Belstaff leather jacket Model KT bag

As a lover of bright colours I don’t often wear neutrals; I find they can make me look washed out. In general I feel much more comfortable in red, blue or green than beige, tan and cream. I often recall Sue Kreitzman’s warning: “Don’t wear beige, it might kill you”. So it was with a little trepidation that I put this outfit together.

My Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag in salamander lifts the neutrals with a pop of orange.

I bought the shirt from Zara on my last trip to Paris along with the hat I wore in this post. The print appealed to me instantly so I bought it without even trying it on. Out of my colourful comfort zone though, I struggled to find a way to wear it that didn’t look bland. Only one thing to do – add colour with accessories. My Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag in salamander lifts the neutrals with a pop of orange. I’ve featured the aubergine and teal versions of this amazing laptop bag on the blog before. I don’t often buy something in three colours, so that says a lot about how much I love this design.

I wasn’t actually planning on wearing the jacket with this outfit until the last minute, but it’s been waiting long enough for an outing.

While the shirt waited nine months to make its debut, the leather jacket had to wait a lot longer…six years in fact! I don’t know why, just one of those times when if you don’t find a way of incorporating a piece of clothing into your wardrobe straight away it ends up languishing on the hanger. Such a shame considering how soft and buttery it is…and that Belstaff jackets are very expensive. I wasn’t actually planning on wearing the jacket with this outfit until the last minute, but it’s been waiting long enough for an outing. I wasn’t sure if it’d work but I figured if it didn’t I just wouldn’t use those photos.

I bought the jacket when my daughter was a baby – I’d popped in to TKMaxx for some baby clothes and my attention wandered. Not being able to resist a browse I spotted the jacket on the clearance rail and had to have it. Even heavily reduced it was still expensive. I remember calling my husband from the shop to ask if it was OK to buy it, even though it was being funded by my savings! In my mind it was a treat to myself for going through a very stressful time.

The white piping gives the trousers a casual feel so they pair well with tennis shoes or flats.

When I bought these trousers from Asos I also ordered the matching jacket, but it was too baggy and a bit too matchy matchy for my liking. It looked great on the model styled casually with Stan Smiths, but it didn’t work for me. The white piping gives the trousers a casual feel so they pair well with tennis shoes or brogues. If I had a mid length camel coat I would wear that with the trousers for a slouchy look. That’s another thing on my “to buy” list, which seems to be never-ending. For now my motto is “keep calm and shop your closet”!

Do you love wearing neutrals or do you need colour in your outfit? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up!

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers Belstaff leather jacket Model KT bag

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers Belstaff leather jacket Model KT bag

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers Belstaff leather jacket Model KT bag

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Model KT bag Asos trousers

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Jennifer Hamley Model KT salamander

Neutrals With a Pop of Orange Zara shirt Jennifer Hamley Model KT salamander

Jacket: Belstaff | shirt: Zara | trousers: Asos | shoes: TKMaxx (old) | bag: Jennifer Hamley | sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli


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Navy, Green, Aubergine Model KT Work Bag + Style With a Smile Link Up

Do you remember that saying that “blue and green should never be seen”? In other words, combining these two colours is a fashion faux pas. Well thankfully, we’re all beginning to realise that rules are for fools…at least when it comes to getting dressed. Not content with ignoring that outdated rule, I’ve gone one better by combining navy, green AND aubergine, thanks to my Model KT bag.

Putting this outfit together I had two things in mind: I want to be warm but I don’t want to wear boots. Or a big jumper. Ok, that’s actually three things. Now don’t get me wrong, I love boots and jumpers. They are probably the most practical thing to wear at this time of year,  but you can have too much of a good thing. Besides, I’m impatient for Spring.

This navy jumper is a fine knit but very warm, so I was going to layer a lightweight coat over it. The one I had intended to wear is an M&S coat in chartreuse (a very similar style to this one) but it was too voluminous. Not at all how imagined it would look, which was disappointing because I really liked the two colours together. Feeling frustrated I went through my coats and jackets trying on different ones…when I remembered this Matthew Williamson blazer in the overspill wardrobe. I bought it on a whim from Cocosa about five years ago with a whopping 90% discount, but had never found a way to wear it, hence I forgot about it. The blazer is very similar in colour to the coat but a much better fit. All good, but it needed a third colour.

Because the jacket is such a vibrant colour, adding another bright hue could look garish, but the combination of navy, green and aubergine works like a dream.

I found the perfect companion in my aubergine Model KT bag. Because the jacket is such a vibrant colour, adding another bright hue could look garish, but the combination of navy, green and aubergine works like a dream. The overall look is smart casual. It looks professional but not too formal. I’m not keen on wearing ankle boots with these trousers because they leave a gap which makes my legs look shorter. Court shoes on soggy wet grass? No chance. It’s times like these that a practical Oxford style shoe justifies its place in my footwear collection. The masculine shape is offset by the higher than usual heel and funky snake print. They are incredibly comfortable too. Instead of my usual bold jewellery, I chose some delicate gold rings that mirror the colours of my outfit.

Do you like to experiment with colour combinations? Let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to link up your outfits at the bottom of the post!

