The Fash Flash: Suited and Booted

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?


L-R Top to bottom: H&M // Kurt Geiger // French Connection
H&M //  Aldo // H&M
Dune // Aldo // Dune

I’d love to know which are your favourites here? Do you prefer brown or black? And have I missed any bargains or fabulous finds you have spotted?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear… Aztec

Recently, I’ve seen a real trend for Aztec prints and patterns on the high street and I really love it. You all know I’m a sucker for a print, but I also love a drapey knit to cocoon myself in and so when I saw this Aztec Cape I was sold.


Aztec Cape, Warehouse – £30

When I read all the feedback on Friday about fashion posts, a few of you mentioned missing seeing what various items look like on me, a real person, not a model. I haven’t done an outfit post for a while for various reasons, but it made me think it was time to bite the bullet and get them going again. I wanted to wear this as soon as I bought it so immediately dragged Pete into the garden to snap it and share with you all.



Aztec Cape, Warehouse // Jersey Top, M&S (old) // Skinny Jeans, New Look // Belt, GAP (old) // Boots, Office (old)

It’s an absolute steal at £30 and perfect for layering on in colder weather over a jersey top as I’m wearing it here or a blouse or shirt. I even think a heavier polo neck (making a comeback this year) would work in colder weather. I also think it’s a great transitional piece if you’re pregnant or post-baby and wanting something to wrap around a bump or tummy.


I hope you like it readers, and enjoy the return of What to Wear 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock


Red floral print skater dress, Warehouse £48

It’s been rainy this week in Manchester and I feel like Autumn is in full swing. I spotted this dress a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be perfect for kicking leaves with a coatigan and scarf on an autumnal sunday and I’m thinking it could do my favourite double duty trick and work hard at work too.

The colours are spot on for autumn, the florals keep it sweet and the black lace shoulder panels mean it could work for night too. It would look lovely with darker red suede vintage style heels…

What do you think readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

AW13 Street Style

I’m still feeling a little behind when it comes to AW13 fashion, partly due to the house move and partly due to the weather. It really hasn’t been cold enough to force me into my Autumn clothes yet. To stop me making wear-once purchases I always try to think at the beginning of the season what trends I want to buy into and what goes with my current wardrobe.


Jenna Lyons // Sweatshirt and Skirt

I’m past fashion fads if I’m honest and the last couple of years of experimenting has refined my natural style. With the abundance of street style photos around at the moment following the fashion week marathon and bloggers trying new trends, I have rounded up a few of my pins and styles that I’ll be trying to recreate this autumn.

Short and Sweet
Tartan skirt // Olivia Palermo

I love cute skirts worn with a bulkier top and this new flippy style looks fun and flirty paired with opaque tights and ankle boots.

Shades of Grey
Grey knit, skirt and sunglasses // Long grey coatigan

I’ve long been obsessed with grey but the all-grey looks I have seen look luxe and super modern. I’ll definitely be giving this a try…

Biker cool
Leather jacket and full skirt // Alexa Chung

Leather is huge this year and happily the trusty biker jacket is everywhere too. I love it teamed with a feminine skirt and pointed heels.

The Big Wrap
Parka with fur scarf // Emerson Fry chunky knit

Who doesn’t love wrapping up for autumn? Again this look is about balanced proportions and volume contrasted with slim bottom halves. I’ll be re-investing in skinnies and hunting down the biggest chunky knit to layer under my winter parka.

So what do you think readers? Do you like any of these looks or have you had any ideas about what you’ll be wearing this season? Let me know!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Big Autumn List…

I’m a little late with my usual list this year – I like to time them with the spring and autumn equinox, so around the 21st of the month, but it was the 22nd of September already when I realised I had missed it and with moving day looming, wouldn’t be posting this until early October.


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I heard on the radio recently that now is a good time for making resolutions instead of New Year, because it’s a new season which inspires us all, plus there are only three months to stick at it before New Years, so it’s achievable. 😉

After moving last Friday (more on that soon,) I can really strongly feel a sense of change. I feel like one chapter of my life has closed and a new one is beginning, with this house underpinning it. We hope it will be our family home, so I think it will be a much more mature chapter of my life, but lots of fun too! As a result, lots of my autumn plans are home related but I hope you enjoy reading them and are inspired to share yours in the comments below…


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  • I can’t wait to sweep leaves on the grass in my new back garden and maybe even have a bonfire with sparklers and stew and hot chocolate (or mulled wine!)
  • I’m looking forward to Sundays more than anything, gardening, roast dinners, wintery puddings and reading in the afternoon until the nights draw in.
  • The crisp smell of autumn on clean days and crunching of leaves underfoot on walks in Chorlton Meadows.
  • Spending the darker nights planning our decorating projects and deciding which room to tackle first.
  • I want to find an exercise regime that I can stick with over the winter. Now the stress of moving is over I can put my fitness first again and stay toned before Christmas indulgence takes over.
  • We’re not planning a holiday this autumn but have a week off booked to really get on with the house in November. I’d like to book a weekend in the lakes at some point though to get away from house plans and reconnect with Pete after what has been a stressful few months. (Any well priced cosy B&B’s anyone can recommend?)
  • I’ll be planting bulbs in the new garden ready for spring.
  • Fashion is taking a bit of a back seat right now but my autumn wardrobe is woefully empty due to a mass clear out I had last spring thinking I would replace it now, so I’ll be scouting about for well priced pieces or workhorse investments to keep myself (and the bank) happy. 🙂

What are your plans, dreams and goals for the next three months readers? Please join in in the comments box!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS –

Found: Wolf & Moon

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.

