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Can't believe how fast this year has gone, this month alone has just flown by. As if a month ago I was in a floral summer dress, wandering around LA and today I'm curled up in our armchair in jeans with my Erdem hoodie on, trying to keep warm. Really need to invest in more blankets for the house without Bernard claiming them for himself!

The colder the weather gets the closer we are to ... I'm not going to say the 'C' word just yet, as we are still in November. Plus some of my friends would scream at me if I did, even though we put a festive little jumper on Bernard the other day. Ops but he looked so cute! Anyway the one thing we can't deny is that party season is just around the corner in fact, I have my first party/event on Friday so I've already started planning my outfits for this winter season. As with any of the looks I post, I hope to inspire you even if you don't  always buy the clothes I wear. So let's get into the first party outfit of the season!

 
 
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So for this extra glam look I've teamed up with John Lewis to create a sophisticated black tie outfit. This beautiful French Connection dress is for those extra special nights where you want head to toe glamour. Pulling out all the stops out!

When styling this look I was feeling a mixture of being influenced by the eighties, with the deep neckline yet still keeping it very sophisticated with the midi length of the pleated skirt. This kind of dress is not normally on my raider as I never have any posh black tie events to attend but this year I have been lucky enough to be invited to one on Friday. Party look styling is something I actually struggle with, because all I ever want to wear is 'jeans and a nice top'. But this was a good challenge to find something elegant while still showing my style.

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I have to say another reason I don't quite enjoy party outfits, are the heels. I used to be so good at walking in heels, but since living in London there's has just been no need for them. So the heels I wore in Manchester got made redundant and have been replaced with tones of ankle boots. Not a bad thing but definitely shows my age! So I have to be honest and say I can't walk that well or far in these strappy heels. I think it's just my lack of practice and not the shoes, because they are so pretty!

Anyway enough whaffing, I would love to know your thoughts on this dress and party wear in particular? I have included some other great pieces below from John Lewis.

Joey x

DRESS - FRENCH CONNECTION

SHOES - PUBLIC DESIRE

BAG - ZARA

COAT - STAND

LAYERING WITH TOBI

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Taking the night off felt very well deserved last night. I spent my Tuesday evening catching up with an old friend, exchanging all the gossip and reminiscing about old times. It's always lovely seeing old friends, but we always end up two bottles of wine down by the end and so I was nursing a wine fuelled headache today.. Not ideal for a busy Wednesday in work but I managed to eat my way through the pain!

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Anyway today's post I thought I would bring two looks from the brand Tobi, in one big blog post. When Tobi kindly reached out to me I didn't just want to show you individual looks. Instead I wanted to create something different to inspire anyone feeling they don't get the most out of there wardrobe. The challenge I set myself was style up summery pieces within two winter looks, to show you guys how you can make any piece work all year round. The detail is in the layering!


For the first look I have gone for tones of blue and teamed my vintage Levi's with a slinky long sleeve blouse. The stripe dress by Tobi, I have here turned into a top. With Cani dresses and a varsity piece within your wardrobe and I encourage you to experiment with them as your layering piece in an outfit. What's more they are normally made of light summery fabrics so great for pairing with jeans.

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he second layered look is with this wrap woven dress that I've have again turned into a top. With this particular piece I found it really easy to place over the top of roll neck tops and you could wear this piece in the winter as a dress and knee high boots. Here I've gone for more of a work wear look and teamed the dress with a black knitted top and a pair of prince of wales check trousers. A very beige outfit, but an easy colour palette for work.

I would love to know your thoughts on this brand and the outfits? How you making the most of your seasonal pieces?

Joey x

OUTFIT 1

STRIPED DRESS - TOBI*

SATIN TOP - ASOS

JEANS - VINTAGE LEVI'S

BOOTS - EGO SHOES*

OUTFIT 2

WRAP DRESS - TOBI*

TROUSERS - H&M

LONG SLEEVE RIB TOP - H&M

JACKET - ASOS

EARRINGS - MANGO

Anything marked * has been gifted

CORDUROY TIMES

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This season I have felt a real struggle to find where my dress sense fits with this seasons trends. First world problems I know, but I have found most of the shops just too much. There is so much bling out there it's blinding. You can totally see the seventies and eighties decades have well and truly been brought back to life in fashion and pop culture. I've definitely thrown myself back into Stranger Things 2 and downloaded some classic eighties tunes for my commute to work but I feel that's where it ends for me.

With a lack of interest of blinging it up, it's made me really consider what to buy. I never want to bring to you something I'm not hundred percent sure that I love and more importantly want to recommend. So many other bloggers have embraced the trends and they suit the seventies era like Lucy Williams. But for me I now know my style and want to keep to this for the simple reason I don't want throw away clothes. Fast fashion is not what I want my wardrobe to be about, I've started to invest in pieces I see myself wearing season after season. That being said I really do feel if you want to buy into a trend it's all in the colour and shape.

