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If Only: Outfit of the Day 43#

 Th weather is driving me insane right now (see, there’s my compulsory weather-related moan of the day). Glorious sunshine one moment, blustering winds that I swear must come direct from the iciest depths of the North Pole the next. It’s time to start layering, and I really love matching motifs and patterns to the under layer.. or the bottoms.. so if I can match all three, that’s just best of all! I’m so ready for autumn now!

22-sep

1. ASOS Longline Satin Culotte. £45. Available here.

2. Oasis Bird and Floral April Jumper. £40. Available here.

3. Oasis Trim Lace Cami in Cream. £30. Available here.

4. Jigsaw Sophia Pointed Flat. £89. Available here.

5. Whistles Crescent Foldover Tote Bag in Black. £275. Available here.

6. Whistles Stacker Mixed Seed Bead Bracelets. £20. Available here.

7. Warehouse Curb Chain and Stone Necklace. £18. Available here.

8. ASOS Rose Gold-Plated Ring. £20. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit Of The Day 39#

It’d be wrong for me to post this without giving a shout out to my lovely flatmate for this one. Being from Spain, she always survives England’s pitiful excuse for a summer (especially now, on the brink of a new season), with skinny jeans and the cosiest looking jumpers that are just a size or two too big. It’s a look that we all reach for at the time of year, but whereas I’ve always stuck mostly to dark jewel tones (but for one regrettable orange jumper), she knows how to bring summer cheer to a sluggish day. Honestly, while I’m living here, you’ll be seeing a lot of influence from both of my two flatmates creeping into my style. The turban, however, that’s all down to the mystery stranger on Brick Lane.

18-sep

1. Gucci Waffle-Knit Wool Jumper. £455. Available here.

2. J Brand Jake Midi-Rise Slim Jeans. £270. Available here.

3. Christian Louboutin Sakouette Loafers. £425. Available here.

4. Finds En Shalla Beaded Bag. £365. Available here.

5. Nasty Gal Rattle Your Cage Bustier. £25.71. Available here.

6. Virzi+ De Luca Rio Gold-Plated and Cotton Charm Necklace. £610. Available here.

7. Ruxi Tirisi Set of 3 Rose Gold Filled Bracelet. £59.58. Available here.

8. ASOS Knitted Turban Hat in Tobacco. £10. Available here.

9. Joules Saddle Brown Ffionbrooch. £19.95. 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.

9-sep

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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If Only: Outfit of the Day 24#

It started with a swimsuit… as a keen swimmer, I’m always looking for that perfect swim suit, and this one is my perfect swimsuit; cut out, florals, flattering cut.. it’s the whole package for me, if I’m honest. I’d wear it as a bodysuit as well as a swimsuit, and the best part is, it’s less than £100… teamed with aztec prints, ruby shades, a statement necklace and a few designer pieces, and I’m all set for a stroll through Hampstead Heath on a lazy sunday afternoon for a swim in the lakes… let’s not mention the required post-swim top and just focus on the swimsuit, shall we?

3-sep

1. Insight Tin Rose Cut-Out Swimsuit. £75. Available here.

2.  ASOS Pleat Front Bonded Midi Skirt. £40 £30. Available here.

3. Modcloth Somebody That I Houston Know Cardigan $59.99. Available here.

4. Chloé Marcie Medium Shoulder Bag. £1,235. Available here.

5. Valentino Garavani Rockstud Ballerina in Red. £595. Available here.

6. Zara Rhinestone Necklace £19.99. Available here.

7. Topshop Hinged Bracelet. £10. Available here.

8. Topshop Red Enamel Circle Ring Pack. £14.50. Available here.

9. Boohoo Laura Lace Socks. £4. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 20#

With the hat, the wide-leg trousers, the heels, I guess today’s look has some strong 70s vibes. With a murky colour pallet ad that pop of blue, it’s a very autumnal look, simple, understated, but edgy all the same.

30-Aug

1. AllSaints Myrthe Top in Black/Mustard. £148. Available here.

2. Roland Mouret Lucanus Wool-Crepe Wide-Leg Trousers. £595. Available here.

3. Valentino Cult Embellished Suede Pumps. £525. Available here.

4. The Cambridge Satchel Company. The Classic in Black 13″. £108. Available here.

5. French Connection Ombre Box Chain Necklace. £40. Available here.

6. Oasis Brown Strap Multi Dials Watch. £45. Available here.

7. Alighieri Pier Della Vigna Ring. £140. Available here.

8. Ray-Ban 4105 Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses. £117. Available here.

9. Eugenia Kim Blake Hat. £244.20. Available here.

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If Only: Outfit of the Day 17#

Forget the all black attire (more or less) of yesterday, today, I want colour, and florals, and a phone case that looks like an ice lolly! Today’s styled outfit also totals to considerably less than usual… no designer required. Jewellery is kept to a minimum, allowing that loud playsuit to speak for itself, while the blazer gives a pop of colour that breaks up the whole look. I love it.

