Minimalist Seasonal Styles | Autumn/Winter 17

September is all kinds of exciting because it’s about the time that layering clothing becomes appropriate again, there’s a whiff of festivities on the horizon but still the possibility of a surprise sunny day PLUS there are plenty of thunderstorms which is a great excuse to get snuggly and watch movies with hot chocolates. Perfecto!

One of the MOST exciting parts about Autumn/Winter is the curating of the AW Wardrobe – something I look forward to from about June (I work in ecommerce, where you’re always at least 1 season ahead of real life).

This year I’m all about getting that perfect set of combinations with just a few pieces – it’s all part of the minimalist journey. 

Here are some of they key pieces that are holding my styles together for the next 6 months:

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  1. Coat – River Island | 2. Jumper – F&F | 3. Jeans – Levis Mile High | 4. Check Scarf – Joules | 5. Grey Scarf (similar) – Zara | 6. Boots – Timberland (available in Brown here) | 7.Top – H&M (Similar) | 8. Tote – Radley | 9. Biker Jacket – Warehouse (Similar)

    They might be fairly basic but they’re also really ideal for this time of year as they can be thrown on without much consideration but still look like you’ve put some thought in. They also all layer fairly well, especially the blanket scarves, which double conveniently as an actual blanket. 

    In particular I love the Radley pocket essentials tote bag as it’s the perfect size for travelling, plus it’s wipe-clean and waterproof AND has enough room for an umbrella and spare pair of gloves, which is essential for autumn winter in the UK.

     

    The biker jacket and camel coat are both old faithfuls from 2 years ago, and the jeans are my buy-every-time failsafe for denim.

    I’m also loving grey-on-grey looks this season and am loving snuggling down in my (surprisingly snuggly  and fluffy) F&F jumper and Zara scarf combo for extra cosyness.

    What I especially like about these few pieces is that they’re all simple enough to work with eachother and any manner of other items. Add a few pieces of nice, simple jewellery and you’re away!
    Plus they’re all “investment” pieces that are good quality for the price (yes, even the tesco jumper!). I’m confident I’ll get at least a winter’s wear out of these items, and several more winters out of the coats and boots.

     

    What are the autumn/winter staples you’re excited to wear this year?

    Kitty

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Meet Brian the Rescue Bunny

Bri

I will literally travel any distance to make acquaintance with an animal, and am definitely the sort of person who cannot handle the thought of a critter having a substandard quality of life. To cut a long story short, we heard Brian the Bunny was in a predicament lately, and made no hesitations in welcoming him to our home. He moved in this Saturday and we’ve been spending a few days getting to know him.

We don’t know much about his origins except that he’s (probably) a mini-lop house bunny who is about a year old. He’s super confident and inquisitive and extra boingy, so we know he has been treated fairly well in his previous home, but he wasn’t really given the space or attention he deserves & craves. “Rescue” is perhaps a dramatic term in his case, “Rehomed” is probably more apt.
We brought him home and gave him free roam of our lounge-dining room so he could get to know us and have some space to himself. Pleasantly, we discovered he’s completely litter trained (well done, Bri!)

It also turns out he’s really big on having company, as he doesn’t spend much time in his hidey-holes, although we have made sure he has plenty of space to “get away from it all” if he wants to. He especially like snuggling up with your feet (he prefers when you wear socks) and isn’t averse to sitting by you on the sofa watching TV. He also has the sweetest little grunt.

So, welcome Brian! In time I’ll probably share some content about learning to live with a Bunny – but if you’re already a Bun Mum and have some great tips or advice then please share it!

Kitty

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Minimalism: Literally All My Makeup

beautyOh hi, it’s just me again banging on about minimalism & this time minimalist makeup.

A while ago I wrote about 6 things I don’t need – and that list included duplicates of makeup. That point lends itself pretty well to a whole new blog post in which I share all of the makeup I do own. This is that blog post.

These are all Cruelty Free products at the time of writing (see also my post on NARS). Many are old faithful products I’ve bought repeatedly, but a few are newish to my collection and are replacing several pieces of old clutter.

Primer: e.l.f Illuminating Face Primer – I find this gives a really nice shine/glow under foundation or even just concealer, smells delicious & is really cost effective (£7-ish).

Foundation: NARS All Day Luminous Foundation in Montblanc (NARS were cruelty free at the time of purchase) – I’ve used NARS foundations forever and they’re perfect for me, so I’m distraught to discover they’ll start selling in China shortly. Not linking because obvs you shouldn’t buy it any more!

Blusher/Bronzer: e.l.f Bronze Beauty Palette – This palette has 4 shades that range from a cool matte brown to a rosy tan tint, which makes it perfect to double up as a blusher. I use the top left & bottom right pans mostly.

Eyebrows: Sleek Brow Intensity Sculptor (applied with an angled brush) – The actual applicator for this product is insane, but the product itself is great. I just dab a little on to an angled brush and apply that way as it goes on neater.

Mascara: e.l.f Waterproof Lengthening & Volumising Mascara – This is a recent buy and it’s great. It’s about as close to a cruelty free dupe of Benefit’s They’re Real I’ve ever found, so for £4-ish I’m very happy with it. The brush is a little awkward, but it’s worth it.

Lips: I’ve always been fairly low-key on the lip front, but even I managed to throw a few things out. I’ve left myself with Burts Bees classic beeswax lip balm and a Body Shop Coral Blush lipstick, plus the last bit of a Laura Mercier berry coloured lip tint from back in 2012 which has been & will be my Christmas Lip Colour of choice forever).

Tools: Nanshy Masterful Collection & B. Precision Beauty Blender – I’ve had these items for years (dude, I clean them, it’s OK) and they’re great. I apply the primer & foundation with the beauty blender and everything else with a brush.

And although I’m aware this is a fairly wordy post, that is it for my cosmetics collection. Literally, there is nothing else that I own. Although the list is pretty long, I’m hoping the images will translate how little I have. It’s SO freeing!

Kitty

 

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