Spotted: Warehouse SS12

Last season one of my favourite high street stores was Warehouse, without a doubt. It really had every trend covered at a great price point and didn’t lack quality, unlike other high street brands.


Image Credit: Warehouse.co.uk

So I was excited to see their take on the Spring/Summer 2012 collections and share them with you here. Last week, I was afraid some of you took me too literally when I shared Topshop’s SS12 collections. Throughout January I’ll be sharing other pre-season collections and hopefully you will see themes emerge and pick out some trends that you’ll be rocking come the warmer weather, whilst making sure that any early buys work for your Summer wardrobe too.


Image Credit: Warehouse.co.uk

I couldn’t see myself wearing what basically amounts to pastels when I started to look at early SS12 pictures but I’m starting to warm to them, especially the clever mixing of tones within one colour palette and the flashes of neon accenting.


Image Credit: Warehouse.co.uk

Sports chic is a trend that seems to surface regularly in fashion and I love this zippered nude top. The minimal details lend an expensive look to this trend.


Image Credit: Warehouse.co.uk

Always a fan of print, I’m already thinking about how I can make this work in my wardrobe – my money’s on a printed pencil skirt, made wearable with a colour blocked top.


Image Credit: Warehouse.co.uk

And lastly, the most wearable trend here I think. It’s got your occasion wear sorted, works for the formal office and feels the most familiar. Think Desperate Housewives and you’re there.

So, how are you feeling about this selection readers? I’d love to hear if you’re warming up to the trends and how you’ll be wearing them…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear [Basics]: Parkas

This morning it’s back to basics because aside from the fashion pieces in your wardrobe, I know that every woman needs the basics – a great pair of jeans, the perfect white shirt, black patent courts… the list goes on. Today’s What to Wear is not my most fashion forward choice but has certainly been inspired by that off-duty model look in slouchy jersey pieces, biker boots and leggings. The Parka.


Parka: Gap – now £35, Scarf: M&S, Fingerless gloves: M&S, Jeans: Warehouse, Jumper: Warehouse, Boots: Pied a Terre, Bag: Coach.

I’m actually only recently getting into outerwear. Before now I’ve always found it prohibitively expensive for good quality pieces and hated the fact that thin or synthetic fabrics don’t actually keep you warm. I’ve broken all my rules of ‘buy well and buy once’ and no to ‘synthetics’ with this cinch waist parka in 100% classy polyester. The reason I went for it however is that it’s light weight and throws on over winter woolies nicely without adding extra bulk. The sheen of the fabric also emulates a rather more expensive silk version I saw once.

I’m looking forward to mixing it up with some dressier pieces, a glitter skirt perhaps with a thick wool jumper. I’ll keep you posted…

In the meantime, this is a timely post for Kirsten, who asked me on Twitter the other day ‘to find me a stylish warm parka.’ so I added some high street and online finds to my own. I can’t vouch for the warmth Kirsten but I hope you like the variety of styles here 🙂

  1. Topshop Dark Khaki Waxed Parka with black faux fur trim. (Hurry! This one is down to £40 from £98 and there are only Size 10’s left.)
  2. ASOS Parka with leopard faux fur trim
  3. Whistles Brigitte Wool Parka
  4. Navy Villa Duffle Parka – ASOS (Bargain of the century at £35)
  5. ASOS Parka with detachable fur lining
  6. Miss Sixty Grey Parka – ASOS

Are you a fan of the Parka? I’d love to hear what you think of this weekend chic favourite…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Apologies for the picture quality, this was an iPhone indoor capture in desperation during all the wet weather pre-christmas and also pre-haircut 😉

Christmas Inspiration #4 – Modern Style

This morning it’s the last of our Christmas inspiration posts and I thought I’d go full on and fabulous with modern Christmas decor. I love bright colours and even though it’s not traditional, I love seeing bright colours, piles of baubles and a fun take on the festivities. I’ve also included some other modern takes on Christmas styling, metallics and clean shapes and forms with fuss free lines. There’s plenty of inspiration here if that’s your thing, and don’t miss the last of the reader photos below.

Real Christmas Decor – Modern Metallics
So what do you do for Christmas decor when you’re a florist? Work your behind off is the answer to that one and so I was curious as to what Becky from Blossom would come up with, given her super stylish taste.


Image Credit: Becky Hay at Blossom

A flower-free Christmas is the result, with a low key tree, lots of lights and mercuried decor (including my favourite toadstools if you look closely) and it all looks just as magical a a real tree I think.

Equally stylish is the lovely Rachie from A chi Chi Affair who sent in her metallic decor featuring oversized baubles from Next which lend a modern look with their simple shape.


Image Credit: A Chi Chi Affair

I hope you have enjoyed the Christmas inspiration series and maybe if it was too late for you, you can come back to it next year for some ideas 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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