Culotte Cool

There's something I love about pairing a denim jacket with a smarter outfit. I bought this jacket from a vintage fair about 5 years ago and I 100% feel like it is one of those pieces that will stay with me for life. This look wouldn't feel like my own without a toughened up twist in the form of oversized denim, too add a little grunge to a classic black and white combination. I think white culottes are such a wardrobe staple and find myself reaching for them quite a lot lately. They're a great transitional piece that can be worn pretty much all year round and paired with jumpers in the winter and crop tops in the summer. They're effortlessly cool and the super flattening shape I look for. If you don't already own a pair, don't be scared - they're easier than you'd think to style... just don't forget the nude seamless underwear!
Now that my final year exams are over, its full steam ahead for dissertation as I edge closer and closer towards graduating. I'm excited to finish uni in a way, but also will be sad to say goodbye to student life in London - I've had so much fun. Plus, I'll hopefully be blogging more regularly now I've got a little more free time, I'm going to aim to bring you new posts every three days so stay tuned!

Monica x

 Photography by Josh Gooding
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On The Run

January is traditionally the time of year we all get our butts into gear and try to start work on that summer body. Whether its toning up or shifting a few pounds, it's not always easy to stay motivated with the rainy days and dark nights making the gym that little bit less appealing. But one thing that does excite me to work towards my fitness goals is New Look's latest range of workout gear. I'm not really one to opt for neons or crazy patterns when it comes to sport, I like my clothing to be slick and simple but a little bit interesting. New Look have really hit the jackpot with this sports bra and matching pair of leggings. The printed waistband adds a really cool touch and the breathable sweat-wicking fabric makes the leggings a real all-rounder! I'm a keen runner and play tennis a few times a week so will definitely be getting great use out of these pieces in the coming months.

How are you staying motivated this January? 

Monica x

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Made For Suede

So I'm back after a little blogging break and I'm really excited to share some new post with you guys! I've just finished my first exam today and have another one next week but from February I'll be back into my regular posting routine! Uni has really taken over my life lately and I've been dedicating so much time to my studies - I'm literally the first one in and last out of the library sometimes! It's kind of coming up to a scary time in my life where I won't be a student any longer and I'll be thrust into the real world... so I definitely need to learn to appreciate this time I have now. I'm planning on sharing a little more along these lines about graduating and the future in a blog post real soon so look out for that.
But for today, I wanted to share with you a couple of items I picked up in the post-Christmas sales. Normally its my favourite time of year for going shopping and hunting down bargains, but for some reason, I wasn't even motivated to go shopping so much early this year and I have really been concentrating on clearing my wardrobe down a little without filling it with more and more pieces that I'll probably only wear once! That being said, one spontaneous afternoon, my friend Jade and I ended up browsing after a bite of lunch in Kensington and I stumbled across this gorgeous suede dress in Zara. Having seen a friend of mine with a suede jacket in almost the exact same colour, I was really drawn to the dress and.. you know when its just fate? By that I mean, it was the last one in the shop and it was in my size... and it was only £25! After Zara, I headed to Topshop, where I found this chevron striped high neck top. If you know me, I'm rarely seen without a roll neck or high neck or some kinda of neck top so I seriously couldn't resist this one! Plus I thought it would go perfectly with the suede dress!


Wearing: Red Suede Dress: Zara (similar) | Chevron High Neck Top: Topshop (similar) | Camel Fedora Hat: Topshop | Sheffield Lady Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Patent Pointed Ankle Boots: c/o Dorothy Perkins (similar) | Lips: MAC in Viva Glam II 

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Check Culottes

Hello you lovely lot and happy 2016! Sorry I've been a little vacant from the blogging scene lately - I can only blame final year at uni! Here's a little outfit I shot a while back that I must've forgotten to share!
As much as I love experimenting with my style, sometimes there is nothing better than going back to basics and throwing on a chunky knitted jumper. I picked up this grey turtle neck when I lived in New York last year and I tend to pretty much live in it over the winter months. I probably paid around  $20 from Forever 21, but I think it looks a lot more expensive and its still holding up amazingly well considering all the wear and washes it has been through! I think a jumper like this is such a wardrobe staple at this time of year. I love the long length for wearing with jeans and leather trousers, but it also can be worn in a cropped style but tucking into culottes or a skirt.


Wearing: Grey Turtleneck Jumper: Forever 21 (similar) | Check Culottes: Warehouse (similar) | Sheffield Lady Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington | Patent Pointed Ankle Boots: c/o Dorothy Perkins (similar) | Cat Eye Sunglasses: ASOS | Lips: MAC in Viva Glam II

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

If you're anything like myself, you keep think you've got plenty of time and that the 25th of December will probably never come. But Christmas certainly is creeping up on us and before you know it, you'll have to do the last minute panic buying routine, which probably means your friends and family will end up with unwanted gifts that you had to pay that five extra pounds to make sure it arrived with next day delivery. But fear not! This year, in collaboration with John Lewis, I have a few quick and easy stocking fillers for all the family!
Let's talk perfume. Whether you're after something young, floral and fresh like the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfam or a woody scent with accents of vanilla and jasmine perhaps Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfam is the gift to buy. Si and Black Opium happen to be two of my go-to perfumes at the moment and I'd really recommend as gifts for friends, family or colleagues! If perfume is a little over-budget, a candle or diffuser in a Christmassy scent  (who doesn't love mulled wine and cinnamon?!) are also a lovely little gift and something people don't necessarily buy for themselves!
A few little random extras I've included in the post are luxury salted caramel chocolates, a knit your own stocking kit and a classic Christmas family favourite: Articulate! All these bits are available from John Lewis so pop into pick up some last minute stocking fillers before its too late!


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