Stepping Out Of A Style Rut

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Stan Smiths - Stripe Contrast Tee - Outfit 1 - Outfit 2 - Outfit 3 - Black Ankle Boots - Floral Dress - Outfit 4 - Outfit 5 - Outfit 6
So it's officially that time of year where my hair goes AWOL, my skin breaks out (probably all that 4pm chocolate I've been devouring) and I start to feel a bit meh about my wardrobe so instead of sitting in my loungewear binge eating tubs of forgotten chocolate and scanning Net A Porter for what if items (a bit like playing the Right Move game, but cheaper) I decided to focus my fashion obsessive energies on creating a lust worthy collage to ease me out of my I-only-ever-wear-knitwear phase. Now I doubt I'm alone in the jumper wearing club - it's January, it's pretty damn cold and hey I like to be warm but it's nice to mix things up at least one day a week right? Plus who doesn't start looking forward to Spring and the prospect of a bit of sunshine right about now? Hey we've all got to dream.

Whenever I find myself in a bit of a same old, same old fashion groove I head to three places: my favourite blogs, Pinterest and of course, the shops in order to refresh and most importantly reconnect with the type of style I aspire to achieve, my inner fashion inspiration if you will. I'd describe my ultimate style as laid back luxe with a smart edge and that could be in the form of a tailored jacket or a heeled ankle boot. While I love a touch of pattern (that floral Whistles dress will be my Spring Summer jam) I'm quickly realising the items I reach for the most, and the ones that work the hardest in my wardrobe are actually pattern free, 18 year old Hannah would literally be in bits by this revelation. 

With this in mind I've taken a not so fine tooth comb to the looks above and there's three pieces that I'm keen to add to my closet immediately. First up is a pair of taller than your average black ankle boots as championed by my favourite blogger Lizzy Hadfield. I love how these look teamed with straight leg blue jeans to make the most casual of outfits look that little bit polished. Secondly is the white trainer, I can't get enough of Stan Smiths paired with a smart coat to bring a real sense of balance to an ensemble. The final piece on my fashion radar (although I could easily name a few more because we all know I like to shop) is a navy blazer as sported by the serious babe with the most amazing hair in the centre of my collage. As I'm sure you'll have gathered I'm all about the high low mix and I think this, similarly to my camel coat could be an instant wardrobe elevator. Enough said.

How do you take yourself out of a style rut?

The Easy Wardrobe Elevators

Monday, 9 January 2017

Camel Coat: Marks & Spencer
Braided Sweater: & Other Stories
Faux Leather Trousers: Topshop
Two Tone Courts: Zara
Gold Bangle: Kate Spade
The first week in January is notoriously a tough one but that couldn't be further from reality in the Wild household, not only did we finally decide to get a new dog (I know this is mega news in itself) but it was also Craigs big birthday week where he turned 3-0! With all of the birthday celebrations this week it's felt like the festive season hasn't really ended especially when you factor in the indulgent dining and my current, and frankly obscene 4pm chocolate consumption - seriously, what am I going to do when my Cadburys stash runs out? Now before I get carried away talking about three course meals, glasses of vino and can't get enough carrot cake (which I made!) let's cover the new dog basics because that's what I'd want to know. We're getting a beautiful Beddlington Terrier called Bramble and he's becoming a part of the family at the end of January, excited is an understatement.

Yesterday saw the penultimate instalment of the 30th year of living celebrations with brunch at one of Craigs favourites Tamper Sellers Wheel with my side of the family. Tamper is in the heart of Sheffield city centre surrounded by some of the coolest street art so it'd been criminal not to get a shot or two. I've been dreaming of the perfect camel coat for what feels like a fashion lifetime so I couldn't have been more pleased to find this Marks & Spencer beauty under the Christmas tree, (thanks Craig) everything from the cashmere blend to the perfect smart and swishy length means even the simplest outfits is instantly elevated. Underneath I'm wearing one of my favourite jumpers, ever. It's so different yet classic at the same time and it makes a real change from the rest of my knitwear. That said it's definitely one piece that requires careful styling as it has a tendency to make you appear tent like unless paired with something slim fitting. Introducing my faux leather trousers which have become a real cornerstone in my wardrobe as they're that perfect go to piece for when you don't really know what to wear but want to look pulled together. Speaking of items that make you feel polished let's give a stylish nod to my Chanel inspired two tone courts, sometimes Zara hit the ball out of the park - I've worn these shoes more than I care to admit so it helps that they're comfy too.

