Seven-up: What I want to be wearing this Autumn

Since I have a body temperature akin to a Cullen, I’m always a fan of summer and its various draws. Sitting outside sans jacket, for example. And the green card it gives you to day drink at any given, sunny opportunity.

But despite these delicious benefits (and my circulatory shortcomings), it’s the cold seasons that really have my heart. Autumn for me is filled with a very unique kind of excitement. The unique smell of it. The slight edge in the air. The crisp mornings. The sight of your breath. The rosy cheeks. The glorification of hot drinks. The condensed windows.

But among the plethora of reasons fuelling my lifelong love affair with Autumn, is, of course, the wardrobe opportunities.

Here’s what I wanna be wearing this Autumn…..

 

Coloured textured coat

Let’s face it, Zara hits the spot when it comes to most trends. But it’s well known that their coats run the show when it comes to A/W. And it looks like they have excelled themselves this season. This textured burgundy number is on my hit list come pay day…

 

 

New knits

Cards on the table, hoarding knitwear is one of my particular fortes. A strong suit, of sorts. Come to my flat and you’ll easily find piles of jumpers in drawers, piled up in wardrobe(s), on the floor, on me…. (though not in my oven, comme SATC’s Carrie, as that whole thing was, quite frankly, offensive.) Anyway, you get the jist. I just can’t get enough.

But obviously I still have to keep buying them, ‘cos #logic. I bought this little beauty from ASOS recently, and another very similar one in white.

 

 

Pointed black chelsea boots

 

I’d be fascinated to know the science behind the Black Boot obsession that seems to encompass women across the age spectrum. Similar to my fond feelings for knits, I must own about 7 pairs of black boots.  And I am constantly on the look-out for more. Currently I’m fantasising about the perfect pair of heeled Chelseas – and these cowgirl-esque beauties from & Other Stories are a big object of desire.

Oversized patterned scarf

I’m a sucker for a scarf. Always have been, always will be. I find them to be a great adult replacement for the security blanket of toddler-hood. You’ll know by this far down in the post I am a complete winter accessories hoarder so it’ll come as little surprise that I already own several suitcases worth of scarves. But I’d still like to get my paws on this My Accessories (via ASOS) number.

Vampy lipstick

Nothing says Autumn like a slick of dark lippy. MAC, Queen of lipsticks, have a gorgeous blue-based red called ‘Sin’. And quite frankly I need it in my life this A/W.

 

Beanie

Beanie there, done that… Still not satisfied. The ex ski-seasonnaire in me lives on in my favourite headwear of this time of year. I’ve taken to stealing the boy’s Carhartt hat, but will be investing in my own this Autumn to add to the collection.

Shaggy cardigan

This season I’ve got an unrestrained desire to channel my inner Big Bird. Shaggy cardigans have come a long way since gracing the back of Pat Butcher. Pair this & Other Stories number with an understated t-shirt, jeans and converse and you’ve got yourself the best Autumnal outfit for the least amount of effort. Ta-da!

 

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Accessory staples for spring/summer ’18

Let’s be honest: achieving that carefree spring/summer look can be a bit of a challenge in Scotland (for any confused readers out there, I write this in early April, while watching the sleet from my window.) Slowly but surely though, with lighter nights, the odd sunny day and help from a few beaut accessories, I’m starting to feel excited about my SS18 wardrobe.

I’m not a hugely high maintenance fash girl, and tend to err on the side of comfort when it comes to everyday fashion. Sometimes though unplanned casual outfits can make me feel a bit ‘meh’ – which is why I LOVE any opportunity to vamp my outfits up with an accessory. Sunglasses are one of my major go-tos for this.

These ones from Powder are just the right mixture of casual and glam. Tortoiseshell detailing and cat-eye frames are also my absolute fave combination so I’ve been packing these into my handbag most days since I got them, in the hope for a glimpse of sun (or being mistaken for a celeb.)

 

 

Now. I love a good hat, but they’re usually of the cosy variety. During the winter I’m rarely seen without one of my large collection of bobble hats (perhaps a lasting ski season legacy) but for some reason I’ve always shied away from wearing ‘summery’ hats – including straw trilbies. But I decided it was time to experiment with my head coverings a bit, and ordered this cute little number.

Considering my previous hat hesitations, this one was actually surprisingly easy to wear. It’s a flattering fit and really comfy, and has a structure that would suit most face shapes.

I think it’s safe to say I can now proclaim myself a ‘summer hat’ convert. I realised it’s also a pretty versatile piece, which means I’ll be packing this guy on all future hols, for street wandering and poolside chillin’. Oh and also – bonus point – to avoid a burnt face which, as I have realised, ruins any outfit.

 

 

Anyone who knows me/works with me/has hung out with me for 2 minutes/has glimpsed me on the street (and honestly most other settings) will be aware of my love affair with scarves.

