Statement Season

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January-February has just got to be the worst time of the year. If it’s not feeling bad about how much you ate in December, it’s feeling sad about the fact that you don’t have a beau to spend Valentines with.

Fortunately, I have come up with the perfect solution.

Yesterday, I happened to get up earlier than usual which meant I had a little more time to make an effort with myself. Instead of sticking on whatever clothes were closest me, I methodically chose an outfit and applied enough makeup to make me look vaguely alive. As soon as I stepped out the door, I felt like I could take on the day. Without hesitation, I walked to the train station rather than waiting for the bus and even had enough time to grab some fresh orange juice; I felt like I truly had my life together. 

The reason I am explaining this is because I realised, just by consciously putting an outfit together that didn’t consist of jeans and a jumper, I felt so much more confident.

So the key to feeling kick ass? Looking it.

I have now made it my mission to find the most outrageous statement pieces I can find to add to my wardrobe and help me feel fierce in these trying times.

 

 

  • As soon as I saw this Topshop leather jacket I fell in love. There’s no way you couldn’t stand out in this. You could be wearing a bin bag and still manage to look sassy as hell with this over the top. Unfortunately it’s £195. But next payday, it will be mine. I plan on pairing it with a simple jumper dress and studded boots for an edgy but minimal look.

 

  • I’ve been seeing so many of these multi-coloured striped jumpers around lately and I am totally here for them. The one pictured above is from Topshop for £49 but a cheaper alternative can be found on ASOS. I can’t quite put a pin on why I like it so much but I can just imagine it making me feel much better on a typical Monday morning. I think I would wear it with a black vinyl skirt so I wouldn’t actually look 5 years old. Failing that, I would definitely pair it with a pair of my cutest denim dungarees.

 

  • These Lamoda thigh high boots are by far my favourite thing I have bought all month. For a little while I have been looking for the perfect pair of oversized over the knee boots. The majority are all either too slouchy or just not enough. I know I am going to have to be really careful of what I put with these as it’s highly likely I will get mistaken for a hooker if I make the wrong move. But with simple muted colours, a turtle neck jumper and a structured coat it could also look effortlessly elegant. For only £49.99 they were an absolute bargain and far preferable to the £235 pair from & Other Stories.

 

  • Lastly, I have another thing that will probably have to wait until payday. I am determined to make this unbelievable £1,790 Gucci bag my next high-end purchase. There are a lot of expensive bags that I wonder why on earth people spend so much on when you can get something similar in Zara. But this Sylvie mini bag has my heart. It is in the classic Gucci style, with the colouring and the adorable bow detail. I can imagine wearing this with anything and feeling like an absolute queen. Cross-body bags are also my favourite throw on accessory to look chic without having to make an effort.

 

I’m going to think of these as a Valentines present from me to me – you’ve got to love yourself right?

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie  x

 

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Spring Dreaming

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about tropical heat, palm trees and strawberry margarita’s.

In a desperate attempt to persuade some warmer weather to bless London, I put on my prettiest, most floral dress today.

I’m also very aware that it is still freezing in England and unless I want to catch hypothermia, I still need to dress appropriately. I thought this was a wonderful chance to show you my typical transitional winter → spring outfits.

I got this adorable floral dress from Topshop in the sale for £15. It has muted colours so it’s not too spring-like to be wearing in January but it still makes me feel a little less dreary. It’s has a Victorian vibe about it which I love. The sleeves are slightly puffed and the neckline is high with ruffles. I feel like a little doll wearing it – so cute.

To make sure people don’t actually think I’m a 5 year old. I put on these heeled Ego boots; I prefer a squared toe with this outfit because I think pointed would look too harsh for the dainty dress. I love wearing sock boots with tights/bare legs because they’re so flattering. I’m also teeny tiny so the added height helps.

I threw on my new favourite thing – this Topshop faux fur coat. This isn’t the first time I have posted about this and I regret to say it definitely won’t be the last. I love how versatile this is; I can wear it with leather and look like a bad a$$ b*tch or with flowers and look like a sweet lil Daddy’s girl. The possibilities are endless.

