Monochrome & Winter Pastels

What I Wore: Jacket – c/o Blackfive, Shirt- ASOS, Skirt – Noisy May via ASOS, Bag – c/o Blackfive, Socks – c/o Barbour, Boots – ASOS, Gail’s Bakery – c/o myself to myself ; )

This outfit was very close to being ‘just another monochrome look’ (I’m not hating on black & white, but I’ve been overusing thode shades a lot recently) until I spotted the latest accessory hidden among a pile of clothing. Winter pastels are definitely ‘a thing’ but I’ve been a little hesitant to properly dabble in it without looking like an overgrown marshmallow (see recent Instagram photo), which is why subtle hints to it in the form of this crescent-shaped bag are right up my street! It’s a simple touch but it made me really love this ensemble; something about the lilac bag makes the look a little less smart and a lot more playful.

And someone definitely agreed because halfway through shooting these photos I was stopped by a special blue & brown-eyed Persian cat called Hakim! His owner told me he’s signed up to a prestigious cat modelling agency, and I completely understood why. He was so friendly he even perched up with me when I sat on the brick wall for photos – it took me by surprise that’s for sure! Though, it might have also had something to do with the little Gail’s Bakery treat I’d just bought myself ; ) x

Toni & Guy: Cool Defining Cream

Now, this might be the easiest review I’ll ever write (and my very first one!), because it’s not often that I think a hair product ‘just works’. But this cool defining cream honestly does. Before I even announced that I was collaborating with the amazing Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe team, I went for dinner with them and got the chance to receive some styling tips all about this little badboy of a cream. And now it’s part of my everyday routine: a walnut-sized portion to run through all of my hair after brushing, it slots in just perfectly! And the result is (hopefully) clear below; ridiculously smooth hair that actually stays straight. To someone with thick frizz-prone hair that is naturally crazily wavy, it’s a bit of a godsend. I’m more used to my hair resembling an attempt at straightening, prompting people to ask me if I ever have my hair straight, when that was precisely the look I was going for…! x

The Wool Ride

What I Wore: Coat – c/o Barbour, Turtleneck Top – c/o Barbour, Trousers – ASOS, Loafers – ASOS, Backpack – c/o Barbour 

Exactly one week ago this Sunday morning, I was embarking on a very personal fear-busting day, which may or may not sound completely ridiculous to you! I was taking part in The Wool Ride with Barbour and a few of my favourite ladies Olivia, Kristabel, Lucy & Carrie. But I was also attempting to conquer a fear that had been with me since I was 5 years old. You see, I had a very nasty accident while on a bike at that age, and with just the dent in my left cheek for nostalgic memories (I’m told there was a lot of blood and tears, the tears being from my mum) I’ve kind of been mentally scarred from ever cycling.

I didn’t let that stop me from taking part in The Wool Ride though, and while I didn’t finish the 13.4 mile cycle across London’s busy (and very scary) streets, I actually rode a bike properly for the first time since I was a little girl, and in London no less! The Wool Ride is part of Wool Week, to champion the ethical, biodegradable and many other positive qualities of choosing to use wool. I’m a sucker for a good cause, especially when it comes to clothing so if you’re like me, you should read all about the campaign for wool. I have to say, I’m pretty pleased with myself after last Sunday’s antics, it’s not everyday you face your fears and actually win- I’m going to get myself a bike now! x

Thanks to the awesome Shuffle team for the photos!