Ode to Autumn

 

My Mum always says “every season has its beauty” and I am a big advocate of that. As every new season rolls around I always say its my favourite- only to remind myself that I definitely say that about each one.

When you think of Autumn you think of changing colours, fallen leaves, that first morning when the stiff breeze reminds you that its now time for a coat, homemade soups and comfort food and cosy fires. Autumn for me is packing away the summer dresses and sandals and accepting the fact that I no longer even have a smidgen of a tan left anymore ,but it also means cracking out the chunky knits and lusting over all the new winter coats.

Truth be told that before the temperature has even hit single figures that perfect winter coat or ‘to die for’ knit will be sold out and you will be left with that deep feeling of regret in the pit of your stomach (terribly dramatic but if you’ve been there you’ll know what I mean).

I have included a number of my favourite bits of the moment, most of which I have hanging on the back of my door patiently waiting for the temperature to drop.

 

COATS

 

DRESSES

 

KNITWEAR

BOOTS

 

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Are Bricks and Mortar Stores a Thing of the Past?

A common consideration which has emerged in recent years is the effect online shopping has on traditional bricks and mortar retailers. There is no question that online shopping has made buying more convenient for more or less everything. From fashion to furniture to food we have all dabbled with online shopping at some point but how does it really compare to shopping in a store?

Global online sales are growing consistently and are estimated to make up 8.8% of total retail spending in 2018, interestingly the United Kingdom top the list of most E-Comerace sales at 18% nearly 10% more than the global average. Furthermore it is unsurprising that 37% of individuals aged between 30-39 shop online most frequently (at least once a week), as I suppose that these are the individuals who at large are balancing work, family and a social life and therefore seek the most convenient method of shopping.

I speak to people all the time who hate buying online. They complain of not being able to try things on or test the quality or simply because they prefer the thrill of going into a store, picking something up, buying at the till and swinging their shopping bags as they saunter through town.

I must admit I am in the other category of shopper. Whilst I wander in and out of the shops on the high street (what else is there to do on a lunch break?) I predominantly purchase everything at the click of a button. It could be the convenience or the ease or the fact that you don’t have to physically witness the monies dwindling away but really I think its the feeling of sheer excitement I experience when coming home to a stack of deliveries.

Don’t judge me when I say stack but that is no exaggeration let me tell you. I happen to be on first names basis with the Royal Mail delivery guy (Gareth), the MyHermes guy (Ralph) and the DHL guys (note the plural as they tend to vary). Every time I open the door I give them the ‘yes me again, don’t judge me’ look, but I don’t spend beyond my means so its not a problem. Right? View Full Post

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Polka- Dot Galore

Well it has been a while hasn’t it. There is no excuse other than I have been off, being extremely busy and the latter half of 2017 seems to have came and gone in a flash. As we all do I have made a New Years Resolution to be more proactive and consistent,  so here I am, back and ready and very excited for what 2018 will bring.

Over the years our appetites have been fed with many weird and wonderful textures and prints but this winter it is safe to say that it is the unambiguous polka dot that is making a comeback in a very serious way.

Polka dots have been spotted sashaying down the catwalk at Balenciaga and Loewe, lining the rails of our high street favourites such as H&M, Zara and Mango and of course filling our Instagram feed of street style stars who naturally put their own sartorial twist on it.

 

You can keep this print ultra feminine without paying homage to the 1950’s housewife and keep it refined and simple to prevent the ‘Cruella De Vil’ image when you enter a room. Or to give this classical print the va va voom it deserves consider pairing it with another clashing print such a bold stripe- primary colours will work best with these vivid prints.

 

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What Is Wrong With Being Overdressed?

I am a great believer in the saying ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have’. The job of my dreams is in Vogue, in a pristine office, with my favourite iconic magazine covers framed on the wall behind my desk, which houses my Mac, a stack of Vogues and a skinny flat white. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it, well this is a world away from where I am at the moment. 

Regardless of this, every day I wake up and I take time to consider my outfit. I carefully select my shoes and accessories to accompany my outfit with the intention of always looking my best. 

For the past couple of years looking well groomed and ‘properly’ dressed has been one of the biggest faux pas one could make. Suddenly the ‘it’ look was to appear as if you had rolled out of bed and put on whatever garments were scattered on the floor. Dressing up became outdated, uncool and most definitely too much effort. It is as if a refined exterior is a waste of time, and this more relaxed approach suggests “I am far too busy doing things of actual importance to care about what I am wearing”. After all, aren’t we all far too busy trying to climb up the career ladder and make ourselves more interesting on social media?

        

Since starting University four years ago I have constantly noticed that it is now totally looked down upon to be overdressed. However what I do not not understand is why. Personally I stand by Oscar Wilde, in stating that “you can never be overdressed or overeducated” and I display this with pride everyday. 

So where did this ‘care-less’ trend really start? In recent seasons things have gotten particularly messy, starting with the coat-over-shoulder-look (thank you Anna Wintour), things have since progressed to jeans which look like they have scarcely survived a violent encounter with a lawnmower and handbags no longer being carried over the shoulder or on your arm but rather shoved under your armpit making the strap entirely redundant. No matter what any fashionista will claim, trust me it is a lot more effort walking along on a blustery day in winter with your coat fashionably draped over your shoulders, I’ve been there, done it and eventually reached peak frustration and given up. As for sticking your bag under your arm, I am not talking about a tiny clutch bag you save for carrying your lipstick on a Saturday night, I mean your everyday bag, equipped with a makeup bag, laptop, spare pair of shoes (heck throw in the kitchen sink). Yep stick that under your arm and see how far you get. I can personally guarantee that you will not look as slick as Victoria Beckham who has the walk from her lobby to her car out the front. Now are you starting to see my point? Effortless has most definitely become too much effort. 

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NI Bloggers Brunch

This morning I had the opportunity to meet with fellow Northern Irish bloggers and influencers at the Permit Rooms Belfast for great good and even better company.

In Northern Ireland there has been a real void in terms of networking events for individuals like myself. We see on instagram daily bloggers across the UK mainland, in particularly London supporting each other and meeting up for social occasions, sharing stories and helping each other fulfil their goals and ambitions. I have regularly noticed this and felt envious of this support network, which we have lacked in NI –  that was until today.

The lovely Cathy Martin (CMPR) had noticed this also and decided to use her influence to bring individuals together to network, learn from each other and hopefully build friendships. Cathy launched the NI Bloggers Brunch this morning to fill this void and bring together groups of individuals with similar goals and interests. Having never been to an event like this, I didn’t really know what to expect and to be honest I did feel pretty nervous. The nerves however, didn’t last long, as everyone was so welcoming and the atmosphere was so inviting that I felt I knew everyone simply at ‘hello’. 

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