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23.04.2014- What I Wore Today #182

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

After a lovely, relaxing long Bank Holiday (can the weekend always be four days long please?!), I've treated myself to the rest of the week off work! I've been feeling a little bit tired and run down of late, so a little break is just what the doctor ordered, and in between indulging in far too many chocolate eggs, I've been using my time to tackle some all important life admin, catch up with friends and indulge my adventurous side. Yesterday, my lovely uni friend Kate and I took a road trip through three counties (!) to visit the beautiful Bodiam Castle, situated in the picturesque East Sussex countryside:

Coat- Limited Edition from Marks and Spencer
Blouse- Mint Vintage via ASOS Marketplace
Jeans- Topshop
Bag- Boden
Sunglasses- ASOS
Shoes- Vans c/o Surfdome

How amazing is this location?!! Future outfit posts will certainly have a lot to live up to, and somehow I don't think that my back garden is going to be able to hold a candle to such spectacular surroundings! I'd never visited Bodiam before, but had a brilliant time exploring- keep your eyes peeled for a feature-length post all about my adventure coming soon. It's such a stunning building, and surrounded by miles and miles of lush green fields- the perfect antidote to the pollution heavy, busy London which usually dominates my day. Outfit wise, I opted to keep things quite simple here, pairing an old favourite in the shape of this red blouse from Mint Vintage with my staple jeans from Topshop and ultra-comfortable Vans. I've had this lovely navy blue coat from Marks and Spencer in my wardrobe for a fair few months now, but I think that this is the first time I've featured it in an outfit post. Part of their Limited Edition range, it's a piece which I snapped up during a 20% off promo weekend and it's proved a super savvy investment, particularly as it's so easy to wear, and really warm- ideal for transitional dressing and our unpredictable weather! Keeping things practical, I also reached for some favourite accessories in the shape of my Boden bag and ASOS sunglasses.

How did you spend your Easter weekend? And what are your favourite practical purchases?

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

21.04.2014- Most Wanted: Susie Bubble Styles & Other Stories

Monday, 21 April 2014

Since the opening of their flagship branch in central London last year, & Other Stories has definitely become one of my most visited shopping haunts. Not only is their Regent Street store a masterclass in conceptual shopping, but I'm a huge fan of the overall minimalist aesthetic which the brand has to offer- perfect for trying to pull off effortless chic on days where you don't want to have the age old 'I have nothing to wear' dilemma (which, for me, is 99.9% of the time!) Over the last few months, I've made a few & Other Stories shaped additions to my wardrobe, predominately in the shape of blouses and t-shirts- simple staples which are just a little more stylish than the traditional sort of basic buys you'd find elsewhere. Indeed, one of my most recent purchases from them was a true holiday essential, and is something which has been through the wash more times than I can count since I bought it. With a distinct Scandi-cool aesthetic and a really unique approach to design, & Other Stories has cemented itself as a real go-to brand, and for summer their appeal looks set to soar even further, thanks to a super special styling collaboration with the one and only Susie from Style Bubble:


Snapped by Phil Oh from StreetPeeper across Milan and Paris fashion weeks, these shots perfectly capture the array of vivid, ultra wearable pieces which & Other Stories will be serving up for summer. It goes without saying that I adore the array of colours on display here, and it's really refreshing to see florals given something of an in-your-face, punchy makeover across dresses, trousers and shirts. I'm also loving the painterly effect prints (reminding me to dig out this beauty over the next few weeks!), and any outfit which is topped off with the addition of a pair of Nike trainers has to be a winner in my book!

The majority of pieces styled by Susie are available online now, but expect to see the rest of the high summer collection dropping over the next few weeks.

Are you a fan of these pieces? Which look is your favourite?

(Image credit: Phil Oh/ & Other Stories.)

18.04.2014- Beauty Buying: Neal's Yard Remedies Coconut Oil

Friday, 18 April 2014

As far as cult beauty products go, as a rule I'm always fairly late to the party. Having only discovered the wonders of argan oil following my trip to Morocco in February, I've been shouting from the rooftops about how much I love it to anyone who will listen (and not run a mile!) Since starting my current job eighteen months or so ago, I've been faced with the prospect of the dreary daily commute, and rapidly realised that I'd need to update my skincare routine, if only to make it better equipped to deal with the grime and pollution of Central London, as well as my daily jaunts on London Underground. After investing in Laura Mercier's wondrous tinted moisturiser and rediscovering the Clarisonic, I've recently been converted to the wonderful world of facial oil. As someone who is rather breakout prone and errrs on the oily side of the skin spectrum, I had been rather reticent to slather my skin in an extra layer of goo. However, after discovering the miraculous properties of argan, I've been converted to all things oil based- and after hearing amazing things about coconut oil, I decided to take the plunge and try it for myself: 

