Monday Must-Have: 25% off at Whistles with Grazia

I’ve been a little slack at promoting this one as the offer was first published while I was on holiday last week, but it’s that time again – Whistles bi-annual discount in association with Grazia magazine.

To access the discount you need to purchase a copy of Grazia and then either use the coupon when shopping in store or the code when shopping at Whistles online.

The offer is on until next Friday 8th March so get it while you can ladies! (And if you have already shopped from the offer, or have your eye on something, please do share in the comments box below! Nothing like a bit of Monday morning retail therapy!)

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*See my pre-season preview of the Whistles SS13 collection here from London Fashion Week last September.

Monday Must-Have: Snakeskin Stiletto

This mornings must-have is a shoe that I am seriously coveting. I can imagine it with nearly every outfit I could plan for the coming season and it seems both modern and classic – The French 75 Snakeskin Stiletto by Whistles. The fact that it shares a name with my favourite cocktail only adds to it’s desirability in my mind.

There’s another reason for me choosing an item from Whistles today. You have until tomorrow at midnight to take advantage of the 25% discount in association with Grazia that Whistles run twice yearly. I know Whistles can be a bit pricey for many of you and 25% is a hefty discount (I always take advantage and save a significant amount when it is on,) so if there’s an item you’re lusting after ladies, then now is the time.

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Spotted: Atterley Road

Recently, I’ve been looking towards a more grown up, streamlined and simplistic style for my Autumn/Winter outfits. I don’t know what has prompted the changed, but  I feel more like inventing my own take on the trends than slavishly following them. Maybe it’s the advent of the cooler months resurecting my favourite styles and colours that makes me veer towards my signature style, but viewing a lot of the high street collections just hasn’t been doing it for me like it did early in the year as the spring summer collections flooded in. I’ve been looking for less pieces of higher quality and with serious wardrobe miles in them. Enter Atterley Road.


Shirt, 0039 Italy // Skirt, Jiqsaw // Necklace, Made // Shoes, Whistles // Ring, Made ~ All @ Atterley Road

Have you seeen the adverts for Atterley Road, ALL over the internet recently? It was through one of those ads that I clicked through to the site and found a really great concept – designed to feel like shopping on your favourite high street (a London-ism for sure,) but online, there’s an edited selection of pieces – ‘the best of brands you know and love – with new labels you’ll grow to love.’ Snappy style guides are regularly produced addressing fashion trends people like you or I need – a collection of knits for the wintery weather, your work wear wardrobe sorted or a capsule collection of key pieces every girl needs. And I think the selection is impeccable.


Dress, Fillipa K // Scarf, Whistles // Boots, Jigsaw // Bag, Jigsaw ~ All @ Atterley Road

You’ll find my favourites like Whistles, NW3 by Hobbs and Hunter, and cooler labels like IRO, Ash and Des Petites Hauts. As I was doing a bit of window shopping I thought I would put a couple of outfits together to solve some of my own dilemma’s right now and demonstrate the breadth and quality available.


Top and Belt, Des Petits Hauts // Jeans, 7 for all Mankind // Earrings, Made // Satchel, Jiqsaw // Ballet flats, French Sole

There isn’t a huge selection, but that’s because they have done the legwork for you. Need a work skirt? Find the perfect pencil style easily. Statement dress or weekend, reassuringly, dresses are the largest section and there’s all the finishing touches too, including jewellery, bags and shoes. 🙂

I can see I’m going to be spending a lot of time on the Atterley Roadsite and quite possibly a lot of money! Have you heard of Atterley Road and do you like my outfit choices?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Whistles SS13 Preview at LFW

This afternoon I am unfortunately going to lose all facade at ‘cool’ (not sure I ever did that all that well anyway,) that my LFW coverage may have reflected upon me and go a little bit fan-girl on you all. I’m going to give you all a sneak peek inside my trip to The Savoy to preview the Whistles SS13 collection.

Those of you who read Florence Finds will know that I am a huge Whistles fan. I buy consistently from their collections each season, throughout the season and have been doing since round about the time that Jane Sheperdson, Whistles CEO took over and turned the brand around in 2008. Many a time you guys ask where something I’m wearing is from and rather embarrassingly, the answer is often the same, Whistles.


