Winter Silk Trend

For AW-18/19 Vogue said silk dresses are in. Or if you want something more wearable a silk scarf around your neck or in your hair is a perfect nod to the trend. Or really dive deep into the trend and find yourself a silk dress, much like the slip dress trend but for this season it’s about pattern and vibrancy for Autumn.

Silk top – DIY | Shirt – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Hoops – Claire’s

Thank god I rarely throw anything away. As I have kept most of the silk scarves that I’ve picked up here and there. From vintage kilo sales to thrift shopping you can really find amazing vintage silk if you know where to look.

Scarf – vintage ( amazon  | sunglasses – Romwe | Vest – Gap

A silk scarf dress that I bought for my senior prom (6 years ago) and just kept because it’s so unique. Of course, it’s a summer piece so pair with a turtleneck and tights or a jacket and jeans. You could just go bare legged and a huge jumper, it’s really up to you. Miss matched layering is another trend for AW-18/19 so go wild. If you are a DIY wiz get creative and cut a silk scarf diagonally in half and sew the cut triangle ends together to create a silk scarf top and a little ribbon if you chose otherwise tie together.

Dress – Apricot ( old) | Boots – old | Jumper – & other stories

What Not to Pack For an Adventure Holiday.

Anyone find packing for a holiday the worst? I know I do, how will I know what I want to wear 3 days from now. I’m not an outfit planner. It could be colder holiday them planned and I’d hate to be in the same jumper for 6 days. Or not bring the right bikini, or the one I took with me isn’t dry to wear again.

Dress – H&M | Earrings – H&M (old) so many similar ones in store and online

Jumper – H&M | Coat – Cotton Traders (mens) | Jeans – Primark

I fully realised my packing faults while packing for my friend holiday to Centre Parcs. I packed 1 pair of shoes, 1 t-shirt,1 long sleeve, 3 pairs of trousers and two dresses. Throw in a few jumpers and that was it. For a wilderness holiday (we stayed in an executive lodge, there was no dirt, we had a dishwasher for god’s sake) I should have been packing tracksuit bottoms, thick jumpers and running trainers. A swimsuit would have been better too. I wore a new bikini that, thank god held it’s own in the water rapids and wave pool.

T-Shirt – here | Trousers – New Look | Trainers – Converse* | Bag – Yumi | Jumper – Zara

However, I do think I managed to save myself and pull together some outfits that are a little more interesting for a wilderness holiday amongst redwoods. Bright trousers mixed with bright jumpers. short dresses and big jumpers.

This is about as extensive as the fashion posts will get from my holiday to centre Parcs. It was incredibly cold, in our Lodge and around the Park. Of course it’s a holiday in England so it rained, not much but it did.

Mini Dress and Wool Coat

I’m always on the lookout for dresses that show off my legs. I’m hella tall 5ft10, an actual giant against most of the women in my family. That won’t stop me wearing short dresses to lengthen my legs further and to show them off. This H&M number (which is under £20 *high five*) is a transitional piece. Can be worn at the end of Summer all the way into Winter. The cuffed sleeves get the piece so much interest, the tied collar and ruffle allow for a little cleavage around the boobs. The loose fit makes the dress a more feminine style. It also has pockets ( angels singing in the background) Can’t believe how much I’m loving in H&M right now. The new seasonal pieces have really knocked me out of the park.
Teamed with a huge Topshop wool coat to get the balance between masculine and feminine that I try and create with every outfit.

Dress – H&M | Coat – Topshop | Trainers – Converse* | Bag – Yumi

 

Location – Frome

by Hayden

Oversized White Shirt

A little trip over to Italy shot in a warm courtyard. Just kidding, still, in England, my Italian plans for this year won’t be coming true. Maybe next year.

Showing off my Zara shirt, you’d have seen it on my Instagram first. I really can’t get enough of it. A crisp white shirt is so timeless, classic. The length gives it more interest. I love styling it over trousers, Green tartan cigarette trousers or mom jeans.
Make-up has changed again. On on eyeliner days, I’ve opted for a metallic gold and mascara, mascara, mascara. Always lipstick. My mum is the biggest lipstick person. She always puts lippy on before getting out the car. I never remember a time I’d get dropped at school and she’d not be wearing something on her lips. I’m the same. This particular shade is actually two. A Benefit pale nude and a Seventeen ( back to the fuchsia) Wedged Trainers, for height, I’m kidding, I like how they look with the trousers and the white ties with white of the shirt.

