Winter Tones

Is it just me or has this been a particularly cold winter? I don't quite remember suffering this much last year, but then after each gorgeous summer, you forget how it used to be - probably a defence mechanism. 

I am a coat person, in that I'm part coat and part person (!!). I'll often struggle to get dressed in the morning because without the finishing piece, I feel bland, basic and a little bit naked. I'm trying to experiment more with other add-ons like a nice pair of statement earrings (usually defaulting to classic gold hoops) or layering a high-neck skin-tight top underneath another jumper but no matter what I do, my coat is the key, standout item. 

So, I guess I shouldn't moan about winter then?


This first look features the most perfect Chocolate brown suede coat that I discovered in a charity shop in Swiss Cottage. It's been worn well, but with a lot of vintage pieces, they age gracefully and in this case, it adds more character and also probably a better fit. I love soft, shapeable suede that can be cinched in or worn oversized. But, I love nothing more than stumbling across an unexpected purchase in an unexpected place and finding it's the perfect piece for you. The last time this happened was probably when I was with my mum looking at vintage shops in Brick Lane and I found a pair of vintage Chanel slip ons in my exact size. 

The hero piece of the second look is my trusty andotherstories black leather jacket which is probably the best investment piece I have bought . I took a long time deliberating over buying it, because it wasn't exactly cheap but I knew I would get so much wear out of it, especially as the hardware is black matte so goes with literally anything. It keeps me warm and elevates any easy day or night time look.

I'm wearing it with two other andotherstories pieces - firstly, this nutty brown/orange oversized knit with the best sleeves I've ever seen and my over the knee suede boots which have also been an excellent investment piece. They fit my legs like a glove, stay up where they are meant to be and despite having a small heel, are crazy comfortable to wear for a day of casual city exploration!  





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Skincare Series: Part 1

There's a lot going round on the Internet about "100 Layers of this and that", interspersed with tutorials on how to look like Kylie Jenner. I'm not one to judge - if that's your thing, go for it. But, I am finding it increasingly difficult to read up on skin-care and pearls of wisdom about looking after your skin better.

Maybe it's just not cool anymore, but I am a big believer of laying the foundations (not the foundation) for a healthy, youthful glow and since my teens, have been obsessed with researching, testing, switching and applying new products. So here goes, Part 1 of my skin care series. 

Dead Sea Mask

I've been to Israel 4 times but only on the last trip did I make it to the Dead Sea. Was it worth the wait? Er, YES.

It's a weird experience, dipping into water so mirky you can't see a damn thing, reminding yourself that literally nothing is living. Not a single organism. Comforting to know that nothing is about to crawl up your leg but your mind does play tricks on you! 

The water is so full of Sodium Chloride that you are warned and warned not to get it in your eyes and to wash the mud off your skin within 10 minutes. The beauty is that after about 4 minutes you are already feeling renewed.

The balmy (not clammy) coating on your skin is like nothing you'll have felt before. So good in fact, that I walked straight out of the water and into the shop to pick up some supplies to take home.  

The MINERAL-RICH MAGNETIC MUD MASK featured here, is compacted with Dead Sea minerals, Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5 mixed with iron powder. You layer your skin with the mask, leave for 5-10 mins and then pull the mixture off with the magnet that is included. The skin is left with the same balmy, protective sheen and visibly smoother. 

It's a perfect treatment pre-makeup application as the skin is not greasy at all but perfectly primed for foundation (although my skin always feel so nice afterwards that I really try to resist applying anything).

Try it out - your skin will thank you.

R x 



I'm feeling so lazy these days. I don't know if it's due to slowly waking up from hibernation (I'm always a total grouch-ball after a nap) or the lack of sunshine in my life, but I just can't seem to get going. 

I've been giving myself no more than 20 minutes to get ready in the morning which doesn't exactly support the path to a bangin' outfit. It's more of a case of grabbing whichever clean thing is sprawled across my sofa and making a mad dash for it. Cue trench coat ... the one item that doesn't require any dressing up or complex thought; the item that says it all whilst saying nothing. Simple. Neutral. Essential. 

R x