How to Wear: June

Happy Monday Readers!

Hope you have all had good June’s. Mine as you probably will have guessed has been spent introducing our new Bubba to the family and learning to be a new Mum again. My goodness you forget! However, the tiredness and lack of sleep is much MUCH easier to cope with second time round 😉

This week is set to be a scorcher which I’m pleased about as it’s No 1 sons birthday and it means we can make good use of his present (a playhouse!). Can’t wait to see his face once Rich and I have managed to actually put it up :/
Now on to how I’ve worn June…

First things first. It’s been a joy not being in Maternity Clothes but… dressing has not been without it’s challenges. Oscar is exclusively breast-fed which I didn’t do last time down to several reasons, some beyond me, but it’s meant I’ve had to learn what to wear on the top half – something I didn’t have to do with Calum. Also, it’s massively surprised me how quickly I’ve been able to get back into about 50% of my wardrobe. Again, not something that happened quickly last time. It must be those extra 500kcals a day that BF is supposed to burn. OK, some of my waisted skirts I can’t do still, but wearing my old jeans (and some new ones) has felt amazing. It is “9 months on, 9 months off” after all and I still have a way to go to my happy weight but I’m much more relaxed about that (that’s a whole other post in the making!)

The M&S Limited Edition jeans have made an appearance as have my Gap Always Skinny… Worn mostly with Shirts for ease.

Jeans M&S / Top Zara

Jeans and Shirt Gap / Sandals Topshop

Jeans Gap / Shirt Zara / Shoes J Crew

Jeans M&S / Shoes Clarks / Shirt Primark

The other item that’s made an appearance is one of this seasons must wears which is of course the Jumpsuit. I’ve got a couple that are a “shirt” style at the top which works perfectly, and actually, they aren’t as tricky to navigate as people think. I found wearing a sling with one on much easier too.


Jumpsuit H&M / Shoes Clarks

As I mentioned at the start of the month, shirt dresses are a great option, and I’ve worn a couple of those too. This New Look one was great… Easy to wear and feed with even if it did crease (damn that Viscose!)

Dress New Look / Shoes Dune

Finally, I’ve been wearing a new summer favourite colour a lot – Khaki – and easy trousers with BF tops – getting dressed quickly with a Toddler and less-than-a-month old bubba is a must!


Top Zara / Trousers Dorothy Perkins / Shoes Topshop

Sling Hana Baby / Shorts F&F / Shoes Dune

Vest Next / Trousers Zara / Shoes Topshop

*Please excuse no make up in any of these photos. Time is of the essence!

So that’s June peeps. The Longest day has been and gone and we’re now over half way through 2015. Unbelievable.

See you back here in a couple of weeks for what to buy July – they’ll be some “buy now, stash for AW15” bits making an appearance 😉

Erin xx

Spotted: Dorothy Perkins Style Essentials

So, it’s September, a season synonymous with new season style and time for me to get my fashion hat back on. I’ve been thinking hard about new season trends over the last couple of weeks, ready to bring you all the must have pieces and trends you will want to try. It always takes me some time to digest the new trends and figure out how to work them into my existing wardrobe, so I was happy to partner with Dorothy Perkins to introduce their Style Essentials range, which will do just that.

DP’s Style Essentials consists of 10 key new season pieces that will bring your Autumn/Winter wardrobe bang up to date. Best of all, they are an absolute bargain and super versatile, with many a day-to-night option amongst them. And this week only there is 25% off online and instore at DP’s so take advantage!

I decided to pick out one key trend amongst them, the ‘item sweat‘ and show you how I would wear it this season….


Nude sequin sweat £22 // Grey printed jersey jogger £22 // Black high pointed court £27 // Facet stone spray necklace £30

I’m really feeling the luxe sweat pant for day to night dressing and this nude pink sequined sweat top looks like the most comfortable outfit ever! Add in some heels and a statement necklace for a cool date night outfit or drinks with the girls. This season is all about soft pinks so you can tick off two trends in one without feeling guilty about the splurge. Next stop sculpted tee and cute fit knit to update my work wardrobe and I’m feeling pretty smug!

DP’s are also currently running a competition to makeover your winter wardrobe with £500 to spend on the seasons Style Essentials!

Dorothy Perkins will put you and a friend up in a fancy hotel and send you for a
posh meal, after you’ve been given a styleover by one of our friendly Style Advisors.

