Simply Red

Thursday, 24 August 2017

You would have had to have spent the last month or so in outta space not to know that red is one of the main colours of the the new season (unless of course you were on Mars..haha). Whilst my own wardrobe has as much colour as a 1940's movie, I am rather excited about injecting a few autumnal shades into my daily uniform. I mentioned a couple of noteworthy pieces in my previous post, but this is one entirely devoted to red.

Lets start with these ankle boots from Topshop. I actually saw these a few months ago and thought that the deep, rich maroon shade is perfect with a jumper dress and black tights.

Burgundy is also a lovely shade to wear in autumn and winter and this COS cardigan is a perfect example. The sliver of yellow on the pocket make it just a tad more interesting and is a definite work-wear winner.

This next item just makes me smile when I see. If any of you have a "Christmas Jumper Day" at work, then this one from MSGM will say "jingle bells" like no other. It is pricey, but I imagine that, as we head into the depths of the season, jumpers like these will be all over the high-street.

For bags, this Accessorize Newton cross body bag would look great over a dark navy or black ensemble and can fit all your essentials.

It would not be a post from me if I didn't mention a scarf that has caught my eye. I must refrain from buying anymore scarves and this COS one in particular, as I have exactly the same one from last year, but in a different colourway. I promise I will try not to get it...sigh. 

If the thought of wearing any item of red clothing makes you red in the face (oh the irony) then red nails might the way to go: Not the garish in-your-face shade of red of course, but this one from Tom Ford is the kind I mean, its red, but ever so slightly muted.

I hope you enjoyed this post and are having a good week :)

Autumn wardrobe refresh and a few favs

Friday, 4 August 2017

I decided to end my absence from these parts with a good ole' wardrobe refresh post with a few other bits n bobs thrown in. It's been a hectic few months with the end of term rush and the added stress of trying to get my course completed. Hopefully, I can put that all behind me and try to be more regular with my blog-posts.

So what better way to relax then preparing for my fav time of year....Autumn/Winter?. The shops are starting to trickle in the latest collections and I for one am excited with a capital "X".

Lets discuss the colours: red, purple and every rich, autumnal colour you can think of. Surprisingly, red is a colour which I will be incorporating into my wardrobe this year. Despite what most, if not all, of my friends and colleagues think, I do actually like colour (its truuuuueeee). In terms of styles, there seems to be a resurgence of the 70's, velvet and relaxed tailoring. There's also plaid and midi skirts teamed with chunky knits. For a more "what's what" on the new season, see this post in British Vogue.

I kicked this off with this cute "Dilly" sweater by Vanessa Seward. The photo really doesn't do it justice, as it's the most vibrant, true red shade I've ever seen and reminds me of why spending more on quality knitwear is the way to go. I managed to pick this one up in the Netaporter sale at 70% off. I'll probably team it with slim, tailored trousers for work and watch my colleague do a double-take when they see me in something other than black, navy or grey.

You may need to sit down (if you aren't already) for the next item. Yes, its another jumper, but wait, its in the most stunning shade of blue and will surely turn heads (for all the right reasons). May I present the Henriqua jumper by Vanessa Bruno. My heart skipped a beat when I saw it and although the price is an eye-watering amount, I imagine I will get a lot of wear out of it during the colder months (sub-zero temperatures anyone?).

Moving on from clothes and I recently found out why paying that little bit extra for home fragrance can be worth. I was in the market for a new diffuser as the last one I bought, which does smell lovely, but only when your nose is about 1mm away from the bottle!, not what one wants from a home fragrance. Neom is a brand which I have known about for quite some time and during the John Lewis sale, I decided to pick up one of their "Happiness" diffusers and it is amazing. The room was filled with a light, but distinct fragrance within minutes of me inserting the diffuser reeds, a noticeable difference from cheaper brands.

With my insatiable love of stationary, my favourite this month (so far, that is) is the Pilot turquoise fountain pen. I haven't used such a pen since my school days and it really is a delight :) All that's left is a new rucksack and pencil case and I'll be all set for the new term come September.