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My Style: Styling A Blanket Scarf & Long Cardigan

My-style-asos-cardigan-2January is nearly done with and it took over 20 days to carve out some time with my husband, which in case you haven’t noticed isn’t getting old, I love saying it. With work, unexpected trips up North to see family, and general life we haven’t had much time for just the two of us, or to just have fun, so it was important on a rare free weekend to do something other than chores, cleaning, or sitting on the sofa catching up with TV.

We like doing cultural things whether it’s visiting grand historical estates, art galleries or museums, it is one of the things I love about living in the UK there are so many, and lots are free to visit, and even though we have been living in the Cambridge area for around 8 years we’ve never been to the Fitzwilliam Museum. I was trying to think why, after we had been and enjoyed it so much, and I think it has something to do with the fact for the past few years it has mainly been covered in scaffolding while it was renovated on the outside.

The museum has a great collection, from gorgeous pottery to Egyptian artefacts, and an impressive art portfolio including Monet, Renoir, and Degas, all favourites of mine, and I really could have sat there all afternoon taking in the masterpieces.

Fitzwilliam is more than just its collection, the building itself is a work of art with its Corinthian-style columns, ornate detailing, and the light coming from the exquisite skylights, it really is one of those places that you can’t help but get lost in the beauty. I think I could come here every day and find new corners to admire and fall in love with, I think I might have found my new writing spot for when I am feeling less inspired.

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I can also recommend the little cafe situated in the middle of the museum, not only does it look so pretty drench in sunlight from the large skylights, but it also brews a perfect pot of fresh leaf tea and sells the most delicious cakes. I was all adventurous, well it was a date, and tried my first ever Duke of Cambridge Tart, something I had never heard of with a raisin and cherry filing on a chewy, toffee-like base. I’ve added it to my recipe search as I think I am going to have to try and bake a batch up.

It is always harder I think deciding what to wear at the weekend, I find it hard to not just opt for jeans and a jumper, but I am having a new love affair with cardigans, short, tight, oversized, and this long beauty from Asos is a current favourite, and it is in the sale. There is something about wrapping up, without looking too bulky, while still be warm that totally appeals to me and this oversized cardigan, which I would recommend getting in a size down unless you want it really baggy is perfect as you can see fit a regular jumper underneath and I think it works perfectly with my blanket scarf.

I along with everyone else in the fashion world is obsessed with Burberry’s monogrammed ponchos, if only I was a runway model or won the lottery, I have a larger blanket wrap that I generally utilise when in the car or running through an airport, but this cute blue and red patterned scarf is perfect I have found to layer over my cardigan and looks good with a belt to cinch in my waist, which really does help to not look too bulky, well I hope so.

Have you tried out the blanket scarf and long cardigan trend yet? I think the trick is if you are wearing lots of layers on top, I have one t-shirt, one jumper, one cardigan and then a scarf on here, to go skinny on the bottom half to balance it out, so these skinny jeans made the perfect addition to finish off this casual look.

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Wearable Tech: The Knomo Elektonista Digital Clutch

knomo-elektronista-clutch-1I’ve had many interesting debates lately regarding wearable tech, nearly everyone I have spoken to says they aren’t convinced because nearly all think that the wearable tech products out there might be useful but they are also ugly, bulky or just too geeky to even want to wear.

Generally, this talk is directed to those smartwatches, which can read your e-mails, track your fitness, and even make phone calls, obviously not on their own! But there is much more to wearable tech than watches, there are also sci-fi like glasses from Google, which totally needs a lot more work to make them cool, as well as technology embedded into clothing, and even rings that vibrant to inform you of your notifications. Basically wearable technology can be anything that incorporates functional, portable electronics and computers into your daily life, which I am totally on board with, if only technology could work with fashion more to make them appealing.

There aren’t many I can rave about, even the Apple watch doesn’t really make that huge leap to fashionable as well as functional for me, so I am so pleased that Knomo has launched something that is useful, organised, as well as fashionable with its Elektronista digital clutch with Danish blogger Christiane Vejlø.

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This really is my kind of wearable tech, as at first glance this looks like any other black bag, it has chic gold finishings and is in the dreamiest leather, but if you look closer it folds out into an organiser for your digital devices, basically it carries everything you need to carry your desk with you on the go, which is very handy for a fashion blogger.

It has pockets for your tablet, it fits my 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab S, smartphone, my cables, travel card, make-up, notepad, business cards, cash in a handy detachable purse, bank cards, and even space for a pen, which I love as no matter how techie my life gets you can’t beat writing down your thoughts with pen and paper.

Oh and I nearly forgot the best bit, the clutch comes with an in-built Knomo 3000mAh battery and charging cable, so you can keep your devices charged up on the go, which I definitely will be using a lot during fashion week next month. I carry with me on a day-to-day basic a battery charger for my devices and this battery pack means I don’t have to do that, and unlike other portable chargers I have used this one is fast, has more than one charge in it, and is light.

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It has the same feel as my Knomo Knomad Mini, except it is a little bigger, comes with a battery pack, and it zips into a luxurious clutch that I can wear over my shoulder, cross-body, or as a clutch, which is great when you go straight from the office to an evening event or date.

