I Used to Think Maybe You Loved Me

My my my, it’s been a terribly long time, hasn’t it? The days, weeks, months have absolutely torn past me recently, and now I find myself in November with no prior warning. It’s been a while since I posted, much to my sadness, but it’s not for the lack of trying – the dark nights just make it so very difficult to get things done photo-wise!

I’ve been a busy little bee, working away at my job and loving it – the people are lovely and the work is always different. Just this weekend, I was away back home in London, handling the PR for a wonderful Christmas exhibition, sipping many a glass of champagne and twirling around in Chelsea of an evening (it definitely sounds a lot more glamorous than it was, but I can’t deny it was a lot of fun!).

So, since I’ve been workin’ the 9-5, it’s only right that I keep my wardrobe up-to-date with pretty pieces that I can wear through the week, then doll up at the weekend. So, in the absence of any actual outfit photos, I’ve compiled a tiny selection of my favourite new buys…

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So, let’s take it from the top. The Zara mini office bag was actually a very belated birthday gift from my best friend, but it was well worth the wait. I love the classic burgundy colour, and although it is very small, it’s deceivingly roomy and has enough room for all my essentials, and a little bit besides. It’s the perfect bag for winter, and I’m getting a ton of use out of it already.

Ah, the ubiquitous black pleather skirt. I know every girl and their dog has bought one this season, but it doesn’t make me love mine any less. I bought this back in October from River Island, and it’s perfect – a great high-waisted fit, not too tight or too short for daytime wear. I’ve been wearing this with a blue and green tartan shirt, ankle boots and a black fedora for Haim-esque cool, or, yes, you’ve guessed it, paired with a fluffy pink sweater (my sweater du jour is from Primark, fyi). It’s ideal for those days when you’re heading straight out from the office – all I need to do is add a bangle or two and a slick of lippy, and it’s instant day-to-night chic.

I fell in love with this green polka dot dress after seeing it over on Nouvelle Daily, on their usual Sunday wishlist post. It was a nightmare ordering it from start to finish, but I’m so pleased with the finished article. I love the fit, I love the look, I adore the colour. The collar is, oddly, quite tight around the neck, but if you unzip it a little (and hide the gape with your hair), it’s much more comfortable. I am so in love with forest green at the moment, and polka dots are my favourite print, so it really is a winning combo for me. It looks great with black tights and ankle boots, and on chilly days in the office, I throw on a super-chunky white cable knit cardigan too.

Finally, another ubiquitous piece – the Primark tartan dress. I spied this on a quiet Sunday a month or so ago, and didn’t guess at the infamy it would accumulate; I just knew that it was everything I was looking for in a dress. After ceremoniously stating at the beginning of the season that I hated tartan and it was never, ever nice on anything but a shortbread tin, I must say that I have backtracked, and I’ve definitely fallen head over heels for a bit of plaid. I love the subtle blue and green print, the length and the shape are super flattering, and I’m a sucker for a Peter Pan collar. Little details, like the black chiffon bow, also help to make this dress look much more expensive than its measly £15 price tag.

So there we go, this is what I’ve been wearing over and over so far this season! I’ll be most definitely posting a piece later this week on my favourite thing to be doing this month – crafting! Sit tight, it’ll be a wild one…!

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