Best 6 sale coats at Anthropolgie to wear now and in the Spring..

Golly..back to work mode with a bang. The house feels so quiet. I've packed away my sequins, gold jumpers and hoovered up the glitter in the hall. 

January only means one thing in the fashion world. Sales. Some love them, some hate them. I'm not one to hunt a bargain, more like stumble across one but if there's one sale I love its the Anthropologie one. Mainly because suddenly all the items feel affordable.

Today's cold. Really cold and one sale purchase I feel is worth investing in is a good coat. Coats can rev up a tired outfit. A big cover up with personality. Wear with jeans at the weekend or on top of your tired work dress or trousers.

Here are my top 6 to buy today that you can wear now and more importantly in the spring and throughout the year.

This gorgeous Black Floral Coat is total fantastic at £138.95 (from £278!) - love the colours and will update your blacks brilliantly. It will update you now and still look fab next Christmas.

This gorgeous Black Floral Coat is total fantastic at £138.95 (from £278!) - love the colours and will update your blacks brilliantly. It will update you now and still look fab next Christmas.

£118 from £238 - this beautiful Pink swing coat with embroidered lace will update your denim now and look effortless and pretty on a spring day. Perfect for an occasion worn under a swing dress at Easter.

£118 from £238 - this beautiful Pink swing coat with embroidered lace will update your denim now and look effortless and pretty on a spring day. Perfect for an occasion worn under a swing dress at Easter.

If you are lover of grey tones, this super Cara Animal Print coat will revive your grey tweeds and knitwear for only £93 (from £198) - is lightweight enough to wear in the spring too with creams and soft metallics and an easy throw on casually.

If you are lover of grey tones, this super Cara Animal Print coat will revive your grey tweeds and knitwear for only £93 (from £198) - is lightweight enough to wear in the spring too with creams and soft metallics and an easy throw on casually.

I love this colourful poncho. Super fresh to wear now under cashmere but would work amazingly in the summer camping or at festivals..£83 (from £168)

I love this colourful poncho. Super fresh to wear now under cashmere but would work amazingly in the summer camping or at festivals..£83 (from £168)

This long line jacket comes in two amazing colours. I love this bright blue. Wear loose casually with jeans as shown or on top of city cullotes for work to give a loose proportion look which is so 2017. £78 (was £158)

This long line jacket comes in two amazing colours. I love this bright blue. Wear loose casually with jeans as shown or on top of city cullotes for work to give a loose proportion look which is so 2017. £78 (was £158)

Love the 70's vibe of this Tan Cotton long loose trench. Upgrade your weekend look now and wear all through from March - October. £97.95 (was £140) or thrown in your suitcase if your off somewhere hot very soon.

Love the 70's vibe of this Tan Cotton long loose trench. Upgrade your weekend look now and wear all through from March - October. £97.95 (was £140) or thrown in your suitcase if your off somewhere hot very soon.

My top 9 under £90 for Christmas and beyond..

Crazy old Christmas. You're buying stuff every day, cards, treats for the kids, lego, boxes of fizz, it feels slightly out of control and whats more, your in and out of shops and online more than you've been all year. There is this feeling of wanting to buy for yourself  (I still don't know what I'm wearing to the drinks party on Friday - I know what I want that gold embellished  jumper from Anthropologie at £128 !) but because that credit card is being over used, you feel a sense of guilt The main reason is because everything you want right now is gold, sparkly, blingy and clingy and lets be honest will only work for one party..So it got me thinking - what 9 things could I buy under £90 that I can wear this Christmas season, but also all year.

Hope it gives you some inspiration ...go on treat yourself to one special thing.

1. Statement jacket , M&S £39  - Let your black velvet trousers, last years jumpsuit or classic LBD come alive with this bomber thrown over the top. Add bold bronze earrings or put a slinky camisole underneath. Its the perfect party cover up until you've enough cocktails to throw it on the dance floor.

2017 - Wear it with a polo neck under neath and throw on with denim and trainers as it gets milder.

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2. Faux Leather Culottes Great Plains £75  You've got your culottes, you've got your pleather but have you considered faux leather culottes? Edge up your old sparkly knitwear or a blouse with these black shiny beauties. Add some killer heels (lace socks if you dare) and you're edgy cool at the party.

