Personal Style

Style Inspiration

I love fashion. I love clothes. At one point in my life I read Vogue religiously and wanted to be a fashion journalist. It's safe to say that has changed (I was young and foolish, and print wasn't dead yet), but fashion still plays an important part in my life. Most of my disposable income goes on clothes and I consume fashion blogs and inspiration on Pinterest like it's going out of fashion. Which, well, it is.

However, although I have bought more clothes in the last year than ever before, I still find myself in that peculiar pickle of having nothing to wear on an almost daily basis. I become bored of my fast fashion garments within weeks and it's become more and more apparent that there are very few 'classics' lurking within my wardrobe. Those staples which will make you look stylish even on your worst days. Not only that, but as I plundered my Pinterest boards, it became obvious that the style I want to have (see above) and the clothes that litter my floordrobe do not quite match up.

I aspire to be a stylish person. I used to want to be fashionable, to be at the cutting edge of trends, but that is rather exhausting and involves a lot of switching and changing. Far better, in my mind, to be someone who always looks impeccably dressed even if they're not at the forefront of all things fabulous. I want to be 'well turned out', as my grandmother would say. Flattering cuts, timeless pieces and a true sense of style rather than a mish-mash of different trends, which may or may not really suit me.

So, along with my resolve to be more conscious in life, I also want to be more conscious in my clothing choices. I will eschew fleeting items (dungarees, I'm looking at you, stop calling my name) and instead invest my money in classic pieces which can be paired together into beautiful outfits which will make me feel sophisticated rather than sloppy. I will not necessarily spend less money (although that is also on the cards) but I will be more choosy. I have just purchased a relatively expensive rose gold watch that I hope will see me through a few years, and a breton-striped top that was relatively cheap but which makes me feel polished.

At the end of the year, I would love to look back at photos and see a true sense of personal style. I'm hoping to throw a few more outfit posts into the mix on this here blog to keep myself accountable (and to show off my new purchases - I'm not a completely changed person, yet!). Effortless, chic and well-dressed: that's what I'm aiming for.

What I Wore To A Party

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My wardrobe used to be stuffed full of party dresses. When my social life consisted of Friday nights on the tiles, sparkly mini-dresses were the order of the day. Now, things are much more sedate and you're much more likely to find me in a pair of jeans on a night out. Also, I live in the North now and it's cold - bare legs are not advisable on a regular basis.

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Dress: French Connection // Bag: ASOS // Ring: ASOS // Boots: M&S // Lipstick: Topshop (Beguiled) 

However, when Christmas time rolls around, a new party dress is very much on the cards. My style now is a bit more classic and my taste a bit more expensive - so this French Connection number was entirely perfect for this party season. One dress to fit all occasions. Plus, I'm hoping that with boots and tights, it will easily work its way into my everyday wardrobe once January rolls around. I think that's what they mean when they say 'investment piece'.

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No Business Like Snow Business

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Can you actually believe how much snow fell in one night?! On Friday we actually had to abandon our taxi halfway home and walk the rest of the way, the snow was falling so fast. And now it has already melted away, through a mixture of sunshine on Saturday and a downpour on Sunday. The weather right now is so strange. I'm ready for spring now, I think.

When it's cold, I don't really want to think about fashion. Fashion is for warmer climates. Right now, I'm layering out of necessity to survive rather than for any style credentials. I've been sticking to a standard uniform of jeans, my biggest wooliest coat and shows which help me to not fall over on patches of ice.

So I don't really have much to say about this outfit, really. It's not special, it's just sensible. I do like this purpley-reddy-oxbloody-burgundy colour though, I'm glad it's 'in' right now.

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Snood: ASOS / Jacket: River Island / Jumper: Mango / Jeans: Topshop / Boots: ASOS

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Judy's Vintage Fair at Leeds Corn Exchange

Last Saturday we headed out to Judy's Vintage Fair at the Leeds Corn Exchange, and I wanted to share a few of Paul's snaps with you. What an absolutely stunning venue the Corn Exchange is! One of my favourite bits of Leeds - gorgeous architecture on the outside, with high ceilings flooding the place with light. There are cute little boutiques lining the edges and, of course, Primo's - the only place I've found to satisfy my craving for vanilla Coke. Oh, and Anthony's right at the bottom - I've been dying to try out the guinea pig menu on a Monday, has anyone been?

There was plenty of merriment to be had, with the Corn Exchange decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations, and plenty of stalls worth of goodies for every taste (as long as it's vintage!). Printed scarfs, heavy fur coats, chunky woolly jumpers and lovely mismatched crockery. Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair is just that, affordable. The fur coats were a bit pricey at around £60-80 but that's no more than you would usually pay for a coat. There were plenty of items for a tenner and under, and although there's always going to be someone that tells you about their amazing vintage find where they picked up a ball gown for only £2 at some obscure car boot sale, this seems like a pretty reasonable and easy way to shop for vintage items. Someone else has already done the work for you, which when it comes to shopping is definitely my favourite thing (see also: my ASOS addiction).

I picked up a gorgeous pair of black leather riding boots and a couple of sparkly vintage cocktail rings but I could have spent a lot more money if I wasn't saving money for bits and pieces for our new flat (!) All in all a very pleasant and productive morning! Have you ever been to a vintage fair? What are your tips and tricks for getting the most out of them? I could have definitely been more focused (and maybe I would have snagged this hat if I had been - another girl snatched it up as soon as I put it down for a second, although I think it looked better on her!).

Judy's Vintage Fair returns to the Leeds Corn Exchange on 8th and 9th December so you can experience this all for yourself! Check out all the details here.