Fashion Panic

The Ruffle

 The ruffle, frill, flouncy decoration; whatever you call it, it's in this season. On the catwalks, it embodied feminine shapes, florals and lots of pastels! Everyone from Erdem, with his exquisite finishing touches to Holly Fulton, who added a very subtle frill, the fashion world fully embraced the fancy addition to their new season pieces.

Since ultra girly isn't really my style, I wanted to find a more dressed down and contemporary way to get frills into my wardrobe. I've become a sucker for monochrome for the past few months. I find I can put together outfits quicker, better and feel comfortable when I stick to a one tone palette. It must be age; I want to feel stylish and 'put together' compared to my past literally 'thrown together' looks. I love my new wardrobe and the best thing about it, is it doesn't have to cost a fortune. 

This boohoo jumper was just £15. I know right. The price of a few drinks, but worth so much more! Imagine my delight when I stumbled across it on the 3rd page of 'tops'. I couldn't believe it hadn't sold out already with such a bargain price! I ordered the white as I wanted to 'Spring' up my look, plus I always go for black.

I'm loving that skinny jeans are well and truly out this season. That doesn't mean, if you love them, don't wear them, as I always believe things can never truly be 'out'; however for those of us who aren't massive fans of very tight pants, then the new relaxed fit to jeans is great news. I have loved mom/boyfriend/girlfriend/cropped flare/wide leg jeans for years, so I'm glad that it's finally on trend! Wide legs are my absolute fave, so when I found this cropped pair from asos, for just £11 I had to get them. They turned out to be my best buy; I've had them for a year and wear them at least twice a week!

I loved the simple silhouette the jumper and jeans created; but I definitely felt the need to add a heel, just to make it ever so slightly more flattering. I finished with the boots that won't be removed from my feet at any cost, and my black gold chain bag. I'm super happy with this outfit, and wish I had saved it for I have no clue what to wear!

Jumper: Boohoo // Jeans: Asos (similar) // Boots: River Island // Bag: Catwalk Killa 

Collaboration with Teva

We are well and truly in the throws of winter. It may have taken a while to arrive (I was wearing short sleeves in December!) but now it's here, it's here to stay. For a UK Fashion Blogger, it's the worst time of year in terms of fashion/photo shoots and generally being bothered about what we're wearing other than layer upon layer of clothing. That's where my new favourite boots come in. You may have heard of Teva. I had, but I'd only seen the sandals. Teva actually started out with just sandals; really comfortable, wearable footwear. They're well known with travellers for being durable and perfect for an adventure. The boots have the same vibes; incredibly comfortable and unlike other suede boots I own; water resistant! 

Manchester isn't always the sunniest of places, shock horror I know; it rains most days, so I wouldn't naturally go for suede anything. But when I was asked if I wanted to feature the Teva boots on my blog, I jumped at the chance to have footwear perfect for winter and the rainy North West!

Despite living just 20mins from the city, I actually live in a village in the middle of the countryside. I always feel lucky to have both near by, it also impacts on my outfit choices. When I'm at home, I love to be comfortable, but also feel stylish at the same time; something that the beautiful Delavina boots helped me to achieve. I chose the Delavina style due to the gorgeous colour and detail. I've worn them so many times over Christmas, but I wanted to wear them with something styled. I'd usually throw them on to take the dogs out or on country walks. But I wanted to show how versatile they are. I paired them with my camel coat and black faux leather jeans. I felt so comfortable, but on trend too! I am always honest with my readers, and would never tell you anything just because I am working with a brand; but I can honestly say they are the comfiest pair of boots I own! We walked for 5 miles last Sunday, and they didn't rub, hurt or become uncomfortable. The best thing is, they are now in the sale from £90 to just £54 and they are worth every penny!

 Boots: Teva // Coat: New Look // Scarf: Asos (similar)

Teddy Coat

Coats; a girl can never have too many. To me, they are the ultimate winter necessity, and the more styles, colours and fabric, the better! I may be slightly biased, as it's well known that I have a slight coat addiction. But how could I not!? They cover your entire outfit, you could be wearing pyjamas and nobody would ever know. They finish your look, showcase your style and most importantly; keep you warm.

