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Everyone loves a stripe…

30 May

…And particularly a classic blue and white one. Nothing feels more spring bank holiday to me than a fresh striped top, comfy and stretchy skinny jeans (I’ve eaten a lot of cake and biscuits this weekend) and white trainers or sandals.

But equally, I’m coveting chic and swishy striped dresses. That’s the beauty of the stripe: dressed up or dressed down, it always makes just enough of a statement, but still feels safe and reliable. Here’s some inspiration from Pinterest…

So if you’re feeling the need to splash some post payday cash (hoorah!) may I draw your attention to these…

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Harpa dress, £225, from L K Bennett. I’m obsessed with this dress for summer wedding, though sadly I’m not going to one this year! But I think it’d look brilliant with a colour pop shoe – I’m thinking fuchsia or yellow.

And, for a more relaxed day dress, this one from Fat Face is perfect…

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It’s the Kirstie dress, which costs £40.

For those dress-down days, like today, you could literally fill your wardrobe with an array of simple stripes.

This sweet button-back top is just £7 in the sale at New Look now. Super pretty with white skinny jeans on a sunny day (if the sun decides to grace us once again). See the Pinterest pic top right.

And, for the classic Breton tee, there’s really only one place…

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Petit Bateau! This top is £35 and is Duchess of Cambridge approved.

You can get the look for your home, too…

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This Hadley bedding from M&S starts at £29.50, and strikes me as the perfect choice for the Breton fan. Even better if you’re moving into a house with blue carpet (er, yes, I’m talking about myself again).

Stay tuned for next week’s post on another spring favourite – fabulous florals!

Bethan x

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Leather skirts and sweatshirts

21 May

Yesterday I made a sneaky little purchase of this cool tie-front sweater from Missguided…

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It was only £20, plus a bargainous £1.99 for next-day delivery. It turned up at 8.30am this morning – I’ve never had better service from an online mail order company – will definitely be shopping with Missguided again.

Anyway, I’ve decided what it really needs is a leather (or leather look) skirt to go with it, and then some cool slip-on trainers to finish the look (weirdly, in spite of all the shoes I own, I currently don’t have a pair of slip-on trainers in the closet, something I’m keen to rectify asap!).

M&S has this khaki wrap-style skirt for £35…

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It’s also available in real leather for £129. I think this is a great option for the tall girls and those that don’t want to show off their knees. I also really love the colour, and I think it’d look great dressed down a bit.

For the classic black pencil skirt, I love this one from Zara

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As it’s faux leather, it’s a bargainous £25.99. I usually find faux leather a bit lighter than real, too, especially in the summer.

Or, for something a bit shorter and more fun, which would look really cute with a sweater and trainers, how about this pleated mini from Asos?

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At £18, you can’t really say no!

Topshop also has some really cute and fun real leather styles…

The button-front is £85 and the bright pink is £75.

As for those trainers, you can have pretty much anything your heart desires.

From slogans…

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£19.99, from Pull & Bear,

To sparkles…

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£22, River Island

To whacking great flatforms…

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£120, from Kurt Geiger. (They’re expensive, but I love them!)

How will you wear yours?

Bethan x

 

 

Colour me beautiful

17 Apr

On a spring weekend that’s been so chilly I’ve resorted to putting the heating back on and retrieving my winter coat from the cupboard, I think adding a little cheer to your wardrobe is pretty much a necessity.

So I’ve been enjoying browsing online for lots of happy, colourful clothes to take the edge off the slightly disappointing climes. We all have our favourite colours and combinations (hello, 80% navy wardrobe), but I’m going to try and make my next few purchases a little sunnier, in the hope it can inspire Mr Sun to put his hat on, too.

Here are some colour combos I’m loving…

1. Ice-cream pastels

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£38, Asos. This gorgeously girlie number is good enough to eat! I’ve been eyeing it up for weeks, and I think I might need to make it mine.

I’d pair it with these cute little pumps…

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£7.99, New Look (bargain! Maybe buy all three colours!)

And, because this is England, best to top if off with a cardi…

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This one’s £24.90 from Uniqlo. I bloomin’ love their knitwear. This is 100% cotton, comes in a range of colours, washes really well, and is just generally a great thing for spring.

I’m pretty obsessed with this pastel outfit – would you be daring enough to wear pastels top to toe?

2. Yellow and blue

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This zingy number from Oasis, £50, is the perfect way to wear colour if you’re a bit scared. Yes, it’s loud, but it’s a chic, simple and flattering shape. You could tone it right down and wear it with opaque tights and a black or cream blazer, but in the spirit of this post, I’m going for primary colour perfection…

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These loafers are £62 from Office and I think they’re pretty spectacular. Worn with the yellow dress they’re a beachy, sunny dream, but they’ll also be perfect with skinny jeans and a simple Breton top for those days when you’re feeling a little less ‘look at me’.

3. Teal and orange

This slightly unusual colour comco is inspired by this image, taken from the Rock My Wedding blog, and shot by Marianne Chua…

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Just how great do these colours look together?

And, brilliantly, M&S has gone and made a dress in some pretty damn similar colours…

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It’s £39.50, and a serious mood lifter on a dull day. I’d play up the orange and wear it with these…

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£14, Asos.

