I freakin’ love autumn!

The thought of summer excites me but in Scotland you only really have the thought of summer. Every year I just end up looking forward to the end of it and the point when it becomes acceptable to wear black tights again.

There’s so much to love about autumn. The cool, crisp weather. The leaves turning the most amazing red and orange colours and falling off the trees. The fallen leaves crunching under your feet. Pumpkin spice lattes. And another great thing is getting to shop for new clothes, cosy knits, boots and winter coats!

I’ve put together a few bits that I’m loving right now and that are perfect for autumn and winter!

Dr Martens Adrian Smooth loafer – since getting my Dr Martens Chelsea boots last year I’ve been coveting another pair of Docs, probably helped by the fact I didn’t get the crippling pain I was expecting while breaking them in. I have loved the look of Docs for years but lacked the confidence to wear them. These are perfectly my style, I love giving a cute dress or skirt a bit of an edge with a pair of not so pretty shoes.

Fat Face Leia denim pinafore – one of the great things about autumn is getting to dig the tights back out again. A lot of the time during the “warmer” months I’m a jeans and tee kinda girl and denim is such an easy casual thing to wear. Therefore a denim dress for the winter is a no brainer. The thing I love about a pinafore is that much like jeans, you can pair it with different tops to make different outfits. This dress with a black polo neck, tights and boots is the perfect cosy look.

Boden red and white Breton top – so it may be known that I’m a sucker for a breton tee. I honestly don’t know why I’m so drawn to them, I think it’s maybe just cause they’re an easy go to and it doesn’t look as plain as a white top with jeans. I’m not sure my obsession will ever end but I feel like I maybe need to mix up the colours a bit so I own more than black and white ones. I love the colour on this and it’s definitely a way for me to wear a bit more red (and also look like Where’s Wally while I’m at it).

New Look Black Floral Brocade Heeled Boots – I’m so glad embroidery is still on trend! These boots are amazing and the perfect way to dress up a pair of skinny black jeans.

New Look Red Longline Collared Coat – I normally go for a black winter coat but this is lovely. I’m a big fan of the bold colour and it would make a nice change from my usual black or grey.

New Look Mustard Yellow Suedette Biker Jacket – I think mustard yellow is my favourite autumn colour. This jacket is perfect for layering and wearing with a big scarf and bobble hat to keep you warm before you really need to dig out the winter coat.

Fat Face Washed Black Super Skinny Jeans – Fat Face is a company I only really discovered earlier on this year. I know they’ve been around for years but their style is not always a look I’ve gone for. That being said, they make damn good jeans, plus the added bonus is that they are an ethical company.

What’s your wishlist this autumn?

 

 

Images from following websites: Dr Martens // Fat Face // Boden // New Look

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All the 90’s vibes with this dress!

A couple of weeks ago we headed through to Edinburgh for the day. I was taking advantage of (what I thought was) the last of the summer sun.

I got this cute dress before we headed to Berlin, it gives me all kinds of 90’s feels. I love the floral print and the soft pink shade of the dress. The fabric is very light and summery. In Scotland, light flowing fabric isn’t always a good thing, I live in a very windy country! I put a slip on underneath this, both to keep me a bit warmer and also so my undies weren’t on show to everyone when my dress blew up in a gust of wind.

We had a day of Festival fun planned, so I wanted to wear shoes I could walk about in. Converse are always my go to for comfort and I love the way they look teamed with a dress, it gives an cute girly outfit a bit of a grungy edge. I almost didn’t go for the all white cons, I’m a fan of the classics (white, red and blue), but I’m glad I went for these as they go with so much more.

Our day started off with a trip to Festival Village: Waverley where we filled our faces with some very yummy food (you can read about our visit here). I took the opportunity of the nice weather to pop into Princes Street Gardens and get some photos. I often feel quite ashamed of how little I’ve done and seen in my own country! Climbing Scott Monument is yet another thing I’ve still got to do. Maybe I need to add this to my list!

During the summer a denim jacket is my go to. Unfortunately I don’t live in a country that really gets much of a summer and in Scotland you really need to be prepared for all weather. Saying we can get four seasons in one day is no exaggeration! Yesterday it was sunny, rainy and there was hail… A denim jacket needs to have some pins on it, I love collecting them and adding them on. This super cute avocado was bought recently from Pie in the Sky, I love it, almost as much as I love actual avocados!

