What to Buy: December

Morning Readers!

I’m back again with the last “What to Buy” of 2014. I find December such a magical time. In years past, my Hubby and I would always go on holiday in the first week of December and come back around the 16th/17th, and whilst the winter sun was welcome, we always lamented missing the build-up. Working in a big city makes things very festive with brass bands and Carolers welcoming you at the station when you arrive in the morning, not to mention the Christmas Lights, and I always feel I ought to dress according to the season. Here then, is my round-up of things to buy, not only for the cold weather (wow, the temperature has REALLY dropped), but for the magic too ;)

Metallics

Blue Skirt / Silver Skirt / Foil Sweatshirt / Gold Trousers

Subtle, or a bit more in your face, something with a little bit of bling is a sure-fire way to light up the season. As I mentioned back in my November “How I Wore” post, this skirt is a really nice way to introduce the trend, and I also love these trousers. Available in limited sizes on line, when I went in-store, there were plenty. Wear with something red to really get into the Festive spirit!

Sequins


Trousers / Dress / Jacket

Who doesn’t like a little bit of sequin at Christmas time? From dainty embellishment to full on glamour for your Christmas Party, there’s something for everyone out there. The magpie in me is drawn to these trousers, but I also love this throw on coat. Perfect for office to after-work drinks!

Red

Jumper / Shirt

Nothing says Christmas more than red. I always used to wear something red on Christmas Day, a tradition I picked up from my Mum whose favourite colour it is, and it’s something that has stuck with me. I’m in love with the Uniqlo Extra Fine Merino Jumpers and one in Red is firmly on my Christmas list – I tend to wear the Mens small as I like the fit better. If you aren’t one for wearing a lot of red in your wardrobe choices, then a nice introduction with a red lip or nail is a good idea.

Winter Boots


Lace Up Boots / Fur Lined Boots

Rebecca started my thinking about these with her post on the delicious Ugg’s, but I have also found some other options for something that is essential over winter. Warm, partly stylish, but practical feet, especially when there are children in tow, are a must. I really like these Ilse Jacobsen ones, as well as these Zara Fur Lined bikers – a very good deal for leather at under £100.

Novelty Clutch

Pink / Yes No / Washing Powder / Chocolate

Honestly, you can’t sneeze without seeing these in all the shops. They are a fun way of updating an outfit if your budget doesn’t stretch to something new for your Christmas Party. I’d quite like Santa to bring me a Kate Spade license plate one ;)

So are you feeling Christmassy yet? I’d love to see if any of you wear any of the above as part of the #FFFestiveFun challenge ;) You won’t see me and what I’ve been wearing at the end of December, as in usual FF style, there won’t be any posts between Christmas and New Year, but I look forward to 2015 and seeing what will be around in the store to share with you all. So, all that remains is to wish you all very Merry Christmasas, and healthy, happy and prosperous New Year’s!

Erin xx

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

Friday Frock O’clock


Aloha Spring Dress – French Connection

Today’s Friday Frock from French Connection is right up my street. In my neutral of choice, navy, with a stunning embellished panel in subtle peach and coral tropical florals, it has added sophistication from the sheer top panel.

I also love that it’s a great one for those of you who like flashing your pins and works equally well for those who are super slim or are feeling less than completely confident about their tummy region. It will hide all manner of mid-section sins whilst you get on with exuding style and confidence ;)

Happy Friday readers!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Friday Frock O’clock

This weekend I have not one but two parties to go to. Fortunately they are different people, so one dress could have done both occasions… if I had found a dress that is.
Tonight it’s my work Christmas party, followed by a very good friends 30th. It’s safe to say by Sunday I’ll be planning a detox.

Yesterday I went to French Connection, party dress central, where the sale has already started just in time for the biggest party weekend of the year. Their embellished dresses are usually priced high enough to make them special-occasion-only, however the sales are often great opportunities to pick up one of their dresses at a massive discount. This year is no exception. I tried 2 dresses on – One had been reduced from £250 to £167 and the other from £275 to £137.50 (You can see the ones I tried here and here… – I chose the first one after canvassing Instagram opinion.)

