Double Tartan

In these transitional days, it’s key to layer, one minute it’s windy and cold then like a summers day. The wool Topshop coat from last winter is back out and I know that lots of you are in love with this coat like I am. It’s such a timeless shape with amazing blue and peach patterning. Paired with my favourite tartan trousers. What’s life without more tartan?

With more neutral pairings of a grey Cola jumper from a vintage store that Hayden and I both love and white leather Converse. Of course, my Yumi red bag to tie in with the cola logo.

Really lacking in jewellery inspiration at the moment. Jewellery is so such a summer thing to me that wearing anything in Winter seams off.

Coat – Topshop Amazing alternatives ( here here )| Trousers – New Look | Shoes – Converse *| Jumper – Vintage | Shirt – Topshop | Bag – Yumi | Bag charm – Stella McCartney

Taken While waiting for dinner

Shot by – Hayden

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.

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

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

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

Burrito Babe

Before burritos

After burritos

The simplest of looks are sometimes the best. Starting a mini collection of looks that are smaller posts. Focusing more on two photos of the look and the details less nattering and gibbering on, I’ll save that for larger posts.

I wore

Jeans – Primark | Trainers – Converse* | Crop – New Look | Jacket – Vintage | Bag – Vintage Calvin Klein

Mom Jeans and Nasty Gal

I dress for myself and if you aren’t you are missing out. Savour the bridesmaid’s dress /uniform etc that has to be worn. After that, there is really no excuse. Being comfortable in what you are wearing will make you more confident. I love dressing in what I like, over what I should wear.
‘I don’t think you should wear that’ translates to me ‘you should wear that right now, go change’.
I love tucking t-shirts into jeans, my body shape traditionally would have meant that I should try and conceal my bod at all times. F’ that!! I love this Nasty Gal shirt and wanted to show off my jeans, so tucked in it is. I feel confident and am living for it. ( anyone else watching RuPaul season 9?)

I wore

T-shirt – Nasty Gal | Jeans – Primark | Jacket –LOTD | Shoes – New Look | bag – Fiorelli 

High-low Day to Night

Frolicking in a field v.s. freezing in the snow. I wanted to shoot this top for so long. I took it to Paris but never wore it. So in a free moment with Hayden we went and shot in a field somewhere. Then it snowed and I couldn’t pass up the chance to wear it in the snow.

How to wear an evening look during the day.

The easiest way to wear an evening look during the day is trainers. Simple mono chrome, tonal trainers/sneakers. Mine are Converse* from Footway, They have faired so well and look amazing still and are the easiest shoes to clean. And nude lips as soon as you whack a lip on it’s a completely different look.

Just by adding come key elements you can change the look completely. Add a luxurious coat. Thins heavily one is a vintage inspired one from M&S and is so versatile. It’s not a classic trench but more a 70’s hair band style coat.

Accessories to add to make this look an evening looks is a small handbag. This Folli Follie one is perfect, fits just the essentials and adds that pop of colour. Purple is a big colour this season. Jewellery is always a safer bet in the evening. Go for gold for a classic look or silver to be more modern.

I wore

Jeans – Primark

Top – Stella Morgan comes in white, black and red.

Coat – M&S alternative

boots – New Look

Converse* – Footway

Bag – Folli Follie

Earrings – Similar

Sunglasses – Primark

Outfit Of The Day in the Fog

I unconsciously dressed to match the weather, the fog has been around all day. So this ootd post looks very moody, and my hair looks extra bright. Golden hair, golden shoes.

I love wearing blue, can you tell? It’s one of my favourite colours and I can’t get enough. My cardigan is a new edition too, it’s a family cardigan. (that sounds odd) My grandma, aunty and mum have all worn it and now it’s mine to wear. I love it to pieces. It looks like late 80’s /early 90’s knit with its  heart panels.

I wore

Shoes – Next || Jeans – New Look || Belt – M&S || Jacket – Baum und Pferdgarten || Cardigan – Wear Rowan Denim || Necklace – Glenda Lopez  || Sunglasses – Steve Madden

Thanks for reading.

Amelia XO.