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Independents day

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Hello friends.

I have fallen in love. With independent labels. Again.

Reasons why independents (indies) are great:

1. Nice different fabrics, prints and colours that you don’t find in your standard high street store.

2. Prices are the same as or not much more than you would pay in somewhere like Toppers or Zara.

3. You can be pretty sure when you wear an item of clothing from an indie that you won’t rock up to a party and find someone else wearing the self-same thing.

Downfalls of the indie:

1. They are often only available in the larger stores, or online (where you have to pay ruddy postage. Twice if they don’t fit.)

2. The smaller the indie, the less range of sizes they will have – S/M M/L or worse still the dreaded ‘One size’. Yuk.

3. They have limited stock, so you don’t really have time to um and ah about whether to get something, as next time you look there might be none left.

The current objects of my affection, namely Ruby Rocks and Louche, seem to manage to avoid these three quite nicely though. The former is available on it’s own website (www.rubyrocks.co.uk) but also at the likes of ASOS and DP; the latter, available at Joy (www.joythestore.com).

Here are the ones wot I ave been looking at recently…

1. Ruby Rocks

Ring-Ring! Hello Ruby Rocks, can I help you? Hello yes, I would like a well cut, lined dress in a funky fabric at a reasonable price please? No problem, here you go. Wow, Ruby, you rock. Thank you.

Check these badboys out:

L-R: Ochre coffee bean print midi dress, £30; Turquoise car print dress, £28; Lemon bird print dress, £26.

I own the first one and have my greedy fashion peepers on the other two as well. And the beauty is…all of these are available online at Dorothy Perkins in their brands section. Well done, Dotty.

2. Louche

The fact that Louche’s main stockist is at a shop called ‘Joy’ is no coincidence. I nearly squealed with delight when I walked in the other day at all their lovely wares. When I say nearly, I mean actually. Eyeball these beauties:

 

L-R: Navy/orange Paloma dress, £50; Square check Zaza dress £45; Multi print Cassidy dress £49; Blue floral Julita dress (as seen in Grazia, apparently) £55.

I also metaphorically dribbled over this mac there too, although it is £75 so you would have to justify in terms of pays-per-wear before getting it:

 

Word to the wise: Louche sizings err on the smaller side, so you might need to size-up from what you might normally buy.

But don’t let that put you off. There are a whole host of wonderful independent brands out there, Ruby Rocks and Louche are just two.

Further your research by checking out Closet, Numph, Soaked in Luxury, And/Or and Dahlia. Quality. Nice. x

A love in – with Marks and Spencers

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Yes, you heard it M&S. Gone are the days of frumpy cardies and all things knee length in taffeta. M&S has come of age in a spectacular way, namely with it’s Limited Collection line.

Don’t worry, peeps, Per Una can still go eff itself.

Its winter drop was somewhat disappointing, but summer’s nearly here (did you get that, April…get stuffed with your endless rain!) and Marks are doing us proud with kooky prints, bright colours and a whole dollop of funk.

Here are the ones which rated highest on my lust-o-meter:

Orange

Loving a bit of orange at the moment, it’s a wonderful summer colour. Not loving it as much as M&S though: they’ve loved it, taken it home to the parents and asked for its hand in marriage. Feast your eyes on these badboys…

The picture on the first dress (£39.50) doesn’t really do it justice. A few neutral accessories and a belt will set this beauty off a treat. I am hearting the heart print dress (also £39.50) in a very very bad way. I think this would be a cute, kooky date dress. If anyone wants to buy me a present, please may I have this one. Thank you. Lastly I love the chilled style of this hornbill-print tie top (£29.50). Hornbill-print. M&S, you are out there. Orange goes beautifully with dark denim, so I’ll be whipping out me hotpants to wear with this cheeky little lovely when I go on hol!

Kooky prints

If that hornbill top just wasn’t enough for you and you want more funky prints in your life, try any of the following wonderments.

These red leggings (£19.50) have some serious funk about them. An oversized tee or jumper, a beanie and some well chosen chains will make this a cute casual look. I am loving the shape, colour and print on this funky tribal skirt (£29.50). Let the print do the talking with a plain coloured top. Finally, add some snazz to your work wardrobe with this lovely green and pink bird print sleeveless shirt (£27.50). A nice pair of high waisted navy palazzos and a pink belt will rock the humble workplace’s socks.

Best of the rest

There are some things that I love, but just don’t fall into any particular category.

I love the colour, cut and leather trim to this gorgeous blazer. At £55 it’s not cheap, and the colour might limit it in terms of pays-per-wear. My advice is to hawk-eye it when the sales start and grab a bargain.

