Best Sock Boots

If there's one thing to know about me it's that I bloody love a good pair of boots and, in my humble opinion, there's no better way to get into the spirt of autumn than by starting from your ankles-up and picking your pair for the season.

Whether you're into trusty block-heeled styles or are bold enough to try this season's much-loved-much-hated sock boots (why they couldn't think of a better name for these is lost on me...) great pairs come in every colour, texture and height. And whilst boots are a year round staple of mine they become part of my daily uniform, from weekday to weekend. Day-to-night, you can mix it up with shapes of both toes and heels and details.

I may have, quite surprisingly, fallen hard for the sock boot and this pair from Schuh tick all the boxes for me. With a pointy toe and notably comfortable kitten heel the 'strike a pose' style is priced at just £50 and works as well with dresses as they do with jeans. Available in black, for those classic days where you want to keep it simple and chic and red, if you're looking to be bolder and brighter the style works so well with my winter wardrobe and it's certainly tempting to pick up all three pairs...

If sock boots aren't quite your cup of tea, no fear. I've compiled a little edit of the best boots from the hottest five trends this winter that you can shop and wear rn.

Sock Boots
L-R Pink Boots, Marks & Spencer; Floral Boots, Marks & Spencer; Mojito Sock Boots, Topshop; Mojito Sock Boots, Topshop

Statement Boots

L-R Metallic Boots, New Look; Suede Boots, Marks & Spencer; Sequin Boots, New Look; Sparkle Boots, Marks & Spencer


My Beloved Basics

Tee, Gap; Dree Jeans, Topshop

I'm an absolute sucker for a good basic. 

And, as the morning's get even darker and colder it's the basics that I rely upon each morning when I'm too cold to try on three options before heading out the door. 

I've had a little roster of beloved basics that I've been working through all year long and I thought that now they're pretty tired and tested I'd share the best of the best basics with you guys because, I'm pretty basic.

The Best White Tee

When it comes to the classic white tee I don't feel like I ask for much but I find very, very few stores on the high street that can give me exactly what I want. To say that the perfect, effortless white tee is hard to come by would be a major understatement. 

All I look for is a tee that isn't see through, one that's thick enough not to flash my bra to the world: one that's soft, and slightly oversized - I don't like a tee that sticks to me. I like a boyfriend fit as I find a looser arm to be the most flattering of styles. 

Because of this I've worked my way through pretty much the entire high street's offering of tees for women and have concluded that you literally have to borrow from the boys to get the perfect one. The perf one for me is Gap's essential short sleeve tee. Available in almost every colour under the sun it's 100% cotton and under £10 - you can thank me later!

The Best Jeans

I think I might dedicate a whole post to my most beloved pair of jeans as I'm sure you'll all know from the many, many posts featuring them how much I love my light wash M&S jeans. So, for now I'll share my favourite mid-wash style - the Dree.

Jeans, in my opinion, should accentuate all your best bits - whether that's your waist, bum or legs (or all if you're lucky!) and the Dree does this for me. I picked up this pair about four months ago and haven't really stopped wearing them since as not only do they look great with loafers they work so well with an ankle boot too. The Dress is comfy, washes well and is oh-so reasonably priced!

If you've got a go-to basic I should know about tweet me @sarahrcharrison :)


3 Dresses To Get You Through Autumn

Velvet Dress, AND/OR at John Lewis; Wallace Stripe Bag, Accessorize; Boots, Topshop (old, similar here and here)

Whilst September's come and gone I feel as though autumn is finally just hitting, for me at least. I walked through more piles of fresh, crisp orange leaves today than I did yesterday and my oh my autumn, ya pretty damn pretty.

I'm 100% a summer gal through and through but these cosier nights and great TV shows are week-by-week getting me to enjoy the colder days a little more. And, whilst I'm still not ready to pop on a pair of tights - just yet - I'm getting more and more into cosier more transitional dresses.

I'll have definitely shared on here how I used to liveee in dresses and have been trying to get back into them since getting a little too comfortable in jeans and a shirt over the last two years. This is my attempt for autumn.

The first is this dreamy rich velvet dress from John Lewis' AND/OR collection which I cannnot get enough of. It's got gorgeous tiers which give it a gorgeous boho vibe, complete with puff sleeves if you lived in midi gypsy dresses all summer long then you'll love this!

Not only is it an easy enough throw-on-and-go option it's smart enough to work from the office to brunch with pals at the farmers market on the weekend.