2017 - On a rainy February day play these down with a Breton stripe and white trainers..you could even work some faux leather in the office with a white shirt, blazer and loafer.

Bronze boots Kurt Keiger £59 (sale) These bronze low heeled boots will update your skinny jeans on boxing day. Work with creams, khaki blacks and warm floral shirts. Its your understated casual for hanging out with friends down the pub or on a day out with the kids.

2017 - Ok, I know they are bronze but metallics won't date next year. Imagine these worn with bared legs in the spring with a floaty floral dress..or faded denim and floaty boho top.

Classic Silk Shirt from & Other Stories £65.  Red is big every Christmas and top to toe red is even bigger this year. These would look super smart with a printed skirt, under velvet dungarees or thrown on in the evening with under a diamonte necklace. Its your 'go to' shirt this season. 

2017 - Silk is so warm and easy to layer under knitwear and added with denim this will take you through to springtime. I'd clash it with the pink jumper below. 

 

Printed Shirt Dress Zara £49.99 - This multi shirt dress will so comfortable for Christmas day worn with bold statement red boots & belted..loosen up the more you eat.

2017 - layer a thin ribbed polo neck underneath in the colder months and wear open as a shirt coat over jeans in the spring with white sandals.

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The Pink Knit & Other Stories £35 Wear this super fine pink jumper with your silver skirt this Christmas - and add some drama with a necklace or shirt underneath. 

2017 - This jumper is what we all need in January under our grey or black coats as we lumber through the dark month. In Spring, throw over your shoulders when wearing cream pleated skirt.

Re-worked Denim H&M £39 - We all need a good pair of jeans at Christmas to dress up and dress down. Try a new shape. These high waisted ones from H&M will look on trend and current worn with frilly blouses or jumpers at Christmas - add heels or snake-skin ankle boots.

2017 - You'll be investing in more like these and be moving away from your skinnies!

 

The Belted Midi Skirt Zara £69.90 - this is a fresh shape that would look fab with any smart black fitted jumper. It has great volume and will stand out with high heels or pointed ankle boots. 

2017 - this would look fresh with a white t-shirt and pumps and in the autumn look fantastic with need high suede boots. 

The Quirky Shirt TopShop £42 is a good conversation starter at a drinks party..! love the colours, love the small vintage frills. Work with jeans, leather, leopard print for a casual party or under a mustard jumper for a chilly walk.

2017 - We've had foxes, owls, birds, butterflies and monkeys...I predict Cats are the next bonkers print. A great mid week print to keep life interesting.

 

 

 

 

 

Alexa Chung's new M&S Collection - what we can and can't wear.

So today Alexa's second launch for M&S has arrived in store. As a follower of Alexa I'm interested in what she has revamped this season from the archive..but can we all wear it? 

With a big focus on the the 70's and a nod to the 60's (patent mini and trench coat) and most of the collection aiming at the party season, its got me thinking -  is it only the 20 and 30 somethings that may go for this (I mean would you wear a mini skirt in black patent and velvet mini bodycon dress?!!!) and if it is ear marked for these youngsters ..would they shop at M&S anyway?

My big fear about M&S and big high street stores is that they are so over advertised that I'm so concerned that every woman at the party will be wearing it.

So, I've studied the collection and here are my top pics to buy..that is for us who are over 35 and who don't look like Alexa.

My key advise would be to NOT choose the signature print (i.e. the Kimono shirt or silver blouse). Instead go for some sultry standout pieces that will instantly update your wardrobe and that you can make your own by styling it with your current wardrobe.

The Portland Dress - this is my favourite from the collection - friends beware - I may be wearing this for cocktails on the 17th! I love it. Its perfect for daytime with boots, a polo neck underneath for a cosy look. Dramatic heels and worn open at the neckline for evening - love the sleeves, love the belt. Its a winner for me. Sexy and easy to wear! hurrah.

