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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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Pick up a pinny

6 Mar

I’m having a major back to school moment (sartorially, anyway), because I’m finding myself drawn to all things pinafore. Back in the day, aged five, I love a grey pinny with a white polo shirt and a red cardigan and, frankly, I think I’d happily sport that combo again right now…

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Pinafore, £11, New Look. Bargain alert! I also like the styling here with the roll neck. Perfect if it’s still a bit chilly before you bring in…

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A natty little polo shirt. This one’s Lacoste for J Crew and is £49. It’s a summer classic, so I think the little splurge is justified, but you can find much cheaper versions from Asos, Uniqlo and the like.

Finish the look with a red cardie…

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This Uniqlo cashmere one is reduced to £59.90. And there you have your modern day school pinafore look. I’d steer clear of patent T-bar shoes – that might be a step too far – and add black tights and ankle boots for now, then white Stan Smiths or Converse and bare legs in the summer. Even better? All of these pieces are versatile enough to work with umpteen other things in your wardrobe.

Got the taste for pinafores? Here are some others I’m loving…

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£38, Asos. Is it strictly a pinny or is it a dungaree dress? I don’t know, but it must be mine! Anything frilly is top of my wish list right now.

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£38, Topshop. Wear with a roll-neck or silk blouse by day, then go it alone with heels for a gorgeous evening dress. Also – great price for Topshop!

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£25.99, Zara. Grown-up colour, plunge neckline and textured finish. A very cool option from Zara, naturally. Love it dressed down with the trainers.

Are you going back to school?

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

Are they really bargains?

31 May

I always seem to be buying things in sales or on eBay, so I thought it’d be interesting to figure out exactly how much of my wardrobe I actually paid full price for.

I was quite surprised – after doing a little inventory, I discovered that over half of my wardrobe is filled with stuff I paid full price for – so perhaps I’m not as much of a bargain hunter as I’d thought? In addition to this, about a third of my things are sale purchases, with only a small percentage from eBay or jumble sales.

So what have I learnt from this?

1. I think perhaps the reason I don’t have as many sale or eBay things is because I don’t keep them as long as full-price stuff. They tend to be impulse buys, or things I haven’t be able to try on, so it makes sense that perhaps I don’t treasure them as much as the things I’ve spent serious cash on, tried on to ensure they fit perfectly, and actually fallen in love with, like my leather jacket, Whistles cashmere jumper dress and Zara silk blouse…

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2. But, saying that, I’ve noticed that thesale items I’ve got the most use of fall into three categories: great knitwear (including cashmere I couldn’t otherwise afford), shoes and jeans…

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Aka staple pieces that are really useful (and no less exciting – I’m still very excited about my Charlotte Olympia kitties!)

So I’ve decided that my shopping strategy needs to change. No more impulse buying of pretty dresses and tops in the sales or on eBay, as chances are I won’t keep them. Buy staples in sales, then save up for full-price pieces I know I’ll keep. It’s so much more satisfying looking at things I’ve had for years and knowing I’ll have them for years to come.

(But obviously it’s OK to keep buying bargain sale shoes, though, right?!)

Bethan x

Rumble in the jumble 2015 + a print extravaganza

10 May

Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for the past year or more (thank you!) will know that last year I went to the amazing Rumble in the Jumble jumble sale event and had a brilliant time. (And if you didn’t read that entry, you can click here for it).

So when I found out that the event was back again, I was very excited. It was yesterday, again at Oval Space in Bethnal Green, with pretty much the same stuff on offer as last year. But this year, I was wiser – I knew what to expect and how to get the most out the event. I took a bag to carry my haul in. I took a friend, who helped me make slightly wiser clothing decisions. And I took more money this year, which I well and truly made use of!

As always, there was lots of brilliant celebrity jumble available – Fearne Cotton went to town donating her amazing stuff, there were lots of pretty dresses from The One Show’s Alex Jones, and I think I saw about 10 pairs of Annie Mac’s shoes. Sadly, most of these celebs are teeny, so I didn’t buy any of their swag.

So what did I buy?

I started with these Diane Von Furstenburg 100% silk trousers, a bargain at £40…

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Those were my big spend, leaving me with just £25 of my budget. With that, I bought these two dresses, a natty little jumper and a blouse, leaving me with just enough for a large slab of cake from the tea and cake stall…

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I seem to have gone for a bit of a print theme with my purchases, which leads me to a different subject…

I’ve noticed recently that my wardrobe’s been looking less colourful than it has in recent years, I’ve always loved a bright print and a loud colour, but I’d been consciously trying to build up my collections of basics, adding in quality pieces in neutral colours that I’ll actually get some wear out of.

But where’s the fun in that? Yes, it’s great to have staple pieces, but you’ve also got to have the things you love, so I’ve been trying to add back in some more pretty prints. And you won’t be surprised that Zara’s selection is proving very tempting. Look at all this print goodness…

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Things are looking bright!

Bethan x