Made in Britain

With the wintery weather meaning that it’s dark when I leave for work and even darker when I get back home, it’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit. And because I’ve just been dressing from work, I feel like I’ve fallen into a bit of rut: building myself a uniform of outfits that I already know work and that I can easily just throw on. Since I invested in my Beadnell just before Christmas, it’s hardly left my back and it’s definitely becoming a huge wardrobe staple.


Barbour are one of those brands that I’ll always admire for not selling out and packing their HQ off to London. I think it’s brilliant for the region to have such an internationally renowned brand with its headquarters still based up here. Plus there’s something to be said for a proud North East based company that have stayed put and not only know their heritage but are proud of it. It seems a lot of British brands are following suit and embracing their roots from Mulberry to the creators of last year’s it-bag and star of a brilliant Google Chrome ad, The Cambridge Satchel Company. So being already something of a British brands fan girl now, I was over the moon when I was sent these navy Andalusia chelsea boots from Chatham Marine. When they first came, I wasn’t so sure about the chunky soles. They felt a little too conspicuous and bulky, but they’re definitely growing on me and with the recent bad weather, I realised they’d have been perfect for stomping around in the snow. Guess I’ll just have to keep my fingers crossed for more cold weather so I get more opportunities to break these babies in.

Pairing them with black jeans and my Barbour, I realised that I’m developing a little affinity for heritage style. You have to appreciate the irony though of a girl who isn’t really the biggest fan of the great outdoors, having a new found love for country wear.. I guess if I do ever decide to take up rambling, at least I’ve be properly attired.


  1. February 3, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    Love that bag & those boots!

  2. February 4, 2013 / 4:25 am

    Totally agree – I love a good heritage piece but realistically I'd rather be indoors with a takeaway and a film than embracing the British countryside and its weather :L

  3. February 4, 2013 / 6:31 am

    They are gorgeous boots! And perfect for British weather!! I must say I have missed wrapping up and putting on big boots in the winter, it's been great to have warm weather for a change but you can't beat a good British chilly season!

  4. February 4, 2013 / 7:15 am

    I like! This bag is gorgeous <3


  5. February 4, 2013 / 9:46 am

    I'm rarely posting outfits either because of dark wheather – means I recreate the outfit on a Sunday and find somewhere to take the photos then. Cannot wait until it's sunny so I can come home from work, re-do my make-up and go take photos outside again!

    Morag x

  6. February 7, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    This is absolutely your style! You are an English Rose!And you love the great outdoors when we can't get a taxi and have to sing Mariah Carey at maximum volume for warmth! xx

    • February 8, 2013 / 11:11 am

      haha I'm a fan of the urban terrain but you know me, I start to feel a little uncomfortable when there's too much mud and not enough shops in sight.. xx

  7. February 13, 2013 / 11:42 am

    Totally agree, Hannah! Lovely to see British companies staying true to their roots, especially those originating from the North East!

    Barbour have recently opened a training academy at a factory in South Shields to continue their local production – if you get chance, have a look at the article on it x

    • February 13, 2013 / 9:01 pm

      aw I didn't know about that! Thanks for forwarding me the article. I think it's a brilliant thing, it's so good to see local brands championing UK manufacturing 🙂 xx

    • February 21, 2013 / 3:33 pm

      No worries! I know, hopefully we'll see more of it in the future, too! x

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