Happy Halloween! Hell Bunny Miss Muffet Blouse
Whether you celebrate Halloween or not, you have to agree that, aesthetically, this time of year is pretty pleasing. Throughout the month of October, I have taken pleasure in seeing things slowly transform ready for the season: driving under the boughs of autumnal trees and watching the leaves gracefully dance through the air, seeing carved pumpkins appear in the windows of my neighbours’ houses and of course, fashion drops of quirky, Halloween inspired clothes.
48 HOURS IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
As a perfectionist, I can sometimes find it hard to be spontaneous especially when it comes to travelling. So when John suggested we spend 48 hours in the Scottish Highlands with less than 48 notice, I really took a leap of faith and said YES. (Wild. I know.) Whilst the thought of packing an overnight bag and hitting the open road may sound exciting, even romantic to some, to me it just isn’t logical. When travelling, I like to be well prepared, usually packing a capsule wardrobe of mix n’ match pieces well in advance. Turns out, last minute adventures are a whole lot of fun and packing needn’t be stressful!
Over the years, I have learned that the best way to pack for a trip away is to simply take your favourite clothes. (Naturally, checking the weather forecast before you travel is a no-brainer.) I’ve written posts before on how to travel light or how to pack for city breaks, you name it. This is not one of those post. This post features my favourite pieces I have bought and thrifted over the past few weeks, true classics that I know will be with me until they’re worn to threads.
Do you remember my trip to Blackpool a few weeks ago? Whilst John was finding an elusive piece of street art, curiosity got the best of me and I popped into Primark to look at their autumn arrivals. I was so impressed that I took to Twitter to proclaim my pleasant surprise at their autumn range! To me, Primark isn’t a place that I shop at regularly- their sizes are irregular and the quality is hit and miss, however even I cannot ignore the fact that occasionally they have some amazing pieces and because of that, I buy the odd Primark piece. Last month, that odd piece was this bee print shirt for £7, yes £7! I dreamed of layering it under winter knits but the quality was so impressive, I added a neck tie!
Recently Newgate watches got in touch to ask if I’d like to try a watch from their range .Can you believe I didn’t own a watch until I hit 30? With mobile phones and classroom clocks, I never saw the need for one. These day I can’t be without a watch, I have a sense of feeling out of place, out of time. I’d been trying to break out of my Olivia Burton rut, so I said yes please and chose The Electric.
You might think I chose a unisex watch so I could share it with John, that’s partly true. But, I loved the classic and retro design of The Electric. I love the stainless steel against Newgate’s classic and iconic typography, no matter your style it’s a classic design that will compliment all outfits. If you haven’t heard of Newgate, the brand has been known for their iconic clocks for decades so it seems only natural that husband and wife duo, Jim and Chloe Read, decided to translate their clock designs into bold and contemporary wrist wear for men and women.
The benefit of growing older is understanding, developing and fine-tuning your own personal style. As you know, I search for and seek out clothes that are high quality, made to last and come with a price tag that I’m comfortable with. I tend to find that I invest my money in my accessories because these transcend fashion trends and stand the test of time. That’s why I’m happy to wear bargain finds alongside accessories that cost £100+ for. It’s all about price per wear.
I’m so happy that we’re now truly in autumn. Even though the days are flooded with sunlight, there’s a welcome chill in the morning air and it won’t be long until we start our descent into winter. I’m so pleased to have purchased my winter coat in September, brand new with tags from a Roy Castle charity shop. Whilst it may have been the most I have ever spent on a single charity shop purchase, this £20 Topshop coat is a steal. You know when you slip a new coat on and it feels perfectly snug and cosy you never want to take it off? Despite it being 19 degrees at the time, that’s how I felt. It’s a sample coat, which means it may be imperfect in certain places but I’ve yet to find any faults with it. I’m sure you’ll be seeing lots of it in the upcoming months. It was perfect for 48 hours in the Scottish Highlands.
// Bee shirt :: Primark //
// Khaki fur coat :: Topshop sample via Roy Castle //
// Mustard tights :: Tu //
// Polka dot skirt :: New Look //
// Leather satchel :: Cambridge Satchel Company //
Rush Hair Manchester Blogger Event
It seems that last Thursday was the night to be seen in Manchester as a whole host of events were taking place in the city centre: fashion bloggers, lifestyle bloggers, fitness bloggers, beauty bloggers, no matter your field, there was a Manchester blogger event for you. I could tell you that I chose the Rush Hair blogger event because I’m eternally searching for a hairdresser a cut above the rest, or a place with fringe benefits, but I’ll stop with the puns: I’ve been boring everyone about my distaste for my hair’s current state for far too long, I thought it would be a good opportunity to seek advice.
I’ve been bemoaning my short hair for the past few weeks, not only am I growing out the length, I’m also growing out my fringe (and desperately trying to avoid the temptation to have it cut back in). At the moment, I have one style: poker straight and clipped to the side. I’d been told that stylists would be hand throughout the event to offer advice, but I didn’t expect to leave this Manchester blogger event feeling optimistic and armed with skills to tackle my bonce and love it once more.
Arriving in Manchester city centre, I met Katie from LifeonVista before entering the salon, a bright oasis away from Manchester’s famous rain. Spacious, airy and gleaming, we were among the first guests to arrive and stood self-consciously nursing a glass of Prosecco whilst eyeing-up the largest canapés I’ve ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on. Within minutes, a member of the Rush team, Casey, had put me at ease by sitting me in a hairdresser’s chair and asked me to moan about explain what frustrated me about my hair.
Giving me tips on how to transform my eternally growing-out fringe to resemble Bridget Bardot’s iconic swept fringe, I left Casey feeling optimistic and excited to try something new. By then, the salon had begun to fill with familiar blogging faces and also, new bloggers I had yet to meet. Before the event, I eagerly checked Tamsin’s thread on Manchester Bloggers’ Facebook group and followed those who were attending. It was refreshing to be at an event where everyone was friendly, smiling and open to chat.
It was a pleasure to meet some new bloggers: Rachel from Ode2Fitness, Laura from HairWonderfulDay and familiar Manchester blogger, Fikki from Pasttime Bliss who I met at the Mottram Hall event. I lost track of time chatting away before realising that the event’s attendees had started to undergo spectacular hair transformations: curls, curls everywhere! And that was when I met Lucy, who within thirty minutes, had taken me from drab to feelin’ fab!
What do you think?
Since the event, I haven’t pinned my hair back once and have started to embrace the side sweep. I will be returning to Rush, after all it’s not often I find a hairdresser that can make me feel so, so good about a grown out fringe and hairstyle. A ladies cut and finish with one of Rush’s stylist is priced at £44, slightly more expensive than what I’d usually pay, but Rush are offering 50% off for new customers with the code: RUSH50.
Thanks to the team at Tank PR and the staff at RUSH for a wonderful evening!
All images taken, with thanks, by Katie from Life on Vista.