Too Far

(Jacket: Shrimps; Top: Cos; Trousers and boots: Topshop; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

This is the face of someone who knows she has taken print-clashing to extreme and possibly unwise new heights but was never one to back down once she's committed to a look and isn't about to start now.


Understated Trendy

(Dress and coat: Zara; Belt: from Primark top; Boots: Topshop; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors)

The thing I like about this dress (well, of many things) is that it translates perfectly from rain to shine. On dreary days its muted colour palette blends in while pepping things up a tad, while on sunny ones it offsets the glare. Zara's good like this; understated items that transcend simple trends but always manage to be on them. You don't feel like a gimmick or look like a novelty in their more on-trend clothes. 

I've never understood the furore around wearing coats and skirts and the clashing lengths that ensue. I mean, I like doing a Cake (who sing 'I want a girl with a short skirt and a lonnnnnng jacket) as much as the next girl, but I've never gone out to buy a coat and agonised about what length it will be compared to the skirts and dresses I own. Is that a thing? 


More 70s

(Bag and belt: ASOS; Top, skirt and shoes: Topshop; Sunglasses: & Other Stories; Watch: Michael Kors)

*Chandler voice* Could I be any more '70s? Well I could, by buying entirely vintage and not being so stuck on shopping in Topshop. I cannot wait to crack out the matching trousers that go with this top...I will look like a very stylish human sofa cover. 
Celebrated what kind of felt like the last true weekend of late summer (eugh, if it were up to me we wouldn't be able to wear shorts past 1st September) by going jacket-free for a wander in Crystal Palace, which gets lovelier every time I go and discover more cool things to see, do and, er, buy. Relax, it's for the house! If you're in the market for simple but bright functional side tables, dining tables and bigger storage units take a look in The Tractor Factory. I might have to do a 'home' post once I'd put up a few shelves...


The Colour of Trees

(Coat: Zara: Jumper: New Look: Shirt: H&M; Skirt and boots: Topshop; Belt: from Primark top; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors)

Yikes, please excuse the saturation. But I couldn't resist...I came to the party dressed as autumn! 
I wanted a sleeveless roll-neck jumper for this season and couldn't resist this one in New Look - especially love the slight side splits. It could do with a slightly looser neck, especially given how scratchy the 'wool' is, but the colour is just good enough for me not to care. It was, of course, far too warm a day to wear this once the sun got up properly, but I was lovely and snug on the early bus in and the late bus back. 


Morning Light

(Coat and belt (and top, not seen): Primark; Dress and boots: Topshop; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Ah that beautiful soft early morning light! The block I live in is roughly south-south-east-facing, so gets decent light in the mornings when it wants to. I'm looking forward to the light in winter as all these trees shed their leaves...I optimistically wore this lighter Primark duster but the sunlight at 7.30am was purely for show. Brrrr....

Shoutout to these boots, by the way - I am prone to avoiding the boots that Topshop sells hanging by clips in pairs, snob that I am, but these ticked the style boxes I was after (the right shade of brown, block heel, subtle gold detail a nice touch) and are really comfortable to boot. Ha. But I managed to walk from Chancery Lane to Green Park without a pinch. And for under £30 that's not bad going at all. 


Brown and Black (and Green and Blue)

(Coat: Zara: Shirt; Topshop; Scarf: H&M; Trousers: ASOS; Shoes: New Look; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

I used to loudly protest about the clashing of brown and black - probably off the back of the time I once accidentally wore one brown boot and one black one after getting dressed in the dark/a hurry at university. Now, I'm a convert. I often find that matching a brighter, more red or orange brown works better than a deep brown such as this bag, but it's fashion - anything goes, really. A bright colour somewhere such as this scarf to stop yourself looking too sombre and you're away.


Coat Tails

(Coat: Zara; Top, skirt and boots: Topshop; Belt: ASOS; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors)

The disadvantages of my new home are many: noisy neighbours; stairwells in need of serious TLC; knowing I have to fix all the problems myself and can't call my landlord; the fact it's in the arse-end of nowhere (it's about a fifteen minute walk from Crystal Palace) and that commuting to work was going to be hideous compared to my previous place - a mere 45 minute walk through beautiful Angel. But lo, thankfully despite my lack of research the gods smiled on me and a fast bus that goes straight into the part of town I work stops at the top of my road. It does mean I now need to leave the house at 7.30am every day, however, which will make these photos trickier when it's darker in the mornings and means I often leave the house in more layers than I need by lunchtime. But I've been eyeing up this Zara coat for weeks and eventually took the plunge (along with a few other coats that I'll get out when it gets colder; coat game on the high street is strong this year). It's wool but still light enough for mild early autumn days, mannish but still feminine and, of course, in that desirable, looks-good-on-anyone colour of the season. 


