Autumn Dress

Vintage dresses like this one are the transitional piece you didn’t know you needed. Bought years about on a whim, it’s become a staple in my wardrobe and I’ll never part with it. It’s the most versatile dress I own, perfectly worn open with bare feet and sunglasses in the summer or paired with boots and leather jackets and buttoned all the way up for Autumn. The skirt is full enough to swish when you move but long enough to keep you warm. Paired with a vintage tan Italian leather jacket to match the leaves and black witchy boots to pare down the styling. Adding a modern twist with fishnets and a Furla pouch. It’s much easier to wear vintage items then you may think.

SHOT BY SUZIE

Morris&Co in Water Reeds

I love tucking shirts into trousers the masculine styling is something I’m really into. Mixing patterns is really easy when you pick one bold pattern and a more muted pattern. The contrast of the trousers and shirt are so easy to wear. Of course my blue wool Topshop coat. I’ve found the the Louis Vuitton bag of my dreams. I’m so excited and motivated to work towards getting her.

Shots taken while walking over the bridge in Lymington. On the way back from an adventure to find a monument hidden in the trees. The sun had pretty much set, but it still looked beautiful.

Trousers – Primark | Sneakers – Converse* | Shirt – Morris &Co H&M | Bag – Yumi | Coat – Topshop | Earrings – Parfois

The Vintage Edit

Slow fashion items currently in my wardrobe.

I love style and shopping but and have found over the years that vintage and slow fashion pieces are my most cherished fashion possessions. Here are 16 pieces of fashion that I’ve been given or that have been bought from vintage stores or from charity shops. Slow fashion is on the rise and we should all rise with it.

A blue vintage dress bought for £6 that I wore a lot over summer, and a black mini dress made by my mum and myself. We really used the most simple pattern to create this dress.

Another vintage dress bought at the same time as the one above, again for £6 and wore so much over summer and is so comfortable. Some awesome Liz Claiborne trousers that i’m yet to wear but bought from a Red Cross store.

A vintage mens Ralph Lauren shirt snapped from a vintage store in Southampton. A beautiful dark blue daisy print dress bought from a charity stop for £1.99.

The best vintage find in all my shopping career. This tan Italian leather jacket was £5 from a charity shop. it was £5 because it’s a little worn around the edges and is missing a button. I think it adds character and I love the shape of it. It’s all over the blog, I just wear it that much.

 This clown collar sheer blouse was picked up in Edinburgh and I am in LOVE with in. Such a funky piece.

A mens shirt picked up from a vintage kilo sale and a koi jacket my mum found in a charity shop. I’ve not worn the jacket, because I was given it at 14 which was nearly 11 years ago.

A Rowan yarn cardigan that flits between the women in my family. It’s a family piece and will stay in the family forever.

An amazing jewelled purple drape jacket. Picked from a Vintage store in an old Saxon town. Possibly my most complimented piece.

This jacket is my number one. It’s reversible and I just love the bright green and the deep blue with the little houses on it.

Two cardigans that my Nanny gave me. Her dear friend knitted them for her but she didn’t wear them as much as the others so I was given them. The cream is a much more slimline knit which the green is oversized and baggy.

These shoes are an Oxfam online purchase. They are H! Henry Holland and so amazing. They were the shoes I wore in my latest Halloween post on Instagram. They had never been worn and I love them so much. I love anything Henry Holland and couldn’t resist buying these bad boys.

This gorgeous little beret is a perfect. A deep red, not a standard simple beret. A true statement piece. Originally from a Finish brand called Redrikson.

 

I think a collection like this just goes to show you that you can really find amazing vintage pieces of you know where to look. You don’t have to shop in Vintage stores, as they are often a higher price point then charity shops. And shopping vintage or second hand means you aren’t contributing to the over production of garments. You are creating more impact by shopping slow fashion then trying to keep up to trends with fast fashion.

Black Accessories by the Lake

The globality of the beret isn’t lost on me but I still feel that it is the most Parisian thing someone can wear. Such a chic iconic hat has to be a foundation of Parisian style. I have become quite the collector of said hat. This cute black number in a DKNY piece which I was planning to save for when we are in Germany. The colder climate and Europian architecture would look so striking in photos of my looks for TCHG. But I couldn’t resist.

Black accessories are the easiest way to create an effortlessly chic look. My dear friend Stella looks so chic in black and has such style that I’m constantly looking to her for inspiration. She dresses in a much more polished way then I do but I can still get a lot of styling Ideas.

On another note, I can’t believe I am loving red so much. What has happened to me? First I bought this delightful red cross body by Yumi then a cropped polo shirt from Tommy Hilfiger in bright red.

Coat – Topshop | beret – DKNY | Jeans – Primark | Boots – New Look | Sunglasses – Romwe | Bag – Yumi – Jumper – Zara | Scarf – Gift

 

Shot by – Hayden

Location – Moors Valley

Check Trousers and Cropped Jumper

 

Took a trip a day trip to London to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A with some university friends. While we waited for a seat at Honest Burger Tess took some shots for me. I think London backdrops are so much more interesting. The orange moped was gorgeous.

