For me clutches are the perfect way to inject a little fun and personality into an outfit, and I am loving how many designer names are embracing the little quirky, statement bags in their collections. I am a huge fan of Charlotte Olympia, Kate Spade, Sophia Webster, Olympia Le Tan, and Anya Hindmarch, and I am so pleased I have a few in my bag collection, but when it comes to designer I tend to opt for their classic styles over the fun ones, so I have been on the hunt for some purse friendly fun alternatives, and I can’t believe how many beauties I found for under £40.
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 //
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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.
Sorry for the lack of blog posts this past week or so but I haven’t been too well, which sucks especially when you are in the midst of last-minute planning for a wedding, but it seems that my body decided, with a very public fainting episode that I needed to take it a little easier, and who am I to argue that.
But it seems that taking a back seat from Fashionista Barbie has made me miss my favourite doll so I thought I would ease back into blogging with this recent style post I snapped at Audley End House a few weekends ago when my Mum came to stay, plus I totally needed to share these fab James Jeans skinny jeans.
I love relaxing weekends visiting historical landmarks, I am kind of obsessed by architecture, but lately I can’t help but become consumed by the gardens at these stately homes when I visit in the hope that the gorgeous displays will magically appear in my own garden. Audley End is particularly pretty not only because of its Jacobean features, but also because it has such grand water features, impressive grounds, as well as some gorgeous floral displays. It is one of those places that literally just takes all the stress away. The only thing I think it could improve on is its cafe, it certainly wasn’t like visiting a National Trust property, but that just means that next time I come back it will be with a picnic basket stocked full of goodies.
As it was sunny but not crazy warm I decided to wear my new James Jeans ‘Twiggy’ skinnys, which when you see them off I even questioned whether I would squeeze myself into them, but the magic of these mid-to-high rise skinnys is that they have great stretch, and in this slate colour they really are rather forgiving. But what I really want to test out was the famous bum-lifting pocket tuck that James Jeans is known, which is probably why the likes of Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene and Jessica Alba wear them, as they really do make you feel amazing, and hopefully makes my arse look hot!!!
As it was a causal day I decided to pair these beauties with a shirt/jumper combo, perfect for the weekend, and I really do love the pop of pink under this grey and black jumper, and they both worked with my uber-bright Nike trainers for wandering around the grounds and house.
What I love most about this outfit is that it is one of those looks that you instantly feel good in and that you can wear again, and again, and best of all it really doesn’t require planning or thinking – it is just comfortable, and so me.
I know people are saying that skinny jeans are on their way out, but I just think that is coming from people who haven’t discovered their perfect pair yet, and trust me there is a pair out there to suit everyone. I really do think that skinny jeans have a place in everyone’s wardrobe, but I have to be honest I can’t wait to dig out my flares again!!!
Have you tested out James Jeans’ famous bum-lifting pocket tuck?
My Style: Twiggy James Jeans (c/o) // Shirt, Benetton (c/o) // Jumper, New Look // Nike Trainers (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Bracelets – vintage, Tiffany’s, and Monica Vinader // Watch, Marc Jacobs // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) //