Autumn Style | Oversized Poncho Jumper

I have to say, Autumn is definitely my favourite time of year and one of the reasons why is because I love Autumn fashion choices way more than Summer. Oversized chunky knits, ankle boots and cosy coats are just a few of the pieces I love to wear when the colder weather comes along and I'm always really excited to add new piecesto my A/W wardrobe. I'm one of those people who loves to feel warm and snuggly so for me, there's no better season than Autumn - I find something really comforting about it.

One of the most recent additions to my Autumn wardrobe is this burgundy oversized poncho jumper from Look Again's AJC range and I'm so in love with it. As you can see it has a lovely roll neck style which is another of my favourite autumn trends and is also fairly oversized which is right up my street as it's the kind of item that you can throw on with a pair of jeans for a simple yet chic look. I think another thing I love about Autumn fashion is that it's so much more comfortable - you can get away with wearing oversized comfy pieces whilst still looking stylish at the same time and let me tell you, this one is so soft and comfortable.

To finish the look I paired it with a simple pair of black skinny jeans and my new Miss Pap nude sock boots. I'm loving this style of boot at the moment - I think I've accumulated four pairs of them in the past 4 weeks, oops. They look so lovely with jeans and are really comfy too. I love the wooden heel on these ones. Don't forget you can use code KAYLEIGHJ10 for a discount at Miss Pap too!!

Finally, I wore a pair of classic black sunnies (they're old so can't remember where they're from) and this super cute black shoulder bag which is also from Look Again and is a total Chloe Faye dupe?! You've got to love items that resemble designer for a fraction of the price.

I hope you like this look - I know it's one I'm going to be wearing a lot over the next couple of months. I just need to find a nice new coat to go with it now. I always think a coat is the hardest item to buy and I usually end up trying on what feels like hundreds before I find one I like - anyone else?!

Villa Ca Na Volantina - A Trip To Pollenca With Travelopo

Hey guys! I do apologise for my lack of posts over the past couple of weeks. As you may know, I’ve been moving into my house so I've been super busy getting everything organised and we've only just got the wifi working today - I did try to get this post up a few times over the past week using personal hotspot but with so many pictures, I needed a better connection. Anyway, more blog posts to come about the move, my home interior inso and a few homeware hauls in the next few weeks. I've had so many people tweeting me saying they've loved what they've seen so far on snapchat so I'm really excited to share more on here. Before we moved, we had a lovely relaxing week away in Pollenca, Mallorca which you may have seen me tweeting, instagramming and snapping about. I want to give you a little overview of the holiday and the villa we stayed at, as we were all so impressed and would definitely go back. 

The holiday was booked via who very kindly provided me with the villa to stay in for the week. I know, super generous and lovely! They’re an amazing website and some of the villas you can book via them are INSANE. I’ve already seen about 10 villas I want to stay at in various locations. Now Winter is well on its way, I know a lot of you (myself included) will be thinking about next years Summer getaways and you may want to consider Pollenca as your destination of choice.

Before our trip, the six of us (myself, boyfriend and four of our closest friends) had never actually heard of Pollenca but it's a really amazing location as it's so close to other holiday hotspots like Alcudia, Palma and even Magaluf for those of you who like to party. Plus, it’s only a two hour flight from the UK so if you’re a bit of a nervous flyer like me, you don’t have to worry about lots of flying time as the flight was super quick - just long enough to drink a couple of mini bottles of Prosseco, haha. Pollenca itself is a beautiful place - it’s so picturesque and there's definitely enough to do there to fill a week with some many shops, bars and restaurants as well as a nice beach in the town centre. However, if you like to explore or visit other places when you're abroad, it's handy to have other well known locations nearby which are all easily accessible via taxi, bus or even boat.

When we arrived at Palma airport, we jumped in a taxi and after a 45 minute journey, we arrived in Pollenca's town centre where there was plenty of bars and restaurants to keep us occupied while we waited for our villa to be ready. We got an early flight and our villa wasn't ready until the afternoon but this wasn't a problem as we had a lovely lunch and cocktails to keep us occupied for a few hours. After lunch, we did struggle to get taxi to the villa for an hour or so (we arrived on a Saturday and apparently this isn't a good day to try and get a taxi as they're all out doing trips to the airport - bare that in mind) but we finally made it and were so impressed by what we found. We'd only seen pictures o f the villa online and while they looked lovely, it was 10x better in reality. The villa was called 'Ca Na Volantina' and was situated only ten minutes away from Pollenca town in a taxi, or a 40 minute walk (we did this a couple of times and it was fine but much easier to jump in a taxi), down a very private lane with only a few other villas nearby. As you can see from the images, the views were out of this world!

The inside of the villa was pretty amazing too as it had four double bedrooms all with en suite, a huge living room complete with plasma TV on the wall, a massive dining table and a lovely modern kitchen with all the utensils you could need. This was all topped off with an amazing outdoor dining area, BBQ facilities, table tennis table and a hot tub. I mean, we really couldn't have asked for more. After settling in at the villa, packing away all the food and cracking open the alcohol we'd stocked up on in Pollenca town, it was time to chill and enjoy our new home for the week. We obviously headed straight for the pool which was amazing! As I said, the villa was really private so we could be as loud as we wanted and play music etc without disturbing anyone. We sipped on Prosecco and enjoyed the sun while chatting, laughing and chilling in our hot tub - it was perfect!

