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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Baby, it's (still) cold outside

I don't care what they say; it is most definitely NOT Spring in the UK. Ever since 26th December stores have been inundated with florals, pastels and macs. As much as I love a piece of the Spring pie, leaving the house without a woolly coat is simply not an option in this (so far) bitterly cold year. The sales have been, well and truly, picked over now but luckily I've managed to find a few pieces, reduced and new season that are appropriate for winter and the transition into Spring...

An umbrella is mandatory in the UK unless you want to end up looking like a drowned rat (or cat, given the brolly?), so I love the concept of making such a boring, functional piece fun and quirky. Sure, it's a little more then what I would usually pay for an umbrella (hello Primark!) but it's just too adorable not to.
I try to avoid midi skirts at all costs given my short legs, but I must admit I am so tempted by this Dorothy Perkins beauty. I'm sure you're aware that tartan is 'a thing' this season, so if you have a particular interest in following trends this skirt is perfect, both aesthetically and for keeping you warm.
My love affair with loafers, brogues and any footwear that looks androgynous continues. The soft, feminine colour and tassel detail contrasts with the basic shape of the shoe. Buy now, wear now.
Yes they are pricey but think of them as an investment;
  1. They have just under £100 off.
  2. They will be great quality so will last as long as probably three pairs of cheap boots.
  3. They go with EVERYTHING.
I'm sold. If only it were student loan day today and rent wasn't due...
I love the cut of these jeans and the casual-yet-sophisticated silhouette they create. Of course jeans are a winner in winter but the loose fit and light colour of these jeans make them an excellent pre-spring purchase.
The effortless way that this jacket falls is enough to convince me that this is a key, budget piece. Complementing the cut, the black and white checked pattern radiates a nonchalance rebellious attitude-perfect for crisp, winter days and cool, spring evenings.
As soon as I saw this I headed for the changing room and proceeded to the tills, debit card in hand. The fabric is lightweight so I wouldn't advise wearing it alone on a cold day but the sleeves can be adjusted, so you have the option to roll the sleeves up for a warmer day, making it an ideal transitional piece.
A scarf, come autumn, winter, spring and even summer (thank you Great British weather!), is a key piece in my wardrobe. Over the years my obsession has grown from borrowing one of my mum's scarves every so often to not being able to leave Primark or New Look without one. This scarf looks super cosy and the pattern is bold enough to brighten any simple outfit up.
I don't think I've ever seen such a toasty looking jumper as this. When you live in student housing you soon realise that the humble jumper is your best friend. I can just imagine wearing black skinny jeans and Chelsea boots with this on a cold day, and a black miniskirt come Spring.

Keep Warm!

NG <3



  1. Haha agreed! Those who say it's 'spring' are lying. Loveee that cat umbrella and the loafers :O My wishlist is never-ending

    Malvika :) Dreaming in Luxe

  2. I agree, over here in Luxembourg it's still freezing (literally) too. We had icy roads this morning and even though someone mentioned that some flowers were already blossoming, I don't get any spring vibes yet. Well, let's keep warm in the meantime... if time continues to fly as it has been during January, it will be spring in no time.

  3. It's more the rain than the cold that is getting me at the moment. Might need the kitty umbrella to combat that. I'd feel so bad when the inevitable happens and it goes inside out- thanks British weather, thanks!

    Emma x

  4. Wow as one of tropical people I want to feel the winter, hahaha

  5. It's just starting to get cold here in San Francisco. We were having tropical weather here for awhile

  6. I'm with you on the cold! We had one day here on Sunday where it was warm enough to leave the house in a cardigan (though we weren't out for long so that's probably why we didn't freeze!). I absolutely love those Paula boots, definitely an investment! Leather shoes last so much longer and fit so much better than cheaper alternatives. I also wish I had money to spare for that gorgeous cat umbrella! xxx

  7. It's still freezing here in NYC too :( I'm so over it!
    Those boyfriend jeans are cute though!


  8. I know,cant believe they have there s/s collections out already,they do at my work,and it certainly feels like its not coming any time soon,atleast its not raining where I am at the mo,just freezing!!!
    These are great finds,and good how you managed to find decent stuff,I hate the sales now,just really old stuff from seasons ago :D but you found some goodies love the boyfriend style jeans x

  9. What a beautiful things ! I just fell in love with this amazing boyfriend jeans <3

  10. Love the look of the fit of those jeans :) xx

    Ps. I'm having a giveaway on my blog and would love for you to enter :)

  11. Cute selection! Love the variety of prints!

    Cee. ♥
    Code Overdressed

  12. I wish it were colder here- without cold, it doesn't feel like winter! I'm in love with that pencil skirt you've chosen- it's so classy and would just go with so many outfits. I love the way pencil skirts look but tend to have trouble walking in them haha. Also, that wool blend jacket- love!! :)

  13. I live in Mumbai...absolutely no cold for me the entire season... :(
    I feel like I missed on so much.... BUt love the boyfriend jeans!! :)
    Let's talk about everything

  14. Nice post!, You want us to follow? Please let me know in the blog. Kisses.

  15. Love the pencil skirt!

    Here in Spain is still really cold outside and stores are in spring for a month or so!! It´s literally snowing outside but all you see is summer dresses.... and some coat also... So, I understand you sista!

    Love your blog!

  16. Is is spring anywhere yet? I've had some warmer days where I live, but spring is definitely still far, far away, I think and isn't it very early for spring anyway?


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