One thing I get asked a lot on my Instagram is for work wear outfit ideas.

Although I work for myself now, for years I was office based and really found a style that worked for me.

Being meeting-ready does not mean suit smart (well, for my industry anyway!), but I do think there’s ways to look ‘put together’ without being dressed like you’re going to a 1980’s board meeting.

Autumn and winter are probably my fave workwear seasons to dress for, so here’s some smart/casual outfits perfect for the next few months.

Disclaimer: there are a lot of boots featured! If you like any of the pieces, just click on the image to shop direct.

 

1 | HOW TO STYLE LEATHER TROUSERS FOR WORK

It might seem a bit ‘out there’ to some, but honestly faux leather trousers are one of my work wear staples.

Just throw on a smart blazer, heeled shoe boots and a crisp white tee and you’re good to go!

2 | HOW TO STYLE A JUMPER DRESS FOR WORK

Okay so I’m not really a tights kinda gal – I have been known to still embrace bare legs in December, but each to their own!

To wear a jumper dress, again I think heeled shoe boots dress it up and a long coat looks chic and is still practical for the commute.

If you really feel you need extra warmth, go for tights with some texture like this cute polka dot style.

3 | HOW TO STYLE A PLEATED SKIRT FOR THE OFFICE

Seriously, if you don’t have a pleated midi skirt, go get one.

They’re super versatile (casual it up with trainers or studded flat boots) and it looks perfect to go from office to meetings to after work drinks.

Wear with a slightly cropped jumper for a cosy, chic look.

4 | HOW TO STYLE FLARED TROUSERS FOR WORK

When I say ‘flared trousers’, you might be running in the opposite direction, but stay with me.
This was one of my favourite outfits last winter, wearing a simple black flared trouser with a black knit, black pointed boots and a long coat.
Sometimes it’s the simplest outfits that work best – trust me!

5 | HOW TO STYLE A KNITTED SKIRT FOR WORK

I mean, can work style get any cosier with a knitted skirt?!
Best saved for when the temperatures are seriously low, I love the look of pairing this with a crop jumper, heeled boots and a good belt to bring it all together.
If your office’s heating would make you melt wearing this, swap the jumper for a plain t-shirt and wear with a blazer – sorted!
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OUTFIT 1: AUTUMN LUNCH DATE WITH THE GIRLS

OUTFIT 2: SATURDAY MORNING COFFEE

OUTFIT 3: DINNER DATE

OUTFIT 4: COCKTAIL O’CLOCK

OUTFIT 5: DAY TO NIGHT

 

WHERE TO BUY

ROW 1 // 1. Studded stiletto  2. Patent mock croc  3. Tortoiseshell 

ROW 2 // 4. Block heel  5. Buckled strap  6. Snakeprint

ROW 3 // 7. All white  8.Faux suede  9. Studded flats

ROW 4 // 10: Burgundy  11. Pointed toe  12. Designer-inspired

ANKLE BOOTS UNDER £40

As you might see from my Insta pics, I love a good ankle boot all year round and autumn is when I like to treat myself to a new pair to see me through the seasons.

I’m always one to shop to a budget, but that doesn’t mean bad quality in my experience. I’ve had plenty of investment pieces that actually haven’t been as hard wearing as I thought. In contrast, many of my boots are high street sale, from the likes of Primark to New Look and they’ve stood the test of time.

I think the main way I prolong wear is by getting pieces repaired. Things like getting boots re-heeled or having a zip mended adds another few months at least of wear.

Anyway, I thought I’d do a round up of my top twelve bargain ankle boots for autumn 2019, all under £40.

From studded ankle boots to designer-inspired pairs, I think there’s something to suit every style.

I’d love to know what you think and if you buy any of the boots – let me know on Instagram!

One of the things that has got me in full-on wedding mode was attending my bestie Yasmin and Liam’s Italy nuptials. How could I not be inspired by such a gorgeous big day?!

My first ever destination wedding, of course one of the first things to cross my mind was what was I going to wear?!

I wanted something super stylish for the Tuscan backdrop, but also something that wasn’t going to make me too hot in the July sunshine.

After many (many) hours of searching online, it was good old Zara who saved the day.

I’ve had quite a few messages about finding an outfit for an abroad wedding so I thought I’d share my top tips in finding the right style – and some other beauty tips to keep you feeling fabulous all day.

THE DRESS

I think going for something floaty was key for me and this Zara silky gown was perfect.

As soon as I got to where we were staying, I made sure to hang the dress up to prevent too many creases, but check with your accommodation for an iron, just in case.

I was seriously worried about crushing my dress or spilling something on it when travelling so I had it in a separate bag, rolled and not folded!

 

ACCESSORIES

As much as I usually love hats, I knew I’d be too hot and bothered with any proper head accessories.