I love the cut and detailing - especially the rich red stitching and tassels, making it so easy to add more colour into the look with a bright boot or tonal bag.

It's sold out online for the moment so here are three others that are at the top of my current wish list...


The Strange Things I Realised In My Late 20s

Eight years ago on my eighteenth.

Possibly the most bizarre and unexpected thing about hitting my 'late twenties' (which is the most peculiar sentence to type!) is oddly enough not my bizarre urge to buy rugs, sofas and prints. Nor is it my new found appreciation for throw pillows and candles, but rather how I keep being reminded of a me that feels like me but, at the same time, is also an entirely different version of me.

I hadn't really thought about it fully until I re-read some of my old blog posts and felt like I was reading something familiar but distant, it felt a little like a friend's anecdote from years ago and the first time I'd ever really recalled and remembered two versions of me. I spoke about it with some of my work friends and they'd also had the same feeling recently remembering two adult versions of themselves.

It's like 18 year old you, or even 22 year old you were different people entirely. Whether it's an old Facebook status that crops up, an old notebook or diary you stumble across whilst having a clear out it just doesn't feel like she was me.

After a decade filled with so, so many first's when 25 is over it can suddenly dawn that it's been a decade since so, so many things. It very well could be 10 years since your first kiss, first drink, first night out, first broken heart... the list goes on. First's are so pivotal and whilst with some groups of friends the memories remain it's a whole decade since you started to navigate the whole, rather daunting, world of adulthood.

It's so weird to no longer have ten year old memories that wholly revolve around summer holidays with family and sleepovers with pals (as they weirdly become twenty year old memories - gah!) and instead have memories of nights out, internships, jobs, events and driving.

All the fun and frivolous firsts seem to have come and gone leaving only the serious, life-altering firsts to loom rather intimidatingly.

I sometimes get a little overwhelmed by the milestones and first's yet to come - as you can probably tell - and probably once, or twice yearly (depending on who from school has just announced their engagement or pregnancy) lose hours delving into old photos and old diaries and notes in attempt to remember a previous me. Because sometimes I get a little scared that only jaded me existed and that 2007 Sarah-Rose is still 2017 Sarah-Rose - even if it's just in the smallest way.

A me that was yet to be disappointed, jaded and let down - personally and professionally. A me that was hopeful, sassy and silly. The older I get the more I become the 'oh that's so funny person' rather than the laughing until they cry person - a gal '07 Sare was as laughing till she cried was something she did too much.

It's weird because all of the memories are all there. Somewhere. Getting re-jigged and recalled slowly but surely by old songs, nostalgic fragrances or news. Often though I feel as though the memories are so water-downed now it's sometimes something that only I end up remembering and my pals have forgotten.

To say so much has happened in that year would be a major understatement. I lost one of my grandparents, fell in love, got a tattoo, moved away, went to university, moved home, moved in with a boy and an old friend and from one job to another as the opportunities arose. Most of my friends are still back at home and the people I see weekly are ones that I've known under a year or two.

There seem to be fewer and fewer ties that link and bind the old me to the new me which is why I think is the reason I'm often looking for assurances that I was ever that other person. A real gal that existed before the internet, before I cared about Instagram, before I even knew what a stylist was and well before I could afford to buy a full-price dress from Topshop.

I even once desperately tried to log back onto my neglected MySpace page out of curiosity of the old conversations and pictures I'd taken, who I'd picked for my top 4 then and the song I shared on my page. Nothing remained it turns out as they deleted everything bar your profile picture after a certain time - which could be quite a blessing.

It's not as though the current me is wishing to go back, it's more to remember who I was before so much 'adult-ing' happened. I don't really know why it's so important to me to remember and keep remembering but trying to maintain the connection to the naive young me seems to matter an awful lot. I think it's pretty human to think about you at previous times and places. In earlier moments and memories.

Whilst I'm now acclimatised to regular change and uncertainties it's as though I'm really reluctant to fully embrace the weird unknown that's ahead and am instead becoming fonder of times that in reality probably weren't as fond as I now think they were.

Time and life goes by at such an insane rate, with deaths and funerals sadly signposting so much of the future. I can't now remember the time I started paying into one of my three pensions (don't ask...) and that feels weird as I don't feel like I've become a person who should be contemplating pensions yet. And still it doesn't feel like I've really said goodbye to the gal who used to buy Vodkat and own brand diet lemonade on a weekend, dancing and gossiping the whole night away in a borrowed dress and kissing silly boys that'd never quite be the right match.

