I’m more of a bag girl than a shoe girl but even still I rarely buy bags. I don’t actively go out looking for a new bag, the new bag must find me and I must fall in love with it before I take it home which is why I’m surprised by just how many circle bags I have fallen for and bought recently.
Circle bags were on the run way at Chloe, Saint Laurent and more, they’re the must-have it-bag of the season, which makes it the perfect way to update any outfit. I also like that they’re typically a nice medium size, they fit all the essentials without letting you fit in the kitchen sink, forcing me to carry a lighter bag- which is always good, although I have spotted some beautiful larger beach ones! I love that circle bags are fun without being childish and they can add a playfulness to almost any outfit, whilst still remaining elegant.
Since it isn’t a very classic shape I think it’s best to keep it highstreet, especially since the highstreet have done such a good job with them! There are straw ones, party ones, leather ones, all the circle bags you could ever need and all for less than £60 down below…
I still haven’t decided if I’m super excited or incredibly sad.
Sure I love cosy evenings, lighting candles and drinking tea, but do I love it more than the summer sunshine and tanned skin? Probably not.
One thing I have been enjoying so far is the wardrobe switch over and adding new staples to my wardrobe. Here’s my current Wishlist
The Perfect Boot I don’t know where to find it, if I’m honest I’m not even too sure I know what I’m looking for but I know I want them to be black with small heel and of course, comfortable. I want to be able to wear them with jeans and dress and probably be leather rather than suede, since it’ll probably rain all autumn and winter in London
A teddy coat They jut look so comfortable, cosy and relaxed! I also love that they’re typically a lighter colour which I don’t really have in coats and I think it would be a great addition to my wardrobe.
Fur Coat I’ve always wanted a great (Faux- of course) fur coat and although I have a nice leopard print one I want one I can really dress both up and down. I keep spotting one pop up on the high street but they sell out really quickly so I think I really need to commit and buy the next nice one I can get my hands on.
Red Blazer Red is the colour of the season and blazers are the must-have items of the season so naturally I need a red blazer.
Slogan T-shirt I’m quite late to the slogan tee trend but now that I have a few blazers I really want to make them look a little more casual and think a slogan tee is just the perfect way. There are some great affordable ones on the high-street but they sell out so quickly that I’m usually just a little too late.
Perfect layering necklaces I love accessories, especially jewellery and even more so gold jewellery. I’m keeping my outfits quite minimalist at the moment, nothing too bright or fussy but really love that look teamed with a few gold necklaces. I’ve got my eye on a few Missoma pieces but they’re so popular at the moment that I fear I’ll be bored of it in a few weeks.
Mid Wash Jeans I’m so bored of black jeans and the jeans I wore throughout summer are a tiny bit too light so I’m after a great pair of highwaisted mid-wash jeans. ASOS Farleighs are the one I am after but apparently so is everyone else as they’re always sold out!
Turtle Neck I think it’s finally the year I do turtle necks. I’m no overly comfortable in them but there so chic that I really think it’s time I get comfortable in them, Primark have some great ones in but I’m looking for one I can keep for the next ten years as they’re so timeless so I’m happy to invest a little more in one.
We had a super early flight out of Gatwick and once we landed in Venice we jumped in a Taxi Boat to the city and I must admit it was quite the experience- I wouldn’t mind getting a taxi boat everywhere! Once we checked into our hotel the eating started and we went on a food & drink walking tour. We made our way around the Bacari’s, drank Aperol Spritz and ate all the cicchetti we could.
With a tummy lined with delicious food, we did a little bit of exploring, we wondered around the tiny streets, followed the signs to Basilica de San Marco and picked up some gelato for a touristy photo over the canals. I hadn’t Googled Venice before the trip so didn’t know what to expect but it’s beautiful, we didn’t get to go inside the Basilica (saving that for next time) but even the outside was breathtaking. We ended the afternoon at Danieli Hotel for cocktails on the terrace before it started to rain and we had to take it inside.
But the best part of the trip was in the evening…
We jumped in a taxi boat back to our hotel to get ready for dinner, I didn’t have time for much, I just added a bit of dry shampoo and changed into a jumpsuit but I was so excited for dinner!
We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to eat at a Venetian Family’s home, share their dinner table and food. The table was set up outdoors and absolutely stunning, we started the delicious food outside but were interrupted by lightning, thunder and rain. We managed to have our antipasti outside and the most delicious pesto pasta but ran inside, plate in hand for meatballs and tiramisu. I can’t do the evening much justice but I hope you can tell from the photos and my video just how magical it was, huge thanks to ASK Italian for organising it!
