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I always find Autumn to be quite a tricky season to style an outfit as you’re never sure what the weather’s going to be like when you leave the house in the morning, freezing temperatures and drizzly rain one minute or a blistering heatwave the next.
I’ve been wanting to update my wardrobe for a while now after having a huge clear out of items that I no longer wear. I needed to add a few key pieces in Autumnal colours that would see me through the next few months. And I’ve found just the most perfect dress!

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I had great fun browsing through all the gorgeous clothes and cute accessories on the Sammydress website, where there is something that will suit everyone’s style. After spending absolutely ages looking at all the wonderful items they have, I finally decided to go for this beautiful Suedette Dress* in burnt orange as I thought the colour would really stand out on a grey day in the UK. It also seemed the perfect transitional piece to add to my Autumn wardrobe.

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I absolutely adore this long sleeve, shirt style dress as it’s made of soft cotton material which feels very luxurious and much more expensive than it actually is. It has buttons down the front half of the dress, which can be done right up to the neck but I chose to leave a few open to give it a collar so I was able to wear my favourite silver diamante necklace. The dress has deep pockets on the hips and a thick elasticated waistline which give it a very flattering shape. I like the pleats at the back and around the waist as I think they add some extra detail. This dress is really versatile and is going to be so easy to style going into the colder weather too. It’s going to become one of my fashion favourites!

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I also chose these cute black, kitten heeled ankle boots* with cross over straps and silver buckles. The boots feel so soft and are really comfortable to wear, I think they complement this style of dress really well. I’ve added a pair of classic black tights for this outfit but these boots will also look great worn with a chunky jumper and jeans or a button down skirt.

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I couldn’t resist this sweet little camera shaped Cross Body Bag* with a long chain strap to add an element of fun to my outfit. I’ve never seen one like this before! OK, so it’s not the most practical sized bag for a day time outfit but I don’t always want to carry my great big tote bag with me, so this bag is just perfect for taking my lippy, mobile and money! It will also look cute worn with an evening outfit for a night out with the girls!

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To  complete my outfit I’ve added a denim jacket, which I’ve had hanging in my wardrobe for ages, and my favourite wide brimmed fedora. I absolutely love this outfit and feel it’s perfect for Autumn.
What do you think to this outfit? What’s your favourite transitional outfit?

Dress: Sammydress*
Boots: Sammydress*
Bag: Sammydress*
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*This post contains items that have been gifted but all photos and opinions are my own
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Hurray, my first fashion post for the new season! As the days get colder and the nights get darker earlier, I thought I’d dig out a few favourite autumn accessories of mine that will see me right through the next few months. I’ve had a huge clear out in my wardrobe lately but there are some classic items that I just can’t part with and will look perfect with any new clothing I get this year.
As I mentioned in my Autumn post, I am really getting excited about the season this year and that goes for clothing and accessories too.

So let’s have a look at my must have accessories for Autumn.

 Wide Brimmed, Floppy Hat
I don’t know what it is about this style but a floppy hat in a beautiful berry colour is one of my all time favourite looks for Autumn. As well as looking stylish, it helps keep my head warm and is a saviour on a bad hair day! I love wearing mine with a floaty dress and chunky boots but it would look equally as good worn with a layered look, a pair of jeans and a pair of ankle boots. There are so many shapes and styles of hats around that there will be one to suit everybody.

Printed scarf
A printed scarf is a chic accessory that will really give your outfit a lift, as well as keeping you keep warm. I love this beautiful plum coloured scarf with a pretty butterfly print and often wear it with a dress, oversized cardigan and boots, but it will look just as stylish worn with jeans, blazer and a knitted top.

Low Heeled Shoes
I usually think of a pair of boots as the perfect autumn accessory but I also love wearing these low heeled, round toe shoes with a double ankle strap. They are a great way to really smarten up an outfit and I usually style them with a cute printed dress and longer length jacket or cardigan. They also look great with a pair of jeans and printed blouse. These shoes are in a very dark burgundy colour and really compliment most neutral colours of clothing in my autumn wardrobe.