Change of Scene

(Coat: Zara; Top, boots and jeans: Topshop; Belt and hat: ASOS; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Well would ya look at that...that's not the slightly sloping mysterious wooden door and pale brick wall you've come to know! That's right - after six months of trying and waiting and tearing my hair out (metaphorically of course; the thatch on my head is still as unruly as ever) I've finally got a place to call my own (well, at least for the next several decades until the lease is up). I've been officially living here (as in sleeping) for a week now and it feels like longer...getting used to the sounds of the neighbours (who are currently playing some music with too strong a base for a Sunday morning...) and the quietness at night. My previous house was right next to a busy bus stop to it's very strange to swap the soothing sounds of traffic for infrequent noises of planes, the odd wailing siren and the calls of BIRDS. Yep, all those trees mean bad news from surveyors (that's underpinning I'm standing on) but great news for my inner nature-lover. Waking up surrounded by trees, which are only set to get more beautiful as the autumn wears on, is music to my ears. 

Apologies for the photos - I'm working on finding a good spot to take them with decent light and my skills have never been the best. Maybe I'll use my quieter solitary weekends to read up on becoming a better photographer...


Floral Embroidery

(Shirt, skirt and shoes: Topshop; Belt: ASOS; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

I'm drawn to tapestry-style embroidery details and when I spotted this skirt on in-store photographs I kept a keen eye out for it...and eventually I was rewarded! I'm busting out of my determination to wear browns until April 2016 because this skirt is just special enough...


Ugly Pretty

(Suit: Zara; Top: Topshop; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Shoes: Orla Kiely for Clarks; Watch: Michael Kors: Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

A few more shots of the perfect autumn suit, along with the first outing of these wonderfully hideous yet wonderfully comfortable (as heels go) shoes. I initially went into Clarks looking for a sensible pair of autumn/winter brown shoes but there these were, tantalisingly positioned just inside the door. A block faux-snakeskin heel, a comfortable square toe, a flattering bar and strap and all with the Clarks trademark of comfort playing perfect parter and not second fiddle to style? Yep, these librarian/'70s secretary beauties came home with me. 


Autumn Prints

(Dress: Zara; Belt: from Primark top; Shoes, fluffy keyring and jacket: Topshop; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

A friend put me onto blogger The Frugality who wore this dress so beautifully on her Instagram. It's the perfect autumn dress - light and floaty enough for warmer days but with long sleeves to keep off the chill, combined with a darker colour palette for darker days. Plus it's such a flattering length, with a higher waistline so it isn't the traditional tea dress and also flares higher to skim the hips and give added swish! Great with flats, great with heels, great all year round. Will be jostling for space next to the ASOS one that helped me re-launch this blog...


Calamity Jo

(Jacket: Vintage, Fat Faced Cat in Camden Passage; Top, skirt, fluffy keyring and shoes: Topshop; Belt: ASOS; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Hey y'all, I just got back from the Windy City! A much better photo of that killer vintage jacket that managed to nearly give me heatstroke in August is perfect for these temperatures. Add in my trusty new bag and a neatened-up pixie cut and I'm one big fringe festival.


Autumn Suit

(Suit: Zara; Shirt: market stall; Shoes and fluffy keyring: Topshop; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Coat: Primark; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

OMFG I love me this suit! It's got autumn ticked with the colour but is light enough to wear on the remaining warmer days. Sleeveless shirt for now, polo neck jumper for November. Get on it, autumnal fans. 



(Jumpsuit: Whistles; Shirt: Glamorous at Topshop; Belt: from Primark top; Shoes: Topshop; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Watch: Michael Kors; Coat: Primark)

An easy way to update a jumpsuit for the new season...especially helpful when said jumpsuit has such on-trend flares!


