OOTD: Metallic, Stripes, Velvet & Googly Eyes

Although I definitely have my own personal style (classic pieces, swish handbags and midi-length dresses) I’m trying to think out of the box in an attempt to prove I’m not quite over the hill and resigned to Wallis just yet. (Nothing against Wallis, just a metaphorical signal of getting old and not fitting in Zara any more!) For the past couple of months I’ve been living in jeans and jumpers on rotation, which gets a bit boring after a while – especially when I only seem to buy jumpers in cream, grey or black. I’ve definitely been trying to spice up my wardrobe with a few pieces that make a statement, or rediscover old favourites that I’d forgotten how much I loved; the weather is so changeable right now, meaning I’m never wearing the right thing, but embracing colour and texture is a great way of having fun with your outfits without jumping into spring fashion a month too early. That’s what I did during an overnight stay at The Rosewood…


I’ve been loving the stretchy Topshop midi-length skirts for some time
now, having picked up my first nearly a year ago to transition into
spring; they’re effortless, but still make me feel like I’m making more
of an effort than I do when chucking on jeans, and the stretchy material
actually means I can fit into them. Hoorah! I’ve got one in mustard,
nude and a very pale blue, but when I spotted one in metallic gold I
practically ran to the till and chucked them my money – why is a
metallic skirt so hot right now? I’ve worn this a few times with a
velvet tee or strappy slip during the evening, but I decided to bite the
bullet and fashion it for daytime with a rather loud and proud jumper


I adore the colour combo of this jumper – and so does practically everyone I come into contact with when wearing it. Believe it or not, it’s from New Look and is currently in the sale for only £7.00 (down from the £22.99 I paid; blooming typical.) It’s super comfy and slightly cropped, making it perfect for pairing with a skirt or high waisted trousers if you don’t want to get your belly out every time you stretch. I like the fact it’s not heavy or overly thick, ensuring it’s a great transitional piece for when you know it’s a bit chilly but you’ll probably be sweating by lunchtime. SEE THE JUMPER HERE


I don’t know about you, but I’m sick and tired of boots already. I have so many pairs and at the end of every season I feel like I should’ve given them more outings than I did, but right now I have an unnatural urge to let my toes free and embrace slip-ons instead. These dark green velvet loafers are from Zara and definitely add a touch more colour and texture to my look, without prohibiting my ability to walk in a straight line; when I’m in London comfort takes priority. I picked them up last Autumn so you’ll be lucky to find them anywhere, but there are a tonne of similar ones available to help you transfer from boot back to shoe. The only issue is that they attract ALL the dust and you can never get them looking pristine again from the moment you walk outside. SEE SIMILAR SHOES HERE


What brings an outfit all together? A rather cute, quirky and fun bag! I’ve been lusting after this Anya Hindmarsh cross-body bag for blooming ages, but it’s over £800 full retail price (ouch) so I couldn’t justify that much simply because it was cute. Cue an impromptu visit to Biscester Village with my fiancé (first time I’ve written that – weird!) and I found this in the AH boutique for 50% off. WHOOP! I love everything about it: the super soft leather, the heavy chain strap, the little pouch on the reverse and the fact that it’s big enough for everything I need (including my camera) for a day out. The googly eyes are just a bonus as it gives an otherwise standard bag a little twist that just lifts any outfit; the cream colour is totally tran-seasonal and the shape classic, so even though it’s a piece from a seasonal limited edition collection I know it will age well. A worthy investment (and you can get them in other colours for a similar price online now too.) I’ve used it so many times already. SEE THE BAG HERE

An easy to wear, super comfy and practical outfit with just a sprinkling of edge. You like?

Thanks to Kirsty from fashionforlunch.net for taking all the snaps!


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  1. Beckie Porritt
    February 14, 2017 / 12:27 pm

    I seriously LOVE that bag it's just so quirky! It's beaut. Love the way you've teamed the jumper with the skirt too. You look lovely.Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    • Hayley Carr
      February 15, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Thanks so much Beckie!

  2. Claire
    February 14, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    I love a good striped jumper! Congratulations on your engagement too :):)

    • Hayley Carr
      February 15, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Me too! And thank you so much!

  3. Vivian Yuen
    February 15, 2017 / 5:24 am

    Absolutely loving all the colours in this look!Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE~

    • Hayley Carr
      February 15, 2017 / 9:56 am

      It definitely made me feel a touch more alive after a very long couple days!

  4. Pam Scalfi
    February 15, 2017 / 11:38 am

    I NEED to check out that designer outlet! Everyone keeps mentioning it and I'm going mad haha LOVE the bag and the jumper! who knew it was NL!Pam xo/ Pam Scalfiā™„

    • Hayley Carr
      February 16, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      It's such a great place for a bargain – but you need to go with a full wallet!

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