Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lust of the week: Missguided wide leg jumpsuit

I love a good jumpsuit - after all, what's not to like about a ready-made outfit?! Party season is fast approaching and this jumpsuit from Missguided (only £29.99!) is an easy way to work the 70s trend. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Outfit: Wide leg trousers, jumper, wide brim hat

Hat: H&M (similar)
Jumper: Whistles (similar)
Trousers; ASOS
Shoes: Zara (similar)

I think Halloween must be seeping into my and black? Check. Big witch hat? Check. 

In all seriousness though, I'm loving that 70s is a big trend this season and that big hats and high-waisted, wide-leg trousers are popping up on the high street (perfect for petite girls like me as they give the illusion of longer legs!) By pairing the two with a simple (but oh so soft and cosy) knit, it keeps the look modern whilst still giving a nod to the trend. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Afternoon tea at Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel, Elstree

Last week I was invited to Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel in Elstree, just outside London. After meeting a bunch of other bloggers at King's Cross, we hopped on a vintage bus and made the short(ish) journey up to the hotel.

I wore an ASOS polo neck jumper (similar), ASOS culottes and Kurt Geiger boots - brightening up the look with my favourite red lippy from Mac - Russian Red.

The hotel is an old Tudor house which dates back to the 16th Century - inside is all old wooden beams (some of which came from ships involved in the Spanish Armada) and big ornate fireplaces, and is all entirely furnished in Laura Ashley; the company bought the hotel in 2012 and have really encapsulated the brand in building-form. 

Upon entering the hotel we went straight to Afternoon Tea. It had everything you'd expect - cucumber sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, a selection of cakes, and good old English breakfast tea served in delicate blue and white Laura Ashley teapots and teacups. The room where it was served was equally as gorgeous - high ceilings and large windows made it really light and airy, with thick velvet curtains providing that warm, homely feel. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of the room as the food was far too distracting...just look at that spread!

After tea we were taken on a tour of the hotel. Each room is furnished differently, but they're all given the same attention to detail and of course, everything is Laura Ashley. It's a real traditional English hotel but still manages to be stylish rather than twee and chintzy, plus they've managed to incorporate both feminine and masculine touches throughout so men shouldn't be scared off! 

Image courtesy of Laura Ashley

Image courtesy of Laura Ashley

Following the tour, we went outside to enjoy a bit of the country air (a novelty for those of us living in London!), the giant chess board and the view of the city below. After all that hard work, we settled down to a glass of prosecco before getting back on the bus and heading home.

When can I go back?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Lust of the week: Hooded faux fur coat

Faux fur is everywhere this season - and what better way to embrace the trend than investing in a faux fur jacket? This vintage-inspired one from Story Of Lola will become a real staple in anyone's wardrobe and is one that can be worn for winters to come. Plus, it has a hood to give it that extra cosy factor!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Outfit: Burberry-inspired coat and scarf

Coat: ASOS
Scarf: Gift (similar)
Boots: c/o Missguided

I've taken inspiration from Burberry AW14 for this outfit, and tucked my scarf into my coat belt. I love how this season lets us create outfits solely with our coats and means we can be creative in different ways (and I can wear my sweats underneath and no one will realise!) 

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