I added my trusty Kate Spade and because I just love making myself look like a rich snob, I had to put this headband on to complete the look. Blair Waldorf would be proud.

 

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Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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Lace and Leather

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In true Abbie style, I woke up on Sunday morning with the worst hangover. I went home at the weekend to see my friend for a ‘drink’ which of course ended in us staying out until 3am – I expected nothing less.

Despite feeling slightly under the weather, I had planned to go for brunch with my nearest and dearest Emily, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to do my favourite thing with my favourite person.

I figured that there is nothing that can make you feel better than lace and leather – possibly the most fierce duo there is.

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Surprisingly, I managed to style my matted hair and eye bags into an actual look. 

I wore some (faux) leather culottes from Stradivarius because as I have mentioned before, they are my go to when I don’t feel so great. The fact that these are leather make them look a little more fashion and a little less lazy mess which is ideal for me. This is actually the first time I have worn these out as I was a little dubious as to how I could make them work without being accused of wearing a bin bag.

I paired these with a nude lace top from Topshop to add a girly twist to the look. I love lace and leather together because they contrast each other so well. The trousers are very  bold, I wanted to add a touch of sophistication to them so I didn’t look like a complete goth.

To add another texture, I wore this (faux) fur coat from Topshop; I got this in the sale for £50! A! Dream! It’s so warm and ridiculous and over the top I love it.

Because I am so small, I have to wear a heel with this coat or I just look ridiculous. I was still slightly unstable from the night before, so I thought it was best to opt for these kitten heeled boots from New Look premium. A year ago I wouldn’t have even contemplated a kitten heel but these are one of my current staples; they are so classic and elegant.

Lastly, I threw on this Zara bag to finish the outfit. The chain and stud detail adds to the ‘biker chic’ look perfectly without make it too extra.

Speaking of extra, I really ought to stop going out like this in Kenilworth. It’s all well and good looking like a snobby rich b*tch in London but people aren’t as open-minded at home and I get a few odd looks from the local old people!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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Outfit of the Day → Night

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I have been so uninspired lately in terms of fashion. I find this time of year particularly difficult to dress for because everything and everyone is so miserable. I have been styling some serious January blues looks to work lately, wearing mainly culottes to hide the extra £££ and jumpers to cuddle when I feel sorry for myself.

We don’t really have to dress up at Kudos which is a blessing when I’m tired and grumpy, but it’s also proven to be quite difficult to find an appropriate outfit for work when I have something to attend afterwards.

Tonight I am going straight out for cocktails in Shoreditch so I needed to plan an outfit that wasn’t too extra for work but also looks super cute for me to get my drank on later.

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Topshop skirt / Topshop jumper / Topshop shoes / Topshop coat / L’oreal lipstick / Marc Jacobs watch

Undoubtedly, you can’t go wrong with leopard print for any occasion. This super cute leopard print mini skirt is probably one of my best buys of the month for only £20 in the Topshop sale. The print makes it sassy with a lil hint of sexy but the ruffle detail tames it to look elegant and sophisticated. I paired it with a ruffled high neck jumper which compensated for the skirt being a little on the shorter side. I would definitely wear some black tights with this alongside some chic and suitable slip on loafers. I opted for a fitted coat to bring the outfit together and make it look effortlessly chic. Because of the details, accessories weren’t really necessary so I just stuck to the staples. And will I ever wear leopard print without a red lipstick? Most definitely not.

NIGHT

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Topshop bodysuit / Topshop skirt / Public Desire boots

Me being me just couldn’t comprehend going out for drinks wearing a jumper and without wearing heels so I had to transform this outfit without bringing my whole wardrobe to work. Typically, I think a lot of people think it looks trashy, but there’s just something about leopard print and the colour red that I love. I simply added this red (very) plunging bodysuit to the skirt. This is pretty basic but it dresses it up nicely. It was also really easy to throw into my bag without worrying about it being bulky or creasing for later on. If I’m feeling brave enough to embrace the cold, I probably wouldn’t wear tights with this. I love the way sock boots look against bare legs so I chose these patent heeled boots. With the leopard, red and PVC this outfit looks the epitome of hooker but honestly, it works! To finish the look, I would wear the same coat I wore earlier thrown over my shoulders in attempt to look like Gigi Hadid. Nice try Abs.

