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Sunday, 30 July 2017

My last summer dress by Miss Selfridge

Yes I'm afraid that's right, this is the last summer dress I am buying for summer 2017. I know, I know, we are going to have another blast of summer before autumn, but I will just have to work my existing wardrobe.

The retail brands have all started to release their AW17 collection and soon that's all you'll find in the shops. From now, if I can't use it September to November then I am not investing.

So let me tell you all about this gorgeous dress from Miss Selfridge, a place I rarely shop if I am honest. I was looking at some red trousers when this dress caught my eye. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you'll know I'm loving my Jaeger black dress that I bought in the sale, should have been £110, I paid £70 - well if it came in every colour I think I would purchase, I just love it. The style and fit of this new dress is very similar, and what's even better is the price - £39. Let me tell you the cost per wear on this is going to be very very low!

Wear it with heels for work or with wedges for a casual lunch out, team it up with you daily work bag or slimline with a clutch - it's so versatile. I'm wearing a 12 and whilst I thought it was a tad big, the 10 was not a great fit. This dress is perfect for the hourglass shape, the tie around the waist makes it s great fit.




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Miss Selfridge
Self Tie Midi Shift Dress
£39









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Friday, 28 July 2017

Keeping up with Bardot

Happy holidays to all of you who are heading out to the sunshine abroad, I can't quite believe just how many of my friends and colleagues have the next couple of weeks off! I'm looking forward to seeing all their lovely outfits on social media.


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There was a couple of hours of sunshine today in between all the showers so I opted for my H&M Bardot top that I've not worn for a while. I first purchased it at the beginning of Spring, and I'm quite excited that I still have weeks ahead to be able to wear it.

One of the new trends this summer is the blue cotton shirt, you can get this as it is in various different blues and in stripes too, but I'm also seeing this in dresses and the Bardot top, which I simply love love love. 

Yellow is also a key colour this season which I have to say I'm really quite liking too. So I've headed out and tried on some Bardot tops, they are very versatile with jeans, shorts and for some skirts, just try and avoid the gypsy look (that's never good!).



Dorothy Perkins
White Cutout Bardot Top
£26

I'm loving this white top from DP firstly for the thickness and quality of the cotton, it's one of the downsides to my H&M top, mine is a tad flimsy, this felt lovely and gave me that kind of fresh crisp feeling you get with white cotton. Loved the flute sleeves too, my only criticism was too much material around the waistline for my liking.



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Now I'm going to show you a few from New Look, there are so many in the shop I could not have tried them all on and they they have a huge amount online too! I've not been able to find links for some of them, sorry! That said you need to go in store to try on, their sizing is all over the place, no consistency I'm afraid!


Blue Stripe Floral Print Tie Sleeve Bardot Top
£19.99


This is a lovely cotton blue stripe that mixes in the floral trend, which I'm starting to like now that I've seen it on various items. This was a size 14, a fairly good fit and not a bad price at £19.99.


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Dorothy Perkins
Black Tulip Lace Trim Bardot Top
£14

I loved the fit of this one, it was great around the shoulder line, and the cotton was lovely and soft. This would be great for an evening look with black shorts, skirt or trousers. The price is fantastic if you don't want to spend too much on this trend, and if they had this in other colour options I would have purchased one, I just don't need another black top at the moment (can't believe I just said that, I think I need a lie down!). This one is a size 14, if I were to buy, I would have tried the 12 to see if the fit was a tad tighter. Overall this top was 10/10 for me.




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This one too is from New Look, I liked the colour, I struggled a bit getting my hand through the hole at the end of the sleeve even though I untied them (slightly worrying because I don't have big hands at all!) and it's a size 12! Whilst the price was lovely at £15.99, I would have happily had paid an extra £4 to have some more length, I'm leaning forward here so that you can't see, but if I stood straight you'd see skin!! Not flattering at all, this was my least favourite of them all.



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Oasis

Lace Trim Bardot
£29

This looked gorgeous on the hanger, lovely cotton and a great colour, I just found it all very disappointing. I definitely needed a 12 but they didn't have that size, but the big no no for me was it would not stay on my shoulders, it kept popping up. I can't be fiddly around with that, if you are going for a Bardot top, it needs to fit you on the shoulder and not move - well if you are going to get aerobic with your arms whilst you are talking - and as an Italian I understand that, you may have some movement, but on the whole you don't want to be adjusting yourself, not a sign for a great outfit.


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Again from New Look - I loved the colour, I loved how it sat on my shoulders, I even loved the material - great for a night out, just a tad too long I thought, but at £12.99 you can't go wrong for a summer holiday break. This is a size 14, again if I were to purchase I think I would try a 12 to compare the fit.




