Jacket Required
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This post is sponsored by Free People. 

 

Another big post for you guys today! This time I am sharing some gorgeous pieces from Free People, a brand I am finding myself loving more and more. They have a huge selection online which is amazing, and I also went into store in New York to see lots of the pieces in real life (we do have a shop in London, but it's just a little'un). The quality of the pieces is amazing, it's 100000% a brand I am going to feature in Testing Basics soon so I can review it properly for you guys, because so far I am really impressed.

This military jacket for instance weighs a tonne. It is so thick, in the most amazing wool with proper metal hardware and faux fur detailing. It all contributes to the amazing structure you can really see in the top image where it just hangs perfectly off the body. I think you really tell the level of the detailing in these images; the stitching around the button holes, the huge breast pockets, it really is such a special piece. 

As it was rather warm in New York I went with a lightweight shirt and my Levi's 501s skinnies (I cut the bottoms off these too). But I am planning on wearing this with a black turtleneck, some light wash jeans and black heeled ankle boots back at home. I think it's a great piece for day to day but also as it's so super fancy could be worn on an evening too. I also travelled out to New York wearing it and felt like a pilot which was a lot of fun, so you always have that option too! 

JACKET: c/o FREE PEOPLE | SHIRT: c/o FREE PEOPLE | SHOES: ROCHAS | JEANS: LEVI'S | SUNGLASSES: GUCCI 

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A small break from Autumn/Winter looks for a little bit of Summer here. As I said it was pretty warm in New York, and this was my look for the first day there. I am very into this shirt and in my ongoing theme of planning to endlessly wear a turtleneck with everything, I do think a sheer turtleneck would look amazing underneath this! But for now it's a nice way to flash a little bit of skin with the off the shoulder feature. Again, it's all in the details and quality with this piece. The super stiff cotton gives it the most amazing structure, and it also makes it sit really well off the shoulder - it's not a high maintenance piece to wear which is what I was expecting, it stays where it's put and doesn't fall down at all. I love the huge open cuffs, the hidden buttons, the drop shoulder. It's a great piece to throw on for an evening with your favourite jeans, and you'll be good to go. For now I wore it with my beloved Levi's denim mini and Rochas shoes which I am still very, very into.

SHIRT: c/o FREE PEOPLE | SHOES: ROCHAS | SKIRT: LEVI'S | BAG: LOEWE

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And finally, a proper coat!! I am thinking this might be the first coat I am sharing on here this season. It's a totally different style to what I have gone for in previous seasons too; an oversized pea coat. Nothing new with the oversized aspect, or the pea coat style, but I don't think I have had a piece that brings both aspects together before. Of course the colour is a winning factor of this. As you may be able to tell I am really into red and pink tones, and also checked prints so this really is bringing everything I love altogether into one piece. Again, it's a really thick heavy wool and I hope you can get a sense of the weight of it through the way it hangs in these photos. It'd be a great to buy now and take you into Winter, as the colour still gives me some summer vibes too! 

Shockingly I kept it simple for the styling, because that isn't like me at all is it?! Some light wash denim and a top I wish I had all Summer and hadn't just acquired now. Finished off with some of my favourite accessories - you always know you're onto a winning piece when it works seamlessly with that you have in your wardrobe already. 

COAT: c/o FREE PEOPLE | JEANS: c/o FREE PEOPLE | TOP: c/o FREE PEOPLE | SHOES: GUCCI | BAG: FENDI 

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Photos by Scott Leon

Autumn Footwear
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This post is sponsored by Dune. 

Oohhh I am excited about this post guys! I worked with Dune almost exactly one year ago to share some of the A/W pieces which I shot in Vancouver - and I am getting to do it again this year, but this time shot in New York! I have to say I think this collection is so much stronger than the last, and these shoes have been on a regular rotation for me since I got them. 

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I am going to start with my favourites which are these glitzy slips ons. They won a recent Testing Basics, and I am pleased to report that even after a few more wears they are still holding up strong. Every gem on them is still intact, and they even survived a particularly elegant moment of me falling up some stairs yesterday. They are so comfy and all-around fabulous. I have mostly been wearing them with jeans and a white t-shirt or a shirt, but as it was a little warmer in NYC I decided to get my legs out. They are a great option for those of you who don't like wearing heels if you fancy a bit of a posh shoe on an evening. Worn with something like this, or your favourite jeans and a crisp white shirt - they really do take an outfit up a notch while still being a comfortable option. And if you have a few too many and fall up some steps they will survive it... 

SHOES: c/o DUNE | T-SHIRT: c/o WEEKDAY | SKIRT: & OTHER STORIES | BAG: FENDI c/o NET-A-PORTER

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We are now moving on to a red shoe theme. This wasn't intentional at all, but clearly it's something I am into. Red suede and denim is a pretty dreamy match (it's actually got me thinking about hunting down a red coat for Winter), and these boots are the bestOnce again, they're super comfy. I wore them to LFW which always entails a lot of standing about and walking and I had no complaints at all from them. I love the pointed toe, and while the heel is a little lower than I would usually opt for, I think they actually look really good for it. The boot itself is a great length to wear with your cropped denim, where the hemline just sits above the top. I am wearing them with lightwash denim for now, but will be switching that for a indigo wash with a black cashmere knit in the coming weeks. With either a check blazer or black wool coat thrown over there too, it's an outfit I cannot wait to wear!! 

