How To Get Out Of A January Style Rut:

Jacket, Marks & Spencer; Camisole, New Look; Jeans, Pull & Bear

I find dressing myself in January really difficult. I mostly blame both the weather and my tight budget but tbh it's mainly due to overindulging over Christmas and not loving my body all that much. It's so, so cold at the moment and I'm finding it all too easy to have a quiet, cosy night in than a tough night at the gym. I also really haven't got over my Christmas cheese habit. 

But, after going on the #LookxPrimark retreat last week and working out with some seriously inspiring fitness gals I feel like I've finally getting back into the swing of things. I've been to the gym twice since and now my legs have (thankfully) recovered from all the squats we did on the retreat, I've booked myself onto a trampoline class tomorrow morning - eeek! 

I feel so, so much better in myself when I've been for a run, done a spin class or had a dreamy yoga sesh. I can't quite put it into words but it just makes everything feel clearer in my head and I feel like I stand taller and stronger in my clothes. Despite this, I'm still hating my clothes and a lot of my friends who keep whatsapping me about their wardrobes seem to be too so I thought I'd revisit a post I wrote last year on getting out of your style rut.

As I mentioned then, I have a clear image in my head of what I'd like to wear but struggle a lot with actually achieving that look on my pretty minimal budget. I don't think that I particularly have a ‘set style’ which is also where I think the problem stems from, I like to try out trends, challenge myself with fun pieces and get inspired by the people around me. 

Sometimes, I really like things that aren’t necessarily 'me' and it’s led to me having a lot of quite random pieces in my wardrobe: which I feel guilty about neglecting but awkward when I wear them. And since I now sharing a little room with my boyfriend this has led to so much mess and shaming (#coatgate is a serious issue in our little house). I can never decide what to wear and clothes are constantly all over the place from my daily sartorial woes - it took me 25 minutes to decide on a jumper and jean option this morning. Oh so basic.

So, in an attempt to get out of the horrid repetitive cycle of buying,  never wearing , hating everything I own and then buying more clothes, I thought I’d share my new approach to ensuring your new-season purchases don’t end up in the charity bag before the seasons started.

1, Clear out your wardrobe

Tidy wardrobe, tidy mind. Chanel Marie Kondo and think (rationally) 'if it doesn't bring you joy' let it go to a better home. 

It was one of the most therapeutic things I’ve done in a long while. There’s something so lovely about re-discovering those silly nostalgic pieces and gifting or donating others to friends, family or charity. 

My clear outs never usually get to the charity that’s printed on the bin bag they very quickly fill up, rather going onto my sister, mum and aunt instead. However the bags are a great place to start: with a great intention.

I hate the whole ‘if you haven’t worn it in six months bin immediately’ nonsense, it’s such a flawed logic. I instead go by the mantra that if I can’t remember the last time I wore it, felt gross in it, or my sister would look better in it then it goes to her. It’s simple and really effective. If you’re looking for an incentive to your clear out, organise a swap shop or sale with your friends, as they say ‘one gals old Toppers dress is another’s treasure.’ I personally wouldn’t bother with eBay or car boot sales, I’d rather see an unloved Zara shirt go to a friend than have to haggle for a measly £3.

2, Go shopping with a friend

99% of my clothes shopping is done either on-line or alone in-store. I’m the person who always asks store assistants for advice as I never manage to coordinate the time I have free to shop well enough to go with friend. This is something I’m actively trying to rectify, as the people who really know you give you the best advice and always know if you will actually regret not purchasing that one item of clothing that's momentarily caught your eye.

Whilst boyfriends are really good at knowing what you won’t wear, mine doesn’t share my love of culottes or jumpsuits: which means a lot of the time I’m left realllly undecided on things.

The best way to have a successful shop is to hit up a city center or shopping centre mid-week, that way you get to shop in all of your fave stores without the crowds and queues that are inevitable at the weekend. Oxford Street and Westfield’s Stratford are my two favourite places to shop. Invite a friend along and make a full day of it.

To make the most out of your day shopping take some snaps of outfits you like, or specific styles that you could create a capsule wardrobe around with you. Stay focussed and avoid asking people for their advice either on social media or in a WhatsApp groups as your picture will inevitably showcase the piece in the most flattering angle: trust your pal who can see the garment up close and from a realistic angle.

Try not to worry or panic if you don’t find anything. I’m SO guilty of purchasing pieces for the sake of it, and it never ends well. If you want to be super on it check online to see when new-stock is dropping instore and time your shop around then, but often the styles or cuts in-store simply aren’t you. It may be a little disheartening but that’s okay. Save your pounds and come back next week/month.

3, Get on Pinterest

I bloody love Pinterest. It never ceases to amaze me how you can own a whole look and have never considered layering it how another person has, teaming it with a bold bag or shoe.

It’s a constant way to challenge and inspire your creativity and if, like me, you're are also a little late to the Pinterest party I’d really recommend it: especially if you’re after an image overhaul. Simply start up a general style board and pin all your favourite looks, accessories and outfits and go from there. You’ll quickly see which way your style’s heading and one of the great things about Pinterest is that you’re able to see what things in your size look like, giving you a very realistic vision and expectation of outfit’s simply by searching ‘(your size) outfits.’  

Review: Maison Margiela Replica

Beach Walk, Maison Margiela Replica at John Lewis

It might be -2 outside but the smell of summer doesn't need to be far off thanks to Maison Margiela's latest fragrance collection, 'Replica' and, my new favourite scent: Beach Walk. 