Styling checked trousers has become my mission of late. I saw these button fastened ones in Primark of all places and i think they are perfect. I don’t think they are meant to be quite that cropped but I love the styling with the snake look black boots and cropped baggy grey jumper. The colour palette is so muted that colour was 100% needed. My trusty Topshop over coat was the perfect juxtaposition. Also kept me dry in the drizzly weather. Pearl hoops to add a little sophistication and glamour to the look and a vintage faux fur Calvin Klein to top it all off. Sometime super simple styling is sometimes the best.

trousers – Primark | jumper – Zara | boots – New Look | coat – Topshop | bag – Calvin Klein | hoops – Romwe

 

Skate and Ski

Hello, Hayden here, Amelia’s boyfriend and photographer for TCHG, standing in for Amelia who has writer’s block.Amelia and I spent the afternoon in the sleepy town of Wimborne, we frequently find ourselves here as it is such a cute town all year.

The building which is in this photo is appropriately called The Gin House, which is great being a gin bar. We keep meaning to go here for a couple of drinks one evening but haven’t got round to it yet.

After walking around for a short period of time, we decided to take some photos of the outfit Amelia was wearing. My favourite item out of this outfit is a close call, first place going to the hat with the runner-up having to be the shoes!

Hi, Amelia here. The best part about partnering with Hayden when creating for TCHG is his patients. If I don’t like something he’s more then happy to go back and have another go or tell me how to pose. It really is a group effort. Thank you so much for helping me write this one Hayden.

Sneakers – Vans | Hat – Jimmy’s Iced Coffee Merch | Jeans – Primark | Jumper – Next | Bag – Calvin Klein

The Crock Boots and Fishnets

Dress shirts are the chicest thing you can possibly wear other than a suit. I am forever looking for suits and dress shirts to wear. Effortless style is what I’m all about. Nothing too fussy, just a statement.
A silky dress shirt, fishnet tights and mock croc Chelsea boots make the perfect evening out for me. A dress so short it would make anyone blush, styled with fishnet tights to really hammer home the length of the dress and small statement boots to weigh the look. Wearing a strappy pair of heels would have made the look to ‘ladylike’ for my liking. Styling with contrasts is what makes an outfit stand out for me. Accessorised with an oversized denim jacket, for that effortless ‘didn’t try to hard’ look and a faux fur bag which adds texture.

Dress- H&M (William Morris collection) | Boots – New Look | Tights – here, here | Bag – Calvin Klein ( old) Denim Jacket – Next

 

Photos – Liz

Location – Brewhouse & Kitchen Bournemouth

 

p.s. The food baby after testing the new B&K Bournemouth menu as real.

p.p.s I love the photos when I make silly faces, or smile to much they make me laugh so much.

Pumpkins and Belt Bags

Pumpkin Picking


The perfect way to get into the festive Autumn spirit, being in the cold hair hunting out the perfect pumpkin for your stoop. Hayden and I went to our local Pick Your Own to get pumpkin picking. I can’t wait to carve them and turn them in to lanterns for Halloween.

Finally found a belt bag I love. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my Stories about finding the perfect belt bag, bum bag. This River Island number comes in black too for £24 which is a bargain. The charms on the belt make the whole look more polished (But I still dropped lunch ALL down myself). I paid with a Christmas gift card and had a student 20% off. I’m teaming this belf bag up with everything right now. Blazers, more dresses, jeans, I’m in bag heaven. This time teamed with a crisp white dress shirt, thermal tights.

Why have I never worn thermal tights before? They are so comfy and soft and of course warm. The last time I wore anything thermal was on a ski holiday years and years ago. They will be perfect for our winter adventures Hayden and I have planned. Space boots, the perfect heel for stepping over pumpkins looking for the perfect ones to take home.

Revolución De Cuba

In the heart of Southampton you can new step over into Cuba. Revolución de Cuba has come to Southampton. I attended the opening ( even though they’d been open for a week previously) to have a look around and sample some cocktails and food. Didn’t end up actually having any food because I couldn’t see any. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough.But there were tapas style eats. The decor was what you’d expect bright colours, palm patterned wallpaper. A huge canvas of Che Gavara hanging in the stairwell. Amazing tiles and soft furnishings. The Shots I’m going to take when i go again with my loves are going to be heaven.

Cocktails ….. My fave drink of all time is a Piña Colada, I tried two at RdC and loved them all. I ordered one which they didn’t have the main ingredient for which was a bummer but everything else was amazing.

The blue from the butterfly stained my drink so i left it. I’m sure it was edible but didn’t want to eat blue ink. Was delicious even so.

Dear RdC family please may you deliver this daiquiri fountain to my house and make me the happiest girl, please.

I ordered a few different drinks, but all are amazing. I also spoke to a food blogger . Keith  and his friend.

 

 

 

Morris & Co X H&M

A quintessentially British designer global recognised, William Morris prints are all over the world from textiles to wallpaper, and now a H&M collection. The Victorian/arts and crafts style is perfect for this time of year. Morris & Co X H&M teams the most recognisable William Morris prints into a collection for the A/W and beyond. Click the link to be taken to the site, H&M. I knew I wanted a piece from this collection. Each piece has a luxury look at H&M prices. The first piece I picked was this dress shirt, it’s flowing hem and delicate cuffs made it the perfect choice.

The styling of the shoot of this collection is giving me major inspiration for styling for Autumn. Soft feminine skirts with thick sailor jumpers, turtlenecks under dresses. Heavenly.

JACKET – VINTAGE | BOOTS – JUSTFAB | JEANS – PRIMARK | TOTE BAG – LULU GUINNESS | SUNGLASSES – BOOHOO | SHIRT/DRESS – MORRIS &CO X H&M | EARRINGS – TOMMY HILFIGER

 

not spon – just love the collection