'Smart Casual'

Jumper - H&M / Skirt - Urban Outfitters / Bag - Zara / Necklace - H&M / Shoes - Office / Watch - Olivia Burton

I hear the term 'smart casual' quite frequently and to be honest, I hate it. It doesn't clarify the dress code in question, nor does it inspire ground-breaking ideas for an outfit. The eliminating items consist of - no sweatpants (obviously), no baggy/torn t-shirts (unless you work in a 'fashion-house' maybe), a hoody and a suit. I am non the wiser. 

My usual go-to smart casual pieces are black jeans, 'nice' tops, skirts and dresses. It's easy to dress up a simple jean outfit with jewellery and a smart bag, and it's easy to dress down a dress or skirt by layering it with a jumper. Collars are also a great way to make a casual outfit, 'smart', as it gives that 'business' impression. 

The one thing I can advise is to check how transparent your items of clothing are. Upon posting this blog, I came to realise that I should have worn a t-shirt under my jumper...now there's professionalism if ever I've seen it. 


That Missguided Dress...

Dress - Missguided / Shoes - Office / Coat - New Look / Bag - Forever 21 / Watch - Olivia Burton 

I remember when Missguided made their first online appearance; low prices and on-trend collections. There was a national but silent thanks given by all those shopping-savvy, including myself, that someone had answered our prayers for easy, cheap fashion. Since then Missguided has gone from strength to strength, in my eyes anyway. The quality of their clothes is just improving with every item I buy - this dress is so thick and fits incredibly (and not too short which is one fault I have with them sometimes). I also bought a checkered shirt from Missguided last week and expected it to be quite thin and anti-winter, but the material is so thick I think I actually got a bit of a sweat on when I wore it (and it was late October...just to clairfy).

I've worn this dress on a night out, for an interview and just to have a mooch about town. It's so versatile and the lime elements give it a real boost for these upcoming dreary months. 

Is anybody else loving Missguided at the moment?


OOTD - Black Denim Jacket

Jacket - Topshop / Jumper - H&M / Bag - Topshop / Boots - Asos

Do you ever have days where you wake up and just don't look like you? I do, a lot. I stare in the same mirror every morning, yet occasionally, something is different. I ask myself questions: Is it my make-up? Have I been possessed? Have my teeth got bigger? (Please God, no!) Either way, the change isn't welcome. 

Unfortunately it's hard for me to take photos this year at uni, so I'm uploading two in which I can only apologise for. So I urge you to avoid looking at my face and focus on the beautiful beautiful denim jacket that I got over the weekend. (I know, I'm going casual...maybe that's the change after all).


Feeling Autumnal

Top - H&M / Scarf - Urban Outfitters / Jeans - Topshop / Shoes - Office / Sunglasses - River Island / Necklace - H&M

I have so many stories about this outfit. The jumper was a classic case of ultimate internet scanning (no kidding, I'd say I looked at over 30 online stores). Of course, it's H&M, meaning all that effort went to waste because their website is s**t. 
The scarf I grabbed at our recent student lock in. It was like that scene in Friends where Monica, Rachel and Phoebe fight over the wedding dresses. Unfortunately no hair pulling or arm scratching took place. 
And then there's my shoes. My dad chose these for me when we went shopping before I came back to Uni. I have to admit, he is the best shopping partner I have ever had. He finds items that I would never usually pick, then finds something else that would co-ordinate with the previous item perfectly. He puts up with my slow-ass walk round shops, constant need for reassurance, and my desire to return to shops I've already purchased from. Basically, this blog should have his name accredited somewhere. So here is my appreciation Dad - Thank you for being my number 1 fashion advisor. I couldn't run this blog without you.