Partywear
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It's party season, well it's already begun, but we are well into the weeks where it's more than acceptable to double (ok, triple) your carb intake and start drinking at lunchtime on a daily basis. And while we all love to do this in jeans and many knits, it is sometimes nice to dress up a little and get frostbite in the name of fashun. So that's what I have done for you all, and I have a small selection of outfits here to hopefully inspire a little. AS ALWAYS the mantra with party dressing for me is to avoid buying any one hit wonders. I am always after pieces I can wear again after the event, and I am leaving this sentence here because my god how many times have I said this now. 

LOOK ONE we have an amazing piece from The Line By K. It's one of the only US shops that I feel is worth the crippling customs charges (£100 for two items, so I do mean crippling), because the pieces are insane and unlike anything else I really see from other brands. Not to mention it's the brand of Karla Deras, one of my all time favourite bloggers and ultimate girl crushes. The detailing on this top makes it such a simple yet statement piece - the collar, huge buttons, slits down the side which make a majorly flowing statement when you walk. It's unlike any other piece in my wardrobe right now, and I plan to wear it a lot over Christmas. For now I teamed it with my beloved BDG jeans, and some new boots from Topshop which are going to be my go-to over Christmas. They are slightly toe pinching but I am working on breaking them in and they are getting better with each wear - I love the heel on them, and how super super pointy they are (worth the toe pinch, basically).

TOP: THE LINE BY K | JEANS: BDG | BOOTS: c/o TOPSHOP 

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Next up we have something a little more out there for my style, but I really fell in love with this skirt from & Other Stories which really surprised me as it's not typically 'me' at all. Super short, shiny, RUFFLES... I mean it's normally something I would run a mile from. But this image shot by Quiten de Briey has been playing on my mind for a while now, so I wanted to try to recreate that boots and skirt combo a little (also want to wear this with a knit like the one she has on, the search for the perfect high neck cream knit is never ending for me!!) 

While it is super sexy and stand out, baggy boots and shirt brings back that effortless vibe I never want to stray too far from. The shirt I went with was a silky one but I actually think this might have looked better with a crisp cotton one that held a little more structure around the collar. But all these musings make me think that maybe there are a few more variations to play around with here than I initially realised. 

I went with messy hair and minimal make up due to an ongoing laziness when it comes to doing those sort of things but it did sort of help emphasise the effortless side of things. Find a nice hotel corridor (I chose the Hoxton in Paris) to pose in (don't get trapped in lift doors along the way), and then you are truly ready to enjoy a night out. Throw on a faux fur coat if you must but anyone from the North of England knows going out in hardly any clothes in freezing temperatures is totally do able because we all did it every weekend in Leeds for years.

SKIRT: c/o & OTHER STORIES | SHIRT: c/o TOPSHOP | BOOTS: c/o & OTHER STORIES

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And finally, an old classic. The mini with OTK boots. It's been done before, tried and tested, loved by many and for good reason. It just looks so good and is such a simple combination that's always easy to throw together. This dress has an drawstring waist which comes in very handy for two things; 

1. If you, hypothetically speaking, had a few too many drinks one evening in Paris and for some reason decided it would be a good idea to spend one of your evenings stuffing your face with chicken dippers in McDonalds than you can always just loosen this up a little but to make room for that. Not speaking from experience, of course.

2. You can change the length. As you can see, I went short (honestly a little shorter than intended looking back at these photos), but it's a little detail that makes the dress more tailor made for each person. Also that cinched in waist is all kinds of flattering!

DRESS: c/o & OTHER STORIES | BOOTS: STUART WEITZMAN

P.S has anyone in the history of the world needed their fringe trimming as much as me right now? No, they have not. It's getting done this week. 

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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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