Winter Fashion with Femme Luxe

This post is one that I have been meaning to sit down and write for the longest time now, forgive me for my slacking with blogging lately; university is getting the better of me!

I was recently contacted by clothing brand Femme Luxury, who very kindly gifted me a selection of beautiful knitwear garments – which being a knit student, of course I jumped at the chance to work with them! If you weren’t familiar, Femme Luxe is a women’s online fashion brand, with a current, classy and forward thinking approach to fashion. In today’s post I’ll just be focussing on their knitwear selection, perfect seeing as the cold weather is now in full swing – I’m not happy about this, but new knitwear is making it more bearable!

Before Femme Luxe had contacted me, I had seen them crop up on my Instagram the odd few times, so I have had a gander at their products prior to me working with them. I was dubious though, as I tend to shop at the same shops all the time, a bad habit as I really should start trying new things out – I’m a girl who hates change, incase you hadn’t noticed! But Femme Luxe did not disappoint, and I will definitely be placing an order of my own at some point.

Quality is always a big thing for me, being a fashion student too, I’m always the first to jump on garments if they aren’t up to standard. The quality of the garments I received are all so amazing – for the price as well, you really can’t go wrong. Knitwear can often be an irritant on my skin and cause an eczema flare up, therefore I always struggle to find jumpers I can wear, however the jumpers I picked from Femme Luxe are incredibly soft on the skin and not irritating at all…hallelujah!!!  

I had great fun playing dress up with my garments when they arrived, doing a bit of outfit planning, so here’s what I’ve gone for and how I’ve styled them myself!

We’ll start with my favourite garment of them all, the White Cropped Flare Sleeve Knitted Jumper. I’m an absolute sucker for anything with a bell sleeve, so it was no surprise when this was the first item that landed in my basket! The flared sleeves are giving me all the ABBA vibes, just the flared trousers and I’m ready to be cast in the next Mamma Mia – whats not to like! I paired this jumper with a pair of red cigarette trousers from Missguided, converse and a baker boy hat, I’ve never looked so ‘blogger-esc’ in all my life!

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Moving onto this cute little number, the Twist Front Long Sleeve Jumper, even though it is officially jumper season, this is one thats slightly less practical for the cooler weather, but who cares if I’m cold, at least I’ll look good while doing it! This was a pick that was slightly out of my comfort zone, and very different to any other jumper I own, but I absolutely love it – it has such a flattering and feminine cut! I’ve gone very casual with this outfit, pairing it with my favourite Mom jeans, and a pair of suede boots, nice and easy, an outfit you can’t go wrong with!

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I’ll do the next 2 jumpers together as they are completely identical, just different colour ways. Again these are both different to anything I own, both very simple jumpers from the front, lovely colour combinations. But the twist is on the back, where it laces up in a v-shape, there’s also some texture added into the back through the use of laddering, and knit students will now how simple yet effective this is, it really does make the jumper. I’ve gone fairly simple in terms of styling both of these, one paired with black skinny jeans and Doc Martens, the other with a pair of black cigarette trousers from Missguided and heeled boots – perfect autumn fashion!

Would it really be a haul if I didn’t pick up something red?? No, no it wouldn’t. This is definitely the least practical of them all, but one that I’ll for sure be reaching for when the weather gets warmer again next year. I’m instantly drawn to anything red, so there was no stopping me when I landed my eyes on this Button Down Red Dress. Very figure flattering and incredibly easy to style, here I have just paired it with a denim jacket and converse. This is a garment that could also be dressed up equally easy – getting night out ready in just a few minutes!

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So that concludes my little style blog post for today. Thank you ever so much to Femme Luxe for sending me out some really beautiful garments that I really can’t wait to wear throughout winter – I really recommend all my fellow fashionistas check them out!

What was your favourite garment here?

All my love,

Han xx

Red Trousers and Killer Queen

Grab a cuppa, you’re all in for a rambley, all over the place blog.

A little bit of a catch up, look back at October, goals for November, and also talking about the iconic film that goes by the name of Bohemian Rhapsody, which I need to quickly add, is incredible.

