20 Jan
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Scottish beach tour – Tentsmuir

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A little beachspiration for the weekend…  c/o Tentsmuir on the East Coast of Scotland.  Where there are dunes and a forest and miles of sand and, if you get there at the right time, a seriously cute crepe van with bunting.

We visited in September on the way home from Ardoe House in Aberdeen and I completely understand that was over four months ago but I am currently stuck in tax return hell.  Anyone self employed will feel the pain of adding up endless coffee receipts right about now and that ever present feeling of complete bewilderment surrounding the date and how, yet again, we are beginning this task with only ten days till deadline…  good luck my friends, good luck.

jacket – Zara
top – Sweaty Betty   |   sports bra – Sweaty Betty
leggings – Lululemon   |   sneakers – Nike
aviators – Ray Ban   |   watch – Vitae London

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17 Jan
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Four days

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Four days to the weekend.  I might be wearing these boots every one of them…

coat – Next   |   blouse – Monsoon (also in black)
jeans – Mango   |   boots – Next
cooper crossbody bag – Henri Bendel
aviators – Ray Ban

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13 Jan
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Snowed in sale shopping

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When the weather just ain’t on your side, stay home, stay cozy and shop the last of the sales…  Seems I’m all about the nudes this year – this dress from Asos is just the easiest thing in the world to wear (over leggings, under cardigans, on its own if it wasn’t zero degrees) so I just ordered the navy midi version too, ok, it’s not on sale but they’re less than twenty quid so you can’t really complain.

Slightly worrying is that my usually tan legs are almost a Pantone colour match for these nude sneakers but I am honestly in love with the colour, of the sneakers, not my legs.  New pretties in from Henri Bendel should be getting an outing soon… well as soon as it’s above freezing and I’m willing to venture out of bed.  And in other groundbreaking news my quest for the perfect nude nail polish is finally fulfilled – I had a random Models Own hypergel in a press gift bag last year and for a really cheap polish the density of colour and staying power was honestly really good.  So over the break I ordered a whole bunch of them and found my new BFF, Deep Tan.  Happiness.

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And, in case you were wondering, it was the Matches final sale that nearly cleared me out – Isabel Marant footwear up to 70% off, these went in the basket and these were a close second, and I got my mitts on some Cecile Copenhagen too which I’ve been lusting after all year, this and this, and I’m scared to even admit what happened when I found this from Zimmermann…  Very.  Bad.  Things.

But not wanting to leave my home feeling unloved I also did some damage at Anthropologie with cushions and the most amazing jug…  And this incredible mirror from Laura Ashley (anyone else lusting over giant round mirrors?) is going to complete my bedroom just as soon as I build all my furniture…  a series of home tour posts are in the works.

knit – Gap (ON SALE)   |   dress – Asos
joggeur monochrome sneakers – Lacoste (ON SALE)

cooper bag – Henri Bendel   |   Soho mini bag – Henri Bendel
hypergel nail polish – Models Own
pleat headphones – Molami
linen bedding – La Redoute   |   kintail quilt – bluebellgray

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9 Jan
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Looks that go the distance – best of 2016

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Before launching headfirst into the new year and all the changes that might bring, I wanted to take a look back at 2016, not just at my favourite posts but at the looks from month to month that really carry forward to 2017.  So these aren’t the most trend led looks but they’re the ones I love, the pieces I wore again and again and that will survive the annual spring clean closet purge…  (Just click the month if you want to see the original post.)

January

I only own two pairs of over the knee boots and they’re both entirely impractical being suede and yet I wear them a lot, like really a lot.  You can dress them down over jeans with chunky knitwear or you can let them dress you up but I would be so bold as to say they are here to stay.

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February

Because I try really hard when fashion week rolls around.  But not too hard.  Hopefully.  This military britannia feels skirt was a winner for me all year and now I’ve got my eye on the jacket which lands in a few weeks time…

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March

Possibly my favourite collaborations of 2016 was when Emporio Armani came to town.  You’ll have to indulge me a little for this one as it really was one of my favourite shoots (even if I had to photoshop my decency out of 90% of the shots – it was March and I couldn’t ruin this dress with a bra…).  The husband works so hard on Thankfifi too from the photography side and this was truly one of those shoots where everything came together.  Also – nude dress, tan biker – classics.

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April

Because boho never goes out of fashion.  Amen.

