Halloween Shopping 2016

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I’m a firm believer in the notion that Halloween should be a month-long celebration. Fun as it is to plan a costume for October 31st and make yourself queasy with a big sugar hit, I love that Halloween is becoming more of a season than a single day in the UK now. As the weather gets colder, it’s the ideal month to snuggle under a blanket and watch some horror films, play some scary video games, read a couple of … Read More

Fantasy Styling Ghostbusters 2016

Whatever you thought of the new Ghostbusters film, one of its biggest successes was establishing these new characters through their clothes. Yes, yes, yes, we all saw the overwhelmingly tedious side-by-side memes suggesting the originals were ghostbusters and these were just four amateurs in boiler suits. But their ‘workwear’ – the beige jumpsuits with orange piping – were the least interesting costumes in the film. After all, when they’re wearing them, they’re a team and deliberately indistinguishable from each other. … Read More

SHOPPING: The Best Christmas Socks

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If you know the Annie soundtrack as well as I do, you’ll already know that it’s what you wear from ear-to-ear that matters, not from head-to-toe. All good advice from the 1980s, but your chances of smiling are slightly higher if when you look down at your toes they’re looking festive. I don’t have any science to back that up, but if ever there was a time of year where you can get away with a touch of ostentation, it’s … Read More

Shop the Trend: Star Prints

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A week or so ago Naga Munchetty reported for BBC Breakfast from the Science Museum, where she interviewed astronaut Tim Peake ahead of his forthcoming trip into the atmosphere and guided a group of school children through a Q&A on space travel. Enthralling as the prospect of his temporary relocation sounded, what caused an equal amount of discussion on Twitter was Naga’s navy star print dress. Collections of sleepy ladies, myself included, sent tweets her way asking to know where … Read More

For the love of November, it’s not Christmas!

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Poor old November. Nobody loves it anymore. September is the official start of autumn and brings about a veritable avalanche of pumpkin-spiced hibernation dreams, October is handed over to all things Halloween and November seems to have an identity crisis being caused by the retail driven backward bleed from December. November is not Christmas! I love November. No big events, aside from the odd firework and outdoor hotdog, no major pressures to be anywhere or do anything specific. Close enough … Read More

The Winter Coat Edit

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I love shopping, I hate shopping for coats, blazers and jackets. They never encompass my bosom properly and when I do find one that’ll do up across the chest without fighting with me, the shoulders and arms inevitably end up being too billowing and baggy. It’s a laborious task. I stretch a winter coat out as long as possible, but the last one I bought is starting to look shabby so it’s time for a refresh. I actually found a … Read More

Early Halloween Shopping 2015

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It’s the first day of October, which means we can now officially start getting excited about Halloween. I’m glad to see that the spooky season is finally starting to take off in the UK. As a kid I was never allowed to go Trick-or-Treating because my mum thought it was begging. True story! I actually went for the first time while in America for Halloween one year. I felt like the biggest idiot being an adult Cruella deVille holding out … Read More

Shop the Trend: Autumn Hibernation

One of my most favourite things about autumn is that it becomes socially acceptable again to spend your evenings in bed or on the couch in full-on hibernation mode. Not that you necessarily need anyone’s permission to do it during spring or summer, and I do. But for a highly warm-blooded creature such as myself, it’s always infinitely more satisfying to hibernate when it’s actually cold enough to crawl under a blanket and stay there. As the evenings get chillier, … Read More