I wore
shirt – Zara | trousers – New Look | Trainers – DKNY | Bag – Furla | earrings – New Look

Dressing for the Weather

An outfit so good I wore it twice. My new favourite jumper to wear from H&M. I was planning to save it for Autumn and Winter but when the weather is this temperamental how could I not wear it now? Hello, it’s off the shoulder too. I’ve never worn anything off the shoulder or cold shoulder, but I’m a true convert. I am living for the colour. Why am I so into red at the moment ( someone tell me) so this jumper is really everything. Hayden loves how soft it is. So it’s a win, win. Of course, mom jeans and you know I love heels. These Next block heels from the Christmas sale are so gorgeous, but I really couldn’t walk around the city and go exploring without many, many coffee and drink breaks.

I wore
jumper – H&M | Jeans – Primark | Heels – Next | Bag – Furla | Socks – H&M

Photos were taken at Salisbury Cathedral and Hardy’s Original Sweet Shop
By Hayden

Lace Turtle Neck at Tea

I love wearing lace, it’s such a decadent fabric. It elevates any casual outfit into something a little more special. This look is very pared down but with lace, it’s a much more premium look. A t-shirt would have been too casual and an evening look too much for the day. Of course very muted accessories. These New Look hoops are getting much more wear then I thought they would. The rainbow jewels add needed colour to this monochromatic look.

The summer has really made Hayden and I explore much more in England. It seems we save the colder months and Winter for travelling. But summer is for staying at home, well for 2018 anyway.
Driving through the New Forest in the evening, we stopped in Beaulieu to grab and drink and see the donkeys. I’ve been to Beaulieu many times to look around the house and go to the motor museum. We stopped into a little tea room surrounded by New Forest donkeys and a few wasps (know anything about me, know I hate wasps) Sitting at quaint little tables with matching tea sets and tablecloths we sipped our drinks. I instantly regretted not getting something cold. So we wandered over to the Montagu Arms Hotel for an iced something and sat in the window thinking about what we should do for dinner and chatting about the day.

I wore

Lace turtle neck – old ( here, here) | jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse* | hoops – New Look

Pale Blue & Bright Red

I’ve explored so many castles and ruins in Dorset but never Durlston Castle in Swanage. Hayden and I went to have a walk with family and take in the castle. We set off from Swanage town, walking all the way up and over the cliffs to the Castle. Taking in the view of the Needles and Swanage Bay as we went. Do go see Durlston Castle because it is a beautiful place the views are amazing and get up to the top floor via the spiral staircase inside, the views up there are panoramic.

These photos are of a thoroughly windswept me trying to show

i off my outfit and not fall to pieces over hunger, messy hair and having walked up a steep hill.

I wore

jeans – Primark | Tank – Topshop | Bag – Yumi | Charm – Stella McCartney | Trainers – Converse* | Sunglasses – Romwe

*gifted.

Coca Cola and Lace

I’ve lived in England almost all my life and have yet to visit so many places that are on my doorstep. Lepe Country Park is on that list. A family picnic for my dad’s birthday took myself and Hayden there. The weather started out poorly, driving through the New Forest in the lashing rain was like driving in a horror movie. But the sun came out as we reached our destination. The wind, however, didn’t leave us for the whole trip.

Wanting to wear something a little more special then usual windy beach walk wear. In my Edwardian style lace top under a Coca Cola jumper the lace popping out of the collar looks so much more feminine, which I prefer. White trainers to match my lace and rainbow hoop earrings to finish.

Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse* | jumper – Vintage store | Earrings – New Look

| Lace top – TK-Maxx

Tartan Trousers 2.0

Days off together are rare, we only get evenings or a few hours in the morning. When we do have a day off together we make the most of it. We did the quickest tour of Portsmouth you will ever see. H and I went to try out a new burger place, which turned out not to be worth the hype but we did go to Gunwharf Quays and do a little shopping. Well I did the shopping. A little purchase in Levis  for a logo T shirt that I’ve wanted for so long and a little Furla wallet which is my new evening bag. We stood looking at all the yachts thanking each other for buying the biggest one we could see.

Remember the last post? The tartan trousers that I lorded above all other forms of trousers? Well I’ve just seen that New Look do them in red and black and white. I need to shake the hand of who ever decided to bring them to New Look because I still love them and will new go buy them in the two other colours.

I wore

trousers – New Look | T shirt – Topshop | Denim jacket – Next | shoes – Coverse* | bag – Yumi

Tartan Trousers

Do you ever buy pieces and hope they stay in your life for ages and feel slightly sad as soon as you get them because you know other trousers just won’t cut it anymore?  Jeans are ruined for me now. These New Look tartan trousers are the one. They are super comfy, look like smart trousers, are elasticised at the back, feel like pyjamas, still not decided if they actually are or not. Worn with a Cola jumper to keep the comfort level high. Heels to make an effort and red accessories.

I wore
jumper – Vintage | Trousers – New Look | Heels – Primark | Bag – Yumi | Sunglasses – Romwe

 

Photographer – Caitlin

Location – Dorset Pub Garden