October 9, 2017

I know, I know, it's been about four years since I last blogged. Summer has been and gone and we are now firmly ensconced in autumn. And what a glorious place to be. While I do love sandals, shorts and summer dress weather, I rather enjoy the slight chill to the air and the wonderful colours this time of the year brings - I'll obviously be complaining about the cold in about two weeks. Given it's not quite coat weather just yet I'm going to turn my attention to jackets. Your all-season saviour. Wear with everything from t-shirts to knitwear to dresses to skirts to jeans. Here's my rundown of my current favourites.

I bought this Vila beauty last week from a lovely little boutique in my home town of Berkhamsted called Muse. The owner, Barbara, always gets it just right and this fabulous green suede jacket is no exception. It also comes in a wonderful rich burgundy. I obviously had great trouble deciding between the two but I'm very pleased to say I exercised some self control and only bou...

June 9, 2017

Come here. No, a bit closer so I can whisper in your ear. I've got a secret to tell you. No, not that; I've discovered some new fashion brands! Just when you feel like you're completely overwhelmed by all the amazing choice we have on the British High Street I'm going to make things harder for you and introduce you to a few brands that might not be on your fashion radar. Most of these brands are small companies set up by amazing women who want a little bit more out of life. All are flying the flag for British retail. You may have heard of a few of these already but hopefully at least one of these is new to you.

ME+EM

Broderie collar layering shirt - ME+EM £89 

Clare Hornby has an eye for what women want and need in their wardrobe and ME+EM has been answering these needs since 2009. The brand focuses on good-looking, flattering, beautifully made clothes and it certainly delivers. My favourite pieces are the layering shirts - you need one in your wardrobe. The quality of the fabrics is...

May 22, 2017

Pineapples and watermelons seem to be all over the place at the moment but there's only one fruit I'm interested in today and that's mango (see what I did there?) A rather clumsy way of introducing the subject of my brand focus but that shouldn't detract from the fact that Mango are definitely worth your attention. They are somewhat known as the slightly scruffier sibling to the Spanish behemoth that is Zara but Mango are working hard to steal some of the fashion spotlight. I must say I find their retail stores rather horrid as the strip lighting is always harsh and the merchandising just doesn't have the same punch as Zara but I love their website as it is easy to use and showcases the clothes really well; unlike Zara who are increasingly moving to a more fashion editorial look which does look very current but you can't always see the clothes in their best light.

Here are my current top picks at Mango so take a look and see what you think:

Baywatch message t-shirt £17.99

I know, I k...

March 30, 2017

When I was little I had a yellow basket bag with raffia flowers that I absolutely loved. Oh, I took that bag everywhere from school to the park to bed. Eventually it gave up the ghost after carrying a few too many stones for my Care Bears' rockery (come on, don't tell me you didn't have a rockery for your Care Bears??!!) but I have never forgotten my faithful friend. So imagine my delight when I realised the rest of the fashion world had come to embrace the basket bag. Only problem now is which one do I choose....

Clockwise from top left:

Raffia cross-body bag with strawberries - Zara £49.99

Straw bag with pom pom detail - ASOS £28

Go bananas wash bag - Accessorize £12

Personalised rattan shopper - SWYC £29

I think I am going to have to hold myself bag from buying all of these ones. The Zara one with the darling strawberry detail is just lovely and will look fabulous with a white summer dress and metallic flats. However I also feel I need the ASOS pom pom basket which would make an idea...

November 24, 2016

I've lost something and I don't know where it is. It's not down the back of the sofa or in the stuff drawer or at the bottom of the Washing Mountain. It answers to the name of 2016 and I think it must have just upped sticks and walked out of the front door (I don't blame it) as it can't be nearly December already. However this is neither the time nor the place to lament on the earth-shattering significance of 2016 - we shall save that for January's post-Christmas reflection. For now I am firmly focusing my attentions on The Christmas List. And by this I do mean my own Christmas List not what I am buying for other people. Always sort out your own oxygen mask before helping others, remember that.

Firstly a caveat. I do know that my chances of receiving any of these items are slim to you-must-be-joking but I think that is the point of a Christmas List. Who wants the predictability of actually receiving things one has asked for? Where is the fun in that? If I don't pract...