Day two in Venice started again quite early for me, I think I was just excited so couldn’t sleep, I went for a little wander before breakfast as there’s something very special about getting up before all the tourists are out. It was Burano-day and I had very much been looking forward to it since I had seen it on Instagram.
We took the water bus and arrived on the beautiful island, lined with beautifully multicoloured house and we were very lucky to have the sun shining. If you’re ever in Venice then make an effort to get to Burano, it’s well worth the trip! We wandered around, took photos, ate more ice cream and had a delicious lunch at Trattoria al Gatto Nero.
And to end the trip perfectly we finished with a Gondola ride. We got to wear the gondolier’s hat and see the city from the small narrow canals and we did ask the gondoliers to sing but he told us he only sings to his wife!
Overall, an amazing trip and huge thanks to ASK Italian for having me. Since I’ve been back I’ve been dreaming of the pasta and have been into ASK Italian for a cheeky bowl or two. Find your local ASK Italian here
I really didn’t think I’d fall for Venice like I did but I’m already desperate to go back!
When it comes to summer dressing I love a dress which is versatile as it isn’t warm for long in the UK and therefore I need dresses which I can dress down and dress up. I also need them to not be too trendy so I can wear them year after year and this year whilst on holiday I discovered my new favourite.
I found this Warehouse dress browsing the dress section on the House of Fraser website and although I wasn’t initially sure I have recently found it to be very useful. I’ll admit that these sandals don’t go amazingly with this dress but on a casual day, on holiday, I don’t think it really matters. It can be dressed up a little with a pair of heels and I particularly love the slit at the from of the dress makes the dress a little bit more fun but isn’t too revealing.
I have also found it to be the perfect city dress, it has been the one I reach for on hot days in London as it’s not too revealing and I’m comfortable getting on the tube in it but it’s so light weight that I don’t get too warm.
I expect this is a dress I’ll keep coming back to for a few summers.
I’m a summer gal, I love bare legs, summer dress and an arm stacked full of brightly coloured bracelets. However, I live in London and summer days are rare and instead I’ve had to learn to dress for winter. Winter can be long so I’ve had to learn to love it (well like it) and to dress for it. I think the clothes you wear can really affect your mental attitude and I know that as soon as I wear an ill-fitting dress I don’t feel at my best. I’m excited to be working with Weight Watcher’s again on this post and I really hope it helps everyone on their journey to be nicer to themselves. Again, if you haven’t seen the #WomenKind video then do click here, watch that and then come back here so you have a better understand of what I am talking about.
1.Invest in a great coat
In winter your coat is often one of the only things that gets seen when you’re out and about on a daily basis. Coats can be expensive but it’s worth investing in one that will last you, look stylish and keep you warm. I personally love longer woollen coats as I think they’re really versatile and look effortless. If you’re investing in more than one coat then I would recommend a parka which will keep you extra warm on more casual winter days.
2. Don’t forget to layer
Layering seems to be a bit of a winter trend every season and it’s clear to see why, it’s pretty cold outside and it’s the most stylish way to stay warm. Don’t be afraid to really pile them up; a shirt under a jumper, under a jacket, under a coat, under a scarf.
3. Get creative
It’s easy to get bored of winter clothing, especially coats which are often worn almost daily, so get creative. Add a belt to your favourite coat, a different colour ribbon to your favourite fedora or even get the buttons changed on a coat you’ve fallen out of love with.
4. Add prints or colour
It’s much easier to wear black and grey all winter but adding pattern can really help brighten up your outfit and your day. The easiest way to do this is by adding a fun scarf or even a red lip.
5. Make sure it fits
This isn’t just a winter tip but more of a life one, don’t buy a smaller size in the hope one day it will fit or buy it slightly bigger just in case. Buying the right size will insure that it looks as good as possible and therefore you will feel as good as possible too. If you’re usually a size 12 but a size 16 fits better in a particular style of trousers then get the 16 and vice versa.
6. Have fun
You’re outfit isn’t permanent, at the end of the day you’ll be taking it off so have fun with it. Play with different styles, colours, prints and just have fun!
Since I am working with Weight Watcher on helping women feel confident on the inside and out I would love to hear your advice for your fellow WomanKind in the comments below!