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It's my favourite type of blog time! I bloody love trend posts, partly because a new season means fresh new styles, wardrobe revamps, new starts, new clothes, excuses to purchase and I like making these posts because the research is fun to me and it helps me actually decide what I want for the season (ironically these types of posts get the least views but idc, here for myself n my own fun) so here goes!

*also* I have been trying to be more conscious about the amount of clothing I'm buying, I really don't like the idea of waste anymore, in any form, time, clothes, money etc etc, minimal living for the win. BUT I now therefore take each new season as a serious, and seriously exciting, time to allow myself to splash out on clothes without the guilt. I still like a bargain though, so these will all be affordable, wearable purchases... Every item here is around £100 or less.


Neutrals

It was a trend in summer (mentioned it in my SS19 trend report in March) and it's definitely here to stay which I'm thrilled about, as I'm only just getting into it (it's taking me a while to let go of all black everything).

Think browns, beiges etc etc. Best worn head-to-toe like on the catwalks but if you're not mentally ready for that (I'm not) go for a beige longline coat with jeans and a beige jumper (I actually hate the word beige lol, sounds so... beige) or beige trousers with a white shirt/top... you know, fit it in where you can. I'm also loving it in the form of brown outerwear...

Burberry
@meganellaby via Instagram



Posher puffer

So pleased the puffer is here to stay because I'm always freezing! This season it's being worn in a dressy (well, dressier) way, with either a 'posher puffer' a la Asai (below) or dressier styling, i.e. worn with heels.


Asai

Who What Wear via Pinterest

Floral

Darker winter florals are pretty standard in Autumn/Winter fashion. This season I'm loving them most in this long leather look coat and maxi dress combo.

Jonathan Cohen
@fellaby via Instagram



Pointed toes

Always so flattering and statement... They're big in the form of 'Mary-Jane' style heels like these Dolce & Gabbana examples, boots, kitten heels and mules.

Dolce & Gabbana

@fakerstrom via Instagram



Mini dresses

Perfect for party season! As a petite person, I love a mini dress as they're so flattering and leg-lengthening...


Saint Laurent
Alexa Chung via Pinterest



Argyle & checks

I appreciate the check and while I'm less sold on the Argyle usually, I really like the picks below, can definitely deal with a pastel Argyle print – so statement!


Pinterest

Suits

Of all kinds, brightly coloured, checked, leather... They've been on-trend for many seasons and aren't going anywhere. For winter I'm personally leaning towards corduroy, leather, brown and checks.


Jacquemus

www.stylingbycharlotte.com





Leather trousers & coats


I've had the same pair of faux leather trousers for years from H&M and love them with heels and a shirt for work or a t-shirt and trainers for a more casual look – this one's a timeless classic for me. I've also just bought a brown leather jacket, haven't styled it yet and I'm feeling a bit nervous about it (never worn anything like it) so keep an eye on my Insta for that!

Bottega Veneta

Who What Wear via Pinterest

Kaia Gerber via Pinterest
Hope you enjoyed these picks, good luck finding your winter pieces. Follow me on Insta if you're interested in seeing which of these trends and pieces I end up investing in and how I style them (going shopping in Newcastle today so it could potentially be all of them... and in one day)

AW19 Top Trends





While everyone has varying nutritional needs and health goals, I've been an advocate of doing the best for my body and appearance my whole life, basically, and have therefore carried out a lot of research in this field. Hopefully the information I've learned, which has led me to take the below supplements, will be useful to you.

My personal goals with vitamins are pretty much:

  • Make sure I'm not lacking in vitamins (so a backup essentially)
  • Get great hair, skin and nails
  • Improve digestion, bloating and other such internal functions 


Multivitamins – for overall nutritional backup
While it's important to eat a varied and nutritious diet, I admittedly don't achieve it with as much success as I should so I like to take a standard multvit as a back up.

