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Sunday, 30 October 2016

White Vans, Tailored Coat

Jumper: Zara
Bag: c/o Radley
Jeans: Weekday
Trainers: Vans at Coggles 

Last weekend I spent a few days up in the North East for a bit of rest, relaxation and a heavy dose of food (make sure you go to the Bay Horse if you're ever near Darlington...we had the most incredible meal there). It was cold, in that fresh biting way that October in that part of the world always is, so my suitcase was made up of those autumnal favourites: roll neck jumper, long tailored coat and fresh white Vans for walking along the beach in. 


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Roll Neck and Cropped Trousers

Sunglasses: ASOS
Jumper: Zara (similar)
Trousers: COS (similar)
Flats: Zara (similar)

Roll necks and dark colours are some of my favourite things about autumn, taking the excuse to wrap up in tailored styles and layers. I recently added these COS trousers to my culottes/cropped wide leg trousers collection and they've proved the perfect piece for the colder months, with that thick, slightly stiff fabric and longer length. Paired with a simple jumper and burgundy loafers, this look has become my go-to so far this season.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

The Grey COS Tunic

Tunic: COS
Trousers: Zara
Flats: ASOS (similar)

There's nothing like a COS sale purchase to put a smile on my face (I am happy, despite my resting bitch face). I snapped up this boxy grey tunic in the mid-season sale and it's proved to be the perfect piece for this time of year, especially when you're battling between the cold of outside and the heating in the office. 


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

A Few Days in Milan

About a month ago I headed to Milan with my boyfriend for a few days of exploring, eating and drinking. My only experience of the city was a stop off at the train station about 17 years ago so it was essentially my first taste of Milan. I'd heard mixed reviews (some love it, some say it's not great for a city break) but it's safe to say I fell for it in the space of a few hours.

It's more cosmopolitan than say Rome or Florence but it's still full of history, culture and age-old Italian architecture sitting alongside modern and innovative design. In a word, it's a real mix (exactly what I love in a city) and definitely worth a visit; here are my highlights.

Where to Stay

We stayed in the Navigli district in a great little Airbnb apartment. Canals run through the neighbourhood with bars, pizzerias and trattorias lining them, locals spilling out on to the cobbled streets. It was the perfect place for us - we'd spend the day exploring (mainly by foot - everything was really accessible) and then head back for aperitivo and long, late dinners.

Where to Eat

We tried out a few places around where we stayed (honestly I can't remember what they were called) but everything was incredible, as it always is in Italy. The good thing about Navigli is the restaurants are all pretty cheap (approx. 8-9 euros for a main) plus all of the bars do aperitivo, where you can get a drink and a free dish of food to go with it.

What to Do

We did all of the touristy things - Duomo (worth the wait - make sure you go up to the roof), museums, shopping...but the best thing to do is simply walk around the various neighbourhoods and soaking it all in. There are little gems dotted around the city so ditch the guidebook and let your feet be your guide.

Where to Shop

Let's face it, one of the main reasons to head to Milan is to shop. There's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele with the original Prada (go purely for the incredible architecture) and Brera which is full of upmarket boutiques. All around the Duomo you've got the usual high street suspects (COS, Zara, H&M, & Other Stories) but the best places to go are the independents. Go to Corso di Porta Ticinese (on the way from Navigli to central Milan) for shops like Edwin, Frip and Dictionary, plus little coffee shops and gelateria.

I could spend the whole day on that street alone, but another place not to miss is 10 Corso Como. In the north of the city, it's a small concept store that sells established labels and niche designers amid a leafy courtyard cafe. The prices aren't cheap but it's a beautiful store so well worth the trip.


Sunday, 16 October 2016

His and Her Trainer Style

I'm Wearing:

Adam's Wearing:
COS Jacket
H&M Jeans

Last week I managed to drag my man out and join me in an outfit pic (he said he hated it but I think he secretly loved being in front of the camera rather than behind it for once). A couple of weeks ago JD Sports invited us to the Brit Project in Manchester's Victoria Warehouse for a night of music, kitting us out with a pair of trainers for the occasion; we opted for grey adidas Originals for me and old school Reeboks for Adam (they're making a comeback guys). 

Luckily we have quite similar style (a mutual love for COS and simple, classic pieces) so doing his-and-hers style comes quite naturally - either that, or we've been together too long and we're starting to dress the same. Adam went for a monochrome look to go with his white trainers whereas I've gone for full-on black (this & Other Stories coat is the best thing I've picked up all season) with a hint of cream to complement my grey pair. 


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Woollen Trousers and Tunic

Sunglasses: ASOS
Tunic: Zara (similar)
Trousers: Zara
Flats: ASOS (similar)

I always find the beginning of autumn quite tricky to dress for. One day it's freezing, the next it's sunny, warm and that thick knit you put on in the morning becomes your greatest mistake. My answer is to try and pick something in between - in this case, woollen trousers and a lightweight knitted tunic with flats. 


Sunday, 9 October 2016

Mixing Silk with Denim

Sunglasses: ASOS
Top: & Other Stories
Jeans: Weekday (similar)
Sandals: Atterley 

There's something I love about mixing the luxury of silk with the functionality of denim when dressing; it creates a contrast and is perfect for giving a daytime outfit a little lift. This is a look I wore in Milan a couple of weeks ago for exploring the city and it had just the right level of style of comfort. 


Wednesday, 5 October 2016

White Layers in Milan

Dress: H&M (similar)
Culottes: Warehouse (similar)
Sandals: Atterley

It feels odd to be posting such a summery outfit now that we're well and truly in autumn but this was just a couple of weeks ago in Milan when the weather was beautiful. Just after I got back from London Fashion Week I headed to the city for a few days of sightseeing, shopping, eating, drinking and generally soaking up everything Milan had to offer. 

It's safe to say I fell in love with the city (I have no idea why a lot of people dismiss it for a city break) and I'll do a full travel post soon, but this is a look I wore on one of the days. All of these items are pieces I've had in my wardrobe for a while but I love it when you find a way combine them in different ways to create a whole new look; in this case, oversized layers - one of my favourites. 


Sunday, 2 October 2016

Gold Tunic at LFW

Sunglasses: ASOS
Dress: Zara
Trousers: Zara
Shoes: ASOS (similar)

Gold isn't a colour I'd normally be drawn to when it comes to clothing, but I couldn't resist this silky dress when I came across it in Zara. I wore it on the last day of London Fashion Week (which feels like months ago now), making it daytime-appropriate and a bit more 'me' by treating it like a tunic, layering it over black tailored trousers which peaked through the side slit, and pairing them with simple black accessories. 


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