Last weekend was Jessica’s wedding and I missed sharing a friday frock with you all as I was running around like a headless chicken, picking up last minute items, decorating the marquee, practicing my walk down the aisle and preening Jess, (In another life I should have been a nail technician…) I hope I can make it up to you all today by sharing my outfit.
Fortunately Jess and I agreed that something grown up and elegant was what she wanted her bridesmaids in. All three of us are married ladies (and two are mummies,) so it seemed more appropriate to look for a thoroughly grown up dress. We’re all pretty different shapes and sizes too so it needed to be flattering for everyone (the usual bridesmaids issue,) and I was really hoping for comfortable, for eating and dancing.
In the end, once Jess decided on peach as her colour scheme, I spotted this. Luckily we all loved it, including Jess, as it was the first and the last dress I saw in an appropriate shade and style all summer. I ended up accessorising with a beaded sparkling headband, crystal deco style earrings, a matching bag and a grey enamel floral cuff that I can’t find a picture of online anywhere. Unusually, I went for sandals, as a full shoe wouldn’t have been appropriate with the dress and managed to keep my almost 5 inch heels on all night.
When Jess is back from honeymoon I’ll share all the details – I can’t wait. But for now, you can see a sneak peek of the wedding on Julia’s blog. I hope you liked it – I loved every minute.
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?
I feel in limbo right now when it comes to fashion. In the last week, my concious has shifted from being disinterested in fashion, fed up of sales and with adequate clothes for the ongoing warmer weather, to curiosity over what’s in store for AW13.
For some reason I keep getting that September feeling already. The back to school vibe that makes me want a new school coat and shoes. Maybe it’s my sister moving in and starting a new job, maybe it’s the odd rainy day breaking through, but already I’m wanting to buy Autumn fashion, knowing it’s too early yet and I should enjoy the last of the summer.
Todays frock felt right to bridge the gap. Perfect with tanned legs for an occasion ensemble, it’s the type of dress that after a few formal outings I’d start wearing to work with opaque tights and flats come the cooler months. Red looks great in the summer teamed with navy or nude, but even better in the winter layered with berry shades and black.
This morning, I’m cheating a bit and putting myself inside this week’s Friday Frock. I was beyond grateful when you all helped me out with suggestions for a birthday frock and was initially going to buy Ted Baker‘s Banilo. I mentioned that I was also looking for a dress for a wedding and although I loved Banilo, it just didn’t seem quite right. Then I tried this baby on…
It was pricey (although I got 20% off with a voucher I had) but come on, look at her! Just to illustrate the twirling, I couldn’t resist making this:
As you read this I’m already wearing it again. I’m at a wedding today and pairing it with nude heels, a cream pashmina and my metallic Lily. Plus, the colour means it’s as easy to wear in winter (I’m thinking New Year?) with black accessories as I did here, rocking it up a bit.
Hope you like it readers, and have a FAB-ulous weekend 🙂
PS There’s 30% off selected Ted Baker formal wear (and 20% off mens) until April 28th!
It’s that time again – whatever your feelings about New Year’s Eve, it’s fast approaching and that often means a what-to-wear dilemma. So this week’s Friday frock, is not a frock. Gasp!
I thought this week I would share New Year’s eve outfit (if we can blag a table somewhere, as we have left things somewhat later than usual…) and I’ve had my eye on this Ted Baker jumpsuit for a while.
As it’s not just any night, (do I sound like an M&S advert?) and this isn’t just any frock, I thought I’d go the whole hog and create the whole outfit. Not usually one for putting a whole look together in one shop (no-one wants to look like the mannequin in the window after all) I did however fall hard for the rose gold tinted bow peep toes, that would glam up any outfit from here on in. That and the (note the theme) rose gold envelope clutch add a suitably sparkly touch on the accessories front. With a neckline like this, I’d always opt for some fabulous chandelier earrings and these by Miguel Ases from Astley Clarke would do nicely. I like that they tone but don’t match and sparkle without being gaudy.
Now Cinderella just needs a ball to go to!
I hope you all have a wonderful night tomorrow and if you haven’t already shared in this morning’s post, do leave a comment and let me know what you’ll be doing, and of course, what you’ll be wearing.
I could dedicate post upon post to what the sales have to offer this year, but I think that might be a little bit tiring for you all (read ‘boring’) so, instead, I’ll be focusing on a few key items and stores that are particularly worthy of consideration this year when you hit the sales.
First up, I always think the sales are a great time to purchase a coat. They are usually massively reduced, so whether you want a bargain because the pennies need to stretch further this year, or want to make a killing on something rather fancy that you’re spending Christmas money on, it’s a great time. Add to that the fact that you will still get at least another 3 months wear out of it, just this year, and it’s an even better purchase to feel smug about.
So here’s my round up, broken down by cost, and please do share any coats you’ve recently been lucky enough to buy or have bestowed upon you for Christmas!
Car Coats have been everywhere this season and I think require a certain je ne sais quoi, but if you think you’ve got it, this colour blocked number will take you right through to spring and beyond. Red Car Coat – Oasis£50 £38
My sister bought this steal of a coat in the sales and it looks great on, if a little boring in the picture. Smart, with with a bit of interest in the colour it’s a flattering shape for curvier girls. Double breasted reefer texture (burgundy) coat – Oasis£95 £65
I bought a parka last month and haven’t had it off. Dress it up or down and this one is perfect for that off-duty model look. Ted Baker Hooded (parka) jacket with tie waist £159 £111
You’ve got to love the detail in this Whistles Emely D-Ring Coat in classic camel brought up to date with the tangerine detailing. £350 £175
Feeling seventies? Get some Disco fever – just as good with jeans as a frock, in this Reiss Jillie faux fur jacket (as seen on Cheryl Cole) £245 £145
And my old favourite the cape, previously seen on Florence Finds, but not at this price – Alice Temperley Black Riviera Cape from My-Wardrobe.com£325 £227
For a quality pop of colour, I love this DKNY Pink Double breasted wool coat from My-wardrobe.com£587 £410
If you’ve got a boss to impress, hell, anyone to impress, you can’t go wrong with this uber luxe longline (yet slim) coat from Jaeger – The Warwick – Camel full length wool and angora coat £550 £380
So, any favourites for you here? Or have you got a steal to share, please let us know!
You won’t see many black dresses on these here pages, mainly because I have a massive aversion to black. I know that so many women are completely addicted to it, it’s slimming, it’s classic, it’s work wear… I know, I know, the list goes on. I don’t even mind seeing other people in it, honestly. But when I wear it, I feel funereal.
However, being Halloween, I decided to look for a little black dress because I know there are tons of gorgeous ones out there (I even see them sometimes and think… I would so wear that, if I wore black,) and they are so popular. I intended to find a work-wear dress, maybe something for day wear… and then I found this baby.
Seriously? Once I caught sight of her ruffles? I was toast.
I strongly suspect that you have to be of epic proportions to look good in this dress, all legs and magnificent height, but the picture above is enough to sell it to me! Ted Baker always do amazing party dresses (with amazing prices!) and there’s never a season that I’m not lusting after one of their creations.
So, it’s Friday, time for you to share your favourite frocks – a black theme this week. Anything you’re lusting after, purchasing or wearing, let’s while away the last couple of hours of Friday by leaving a comment we can all look at before the weekend!