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Friday, 13 November 2015

My pick of the best autumn/winter wardrobe essentials

I know, I know, I've declared my love for autumn/winter fashion countless times before; but I'll say it again, I LOVE autumn/winter fashion. Shall we say that's the 55th time I've made that statement- whose keeping tally here? 

I mean, there's just something about the fashion this time of year that makes you feel that little more stylish. 

Actually, having said that, I wouldn't go as far as claiming I'm Sarah Ashcroft stylish, I highly doubt she struts out flinging a coat over her pyjama top. It's comfy, okay... 

Anyway, pyjama tops being kept under wraps aside- it's all fun and games until you need to take your coat off, and somebody catches a glimpse of your finest Primark Minnie Mouse top- I thought I'd talk you through my staple autumn/winter wardrobe picks. I pinky promise the pyjama top won't be mentioned today, enjoy... 

1.) A pair of killer knee high boots: 

First up on my essentials list is a pair of knee high boots, or a pair of thigh highs, if you aren't a short arse like myself- can we just take a moment to high five about the fact that heels exist?! From 4ft tall- or should I say 'small'- to average height in the space of seconds. Count me in. 

Petite girl probs aside, these are the type of boots that instantly transform a casual, laid back outfit into a 'oh so glam' sophisticated one. They also go with absolutely anything; jeans, skirts, dresses, you name it, they'll go. You need a pair! 

2.) A dress that'll impress: 

You really can't go wrong with a dress, can you? If you think of it all you need is a pair of shoes/boots, and your entire outfit is sorted. No faffing about trying to find a top to match; simply fling it on, and you're good to go. 

Majority of my autumn wardrobe is made up with Primark clothes this autumn, which I'm certainly not complaining about, an entire outfit for under £50, yes please. 

However, my favourite dress this season was kindly gifted from the team at BooHoo, as part of their 'Dress for Autumn' campaign. A gorgeous khaki shirt dress that can be worn either casually, or dressed up when teamed with heels and a clutch. 

3.) The statement skirt: 

If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that I don't wear jeans all that often? Well, that's because I've got a thing for skirts this autumn! 

As somebody that has a fear of looking 'too casual' a skirt is the perfect option. I always pair mine with a roll neck jumper as it really does make for easy peasy autumnal dressing. 

That's if you don't manage to ladder your tights just before you're about to step foot out of the door, of course. Girl in a rush last minute, and all that! 

4.) Faux fur gilet: 

I'm faux fur mad at the moment, and furry gilet's are no exception. Chuck one of these over a jumper and a pair of skinny jeans, and you've got yourself the perfect cosy outfit. 

Oh, and just a quick heads up to all of you fellow foodies that love dining out, you'll be super pleased to know that a fur gilet covers up a food baby just nicely. What I'm basically try to tell you; go all out, at the all you can eat buffet, worry about looking three months pregnant at a later date! 

5.) The perfect handbag:

Boring outfit that needs livening up? Grab a handbag. An all black number that needs a splash of colour? Grab a handbag. I think you get the gist, a handbag is key to adding that finishing touch to your look. 

I always opt for a nude or black bag, that way they go with everything outfit- three cheers for being boring sensible. I'd say Topshop is fave place to shop for the perfect bag, they aren't too pricy either, which means you can afford to buy two- more handbags, the better, right girls?! 

*Having just read those last two paragraphs back to myself, I can only apologise for how many times I say the word 'bag'. I am a girl with a limited vocabulary after all, forgive me. 

So there we have it, my staple Autumn/Winter essentials? Which five things would you claim 'essential' this season? 


Friday, 6 November 2015

My pick of the best homeware items

Hey, girls, I need your opinion on something; heart shaped bowls, egg houses, and pretty candle holders are cute, right? Yep, you know where this ones heading, I'm going to be talking all things homeware for the next five minutes. I mean, a house to keep your eggs in should just we aww-ed over... Correct me if I'm wrong? 

So, if I haven't bored you all already with my grandma ways- I'll be shocked if you say I haven't- I thought I'd share my all time fave homeware items with you all. Maybe this obsession of mine really means I'm a fifty year old woman in disguise, who knows? I'll let you lot decide on that one. 

Cream egg coup | Link 
 First up is quite possibly my favourite item out of the entire kitchen; or, to be precise, my favourite homeware item of all damn time. You may have already clicked on though? Being as I have mentioned my undying love for this item twice already. Oh, and yes, yes I did 'aww' out loud when I spied it out of the corner of my eye in Next, maybe I need to get out more? 

Heart kettle | Link 
Following on from the cute kitchen theme; here's an extremely girly kettle for you to go all heart eye emoji over. And, if like me you agree that this is the type of kettle you just can't not have in your life, then you can pick one up from Next. Don't worry, you can thank me later, just promise me that you'll make me a cuppa in return. Maybe throw a couple of Bourbon biscuits in on the deal too, thanks! 

Tea, coffee, and sugar jars | Link 
Have you noticed the ever so subtle heart theme yet? You maybe have now. These make for the perfect quirky touch as they aren't your everyday kind of tea, coffee, and sugar jars. Again, these are from Next. As far as cute girly homeware items go, Next would definitely win top of the class if it was down to me, and oh, go on then, I'd maybe even throw a gold star in too. 

Cake stand | Link 
I'm sure you all know by now that I'm a bit of a baking enthusiast- watch out Mary Berry. If you've been slaving away in the kitchen for a couple of hours, whipping up something that deserves the 'star baker' title, then you're going to want a cake stand to show your latest batch of cupcakes off on. Psst... Instagram loves cupcakes, remember that. 

'Queen of' kitchen sign | Link 
Last, but very not least, my Queen of cocktails & cupcakes sign. A company called 'I Just Love It' very kindly sent me this a few weeks ago now, and I can confirm that I do just love it- see what I did there? The website also has a huge selection of personalised gifts to choose from, so perfect for this time of year, what with Christmas being just around the corner. 

*Side note- I may be Queen of cocktails and cupcakes, but when it comes to opening a tin of beans, that takes me at least half an hour because I can't use a tin opener. I honestly amaze myself! 

 If you've made it to the bottom, and not yawned once, then round of applause for you. On a serious note, are you a fan of all things homeware? I'd love to know your favourite places to shop! 

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