Things are looking a lot quieter and January like this week with the exception of another birthday dinner at the sensational Bhaji Shop so I'm hoping to break the chocolate tv cycle, get back to the gym and make myself a hair appointment because the root situation is getting outta control. 

What are you getting up to this week? Which pieces are fundamental in your wardrobe? 

Oh Hello New Year: 2017

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year gang! We welcomed 2017 in a spectacular laid back fashion with a walk with friends around the Longshaw Estate before heading to the Cricket Inn for an early dinner. Craig, Sadie and I then returned home for what we envisaged would be a quiet night in with our respective drinks of choice and The Revenant (if you haven't seen it watch it!) Things started sombre until Sadie decided she wanted to party at 2am until gone 5 so today I'm penning this sporting the mother of all headaches and eye bags larger than two totes bags but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sleepless non-partying nights aside I've been itching to put fingertips to MacBook to compile a sort of round up post that wasn't all about resolutions like keeping up the fitness regime and trying to be organised because let's be honest, we all strive for that. 2016 was a game of two halves, it was exceptional, heart warming, emotional and incredibly hectic - I married my best friend in a day that truly was the best of life, watched my daughter flourish, turn one and become a personality abundant spirited little soul. We took our first family holiday abroad as a test run before our honeymoon and days before Sadies christening and had our kitchen fully renovated, you can see how things got a touch stressful no? 

Sadly the year was also heart breaking as I lost my nan, a woman who was always a true inspiration and super star to me. My nan was the woman who gave me tips to sleep when I couldn't, took me to my induction week at primary school and was someone who always listened, forever knowing the right thing to say. I don't think you ever truly get over losing someone so special but I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a woman in my life and I'm beyond thankful that she was able to meet Sadie and see Craig and I become man and wife. I didn't plan on this post getting so emotional but isn't it much easier to type feelings then say them out loud? 

On a much more light hearted and frivolous note I thought it'd be cool to compile a few of my favourite outfits from 2016. Craig and I had a clear out at home just a few days ago which meant I finally tackled my floordrobe/wardrobe and it's amazing how just a few hours sorting can make such a huge difference (January 2016 me would be so proud). I feel like my style has evolved in this past year and I wonder if it's down to having Sadie or getting a little older/wiser (delete as appropriate), it's almost like I've developed a Hannah uniform and while I still make the odd fashion faux pas because hey fashion should be fun and we've all been there, I think I'm finally honing my shopping skills and I really hope to continue perfecting my craft in 2017. Yes shopping is 100% a craft, don't scoff. My fashion goal for this year is to continue buying less throw away fashion (see ya random Zara trend led binges) and hello investment buying. I'm starting small focusing my attention on coats and bags as I can't tell you the number of coats I have in a pile to eBay, if only I'd of bought one Whistles coat instead of two or three cheaper ones.

As with all review posts it's good to read what you penned the previous year so the one thing that stands out to me when I look back at my Hello New Year: 2016 post is how decidedly quiet my new M&S calendar is looking in comparison. 2016 was full on with huge life milestones happening left, right and centre and while it was a year I'll treasure forever I'm quite looking forward to taking my foot off the pedal, going with the flow and seeing what this new year has to offer. That said I don't have to wait too long for an exciting life occurrence as Craig turns 30 on the 4th of January, I think we all know who's more excited.

What are you looking forward to this year?

The Boxing Day Stroll

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Lace Up Jumper: Zara
Bonded Notch Trousers: Topshop
Ambrose Loafer Boots: Whistles
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all had the most spectacular day with your nearest and dearest and managed to consume your body weight in festive fodder without getting the food sweats. Christmas Day this year was the first time I've ever eaten my dinner without my mum and dads company so I didn't really know what to expect of the day, that said I can safely say Christmas 2016 has been one of my favourites. The food was delish, the company noteworthy and Sadie had the best time cooking up a wooden pizza storm in her new toy kitchen. I think we'll be eating wooden pizza for days. Side note - one incredibly unfestive thing I'm into right now is the new season of The Affair, it's so good. If you watched it before but found it a touch slow then I think you'll enjoy the slightly faster paced new episodes, I've been binge watching them whenever I can as Craigs just not that into it. 

