Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Tartan Tailoring




 ASOS tartan suit & t-shirt
WHISTLES boots

You know there's nothing I like more than masculine tailoring, and when I spotted this suit on my gorgeous friend Sophie a few weeks back I knew I needed it in my wardrobe. Tartan is a trend that reoccurs every Autumn / Winter so this matching two piece will be a staple that takes me through several seasons. 

While usually I'd pair this outfit with a sleek pair of stilettos, the chilly weather got the better of me today so I opted for a pair of heeled ankle boots instead. The shiny bag is a new favourite from Paul's Boutique. It's the perfect size for everyday and has a very luxe feel with the chic, black patent combined with  sophisticated suede. 

I can't help but feel like I'm channeling my inner Proudlock in this tartan tailoring. A bit of an unexpected style icon but a good one none the less.





Friday, 21 November 2014

Classic Camel Coat





NEW LOOK scarf
NEXT mules


The perfect camel coat is something I've lusted over for years. It is the epitome of sophistication and makes even the most laid back outfit of skinny jeans and a T-shirt look fabulous. Most high street stores have been offering variations on the classic style this season but surprisingly it was the simplicity of the Missguided one that caught my eye. No belt, no fastenings, no fuss - just pure perfection. The length of the coat is really flattering and the material feels thick and heavy, therefore making it look (and feel) a lot more expensive than it really is.

The outfit underneath the coat is actually what I wore to a job interview last week, but more on that another day. I think the burgundy cigarette trousers are a chic and seasonal alternative to the usual black and I thought they looked great partnered with the deep red tartan scarf and my amazing matching nails that I had done at WAH London for my Birthday. There's something very Victoria Beckham about a big, long coat over simple tailoring, all I'd need is a sleek ponytail and a huge pair of sunglasses and I'd be one step closer to nailing the VB look.  

What's your must have item this winter?

X





Saturday, 15 November 2014

Paul's Boutique Christmas Collection Launch 2014






We all remember Paul's Boutique from our teens, right? Loud clashing prints, "I <3 PB" symbols, those jackets worn by all the cool girls in year 10. Well it's time to forget the old Paul's Boutique and welcome the sophisticated, affordable, luxury brand that it has become. 

I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the new Christmas collection at Westfield in London last week. The champagne was flowing and it was a great opportunity to have a sneak peek at the new range as well as catching up with the lovely ladies at Paul's Boutique and even meeting Paul himself! 

The collection features gorgeous shades of cobalt blue, rich cream and dark grey with pops of animal print on luxe fabrics such as suede, patent and faux leather. The range varies from cute little clutches to office appropriate shoulder bags, and everything in between. 

So what do you think of the new, grown up Paul's Boutique? I can't wait to share with you the little treat I took home from the party! 

Sarah...x

Friday, 7 November 2014

Magpie


NEW LOOK skinny trousers
NEXT mules
PRIMARK fedora

Is this sheer, over-sized, sparkly forest green T-shirt not the most amazing thing you've ever seen? It's super slouchy and made of a really thin knit so it's comfy to wear during the day, but the sheerness and sparkle give it a little extra somethin' somethin', so it can totally work for evening too. 

I think the general rule for over-sized clothing is to pair it with a clean silhouette so today I went for some skin tight black trousers and a sleek pair of heels. I finished off the look with my camel fedora which FYI was an absolute steal from Primark. I think this T-shirt would also look amazing half tucked in to a leather mini skirt and pair of high heels for a night out, or equally over a pair of flared jeans and ankle boots for a more casual vibe.

The Christmas party season is looming which means all the shops are filling up with beautiful glittery and metallic clothes. I'm a bit of a magpie at this time of year and will most definitely be picking up some more party appropriate bits over the next few weeks.

Are you down with the over-sized trend? How would you wear this T-shirt? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Sarah...x


 

Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween '14 | Half Skull

Happy Halloween! 

I love to dress up for the occasion and this year I decided to be oh-so-unoriginal and go for a half skeleton / half normal person look. I've never really understood why this idea is so popular but I saw an amazing tutorial over on Nouvelle Daily so decided to give it a whirl. Obviously the make up artist made it look terribly easy and whilst I'd give myself an A for effort, I'd probably only get a low C for overall presentation. Not my finest hour but after a couple of cocktails I imagine it will smudge all over my face anyway. 

This make up look is calling out for a Saint Laurent-esque tux and a pair of sky high heels to accompany it. Lady Gaga meets Zombie Boy style.   

So tell me, what are you all dressing up as this Halloween?   

Sarah...x 

PS. If you fancy taking a trip down memory lane then why not check out my Halloween post from last year.



 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Keepin' Cosy

ASOS flares
TOPSHOP mini bag
ADORNING AVA sunglasses*

You know how everyone has been tucking their hair into their jumpers lately and calling it a new season trend? Well, I think it's genius. If it means I can leave the house without even attempting to style my hair then you know I am 100% on board. 

I've started investing in new knitwear that will see me through the next few months as it starts to get chilly. I got this gorgeous New Look turtle-neck in a few sizes too big for a bit of extra cosiness. It looks great over a chic pair of flared jeans or skinny leather trousers on a cold day, but it also works well with a flippy skirt and over the knee boots if you're feeling a little flirty. 

As we're nearing the end of October that means it's that time of year again where I start to get really excited for my Birthday. I'm planning a girly day in London with my best gal pal - getting our nails done, going shopping, drinking cocktails - you know the drill. If any Londoners out there have any recommendations then please do let me know!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. 

Sarah...x

 
           

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Blogs I Love

There's nothing I like more than finding inspiring blogs to read. Whether it's fashion, food, beauty, lifestyle or travel. You name it, I (probably) love to read it. Inspired by a recent post on Zoe London; I have decided to share with you some of my favourite blogs to read when I'm in need of some serious style inspiration, looking for an honest product review, or just fancy a general nosy into someone else's life. 

Fashion



The Little Magpie 
Media Marmalade
Fashion Slave
Fancy Pants
Framboise Fashion 
A Fashion Fix 

I read a lot of fashion blogs, and I mean a lot. I am always on the look out for style inspiration, things to add to my endless wishlist, and ways to wear new key trends. That's where these gorgeous ladies come in! If you're looking for beautiful photography and inspiring outfit posts, then look no further.

Beauty

Shameless Fripperies
Viviana Does Makeup
Essiebutton
I Covet Thee

I have been known to lose whole afternoons browsing these ladies' fab beauty blogs and watching their YouTube videos. I always love reading and watching people talk about their passions, and these girls know a thing or two about make-up that's for sure. Special shout out to Karima from Shameless Fripperies (pictured above) whose tutorials are absolutely incredible, I'm seriously in awe of her mad skills.   


A Bit of Everything




The Lovecats Inc
Zoe London
Little Winter
Rush & Teal
Wonderful You


While I could easily have put any of these blogs in the fashion and beauty categories, I felt that wouldn't really be doing them justice because they're so much more than that. These blogs have everything from food, lifestyle, music, home decor, the list goes on. They each have really great photography and unique writing styles, making them both beautiful and interesting. 

I hope you liked today's post and found some new reads to add to your subscriptions. I always enjoy sharing the love for my favourite bloggers. Please let me know if you have any faves that I need to add to my list!

Sarah...x