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Kiss me Kate

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I don’t know if anyone else had a double take at the lovely Kate Winslet’s curves when she wore this amazing optical illusion dress, but I did and as a skinny old minnie, I was dying to get one for myself! Let’s face it, she looks stunning.

Now. If you have a spare £885 to buy this Stella McCartney beauty, then…well, marry me essentially.

But in seriousness, I doubt that anyone in the real world actually has that money to spare on a dress even as killer as this. It was just a matter of time before the high street heard the word on the grapevine, and thank the lord!

For a mere £19.99, you can set lasers to stun in this pinkie number from New Look.

There’s also this very similar version by Love at Topshop in Coral. Still fairly bargainous at £28.

If you’re feeling a little more flush (and don’t like pink!) then this gorgeous emerald green version is for you – at Runway Route for £46. An awesome dress for a date. Hello boys.

Finally, for just a widdle bit more you can nail two trends in one with this tropical print lovely from Lipsy at Freemans – at £65 its still not bad.

All I need to do is saw the padlock off my purse and find myself a hot date, and I’ll be snapping up one of these before you can say “Jack, I’m flying”.

 

 

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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

Sale of the century? Maybe not.

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Happy new year, fashion friends.

I am sorry, specsfiles has deserted you for quite some time now. This is mainly because most of my money has gone on buying Christmas presents and I’ve had even less than normal to buy clothings! (I know)

But I’m back, baby and ready to go. The sales this January, I have to admit, have been disappointing at best. It seems that as stores are making more and more mid-season drops to keep us on our toes, it also means that crud enters the sales rails and the little list of things-that-we-were-thinking-of-buying-but-didn’t-and-were-waiting-for-the-sales-for draws a total blank when you actually hit the shops.

Nonetheless I have hit the web instead, and managed to bag myself these little beauties, which are winging their way to me as we speak.

First up is this cute swing dress from Warehouse. I had my eye on this, but for £70 I didn’t think it was worth it at the time. But at a much more reasonable £25, I thought I’d give it a shot. I am lead to believe that pastels and sorbet shades are going to be big in Spring/Summer 2012, so get in there early.

Any top heavy girls would be advised to steer clear as the high neck and straight-cut will a) make your boobs look huge and b) make you look like your the same width as your shoulders all the way down. Pears on the other hand would be advised to steer towards this dress as the high-neck and straight but will a) make your boobs look huge and b) make you look like your the same width as your shoulders all the way down.

I went for a little potter around Topshop, just to see what was on offer (not much, it turns out) except I found a pink version of these French Sole pumps tucked away. I love French Sole, but refuse to pay the swear-word-enducing RRP for a pair, which can be anything from £95-£150!

These babies were £40 down from £95, which I think is most excellent. French Sole are well made, comfortable and made from real leather. Considering you’d pay the same for a pair of synthetic pumps from the likes of Oasis or Zara, I think it’s an investment. They also will look cool with my new dress!

Whilst we’re on shoes, I always think that sale time is the ideal time to buy boots. Back in the day when I were a lass, and bought my first pair of knee boots they were £50. Real leather and everything. Nowadays you’re lucky to get a cheap PU pair for that. Boots now are pretty much all £100 and up, even on the highstreet. So leap on the opportunity to buy a good pair of boots in the sale. They will last you for years. I have taken my own advice and purchased these lovelies from Dolce Vita, reduced from £155 to £62. Unfortunately they were massive on me, so I sent them back.

My other tip, and my last purchase, is to buy your brands in the sale. Department stores are ideal for this sort of thing, as they have lots of brands and tend to do decent discounts. I always buy a Wonderbra or two in the January sales (overshare? Not sure!). Elle MacPherson Intimates are very pretty too. I’ve bought a purple jobbie from Debenhams this year. Undies can be a difficult thing to buy online as lots of places won’t refund underwear bottoms for hygiene reasons. But if you’re lucky enough to be near a department store that does deliveries in store, then go for that. When you go to pick the parcel up, you can leave the bottoms with them whilst you try the bra on, and if it doesn’t fit you can get a refund straight away for the whole set as they know you haven’t tried the knickers on!

Anyway, there we have it! Happy sale shopping! x

I got love for you if you were born in…

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…the 80s, the 80s.

I have conjured up an outfit that I want want want in my fashion mind. It’s sort of a toned down 80s look (for toned down read ‘not neon’). Fear not fashion friends, the cycling short is not coming back and I will not be wearing a visor.

But I’ve gone and fallen a*se over t*t for Illustrated People’s range of sweatshirts (available at Topshop). Look, look at these little beauties! They range from £40-50, dependent on the style, but I would very much like one of these (BUT WHICH ONE?!)

 

Once I’ve actually managed to make a decision on which one to buy, I had a little thunk in my head that I would wear them with some cut off shorts and black tights. And it just so happens that (after being sucked in by a 25% off voucher) I am currently waiting for these beauts from H&M – £19.99 without a discount – to come in the post:

As soon as I got the idea in my head about the sweater/short combo I spent ages thinking of an appropriate shoe to put with it. And then it came to me. You can’t get more 80s retro cool than a pair of high tops. It’s going to be another tough choice, as I have found all these  and yet again, I am struggling to choose!

Left to right – Adidas Attitude Mid ST (£52 at Adidas online); Converse AS hi ii (£48 at Schuh); Vans Callie hi (£60 at Kates Skates); and Adidas Honey Mid Stripes (£47 at Schuh)

Little help??? x

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

Oops I did it again…

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…got paid on Friday and blew all my cash, oh baby baby!

Yes I’ve been shopping again for all manor of things. Also there is a sale on at Topshop – dangerous.

After buying and trying those berry coloured jeans from the aforementioned Toppers, I was disappointed that they were about two inches too long (despite it saying they were a 32inch leg, and I am a 33. Weird!) So I got a refund and now am currently waiting for these £28 red mahogony jeans by Vero Moda at ASOS to come in the post. I’ve just bought this denim shirt (£14.99) and a short sleeved version of this stripey tee (£3.99) from H&M to go with them for a rockier edge than the animal print jumper (mentioned in a previous post). I shall add some flat black ankle boots and a big buckled belt to finish.

After a bad afternoon at work on Friday, I popped into Oxford Circus Topshop and tried on a few little naughties. I continue my love affair with all things leopard print by buying this multi-collared top for £28. A little on the pricey side, but I do love very muchly. Teamed with a black pencil skirt and some pearl earrings, it looks pretty wicked. I also tried on a cool flannel tartan sleeveless shirt. When I typed that it made it sound awful, but I promise you it is super nice – and it’s so new it’s not even online yet! Will pop online as soon as I can find it.

Then I popped next door to Miss Selfridge and tried on this lovely dandelion print dress (£45) with blue belt. I also found these Sassy blue courts (£45) to go with it, but avoided purchase as they didn’t have the shoes in my size, and the dress I tried was damaged. Booo.

I have been relatively restrained I guess (for me), but my Christmas list is going to be pretty long this year…