It's as though you don't realise the you that you were until you're looking back at her in pictures of her and vaguely recalling who you were at that time. Never quite getting the chance to enjoy, acknowledge and appreciate the you then.

With Instagram and social media so prevalent now everything's so posed, calculated and planned the times when you were captured fleetingly on disposable cameras seem so, so long gone. Along with the free-r you.

Overall, although I'm not very sure none of these rambling's really make much sense, I think it's pretty human and normal to want to hold onto the old versions of you whilst also to cherish and mourn aspects of who you were at certain points. In the same way that it's lovely to forget you at certain points (12/3 year old me was just not a me I'm keen to be reminded of).

To appreciate and know both the old you and the current you. That's the goal.


Say Hello To Studio B

So, Studio B launches today 🎉

What's that you may ask!? Well, it's a lovely new site that curates a nice edit of new-in pieces from new, independent and niche brands. With a real focus upon both style and stories of style - celebrating an ethos of 'buy less, love more' which is something I really personally love.

Founded by Bethany Rowntree, a former buyer for luxury brands like Anya Hindmarch and Mulberry who wanted to create something totally unique that she as a buyer had always wanted to shop and browse on.

The best thing about Studio B, for me, is the lovely mix of affordable and accessible pieces that'll help you find something a little different.

Beth kindly asked me to be involved in her launch and I'll share my little interview with you guys as soon as it's up :) But in the meantime - head to and go support a gal and her great new venture!

Borg Baby

September's here and it's already starting to get darker a little earlier than we would like it to. Which means it's the perfect time to treat yourself to a cosy coat that'll keep you warm on those frosty mornings and bitter nights.

My first little treat is this perfect, pink borg jacket. It was absolutely love at first sight and I just cannot take it off. Not only is it absurdly cosy it's absurdly cute - which ticks all of my boxes.

So, tap into a very distinctly retro mood with a super on-trend borg. It's honestly all about the borg, for the moment at least..., with round black buttons and fully lined pockets it's great for gals on-the-go.

Wear yours with a grey roll neck and jeans for weekends exploring food markets, or team with a breton and some tailored trousers for your 9-5.

Sadly, this little Topshop number is currently sold out online (I'll keep ya updated on when it's back in stock) so here's a few of my faves from the high street that are equally as endearing...

From left: Luxe Tall Bomber, Asos; Bonded Borg Chunk Coat, Topshop; Borg Aviator, River Island; Cocoon Borg, Topshop


Day In The Life: Burghley Horse Trials with Joules

I was lucky enough to pop along to The Burghley Horse Trials with my beloved Joules this weekend just gone. I'd never been to either the horse trials or Burghley House before and it was a really special day.

Click play to see what I got up to...


August 2017 Fashion Favourites

You know the drill, here's six of the things I've loved and worn most this month... enjoy!


The Aviator Jacket You Need This Autumn

Aviator Jacket, Zara; Tee, Asos; Jeans, Marks & Spencer

If, like me, the Acne jacket of dreams looks as though it's set to remain one of our dreams and not a reality then this post is for you... The Aviator jacket is a trend that just keeps on giving, everyone and their mum had the classic black style from Zara last year and whilst I loved how cosy it looked it just wasn't very me.

I didn't buy into the trend as it just didn't feel like it'd be a jacket that would fit into and work with my existing wardrobe. So when I spied this forest green style on Zara's website I immediately added it to my bag - you can catch up on everything else I picked up from Zara in my megga haul here

Super soft and fully lined in faux-shearling they are literally the cosiest and most snug pieces in the world. So whilst I'd been eyeing up the dreamy and now surely iconic Acne style for years and years I'm pretty certain that this number is the next best thing. So, not only is it guaranteed to keep you unbelievably warm all winter long it's such a warm and versatile shade that it'll work with everything - even giving your wardrobe a little extra colour into your everyday looks. Like pretty much everything in Zara I'm certain this forest green Aviator will be a sell-out to pick up one while you can and invest in your winter coat early - this is my go-to move each season as it affords me a little extra time with my boyfriend as, come October he'll have totally forgotten that it was meant to be my only winter coat purchase for the year! 

However, if forest green isn't your colour then don't fear as trusty Topshop have several great options, as do Asos (as ever!) and I've popped together a little edit of a few of my absolute faves...