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, £9, Neal's Yard Remedies

All hail a true mulch-purpose beauty treasure. This pretty little pot of magic cost me a bargain £9 from Neal's Yard Remedies, and it's the most versatile product ever. From cleansing to moisturising- and even cooking- this does it all. I've been using it every day since I bought it about three weeks ago and have barely made a dent in it, so it's a definite value for money purchase too. I've found it's fantastic at taking off makeup before hopping into the shower at the end of the day- particularly stubborn eye products and mascara. I've also been combing it through my hair pre-shampoo and have really noticed a difference in how manageable my usually ultra-unruly locks have become, as well as an extra shine which is a dream if you're ultra lazy when it comes to using other styling products (like I am!) Finally, it turns out that coconut oil is an absolute moisturising godsend- so much so that I've been shunning my habitual body butters in favour of a handful of this every day. It's really helped with combating dryness and dull, post-winter skin, and I'm confident it's going to become a real summer beauty staple too. 

Have you tried coconut oil as part of your beauty regime?

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

15.04.2014- What I Wore Today #181

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The glorious weather at the moment is certainly providing plenty of inspiration when it comes to reinvigorating my wardrobe. It's lovely to see so many bright, vibrant new season pieces in the shops (Zara and Mango are killing it at the moment!), and over Easter I'm determined to have a ruthless clear out and de-clutter my collection of clothes. If you follow me on Instagram, then you'll have seen that over the weekend I took my lovely mum to Claridge's for a belated Mother's Day afternoon tea, and we also paid a visit to the amazing David Bailey: Stardust exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery. With plenty of 60s inspiration in mind, I put together an outfit which married together some new season favourites: 

 Coat- Cos 
Blouse- Zara 
Trousers- River Island 
Shoes- Topshop 
Bag- Boden
Sunglasses- ASOS 

I know, I know- another coat. As my mum says, I could open my own shop, but I'm pretty sure that my penchant for outerwear stems from year long exposure to the truly unpredictable British weather. After all, when you spend 99% of your life wearing a coat, it's nice to have plenty of variety, isn't it?! This pastel pink design is from Cos, and comes with a detachable collar- so technically two for the price of one! It's a really simple addition to my wardrobe, perfectly treading the line between a modern aesthetic and a vintage inspired silhouette. We all know that I'm a huge fan of the printed trouser, and this pair from River Island are a real favourite from their new season drop. The pastel tones are just perfect for this time of year, and they are seriously comfortable too- passing the 'I've eaten too much cake' waistband test with flying colours. Here I teamed them with a much worn basic in the shape of this staple Zara blouse, but can't wait to style them with lots of other favourites too. Accessories wise, these sunglasses were an absolute steal from the ASOS sale a little while back, and post payday I treated myself to this bag from Boden- not only do I adore the vibrant gold colour, but the cross body, boxy style is perfectly practical and ideal for accommodating all of my essentials. 

How have you been preparing for the new season? 

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

13.04.2014- Next New In

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to pop along to the ultra-plush surroundings of the Soho Hotel in Central London for a very special sneak preview of what Next have on offer for high summer. I'm still suffering from a serious case of wanderlust after my trip to Morocco earlier in the year, so am eager to book another holiday adventure soon- and having a look at what Next have in store for the coming months has definitely inspired me to plan an escape sooner rather than later! With practical summer dressing in mind, they've put together a really solid collection of holiday staples, as well as pieces which are perfect for spending summer in the city. With rumours of a heatwave on the way at the end of the month, I was eager to catch a glimpse of some new season essentials, and wasn't at all disappointed: 


As always, Next's selection of accessories has got to be one of the best on the high street. They always offer accent pieces which instantly update any outfit, and here boxy, satchel style designs were contrasted with slouchier, more relaxed backpacks- perfect for traveling. Amidst a palette of pretty pastels for high summer sit vibrant pops of pink and orange, and simple block colour basics contrast with a host of pretty prints which conjure up an instant summer holiday feel. I also loved the shoes and sandals on display- ideal for updating old favourites and injecting a little nod to modern minimalism into any wardrobe. Needless to say, I've now got a rather long shopping list- as well as a serious urge to book another trip away!

Do you like the look of Next's new season pieces?

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