Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The best Christmas cake you will ever eat

Spiced Christmas cake from Scandinavian Christmas by Tine Hahnemann
Christmas Eve is all about baking at home for me. While my mum makes mountains of mince pies, I fuss about, putting together whatever vegetarian delight I plan on sampling, and a big old Christmas cake.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Bargain of the week: Smythson heart keyring lookalike at John Lewis

Ladies, I have found the perfect antidote to that awkward "Oh, you bought me a present? I...er...left yours...in the car - I'll grab it at lunch!" moment some of us are bound to face in these very last days of work.

Panama collection heart keyring, £55, Smythson; Smith & Canova Eau de Nil keyring, £10, John Lewis
You can thank Rachel from Mano for this one: John Lewis have sourced a cute lookalike of the coveted Smythson heart keyring, perfect for last minute gift giving. And, dare I say it, I actually prefer the cheaper version to its £55 counterpart. The Smith & Canova hearts come in a range of cute pastel colours (see here and here) and although it might be a bit late to order online, a quick dash into the store will help you avoid any awkward moments!

Friday, 20 December 2013

Marks and Sparks' not so festive foodie treats

Pan fried duck breast served on saute potatoes, buttered spinach and a caramelised plum jus
Christmas food is boring. We end up eating so much rich and stodgy food that by the end of the festive season I'm wiped out, craving salads and a big glass of water.

A short while back, I popped up to Marks and Spencer in Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff, for a food and beauty event. Bit of a strange combination, I thought, but how could I possibly turn down an evening dedicated to two of my favourite things?!

I'm a little bit fussy with my food (non-meat eater, carb fussy, hate spicy stuff...the list goes on and on) so to be completely honest with you I wasn't that excited by the menu - that is, until it landed on the table in front of me. The *amazing* chefs prepared a beautiful six course meal - in taster portions thank goodness - with some expertly picked wines to accompany them.

Profiteroles with white chocolate and creme anglaise
The M&S hospitality staff explained each course so well that even a kitchen novice like me could prepare them, and sent us away with recipes and words of encouragement. Every dish was easy to prepare, simply delicious and, most importantly, perfect for some lighter Christmas season meals.

Below are two of my favourite recipes from the evening - let me know if you try them out! 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

5 M&S stocking fillers for under £5

They say Christmas comes but once a year, but for 2013 it seems to have been coming around for ages. I swear I  saw a festive advert in September! But one of the little perks of Christmas being so early is the fact that the sales are already starting to make an appearance - meaning we can save a few pennies on last minute gifts.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Midweek treat: Honeymania bath melt

Honeymania bath melt, £8, The Body Shop
Today is one of those sleepy bubble bath days. My toes are cold, my eyes are heavy and all I really need is a good soak and an early night.

I heart this Honeymania bath melt from The Body Shop. It smells gorgeous, leaves your skin silky smooth and is super relaxing to boot. Just what you need for a chilly winter evening.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Lust list: Amazon jewellery boutique

This is completely the wrong time of year to be lusting over expensive jewellery. Unless Santa is reading this, in which case, Saint Nick, you can take this post as a big fat hint.

Monday, 9 December 2013

How to save money on your Christmas shopping

Image (c) christmasstockimages.com
I love a good bargain. I'm sure I've said that plenty of times before but it is so true. There's nothing better than getting some gorgeous goodies and saving a few pennies at the same time - and Christmas time is no different. So if you're strapped for cash, or even if you're not, here are three of my favourite ways to save a little bit this December.

VoucherCodes.co.uk
This site lists brilliant discount codes for everything from books to beauty, tech to, er, Ted Baker. They range from free delivery to a whopping 50% off at The Body Shop, for example, and are updated daily. These offers aren't just online either, Voucher Codes do a cracking mobile app too which means you can take advantage of the discounts when you're out and about.

Quidco
I've been signed up to Quidco for years and have saved a ton of cash. You can get money back from pretty much everyone worth shopping with online (including ASOS!) and they work in conjunction with other discount offers. All you have to do is click through Quidco to the website you want to shop on and you can earn different cashback amounts from major retailers. The best way to use the site is to take advantage of any exclusive discounts and treat the cashback as a little bonus on top. I've never had any problems but I have read the odd review of cashback taking months to come through. 

