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This edit is for my guys and gals who love any excuse to dress up and feel glamorous and, let's face it, Christmas is the perfect time of year for that, even despite the pandemic! The glitzy dresses are back in stock, the red nail varnish has been resurrected from the back of the collection, and we're all starting to click on our festive Spotify playlists more regularly than we'd like to admit (who can blame us for wanting to blast Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' at full volume?!) 

The inspiration behind this post has got to be this gorgeous dress I was kindly loaned from Endless Wardrobe. They're a site that allows you to rent or purchase designer and premium brands at a fraction of the retail price. You can buy a piece straight from their site, or you can simply loan it for a selected period of time - if you end up loving it after your loan period, you can chose to keep your new find forever through their site too! 

If you're not particularly loving the idea of splashing out on a festive piece to keep forever this year, I recommend checking them out... if not, you can still have a browse through my Festive Party Dress Edit below. Enjoy!



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The Festive Party Dress Edit

 

This edit is for my guys and gals who love any excuse to dress up and feel glamorous and, let's face it, Christmas is the perfect time of year for that, even despite the pandemic! The glitzy dresses are back in stock, the red nail varnish has been resurrected from the back of the collection, and we're all starting to click on our festive Spotify playlists more regularly than we'd like to admit (who can blame us for wanting to blast Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' at full volume?!) 

The inspiration behind this post has got to be this gorgeous dress I was kindly loaned from Endless Wardrobe. They're a site that allows you to rent or purchase designer and premium brands at a fraction of the retail price. You can buy a piece straight from their site, or you can simply loan it for a selected period of time - if you end up loving it after your loan period, you can chose to keep your new find forever through their site too! 

If you're not particularly loving the idea of splashing out on a festive piece to keep forever this year, I recommend checking them out... if not, you can still have a browse through my Festive Party Dress Edit below. Enjoy!



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Sometimes there's no better way to share your outfit of the day than with a mirror selfie, right? I know I for one am an avid fan - if that wasn't made obvious from my Instagram! I really love capturing a look like this, just straight from my phone, off-the-cuff and instant - no fancy camera or lighting needed!

Today I thought I'd share with you some outfits from my phone and let you in on the pieces that I put together to create them, starting with this look above:

Now, most of these pieces are pretty old, so everything linked for this one will have to be a dupe (sorrryyyy!). I picked this beret up about, I want to say, 3 years ago. I've always been a huge fan of a beret and, as cliché as it is, the minute I put one on my head, I feel like a Parisian style icon haha. I loved pairing it with this thrifted white shirt and Karen Millen dress - I love the caramel and chocolate brown tones together and I think it worked so nicely with my brown boots!




Next we have this look, which, I have to say, is probably one of my favourite looks I've worn in a while. I will never not love this trench, I picked it up in the Zara sale during lockdown and have been obsessed ever since! I also want it to be one of the stand-out pieces of a look, so I paired it here with my black ASOS roll neck, my knee high Pull & Bear boots and a mini skirt... and voilà!




This looks is definitely a more accurate representation of me during lockdown, and, yes, I did wear this hat inside all day because my head was chilly...

This hat, that I've had SO many questions about, is from H&M. As soon as I spotted it, I knew I had to have it in my life. The rest of the look is simply just a cosy WFH outfit made up of a roll neck and these amazing Wolf & Whistle lounge pants. Oh, and you can also spy my fluffy sliders a little bit too! 




Last but not least, this look is all about the dress... clearly! This dress is a piece that was kindly gifted to me by Ghospell and I am truly in love with the fit and shape of it. The ruched waist is so so flattering - it makes me feel like a little pixie when I wear it! 

The colour is just perfect for this time of year too - it's the kind of green that's festive but not too garish or in your face! It's just lovely!


Outfits From My Phone

 


Sometimes there's no better way to share your outfit of the day than with a mirror selfie, right? I know I for one am an avid fan - if that wasn't made obvious from my Instagram! I really love capturing a look like this, just straight from my phone, off-the-cuff and instant - no fancy camera or lighting needed!

