Pick of the SS18 Catwalk shows

Henry Holland

Sliders were massive on the runways for SS18 and were seen both here and Miu Miu styled with socks.

Aside from the sliders and socks – which I just can’t get over this collection featured bit of everything from suede and crochet to bold prints, double denim and pirate hats. My favourite outfit from this collection was the multi coloured  wave print jumper and skirt combo which was youthful, fun and gave  a 70s inspired feel.

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Love, Love, Love this print

 

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Sliders and Sock combo with a very 70’s suede and crochet outfit

 

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Ride the wave, Rock a pirate hat

 

Ashley Williams

A very 80s New wave inspired collection with luxe sports wear elements which have been creeping in over the last few season and seem to be sticking around. The 80’s was carried through the collection within the silhouettes of dresses and power dressing suits in acid pink and zebra print to add the quirky edge Williams is loved for.

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Love this leather co-ord

Erdem

I always look forward to the Erdem show. I am in love with his signature aesthetic of classic, girly with beautiful floral prints. His SS18 collection didn’t disappoint with 50s inspired floral dresses accessorised with long silk evening gloves, pretty jewellery and dazzling pearl embellished shoes.  I can’t wait to rock some 50’s royal glamour next season.

 

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Embellished shoes

 

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Statement earrings here to stay for SS18

 

Marc Jacobs

Again this show featured sliders and socks, a definite trend coming through for SS18 although I’m not convinced how wearable this will actually be. This collection had a real relaxed, airport chic feel with oversized weekend bags, oversized silhouettes and silk turbans perfect for a long haul flights with that oh so important pair of sun glasses.

This collection had a retro feel with large, bold floral and psychedelic prints, bright colours and floor length sequin evening gowns accessorised like Erdem with long silk gloves this time in black.

 

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Psychedelic print

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Socks and Sliders ALERT!

 

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Dreamy sequin dress

September’s Best Buys

Earrings are  having a massive moment right now whether it’s mix and match studs or large staemtnet earrings. I have had my ears pierced for years but never really experimented with bold earring before and just stuck to studs, however I am really loving them at the moment. They bring a real  fun, playful touch to an outfit. I am all about this red pair from H&M right now. They work so well with muted tones like black, white and grey or clashed with hot pink for statement sass.

 

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Earrings @ H&M

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“I don’t need another bag” the exact phrase I uttered to myself before leaving Topshop 10 minutes later with another bag. In my own defence I do not own a back pack style bag and I recognised it from the latest episode of DR Foster (Kate wore it) where I was admiring it amidst all the drama. So  when it caught my eye there was only one way it was leaving and that was with me (see what I did there.) It is a lovely deep, rich burgundy colour and feels more expensive than it was, with plenty of room for all the crap I like to carry about.

 

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Back Pack From Topshop

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This blazer featured in my A/W trend post and I can’t get enough of it. I was looking back at it the other day when a sudden realisation hit me that I  must buy the matching trousers immediately. Suits are not my thing at all however I’ve seen a few celebs and  influencers rocking them at LFW so thought why not give it ago. I wore it for my friends  hen party and felt amazing in it. Not only was it comfy and practical it also looked bang on trend when teamed with a casual band tee, silver boots and red tassel earrings.

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Blazer and Trousers @NewLook

 

Floral dresses are definitely not just for summer especially this one. I love the pretty florals contrast with the black background to give this dress an Autumnal feel. The ruffle detail around the neckline and sleeves are super flattering .This is a very girly dress so it is perfect to grunge up with a leather jacket. When I wore it I  also clashed it again some star print tights and my Topshop teddy fur bag.

 

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Floral Dress Topshop

 

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A/W Ready

what to be buying and looking out for now, ready for A/W17.

As LFW is getting ready to showcase S/S18 the high st is moving forward also towards A/W.  It is that strange time of year where typically it is always hard to know what to be looking out for. Most people have had their summer holiday and are now looking forward to Autumn. So with this in mind I have pulled together some top trends for the coming months, from pieces available on the high st now.

FURRRR.. 

This has been a firm fashion favourite on the catwalks and on the high st for the past couple of A/W seasons and is sticking around for this year. 2017 is all about the Teddy bear style of fur. It is a super soft and cosy fur with more room for a lighter  colour palette with brown, grey, cream, white and pastel tones. This trend has been shown particularly well at other the Anya Hindmarch and Miu Miu A/W17 shows.

