Russell & Bromley- Buckle Up

Oh Autumn, lovely Autumn. I'm trying my hardest not to gush too hard over my all time favourite season but we're having such a lovely one this year it's proving difficult. Aside from the gloriously fresh weather, leafy walks and golden hour evenings, one of my biggest joys of Autumn is the styling that comes with it. Autumn for me, is the perfect time to get your creative juices flowing and this is at it's most applicable where your shoes are concerned. Autumn is that one moment in the year when your shoes get to truly do the talking (as well as the walking)! Dust down your favourite ankle boots and shine up those failsafe loafers, the time has arrived to get a little creative with your footwear. This year is no exception to my footwear rule, in fact I've been so sick of living in sandals all summer (I know I know first world problems) that I was more than a little over enthusiastic to jump back into my all time favourite boots. This year I've taken things one step further (excuse the pun) and I'm not only getting a little brave with my footwear choices but with the help of Russell & Bromley I'm truly making them stand out from the crowd and my outfit. So let's talk about the Russell & Bromley footwear choices you should be making this year to have the sassiest feet this Autumn!

Rust On The Ground- Autumn Style

I often find Autumn and Winter are both perfect seasons to bring out your most beloved, classic outfits which I guess is reason number one thousand why I adore this time of year so much! Truth be told some of my biggest fashion icons are just so because they lend their style so perfectly to Autumnal dressing! For me Autumn/Winter style is about taking my all time favourite beatnik, ever so slightly preppy looks and easily building an outfit around this style by using simple, key Autumn pieces. When I say "Beatnik" or "Preppy" think sixties college student with the best example being Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate... I don't half love stealing looks from some of the most famous boys of the sixties and I'm sure you guys have twigged on to that by now. Basically what I'm trying to say in a round about way is; Autumn is the ultimate time of year to build some of your best outfits together with absolute minimal effort and using items you've probably already had in your wardrobe for yonks!

Let's Help Out For The Girls- Bloody Project

This week I took a little trip to Liverpool to meet a pretty awe inspiring lady called Charlotte. A couple of weeks ago Charlotte reached out to me to see if I could help spread the word on her amazing company Bloody Project and once she explained the concept of her home grown label I felt compelled to help in any way I could. Bloody Project is a company run by Charlotte and Charlotte alone. It is a T-Shirt brand with the sole aim to help alleviate and eventually put a stop to period poverty. Each T-Shirt is sourced within the UK and each one is designed, printed and sold through Charlotte from her home. On meeting her I couldn't quite comprehend the determination and passion behind Charlotte and her brand. Running a business as a one man band and from your home is one noble challenge but than to do so for such an important cause is a entirely different admirable task.

Ace & Tate- Try, Try Baby!

You may or may not be aware but I have a dirty little secret I've been keeping to myself for quite a few years now... I'm a glasses wearer. Or more accurately I'm occasionally a glasses wearer, when I can remember to put them in or I'm in dire straights with a killer migraine. Every so often me and my glasses will make a rare appearance on Instagram Stories but that's as far as our love affair goes. Don't get me wrong I haven't the slightest problem with specs and I think they look wonderful on other people (with my boyfriend being an avid fan of wearing them) but on me they just seem to always fall short. Expectation never seems to meet reality. I partly blame this glasses conundrum on two things; my kind of abnormally small pea head and my complete and utter indecisiveness. But as I type away on my laptop I know it won't be long until I need to reach for my glasses and so I've reached a point where enough is enough. With the welcomed help of Ace & Tate I'm determined to find my perfect pair and this is where their free Home Try-On service comes straight to my rescue. 

