Light denim & black basics

This weekend has been a blast. I got to spend it with Lizzy Hadfield from and we had a pretty girly weekend in London. We hung out with our Northern pal Hannah from too, which was also very cool! If you want to see what we got up to, you can head over to my Instagram @ropesofholland.
I can't tell you how good it feels to spend time with likeminded people in the industry, who are actually super mates too. We talked blog and lifestyle 'stuff' for ages (over rum, gin & beer) and because we're all so focussed and passionate, nobody gets bored. In comparison to me sat at home talking Chris' ears off, this is a massive plus!

This outfit is my Sunday casual go-to. Simple, easy and comfortable. It's such an easy outfit to recreate for a laid-back minimal style too! You can shop my entire look below. Happy shopping!

ASOS Farleigh jeans
adidas Stan Smith trainers
Grey rib ankle socks
Weekday high neck top
Sandqvist leather bucket bag
ASOS black duster wrap coat

I hope you've had the best weekend. Thank you so much for reading.
Photos by Lizzy

Casual Monochrome

Say hello to my new favourite piece of knitwear. For those of you who follow me over on Instagram @ropesofholland, you'll know how much I rate this jumper, because it's in every other picture, in between washes. It's from COS, and it was approximately £35, in the sale. It's the absolute best knitwear buy I've ever made.
I layered it over my Acne Studios shirt dress that I was bought for my Birthday back in July. A great white shirt dress will never age!

My jeans are ASOS, again, old favourites and by far the best fitting jean I own. The Nike trainers were a gift from my Nike employee boyfriend Chris, I've always been an adidas girl, and he'd had enough of falling over my Stan Smith's every day. They're Nike Free Run 6.0, ID- which means custom made (apparently. I'm always learning about Nike these days).

I really love this outfit, it's so easy to wear but cool enough to pass for drinks with the girls, if you're not into getting dressed up too often. She says, as she's just had a spray tan and a night out in Liverpool.....

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you liked the outfit!

Longer Lines

This is one of my favourite outfits to pull together. It's old Vs new H&M, proving that the Trend collection is absolutely wonderful. I love how the structured lines of the trousers compliment the coat, and because I'm tall, this works so well for me.
The trousers are from last season, from the Trend collection. They are super heavy, and hang just perfectly at the ankle.
As if you couldn't already tell, it was freezing during the shoot so I apologise for those watery tired eyes, I made squealing noises between shots to combat the cold nipping at my ankles.

The glove shoe is appearing absolutely everywhere at the moment, magazine editorials, blogger top picks, and my feed on Instagram is heavily saturated! These are from H&M Premium, so they're real suede and were only £39.99. They are seriously comfortable as well, not bad for a trend shoes to be wearable too, is it!

You can still pick up my wonderful pinstripe coat from ASOS, and of course my Anya Hindmarch bag- not that you've ever seen it before...

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you've got some wonderful weekend plans. I'll be spending it in Birmingham and Liverpool with my best pals.

Citizen M London Bankside

This weekend I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the very wonderful Citizen M hotel at London Bankside. My goodness, what a treat. My mum came down from the North to visit me for the weekend so we decided we wanted to stay somewhere with amazing reviews, beautiful rooms and situated somewhere so that we didn't have to roam around London all weekend. Mum always visits, she's no stranger to London and plus, she despises the tube, and the escalators....they're too high. So the perfect weekend would be to have things in walking distance (even though mum wore her new boots, which, by the end of the weekend were killing her).

We checked in around 1300, which by the way, took around 60 seconds....all automated, no messing about. The room we had was gorgeous, super simple and chic with a huge bed, huge TV and iPad controls to manage whatever films we wanted to watch, in addition to the room temperature and mood lights. Fancy hey?

The staff were pretty lovely too, they even left me a journal and a note in my room so I could always put pen to paper should an idea for creating blog content strike me. Super thoughtful.
We spent a little (a lot) of time in the hotel bar because well, it was gorgeous and mum and I do love a catch up over a bottle of wine and we hadn't seen each other since mid December so we were saving up all of our gossip!

In under ten minutes we could walk to Borough Markets, so we spent our afternoon there, wandering around, tasting the cheeses and drinking specialist wine in a wine bar just inside the market. And maybe I had some prosecco as well, but that's beside the point. It was such a gorgeous afternoon out.
When tea time rolled around, we were both so ready for a big meal, and yet more wine. Chris came to meet us and we headed, this time a five minute walk down the road, to The Refinery. Three courses each and two bottles of wine, the food at this place was beautiful.

It's more than safe to say I slept like a log in that royally big bed, and breakfast in the morning was honestly, one of the best I've ever had in a hotel. I mean, I had seconds, it was ace.

If you've got family coming to visit London, or you just fancy a gorgeous night away, head to the Citizen M. I promise it won't disappoint!

Thank you so much for reading.

Tailoring Layers

Monday. I've had a Monday that started with me turning up for work, only to find out I was on a rotated day off.....surprise day off, can't be bad!
I hope you had some lovely surprises today too, not ones that result in a lot more work than you bargained for.

A couple of weeks ago, I shot with my Northern pal Emma, near to where we live. Obviously, we fed ourselves first, then we got down to the nitty gritty; getting changed into our chosen outfits in broad daylight, in public.

This blazer by Ganni is such a favourite of mine, the cut and fit are both second to none. I wear it in Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter as a layering piece. I think that's what you call an 'investment piece', or at least thats what I tell myself. I'm wearing a simple roll neck underneath as I didn't want to detail of the jacket to be outshone.
I've got my trusty Bethnals boy fit jeans on (now in the sale!) with some ASOS mules to add a smart/chic feel to the outfit.

This bag, my beloved Anya Hindmarch bag, is now back in stock. My sunglasses are Ray-Ban and I always love wearing this. Bring back Summer!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you've had a decent start to the week.


Friday Footwear: What's on my feet

Congratulations on making it to Friday! I can smell the weekend.

Most girls have a vice, for some it's watches, others it's handbags, and for me it's shoes. I'm never not looking for my next pair. I've just invested in some super designer ones this week, so I'll reveal all as soon as they arrive!
As a bit of a self confessed tom-boy, you'll notice a lot of flats and trainers here. This is for two reasons;
1. I love my denim
2. I'm almost 6ft tall so it's not often I feel happy in heels that make me 6ft 4

I wanted to put together a post for you that shows you the footwear I literally can't do without. These six pairs of shoes are my go-to picks over the last few months.

And here's where to get your hands on them, from the top:

Node Studio 'Nip' flats 
Comme des Garcons Play X Converse
Gucci horsebit loafers
adidas Stan Smith trainers
ASOS mules
Acne Studios Trainers

Thank you so much for reading and have the best weekend.
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