Today, I'm showing you my season favourite, the teddy coat. I bought it from Miss Guided during their student 20% off offer, so it was only £32, which for the quality and style is an absolute bargain. I get so many compliments when I wear it, plus it's super cosy and practical.

I wore my teddy, with my all time fave, my beloved culottes. I've not really worn them in a while, mainly due to this awful cold weather we're having up here in Manchester, but also because they tend not to look that amazing with my big winter coats. I think they look fab (if I do say so myself) with my teddy coat, I think it's predominately they length of the coat; it's that perfect cover-hips-thighs-bum length. 

I finished the look with my Catwalk Killa bag and the boots you'll find on my feet most days; my RI sock boots. 

How do you feel about wearing culottes in the winter months? 

Coat: Miss Guided // Culottes: New Look // Boots: River Island // Bag: Catwalk Killa

The Bomber Jacket

I have to be honest; it took a while for me to come round to the bomber jacket. I can't put my finger on just what I was so against, I think I had visions of Top Gun and aviators (ironically, I now think this sounds incred...) Anyway, I just wasn't jumping on the bomber bandwagon. That all changed when I started to see the beautiful satin versions. They just seemed a lot more glam than their dull khaki counterparts. There are a lot of different styles and colours on various websites and on the high street, but I fell in love with the colour of this Pretty Little Thing version.

I feel like the jacket did all the talking, so I dressed it down with my cropped flared Zara jeans and some trainers; simple yet effective. The colour is just out of this world. The pictures don't do it justice, neither does my 'rust' description. It's more like wearing a giant sparkly jewel (descriptive writing skills on fire here, I know!). It's just such an easy way to be dressed down and comfortable, with just a little 'on trend' nod. I plan to wear it right through to Spring, over dresses and with my beloved culottes.

Bomber: Pretty Little Thing // Jeans: Zara  // Bag: Zara

The New 'IT' Bag - The Backpack

Ever since Burberry debuted their monogrammed backpack at the AW16 show, everyone has been raving about the stylish new companion. I have to admit that I was over the moon when I saw that the good old faithful bag was back on top. I may sound like a granny, but I like practicality. The backpack is a girl's best friend when it comes to organisation, space and comfortability.

I have a few trips planned this year and I want to be able to sight see without the pain of heavy, 'in the way' bags. I want to be able to throw my camera, water, endless bags of make up/dry shampoo and the kitchen sink into one beautiful creation. Yes, I'm aware I sound slightly over the top, but they're just SO good! I've put together my top 6 backpacks out there on the high street, I hope you can find some inspiration!

Ok, so not that I'm biased, having worked with Radley before, but just look at it! It's beautiful, perfectly formed and the perfect size. I can just see myself walking around at my very first LFW next month wearing this babe. It's number one on my wish list as it's a total 'forever' bag, real leather, something that will last a lifetime. I'm definitely saving up for this one!

I love the structure to this bag. It's got a 'grown up' feel about it, super sleek and modern. It's such a great price too. It would look great with the minimalist trend, and such a great price too!

Another Asos one, but they have such a great selection at the moment! This is a bit more casual, but just as classy. I love the patent leather effect on the front, giving it a bit of detail. It's also drawstring, so super easy to throw every in! 

Ok, I may have repeated myself with the choices, but I couldn't not include this absolute babe! If you don't already know, Radley teamed up with the amazing Jonathan Saunders, and this is the result. Heaven in a bag. It's a work of art, and great if you like to stand out. I love the use of monochrome, and the shape is just perfect!

I love the metallic gold of this Accessorize beauty. It's more of a traditional shaped backpack, but perfectly formed. It has great pockets and sections, perfect for travelling, or sightseeing. Metallic accessories are going to be big this season, so it's definitely the one if you want to stay bang on trend!

I promise I don't work for Radley! I just went on for a mooch and was overwhelmed with amazing backpacks, I just had to share! So this is one of my faves, but it's in the sale, so I'm not sure how long it will be around. Again, perfect size, looks incredible and it's perfect for my travels!
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