Friday, 31 October 2014

Lazy Day

I've had the week off work this week and normally, I'd try and fit in a jam-packed mini break of some sort. This week however, I decided a bit of a chill out was in order (although I have had a few nice days out too!).




 


Shirt: H&M (similar) // Coat: Topshop @ eBay // Jeans: Topshop // Shoes: Converse

So, for a day of local wandering, I chose something comfy but in keeping with autumn. A camel coat is so simply chic and this one is great for a lazy day because of the over-sized style (I've worn and talked about this coat before here).

I teamed it with this stripy, pajama-esque shirt to carry on the comfy/casual theme. Cotton shirts are a great item for any wardrobe as they're so effortless - a perfect choice for a lazy day! Converse, being the ultimate effortlessly cool choice of footwear, also rounded the outfit off.

As this truly was a lazy day, my make-up was kinda lazy too! I always think a bit of mascara and a coloured lip is an easy way to create a bit of a pop.

I've thoroughly enjoyed my relaxing week and hopefully I'll be feeling a bit more refreshed for my return to work next week. Enjoy your weekends guys!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Gloom and Bloom

Even though it's getting colder and greyer, I still wanted to incorporate some bright colours into today's look. Midis are a favourite of mine and it's great to be able to take another summer piece into autumn.








Top: H&M // Skirt: Primark // Leather Jacket: River Island (similar) // Boots: Topshop (similar) // Bag: H&M // Hat: Primark

This Primark midi skirt was picked up for £5 over the summer and definitely had its use on the hot days. I think the over the knee length and retro floral print make it great for the autumn too for a bright, feminine ensemble.

A polo neck is a must have in any wardrobe as they go with everything! They add a chic touch and most importantly, keep you nice and toasty! I got this last year, but there are so many around in all high street stores. I plan on getting a few more in different colours.

My lovely leather River Island jacket was popped on over the top. Leather jackets are perfect for the transitional weather; not too thick but they just add an extra layer to take off the slight chill in the air. They're also a cool, casual staple, so work with all kinds of outfits.

I love how the fedora just rounds off the look. Hats are brilliant accessories as they're effortlessly smart - another collection I'll be looking to expand for winter!

As a big fan of bright, bold prints, I'm glad there are still pieces that will work all year round like this steal of a midi skirt. I love autumnal tones, but bright colours will definitely be sticking around in my wardrobe as well, even if the weather is a bit gloomy!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Sugar Coat

Hasn't it been chilly this week!? Winter is now fast approaching, and I thought it was time to get my hands on a new casual coat. I love winter dressing, so wanted a coat that could go with most outfits.




 



Coat: Primark // Shirt: Primark // Jeans: Topshop // Shoes: Topshop (similar) // Bag: H&M

This absolute beauty of a boyfriend coat is from Primark. It was a steal at £25 and just what I wanted! I was a bit slow to get a winter coat last year, so I was not going to miss out this season! It comes up a little big so if you're planning on buying one down sizing is key, but it's brilliant quality and very comfy and warm. It will see me through winter for sure! This style of coat is so versatile and wearable for everyone. It's a definite staple!

I went for a simple ensemble, keeping it chic with my trusty black Joni jeans and a classic white shirt - you can't go wrong with a white shirt!

I thought I'd try this pastel blue satchel as I do like to add flashes of colour where I can! Not only that, but a satchel is a great, classically cool accessory; the pockets and buckles add a little vintage twist.

This is the first proper coat I've purchased this season and I definitely plan to get a couple more for my collection!

What style of coat will you be wearing this winter?

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Patterned Pinafore

Ahh I love days like today, when the air is a bit crisper but the sun is still shining in between the orange and brown trees. It always feels so peaceful and makes me feel all cosy! Perfect kind of day. My boyfriend and I decided to go for a little countryside walk and I wanted to take some inspiration from the autumn colours for my outfit today.




 


Top: H&M // Dress: Urban Outfitters // Shoes: Primark // Necklace: Oxfam // Sunglasses: Portobello Market

I love this pinafore shift dress. It was picked up in the Christmas UO sale and what a find it was! The dark colours and vintage style print are perfect for the colder months - I'm almost blending in! The loose fit allows for it to be layered over this black roll neck top and I like that the combination makes for a smart autumnal outfit.

