Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Winter Style Inspiration: Stripes And Primary Colours


Hat Primark / Scarf My Mum knitted it / Top River Island (similar here) / Jacket ASOS / Jeans Topshop / Converse* JD Sport / Bag Mulberry / Sunglasses* Rayban Clubmasters from Pretavoir

As part of my new routine ("new year, new me"... ugh), I have decided to go outside for walks once a day for at least 10-15 minutes. I don't mean walk to work, or walk to the post office. I mean the kind of walks in the park where you do nothing, but walk. No rushing, or scuttling off in a hurry. Either in the morning or during lunch hour. Ten to fifteen minutes every day.

Working indoors, you get far too comfortable and when it's cold, the last thing you want to do is venture outside, but that kind of attitude has made me become really lazy. Most often than not, after work I would end up ordering a pizza delivery instead of getting myself out to the do the food shop, or I'd prefer stay in rather than meet up with friends and family ("It's too cold, I'm hibernating."). It's a small thing to other people but it's a big deal to me, the fresh air will do me a whole lot of good in terms of mentally and physically - it will do wonders to your skin, beauty lovers!

I live about 2 minutes from a park and it's not the best place in the world. In fact, it is known for being really dodgy (like most parks!) and I've seen spotted a few dubious characters, but it's ok during broad daylight! I decided to go casual and wore a top, jeans and converse. My stripy top is actually a dark blue but it's not showing up that well on screen but along with my wooly red hat (which kept falling off my head) and my lovely mustard yellow scarf, I've created an colour block outfit from the primary colours! I find myself reaching for yellow accessories this Winter! My mum knitted the scarf for me, so it's a special piece for me and I love the colour of it! 

These days, you don't often see me in trainers or plimsolls but I did used to wear them a lot when I was college and University (aint nobody got time for heels!). My new pair of Converse are burgundy, I decided to tone it down since my other Converse trainers are bright pink! I bought the pink pair ten years ago when I was still at college. They're a bit dirty but have actually managed to keep in good shape considering how long I've had them for! It was probably time for a new pair. Niki has gone through about ten pairs, all of which have ended up in shoe heaven with gross food stain, torn fabric or broken soles! 

There seems to be a lot going on here in this outfit (stripes, colour block, black/gold accessories!) but I hope you guys like my casual attire! 

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40 comments

  1. Looking gorgeous hun - I love a striped top look too, I am rocking on in my latest post up today 'great minds think alike :)' xx

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  2. I love the Primark hat! Great outfit xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

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  3. Another lovely yellow piece styled so well love this look so casual!
    smozzy
    xxx
    http://todaisiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Lovely outfit Sarah, the mustard scarf, burgundy hat and those amazing Converse look so nice together! Such a great and simple resolution too, I often take hour-long walks in the evenings to unwind, get some fresh air and stay somewhat active, too! xx

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  5. It's a very good habit. I agree we tend to get lazy with winter and when we walk just relaxing and enjoying you even find new places.

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  6. Loving your knitwear, looks so snug and the colours are so complimentary of each other!

    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  7. Mm, going for walks for no reason is one of my little luxuries. As soon as it's not raining I'm out that door for at least twenty minutes.

    Love this outfit =) x

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  8. I love your scarf, I wish I had the time and patience to knit one myself. I hope you manage to keep up the walks!

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. that scarf looks so cosy & is such a gorgeous colour. your mum has got skillz! xx

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  10. Your converse are so pretty *-*
    I haven't been able to wear my pairs because of the cold winter time T__T
    Your look is amazing as always :3

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  11. Lovely outfit and love the combination of stripes and mustard. What time of day was it - that sunlight is amazing!! xxx

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  12. Gorgeous colour on the scarf. Very casual yet chic look.

    xoxo
    Ivy
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  13. Great outfit, I can't believe your mum made that scarf too... It's amazing!
    I think its a really good idea to go for walks once a day, i'm not a fan of the cold so i go to the gym and Zumba :)

    Love Emma xx

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  14. Hey girl, what a cool winter outfit! Love the colors of your hat and scarf, but I'm also a big fan of the leather jacket.You look as pretty as always. And that cosmetic haul in your last post looks so yummy ;-) Thanks for your lovely comment, xoxo
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  15. Ahh, I can totally relate! When it's cold it's so easy for me to get comfortable and not leave the house, so going out is a big achievement. Kudos to you for making that resolution though, I should really do the same! I love this outfit by the way, you have great casual style :)

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  16. I love your hat and scarf, it's so nice :)
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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  17. I love this look it really suits you! We don't even have parks around here haha oh dear! xxx



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  18. I would have never have put yellow and burgandy together but it actually works so well....Love it xx

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  19. I loooove this outfit! The three colours of your colour block work perfectly.
    Your walks are a good idea - I don't think I've done that in years.