Today I thought I'd share with you some outfits from my phone and let you in on the pieces that I put together to create them, starting with this look above:

Now, most of these pieces are pretty old, so everything linked for this one will have to be a dupe (sorrryyyy!). I picked this beret up about, I want to say, 3 years ago. I've always been a huge fan of a beret and, as cliché as it is, the minute I put one on my head, I feel like a Parisian style icon haha. I loved pairing it with this thrifted white shirt and Karen Millen dress - I love the caramel and chocolate brown tones together and I think it worked so nicely with my brown boots!




Next we have this look, which, I have to say, is probably one of my favourite looks I've worn in a while. I will never not love this trench, I picked it up in the Zara sale during lockdown and have been obsessed ever since! I also want it to be one of the stand-out pieces of a look, so I paired it here with my black ASOS roll neck, my knee high Pull & Bear boots and a mini skirt... and voilà!




This looks is definitely a more accurate representation of me during lockdown, and, yes, I did wear this hat inside all day because my head was chilly...

This hat, that I've had SO many questions about, is from H&M. As soon as I spotted it, I knew I had to have it in my life. The rest of the look is simply just a cosy WFH outfit made up of a roll neck and these amazing Wolf & Whistle lounge pants. Oh, and you can also spy my fluffy sliders a little bit too! 




Last but not least, this look is all about the dress... clearly! This dress is a piece that was kindly gifted to me by Ghospell and I am truly in love with the fit and shape of it. The ruched waist is so so flattering - it makes me feel like a little pixie when I wear it! 

The colour is just perfect for this time of year too - it's the kind of green that's festive but not too garish or in your face! It's just lovely!


 


Well hello you lovely lot, how are we all doing? Life feels like a never ending cycle of Mondays and Fridays recently. The days are getting darker and darker, I'm finding it increasingly more difficult to change out of my PJs, and I woke up today realising it's only 4 weeks until Christmas, yikes! Where did this year go?!

Today's post is in-fact a little festive-orientated however... I've been putting together a few little Gift Guides over on my LiketoKnowIt and I thought, in the spirit of the festivities approaching, I'd share them on here too. 

If you know me, then you'll know I'm a lover of the simple things (no pun about my blog URL intended) and you'll notice a lot of the pieces in these gift guides show that. There's lots of stuff here for the minimal, neutral-tone lovers out there, and also just some general gifting ideas as well. If you're like me and love a bit of simplicity (and a lot of beige), or if you have a loved one who's got an eye for cosy cream slippers, gold gems and dainty trinket dishes, then hopefully you'll find something here that catches your eye for you, or for them!


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Gifts For The Minimal Lovers

 


Well hello you lovely lot, how are we all doing? Life feels like a never ending cycle of Mondays and Fridays recently. The days are getting darker and darker, I'm finding it increasingly more difficult to change out of my PJs, and I woke up today realising it's only 4 weeks until Christmas, yikes! Where did this year go?!

Today's post is in-fact a little festive-orientated however... I've been putting together a few little Gift Guides over on my LiketoKnowIt and I thought, in the spirit of the festivities approaching, I'd share them on here too. 

If you know me, then you'll know I'm a lover of the simple things (no pun about my blog URL intended) and you'll notice a lot of the pieces in these gift guides show that. There's lots of stuff here for the minimal, neutral-tone lovers out there, and also just some general gifting ideas as well. If you're like me and love a bit of simplicity (and a lot of beige), or if you have a loved one who's got an eye for cosy cream slippers, gold gems and dainty trinket dishes, then hopefully you'll find something here that catches your eye for you, or for them!


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Shop the Fashion edit:


 


Hello guys, how are we all doing? Lockdown 2.0 is half way through and the end of the year is vanishing before my eyes! My days have been filled with a mixture of work and chills lately, and a lot of plodding around in my new NA-KD puffer coat. I picked this up not long ago, after being on the hunt for the perfect one for a while, and well... I absolutely love it - I feel like a giant marshmallow and, honestly, is there any better way to feel?

Of course, my recent purchase is the inspiration behind this post, 'The Puffer Coat Edit'. I thought I'd put together a post of some of the amazing coats I found on my search, and hopefully something catches your eye if you're on the lookout for something cosy for this Winter too - Enjoy!



