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Quick Update…

Hello lovelies! I just wanted to take a moment to say that I haven’t meant to disappear these last few days – wordpress has for been in a perpetual state of ‘cannot load webpage’ or ‘this site is currently under maintenance’ (a problem that no one else seems to have had, strangely), and so my posts have been nothing more than hastily scrawled word files, notes and folders full of images. Today I’m going to be transferring those crazy notes into actual posts, as wordpress seems to be *touch wood* finally working for me.

Watch this space…

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 32#

Today is all about Grandad trousers… or, more specifically, Grandad culottes! Or maybe that should be ‘Grandma raiding Grandad’s wardrobe with the sewing box’ culottes? I don’t know anymore… I do know one thing, however, and that is that between this garish outfit and my bad hair day (it’s cowlicks galore on the crown of my head this morning!!), this look would be a guaranteed way to send every man in London running and cowering in fear at the very sight of me… perhaps it’s best that this is just an ‘if only’ series!

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1. Pedro del Hierro Madrid Plaid Stretch-Wool Culottes. £390. Available here.

2. Issa Ruth Silk-Georgette Blouse. £395. Available here.

3. Christian Louboutin Intern Studded Striped Canvas Slippers. £645. Available here.

4. Michael Michael Kors Hamilton Large Textured-Leather Tote. £310. Available here.

5. Fleur Designz Turquoise Statement Necklace £116.86. Available here.

6. Chloé Daria Gold Bracelet. £260. Available here.

7. Arme De L’Amour Gold-Plated Ear Cuff. £55. Available here.

8. Jennifer Fisher Mini Peak Set Gold Rings. £270. Available here.

9. ASOS Wool Beret. £12. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 31#

Honestly, Topshop is, in my opinion, one of those brands that shouldn’t be able to pull off a runway show. I was twelve when they made their fashion week debut, and so I’m pretty much always known Topshop as being a ‘runway brand’ since the age when I really became interested in fashion, and yet still, while child actors Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Victoria Beckham – an ex spice girl – have all been bale to establish themselves as, first and foremost, fashion designers, in our minds, Topshop for me is still just a high street store that sells edgy, sometimes questionable, generally affordable and sometimes overpriced items that we all wear. Nevertheless, Topshop’s more ‘high-end’ line: Topshop Unique, is definitely one of the darlings of LFW year after year. I don’t know quite how they do it, but I sure as hell love them even more for it. Therefore, today’s look revolves around a Topshop Unique skirt… roll on SS15’s collection!

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1. Oasis Betty Plain Shirt in Green. £38. Available here.

2. Topshop Unique Printed Silk-Georgette Skirt. £95. Available here.

3. See by Chloé Medium Leather Bag. £325. Available here.

4. Nicholas Kirkwood Eye-Embroidered Velvet Slippers. £430. Available here.

5. Wallis Bright Statement Flower Collar Necklace. £18.50 £12.95. Available here.

6. Robert Lee Morris Gold Cuff. £394.99. Available here.

7. Forever 21. Twisted Ring Set. £3.50. Available here.

8. Mykita Taulant Round Sunglasses. £310. Available here.

9. ASOS Lace Trim Ankle Socks. £3.50. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 30#

My own take on traditional English style today, a perfect autumnal look for chilly English mornings… but not quite chilly enough to warrant tights. I have a (fairly meagre) summer tan to show off for a few more weeks yet, thank you very much. Simplicity, minimal accessories, berry tones… yes, I’m definitely happy with this one.

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1. Warehouse Green High Neck Slinky Dress. £70. Available here.

2. River Island Dark Red Check Oversized Jersey Jacket. £40. Available here.

3. Kurt Geiger Tunic8 by Nine West Boots. £125. Available here.

4. Joanie Two Tone Tote Bag. £28. Available here.

5. Topshop Opaque Green Stone Ring. £6.50. Available here.

6. Halycon Days 18ct Gold Bangle. £98. Available here.

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Trend of the Season: Ponchos, Capes, and Really, Really Big Coats

While there are many great trends for us all to focus on during the frosty winds and rain of AW14, none have got me quite as excited as the oversized outerwear trend. Be it ponchos, capes, or coats, I swear each winter the size of our outerwear is swelling, and this year, it’s definitely a case of the bigger the better. That doesn’t, however, make puffy marshmallow coats ok. Ever. Even if some brands, such as Wood Wood and Stine Goya try to convince us otherwise. It is on the list of regrettable fashion choices, and so do not give in to it just because it may be a fad trend. Stick to capes. Capes are cool.

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However, as much as I’m sure most of us would love to be able to buy one of Burberry’s already iconic blanket ponchos (especially if we could have a monogrammed one.. please?), sadly, very few of us can afford to splash out the needed £900. Therefore, I have been scouring the internet for the best bargain buys, so that even if, like me, you can’t afford Burberry, you can still feel amazing in a big coat… because nothing feels quite as good during cold winter days as a really, really big coat. Best of all, I’ve stuck to a budget of £100, to show that anyone can look amazing in a statement coat this winter.

