At this time of year I’m always super keen to get into spring trends and one of the biggest this season is (again) going to be pastels. The only problem is, in high winds, belting rain and temperatures struggling to reach 5 degrees, it feels a little impractical to be breaking out the palest shades never mind the risk of looking like a fashion fool.
My solution until the sun comes back and the temperatures rise a bit is to use accessories to channel the look, namely these J.Crew-esque baubles in candy brights and sorbet shades at high street prices. As usual it’s Accessorize that have the best selection of well priced and well designed pieces with all of these on my spring wish list.
With one eye already on spring I almost rescheduled this post but with the rotten weather we have been having it’s totally appropriate right now. This post also perfectly epitomises the sentiment behind todays prompt. Despite the use of the word trend, this one was more about trying something new for you, plus I always love Michelle’s fashion posts so lets get adventurous! – Rebecca
The fur collar or shawl is an item that has been on my wardrobe wishlist for a few years but I hadn’t got round to actually buying one before now. And it’s not strictly a ‘new trend’ in that in that it’s not nodding to the forthcoming Spring season but it is hot right now and perfect for adding a little winter season luxe to any outfit. Given recent years we’re likely to see the chilly weather lasting right through to March so still plenty of time to get your wear out of them.
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Faux fur is a really versatile accessory that can take an ordinary outfit up a notch or two in the luxe style stakes, not to mention adding a little warmth. I’m definitely a layers person when it comes to winter dressing and need the option of de-robing a few if I end up somewhere hot after walking outside in the cool air. With a fun fur collar added to my outfit I can change it up by having it just over my outerwear or looking equally as good over a t-shirt or sweater.
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I’m also really loving the colourful options available right now for adding that extra dimension to an outfit, burgundy and deepest blues being my favourites.
I’ve had a real obsession recently with finding the perfect crossbody bag to wear over my parka. Although I can’t complain of being short of handbags in general, I just didn’t have one that quite fitted the winter bill, but fortunately I’ve seen some really cute ones on my travels lately…
I’ve already included this silver one in my Christmas wish list, but I also fell in love with the autumnal folky feeling quilted bag when I spotted it with Michelle in London a couple of weeks ago, (she eventually plumped for this one instead.) Then I saw this cute as a button small clutch with a cross body strap from The Cambridge Satchel Company. I’m so happy they have branched out into other styles but with their signature feel. It look sturdy enough to be worn over a coat every day but in sweet pastel shades that will work year round.
After talking party frocks last week, it got me thinking about shoes… Whether you’re looking for the finishing touch to that outfit, or a fancy pair to jazz up your existing outfit that you’re re-wearing, here’s a few of my favourites to start off your shopping!
Mirror, metallic and holographic effects are big news this season and if you buy a pair like these (or in rose gold) you’ll be bang on trend and ready to bring any old outfit right up to date. You know I love my Gwendas
Second up for the classicists amongst you, or if you’re looking to replace your favourite go-with-everything black heels that just won’t make it through another winter, this Ted Baker pair will sort you out. In a classic but on-trend pointed court style, they also have the most subtle gold detailing that nods to the season but will wear well for a few more yet.
Lastly, my favourites… this season’s party shoes are all about the thin two strap (ankle and toes) and a return to the thin stiletto, but I can’t think of anything more uncomfortable. Still hankering after a blockier style to toughen up a pretty party dress, I love the winter berry shades of this Topshop pair and the structured bow adds a touch of femininity.
Which pair is your favourite readers? (Or have you spotted a pair to top these three?)
Where previously I had always thought that knee high boots were the way forward, for seasons now ankle boots have been striding to the forefront of fashion. A few of you have mentioned looking for the perfect pair this season so I thought I would do a round up of a few I have seen, (courtesy of a shopping trip with Francesca for the perfect ankle pair.) Of course you’ll need them in brown and black, or why not try a mid greige shade to work with either tone?
Before I share this lovely find, I just wanted to thank you all for your good wishes on Friday and over the weekend for our move… I’ll write more soon, but it went so well and we are very settled already and happy our new home – I cant believe we’re in and it’s ours!
You guys might have noticed me mentioning budget finds recently. Today’s find isn’t strightly budget, but it’s a great update for your wardrobe and not a bank breaker either. I love geometric deisgns and these organically inspired pieces made of wood and perspex from Wolf & Moon give a nod to nature for autumn with a colourful update. The earrings pictured are £22-35 and the other pieces from £22-50. I also love that they’re not mass produced or readily available – its lovely having something that not everyone has! Check out the whole collection (and previous collections) at Wolf & Moon.
Now that the weather is getting a bit cooler, I’m already changing my wardrobe choices and embracing the layers that an english spring or autumn requires. I’ve got my leather jacket out (happily, very on-trend this season) and also started layering on the large, cosy scarf that I bought for travelling to South Africa and barely took off all holiday. Having realised how much I love it, I realised I needed to buy some more similar styles to cheaply perk up my outfits as I navigate the new season fashions, not to mention keep me warm.
Increasingly, I’m wearing more Khaki green (courtesy of my Parka obsession,) so this camo print Whistles number would be a great all-year round wardrobe staple.
I love a bit of leopard but prefer a more subtle take – particularly when translated into bold colour like this New Look scarf, instead of traditional animal print tones. This one is striking and looks voluminous enough to be warm too.
Trumping them all however is this tribal/nomadic print ASOS collection scarf with coloured border and fun pops of neon pink poms. What’s not to love and who said winter clothes have to be dreary??
Last weekend I went to Cambridge and popped into the new Cambridge Satchel Company shop on Rose Crescent. I fell in love with the satchels, which although I have seen before, are currently available in sugary sweet pastel shades of vanilla, coral, lilac and mint. Called the Chelsea collection and named after the Chelsea Flower Show the colours were so perfect for summer that I was sorely tempted.
I also had fun talking to Alex, one of my lovely readers who works there and getting far too excited over the personalised leather embossing you can add to yours. I watched a few lucky people’s new bags being personalised with the nifty press they use too. I do love a gold monogram…
I have become unreasonably obsessed recently with just one thing, Gwenda pointed courts from Topshop
Lets be honest, they are dead ringers for the equally covetable French 75 stiletto from my favourite brand Whistles, but at an infinitely more affordable £58 and in a wider range of colours, Gwenda is a must buy. Pointed courts are ridiculously on-trend right now and look set to stay so into the next couple of seasons. The bang on trend brights, metallics and this graphic floral print (mostly) in strokable suede are just perfect for summer nights and winter brights.
You all probably appreciate my penchant for brights by now and so it’s not a surprise that I wandered into Fossil recently attracted by the multitude of bright coloured accessories they stock. In the past Fossil brought to mind chunky brown leather bags which were great quality but lacking directional style. Recently they have really upped their game keeping shapes more streamlined, styles less clunky and the colour and prints spot on bright.
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What started with an obsession with the friendship bracelets (my sister bought me the top one shown here for my birthday,) lead to a lust for this arrow print blue and green wallet and the realisation that the brown leather saddle bag (all shown above) has the potential to be a real classic wardrobe staple. If you haven’t already you really should check out the jewellery, with scores of sparkly and enamelled quirky charms perfect for adding to a chain or bracelet, and how cute is that big spot bag?!