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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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

 

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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

 

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….

 

July Favourites

Coming at you on time this month!

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  1. Evening walks

I’ve been making the most of the long, light summer evenings. After I’ve been sitting at a desk in a stuffy office all day it’s so nice to fill my lungs with fresh air. I’ve also noticed that I sleep a lot better on the nights I go for a stroll as opposed to when I don’t.

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Unfortunately I don’t live by the sea but I snapped this shot when I was down in Aberystwyth for my brother’s graduation.

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Although I am lucky enough to have the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey right on my doorstep…

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Spot the hot-air balloon!

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2. Cheska Floral Embroidered Flat Mule 

So on trend at the moment, these were an absolute steal at just £9.99. They’re still in the sale now so you can get your hands on a pair!

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I’ll be truthful, they’ve taken a little bit of breaking in but they’re so beautiful that they’re worth every blister.

I’ve received so many compliments when I’ve worn them, even from a waiter in Jamie’s restaurant of all places!

I’ve also got my beady on these beauties:

3. Flowers

I think I’ve inherited this trait from my lovely Granny; having side-lined as a flower arranger back in the day, she always has a house full of blooming flowers and house plants. When he was alive my also-lovely Grandpa would come home with a bouquet for her at least once a week.

I don’t have anyone to buy me flowers – no problem though – I can buy them for myself!

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Sunflower season is upon us and I’m so happy about it.

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I’ve borrowed these pics from my foodie Instagram as I find they make good props when taking photos.

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Peonies are among my all-time favourites.

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4. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

My first encounter with this book was during my final year at University. As a language student I studied translation and one week my tutor happened to choose an extract from this very book.

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Ashamedly, even though this book made an impression on me some three years ago, I’ve only just got round to properly reading it.

At the beginning I did struggle to immerse myself in the novel, I think because there are so many characters I found myself losing track of who was who, but I persevered and I’m so glad I did.

I love Ferrante’s style of writing and not only does the story offer an insight into Italian culture at the time but it also delves into the fascinating world of human nature and relationships.

5. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter – Original Solid

This product is an absolute miracle worker at soothing dry, cracked skin. After only a few days of use my hands are completely renewed and actually pleasant to touch for a change.

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I will say that I wish I had read the tub properly as I didn’t realise that this was the ‘solid’ version. It is quite hard to extract from the tub and I find it leaves my hands greasy for quite a while after applying it as it doesn’t absorb as well as this more fluid version.

Get The Look For Less | Julia Engel

Once again I’m putting the spotlight on my ultimate style crush: Julia Engel from Gal Meets Glam.

I’ve chosen 3 of my favourite looks she has styled over the past month and found somewhat less financially damaging options for those of us who can’t spend £1,074 on a Mansur Gavriel handbag (as BEAUTIFUL as it is).

Winter White & Cream 

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My favourite look of Julia’s from the past month, the shades and tones of this outfit all fit together perfectly. Casual, smart and cosy all combined into one look.

 

Coat: Olive                          Shoes: Schuh                  Bag: Mango   

Scarf: Topshop                 Trousers: H&M                Jumper: GAP  

                                                More options:

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A Parisian Look  

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  Cliché or not, considering these photos were shot in Paris, chic-as-always Julia pulls it off like in true French style.

 

Shoes: Miss K G                          Coat: Asos                              Turtle Neck: New Look 

Beret: Village Hats        Bag: Mango          Jeans: GAP               Scarf: WoolOvers  

More options:

 

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Winter in Paris 

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My favourite piece from this look has to be the bag. Reminiscent of a ballet case, the salmony-light pink shade adds a lovely pop of colour to the whole ensemble.

 

Coat: Olive                    Shirt: H&M                   Jumper: ASOS            Jeans: GAP

Loafers: Miss K G                     Bag: DUNE                     Scarf: WoolOvers

More options: 

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January Sales | Fashion Finds

Being poorly hasn’t been all doom and gloom as I’ve unashamedly been able to spend many hours tucked up from the cold doing my fair share of January sale shopping, minus the queues and pushing.

  1. Jack Wills: Skinny Henlow Jeans

Black jeans are the staple of any wardrobe: dress them up or down, wear them day or night. I was in need of a new pair of black jeans as practically all of mine have faded… as I find seems to happen to ALL of my black jeans. If anyone else has this problem then please let me know any tips you have!

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I’ve never bought jeans from Jack Wills but they feel very comfortable on and are a flattering length.

Similar ripped ones here.

2. Zara: Blue Suede Mini City Bag

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Not my usual style of bag, the colour of this immediately caught my attention. Whilst I doubt I’ll use it during the day as it isn’t big enough, it has an elegant, evening feel to it.

Similar styles here and here

3. Zara: Basic Blouse Navy Blue

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A velvet type feel to it, this dark blue top will come in handy for nights when I’m lacking inspiration in the wardrobe department. Paired with black jeans and brogues and I’ll be good to go!

N.B. If you take pride in wearing nicely ironed clothes this top isn’t for you – it creases practically as soon as you touch it.

4. Zara: Printed Jacket 

As soon as I saw this I immediately thought: Chanel.

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Classic, chic and cute this jacket embodies sophistication.

5. Mint Velvet Gilet

Similar ones here or here.

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Without a doubt this is the purchase I’m most pleased with. I’d been wanting a gilet like this for months but hadn’t seen ‘The One’ (as dramatic as that sounds). And yes, it’s just as cosy and snuggly as it looks!

6. GAP Cosy Turtleneck Waffle Sweater

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As someone with a fuller bust (I really hate that phrase) I often find that roll necks can be extremely unflattering but to my delight this one is an exception! Perfect for this time of year.

It also comes in a gorgeous cream colour.

7. Cath Kidston Cat Intarsia Jumper and Collar Shirt

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The little mouse on the sleeve is just too cute!

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The cat wraps around the back of the jumper too.

As always seems to happen with me I fall in love with things that aren’t in the sale… which is exactly how these two adorable pieces ended up coming home with me. I saw them in the window. Tried them on (loved them even more). Bought them. The usual story.

I did try lots of different size combinations on and in the end plumped for a size 10 in the shirt and a S in the jumper.

N.B. This set is selling out fast so if you happen to see it in your local Cath Kidston try it on. You know you want to.