It’s that time of the year again and winter is coming which means I have to brave the cold and venture up to friendly Yorkshire in the north of England. Saying that, I couldn’t think of a better setting to grab a few shots for a small River Island Christmas campaign featuring fellow bloggers 21st Century Gent, Jordan Bunker and Q Mike.

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As usual the day starts off at Kings Cross station and if you ignore the busloads of French teenagers taking selfies at Harry Potter corner it’s a gorgeous building in it’s own right having been redeveloped by John McAslan + Partners in time for the London 2012 Olympics.

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booking office

The Booking Office is my usual port of call before a train journey. Salmon over scrambled eggs is never too heavy on the stomach and a cheeky Bloody Mary cocktail is sure to perk you up better than any coffee ever could.

It’s also minutes away from your departure platform so why not give it a visit?


Upon arriving in Leeds I’m immediately transported to 2012 when I was just a young and naive graduate wandering the streets in the hope of finding a job. Fortunately this isn’t the case anymore but it was still mighty interesting to see the city where I spent so many years grow and modernise, yet retain that indescribable northern charm that made it special.

I was joined by Emily from Emtalks as we explored Victoria Quarter and the city centre without worry or obligation whilst sharpening our photography skills and making use of the historical backdrops that were available to us.

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To get in the Christmas spirit River Island were kind enough to send me a few early presents of the wearable variety and seeing as I’m a sucker for a mac they hit the look right on the money. The dark green military mac coat accompanied me every day during my northern adventure and it’s lightweight nature made it perfect for the wind and drizzle I encountered.

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Leeds Architecture

I’m always fascinated by architecture and how a certain style can shape the look of a city or even transport you back to a certain time period. For example, the Leeds Civic Hall (above) was the result of a competition held in 1926 and only took 2 years to complete which is astounding considering the time during which it was built.

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The mac also proved easy to style as the colours of my dark green colour block roll neck jumper and black lined nubuck leather desert boots perfectly matched it’s dark green (almost army like) tones. The dark colours also ensured the outfit wasn’t too ostentatious as it’s important to feel comfortable in whatever you’re wearing rather than feeling self conscious in something you didn’t want to wear in the first place.

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I have a post coming up in the next couple of days where I show off the architecture around Leeds in finer detail but if you cannot wait that long you can check out a post I wrote about Leeds back in May.

As for my latest lookbook I teamed up with John Lewis and explored London just as the leaves were turning orange so if you’re looking for some last minute Xmas ideas make sure to give it a read 🙂