How to style leopard print

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Coat: New Look | Jumper: M&S | Skinny jeans: Miss Selfridge | Boots: Primark

Okay, so I know this outfit isn’t the most weather appropriate, but come on, it is the UK; I’m sure the recent warm weather will disappear as quickly as it’s appeared…

When it comes to my own personal style (which tends to change on a day-to-day basis), more often or not I follow the following mantras: ‘more is more’, and ‘the louder, the better’. This is something that is clearly evidenced in my love of all things leopard print, and I own an abundance of jackets, shoes, and other items all emblazoned with my favourite print.

However, I’m well aware that knowing how to style leopard print can be a bit of a challenge (this coat sure does attract a lot of attention), so I thought I’d share my top tips…

It sounds simply, but you should try to make the leopard printed piece the focus point of the outfit. This can be easily achieved by pairing the print with black or dark grey, as well as pieces in other block colours (as I have done). I think this M&S jumper works particularly well as it’s not too fussy; it’s a neutral shade of pink, and although it has a subtle ribbed effect, it isn’t so obvious that it clashes with the leopard print.

As the leopard print coat is pretty fluffy and oversized, I decided to opt for a pair of dark skinny jeans and black chunky heeled to add a bit of shape and structure to the outfit. I must have bought this coat around 4 years ago now, and it’s one of my favourite pieces. It’s just so easy to chuck on over what would otherwise be a simple outfit and it has truly lasted the test of time (and many washes).

It must have only cost around me £40 at the most, and considering it’s still in very good condition, it wasn’t bad value for money in the long-run! I definitely feel like New Look do some great affordable outerwear.

What are your thoughts on leopard print? What’s your favourite way to style it?

Product round-up: moisturisers for combination skin (featuring Kiehl’s and Origins)

3 moisturisers for combination skin

With such a wide variety of brands and products all promising big things, finding the right moisturiser (or even skincare routine) can be a minefield for most people. When you have combination skin, however? This can feel like an almost impossible task.

Not only do you need something that sinks in quickly and doesn’t aggregate your oily patches, but you also need something hydrating, but not too rich; otherwise, say hello to your new clogged pores. Yet with most products being aimed at either dry or oily skin, it can be hard to strike the right balance, which is something I’ve found as my skin has gradually become less oily over the year.

Luckily (for you, not my bank account) I’m a bit of a moisturiser fiend, and I’ve tried quite a few of them. So, with that in mind, here’s my round-up of the best moisturisers for combination skin…

The Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser is my current daytime moisturiser of choice, and it’s one of the only ones I’ve ever repurchased. As well as smelling like oranges (which isn’t important, but it still it makes it nicer to chuck on your face each morning), it’s great for wearing under makeup. It doesn’t ball up, it doesn’t leave your face tacky or sticky; its thick formula just leaves it feeling smooth and hydrated.

If I had to choose just one of these moisturisers for the warmer months, this would be it.

Kiehl’s is one of my favourite skincare brands, which is why my next two picks are from them. Starting with the thicker of the two, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is more like your traditional cream moisturiser (as the name suggests), yet it doesn’t come with the same heaviness. Again, this sinks in fairly quickly, although it adds a touch more hydration than GinZing. However, this would be my Autumn/Winter pick as it was a bit too heavy when my skin used to be oilier.

If my skin is feeling angry, then the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer is the one I always go to. Aimed at sensitive skin, it contains Rosa Gallica and Chamomile to sooth irritation, while the light lotion-like texture hydrates without leaving you feeling greasy. A great pick for both day and night, as well as all seasons.

Have you tried any of these moisturisers? Which is your favourite and why?