My Basics (&Passion4Fashion linkup)

If you’ve been around reading (or just looking at the photos, ‘cos lord knows i do ramble) then you will know i have a few basics. By basic i mean items that i fall back on time and time again. They’re my go-to items, the no effort or brain power required, running off 5 hours sleep because you have a Netflix problem that you just can’t quit,  type-outfits.
But d’you know what? They’re normally my favourites. Amongst my favourite things (stripes, leopard print, the colour red) are my new (faux) Birkies or Birkenstock style sandal should i say.
Yep after contemplating whether they were fabulous or just plain fugly since last summer, they have now made it to my most beloved items list.
I mean, holy moly they are comfy, and as much as its probably not quite warm enough yet, i have been taking them out for a few spins round the block to get them worn in all nice and comfy for summer. Thats a good excuse right? Because honestly, they didn’t even need wearing it they’re that good. Plus its May which surely means it legit sandal weather in theory.
Another thing i had totally forgotten about (i blame netflix again.. its rotting my memory i tell you) is these Gap trousers i picked up last year. the insanely comfy, confidence boosting (they’re a size 6….wtf indeed) trousers that gives me a nice break from constant jeans wearing. The ankle skimming length just makes it for me, i do love a nicely cut pair of trousers and these are in desperate need of some more air time. I’m thinking my new grey waistcoat and these should become friends soon, no?
And lastly.. the jacket, its new and its amazing. Red is always my pick me up colour. If i’m looking tired of peaky, it instantly brings a bit of colour back to me as if i’ve miraculously had an 8 hour sleep. This red jacket drew me in from a rather wonderful window display at Next. I saw it on the mannequin and it was instant attraction. So in i went. And so i bought it.

Red Biker Jacket & Sandals: Next

Trousers: Gap

Stripe top: F&F Clothing

Leopard print Scarf: Yosa

Michael Kors 

Has a window display ever drawn you in to buy anything?

Don’t forget to link up below ladies.. AND great news i have my wonderful co-host back in the linkup game with me from next week, so don’t forget that you can link up here or with Lena from next week! Yay!

An InLinkz Link-up



  1. May 8, 2015 / 6:04 am

    Very nice outfit! I just would be cold in those shoes 🙂
    Window displays often attract me to go in and sometime I buy something.

    Greetings from Elegant 40

    • May 13, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      haha i find my feet are fairly immune to the cold these days, plus its pretty mild here at the moment, just a bit breezy. Thanks so much for stopping by Martina, your visits and comments are always always appreciated xxx

  2. May 8, 2015 / 6:06 am

    That red jacket is lovely! 🙂 I like the print mixing with the leopard scarf and striped top too! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up 🙂

    Away From The Blue

    • May 13, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      You are welcome Mica, thanks for stopping by! And oh yes i do love a bit of stripes and leopard; its like they were made for each other!xx

    • May 13, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      me too Alice! i think the texture really adds to it. I MUST remember to swing by this week for your linkup (do keep reminding me as i am utterly useless!) xx

    • May 13, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      thank you and you're welcome Merci! always a pleasure to bring this linkup to some amazing ladiesxx

  3. May 8, 2015 / 7:50 am

    Lovely jacket, texture makes it.

    Thanks for hosting!

    • May 13, 2015 / 12:38 pm

      thanks gorgeous! Hope Rhondda is treating you well ;)xx

  4. May 8, 2015 / 9:15 am

    the red jacket is beautiful, I can see why you wanted to get it. I've often bought something after seeing a window display, I think I do that quite often… See it, love it, try it on, buy it, that's how I do my shopping.

    • May 13, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      its a sign of good window merchandising when the displays bring us in isn;t it! clever shops heehee!XX

  5. May 8, 2015 / 9:31 am

    A stripe a day keeps the doctor away! Well, at least it makes me happy! You look really together in this outfit, if that makes sense…

    • May 13, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      lol i couldnt agree more, i would happily wear stripes everyday i think.. at the moment its probably 3 days a week (at least..gulp) lol! XX

    • May 13, 2015 / 12:40 pm

      aww thanks sweetie! Me too.. go-to items are always stripes and red! Instant pick me ups! hope you're doing well Ally xxx

  6. May 8, 2015 / 10:27 am

    Gorgeous look on you! Your hair is beautiful. Have a nice weekend!

  7. May 8, 2015 / 10:39 am

    I just love this look, especially with the unexpected addition of sandals…fabulous idea! Thanks so much for hosting and have a great weekend 🙂


  8. May 8, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    Gorgeous outfit, I LOVE that jacket!

    Maria xxx

  9. May 8, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    The red with the black and white looks great but I really love the most is that you paired this outfit with sandals. ~Cynthia

  10. May 8, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    That jacket is gorgeous! Love! Thanks for the linkup!

  11. May 8, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    I am feeling lacking sleep the last few weeks and I really appreciate those basics that I always can count on. I am a huge fun of black, white and red. Yours are so cute with the leopard scarf! Thank you for hosting this party for us and have a great weekend!


  12. May 8, 2015 / 12:52 pm

    Love the faux Birks! I am totally with you on basics. I swear my closet is full of them and I just rotate them around.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. May 8, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    I have been contemplating a pair of faux Birks, love those, and as soon as I saw this red jacket of yours I had to see where you bought it. Boo hoo, no US, but I love it with the black , the style and red/blue color is my favorite!
    Stop by when you can

  14. May 8, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    Love the pix on your blog…and girl…you make those Birkies look hot!

  15. May 8, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Love the red and black with the leopard and stripes. Chic and a bit quirky with the Birks.


  16. May 8, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    You do look wonderful Rachel!x

  17. May 9, 2015 / 1:11 am

    I love the way you mixed those prints together.

  18. May 10, 2015 / 1:45 am

    I always swore I would never wear ugly burks and then last year I found a silver pair and then this week a leopard pair so I am now converted ( but never ever with socks) Love you MK bag

  19. May 11, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    i really like your jacket! and can't go wrong with a striped top and black trousers:-) xx

  20. May 13, 2015 / 9:18 am

    The red jacket is just gorgeous, Rachel. But that leopard print scarf is what makes this outfit for me. Lovely x

  21. July 9, 2015 / 6:08 am

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