Party Season Trend: Velvet

There are two things I’m loving for party season this year: glitter and velvet. For myself, I’ve gone for glitter and have already purchased a couple of sparkly pieces, which will be coming to the blog soon! I didn’t want to leave velvet out though, so for those of you who are velvet-lovers, here’s an inspiration post for you with three of my velvet picks from the high street.

Velvet For Christmas

For me, a dress is the simplest option for a going-out look because there’s only one piece required, and the only things a dress has to match with are accessories -easy. I went for three different colours in the dresses I picked out online, but my favourite is definitely the first one from Ark. I haven’t seen any silver velvet around before, and I love the t-shirt-dress style of this one. I’m much more of a casual over formal type, so this one is perfect! For a bit of festive colour and something you can really go to town on the accessories with, I’d pick the second one from Missguided. Burgundy is one of my favourite colours for the winter and makes a nice change from black. I also love the third dress from a brand called Jaded London (which I found on ASOS) because it’s so quirky with sun/moon/stars print. I’m really into the long sleeves on this one too.

Buy all three dresses here, here, and here.

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Let me know which is your favourite dress out of the three here, and whether you’re a glitter or velvet fan for this season! xx Sophie

These Boots Make Me Want To Wiggle My Feet!


Evening all! Sorry I haven’t been posting as regularly as I would have liked, I went on a little road trip over the weekend and didn’t get back until late on Saturday so Sunday was a bit of a recovery day! I did manage to get a quick photo shoot in while I was away though, which means I’ve got plenty to post about! I’ve got this week off work as well so there should be plenty of content coming your way, including blog posts and lotsa instagramming (here’s my feed if you’re not already following, or just search @notcentralfash!) I’m thinking of making a new playlist on Spotify this week as well because I’ve not made one since October, so I think it’s overdue. Let me know if there are any songs you think I should put in the line-up -I’m always looking for something different to listen to!

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Before I went off on my road trip, these gorgeous boots arrived in the post from Online Avenue -aren’t I lucky!? They’re so much nicer than I expected them to be, and look super expensive, but good news everyone, they’re definitely not going to break the bank, so treat yourself and shop them here! I think they’ll make a good casual autumn/winter boot, as well as double up for the party season with a cute playsuit. As you know me, I’m probably more likely to wear them casually with jeans and a knitted jumper, but I’ve got such bad feet that I can only wear heels for half a day before having to take them off! I soon switched into my trusty Superstars, but believe me, if my feet weren’t such an issue I’d definitely have been wearing these boots all day and probably wouldn’t have them off my feet at all this week! If you’re lucky and don’t have problems with your feet and high heels, then for me these are the perfect boots at the perfect price.

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I wish I could capture movement in my photographs as the fringe on these make me want to twirl about and wiggle my feet! Maybe I’ll have to make a lil’ youtube video just to feature these! Let me know what you think, would you like to see another lookbook or part 2 of my shoe collection? xx Sophie

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Primark cardi, New Look jumper (here), Warehouse jeans (thrifted, similar here), Boots c/o Online Avenue* (here, similar here)

My Go To Pieces For This Autumn


Throughout the autumn, my uniform has pretty much been a pair of skinnies and a long sleeve top. I bought three tops like this from Primark at the start of autumn, and they’ve been really good for layering and keeping me warm, while still looking chic. I’ve definitely been liking a more simple style in the clothes I pick, thinking that these are staples which will last me a long time and which I’m less likely to get bored of after a month or so. For someone who’s constantly finding new things to buy and wear, this is a good thing! I’ve also been loving my faux fur waistcoat from H&M kids. It’s the perfect second layer over these long sleeve tops and really makes it look like you’ve put more effort into an outfit than you actually have -which is always a bonus in my eyes! A pair of chunky boots is the next thing on my go-to list for autumn. I’ve got so many pairs of boots that I haven’t been sticking to just one, but you can’t go far wrong with any pair of boots really. These Caterpillars are great for stomping, and will be perfect for snowy winters (which I hope are still to come!)