As soon as I saw this yellow striped skirt (£29.50) I loved it, but did wonder what you might wear it with. Then good ole M&S answered my prayers with this cute two-tone top (£25). Tuck it in, cinch that waist with a belt. If you’re feeling feminine slap on a pair of peep toes. If you’re feeling a bit alternative, find a cute pair of ankle socks and team with the laser-cut brogues from Clark’s that I pointed out in a previous post.

Oh M&S, I’m exhausted after our love-in. But it feels good. x

A love in – with Zara

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Well, I wasn’t expecting to have another love in so soon, but then Zara goes and gets their spring drop! And it’s amazing!

I have already bought not one but two summer dresses from there and it’s not even summer! Whooooooops!

But they are awesome. First up it was this floral lovely for £49.99. This pic on the Zara website really doesn’t do it much justice – the pansy print on it is so vibrant, and it has a wrap top (great for the larger chested lady) that nips the waist in and it’s made from a lovely floaty chiffon fabric. I don’t think it needs that much accessorising because the pattern on the dress is enough. A pair of neutral heels and a gold necklace. Bob is your mother’s brother.

The next one up was this little vibrant sundress for £25.99 (which will be ideal for both a 30th birthday I’m going to in March AND my holiday. Double whammy, nice!) Yet again, Zara’s website pic of the dress does it no justice at all (have a word with yourself, Zara) – I’ve tried it on with a gold belt and shoes and it looks ace (30th birthday) but will dress down with a few nice tan accesorries and a satchel  for holibob. Oh, we like ’em versatile, we do.

These were the two things that I bought (and the only two, as I’ve just had to spend an eye-watering amount of cash getting some new specs) but there are plenty of other beauties on the lust list. In the coming months I will also be keeping my peepers on these…

I’ll be wanting to pair up this cute openwork sweater (£25.99) with this lovely swishy skirt (£29.99) and sashaying along the beach in bare feet. I’ll be popping one of the numerous free tan woven belts that I’ve accumulated from various other purchases around the sweater and going on my merry way.

These pinkie jeans (£35.99) nail the pastels trend that will be all over your spring wardrobe like a fat kid on a Smartie. They’ll also be ideal for the outfit that I mentioned in my H&M love in post the other week. The juicier pear shapes would be well advised to avoid these and stick to darker colours to slim the bottom half. Either that, or make sure you emphasise your shoulders to balance.

Finally, these nude shoes are awesome. That Mary-Jane strap is very useful when you’ve had a few G&Ts I can tell you. They are £39.99 and would work pretty well with the first dress I bought, actually… x

A love in – with H&M

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After a trip with my bestie to Brent Cross a couple of weeks ago, it struck me that sometimes you are lucky in shops and sometimes you aren’t. That is, sometimes you find so many things that you like, that you have to do shifts in the changing rooms and the shop assistants hate you, or completely the opposite, you find nothing that sparks the imagination.

So, when one of the former occasions arise, I will document the shopping ‘love in’ with a blog post. This time, it’s H&M.

H&M can be a hit and miss shop, and in my humble opinion, their online shopping experience is massively flawed. This time around, we had a hit. My girl spent around £140, got 9 items of clothing, amounting to a vast number of mix and match outfits! Feast your peepers on these, baby.

Top row, L-R: Stripy jumper, £14.99; Navy jacket, £29.99; Green trousers, £14.99; Middle row, L-R: Floral shirt, £12.99; Hooded cardigan, £29.99; Navy jeggings, £24.99; Bottom row, L-R: Black jersey top, £6.99; Tan waist belt, £12.99; Green cable jumper, £12.99.

Some of these (the floral shirt, navy jacket and the navy trousers) I’ve had to replace with similar items because the actual ones aren’t shown on the H&M website (tut tut).

My favourite of her outfits was this cute smasual combo of the navy jacket, the white floral shirt (she actually bought a t-shirt with the same pattern) and the green jeans. She looked amazing (I am now also secretly lusting after this outfit, just with pink jeans instead! Shh don’t tell anyone!) I went to the H&M changing room online, and finished the outfit with a little tan belt and a pair of matching shoes and some sunnies. Tres chic!

She could have also paired it up with that sweet (and bargainous) stripy jumper. The gold in the collar of the jumper brings out the gold in the buttons on the blazer and vice versa!

Another one was a nautical-but-nice outfit, with the navy jeans and the aforementioned stripy jumper. I would slap that lovely waist belt around it too, and tie the colour of the belt in with a tan pair of boots or pumps. To style up, I’d also find a patterned scarf and tie around my neck or in my hair, like the below. (Those fit boots are in the sale at £34.99 as well. Swoooon!)

So there we have it, between us we spent an afternoon making sweet sweet love to H&M. And boy it felt good. x