January is a funny time of year. After the long festive period, where heinous jumpers and all the layers are fashion du jour, I feel like I need to break out of the mould and start wearing my spring wardrobe; the irony is that January and February are actually the coldest months and we *need* those layers that we’re so keen to shred. So what do we do when the sun comes out a little and it’s not three degrees outside? We embrace some winter florals, park the boots for a day, layer up with a fur stole, pack the sunnies… And take some photos! I know, what is this madness? An outfit post on LBQ? Although I’ve always been incredibly interested in fashion and spend a fortune on clothes and accessories, it’s never been something I’ve really focused on documenting – mainly because I’m not a flawless size eight twenty-something, but also because I’ve never had someone to actually take my picture. As you may have seen from my post on how my blog will change this year, I’m making a concerted effort to put more of me on this site and be proud of who I am as a 34 year old with 36G boobs and a bum to match. So here goes… Please be kind!
When I’m in London and rushing about on the tube from meeting to meeting, the temperature seems so much higher than it is outside the city. I find it far more comfortable to wear something covered but thin, layering up with something I can snuggle up inside and keep the warmth within. I’m all about the comfy shoes, a little bag to keep my essentials (the giant one with my laptop and other daily essentials is off shot!) and a touch of style to keep me feeling fabulous amongst the immaculately dressed. My leather jacket is a tran-seasonal gem that keeps me warm and adding an edge to a look that could have been a little too girly.
Right now I’m obsessed with rose gold, and even more obsessed with Pandora. I’ve had this bracelet after buying it for myself just before Christmas last year; the idea was that it would give my loved ones something meaningful to buy me as a gift, without panicking about what the hell to get the blogger who (seemingly) has everything. I adore the delicate nature and way you can curate your own collection – and the fact that every charm has meaning. I’m also wearing a Pandora floral ring alongside Accessorize ‘Z’ collection ring, which is a much more affordable version of the Monica Vinader one I’ve been lusting after for an age.
Winter sunglasses are always tricky. You don’t want anything too summery or delicate, as they often contrast too much with the dark colours and harsh shapes that come with seasonal fashion, so for me it’s about finding something dark and classic while still being on-trend. I adore this slightly quirky style that pretty much goes with everything; it’s retro whilst not taking over, looking just as good on my head as on my face.
For years I had an allergy to nickel so I couldn’t wear watches (something that friends and family never got, as they always used to buy me them for my birthday thinking I didn’t have one,) but I’ve finally grown out of it and as a result have become a little obsessed with wrist candy. Olivia Burton is one of my fave brands right now (I’ve got two of their watches and adore them,) for being classic with a twist, feminine without being girly and great quality without costing a fortune. This one is even embossed with my initials on the strap – just coz!
At home I spend my life in jeans and jumpers, so whenever I’ve got somewhere a bit more exciting to go I bring out the sass. This dress is from Marks & Spencer of all places (I know! They have *so* many little gems right now,) and it fits like a dream. The long sleeves, high neck and lining make it perfect for chilly days, while the pattern ensures it’s a little more exciting than a plain black number; as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. What was even better is that it was half price in the sale!
I’m such a blogger cliche, but I really do love a designer bag. For me they’re a worthy investment and look as good as new for years to come, providing so much more pleasure than something that loses its shape and looks a tatty mess after a few weeks. I’ve made the decision to invest in bags that I will adore for years to come, and this little green Mulberry number is just the ticket. The beautiful leather and striking colour give me goosepimples; although it’s now a few seasons old, a green bag is more of a staple than you’ll ever realise!
When I posted a picture of these on Instagram it was one of my most liked and commented on pictures ever. It seems we all love a cat shoe eh? These are from Topshop and are a £25.00 inspiration of Charlotte Olympia’s numbers which are about thirty times the price; they’re cute and practical, adding a little bit of interest to even the plainest of outfits – although the velvety material doesn’t like the rain, so wear them carefully! They also come in baby pink if you feel so inclined. (They’re no longer available online, but you can still get them in a few stores.)
How glamorous do I feel with this (fake) fur stole wrapped around me? It’s giant in size, but it instantly vamps up an outfit while keeping you seriously cosy; I love it over a leather jacket for an edgy look, but it goes just as well over my white winter coat for seriously cold days. I’ve worn it so much over the winter season and know it’ll be with me right until it’s time to pack up the opaques. It was the best £35.00 I’ve spent this winter – it looks so much more.
So there you have it. My first ever outfit post on London Beauty Queen. I’m still learning my poses, but I hope you’ve enjoyed something a little different…
Big thanks to Kirsty from fashionforlunch.net for being my photographer for the day.
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