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Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Belt Bag




Jumper: COS (similar)
Trousers: Zara (similar)
Bag: Zara (similar)
Trainers: Vans 

The bum bag. I never thought I'd see the day when I actually owned and wore one (too many memories of dodgy tourist outfits when holidaying in France in the '90s) but I'm a fully fledged convert. This leather bum bag (or belt bag as I believe it's now called) is now one of my favourite accessories, thanks to its clean shape and the ability it gives me to go completely hands-free, just carrying the necessities. 





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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Revisiting Autumnal Dressing



Jumper: ASOS
Trousers: Mango (similar)
Trainers: Vans 

Now we're fully into October I'm all about that autumnal dressing again. The lightweight knits are starting to come out, as are some of last season's staples - like these high-waisted Mango trousers that I'm very much looking forward to carry on wearing over the next few months.







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Thursday, 5 October 2017

The Fail-safe Pieces



Coat: ASOS
Top: COS
Trousers: COS
Shoes: Zara 

These are the fail-safe pieces I've been returning to again and again lately. Those relaxed yet slightly tailored shapes and cuts that are just about passable in the office but feel like an instant comfort blanket when I'm stumbling around at 6:30am trying to get ready while simultaneously trying not to wake the whole house up. 

I've been struggling with the change of the seasons in the past few weeks. Those long dark nights and even darker mornings seem to have made me a lot more tired than usual, so reaching for those pieces that are essentially an extension of lounge wear is a pretty good compromise.




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Sunday, 1 October 2017

The Boyfriend Pyjama Shirt



Shirt: ASOS (similar)
Jeans: Weekday
Boots: Zara (similar)

If you've been following me for a while you'll know I'm a fan of anything loose, oversized and with a few masculine details. Well, I've gone one step further and started raiding my boyfriend's wardrobe for a few pieces here and there (and cunningly doubled my clothing collection in the process) when I become a bit bored with my own. I've been pinching this ASOS pyjama-style shirt quite a bit recently, changing it up slightly with rolled-ups sleeves and a plunging neckline (this is the time when my A cups come in handy) so it's less boyfriend-leftovers, more autumnal-feminine-chic (at least that's what I'm telling myself). 





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Sunday, 24 September 2017

The Leather Biker Jacket



Leather Jacket: Topshop (similar)
Shirt: COS
Trousers: COS
Trainers: Vans 

I feel as though all I ever talk about is the weather on this blog but as it dictates my wardrobe, it's pretty apt. I'm in the middle of that weird spell where a blazer is a bit too light, a coat too heavy and knitwear heavier still, which means I'm in a bit of a style conundrum (first world problems). Enter the leather biker jacket. This is one I've had in my wardrobe for years and recently retrieved from my parents' house, but the best thing about this kind of piece is that it only gets better with age. Get a similar one from Topshop here.









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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Transitional Layers



Blazer: Zara (similar)
Dress: Theory (similar)
Trousers: Uniqlo (similar)
Flats: Zara 

I've been trying to prolong my summer wardrobe recently, trying to navigate that difficult time between the end of summer and beginning of autumn. Enter light layers mixed with heavier ones, like this outfit of loose lightweight trousers, knitted sleeveless dress and relaxed blazer. Warm enough for those increasingly colder mornings, cool enough to avoid that sweaty commute (attractive). 







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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A Few Days in Berlin



T-Shirt: Ganni 
Sunglasses: ASOS
Jeans: Weekday
Trainers: Vans

A couple of weeks ago my boyfriend and I headed to Berlin for a bit of a high-summer city break and it's safe to say we both completely fell in love with the city. It was both of our first times in Germany so it was great to explore something new - with a lot of aspects of the city totally unexpected (we thought it would be all ex-Soviet concrete blocks rather than the wide tree-lined streets that surrounded our hotel).


