10.02.2016- What I Wore Today #248

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Although the winter weather usually has me rushing for a rummage through my stash of knits and sticking to a fairly muted colour palette, over the last few months I've made more of a concerted effort to conscientiously reach for some more colourful pieces. Whether it be some winter florals, out of the ordinary prints or pops of specific colour palette inspired punctuation, accenting my winter wardrobe with pieces which are a little bit of a departure from the winter norm has been a great way to counteract the grey skies and darker evenings. I always tend to forget just how much fun it is to experiment with colour, but have really enjoyed switching things up a little bit of late:

Coat- River Island
Trousers- Finery London
Shoes- Converse (c/o JD Sports)
Bag- Radley
Sunglasses- Mango

These trousers from Finery London were on my pre-Christmas wishlist, but I held off snapping them up until a few weeks ago- my attempt to be a little bit less impulsive in my shopping habits! They're a wonderful colour, and the kind of piece which I know I can incorporate into my wardrobe all year round. On this occasion, they were perfect for pepping up an old favourite in the shape of this lilac teddy bear coat from River Island and a staple top from ASOS- even if I did resemble a walking colour chart!

Have you snapped up any new staples recently?

(Image credit: Sophie Warner, please do not reproduce without permission.)

08.02.2016- On the Menu: Sunday Brunch at Flesh & Buns

Monday, 8 February 2016

Last year, you might remember that I became well and truly obsessed with the phenomenon known as weekend brunch. It's one of life's lovely little indulgences- and something which is well worth looking forward to at the end of a busy week. Kicking off 2016's brunching adventures- a visit to Flesh & Buns for their bottomless Sunday menu in honour of Sophie's birthday: 

The menu at Flesh & Buns is truly unique- and offers a wonderfully different take on brunching, with sushi and freshly prepared Japanese dishes- not your average bacon and eggs! The bottomless option does exactly what it says on the tin- offering a seemingly endless supply of plates- from smaller sushi samples, to soft shell crab, from Korean chicken wings to signature steamed buns. It's filling- and generous- but there's always room for pudding- I'd certainly recommend the s'mores- as they come complete with a fire for the table! 

Have you discovered any new brunch spots? 

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

05.02.2016- Literary Lookbook: Dickensian

Friday, 5 February 2016

Hot on the heels of my And Then There Were None and War and Peace editions of this series, I've got another brand new Literary Lookbook up my sleeve, this time inspired by all things Dickensian! I started watching the series over Christmas, and was gripped from the get go- I love the idea of tipping all of Dickens' characters together into one scenario, along with a murder mystery strand too. The half hour installments are a wonderful idea too- although I'm sure I'm not the only one hugely frustrated when the credits roll on another cliffhanger at the end of each episode! It goes without saying, too, that the costumes are spectacular- and have got me seriously contemplating some Dickensian dressing up:

Victoriana Lace Top, £39, Warehouse/Lace Panel Cotton Blouse, £55, & Other Stories/Foiled Jacquard Skirt, £129, Coast/Wool Felt Bowler, £45, & Other Stories/Hand Made Coat, £79.99, Zara/Mini Dial Watch, £60, Olivia Burton/Enamel Earrings, £6, Oasis/Wolf Loafers, £110, Ted & Muffy

It's hard to go wrong with a black blouse, and this Victorian inspired style from Warehouse is a worthy wardrobe investment, particularly as the lace adds a lovely level of detail. Likewise this long sleeved white option from & Other Stories, which, as well as being a brilliant spring staple, has serious styling potential. Adding to a distinctly Dickensian aesthetic, this wonderful & Other Stories hat- a practical purchase too, especially for the tricky transitional months between winter and spring.

Speaking of which, although my coat collection is well and truly full to the brim (insert subtle Inspector Bucket reference here!), there's no harm in window shopping- and this style from Zara ticks all of the right boxes, particularly if you're looking to add a splash of drama to your outfit! Regular readers will know that I'm a huge fan of all things Olivia Burton, and this vintage inspired style is once again perfect for capturing a classic aesthetic- and well and truly added to my wishlist.

If you're looking for more sweeping drama, you'd be hard pushed to go wrong with this glorious skirt from Coast- especially if you're in the market for some special occasion chic. These delicate earrings from Oasis are another great touch for adding a slice of effortless elegance, and Ted & Muffy's velvet slipper shoes are a Victorian inspired dream for right here, right now.

Are you a fan of Dickensian?

(Image credit: Warehouse, & Other Stories, Zara, Olivia Burton, Coast, Oasis and Ted & Muffy.)
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