Summer Trends for 2015!

There’s no denying it – the muggy summer heat is upon us, and even here in Blighty, there are days when I can’t even go out into the garden without breaking into a sweat. Every year we have a new crop of summer trend articles to tell us what’s in this season (hint: usually a combination of safari prints, nautical themes, and neons or brights), but which one of those are actually worth following?

First and most important, let’s not forget hats. Wouldn’t the world be a nicer place if we all wore hats? I have no evidence to prove either way, so I’m going to go with a hearty YES. The boho trend is big this year, and big, floppy hats look absolutely gorgeous paired with floaty summer tops – think cream fabrics, lace and embroidery. I, on the other hand, like to err on the more formal side of the hat equation!

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Of course, you can also channel the ‘floppy hat’ trend into something a bit more formal too – go for a stiffer material, and something with a darker colour, like this hat from Hobbs I wore to the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace:

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The other great love of my (fashion) life is nautical style, especially Breton tops. These stripy sailor tops have been in fashion since Coco Chanel translated them from peasant garb to couture in the early years of the last century. They’ve been catapulted into the spotlight recently by some high profile appearances in the wardrobe of the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate has been spotted wearing ME + EM’s Breton tops in both white on navy and cobalt on white – it might not be on the runways this year, but you can always count on a Breton top to take you through the seasons year after year. I love J.Crew’s St James top (here) and Joules’ Harbour tops (here), while the ME+EM tops are available here.

Finally, if it’s shoes you’re after, don’t forget that the ghost of ’70s fashion is still haunting the runways. You can channel this with some cool wooden effect wedges – perfect for summer, easy to walk in, and not so ’70s that the ghost of Farrah Fawcett will rise up and snatch them off your feet…

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I love these two part closed wedges from Next – and if you wait until Saturday, they’ll be half price in the sale!

What’s your favourite summer trend this year?

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Friday Lust List: Red Suede Heels from L.K. Bennett

Red suede heels have become a point of obsession for me, and once I decided I wanted a pair, I started to get a serious case of The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon – they kept appearing everywhere, and I found myself pinning, liking and stumbling across dozens of gorgeous outfits featuring them! Then, when I saw a pair on Tatiana’s Instagram, I knew I had to take the plunge!

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When I saw these gorgeous Fern heels in ‘salsa’ from L.K. Bennett, I had to snap them up right away, especially considering there was limited stock on the site!

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Friday Lust List: Alexander McQueen Reptilia Print De Manta Clutch

I’ve mentioned on this blog before how much I love McQueen’s De Manta clutches, which debuted in his final collection, Plato’s Atlantis in 2010. One of the final items designed by McQueen himself before his death, the python De Manta bag holds a special place in fans’ hearts, and was subsequently difficult to come by. However, thanks to the launch of Savage Beauty (the exhibition of McQueen’s work) at the V&A (going tomorrow, so excited!), the piece has been resurrected once more.

This is where my avid collector’s itch begins to bother me – although there’s absolutely no reason for me to own this clutch, as it’s not my style and doesn’t fit with anything in my wardrobe, I still really want to get my hands on a piece of McQueen history. I’ll have to reluctantly pass on this one, but if you’d like to partake, you can pick it up from the V&A’s own site here (priced £465). They have a whole range of Plato’s Atlantis goodies (in my humble opinion, the De Manta is the crown jewel of the entire range) here, as well as some gorgeous skull pieces here – which, as we know, is one of the things McQueen is most famous for. (I’m resisting the urge to purchase the skull bracelet here, considering I’ve just recently bought new Kate Spade and Stella & Dot bracelets!)

Anyway, I’ll leave you with my two favourite McQ accessories which I’ll be wearing with pride at the exhibition tomorrow – my ocelot print De Manta in twill, and some black suede pointed flats. If you want to find out more about how to see Savage Beauty at the V&A, follow this link for more info, and book tickets here!

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Bag ‘n’ Shoes: Plaster Pink Mulberry Lily and tokidoki for London Sole Donutella Heart flats

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It’s my 400th post, so to celebrate, I thought it was time for a very special edition of bag ‘n’ shoes, featuring two of my favourite brands: Mulberry and French Sole!

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Bag ‘n’ Shoes: Burberry Bridle House Check Ballerinas and Mulberry Bryn in Shiny Oak

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If there’s one thing I’m adverse to neglecting, it’s a bargain. Both of these beauties were bargains, and looking at my collection I realised I actually rarely pay full price for anything – unless it’s an item I think will sell out and then get listed on eBay for twice the price!

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Spend or Splurge: Pointed Flats

After I posted a pic of my growing collection of pointed flats, I had quite a few people asking me where they were from, so I put together a Polyvore collection of a few examples at different budgets. A couple of the items aren’t the same as the ones in my picture, as they were last season’s, but hopefully I managed to find some interesting alternatives!

