Indian Summers

I can pretty much guarantee that by the time this post goes live the gorgeous Indian Summer we’ve been enjoying has departed- that’s just the way things seem to work! Still, it was a complete surprise and delight when we were granted a few gorgeous warm days filled with sunshine to get a few more rays of that golden glow on bare skin before confining it back to month upon month of knitwear and layering.

Hat: Clothing at Tesco | Vest: Monki | Trousers: New Look | Flats: Primark

These photos were taken late one evening, just before the light truly faded for the day which would probably explain why they haven’t come out as well as usual. I’d been on a training course all day (to become a health care assistant instead of just a phlebotomist) and had wanted something comfortable to wear that wasn’t too casual- these trousers fitted the bill perfectly as they are a thousand times more comfy that jeans and look that bit smarter too.

You can’t really see but the vest has a zipper down half of the back, it does give the vest a slightly odd fit, but I kind of like that (and I think I’ve worn it back to front before now as well, oops!). The hat was a late addition as my hair was in dire need of a wash but I wanted to grab some photos first- so lazy! I really like the effect it added though and it makes me wonder why I don’t think of adding in hats more often. I’m notoriously bad for forgetting to properly accessorise an outfit, even popping on some jewellery doesn’t occur to me until the very last minute!

I hope everyone enjoyed the last of the summer sun! I’m entering in to a super busy time of year now where I juggle several different big goals- blogging has suffered a little bit, I’m not as active at commenting etc as I have been in the past but I promise a big old catch up soon!

What are you working towards in your life right now? I’m guessing a lot of people will be heading off to uni/college- something that I never did…let me know what your goals (no matter how big or small) are in the comments below).

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Milestones- new in from GUESS Jewellery

After a short hiatus from invading my inbox with sparkling temptations, GUESS Jewellery have got my magpie tendencies going in to overdrive with their latest collection! I’m trying so hard to be good and resist spending money that I really can’t afford but it’s not easy- is it too early to be making a Christmas list?
The Milestones collection features sleek metal paired with gorgeous gradient colour stones set using the unique and challenging invisible setting technique. Although these may look simple at first glance they are a sure-fire statement, especially when doubled up with the matching ring and bracelet set. I am utterly besotted with the rose gold and pink combination and really like the idea of a matching set- you don’t often see a ring and bracelet set, usually it’s a necklace and bracelet or ring. The bangles cost £145 whilst the rings are £55…that makes a nice round £200 for the pair, not cheap but they certainly look a lot more expensive than that!
Available September 2014 from Debenhams, H Saumuel, House of Fraser and Goldsmiths. Which combo has caught your eye & would you wear alone or dare to double up?

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Shine Bright

Over the last few months I’ve found myself braving quite a new few styles when it comes to clothing- from the matchy matchy co-ord to bearing all in a cropped tee it seems that nothing has been off limits. One item that took mea while to warm to was culottes, especially those of the midi length, but now I own a pair I am wondering what on earth took me so long; flattering, comfortable and with more dignity saving potential than the humble midi skirt, I’m a convert.

Vest: New Look | Culottes: New Look | Boots: H&M | Necklace: Local shop

These culottes from New Look were something crazy like £7 in the sale which is why I finally decided to take the plunge and make a purchase. I’d been eyeing this particular pair for a while and I’m pleased I didn’t miss out as they are a super versatile addition to my wardrobe and perfect for this time of year. I wore this outfit for a sunny Sunday stroll around Bristol with Ben, taking in the eccentricity of Stokes Croft and the tranquility of the Harbour-side but they would also work well for the office with a smarter top and some flat shoes.
When I say that this necklace is from a local shop, I not only mean a shop that is local to me in Nailsea but that only sells goods made by local people. I can’t resist popping in there for a browse every time I pass as there are always stunning new arrivals and I like to support local talents. This was actually a gift from Ben who shares my love for all things unique and handmade and I always get comments on it whenever I wear it.
Talking of comments, these boots got a fair bit of attention when I was out and about. I had them on order from H&M for ages before they finally arrived; it took about six weeks for them to be in stock but they were well worth the wait. I didn’t realise when I ordered that they are not only patent but somewhat holographic, which makes them even better in my eyes; I was desperate for a pair of silver holographic boots last winter but these are a bit less “out there” and will no doubt be lived in all through the next few months as despite walking for miles in them they remained immensely comfortable.
Ben and I stumbled across this gem of a shop whilst in town that weekend- yet another reason why I love Bristol so much, it’s such a creative city with a brilliant sense of humour…it’s taken a few years but I’ve really got to know the place lately and I fall a little more in love with every visit (and yes, it’s shameful how awful my knowledge of Bristol was before last year, I blame being a small town girl on the out-skirts!). What do you love about where you live?

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New York Fashion Week Favourites

This is the first of a series of four Riddles I’m creating, rounding up my favourites from the Spring/Summer catwalk shows. If you like what you see then please do spread the word on facebook/twitter/your own blogs and watch this space for the London edit next week…

Oh, and let me know in the comments who your New York favourites were!

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Monki Love

The dress in this post is both the first item from Monki (via ASOS) that I bought but also the first bodycon piece of clothing that I had ever bought and then worn more than once. It has to be one of the most forgiving dresses ever, worn through a stone and a half of gained weight and still fitting me in a way I like. It also happens to be a great piece for this time of year as the silhouette lends itself perfectly to layering, in this instance I added in my cream biker jacket from Pull and Bear and some heeled sandals from Clarks.
I bought this jacket to be a Spring piece, thinking that cream wouldn’t be a good colour for the latter part of the year but I think that actually it’s a good all-rounder and it will be worn until the weather gets too cold to wear anything but a winter coat (please don’t be soon!). Pull and Bear did this in loads of colours at the time for around £25 and I’m kicking myself for nothing picking up a black one too.
The dress might be worn to death but it’s lasted well- as with all of my Monki pieces it has washed really well without losing the colour or the pattern bleeding. I’m itching to visit an actual store, which is yet more reason to get my backside up to London during my week off at the end of September- I’d be going solo though and to be quite honest, I’m a little afraid of being let loose in the capital alone!
Talking of weeks off, I’ve got a lovely long weekend ahead of me as I booked some extra time out of the office for Ben’s Birthday weekend (his Birthday is today). We don’t really have any solid plans this year but it’s nice to actually know I can be at home, bake him a cake and generally just chill out and not rush anywhere. We’re heading in to flu season at the surgery next week so a couple of days relaxation is very much required!
Should I brave London alone?

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