Navy, Green, Aubergine Model KT Work Bag + Style With a Smile Link Up

Jennifer Hamley Model KT aubergine bag

Navy, Green, Aubergine Model KT Work Bag + Style With a Smile Link Up

Navy, Green, Aubergine Model KT Work Bag + Style With a Smile Link Up

Jennifer Hamley Model KT aubergine bag

Topshop snake print shoes

Pia Gold rings evil eye ring

mw-green-jacket

Jacket: Matthew Williamson (old) | trousers: Asos (similar) | roll neck sweater: TK Maxx (similar) | shoes: Topshop (old) | bag: Jennifer Hamley | sunglasses: Roberto Cavalli | stacked rings on middle finger: Pia


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StyleWe Red Top Black Skinny Jeans Jennifer Hamley Clutch

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and enjoyed some stress-free time with your loved ones. I had a very relaxing Christmas Day and Boxing Day at home with the family, including my mum who managed to get away for a couple of days in between dialysis sessions. The house was filled with toys and mountains of wrapping paper, which completely freaked the cat out. I’m hoping to restore some kind of normality before I go back to work on Tuesday…I’m not looking forward to that 5am alarm!

For my last post of 2016 I’m keeping it casual with a StyleWe red top, black skinny jeans and my Jennifer Hamley Clutch from the Model KT bag.

I’ve done a little bit of shopping in the sales over the last few days and picked up some ankle boots, a dress and a velvet jacket. I’m sure they’ll be making an appearance on the blog soon. For my last post of 2016 I’m keeping it casual with a StyleWe red top, black skinny jeans and my Jennifer Hamley Clutch from the Model KT bag. I ordered the red top with the midi skirt I wore in this post but it was too cold at the time to wear it. Also, it wasn’t quite the right top for the skirt as it’s a bit looser than I expected.  The weather was quite mild for a few days in the run up to Christmas so I took the opportunity of taking some outdoor photos.

I find taking outfit photos at this time of year really tricky because there’s so little daylight. I’m definitely looking forward to Spring!

The eagled-eyed among you might notice that I’m wearing a different nail polish in the first two photos – that’s because the first attempt at photographing this outfit didn’t go too well. The light was poor and the colour of the top looked really washed out. I find taking outfit photos at this time of year really tricky because there’s so little daylight. I’m definitely looking forward to Spring!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve, whatever you’re doing. We’re staying at home and having drinks and nibbles with a few friends. Every year we say we’ll go out somewhere but never do! Too cold and too expensive! One thing I will be doing in the new year is launching my own blog link up…I’ll keep you posted!

Thanks so much for supporting the blog over the last year, I really appreciate it. I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

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StyleWe Red Top Black Skinny Jeans Jennifer Hamley Clutch

StyleWe Red Top Black Skinny Jeans Jennifer Hamley Clutch

 

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SheIn sleeveless trench Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend with minimal Christmas shopping stress. I’ve got three new things to share with you today. A sleeveless trench has been on my list of things to buy for months. I’d seen lots of my favourite bloggers wearing them over Spring/Summer and made a mental note-to-self to buy one, but somehow just didn’t get around to it until a few weeks ago. When I saw this one on the SheIn website I thought it would work well with a lot of my work outfits.

A sleeveless coat that isn’t too thick is ideal for layering all year round – it’s an alternative to wearing a jacket for the office, and you can still comfortably fit a slouchy coat over it.

A sleeveless coat that isn’t too thick is ideal for layering all year round – it’s an alternative to wearing a jacket for the office, and you can still comfortably fit a slouchy coat over it. Oh, and they make very good bum coverers (so no worrying about that VPL). To keep the colour palette simple without straying into boring territory I wore my new leopard print blouse under it. I spotted the blouse at TK Maxx when I went in to return something. It immediately caught my eye so I just bought it without trying it on. At only £12.99 it was worth a gamble, and although the sleeves are a bit tight for my meaty arms it’s not uncomfortable. I love leopard print so it’s a keeper.

Jennifer designed the double award winning Model KT work bag to improve the lives of busy women. Not only is it a very stylish laptop bag, but it has multiple compartments for all your essentials too.

Of course, I had to add a pop of colour and what better way than with this gorgeous Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag? Back in May when I went to the 3040 Blogger Meet in London I had the pleasure of meeting bag designer Jennifer Hamley. Jennifer designed the double award winning Model KT work bag to improve the lives of busy women. Not only is it a very stylish laptop bag, but it has multiple compartments for all your essentials too. The bag has a sunglasses pocket, business card holders, hands-free travel card slot, interior zip pockets, a pouch for chargers, a key clip, an adjustable shoulder strap…and there’s even a shopping bag inside one of the compartments! My favourite feature has to be the zip-off tablet pouch which doubles as a sleek clutch. I just love how easy it is to unzip it for a quick day-to-night transition.

I don’t covet wildly expensive designer bags, but when I find something that’s incredibly useful and beautiful I’m sold.

Now I have to confess that I’ve bought, ahem, more than one Model KT. I don’t covet wildly expensive designer bags, but when I find something that’s incredibly useful and beautiful I’m sold. After I bought this one in teal I was lucky enough to snap up a couple of slight factory seconds (although you’d never know because they are still outstanding quality) so I have a little Model KT family now 🙂 No doubt they’ll be popping up on the blog very soon. I’m told if I’m a very good girl (which probably means not spending too much on handbags and shoes) Santa might just bring me a new laptop. To be honest, now I’m the proud owner of not one, but three Model KTs, I don’t really want or need another work bag. You never know, it might even make me more organised 😉

What are your work bag essentials? Mine are definitely phone, laptop, purse and makeup. Let me know what yours are in the comments!

SheIn sleeveless trench Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

SheIn sleeveless trench Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

 Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

SheIn sleeveless trench Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Sleeveless trench coat: SheIn | blouse: TK Maxx (similar here and here) | jeans: Gap | Model KT bag: Jennifer Hamley | boots: Pied a Terre (these are similar and currently half price) | ring: Merle O’Grady

 

*The sleeveless trench coat was gifted in exchange for a review, all opinions are completely honest and unbiased. I bought the Model KT bag. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn a small amount.

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