Two New Marks & Spencer's Dresses

So, as most of you might have already spied over on my insta I've treated myself to two new dresses. One's bright, bright yellow and the other's a very classically cute 'Sarah-Rose dress' - navy ✔️ floral ✔️ fluted sleeves ✔️ They're both the total dream and I totally shouldn't have bought either - especially as summer's basically over.

I therefore felt compelled to share them both with you on here as they're a little too good to just be Instagram exclusives, ha.

First off... the not-so-mellow yellow dream -

Dress, Marks & Spencer; Bag, Asos; Shoes, Marks & Spencer

This bright, happy yellow style is the dream dress to soak up the remaining few sunny days in so even when the weather forecast isn't all that bright your wardrobe can be. Yellow has been this summer's happiest hue and can make even the grossest grey day feel a little less mellow.

Whilst this would be a dream for any late summer wedding's it's also great option to wear into the office on a Monday to dissipate any Monday blues or a Friday to start the weekend early.

As this dress is oh-so bright and fun I'd keep the accessories quite neutral, either opting for a cute straw bag and sling-backs or heeled sandals and an equally as bold cross body bag. Throw a mid-wash denim jacket over the top and pair with primary coloured earrings for maximum impact.

The floral fancy

Dress, Marks & Spencer; Bag, Topshop; Shoes, Marks & Spencer

So, this dress has almost entirely earned it's cost per-wear back already as it's saved me on two occasions where I've had to attend work pitch meetings with advertising clients and my usual go-to of jeans and a tee hasn't quite seemed appropriate. Smart and sweet this lovely floral maxi is cute enough for a summer wedding yet stylish enough for a day date. I realllllly, really love it.

Whilst dresses used to make up a vast majority of my wardrobe and weekday staples they'd rather fallen out of favour so I picked this up almost in spite of the recent me who would have purchased the top version of this dress (should it exist) and paired it with my go-to light wash jeans every-single-day. I'm so happy I opted for something that 17 and 22 year old me would have loved as it made 26 year old me remember how great a really great dress can make you feel. 


Life Saving Denim:

As you'll be able to tell from both my blog and instagram I bloody love a good pair of jeans. And, whilst a great pair of jeans can be a real life-saver on those morning's when you just need something familiar and flattering to throw-on-and-go, they're not really lifesavers. Well, at least not until the 22nd September aka Jeans for Genes day comes around. 

Despite there seeming to be endless days dedicated to absolutely every conceivable thing now, this is one of the remaining few days that truly does make a real difference and one I'm proud to support each year.

Jeans for Genes are dedicated to helping disorder-specific charities and patient groups, offering support services and equipment to children affected by genetic disorders. With around 30,000 babies and children diagnosed each year in the UK alone it's a cause that's close to many people's hearts. With all the money raised each year going towards providing grants for day-to-day support, equipment, nursing and patient support services, and events which bring together affected children and their families. 

Whilst wearing your jeans and donating to the charity on the 22nd is a great help, getting fully involved and sporting the cause in their 2017 tee is even better. This year's super sweet style was designed by Glasgow School of Art graduate Molly Lindsay and this graphic tee is effective yet sleek, handily working as well with light-wash vintage jeans as it does with your darker wash styles.

There's plenty of time between now and Jeans for Genes day so, if you're feeling especially inspired and generous click here to sign up for your own free fundraising pack. Whether you show your support by donating in double-denim, hosting an office cake sale, or a school mufti day get involved this September! 

Being In A Long Term Relationship In Your 20s:

Next month marks Tyler and I being together for eight years. EIGHT WHOLE YEARS. It's quite an absurd sentence to write, partly because I don't feel old enough to have been in a relationship for eight years but also because it quite simply doesn't feel like it has been that long.

Tyler's been in my life for a very long time now, he's watched my siblings grow up and we've both moved to university, moved back home, moved back to London and become an aunt and uncle (twice, no less!) in that time. Our eight years together have been amazing but also terribly blighted by tragedies and bad luck, despite - and maybe due to these two factors, we've grown together throughout our twenties.

As our anniversary looms I've been asked more and more about my experience of being in a long term relationship in my twenties and what it means to be in one, so I thought I'd share it all with you.

