Amsterdam: The ’70s Flares

What I Wore: Hat – Zara, Jumper – c/o Next (similar), Jeans – c/o Oasis, Bag – c/o Oasis, Shoes – Clarks X Orla Kiely, Faux fur scarf – New Look

Day two in Amsterdam pretty much consisted of a lot of walking, and I mean a lot. We opted for the healthiest (and best way to see the city) option of walking to everywhere we wanted to go instead of taking any form of public transport, which meant we were able to stop and snap away when a particularly cute shop caught our eye. We must have looked a little odd, all cameras in hand looking up and around us as we walked, but this was one of my favourite bits, because (and I don’t mean to be soppy) I had the best time just hanging out with my chums as we walked, talked (aka laughed lots) and snapped away.

And as you might have guessed from my first outfit from day one, I was heavily inspired by the ’70s when packing for this trip! But it seemed like the right time to wear my Oasis jeans- I’ve had them for a few months but have been waiting for the right outfit to wear it. Wearing platforms and a fedora also seemed like the most natural compliment to the jeans, and while I’m halfway between thinking flares might not be the most flattering on me, I’m still a pretty big fan of them regardless! x

Take 10: River Island

What I Wore: Coat – Romwe, Knitted Top – c/o River Island, Trousers – ASOS (similar), Shoes – ASOS, Bag – Next 

I’ll be back with another Amsterdam-flavoured post soon, but this post is all about my new cosy knit, as this month our Take 10 challenge was to style up a piece from River Island’s knitwear collection. This might not seem like the smartest choice given we’re in December and it’s more or less is-it-snowing-yet weather, but I just loved the eyelash knit on this sleeveless top! It’s something I know I can layer up with a shirt underneath and wear through to spring. And because I tend to go pretty simple when it comes to colours at the moment, I knew teaming the white and grey with my new (sale bargain) purchase in the shape of these orange velvet platforms would make for just the right balance… well at least I think so! There’s nothing like letting the shoes do all the talking- I’m most definitely a sucker for a pretty pair of shoes over bags and jewellery any day! x

See how the other Take10 ladies styled up their knitwear:

Shiny Thoughts / The Little Magpie / Burkatron / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did
Hifashion / Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Media Marmalade 

Red In Amsterdam

What I Wore: Turtleneck top – Zara (similar here), Skirt – Urban Outfitters, Boots – DUO, Bag – Nica, Coat – c/o River Island 

Contrary to what might usually spring to mind when the words ‘red’ and ‘Amsterdam’ are put in the same sentence, this post is all about my new favourite turtleneck/Love Actually fave top and the tiniest of introductions in to my little trip to Amsterdam with Carrie, Kristabel, Lucy and Olivia (aka Five). An early wake-up and flight with KLM was soothed by a gentle Blacklane drive to the airport, after which I hardly had the chance to get nervous about flying (I still did) as it took us just 45 minutes! I’ve been to Amsterdam once before a couple years ago, but didn’t feel like I had seen everything there was to see…

Our first day was spent getting to know the surrounding area of the hotel, which was perfectly central and chowing down on some seriously amazing food (more about that in my city guide!). I had a super quick outfit change to refresh when we arrived at the hotel, and I can honestly say this is one of my favourite winter outfits ever. I know I know, there’s a fair bit of thigh on show but I honestly didn’t feel the chill thanks to the high boots and long coat duo. It’s certainly one of my more ’70s-inspired looks, and it somehow seemed fitting to be wearing it while traipsing around a beautiful European city. I can’t wait to show Amsterdam in all its glory in the next few posts, but for now this one is all about my red top- anyone else living in turtlenecks at the mo? ; ) x