*IT STARTS WITH DENIM | AND/OR AW17 COLLECTION

I love a good, solid, wear-them-everyday pair of jeans. I’m always on the hunt for a pair that will withstand the love I throw at them, but stay looking stylish; a pair that aren’t too expensive, but not cheap and flimsy. I like to wear my jeans from my desk out for drinks, so they need to be the right combo of casual, tailored, and fashionable – which can be quite the pickle to find. Luckily, the new AW17 And/Or collection from John Lewis is here, which not only solves my denim drama, but also the dilemma of ‘jeans and a nice top’…

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22 HOURS IN LONDON | LOTD.COM LAUNCH PARTY

This week, I went on a whirlwind trip to London: to be precise, I was in the capital for a grand total of 22 hours. I’ve often said that London and I have a bit of a love-hate relationship –  whilst I love the luxe, Made-in-Chelsea-esque side of the city, it starts to feel a bit dirty and overwhelming the longer I spend there – so, in fact, 22 hours was just the right amount of time.

I went to London for the official launch party of one of the brands I work on: Look of the Day, or LOTD.com. Previous work trips have included jet-setting off to Ibiza for the I Saw It First launch, so it was safe to say I was prepared for an evening of utter glamour and indulgence and all-round fashion porn, which it undeniably was; I’ve honestly never seen so many beautiful people all in one room. (Myself included. Obvs.)

dress: boohoo | bag: mcq by alexander mcQueen | shoes: christian louboutin

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THE MAN-REPELLING JEANS

I’ve found the ugliest pair of jeans ever. However, they’re inexplicably comfortable. If this isn’t a fashion catch-22, what is?

I’m always on the hunt for a pair of high-waisted jeans that I don’t hate, which, given I despise the lower half of my body, is a bit of a struggle. I need a pair that are snug on the legs and bum, but relaxed across the hips – to hide the parts of me that need hiding – and that’s just never going to happen with skinnies, or even boyfriend leg styles. So enter the man-repelling jeans from Asos White; wider-leg cropped denim with a drop crotch and (slightly too) high waist, which are as comfy as trackies but make me look like a oompa-loompa. Do I care, though? Not in these jeans.

jeans: asos white | bodysuit: boohoo

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BALENCIAGA BOOTS DUPE

Because I live and breathe everything related to the Kardashians – let’s call it morbid fascination – ever since I saw Kylie Jenner wearing those thigh-high, monochrome-grid Balenciaga boots, I wanted a pair all of my very own. However, because I can barely afford to turn the hot water on once a week, they were definitely not going to make their way into my wardrobe: so these (pretty good) Missguided dupes had to do instead. (PS: bonus points if you can spot the label of my dress peeking out. I suck at outfit pictures, honestly.)

boots: missguided | dress: asos | jacket: asos men | sunglasses: asos

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CHANEL ESPADRILLES: ARE THEY WORTH IT?

One brand that I have a mega soft-spot for is Chanel. If you’ve ever stalked my Instagram, or had a gander at my fashion posts on the blog, you’ll notice that the majority of my pictures feature my Chanel Classic Flap Bag – my 18th birthday present from my parents, bought at the Chanel store in Paris (THE DREAM), and the best investment piece ever. I’ve not really bought any handbags over the last six years, as I use my Chanel bag errrrrryday: it still looks as beaut and as on-trend as the day I got it, so my loyalty to Chanel is pretty intense.
So obviously, when the Chanel espadrille obsession started a few years ago, I was firmly on that bandwagon. I wear heels a lot of the time, so shelling out for super-spenny flats isn’t a priority – why waste hundreds of pounds on shoes I’ll wear for nipping to Waitrose, hungover, on a Sunday? – but the allure of the Chanel espadrille was real. I wanted them SO MUCH: in particular, the nude leather pair with the black cap toe; so, because I have the willpower of an emotionally-unstable Weightwatcher in a pie shop, I bought them. Yolo.
Six months down the line with my Chanel espadrilles, and the relationship is starting to get a little shaky. Wondering why – and if they’re worth the eye-watering price of £485 for a bit of rope and canvas? Read on…

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