This 'J' necklace was quite the find in an Oxfordshire Oxfam. Of course I had to have it! I've said before how much I love a charity shop necklace hunt. It's a great way to find pretty, vintage pieces for a snip. A tiny bit of bling just adds that little pop to this outfit whilst still keeping it smart and simple.

And finally, these boots. Primark you've done it again! Amazing quality and a steal at £15. They're not too high, so can be worn from day to night. The chunkyness also adds a punky edge.

I hope you've all enjoyed this glorious autumnal day as much as I have. It's actually left me feeling excited for the next few weeks! It may be a bit cold at times, but it means we have all the lovely layering and cosy nights in to enjoy!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Monochrome Midi

Black and white is always a winner and perfect for the autumn months. As Leonardo da Vinci once said, 'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication' - I love that quote!







 

 Top: H&M // Skirt: H&M // Bag: Primark // Shoes: Primark // Necklace: Primark // Leather Jacket: River Island (similar)

I'm a big fan of midi skirts; they just ooze feminine sophistication. They can be dressed up or down and worn in every season making them a wardrobe essential. This black textured midi is a bargain in the H&M sale right now at £12! I love the a-line shape, nipping in at the waist to flatter any figure.

I decided to team it with a printed white tee. It seems to be a popular choice of outfit right now; the perfect mix of smart casual. I also popped on the Primark pearls and thin heels for a classic, 'lady-like' feel.

This leather look jacket is fabulous quality. For this ensemble, I wanted to choose a jacket which would be in keeping with the smart casual vibe and this was it. I really like how it looks with the midi skirt - the contrasting textures bring more life to the outfit.

I'm really pleased with this skirt and and how it looks with the simple tee and polished accessories today; a simple yet effective monochrome look. Black is always in style, so I'll head into the colder months excited to try out a few different looks incorporating the classic colour!

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Clash

This week, I wanted to experiment a little. This year has been all about the co-ord, but clashing prints are also still as prominent as ever. Floral print and checks have been a a popular, easy-to-wear choice, so I thought I'd give something similar a go.





Shirt: Topshop // Jeans: Topshop (similar here or here) // Shoes: Topshop // Sunglasses: Asos

I think the main thing to remember when creating a pattern clashing outfit is to still keep it fairly simple. Put too many prints together, or layer on too many accessories, and it could end up looking overdone and confused! That being said there are some incredible bloggers out there who create amazing, crazy clashing outfits effortlessly.

I like to think this pattern clash works as I've stuck to a monochrome base (with a few bright colours coming through) and added just a simple gold necklace and sunglasses for a bit of added texture, keeping the patterns as the main feature.

This printed shirt was another Topshop summer sale find (sorry guys!), and I love the bright and bold tropical print. It was great for summer, but the contrast against the check jeans sets it up nicely for the transitional period.

I have a new found love for these jeans now the weather's slightly cooler! Despite them being printed, this clashing ensemble just goes to show how versatile they are. I've styled them previously on the blog in different ways in this post and in this post.

I'm trying to make the most of my open toed, sandaly, summery shoes before there really is no turning back and into full time socks and boots we go! Sliders are so comfy, and were essential in all summer wardrobes. There were so many variations of this shoe over summer and there are still a few around now - a handy go-to piece for a casual day.

I have had a completely recycled outfit in this post. I've been trying to save a bit of money lately (you know, saving for the future and all that). I normally combine old and new pieces to create my daily outfits, but creating something different from things that have already been worn a few times can be a challenge. Once something's been worn one way it can be hard to get out of the habit and it's always more than a little tempting to buy something new (especially when trying to maintain a fashion blog!). But being thrifty and trying to recycle has actually been a lot of fun; it pushes me to improve my style ideas and think outside the box.

I can't wait to get my hands on some shiny, new goodies or a complete outfit set in the next couple of weeks, but it's always great to find those old pieces in the wardrobe that can be re-styled to create new look.

What pieces will you be recycling this season?