BLOGS I’M LOVING | RETRO FLAME

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There are some blogs that I read and whilst I enjoy immersing myself in their world, it is in fact just that, a totally different world. I’m not denying that I enjoy learning about their latest designer purchases but beyond that I sometimes struggle to relate to them as a reader.

Erika Fox is no such blogger. Her blog is largely focused on affordable, hight street fashion and she does a sterling job at proving that you don’t have to break the bank in order to look a million bucks.

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To my great delight she also has a YouTube channel where she produces a range of videos from vlogs and apartment tours to outfit videos. 

Originally from Ireland she is in fact living proof that if you have a dream, to move to a big city and establish a career in something you’re passionate about, then you can do just that. In fact she has produced several blog posts and Q&A videos on her experience of relocating and is always so willing to provide any information and answer any questions if you’re wanting to do something similar.

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What with her impeccable and sophisticated style and signature red hair, this lovely lady from The Emerald Isle is a shining example of what you can achieve through hard work and determination.

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So, if you’re like me and are always on the look out for a new blog to add to your reading list then I can’t recommend Retro Flame more. What’s more, if at the moment you can only dream, like I can, of moving to The Big Apple, then you can vicariously live through Erika for now.

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Lusting After: Ted Baker

If you’re ever in the market for a classic, tailored, good quality piece to add to your collection wardrobe then you should most definitely turn your attention to this reliable British brand.

CORNELA: Pleated Velvet Midi Dress

My eyes were instantly drawn to this. Perfect for a special occasion when you want to unleash your inner hollywood film star.

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NATTAA: Wool Wrap Coat

Normally I play it very safe when it comes to choosing a coat: camel, black or navy. I know some, like my Mum, would say that wearing a pale pink coat in the wet and muddy months is completely impractical but the little girl inside me can’t help but be attracted to anything pink. The belt also helps add more structure to the shape of the coat and nicely cinches you in at the waist.

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LILLOU: Bow Tie Cotton Top

This season may be all about statement sleeves, mainly bell, but this top offers a different take on this season’s trend. Dress it down with blue jeans and white plimsoles or smarten it up with fitted trousers and brogues.

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CEILYA: Frilled Cotton and Silk-Blend Roll Neck Jumper

Roll necks aren’t always revolutionary in terms of style but the frilled neck on this piece gives it a chic and dainty look.

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JULEY: Textured A-line Skirt 

For as long as I can remember, Ted Baker have been forerunners in creating the ultimate statement skirts. As beautiful and bold as they are, special occasions aside, the majority of us don’t really have any need to purchase such statement pieces.

This skirt however is a great alternative and when I first scrolled onto it I instantly thought: Chanel. Chanel-esque, with the same quality, but half the price.

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SORIKAI: Circle Lock Suede and Leather Small Cross Body Bag

Not only does the rich tan or oxblood colours of this bag scream autumn but its classic style means it’s most certainly a piece that you’ll be able to grab over and over again. I’ll take both colours please.

 

VYSTA: Colour-block Leather and Suede Trainers

I’m all about comfort when it comes to footwear, otherwise I buy a pair of shoes and they sit in my wardrobe for months because I don’t to put my feet through a round of blisters and soreness. These are a more sophisticated and chic take on the average trainer, and surprisingly, these three colours sit really well together.

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OOTW: Outfits Of The Week

Monday was all about the layers.

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Shirt: Fat Face [similar here]

T-shirt: GAP

Scarf: ZARA [similar here]

Trousers: GAP [similar here]

Boots: Gabor

Tuesday wrapped myself up in this oversized jumper all day.

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Shirt: H&M [similar here]

Jumper: ZARA

Jeans: M&S

Shoes: Converse

Wednesday finally cold enough to wear my gilet.

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Jumper: ZARA

Shirt: GAP

Jeans: GAP

Gilet: Mint Velvet

Boots: Gabor

Thursday nothing exciting to see here:  jeans, shirt and flats.

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Shirt: GAP [similar here]

Jeans: M&S

Shoes: Dune

Coat: Next – This coat is upwards of 4 years old, so no chance of it being available anymore.

Friday smartened up jeans and sweatshirt with this patterned coat.

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Jumper: GAP [similar here]

Jeans: GAP

Coat: ZARA. Yes, that is this coat.

Shoes: Clarks [similar here]

The theme of this week was most definitely comfort. I was just having one of those weeks where I felt bleh all week.

