Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Weekend in Leeds with French Connection

Here is my second post with French Connection and my weekend in Leeds. We decided to spend Sunday the way Sundays are meant to be spent: mooching about, drinking coffee and generally just living at a slower pace than usual. Read to the bottom of the post for my new video too!

 First up was coffee and breakfast in the beautiful Corn Exchange. This is one the most amazing buildings in Leeds, which I really don't come to often enough. It was lovely and quiet when we were there, so we just enjoyed our drinks and the lovely atmosphere and location. The Corn Exchange is a great place to go to if you want vintage and quirky shops. They have a couple of really great menswear shops that Harry loved!

I went for an outfit that was smart yet comfy and laid back. The drop hem of this jumper makes it perfect to throw on with jeans and still create an interesting look - minimal dressing is all in the details! These simple (and very comfy) Zara heels smartened up the look, balancing out the loose fitting jeans and jumper.

 After shooting the outfit photos, we wandered through town via the new Trinity Centre. This is Leeds' newest shopping area (and there is another on the way too which will have a John Lewis, my Mum can hardly contain her excitement!) Trinity has all the high street shops you could ever need, along with loads of restaurants, bars and coffee shops. My favourite part is the Everyman Cinema. This isn't something exclusive to Leeds, but there aren't too many of them about. For a higher price (but well worth it) you can have the best cinema experience ever. The theatres are all decked out with sofas, and you can sit back and enjoy tea, wine, beer, cocktails, pizza, frozen yoghurt... the list goes on. Well worth a visit! 

We didn't go for a cinema trip this time, instead we headed to the Henry Moore Institute to see the current exhibition. The Henry Moore is a sculpture gallery which has different exhibition throughout the year, and sits right next to Leeds Art Gallery which has an impressive collection of both sculpture and painting. Sadly we couldn't take any photos inside, but the exhibition was amazing and really relevant to my current dissertation research! Perfect! 

Here is my second video guys, sorry the sound isn't great, this is still a working progress! Let me know what you think, and you can subscribe to my YouTube here.

I was wearing: Jumper: c/o French Connection | Jeans: COS | Shoes: Zara 

Shop the look here, and my favourtie French Connection new arrivals:

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Weekend in Leeds with French Connection

Last week French Connection got in touch and asked me to put together a little city guide of Leeds. Naturally, I jumped at the chance as it was a perfect excuse to eat at some lovely restaurants, and share my love for Leeds. I have lived in Leeds all my life, and through every stage of my life it has offered new experiences and opportunities. I decided I couldn't fit in everything I wanted to do in a day, so this what Harry and I got up to over the weekend in Leeds. Check back tomorrow for the second post and video! 

We got into Leeds just in time for lunch, so we headed straight to our favourite spot to lunch to quieten our rumbling tummies! Just near Leeds Train Station, Friends of Ham is a bar and charcuterie serving the best food. If you love meat and cheese then you're definitely in for a treat, go along with a friend as its all about sharing boards and trying a bit of everything. I am not a beer or wine drinker myself, but Harry assures me the menu leaves you spoilt for choice! 

With happy tummies we headed for a mooch around the shops. Leeds is fantastic for shopping and has everything you would want. The main shopping street is packed with everyone's high street favourties, as well as huge department stores including Harvey Nichols, which is inside the beautiful Victoria Quarter. If you're after luxury, quality and a bit of a splurge, the Victoria Quarter it the place for you! This is also where French Connection can be found, where we lost track of time lusting over all their new arrivals - I will share my favourites with you at the end of the post. 

 We stopped to take some pictures just round the corner from the French Connection shop. A really simple and comfortable look with this amazing roll neck as the focus. This super soft knit is a must have for the upcoming colder months, I know I will wearing it just like this as well as under layers and coats and the temperature drops.

We stopped for a quick re-fuel at the cutest coffee shop in Leeds. Mrs Athas is a rustic café serving amazing coffee and cakes - this time we refrained on the cakes, but usually my willpower is not so strong!! 

Back home for a quick turn around and we were back in Leeds for an evening out. I pulled on these gorgeous trousers from French Connection, and teamed it with all black and simple shoes to create a simple look focused on Autumn/Winter appropriate colours. These trousers are the most amazing colour which will go with everything and is a refreshing change from black. These are definitely coming in my suitcase with me to New York - so keep your eyes peeled for a more summery look! 

We headed to the brand new Trinity Centre, which is packed with shops, restaurants and bars. If I am feeling fancy and want a nice cocktail I head to the bars in Trinity. One of my favourites is Angelica's. It's a bar and restaurant with the most amazing view. We had a drink (and an Instagram moment) on the terrace wrapped up in blankets, but you can enjoy the view just as much from the inside. 

To end our evening we went for some more grub. Harry and I love a good Mexican, and Cielo Blanco is just that. I would recommend the Street Food Experience, where you choose 6 items (super filling ones too), all for £12 per person - bloody good value if you ask me! 

Come back tomorrow to see what we got up to on Sunday, and to see the video of the whole weekend! 

1st outfit: Knit: c/o French Connection | Jeans: All Saints | Shoes: Tibi | Coat: Zara | Bag: Céline
2nd outfit: Trousers: c/o French Connection | Top: Zara | Jacket: Whistles | Shoes: Zara

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Casual All Black

 Recently I have been wearing even more all black look than usual. This particular one was what I wore for a day out at Harewood House. I love this COS towelling dress over trousers as much as I do with bare legs, I think a longer top with skinny jeans is a great way of updating the usual jeans and tee look. 

Top: COS | Jeans: All Saints | Shoes: Converse | Sunglasses: Céline 

Thursday, 14 August 2014


Here we go with all black.. again. I hope you guys don't get bored of it, because I don't think I will ever be able to get enough! This outfit made me think of workwear, but a slightly casual version because of the jeans. 
I have always fancied myself in a high-flying office job wearing super sharp suits and killer heels all day (think Cameron Diaz in 'The Other Woman'), but seen as making more than 10 steps in these heels is a crippling experince, I might have to lower my work wear expectations. Also maybe lower the high-flying job expectations, as I don't even know what I want to do! 

Jeans: All Saints | Shirt: All Saints | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

H&M Studio A/W 2014 Lookbook

Say hello to H&M Studio's Autumn Winter collection. And a big 'hello' too, as its pretty amazing. These are my favourite looks, but every piece is amazing. That cream coat is definitely on my wish list, and I would love to be wearing it with a turtle neck underneath too. Just perfect! 

Available online and in selected stores on September 4th.