First off, reaching this anniversary has oftentimes felt quite improbable. People often mention about going through tough times in relationships at different stages - mainly 3, 5 and 7 years and I can totally attest that being a thing. We're both very different people to what we were when we first got together, looking back at who I was at 18 and who I am now there are incredible differences. Thankfully, we've managed to develop together and whilst our paths, locations and goals have varied slightly we've always found a way back to each other.

When we first started dating we'd just finished 6th form and college and had already decided upon taking a gap year before we both moved to London to study at university - bizarrely we'd both decided upon our separate, yet matching plans before we met. That meant we had an entire, really easy year to spend with each other. Fitting work, gigs and festivals around dates.

Whilst we were both studying at London universities we were each at opposite sides of the city which meant we were close enough to see each other, yet far enough apart to live separate lives with different friends. On the few occasions that people have asked whether I'd regret spending my university years in a relationship should we break up the answer was always, absolutely not. Whilst I was happy at university I was happier because of Tyler and I couldn't regret something that had made me feel happy, safe and supported.

We moved back home following our graduation and whilst I commuted to London still for placements and assisting work Tyler started a Masters. This was cut short when his poor leg was really awfully broken (in two places - the little lamb!)  during a football match, it was our first real struggle as such and it was a real defining moment in our relationship. I took up a second job so I could re-start my driving lessons as until that point I hadn't realised how dependent I was upon Tyler (and his car). We basically lived out of my parents house for the following 18 months before we both, again at the same times, secured proper jobs in London and began planning our move back down.

Up to this point we'd been so busy and naive to life that apart from some awesome summer holidays we'd never really travelled together and so we took the opportunity to go on an American road trip and visit all of our dearest friends from university. It was the absolute best time of our lives and if you're reading this and haven't been travelling yet or, are undecided on travelling on your gap year or taking a gap year. GO! Literally the only regrets Tyler and I have is that we didn't take advantage of the full, entirely free year we both had before university.

So, we've now been living together in London for the past two years, with a housemate, and despite the very tempestuous times we've endured here living with my best friend has been the best thing. Whilst we both work long and often mismatched hours coming home to a best friend who you can have an honest chat with, a good moan or a good cry with is perfect - even if we're rarely ever, ever in at the same time. Nights where we eat grapes and cheese for dinner whilst watching some tv series are my absolute faves.

Your late teens/early twenties are some of the most formative and important years of your life and although mine have been greatly shaped by my relationship they've absolutely not been defined by it - something which I think is really key to the longevity of the relationship.

I really believe that you can find so much reward and fulfilment through being in a long term relationship during such a pivotal time in your life, so long as you're open and willing to change, adapt and grow. Tyler and I have changed and grown into very different people over the last six months alone - as happens each time a tragedy hits. Whilst I've grown even more protective of him because of it it's made me even more aware of what we have.

Being a part of an ongoing and developing relationship through these changing and challenging years can be so reassuring and having a constant support when so, so, so many things have changed has been something I'll be forever grateful of. But, possibly the most important element that we've maintained over these past eight long years is space. We've afforded each other the space to change, to pursue our dreams whilst knowing that we were fully supported by one another the entire time. Supported and not defined by each other, that's key.


HUGE Transitional Zara Unboxing + Try-On Haul, August 2017

Some of the all new and oh so wonderful Zara pieces I've picked up recently. I really hope you enjoy it!


How To Deal With Ageing & The Expectations That Come With It

As a few of you might know, it was my birthday in June. Whilst it wasn’t one that’d be classified as ‘major’ (I turned 26, FYI) it meant that I’ve now reached the age at which I’d always imagined I’d be a married homeowner with a baby on the way. Despite these dreams being those of a much, much younger me I’d always imagined twenty-six to be the age at which I have my shit together. This is absolutely not the case and my existential crisis is as true and as major as ever.

Whilst my friends and I all worked hard at school, went to good universities and passed with mostly 2:1’s there’s such a dramatic divide between where we’re all at both financially and emotionally. Although this is pretty normal and almost rather expected, every single year that goes by increases my surprise and shock at pregnancies, engagements and divorces of past school/university friends. It’s that awkward moment when you feel oh so not ready for any of those things whist also feeling the pressure to conform to all the societal norms. Which slowly but surely seemingly loom around everything.

So as my birthday approached this year I felt more and more conscious of what (younger me) I had presumed I would have achieved by now and the vastly contrasting reality of where I’m really at. So, while most people tend to look forward to their birthday and eagerly anticipate the date weeks in advance, this year mine rather loomed over me as a reminder that I’m not a homeowner. 

