love that little bit more. I may not have legs for days (damn you, a certain Miss Chung) but you know what? They’re not that bad.
3. Comfort isn’t always the way to go – I’m definitely a person of comfort, rarely doing things and that I don’t feel comfortable in. And the same goes for clothing/shoes, I stay with what I know, whether that be styles that I know suit me or ones I feel fit me more (anyone else buy skirts a size bigger purely for food room?). But with that, I can feel like my wardrobe can become repetitive and dull very quickly, and I’m always wanting to start over. Style is something that should be played with since it’s a method self-expression, and well, I really need to start going for things that look better some days; those tighter jeans, those shoes that need more breaking in but makes my legs look a lot longer. If you feel better about yourself, that’s what it’s important – no pain, no gain right?
4. Buy the basics – Despite saying I rarely own any colourful pieces of clothing in my wardrobe, I sure do own many patterned items. And this is all well and good.. if I had bought clothes plain enough to wear with them. I’m one of those shoppers who buys things that look good on the hanger, so I often glance past what most people call style staples. I really need to invest in some basics I can wear time and time again!
5. Trousers are your friends – Being vertically challenged, I’ve always put jeans and trousers as a massive no-go for me, mainly down to inconvenience. And the amount of skirts I own really outweighs anything else. But 2015 is the year I’m going to make more of an effort in trying out trousers and stop being such a lazy shopper (anyone else dislikegoing into changing rooms?!). A lot of the images I pin on Pinterest are of people wearing trousers, and if they can wear them, why can’t I?! Who really cares if they’re rolled up a few times (*cough* a lotta times *cough*)?
6. Where what I want to wear, not just what I feel like I should – I think as a fashion blogger, it’s incredibly easy to fall into that trap of wearing what the blogosphere are loving at the time. Most of the times, they may fit into your personal style and you’ll love it, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. And you know what, that’s perfectly fine. I need to learn to stick to my guns and concentrate on developing my own personal style much more this year. There’s always bloggers I read and think to myself oh how I’d love a wardrobe like theirs (I think we all do it), and truth is, there’s not a single thing stopping me.
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What are your style resolutions for this year? Let me know!
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