19.10.2016- Beauty Buys: Chanel N°5 L'Eau

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

When it comes to classic scents, Chanel's iconic N°5 is well and truly up there as one of the best. It's been a special occasion only essential of mine since I was given a bottle as a present on my 18th birthday, and it's a fragrance which I don't doubt will always be a fixture on my dressing table. However, with the spirit of reinvention on the brain, Chanel have taken N°5 and given it a fresh new twist, launching N°5 L' Eau- a fragrance for every day which encompasses all of the elements which have made the original scent such a classic:

With a lighter feel and a timeless sensibility, this a modern classic which I know I'll be repurchasing time and time again once this bottle runs dry. Elements of lemon and mandarin are expertly balanced with floral notes (including rose and jasmine) to give N°5 L' Eau an airy feel which is perfect for constant wear. The hint of musk which is at the heart of the scent also evoke the original N°5 without being too overpowering, creating a delicate, expertly balanced fragrance which is a boon to any collection, and definitely worth popping on your Christmas list as I think it's a real classic in the making.

Have you sampled any new perfumes recently?

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

17.10.2016- What I Wore Today #282

Monday, 17 October 2016

Although my day to day wardrobe usually tends to lean far more towards the casual side of the style spectrum, in recent weeks I've been happily rediscovering some of my smarter wardrobe staples, as well as picking up some new season essentials on the high street. There's a lot to be said for those everyday pieces which are easy to chuck on first thing in the morning yet which convey a sense of preparation- even if you, like me, usually tend to find yourself scrabbling around in something of a mad rush as you head out of the door! One such recent acquisition has become a real favourite over recent weeks: 

Coat- Marks and Spencer 
Blouse- Marks and Spencer 
Trousers- Zara 
Shoes- Adidas (via Surfdome) 
Bag- Skinnydip London

Marks and Spencer are really coming up with the goods this season- particularly in the blouse department! I've been after a simple style like this for what feels like forever, so when I spotted this in store a little while ago, it was an instant purchase which I didn't hesitate in making. The frill detail adds a lovely nod to one of the more accessible trends of the season, and the bow makes it feel like a real classic, don't you think? Keeping things simple, I teamed it with some navy essentials for an early autumn look which I'm sure I'll be replicating on many more occasions as the season unfolds. 

Have you snapped up any new essentials of late?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

14.10.2016- Most Wanted: New Season Knits

Friday, 14 October 2016

With winter just peeking over the horizon, I'm finding myself (however reluctantly!) reaching for my staple supply of cold weather clothing. Whilst I'm yet to go into full blown winter coat mode, as I type this I am kitted out in a whole host of layers (as well as a hat!), and am looking high and low for some new season knitwear. Fortunately for me, there are plenty of perfect potential purchases to ponder over as the temperatures continue to tumble:

Lovely Jumper, £69.50, Boden/Jacquard Floral Jumper, £65, Marks and Spencer/Nina Ottman Stitch Jumper, £45, Oliver Bonas/Floral Embroidered Sweater, £69.99, Zara/Weekend Flossie Funnel Neck Jumper, £69, French Connection/Travelling Rib Jumper, £34, Topshop/Split Back Hybrid Jumper, £45, Warehouse

I snapped up my first Boden knit a few years ago, and it's a piece which has equipped me excellently every winter since. With that in mind, I'm steadily saving my pennies for this slogan knit, which makes a statement whilst still being understatedly stylish. Florals for spring might not be the most groundbreaking of fashion statements, but florals for winter are a great way of jazzing up darker days. This gorgeous jacquard detail jumper from M&S has been on my radar for a good few weeks now, and I'm sure I'll be snapping it up soon- especially as it's such a great alternative to lots of the pared down pieces which I tend to live in at this time of the year. With brightness well and truly on the brain, this block colour knit from Oliver Bonas has also rocketed to the top of my wishlist- a great winter warmer to invest in as the temperatures take a tumble.

Another statement staple comes in the shape of this Zara design- a wonderfully vivid option for pepping up any winter wardrobe, don't you think? If you're looking for a more traditionally autumnal hue, then this knit from French Connection is a must have- especially as the roll neck detail adds the perfect trendy touch. For a basic buy which will see you through winter after winter, this pale pink number from Topshop is an excellent option- and one which offers unlimited styling opportunities. Finally, for a more casual feel, this layered design from Warehouse ticks all of the right boxes!

Have you snapped up any new season knits?

(Image credit: Boden, Marks and Spencer, Oliver Bonas, Zara, French Connection, Topshop and Warehouse.)
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