My Top Ten Autumn Essentials

Today I thought I would share with you 10 items of clothing that are essential when it comes to creating your autumn and winter capsule wardrobe. I always end up merging my autumn and winter wardrobes together because Autumn seems to be starting later and later every year (climate change is real people) and there are only ever a few days in December when its super cold. So I like to have a mix for those more random warm days and crazy cold winter nights. All the pieces I've selected below are ones that work well together for both situations as well for those christmas parties and work events that will be in everyones calendars over the next month.

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My top 10 pieces: 

Simple Jumper: &Other Stories | Blouse/Shirt: Urban Outfitters (old) | Rollneck: M&S (old) | Slip Dress: Organics by John Patrick | Leather Trouser: &Other Stories | Dark Denim: Reformation | Leather skirt: H&M | Cosy Coat: Asos via Ebay | Comfy Boots: H&M | Trainers: Adidas

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Cosy winter weekend outfits

Keeping it short and sweet today. I wore this look on Sunday when me and my sister went to our local farmers market, these photos were a last minute plan because I loved this look so much! 

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I’ve recently picked up a few new pieces to go towards my A/W 17 Capsule Wardrobe which includes this super cosy jumper from French brand Rouje - what I love most about this brand is that they only bring out around 40 pieces per season and are very set in their style and not trend led in any way. Also New are these leather trousers from &Other Stories. I’ve been wanting a pair of leather trousers for a while as I think they are such a staple to have in your autumn and winter wardrobe and it also gets me out of wearing jeans! I wanted a really good quality pair so headed for &Other Stories as I know that their quality is always of a high standard. I am so in love with these trousers so expect to be seeing a lot more of them on the blog soon!

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Autumnal Moodboard

Sharing somethings that I am really into at the moment from check blazers to the colour brown in general. I hope this little moodpboard gives you guys some outfit inspiration too!

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I am so into blazers right now, it's taken me a while to catch on but now I'm not sure how I have lived without them! The ultimate blazer Queen Lizzy Hadfield and my all time style icon Lucy Williams give constant inspiration on how to style a blazer, pictured above. 

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Also really into the colour brown at the moment, I recently purchased this blazer from the new Mango Committed range and I am absolutely in love! I have also been reaching for my brown boots so much more due to Jeanne Damas and her perfect French style.

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Lindsey from Ropes of Holland, pictured above has given me some inspiration on how to wear a puffer jacket in the chicest way possible! Also what drew me to the image was the background, I am all about those deep red earthy tones with pink at the moment!

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What are you current favourite things that are influencing your wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below.

Images sourced from Instagram and Pinterest: Paloma Wool, The Frankie Shop, K_E_E_P, Matches Fashion

Autumnal Evening Look

This jacket has to be my current favourite item of clothing in my wardrobe right now, I have never really been a blazer person but since purchasing this one I'm a totally converted. I love the structure and pattern of it and I love styling it in a feminine way as its so manly. For this look I went for a more autumnal evening look, wearing on its own belted, with some black skinny jeans and brown suede boots. This a perfect evening look now the weathers a bit cooler and you need something warmer to wear in the evening but still look nice and put together. I think it would also look great with a red lip.

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The boots are ones I was gifted last year from Next and I completely forgot about them until my favourite French icon Jeanne Damas bought out a similar pair for her brand Rouje which reminded me how amazing brown suede boots look!

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BLAZER: VINTAGE (love this one) | JEANS: WEEKDAY | BOOTS: NEXT (old, love these Rouje ones) | BAG: DKNY

 

New In Organic Beauty

Today I wanted to share with you some new organic beauty bit's I picked up recently and took with me to New York to test out.

In an earlier post I discussed that I wanted to look into purchasing organic, more sustainable beauty and skincare bits, then I discovered the website Content Beauty Wellbeing. This is your one stop shop for all things organic and sustainable from make up to perfume, they have all the essentials and loads of organic brands. 

In the video below, I'm sharing with you the pieces that I picked up for our trip to New York and what ones I will definitely be repurchasing full size!

Outfits from New York

As we were only in New York for a few days and did a lot of sight seeing I thought I would combine all the outfits we took photos of into one big post.