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October has been a bit of an all over the place month for me, good nonetheless. I’ve just been rushed off my feet with about a million and one jobs, deadlines and university projects. I started back at university at the start of October and let me tell you they have thrown us in at the deep end; a lovely way to start of second year. A ball of stress, but hey ho, whats new. I’ve been loving university since being back – if you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ll know that in March I had full intentions of dropping out, but boy am I glad I didn’t. I’ve changed and grown so much as a person since then (cringe), however it’s resulted in me having a lot more confidence in myself and also a bit more self belief, shock, I never thought the day would come.

I wanted to briefly touch upon my mental health here too, because since moving back to university, I have been so much better mentally. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a fair few days where I’ve literally had to drag myself out of bed to face the day, still got through them though didn’t I! I’ve learnt a lot of coping mechanisms lately – it’s really helping me stay on top of things, as a result my mental health has been fairly stable recently, can I get a woo yah.

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I also got the chance to take a trip to London this month, which I don’t often get the opportunity to do. I had a brilliant time wandering round all the high end department stores, pretending I’m rich enough to be walking around Liberty’s, I’m not. The outfit that I opted for, was possibly the most blogger-esc outfit, you ever did see, but was also my favourite outfit of this month. These red trousers, have sat in my wardrobe for the longest time, and this month I finally grew a pair of balls and wore them out, and rocked them, even if I do say so myself. Paired with a basic white jumper, classic converse (of course), with my blogger look being topped off with a baker boy hat. I’ve never felt more like an art student and blogger in all my life, loved every second of it though. These red trousers will definitely be getting a lot more wear!

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Alongside my to do list for university – which is as long as my arm, I’ve also been balancing my Blog/YouTube, and working for Leicester Media Productions and DMU Vloggers. Admittedly I couldn’t tell you how the f I’m managing it all, but here I am, somehow coping. These past couple of months my social medias have really taken off, it’s incredibly rewarding to see how much my hard work is paying off. Media has also recently become a very big interest of mine, so much so, I’m potentially looking at doing my placement year in this field, exciting times!

Last weekend my parents came to visit me in Leicester, being from Brighton, I don’t often get to see them when I’m studying, so I had a lovely weekend with them both, drinking too much gin, eating too much food, and having lots of laughs. Alongside lots of shopping, my parents and I took a trip to the cinema to see Bohemian Rhapsody. Now, before last Saturday, I hadn’t ever really listened to Queen (don’t come at me), I just associate them with singing ‘We Are The Champions’ and that just takes me back to sports day at school as the winners would always sing that, days I’ve tried my best to block out my memory, I guess you could say sports day was never really my thing and I’m a massive sore loser. Anyway, I digress. What I wanted to say, was that even if you’ve never shown much of an interest in Queen, you need to go and see this film. Like, need to. I was in tears, yet was just in awe of the band. And how fucking cool is Freddie Mercury.   No word of a lie, Queen have been on repeat in my headphones for the past 4 days, and you know what I have no shame. Just 20 years late to the party.

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I’ve just re-read this post and my god is it all over the place, it was one of those evenings where I had a million and one things I wanted to write about, so chucked it all in one post. Anyway, I thought I’d finish this post off with some November goals. Starting with getting my butt into gear and applying for more placements. I’ve not been great at this, primarily because I get to scared to apply for them, but this month I will knuckle down, I promise. With it being November, I’ll also be spending the month drafting up Christmas content for my channels, as, fingers crossed, I’m really hoping to do Blogmas this year, so the festivities have already begun for me. Please tell me I’m not the only blogger that cant create festive content without being in full on Christmas mode? Alexa, play Fairytale of New York.

All my love,

Han xx

 

Should We All Be Vegan?

A topic which is very hot in the news at the moment is global warming, how the environment is under massive threat, all due to the day to day actions that we make. I’ve always been interested in the environment, and have considered my actions as to how I can be more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

A topic that I wanted to focus around in todays blog post, is veganism, how it positively impacts the environment and whether we should all be considering cutting our animal produce intake a lot more.

