Last Minute Gift Ideas For Her Under £100

If, like me, you're sill yet to complete your Christmas shopping then you're in luck! So many sites and stores have started their sales making purchasing those last minute gifts all the easier. And, letting you spoil your loved ones with twice as many treats.

Lots have people have messaged me asking for a few last minute gift ideas and so I'd thought I'd pop together a little edit of pieces I love for under £100 - with pieces, like this super sweet coaster for under £10, that'll make great stocking fillers!

Happy shopping!
(the + boxes to take you through to each item's purchase page aren't showing on some computer's so please just click the item and it'll take you through to buy :))


21 Ways To Feel More Festive This Christmas

Festive cheer has hit me a lot earlier than usual this year and I’m really feeling so Christmas-sy which is quite unusual for me as I normally only get into the spirit of it on Boxing Day – which is a little too late.

If you haven’t found your cheer yet, then there is absolutely still lots of time and, to give you a helping hand I’ve compiled a little list of bits to get you in the seasonal spirit…

1, Pop on a Christmas jumper, it maybe a little early but nothing gets you feeling the cheer quite like a novelty knit - shop my favourites here! 

2, Have a glass of mulled wine even if, like me, you hate mulled wine. The warm, spicy smell you’ve grown to associate with Christmas markets and Winter Wonderland will soon get you feeling merry (especially after a couple of glasses)!

3, Go ice-skating. If you’re in London pop to the Natural History Museum or Somerset House and go Ice Skating with some friends. Irrespective of your skating capabilities you’re bound to have so much fun. The Natural History museum where Swarovski have decorated the tree, there’s a carousel and even a cosy bar overlooking the rink serving mince pies and mulled wine.

4,  Go window-shopping. Department stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Liberty are internationally renowned for their iconic window displays. The two Christmases I worked for Selfridges were definitely the years I felt most festive as an adult: ballerinas, brass bands and elves visited each floor putting on wonderful performances. If you're in London be sure to check out the Christmas lights adorning key touristy areas like New Bond St, Carnaby Street and Regent Street are all beautifully lit up.
5, Give to a homeless person. Nothing breaks my heart quite like seeing a homeless person on their own on a freezing cold winter’s night, so whether you can only spare a pound, a sandwich or a hot drink it’ll absolutely be appreciated. With so much focus around buying presents and purchasing new things, it’s quite nice to be reminded of the little things you can do that make a big difference.

6, Have a Mariah moment and sing along to ‘All I want for Christmas…’ in the car/shower/whilst washing up.

7, Treat yourself to a festive drink in one of those oh-so instagrammable red cups and say yes to cream for once – you deserve it.

8, If you haven’t got a tree already you’re absolutely not too late. Pop and get one and then decorate it, picking your own theme (however mismatched it ends up being), baubles and lights is one of the real perks of being an actual grown up.

9, Pop on some Bublé, make a hot chocolate and wrap all of you Christmas gifts up. Settle down with all your glitter tape, cute parcel paper, ribbon/string and enjoy wrapping – it’s pretty satisfying to get it all out of the way before Christmas eve.

10, If you're outside of London go for a drive, when I was younger my Mum would take us all out to see the best Christmas light displays around our local area, and often the county. Nothing says Christmas quite like an over the top display of lights and singing Santa decorations.

11, Watch your favourite Christmas films, one after the other. We did this last weekend and I'm sure we'll be spending Sunday wrapping presents whilst watching Elf for the thousandth time. If Buddy can't get you into the holiday spirit try Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street.

12, Treat yourself to a festive manicure. Whether that means all out glitter and glitz or a classic autumnal shade, there’s a lot of events, parties and functions between now and Christmas and a cheeky shellac will see you through.

13, Invest in some cosy, cheap and cheerful Christmas pj’s from Primark. Noone does festive pyjamas quite like them. Maybe get some festive bedding or socks whilst you’re in-store too because, why not!

14, Go all-out with fairy lights. Drape them around your bed, across your lounge and along your kitchen window ledge because twinkly fairy lights make everywhere (even the smallest saddest rooms in rented flats) feel snug, cosy and festive.

15, Light a festive candle, and settle down to watch a Christmas film on Netflix. Firm favourites of mine are literally ALL of The White Company’s dreamy offering's, Neom's Christmas Wish and Yankee’s ‘Christmas Cookie.’

16, Reach out to old friends you may have not seen as much as you’d hoped this Christmas, plan (and do) drinks of dinner. There’s no better time to reconnect with loved ones than Christmas.

17, Play all the games. ALL of them. Christmas is not Christmas without playing all of the games by the fire.

18, Treat yourself to a tin of Roses each time you pop and do your weekly shop because having chocolates for breakfast is only really ever acceptable in December.

