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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#carryyourconfidence


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If you didn't already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and iconic bag brand, Fiorelli have teamed up with Breast Cancer Care to raise money through their campaign #carryourconfidence. The bold pinstripe collection donates £10 per bag with the aim of raising £75,000 across the year to support the charity. Face of the campaign, Katie - a survivor of breast cancer talks of how she wants to promote a positive battle, creating more confident stories for others to turn to. 

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I am incredibly lucky to say that my life and those closest to me have not been touched by the disease directly but it goes without saying that the impact on those diagnosed and their loved ones is huge. I am also well aware of the fragility of that fact and how quickly it could change. For those reasons, I wanted to contribute to a message I feel strongly about. 

The narrative of the campaign is to #carryyourconfidence in the same way that you carry your favourite handbag. I picked the Anouk backpack as I love the minimal, chic design. The backpack style gives a youthful vibe which I contrasted with a tailored longline blazer. I love the proportions of the different jackets and dress paired with the knee high boots.

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The campaign topic really resonated as confidence has been and still is an on going battle for me. The issue I have is that I often feel passionately about something but will regularly second guess myself and let the little voice in my head convince myself that I'm not good enough or that I'm wrong in my opinion. Something I'm sure a lot of of people can empathise with. It makes me anxious and can stop me voicing what I believe or proceeding with something I am passionate about, (this blog and writing being a prime example).

However, on certain days I feel full of determination and will act the part until it becomes something that I know I will be able to do. Public speaking is probably the best illustration of this. I still get nervous before talking to a crowd but over the years, from high school and uni to my job now, I forced myself to do it when it was asked of me. This has made me realise that I am capable, and although the butterflies still make their rounds in my stomach beforehand, I will get through it and be proud that I did. 

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Another aspect that determines how confident I feel is how others view me, and this varies depending on who it is and what environment I'm in. I'm sure my Dad will find it somewhat amusing that I don't voice my opinion in certain circumstances as I have no trouble at all having a back and forth with him at the dinner table until he concedes (or at least pretends to). When I was in school I was always told by teachers to have more self belief as I constantly sought reassurance; words I have heard repeatedly and still do. There have also been friends/boyfriends over the years who were loud characters that dominated the relationship, making me believe that I was the weaker one. I have never been loud and unfortunately, loud is often misinterpreted as confident and quietness as shyness. In my opinion that is completely false. So depending on whether I am around close friends and family, at work or in a group of people I don't know very well then I can go from a exuberant debater to quietly confident to a reserved introvert in a flash.

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Confidence comes in different ways, some are humble, some are arrogant, some are both depending on what day it is. However, I think the reserved shouldn't be underestimated as not being confident, they just might not be as forthcoming with it as others. If you are like me, surround yourself with those that build you up, support you and help you achieve your goals. If you believe in what you have to say but you don't necessarily believe in yourself, stepping outside your comfort zone is imperative for self growth. Otherwise, you'll later regret not taking the chance and seeing where it might lead. So, if you were to ask me how I carry my confidence I'd say, quietly, modestly, and with occasional pride (absolute pride is a work in progress). 

To support Breast Cancer Care, and Katie in her fight for confident stories pick up your bag from Fiorelli.com now.

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Bag: C/O Fiorelli | Boots: Topshop (old) Alternative | Dress: Topshop (sold out) Alternative | Blazer: Topshop (sold out) Alternative | Coat: Zara (old) New Season Alternative 

Amber Ring: Galerie Mirages | Wings Ring: Julia Lacey | Bobble Ring: Topshop (in store) Alternative | Linked Ring: Topshop (in store) Alternative | Bracelet: Pandora | Necklace: Ted Baker