Houndstooth Daze

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Can we all just take a minute to appreciate how gorgeous my new coat is?

Yep, it's perfect. I picked it up a few weeks ago and I've been wearing it a lot. I was a little worried the pattern would make it too much of a statement, but considering I wear a lot of all black outfits it works pretty well. I've been really liking anything houndstooth recently, and there's been so much of it in the shops, is this part of the sixties revival trend that is happening? I've been searching for a good houndstooth skirt for a few years now with no luck, so maybe this will be the season I finally find the one I've been looking for. Who knows, maybe I'll even push the boat out a bit and sew my own, putting those fancy fashion design skills I learn all day to good use.

Speaking of university, it's good to be back after the winter break, although I would like to apologise for my less than perfect photos. Finding space in my little tiny flat in the city is rather difficult! I've been so busy with coursework, there's always something else that needs to be done. Currently I'm designing a pair of jeans. It's far more difficult than you would think, the main problem being that they are such a classic style it can be daunting to do something that challenges that too much. I've found a direction that I am really excited about though, so I'm hoping I'll have an end result that I'm happy with. Hopefully once every things finished I'll be able to wear them myself, so you never know, they might be appearing on here soon!

Coat: Zara, Knitted Top: BHS, Leggings: Zara,  Boots: Zara, Bag: Alexander McQueen

*I'd also mention my very lovely new boots but as I've recently become the newest member of the knee-high boots fan club, I'll wait and do an entire post all about that!*

The Ultimate Scarf

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Happy New Year! Can you believe it's already 2015? Crazy.

This is an outfit I've found myself wearing a few times over the last few weeks, mostly because I've been looking for any excuse to wear this scarf! I picked it up in Zara before a trip to London at the beginning of December and I've been wearing it non-stop since! It has so many colours in it so it's super easy to match with outfits, and it's really large in size meaning it's incredibly warm and cosy. Zara also have a similar style scarf in black so I'll be looking to add that to my collection in the next few weeks, especially as the temperature is sure to drop even further in the next few months. I'm 

Knitted Top: Topshop, Leggings: Zara, Jacket: Gap, Scarf: Zara, Boots: Limited at M&S

I'm going to be posting a lot more regularly this year, it's my resolution to be more organised and manage my time better in all aspects of my life, not just blogging! It'll soon be apparent how well I manage to stick to that though! 

See you next time,

Winter Wishlist

Monday, 22 December 2014

Is it just me that feels it's been winter for months now? I'm getting a little sick of having to wear multiple pairs of socks to stop my toes freezing off! Spring is still a good two months away though, so I'll need to put up with my winter wardrobe for a bit longer. That means I still have plenty time to add a few new cold weather appropriate pieces to my ever expanding wardrobe though. Here's a peak into my wish list as we head toward the new year. 

1. Stretch Leather Boots, Black or Grey - Zara, £99.99
I've yet to invest in a pair of knee high boots, I can never find a pair that fit my legs nicely. I have high hopes for these ones from Zara though, the elasticated back sounds perfect! As ever, I can never say no to a pair of Suede boots, I know these are going to be walking into my shoe collection sometime soon, the only question left is black or grey. What do you think?

2. Checked Scarf - Zara, £19.99
My favourite thing about winter dressing is definitely big cosy scarves. I picked up a very autumnal coloured plaid one from Zara a few weeks ago and I've been wearing it nonstop, even if it is so big it partially obscures my vision! I debated picking this one up at the same time but resisted, it would be a perfect way to complete a cozy monochrome outfit though!

3. Printed Cigarette Trousers - Zara, £35.99
Printed trousers are always a good idea. I really love these houndstooth ones and they would be perfect year-round, not just for winter. Typical me, I've been wearing monochrome for probably three months straight now, and these would fit into my wardrobe perfectly. They'd be so perfect with a chunky black roll neck.

4. Seam Front V-Neck Jumper - Topshop, £38.00
I already own this jumper in khaki, and it's wonderful. Soft, slightly oversized and super warm without being the annoying itch that usually comes with winter jumpers. When I find a piece of clothing I really love, it's not uncommon for me to buy it in various colours. This jumper is no exception.