19, Slowly switch off and give yourself a little break, if you haven’t made it to the gym as much as you’d hoped to, don’t worry – that’s what January is for! Give yourself some ‘you’ time and enjoy it!

20, Finally make some ridiculous Camembert bread dish that you’ve seen whipped up in one of those foodie facebook videos. Calories totally don’t count in December.

21, Make yourself the most Christmas-sy of playlists for your drive home for Christmas – I’ve already got my boyfriend working on ours! Blaring out The Pogues whilst driving up the M1 is pure festive feels.

16 Gifts He Might Not Hate

I don't know if it's just me (and a fair few of my gals) but buying for boys is hard. Shopping for him and finding something other than a: fragrance, wallet, top, jumper or pair of luxe slippers (delete as appropriate) is HARD. Really hard.

This Christmas is proving tougher than previous years - mainly because pretty much everything I bought everyone last year is still working/being used/not run out yet - so I've needed to up my ante and look at a few alternative ideas and options.

So, here we are. I thought if I was having this much trouble finding great gifts for him some of you might also be too so here are a few of the bits I've found and loved across the internet for guys. Everything is under £100 - it's mostly under £50 but I can get a little carried away sometimes.

*Disclaimer, I obviously don't know your boyfriend/dad/brother/pal so he still might hate some of these - sorry, I told you it was hard!

Clockwise from top left: 

Graphic Sweater, Kin by John Lewis

Globe Desk Tidy, Marks & Spencer

Adventurer Enamel Mug, Gentleman's Hardware

Whisky Truffles, Charbonnel et Walker

Multi Tool Kit,  Gentleman's Hardware

Textured Leather Gloves, Marks & Spencer

'Your Side' Pillow Case Set, Ben De Lisi at Debenhams

Sock Set, John Lewis

Mini Diana Camera, Lomography


Ultimate Stocking Fillers For Under £15

So we're almost at the end of November and, as I shopped the (seemingly never, ever, ever... ending) Black Friday deals I couldn't help but think of my yet-to-be-finished Christmas shopping and the stocking fillers for my sister, boyfriend, family etc... that I'm yet to buy.

I don't know about you but, stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts become an increasingly harder buy for me as  each year everything becomes a little bit more expensive and it becomes impossible to find anything within your budget that can muster some kind of festive cheer. Thankfully Warehouse are crushing it with their stocking filler game this year and have oh-so many chic options: from snug scarves to statement earrings - that'll work for everyone! From your sister to your cousin and auntie, there's something for everyone and, as those of you who've read my blog for a while will know I so appreciate a one-stop-shop.

So whether you're only just thinking about Christmas or have nearly finished your shop, I thought I'd share a few of my favourites from the high-street incase you're being very prepared or just quite simply fancy treating yourself to a little something.

My personal favourites include Oliver Bonas' chic navy eye mask with delicate and adorable gold stitching as well as Warehouse's pretty and personable monogrammed gold keyring's - both of which are inevitably the presents you purchase with the intention of treating your best friend but somehow always end up keeping the gift for you and repurchasing another for them.

Clockwise from top left: Sleepy Eyes Mask, £15, Oliver Bonas; Bath Salts Gift Set, £8.50, Joules;
Moon And Star Bangle, £8, Warehouse, Gold Glass Hanging Frame 2" x 2", £4.50, Oliver Bonas;
Star Insert Earrings, £10, Warehouse; 'Falling Fast' Lipstick, £8, Topshop; Pineapple Bottle Stop, £12, Oliver Bonas; Alphabet Glasses, £8, Marks & Spencer; Heart Hands iPhone 6 Case, £8, Topshop; 
Printed Socks, £6.95, Joules; Monogram Card Holder, £10, Warehouse; 'S' Initial Key Chain, £8, Warehouse, 
Leopard Print Bag, £15, Accessorize; Marble and Copper Alphabet Coaster, £10, Oliver Bonas; 
Lips Trinket Dish, £9.50, Oliver Bonas

Slogan Knits That Will Keep You Feeling Good All Winter Long

Sinead Knit, Baukjen; Jeans, Topshop;

Winter is here. It's bloody freezing and at the moment the only thing that can get me out of bed each morning is the cosy knitwear that I quickly layer on as soon as I physically can.

Since spotting this lovely 'feel good' (literally!) knit on Baujken's site I knew it'd be a great go-to that could work summer through winter. You know what it's like another week another knit... (to inevitably layer over the top of another knit as it gets even colder!) and this one is oh-so me.

As knitwear goes, a slogan knit is a pretty solid investment. I lived in my New Look 'sisterhood' knit all summer long and know this one will keep me going till next summer.

Not only are they a great throw-on-and-go piece you can mix it with endless options in your wardrobe to dress up you loveworn go-to jeans and dress down pleated skirts.