 

 

OOTW: Outfits Of The Week

Monday wearing colours that are the epitome of Autumn

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Jacket: New Look

Shirt: Crew

Scarf: ZARA

Trousers: GAP [similar here]

Shoes: Clarks [similar here]

Bag: DKNY [similar here]

Tuesday decided the only way to get through the day was to cocoon myself in an oversized coat

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Coat: John Lewis [similar here]

Shirt: GAP [similar here]

Skirt: ZARA [similar here]

Shoes: Gabor

Wednesday whipped out my eBay ZARA jacket

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Coat: ZARA

Shirt: Abercrombie & Fitch [similar-ish here]

Trousers: GAP [similar here]

Shoes: Superga

Thursday wore my jeans over my boots, just like my Mum does

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Jumper: GAP [similar here]

Jacket: New Look

Jeans: GAP

Boots: Gabor

Bag: Longchamp

Friday aka a very casual day

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Jumper: ZARA

Jeans: GAP

Shoes: Converse

 

 

BLOGS I’M LOVING: CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE

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Cupcakes and Cashmere was the first blog I ever religiously followed. It became the highlight of my day and I couldn’t wait to get home after school to read Emily’s latest post. As is only natural, it has changed somewhat since then, she’s got married, had a lovely little girl but I think the fact I’m still reading her blogs five years later is a testament to my admiration for her.

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I was that much of a fan girl that I sent her an email – approaching five years ago – to tell her how much I admired her, cringe! To my absolute delight she replied personally and I still have the email saved somewhere. She’s always been a great source of inspiration and sure it only took me half a decade to get round to starting my own blog but I got there eventually.

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Out of all the blogs I read I find Emily’s style to be the most functional and relatable i.e. I could see myself wearing practically every outfit she puts together. Alongside this, whilst some of the pieces she wears are more high-end, many of the pieces she wears are affordable.

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Her blog is brimming with variety, from homeware to recipes, outfits to skincare, so there’s definitely something for everyone. The posts on her blog are always written so eloquently and feature equally high-resolution images.

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These are some of her most recent posts that I’ve loved reading:

How I’m Learning To Open Up On Social Media

Five Things – this series has always been one my favourites!

How To Motivate Yourself To Workout At Any Time Of Day 

I Wore The Same Thing Every Day For A Week

If you’ve never stumbled across this gem of a blog then you can thank me later ;).

 

SPLURGE VS SAVE: BOOTS

  1. GIVENCHY £965

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2. ASOS £60

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This style of boot is definitely edgey, perfect for those wanting to unleash their inner rock-chick. Paired with jeans or a skirt, these can add a badass feel to any look.

  1. STUART WEITZMAN £730

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2. PUBLIC DESIRE £39.99

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These Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots religiously appear on my Instagram feed at this time of year. I’ve always admired them but never had the funds or the inclination to actually take the plunge and purchase a pair myself. Although I have to say that these alternatives from ASOS are a very good dupe indeed. I can definitely justify £39.99 over £730.

  1. RAG & BONE £395

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2. OFFICE £65

 

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Classic, black suede ankle boot. These ones from Office may have more of a block heel but a little lengthening of the leg is never a bad thing, right?

  1. TOD’S £425

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2. MISS KG £39

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Modern twist on an otherwise traditional style of chelsea boot. Normally patent shoes remind me of the regulation black sandals I was forced to wear as a young child but I love the brocade detailing on these.

  1. ISABEL MARANT £375

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2. DUNE £42

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I actually have this pair of boots from Dune but the only problem owning a pair of boots in this colour and material is finding the opportune moment to wear them. The main obstacle being the weather.

You wake up in the morning and there are a few clouds in the sky, but no angry grey ones, so you think it’s the perfect day to wear them. Just as you’re driving to work rain clouds will appear out of nowhere thus presenting a significant hazard to your lovely clean boots. Can you tell this has happened to me before?

I’m always on the hunt for more boots so if you have spotted any that you’re currently lusting after please let me know!

 

Lusting After: Topshop

Autumn doesn’t have to be all cosy jumpers, scarves and boots. Whether you layer these pieces, add tights or a jumper, they can all be adapted to better suit the wetter and more blustry months.

MOTO Traditional Pinafore Dress

Why not pretend you’re a little one again and embrace your inner girly-girl.

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Flamingo Embroidered Shirt

I mean, come on, this shirt has flamingos on the back and the cuffs.

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**Broderie Anglaise Blouse by Glamorous

So delicate and pretty.

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Cropped Cable Jumper

Love a chunky knit, and this one is also bang on trend in this rich mustard colour.

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Dip Dye Wide Sleeve Jumper 

Think I’ve found my new slouchy jumper of choice.

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TALL Pointelle Detail Jumper 

Yes it looks great with denim, but it would also go well with a plaid shirt.

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Mutton Sleeve Crop Jacket

Instantly add a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

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MOTO Button Up Denim Mini Skirt

Instead of pairing this with a t-shirt and converse, add a chunky knit, black tights and boots.

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CHERRY True Bucket Bag

Not only is the style of this bag so sharp and refined, this deep, rich cherry colour is sensational.

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CARAMEL Satin Flatform Trainers

Sophisticated trainers, who’d have thunk it?

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