What to Buy: March

Happy Friday Readers!

Spring is definitely arriving in the city, and my thoughts are turning to less layers and warmer weather. Last week, I spent a few days in Miami doing my Maternity Leave handover with my Boss and it was so nice to feel the sun on my face. To be able to sit outside at 9pm having dinner was wonderful.

There are a few things I’ve been seeing in the shops this month that should make your “What to Buy” lists this month, and I’m a firm believer that if they aren’t snapped up now, you’ll regret it when the weather DOES get warmer to wear them. Β I’ve been a little bit inspired by Laura in starting a Summer/Post-Maternity Box with a few things that will see me through the season, once Bubba has arrived.

Classic Kicks

Adidas Gazelle / Adidas Stan Smith / Adidas Superstar / Converse All Stars

I’m not sure about you, but I grew up with classic trainers. Mine in fact were a pair of Nike Air Cortez that were white with a navy swoosh, and they pretty much saw me through three years of my late teens. I mustn’t forget to also mention some white Converse All Stars which I’ve replaced countless times and still have today. The brand du jour though has got to be Adidas and I’m seriously tempted by a pair of Stan Smiths – something I’ve never owned. My boyfriend during my early 20s was an absolute “sneaker-freaker” but only for the classics so I have learnt from him – the shell-toed Superstars are also making me look twice. Great to wear with any outfit from a dress or skirt to denim, they are an easy way to effortless cool.

The Shirt Dress

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Mango / ASOS White / New Look

I guess it’s no surprise to you all that these are all striped. I think you know me well enough by now, and how my obsession runs through most of my wardrobe. I like the easy feeling of these dresses, that they can just be thrown on either with heels for work (dressed up with a statement belt) or a pair of the aforementioned sneakers. I’m waiting to see what this Iris & Ink version will be like too – it may be a bit too lux for a new Mum, but I do like the idea of the shirt element for easy BF access.

D’Orsay Shoes

Zara / J Crew / ASOS

This is a term I’ve recently learnt, and the perpetrators of these shoes upon having done some research seem to be US brandΒ Vince. Not a new style I know, but they do seem to be more readily available than I’ve seen in the past. I happened to start thinking about this shoe style after going to see 50 Shades for the second time (I know, please don’t judge me, Jamie Dornan is just so HOT!), as Anna wears them in a few scenes. I really like the tassles that give the J Crew pair something different, and I did try the Zara ones, but they are a bit narrow at the front for my wide feet. They are a great option though and a beautiful mix of pony skin and leather for those of you with nice petite hooves πŸ˜‰ I know Rebecca has also mentioned the ASOS Little Rock ones before (and has in fact worn them recently), and these come in various colours too (all of which happen to be on sale). On the subject of 50 Shades, the soundtrack is FANTASTIC. Definately one to download, although it does now conjure up scenes from the film in my head when listening to it πŸ˜‰

70’s Denim

H&M / Marks & Spencer

Two trends in one here, since Denim and all things 70’s are around at the moment. Flares are something I’m just getting back in to – it’s liberating for the ankles that’s for sure! I also remember having a button through skirt that I wore A LOT when I was about 16, and it was my Mum’s from the actual 70s, so I’ll have to try and dig that out (nope, I don’t do a lot of throwing away much to the despair of my Husband). The M&S one above has been really popular and it actually sold out on line, but there are a few around in the shops if you call up customer services. These TopShop jeans are a good introduction to flares too if you’ve been a “skinnies girl” until now.

Super Soft Suede

Wrap Dress / Jacket / Boots / BagΒ 

Another 70’s revival is all things Suede. From footwear, to accessories and clothing, it’s in most shops – both the real deal, and some faux versions. Whilst faux is probably more practical, there’s something very tactile about real suede. I’m hankering after the M&S Autograph Skirt that EVERYONE is talking about (how very original of me) which is due in May, but you can introduce it in lots of ways. For me, tan is the classic shade (who remembers the Suede jacket stage at school? That was 5th Year and Sixth Form in my world) but softer neutrals are a good way to go as well. The Accessorize bag above is one of a few from their new leather range which is gorgeous. The baby blue and bucket shape are very on trend for now.