I mean, there’s maybe some unhealthiness to the love affair since there’s a definite element of reliance woven in there due to my perpetually cold state. But also I just like the way they add to an outfit, ya feel?

So you can imagine it didn’t take me long to pick this SUMMER scarf to aid my wardrobe’s seasonal transition. I love wearing grey and layering it with colour so I was loving that this scarf had it all in one. It jazzes up a plain outfit and just feels really nice and light too.

I of course have been wearing this in Scotland in April, but have been allowing myself to imagine I’m in a much warmer climate and have slung this around my shoulders while wandering quaint seaside towns. I’m sure one day this scarf will see such a setting, but in the mean time Edinburgh summer will have to suffice.

I’ve been super impressed with the quality and design of Powder’s clothing and accessories. It’s extremely good value for money and the sort of stuff you’ll wear on repeat during the summer months. 10/10. Would recommend. Check out the rest of their collection over on their wesbite.

 

 

All photos by KK Land-Boyd 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Post sponsored by Powder. All views expressed are my own.

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Teach an old wardrobe new tricks: 5 ways to keep your fashion edge, without splashing the bucks.

I’ve always loved fashion and style. I get huge satisfaction from playing around with clothes and creating different looks. Anyone who shares my appreciation for styling will appreciate that the way you dress is probably one of the most powerful ways of expressing yourself.

In my case, sometimes the weirder the better.  I used to parade around in a leather boiler suit and yellow hard hat as a toddler, lived in poppers and a matching tracksuit top in pre-adolescence, went through a phase of digging out my mum’s old ’60s kaftans in my early teenage years, and yup, I was the gal who wore a spiked dog collar during my goth phase (let’s all take a little minute to appreciate this image.)

This was all before I graduated, by the way, to bleach blonde streaks, cropped parka jackets, studded hip belts and blindingly white Stan Smiths. Eventually – I’m sure to my family’s intense relief – I achieved a style that, though subject to the odd deviation, is slightly less erratic. Though I do still like to throw in the odd surprise here and there.

To reiterate: I’m a bit of a fash experimenter.

While I jump at an opportunity to dress up, in my day to day life I tend to champion the casual look – with as much of a side of chic as I can muster. Even if I wear heels I’ll often pair them with a baggy jumper or my boyfriend’s shirt. I suppose it’s an overhang from my childhood, when trying to get me into a dress resulted in fits of ugly crying.

I think in our world of digital noise, though, there can be a pressure on fashion bloggers to be constantly adorned in new clothes. Putting up an outfit repeat post can be seen as a big no-no, and keeping variety on our feeds risks an insatiable desire to fill our ASOS baskets to the brim with stuff we didn’t know we needed.

So, as a new co-homeowner, now jointly responsible for an actual mortgage to pay off (argh) not to mention furniture and overall decorating (double argh), there’s not much spare cash for me to throw into my wardrobe and shoe rack anymore. Which means it’s time to pull out that old adage, and put it into extreme action when walking down Princes Street from now on.

Money. Can’t. Buy. Style.

Money can’t buy style. Money can’t buy style.

SO, in the spirit of recycling (not replacing), let me share with you 5 simple yet effective tricks I like to use when my wardrobe’s feeling tired.

1. LAYERING.

I use this a lotttt. My go-to is a roll-neck bodysuit. I have a black one that I wear under a skirt, under high waisted tailored trousers, under a shift dress. It can be worn totally casually or on a night out under a dress (I wore mine recently under a strappy black dress with a full skirt).

It always looks really sleek and chic and is the perfect piece to wear under sleeveless dresses or other garments that the UK weather doesn’t currently cater for.

Another thing I layer is shirts – a white shirt is always going to look good under a jumper or – if you’re brave enough – a tank top. Also works worn open over a t-shirt. If worn alone, you can achieve loads of different looks by tying it at the front, wearing it loose over skinny trousers/jeans or tucked into the front of your waistband. ENDLESS possibilities.

Another unsung versatile hero of our wardrobes – or at least mine – is jumpsuits/playsuits/dungarees/any kind of all-in-one. That sleeveless, strapless jumpsuit you keep for nights out but never wear? Throw a cropped t-shirt/denim shirt/jumper over it and hurrah – new outfit.

2. ACCESSORISING.

Never underestimate the power of a statement accessory. Be it belt, headband, hat, sunglasses, bag, or jewellery, accessories can transform an outfit completely.

Recently I was wearing a boring jumper and jeans combo, but when paired with a big pair of chunky gold hoops from Zara, a slash of red lipstick, my hair tied up and a blazer thrown over my shoulders I was a different wumman.

The same transformative effect has been achieved in the past with sunglasses, a bright bag or a hair accessory. Got an old baggy cardigan? Belt it up at the waist shove a pair of heeled boots on (which are, of course, the answer to most wardrobe woes.)