 The Dudley Trousers - A new pair of black tailored trousers and a super price. I love the military shape. This would look sharp for the party season with heels and a metallic shirt tucked in (or even a velvet waistcoat worn bare) - but also fab for work and drinks after work and also at the weekend with a pair of trainers and cropped jumper. Gorgeous!

The Brigitte Trench - this is a statement but I love it. This is what you want to be wearing on a damp wet day with a bright red or yellow mohair jumper underneath. You'll look fantastic in the city but super cool in the country with a pair of yellow hunters on boxing day. Every age can wear this, its wipe down practical but totally glamorous too.

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The New Market Boot  - these big chunky boots will update all your dresses for and keep you stomping through the winter months. Rather like a Dr Martin but a lot cheaper. 

The Wellington Jumper  - Well I had to pick something colourful from the collection!  I love this simple knit in this soft pretty pink. I would work this with jeans and also colour clash with red this season. 

The Harper Dress  - As a lover of leopard print, this is frankly a classic piece! Perfect for any age (just add a velvet jacket if you don't like your arms) or layer a silk polo neck underneath for daytime or a large oversize white shirt in the day with a baggy cardigan ontop - A fun dress - love it.

What to avoid from the collection...

The Aire Shirt  - looks totally uncomfortable and too much like what you'll wrap your turkey in.

The Clarendon Tux trousers (unless you have a body like Alexa these will be so unflattering)

The Merrion Dress  - there are so many other classic ways you can do velvet this season and not one that shows every mince pie you've scoffed.

The Albion Shirt (because Auntie Flo will be wearing it) the York Slipper (because the dog will chew it) and Lady Kimono (your mother in law won't get it when you wear it)

Onjenu - I love you!

I truly believe that when shopping for an item of clothing the 'thunderbolt' love crush should happen. I say to my clients - do you love it? do you feel great in it? If so, buy it. If not, walk away.

This happened to me a week or so ago. Whilst in Bath I walked into the very gorgeous Sisi&May boutique and standing on the manequin was this dress. "I LOVE THAT!" I said very loudly in the very quiet glamorous setting.

There was something about it that hit a memory. A warm homely feeling of my past and childhood. The fabric, colours were just like fabric we had at home in the 70's. My quick with graphics brother took one look at the dress and spotted the artist immediately  - 'Its this' he said. Mum had curtains with it. That's why I got that warm feeling of home.

The designer is german textile weaving artist - Gunta Stolz  Here is her original weave...just the most incredible weave of fabrics and shapes created around 1930.

And below is the fabric mum had at home which I'm guessing was a more modern copy of Gunta's (which I believe Habitat took on in the 70's)

So, I'm overcome with emotions, not just because the dress is so gorgeous but it has evoked so many memories. Obviously, I tried it on, it fitted like a glove and it came home with me to be part of my life.

The label is Onjenu London - their passion is to create easy, high colour, high print pieces. They have jumpsuits, dresses, tunics in an amazement of bold shades. All our individual and nothing like I've seen before, Once you've found your print and your shape, the garment will be your 'throw it on' dress for all occasions.

This dress is called The Lauren - I love the shape. The swing skirt, the ruffled waistband and polo neck. The covered sleeves and the POCKETS!!  Its the perfect dress to dress up or dress down. In the pictures, I've styled with bronze ankle boots from TopShop and my vintage mustard hat from New York. I also threw on my red biker jacket too. Perfect for a birthday family lunch in Bath.

70's here we go! take a look at Onjenu and pick a perfect print dress or jumpsuit for you and as they say live life in colour.

My top 6 knits to wear this half term

So its the nearly the end of October. Seven weeks of school have just finished, the nights are drawing in and its time to get cosy.

If you are like me and pack away most of your winter knits, its almost a bit of a surprise to open the box to say 'hello' to them again. But I always treat myself to a few new additions to rev up the wardrobe - SO my top 6 knits this week are:

 

1. I love this dynamic monochrome print. Give your style an 80's modern edge and team with leather skirt or leather trousers by & Other Stories

2. Embroidery is big - be bold with a statement floral knit - pick out any colour for your bottom half but my choice would be velvet trousers and some killer heels for a cosy glam evening look by Zara

3. Perk up at dull day with shocking pink. Work with pale blue wide legged jeans and ankle boots (or be bold and clash and work with red) by H&M

4. Go green - Somerset based Bibico organic ethical knit is totally on trend with a cosy and chic shape - reveal with your skinny jeans and chelsea boots.

