Monday, October 20, 2014

Outfit: Burgundy and Stripes

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LK Bennett Shilo


My favourite colour right now is burgundy. It just has such an autumnal vibe about it, don’t you think? This was Wednesday’s outfit.

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I am still trying to figure out what to do with my hair now that it is shorter. My favourite search on You Tube this week is ‘short hair tutorial’. Tuesday night I washed my hair and I was going to blow dry and straighten it to see what that looked like, but then I decided to just let it air dry instead. I put a bit of gel wax through it once it was semi dry, then rolled it up into a messy bun on top of my head. The results this morning were what you see here. I added a little more gel wax but I think I need to try a different product as by the time I’d driven to work the curls had dropped and looked a bit fluffy. I’ll get there with it.

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Burgundy top – Amazon (with vouchers)
Grey and cream stripe trousers – Forever 21
Burgundy shoes – LK Bennett (c/o Sarenza)
Cream bead bracelets – Diamonds and Pearls
Cream earrings – gifted
Red beads – eBay
Burgundy and black scarf – River Island (sale)


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Week...


I don’t follow many group pages on Facebook, other than those belonging to fellow bloggers. One page I do follow though is Leeds Back in the Day and it has become one of my favourites. Members of the group can post old photos of Leeds, well, back in the day, and it’s fascinating. There are loads of black and white photos, but my favourite ones are those from the 1980s or early 1990s, times that I can remember but showing buildings and shops that I have forgotten about. It’s also a useful place to learn a little history of Leeds. If you are from the Yorkshire area, or have spent any time here in the past, check it out.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Outfit: Afternoon Tea

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Jana Rahbini black ankle boot


Monday was my sister’s birthday so we both took the day off work and went out for afternoon tea to celebrate. It’s National Chocolate Week this week (apparently) so the afternoon tea was chocolate themed, meaning that all the cakes and pastries were chocolate. It was super delicious!

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So I finally got my hair cut on Friday. There was an offer for a free haircut in last month’s In Style magazine sponsored by The Hair Group so I went to a salon I’ve never been to before which was my nearest one where the offer was valid. It was a really good experience and I especially liked how the hair washing chairs had a bit that flicked up to rest your legs on so it was more comfortable leaning back over the sink.

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Anyway, I’m loving my new length! I think it looks better with a bit of a wave in it although I used my Spin Curl dryer on it Sunday night and I don’t think it worked as well as it did when my hair was longer. It might have to be my curling wand from here on in. However, I am yet to experiment with styling it straight myself so that might turn out OK too.

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Finally, can you tell I am loving this hat this autumn? It was cold and rainy on Monday so a hat was definitely the way forward and for some reason I’m favouring this one this year.

Black faux leather jacket – Topshop Tall
Cream and grey stripe sweater – H&M
Denim skirt – Jasper Conran (Debenhams, sale)
Burgundy tights – H&M
Black boots – c/o Sarenza
Turquoise leopard print scarf – ASOS
Black hat – Long Tall Sally
Silver necklace – New Look (sale)


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Sweater Weather You Tube Tag

I like to pinch tags from You Tube from time to time and answer the questions in text form. I loved this tag last year and have been waiting for the right weather to post it this year.

1. Favourite candle scent?
Yankee Candle’s Spiced Orange, no contest.

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Tea. But sometimes hot chocolate.

3. What's the best fall memory you have?
Bonfire night. It’s a very British tradition I know, but I love getting bundled up and going out to watch fireworks and warm up by the bonfire. The year our Australian friends were living over here we all went to the massive bonfire in Roundhay Park in Leeds which was awesome.

4. Which makeup trend do you prefer: dark lips or winged eyeliner?
Dark lips on me, winged eyeliner on other people. If I try to do winged eyeliner on me I just end up with a smudged mess!

5. Best fragrance for fall?
Midnight Poison by Christian Dior.

6. Favourite Thanksgiving food?
We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, but as a general cosy food you can’t beat a sponge pudding with custard. If the pudding is jam roly poly it’s even better.

