Birthday Treats: Clothing Edition

My Birthday week is in full swing, both on the blog and in real life. So far I've had a quick trip to London to see two of my best friends and another friend is currently staying with me in Bristol. I've always made my Birthday celebrations as big as I can and why shouldn't I?! Ever since I was 21 everyone has always told me that my next big Birthday would be 30 but I've always thought of 25 as a pretty big milestone. I mean I am now a quarter of a century old. I think that is something to celebrate.

Ideally my ultimate treat would have been a trip to Vegas which was really what I wanted to do but I am super poor and there is no way I could currently afford a casual trip to Vegas. Usually for my birthday as a way of treating myself I go mad on beauty websites buying all the products I have been eyeing up for a while. I have to admit, I am feeling rather uninspired by recent beauty launches. January was a very slow month for new products and brands are only just starting to ease out some of their Spring launches. At the moment I feel in beauty limbo. Out of the products that have been launched, there are items I like and some which I potentially would like to have in my collection but I wouldn't be willing to pay for them. As beauty has been slightly disappointing lately, I have turned to fashion.

Ted Baker Jumper
I have always been interested in fashion, I used to make mood boards out of the pictures I liked in magazines and I dreamed of owning just one designer item. I must admit there were a few years where I really could not give a shit what I wore but now I am back to my edited, refined style. Even during the lost years I never strayed away from black, grey, white and navy as I know they are staple colours which go with everything. However as of this year I have started to branch out a little from my colour safe zone. Slowly a tiny bit of pink has made its way into my wardrobe. It all started with a Ted Baker Jumper I bought a few seasons ago. I wore it to death! I still wear it today and I receive so many compliments on it. After the success of this light pink jumper, I don't find myself as nervous to wear it.

It has taken me quite a while but I have found two more pink items to include in my wardrobe. Both of which ended up being gifts for my Birthday. One item I actually bought at the end of sale season and one was an item I had been thinking about for a while.

Picture from All Saints
I'll start with the sale item which came from one of my favourite stores, All Saints. All Saints is a bit of a funny store for anyone who is petite, sometimes I find their clothes fit exactly how I want them to and sometimes I look like I have been engulfed by a knitwear monster. If you are not of model height then I would recommend trying on anything you are thinking of buying as the clothes do seem to be created for tall people. Despite my sizing struggles All Saints easily make some of my favourite clothes which summarise my style. It is very sophisticated with a lot of clean lines but with a modern edge. With everything I have bought from All Saints the general vibe is comfort with style. All of the clothes look good effortlessly. All Saints jumpers are the sort of jumper you can wear at home for comfort but you can leave the house in them if you need to. All Saints also don't go crazy with colour, everything is very muted. If everything fit and I had that sort of money I would have an entire wardrobe of All Saints clothes.

For Christmas I decided it was time to finally get my All Saints Leather Jacket. My faux leather jacket I've had since university had started to peel and I had always wanted a real leather jacket, especially from All Saint. After receiving it I have not stopped wearing it, even though it is the middle of Winter. For any other petite ladies reading this All Saints Leather Jackets come in sizes as small as a 2 so there should be a size to fit you. I tried both a 2 and a 4, I could have got away with either but I decided to go for a 2. It fits perfectly which was my biggest worry about trying to buy one, as I assumed there was no way I would get one to fit me.

After the success of the Leather Jacket I kept a keen eye on the sale in hope of getting some knitwear. I have a few sweatshirts from All Saints which I bought last year and I have worn them to death so I wanted to look into getting a fancy jumper which I could wear more often. There were a few I liked and I tried a couple on in store but they were too big or the style didn't suit me. I had kind of lost hope on finding something, then as I was looking in the final days of the sale I noticed the Dasha Crew Neck Jumper. It came in a Cinders Grey and a shade called Whisper Pink, they had both colours in a x-small and they had been reduced from £228 to £127.50. I was only ever going to get one and I decided to be a little bit more adventurous and go for the pink. I had to order online as I couldn't get into store but I had it in the back of my mind that if I didn't like it, it was going back.

