pavement pounding.

Sass & Bide top, Minkpink jeans, ASOS faux fur jacket, Céline Luggage tote, Dorothy Perkins lace-up boots

Winter in London does not require the effort of three down jackets and three layers of tights (although, please feel free to disagree because it just snowed last week - snow! In March!). However, it does still require some outerwear. More often than not, I like to throw on a gaudy faux fur over one of those Erin Wasson casual get-ups just to equip myself against any harsh winter winds outside while making sure I retain the quintessential ahem, 'cool-girl' interior look. And really, no one cares if you're wearing something gaudy in Soho.

I don't think I have a pair of fire-engine red jeans, because the 'hipster' label was smacked right on them when everyone was wearing a pair three years ago. Of course, with the emergence of sexy Céline, Alexander Wang and Saint Laurent minimalist strappy sandals in the past two seasons, red jeans seem to have re-emerged as something screaming greased-up sexy. Meanwhile, here's a compromise in the form of my trusty Minkpink jeans - a brighter maroon with more crimson than brown. Minkpink doesn't usually do denim, but these work perfectly for university days and lazy errand days, and I believe they only took £10 to acquire. I know they're crazy slouchy too, but since I only use them for casual everyday wear, I don't believe in getting them tailored to perfection.

Finally, let's talk shoes - I picked these lace-up booties up half-price at Dorothy Perkins. I often get asked where to find affordable and comfortable heels - here's the pretty little secret: some of my favourite and most-used heels come from Dorothy Perkins. Oddly, they never give you the same burn as the Topshop heel arches.

So there you have it. Nothing better than Dorothy Perkins for pavement-pounding shoes.

P.S. Yes, there's my baby of a Céline Luggage tote.

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stars shining bright above you.

Elizabeth and James dress, ASOS coat, Marc Jacobs bag, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps

I always associate femininity and stripes with France (Tumblr influence, and French films) - and what better way to combine both than in a dress with little pleats and a clear bodice? For dinner at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower (on the "2nd floor" 125 metres above ground level), I went for clear stripes and pastel pink pumps, and a very classic chain-strap quilted purse.

Having been apart from my family for a few months, visiting Paris with them was a fairytale, staying at Le Bristol and flitting about in cabs. Dinner definitely did not disappoint with the view (especially since you receive access to a special lift, rather than having to queue for tickets to go up the Tower), the service and the kind of food we like - not too complex so that we could savour the quality of the ingredients and the building blocks of each dish. More to come soon on what we ate...

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