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.

Haunting Sounds

A collection of haunting sounds compiled of my favourite psychedelic songs, melancholy melodies and awesome Halloween tunes. This selection have been on my play list all witching season. You might find a few that are new to you or some old favourites in the list. Happy Halloween.

Nina Simone – I put a spell on you

Lo Fang – Boris

Vanilla Fudge – Season of the witch

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit

London Grammar – Non Believer

LP – Lost on You

Moving Sidewalks – Crimson Witch

AG & Brad Gordon – Terrible Thing

The Cranberries – Zombie

Tamino – Persephone

alt -J Deadcrush

Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen

Cigarettes After Sex – Keep On Loving You

Lana Del Rey – Summertime Sadness

Pixies – Where is My Mind

Metallica – Enter Sandman

Black Magic Woman – VCTRY

LP – Muddy Waters

Stevie Nicks – Rhiannon

Black Sabbath – War Pigs

Valerie Broussard – A Little Wicked

Warren Zevon – Werewolves in London

Blue Foundation – Eyes on Fire

Anthony and the Johnson’s – Hope There’s Someone to Take Care of Me

A Giant Dog – I Come Crashing

London Grammar – Wicked Games

Black Sabbath – Paranoid

Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

Cigarettes After Sex – Nothings Going To Hurt You Baby

Florence and the Machine – Howl

I’m always on the look out for new songs, so if you have any that you think will fit in with this theme please comment at the top of this post

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

Dinner with Brewhouse & Kitchen – Autumn Menu

I sometimes find it hard to be a personal style creator/blogger/writer/stylist, alot of my time is spent by myself and around people who don’t really understand why I’m on my phone all the time or want an outfit shot taken. However sometimes you get together with like minded people, and it’s the more rewarding thing ever, more importantly with bloggers and creators. I’ve been part of the Bournemouth blogger network for year and years and have met so many cool people that I love. Yes, I read their blogs on the regular too. Bournemouth bloggers were invited to try the new Brewhouse and Kitchen menu. Our location was, you guessed it, the Bournemouth location.

We were taken to our table upstairs , which had beautiful views of the Bournemouth at sunset. The vibe of B&K  is super relaxed and quirky. With bottle lighting and cinema light boxed advertising what beer they have to offer. I think the aesthetics of a place really decided for you if you’ll be returning. I definitely will. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco, which for me quickly changed to root beer. Tara from Face the Fun ordered an actual beer which she loved. I believe Bewhouse and Kitchen craft their own beer.

I’m someone who loves a starter but can never stomach a started and a main. But can’t bare missing out a main meal. B&K have really shown me that I can have starters and not feel left out.

From the starters I tried, and believe me there were alot, the bruschetta -with heritage tomato and basil pesto was fantastic. The mini goat’s cheese and roasted shall coulis were delicious served with crostini. Two starters that you would more classical see on a menu were really delicious. The black pudding scotch eggs were so flavourful that I really didn’t taste the ‘black pudding’ element which is a relief. Of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t mention ribs. The sticky half stack of ribs – English style ale were of course the favourite. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?

After indulging just a little too much, it was time for the mains. A plethora of different cuisines came to our table. To sample everything would have been a mammoth task. My selections were based off of what I wanted to sample and trying new things. To me a burger is pretty much a burger unless you go artisan and pay the price. For a change I tried the veggie burger with a vegan bun. Which really blew me away, the bun was a little dry but it was still so tasty. I’m sure I’d get it again next time and shock everyone with my choices.

The B&K Classic burger

The Lamb, Pea & Mint Pie. Super tasty but I’m sure I’m allergic to pea so didn’t really have that much.

The best Caeser Salad I think I’ve ever had.

Tried the Chargrilled broccoli and  Quinoa salad and don’t rate it at all. It is one of the two main dishes that are vegan and gluten free so it has it’s merits. I would have preferred it as a warmed salad.

The mother load! A full stack of ribs with mini cobs and homemade slaw. Again can’t go wrong with ribs at all, they have been made to total perfection. But skip the slaw, you don’t need it.

The veggie burger with vegan bun. It’s a stacked burger, six veggies in this bad boy. It still felt like I was eating a hearty meat burger but way healthier. Would have moved to have had the whole thing to myself and added the slaw into the burger for extra veggies and to take the edge of the dry bun.

An honourable mention comes to another veggie dish that I loved, the wild mushroom and thyme risotto that came on a butternut squash. A dish with some many of my favourite things in it. Mushroom, risotto rice, butternut squash. The squash was a little al dente. I don’t you can’t say that about food that isn’t rice of pasta but it was a little to the tooth for me. I’m used to it being mush softer. But still such a good dish, no picture because Tara had already gone to town cutting it into nine for us to all sample some.

Lemon and Garlic Roast chicken.

Our pudding taster was a chocolate and orange tart with vegan vanilla ice-cream. So delicious I personally find alot of chocolate vegan puddings very corse is texture but this was a smooth delight and the vegan Ice cream could rival any dairy one.

Thoroughly stuffed we wandered into the garden to admire the beach huts and have a group photo and of course outfit shots for me.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening with the best food, company and staff. I can’t wait to come back and try the christmas menu and maybe sample some beer next time.

Thank you to Brewhouse & Kitchen for having me.

Of course thank you to Emma and the Bournemouth bloggers for making the evening so much fun and organising everything.

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

Winter Leopard Coat and Men’s Shirt

You can tell it’s Autumn now, the mornings are bitterly cold. When I get up for uni my breath mists in the air in front of me, waiting for the train is torture. But it does mean I can bring out my more autumnal/winter pieces.


These amaze booties were from Primark years ago in the sale, and have lasted and lasted. The leopard coat is even older. I’ve probably had it over 10 years. OMG!

For someone who loves shopping as much as I do, you might not know that I’m reluctant to shop at the change of the season. I could buy something that won’t transition to next year or all us fashionistas will end up looking the same. There really is a fine balance.

Like my new tote bag? A massive Lulu Guinness bag for uni. Lulu Guinness is up there with my fave brands of all time. I’m a proper LG junkie. A friend of mine got to model for LG and I was so jealous and proud.

How are you preparing for Autumn and Winter? Anyone want to get a pumpkin/gingerbread latte with me?

Coat – Pussycat | Jeans – Primark | Shirt – Ralph Lauren (mens) | Boots – Primark  | Bag – Lulu Guinness | Sunglasses – Boohoo (old)