Now the depths of autumn have set in, it’s time to get serious about winter style (and Christmas preparations). For me, once Halloween and bonfire night are over, the countdown has officially begun and the magic of shopping, decorating and traditions hang in the air. The dark nights signify cosy, festive evenings and as long as I’m wrapped up warm I love walking home to my flat past the sparkly shops with that cold, November feel getting me all excited! I’ve already willingly let Bublé back into my life to sooth me from uni stress with Christmas cheer, started scouting presents for friends and family and written my list to Santa – here’s a peek at what’s on it…
1 – The Check Blazer. I’ve never really been much of a blazer gal, but recently I’ve seen so many dreamy styles that I want to find the perfect one (or two) for me. I tried this Zara wonder on in store and it fit perfectly – unlike so many others that make me look frumpy or don’t suit my style.
2 – The Bold Blazer. Once I started looking, I couldn’t stop and also discovered this gorgeous yellowy orange blazer from Topshop. It’s right up my street with the statement colour and it encompasses the feel of autumn beautifully.
3 – The Starry Skirt. A black denim skirt has been on my list for a loooong time and I’m not too sure why I haven’t just bit the bullet and bought one – although now I’m glad I haven’t after discovering this gem from Topshop! Just the right amount of glitter for the party season, teamed with boots for a night out or tights and trainers in the day.
4 – Jo Malone. Perfume is something I can’t ever get right – there’s not been a particular fragrance or brand that’s grabbed my attention before and I usually stick to Victoria’s Secret body spray because it’s what I know… Until now! This woody scent from Jo Malone (at John Lewis) has got me hooked and it could be my new staple.
5 – The Jumper. I can’t resist a good old H&M jumper, and this year they’ve got it spot on as usual. I’ve actually asked for this mohair-blend knit in blue, but the beige is just as lovely. The oversized sleeves and roll neck look so snuggly and it would lift any pair of jeans or even my leather skirt for ideal layering now it’s getting chillier.
6 – The Boots. Over the knee boots are a trend I’ve always admired from afar, assuming my legs would be too long and awkward to pull them off. When I stumbled across this pair in Next I fell head over heels (pardon the pun) and think they could be incorporated well into my winter wardrobe. I like that they have a bit of a heel but it’s chunky and not too high, and that they play with the sock-boot trend but with a longer and more durable style that can be worn year in year out.
7 – The Vinyl Trousers. VERY tricky to pull off but SO COOL. If I could get away with wearing these patent New Look trousers I’d be incredibly happy. Teamed with a white tee, trainers (or my bold red boots) and a jumper slung over-top they’re the chicest off-duty trend I’ve seen for ages. My main fear is ending up like Ross from Friends with the leather pant predicament…
8 – Vinyl of the Month. Liam Gallagher finally emerged from hiding behind his cloud of petty (but hilarious) Twitter anger, parkas and hate for Noel with a brand new album that is actually amazing. As You Were is a complete reshaping of Liam’s musical talent, which has really changed my opinion on him as a musician and a person. He’s always been the more fun, more reckless and cool frontman, but now he’s produced lyrics that mean something and easy-listening songs that are so far from Oasis you wouldn’t even associate them (apart from that signature voice). We managed to get our hands on some tickets to see him in Nottingham in December after signing up for the waiting list, so that’s like a mini Christmas present in itself. I’m most excited for ‘Chinatown’ and ‘All My People / All Mankind’ buuuuuut I’m hoping he’ll pull some Oasis crackers out of the bag too…
Thanks for reading, I hope you have a lovely November!