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May

This backless beauty might be an unabashed designer rip off but I love it and I’ve worn it again and again.  It’s one of those ones that just works for occasions where you’re pretty sure you’ve got nothing to wear (and if you saw my closet you’d roll your eyes at just how ridiculous that notion even is but it happens to the best of us).  It was from H&M and I will openly admit to scouring the Trend section weekly for new arrivals.  They hide all the good stuff in there.

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June

I do love wedding season but always try to look for something a little different and this Banana Republic dress from Zalando really stole my heart.  I also wore it to a fancy dinner in Helsinki, belted and with a denim jacket (ok, maybe it wasn’t that fancy) and I am pretty sure I will be wearing it again.  You can grab it in soft grey at 70% off if you fancy…

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July

In the original post I talked about this silk shirt scarf combo being a year round basic.  And I stand by that.

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August

Because denim, aviators and stripes are kinda my thang.

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September

I remember when this dress arrived from Zara I worried it was going to be a bit mumsy but turns out you can unbutton it as high as you want, layer it, belt it.  It worked for me many times different ways and if they bring out another version this year I’ll be having that too.  And if I could do my hair like this myself I would.  But that was thanks to Sassoon and honestly if I tried a DIY I think tiny birds would make it their home…

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October

Speaking of Sassoon, this was a good hair day.  In fact, maybe the best hair day of 2016.  I need to make another appointment and figure out my 2017 plan… ideas?  Fringe?  Yay/nay?

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November

A post full of classics.  I wore them all more than I might care to admit.  The bag and boots did me proud and I still love them and this year goes down in history as the year I discovered the perfect high street jeans from American Eagle of all places.

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December

And last but not least the slouchiest of knits with my leather legs (which you know I get my money’s worth out of) and then there’s those shoes – they’re still in stock, they’re only £18 and, basically, they rock.

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And now to 2017, a note to myself that I have less than no closet space (and my closet is generous).  And yet, although I was truly restrained in the sales, I see a few new season pieces in my future because that’s just what I do…  and I can only hope they will mix and match with my old timers too.

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6 Jan
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Top 5 travel destinations of 2016

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2016 was my year of travel.  Thirty two flights, countless UK minibreaks and so many unforgettable experiences – I vowed to travel more at the start of the year and for once my resolution wasn’t lost.  I have narrowed down my top five but you can see the full shebang (what a word!) over in the Places tab if you fancy some wanderlusting…

5.  Archerfield, Scotland

You probably haven’t missed that Scotland has been listed at no. 2 in the Rough Guide’s top ten countries to visit in 2017.  I’ve spent a fair part of this year exploring this beautifully wild and wet part of the world and I honestly love it so, so much.  I live my weekends on the beach with my boys and feel so lucky to call this place home.  We were fortunate enough to visit many places this year but Archerfield, with my family, stands out for me as such a special place, right next to North Berwick which is truly one of the most adorable little towns around and then there was the spa

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4.  East to West, USA

This trip with the day job was pretty epic – three cities crammed into six days – landing East coast in New York before flying West, first to LA and then San Francisco.  That one glorious day off in Los Angeles really stole our hearts from the best healthy breakfast stop to shopping on Abbot Kinney and sunset bike rides through Venice Beach…  The funny thing about work trips is that you don’t get much time to see a place but those few hours combined with a super fun boss means that we maximised the ass out of our USA trip.

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3.  Helsinki, Finland

A catwalk in the middle of a runway at Helsinki airport with the sun setting, models descending the stairs of a jumbo jet and planes taking off within metres on either side…  Helsinki was one of those once in lifetime trips. Match Made in Hel was, and possibly always will be, one of my most surreal, pinch me moments but what I hadn’t banked on was just how much I would also fall in love with Helsinki

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2.  Bordeaux, France

You guys know France has a really special place in my heart, we got married here after all, and I was lucky enough to visit three times this year.  Skiing in Val Thorens, harvesting grapes at the vineyard in summer and visiting Biarritz for my friend’s son’s baptism.  But it was that one night, after Biarritz, on the way home when we found ourselves deep in the Bordeaux countryside and in the absolute slice of heaven that is Les Sources de Caudalie that really felt like a fairytale.  Cycling through the vines and sleeping in a wooden cabin on stilts floating above a lake…  this place is just magical.

