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Street Style’s Officially Back: Copenhagen Fashion Week SS22

I recently went to a friend’s house for a catch up and somewhere between coffee two and three, she mentioned that she felt like she’d totally lost her way with her personal style. I quickly glanced at my outfit and then hers – basically carbon copies of each other; white tee, straight blue jeans, Birkenstocks. Oh god, we’d lost it. The contrast between this and our younger years walking through the city’s Victorian arcades in our tailored trousers, cashmere knits and Italian leather brogues suddenly felt incredibly stark. This quick surge of panic triggered my brain to soften the blow with a comforting thought – maybe we’d just forgotten about it? Between buying houses, new jobs and having babies (not me) in lockdown, we’ve had fewer creative pennies in the jar and less time to focus on fashion. It’s been lower on our list, let’s say. But if I’m honest, I’m getting to the point where I’m tired of my Birkies – and by that I quite evidently don’t mean Birkins. Earlier this week, snaps …

Why Resort 2021 Feels A Little Out Of Place

As the sun sets on Resort 2021, the urge to hop on a plane rises. Thankfully, designers softened the blow with less vacation-inspired cruise collections this time around. Instead using it as an opportunity to showcase their style DNA with a more practical, nu-pandemic approach. True, sand-in-your-hair holidaying may be a thing of the past for now but the fashion houses have proven that adjusting to the times with trans-seasonal pieces can be just as delightful… Isabel Marant If I was to be reincarnated I would like to come back as an Isabel Marant muse, please. Give me polished and feminine with an invisible yet powerful demeanour of ‘Parisian cool’ that’s impossible to emulate any day of the week. Eponymous for her ability to create that intangible nugget of French style, Marant always provides the ultimate in easy chic with the slightest touch of boho flair. Her Resort 2021 collection carried this sentiment with so much, possibly too much, ease. I’ve always been a huge believer that an incredible statement jacket is first and foremost …

What I got from the Mango Sale

I actually forgot about this Mango package so it was a lovely surprise when it eventually turned up. I no doubt ordered it through bleary eyes one night before falling asleep. There’s a few gems in there and some good throw-on basics and rather a few accessories which is unusual for me. I’ve discovered that Mango’s faux leather is the actual dream; so soft and comfortable to wear all day. If you haven’t invested in a pair of black leather trousers yet, I highly recommend them, they’re easily the best I’ve come across so far. I really believe that now is a great time to shop the Sale sections and try something new that you may not have gone for before. The tweed jacket is something I’ve contemplated picking up many times in the past and although I’m not yet totally convinced by it, I’m excited to style it up in a way that I love. Scroll down for all the pieces I picked up…   Faux Leather Straight Trousers Faux Leather High Waist Trousers …

How Lockdown’s Got Me Thinking About My Best Friends

*Aptly, there are quite a few profanities in this post (sorry). The best years of my life so far happened between 2010 and 2013. I moved into an awkward-looking rickety house with bright blue window sills on Burton Stone Lane, York with three girls and three boys…   The boys were, well, strange. There was the Italian who was at least ten years older than us, smoked weed outside his front room, had a thing for bringing Asian girls back after nights out and only seemed to know how to say ‘it’s freezing’. There was the Darlo lad who told us he had bowel cancer when he didn’t, walked around in Homer Simpson slippers, and smelled of gone-off cheese. And finally the Geordie, again a bit older than us, who kept raw sausages in his kitchen cupboard and had 30-second sex (they weren’t quiet) with his German girlfriend who visited every now and then. They didn’t talk much, just the odd grunt if you passed them in the hallway, and they didn’t exactly live up …