That evening we decided we’d go back to Pollenca town and find somewhere to eat. We were a bit apprehensive about getting a taxi after the trouble we’d had earlier in the day but luckily for us, we didn’t have any trouble with taxis for the rest of the week as the local taxi company knew exactly where the villa was and always turned up on time. We found a lovely restaurant in Pollenca and I had the most delicious prawn and lobster linguine -yum! We all decided that one of our favourite things to do on holiday is go out in the evenings and eat nice meals so this is what we did most nights apart from one night when we had a BBQ on the terrace at our villa which was also amazing! It’s safe to say we cooked way more food than we could eat that night.

We didn’t really have many bad meals when we were there except one night in Alcudia where we all had a bit of a dodgy paella but let’s face it, I’ve never been on a holiday where there isn’t that one token bad meal in the week. Haha! Our favourite place to eat was Pollenca old town as it was a super pretty place and all of the restaurants were on a square so you had so many to choose from. We ate there twice (although we wish we’d gone more now looking back) at Restaurant Il Giardino and Centric Restaurant, both of which had the tastiest food and drinks from the whole week.

My boyfriend had been recommended Il Giardino by a friend at work before we went and we also checked Trip Advisor and these two were number one and two on the top 10 best restaurants in the area. Sometimes it pays to do a bit of research when you’re away and read reviews before picking which restaurants to eat at. The night we had a bad meal, we didn't look at reviews until afterwards and it's safe to say that if we'd looked beforehand, we probably wouldn't have chosen to eat there.

For most of the week we decided to chill at the villa as it seemed silly not to make the most of it. However, we did do a couple of day trips - one being a boat trip around Pollenca which was absolutely brilliant. We booked the half-day excursion on this website and it’s 100% the best boat trip I’ve ever been on. The boat itself only held 12 people and as there was six of us, we knew there wasn’t going to be many other people with us and it turned out there was only two others who had booked on so we essentially had the whole boat to ourself. The staff on the boat were super friendly locals who made us feel really welcome and we had a selection of beers, wine and soft drinks to enjoy throughout the day included in the price we paid. They also served us some Spanish nibbles for lunch (the best tomato bread ever) and let us have a swim in the sea and take part in activities such as paddle boarding and snorkelling. It was fabulous!!

Another day trip we did was to Puro Beach in Palma which is a stunning beach club situated right at the beach front with amazing 180ยบ views of the sea. As soon as we arrived, I was blown away by how beautiful it was. If you follow me on snapchat (follow me @kayljcouture) you probably saw all my snaps showing you guys around the place as it was just unreal. The pool had a volcanic rock bottom so it looked black which just added to the whole cool vibe of the place. 

We were very kindly given some of their amazing ‘Balinese’ beds to chill on throughout the day whilst enjoying the sunshine, drinking delicious cocktails and listening to the great music being played. We also ate lunch in their restaurant and oh my goodness, it was SO good. I had the thai beef salad and it’s the best I’ve ever had - delicious!! Everyone else loved their meals too so it got a huge thumbs up for the food. We all really loved our day at Puro Beach and I’d recommend it to anyone. I’m hoping to go back at some point as I loved it so much. It was basically like spending a day in paradise.

Overall we had an amazing time in Pollenca and I’d definitely go back to the area and stay at Villa Ca Na Volantina as it was a great location and had everything you could ever need for a week away. I know some people prefer staying in hotels but I really like villas as something a bit different. They’re completely private, you can do what you want, when you want, eat and drink anything you fancy throughout the day and also have a great place to socialise when there’s a group of you.

Do you like the look of this villa? Would you or have you ever visited Pollenca?!

New Season Styling

Hey guys! I want to start this post with a big apology for my lack of posts recently. I've had a serious case of writer's block (it happens to us all) and have been SO busy getting organised to move into my very first house next week which I'm sure you'll know if you follow my snapchat (@kayljcouture). My days have consisted of boxing up my whole life, having major clear outs and looking at homeware online. I can't wait to get in there now - keep your eyes peeled for some homeware hauls and interior posts coming very soon!

Anyway, back to the point of this post. I recently met up with my lovely friend and fellow blogger Lucy (@lradwell) in London to shoot some outfits and also head to the Lipsy X Michelle Keegan launch party which was AMAZING by the way. Anyway, I wanted to share one of the outfits we shot on the day as I'm really happy with how these images turned out. I've finally cracked shooting on manual with my Canon 600D and it's crazy the difference it actually makes. I love that I can now adjust the lighting etc to get the style of photo I want, rather that hoping for the best.

I recently featured this suede lace up skirt from Miss Pap in a blog post (see post here) and since then I've gone on to get it in another two colours, the latest being this lovely pale grey one! Yep, the obsession is real. I just love how easy it is to wear and that it can be dressed up or down, not to mention it is ridiculously comfortable thanks to the soft faux suede fabric. Style and comfort in one? Yes please!

As the skirt has the lovely lace up detailing down the front, I decided to keep the rest of the outfit fairly simple with an old high neck black cropped top (similar online here) and some black ankle boots which are also from Miss Pap. I love the style of these boots as they look great with skirts or skinny jeans (I believe they're 'sock' boots - correct me if I'm wrong) and I know I'll get loads of wear out of them. 

To finish the look, I wore my new favourite shades (get them here) and a cute little Missguided bag with chain detail that reminds me of the Stella McCartney design. Who doesn't love a cheap designer alternative?! 

I hope you like this look and I promise I'll be back with more posts as soon as I'm all settled in my new house and everything has calmed down a little.
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