Sunday, 14 January 2018

My guide to shopping your own wardrobe

Black outfit

January is always a tough month when it comes to shopping; you've had all your Christmas presents, you've spent all you gift vouchers, you may or may not love what you bought in the sale but can't be bothered to take it back! And along with having to spend less due to December overspend, let's be honest this could continue into February.

So here's my guide to 'shopping your own wardrobe' to wear more of what you have already...


To make this effective and feel good about what you are wearing, it's important to put together stylish outfits. You can only do this if you know what you have, what fits you and what you absolutely hate (by the way, why is it still in your wardrobe?) and what are your potential gaps. Now that last part you may not know until you start to get creative. To help with all this you need a notepad and pencil (don't use a pen you may get ink on your clothes) and your camera phone.


This is where you take one item, like a jacket, pair of trousers or perhaps a skirt; and you start to play with other garments, accessories, shoes and bags to create more than one outfit. Every outfit you put together that you love, you take a photo to remind you of it! Start to create a library of these so that when you are panicking on a Monday morning of "what shall I wear' take a quick look and just select.

Here's how I styled my striped Hush skirt to get three different looks. First up monochrome, just kept it simple with black polo and black boots...


I'm still loving my berry boots from M&S - and here I've teamed them with a burgundy jumper for a different look.


And then I like to do the complete contrast and just add that dynamic splash of colour - and I don't care whether colours work together or not, for this style you need to forget what compliments each other but be more of a wow factor. Love those kind of looks!



This one I think is easy to sort, don't wash it! Bear with me here (LOL). If you find you wear the same jumper every week and you can't stop yourself from putting it on because it's an easy choice - then stop being Superwoman and getting all your washing done at great speed. If it's in the wash bin, you can't wear it and that forces you to wear something else.


The idea here is that you don't wear the entire outfit again for two week, you can wear the trousers again or the jacket, but the entire outfit is a no, no. This helps you get creative with your own wardrobe, and you start to learn to mix and match your outfits. When I offer this advice to girlfriends their immediate reaction is "I don't have enough clothes to do that" - the truth is you do, because the majority of us only wear 20% of what we have, because we wear the same things, over and over and over again - you see my point? A good tip here is to take a photo each day of what you have worn, as a quick reference and by not washing some of the items immediately, this will help you pick other items in your wardrobe.


Pinterest is not social media it's a search engine for images, much better than Google images (I personally think). All you have to do is type into the searchbox the garment you would like inspiration for - so here's what I got back simply by typing Black Poloneck and selecting the filter Women

Not surprisingly, it's suggesting an all-black look with black jeans and boots - this is an easy look you can pull together without too much stress.

The next suggestion was dungarees as a possible alternative option, now I don't own dungarees but I do own jumpsuits - so straightaway this makes me think "what can I do with them?".

You may own a faux fur sleeveless jacket like the one below but again if you don't you can simply copy this style and just use your faux fur coat - and you can team them with your favourite blue or black jeans and the accessories she is wearing is again a great way to jazz up a black polo.

Or finally a contrasting statement skirt - now you don't have to have this exact same shape skirt but you may have a pencil skirt in your wardrobe which could be red or blue and you could mimic this style. And here instead of boots you could opt for shoes.


Now this is not an open door to go shopping for an entire new outfit! This is where you have done your research into pulling outfits together from your wardrobe; you've played on Pinterest or looked through magazines, and then you find you have small gaps like needing different coloured tights or maybe a different colour poloneck to get more out of what you have. Now here's where you use the pencil and notepad, as you try on your outfits, work out what you are missing to complete the look. Once you have a list, what common items do you need most that helps several outfits, these should be your priority on your next shop.

I purchased recently myself to get more out of my own wardrobe by investing in my H&M Biker jacket - I wanted to wear more of my work clothes at the weekend for the occasions where I don't want to wear jeans, and so this jacket has provided me a relaxed look (as photographed above) and all the rest of the items I am wearing I have owned for several seasons or years! So sometimes you have to invest a little to get a whole lot more!

One final rule for spending on your gaps, consider the value you need to spend to get the right purchase for you. If it's an item you will only need to wear a few times then spend less but if you think it's an item you will wear week in, week out, then consider spending on better quality so that the item lasts longer.

I hope you find all these tips useful - if you have any you would like to put forward, then please share them by getting in touch or leaving a comment on any of my social media platforms - Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Thursday, 11 January 2018

About Me

I'm so excited to share with you my updated 'About Me' page - I hope this will give you an insight in to who I am, why I blog and ultimately my mission to help each and every one of my readers.

At the bottom of the page, I have included some quotations from readers who answered my survey back in November. A big thanks to all of you who took the time to complete it, I really appreciate the feedback - it will help me in writing the posts you want to read throughout 2018.

