Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Nice and Neon

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Top: ASOS. Skirt: ASOS. Minaudière Clutch: ASOS (sold out). Heels: ALDO, similar. Sunglasses: ASOS. Nails: Essie in 'Blanc'.

Some days a little colour just isn't enough. Some days, you want your outfit to speak for itself without giving too much away. Talking, as much as I love it (and my loved ones can confirm that!), can sometimes be a bore and you want your outfit to say a thousand words so you don't have to. That, my friends, is where neon comes it.

Fluro, brights, neon - call it what you will. It all means the says the same thing. Fierce, confident and bold, oh so bold. People will know you mean business before you even lift a heavily glossed lip. Doesn't that sound swell?

I know, I know, you're about to say you never thought you see me sing the praises of neon. But I have my reasons. Partly because I'm only sporting it sparingly, partly because my thoughts are purely on tasteful neon - not the kind that covers you head to toe, comes in a paint format or is spotted on a work yard.

But how do you feel? Does neon do it for you?

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Sugar Sweet

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Dress: Oasis, available at ASOS. Heels: Aldo. Clutch: ZARA. Belt: Oasis. Necklace: Warehouse. Nails: Topshop in 'Milkshake'.

The days are heating up yet the nights are drawing in, two things I'm not particularly fond of. Don't get me wrong, I love the summer and the heat, just not whilst I have an office to work in 5 days a week. Staying chic in plus 25 degree weather immediately eliminates heels and comes with a need for hourly powder checkups.

Light and airy fabrics are certainly on my agenda right now, but there's only so much you can stock up on without compromising your style completely. Fortunately for me, and any other ladylike, femininity loving fashionista, Oasis has me covered.

Coral is perfect for my skin tone and an even better fit for summer. Teamed with a little turquoise and bubblegum pink, I feel quite in my element with this one.

How are you adjusting to the weather we're having right now? Or maybe you're used to it - am I adapting well?

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Deck Stripes

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Top: French Connection. Shorts: Mango. Clutch: ZARA. Sandals: ZARA.Bracelet: ASOS. Nails: Essie in 'Lacquered Up'.

Some of my favourite days are spent in ways you probably wouldn't expect. I have always, and will always, dub shopping and socialising and my most favourite things ever, but on the odd occasion, I've been known to do quite the opposite.

The outside isn't all that alien to me and I'm definitely getting a lot better at being outdoorsy as I've began referring to it. I'm fortunate enough to live in a part of the country where lakes are plenty and fields, forests and greenery are more. So why wouldn't I want to venture out into the scenic countryside and just be.

Okay, okay, so I do take my book and usually argue that stopping for brunch/lunch/dinner is a prerequisite, but the theory is all the same.

Having the odd urge to venture out like this does leave my usual attire a little, well, unsuitable. I know I always argue that I don't dress for the weather, the environment or anyone else - try as I might - but sometimes, a girl's just got to.

Stipey shorts couldn't be more perfect for this type of look if they tried. I've even managed to stay very me with the help of French Connection and some embroidery.

So there we have it, my outdoorsy adventurer ensemble. What do you think? Have I nailed it?

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Resort Edit - Part 1

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Alice + Olivia
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With my summer holiday looming, my brain can focus on nothing more than sand, mediterranean cuisine and light, airy attire. Yes the sales are almost over and the stores and online shops will soon be rid of summer brights and full of shiny new autumnal styles, but I'm still frantically planning my capsule collection for a week relaxing, luxury European style. 

Although we've seen the end of the SS14 style season, I'm still not all that confident in planning my looks 6 weeks in advance. Part of me feels it's too early, yet I have the dull feeling that I've left it too late. 

Whatever the truth may be, looking back on the Resort 2015 collections has pulled my thoughts, plans and faith back together - and why wouldn't they?

Stacey Bendet has kept to her true signature style with the Alice + Olivia line. As one of my all time style icons, Stacey's pulled out the stops for this collection. The mix of monochrome and brights always gets me, but the cuts have stole the show too - that A-line blue baby has my name all over it. 

It may not be the most flattering of colours against my English Rose complexion, but I love white in summer. Throw in a whole load of red and I'm in love. Giambattista Valli has it so right this season. And the retro vibes, that I can't quite place - somewhere between 60s and 70s or even a mash-up of the two, are too perfect.