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The Ankle Boots
No Autumn wardrobe would be complete without this classic accessory and it is one of my staples for this season. These brown heeled pair of ankle boots go with just about everything and I love wearing them with dresses and tights or jeans and an oversized jumper, plus they are great for kicking through the piles of leaves on the ground!

Wide Belt
A wide belt with a large buckle will instantly make a T-shirt and a pair of jeans look even more chic. I’ve also worn my belt with a fit and flare dress to add a bit of detail to my outfit.

A Pair of Gloves
I don’t think I’m ready for the thick woolly gloves just yet but this time of year brings a slight chill to the air so I do have a pair of camel coloured gloves in my bag just in case. I think these are a lovely neutral shade and will go perfectly with all the berry, burgundy, green and plum tones in my autumn wardrobe.

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The Large Tote Bag
Gone away are my summer straw bags and they have been replaced with a large tote bag. Not only do they look stylish but they are incredibly practical for carrying around all my daily essentials, including a mini fold up umbrella as we all know that the British weather can catch us out with a shower or two! The tote bag I am using at the moment is this gorgeous mock croc one with 2 large handles making it easy to carry on my shoulder or have it placed in the crook of my arm. It’s such a classic style that it goes with absolutely everything in my Autumn wardrobe.

 Jewellery
And of course, to complete my must have accessories for Autumn I always like to wear some pretty jewellery as it can really bring to life an other wise plain outfit. Let’s not forget a deep coloured nail polish and a berry lip colour, I know technically they are for a makeup post but they had to feature somewhere on here, didn’t they?

So there you have it, a few essential accessories that I love to have in my Autumn wardrobe to help keep my outfits looking stylish and a bit more pulled together throughout the season.

What essentials do you have in your Autumn wardrobe?

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I realise that I’m probably getting a bit late with a Summer fashion post as everyone’s more than likely thinking about getting their Autumn coats! But do you know what? It’s not very often that I find a spaghetti strap dress that I not only love, but also feel confident enough to wear and have my photo taken wearing it.
The little black dress has been a wardrobe staple for years and believe me, I’ve had my fair share of them. I think it’s one of the easiest pieces to style, whatever the season or occasion. It’s the first thing I grab for a last minute party invite, chuck on a statement necklace and a pair of heels and I’m good to go!
But black lace in Summer? That’s a different story.

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If you know me by now then yu’ll knowow much I love florals or light colours and I would normally associate a lace dress with the party season, especially black. I know white lace has been everywhere this season but when I came across this cute little black number I just had to snap it up. I’m normally really self conscious of the tops of my arms but from the moment I tried this dress on it felt so right and I actually felt good about myself. I wasn’t trying to be anyone else or who I thought I should be. I was just me. Out for a stroll in town doing a spot of shopping and stopping off for a coffee. So I thought why not make the most of it and take a few outfit of the day photos for my blog.

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Then of course that brings me to another problem. Where to take the photos? I didn’t want just another bench in front of yet another hedge. I might as well have done them in my garden, but while out one Saturday afternoon I was in a street that I had been down a thousand times before (OK, slight exaggeration, haha) and there right at the end of it was this gorgeous bakery with a bench right outside. Yay, I could do the street scene! Do know how good that made me feel.

Anyway, back to the dress.
It’s a gorgeous black lace knee length dress with spaghetti straps and has a sweetheart neck. Around the edge of the neckline there is a delicate lace frill which adds a bit of extra detail and underneath it has a satin slip. I like the fact that it has an elasticated waist so it gives some shape to the dress, rather than hanging straight down.
I think it’s going to be one those versatile items that I can wear in Summer or Winter and get a lot more wear out of than just a New Years Eve party.