BOOTS: c/o DUNE | SHIRT: c/o FREE PEOPLE | JEANS: & OTHER STORIES | SUNGLASSES: GUCCI 

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And finally, another slip on loafer! I am one day away from just turning into a slip on shoe. No complaints from me though, they really are the best style of shoe and I am wearing them as much as possible while weather permits. This whole colour combination is just a dream, and as I said works with those gorgeous boots too. Something about that check print and a red shoe just gets me! I think over the past year or so I have shown enough outfits with loafers to make a novel about how to style them, but honestly, they look amazing with everything. They are so leg lengthening too and if, like me, you constantly have blistered heels then they are always a good respite from some discomfort. And don't be afraid to go for a bit of colour, this is the second pair of red loafers I have and they really are super versatile, doesn't always have to be the black ones ot make them a wardrobe staple! 

LOAFERS: c/o DUNE | SKIRT: c/o LEVI'S | T-SHIRT: & OTHER STORIES | BLAZER: STELLA MCCARTNEY c/o NET-A-PORTER | SUNGLASSES: GUCCI 

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Photos by Scott Leon

 

The Combination
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This post is sponsored by Nasty Gal and Reward Style

This week was the first time my heating went on at home. It's a sure sign of Winter, and I am giving more and more thought to my Winter wardrobe each day. Until I decide what pieces I want to invest in this time around, I have been relying on the high street brands to find some amazing pieces to carry me into the new season. One of those is Nasty Gal, a brand I have been long familiar with and has now landed in the UK. I am sure lots of you will know the story of the brand (and if you don't than either the book or Netflix Series Girl Boss will enlighten you on the brands' roots), from a vintage eBay store to a fully fledged high street brand. I was really intrigued to try out some pieces from there, and managed to select some good'uns too.

This skirt is from the 'After Party' vintage section. It's actually reworked Levi's, coming in at an amazing price too. I have been living in my denim skirt throughout the last few weeks of Summer, and I am loving wearing them with knits on the final warm days we still have. It's definitely going to be a spot I check again for vintage Levi's pieces like these, the fit of this is amazing! 

This knit is almost a velour texture, making it super soft. It's completely different to my usual wool knits, and the the texture of the fabric gives it a sort of multi dimensional colour to it which you can kind of see in these photos. I am actually sat on the sofa writing this post while wearing this jumper, definitely a testament to how comfortable it is.

The shoes are my favourite piece. I love them with bare legs because they are really leg lengthening but I am also going to wearing them with my straight leg jeans as soon as possible! What I love is the fact the metal on the buckle detail isn't super thick, making the shoes look way more expensive then they are too.

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KNIT: c/o NASTY GAL | SKIRT: c/o NASTY GAL | SHOES: c/o NASTY GAL

PHOTOS BY DEAN MARTINDALE

 

These Itchy Feet
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I officially have a wanderlust like never before, so of course I am going to tell you guys all about it... 

I have always been incredibly lucky to have travelling to some extent as part of my life. From amazing summer holidays with my Mum and Dad as a child, to now as a big part of my work. But recently I have been craving it more than ever! I am such a home bird at heart, and for years I have always preferred to be settled at home with as much of a routine as I can manage. But recently I can't sit still for more than a couple of  weeks. Don't get me wrong, I am still always so glad to get back home and spend time here, but I can't help but think about the next trip. 

I think a lot of it comes down to the fact I have really found the way I want travel to work for my blog. To be able to travel with your work is an incredible privilege, and one I always want to make the most of. Perhaps one of the best things about blogging is the fact you can work from anywhere in the world, and the last thing I want to do is to look back in years to come and feel like I didn't make the most of that opportunity in my 20s. For ages I found travel content really hard. So much of it is based around press trips, which are amazing, but can sometimes be tricky to get the best content from. It made me feel like travel didn't sit well with my blog because I never felt like I was sharing content you could really engage with, or that I really loved. 

Over this Summer, I have been so fortunate with the amount of travel I have been able to do. And it's made me realise that the best trips are the ones I pay for myself. Ones where I can be free to create the content I want, take some sponsored work out there with me to make it viable for my business, but really get to explore the destinations on my own terms and then share that all with you guys. 

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That's exactly what this trip to New York was all about, and the content I have to share is some of my favourite ever. I pinch myself endlessly when I am in incredible cities doing my work, creating something I love and getting to read all your feedback too. It's the way I want to continue to incorporate travel into my blog and YouTube, and I really hope that I get to do it more and more and that you are all enjoying it. While Summer is definitely at it's end I am already planning what cities I could travel to this Winter to work from, and for the first time in my life (as I said, massive home bird over here), I am really tempted by the idea of going to live in another country for a month. I think it's in part down to the confidence that living alone as given me so far, that I am capable of doing things by myself even if I do need to ring my Mum to ask 2821018 questions along the way. 

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Also lets just all take a moment to imagine some blog posts in beautiful cities wrapped up in Winter outfits that are a little more interesting than this one. It's that time of year where, like clockwork, I hate my own wardrobe and the new season isn't quite in full swing in stores. I am resorting to jeans and a t-shirt, and when they fit as good as this that isn't really too much of a problem, but I do promise to send some A/W styling your way very soon! And maybe that will be the perfect excuse I need to book a trip somewhere beautiful to shoot it. 

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Jeans: C/O LEVI'S | T-SHRIT: C/O WEEKDAY | BAG: LOEWE | SHOES: CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA | SUNGLASSES: GUCCI 

Photos by Scott Leon