Shades Of Red

Top – Mango via ASOS, Skirt – c/o Blackfive, Bag – c/o Nica Handbags, Boots – c/o Clarks, Céline Sunglasses – c/o Smartbuy Sunglasses, Coat – c/o Next

If you saw my over-excited declaration of love for this outfit yesterday, I hope you agree with me now! It’s been a while since I’ve put together an outfit that I’m so happy with it’s worth blowing my own trumpet, but this one deserves it. And for me, it isn’t hard to see why; shades of red (my favourite colour, obvs) with a cream turtleneck and black pleated skirt, topped with the warmest faux fur leopard print coat. If you know me even a little bit you’ll know that combination is a guaranteed winner in my book!

The burgundy boots are from Clarks as part of the latest Take10 Challenge, and I’m honestly so happy with how comfortable they are despite the heel on them. And even though October is fast approaching, there’s still enough sun in the sky for a matching pair of sunglasses to be very necessary (I’m definitely attempting cool-wintery-woman-in-shades-chic here). Having revisited these photos I’m now sat here in my dressing gown planning the next time I can wear this get-up! x

Toni & Guy: Collaboration & Giveaway

There’s no outfit in sight in today’s post, as I’m turning my attention to something I tend to begrudgingly refer to as my ‘wild mane’ – yep, it’s all about the hair! You might have spotted the news over on my Twitter last week, but I’m collaborating with Toni & Guy this Autumn/Winter to represent one of their product ranges- the Classic look. Having always had thick, long hair, I’m so happy to be getting involved with something that finally awards my hair for, well, being thick and long (things I usually complain a heap about!). And ever since I was generously sent the above products, I’ve been treating my hair SO well, I feel pretty bad for hating on it all this time! I’ve also got a very simple step-by-step blog post coming up showing you how I’ve been recreating the Classic A/W ‘Nordic Sleek’ every day…

But for now, announcing this exciting collaboration seemed the perfect opportunity to give a little something away. The photo below tells all: a set of Toni & Guy straighteners and their hero product, the cool defining cream for styling super sleek straight hair. To enter,  you just need to follow me on Twitter and leave a comment on this post with your favourite hairstyle! I’ll pick and announce the winner next Friday 3rd October on my Twitter, good luck! : ) x

A Somerset Weekend

What I Wore: Dress – c/o LilyLulu, Jacket – Dahlia, Shoes – Hobbs, Ring – c/o Clarice Price Thomas

I have never been away on a girls holiday somewhere exotic and hot, but I’ve never really fancied that kind of getaway with my friends (no, really!). I’m all for relaxing and love a sandy beach more than anyone, but this kind of country getaway is way more realistic (Carrie, Lucy, Kristabel and Olivia are very busy ladies indeed) and because I’d never been to Somerset, it truly felt like a mini holiday close to home!

We made the trip on Friday to spend Carrie’s birthday with her and her family in Somerset, and spent the Saturday ogling all of the beautiful items at Kilver Court. Being a first-timer there, I was left in awe at just how many amazing brands the outlet has to offer. From Mulberry to MiH and Orla Kiely, we lost ourselves wandering around- literally, Kristabel and Lucy were momentarily lost- and indulged in locally-sourced yummy lunch at the pantry. Thinking the day couldn’t possibly get better, we were taken on a magical tour of the unseen parts of Kilver Court by Mulberry and the Court’s founder Roger Saul himself! We soaked up all of the inspiration we could get while he treated us to an afternoon spread of sweet treats and teas fit for a king, overlooking the beautiful gardens. Phew, all in a day’s work! x

P.S. If you noticed my little gold ring take a peek at Clarice Price Thomas‘ beautifully handmade creations; she uses traditional watch makers machines to craft each piece of jewellery, which makes for a very memorable item to own- and she’s also a very lovely lady too!