What do you think readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

The Fash Flash: Leather

This season, leather is one trend I am determined to get on board with, as it has passed me by for several seasons past while it has been building it’s fashion credentials. Leather is often an investment but the fact that it has been persisting through the last few years (even into summer seasons,) is backing up it’s promise of longevity and so I’m ready to make the leap. I thought I’d round up some of my favourite pieces on the high street now, both budget bargains and higher end luxe items. One last thought for you; If this is a trend you want to try, then buy now as you’ll get your wear out of the piece throughout the season and really feel the cost per wear.

Whistles Joni leather hoodie £350 // M&S Autograph panelled leather skirt £149 // Warehouse drape jacket £140
Leather pony effect skirt, Topshop £220 // Leather box effect tee, Topshop £95
Carrie Leather legging, Reiss £495 // Topshop Leather and denim mix tee £55 // Onyx quilted burgundy leather jacket, Reiss £495

I’m totally in love with that burgundy Reiss jacket, but for a more affordable take on the trend and a double check in the fashion boxes for the blush shade too, you can’t go far wrong with a Topshop ‘box effect’ Tee. Warehouse also wins for wearable style with it’s waterfall style soft looking jacket. What I really want however is a skirt, and again, I’ll be trying to find that Topshop number up there for affordability and style in one.

Have you got any leather items or have you seen any you’re lusting after?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: Trans-seasonal Scarves

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??

Have you spotted any great scarves readers?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: New Look Denim

One of the things I need this season is a pair of new jeans, not cutting edge fashion, but necessary none the less. The thing is, I’m on a budget right now and I have precisely zero experience in shopping for jeans on the high street. Usually I buy ‘designer’ in the sale and spend maybe £50-100 – a fact that has long been the subject of amusement amongst my friends as I’ll easily spend more on a dress thats worn only a few times, yet if I consider cost-per-wear, they must be the most hardworking item in my wardrobe. That not withstanding, I’m looking after the pennies so the pounds can look after themselves and that means well priced jeans.

New Look are relaunching their denim collection (check out the dungarees for serious fashion points this season or the denim shirts for a bit of denim on denim action.) As a result, I thought I’d look them up and select a few of my picks for the coming season. Fortunately for me, the majority are skinny cuts as I’m thinking ahead to wear with ankle boots this winter, but I see they have kept a flattering bootcut for curvy silhouettes.

  1. I didn’t quite get around to trying the coated jean last season but at this price (£23) it’s a trend that’s worth a try.
  2. This season, lengths are cropped, including tops so think about a high waist to rock a shorter length knit this season.
  3. All summer I’ve loved a turn up and I’ve no intention of giving up on them now so this distressed turned up skinny will be perfect for the weekend with converse or distressed boots, and a slouchy top.
  4. If you prefer a bootcut, I love this dark blue vintage wash pair with a wide belt.

Have you tried New Look jeans? Are you looking for a new pair this season?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Triple Temptation: The Pink Coat


Zara studio Coat // M&S Duster Coat // Ted Baker short coat with big collar

For AW13, there hasn’t been a bigger trend, more talked about within fashion circles and beyond, than the pink coat. Debuted on the catwalks of Carven, Mulberry and Celine, (see here) it was inevitable that they would filter down to the high street. Pink will be everywhere this season and if you want to stay away from traditionally dreary winter shades, this is the trend for you.

The real style is oversized, pale, candy or dusty pink, longer in length than we’re used to in recent seasons and either masculine or cocoon in shape, some with a belt. However, if these styles don’t tickle your fancy (they’re not universally flattering,) i’ll be surprised if the colour doesn’t spread to nearly all styles if it performs well in stores early in the season. This Ted Baker version is proof already.

This entire post was really an excuse to share the M&S Duster Coat – universally hailed as one of the best takes on the trend and at £89 considered to be a bargain. It went on sale yesterday online and instores and is likely to be a massive sell out, so get in quick if you want it or be prepapred to scour eBay! I have to say, through the miracle of styling in the picture above it looks fabulous, but skip through to the images online and typically M&S have managed to make it look terrible… I wouldn’t have been encouraged to buy. I know at least one of you has already though so I’d love to hear how it looks and feels in the ‘cloth’!

So can I tempt you readers? What do you think of the pink coat trend and M&S’s version particularly?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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