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!
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 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.
Last week, I was invited to the Bullring’s Your 5 event for the autumn and winter to speak to a stylist. The Your 5 stand was set up next to Selfridges on the ground floor of the Bullring, as it was last time. I arrived and was assigned a stylist who took me around the five different key trends for the autumn and winter and talked me through each one. I then had to pick a piece from each section and the stylist took photos of them on her iPad and then emailed them over to me at the end of the session.
The five different sections were:
The Coat – I’m currently looking for a new winter coat and I found so many that I liked. Bomber jackets are still in for autumn and winter, they’re just a bit thicker and longer than the ones that were around in the summer. The coat I picked out was this green faux shearling biker jacket from Topshop.
The Knit – Again, there were so many different jumpers that I liked and I was surprised that the majority of them were from Topshop as I would never usually shop there.
The Wide Leg Trouser – I’m not a fan of wide leg trousers, as I thought they would make my legs look shorter and stumpier than they already are, however the stylist showed me a few different styles that would suit me and now I will definitely be trying a few pairs on.
The Skirt – I absolutely loved most of the skirts that were on the rail, but I especially fell for this green pleather skirt from New Look. It’s such a bargain at £19.99 and I will be trying it on a bit closer to payday.
The Boot – I think that boots are a must have for the colder months and I currently don’t have an everyday black pair, so it was good to have a look at the stylist’s picks. I found a couple of black pairs that I liked but there were also some gold ones from New Look that caught my eye.