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Have you discovered Olive?

16 Jul

Hello, and firstly I must apologise for my complete lack of blogging over the last month. I moved house (resulting in chaos and no internet for weeks) and then went away on a lovely holiday with my friends. But I’m back, bringing with me big lust for a new brand I’ve recently discovered: Olive.

It’s not actually a new brand – the shop opened in Cheltenham back in 2010 – but it’s a new discovery for me, mostly thanks to its brilliant Instagram game. It puts together some seriously covetable outfit combos that have me rushing to the website on an almost daily basis.

Here are a few Olive looks I’ve been double tapping recently…

I don’t know how they do it, but I just want everything they Instagram. Perhaps its the chic floorboards and the natty little inclusions of flowers, books and accessories. But mostly I think it’s the pretty flouncy frills, florals and dresses that do it for me.

Even better news is that the clothing is really reasonably priced (especially given some of it is currently on sale!). Here’s my current wishlist…

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Dress, £39

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Skirt, £25

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Blouse, £29

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Skirt, £32

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Skirt, £59

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Blouse, £45

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Blouse, £55

Bit of a pastel and pink theme, but they’re such pretty pieces!

Have I converted you, too?

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

 

The best of 2015 fashion

30 Dec

With just one more full day of 2015 remaining, I thought this would be a nice chance to look back at some of my favourite trends that I’ve blogged about over the past year.

These are the pieces that I’ve been loving, with a few suggestions for new ways to style them up for 2016…

In October, I featured these sparkly shoes from Boden.

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The glitter version have all sold out, but these chic black ones are new, and reduced from £89 to £62.30.

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I think I’d go for the full Audrey Hepburn look with these – slim black trousers, a black roll neck and a swingy black ponytail. What could be classier? Or step into January with a splash, by teaming them with trusty black opaques and a loud, proud fuchsia swing dress

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This is reduced to just £10 at Asos.

Not feeling the girlie vibe? Swap the black roll neck I mentioned above for a sporty tee

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£22, Adidas at Asos. The monochrome palette and slim-fit shape mean this is a safe option for the sports-luxe-shy (aka me).

In September, I became obsessed with pompom shoes, and in particular this pair, which are now sold out…

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Thankfully, Topshop still has a few pairs of this very similar style left, which are in the sale for £15…

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For 2016, I’d embrace the geek chic popularised by Gucci and style them up with a pleated midi skirt, tank top and roll neck. You couldn’t fail to feel cheerful on your first day back at work dressed like that!

Topshop’s grey/silver skirt will add just enough sparkle to a grey January day…

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And at £30, it won’t hurt that post-Christmas bank balance.

In May, I went crazy for ghillie shoes – along with the rest of the world. I bought this blue pair from Asos…

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They’re now long gone, but there are millions of other pairs (or so it seems!) still for the taking. And on a practical note, I didn’t think these would be the comfiest of shoes, but they actually are. I did a day-long shopping trip in these the very first time I wore them and I was blister free.

For a 2016 take, I like this chic, minimalist pair, which are reduced to £39 in the Asos sale…

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I think they’d make the perfect trans-seasonal outfit with this grey jumper dress from Whistles, which is down to £85 in the sale…

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I was up for all-denim-everything in April, with this Zara midi skirt leading the pack…

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I’m so pleased that denim’s still going strong for 2016, and I’ve currently got my eye on this pinafore from Asos…

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Looks just like my favourite skirt in dress form! I’ll wear it for work with a pussybow blouse and ankle boots, then at the weekend with a ribbed knit and trainers.

And finally, back in January, a whole year ago, I was mad for suede in all its forms, but particularly jackets. This red number from Mango was at the top of my wishlist…

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But, for 2016, I think I might be swayed by the simple shape and attention grabbing colour of this cobalt version, down to £54.99 in the sale.