5. Whistles  70's mohair knit and has all our favourite autumnal colours. Work with burgundy leather, indigo jeans or be brave and wear mustard culottes. 

Country Fairilse with a gorgeous mix of subtle colours at an amazing supermarket Asda price. Buy the size up and work with your boyfriend jeans and fur lined boots.

stride out in stripes

I'm looking in my wardrobe right now and its trousers that I feel really need a new lease of life. I talked last week about upgrading my denim by adding some textural embroidered statement pieces but this week I've a desire for some 'go faster stripe' jogger style trousers either in a jersey or a tapered wool. 

Not meaning to harp on about my age again, but I do recall owning a tailored pair of black trousers in my teens with a white stripe going down the side..and we are talking about 25 years ago. I haven't seen a pair since and its hit the same need with me now.

Frankly I don't own a pair of black trousers. I don't have a corporate lifestyle and I'm not a black trousers type (years of wearing them as a waitress in my teens put me off) and black trousers, for me are a bit of a dull purchase.

But, this simple stripe gets me all excited about wearing black trousers again (not to mention jogging bottoms too!)

They look sporty and have a bit of of ski-wear vibe which I'm loving at the moment and they certainly will be a lot easier to wear than a pair of ski - pants (yes really, ski pants are back).

So can a pair of black trousers with a stripe really look cool and be worn for in a variety of ways. YES!  

Seen here at Stella McCartney - 3 ways to wear; weekend with camel coat and white trainers. 1. Versatile  2. quite laid back cool (thanks Stella).

..Top to toe sport stripe for a full on sport luxe look..(only for the brave could do I believe) but could prove a hit on sports day..or thrown on for the school run.

This look below,  makes great use of your old white shirt and biker jacket (my favourite pic!) - this is city cool but could be worn hanging out in the country (with a different handbag of course).

Chloe are  adding stripes to their joggers. Who would think this elastic-waist jogger could look so glam? Worked here with skinnier stripes in white, yellow, orange and red. Shown with flat sandals and a t-shirt for daytime but also a silk top for an evening look.

I mean seriously, this look could take you from the Rugby pitch on a Sunday morning (with puffer jacket thrown over) to Sunday lunch out with friends. Heels would work brilliantly too out for supper with friends.

Zara have really gone for the striped trousers. These have a knitted feel to them and have a great flare at the bottom for the taller lady.

Top to toe stripe jersey look by Zara. Add some pointed kitten heel ankle boots to smarten up the look. Love this.

This 'new basic' ruffle jumper looks minimal but is an interesting way to wear a jumper and trousers. Who would have thought wool ruffles and stripes would work? And for those of you who do have a corporate life...work these into your wardrobe this season. By Haider Ackermann -  an expensive way to work the trend.

This 'new basic' ruffle jumper looks minimal but is an interesting way to wear a jumper and trousers. Who would have thought wool ruffles and stripes would work?

And for those of you who do have a corporate life...work these into your wardrobe this season. By Haider Ackermann -  an expensive way to work the trend.

Take these gorgeous wider stripe tailored to the boardroom and work with a blazer. You'd certainly get your voice heard in a business meeting. Add heels after 6pm..

Whistles do a similar pair in navy. Add a white shirt and pinstripe blazer and you've a whole new corporate look.

And dress them down for the commute with white trainers or even work at the weekend...

Zara have introduced some wide, two stripes of red trousers. Very military (very Mulberry AW16) and look strong with a blue and white striped shirt and pointed flats.

Zara have introduced some wide, two stripes of red trousers. Very military (very Mulberry AW16) and look strong with a blue and white striped shirt and pointed flats.

These were my particular favourites in Zara as they are gathered in at the ankle so give a smart jogger style but in a smarter tailored fabric (so tick both trend boxes for me)

 As seen on me with a white blazer and heels. They are ordered,  I can't wait to wear them with my leather biker boots, cashmere hoodie and grey crombie coat at the weekend and smart for my personal shops and business networking lunches.

