GET THAT FESTIVE FEELING


Bag:  Topshop  | Coat:  H&M  | Shoes:  & Other Stories  | Earrings:  Topshop  | Jumpsuit:  Warehouse

Bag: Topshop | Coat: H&M | Shoes: & Other Stories | Earrings: Topshop | Jumpsuit: Warehouse

While I'm not quite putting up my Christmas tree yet, I am definitely already feeling festive. Today I bought some baubles AND my first present whilst wandering a dreich but glistening Edinburgh. Since I am patiently awaiting payday before splurging on myself, I've put together a few outfits that will see you through the party season. Featuring High Street favourites from Warehouse and Whistles to & Other Stories, Zara, H&M, Anthropologie and not forgetting old faithful, Topshop, these looks will (hopefully) serve some inspiration for your Christmas party outfits.  

If like me, you love a jumpsuit for an evening, this one packs a punch in cherry red. There is something so powerful yet classic about an all in one and this one is effortlessly so; with a flattering wide leg, synched in belt and frill sleeve it is easy to wear and simple to style. Here I've paired with a metallic silver bag (red and silver is far more chic than red and gold in my opinion) and sparkly mismatched earrings to give a quirky touch. Patent black, barely there sandals and a fluffy faux fur add texture and shine to the overall outfit. I'd wear with slick back hair, winged liner and a hollywood red lip for a Christmas Party ready look.

Bag:  Whistles  | Boots:  Zara  | Coat:  Topshop  | Trousers:  & Other Stories  | Top:  Warehouse

Bag: Whistles | Boots: Zara | Coat: Topshop | Trousers: & Other Stories | Top: Warehouse

Secondly, I've styled something for when you want to feel dressed up but not necessarily for a night out; think drinks with friends, date night or a girly lunch. Leather trousers sort of terrify me (I'm imagining myself in the episode of Friends when Ross has to frantically talcum powder his legs...) but these straight leg versions are an interesting alternative to jeans or cigarette trousers adding an edgier element to the outfit. Polo necks are my favourite layering piece under round collared coats in Winter, so this sparkly stripe one paired with this dreamy Mongolian fur coat is a match made in Heaven tucked into the leather trousers. Tying everything together with these wine coloured sock boots (no need for chilly ankles this A/W) and a sheepskin bag your Boyfriend/Husband/Brother will hate but you will love - a fashion forward look that will turn heads for the right reasons. 

Lastly, I've created my imaginary Christmas Day look. While I love the idea of getting dressed up for Christmas Day it's never been part of our tradition as we've always had a low key day with the six of us, only recently changing since I've been with Charlie so this is more likely to be a New Years Eve outfit for me. Regardless, it's girly and feminine with a dose of Blair Waldorf hairband action too. Velvet is always a key fabric for the festive season and is something I bring out every year so this little black dress is the perfect addition to any wardrobe if you are seeking longevity. Creating a more unique look by adding a sparkly tie belt gives a classic shape a more current edge. The aforementioned hairband is a beautiful forest green with peacock feather embroidery - something I have been obsessing over since spotting it in my local Anthropologie. A crackled gold heel and sequin blazer finishes off this feminine seasonal outfit. 

Blazer:  Topshop  | Shoes:  Topshop  | Dress:  Warehouse  | Belt:  Topshop  | Hairband:  Anthropologie

Blazer: Topshop | Shoes: Topshop | Dress: Warehouse | Belt: Topshop | Hairband: Anthropologie


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Lately, I've been thinking a lot about how much I enjoy blogs and images which incorporate lifestyle and realness; almost like the equivalent of what 'normcore' is for fashion. There is something so refreshing and authentic about seeing the full shot and outfit in context rather than with a blurred background. It feels as though you can really appreciate someone's style rather than just seeing someone wearing clothes - the main difference between blogging and traditional marketing campaigns. 

And so this post comes to you straight from my flat, complete with empty planters in the living room and wine bottles (also empty) on the kitchen floor. For added authenticity, I was also full of the cold which made my face look like a puffy mess (hence hiding it in the majority of shots).

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On this occasion, I made a pot of coffee, gave Kirsty the tour and we chatted about us and about ideas for the blog while she snapped away. It was inspiring to give ourselves time to try something different and focus on developing new concepts.

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This outfit aims to show that purchases made last year can still feel relevant if you choose thoughtfully and style in fresh ways. This H&M jumper has dramatic sleeves made from a quality mohair blend lending itself to simple, paired-back styling. I teamed it with a pair of ASOS jeans in stone, which is a far more wearable shade in the autumnal months than a stark white. To finish I wore my new checked slip on vans which I am currently loving along with my jewellery, which is the same as always (I plan on doing a separate post about it soon)! Overall this look is an easy throw on which still feels somewhat pulled together. For something more evening appropriate pair the jumper with black skinnies, heeled black boots, a red lip and sleek hair!

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Jumper: H&M (old) New Season Version in Red | Top (just seen): H&M (old) Similar | Jeans (frayed by me): ASOS | Trainers: Vans