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    WHAT WE'RE WEARING NOW THAT IS IT COLD & SNOWING

    We have finally had our first snow here in the UK and that means winter has officially arrived. While we love the aesthetic of it, when we have to schlep to work everyday and it feels like -4 degrees, we don't love it as much...

    With that being said, somehow we still manage to get excited when it comes to our outfits/new wardrobe. We thought we would do our usual outfit inspo for the new season and let you know what we will be wearing when we aren't in our pyjamas and slippers!

    Large oversized teddy coats were all of our best friends last winter, and we aren't willing to give them up yet. Super cosy and incredibly warm, we can all be snuggly grown women teddies together...

    Something new this season for us is head to toe knit. While we obviously wear tons of chunky jumpers every winter, we haven't started with the oh-so-cosy co-ords until now.

    Black boots, brown boots, snake boots, leopard boots, over-the-knee boots, basically, all the boots. Other than a mild weather trainer day, you'll see us in boots until the Spring... and even then we don't promise to stop wearing them.

    A winter classic for us is faux fur coats, this year we are mixing it up with some fun prints and colours, because well, why not? Plus it makes it all the more fabulous, and who doesn't want that?

    Wrapping ourselves up a big oversized scarves, not only makes us feel a bit warmer, but it also makes us feel much more cosy. Typically we love neutral greys and black as they go with everything, make them much more easier to style.

    We would love to know what your current winter wardrobe obsession is, because you know, we might need it too...

    HAIRSTYLES SET TO BE TRENDING IN 2018

    It's a whole new year and as we discussed in our last post, with it brings the opportunity to reflect on yourself, our current life situations, our careers, our love lives... But one other thing that we are also grade-A professionals at is assessing is our looks. And maybe it's about time for a new do?

    We are going to be running you through some of the hottest celebrity and influencer hairstyles that are set to be massive in 2018.

    With the likes of Shay Mitchell (one of our ultimate hair crushes) and Kim Kardashian loving the super sleek straight long hair towards the end of 2017, then of course it is only a matter of time before we all want their look (who wouldn't?!). For this sophisticated, stylish and ultra polished hairstyle the only thing we recommend is lots of heat protectant and hair serum to combat breakage and flyaways.

    After the ombre came the much softer balyage and now, we are ever so sorry to say, goodbye balyage... and hello ribbon highlights! Much more subtle, ribbon highlights offer a little dimension and lift whilst still keeping your hair a rich brown shade, ultimately making you a little less blonde in 2018. Celebrity hairstylists assure this is going to be the next big trend, so jump on it first and be a trendsetter!

    Brigitte Bardot eat your heart out! These stunning side swept bangs will give your face an overall softer flattering touch and best of all, they suit every face shape, winner! The gorgeous vintage french actress vibes are set to be huge in 2018 and styled up with modern clothing you will be looking very insta-influencer.

    An effortless stylish super high ponytail is what all the it girls have been rocking in 2017 and its about time we all caught on. Shay Mitchell, Zendaya, Candice Swanepoel, Hailey Baldwin, the Kardashians, as well as all your favourite Instagrammers, the list is really endless... Keep it super straight and slick with some extra extensions for extra volume and length or make it super tousled and messy for a gorgeous tousled look. Simple!

    Now we know you have all just mastered the messy top knot but now you just need to achieve the same perfectly placed, gorgeous it-girl bun, but lower. For major inspo and some easy tutorials follow @kristin_ess on Instagram, hairstylist for the likes of Lauren Conrad, Jenna Dewan and Lucy Hale... need we say more?

    For 2018 you need to get yourself some hair accessories! Cute hair grips, fasteners, rings, silk wraps, ribbons, even headbands Blair Waldorf style. Get a little creative this year and the key is to make sure they are all very pretty. They are also amazingly non-committal, just in case you regret trying something new half way through the day.

    Let us know in the comments below which hairstyles you are going to give a try or if there are any others you're dying over that we haven't mentioned.

