Tuesday, 17 March 2015

My Street Style with Swoon Mag

At the end of February, I had a brief overnight trip to London. I thought it would feel really rushed and that 24 hours in the big smoke wouldn't be long enough but in fact, it felt like a longer trip as I squeezed in so much and shared the time with some great friends.


While I was there, Marlene from the award winning blog, Chocolate, Cookies and Candies took my photo for Swoon Mag, an online publication and shop that she freelances for. Her brief was to capture practical and wearable street style from some on-trend mums, so keep an eye on the site over the coming days and you might see one or two other familiar faces :)


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Mac - Karen Millen (past season- similar here & here)
Grey Skinny Jeans - 2nd Day (AW14 - similar here)
Camo Trainers - Zara (current)
Uniqlo ULD Layer (just seen)
Cross Body - Boden (past season - similar here & here)
Scarf - Zara (AW14 - similar here)


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My London outfit was all about comfort and layers. I knew a wool coat would be too heavy but it was too cold that weekend for the mac alone so I layered with my Uniqlo long sleeved ULD - hardly visible under the mac, super cosy and easy to pack away if I got too warm - which was the case while on the tube. Meanwhile, this style of trainer is the perfect mix of comfort and style. I wore them for the full time in London, walking 5 or 6 miles at least...all without a single blister.


No suitcase this trip - just a big handbag. I wore the same outfit on both days (with a change of black top). On the way over, I bought a small pack of face wipes and a tiny deodorant so all I needed to pack at home was my makeup. It was so enjoyable walking around London without traipsing a wheelie bag behind me.


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Trench - ASOS
Scarf - Esprit
Leather Cross Body Bag - River Island
Grey Skinny Jeans - 2nd Day
Camo Trainers - Zara


Thanks to Marlene for taking such great photos and thanks to Swoon for the feature


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19 comments

  1. I can't believe you did that using just a handbag. How clever are you? Looking stylish as always x

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  2. You look fab, a very stylish outfit. I am going to invest in one of those Unqlio jackets next winter, perfect for layering! Glad you had a super time. X

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  3. Love this. As you know. :) You look gorgeous. Marlene did a great job!

    I admire not bringing anything but a top to change into and a few necessary toiletries. If only we could do that here. I guess I could try NYC under that provision, and now that I am thinking about it, I want to try it.

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  4. Wow Avril, you look like a model! Love this look. You look really well, hope your back is getting better too. What sort of lip gloss are you wearing? It looks fab. I desperately need something new as lip Vaseline isn't adding much wow appeal at the moment ;)

    Cath x x

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful photograph! Marlene has captured you perfectly, and I can't believe either that you did that weekend with just a large handbag, but then I'm a dreadful over-packer :-D Can't wait to see the rest of the photo's now...xx

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  6. Thank you Cath - you're too kind. I have learned since meeting Marlene that there's immense power in a great photographer - they can make us all look amazing...truly is a gift. Marlene also puts you at ease - I'm never self conscious when she's taking my picture.
    On my lips, I'm wearing my posh Vaseline - eve lom...it's just gorgeous and lasts ages. Vaseline with its petroleum ingredients will actually dry your skin out over time - dump it and buy something with natural ingredients - your lips will love it x

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  7. Looking fantastic Avril, some gorgeous shots taken by the very talented Marlene! Loving the outfit too.....will be investigating the Zara camo skaters today, they look so ace on you xx

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  8. Lovely photo! Desperately find myself needing some camo skater shoes now :) look great with the Mac xx

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  9. You do look gorgeous, you hair is so glossy *books hair appointment* love those camo shoes!

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  10. You look gorgeous and now I know, for myself, that you are gorgeous. I am looking forward to the next time. Marlene has captured you perfectly. Well done on the 'packing light' respect. H xxx

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  11. It's SUCH a good photograph but you are an effortless natural model !

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  12. Oh simply gorgeous - you're the perfect model for Marlene! You are glowing girl!

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  13. You made my blush, Avril. Thank you for the lovely compliment. And most of all, for being a wonderful friend. It's always so much fun photographing you, Avril. Lots of laughter and giggles!

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  14. i love this photo of you, Avril. Just gorgeous. Lynne xx

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  15. Thanks for the recommendation Avril. Is it eve lom kiss curl that you just wear on its own?
    Would you consider doing a post on make up at all? You always look so healthy yet glam. What are your top tips and fave products? Now I'm 43 I feel I probably need a few quality products rather than a heaving bag of odds and sods. Please help!

    Cath x x

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  16. You looked gorgeous Avril & it was so lovely to finally meet you! Marlene takes such amazing photos doesnt she?! x

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  17. Hi Avril,
    I love the outfit, and the photo is fantastic.

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