Sunday, 19 October 2014

Layer It Up.


Layering season is upon us, hurrah! This is most definitely my favourite time of year, aside from Halloween and Christmas approaching, colder weather also means cooler clothes (no pun intended!), and as much as I always wish Summer would come back, (then instantaneously regret it when i remember i melt as soon as temperatures reach over 17 degrees) I just love Autumn. Winter not so much, but Autumn, Oh yes. Leaves begin to fall and change colour, the air is fresh and crisp, and people seem a lot more jovial as the holiday seasons approach which is always nice. 

I bought this ZARA dress in the summer fully knowing i would be layering it with a few jumpers and turtlenecks come winter. The shape is very man-repeller-ish, but it's so comfortable and floaty which definitely makes it a winner in my eyes. My brogues from OFFICE are also very man-repelling but super cute non? They make me feel all 'grown up' and they're just generally a very good pair of shoes to have in ones wardrobe.

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Walk.


Sunday is quite possibly my favourite day of the week. It's a day that i associate with waking to a sunlit filled bedroom, warm coffees and long walks. Today was that kind of Sunday. My sister and I went on a long autumnal walk around where we live and it was absolutely wonderful. Monday to Saturday is often so hectic and filled with running around, commuting from one end of London to another and generally just so fast paced, that it was lovely to just take things slowly and enjoy our surroundings.  Since the weather is still somewhat in limbo, i've been taking a few leaves out of the trans-seasonal style book and sticking with a good pair of boots, in this case a pair of knee highs from New Look and short dresses with thin tights. After about an hour of walking I was positively roasting in my coat and praying to the weather gods for the temperature to drop a few degrees. Knee high boots have been on my radar ever since I saw Dunya style them so well on her blog. They look good, keep your feet and your legs warm, and they go with quite a lot of things so they're well worth it, plus my pair were pretty comfy despite me not breaking them in beforehand! And of course no day out would be complete with a cheeky coffee stop before cracking on with some work!

Also, you may have noticed from the images that I got a new lens for my camera! It's a nifty fifty so it's awesome for blog photography. I also got an Intuos tablet that i've been needing for forever, and getting to grips with it (very slowly!). 

What did you get up to this weekend? 

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

A Handmade Christmas With Laura Ashley.

"A post about Christmas.. In October?" I hear you cry. Yes, indeed. I'm one of those highly irritating people who get all doe eyed when setting eyes upon anything vaguely Christmassy. For me, Christmas is a time for family, friends, food, happiness and warmth and so every year as soon as the temperature starts to dip and the leaves begin to gently fall to the ground, that little spark in me is ignited.

Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of spending the evening doing some Christmassy arts and crafts with Laura Ashley and some other very nice bloggers. I'm the type of girl who looks at her DIY board on Pinterest solemnly vowing that one day I'll tick off at least one pretty simple crafting piece but the day never arrived. Until last night that was! I made a very glittery Christmas card that i'll most probably be posting to a friend, and a winter-inspired floral crown. It's a small blogger cliche but floral crowns are just the bees knees, and Laura from We Made This Home did a particularly smashing job on hers! If you're more of the sneaky purchasing type like me, Laura Ashley's Christmas range is actually up on their website at the moment and it's filled with all things glittery, bauble-y and bunting-y!

So the question is, will you be pulling all the stops out crafts-wise this festive season? Or will you be naughty like me and probably end up buying things?

Oh, by the way I did a little guest post for Laura Ashley over here if you fancy a little gander. 

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

The Not So Little Black Dress..


My wardrobe is loaded with LBD's and Midi skirts, but I had yet to come across the perfect everyday Black Midi Dress. Thanks to the ASOS sale, my midi dreams have come true and this dress has me waltzing around London like a modern day Dorothy Dandridge. I wear a variation of this more or less every other day (occasionally i'll throw on some jeans and a jumper) and it's just so comfortable, simple and easy to wear, throw on some heels and you've got yourself a pretty snazzy outfit. I'll keep today's post short and sweet! There are definitely not enough hours a day... As always have a lovely week!

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Things I Loved in September..

October is fast approaching and although i'm excited for the crisp autumnal winds and the cliche Pumpkin Spice Latte, September has always been one of my favourite months. Mostly because it's my birthday month (Go Virgos!) and also because it has always felt like a month of change. With that said, here are a few things that made my September that little bit more awesome..

I'm in the process of re-branding my entire blog, and i'm doing it partly by hand and partly with the help of Pipdig who designed the layout you see on my blog as of present. I've been heavily influenced by watercolours and soft browns and pinks and i've found the best way to do somenthing sometimes is to do it yourself! My blog is a very personal project and i thought i should inject a little bit more of my personality into it so i've been painting my little heart out and preparing everything from headers to custom borders for the new layout and one thing that i've loved is this little Winsor & Newton Watercolour set that I bought from Cass Art a little while back. It's portable so I can take my painting with me wherever I go and It means I have the freedom to work from almost anywhere.

Zara have been absolutely killing it with their A/W stuff but their perfume is incredible too! Granted they don't have the staying power of my usual Flowerbomb, but for the price, they're a huge bargain! Speaking of bargains, I've been revisiting an old love of mine, Charity shops. Since re-doing my bedroom, my space has been feeling a bit bare and far too minimal for my liking so i've been picking up little bits and bobs to make the place a little more 'me'. I found this antique tray for a mere £2.99 in my local shop.

September is my favourite because as i mentioned before, it's my birthday month, which means PRESENTS! I received a very lovely present from Gaelle and Gemma of Wifty. They very kindly packaged up and sent me one of their Wifty Boxes which are monthly subscription boxes featuring the cutest and quirkiest products from independent designers. I received two very sweet hairclips and a pair of earrings in mine which I actually wore to work the same day. Check out their website and if anything catches you eye i have a nifty (hehe it rhymes with wifty!) discount code for you! Just enter sundaybest10 at the checkout for 10% off :)

Another favourite this month have been my new Chelsea boots from OFFICE. They are absolutely beautiful (pricey! but beautiful). I've been needing a nice pair of black boots for Autumn and these fit the bill perfectly. I've been wearing them very carefully so as not to mess up the suede but i love how it goes with boots and dresses, definitely something for the Investment Wardrobe Project.

What did you love this month? Leave me a link to any of your favourites posts! And a very happy October to you all!

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Back To Basics..


Sometimes it's nice to dress comfortably, i think with the rise of blogging it's easy to feel overshadowed clothing wise and feel like you're boring because everything nowadays is so bright, glittery and trendy (I feel so old saying the word trendy) and it's easy to get sucked into it all, but like i've mentioned in my Investment Wardrobe series, the older I get, the more I focus on clothing that I can get the most wear out of. I love the odd piece of kitsch jewellery but when it comes to dressing I strive to buy things that are easily layer-able and trans-seasonal. Maybe in a few years when my base wardrobe is complete i'll begin treating myself to a few bolder items (I have a bright red coat on my wish list), but for now i'll happily keep plodding along with my affordable and sometimes vintage wares.

I bought this striped Bershka mini shift dress in their sale for about £10 I think and it's one of the best £10's  i've ever spent as i've worn it so much. I've worn it layered with a midi skirt and also with tailored trousers, and i've worn it with a rainbow of various tights. It's just an easy piece to wear and something I really enjoy having in my wardrobe.

With that said, anyone else feeling the pressures of blogging image wise? Let me know your thoughts below!

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