So, I’m sure I don’t need to explain what being vegan is, but incase you didn’t know, it’s someone who leads a life without using or eating any animal produce. It’s a way of living that actively seeks to exclude cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

I recently read a really interesting article on Vegansim and it’s environmental impact, and it’s actually what prompted me to write this post. Research has been carried out, with the conclusion that if we all individually cut animal products out of out diets and lives, it could result in our individual carbon footprint decreasing by up to 73%. Obviously leading a vegan lifestyle isn’t the easy option, but even if we all started to gradually have more meat free/animal produce free days, think of the positive impact it would make!IMG_3574

Anyway, enough of me nattering on, I thought what better way to see whether being vegan is as easy as it seems, than to try it myself! I took it upon myself to attempt to go vegan for 24 hours – there were a few things that I wanted to look at throughout the day. The first one, which had been at the forefront of my mind, is being vegan feasible on a student budget. This was a big one for me, seeing as I’m tight on money as it is, does it work out cheaper or more expensive than my normal weekly shop. I also wanted to see how much it would fill me up. I lead a very active lifestyle, I’m into my fitness, and I tend to need to eat in a way that sustains this lifestyle – it was really interesting to see whether the diet change worked for me and my active way of life.

IMG_3594I’ll briefly talk you through my meal choices of the day. Starting off with my classic cup of tea, we all know I cannot function without this. Obviously, I normally use cows milk, but today I substituted this for Soya milk, and in all honesty, I couldn’t tell the difference in taste. You also get more for your money with soya milk – with it also having a longer shelf life than regular milk, in the long run it would work out to be more budget friendly. A trip to the gym was soon followed by vegan oats, which were a hit from me. They tasted like my normal oats, just slightly less sweet, which was made up for with the sweetness of the fruit anyway. Lunch, I opted for a quinoa salad, which I actually never wanted to end, don’t want to toot my own horn, but it tasted amazing. I then finished my day of being vegan with cheesy vegan pasta with broccoli and vegan sausages. This was the only meal which I wasn’t really won over by, with the sauce obviously being vegan cheese, it tasted fake and did get slightly repetitive towards the end. There were a few vegan snacks in there too, which I feel the need to say tasted better than any snacks I normally have. All in all, food wise, this was a success, there was nothing that I hated, and everything tasted really good!IMG_3601

Like I said at the beginning there were a few things I wanted to address throughout the day. We’ll begin with whether being vegan is actually feasible on a student budget. I can happily say that I think it is, all in all, my vegan shop came to around £10, which is roughly what I spend on a weekly shop already. I made a conscious effort to make sure that everything I picked up was the cheapest item there. So a lot of it was Tesco own brand – still tasted just as good.

The next thing, was whether the vegan diet would keep me feeling full as being very active, I’m pretty much always hungry. I was mega surprised, because eating like this actually kept me full up for the entire day – I normally eat little and often as this is what works best for me, so I tried to stick to this. I got hungry at the times I normally would do, so ate at these times – but I didn’t find myself super hungry throughout the day.

Overall eating vegan for a day really opened my eyes to how easy and affordable it actually is, I had heard so many myths about it being so expensive and hard, but I’ve just proven those wrong. Admittedly, I could have been a bit more adventurous with my foods, but I didn’t have the spare time for this. However, having said that it was easy for me, I would say that I’m not sure how easy it would be to sustain and whether after a while I would end up craving animal produce. I don’t think I’ll be going vegan anytime soon, I’ll just stick to vegetarianism as lets face it, I can’t go without cheese!

Would you ever consider going vegan or even just vegetarian?

All my love,

Han xx

6 City Breaks on my Bucket List

It’t been a very long while since I have done any sort of travel post, mainly because the most exotic place I have travelled to since being back at university is the cultural quarter in town.