Whistles Jane Sheperdson wearing a leather sweatshirt from the SS13 collection

I suppose now would be a good time to explain why I’m so passionate about the brand then? I love fashion and I like to work the trends but I have a life to live. I’m a GP and part of that involves dressing smartly, professionally but not appearing intimidating to the patients that visit me from all walks of life, with all manner of problems. For work, in Whistles I feel quietly put-together, comfortable that I am not selling out on my own style, but also not frightening any old ladies! The cut fits me perfectly, right through from the dresses to the trousers and the quality is remarkable. I’ve never had a Whistles item lose its shape, fray, had embellishments fall off or the garment feel flimsy. And when it comes to out of work, the pieces are equally at home amongst the in-laws on a family day as out with the girls to be cooed over and stroked as they should be.

So, given my obcession with the brand, you can imagine how excited I was to preview the SS13 collection. And if I told you that (removing all fan girl behaviour and looking objectively on,) it was in my humble opinion the best collection yet would you be intrigued?

There were 5 rails of clothing hung in the showroom of the Whistles suite at The Savoy and I immediately made a bee-line for a rail that seemed like Florence Finds in clothing form, with neon piped edging, a water-colour neon brights print on a fine broderie anglaise and a coral lace formed the bulk of the pieces, contrasted with tougher leather including a pair of leather dungarees.

As an aside, leather featured heavily throughout Fashion Week, if you have ever doubted the longevity of a leather purchase, now is the time to fill your wardrobe – you’ll be wearing it all season!

As I made my way around the rails, each collection of designs had 2 or three items that I wanted, no, needed in my wardrobe. Joking aside, that elusive perfect lace skirt? I’ll take the electric blue thank you. An updated Geometric print? The navy on white lattice felt modern and fresh.

Your summer events wardrobe? Of course Whistles has the usual selection of signature dress shapes, but I was sold on this tangerine maxi with layered top detail. And a statement piece that works with everything? You couldn’t go wrong with a laser cut white leather shell top. (Also seen in dress form on Virgina here, below right.)

Whistles have also extended their bags collection and have a new range including up to the minute pouches, flat clutches, shoulder bags and bigger satchel style bags perfect for work or play. All the bags are named after famous roads.

And did you know Whistles now do shoes? A Capsule collection for AW12 is available now featuring basic items every shoe wardrobe needs with the classic Whistles twist of on-trend style that has many a wardrobe mile in it. Look for the classic stilleto and the block heel boots, both making their way towards my wardrobe this season I feel. Whistles will launch the full shoe collection in SS13.

So what do you think readers? Are you in-lust already? I’m thinking that we could just skip Autumn/Winter and just start wearing Whistles SS13 already?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

*Thank you to Virginia, Chinazo and Kyley for arranging my invitation and showing me around the collections, and to Jane for allowing me to take her picture.

Friday Frock O’Clock

I can’t lie, all I’m thinking about right now is Autumn/Winter fashion. I’m still getting to grips with the big trends and styles to share with you but I am seeing a lot of green. Where green hasn’t been a favourite colour of mine in the past I’m suddenly falling hard for this gorgeous shade of emerald and spied this Dylan Scalloped hem dress on the whistles.co.uk website yesterday.

The dress is actually in the Whistles Outlet (yes, they have an outlet store online) and has been marked down to £95 due to a defect in the hem as a result of the styles effect on the fabric. I can’t vouch for whether that is an issue but I’m going to be ordering one myself to find out. The double scalloped edge and the sleeves with the classic Whistles shape just look so very lovely I thought.

It’s my first personal venture into Autumnal fashion, what do you think?

Have a lovely weekend readers,

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: Legs Eleven…

Today I’m sharing not one, but three new purchases, all (relative) sale bargains but primarily my favourite discovery, these GAP high waisted wide leg trousers.


Blouse, Whistles (sale) // Jeans, GAP (sale) // Bangle, Banana Republic // Wedges, ALDO (old) // Satchel, Mulberry Harriet

Although it may look like I am an impulsive shopper, in fact, I very often shop in the opposite way. I either go looking for an item that I realise my wardrobe is missing (my current obsession is the perfect Breton t-shirt,) or simply to pick up something I have found online. For some time I have been meaning to buy new jeans – the last pair I bought was over 12 months ago, and I tend to buy a pair every couple of years. It goes without saying that every single pair I own is therefore rather, ahem, snug. I hate jeans shopping, the lack of consistency, the way every shop has different shapes and sizes, necessitating trying on. So I have to psych myself up for it and had failed miserably thus far.

Last weekend while in Bath, I wandered into GAP and picked up a couple of pairs. These were the wild card and I expected to buy the skinnies, but it turned out they didn’t have my size in that style and I fell in love instead with these high waisted wide legged numbers.

