Three Ways To Style The Classic Denim Jacket
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This post is sponsored by House of Fraser. 

I feel as though I haven't done a 'three ways to style' post in about a million bajillion years, so here we are today with one! And the item is question is the humble denim jacket. Most of us will have one in our wardrobes, I have a fair few after doing a Testing Basics on them last Summer. The winner of that video was the Levi's trucker one, which I now have back in full force as Spring finally makes an appearance. I often find a denim jacket somewhat tricky to style up, hence me reaching for my longline blazers and leather bikers far more frequently. But, I want the denim jacket to be a big part of my wardrobe this Summer. It has an effortless vibe that I can't resist, and sometimes it's nice to have a bit of a styling challenge too. This particular jacket is from House of Fraser who have very very kindly worked with me on this post, they have a huge denim selection which you can have a browse of here, and I definitely recommend that you do. 

So, for the first outfit - Canadian tuxedo. It's all in the match of the denim wash here, and my vintage 501s turned out to be the perfect match with the denim jacket. I went with a bright shirt underneath because I wanted to feel as Summer-ready as possible here - and there is something about double lightwash denim that always reminds me of Summer anyways. For me, a belt is an essential with a look like this because it breaks up the top and bottom half. While this is obviously meant to match perfectly, I can sometimes feel like I am in some sort of denim boiler suit, and a belt stops that from happening. Topped off with some black ankle boots, a smart(ish) shoe definitely works best for this. I did try it with some trainers too and it just didn't look right at all. A nice heeled boot or sandal in Summer definitely completes it perfectly. 

JACKET: LEVI'S c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | JEANS: VINTAGE LEVI'S | SHIRT: BIBA c/o HOUSE OF FRASER

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For the second look we have some double denim again, but a lot less matchy-matchy this time, and possibly a little easier to achieve too. A proper matching double denim look is definitely something I find a statement, and unless your denim collection is verging on the ridiculous like mine is, you might not have much luck in finding that perfect colour match. So, go the other way with it, with two completely different washes of denim. It's always going to feel like a mega laid back look which is what I love so much about it, it's so easy to wear day to day and you can style it with whatever you fancy. I went for an indigo wash denim from Whistles, but I think a black wash would have worked just as well. For me, the straight leg style here is key, something about skinny jeans with a denim jacket takes me way back to feeling 17 again and not always making the best style decisions. The straight leg makes this seem way more 'me'. I have a black knit on here, but honestly any top would work with this, which is why this double denim combo is such an amazing foundation to an outfit. 

JACKET: LEVI'S c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | JEANS: WHISTLES c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | KNIT: HALLHUBER c/o HOUSE OF FRASER

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And finaallyyy, stepping into Spring properly here (even if I did freeze to death in the process, as this is a little premature). Above all else, the denim jacket is a lightweight piece. I have been wearing this one a lot this week underneath a blazer (see here), but really it's all about those summer combinations. Over a little dress on a holiday evening, a white tee and some denim cut offs at a festival - endless options! I went for a mix of textures for this look, just as I often think about how I want to mix textures when I am wearing my jeans, the same applies here, it's just all the other way around. So this vinyl skirt (late to the vinyl party but finally getting into it) is kind of statement for me. And just as I would style a statement top with a pair of jeans, wearing this with a denim jacket makes it feel wayyy more within my comfort zone. Finished off with a white t-shirt and my current favourite white trainers, and we have a super easy and simple look for the warmer days that feels fresh and exciting but by no means intimidating to wear. 

T-SHIRT: WHISTLES c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | SKIRT: MANGO c/o HOUSE OF FRASER | JACKET: LEVI'S c/o HOUSE OF FRASER

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Little Balances
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Isn’t life all about maintaining certain balances? I often think about this, and how these balances shift and change throughout out lives as our priorities change too. I always feel like it’s something I am trying to get better at too - managing different aspects of my life, keeping different plates spinning so that everything is running on track. So I often think of these little balances, some big and some small - and today I am going to end the week by sharing them with you all in one giant ramble! 

 

1. Work/Life

Ahh well isn’t this the ultimate balance to achieve. I feel like nailing this is similar to hitting the jackpot. It’s something I haven’t come close to perfecting yet (writing this post at 10:30pm, not ideal!!) - however, the reason I am working so late is because I me a friend this morning for a catch up, so it’s all swings and roundabouts because I just fit the ‘life’ part of the day into the working hours. I think we often end up managing it a little more than we realise, I definitely start to notice it if I am not because my social life starts to suffer. That being said, there is a long way to go before getting the balance for this one right.

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2. Put down the chocolate but you love the chocolate

 

This one applies to healthy eating generally. I have a huge appetite, I love food. I eat alarming quickly meaning I often manage to put away a hell of a lot of food in one sitting and then sit and graze for ages afterwards. My biggest weakness is chocolate and my relentless sweet tooth. I literally have to avoid having it in the house, because if it’s there I will eat it non stop, all self control out the window. Now I do try to eat healthily, so I know I can’t be doing this on a daily basis. But from time to time, it is 100% ok. Sometimes when I am stressed out and sit down with a chocolate biscuit and a cuppa, it genuinely de-stresses me a little bit. Now the bit I need to learn is to leave it with the one chocolate biscuit, and not go on to demolish the whole packet. 