3. COLOURING. 

I think sometimes make-up and hair is really overlooked in the world of fash. The power of a bold lip or eye, or even a bit of fake tan can totally change the way clothes look on you – and you have the double privilege of feeling pretty hawt yourself.

If I think my outfit looks a bit ‘meh’, I’ll shove some red lipstick on, layer up the mascara and chuck a red across-body bag on.

4. STEALING.

No, please don’t pull a Winona. Fine so maybe this technique is marginally less moral than the others but these are desp times, am I right? I’m forever stealing – nay borrowing – stuff from my nearest and dearest to add a bit of outfit variation. I’m not talking an entire outfit, but a key piece can change a whole look.

My boyfriend’s checked/denim/corduroy shirts are a particular fave of mine to fling over a dress or leather trousers, and every time I’m home I take my mum’s big fluffy mohair jumpers, roll necks or oversized cardigans to pair with my trusty skinny jeans or trousers. If to be honest I’m around KK I normally steal something of hers too.

I mean… you can always return them.

5. TEXTURE DAHLING

Sometimes all it takes to change an outfit from boring to bitching is a little shake-up of textures. Planning on pulling an all-black ensemble? Pair some leather look jeans with a fluffy knit, or black trousers with a sheer top. The variety keeps it from looking too flat on the eye and makes it a bold statement – rather than an accidental one.

I find that as long as you have a few ‘oooh’ things in your wardrobe – jumpers with massive bell sleeves, jeans with frayed hems, pom-poms, sequins, whatever – they go a long way. Dig them out and as long as you’re wearing one of them, everything else can pretty much be as pared-down (or boring, whatever) as you like.

All v.v.v. simple things to do, yet they work wonders when you’re bored of your clothes but too skint to replace them (ah, story of my life).

Happy styling!

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3 coats to see you through winter

Every gal who follows fashion to any extent has A Thing. Admittedly, my list of ‘things’ covers many bases (shoes, jumpers, bags and jeans all make the top lust grade) but there’s one area I’m particularly obsessed with. Ever since the wardrobe rail in my childhood bedroom caved under the weight of my many coats, it became obvious that I had somewhat of a fixation for outerwear.

You can therefore imagine how excited I was when I discovered the range of Autumn/Winter delights Biscuit currently has in stock. So for those of you wanting to keep cosy while looking longtime fab-yoo-luss during those short winter days, read on for my top 3 pieces.

The chic day-jacket 

You know when you want to be really toasty but don’t want to compromise your silhouette? This leather and fur jacket by Oakwood settles any form over function disputes by doing both extremely well.

It’s really flattering and comfy to wear, and gives an effortless outdoor chic to any outfit. The perfect complement for long, Sunday walks – or, as I thought when I first laid eyes on it – hanging out in an exclusive ski resort. (Aviemore will have to suffice for me this winter.)

I wore this with blue jeans but due to its flattering fit it could go with pretty much anything, and is smart enough to rock as a night out jacket too.

The stylish boucle

I love, love, love a boucle number – and this coat by Dutch brand YaYa simply strengthened my feelings. Since I pretty much live in skinny jeans/trousers I like wearing slouchy/oversized coats and jumpers to balance my outfits out a bit more.

This is so lovely to wear and is made of really soft, cosy material. I paired this with monochrome to bring it out the unique colour, but it would also work well with blue denim or leather.

YaYa describes its brand as “a way of living”, rather than just clothes. And believe me, I’d happily live in this coat.

The statement parka

Everyone’s got an inner diva. I brought mine out in this in-ya-face parka by Popski London, complete with pink fur hood.

I love adding a fur texture to casual outfits to give them a bit more of a “pop”(ski) and this jacket is just so fun to wear. As you can see we were battling with some gale-force winds shooting this but I was so snug under my ma-hoosive hood.

If you love a bit of fur luxe but aren’t sure about such a bold colour, there are also navy, grey and natural fur options for a more toned down feel.

All of these beauts and many, many others are available in store at Biscuit – find them at 132 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, or 22 Thistle Street (look for the custard cream!).

Opening hours at the Thistle Street store are 10am – 5:30pm Monday-Saturday, and 12pm -5pm on Sunday.  Bruntsfield is 10am – 6pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm – 5pm on Sundays.

You can also check out their website – and, if you’re also a knitwear fan (because quite frankly in Scotland you can’t afford not to be) – KK has put together some of her Biscuit faves. Cosy chic is waiting for you – go go go.

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Style it out

In the transient world of fashion, there are more trends to keep up with now than possibly ever before. With a catalogue of iconic decades behind us, there’s inspiration to be taken from just about anywhere, at any time.

As a lil’ fun blog post (at least for me, but look away now if you’re easily offended), I’ve put together my Yahs and Nahs for 2017 trends and offendz.

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