With my second year of university being in full swing (I mean drowning in work, wanting to cry but not even having time for that), it’s got me thinking how I would really like to do a bit of travelling after all this hard work, whether it would be in the summer of next year or after I’ve completed my degree. Slightly optimistic that, seeing as come 2020 when I’m freshly graduated, I’ll be in approximately £45,000 of debt, but lets not think about that…

I’ve always loved being in the city, which is odd considering I’ve been bought up in seaside towns, but I’ve always felt more at home in cities, I think it’s the busyness of them, how there’s always something to do – you can never get bored. I’ve complied a list of European cities that I’d love to travel to over the next few years; travelling buddies welcome, as of course I’ll need assistance with blog photos…

We’ll start with Amsterdam, I feel like this is the most typical European city that most youngsters visit. Where as a fair few of people that I know have gone to legally smoke the green stuff (Why pay to go to Amsterdam to do it when they do it at the local skate park every night anyway??? Logic). Anyway, ever since watching The Fault In Our Stars a few years ago – a film I’m still not emotionally recovered from, I’ve always wanted to visit. Also, apparently the cafes in Amsterdam have some of the best foods, whats not to like!

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Another very typical European city on my bucket list, Paris. I’ve been to France before, but I’ve never had the chance to visit Paris itself, I would say that this is at the top of my bucket list, it looks like such a beautiful place – need I add that the Parisians fashion is one that I’ve always been inspired by! I’ve also always wanted to go up the Eiffel Tower, imagine the views!

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Barcelona, this is where you’ll notice my Geography is kind of  very shocking, because I won’t lie, I’m not entirely sure where Barcelona is, I mean I think it’s in Spain? But I could be wrong. Either way, my friend visited here a few months ago, and the pictures that she got were so amazing, it looks like such a vibrant city!

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I’m not sure if Santorini is classed as a city, so apologies if it isn’t actually a city. I think Santorini is the most blogger-esc place on my bucket list, all white everything, stunning blue sea, IMAGINE THE INSTAGRAM PHOTOS! I’ve watched so many amazing travel vlogs of Santorini and each one makes me want to visit it even more!

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Berlin has been somewhere that I’ve actually had the opportunity to go and visit a few times, and I’m now kicking myself as I never did take the opportunity! As far as I am aware, Berlin is full of interesting history and museums, I think it would be one of the more eye opening trips.

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I’ll save the best until last, Venice. I have always wanted to visit Venice, and I mean always. It looks like such a stunning place and I honestly don’t think I would ever get bored of it. It would be my dream to sail down the river in a Gondola (You know those boat type things, I think that’s what they’re called??). Italy as a whole is a country that has always been on my bucket list anyway, mainly because of the pizza and pasta I would experience while out there (I’m a self confessed pizza whore), also the culture of course, but mainly the food, shock.

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Traveling has been something that I have wanted to do for a while now, but finding the money and time is particularly hard, I’m hoping that in the future I can gradually start to cross these places of my list!

What cities are on your travel bucket list?

All my love,

Han xx

How I’m Styling Mom Jeans

How I’m Styling Mom Jeans

Am I cool enough to pull of Mom jeans? Probably not.

Am I going to do it anyway? You’re spot on, I am. 

Now I may be very late indeed to this party, but I’ve finally got my hands on a pair of Mom jeans – something I’ve never had the confidence to wear – apparently I’ll happily leave the house in bright red trousers, but Mom jeans are a different story all together!

I have seen so many people rave about Mom jeans, I’ve read a lot of the whole ‘once you’ve tried Mom jeans theres no going back to skinny jeans’ and you know what, I think I’m converted! No more uncomfortable wedgies, no more feeling like I’m being sucked in so much I can’t breath and you know what my favourite thing about these are, I can wear actual knickers (not the skimpy uncomfortable ones that go right up) and no one knows!! VPL’s are a thing of the past! I’m not sure if thats too much information, but then again, who wouldn’t be excited about that.

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I’ve been making a conscious effort recently to dress more to how I want to dress and not hold back. All my life I’ve been worried about what others might think about my fashion choices, that I’ll get odd looks for wearing double denim and docs, or wearing pinstripe trousers, but in all honesty, I love it, so why should I care, right?! Watch me say this, then go back to wearing skinny jeans and biker jackets next week…I tried..

