27 Sep
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LFW Day 4 – Idolising Heidi

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Somehow what was only a week ago feels like a month ago…  Day four of London fashion week was all about this dress, or so I thought.  That was until I got these braids by Sassoon and then, very quickly, it became all about the hair.  In love.

hair – Sassoon  |   love necklace – Astley Clarke
suede tank – River Island   |   dress – Zara
mules – Boden
saddle bag – Boden   |   DKNY leather strap – Zalando
watch – Vitae London

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22 Sep
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LFW Day 2 – Embroidery overload

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When summer dodges you but you’re still feeling the embroidered, lace vibes…  layer up.  Day two of fashion week was all my favourite things, together, I mean fashion week’s not really the time for paring things back, at least not for me, and I love that so much about it – anything you ever wanted to wear goes, there will always be someone dressed like an absolute plonker just around the corner.

blouse – Temperley London
skirt – Zara   |   jeans – Zara (similar)
gramercy heels – Topshop
aviators – Ray Ban   |  bag – Reiss
watch – Christian Paul

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19 Sep
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LFW Day 1 – Flares & florals

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London Fashion Week so far has been busy and cold and grey and beautiful and crazy and day one was all about these flares which just wanna party…  so I gave them some DIY Miu Miu‘s to party with and my sweet friend gave me this Dolce & Gabbana pretty to be the cherry on top.  Day one – done.

P.S.  There were shows too, more on that soon, but, for now, join me on Instagram and watch the stories for behind the scenes happenings.

knit – Dolce & Gabbana (splurge or steal)
flares – Zara (similar)
heel – Boden
bedford flap satchel – Henri Bendel
aviators – Ray Ban   |   watch – Christian Paul

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16 Sep
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Video – fashion week prep

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It’s that time of year again and London Fashion Week kicks off today, woah, hold up, where did that come from?  Am I ready on time?  Rarely…  Am I excited?  For sure.

So I stayed up most of the night on Wednesday and Thursday planning outfits (clue: there are florals and embroidery and lace and shooooes!) and ordering last minute bits online.  I have been using CollectPlus all the time, I know I told you before but I’m so lucky to have a store on my block, and it’s been such a lifesaver to be able to pick up my orders late at night.  I dream of not being an eleventh hour girl…

I got together with Ella of Coco’s Tea Party and Kirstabel of I Want You To Know to talk with CollectPlus about fashion week preparations and predictions – the video is below and I am so chuffed with it!  Video is one of those super tricky mediums that I usually shy away from but this one just captures perfectly what was actually a really fun day in London chatting with these two amazing girls about what we love.  I really hope you like it too.x

silk scarf, mules, leather trousers & bag – Boden
dress – similar at Asos 

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With thanks to CollectPlus for supporting this post.  CollectPlus is the UK’s largest independent store-based parcel delivery and returns service, working with over 300 retailers and with 5,800 locations across the UK, making it the most convenient way to shop online.

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14 Sep
1

A whole lotta love

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Love around my neck and love on my toes…  like I said, a whole lotta love.  Half baked dungarees because I swear I’ve worn these guys a hundred times and I just wanted to do them differently (blog pressure and all that).  A red lip – classic.  And a postbox because it matched.  Obviously.

Mid prep for London Fashion week and a slightly insane but exciting month of travel.  Brain fried already, can you tell?

silk scarf – Boden
cami – H&M   |   dungarees – H&M
ella ‘love’ flats – Pretty Ballerinas
marcel bag – Reiss (ON SALE)
aviators – Ray Ban   |   ‘love’ necklace – Astley Clarke
watch – Vitae London

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12 Sep
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Patch it

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Happy Monday friends…  casual and simple with patches and rips and studs and denim…  a rolled hem, a knotted shirt – when in doubt, back to basics.

shirt – Gap   |   cargo pant – Next
boot – Next
bedford flap satchel bag – Henri Bendel (ON SALE)
aviators – Ray Ban   |   love necklace – Astley Clarke
pyramid spike chain – Bauble Bar
black raw mesh watch – Christian Paul

