24.04.2017- What I Wore Today #301

Monday, 24 April 2017

As I've touched on on a few occasions in the past, as I've grown older I've become a lot more focused on collecting a wardrobe full of piece which I know I'll wear time and time again, rather than the trend-led styles which I used to pick up on impulse in my teens. These are the sort of staples which tend to form the crux of my day to day wardrobe, and which I'm pleased to report are still going strong after several years- including this colour block style:

Coat- & Other Stories 
Tunic- Zara 
Trousers- ASOS 
Shoes- Adidas (via Surfdome) 
Bag- Skinny Dip London

I picked up this tunic from Zara about three years or so ago, and it's a real perennial favourite. The contrasting colours lend it a really smart edge, and the longer line is great for switching up silhouettes too- for some reason I always feel that little bit taller when I've got a longer top on! Here I teamed it with my much love wide-legged trousers from Zara and & Other Stories trench coat- two purchases which are also with me for the long haul!

What are your style essentials?

(Image credit: Michelle Chai, please do not reproduce without permission.) 

21.04.2017- Beauty Buys: Everyday Essentials

Friday, 21 April 2017

I've posted on several occasions in the past about how I don't really tend to deviate from my day to day beauty routine, so it seemed like it was high time to introduce you to some of the essentials which I use religiously. These are products which have become part of every day for me- those favourites which would come with me to a desert island (as well as the factor 50, of course!) These hero buys aren't all that expensive, but make a real difference to my routine- whether it's rushing in a bleary eyed haze first thing in the morning, or keeping things fresh faced at the weekend: 

If there's an item any more trusty than a humble pot of Vaseline, I'm yet to discover it. It's a product I've been using every day since I was a teenager, predominantly as a lip balm, but also on unruly eyebrows and to combat dry skin during the winter. This limited edition Lulu Guinness tin sits on my dressing table and it something I reach for every morning and every evening- not bad for a couple of pounds! I've accrued an array of mini perfume samples over the last few months, and tend to stash them either in my backpack for using on the go or wait until I'm heading off on holiday as they're perfect for popping in your hand luggage. Live Irresistible by Givenchy is a real old favourite, but Geranium Odorata from Diptyque is a new discovery which I picked up from their Covent Garden store last week. Needless to say that as a floral fan, I'm well and truly sold- and already contemplating purchasing a full sized bottle! Finally, Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré- a total miracle worker if ever there was one. This hydrating cream has really worked wonders on my skin, and it's one of those essentials which, once you've started using, is part of your routine for life. Even on no makeup days, this makes all the difference to how my skin looks and feels- it's light and hydrating without being too thick so is perfect as we head towards the summer months. 

What are your everyday beauty essentials? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

19.04.2017- What I Wore Today #300

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

There are few style staples which are more synonymous with spring than the humble trench coat, are there? I've had a handful which have come and gone from my wardrobe since I was a teenager, but there's no denying that as far as classic pieces go, it's well at the top of the 'essentials' list. Whilst I've got a cropped style from Whistles which has been with me since I turned 21, this year I was on the hunt for a new, longer line design with a slightly more relaxed feel- and happened across the perfect purchase from & Other Stories: 

Coat- & Other Stories 
Top- Zara 
Trousers- ASOS 
Shoes- c/o Boden
Bag- Skinny Dip London
Sunglasees- Ray Ban c/o John Lewis

Regular readers will know that I'm a big fan of & Other Stories, and, after spotting this coat in store a few weeks ago, I snapped it up on the spot. It's the perfect essential with which to bridge the gap in seasons, and versatile enough to style in plenty of different combinations. The looser, longer line keeps it feeling really modern too, and I know that it's a piece which I'll be reaching for time and time again- much like the & Other Stories camel coat which I picked up back in the autumn. Needless to say, I'm already anticipating the opening of their forthcoming Covent Garden store- and stashing my pennies in preparation!

What are your spring essentials?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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