So I had been on the hunt for a pair of Mom jeans for the longest time now, and I mean the longest time. I’d seen so many of my blogger friends wear them and look incredible, and I thought you know what, lets give them a go…reckless, I know. I had a wander round town and couldn’t find any I liked in stores, so hopped straight onto Missguided, long and behold they had the Mom jeans of my dreams! (I hope you’re just as satisfied as I am that that rhymed). I had been after a pair that were slightly distressed, I’ll emphasise the word slightly because the jeans that I have gone fore a very distressed (like me really). I mean one wrong move when putting them on in a dazed state in the morning and I’ll probably end up with a pair of shorts.

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Anyway, when they first arrived, I tried them on when I was pale, make up less and in need of washing my hair, it had got to the point where even French braids could hide the grease – a rocky mistake. So of course, at first I hated them, but long and behold, an evening of pampering that included, tanning, face masks, exfoliating and a good hair wash, I woke up feeling like a new woman and I feel in love with these jeans. I will probably be wearing these with every outfit for the foreseeable future, and I’m not mad about that at all.

Going onto styling these jeans, I think they are so versatile, lending themselves to be paired with anything. Oversized tops, body suits, jumpers, heels, docs, you name it, I’m probably going to pair it with them. The outfit that I have opted for in this particular shoot, is just a plain nude, front twist jumper from Femme Luxe, and a pair of taupe suede boots from New Look. A super casual, yet stylish, very blogger-esc outfit. I cant wait to experiment with different styling ideas with my new favourite jeans! I actually have a few gigs coming up, I think these jeans will look super cool with a band tee and a pair of docs!

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What’s your favourite way to style Mom jeans?

All my love,

Han xx

Outfit Details:

Jeans: https://www.missguided.co.uk/blue-riot-high-rise-ripped-jeans

Jumper: https://femmeluxefinery.co.uk/products/nude-front-wrap-knitted-jumper

Diaries of a Textile Student: Take Two

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We’ve successfully made it to week 4 of second year, and we’ve had the first set of stress tears too, I mean I’m pretty impressed I made it to week 4 without crying, go me! Anyway my idea to make these a weekly thing has already gone to pot seeing as I’ve had so much work to do I haven’t even had time to chat about it!

However the past couple of weeks have been fairly similar, I’ve been very stressed, lots of work, sketchbook illustrations for days, and enough samples to make a full outfit. I’ll admit, despite being very stressed I’m still loving every second – I had a realisation the other day that I’m more or less halfway through my degree soon, and that scared me a bit. I think I’ve taken the experience so far for granted a bit – this realisation has made me think that I do need to be making the most of my time. Because after this, it’s 9-5 until I’m 65…cry…

I’ve spent a lot of these past 2 weeks doing a hell of a lot of sketchbook work, this is part and parcel of a creative course, any spare moment I get, I’ll be improving my sketchbook work, creating new artworks, ideas and pushing my project even more. Alongside this, I’ve been undertaking a lot of fashion illustration, something that I never thought I would enjoy doing. Through all of college, I would do anything to have to not illustrate my designs, but long and behold, a year and a half into my degree and I love doing it. I’ve really started to find my drawing style and how I enjoy working – I think this has really helped my illustration skills develop as I’ve now found a way of working where I produce results I’m happy with!

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Alongside the sketchbook and design aspect, of course specialising in knitwear, a lot of my time is also spent in the knit room. I’ve had a fairly good run in the knit room this year, that was until last Friday, when nothing was going right for me, and I mean nothing. Knits falling of the machines, patterns not working out – the whole hog. I spent 6 hours in there, and left with 3 samples, it’s safe to say I felt fairly deflated after that session. I wasn’t going to let it stop me though, come Monday morning I was raring to go again and had an absolutely awesome day in the knit room bashing out experimental samples. I have attached some pictures below – bare in mind they still need to be steamed and tidied, once done so they will look a lot more professional, but you get the idea.

I briefly touched upon placement year in my previous textiles diaries post; when I last updated you all, I was in the midst of writing my CV and cover letter, the absolute torture that was, you’ll all be pleased to know I finally finished them both, well done to me!! Honestly writing a CV when you lack self confidence is such a struggle, but after plenty of drafts I got there in the end! I’ve got very mixed feelings about placement year, I really want to do one as I know it will benefit me so well in the long run, having said this, I’m really struggling to find placements that appeal to me. After all it is a year of my life I’m going to be spending doing it, so of course I want to pick something that I’m going to love doing. I’m trying to stay optimistic, and if placement doesn’t work out, I still have other plans, so we’ll see how it goes!

