Thursday, 31 December 2015

Best of 2015 Black and Blue and Grey all over

The end of the year gives us times to look back on the progress we've made, reaffirm what's worked, learn and set intentions for the year ahead. Looking back at 2015, there is a definitive trend to my wardrobe. To the suprise of utterly nobody, it's dominated by black and blue. I've stated before my wardrobe is akin to a bruise, but it's something else to see it all laid out in black and white (and uh...blue.)

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Colour for Christmas Party Dressing

Winter party dressing sees a steady rotation of heavy embelishment and jewel tones and in theory I should be in my element. As long as I can remember my wardrobe has resembled that of a giant bruise, meaning it's ripe for the party picking. Over the years, I've managed to hoard (because let's not pretend there is any art to it, I'm a clothes hoarder) an array of party dresses ranging from sheer polka dots to fully sequined gowns. However when you live in dark colours year round, sometimes it's nice to inject a bit more colour for the party season.
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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

I'm dreaming of a Lushmas: Lush Winter Wonderland

With only three more sleeps to Christmas the bulk of the Christmas shopping is done and under the tree. Online shopping deadlines are coming to a close, but there is still time to pick up some last minute treats. The refuge of the last minute shopper has often been toiletries, grabbed in a panic from the drugstore shelves, but this isn't your ordinary bath set. Every year Lush release some of the best gift sets on the high street, and Winter Wonderland is the ultimate in bath time decadance for any Lush lover. Hell, even the uninitiated will find something to love in this box set.

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Gift Guide for The Hard to Buy For

There's one in every family, someone who is near impossible to buy for.  They buy what they want when they want it making it near impossible to treat them to something special. More often than naught, it's these tricky customers that often have us panic buying wine and chocolates. While always solid options, why not suprise that special someone with something they'll really be excited to unwrap? It's time to buckle up and hunker down with the best buys for the hardest to shop for.


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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Wooden Watches and Pizza Pies

At Winter I have to fight the urge to default in to jeans and hoodies. The thing is, with shorter days, longer nights and a good deal of frost, it's easy to loose your fashion mojo. It feels easier to just put on my comfiest pjs and reaquaint myself with festive fancy cheeses, but then I'd be loosing out on an excuse to dress up. It doesn't always mean having to get a new wardrobe, but a few finsihing touches always help. Old classics make a welcome return for the season (they are classics for a reason) and I'm convinced any outfit is given a new joie de vivre with lashings of red lipstick and a statement heel. 


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Friday, 11 December 2015

Take 5: Gift for your Best Guys

Picking up gifts for the gents in your life can be a tricky business, especially when you don't want to just default to the old classics of socks and wine. Shopping for my ladies has always been relatively easy as it's always some variation of what I'd like for myself.  When shopping for dads, best guys, husbands, boyfriends, the lot, it can become a little tougher to work out. However there are some no brainers that make perfect presents for any man in your life, and I've rounded up my favourites.


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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Winter Layering: A Refresher In Dressing For Cold Weather

I've almost become a parody of myself. That person that's always cold? That's me. Slips, tights, blankets and heaters are on a near constant rotation and my daily dressing is but a couple of steps from going full on Joey.  It's taken a while to learn the fine art of layering (or, for the realists out there, how to dress without looking like a potato or freezing your tits off) but I think I've finally got it down, and it turns out it there was more to it than "lots of light layers." It's hardly reinventing the wheel, but unless you're one of those fashion unicorns that can go through Winter without feeling the cold, it's always good to reaquaint yourself with some tried and tested tips.


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Monday, 7 December 2015

Pets in Windows: Supporting SSPCA with Everest

It's easy to get carried away with a flurry of party dresses and gift guides as the festive season settles in, but sometimes it's good to step back and think of those who aren't as fortunate as us.  Bear and I have built a wonderful home with our little fur baby and do everything we can to make sure she is healthy, happy and loved.  Not all animals are as lucky. Fortunately, there are some amazing charities doing wonderful work. and even better, companies who want to do their bit to keep the fur bugs well loved year round.

Everest Windows are running a campaign this year asking people to share their #petsinwindows with the chance to win £50 work of John Lewis vouchers. So far, so cute right? Well here's the real clincher, for every entry they get for the #petsinwindows campaign, Everest Windows have committed to donating £5 to Scottish SPCA.  Oh and the team at Everest Windows have teamed up with Bee Waits to give you a second chance at those £50 vouchers. YOU ARE VERY WELCOME.


