(Insta) life recap: 9 + a break

I’m a little early with my end of September instagram post (follow me here to stay fully up to date) as tomorrow I’m flying out to Spain with my Mum to have a very much needed week away in the Sun. To say I’m excited is an understatement and for once I’ve decided to take a full break from blogging and haven’t scheduled a single post to go up whilst I’m gone- try not to miss me too much!
I hope everyone had a wonderful September. I’m looking forward to coming back from my break refreshed and ready to complete the rest of the year. Stay tuned for plenty of new posts coming in October! Make sure you leave me the links to your instagram round-up posts and leave your username below, I’m always looking for new people to follow.


Fix Up Look Sharp for AW15

I love a fashion label with a difference and that’s exactly what Bristol based Fix Up Look Sharp is. The transform donated fabric in to unique, one of a kind fashion pieces and then sell them to raise awareness and funds for CLIC Sargent. Beginning back in 2012 Fix Up Look Sharp has just launched their Autumn/Winter 2015 collection which is available to buy online or from their shop which can be found on Bristol’s eclectic Gloucester Road (I love a good excuse to wander up that street, a mecca for one of a kind shops, cool cafes and bars galore). I’ve popped some of my favourite pieces of the collection below to give you a taste of what you can expect.

Bomber Jacket: £45 | Jumper Dress: £25 | Patch Sweater: £25 | Raglan Sleeve Top: £25 | Sack Dress: £28 | Seamed Top: £22

As I said, this really is just a taster of what they do and as well as being able to buy the entire range online you can also meet the team and find out how you can get involved in the project. If crazy prints and fabrics aren’t your cup of tea you can still support the cause by purchasing one of their logo pieces, I’ve got my eye on the Fix Up Look Sharp sweatshirt now the temperatures are falling fast, how about you?


Easily Suede with TTYA x Long Tall Sally

It’s been almost a whole year now since Long Tall Sally launched their first collection in collaboration with TTYA (that’s Taller Than Your Average for those who didn’t know) and I’ve been lucky enough to work with the brands for each new drop. Excitingly their new Autumn/Winter arrivals hit the virtual shelves today and although I feel like I say this every time I blog about them, this really is their best collection to date.

Jumper & Skirt: c/o TTYA x Long Tall Sally new collection | Fringed Boots: Quiz

The new collection has a heavy Seventies influence which suits me down to the ground. I’ve had my eye on a suede mini skirt since long before the Summer and this one is an absolute beauty. At £85 it’s an investment piece for sure but one that I will never not love and the toned down rust colour is a year upon year staple. Likewise with the black polo neck jumper (£50) which is so soft I assumed it was cashmere. this is another one of those pieces that will never ever date and I’m delighted to finally own such a wardrobe basic in a length that suits my taller body perfectly.

Tall ladies, you really must check out the collection if you’re after some serious style this season that won’t leave you flashing your knickers to the world (it happens to me far too often, true story). There’s a stunning suede shift dress and some seriously snazzy chevron prints just landed…you can check it out here!

This outfit was also the perfect excuse to pop on my new ankle boots from Quiz which work wonderfully with this outfit. I recently won a styling competition with Quiz and the second I saw these fringed boots on the site I knew they were mine…did I need ANOTHER pair of ankle boots? Well, no, not really but they do work exceptionally well with this look.

Anyway, back to the brand of the moment…Long Tall Sally just get better and better in my eyes. Over the last few years they’ve become more fashion focused and my go-to place for investment pieces. If I’m going to splurge above Primark prices on clothes I want something that is designed to fit right as well as look good! Have you bought from the TTYA collaborations yet? I dare you to resist this one…


World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with M&S and Macmillan

This year M&S and cancer charity Macmillan have joined forces to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. For those who don’t know this is Macmillan’s biggest annual fundraising event and the idea is for people all over the UK to host their own coffee morning and donations on the day are made to the charity. As someone who has experienced the effects of cancer in both a personal and professional capacity this is a cause I’ve always been able to get behind and I was over the moon when M&S sent out a box containing some of the limited edition goods they’ve created to celebrate this very special event, this year taking place on Friday 25th September.
From the M&S press release: M&S stores nationwide, including M&S Cribbs Causeway, will be hosting coffee mornings on Friday 25th September in aid of Macmillan’s flagship event and shoppers are invited to join in the fun and enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake in aid of the charity.

This is the sixth year that M&S has supported World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and during this time the retailer has raised over £4 million for Macmillan. From 1st September M&S customers have been able to enjoy a host of tasty treats on sale in M&S Foodhalls with 10 percent of each sale going to Macmillan. Products include a delicious Macmillan Victoria Sandwich, M&S’ famous Colin the Caterpillar Cake and a limited edition World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 25th Anniversary Biscuit Tin. All M&S Cafés will also be donating 5p from every cup of coffee and slice of cake sold during September to Macmillan.

An array of gorgeous limited edition home products, including a bone china mug, tea towels and an apron are also available in selected M&S homeware departments with 10 percent of each sale again going to Macmillan. M&S Foodhalls and Cafés are also selling two bespoke Coffee Morning badges designed by renowned British designer Sophie Conran, for a suggested donation of £2, each featuring a coffee morning recipe from Sophie herself.

The mug and tea towel are a lovely way to give to a good cause and a really pretty addition to your home. The chocolate fudge cake is a delicious treat, and how can one feel guilty about eating and enjoying cake when you’re doing it for a good cause?

Are you planning to get involved this year?


Introducing Gray & Willow at House of Fraser

I love it when a new brand bursts on to the scene, my bank account less so as it starts quaking in it’s metaphorical boots. I’ve recently been introduced to Gray & Willow who have launched exclusively at House of Fraser for AW15 with a collection full of relaxed, Scandinavian style for women and for home.
A bit more grown up than my usual taste in clothes perhaps but something about this brand has captured my heart. I often feel like now I’m approaching 30 I ought to tone down my wardrobe and stick to more neutral, streamlined items and when pieces like this exist it becomes a much more tempting idea.

I especially love the cocoon coat and the leather skirt both of which are perfect investment pieces and made for teaming up with the oh-so-soft looking knitwear available.

I’m really excited to see more from Gray & Willow, if this debut collection is anything to go by then we are in for treat upon treat in seasons to come.

Have you discovered any exciting new brands lately?