ALL BLACK EVERYTHING

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Hat - H&M // Top - ASOS // Leathers - Topshop // Boots - Topshop // Watch - Daniel Wellington // 
Bag & Purse c/o Paul's Boutique 


Oh hay! It's certainly been a while, life got busy with moving cities and starting a new job! I'm not going to lie, life's still pretty hectic but I'm going to make more of an effort to post more regularly, or atleast more than once every six months...eek!

So in true form, I'm coming back with an all black look - which I definitely should have posted a while back now that Summer has truly begun! The key focus here is this classic black bag by Paul's Boutique. When Paul's Boutique first approached me I was a little unsure, as what I remembered of the brand from my teenage years wasn't something I was still keen to portray with my current style. However one look at their SS15 lookbook it was clear to see the brand had been revived! Fresh and minimal styles graced the lookbook with some seriously hot key pieces that I just wasn't expecting. I fell for their classic Maisy handbag, it's their iconic piece available in a variety of colours and textures. Maisy has a premium feel textured surface with gold zips to add a little luxury. The matching Lizzie purse features a grey python print across the centre, so I couldn't resist the duo! Paul's Boutique are definitely a strong contender in high street handbag game! Check them out and I'm sure you'll agree! x

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Wish List

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It's been a while since I've created a wish list style post, but seeing as pay day is finally here I've pulled together a few key items I've been lusting over!

1. Muru Ancient Coin Necklace 

After being treated to a gold Muru necklace for Christmas I already have my eye on more pieces! The ancient coin from their Talisman collection is one of my faves, representing wealth and prosperity.

2. Ankle Boots

Because I believe there is no limit to the amount of black ankle boots one woman can own! Topshop's got a strong boot game on at the moment, loving this pair too for a chelsea boot twist.

3. White Shirt/Blouse

A wardrobe staple, I am in desperate need of the perfect white shirt. Pussybows are huge right now but the classic and boyfriend shape will always be around, I'll have one of each please!

4. City Bag

Croc textured and chain handle...move over Chanel, Zara got this! Or for a more affordable alternative check out this Celine inspired dual cross body bag.

5. Blue Jeans

My faithful blue jeans have given up and it's time for me to invest in some newbies, love the look of these Topshop ones but I've heard the rips don't always sit right on the knee?! Suggestions welcome as the search continues...

6. Black Opium

This smells insane and the bottle is covered in black glitter, need I say more?

7. Stan Smiths

The white adidas with added zebra on the back, HELLO!


Hope you enjoyed my wish list style post, if you like this kind of post I might make it a monthly thang!
Happy weekend everyone! x
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Camel Cool

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Coat - Topshop (similar)  // Jumper & Scarf - Zara (similar) // Jeans & Boots - Topshop // Trainers - New Balance (via UO)

Finally got my hands on my dream camel coat. It's taken a while but I've been holding out to find the one! I'm a huge fan of oversized styles and boyfriend fits so when I spotted this in the Topshop sale I simply had to - that and a few of the girls in store telling me to buy it, or they would! It was £60 down from £110 and although I haven't seen it online there were a couple left in the different stores I've been in, generally in bigger sizes but sometimes big is better - so I'd definitely try on just incase. It's been my vice the last few weeks, I love the minimal design (no fastenings to be seen) and the longer length is just perfect for keeping out the cold.

Another style I've been obsessing over this season is roll necks, so easy to throw on and they look so chic with everything. I'm loving nude hues and chunky knits so these pieces go perfectly together. I bought this in the Zara sale but there's plenty on the high street, try H&M for a cool and affordable selection. I finished off this look with my New Balance 420's, they make dressing down so easy whilst keeping your shoe game on point!

Hope you enjoyed my first outfit post of 2015! x
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Reflecting

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So long 2014, HELLO 2015! Just over a week into January and I'm ready for a little reflection before I tackle this new year. This post is probably more for me than my readers but incase you are interested I thought I'd do a bit of a recap on the year that was 2014, starting with this thing right here...

MY BLOG

The beginning of the year saw the birth of my blog! Something I had spent a lot of time thinking about but always brushing off as something I couldn't do. Following the thumbs up from friends and family I decided, "what's the worst that could happen?" and so it began. I like to think my posts have improved slightly from the beginning. I went through a stage of using different cameras, holding awkward poses with photo quality dependant on the camera I could get my hands on at the time. Using a better camera, producing better quality images allowed me to feel more confident about my posts, important to me as I am a little bit of a perfectionist. I still know in my head there's a lot of improvements to be made, but if it's perfect from the beginning what is their to work towards right? I admire bloggers who post content every day and balance a career too as it's definitely something that requires a lot of skill and time. I'm hoping this year that's something I can work on for myself and the quality of my blog. Here goes!



SEEING THE WORLD
For my birthday in February I got whisked off by my other half to Marrakech to stay in a traditional Riad in the Medina. A couple of our close friends came too and we spent hours in the souks coming home with enough silver jewellery and leather goods between us to open our own shop! Not to mention a HUGE amount of 'naturally sweet tea', a sore subject for the boys when in fact the tea wasn't sweet at all! We even had time to fit in a trekk up the Atlas Mountains followed by a very amusing yet relaxing experience in a Hammam! All in all it was an amazing trip and I would 100% recommend a visit! You can read a bit more about it here



In September we were lucky enough to be invited to a wedding in Lake Como, my first wedding abroad and first trip to Italy (that I'm old enough to remember). Getting there was indeed an adventure and anyone making their way to Lake Como I would strongly advise against finding your way there at 1am - in the dark! Fortunately my boyfriends great navigation skills and my good company eventually got us there in one piece! We had a great few days, mostly drinking prosecco and eating ridiculous Italian food! The wedding was beautiful down to every last detail. You may have seen some photos from when I spammed instagram for that weekend! I would definitely visit again for a long weekend, it was so peaceful - absolute bliss!


 My third and final holiday for the year was one of luxury to Dubai. A group holiday with our besties in glorious sunshine when everyone was de-icing their cars back home was something to smile about. We stayed at the lavish Atlantis hotel, and it was an holiday I'll never forget. The staff were amazing and couldn't do enough for you. Our bedroom had a view of the city, a skyline I could have starred at all day. We mostly ate and drank for the week (much to my waistlines dismay!) with a tourist stop up to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building IN THE WORLD and to watch the famous dancing fountains. Another fabulous holiday with awesome people!



GLASTONBURY
It wouldn't be the same without our annual trip to Glasto. The first festival I've been to, back in 2008 and I've been every year since! Mud, rain, sunshine & storms, I've literally experienced it all (and I still go back!) Anyone who hasn't been I strongly advise you give it a go. It's difficult to put into words exactly what it's like, but it's literally the most weird & wonderful place I've ever been. The highlight this year was watching Kasabian on our final night, jumping up and down so much that my Bobbi brown shimmer brick smashed and I couldn't have cared less! Then stumbling across a live band stand where we all stopped for an old school boogie! Roll on 2015!


BECOMING AN AUNTIE
The most special part of 2014 for me and my family. Not many people become an auntie twice in the space of ten weeks! I am officially 'Auntie Sophia', and I'm lucky enough to have the most gorgeous princess Jemima and the handsome prince Hugo as my niece and nephew. The best feeling ever, they can dribble and sneeze on you as much as they like and they still absolutely melt your heart. So looking forward to watching them grow this year!

That's just a few of the key events that occurred in my life last year, now on to 2015 for more amazing memories! Happy new year everyone x

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