6am OOTD | 19.11.13

I feel like being a bit braver than usual with this OOTD post – after all the photos were taken at nearly 6am this morning! (Please be kind with comments.)


I am a morning person generally, but as it’s been getting colder and colder lately my outfit choices have become less exciting due to the fact that I don’t want to freeze shortly after leaving the confines of my flat.

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One absolute must for me in the winter time are athletic leggings – absolutely amazing for keeping you warm!

I’ve had this pair for ages from Nordstrom (Zella brand) but Uniqlo also have some excellent quality ones for a reasonable £12.90 (available here)

Shirt: H&M (similar here)

Jumper: H&M (similar here on sale!) (Or from Missguided here)

Heeled Chelsea Boots: M&S (available here)

What was everyone wearing today?

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Christmas Jumpers!

Christmas Jumpers!
As my first UK Christmas is quickly approaching, I think I need to invest in a Christmas jumper. The question is: which one?! I am utterly amazed at home many hilarious (and slightly tacky) options available.
I’m leaning towards the ‘Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal’ option from Boohoo.com (here) as I’m a huge Home Alone fan OR the Christmas Pudding with Pom Pom jumper from New Look (here).
What kind of a Christmas jumper is everyone going to be sporting this year?

Casual Saturday Wearing Zara & ASOS – 17.11.13

Manchester has been quite chilly lately, but yesterday was a bit warmer than usual so I was able to get away with less layers than usual.

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I went for a cosy knit with leather leggings as I was due to meet up with friends (for a girly cake filled afternoon) later after running errands in town. I’ve been wearing this wraparound coat from Zara a lot lately as I think it dresses up an outfit and makes me feel a bit more put together.

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I’m a huge fan of Zara as I find the quality and uniqueness of their clothing a bit more than other high street shops. I swear anytime I go in there, I find loads of items that I can’t wait to add to my wardrobe. Thank goodness the Zara in Manchester is open again!

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Seen here wearing:

Zara Long Sweater with Turn-Over Collar in Mid Grey (£35.99)

ASOS Leather Look Leggings (similar here) (£16.00)

Cole Haan Jodhpur Boot (available from Zappos here) ($265)

Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Leather Shoulder Bag in Black (similar here) (£161.00)

Zara Woolen Wraparound Coat (£89.99)

Eyeglass Necklace (old)

What has everyone been wanting to buy from Zara lately?

Shocked

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Every year for my birthday, my mother gets me a book. I trust her taste (almost) completely when it comes to literature as she is one of the most voracious readers I know. It’s known for her to read 3 books at a time.

This year, she gave me ‘Shocked’ written by Patricia Volk. It’s a memoir about the authors’ own memories of her well coiffed mother intertwined with comparisons and references to Elsa Schiaparelli. The author claims Schiaparelli (or Schiap) ‘s own biography ‘Shocking Life’ was the first novel that transformed her and resonated with her during the early stages of her life. I found the most interesting components of the book were in fact the intimate details she published about her mother and the photographs of Schiap’s creations. The book itself is named after one of the most sought after Schiaparelli designs: her Shocking perfume.

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This is a wonderful book for any daughter/mother/fashionista/or biography connoisseur. There’s a number of fantastic artefacts that were photographed and included in the book as well which I always appreciate when reading something so descriptive. 

It’s published under two different names depending on which part of the world you happen to be in. My copy was the US version, but it is available in the UK as well (the cover art is a bit different but still representative of ‘Shocking’).

Available for purchase in the UK under the name ‘The Art of Being a Woman: My Mother Schiaparelli, and Me’ from WHSmith here (from £10.34)

Available for purchase in the US from a number of bookstores including Third Place Books if you happen to live in Seattle (from $26.95)

Has anyone else read this?

Coggles Sale

Morning everyone!

Just a quick post to let you know about this AMAZING sale happening on Coggles.com

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Coggles is a luxury fashion site carrying some of my most coveted brands like A.P.C, Joseph, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff, Victoria Beckham… I could go on.

I tend to just browse their lifestyle section if I’m looking for a bit of a editorial treat as well. Always great articles and interviews.

Anyways, they’re having a sale on sale through Monday if any of you out there fancy a bit of a fashion-y treat!

Here are the sale codes:

Buy 1 item in the SALE & Save 20%

Code: 1SALE20

 

Buy 2 items in the SALE & Save 30%

Code: 2SALE30

Buy 3 items in the SALE & Save 40%

Code: 3SALE40

Now the links:

Women’s Sale

Men’s Sale

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What I Wore Today

What I Wore Today
Fashion
Zara Woolen Wraparound Coat – available here
H&M Polo Neck Top – available here
ASOS Midi Skirt in Black – available here (also similar from New Look here)
Zara High Heeled Leather Chelsea Boot – available here
Zara Citybag for Zips – available here
Miss Selfridge Chain Bar Choker Necklace – available here
Tiffany & Co. Infinity Ring – available here
Beauty
Lorac ‘Front of the Line’ Liquid Liner in Black – available here from Nordstrom (they ship internationally!)
The Balm ‘Hot Mama’ Shadow & Blush all-in-one – available here from feelunique
Benefit ‘They’re Real’ Mascara – available here from Look Fantastic
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Lipstick in 01 – available from Boots 
What did everyone else wear today/wish they wore today?

Unexpected Find: M&S Chelsea Boots

I struggle to find shoes in larger sizes from a number of my favourite high street stores. Thankfully M&S came to my rescue a few weeks back. I now practically live in my pair of Chelsea boots.

They’re comfortable, good quality, waterproof (after all I do live in Manchester), and go with just about everything I own. Plus, they’re the perfect amount of heel for an ankle boot meaning I can wear them for long lengths of time.

I highly recommend having a browse around the M&S shoe department if you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes (especially for those size 8+).

Indigo Collection Leather Chelsea Boots with Insolia® - Marks &...

Has anyone come across any unexpected high street finds lately?

Statement Necklaces

I love a bit of statement jewellery. An easy accessory for any outfit without looking too over or under ‘done’. All of these are high street finds.

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From inner to outer edge:

Gold Bird necklace from Boohoo.com (no longer available but currently adding this one to my wish list)

Silver braid necklace from H&M (available here)

Pearl & Chain necklace from Topshop (similar here)

Deco Triangle Necklace from Miss Selfridge (similar here)

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Silver link chain necklace from H&M (similar here)

I tend to stick to basic metals, but always love a bit of added colour if the mood strikes (like this pink one from H&M).

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Neon pink necklace from H&M (similar here)

Where does everyone like to shop for their statement necklaces?

Weekend Leather & Jewels – 08.11.13

Leather trousers are one of my favourite things. The style possibilities are endless: edgy, chic, glam, or preppy. [Just be to sure to buy a pair that doesn’t look too pleather-y]. Obsessed with this pair from The Row (if only they lived in my wardrobe!)

Feeling a bit on the preppy side after finding this lovely J.Crew jumper (covet!). 

What is everyone hoping to wear this weekend? 

Shoes: Madewell The Lonny Boot (available here)
Jumper: J. Crew Embellished Merino Wool Sweater (available here)
Watch: Roamer Ceraline Saphira CV10.00ROX Men’s Stainless Steel and Ceramic Watch (available here)
Bag: Zara Suede Shopper Bag (available here)
Earrings: Madewell Pave Studs (available here)
Coat: Rag & Bone Dust Bowl Coat (available here)