 

I’m now going to consume lots of daiquiri’s!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

 

 

6th Day of Xmas: January Sale Prep

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Yes this may sound a little dramatic, Christmas hasn’t even been yet and already I am prepping for the January sales. I want to get maximum bargains because living in London is not cheap so I can’t afford the things I used to be able to; my inner shopaholic is slowly dying.

Not only that, but we’re all guilty of going into the sales all guns blazing thinking that the £80 sparkly dress you didn’t want when it was full price has gone to £20 so you HAVE to have it. A lot of the time we don’t buy things in the sale because we like them, they’re just cheap and well… it would be rude not to right?

It all comes down to this one question.

Would you have bought it when it was full price?

Granted I don’t always follow this rule but it is a good thing to remember when the shops are crazy, clothes are flying everywhere and you want every deal you can see.

Another way I’m hoping to save on wasting money this year is by making a list of things I want now, so when I’m shopping I can look for them straight away rather than pondering over the pink high knee boots I’ve never wanted.

I thought I would show you some of the things I have been lusting over so you can get some inspiration too!

I have wanted this for months but I just can’t justify £75 on a green coat, it’s just a little too risky even for me!

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These are unlikely to be in the sale but I am super prepared.

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I saw Sammi Maria post this in the ‘in my wardrobe’ section of her blog. Immediately I fell in LOVE and was very tempted to fork out £79 for it but decided to stay strong and wait until after Christmas!

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As I have mentioned, I like to be prepared. So when I saw this jumpsuit in the Oxford Street Topshop I knew I had to get it on the off-chance I will be invited to a fancy event in the New Year (here’s hoping!)

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It has been hard to miss the office chic look that has being going off for the past couple of months and although I have got on board with it whilst rocking a patterned two piece to my work’s Christmas party, I am still desperate to add this Topshop number to my collection. It’s sold out almost everywhere full price so it’s unlikely that I’ll find it when/if it goes to sale, but I have been known to travel around the country for a Topshop bargain!

 

One of my work colleagues wears a coat similar to this everyday and every time she walks in I comment on how chic she looks. Even if she’s wearing a super simple outfit it always glams it up. Me being the shopaholic I am just knows that eventually this will be in the sale so I’m going to wait it out and see if I can bag it in a month or two!

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I first discovered these beauties when I was at ITV working on TM fashion. I could not believe that of all places, they were from New Look – a shop that I can never seem to work with! Then I realised they were £50 and in the premium section which kind of explained why I was so in love. They did go into the black Friday sale but I missed them so I am determined to catch them in January.

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That’s it for now but the list will most definitely be getting longer!

Hugs and wishes,

Abbie x

 

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Or take a look at my previous Blogmas posts.