    AUTUMN & WINTER HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

    When it finally hits the time of the year, that the sun is no longer shining and we aren't concerned with only packing a pair of cute sunnies, it's officially time to give our must-have handbag essentials a much needed update. Unfortunately our carefree, relaxed attitude is long gone, along with last rays of sunshine and we can no longer leave the house with just our phones and bank card (and of course the aforementioned pair of cute sunnies).
    Instead we now need a lot more things quick to hand at a moment's notice, so we have compiled a list of our essentials that, trust us, you need this Autumn and Winter. And while our handbag contents may now have tripled, we promise we wont actually make you pack the kitchen sink!
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    A fold-up umbrella
    An obvious one, but ultimately one we have been caught way too many times without! A mistake we are not in any rush to make again. Which is why it has made it straight to the top of our list of essentials, if only to serve as a reminder to ourselves on a daily basis. If you are well and truly traumatised by previous experiences (we most definitely are! - that Bridget Jones scene when she was soaked to the bone, right before she stormed into Mr Darcy's office to declare her undying love, you know the one... - yes, we have been that kind of drenched before now!). Then you may be more than happy to commit to a full (non-fold-up kind) of umbrella. The ones that unfortunately don't conveniently fold up into our handbags, but whilst not the most practical, they are slightly bigger, more durable and overall better quality a lot of the time, that it may be worth investing.
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    Tissues
    Moving on to the other highly un-glamorous essential you will find currently residing in our handbags, tissues. An absolute must this time of year! You don't want to find yourself in the horrifying experience with your nose running like a tap (it happens) and no tissue in sight to save the day. Tissues are also super useful for the ridiculous watering eyes we also seem to find ourselves experiencing around this time of year, someone care to explain what that is even about? All we can tell you is that black mascara running down our faces is not a cute look.
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    Lip balm
    Ahh the season of pumpkin spiced lattes, holiday spirit, cosy knits, and oh yes, dryness. Lots and lots of dryness. Honestly it feels as though we give up all our moisture in exchange for the happiness everything else these seasons bring us (sadly a sacrifice we would be more than willing to make). Dry cracked lips however is just not something we are content with having, so instead we have copious amounts of lip balm to keep them soft and moisturised. We also love a good lip scrub to make sure we are removing any dry skin beforehand, for the best chapped lips combat routine.
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    Hand cream
    Unfortunately our hands also suffer from the painstaking dryness this wonderful season brings, so we always make sure we have some hand cream on hand (sorry! we had to...) throughout the colder months. With so many to choose from it is also super easy to find a scent that you adore, that will make you want to re-apply it multiple times a day (or hour, who are we kidding).
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    Hair serum & hair brush
    No matter how much time you spend doing your hair in the morning, if your commute includes any sort of exposure to the elements, then your masterpiece is ultimately going to be destroyed. All it takes is a strong gust of wind for your beautiful bouncy blow or perfectly polished beach waves to become a horrifying static tangled mess. This can easily be rectified however with a little anti frizz hair serum and a hair brush, both of which you can get in small compact versions, so we suggest you forget neither!
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    Makeup essentials
    Again, same scenario as your hair, if you find yourself in an unexpected catastrophe, you need something to help rectify the situation. If you aren't someone who likes carrying your whole makeup collection around with you (who does?) then our essentials would be:
    Mascara - for those times we previously mentioned, when your eye decides to water uncontrollably and kindly takes all of your mascara off for you... er, thanks?
    Eyeliner - unless you're purposefully going for the smudgy kohl look, then messy eyeliner is never a good look (and you can't pass it off as purposefully smudgy eyeliner, when it isn't, believe us!) so as the saying goes, better safe than sorry, pack it just in case.
    Powder - easier to apply and more convenient to carry than your liquid foundation, this is a necessity for the times when your foundation has decided the inside of your beanie requires more coverage than you do. A cream compact foundation is also amazing to have in this situation, for those of us who are simply just too dry for any more powder.
    Lipliner - instantly helps gives you a more polished look and blended in with your trusty lip balm it helps add a bit of colour on the days you just couldn't bare to put your favourite matte (aka drying) lipstick on.
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    Hand sanitiser
    Now we know we are showing a lot of love to our hands and you're thinking surely I dont need to lug around several products for my hands alone... but at this time of the year, just in case you weren't aware, everyone is getting sick. Unless you want to be stuck inside with a case of the sniffles all weekend (because guaranteed it hits the hardest in your own time and not during work) then we highly suggest you have some hand sanitiser readily available for when someone sneezes or coughs a little too close to comfort.
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    Perfume Sample
    We love a good sample, who of us doesn't? Amazingly last year most of the popular scents actually had a small 10-15ml tube of the perfume specifically designed for your handbag within their perfume Christmas gift sets. While they don't last forever they do give us a much needed pick me up in the afternoons and are a lifesaver when you accidently overslept and forgot to spray perfume before you left the house. If you don't yet have a signature scent then we wish you luck in your hunt for 'the one' with all those tiny 2ml bottles they give you in boots. After all, Christmas isn't for nearly another 2 months yet... those little bottle can last you (especially if you pick up some more from a different sales associate than last time).
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    Gloves
    While temperatures haven't yet hit freezing, we are not far off and it's better to be prepared and get a cute pair of gloves before all the good ones are sold out! We actually have launched some gorgeous winter accessories this year at Pretty You, that we think you ladies would love! Some gloves have super soft luxurious faux fur and we have a pair of glamorous sparkly embellished handwarmers, as well as some beautifully wrapped sets. Get yours ready for when the cold well and truly hits, as blue fingers are most definitely not cute!
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    Diary/Planner
    Let's be honest when it's cold and miserable outside we don't want to go anywhere we don't absolutely need to be, we want to be cosy at home in our slippers and loungewear as much as physically possible. The best way to manage this is to stay organised! Where do we need to go, what do we need to do and what do we need to get. Keeping this all organised and written out in a diary/planner clearly really helps us stay focused and manage our time most effectively, as it is a high priority that we fit all of our Netflix binges in, obviously.
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    Let us know in the comments below if there is something you can't leave the house without during the Autumn and Winter months that we didn't include! Because no doubt we will need to...