Just like Voucher Codes, Quidco have a mobile app too so you can use your discounts on the move!

Boots 3 for 2
If you haven't taken advantage of Boots' brilliant 3 for 2 gift set offers, then all I can say is where have you been? This year alone, I've managed to cover two relatives and snag myself a new (technically freebie) diary to boot - and all under £20 too! Bargain!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Monday, 2 December 2013

Bargain of the week: Yves Saint Laurent duffle coat at River island

L-R: Cara Delevingne modelling Yves Saint Laurent Ready-to-Wear A/W 2013, image (c) Vogue
Grey wool-blend duffle coat, £75, River Island
We can thank Yves Saint Laurent for this season's girly grunge revival. And for this lovely looking coat too. Duffle coats may have been around for donkeys' years, but now is the time to sport this lovely grey designer lookalike from River Island. Slightly pricey at £75 but winter coats as are investment piece, worth spending a little more on so you stay toasty.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Midweek treat: 125 weekends in Europe

The New York Times: 36 hours, 125 weekends in Europe, £16.49, Amazon
What I wouldn't give to jump on a plane and fly away right now. Stressed is not the word. As we speak, I'm sipping my second glass of Babycham (delish) and wondering where my 5am start went.


This quirky book from the New York Times is my my literary saviour at the moment. Although I'm still waiting on a little trip to Morocco early next year, delving into 36 hours: 125 weekends in Europe is providing just the right amount of adventure inspiration to make things all right again.


Monday, 25 November 2013

Bargain of the week: Emma Bridgewater style oil burner for 99p

Heart pattern oil burner, 99p, B&M Bargains
There's nothing quite like  candlelight on a frosty evening. I'm a little obsessed with candles as it is, but there's something about November nights that is so suited to curling up with cosy blankets, a hot drink and soft lighting.


I picked up this pretty little oil burner in B&M Bargains a few weeks ago. Although it's not actually Emma Bridgewater, it's a close lookalike for her heart patterned pottery, and at just 99p I could hardly leave it there. Pick one up to warm up your winter nights, or - dare I say it - for a cheap and chic stocking filler.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Midweek treat: M&S Hi Heel Hosiery

Hi Heel Hosiery cushioned 10 denier spotted tights, £9.50, Marks and Spencer

Every time I wear heels I have to stuff them full of those little gel stickies. Seriously, I cannot cope with even the slightest toe twinge. Even if you can walk in six inch stilettos, there comes a time of the day (or night) when you're bound to start aching. But those clever little designers at M&S have a very stylish solution for us.

Now that the party season is starting to come around (yes, it is - don't be a Grinch, my work do is next week!), these tights from Marks and Sparks are going to be an absolute lifesaver. Each leg has a little pad built into it to cushion the ball of your foot. And they have a special toe design to keep the padding in place while you strut your stuff. Coupled with the fact that it is near impossible to ladder Marks and Spencer tights (I mean you'd have to take a pair of scissors to them), these are a more than a midweek treat, they are a seasonal must-have.

Hi Heel Hosiery tights are between £6 and £12, come in a range of patterns and colours, and are available in 10, 40 and 100 denier.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Tried & tested: Dr Brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant

Dr Brandt microdermabrasion exfoliant (Birchbox sample size)
This chill is doing a number on my skin. I have quite wide pores anyway and have to exfoliate regularly, but lately my face has been dry and flaky, and no amount of moisturiser has sorted it out.

I had this little sample of Dr Brandt's microdermabrasion exfoliant a month or so ago in my Birchbox and didn't really think anything of it. I've been using Neutrogena's visibly clear pink grapefruit scrub for ages and that always seems to do the trick.

So it was on a bit of a whim that I ended up trying this and I have to say I am *so* impressed. The solution is light with very fine grains and you only need the smallest bit to cover your face. I've used it once a week for three weeks in a row now and have seen a definite improvement. My pores are much clearer than usual and my skin is in a lot better condition with more colour than I'd expect for this time of year!