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First up is probably my favourite outfit of the whole trip. I recently bought this dress from the brand Organic by John Patrick and have been dying to share it with you all. Organics is a brand which launched in 2004 and was created on the basis that fashion should be both beautiful and ethical. When I discovered this brand I instantly fell in love with their timeless pieces from roll necks to blazers, they have everything a girl needs in her wardrobe. I had been on the hunt for a slip dress for so long, as I see them so much on Instagram and they are such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe as they can be styled for all season. When I stumbled across this camel slip dress it was love at first sight and I just knew I had to have it. I wore it on my 21st birthday meal with my boyfriend on it's one with a black overcoat and heels - probably the most classy I've ever looked! Here I have styled for a more day appropriate look. As I mentioned in my vlog it was very muggy and mild in New York so a jacket wasn't needed, instead I layered it over a white and added my trusty slides and mini bag. As I said at the beginning, this is hands down my favourite look as it completes that effortless yet cool look that I always strive to achieve.

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Moving on to my next look which was my evening look for Saturday when we headed to Broadway to see Chicago. We had just spent the whole day walking what felt like the whole of Manhattan so I was not in the mood for wearing heels, plus we had to literally run to get to the show on time so heels would have been a bad move. Instead I went with my trusty tan slides that I practically lived in over the summer, with the jumpsuit that I had bought that day from Reformation. I got some many compliments wearing this jumpsuit, I love how it looks so much and it is such an easy piece which will definitely be coming with me on many holidays to come.

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For my final outfit, this is what I would have worn if we had gone out for a proper dinner on our last night in New York. Instead I got all dressed up and ready to go before we decided we were too tired to head down to Soho and instead got changed into leggings and trainers and wondered around the area we were staying in. But still I loved how this outfit looked so much I thought I'd share it with you anyway. I really love the girly camisole and mini skirt with the oversized blazer for that perfect contrast between girly and masculine. The blazer was another buy from Saturdays shopping trip and probably my favourite purchase of our whole trip(including food). I finished off the look with my sock boots and one large earring that I had also bought the day before - I am seriously loving the one earring trend at the moment and want to try and collect some really cool vintage earrings.

 

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Sustainable Shopping Guide: New York

Today I'm sharing with you some sustainable shops in New York to pick up so good quality pieces. Below is a mixture of clothes shops and vintage stores and where you can find them. So if you're ever in New York and want to go shopping, you should definitely hit up these places!

Reformation

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I will stop banging on about reformation, honestly, just as soon as a better sustainable shop comes along! In New York, they have 3 stores, and I went to all of them, the staff there are super friendly and helpful. I managed to pick up 2 pieces in there, which you find out more about in the video below. The one criticism I would give is that there didn't seem to a lot of tops in their stores, the mostly had their dress collections, which I understand as that is probably what they are most famous for. But on the other hand if I had a store I would stock it with more of the everyday pieces like tops, trousers, jackets etc.

Everlane

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So this is a weird one, which I discuss more in the video below. But the Everlane in New York is more of a showroom where you can potentially pick up some pieces if they have your size and the colour/style you want, but it is mostly there for youth try out the pieces and see what you think before purchasing online. When I went there at 6pm on a Saturday it was pretty packed and I had to queue to get in, so bare that in mind if you decide to go.

Some other stores I didn't get the chance to go to...

Eileen Fisher

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We also have this brand in the UK and it is very high end with a high price tag, but the pieces are beautiful. Eileen Fisher is probably one of the most well known sustainable brands out there. Currently there are 6 Eileen Fisher stores in NYC so you'll have no problem hunting one down and checking it out if you have the money and want to treat yourself.

Study NY

Set up by Tara St James, her focus is change the way the world thinks about sustainable fashion. She often collaborates with international artisans and then designs, cuts and sews these designs in NYC. Study NY can be purchased in a number of small NYC boutiques, such as Kaight and Bhoomki.

Freedom of Animals

This is a NYC based sustainable and cruelty free bag line. They create high end designer bags and offer an eco-friendly alternative in the market. They produce all their products in ethically run factories across the USA so you know that the bags are not only made from eco-friendly materials but that the people who make them are well looked after.

Moving on to a couple vintage/thrift stores...

When I headed to Reformation, I asked some of the girls in there where I could find some good vintage stores and they recommended me two. First up was a place that was literally called The Vintage Thrift Shop which was unfortunately closed due to a jewish holiday when we went but looking through the window it looked so cool. The second place was No Relation Vintage which was open when we went, it had two floors worth of clothes and was great fun to have a look around. It had a huge selection of denim and I managed to pick up exactly what I was looking for in here!