Slogan knits (and tees) make such a great and easy conversational piece: which is super handy - especially over the party season when small talk between canapés and cocktails can prove a little difficult.

Shop six of my favourite styles now...


The Best Black Friday Deals Of 2017


Hello Black Friday! It's that time of year, yet again, where everyone goes totally wild and crazy for the hottest deals about. My post on the ultimate Black Friday deals and discounts went down a storm last year so I thought it'd be rude not to share some of my faves this year too!

Go wild, as this nice little quote says 'it's an "add to cart" kinda day' and I don't need to be told twice... Black Friday deals seem to be starting earlier and earlier with some of the stores I popped by at The Grove whilst I was in LA last week (more on that next week) starting theirs a whole week in advance of the actual day. 

If I'm totally honest, I'm awaiting some pretty big news so I've been holding off on any major or small buys so I've instead purchased a hell of a lotta great pieces from La Redoute's INCREDIBLY generous 40% deals for my parents - as they've been redecorating for the last year and make some incredibly poor interiors choices without me - but that's all (so far at least...)

So shop for me and tweet or insta me to let me know what bargains you've picked up on this mad Black Friday!!

Aldo have a very tempting 50% off all their styles - across both bags and shoes! I mean if I hadn't got three pairs of boots in my basket, (this navy velvet pair, these chelsea boots and this knee high pair) would I even be me?!

Hello heavenly candles and ALL the interiors inspo a gal can dream of. Anthropologie have 20% off everything + FREE delivery with code 'ITSYOURS'. Simply shop everything here, including all the statement earrings and monogrammed marble cheese boards a girl could ever need - you're welcome!

Take 20% off EVERYTHING at ASOS with 'WIN20'. I repeat, this is not a drill go - go - go!

Boden's 30% off with code 'N6D5' is the perfect excuse to finally pick up the pair of cashmere socks you've been dreaming of.

Shop Boohoo's Black Friday Sale with 50% off absolutely everything on their site now, seriously - go!

Coming soon, I've just checked again (it's 5 to 1 in the morning - thanks jetlag!) and Boots' Black Friday Deals are yet to be announced... it's still worth clicking though as we know they'll be good 'uns!

Take up to 40% off your Christmas party wardrobe (including my beloved metallic trousers from yesterday's post!) with Coast's Black Friday discounts, shop here.

Get everything from your winter coat to NYE dress in Dorothy Perkins' up to 50% sale.

There's up to 40% everything on House of Fraser's site - there's no code as the discount is automatically applied to ALL the products. Pick up everything from a half price Clinique beauty set to a Le Creuset starter kit. Shop here.

Never knowingly undersold John Lewis crush Black Friday. With special offers across all departments this Black Friday there's up to £240 off Dyson's and 17% off Tom Ford it's well worth a browse. 

Get up to 50% off everything at Joules - my favourite red knit is now under £50 and these adorable chelsea boots are under £100! Click here to shop.

So I've gone in heavily on La Redoute's 50% off Black Friday deal. I bought my parents 'the rug' you'll have inevitably seen all over insta as it's perfect for their lounge and this glitzy table incase you were curious. Use code 'BLACKFRIDAY' at the checkout and shop now!

Take up to 60% everything at Laura Ashley this Black Friday.

There's nothing to really report for my beloved Marks & Spencer's this Black Friday except their lovely 3 for 2 offer on Christmas gifts. They've got some lovely bits if you want a nice break and maybe a monogrammed gift, or two (they've gone all in).

There's 50% off the whole of Miss Selfridge RN. Shop here. 

Use code 'CYBER50' to shop 50% off everything this Black Friday at Missguided. Simply click here.

Let's go! Literally, use code 'LETSGO' to get 30% off everything and £1.99 delivery at Nasty Gal this Black Friday.

Say hello to 25% off everything at New Look this Black Friday, no code needed. Shop glitzy ankle boots and partywear now.

Take 20% off my favourite boots (these guys - here) at Office, use code 'SHINE' and shopshopshop.

Grab your 2018 diary early this year with 20% off Paperchase with code 'BLACK20'.

So there's 20% off Superdry this Black Friday with code 'BLACK20' and it's almost inevitable that I use the discount to pick up my fave coat (here on me and here on site) for my Grandma as she's so keen for her own peacoat. Shop here.

With 30% off until midnight Monday Ted Baker's Black Friday offer is more than tempting. There's no code needed - simply click here to shop.

Up to 50% off Topshop is something reallllly hard to resist, with or without Black Friday. We've all got an on-going Topshop wish list - this is the optimal time to treat yourself to something from yours.

Always one to mix it up a little Urban Outfitters have a fun 'buy one get 50% off everything offer' running both instore and online. Simply mix and match your favourite pieces here.