If you're looking for a little skin pick me up right now, Dr Brandt is definitely one to consider. The only downside really is the price: £67 for a small tube is a pretty big expense. But if you are at the end of your tether, I highly recommend at least tracking down a sample size.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Bargain of the week: Meadham Kirchhoff for Amazon

Meadham Kirchhoff for Amazon scarves, £75 each
At £75 a pop you might be wondering why this is classed under Bargain of the week, but trust me girls, these are worth the investment.

When Meadham Kirchhoff teamed up with Amazon for an exclusive line of sweaters last year, they sold out pretty much instantly. And although the design duo are working with Topshop on another collaboration, to be launched at the end of this month, we all know that'll be harder to get your hands on than fairy dust - so this is the perfect high street/high fashion compromise.

Each of these pretty scarves has all the fun whimsicality of a Meadham fashion week show but more sophisticated. Less frills and fluffiness, more high fashion, pretty patterns and soft silk.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Win a £1000 Firetrap wardrobe


If you haven't heard of it before, Firetrap is a premium men’s and women’s clothing and accessories brand featuring urban undertones and gritty British styling. The edgy collections build on the brand’s denim foundations and is celebrated by artists, musicians and trend-leaders.

To celebrate the launch of Firetrap's Lost London campaign, they are giving you the chance to win £1000 worth of Firetrap clothes. All you have to do is tweet @FiretrapOnline a picture of your favourite Lost London location using the hashtag #LostLondon. Or you can nominate a friend to win the goodies - just tweet your picture and tag in the friend you think should win.

The competition ends in December but until then you can get 10% off Firetrap at USC just by watching this video - good luck!


Friday, 8 November 2013

Beanie and gone

I just don't get the beanie thing. Speaking as someone who can remember the 90s - and all of its fashion delights - pretty well, I can't quite understand why this particular accessory would re-emerge. But I'm pretty sure it's all down to this little lady.

Image (c) wheretoget.it
2013 has been the year of Cara Delevingne. Everything she's worn/done/seen/eaten the fash pack have wanted to experience too. And sadly that list includes wearing knitted head gear. Maybe it's my age but I just can't see the attraction in going out in a tracksuit with a big pom pom on top of your head even if it is all branded Abercrombie or Jack Wills.

What do you think? Am I just showing my age or are you a beanie hater too?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Midweek treat: Laura Mercier hand cream

Laura Mercier hand creme sampler collection, £20, John Lewis
I am obsessed with Laura Mercier at the moment. I had never tried anything from the brand until I was given a few samples by the lovely guys at the John Lewis PR event a few weeks back (ahem, not that I'm bragging...), and then another arrived in last month's Birchbox

Everything is great but the one thing that has really stood out for me is the almond coconut milk hand cream. My first reaction when I tried it was to text one of my besties squealing (side bar: can you squeal via text?) that it smelt so good I wanted to lick it off my hands. Seriously. *That* good.

It's a brilliant moisturiser too, and, what with the dropping temperatures, a pretty good investment to boot. It absorbs really quickly and you only need the smallest bit to keep your fingers in tip-top shape. I usually go through hand cream like nobody's business but one application of this was enough to last me all day.

Each tube is £13 but for £20 you could treat yourself to an early Christmas present and try all four flavours (almond coconut milk, crème brulée, crème de pistache and fresh fig). Yum.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Tales from the menswear department

Reason t-shirt with Dion print, £35; Reclaimed vintage t-shirt, £20, ASOS
What's going on ASOS? Why are these awesome t-shirts in the menswear section? A Mean Girls quote and a take on Céline's iconic top? Come on guys, buck your ideas up, us girls want a piece of the action - and I really want to stop talking in rhetorical questions.