I tried to go along with the excitement of it and booked a holiday with my boyfriend and family on a dreamy hot island in an attempt to embrace the age and pre-empt my inevitable tidal wave of melancholy. It was all going to plan until my younger brother was taken ill (thankfully very briefly) and a whole new level of perspective was given.

As I told myself over and over when friends of friends tragically died too young age is a privilege not afforded to many and although I don't own a house, am yet to sign any form of permanent job contract and have failed to purchase any form of designer bag it's not the be or end all.

I read a really excellent quote this week that encapsulated all my anxiety towards ageing and the expectations that come with it so perfectly. 

So, don't worry. Or at least take a deep breath and remember you're not in this alone. Everyone gets overwhelmed by pressures and expectations, try to be kinder to yourself and know that you're very much going at the right pace for you. 

Try to handle your expectations. It honestly takes me a little while to work out whether I'm actually happy about something or if I just simply like the idea of it and then, whether being happy ALLLL the time is even happiness. It's all so painfully subjective. 

Whatever you do for your birthday be selfless and make it about you. Whether that's treating yourself to a pedicure or yoga class in the morning, prioritise the things you love. So whether you're feeling it or not your birthday will be a little of what you wanted and all the more rosy because of it.

But what I have learnt, amongst this jumble of thoughts is that ultimately, birthday blues are manageable - it's your party you can cry if you want to. I absolutely have and inevitably probably will do when 28 comes around too. 


The Best Summer Read's Of 2017:

2017 has been yet another great year for really great books.

I don't know whether my recent inability to read a single book apart from when I'm away on holiday which has made me appreciate a really great one all the more.

Whilst its hard to define what makes a great summer read a great summer read, holidays provide the perfect excuse to get into a good one and quickly forget a bad one. Whether it's a real-life thriller, gritty crime story, or heartbreaking novella that'll have us sobbing into our sunbed. Holidays give you a guilt-free window to read and read, soaking up plots as quickly as you soak up the sun.

So whether you're moved by memoirs or captivated by cutesy reads there's something for everyone...

The Girls, Emma Cline

An evocative and thought provoking read. I could not put this one down. Cline's debut novel came out last year but reallly picked up the heat this summer. With the focus upon a teenage girl who joins a dangerous commune in late-60s California. Inspired by the Charles Manson affair, it's so hard not to review these without giving too much away so all I'll say is go buy it now.

What She Ate: Six Remarkable Women and the Food That Tells Their Stories, Laura Shapiro

Literally feed your mind with this witty memoir. Detailing everything from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's love of bread-and-butter sandwiches to Eva Braun's last supper this love story about fitness, dieting and body images also gives a whole new perspective on social history.

The Goddesses, Swan Huntley 

For thrill-seeker's this haunting story is ALL about betrayal and forgiveness. Telling the tale of a woman who moves to Hawaii with her family only to find herself getting a little too close to her yoga teacher and then irrevocably wrapped up in a dangerous friendship.

Yes Please, Amy Poehler

I re-read this again this summer. I bloody love Amy Poehler and when I first read her memoir it spoke to me and really helped me gain a fresher perspective on things I was going through at the time. It was so great that I often quote it (and her) to pals who encounter the same things. There's a whole Pinterest board dedicated to her sassy and inspiring quotes... 100% worth picking up again.

Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney

Sharp and intelligent this novel on friendship, lust and jealously covers the unexpected complications of adulthood. A really brilliant observation of human frailty it's hard not to identify with Frances.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Levy's follow-up to her Booker-shortlisted Swimming Home is a clever tale of duty, obsession and identity. Following a mother and daughter who embark upon a journey in search of a medical cure for the Mum's paralysis in a Spanish village. With almost expectant twists and tales its a realllll page turner.


15 Maxi Dresses Under £100:

Maxi Dress, Boohoo (I didn't realise this was maternity when I purchased it - oops!)

So, let's chat maxi's. If there's one (workwear appropriate) garment that's help you take on the rising temperatures it's the maxi dress and goodness me we need it. 

This week has been absolutely mental. The weather is literally like nothing I've ever, ever experienced before. Especially in London travelling on the tube has been utterly gross. A gross sweaty mess would even be an understatement.

An effortless staple the maxi dress is super versatile and can be whatever you'd like it to be. You can go classic or all-out bold. From colourful striped styles to off-the-shoulder options there's everything you could ever want. I'm personally loving the delicate embroidered styles and think this M&S dress is the absolute dream. 

