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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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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

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Skirt, £54, Closet

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Skirt, £79, Monsoon

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

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The tops

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Body, £17.99, Cameo Rose at New Look

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Top, £24, Oasis

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Jumper, £19.99, Uniqlo

The shoes

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Shoes, £24.99, New Look

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Shoes, £49, Office

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Shoes, £69, Office

And finally, the sunglasses

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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?

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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

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

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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?

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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…

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£42, Vila at Asos.

Then finish the look with some bright white Converse.

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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

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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…

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£65, Oasis

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

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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…

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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

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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.

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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…

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£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

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

That Kate Spade dress

20 Feb

I’ve fallen a bit in love with this ever-so-pretty, totally springy, rose-printed shirt dress from Kate Spade

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The silk, the long sleeves, the pussybow neck tie – it’s all perfect. But at £378, it’s not exactly within my budget.

Never fear, though, because I have scoured the high street to find five alternatives that I can afford…

  1. Ticking the pink and pretty box is this little number…

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£22.99 from New Look

2. Meanwhile, for those who find the pink a little too sugary, this black-background number has a little more edge, and still offers those perfect long sleeves…

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£24.99, New Look

3. Recreate the pussybow neckline with this number

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It’s an amazing £8 from Glamorous

4. The colours in this dress are pretty spot on…

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Another bargainous £8, from Neon Rose

5. And finally – like your floral shirt dresses to have a hint of military? Well, who doesn’t!

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£46, Oasis

See, who needs designer?

Bethan x

The best Sixties miniskirts

5 Sep

I’m usually more of a fan of skirts that fall somewhere between the knee and the ankle, but I find myself hankering after a cute Sixties-style miniskirt at the moment. It’s the Carven aw15 look I’m after…

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I think it’s something about the sugary pastel shade (I always love a pastel) that’s drawn me in. It also helps that, as summer seems to be officially over (I’m writing this during yet another downpour), you can now bring your black opaques out of hibernation to wear with miniskirts, making those of us who are less leg-confident feel a little safer.

What could be chicer than a little wool A-line mini with a black cashmere polo neck, black tights and little black Chelsea boots (see here and here for the polo neck and boots I’ll be wearing this winter)?

But while Carven’s minis won’t give you much change from £300, the high street has plenty of pretty offerings. And considering this is probably a one season trend – we’ll all be back in maxis come May – I don’t think it’s worth spending a fortune here.

Here are my top five high-street picks…

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£30, River Island (this has featured in a couple of fashion mags and, as a result, seems to be selling out fast. Act now if you want it!)

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£45, Topshop (only in Tall or Petite). Topshop also has lots of great suede minis if you prefer a Seventies style look.

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£28, Asos

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£38, Oasis

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£12.99, Zara (bargain! And perfect for those who find candy colours a little too sugary).

There you have it. Backcomb your beehive and you’re set for the Sixites!

Bethan x

Skirts and trainers

8 Aug

I’ve recently acquired a shiny white pair of Lacoste Showcourt trainers…

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You can buy them from Asos. They’re so white and shiny, I daren’t actually wear them outside. But also so comfortable I can’t wait to take them for a spin.

I know they’ll be brilliant in autumn and winter with trousers – skinny or wide leg, jeans or something more dressed up – but for now, while it’s lovely and hot in London, I find I want to wear them with pencil skirts.

This is perhaps partly to do with the recent tube strike situation in London. So many of us have had no other choice than to don our trainers and march across the city. But because we’re heading to work, we can’t wear the jeans and t-shirts we might normally wear with our trainers. So skirts, dresses and trainers are a definite thing (even if some people change into heels when they arrive at work. I don’t!)

Obviously, though, this is not a look solely enjoyed by weary commuters. Celebs and street stylers have been doing it for quite some time (it’s very 90s – and 90s is very cool right now. You can’t move for minimalist outfits worn with Adidas Stan Smiths in London).

Rihanna’s a queen of the look…

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Sadly, for me, my wardrobe’s been a bit lacking in the pencil skirt region of late. So what’s a girl to do? Go shopping of course.

I popped into Oasis on my lunch break yesterday and picked up these two little sale beauties for the not so grand sum of £21. For two skirts!

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Two completely different skirts – one girlie, one sporty – but I think they’ll both look lovely with my new trainers. I can’t find either of them on the Oasis website now, but it’s well worth checking out the final bargains in your local branch.

But what I really wanted was a leather pencil skirt. I found them a bit lacking in the shops I visited, but luckily my faithful eBay didn’t let me down. I’m awaiting the arrival of this M&S Autograph number…

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A great staple that I hope will see me right through winter. So I’ve not done too badly with the acquisition of pencil skirts.

If you’re loving the skirt and trainers look, I’ve picked up loads of inspiration on Pinterest – it’s a popular topic! Here are some of my favourites…

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What these pics have taught me? You can’t go wrong with a black, grey and camel palette (bright colours make trainers feel a little too sportswear), and luxe fabrics make your trainers feel like a smart option. I am 100% going to copy the girl at the cafe. Her camel jumper dress is a dream.

How do you wear your trainers?

Bethan x