Girls Just Want To Have Redone

There are a few perfect wardrobe staples I think we're all constantly searching for. The holy grail pieces, the ones you hold on a pedestal in your head. You have this crystal clear image of what they should look like in your imagination but so far in reality nothing has quite cuts the mustard. These are the pieces you just know would wholeheartedly complete your wardrobe and once you found the perfect one, the search would be over and you'd never need to buy another (well maybe the same piece over... It's my personal believe if you find something that great you should probably own it twice). A few examples of "holy grail" pieces include; The perfect stripe top, the perfect leather jacket, the perfect white tee and lastly but by no means least- as this one is the real rarity- the perfect stone washed jean. But here's the secret... There's a brand out there who manage to tick two of these pieces off with effortless style. Enter Redone. The brand who not only specialises in the perfect vintage style jean but the perfect fitting jersey pieces too for the super relaxed, effortless style we all crave. Hallelujah Redone!

From Good To Ad

So this week I'm sinking my teeth into a hot topic. It's time to set the record straight and talk about that all important, rather elusive #ad. This teeny weeny little hashtag pops up frequently on both our Instagrams and in conversation. Let's speak candidly here and admit that #ad can often be the root of ever growing cynicism and in an Instagram world where authenticity is the aim (and rightly so), the balance between what is business and what is purely pleasure can sometimes get a little bit murky. As a blogger/Instagrammer/Influencer (take your pick) the topic of "ads" is an awkward one. The ideology behind sponsored posts for a number of you out there is simply "it's all for the 'gram" or more sadly, "it's all for the money". Both of these perceptions are debatably in some way true whilst simultaneously being very much misjudged. How and why have we got to the point of deeming ads to be entirely disingenuous from the influencer? With a little help from this post I have decided to share my thoughts on this topic and hopefully provide you guys with some clarity along the way.

Maybe I Was A Little Too Wild In The Seventies

One key theme which tends to be on repeat through my blog is my love for vintage. The sixties and seventies are pretty much the fundamental foundations to my style and I'd say nine times out of ten my every day outfit has been composed of a film, an actress or a band from either of these eras. Old habits die hard and referencing mid century style via my wardrobe is something I've been doing since I was a teenager. I would obsess over sixties and seventies films, meticulously dissecting every outfit I saw. Now at the rip old age of twenty nine I'm more in love with the sixties and seventies than I ever was and even better, so is the entire high street. Vintage style has become ready to wear and easy to access. Now I understand that a lot of the seventies aesthetic can be a little- shall we say- full on and it's very, very easy to tread over the line of "inspired by" into "carbon copy/I'm in fancy dress". There are a few and very easy key pointers to keep your eyes out for, tick these off and you'll be ready to for a particular groovy Autumn.

Brand Of Gold- Kitri Studio

Finding a brand you well and truly love is a little bit like dating. Some work for you and some you're just not feeling. And than there are those which just waltz along and hey, you just click! There's nothing more exciting than discovering a new brand that just "gets you". Who's aesthetic and brand values are so perfectly alined with your own that you could swear they were created just for you personally. I'd say on average I discover a new brand that gets me all giddy around once a year, tops! Last year I think we all fell head over heels for Ganni, I crushed over Sezane hard and no prizes for guessing but I pretty much wanted to marry Alexachung (the label, not the lady... As wonderful as she is). This post falls in bitter sweet timing as my life long brand crush Orla Kiely announced their departure from fashion retail. The news hit me hard and in a state of sheer panic and/or grief I immediately felt compelled to buy a variety of Orla adorned plant pots, duvet covers and mugs. Proof of the power behind branding and the paroles of investing heavily into them. 

Swiss Air- There's Nothing Like The Element Of Surprise

So last week you may have seen I had a bit of whirlwind trip to a rather wonderful destination. The thoughtful folk at Swiss Air decided to surprise me and my dear friend Alice with a sneaky little (two and a bit day) trip to Zurich! And I say they surprised us, I mean quite literally we turned up at the airport not knowing where we were going. Possibly the most exciting and a little daunting airport experience I've ever had, that said when I find out we were whizzing over to Zurich via Swiss Air I was over the moon. I've heard so many lovely things about Zurich and I'm a huge sucker for a city break so needless to say Swiss Air surpassed themselves in the surprise stacks. Zurich didn't disappoint and although our trip was short, it was in equal measures sweet.

