December It List

Halfway through December, an examed-out, exhausted girl looks at her phone screen and realises “OH BALLS! IT’S HALFWAY THROUGH DECEMBER AND I HAVENT PUBLISHED THE IT LIST!” In case you’re wondering, that girl is me. I’ve just finished doing my mocks at school, but there’s still lots of deadlines for coursework and stuff; it’s been a bit of a tiring term. So, unfortunately, because grades on paper matter more than doing something you love apparently, I’ve had to put blogging to the side a little. But, no fear, I can guarantee that over Christmas I will be blogging away my boredom, you’ll be sick of me by January. Anyway, here’s the It List for this month!


Vanilla Chai Tea 

One of those people who can’t cope without sugar in your tea? Yep me too. However, by complete impulse, I purchased this box of Vanilla Chai Tea from Tescos because it looked pretty (I’m a sucker for marketing, I know) and amazingly it totally removes the need for sugar! So, if you’re in need of a change, and a healthy one at that, which is rare around the Christmas season, I highly recommend you pick up one of these.

Sledging

Alright, this one is kind of in the hope that it snows this year… It hasn’t snowed well in my region for probably about 3/4 years now, but whenever it does, my friends and I return to small excitable kids, whip our sledges out and spend the day in the snow. There’s nothing like it – and with our classically British climate, snow is rare, so we have to make the most of it!

Toni N Guy Heat Protection Mist

As per normal, when I’m trying a new type of product I’m dubious; will it even do anything? This one, as I’ve discovered is a little gem! You know those girls you see on adverts with gorgeous shining locks, not a bit of grease or frizz in sight? Well this simple heat protection spray will bring you one step closer to that! My crazy-thick hair never seems to be happy, whether it’s winter or summer, it’s always too dry and blow-drying it never helps, so this product has been a bit of a star-find for me. Also, this came from a very affordable gift set!

The Purse Project

I recently came across this idea when scrolling through Twitter (which is approximately 90% of my day). Basically it involves filling an old unwanted bag with things such as festive foodie treats, sanitary products and little gifts and giving it to a homeless woman on the streets as a Christmas gift. I personally think it’s a wonderfully kind idea of what to do with stuff you don’t like/use and, of course, it could be adapted to suit men as well as women.

Bomb Cosmetics Choc Around The Clock Brûlée 

I’ve always purchased Lush bath products when in need of a bit of a pamper, simply because my local Lush store is right in the centre of the city. I do love the colours and scents of them, but none of them ever seem to do anything for my skin. I was expecting this little bath melt to be exactly the same, maybe even worse than Lush because it’s a less known brand – but oh how wrong I was! This rich chocolately-scented bath melt fizzes gently to produce a creamy colour in the water, then once you’re in, the cocoa butter content moisturises the skin. Afterwards the difference in your skin’s moisture levels is very noticeable, it’s fair to say I love it. If you’re suffering from the usual dry winter skin, get yourself one of these. Has anyone tried any other products from Bomb Cosmetics? What do you think of the brand?

Good Things Five Minute Facial Mask

I’ve mentioned this previously in a skincare post, but I hadn’t actually tried it until recently. Due to Christmas, I am now slightly, if not totally broke, so spending on myself has had to be reduced majorly. As much as I would have loved to repurchase the Clarins Pure and Radiant Face Mask, this one was a quarter of the price and contained similar ingredients. After all, if you don’t try new things, you’ll never discover some of the best products. Anyway, I’ve been using this green-clay-based mask around 3 times a week for the past 2 weeks now (my skin’s been awful so excessive use has been necessary) and I have to say, it is up there is the ranks. Maybe it doesn’t give you the same glow as Clarins and maybe I don’t love the smell as much, but it will do and it’s very good at minimising pores and drawing out impurities for it’s price (there’s £2 off at the moment too)! If you’re looking for a new bargain face mask to try on sensitive but troublesome skin – this is the one for you.

