Saturday Stripes

(Jumper: H&M; Skirt: Topshop; Belt: old; Trainers; Adidas; Coat: Zara; Faux-fur scarf: Helen Moore; Bag: vintage; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

And back in the stripey jumper as the cold snap switches from over us to over the East Coast! Still not got a proper dose of snow this winter, but I'm hopeful it will come eventually...


Colour Riot

Top and skirt: ASOS; Coat: Zara; Faux-fur scarf: Helen Moore; Trainers: Adidas; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Belt: old; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: John Lewis)

A pleasing riot of colour perfect for the perfect day: Friday, payday and a divine dinner date with a pal. 


Perfect Pairing

(Sweater: Kenzo; Skirt: Topshop; Coat: Zara; Faux-fur scarf: Helen Moore; Trainers: Adidas; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Belt: old; Watch: Michael Kors)

The dream pairing of sporty sweater and girlie skirt is realised! Isn't as easy as they make it look in magazines (where everyone is thin) but a nifty belt and dress-down trainers always fix it. As does this adorable little bag which I still head-over-heels for. Its gold cousin is sidling up to me in my Internet ads, mind...does it need a friend?


A Stripe Called Quest

(Jumper: H&M; Jeans and belt: ASOS; Boots: Topshop; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Coat: vintage: Faux-fur scarf: Helen Moore; Watch: Michael Kors; Ring: Tessa Metcalfe)

The quest to find the closest likely knock-off of that Gucci jumper from last season is over. It's a weird bloody shape with big wide batwing sleeves but, considering I literally had to snatch this last size out from under the nose of the woman who was already holding two and reaching for another and it's a size 6, that is actually a good thing. 


Army Girl

(Coat and trousers: ASOS; Top and dress: Topshop; trainers: Adidas; Bag and watch: Michael Kors; Necklace: Dorothy Perkins)

That wonderful feeling when you see that camo print is coming back and you didn't get rid of the dress you bought years ago! It's a shame I no longer fit into the trousers that match it but hey ho, you can't win 'em all. 


Style over Snugness

(Top and belt: ASOS; Skirt: Topshop; Bag: vintage: Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo; Faux-fur stole: Helen Moore; Shoes: Adidas)

When your desire to wear another (ok this is the last one I swear) beautiful swooshy twirly metallic pleated skirt outweighs your desire to have warm ankles. Still don't regret it, but I did walk a lot more than I would have done on a day wearing trousers, purely to keep the circulation doing its thing!


Strong Combination

(Dress: Forever 21; Top: ASOS; Bag and watch: Michael Kors; Shoes: Adidas; Faux-fur scarf: Helen Moore; Jewellery: John Lewis)

Hurrah - when the outfit, hair and makeup combine to produce photos that you're genuinely delighted with when you download them off your camera! Still working on the saturation issue but if that doesn't work my mum and I have lots of plans to paint this corridor...


Cold Feet

(Jumpsuit: Whistles; Top: Urban Outfitters; Coat, belt and stole: ASOS; Watch and bag: Michael Kors; Shoes: Adidas)

Remember when I wore this jumpsuit on the hottest day of 2015? Well, I also managed to wear it on (what had been up until then) the coldest day of 2016. Brrrrr. But it is a very adaptable versatile piece of kit; that's how you should buy from the more expensive end of the high street, really.


Flowers and Suede

(Pinafore, shirt, belt and bag: ASOS; Shoes: Topshop; Watch: Michael Kors)

Normally I don't get on well with print shirts - love them in theory, in practise they rumble, wrinkle, ride up and annoy me - but this pairing works perfectly. Hat-tip to Danielle for the inspiration!


Modern Love

(Suit and boots: Topshop; Top: Urban Outfitters; Coat: Zara; Faux-fur stole: Helen Moore; Bag: vintage; Watch: Michael Kors).

I know when to go out. And I know when to stay in. (AKA most of the time.)
Well when the great man himself - hair icon, style icon, musical god - left us to co-host the greatest dance party in Heaven (Freddie Mercury's been keeping everyone entertained in the meantime) I had to pay tribute, didn't I?


Quality Street

(Top and belt: ASOS; Skirt and boots: Topshop; Jacket: Shrimps; Coat: Zara; Faux-fur stole: Helen Moore; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Because I am truly terrible at taking photos (give me a break; it's done with a tripod and the productive hour of 7am) you'll have to believe me when I say that this skirt is a metallic deep purple. The Purple Quality Street Skirt, I've dubbed it, perfectly offset with other bright colours. 

I am enjoying this cold snap for several reasons, not least that I've discovered how fabulously well this Shrimps jacket doubles as an in-between layer!

There. All wrapped up. 


Trainers and Smarts

(Skirt: Topshop; Top: Urban Outfitters; Belt: old; Shoes: Adidas; Faux-fur stole: Helen Moore; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Watch: Michael Kors; Ring: Tessa Metcalfe)

The Gucci thing isn't going away any time soon (I'm not even done wheeling out these skirts) and neither are these wonderfully comfortable trainers. More supportive than Converse (hello built-in arched inner soles) and more delicate than other trainers, they're my new favourite. Plus, suede. 


Say Yes To The Dress

(Dress and coat: Zara; Top: Dorothy Perkins; Shoes: Topshop; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: John Lewis; Belt: old)

Or in my case a hell yaaaaaas. I didn't see this one when it was on the rails at full price but the last one was calling to me from the sale rails. Stripes, my favourite bright red and that perfect 'will work with a polo neck or without in the summer' vibe. Helloooo. 


