All we need is love

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Liberty have some great Valentine gift ideas.

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As do Selfridges.

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Now all you need to do is leave this page open on your laptop for your other half to see.

The Usual

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I love the traditional ‘boring’ Christmas gifts. Top of my list this year are some new slippers. Warm cosy toes for the winter months is exactly what I want, however I expect something stylish as well.

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I can’t wait to open the door to my neighbours wearing these! £78.

Of course Christmas isn’t complete without a new jumper.

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Navy is currently my favourite colour, more flattering than black, added sparkle with the foil print gives it a festive feel. Perfect for Christmas lunch at home. £88.

A new pair of earrings is always a winner for us girls.

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‘These ‘Eggplant’ drop earrings are very eye catching and yet simple. Only £28!

Buy them all from Anthropologie.

Fox hunting

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I like a new motif, and this much misunderstood creature is the latest muse for the fashion retailers.

I love these two from Aubin & Wills, the Portland jumper is £125 and the Bolingbroke tee is £35. Wear either tucked into your pencil skirt or with a pair of black skinnies and high heeled ankle boots.

This sheer blouse is really pretty and you could wear it from the office to bar. Yumi fox print blouse at Oliver Bonas £32.

Ok, a bit too much for me, but on a cold autumn morning you could pull on this fox beanie, £17 from Accessorize.

Here is my favourite……

Alex Monroe‘s fox bracelet, the fox is gold plated and the chain is silver. £135.

The Shop Floor Project

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I love it when I find a new retail outlet to love. This time it is The Shop Floor Project, I love the website and I love the stock. I am especially in love with the jewellery designed by Bonbi Forest.

It is very ‘Alex Monroe’ at a fraction of the price.

This fab gold plated bracelet is only £25.

The earrings are priced at £18.

And my absolute favourite is this pendant.

It is a brass feather with two Swarovski crystals on a gold plated chain. It’s a rainy Saturday morning in Blighty so take some time to check out their website.

Class of ’85

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My usual Monday morning routine is to head over to the gym first thing before work. I spent the weekend lazing around in my Mum’s garden and you would think my body would be so rested that my workout would be easy. Not so. Despite the air-con and the fan directed straight at me whilst running on the treadmill, it still felt like really hard work. So to stop myself from thinking about the run I tuned into one of the MTV screens. It was the ‘Class of…’ program and today it was 1985. I was firstly cringing at Elaine Paige and Barbara Dixon’s hair, and then transfixed by the youthful and beautiful Madonna dancing all over the screen (already I had forgotten that I was running).

That is when I spotted the similarity between her look back then and the current fashion season. So this week my muse is the 1980’s Madonna.

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It is a very grainy image but she is actually wearing neon green socks under yellow high heeled sandals!

Christopher Kane dress sale price £348 Matches

A huge saving on this dress, 80% off in fact!

River Island printed denim skirt £30

Cropped black top also River Island £16

Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan

Thomas Sabo pendant £119

Diamante cross necklace New Look £4.99

 

Reiss sandals £169

Ray-Ban Wayfarer £120

If only I looked as fresh faced as I did back then!

Details details

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It seems right now that there are lots of fab jewellery looks around. Delicate pendants look really cool with low neck lines, long charm necklaces are great over a swinging vest. Big chunky collars and tribal style necklaces can update simple tees and jeans.

Delicate layering

Long pendants

This afternoon I will be getting my old man to venture into the loft for me (eek spiders!) and get down my summer clothes from last year. Going through them is a fun thing to do, seeing what will work for this season, and I think just getting a couple of new pieces of jewellery may be all I need to update last years floaty top/denim shorts combo and maxi dresses.

Oversized metal feather pendant Urban Outfitters £28

This will look great dangling almost at my waist with a boxy t-shirt and shorts. It could toughen up a tea-dress too.

Wallis £10

Beaded bib necklace £85 Jaeger

The two necklaces above are great for me as I have a small bust they add some interest.

I really like the leaf and feather charms that have been everywhere this season. Here are my current faves..

Oliver Bonas leaf pendant £9.00

Wallis feather earrings £3.00

Miranda earring £9.00 Oliver Bonas

After all that talk my husband has disappeared to the pub with a neighbour!! Must be brave……

Is this Summer?

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It’s probably best not to jinx it by assuming that the warm weather is going to last for more than just this week. The last three days being seriously warm and lovely have left me with a desperate need to find two things. One being the everyday sandal for the season, two being a dress (or two, or three) that can keep me cool in the sun and….well…keep me looking cool too!

French Connection £195

I love this, it has a nude pallet and a touch of sheen. It is a great shape, loose fitting in a way that shows off curves and flatters them at the same time. For daytime I would need some cute flat sandals to go with it.

Maybe something like this?…

Bally Selyna sandal, £325

Lovely colour. A great clash with the dress! Or these maybe?

L.K Bennett £125

Fab animal print, maybe better for my pale skin tone than the neon yellow ones. Whilst I was in L.K Bennett I also spotted these fab sandals in the sale.

L.K Bennett sandals £55

What a bargain!

Of course perfect for this season is the pleated midi skirt, fab for dressing up or down, wear this lovely skirt (below) with the L.K Bennett sandals during the day. I would team it with a tucked in t-shirt for a casual daytime look.

NW3 Hobbs skirt £99

Put on a cute and quirky necklace.

NW3 notebook necklace £34

Fab, now the research is done all I have to do is wait for payday!

 

 

Robotic/Tribal

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That’s how I would explain the Mawi collection. What do you think?

Mawi necklace £940

Pendant necklace £230

Collar necklace £610

Earings £220

Fierce! Get them from Yoox.

 

Teenage Angst

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Works for any age if you ask me.

Vivienne Westwood Anarchy satchel £473

Imagine how cool this satchel would look with a smart suit for work!

Thomas Sabo £359

Wear this dangling over a plain grey t-shirt and skinnies.

Sam Edelman Lorissa heels £177

Punk up your pleated midi-skirts with these.

Rage against the mundane!

Feeling hormonal?

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This morning I happened upon a new (to me at least) jewellery designer, Emily Alice, she takes her interest in biology as her inspiration. In fact. her interest in the hormones and chemicals we have in our bodies that alter our mood. I am completely in awe of her creativeness and I am about to order some jewellery for myself. Have a look and see what I am raving about.

Adrenaline bracelet £115

Seratonin earings £54

I cannot decide which pendant I will buy for myself, Seratonin….

Seratonin pendant £52

Or dopamine?

Dopamine pendant £60

Look at this beautiful necklace…

Dopamine necklace £185

Emily Alice you are a very clever girl.

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