You know those days when basically you’ve all the good intentions – but everything goes a bit tits up, you end up with frizzy hair and the only thing that will fix it is a cup of coffee or three? Last week I had one of those. I was all up for rocking a sassy outfit, but when it’s freezing and miserable outside you can only reassess and step out of the door in a cosy jumper dress in a colour to match your mood. This winter I’ve been embracing the jumper dress for the first time ever and I have to say I’m all over it: they’re cosy and comfy without requiring any kind of effort, but look like you’ve actually put a little thought into your attire. Although this little number from Next is one of my current faves, the colour means I feel the need to up-the-outfit-ante with a rather delicious looking handbag that will make me feel like a boss (even though I’m secretly wishing it to be nap time.) Meet my new baby: the Givenchy Antigona in black, with little silver stud details that I just can’t get enough of. Hubba hubba.
I’ve been dreaming of this bag in grey for such a long time, but I just
couldn’t justify the price tag knowing how many others were waiting
around in my cupboard to be used. However, when I popped by Bicester Village and saw it
on sale it was hard to resist – so much so I went back to the shop a
couple times to try it on and see if I was really that in love with it.
(Spoiler, I was.) This is why I love Bicester Village: you can pick up
items you coveted at full price on the catwalk for sometimes less than
half the price a few months later, while still enjoying that designer
shopping experience. (FYI I got this for about a third off the usual retail price, and in black! Unheard of!) It looks utterly divine and is large enough for everything I
need, while the chunky zip and studded details give it a modern edge. It’s just what I needed to spice up an otherwise bland outfit and help me forget about the frizzy mop on my head caused by the day’s drizzle.
As for the watch, this is also my new obsession. Henry London have a huge number of different designs and colour-ways that
ensure your arm candy has a little twist; I kept things simple by
choosing a white strap and face (it goes with more than black, believe
it or not!) and matching the metal details with my current rose gold jewellery obsession. The watches are beautifully made and you can even get the backs engraved with a special message, making them the perfect gift or keepsake. I’ve got my eye on a couple others for spring (more on that soon,) but in the meantime it’s worth checking out their selection available online. In a nutshell, the day was a bit of a washout but lots of coffee and cake with good friends made it all okay again; and it helped we all had my new handbag to coo over.
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Thanks to the fabulous Kirsty from fashionforlunch.net for taking the photos!