10 Core Pieces To Invest In For When Life Goes Back To Normal

Okay guys, so when this sh*t show ends you may as well have your wardrobe 100% raring to go with an edit of key pieces to take you into whichever season it is by the time we’re allowed out again… With weeks, maybe months, still to go in our new isolation lives, take some time out of your days doing sweet F.A to give your wardrobe a cleanse – at the very least, it’ll make you feel productive. Every decent wardrobe begins with a core group of essential pieces. The evergreens. The ones you turn to every week to help you assemble your looks. These items are the backbone of your wardrobe. They will help you elevate every ensemble so that you’re always looking polished and on point. If you start with a decent army of perennial pieces, choosing and styling everyday outfits will become less laborious and more appealing. Hell, you may even enjoy it. As the eCommerce industry is one of the only remaining sectors still ticking over, you may as well take …

Being Single In A Covid-19 World

Remember how torturous being grounded was? On one occasion I think I cried through both sides of my pillow because my awkward, bratty teenage self was that distraught over not being able to leave my bedroom…   My crush was having a house party and my mum, the strong, couldn’t-give-two-shits woman that she is, had banned me from going. Naturally, I hated her for stealing me of such a premium-level flirting opportunity with him. Having no control over the situation and, in my eyes, being so cruelly kept away from my crush only made me put him on an even higher pedestal – it had probably surpassed Everest at that point. I spent the rest of the night dreaming about what could’ve been. The bashful eye contact across his dad’s living room, him giving me some of his Frosty Jacks, possibly even a bit of one-on-one conversation about our shared love of The Libertines. But no, I was trapped and my silly, adolescent heart couldn’t hack it. Fast forward twelve years and I find myself …

How To Be Style-Influenced At A Healthy Level

My sister and I have always fought about clothes. When I was 14 and she was 9, she’d want to wear exactly the same outfit as me for practically every occasion… As a newly-turned teen with an identity to figure out, I found this completely suffocating and incredibly embarrassing. I can still hear my mum’s ‘be nice to each other’ yells echoing up the stairs as my sister strolled around in my favourite checked shirt whilst I tried to rip it off her. Through my rage, I failed to notice what was truly going on in that moment. I was influencing her. On a very small scale, but it was still influencing.  To this day, I can still ransack my sister’s wardrobe and find a minimum of five pieces that belong to me. It’s most definitely a sister thing but also, in a way, just a human thing. If I had the ability to steal some of my friend’s clothes and get away with it like a sister could, I probably would. And, don’t even …

Why you should own a pair of white boots

My first pair of white boots spent most of this summer with me and, come to think of it, the summer before too. Their life sadly came to an end after a particularly raucous Arctic Monkeys gig – a pretty good way to go out you could say. After losing them to Manchester Arena’s mucky floor, I truly noticed the absence of my WAB’s (White Ankle Boots) when getting ready in a morning. I had never realised how much I relied on them to transform a boring weekend outfit or, at the other end of the spectrum, complement a statement get-up. Acting as both a blank canvas and a sartorial talking point, you can slip on a white boot with 99% of your wardrobe and it is guaranteed to work. Incredible paired with any shade of denim, print or colour, they’ll add a clean and minimal edge to your ensembles without trying too hard. A boot charged with a certain element of futurism, they contrastingly hail back to the retro days of the swinging Sixties. …

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How to perfect your Winter Skincare routine

As the country transforms into the set of Gilmore Girls, the whole nation completely forgets that summer even happened and, let’s face it, the countdown to Christmas begins. I’m not going to lie – I am a sucker for Autumn. My shopping addiction has tripled in the past few weeks as I just cannot stop buying knitwear and ankle boots. I even broke the ultimate ‘basic b*tch’ cliché yesterday and purchased an Autumn Leaves Yankee candle… As the air chills, it has become apparent that my current skincare routine just isn’t going to cut the mustard any longer. Although I have an oily skin type, I feel like my skin has been crying out for moisture these past few weeks. I have slowly started to up my game and whacked out the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream – an absolute classic for the winter months. I particularly love it as a lip balm and I’ve been applying it every night to keep cracked lips at bay (because, eww). So, when Victoria Leeds invited me to their …