Winter bloom.

I so wish I could shout out Surprise! regarding my hair, but no, it’s not had a massive chop-off as this photo may lead you to believe – I’ve just had some very tricky layers cut in there, which I’m pretty pleased about… Back to the ‘important’ stuff though, let me introduce you to my new favourite top. Last season I realised I’m not completely allergic to floral prints after all – and I like the idea of defying the conventional thought that florals are best kept for spring. I’m not saying that winter florals is a ground-breaking concept – loads of designers have florals in their a/w shows, making fashion magazines name it a key trend practically every other autumn/winter season – but does it ever really catch on?

Well, I think this top does just the trick. The print is far from overly girlish and spring-like – the watercolour slash digital print is cool and effortless, whilst the colours (not too bright yet just the right shade to avoid looking dull) are subtle and capture winter’s mood perfectly. As you can see, I’m hooked.

Naturally, it wasn’t just the print that made me coo. I’m in love with the pleated cap sleeves, which is probably what makes the top. It pains me to have to cover that detail up with a cardigan, but hey, that’s what makes it an all-year-round top too.

I love wearing it with my new skirt from Oasis and glitter boots – in fact, this will probably turn into a total fail-safe outfit.

This skirt is an obsession in itself and should definitely get its own post, but all I’ll say for now (to sum up my love for it) is that it has pretty much changed my life. Enough said.

This cardigan was a glorious find from Zara last week. I hate paying full price for anything from Zara because the quality is not good (there, I said it). In fact, I had to exchange the cardigan because the first one I bought had a massive hole which I unbelievably didn’t initially see. But I was desperate for a cardigan similar to this one from Hobbs (still a little pricey even with my staff discount) and this one was perfect. I’m in love with the forrest/bottle green shade (which I am sooo going to match with burgundy), the cable knit style, lose fit and, especially, the snap buttons! I looove snap buttons! They make me feel like a kid again.

Top, Hobbs. Skirt, Oasis. Cardigan and bag, Zara. Earrings and boots, Primark. Necklace, NW3. Ring, present.

The fact that the cardigan matches my green bag was another plus. I can’t remember when I got this bag – it feels like a long time ago but it might not be more than six months. From the moment I saw it I kept it on my radar, but I didn’t want it enough to pay full price for it (it sort of reminded me of my Russell&Bromley bag) – it then went down to a very reasonable price and I couldn’t resist. Despite its particular shade and petite shape, it’s super easy to match and fits a lot. Plus I love the furry detail.

The last but not least part of my outfit, the antler necklace. This is a piece of jewellery that completely grew on me – at first I didn’t think it was me but I gradually fell in love with it and had to have it. It’s hard to say what I love about it, it’s probably its simplicity yet the fact that it still makes a statement without being too in your face.

All the items that I am wearing in these pics are things I love – not just love, but love love if that makes sense. This is something that I am now trying to remember when I buy something – do I really love it? Will it be one of those things that I’ll always want to wear? As a self-confessed shopaholic, I can be very impulsive when it comes to shopping – but that’s something that I’m trying to change. There’s no point in buying something if you’re not truly obsessed with it, if you’re not totally crazy about it the minute you put it on, if you don’t feel like it’s something you’d want to wear all the time. I got most of these pieces recently and I can say for a fact that they weren’t whims – I’ve been wearing the skirt non-stop and I wish I could simply live in the cardigan. This ‘philosophy’ is hopefully making me a better, more responsible shopper – I really do want to shop less, wear (and love) more.

xxx

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