Halloween Style

You don’t have to dress up as a vampire or a witch to let a little Halloween spirit into your life – I spend most of October celebrating my spooky side, and embracing every opportunity to display my love of the paranormal. This year I decided to do a round up of some of my favourite Halloween items to bring scary flair to your outfits!

Halloween Style

As you can see, I went a little skull crazy with the accessories, but thanks to Alexander McQueen, skulls are a pretty iconic fashion statement. Display them everywhere from shoes, to necklaces, to bracelets (I so need one of those adorable Links of London bracelets!). Cats also have a spooky reputation as witches familiars, so these cool tights from Monki Bibi are a great way to introduce them to your Halloween outfit – or just wear a beanie, like this one from River Island! Ciate do some great nail colours for Halloween (from left to right, I’ve featured Stiletto, Twilight and Hopscotch), so even if you’re not busting out any fancy nail art, you can still get in on the fun. And finally, if you don’t want to go the whole hog with these cool themed T-shirts and tanks I found on ASOS, then channel some gothic glam with black, sequins and glitter, like with this cool dipped hem top.

What do you think of Halloween fashion? Do you get into the festivities wholeheartedly, or do you prefer to keep it subtle with a few little touches here and there?

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Bag ‘n’ Shoes: Fendi B Bag and ASOS flats

Since I can’t seem to stop taking photos of my bag and shoes (even if I can’t pull off a semi-decent outfit I can usually muster some nice shoes and a bag at least once a week…) I decided to make it into a semi-regular feature, called Bag ‘n’ Shoes – because if there’s one thing I wholeheartedly believe about any kind of journalism, whether it’s on a blog or in the mainstream press, it’s that simple is better. (And it also helps that I am a simple creature at heart, and have almost no capacity for creating clever titles or puns.)

Without further ado, here are my inaugural Bag ‘n’ Shoes of the week:

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Fendi B Bag, Naughtipidginsnest / Little Miss Ballet Flats, ASOS

That’s RIGHT! After all my years (literally, years) of pining over Fendi B Bags, I finally scooped one up. Only carried once, she’s a real beauty, from the pre-owned store http://www.naughtipidginsnest.co.uk/ (HIGHLY recommended – in fact, I’ll be doing an interview soon with the owner, I hope!). I’d been after a black and gold bag for a while (my previous black bag, the Hobbs Lanesley, has silver hardware) and when I saw this one appear on the site, I was certain I NEEDED IT. Unfortunately, my discovery also coincided with the summer holiday, which is when the shop takes a break, so I sat with my fingers hovering over the mouse for the grand reopening in order to make sure the bag was mine. And it is! What a happy ending.

After that expense, Marc Jacobs’ exquisite mouse flats are a trifle outside my budget, but I think I might even like these flats from ASOS better… I’ve been telling everyone they are mice, but they are clearly bunnies. I am obviously in need of a lie-down.

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Hush Summer Sale: My Picks!

The summer sale at Hush is winding down, but you can still head on over to their site to bag yourself some bargains!

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Half Frame Angular Cat Eye Sunglasses, ASOS / Necklace, Accessorize / Chiffon Shirt, Hush / Jeans, Gap / Antonia Bag, Hobbs / Brown Patent Maddox Wedges, L.K. Bennett

One of my favourite items is this beautiful chiffon shirt in whale (slightly dodgy colour name…) – it’s cool, smart looking, but easy to wear, and great for the current muggy weather… And, it’s £30, reduced from £60.

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These shoes were a huge bargain that I found at the L.K. Bennett outlet store – they actually didn’t have my size in stock, but the lovely SA there tracked down the final pair and had them posted to me. I always find L.K. Bennett’s customer service is amazing. (Hobbs could learn a lot. Just saying…)

Another pic from the sale is the tangerine Michelle top, which is currently just £15!

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Kitten Eye Sunglasses, ASOS / Michelle Top, Hush / Skinny Grey Trousers, Next

It’s lovely and billowy – a great bright colour, and it’ll keep you sooo cool in the heat! Can’t you just imagine wearing this on your tropical beach getaway holiday? Or, if you’re like me, down the local seafront, fighting off seagulls?

Christmas office party outfit

Bit late with this one, but I thought I’d post it, if only to show off my new Miss L Fire Monaco shoes! Although, it’s a bit hard to show them when the cat keeps wandering into the shot…

LK Bennett Mimi Dress 3 with Saffy

We went to the Coriander Lounge in Southampton, which is a great Indian restaurant (so great that Matt Le Tissier was there at the same time as us) that does amazing buffets. It wasn’t my office party (I work from home and the company is based in Dorset), it was actually for my husband’s work, but I know a lot of his colleagues fairly well and get on really well with them so I always look forward to it. And, I don’t have many reasons to dress up, so I have to take my chances when I can!

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I wore an L.K. Bennett Mimi Dress that I bought from eBay that has a shortened skirt (great LBD), Whistles Black Spot Tights (as worn by Kate Middleton – what do you think?), a red skinny waist belt from ASOS and a gold pendant from Peacocks. Oh, and those amazing Monaco shoes from Miss L Fire!

Miss L Fire Havana Shoes

I seriously don’t think I’ve loved a pair of shoes this much in years. They are AMAZING, and another leopard print item for me! They’re black suede though, so I’ve been too scared to wear them out most of the time, thanks to the disgustingly rainy weather we’ve been having. I love rain, but not on my shoes…

I also wore the eyeshadow from my Clarins Odyssey set, which I’ve been using pretty much every day during the holidays – the gold colour is amazing, and you can layer up as much as you like – either a really heavy coating, or a light sparkle all over the lids.

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Not pictured is a Christmas pudding hair clip I bought from Sainsbury’s that my husband requested I wear at the last minute – which everyone loved! Sadly, my shoes were under the table most of the evening, but I knew they were amazing, so that was enough for me…

Studded Slipper Shoes

I’ve fallen in love with the slipper shoe trend! I’m a massive fan of ballet flats, and these are a great, updated version! Check out this little collection I made at Polyvore:

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Creeper shoes, £25 / London Rebel kitten heels, £32 / River Island slipper shoes / Flat shoes, £35 / Slipper shoes