Although they necessitate heels, I love the slightly retro feel – the higher waist, longer length and wide leg are all flatteringly leg-lengthening and they are super comfortable. On this particular occasion, I had been to meet Michelle, for a Dream. Find. Do. planning meeting and ran into the house in my work clothes, swapping my ankle length trousers for these and some wedges. I felt summery but ‘a-chance-of-showers’ appropriate. And suitably stylish of course 😉

The best part about them is the price. Down to £16.99 in the sale they had a further 25% off, bringing them down the almost £12. I should have saved them for Thrifty Thursday! The thing is, *whisper it* I hate spending money on jeans which is ridiculous, particularly as cost-per-wear they earn their spot in the wardrobe many times over. I would never normally splash out on a pair in a trend led style for example. maybe I should do it more often!

Do you like?

Love,
Rebecca
xo

PS Frankly, I don’t care if my bum looks big in them 😉

Friday Frock O’clock

This week I couldn’t help myself but include a dress from my favourite shop, Whistles. And it’s yellow. You know what they say, ‘you can go hard, or you can go home.’


Ellie drape front dress, £75 – whistles.co.uk

If you’re looking for a simply perfect dress, you can do a lot worse than go to Whistles.

Their shift dresses are absolutely the best and insanely flattering, particularly their what I like to call ‘signature’ shape. It varies slightly season to season, but think flattering slightly high waist, heavy silks that drape beautifully, tough exposed zips and small details that give a modern-luxe feel. I could have chosen any one of their dresses in the sale but this one looked too sunshine-y to resist.

Have a great weekend readers 🙂

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What-to-Wear: Print on Print

Perhaps the scariest trend known to (wo)man, is that of clashing prints and I can say with confidence I never expected to be sharing myself attempting it here. Least of all at a family wedding.

However, this weekend I was attending a wedding, on the beach no less, so I needed something from my existing wardrobe, that would work, allow me to eat and drink and have fun but still feel pretty in. My Whistles Wisteria print dress is perfect in that respect, with the pockets and loose fit, but the print felt summery and I paired it later for the reception with the purple wedges I wore when I last featured it here.


Jacket – Miss Selfridge // Dress – Whistles // Bag – Mulberrycity for this particular wedding. I have this gorgeous little beaded jacket from last year and although it is also a floral print, I decided the two worked together. Despite the summer temperatures and sun (I actually got too warm,) the glitter seemed to add a touch of almost casual glamour and as a few of the ladies there were wearing vintage frocks (yes, I asked,) I felt suitably dressed up without being over the top. Bare feet were the order of the day…



The jacket is from Miss Selfridge and when I bought it cost about £90. The story behind it is that at a fashion show I saw a girl wearing a similar style in different colours and asked where she got it, thinking it was bound to be vintage. She said Miss Selfridge and then I remembered they do jackets like this every season. It’s the kind of thing I wear with jeans, skirts and I’ve worn it with block colour dresses underneath. Although it seemed like a big outlay, I can see it being in my wardrobe for years, one of those ‘hero’ pieces you keep going back to.

So what do you think readers? Less scary after all?!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

What to Wear: The new colour block…

Today’s What to Wear is something I saw and just immediately loved. I’ve already featured it in this post, about the Bric-a-bloc new take on colour blocking trend and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the colour way feels fresh and new, and is a little bit 70’s with the neutrals and orange.


Skirt – Whistles // Organic Cotton Tee – Zara // Foldable Hat – Christys // Bag – Marc by Marc Jacobs // Sandals – Dune (old) // Bangle – H&M // Nails – Nails Inc: Toes – Flouro Portobello Road and Fingers – Strawberry scented sheer Henley Regatta //

The Whistles skirt is so easy to wear. I was in San Francisco when these were taken and wore it for a walk on the Embarcadero, breakfast, a spot of browsing in the farmers market then a longer walk to see the Sea Lions at Pier 39. It’s cool and has a really lovely drape to it, didn’t crease in my case, and works just as well with a white vest or later in the year I’ll be teaming it with a slouchy navy jumper.

For now however, I thought it was just begging to be paired with straw and I bought this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag in Macys during an awesome ‘Girls weekend’ promotion giving 25% off. Result. A bright flouro coral, I didn’t think it would work with orange but seems to take on an orange hue when the two are together, then looking pinker when I paired it with the coral and pink items I brought with me.


Look out for more about the hat… it was possibly my favourite and most useful holiday item, keeping my face out of the sun for the whole 12 days.

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

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