The best way to inject this trend is with an accessory. I have seen loads of options on the high street from cute quirky fur bags to shoes! Teddy fur coats and jackets are also starting to creep in looking forward to the months ahead. A great way to wear this trend now is to throw a cosy teddy fur over a floral tea dress.

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Teddy Fur bag @Topshop

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Teddy Fur Anya Hindmarch AW17

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FUR all over at Miu Miu

 

checks

Checks have been all over the catwalks including Stella McCartney and Mulberry. Recently they have been spotted all over the high street. This trend has evolved moving on from the summers much loved gingham trend into heritage inspired checks.

This trend is all about statement pieces and co-orination with matching check blazers, trousers and skirts. This is the perfect look when teamed with a logo tee to relax the formal elements or finish an outfit with an oversized heritage check coat or chunky knit.

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Check Blazer from New Look

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Bold, Blue Heritage checks @Stella McCartney

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Mulberry AW17

Red  Clash Flash

This colour has been huge this Summer and will be hanging around for Autumn, with an update from colour blocking to colour clashing with hot pink. This bold look shouldn’t work but striking pink and red combos on the catwalk at Mui Mu, Prada and Valentino give me all the feels for this trend.

This trend can be done as subtle or bold as you like by justing red accessories matched with a pink top or an all out layered clash.

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Bold clashing @Miu Miu

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Using red accessories @Prada

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Clashing different tones @Valentino

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Red Knit @Zara Vinyl Skirt @NewLook

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Texture

This trend is super fun to play with but disastrous if you get it wrong. The trick is you don’t want to clash more than three textures at once or the outfit will become confusing. A great example is to use vinyl or leather as a base and layer up with knitwear or fur another great texture clash for all out glamour is velvet and fur very A/W. 

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Yummy Textures 

 

No Place Like Rome

 

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Sorry for the cheesy title but it is true. The way the Romans discover and maintain the ruins and relics is something to be admired. The Colosseum and Forum are obvious places to visit but aside from that you can be surprised by ruins all around when walking and there is A LOT of walking. It’s definitely  the cheapest and easiest way to get about, most tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other. Our hotel was very close to the Colosseum so pretty central, most places take between 20 – 30 mins to walk.

The Colosseum itself is pretty amazing and well worth a visit as was the Vatican , however I really enjoyed just walking through Rome on cobbled streets,  thats when you stumble upon cute, authentic cafe’s and restaurants to stop and have drinks, lunch or Gelato. There were so many flavours to choose from Banana was by far the best. In the evenings there are some more lively bars, restaurants and street artists at Piazza Navona.

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The best pasta I had in Rome

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Still not over Gingham..

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Among the bars and restaurants there were also shops!! The best were close to the Spanish Steps there was everything there from Prada and Dior to Zara, Sephora and even a Lush! Rome is one of my favourite places I’ve been and would love to go back even though we spent 4 days there and did so much there is still more to explore.

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Dress @Zara and trusty Converse for walking

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Dress @H&M

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Red earrings and Limes 

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Florals

3 days to go…Rome

Only 3 days before I head to the Eternal City and I am super duper, extremely excited!! I have never been and can not wait, but before I go I need to of course plan my outfits. This will help when packing (hand luggage only those pesky airlines) and to see if there is anything else to be added to my shopping list before I go…

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Packing…

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Top and Bag both @Topshop, Shoes NewLook, Skirt Primark

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Dress and Bag both Topshop, Jacket Primark

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Blouse Topshop, Jeans NewLook

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Earrings @Topshop

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Shirt and Bag both Topshop, Hat H&M

 

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Dress @Topshop

Monthly best buys

July has been a super busy month for me with Latitude and a trip to Las Vegas so this post is a little late but here we go…

Blown away Blouse

This blouse ticks all the boxes with florals and ruffles. The ruffled sleeves are by far what sold this to me they are beautiful and the boxy shape is uber flattering and just right for pairing with jeans or a denim skirt. The shirt is a pastel duck egg blue and works really well next to red accessories.

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Blouse from Topshop

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Love Love Love these sleeves

Ray-Ban Lovin’

Ray- Ban’s are just the signature of cool especially the round metal’s. I have wanted a pair for so long, so at the air port in duty-free I thought I’m going to Vegas so why the hell not and finally bought myself a pair. I am in love with them, they add an element of effortless cool to every outfit.

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Sunglasses @Ray-Ban

Bright, Bold, Bag

I am all about red accessories and this bucket bag is the perfect shade and size for everyday use. It has a cute draw string fastening and its super soft leather. I have recently booked a trip to Rome and this cutie will deffo be coming!!