In My City With FitFlop- Walk In My Shoes

One of the things I love most about Manchester is how much character and charm is compact into one amazing city centre. Some of my favourite spots to hang out are dotted around Manchester but the great thing about this city is that all are walking distance from each other! It's just so easy to have a day out wondering aimlessly, visiting my favourite spots along the way. These are always my favourite days and require the upmost easy, effortless and comfy outfits! My first port of call when styling myself for a day of wondering has got to be FitFlop's Slides, they're super simple in design so can be teamed with virtually any outfit and they're so ridiculously comfy you'll feel like you've left the house in your favourite, well loved slippers! I always opt for a timeless, tan coloured sandal like FitFlop's Slides as they tend to act as a neutral tone which is easily matched with pretty much any colour. 

Lazy Girl's Guide- The Boiler Is Mine

I'm not going to lie, I'm really very excited to start dressing for Autumn. It's not that I'm booting summer out of the door but just that it was good whilst it lasted, we've definitely had our fill and now it's comfortably time to move on to the next season. For the first time in years I feel like I've made good use out of my summer wardrobe and although I love it dearly, I'm quite happy to start pulling out my favourite knitwear pieces and trusty boots. This Autumn we're seeing one particular piece come through in a big old way and it's the boiler suit. And when I say "big", I mean it. The boiler suit is literally one hefty item of clothing and spare space in your wardrobe is most definitely needed to accommodate for it! Oh and good luck trying to wash and dry it in a hurry but let's move swiftly on...

Summer Loving Happens So Fast

How on earth did we end up at August bank holiday weekend so quickly? Historically UK summers really are a case of "blink and you'll miss it" with this year being the real exception. With this is mind we shouldn't really complain about how quickly it's past us by because we actually been able to relish in it this year but I still can't help but feel like I would have liked it around for just that little while longer! It really has been a summer to remember and in light of my inability to let it go just yet this is my last post and therefore last hoorah to the warmest and most wonderful couple of months we've had in a long while. Why not recap on my favourite summertime moments? Let's talk through my favourite trends, my favourite places and the music which has truly made it...

Band On My Tee

You may have notice from my outfit posts on Instagram but a big percentage of my daily wardrobe is taken up with T-shirts and not just any tee will do. No, you see I have a little addiction to band T-shirts. I've been collect them since my early teens and have a acquired a pretty hefty selection. I guess it's hard to stop buying them because what they represent is a huge part of my life and inevitably they it's a part of life that will always make me smile. Music has had such a huge influence on my wardrobe and the person I am today... I don't think I'm at all unique in this sense and I think consciously or subconsciously we are all in some way effected by the bands we listen to and the albums/songs which resonate with us personally. 

I've Got A Dress Full Of Pretty Green

At the risk of being just another person in your day commenting on the weather, it's hard to ignore the pink elephant in the room. It's scorching and yes ok, at some points it's slightly unbearable but we mustn't complain. This is the first summer in a very long time which as actually FELT like summer. Normally we are met by grey skies over July/August and at best your sandals see the light of day for around two weeks max! This year it's actually been possible to make the most of your summer wardrobe and really see summer trend for their full potential! With this in mind I can't help but notice there have been a heck of a lot of amazing trends around at the moment which I personally adore... Maybe it's me getting carried away with all this sunshine weather or maybe it's just that we've had an amazing year for hot, seasonal looks. Either way I've no complaints and there's one trend in particular I really hope sticks around for the foreseeable future...

Well I Wish You Were Here

You may or may not have seen due to the copious amounts of holiday spam I've been posting on Instagram but last week I went in a little trip to Lisbon! It was my first time in this beautiful city and categorically, not a single aspect disappointed. It's been high on my agenda to visit Lisbon for a while now and earlier this year when I made a list of "forty things to do before I'm forty", exploring this city featured pride of place. Aside from being able to tick another "to do" off my list, this trip was one I'm so thankful I planned for a few little reasons. The biggie being a little mushy, just to warn you in advance...

