17.02.2017- Most Wanted: & Other Stories Spring Styles

Friday, 17 February 2017

Now that the temperatures are *whisper it* creeping towards double figures, I think it's high time to start contemplating some spring styling. There's always something energising about this time of the year, especially as the sun starts to reappear for longer stretches of the day, and everything starts shaking into life again after the chilly days of winter. As such, I'm always inspired to inject a splash of spring colour into my wardrobe, and it will probably come as no surprise that & Other Stories is proving something of a one stop shop at the moment:

Colour Block Merino Wool Sweater, £45/Floral Crochet Dress, £95/Oversized Floral Sweater, £65/Flower Power Pleats Dress, £95/Floral Bra, £25/D Ring Crossbody Bag, £65/Cross Strap Leather Sandals, £65, all & Other Stories.

Confession time- I snapped up this jumper on Monday lunchtime! It had caught my eye online over the weekend, as was pretty much the first thing I spied during a cheeky visit to the Regent Street store. The last one left just happened to be in my size- a serendipitous sign if ever there was one, don't you think? It's a great basic piece, and I love the pop of colour too- a definite transitional treasure worth the investment! This floral crochet dress is singularly springlike, and I'm already wracking my brains for an upcoming special occasion to justify the investment! Holding onto the floral flavour which is so synonymous with this time of the year, this oversized sweater, which I'm sure I'll be snapping up post payday. 

Also on my shopping list, this glorious dress of dreams! I'm not sure I've ever seen anything which screams 'buy me!' so loudly- and once again I'm finding an excuse to snap it up by scouring my diary for a suitable occasion! This floral bra is a fabulously vibrant addition to any underwear drawer, and such a pretty alternative to lots of the more functional old favourites which are part of my go-to collection. My love for cross body bags is well documented on these pages, and this red style is a real must-have for spring and summer, especially if you're planning on heading off on holiday! Speaking of which, I've got my eyes firmly fixed on these cross strap sandals for my trip to France with the lads in May- you can't beat a bit of rose gold in my book!

Have you snapped up any new season essentials?

(Image credit: & Other Stories.) 

15.02.2017- On the Menu: Nordic Bakery, Covent Garden

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

When it comes to the crunch, I'm generally a creature of habit- particularly when it comes to lunchtime eats. For expediency of time, I'll usually opt for a speedy sandwich on the go, but now that the weather is pepping up (at least a little bit!), I'm determined to make the most of my lunch hour, whether that be heading out for some fresh air and a walk, or finding a new foodie destination. One such recent discovery is the stupendously Scandi new branch of Nordic Bakery:

Regular perusers of these pages might remember that I loved my visit to the Soho branch of the Nordic Bakery a few years ago, so needless to say I was very eager to take a trip to the newly opened Covent Garden branch- especially as it's only a stone's throw away from my office. Not only is this new bakery wonderfully warm and toasty, it's been designed to accommodate many more people, so feels spacious and open whilst still being really cosy. Of the treats on the menu, I plumped for the traditional ham and cheese sandwich, followed by an obligatory cinnamon bun (heaven in baked form!) and hot chocolate. I'm already planning a return visit! 

Where are your go-to lunchtime spots? 

 (Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

13.02.2017- What I Wore Today #291

Monday, 13 February 2017

Just when you think you've gone and mastered understanding the Great British weather, along comes another freezing cold snap to well and truly remind you never to cast a clout until May is out! I have to confess that I'd been more than a little eager to pack away my winter woollies for another year, so I suppose I only have myself to blame in respect of feeling a tad under prepared for yet another spell of beyond the Wall weather. Whilst I've been reluctant to bundle up in my usual go-to pieces, I've snapped up some new essentials instead- teaming them with some old favourites in the process of combatting the cold:

Coat- Vintage 
Jumper- Marks and Spencer 
Skirt- New Look (via ASOS) 
Shoes- Converse 
Bag- Skinnydip London

Part polar explorer, part Dolores Umbridge, this combination is one which was governed by practicality as much as an attempt to inject a splash of spring colour to a dreary January day. London in the last few weeks has resembled something akin to a scene from a Victorian murder mystery, with freezing fog making it almost impossible to see anything beyond your own nose. Given that things have been pretty bleak, I've found myself looking for some new season hues to pep up my wardrobe- step forward jumper of dreams from Marks and Spencer and metallic skirt from New Look. This kind of combination is a definite departure for me, but one which I really enjoyed putting together- proof that a change is definitely as good as a rest- especially as the weather shows no sign of warming up! 

What are your winter essentials?

(Image credit: Jessie Anand, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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