So go-see my new page, you just need to click here.


Lizzi x

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Let's get striped!

Many of you got in touch after my Athleisure post published - it seems it ticked a lot of boxes with our current mood. And one trend that has hit the high street in a big way is striped trousers, perfect to adopt for this style.

Today I have worn them with my Nikes and my Barbour jacket for a dog walk out in the January sunshine with my mother - they offer such a great 'relaxed-vibe' a fabulous alternative to jeans.

Black Striped Trousers

These trousers give you hybrid-versatility - what I mean by this is that you can where them casual like you would trekkie bottoms or you can dress them up as if they were tailored trouser. The fabric along with the flat-front design, the mimicking zip-fly and the pockets makes them look like real tailored trousers, but in fact they are a pull-ups with an elastic waistband - so clever! I opted for Large this accommodates a size 14.

I now have the choice to dress up or dress down with little inconvenience, these will be perfect for trips into London or on a city break abroad, where you need comfort for travel but style for your destination.

And I'm even more happy that my new biker jacket from H&M suits them perfectly!

Zara striped trousers

Trousers with side strip (red and white)

NB: Zara sell them as a turn-up that is stitched in, this made it too short for my regular length legs, maybe by summer I might turn them up, but for now I have had them unstitched and steamed to be a slightly longer length. 

Zara again here offering a more tailored Navy option - with small slits at the ankles - this would be great for the office!

Navy Trousers with strip (white-red-white)

The reason I purchased the Zara trousers is mainly due to this hybrid style that I can adopt to different items in my wardrobe; during my shopping trip I tried on many others, generally from affordable stores like H&M, Topshop and New Look as I wanted to test to see if I liked them. What I noticed with some I tried on the fabrics are in a tracksuit material - and for these you are unlikely to get away with dressing them up, the fabric is not stiff enough and quite often too shiny.

Popper Side Trousers
Navy (red stripe)

Side stripe joggers
Black (red-white stripe)

Checked Side Striped Slouch Trousers
Grey (white-yellow-white stripe)

I love the yellow and another great option that I think you could get away with in the office - and looking at the website they are selling well.

New Look
Side Stripe Tapered Trousers
Black (burgundy-white striped)

I really loved the colour of stripe of these, seeing as though burgundy plays a huge part of my current wardrobe, and whilst the sizing was true to fit, the material was too shiny, it looked cheap. Now £14.99 is quite frankly the right price, but this image below makes them look a lot better than what they truly are. A great casual trekkie bottom if you don't want to dress them up.

I would love to know what you think of this trend, so do get in touch via Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.




It won't be long until you need to think about your Spring wardrobe; if you've not started already! A staple item is The Trench Coat - take a read here of a post I wrote January 2017 that gives you some great tips before you invest.


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Thursday, 4 January 2018

The little black (faux) leather biker jacket for £35!

The biker jacket is a classic and a staple for every woman's wardrobe nowadays - The two biggest decisions you need to make is how much you are going to spend? And are you going to go real or faux leather?

It sounds quite simple doesn't it and yet I have mulled over these two question for a good couple of months now - You see I am not sure if I truly want this jacket in my life, I'm not the biggest fan and when I buy I like to invest for the right reasons, and to me after a lot of researching there are three price-points; over £300 or £75-£150 and then around £50.

The over £300 is leather, and for the most part you are getting a modern style with gorgeous leather a pure dream, at the lower end it's clearly faux leather and the quality of faux leather over the last few years as really improved, I'll be honest sometimes I can't tell the difference unless I smell it! And then there's the mid-point - this I believe now has no value for money for any of us; this category is a mix of real and faux, the designs are not necessary that fabulous or stylish and the quality is not guaranteed, it's here you could truly make a really bad purchasing decision.

Black Leather Jacket

I talked to two hairdressers that I know, who wear biker jackets day in, day out - in fact I rarely see them without them - they've had cheap ones and expensive ones and both without a doubt will now only buy AllSaints, truly tested and they love them, but the price-point you may not - most are in excess of £300.

Armed with this information, I decided to wait to Black Friday for my deal, sadly no deal happened on these AllSaints biker jackets.  So I waited for New Year and the price whilst it did drop, it just didn't drop enough on the style I liked to make it a good sale for me - it's clear to me that with the reputation they have, they do not need to sell them heavily discounted and why should they, if they are so desirable.

With all this non-activity I decided to go faux leather and see what I could get for around the £50 price-point. And I found one, a true bargain! (#whoopwhoop) After trying on countless jackets from lots of high street brands; touching and feeling and ultimately the actual fit I got there with this £34.99 gorgeous touchy...feely black number from H&M! 