What A Feeling, When It's Festival Season.

As it's officially the season for festivals/I'm a seasoned festival-goer it seemed only right to pen down one of my annual posts dedicated to all things mud, music and magic! Now ordinarily in the past I've given you guys a glimpse into what exactly I got up to with a diary style post but as I spend a lot of my summer these days making fleeting visits to festivals to see my boyfriend play, they kind of start to merge into one? And I don't want to run the risk of repeating myself... "Woke up on a tour bus, found coffee, watched Blossoms, sat in a field with cider" so forth, so forth. This year I thought it would be nice to take a trip down memory lane as I reminisce about ghost of festivals past, present and future. Here is my quick, round up list of festival memories! From does and don'ts, to "I'd do it again" or " I definitely won't"...

This Old Wardrobe Of Mine

Ok so here's a little fact about me that you may or may not be aware of- Around a year or so ago I moved back in with my mum to save for a house which in turn meant all my worldly possessions moved back with me. And when I say worldly possessions, I basically mean clothes. I'm ashamed to admit this but my collection of clothes has mounted up to a slightly sicken state of affairs and my dinky little room at my mum's house could now easily be mistaken for a well used, fit to burst yet impressively sized storage closet. Wondered why you never really see my room on my social media? Yeh well now you know! It's not for the faint hearted which leads me nicely into yesterday's incident... I call it "rail-gate".

Be My Baby

Lately I've been talking a lot about my summer style because well... Tis the season! But there is one minor detail I've failed to mention so far and that is my biggest summer style inspiration. I've decided the time has come to share my dirty, little style secret with you and FYI it's an old school one. When I say "Old School" I really mean it, this person has been inspiring my wardrobe for years upon years, decades even! Way before George Harrison, Jane Birkin and even good old Chung, there was one leading lady having a pretty strong influence on my wardrobe... Francis Baby Houseman. Yep thanks to my sister Giannina convincing me to repeatedly watch Dirty Dancing as a child (she had a thing for Patrick of course), I've now entered adulthood still obsessed over Baby's clothes. Aside from still being able to recite the entire film word for word, who knew it would have such a lasting impression on my wardrobe too?

Very Everyday Life Goals- Basket Case

One of my favourite things about summertime dressing is just how transitional your outfit can be from day right through into evening! As a self proclaimed lover of all things casual who is really REALLY not big on "out out" dressing, I love how effortless summer styles can actually are. From the right romper, to a floral sundress or a wrap maxi skirt (See my floaty skirt from Very as a prime example) and a wedged espadrille, there's a way to style them all perfectly for a day time stroll in the park or an evening garden party. Aside from making your life and wardrobe woes that little bit easier, it also saves you a pretty penny by getting the most out of invest summer pieces... Money which could be easily spent on a Sangria or two in the sun! Some of my all time favourite pieces are summer inspired for this exact reason and Very's new collection is easily ticking off some of my must have must items, in particular my essential sunshine accessories!

Back To Basics- The Dungaree Days Aren't Over

Hello everyone and goodbye May! It's actually kind of frightening how fast this year is going but then again I'm more than thrilled to be well and truly in summer! That said this week on my bloggy blog I'm actually stirring away from summer trends for a mere moment and instead heading straight back over to my favourite basics. So far I've talked about the good old white tee, the trusty high top and the ridiculously comfy smock. This week on my hit list is possibly my BIGGEST of all style staples and the one you guys will have seen me in more times then you've had hot dinners (minor exaggeration), it's of course- drum roll please- the awesome, super garment that is The Dungaree also known as Overalls (just so we're covering all bases here). The dungaree is feared by some but loved by many, more specifically me. I'm unclear as to when my love for dungarees will end and I'm starting to think the answer is never ever, which in itself is a better reason than any to discuss why I adore them some.

