Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Shaggy Jacket

shaggy jacket

What better to do on a Sunday than take advantage of the fact that the beautiful Manchester Central Library is closed, and so is nice and quite for some photos! I absolutely love this newly refurbished area of Manchester around St Peter's Square, and would definitely recommend a visit if you're ever in the city. 

My outfit here is all about this shaggy jacket / cardigan from new online retailer Blue Vanilla. It's also available in black, but I like the grey as the lighter colour makes the interesting texture really visible. Plus, I love grey! It's a real statement piece, so even though my outfit here is literally jeans and a t-shirt, I think the jacket makes it stand out. The jacket is £30, which when compared to your standard faux fur jacket or indeed the shaggy cardigan I featured in this post, is relatively cheap. Blue Vanilla are also offering free UK shipping at the moment too!

I matched the jacket with a Topshop ribbed, long sleeved crop top in a different shade of grey, and my new black high waist skinny jeans by Ark's own brand. I have loved my Cheap Monday Second Skin high waist jeans but have worn them to death, and I am really pleasantly surprised by this pair which I got to replace them. They're really soft and stretchy, whilst still being thick enough to feel like jeans rather than leggings, and they fit like a dream. They don't have front pockets which is a little bit annoying, but they do have back pockets so all is not lost. For £26.99, they really are an excellent pair of budget jeans! I'm also wearing pointed Public Desire boots, and a couple of gorgeous silver pendant necklaces which I've linked under the photo below. 

Thoughts on this simple outfit?

shaggy jacket
shaggy jacket
pointed boots

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Top 10 Statement Scarves

Despite the odd warm day we're still having, it is definitely scarf season - hurrah! Scarves are one of my favourite accessories; practical and pretty, you really can't beat them. A good statement scarf, particularly of the faux fur variety, is the best way to change up your go-to winter pieces like plain boyfriend coats or jumpers. Therefore, following my quite well received black ankle boot edit, I've decided to put together a list of my top 10 statement scarves which are available online right now. Most of the scarves are faux fur, but there are a couple which aren't if fur isn't your thing: the navy ribbed Topshop x Marques Almeida scarf (£30) is ideal for throwing on with any outfit but the extra-long length means it still stands out; the ASOS oversized pale blue fluffy scarf (£15) is incredible and affordable! 

I chose mostly affordable scarves ranging from £15-£35 with a couple of more splurge-worthy pieces, in particular the absolutely stunning and super colourful Helen Moore scarf. That one is very pricey as far as scarves go at £120, but if you want a real stand-out piece that's the one I'd go for.

If I was going to buy any of these (and I am very much considering doing so) I would probably go for the BooHoo plain grey faux fur scarf (£16), ASOS blue tonal colour-block faux fur scarf (£35), or the super unique grid print monochrome faux fur scarf also from ASOS (£30). I'd be quite happy with any of them though! Do let me know if you pick one up - happy shopping ☺

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Maxi Coat

Sorry for inundating you with outfit posts this week - I have so many to catch you up on, and this is a personal style blog after all so I hope you're enjoying them! I wore this outfit to uni in the morning and then to eat burgers with some friends in the evening. We went to Handmade Burger Co (my first time eating there, I got the 'Greek' lamb burger and it was delish); I probably should have taken some photos but who has time for that when a burger is waiting to be eaten? I wore an outfit by Red or Dead, which I recently got from Bank - I love the interesting knit of the cropped jumper (which does have a matching skirt and is now on sale for £15) and simplicity of the tailored culottes (even more of a bargain on sale for £10). Over the top I threw on this amazing khaki maxi coat from PLT, which makes me feel a bit like I'm wearing a fancy dressing gown but I'm kind of into that. I finished off the outfit with some sportier footwear - I've had my eye on a pair of black New Balance 574s for a while (I've had  and loved the navy 576s for a few years now), and this pair make a great addition to my extensive trainer collection. 

Accessories-wise I'm wearing my super oversized H&M scarf again, this time actually as a scarf rather than a cape/shawl as I did here. I put this on more for warmth than anything, but I actually really like the subtle print clash and how it looks with this outfit. Finally, you can also see my new favourite uni bag, which is the 'Brook' from Marc B's new collection. It's just the right size for a 13" laptop with plenty of space for other bits too, and I personally really like the pewter finish on the hardware as opposed to Marc B's usual gold. Thoughts?

By the way, if you're struggling with Autumn fashion I'm running a competition on Twitter with F&F - just tweet me (@hannahlouisef) your dilemma using the hashtag #AutumnSOS to be in with a chance of winning a £100 voucher and some tips from me.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Pink and Orange

It's ok to wear different shades of pink with bunt orange, right? Good. When I get a bit more adventurous with colour combos, I like to make the rest of my outfit monochrome to tone it down a bit - I chose a nice crisp (and also super soft, I love wearing it!) white shirt by Ivy Revel, with black opaque tights, and a little sixties twist with my Clarks Orla Kiely Dixie boots. You might recognise this skirt from another crazy colour combo outfit here, I think it's such a great autumnal shade and the high waist a-line silhouette is really flattering too. My coat is from Henry Holland's cute and affordable H! range at Debenhams, and the faux fur is detachable so I can wear it with other outfits - hurrah! My silver cow skull necklace is also something I've been wearing a lot recently, you can get 15% off it and anything else at Black Tied with my discount code HANNAH15

Finally, I can't not mention my fancy new Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses from Shade Station. They're a great size and shape, I love a nice large frame and they're my new favourite haven't-had-enough-sleep pair to throw on with any outfit. 


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bloggers Style the High Street with Primark - Look #3

primark check coat
Photos by Laura McCluskey

I've kept you waiting long enough, so here is the third and final look from my shoot with Primark for Company Magazine's Bloggers Style the High Street project. If you haven't seen the first two, check them out here and here, and on my Primania profile. With the event finally almost upon us (you can buy a ticket here to join me and the other fab bloggers involved on the night), I'm getting super excited to see everyone and style up loads more of Primark's AW14 collection. 

My final look features what I now call my 'oh my god I can't believe that's from Primark!' coat. It has been in stores for a few weeks now but was still in stock the last time I checked in Manchester, so you can go ahead and snap one up for a bargainous £30. I'm also wearing a very Kate-Moss-in-the-90s silver slip dress, and classic looking wear-with-everything mules (which you might still be able to grab in store at £12).

Please do let me know your thoughts on this final look, and now you've seen all three - which is your favourite?! Hope to see some of you on the 30th in London for Company's Bloggers Style the High Street event ☺

primark check coat
primark check coat

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Floral Flared Sleeves

boho floral playsuit
Photos by Charissa Rae

Here is an outfit I wore in that uncharacteristically warm and sunny September we had. It feels like forever ago! I love the versatility of this Reverse playsuit - I wore this exact outfit in the day time, then to an evening event with the lovely Charissa (who kindly took these photos for me), then to a friend's birthday do in the evening. I love the dramatic flared sleeves and general boho vibe of the silhouette of the playsuit, combined with the pretty floral print on a dark base (which means it's super easy to wear with black tights in colder weather without looking weird, woo). I paired it with this amazing embellished cross body box bag from Primark, and Missguided faux snakeskin boots (if you're in need of a pair of black ankle boots, don't forget to check my edit of my current favourites in this post).

floral playsuit
floral playsuit
floral playsuit