A few years ago all I ever wore were trousers, usually jeans. Thrown on with a top and a cardigan, this was my uniform. I might have had a couple of skirts or dresses in my wardrobe but they very rarely saw the light of day. I certainly only ever wore them with heels.
Nowadays I am in dresses or skirts almost every day and it is unusual for me to wear heels. Throwing on a dress and a pair of boots in the morning is my no-brain-needed-getting-ready-routine. I instinctively know what I like to see on myself and usually don't have to keep changing bits of my outfit to be happy with it.
Getting into trousers or more statement-led jeans these days is therefore something that sits slightly outside my comfort zone and whereas I know what to put on with a skirt or dress, this instinct kind of eludes me.
It therefore took me a couple of tries to find the right top to go with these pink Topshop skinnies. I decided that for their first outing I'd stay clear of pattern and just block some summer brights.
The sun was out this morning so I decided it's time for another step into the springlike direction. Out came my fairly recently acquired Versace dress. With it still being cold in the morning, boots and tights were a must but I think that the dark within the print tied this together nicely.
Apart from pastels, print is probably my favourite trend this season. Doing the top to toe thing - or even the double print - can be tricky. I think the key is to have a colour match within both prints (I'm sure, this is how my mum dresses, so not a new concept).
I love this Jil Sander paisley skirt paired with the Nina Ricci top and think it's an outfit that can be taken from office to bar so easily by just swapping shoes and handbag!
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So it almost feels like spring. And I wore an almost-spring outfit (as opposed to almost wearing a spring outfit). The dress from H&M is in a fine jersey so I layered with a black longsleeve top, chunky Boden cardigan and, you've guessed it, boots. I love the slouchy pockets on the dress and the poppy/cornflower print.
How have I not yet posted more about my favourite trend this season?!
Could it be that, although I am getting dressed in soft hues in my head, in reality a look out the window usually results in me pulling on the black tights & boot combo. Pastels on top of that don't really work. [let's challenge that!]
Anyway, in preparation of what will be very soon, I went a bit "all-over-pastel" on both highstreet and designer budgets. What do you think?
Blimey, another week gone again?! I
just had to fork out way to much to get my car MOT'd so shopping is
pretty much off the menu for the next few weeks. Well, maybe if I found a
current 50% off 50 essential items is running until midnight tomorrow, so if
you haven't ordered yet and fancy any of the currently offered items,
get your skates on! My current fave is this cotton jacquard skirt with
contrast lining - I think this is such a summer staple and at £17.50 an
incredible bargain! [don't forget to check back as offers are refreshed
that Boden Riviera dress I told you about last week? Well, I did a bit
of measuring and I think it's just going to be way too long and out of
proportion on me. Let's hope the lovely people at Boden will give me a
petite version next SS-season! This week it's all about knitwear, shoes and accessories, so if you're after a pretty cardigan, preppy jumper, new bag or summer flats, head straight to their weekly deal page
- at up to 25% off a few great value for money items to be had. Anyway,
I just really fancy their cricket jumper right now. Loving the neutral
but the quail egg would be perfect with some pastel items.
Missed Marni at H&M and can't afford the full price thing? One of my favourite high-end low-price places, the Outnet, is offering the cooky Italian label at up to 70% off. Alongside clothes, there are some of their statement necklaces to be found!
Happy bargain hunting and let me know if you found anything!
The pictures really don't do the dress any justice. Not that it's one of those "magic-makes-me-look-amazing-cuts" (it's an easy to wear shift) but the colour is truly stunning and the fact that it is in a semi-sheen silk, makes it feel quite luxurious.
I am really lucky to be working in the Northern Quarter of
Manchester. Not only are there lots of nice cafes, bars and little
eateries, there are also shops that provide a bit of an alternative to
Britain's great highstreet.
Craft and Design, who runs the centre, is a not-for-profit social
enterprise that supports local artists and craftspeople. The artists can
rent a studio in the fantastic airy space, use it as a work- and
retail space and profit from the footfall the centre enjoys. Disciplines
range from jewellery over sculpting and painting to clothing
and homewares. The studios are a joy to wander through, most of the
items on display incredibly covetable and the artists are usually more
than happy to have a chat about their work.
I tend to be most tempted by the jewellery and my personal favourites are:
Wonderhaus - Julia Roy Williams
Jewellery made from perspex, wood or leather. Amazing statement pieces!
images from Wonderhaus
Blac (By Lindholm and Clark)
Handmade statement jewellery mainly made from acrylic that has a distinct gothic feeling to it.
image from Blac
This studio is shared by 5 jewellers: Stephanie Brown, Jane Dzisiewski , Sue Barry, Michelle Appleton and
Helen Pickering. I love the mix of the traditional with the new, be it materials or how they are worked.
The perfect place, if you fancy a trip off the beaten track and the possibility of discovering some amazing new talent!