Sunday, 1 February 2015

Guest EDIT {Little Spree}

I am excited to announce another Frugality Guest Edit! Today's post is from the women behind fab kidswear blog: Little Spree.

Little Spree was started by fashion editor Sarah Clark in 2012 after becoming known for her amazing kidswear finds following the birth of her twins in 2010.
Sarah met Nicky Hornsby-Clifton in 2013. They bonded the moment they met: dropping the kids off at nursery (wearing the same Isabel Marant boots). They now work together on the blog, and have come up with Mama Spree, a weekly post on how to look like a super stylish mum, too.

Here is the Little Spree High Street edit, or what I like to call the 'Frugal Spree':

1. Tabitha (Sarah's daughter) wears a bow pretty much every day. Verity Jones was one of my earliest Little Spree discoveries. She has the best selection of colours and the prices are hard to beat! £3, Verity Jones

2. We love these sandals, and have already posted them on Little Spree. They work just as well with skirts/dresses as with jeans/trousers. Wear them with socks or tights until the Spring. So cute. Size 12.5-5, £34.99, Mango

3. We always love a Breton on Little Spree, and this H&M sweater looks a lot more expensive than the price tag. Age 1 - 10, £9.99, H&M

4. These are a great high-street interpretation of a designer pair of boys boots we loved last Winter. M&S are doing some great kids shoes at the moment. Sizes 4-10, £24, Marks & Spencer

5. Bailey (Nicky's son) has this and it’s proved to be so versatile. He wears it with a warm chunky sweater in the Winter, and as his go-to coat in milder weather. We love Cos kids! Particularly for boys. Age 1-8, £45, Cos

6. Jumpsuits for little girls! So sweet. We love this floral one, and I’ll definitely be buying it for Tabitha. Wear a long sleeved Breton tee under or a cardigan over it until Spring. Age 1-5, £22.95, Gap

7. These are a great alternative to jeans. We love the skinny fit and the biker details. So cool. Age 3-14, £19.99, Zara

8.We find it quite hard to find simple, stylish girls cardigans on the High Street. This is a gorgeous one. Age 7-8, £20.40 in the sale, La Coqueta

For more amazing kidswear (and adult) finds, visit

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Repeat Offender...

Cashmere crew-neck: Boden. 'Drew' jeans: AG Jeans (sold out but buy similar from Asos here). Leopard boots: LK Bennett. Watch: Shore Projects. Card holder: Aspinal of London. Lipstick:'Envious' by Estee Lauder

Ha. I uploaded 3 of the same picture accidentally, and then realised it made complete sense! Do you have those items in your wardrobe you're drawn to again and again, and then when you see it in-store (in a slightly different colourway) you think "ooh, must buy that"?
Well, that's me. My wardrobe is full of crew-neck jumpers, shirts, boyfriend jeans and a splash of leopard print - it's a formula that works and I'm sticking with it.

Here are a few 'Ultimate Updates' I have my eye on at the moment:

1. "The dream travelling companion" - Cashmere hoodie, £119.20, Boden

2. "The effortless sheer lip colour" - 'Play with Fire' lip colour, £8, Topshop

3. "The affordable everyday watch" - Weekender Slip-Thru watch, £49.99, Timex

4. "The wear anywhere midi heel" - Leopard courts, £69, Dune London

5. "The grown-up ripped denim" - Frayed jeans, £19.99, H&M

6. "The Isabel Marant-esque slouchy shirt" - Shirt, £26, Next

7. "The bra you'll want everyone to see" - Bra, £25, & Other Stories

Are you a repeat offender? Or is just me?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

*Frugal Buy* - Whistles Coat

'Julia' coat: £100, Whistles (sold out online but buy similar from Asos here). Top: £12.90, Uniqlo. Bag: £32, Topshop. Jeans: £40, Topshop. Trainers: £85, Nike at Asos

For probably the first time in my life, I ran the risk with the Sales - and won. Originally £350 (and still is on Asos!), I still couldn't afford this coat at £250 - not in seemingly never-ending January. But I also couldn't stop thinking about it: oversized, warm, navy - it ticked all the timeless boxes - so I went back. I should also mention that I went back to my new favourite sales shop: Harvey Nichols. The mid-range brands such as Whistles, Sandro and Maje had amazing finds - I think because their customer is too busy buying Stella McCartney. 

When I returned with credit card in hand, I was thrilled to see the coat had gone down to £100 - and my size left! I'm not saying £100 is cheap or anything but the quality is good and feels great when on - and I've got to think about London Fashion Week moving swiftly round the corner.

I also am singing the praises of this Topshop cross-body bag - my saviour. It fits enough of my life inside, but looks chic enough when on the go - suiting my Freelance lifestyle (a bit Proenza looking too).

Satchel, £32, Topshop

PS Lucky No 13 is going strong! Thank you everyone for your support. We had a great first year and in 2015 we are expanding into doing more promotional and behind the scenes videos, too. See what we got up to last year on Vimeo here, and check out our recent video with Sam Taylor-Johnson for this month's Red cover shoot:

Watch the video here

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Investment Piece: Bella Freud Jumper

Alexa Chung in Bella Freud
Everyone knows I love Bella Freud knitwear. My 'Ginsberg is God' sweater remains one of my all-time good investments. It just always looks right - a classic. 

