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Moving on…

13 Aug

Hello!

Just a short post from me today to say that the time has come to say goodbye to Girls on the High Street. But don’t worry, I’m not turning my back on fashion. I’ve just decided to focus on writing about lots of other things instead, at my new website. Find it here.

Thanks to everyone who’s read and commented over the years, and I hope you’ll join me in my new online home.

Bethan x

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

 

Off the shoulder and under £20

27 Feb

I’ve stepped into new sartorial territory this week with the purchase of my first off the shoulder top. Admittedly, it’s a very tentative step – a safe black t-shirt with a wide scoop neck…

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£14, River Island

But I’m surprised how much I like the look. Could this be the start of a bold new world for me?

Well, first, there’s the small matter of a good strapless bra to solve. I haven’t had a great relationship with them in the past – they always seem to slip down, hence strapless tops have never seemed flattering. But I have it on good authority (from a friend and online reviews) that Wonderbra is the answer…

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£36, House of Fraser

It comes complete with silicone dots to stop it slipping down without strangling you and the amusing sounding ‘hand-shape’ support for uplift. And while £36 is quite pricey for a bra, I’ve discovered there are lots for sale – in brand new condition – on eBay, for about half the price. So I’m going to have a sneaky try on in store to find out my correct size, then buy on eBay.

Once that’s sorted, the world is my strapless oyster. Here are some pieces I might like to try, all of which are under £20 and available through Asos. Because, let’s be honest, who knows how long this trend might last…?

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£18, Boohoo

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£16, AX Paris

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£12.99, New Look

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£18, Glamorous

Shoulders out – are you on board?

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

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

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

The year of pompoms

20 Dec

The majority of fashion trends are, of course, dictated by the catwalks, but every year, a few little things sneak under the radar and become massive hits, mostly thanks to street style and the influence of blogs and the high street.

This winter has undoubtedly been the season of the pompom, and I have definitely got the fluffy bug. They’re adorning everything, from keyrings and hats to shoes, jumpers and bags (and I’ve been harping on about them for months!)

There’s something especially festive about these cute little pompom pieces – and they won’t bust the budget – making them great last-minute Christmas gifts. If you act fast and order these today, they can all still be under the tree in time for the big day…

How about a pair of pompom trainers

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£22, Asos

Or try a glamorous heeled shoe

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£32, Lost Ink

The pompom beanie has also taken on a life of its own this year. You can get them in all sorts of patterns and colours, but I quite like a neutral if I’m wearing it on my head!

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£14, Topshop

Pompom keyrings are a nice way to get in on the trend if you’re not one for OTT statements. Helen Moore’s are classic, if a little pricey (but not too pricey for a Christmas gift).

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She even sells cute shoe clips so you can adapt a few pairs you already own…

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£28, Helen Moore

River Island’s used pompoms to jazz up some great staple accessories. I love these leather gloves…

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£25, River Island. The colour contrast is really nice.

And as a final flourish, this pretty, folksy necklace is now reduced to just £6 – a third of the original price.

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Have a very fluffy Christmas!

Bethan x