Everything I am in The Mood For This Winter
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This weekend really felt like Winter. Partly due to storm Brian making my windows rattle, and the darker evenings, but I have been full of that cosy Winter feeling. It' got me thinking about what I am really feeling this Winter, the outfits I want to wear, the wardrobe investments I might make. I have already got some amazing pieces that I have been wearing lots and lots, like this & Other Stories blazer and my fourth pair of Dear Frances boots, which I plan to continue wearing throughout the winter. 

The main thing I am into is investing in a cashmere coat. About two years ago now I once tried one on in Celine, I had no intention of buying it as it would mean taking out several bank loans and living off beans for the rest of my 20s, but I still think about that coat all the time. I am not setting my sights as high as Celine, but I am definitely looking to invest in a beautiful black cashmere coat that I can wear forever and ever. 

I have written before how I find myself becoming more and more interested in jewellery as I get older. I have pieces I wear every single day, and I looking to expand that collection and also add a few statement pieces in there. These earrings from All Blues are some of the only statement earrings I own, and I am always impressed by how much they transform a really simple look into something way more exciting. I love the combination of a turtleneck with big earrings, so it's something I definitely want to wear a lot this Winter. 

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I am really into Chelsea boots as my practical shoe of choice. I have been filming a Testing Basics with them this week, and they are just such a versatile boot. I can't wait to share the video, but I really feel like all my flat boot dreams have been answered and they are so damn comfortable too.

A new Loewe Puzzle bag has been high on my wish list for a while now, specifically a tan one. In the next few months I might bite the bullet and go for it, because I still consider my black Puzzle to be the best bag I have ever bought. I am thinking it could be a birthday present to me, from me, depending how generous I am feeling. 

I think more than ever, the thing I am feeling for this Winter is not having loads of things. Not buying for the sake of it, and really thinking through my purchases. I am loving rewearing the same pieces at the moment - and whereas a year ago I would have been bored of something after a few wears, I am now reluctant to welcome too many new pieces into my wardrobe. I really want to make careful purchases that I can share with you guys lots and lots throughout Winter. For example, I bought some Celine loafers last week that I plan on wearing forever and ever. They are such a 'me' piece that I know I will never tire of, and are an item I can get the cost per wear down to a minimum - shoes like my Gucci loafers must be in a pence now, god knows how many times I have worn them. I don't think I will ever be restrained enough to have a capsule wardrobe, but it does feel good to know what you like and not feel pressured by trends to waver from that. It's a challenge to make content with the same items too, and one I welcome because it's actually the most realistic representation of how I am wearing my clothes at the moment. 

 

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BLAZER: & OTHER STORIES | JEANS: c/o TOTEME | KNIT: c/o TOPSHOP | BOOTS: c/o DEAR FRANCES | EARRINGS: c/o ALL BLUES 

Photos by Dean Martindale

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One Jacket Five Ways
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This post is sponsored by Sandro, who have a gorgeous new store on Regent Street, definitely go in store to check out these pieces if you can! 

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You all know I love a blazer, and my collection of them is always growing and evolving. Today I have a new one to share, which I have styled up five different ways. There aren't many pieces I would find this easy to style five different ways, but it's a testament to just how versatile a blazer can be in your wardrobe... even one as fancy as this! 

I know I will have mentioned this many times before, but the things I look for in a blazer are; a longline length, great tailoring, and a good fabric that will hold the structure of the piece. This Sandro one is ticking all these boxes, while also being unlike any other one I own. 

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Florals aren't usually my thing, but in these deep tones and almost curtain-like fabric and print, they totally work for me. The different colours in this also makes it easy to style up in lots of different ways, as I am about to show you here. Firstly, I finally went for an all white outfit that I have been wanting to wear for ages. It really brings out the lighter tones in the jacket, and we all know that the key to wearing an all white outfit is to cover up as much of it as possible to avoid the inevitable moment of spilling something down yourself. Finished off with some very cute velvet pumps which look so amazing with a frayed hem denim, and you have a perfect transitional outfit (so long as you don't do anything that could cause a mess, like a drink or coffee, have a meal, get on the tube, etc etc).

