The Fash Flash: Three trends to look out for…

I thought after my talk of Sale Steals, it was also time to focus on what you might look to pick up either in the sales if you’re particularly lucky, or in preparation for the new season. I get sick of the current trends round about this time of year and look for items that work now but will also work with my autumn wardrobe and I’ve got three items for you to invest in now that you won’t regret.

First up, accessories with the new shape of bag…

Boxer bagsInspiration: Celine (Image via Atlantic Pacific)

  • Aila Cobalt blue bag, (Look out for this designer – first spotted street style at LFW in Spring, she’s now stocked at My-Wardrobe and sure to be hot property.)
  • Boxer bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs at
  • Violet Cooper leather tote, Smythson at
  • Red Mini Satchel, Phillip Lim at

The key thing with this bag is the shape – note the side panels are folded out, creating a triangular shape. Celine’s bags have gained cult status in recent years but now the iconic shape is filtering down. Look out for it on a high street near you soon.

Wedge heeled high topsInspired by: Isabel Marant wedge heel high tops

Sometimes a single piece is enough to spawn a thousand copies and spark a trend. Capturing the cash pack imagination last season were Isabel Marant’s wedge heel high tops and this season you’ll be seeing them everywhere. Ash is my favourite incarnation and after initially hating the trend, now I’m loving it and plotting a purchase…

The Statement Knit Inspired by: Markus Lupfer

Markus Lupfer has been making his quirky knits with embellished fronts for several seasons now but the high street is catching on and his fun take on luxe (cashmere is his thread of choice,) means weekend down time never looked quite so cool.

I hope you’ll forgive me – as emerging trends for the coming season these are all high end choices that are starting the style races, but you wait, they’ll be filtering down to a high street near you very soon, just make a note of those key styles and you won’t go far wrong.

Let me know if you like them readers, or if you’re making any key purchases soon for the coming season?


Friday Frock O’clock

All I’m thinking about right now is my holiday so when I stumbled across this Seafolly dress I fell in love. I have to admit, I NEVER spend a lot on Summer clothes, you get to wear them so little and when you do, they get ruined by sea water, pool water or suncream.

Seafolly Coral gladiator maxi dress – £99

If you’re a little more confident that you can take care of them however, this could be the perfect reason to invest in a stunning beach to bar dress like this one. With care, you’ll still be wearing this in years. It’ll look equally good with heels and chunky jewellery in the bar as flip flops on the beach, or in the city for that matter sight-seeing. The colour is perfect with a tan and I love the way it has been styled here with flats and a raffia bag. It’s probably the top end of what I’d stretch to price wise, but I can see it having great longevity and being 100% worth it!

Have you started thinking about holiday dresses yet?


Fash Flash [Basics]: Little April Showers…

This week the weather has turned on us and we’re all left reaching for the coats and boots all over again. I refuse to listen to the people who are saying how bizarre this weather is though, many of my memories of late snowfall have been freakishly cold snaps in April and of course the traditional weather right now is April showers and sunny spells in-between. It’s enough to leave a girl unsure as to whether she’s coming or going, and when it comes to planning your outfits, it’s all about layering.

One eternally chic wardrobe staple however is the mac, perfect for spring showers and something every girl should have in her wardrobe. It’s an investment so don’t be afraid to spend some money, or if you prefer to wear your clothes to death consider looking for washable fabrics you can throw in to the machine. Here’s my edit of where to snap up a mac for spring.

  1. Black trimmed mac – MANGO £79.99
  2. Hobbs NW3 Wentworth Trench £189.
  3. Double breasted (short) trench, MANGO £49.99 (also available in navy and red)
  4. Cream raincoat, Oasis£48
  5. Full skirted navy trench, OasisNow £50 (from £80)
  6. Cotton trench coat, Burberry Brit at £595

If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop to try a few different styles, or want something a little more fashion forward, Zara comes up trumps again. The generous collars are very high-fashion and there are plenty of clever details like leather trims and swing backs if you don’t need a belt.

Of course, I can’t resist a splash of colour and there is simply nothing better on a rainy day than a pop of bright colour to cheer you up. All of these Macs are from ASOS and I’d go for any of them in a heart beat, but I’m really coveting the yellow 🙂

Yellow plastic rainmac – £40 ASOS, red rain mac – £199 Lacoste, green pleated swing mac, £50 ASOS

Spotted anything you like here then ladies?

Here’s to staying stylish despite the English weather…


Friday Frock O’Clock

This week I had a bargain dress in mind for Friday Frock O’Clock but it’s still not available so instead, I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and decided to share a dress that I have been lusting after and will probably never buy. (I’m ever hopeful)

I just love how chic this is, a classic-with-a-twist shape, a statement colour and the fact that expensive though it may be, this dress would live in your fabulous frock repertoire for many a year to come… I’d love to see it worked with a leopard heel.

*Pink Fond sleeveless dress, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania at My-Wardrobe.

So this week’s Friday Frock O’Clock is dedicated to the dress that you can’t buy this week but would truly love to. It might be a designer gown you’ve fallen in love with*, or it might be a dress you spied somewhere like Pinterest and can’t find the designer for. Or maybe it’s not even that expensive but your pennies are being directed elsewhere at the moment. Either way, drop a link into the comment box and let’s spend the rest of this afternoon drooling over the dress candy.


*Let’s face it, that was just your free pass to head on over to the likes of Net-a-Porter or My-Wardrobe and search for something gorgeous if you didn’t have something in mind already.

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