I promised to do an update of my purchases from Chicago and now I’m adding my London purchases to the list too! There’s nothing like updating your wardrobe with a few pieces. They can make all the difference and give you lots more options with your other clothes. I’ve broken up this wardrobe refresh by store, I hope you like it!
I think it’s pretty clear to anyone who regularly reads my blog that I am obsessed with Madewell! The brand constantly has effortless, timeless pieces in jeans, tees, dresses, shoes and shirts. I could happily spend hours in their stores as I find so many things to try on! They now have a small range available on Net-A-Porter which I’m so happy about as they don’t currently deliver to Ireland. While I was in Chicago, I picked up a few basic Slub V-Neck tees as I love the fit of these and already have them in a few more colours at home. They’re perfect for those days when you just want to wear jeans and a nice tee, while still looking put together. I picked up a lovely rose pink sweater too which you may have seen in this Instagram picture. It looks great with a layered white shirt and jeans. I spotted this mini skirt online before I went to Chicago and I know I wanted to get it! I love the zip detailing and the cross over front. Really cute and surprisingly suitable for work as well as regular wear. I spotted this gold layered necklace at the till when I was paying and added it in too. It’s ideal for those days when I’m too lazy to layer my necklaces! They don’t have this exact version online anymore, but they do have other awesome styles that you should check out!
Every time I go to London, I need a trip to Topshop on Oxford Street. While it is always insanely busy and usually a Saturday which is without a doubt the worst time to go to Oxford Circus, I still have to go. The store is huge and I always find so many things I want. Unfortunately I was majorly hungover on my last trip to London when I went to Topshop so it wasn’t the usual marathon! I did pick up a few things though. I seemed to be favouring raw hemlines that day, maybe because I was feeling pretty raw myself, but I love this skirt and shirt that I picked up. The simple shirt has a lovely swingy shape and the shade of blue is so lovely. The crepe mini skirt fits like a dream and I love the exposed zip up the front.
Regular readers of this blog will also know that I’m a big fan of Zara. I’m always picking up a piece here and there. These three pieces I’ve picked up over the last couple of months and they’ve got a lot of wear. Especially this leather jacket. I’ve been searching for a soft, simple black leather jacket for ages. While I’m currently saving up for this beauty by Saint Laurent, this jacket will certainly do the trick. It’s soft, lovely fit and perfect for throwing on and heading out. This striped top has been very handy for work but I can definitely see myself wearing it casually too. I had been planning on wearing my favourite leather trousers out one night but just couldn’t find a top that I wanted to wear with them. I wanted something loose, that covered my arms but that wasn’t boring! This leopard print blouse did just the trick. You have to love the lunch hour shopping dashes!
I think the next things I really need to focus on are shoes. I regularly find myself struggling to find appropriate shoes to go with outfits. I’ve fallen into a rut of only buying trainers lately and while I love my trainers, I definitely need more options in my closet! Who are your go-to shoe brands? I’ve been looking at Steve Madden and Senso a lot lately. All suggestions are welcome!