It’s a Mango & Topshop Ting

It's a Mango and Topshop ting – I love my new #darling tee from Mango via Asos brings a bit of pow to your outfit. Heart shaped sunglasses from a boutique in shoreditch which surprisingly has some cool shades for a tenner a pop, but I can't remember what's it's called, I'll find out and update.

Bra Top from Topshop; Jamie jeans from Topshop; #darling T-shirt by Mango; Platform sandals by Mango

This weather tho…


Like how I am supposed to get my head round the fact that summer could be over? was that it? I did not want to get out of bed this morning, the weather can’t make its mind up whether it wants to rain or not. I’m already considering getting my hot water bottle out no lie. Here is my take on comfort and unwinding for bed, the face mask I’ve used once already and it is devine, I would highly recommend.

Nap T-shirt from Gap; Shorts by Topshop; How to be Parisian; Cup o coffee face mask by Lush

Coffee, coffee, coffffeeeeeee

Anyone else addicted to coffee or is it just me? I am spending a bloody fortune on this stuff, it’s so delicious yet leading to my bankruptcy. I’ve always loved a cup of tea, drinking at least 5 cups a day, then I discovered the cappuccino a decade ago and my coffee has been getting stronger and stronger. Going from a latte to a flat white and now the odd macchiato in the afternoons. 

My husband bought us a nespresso machine and I thought that would be the end of the purchasing of coffee in an establishment but no, the espresso machine is nice but doesn’t hit the spot. Before you ask I do have one of those before I head out. The most I’ve spent on a cup is £3 and that was the Taylor st coffee hut outside the Vice building in shoreditch. On the plus side you got a free coffee on your 5th time with the loyalty card which isn’t bad considering most give you the 10th coffee on the house.

 I wouldn’t mind spending money on a drink that’s so delicious but feel a sense of dissatisfaction and guilt afterwards, this is the problem, the high lasts 10mins or something and you want another one. Sometimes I consider adding up the cost of my addiction then I don’t bother as it will only depress me. If anyone has seen my willpower please give it back I’ll need it to sort my obsession. 

Winter Wardrobe Phobia 

For me the most exciting time of year is spring. My winter wardrobe is dismal, I might be subconsciously sabotaging it as I hate jumpers, cardies, coats, scarves, tights, everything associated to keeping myself warm. The bulkiness, the claustrophobia of piling on layers and layers and still being bloody cold annoys me. Warm weather and I come alive, I feel my styling goes up a notch which is a bonus.

With Spring approaching, I sometimes get into a panic, I check the weather it’s 14 degrees does it mean a jacket will do, should I still wear my wooly jumper, is it time to ditch the thermal heat tech from Uniqglo ? The answer is I don’t know, hence the panic. 

One look I particularly like is the skirt/dress jumper combo. Fits perfectly for spinter ( winter /spring ) you can pop on some tights and a jacket which are easily removal if it gets too warm. Alexa Chung has this down perfectly.  

I won’t fret, spring will actually be here soon properly and I can drop the bulk and love my wardrobe again.

The End. 

Love to hate Zara 


Zara hates me, it’s true. She has targeted me from thousands of people and I just can’t let the relationship continue. I’m talking about the store, not an actual person. After a couple of purchases all sporadic and varied from shirts to jumpers to jackets I noticed a pattern. 

The reason for the end of our relationship is after numerous purchases they just weren’t to the highest quality I would expect, the most annoying part being finding a problem just shortly after bringing the item home. If this did happen I would obviously return the item but I really really prefered not to. This is after careful consideration, imagine finding the perfect jacket that fits you like a glove, after a week it had a great big hole that had appeared. 

My last purchase was at Christmas, I despise winter which means along with it I despise cardigans and jumpers but on this particular day, I was meeting someone at Regents Street and was 15 mins early and with a limited amount of warm clothing I popped into Zara and found a lovely charcoal jumper. I wore it ONCE and to my dismay bobbling hell decended on it, it looked like I had it for a hundred years. 

I emailed Zara with a Ra Ra Ra message of disatisfaction. ‘Bring it back into any store for a full refund or exchange’ they said. No, i thought and i didn’t, because I am done with you Zara, you win, I love you and you hate me! I am fully aware this is just bad luck as Zara is everyone’s favourite high street store. I just can’t cope with the consistent annoying inevitability of a new exciting purchase ending up back where it came from. 

I’ll probably change my mind, but for now, it’s off my radar. Sorry Zara.

The bobble jumper is my bedtime jumper so not a soul can see the bobbleness shame. 

The end, cry*

Photo credit: Zara.com/uk

Tamara Fogle bag 

Yesterday I was rocking my Tamara Fogle bag, my husband kindly bought this for me as a surprise gift. I stayed at my mothers the night before as my husband and I went to see Robbie Williams at the Roundhouse. She was looking after the little one. I thought the smaller the bag the better as I carried a large rucksack for our overnight things. It holds a purse, phone   ( iPhone 6 Plus ) keys and some Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream, a perfect size to travel light. It’s currently sold out but there are other bags to choose from her online shop.  All made in England, in a family run factory I know this bag will have been made with great care and attention.

Check out her stuff here; http://www.tamarafogle.com

Longchamp Large La Pliage Travel Bag


If you are off on a mini break somewhere I recommend the large longchamp bag pictured here. The space is rather large and deep which easily fits your essentials if planning a trip for a couple of nights. Better still you can pack the entire bag as it folds down to a small compact size for when you make those purchases and need another bag to take them home in. 

Available here at a reasonable £65: http://uk.longchamp.com/luggage/le-pliage/large-travel-bag-1624089

Bella Freud Autumn/Winter 2016 Preview with The Frugality

We all know there are dozens and dozens of fashion bloggers out there, you follow a handful but everyone has a fave. Mine is Alex Stedman known as The Frugality. Last night I met her and she was a complete babe. Having landed from NYFW the night before she looked stunning in a Marks and Spencer silver pleated skirt and a Bella Freud pink Anita jumper. A couple of weeks back she posted that she was hosting an event at the Bella Freud store on Chiltern Street, I got in there quick and got an invite to attend. I adore Bella Freud so I wasn’t disappointed with the Autumn/Winter collection, vibrant red hues, khaki green, pale baby pink were among the colours she showcased. I had the privilege of talking to The Frugality and she was extremely natural and beautiful. I recommend you all follow her on Instagram @thefrugality right now

Shiny, Sparkly, Comme Des Garçons

Would you believe me if I had said my husband bought this, wait for it, for himself! I think he bought it from Liberty for around £99. When he came home with it, I was kind of shocked, it’s so crazy. Well, guess who is using it now! I love the sparkle, and the snake skin like texture. I bought my husband a plain green one so knew this was hibernating in its box. Comme des garçons is a brand I’m fond of, it’s cool, it’s quirky and certainly brightens up any bag. 

Vintage heaven

I took a trip to Old Spitalfields market yesterday and found a little vintage market just opposite on Brushfield Street. I found a lovely leather bag with the letter’f’ for fashion rootle of course, and a gorgeous summer blouse with a round collar by Anne Fontaine. Everyone wants to look French chic and this combo will bring me a step closer. Both items were £35, a bargain indeed.