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Summer florals

4 Jun

I’ve been up to all kinds of flower-related activities lately, from visiting Mayfair Flower Show at Sketch…

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(This is a pic of the amazing ceiling in one of the rooms, with beautiful flowers hanging from it)

To a flower-arranging masterclass with Bloomon…

They’re a brilliant new floristry company, which began in Denmark, and which delivers enormous brightly coloured bouquets to your home on a subscription basis. Check them out here.

So, naturally, this has inspired me to include some new florals in my wardrobe. It’s obviously not a new concept – florals happen in fashion pretty much every single summer – but there’s a reason for that: they’re just lovely. Who doesn’t love flowers? So why not add a little floristry to your wardrobe with my top five high street pieces…

1. Oasis top

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I’m fairly mad about the entire new Chelsea Physic Garden collection from Oasis, and this pretty top, £40, is just one of the many standout pieces. The dresses are also top of the list for anyone attending a wedding this summer.

2. Liberty x Havaianas espadrilles

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We all know that Liberty is the place to go for ditzy-floral-print fabrics, and it’s also pretty hot on its collaborations. These espadrilles, £45, are possibly the best shoes of the summer.

3. Zara kimono jacket

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I’m making a stand and moving away from the bomber. If you want to be original this summer, this kimono jacket, £29.99, is the perfect choice.

4. Accessorize clutch

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Accessorize won’t be beaten on clutch bags, particularly embellished numbers perfect for nights out, summer events like the races or polo, and weddings. This bedazzled clutch, £49, is a girl’s dream.

5. French Connection embroidered jeans

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Anyone who remembers B*Witched (the girl group, not the TV show) may recoil in horror at the thought of bringing back embroidered denim, but I’m afraid it’s happened, so it’s time to jump aboard the trend Rollercoaster (see what I did there, B*Witched fans? Am I making myself sound old?). That’s right, the late 90s is back, and jeans emblazoned with pretty floral motifs are flying off the shelves. There are limited pairs of these French Connection jeans, £90, still available, but when I say limited I mean limited, so keep your eyes peeled for more styles. I’ve seen some in Zara, too. Happy hunting!

Goodness, all these florals have made me feel like summer might actually be upon us now. Come on, weather gods, make it happen!

Bethan x

 

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Ready for spring!

13 Mar

What a beautiful weekend it’s been in London! Sun shining, blue skies, a bunch of tulips on my coffee table… I even went out without a coat yesterday and today (I was wearing a bodywarmer, but still – no sleeves! Didn’t freeze!).

All of this inevitably means my thoughts are turning to my spring wardrobe. But I’m determined not to get ahead of myself this year. I’m not rushing out to buy summer dresses, sleeveless shirts and shorts. Let’s not kid ourselves – it might never get that warm!

What I am thinking of is a few little ways to tweak my winter wardrobe into something that makes the most of the ever so slightly warmer weather.

First up, it’s nearly time to ditch the winter coat for something a little lighter. I’ve decided I need to invest in a classic trench coat this year. Here’s some inspo from Pinterest…

I don’t want to spend a fortune, as I’ll only wear it for a couple of months before it’s no-coat weather. But I want a classic style that I’ll bring out later this year and for years to come.

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This wrapover style is a very reasonable £39.99 from H&M.

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I also like the buttons on this bargainous £29.99 double-breasted style from New Look.

Once the coat is sorted, I’ll be swapping my cashmere scarf for something lighter and sunnier…

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Accessorize has some lovely pure silk scarves in pretty designs…

This lovely lot start at just £12 for a skinny scarf, £25 for a square scarf.

Spring definitely isn’t time to cast aside the jeans and trousers, but it does mean one thing… Bare ankles! I’ve loved my jazzy sparkly socks this winter, but I am excited to cast them aside and get back to bare feet. There are just certain shoes that don’t work with socks or black tights. And to celebrate, it only seems right to treat myself to some lovely new flats to keep my bare ankles company (never mind all those flats I have that are already happy to do the job – there’s always room for more).