27-Aug

1. Warehouse Leafy Floral Print Jumpsuit. £58. Available here.

2. Oasis Ponte Jacket in Yellow. £40. Available here.

3. Topshop Snaffle Loafers. £58. Available here.

4. Topshop Hinge Plate Holdall. £40. Available here.

5. Miss Selfridge Flower Multi Row Necklace. £10. Available here.

6. ASOS Stone Headband in Blue. £8. Available here.

7. ASOS Love Rocks Bracelet. £18. Available here.

8. Marmalade Moon ‘Dreamsicle’ IPhone/IPod case. £25.54. Available here.

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5 Things That Ought To Come Free With Clothing…

Clothes are complicated. More specifically, wearing clothes is complicated, and the dressier, the more complicated getting dressed becomes. How often do we spend a day searching high and low for that perfect night-out dress and matching shoes, only to get home and realise… ah, actually, in order to wear this outfit I’ll need boob tape, nipple flowers, a whole new strap to alter my bra, plasters for the inevitable blisters, gel pads to protect my feet as much as possible, and lots of sellotape to remove every. single. speck. of. lint. Of course, then there’s always something missing from your secret ‘getting dressed fixer-upper’ box, and so back you go to the shops. Repeat as necessary for each additional look-perfecting item you remember to purchase. Some shops are considerate (and sneaky) enough to place these magical products near either the garments for which they will be required, or near the checkout area as a tempting last minute purchase. Wouldn’t it be easier though, if clothes came with the items that perfect them? It makes sense, I think; most other products follow this general rule. My camera came with a (pretty useless) cleaning kit. My flat pack office furniture came with a (very utterly useless) toolkit. Why don’t we sell clothes with those additional items? I’m not saying that models should start parading down the runway with a plastic sandwich bag of clothing-maintenance supplies tagged to their bums, but hear me out, you know that shopping for a night out would be much simpler if shops offered a freebie essential with certain items of clothing… for example:

1. Shoes & Plasters

I can think of a list of things that ought to be sold along with shoes… sandpaper, gel pads, wet wipes, those little scuff-removing, shoe-polishing kits that they sell in pound shops and on the end of supermarket aisles… the ones that probably don’t work. However, if there is one thing that really should come free with all shoes, it’s a big, fat box of plasters (or band aids, for my lovely American readers).

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Shoes: Nicholas Kirkwood. £395. Available here. Plasters: Available here.

2. Handbags & mini-vacuum

Like those tiny little desk hoovers that are usually shaped like a mini Henry Hetty. I’m tired of having to empty out my bag every week and turning it upside down to bang out the mass of biscuit crumbs that have accumulated on my tube journeys, most often also losing the spare change/USB sticks/spare house keys/favourite lipstick that were also hiding in the one nook/cranny of my bag that I did not check – or I realise (on turning my bag upside down over a bin, that one of the inner pockets was not zipped up).

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Marni. £1,050. Available here. Mini Hetty Hoover. Available here.

3. Fur/wool/feathery/fluffy garments and a lint roller

There are certain high street shops, such as H&M, who have long had the clever idea to place a cart of lint rollers strategically close to the checkout, and more than once they’re doing so has reminded me, just as I reach the front of the queue, that yes, I do actually need a lint roller if I’m going to wear this fur coat this winter. I think they should take it one step further, however, and start selling pocket-sized rollers with the garments, tagged to them alongside those little plastic pouches with spare buttons that get lost almost immediately on removal. Call me crazy, but it has to be done, because I always buy a lint roller… and then after a quick swipe of my outfit in the morning, I’ll leave it at home… and then by mid-afternoon, I look like I’ve been trampled by a thousand malting cats.

Then again, I now see a flaw in my idea – like the spare buttons, I’d just remove the lint roller, use it, and leave it at home… huh.

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Bottega Veneta. £6,690. Available here. Lint roller. Available here.

4. Blue jeans and dye fixatives

I have a pair of dark blue jeans, which I bought, oh… two years ago now. I know the drill. Always wash out the excessive amounts of dye before wearing new jeans, unless I’m going for the smurf look. However, they have been through the wash what must by now have been a few hundred times, and they have been washed with dye fixative a dozen times, and yet, you can guarantee that I will have to spend a week after wear scrubbing my legs each night with as many exfoliating products and mitts as I can lay my hands on, and having to awkwardly reassure anyone who sees me in a skirt that no, I do not have a circulation problem… they’re just stained blue. I’ll be stuck in a constant loop of scrubbing my legs until they look red, rather than blue, and therefore convincing myself under the overly-flattering lighting of my bathroom, that the stains have been buffed away. Only the following morning, as I step out confidently in a mini-skirt do I realise that actually, no, still smurf.

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Frame Denim. £235. Available here. Retayne.

5. Coats or Suit trousers from Primark and scissors

I promised myself when I graduated university that never again would never again purchase any clothing from Primark. The only Primark products that are allowed are those ‘tips and tricks’ items like boob tape, gel inserts for my shoes and BOGOF wet wipes that are all so much cheaper than at Boots. I’m not a student anymore, it was time for a high street upgrade. And I’ve stuck to that plan, but this one still deserves a spot on this list, because it always drove me crazy while I was at university. I don’t care if its done as ‘tailoring’ to create a neater silhouette, if I buy an item of clothing with pockets, I expect to be able to use those pockets. I don’t enjoy having to awkwardly pick away the stitches when I get home. Why would they bother with making lined pockets if they’re then just going to sew them up? If they’re going to insist on such madness, we ought to be given the scissors to free our pockets, because you can guarantee that mine have always gone missing.

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Primark Trousers £16 (not available online). Scissors.

This may seem like madness, but I swear it’s the direction that our high street shops should take… then again, it is also 1 o’clock in the morning…

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