Thursday, 30 October 2014

City Floral // Jewelled Flats

floral midi skirt kim kardashian coat
Shoes - Boden* | Belt - New Look (similar)*

This week I committed the cardinal blogging sin of taking photos of my outfit in the dark, GASP! With sunset before 5pm now I don't often have much choice, and so I hope you can still appreciate my outfit in the light of a shop window here. Hopefully it looks more like an artistic decision than an unhappy accident...

I'm wearing a pretty floral midi skirt from Yumi (which I think would be perfect for the office, as well as styled more casually), with a bargain £5 ribbed roll neck top from Diva Dames, and my go-to coat at the moment - this gorgeous Kim Kardashian esque camel coat from Missguided. I almost didn't realise that it hasn't featured on my blog yet because I have worn it so much since it arrived a few weeks ago - it goes with absolutely any outfit! I've been wearing it mostly open, but here I chose to belt the coat with an elasticated, jewelled belt from New Look (which isn't online any more, but there are plenty of similar options) to emulate the silhouette of the high waisted flared skirt. Finally, let's talk about these incredible jewelled shoes from Boden! They remind me of an updated version of something more traditional you might find on an Indian market stall, and I'm pleased to report that none of the gems have fallen off yet. The perfect way to jazz up an otherwise plain outfit, or make an already jazzy outfit even jazzier. What do you think?

jewelled embellished flats pumps shoes
jewelled belt
floral midi skirt
kim kardashian coat

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Patchwork Fur Coat

Coat - Glamorous* | Shirt - Andwhatelseisthere* | Trousers - Missguided* (similar)

Photos by Jaye Taylor-Ward

Do I really need to say much about this outfit, other than LOOK AT MY COAT!!? This is perhaps the boldest outerwear choice I've ever made, but I'm so into it. I threw it over a head-to-toe black outfit to make it pop as much as possible. 

I'm also wearing another really cool long shirt / dress by Andwhatelseisthere.  like the loose fit and batwing sleeves, drawn together with a slimmer cuff and hem, but everything by the brand is made to order and made to measure (if you like) so you could order this shirt longer or shorter depending on how you want it to fit. You can also get 10% off with my code HANNAH10! I I also matched my lipstick to my coat, by mixing Mac Media with Rimmel x Kate Moss shade 1. Thoughts?

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Outfit Store Opening - Manchester Crown Point

Last week I was invited to the opening of a brand new OUTFIT store at Crown Point industrial park in Denton, Manchester. Living in the city centre I rarely venture out for shopping purposes, so with Crown Point just a short drive away I was excited to check it out. If you're not familiar with the OUTFIT concept, the stores house a variety of Arcadia brands under one roof. It's sort of like a department store but a little less over-facing, very handy! I think OUTFIT is the ideal shop for anyone who is a bit lacklustre when it comes to the act of going shopping, or anyone who is rushed on time. If you're local there's also an OUTFIT at Manchester Fort, or you can check where your nearest OUTFIT is using their store locator.

The new Crown Point store is exactly what you'd expect from Arcadia (in a good way!) - big, clean, bright, and very easy to shop. I was drawn to the brands I usually wear like Topshop and Miss Selfridge, but also enjoyed browsing Dorothy Perkins and Wallis. The Denton store also has an Evans for plus size shopping, and menswear upstairs! Whilst there is obviously a smaller selection available from each brand than there might be in their individual stores, I was particularly impressed with the range of products. In the Topshop section for example, there was a full stock of that Alexa Chung leopard print skirt!

Check out some snaps from the new store below, including some bits I picked up for myself. Do you have an OUTFIT nearby? 

Here are a few things I left with, which you might already have seen if you follow me on Instagram:

Topshop Buckle Flannel Kilt Skort (I didn't get this, but I definitely want it!)

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Burgundy Leather Jacket // Marc By Marc Jacobs giveaway!

burgundy leather jacket

I was a little dubious about this burgundy leather jacket when it first arrived because it is much less fitted than I am used to, however after trying it with a few different outfits I have completely fallen for it when styled with other masculine-ish pieces. Can I also mention how many excellent coats and jackets Wallis have in at the moment?! I really need to get my mitts on this Kim Kardashian-esque nude belted coat.
I wore the super soft burgundy leather here over a very simple monochrome outfit, made up of black skinny jeans and Motel's super cool white shirt dress (which I think I prefer over jeans or trousers for winter, but could definitely see it with bear legs and some sandals or trainers in the summer). Remember you can get 20% off all Motel with my code 'hannahlouisef'! It's such a great wardrobe staple, I'm going to get loads of wear out of it. Accessories-wise I jazzed things up a bit with this Primark statement faux fur (have you seen my top 10 favourite statement scarves post, by the way?), and Primark satchel which I think has similar vibes to the beautiful Proenza Schouler PS1 satchel. I'm also wearing a super sleek Daniel Wellington watch from Urban Trait, a Swedish online retailer (which free worldwide shipping!) who stock lots of other modern watch brands, including some really cool ones I'd never come across before. 

daniel wellington watch

burgundy leather jacket

Now I apologise for the lengthiness of this post, but it is with good reason: I'm giving you the chance to win a pair of Marc By Marc Jacobs sunglasses of your choice, from Sunglasses Shop! To enter:
There are extra entries available too, fill out the required entires below to find them - this giveaway is open internationally. Good luck!

primark handbag
long white shirt

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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 ☺

Find some more statement scarves on my Pinterest!