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Spotify

Music;  who doesn’t love it eh? With the high costs of iTunes these days, Spotify is my go-to alternative. With almost every song out there on here, you can create your own playlists, listen offline and even discover new music that Spotify caters especially for you. Can’t get enough of the new Bieber tracks? (Who would’ve though, eh?) Need a bit of Bublé in your life around Christmas time? Download Spotify. To add to this, Spotify currently have a deal on for you to get 3 months of Spotify Premium for just 99p – an unmissable deal when usually 3 months would cost £29.97!

notonthehighstreet.com

The perfect site for secret santa, personalised gifts or just something a bit different. You’ve probably heard me mention it millions of times before – and that’s because, it’s my go to gift-site. Alright maybe some things are a little overpriced, but others are great value; you just have to search for them. Also, there’s an option to search just UK brands – what better thing to do than support local businesses? Delivery is fast and there’s truly something for everyone. Make sure to check it out, particularly if you’ve still got some of that dreaded Christmas shopping to do!


 

What are you loving this month? Do you have any suggestions for things I need to try out?

Let me know below my lovelies,

Emilia x

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My Winter Looks

These two looks are all about texture – it’s currently playing a large role in the world of fashion; leather trousers, vinyl coats, suede t-shirts – we’re seeing the lot. So, I’m going to show you my take on the current trends…

Suede and Zips

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As seen above: Jumper – Marks and Spencer, Gilet – DKNY, Jeans – Miss Selfridge, Boots – Dune, Earrings – Accessorize, Ring – Pandora.

Suede and fur in one – amazing! This DKNY gilet/waistcoat/whatever-you-want-to-call-it is something that I recently picked up from Bicester Village (an amazing place with one shop even selling discount MAC!), explaining why I could actually afford it ha. Suede is everywhere this season and what better way to wear it than a not very practical, but totally luxe and glam jacket! Also, ripped jeans are so very ‘in’ at the moment, I’d be surprised if you don’t own a pair! Never mind if adults make stupid jokes about you falling over in them (they need to look-up fashion!) – ripped jeans will elongate your legs and make you a true fashionista. Finally, the zip-detailing and turtleneck of my jumper are both little nods to AW 15 shows. Turtlenecks are literally in every high street store right now and that’s because they suit EVERYONE; men and women, young and old. Zip-detailing can be tricky – you don’t want it to look tacky, hence I went for only a couple of zips, but, watch out, zips are replacing buttons fast at the minute!


Corduroy Blues

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As seen above: Earrings, Ring and Boots as before, Jumper – Marks and Spencer, Dress – Topshop, Coat – Next.

See, what was I saying about zips?! They’re all over the shop in AW 15 – this one even adds a hint of geometrics, another major trend in accessories. Another polo neck – they’re my winter go-to, the need for a scarf disappears! Corduroy, however, is the focus of this outfit –  very ’90s. I remember having a pair of pink corduroy trousers as a kid, when the influence of the ’90s hadn’t quite seeped out of the Noughties yet! However, most of all, I love the shape of this dress. It fits my rather curvy figure very well, but I think it would also give more rectangle-shaped girls an amazing illusion of curves, with it’s buckle-belt. Last, but definitely not least, the coat – oh how I adore coats. Each season, I have to have a new coat/jacket; it’s verging on an obsession and it’s even spread to my boyfriend! This coat is wool and polyester and boxy shaped, which is better for slender girls really, but I just loved the blue colour too much… Whoops.


 

What’s your take on the winter trends? Are you loving or loathing them? Let me know below in the comments!

Emilia x

The Best Of The Winter Knits

You see, I’ve been putting this post off until the weather really started to turn chilly; because what’s the point in lusting after adorable little cable-knits and lounge-around sweats when you can’t even wear them? But, now, as we head into the third week of November, winter has finally arrived and the single-figure temperatures have greeted us once more. That means that, it’s official ladies, you officially have a reason to go and stock up on a new winter wardrobe of wool! Seeing as I’ve been searching the web for a good few weeks now (I don’t know how, but I always end up with a lack of jumpers when it comes to winter time.), I am fully prepared to give you the low-down of the cutest and cosiest winter knits of 2015… Enjoy!