When it arrived I quickly tried it on in work, just to make sure the fit was ok. I have to wear a dress to work so it wasn't really a very good way of testing it but I did love it so it stayed and was given to my mum as soon as I got home for safe keeping. The jumper has a very boxy fit; it is the exact length that I like as it just grazes your bum but it is super wide. When I took it out of the box I immediately thought I could fit two of me in that jumper but it wasn't as big as it looks. Plus I like an oversized fit to my jumper so I don't have to wear a bra underneath, if I am feeling brave enough. My intention for this jumper was to wear it with a pair of dark blue or black jeans and my leather jacket and that is exactly how I have been wearing it. I like the fit of it but my favourite thing about this jumper is that it is 100% Cashmere. It is literally the softest item in my entire wardrobe. Of course it does make it the biggest ball ache to clean but I think it is worth it. This is the sort of item I will be wearing for a few seasons so I think this was well worth the investment.

The All Saints jumper I will get a lot of wear out of at the moment as it is bloody freezing in the UK, the second item could be sitting around for a couple of months for warmer weather. I have been thinking about getting a new pair of sunglasses for a couple of years and I have been eyeing up Ray-Ban in particular. I know, everyone has them so they have sort of become the equivalent of having a Michael Kors Handbag but I wanted a pair none the less. Over the years I have tried on quite a few pairs but they have always looked wrong. I am going on a Hen party to the South of France in May so I wanted a new pair for when I go away. I had been looking at Ray Bans on ASOS when I saw two pairs I liked. I had my eye on the Aviator Sunglasses in Pink 58mm which sort of reminded me of a Valentino pair I loved a few years ago or the Metal Flat Lens Mirror in Pink with a Gold Frame. I find sunglasses really hard to buy as I have a pea head and big eyes. I need a relatively large lens to cover my eyes but a small frame to fit my head. Just like clothes from All Saints, Sunglasses are an accessory I like to try before I buy. I actually had a giftcard for my local shopping mall and it has been burning a hole in my purse since Christmas so I decided to use it to look for a new pair of sunglasses, hopefully one of the pairs I had seen on ASOS.

I had a look around and in the Sunglass Hut they had the metal flat lens mirror in pink/gold. I was very pleased to see them as I had been in John Lewis and tried on some truly hideous styles which didn't suit me. I had tried these ones on and they were exactly what I had been looking for. When I'm shopping for glasses I always think it is important to get a second opinion as it can be hard to tell what you look like when you are looking in a mirror. I had my mother with me and she agreed these were the pair of sunglasses I needed in my life. So we used my giftcard and my mother paid the rest as part of my Birthday present.

My inspiration for these glasses were the Dior Clubmaster Mirrored Sunglasses in Rose Gold. I've tried the Clubmaster style before and they do not suit me plus at £350 they are way out of my budget. However I knew I wanted some pink/rose gold glasses. My other sunglasses are very classic, I refer to them as my Audrey Hepburn sunglasses as they remind me of the ones she wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's. They are black and classic which was everything I wanted for that pair. For this pair I wanted a more Aviator Style to go with more casual outfits. I have a pair from Topshop which are similar and I absolutely loved wearing them on my trip to America so I wanted something that was similar to those but slightly more elevated in the fit and the quality. I feel like with a bomber jacket and my Ray-Bans I will be bringing Top Gun realness. I didn't realise but Ray-Ban started out by producing glasses for Air Force one so it all makes sense now. Even though I am not a massive fan of colour I thought these sunglasses would be a perfect way to add a subtle touch of colour without anything too bold.

For the first time in my 25 years on this Earth, I have started to include a small amount of colour in my wardrobe. Is this what getting old feels like? I will admit that this possibly isn't the most drastic colour change to have ever made its way into someones wardrobe but this is a big step for me. Even though this post brings me to the end of my Birthday week on the blog, I will still be celebrating this weekend, with multiple brunches and drinks! I hope you have enjoyed the little insight into my life of the course of the week. I really enjoyed writing my blog posts this week, even though it was a lot of work, I am very pleased with how this week has turned out.

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