A Thing For Skirts

(Jacket: Shrimps; Top: Urban Outfitters; Skirt: Topshop; Trainers: Nike; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo; Watch: Michael Kors)

You might also want to call in some people about my addiction to pleated Topshop skirts when you call them about my thing for striped tops...


Pink Grapefruit

(Dress: ASOS; Top and shoes: Topshop; Coat: Zara; Faux-fur stole: Helen Moore; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

We were debating at work what colour this dress is (Burgundy? Cranberry?) and were at a loss but have decided that the top is definitely 'pamplemousse' purely because it's fun to say. Light and deep versions of the same shade are always a do. 



(Jumper: Kenzo; Trousers: Zara; Shoes: Adidas; Bag: Cambridge Satchel Company; Watch: Michael Kors; Ring: Tessa Metcalfe; Faux-fur scarf: Helen Moore)

The realisation of a life-long (in relative terms in the fashion world) fashion dream - a Kenzo sweater! Because you can't go on a trip to Paris for New Year and shop in the most beautiful shopping centre there (Galleries Lafyette) and not buy yourself something special, right?


Back to Brown

(Top, skirt and shoes: Topshop; Belt: ASOS: Bag: vintage; Faux-fur stole: Helen Moore; Watch: Michael Kors; Jewellery: Thomas Sabo)

Easing into the new season in an old favourite colour! Well, a fair few old favourite things - denim, stripes, faux-fur and snakeskin. 


A Year In Looks - Best of 2015

Looking back over my vast wardrobe accumulated over the course of the year, through a flat move/purchase, the discovery of the true delight/horror of owning a credit card (sorry Mum; it's fine, I'm not in Becky Bloomwood straits) and the discovery of a whole new series of awesome stylish ladies to read the blogs of/prowl the Instagram feeds of, it's been an exciting sartorial ride. There have been quite clear trends emerging. There have been misfires and missteps but there have been a whole new raft of awesome (I think) looks. So I thought (partly to fill the void at the start of the new year) I'd take a look back over my style this year, pick out the trends and see where I might go next...

Season of leopard-prints and mellow fruitfulness...only if we're talking berry shades you understand; I got quite firmly into deep burgundy red especially when juxtaposed with blue. Burgundy and baby blue became my first magic colour combo of the year, along with leopard print and pretty much anything with the acquisition of the Shrimps jacket of dreams and the Baia bag of dreams. Jackets were quite clearly a thing as were coats (given how chilly January and February were, giving me hope for a frosty start to 2016 and some repeat coat action) - I discovered the delights of Boohoo (and expanded my Helen Moore collection) and got quite into fringing, a love which would live well into the year. 

Red! Red burst onto the scene to liven things up, along with a liberal splash of pink at the collar where appropriate and on the feet when I wasn't walking too far. Along with the divine red and pink (or burgundy and pink at a pinch) combo, flat shoes and lace-up shoes were everywhere on the high street and my heels-averse self was gleeful about this for sure. I was also gleeful that I could continue to get away with small shoulder bags combined with items with big pockets; this ASOS pinafore dress is probably my star buy of the year and I can't wait to bring it out again when it gets warm enough. I'm a believer in the warmer the weather, the paler the denim, so I should probably get it out now! This was also the season I decided slicking back my hair was THE thing to do and again, I'm looking forward to getting back into that. 

The red thing showed no signs of abating but this time it got a splash of mustard as the world heated up, along with a good dose of delicious prints and some more denim. The '70s thing moved away from heavy fringing to A-line skirts and Bardot blouses (this outfit causing a fantastically awkward pseudo-wardrobe malfunction on a work conference call) with lashings of suncream for the hottest July day on record. There were also sandals a-plenty (though getting those bastard laces on those Mango gladiator sandals to stay up is officially impossible unless you use superglue) as the trend for 'sensible' footwear continued. I also remember this being the time I desperately began to acquire brown accessories (belts and shoes mostly) after noticing a lack in my wardrobe...

Suits! Suits everywhere! I had coincidentally got into Suits the TV show so decided to take it literally and do a supposedly more grown-up approach to work dressing, though, given that it's me, never quite entirely. There were also yet more delicious prints (and that's before we even cover this 'winter' with my full blown obsession with stripey jumpers) and patterns alongside a whole lotta brown and a whole lotta suede. I think I went from owning one suede item to owning...more than one. Coats, bags and dresses, it's dominating my accessories department here and it's making a steady advance on my wardrobe as we end the year. 

So...what have I learned from my sartorial adventures this year? (Aside from how I should probably be smarter with money and buy fewer clothes/pay more bills?)
1) Blondes don't necessarily have more fun, but they do enjoy wearing brown a lot
2) You can never have too many striped jumpers
3) Or suede bags
4) Or pinafore dresses
5) You will never find the perfect white shirt that will stay crisp and white despite your fondness for lunch-time gym trips without removing your makeup/London heat/London dirt/chocolate, so just try to find a cheap one that you don't mind replacing when it gets wrecked. New Look sorted me out a treat for that
6) You will always have to turn up flared trousers
7) It really needs to get colder to justify all the faux-fur I now own
8) I can't decide if I need to look more cheerful in photos or if I should just retain this super-strong RBF I've maintained as my default face

Happy 2016!