However, on coming home and browsing French Connection online I found this super sweet and pretty Winter Gems Tunic Dress. I’ve always had a weakness for pale colours as they go well with my dark hair. I always feel glamourous yet feminine in lighter shades, particularly in the winter. I love the slightly sixties shift style with longer sleeves and that the embellishment is minimal, meaning that yet again it can work for a fancy party or on Christmas day with a cardi. It’s also 50% off making it almost reasonable. ;)

Have a happy party weekend readers – hands up if it’s your work Christmas party and do share what you will be wearing!!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Bargains and Sales:

What to wear: The British summer

A while ago when I shared the skirt in todays post, I thought it would turn out to be pretty useful. In actual fact I have worn it none stop and with a multitude of different items. Todays ensemble isn’t unexpected – in fact I’m wearing French connection head to toe – something I often feel lacks imagination (not in others you understand, but I am my own harshest critic on what I offer as inspiration here.) Sometimes I just want to wear a particular item and that takes precedent over styling the outfit as a whole. In this case I really wanted to wear my yellow shirt and my brogues – being pale blue suede, despite being in my wardrobe for a couple of months now, they haven’t seen much daylight for fear of then getting drowned in a dirty puddle.


Blouse, Skirt and Brogues, all French Connection // Bag, GAP // Sunglasses, Rayban (old)

This weekend was a really laid back one for me, with little planned ahead we were free to meander into town stoping here and there for coffee and lunch and this was the perfect outfit. Given the weather, I haven’t worn this shirt much at all but the sun was shining and it just seemed like a yellow day. Pairing it with my go-to summer skirt was easy.


For me the brogues are what make the outfit though. Another item I’ve shared previously, I know a lot of people find brogues difficult to wear. Even though I’m tall, my legs are relatively short for my height so I have to be careful not to make them look shorter by cutting them off with flats. The problem with brogues is that you don’t see the top of your foot, which would normally give the illusion of elongating the legs. To my mind there are 2 solutions… suck it up and work a bit of masculine tailoring (I’m thinking slouchy pleat-front trousers and a chunky knit,) or bare as much as you dare with a shorter skirt. Obviously this look falls into the latter camp. ;)


I’ve been meaning to share my bag here too for a while. A sale purchase from GAP a few weeks back, I was thinking ahead to my holidays and a beach bag when I snapped it up, but since then I haven’t been able to get enough of the ikat print, fresh blue shades and the super cute little pom tassels on the zip. It’s the small things in life that make you happy right?

Happy Wednesday readers.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: French Connection AW12

This afternoon I thought I’d cast my mind forwards (although difficult on a hot day like today!) to another stand out collection from one of the high street stores. French Connection wasn’t a favourite of mine until a couple of seasons ago when I feel they really upped their fashion game and have firmly become one of my favourite brands. Although that’s not a surprise as the new collection is dare I say it, a little Whistles-esque?

The AW12 collection is full of sharp tailoring, beautiful rusty prints and tones and mod/sixties influences which look perfect to me. I can see myself wearing them everywhere from fashion week to the weekend.

Hero Pieces?

  • The Studded sleeve leather bomber. Yours for £350.
  • Pale silk embellished top – a wardrobe investment that will become a classic.
  • Floral print – this season-tastic – and a beautiful autumnal palette.
  • A great range of blazers and work appropriate dresses. I’m loving the purple.
  • The cut out shoulder blouse – a great take on the cut out trend for cooler weather.

Spotted anything you like here? Head on over to French Connection and view the Look Book for more AW12 inspiration and share your favourite items in the comments box below…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Summer Steals

Forgive me if I sound a little triumphant this morning but not only do I love the subject of today’s post, my French Connection Rabari skirt, but it was also the result of both initial restraint and some serious sale stalking.


Jumper, Whistles // Skirt, French Connection // Earrings, Accessorize // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs (old) // Sandals, Dune (old)

Restraint is not my middle name when it comes to shopping, but when I first rummaged around the French Connection summer sale instore I found some great bargains in their keenly reduced rails. I had been looking for a summer skirt for some time but when I saw that the reduction on this skirt was a mere £12, I was pretty peeved and drew the line at forking out for an item that, given the weather so far this year, I had no occasion for as yet. I decided I would watch and wait, then snap it up when the price came down.


