Balmain for H&M Countdown Begins...

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you'll know that the genius that is Oliver Rousteing, Balmain's creative director, has teamed up with high street store H&M to create the ultimate collaboration. Since announcing the collaboration at the Billboard Music Awards, with the help of his celebrity friends, Rousteing has stormed social media to create a movement of togetherness with: #HMBalmaination.

With help from Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, on October 21st, Rousteing staged a catwalk show in New York to preview some pretty spectacular pieces from the collection, such as the infamous beaded jacket that Kendall first previewed on the night of the collaboration announcement. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kylie Jenner were both in attendance at the launch in New York, donning items from the collection.

The collection will be available in around 250 stores from November 5th. I'm determined to get my hands on the beaded jacket, but if the Instagram and blogging world is anything to go by, it's gonna be sold out pretty dam quickly. Girls you better get queuing and ordering early, something tells me this collection is gonna be BIG. I've put together my top picks from the collection that you do not want to miss out on...

Beaded Jacket - £299.99

Striped Trousers - £59.99

Green Sequin Dress - £119.99 

Leather Jacket - £199.99 

Beaded Dress - £299.99 

White Blazer - £79.99 

Balmain T-Shirt - £24.99

Thigh-High Boots - £199.99

 10 days to go! Not that I'm counting or anything...

What piece will you be fighting to get your hands on?


Chanel Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition

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This Wednesday I headed to the Chanel Mademoiselle Privé exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in Sloane Square, Chelsea. Set out over 3 beautiful floors, the exhibition takes you back to the origins of Chanel to show how the Chanel legacy was created and developed, capturing the irreverent spirit of both Mademoiselle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.

The first floor consists of the beginnings of the legacy, where hats in the first ever Chanel store in Paris were sold and showcases the inspirational 'Totems' behind every design. The second floor is arguably the most spectacular, showcasing an absolutely stunning Haute Couture collection with a gallery of Chanel's most famous representatives, such as Keira Knightley and Lara Stone.

Here's my little photo diary of the exhibition to see what you can expect....

The exhibition is open everyday from 10am until November 1st, so make sure you get down there before it finishes. The queue gets ridiculously long after lunchtime, so it's best to try and get there either in the morning or late afternoon. Admission is free and you also receive a little goodie bag at the end, consisting of a canvas Mademoiselle Privé bag and a poster. So, if you're into fashion (which I'm guessing you are if you're reading a fashion & lifestyle blog), then Mademoiselle Privé is most  definitely worth a visit. For more information, click here

Let me know if you guys have been and what you thought of it! I'd love to hear your thoughts!


The Coat Edit

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Bomber jackets, duster coats, oversized coats, duffle coats, gilets, leather jackets, denim jackets, swing coats, capes, parkas...and the list goes on and on.  

It's not difficult to understand then, why deciding on one style and knowing which coat to invest in this Autumn/Winter is a difficult (and pricey) task.

I don't know about you guys, but my absolute favourite thing about Winter is a good ol' coat. They have the ability to transform any plain outfit and when chosen right, can make an otherwise basic outfit look so tailored and stylish. As I wear a lot of monochromatic tones (hence the blog name), my wardrobe staple is my black oversized Primark coat, as it goes with absolutely everything and looks effortlessly stylish. And by opting for black or grey, you're never in danger of colour clashing. I also love a good jacket, and have an embarrassingly large amount of leather jackets, 2 denim jackets and printed bomber jackets. Denim and leather jackets are perfect for a sunny weekend in London when you're not in danger of freezing your bum off, however England seems to have accelerated from Summer to full blown Winter weather conditions within a week, so I've had to dive straight into that coat wardrobe, leaving my jackets sadly behind.

I've composed this Coat Edit to showcase the best coats the high street has to offer this season and it certainly has not disappointed, with camel coats and oversized coats still dominating the high street and catwalk this Autumn/Winter. Let's get straight into it...





         Missguided Bomber Jacket Oxblood - £35                      Topshop MA1 Zip Bomber Jacket - £55                   



               Topshop Piled Wool Coat - £175                                              Topshop Slouchy Coat - £89



          ASOS Patchwork Faux Fur Coat - £95                                     ASOS Faux Shearling Coat - £85



          Topshop Slim Pocket Coat - £59                                       ASOS Long Mannish Overcoat - £135

And there we have the difficult part is deciding on one style, or if you're feeling naughty like me, investing in one of each!