Dress: Ganni
Bag: Zara (similar)
Sandals: By Malene Birger

It's definitely a city of contrasts (you can still feel the differences between the old east and west sides of Berlin, despite it being almost 30 years since the wall came down) but it works and that makes it all the more intriguing to visit the various neighbourhoods. It's also pretty cheap for a European city and caters for all budgets - in fact, the better food we had was in the more casual places on the lower end of the scale.

Where to Stay



Jumpsuit: Paisie

We tend to go Airbnb when we go away but opted to stay at the Max Brown Ku'damm in the Charlottenburg district, where design played a big part in each space (hellooo Instagram) and the service was impeccable. Staff were really friendly and gave us some invaluable tips for exploring the city, plus their 'happy hour' lasts all night (try the espresso martini and basil smash). Hearty breakfasts come with the room too and were delicious - expect classics like eggs benedict, fluffy American-style pancakes and the must-try shakshuka.

Where to Eat and Drink


The Butcher
Those aforementioned breakfasts tended to fill us up enough that lunch wasn't really required but we definitely sampled some great coffee shops. Silo in Friedrichschain is a cool spot with great coffee - the service wasn't the best when we were there but worth trying if you're not in a hurry (their breakfasts did look amazing as well), while Distrikt in Mitte became our firm favourite.

The Butcher
In terms of restaurants, you're pretty much spoiled for choice. In the evenings we stuck around our hotel (Savignyplatz is a square lined in bars and restaurants), with The Butcher - a casual but stylish burger joint - probably being the best place, but there are also loads of Vietnamese restaurants that are worth a visit too. If you happen to be there on a Thursday head to Markethalle Neun in Kreuzberg for incredible street food, plus they put on a few events and have an on-site craft brewery.

Klunkerkranich
For drinks with a view, go to Klunkerkranich - a rooftop bar in Neukolln that has views all over the city. In true hipster fashion, it's on the roof of a car park which is accessible through a very non-descript shopping mall. Don't be alarmed if you think you're in the wrong place, simply take the lift up to the very top of the building and you'll soon find the bohemian watering hole.

Silo
What to Do


The Jewish Memorial
This kind of depends on how you like to 'city break'. There's plenty in the way of museums, art galleries and landmarks if you want to go on full-on tourist but we tended to dip in and out them whilst spending most of our time wandering around the neighbourhoods. The good news is there's a lot 'touristy' stuff that's free - the wall, for example (go to the east side gallery for the artwork but there's also a more 'authentic' part of the wall still standing - with accompanying memorial - in Mitte), as well as the Jewish memorial, Checkpoint Charlie (beware, this has been a bit Disney-fied...you'll see what I mean) and the Brandenburg Gate. 

East Side Gallery
Tiergarten
Apart from that, we spent a bit of time in Tiergarten (a huge park) having drinks by the river and popping in and out of shops. Bikini Berlin is a concept shopping mall which is definitely worth a visit, other than that Voo Store in Kreuzberg is an absolute must for the best in clothing (they have an outlet across the road too), while I could have spent hours in Mitte's Do You Read Me?!, a small store selling hard-to-get English books and magazines.

Do You Read Me?!
Voo Store 
To be honest, we felt like we only scratched the surface with Berlin and could do with booking another trip to explore a bit more, such is the extent of this incredible city.



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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Oversized Navy Jumpsuit in Kreuzberg




Jumpsuit: Paisie
Bag: MM6 Maison Margiela
Vans: AllSole

If you follow me on Instagram you'll know I've just been on a break to Berlin and it was incredible. It was my first trip to the city (in fact, my first trip to Germany) and it definitely didn't disappoint - so diverse, full of history and culture...there'll be a full travel post coming up soon about all my favourite spots. 

For now, this is one of the outfits I wore to explore Kreuzberg - one of the best neighbourhoods in Berlin. The weather was wonderful when we were there so I was all about the loose layers (this oversized Paisie jumpsuit - which is now on sale - was a godsend) and trainers for all that walking around.  





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