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur in all honesty, I have no idea where the time is going and all the weeks are just merging into one, but I’m starting to think that thats just how the next few years are going to be! I hope you are all enjoying these little snippets into my course and what I get up to when I’m not airing my problems on twitter or posting over posed pictures on Instagram!

See you for next weeks instalment,

All my love,

Han xx

River Island Knit Picks: Autumn 2018

River Island Knit Picks: Autumn 2018

Although I straight up hate the colder weather; it makes me a moody little bugger. The one thing that does make it slightly more bearable is that all fashion stores up their knitwear game. Although it does cheer me up, I’m not sure that my bank account feels the same…especially after looking through River Islands autumnal knitwear  for this season.

River Island is definitely up there with one of my favourite high-street retailers, one of those shops that whenever I walk in there, I’ll probably walk out with something. However much I love RI, whats all this about them not doing student discount!! It’s one of the very few high-street stores that doesn’t partake in the student fun, but I suppose thats forgiven because they never fail to meet all of my fashionista needs. I’m going to stop rambling because there’s a fair few knits that I’ve been loving this season – it could be a long one, so grab yourself a cuppa.

I’ve tried to mix it up with jumpers and cardigans so you don’t all get bored of the same thing cropping up. Starting with this burnt orange/coral (I’m not quite sure what colour you all this), cable knit cardigan. Lets be honest, you can’t go wrong with cable knit, one of the classic knitwear patterns that never goes out of style. Something that will crop up year on year and this year RI have come out with a cardigan that not only looks incredibly cosy (what more could you want) but also very effortlessly stylish.

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Another cardigan, this one slightly more cropped and not as cosy looking, but I was drawn to the technique used in this cardigan. Whats used here is called ladders and lace holes, both very basic knitting techniques, but its been designed in such a way that they both work in unison together. With the lace holes creating an almost fanned look and ladders subtly weaving in, this pattern will do the talking for you when it comes to styling.

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This jumper isn’t a want, its a need. I recently bought the cardigan version of this jumper and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t worn it everyday since. Surely thats all the reasoning I need to go ahead and spend another £46 on a cardigan??? I can just scrounge of little food in the name of fashion right? No?? Okay…

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I’m naturally drawn to anything yellow, I’m not sure why, maybe because I relate it to being happy and summery, so in autumn this jumper is the perfect one to add a bit of sunshine to those cold autumn days. Admittedly the off the shoulder might defeat the whole point of a ‘warm jumper’ but again, all in the name of fashion. Also, the lace hole technique crops up here too, creating a sort of ripple of the holes which adds both texture and interest to the jumper.

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It has bell sleeves. It screams ABBA. It just had to be on my top picks. Anything that is remotely ABBA esc just has to be featured; making me question my degree and whether moving to Greece to start my own hotel really is the way forward? This jumper has a very feminine neckline, showing off some of the chest, all whilst it still being a very classy number.

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This jumper has all the classic knit techniques that come around every season. What I really liked about this one was how it cinches in at the waist. Having quite a petite frame, sometimes finding jumpers that flatter this is a struggle, but this would do the perfect job. Accentuating my waist all whiles keeping me fairly warm.

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Lastly, onto the cardigan that I think everyone and their Nan owns. I’ve seen blogger, after blogger, after blogger in this cardigan. As soon as I saw it on the RI website, I just had to grab it, there was no hesitation about it, I needed it. I would go as far as saying its the best investment I’ve made this year – forget anything else, this is what was missing from my life. It’s the snuggliest jumper ever, not only this but it goes with everything – I also feel like such a fashion queen when I wear it, ready to take on the world and all that.

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I could have gone on and on about RI’s knitwear this autumn, but I may have begun to bore you. I’m currently having to restrain myself from blowing my student loan on more knitwear, practising self control…

What was your favourite piece featured in this post?

All my love,

Han xx