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New Look
Blue Crochet Lace Trim Bardot Neck Top
£19.99


This was my favourite and so I have saved it to last from New Look - I loved the style of it and the fit. The quality of the cotton was good and it fitted lovely on the shoulders too. I'm wearing a size 12. A fabulous 10/10.


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And whilst it's not a Bardot top, I just wanted to show you this fabulous top I purchased this week from H&M, sorry ladies it was not online, I got it in this soft white and there was blush too in store, and it's a great price at £17.99. You might want to drop a size, this is a 10 for a slightly tighter fit, I think if it's too balloony it could make you look bigger than you are.


I've also got my favourite plum shoes on from New Look and I've teamed it up with this fabulous green suede clutch from Kettlewell Colours, which is available in eight different colours, it was perfect for my dinner with girlfriends this week.



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Top: H&M
Jeans: Next
Suede tassel clutch: Kettlewell Colours
Shoes: New Look










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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Weekend Vibes: The Simple Tee

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Every now and then we all need that relaxing weekend when we don't really have too much planned, and the day can flex into whatever comes your way. These kind of weekends call for the simple jeans and T-shirt combo, nothing to complicated and just low-key and simple.

This post I've not picked out any specific t-shirt, I'm just going to talk about my favourite brands and why I purchase from them.




On a budget - Head to H&M


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I have worn this t-shirt I reckon at least 50 times, it's supersoft to touch, it's never lost its shape and I still get motivated by the moto - it cost me £7.99. 

With these kind of shops, you have to buy them when you see them, and if you get fed up with them, then they get downgraded to the dog-walking, gardening or slouching at home kind of pile.









Want to wear them to the office - Go straight to M&S



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I often wear a classic t-shirt under a blazer with trousers to work. I have a selection from M&S either from the Limited Edition range or from their Basics - I've rarely paid more then £10 for any t-shirt there

The quality is great for work, particular the whites as you find with M&S there is thickness to the cotton that you rarely get with fashion tees.

My only tip here, is black and navy will finally fade, downgrade them when they get to that point, you should always look fresh for work.






Would love more choice of colour - Check out your colour palette on Kettlewell Colours online



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On the high street you can always get the basics of black, navy, grey and white, but if you really into your colour season, like I am then you want to expand your choice. I'm an Autumn and therefore a lot of standard navys I cannot wear, I need a Marine Navy and the quickest way to find this is from Kettlewell.

I love this Slub Charli Top (£35) as the sleeves make this simple T-shirt dressy for going out for lunch and yet I'm keeping that relaxed feel that I want. Great choice and quality.








Looking for something different - Visit your local boutiques or head online


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My Muse t-shirt above or the She Died of Individuality on the right here are findings I have come across online, local boutiques or recommendations from fashion mags. When you see them, you have to buy them. Prices vary, but if you love them when you first see them, you'll wear them!

My Muse tee I saw on Instagram and within 24 hours I had purchased it from Quattro Rish boutique over the phone, they now have an online store so go and check them out.








And finally, let's relax - Hush may have the answer





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The cotton slub V that I'm wearing here is £27 and comes in lots of colours. What I love about it, is that it has this super relax vibe about it. 

I could never wear to the office or out for dinner with the girls, it's the type of tee you'd where to the beach, to the park or for relaxing on a Sunday, like I am here.















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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Summer Dresses Available NOW!


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I've been asked about dresses over the last week or so, both for the office and for holiday, so I thought I would take some time out and go see what you can get, right now!

The dress I'm wearing above I bought from Zara within the last couple of weeks, it's a versatile dress that you can wear from day to night - I was in  London so I'm wearing flats due to the amount of walking, the dress looks fabulous too in wedges and with high-heeled sandals, swap the big bag to a bright clutch for an evening look. The size I'm wearing is a large.


Zara
Floral Print Dress
£29.99







I'm super loving this first one, but I think you may be annoyed with me! I've tried every possible search term on their site, and I can't find it on their website, so if you love it too, you'll need to head to one of their stores. This was from Anthropologie on the Kings Road, London.

Beautiful dress that they describe as orange, I personally would say red. This would look fabulous on holiday. I'm wearing a size 14 here and it fitted lovely, the price perhaps not so lovely at £138.



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Anthropologie
Carlotta Ruched Shirt Dress
£108
Available in orange or black





A shirt dress is great for holidays, especially if your doing city tours! I'm wearing a medium here and I have to say there was a lot of loose material on the top-half, I would be tempted to drop a size. Nice and simple, and the fabric was lovely.