 

3. God no you don’t need more jeans. But get them anyway. 

 

How many pairs of jeans is too many? When does it become a problem and something you need to reign in a little. I think I passed that point a while ago, yet I still cannot stop buying denim. The issue is I can justify it so easily for work, and always want to be able to recommend new styles and brands to all of you. So when I am in the shop thinking “you have straight leg jeans, you do not need more, there is an imbalance in your wardrobe and you spend at least 20 mins a week trying to organise them all again and not let your life get lost under a pile of denim, put the jeans back”… 5 mins later I am at the till. My life will always be on the denim-heavy side, it’s not something I am planning on putting a stop to either. This is an imbalance I like.

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4. Travel/homebody

 

This is one that has changed so much for me in the past year or so. Travel was never a huge goal for me, I loved being at home and trying to have some sort of routine even though my work makes it difficult. But since being single, travel has become something I enjoy more and more. It’s still about finding a balance with it, especially when you do it for work. The funny thing I have found is that my wind down time can often come when I am back at home, even if I am working here, rather than being away, even though being away is closer to being on a holiday. This year I think one/two trips a month is the sweet spot for me, while realising there might come a point where travel can become too much… never forgetting the closest I have ever been to a mild mental breakdown while in New York last November! 

 

5. Water vs. Tea. There is a clear winner (and it isn’t the clear one) 

 

Body says ‘give me water’ and my head goes ‘but shall we go with a cuppa’. Drink more water is a constant goal of mine, it usually ends up with me drinking more tea.

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T-SHIRT: BLOUSE | JEANS: & OTHER STORIES

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE

Home Update: THE CHAIRS
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Mini hiatus for the Week on 35mm blog posts which I promise will be back soon because I have been busy shooting away on my new camera, so next week will be back with the usual schedule where those posts are concerned. In the meantime, today I am sharing MY NEW CHAIRS which can only be referred to in capitals because how else am I going to convey this level of excitement to you all?! So let me tell you the story of the chairs (it isn't very long, you'll be relieved to here).

I have lusted over these chairs for a few years now. Designer furniture was never something I really imagined investing in until I fell in love with my coffee table, and have been obsessed with it ever since. Making the splurge on that sent me on a slippery slope head first into these chairs, the Harry Bertoia diamond chair. I have wanted them for years now, they are the sort of chair (along with the Barcelona chair) you often see in shops and weird offices where they aren't done any justice whatsoever. When I moved into my flat in London I knew I had the perfect space for them. My favourite feature in my flat is the wooden floors and the bay window, and while I wanted some seating in front of the window I didn't want to obstruct one of my favourite features. Well, you might say the stars aligned here as the lightbulb moment came that my dream chairs fit the bill perfectly for this. The mesh design means they won't obstruct the windows, and they just happened to match the coffee table perfectly too. Now you just can't ignore signs like this, so after visiting the Conran Shop a worrying number of times to sit on the chair and generally stare at the chair, one day in November I went and ordered two. After nearly having a nervous break down on hearing they would take 12 LONG WEEKS to be made, I composed myself and the countdown began. 

Last week, they finally arrived. I couldn't be any happier with them. They completely work within the room, are a new feature for me to stare at from my desk, and another space to sit (mostly coming into use when I have friends over). This is going to make me sound a bit nuts but I never really sat by my window and looked at my flat, and sitting on them and looking over everything has made me realise a few more small changes I would like to make to things. They really don't obstruct the window at all, but I love the way the wire mesh is a contrast against the light wood of the window. I also wanted two after seeing so many Parisian interiors where two gorgeous chairs sit alongside a coffee table. Having two facing into the room stops the seating arranagement feeling as though it is built around viewing the TV, which is something I hate. I am going to film a flat tour really soon that shows this off a little more, because we had to move the chairs around to get photos that weren't mega back lit for this post, so I realise I am banging on about an arrangement you can't really see in these photos. 

They are also wayyy comfier than they look, which is obviously sort of a vital aspect of a chair you plan to use practically. I went for the black leather seat cushion but you can change these, meaning they will always fit into my home and I can update them easily but just ordering a some new seat cushions. They have completely transformed how the room feels, made a new focal point with themselves and also of the gorgeous window, and couldn't compliment the table anymore if they tried.  All in all it's love and it's taken me twice as long to write this post as it should because I keep stopping to stare at them. It also seems I need to get a life now so let me leave you guys with this while I go off and do that. 

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HARRY BERTOIA DIAMOND CHAIRS; AVAILABLE IN STORE AT THE CONRAN SHOP AND HERE ONLINE.

SUIT BY EACH X OTHER (sold out)

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE.