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Girlie gingham – under £50

11 Jun

There’s something exclusively summery about gingham. More than even florals or nautical stripes, which both have their winter incarnations. You just don’t really see gingham done when the weather is rubbish and the nights are darker, as demonstrated by the stylish ladies of Pinterest…

Perhaps that’s because gingham just looks so right with sunglasses and white jeans – both high summer staples. Or maybe it’s because it reminds us all of outdoor tablecloths in the summer!

Whatever the reason, I’m embracing this summer staple with my pick of high-street gingham pieces under £50. Feast your eyes…


Shirt, £34, Topshop


Trousers, £39, Topshop


Cami, £14.99, New Look


Wrap skirt, £39, Warehouse


Dress, £45, Asos

My top tip? Wear it head to toe – I’m thinking the pink trousers and cold-shoulder blouse worn together would be a winning look. Be brave!

Bethan x


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…


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…


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…


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

You can get the look for your home, too…


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

Hot colour combo: pink and red

14 May

As much as I love classic neutrals like white and grey with denim, sometimes you just need a super bright and girlie colour combo. And right now I’ve completely obsessed with pictures I’ve been seeing on Instagram of red and pink outfits. Check them out…

There’s a clear style formula here, and this is a look that’s perfect for wedding guests, especially if you’re looking for something a bit more modern than a dress.You’ll need:one full skirt in bright pink, red or a floral; one pair of killer statement heels in bright red or pale pink; one simple top, from a white shirt to a cami to a lace body – tuck it in to keep it sleek; and finally, for the most glamorous of looks, finish it off with a statement pair of sunnies.

Here are some bits I’ve found to recreate the look…

The skirts


Skirt, £54, Closet


Skirt, £79, Monsoon


Skirt, £30.12, Chic Wish (also comes in red…)


The tops


Body, £17.99, Cameo Rose at New Look

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Top, £24, Oasis


Jumper, £19.99, Uniqlo

The shoes


Shoes, £24.99, New Look


Shoes, £49, Office


Shoes, £69, Office

And finally, the sunglasses


I can’t get enough of these kooky, retro sunnies, £22 from Topshop. Cool enough to make a statement, but because they’re monochrome, they won’t fight with the pink and red.

Prefer a classic?


These classic black aviators are a winner, and only £18 from Topshop.

Do you love this pretty look?

Bethan x


Jackets, jeans and trainers

30 Apr

As it’s the beginning of a beautiful bank holiday weekend (hallelujah!), this post is all about the casualwear. And, though the rain, hail and snow finally seems to be giving it a break, it’s still not exactly balmy out there. So my focus is jackets, of every shape and size.

I’ve noticed that jackets are having a real moment right now – particularly the printed silky bomber. You can’t move in Zara for them. And what better to pair them with than your favourite jeans and trainers. Here are three looks to try…

1 The Bomber

(pics from Pinterest)

As I mentioned above, if you’re a fan of a printed bomber, you need to head to Zara. My favourite is this one…


It’s £39.99, which is pretty reasonable. I just love the blue.

Or if you’re feeling a little print shy, how about a sleek black number?


This one’s £29.99 from New Look.

It’s pretty clear from the ladies in the Pinterest pics above that what the bomber needs most is skinny jeans, and I particularly like the way Poppy Delevingne has styled hers with ripped knees and white trainers.

I think these jeans would do the trick with both of these bombers…


£42, Vila at Asos.

Then finish the look with some bright white Converse.


I love the Chuck Taylor All Stars II style, which are £59.99 at Office, but we all have our Converse preferences, so go with yours!

2 The Blazer

(pics from Pinterest)

These light-coloured blazers are looking super fresh for summer (and I love the rolled cuffs on the black blazer).

This blush blazer is really pretty and simple…


£65, Oasis

Or, if you’re feeling a little alternative, I love this pyjama style number…


It’s £65 from Topshop.

I particularly like blazers styled with boyfriend jeans and slip-on trainers. It’s a nice way to dress down a more formal jacket.

I think Uniqlo’s slim boyfriends are a great style…


A bargain at £34.90, and not so baggy that you lose the tailored-ness of the blazer.

Then I’d add a blast of fun to the look with these printed Vans…

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Now reduced to £31 on Asos.

3 The Leather Biker

(pics from Pinterest)

The final style is an enduring classic. I’ve had my black leather biker from Oasis for five years and I always look forward to the weather finally being warm enough to wear it.

I think Mango’s range of classic leather jackets is great.


This black one’s £119.99 – very reasonably priced for real leather.

Or, if I was feeling the need to make a statement, I’d choose this green faux-leather style…


£49.99 from Zara. Hello Kermit jokes! I think it’d be worth it though – I love a bit of bright green.

The big appeal of leather jackets is that they look great with everything, but I’m particularly fond of them worn with a true black skinny jean and New Balance running-style trainer. I think it’s a classic look, and you can add a bit of colour with your NBs if you want to avoid wearing all black.

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I have these Ridley high-waisted jeans from Asos, which are £25, and they’re basically as comfortable as leggings. They wash really well and they’re keeping their true black colour, so win win all round.

