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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

As my purse gently weeps

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Yes, I’ve been buying things. But they are for work, so it doesn’t count right?

I confess, I bought the navy trousers from Topshop – which I was pleasantly surprised fitted me as I’m normally a between-sizer when it comes to Toppers. Well done them.

I also bought the black midi skirt from H&M from my previous post about their dressing room thingie on their website. It turns out that on my 5’10” frame that the midi skirt is an on-the-knee skirt, but that’s ok! It’s more 50s than 70s, but I can roll with that. Looks great with peep toe courts! Plus there was a lovely 25% off, meaning it was only £14.99 (bargain), which I managed to get from signing up to their newsletter. I thoroughly recommend it – http://www.hm.com/gb/newsletter

Speaking of money off, our friends ASOS are offering 20% of all ASOS branded clothes online to celebrate London Fashion Week, plus free delivery with the code HAPPYLFW. I may or may not have used it to buy this dress and these booties

Unfortunately the dress didn’t fit properly so that has been sent back, but I had hiiigh hopes for the platforms, not least of all because I need them to be able to wear the flared jeans I blogged about a couple of weeks ago! And they didn’t disappoint! They are totally awesome, but do make me about 6’1″ but that’s all good with me 🙂 (Ok, so the boots aren’t for work, and neither is the other thing I bought…)

My final little treat was this awesome leopard jumper from Warehouse – I am very picky about my leopard prints, and frankly for a long time, leopard prints have been nothing short of CRAP! But I loves this jumper – a little on the pricey side at £38, but oh well.

I will be teaming this baby up with these awesome berry coloured Baxter jeans, £40 from Toppers, come payday, plus a nice white or cream peter pan top like this £10 chappy from Next underneath the jumper to nail an edgy-preppy look!

My purse needs a bandage on it for sure!

Wedding belles

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No, I’m not getting married, but I’m at that age now where people around me are! And that calls for more dresses (shame) and maybe even a hat.

Now, as delighted as I am about having a bona fide excuse to buy a new dress, dresses for weddings always prove difficult. For a start there are rules, some written, some unwritten. The obvious is that you can’t wear white or cream, not too much of a problem. Some brides don’t like you wearing full length dresses either, that’s kind of ok too. But then to the unwritten. Let’s call them guidelines rather than rules:

  1. You don’t want to look like you’re going to a prom
  2. Is all black ever appropriate at a wedding? Genuine question, I am not really sure.
  3. You don’t want to wear anything too short..
  4. …or too casual…
  5. …or too worky.
  6. You don’t want to end up with the same dress as someone else.

So, the first and second ‘guidelines’ cut out pretty much most dresses on the highstreet. There is, firstly, a destinctly limited range of suitable formal dresses in a lot of highstreet shops – and most, let’s face it, come in black. Argh! The likes of Coast, LK Bennett and others are, sadly, too expensive for me on my little wage (a total bummer as Coast have brought out a replica of a hot vintage monochrome dress (below), as worn by Dannii Minogue last year – but at £175 it’s a little out of my price range.)

The third issue (too short) is even more of a problem for me. At 5’10 even a standard ‘above the knee’ skirt can look indecent on me. Pencil dresses have the bonus of being a bit more demure, but at the same time they can look worky (issue five!)

The added dimension for this wedding is that it is an autumn wedding, which means it will be beautiful with all the changing leaves and a low autumal sunrise to welcome in the day, but also means bye bye chiffon summer frocks, there’s no room for you at this inn.

So my mission is to find frocks of a reasonable price – avoiding all aforementioned pitfalls and looking hot to trot. Go…!