the style hive: January 2016

sketch

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Coat: Ted Baker / Blouse: Ted Baker (similar) / Skirt: Ted Baker (similar, similar, similar)
Heels: Ted Baker / Bag: vintage Chanel

Alternative title post: Ted to Toe. It's not my fault that literally every other street in England seems to flaunt Ted Baker in my face. I was planning on shopping at the London one but I just happened upon one while we were in Bath and treated myself to this oh-so-gorgeous skirt and these oh-so-classic heels. And then my mom chipped in the blouse and oops, I had an outfit. An outfit perfect for the only thing I actually planned to do in London in advance: afternoon tea at Sketch.

I love myself an afternoon tea. I went to the Ritz for my birthday two years ago, and I basically lived at Exeter's local tea spot. There's just something so satisfying about eating at a time when I usually don't (around 3 pm), sipping warm tea, and munching on food so tiny and adorable you almost don't want to eat it. Almost. Our tea at Sketch was more than just a tea: it was an experience. Prepare for that, if you ever go (and you totally should!). First we had champagne, then the neverending flow of tea, sandwiches, pastries, scones, and finally a bouche de Noel. If the charming yet snappy decor wasn't enough, halfway through our meal we were serenaded by a lovely group of Christmas carolers! It was totally unexpected and completely sublime. Walking out of Sketch we were a bit dazed, I think, full of warm sweets and eyes having adjusted to the soft pink glow of the interior. And oh-so perfect way to spend a day, in my opinion.

Oh and those funny looking eggs with the multicolored lights and mini Christmas decorations? Yep. Those were the bathrooms. Casual.

Thanks for reading! Possibly I should have warned you about the pink overload. Or the food and decor envy. Sorry bout that.

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what i wish i were wearing

Saturday, January 23, 2016

little black jeans - STYLE ME GRASIE                                         Helloitsvalentine_citron_11Blog-Mode-And-The-City-Looks-L'hiver-Tuileries-4             camel coat and plaid scarf M Loves M @marmar

While I've been living in paint-colored overalls, fleece-lined leggings, and oversized sweatshirts, I've really been dreaming of wearing outfits like the ones above. But ya know what? It's just too dang cold.

Hope you're staying safe and warm, friends! More pictures from England and France soon, I promise! (Got a little lazy and behind - what else is new?)

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harrods

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sweater: Primark (old, similar, similar) / Top (underneath): LOFT / Pants: LOFT
Boots: Beau Coop / Bag: vintage Chanel / Lipstick: Topshop "Wicked"

Harrods is an obligatory stop whenever we're in London. In fact, it was out first stop of the trip! Got off the train from Exeter, took a hot minute to crash in our Georgian style hotel (seriously my toilet looked like a throne...) and headed out to Harrods. I always adore their festive windows and decorations, and can't help but drool over their luxury goods (besides the obvious designer shoes and handbags, they even has stationary that is equivalent to a month's rent!), but we actually spent the most time in the food halls. Of course. It was so packed, being days before Christmas, and it seemed as if everyone was ordering their dinners and Christmas cookies from Harrods. We indulged as well and I gotta say their gingerbread cookies were out of this world. It was way too crowded for outfit photos, so we headed to my second-favorite part of the store: the children's section. I could spend hours in their reading nook with Paddington Bear and Tintin, surrounded by stuffed animals like that big guy up there. Cookies and teddy bears - who needs anything else?

All this recapping is making me nostalgic, and even though it's well into January I am still proudly wearing Christmas sweaters. Who's with me??

Hope you all are having a lovely week so far. Thanks for reading!

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royal blue

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jacket: Topshop / Dress: In God We Trust (similarsimilar)
Heels: J.Crew, thrifted (kinda similar) / Bag: vintage Chanel / Necklace: Madewell (similar)

Sometimes I feel like I have to explain my post titles. Sometimes they're pretty obvious (but not too obvious, right?? I don't want to be boring!) and other times they're random or overly specific. In today's case, I tried to be clever with my clothes and surroundings - my J.Crew heels are "court shoes" or so I'm told, my dress is actually quite navy in real life, but looks royal blue in this photos, and the place I'm standing in? Well technically it's a ruin of a chapel, but the groundwork looks a lot like a court too - right? Kind of? Well I was standing in the ruin and you weren't, so you're just going to have to believe me.

Anyway, I wore this to church when we were in Exeter - the first time I'd gotten to wear my In God We Trust dress. It is such a lovely simple piece, with bright green lining on the inside which is way fun. And I didn't think about the church and + in God we trust aspect until now, but, uh, there ya go.
Surprisingly these heels (thrifted at Buffalo Exchange when I was in New York) were pretty comfy, even on ancient cobblestones.

I hope you all are staying safe and warm! It hasn't stopped snowing here for about two days. I don't plan on moving from my bed until it stops, sound reasonable?

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plymouth green

Friday, January 8, 2016

Jacket: Zara (similar) / Sweater: Urban Outfitters (similar) / Cords: Anthropologie
Sneakers: Zara / Bag: vintage Chanel / Lipstick: MAC "Ruby Woo"

Alright, here's the first batch of photos from my trip to Europe the last two weeks!

Our first port of call was Exeter, where you might remember I studied for a year in college. I'm just in love with that city - its sights, sites (see what I did there?), and, okay, mainly its food. Plymouth is only an hour by train and so I hopped over to see my bff Sarah - who, by the way, has an amazing travel/lifestyle/yoga/food/poetry/all things lovely blog! She showed me around her new home of Plymouth, which is appropriately windy and awash in all things Christmasy (the Brits are big into Christmas decorations). Naturally I wore this Christmas jumper to blend in - it was national Christmas jumper day, in fact! Walking around Plymouth, it was more strange if you weren't sporting a festive sweater. Plymouth (and Exeter, and let's face it, probably all English towns) is filled with cobblestone streets that lead to little antique shops or fish and chips stands or simply breathtaking views of the seaside. I had a great time roaming around (and even a bit of hiking...thanks for that, Sarah hehe) and luckily these Zara sneakers kept my feet comfy and dry! If I'm to keep up with my Anglophilic ways, I'll need to invest in good shoes - the Brits love to walk!

Hope you all are having a lovely new year so far! Thanks for reading.


Photos thanks to Sarah!

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