And my choice for trainers would be these grey ones…

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£65 at Asos. But then I might also be tempted by a bright blue or purple pair.

Hmm, decisions decisions.

Bethan x

White tops and denim shorts

23 Apr

Last week’s post was all about throwing on the colour. This week, I’m saying the opposite. What can I say – I’m fashion fickle. Because, while I do truly love beautiful bright clothes, the other look I’m coveting for summer (if it ever comes) is classic denim shorts and white tops.

Here’s a whole lotta inspiration from Pinterest…

Chances are, we’ve all got a well-loved pair of denim cut-offs in our wardrobes, so there’s no need to rush out and buy anything there. Though, if you are in the market, you can’t go wrong with a classic…


Levi’s 501 shorts in Echo Park wash, £45.

Or, for a budget option (and a little more leg coverage), New Look has a great selection of denim shorts…


These turn-ups are £19.99. And I may have to buy them right now…

Now for the white tops. The possibilities and styles are endless and, what’s even better is that you probably already have at least three white tops in your wardrobe. But if you can’t resist a chance to shop, here are some of my favourites in the shops now…

The shirt

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Staying with New Look for this one. This linen shirt is £14.99. I was in New Look the other day and was so impressed with their range of lovely linen shirts at brilliant prices. This is such a lovely simple style, and there’s no fabric that says summer more than linen. Wear it with your denims, and then take it on holiday to wear as a beach cover-up – very Kate Moss!

The sweater


This brilliant cotton cable knit is just £9.90 from Uniqlo in the sale. Sound the bargain claxon! I love how it’s styled here with a shirt, which would look perfect with denim shorts and white trainers for those days when it’s warm enough to get your legs out, but you still need knitwear.

The off-the-shoulder

This cute little bow-sleeve number is £29.99 from H&M. I’m a sucker for anything with a bow, and this is an easy way to pretty up your denims. Or, if you prefer something more fitted with an off-the-shoulder look, this Asos top is now just £6 in the sale…image1xxl.jpg

The cami

I love the delicate strap details on this Asos cami, for £22. It’s a nice, simple number for summer, but those pretty little crossover straps mean it will work for day and night. Just swap your denim shorts for skinnies and heels and hit the bar!

The T-shirt


I am faithfully a Gap T-shirt girl. This crew neck number is £12.95. I love these 100% cotton T-shirts. They’re a nice loose-fitting shape, and they keep their shape wash after wash. Can’t ask for more from a T-shirt really.

The blouse

Bit of a cheat on this one, because I totally couldn’t choose between so many of H&M’s brilliant white blouse range. So instead, here’s a selection to feast your eyes on. And, at these prices, it’d be rude not to buy a few, really…

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Short sleeve, £14.99

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Lace trim, £12.99

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Fringed, £19.99

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Sleeveless with tie neck, £19.99

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Ruffled chiffon, £24.99.

I mean, seriously, how is a girl meant to choose?

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…


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

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


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


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…


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…


Just how great do these colours look together?

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


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


£14, Asos.

4. Hot pink


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.


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

Trouser looks for weddings

20 Mar

It’s officially the first day of spring (apparently – feels a bit chilly!), which can mean only one thing: let wedding season commence!

I love choosing wedding guest outfits and, nine times out of ten, I go for a dress. But what about those fashion fans who are less than keen on getting their legs out? The solution: trousers and jumpsuits!

There are some gorgeous spring co-ords, trousers and jumpsuits out there that I’d love to wear to a wedding. Perfect for early spring weddings when it’s still pretty chilly, and also lovely if you’d like to stand out from the prom dresses and fascinators (without upstaging the bride of course!).

Here are a few favourites…

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This Asos suit is £28 for the trousers and £42 for the blazer. The best part? You can wear the pieces separately after the wedding – I think the trousers would look great with a white t-shirt and trainers for downtime, and with a polka dot pussybow blouse for work. Meanwhile the blazer is ideal to throw on over a summer dress.

But, for the big day, I’d pair it with this floral cami…


It’s £14.99 from New Look, and includes the shorts.

Prefer your outfit to do the work for you? You need a jumpsuit…


£65, Warehouse. Easy peasy. The beautiful bird print means there’s no need for any other accessories than a simple clutch and shoes.

Prefer to cover your arms?

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The kimono sleeves on this jumpsuit from Asos, £45, are perfect for anyone who’s forgotten to do their tricep dips (erm, me included).

Ps. those mules are a dead ringer for Gucci, at about a tenth of the price…

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£29.99 from Daisy Street.

Not a fan of jumpsuits? Why not let the trousers take centre stage?

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I love these from H&M for £29.99.Crying out for a yellow blouse don’t you think…


This one from Boden is pricey at £63.20, but it’s 100% silk, and you’ll wear it all summer long after the wedding. Pretty with an A-line skirt for work; equally good with denim shorts and a cardi for weekend brunching.

Looking to make an even bigger statement with your trousers?


Voila! With these Zara trousers, at £29.99, a statement is just what you’ll make. The matching top’s £25.99. Very Dolce & Gabbana 2016.

So, are you tempted to ditch the dress for upcoming weddings?

Bethan x