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Every time the seasons change I feel a strong urge to go shopping and there always seems to be so many things I need (want) all of a sudden. However I have learnt that successful Autumn shopping/dressing is about adding a few key pieces to your wardrobe, that will see you through to Winter, that can be dressed up and down and that can complement what you already have.

Here are a few never fail Autumn outfit ideas, shopping tips and some pieces that will make perfect additions to your wardrobe: 

A statement coat: One thing I am always drawn to every season is animal print. I love it - animal print (in my opinion) is a neutral meaning it goes with everything, can be worn to anything and always looks fun and cool.  A leopard print coat is so much more fun than a black one and you'll be surprised how versatile it is.  Marks & Spencer have a few different style leopard print coats in at the moment to suit every shape, size and personality.

A new pair of jeans always makes a good addition to your wardrobe and can often bring back to life tops that you haven't worn for ages.  These are great - high enough around the waist to hide the 'mum tum', slightly cropped and work with ankle boots, flats, heels and trainers.


Collared Neck Overcoat with Wool £69 / Frayed Hem Slim Leg Jeans £35

A jumper dress: I love this dress, so comfortable, can be worn over jeans, leather trousers, with boots and tights or trainers. It would also look cool with a biker jacket on top or with a big colourful scarf.  If you are pregnant this could be a good dress to invest in (go for a size up). 

A statement bag can be the making of an outfit - this heart shaped bag is amazing and perfect for Christmas parties, events and weddings.

You'll never regret investing in a pair of practical boots these are a perfect mix of a biker and chelsea boot and will look cool with tights, jeans and dresses. 

Jacquard Long Sleeve Printed Dress £35 / Heart Clutch Bag £29.50

Leather (or faux) leather trousers are one of my Autumn/Winter staples, I wear them a lot, to everything with everything. For smarter occasions I usually wear them with a longer shirt and coat, then dress them down with a T-shirt, denim jacket and trainers.

Striped shirts are having their moment and this is a great one - it is super super simple, flattering, soft and a perfect cut with it's long cuffs. 

This cardigan is leopard print and sparkly - I don't think it needs explaining, it's a winner and would possibly become the most useful thing you own.

Photography by @janelookerphotography 

This post is kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencers. All thoughts, clothes choices, ideas and purchases are my own.


I LOVE Sarah Baily's bags - they are so beautifully made, the quality of the leather is amazing, they are colourful and will get better with age. I have recently got a tasseled cross the body bag that i LOVE (i have worn it every day since i got it) and the clutches are perfect for more smarter occasions - this hot pink and gold one is perfection!

Here is what Sarah - the babe behind the brand wants us to know about her business:




WHY WAS IT CREATED: Because i have a handbag addiction !! and now i can indulge myself in that addiction ! But I really love to make fun, luxury and practical bags from the best leather and materials that will last and get better with age, but at a decent price so women can treat themselves or buy them as gifts for friends, i also wanted to create a simple styles with bold colours and prints that would appeal to a wide range of women

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: The brand started off from me just using the offcuts of the metallic leather star cushions i make for the interior designer Abigail Ahern. I turned these off cuts into really basic zip purses and gave them to my friends and sisters as gifts, soon orders came in from friends of friends for these little zip purses and the brand evolved into what you see now I never thought it would go this far and now I have so many ideas and things i want to do with the brand I can't wait to show you! its going to be bigger , bolder and better as the brand evolves more and more , I'm excited to see how far I can take it!

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: Anything with tassels!! i love how tassels move with you as you walk, dance or lunge!! Tassels are so sassy and fun but still cool and rock and roll, you can't go wrong with tassels- embrace the trend! Also do you have a travel card wallet yet?? these are my best seller and i love them , they are so bright and fun and they always add a bit of bling to my bus journey! I've just upgraded mine to the new gold and snake print one, its my new fave.


I am so excited to finally be able to do a post on TIBA + MARL.  I meet the awesome founders Anna & Lydia a while ago at a Mothers Meeting event when we were both starting out on our projects and I immediately loved them and loved what they were doing. As i've mentioned before, up until now there has been a massive gap in the market for a contemporary, practical, fashionable nappy bag and now TIBA + MARL are here that gap has been filled with the coolest, most awesome bags ever!

The attention to detail on TIBA + MARL'S bags is amazing, everything has been thought of: bottle insulators, an inner leather pouch for wipes and nappies - which comes with a detachable strap and that i have used as a cross body handbag, a matching changing mat, super comfortable straps, matching buggy clips that don't look like you raided a climbing shop, a pocket that can also be used for a laptop, a pocket for your phone and an internal clip for keys/dummy. And the packaging... opening it was like a mini personal Christmas!!

I had real trouble deciding which one to get as they are all so amazing - and i know there is a new collection in the pipeline so i might have to make another decision again soon...  In the end i went with the flora Elwood - which is the backpack style and i love it.

I am proud and impressed by these two brilliant ladies and the brand and products they have created and i can't wait to watch them grow.

Here is some more info from the TIBA + MARL ladies on what they'd like you to know about thier brand:


DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: September 2014


WHY WAS IT CREATED: Both Mothers, we struggled to find contemporary, trend led changing bags when we had our first babies. We wanted to provide cool Mums AND Dads with a range of super functional changing bags where an edge of cool always came as standard, where changing bags DIDN'T look like changing bags and where they had longevity & a life beyond the nappy changing days!

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: TIBA + MARL’s contemporary collection of bags redefines the staid tradition of baby changing bags by combining modern graphic prints, premium and high tech materials, and stylish but practical design. Inspired by the catwalks and street-style, our collection breaks the mould for cool, modern parents who are seeking unisex designs that don't compromise their sartorial choices.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: It depends on what kind of bag you are after - we have a style for every need! Our debut collection consists of four key silhouettes; a cool and contemporary backpack, a stylish and multi-functional holdall, a refined and practical unisex satchel, a timeless and understated tote as well as a sleek and compact changing clutch. Our bags are all designed to fit laptops too, so not only are they the perfect changing bag and hospital bag, but they also make the best carry-on bags, gym bags and work bags! All our styles come with a co-ordinating clutch that is water resistant and comes with a cross body strap - great for wet items or can be used as a separate cross-body bag for your personal items!


Kerikit is new brand of luxury changing bags, that will see you from baby back to board room - and everywhere you go in between.  The bags 'Change with you' - see what they did there?

Here is what the founder Keri wants us to know about her new brand:


DATE IT WAS FOUNDED: 7th October 2014, and launched on September 1st 2015


WHY WAS IT CREATED: to give ladies the chance to look amazing and keep organised whilst being a mother.

WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BRAND: My bags were created from my experience as a designer and buyer but most importantly as a mother of 3 children, two of whom are twins. My designs are made using the finest quality and workmanship and are built to last you well beyond motherhood as they change with you. The Internal removable organiser (IRO)makes KeriKit Bags unique, as once you are done with the IRO, you can remove it and you are left with a gorgeous oversized bag perfect for business or an overnight stay.

WHAT WE SHOULD BUY FROM YOU: If you are having twins then Keri Jane is perfect. If you want to look glamorous then Charlie Pony is the Prince charming of Handbags and will turn heads wherever you go.


There are loads of cool black leather (and leather look) backpacks around at the moment.  They are perfect for work and play and are so comfortable and easy to wear.  

ASOS £55 / WHISTLES £295 / JOHN LEWIS £39 / JIGSAW £169