What I Wore: AW14 Lookbook #3

Dress | Necklace | Thigh-high Boots

For the third installment of my lookbook feature, I thought I'd show you two of my favourite things: Joules and jewels.

As soon as I set eyes on this Joules dress, I instantly fell in love. It's not their signature floral print, but rather a navy hand-drawn, baroque-style print on an emerald green background.

Unfortunately for me, there were none of my size available, but luckily the shape and style of the dress means that I could size up and still get away with it. It's supposed to be an oversized tunic dress anyway, so it didn't seem to make much difference.

I seem to have purchased a lot of green lately. When organising my Autumn and Winter wardrobe last week, I discovered that it's one of the most popular colours in there, even though I haven't intentionally bought lots of it.

It seems to go well with my skin tone and hair colour, so I shall definitely be purchasing more!

Teamed up with this navy blue necklace I bought a while back from New Look, I think it makes the perfect smart/casual look to go out in.

New Look are always my go-to for statement necklaces. They're extremely well priced yet expensive-looking, and you definitely get your moneys worth!


A Cosy Autumn Evening

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times - I love this time of year.

Leaves of golden, crispy browns are falling from the trees. Lights from buildings twinkle as the dark creeps in earlier and earlier. And a snuggle by the fire is always at the top of the cards.

Yup, Autumn has arrived with a bang and with my toasty socks, mug of hot cocoa and cinnamon scented Yankee candle, I'm more prepared than ever.

Don't get me wrong though - in true British form, you will undoubtedly see me complain about the weather, because, well, that's what us Brits do best! The rain looks all so pretty in droplets on your windowsill, but if you have to venture out in it, then it's not so Instagram-worthy.

I thought I'd have a little round-up of some of my favourite things about Autumn so that you can get yourself into the spirit of things. If you're reading this on a tablet as you stand in the rain, then I hope it gives you a little comfort. If you're inside, then what are you waiting for? Get those fluffy socks on and pour yourself a hot drink!

1. Bonfire night.
In my hometown, we would always have a huge bonfire party where all the locals would gather to drink mulled wine, eat mushy peas, and spell out our names with sparklers. Just thinking about it makes me feel nostalgic for the smells, the sounds, and the warmth of the fire. Find out if there's a local bonfire near to you, or even host one yourself! However, it goes without saying to be extremely careful and make sure your pets are comforted when the fireworks start!

2. Shorter days.
This may seem a bit of a boring one, but I actually kind of like that it gets darker earlier. Especially living where I do: the lights just bounce right off the water, making things look truly magical. It's easy to get caught up in the misery of the dark nights (and the dark mornings which I know are just awful), but I dare you to take a stroll around your neighbourhood, or put up some fairy lights and candles in your bedroom and see how beautiful it makes things look!

3. The food.
Don't you just love a winter warmer? Since the colder evenings have set in, I've found myself making feasts of stew, bourguignon and pie. Teamed with honey glazed roasted vegetables (parsnip and carrots are my absolute favourites!) and some creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes, and you've got yourself the ultimate autumn dish!

4. Staying in.
I'm a home girl at heart. Don't get me wrong, I love going out for dinner and exploring as much as the next gal, but I also love having an excuse to stay in, crack open a bottle of mulled wine and chill out by the fire. Bliss.

5. The fashion.
What would a fashion blog be without a mention of the good stuff, eh?! I started to get a little bit bored of Summer fashion - everything got a bit same-y. This season is all about the textures: leather, faux furs, quilted, mohair... it's all so exciting! I'm sure you can tell from my lookbook feature that I've been overindulging in clothes, but this is the first A/W season in a while that I've been ridiculously excited about the fashion!

What are your favourite things about Autumn?


What I Wore: AW14 Lookbook #2

Jumper | Skirt | Thigh-high Boots

So following up from my previous AW14 lookbook post, I'm bringing you another favourite outfit of mine.

This one requires a little bravery, and there's a fine line between looking cute and looking like you're in school girl fancy dress. But when done right, it makes an awesome Autumnal look.

As soon as I laid eyes on the skirt I just instantly fell in love with it. The colours, the material... they're just an absolute dream. You know when you see something and you already have 7635 outfits planned to go with it? Yeah... that.

I decided to team it up with my new must-have staple item: this roll neck jumper. I've worn it SO much since I got it, and I'm hoping to get it in every other colour. It's so nice and toasty and feels really expensive, so you'll be pleased when you see the VERY purse-friendly price tag!

Teamed up with some knee high socks and ankle boots, however I'm hoping to get my mitts on a pair of thigh-high boots to give off a similar effect. I've spotted a few pairs on the high street that have taken my fancy, so I will definitely be purchasing some in the near future!