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Stella bucket bag @Topshop

Embroidered Jacket

Khaki is not my usual choice of colour however I fell in love with the embroidery especially the Bee’s I am a sucker for anything with a bumblebee so I had to have this jacket. It was perfect for Latitude so will definitely be my go to festival jacket of the future.

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Jacket @Matalan

 

“Together in Electric Dreams” Tee

As I have said before I love a slogan t-shirt and if there is one I like it’s coming home with me. This one in particular caught my eye because of the typogaphy style it’s really retro and the bold red against the black is just perfection. I wore this on a night out in Manchester with mom jeans, red lipsick and of course a leather jacket. Perfect!

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T-shirt Fan-Club Clothing @Topshop

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Latitude to Las Vegas

I have had a crazy couple of weeks first of all I went to Latitude Festival and less than 24hr hours after it finished found myself in Las Vegas. It’s been a whirlwind of exciting, tiring, scary, intense, sweaty, and hot hot hot.

So lets start with Latitude this year offered a great mix of bands from the well-known 1975 and Mumford & Sons to finding some great up and coming bands just beginning their career including Lemon Twigs, GURR and Idles

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A highlight for me has to be the Lemon Twigs they were super cool and had some great music. Temples on the Sunday night are also a highlight headlining the Sunset Arena, Mumford & Sons headlining Saturday night, especially when they played Little Lion Man and last but not least Mystery Jets who played a great set on the Saturday evening.

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Temples headlining the Sunset Arena @ Latitude

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Mystery Jests @ Latitude

I was far to busy having a great time (and drinking)  to take specific outfit photos of each look but I did get a few…

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Floral tea dress @ Topshop, DR. Marten boots and Levis black denim jacket

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Topshop Floral skirt, black crop top and Levis denim jacket

So I left the magical place that is Latitude for another year and headed home, showered which is pretty standard after you’ve been sleeping in a field for 3 nights, finished packing my bag and then headed to the airport. A taxi ride, 10 hour flight and limo ride later I was in a Las Vegas hotel room at the Wynn Hotel.

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Wynn Hotel before a crazy night out- Black jumpsuit @ Newlook

I did and experienced so much in the 4 days I was in Vegas, too much for one blog post but the over view and highlights include: a pink jeep tour in which I got to see a white wedding chapel with a drive through! The famous ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign and also had the chance to see Vegas from a bird’s eye view in the High Roller (like the London eye.) We saw not one but two Vegas shows ‘Le Reve’ and ‘Magic Mike’ both great for very different reasons however both did include topless men dancing but then it was a Hen do or Bachelorette party as they say in the US for a very good friend.

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Little White Chapel Las Vegas

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“Man, I really like Vegas”Elvis Presley

I also got to see the Grand Canyon on a very hungover Wednesday morning, a Gondola ride inside a hotel and of course have a proper American burger.

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The Grand Canyon

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Bcause everybody loves a Cactus..

First Nights outfit

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Body and pleated trousers both Newlook, jacket Primark, earings and shoes Topshop, bag Mulberry

Outfit for ‘Magic Mike’ show at the Hard Rock Cafe

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Love a selfie (uurgghh) Dress, earings and bag all Topshop, Everlasting liquid lipstick (lovecraft) Kat Von D

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What else do you need? Water Melon towel @ Matalan

 

Monthly best buys

July is going to be pretty busy for me as I’m off to a festival and then to Las Vegas. So obviously I needed a few new amazing pieces to take with me. So last months purchases have mainly been with that in mind.

The Embroidered Dress

I wanted the perfect summer dress and I found it in Zara I love the embroidery detail, its very girly, delicately dreamy. I also love the length as its super short which is great for my height and that 40degree Vegas weather!

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Dress from Zara

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Folk Festival Dress

This dress just epitamises festival fashion with the simple smock dress shape in a bold colour, very different to my usual black or ditsy florals but I fell in love with it. I styled this dress with a fedora, western buckle belt and bag. The belt helps give the smock dress some shape whilst the silver buckles add an edge. This dress also looks great without the belt for a more girly boho feel. The sleeves are really cute too are the perfect length.

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Dress from Topshop

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Another Slogan T-shirt

I have quite the collection of slogan tees which have been building up these last couple of months however I just couldn’t resist one more. I love the boxy shape and cropped length, not to mention the slogan itself. 1990 the year that bought us Vanilla Ice (ice ice baby) the first Home Alone film, Madonna’s iconic cone bra and most importantly the year I was born!

