18.11.2014- Birthday Wishing

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

As I mentioned when I rounded up my October in pictures, come the start of December I'll be turning the grand old age of 25. Perhaps not that much of a significant turn of events, but the quarter century is the last 'proper' birthday before I'll have to start behaving like a grown up, so I'm hoping to make the most of it. Although I'm a firm believer in the 'age is just a number' philosophy, 25 seems to be a bit of a milestone, particularly looking back on the last year and how much has changed- more on that to come, I'm sure. We all know that I'm a self confessed granny in waiting, so I'm pretty sure that my birthday celebrations will be anything but raucous, but I've definitely got my eye on a few pretty pieces which I think I'll be treating myself to: 

Bella Freud Ginsberg is God Jumper, £280, Harvey Nichols/Medium Eva Backpack, £450, Lulu Guinness, Sagittarius Charm Bangle, £50, Kate Spade/Kiss a Prince Infinity Studs, £40, Kate Spade/Kiss a Prince Infinity Pendant, £40, Kate Spade/Cosmic Carnival Pyjama Top, £118 and Bottoms, £98, Beautiful Bottoms/Molly Hatch Desk Clock, £22, Anthropologie/Kate Spade New York Book, £17, Amazon/Abacrombie Brogues, £165, Russell & Bromley/Monogram Crest Journal, £22, Anthropologie.

Now that #winteriscoming, my day to day wardrobe is pretty dominated by knitwear. Whilst I've amassed a sturdy selection of basics, over the last few years my head has been well and truly turned by Bella Freud's statement designs. Effortlessly chic and super cool, this is the sort of piece which is a real investment- and something which definitely falls under the sensible adult umbrella. I've been in the market for a 'grown up' bag for ages now too, and since picking up my most recent purchase from Warehouse, I've been well and truly converted to the backpack pack. There are some seriously stylish designs in the shops at the moment, and for sheer practicality alone they get a huge thumbs up from me. This Lulu Guinness design has been in my sights for a little while, as I love the slightly more structured, vintage inspired feel- making it technically two bags for the price of one- am I right?

With statement accessories on the brain, it will probably come as no surprise that I'm well and truly in love with yet more pieces from Kate Spade. Their UK online shop launched properly a few weeks ago, and since then I've been browsing morning, noon and night. This star sign bangle has birthday written all over it (such a great gift idea!), and these co-ordinating earrings and necklaces are simple, chic and subtle. It's probably a sign of my age that the prospect of a new set of pyjamas is secondary only on the excitement scale to someone offering to make me a cup of tea. Winter is all about duvet days and spending as much time in my pyjamas as possible- and this pair from Beautiful Bottoms are a prospect which is too tempting to resist. I know, I know- they're a little on the pricey side- but if you can't treat yourself when it's your birthday, then when can you? With all things sleep related on the brain- what better way to wake up than with this clock from Anthropologie? Ideal for easing you into the morning in style.

Another favourite winter pastime is snuggling up with a good book- and, looking forward, I'm determined that 2015 is the year that I get round to reading more. I can think of no better book to kick off with than Kate Spade's Places to Go, People to See- not only the perfect, vibrant antidote to the winter blues but also choc-full of travel inspiration. With resolutions on the brain, I've already promised myself that next year I'm going to try and write as much as possible- not only for here but also on some other ideas which I've got brewing and which have been on the back burner for far too long. The prospect of a monogrammed notebook from Anthropologie is definitely sealing the deal too! Finally, in my seemingly infinite quest for a pair of shoes which don't leak, I've finally come to the conclusion that a hardy pair of brogues seems to be the solution to my winter weather footwear faux pas- and these Russell & Bromley ones are a definite style staple in waiting.

Have you made any wishlists recently?

(Image credit: Harvey Nichols, Lulu Guinness, Kate Spade, Beautiful Bottoms, Anthropologie, Amazon and Russell & Bromley.)

16.11.2014- Great Boden in Bloom

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Boden SS15 Press Day. Now that we're in the midst of winter, the opportunity to pep up my day with a peek at lots of lovely new season pieces was a really welcome one, particularly as I'm a huge fan of the way that Boden theme their press days. This time around, the mood of the day was 'Great Boden in Bloom', with plenty of pretty florals and botanicals brewed up to evoke a perfect picture of springtime:

One of the first things which struck me as I made my way through the doors of Rook & Raven was the smell- with fragrant florals filling the air, it really was like I had taken a step into a garden in full bloom. As always, the styling of the location and the pieces was beautiful- with the botanical theme evoked through fresh flowers, vegetables and gorgeously green grass. My green fingered fancies were seriously indulged, as I found myself admiring the beautiful array of blooms and horticultural hallmarks almost as much as the array of pieces on display- particularly as the lovely ladies from Bloom & Wild were on hand with their signature bouquets!

From season to season, Boden always come up trumps with collections which offer wearable, everyday essentials alongside some more trend led designs. You might remember that their AW14 range really caught my eye thanks to the variety colour on display- and the same is true of the SS15 offering. As well as taking a more obvious theme and really running with it, this collection was punctuated by a series of standout pieces which conjure up bright summer days. Basic shirts are injected with a new sense of vibrancy thanks to an array of signature, eye-catching prints, and occasion wear offers a relaxed, comfortable, breezy feel with effortless shapes and the perfect balance of detail. Standout accessories come in the form of statement sunglasses, embellished bags and sandals which simply scream 'summer holiday'- and I for one am seriously sold!

A big thank you to Boden for the invitation- roll on SS15!

What do you think of this collection? Are you looking forward to spring?