I think something like an embellished head band is perfect to add a little something, but after a search on Pinterest, I decided on a hair up with a hair plait, which I got from Claire’s for just £8.

Keeping the rest simple, I added a little luxe with a gold beaded bag and rose gold shoes.

Of course, remember your sunglasses for a sunny abroad wedding. I loved these ones from Nasty Gal – very 70’s glam!

 

THE BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

I’m not quite sure how the Love Island girls keep looking glam when it’s seriously hot out – seriously, I’m far too used to Scottish temperatures!

For my hair, it was plenty of kirbys and Silvikrin hairspray, but I also love Creightons Frizz No More Sleek & Shine Serum to try keep things frizz free.

Make-up, I used Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray at every stage of doing my make-up and plenty of bareMinerals mineral veil.

As my bag wasn’t the most practical, I had to choose to pack light and think it’s easiest to take some essentials for quick touch-ups.

BareMinerals’ stick foundation was a life-saver, whilst Bobbi Brown’s mini shimmer brick helped give me a glow later in the day.

I also keep the mini samples of perfumes you sometimes get as a freebie with a purchase through the year as I think they’re the perfect thing to keep in your handbag. Mini deodorant and extra kirbys are also a must in the heat.

Are you attending a wedding in a hot and sunny location? I’d love to hear what you’re planning for your outfit.

 

There’s a kind of joke between Brian and I when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

You see, we’ve never really been a couple that goes all-out, #boydidgood, delivery of a billion roses, etc.

The last few years, we’ve not managed a stereotypical romantic Valentine’s Day, in fact one year Brian was even on a stag do on the day, which we found quite funny. How romantic!

Anyway, this year has been a big one for us as a couple. We got engaged, we moved in together and booked our wedding date so this Valentine’s Day feels a bit different.

St Enoch Centre must have read my mind as they got in touch with a Valentine’s challenge – to find the perfect gift for Brian*.

THE MAIN PRESENT

Nothing says ‘romance’ like trainers, eh? Seriously, though – I knew I wanted to get Brian a nice surprise that he’d actually use and you can’t go wrong with a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths.

I spotted this pair in the window of Xile and liked that they were a little different to other Stan Smith trainers.

At £89, they took up most of my £100 gift card budget, but I always think it’s better to invest in a really good present that someone will love. Quality over quantity!

PERSONAL TOUCH

Sometimes, it’s the little gifts that mean so much – and they don’t need to by expensive, either.

I decided to get a few of my favourite pictures of Brian and I printed in Boots and bought a frame from there too. I couldn’t decide what photo I liked best, so I’ll let Brian decide.

The frame was only £6 and the instant prints were 42p each – such a bargain!

SWEET TREATS

I always love going into Kimble’s. The staff are so friendly and the sweet treats are always amazing.

They’ve got so many Valentine’s sweets to choose from, but I opted for this cute marshmallow stick which was £2.99.

I love finding a good pressie combo and think Brian will like it too.

**This post contains gifted product from St Enoch Centre Glasgow.**

Is there anything better than embracing the festive season with a glass of bubbly?

You might remember our day out with Glasgow Loves Christmas last year so I was so excited for this years evening of Christmas fun.

We started off with a Mac masterclass at House of Fraser before taking a look around the department store’s festive treats, from the Dior Christmas tree to their Santa experience, which is SO cute for kids, seriously magical! Santa will be in his HOF grotto every Saturday on the run up to Christmas and you can call the store to book.

Next up was a trip to the Christmas markets at George Square. If I’m really honest, I was a bit underwhelmed by the George Square one last year so I’m delighted to say this year is the best I can remember in a long time.

The food is amazing, there’s live music each day performing Christmas faves, the perfect setting to enjoy a Baileys hot chocolate from the bar and we even had a go on the big wheel and carousel.

Our night of festivities continued as we headed to John Lewis in Buchanan Galleries for a styling session with the store’s lovely personal shopper, Rachel. The personal styling appointments are completely free and is such a relaxed space to find your perfect wardrobe. We also got a glimpse into how to create the most amazing Christmas dinner table – check out those jewel tones! Serious goals for whenever I actually manage to do a Christmas dinner at my own house (sorry mum, looks like you’ll be cooking Christmas for us for at least another year!)

Last, but by no means least was my first venture to the brand new Everyman cinema in Princes Square. One thing I have to point out is this stylish little spot is so much more than just a cinema! We tried out their cocktails (the frozen pina colada is a DREAM), the food (also amazing and really fairly priced) and chilled out in the plush bar area. When you do go for a film, you can get all your food and drinks to your seat – hello Prosecco cinema dates! I was really impressed by everything about Everyman, from the friendly staff to the boutique feel of the theatre. Plus, they’re showing Christmas films in the festive run-up, which you can see more about on their website.

It’s official: Christmas is here, Glasgow!