Getting the best of Boxing Day

Getting the best of Boxing Day

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-103

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-102

After usually giving it a few days to the crazed bargain hunters to retire and the shelves to have been tidied up a bit, for the first time this year I braved the boxing day sales on actual boxing day, I mean how could I resist when it was on my way home from work. 

For the first time of experiencing the January sales in London I definitely saw some of the true madness of it and I am not surprised why so many people have moved online. But if you are like me and prefer to go the the actual shops and pic things up in person its a good idea to go in with a  ready prepared game plan to tackle that madness head on! 

So I have come up with my top 5 items to splash the cash on and look out for this January. 

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-99

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-95

COATS

It may be January but at least in the UK there is still plenty of winter left to get a great deal of wear out of a new winter coat. A good old winter coat is something that I definitely look forward to cracking out every winter when that cold weather comes back around (even if I do have to put the leathers away for a while). I definitely have a less is more approach with coats. Its always the way despite there being a lot of nice lower price ones available on the market, that the one you fall in love with that season has a slightly higher price point. If you are able to find that perfect one that will carry you through the whole season and years to come then in this event it is good to wait it out and catch a lovely little bargain in the sales! 

7

SHOES 

As someone who will wear boots shoes all year round, winter is away the best time for me to buy shoes. Like coats, i’m not a big shoe shopper with being perfectly happy with a good pair of Dr Martens on a daily basis. However when this year I seem to have caught the shoe shopping bug and used the sales as the perfect opportunity to expand my shoe collection slightly. My fave bargain this year would have to be my pair of Adidas Gazelle trainers. I may be slightly cheating with this being a 40% off black Friday purchase but a winter bargain is a bargain right? 

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-61

BOOKS 

Having always dreamt of having my own little library in my house consisting of floor to ceiling book shelves and a lovely collection of very instagramable coffee table books just casually laying around . Despite not owning a coffee table of my own, on many a day in Foyles I have spent stroking all the beautiful books they have on sale, most of that time spent wishing they weren’t so damn expensive with not even being able to justify them as being educational. But this year appear to be becoming more of an adult by the day choosing to spend my money on some good old reading material, potentially even throwing in a cook book or two. My favorite little find this year would have to be Bloom by the lovely Estee Lalonde. This is one I have been itching to read since it came out and I managed to pick this up half price at Olivier Bonas and have been flying though it not being able to put it down. 

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-60

STATIONARY 

And with a new year ahead of us sometimes it is nice for us to literally turn over a clean page and start anew with some brand new stationary. With a small collection of un-used notebooks at the ready, I seriously don’t need anymore for myself however I thought I would let you in to the not very secret secret that the January sales is a great time to stock up for the year ahead. 

6

THEATRE TICKETS 

This may be something that most people won’t think about during the January sales however there are some great deals out there at the beginning of the new year for various different offers on theatre tickets. If you are a theatre mad a I am then you will know that seeing some shows in  London can seriously eat up that weekly student budget. Their never going to be cheap but if you are able to find some money of any that you have been desperate to see then you would be stupid not to take advantage. 

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-59

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-55

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-46

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-45

fabric_forward_london_bricklane-44

PHOTOS | TOM FLATHERS | BRICK LANE LDN

Advertisements

Spotlight on – OOTD at the Glasgow Necropolis

Spotlight on – OOTD at the Glasgow Necropolis

Two outfit of the day posts in a row, i’m spoiling you ;) After having spent a lot of time wondering around the city finding cool locations for photos as seen in my last Style File linked here, we decided to head out of the centre of the city and over to Glasgow cathedral and The Necropolis. This was someone where recommended to me by a friend to go and visit and it was defiantly different to anything I had seen before. To sum it up it is a huge victorian graveyard comprising of approximately 3500 monuments and headstones. But it doesn’t consist of just your usual headstones. Along side these there are lots of very large cormemorative monuments which I didn’t expect to see. With these, when you start to approach it from the cathedral it makes it look from a distance rather large and intimidating. With it being a graveyard it defiantly has an eery feel about it and when wondering around and does feel quite off to go to it as almost a tourist attraction with effectively being a field of dead people but it was still interesting to look around and read of some of the people buried there from the stones and monuments.  

On this day the Glasgow weather decided to rear its ugly head and do its best to deter us with the wind and the rain however we didn’t let it dampen our spirits and headed to it in spite of this. 

12185331_1083059135046384_3155160293618326983_o

This day was very much a ‘put on chloe uniform day’; top, trousers, scarf and long coat with probably over 50% of the content being black. With trousers I decide to give the black skinny jeans a rest for one day and wear these high waisted beige linen trousers from Topshop. The main thing that drew me to these were the fit. They draw in nice and tightly around the waist and fit nicely around the hips and bum while still remaining nice and loose around the crotch and legs, just remember to breath in :) (and even better when they only coats you £7 in the sale! I don’t tend to wear browns or beiges at all but beige linen is such a classic fabric but I think these are a good way to introduce lighter colours and fabrics to my wardrobe. These would be an item probably more suited to the summer months however when layered up items they can work for some of the warmer winter days. 

12184312_1083059041713060_781149915152033889_o

You really couldn’t dispute the view

With its blue and beige pattern this scarf from Zara I thought it worked perfectly paired with these trousers. Despite being being quite a muted colour pallet it defiantly doesn’t lack in the pattern department with a beautiful liney/zigzagy/squarey pattern (their all words right?). The colours on this are lovely mixing together the whites, blues, greys and browns making it go really well with many items. Now I’m not going to lie, it is massive and when the winter nights here in Glasgow to start to get arctic like, I would probably double well as a blanket, however, its not like this has stopped me before with big scarfs always being my favourite types. This has now defiantly become the key items in my collection.  

12194969_1083058951713069_6539717109882055877_o

With having 2 quite bold items in the scarf and the trousers I decided to incorporate my best friend black to keep the rest of the outfit simple. This consisted of a plain black long sleeved top from Primark and this lightweight black trench coat. When I say lightweight I really mean it, when it comes to keeping out warmth it is not top of the list, as it rather proved on this day specifically, but what it lacks in warmth I think it makes up for in style (cheese line alert). Being black it goes with everything and is easy to just throw on top of any outfit to give it that stylish twist.  

One thing that I did mix up from the usual was the ditching of Doc Martens for these brown suede loafers from Office in replacement. These may have not been the most practical shoes I realised for this weather, but a little bit of water isn’t going to hurt. For along time I have been looking for a pair of brogue/loafer type shoes to mix it up from just wearing boots all year round but never managed to find quite the right pair – with having quite small feet they tend to make them look even smaller. But after finding this pair in the office sale that whole it my shoe wardrobe seems to now be filled. I love the bright orangey/tan colour of these making them for me at least quite a statement piece. I also like how they are a more substantial shoe than a dolly shoe with the top coming up over the foot more unlike a lot of shoes like this which you find.  

12187990_1083059035046394_2652187808644014231_o

12191350_1083059361713028_1346108803913506623_o

12189479_1083059441713020_5538992936442471660_o

We topped of the day with a visit to our favourtie cafe after to dry off and for a well deserved milkshake.

12186469_1083059581713006_5000207612704393002_o

Outfit details: 

Coat (simular) – Topshop

Trousers (simular – more of a straight cut) – Zara 

Top – (similar) H&M

Scarf – Mango 

Shoes (similar) – Office 

My design portfolio: 

Chloe Natalie Knott Textile Design facebook: 

Etsy shop 

Photos taken by Tom Flathers

Please feel to leave comments/messages in the comments and follow me on instagram at @cnknottay or on twitter at @ChloeNatKnott