Monday, 25 December 2017

Coco's advent Day 25: Merry Christmas everyone!

Hello lovelies!

So we've made it to the end of Coco's advent-thank you so much for reading each post and peeping behind each door into a world of fashion and festive delights!  I'm so proud to have managed to post every day of advent for you, particularly in what has been a super challenging and hectic work month!  I love to write and chat fashion, so thank you for continuing to read and follow my fashion adventures and ramblings, you honestly don't know how grateful I am!

Today is not only Christmas Day, but it's also my 32nd birthday, so whilst I'll probably still be snoozing when this post goes live, it's going to be a day of presents and Prosecco for me, as I celebrate at home with my Mister.  I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas filled with everything you've wished for!  And for those of you that don't celebrate, I hope you all have a wonderful day all the same (feel free to celebrate my birthday if you wish, I don't mind sharing!).

Although I love luxury fashion and the prettier things in life, I think Christmas is a time where the most important things are your health, your beautiful friends and family and lots and lots of happiness for everyone and with that said, I want to send you all some love, from the bottom of my heart!

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Hang a shining star upon the highest bow,

And have yourself a merry little Christmas now!

Kay xxx


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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Coco's advent Day 24: A Christmas Eve OOTD (a preview)...

Hello lovelies!

It's my favourite day of the year, Christmas Eve!  Christmas Eve is the day that my Mister and I do our present drop.  This year I'm quite organised and most of my presents have already been delivered, but I'll be visiting some family so I've decided to dress a little bit more glamorously this year!  Normally, it's a Christmas jumper and jeans, but this year I've decided to leave the casual look for Christmas Day, and have taken the opportunity to wear my beautiful new red shoes (read all about them here).  So here is my Christmas Eve outfit of the day (well, it's a preview as I'm writing this a few days ahead!)...




I love my Aquascutum jeans, they go with anything, and my Archive by Alexa velvet jacket doesn't often get an outing, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to wear it today.  It's super snug, and I always feel great in it.  Teamed with my Harry shirt (also Archive By Alexa), I think it gives the finished look a quirky yet sophisticated spin, plus I love a bit of vintage to finish off an outfit!

I hope you've managed to get everything organised for Christmas lovelies!  I know it can be a stressful time, but make sure you take a break to enjoy it.  For me, Christmas Eve is the time where you just have to realise that anything you've forgotten isn't really that important!  What is important is that you enjoy it with the people that you love, and if you can look glamorous at the same time, well, why not?!

Here's to a fashionable and fabulous Christmas!

Until tomorrow,

Kay xxx
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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Coco's advent Day 23: What to wear if you're starring in a Christmas pop video...

Hello lovelies!

We're nearly there, just two more sleeps to go!  To celebrate, I've been watching the Christmas music channels constantly, so just for fun I thought I'd put together an outfit guide for what to wear should you ever find yourself starring in your own!  Enjoy...and Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

Christmas jumpers are okay...

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If it's good enough for George Michael, it's good enough for you.  Spend some time perfectly coiffing your hair into said eighties style, then add Christmas jumper of choice.  And remember, don't forget your oversized coat, should you decide to have a snowball fight or roll around in the snow...

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If in doubt, choose fur and lots of it...

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Coordinate your fur with your friend's fur for a collective festive look.  If in doubt, wear furry boots that resemble abominable snowman and team them with a mini skirt, perfect outfit for the snow.  If legs turn blue, borrow a floor length fur from a friend (make sure it's faux fur too!).

If you look like you're a worker from the North Pole, you've hit perfection...

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Channel your inner Mariah Carey, and go for a sultry Santa look.  Red is the best colour palette, but if you can't get red, elf green is a good second choice.  Still not feeling the look?  Add the perfect Christmas accessory...

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Yes, that's right, you simply can't go wrong with a reindeer.  Just make sure you bring a tonne of carrots to keep him happy, and make sure you give him enough time to get home to do his important shift with Santa on Christmas Eve.

