So, this is the IT Coat this season. I actually tried on the ‘barely’ pink version of this and I look rubbish in it, but I live in hope of finding a flattering version as I am a big fan of rose pink. I decided to style it with a bit of humour as I think it edges towards looking a bit too prim and ladylike; in my opinion you either go full on masculine with chunky boots and a statement jumper, or you liven it up with more colour blocking accessories.
I was tempted to buy the ring version of this Kenzo lion necklace, but having short stubby fingers didn’t think I could carry it off. Besides, it was just around the time that Cara D unveiled her lion tat, so I figured it was pretty much a fad. I do love the geometric design though and would definitely wear this if I could afford it.
The Lulu Guinness clutch is very cute, and the Charlotte Olympia shoes are a great colour green. Teamed with black – leather and a crop jumper from Topshop, I Think you can just about get away with how zany this is!
Zip Dress – H&M
Leather Biker – Whistles
Loafers – Clarks
Bag – F&F at Tesco (currently unavailable)
Necklace – Warehouse (last season)
This zip dress was a bit of a bargain from H&M – £15. It’s kind of thin but I like the shape. Worn with my Whistles biker it does edge towards looking a bit matchy but never mind!
I’ve been wearing it a lot lately to meetings and also lazing at the weekend with a big cardi (and running around doing a treasure hunt around London with work!) so it’s pretty multi-functional. I like nothing more than a dress I can wear anywhere and with anything!
I knew these shoes were something when I saw them in Grazia right in the middle of summer. I snapped them up from Amazon, but have only recently started to wear them. They are so bloody good quality it’s amazing! You’d definitely never know they were Clarks. I’ve been lusting after a pair of gold-tipped Monks from Russell & Bromley recently, but when they are £195 I just can’t justify it when these babies were around £60.
New hair style (ish). I’ve started trying to do a mini beehive type thing (bit late I know!) and I am surprised at the comments I got!
What do you think? I really want to sort my hair cut out but I have no idea what to do with it. Fringe, no fringe? Long, short?
Help a lady out.
A lot of bloggers do weekly posts; round ups of their instagrams full of flat whites, cute animals and party invitations, or wish lists of clothes put together on Polyvore (I just tried this here: Prim Punk)
I was thinking what kind of thing I could do, then realised that I kind of already do. The first weekend of every month there is a set of pictures I take which is all the stuff I have just wasted my wages on.
This month I’ve actually been fairly sensible and still have some money in my bank account (for now). I went to Selfridges and resisted buying the Diane Von Furstenberg 440 mini bag, mainly because I wasn’t overly impressed with the quality at the price. Once you go Mulberry you never go back? I also think I tried on every cocoon coat on the high street and came to the conclusion that they just don’t work for curvy ladies, I looked like I wearing either a dressing gown or my ass was double the size that it really is. Shame, as they are so warm.
So, I settled on the French Connection number. I’ve been after a (faux) fur coat for a few years now and thought this baby was not only expensive looking, but was a really flattering colour and shape.
I also picked up this great skirt. The cut, finish and print is all very me. It was also 20% off with Stylist, so I couldn’t really say no, could I?!
Beauty wise, I grabbed some some Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum this month. I’ve heard such good things about this product, and at 28 I am beginning to worry that years of drinking alcohol, not drinking water, smoking and general badness will have done horrendous things to my skin come age 30. I’ve only used it twice (mainly because I am so rubbish at taking my make up off before bed!) but I will definitely report back once it’s had time to do it’s thing.
Because of this over-expenditure (and the spots the Clinique moisturiser I have been using has given me) I’ve also decided to try out Simple’s new ‘Kind to Skin+’ range. I used to use Simple back in the day, but stopped because I found it a bit harsh on my skin; especially the wipes that I had come to rely on. Then, recently I found out about the new sensitive skin range and am currently using the Illuminating radiance cream, and not only have my spots subsided, but I actually feel like it acts as a better primer for my foundation. I’ve also got the eye wipes so hopefully this will help ensure I take off my eyeliner before bed!
Overall, highly recommended.
What have you been spending your pennies on this month?
This is pretty much what I’ve been wearing this weekend. I used to wear a kilt at school so it does feel a bit school uniform to me, but it’s nice having a thick, easy to wear skirt which is a bit more edgy. Teamed with my easy-to-wear Topshop Tshirt and leather jacket, it’s comfortable and stylish.
I’ve wanted some man boots for a while, but I’m still working on finding some that don’t make me look like an actual man. I guess it’s one of the downsides of having curvy legs; a lot of the straight above-ankle ones just don’t work. These Zara ones however look promising, and I’m all about the cut-outs this season so I might check them out.
When I was a child, my mother used to buy me clothes from Tescos. And in the 90′s, this was not the done thing. My primary school’s Lindsay Lohan doppelganger used to make fun of for my wardrobe, even when I caught her wearing a jumper herself which was from Tesco.
How the times have changed. Now, their flagship brand, F&F is gaining plaudits for their Winter collection which is not only bordering on the insane side of cheap, but is also packed full of punk style. After being featured in Vogue (let’s be honest though, this looks like advertorial!) and amongst the fashion journos, when I was given the chance to participate in a £75 denim style challenge I was delighted.
I decided to make a day work look – something smart casual that was suitable for the office and for running between client meetings with. I even managed to get some super cute lip shine!
Cherry Jam Lip Shine – Tesco
So, wow. £75 goes a long way at Tesco. I recently bought some black skinny jeans from Warehouse, but now I wish I didn’t bother as the material of these is thicker, more forgiving and for £20 they’re amazing. I’m definitely going back to Tesco for my jean needs.
Please forgive the grimace on my face in the above photographs, but with badly swollen and severely sprained ankle, any types of heels, even these amazing western boots, was not going to be fun!
I can’t wait for my ankle to get better so I can wear these beauties; again they are bang on trend with the metal tips at the heel and toe, and also have a manageable heel for walking around in.
They’re definitely my favourite thing I’ve bought recently for less than £30!
Finally, the bag. This is a great colour for Autumn and a shoulder bag which has room to house my huge purse was definitely on my shopping list.
Overall, what do you think? I definitely suggest checking the Tesco site out; there’s some really cool long biker jackets, and the dresses & tartan skirts are a must for Winter.