Winter knitwear - three ways

Every year in December I think oh the weather's not that bad then come January I'm reminded just how cold it can be in the UK! As soon as the temperature drops I find myself in stocking up on knitwear and snuggling up next to the radiator. This winter George at Asda challenged me to create three outfits with a selection of their jumpers and cardigans:


Of the three this sequinned jumper is probably my favourite. A few years ago I brought a sparkly jumper from H&M which I absolutely loved and this is a great alternative. Because the knitwear is quite see through it comes with a simple vest top to wear underneath and teamed with a pair of my favourite Topshop jeans this is now my go to outfit for dinners and casual evenings with friends. 

One of the things I always struggle with is how to look glamorous yet be warm on a night out and when I spotted this textured cardigan I knew it would be the perfect solution. It reminds me of those super warm and fluffy coats but a more cropped version which is more flattering and great with dresses and heels. 


Of course the bulk of my time is spent indoors wearing cosy pyjamas and after swearing that I'd never wear turtle necks again I've done a complete u-turn and fallen in love with this thin knit jumper. It doesn't really come through in the photo but there's a super fine gold thread running through the material which makes it just that little bit more pretty and I love how loose yet warm the turtle neck is. 

Do you own any George @ Asda knitwear? What are your go to outfits this Winter?

Life - December and January round up

It feels almost too late to be saying this, but as it's my first post of 2016 I wanted to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year! Unfortunately January didn't get off to the best of starts what with being ill and an exam on the first day back but the festive period was so lovely and probably one of my favourites in recent years: 


Christmas is always a good time to try some some DIY and although I'm by no means artistic I had so much fun drinking prosecco and making my own wreath with John Lewis. The evening was inspired by John Lewis' range of crafts and workshops which I really hope they'll do again this year. I went with some of my favourite props, namely pine cones, berries and orange slices, all finished off with a giant flower in the middle. Some of the other efforts were amazing and we were all so impressed with how simple yet striking a red berry wreath could look. 

 

Towards the end of December we visited 2 of our friends up in the Midlands. We'd been to their wedding earlier this year and it was so nice to catch up, talk all things wedding and of course enjoy a delicious Christmas roast. The next day we went to the local farmer's shop where they had so many tasty treats, festive decorations and the best steak sandwich in the purpose build warm and cosy barn restaurant.


Straight after coming back from Leicester we checked into the luxe 4* Amba Hotel in Marble Arch. Oxford Street and Regent Street had all the Christmas lights up and it felt so magical that evening as we walked to the nearby Canarby Street for dinner. 


We also managed an impromptu trip to Columbia road flower market, making sure to stop off for some Starbucks Christmas drinks first! Having seen so many pretty Instagrams it was great to finally see the market in person. The street is cramped and busy but full of stalls and unique shops. Being December there were so many poinsettias, wreaths and winter blooms to choose from. Definitely worth a visit if you're ever in the area or just want to stock up on some gorgeous flowers for the home. 


Christmas always sees me returning back to Birmingham and in addition to seeing all the family it was also so nice to catch up with some old school friends. It's still so crazy to think that we left nearly 10 years ago now but I'm excited for the future as some of us recently got engaged and others are working towards our dream job.

The festive period finished with coming back to London (my first NYE in London since uni) and I had such a nice evening at home with the boyfriend. We were lucky enough to see the fireworks from our flat and it felt so surreal toasting in the New Year with such a spectacular show behind us! 


January started with the flu and an exam but luckily the rest of the month has been a lot better. One of our friends had the most beautiful winter wedding in a vineyard just outside of London. Think gorgeous burgundy colour schemes, fairy lights, wine tasting and a cheese tower during the reception followed by a lovely meal and partying the night away.


One of my goals for 2016 is to be more cultured and see more of London and January got of to a great start exploring some beautiful sites and venues all around the capital. Plus we managed two visits to Kew Gardens, one of my favourite places and we were so lucky with the weather as it was warm and sunny both days.

Much of this month has been taken up with exam and job preparations but we also managed to squeeze in quite a few nights out, catching up with friends and most exciting of all booked tickets to India later this year. It'll be my first visit so if you have any tips or recommendations please do let me know in the comments below!

How was your Christmas and New Years? Did you get up to anything exciting in January?
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