FASHION: Stepping into Autumn

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Got to love the British weather

Judging by the amount of rain we’re having and the fact that I’ve had to put the heating on, I’d say we’ve officially hit autumn! Fear not busy shes, it’s not all doom and gloomy mornings, thecityandshe has found a silver lining. A change in the season means an excuse for a wardrobe update and you’ve guessed it… I’ve picked the two most wearable must-haves to spruce up your outfits for September.

#1 First up, if there’s a colour that’ll transform you lovely ladies into autmnal advocates, it’s burnt orange. Now I know bold colours aren’t for everyone and the colder months are often associated with a dark palette but this fits the season so well, it’d be a crime in the name of fashion not to!

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Clearly enjoying my new blazer – £14.99

A blazer is the easiest way to wear this trend, especially if you’re a little apprehensive. The new look steal above (modelled by yours truly) is the perfect piece. It’s floral detail adds a feminine twist to the striking burnt orange. I teamed it with casual skinny jeans in a bright blue to really generate a contrast. If you like what you see (talking about the blazer here) the snap it up fast as it’s on sale.

#2 Next is the cape. This has got to be the autumn staple that’s closest to walking around in your throw all day! The reign of the cape began in A/W 14 with Burberry’s 15% cashmere and 85% wool versions that were donned by the likes of Cara Delevigne and Olivia Palermo. If seeing these fashion gurus all wrapped-up isn’t enough for you to add this to your collection, well… I don’t really know what to say because it should!

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Channel the folk trend by adding fringed boots and denim – £20

Much like last year, it’s all about checks for this piece and ASOS has got it spot on! It’s larger pattern is easier on the eye than some capes around and looks a lot less like a picnic blanket. The mixture of subtle autumnal shades would compliment anything from a pair of jeans as styled by ASOS or a tapered trouser. This makes it a versatile choice perfect for those chilly mornings in the office.

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BEAUTY: Two Minute Mornings

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Who else hates mornings?

 We all know that dreaded feeling on a Monday morning when your alarm goes off. We head straight for the snooze button. Once, twice… until finally we have to drag ourselves out of bed and into the bathroom. By this point, if you’re anything like me, you’re running late! This calls for a quick and easy way to prepare your face for the day, (I’m even a poet and I didn’t even know it).

I’ve tried a fair few face cleansers and moisturisers, some specifically for my skin type (oily and sensitive) and others that had gotten the seal of approval from friends. Nothing worked for me. I’d end up with either inflamed patches on my face or breakouts. Not to mention the time it takes to apply all these products, it just didn’t work for me. So, my secret? Simple’s bar of soap.

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And you can get two bars at a time!

The entire Simple collection is brilliant if you’re conscious about harmful ingredients or using products that are too heavy but in particular though their good old-fashioned soap is fantastic. It takes the best part of two minutes and honestly, my skin is clear and feels smooth. I always prep my face with warm water to open its pores and to wash off the lather I use cold water to seal its cleanliness. To finish, I use Simple’s light hydrating moisturiser as my face produces excess oils and I use a liquid foundation so my skin doesn’t require too much added moisture. And voila – you can now head to work with supple and refreshed skin and gain an extra ten minutes in bed!

CULTURE: Nottinghill Carnival 2015

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Too much for every day make-up?

Hello friends and fellow bloggers! What better way to start off this blog than with a little sum-up and huge recommendation for all you busy shes to head to Nottinghill Carnival next year!

It’s easy for annual events to gradually lose momentum and excitement, especially in London where the choice is only growing. However, the city’s biggest celebration of Caribbean culture surpassed my expectations once again and it’s safe to say that yesterday made for a great end to the summer.

If you’re a fan of music, food, dancing or just having a chat with an interesting and diverse crowd then carnival is the place for you. Sure you need to have your wits about you but as a whole people get together to enjoy the colourful floats, buzzing atmosphere and jerk chicken stands (Shout out to you MAMA’S JERK).

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Brightening up a dreary London

If you aren’t sold already… it’s free! Completely and totally free! A rare find in the capital these days if you ask me. For that reason alone it makes for a perfect way to spend the bank holiday with work pals, friends and family. Everyone is welcome and I guarantee you, will enjoy themselves.

What’s the phrase? See everyone you love at one event without spending a penny, have a fabulous time and be in for a reasonable time? Sounds like the perfect fun, free festivity that’s a little different before the autumnal working week begins.

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Always time for a group photo