16.01.2017- Most Wanted: Whistles Wonders

Monday, 16 January 2017

Although we're still in the grip of winter, I'm sure that I'm not the only one willing the weeks away until the arrival of the spring. Whilst the shops are still choc-a-bloc with sale bargains a plenty to be snapped up, it's also really lovely to have a little peek at some of the new season pieces which are filtering their way onto the high street- even if there's no guarantee of suitably spring-like weather to match! This year, I'm determined to start saving my pennies more effectively (a resolution which seems to be working fairly well so far- two weeks in to 2017 and I've already got over £200 put aside!), stashing the cash for some bigger investment buys rather than frivolous impulse purchases- and I've already got my sights set on a beautiful new selection of staples from Whistles:
Briar High Neck Top, £170/Bell Flower Print Shirt Dress, £140/Briar Cutwork Dress, £250/Pansy Cropped Trousers, £110/Chunky Circle Stud Earrings, £20/Marble Stone Circle Ring, £20/Union Double Zip Cross Body Bag, £110

You can rarely go wrong with a white blouse, and this high neck design is a real classic in the making. The high neck perfectly captures a really fresh, modern feel, and the embroidered details make it a spring essential- as perfect for wearing to work as it would be for stashing in your weekend away bag. For me, a new dress is always somehow synonymous with spring, and this flower print design is a real winner. Not only is the colourway a real eye-catcher, the collar detail and fluted sleeves capture a really elegant aesthetic too. Speaking of which, how beautiful is this red cutwork dress? It caught my eye adorning a mannequin in store last weekend, and it's one of those essential purchases which you didn't realise your wardrobe was missing until you spot it- definitely one worth saving up for.

Looking slightly further ahead (however optimistically!), these pansy cropped trousers are a great summer investment- perfect for warmer days in the city as well as for those much anticipated holidays. Keeping things simple, these circle stud earrings are an ideal option for every day, much like this marble stone ring. Finally, for lazy weekends, look no further than this gorgeous cross body bag- the perfect pop of colour with which to punctuate the countdown to the end of the winter!

Have you picked up any new season pieces yet?

(Image credit: Whistles.) 

13.01.2017- Beauty Buys: Chance by Chanel Eau de Toilette

Friday, 13 January 2017

There are few things in life more luxurious than treating yourself to a new perfume, and over the festive season I was lucky enough to become acquainted with a modern classic in the shape of Chanel's Chance. A lovely Christmas surprise, the Eau de Toilette is perfectly practical, and a wonderfully welcome addition to my flock of fragrances: 

Not only is the round bottle a lovely dressing table decoration, it's a great everyday option too- and wonderfully long lasting. Fresh and floral, with notes of jasmine, pink pepper and amber patchouli, it's light but warm and instantly recognisable- a reassuring old friend if you like! The hints of pepper and spice add a really hearty feel too- wonderfully comforting for this time of the year- and the floral notes evoke a springtime sensibility- much anticipated after the week of wild weather we've had!

Have you tried any new fragrances recently?

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

11.01.2017- What I Wore Today #289

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

I don't know about you but I always tend to forget how much of a struggle January is! After the excitement (or in my case, flu filled frustration!) of the weeks leading up to Christmas, it always seems like a crushing anticlimax, with only weeks of chilly weather to wait out until the start of spring. Whilst hibernation seems like a hugely tempting prospect, alas it's a policy which no government has yet ratified (more's the pity!), so instead I'm trying to gee up January with some new splashes of colour in the style stakes:

Coat- Zara 
Shirt- Oliver Bonas 
Jeans- Weekday (via ASOS) 
Shoes- Adidas (via Surfdome) 
Bag- Skinnydip London

I realise that beating the January blues with the colour, erm, blue, is a little bit counter intuitive, but this coat from Zara was a sale purchase which was simply too good to resist. The colour is one which I've not really experimented with before, and so far we've struck up a fairly solid relationship- and it's always refreshing to swerve those darker winter staples in favour of something which packs a little bit more of a punch, don't you think? Here I layered it over another favourite in the shape of this glorious printed blouse from Oliver Bonas- accented with lots of pastel hues in anticipation of the arrival of spring. Here's hoping that we don't have too long to wait!

Have you picked up any essentials in the sales?

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