Some more monthly must-haves...

Well hasn't this just come around quickly? I can't really believe how fast the last month has flown by- it felt like September was set to be a month filled with plans, and perhaps because of that I haven't actually stopped to catch my breath. Amongst a trip to Brussels, meetings around London, Joe's graduation, a visit to Wales and a seaside trip- I've managed to accumulate some new favourites, so thought I'd share them as always! Let me know what you've been enjoying too (plus, if you stay tuned there's a giveaway at the bottom too)!


Webster's Pages: If there's one thing I've been turning to for organisation, it's my Wester's Pages planner. Not only is it the most sweet candy-hue (with plenty more to chose from), but the pages are adorned with the prettiest gold font, with space for diary planning, goal making and oh so much more. On top of that it's perfectly hand bag sized- so I have no excuse not to keep on top of dates now (especially for a girl who refuses to have her calendar in her phone)!

The Sartorialist: X Everyone and their mother knows about the talented gent that is Scott Schuman and The Sartorialist. So with the launch of his third book, 'The Sartorialist: X' landing at the beginning of this month, I was more than excited to get lost in yet more of his stunning photographs- and to have them sitting on my bookshelf is incredibly cool indeed. With the book exploring more street style from around the globe and an array of both high fashion and more urban images- it's a real treasure, and really captures what personal style is all about.

Stylist Magazine: A couple of months ago, I took a shot in entering Stylist Magazine and Ford's Fiesta Stylista competition- and this month I found out I had amazingly (and completely to my shock) made it to the final, something I could not have seen coming less (but equally something I am over the moon about). For the final this nervous-Purvis will be styling up three looks to show at Stylist Live (surreal? Just a little)- and would love to see you there if you're visiting too (if not, scroll down to for the chance to win a pair of tickets)! Eeep!

Biscuiteers and their new collection: In September myself and two of my gorgeous friends Lucy and Kristabel hosted a little talk at the Biscuiteers Northcote Road boutique, and chatted all things blogging, collaborating and working- whilst surrounded by some awesome bloggers listening in. It was such a fun evening, and what made it better was getting to see (and taste test) the awesome new fashion collection in collaboration with Alice Naylor-Leyland- which includes mini biccies of C Tilbs lippies, a Bella Freud jumper and some Matthew Williamson too- dreamy!

The talented Ella Masters: When Ella sent me over a snap of this painting she'd be working on of me, I was pretty bloody blown away. I've talked about Ella here before, but this girl has got mad skills. Not only is she a badass with pens, pencils and the like- but she can paint too, which, having studied art A-Level- is no easy feat. If you're ever in need of a talented creative lady, Ella is your girl.

Dreamland goodies: You may have already spotted my Margate guide and posts from this month, but I couldn't not mention the gorgeous gifts I picked up at Dreamland again. With a shop loaded with colourful (and beautifully branded) souvenirs), there is so much to pick from, and it took a lot of self control to only leave with their salted caramel chocolate and mini slogan mirror (and a cheeky badge)!

Websters Pages | The Sartorialist | Stylist Magazine | Biscuiteers | Ella Masters | Dreamland



In the bathroom cabinet...

New Lush launches: After spotting some of these 'one off' products at the new Oxford Circus flagship (which, if you can get down there is hugely worth a visit)- Lush have started rolling out a selection across more of their UK and global stores- meaning everyone can get a piece of the action (or soap). Current loves include the Experimenter bath bomb, Milky Bar bubble bar, Cup 'O Coffe mask and this delicious salted coconut hand scrub, which pretty much sounds (and smells) good enough to eat...

The magic water: After visiting Festival No 6 with Smashbox this month, I have become a fully blown convert to their position on primers, and this water (which doubles up as a refreshing 'stay spray' throughout the day) has become the first step of my daily make up routine. On top of that I'm now coveting their incredible contour kit- which even a muppet handed maverick like me could master- there is hope!