The Puffer Coat Edit

 


Hello guys, how are we all doing? Lockdown 2.0 is half way through and the end of the year is vanishing before my eyes! My days have been filled with a mixture of work and chills lately, and a lot of plodding around in my new NA-KD puffer coat. I picked this up not long ago, after being on the hunt for the perfect one for a while, and well... I absolutely love it - I feel like a giant marshmallow and, honestly, is there any better way to feel?

Of course, my recent purchase is the inspiration behind this post, 'The Puffer Coat Edit'. I thought I'd put together a post of some of the amazing coats I found on my search, and hopefully something catches your eye if you're on the lookout for something cosy for this Winter too - Enjoy!



 

This year more than ever, it feels so important to be supporting local, small businesses. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this year has been a whirlwind, and unfortunately it's independent businesses that seem to have had the biggest knock on effect from it all. 

In today's post, I wanted to share with you some small, independent brands who you should definitely take a look at when considering purchasing anything over the next few months, whether that be for yourself or for a gift for someone over the festive period. 

Some of these brands are really close to my heart and it would mean the world to me, and I'm sure them too, if you took some time to check them out!


Image via the Olivia Annabelle Site

Olivia Annabelle Apparel 

You'll have heard me mention this name before. Liv is one of my closest friends, but not only that, she's also an amazing designer too. She creates the most beautiful, story-inspired pieces, all ethically made. Her latest High Seas collection has been one of my favourites so far, with it's stunning statement collars and ocean inspired prints. I'm currently eyeing up her new Gloriana print, which is perfect for dressing up over the festive period!

Check her site out HERE.


Mooncanopy

Mooncanopy are a brand that recently got in touch with me to collaborate. They create the most gorgeous organic hemp robes, which you can see pictured above. These are the perfect thing to treat yourself or a loved one too right now - I mean, we're all going to be spending a lot of time lounging around indoors, right? 

Click HERE to check out their site.


Image via @hannahgraphics, Photography by Sophia Carey

Hannah Kirkland Prints

Han is one of my oldest pals, we're talking all the way back to high school days of bad haircuts and braces. Regardless of our long, everlasting friendship though (yes Han, you're stuck with me haha), she's an incredibly talented graphic designer. Her prints are so beautifully detailed, fun and colourful - perfect for adding a pop of colour when decorating at home. She creates both prints and cards, all inspired by locations such as Manchester, Scotland, New York, so if you're on the lookout for something personal as a gift this year, or simply want some fun festive cards to send, then definitely go and have a nosy.

Shop her Etsy HERE.


Image via @itsrooper, modelled by @rihver and photography by Morgan Barfield 

Roop

Okay, if you're a bag-addict, this one's for you. I've been head-over-heels in love with Roop's bags for so long now. The designs are so simply beautiful and unique, and there's something for everyone - lots of print and bright shades for the colour lovers and minimal pieces for the neutral lovers like me! Roop's owner, Natasha, uses vintage and remnant fabrics to create each piece too, which makes each piece that little bit more special. 

Shop Roop's pieces HERE.


Image via @sirenstoreuk

Siren

I was first introduced to Siren when I was kindly sent one of their candles during their collaboration with Daisy Jewellery. I instantly fell in love with what they do and have been following along, eagerly eyeing up their new designs each time they release one. I've currently got my eye on their new 'Shell' Candle!

Their candles are a projection of body positivity, feminism and art. They're made with lumps, bumps, curves and everything inbetween to ensure that everyone feels included. They also come in a gorgeous range of colours, so whether you're looking for a lady in green, or simplistic white candle, they've got it all - all of which are made with Soy Wax and natural dye. 

These are the perfect thing if you're into decorating your home, or a lovely gift for someone too.

If you fancy checking them out, head to their site HERE

Shopping Small & Independent

 

This year more than ever, it feels so important to be supporting local, small businesses. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, this year has been a whirlwind, and unfortunately it's independent businesses that seem to have had the biggest knock on effect from it all. 

In today's post, I wanted to share with you some small, independent brands who you should definitely take a look at when considering purchasing anything over the next few months, whether that be for yourself or for a gift for someone over the festive period. 

