Saturday, 20 December 2014

Festive Dressing {Part Three}

Leather jacket: £295, Jigsaw. Jumper: Gap (buy similar here). Dress: Hobbs. Cashmere socks: £35, The White Company. Boots: Free People

So this is probably the most likely for me, this season. I love the idea of wearing something sparkly but keeping warm is my major priority. The slip of a sparkly dress coming out from underneath a chunky knit has such an appealing quality to me - and I love this dress from Hobbs. 

Dress, £174, Hobbs - sold out online but stock available instores
Dresses with sleeves are a big thing at the moment (which I love, having never done any arm exercises in my life) and this dress looks like it's straight out of Downton(not a bad thing in my book).


Ever since I invested in my leather jacket, I've not really looked back. It does add a certain flair to an outfit - even you do just drape it over your shoulders. I think this leather jacket is really good value for money - the leather is so soft.

Black leather biker jacket, £295, Jigsaw

Friday, 19 December 2014

Oasis grey cocoon coat *Back In Stock*

Wool coat: £80, Oasis.Faux leather midi skirt: £50, Oasis. Shoes: Boden (buy similar from Asos here)
I wore this coat for my Oasis London City Guide post a while back but the coat went in store and then flew back out again. And now it's back, and at £80 it's a no-brainer piece. When I was in Vienna, the girls from Oasis Head Office were both wearing it and said it kept them warm from Austria's biting wind!
Grey wool cocoon coat, £80, Oasis

Thursday, 18 December 2014

This Month I'm...

I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm finally winding down before Christmas - and Christmas shopping early has really paid off - I'm starting to relax! I'm looking ahead to the new year and exciting projects, and a lovely break over the holidays.



1. Filing my tax return...the one dreaded bit about being freelance. I'll be finishing Red at Christmas and concentrating on the less fun bit of my job, sorting through receipts! It has all been definitely worth it, though - and more exciting projects for 2015.

2. Booking a trip to Brussels. My best friend from San Diego will be in Europe for a friend's wedding in March and we're planning a minibreak to Brussels to catch up and be tourists together.

3. Watching panto. Our annual trip to Wimbledon panto is what I get excited about at Christmas - it's cheesy, silly but downright Christmassy. And a chance to catch up with family and friends.

4. Reminiscing. Last week, my husband and I went to see a Hackney Colliery Band gig at the Jazz Cafe, Camden. It was the brass band who played at our wedding, and it was a wonderful treat to relive a few of the songs.

5. Enjoying buying baby gifts for Rocco. Fenwick has been my favourite store so far  - the kids department is incredible. I didn't actually buy him this camouflage jumper, from Boden, but now I'm wishing I did...

6. Going to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Despite working next to Hyde Park for years, I have still never been! And after the Vienna Christmas Markets , I am desperate to see what it's all about.

7. Eating copious amounts of food. Obviously it's the season of overindulgence, and I'm planning a pre holiday treats at Tramshed and then at my favourite Japanese restaurant Roka with my parents.

8. Admiring the London lights. I'm often a little disappointed by the Oxford Street lights but this year they look splendid. I particularly love the Bond Street feathery lights, and recently been walking home that way just to see them.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Last minute Gift: Anya Hindmarch's Sticker Shop

There's no doubt that the Anya Hindmarch SS15 show caused quite a stir, and the collaboration with Chaos Fashion by way of these leather stickers was all part of the excitement.



Maybe it's because I'm obsessed with stickers, but I love the idea of customising my bag with a quirky piece of Anya Hindmarch for only £45:


'Yes' sticker, £45, Anya Hindmarch at Net A Porter

Yes? Well, you can also personalise your phone, bag, laptop etc with their fab initial stickers - they're pretty sticky, so you'd better be committed!:


Leather letter stickers, £35 each, Anya Hindmarch at Net A Porter


A great last minute Christmas gift idea, if ever I did spot one! Oh, and here are a few other last minute ideas in case you needed any....



1. Wool blanket, £24.99, H&M

2. Wool gloves, £8, Accessorize

3. Sheepskin slippers, £75, EMU Australia

4. 'Diamond Arcade' glitter nail polish, £12, Nails Inc at Debenhams

5. 'Kiss Mix' lip treatment, £12.80, Eve Lom

6. Cotton socks, £6.40, Happy Socks at John Lewis

7. 'Season's Eating's' hamper, £65, Harvey Nichols

8. Cashmere blend pyjama trousers, £35, Rosie for Autograph at Marks & Spencer

9. Cracker with hand and nail cream, £4.80, Roger Gallet at Feel Unique

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Recipe: Kale, avocado and pomegranate salad


So I'm roughly 6 weeks into my healthy eating regime and am feeling so much better! However, the hardest part is finding different meals I can cook, so Deliciously Ella's site has been a godsend.


£13.60, Amazon
I have been using kale loads lately, not least because it's stocked in Lidl! 
Lidl kale and sweatshirt, £40, SeaSoul + Snow 

This is my new favourite recipe: quick, easy and surprisingly delicious:

1 Big Serving:

Ingredients:

  • 4 big handfuls of kale
  • 1/3 cup of pomegranates
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • A handful of pumpkin seeds (I use sunflower seeds or even pine nuts if I can't find)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of tahini
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of tamari
Method:
  1. Wash the kale and pull off the stalks.
  2. Put it all in a bowl and then serve!

The easiest meal ever? Possibly...and it tastes amazing ('Im a changed woman).

Friday, 12 December 2014

Festive Dressing {Part Two}

Jumper, Bella Freud at Net A Porter. Skirt: Coast
I love the pairing of something fabulous with something everyday and ordinary - take your tips from J Crew! So when I saw this Coast skirt back in the summer, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. Coast has some really good pieces in this season, and have really upped their game.





'Rita' skirt, £125, Coast
Just pair with the J Crew 'Tippi':


£79.50, J Crew



Thursday, 11 December 2014

*BUY ALERT* - Topshop dress back in stock

Wool and marabou dress, £65, Topshop. Faux fur sandals, £58, Topshop

Just a little stock update. Following Topshop's Black Friday madness, this dress was really hard to get hold of! But the good news is it's back in stock now - and wouldn't it make the perfect little New Year's Eve LBD.....?!

Dress, £65, Topshop


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