Sustainable Activewear and Fitness Routine

I mentioned in a video recently that I have just gotten back into fitness and have been working out more which obviously meant I needed some new gym clothes. I had never knew sustainable activewear really existed as I never really looked for it, but since have a nosy on Reve En Vert I have found a few new brands that I love!

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Today I thought I'd share with you my current fitness routine and some of the new pieces I picked up from Reve En Vert.

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These photos were taken in Central Park on Sunday morning. I absolutely love how these new pieces look and feel. I 100% agree that if you look and feel good in your gym clothes, then you're more likely to want to get up, put them on and work out. The new pieces from Reve En Vert are the sports bra crop top from Manduka and the leggings from Yoga Democracy. The crop top is prefect as it has a sports bra built in and as I get really hot very quickly whilst working out, crop tops are my go to. The leggings are like nothing I've had before, most of my legging collection consists of plain black full or cropped length, but I am absolutely loving the pattern on these and it has made me want to branch out and try some other more loud patterns!

 

 

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Moving on to my routine - on a weekly basis I try to run in the morning Monday to Saturday. For me running is my favourite type of exercise, its great for clearing my head and I love running in the morning because its sets me up for the day ahead and makes me feel 100000x more motivated. I also currently follow this full body fitness routine below to build my core and work out the rest of my body.

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Circuit 1

20 Squats

10 Burpees

20 Tricep Dips

15 Straight leg sit ups

REPEAT

Circuit 2

20 Toe Taps

15 Elevated push ups

24 Step Ups (12 per side)

50 Mountain Climbers (25 per side)

REPEAT

Circuit 3

15 Squats

24 Static Lunges (12 per side)

24 Knee Ups (12 per side)

15 Sumo Squats

REPEAT

Circuit 4

15 Push Ups

15 Straight leg raises

30 Sec Plank

30 Ab Bikes (15 per side)

REPEAT

I hope you've enjoyed this post, as it is something a little different but I absolutely loved sharing it with you and will be keeping you up to date on my fitness progress in the future!

Sustainable Fashion in the News

Keeping it short and sweet today. I find it really interesting to keep up to date with any news article related to sustainable fashion and what with Fashion Weeks happening over the past month, today I thought I'd share with you 3 top stories that I have read recently.

Enjoy...

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1) Stella McCartney continues her sustainable pursuit at Paris Fashion Week with collection of organic cotton and synthetic leathers

An interesting read showing that high end fashion can be sustainable as well as fashionable!

2) It may not be possible to slow down Fast Fashion - So can the industry ever be sustainable?

A really good article highlighting how we as consumers need to change our habits for the real change to happen!

3) This Model Turned CEO Is Betting 'Bricks And Clicks' Can Create A Green Fast-Fashion Empire

This article goes behind the scenes of one of my favourite sustainable brands, Reformation, to look at how they are changing the way we shop.

Lots of newness

Today I'm back with a new outfit post and a few new pieces to share!

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When I got into my boyfriends car wearing this outfit her turned to me and said "is it wear everything new day" which was pretty true in my case. The top, bag and shoes are all recent purchases along with my still fairly new jacket that I bought at the beginning of last month! I have been gradually adding pieces to my wardrobe for my autumn capsule wardrobe and there were a few things I knew I wanted for this capsule. First up is a mini bag, I love how they look and I wanted a cross body one with a shorter strap so it could sit just above the hip. This one is perfect and I love the detailing on the strap. I also have been loving the kitten heel trend that has been quietly growing these past few seasons, and this month I decided to invest in a pair of kitten heel sock boots and oh my I think I'm actually in love, the fit of them is perfect and they look amazing with everything! Which is good a thing because they will stop me wearing my backless loafers so much!

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CAMISOLE: H&M | JEANS: H&M | BOOTS: H&M | JACKET: MANGO | BAG: DKNY via Zalando

Sustainable Beauty Shopping List

Along with creating a more sustainable wardrobe, I am also interested in my other parts of my life more sustainable. One of the main things being beauty. I think it is soooo important that we know exactly what we are putting on our skin and where it exactly it comes from.

So recently I have been looking into ethical and sustainable beauty brands to decide which ones I want to trial and what would work best for my skin. I have very sensitive skin and suffer from quite bad acne so its important to me to know what I'm putting on my skin and to make sure it doesn't irritate it. Below I have picked out a couple of beauty/make up brands that I am going to be buying and trying over the next month. Then hopefully round the beginning of November I can share with you guys that results!

