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4 Things To Try As We Transition Into AW17

17 September 2017
Transitioning your wardrobe can be a nightmare. You wake up in the morning and it's freezing so you put on a jumper then by lunchtime the sun is blazing and you're overheating. Don't even get me started on the constant "Do I really need a jacket?" dilemma. But don't worry because I've got some simple and easy things you can try to get you through to the winter months...

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Leather Jacket
A leather jacket is not only one of my autumn/winter staples but a timeless classic. It being a jacket and not a coat means that it will keep you warm as it starts to get cold but t it can easily be draped over your shoulders if it gets a bit warm. Leather is also (sort of) water resistant meaning that if you get caught in an autumn shower you won't immediately get soaked. So if you haven't got one in your wardrobe already now is the perfect time to invest.

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Nude Accessories 
While 'all black everything' is a staple look for me, it's nice to soften an outfit with some lighter accessories. For example I love how this quilted Marc B Bag* and these studded Primark flats contrast with the dark florals and the tough leather jacket, telling the world that I'm not quite ready to let go of summer.

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Burgundy Smokey Eye
When it comes to eye makeup I look that sexy effortless look that you get with a simple smokey eye. Mix it up a bit by using a deep burgundy red all over the eye then smudging either a dark brown liner or shadow into the lash line before finishing up with lashings of black mascara. Just remember to use a clean blending brush to soften the edges and then a beauty blender to wipe away any fallout.

Combining Trends
I fell in love with this top as soon as I saw it and instantly knew it was the perfect aw17 piece. Combining some key SS17 trends (including ruffles and cold shoulder tops) with dark, yet still pretty, winter florals; makes this top the ultimate transition piece this season.

What I'm Wearing | Zara Leather Jacket (Similar), River Island Top, Marc B Knightsbridge Bag*, Asos Jeans, Primark Shoes (Similar)

Eleanor xx

Like, Realizing Stuff

9 September 2017
Ah, that famous Kylie Jenner quote that reinforced her status as a millennial icon. While we may use it ironically, perhaps Kylie Jenner was onto something when she talked about the year of 'like, realizing stuff'. Yes I may be a year and a half too late, but starting my placement year has marked a change in my life that has resulted in me realising a lot about what I want to do with my life.

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What I'm Wearing | ASOS Jeans, Missy Empire T-Shirt, New Look Blazer, Converse, ASOS Bag (Similar)

Starting a full time office job has forced me to grow up a bit. I now work 9-5 Monday-Friday, drive a car and pay bills. Gone are the days when I'd roll out of bed, attend a couple lectures, then go home and watching crappy day time television in between revision. It is this change in routine that has made me realise what I really want in life. Yeah I still want to have fun, but I also want to get a mortgage and own my own home. I'm excited at the prospect of one day shopping for tiles or furniture (this probably isn't helped by working for a large homewares retailer)! 

I'm also finding that as my ambitions change so has my personal style. While I still love an ironic slogan t-shirt, I'd have never worn a blazer in the past for the fear of seeming too formal. Instead of always buying fast fashion pieces, I find myself buying more and more classic or investment pieces (which I've written about here).

Maybe this is what growing up feels like.

Eleanor xx