Happy Shopping! xoxo


My 10 Autumn/Winter Essentials

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I've admitted defeat and the dreaded has Summer wardrobe has been safely stowed away where it will gather dust for the next 7 months (how depressing) and the winter wardrobe has made an appearance. The closest thing to colour my wardrobe is currently seeing is camel and to be honest I couldn't be any happier. 

I love Summer fashion and after spending a month in California and a few weeks in Greece, I definitely got my wear out of my summer platforms and dresses, but my style definitely thrives in Autumn/Winter. My statement style is oversized coats, black tights, heeled boots, leather jackets, and black skinnies with hints of camel tones, so when it comes to my Summer wardrobe I never quite know where I stand. I'm one of those that spends the whole Summer counting down the days till Autumn when I can dig out my boots and tights and revert back to my monochromatic style. 

So I thought I'd compile a list of my top 10 essential Autumn/Winter pieces that I absolutely couldn't do without in my wardrobe this season. And as I am currently a poor graduate (sob) I'm making do with these essential pieces and mixing and matching to my hearts content with my wardrobe basics, as this season is all about layering, layering, layering...

1. A blimming good leather jacket

Leather jackets are an absolutely staple piece in any girl's wardrobe. With the ability to be dressed up or down, they add an instant edge to any feminine outfit and ooze style. Blogger Lily Melrose always rocks a Forever 21 leather jacket like this one and at just £34 it's an absolute steal. 

2.  High waisted black skinnies

I'm onto my fourth pair of these Topshop JONI Super High Waisted Skinnies and they're the only black jeans I've found which fit me like a glove. They're my go to 'I'm late and have no idea what to wear so I'll just chuck on black jeans and a black tee' outfit and are the perfect component to rock that all black everything vibe. 

3. Heeled leather boots

Absolutely no Autumn/Winter wardrobe is complete without a versatile, solid pair of leather boots. I wear mine religiously from October to February and they instantly add a touch of class and style to any outfit. I bought these Topshop beauties last week and they haven't left my feet since.

4. Duster jacket 

This awkward not quite Winter, but certainly not coatless weather leaves you sweating in your Winter coat, but freezing without a jacket, so opt for a duster jacket this month to see you over until winter coat weather is in full swing. I don't go anywhere without my camel one at the moment and this sleeveless Cream New Look duster jacket will spice up any plain outfit. 

5. Black pinafore dress

Pinafore dresses are dominating the high street this season and are an effortless piece which together with some layering creates the perfect Autumn outfit. Team this dress with black tights, heeled black boots and a striped tee underneath for a go-to Autumn outfit. Psttt I've seen a dupe of this dress in Primark for a mere £10...get searching! 

6. Camel coat (yes they're still huge)

Camel coats seem to have been huge for years and they show no signs of disappearing anywhere soon, as they're still very much dominating the high street this season. There's just something so effortlessly chic about them and they compliment an all black outfit so well. This Topshop number is definitely my fave I've seen on the high street so far.

7. A fedora 

Unfortunately I can't wear fedoras, as for some frustrating reason curly hair and fedora's seem to despise each other and I look absolutely ridiculous every time I try one on, so naturally I'm extremely jealous of anybody who can rock one. I absolutely love how they transform an otherwise plain outfit and instantly add a stylish touch to every outfit. This burgundy asos one is absolutely perfect for this Autumn/Winter. 

8. Striped tee 

No Autumn wardrobe is complete without this essential piece. Perfect for layering underneath a denim pinafore or underneath a black corduroy  pinafore dress which seem to be everywhere at the moment. A simple Parisian piece which upgrades any plain dress. 

9. A fierce pair of shades

Sadly London isn't California and we do get Winters which seem to go on and on, but on the odd occasion London decides to treat us to some sun, so just because it's cold, there's no reason why you can't still slay in a good pair of shades! These are my current faves from asos 

10. A bold lippy

Winter for me means time to scrap the pretty nude Summer tones and time to be a tad more experimental with darker, bolder Autumnal tones. I've heard nothing but good words about the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry and it's going straight in my shopping basket when I get paid. Purple and dark red tones ooze sexiness and brighten up any Winter outfit. 

So there we have it...happy shopping! 
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