And if you really want to extend the stripes to skirts - check out this from Maje..... convinced yet?

be seen doing green

There's a green thing going on. Last year it was grey. This year its green. I felt a deep need for this colour with a client in January. With 100% black in her wardrobe I wanted to inject another opulent, rich tone to her look and had an urge for a deep forest mossy green. It was impossible to locate in the high street and thankfully we struck gold with vintage. Nine months on this love with all things mossy is major this season.

Vogue talked about fresh simple interior updates this month and featured this picture. I love the mix of turquoise and green on a pale pallet. A brighter way to play the shade particularly in early autumn when we've still some September sunshine.

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The colours are so similar to this fabulous midi long sleeve printed dress from Zara with tones of charcoal, white and russet brown. (click the pic for details).

Whilst bumbling along in Blandford Forum last week (!)  I came across some  boutiques, one that has particularly got on the green theme with their new season clothes..

...and in store styling...

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I also 'street style spotted' a gorgeous girl called Hannah dressed in khaki and green..doesn't she look fab in her Boohoo dress and TopShop sandals?

But if you want me to talk big players and influencers ( and of course we do!)  just today Michael Kors launched his new ready to wear collection from NY fashion week shooting celebs street style featuring his new collection. The campaign is called  THE WALK and its worth a look featuring the gorgeous singer Solange Knowles (amongst others) in a moss green fur jacket and pleated pussy bow blouse. His collection is full on green and the trend has filtered down to high street (thank goodness for that).

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Just couldn't resist this interior shot. A great example of all things foresty and mossy and of all the shades of green we will see in stores as we move into the winter season. The sofa reminds me of my childhood. Mums green velvet chesterfield draped with dog blankets for her very important jack russell to sit on. I love the dark walls and particularly the dark green painted floor and the tiny injection of pink. Think all these tones when styling your green look.

There are so many tones of greens in stores right now you'll be able to pick a tone that suits your style. Below are mossy greens with brown tones. You can see from the picture below you can wear top to toe green  if you play with texture, shape and structure. The look is rather rich and expensive.

This coat from ZARA is a a mix of pleather and wool - really representing the mossy vibe and textural variety you can have with the shade of green.

Velvet too is wonderful way to wear this colour. These culottes also from Zara almost have their own highlight when worn adding interest to the overall green look.

Or we have a darker tone with black & grey influences which looks incredible when we move into winter. Very opulent if you add ruffles and bold bonze jewellery.

I love this simple dress by Cos. A super easy style with a knit top and gathered satin ruched skirt. A very versatile piece for Autumn/Winter, great for work and occasional outings. 

Cos have also featured this simple satin style cap sleeved dress in a deep green. I love the shaping of the skirt. Simple but an incredibly strong, stand alone piece.

For a more edgier look with green, Reiss have put together different shades of green. Rather like my interiors pic, playing with shades and adding black and stud accessories to harden up the look. 

This almost black but green woollen coat looks expensive and sultry.

If an overall green look isn't your thing turn to other shades to marry with the colour. Mac make-up have produced this seasons new palate of eye shadow with a rich green colour. This is a great base to work with when styling green this season. I love the deep russet red and burnt orange and the almost black/orchid colour. 

And here is an example of how you can wear these gorgeous autumnal forest rich tones in this amazing statement blazer by Monsoon. 

But if your need is just for basics there are a good selection of greens to try...

This is Zara's newest biker this season.

Warehouse is doing a fab forest green chelsea boot & pleather skirt and Reiss  have produced some soft green cords. 

Its worth considering a green to your new look this season and it will make a refreshing change from the safe (rather over done) grey....

divulge your denim

Denim. Your jeans. They are your basics. Your staples. Listed in your 'easy casual' day category in your wardrobe. Folded up alongside your basic tee-shirts. Its changed. This season, denim has had an upgrade. Its been given that 'statement' listing.

