#JanuaryJoy: Refresh your Style

Hello Readers!

HNY to you all. 2014 was certainly a blur but I enjoyed the pace of the final two weeks where I had the time off work to spend with Hubby and son. Returning to work on Monday was a big struggle!

I know I didn’t recap what I wore in December but I’m sure you were all too busy enjoying your festive periods to care anyway 😉 Thank you to all those of you that joined in with #fffestivefun – it was lovely to see your interpretation of the daily prompts.

January can be a bit of a mixed bag. With the Media serving up initiatives like Dryathalon (all for good causes though), the inevitable return to the norm (be that work, school or just regular life after the buzz of Christmas) and the fact that it can be so long until Pay Day for some, it’s not surprising that January is often billed as a depressing month.

However, fear not! This month’s What to Buy features some great pieces that you’ll mostly find in the remains of the Sale, and as some of you may be on a budget, nothing exceeds £40. Coupled with Rebecca’s #JanuaryJoy, we can make this years Jan a bright one!

A Classic Jumper

My love for J Crew knows no bounds and although my American boss doesn’t know what all the fuss is about (“It’s like M&S isn’t it?”… erm No!), the Tippi Jumper is one of my favourite pieces. Bracelet length sleeves and a close enough fit to be worn smart or casually, the Tippi is a good alternative to a T-shirt for the Spring. These two colours are reduced in the sale and are actually great Spring colours. Uniqlo and Gap are also good places to find really good alternatives, also in Merino Wool.

J Crew / Uniqlo / Gap

An Oversized Knit

These are everywhere and since the winter months firmly still with us, you’d get a lot of wear out of it. I wear mine either as a Jumper dress for work or with faux leather leggings for easy weekend wear. I especially like the camel H&M style – not a massive lover of a polo neck, this is loose enough to be cosy and not make me look too top heavy.

H&M / H&M / M&S / Topshop

Something Lilac

This notorious “Granny” shade is set to be big for SS15. Ranging from the palest purple to something more Neon Parma Violet, it would be a good time to pick up one of these pieces to add to your wardrobe as a nod to Spring, but at AW14 sale prices.

New Look / Clarks / H&M / ASOS

Sparkles

The Magpie in me will never die and anything Sparkly always cheers me up. The F&F flats above have a whiff of Tabitha Simmonds about them. For £7 just click and collect with your weekly shop. Also, I’ve mentioned this shirt before, and now it’s in the sale 😉

H&M / F&F / Zara / Monica Vinader

Lace

Again, lace was big on the SS15 collection catwalks and you could easily nod to the trend early with something you pick up now. Granted, the lace seen on the Runways was beautiful pastels and whites, but really, lace is lace right and these colours are much easier to wear in January…

Next / Next / Whistles / Zara 

So what do you think readers? Will you choose something here to brighten up your Jan? My Month has kicked off with our Renovation Project starting at home – meaning we’ve had to move out for a while. I’ll be back later in the month with “How I Wore” January but please forgive any less than salubrious places that my outfit post pictures are taken from. #realliferules after all 😉

Erin xx

How to Wear: November

Morning Readers!

We are now less than a month away from Christmas. Really?! I feel like I’ve wished this year away due to things that have been happening both at work and at home, so I’m really looking forward to slowing things down a bit so we can enjoy the Festive Season countdown. Having a Toddler really does give you a renewed sense of joy for the season (if you ever lost it, I’m not sure I did!) and I’m loving creating all our own family traditions.

But, on to what I’ve been wearing. I’ve been quite bad at recording the outfits as I did last month, but here are my favourites – taking into account some of the items I had on my What to Buy list earlier this month.

First up – Over the Knee Boots. I had these from two years ago, with a wedge heel that I picked up from Zara. I love that they can be dressed up or down, and here I’ve dressed them down with jeans for work on a Friday.