5. Houndstooth Cape - Zara, £79.99 
Once again with the houndstooth, I love this cape/jacket. Again this was something I nearly purchases last time I was in store. As soon as the Zara sale arrives next week, this will be in my basket on it's way to me. I think this will look amazing with some black leggings and boots.

6. Eskimo Friend Ankle Boots - Asos, £55.00 now £27 on sale
These look incredibly comfortable. I'm not a huge fan of noisy heels on pavements so the rubberised heel on these is perfect for me. I'm always on the lookout for a great pair of black boots and I really like the style of these.

7. Mesh Panel Jumper - Topshop, £42.00
Does this remind anyone else of something that top from the Alexander Wang x H&M collection? This is a great, slightly more reserved version for those of us who didn't manage to pick it up before it sold out. I wasn't a huge fan of the AW one, but I could see myself wearing this one all the time.

Hopefully one or two of these pieces will be making their way to me soon! What is top of your winter fashion wish list?

Burgundy Bags and Autumn Loving

Monday, 13 October 2014

With it now being well into Autumn, this post seems a little overdue. I can't believe these photos were taken nearly six weeks ago. September was crazy hectic and it looks like October is going to be pretty similar. I'd forgotten how busy it is during term time at university, a fashion design degree ain't no walk in the park!

Despite this post being planned for sometime in September, I feel like my planned title remains appropriate. I'm still loving autumn and burgundy bags just as much as I did then! I feel like this is the perfect time of year for my Coach bag, I could just stare at the colour for days! Pairing it with a monochrome outfit really makes it pop. 

The weather's been getting progressively colder though over the last few weeks, so the days of not wearing a jacket are long gone. I would probably pair this outfit with my leather jacket, which has barely had a rest this month. What would I do without it!?

Here's hoping that it won't be quite so long until my next post, and that your lives have been far less hectic than mine! Have a great week.

Hat: H&M, Top: Topshop, Jeans: Gap, Shoes: BCBGeneration, Bag: Coach

Plaid on a Thursday

Thursday, 18 September 2014

I love the beginning of Fall, when we still have some of those gorgeous warm days. This was from a few weeks ago now. Kept it casual as usual but decided to add a bit of colour with this red shirt. I feel like it was the perfect addition to my outfit. Again, more blue jeans, I did say I've been wearing them non-stop. 

I'm now back at university and all moved into my flat for the year. It feels so strange yet comforting to be back once again. It's crazy that I'm a quarter of the way through my degree already. 

September Stripes

Thursday, 11 September 2014

I have a funny relationship with skirts. Sometimes I wear them all the time, others I don't go near one for months. I've been in a skirt mood recently though, and I've been greatly enjoying it. There's not many things I love more than thick black tights! 

I've rediscovered this top after having it for nearly five or six years and not wearing it for the last four of them! I'm not sure why I've not worn it much, I really like it. It's so comfortable! Making the most of the warm weather the past few days, it'll soon be freezing cold again, winter is coming.

Top: Topshop, Skirt: H&M, Boots: Limited, Bag: Mulberry Effie Satchel, Bracelets: Kate Spade

All Time Classic

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Top: Forever 21, Jeans: Zara, Bag: Kate Spade, Shoes: TOMS
Yet again I'm sporting blue denim cuffed jeans. I think this has probably been one of my most worn styles over the summer, literally every single pair of jeans I own has a few turn ups at the ankles just now. I've only wore blue denim a handful of times in the last year but now I can't get enough of them!  I love wearing them with a loose fitting top, tucking it in just a little at the waist. 

I've been obsessing over the handbag I'm using here recently, I picked it up in July and I've been using it non-stop. It has a gorgeous perforated pattern on the front that is so different to any other bag I own and the colour of it is so versatile! After thinking about getting a charcoal coloured bag for years I'm glad I finally have this one!

I'm heading back to university at the end of this week which I'm crazy excited about. As much as I love being at home and surrounded by so much greenery, I can't wait to get back to the city.