Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas - let the countdown commence...

Christmas is just a few short weeks away. The decorations are up across the city, and festive shopping is in full swing.

December is one of my favourite times of year to dress for. Barring festival season, it's the only time it's acceptable to wear glitter and sequins - so what's not to love about it.

Christmas parties are just around the corner, and New Years Eve will follow shortly after, so for my latest post I wanted to do a round-up of the best looks for the holiday season ahead.

1. Over-the-knee boots 

The original over-the-knee boots are the stunning Stuart Weitzman's. Every winter they make a comeback, so are certainly worth the £665 investment. Alternatively, ASOS, River Island, and Kurt Geiger, have some great alternatives.

Over-the-knee boots look amazing in almost every colour, as proven by the likes of Millie Mackintosh, Gigi Hadid, and Olivia Palermo. Black does of course offer the most versatility, but grey and tan suede also look beaut. 

2. Embellishment 

This is the perfect time of year to dust of your sparkles and sequins, just in time for the party season. If you don't already have any, then now is the time to make the purchase. 

From Topshop and River Island, to Missguided and ASOS, most stores on the high street have started to stock up on their finest embellished pieces. 

Despite what many may think, sparkles and sequins can be dressed as up or down as you wish. Pair a sequin top with mom jeans for a casual look, or sport an embellished dress with a classic heel, for a smarter evening look - either way you'll be making a stunning statement for the festive season.  

3. Lace 

Lace looks fab all year round, but the best black, dark green, and burgundy pieces start to hit the shops in the winter.

Just about everywhere on the high street has well and truly welcomed the lace trend with open arms this season. Zara, Topshop, Mango, Missguided, and River Island have everything from lace blouses, crop tops, and dresses, to lace jumpsuits and playsuits, so are well worth a visit.

Personal favourites include the black Mango jumpsuit, as well as the green dress, and floral embroidered lace crop - both from my go-to, Topshop.

4. Florals 

Swap your pastel florals, for red, forest green, and burnt orange florals, to achieve a flawless autumn/winter look. 

Dark florals are great for occasions such as winter weddings, christenings, or the office Christmas party,  as well as for day-to-day wear or a night on the town. 

For premium florals, Dolce and Gabbana and Kenzo are great, or for something a little more affordable, check out the usual Topshop, ASOS, and Missguided. 

5. Puffer jackets

Stella McCartney showcased a collection full of puffer jackets for autumn/winter 2016 back in March, so as soon as we hit September, everywhere started to get stocked up for the season ahead. 

Shortly after, in October, my lovely boyfriend bought me my very own from Topshop, with the most amazing faux fur hood. 

Zara and Topshop have the best puffer jackets on the high street - which are perfect for keeping warm this winter. 



By Jessica Simm

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Check mate...

My slightly unhealthy obsession with checks began back in 2012, when I fell in love with the red tartan Alexander McQueen blazer, I spotted Leighton Meester wearing in her role as Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl.

From then on, I absolutely adored all things check so, of course, when I heard the trend would be making a comeback for autumn/winter 2016, I instantly started shopping for my key pieces of the season.

My check scarf obviously makes an appearance every winter, so was the first accessory to come out of storage. Tartan skirts are also a personal favourite, as are check duster coats.

In recent weeks, I've come across countless beaut check and tartan pieces, so here's a round-up of my top 11 finds for the season:


Markus Lupfer

New Look on ASOS





Isabel Marant

Elizabeth and James

Jack Wills on ASOS

Jack Wills on ASOS



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