Monday, 26 October 2015

Lust List: Faux Fur Coats

I love this time of year, it's cold enough to start wearing a coat but not yet cold enough for you to hate the weather and not want to leave the house. Autumn is the perfect time to show off your favourite pieces before the baltic conditions of December are upon us and you're actually more bothered about wrapping up in scarves and gloves to keep warm than what you look like.

Fur coats are probably my favourite type of coat - however impractical they may be in damp and dreary weather there is no denying they just look that bit sassier than any other coat - and everyone loves a bit of sass.

So, here's my round up of the ten best high street (faux) fur coats..

Zara, £69.99
The burnt orange colour of this beauty from Zara reminds me of a vintage 1920's coat and I love it - it's pretty high on my pay day wishlist (along with the whole of Zara).

Missguided, £40
Perfect for evening drinks when the nights are chilly but you still want to look glamorous (if you buy before midnight on 26th October you can use the code 'brr20' to get 20% off all coats and jackets - bargain)

I don't usually shop in Dorothy Perkins but I saw this jacket on an online advert the other day and it caught my eye. I love the mint colour and also the cropped fit.

Warehouse £69
This coat is one of my favourite all-rounders. As the model shows it looks great with a casual plain black outfit that you could wear for a day out shopping but it would look equally great over a dress on a winter's evening.

ASOS £75 
As soon as I saw this it reminded me of Kate Moss. It looks like one of those coats you could shove on over a boring old outfit and suddenly look effortlessly cool. Plus it's leopard print so what's not to love?

Zara £69.99 
Another Zara number because Zara just know how to do coats.. and everything else for that matter. I also think there's something about this that looks a lot more expensive than it is which is always a bonus.
Tesco F&F £39 
I know, Tesco! Can you believe it? I couldn't. I actually saw this and another Tesco faux fur coat in a magazine yesterday and was super impressed as I would never usually think to shop there. I honestly think this could be mistaken for Topshop Unique and it's a fraction of the price.

Goldie London £89
Firstly, hair envy. Short bob and platinum blonde are two things I will probably never experience. Secondly, how gorgeous is this coat! The colour is everywhere at the minute and perfect for Autumn.
Goldie London £94
As much as I feel like I've parted ways with being an ultra girly girl there is something about the colour pink that I just can't help but love and I just love everyyyything about this blush pink beauty.

Topshop (by Goldie) £79
Last but certainly not least - and sticking with the pink theme - this longline fluffy number is sure to brighten up a dull wintery day and will keep you looking cosy and cute.

I literally can't wait for pay day this month - is it just me or has it been the longest month ever? I'm tempted to treat myself to the lovely brown Zara coat but I have promised myself to be sensible with money in November and only spend on essentials (we'll see how long that lasts). Let me know below which is your favourite!


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

21 Things You Realise at 21 Years Old

In August I hit the ripe old age of 21 (that was a joke by the way - it's hard to convey sarcasm over the Internet). Jokes aside, I do now feel I can fully class myself as an adult, and upon reaching adulthood there has been a few realities that hit me harder than expected along the way.

1. Working 9-5 is a lot more exhausting than it first seems - think about it, when is the last time you actually sat and concentrated for a whole 8 hours at a time? (well, yes there may be a lunch break but it's still hard I promise)

2. Nobody warns you about council tax - life is fine and dandy when you move out at 18 to embark on a tax-free student life for the next three or four years. You graduate, you find a job, you find a nice flat then, like a slap in the face... council tax hits you

3. From somewhere comes a sudden obsession with home interior. You are as willing to part with your money over a cushion as you once were for a pair of shoes (but obviously you still love shoes too)

4. Food fills your thoughts for a good 80% of the day. "Oh it's 10am which means I've been at work an hour, which means I deserve a snack" either with age comes a hefty appetite or thinking about food is just a form of procrastination

5. The cliché and slightly embarrassing motto 'live for the weekend' is actually relevant to you now. The thought of a proper night out and a whole day at work with a hangover is just, well, not even worth thinking about

6. You've suddenly started eating more poached eggs and avocado than you thought was humanly possible

7. One day you will realise that you actually like red wine and love a gin and tonic. When did that happen?

8. Food shopping at Waitrose is as exciting as clothes shopping. Pecorino and Basil dip - life changing (and also essential for crisp and dip evenings)

9. Which nicely leads to how you would much prefer a civilised wine and cheese soiree *cue the crisps and dip* over a night out (sometimes anyway)

10. Somehow you seem to have less money than when you only worked part time at 16. Maybe it was that £10 lunch yesterday? Or going out for dinner the night before? Or maybe you actually just spend all of your money on food...

11. You've reached the point where you are willing to try proper 'adult' food (squid, olives etc. etc.) and when you actually like them you are secretly proud of yourself for being such a cultured individual

12. For some reason you seem to be constantly running adult like errands such as "nipping to the Post Office" or "calling at the bank" and there is always a queue

13. How does one person create so much washing?! Now you know why your mum was fed up of life when you used to put clothes in the wash after wearing them for an hour. Soz mum

14. Toasters and irons and all that kind of fun stuff are something you really don't want to spend your money on. Who knew a pretty toaster and kettle set would set you back £100?

