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Metallic in Manchester | Why I don’t have a ‘look’

Top of the Monday morning to you, guys and gals.  May we appreciate that Lily has prepared a blog post for bright and early Monday morning and is feeling organised and good about life. I’m going away today, so let’s also place bets on how long the organised feeling will last before I realise I’ve forgotten all my clothes, left my laptop charger at home, or done something equally daft. (I usually do. My mum would vouch for my stupidity).  In the meantime, I thought I’d share some snaps taken by the lovely Onyi on Saturday, just after Onyi, Samio and I had eaten a rather hearty meal out in Manchester.  And by ‘rather hearty’ I mean ‘absolutely stuffed to the brim’, so yeah, ignore the food baby and just focus on the cool skirt yeah?  Thanks. 😀


It feels almost silly to call this an outfit post considering I’m literally wearing the simplest autumn ensemble ever, but we’ll roll with it.  Gotta love the trusty black opaques and ankle boots combo!  Sometimes I think fashion blogging pushes you into choosing a certain ‘look’ and sticking to it, and that’s just not my style really.  Sometimes I’ll dress slightly more ‘different’, sometimes super girly, and sometimes just plain boring (Exhibit A right here).


Just like the advice articles tell you to choose a blogging niche and keep to it, having a style niche seems to be the done thing these days too.  Kinda seems like Instagram themes and ‘personal branding’ have spread to having a general life theme sometimes!  Just me that’s noticed more exaggerated styling going on lately?  Fair enough if you love cutesy girly things, or edgy styles, or have a high-fashion look, and that extends over lots of parts of your life – admittedly it makes you recognisable and memorable and that’s never a bad thing in the bloggy world.  Certainly makes me pick up items in shops and say “that’s very X” or “that’s something Y would defo wear”, anyway.

I’d actually be intrigued to know what my readers would say is very ‘me’, especially as I can’t think of a single style that I stick to.  Unless wearing a tartan or red scarf 6 days out of 7 counts.  So yeah, I can see why it’s a good idea to refine your personal style and choose a niche, but hey, I’d like to think it’s OK to change your mind from day to day and be incredibly boring sometimes too!



Totally random sidenote: short skirts + cross body bags = irritating.  Anybody else find that as you walk, your bag manages to slowly shuffle your skirt around until it’s literally facing backwards?  Drives me mad!  I can dress myself properly, promise.  Pesky skirt in question is from New Look btw and is still in the sale here.  Just beware the crossbody bags!


Smiles a result of good company, good food (Mowgli Street Food Restaurant, if you’re interested), and laughing at how little we cared to be prancing around shooting in the middle of Manchester.  I could lie and say we walked off the food strolling around Manchester, but the reality was we made it the great distance from the Corn Exchange to the Northern Quarter before stopping for a pot of tea.  Altogether a fabby afternoon, until I had to spend 90 minutes on the slowest train home ever, squashed so tightly between a bajillion people that I didn’t even need to hold a rail to stand up.  Ah life. 🙂



Next posts shall be brought to you from Wales!

Photography by Onyi Moss

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  • Reply
    31st October 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Haha your introductory paragraph is so funny. I love your outfit, it’s very simple but chic. Love the metallic skirt. And I get how you feel about not wanting to call this a fashion post, sometimes I don’t post outfits because I feel they’re not “fashion-ey” enough. Hope you enjoy your trip to Wales! xx


    • Reply
      Lily Kate France
      31st October 2016 at 9:28 pm

      haha thanks Demilade! There’s gotta be some amusement in my stupidity 😛
      I’m glad it’s not just me who thinks this about outfit photos! I just think there’s only so much I can say about a jumper, skirt, and tights sometimes haha.
      Wales is beautiful and I’m sure I’ll have an amazing time, thank you!

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    31st October 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I love your skirt! I don’t find that mine swivel around, more that they get pulled right up by cross-body bags.. and normally in such a gradual and sneaky way that I’m flashing my knickers before I’ve realised anything’s amiss. Your food baby is non-existent. You should see mine on a buffet day, I literally look like I’m full-term xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Reply
      Lily Kate France
      31st October 2016 at 9:31 pm

      It was a good find wasn’t it! Maybe I’m just being an idiot with the swively thing then haha. Girl problems hey!
      Oh I was sucking the food baby in tight here, don’t worry I can look a good 7 months gone after a buffet too! But thank you 😛

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    1st November 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Funny about the “rest of your life branding”. Though maybe I could use some help there. I can see how it can be a bit limiting to pick a style and stick to it. Maybe this can be something you discover once you go in for your capsule wardrobe. Or is that over now? I think you do have a style though. I don’t know how to describe it, but it is good! Let’s see if I can help… you tend to wear more solid colours than patterns. When wearing patterns you wear them on the bottom. You have long loose hair, and usually no pony tails or up dos. Legs are usually revealed in form fitting trousers or tights. I do not know if this is very descriptive or niche. I hope you had a fun day and that skirt did not drive you too crazy. It looks kind of slinky, and chic, but maybe it should never meet that purse again.

    • Reply
      Lily Kate France
      3rd November 2016 at 10:44 pm

      If you think ‘rest of your life branding’ is necessary, that it! Lord help me if I try to do it. Capsule wardrobes seem like such a good idea but I could just never stick to it haha.
      I like your description, thanks! All very true – I’ve given up on ponytails because they make my face shape look like an egg lol.
      I sure did have a fun day, thanks! I think this skirt and cross body bags should stay well clear of each other tbh. Arch enemies.

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