The teddy coat is out from storage and back in circulation and I couldn’t be happier. Although this is a vintage number hailing back from the 70s and my aunt’s wardrobe, there are so many similar styles on the market this year that I’ve listed a couple at the bottom of the post. This coat like the newer versions that are coming out is wool and has the teddy bear texture that feels like a blanket shaped into a pea coat form. This has to be the favourite of all my coats and today I’ve definitely leaned into the 70s styling.
Matched up with some light wash cropped flares from Dr Denim, an all-time favourite denim brand that knows how to do high-waisted denim just right. The denim is thin so not for really suitable for midwinter but for right now its all kinds of right and the stretch of the material means that I can still have my cake and eat it and sit comfortably for the rest of the day. I’ve added a little elevation in the form of my old Prada boots. These are just plain old black ankle boots that just help make my legs a little longer. I’ve linked some similar styles below.
The ‘Ciao Bella’ t-shirt I’m rocking is from the new range ‘Find’ on Amazon. This is amazons own brand and it has some great items on there, which is cheap as chips. Seriously go check it out if you haven’t had a nosy already. This t-shirt brings me endless joy as all slogan tees do, the cotton is super soft and the fit is loose for the easy tucked in vibe.
Overal I think I’ve successfully managed to create a full-on seventies vibe which has 100% come about from rewatching That 70s show and pulling out my favourite coat for another winter.
These ASOS trousers are easily the most flattering I will ever own and with a grand old price of £20 I should really invest in a backup pair. A simple pair of slim leg trousers that cut off at the ankle, the fit is loose yet form fitting in the best hybrid kind of way. Paired today with boots, because its bloody boot season already! This black and white snakeskin pair from public desire are a sock boot style that tucks neatly under trousers and adds a bit more interest into an otherwise bog-standard kind of outfit.
Up top, I’ve thrown on an ever-trusty long sleeved stripe Breton top this one in particular is from Primark and over that is my ever trusty Iro leather jacket. This leather jacket is an investment that I will never regret, it’s a cropped moto style that finishes just above the hips and works with all my mid to high waist trousers and denim. The leather is the softest, most supple leather that only gets better with age. And keeps in the heat like a coat, which is all I need right now with the tranisitoning into autumn. It’s my go to and I will never get enough of it.
And as ever, accessorized up with a Zara bag, the red one this time. I’ve linked below some similar styles but it’s about a year old now.
Following on from my morning routine, I have my evening routine which is a little more long winded and where I take the time to take makeup off and also go to town with hydrating and glow inducing products.
Removing all the makeup of the day is number one priority and usually done as soon as im through the door. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil is where it’s at when it comes to taking off makeup. Ive used this to take my makeup off for year because its so gentle and quickly breaks down even the toughest mascara. I use a couple of pumps and go to town, before using a hot flannel to remove all traces of dirt.
Once the makeup up has been cleared away I move onto cleansing my skin. Which I do with the Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser. This cleanser is aimed at dryer skinned peeps, it delivers a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals like beta-carotene, vitamins A, C and E + omega 3 to hydrate and nourish the skin. This is a little on the pricey side so make the most of it by spending a few extra seconds working this into the skin, like a mini massage to get as much benefit out of the oil before washing it off the face, which again I do with a hot cloth.
Acids are next. Admittedly I’m a bit hesitant when it comes to acids and I think I’m on the fairly sensitive side, so instead of using the heavier acids in my beauty cupboard I’ve been sticking solely to the Pixi Glow Tonic, which is an entry level acid and if you are like me never really advance from. I soak a round cotton pad with the tonic and swipe all over my face, generally avoiding my eye area and then down my neck as well. This is a 5% glycolic acid that helps break down and get rid of dead skin cells, which then helps skin cell turnover leaving the face fresh and even and glowing.
Bear with me at this next stage as I have a ‘more is more’ mentality when it comes to hydrating my face in the evenings.
First up is the prep to make sure that everything soaks in fully and I use The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. This is basically the base layer to help encourage all the moisturisers afterwards to sink in more effectively. Nifty and incredibly affordable.
I then mix two oils into my skin at night, which is probably unnecessary. But I like the benefits of both oils and so mixing them together in my mind seems very reasonable. Even if there is a lot of faffing involved. Using a couple of drops of Oskia’s Restoration Oil, that has a mixture of essential oils, including rosehip seed oil which helps repair damaged skin. It’s a gorgeous smelling oil that I pair alongside Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate which again is full of essential oils like evening primrose which help boost glow. Both together feel wonderful and having time to work overnight help to achieve some seriously hydrated skin.
To seal the oils in a go in with the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense, like in my morning routine this locks in moisture and leaves the skin fully hydrated and ready for a good nights sleep.
If there’s one place I like to lay down my cash, it’s in the skincare department. I have and will continue to spend a small fortune on my face. And to justify the crazy spending habit I’m going to share my full routine, starting with my morning skincare stash.
