I’ve got my knickers in a twist recently – I suppose you could call it a crisis of confidence. I think it’s because I am torn between wanting to slim my wardrobe down and focus on building a wardrobe of classics and investment pieces and my job, which is ultimately to show you new clothes that are available to buy. I feel like Instagram has taken over from blogs on the fashion front, and that people would much rather look at an instagram feed for inspiration than click through to read a blog, because, frankly, does anyone have the time anymore? So, if you are reading this post, thank you from the bottom of my heart, because it means I could be wrong!
You see the problem I have is that A) I don’t have the budget (or the inclination) to buy new clothes all the time. I am lucky enough to be offered clothes from brands every now and then, but I do have a fairly strict policy on this front. If it’s not something I would pay for myself then I shouldn’t accept the gift. B) I am time poor. My working days are short because I have to be at the school gates on the dot of 3.30 every day, so I struggle to find time to shop and shoot outfits. So for me, this is where the blog comes into play. I am able to show you things that I love, without having to buy them and photograph them.
With that little mind dump out of the way (sorry!) I wanted to share my Five Favourite Finds this week.
In case you didn’t know, snakeskin, along with leopard is IN. I know, leopard has never been out, but it’s REALLY IN this season. I don’t know about you, but to me, snakeskin feels like leopard’s subtle sister. It’s just a little more understated. I loved this skirt in Topshop and if you are a skirt person, it would be such a useful purchase. Pair with a neutral knit and boots in the winter months and a pointed mule in the spring. It’s worth mentioning that this kind of skirt will sell out very quickly, so if you like this look, don’t delay.
Okay, I realise it feels a bit crazy buying strappy sandals as we head into winter, but these are just so gorgeous and I think they would be unbelievably useful all year round. For all those colourful dresses when you haven’t a clue what shoes to wear, opt for nude. They go with everything AND lengthen your legs. These are such an amazing price for £42. They remind me of the Chloe ones from a few years back. (see below) Forget about the trends, these would be forever heels.
(The Chloe version from a few years back)
Another wardrobe staple, a tan (and suede) leather handbag. This one has a touch of the Chloe Faye about it for a fraction of the cost. Perfect for pairing with all your floral winter dresses and tan boots…
(The Chloe Bags below for comparison’s sake!)
If I think back to last Autumn/Winter, the most worn item in my wardrobe was probably a black cashmere knit. And when it comes to cashmere, I don’t think you can beat M&S on quality and price. I would think about sizing up if you want it to be a little oversized and also have a look at the men’s cashmere if you have broad shoulders. In my experience, M&S cashmere washes well and is really good quality.
This might sound crazy, but I wear my sunglasses all year round because I have such light sensitive eyes. I also use sunglasses as an accessory for my outfit and have an entire drawer FULL. A few designer pairs and plenty of high street (which I am told are not great protection for my eyes!) so I am always looking for good bargains and found these on Brand Alley.
There are loads more designer sunglasses to have a look at here. I must admit I have become a little Brand Alley obsessed recently and have snapped up some real bargains. The bedding I bought recently was SUCH good quality and they currently have these Belledorm bedding sets on offer. Worth checking out if you need a fresh batch of white sheets. (Who doesn’t at the change of the season?!)
So that’s it, my Friday five. And a big HIGH FIVE to many of us for reaching the end of a busy back to school week. Wishing you all a relaxing weekend and as ever, thank you for reading.