Bluebird Brunch

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There aren’t many advantages of living in Wimbledon; it’s a trek to central London, most people are aged 60 + and the nightlife is almost as dead as back in Kenilworth. But one reason why I am glad I moved to South West London is because I am so close to Chelsea – one of my favourite places in the city. So I spent Sunday doing what I do best, shopping, eating and acting as if I belong on Made in Chelsea.
My OOTD consisted of the sparkliest of headbands from Zara, a gingham dress from Brandy Melville, a grey faux fur jacket from Topshopknee high H&M boots and a Kate Spade bag. I was channelling some serious Blair Waldorf vibes in this outfit. I really felt the part whilst I was walking down the Kings Road – fake it till you make it, right?
I firstly went to Bluebird cafe, a place I have always really wanted to visit as I have heard such good reviews (and it’s very Instagram friendly). The waiter was a bit shocked when I said I just wanted a table for one but it didn’t kill my positive spirit, I was perfectly happy in my own company even with the numerous cute couples around me. I sat outside under pretty fairy lights, decorations and the warmest heater in the world, all cuddled in a blanket. Despite the fact I am supposed to be practising veganism at the moment, I couldn’t not go for the avocado and poached eggs on sourdough bread because my inner white girl has missed it so much over the past few months. I’m not sure if it was so good because I haven’t had a proper meal in a while or because it was just that good. Although it was a pretty expensive brunch, I was happy to have spent the money because of my overall experience. The ambience was lovely, the food was great and the staff were super accommodating (despite getting slightly judged for being on my own!)
I spent the second part of my day shopping on the Kings Road, a notoriously expensive street. Granted, I could only afford to go into about 3 of the shops down there but I still had a lot of fun window shopping and getting inspiration from high end fashion. I also wanted to get some Christmas decor inspiration because it’s already the 5th and I have nothing up! I first went into Anthropologie, a super cute shop that sells shabby chic clothing and home accessories. They had a ton of gorgeous Christmas decorations, none of which I could afford but it did give me some ideas as to what I can do with my room – I think i’m going to go for the rustic look as that seems to be everywhere this year.
I will definitely have a Christmas decor post up soon!
I have also decided to do a little Christmas blogmas. Of course I was far too unorganised to do the generic blogmas throughout all of December so instead I am going to do ’12 days of Christmas’ from the 15th to the 26th!
Hugs and wishes,
Abbie x

Mismatched OOTD

Style

Hello wonderful people!

I am super happy and feeling very inspired today so I decided this was the perfect opportunity for me to write my first style post! The weather has been really lovely recently but I still can’t bring myself to put shorts on so instead, I opted for pretty patterns and metallics to make it look like I enjoy summer (fun fact and unpopular opinion: I don’t).

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I wanted this outfit to have a little bit of an edge to it, instead of wearing my trusty trainers I thought I’d try a shoe that would make my outfit pop otherwise this look would have been pretty basic and well… mainstream which is one thing that I always try to avoid in my outfits. I tend to buy all of my clothes from high street stores but I like to make sure I don’t buy things just because they’re ‘cool’ at the time – I like to have a vision for something before I buy it.

I absolutely LOVE embroidery so when it became trendy it was kind of a dream come true; I have bought almost every embroidered piece in Topshop and I don’t even regret it. These jeans in particular are my favourite. They’re mom jeans in a vintage denim with embroidered flowers down the side. I love them because even though they’re such a statement piece the colours are neutral so they don’t make me feel uncomfortable. The design is really flattering; the flowers run along the side of my leg making them look longer and most definitely cuter. I never feel overly ‘stylish’ when I wear skinny jeans because they’re so plain so these jeans make me feel super cool even when I’m not feeling it.

With the top, I took a neutral colour that is also in the jeans however, to add another dimension I wanted a bit of sparkle. This gorgeous bodysuit is so simple but so luxe. It’s kind of metallic whilst also being a crinkled velvet (if that’s a thing). Initially I bought it for nights out but I thought it would be perfect for making casual outfits cuter. Bodysuits are my go to at the minute because they look so effortlessly chic with high waisted trousers without showing so much skin that I freeze to death (UK summers are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get).

For the shoes, I chose a colour that is also in the jeans so the outfit didn’t make me look like a complete crazy lady, but I thought it would be fun to introduce a new pattern. These loafer mules combine the current trends perfectly – I almost feel as though I could be wearing Gucci…almost. I thought the gold pattern would reinforce the metallic bodysuit and tie the whole outfit together whilst the red would make the jean’s details stand out. I have had a couple of comments about my shoes looking like my grandma’s curtains but quite honestly, I feel fabulous in them!

Overall this outfit is the epitome of what I want my style to be. I like being a little crazy whilst also looking put together, pretty and effortless.

All of my outfit details are linked down below.

Embroidered Mom Jeans

*Similar* Bodysuit
Shoes
Hugs and wishes,

Abbie

XO