Not sure how to accessorise?

If in doubt, use the Christmas presents and the gift wrap, just like Leona Lewis!  Who needs Christmas jewellery when you can use bows?!  Genius!

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What about something spectacular for your big solo moment?

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Look no further than Mrs Christmas herself, Kelly Clarkson; when dressing for Christmas, nobody does it better.  A dress fit for a ball provides perfection for that all eyes on you moment (just make sure you hit the high notes!).

Merry Christmas!

Until tomorrow,

Kay xxx



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Friday, 22 December 2017

Coco's advent Day 22: My handbag collection (the ones I can't live without!)...

Hello lovelies!

Today I've decided to chat about something a little bit different for day 21 of Coco's advent, something a little bit closer to home...my handbag collection.  Anyone who knows me (or reads my blog!) knows that I love a handbag, and whilst designer bags are my favourite, I don't really have as many as people would think!  I choose carefully those that are practical or I love so much that I'll continue to use over and over.  So I suppose these are the highlights of my handbag collection...I hope you enjoy reading about them!

The high-end designer: Louis Vuitton...

I'd always wanted a Louis Vuitton handbag!  I remember having a fake one when I was younger and being so in love with it; I don't really believe in copies these days though so it was the real thing or nothing at all when it came to choosing one in my adult life.  For my thirtieth, I decided to invest in one and I'm so glad that I did!  I researched the handbags thoroughly and ended up choosing a Neverfull PM, the smallest of the Neverfull collection.  Almost two years since I bought it, I'm still totally in love with it and it's been everywhere with me.  It's also the perfect bag to hang Bertie (my Burberry bear) from.  When I bought it, I paid around £670.  To buy one now, it would set me back around £835, so definitely a worthwhile investment.  The leather is beautiful, and I always feel really special taking it around with me!


The fancy evening bag: Cavalli Class...

My little black Cavalli handbag is the newest to my designer handbag collection.  I bought it on sale at Flannels last summer for around £141 (instead of £242) because I didn't have a decent black evening bag and thought it the perfect choice for my holiday to Cannes.  It's quite weighty, super cute and eye-catching; it always gets lots of attention when I take it out and about.


The durable, every day workbag: Mahi Leather Rucksack...

This bag was gifted to me by Mahi Leather for writing an article about handbags vs rucksacks (here). I'll always love it as it's one of the first really amazing things that I felt like I'd earned as a blogger.  Made of the most beautiful leather and monogrammed with my initials, I've used it a million times more than I thought I ever would; it's so practical!  It's perfect for lugging around heavy work files without giving myself arm or shoulder ache and it looks really cool too!



The more stylish shopper: Longchamp Pliage...

As with many things in my life, I fell in love with these bags whilst holidaying in France!  You'd be amazed by how many women (and some men) have them as shoppers, particularly in Paris!  I bought mine in York, and it's been used a million times.  I love how practical it is, and the fact that it folds up, giving me the option to pop it inside another of my handbags if necessary.  I do wish I'd chosen one in a slightly darker colour though as it's filthy, but I still love it all the same!



The perfect everyday cross-body bag: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania...

Vivienne Westwood handbags helped me dip my toe into the world of designer, back in my mid-twenties when I bought my first.  I have a few of them, but the one I use the most is my multicoloured cross body bag.  I bought it from Selfridges on a weekend away with my bestie a few years ago, and whilst it's well-used (and a little bit bruised and battered!)  I still think it's amazing.  The perfect size to carry my large purse, colourful enough to be eye-catching and enough extra room for my phone and a lipstick, this is a bag I'll use until it dies.  I remember that I got a slight discount on account of it being the last handbag in store of that style, but I don't remember exactly what I paid for it!  All I know is, it was worth every penny!


Who know what my next handbag addition will be?  Perhaps something by Burberry, or Gucci if I'm really lucky!  All I know is, this isn't a collection that's about to end any time soon!

Let me know if you're hoping to receive a designer bag for Christmas!