Herbivore Botanicals

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They create natural, cruelty-free skincare that’s safe, non-toxic, and highly effective as well recyclable and reusable packaging! I really want to try out their Pink Clay mask and Mint Lip butter.

RMS Beauty

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This brand is based on raw, living and organic principles. Their makeup is created to transform the way we use make up which is not only non-toxic but actually heals skin! From RMS I want to try one of their cover-up concealers.

Burt's Bee

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A brand I'm sure many of you have already heard of for their lip balms, but Burt's Bees has a great selection of skincare that is created from natural ingredients. It has a whole section on their website sharing their sustainable philosophy from the ingredients they use in their products to their recycled packaging.

Au Naturale

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This is an ethically sourced brand whose products are vegan, gluten- free, non-toxic and paraben-free. They also have a recycling rewards programme. I want to try out some of their lipsticks and eyeshadows!

 

(all images via Pinterest)

Balancing Life

Today I wanted to talk to you about something that’s been playing on my mind recently.

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As I am sure many of you are aware, I create this blog in my spare time as it something I love to do, but I do also have a full time job. Recently, this full time job has been taking over quite a lot of my time and I feel like my blog and youtube have taken a back seat, hence there not being a video on Saturday and the fact I’ve been very quiet on Instagram recently. September is one of our busiest times at work and it’s been playing on my mind that I haven’t been putting my all into the blog like I want to. So that’s why I thought I’d talk about it today, to let you guys know that I’m not losing interest or giving up, I’m just crazy busy! I will still try and post every Monday and Wednesday and get a video up on a Saturday, but occasionally this might not happen and I want to apologise in advance.

 

Hopefully, by the end of the month things will be back on track. I have lots of ideas in the pipeline and with New York next month, October is shaping up to be an amazing month for the blog. So please bare with until then!

In the meantime, let’s discuss this outfit, a mix of my autumn and summer wardrobe. I loved these pants throughout summer and love how they look with more autumnal pieces too. I think you can definitely wear white in winter and can’t wait to style an all white winter outfit in the coming months! This time though, I'm wearing them with my trusty grey roll neck from Uniqlo, my loafer slides again (note to self, need to wear some other shoes!!!) and my Matt and Nat bag. Nice and simple but it really works.

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Back to Basics

Whenever I feel a style rut coming on, I always go back to my favourite basic pieces and invest in some new pieces that I know I will wear season after season. This is what made up this outfit, a mix of new and old. The jeans and shoes I've had for over a year now and love them both so much. These are some of the best fitting jeans I have ever bought and I always feel great when I wear them. As for the shoes, they have been well and truly glued to my feet since the beginning of September, they are so easy to wear and work with so many different outfits I can't help but reach for them every time.

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The new item in this look is the jacket. I have been wanting a suede jacket for a while and always thought they looked so perfect with simple outfits and make a great change to a leather jacket. Unfortunately I couldn't find a more sustainable one so went for this Mango one as at least I know where they stand on the sustainable front. 

JACKET: MANGO | TOP: COMME DES GARCONS | JEANS: H&M (old) | SHOES: TOPSHOP (old) | BAG: MATT&NAT

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Should We all be washing our clothes less?

Today I wanted to discuss what how to continue reducing the waste that clothes create even after you've bought them. Its easy to forget after you've bought a piece of clothing, it still continues to create a carbon footprint whilst sitting in your wardrobe, in fact 25% of fashions carbon footprint comes from us washing the clothes we already have. So today I thought I'd discuss how washing your clothes less can not only decrease your carbon footprint but also make your clothes last longer.

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We are consuming more fast fashion then ever before and over 80% of it ends up in landfills. More fast fashion clothing is getting thrown away every year because we over wash our clothes which means they won't last as long. Below I've written some top tips for washing your clothes in a more sustainable way, and if that means you have one less house chore to do every week then I'm totally on board!

If you've worn an item of clothing and think it needs a freshen up but isn't really that dirty then instead of chucking it in the wash, soak it in a bucket or in the bath to partially clean it. That way you can get a few more wears out of it without starting to smell!

Did you know that wool retains a small amount of natural oil which resist dirt and grease so things like woolly jumpers don't have to be washed as often. Also, the less you wash knitwear the longer it will last, as it tends to misshape and bobble the more you wash knitwear, so giving it a soak if you think it needs it instead of washing it will not only be more sustainable but also make your knitwear last season after season.

Let me know if the comments below if you have sustainable tips on making your clothes last longer!