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COS
Dress with Silk Cuffs

£59

If you wanting to make sure that any holiday dresses could then be worn to the office afterwards, this would be perfect. A lovely dress to dine out of in the evenings, I can imagine this simple navy dress worn with tan leather flat sandals and perhaps a gold clutch, or if you want more colour perhaps opt for bright green or orange to contrast the look.

I loved it, and it's one I'm potentially adding to my list!

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COS
Soft Pleat A Line Dress
£69



The colour of the dress is like above, much brighter than the pic I took. It looks quite baggy on me, that's because this is a 16, well I had 8 or 16 to choose from??! So you can see it's a popular dress, whilst I was enticed by the colour on the shop floor, I think it would be a tad boring for holiday. Definitely one though to add to the office list.



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OMG I loved this next dress, it's very Victoria Beckham style and it's only £55!! Not the best shape for an hourglass like me, but I loved loved loved this. I'm wearing a small, and I thought it was a tad big on me.

I can't find it online, so it's another one that you'll have to head to store if you fancy it.



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French Connection
Dorothy Drape Sleeveless Floral Dress
Was £175, now £50





I loved the look of this dress on the hanger, but was concerned I wouldn't like it on, and yet I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I really liked it. I'm wearing a 14 here, and would definitely need to try the 12 to get a better fit.  I think this is a bargain at £50, the dress is covered in tiny flowers, it's simply gorgeous.

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French Connection
Smithson Striped Cotton Shirt
£85




Have you ever rented a holiday villa and find that you want something casual to mooch around in? You want it to keep you cool, not too overdressed and yet still glam - well I think this is the perfect item! Men love women in men's shirts, fact! This is a fabulous day dress that I think would be perfect for holiday!

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

A new twist on the classic Breton top

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It's the easy-weekend look that everyone can adopt. The french chic style of the Breton is traditionally 2cm of white stripe followed by 1cm of blue - however every brand has their own version and you know longer have to stick to just blue!

Favoured by the celebs and the style is thankfully forgiving to those who don't know if they need to dress up or down for an occasion - you can't go wrong with this look for the daytime - it's not something I would suggest or personally opt for as an evening look, even if it is a casual night.


Kate is often seen in this style when she's attending sporty/outdoor events...




Alexa Chung is frequently seen wearing Breton, and it was THE choice for June's edition of Vogue...





And when Kate Moss wants to look more glam than her Glastonbury grunge style, she too often opts for the Breton stripe, in various styles...






Whist out shopping in the last few weeks, I noticed the traditional simple style of either a short-sleeve tee or the 3/4 sleeve had taken a twist - currently on the high street with some mixed with the latest flute sleeve trend and a touch of floral?!

Check out the ones I tried on below - it's one for this season, but it's not a classic!




Mango
Stripe pattern sweater
£19.99




I'm trying on a medium here and this was a good fit for 12/14 size - just way too short (I think) in the body - loved the sleeves, great fabric too - perfect for cooler summer evenings.


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Warehouse
Engineered Stripe Top
£24




This is meant to be a loose fit top, I'm wearing a 10 here and that's as big as I would go for me, I didn't like it with skinny jeans, I noticed on the website it was styled with wide-leg culottes and I have to agree I think it needs that balance.


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Mango
Chala - Organic Cotton Tee
£6.99






Simple and sweet - great fabric, you can't go wrong at this price! I'm wearing a medium here, I would personally try a small for a tighter fit, just to bring it in a little more at the waistline for definition. If your body line is straight, you may prefer the looser fit.



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Warehouse
Stripe Frill Sleeve Tee
£22
Red or blue version available





I have to say I preferred the blue when comparing on the hanger, but as a warm deep autumn, I thought I best opt for the red version - I'm not sure. The colour was fine, loved the sleeves, loved the feel of the tee, but I didn't like the bottom part it was not flattering on me at all - maybe if I wasn't wearing jeans, but I do like my tops to fit well with jeans as I wear them a lot! This was a size 10, which was a good fit to the top half.

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Oasis
Embroidered Flute Sleeve Top
£26




This top has plenty going on; it hits three trends alone with breton, flute sleeves and floral. I'm trying on a medium here and it's way to big for a 12/14 - I'm loving the sleeves though I love the floral with the stripe, a lot!



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Oasis also had this one online which I'm loving too.

Striped embroidered floral pocket tee
£24






And this is me from Saturday when I met a friend in Richmond for coffee and a mooch around the shops, I was planning to wear my mustard trousers with a black top as I was expecting sunshine, however it was drizzly rain! So I shopped my wardrobe and unsure if my girlfriend would be dressed up/down, I knew my Breton top from Hollister that I bought over 3-4 years ago would be a safe option - and thankfully I did go smarter, as we ended up in the lovely The Ivy Cafe for a cheeky glass of Prosecco.

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