To enter, just head on over to the competition page here

Finally, if it’s a slow Tuesday (anybody ready for the weekend already?) grab a coffee and get some style inspiration as Natalie Hartley, Fashion Director at Instyle, talks you through her favourite pieces from the Style Essentials Range.

Don’t forget that 25% off this week at Dorothy Perkins!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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The Fash Flash: Animal Magic

I couldn’t help but notice on my recent shopping research trips that there’s a huge trend right now for animal prints. Whether quirky and oversized or delicate smaller prints, I love the fun factor these motifs bring with them and how easy they are to incorporate into your wardrobe. Team a printed blouse or graphic jumper with jeans and you’re all set, or try a subtle touch with your accessories.

  • I love the humour in this Cat and Mouse print blouse – Hobbs NW3
  • A subtle (if possible) take on flamingos in another easy neutral shade – Pink flamingo jumper – Dorothy Perkins
  • For those who like to keep their style simple, stick with neutral shades and a classy motif. Cat jumper – Hobbs NW3
  • Remember the swallow print dress featured as a Friday Frock? Warehouse have resurrected it in blue this season and I love the midi-length to this dress. Skylark Midi-dress – Warehouse
  • Birds are everywhere again this season but are leaning towards tropical or cute, like this pair of owls… Owl belt – Hobbs NW3
  • You can’t get more graphic than this eye popping blue flamingo jumper (also in cream) – Dorothy Perkins
  • You’ve got to love a bumble bee and this pretty enamel pair will work hard to brighten up your wardrobe… Honey bee earrings – Hobbs NW3
  • And this is the one Florence loves… the Pink Toucan scarf – Dorothy Perkins

What do you think readers? Is this a trend you’ll be trying out? – I love it, hope you do too!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Polka Dots.

Good morning readers! This morning you get to have a gawk at my fashion choices because we have finally had a spot of good weather (although a touch chilly!) in Manchester and I’ve been able to get out and take some photos of my recent purchases.

Today’s choice, polka dots, comes to you with a huge tip-off… it may not feel like it but we are nearing the end of the A/W’11 season and soon the shops will be full of Spring/Summer clothes, despite the fact we’ll still want to curl up in front of a fire in a thick woolly jumper. Luckily, today’s is a trend that will see you through.

The Whistles pre-collection has just been released featuring spots and dots and Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2012 collection also used the playful print heavily. It’s a look that reminds me of the eighties, Princess Diana-style tiny polka dot midi dresses and oversized spots in nautical navy and white. No-one wants to look like an 80’s throwback though, so this is how I’m wearing them…

First up my Emerald green and black polka dot skirt from Topshop. (Find similar here and here.) As ever in these posts I’m not claiming to be some kind of fashion guru and as a result, I’m not afraid to admit that this skirt has given me some serious trouble. Firstly getting hold of it – after falling in love with one in-store where there were only 6 and 8’s, I then struggled to track down my size only to find that it’s flown off the rails because Kate Middleton picked one up months ago in a Topshop spree. I’m wearing a 10 here which as you can see is…. snug.

The second problem was what to wear it with. I don’t wear black, which for someone a little more conservative than me would be a natural choice to match the polka dots, (I’m thinking a chic fine merino polo neck,) and after trying burgundy and grey (both very ‘school uniform’) I decided to go the whole hog and try green on green which I love. This for me is a work look, smart yet retaining my own sense of style, but for the purposes of the photos I teamed it with my yellow bag (similar here) and worked a colour block look, also a trend that will still be big in 2012.

I really love this skirt. I like green anyway, but the polka dots are a super tactile flocked texture which really lifts them off the background. The blouse was an absolute steal at the Dorothy Perkins sale and has a nice gathered back detail. I accessorised with a chunky MADE for Whistles necklace and a slick of Ivy shimmer Bobbi Brown Gel liner for a subtle nod to the green without looking like an extra from Wicked.

Next up is my favourite blouse, this white with navy spot Zara number. I’ve paired it with my trusty Whistles pinstripe tailored shorts and black opaques with Pied a Terre shearling ankle boots (now in the sale) for winter cosiness. The cardigan is an old Whistles one that I’m desperately searching for a replacement for.

With a more neutral outfit I added my new find for lips, the Stila lip stain in Acai crush, which lasts for literally hours and the bag is the first ever Kate Moss for Topshop collection.