Until tomorrow,

Kay xxx
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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Coco's advent Day 21: A shopping challenge at Silverlink...

Hello lovelies!

My lovely friend Krissi and I had an amazing shopping challenge this week, when we were tasked with visiting Silverlink Shopping Park for a shopping extravaganza.  I've had all of my Christmas shopping done for a while now, so it was really nice to go and look at Christmassy things without having to think about presents!


Silverlink Shopping Park is situated near the Coast Road junction on the A19/A1058 at Wallsend, North Tyneside and has some really great highstreet shops such as Marks and Spencer, H'n'M, Next, River Island and New Look to name a few, as well as some great restaurants and an Odeon cinema.  I always like the ease of visiting a retail park, as you're only ever a stones-throw away from your car should you need to drop off some heavy bags.



We set ourselves the challenge of seeing what we could buy for £30 at Silverlink, but before that, we decided to have a festive afternoon tea-style lunch at M & S.  Choosing egg and turkey feast sandwiches, crisps, lemon cake and chocolate orange marble cake, we set up our table and felt like we were having our own festive Christmas tea party; great fuel for shopping and a great way to discuss what we were hoping to spend our money on.  Lunch was delicious, and the shopping park's free WiFi meant that we could post our yummy food pictures on the go with ease (you know how it is when you hit 4G black spots when you're trying to post!!).  It's so easy to sign up for the WiFi too (here).

I decided to shop with an open mind, to see if I could pick up some bargains.  Starting in H'n'M, I instantly fell in love with this blue jumper (on sale for £12) but sadly it was not to be (too big!).


Feeling the festive vibes however, I decided to go for this gorgeous red Christmas jumper instead, which I think will be my pick for Christmas Day (if you swipe the sequins, Ho Ho Ho turns into Yo Yo Yo!).  It was an absolute bargain at £4 in the sale.



Next, I fell in love with these amazing red heels!  They are so comfortable and were an absolute steal at £9 (half price!).  I feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz when I wear them, but teamed up with black jeans, I think they'll be great for a smart-casual Christmas Eve outfit.  I'd only spent £13, so still had £17 left to play with...it was so much fun seeing what I could get for my spends!



Back to Marks and Spencer, I'd already become smitten with this beautiful red scarf on a previous shopping trip to Metrocentre.  Although it was over the remains of my budget at £22.50, I simply couldn't leave it behind, so decided to add £5.50 to my money so I could take it home with me.


Total spend was £35.50, not bad for a day's shopping and three amazing purchases!  And all red too, I must be feeling festive (don't worry, I won't be wearing them at the same time!!).


Thanks Silverlink for having us and thanks Krissi for inviting me to come along to take part in the shopping challenge, it was such a fun day!

Find out what Krissi bought here!

Until tomorrow lovelies,

Kay xxx

(I was invited along by Krissi, who was asked by Silverlink to take part in this shopping challenge.  All opinions are my own; we had a great visit!)
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Coco's advent Day 20: My top five fashion films, if being festive isn't your thing...

Hello lovelies!

Five days to go and it just dawned on me that not everyone really gets into the Christmas vibe, so sorry if this advent has been more festive fashion fun than just fashion! Today's post however, will tantalise the tastebuds of any fashion lover out there; I'm talking all about my favourite five fashion films if festive films aren't your thing!  And for those of you that love fashion and the festivities, these could make perfect last minute stocking fillers if you can get hold of the DVDs in time...I aim to please!

1 Coco Chanel
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This film starring Shirley MacLaine is a loose biography of Gabrielle's life up to her comeback to fashion in 1954.  Concentrating more on her romantic links and how she triumphed in a man's world, although it may not be entirely factual, it gives a great insight into the world of Chanel.  It's a great film for those who are fascinated by the legacy of Chanel, but don't know much about her (and the fashion throughout is absolutely amazing!).  Featuring some of the best and most famous Gabrielle quotes, if you love Chanel, you'll love this! (as an aside, I'd also check out Coco before Chanel-another great biography film!).