The High-Necks

Over the course of 2015, this has slowly become my favourite and most frequent style go-to for chilly days. Got you’re turtle neck on? There’s no need to unfashionable tie your scarf PROPERLY (shock horror), just sling it on like those off-duty models do. It’s a no brainer! Personally I prefer tighter high-necks as they don’t turn my figure into that of a marshmallow, but if you’re really not a fan of your stomach area, then I’d suggest going for the 1st and 3rd options below. Also, in my opinion, high-neck sweaters are about the most attractive thing a male can wear; so while you’re at it, sneak one in the basket for the man in your life too!

Left to right: ASOS Chunky Jumper in High Neck with Boucle in Salt and Pepper (£24.00), Topshop Modern Stripe Top (£42.00), New Look Cable Jumper (£34.99).

The Everyday Jumpers

Simple and easy to wear, my ultimate aim in life is to probably own a full rainbow of these sorts of jumpers. Mix it up by going for different necklines; you can see below crew neck and slash neck, for example.

Left to right: H&M Cable Knit Wool-Blend Jumper (£29.00), Topshop Lofty Knit Seam Jumper (£55.00), Mango Ribbed Wool Blend Sweater (£24.99).

The Just Plain Stylish

Spot on for this season, that’s what these three are. Stripes are where it’s at; simple but they add that necessary bit of variety to any outfit – I must own about 5 stripey tops, horizontal, vertical, blouses, tshirts, but there’s always that urge to buy ONE MORE! Onto ombré; we’ve seen this everywhere over the past couple of years – hair, fur, you name it, so why not try a jumper for the colder months? And lastly, tassels/fringing, whatever you want to call it – flatteringly positioned on a cute little pullover? Yes please! If this isn’t quite your thing, why not try a tasselled bag instead –  Topshop do some gorgeous ones!

Left to right: H&M Fine Knit Jumper (£14.99), Mango Ombre Cotton Sweater (£34.99) H&M Knitted Jumper (£12.99).

The Ultimate Christmas Knit

Okay, if you’re a bah-humbug kinda character, now is definitely the time to look away, but for those Christmas fanatics like myself – THIS IS YOUR TIME! What could be better than the annual Christmas knit? No more ‘knitted-by-your-grandma’, Christmas jumpers can be fashionable! My biggest tip would be, go for subtle. (Unfortunately 2014 me who purchased a light up, tacky, Christmas jumper from Primark last year didn’t listen to her own tips.)

Left to right: ASOS Christmas Jumper With Metallic Noel (£32.00), Jack Wills Rodley Fairisle Crew Neck Jumper (£69.50), Mango Bead Shoulder Sweater (£49.99).

Surprise! I’m not yet done – alright, this section isn’t strictly in tune with this post’s title, but I just couldn’t resist showing you guys this little selection of things that I absolutely adore…

I’m also loving:

Left to right: Topshop MOTO Cord Zip Front Dress in Black (£42.00), ASOS RUBY Ankle Boots (£38.00), Zara Lace Dress in Wine (£25.99).

My overall verdict is GO H&M!! You’ve really excelled yourselves this season! So, if you’re in a hurry to pick up a little jumper, that should be your first port of call. Have you found any other must-have knits for winter 2015? Let me know in the comments!

Emilia x

P.S. It’s less than a week until the winner of my giveaway is announced! Check out this post for details on how to enter before it’s too late!

