Wrapping Up Wishlist

31 August 2014

Eldwick, Bingley, Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16, UK
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The end of August technically means the end of summer. But on the plus side, I have another wishlist bursting at the seams. Just because we're going into autumn, that doesn't mean it's time to pack away all the summer gear and say goodbye to dresses for another sixth months - I actually wear dresses and skirts all year round. This wrap skort from New Look is a new favourite to the wishlist that I tied in with the sweatshirt. I've seen hundreds of fashion bloggers in skorts, and my inner-hipster put me off them as everyone had one. But I do think they add a touch of sophistication to an outfit, especially in black. I know that skorts are quite short, which is one of the main reasons I never felt like investing in one, but after seeing a stylish selection looking phenomenal in the unique trend, it had to be included in my next wishlist. To finish the look, I included a super-cute satchel bag and chunky gladiators.
Philosophy is one of my favourite skincare brands, so when I saw their coconut scrub online I knew it had to be included in this week's set. I usually don't experience with skin care brands and companies because my skin is sensitive and could react badly to different ingredients, but I saw the Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator on Selfridges' website and was immediately drawn to the simple design. The description of the product promises to be 'gentle' as it contains avocado oil and jojoba beads which I know are excellent for your skin. On top of that, it consists of calendula oil to nurture and repair while the carrot seed extract revitalise skin. There's more: the oils of sandalwood, sweet orange and tonka bean are all used to calm and balance your skin. Although the product is a little pricey for the size of the bottle, the ingredients appear to be natural and beneficial to skin.
Finally, the bareMinerals lip balm had to be included in this week's wishlist. Jack of All Trades balm is totally clear, but hydrating and refreshing to the lips. I own a lot of different balms and glosses, but a lot of them are either too sticky, to heavy, or disappear within minutes of application. I like the sound of this balm because it seems as if it would do the job throughout winter when the weather is harsh and cold which is damaging to the skin. A hydrating lip balm is essential as the temperature begins to drop!

Snake Satchel

28 August 2014

Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
I have never ever carried a satchel... until today. When I was in school, everyone had one and they were such a huge trend it actually put me off them. I saw so many people with them in so many different colours and prints I just never desired one. But this was during my 'going against the status quo' phase so anything anyone else had, I wanted the opposite. Recently which shopping in the handbag gold mine that is TK Maxx, I found this faux snakeskin satchel for only £15.00 and just had to buy one. My opinion on these bags has totally changed and I see what the 'hype' was about. Firstly, I love the structure of the bags and that they're really well structured. Often with drawstring or hobo bags, there isn't much structure and I always end up losing something somehow. I really like to be organised, and everything to be in the correct place so I adore this bag for it's thick and sturdy structure to stop me losing all my essentials. The bag has a little window for a name tag which I thought was really cool, but I've also found that the dark colour is really easy to pair with many different outfits despite the pattern. Because the bag is black, the snakeskin pattern appears quite subtly and even shimmers in natural lighting. I wore this bag with a favourite new skirt of mine which follows a flare style and I think it's perfect for autumn. It's quite similar to the skirt I wore on Monday which I also paired with boots. My jacket is a new autumn favourite of mine because it's so warm and cosy; plus, it's a lighter grey so it easily matches a lot of items in my wardrobe. 
Jacket - Next
Vest - Topshop
Skirt - Next
Boots - Brantano 
Bag - TK Maxx

Aztec Autumn

27 August 2014

Brighouse, West Yorkshire, UK
Autumn is so close and it's my favourite time of the year. I love to wear jumpers, and long-sleeved tops and Autumn is the perfect time to experiment with different styles while the weather is still reasonable. Knitted jumpers and onsies are a guilty pleasure of mine, so I can't wait to pull all of those out of the back of my closet. Autumn also means it's time to shop for more autumnal clothes, and I can wear darker colours without worrying I'll get too warm. I recently bought this aztec print jacker from Next that I think is perfect for autumn. I like that it's a lighter colour and has hints of pink in, so it does brighten some of my clothing. I will usually just pair this jacket with a plain black top, like today; I've found it really easy to layer underneath, but usually just with plain colours that don't clash with any colours in the print. I haven't yet layered on top of the jacket because of it's large collar, so that's an exciting feature on it's own - rather than piling scarves on top. This jacket goes best with jeans (of any colour) in my opinion, and I did get a size larger so that I could wear something other than vest tops underneath in case it's a little colder outside. 
Jacket - Next
Jeans - Topshop
Vest top - Primark
Shoes - Schuh
Bag - market in Salou

