Whats In My Bag

I love reading posts and watching YouTube videos of what people have in their bag. One reason is that it makes me feel better about myself that I am not the only one who carries the contents of what could only be described as a standard bin in the bottom of my bag, the other, well just human curiosity and nosiness.

I am going to show you what’s  in my ‘weekend handbag’ as the bag I take to work has all sorts of nursing equipment, gloves etc and you wouldn’t find it that interesting.

First of all, the bag.

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Isn’t she a beauty? This little ‘Gem Tassel Saddle Bag‘ sent to me by the good people of Accessorize has everything I love wrapped up in cute and compact form.  Plus, it’s a fab price too at only £22.

Ok now for the inside.

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This is basically everything I carry in my weekday bag, minus the work stuff.

Let me give you a little run down;

Kate Spade Purse

iPhone 6 with Theodore Grey monogrammed cover

Coach Wristlet (which I keep cosmetics and incidentals in)

Eve Lom Kiss Mix

Bliss Body Butter

Charlotte Tilbury in ‘Bitch Perfect’

Keys, which are in a ‘Key Smart‘ (so you don’t have to carry around a set of bulky keys)

What I love about metallic bags is that they go with everything and are a bit more edgy than a nude or cream. Isn’t this little bag a match made in heaven with my Topshop silver shoes?

I hope you have enjoyed a peek inside my bag.

Much Love,

Judy xo

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The Classic Trench

It is an unwritten rule that no capsule wardrobe is complete without a chic classic trench coat.

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Every Spring for the past 6 years I have reached for my trusty Topshop trench, it’s versatile enough to be dressed up for work or for a more casual look you can combine it with converse for a quick scoot into town (or city break to NYC hehe ). If you cast your mind back to my NYC blogs you will see that I absolutely love mine and wore it the whole time.

Here are some of my favourite trench coats on the high street at the moment, which one will you invest in?

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Military Trench Coat// Topshop

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Lightweight Belted Truster// Topshop

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Classic Trench Coat// Whistles

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Khaki Skater Trench// ASOS

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Tall Navy Trench// Missguided

Much Love,

Judy xo

The NYC Diaries: What I Wore and What I Bought.

After shopping and packing for end of the world snow and cold conditions, as the days edged closer to our holiday the trusty iPhone weather app greeted us with news that it was to be 20 plus degrees Celsius for more or less most of our time in NYC. Meaning panic stations as I raided my wardrobe for more versatile and lighter clothing to layer!

For travelling I always wear a chunky cardigan and pashmina as it gets super chilly on long haul flights and you need layers. I always take my LK Bennett tote bag, it fits loads, is light and also the pop of pink is so cheery!

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On reflection I should haven taken more outfit photos, but we were having so much fun I completely forgot.

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This was our first day and it was super warm. I was thankful I packed this Topshop Chambray shirt. The Khaki jeans were from New Look and the sneaks are New Balance 373s which have done some walking around cities in their time.

My bag, which I have had a lot of enquiries about is from M&S. It was super light and compact and easy throw into my suitcase at the end of the holiday.

Also. Dimples.

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This photo was taken on our Mad Men Cocktail Tour which I will talk about in my next post. This is my famous ‘Joan’ dress, which I wear religiously to most fancy occasions. As I have got older I see the importance of timeless, classic pieces that I can grab time and time again and that never look dated. Mr S is wearing a Remus Uomo Navy suit and Ted Baker tie.

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Even though I bought a new camel wool coat for going on holidays, I opted for my trusty Mac. I think I bought it in a Topshop sale when I was at University, almost 9 years ago. It hasn’t let me down yet!

So…on to what I bought! Just an FYI, I didn’t go crazy in the shops, sometimes we buy for the sake of buying which isn’t a great habit to get into. So I opted for some pieces which I hope will compliment my capsule wardrobe.

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You can’t go to America and not come home with at least one item from J Crew. I got this red and white summer weight Breton, hanging at the end of a rail all sad and lonely on its own and when I went to pay for it..there was 70% off, which was more than lucky.

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I know, another Breton. I just can’t get enough of ‘& Other Stories’, it is one of my favourite shops in the world and it was so nice to have a walk through an ACTUAL store. I will be teaming this little beauty with white/blue jeans in the sunnier days and hopefully if I can track some down, pink satin converse. I couldn’t find any in NYC, so the search continues. (If anyone can help me out with finding said converse I will be eternally grateful).

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I posted a little shot of this for those who follow me on Instagram. My dear friend Miss McC bought one of these on her travels last year and I was itching to get my hands on one too. It reads, “Go girl, seek happy nights to happy days..” which for those who don’t know it is a quote from Romeo and Juliet. Its amazingly pigmented so only a little will do. This is also from ‘& Other Stories’.