A go-to for every summer event and party from formal occasions to beach bbqs I've compiled a little edit of 15 of my favourites from my go-to high street stores:


River Island



6 Things To Do Before A Holiday:

So, as ever, I've left it a little late and am two sleeps away from going on a little trip to Marseille with Roxy and then immediately heading away on my own summer hols.

To say I have major pre-holiday anxiety would be such an understatement I can't even tell you. Last night I tried on (yes, in this absurd heat!) every single thing I'd optimistically purchased over the last few months ahead of both and was left feeling beyond flobby and wholly unprepared. So, I thought I'd pop together a little list on her, almost as a reminder to myself, of all the things I cannot and must not forget to do/pack/prepare.

For those of you who, like me, are rather leave-everything-until-the-last-minute-and-then-panic packers..,

This sounds pretty basic and rather obvious but changing rooms, the awful lighting and the huge queues that precede them are hideous and as such, I never ever try anything on in-store. This has long been my go-to and often failsafe option. But 90% of the pieces I tried on yesterday were bloody awful on me I now have no option but to brave Oxford Street in 30+ degree heat to return and exchange things. Yuppp I've learnt my lesson.

So once you've tried on your holiday clothes and made sure all your old favourites are freshly washed and good to go. Go old school and make a little list of key essentials that you know you couldn't make it through the week without. I generally tend to forget either my pjs or a toothbrush, both of which can easily be replaced. However, things like your beloved sunnies, the book you were desperate to read and  always prove to be a little difficult.

Whilst my pre-holiday organisation is pretty poor one thing I'm blooming proud of is my ability to pack a pretty solid hand luggage bag. I honestly thing they're more important than your hold luggage. There's nothing quite as lovely as having your chewing gum, fave pair of fluffy socks and sheet mask to hand. I don't get on a flight without a see-through handy pouch with lip balm, hand cream and a roll-on fragrance.

Your passport goes without saying but visa's and travel insurance (more below...) are absolute must-haves. SD cards, waterproof phone cases, CURRENCY - so, so important! Camera's, chargers, laptops. Any prescribed mediation, antihistamines, bite-creams and paracetamol. Also, always take a few plasters as you just know you'll be caught out by your new sandals.

Sometimes life just gets in the way and the mani-pedi you planned on getting just doesn't happen. Try not to stress over it and don't panic as you can always rely on the Boots at your airport for a nail file, polish or two and a last resort new-razor.

If you're lucky enough to travel quite often investing in something like annual travel insurance is a great idea, some options are only £20/5 per year and if you ever needed to use it it'd be worth every penny.


The Best Wedding Guest Dresses Under £200

Berkley Floral Midi Dress, Finery London; Bag, Me & Em; Shoes, Marks & Spencer

Wedding season is officially on us and next weekend I'll be attending my first wedding of the year! I always get quite overwhelmed with the idea of finding the perfect dress to wear to a summer wedding and thought I'd share an edit of the best styles I found on my search...

If you dare to bare this summer do so with a pastel or printed dress, balancing out the shoulder-showing style by opting for a midi or maxi length. The off-the-shoulder trend is hugee, yet again, this summer and I'd recommend embracing it wholeheartedly. Whilst a classic lace style always makes for a timeless choice. Make a sweet, but subtle statement in a pastel lace style - simply pair with tonal accessories and loose curls and your good to go!

Maxi Dresses

Lace Dresses

Floral Dresses
Button Bardot Dress, Flynn Skye; Lotus Floral Dress; Finery; Garden Floral Wrap Dress; Topshop; Floral Dress, Asos; Floral Maxi, Finery London

Wrap Around Shoes
Marrakech Block Heel, Topshop; Floral Sandals, Zara;  Mayfair Tie-Up Heels, Kurt Geiger London; Jostle Heels and Real Frill Sandals, both Topshop 



55 Summer Buys Under £55:

Jeans, Marks & Spencer; Bag, Me & Em; Shoes, Office

So, one of the lovely perks of my little job is getting to spend a little bit of time each day or so looking for the hottest pieces on the high street. I've spent quite a lot of time doing it today and thought I'd give you guys a little round up of the best bits I've seen... From H&M's dreamy earrings to Boden's swimsuits and Mango's statement tee's I've put together a lovely little edit of 55 pieces under £55 to get you summer ready - whether you're heading off on your hols home or away!