Red Coat

(Coat: Primark; Shirt: Zara; Skirt and shoes: Topshop; Bag: Moss in Camden Passage; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

This is the look of someone who has been waiting eight months for this season to arrive and now that it has will not leave the house in anything that isn't red or brown or a variant of the two.

Also, say hello (and hello again) to two excellent purchases that have reminded me that I don't need to break the bank with the classics. Firstly this coat, a Primark beauty that's got a faux-suede softness, and this bag from the lovely little boutique Moss at the top (Angel) end of Camden Passage, which has got a real suede softness but actually cost less than the coat did. Easy on the eye and the wallet! Winner. 


Dash and Grab

(Jacket: Boohoo; Shirt: H&M; Skirt, shoes and fluffy keyring on bag: Topshop; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

We've all done one of those ill-advised tipsy dashes into a shop in between finishing that dinner and getting that night bus, right? I like to call it the supermarket sweep of clothes shopping. This skirt was a result of a recent one - corduroy fabrics and russet/crushed oxblood shade? It might as well have been screaming buy me I am so you this season. So I did. Along with a little fluffy pompom keyring for my Sophie Hulme to help tie outfits together. 

I was also tempted to go and buy another pair of these shoes before they fall apart - despite the need to strategically apply plasters to stop them rubbing and despite the fact that they are now pretty filthy I just can't stop reaching for them. The bastard things are now sold out online in my size so guess that's just a loss I'll have to bear! And keep wearing these ones (the addition of autumnal tights means the rubbing is no longer a problem) until they actually fall apart...


Still Got It

(Dress, bag and belt: ASOS; Shirt: Zara; Jacket: Boohoo; Sandals: Mango; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Still got that art teacher cool vibe off this shirt/dress combination. Still easily the best buy of the summer. Still available on ASOS for those who haven't yet taken the plunge...

Still love how perfectly this bag and jacket match despite not being from the same shop (and only one of them actually being suede), Getting the different bigs of fringing tangled is kind of annoying, mind...


Growing Things

 (Coat, trousers and belt: ASOS; Top and shoes: Topshop; Cardigan: Primark; Bag: Prada; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Green is a funny old colour. It's probably best suited to summer and yet always feels too sombre for it, so tends to get passed around, pass-the-parcel-style, in between each one. It isn't the most perfect pairing with the russets and reds and browns and burgundys I've insisted on filling my wardrobe with, but like heck am I going to let this bag languish for a season. So, green and brown are definitely going to be seen this season; this is my vow. 


Berry Picking

(Jacket, belt and trousers: ASOS; Vest top: Dorothy Perkins; Shoes: Topshop; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

I take it you've all seen the Kristen ELLE UK cover for September, right? (If you've not, get out there and grab it - the 20% off ASOS card isn't too shabby either) Well this is my best attempt at an homage to that colour, which in turn is an homage to one facet of the coming season. Mists and mellow fruitfulness. Ripe blackberries. Bright colours muted by the morning mists. Rich colours being favoured to bring needed warmth. The ability to smother myself in the ultimate autumnal scent - Blackberry and Bay by Jo Malone - while wrapped in last season's burgundy faux-fur scarf, while drinking sticky sweet red wine. 

PS will try to snap a better shot of these shoes for Instagram - they leave a little to be desired in the practicality stakes (the pointy toe means a larger size is needed and they do tend to flap about when you walk as fast as I do) but patent burgundy/brown snakeskin leather combined with a chunky kitten heel and delicate ankle strap is good enough for me. They also come in cream and black, I think. 


Easing Into Seasons

(Top: Primark; Skirt: Topshop; Belt: ASOS; Sandals: Mango; Jacket: Boohoo; Bag: Sophie Hulme; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

HAPPY SEPTEMBER, AUTUMN-LOVERS! Here I am last week, making the transition into autumn with about as much patience as I can muster (under the cool composure is the kind of childish excitement you get when walking downstairs to see what Santa left you) with long sleeves and long skirts but still...sandals. That's the one thing that summer decidedly has over winter - the ability to air one's toes and let them wriggle free. Even when it's raining I still wear sandals in summer, giving my toes wriggle room before they are stuffed into uncomfortable, poorly shaped covered shoes and boots for winter. I might just pack it in and wear sandals all year. Or at least buy all my shoes from sensible places like M&S.