#FASHUN – CRUSHIN’ ON CORD

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Cord either throws me back to the early 2000’s where I’d be strutting into my school non uniform day in my finest cord trousers or reminds of my dads cord bootcuts. There’s no in-between. But Cord has made a cheeky reappearance this AW and I have to say… I’m here for it! Here’s my current staple Cord pieces in my wardrobe!

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THE H&M CO-ORD

I LOVE a co-ord more than anything, and this H&M duo was my payday treat to myself. Well, H&M accidentally priced the skirt to £12 online one day so I managed to snatch that at a reduced price but the jacket I had to treat myself to. You can’t have one without the other right? The material is such a nice quality it’s a really well made piece, AND it’s actually really warm! Making it the perfect trans-seasonal outfit.

Click for Skirt / Click for Blazer / Click for Bag / Click for Shoes

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THE CORD PUFFER

Behave, I know I really need to clean my mirror but this is the only photo I have in this jacket! I took it home up north with me because it’s SO warm, it literally feels like I’m wearing a duvet. If we want to get all practical n that, the elasticated waist is super helpful cause it stops the wind getting in and making you cold… exciting stuff.

Click for Puffer / Click for Tee / Belt is super old Topshop

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THE WIDE LEG TROUSER

These are the steal of the season… £12 in H&M Sale!! They fit like an absolute dream too, perfectly high waisted and the perfect length. Well, when I say they fit like a dream, get a size up one or two dress sizes. We all know that H&M is the only place you can be a size 6 to 16 in one day, I had to get these in size 12. They’re the same lovely material as the blue cord co-ord so I’m chuffed I got these for £12, always check out different H&M sale areas as I find they have different stock in Sale and sometimes different prices!

Click for Trousers / Click for Tee

#FASHUN – LFW SOPHIA WEBSTER

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After being struck down with a 24/48hr sickness bug over the weekend, my body conveniently sorted itself out in time for the Sophia Webster presentation at LFW today. I am an avid lover of Sophia Webster and her designs, more so as she is an alumni and my university and her little baby girl is called Bibi.

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetI wore my Topshop embroidered denim combo with some fish net tights and my Sophia Webster Bibi low top trainers, obviously the baby pink Gucci belt made an appearance too.

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The location was at the Vinyl factory in Soho. You had to enter through a vinyl record shop which had an amazing aspect of a real life Narnia experience. When you wandered down the grungy stairs you were greeted with a snow cone of your choice, I opted for watermelon flavour obvs.

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There was fake snow everywhere, which for once felt weird as London seemed to be experiencing some kind of heatwave today. A giant snow globe consisting of 2 models in the most incredible thigh highs was what we first laid out eyes on.

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Shoes were displayed on dripping ice podiums and bars. “I scream for ice queens” hung on the wall in neon.

We then walked round the corner to more gorgeous models in highly embellished crowns and jewels and butterfly shoes on ice podiums. It was basically Frozen but for the older customer, I was in my element. Instead of ‘let it go’ playing we had Dj Emerald playing some sassy RnB.

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These shoes I literally can’t even deal, I think they have over 4 thousand diamonds on them ?!


These light up boots gave me life “hot like fire / cold like ace”


Finally, here’s the queen herself 👑

#FASHUN – MY SALE PURCHASES

The Boxing Day sales felt like they were SO long ago! I never shop on actual Boxing Day and I don’t agree with it either (most likely because I’m knee deep at work picking shit up off the floor wishing I was at home actually enjoying Christmas #RetailProbs). I wait 2/4 weeks after the launch day as this is when further reductions happen and more lines go into sale and you get the good shit. I managed to get my hands on some really good bits this year from Topshop so thought I’d share.


My number 1 purchase may have to be my navy feather jacket. I lusted over this when I first saw it but out of stock it went. I found a lost one in the sale with a £50 price reduction and just HAD to purchase. I got a size 10 (I usually wear an 8 in jackets) as I wanted it slightly oversized and able to fit a hoodie underneath.


In terms of price reduction, the embroidered tote bag HAS to be number 1. I always wanted this but originally priced at £65 it was a no from me hun. I managed to pick it up for £15! Yes, it is the same style as my chain cross body, but this one I can use for my shopping and uni books… like if I was to use uni books that is.

Another bag purchase, I love the Gucci inspired embroidery on this little cross body. It’s just the perfect size for little everyday trips. For £10 I really couldn’t go wrong with this purchase.
Finally, the shoes! Yet again I wanted these so bad when I first saw them but of course, out of stock they went so I bought the grey suede version instead. I do love a print on a shoe as it adds so much more vibrancy to and outfit and brings it all together.

Photographer: @BoothDanielle // www.daniellebooth.co.uk

#GETTHELOOK- FISHNET DEETS

I am LOVING this trend of wearing fishnet tights under ripped jeans etc, yessssss kimmy k thank you for this inspo! I bought mine for £8 from Topshop but they’re just going in and out of stock, like why not just try get them from a sex shop instead?