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For example these corduroy trousers. From these pics, you would never know I was wearing corduroy fabric and for me, I feel it's a good way to dip your toe into an old trend. I have in the past worn corduroy when it was cool back in the nineties. They were in a bright blue colour and I'm sure it was in a flare, lovely at the time but not a timeless piece. I think age can sometimes make you correct your mistakes, but I wouldn't change my nineties look because at the time I thought I looked cool!

Anyway here I have gone for dark base colours for the trousers and a slight sparkle lurex knitted high neck. Breaking it up nicely with this vintage blue denim jacket. I love this kind of colour palette and it's one I would happily wear time and time again. Here's to subtle takes on trends.

Joey x

CORDUROY JEANS - URBAN OUTFITTERS

LUXE KNITTED TOP - URBAN OUTFITTERS

DENIM JACKET - URBAN OUTFITTERS

BOOTS - PUBLIC DESIRE

WINTER GOALS

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Hello and happy Monday! This last week like most has just flown by, I still can't believe we are in the 11th month of the year. It honestly feels like Glastonbury was only last month and that we got Bernard about two months ago. The little scamp is just over 10 months now and is still growing. He's gonna be a biggun! Reflecting on the last 6 months a lot has changed with regards to looking after a puppy, a surprise internal career move and focusing more on my blog. I am looking forward to see what the next six months brings but before that I wanted to put down some goals I want to achieve in life and work. List making for me is very therapeutic and helps take things off my mind so I can focus on one task at a time. I always have so much going on and if I miss something regardless if it's big or small, the guilt just kills me. So being inspired by the lovely Megan Ellaby's blog post about her winter goals, I decided to write my goals down for the winter months.

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Career levels.

Just over six months ago my career took an unexpected turn for the better. After designing women's wear for nearly six years I moved onto girls wear. A move I didn’t think I would make but one I have fully embraced and now absolutely love! It has been so refreshing to work on fun, creative graphics and even learn about new areas such as licensing. This move has made me release that if you have tried your hardest at something and it’s not working out, then cut your losses and give something else a go. With this slight change, it has made me more excited about designing again and I want to push forward in this area. So for the next six months, I wanted to push myself designing different collections, maybe start working with a new customer and continue to learn new skills as this is what keeps me excited about fashion.

Housing Situation.

Something that everyone who lives in London struggles with is the lack of space. We have a lovely one bedroom flat with a garden big enough for Bernard to run around in. When we were flat hunting we said a garden was a top priority because we wanted a puppy, so space inside the flat was compromised on. Sharing a wardrobe can be hard at times as we both want enough room to hang our clothes up, but it’s getting to the point where we are literally just running out of space to hang anything and no amount of hooks on doors and walls will help us out. First world problems hey! The next six months we need to find a place with more space and start to look at new areas we could see ourselves living.

Read more.

This goal is something I tell myself every year - buy some books I really want read and make time to read them. I’m not the best at making time but over this last month I have really got into a few books which have made me want to read more before bed. 'How to be a success overnight' has given me a new focus on my blog and for a fiction book I started reading The Snowman, this has got me gripped. So books will be top on my list for Christmas.

Writing skills.

I love creating visual content for my blog. I am always searching across Pinterest, other blogs and gathering information about trends from my job to create content. But one area I struggle with is the writing aspect, it’s never been my strong point, even back in school I would struggle to put down on paper what is going on inside my head. I am always looking for ways to improve my blog and feel my writing is something I need to focus on. That’s why I only want to post twice a week, focusing on content that I feel is strong and proud to post.

Travelling.

As well as improving my writing skills I also want to travel more for blog pieces. I recently wrote a mini travel guide for Los Angeles, it was mostly focused on places we ate at because we are such foodies but it's one kind of travel post I love to read and write. I love living like a local when travelling then recommending places to visit friends and family, so why not do that direct for you guys! My last travel blog post took me ages to write but it’s one I feel proud having written. Plus I could have added so much more. I already have an idea for my next travel blog post!

YouTube.

Oh YouTube, I LOVE to watch vlogs and videos of other bloggers, in fact, I would happily choose to watch YouTube over telly sometimes. Vlogs are my favourite ones to watch, they are filmed so casually and natural. I really want to make the move to YouTube and conquer my fear of talking in front of the camera. I do think a more casual situation like vlogging would be easier than a full sit down video as it feels too stuffy and staged. Like I said I really need to get over my fear and just start filming!

Enjoy London.

My final goal is quite simply to enjoy my time London. I have always said London is not a forever place. It’s a city to enjoy now but it’s not somewhere I see myself living for the rest of my life. My heart will always be in Manchester. Saying that I still think there is so much I haven’t done in London, so over the next six months, I want to tick off some of my bucket list of places to visit in London.

Hope you enjoyed a bit of an insight into what I want to achieve in the next six months. I do encourage you to make a list of key areas you to improve on and see how it helps you grow.

Joey x

HANDBAG - PAULS BOUTIQUE*

JUMPER - H&M

JEANS - TOPSHOP

BOOTS - EGO SHOES*