NEW YEAR, NEW COAT


Firstly, happy new year everyone! So for christmas I was given this beautiful coat from River Island. This light weight yet thick coat is perfect for the winter weather. The weather might be miserable but your outfit doesn't have to be. The collar is made out of faux fur (rather go naked than wear fur!) which keeps your neck nice and warm, and therefore there is no need for a scarf. Another thing I love about this coat is that you can wear it opened or closed, for a casual or smart look. For this post I have decided to wear a more casual look with this coat which I would wear to go shopping in the city or to meet up with friends for dinner. 
The jeans in this post are from Topshop and personally I can easily agree that they are the best jeans on the high street. I had previously bought a few pairs from Topshop when I used to work there with my staff discount. After leaving Topshop I didn't want to spend the full £40 on a pair of jeans. I have bought many jeans from other high street stores since and they would easily stretch or would fit tightly around my legs. After donating many pairs of jeans to charity, I have come to the conclusion that Topshop jeans are by far worth the investment, with or without staff discount. Complete this outfit with a grey coloured top and a pair of brown faux suede shoes, then you're ready to hit the shops in the miserable weather.

COAT - River Island / TOP - Topshop / JEANS - Topshop / Boots - Quiz / RINGS - Pandora

LONDON FASHION WEEKEND SEPT 16


So it's that time of year again, London Fashion Week, Unfortunately I wasn't quite invited to the frows of shows like Julian MacDonald and Sophia Webster (maybe next February), but at least I got to see a piece of the action at London Fashion Weekend. It was held at the beautiful Saatchi Gallery in the Chelsea area unlike previous years at Somerset House. I was rubbing shoulders with many big names from world famous designers like Jimmy Choo to reality stars such as Paisley Billings of Tattoo Fixers. You could tell it was a star studded event from the stunning architecture of the building to the many rooms fulled with designer clothes.

I must admit, most of the clothes were slightly out of my price range as they reached hundreds of pounds but hey, who doesn't like window shopping?! Being the last day of London Fashion Weekend, most of the clothes in my size had gone during the previous days. Being 5 foot 1, size 4 on top and 6 on the bottom, XS is the only size I can really fit into. It was a blessing in disguise though as I wasn't tempted to blow a weeks wages on an item of clothing.

It was time for the catwalk and it was focused on the latest trends for A/W16. We sat on the second row so we had a great view. On top of this, three gorgeous male models sat in front of us on the frow so I had two great views. The three major trends for this season include lace, velvet and winter florals. The models wore items of clothing that can be purchased on Avenue 32 which means we can get our hands on the latest trends right now! You can already see essences of these trends in high street shops with many garments now featuring embroidered florals and lace inserts. I'm so excited for these trends and I can't wait to see what items the high street stores will bring out over the next coming weeks.

After a full day of window shopping and catwalk watching, we made a quick dash to Zara across the road. So in the end, I didn't leave Chelsea empty handed after all! 

DRESS - Quiz / BOOTS - Quiz / BAG - New Look / BAG ACCESSORY - Dash

IT'S SO FLUFFY



This post showcases some of my favourite garments I received this Christmas. This includes my big faux fur fluffy coat and my chunky ankle boots. These are both from Quiz and were both at such a great price. Not only does the coat keep you cosy but it keeps you so warm even during the coldest of days. There's nothing better than putting this coat on after a long tiring day at work and you know you have a cold dingy walk back to the car. It is just as good as putting your onesie on as soon as you get home. This soft faux fur coat also features two pockets and a button up detail along the middle. 

One thing that I definitely needed this Christmas was good winter ready shoes. After moving back to the countryside a couple of years ago, I have to encounter many wet muddy roads on a regular basis. All my winter shoes that I have purchased previously were not adequate for these conditions as you never encounter muddy roads in London town. These shoes are perfect because they can be easily cleaned, they're thick, water proof have a good stable heel for uneven paths. The chunky heel is always an added benefit as you have already guessed, I'm not exactly tall. Even though I always embrace my height ... or lack of it, a heel always makes me feel that little bit more girly and fabulous. 



DUSTY DUSTER


To much of our delight, us Brits have witnessed one of the warmest Decembers on record this winter and it's been a nice surprise. This means we haven't have to dig out our big bulky coats from last year yet and have the opportunity to wear our thinner coats within our wardrobe collection. This hasn't been the greatest news for many retail giants as big coats still remain in their stock rooms. However winter isn't quite over yet. This winter I've been able to get the wear out of one of my favourite duster coats from Topshop's petite section. This thin yet practical coat is perfect to wear both day and night as well as smart and casual. For this shoot I've decided to wear it with a more casual outfit and as you can see, the coat still gives the look a smart touch to it. This duster also includes deep pockets which can be handy to pop your phone in without the worry of it falling out.

I love the detail of the top I am wearing which is also from Topshop's petite section. The crimped detail stays perfectly intact wash after wash after wash. As this top is the length of a crop top, I have chosen to wear high waisted jeans as it is without a doubt not warm enough to have my stomach out. To finish the look I've added my go-to shoes, my converse. As you can probably see, they have been well warn. I love them because they go with everything and they are so comfortable too. Another great thing about these trainers are that they can easily been thrown into the washing machine once they start to get a bit grubby. So there's no need to be paranoid while walking through muddy streets with these on.  

COAT - Topshop / TOP - Topshop / JEANS - Topshop / SHOES - Converse

THE GORGEOUS GILET


You know it's winter time when the faux fur comes out. Always faux, never real. Last year we saw gilets really coming into fashion, and once again they are back in full force. I love these because they keep you nice and warm, even if you have your arms out. Perfect to throw on or dress up any basic outfit. For this post I've decided to wear one of my many gilets in a more causal style. They are wonderful to use in both smart and casual outfits. Under my gilet I am wearing a basic black turtle neck top from Quiz. Quiz have an array of these tops in different colours including camel, khaki and stone at only under a tenner! Bargin. 

To match the colour of the faux fur in my gilet, I wore brown flat boots. These boots are perfect for winter as they keep your feet dry and in addition they are easy to clean after treks along muddy trails. You can also wear nice warm fluffy socks underneath and no one would know a thing! To complete this casual look, I wore a pair of ripped Leigh jeans from Topshop. Topshop sell different styles and lengths of jeans which means there are always a pair a jeans perfect for someone. I prefer Leighs as they have a bit of stretch to them so they can fit over my muscular dancer legs and Beyonce booty.