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Topshop: Checked Cape. £32.

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River Island: Camel Colour Block Waterfall Jacket. £70.

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River Island: Dark Brown Faux Fur Lined Waterfall Jacket. £85.

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ASOS: Cocoon Coat in Pink. £85.

Also available in camel.

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ASOS: Coat with Faux Fur Collar. £80.

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Beyond Retro: Vintage Wool Coat with Fur Lining. £54.

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ASOS: Cape in Black, Camel or Cream. £25.

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Free People: Sunset Hooded Ruana. £58.

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New Look: Cream Chevron Tassel Hem Blanket Wrap. £24.99.

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New Look: Green Check Faux Fur Coat. £64.99.

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H&M: Coat in a Wool Blend. £79.99.

Remember last year when we were all being told to choose a pastel coloured coat for AW13? Well, apparently that trend hasn’t died entirely, seeping through into H&M’s AW14 collection. While I haven’t been a pink coat fan since a rather disastrous pink puffer jacket fiasco of mine – yes, my earlier advice is based on personal experience – ten years ago, this one is a winner for me, and I think it looks to be worth so much more than £80… probably not the coat to choose if you have a ‘one-coat-for-every-look’ mindset.. pink is rather picky, after all.

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By Zoe: Cape with Fur-Lined Hood. £87.40.

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Very: Savoir Longline Shearling Coat. £89.

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Very: Rochelle Humes Fur Collar Wrap Coat. £99.

This one just manages to scrape into our £100 budget, sparing you a precious pound for your savings. It is a beautiful coat, from Rochelle Humes’ Very Collection, and once again harks back to last winter’s pastel coat trend. Oh, I want it so badly.

Also, while I know, this post has become a bit more of an ode-to-ASOS than I intended, for those of you looking for a great bargain (aka, all of us), you have to see this… ASOS is currently selling a range of beautiful Helene Berman capes for £98, reduced from £170, available in a range of colours. You’re welcome.

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Tips of the Trend:

1. Silhouette should no be abandoned entirely. While this is a trend that revolves around baggy, oversized garments, give a moment to think about your silhouette. You want to find a coat that still nips in slightly at the waist. A fur lapel will help to create a natural hourglass figure. A defined silhouette also prevents the oversized look from becoming frumpy-hobo. It’s simply more flattering.

2. The same rule applies to what you are wearing underneath. For example, when wearing a blanket cape, your outfit will be visible, and so don’t swamp your figure in a shapeless, oversized shift dress, unless you’re deliberately going for the maternity chic look…

3. It’s all about the details. Toy with chunky waist belts over a blanket cardigan, pin a fur lapel to your coat, sew (with tiny tacking stitches) a statement necklace to the plain neckline of your poncho to really give your outerwear the same wow-factor as the rest of your outfit. Just because you’ll be taking it off the second you arrive at your destination, doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t look amazing. You never know who you’ll bump into in the street, after all.

4. If you are going to break the silhouette rule, show of your skinny pins with a great pair of heels, and avoid wearing anything that sits below the knee.

5. Have fun. Experiment with colour, patterns, fur… try things even if you’re not sure that it will suit you. That’s the great thing about shopping for outerwear – you don’t have to queue for hours like cattle to be hurried into a stuffy, generally quite dirty dressing room (unless you can afford the champagne-inclusive luxuries of design houses, of course) – every shop includes a scattering of handy mirrors around the shop floor, and so you can just try on every option right there, between the knicker aisle and the wall of hats.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 29#

Is this a going out outfit? A day wear outfit? I’m not quite sure yet, but I know that I love it, and I would happily wear it day-in, day-out… it just looks so comfy, and yet, throw on a pair of amazing heels, and it’s perfect for a night of dancing wildly… even if replacing slippers with heels does make it a bit of a contradictory statement…

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1. Toga Satin-Trimmed Crepe Jumpsuit. £340. Available here.

2. NastyGal Runs Deep Crop Top. £23.38 £6.98. Available here.

3. River Island Beige Bow Front Leopard Toe Cap Slipper Shoes. £25. Available here.

4. Diesel Likke U S Fur Shoulder Bag. £470. Available here.

5. Wallis Gold Cut Out Cuff. £12.50 £8.75. Available here.

6. Chloé Triple Stone Ring. £250. Available here.

7. ASOS Snake Chain Necklace. £15. Available here.

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New York Fashion Week: Day 4#

Today was the day that I have been waiting for most eagerly during New York Fashion Week… today was the showing of  Victoria Beckham’s latest collection. Always one of my favourites. And as ever, she did not disappoint. I swear, if I had to limit my dream wardrobe to just three designers, I know already who they would be: Victoria Beckham, The Row and Chloé. So classic, elegant and timeless, all of them.

So here we go.. the best of the day, as usual.

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