In my day job I spend way longer than is possibly healthy trawling through fashion related sites and brands, which I then often use as the basis of these blogs. However sometimes the lovely and/or practical things I take across into my own life (some connected to my work and some not) I don't always remember to flag up. SO I thought this week I would scoop up everything that I am currently personally loving, both new and old. Here's fifteen of my October recommendations.
1. A Long Denim Skirt
The maxi denim column skirt trend has been big since last season but it didn't really get me excited until Autumn's arrival, when suddenly I realise it's the PERFECT jean substitute for chillier months. I picked up a winner while running through H&M- it's an excellent investment at any price point.
2. Roxanne Assouline Initial Necklace
Roxanne Assouline ticks my box for a luxe feeling gift without a hefty price tag. And any initial jewellery is a win for me. I've just bought this necklace for a friend leaving for Australia, and have previously bought the same for my sister Lisa (Who had coincidently told her husband to buy her the exact same one - yes we have ridiculously similar taste)
3. Winter Cowboy Boots.
Officially obsessed with these for winter, to be worn with maxi skirts and jumpers. I have an authentic Nashville pair (and am annoyingly smug about it) but I'm always scouring for preloved Ganni's, and have new excellent pair of Asra ankle versions for winter. (Good if you dont want to go the whole hog) Also a moment for these silver's from Cos please...
4. Diptyque Solid Perfume
Not a new purchase, this was 'bought' for me by my son (as if my children actually buy my presents) that I rediscovered while wrestling my makeup crate back off my daughter last week. Diptyque perfume at half the price, in a gorgeously designed and weighty pot that is WAY easier to slip into a work bag or weekender than a bottle, and you can buy refills. Sustainable affordable and beautiful. I have no idea why these are not in every handbag.
5. Their Nibs Pyjamas
I have been wearing Their Nibs for years, since I went on a trawl to find some Desmond and Dempsey-eque pyjamas that I could suggest to my mother in law that fit within the Christmas budget. I was sent a pair recently that reminded me of their fabulous-ness. ( Plus gorgeous gift worthy packaging).
6. Alexis Amor Glasses.
A year ago I was obliviously enjoying 20/20 vision. October 23 and I've just been told i'm officially breaking the law to drive minus glasses. Enter the joys of Alexis Amor eyewear: Boutique opticals with chunky oversized designs. Tip: check the outlet section for half price frames.
7. Paper London
A slow British fashion label i've used in a few shoots over the past month and have fallen in love with its statement pieces with a retro twist. The site also offers PAPERelove: rental and resale of its many event dresses, perfect for A/W partying and if budget doesn't stretch.
8. Men's Jewellery
I'm enjoying the new men's jewellery push- why should women have all the fun? Saying that I actually want the new Dower and Hall collection for myself. And the Chlobo collection. And the Alighieri....
9. Preloved everything
Ive recently come up trumps with a pair of new in box Ganni sandals for My holidays, an eighties Burberry skinny belt, and a . Yes to the fun of preloved sales but also Vinted is always there. Just know what you're searching for and look two weeks before you want to wear anything. (I speak from experience)
12. The Ordinary
A new beauty discovery for me- through my daughter who at 12 seems more clued up than I am. Honest clinically proven products 'with integrity' at affordable prices, I am currently using the 100% rose hip oil mixed with Ascorbic acid ( direct vitamin c) every night and my skin feels transformed, at under £20. Use the regimen builder onsite to receive a targeted routine.
10. A Knitted Waistcoat
I recently bagged a french mohair grass green knitted waistcoat ( no I can't think of a sexier name for them) from the Henley Preloved Fashion Fair, and now it is my favourite thing. I'm currently wearing it with nothing underneath but have plans to wear with a skinny leopard roll neck come winter. here's a few others I love, including a surprise inclusion from Adidas.
11. A Sustainable multi brand boutique
Percy Langley is a young multi brand store spearheading the British slow fashion movement, which has come onto my radar over the last season. They have curated seasonal edit drops from ethical labels from Aligne to the Wellworn- the perfect place to educate yourself on slow British labels.
I dont often manage to get into a Uniqlo store, but ive been in a few times lately and got very excited about 1. The mens socks collection in all the colours of the rainbow at a bargainous 4 for £12.90; 2. The cross body bags that come in multiple colours and fabrics (tan cord was a winner)
14. Davy J Swimwear
I tried swimming in the river Thames last Winter and nearly developed hyperthermia. That aside i'm all for it - particularly from a styling point of view, and the fabulous Cornwall based Davy J have got wild swimming sartorially nailed. Plus the brand is ethical, sustainable and sucks you in in all the right places. Ticks all round.
15. A Blazer/Coat Finally at number fifteen an essential for me moving into Autumn, the checked 'not quite blazer not quite coat' . I have used these two from M&S and Boden recently for work and I can vouch for their excellence. Easily throw on-able for Autumn and an easy in to the season's preppy vibe.
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