What surprised me about the Elektronista Clutch is how much you can fit in it, as well as the pockets once it is zipped up it acts like any other bag, I took it into London the other day and it fitted my book in easily as well as my diary without it being too heavy to carry or lose its shape.

At the moment it only comes in black and only with the gold chain strap, I spoke to Knomo and Christiane at the launch and there is talk for more colours and just a plain leather strap, which I think will make this bag appeal to more people. I have even tried to make mine more my own by accessorising it with my monogrammed tags that I bought in New York from Kate Spade Saturday, I just think they add something personal to this bag that makes it even more special, especially because I use it all the time.

I have to be honest, I love black, I wear black a lot, but I think I would like this beauty to be available in all the colours of the rainbow!!!

What are your thoughts on wearable tech?

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**I was gifted the Knomo Elektronista Clutch but as always my opinions are my own**

My Style: Winter Up North – Giant Coat Needed!!!

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I ventured home, up North for the first time in more than a year, I know I am a bad daughter but with the wedding everyone for once just seemed to come to me, so it was nice at the weekend to relax, chat with my mum, and take in the sights of Morecambe during my whirlwind visit.

It was one of those laid back weekends that was just fun, the weather however was not so fun, it was downright annoying, I literally took these pictures in between torrential rain, sleet and gorgeous blue skies, to say that you can’t predict the weather in Morecambe is a little of an understatement, but I think that just adds to the charm of the Northern seaside town.

There is something about Morecambe that calms me, maybe it is the sea, which I generally find is more out than in, but I kind of like that as I love seeing the boats looking like they have been abandoned by the gods. But I also love the Art Deco history in its buildings, like the Midland Hotel, its super long promenade that is perfect for walking all your worries away, and the fact it holds lots of memories of when I was a kid and we came to Frontierland, a theme park, which I am still sad when I see it looking all derelict.

I would normally take style posts without my coat, unless I truly loved the coat or styled the outfit around the coat, but I have to be honest it was so bitterly cold that I only managed a few without, but to be honest I really like the contrast of this functional Bench coat paired with a leather pencil skirt and this cute cross body Knomo Elektronista clutch, which I will be talking about more in a separate post as it is actually not just a clutch, it is an organiser for all your digital devices, this is wearable tech you will actually want to buy!

This Bench coat is amazing, perfect for a chilly winter as it is two coats in one, which was definitely needed against the bitter wind coming in across the bay, plus with its slim cut and adjustable waist I find that is also super flattering for a giant winter coat.

I know, my outfit was probably inappropriate for a sleety, snow kind of day, but I did have sensible shoes on as they have a hiking boot-style tread, but I do find that when it is cold I generally go for jeans and a chunky jumper and I am trying to mix it up and still wear the things I love, just with a few more layers, and if that means I have to wear a practical coat then so be it.

How is your wardrobe coping with the winter chill?

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My Style: Bench ‘Kufen’ coat, Bench (c/o) // Green leather skirt, Next (c/o) (similar one) // Black and white jumper, New Look // Black shirt, Primark // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Bracelet, Links of London & Monica Vinader // Glasses, Glasses Direct (c/o) // Elekronista Digital Clutch, Knomo (c/o) // Boots, Quiz Clothing (c/o) (similar) //

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Technology: The Knomo Knomad Organiser

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I am a big fan of organisation, especially when it comes to fashion week, there is enough craziness without my essentials being a mess, and that is where this cute Knomo Knomad Mini comes in very handy. It basically keeps all my gadgets in one place and when laid flat becomes a mini office desk.

So what have I got in my Knomad for fashion week?

First up is my Lenovo Windows 8 tablet, a little bigger than the iPad Mini this beauty still fits perfectly into the cotton-canvas holder in its own special shockproof section for added protection. This tablet is great for fashion week as I can take notes, write up show reports when I have a spare moment, and unlike lugging my laptop it hardly weighs a thing.

There is also space for my 4G mobile wi-fi device, which comes in handy when I need to post a story and the LFW wi-fi is being really slow, plus my tablet charging cables and my earphones just incase I need to transcribe an interview after a show, or if I just want to listen to music.

In front of the tablet pocket are a few sections for you to put a slimline battery charger, I have a Monster credit-card size device, which I highly recommend, a notebook or two, and even a slot for your mobile, which is great when you have all your stuff laid out on the train.

There are also numerous other pockets to store an SD card, I know it is hard to fill them up but I have had a few that have somehow corrupted and needed to buy another one, a USB stick, your Oyster card, and those all important business cards as fashion week is a great time to network.

Finally there is also a place to keep a pen handy, I have found with a lot of technology organisers that old-school writing implements aren’t a priority and I am still a lover of writing lists so I am so pleased that Knomo added it in.

The only thing missing off this picture are my tickets, which can easily rest in the middle once the organiser is closed. I don’t think I am going to have any excuse this fashion week when I can’t find something in my bag!!!

The Knomo Knomad Mini comes in four colours – black, blue, sand and olive and costs £45.

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