Category Archives: S/S

To dye for…

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Just a quickie post. If anyone has a spare couple of hundred lying around they can buy me this whole outfit from Mango please.

No seriously.

Please.

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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

Punching above their weight

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Just a little quicky to inform you of these amazeballs ‘Henderson Sky’ punch-detail lace ups from, of all places, Clarks!

I think these are amazing for summer and will look wicked with the ankle grazer length trousers that are in vogue at the moment. They will look especially good with pastel shades.

At £49.99 they’re not the cheapest – but they are real leather, available in half sizes and two different widths and have ‘underfoot cushioning’, which just sounds delightful, doesn’t it?

I want them. Now.

 

 

Twice Knightley

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So, I don’t know why but this week I was reminded of a fab outfit of Keira Knightley’s from last year that I was dying dying dying for.

I searched high and low last year for a beautiful yellow skirt like Keira’s but to no avail. Hers was from Whistles and was an eye-watering £110. Now much as I loves a summery frock, I’m also aware that the colour and fabric of said skirt is not exactly what you’d call trans-seasonal, and Britain is hardly a tropical paradise, so I thought it wasn’t really an investment.

But now, it having entered my consciousness for the second time, I have set myself the challenge of replicating Keira’s look, but finding the whole outfit for the price of the Whistles skirt. Remember fash-maths from earlier posts? Well, it’s back baby.

I decided that I’d leave out the belt, as if you’re like me, through the course of the last year you’ve accumulated more ‘free’ tan belts with items of clothing than you could shake a stick at. And I think I could shake a stick at quite a few.

So, here’s my first attempt.

Skirt – 19.99 New Look; Shirt £16.99 New Look; Sandals £60 Aldo

Fash-maths total: £96.98. Hurrah! This is good, yes, but I think I can do better…

Second attempt

Skirt £45 Oasis; Shirt (tie at the waist) £7.99 H&M; Sandals £19 Dorothy Perkins.

Fash-maths total: £71.99

Aside from me actually salivating at those sandals (errrrr, WANT) that leaves a delightful £38.01 to go and buy yourself a cocktail or two and attempt to attract a bloke like Keira’s.

Sorry, Whistles you just can’t beat fash-maths.

Getting fruity

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I loves a quirky print as much as the next girl. Actually that’s a lie, I loves a quirky print much much more than the next girl, like LOADS more.

Birds, animals, flowers, they all are about, but particularly at the moment I’m liking fruit prints.

Cherries, bananas, watermelon, raspberries, pineapples, strawberries, pears and apples. They’re all out there ready to be picked!

So make sure you get at least one of your five a day with my pick of the best,,,

1. Cherry print dress – Coleen Rooney at Very

There we all were thinking that we knew for sure that Coleen Rooney had no taste (or at least no eyes, look who she’s married to) but to my delight, I found this cutie beauty for £49, and it’s summery-er than a jug of Pimms. It is fit, and I want it.

2. Watermelon print vest – MissGuided

MissGuided have made my little eyes water at the sight of this watermelon number. Get down with your bad juicy self in this sheer vest – available in black or white, and all for a purse friendly £14.99. Tuck in.

3. Pineapple print skirt – Yumi at House of Fraser

This pineapple print skirt is not for the faint hearted, but I just love how lovely and summery this is. I’d be keeping it simple with a white vest, tan sandals and layered gold necklaces. The skirt speaks for itself really, saying “hello, I have pineapples on me”. Bottom heavy girls are advised to proceed with caution with this one though. Yumi have a range of clothes with other fruit prints like lemon and apple. Check em out.

4. Apple print top – Select Fashion

This funky apple print reminds me of oldschool Motel clothing, when their USP was kooky fabric designs and not to use as little material as possible. It’s also in my current fave colour and is a ruddy snip at just £8. Available in black/grey and camel/black.

If a full on fruit salad about your person is just too much for you then there are a whole host of nice accessories of the fruity persuasion that you can purchase. As ever, here’s my pick…

Top row, L-R: pear headband, £7 Topshop; Fruit earrings, £6, H&M; Apple neckscarf, £7, Dorothy Perkins; Apple hairband, £7, Accessorize.

Bottom row, L-R: Pineapple fan, £4.50, Accessorize; Pear overnight bag, £39.95, Fruit Tree at Campus Gifts; Fruit charm bracelet, £7.99, Anderson & Webb.

And that’s it. Get fruity. And that’s an order.

Colour crush

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It hasn’t happened for a long time, but I am having a massive colour crush at the moment. Everything I want to buy seems to be in this colour – my mother would call it ‘eau de Nile’ (how very 80s), but essentially it’s a very delicate aquamarine.

To my delight and my credit card’s eternal shame, I’ve gone and bought a couple of bits in this colour already. I realise that pastels are big this spring summer, but there is a destinct risk that I could end up just owning clothes in this colour alone. So to stop me from doing so, I felt I would share some of the lovely bits I’ve seen with you.

Firstly, I actually have bought this, but it’s super cute and I love the bird print on it (kooky animal prints are all over the hangers like a grandma on a gin bottle, so I advise you to get involved.)

This baby is £28 from Dorothy Perkins (who have had a surprisingly awesome spring drop, it has to be said) and I think it will see me through summer very well. I realise that there are many opportunities to make jokes about the fact that the birds are blue tits, but believe me I have made pretty much all of them in my head already, and none of them merit sharing.

Here comes Zara again, doing the pastel-y business with these lovely patent aqua heels for £69.99.

Now, I know that pastel shoes can look very wedding-y, but I would rock these with some black ankle grazers, a metallic top and a tux jacket to mix things up a wee bit to make you more ‘hot mama’ and less ‘mother of the bride’.

Next up is this nostalgia-enducing ballet wrap from Topshop (£36). It quite simply is one of the cutest things I have seen in 2012 (except that pig that has to wear wellies) and I want want want it! ARGH! It takes me back to circa 1992 when I pestered my mother for a ballet wrap cardigan (even though I did tap dancing, but whatever, I wanted one!)

The influx of pastels and prints in the shops means that we’re in for a girlie time in fashion, so make the most of it by teaming it with a floaty dress and some delicate heels (yep, time to ditch the platforms for this baby!)

Last up is this crop shirt from Miss Selfridge. It says ‘hello holiday’ – which is ideal, as I shall buy it for my holiday. Hurrah.

I would avoid the urge to put it with dark denim shorts – you can be too blue, you know. I’d opt for black or beigey tailored shorts and some sandals. Keep it simple peeps.

But what if pastels don’t suit you? You can always add accents with some cool accessories, and if you’re a bit short on cash they can be mighty purse friendly too. Try some of these for your pleasure:

L-R: Barry M nail varnish in Aqua Moon; Blue polka dot studs, £4.50, ASOS; patent pumps, £15.99, New Look; waist belt, £8.00, ASOS.

Blue bliss. 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