‘Finally’ I hear you all cry, when will we find out what was in the Tiffany bag. Well, it’s not diamonds this time, but something I have wanted for so very long. It’s a Tiffany Infinity ring in sterling silver. It caught my eye a few years ago and I finally had the chance to go to somewhere special to purchase it. I love when jewellery has a special sentiment or occasion behind it, it makes it a lot more precious.

I know you saw me with loads of Kate Spade bags on Snap Chat, but they were gifts and not for me, *cries*. Although, to cheer us up, here are some snaps of the Kate Spade pop-up home and clothes shops in SOHO.

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Also, can we just take a minute to appreciate how beautiful the Tutu in Reppetto’s window was?

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There’s a small part of me that still believes I will one day be a ballerina.

Much love,

Judy xo

Front Row at Nor Lisa SS16

Last Sunday I had a fab-u-lous evening at the Spring/Summer 16 Nor Lisa launch at The Chelsea on the Lisburn Road in Belfast.

As a lover of all things fashion, I was excited to attend and that fact that it was to support a Northern Irish designer was a bonus too.

The concept of Nor Lisa’s SS 16 campaign collection was ‘Summer’ as a base, inspired by her love of the South of France. Sunsets, marinas, sun kissed sand, coral beds, lazy day dreaming days, I can totally see that inspiration in the collection. I could imagine each piece being worn on a beach  with the crashing azure waves in the background and the warm golden sand between tanned toes…sigh.

Anyhow, here are some photos of the collection, I do hope you enjoy them and let them transport you to sunnier climes.

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Photos courtesy of Nor Lisa ©

 

 

Below are some of my snaps of the day. It was hard to choose my favourite look as I swooned over all of them, but the denim co-ordinates were stunning and I could imagine myself wearing this look with a pair of coral heels and oversized shades.

Nor Lisa will be showcasing three more outfits at Belfast Fashion Week in addition to the 13 shown at this launch, a show not to be missed and you can purchase tickets here for the designer/boutique night.

If you fancy any of the looks they are all for sale on Etsy or you can PM Nor Lisa on Facebook!

Much Love,

Judy xo

Slogan Sweaters

I have a new love. The slogan sweatshirt.

I actually think it’s overtaking my love for breton..well, almost. Forget everything you ever believed about loungewear, it’s back, more cool and stylish than ever.

 

Team it with a pair of leather trousers/girlfriend jeans and sneakers et voila, you have a simple yet stylish look.

Here are a few of my favourites that are on my never ending wish list!

*NB French theme, slightly obsessed 🙂

Etre Cecile Jumper

Etre Cecile P is for Parisienne Jumper

Hush Jumper

Hush C’est Si Bon Jumper

Whistles Jumper

Whistles ‘Bonjour’ Jumper

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Topshop ‘Réveil Au Paradis’ Jumper

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Whistles ‘Le Marais’ Jumper, ASOS.

These might be in the higher price bracket but trust me, they’re so versatile and one of those timeless pieces you will reach for all year round.

When hasn’t French been stylish?

Much Love,

Judy xo

My New Uniform: Dungarees. 

We all have a favourite outfit which we choose again and again when we look at the rails of clothes in the wardrobe. We usually choose the same items because we know they are comfortable, practical, familiar, on trend…the list could go on but there is always a reason behind it!

I find myself buying the same clothes over again (I own so many striped Breton I could probably open my own store!) as I know what suits me and it has sort of become my ‘uniform’.

Here is a flat lay of my favourite outfit at the moment.

Grey and black!

With the cold weather setting in, I wear my oversized fur stole as a cover up and it is SO cosy. It is past season from ASOS, but you can find similar here.

My high neck grey jumper is from New Look, it is currently sold out online but I got mine in store recently.

 

My topshop dungarees are the most comfortable thing I have ever owned, and I switch it up by adding a different top below or change from slip on shoes to boots or these lace up beauties also from Topshop.

 I would urge you to give dungarees a go, I know they might bring back memories of past for some, but if Alexa Chung wears them religiously, you know she must be on to a good thing!

What is your go to outfit? Or have you discovered the joy of dungarees?

Much love,

Judy xo

Starry Eyed

Christmas gift inspiration thats sure to make you starry eyed!

Hello there Frenchies!

I am in love with anything starry, and I believe it should be loved all year round! I have put together a few of my favourite things I have spotted online (and some I own!) that I think you will also love!

These would make great presents for Christmas for your near and dear or as a little treat for yourself anytime.

 

1: Next Star Print Pyjamas

2. Emma Bridgewater Starry Skies Half Pint Mug

3. Not on the High Street Carnival Light

4. Tori Murphy Antares Star Cushion Black On Linen

5. Lexington Star Candle Holder

6. H&M Star Print Knitted Jumper

7. Hush Star Bracelet 

I have the starry pyjamas and they are so comfortable, and an excellent price. I am in love with everything from Hush, have a look at the matching items too I am sure you will approve.

Have you spotted anything online you think I would love?

Much Love,

Judy xo