I wore mine under ripped mom jeans from Topshop, the rips over time have exaggerated from wear which I kind of prefer cause they look more like a natural tear. I paired them with my & Other Stories boots so you could see the fishnet detail not only on the knee but on my ankles also.

I then wore them with my unripped mom jeans, but paired with a crop top so you could see the top of the tights and waistband, totally kimmy k style. I wore stan smiths just to keep it casual 🙋🏼 how do you wear yours?

#FASHUN – MY TRAVEL STYLE DIARY

If you follow me on Instagram, you may of realised that I was a slight jet setter over the festive period. Not soz. Instead of documenting each trip I thought I’d do a post with the trips combined. It may just be nice to see where my outfits were from or how to dress for -3 freezing weather. Ive tried to add the details for every item but some may be out of stock… sorry!

PARIS 


For new year I went to Paris for 5 days with 2 days at Disneyland on NYE/NYD. The other days were for exploring and shopping and lots of Sephora visits. It was so cold so I pre planned and actually bought thermals from Uniqlo. So #fasHUN I know right?! They were actually amazing and worked wonders I honestly don’t know what I would of done without them. I bought some leather (faux) trousers from Topshop as I thought they would be ideal for keeping in body heat, which they obvi were. I took the Celine with me on the trip as you can fit so many essentials in it and the detachable pouches are ideal if you want to carry more or less.

Jacket: Topshop. It’s real feathers (turkey to be exact) and went into sale so keep an eye out in store! It’s currently sold out online.

Hoodie: This is another Topshop sale purchase, I bought the tall version as I wanted it oversized.

Bag: Celine. This needs no explanation apart from it’s my life. And yes, it does get its own seat at the table. I even did a blog post on it, here.

Trousers: Topshop. Although there’s a newer version here which are nicer.

Shoes: & Other Stories. I bought these over a year ago in Amsterdam and they’re so comfy to wear. They were perfect to travel with because they add height but because of the platform they’re actually quite flat so comfy to walk in.

Hat/Gloves: I mean my hat is just a basic woolly Pom Pom from H&M last year, my gloves are Topshop. They’re super warm and have touchscreen embedded fingertips SO ideal!

DISNEYLAND

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Disneyland was SO cold, it was -3 and because it’s out in the open and not built up like a city you really feel the cold more. Because I wore thermals and layers I could feel the cold on my face only which was really weird, a balaclava would of been ideal but that’s not quite fasHUN.  I pretty much wore the same outfit but changed my shoes and bag. I put on trainers for extra comfort and I decided to change bag as I didn’t want to damage the Celine on any rides. On day 2 of Disney I swapped the leather look trousers for black Topshop Jamie jeans (holy grail).

Bag: Topshop, it’s so handy and beaut. As it’s real leather it looks better as it ages.

Shoes: These are super old Liberty London X Nike. They probably came out about 3/4 years ago? You can find them on depop/eBay but I think they’re quite pricey.

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I’d never been to Disneyland before and it was SO magical I didn’t want to leave. I honestly recommend it so much. If you can I would go for 2 days as if you go for only one you might end up spending the majority of it queuing. For the 2 days the ticket is about £100 but worth it, you really do get an experience with it alongside the rides. We didn’t stay in a Disneyland resort hotel, our hotel was near the Effiel Tower and we just got the train to Disneyland which was only 7€ plus as we went on NYE/NYD it was free travel!

AMSTERDAM

I love Amsterdam it’s such a beautiful city. I was supposed to move out there this year as part of a university year abroad but I decided that the year out wasn’t for me for a numerous reasons. I think deffo in the future I could see myself living in Amsterdam. If you go to visit you have to go to Thrill Grill burger restaurant! And obviously visit the Anne Frank house. Yes you have to queue but it’s worth it, it really is. I was expecting it to just be a room of the house but it’s actually the whole house and it’s actually quite touching. Anyway, Amsterdam was also cold but not as much as Paris. I still packed my thermals though!

Jacket: This is from Zara, it’s actually in the sale!

Top: Another Zara sale purchase, it’s just a plain black jersey top which I got in a L to be oversized.

Jeans: Classic Topshop Jamie jeans.

Shoes: & Other Stories as before

Bag: Celine as before

#TRIED’N’TESTED – STYLIST LIVE

Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetAs I’m a member of the Stylist Beauty Council I very kindly got 2 tickets to Stylist Live! This was my second year going as I also went last year.

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So the concept of the day is that you book yourself onto 1 workshop, 1 talk and 1 catwalk show. By the time I got round to doing this the workshops I wanted were fully booked so I just decided to do a talk and the catwalk show. As I went the year before I had a rough idea about what the catwalk would be like. I booked myself onto a trend forecasting talk as my current unit at uni is based on forecasting. One of the guest speakers was from WGSN (major global forecasting site) which was really interesting. I learnt a lot from the talk but some of it was what I learn at uni, plus the audience could do a Q&A at the end which I enjoyed as it broadened the topic.