What am I talking about? Well. You've hopefully now got your skinnies in a  variety of colours. Smart indigo, black, black coated, khaki, chocolate brown and of course grey. They fit in with your wardrobe. Merge with your tops. Complete your outfit. Sit inside or outside your statement boots and work with your heels on a night out. Well now, we've got this new denim emerging. Its not about sitting alongside your outfits its about making your outfit standout. Frankly speaking,  its a new attitude to denim thats on trend now.

Confused? Pictures will help.

Customisation and Embroidery

Jeans are being customised with embroidery and badging. You'll see these on denim dresses, denim skirts and jeans. You can go for pretty floral ones or bold and big. 

Click on the pictures for links. I adore these Zara ones and particularly love the slit at the front. These would work with so many colours and the cropped length will work with heels for a night out or trainers in the day.

1. Above we have a dress from Zara with badges. Fab for warm autumnal days worn with bare legs but also would look great with tights and boots when it gets colder .

2. The multi floral jeans from label Glamorous by ASOS are a bold attempt at the trend as the flowers travel all down one leg. I bought these back in May (see below 3 ways to wear) 

3. The skirt from Oasis is a soft pretty way to work the trend and lovely fresh way to wear a denim mini.  

4. Limited Edition for M&S have produced a pretty softer style with blue flowers on the leg. 

Here I am in mine in the incredible Marni store in NYC in May . Worn for a night out with a cropped green ruffle top, red biker and suede shoe boots.

Whats so super is you have lots of colours to pick out from the embroidery. Below I'm wearing my embroidered jeans casually with long gathered burgundy t-shirt and trainers. When the weather gets chillier I'll throw over a heavier knit jumper in this colour too.

 Here are am for school run. Working my jeans with navy chelsea boots and a denim jacket and pops of yellow and red.

 Here are am for school run. Working my jeans with navy chelsea boots and a denim jacket and pops of yellow and red.

2. Patching and Wide Leg

Another new look for denim is wearing your jeans very wide and flared and adding to that !  patched denim. So you've two or three colours of blue denim being worked on the legs and they are really flared. WOW.

I love these long flared ones by Sonya Rykiel. Totally chic (rather pricey!) with the suede  belt and soft blouse. These would be perfect for an evening out with heels or if you are tall enough with some flat-form shoes in the day.

1. French Connection have added patching and wide leg denim selling a double denim look. This is a perfect way to do top to toe denim without wearing a jumpsuit. The patched denim shirt is a great upgrade for your wardrobe.  

2. Limited Edition at M&S are working the patched denim look with these super jeans which are slimline and tapered. I think the darker patch of denim will look smart and also slimming (I will defiantly be ordering these!). 

3. Stella Mc Cartney works the patch wide flared jeans in a cool way teaming with the a sport style jumper and leopard. A fab mix which reminds me of 90's cool tribe hanging out Portobello market  - add trainers but these would look so smart with a pair of velvet platform heels in the evening. 

4. If patching really isn't your thing but you fancy a good pair of flares - these £40 ones from ASOS are great. Lovely fit, high waist and soft denim colour. Worn simply with white trainers and a top this an easy way to work the trend.

 

Cropped Flared

Cropped flared are a great new shape. These are brilliant for this time of year when the weather is still warm enough to wear ballet pumps, sandals and shoes without socks! Its also a lovely way to show off your summer tan thats still hanging around. 

These jeans are all about the ankles so your shoes are accentuated so make sure your footwear is in good nick. Its the perfect jean to show off a new pair of loafers, kitten heels, mary janes or leopard print kitten heel.

In the winter, work some block heeled tight fitting ankle boots.

These are my vintage levi flares turned up to create a wide cropped flare. I've teamed with check shirt from Hobbs and Loafers from Clarks (last year)

Above I've show all different ways to work the cropped flare jeans. Heels for night out, trainers for daytime cool, double denim, and pointed ankle boot.

Click on all the pictures for more info.

You will be surprised how versatile this jean style is but it will take a while to get your head around not wearing a skinny (but lets be honest it took years to get into a skinny)

The upgraded denim dress.

If jeans aren't your thing and you'd rather stick with skinnies then why not upgrade your denim with a dress. Ruffles! I've been so inspired by this amazing ruffle denim creation by Sonia Rykiel. A feminine approach to denim with tiers, ruffles, pussybow. Just gorgeous! If only my bank balance could stretch to this!