I am currently ALL about a backpack! I’m really glad they’re in fashion right now because the old lady in me loves how practical and comfy they are if you’re on a day out. I picked this one up in TKMaxx recently and it’s hardly been off my back since. It’s funny to think at one point when I was a teenager at high school I was so desperate to be “grown up” and ditch the backpack (I had a Warehouse messenger bag, who else remembers them?!) and now I love them!

Dress – Peacocks // Denim Jacket – Dorothy Perkins (similar here) // Trainers – Converse // Sunglasses – Primark // Backpack – Skinny Dip
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Photographs taken by M Richardson
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I’m never going to be the type that has a job where I have to wear a boring business suit.

But working 9 to 5 in an office job doesn’t mean a boring work wardrobe! I like to look smart at work but I also like to show a bit of myself in how I dress for the office.

After four months of being out of work due to redundancy I started a new job at the start of June! And a new job means a new work wardrobe (well it does for me anyway)! So before I started working again I did a bit of shopping and managed to find a load of stuff that was still quirky enough for me, but at the same time work appropriate.

When putting together your work wardrobe I would definitely suggest shopping in the obvious shops like Marks & Spencer and Next and yes, even Matalan. The key to making an outfit your own is how you put it together and you can find some gems that you might not have expected in these shops. For example I got the gingham and floral trousers from Marks & Spencer! I was expecting to pick up a couple of pairs of plain black trousers and I came out with patterned ones instead! Another great place to look is supermarkets, Asda and Tesco often have some great options for work dresses or tops and blouses that don’t break the bank. I got the frilly white shirt and magenta one from Asda. Add some statement jewellery and a great pair of shoes and you’re winning.

Clockwise from top left: black culottes – New Look // trumpet sleeve top – Matalan // gingham trousers – Marks & Spencer // silver shoes – New Look // cream top – Next // wide strap vest – Matalan // pink culottes – New Look // lace swing vest – Matalan // floral trousers – Marks & Spencer

In my last job I had to wear a work pass to allow me to get around the building and I always despaired at how ugly a lot of the lanyards were. They definitely did not enhance an outfit that’s for sure! At the start of the year I came across Maisie-Jane, a company that have realised aesthetically pleasing lanyards were missing in the workplace. When I first discovered them I was just about to be made redundant so wasn’t in the market for one but it’s a company that stuck in my mind. Their lanyards look just like necklaces with a clip for your work pass, and the beauty of them is that you can remove the clip and pass, turning it into a necklace if you are going out after work!

I’m running a competition over on Instagram to win one of these lanyards and if you use code FrocksandFairyCakes on the Maisie-Jane website you will get 20% off your order (until the end of June 2017)!

 

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* Lanyards and hair band bangle featured in this post were gifted to me by Maisie-Jane.
Photographs taken by me, except the middle image – images taken from New Look, Marks & Spencer, Next and Matalan websites. Image created using Photoshop.
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Sometimes you find the best things in the strangest places.

Now, M&S is not always my go to shopping place. I have a few things from there and their Limited Edition collection usually has some pieces that nail the current trends. But their kids shoes are hidden gems, and even better, because you don’t pay VAT on kids clothes they are really well priced!

The kids sizes go up to a size 6, although that 6 is a EU 39.5, so technically not a size 6 and you might find these a bit big if you normally wear a 6/39. I have had a couple of pairs of shoes from them, one pair of chunky brogues that are a bit of a dupe for Dr Martens.

I have picked my favourites from their current collection, and none of them are over £25!

Clockwise from top left: Leather Sandals // Slip-on Star Print Trainers // Metallic Loafers // Heart Sparkle Loafers // Glitter Footbed Sandals // Faux Snakeskin Slip-on Trainers

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Photographs from Marks & Spencer website
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Next are absolutely killing it this season!

When I saw this jacket I knew it had to be mine. Pretty flowers and the combination of studs really works for me.

These photos were taken quite a few weeks ago now and to be honest I haven’t really felt like sitting down and looking through photos of myself to try and pick ones for a post until now.

We headed to North Queensferry to get these photos, and it’s one of the many places I haven’t been despite living so close to it all my life. The rail bridge is even more impressive when you’re so close to it!

With a jacket this great I didn’t want to detract from it so kept the rest of my outfit simple. The suede skirt is one I have had for a while but I love the colour and shape. I teamed this with a plain black polo neck and black boots, which were an absolute steal in the Schuh sale in January.

I think it’s safe to say this will not be my only embroidered purchase this season as it’s a trend that is everywhere and a great take on spring florals.

Jacket – Next // Boots – Schuh // Skirt – River Island (similar here) // Polo neck – Primark

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Photographs taken by M Richardson
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