The best women’s style accessories this autumn

When it comes to fashion, people love to accessorise. Adding additional items to your already good looking attire to make yourself look like even more of a style icon is a must. Summer is ending and autumn brings with it a whole new range of essential accessories that every woman should wear, and there are a few things you should bear in mind when you are selecting these ever so important accessories…

Pick yourself up a gorgeous watch
A stunning timepiece is a must have accessory all year round, giving you an air of sophistication and another way to style your outfit, as well as allowing you to never be late again; very handy to say the least! There are a number of different styles and brands to choose from so it can be hard to decide where to begin. You can never go wrong with a small face and thin strap, making the watch look sleek and stylish. This lovely Baume & Mercier piece from Watches of Switzerland is a great example. Go to a watch shop and experiment with trying different styles on and seeing what they look like to get the watch that’s just right for you.


Go wild and buy some new shoes
Gone are the airy flip flops and sandals of the summer and in come the much more appropriate boots and wedges of the autumn and winter months. Some top choices include boots of any kind from heeled to wedges to flats to trainers. Converse and Vans in particular are on trend at the moment.

While you’re out shopping, be safe in the knowledge that a good quality set of autumn shoes should last for the majority of the winter too and maybe even some of spring if the weather’s particularly bad. We women are known for being notorious shoe hoarders but if they last until winter, it wouldn’t hurt to buy two pairs, would it?

Wrap up warm with hats, gloves and scarves
As summer fades away, we must prepare for the colder autumn and the even colder winter months. Be prepared to wrap up warm to combat the fierce chills the end of the year brings with it. What better way to lift your spirits than going out shopping and buying a completely new hat and scarf combo, and some gloves to keep you warm and snug during the colder period too. The cold weather means you have a great deal more items of clothing to play with so use this to your advantage. Try on as many different hats, gloves and scarves as you like before settling on your best picks. Be sure to choose some gloves that will actually keep your hands warm, a scarf that goes with a number of outfits and a hat that won’t mess up your hair too much!

Become more efficient with the perfect handbag
A handbag is a must for any woman; the practicality of them alone makes them an accessory you should never leave the house without. When it comes to autumn handbags, it’s best to go for the darker, less loud colours like purples, burgundies, browns and black after the light and bright reds and oranges of the summer. It’s important that you choose a handbag that’s both practical and easy to carry around as you’re likely to be hauling it a fair distance, but you also want one that looks good. There are loads of different styles and types of handbag and any pattern or design that you love is a perfect choice, however it’s best to choose a design that goes with a whole range of outfit and colours so it doesn’t clash with your clothes.

Complete your look with the perfect jewellery
Jewellery is the perfect way to complete any outfit and there are a wide range of options to choose from with necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings and more. With it being autumn and the impending invasion of luscious red, orange and brown leaves that will soon cover every tree, jewellery that features a leaf of any kind will be well suited and add a relevant touch to your outfit. These can come in a number of different forms, ranging from necklaces to rings and earrings so you can wear them however you like.


I love chips

Sometimes the best fashion fix is a £4 Primark T-shirt that puts a smile on your face and sums you up pretty accurately:


When I look back at some of the pics from the past four years of this blog I’m surprised how thin I look. Seems that when I was living alone, and probably not really looking after myself properly (can’t cook, won’t cook), I didn’t spend enough time loving chips!


A nightly home-cooked meal has put a few pounds on me but I wouldn’t change it for the world. :)


Macmillan ice bucket challenge

Macmillan is a charity I’m more than happy to support as I know people who’ve benefited from the great work they do – and pretty much everyone I know has been impacted by cancer in some way.

Bridget Fraser, my sis-in-law, nominated me for this. Thanks Bridget!

I’ve texted my donation to Macmillan to support the campaign. Looking forward to seeing the videos from my three nominees…




I’ve always preferred round neck tops and on the whole stayed away from V-necks. However, as is the fashion industry’s wont, a new style has been invented to keep us adding to our wardrobes!

Introducing the U-neck, in the form of this super-soft vest from Topshop, which I’ve bought in black, grey and white after a recommendation from my friend Vicky (“Looks like Alexander Wang, costs a tenner.”):



It’s great when you find a cheap everyday basic that you love. :)


Souvenir di Roma

Spent the weekend in Rome with one of my best friends, enjoying the fabulous architecture and beautiful ruins. It was my third trip to Rome (one previous for work and one for fun) and I can imagine visiting many, many times and still having loads to discover. I still feel I’ve only scratched the surface of all there is to see.

Somewhat surprisingly, we only ventured into a couple of shops in the whole time we were there. While exploring some back streets near the Piazza Navona, we stumbled across a little vintage handbag shop where I checked out an LV number from 2001. After a Prosecco pit stop and a bit of haggling it was mine! A very nice souvenir from our trip:


A few pics from our wandering:
















Rome is perfect for a weekend break - an easy 2.5 hour flight from Glasgow, great weather, tons to see and – very importantly – fantastic food and vino. Highly recommended. :)


White Birkies

A couple of weeks ago the nice folks at Cloggs contacted me and invited me to try out their site. I hadn’t heard of them before so tentatively took a look, expecting it to be clogs (which I’m really not a fan of) and not much else. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see they stock a few of my favourite comfy/weekend/at home shoe brands including Uggs, FitFlops and my much-loved Birkenstocks.

The site was easy to navigate - with good, clear photography - and I managed to place an order for white patent Birkies very quickly and with no problems. The shoes arrived, nicely packed, a couple of days later. All in all a really good customer experience.

Worn at the weekend with printed culottes (so loose and swishy - they hide a multitude of sins!) and a PVC top (BIG mistake in the current heat!):


Many thanks to Cloggs for inviting me to try out their site (and gifting me these awesome shoes).


Topshop fashion event

On Tuesday evening I travelled through to Edinburgh to take part in a panel discussion at an event that Topshop was running as part of the Edinburgh Fashion Festival. With around 200 people expected I was a bit nervous, but ended up really enjoying it (helped by my friend Vicky coming along for support, and a glass of Prosecco before taking to the ‘stage’!). It was informal and fun, with a good level of audience participation.



As a thank you, Topshop gave each of us panellists a gift card. I used mine to buy a few things from the new collection.

A slouchy duster coat that will be handy when the weather turns a little cooler (this is a re-issue – I really wanted it when it first came out in April but it sold out too fast for me):


A simple black jumper made more interesting by lace detailing:


I’m a sucker for anything with roses on, so was immediately drawn towards these trousers. I love the print:


Big thanks to Topshop for inviting me to take part in this event – it was a really good experience.