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Friday, 4 December 2015

A Gift Guide for Your Cutie Pie of a BFF

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of the year. I love putting up the tree, buying in advent calenders, making up stockings and yeah, buying and wrapping gifts. My favourite people to buy for? My best girls of course. It's with them where I really can go ham and have fun with it. My ladies have seen me in every state imaginable. They are the girls who have sat on kitchen floors drinking wine with me till 4 in the morning, loaded me in to taxis with cash when I've forgetten my PIN, and made me tea and biscuits when I've had a bad day. If anyone needs a treat this festive season it's my best gals, but what do you get the girls who have everything?


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Monday, 30 November 2015

Intergalactic Girl Gang for Cruelty Free Colour Bar

BLOW near enough broke the internet last year with their "How to Hide Your Glitter Roots" campaign. While the big guns are playing catch up and teaching you how to create BLOW's iconic glitter hair at home, the Glasgow salon is focusing on bringing their cruelty-free colour bar to the masses.  But how do you showcase the best of bunny friendly fashion brights and in-house blends? A girl gang photo shoot obviously.



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Sunday, 29 November 2015

5 Cult Cruelty Free Beauty Bits for Under the Tree

For the cruelty free beauty nut who has everything, only the best cult finds will do. You won't find any L'Oreal on their wish list this festive season (or any season in fact) and finding a product that they haven't heard of or tried already can be tricky. There's all your usual suspects - Illamasqua, GOSH and Barry M, but sometimes the best finds can be the ones that have been under the radar.  Cult beauty finds don't need to be cult anymore when they're this good.


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Friday, 27 November 2015

Take Five: The Best of Indie Black Friday Deals

Black Friday has come to mark the launch of Christmas shopping. While many of the big high street giants have had their decorations and Christmas tunes spinning since Mid-October, it's still the last Friday in November that truly marks the beginning of the festive season.  While Black Friday has got some what of a rought rap in the last few years, it's still a great way to save a few pennies, discover new brands and pick up some great bargains. With some of my favourite indie designers taking part in Cyber Weekend there's never been a better excuse to shop local. Here are my top Indie Black Friday deals for you to spend your pay day dollah on.


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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Take Me to the Trading House

The Trading House is the latest adition to Glasgow's burgeoning dining scene.  Combining casual dining with a rich and varied cocktail bar, The Trading House sets itself as a metropolitan up-market pub. Mixing cardomen and pineapple cocktails with home comfort foods like cauliflower cheese pie, Glasgow's newest restraunt sets itself up with key values of quality without any sense of pretension.


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Monday, 23 November 2015

Winter Style Staples

It's official, tight and boot season is upon us. Layering has swiftly went from optional to mandatory and with more wet days than dry ones at the moment, there's never been a greater need for a sensible shoe. Guess it's time to put away the open toes fluffies unless I'm going from car to bar right? Thankfully over the years I've built a pretty sweet collection of Winter ready shoes that makes the transition all the less painful.  It's goodbye cons, and hello Doc Martens.

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Bride x Tested: On the importance of wedding scents

Nothing's quite as memorable as a smell. Scents have the power to instantly transport us serving as bench markers for moments in time. For that reason alone investing in a perfume for your wedding day is worth the entry price alone. The best place to start when figuring out what you want is looking at your dressing room table and seeing what perfumes you're attracted to. I've rounded up some of my favourite long lasting perfumes ranging from bright florals to smoky gourmands, just what you need when looking for that finishing touch.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

The Lady Loves Her Leather

I'm a sucker for a classic which means time and time again I reach for my uniform pieces. A good jean, a classic brenton, so far, so rolled straight off of instagram right?  While I think some good basics should be part of everyone's wardrobe, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to have a little fun with them. From leather bombers to crisp white trainers, it's the finishing touches that lifts an everyday style uniform from tried, tested, and yes, a little bt tierd, to something worth getting excited about wearing.



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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Radley x Jonathan Saunders

Designer collaborations are ten a penny which is why when a truly exceptional one comes along heads are turned. British stalewart Radley have defined themselves not only by their well made classics but  well thought out, innovative collaborations. Having previously teamed up with Holly Fulton and Harris Tweed, Radley have recently partnered with industry heavyweight, Jonathan Saunders for a collection focusing on patterns and muted colour tones.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

Wedding Bells

Lovely readers, friends, family and internet hive, I only went and got married. I've been running aroud planning, building centrepieces, foofing my hair, marrying the love of my life and spending a few days enjoying married life. I can't wait to share what I learned from engagement to the actual day but for now, I've got a little love cloud to float on.