Ugg Life- California Soles

We're finally starting to see the signs of a long anticipated summer and I think it's safe to say we're all welcoming it back with open ams. We're seeing blue skies, sunshine and the evenings are bright with that sweet, musky smell in the air that makes me all giddy inside. Summer is the season when we all get our acts in gear and make plans after a long winter of (especially this year) what seems like some serious hibernating. For me summer means festivals and as we move further into the season the prospect of music, fields and cold cider in a paper cup is getting me super excited! But aside from looking forward to tons of fun and lots of plans, I'm excited to embrace my festival style full throttle because my summer wardrobe is most definitely my favourite by a long shot! With a little help from UGG's recently launched SS18 sandal collection I'm going to show you how to nail that all important festival style and as UGG are a Californian brand who know styling for sun better than anyone, I think it's safe to say I'm in good hands. To let's get ready for summer and show it a bit of love, California style...

Gimme Some Truth

I recently went on a press trip to Bordeaux and I've decided to be as honest as possible about my time there. To summarise, it wasn't great. I should probably mention first and foremost that this wasn't due to poor planning or (within reason) bad company. Not even slightly! The brand did an amazing job organising the trip and I was there with some rather awesome ladies. It still blows my mind when I really sit down and comprehend that my blog/Instagram account have got me so far and I feel utterly grateful that my job allows me to visit such beautiful places. Truth be told at times there's even still that little part of me which suffers excruciating imposter syndrome and I can't help but ask myself what on earth am I doing here? Silly I know, but it happens.

Very Everyday Life Goals- Tomorrow May Rain So I'll Dress For The Sun

How is it that this time last week we were all basking in glorious sunshine? But then you fast forward to days like today where it's freezing cold and pouring down with rain? British weather is more than unpredictable and a particular season doesn't necessarily mean you can count on a certain type of weather... Snow in March anyone? As we approach into May we're all eager to put our best summer foot(wear) forward but you wouldn't be wrong to edge into your seasonal wardrobe with caution. As much as I love my winter coats and jumpers, I'm oh so sick of the sight of them and in the past couple of weeks I've been burning to embrace my summer wardrobe full steam ahead.

Sweet Little Ties

I feel like the last two weeks I've been rather silent on my little blog... Sorry for that guys, I'm still alive and well! I've just been here, there and everything. From Bordeaux and Biarritz to this week's little adventure travelling round with my boyfriend as he tours the UK with his band! And when I've not been moving around, I've been enjoying the insanely glorious (I love using that word to describe the weather) sunshine we saw this weekend! Let's hope this is a good sign for the summer ahead... That said, although I'm embracing my summer wardrobe with fun force, there's one piece which any seasoned Brit can't forget during our sunny-ish months and that's the jacket! Without sounding too negative, we don't exactly get the best weather for summering and it's always a slight dilemma decided which jacket to opt that won't send your entire outfit back into winter territory!

Back To Basics- Get Your Smocks Off Honey

 So far on my list of style staples I just can't live without I've talked about the the humble high top and the simple white tee. Next is a short but sweet post on an equally short but sweet dress, the smock! Now I absolutely adore this style of dress but I completely appreciate this is sometimes a shape a lot of lovely ladies shy away from and I understand their reservations. The smock as a bad reputation for being unflattering but I honestly believe this doesn't have to the case. In fact I think this is a style which covers a lot of bases, for a variety of body types and for a number of occasions. This is a style I pull out all year round and I have no plans of growing tired of it anytime soon. So let's talk about my love for the smock.