All images in this post were taken with the Fuji x100 which I am reviewing – look out for my photography posts reviewing it coming soon.

Wait I did and watch I did, with increasing frustration, the second round of reductions came and went with this particular skirt staying resolutely at the original sale price. Then last Friday I received an email from French Connection about their final sale reductions. Lo and behold, the skirt was not only reduced to a bargain £25 but also completely sold out.

I called a couple of local stores immediately, only to find the last 2 size 10′s in the country were in Manchester City centre and I made a dash in my lunch break to pick one up – it was fate.

This weekend as the sun finally came out, I bared my pins (teaming it with a jumper to protect against the dipping twilight temperatures on this occasion) and wore it to death.

So, have you got any sale triumphs to share? What’s your biggest sale bargain this summer?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS. The earrings were another sale bargain – I always visit Accessorize in the sale every year and bought 2 new pairs of earrings in the sale at 70% off for a couple of pounds each!

Friday Frock O’clock

Rather than my usual interest in trend-led fashion this week I’ve been working on my, ahem, work wardrobe. I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t wear ‘office wear’ for my job as a GP. I also don’t dress how you would probably expect a GP to dress. I have several requirements for my work clothes. They must be washable (I do hand wash, but rarely bother to get to the dry cleaners,) appropriate in a professional sense (no gaping bust or skirts that ride up,) both when standing and sitting, and be comfortable. That said, I like to show a bit of FF style personality!

So, I found this dress in the French Connection sale and snapped it up.


Raquella Dress, French Connection sale

It’s in a washable cotton, has the tiniest hint of a peplum, in a figure flattering fitted shape. Add to that my favourite navy shade and a pattern that remains professional yet has some personality about it, and I’m all set for the working day, not forgetting my patent satchel and pretty blue brogues for a serious touch ;)


Raquella Dress, French Connection sale // Pale blue brogues, French Connection sale // (Harriet) Satchel, Mulberry sale

Happy weekend readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Neon

So, I’ve been talking a lot about neon fashion lately. First the Fash Flash a little while back, then I got all excited about neon skirts. Today I’m sharing probably one of my favourite looks so far,and what do you know, it’s neon!


Shirt, French Connection // Shorts, Reiss (old) // Bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs // Wedges, ALDO // Sunglasses and Bangle, Banana Republic

Clearly it’s a holiday look, and massively helped by the weather and slight tan. I totally fell for this longer back silk shirt from French Connection (Shhhh! It’s in the sale!) a while back and figured it would be perfect for holidays. It’s cool and comfortable but obviously has a touch of fashion about it in the colour.

I’m not going to lie, Neon is a hard cookie to crack and I think I like it best with neutrals. It depends on the neutral of course and in this case I think it went particularly well with my city shorts. (Yup, they’re the same pair I wore all around Yosemite – that’s double duty dressing for you!) A bit of height from the wedges stopped my legs looking too short and of course, I had to wear my neon edged Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.

Looking back at the photos I love the whole look. Summer in the city eat your heart out. Not feeling so brave? Whack on a whopping great pair of sunglasses ;)

Tempted?

love,
Rebecca
xo

Fash Flash: Bric-a-Bloc

This morning I’m sharing a micro trend that I have seen all over the high street from French Connection to Reiss and Whistles. Block colour has remained big this season but its happening in a new way, with the colour literally being blocked within one piece. Showing up again in a muted palette of neutrals combined with desert shades of clay, burnt orange and bright tangerine, is seems new and fresh for summer when the SS trends can start to lose some of their appeal as we all get ready for something new.

Here are a few of the pieces I have found… I’ve already bought the skirt from Whistles (pictured here with the matching shirt – the range in this pattern is exclusive to Selfridges stores) as a summer wardrobe refresher and given the colour palette it’s going to work brilliantly into Autumn too.

Do you like?

Love,
Rebecca
xo