All my love

Bee
x
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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Bubbles and Brunch Times

I can think of few better ways to say thank you than through the stomach.  We've all got to eat, and nothing says "I appreicate you and everything you do" like a day out. At least, I'd like to think so. I haven't had a chance to see my dad as much as I'd like on the run up to my wedding (or in general) so I wanted to treat him to something special. He's my first point of call for any grown up advice, had guided me through an alphabet's worth of wedding related meltdowns, all side lined with a serving of snark. Basically he's made sure my brain hasn't fallen completely out my head. So how do you thank your dad for everything that he's done? With bubbles and brunch of course.


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Friday, 6 November 2015

On the ultimate BB cream

If you're self consious about your skin, like me, it can be tempting to just want to find the thickest foundation possible and just pack it on your face. However, thanks to a good deal of trial and error, coupled with a need for something more decidedly low matinence, I began exploring BB creams. It's still something I am not entirely sold on, in truth, why not call a spade a spade and just call it a light foundation?  Well I suppose because a spade and a hoe are two different things. They are both gardening tools but they serve different things. It's the same with foundation and BB cream. As part woman, part snake, my skin needs something less harsh now and then, yet I still need coverage. Basically Smashbox BB Water was the answer to my prayers.


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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

She is D.I.S.C.O

A collection inspired by 70's gender fluid rock stars was always going to all kinds of dreamy. Dirty Disco's latest collection "Heroes" is an homage to Bowie and Jagger, mixing a good bit of art house rock with a generous helping of disco. Designer Hailea Crichton has carved out a name for herself on the indie design scene with her reworked denim and leather label. She's taken the leap from sassy feminist dinosaurs to cosmic rainbow panthers. Giant sparkles and traditional tattoo design are the key stone features of "Heroes" making for a bold, empowering and flamboyant collection.


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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Lady Business Bitches: Tech Meets Paper

When you run your own business, the idea of a work/life balance becomes something of some fantastical myth akin to a unicorn or kelpie. Hell, even if you don't, we're switching off less, especially with constant access to our emails. Basically, we've forgotten how to take a step back, switch off and breathe. Thankfully, indie start-up, Tech Meets Paper want to solve this with the launch of their new app. Think of it as your personal life coach in your pocket. Combining the very best of analogue notebooks and digital diaries, Tech Meets Paper promotes mindfulness, organisation and yeah, really really beautiful stationary.

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Saturday, 31 October 2015

Helen Ruth: Lore of the Land

At the very core of it, Helen Ruth's latest collection is about story telling. "Lore of the Land" is a love letter of sorts to traditional Scottish folklore, weaving together some of her favourite traditional tales from around her area. From jealous sisters, to mermaids, to deals with the devil, Helen Ruth's latest collection explores the very best of Scottish fairytales for a truly fantastical collection with a delicious dark undercurrent throughout.


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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Bad Girls Do It Well

"Live fast, die young, bad girls do it well."  I'm all about embracing the dark side to the point that I'm not quite sure I have an alternative. I've never been one for the light and frothy (excluding the obvious: kittens and candy floss) so if it ain't broke, why fix it? Halloween is one of my favourite time of years, allowing me to truly give in to the witchy goodness, and we can all do with a little bit more spook in our day today. "If in doubt, freak them out" right?


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Monday, 26 October 2015

Triumph: Cause Shapewear Can be Sexy

As a self proffesed lingerie addict, underwear remains one of the biggest outgoings when shopping. At the end of the day, you can't build a house on sand, and there is no better foundation for an outfit than really killer underwear. Triumph are one of the oldest lingerie brands in the world (and still completely self owned) create everything from beautiful intricate lingerie to super comfortable bras for bigger busts. What really has got me going though? Their shapewear.


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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Bee Waits Loves: Natalie Dawson

It's a mash up of cultures. Think of it as 50's teen fashion meets mexican old world, and you'll get something close to Natalie Dawson's inaugral collection "Frida is a Punk." Already a fast favourite with Confetti Crowd and How Two Live, Natalie Dawson's graduate collection is the perfect send up of fashion, art and music, all centred round the idea of a modern day teenage Frida Kahlo.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Citizen M: Business, Pleasure and Rediscovering your city

Chain hotels so desperatly want to encapsulate the feel of boutique hotel, but few get it right. Few also manage to juggle the being a destination for city breaks and bussiness trips, but some how, Citizen M do it. Stripped back, casual, with a focus on the things that matter (really great beds, waterfall showers and a great location) Citizen M manage to be perfectly metropolitan without feeling contrived. Basically, it's fast become my hotel of choice when I'm away for bid'ness or fancy exploring a city.

