Now that Autumn is well underway I wanted to share a new outfit which I purchased the other day which I think is super cute for this season. I’ve been on the look out for Autumnal clothes recently because now I’ll be working in a school I’ll need to dress semi-smart everyday and it’s nice to have some things which are warm to wear but that look nice. When I as a student I used to retreat to my jeans and hoodies everytime it started to get a bit cold but those days are over!

There are some really nice Autumnal clothes in virtually all the high street shops at the moment – but these items came from Primark and H&M.

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Burgundy Swallows Shirt

This is a really light shirt but I like it because it’s got a really practical sleeve length for school and just general wear – between full length and three quarter length. It’s a really nice burgundy/brown colour which will go with anything and I love the pattern with the swallows on it.

H&M.

Tartan Black and White Knit.

This is my favourite item that I bought and I’m not gunna lie I’ve worn it pretty much constantly since I bought it! It’s half cardie half blanket, basically a cosy blanket with arm holes! What’s not to love?? I really like the tartan pattern as well.

Primark.

Dolly Shoes.

You can’t go wrong with these Primark dolly shoes so I got a pair in both beige and black as they both look nice with the outfit. I find that even though they are pretty much the cheapest flats around they are also the most comfortable! Some more expensive brands blister my wet so much, but these are dead soft. And if they wear out a bit quicker than other brands who cares?! I’ll get a new pair!

Primark.

Suede Mini Skirt.

Lastly, my favourite peice of this outfit. This skirt is a really nice suede material and looks super cute with a pair of thick knit black tights. The colour looks slightly different in real life; it’s more yellowy beige rather than brown – and the buttons all down the front are such a cute feature. I’m looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of it this Autumn.

H&M.

So there you have it, my new Autumn outfit on a budget! Have you bought anything new for this season?

I am in love with French/Dutch braids. Unfortunately, I really can’t do them on myself! I trawl Pinterest and pin to my hearts content but when I try in front of the mirror – it just doesn’t happen. My fingers don’t bend that way!

Because I’ve got long hair which is quite thick I’m lucky in the sense that some of my more-able friends like to practice styles on me! I can’t take credit for any of these, they were all done by an incredibly talented work friend, but these are all me and I wanted to share the styles because some of them are soooo pretty.

Braid across the front, side and into a bun. I like this one because it’s a nice up do and looks kind of ‘little house on the prairie’. It’s one braid starting at the front of the head and crossing over round the side.

Festival plaits. Classic! Great for the gym or festivals, make you look kind of cool.

My favourite! This was a backwards French braid (starting at the bottom of the head) which is done with the model (me) with their head upside down the whole time. It looks amaaaazing from the back.

Side braid. Or Katnis braid! Love it.

Another favourite – a simple everyday look with one fat braid across the front. So pretty!

Can you do any exotic braid styles? Can you teach me??

xox

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My favourite new additions to my jewellery collection is this gorgeous rose gold edition Pandora bracelet. I have been lusting after these bracelets for years but it’s not the sort of thing I would ever get round to buying for myself! So I was delighted to get one for my 25th birthday. I chose rose gold because a) I love it and b) my wedding, engagement ring and watch are all rose gold and it looks lushhhhh all matching.

I decided to start off with a glass charm because they are my favourite and I had a bit of birthday money left over. In the end after much deliberation I chose the Nostalgic Roses bead. I think the pink looks stunning with the rose gold bracelet.

I can’t wait to fill up the rest of the bracelet with charms! I have my eye on a few of the rose gold diamante ones. On the Pandora website you can make a wishlist with all your favourites so that family and friends can see which ones you like – what a grand idea! What I love about charm bracelets is that you can collect charms which represent milestones or special events, and you will always remember the people who gave them to you for whatever reason. They are an extra special piece of jewellery which is totally unique to you.

Do you have a charm bracelet? Which is your favourite?

xox


On Sunday I celebrated my 25th birthday with a joint party for me and my cousin who was 25 in August. We have always been brought up like sisters and even used to be dressed the same as if we are twins! She’s my best friend so it was lovely to share our family party.

It was a small garden party at my parents and we were sooo lucky with the weather! Beautiful sunshine all day and a pretty warm day. Unusual for September but then you never know with England!

I always like to make a bit of an effort for parties – especially my own! So I ordered a dress from Asos for the occasion. The ‘Kate’ Lace Minidress (petite range) is baby pink with lace cap sleeves and a beautiful slightly pleated skirt. It was a perfect length for me as at 5ft4 I often find the regular Asos clothes too long for me. I teamed it with some chunky New Look cork wedges that I’ve had for a long time!

I got a few compliments on my outfit, as well as a few comments from my male cousins that I ‘looked like Barbie’!! But I’ll take that as a compliment. I’m sure it was meant to be…

You can see the Kate Lace Minidress here.

xox

.. That is the question.

And for me, for a long time, the answer to that question was NO.

I don’t know why but I just never really liked veils and I certainly couldn’t imagine myself as a bride wearing one. They were a bit too traditional for me. I knew I wanted a flower crown and once I found my beautiful Ana Maria one (which you can read about here) I figured I was done and dusted on the head wear front.

That was until I went to try on my headpiece in Ana’s studio for the final time before I took it home, and my grandma persuaded me to just try a veil with it. Ana fastened one to the bottom of the flower crown at the back (rather than more traditionally where the veil sits close to the crown of the bride’s head) and I fell in love with it instantly.

It just made the whole look. It didn’t take away from the crown – it added to it. And wearing it at the bottom of my head gave it even more of a boho/hippy look.

One problem – I had no veil! Until my mum suggested I tried hers. The one she had worn exactly 28 years previously when she married my dad (we got married on the same day)!! I loved the idea and once I’d seen her veil I loved it even more. It was the perfect length; Ivory and with little pearls all over it. Like the pearls on my dress. Like it was meant to be! And it would be my something old. Perfect.

Looking back at pictures I’m so glad I chose the veil. As well as being extremely special to wear a peice of my mum’s wedding outfit on my special day, I love how it looks with my whole outfit and think it looks stunning it the photos. Veils arn’t for everyone, but you can’t deny that they add a certain drama and beauty to the bridal look. 

What do you think? Veil or no veil?!

xox