Yesterday Craig, Sadie and I went on a family walk to blow away the cobwebs or should I say be blown away, storm Barbara is clearly one woman to be reckoned with. Now we need to talk about the fact that I'm wearing black tailored trousers, something I haven't worn since my secondary school days where my friends and I used to sport the tightest possible black trousers we could get away with without being hauled into the head of years office. I've been itching to buy a pair for a while as I hear on the grapevine they're a bit of a wardrobe staple plus it's nice not to wear jeans everyday but I've put off the purchase for ages because aren't black trousers the most dull buy? This is probably the very reason why I struggle to dress in a morning but what can I say, I'm a bit of a magpie and black trousers just don't excite me, so far though they're panning out as I'm head over heels for these with my oversized lace up jumper and loafer inspired boots and I think they'd be equally ace with some sparkly heels and a silky pyjama blouse for an evening out, what do you think?

Today the three of us are heading to Leeds to buy birthday gifts, meet up with friends and immerse ourselves in Victoria Gate because it's that exceptional. Be sure to keep your peepers on my Instagram for any sale finds.

Are black trousers one of your wardrobe staples? Do you find buying basics as dull as me?

Four Things I'm Looking Forward To This Christmas

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat please put a penny in the old man’s hat, now I don't know about pennies but I've been giving out pound coins left right and centre to the brass band players of Sadies choosing because sharing is caring and that girl loves a carol and trombone combination. With the festive season well and truly here I wanted to pen a post about all of the things I'm looking forward to, besides the obvious, this Christmas so I could try and savour the moment before the season runs away with itself and passes by (like it usually does) in the blink of an eye.

Going to Disney on Ice: Pop concerts aside one of the most vivid memories as a child is going to see a Disney on Ice show with my glow in the dark Mickey Mouse light in hand, in fact I’m pretty sure the head spun around but that’s beside the point. The show can only be described as magical so I feel incredibly lucky to be going to see Frozen tonight with the family as a guest of Sheffield arena. I can’t wait to see Sadies face and see what she thinks of it all and to be honest I don’t know who will be more excited as I’ve already been doing my vocal warm ups to do you wanna build a snowman, sorry Craig. I promise to report back with all the family feels so watch this space.

Watching Elf: It’s a bit of a tradition in the Wild household to watch our favourite Christmas film usually while I wrap Christmas gifts and even though I know exactly how it all goes down I'm guaranteed to cry when Jovie starts to sing Santa Clause is coming to town on the streets of New York as everyone joins in. Craig and I usually try and counterbalance our Elf obsession by watching a Christmas film we've never seen before too, last year it was The Grinch (I know, I'm late to the party) and the year before Polar Express. I'd love to know your Christmas movie recommendations? Christmas films aside I'm also pretty giddy for Channel 4s showing of We're Going On A Bear Hunt, anyone else?

Baking Gingerbread: Aside from my beloved mince pies the next sweet treat that screams Christmas to me is gingerbread. From the humble gingerbread man to the more decadent gingerbread house there's nothing quite like it and after a successful baking afternoon with Sadie a couple of weeks back I'm tempted to give making our own gingerbready goodness a go especially as Sadie loves to watch the Kitchen Aid whir into life. That said Sadie did try and eat all the cookie dough on our last bake so fingers crossed she doesn't try to eat raw gingerbread, I can't imagine it tasting anywhere near as good.

My first Christmas as a Wild: It's crazy to think a name change could make such a life difference but it really does - it's a tricky one to explain but its almost like Craig, Sadie and I have been knitted together forever and I for one am more than ok with that. I can't wait to enjoy some serious down time as a family and more importantly with Craig as it feels like forever since we spent more than two days in a row together. With the house almost complete, our new curtains are being fitted tomorrow (I'm almost as excited as seeing Frozen) I'm hoping we can sit down together and choose our favourite wedding photos to be printed for our gallery wall whilst eating all the cheese, crackers and pickles in the process - if you ever wanted an insight into my evenings over the Christmas break there you have it ladies and gentlemen. 

What are you looking forward to this Christmas?

Christmas Market Sundays

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Faux Fur Aviator Jacket: Warehouse
Oversized Tie Waist Midi Dress: Topshop
Sheer Black Tights: Marks & Spencer
Studded Amy Boots: Topshop
Cream Knit Bobble Hat: River Island
I'm putting together this post with the remnants of mince pie (easily the best I've eaten so far from Forge Bakehouse in case you were wondering) on my left and a steaming mug of tea on my right all whilst watching our log fire throw all kinds of shapes, as Sunday evenings go I don't think it could get any more spot on. We've throughly embraced the Christmas festivities this year with the family and I visiting not one, not two but three Christmas markets on the last three Sundays and while I had all the best intentions of capturing the moment and getting blog photos I've usually been too perished to even contemplate it, it's safe to say Winter is officially here. I think it's officially time to crack out the long sleeved thermals! 