For a more high-street price I've found some great alternatives. 

1. Warehouse have a simple slightly high-waisted design. This is a blank canvas for belts, boots, scarves, waistcoats I see a 70's vibe with this look ..(they are so many possibilities for this which I feel will be a whole new blog)

 2. Red Herring (for Debenhams) have put their ruffled denim dress in the sale so a great one to add to the basket now.

3. Limited Edition for Marks and Spencer have produced this ruffle shirt dress. For £39.50 this is cute denim dress with girly twist and a fresh approach to the denim shirt dress we've all be wearing for years.

4.The high ruffled blouse by Stella Mc Cartney takes the denim shirt to another level.  I  love the ruffle sleeves. This would work perfectly along side some wide legged denim flares or sit along some bright tailored trousers for a smart casual look. 

 

So, has this made you re-think your denim? There's a lot of DIY denim fun to be having right now.

Make room for some denim statement pieces to hang in your wardrobe this season.. My skinnies can stay folded and kept for dog walks as they are 'so last decade darling..!'

(....off now to order those patched M&S ones and to cover up my ripped jeans with some old curtain fabric!) 

 

 

 

 

why good underwear will make you happy

Just last week I teamed up with my favourite lingerie boutique, Amour in Wincanton Somerset to style knickers with dresses. We had a super day of fizz, canapés by Sara Kirby, and raised money £300 breast cancer charity. 

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Palmer Snell sponsored the event and got their boys to serve fizz.

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I have to admit there was once a time that I didn't enjoy buying underwear. What's the point? you can't see it? I'd rather spend my £'s on a fashion piece, a great pair of shoes. But 7 years of Wardrobe Consulting (and since I've shopped at Amour) I invest in great underwear, and encourage my clients to do so as well. 

Amour is a beautiful boutique -  a one stop luxury shop for all styles of underwear, nightwear and swimwear.  They have a varied price range, bra's starting from £25 and up to £120. The new owner Jane is a true people person and makes you feel at home, relaxed and happy to take your clothes off in the gorgeous fitting rooms in the back.  Staff, Lucy and Pauline have been fitting women for over a decade and are professional underwear stylists and know instantly what your size is. Its the Rigby and Peller of Somerset!

So why invest in good underwear?

Christian Dior said ‘ Without foundation there will be no fashion’

True words said. The correct underwear under a dress is unnoticeable and the fashion and form of the dress is perfected. The person wearing the dress walks confidently, feels polished and is comfortable and confident. The dress hangs, as it should over the contours of the female curves.

We’ve all done it. Picked holes in the person whose underwear is noticeable. VPL! The dress, however beautiful is ruined, as all you can see is the underwear.

As a Wardrobe Consultant & Personal Stylist my aim is to make my clients feel fabulous and comfortable. Underwear comes majorly into play when I style and perfect a look.  I will always check the client has the correct styles/fit to suit each look and if they don't it goes straight on their wish list of 'what to buy'.

My tips on Underwear.

 

 1. Everyday bras should be well constructed. They should lift your bust, which will then emphasize your waist. Ideally own one in nude and black. Go for a high quality one like Marie Jo. Make sure each bra is fitted correctly (try on a variety sizes and consult advise)

 2. Strapless bra – its always useful to have one to wear under summer tops, spaghetti straps or halter neck dresses. I have an evening one (more lacy and less cup for evening wear) and a very well constructed cream one I can wear in the day.

3. Match your underwear with your knickers. I tend to buy 2 pairs of knickers when I buy a bra (sometimes in different styles of the same pattern) Choose the colour wisely. Will it go with your wardrobe? Do the colours suit you? Do you smile when you see yourself in it? You want to feel happy and confident with what you’ve chosen. 

 4. Study the straps of bras. If a pretty bra has a pretty strap, it will look lovely if shown whilst wearing. Theses are great in the summer months when you are wearing spaghetti straps. You can match the colours with your outfit. It helps complete your whole look

5. Lace and pretty sets are wonderful to collect. I like to match colours with tops and outfits. Recently I bought a sporty, army green printed set and I love mixing with with my khaki utility clothes. I also love wearing pretty colourful sets with summer dresses and under blouses. I wear a lot of blue denim so I like wearing blue printed sets underneath.

