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Sunday, 20 August 2017

All Black and Vans Old Skools

Sunglasses: ASOS
Dress: & Other Stories (sleeveless version)
Jeans: ASOS
Vans: c/o AllSole

A typical outfit for me of late, with Manchester's version of summer being more like a mild autumn than anything else. Hence the black layers with only a bold red lip adding a sense of colour. I've been living in these Vans Old Skools too (having exhausted my all-white pair it was time for an upgrade) which not only are ridiculously comfortable but pretty go with everything in my wardrobe. Expect to see a lot more from them... 


Sunday, 6 August 2017

Revisiting the Jeans and Blazer Outfit

Blazer: Zara (similar)
Vest: M&S (similar)
Jeans: ASOS
Bag: Sandqvist
Flats: Zara 

A pretty basic outfit but one I've been reaching for quite a lot recently in that weird 4-seasons-in-a-day type weather that we've been having a lot of in Manchester recently (also known as, 'summer'). I've been going back to that failsafe jeans-and-blazer combination more so than usual really which is probably more a sign of my laziness and lack of creativity at 6am when I'm stuffing clothes into my gym bag pre-office more than anything else, but let's pretend it's a style thing. 

Mixing up a few different colours (black, dark green and tan) and adding a couple of lux details (a double breasted blazer and cut-out detailing on the leather shoes) turns it into a slightly more thoughtful outfit and one you can get away with wearing to the office, with those after-work drinks thrown in. 


Sunday, 30 July 2017

The Haircut

Sunglasses: ASOS
Blazer: Mango
T-shirt: Barbour
Trousers: Gestuz (similar)
Bag: MM6 Maison Margiela 
Sandals: By Malene Birger (similar)

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I've had a bit of a dramatic change recently. Well, dramatic for me anyway - after years of long hair I chopped it all off, ready for a much-needed change and release of all that weight that was dragging me down. It's safe to say that I love it (thankfully - there's nothing worse than swallowing back the tears and trying to feign happiness in the hairdressers after a dodgy cut) and it's left me wondering why I haven't done it much sooner. 

But, back to clothing. I've been reaching for navy a lot recently, mainly because I want something slightly softer than black in the summer months and this new Mango blazer (a snip at £30 in the sale) is pretty much forming the basis of all my outfits at the moment.  


Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Navy Tunic

Sunglasses: ASOS
Necklace: COS (similar)
Tunic: House of Sunny (similar)
Jeans: Weekday
Shoes: Zara 

Ever have one of those pieces in your wardrobe that you love but just never wear? This House of Sunny tunic is that item for me. I've had it for about two years and probably worn it twice in that whole time (I think it's the slit and the fact it's lacking sleeves) but haven't been able to part ways with it. 

I've managed to find love with it again though, wearing it backwards over jeans to avoid that awkward midriff-bearing situation. And it's firmly back on my favourites rail again. 


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Elevated Basics

Sunglasses: ASOS
Scarf: Hermes (similar)
T-shirt: c/o Barbour
Jeans: Weekday
Clutch: Etsy (similar)
Flats: Zara 

A rare sunny day in Manchester called for a couple of weekend staples (blue jeans, white tee - the softest - from Barbour), made a little bit more special with a couple of additions. I bought these Zara flats last week and they were well worth the buy - the leather is buttery soft, which together with the cut-out opening at the top, makes the basic flat that slightly more elevated. As an extra touch, I added this red and white silk Hermes scarf, tied down the back for a simple yet effective statement.  


Sunday, 2 July 2017

Tunic over Trousers

Dress: Zara
Trousers: Zara
Shoes: M&S 

A classic 'me' outfit: dress over trousers, flat backless mules and a loose silhouette. But sometimes you can't really go wrong with the classics and there's a reason you keep coming back to certain looks and items time and again, so I'm not complaining that I have a bit of a style uniform. 

I've been trying to cut down on buying new clothes recently (although truth be told I've been rather uninspired by what's on offer at the moment) but this Zara dress was a bit of a no-brainer. It's one of those pieces you can wear on its own, or layered, as I've done here - and I'm all about that cost-per-wear.  


Monday, 26 June 2017

The Summer Mac

Jacket: Native Youth (similar)
T-shirt: ASOS
Trousers: COS
Flats: M&S

As usual, Manchester doesn't know what to do with the weather, throwing my entire wardrobe into question. This Native Youth mac has proved somewhat of a saviour for those days when sun and rain come in equal measure, especially when paired with loose pieces like this simple grey tee and relaxed tailored COS trousers. A pair of slip-ons are never far away for me either, and this M&S pair have become new favourites. 