The fact of the matter is, unless you are planning some romantic getaway with room service and roll top baths, you really shouldn't be spending that much time in your room. Cities are for exploring, hotels are for resting, and Citizen M cuts right through the faff of weird biscuits and trouser presses with a focus on what matters for those who fancy a bit of exploring.


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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Isolated Heroes: Kickstarters and Kick Ass Designs

A hedonistic party girl collection filled with sequins and inspired by female empowerment is basically like ticking off a checklist of everything I didn't know I wanted.  Isolated Heroes latest Autumn Winter collection is an intergalatic sparkle filled dream inspired by all their fave bad ass bitches from Winona Ryder to Tyra Banks. It's a shameless throw back to 90s party girls (get your CK1 at the ready bitches) with the perfect pieces to take you in to party season. Bonus points? Their latest sass inspired collection has landed just in time for their biggest project to date, a kickstarter to help them grow like never before.


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Monday, 5 October 2015

5 Beauty Products that are worth the hype


When everyone unaminously goes crazy for a product my first reaction is to call bullshit. They say that many people can't be wrong, but hell, "People like Coldplay and and voted for Hitler. You can't trust people."  Except, when you can.

I tend to wait till the hype calms down before I try a product, but even if it's acheived a comfortable cult like status,  getting me to buy in to something so universally beloved it like trying to draw blood from a stone. In short, it better be good. Hell, better than good. If you hype something up that much it better be nothing short of miraculous. And you know what? Some of these products are.  And so here it is, my Top 5 Beauty Products that are actually worth the hype.

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

LFW: Jamie Wei Huang SS16

Rebirth, afterlife and demonology may not seem like the most obvious thematic choice for a sports luxe collection, but for Jamie Wei Huang's SS16, the ideology blends seemlessly.  Inspired by a Buddhist sence of the afterlife - Nibbana - Wei Huang blends old world mythology with contemporary cuts and lines for a truly striking runway show. 

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

LFW: Clio Peppiatt SS16

With a mission statement of making clothes that make women feel happy, bold and fearless, 24 year old Clio Peppiat's deigns are at their very core fun. Her latest collection "Kiss The Future" is a send up of the lack of strong female role models in computer games, which she's resolved by designing her own. Sassy, strong and confident - her sci-fi inspired collection is retro futurisim meets Barbie for the ultimate millenial mash up.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

On counter-intuitive dressing

Big boxy shapes are the last thing I should wear, at least if you go by "how to dress for your body shape" guides.  I'm a size 10 and uber busty, so the last thing I should do is wear loose fitting clothes less I look matronly. Seems like I didn't get the memo because loose, boxy pieces are my utter favourite. Wearing loose boxy items together? Even better.  At this point I've all but got the "how to dress" guide and set alight to it. In short, telling women how to dress for their body is bullshit, but you already knew that didn't you?


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Monday, 28 September 2015

LFW: Gemma Roe SS16

For someone who lives in trainers, I'm a helpless shoe addict. Against my better judgement I buy heels season after season. There is just something about them that plugs right in to my lizard brain before directing straight to the pleasure cortex. What I'm saying guys, is that I really like shoes. And what I really like is the work of emerging shoe designer Gemma Roe.

Tropical Disco is exactly what you expect it to be, a mix of shiny mettalics with bright tropical hues, and it's none the less delightful. It's 70's disco meets your favourite beach holiday and added glamour. Her SS16 collection cherry picks from fanning plants and florals to bitter limes and lemons to create a super fun, sexy and playful collection, ripe for holiday season.


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Sunday, 27 September 2015

LFW ASHISH SS16

Do any models look like they are having as much fun as those walking for Ashish? If there are, I'm yet to find them.  Dancing, skateboarding and, as always, heavy use of sequins, were the main takeaways from this seasons show that borrowed heavily from 90s skate culture.

Everything about Ashish is effortlessly super-cool. Grunge with sparkles doesn't seem like the most obvious of mixes but here it works. White floaty joggers with light detailing, sheer cropped glittering applique tops are contrasted by bleached out denims and illustrated slips that manage to be both wry and playful in the same breath. Ashish is fun, but this show managed to do this while mixing in some subversive gender politics with 90s counter culture.


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Saturday, 26 September 2015

LFW: Fyodor Golan SS16

It's retro futurism but not as we know it. Fyodor Golan return for their SS16 collection with their ecclectic mix of sports luxe with billowing femminine flourishes. Paper cut flowers juxtoposed with transformers battle print sweaters only begin to scratch the surface of the uber-kitsch Spring Summer collection from the design duo. 