JACKET: c/o SANDRO | KNIT: J.W ANDERSON x UNIQLO | SHOES: c/o SANDRO | JEANS: GRLFRND c/o REVOLVE 

So, with a more practical outfit, an all black look instead! Blazers are so great to wear with really laid back looks like this one, and when it's such a statement one it makes it easy to completely liven up a really minimal (and frankly quite lazy) combination like this one here. I also think that when you team a blazer with something as minimal as this, it really helps the tailoring and structure of the blazer stand out really well. And this gorgeous bag is perfect for finishing it all off - I am really into bags with matte hardware on them, it has a really understated vibe to it - and the clasp on this one is just stunning! 

JACKET: c/o SANDRO | SHOES: CONVERSE | JEANS: LEVI'S | BAG: c/o SANDRO | T-SHIRT: WEEKDAY 

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This is possibly my favourite look in this post. Something a little chicer and smart, definitely workwear appropriate or just great for an evening out. These pants are incredible, super high waisted and long giving them an amazing androgynous feel. I love the detailing of the button fly and the dart pleats at the front. I think they would look just as good with some trainers as they do with heels, and of course you know how much I love to tuck a white t-shirt into everything! 

This time I threw the blazer onto my shoulders to really emphasise the effortless vibe I was aiming for, and to show off the trousers as much as possible. But I would say that despite it being a statement with the print, the jacket is really wearable for office wear, and will really liven up your usual combinations too! 

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TROUSERS: c/o SANDRO | T-SHIRT: & OTHER STORIES | JACKET: c/o SANDRO | SHOES: AQUAZZURA

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Fourth look here, and a little bit of thigh flashing. The green undertones of this blazer and these boots is pretty much a match made in heaven. And, once again, a completely black base is great to build upon and really let the other colours stand out. Wearing dresses under blazer is always effortlessly sexy - you can always really go for it and pick a shorter dress that matches the length of the dress. It sort of looks like you're wearing just a blazer from the back, which is alway super sexy, especially when it's a blazer as well tailored as this one. I am madly into knee high boots at the moment, but if you're not you could swap them out for ankle boots or even over the knee ones and have a similar finished look! 

BLAZER: c/o SANDRO | DRESS: & OTHER STORIES | TURTLENECK: LA REDOUTE | BOOTS: c/o DEAR FRANCES 

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This one is definitely the most 'me everyday' look we have here. Partly because it includes pieces I have been relentlessly wearing, but also because the proportions of the whole look are so what I am into at the moment.

Similarly to the Sandro suit trousers, I love a longer trouser leg with a longline blazer at the moment. While the finished look is really androgynous, the tailoring of the pieces stops it from being too drowning or overwhelming.  Also, how amazing does the print of this jacket look with a mid-wash denim?! You guys know how much I wear my blue denim, so whenever I find a piece that works as well with them as this does, then I know I have hit the jackpot. 

So all in all, I think you can tell I think this is a rather wonderful blazer. Something a little different to my usual ones, but just as easy to wear and style up. I feel like I am always going on about how versatile they are, but honestly there is no piece I love to style as much as a gorgeous blazer, and no piece I think completes an outfit so effortlessly and so perfectly. 

 

JACKET: c/o SANDRO | BAG: c/o SANDRO | JEANS: TOPSHOP | SHOES: ROCHAS | T-SHIRT: BELLA FREUD x VESTIARE COLLECTIVE 

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PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE

Girls LIke These
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So as I mentioned, I got to spend two nights in Paris last week with Jigsaw and Hoxton Hotels. I have already raved about Jigsaw in yesterday's post, and my praise for the Hoxton is coming your way tomorrow. F`or today's post I wanted to talk about the amazing girls I got to go on that trip with. There were six of us in total, me, Lindsey, Alice, Kim, Katherine and Liv. And while gorgeous hotels, clothes, and a city as beautiful as Paris all make for a good time, nothing compares to spending time in good company. 