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Wide Leg Trousers and Grey Tee

T-shirt: ASOS
Belt: ASOS
Trousers: Uniqlo
Converse: Coggles 

These wide leg trousers from Uniqlo have got a lot of airtime from me over the past few months, but they're one of the easiest (and comfiest) things to wear. I wore this look to the opening of the new Footasylum store in Leeds last week, opting to wear them with a simple grey tee and trusty Converse 70s, adding a belt to create a bit of definition in an otherwise-loose silhouette. 


Sunday, 11 June 2017

Relaxed Shirting

Shirt: Neon Rose
Jeans: COS
Shoes: Zara

Oh I love a good sample sale buy. I got this shirt a couple of weeks ago at the Native Youth/Neon Rose sample sale for a solid £5 and it's become one of those really easy pieces for me to just throw on with some jeans or relaxed trousers - especially on those (rare) warmer days. 


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Palm Print Dress over Jeans

Dress: Zara (similar)
Jeans: Weekday
Shoes: Carvela

This is the second time in as many weeks that this palm print dress has featured on the blog, but it's safe to say that I can't get enough. It still feels a bit too summery to be wearing in Manchester though, so I've been wearing it over jeans and pairing with flats to make it a bit more city-friendly. 


Sunday, 4 June 2017

Navy Basics

Top: A.P.C. (similar)
Trousers: Uniqlo (similar)
Sandals: Zara 

If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know I'm partial to a good basic. Those pieces you can wear time and again, mixing them up with other styles to create new looks and silhouettes. I bought these trousers and top when we were in Sydney and they've become my failsafe go-tos, especially on those early morning weekdays. These Uniqlo trousers are just the right blend of tailored yet casual, while the thick cotton of this A.P.C. top turns it from an everyday tee into something slightly more elevated. 


Sunday, 28 May 2017

A Travel Guide to Sydney

This is the last in my travel series from Australia, but we're ending on a high with Sydney. After a couple of days in Melbourne, we headed north and spent four days exploring the various neighbourhoods of the city and of course, the iconic coast. It's safe to say I left my heart in Sydney - the mixture of city meets beach, the laid-back lifestyle, ridiculously good food, shopping, architecture and friendly locals has made me pining to go back. I'm not going to lie, I've been checking for flight deals almost on the daily but for now, discover my travel guide to Sydney.  

Where to Stay

We stayed in Paddington in an Airbnb and couldn't have been happier with our choice. The streets were lined with the most beautiful houses (just look at those above) and the variety of places to eat and drink was incredible. The shopping was great (go to Oxford Street for independents and shops like Incu for the likes of A.P.C., Acne and Common Projects), it was full of character, plus you're really close to Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and a bus ride away from Bondi or the CBD.   

Jumpsuit: COS
Converse: Coggles 

Where to Eat and Drink

Kurtosh - We spent a lot of time on Victoria Street in Darlinghurst, which was about a 5 minute walk from where we were staying, and was lined with bars, cafes and restaurants. Kurtosh is a bakery/cafe serving fresh baked goods everyday - try the signature Kürtőskalács for a taste of traditional Hungarian pastry.

Mad Pizza - Also on Victoria Street but there are a few locations around the city, Mad Pizza serves up fresh pizza plus a variety of pasta dishes - go if you want a casual bite to eat. 

Cali Press - We found there was a whole host of health food-driven places to eat in Sydney that didn't lose out when it came to quality or flavour. Cali Press (five locations around the city - we went to the Bondi cafe) is one of the best examples, full of cold pressed juices, whole foods and bulletproof coffee (try it, trust me). 

Buffalo Dining Club - A tiny place off Victoria Street, Buffalo Dining Club specialises in mozzarella. There are just a few things on the menu - first, you choose your cheese, side and prosciutto, and then you choose your pasta (go for the cacio e pepe, which they serve out of a cheese wheel). The dishes are large and ample to share between two, plus the space fills up quickly (especially at the weekend) so go early if you want a table. 

Elvio's - Another Italian on Victoria Street, Elvio's has a simple but well-executed menu, with a build-your-own antipasti concept. They also do great coffee, should you find yourself there during the day.

Gelato Messina - The best gelato you'll get outside of Italy, Gelato Messina is a bit of an institution in Sydney. The flavours are inventive and each one so delicious you'll want to try every one. 

Infinity Bakery - Situated on Oxford Street, Infinity Bakery is a bakery-come-cafe specialising in organic sourdough. It's a laid-back affair where you can either grab fresh goods to go, or sit down for brunch (the avocado on sourdough was my favourite) and coffee.   

What to Do

Aside from eating (which you'll want to do a lot of), the best way to discover Sydney is wandering through the neighbourhoods by foot and stumbling across the little parks and boutiques. But the touristy stuff is well worth a visit too; go to the CBD for high street shopping, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, and Bondi for Aussie beach life. Do the Bondi to Coogee walk too, for incredible views and a chance to sample a variety of the city's beaches (the Coogee Pavilion provides a well-deserved rooftop drink at the end).  

Dress: & Other Stories
Sandals: Zara


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