Zinc – for skin and breakouts
Zinc is great for your skin so I like to chuck this in and take it when I remember. High Strength Zinc, £2.99 Holland & Barrett 

Probiotics – generally keeps your body working the way it should
It's important to ensure your body has enough good bacteria, especially if you've taken antibiotics, which I have on and off for years for my skin, so I like to take probiotics now and again when I get a gut feeling (lol) that I need a good bacteria boost... The 'gut feeling' is usually when I'm more bloated or fall ill or I get worse breakouts or whatever than usual. Mega Potency Acidophilus Probiotics, £6.39 Holland & Barrett

Fibre – for bloating, digestive health, nutrient absorption, cholesterol and inflammation
I was kindly sent Encapsulate's Multi-Fibre Nutritional Complex by the team there and can honestly say it has genuinely made a significant difference. I often get IBS-like symptoms and not only does it help with those by aiding digestion, it helps nutrient absorption, cholesterol and inflammation. I took it for over a month, and noticed waaay less bloating, then stopped for a couple of weeks while I was away and after a while it got worse again. Multi-Fibre Nutritional Complex, £30.55 Encapsulate

Supplements: what I take & why


Dress: Pull & Bear via Asos, Bag: Southbeach via Asos, Jewellery: vintage (i.e. my mum's) and Missoma

While I may still be mistaken for a teenager on occasion, I am in fact now six whole years out of teenage life. Sad, but true. And at my ripe old age of 26 I've come to realise, after speaking to friends in their mid-twenties, too, that while we unfortunately haven't grown at all physically (well, in height at least), we've grown so much mentally. I honestly find it so bizarre to think how much I lacked in confidence and worried about stupid things as a teenager. So I thought I'd share my top 10 pieces of advice I'd give to my teenage self (I'm thinking early teens, tbf)...


1. You'll have days when you feel ugly af and consider plastic surgery, and days where you're really feeling yourself. Ignore them both, you're neither ugly nor the best thing since sliced bread. You'll soon learn not to take either feeling seriously.

2. Don't worry about your future career. Work hard, do what you enjoy, take chances, say yes to opportunities and you'll get to where you want to be, even if you didn't know it's where you wanted to be.

3. You'll grow in confidence. As you get older you'll worry less about what others think of you and you'll come to recognise your worth a lot more.

4. Stick to your guns and stay true to yourself. Whether it's a choice of what to wear, like when you asked your friend's opinion on what to wear for your 18th, took it and regretted it ever since, or a bigger life decision, you ain't gonna be happy with it unless it's YOUR decision.

5. Stop believing everyone else's opinion is more worthy. You have an idea, someone has a different one and immediately you think theirs must be better. Nope, not necessarily. Your opinions and ideas are just as likely to be the best ones as theirs are.

6. If someone doesn't treat you how you think they should, cut your losses and distance yourself earlier rather than later, you may think it's too painful, or too much emotional admin, but it'll only be harder later on.

7. Don't worry about the fact you're scared to be away from home or go on sleepovers, you'll grow out of it and end up going travelling and living in shared hostel rooms for almost an entire year.

8. Collect good people along the way. While you should drop those who make you sad, make extra effort to keep in touch with those who bring a smile to your face. Whether you catch up once a month or once a year, don't let the good ones go.

9.  Don't get the fringe.

10. There really are better things you could be doing with your time than manoeuvring virtual penguins and humans around virtual worlds. Log out of Habbo Hotel/Club Penguin and join the gym.

Yep, you could definitely be spending your time more productively

You will NOT be this flat-chested forever

Your first car will hold a special place in ur heart 4eva but the Lourdes bracelet will not
You think you'll never get over your first crush, R Patz, but you will. 

This is not cool and should never have been posted to Facebook. Take the wristbands off






10 pieces of advice I'd give to my teenage self





It's Father's Day is THIS WEEKEND (if you're reading this prior to the 16th June). In case it's crept up on you as suddenly as it has me, here's some last minute ideas that will actually seem like you've really thought about it...


The one who's into music. I got my dad something very similar to this last year and he loved it. Of course, think about whether they'd actually like it on the wall and have space for it also. Personalised song sound print, £30


The one who cares their appearance. The Personal Barber offers a subscription service which is like a beauty suscription box but for men. It's full of beautiful products both in essence and appearance. You can get a wet shaving subscription box for £24.95


The one who's always in the garden. Personalised gardening tools R SO CUTE. Personalised fork and spade, £12.99

Personalised Gardening Tools

The one who's addicted to golf. Personalised ball marker and tees, £16.99



The one who's a football fanatic.  A personalised *Insert football club* On This Day book. £12.99


The one who's into cars. I genuinely think this looks really cool and your dad would love it as an artistic addition to his beloved garage. Yellow garage tin sign, £9.99




Last minute Father's Day gift ideas




As mentioned in this video, I got into podcasts when I had laser eye surgery because my recovery involved being more blind than ever and having to avoid looking at screens for a week so all in all, it seemed like the best, and frankly only, entertainment option.