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

10.11.2014- What I Wore Today #207

Monday, 10 November 2014

With the evenings drawing in and chilly winter mornings well and truly with us, I think it's safe to say that we've seen the last of our short lived Indian Summer. Although I'm a December baby, I'm really starting to struggle with winter- particularly the lack of sunshine and shorter days. Fighting the urge to hibernate (and armed with my newly purchased thermals!), over the weekend I decided to make the most of a clear day and be a bit of a tourist in my own city- exploring lots of hidden nooks and crannies around the West End as well as paying a visit to a very special installation at the Tower of London:

Coat- Warehouse
Jumper- c/o Hush
Jeans- c/o Hush
Bag- Warehouse
Shoes- Gap
Sunglasses Vintage, via Beyond Retro
Ring- c/o Gemporia
Phone Case- c/o Iconemesis

I picked up this coat from Warehouse at the start of autumn when they were running a 20% off promotion, and it's proving perfect for facing the winter blues head on with a bold pop of colour. The slouchy, boyfriend inspired fit is also perfect for pairing with my more casual everyday favourites, as I did here with some amazing wardrobe essentials from Hush. Regular readers will know that I'm a firm believer in stocking up on winter woollies way ahead of time, and this black, poncho style roll neck is the perfect everyday basic- effortlessly chic and super versatile, as well as being incredibly easy to wear- I can definitely see this becoming one of my most worn winter favourties. Most of you will know that I'm also a real fan of jeans- and during the winter months, it's pretty rare that I branch out into wearing anything else as they are just so practical. This straight cut pair are a real wardrobe staple in waiting, and again work really well for a more pared down, relaxed feel. Some other new favourites in the shape of this gorgeous Fifi Lapin phone case from Iconemesis and rose quartz ring from Gemporia came with me, and are also really helping to cheer up my winter days- it's the little things sometimes, isn't it?


Finally, I couldn't put this post together without sharing little snapshot of one of the most moving parts of my weekend. I was finally lucky enough to be able to head over to the Tower of London to catch Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red- the installation marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. There really are no words which can describe how poignant the artwork is, and seeing the carpet of poppies filling the moat firsthand is something which I'm so glad I was able to do. The meaning and message behind the work, and the tribute which it pays to the fallen of World War One is incredibly moving, and if you're in London over the next couple of days, I'd definitely recommend paying a visit to catch it for yourselves. I've never experienced anything as emotive- and can't think of a better way to say thank you to the heroes who lost their lives between 1914 and 1918. 

Have you been to see the poppies at the Tower of London? What did you think?

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

07.11.2014- Skincare Saviours: Bioderma Solution Micellaire

Friday, 7 November 2014

In the cult beauty product stakes, much like in life, I tend to be pretty late to the party. You know that person who turns up just as the DJ is packing their decks away for the night? Yep- that would be me- unless of course I was at home with a pot of tea and a Game of Thrones marathon on the go (which, lets be honest, is far more likely!) Anyway, all talk of parties aside, the point is that I'm generally quite the last minute Lucy when it comes to picking up the bits and pieces which everyone is raving about- and there's nothing wrong with that in my book- slow and steady wins the race after all. Having heard wonderful things about all things Bioderma, I finally took the opportunity to see what all the fuss was about- better late than never, eh?

I picked up this little bottle of their much raved about Solution Micellaire from a pharmacy just around the corner from work a little while ago, and although it was a little bit on the pricey side, it's still going strong three weeks later. It's pretty tricky to explain the difference between this and other similar products which I've tried in the past, but it feels so much better on my skin, and I've noticed a real difference in terms of how clear my complexion is looking too. I think I've mentioned in the past that I've got pretty sensitive skin so tend to avoid toners, particularly if they are harsh and stripping. The lovely thing about Bioderma is how gentle it is, and how little you need to use to make a noticeable difference. Needless to say, I'm well and truly converted- does this warrant a trip across the Channel to stock up on some more? 

Have you tried Bioderma? What do you think? 

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

03.11.2014- My Month in Pictures: October

Monday, 3 November 2014

Remember, is it November??!! This year has flown past in an absolute flash, hasn't it? With only a few weeks to go until Christmas (and less than a month until I turn 25...aaah!), I'm feeling reflective and slightly scared about how quickly the days are whizzing by...quarter life crisis here we come! Anyway, whilst I struggle to get my head around where the last eleven months have disappeared to, here's a little peek at my October in pictures:

Paying (another!) cheeky trip to Kate Spade/The Big Easy for Elodie's farewell/Discovering another hidden gem in London town/Early morning sunshine in Covent Garden/Afternoon Tea at Claridge's for Mumma F's birthday/Crushing on yet another coat from Warehouse/Drink Me Eat Me, my new favourite place for tea and cake/Dahlias on my dressing table/Embracing a muddy run/Making the most of the last days of British Summer Time, sob/Countryside sunsets/Learning how to be #girlboss thanks to the amazing Sophia Amoruso/Experiencing Ippudo London for Michelle's leaving meal/Bobbi Brown opens a standalone store in Covent Garden, angels are singing!/#LDNPoppyDay on the way to work, seriously inspirational/Gorgeous blue skies on the last day of the month. 

The last month has been a rather busy one, full of emotional farewells to two of my best blogging babes (miss you Elodie and Michelle!), as well as lots of lovely food and making the most of the surprising bursts of sunshine which have made the start of winter so much more bearable. I'm sure it's not going to last though (as I type this it's pouring down..!), and it looks like we're in for a chilly spell as we head towards the end of 2014.

See you on the other side...when I'll be 25!!!

What did you get up to in October?

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