Leopard lover

Coat: Marks & Spencer (sold out). Cashmere jumper: £240, Margaret Howell. Jeans: £29.99, H&M. Bag: Marks & Spencer (sold out). Boots: Whistles (old but buy similar from Next here). Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell

Leopard is my favourite colour.

These pictures were done in a fleeting moment between two overseas shoots for my ‘other’ job, it was -3 degrees and my fingers felt like they were about to fall off by the end. But grab a leopard duvet, wrap it around you and everything becomes all okay again.

This is the coat which sold out in possibly record time for M&S. Sorry that it’s not current, I’ve not been feeling the shops much lately (especially since we realised we bought the wrong window for our bathroom and now have to replace it). But hoping London Fashion Week being round the corner will inspire me again.

The jeans are, however, a recent purchase. I was drawn to the raw hem on them, and they’re still the straight leg fit I’ve been loving lately – I went into store to refund something and ended up coming out with these jeans and a cute kitten t-shirt. Always the way!

The evenings seem to be getting lighter earlier, and to celebrate we’ve just booked ourselves a mini break to Rome for my birthday in April. Any tips greatly appreciated. Because we needed something to get us through these dark months.

Here’s to lighter evenings and hopefully lighter duvets soon.

Coat: Marks & Spencer (sold out). Cashmere jumper: £240, Margaret Howell. Jeans: £29.99, H&M. Bag: Marks & Spencer (sold out). Boots: Whistles (old but buy similar from Next here).


  1. Love this! Rome advice includes the obvious – buy tickets in advance to skip the queues and dine on gelato as frequently as possible. From personal experience I can say a picnic at Rome’s Borghese gardens is great for a quiet moment, avoid the gelato trucks (not nearly as good as the stores) and head to St Peters late afternoon on a Sunday (it was nearly emty, just a few nuns and absolutely amazing!) Evening strolls are a must, as is multiple shoe options and blister pads. I wish I could also return to Rome, it was my favourite!

  2. I literally just got back from Rome half an hour ago. It was for work. My tip from previous visits is get up early for the colosseum and be first in line, you then get it to yourself for a few minutes and it’s magical.

      1. If you studied classics, then get the little local train out to Ostia Antica..like Pompeii without the tourists. Pack a picnic and prepare for one of the best days ever…

  3. Tips for Rome: get ice cream at Giolitti. They have every possible flavour you can imagine. It is epic! Another tip is to see Bernini’s statues in Galleria Borghese. It has one of the best collections of art in the world in my opinion. Lastly, I was really impressed by all the churches, especially St. Paul’s outside the Walls and the Sant’Ignacio. And of course drink loads of coffee (at the bar! That will save you money – frugality style ;).

    1. Perfect – thank you! Coffe and gelato – my faves! Definitely want to visit the Borghese villa. And there are lots of Mithraic tombs underneath Churches (a growing religion in Roman times which was surpressed by Christianity) which I’m desperate to see! xx

  4. Another classicist here!
    My favourite restaurant in Rome is Enoteca Cavour 313, very close to the Colosseum. Incredible artisanal cured meats and small plates (local cheese with hazelnuts and honey) in a retro-tastic wine vault.
    Also the weekend covered market in Monti for jewellery, vintage kimonos and local designers.
    Don’t miss the newly revamped Trajan’s markets.
    And if you only see one church, make it San Clemente, where three churches are built on top of each other.
    Have an amazing time – I’m so envious!

  5. Hi Alex, just wondering what size your H&M jeans are? Would love to order them, but unfo don’t live near a store to try on.
    Thanks! xx

  6. I love Rome, we went last February and the weather was beautiful. We got up super up early one day to look at the forum before the crowds, you can see it from the streets before you get a ticket. The ticket for the forum, Colosseum, and Palatine hill can be used 2 days in a row if you don’t want to do all on the same day. Agree with the above as well-the churches are amazing.

    My favourite food places were the Roscioli cafe for cakes and coffee (and their restaurant nearby for carbonara), Litro (which is great for wine and small plates-it’s quite far south) Piano Strada in Trastevere was perfect for dinner. And take out pizza slices on the corner of Campo de’fiori is great for a quick lunch. x

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