    AUTUMN OUTFITS YOU'LL WANT TO COPY RIGHT NOW

     Ok, ok, ok, we know it's our third Autumn themed blog post in a row... but we just can't help it! We are far too excited with all the Autumn feels and only slightly buzzing from all the Starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes... I think to say it is our favourite season would probably be an understatement.

    So here we are with another Autumn themed post only this time it is the fashion! *squeals*! It is finally time for our beautiful leather and suede booties to hit the streets, our gorgeously cosy knits to drown our comfort food food-babies with, seasonal appropriate hats - our classic fedora and the new ever so trendy baker boy hats... and of course our jackets! Aviator jackets, teddy shearling jackets, leather jackets, denim jackets, tailored jackets, blazers... (every type of jacket!) we just cant get them on quick enough.

    To showcase our love of Autumn fashion, we have collated 25 outfit inspos that we absolutely adore and are dying to recreate, that we thought we would share with you, as we know you'll love them just as much as us... enjoy!

    Let us know which outfit was your fave in the comments below! Also we would love to know if you recreate any of these looks.

    HOW TO GIVE YOUR INTERIORS A LUXE UPDATE FOR AUTUMN

    As the colder months hit I think it is fair to say we all run straight from the office back to the warm cozy comfort of our homes and jump straight into our slippers and pjs. So whilst we are spending so much more time there it deserves a little attention. Here at Pretty You we are all about the gorgeous luxe feel, and that is not different when it comes to our love for interiors, so we are going to run you through our top 3 ways to update your interiors to give them a more luxury feel for the Autumn.
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    Velvet features
    The easiest way to give your home a luxury touch this Autumn is to simply add some velvet. Our favourite way is through the use of a statement couch or chair, and to make it even more interior designer worthy, have it in a bold colour, one that compliments the rest of the interior. If you don't feel ready to commit to such a large piece then the perfect more subtle alternative is to add some jewel toned cushions for just a hint of luxe. After all, you don't see velvet all over Pinterest for nothing...
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    Faux fur accents
    Autumn is one of the two colder months so of course we have to bring out the faux fur... faux fur throws, faux fur cushions, faux fur chairs, you name it, if it comes in faux fur and it matches our interior colour scheme, you can bet we are getting it/already have it.
    It is a beautiful way to add some luxury vibes, but also it helps add some coziness to the room. As who doesn't want to warm and cosy snuggled up indoors, when it is pouring with rain and only 2 degrees outside?! So we highly advise bringing out the faux fur to elevate your luxe cozy Autumn inspired interiors.
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    Mixing metals
    Ahhh, mixed metals... this is one we think may send some of your into a frenzy of pure horror, but hear us out! It looks expensive... that's it. Most interior designers use this as a method of adding a more luxury feel to your space without it being too loud of a statement, such as a bright purple velvet couch for example. For those of you that like something more subtle, and this is by far the easiest method, try this and see how you it transforms and elevates your new Autumn interior.
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    Hopefully you find the above dreamy interior photos as inspirational as we do and they motivate you to give your home an updated luxe feel.
    Whilst we love all 3 of these methods there is several inspirational photos above that include all 3! And their homes are most definitely Pinterest gold, so don't be afraid to incorporate all of them and be bold with your choices! Also let us know in the comments below if you have any other ways that you will updating your homes with this Autumn...

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