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Today I’m supporting home grown British fashion by sporting a white Victoria Beckham shirt with a skirt from Topshop’s current season.

There are so many great designers here in the UK and what I love about them is that they don’t steer too far away from traditional British tailoring. Stella McCartney and Jonathan Saunders are possibly my two favourites.

I enjoy dressing up as much as the next person, but my growing interest in fashion all began from playing with textures and so for me, that is where the detail matters.

You can’t go wrong with a crisp, white shirt either; you don’t need to own many but it’s that one item you should have in your closet so invest in a good one. I’ve grown fond of Victoria Beckham’s collections because it’s minimalistic, understated and pretty timeless. It’s a safe buy.

If you love shopping then you’ll quickly discover that the biggest and easiest fashion mistake to make is spending a lot of money on a loud catwalk piece – fast forward 12 months and you’ll not only see how irrelevant it is but you’ll also wonder why you ever picked something so ghastly.

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The skirt is a co-ord and comes as a set with a jacket, which you may have seen in my previous post. You can purchase either of these by clicking HERE.

White shirtI had lunch at Top 1 forever in East London with my sister, it’s a pretty location right by the Thames with a view of the O2 arena. Here is the sea bass with chorizo salad and pea purre. Yum!

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Today is also my last day with Alfie before I return him, he’s been so popular with you all on the blog so here’s one last photo for the road. Bye Alfie!
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Today’s outfit: Textile textures and tailored lines | Kensington, London

Summer has finally arrived in London [better late than never], so Alfie and I spent the day in Kensington, West London.

We hadn’t planned to colour co-ordinate at all. I got these white trousers and waited so long for a day sunny enough to wear them.

I like how crisp and bright white looks under the sun. Bright summer colours like yellow and hot pink don’t suit me because I have olive skin so while many look forward to getting their brights out in the summer I stick to playing it safe with nudes and neutrals. White counts as a summery colour right?

I like to keep it as minimal as possible and working with neutrals allows me to do this. Plus I’m trying to scale down the amount of clothes I have in my closet in order to prevent it from exploding, by not buying seasonal colours or loud trends which are either likely to end up on Ebay next year or tagged and unworn in my crowded closet.

I got these sandals from Dune 3 months ago. They’re possibly the most comfortable pair of heels I own; with a low heel and suede insole and they are neutral enough to go with anything (which always helps to get me out of the door on time to be where I need to be).

The print bralet is currently in the sale and pairs well with culottes, full skirts and high waist pants, it was a steal at only £12 so it didn’t break the bank either.

Just as well, my sunglasses are Dior Soreal which I hear is pretty difficult to get hold of at the moment. I got lucky going to at the Harrods 10% off for Rewards Card members day and it just so happened that they got the stock in on the previous day.

We had lunch at Aubaine restaurant where we were able to sit outside. The staff were lovely and even gave Alfie a cute dog bowl of water so he felt included. I had the chilled soup, superfood salad and calamari dusted in chilli with aioli sauce. It took me so long to choose from their menu that I just ended up choosing a bit of everything.

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How to effectively layer up and stay warm this winter

A turtle neck long-sleeved knit will save your life this winter. Make it your wardrobe staple. Your tank top in the summer. You can layer it with just about anything, a sleeveless gilet, a longline blazer or just a simple trench coat. And the great thing about it is on a really cold day you can cheat and wear 3, 4, 5 or however many layers you so wish underneath the turtle neck without looking like Joey Tribbiani. If you are going for 5 base layers then opt for a black turtle neck to tuck in your silhouette then add a loose gilet as a final touch to conceal it. They’ll never know!

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My love affair with thermal leggings begun when I went on my first ski trip to Kitzbuhel, Austria. When I brought them home from the shops I didn’t understand them, they were just an item on a checklist of things I had to pack before leaving. As soon as I arrived it made perfect sense, I had wrongly anticipated what I’d be wearing by packing 8 of my warmest pair trousers. Truthfully, all I needed was 1 pair of thermal leggings and my salopettes. Why? because these light-weight leggings (often made from merino wool), trap your body heat and act as a good insulator so there is no cool air circulating your skin. Now I find it difficult to part from them.

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In this outfit I am wearing them underneath a pair of black CK trousers. Could you tell? Again, I have opted for black trousers as a cover up.

When I left school I vowed to never wear black trousers ever again, shortly after I got a job as a part time waitress and everyday I put them on with resentment whilst a thought crossed my mind that I may wear black trousers for the rest of my life. I finally hung them up of course when received an unconditional offer to study Advertising at university.

It wasn’t up until last year when I was gifted with a pair that I begun wearing them again, I see now how versatile they can be and don’t know how I managed to ban them from my wardrobe for 6 yrs. If like me you associate them with work trousers I can teach you how to dress them up with just a few simple tips and tricks.

1. Black trousers can look dull, spice them up with a layer of knee high leather boots to add character without affecting the overall outfit.

2. Dress it up with a cut out crop top, opt for black high-waist trousers so you don’t feel self-conscious. It will tuck away your silhouette and give you a slender look

3. Monochrome – have fun with it. Monochrome has dominated the runway and the streets of New York and London since AW13. Play around with block coloured knits, grid print blazers and white waist coats.