Autumn always has me trying to eek out a little more wear from my summer purchases that maybe didn’t get all the wear time they deserved in the rainy drizzle of the Mancunian summer. Like this star printed tea dress from ASOS, I barely wore it but its now getting its day in the sun with some oversized chunky knits and long boots. I’ve got an oversized roll neck jumper from H&M that I bought last season, H&M is seriously worth checking out for knitwear, especially online there’s such a huge selection and so cheap. A similar one from H&M here or I’ve linked other similar styles below from elsewhere. This jumper is basically here to keep me cosy without having to use a coat, it was really warming up at this point and I actually ended up in just the dress by midday which is insane for mid-October.
My Stuart Weitzman 50/50 leather boots had their first outing of the season, these ridiculously comfortable boots cover up to just above the knees and are elasticated at the back to give a tight fit that is seriously snug in the best way and the front half of the boots are leather, I’ve had these boots for about 3 years now and they are still going strong, a brilliant investment boot. And a top of my head, my ASOS baker boy cap hat which is such a regular in my wardrobe with all the crazy winds and changing weather of Manchester, the best ten quid I’ve spent in a long, long time.
When we took these pictures a couple of days ago the wind was not playing ball, as you can see from my hair being all over the place and some seriously blown out jacket movements. This was en route to the first Christmas shopping trip of the season. I like to get things all bought and organised before December so I can really enjoy the whole month leading up to Christmas. Anyone else do this?
Also wearing a super orange, blue and cream coloured stripe top from Only, last year though. Its all autumnal in colouring and looks bloody marvellous underneath my vintage wool peacoat. And topped off with my Zara floral shoulder bag. Sorry that most items in this post are pretty old but I’ve found some great alternatives, including this one for my coat and this one for my striped top.
Back in Manchester and I’ve unearthed a Zara coat that my mum found for me in a charity shop years ago (thank Mum). These long, military style coats seem to be all over the place this season so it’s perfect timing on refinding this little gem. I’ve found a coat so similar and yet so much better I kind of want to buy the new one I’ve found as well so I can let them live together. My charity shop find is a little oversized for me, giving it a slouchy look. Its wool but lightweight and is brilliant at working as a transitional piece, it gives that extra layer of warmth without being overwhelming. Especially as it hits below the knees, it makes it easy to stretch out the summer wardrobe that little bit longer which still keeping me toasty.
Underneath the coat is some old ASOS flared jeans that I’ve cut to ankle length. Similar style here. A pink long sleeved t-shirt, similar here and some Converse high top trainers. I never thought I’d buy a pair of converse, I’ve always admired people who wear them and how they style them but I just couldn’t get behind it or wrap my head around how to style them and if I’m honest I never liked them for me personally. But with all my cropped jeans I needed some shoes that were easy to throw on and run around in and kind of kept my ankles warm and so I finally plunged into the high top converse wearing club and I have not taken them off my feet. They are so damn comfy and they go with everything.
On our last day in Seattle, we tried to cram in all the sightseeing we could. Here we are outside the MoPop museum, which is worth the visit just to wander around the outside, the crazy curves of the building and different materials used makes it so unusual and a real mash up. Trainers were essential and I still feel all those hills in my calves.
I wore my Adidas Stan Smiths with the pink backs and my new Levis Wedgie Icon jeans bought the day before in one of my favourite stores in the US, Aritizia. High waisted straight leg jeans in a dark wash, they are a wash of denim Id never usually choose but shopping with my mum is a dangerous game where she basically encourages you to buy anything you pick up. So they came home with me and I’m pretty glad they did, they are a heavy denim that fits like a dream although they are a little hard to put shoes on in at the moment as the denim being so new is not flexible in any way…yet. I look forward to wearing these in and pairing them with all the boots I own this winter.
We went up the space needle to view Seattle and the sun came out just for us. I’m wearing some gold aviator sunglasses from H&M last year, similar over here. And kept myself cosy warm with my gold chenille jumper from Marks & Spencers and my Iro leather biker jacket. I’m also wearing a scarf which I have no idea what brand it is from or how I acquired it. I’ve linked a similar style for you here and below. And as ever, my floral Zara bag.
Last week I took a week-long trip to Washington state to see my grandparents and on the last two days we made a long stop over in Seattle before flying home. Autumn was in full swing, as were the decorations including this pumpkin patch in the middle of a shopping centre. So, of course, I took pictures in front of it all. Getting into the fall spirit.
Seattle is full of some serious hills and so flats were my best friends on this trip, especially with the amount of shopping and sightseeing we crammed into two days. Wearing my Converse black hightops for a full day of shopping, along with my Dr Denim cropped flared jeans in this washed out denim. These jeans are so form fitting but the denim is extremely thin and super stretchy making them the most comfortable pair of high waisted denim I own.
Seattle is almost exactly the same as Manchester, with some serious changes in weather throughout the day. With layering in mind, I had on a cashmere jumper. This polo necked caramel coloured one is from Marks & Spencer last year, but i’ve found a similar one from ASOS. It was a great layering piece to take on and off and throw into my backpack which is packed full to the brim full of god knows what. This leather backpack is from Zara and they tend to bring them out in different colours every season. If you find one in store, snap it up because it’s a bloody useful bag to have, but I have found some alternatives below if you fancy a look!
Also wearing my Iro cropped leather jacket and my twill baker boy hat from ASOS which is the best purchase for windy cities or bad hair day situations which when these photos were taken was an amalgamation of the two. It should be mentioned that on this day, I spent a small fortune in Sephora, Apple and Aritizia the last of which is an absolute favourite store in the US they I always love maxing out my credit card in and one of the purchases will be up on the blog tomorrow!