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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