Some of these brands are really close to my heart and it would mean the world to me, and I'm sure them too, if you took some time to check them out!


Image via the Olivia Annabelle Site

Olivia Annabelle Apparel 

You'll have heard me mention this name before. Liv is one of my closest friends, but not only that, she's also an amazing designer too. She creates the most beautiful, story-inspired pieces, all ethically made. Her latest High Seas collection has been one of my favourites so far, with it's stunning statement collars and ocean inspired prints. I'm currently eyeing up her new Gloriana print, which is perfect for dressing up over the festive period!

Check her site out HERE.


Mooncanopy

Mooncanopy are a brand that recently got in touch with me to collaborate. They create the most gorgeous organic hemp robes, which you can see pictured above. These are the perfect thing to treat yourself or a loved one too right now - I mean, we're all going to be spending a lot of time lounging around indoors, right? 

Click HERE to check out their site.


Image via @hannahgraphics, Photography by Sophia Carey

Hannah Kirkland Prints

Han is one of my oldest pals, we're talking all the way back to high school days of bad haircuts and braces. Regardless of our long, everlasting friendship though (yes Han, you're stuck with me haha), she's an incredibly talented graphic designer. Her prints are so beautifully detailed, fun and colourful - perfect for adding a pop of colour when decorating at home. She creates both prints and cards, all inspired by locations such as Manchester, Scotland, New York, so if you're on the lookout for something personal as a gift this year, or simply want some fun festive cards to send, then definitely go and have a nosy.

Shop her Etsy HERE.


Image via @itsrooper, modelled by @rihver and photography by Morgan Barfield 

Roop

Okay, if you're a bag-addict, this one's for you. I've been head-over-heels in love with Roop's bags for so long now. The designs are so simply beautiful and unique, and there's something for everyone - lots of print and bright shades for the colour lovers and minimal pieces for the neutral lovers like me! Roop's owner, Natasha, uses vintage and remnant fabrics to create each piece too, which makes each piece that little bit more special. 

Shop Roop's pieces HERE.


Image via @sirenstoreuk

Siren

I was first introduced to Siren when I was kindly sent one of their candles during their collaboration with Daisy Jewellery. I instantly fell in love with what they do and have been following along, eagerly eyeing up their new designs each time they release one. I've currently got my eye on their new 'Shell' Candle!

Their candles are a projection of body positivity, feminism and art. They're made with lumps, bumps, curves and everything inbetween to ensure that everyone feels included. They also come in a gorgeous range of colours, so whether you're looking for a lady in green, or simplistic white candle, they've got it all - all of which are made with Soy Wax and natural dye. 

These are the perfect thing if you're into decorating your home, or a lovely gift for someone too.

If you fancy checking them out, head to their site HERE

 

Hello lovely people, I hope we're all well and having a good end to our October. Life lately has felt like a complete whirlwind - it has all year honestly - but I'm finally taking a moment to sit down and write, which is always very cathartic for me, even if it is a simple clothing edit... which this in-fact is!

Now this is a trend I've been missing out on! I recently picked up this cute mesh top in the H&M sale and, since it's arrived, I've not wanted to take it off. I absolutely adore the fit and style, it's perfect to pair with basically anything, and it's one of those pieces that makes you feel like you've instantly made an effort. 

In the spirit of my fabulous new purchase, I thought I'd throw together a little 'Mesh Edit' and share some of the other similar pieces I've had my eye on lately. Enjoy, and let me know if anything takes your fancy! 


The Mesh Edit

 

Hello lovely people, I hope we're all well and having a good end to our October. Life lately has felt like a complete whirlwind - it has all year honestly - but I'm finally taking a moment to sit down and write, which is always very cathartic for me, even if it is a simple clothing edit... which this in-fact is!

Now this is a trend I've been missing out on! I recently picked up this cute mesh top in the H&M sale and, since it's arrived, I've not wanted to take it off. I absolutely adore the fit and style, it's perfect to pair with basically anything, and it's one of those pieces that makes you feel like you've instantly made an effort. 