High street beauty loves: Well, aren't you the cheeky ones, H&M. Firstly throwing out a seriously stunning Autumn Winter collection, and now a beauty line- which, as well as looking gorgeous actually does the trick too. As well as their make up, I've been loving using their hairspray (trust me on this, this gal has thin has and this HOLDS IT)- and can't wait to sample my way around those white shelves next time I'm in store too...

The 'more than just my initials' loves: As soon as I heard babe-of-the-year Olivia Palermo was extending her line with Ciate to include make up, I might have done a little jump for joy. Not only did the collection have my name all over it (well, my initials anyway)- but the shades looked so perfect, I knew I had a bit of saving to be doing. Now, with the lipstick and blush firmly part of my makeup collection, I can say that the lippie has fast become one of my most used- you go team OP!

Lip balm form the sea: I probably don't need to say too much about this gorgeous brand (having already mentioned them in my Margate guide), but having been using this balm since I picked it up, I can definitely say that it's absolutely wonderful. With a mix of beeswax and seaweed, this hard balm is the perfect bedside companion and keeps my lips smooth and supple- which is a big thumbs up from me now it's getting cooler!

Jo Malone fragrances: A recent addition to my fragrance collection (and one my mum and I have taken to...ahem... 'sharing'), Jo Malone's Mimosa and Cardamon may possibly be my new favourite- and is the perfect transitional fragrance from summery fruity florals to something a little more deep and spicy (yet still delicate and feminine).

And the mini roll on...: Okay, I'll admit- I'm late to the roll on party. Having probably not used a roller ball perfume since the late nineties, this Oliver Bonas Peony Rose scent was the perfect way to reintroduce myself to feeling scent-sational on the go (pardon the pun). Although it's tempting to lug a whole perfume bottle on the go (my inappropriately small bag collection doesn't really allow)- this slinky number is perfect for on the go, and smells bloody lovely too.

Lush | Smashbox Primer | H&M Beauty | Olivia Palermo x Ciate | Haeckels | Jo Malone | Oliver Bonas


WIN! WIN! WIN!

Congratulations! You made it to the end of worlds longest favourites- and as a reward? You can win the chance to grab a copy of The Sartorialists new book and 2 VIP tickets to Stylist Live (A VIP ticket includes a catwalk show, a Stylist Inspires speaker (which hasn't sold out) plus access to the amazing Stylist VIP mezzanine with stacks of VIP goodies, plus a filled to the brim Stylist VIP goody bag- not bad huh?

I have 5 books and one pair of tickets- so if you fancy winning a goodie, leave a comment below (stating which prize you'd like, and an email address/Twitter handle/Instagram/Blog I can contact you via) and I will chose the winners on the 4th of October at random. Good luck!

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Current Favourites: September to October...

(Jacket: here, Dress: here, Joe's knit: here, Joe's trousers: here)

Often when people ask me who inspires my style, as well as listing the obvious (Alexa, Florence and a certain Ms Birkin)- I'll often find myself citing Joe in that list too. Not only is he a snappy dresser (I'm pretty sure his coordination skills rival mine by far) but he inspires me to be more confident with my style, take risks and not to worry about how I look. That's not to say I don't take style hints from him too- whether that's pairing a fedora with a chunky knit (a Galvin signature) or pulling off all of the camel- having someone to sartorially bounce from makes me feel pretty lucky- which leads me on to H&M's love-inspired new campaign, #HMFallInLove...

The campaign Is everything you could wish for from something laced with romance; a Velvet Underground soundtrack, a Parisien backdrop (and car scene which is all too reminiscent of a certain Gradaute clip) and beautiful seventies garb that'll have you hot footing (or glamourously floating) to your nearest H&M. But this isn't just about having someone on your arm to feel confident- na uh! I've discovered it's been pretty easy to fall in love with a clothing collection too. With H&M's fall collection boasting some serious nods to the seventies (think bell sleeves, prints, flares and suede)- it's a bit of a dream indeed...