Norwich Cafes

This week marks a lot of important historical events in my country; Guy Fawkes ‘Bonfire’ Night to name one – but this week is also know as “Gingerbread Latte” week in my mind because the Starbucks Christmas drinks menu is officially available! Which is of course way more important that anything else. However, I have realised that there is a phenomenon which happens to many of us, which I like to call ‘Starbucks-itus’; we get bored. There’s only so many gingerbread lattes you can down, only so many turkey and stuffing paninis you can stomach (although, admittedly I could probably eat 5 in one sitting) before it starts to get a little tiring. So, today, I’ve designed a post specifically for my local readers of alternative, but equally fab coffee shops to visit in the city of Norwich. Feel free to take a look even if you aren’t local to the area; I’d love to know what cute coffee shops there are in your area!

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Strangers are renowned for their picture-perfect setting and gorgeous coffees around Norwich. Many of my friends swear by it! Here is a little picture of what I had when I popped in for a coffee and cake with my good friend Alex a few weeks ago. As you can see, the design is very alternative, but also refreshing and very calming – in the centre of the ‘pretty streets’ of Norwich, as I like to call them. Offering all types of hot drinks and delicious hand-made cakes – why not give it a try?

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Admittedly, I had not heard of this little place before I started to do some research for this blogpost! Artel – such a snappy and individual name and, by the looks of it, the place itself looks rather funky too! Offering an edgy take on classics and Instagram worthy surroundings, as well as adorable little gifts and trinkets for sale – I’m loving the sound of Artel! This is definitely somewhere I will be trying out in the wintery weeks to come!

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Out of all of these wonderful little shops, The Waffle House is probably the one I’ve known for longest. Why? Because the waffle-focused menu and extraordinary flavour combinations can’t help but be the talk of the city! Who would of thought I’d like a garlic and rosemary waffle? Not me! Here there is something for everyone and it’s surprisingly affordable; hence why my friends and I regularly visit.

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I have many friends who love this little cafe –  it prides itself in offering a wide range of gluten-free cakes with no compromise on flavour and texture. Ingredients are fresh and local and the atmosphere is ever so friendly – it’s a no brainer!

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The Playhouse, famously home to Norwich’s slightly smaller theatre, but also a great place to kick back, relax and have a coffee. For the colder winter days, there is a cosy indoor area, which you can see above, which breathes eclectic vibes. Also, their website is beautiful (this is very important to bloggers!) and with free-wifi it’s the perfect place to do some work or do just about anything.

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Well, this little place is rather new to Norwich, as myself and a couple of friends spotted it a few months back when we spontaneously decided to go for lunch. Above, you can see my, unfortunately rather crap, picture of the roof lights and modern, but cosy feel to the place, as well as a picture taken by Alex of myself and Evie in the area. Furthermore, they offer about every type of tea and coffee possible; last time I ordered a jasmine tea and fell in love! It’s a must try for you cafe-lovers of Norwich, like myself, and this new-kid-on-the-block is proving to be just as great as some of the oldies!

What are the best coffee shops in your area? Have you had your first Gingerbread Latte of the winter yet?

Emilia x

Autumnal Make-up Look

As much as I hate cold weather, I have to admit; I love winter tones. Summer’s bright tones simply do not suit my ghostly pale skin. However, I do have to be careful not to over-do the winter colours, otherwise I’m completely washed out. So, after playing around a lot with my new makeup recently, I’ve formulated a gorgeous little autumnal make-up look for you to try! Also, I understand that my skin tone isn’t all that common, so I’ve included a section with alternative products for every skin tone. Take a look!

Tools used: MAC Keepsakes Collection (contains 187SE Duo Fibre Face Brush130SE Short Duo Fibre Brush286SE Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush287SE Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush), Real Techniques Core Collection (£21.99), Real Techniques Starter Set (£21.99), Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush (£11.99), Body Shop Concealer Brush (£9.00) and cotton buds (or q-tips for you Americans out there).

Clothing and Accessories: Lace-up Top from Topshop (shout-out to Grace for showing me this beauty) and Vivienne Westwood Earrings bought for me by my wonderful boyfriend.

