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Sunday, 21 January 2018

On Moving to Sydney



Coat: & Other Stories
Jumper: Uniqlo
Jeans: Weekday
Boots: Dr Martens 

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my latest news: my boyfriend Adam and I are moving to Sydney next month. We're leaving the north of England behind in search of a new adventure, a lot more sun and the taste of a different kind of (more relaxed) lifestyle, and I honestly cannot wait.

We went to Australia for the first time last April for a wedding in Perth and during our few days in Sydney I think it's safe to say we both became enamoured of the city within a matter of hours (I was expecting to feel that way about Melbourne but it was Sydney that I felt most at home). I remember sitting in Abu Dhabi airport on the way home, having just paid about £12 for a stale croissant and mediocre coffee, discussing what our lives would be like if we took the plunge and moved, but at the time it felt like more of a pipe dream rather than something we would do in reality.      


So we went back to Manchester, trying to get back to life as normal. But the post-holiday blues lingered a lot longer than usual and as much as we loved living in Didsbury, we couldn't shake the feeling that there's so much more out there for us both. 

And the thing is, my outlook on life and what I wanted from it changed a lot when we were there. The laid back culture, healthier lifestyle, and balance of city and beach life is probably what appealed to me most - and it's those things that made me happier than any amount of money of material things ever will. 


I also realised that I was just going through the motions of what I thought I should be doing in life. A good, steady job. Saving for a house to get on the property ladder, probably followed by marriage in a few years' time.  

So we were saving, saving, saving. But post-Sydney I asked myself: why? Why am I placing so much importance on something I'm actually not that fussed about in this point of my life? I feel like as a nation we have this obsession with owning property and that if you're nowhere near even having the deposit to buy a house in an ever-competitive and difficult market, you're failing at life.  

Honestly? I love my freedom and the fact that we were able to leave our rented Didsbury terrace with just a month's notice, and I don't want to spend the remaining few years of my 20s worrying about mortgages. 


We're doing what we want to do, not what society dictates we should be doing. And it feels amazing. At the moment, our visas give us a year in Oz with the option to extend while we're out there. We're planning on spending our first few weeks travelling up the east coast before settling in Sydney and trying to find jobs, a flat, and everything else that comes with moving to a new city. After that, who knows. I like not knowing. 




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Monday, 1 January 2018

New Year, Same Style



Scarf: Hermes
Coat: McQ Alexander McQueen (similar)
Jumper: New Look
Bag: Zara (similar)
Trousers: COS
Shoes: Zara (similar)

Happy new year! Somehow we saw through the year that was 2017 and made it through the other side. I've been pretty quiet on here recently, mainly because December was a really busy one, travelling all through the UK visiting various family members, a couple of weddings, Christmas, and work in between (documented all on Instagram of course, which you can see here). 

The next few months are gearing up to be the same but I'm not complaining - 2018 is already promising to be one of my most exciting years yet, and one that I can't wait to share. For now, here's another all-black outfit with a red silk scarf because, y'know, I was feeling festive.  








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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Relaxed Tailoring for Winter



Coat: McQ Alexander McQueen
Scarf: ASOS (similar)
Jeans: ASOS
Boots: Dr Martens

Most of my outfits at the moment seem to be a variation of lots of layers, and this is no different. As much as I'm a fan of big knitwear, that office central heating has me reaching for a number of lighter pieces more often than not - in this case, this means relaxed tailoring in the form of oversized shirt dresses, jeans, Chelsea boots and a big ass scarf. 








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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Modern Classics with Thomas Sabo



Jumper: Uniqlo U
Trousers: Zara
Watch: c/o Thomas Sabo
Rings: c/o Thomas Sabo 

As I've gotten older my appreciation for quality over quantity has grown too, in all aspects of life. At the age of 27 I've come to surround myself with a few wonderful friends rather than lots of average ones, I've realised that one bottle of exceptionally good wine is better than lots of whatever's cheapest in Tesco (that, and I can no longer handle the hangovers) and when it comes to buying new pieces for my wardrobe I only go for those that I know are going to last and I'll love for years to come. 


This view may come from working in luxury fashion where I can see first-hand the value of buying into quality pieces rather than the throwaway fashion that increasingly dominates the British high street, or it may come from a desire to consume less and appreciate more. Either way, it's the modern, versatile classics that I'm drawn to again and again and the same applies to jewellery. 


That's why the Thomas Sabo collection of stainless steel and silver watches and jewellery appeals to me so much. Clean, classic pieces that I know I can wear with oversized knitwear (like here), with an LBD come Christmas party season or with tailoring when I need to feel smart. I teamed up with the brand to pick some of my favourite pieces, with this men's watch from the Spirit Watches collection and these layered, chunky silver rings crying out to me most.  


I love how big the size of this watch face is without being too bulky, while mixing the larger ring with a slightly more delicate one (this particular style is from the Together by Thomas Sabo collection – look closely as you’ll see it says ‘Together Forever’...perfect for an extra special Christmas gift) is a nice balance of masculine meets feminine style (my favourite). 



This post was sponsored by Thomas Sabo, all views and product choices my own 




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Sunday, 26 November 2017

The New Camel Coat



Coat: Mango (sold out, similar here)
Bag: Zara (similar)
Jeans: ASOS
Trainers: Vans

I tend to buy a new camel coat pretty much every winter because, well, you can't beat it. This season though I've gone for something a little bit different with this oatmeal-coloured one from Mango (wild, right?) It's part of the brand's Committed Collection, which if you haven't looked at already, I urge you to immediately. It's full of masculine shapes, oversized beauties like this coat, and the quality is next level. Plus with 30% off for Black Friday, you really can't go wrong (thank me later). 










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