Merino wool jumper (comes in black, too), £270, Avenue 32

As this blog is always about saving up for the important stuff, I thought I'd dedicate a post to another on my lust-list: the '1970' jumper. It's what you call a 'transformer' - making every outfit that bit cooler. As if you need anymore convincing, I've done a year round outfit edit (and a bit of dreaming with the summer look)...

1. Faux leather skirt, £38, Warehouse

2. Gold-plated 'love' bracelet, £120, Alex Monroe

3. 'Riley' leather ankle boots, £185, Whistles

4. Wool blend coat, £40 in the sale (a few sizes left), H&M

5. Wool pom pom hat, £45, Not On The High Street

6. Suede tassel bag, £65, Topshop

1. Denim dungarees, £26.99, New Look at Asos

2. iPhone 5 cover, reduced to £6, MARC by Marc Jacobs

3. Leather sandals, £58, Topshop

4. Gold-plated ring, £10, Accessorize

5. Sunglasses, £35, Le Specs at Net A Porter

6. Ponyskin bag, £50 in the sale, French Connection

1. Straw hat, £9.99, H&M

2. Bikini bottoms, £12, Next

3. Leather espadrilles, £69, Dune London

4. Skinny bracelet, £50, Astley Clarke

5. Denim shorts, £30, River Island

6. Studded bucket bag, £22.45 in the sale, Mango

7. Nail varnish in 'Tidal', £5, Topshop

Friday, 23 January 2015

Interiors Obsession: Marble

Images from Pinterest
Aah...marble. The ultimate luxury monochrome, and everyone's favourite instagram backdrop right now. Thanks to Balenciaga, it's having a moment - and I want in. But the thing is, it's not cheap - marble-top tables? A fortune. So here's a few little items which will help give your life the monochrome lift it needs, without forking out for the marble pricetags.

Sports bra, £22.95, Gap Fit
Marble tiles, £2.49 each, Topps Tiles
Marble effect wrapping paper, £6.10, Etsy

1. Ceramic pot, £6.99, H+M Home

2. Candle, £3.99, H+M Home

3. Marble effect iPhone 6 case, £6.78, Etsy

4. Marble effect notebook, £15, Studio Sarah at Quill London

5. Marble nesting tables, £279 for 2, West Elm

6. Ceramic mug, £12, Gary Birks at Rockett St George

7. Cushion cover, £7.99, H+M Home

8. Photo frame, £6.99, H+M Home

9. Marble effect gift tags, £9 for 24, Rockett St George

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Outfit Post: Mango Leather Joggers

Jacket: Matalan. Jumper: Gap (buy similar here). Bag: Zara. Trousers: Mango (sold out, buy similar from Topshop here). Trainers: Adidas at Asos
Since ordering these leather joggers in the sale, I'm not quite sure how I managed before...the ultimate compromise between skinny leggings and wearing my pyjamas out, they're my new favourite trouser. And the best bit? They're not cuffed at the bottom - I just rolled the hem up to leave them the length I wanted. 

They work really well with the monochromatic thing I'm doing at the moment - bright white trainers are the leather joggers' best friend. But I'm also looking forward to doing them with a sandal and t-shirt in the spring.

This Zara bag was a sales purchase a few years back for £19.99 - it was a great buy!

Monday, 19 January 2015

New Season: S/S TREND Report

It's that time of year, the in-between freezing cold bit - where we're bored of our winter clothes but still not quite ready for Spring...

I myself am already willing Spring to hurry up - I bought a kaftan from Zara the other day (wishful thinking, indeed), I have already edited the March issue (and some of April) shopping pages for Red - and believe me, we have an exciting season ahead (in fashion terms).

I've narrowed it down to the key trends I'll be buying into and that excite me the most.

Images from

Denim, denim and more denim. And not just jeans - structured jackets, coats, dresses - the darker blue the better. 

Parka, £40 (in the sale), Marques'Almeida x Topshop

We caught the tail-end of the fringing fad this winter, but it's set to be huge for Spring - accessories will be the no-brainer entry level point here.

Suede tassel bag, £65, Topshop
There's something a bit 70s about this look (70s is a big influence all over this season) - and the good thing it's quite easy to achieve with a billow sleeve dress and a Roman sandal.

Lace-up sandals, £94 in the sale, Ancient Greek Sandals
A 'must buy' piece for the season, they look great with white trainers or heels and it instantly transforms eveningwear into a more relaxed look. Dark colours are best - look for navy, denim or black.

Wearing my Topshop boiler suit last summer

Boiler suit, £58, Topshop
Utility is given a modern twist with tan and gold accessories. Khaki will be your new best friend. Throw on a shirt dress, add some mannish flat sandals, a cross body bag and you're good to go.

Leather shirt dress, £149.99, H&M
Leather cross-body bag, £49 (in the sale), Jigsaw

Now to the more tricky trend. There is a lot of suede to get your head around, but stay with me. A cropped jacket would make a great wardrobe game-changer, or a short-sleeved knit would work really well under a pair of dungarees (and if they're denim, like Poppy's, then two trends in one!). I'll be revisiting the iconic 'Marrakesh' flared jeans by MiH for my dose of 70s revival.

Poppy Delevingne in Frame Denim dungarees
'Marrakesh' jeans, £185, MiH Jeans

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