In keeping then with last month, I thought I’d share another beauty bit that I’ve been using for a while and really do whole-heartedly recommend. I am a big fan of Dermalogica products as my skin can be temperamental – dry one minute and greasy the next – so this range really manages that for me. After a facial last year (where she used Dermalogica products anyway), I started to use the Total Eye Care cream. Honestly, it’s made such a difference to the skin around my eyes and I’ve really noticed a difference in lines and now lack thereof. Now it’s not cheap, but is lasts for AGES.

Hope you liked this month’s recommendations readers. Please do, as always, let me know if you buy anything – I’d love to see your choices πŸ™‚

Have great months!

Erin xxx

 

 

Triple Temptation: Brightening Baubles


Natalie Statement Necklace // Riviera Dream statement earrings // San Diego Statement Necklace

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.

What do you think readers? Can you be tempted?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Monday Must Have: Phone Cases with ears

How cute are these little guys?

Β£10 from Accessorize (and available for Blackberry too – so no favouritism here today!) you can choose from a black kitty, a cartoonish Racoon or fashionable fox.

I’m choosing fantastic Mr Fox. – What a great stocking filler?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Monday Must-have: The Embellished Clutch

Take it from me, this mornings Must-have is practically an essential. It looks about 5x as expensive as it actually is and is the kind of thing you will have for a very long time, I hesitate to say, maybe even forever.

In my opinion, you need only 2 evening bags in your wardrobe. A great black one that has a little detail to make it stand out but will basically go with anything, whatever the season or style. The other is a fabulous statement bag that will dress up any outfit, go with everything because it is so versatile and have everyone asking you where you got it. This is that bag.



All bags, Accessorize

The pansy bag is of course the object of my lust today, but when I found it I was so stunned by the rest of the selection at Accessorize I had to include more. The bags in there are incredible right now, the embroidery, the beading the gemstones, just out of this world. And the prices are equally astounding. If for whatever reason you want to detract from your outfit or yourself but have events to go to, then this is your answer. You’ll always fit your bag πŸ™‚

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Island Blue

It feels like a long time since I talked about patterned trousers and it has taken me this long to find the right pair for me. Initially I didn’t want to make the investment when I felt the trend might be short lived but judging by the coming seasons trends, there will still be a lot of statement making legs around.



Trousers, Topshop // Top, French Connection // Boots, Belle Sigerson Morrison (at The Outnet) // Bag, Mulberry // Earrings, Accesorize.

I spotted this pair in the Topshop sale for the princely sum of ten whole english pounds and loved the print – it reminds me of holidays and summer with that perfect blue that you see houses painted in on the Greek Islands. The print itself has a tropical feel almost but is abstract enough to avoid a Hawaiian look.


I knew from the off that it was going to be perfect paired with white and then spotted the earrings I wore with it in the Accessorize sale. The pop of aqua just adds to that holiday feel. I wore it on this occasion out to dinner with Pete and my Sister, taking my navy sparkle Whistles jumper with me to layer up if it got cooler. Originally however it was one of the outfits I chose for the Dream. Find. Do. shoot.


Have you branched into patterned trousers yet this season? (I have to confess, I’ve bought another winter appropriate pair since this one, look out for it here soon…)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: In the Snow

So, as you might know, I spent last week in Sestriere, Italy, ski-ing. Today’s What to Wear is really more of a ‘winter brights’ post, but hey, you can’t blame me for using the amazing natural backdrop to add a bit of contrast to this super bright ensemble, right?

Last week, I shared the GAP SS12 collection, (and psst! They currently have a 30% off denim promo!) and might have hinted that I was in love with the brights they’re all over for this season. I hot footed it off down there when I needed an extra jumper for ski-ing and pounced on this egg yolk bright, Yellow and Grey Broad Stripe number.


Jumper: Gap, Jeans: Warehouse, Striped Top: A&F, Hat: UGG boots. Sunglasses: Ray ban

It’s actually a cotton jumper, so perhaps not the best for ski-ing, but layered up with an older A&F stripe top also in grey then my bright blue jeans (see them here too) plus bright pink accessories, I was feeling pretty cheerful. That and first day of holiday and all πŸ˜‰

Ah yes, the UGG boots. Are they still cool? I don’t know. What I do know is that despite appearances, mine are still WARM, and I love them. After three years hard wear (I did my home visits in them all through the snow last year and as long as it’s not slushy, they never get wet) the sheepskin lining is getting a little less soft and fat so I’m ready for a replacement, BUT they’re perfect for messing around in when it’s chilly.

