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. 


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. 


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. 


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 



New Year is a weird one isn't it? There always seems to be an underlying pressure to reflect, make changes and be different. If you're like me, it's an additional opportunity to scrutinise whether what you're doing (in life) is enough. The short answer is probably, 'yes', but it's usually a lot harder to accept than that.

I've recently left my role as a Personal Shopper and will soon be starting a new job with a Creative Communications Company. As a leaving gift, a friend bought me the book, 'You Do You - how to be who you are and use what you've got to get what you want' which aims to promote the idea that you can in fact be yourself and be happy, without alteration. It was an apt gift and with the words 'THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU' emblazoned a few pages in, it struck a chord.


In somewhat of a contradiction, I will be making changes this year as I've worked for Topshop since I was nineteen. Although it's daunting to leave a place of comfort and knowledge it's also exhilarating. However, this wasn't a change made on the pretence of 'new year, new me' which I think is important. Changes and growth come with time and acceptance - you need to be ready in yourself rather than simply feel the pressure of a new year.

Despite the fact I will not be personal shopping daily, I will be continuing my love for fashion through the blog with the hope that I will be able to work freelance occasionally. Here I've created a look for Hogmanay. A sequin slip that could be worn on it's own for a dressed up affair, or as I have here, layered over a polo and jeans with barely there heels if you still want to feel festive but need to bring it down a few notches! 


Reading back, I realise this post is a little disjointed but I think it aptly reflects my feelings towards New Year. I do enjoy the anticipation of a fresh start but contrarily grudge the notion that we should change ourselves just because January 1st is around the corner.

Regardless, however you spend Hogmanay, I hope you bring in the bells in whatever way makes you happiest! See you again next month for a new post! 


Polo Neck: Topshop | Dress: Topshop (sold out) Ebay | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: Topshop

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