Disco Denim

26 August 2014

Eldwick, Bingley, Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16, UK
I think I've found yet another outfit piece that has the potential to be so over-worn by me I end up wearing it nearly every day. This is a little annoying habit of mine, when I find something I like, it's almost like I become emotionally attached to this item of clothes and I can't help but wear it as much as possible. My denim shirt was bought in the Next sale and I'm absolutely crazy about it, simple because it's so versatile and I can wear it in so many ways! Perfect. The first thing I liked about the shirt is the two different tones of denim, which gives it a unique edge among the rest. The length also makes it incredibly versatile for so many different occasions. Today I'm wearing it as an oversized shirt, all buttoned up with my favourite disco leggings. However, this shirt can also be worn as a jacket, and a longer one as the denim is so thick - shielding you against the cold. With the sleeves rolled down, I've also worn this shirt as a dress with tights and heels booties to an evening meal. With a sophisticated jacket over the top, this shirt is easily dressed up as easy as it can be dressed down. I like that it's oversized, so it's really comfortable for me to wear all day long, and even for work as the dress code is very relaxed there. I can't wait to experiment with more looks!
Shirt - Next
Leggings - made for me
Shoes - Next
Bag - market stall

Effectively Effeminate

25 August 2014

Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
I wouldn't call myself a feminine dresser, I'm not typically really girly person but sometimes I like to add a touch of pink to feminise an outfit. Pointing out that pink doesn't necessarily mean it's become ladylike, that's just in the case of today's outfit. My wardrobe consists of a lot of dark colours, which is a habit I'm currently trying to break and have been succeeding at throughout summer, but autumn is on it's way which means leather jackets and warm knits. I recently bought this skirt from Next, and I was actually drawn to the colour because it's a lighter pink I would never ever ever usually wear, however; I had a "why not" moment and decided to buy it - plus, the skirt was in the sale so there's no harm in saving money on the go. The fabric is light pink, and then has a really subtle off-white pattern in it which is a 'raised' texture that looks really good in natural lighting. The skirt actually comes in a skater dress form, with the exact same material and pattern. I preferred the skirt because I think sometimes you can have too much of a pattern and it becomes overbearing, especially for such a distinct colour. Despite all the darker colours in my outfit, I think this drop of baby pink adds an element of femininity. I paired the skirt with some dark grey combat boots because the weather's dropping a little and my favourite leather jacket. 
Top - made for me
Skirt - Next
Boots - Brantano
Bag - Next
Jacket - Miss Selfridge

maybe the best has yet to come

23 August 2014

Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
maybe the best has yet to come

I've noticed it's been a really long time since I've done a wishlist. I usually do these through Polyvore because it's like a portal to every item I've ever wanted - I absolutely love it. I think this set has a little bit of an 'artsy' vibe, it's definitely something I can see an Art or creative student wearing because it's so cool and casual. The Monki Asta singlet is something that's been in my 'liked' list on Polyvore for a while. The back of the top is what makes it unique and stand out because I think it's quite daring, but perfect for the last few weeks of summer left. Similarly, the boyfriend jeans from H&M are ideal for August. The weather during this time can really go either way, and a little breeze makes all the difference so I've added these jeans to this wishlist because they're really cool to wear in the sun, and warm enough when the clouds take over. I've wanted some All Star Low Converse for a while now so they had to be included in today's post. Although I haven't yet decided on the colour, I like the maroon pair. No shoe is more iconic than the Chuck Taylor All star and they're always a summer essential. I've noticed a lot of bloggers and YouTubers using the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera as well as seeing them all over Instagram. I live in quite a scenic area of Yorkshire, and this camera would be absolutely perfect for capturing some amazing landscapes throughout the year. I do actually have a Polaroid camera I found in the 'junk box' which is really useful but incredibly heavy! The Eastsport mesh backpack is an item I saw in another set on Polyvore and was immediately drawn to. The mesh fabric used for the body of the bag is nothing I've ever seen before and it's such a great price! It's very simple like the ASOS rings but the few features differ it from the rest to make a street style look.

Fabulous Fabrics

21 August 2014

Bingley, West Yorkshire, UK
Growing up around fashion and designing has really helped me when it comes to shopping. Especially when shopping for clothing that's actually going to last, rather than poor fabric that almost disintegrates in water. I have my favourite high street stores, and sometimes you find one off pieces that are just perfection, but I've really learnt that the fabric makes an outfit, not the look. I absolutely adore the fabric used in this top from Next. Not only is it thick, making it an excellent new addition to my autumn wardrobe, it's also really strong and comfortable for me to wear. I like the rolled up sleeves and the laid back style to the top, but I was first drawn to the unique knitted fabric that causes this top to stand out. I love that it has white highlights, I think it really brightens to top rather than using black which would make the overall colour and tone appear much darker. The 3/4 length shirt is really easy to style because it brings out one of my favourite colours for autumn and is somehow simple and complex at the same time. For a super casual look, I can pair it with darker jeans and turn the top into the staple piece, or even use it for an outfit full of layers and place it at the bottom as the base piece. The static-like fabric drew me immediately and it's an awesome new item to add to my ever-growing collection!
Top - Next
Jeans - Topshop
Shoes - Brantano
Bag - gift
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