With so many events and parties to attend during the autumn/winter season, it’s important to have a few go-to outfits that slightly more dressy but still keep you warm enough while walking from one place to another or popping out to the Christmas markets (I can’t believe it’s that time already!) for a cup of mulled wine.
A couple of weeks ago, we had our first windy, cold weekend of the season so I got the change to try out one of my more wintery party outfits. The only thing that was certain at this point, was that I would need a coat. I’ve had this classic black Zara one for years (I’m talking like 12!) and I find that it just works with things when non of the other options will.
I was kindly sent this beautiful lace-trim party dress from wearable.com and I was desperate to wear it for my mum’s birthday, but unfortunately it’s getting a bit cold for spaghetti straps, so I decided to style it with something warmer underneath. I went through various sheer black items, before finally deciding on this lightweight, cold shoulder jumper with floral embellishment around the sleeve cut-outs.
Wearing a hat with this kind of outfit is not so much a style choice rather than necessity, my ears are very sensitive to the cold, so if it’s windy, I’m either wearing a hat or ear muffs!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve started wearing heels less and less. I like to have the option of running and dancing if necessary, so I’ve started option for lower, chunky heels or brogue type shoes. They are smart and relatively comfortable.
Ziva came came out with us and enjoyed sitting in a pile of dirt while Rik took pictures of me. She knows the drill now.
Necklace: Richard Ayres
I usually feel inspired to take pictures of my outfits when I’m going “out” to an event, for a meal, to a party or shopping but my day-to-day life doesn’t actually involve much of that. I spend the majority of my time working in my home studio and would probably be glued to my desk all day, if I didn’t have the dogs to walk!
Manchester is known for its many weather so in a lot of cases, dog-walking attire consist of waterproofs and the field I’m standing in is a swamp, so I though I’d take this opportunity to feature my outfit on a sunny day, before the weather gets too cold!
I’m wearing some black sports leggings, which, if I’m honest, is what I wear most of the time. (I have about 5 pairs in different thicknesses to suit every type of weather!) I’ve paired them with a slouchy, ripped sweatshirts from wearall.com , my beautiful cap from Ace Vestiti and some black Nike trainers that I would definitely not be wearing if the ground was wet. Then to finish off the look, I added my custom made necklace from Richard Ayres.
My rings and septum ring don’t really ever come off, not all are linkable but some are from Dixi.
The field I am standing in is probably the only large, wild open space in my area (we have a large park and golf-courses but that’s not the same) and is currently under threat of being developed into a housing estate. We are flighting to achieve “village green” status but I’m not sure if we will and I find it sad how few people appreciate a value of such a space in the city, for the people who want to enjoy it and the wildlife that has little remaining natural habitat.
If you would like to see more Casula, every day looks, please let me know in the comments!
*Cap: Ace Vestiti
Leggings: TK Maxx
Trainers: Nike (similar)
*Necklace: Richard Ayres
On Saturday we went on a family day out to celebrate my grandma’s birthday. We visited Bent’s garden centre, before sitting down for a lovely meal at Albert’s, one of the few restaurants that everyone in the family can enjoy equally.
While we were waiting to be served, I took the opportunity to get a few snaps of my new outfit, that was kindly sent to me from wearall.com
I have been on the lookout for some comfortable yet stylish transitional outfits and this one was just perfect for a day out where I wasn’t to feel like myself, but still be quite casual.
I paired the outfit with my go-to accessories, H&M sunglasses, H! for Henry Holland satchel and Asos boots. In recent years, I have noticed I gravitate more towards items that have a certain practicality to them, instead of just wearing things because they look interesting.
For the finishing touches, I added some silver gemstone jewellery. I felt that thin necklaces complemented this outfit better than by signature chainmail so I opted for a more delicate look this time.
* Mesh panel bodysuit: Wearall
*Paper bag tie waist trousers: Wearall
Boots: Asos (similar)
Satchel: H! for Henry Holland (sold out)
Some rings from Dixi: wishbone, little luna, crescent moon
This August bank holiday, I mostly spent time with my family. On Sunday, I went out for brunch with my mum and her four cousins!
The weather was confusing, as it usually is in Manchester so I opted for a summery(ish) jumpsuit and shoes, teamed with some sunglasses and my favourite blazer. It was a good choice!
You May also notice I’ve had a hair colour change. I loved the silver but I had had it for about 7 years and it was time for a change. I’ve had black in past so I knew that it suited me (or so I believe) and decided it would be a good choice, as the lack of bleaching should also help the condition of my hair.
Tuxedo blazer: Karen Millen
Bag: H! by Henry Holland (similar)
Necklace: Richard Ayres
The majority of the items in this outfit cannot be linked as they are not current season but, I will link similar items wherever possible.
The summers don’t last long enough in Manchester so I prefer to buy clothes that are a bit more versatile and can be carried forward from season to season. I love these items because with a few adjustments, they can be worn almost all year round.
We went to the Laundrette, a relatively new bar in Manchester, that was hosting an Ibiza style brunch, complete with sand and inflatables! There was a live saxophone player and a lady giving glitter makeovers. We enjoyed a selection garlic bread, burgers, haloumi flatbread and American style pancakes, washed down with prosecco and cocktails!
I hope you enjoyed your bank holiday weekend, whatever you got up to! Let me know in the comments!
Rings: Dixi and rogue and wolf
Cuff: A weathered penny
necklace: Richard Ayres
Leather jacket: Whistles (similar)
Jumper: Firetrap (similar)
Boots: Dr. Martens