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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Paris
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I got to spend a couple of days in Paris last week, which was extra dreamy for a number of reasons. 

1. It was with Jigsaw, one of my all time favourite brands. Their A/W collection is the best yet, and I have a wish list as long as my arm. 

2. We got to stay at the new Hoxton hotel, which is incredible, all of their hotels are amazing but this one is extra special. I've got lots of photos of it to share on Wednesday. 

3. I was with the most incredible group of girls, which made it the best trip ever. More on that later this week, because I spent a tonne of timing sneakily taking photos of them all! 

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Nothing really beats shooting on the streets of Paris, but it's extra special when you love an outfit as much as I love this one. As I said, we were there with Jigsaw, so all of the looks I wore had something from their new collection involved. For this look that's the cardigan and the jacket. WHERE do I begin with this?! I have been banging on about cardigans for a few weeks now, and this is the second in what I hope to be a growing collection. It's cashmere so incredible soft, and is more fitted than the & Other Stories one I have, so it brings a very different vibe. Best worn with a couple of buttons undone and some necklaces to draw attention to the neck line, I love it. As for the jacket, I am not sure I need to explain why I like it, because it is a very 'me' piece. That longline length, gorgeous tailoring, a thick wool fabric that makes it hang off the body perfectly. Get ready to see this one a lot on here, because it's a firm favourite already. And what better than styling a new favourite, with other pieces I have been wearing pretty constantly recently. My Topshop jeans that don't need any more praising from me, and my red Dune boots - I always get a compliment on these when I wear them! 

So this week we will be mostly transported to Paris with my content - I have just short of a million film photos to share, lots of love to share for the girls I was there with, and lots more gorgeous pieces from Jigsaw too. Thank you to both Jigsaw and the Hoxton for having me on such a lovely trip! 

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JACKET: c/o JIGSAW | CARDIGAN: c/o JIGSAW | JEANS: TOPSHOP | BOOTS: c/o DUNE | BAG: LOEWE

Photos by Renata Kats

It's A Look
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Sharing a million billion photos today from my film camera in Amsterdam. The first lot of which aren't my best because I was beyond tired and also hungover, but I sorta like that about them because it's a fond memory of being in Amsterdam. I love seeing lots of my looks altogether like this because it helps me to see what I am really loving at the moment. For instance, that & Other Stories blazer and my Topshop jeans, both pieces I have been wearing today too. I am madly into the length of the jeans which is a dream to pair with some boots, and the oversized fit of the blazer couldn't be anymore perfect. Someone even commented on an Instagram the other day that I was really into this jacket.. it made me feel both a little guilty for wearing it so much, but also pleased that you guys know when I love something like this. Nothing beats effortless tailoring in my eyes, as you all probably know already. Especially when you're tired and hungover like I was here, when you really need some great pieces to throw on and make you feel better about things and like you actually stand a chance at taking on the day. 

Same goes for this & Other Stories cardigan which I have been wearing all of the time - I am actually writing this post from Paris where I have been wearing a different cardigan which I will be sharing next week, because honestly I am so into them at the moment and they are something I think everyone needs in their Winter wardrobe. And the Gucci loafers of course - these backless ones will go away soon becasue I find them too hard to keep on my feet in the cold (hence why my slingback ones are my all time faves), and I will be swapping them for my red full back ones, while also keeping one eye on the Gucci website incase any other amazing ones come in, they are a style of shoe I don't think I could have enough colours in.

JACKET: & OTHER STORIES | SHOES: GUCCI | JEANS: TOPSHOP | T-SHIRT: & OTHER STORIES | CARDIGAN: & OTHER STORIES | BAG: ROKSANDA 

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Quick mention for another gorgeous jacket, and an incredible pair of boots. This Jigsaw jacket has been welcomed into my collection of longline Jigsaw jackets that I am very proud and fond of. This one is wool so is more on the coat side of things, but has that incredible fit I fall for every time. And we all give a moments silence for the Weekday cashmere knit that I have on here which is no longer with us after I accidentally put it in the washer and dryer last week and now would fit a six year old. I was so gutted when I realised as I loved that knit, it served me very well for the few weeks it lasted. Let this be a lesson for throwing washing in the machine in a rush and not properly checking - I also did the classic wash with a tissue in a trouser pocket the other week too, when everything comes out looking like it's been in a snow storm. I am not sure I will ever be enough of a grown up to avoid washing machine disasters. 

So that's it for Amsterdam content, hope you have enjoyed it - as I said I am in Paris as I write that so will be sharing some Parisian backdrops next week, with a little of London here and there too!

JEANS: TOPSHOP | JACKET: c/o JIGSAW | BOOTS: c/o TOPSHOP | KNIT: c/o WEEKDAY (RIP, you will be missed)