Wednesday, 26 November 2014

All I want for Christmas...

Karlie Kloss for British Vogue in personalised Equipment PJs
So I must be getting older, all I really want for Christmas is a chic pair of pyjamas. The ultimate pair, for me, is anything by Equipment, but I'll settle for a High Street alternative.

Silk pyjamas, £460, Equipment

1. Satin set, £35, Rosie for Autograph

2. Cotton sleep set, £22.99 (in the sale), Gap

3. Cotton-blend jersey set, £60, DKNY

4. Cotton pyjamas, £29.50, Marks + Spencer

5. Jersey set, £115, Eberjey at Net A Porter

Monday, 24 November 2014

Dungarees (for grown-ups)

Coat: H&M. Denim dress: MiH for Net A Porter. Shirt: H&M. Bag: Zara. Shoes: Miu Miu

I love a jumpsuit but dungarees...? They just look a bit wrong on me. Maybe it's because I am always tempted to put my 'go to' crew-neck sweater and jumper underneath, often striped. And I end up looking like a CBeebies presenter.

And then my colleagues at Red magazine suggested I tried something with a bit more skin, even sheer. The key is to see a bit of skin. And suddenly a whole world of possibilities opened up for me!

Denim dress, £225, MiH Jeans 

This denim dungarees dress is pricey, but I don't often believe in scrimping on denim. Plus MiH just always get it right for me, this is from their 1970s inspired range for Net A Porter, and both denim and 70s will be huge trends for next S/S.

Plus you can always accessorise with cheaper, High Street pieces.

Wearing with Next shirt and 'Mercy' boots, £90, Office

Leopard works with anything in my opinion, but with denim it's a match made in heaven...


Faux fur coat, £79.99 Mango (I just bought this!)
Blue leopard shirt, £28, Next (this would look great under dungarees)
Ponyskin boots, £62-£74, Next

Friday, 21 November 2014

Colour Combo: Blue and Burgundy

Caroline Issa - looking gorgeous, as always (image from Pinterest)
So this season (and the next, actually), is all about new colour combinations. And my current favourite? Burgundy and blue, it's a more unusual pairing which seems to just work. Tod's A/W collection was full of the 70s inspired hues (which will work well for S/S too) and Dries' psychadelic prints look fab on Mira Duma - but you can easily find some great pieces on the High Street, too.

Mira Duma in a Dries Van Noten coat


1. Wool coat, £89, Topshop

2. Velvet 'Cubana' boots, £269, Penelope Chilvers

3. Mini stripe cotton shirt, £29.95, Gap

4. Lace cropped shirt, £145, Whistles

5. Faux leather skirt, £38, Next

6. Ponyskin clutch, £30, Asos

7. Scarf, £19, Accessorize

8. Trainers, £65, New Balance at Asos

Image from Pinterest

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

How to wear your sparkly boots...

I have been asked by a few different people how to wear the Boden sparkly boots and in actual fact, I hadn't worn them yet! So thought it was about time I gave them a test run.

Coat: Asos. Jumper: And Other Stories. Skirt: Peter Pilotto for Target. Glitter boots: Boden
My advice? Wear them with skirts or cropped trousers to show a little bit of skin (or in my case, tights!) - it shows the boots off more. They'd look great with a midi skirt, too. 
I love the array of sparkly boots in the High Street shops at the moment - and there isn't really a better time of year to wear them (although I rarely need an excuse to wear sparkly things).

'Soho' boots, £96.75, Boden
'Magnum' boots, £82, Topshop
'Scamp' boots, £99, Kurt Geiger

Hope you get to enjoy yours as much as I have mine - just think how much use they'll get over the festive period....!

Monday, 17 November 2014

DIY: Flower Arranging

Amanda Austin Flowers, on King's Road, Chelsea
I arranged my own flowers for my wedding, and I enjoyed it, I like to think I have a natural eye. But it was also just putting a few sprigs into small vases...actual flower arranging is very different. And having the chance to play around with the most beautiful quality, and pretty much bottomless amount of flowers? Priceless. 

This weekend, I spent a wonderful Saturday at Amanda Austin Flowers with friends and bloggers (including Briony from A Girl, A Style and Monica from The Elgin Avenue) making the most beautiful arrangements. 

I went for the all white option with ranunculus, cabbage tulips, guelder roses and eucalyptus, and chose to arrange it wild and meadowy. I must admit, I went off-piste a little with my arrangement but luckily the 'wild' element meant it looked like a purposeful display.

Amanda, showing us how it's done
Adding the finishing touches to mine
The key is roughly to follow the formula of placing flowers (starting with your green elements) in all four corners and then the middle and following through with all your elements - but it is definitely worth learning yourself - or as a great hen do idea!
With my finished arrangement - I couldn't believe I'd made it myself...!

Useful facts I also learnt on the day:
  • Waitrose have the best flower buyer and the best quality supermarket flowers.
  • Sainsbury's freeze their flowers to make them last, so you're best to buy seasonal flowers from there - as they will be fresher and last longer.
  • Always cut the stem of the flowers as it gives the stems more space to drink the liquid. If they have a thick, woody stem also slit the bottom in half.
  • You're meant to change the water for flowers every 2 days. If you buy Aquapac flowers and they didn't make it in front of you, change the water as soon as you get home as it will have bacteria in the bag.
Proud face! I later gave these to my mum, who was over the moon (makes a change to my usual Lidl offerings!)

Thanks so much, Amanda - I will definitely be back!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

*Frugal Buy* Grey Slip-ons

Let's face it, they're the easiest answer to getting dressed in the morning, and they even work with jeans and socks. These H&M pair (at the front) even have the Celine-esque platform sole and high cut front - but much better value at £24.99.

My pick? This Next pair for £24. Why? Because they're affordable, easy, and have a faux sheepskin lining that will keep you warm all winter.

Felt 'Borg' skater shoes, £24, Next

Friday, 14 November 2014

Affordable Jewellery

I love buying jewellery for gifts, I bought my bridesmaids pieces from Alex Monroe and Astley Clarke and love all the pieces from Fenwick. With Christmas approaching, I thought it was a good time to talk about some more frugal jewellery, but which will still give the 'wow' factor.

Alphabet gold-plated bracelets, £59 each, Fenwick

1. Rose gold-plated necklace, £45, H Samuel

2. Sterling silver and cubic zirconia ring, £40, Pandora

3. Gold-plated initial necklace, £29, Astrid & Miyu

4. Yellow gold necklace, £46, Carat London

5. Gold-plated bracelet, £10, Z for Accessorize 

6. Sterling silver and gold-plated initial ring, £37, Daisy London

7. Gold-plated earcuffs, £29, Laura Gravestock

8. Gold-plated earrings, £10, Z for Accessorize

9. Gold-plated personalised bangle, £100, Sarah Chloe at Avenue 32

And if money were no object...
18k gold and diamond ring, £630, Dior
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