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I’ve also mentioned before that I have a bit of an addiction for hats and today seemed the perfect opportunity to dig out another of my favourites to wear in the hot weather. I think a hat can add a bit of interest to your outfit and I love having fun playing around with different styles. This panama hat is actually meant for a man but I think mixing a masculine accessory with my feminine style dress works really well. I also wanted a bag that didn’t look out of place, so a big tote bag wasn’t an option. I decided on a straw shopper with long handles so it was big enough to fit all of my junk in and maybe the odd little purchase too!
Add a pair of wedge espadrilles and my sunglasses and I had my perfect summer outfit. It kind of gives me that feeling that I’m on holiday exploring quaint little streets abroad somewhere, when in fact it was only 10 minutes down the road from where i live.

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What’s you favourite summer outfit?

Dress (sale) – BooHoo
Hat (sale) – ASOS
Shoes (old) – ASOS
Bag – (old) Similar M&S
Earrings – Etsy
Watch (present) – HSamual

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It was a gorgeous sunny June day and I’d got all excited that the sun was out which meant I could finally wear a summer’s outfit. So I went riffling through my wardrobe and found just what I was looking for.
I was going for a day out at The Swiss Gardens in Bedfordshire and I just knew this was also going to make the perfect setting for taking a few photos for my next outfit post.

 

 

The Swiss Cottage is a beautiful rustic cottage which is a focal point right in the centre of the gardens.

 

There are lots of walks to explore and each one has something different to look at along the way with a story behind each feature. The gardens have a huge verity of beautiful flowers, plants, trees and wildlife and whatever time of year you visit the gardens they can look completely different with an array of seasonal colours. The style of the Swiss Gardens makes it perfect for wedding venues and ideal for photographers. It’s so peaceful and relaxing that I could visit time and time again.

 

The gardens have seen many changes over the years with the most recent restoration in 2014 to make it more accessible for everyone. There;s also a tea room, although it was such gorgeous weather on the day I went that I chose to take a picnic with me and sit in the lovely picnic area so that I could take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the fresh air.

Even the peacock wanted to get in on the action!

I chose to wear a white skirt and top which seemed just perfect for a summers day and where we were going. The cotton top has short frill capped sleeves, it features two lines of crochet detail down the front and a tasselled tie around the neck. The midi length cotton skirt has stitched panels making it loose and flowy, ideal for keeping cool in hot weather. I also wore one of my favourite straw hats, not just because it was hot but because I thought it looked good too! I popped on a pair of camel strappy heels and added a camel bag. I absolutely loved wearing this outfit as it had a real vintage feel to it. The top is such an easy piece to wear and I’ve also worn it with some cropped jeans and a pair of diamante flipflops for a more casual look.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed visiting there. Have you visited some lovely places recently? I’d love to hear about them. What’s your favourite summer outfit?

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Skirt Primark
Shoes TK Maxx
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You may have seen in a previous blog post that I enjoy taking a stroll in the countryside as often as I can, and that’s exactly what I did over the May Bank Holiday weekend. We went to Hitchwood in Hertfordshire and the bluebells were out in full colour. It was so peaceful and great to get out in the fresh air just listening to the sounds of nature. The day wasn’t quite warm enough for me to go bare legged as there was still a spring chill in the air and my feet were going nowhere near a pair of open toe shoes until I’d had a pedicure, or at least stuck some nail varnish on my toes!
I fished out my denim knee length skirt as I thought this would make a nice change to wearing jeans for a casual weekend outfit.

A denim knee length skirt has to be one of my favourite all year round pieces to have in my wardrobe and with summer on it’s way the skirt will probably get a lot of use over the coming months. For this outfit though I chose to wear it with a brown jacket and striped top as we were out taking photographs so I didn’t want to wear anything too bright in case I frightened away any wildlife. I’ve added a pair of black boots and my favourite black box bag to carry those few essentials a girl might need whilst out in the middle of the woods.
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any key items in your wardrobe that see you all year round? 

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Skirt – New Look
Top – Topshop
Boots – Clarks
Bag – La Redoute
Jacket – Vintage Shop
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