DREAMING OF SUMMER...


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Sometimes there's not much more to say than, I'm dreaming of Summer; of sun on skin, long nights that stretch out before you... barbecues' with friends and picnic dinners in the park. Holiday's to places with new streets and new people, slotting into a life that isn't yours for a while.

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This dress from Allegra C/O of Student High Street, with its boho print and trailing fabric instantly brought me to the Summer that's yet to come. Styling and shooting in the flat, amidst eager searches for flights to places I've dreamed of visiting. I can't wait to wear this meandering down an unfamiliar cobbled street and sitting in beautiful squares with a coffee or a glass of wine; discovering somewhere new. 

I imagine wearing this with layered jewellery as I have here, paired with this macrame bag and these cat eye sunglasses which adds to the boho vibe which is something quite different for me. If you want to complete this look, wear with leather sandals like these. If I'm honest I'd probably throw on a pair of white minimal trainers because I love that kind of juxtaposition in an outfit as well as trainers being my absolute go to regardless. 

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Student High Street, if you haven't heard of it, is a shopping platform where you can discover emerging brands such as Allegra and Fan Club Clothing; those two being my favourite discoveries from the site so far. However, SHS is more than just a shopping destination. With the founders holding strong values in supporting young talent, the site is a stage for upcoming events, music and innovation too. 

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This post is sponsored by SHS


Dress: Allegra C/O SHS | Earrings: Topshop (old) | Short Necklace: Topshop (in store) Alternative | Long Necklace: Oliver Bonas (in store) | Amber Ring: Galerie Mirages | Wings Ring: Julia Lacey | Bobble Ring: Topshop (in store) Alternative | Linked Ring: Topshop (in store) Alternative 


Photography: Charlie Jennings


REVIVE YOUR WEEKEND WARDROBE


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Jeans and a t-shirt have become synonymous with the weekend wardrobe. Both easy, effortless pieces, you can throw on a leather jacket and trainers for during the day or a blazer and heels for the evening without too much thought or foresight. And while I'm a huge advocate for these looks as well as a simple jeans and a t-shirt outfit in general, I'm not such a fan of segregating clothing in this way. Keeping certain pieces just for the weekend, just for work or just for evenings can lead to lack of variety and boredom when it comes to getting dressed. An easy way to avoid this is to see your wardrobe as fluid, styling tailored pieces in with casual and vice versa. Wearing a t-shirt with a mini skirt on a night out or a pair of tailored trousers with trainers for Sunday brunch stops an evening outfit looking overdone and elevates typical weekend wear.

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Here I've paired a wide leg check trouser with Winter's equivalent to a t-shirt, the polo. These trousers are ideal for daywear as they are the perfect length to wear with flats. I'm about 5"5" and they skim my trainers, sitting just above the ground which is important if you don't want them to soak up the rain like your flared jeans circa 2002. Pairing with chunky knitwear deflects the 'office' association as well as being practical in the current cold weather. 

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As with most things, striking the right balance is important when it comes to keeping outfits feeling contemporary. Cardigans are just coming back on the scene so ensuring the rest of the outfit is youthful stops them feeling stuffy. This one is great because the balloon sleeve detail in the cardigan itself makes it feel fresh, especially in addition to the tie belt which synchs in the waist creating a flattering shape which can easily be lost with thick knits. 

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I'm sure your Instagram will have been inundated with berets of late but this outfit is no exception as accessories and hats are the easiest and arguably the most affordable way (depending where you shop) to update wardrobe staples. Matching bags and accessory colours is definitely something that comes down to personal preference but with the right look, I think it can really pull together and finish off an outfit. As an additional extra I styled with a pair of textured hoops which again offsets the more casual elements of the look. 

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So if you are feeling uninspired with your 'weekend wardrobe' trying pulling items you would normally reserve for other times during the week or take the time to think of what hats, bags, scarves etc would complement the outfit. Doing this will reinvigorate how you see and style your basics. 

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Beret: Topshop | Polo Neck: H&M | Cardigan: Topshop (sold out) Alternative | Trousers: Topshop (sold out) Alternative | Shoes: Topshop | Bag: Zara (old) Alternative

Earrings: Topshop (sold out) Alternative | Amber Ring: Galerie Mirages | Wings Ring: Julia Lacey | Bobble Ring: Topshop (in store) Alternative | Linked Ring: Topshop (in store) Alternative 



JANUARYLAND


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Welcome back to The Style Companion 2018. Festivities are over and we are amidst what will now be known as 'Januaryland'. If you are wondering what the hell Januaryland is; it's the sad bones of Christmas trees tossed to the side of the road, the gathering pile of empty wine bottles next to an overflowing bottle bank and pretty much, the general shitty feeling that many of us have for the first month of the year when we're too skint to do anything and already feel overindulged in little pleasures such as chocolate to even take comfort in that without a certain feeling of guilt following immediately afterwards. So although I identify with the above, I'm going to try and shed a little light on the first month the year with an outfit post. 

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As I mentioned in my last blog, I've recently finished up in my role as a Topshop personal shopper and have started a new job within a creative communications company. Having just completed my first week, I can safely say I'm loving the change so far and finding learning a new business incredibly inspiring. The timing has allowed me to find the excitement in starting 2018 with a clean slate and fresh ideas which I'd love to translate here too.

I have also noticed a change in the way I view my wardrobe. I no longer look at pieces with a time stamp of when I bought them attached. Working in retail means you are constantly surrounded by product with new deliveries coming in more or less everyday which tricks you into feeling items are 'old' when actually they might have been purchased as little as month ago. I'm enjoying styling my current clothes in different ways and seeing how many varying looks I can achieve with them. 

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For Christmas I treated myself to this 100% cashmere hoodie which I've always coveted but couldn't justify (however, when you know your staff discount is about to be no more, you can justify just about anything)! And although it's the cosiest jumper for lounging about the house in, whilst also being fully acceptable to answer the door to the postman in, I wanted to ensure I could style it in a proper outfit too.

Teamed with my beloved straight jeans and socks boots I layered with a polo neck - shock horror - and a structured double breasted blazer in a spiced yellow colour. With frayed detailing and big tortoise shell buttons it's a piece I feel surpasses other similar offerings on the High Street and will stand the test of time within my wardrobe. I've not layered a hoodie under anything since high school, but I love the effortless smart, casual look it gives worn under the blazer showing that occasionally it's worth investing in your loungewear if it can also play a part in your regular wardrobe too. 

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Polo Neck (just seen): Topshop | Cashmere Hoodie: Topshop (sold out) Alternative | Blazer: Topshop (sold out) Ebay | Jeans: Topshop | Boots: Topshop

Amber Ring: Galerie Mirages | Wings Ring: Julia Lacey | Bobble Ring: Topshop (in store) Alternative | Linked Ring: Topshop (in store) Alternative