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Friday, 25 September 2015

LFW: Sophia Webster SS16

Time to come out of your shell, Sophia Webster's SS16 Mermaid Laundrette is not for the faint of heart. Once more, Webster's collection splashes on to the scene in a fit of colour and glitter. This year saw the illustrious show designer take us under the sea for a mix of high fantasy inspired by ocean life. 

Her slogan bags are back with the likes of "Don't be Jelly" and "Beach Babe" which are sure to be popular. The shoes saw mix of coral inspired sandals to chunky bubble platforms. With shoes like these, any mermaid would be giving up her tail for a chance to wear them. Crashing waves, pearl details and pastels, acceutated by acidic brights pack a real punch for Webster's Spring/Summer collection. 


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Thursday, 24 September 2015

LFW: Lettermans and Court Shoes

Day 2 and everything I thought I knew about dressing for London Fashion Week went straight out the window. I've been one for bringing layers and living in flats, and for the past few seasons, it's done me in good stead, so naturally the weather was 20 degrees and my dreams of roll necks and high tops went straight out the window. And you know what came in? Heels. Sure, like that hasn't ended badly before. Oh and before you ask? Yeah the t-shirt is a Taylor Swift x Sonic Youth mash up.


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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

LFW: Holly Fulton SS16

We're heading under the sea for Spring/Summer 16.  Holly Fulton made quite a splash with her seaside collection inspired by the art of Eileen Agar. Straight off the bat, it gives off a 70s bejwelled cowgirl vibe, though on further inspection, her beach theme and it's stylings can be found throughout. From the repeated starfish motif to the emebelished wave detailing on the collars, Scottish born Fulton's collection fast became a firm favourite for me.

Skirts and skirts with ruffled detailing were contrasted by super high waisted wide legged embroidered trousers. As always, the prints took centre stage both on the skirts, jeans and dresses.  The ocean blue that provides a backdrop to much of the collection is accented by bursts of citusts. Biting oranges and limes are a perfect contrast to the candy pinks and softer blues throughout.


While Fulton once more has teamed with Christian Louboutin for her Bella Tige wedges, the lunchbox bags were the real highlight.   She's teamed with Macedonian label, Petek 1885 for a series of bright coloured lunchbox bags with applique leather detailing with the orange purple starfish being a stand out. Holly Fulton continues to create playful, bright designs without being gimmicky and making her, as always, a personal highlight for LFW.
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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

LFW: Easy to wear Boxy Classics

My fashion week evolution from sky scraper neon heels to full on tomboy is near complete. Fashion Week comes but twice a year and I always look forward to it, so being comfortable enough to survive the long days is essential.  Easy to wear, loose, boxy layers made up most of my fashion week wardrobe. Important note: you can never own too many rollnecks.

Jumper - Boden
Dress - Boohoo
Bag - Samantha Vega x Sailor Moon
Shoes - Boden
Glasses - Iolla

First day in and fashion week was already in full swing. Betty and I made sure to pop in to some presentations, check out the Will Broome x Henry Holland collab with Debenhams before hitting up a BFC American Express talk about careers in fashion. With creative director of Agent Provoceteur, Sarah Shotton, it was a real highlight. Whatever you come to fashion week for; buying, showcasing, street style or review, making time to take some talks in should be part of anyones calender. It was truly inspiring and I could have listened to the panel talk all day.

I paired an oversized dress with the off-duty merino roll neck from Boden. I love pairing big boxy shapes with each other, even if stylistically it may sound counter-intuitive. I wore my dress mostly unbottoned to give me a big of shape and movement instead of looking like a giant rectangle. And always flats. Always.  Well.....at least till Day 2.

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Friday, 11 September 2015

Stripes and High Kicks

I think it's time that I accept that I'll never quite get the hang of weather apropriate dressing. After a chilly couple of days I thought it was about time I took my new wool trousers for a spin. Turns out it was mid-September and 21 degrees. Proper taps aff weather. Let's just say monochrome wool is not the most sun friendly outfit and leave it at that?


Coat - Aquascutum
Top - Cos
Trousers - Boden
High Tops - Boden
Hat - Boohoo

Autumn is my favourite season so I've been super excited to crack out my rain coats, longer sleeves and, yeah, wool. After a chilly couple of days it looks like we've been blessed with the last remenants of an Indian Summer. I can't say I'm complaining, but I wish I hadn't packed away all my Summer clothes first. No doubt we'll be back to normal service soon enough and I can all but live in wool and cashmere.  I've steadily been building my Autumn wardrobe all year with a mix of high quality British wool, rool necks and lined dresses and trousers. Like a real adult.  When the thermometer finally drops, believe me guys, I am ready.
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