Sunday, 24 February 2019

Who said velvet and glitter is just for the festive party season? - Style post

Hey Guys,

Two months ago every shop on the high street was full to the brim of glitter, sequins, and velvet. 
Christmas means one thing in fashion PARTY SEASON, maybe its an age or job thing but I never understood that apart from New Year's Eve I don't dress up more than normal and Christmas.

Why should we only get all glam in December? 

Top - Primark 
Trousers - Urban Outfitters 

Whether it's any old night out with your gals, a celebratory meal, your birthday or any reason to celebrate we should keep the sparkly clothes from Christmas.
I have always loved dressing up to the nines, and often feel the most overdressed, but so what?
You clash that sequin dress with a velvet jacket and glitter eye shadow any day of the year.
Falmouth is somewhere people don't really dress too fancy so sometimes you have to find a middle ground like contrasting your fancy look with super casual accessories, like these old air max trainers, or an old leather jacket over the top.
Plus even though this look is 'festive' with glitter and velvet, its a very comfy, relaxed fit which also helps tone it down.
Do you love overdressing or do you tend to keep it casual?

Love Charlotte

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

A whole outfit for under £15 - Style post

Hey guys, 

I spent Saturday just gone in Exeter meeting up with my parents. It's one of my favourite places to go in the South West for an afternoons shopping and explore. Every shop you can want (the likes of Zara, John Lewis and Oliver Bonas) is all in one place, one high street with beautiful architecture linking up to a new end of shops all around the cathedral which is still not as special since a big fire there over two years ago. Some little hidden gems around Exeter I recommend are Lorna Ruby a beautiful scandi inspired boutique and Sobeys a great vintage shop hidden down this cute side street in the pictures. 

I've spoken before about my bargain hunting skills on here and I still don't have any tips or know how I do it but I just love the sales. This outfit is one of my product bargain finds yet. 
Primark is a marmite shop for me up until recently I could only really shop there for basics like plain tops for layering, tights and socks etc but now the sale stuff in primark I love rummaging for. Most of it I still hate the quality but when its reduced again and something I've had my eye before I am obsessed. 
This coat I first saw in Primark about 8 weeks ago loved the look but knew it wasn't worth the £30 RRP quality wise (lets face it £30 on one item is lot for me to spend anywhere let alone Primark), then I did see it reduced to £15 but was still being sensible thinking do I need another coat but when it went down to £7 the next week I could no longer resist. The top is also Primark, the lilac matches the tones in the coat perfectly and was reduced to £3.  

Next up is the black skirt from Marks & Spencer this was reduced to £2.50!!. 
Twice a year as their big sale gets to the right end for one weekend everything goes to 90% off. (this is a bit of a useless tip for me to share now as this weekend won't happen again for at least 6 weeks but still). It is obviously the left overs from the sales that started after Christmas but you can really find some gems. 
Everything becomes cheaper than any primark price but its the same quality levels you'd expect from M&S. It is also the kind of shop you get your timeless pieces that never go out of style so its ideal. The biggest issue is sizing. M&S's average customers are between size 10-14 and shoes are 4,5,6 but if you are buy any other sizes loads will be left. The shoes left in size 3's and 8's were amazing, leopard print heels, red leather boots etc all under £6. 
My overall haul I still cannot get over I spent £22 on this pleather mini skirt, a pink high waisted skirt, two pairs of tailored work trousers (originally £40), two pairs of work shoes, a pair of cuff-links and 3 real wool berets. All high quality, all stuff I will wear and get use out of. For £20 you can't even get a graphic t-shirt at RPP on the high street so this is the best haul ever? 
Even the necklace was in the New Look sale for £1.50 ! 

So that is a grand total of £14!! What is there not to like. I will admit I have left the bag and boots out of the post title her but even these two were in the sale the shoes £17 down from £50 at River Island and the bag, I use nearly every day was good old Tk -Maxx so still well under £50, which I remember was a Youtube video challenge a few years back challenging each other to buy a whole outfit for £50 and they would all either go over budget or only include the two main garments in the video, but trust me it can be done. 

Let me know what is your biggest bargains to date? 

Love Charlotte


Thursday, 7 February 2019

The black jumper that's got me through winter - Style post

Hey Guys,

It wasn't until a few months ago I got this black jumper and oh was this something my wardrobe was missing. 

Jumper - Vera Moda on ASOS (similar here) 
Skirt - Topshop (similar here)
Boots - River Island

As much as I prefer Autumn winter fashion when it gets super cold it is easy to just get into a uniform and live in jeans and various other chunky jumpers. I have been on an endless hunt for the perfect jumper that is super warm and goes with more than just jeans. A jumper to go with fancy skirts, mini skirts and pulled over dresses, well this is it.
It's super warm but I can let the rest of the outfit do the taking. I love the over sized jumper with just a hint of a print coming through under neath. 

This coat is the classic camel style that I've always shied away from, my mum always told me these kind of tan colours only washed me out and I've since avoided them. However they aren't a fashion staple for no reason. All of my coats ever have been black which is perfect. However this is exactly what I need to break up boring all black, safe outfits sometimes.
Weirdly for someone who wears a lot of colour and bright looks that this was stepping out of my comfort zone as I never felt this style suited me. Sticking with black coats meant they were the practical boring thing I put on top of a cool outfit purely to keep warm but now I am into the coat being an equal part to the outfit and not just a warm piece that covers it all up to be practical.

What's one classic piece or style you've always shied away from?

Love Charlotte