In the spirit of my fabulous new purchase, I thought I'd throw together a little 'Mesh Edit' and share some of the other similar pieces I've had my eye on lately. Enjoy, and let me know if anything takes your fancy! 



There's something about the change in season that both excites me and also drains me (a depressing note to start on, I know). I love the colder months for fashion and styling. I love layering pieces, experimenting with warm tones and wrapping myself up in cosy accessories, yet there's also something about dark mornings, rain pouring down as you're running through Market Street trying to catch a train, coughs, colds and now... Corona, that can bring on that low feeling I think a lot of us experience around this time of year. 

I always make my best efforts to remain positive, upbeat and excited for that long (but fast approaching) countdown to Christmas. I've always had a love for festivities and Autumn/Winter as a whole. I love crunchy leaves, hot chocolates and festive episodes of old shows playing on repeat on TV.  I also love the run up to Halloween and seeing how excited everyone gets to carve a pumpkin or indulge in Halloween movies. I think this time of year can be such an uplifting time in so many ways, yet there is always that seasonal depression looming in the background, especially this year.

Everything is a lot right now, you know? There have been so many ups and downs, breaking news and exciting reunion moments. It's become the norm to just be 'getting on with it', but in reality, the world still feels very heavy to deal with. I guess the best way to describe how I feel about it all is that, I'm somewhere in limbo; I'm torn between making the best of a bad situation and then wanting to hibernate until it's all over (which it never feels like it will be...)

I think it's completely normal to be feeling a bit lost right now. Nothing this year has been the way we expected it to be and as much as, like I said, we can 'get on with it', it has definitely taken it's toll. It often feels like an emotional roller-coaster for me. Some days are better than others - filled with happy moments, forgetting the world around me is on fire - and then there are the days when reality sets in and everything just begins to seem too much to handle. 

I don't think the gloomy weather helps, not as much as I thought it would anyway. I thought that the dark mornings would make me feel happier to cosy up and forget about everything, slowly but surely however, I think it's beginning to make me feel a little suffocated. It's harder to wake up in a morning, it's more difficult to get on with work and distract myself, and it's not so easy to pop out for a stroll with a friend when it's pouring down with rain. I don't think I appreciated the sunshiney moments of lockdown no.1 as much as I should have...

I'm quite good at being alone and keeping myself distracted though. I think that's something a lot of freelancers can do. I enjoy my own company, I love blasting old One Direction songs as I tick through the day's to-do list and I don't mind spending quiet moments to myself. I think we've all mastered that feeling this year, but there is a certain feeling of loneliness that comes with it. Even the most introverted of people need those small moments with their loved ones, with their friends, with their partner. I think there's such a difference between being alone and feeling lonely, and lockdown has definitely had more 'lonely' moments. 

I guess we're all still having to ride that wave, and trying to do it guilt-free all at the same time. There are days where we're upbeat, motivated and content - the days where I manage to make time to catch up with friends, do work and also get more than 5 hours sleep - yet there are days where all we can manage is to dedicate a day to binge watching Emily In Paris and eating a whole packet of digestives, and that's okay. I'm finding the colder months are enticing me to spend more days curled up in front of Netflix rather than getting on with work, but I have to remind myself that sometimes you just can't force a feeling, certainly not in the whirlwind that is 2020. 

My point with this post wasn't to be another negative piece of writing, sprouting out words that just make the world feel even more tangled, I suppose it's more of a reminder that sometimes this time of year can feel heavy anyway, pandemic or no pandemic. I think it's totally valid to be unsure of our feelings during this time, and I think it's completely okay to still be taking each day as it comes, trying to not focus on the madness around us. 

Who knows what the next few months will bring - that feels like a terrifying thought when usually you'd have the expectation of being surrounded by loved ones, Mariah Carey blaring in the background - it's hard to even focus on the 'now', never mind what November and December will look like. Everything almost feels like a really surreal dream sometimes. 

For the time being, I'm trying my best to fight through the wobbly moments - the moments where I feel like I'm falling or failing or even drowning beneath the dark pool of never-ending bad news. I'm trying to focus on my love for the festive period and not the daunting thoughts of what it might actually be. I'm trying to keep myself afloat and I guess that's all I can do. 