I was in Clarks yesterday and I loved so many of the new spring styles in there. It was super busy, too – I think Clarks is having a major resurgence in popularity. Here are a few styles I’m coveting…

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These new Trigenics, £65, are hugely popular and look so comfortable. Some of the other styles in this range have looked a little ‘utility’ for me (I’m a sucker for a girlie shoe), but I’m loving the light colour and open style of these. I can practically feel the cushiony comfort calling me.

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While we’re talking comfort, these chic Sillian Fern slip-ons, £45, are from a range called Cloud Steppers. Say no more.

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These Taylor Spring shoes, £50, are super smart. So perfect with skinny jeans and one of the trench coats above.

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Finally, Clarks has gone big on silver shoes this season, like these Damara Rose brogues, £65. Ever the magpie, these are calling to me. And, according to the online reviews, they’re heaven to wear.

Last on my list of handy hints for transitioning into spring is culottes worn with ankle boots. So there’s no need to give up your favourite winter boots yet. Just reveal a little calf to let in a little breeze. More inspo from Pinterest…

I love the raw hem on these culottes…

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£28 from Fashion Union

And these striped numbers will also look great with white trainers…

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£25, Asos

Boohoo is genius for budget printed styles…

Some pairs cost as little as £4 – perfect for trying a tricky trend.

So there you have it. Let’s step boldly into spring (with bare ankles!)

Bethan x

 

Stocking fillers for fashionistas

13 Nov

Once you’ve got those big-ticket items sorted, it’s time to think about the stocking. But no fashionista’s going to be happy with a satsuma and a bag of chocolate coins (though we’d be sad if they didn’t feature somewhere!), so here’s a few ideas for budget-friendly stocking fillers for the high-street fans in your life…

  1. Sparkly socks

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£4, River Island. I’ve already got these amazing sparkly green socks, and every time I wear them people comment on how much they like them. Great for jazzing up trainers and jeans (just roll your jeans up a bit to show them off) or for taking your summer shoes into winter (they looks cute with an open toe). Here I am wearing mine…

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Even better, when you buy three pairs of socks from River Island, you save money. So why not get these cute styles, too…

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On a similar theme, every fashion lover needs a drawer stuffed full of…

2. Terrific tights

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£8, Marks & Spencer. We all buy ourselves black tights, but a real Christmas treat would be a pretty patterned pair like these. You just can’t go wrong with M&S tights!

3. Pants!

In my family, a stocking isn’t a stocking without a few new pairs of pants, and at Topshop they’re 3 for £10. Take your pick from these…

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4. A pair of Louboutins… well, Louboutin nail polishes

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£36 each, Harvey Nichols. Pricey, yes, but much cheaper than an actual pair of Loubs, and a very covetable present for any girl.

5. Cute hair accessories

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£8, Asos. Perfectly pretty. Or for something a little more bling, how about this?

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£10, Asos.

6. Jewels!

You can’t beat Z for Accessorize for budget sparkly things. I’d like any of these, from £10…

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7. Winter woollies

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£20 for the gloves, £16 for the hat, from Fat Face. Cute and snuggly, but also chic thanks to the grey and cream colour palette. Imagine them with a sheepskin coat and a navy cashmere sweater. Perfection!

And finally…

8. A beautiful leather coin purse

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£165, Smythson. Ridiculously extravagant for a stocking filler, but too dreamy not to include.

Still to come in my Christmas series… Secret Santa, and what to get for those awkward boys!

Bethan x

Embroidery, baby

10 Oct

I’ve become rather obsessed with beautiful, embroidered pieces of clothing recently. I blame it on Dolce & Gabbana. Their gorgeous pieces for aw15 are enough to get any fashion fan swooning…

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And Net-a-Porter isn’t short of a gorgeous embroidered designer piece or two…

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Temperley London

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Isabel Marant

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Just dreamy. But for those not willing to spend a month’s salary (or more!) on one designer piece (including me), luckily, the high street cottoned on, and has come up with some beautiful embroidered designs of its own.

Top of my list is this Zara skirt…

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Sadly, it’s already flown out of the shops and online in my size, but I’m hoping it’ll be restocked. For £39.99, it’s a bargain.

