Mustard dressGrey dressFaux fur trim khaki coat – Oversized scarfBlack ankle boots 

It’s absolutely freezing outside at the minute; this morning it was -3 degrees so I put on as many layers as I possibly could for the commute into work and although I was warm, by the time I’d piled on my black faux fur coat, I looked like a ball with legs!

Just because it’s so cold outside, that doesn’t mean that you can’t look nice as you layer up; thick winter dresses like these two from Quiz clothing help keep you warm and look great with a pair of wooly tights and some fashionable ankle boots. I love yellow at any time of year but for the winter, mustard is just perfect and it goes really well with this khaki coat with a faux fur collar.

Accessories are really important when it comes to dressing for the winter, I can’t go anywhere without a scarf and oversized scarves are an essential – when you’re stuck on a frosty train platform waiting to get to work, you’ll be really grateful for a scarf that can double up as a blanket!

Jumpsuit* – Therapy at House of Fraser, available here (now in the sale!)
Choker – New Look, available here
Bag – Primark

Boots* – 4th & Reckless, available here

A couple of weekends ago I went to Manchester for the night with Rachel. We planned on going out for some cocktails, so we dressed up in the evening, however we ended up staying in the hotel restaurant until midnight. We decided to not let our outfits go to waste and made sure we took some photos in the hotel lobby with the Christmas decorations. It was quite hard as there were a few Christmas parties going on in the hotel and a lot of drunk people were milling around making comments and getting in our photos. Here’s the best of a bad bunch though!

I wore this simple black jumpsuit from Therapy at House of Fraser. I’ve never worn a jumpsuit before, I didn’t think they would suit me but I was so impressed with the shape of this, it was so flattering! It cinched my waist in perfectly and the low cut v neck was enough to make the outfit a bit more dressy without being too revealing – it also made my bum look amazing which was a bonus! I found that I didn’t need a lot to dress the jumpsuit up, so I opted for a simple leather look choker from New Look and these gorgeous hexagonal heeled boots from 4th and Reckless.

I’m now on the lookout for more jumpsuits to add to my wardrobe!

 

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Yoshi Lichfield are a family run business based in my hometown of Lichfield, Staffordshire. They produce some fantastic leather goods from handbags, to purses, to little keyrings and are well known for their quirky picture bags. I took one look at the website and fell head over heels in love with this Bookworm bag* and it’s not hard to see why! The detail on this bag is spectacular, each of the books that are appliquéd onto the front of the bag are based on real classics – how many of them have you read?

I’ve been using my Bookworm bag almost everyday since I received it. It’s the perfect size for my everyday essentials which are my phone, kindle, diary, purse (which is this mustard yellow satchel purse that they also sent me), a bottle of water, my pouch of medical supplies and a bit of makeup. I took it over to America with me and used it as hand luggage on the plane. Whilst I didn’t use it in the parks, as it’s not the best bag to be taking on rollercoasters, I did use it quite a bit when I just went out for some food and I had so many compliments on it. Back in England, a lot of people have stopped me on the street and have asked where the bag is from, especially in Lichfield and are surprised when I tell them that it was made just down the road. yoshi-lichfield-bags-cat-yellow-travel-bookworm

Yoshi sell their products online or you can go to Golunski in Lichfield to see a small selection of their goods. Tomorrow they are also going to be having a sample sale at Lichfield’s Guild Hall between 9 and 5, which is definitely worth checking out.