Anyone that follows me on Instagram will know that I’m a big fan of stripes. Mostly these are the classic Breton combination but sometimes I do branch out and this dress is an example of that. A gorgeous Orange-Red, the same colour as one of my favourite lipsticks (Nars Red Square), this is actually a dress size bigger than I usually take but it was the last one left in the whole of London and actually, the fit it really nice as it’s a Kimono-cut anyway. Really easy to dress up or down. I’m wearing it for a day in the office here, but I have worn it to a dinner with bare legs and heels. I like to try and get as much wear out of my clothes as possible so tend not to “save” things for best (unless it’s a gown of course – not sure my fellow commuters would cope with that on a Monday morning!)

Now here’s a little sneak peak into something I’m going to be featuring in December – Metallics. I’ve been a big fan of the Whistles Carrie skirt since it was released but pleats really does nothing for my hourglass shape – especially at that tricky midi-length when you don’t have the slimmest of slim legs, which I don’t.

However, I found this skirt and it was love at first sight once it arrived – not to mention it was an £11 bargain. The wide elastic waist helps as I found I could pull it down slightly to sit at the top of my hips rather than my waist which helped make it work for my shape. Again, I’ve made it work-appropriate here with a jumper but it could very easily be glammed up too. It also comes in Gold (which I’ve bought too) and I can’t wait to wear it in the run up to Christmas, maybe even on Christmas Day if I’ve not worn it before that (my Christmas Day outfit always has to be new!)

I’ve had this skirt in my wardrobe for a few years now and it really fits one of the items I said you should look at buying in November. It was from the H&M Conscious collection and I love the drape that the silky fabric gives it. I’m wearing it with stripes for a different take.

There’s nothing like a bit of leather to add a bit of interest to your wardrobe and this Marks & Spencer Limited Collection shift from A/W 2007 still gives that. Although I’m breaking one of my rules of not wearing all black here, I’ve paired it with a Navy coat, and Navy and Black is a colour combo I’m really enjoying at the moment.

Finally, a casual outfit with the jumper I mentioned earlier this month. I had a Monsoon voucher, and there was a discount on it, so this beauty became mine. The wool is really soft, and even though I’m not a fan of a polo neck (my chest is not forgiving for a polo neck) this funnel neck is the next best thing. The embroidery really is lovely, and I love how the blue is picked out with the shade of these MIH Pheobe jeans. Sparkly shoes finish it all off. A great weekend outfit.

So, how have you worn November? Did you get your hands on any of the bits? I bought one of the Christmas Jumpers – can’t wait to reveal which during December 😉

Erin xx

Find Erin on Twitter @ErinLauraWalsh or Instagram @ShoeQueen79

Triple Temptation: The Christmas Jumper


Polar Bear £16 // Heart Reindeer £18 // Penguins £32

Already, I’m getting excited about Christmas, and more than any year before I’ve noticed Christmas jumpers making a comeback. This is one trend it’s worth finding a bargain for and you won’t get much on the cost-per-wear front, but fortunately the supermarkets and high street are coming up trumps.

I’d love to see any great Christmas jumpers you’re coveting?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Print Purrrfect

I find it much easier to dress for work and formal occasions that I do to dress for the weekend and strike a balance between fun and casual. My other weak point is layering. Why does it matter? It doesn’t I suppose, but there’s something much more interesting about an outfit with several components than a simple jumper over jeans. From a purely practical point of view, it’s often the warmer option too.


Jumper, J.Crew // Jeans, J.Crew // Shirt, GAP // Brogues, French Connection // Necklace, J.Crew // Nails, Orly ‘Rio’.

I’ve a big fan of leopard print accessories, but when it comes to larger expanses, I’ve never really taken the leap. Traditional shades of caramel and brown leopard print can look to obvious and the colours don’t suit my skin tone as well as this snow leopard jumper.


Jeans, J.Crew // Nails, Orly ‘Rio’.

It’s a weekend outfit, (I was going to see Becky and meet baby Connie) so I just threw a few things into my new Alphabet bag and put my brogues on. A bit of everyday sparkle to dress things up for meeting a friend and I was good to go!