 

Pointed flats: save or splurge

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Bag ‘n’ Shoes: St Patrick’s Day edition – French Sole and Mulberry

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Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! I don’t usually get into the swing of this celebration (my Irish heritage is non-existent, sadly!), but it was the perfect opportunity to break out two of my favourite items!

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You all know I have an obsession with Mulberry and French Sole, so it seems pretty fitting that I have a pair of shoes and bag from these two companies that match pretty well, and are perfect for the celebrations!

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I absolutely adore the velvet ostrich finish on these French Sole flats that I bought on my factory store visit last year. So far it’s been too cold to wear them out, but I did manage to bust them out for a relaxed New Year’s Eve party! They’re so comfy, and they look very plush indeed.

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And here’s my beautiful emerald green Lily in micrograin calf – absolutely lusted after for over a year and bought in the Harrods’ cardholder sale late 2013. I just love the simple shape of the Lily, and the adjustable strap. (This Lily is still available at Mulberry for £750 here)

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It’s a classic shape which means it’ll never go out of fashion – and it can be dressed up or down for any occasion! Did I mention the adjustable strap is awesome? Because it is! I have a massive thing for chain and leather straps at the moment.

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Happy St Patrick’s day everyone! Are you dressing up or wearing green today?

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Bag ‘n’ Shoes: grey tote and River Island skull flats

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may have already seen these awesome new grey flats I bought from River Island in the ASOS sale – perfect for Halloween! I love the pointed toe – I used to think pointed toes were slightly crazy, but I’ve definitely warmed to the look, provided they’re not too pointed at the tips… If I was mathematical I could probably work out the exact angle that hits my sweet spot, but that was never my strong subject at school…

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I decided to pair them with my grey tote bag seen in this post – not very exciting, but it is pretty voluminous and handy for carrying my secret weapon… SLIPPERS! That’s right! When I visit folks I take slippers with me, because that’s just how I roll.

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If you are convinced of the awesomeness of these shoes, they are still available in limited sizes at ASOS here.

Lust List: little black shoes to go with your little black dress

You know I loves me some French Sole. I also love the new studded slipper trend. Put the two together, and you get these beauties! Black Henriettas 2Black dome studded leather Henriettas from French Sole! Oh my… Let’s look a little closer at these beautiful little studs!

Black Henriettas 3Even though I love the bold, rock chick look of the pointed studs of the current trend, these domed studs are beautifully feminine, like little golden bubbles! Black Henriettas 1

There’s something really Christmassy about these sweet flats – and it would definitely make a great Christmas present for a lucky girl! Purchase these beauties at French Sole for £150.

Ascot Ladies’ Day!

I love Ascot Ladies’ Day… Let me revise this. I love wearing a hat in the company of other, well-dressed hat wearers. I just really, really, REALLY love hats. But, I never wear hats. If you knew me, you might be surprised how much I love hats, because of my general lack of headwear. So, Ascot Ladies’ Day is the day I pay a wedge of cash to someone to let me into a field wearing a hat, so I can feel no shame all day long for indulging in my frivolous love of hats.

As it’s Jubilee year, this was my hat of choice:

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This is the Hobbs Britannia hat, and the moment I saw it in the paper, I had to have it. I bugged the hell out of the Hobbs customer service team until it was released, and as soon as it appeared on the site, I ordered it immediately. Then, it became the centrepiece of our grand scheme to colour co-ordinate for the day. I always go with two of my friends, Rachel and Lorraine, so it was decided that we should wear red, white and blue. I immediately bagged red, because it’s my favourite colour and I decided I needed an excuse to buy another red dress. I forgot I already had three. Rachel bagged white, and Lorraine went with blue. Then, we decided to each have one accessory with the Union flag on it. I already had my hat, so shoes and a bag were the obvious choices. For my wedding, I actually wore a pair of Union flag shoes, so Lorraine decided to track a pair down for herself.

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Rachel bought a really cool Union flag purse by LDC (and it was so cool I had to buy one too), and we were all set… apart from the dresses. At first we were all going to buy the same dress in different colours, but the one we had in mind just needed too much alteration, and the blue and the red weren’t particularly strong. So, we abandoned that idea and Rachel ended up with a beautiful white ASOS dress (that she won in a competition!) and Lorraine borrowed another ASOS dress from me. I wound up buying a pretty lace dress from Pepperberry. IMG_2929

Hilariously, I spent ages before the event agonising over whether everyone else would be wearing this hat, because I’d seen it in the press a lot after I bought it, and it was a fairly obvious choice considering even the venue was decked out in the flag to celebrate the Jubilee – but no one else was wearing it. Someone else did have on the exact same dress as me, though… Typical! IMG_2930

Here are Rachel and Lorraine – I cleverly cut off Lorraine’s amazing shoes, because I’m awesome at photography!

Needless to say, we had a great time. We won a third of our stake back, which is great, and we even got to stay for the singing around the bandstand! IMG_3037

If anyone has any other British hat-wearing events they can recommend to me, please do!