It all starts with me blearily making my way to the sink and groping for a cleansing cloth, this is the easiest way to feel semi-awake before caffeine. I cleanse my skin using a cream cleanser, specifically the MV Organics Skincare Gentle Creme Cleanser. It’s soothing on the skin and like the name says gentle which is a much-needed first thing. It has rose, chamomile and mandarin essential oils and Vitamin E all working hard at bringing down inflammation, redness or in my case sleepy puffy eyes.
Then I move onto to protecting my face against sun damage and the non-existent sunshine in Manchester. And that’s a two-step plan of action, starting with the The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. After watching several videos and reading a few blog posts I found that applying the Vitamin C cream before an SPF heightens the effectivity of the SPF, which is all for. Applying the Vitamin C feels a bit like applying a scrub, it’s very grainy but that’s normal. It doesn’t bother me but you could mix it with the SPF before applying onto the face to get a smoother texture.
The SPF I’ve been using an obsessing over this year is Ultrasun Face SPF 30. It’s an incredibly light formula, easily absorbed and not tacky once on. It almost disappears, feeling more like a moisturiser rather than sun protectant. This SPF is designed so that you also only need to apply to the face once a day which is everything when you wear makeup.
Next up are the products that bring some life back into the skin in the form of some colour and glow.
First up is the By Terry Cellularose Brightening Cc Lumi-serum in Sunny Flash . A serum product that has colour correcting technology which gives you a summer glow, it’s like a subtle bronzer that you moisturise your whole face with. Sunny Flash is the darkest shade but even with my fair skin tone, I don’t think Id go to the lighter shades because I love the warmth it brings to my face. The coloured serum also acts to even out the skin tone, it doesn’t cover spots or conceal in any way but it reduces the redness in my skin and leaves a more even skin tone across the whole face. And if that wasn’t enough to persuade you to try this, it is a serum at the end of the day and has got a healthy dose of Vitamin E to help protect against ageing.
Afterwards, I seal in the serum with a touch of moisturiser and for that, I’m using the Clinique Moisture Surge Intense Moisturiser. I use a bare minimum amount of this as it is the intense formulation, a light formula that packs a punch in terms of hydration.
Lastly a BB cream, which gives some serious glowing dewy finish to the face, which as a dry skinned girl is all I ask for in the world. This particular BB cream is from La Roche-Posay and is the Hydreane BB Cream in Medium. It’s highly pigmented and a little goes a long way and like I said its full of glow. It’s a very light coverage so if you want to cover anything like I do (here’s looking at you dark circles) then pair it with a concealer. But most of the time I wear this on its own when I’m just running errands or going out for a quick lunch. It’s a warm-toned bb cream that makes the skin look more than a little tanned but still leaves the skin looking natural. The only thing I have to say is because it’s such a dewy product I does move around a little. But throw on some mascara and I’m good to go.
There’s been radio silence on my end for the past two months and it’s because of a major life change which was breaking up and moving countries, more specifically moving back home to Manchester. It has been an emotional summer and so I stepped away from everything, work, hobbies, gym. You name it I dropped it. I wanted to get the move done as quickly as possible and with the help of several friends and family members, we managed to move me and the dog and a whole van worth of clothes across Europe.
I’m currently sat here in my new flat, looking out at the rain. I forgot how much it rained here, it’s honestly the biggest shock to the system. So yes here we are, say hello to a lot more red brick featured in my backgrounds. I’ve moved into the centre of Manchester and it’s been wonderful learning all about a city I’ve grown up with but ultimately been away from for most of my adult life.
The weather is so different to Milan mild, sunny weather that has zero wind. Here, however, I’m learning that layers are my friend and seem to be key here as the weather changes several times a day and the wind is just insane.
A staple that I wore in the heat of Milan’s summer has transferred over into autumn has been this Zara bag which is making a strong case for me to just buy one of the Fendi bags it mimics already, with its 3D flowers on the front and the tan and white contrasting and its ability to work well with whatever outfit I happen to be wearing that day. I’ve linked some of those beautiful Fendi bags at the bottom of the post if you want to moon at some pretty bags.
I picked up this Mango jeans mid-summer, they are a cropped slim fit pair of washed out black jeans with chain detail along the outer seams, I’m wearing these constantly and have a new love of Mango’s denim selection. I could have easily come away with several different pairs but settled on one pair for my bank accounts sake. Sadly I can’t seem to find this exact pair on the site but I have found a similar style here.
I’m also now back to being a regular at M&S, mainly in the food section but I do love a good browse through the main store before I go and grab some dinner. This gold jumper was one of the first purchases of autumn. It just seemed to tick all the right boxes. Its chenille which is why it almost shines helping bring out the gold mustard yellow into such a strong jewel tone. Also, chenille is such a guilty pleasure fabric, it’s so soft and has the crazy shine to it that can veer into weird ugly territory but this jumper is a simple fit with a chunky round neck and an almost boxy design that sits around the hips for a flattering length.
And lastly the boots from &OtherStories that I bought back in spring which is still available and a worthy investment. These boots have a slight heel to them to elevate you up a couple of inches but still manage to be a brilliant walking all day kind of shoe. They have some strong western vibes and yet with the Chelsea elastic element on the side slims down the boot around the ankles and makes them easy to just grab and slip on.