I am ready for winter. For the first time I can actually say that! I have got my perfect boots and my perfect coat (post coming soon!) and am excited now the cold weather has almost kicked in!
I have spent more than two years looking for the right pair of boots and the right coat and I think I finally found them! This post will focus on The Boots as after two years of looking I think they deserve their own post!
The Boots. Simple requirements (or so you would think):
- black leather or suede
- heeled but not too high
- not stiletto but not too chunky
- knee high
- not more £200
- and most important they need to be fitted to my (thinish) calves.
I looked EVERYWHERE for two years, tried on countless pairs of boots but they never matched the image in my mind. I was actually quite shocked that it was such a hard task!
After much internet browsing I stumbled across Duo Boots when Googling “boots for thin calves”! Duo Boots basically cater for smaller or larger than average calves by having different calf widths to their boots – genius! Not only that but the designs are unique and gorgeous! So I was all poised to order online when I realised that I needed to have my calf measurement..hmmm..not so simple! So I decided given the importance of this purchase I would go into the Duo “fitting” shop in London Convent Garden and get it done professionally!
The Duo shop is beautiful and chic and the staff are lovely. After measuring my calves I was given a selection of my chosen boot styles with different calf widths. The first one I tried on fit my calf like a glove! It was amazing! I spent a while in the shop making sure I loved the boots, they fit my feet and my calves properly and that they were the ONE! You can’t just buy the boots and take them away – no they deliver them free to your house 3-5 days later! Which is either a great thing so you don’t have to walk around with a massive bag or not so great as you have to wait to wear them!! I was quite happy to not have to carry them around London for the day so it worked for me!
I went for the Turner Boots in suede which were £194. I honestly do not think that is too much for these boots. I have never had boots that fit my calves so perfectly which makes a huge difference to how smart they look and what you can wear them with (everything!). I love the snakeskin print on the back of the boot and plain suede on the front. I also like that they are over the knee which is a huge trend this winter. The heel is high but not too high and very comfortable. If it is of interest I went for a size 40 with 34cm calf.
I am more than pleased with this purchase, although it was hard to hand over the credit card initially!! I am hoping that they last me many years and I intend to take good care of them by investing in boot trees to keep their shape and by giving them a good spray to protect them from the elements. Given they are suede I will have to be careful but to be honest my Whistles Kir Royale ankle boots are light taupe suede and have been really easy to take care of and look great even after a few months of persistent wear!
Marks and Spencer is not the first place I would look for makeup although in the past I have found one to two gems there (like this lip and cheek tint). This time I found these amazing eyeshadow mousse pots. They come in three colours Gold, Chocolate and Russet and are £7.50 each. I of course got all three (well they were on a 3 for 2 offer!). I kept the Chocolate and Russet and gave the Gold away as a gift.
The Chocolate and Russet are most definitely perfect autumn shades (see below). The texture is definitely mousse like and incredibly soft. They glide on beautifully and the colour can definitely be built up. Once on the colour does not crease and stays put all day. I have to say the Russet is an incredible colour. Somehow this reddish brown just looks amazing. I am really loving these shades and am wearing them all the time!
Russet on left and Chocolate on right,above.
Wearing both the Russet and the Chocolate shades together.
I have been using the TRESemme Keratin Smooth shampoo, deep treatment mask and the heat protection shine spray for the last few months. I have to say I am quite impressed.
My hair is quite thick, frizzy and dry so needs a lot of products to keep it looking healthy. I don’t use straighteners so much anymore but I do use my Babyliss Big Hair at least twice a week.
I found that although conidtioners work, these intensive masks work better for me. I use them like a conditioner – so apply after shampooing and leave on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing off.
My hair has been incredibly soft and smooth since I have been using this. The texture of my hair definitely feels better and more manageable.
The heat protection spray is not ok. I find that although it does smooth my hair and is probably protecting it from the heat it leaves a residue in my hair that makes it a bit sticky. If it is protecting my hair – which I cant really tell to be honest – then I guess I would carry on using it but as it is I often leave it out of my hair styling routine and opt for a hair oil instead, like the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oils.
I would definitely recommend the shampoo and treatment mask and already have my eye on some of the other ranges of TRESemme!
On a whim as I was browsing the shoe section in New Look I spotted these flat back studded biker boots and I was instantly smitten. They are faux suede and just looked so cool I had to have them!
As you will probably be aware biker boots are everywhere at the moment. I wasn’t sure if they were for me so this is a great way to test the trend! These boots were £29.99 and I have to say I love them!
I had a bit of a major shop at Zara recently and found myself buying almost everything in black! I think I was feeling slightly gothic but also very practical as quite a few of my clothes need black to go with them. I did buy one thing that wasn’t black though!
Starting with smart wear I got a silky top (£19.99) which has sheer detailing on the shoulders. I am wearing it below with a black pencil skirt with a ruffle detail on the side (£29.99) that I also picked up.
Next I got some black skinny cropped jeans (£25.99) worn below with a heavier crepe black top (£29.99).
I also picked up this gorgeous black beanie shot through with silver thread (£9.99)
Finally the only non black item! A very cool blue jacquard fitted dress (£39.99).
Whistles ankle boots and Clarks courts worn in pictures.
A friend of mine was raving about this to me so I decided to go for it and get the much talked about Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Face Powder (£38). My colour match was the darkest shade (No 50) which I have to say was quite surprising and disappointing given that I am not that dark.
I have to say I was very glad that I could get a colour to suit me. The powder is just amazing. It does exactly what it says on the tin – i.e. gives you a ahealthy glow! I used this on its own for a night out and it made my skin look smooth, healthy and fresh. According to Chanel “the fine, lightweight and antioxidant powder shields the skin from environmental stress and sunlight thanks to its SPF 15 / PA++ sun filter. Its ultra-protective formula, enriched with cotton flower and white rose plant cells, becomes one with the skin. It is gentle on all skin types, even the most sensitive.”
The packaging of course does ot disappoint. As you can see from the pictures it is quintessentially chic. I love taking this out of my makeup bag to use! The brush that it comes with is actually really good and works well with the powder.
Overall I am very impressed and pleased with this. I hope that as my skin lightens through the winter months I can use this more like a powder bronzer. Love this and would highly recommend it!
With the plunging temperatures and darkening days I decided that I needed some work dresses in a slightly heavier jersey material that I could wear with cardigans, tights and boots. I looked in all the usual places but to be honest nothing really fit the bill. As it was for work I didnt really want to spend a fortune but still wanted something fashionable.
After much internet browsing I finally found some in a very unlikely place – Matalan! I was going there to get some uniforms for my daughter and spotted a selection of dresses that were very reasonably priced and looked quite chic.
I went for 3 dresses and two skirts!
First up I got this leopard print dress with a belt and slightly flared knee length skirt (£16). This is really easy to wear, simple cardigan, tights and knee high or ankle boots and I am good to go! I like the fitted top and waisted detail.
Next I got two dresses but this time with a ruched waist (£20 each) – these are incredibly flattering! I wore the plain black on a night out and had a lot of comments about it. The ruching at the waist hides a multitude of sins and just makes it look a lot more expensive. I also went for a patterned option which works well during the day.
Finally I got two leopard print jersey midi pencil skirts (£10 each). This was a really good find as I was extremely pleasantly surprised by the material and how flattering it is on. I really like the longer length which I think makes it very chic. Looks amazing with heels or ankle boots – like the Whistles boots worn throughout or my Clarks ankle boots below.
I am super pleased with all of these purchases and so far I just wash and hang them up and voila good to go! For a total of £76 I think they are brilliant!