If Alice + Olivia is the (modern) preppy me and Giambattista Valli is the retro, then Jenny Packham suits my ultra girly, feminine, ladylike side. The elegance and embellishment couldn't be done better. 
Even the classic colours and mix of summer brights are on pointe. I could even plan my entire summer looks from her collection alone, that's how on pointe they are!

But that's not all, I've even got Part 2 coming up soon. You didn't think I could limit my selections down to just three did you? 



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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Shop the Lookbook: French Connection

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I've always been a fan of the lookbook. There's just something about watching the way a brand styles their own looks that intrigues me. Yes, in theory it should always be flawless, but I always seem surprised by the fresh angle a style can be given.

So, with new found love now officially declared in writing, I also intend to make it my mission to feature lookbooks on a regular basis. That means autumn winter shots, I'm coming for you! But let's not get ahead of ourselves, it is still July after all.

This season, French Connection have been ones to watch. We all know I'm much more prepster than hipster, yet the mix of chic, cool and classic that the High Street brand have styled for the spring and summer months has just hooked me.

The classic two piece, the a-line skirt, the pretty pastels, I love them all. Granted I'd prefer to style most looks with a slim heel or strappy sandal, but the basic fashion is faultless. I've done my best to get on board with brighter colours this year, but I'm pleased to see a few cooler undertones coming through.

And that's not all, for pinks, spring florals, metallics and monochrome, you'll be wanting to flick through the French Connection summer collection, so sneak a peak here and get your wishlist ready for your summer jaunts.

Happy Shopping ladies!



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Friday, 11 July 2014

Cut Glass

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Frill Crop: Topshop. Skirt: Topshop. Heels: Topshop (sold out), similar. Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobssimilar. Sunglasses: ASOS. Bow Ring: ASOS. Necklace: Warehouse.

So as much as I'd love to get my hands on every gorgeous piece of cloth, leather or metal that I covet in stores and online, I'm quite selective. I've built up such a signature love in style that makes it so much easier to edit when I'm shopping - and we all know how hard that can be.

Sometimes, just sometimes, I find it hard to let a piece go. I add it to my basket, then remove it, then add it. I try it on in store two, maybe three, times. Sometimes, I try it on in store, then add it to my basket and finally snap it up in store - the whole process can be draining. I do wonder why I do it?

This skirt was one of those pieces.

I'd fallen in love with it, but wasn't too sure of the material. I loved the print, but didn't I already own enough blue skirts? (I know, I know - who was I kidding?)

As soon as I spotted it in the sale, it was mine. Of course there's no such thing as too many blue skirts. Plus, I don't even have one in this shade and shape. It really should have been a no brainer.

Are you ever an indecisive shopper?

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Pretty Patterns

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Embroidered Gingham Top: Topshop. Embroidered Gingham Skirt: Topshop. Tote: Kate Spade (sold out). Sandals: Topshop (old), similar. Headband: ASOS. Bow Ring: ASOS. Nails: Essie in 'Lacquered Up'.

There are those times in a wardrobes life when something new comes a long that just shakes up any sense of uniformity, familiarity and solidarity. This little two piece recently had that effect.

Now, I know you may think that the somewhat sixties edge would make it perfect for me and yes, that is the reason I chose it, but it's still a little avant-garde for me. That may seem silly, but remember - I am that girl who opts for feminine over cool, chic over trendy and classic above all. A two piece like this, generally referred to as a co-ord, is just not me.

Co-ords are cool, co-ords are modern and look unbelievably insane on the likes of Sarah or Charlotte, but they are two cool, modern chicas and I, my friends, am not. (It's okay, I'm down with this!).

However, there was just something a little less cool and way more me about this two piece that meant I could quite comfortably jump on board the co-ord carousel! How am I doing - am I working it well? I'd like to think I've sprinkled my spin on it quite well!

I'd also like to say I'll venture into this cool, unknown territory once again and I might, yet I can't promise anything. I miss my flowing lengths, killer heels and all round signature style, but I will take the pretty patterns any day.

What do you think about the co-ord?

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