Here’s the first peek! Let’s start with the basics. First of all, I have used bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla (£26.00) with a little of this STAR of a primer – No7 Stay Perfect Shine-reducing Primer (£12.50). These two products regularly feature in my beauty posts and that’s simply because I love them so much. Complexion Rescue is especially good for my skin in winter, due to it’s mega-hydrating qualities. Under my eyes is another moisture-rich product; MAC Select Moisturecover Concealer in NW15 (£15.50) – the palest shade for the palest skin. Next, contouring around the cheekbones, nose and hairline  with the help of NYX HD Blush in Taupe (£7.99) and YSL Touche Éclat (£25.00) on my cupids bow, end of my nose and waterline. As always, eyebrows are filled in with MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering (£14.00) and Naked 2 from the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette and tamed with Miss Sporty Clear Mascara (£2.99).

Now, onto the interesting part – eyes! I use my normal primer (£12.50) on my eyelids for a shadow primer as I’m yet to purchase a primer specifically for eyes (I’d love the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance). Then, my eye look is a combination of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette (£23.00) and Make-up Revolution Redemption Palette in Iconic 3 (£4.00), the warmest of all. To compliment the warm berry tones of my lips I’ve chosen to use taupe and dusky pink shades from the palette, as shown below, using the Real Techniques Starter Set (£21.99) to blend them together.

To widen the eyes and achieve the glamorous look I was after, I lined my lower lash line with the deeper pink sparkle from the Make-up Revolution palette (£4.00). After this, a little bit of my MAC brow pencil (£14.00) on the upper lash line (shh, I know it’s cheating). Then, I applied one coat of Benefit Rollerlash (£19.50) to curl and shape my lashes with Chanel Le Volume de Chanel in Noir (£25.00) over the top to produce mega-long lashes.

You can see that as we’ve moved away from the warmer weather, I’ve decided to ditch the nudes (MAC Kinda Sexy (£15.50) is my go-to) and gone for a deep red, berry look. I would describe it as a “I’ve just downed a bottle of champagne, bought a lion and killed my filthy rich husband” colour. In normal adjectives, I’d probably just call it ‘glam’. This show-stealing lip colour is achieved by layering NYX Soft Matte Liquid Lip Cream in Transylvania (£5.50) (which I’ve reviewed here) over Max Factor Colour Collection Lipstick in Midnight Plum (£3.99) and using cotton buds soaked in  L’Oreal Micellar Water (£3.33) to tidy up the edges. I’m in DIRE need of a berry coloured lip-liner, you see.

Alternative products for all skin tones:

Beige/Tan:

In my eyes, if should be super easy to find foundations if your skin is this sort of colour – I envy you greatly. Instead of having to opt for brands which do extremely pale tones (like Nars and bareMinerals), you could pretty much go for anything! Also, in terms of contouring, many high-street brands should be perfect for you, not too orange toned like they are for me. I love the look of the Smashbox (£35.00) and Barry M (£6.49) contour palettes for you guys. Lip-wise, you could pull off a slightly brighter red than the one shown here – maybe this Ardency Inn lippy in Lovecat ($25.00). For the eyes, you could simply opt for the slightly deeper shades of the Make-up Revolution Palette (£4.00) or the blinc Shadow Fusion Neutral Palette (£39.00) is gorgeous.

 Medium/Deep:

If you’re looking for moisture in your foundation, like me, I’d suggest trying Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Rich Foundation (£31.50). It comes in a rather wide range of tones (although there’s not as many dark shades as I would hope), suitable for most Asian/African-American skin tones and includes SPF15 – bonus! As for contouring, I love the Cover FX Contour Kit in Deep (it’s not actually that dark) sold in House of Fraser for £40.00. For the lips, I feel as if the shade I’m wearing suits this skin tone perfectly too – berry all the way. Eye colours should be darker – smokey eye is your best friend. Bourjois Eye Pearls Quintet Eyeshadow in No. 64 (£3.99 on Amazon) is a wonderful high street choice!