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1.  Cinque Terre, Italy

When somewhere has been on your bucket list for so long you can only hope that it won’t disappoint.  And these four days in Italy were truly the best of the whole year.  Beginning in Sestri Levante, swimming in the Bay of Silence and watching the sun set over the ocean and day tripping in the crazy romantic Portofino before discovering the incredible Cinque Terre in all of its colourful charm.  This little part of Italy really stole my heart and I have vowed to return…

And now, moving into 2017, with the exception of one Scottish mini-break later this month, nothing is set in stone.  And I am so excited to see where I end up and to take you with me.x

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31 Dec
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Every day

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If there were easy pieces to sum up 2016 then these are them.  Classics.

magdalena coat – Jigsaw   |   tallo scarf – Reiss (ON SALE)
top – Hush   |   jeans – American Eagle Outfitters
pavement boots – Zalando
aviators – Ray Ban   |   black raw mesh watch – Christian Paul
rivington mini tote – Henri Bendel (ON SALE)

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21 Dec
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Velvet crush

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So yeah, I finally got on that train…  the velvet trend which reminds me a little too much of my first Saturday job in the Kylie department of Mackays (now M&Co. – truly showing my age) and drowning in rails of glitter and crush velvet and sometimes even glittery crush velvet…  true story.  But it’s ‘in’ again and it feels pretty nice, when you stroke it the right way at least, and in a slip dress at less than twenty quid I’m willing to give it a shot.  Provided it’s paired with leather layers to firmly eradicate any Kylie inducing memories…

The bag and the shoes, on the other hand, I’m feeling entirely more confident about.  Reiss always knocks it out the park with party shoes (all shoes really) and these aptly named Sass heels are no exception, perfect height, beautifully made, no brainer…  they’re even good with tights if that’s your thing.  Though for me you probably know my winter legs are rarely out of leather (The Outnet is a good bet by the way if you’re looking).  And then the bag, this micro Henri Bendel number that just fits the essentials and has those coveted gold rings, not five as per the Christmas song, but two, and has fast become the festive party bag for me.

Paired with baby Tux, who is almost two and so not really a baby at all (in stature at least), because there have been discontented murmurs about his lack of blog appearances of late and wonderings if he is truly so naughty he has been banished.  Well, you see, he does NOT like to sit still and blog photos, for a fun loving pup who would prefer to be un-decorating the Christmas tree or eating my B-listed window ledges or ripping labels off my clothes, are altogether dull.  But he did it…  because it’s almost Christmas.x

velvet slip dress – Choies   |   jacket – Zara
roll neck – Asos   |   leather trousers – Boden
sass heels – Reiss (ON SALE)
marquis micro tote – Henri Bendel
pendant – Essentia   |   watch – Hugo Boss

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18 Dec
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Alphabet

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Because my love knows no bounds for things with my name on them…  another bag, thanks Santa.  If only I could have picked it up in person – Liberty at Christmas is literally a dream, impossible to leave empty handed, they take the blame for the small stuffed, white, feathered owl on my mantelpiece that no grown woman should have shamelessly bought (for herself)…

In other news, I have elf shoes.  ‘Tis the season after all.  H&M’s not wholly terrifying rip off of the sought after Acne Amina moccasin – not wholly terrifying because the stripes run horizontally rather than vertically, these are fabric rather than leather and have the beautiful addition of the fringed edge.  Dare I say it, at £18 (over £300 less) I think the H&M version are in fact infinitely superior…  don’t wait for Santa.

knit – H&M   |   leather legging – Boden
stripe shoes – H&M
alphabet tote bag – Liberty London (avail. in the US here)
aviators – Ray-Ban
necklace – Bauble Bar   |   
rings – Peggy Li

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13 Dec
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Knit

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Because there’s surely nothing better in December than being wrapped up in layers of knit…  Step in my newest discovery, Les 100 Ciels in Princes Square, brimming with the softest cashmere and knitted culottes – yes, knitted wool culottes – the holy grail for one whose love for the awkwardly proportioned pants knows no bounds.  They skim and they hug and boy are they cosy.  I invite you all round for a big ol’ hug…

cashmere jumper – Les 100 Ciels
selby culottes – Les 100 Ciels
boots – Zara
willow large grab bag – Modalu

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9 Dec
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She sells seashells

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Can’t beat a sweatshirt with ruffles that flirt in the breeze like a giant sea creature.

Happy Friday.x

leria ruffle sweatshirt – Storets
jeans – American Eagle Outfitters   |   heels – Boden
aviators – Ray-Ban   |   watch – Daniel Wellington
rivington tote – Henri Bendel

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