Jokes aside, how cute would these tees look under a cosy jacket with some coloured jeans? Snap them up quick though, both are already low in stock.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Bargain of the week: Mulberry Lily lookalike at Mango

A few weeks ago I discovered the Mulberry Lily. I know, I know, where have I been! Well you can thank my lovely beauty blogging friend Rachel for the tip - after obsessively looking up Mulberry lookalikes using her eBay tip, I just had to find myself a Lily replica.
Mango patent bag, £29.99, ASOS; Lily in soft grain leather, £750, Mulberry
Admittedly Mulberry don't do a patent version of their bag but the similar shape, buckle and strap (and lack of logo I suppose!) means that only the most eagle-eyed will spot this as a bargain copy.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Make up for the organised

My make up bag is chaotic. It's about 50% staples, 20% special occasion make up (i.e. things that are *way* too expensive for me to wear every day) and 30% random bits and pieces bought on a whim or for fancy dress parties (sparkly red lip crayon being the prime example there). I swear it grows new eyeliners all by itself.

Lili Radu make up wallet, £297 with make up; £212 without
This amazing make up clutch from Lili Radu, in partnership with FACE Stockholm cosmetics, landed in my inbox a few weeks back and, as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Everything has its place in this cute wallet - no more mystery eye shadows or weird smudges on the lining; no more rummaging around for a lip balm.

Sure it's a little pricey but for €349 (about £297), you not only get the case but a full beauty overhaul too - each wallet contains a FACE Stockholm mascara, kajal eyeliner, lipliner, concealer, powder, blusher, lipstick, eyeshadow and a brush.

This is definitely one to add to the Christmas list!

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Midweek treat: ROADS Classics designer books


There's nothing like a good book. Except when that book comes in an exquisite package of course.

They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover but these classic tales are already big hitters in the literary world. And now ROADS, a new publishing house based in Dublin, has released these ten titles wrapped in new, beautiful simplistic designs, by Irish design studio Conor & David.

According to Conor & David, each cover captures the essence of the book, rather than reproducing specific scenes or dramatic moments: "As classics, the books and associated imagery already exist in the public consciousness. It was important to step beyond this and to reflect a deeper understanding - one that is as connected to the contemporary era as it is to the author’s. Rather than acting solely as windows onto the authors’ world, these books (and their covers) should be mirrors of our own."

Each book is under £10, available on Amazon and in selected bookshops. Titles available include: Wuthering Heights, The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein and The Scarlet Letter.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Chunky knits, chunky necklaces

It's that time of year again: the leaves are falling from the trees, the wind is howling through twilit streets, Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte is back on the menu - and I am bloomin' freezing. I mean seriously, my fingers are turning blue. Well...not right now but it's imminent I tell you!

Drama queen moment over, my go to garment of the moment is this lush fisherman knit jumper from Matalan. At only £12, I couldn't leave the oatmeal version there...or it's burgundy sister for that matter. And, at the risk of looking like a cartoon character, I'm pretty much living in these jumpers at the moment. 

1. Jewel collar, £16.50. Miss Selfridge; 2. Geo triangle necklace, £12, Accessorize
3. Corine stone necklace, £15, Aftershock; 4. Fisherman rib jumper, £12, Matalan

The only thing with jumpers like this is that they can leave you feeling a little flat. Where's the pizzazz, the sparkle, the style? Well, my dear friends, that's where your summer stock of statement necklaces comes in. Dig out the chains, collars and chunky pendants and make a stand in your new sweater.


1. Mai Tai wooden necklace, £12, Oliver Bonas; 2. Pendant necklace, £8, Accessorize
3. Bronze stone necklace, £5, Dorothy Perkins; 4. Fisherman rib jumper, £12, Matalan

Monday, 21 October 2013

Bargain of the week: Kenzo eye sweater at ASOS - 90% less!

Cropped sweatshirt with embroidered eye, £28, ASOS
Kenzo lotus eye embroidered sweatshirt, £268, Matches
I've had my eye on this sweater all week. 