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9 Sep
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Sunshine splurge

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When you’re walking down Bruton Street in Mayfair and you see a girl in the most incredible pants, like the most incredible… so you stop her to tell her just that and ask where they’re from.  She tells you ‘Temperley, and it’s just a couple of doors down’.  You say to yourself that obviously you’re not going in but you will just walk by because it’s on your route anyway.  Then you see the window.  Then you see the sale.  Then, before you know it, you’ve splurged on a little piece of sunshine that makes your heart sing…  (and these pants sit in my wishlist taunting me every single day).

lace blouse – Temperley London
raynor jeans – J. Crew (ON SALE)  |   shoes – Topshop
aviators – Ray Ban   |   watch – Owl
gotham bag – Henri Bendel

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7 Sep
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#SquadGoals

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Hey Taylor Swift, my squad is better than yours.  The end.

sweatshirt – American Eagle Outfitters
shorts – Gap
aviators – Ray Ban   |   watch – Daniel Wellington
gramercy messenger bag – Henri Bendel

coats – Infindigo

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5 Sep
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Lady with a bad ass watch

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I honestly love gingham.  Like really, really love it – which is kinda funny since I’m not real big on dressing like a lady and especially not big on dressing like a preppy lady and yet gingham has all those connotations.  Anyway, the gingham thang got me again with this midi and I’m not gonna lie to you, I’ve put it on many a morning trying to find something to pair it with that pulls it out of Little House on the Prairie territory.  But some structure in the suede top and a whole lotta black seem to do the job for me.  And this Christian Paul watch, well, this watch actually makes my heart beat a little faster, I mean, it’s kinda bad ass isn’t it?  About as bad ass as a lady in ankle length gingham can be right?

Speaking of bad ass…  my best friend in high school, Babz (cause everyone had a shortened name then and if you could add a ‘z’ all the cooler) dated a boy called Bad Ass (seriously, everyone called him that and I’m not sure even Babz knew his real name).  And I used to tease her that if they got married she’d be called Babz Ass.  Good times.  But that’s just a sidenote – happy Monday.

top – River Island   |   skirt – Zara
boot – Reiss
aviators – Ray Ban
Michael Kors jet set bag – Zalando
black raw mesh watch – Christian Paul

coat – Infindigo

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2 Sep
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Minibreaking – Ardoe House, Aberdeen

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Give me a hotel that’s luxuy and dog friendly and I’ll be quite happy thank you very much.  Last weekend we spent the night at Mercure’s Ardoe House just outside Aberdeen, a part of the country I have never visited before.  Now to be completely honest, I had never really been overwhelmed with a burning desire to visit Aberdeen but a quick search of nearby beaches had me sold.

And then we arrived at Ardoe House, winding up the long private driveway was a good start and in fact that set the tone for the whole weekend.  They knocked it out the park.  From the incredible food (best hotel breakfast since Barbados), old school luxury Scottish decor, stunning grounds big enough for a dog walk, the comfiest bed, the perfectly instagrammable floor and the whiskey bar to discovering Balmedie Beach with our picnic, this place was actually a little slice of Scottish paradise…

silk scarf – Boden   |   top – H&M
jeans – Joules   |   Birkenstocks – Zalando
bag – Armani (ON SALE)   |   watch – Vitae London

coats – Infindigo

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Sidenote: our room was genuinely about a 5 minute walk through many a corridor from reception and the front door.  Now this meant the night was blissfully quiet and the dogs were well out of the way, perhaps meaning a blissfully quiet night for the rest of the hotel guests (should your dogs happen to be the noisy variety), but it did make things slightly awkward when nipping out for a quick walk.  After navigating the corridors at bedtime, the husband and dogs were skillfully posted out the ground floor bedroom window straight into the grounds for the pre breakfast walk.  Don’t tell.

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