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

Image 1 of BASIC COAT from Zara
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

My everyday winter/spring makeup

“I spend 90% of my money on makeup, the rest I waste”

I know it’s definitely not everyone’s thing, but I’ve always loved makeup and how I feel when I wear it. It makes me feel put together and gives me that little boost of self-confidence. Having said that, I don’t wear makeup everyday but when I do I have a couple of routines that I gravitate towards.

How I do my makeup in the morning is dependent on what I’m doing that day, how early in the morning it is (lowkey one of the biggest factors tbh) and how much effort I want to put in that morning. Getting ready in the morning can take me either 10 minutes or 45 minutes to an hour, there’s not much of an in between! Honestly, sometimes I don’t want to sit and stare at my own face for an hour and sometimes I’m really in the mood to have a good play with my favourite products. So, starting with the lazy one..

When I’m feeling lazy (let’s be honest, when am I not) my makeup is very minimal. I always start with moisturiser, I know it’s technically skincare but I tend to count moisturiser as a part of my makeup routine because I hate putting on makeup without it. My go to is still my trusty L’oreal Hydra Genius Gel Moisturiser as I mentioned in my skincare favourites. After that comes concealer, I usually grab my Revolution Conceal and Define, an essential to cover up my lack of sleep and any pesky little friends that have popped up overnight. I always powder down my concealer and when I’m in a rush I tend to gravitate towards a pressed powder, my current fave being Charlotte Tilbury’s Air Brush Flawbless Finish Powder. Then it’s onto filling in my unruly brows. I’m currently loving NYX’s micro brow pencil to fill in and give some shape before brushing through any brow gel I find. Finally, mascara to make me look more awake and more human. I flit between mascaras but a couple of favourites are Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang and the L’oreal Unlimited mascara.

If I’m feeling extra, my makeup routine gets a bit more intense. Firstly I’ll add in foundation, my current go to being YSL’s All Hours Foundation which gives a good base for those extra skin products I’ll be slathering on shortly. Then comes concealer followed by a cream bronzer for some subtle definition which is currently courtesy of Benefit’s Hoola Quickie Contour Stick, I’ll then powder down all the areas with concealer maybe a light dusting over the centre of my face and forehead. Next onto brows which is pretty similar to my lazy day routine, and then we move to the eyes.

My current obsession is James Charles’ Artistry palette with Morphe so I’ll use it where and when I can! My brain power is pretty low in the morning so unless I have a flash of inspiration I tend to keep my eyes pretty basic with something neutral through my crease and a little pop of shimmer in my inner corner. If I have the time, and most importantly the patience, I’ll pop on a wing with my NYX Epic Ink Liner and chuck on some mascara.

Then back to the face (we’re nearly done I promise) and onto bronzer blush and highlighter. My holy grails are Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer, Nars’ Deep Throat and The Balm’s Mary-Lou Manizer for that perfect flush and healthy glow. Finally, lips. My favourite everyday nudey-pink is Charlotte Tilbury’s Bitch Perfect because it’s low maintenance and stays comfortable throughout the day.

And breathe… I did warn you it was extra.

That just about rounds up my makeup routine. As you can tell, I don’t necessarily have an ‘everyday’ probably because I love trying new things and changing up my makeup so I never get bored with doing it. My makeup definitely changes with the seasons and when the summer comes around it’s definitely going to be allll about that fresh-faced glow.

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Hollie x

My recent purchases

A comprehensive list of where all my money disappears to.

Winter is definitely not my favourite time of year, I would much rather hibernate until the sun comes out again. But these recent purchases make it me actually want to get dressed and leave the house (which is a pretty big deal). Below is a list of what I’ve bought over the past couple of months to get myself excited about winter.

Firstly, I found these black checked print New Look trousers a week or so ago and I’ve worn them so much already. They’re so flattering and comfortable and look great all day.

Check Boucle Mini Skirt as part of an outfit

My new favourite skirt by far is this find from TopShop. It looks great with over-the-knee boots and a nice warm jumper to keep off that winter chill!

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This might not be all that appropriate for winter, but come spring and summer I know I’m going to get so much wear out of this Missguided dress. I love the colour and the fit is so flattering, I can’t wait to live in it all spring.

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This Hollister puffer jacket is so warm and comfortable and I’ve gotten loads of wear out of it in the past couple of months. Hollister isn’t the cheapest brand but the great British summer isn’t known for its tropical weather so it’s definitely worth the money.

Glamorous shirt dress in stripe

I’ve worn this shirt dress from glamorous on ASOS so much and am looking forward to wearing it more this spring. It also looks great with over-the-knee boots (because, what doesn’t?) and I love belting it round the middle to cinch it in and give it a bit more shape.

That rounds off my list of recent purchases and gives a little insight into my wardrobe. Although winter is not my favourite time of year, these outfits help me stay warm and cozy without feeling like I’m wearing a sack.

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Hollie x