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Whereas I’d wear the red one with a dreamy boho dress from Zara, I think this blue one needs strong shapes and clean lines. So a white t-shirt and these striped wide leg trousers from Asos, which are now just £24, should do the trick…

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I wonder what style choices 2016 will bring? Happy new year!

Bethan x

Summer jeans

14 Jul

I bloody love this hot weather so I am definitely not going to complain about it.

But…my ankles/thighs/legs were simply not built for summer dresses. Plus I am not the best in terms of shaving and fake tan so my legs are not up there in terms of “best features”.  That is why my perfect look is denim based.  Sometimes there is no better look than a great pair of jeans and a simple tee.

In the summer months, I think jeans can be a great look when the sun goes down and I have noticed there are some decent light blue jeans in the shops at the moment. You will note I am not a fan jeggings. Real denim only ladies!

These are the pairI bought on Saturday. Topshop’s Baxter jeans are perfect for me in terms of fit and length.

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I also really like Mango jeans, and they are surprisingly good value. These pair are a little bit more funky and have a touch of the 90s about them. These are just £35. I have a indigo pair and they have worn really well.

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If think skinny jeans are a bit too skin-tight for hot evenings, boyfriend jeans can look really cool. H&M have a great pair for £30.

hmprodI would team these will a top that has a bit of a sheer to make it a little more girlie/sexy. For this I would definitely check out the Zara sale. This cute top is only £6, which is amazing for Zara. Denim and a white top is a winning summer casual combination!

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Love Kate x

(P.S. sorry I was away for so long. I stood on my laptop and I had to spend my shopping budget on a new screen. Bah humbug!)

New shoes!

28 Apr

Great minds Bethan as I have picked up these beauties from Zara over the weekend. Bright blue suede heels for only £22.99. So I guess I am bang on trend?

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Love Kate x

Five days to payday…

25 Apr

And it’s nearly the weekend and I need a shopping fix, especially after a realllllly tough week at work. So what can I get for a fiver this weekend?

I’m loving these stacked rings from H&M. The turquoise is pretty for summer and the chain ring really toughens it up. Only £3.99…

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Also this monochrome chiffon scarf from New Look will funk up a white t-shirt, and would look cool with a leather jacket. Plus black and white is about lots this spring and can be a fresh look as an alternative to pastels. Again at a perfect end-of-the-month price of £2.99.

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Now forgive me but the next buy is a pound over my budget, but I have completely fell in love with this palm tree print skirt from River Island. I am literally adding this to be shopping basket now and plan to team with a baggy white 80s t-shirt and some a statement gold necklace.

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Actually all these items come to just over £10 – I may even be able to stretch to buying all three!

Love Kate x

Move over ebay…it’s asos marketplace

8 Apr

Ladies I have a new bookmark saved to my PC – asos marketplace.

Being a girl on a budget I am not averse to wearing second hand clothes (any Balham-ites out there, the Trinity Hospice charity is absolutely amazing) so you can find lots of previously-loved pieces on here and often get a brand that you couldn’t usually afford. There is also an assortment of vintage clothes as well as independent boutiques selling their creations.

What I love most about this site compared to ebay, is that sellers have to post a picture of someone wearing the item of clothing so you know how it looks before spending your cash. V.important when it comes to online shopping that you know in advance whether it will look like a sack of potatoes!

What’s more there is currently a 50% of sale. So before you dash off to get yourself some new togs here is my pick of star buys for this spring:

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This blouse is only £5.25 and looks like the ones I have been eyeing up Zara. Plus it’s a 90s number so very on-trend.

https://marketplace.asos.com/listing/blouses/lovely-vintage-blouse/770156

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I love this stripy 70s pleated skirt, it’s a perfect statement item for summer and only £15.

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Bomber jackets are everywhere and this adidas number will make you the coolest kid in the class. This jacket will be perfect for spring days and covering up on a summer’s evening – just £35.

https://marketplace.asos.com/listing/jackets/adidas-bomber-jacket/619901

Happy shopping!

Love Kate x