Maiden of Wood

Sunday, 22 November 2015


Top: Topshop | Trousers: Topshop | Fur Collar: Warehouse | Belt: ASOS | Boots: Topshop | Glasses: Cheap Monday via Specsavers

Leopard on leopard, leather, tortoiseshell and a big ole fur collar - that's my ultimate Winter ensemble right there.

The second I spotted this crinkle-textured top in Toppers the other day, I knew there was absolutely no way I was leaving the shop without it - the high-neck and flared sleeves are a bit of me!

I love playing around with different textures during the colder months - adding touchy-feely fabrics to your ootd and texture-clashing is a super easy way to make Winter fashion fun!

Sunday, 8 November 2015


Blouse: Next | Skirt: Warehouse | Boots: Russell and Bromley via eBay 

Have I got news for you - high-street giants Next have very recently introduced a game-changing 'order by midnight for next day delivery' service. Which, let's be honest, is pretty F'ing amazing, but also potentially quite damaging to my bank balance / relationship - my boyfriend just doesn't get the 'a woman can never have too many shoes, clothes, handbags...' mantra I live by, unfortunately.

As part of the increds #NextTake12 delivery service, they've challenged me to style up this textured tie neck blouse - a key item from their new season collection and a totally on trend wardrobe staple for AW15. 

I know what you're thinking - 'bare legs in November? Are you dizzy bro?!' well, I actually shot this outfit about a month ago, before the weather took a pretty dramatic turn for the worst. You won't catch me bare-legged and coatless for the foreseeable ...unless of course, I'm back up North for a night on the Toon - when in Rome ey!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Ronnie Kray Steez - Firmoo Glasses Review

I was contacted by the lovely team at Firmoo recently to ask if I'd like to try out a pair of their super-fashionable and totally-frugal glasses (win win) and as I'm an everyday glasses wearer, I bladdy well jumped at the chance! They contacted me just as I was on the hunt for a new pair of specs - did they read my mind or did they just read that tweet I did about being on the look-out for a new pair of glasses ...who knows eh?! 

Anyway, the picking of the glasses was the most difficult part, as they have such a wide selection to choose from. But as I'd done a fair bit of online glasses shopping, I kind of had an idea in mind of what I wanted - that being a pair of Ronnie Kray-esque, semi-rimless frames, preferably in tortoiseshell - I'd definitely given this some thought! This process was super easy thanks to their filter feature - which lets you select everything from colour, to shape, material, price and everything in-between.

The delivery was pretty darn speedy too - I had my new sexy-specs with me within the week. With prices ranging from around £12 - £25 I will most definitely be placing another order in the very near future  - abso barg or whut!

All-in-all I'd highly recommend ordering from Firmoo, if you're after a pair of affordable-come-fashionable glasses. 

Sunday, 1 November 2015


We all know how difficult it can be to buy gift's for the girl who has everything, so I'm here to try and make that nervous-breakdown-inducing-task a little bit easier (thank me later). I've compiled a list of all the things us girls dream of finding gift-wrapped under the Christmas tree - the stuff we really want you to buy us ...oh and just remember, when she says "I don't want anything this year" - she's calling your bluff! Whatever you do, don't fall for that one!

Sunday, 11 October 2015


 Top: Topshop (similar here) | Jeans: Topshop | Boots: Topshop (similar here) | Earrings: Topshop (similar here)

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this outfit many moons ago ...and if you don't, what you waiting for?! - @carmenmwood (shameless plug #sorryboutit). I regularly have the most dreamy of days / weekends shooting with my babes Abs and Megs in and around London, then completely forget to upload the copious amount of outfit pics we take (again, #sorryboutit). I'm such a poor excuse for a blogger. 

This was one of those days when I threw an outfit together, rushed out the door, then suddenly realised I was wearing head-to-toe Topshop, like literally, from the earrings down - all Topshop errthang (you know the drill - #sorryboutit). I do love me some Toppers though, so I'm feeling absolutely no shame whatsoever. 

Lorra love,
Carms x

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


 Jacket: Vintage Levi (similar here) | Top: Topshop | Skirt: Warehouse | Boots: Topshop (similar here) | Bag: Vintage LV

Thank sweet baby jeez I only had to put together two LFW outfits + an extra little suttin' suttin' for the Versace-Versace party! I don't think I could handle the pressure of five days of head-to-toe-super-fashurn-OOTD's, considering I spend majority of my week in jeans, Converse and some sort of top that doesn't require ironing first thing in the AM, when I'm rushing to get out the door. 

This ain't my usual Sunday attire either - you'll be lucky if I change out of my Primarni jim jams on a Sunday, never mind glamming it up in midi's and heels - but if you can't make a bit of an effort during LFW, when can you ey?!

My suede obsession shows no sign of ending any time soon either and I've been 'investing' (that's my way of justifying my recent splurges) in key pieces for Autumn / Winter, like this gorgeous Ox-blood Warehouse skirt. Styled-up with (shock) my Toppers Master boots and dressed-down with a vintage Levi denim jacket ...and, of course, a lil' bitta Lurex - my current fave trend.

Lorra love,
Carms x

Tuesday, 22 September 2015


Shirt - ASOS | Jeans - Vintage Levi's (similar here) | Boots - Topshop (similar here) | Bag - Radley London | Scarf - Accessorize  

So I hit up the cobbles congested roads of LFW this weekend - saw some amazing presentations, went to a Versace party (I know, right!), cringed at all the usual fashurn peacocking, drank bare coconut water and ate my body weight in popchips (hashtag standard). I only did Saturday and Sunday this season, due to work commitments, but two days was most definitely enough - my poor little piggy trotters are paying the price now, trust! 

So this is what I wore on Saturday - nothing too OTT and something I would definitely wear on a day-to-day basis (throwing shade at those peacocks), with a little extra suttin' suttin'. I took my new dreamy ASOS lilac suede shirt on it's first outing, paired with my fave Topshop Master boots and gorgeous Radley London Portman - which complimented my whole ensemble perfectly, if I do say so myself. I'm really digging the new direction Radley have taken recently - think less scottie-dog, more super-chic. Also, special thanks to the Schwarzkopt got2b volumizing styling powder for the added oomph it's given ma huurrr - I've never had volume like it in my life!

I'll be back with my Sunday outfit super soon + a couple of show reports, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

Lorra love,
Carms x

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