CREATE YOUR OWN AUTUMN CAPSULE WARDROBE

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Creating my own capsule wardrobe is something I’ve never really gotten round to doing until this year. Now I’ve put a little time and effort in to putting together a capsule wardrobe (oh my gosh, am I finally a grown up?), it’s been real game changer. There’s far less disposable fashion (okay, there is a little bit, I’m only human), plus everything seems to be able to be worn with, well, everything and so far, I’ve had a big fat ZERO number of days when I wake up and say ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ (drama queen fo’ life). Seeing as it’s done me a world of good, I’m sure there’s a whole load of you putting it off just like I did. Come on girls, read on and prepare to do some capsule wardrobe shopping!

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The Sweater Dress. Until this year, I didn’t own one but now I’m pretty certain that EVERY girl needs a sweater dress hanging in her wardrobe. Easy to throw on when you’re feeling a little lazy and you can still look chic, or, dress it up with heels but stay cosy – either way, it’s a win win. Stick with muted tones and natural shades so you can layer it well in to the colder months. My own sweater dress is from Hush and was a bit of a bargain (who said capsule wardrobe meant everything had to be uber expensive?!).

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The Leather Shorts. Chic, chic, chic! Leather is always big over A/W so investing in a pair of shorts was first on my hit list. If you’re joining me in the #NoTightsClub, then wrap up warm and layer up on top, or if you’re not quite so brave/daft, you can throw on some tights under them. Faux leather works just as well folks, FYI! I picked up mine at the beginning of the year but there are a similar pair here.

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The Ankle Boots. Picking up a cute pair of ankle boots come hand in hand with Autumn (I’m sure you’re all thinking ‘duuuuh’, right about now). Get yours early and it’ll save you doing that mad dash around the shops or online trying to find the perfect pair because your ballet pumps just won’t cut it anymore and your toes feel like they might drop off. You know what I’m talking about. Again, I bought these at the beginning of the year buuuut I have just ordered myself these and these. Cute, huh?

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The Striped Jumper. Best worn oversized, I say. Us British girls know we have to be practical, so a jumper in your capsule wardrobe is a pretty obvious option. If you want something a little less nautical like me, go for monochrome over breton stripes. A jumper this simple can be worn with clashing prints or simple block colours. Size up for it to look appropriately oversized. I would always recommend paying a little more for knitwear for your capsule wardrobe so it will see you through years to come. My jumper is from Hush, I’ve also got my eye on their block jumper and their extra long cardigan, ooh la la!

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The Leather Jacket. For when it’s not quite cold enough for (/you don’t want to give in and wear) a coat. So versatile you can wear with anything and something you’ll keep for years and years. I’ve just had to kiss goodbye to my old trusty jacket after years of almost non-stop use, and this one is my new friend. I picked up this one as it was a bit of a steal (okay, make that a massive steal) for real leather!

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Of course, this isn’t my entire capsule wardrobe – this is just some staple basics, the rest is up to you to fill with your favourite colours and prints to pair with items like those above. Remember the golden rule – no (or minimal!) disposable fashion, versatile pieces and quality that will last you through the years. Have you already made a start on a capsule wardrobe? Let me know how you get on! x

LOST IN GLAMOUR – THE LATE NIGHT EDIT

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Getting fabulously dressed up, dinner and dancing all night is pretty much my perfect way to spend an evening. Throw in some Tiki madness, three other gorgeous blogger gals and a dreamboat of ladies from one of my favourite brands and you’ve got the best concoction for an amazing night.

Let me start at the beginning with Miss Selfridge and their #LateNightEdit. Did I fancy coming on a girls night out and  getting completely lost in glamour with their most, well, glamorous collection yet? Having spent time with the Miss Selfridge ladies before and knowing how much fun their team is, it was an obvious and no-doubts-about-it yes.

After my own VIP shopping time at The Dressing Room, we all met in Shoreditch at Cheeky Parlour for pampering – a signature Cheeky Plait for me and some glittering gold nails whilst we all gossiped over bubbles. Shortly after, our drivers picked us up and whizzed us over to Mahiki for a delicious dinner, more bubbles, cocktails and dancing. My pick from the #LateNightEdit was the Tile Burnout dress full of 90s vibes, which I paired with the Grey Statement Rhinestone Necklace and a pair of chic block heels. Even when it was time for a taxi home, I still felt as good in my dress still felt as when I first put it on – the collection definitely gets my approval!

Thanks to the Miss Selfridge ladies, Cheeky Parlour, Mahiki, Emma, Charlotte and Claire for a fabulous night out! x

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I’M GETTING MARRIED IN THE MORNING!

As you sit and read this, I’ll be excitedly making my bouquet, painting my nails and generally having a giggle with all of my bridesmaids, anticipating the fact that tomorrow I’ll become someones wife. It’s a strange feeling, the day that Rich and I have been planning for the last ten months, coming around at last.

I firmly believe that you’ve met the person you’re meant to be with, when you don’t even doubt for a second that you’ll be with them forever, even if it does seem a little crazy right at the beginning. Even at the age of 16 and 17, when my fashion choices were questionable and hand-holding was awkward, I never really questioned that I would one day marry Rich, because I sort of just knew.

Perhaps it’s just me being a hopeless romantic.

To Rich, thank you for the past seven years of laughter and love. Thank you for putting up with me being so untidy, my usually good but on occasions questionable music choices (miley cyrus, ahem, guilty pleasure), for all the times you present me with a blanket knowing I’m always cold and for being nice to me even when I’m being the worst sick person ever.

I can’t wait for a whole future filled with bad jokes, pots of loose leaf tea, dancing in the dining room to old records, box sets and quoting them non-stop, exploring the world, 80’s films and their soundtracks, eating out too much, gigs and lazy days. I hope everyone finds someone as special as you. x