Winter Wardrobe Warmers

The best thing about winter? Lighting candles, getting under the blankets with a nice hot drink and getting super cozy. So obviously we want to stay cozy when we have to venture outside as well! Below are some of my staples for winter and the pieces I’m wearing over and over again to stay nice and warm this season.

Snuggly staple 1: jumpers jumpers and more jumpers!

Monki high neck lightweight jumper in beige melange
Monki high neck jumper

If you live in the UK like I do, you must be used to layering up with jumpers for approx 8 months of the year. But that doesn’t mean we have to look lumpy, bumpy and frumpy! One of my favourites I picked up a few months ago is this high neck jumper from Monki on ASOS. It’s nice and lightweight but keeps me super warm and can be worn with jeans or skirts and boots or trainers.

Snuggly staple 2: dress it up with boots

New Look heeled boots in black
New Look heeled boots

Boots totally change your outfit and a good pair is a total must have in anyone’s wardrobe. My favourites are my New Look black heeled boots and I love these for so many reasons. They have a perfectly shaped toe, a nice heel that gives me a bit of height but they’re still super comfortable and they hug my ankle so they look nice and sleek. They tick all the boxes!

Snuggly staple 3: the perfect winter coat

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Zara basic coat in mid-camel

We live in coats in the winter and they’re often the first thing people see when they see you. Coats are definitely a piece worth investing in, but equally if you can save your money then all the better! As soon as I set my eyes on this coat in Zara it was like I had tunnel vision and once I saw the price I couldn’t pick it up quick enough! This is the Zara basic coat, it’s amazing quality and even better it’s only £30. Its got to be one of the best things I’ve bought this Autumn and I know I’ll wear it until it falls apart!

Snuggly staple 4: the warmest scarf you can find

New Look check scarf in camel
New Look check scarf in camel

A scarf seems really obvious for winter, but the amount of times I leave the house without one and seriously regret it… I’m embarrassed to say its too many to count! The scarf I’ve been loving at the minute is just a plain white one I picked up from Primark but its actually really nice and warm and isn’t too scratchy either! I also like this New Look check scarf on ASOS, it would look great with that Zara coat!

That rounds up my top picks for those wardrobe staples we all need to keep nice and warm now the temperatures are dropping. I hope you enjoyed reading, if you did it’d really appreciate it if you could like and share this post and subscribe to my blog.

Hollie x

Trends for Autumn 2019

Autumn is definitely on the horizon and as much as I love the sun I’m starting to get excited now I’ve seen the Autumn collections creeping their way onto the high street. Although the big designer brands often control the trends on the catwalk the high street can offer some really lovely alternatives and make what can be some pretty wacky trends a lot more wearable. There are a few common themes among the Autumn collections I’ve seen so I thought I’d put together a little list of the trends that seem to come up again and again and show you some really nice ways to wear them that won’t break the bank.

1. Florals aren’t just for spring1. Florals aren’t just for spring

Stradivarius tulle mini dress

Dark florals look to be one of the biggest trends this season and I’m loving it! This is such a perfect trend as it lets you stay comfortable in black if you’re not overly comfortable in colour but still adds an interesting pop to your outfit. I picked this dress up from Stradivarius recently and I can see it staying in my wardrobe for a long time because of the neutral base colour and the classic siluette. It’s also incredibly versatile, I can see myself wearing it with ankle boots, black trainers or even a little pair of heels.

2. Victorian Elegance

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Topshop Peter Pan collar shirt

Victorian detailing is back in a big way this season with the catwalks displaying enormous ruffs and ankle-brushing hem lines. Not necessarily what I’ll be wearing to the supermarket but the more minimal details, seen on this peter pan collar shirt from Topshop, are a really nice nod to the trend.

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Topshop puff sleeve t shirt

3. Power Puff Sleeves

I’m sure many people will be happy to hear that puffy sleeves are not going anywhere this Autumn. A more subtle way to wear the trend is with this t-shirt from topshop, the puffy sleeves are still there but it could be worn with a nice pair of jeans to tone down the sleeves if you’re not wanting to be too out there!

New Look Burgundy leather-look belted biker jacket

4. Double Triple Leather

The catwalks were head to toe in leather for Autumn: trousers, jackets, shoes, shirts, you name it! Although I won’t be going that far I think it’s definitely time for a new leather jacket in my wardrobe and this leather-look biker jacket from New Look is a great option.

HONOUR Leather Western Boots as part of an outfit
TopShop HONOUR western boots

5. Western’s back

The western theme from last year is back again, this time with a focus on boots. Cowboy boots were definitely around a lot last year so better dig them out again! If you didn’t indulge last year Topshop have got you covered with these western boots.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the incoming trends for Autumn, I’m surprisingly really excited for Autumn fashion this year which doesn’t bode well for my bank account! If you did like this post I’d really appreciated it if you could like, share and subscribe to my blog.

Hollie x

Recent Purchases Spring 2019

I’ve been shopping recently (let’s be honest, when am I not?) and wanted to share what I picked up. I’m really loving all of them and would definitely recommend having a look for yourself!

First up is TopShop. They’ve just boosted their student discount to 20% off and you know I had to take advantage. I picked up a khaki green pair of trousers which I’ve literally worn everyday since I bought them. They’re super comfy and have a paperbag waist to really draw you in and balance out the looser fitting legs. I also found this pink top, I thought it looked kind of boho with the buckles on the straps and have found it goes really well with those khaki trousers. The trousers were £39 and the top was £12, but with that 20% they both came in at under £41.

I popped into New Look a few days ago and saw a cute little black dotted mesh top. I wore it on a night out a couple of weeks ago with my lounge mesh bra underneath and loved how it looked. I think it would look great with a little skirt on a night out or dressed down with jeans or some casual trousers.

I picked up one of my favourite things I’ve ever got in Primark the other week (big statement I know). I found this black and white horizontal striped bodycon dress and I’ve completely fallen in love. I’ve worn this whenever its warm enough to get away with a dress (and even when it’s not) and it still looks new. On top of that it was only £6, I’m definitely keeping my eye out for anything similar.

I mentioned in a previous post that I recently picked Essence’s Lash Princess mascara, you can read my review here. I’m still loving it and it has become my go too mascara both for everyday use and when I want something a bit more dramatic.

Finally, in a recent trip to Superdrug I got myself a bottle of Rimmel’s Lasting Finish foundation. I’ve seen this foundation around for years and have alway been curious about it so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m liking it a lot, it has a medium coverage with quite a natural ‘skin-like’ finish, I’m definitely going to keep testing it out.

I hope you enjoyed my little list of what I’ve bought recently and maybe given you a bit of inspiration next time you’re out shopping! Don’t forget to like, share and subscribe and follow me on instagram to see when I post first.

Hollie x