Anyway, I'm weirdly grateful for being somewhat forced into them because I've since been listening non-stop since while carrying out mundane tasks such as getting ready, tidying up and making food (I say 'making food' rather than 'cooking' because being honest, haven't cooked a decent meal since getting back home and living with my parents).

While I started with intense and highly recommended murder investigation podcasts, I soon drifted and found my niche; wellbeing (I like things that are both entertaining but also have take-aways for self-improvement).

Here, I've compiled my top 5 from those murder mystery early days to my current entertaining and informative go-tos.

Wellbeing


1. Feel Better, Live More with Dr Rangan Chatterjee 
This amazing podcast by Dr Rangan Chatterjee, who has written two books and features in BBC's Doctor in the House, has weekly episodes featuring guests from across the health and wellbeing industries, all of whom he converses with about health, happiness, stress and generally just getting more from life. His conversations are always interesting and exciting, but my main reason for loving them is his focus on ensuring each provides the listener with practical advice they can apply to their own lives and situations. For example, if you're vegan and the guest is advising a high protein diet – Dr Chatterjee would ensure the guest explained the best way of achieving it within those parameters.

Investigative


2. Serial (Series 1)

This was the first podcast I listened to. My friends had listened to it while travelling, so to be honest, it's the only one that had really entered my radar. It's a murder investigation theme following the mysterious death of a high school student in America. I only listened to series 1 because it was one whole story rather than episodes featuring different tales/topics as the second two (I think) series are. Like with Teacher's Pet (below) I was gripped and just wanted to get to the end.

3. The Teacher's Pet

This comes in second because it kept me totally enthralled and distracted while my eyeballs were undergoing painful healing transformations. It's a weird tale, and has resurfaced as a court case thanks to this podcast which brought it to global attention and highlighted the need for further investigation (and actually includes a lot of investigation). Essentially, an Australian wife and mother 'went missing' without a trace and no one really questioned whether or not it was suspicious despite the fact her husband, a teacher, was having an affair with one of his students whom he moved in pretty much as soon as his wife disappeared. Have a listen and judge for yourself.

Girly chat and love


4. Millenial Love
In this podcast, two millenial members of The Independent's lifestyle team chat dating situations we face these days including navigating Tinder, Bumble and Hinge etc (along with hilarious real life anecdotes). It's funny, relatable and honestly feels like you're chatting with your friends. Episode titles include 'Breaking the stigma of being (perpetually) single', 'How do you know when to walk away from someone?' and 'Social media stalking and how to escape a bad date' – LOL.  Whether you're single, dating, in a long-term relationship or simply intrigued by the wondrous world of millennial love lives, this podcast is worth a listen. I learned a lot from this, including what 'Zombie-ing' is and that it has happened to me on multiple occasions.

Comedy/political satire


5. Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
I enjoy the Friday Night Comedy podcast from BBC Radio 4 because, especially in the current age of Brexit, it's genuinely hilarious. It's a satirical take on the week's political events which to be honest, is my preferred way of catching up with what's been going on – I tend to get most of my political updates directly from the comedic satire. Best keep things light-hearted.



Let me know if you have any further podcast recommendations!

My Top 5 Podcasts

SS19 trends you can get on board with now and keep wearing right through to Autumn.


Large, sporty sunglasses

Loewe
Stella McCartney
Each x Other

         
       
         
       
     
    

Neutrals

Max Mara

Fendi


         
       
         
       
     
        

Tie dye

         
       

                 

     

        Green 


Tibi

Molly Goddard

Balenciaga

         
       
         
       
     
        

Cargo pants

Fendi

Jonathan Simkhai

Claudia Li
         
       
         
       
     
        

The Day Dress

Alexander McQueen
Ulla Johnson

         
       
         
       
     
       

1980s

Dolce & Gabbana
Moschino

Marni


         
       
         
       
     
        

Cycling shorts


Chanel

Sportmax
Roberto Cavalli


         
       
         
       
     


Boilersuits

Stella McCartney

Hermes

Isabel Marant

         
       
         
       
     
        

SS19 top trends