Designed to evoke the positive emotions and images that reflect and generate our personal memories Maison Margiela's 'Replica' collection features 10 unique eau de toilettes which remind the wearer of memorable times, places, trips and people. Embracing the beautiful nostalgia of fragrance in the most romantic of fashions.

Fresh yet radiant Beach Walk, contains notes of Lemon, Bergamot, Pink Pepper and Ylang Ylang it reminds me of my yearly trips to Cornwall: learning to surf (badly) on Fistral beach, summer romances and eating ice creams with my Grandparents on Crantock beach. Cornwall and cornish beaches will always hold a special place in my heart and, thanks to this lovely little fragrance I now have a fresh 'sun-kissed' scent to keep me company in London. 

As you can tell my love of fragrances comes from more than just their lovely notes, but also the memories they evoke. A scent has the beautiful ability to escort you back to a particular moment, whether that's a particular holiday, a great date or a person - and help you recall those memories and lovely little moments with a little more clarity.

Maison Margiela have truly created a special concept here with each of the 10 fragrances telling a little story themselves with individual 'scent profiles' to take the wearer back to a moment. With each 100ml bottles label providing a 'scent memory,' description, Provenance, period of time and the intended gender of the fragrance - which is such a lovely and special concept. 

Minimal, with a wonderful simplicity each bottle is effortlessly luxurious with a covetable cool following each - they'd make such a sweet valentines gift! Whilst the summery, feminine 'Beach Walk' fragrance is undoubtedly my personal favourite there are some great options for guys - Jazz Club and At The Barbers are two of my boyfriend's personal faves. Clean yet crisp they both denote a strong yet subtle, woody warmth, which is always welcome - especially over the winter months winter. 

Tweet me @SarahRHarrison to let me know which is your favourite from the collection...

9 Of The Best Puffa Jackets:

Puffa Jacket, Primark; Breton, Asos; Jeans, Topshop

Undoubtedly one of the seasons most popular coats the puffa is fashion forward yet super practical, keeping you absurdly cosy on the coldest of mornings. 

Warm, functional and so on trend, the puffa - or puffer - is the ultimate outerwear option. I've picked up two from Primark recently (the above and a navy velvet style) and my gosh, nothing quite compares to them. The only thing I can really compare it to is that it's like going outside wearing your duvet: you're honestly that snug. 

Bar the choker, the puffer - or puffa - is my second fave 90s trend to come back into the mainstream and I'm actually thankful to all the designers who made wearable duvets a 'thing' again - on these freezing cold morning commutes I truly appreciate it!

Shop the cosiest new season styles below...


7 Floral Dresses To See You From Winter to Summer

Dress, Rochas at Debenhams

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Paris last week with Lipault to celebrate the launch of their new collection with Ines de la Fressange and took this new season floral style from Debenhams with me.

Embroidered with bright poppy detailing, this classic midi-style has ruffles at both the hem and sleeves combining two of the seasons most covetable trends. It's beyond flattering on and is absolutely my new favourite LBD - mainly due to the length and cut concealing all of my Christmas chub.

Pretty and super versatile I wore it one evening for a dinner and another afternoon for brunch - the ultimate transitional piece. I'm starting to save (rather optimistically) for my first house and I'm subsequently trying my best to cut back on my usual purchases - so styles like this, that work as well in winter as they do in summer are right up my street!

So, with the view of capitalising on cost-per-wear here are seven floral styles you can shop now and wear right through (summer) to next winter...

Clockwise from center: Scratch Floral Dress, Topshop; Denim & Supply Floral Dress, Ralph Lauren; Floral Print Dress, Marks & Spencer; Floral Print Dress, Y.A.S; Plunge Floral Dress, Glamorous; Floral Ruffle Tea Dress, Miss Selfridge


Trending: Pleated Skirts

Shirt,; Skirt, Next; Boots, Marks & Spencer

So it's 💯% definitely not warm enough for bare legs RN 🚫 but, thankfully this pleated style works just as well with your cosiest opaques. Pair with a chunky knit for now, switching to trainers and a plain tee when it (finally) warms up.

Pleated skirts are a classic wardrobe staple, working as well within your weekday workwear wardrobe as they do on the weekends with heeled boots. I particularly loved this glitzy green midi-style from Next - festive and fun it adds a little bit of (much needed) fun to every outfit - even on the greyest of winters days! 

Whether you tuck your shirt into your pleated skirt or layer under your favourite long-line knit, there are so many styling options!

Shop a few of my favourite new season pleats here...


Sephora Haul + Giveaway:

I thought I'd do a little Sephora giveaway to cheer you lovely lot up this cold, grey January... watch to see how you can win!

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Competition closes at 9pm (GMT) February 18th, open internationally. Good luck!!


The Magpie's Hoard x Dreamingless:

So the party season is officially upon us! Bringing with it the pressure of finding the perfect outfit and the make-up to amp up your look in the right way: whether you're wanting to focus upon lips, eyes - or both! - I hope my little beauty editorial helps you find the right on 
I styled a beauty editorial to showcase a few of the hottest ways to lo

Photography: Antonio Milevčić
Beauty Director: Alice Robertson
Make Up: Emma Regan
Hair: David 
Model: Aisha Wiggins at Models 1

Hair Pins: Kate Spade New York; Primark; New Look; Claire's
Hair clips: Claire's and Oliver Bonas
Hair Clips, Claire's; Top, Claudie Pierlot
Hair Clips, Claire's

Hair Clips, Oliver Bonas; Dress, Zara

Top, River Island

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