The Perfect Every Day Bag from Over My Body

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The Australian's do it pretty well, whatever 'it' might be. The majority of my favourite blogger babes come from across the pond, and let's face it, the country itself looks pretty damn good too. When growing up my idea of Aussie fashion probably would have been teeny tiny bikinis, a slap of SPF and..not a lot else if I'm honest, but recently I discovered the UK website Over My Body, which introduced me to a whole bunch of new brands from the outback.

I'm pretty picky when it comes to bags. Believe it or not, it's actually near impossible to find a simplistic bag that isn't either doused in tacky gold metal or so expensive that you need to take out an extra mortgage just to borrow it. I've used my Phillip Lim bags on the blog enough to bore you all to tears, so I'm very excited to announce that I've finally found a new every day bag. Huzzah! You can shop the entire collection here.

Have you heard of Over My Body before?

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Black Beanie Hat
Warehouse Leather Jacket *
Tobi Utility Shirt *
French Connection Trousers (SIMILAR FROM J BRAND HERE) *
Superga Leather Trainers *
Naked Vice Reckless Bag via Over My Body *

Styling the 90s String Strap Dress

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Just like everyone else in my age group I'm pretty obsessed with everything and anything 90s right now (okay, maybe apart from nail stickers and NSYNC) but 'loving' and 'wearing' are two completely different things. I mean, just imagine me with double buns on my head and a tattoo choker around my neck - it's not exactly fitting with my usual look, is it? I'm more of a boxy shapes, denim on denim sorta gal.

But despite all this, and despite my general phobia of wearing a dress I decided to give it a go and style up my own take on the look, with an oversized bomber jacket (I'm so AC Slater right now..) and the obligatory over-lined lip. What do you think?

Use the code BLOGS20 to get 20% off the AX Paris website!

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New Look Bomber Jacket (similar here)
AX Paris String Strap Midi Dress *
Steve Madden Sanjose Ankle Boots *
3.1 Phillip Lim Clutch Bag *

Why I'm not going to London Fashion Week (and why that's okay)

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I've been sitting at my computer screen all day, scrolling through Twitter and getting serious LFW FOMO as I watch pretty much every other blogger in the world get street styled and/or snap pictures from some sort of front row seat.

I've been going to London Fashion Week for years now - sometimes for 'work' (I never like to call blogging that), sometimes for pleasure, and sometimes just to say hello to a few old faces that live across the pond. I've experienced both the glamorous, backstage side of things as well as the side that results in swollen ankles and a lot of lost patience, and - whilst I'm still amazed and thankful for all of the opportunities I've been given through blogging - I no longer feel 'worthy' of stepping foot in Somerset House any more. Not for the time being, at least.

It's no news to anyone that blogging is a pretty vain hobby. I mean, we take pictures of ourselves daily, promote ourselves like it's going out of fashion (lol @ pun) and spend far too much money on things that barely last a season. But that's just what fashion is: materialistic, and I'm guilty as charged.

For the past few years we've all noticed a big shift in the way that the fashion crowds act during Fashion Month - just look back on the Suzie Menkes article from a few years back. Every season, more and more people seem to be registering for press passes (again, guilty) and now the cobbled streets of Somerset House have practically become a runway in themselves, filled with people over-dressing and 'peacocking' just for the sake of a few features on Stockholm Streetstyle or Vogue.com. No worries there at all - I mean a girl (or guy)'s gotta eat - but it's just not something I feel comfortable doing anymore.

I feel like blogging is a really strange direction for me. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore it, but I'm definitely not the sort of person that can take selfies in public or pretend to be inspired by every designer out there. In fact, the general journey of how I actually got to this point is a bit of a blur if I'm honest (much like this blog post..woops). I tend to feel more like an outsider at these invite-only events than anything else. The fashion parties are always filled with the most beautiful people that all seem to get on so well, so naturally, and then there's me sitting at the cupcake table scoffing my face with everything and anything covered in some sort of butter cream icing. Sounds terrible..right? I won't lie and say that I don't enjoy it, but last time I checked that wasn't what Fashion Week was all about.

In fact, if I'm honest I'm not overly sure what Fashion Week has ever been about - for me personally, anyway. The only thing that I know is that it no longer seems like the place for me at this moment in time. I can't say this is the end of my wild cake-eating LFW adventures, but this season I'm finding comfort in the fact that I can snuggle up in my PJs with a hot chocolate as opposed to clomping around London in high heels. And just like that, it appears as though I've aged approximately fifty years.

Let me know what you think about the London Fashion Week hype? Did I make the right decision? Or should I hop on a train right this second? Mm, cake.

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Forever 21 Leopard Faux Fur Coat
Les Plus Dores Black Tee
Monki Wrap Around Culottes
Daniel 'Doriago' Boots


A carboot-inspired outfit (wait, what?)

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Cocochic Outfit OOTD Culottes Fur Stole
Cocochic Outfit OOTD Culottes Fur Stole
Cocochic Outfit OOTD Culottes Fur Stole
Cocochic Outfit OOTD Culottes Fur Stole
Cocochic Outfit OOTD Culottes Fur Stole

So here I am in all of my boyish glory - a complete polar opposite to any Youtube videos or tit-picks I've been showcasing on the blog recently. I feel like during the last year my style has gone from something that I guess you could call somewhat minimalist to a complete car boot disaster, in the best possible way. If you told me I would be wearing culottes, faux fur accessories and a man's jumper in public (let alone on the internet) a few years ago, I'd have laughed in your face. Ironic really, considering that that's pretty much the exact reaction I get when I step outside in this little number. H8rz gon h8.

How has your style changed over the past year?

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Adidas Sweater via Footasylum
Baggy Culottes from Monki (also here)
H&M Faux Fur Stole (very similar here)
New Look Jacket (Missguided version here)
Forever 21 Cross Body Bag
Daniel Doriago Boots

The best high waisted jeans ever (sorry Topshop)

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Cocochic Outfit ARK Monochrome Checks Trend
Cocochic Outfit ARK Monochrome Checks Trend
Cocochic Outfit ARK Monochrome Checks Trend
Cocochic Outfit ARK Monochrome Checks Trend

Being a vertically challenged girl with the blessing/curse of long legs and a short body, high waisted jeans have always been a bit of a no-go for me personally. I love nothing more than the idea of clothes covering my tum, but every single pair of high rise jeans that I've come across have only made me look bigger than I am, which - as you can probably tell from any picture of me on the internet - isn't that big to start off with.

I've been trying to get my hands on the perfect pair for months, but pretty much every style I've tried has resulted in me looking like the Michelin Man, and I don't know about you, but that's not the ideal look I'm going for right now.

Then once upon a time *queue romantic music* the Ark Reagan jeans fell on my doorstep and the Michelin Man look was no more! For the first time in my life, I feel like I can actually leave the house without feeling like I'm wearing a pair of jeans five sizes too small.  If you're like me and you haven't yet found the perfect Kylie-Jenner-esque pair then head on over to Ark

Have you ever had any issues when trying on high waisted jeans?

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Warehouse Leather Jacket
ARK 'Holly' Check Shirt
Miss Selfridge 90s Crop Top
ARK 'Reagan' High Waisted Jeans
Forever 21 Crossbody Bag
Daniel Doriago Boots (60% off)

By Stephanie