The Polo Shirt- Testing Time Since 1972

If you happened to have read my last post then you'll know I'm planning on creating a few pieces of content over the next few weeks around some of my basic wardrobe staples and how they play such a pivotal role in my every day personal style. I'll be talking about those absolute saves the day, hero pieces which truly stand the test of time. From Breton tops to a simple straight leg jean and of course my trusty high tops who I paid homage to in my last post! Well it just so happens that talking basics has fallen perfectly in time with the birthday of one of the biggest staples going, The Polo Shirt! Yes that's right Ralph Lauren are celebrating fifty successful years of The Polo Shirt which I guess is nothing short of a testament to the impressive longevity of this item. It only seemed fair that I celebrate along with them...

Back To Basics- Le Sneak, C'est Chic!

So one of the ideas I've got going on for my blog at the moment is to ever so slightly strip it back down to basics. And by basics I mean literally. I want to talk you through the staple wardrobe items that make me tick. The ones I can't live without, the ones which are worn week after week, year after year. The ones which if I really think about it I'm 100% sure I have real true love for (not romantically I should add to avoid any ickiness, more sentimentally). I'd like to think my style definitely has it's own identity in some ways which is more often than not completely made up of those wonderful basics we all have our wardrobes and so why not show these items a little bit of love vocally! I'l be talking you through why I love them and how I personally style them. As always feedback is much appreciated so I'd love for you guys to share with me how exactly you style yours too!

Very Everyday Life Goals- Taking It Easy

I feel like weeks can often pass by without me actually noticing that I've literally not had a moment of pure "me" time. I'm definitely guilty of being that kind of person who has to constantly be doing something, anything! I'm a sucker for a "to do list" and I'm constantly filling my day with proactive tasks. Truth be told I'm a little bit of a work addict and as much as I've no problem with that admission when I really stop and take a pause from maximum-turbo, productivity (would that be my power if I was a superhero? I hope not) one of my favourite little pleasures is just every once in a while doing absolutely nothing in particular. It's like all the busyness of my day to day actually inevitably makes those pause days that little bit extra special.

But We're The Greatest. They'll Hang Us In The Louvre.

Bonjour! So this week Joe my boyfriend started the first leg of his tour with Noel Gallagher (how exciting) in Paris and of course I thought it would make me such an unsupportive girlfriend if I didn't tag along. Now I realise that on first impressions this might sound a touch glamorous but please let me clarify an eighteen hour journey from Manchester to Paris on a bus full of boys is categorically NOT exactly the height of luxury but it's an experience all the same (big thank you to Blossom's boys for welcoming me on board). I only stayed in Paris for a fleeting two days so I feel like I didn't exactly have all the time in the world to explore. That said I thought it would be nice to give you guys a quick recap on what I got up to.

Country Girl Take My Hand

I always wonder at what point do you decide whether you're a heels kinda girl or not? Is there a pivotal moment in your teens when you subconsciously decide you'll be that kind of girl who makes maximum effort, who always looks pristine and wears six inch heels like they're slippers? Some where along the line I decided I was categorically NOT that kind of girl. I don't know when it happened but it did and boy did I commit to this decision. I just can't hack them and lord knows I've genuinely tried. A block heel is fine to a certain degree but anything strappy and above 4 inches, I'm a goner. I've got plenty of beautiful "out, out" heels in my wardrobe which are unworn and untouched, gathering dust in the deepest, darkest parts of my closet. But unworn doesn't mean unloved, specifically the 10 years old Dolce & Gabbana six inch patent lace ups which as a brogue style I figured would trick my mind into thinking we could go the distance in them. We never did and the only light of day they've seen is when every once and awhile I dig them out from their box just to admire them and whisper "I love you, I promise". 

Three Is A Magic Number

A very good and somewhat wise (at times) friend of mine used to say that there are three main pillars in your life; your job, your house and your love life. The byproduct of all three pillars going right is happiness. But sadly her theory proposed that at any given time, more often than not at least one of these pillars will seemingly be going wrong. What a buzzkill. This sounds like a pretty negative hypothesis right? Well actually the more I think about it, the more I'd have to agree. I recently went for drinks with another of my friends (hi Emma), I was grumbling to her about one thing or another and we both wondered, "when does life get easy?" (slightly melodramatic when asking this question out of context with our conversation... I assure you the subject wasn't THAT intense). It got me thinking about this "three pillar" theory and call me pessimistic but maybe, just maybe life is never smooth sailing. And if hypothetically it was to all go our way, would we necessarily still be happy or would we still want more? 

