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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

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


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…


£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…


£24.99, New Look

3. Recreate the pussybow neckline with this number


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!


£46, Oasis

See, who needs designer?

Bethan x

Transitional style

12 Sep

It’s an exciting time of the year, fashion wise, but also a very confusing one. Some days it’s warm enough for sandals, T-shirts and bare legs, other days you need boots and a coat. And the s/s 2016 fashion weeks have kicked off in New York, which means that we’re also about to be bombarded with images of what we’re going to be wearing early next year. How’s a girl meant to decide what to wear?

It’s all about choosing a few transitional pieces to mix with your summer ones now, before we need to graduate into full-on knee-high boots and cashmere cosiness.

First up is the faux fur gilet. I’ve always had a thing for faux fur – I can’t resist a coat in it, or a bit of fluffy trim on a bag or cardigan. But I think this year I’ll be investing in a gilet. It’ll work now over midi and maxi dresses, and as a light jacket with silk blouses and jeans. Here are a few good ones…

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£39.99, New Look at Asos. I’m always drawn to light coloured faux fur, but I think I’d probably wear this black one more as it’s less of a big statement (and won’t get as dirty!)

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£65, River Island. Though having said I like the black one because it’s less of a statement, I can’t help loving this one!

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£32, Forever 21. This is a great neutral style. And a total bargain!

My next transitional item is the open-toe boot. The perfect combination of shoe, boot and sandal, these babies are the shoes you need when it looks like it might rain, but it’s also hot out, and you’re planning on having bare legs.


£45, Asos. LOVE the massive buckle. Very Miu Miu!


£36, Topshop. The fringing is very this season.


£60, River Island

And finally, it’s the sleeved midi or shirt dress. Great now with sandals, equally good in two months’ time with knee-high boots and a cashmere jumper on top.

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£45, Asos. I have this, and I plan to make good use of it this autumn! It looks great with a navy sweater on top.

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£20, Boohoo


£39.50, M&S Limited Edition

All lovely pieces. And what’s even better? You could wear them all together to create the perfect transitional outfit!

Bethan x

Sneaky sales

29 Sep

What’s this? The end of September and several shops having sales? It’s not the summer sales, it’s not the Christmas sales… I guess I’ll just be seeing it as a little Christmas-is-still-a-long-way-off treat.

They’re not on in all stores, just a select few. Here are a few of my favourite bargain bits…












Dress, £19, M&S












Jumpsuit, £29.40, Dorothy Perkins












Shoes, £10, New Look












Jacket, £25, Oasis








Shoes, £45.50, Office

Hmm, how tempting!

Bethan x

Culottes? Really?

8 Feb

The word on the street and in the fashion mags is that culottes are back. On the one hand, you might be thinking, ‘Argh, scary and unflattering!’, but perhaps it’s time to reconsider.

After all, there are some serious pros here: 1. so much comfier than skinny jeans. 2. like a midi skirt, but without the perils windy February weather brings. 3. a great shape to balance fitted little jumpers and this season’s crop tops, without exposing too much flesh. 4. you’ll need to wear them with heels, so it’s an ideal opportunity to show off your favourite pair.

I’m sold. Here are my three favourite pairs:


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£17.50, Asos














£20, Dorothy Perkins










£17.99, New Look

Are you brave enough?

Bethan x

Pretty dresses

22 Jan

I’ve had a bit of a wardrobe revamp recently (new job = new clothes!) and a lot of what I’m left with are separates. While I’m enjoying the amount of options my combinations of trousers, skirts, shirts and jumpers is offering me, I think I’m missing dresses.

I sold loads of my old frocks on eBay, but now I’ve decided I need to replace them. And, as luck would have it, there are loads in New Look at the moment that I want to buy – so I can stock up in one fell swoop.

Here are the contenders…





White floral edge, £22.99






Pink contrast trim tunic, £9.99 (bargain!)






Grey checked tunic, £17.99






Monochrome Peter Pan collar, £19.99






Bold floral tunic, £22.99

I think, budget-wise, I can only really justify buying two, so now I just have to make the decision about which. Any votes?

Bethan x


Sorry the pictures are so small – I always seem to encounter this with pics from New Look. But click the links and you’ll see them in all their glory!