4. Hot pink

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I couldn’t resist the opportunity to showcase this brilliant blouse from Asos, £32. The perfect remedy to any dull day, this is just so fun and pretty.

It’s jazzy enough to wear with any staples – jeans, black work trousers, white linen trousers, a denim skirt, but I think pink and khaki are a great and underrated colour match.

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These are just £14.99 from H&M, and come in a whole load of other colours if you’re feeling adventurous.

So there are my hot tips for spring/summer colour, even if the sky remains decidedly grey. How will you wear yours?

Bethan x

M&S done good!

13 Feb

I’ve been a fan of Marks & Spencer’s younger, more fashion-forward line, Limited Edition, for a while now. It always has some really nice, fresh pieces, and some have made big waves in the fashion world. Mary Berry wore a Limited Edition bomber on Bake Off, for goodness sake – if that’s not a style seal of approval, I don’t know what is…

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After this, it sold out!

So I’m pleased to see that this season’s Limited Edition stock is equally striking. Even better? There’s nothing here that’ll set you back more than £60, and some of it is already in the sale.

There’s a strong line in dungarees of all shapes, sizes, colours and materials…

Those flowery ones have got ‘cute weekend brunch outfit’ all over them.

And if it’s florals that you like, you’ll find much more where those dungarees came from…

The blush pink dress is so pretty, and can we talk about that bomber jacket? Those babies will be the piece of the season, so grab them now before it’s too late.

Fans of sleek, minimalist pieces will be excited by the dresses…

And if you’re more of a boho babe, there’s something for you, too…

Lastly, look out, I’ve finally found what I’ve been looking for. A pyjama shirt!

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And it’s reduced to £12 in the sale. Right, there’s nothing for it, I need to buy, buy, buy!

Bethan x

Girlie chic

9 Jan

When the weather outside is dreary and there’s still two-thirds of January to get through, we all need something lovely to give us a bit of cheer.

Which is why I’m voting for super-pretty girlie dressing this month.

It might feel like the perfect time to cosy up in jeans, trainers and sports sweaters (and believe me, I will still be doing that on some days), but the rest of the time I intend to make an effort with feminine frills, ruffles, lace and lots of pink.

Here’s a bit of ss16 catwalk inspiration from Balenciaga, Gucci and Luisa Beccaria…

And here are a few gorgeously girlie pieces I’ve spotted on the high street…

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This Rosie for Autograph camisole from M&S, £35, is too pretty to be saved for underwear. Paired with skinny blue jeans and thick cable-knit cardi, it’s perfect for the weekend.

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This blouse has a lovely Victoriana look, and is a bit of a bargain at £24.99, from H&M.

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I like the subtle ruffle on this dress from Vila, £38 from Asos. I think some ruffled dresses can look a bit stiff, but this one is quite minimal, and therefore very chic. The blush colour is also flattering on lots of skin tones.

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Oasis usually does a good line in florals, and this season is no different. This shirt, for £38, is just one of many seriously pretty flowery numbers it has in at the moment. See also this embroidered top…

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£32, Oasis

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Not a fan of pink? I’ve got a bit of a penchant for this green suede-style skirt from River Island. It’s just a soft and feminine, without the candy-coloured cuteness, and only £30.

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Ladylike dressing needs a midi-heeled shoe, and I think Topshop has one of the best selections out there. These silver strappies for £49 are prim and proper, but lend the look a nice futuristic vibe.

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Zara’s cute top-handle bag, for £29.99, is the perfect budget-friendly finishing touch for this look. And even if you’re having a grey day and can’t be bothered to throw on a floral dress or lacy skirt, add this little number to your jeans and jumper to look instantly a little more Elle Woods.

Bethan x

Luxe Christmas loungewear

25 Dec

Happy Christmas everyone!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be planning to spend the next few days chilling out, eating lots, cosied up on the sofa watching TV and drinking mulled wine. Which is why luxurious loungewear is the order of the day right now. And, even better, it’ll all be reduced soon in the post-Christmas sales. So where to look for those comfy bargains?

Hush

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Hush has some great pyjama sets and separates, in pretty and stylish patterns, which won’t break the budget. These rose print trousers are 100% cotton and cost £30. They’re worn in this pic with a budget-busting £200 cashmere hoodie, but there are lots of other options for vests and slouchy tops. Or you can buy a matching PJ set for about £40.

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The White Company’s sale has already started, with these cotton heart-print bottoms down to £27.30. The ribbed top in this pic is £32. Special mention also goes to these slippers

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Which are 30% off and down to £24.50.

Marks & Spencer

You just can’t go wrong with Marks and Sparks. I love the Rosie for Autograph collection.

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The top’s £11.20 and the trousers are £13.65, both in the sale. There are only a couple of sizes still available online, but check out the Boxing Day sales if you’re heading out.

And, in a dream world, I’d like these cashmere joggers please.

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They’re £99, but ooh, so scrummy!

Uniqlo

I’m a huge fan of Uniqlo’s cashmere jumpers, and its loungewear selection is equally tempting.

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This fleecy dress is just £14.90. Add leggings and cosy slipper socks and you’re ready for a day on the sofa. I also like this fleecy set for £19.90, and these slouchy spotty trousers…

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So there you have it. Sit back, relax, and open another tin of Quality Street!

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