I wouldn't hang around though if you're keen on this, I had to go to at least two stores to get my size, and the assistance said they are selling fast, and I am not surprised at all, as I checked the tag a few times to see if I was reading it correctly!

My spec of jacket I couldn't find online at H&M, you see mine has a cream lining and not the double zips, but they do have this one online at the same price of £34.99. If you wish to match mine, then it looks like you'll need to head in store. I needed to size up one size so I would suggest whichever route you go to do the same.

Biker Jacket

If you fancy some other options...

It was no good for me, as sometimes I need Petite, I accidentally tried this one on in Topshop from their TALL range, lovely jacket, sizing was fine - however it was all a little too long for me! Fabulous jacket, great price too!

TALL Daze Biker Jacket

I saw this one in Zara, I didn't try on because for my hourglass bodyshape the belt would not look great at my waistline making me look heavier than I am, but if you have straight or even an inverted triangle bodyshape, this would suit you well. It felt lovely to touch, and with the reduced price point I think you are getting a good price for a leather item.

Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Was £99.99, Now £59.99

Whilst out and about I did notice that red leather was featuring a lot in a few stores, I really liked this option from Oasis, they also do it in a light blue.

Faux Leather Lucy Biker Jacket


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Friday, 29 December 2017

How to keep cosy with the athleisure trend

I've been wanting to write about this trend for a while, and now that we've finally have some cold days, it just feels a little more relevant. Athleisure is a trend that's been really popular in 2017 and one that I have been embracing over the last few weeks due to it's cosy hygge appeal and sometimes it's just nice to dress down for a more relaxed vibe.

Athleisure style is about adopting clothes that are more for the workout environment and mixing them with causal daytime clothes, achieving an overall relaxed look to your style, whilst staying stylish - have I now confused you?


Leggings, trainers, hoodies are all a good starting point mixed in with jackets, baggy jumpers, bobble hats, scarves, the oversized tote bag or maybe even a rucksack - not forgetting the coffee-on-the-go to finish off this overall look!

I think another big tick for this trend, is that we are all super busy and this relaxed style allows for versatility; one minute you are on the floor playing with your children, then you could be racing around a supermarket with a trolley, and then finishing it off with a catch up over coffee in a trendy cafe with your friends - you need that flexibility in your life.

I don't think I've fully adopted this the whole look just yet, but it's one I'm planning to invest in more on over the next couple of months; I think I am still yearning a little for that Swedish style that I loved so much on my recent trip, plus I have fallen in love with a new brand (for me) Hallhuber, who's current season has quite a mix of athlesiure mixed in with their workwear.


Image: Pinterest

Image: In The Frow

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Image: PInterest
Image: Pinterest

Achieving a relaxed look can sometimes take more effort than getting ready for a night out! Think about how you achieve your natural make-up look?! You now get my point! (lol) - Here's a few tips to get you started...

  • Go through your wardrobe pulling out anything that is relaxed, oversized and in neutral shades
  • You need trainers or pumps to achieve this look - if you don't own any this is your very first item to buy. I really love my Nikes, I've had my black ones for nearly two years and they still look good. 
  • Leggings, ideally Yoga style or the tapered joggers
  • Layering is essential, so a black polo neck or a long-sleeve t-shirt to wear under your hoodie or oversized jumper
  • Consider rolling up the sleeves (if it's not too cold) - this is a good way to show off your layers plus it adds to the relaxed vibe you are trying to achieve
  • Minimal or no jewellery - you are minimising fuss with this style
  • Your hair needs to have that unkept, fuss free, I've hardly styled it look - again this can be tricky so if your having trouble with this, you definitely opt for hat!




I couldn't see my own ones on the website, but if I was to buy today, I'm loving these!

If you're nervous trying to get things to work together, the one great thing about a tracksuit is that they usually come co-ordinated, and I would say this is a good place to start. Try and avoid one block colour, invest in a design that has contrasting elements that you can then tone in other garments and accessories.

Something like this one from Juicy Couture

Velour Sporty Heritage
Jacket - £167.69

Hush is a great brand for this trend, and their joggers are so lovely, super-soft and a great fit. These Amie Joggers come in four colours; navy, khaki, black and grey and it's this tapered look with a little ruching that I mentioned earlier that will keep you modern with this look.

Hush - Amie Joggers
Was £49.50, currently £39.60

Don't forget this relaxed style offers you endless options with hats and caps, and during these winter months opt for the cosy ones!

Mint Velvet Grey Studded Detail Pom Pom Hat
Was £39, Now £29

These trousers from Hallhuber are very much on my shopping list, I love that they offer me the choice of dress-up or dress-down, perfect for this athleisure trend - perfect for work, rest & play!

Hallhuber - Tracksuit bottoms with centre crease


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