Tag Archives: the HoF

Lady in (deep) red

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Anyone else noticed how burgundy is having a bit of a moment? It makes me very happy as it is a shade of red that my pale little complexion can handle!

So make like Jessica Rabbit and grab yourself a little red dress! (Dying hair ginger and marrying a cartoon character optional.)

How cute is this Pink Boutique polka shift? This is one for petite girls: anyone with a large bust or a boyish figure will not be left flattered by this baby. Bonus is that it’s only £25 at Dorothy Perkins. Too cute! It was sat right next to this burgundy lace number too – another bargain at £26. Loving you right now, Dorothy Perkins. Last of the shorties is this amazing mesh dress from Warehouse – loving the bodice detail. Christmas party anyone? This is great for pears or boyish figures – skimming hips on one and giving waist detail to the other. Slightly more expensive at £75, but look at the pretty!

Burgundy nails the colour palettes of AW style – it’s going to look great with all the creams and navies and browns that are de rigueur right now. So slap one of these babies with your cuddly knits and thick tights in your day wardrobe.

Nailing the 70s trend, this pussy bow shift is ace (and may well make it into my work wardrobe!) – £60 at Warehouse. Love the dipped hem of this Rare dress at Topshop, and is a bargain at £34. Chunky tights and laced ankle boots will set this off a treat. Finally, this 40s shirt dress from Motel is super cute, and nails the midi trend too. Grab one from motelrocks.com for £52. They’re offering £10 credit when you sign up to the newsletter too – I think Jessica Rabbit would agree that it would be rude not to.

You know how much I love a print, so I had to include these two in the post – I’ve made the images a bit bigger so you can see the detail a bit better. Loving the bird print on this £65 silky little Warehouse dress. Big pants required just in case for that hemline though, I fancy. Finally, what would happen if two of my faves got together and had a secret love child? This leopard print baby is what – the HoF makes sweet sweet love to leopard print and gives us this amazing Maggie and Me dress for just forty of our English pounds.

Enjoy being a lady in (deep) red…x

In love with the Hof

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No, not hairy baywatch adonis and crime-fighting, borderline autophile David Hasselhoff, I’m talking about the other HoF: namely House of Fraser.

Now, generally I tend to avoid department stores for two reasons:

  1. Beautiful clothes, but at prices that make my debit card need counselling.
  2. The ever present danger of stealth attack from a ninja beauty counter worker with a perfume atomiser.

But I’ve just been up to Manchester to see one of my besties, and she works in House of Fraser, which we duly paid a trip to in the ritual shopping trip that always happens when we see each other.

After administering a mild tranquiliser to my purse as a precautionary measure, I was advised that, when it comes to women’s clothes in this department store, the higher up the floor, the more expensive the clothes.

Naturally then, I stayed on the first floor.

So, you might ask, what delights did I come upon in the HoF?

First of all, I found this Vivienne Westwood-a-like cut jacket by label Maggie and Me. They seem to only have the grey version online, but I bought it in black for £45. Not bad for a classic black jacket. I happened to try it on with these amazing indigo flared jeans (AW11 – 70s style baby, get involved!) by Therapy, also £45. You can’t see so well from the picture, but these are monster flares – you get a lot of fabric for your money! Voila, I had an outift. So I bought them both!

My bestie is in love with another label sold at the HoF – namely Label Lab. She gets staff discount on this stuff (lucky biatch) but without such a discount, I’m afraid that Label Lab was a tad too expensive for me. They do have some awesome pieces though, and I tried on this funky cyber-print dress, which I may have to buy on my next payday, £49 in the sale, reduced from £70.

I also liked, but somehow failed to try on, this tie-dyed sheer shirt for £30 from other great independent label Vila. My super-stylish friend, of course, already had it and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind me saying that she had teamed it up with a white vest top (I’m sure we all own one like this Topshop one, £6) and bleached cut off shorts, like these Vero Moda jobbies(also available at HoF for £28) and looked achingly/enviously cool.

Needless to say, now I have experienced the HoF once more, and have an insider to let me know about all the latest drops, I’ll be keeping my eye on this little fishy a lot more… x