Thursday, 24 December 2015

Party ready with luxêmme

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Black swing dress - Luxêmme*
Shoes - New Look (similar)

If you're looking for a new party outfit for over the Christmas period, look no further as Luxêmme has you covered! At affordable prices, this online retailer has some awesome party pieces which will have you covered for new years if you get your orders in quick! And you don't even have to leave the comfort of the sofa...

For me, online shopping is a whole lot easier this time of year. The boxing day sales are always a complete nightmare and I HATE rummaging through the sale racks which are always a complete and utter mess; my magpie-like brain gravitates naturally to the neat and tidy 'new in' section, which is not so good for my bank balance! This year I plan on doing my 'January sales' shopping online, probably whilst stuffing my face with the left over chocolates which nobody likes, but which I will happily eat because, hey, it's chocolate.

Talking of eating too much, this swing style dress is the perfect cover up for hiding a multitude of sins, so wearing this after Christmas you needn't worry about your figure and you can just enjoy the festivities before the January blues kick in and everyone starts talking about having to join a gym etc. Etc.  Luxêmme kindly sent me this dress - just in time for the party season - and I thought it would be nice to do a little post introducing you to the brand. I must apologise for the lack of creativity in these pics, but unluckily for me, it seems to rain every time I get ready to shoot pictures lately. Luxêmme have a whole host of other great party dresses, so I'm sure there's something for everyone!

So, what's everyone's plans for NYE then?


Monday, 21 December 2015

Winter Coat Edit

Since we're now nearly in the middle of winter, now is the time to invest in your staple winter coat, if you haven't already. A lot of the sales start early, so if you can't wait for those Boxing Day sales there's still some pretty good deals online now, making it a great time to purchase your winter outerwear and avoid the chaos of the post-Christmas sales (3 of the coats listed below have already been reduced, including the navy Monsoon beauty!). 
I have complied a little 'essential winter edit' showcasing the best items from this season's hottest outerwear trends. These are my favourite coats I've found online. 

First up is one for fellow petite ladies: the camel coat from Asos. Camel is everywhere this season, and I love it! Opting for a camel coat not only injects a bit of colour into your look, but it is a great alternative to black. I personally would usually opt for a dark winter coat, but camel is a great option as it goes great with a lot of  'winter' colours you're likely to be wearing; navy, cream, grey and black all look striking against camel. I also really like the boyfriend style of this coat, and the contrasting collar even more so.

Next up is one for those winter nights out. When it's as cold as it is now, you need a coat to layer over your beautiful party dress to save you from catching a cold! So wrap up in the prettiest coat you can find but remain looking fabulous - this coat Mango (via Asos) faux fur definitely fits the bill. Faux fur has been undeniably a huge trend this season and this winter-white version will look great over pretty much anything; you could just as easily dress this coat down for a more casual look too. This coat is sure to keep you cosy this winter. 

The ladylike coat from Monsoon is a great choice if you're after a bit of a smarter look. This elegant navy coat remains on trend with the faux fur collar - this is a great choice for those looking for a stylish coat which will see them from this season to the next. This coat reminds me of something K. Middleton would wear. My tip: add a black belt to clinch in the waist to give a great silhouette.

An oversized jacket is next on the list. Oversized jackets are becoming increasingly popular and there are tons of styles available on the high street (check out Primark or H&M if you're on a tight budget). I love the laid back look of this Zara coat, plus shearling is well known to keep you nice and toasty - a little bit like wearing a duvet around yourself outside the house...

Finally, the parka! The epitome of laid back style. Almost too relaxed, however, manages to remain stylish somehow. I'm not sure if it takes a sort of person to pull one off well, but I personally am yet to find the perfect parka. But this Asos version sure looks tempting. 

Which coat is your favourite and have you found your perfect winter coat yet? 


Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Cosy nights

When the weather turns as cold as it has here up here in the North this past week, there's nothing I love more than jumping straight into my pj's and robe as soon as I get through the front door after work. Going to and coming home from work in the dark means I happily hibernate Mon-Fri - if it's not raining on my lunch hour (which it usually is) I'm happy to go for a walk to get some daylight on my face, but I mostly end up quickly rushing back to the office because it's so damn cold. And if this past week has taught me anything, it's that I seriously need to invest in a new hat and gloves!
Those cosy nights in seem to be extending into my weekends - favouring staying in over going out and, sometimes, not even getting dressed on Sundays. Is there anything better than a Sunday spent in your pj's watching your favourite films & drinking hot chocolate? I think not. 
A few weeks back, I was invited to the Cotton Traders 'summer sundown' event. Marking the end of Summer, we celebrated the fun adventures that the sunny days had offered us - we even got a scrapbook with our favorite summer photos printed out - and welcomed the colder winter months with a 'winter essentials' good bag.
A camera malfunction (I'm no good with technology, so this basically means who knows what happened) meant that I was left with no snaps of the event. However, I can show you how much I've been loving my gifts and putting that hot water bottle to good use. All the essentials for a cosy night in this Winter.
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*mug, slippers, hot water bottle and scrap book all courtesy of cotton traders 

Thanks again Cotton Traders for the fun event. I'm totally winter ready and praying for snow..

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