Saturday, 18 March 2017

short hair don't care

Whistles Toscana jacket, Zara cream top and Zara black cropped trousers

When I was about 15 I had an awful haircut (foolishly modelled on Chloe from the TV show Smallville) which was a horrendous, short layered disaster. To be honest, everything about my appearance at that stage of my life was a disaster, but that's what being a teenager is about, right? Learning what works and what doesn't work for you, and gradually refining your personal style as you get older. (At least that's what I tell myself when I look back on photos and cringe...) Anyway, it really put me off having short hair. From that moment on I religiously grew and grew my hair, allowing myself only minimal trims and the occasional flirtation with a fringe (another bad idea given my round face). It wasn't until last year, when my hair was finally pretty ridiculously long (check this out if you don't believe me), that I started to get bored of it and wonder if shorter hair might actually be a little more chic. Don't get me wrong: I adored my long hair for a while. At a certain point, though, it started to get straggly and I felt - to be honest - like I might be getting too old for it. While some older women can rock long hair, for me I've realised I feel more sophisticated with a shorter cut.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

investing in classics

There's something about getting older (and hopefully a little wiser) that makes you want to invest in items which still stand the test of time over cheap-trend led pieces. Don't get me wrong: I still pick up the odd piece from Zara or Topshop to pep up my wardrobe. But I don't really love those items. Not in the way I do when I dream of a beautiful designer piece for months before finally deciding to invest in it. And these don't have to be pieces which are particularly striking; in fact they are often utterly, beautifully simple.

saint laurent shopper bag sigerson morrison patent leather boots

So it is with this divine Saint Laurent bag. Nothing very eye-catching about it: it's a simple black tote bag. But I still fell totally in love with it. And I know that I'll be using it forever.

The boots were a slightly different story, in that I immediately had to have them (well, you can't hang around with the Outnet anyway: pieces sell out straightaway). But I've always been partial to a good patent boot, so I'm sure these will prove just as timeless for me. (A word of caution if you do snap these up: don't believe the Outnet's US to UK shoe size guide - look it up elsewhere.)

Sometimes, the cost per wear equation really does make more sense and honestly, I'll be wearing these beauties a hundred times more than any high street piece.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

for the love of marble

Interior trends come and go, but there are some which stand the test of time. If you're looking to deck your house in a way which will prove enduringly stylish, look no further than the perennially sophisticated material that is marble.

marble interiors

Saturday, 25 February 2017

duvet dressing

Zara black duvet coat, Alexander Wang Prisma tote and Whistles grey suede heels

I think I've said it before, but one of the things I love most about fashion is its ability to totally change your mind. Even a year ago I would have turned my nose up at puffer jackets as the preserve of the super-rich wrapped up in Moncler at ski resorts, or the totally unstylish dressed in Primark. I wouldn't have been seen dead in one. But fashion has turned the connotations of this humble, practical piece of outerwear on its head, and now you can't move for them throughout the high street and designer stores alike.

Monday, 13 February 2017

beauty review: hand creams

If you know me, you'll know I am literally never without three things: my iPhone, lip balm and hand cream. The problem with lip balm and hand cream is that once you start using them, you can't stop. Or at least I can't; maybe my skin is just totally addicted to them now. So it goes without saying that I have tried a lot of hand creams in my time. I have one in every room of my flat, my bag, my car and my desk at work. I'm pretty confident, therefore, that I know what makes a good hand cream and I'm definitely qualified to rate and review them. As always with my reviews, nothing here has been sponsored, gifted or otherwise biased. These reviews are totally my opinions so take them as you will. I hope they're useful!

beauty review hand creams

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

waiting for spring

Topshop shearling aviator jacket, 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli medium and Whistles black suede heels

Somehow after Christmas we just expect to leap suddenly into spring and be happy leaving the house in ankle-baring trousers and little jackets. We forget that, actually, December in the UK is pretty mild and it's January and February that are freezing as. Well, I seem to forget that anyway.

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