This is the first London Fashion Week in years where I haven’t done a full-on schedule, and surprisingly I am feeling more inspired than ever, which I think comes across in my growing confidence with my style posts, helped a lot by the fab Ashanti from AdornGirl who captured my look on the day. When I say more confident, I mean I don’t get super embarrassed every time a camera is pointed at me, I actually enjoyed myself, only taken me five years!!!
January 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.
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.
Shop My Look: Long oversize navy cardigan, Asos // Jeans, Saltspin London (c/o) // Stripe jumper, Asos // Blanket scarf, New Look // Boots, Quiz Clothing (c/o) (similar) // Clutch, Knomo (c/o) // Sunglasses, Jil Sander at Glasses Direct (c/o) // Belt, New Look // Monogram luggage tags, Kate Spade Saturday //
Shop My Look:
I have a list of wardrobe essentials that I am constantly trying to perfect, whether it is finding that white shirt that fits perfectly, or the softest cashmere jumper, or even that hero pair of skinny jeans that never loses its shape. One thing on that list that I haven’t got close to finding, well until I spotted this Iris & Ink beauty on The Outnet, had to be a leather dress.
I am pretty fussy, it had to be nearer to knee-length than mini-skirt, it had to be roomy enough that I could wear all day and still eat, it had to be quality, and most importantly it had to be more tailored than rock-chick and I definitely feel that the Aria Iris & Ink belted suede and leather dress ticks all those boxes.
I love that the combination of leather and suede really does make this a more contemporary take on the leather dress, it makes it a lot more comfortable to wear and I adore that you can nip in the waist with the belt, which I switched up for a skinny leather number as the dress was a little big the suede belt it came with wasn’t working for me.
The Iris & Ink collection at The Outnet has long been a favourite of mine, it is basically filled with timeless, quality wardrobe essentials and I love that I was able to style up this beauty for my blog. One of the areas that has been expanding for the label has to be the accessories, first it was oversized pouches to style up as a cool clutch and this season they have added some gorgeous leather pieces, my favourite being the ‘Camden’ Iris & Ink leather backpack, which you can wear as a backpack or as a bucket handbag, dependant on how you feel and what you are wearing.
There is a lot of love at the moment for bucket bags, they are everywhere, and what I love about this one is its versatility and how it works two trends – backpack and bucket bag, plus it is made from the dreamiest of leathers. It is also super roomy, I do love a bag that can carry all my stuff plus my big SLR. After test driving this beauty I don’t think any other bucket bag will quite cut it, I love that when it is super heavy that you can just change it up and wear it as a backpack. I think this beauty is a fashion week must.
Are you on the hunt for something off your wardrobe essentials list?