2 Dior and I (2014)

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Looking at Raf Simons reign as creative director at Dior, Dior and I focuses on the journey towards his first all important Haute Couture show.  Expect tears, stress and a lot of drama and some of the most beautiful gowns and dresses you ever did see!  I absolutely love this documentary , it's sublime!


3 The September Issue

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An access-all-areas documentary, The September Issue allows viewers to see how much work and preparation goes into making the most important issue of quite possibly, the world's most famous successful fashion magazine.  See Anna Wintour up close and personal, as she puts together the September Issue from 2007 and all of the trials and tribulations that are a part of that, such as the ever stressful fashion week.  A must for all fans of fashion and Vogue, I watched it twice in one evening!


4 The First Monday in May

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Being a lover of fashion history, I adore this film.  Looking at the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 'China: Through a Looking Glass' (the Met's most highly attended fashion exhibition to date), The First Monday in May is a must for anyone who has ever loved a fashion exhibition!  From planning the Met Gala (which funds the museum's fashion exhibits) to actually meeting deadlines for installation and learning lots about Chinese fashion history along the way, this film has it all.


5 The Devil Wears Prada

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I feel like I'm probably preaching to the choir with this one, but I couldn't make a fashion film top five and not include this absolute gem!  Based on the book of the same name, the film follows Andy Sachs (Hathaway) as she lands the job of co-assistant to the most hideously powerful editor of famous fashion magazine 'Runway', Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep).  Brilliantly funny and toe-curlingly bitchy at times, I could watch this over and over.  Delectable fashion-based perfection!

Which one is your favourite?

Until tomorrow,

Kay xxx






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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Coco's advent Day 19: A festive trip to Edinburgh...

Hello lovelies!

Today's post is more festive than fashion, I hope that's okay!

I recently visited Edinburgh for the day with my best friend and it was super, super festive!  The day involved us walking around loads, shopping, drinking Bailey's hot chocolate (and in Natalie's case, getting asked for ID to buy it!!), eating amazing Christmas cupcakes at Cuckoo's Bakery and admiring all of the amazing Christmas lights!  Edinburgh is the perfect place to go if you want to feel super Christmassy (not that I ever need much help in that department!!!).  I normally try to give everything a fashion angle on my blog, but as Edinburgh was so very beautiful, I had a feeling that you wouldn't mind me sharing the love for it even without my usual fashion twist!  So here's door 19, Edinburgh in pictures!

Cuckoo's Bakery: Dundas Street...




A little walk out of the centre, and well worth it too, you'll find Cuckoo's Bakery.  This is one of Natalie's favourite haunts when she goes to Edinburgh and I'm so glad she introduced me to it on our last visit.  This may look like a normal cupcakery, but believe me, the cakes are out of this world!  I had a Ginger and Butterscotch cupcake which was absolutely delicious; definitely add this place to your hit list; it's super cute too!

Edinburgh Christmas Market and the Sky Flyer....




You can see the Sky Flyer, a six-metre high swing ride, in the first photo.  The second two are of us on it; it's absolutely amazing!  Neither of us have a fear of heights, and Edinburgh is the most beautiful, picturesque place to see from the sky!  I loved seeing the traffic flying along Princess Street when I looked down, even if it was freezing up there!!  Definitely worth the £7.50 price, we had an amazing time up there!




And who doesn't love a Christmas market?  We'd recommend a Bailey's Hot Chocolate and a Nutella or Kinder Crêpe!

All of the lights, all of the lights...














I love London at Christmas, but I'm so glad I visited Edinburgh too this festive season; I've never seen a place look so breathtakingly beautiful when lit up!  Special thanks to my bestie for being my side-chick and to Burberry for our lush free cocktail; such a great day trip all round.  If you get the chance to visit at Christmas, make sure you go, you'll definitely come away feeling super festive!

Until tomorrow,

Kay xxxx









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