Autumn colours and classic Radley bags

Turtleneck: H&M (similar here), skirt: Topshop (similar here), bag: Radley, boots: New Look (similar here)

So here’s the thing, I do not enjoy having my photo taken. As a blogger, outfit posts are something I really struggle with. I’m definitely more comfortable behind a lens than I am in front of one. Who knew one person could pull so many awkward faces? Seriously though. Unless there’s alcohol involved, I just can’t seem to look anything other than incredibly awkward. Which is why I tend to steer clear of too many outfit shots. But since Radley sent me this bag, I’ve been using it non-stop, so I roped Charissa into helping me out. For years now, Radley hasn’t been one of those brands that I’d ever think to check out. The only associations I had with the brand were of candy coloured dogs and messenger bags carried by middle-aged women. But actually the brand has undergone something of a makeover in the last couple of years. Coupling classic shapes with butter soft leather, their contemporary collections are anything but frumpy. I’ve been after a long strap, simple city bag for a while now that I can use as a semi casual but smart day bag. So this little number from their Border Collection, is absolutely perfect. It’s ladylike without looking super dressy. And since Radley is still kind of a sensible brand at heart, it has three compartments and plenty of little pockets to organise your things.
As a shoulder bag, it’s the ideal length, sitting just on my hip and the little handle gives it a more modern look. Since the weather has started getting colder, I’ve gone back to an almost entirely 60s inspired wardrobe. This season, I feel like AW has left me feeling a little underwhelmed. Although in the last couple of weeks, I’ve splurged more, most of the pieces I’ve bought are simple, classic items. Call me a creature of habit but i’m now the proud owner of about 4 turtlenecks. Or almost turtleneck shaped jumpers. Whether you’re shoving on jeans or pairing them with a simple skirt, I just feel more put together in them. Although you do get the unfortunate ‘floaty head’ look when they’re photographed… still. I’ve been staying quite classic with makeup too lately. Although since receiving the most incredible box of Charlotte Tilbury goodies, I’ve been experimenting more with a darker lip. This dark plumb red is Night Crimson and I think I’m obsessed. Having such a teeny mouth, I’m always quite conscious of the colours I wear. But paired with her Savage Rose lip liner, you get a natural illusion of a much fuller pout than I was actually blessed with. I won’t go into it too much though because I’m going to do a full post on the products themselves. Needless to say, I know understand the hype that surrounds her products. Maybe it’s just me but I feel like the colours are the perfect complement to a palette of autumnal, wintery tones.


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