Topshop Stripes at Kö-Bogen | Düsseldorf

Topshop does some of the best-cropped T-shirts on the high street. This stripey get up will be moving into my summer wardrobe ASAP. Worn Over a turtleneck because German winters are no joke. Thermal socks worn under my jeans pulled to my knees helped keep me warm all holiday.

Cropped T-shirt – Topshop | Turtle neck – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Vans| Bag – Yumi

Location – Kö-Bogen

Pink | Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Theatre Museum at sunset.

Pink sunsets in the pink city. Düsseldorf is a wonder of colourful delights, from the rainbow buildings, delicious food and friendly people we felt right at home.

 

packing only hand luggage is sometimes a nightmare when assembling outfits for a week. A lot of re-wearing happened during this Düsseldorf adventure. Trying to be creative in what I wear every day. To create something different proved a real challenge. Pairing these pink glittery SK8-HI Vans with the pink Theatre Museum was a highlight. As I love aesthetics and matching is my favourite thing. Ask Hayden.

Coat – Topshop | Jumper – Zara | Turtleneck – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Bag – Yumi | Trainers – Vans( sold out)

Equestrian | Düsseldorf

 

The first instalment of the Düsseldorf diaries is here. Hayden and I had the most amazing time exploring the city in the lead up to Christmas.

Equestrian styling or more Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice? Either way, I love trousers with tights and/or boots. It’s a hilarious combo but overdressing is part of the fun with personal style. Patterned paper bag waist trousers that I wish I’d bought in more patterns. They are so comfortable. Snake style boots for all the walking. We walked so far exploring the city it was amazing. The alt beir, the food and the coffee were just some of the highlights.  The pièce de résistance for this trip was this coat. This little ( it’s massive) coat that’s kept we warm and dry is the best money I’ve ever spent. A Topshop girl through and through, you all need a Topshop wool coat.

Coat – Topshop | Trousers – Primark | Jumper – Zara | Tights – thermal | Boots – New Look | Bag – Yumi | Turtleneck – H&M

Little snowman mug was filled with deliciously warm glühwein from the Altstadt Christmas market. We took him home, of course.

Blue and Pink

Hey style lovers, quick question. When you get stressed does your style and effort in creating daily looks go right out the window? Mine does. I’m a style blogger that takes a photo of what I’m wearing that day. No pre-planning and shooting multiple looks a day. Maybe I should start doing that. Anyway, I’ve been swamped with university work and trying to finish early because Hayden and I are away on my hand in day. I’ve piled my plate rather high these past few weeks, and have been wearing the exact same thing day in day out apart from when I have work then it’s coffee-stained jeans and my uniform.

The last time I felt like I made an effort was when my Nanny came down. The outside of the Upside Down house was the perfect place to inject some colour and motivation back into my daily looks.

I wore

Coat – Topshop | Dress – Topshop | Boots – New Look | Bag – Yumi | ZARA purchase went back so nothing exciting in there.

Upside Down

Floating, being interviewed for German TV, betting coffee with my 86 year old Nanny and having laughing pains all day. Just some of the things that happened to me. The Upside Down House is in Bournemouth Triangle and really worth a visit. It sparks your creativity in getting the right shots. Ones where it really does look like you are floating.

The most comfortable dress from Topshop was in the sale a while ago but Zara does similar style right now. The stretch on the neckline and waist make it so relaxed while giving you some sort of shape. Adding thermal tights, because it’s freezing living near the sea and the best ankle boots from New Look. I think everyone has these boots now, but they are such a good bootie that everyone should have them.

Dress – Topshop | Tights – TK-Maxx | Boots – New Look

Early November

 

November evenings are so calming, seeing the bleak cold day, turn golden just before dark is truly magical. Golden Hour really is my favourite time of day. Recently GH has produced some really lovely moments. From reeds that are so beautiful, they look like they should be having in the Louve swaying in the breeze. To surfers catching the last of the waves before dark at Bournemouth Pier. Or the end of the day hitting the rooftops of buildings.

locations – Bournemouth pier | Bournemouth Pavilion | Westover Road | Lymington

Christmas in Bournemouth wearing Seina

Spending a beautiful day with H after a stressful week. University is getting on top of me so I’m really appreciating the days where I just spend time doing nothing. Doing nothing, wearing cosy Christmas outfits. I’ve been looking for a grey pearled jumper for about a year. I saw a cute one in the Zara in Edinburgh but for some silly reason just didn’t get it. I saw this jumper on an Instagram sponsored story and just impulsively bought it. While looked amazing and oversized on the model. It looks like a cropped jumper on me, which I’m kind ok with. From Seina. Paired with button fronted trousers that are comfy and soft with a paper bag waist. Teamed with my fave block heeled court shoes and a Joanna Hall bag mum gave me because she’s having a bag purge.

 

Shoes – Next | Trousers – Primark | Jumper – Seina | Bag – Joanna Hall

Shot by – Hayden

location – Bournemouth Gardens

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.