Ted Baker: Rachila Crossbody Bag

Growing up I always adored Ted Baker. As a brand it symbolises the best of British quality and elegance.

My Mum and I used to love a good shopping spree and more often than not they were a regular feature of birthdays. It is at this point that I hasten to add that no pocket money or Saturday job in the world would have afforded me to kit my whole wardrobe out with Ted Baker.

Ted Baker then kind of fell off my fashion-radar for a few years but it was only after watching this vlog by Victoria from In the Frow that my awareness of the brand resumed.

One thing led to another and I ended up on the Ted Baker website and there was one bag that immediately caught my attention.

And here it is…

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I’ve wanted a quilted bag ever since the days of The Hills and LC with her quilted Chanel.

The inner child in me obviously had to incorporate it into my birthday meal outfit.

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It’s the perfect size. Not too big, not too small and you can comfortably fit in your purse and phone, plus any other bits you may need.

There are some other similar ones that are as equally beautiful.

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Brow/Lash Treatment

Fortunately I’ve inherited my Dad’s thick hair, but nonetheless I always find that a little brow and eyelash tint never go amiss in adding a bit of definition to my face.

As well as being ideal for days when you don’t have the desire or inclination to put a full face of makeup on, it’s also handy when time slips away from you and due to an excessive amount of procrastination you’re left with precisely 6 minutes and 42 seconds before you need to leave for work…

Before:

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After:

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This treatment tends to last for a couple of months, by which time it does start to fade.

Most beauticians offer it and it doesn’t have to be pricey. I’d encourage anyone who has never tried it to give it a go and see if they notice a difference.

 

Lusting After: Whistles

Turning the spotlight on Whistles this week.

Whistles is another store whose clothes I could buy the majority of. With such a functional yet clean style they offer a good range of staple pieces but also fun,  stand out garments that can jazz up an otherwise standard wardrobe.

  1. Ilona Dobby Dress

Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 20.39.45The cuff sleeves on this dress are so elegant and dainty.

2. Emmalie Frill Jumpsuit
Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 20.40.04This jumpsuit could easily be dressed up with a pair of strappy heels or dressed down with a pair of converse and a denim jacket.

3. Ida Patent Lace Up Shoe
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Love, love the wedge on these!

4. Marquis Block Heel Sandal
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These could jazz up any plain Jane outfit.

5. Verity Backpack

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I like big, purposeful bags and this is certainly one of those.

6. Yara Faux Fur Cocoon Coat
Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 20.41.08Wearing this would be like permanently wearing your dressing gown! Heaven.

7. Mon Ami Embroidered Tee

 

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Pair this with black jeans, denim shirt and Nikes and you’re good to go!

8. Linen Stripe Hem Sweater

 

Screen Shot 2017-08-17 at 20.41.45I love the look of layered clothes and this jumper is great because even though it’s not actually layered it gives the impression that it is. This is perfect for the in-between weather of September/October.

OOTW: Outfits Of The Week

I have to admit that these kinds of posts are always my favourite to read. Fashion will always be my first true love and I could spend hours idly flicking through outfit post after outfit post.

However, due to a silly combination of self-consciousness, self doubt and me thinking that no one would be interested in what I wore, I’ve never actually done one of these myself. Well I’ve pushed all of that to one side and here is what I wore last week!

The other problem is that my flat is not gifted with good natural lighting, which isn’t helped by the fact that it’s very wooden – you’ll see what I mean from the pics! I did a lot of moving my mirror around but you have to work with what you’ve got!

[Foreword: I only realised after putting all these pictures together that it was quite clearly, a black jeans kind of week.]

Monday

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Top: Zara [similar here]

Jeans: GAP

Shoes: Clarks [similar here]

Necklace: Stilnest

Tuesday

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Blouse: GAP

Cardigan: The White Company [similar here] – the best sale purchase I’ve ever made!

Trousers: H&M

Shoes: Superga

Wednesday

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Cardigan: Zara – an Ebay find from years ago

T-shirt: GAP

Jeans: Jack Wills

Scarf: From a little boutique that cannot for life of me remember the name of!

Shoes: Superga

Thursday

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Jumper: Zara

Jeans: Jack Wills

Necklace: Stilnest

Pumps: Dorothy Perkins [similar here]

Friday

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T-shirt: GAP

Shirt: Fat Face [similar here]

Jeans: Jack Wills

Mules: EGO

Scarf: Zara

Belt: Gucci

 

A Walk in the Woods

As happens every single day of the week, the little human alarm clock that resides in the flat below mine sounded his morning cry at 6.08 am on Sunday morning.

Normally, lots of groaning and tossing and turning (on my part) would have ensued however in my haste to close the curtains the night before I had left a slight crack that a ray of sunshine was now peeking through.

Instead of falling into the same trap of wasting time trying and failing to get back to sleep I surprised myself and threw my new gym kit on (maybe that was the motivation?) and ventured outside.

I’ve always felt there’s something that feels weirdly naughty about being up and about when everyone else is snoozing. The other, not so naughty feeling, is one of sheer smugness knowing that you’ve already started your day: you snooze you lose.

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I knocked on Sleeping Beauty’s door but she was away for the weekend…

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Hours of touring churches in Italy taught me one very valuable lesson: never forget to look up.

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I most definitely contemplated ignoring my to-do list and just staring at the view all day, but alas, common sense prevailed.

If you’re ever in Surrey then a visit to the Devil’s Punchbowl in Hindhead is a must. I’m lucky enough to have it on my doorstep but it’s so vast that I doubt I’ll ever be able to cover it all!

Loaded Veggie Sandwich

This sandwich is for all you out there who don’t find salads appealing in the slightest but want to make sure you’re getting your 5-a-day in!

So simple, quick and fresh.

Hummus forms the base…

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then add all the veggies!

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Roasted red pepper would also work really nicely.

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Variations could include:

  • Red onion
  • Diced celery
  • Avocado
  • Mashed chickpeas
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Portobello mushroom

Be warned, as delicious as it tastes, it’s rather a challenge to get your chops around. However, it’s well worth every smear of hummus across your face!

 

Lusting After: Anthropologie

During a recent nosey around the shops I suddenly remembered that being the fully-fledged adult that I now am, council tax and bills I’m talking to you, I can no longer frivolously spend my money on what I used to refer to as ‘wardrobe improvement’ whenever I was quizzed by my Dad.

However, I can still look (and lust) for free.

I haven’t ventured in Anthropologie in a fair while and I must admit, the past few times I’ve been in there the homeware section has always caught my attention more than any of their clothes.

Not this time. I was so impressed with the pieces they’re stocking at the moment. Such a lovely mix of colourful, quirky yet functional items that could be styled in so many ways.

I’ve chosen my top picks so that you can share in my ogling….!

  1. Diti Embroidered Blouse

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2. Deb Woven Striped Wide-Leg Trousers

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3. Marlow Embellished Tunic Dress

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4. Pilcro Floral Embroidered Mid-Rise Jeans

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5. Akra Suede Espadrilles

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6. Melody Fringed Suede Heals

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7. Marea Crossbody Bag

 

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8. Miriam Leather Cross-Body Bag

 

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9. Soleil Drawstring Bag

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10. Ramona Pinstriped Shirt, Blue

 

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Hope you enjoyed browsing! Apologies if it led you to do bad things….