Deep:

Take a look at Nars’ foundations (£32.00), they have one of the biggest range of shades in the business – alternatively, try Urban Decay Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup (£27.00), which has 3 darker shades for different types of undertones. Contouring can be a big issue for ladies with dark skin and it shouldn’t have to be! Anyway, Illamasqua have solved this problem with their Gel Sculpt stick in Silhouette (£22.00). Maybe choose an even darker lip colour and even more purple in the colour would look great on this dark skin tone – try Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Rouge Noir (£26.00). For the perfect evening look – I recommend Laura Geller The Wearables Baked Eyeshadow Palette (£28.00) or for a slightly more bank-friendly option, try Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel (£7.99).

Hope I’ve given you some A/W inspo!

Emilia x

Winter Reading List

Reading is probably not something that most people do very often, I mean, it’s time-consuming and you have to be fully into it or your concentration wanders. However, sometimes, often when I’m in the holidays, I find that reading becomes one of my favourite things to do; to relax, forget and simply pass time. You’ve been looking forward to time off work or school, whatever it may be, for weeks now, yet by the time you’re a few days into it, you’re bored as hell. Typical. The October half-term is just three days away for me and not far away for any of us and before we know it, it’ll be Christmas; so I thought I’d give you a little list of things which I suggest reading to pass that time. So, snuggle up, with a Wispa Gold hot chocolate (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!) and your favourite onesie. I’d love to be able to do so myself, but, I’ve got to read a book, “Purple Hibiscus” , for my GCSEs… That’s not how reading’s meant to be at all – is it? Reading for the sake of analysis and exams. It’s supposed to be for enjoyment, for crying out loud! Oh, how I hate you English GCSE! Anyways, here you go:

  1. Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine

For the mystery-loving, Jenny Valentine is the best author out there. Her books will have you reading at a pace faster than Usain Bolt. Seriously.

2. The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

You would’ve thought that with a title like this, this is a very boy-orientated book, but NOOO how wrong that view is. This book is genuinely the only book to ever make me cry. And it’s part of an equally enchanting trilogy – yippee!

3. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

In this book, Blackman alludes to the historical problems of racism in society, tackling both whilst playing with the idea of a “Romeo-and-Juliet” style relationship, that will have your heart both sinking and thumping in your chest.

4. http://amelialiana.com

I love everything about this gorgeous, London-lass’ beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog. Great quality photography, reviews and interviews with every fashion and beauty famous face! Plenty to keep you entertained on a chilly, winter afternoon.

5. We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

I read this whilst by the pool in Las Vegas last summer and, honestly, it was so difficult to hold my emotions back; this book makes you turn from laughing to crying to utterly bemused in MILLISECONDS! A total emotional roller coaster with the most shocking end, you must read it.

6. Bobbi Brown Make-up Manual by Bobbi Brown

This one’s for the beauty lovers out there, which I know many of you are… Tips, tricks, looks to try! Think of it as the equivalent to a cook book, but instead of making tasty dishes, you’re making glamorous looks.

7. The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer

After a friend recommending this to me, I decided to give it a try and GOD how glad I am that I did. This book is certainly on the John Green level, if not higher; so beautifully written and structured and gives an insight into very important mental health issues.

8. http://www.esteelalonde.com

Essie Button? Heard of her, right? You must have done! Famous youtuber, awesome blogger on just about anything, it goes without saying that a website by this woman is a must read. Sophisticated and classy with top-notch photography and I adore her hilariously witty style.

9. Humans Of New York by Brandon Stanton

A photography books, filled with stunningly satisfying shots of people from all backgrounds, but ALL in New York; or, the most magical city in the world, as I like to call it. Flick through endless times for inspiration.

10. Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding 

Finally, who can beat a good Bridget Jones read? Like practically every other woman out there, as soon I heard about the release of this, I ran to the nearest bookstore (ha, what a joke, I just ordered it off my Kindle, of course). And, let me tell you, this book does NOT fail to disappoint! Keep your eyes peeled for the new movie coming next year!

