26.04.2017- Most Wanted: Kin by John Lewis

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Although I've got a selection of trusty style staples which I tend to reach for on a fairly regular rotation, there are definitely still some instances when I wake up and have no idea what to put on of a morning. Delving into my wardrobe is a bit of a battle at the best of times, and the topsy turvy weather which we're experiencing at the moment definitely doesn't make outfit planning any easier. With that in mind, I've recently been on the lookout for some additional everyday essentials to bolster my work wardrobe, and have happened upon a lovely selection in the shape of John Lewis' Kin collection:
Back Tie Top, £49/Oversized Print Top, £55/Reverse Seam Cardigan, £55/White Leather Backpack, £89/Silver Slingback Pumps, £69, all by Kin by John Lewis.

Minimalist wardrobe goals, am I right?!! You really can't go wrong with a basic black top, and this tie back style ticks all of the right cost per wear boxes, as well as being a great versatile investment too. This graphic print top is another statement staple which is perfect for packing a punch with minimal styling- firmly on my shopping list! With this cold snap in the air, I'm sure I'm not the only one frantically scrabbling about for some warm woollies, and this cardigan is another essential investment- a classic piece which is as practical as it is classic. I've been on the hunt for a new backpack for a little while now, and this white leather design is a real contender- perfect for packing everything in whilst keeping things cool! Finally- a pair of shoes which aren't trainers (gasp!), but which I think I could get on really well with, particularly as we segue into summer. 

Have you discovered any new labels recently? 

(Image credit: John Lewis.)

24.04.2017- What I Wore Today #301

Monday, 24 April 2017

As I've touched on on a few occasions in the past, as I've grown older I've become a lot more focused on collecting a wardrobe full of piece which I know I'll wear time and time again, rather than the trend-led styles which I used to pick up on impulse in my teens. These are the sort of staples which tend to form the crux of my day to day wardrobe, and which I'm pleased to report are still going strong after several years- including this colour block style:

Coat- & Other Stories 
Tunic- Zara 
Trousers- ASOS 
Shoes- Adidas (via Surfdome) 
Bag- Skinny Dip London

I picked up this tunic from Zara about three years or so ago, and it's a real perennial favourite. The contrasting colours lend it a really smart edge, and the longer line is great for switching up silhouettes too- for some reason I always feel that little bit taller when I've got a longer top on! Here I teamed it with my much love wide-legged trousers from Zara and & Other Stories trench coat- two purchases which are also with me for the long haul!

What are your style essentials?

(Image credit: Michelle Chai, please do not reproduce without permission.) 

21.04.2017- Beauty Buys: Everyday Essentials

Friday, 21 April 2017

I've posted on several occasions in the past about how I don't really tend to deviate from my day to day beauty routine, so it seemed like it was high time to introduce you to some of the essentials which I use religiously. These are products which have become part of every day for me- those favourites which would come with me to a desert island (as well as the factor 50, of course!) These hero buys aren't all that expensive, but make a real difference to my routine- whether it's rushing in a bleary eyed haze first thing in the morning, or keeping things fresh faced at the weekend: 

If there's an item any more trusty than a humble pot of Vaseline, I'm yet to discover it. It's a product I've been using every day since I was a teenager, predominantly as a lip balm, but also on unruly eyebrows and to combat dry skin during the winter. This limited edition Lulu Guinness tin sits on my dressing table and it something I reach for every morning and every evening- not bad for a couple of pounds! I've accrued an array of mini perfume samples over the last few months, and tend to stash them either in my backpack for using on the go or wait until I'm heading off on holiday as they're perfect for popping in your hand luggage. Live Irresistible by Givenchy is a real old favourite, but Geranium Odorata from Diptyque is a new discovery which I picked up from their Covent Garden store last week. Needless to say that as a floral fan, I'm well and truly sold- and already contemplating purchasing a full sized bottle! Finally, Embryolisse's Lait-Crème Concentré- a total miracle worker if ever there was one. This hydrating cream has really worked wonders on my skin, and it's one of those essentials which, once you've started using, is part of your routine for life. Even on no makeup days, this makes all the difference to how my skin looks and feels- it's light and hydrating without being too thick so is perfect as we head towards the summer months. 

What are your everyday beauty essentials? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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