October 7, 2016

When I got my first job in the late nineties I looked forward to one day above all others (apart from payday that is) with the eager anticipation of a child on Christmas Eve - the September day my 2 inch thick Next Directory would land on my doorstep. I would practically block out a whole weekend to spend browsing its contents and turning over the corners of the pages featuring pieces I just HAD to have. And we all know the dilemma of wanting something on both sides of the same page. Which page to corner! Talk about critical decision making.

However somewhere between that first job and my first mortgage payment, I fell out of love with George-at-Asda-Davies' behemoth. I started actually being charged for my clothing bible as I never ordered anything and after a number of years of stacking them up as doorstops, I cancelled them. I can honestly say I haven't bought anything in Next for about 15 years - oh wait, that's a lie, I got some fabulous tan fringed loafers earlier t...

October 4, 2016

It's October - how did THAT happen? - which means we can ignore autumn no longer. No amount of Indian Summer can change the fact that the weather is turning and the nights are drawing in. Before we all get too depressed and start mentioning the C-word, let's rejoice in the wonders that a new season can bring to our wardrobes. As far as I am concerned, this time of the year is about coats and boots. While my coat addiction shows no signs of abating for now I'm turning my attention to boots. Ankle boots to be specific as I think they are the most universally flattering and versatile. At the moment the shops are full of boots in every conceivable fabric one can imagine; suede, sequins, tweed, velvet, lace, the list is endless. Now some of these are utterly ridiculous as you can only really wear lace boots inside given the British weather system but now is definitely the time to break away from traditional leather and experiment.

Topshop do a fabulous selection of different finish...

August 12, 2016

It's arrived, people, the most anticipated season of the year; summer. Cue the smell of barbecues, long balmy evenings and denim cut-offs. Whilst the rest of the country seems to be jetting off to Mallorca I am staying put. I'm not gonna lie, I wouldn't say no to a last minute trip to warmer climes but I've become a bit of a holiday grouch in my old age and the thought of a bi-lingual squabble over a sun lounger and knocking someone's granny over to get the last croissant at the buffet table are just not my idea of fun anymore. However while one part of me is full of glee at missing the baggage handlers' strike en le continent, another is envious of all the Instagram posts of holidaying folk showing off their tanned hotdog legs. I absolutely love my hometown practically deserted come August but I do wonder when I'm going to wear all those clothes I bought specifically for my holidays that I wouldn't be seen dead in at home - not to mention the endless magazine articles I've digested on...

January 8, 2016

I have had so many epic January shopping fails in the past that this year my New Year's resolution is not to buy anything. Not a thing. Not even a pair of socks. My reasons for this are firstly I just want to see if I can actually manage to go for a whole month without spending - a kind of dry January if you will - and secondly there is absolutely nothing to be gained by your wardrobe from shopping in the first month of the year.

 

January is a time when the retailers are throwing all their eggs in their 70% off baskets in a desperate attempt to rid their back rooms of the piles of dead wood that consist of autumn/winter 2015 stock. The new spring season is still a way off - while it may be mild outside and the first daff may have unbelievably broken the soil, we are some way off skipping through the tulips in our shirtsleeves - so the world of fashion is caught in a kind of sartorial limbo with brands and retailers saving their new season big guns for mid to end of February and ear...

December 7, 2015

It already feels like the middle of December to me. Not sure why but Christmas seems to have come along extra early this year. Actually I do know why, I started putting my decorations up in the middle of November.....and I've nearly finished my shopping. My god I hate people like me. I have even started wearing my Christmas jumper already and in the true spirit of giving at Christmas I thought I would give you some seasonal sweater ideas so you can at least cross one thing off your to-do list. 

 

Firstly let's deal with the mother of all Christmas jumpers; the Save the Children charity selection at Matches. Each jumper has been designed by a duo of designer and muse from Bella Freud and Kate Moss to Christopher Kane and Poppy Delevingne. Therefore you already know they will be divine and come at a premium. Christmas is all about doing things for others though so rest assured that £100 of that platinum price tag goes to Save the Children.

Save the Children charity jumpers £365 ea...

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