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I turned 34 last Tuesday. 34 doesn’t feel like a real age. It sounds far too grown up, the kind of age that ‘real’ adults are, rather than overgrown teenagers like myself. In my head, I’m still a scruffy 21 year old who mooches around in ill fitting clothes while attempting to make a living by writing overwrought features about post-rock bands rather than a middle aged woman who wears slightly better fitting clothes while trying to make a living by (terrifyingly) starting up her own business. It’s a lot.

Of course, being a proper grown up, I ameliorated these fears in a rational and adult manner. By which, I mean I went for a very fancy lunch, hung out with some cats, went to a gig in a cathedral and had a McDonalds on the way home. I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday.

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COAT: Marks & Spencer

DRESS: Alexa Chung for Marks & Spencer

SHOES: Marks & Spencer

NECKLACE: Topshop (old)

EARRINGS: Monki (old)

HANDBAG: Kate Spade (old)

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I was a bit devastated recently to hear the news that the clothing arm of Marks & Spencer is experiencing some difficulties. As you may have gathered, I absolutely adore Marks & Spencer. Their underwear is comfy, their jeans fit my weird hips and butt area like they were moulded around them and I know their stuff won’t fall apart after a few wears (unlike some brands I’ve encountered recently – River Island, I’m looking at you here.)

Their recent Alexa Chung collection, where she revisited designs from their archives, has been a bit of an eye opener to my chubby self. Seeing as they stopped at size 18, I fully expected not to fit into any of her items. Hence why I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I could easily fit into this size 16 shirt dress (which, according to a Twitter friend of mine, makes me look like a ’80s space dominatrix’) with room to spare. While I’m well aware that I’m being pandered to via some serious vanity sizing, I’ve never been pandered to so effectively. The only parts in which it falls down is that it creases remarkably easily and its silky fabric makes it a bugger to wear when you’re drunk as you’ll end up sliding off pub stools and onto the floor while mid conversation. You can probably all guess how I discovered this.

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I realise that this outfit doesn’t resemble the ones above, but I feel it would be a dereliction of beauty blogger duty not to mention L’Oreal’s Colour Riche lipstick in Blake Red. It’s the most perfect, carmine red I’ve ever found and knocks socks off pretty much everything else I’ve ever tried (and yes, that does include MAC’s Russian Red, a lipstick so matte it feels like you’re trying to drag a crayon across your lips.) It’s beautifully creamy, costs a mere £6.99 and stayed on throughout a challenging 2 hour tattoo session last Saturday. Frankly, it’s one of those bargain high street beauty buys that thrifty types like myself live for. Apparently, L’Oreal are discontinuing it, so I’d recommend buying it in bulk now, if only to provide a pop of colour in these increasingly grey times.

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Luxury Witch

Recently, I attended a job interview where I found myself explaining the concept of a ‘Luxury Witch’ to a rather bemused interview panel. ‘Imagine a really well dressed Goth who takes Ubers everywhere,’ I exclaimed before informing them that crushed velvet and pleated skirts were really in this season. They’re yet to let me know if I’ve been offered the job.

Whatever happens with my employment prospects, I’m deeply happy to have introduced the concept of ‘Luxury Witch’ to a wider audience. And – if this term ever appears in the Oxford English Dictionary – you’d probably find a picture of this outfit underneath it.

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COAT: Marks and Spencer

ROLL NECK: Marks and Spencer

PLEATED SKIRT: Marks and Spencer

BELT: Vintage

BOOTS: Topshop

EARRINGS: Monki

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My love of Marks and Spencer’s clothing runs deep – I will go to my grave arguing that they make the comfiest underwear on the market – and they are really knocking it out of the park this season. Their stuff is chic, reasonably priced and doesn’t fall apart after a few rounds in the washing machine (handy when you spill as much down yourself as I do). They do great everyday basics and on trend pieces like this gloriously witchy metallic midi skirt and leopard print coat, both of which look far more luxurious than their price tags would lead you to believe. Plus, M&S remains the only shop I can pop into during my lunch hour where I can purchase moisturiser, a skirt and a sandwich at the same time. What a time to be alive.

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In the spirit of Halloween, I opted to experiment with my eye make-up and try out a more dramatic look. I used Make Up Revolution’s ‘Fortune Favours The Brave’ palette (an absolute bargain at £9.99) to recreate this gorgeous rose gold smokey eye look. I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to eyeshadow, but this is such a lovely (and easy!) tutorial to follow. While it’s not quite as elegant as Nancy’s,  I’m super pleased about how well it turned out.

I completed the look with MAC’s ‘Roxo‘, a limited edition blood red lipstick. While this particular shade is sold out on their website, I’m fairly sure that you could find lots of lovely dupes without searching too hard.

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Neon Neon

My day job is in food marketing, and I’ve just been given a fun new client to work with over the summer. I had my first big meeting with them last week, and so I wanted to wear something which said “I too am fun and vibrant, but professional enough to not have my tattoo of a naked lady on display in front of you (yet.)”

I bought this obnoxiously bright ASOS Curve animal print shirt in the Christmas sales after I saw Bethany and Dannielle rocking it. I love the combination of orange and blue (two of my favourite colours) and every time I wear it, it brings me so much joy. I teamed it with my trusty ASOS Curve Ridley skinny jeans and London Rebel pointed gold flats (a pair of shoes I wear so often that I’m currently on my second pair.)

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                                    I call this pic “I need a better blog outfit photographer.”

Shirt: ASOS Curve

Skinny jeans: ASOS Curve (Ridley)

Gold flats: London Rebel

Necklace: Tatty Devine

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I’ve also fallen head-over-heels in love with Tom Ford’s lipstick in Wild Ginger which is so good that I’ll probably be buried with it. It’s also one of the most expensive items of make-up I’ve ever purchased (when I bought it, I let out a little squeak when the assistant told me how much it cost), but worth every single penny. Not only does it have the best lasting power of any lipstick I’ve ever used (outlasting numerous cups of tea and epic Hot Cross Bun consumption), but it’s also incredibly moisturising. If I ever win the lottery, I will buy one in every shade, and then send Tom Ford a gift basket for making what might just be the perfect lippy.

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Leopard print is a neutral

Leopard print is a neutral

Seeing as I have worn nothing bar big jumpers and jogging bottoms so far in 2015 (what? I’ve been on holiday!), I thought I’d kick proceedings off by showcasing one of my favourite outfits of last year. And my bathroom. Because everyone loves a classy bathroom selfie taken on your decrepit (and quite possibly haunted) smartphone.

I bought this ASOS Curve animal print pencil skirt for my birthday and have worn it practically every week since then – it’s gone on dates, to client meetings at work and to visit my parents – and it’s elicited lots of compliments. The only (minor) flaw with it is that it’s cut slightly oddly, meaning you have to be careful when you sit down so you don’t accidentally flash your crotch at passing strangers. It’s on sale at the moment, and I highly recommend purchasing it if you feel that there aren’t enough leopard print items of clothing in your wardrobe.

Special mention should also go to the crushed velvet Chelsea boots I’m wearing here but which (unfortunately), you can’t really see. Take my word for it when I say that their ridiculously high heels makes you feel like a glam rock superstar. Whenever I put them on, I feel as though I should be forming an all-girl Sweet tribute band. They’re also incredibly strokeable, meaning that my colleagues have taken to caressing my ankles during meetings whenever they’ve seen me wearing them.

TOP: Marks & Spencer

SKIRT: Asos Curve

BOOTS: Asos

GIANT DOUGHNUT NECKLACE: Black Heart Creatives

SHOWER FITTING: Model’s own

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