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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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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

 

 

Pretty little summer tops

8 May

Wow, what a beautiful weekend it’s been (finally). It’s also been a rather busy and eventful one for me, so very little time for hitting the shops, blogging etc. So, I’m cheating a little with one of my favourite types of post: the ‘here’s lots of beautiful things you can buy from Zara’ post.

In my defence a) I genuinely do need some summery tops in my wardrobe. Long-sleeved blouses, shirts and t-shirts I have plenty of, but the short-sleeved section is looking a little bereft; and b) you can’t go wrong with Zara’s summer collections.

So feast your eyes on this selection of bold and beautiful little numbers, all for under £30. Can’t say fairer than that.

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

Luxe espadrilles

2 Apr

Happy April everyone!

It’s lovely to feel that the weather’s finally getting warmer and the days are getting longer. My knee-length boots are back in the cupboard, and this week I finally braved bare ankles and open shoes. The sandals aren’t quite out of their boxes yet, but it’s only a matter of time!

Which leads me onto thoughts of a different type of summer shoe: the espadrille.

For such a shoe fanatic, I’m surprised myself that I’ve never owned a pair. I’m not sure why – they look super comfortable and chic, and are usually pretty affordable. Here’s a bit of inspo I’ve picked up from Pinterest…

They come in all shapes and sizes, but I’m particularly drawn to the slightly more luxe styles: I’m thinking black leather, silky ribbons, neutral colours. I’m usually such a fan of patterns and embellishment, but for my espadrilles, I think I want to keep things chic.

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These are £28 from London Rebel at Asos. I like the chic black leather look, and the flatform sole makes them a bit sturdier than some of the flimsier single soles.

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These Zara numbers, which are £39.99, also win on the sturdiness front. There’s a bit more to them than the previous pair, but the colours are muted and chic, and I love the black ankle ties.

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These satin lovelies from Penelope Chilvers are at the top of the luxe scale, at £129. They’re super cute, with their satin upper and Mary Jane style fastening. An investment buy for espadrille fans.

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These Steve Madden espadrilles are half price in the sale at Dune, now £27. The nude colour is great for pairing with dresses and making legs looks longer, and there’s that trusty flatform for sturdiness again!

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And finally, for those heel fans out there, you can’t miss Russell & Bromley‘s lovely range of espadrilles in lovely neutral colours. So pretty with a summer dress. These are £115.

Happy summer feet everyone!

Bethan x

Sensible summer dresses

26 Mar

Sensible dresses. Two words that probably couldn’t sound less sexy if they tried. But they’re exactly what I’m coveting for spring/summer.

By sensible dresses, I’m referring to midi length or longer, and often in shirt or wrap styles and breezy fabrics. The kind of dress you can throw on with any summery shoes (or trainers) and not worry about whether your legs look OK, or whether it’s too tight/too see-through etc. See, sounds pretty covetable when I put it like that, right.

H&M is coming up trumps in this category at the moment. Here are a few I’m loving…

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£39.99. This pretty dress has almost sold out online (it’s only available in a 6), but it’s definitely still available in a range of sizes in stores. I know this because I bought it! It’s a beaut. In fact, I’d highly recommend a trip to an H&M store near you, because there are a few things in store that don’t seem to be online (I also bought a really nice pinafore dress that I can’t see on the website).

This lovely linen dress from Warehouse is also currently waiting patiently in my Asos saved items until I can pluck up the courage to splash out £55 on it…

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Well worth it, though, don’t you think? This is the kind of easy breezy number I want to wear with Ancient Greek Sandals all summer long.

And, as always, the Asos own label has just the thing…

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Another linen mix dress (looks like linen is my fabric of the season), I love the wrapover style and lapels on this. It’s £40, though there’s usually some kind of offer going on with Asos – they’ve currently got £10 off if you spend £75. So, what’s a girl to do? Oh, I know, buy two dresses!

And finally, confirming my linen-as-fabric-of-season theory, I’m quite taken with this Zara number…

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£39.99. I love the stripes, particularly the fact they’re a little more muted than some of the striped offerings I’ve seen in Zara this season, which have been a tad too shouty for my liking.

Got space in your wardrobe for one more? Oh OK then, this one’s too pretty not to share…

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£39.99, also from Zara.

Will you be joining the sensible summer dresses brigade?

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…

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

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

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£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…

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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?

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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