Err, terrible sense of humour aside, this ASOS jersey is a dead ringer for Kenzo's iconic eye jumper isn't it? Although I must say the one on the right looks a little more inviting - or maybe that's just the fraction of the designer version's price I'll be putting on the old credit card this evening!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Interview: Madeleine Thompson, knitwear designer


Madeleine Thompson is the designer behind the beautiful and luxurious range of timeless cashmere styles that launched on ASOS in August. Madeleine uses only high-quality, grade A 'white for white' cashmere, from China, Mongolia, Afghanistan and Iran. Drawing inspiration from her childhood in London and Hong Kong, Madeleine is redefining knitwear as we know it.

Here Madeleine talks icons, staples and humble beanies.

Hi Madeleine, it's great to meet you! So, first of all, could you please describe your style?

I love vintage inspired pieces and hate looking like everyone else. It's how I design my clothes too - they should be your friends and bring out the best in you.

Who are your style icons?

Kate Moss, Talitha Getty, Ali MacGraw, Sienna Miller and Nicole Richie - to name a few!

What is your autumn style staple?  


I am about to have a baby so I'm living in my MT maxi dresses which you can wear with boots (my fave are the Chloe Susannah Boot) and look great with Converse too.

What made you want to go in to fashion? 

It was just the natural step for me as I was obsessed with clothes and was in a position in Hong Kong to learn the business from the best.

You say your label started with a humble beanie - how did it go from there? What was the next thing you designed?
 
I made a dress and a wrap - Charlotte Pilcher from Vogue, who has always been so supportive, suggested I send whatever I had to Tamara Mellon who bought the lot - I was so lucky!

Who is the Madeline Thompson girl? 

She's a girl who loves to be comfortable and knows her own style and doesn't just follow trends. My pieces can be dressed up and down so easily. I am a real believer in off-duty elegance and simplicity.

And finally, what can we look forward to next season? 

There is something for everyone, from fine knit t-shirts and cable knit jumpers, to maxi and mini dresses. Highlights include the Margot Jumper in a thick knit and the athletic chic two-toned Summerbridge, sweatshirts available in an array of colours. 

Thursday, 17 October 2013

5 ankle boots under £50

In the past few weeks I've managed to destroy two pairs of ankle boots. I had a lovely slouchy flat brown suede pair and a kind of green-ish pair with a low heel. Now I'm just left with a pair of sexy black shoe-boots. First world problems or what?

Before we start over analysing that little drama, let's get on with the post. I've been on the hunt for a casual pair of ankle boots for the past few weeks and it hasn't been easy. I don't want all the bells or whistles, frills or buckles, patterns or cut-outs- all I want is a nice, functional pair of boots that I can team with a nice, functional pair of jeans or a grungy dress. Hopefully one of these five choices will do the job!

1. Ankle boot, £24.99, Deichmann
2. Barrats suede pull on boots, £38.25, Debenhams
3. Orinoco Club boots, £49.99, Clarks
4. Mantaray leather and suede boots, £48.75, Debenhams
5. Light brown woven chain ankle boots, £19.99, New Look

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

When in Rome, dress like the Romans do

A few weeks back I went on a late break to the beautiful city of Rome. While my wardrobe consisted of mostly comfy boyfriend tees, shorts and Converse, the ladies of the Italian capital were working a much more stylish look.

For Roman girls, it's always been about the accessories - everything's bling, patterned or stand out in some way. But staples right now are pretty toned down: fashion uniform in the capital was tank tops and skinny jeans, teamed with bright tennis shoes, medium totes and layered friendship bracelets.

1. Braccialetti, €10 each, Cruciani; 2. Sydney shopper, £119, Fossil
3. Coloured leather shopper, £89.99, Zara
4. French Connection shopper, £125, John Lewis
5. Dahlia tennis shoes, £12, Superga; 6. Dark Bordeaux, £12, Superga

Monday, 14 October 2013

Bargain of the week: Dries Van Noten skirt at Zara

Embroidered skirt, £39.99, Zara; Dries Van Noten jumper, £745, Browns
If Autumn were a skirt, it would this one from Zara (bear with me, this is going somewhere). That raspberry/burgundy colour is a lovely pick me up shade and the sparkly embellishments are just the best. But what really makes this skirt a must-have is the fact that it pays tribute to this season's Dries Van Noten ready to wear collection.