The catwalk is built up of 5 trends for A/W all of which are high street looks you can buy now. In my personal opinion, it’s just naff. I’d much rather a edit which you can actually shop at the event built up of some personal shoppers and stylists to help you find the look which is best for you. However the main thing which I disliked about the catwalk show, was that in the trend talk the fashion editor talked about tailoring everything for the Stylist reader. Now, this should of been filtered onto the catwalk show. The Stylist reader isn’t all a size 6 tall skinny early 20’s female. It would be much more exciting if we had a range of body sizes up on the catwalk to reflect the range of readers. You can say the same for all fashion shows I know, but Stylist is that magazine you get for free on the tube to read in on your commute and really reaches out to the reader.

In between all of this, the business design centre is built up of pop up stalls. Clarins and Urban Decay having the biggest floor space. I wanted to see more exclusive discounts. Liz Earle only had 10% off which was a bit disappointing, you can get better on Feel Unique! It needs to be a lot more hands on, a lot of the brands are small businesses trying to sell product to you which kinda got annoying. I want to be able to learn about these new brands and get an experience. For example, Urban Decay was just like going into Debenhams… where as at an event like this they should be doing master classes, prize giveaways, discounts etc. Like really open up to the customer and promote themselves. This is something that Clarins did well, they had makeovers, back massages, neck massages and hand massages going on. Plus there should be a lot of variety of brands, I saw too many Pinterest inspired greetings cards, old news.

This is a really fun day out or something to do post work, it doesn’t last the whole day, only about 3 hours I’d say? So if you travel from outside London it’s nice to go and get food and cocktails afterwards and really make a day of it I’d day.

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So my overall opinion is, great girly day and something different to do. It needs to be less money making orientated and more hands on and part of an experience. Plus add some body shapes to that catwalk! Look at what the Tommy Hilfiger, Burberry and Topshop Unique are doing and have the catwalk edit ready to shop afterwards.

#FASHUN – ALL ABOUT THE CELINE TRIO

This is hands down, THE best purchase of 2016.

So this bag has a great story behind it, and it absolutely was an impulsive buy, no regrets though. Never.

So, after finishing 2nd year of uni after an absolute disaster of a term but still getting decent grades, and then going straight into working full time I was debating buying myself a designer bag as a present to myself. I didn’t think I’d actually do it though, I just like browsing Selfridges online too much. So, my friend and I were in Islington and thought we would have a look in this new shop called Handbag Clinic, as I knew they’d opened one in Newcastle as some friends of mine work there. So the shop was like a little boutique of handbags, the two girls inside were SOOO lovely and helpful with great knowledge of the bags, one of them was from Newcastle so we were chatting on to them for ages. Yasmin and I were just browsing the bags and there were Chanels, Louis’s and Pradas all pre owned and some in amazing condition and some you could tell had been worn. I was waving my finger past the bags literally saying the words ‘…I want something which is like… A bit of me… Like THAT and stopped at this gorgeous Celine Trio. But I was just amazed at the condition of the bag! The lady working told me that a lot of their customer is Chelsea based and will only buy a bag and wear it once type of thing. The bag was immaculate, it honestly looked brand new. I quickly googled the bag and it was on the Céline website for £740, but in the handbag clinic for £450. Obviously I know this is a LOT of money to spend on a bag, but the bag was in new grade A condition but with £300 knocked off the price tag, like that is an offer I just couldn’t refuse. Obvi  you got the Céline dust bag with it too.


I didn’t realise that each part of the bag is attached with press studs and can be taken off and used as a clutch bag. So you kinda get a bit of 3 bags in one.

I started to think about the fact that yeah I had worked hard so why not treat myself, OBVI this lead to me then buying the bag. I legit have no regrets, like after purchasing I felt like an absolute girl BOSS. The feeling of buying something big and thinking ‘yeah I deserved that’ is so nice. I honestly think we should all treat ourselves more.

Handbag Clinic also have an online website too, I recommend checking it out and have a browse at what they have to offer. Some bags you can tell have obviously been used, some more than others, but a lot of them are in amazing condition! It is Handbag ‘Clinic’ so they do repair and restore designer bags, absolute life savour! You can also purchase protection kits to protect your designer bags from dirt and stains and even red wine stains!


Outfit deets:

Literally everything from Topshop, the sleeveless biker is last season and the sunnies are from ASOS. Style of jeans is MOM jean.

#FASHUN – MULE LOVIN


I was going to post this as my summer shoe, but then I realised summer is nearly over now… Yeah that 4 day heatwave and that be it. However, this is a great transitional seasonal shoe, especially as in London we get a warm September (soz if ur reading this n ur up north). I never used to be a mule kinda gal, to the point where I bought a gorgeous dusty pink pair from Topshop over a year ago and haven’t worn them once. However I saw these in Topshop and couldn’t decide between black or silver, sure black will go with more but silver is a bit more fasHUN. Since purchasing these, I’ve discovered so many more mules which I’m loving, I’m trying to stop myself from purchasing. Here I’ve rounded up my top 5.

TOPSHOP £29

OFFICE £62

TOPSHOP £56

TOPSHOP £92

ZARA £59.99