6. Different styles of underwear should be bought over time so that women match their underwear to the occasion and style of clothes. Try to buy a new set of underwear for a new outfit to add to your collection.

7. Avoid plastic clear straps. These look ugly and are uncomfortable. There are so many bras made to match dress styles these days you don’t need a see through a plastic strap showing.

8. Knicker styles. As I grow older I love BIG knickers more! Skinny jeans and jeggings sit better under big knickers as you avoid the gap of skin at the back and the tummy hanging over. G-strings are ok if you have slim hips and bottom without cellulite! Personally, I prefer a sheer covered bottom and a seamless knicker as you avoid any VPL but feel more covered (which I believe is much more flattering).

9. Choose quality over quality. Invest in good pieces. 

10. Promise yourself you'll buy 2 new sets in the Summer and Winter.

This gorgeous Marie Jo set in soft grey and cream would look amazing under grey knitwear, skinny grey jeans - divine!

I love this pretty blue by Heidi Klum - divine for summer days under blue cotton or denim.

I love this pretty blue by Heidi Klum - divine for summer days under blue cotton or denim.

I LOVE this floral set. Just divine. It has a matching nighty too. Its wonderful for the evening but so pretty to wear in the daytime too with a summer dress.

I LOVE this floral set. Just divine. It has a matching nighty too. Its wonderful for the evening but so pretty to wear in the daytime too with a summer dress.

Why is it important to wear great underwear everyday?

1. You’ll feel beautiful

When you choose to wear lingerie that is beautiful, fits properly and feels comfortable, you too begin to feel beautiful no matter where you daily routine takes you. It is the first thing garment you will choose each morning, so take care choosing something puts you in the right mood for your day.

2. Help Your Outfits look great

Underwear is the foundation of you looking great. There are lots of different types but by choosing the right pieces it will help your clothing hang properly, revealing your beautiful figure. The lingerie does the job of smoothing, lifting and narrowing where needed.

3. Boost Your Confidence

When you feel beautiful, your confidence gets a boost. By choosing to wear great underwear to work, to do errands, and for any other every day business you’ll carry a quiet self-confidence that can’t be taken away.

4. Mix up the mystery of underwear.

What I love about wearing pretty lingerie every day is knowing something no one else knows. It makes a dull Monday fun. I love wearing lace underwear under my dungarees; it makes me smile and keeps me feeling feminine.

5. Every Day, Not Just for Special Occasions!

Like a great dress, I don’t believe gorgeous underwear should only been worn special occasions. Treat your body and give it comfortable beautiful underwear everyday! I sometimes wear my expensive wedding underwear in the week – it reminds me of that amazing day and makes me smile.

 

And not forgetting swimwear!! Couldn't resist this gorgeous piece by Lindsey Brown UK (which I just threw onto of my jumpsuit in the shop.

Silk, sequins! what an investment piece for your holiday. Imagine that over a bikini by the pool! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July Style Newsletter

So this July I'm excited to talk about Ruffles! I'm loving this big trend this season and a ruffle for me is a happy way dance your way through the day or night. The ruffle trend is so varied you can get a ruffle on anything- be it a white crisp shirt, handbag, skirt or wide legged trouser. So I decided to refine the trend and talking Red Ruffle dress. Mainly taking inspiration by the incredible dress I bought in a vintage store East Village in NY vintage for 20 dollars.

Well if you are going to do it, do it it big and bold.

Here are my TOP 6 red ruffle dresses to work this season.

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From the top we have French Connection, Monsoon, Alice Temperley, MSGM,  Sonia Rykiel and Marks and Spencer

And here's my little dancing number I wore a few weeks ago!

I after a bit of tailoring for me, I required a nipped in waist to really show off the ruffles and my curves. I also added strong bold green suede platforms and handbag to give the dress a modern twist. Obligatory flower in the hair was a must. Safe to say it was a fab party and I didn't stop ruffling all night!