Gola X Liberty- I'm Springing In The Rain

After this month's crazy snowstorm (which FYI set me back a good week on work due to cancelled trains and missing parcels) and copious amounts of rain I think it's safe to say this Spring so far isn't exactly going as we'd all planned. Ordinarily by mid March we should be seeing greenery, an ever so slight rise in temperature and enough sunshine to give you the Vitamin D fix your skin needs! But this year March is most certainly out of the ordinary and I don't know about you but I'm starting to feel like dressing for Spring/Summer will never happen this year!

International Women's Day- Show Me How Good You Are

I have this vivid memory from when I was a little girl- I'd say about seven or eight years old-spending time with my dad, sat in my mum's kitchen and I was nattering on about the Spice Girls (it was 1996, who wasn't talking about the Spice Girls?). I was talking about how Baby was my favourite and how I love them because... "GIRL POWER"!! I recall my dad asking me what exactly did Girl Power mean and I can remember my answer as clear as day, even now over twenty years later. I simple replied, "It means girls are strong and they can do what they want". I mean obviously this was the opinion of a young girl and we are all well aware that the slogan "Girl Power" symbolises a great deal more but I've got to hand it to eight year old me, I don't think I did half a bad job summarising. Say what you want about the Spice Girls but as a young girl who grew up in that very poignant cultural era that was "Spice Mania", it's truly incredible in hindsight how positive, proactive and ever lasting their message was.

Cheshire Oaks Outlet- Shop Until You Get Enough

Hands up if you like shopping? Hands up if you like bagging yourself a real bargain? I think it's safe to say that we're all guilty of loving to shop our favourite brands for less and for me there's no better or easier place to do so than at McArthurGlen's designer outlet centre, Cheshire Oaks! McArthurGlen  have exactly seven centres dotted all over the UK but with Cheshire Oaks only a 45 minute trip down the road from Manchester, this is definitely my personal go to. And with so many exciting new developments going on at Cheshire Oaks right now I thought it would be nice to take you along on a cheeky, little shopping trip and show you just how easy it is to shop all the latest, key trends at the lowest price!

Out With The Old, In With The New? Vintage Made Easy!

I feel like I talk about vintage a lot with you guys and in particular over the last few weeks where I've discuss how to buy vintage denim and seventies stripes but it's such a huge influence on my style, it's kind of hard to escape it. That said no matter how much I discuss the subject it's still something you guys seem to want to hear more about and I'm often asked how I create my look or where you can find certain items. I've often mentioned that I find it super hard to explain my outfit when vintage is involved because I psychically can't find the items for you to replicate- one of the highs and lows of vintage shopping is that it's a one off piece. But one of the fundamental factors to consider when dressing "vintage" is that I personally don't believe it HAS to be true vintage and with the seventies/eighties/nineties hitting our high streets hard this season I thought I'd show you some of the key trends to look out for when creating a retro inspired outfit this year.

You Should Wear Racing Stripes

Not too long ago I did one of my usual biannual "wardrobe clear outs" which effectively means things have got out of hand and I can no longer move for piles of clothes dotted here, there and everywhere. There are very few things in life I'd like to think I do in excess but clothes are definitely the exception to this rule. Just to give you a vague insight into the magnitude of my clothes addiction and a really good idea of my all time favourite wardrobe staple- I own(ed) over thirty striped tops (I should add small print here- this does not include knitwear). Yes, thirty. That's not a typo and you read it correctly. You're eye's aren't playing trolls on you here... THIRTY. That's obscene isn't it? I know, I really know. But what it is about the striped top which makes it such a failsafe?