Feature image: Photography by Alex Lawlor. Check out some more of his damn awesome photography here.  Modelling by Evie Oliver; see her here.

This Season’s Must-have Winter Coats

To me a coat’s role in an outfit is the equivalent to Cara Delevingne’s role in the recent film Paper Towns; VITAL. A coat should not be simply another layer purely for keeping warm, it should be a statement! Whatever your style, fur, boyish, modern, the classic felt – your winter coat choice speaks VOLUMES about you. The only slight issue for those of us who aren’t multimillionaires (which is probably 99% of the blogger population), is that good quality coats are annoying rather expensive items. So, most of us can only really afford to buy one each season. This, of course, means that this ONE has to be THE ONE, the perfect, flattering in every way, wonder coat. Although this sounds pretty hard criteria, I, for one, never have much of an issue finding the perfect winter coat, as there are thousands of new non-quality-compromising high street options available every year. Today, I’m going to give you the low-down on AW 2015’s top choices, for every skin-tone, shape and style. So, here goes…


COATS FOR FIGURES

Coats for curvy figures:

Think trench coats, wrap coats or general tie-in-at-the-waist coats.

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Top to bottom: Wool Coat by Zara, Long Waistcoat by Zara, Burgundy Belted Duster Coat by Miss Selfridge.


Coats for boyish/slim figures:

Think oversized, mid-thigh, boxy coats.

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Top to bottom: Sixties Collarless Coat by OasisCoat with Flap Pockets by ZaraHandmade Coat by Zara


COATS FOR COMPLEXIONS

Coats for pale complexions:

Think winter-pastel (maybe a pastel grey-toned teal), burgundy, the new season ‘rust’ or dark green.

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Top to bottom: Slim Pocket Coat by Topshop, Crombie Coat by Next, Textured Cotton Blend Coat by Mango.


Coats for tanned complexions:

Think camel/cream, slightly warmer toned colours, such as reds or pinks – black looks good too.

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Top to bottom: Jackson Wool Coat by French ConnectionShaggy Faux Fur Coat by Topshop, Wool Cape by Gloverall


Coats for dark complexions:

Think fun, colour-pop, like yellow or hot pink – grey or cream often looks lovely on darker skin tones too.

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Top to bottom: Drop Sleeve Longerline Drape Coat by OasisHeavy Duster Coat by TopshopLinea Helene Oversized Coat in Fuchsia at House of Fraser.


COATS FOR STYLES

Coats for initiating power:

Think shoulder-scultping, high quality, manly-shapes.

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Top to bottom: Double Breasted Jacket by MangoAtomic Zip-Up Coat by French ConnectionBelted Overlay Coat by Vera Moda


Coats for fun:

Think alternative materials, subtle patterns or even the classics with a twist.

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Top to bottom: Tonal Feather Gilet by TopshopOversized Jacket by Zara, Double-breasted Vinyl Coat by Topshop .


Coats for glam:

Think fur (faux of course) or teddy-material.

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Top to bottom: Fancy Coat by Zara, Leopard Faux Fur Coat by Mango, Vintage Faux Fur Coat by ASOS.


Coats for practicality and comfort:

Think warmth (stuffing is important) and waterproofness –  a fur-trim hood is always cute.

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Top to bottom: Cotton Parka by Zara, Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus Olive Wax Jacket by Urban OutfittersBomber Jacket with Ornate Embroidery by ASOS


Coats for the fashion-forefront:

Think checks, patterns and embroidery; it’s all in the detailing this season.

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Top to bottom: Heritage Check Cape by Topshop, Pink Dip Dye Gilet by Miss SelfridgeWool Poncho in Leopard Pattern Knit by Paisie.


I hope I’ve given you some inspiration towards your choice this winter; make it a good one!

Emilia x