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  20. I love your new converse! <3 <3

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  21. Awww, such a cute, casual look! I love the colour combo, I only have black/white converse but these burgundy ones are realllly nice. <3

    Tara x

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  22. I like this idea; just walking. For nothing in particular. Sounds like a great idea, and a great way to relax.

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  23. Such a cute outfit! I keep meaning to get myself a Breton stripe tee, can't believe I still don't own one! I'm the same this year, I work from home so I really have to force myself to go out for walks/ runs just so I get some fresh air each day (and work towards shifting all those mince pies I ate over Crimbo!)

    Jac
    www.bumpkinbetty.com

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  24. Walking is one of my goals this year too, there are so many lovely spots around where I live and exploring is one of my favourite things so I've really got no excuse. I've become very lazy over the last year or so, putting it down to my constantly bad health and using it as an excuse. I'm going to try really hard to be motivated a couple of times a week to go for a nice long walk and explore somewhere new or an old favourite. Fresh air definitely makes you feel reinvigorated :) I'm in love with your casual attire Sarah, you always look so effortlessly stylish! I've been thinking about investing in a pair of Converse for casual wear, but wasn't sure if I'd look silly in them not being the teenager I was when I first wore them. You've convinced me otherwise! Now I just have to decide on a pair and save some pennies. Your mum's knitting skills are flawless - your yellow scarf is gorgeous! xxx

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  25. I really like the yellow and red shades in this outfit. Getting out and having a relaxing walk is a very good idea. I always find that walks like that give me lots of inspiration and motivation to be productive when I'm home.

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  26. Such a gorgeous outfit, I try and go for walks on my lunch but it doesn't always happen ;)

    Maria xxx

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  27. I love how perfectly everything goes together here, despite there being a lot going on. Love the striped tee & you can never go wrong with Converse! I know exactly what you mean about getting out, I work from home at the moment & it would be so easy to stay huddled up inside all day if it wasn't for my dog & having to walk him, he's a good motivator! :)

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  28. Lovely!
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  29. you look very nice, sweet and cool. i really love your style!

    mallieams.blogspot.com

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  30. Elegance and comfort together
    Yes and yes
    xoxo
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  31. I was just wondering how to collaborate autumnal colors in my outfits and this post truly inspired me to try out this look . You are soooooo fine. x

    Warm regards,
    D.

    www.dellilahsnotebook.blogspot.com

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  32. I think it's wonderful that you're taking more walks. I know how hard it can be to stay motivated and sometimes the hardest promises to fulfill are the ones you make for yourself.

    I also hope to take more walks in 2014. It really does wonders for the soul -- even on the days when it seems easier to be a slug on my couch, I never regret going for a walk.

    Your outfit is perfect for walking too! Comfortable and stylish!

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  33. amazing as always.
    anyway what type of lens did you use for this photoshoot?


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  34. Love the off duty look, and those burgundy converse are gorgeous. It took me moving from the Lake District to central London to find a sport or hobby that gets me outside regularly and that's probably totally backwards, but I feel so much better not just for the exercise routine I'm not in but also for being outside for a little while each day. I can so relate to it actually being a big deal to make yourself leave the building each day, especially if you work from home which I've done a lot of before.

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  35. Winter Style truly perfected here. Also, about the John Frieda colour, your hair may well need two bottles! But not every hair will suit every hair colouring range. So, if it goes streaky on you probably best to stay clear :) I totally understand the lazy feeling during the colder months. Sometimes you just don't want to venture outside but when you make the effort to go for a stroll all wrapped up it can be really motivating.

    Hollie x
    http://holliefurniss.blogspot.co.uk/

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  36. what a chic and stylish outfit, love the burgundy and mustard accessories!

    Emmett - Hippie Lace

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  37. I love this outfit, and the fact the scarf was knitted by your mum!

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  38. I think that's a great resolution to make. I personally want to get back on the bandwagon with working out and going to the gym, I've had many of the same excuses you did 'it's too cold' but I also completely screwed up my sleeping schedule during winter break. Now that college is back in session I am getting back on track with sleeping when it's still dark and getting enough sleep. So there really isn't any excuses for me not to workout. I love your outfit! It's very casual but the accessories give it such a chic tough, I think the slouchy hat is adorable, I love the huge pom pom on top of it! Aha. I also really like the yellow scarf and I think it complements the hat nicely. I think it's the added accessories such as your purse, sunglasses, even your pretty nail color that turn this look from plain old casual to very cute! :)

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