So that’s it, pick up some polka dots in the sales and stay ahead of the fashion curve into 2012 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’Clock

Whoop! It’s Friday! And today’s Friday frock has been a loooong time coming.

Featured on the Dorothy Perkins ad campaigns and on the website for weeks and weeks now, I’ve been desperate to share it in Friday frock o’clock, but until last weekend, it wasn’t actually available. Now it is, and it’s a bargain, so place your orders folks!


*Dorothy Perkins Turquoise Deco Midi Dress, £42

I love a bargain, I love how bright and bold and fun this is. It’s striking, work appropriate, bang on trend in a midi length and perfect for playing after work… particularly on a Friday. 😉 I can see it colour blocked with a bright trench, or worn with black opaques and patent heels.

So what do you think?

And what’s your frock this Friday?

I’ll be wearing mine from work to play tonight… see you at the bar 🙂

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

Tights Please!

One of the requests I have received since Florence Finds launched was for a tights round up, which couldn’t really be any more up my street. I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, so tights in the winter are pretty much an essential and I have a range of coloured ones alongside my trusty black opaques.

I love pairing a grey dress with my fuschia pink tights or turquoise legs for a pop of colour – it never fails to cheer me up on a miserable day and there are loads of wintery ribbed or patterned numbers available – more so than ever this year I think.

I’ve also included some party numbers, a few more unusual pairs and some favourites of mine…

…walk this way(!)

*Row one: Cable Knit ochre tights – Topshop, Pumpkin (orange) ribbed knit tights – Topshop, Red lace tights, Topshop, Bottle Green tights, H&M.
Row two: Turquoise 120 Denier tights – Topshop,100 Denier Opaques (purple) M&S and Aubergine Cable Knit tights – Dorothy Perkins.

Feeling bold? Why not go for a pattern? I’m particularly loving the gold lurex stars from Henry Holland and the variety of polka dots on offer.


*Star Tights by Henry Holland – Topshop, Multispot tights (small dots) – Topshop and
Oversized Spot tights by Pamela Mann.

Seam back tights always look classy but you can have a little fun with them too – Pamela Mann’s ‘Love’ tights are definitely on my ‘want’ list…


*Bow Backseam tights, Red Heart seam tights and Love tights (Pamela Mann).

Looking for something different? The picture doesn’t do these tights justice but I love the multicoloured fleck in these black wool tights from Urban Outfitters. Embellishment doesn’t usually come cheap but these Limited tights are only £15, or why not go Rock’n’Roll with tattoo tights? (Usually not my thing at all but they look fabulous on!)

*Black with multi-coloured speckles – Urban Outfitters, Tattoo Tights – Topshop and Embellished (sequin back) tights – M&S Limited.

One of the best places to shop for tights is online… and hence the ‘Tights Please‘ title! Tights please are an online tights retailer and have literally every type of fancy-pants hosiery you could possibly imagine, for treats, every-day colours or just standout statement style. Go check ’em out.

So let’s hear your thoughts… seen something you fancy here? Or are you already a tights convert?

Lots of warm-and-bright-legs-for-winter love,
Rebecca.
xo

The Fash Flash… Jumper Joy.

I love a good jumper, there’s just nothing like one, and this season, happily for me, apparently jumpers are the piece that is taking the fashion world by storm. Personally, I can’t help but think, ‘isn’t that what everyone wears every year when it’s cold?’ but far be it from me to dis’ a trend and therefore I’m rounding ’em up for you to purchase!

Colour Pop Brights

Warehouse Huge Cable Knit Jumper in berry brights for A/W’11
Tilly Trapeze knit jumper – Reiss. Because white is a colour and this has such a gorgeous ‘swing’ line to the shape..
Whistles Mohair Stripe Jumper – ASOS

Fairisle Cozies

Green and black – Whistles
Grey and brights – Boden
Not quite fairisle but fun all the same, Reindeer jumper from ASOS.

Magical Metallics

Sequin Sweater – NW3 by Hobbs
Foil jumper – Whistles
Sequin Jumper – Warehouse (also in silver and a great budget option for the similar Whistles one I bought.)

Fun Fluff…

Poodle Jumper – Dorothy Perkins
80’s a go-go with this Pink with Black spots number – ASOS
Dog lover? Camel knit with Dogs print – Dorothy Perkins

Are you a jumper addict? Favourite finds to share?

Drop us a comment and let’s get excited about the nip in the air…

Love,
Rebecca.
xo

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