15. All of the childhood sweethearts you went to school with start getting engaged, having babies and paying a mortgage. CRAZINESS

16. If you're not in bed by 11pm you are instantly stressed about how tired you will be the next day. Gone are the days of student nights out and 4 hours sleep before a 9am lecture

17. You spend your days planning potential trips away in the sun and then realise you now only have a set number of holidays for the WHOLE year... Nooooooo

18. People start talking to you about pensions and different kinds of loans and it's all very confusing

19. You have reached the age where, if you're feeling like it, you can wear your smartest clothes for no apparent reason and get away with it (without looking like an overdressed child which is always a bonus)

20. You start to think about joining some kind of extra curricular activity like book club - or running club if you're cool like me - because you realise there are really not that many ways of meeting your significant other without a hobby (I actually just really like running but if I could meet my hubby along the way that would also be ok)

21. Even though with age comes responsibility, it's also fun to grow up so embrace it, enjoy it and you will be a happy little adult (most of the time - sometimes it's ok to be sad and get a McDonald's)


If you liked this post you may like Being a Feminist Isn't a Bad Thing or 16 Goals for 2016 


Thursday, 15 October 2015

My ASOS Halloween Picks

I’m totally undecided about my outfit for Halloween – it usually ends up being a super last minute dash to the nearest fancy dress shop and queuing for at least a good half hour with all the other lazy/unorganised fellows.

This year I’m going back to Newcastle for a night out with all of my University friends so I’ve been browsing the web for some Halloween inspiration and absolutely love the cute Halloween bits from ASOS. I think a simple outfit allows you to concentrate more on impressive make-up so I’m thinking one of the skeleton dresses - then to scour YouTube for ideas on a spooky skeleton look (preferably one that’s pretty easy to follow because stage make-up is just not my forte).

 Halloween Metallic Spider Web Catsuit £38          Halloween Devil Costume Pack £12

Cheeky Hands Halloween Mini Dress £25                 Skeleton Cut Out Back Mini Dress £28

Halloween Metallic Spider Web Body £20              Fluro Monster Eye Halloween Dress £25

Halloween Leggings in Skeleton Print £18             Worn by Halloween Cat Eye Dress £25

Worn By Halloween Oversize Bat T-Shirt £15        Halloween Disco Leggings in Cobweb £18

I hope this gives you some Halloween inspo – let me know what you’re planning to wear and leave me links to your YouTube tutorials. (Don’t forget if you’re a student you can get 10% off all year round at ASOS – my Unidays account runs out in January and I think I will cry!)


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Dress Wishlist: Missguided

I'm going to Manchester this weekend to stay with one of my best friends, she's in her last year at Manchester Met after spending a year away on placement in Amsterdam (lucky her!) so obviously we are going out.

Naturally I went straight to Missguided to look at the dress talent because like every other girl on the planet "I have nothing to wear", you and I know that isn't precisely true but it always feels that way doesn't it?

I'm a big Missguided fan, mainly because it is super reasonably priced, good value for money and the range of dresses is second to none and that's important because a girl needs lots and lots of choice, always.

As I was so impressed with the dress offering I've decided to pick out a few of my favourites that might help you if you're going out soon or simply just want to spend some money on new "garms" (couldn't help myself - I love about of youngster slang).

1. Monochrome striped t-shirt dress £15   2. Navy/white striped t-shirt dress £15
3. Monochrome plunge shift dress £22     4. Sleeveless plunge strip dress £20

1. Faux suede green mini dress £25           2. Faux suede zip front shift dress £25
3. Faux leather mini dress in tan £28         4. Mink popper back shift dress £25

1. Floral brocade shift dress £30                2. High neck paisley swing dress £28
3. Cap sleeve scallop hem dress £25          4. Tapestry oriental high neck dress £25

At the moment there is also 25% student discount via Unidays on none sale items which is amazing! If you're wondering I actually went for this dress...

Oversize v-neck shift dress £20

I've had my eye on it for a while and couldn't resist it in the sale.


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

3 Ways To Wear: Printed Boots

Crop top - Zara
High waisted black "Joni" jeans - Topshop
Dip dye suede clutch - Zara
Leopard print boots - Office

Striped t-shirt dress - H&M
Jacket - Romwe
Mini duffel bag - Urban Outfitters
Leopard print boots - Office

White shirt - H&M
Black cigarette trousers - Topshop
Black bomber jacket - H&M
"My Girl"sunglasses - Quay Australia
Leopard print boots - Office

Jewellery in all images:
Watch - Shore Projects
Rings (green stone, heart stone and flower stacker ring) - Pandora (brown stone ring is vintage)
Bangle - Pandora 
Silver friendship bracelet - Monica Vinader

If you have been reading my previous posts you will know I was lusting over this pair of boots from Office and lucky old me managed to get my hands on them with 20% student discount. I know patterned boots can be hard to style so I thought I would share three outfits that work perfectly for the evening, a casual weekend and even in the office. 

Let me know what you think!

© Jessica Joseph

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