Today Craig, Sadie and I visited the Sharrowvale Christmas market which I think won hands down in the battle of the festive markets thanks to the amazing food filled stalls (big love to Eve Kitchen and their to die for donuts & Birdhouse Tea) and homeware store Pom (Chatsworth was dreamy but a bit too busy and there wasn't enough at Whirlow but Sadie loved all the animals). My Christmas shopping is now firmly complete so all that's left to tackle is the decorations and put up the tree, I couldn't be more excited to get the baubles out but Craig is dragging his sorry feet and I really don't fancy trying to navigate our loft hatch/ladder situation so right now it's stalemate. Have you succumbed and put your tree up already? I'd love to know as looking at Instagram I feel like the only Christmas spirited gal without a tree in my living room.

For me Christmas market trips are all about being warm and cosy so you know my faux fur aviator jacket had to be involved which is easily the best purchase I've made all season. It's so snuggly and much nicer than the one Topshop do and a fraction of the price of the Reiss version and original Acne offering. Underneath is my newest arrival and I still can't believe it's a dress! I can't remember the last time I sported a dress in the day but thanks to the midi length it's ideal for all day mum kneeling, universally flattering grey shade and the Whistles inspired tie waist it's just a little bit perfect. To keep this out of frumpy mum territory I teamed it with sheer tights and my favourite bad ass buckle boots which rarely leave my feet, they're that comfortable. That said I do think it'd look ace with a heeled sock boot too, in fact there may be a pair winging their way to me as I type - well it is the season of good will after all.

Are you embracing the festive season? What do you make of my ensemble?

Christmas Wishing

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Hana Pom Hat - Chic Stays - Inside VogueBlack boots - Gracie Sheepskin MittensMaggie Ankle Boots - Cashmere Joggers - Camel CoatCashmere jumper - Faux Fur BlanketLeopard Boots - Tempo Charity Bracelet - Little Liffner Bag

The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching and I for one am starting to get just a little bit excited. It might not be our first Christmas as a three but that doesn't mean I'm any less joyous - our almost eighteen month old is talking, noticing and developing at such an alarming rate that I think Christmas and all the festivities that come with it will enchant her senses like never before which is something I can't wait to see. Whenever the festive countdown begins (clearly earlier every year if these blog posts are anything to go by) I grab a cup of tea, my snuggliest blanket and pen a what-I'd-love-to-find-under-the-tree/gift guide for females just like me so take note, get inspiration or simply enjoy this rather aesthetically pleasing collection of goodies.

This year I'm lusting after two pieces I'm itching to buy but can't justify namely a camel coat and a new pair of leopard print boots - both have been at the top of my wish list forever and I've finally found the perfect camel contender in my favourite M&S. With a blend of wool and cashmere I know this coat will transcend seasons making it an all year rounder and the gift that'll keep on giving. Leopard print has always been a neutral in my eyes and after wearing my Warehouse leopard print boots a ton I've no doubt these Mango beauties would be a worthy wardrobe replacement. I'm clearly having a real ankle boot moment this season as I had to include these dusty rose wonders from Topshop and a real luxe pair from Jimmy Choo who have some amazing shoes this season.

When it comes to gifts I'm a firm believer in buying elevated versions of the everyday and that's where this 100% wool Hana bobble hat comes in, throw in a pair of sheepskin mittens and all of the cashmere - hello joggers of my dreams and the most perfect embroidered slogan jumper and you just need some festive wrapping paper. While we're talking about the elevated everyday let's talk handbags - if you're a regular around here you'll know how much I love them and right now I've coveting a more minimal, goes with everything style and the brand Little Liffner are ticking all the boxes. Their seventies inspired saddle bags are everything and while suede isn't that practical I kind of love the plum shade, that said the black leather version is pretty divine too.

One item I love to give and receive every Christmas is books especially if the ceiling and not the sky is your limit when it comes to budget - there's so many titles I've got my eye on this year and don't get me started on cook books. My final gift suggestions are two you'd rarely buy yourself, say hello to the most Intagram ready blanket and an item that gives back - the Tembo charity bracelets from Auree are not only a lovely layering piece but all the profit goes directly to the fight against elephant poachers. 

What's on your Christmas wish list this year?


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