7. What is autumn weather like where you live?
Usually it’s wet and a bit chilly, but this year much of September, and the beginning of October, was beautifully sunny and unseasonably warm.

8. Most worn sweater?
One of my many polo necks – probably the black one. I live in polo necks come the cold weather.

9. Must-have nail polish this fall?
I don’t wear nail polish as it doesn’t agree with my nails. However, I do like a nail sticker and I have some lovely dark red ones by Mylene Klass that I got in the pound shop.

10. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?
Jumping in leaf piles. But in reality I don’t do that (there’s never any big piles of leaves around, if there were they’d probably be wet, and I’m a bit old for that kind of thing now) so I guess I’ll have to say rugby games. I love going back to my high school to watch the rugby match between the school team and the old boys.

11. Skinny jeans or leggings?
Skinny jeans. Leggings are not trousers people, don’t forget that.

12. Combat boots or Uggs?
Combat boots. Unless it’s really cold, in which case, Uggs.

13. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?
I don’t know, I’ve never tried it (shh, don’t tell the blogosphere...they’ll kick me out!). I don’t drink coffee so I’ve never had a pumpkin spice latte.

14. Favourite fall TV show?
This year? Made In Chelsea (and what’s left of the Great British Bake Off)

15. What song really gets you into the fall spirit?
There’s not a song in particular, but around November time I start playing Enya’s And Winter Came album as a sort of pre-Christmas soundtrack. It’s wintery in a snow and candlelight way without being overtly Christmassy.


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Sunday, October 12, 2014

This Week...


It has been October for a couple of weeks now and that means it’s officially fall. Last year around this time I discovered the Spiced Orange scented Yankee Candle. It’s the perfect candle to burn in the autumn as it smells fruity and orangey but with a hint of spices. I love the ambiance you get from a scented candle, especially as the nights draw in and it’s darker earlier. Last autumn/winter we burned this scent from October right through until about March. As soon as September hit I busted it out again.


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Outfit: Shamelessly Stolen

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Bank Blonde & Blonde Shiloh studded ankle boots


Today’s outfit is shamelessly stolen from Jill of Good Life For Less. I loved the combination of the navy and burgundy, but added my own twist on it with the polka dot jeans and boots.

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The weather has turned cold this week (we’ve even had our heating on for an hour or so each night) but today promised to be warmer than of late so instead of a coat I added a hat for my commute. I love hats. Do you know that you lose 40% of your body heat through your head so when you’re nesh like me a hat can make all the difference.

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Navy blazer – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Navy and cream stripe top – Forever 21
Polka dot jeans – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Beige suede boots – Blonde + Blonde (c/o Bank)
Burgundy and black scarf – River Island (sale)
Black hat – Long Tall Sally


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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Outfit: Autumn Florals and Purple Tights

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Priceless lilac-pink


Can you tell I’m into coloured tights again this autumn? I don’t feel like I’m quite ready for black tights, but the weather has turned cooler and this week so bare legs/nude tights are no longer an option. I’ve always liked purple tights, I think they’re the least ‘in-your-face’ colour if you want to move away from black, brown and navy. Not like the bright blue ones I wore on Monday...

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Florals are a big trend for autumn winter this year, and in darker fall-like colours I think they work really well. This sweater was kindly sent to me by the lovely people at TM Lewin. It’s the Erin print front jumper and you can buy it here. I really like the trend for tops with a printed front (or a front section in a different fabric to the rest of it, for example lace) and then knitted sleeves and back. This sweater fits in perfectly with that too. TM Lewin have a fabulous range of womenswear this autumn/winter.

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Such a statement top needed a neutral skirt and there’s no neutral I like better than denim. I’ve had this denim pencil skirt for many years now and it has proved to be a great eBay find. This was Tuesday's outfit.

Purple sweater – c/o TM Lewin
Denim skirt – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Purple tights – New Look
Purple booties – Priceless Shoes
White gold cross – gifte
Silver earrings – gifted


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