I have already worn this casualy with high waisted Jamie Jeans(Topshop) as well as styling it with my polka dot culottes (Newlook). I would also wear this tee with a black denim skirt or mom short.

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Slogan T-shirt @ Topshop

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Lust After Levi’s

This next item I have been lusting over for months a Levis black denim jacket so I finally thought I would treat myself. Unfortunately they didn’t have a women’s available so I bought a men’s medium size which actually works well as an oversized ‘I’ve just threw my boyfriends jacket on’ look. The oversized shape looks great with ditsy floral dresses to grunge them up and with black skinny jeans an slogan t-shirt for a classic, cool, easy look.

 

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‘B-A-N-A-N-A-S’ (sang like Gwen Stefani)

Of course no holiday would be complete with out an oversized beach bag. I saw this online and click and collected the hell out of it. I love the canvas material mixed with the rope handles and straw woven base all bought together with the fun banana print. It’s also huge so great for carry everything including the kitchen sink!

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Bag from Newlook

Latitude Ticket

No brainer obviously a best buy of the month and finally the week is here! Latitude is my favourite festival, it promotes creativity with giant art sculptures in the Faraway Forest as well as offering platforms for literature and poetry not to mention the great selection of bands. I’m crazy excited to be going again!!

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A Girls Best Friend

A girls best friend, a fail safe, a classic, a closet no brainer and I’m not talking about the little black dress. The biker jacket whats not to love, there are so many styles, colours, prints and textures from the classic black to metallic pink.

Over the years it has become my uniform anything and everything goes with a leather jacket. It has been my partner in crime on a night out, come rain or shine. The biker jacket for me creates so much inspo when it comes to styling. They have the ability to grunge up even the girliest of dresses and can turn just a t-shirt and jeans combo into a cool credible outfit.

The biker jacket also gives off those connotes associated with being cool, edgy and rebellious from Marlon Brando and James Dean to the Police and Punks leather jackets have been worn for a don’t mess with me vibe.

I have one main jacket I always wore but sadly it has to be replaced absolutely heartbroken!! It took me a while to find a suitable replacement and after searching I found the perfect one from Topshop. I also have a fringed biker jacket ( a fav for festivals) a pink leather jacket and one with a ‘girls rule’ motif on the back.

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My first ever leather jacket (soz about the crap quality)

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Pink leather jacket from Zara what a babe

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Fringed biker 

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My newest addition from Zara

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My favourite classic leather jacket from Topshop

Monthly Best Buys

A little late but it’s beginning to feel a lot more like summer with these hot days, sunny evenings and pimms on tap. So my buys have been purchased with forthcoming festivals and holidays in mind.

The printed trouser

I always struggle when it comes to summer and finding things to wear as I’m a big fan of a winter wardrobe. These cropped polka dot printed trousers I’ve decided will be my saviour they are so comfy and look super cool with converse and a band tee.

 

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Polka Dot Trousers @ Newlook

 

Oh wow for Orange

Coloured mascara’s are fast becoming their own mini trend at present. I saw this one by MAC on one of my fav youtubers videos and I really liked the look so thought I would give it a go.  I wore it on a night out with a MAC lipstick in colour ‘so chaud’ and clashed with a red printed slogan tee. There are also a few different colours available on the high street including Miss Baby Roll by L’Oreal which is pretty cool, I also purchased this in shade Teal. Coloured mascara’s  are a great way to add individuality and a sense of high fashion to an outfit. They will also be great for festivals.

 

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Extreme Dimension in shade ‘Warm Up’ by MAC

 

A Festival Staple 

The suede short is a very versatile piece and will be great for upcoming latitude festival. The loose fit will be flattering on the legs and is a great alternative to denim and more practical than a skirt for all the moshing. Again these will be the perfect partner for a band tea or a cute floral bardot top. I can’t wait to rock these with lots of fringing, boots and a festi beer!

 

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Shorts @  Primak

 

Sweet Heart Florals

This floral summer dress from Topshop is so pretty, I love the pastel blue colour and the sweetheart neckline. It is the perfect summer dress and I can edge it up in the evening with a leather jacket or keep girlie with cute sandals and a tan cross body bag.

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Ditsy floral dress @ Topshop (alternative)

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Golden Wonder

My final purchase this month was these gold boots I bought them from a charity shop for £4.99 and I tell they were originally from H&M. They are in great condition and fit like a dream I can’t wait to dress them down with light wash denim and team them with a black jumpsuit or dress to add interest and individuality to an evening look.

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