Are you getting into brights yet?

And what’s your essential super cold weather item?

Lots of Sunshine yellow love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash – Party Accessories

Erm, Hello!

That’s what you’ll all be thinking when you clap your eyes on the fanciest heels and standout bags in today’s Fash Flash. I was loving putting them together!

Lets get straight on down to it. You’ll see I’ve grouped my top picks by trend today, to make it easier for you to take the ideas away, even if the exact item you want isn’t here. Enjoy!

There seem to be about a million pairs of shoes I could buy just now, but there are some really strong trends that I’ve grouped together here, including a small offering of flats for those of you who just can’t bear the pain of a heel for an all-nighter or are endowed with glamazonian height. πŸ˜‰

The Shoe Boots: Sheer zebra stripe boot, Topshop, Frill boot – Zara and Simba V-throat shoe boots – Topshop.
The Metallics: Multi-colour glitter heels – Carvela, Garbo Deco Piped Sandal (Emerald green) – Reiss and Showcase Double Platform Peeptoes (Bronze metallic) – Topshop.
The Statement Heel: Saturn Gold heel peeptoes – Reiss, Taupe suede heels with studs, Sam Edleman at My-Wardrobe.com and Strut Metal heel platform shoes (blue velvet) – Topshop.
Party Flats: Glitter pump – Marks & Spencer. Pale pink sparkle ballet flat and silver snake skin flat with ankle strap, both Zara.

Christmas Party Bags

I am a self confessed perfectionist when it comes to bags – they are my ‘thing’. Therefore I either buy cheap throw away high street fashion or splurge on super expensive keep-forever pieces. That said, I’d take a couple of these high street offerings over a more expensive one, particularly the puma clutch. Make yours a hard case box bag, massive envelope for statement style, or a shimmering accent to a block colour dress.

Box Bags: Reiss octagonal ‘Comet’ clutch bag, Velvet Frame clutch bag – Topshop and Snake hardcase Puma clutch bag – Accessorize.
Glitter Bags:Jane at the Disco cross body bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs at My-Wardrobe.com. Gold Sequinned wallet and Aztec Sequin wallet – Zara.
Oversized Envelopes: Contrast piping clutch – Accessorize,
Humbug clutch (green zip front) Kurt Geiger and Pink Suede envelope clutch – Accessorize.

Did I not tell you you would love them?

Share your pleasure at the pretty ladies πŸ˜‰

Love,
Rebecca
xo

A Brief Solution…

With the advent of sheer jersey pieces (more on that elusive white t-shirt that’s neither too thick nor too see-through another time…) along with my love for a classic white shirt or silk tee, I find myself wearing nude seamless bras more and more these days. And that’s really not a sexy look.

Whilst I don’t advocate everyone prancing about trussed up in frilly fripperies of the undergarment variety every day, I do so hate getting undressed of an evening and feeling less than stylish as I peel my layers off. Yes, you can co-ordinate with matching briefs (Urgh, nude knickers?) but although they’re a necessity when wearing white linen trousers for example or some summer dresses, I prefer something a bit prettier to brighten my day up.

Of course you could go totally non-matching (I think neon block colours would work particularly well with nude bra’s) but I recently had a brain wave… how about mixing your nude bra’s with patterned knickers with a nude background or with neutrals as part of the pattern?


Accessorize Briefs all above Β£6 each.

The shop in which I had this little epiphany – don’t laugh, I’m taking this very seriously! was GAP, which is currently doing a great range of briefs in their GAP Body range. Thongs, standard briefs and boy short styles are all catered for, in comfy jersey or sheer chiffon.


*GAP Body range, Β£6 each.

So, on the days where nude bra’s are required, we no-longer have to work the ‘nude underwear’ look.

Try it out for yourself, it’s certainly raised a smile in my house πŸ˜‰

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

PS. I have never owned leopard print underwear and never thought I would, but the Accessorize pair is just pleasantly kitsch enough to be cheeky rather than trashy. I’m easing myself into the trend. πŸ˜‰

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