Take 25% off your favourite designers this Black Friday at Very Exclusive. Pick up a Kenzo clutch for under £70 ahead of your Christmas party, or a pair of Ugg slippers for cosy nights in watching Christmas films. There's SO much!

Get up to 50% off everything at Zalando - with great discounts on Barbour jackets, Levi's and Vans. It's like ASOS but with more discounts than you can imagine this year!


Party Dressing: The Statement Trouser

Top, Uniqlo; Metallic Trousers, Metallic Sheen Trousers, Coast; Shoes, Zara

Whether they're cut from luxurious velvet or glistening gold, statement trousers have been the go-to piece in my winter wardrobe. Not only are they a fun alternative to your everyday jeans or go-to work trousers they’re an easy way to add texture into your winter wardrobe and are perfect for the impending party season.

I don’t know about you but my ‘going out’ wardrobe is seriously lagging behind my daytime wardrobe. I recently had two big nights out and was left in a terrible panic trying to find something suitable to wear as my go-to M&S maxi’s weren’t quite right. Simply, I don’t go out-out as much as I used to and my wardrobe certainly reflects that.

If it’s not an LBD with a cute ankle boot, or a beloved pair of jeans and a nice kitten heel then I’m left at a little bit of a loss as to what to wear. Which, when it comes to the party season is far from ideal as it’s all about feeling and looking your best which is why I’m moving away from my usual go-to’s this year and challenging myself with a stand-out pair of trousers.

Perfect for the party season, this throw on and go option is ideal for busy day to night events and those week’s when you feel like you’ve got parties, dinners, drinks and work do’s coming out of your ears!

Whether you favour a wide leg style or a slimmer, tailored fit there’s an option for all. Play with proportions and mix more fitted pieces with looser options – I’ve become quite besotted with wider leg trouser styles this season. I always opt for a high-waisted styles when doing so to ensure that my shorter legs are balanced out, which I’ve teamed with a fitted top to define my shape and help the cut of the trousers to nip me in around the waist. 

Shop seven of the best statement trousers on the high street right now...

Best Velvet Trousers
Velvet is having a major moment right now and Topshop are hands down the go-to, and almost one-stop-shop, for the fabric of the moment this season. With endless shades, styles and accessible price points. Whether you're looking for a rich autumnal shade or bold and bright hue there's something for everyone. Pair with a slogan tee for day, switching to a cami for night or, style with a rollneck and matching blazer for stantly retro vibean in.

Best Sparkly Trousers
Sequins and sparkle are a perfect fit for the party season adding glitz and glamour to any look. Whether you want to go all-out with glittery trousers or simply want to add a little shimmer there's so many options out there. Style yours with trainers and a band tee for day, swapping to kitten heels and a off-the-shoulder top come night.
Best Wide Leg Trousers
The wider the better - play around with proportions and supersize your trousers this season. Rich reds add warmth to your look whilst stripes help to elongate your legs - something I'm always up for!


Five Dresses To Wear Now

It was a little more blustery than I'd expected... (I also added in an extra dress for you, because it's one long week!)


October Favourites:

Just a few of my favourites from October!


Ibiza: Both Sides Of The Story

Striped Tee, Warehouse; Denim Shorts, Levi's; Phone, nokia 8

Join me in Ibiza as I capture both sides of the trip on the brand new nokia 8!


The £39.50 Cardigan I Can't Get Enough Of

Cable Knit Cardigan, Marks & Spencer; Camisole, Massimo Dutti; Belt, Asos; Jeans, Topshop; Bag, L.K.Bennett

Cardigans have been a long-term guilty pleasure of mine. I love them - like, truly love them. A great cardigan really brings out the inner Grandma in me and now they're in hot demand (at long last!) thanks to Miuccia Prada and her heavenly AW17 collection - I mean how major is this intarsia style! And the high street has followed suit with oh-so many dreamy styles that I simply can't get enough of them.

Not only is a cosy cardigan practical in these chilly months it provides a great option for the weird hot/cold situation that we all face daily. Going from hot to cold with ease. Whether commuting or suffering from bizarre office air-con they're such a great, and easy, throw-on-throw-off option. 

Whether you're keen to replicate a more retro and throwback 70s vibe or a cleaner cut and more laid-back feel there's a style for everyone.

I love to wear mine with contrasting textures - like a silky cami and dark wash jeans. Opting for an oversized style to optimise on comfort and to really play with proportions. 

Here's eight of my current favourite cardigan's - all for under £50! - you're welcome...

Pointelle Mohair Cardigan, Topshop; Cashmere Cardigan, Boden (this one is over £40 but it was just too good to miss out!) Embroidered Cardigan, Marks & Spencer; Ultimate Chunky Cardy, Asos

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...

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