This Topshop dress is a very exciting dead ringer for D&G…

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Unfortunately, I’m not the only one to have noticed, and it’s almost totally sold out. I’ve tracked one down to store near my work though, so I’ll be making the trek on Monday to see if I can bag it. Well, for £65, it’s about 5% of the price of the designer version!

This Asos jacket is lovely…

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And £65 isn’t bad for all that work.

Finally, Accessorize is the queen of the embroidered clutch bag – perfect for (dare I say it) party season. As is this whole embroidered look, really.

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This looks was more expensive than its £39 price tag.

Right, I’m off to join the waiting list for the next gorgeous embroidered piece – before all the other high-street shoppers beat me to it again!

Bethan x

The best shops for basics

21 Feb

We all have particular clothes shops we turn to for certain things. If you’re looking for new T-shirts and jumpers, there might be one place you go to for those. Need amazing leather boots? You probably have a place in mind. So I thought I’d share some of my ever-faithfuls…

For work trousers, I go to Reiss. They’re great for well-cut basics in classic colours like black and navy, as well as printed styles and pastels for the summer. I bought my first pair of navy Reiss trousers a couple of seasons ago. I’ve got a lot of clothes in my wardrobe (probably not a shocking revelation!), but I find myself wearing these at least once a week because they’re comfortable, look smart, and go with everything. My most recent addition was this Londra style in the sale for £49…

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Trousers, Reiss

So while you might consider Reiss at the more expensive end of the high-street scale, when it comes to the sales, you can get some real bargain basics that will actually last.

Next up, T-shirts. For me, you can’t beat Gap’s cotton-mix crew-neck T-shirts. They come in a range of colours, wash really well, don’t cling, and are a good length. And under £10! They’re the kind of things you’ll wear all summer, then under jumpers all winter, then you can replace them with a fresh batch the following summer for very little expense. Unbeatable.

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T-shirt, £9.95, Gap

For jeans, my favourite brand is MiH Jeans. Yes, a full-price pair will set you back over £150, but there’s no way you need to pay that (unless you want to). There are lots of styles on The Outnet right now. I’m quite taken with this Phoebe style…

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Jeans, £64, MiH at The Outnet

Under half price – bargain! But my top tip is to look for MiH Jeans on eBay. That’s where I bought both of my pairs, the Paris cropped skinny style and the Marrakesh flares (VERY ss15!). They were in perfect condition, and I got them for about £30 a pair – about a fifth of the full cost. What I love about these jeans is how comfy they are. The denim is so soft they can feel like leggings and the variety of styles, colours and materials means there’s something for everyone.

Believe it or not, my favourite shop for leather shoes and boots is Clarks. Not something I’d have believed a couple of years ago, but Clarks have seriously upped their game trend-wise. Special mention goes to their boots. Recent purchases have included tan knee-highs, purple suede desert boots and navy Orla Kiely flats…

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The best thing about them, apart from the quality, is the fact I know I’ll keep these shoes for years. Oh, and the comfort factor – something Clarks can always be relied upon for.

And finally, for jewellery, I could splash out on the entire Z for Accessorize collection. I already have several rings and necklaces, but currently on my wish list are this layered necklace and chain ring…

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Necklace, £25, and ring, £15, Z for Accessorize

So there you have it, my five faithful brands that never let me down. What are yours?

Bethan x

Z for Accessorize

30 Aug

Have you checked out the Z for Accessorize range yet? If you haven’t, do it right now! I discovered it last week and have already spent a few pennies (ahem) on it.

It’s a collaboration with jewellery designer Zara Simon (check out her website here) and you can pick up pieces from about £15 – winner! I love the cute, tiny stacking rings, the delicate bracelets and the semi-precious stones. Feast your eyes, and then get clicking!

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Bethan x

 

Brrr, it’s cold…

8 Nov

…but that’s a brilliant excuse to start wearing gorgeous, cosy fake fur! Yay!

I love fake fur – any excuse to add a bit (or a lot) to a coat, scarf or pair of trousers and I’m there like a shot!

Here are some of the bits I’m currently coveting…

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£22, Topshop

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£18, Topshop

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£17, Accessorize

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£32, Next

Stay cosy!

Bethan x