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This post is sponsored by RESERVED

Not surprisingly, there is something about being in Paris that makes me want to wear the most minimal and chic looks - obviously Parisian inspired! My outfits are always somewhat inspired by whatever city I am in at the time, and Paris often feels like the one closest to my style anyway. Some classic pieces that can be thrown together effortlessly, it's very much what my wardrobe has become focused on anyway. And while I have begun to invest more and more in pieces that work within my everyday formula, the high street have some seriously great options available too. This whole look is from RESERVED, a relatively recent addition to the British high street (vlog watchers might remember I got to go to Poland with them in September to learn more about the brand too), and they have some great pieces in store at the mo!

This coat is a style everyone should have in their wardrobe, and the keep there for years and years. It never dates, never goes out of trend, is never hard to wear and style. Whether it be day to day, work, an evening - a coat in this style works for it all! Now while I will suffer for fashion (still wearing blazers over here), we are really into padded coats and faux fur weather so stepping back into the wool coats has to be worth it - and this one really is. And not all is lost when you can slip a knit underneath too (and a t-shirt and five thermals under that, writing this while sat in my flat with the heating on, a cuppa, a knit and a dressing gown, hence the references to the cold seeming very relevant). My love for grey high necked knits was ignited by Pinterest about three years ago and still lives strong within me, and will for years to come. 

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I think the jeans sort of steal the show here, because they seem so different to what I usually wear. My beloved vintage jeans has long ignited a love for long jeans, which always look amazing but aren't the easiest to style. They can be really unflattering, and almost always need to be paired with some heels to work well. It's all in the fit of them too, a straight leg and a snug fit over the bum and hips so it's as flattering as possible. 

The indigo wash of this pair makes them way more chic and less reminiscent of the jeans my Dad wore when I was little, and the raw hem adds for that extra detail when the turn up is added. The raw hem is also a godsend for making these the perfect length for you. I am pretty tall (5"8) and have a big turn up here, so you might need to trim these off a little if you're smaller. It's something you shouldn't be scared of doing at all because it makes the jeans perfect for you, you can even cut them so they still sit long but without the turn up if it isn't your thing (although I personally love that detail). 

I am 10000% taking these home with me for Christmas - I am heading back to Mum's for two weeks and anything coming in that suitcase really represents what I am loving right now. These jeans with some court heels and a fancy blouse over Christmas will be such a cool and easy look to pull together. Equally on a night out with some heeled boots and a tight fitting body suit would give me some 90s vibes in all the right way. 

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JEANS: ℅ RESERVED | KNIT: ℅ RESERVED | COAT: ℅ RESERVED (in store)

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE.  

Postcards From Paris
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Spent last week in a rather grey Paris and cold Paris, and this is one of my favourite outfits form the trip. This knit and blazer are like a match made in heaven, the colours are almost identical but just not quite and I love it. I had a t-shirt on underneath to keep warm because my love for blazers is so intense I will suffer a little to keep wearing them in the cold. These Carven trousers are a recent acquisition which I am very very into. I don't tend to wear things that sit on my hips so much anymore so it gives me some early 2000s vibes, but the detailing on the waistband of these is just so incredible! I think they would look killer with some heeled boots but they weren't long enough for that on me, so the Celine loafers won out once again (still obsessed, will be forever). All in all this look felt really different for me and something I loved wearing - I am definitely on the hunt for more trousers like these that don't break the bank quite so much. 

Apologies for this being so short - I have around 13429191 things in my head right now which I am going to talk about soon, but for now I have to leave you all with this little paragraph and some 35mm photos, which I happen to love a lot (as always).

Updates coming soon, and lots and lots of posts I LOVE! xxx 

TROUSERS: c/o CARVEN | KNIT: c/o & OTHER STORIES | JACKET: EVERLANE | SHOES: CELINE 

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE

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Capturing a Mood: Sexy
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Third and final instalment in posts I have been sharing along this theme. It's been around three weeks since I shared the first one, which honestly feels like a decade ago! This one is probably my favourite, always good to save the best until last. And as it involved getting a little dressed up, hopefully will serve for a little bit of party wear inspo too! I spoke in yesterday's video a little about how different clothes can inflict a certain mood, and the idea of dressing to feel sexy is one that interests me a lot. I think because it's probably one of the most personal things and feelings, because it's so closely tied in with body confidence and what makes you feel sexy. For me, it's never about tight fitting and flashing a lot of skin, although these aspects to play a part within it all. 

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I don't think that any of the clichés about dressing sexily such as 'leaving something to the imagination' or 'boobs or legs, never both' really have to apply at all. Because if you're feeling super body confident and decide you want to go out in a crop top and a mini skirt then it's going to look good, because you will feel so good in it. This is what I mean about it being a personal thing, because no matter how body confident I am feeling I personally would never feel good in a combination like that. For me, it's all about minimal combinations that play on proportions that really make you want to look at the details of an outfit. Oversized shirts tucked into tight fitting jeans, a crop top with wide legged trousers, a mini dress with an oversized blazer. Slight juxtapositions within an outfit which make things feel a little more interesting, and something you really want to look at. This outfit for instance; this skirt is one of the shortest I own, if I teamed this with a low cut top I would begin to feel uncomfortable and spend the evening tugging at my outfit while worrying I was flashing a little too much. But when worn with a really day-to-day piece, like this high neck knit, it makes me feel so much more confident. 

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Over the knee boots have to be one of the sexiest items you can wear too. The option show just a slither of thigh is always an effortless way to introduce something sexy into an outfit. I love the skinny fitting pairs, but these & Other Stories ones have been a recent favourite of mine. The slouchy fit is so awkward, and frankly hard to style, that they make an outfit so much more interesting. They way they sit away from the leg also has a super slimming effect, and (oddly) they don't fall down at all when you walk which really baffles me because I really thought they would. 

As I said at the beginning of this post, I have found dressing sexily easier and easier since I have been more aware of my body through exercising. It's inevitable that exercising increases an awareness of how you look, because you are looking for progress and change, and feeling stronger in different parts of yourself. This awareness made me think more and more about what my favourite parts of my own body were, and how to dress to emphasise those if I wanted to feel sexier. This is going to be so, so different for everyone of you reading this, and I think it takes a bit of experimenting to find an outfit that you wear and look in the mirror and feel super confident. For instance, no matter how much I work out I am never going to feel confident in a body con outfit. It just makes me feel so aware of every part of my body, and doesn't feel 'me' at all. But if I wore one with a men's blazer over the top, then I would suddenly feel amazing!

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Of all the moods, I think sexy is the easiest to capture. Because it comes through in a confidence. I felt great in this outfit when we shot these photos, and for me it really shows in the images. When I was 17/18 me and my friends used to go out in Leeds most weekends. We would spend the week in school planning what we could all wear, and getting ready was a huge part of the night. We would all go to one persons house, spend hours sticking on false lashes, curling out air, using that instant fake tan that streaked in the rain. We all loved to wear short dresses that flashed as much skin as possible. Backless, low cut, mini, skin tight - we went for it. We would then have drinks at home, dance around the kitchen, and take loads of photos. Whenever I look back on these photos, while I would never wear those outfits now, it makes me feel how I feel when I see these photos. Looking at something where I knew I felt good and confident, even though that has changed so much in the past seven years. 

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BOOTS: & OTHER STORIES | SKIRT: REFORMATION | KNIT: WEEKDAY c/o ZALANDO 

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE, ON A MIX OF 35MM, DIGITAL AND POLAROID