Monday, 16 May 2016

M&S Faux Leather Wrap Skirt (The £35 Dupe!)

Yep, M&S has done it again - not only produced 'the skirt of the season' in this leather wrap midi, but thoughtfully dished up an (even more) affordable dupe in the near-identical shape of this faux leather one... Last year's faux suede beaut is still on heavy rotation and I have a feeling this one is going to be a firm fixture in my wardrobe for some time to come too... I can't wait to try it out with a crisp white shirt, '70s style blouse, grey marl tee and trainers... aargh, the possibilities are just too much!

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Skirt: Marks & Spencer, Top: Boohoo (Past Season), Shoes: Missguided (Past Season)

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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Earning My Stripes

You won't need to scroll far to discover I've always had a soft spot for a stripe - hence the purchase of this blazer, back in the mists of time when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and I still had hair down to my hips - with which I did dreadfully silly things, like attempt to tie it in a bow (scroll down - actually, please don't).

The beehive (along with the mercifully short-lived bow 'do) may be history, a baby faux hawk risen like a phoenix from the ashes, but the blazer lives on. SO... imagine my excitement on finding matching trousers on a recent trip to Primark. Seriously, like someone suddenly woke up and realised they'd forgotten to make them 3 years ago - better late than never, hey? (There is a new-style blazer too, btw, if you didn't happen to pick this one up six seasons ago!)

What to wear with a stripy suit? Well duh, more stripes, obbbvs!






Blazer, Top and Trousers: All Primark, Shoes: Truffle Collection c/o F&F (Past Season)

Check out my latest article for Yahoo! Style for more ideas on how to wear stripes this season...

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Nautical But Nice: 2 Ways to Wear a Striped Blouse

Thanks to global warming, the appearance of blue-and-white striped tops in the shops is now a more reliable sign of the imminence of spring than the blooming of the first daffodil. This year's crop looks a little different though - we're seeing less of the classic Breton, and a lot more of the tailoring, draping and ruffling...

I wasn't too sure at first - part-office pinstripe, part-deckchair upholstery? But you know me - I may knock something, but I'll always (eventually) try it. And, quelle surprise, it's already become my favourite spring staple.

Look One

White pencil skirt = the no-brainer "dress-it-up" option, but lace skater flats (a.k.a the latest contender for best summer shoe idea ever) give the look a casual (and comfortable!) vibe.






Top: Primark, Skirt: Boohoo (Past Season), Shoes: Tu at Sainsbury's

Look Two

Blue and white stripes + tan? Not a combination I'd have thought to put together if I hadn't been inspired by a shrewd street styler, but something about it just seems to work! 




Blouse: As Above, Skirt: Marks & Spencer (Past Season), Shoes: Topshop

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Frill Seeker

Yep, in case you hadn't noticed, SS16 is all about the ruffle... And I just couldn't give this cold-shoulder Primark beaut the cold shoulder when I stumbled across it a couple of weeks ago...

I know everyone else is tempering their frills with raw edge denim and running shoes, but, for me, it would be a crime to bring a top like this into my life and not celebrate with at least one full-on gypsy princess moment... And with rather impressive foresight, I'd invested in this sweet little Miss Selfridge skirt three years ago - who would have guessed they weren't made for each other?!

In other news - Primark's new ghillie flats are even better than last year's versions... and even cheaper... I snapped up this could-be-designer 'snakeskin' pair for £8 - and that's full price, guys. The pictures don't quite do them justice (I'm still acclimatising to the new lens!) but trust me when I say they are one of the best investments you'll make this year.








Top and Shoes: Both Primark, Skirt: Miss Selfridge (Past Season)

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