Y'know, all that and it is just perfect for Christmas parties - too soon? Nah, I didn't think so either.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Party like it's 1994

Elgin grey acid wash jeans, £9, ASOS
Vintage style rotating sun moon watch, £25, ASOS
Daisy jumper, £12, c/o OMG Fashion
Cherry red Dr Martens, £84.99, c/o Cloggs
I swore I'd never work the '90s look. With the exception of the '80s (shoulder pads *shudders*), the '90s are my most detested decade of style. The whole dirty grunge look just reminds me of smelly teenage boys and girls who don't wash their hair properly.

In hindsight, I was probably being a little bit too picky. The '90s revival happening this winter is huge and, as it turns out, is actually kind of perfecting for blocking out the chill 
 (note: contrary to how this post might make me seem, I am not an old woman, just a cold one).

This outfit is one of those effortlessly stylish, slubby, do anything ensembles. I've been on the lookout for some comfy boots for ages and never considered a pair of Doc Martens but these are awesome - and the perfect colour for this season!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Bargain of the week: Lulu Guinness lips at H&M

Lips clutches, from £245, Lulu Guinness; Lips iPhone 4/4S case, £7.99, H&M
Is there any bag more iconic than a Lulu Guinness lips clutch? Seen in the hands of everyone from Kate Moss to my favourite fashion blogger Olivia, the clutch has been the bag of the moment for, like, ever.

But as with every bargain of the week post *sigh*, there is a downside. Starting at £245, these are bags to invest in - and not exactly an easy purchase for most us! But the perky iPhone case in the centre above is the best way for us High Street ladies to pay homage to Lulu's style. For just £7.99, you can rock red lips too!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Bargain of the week: Isabel Marant for H&M

So I'm a little behind the times on this one but luckily this new designer/high street collaboration has yet to hit the stores.

Last week, the Isabel Marant for H&M lookbook was leaked giving us a cheeky glimpse at what we can expect to see as of 14 November.

Everything's perfectly Parisian, perfectly bohemian, perfectly Marant and perfectly priced. See the whole collection here.

Shopping tip

I blogged *ages* ago about my experience shopping the Versace for H&M collection. If you're desperate to pick up some of Isabel's style, head away from the big city, avoid the internet and stop off at a smaller store like the one in Cardiff. You're guaranteed a look in and won't have to wait for hours freezing cold in a queue!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Bargain of the week: Converse for under £10 at New Look

White lace up trainers, £9.99, New Look; Converse All Stars, £44.99, Office
As you read this, I'm *hopefully* wandering around the beautiful city of Rome. This week I'm off on a late summer holiday so, guys and girls, I'm dedicating this litte post to one of my main travel essentials.

Converse are the comfiest shoes ever - I'm so into them right now. I treated myself to a new pair of black All Stars for my little trip away but they were pretty pricey for trainers. I just wish I'd seen these pumps from New Look first - for only £9.99 you can't really leave them there.


I'm taking a break from posts this week but will be back on Monday 30 September!

Friday, 20 September 2013

High-waist are a girl's best friend

Shop the New Look range of high waist jeans - you *won't* be disappointed!
This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while.We all know how hard it is to find a decent pair of jeans. When I'm searching for new denim, you wouldn't believe the amount I try on. It's kind of obscene, but I know I'm not alone - jeans are impossible.

However, I am about to (hopefully) change your life. The new collection of high waisted jeans from New Look is ah-maz-ing. These jeans are super comfy and hide a multitude of sins. And these babies are a bargain too: every pair is under £23.

I've been wearing New Look jeans for years and can fully attest to how good they are. Buy now or regret it later!

Where do you buy your favourite jeans? Share in the comment box below.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

5 of the best: natural prints

AW13 by Mary Katrantzou: Babelonia woodstock print dress, £2565; Nevis Dijon tree print strapless dress, £2646 - seen on Keira Knightly!; Uppety do silhouette print dress, £594, all Matches Fashion

Oh Mary, Mary, you've done us proud again. My favourite Greek designer has brought us this gorgeous trend for autumn/winter: natural prints. As the look has just begun to trickle down to the High Street, I thought I'd share some of my favourite woodland finds.