And when I say ‘good company’, I really do mean it. Just as little overview of each of these girls.. We have Alice who works full time for the Hoxton, runs a blog while also running around all over the shop. And I mean that literally, she fits in a 10k run most mornings, ran the London Marathon, and is hands down the fittest person I know. Liv has a little known blog called What Olivia Did… which of course you will all of heard of. She constantly reminds me of how amazing blogging is. I would hands down say she is one of the most talented and consistent bloggers out there - you will not find a post on her blog that hasn’t been planned and thought over, with gorgeous photos and typo-free copy. She is a force to be reckoned with in the blogging world! Katherine is like a fountain of wisdom. I leave at least 10% more wise every time I see her, which is quite often, so I now consider myself quite wise. Her website, Work Work Work, is home to some incredible articles. She is an amazing writer, and has taught me so much about the power of sharing knowledge and career advice whenever she can. She is also PREGNANT which is the most exciting thing in the world, so she now mostly gets a 100000 questions off us all - we all seriously had one of the most insightful sex education lessons off Katherine while we were in Paris, I left 25% more wise that time around. 

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Kim is one of the girls you can meet twice and feel like you’ve known her forever. She does things like, you know, have a full time job and run a wonderful blog. I am always amazed at people who do both, especially to such a high consistency as Kim (I am saying this as someone who has worked with her, and as a reader of her blog, so I am very qualified to make this statement). Her posts are always amazing, with incredible photos and not to mention outfits I always want to recreate. And last but not least, we have Lindsey. You will all know Lindsey by now as we have (unfortunately for her) become somewhat attached at the hip. I don’t think I have ever met someone so thoughtful and generous, and she has been a rock for me this summer. When I was navigating all these life changes, there was not a single day I didn’t get a message from Lindsey checking how I was. She has also been with me for the biggest highs over the summer, I don’t think I have laughed as much with anyone as I have Linds. And as for her work stuff, I will keep it brief - she is one of the most stylish women I know, documents it in an incredible blog, is a physiotherapist, and is also a full time could-be-Scandinavian beauty which in itself is an achievement we all dream of. Well done, Linds. 

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As you might be able to tell form that gushing, I have always been a real girls girl. I love female company, and I crave it so much whenever I have spent too much time surrounded by men. I love girls nights in, girly trips, just any time spent with good female company is a great thing in my books. Perhaps one of the things I love the most about blogging is the fact it's such a female led industry. Out of all the amazing things this job has brought me, the people I have met and get to call friends are by far the best bit. I am endlessly inspired and motivated by the women I spend time with, and these few days in Paris completely reminded me of that, and spurred me on to write this post and leave behind 'me me me' for a little while (back to me soon though). 

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It's so lucky to say I am surrounded by a group of girls (and these aren't just work friends I am talking about), who are so supportive of one another. We all know the importance of building up one another, but when you find yourself in a group where that doesn't even have to be conscious decision, then you've hit the jackpot. I cannot tell you how motivated I feel after having spent time with amazing women. Through all the amazing things I am able to do with my life, nothing gives me a buzz like good company. We all know the feeling at the end of the night when you have laughed and felt loved, it's a warmth and happiness that nothing, especually nothing material, can ever ever recreate. 

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I spent much of the trip creepily stalking the girls and taking photos of them all, and I love them all so much - so many fond memories here, and genuinely candid moments caught on camera. Hope you love them too, and all these ladies have blogs of their own so you can so stalk them even further if you fancy it... which I suggest you do. 

I hope this post makes you all feel inspired by the women around you too, and a reminder of the power of building other people up (female or male). I know how much these girls, and my other friends, do that for me - so see this post as a little bit of giving back! 

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