Now, if this post has made you feel half as soppy as it has me- then you're in luck! H&M are encouraging you guys to get excited for the new season by sharing your own #HMFallInLove story across Twitter and Instagram for the chance to win a £50 gift card! Whether that's by pulling out some cosy knits, getting matchy with your other half- or simply co-ordinating your look with the Autumn leaves (guilty)- simply use the hashtag in your posts and you could win! The winner will be selected by the 12th of October! Go go go!

Post in collaboration with H&M, but boyfriend, love of Seventies inspired clothing and soppy writing all my own


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#HMFallInLove...

(Coat: COS, T-shirt: Petit Bateau, Jeans: Topshop, Shoes: Topshop, Bag: C/O Henri Bendel, Bangle: Urban Outfitters)

Earlier this month, I was lucky enough to pay my first ever (flying) visit to the beautiful city of Brussels, in Belgium. Having never taken the Eurostar for anything other than visits to Paris, it was all incredibly exciting getting to see the sights of somewhere new, and indulgence in a few local delicacies whilst I was there (read: all the chocolate). Having been invited by my top pal Carrie and the stunning chocolatier Elisabeth, our trip was largely focussed on sampling some treats from some of the brands independent artisans and getting to know the city (and it's special hideaways) a little better too...

With the trip spent largely pattering around the cities cobbles and braving seasonal showers, it was all too necessary to bring my number one love along with me; this pink COS coat. Having only had it a week, I have literally worn it every day- and can assure you it goes with pretty much everything I wear. Pink, a new neutral? It may well be. Pairing it with some sensible shoes (for once) and my favourite jeans, we explored the city until dark, before settling in for chats, chocolate and chinwags galore. Stay tuned for another post and a biiig guide too!



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The Pink Coat


All summer long, Joe and I had Margate on the top of our list of places to visit. With Joe having family there (and us going down there every year), it wasn’t somewhere we were new to, but with a lot of changes having happened- we were set on seeing some of the newly opened treats (and of course, Dreamland). With Betty Magazine having raved about it- as well as a handful of my pals, it was last weekend when we finally made a proper trip down (before all of summer had completely disappeared) for a real delve into the quintessentially British seaside town...

The Greedy Cow

After arriving in Margate pretty peckish, Joe and I were after a delicious quick fix, and The Greedy Cow saved the day. Having just missed (what looked like) a delicious breakfast menu, we opted for some lunch time treats, with Joe opting for a pulled pork burger and me choosing the mozzarella, tomato and basil salad. Everything was delicious (and speedy) and it made for the perfect pit stop in the rain too. On top of that, the upstairs boasted some gorgeous wooden benches and seating, which would be pretty perfect if you wanted somewhere to work with a coffee too, top marks!

3 Market Place, Old Town, Margate, Kent CT9 1ER

Doggie Apparel

How could I walk by a shop as cute as Doggie Apparel and not step in to bring Maggie back some souvenirs?! Stocked with everything from leads, toys and canine-friendly greetings cards- this shop is the perfect place for all ‘crazy dog ladies’ (and that’s not influenced by the resident doggie there either). With brands such as Fetch and Follow gracing the shelves too- there’s plenty of healthy and natural treats to treat your four legged friends too- meaning they don’t go without after a seaside trip!

1-3 Broad Street, Margate, CT9 1EW

Fox and Spindle

Perched on the corner of King Street, Fox and Spindle is the perfect stop for all things indie. Whether you’re after the ultimate novelty greetings card by your new-favourite illustrator, a cute gift for your best friend- or even something little to say ‘To me, love me’- I can guarantee you’ll find something here. With designers such as Ladybird Likes and Catkin Boutique- there are so many talented creatives stocked in here you’ll be hard pushed to not want one of everything- don’t say I didn’t warn you...