Shop, enjoy! And, let me know if you've purchased any key pieces that I'm missing...

Floral Shirt, Mango; Pink Mules, Topshop; Bikini Top and Bottoms, Next; Embroidered Bardot Top, Marks & Spencer; Earrings, H&M; Straw Bag, Gap; Embroidered Pearl Skirt, New Look; Dress, Marks & Spencer; Sisterhood Jumper, New Look; Espadrilles, Boden

Tie Front Dress, New Look; Palm Beach Tee, Mango; Ruffle Top, H&M; Embroidered Tunic Dress and Floral Skirt, both Marks & Spencer; Sun Hat, Boden; Striped Wrap Midi Skirt, Topshop; Woven Bag, White Stuff; Swimsuit, Boden; Sandals, Next

Wrap Around Top, Zara; Eh Oui Top, Whistles; Straw Hat, Ruffle Sandals and Blue Floral Dress all Marks & Spencer; Niki Bag, Oliver Bonas; Floral Dress, Mango; Denim Skirt, Topshop; Flute Sleeve Jumper, French Connection; Crab Bag, Zara

Yolander Embroidered Top, Joules; Shorts, Monki; Mules, Mango; Playsuit, Topshop; Swimsuit, New Look; Earrings, Marks & Spencer; Bikini Top and Bottoms, Joules; Skirt, H&M; Top, Warehouse; Floral Top, Joules

The Best Gingham Skirts Under £40

Jumper, Boden; Skirt, Urban Outfitters; Shoes, Next; Bag, Lulu Guinness

Gingham skirts have quickly become my go-to. Such an easy alternative to your everyday options a gingham style not only taps into one of the summers most popular trends.

Opt for styles with either an asymmetric hem or ruffled detailing to make a real statement, simply add a simple knit or tee to go from day-to-night with ease. Fresh, fun and a little flirty.

Here are 10 of the best on the high-street and the best bit is that they're all under £40!!

Best Gingham Mini Skirts:
Black Fill Mini, New Look; Gingham Wrap Around Skirt, Topshop; Asymmetric Frill Skirt, Urban Outfitters; Gingham Ruffle Skirt, Urban Outfitters; Ruffle Wrap Skirt, New Look

Best Gingham Maxi Skirts:

The Shacket:

Shacket, Tee and Clutch all Mango

Say hello to the shacket. As those of you who've been following my blog and/or my YouTube channel for a while will know I have a jacket obsession. I even filmed a video solely dedicate to my coat collection. So it should come as absolutely no surprise that when a slightly new style comes out I'm very keen to try it out (and almost inevitably end up purchasing two or three...). Right now it's the shacket. 

A shirt/jacket hybrid the shacket is the ultimate item for these weird few weeks/months where the weather's so undecided on what it's doing that a coat seems too heavy but leaving the house without some form of jacket is just too irresponsible. This is what's oh-so-great about the shacket you can throw it over literally everything from tees to camis and it's been so useful for weekends and after work drinks.

This forrest green Mango shacket was my first ever foray into the shacket world and its totally converted me. With a cute embellished detailing on the pocket and 3/4 fluted sleeves it ticks all of my boxes. There are some great options on the high street at the mo and I thought I'd share a little edit of a few that have caught my eye and are currently in my shopping baskets patiently waiting until payday.

Whether suede, denim or khaki there's something for everyone...


The 25 Gingham Pieces To Shop RN:

It should come as no surprise that trusty Toppers would take each of SS17's most popular trends and combine them into one to create this dreamy must-have top. You'll have probably seen it alllll over instagram already it's the sweetest. Gingham ✔️ Ruffles ✔️ Asymmetric ✔️ I'm obsessed.

You know me, I love a little monochrome and surprisingly my newest obsession isn't a failsafe stripe but rather a paired back update on a previously twee picnic check. Up to last summer I wasn't really into gingham as it was always on more vintage or super girly pieces that weren't really my vibe. So when more classic cuts and trend-led pieces started to come through I got really excited and then, inevitably oh so into it.

The paired back vibes of the new-in pieces, especially the ruffled skirt - but more on that one another day - are so up my street. I wore this tee tucked into my favourite Marks & Spencer jeans for dinner over the weekend. 

Shop my edit of the best gingham pieces in-store right now below…

Gingham Trousers

Gingham Swimwear

Gingham Jumpsuits

Gingham Tops

Gingham Dresses 

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