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What have been your go-to pieces for this autumn? xx Sophie

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Primark top, Topshop jeans (here), H&M Kids waistcoat (here), Caterpillar boots (similar here), Henry Holland bag, necklace c/o Orelia* (here)

Why I Can’t Stop Buying Clothes


Even though I promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more clothes for a while (it’s not as if I need any more!) a few days later I went out and bought some more. I’ve found that I spend more time wearing my work uniform -black trousers, black shirt, black boots- and don’t have enough time to wear the clothes I want to, so in a way I felt like I was wasting my money buying more and more clothes. I suppose I just can’t help myself, though. Fashion is my hobby, and I can rarely go out without seeing something I like and ending up buying it! It doesn’t really help that I work in a clothes shop, so every time we get new stock in, I get to see if there’s anything I want to buy for myself! My latest purchases from work were two playsuits. I got them for £12 each with my staff discount so I was pretty pleased with myself afterwards! I love the suede effect and fringe detail of this one, and think it would be perfect if I had a pair of cowboy boots to wear it with! It came in black as well, but I thought I would mix it up a bit and get the tan colour.

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Let me know in the comments if anyone else is like me and can’t stop buying things! xx Sophie

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M&Co Kylie playsuit ( on sale here), Mango coat (thrifted), Topshop boots (similar here)

Topshop’s Got Me Craving

Topshop Must Haves


I was on the hunt for sparkle and glitter today while I was out shopping, but when I walked into Topshop, there was a lot more than sparkle that drew my attention. These pictures honestly don’t do the products justice; you have to go into the shop to actually see the quality and general loveliness of each piece!

I felt like there were a lot of things in there that would be just my style, if I had the bank balance to buy anything, that is! My local store is full of cosy sweatshirts, and as you may or may not know, I’m a sucker for a good sweatshirt. Not only do I love wearing them myself, I also sell them on my eBay page! Go and see my collection here and if you fancy buying then please do!

Apart from sweatshirts, Topshop also had plenty of denim and shearling combos, and a wee bit of metallic/sparkle/glitter (three things I love at the moment!). There’s even a glitter sweatshirt which sounds perfect for me at the moment! I’m calling this  my ‘if-I-had-loads-of-money-I-would-buy…’ list! What’s on yours?

xx Sophie

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Vintage Borg Jacket (here), Colour Block Sweatshirt (here), Chainmail Bodycon Dress (here), Cropped Stripe Knit Jumper (here), Glitter Sweatshirt (here), Current Mood Pizza Sweatshirt (here) – ALL TOPSHOP

Crisp White Shirt & Loafers


When I did my haul post a couple of weeks ago, I showed you a pair of flat loafers I’d bought, and mentioned that I’d be wearing them with a white shirt and ankle grazer jeans for a photo shoot. Well, I said I would and I did! There’s something about these flats that just makes me want to pair them with a crisp, clean white shirt and keep the rest of the outfit simple. I’m not the best at wearing flat shoes because I get really cold feet, but I loved them so much with the slightly pointed toe and suedette/patent contrast that I bought them anyway! I did have a staff discount on them though, so it’s acceptable. I promise!

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I think we also need to talk about the latest addition to my bag collection! This is covered in PINK MONSTER FUR and I love it. It’s safe to say I have a thing for New Look bags. First my purple bucket bag, and now this. It was another one of my impulse buys, but I knew not many people would have it -how many people would carry a pink furry bag around?- and I love that about it.

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Which item from my haul are you loving the most -pointed loafers or faux fur bag? xx Sophie

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H&M hat (here), H&M Kids’ shirt (here), Topshop jeans (here), H&M belt (here), M&Co loafers (here), Watch c/o Everwrist* (similar here), New Look bag (here)



Can you believe I’m wearing Kurt Geiger Carvela boots? I can’t! I’d been searching eBay for a pair of Kurt Geiger shoes for a while, but the bid prices go up and up, and I really don’t have the patience for bidding! I’m much more of a buy now kinda gal. Days later, a Secret Sales email dropped into my inbox with a Carvela Boot sale, and I impulse bought these. Obviously. Ok yes, I have no self restraint but if I hadn’t bought these I know I would’ve regretted it. I think I saved about £100 in total by buying these on Secret Sales, and they’re brand new, not used ones off eBay – so worth it!


Don’t they just look so smooth, and shiny, and lovely!

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Are you signed up to Secret Sales? I’d deffo recommend it if, like me, you love designer brands but don’t have the budget for it! xx Sophie

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New Look jacket (here), Boohoo crop top (thrifted), H&M girlfriend jeans (here), Kurt Geiger Carvela boots (here), Olivia Burton watch (here)