What are you wearing right now?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS! After weeks of tropical brights in Florida, I wasn’t quite ready for greys and oxblood for my nails. This violet shade by Orly was perfect for winter brights but acknowledges the shift in seasons.

Monday Must-Have: Foxy Knitwear

What’s this we have here? It’s a new post series that’s what! Allow me to fill you in.

Just like Friday Frock but without the restriction of it being a dress, every week Monday Must-Have is me sharing the single item that I’m lusting over and your week simply is not complete without. Like today, it might be a fashion item, or a lust-worthy pair of shoes, a pretty make-up palette, a book, a cushion, something for the kitchen… you’re going to have to pop along and find out. Its a short and sweet post so you can read it without missing a beat whilst getting up to speed with those Monday morning situations at work or if you feel particularly naughty you can click on through and distract yourself for a little longer. 😉

This afternoon I’ll be talking more about some changes that are happening at FF HQ, but for now, here’s my must have.

Now it’s finally September, I’m allowed to start talking about it right? Autumn looming, the leaves are already falling and I am obsessing over knitwear, earthy tones and crisp days for walks followed by pub lunches. And when I’m doing all of the above, I want to be wearing the jumper below.


Aubin and Wills Portland Jumper £125

Aubin and Wills is a recent dot on my radar and I think their style really lends itself to Autumn. Sophie Dahl is modelling for Aubin and Wills this season and it’s worth hopping over to the site just to see the stunning images of her wearing the collection. I’m going to struggle to keep this to my only purchase this season.


The Portland Jumper is also a much friendlier way of ticking of the statement knit trend that I posted about a while back now, no scary sequins, just modern british design.

Beautiful, no?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Spring time stripes

This morning’s what-to-wear is a basic item, but it’s fresh and spring like with its nautical stripes and more importantly given the abysmal weather we’ve been experiencing of late, it’s on the warmer side of spring appropriate clothing.

It’s also (whisper it) a bargain.


Jumper // Jeans – Citizens of Humanity (old) // Flats – Dune (old) // Bangle // Bayswater //

I spotted this striped jumper in H&M a couple of weeks ago and pounced on it. I do like loose clothes, they’re flattering, comfortable and easy to wear (aside from the regular jeans I’ve paired it with here, I’ve teamed it with my cobalt blue jeans and of course the pink trousers too already.) I’d been keeping my eyes peeled for a couple of summer sweaters as we’re heading off on holiday soon and the San Francisco weather could be quite cool when we arrive stateside, so I don’t want to be caught out.



I love the bell shaped sleeves, the over-sized shape (I’m wearing a medium,) and the cute gold buttons on the shoulders of this jumper. For a bargain £19.99 I snapped it up in a hurry. Perfect for shopping! I also added to my enamel bangle collection with the cream and grey pyramid bangle I’m wearing here, also a bargain £6.99.

Totally not the point of this post but the star of the pictures, is my rather lovely birthday (and forthcoming anniversary!) present from Pete too, my gorgeous hot fuschia Bayswater. I’m loving the colour pop against the navy and cream outfit.

Form an orderly queue then ladies with a crisp £20 in hand…

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS, Want to see more ways to wear this jumper? I featured it in my Paris packing tips for Michelle over on Pocketful of Dreams.
PPS, big thanks to my sister for stepping in as my photographer for these shots. I think she did rather well 🙂

The Fash Flash… Think Pink

Just recently, I have seen an absolute onslaught of pink hitting the shops, and I’ve also seen it popping up all over the blogs, adorning the most stylish ladies and just generally making me want to wrap myself in it from head to toe. Pink used to be just a little bit un-cool, but it can certainly be done…


L-R Top Row: Fuchsia Dress, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere in Pink on Pink on Pink, Camel and Neon. Bottom row L-R: Bubblegum jumper and striped skirt, Hot Pink Blazer and bobble hat, Emily again in pink pants and khaki jacket.

So I thought I’d do a little round up of items in the shops that you can combine into your outfits at home:

So come on girls, tell me what you think? Is pink for you? Or will you be sitting this trend out?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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