(Jacket: C/O Wallis, Blouse: Glamorous (old but similar here), Trousers: C/O Wallis, Bag: Bershka, Shoes: Zara (similar here)

...Christmas!

Posting festive pictures before the start of advent feels a little like putting your Christmas decorations up before the 1st- it's not totally acceptable, but when it's this close and you're feeling as Christmassy as I am- it's okay, right? Plus- it's never too early to start shopping around for festive wardrobe additions. I'm firmly in the camp that if you leave things too late (be it Christmas shopping or getting together a look for that Christmas party) you possibly won't find what you're looking for- so consider this early inspiration of sorts (and considering my gift guide starts tomorrow, a nod to treating yourself before festive shopping really kicks in)!

So, the suit, THE SUIT! Having been channeling my obsession for all things Florence Welch and Christine and the Queens for a while now (there's something about jacquard metallic suits that have my heart a flutter)- this number from Wallis has instantly ticked off any Christmas quandaries my wardrobe has been having. With the perfect balance of seventies cool and modern tailoring- it's the perfect office-to-dancefloor transition, and looks just as cool with a silk slip underneath as it does an embroidered blouse. Plus, the joy of a suit is being able to rework as separates, and I'm pretty sure these trousers will be perfect with a chunky knit come Boxing Day too- not too plan too far ahead of course. Ahem...



Post in collaboration with Wallis, but love of a good co-ord, Christmas parties and Christine and the Queens all my own


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It's beginning to look a lot...

I wouldn't be the first person to consider hot-dogs as a brunch option, but with Dirty Bones' weekend menu in full swing across their three branches- it's way more than just buns and sausage that this place excels in...

I'll be honest- I'm not one to veer away from a traditional brunch. I'm very much a granola, pancakes or eggs and bacon type lady- and anything that throws some new flavours into the mix has the ability to have my menu-indecision a go go. So, when Joe and I went to visit Dirty Bones in Kingly Court recently- I knew that things would be a little bit more exciting than normal. Known for their exceptional hot dogs- I wasn't entirely sure what to expect when it came to their other offerings, especially on a Saturday morning before the first coffee.

But I needn't have worried- although their comfort classics still shine bright on their brunch menu (there's plenty of 'dogs, chicken 'n' waffles and cheesy mac to please everyone)- it was their brunch exclusives that really excited me. With banana Toblerone-Tella waffles, savoury baked skillet and my absolute favourite of avocado, eggs and crumpets (with a umami butter which was out of this world)- it was a total treat (and if I'm I'm being totally honest- it's probably become a little boring how much I've gone on about this place since we came). It's that dreamy. So if you're after something different for breakfast, or lunch (or even dinner for that matter)- make sure to put Dirty Bones on your list.



Top Floor, Carnaby St, Soho W1B 5PW

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London Loves #8: Dirty Bones


If there's one thing I'm almost expert at neglecting when it gets colder, it's my hands. I'm fantastic at prioritising my skin, barnet and even body care- but put my hands into the mix and suddenly we're in a bit of a pickle. They get dry, nails get chipped, my cuticles look unhappy and ultimately they end up looking sadder than my neglected succulents- but this year I'm changing things up, and I thought I'd introduce you to the few products keeping this gals paws in check.

Sally to the rescue!

So let's start with a bit of TLC. I've been using the number one Sally Hansen products for yonks, and having trialled everything from her Miracle Cure to Diamond Strength, I was pretty excited to add another care product to my books (you can see the full collection here). Now, before I get on to anything else, I'm all about the cuticle care. For some reason I seem to always get horribly dry cuticles (attractive, I know)- so Cuticle Rehab has been an amazing on the go saviour for quick conditioning and freshening up brittle nails too- perfect partnered with hand cream for chilly days!

Tidying my talons!

One beauty treatment I always look forward to (but am useless at making the time for)- is a good gel mani. Anything that looks polished, tidy and lasts longer than a couple of days is something I want to know about- and until recently I wasn't sure I could achieve anything I was happy with outside of my local nail spot. Having less than steady hands I've always been one to leave my tips and toes to the experts- but after using Miracle Gel Nail Polish paired with some gorgeous pre-care products, even I'm impressed at how quickly things can be spruced up around here (FYI, I'm particularly partial to the festive 'Redgy' at the moment) ...



With a quick drying pigmented colour coat and the Miracle Gel Top Coat being the only duo you need to complete the perfect at home mani (the clear top coat polish has to be partnered with the gel colour to work)- it's the perfect way to achieve something pretty flawless (and effortless) with the comfort of Gilmore Girls and your PJs on too. I told you staying in was the new going out! (Plus, it all comes off with normal remover too, huzzah)!

Post in collaboration with Sally Hansen, but love of pretty paws, endless nail colours and some TLC-nail care all my own


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My Nail Care SOS

(Jumper: GAP, Jeans: Old Topshop but similar, Bag: C/O Pop & Suki, Trainers: Office)

Hello it's me, and, yup, it's that jumper. It's almost amazing that I've gone this long without properly giving this funnel-neck-marshmallow-GAP-knit of goodness a proper love in on here- but if you follow me on Snapchat (I'm 'livpurvis') you'll know all about this bad boy. Basically my weekday to weekend go-to, this slouchy rosy knit has become about as routine as 7:30am cups of tea and 8pm bath times, and that's something I'm definitely not adverse to...

Another pink item that deserves a mention is this bag of dreams by top babes Pop & Suki (A.K.A Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie). The BFFL's have launched one of the cutest accessory brands I've seen, and when this little camera bag landed on my doorstep I was excited to say the least. With all bags being customisable and the ladies having some of the prettiest wee add ons too (we're talking BF key rings, gold jewellery and carry-all totes)- it's one to note down for any festive wish lists (or just a 'To me, Love me' kinda gift)! You go ladies!



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Pop & Suki

(Jacket: ASOS, Jumper: Topshop, Belt: ASOS, Jeans: Urban Outfitters, Boots: & Other Stories, Bag: Radley, Glasses: Bailey Nelson)

Photos by Joe Galvin

A couple of weeks ago Joe and I ventured to Leeds, for a whistle-stop visit to his sisters and a cheeky evening out to catch James Blake- not bad for a Wednesday evening post Bake Off, am I right? After missing a train (and subsequently killing a few hours in London by hopping in and out of donut shops and running errands)- we were Leeds bound and armed with plenty of layers, a Pret pot of tomato soup and a to-do list to tackle for the journey.

Seeing as we were warned it would definitely be chillier than the Big Smoke- I was well prepared with what will now be known as my IKEA-monkey jacket. A new purchase from ASOS (which has already seen it's fair amount of wear- IT HAS A HOOD PEOPLE) and undeniably looks a fair bit similar to this little guys too. Paired with my new frames from Bailey Nelson (if anyone can make you feel better about having less than perfect vision, it's them) and a few of my Autumnal wardrobe staples (black jeans, boots and a fun-old knit)- we were prepared for our flying visit (and already marking out our next too)...



P.S Spot the tree! Too soon?



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