The Change In Season


There's something about the change in season that both excites me and also drains me (a depressing note to start on, I know). I love the colder months for fashion and styling. I love layering pieces, experimenting with warm tones and wrapping myself up in cosy accessories, yet there's also something about dark mornings, rain pouring down as you're running through Market Street trying to catch a train, coughs, colds and now... Corona, that can bring on that low feeling I think a lot of us experience around this time of year. 

I always make my best efforts to remain positive, upbeat and excited for that long (but fast approaching) countdown to Christmas. I've always had a love for festivities and Autumn/Winter as a whole. I love crunchy leaves, hot chocolates and festive episodes of old shows playing on repeat on TV.  I also love the run up to Halloween and seeing how excited everyone gets to carve a pumpkin or indulge in Halloween movies. I think this time of year can be such an uplifting time in so many ways, yet there is always that seasonal depression looming in the background, especially this year.

Everything is a lot right now, you know? There have been so many ups and downs, breaking news and exciting reunion moments. It's become the norm to just be 'getting on with it', but in reality, the world still feels very heavy to deal with. I guess the best way to describe how I feel about it all is that, I'm somewhere in limbo; I'm torn between making the best of a bad situation and then wanting to hibernate until it's all over (which it never feels like it will be...)

I think it's completely normal to be feeling a bit lost right now. Nothing this year has been the way we expected it to be and as much as, like I said, we can 'get on with it', it has definitely taken it's toll. It often feels like an emotional roller-coaster for me. Some days are better than others - filled with happy moments, forgetting the world around me is on fire - and then there are the days when reality sets in and everything just begins to seem too much to handle. 

I don't think the gloomy weather helps, not as much as I thought it would anyway. I thought that the dark mornings would make me feel happier to cosy up and forget about everything, slowly but surely however, I think it's beginning to make me feel a little suffocated. It's harder to wake up in a morning, it's more difficult to get on with work and distract myself, and it's not so easy to pop out for a stroll with a friend when it's pouring down with rain. I don't think I appreciated the sunshiney moments of lockdown no.1 as much as I should have...

I'm quite good at being alone and keeping myself distracted though. I think that's something a lot of freelancers can do. I enjoy my own company, I love blasting old One Direction songs as I tick through the day's to-do list and I don't mind spending quiet moments to myself. I think we've all mastered that feeling this year, but there is a certain feeling of loneliness that comes with it. Even the most introverted of people need those small moments with their loved ones, with their friends, with their partner. I think there's such a difference between being alone and feeling lonely, and lockdown has definitely had more 'lonely' moments. 

I guess we're all still having to ride that wave, and trying to do it guilt-free all at the same time. There are days where we're upbeat, motivated and content - the days where I manage to make time to catch up with friends, do work and also get more than 5 hours sleep - yet there are days where all we can manage is to dedicate a day to binge watching Emily In Paris and eating a whole packet of digestives, and that's okay. I'm finding the colder months are enticing me to spend more days curled up in front of Netflix rather than getting on with work, but I have to remind myself that sometimes you just can't force a feeling, certainly not in the whirlwind that is 2020. 

My point with this post wasn't to be another negative piece of writing, sprouting out words that just make the world feel even more tangled, I suppose it's more of a reminder that sometimes this time of year can feel heavy anyway, pandemic or no pandemic. I think it's totally valid to be unsure of our feelings during this time, and I think it's completely okay to still be taking each day as it comes, trying to not focus on the madness around us. 

Who knows what the next few months will bring - that feels like a terrifying thought when usually you'd have the expectation of being surrounded by loved ones, Mariah Carey blaring in the background - it's hard to even focus on the 'now', never mind what November and December will look like. Everything almost feels like a really surreal dream sometimes. 

For the time being, I'm trying my best to fight through the wobbly moments - the moments where I feel like I'm falling or failing or even drowning beneath the dark pool of never-ending bad news. I'm trying to focus on my love for the festive period and not the daunting thoughts of what it might actually be. I'm trying to keep myself afloat and I guess that's all I can do. 

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