16 King St, Deal CT14 6HX

Dreamland

When you think of Margate, this kitsch and traditionally British amusement park (along with fish and chips, pesky seagulls and arcade games) is probably one of the first places that springs to mind (or, springs to your parents mind)! With Dreamland having remained unused for the last 12 years- this year marked the launch of it’s new-and-improved look, and it’s pretty great indeed. Packed with everything from a retro Roller rink, theme park rides, arcade games a-plenty (Joe was obsessed with the Rolling Stones one), delicious treats and so, so much more- I’m just sad it didn’t open again sooner! Try and head on a sunny day for ultimate fun- but if not, I can promise the gift shop has plenty to keep you amused come rain or shine (plus the branding, pardon my French, is on ‘fleek’). Go go go!

Marine Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1XJ

HFW Vintage

Although this place is little, it packs a punch. Perfect for both guys and gals- HFW Vintage have a select handful of rails with everything from rainbow slogan t shirts, more printed shirts then you could imagine, some sneaky vintage designer shirts (at seriously bargain prices) and cutesy vintage dresses. Oh! And did I mention their £5 rail? There's a pretty huge one of those too...Sssh!

12a King Street, Margate

Paraphernalia

It’s hard to not want to spend all day in Paraphernalia (and furnish the home you don’t yet have)- but will shelves piled high with vintage cameras, old black and white film photographs and more crockery and vintage tins than you could shake a polaroid at- it’s a tricky one to resist. With vintage and second hand furniture a-plenty (as well as plenty of intriguing antiques), this place is a great stop if you’re after some bargain one off home pieces.

8 King Street, Margate

Madam Popoff Vintage

Of all the vintage in Margate, this place was one I’d heard the most about. Having opened their first store in 2010, the wonderful Deborah Ellis (owner of Madam Popoff) has been collecting and curating her vintage collection for a pretty considerable amount of time- and boy does it show. With rails or coordinated clothing (showing off original '70s Ossie Clark), stacks of shoes and more brilliant basket bags than I’ve ever seen, with an eye like this it’s no wonder they’ve sold select pieces on to buyers like William Vintage- just keep your eyes peeled for the goodies (and don't forget the bargains downstairs too)!

4 King St, Margate, Kent CT9 1DA

Haeckel's

Beauty guru’s, if you think you’ve heard of Haeckel's before- you’re probably not wrong. With homes in London’s Selfridges and Shoreditch, this Margate skincare brand is one to watch. Built upon natural and locally sourced ingredients (and all created in their cliff top lab in Margate), Hacekels boast a selection of stunning natural scents, and everything ranging from seaweed face masks and exfoliants (plus many more incredible seaweed based products(, gentlemen’s beard oil and so much more in-between (read: stunning candles). Head here for some serious treat-yourself indulgence (none of which is tested on animals- amazing)!

18 Cliff Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1RU

etcetera

Let’s get straight to the facts- succulents are big news. Whether or not that’s the most pretentious thing you’ve heard (or Alan Titchmarsh inspired) is up to you, but when tiny green plants become the hottest home accessory- you know you’re onto a winner- hence why etcetera is so bloody great. Home of everything from tiny succulents in cool ceramics, simple home ware and of course beautiful floristry (all tied together with an Instagrammable leather chair)- this place is a hidden gem well worth discovering (especially if you fancy some fresh blooms too)!


The Turner Contemporary
One of my top ‘to visit’ spots, is undeniably (and unsurprisingly) the Turner Contemporary. Fortunately, we just managed to catch Grayson Perry’s Provincial Punk exhibition the day before closing (which was a complete treat)- we managed to take a small stroll around the beach-side gallery- sheltering from the rain and taking in everything from Perry’s stunning ceramics and mind boggling tapestries. Having studied Perry’s work during my A Levels, I was hugely excited to see everything in person- and I can certainly say exhibitions like this really capture how special this gallery is.

Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate, Kent, CT9 1HG

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