1. Misumi oversized woodland print top, £17.99, New Look
2. Printed clutch, £29, & Other Stories
3. Olivia Burton owl watch, £72, John Lewis
4. Sophia print top, £69, Mint Velvet
5. Mushroom skirt, £40, Cath Kidston

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Midweek treat: Uniqlo cashmere jumpers

Cashmere blend fine gauge sweater, £14.90, Uniqlo
Yay! It's finally time to stock up on some cosy new jumpers. A few of mine succumbed to *gulp* moth attack this summer so I've been on the hunt for some lighter knits to wear in this rainy weather.

These cashmere blends are so lovely - and a steal at £14.90. I'm wearing mine over skater dresses and A line skirts, to bridge the gap between my summer and winter style.


What do you think? Will you be investing in some Uniqlo cashmere?

Monday, 16 September 2013

Bargain of the week: Liberty London print shirt at Matalan

Liberty pocket square, €14, Gagliardi
Floral printed cotton shirt, £12, Matalan
Is there any prettier print than a Liberty London floral? This lovely lookalike shirt from Matalan is a perfect little pick me up for your weekend wardrobe: just team with a mini skirt and cosy boots for simple autumn style.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

5 of the best: burgundy basics

Burgundy is the perfect autumn colour: with an air of mulled wine and crunchy leaves underfoot, it's cosy and chic at the same time. If there's one colour you should add to your style right now, it's burgundy, and the best way to do it is with some choice basics.

1. Burgundy long sleeve jacket, £39, Miss Selfridge; 2. Heart print dress, £19.99, New Look
3. Medium clutch, £55, Whistles; 4. Cable knit jumper, £17.99, Hudson and Rose
5. Strappy cami, £18, Topshop

Autumn leaves image (c) dumbledad

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Midweek treat: puppies and kilts

Cue showbiz voice: Hi and welcome to a new segment here on Chic & Cheerful: the mid-week treat! Showcasing the best of my shopping wishlist, things to eat, things to do...er...well just anything that takes my fancy which I think you'll enjoy too.*

This week, I'm having a complete back to school autumn moment: I have this strange urge to watch Gilmore Girl reruns and visit New England. And, to be completely honest, eat a massive plate of french toast. So my bookmarks have turned into a preppy puppy printed heaven, and I'm on the hunt for the perfect pair of lace up ankle boots.


1.Quilted dog sweat, £35, Topshop 
2. Dune Pretenders lace up leather brogue ankle boots, £89, John Lewis
3. Mini kilt, £30, ASOS
*There's a very good chance some type of tea will turn up here soon!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Bargain of the week: Zoe Karssen slogan jumper at Primark

Zoe Karssen Crème de la Crème-print sweater, £95, Matches
Creme de la Creme jumper, £8, Primark
Maybe it's because it reminds me of that scene in The Aristocats, or maybe it's just because I'm a little obsessed with anything that can be remotely classed as French style, either way I need this slogan in my wardrobe.

Sweaters are perfect for this semi-chilly weather we're experiencing, *and* can be dressed up or down at the drop of a hat. Or statement necklace.The Zoe Karssen jumper on the left is a hefty £95. But for just £8, you can be the crème of the crop with this £8 Primark version.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

5 of the best: bouncing bunnies!

It started with a scarf.

From there, it was a quilted bag.

Before I knew it, I was looking every hour, of every day, searching for...the cutest little bunny prints!

Is it just me or are rabbits the animal of the moment...er, at the moment? They seem to be on everything from tees to, um, tattoos (...forgive me, it's late, my brain is slowly winding down). Anywho, hopefully one of these five will take your fancy for a little midweek bunny treat!

1. Bunny print shorts, £32, Topshop; 2. Bunny print scarf, £10, Oasis 
3. F&F striped bunny jumper, £16, Tesco; 4. Silver bunny ring, £19, Oliver Bonas 
5. Quilt across body bag, £18, ASOS
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