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Topshop Therapy Sessions

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So, it would seem that I somehow managed to jinx myself in my last post – I wrote about breakups and that’s exactly what’s happened. Now as the natural order goes, I will be doing some serious retail therapy and thankfully I have two wonderful excuses to do so (aside from the aforementioned event). After a year of working in recruitment for communications and pining after the jobs I was recruiting for, I’ve landed myself a place in a globally renowned PR firm – which I am insanely excited for. Secondly, I’m off to Berlin for a weekend break with my friend Aysha, it’s our first time there and we’re busy planning the sights we want to see and doing some serious speculation on how we’ll get through the infamous doors of the Berghain.

Now as the new season is creeping in, the temperature is on the rise which kind of leaves us in the in horrific stages of ‘coat on too hot’ ‘coat off too cold’. Although, after researching Berlin’s weather forecast, it looks like London is hotter so some jumpers won’t be going to waste on this trip. Now, over the past few months I’ve been trying to organise my wardrobe and buy items wisely, sticking to a similar colour palette so I can throw things together easily. This has been working so well for work, when all my washing is done and placed in my wardrobe and not the floor, it takes me two seconds to throw together an outfit that works. I mainly stick to black/navy and white/beige, but there are some blue and mustard yellow splashes in there too. Here’s whats on my to buy list this weekend, all from Topshop as I feel I’ve been neglecting an old time favourite for too long – and Topshop always feels like a treat doesn’t it.

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So as you can probably see, I’ve tried to mix it up with some of the new season trends which have come in such as the Shirt Dress, Stripy Crop Top and Utility Detailed Skirt, the rest are just simple basics to make it easy to wear for the everyday.

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Style Snippet Vol.1

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Aysha Bhimji | 22 | Assistant Property Surveyor

I’ve known my girl Aysha for 3 years now, we’ve remained close friends since meeting at University in our second year where we bonded over both our love of pulling all nighters and for bed ridden weekends of film marathons. Aysha’s style has always been one that I’ve admired, always managing to combine effortlessly cool with totally polished- something I’ve never quite mastered due to my messy afro mop and slightly more tomboyish ways. So for the above reasons, Aysha is the first feature of what I’m calling a ‘style snippet’ to give you a glimpse of her wardrobe and personal style with some insight into how she puts outfits together and what her favourite items are of right now.

Weekday Work

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Coat: Topshop | Boots: Zara | Bag: Osprey, London | Top & Skirt: American Apparel 

Favourite designers/places to shop? 
For work, probably, Zara. Recently I’ve been really favouring American Apparel as well, but I do think there’s only so much you can buy from there because it’s all very similar. Their styles do not really change but it’s great for basics as it’s all so simplistic which is what I love. It’s hard to think, I actually don’t think there’s that many great shops that stand out to me right now. I used to shop on ASOS a lot but now the site is way to big and there is too much choice.

Weekend

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 Jacket: Zara | Jeans: Topshop | T-Shirt: Zara | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Boots: Dr.Martens 

What do you find yourself incorporating into your day to day look?
To be honest, these days I always stick with the same kind of outfits, so jeans and a t-shirt. I try not to go too fancy, just keep it simple and something I feel comfortable in. I like to pair ‘boyish’ items with something girly. I remember reading once in a magazine they said for every one girly thing you should wear it with two things boyish – but for me that can get a little tomboy like so, one on one is good. My friend, Emma, is one of the people who most influences my style for this reason – she’ll always wear really baggy jeans and a barely there crop top. I’ve stopped following lots of fashion accounts on Instagram now, I feel it’s important to understand what works for others may not work for you, so it’s best to avoid copying and wear what you feel comfortable in.

Favourite item right now?
This new pair of jeans I got from Topshop, they’re ripped down the front and fit really well – not too high-waisted and just sit on my midriff. I have such a problem with jeans – because I’m so short – I usually find that with Topshop Petite Jeans they can sometimes be like ankle bashers, making you look shorter than you are but feel like I found a great pair in these.

Evening

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2015-02-07 16.42.35Top: Ann Summers | Skirt: Zara Trf | Shoes: Office | Bag: Tkmaxx

What’s your preference in what to wear on a night out? 
I have this thing, I go through transitions in what I like to wear. The outfit we shot just now, I really like that because it’s sexy but understated – the fact it hangs loosely just avoids it looking too tartish. What I don’t like are the tight little numbers and tiny crop tops, that’s something I’m trying to get away from as I don’t think that’s stylish at all.

Shoes?
I used to be very much into my heels as I was always very conscious of my height but now I’m really loving flats. I love my Dr.Martens and have recently been thinking about Timberlands but feel they may be too clumpy. The maroon buckle heels I have on in this shoot are great but now I really try to stick to black. I really enjoy wearing black and white as it’s so easy to pull outfits together and get away with wearing repeat things on repeat!