Casually Spangled

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To get the look, buy these…..

 

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New look £39.

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Phase Eight at John Lewis £120

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Pariscoming.com £21.47.

Belting

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Ok girls it’s time to stop comfort eating our way through this awful summer, because the waist is going to be main focus for Autumn. As I dip my biscuit into my hot coffee I spot the most amazing belts that can update my simple shift dresses.

Both of these belts are from Mango priced at £42.99. Not only over my shift dresses and tube dresses, I could also wear these over my navy trench coat.

How cute is this bow belt, only £3.99(!) from New Look.

And this one is only £6.99 also from New Look. You see style doesn’t have to be expensive!

The Inspiring Christian Dior

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The Pre-Fall collections are out, I can’t believe it’s that time already. I must admit the weather lends itself perfectly for it!

My inspiration today is the Dior Pre- Ready-to-Wear. I love it, the monochrome dressing has that cool mod vibe and the dusty colours seem a perfect evolution from the pastels of Spring.

Here are few High Street alternatives for us mere mortals!

Black peplum top £24 Topshop

Oasis white skater skirt, sale price £22

And then there were the brights, the bold orange and the ‘Cadbury purple’!

Zara jacket £59.99

Remove these jeans and add a midi skirt.

Orange midi skirt £24 New Look

 

Halter dress sale price £37.50 French Connection

Melia dress Reiss £195

Wear a sweater with a skater skirt or dress.

Shrunken cardigan Reiss £89

What do you think?

 

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.

Madonna in Borderline video

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!

Let’s be optimistic

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And hit the mid-season sales, I swear I just saw a break in those rain clouds.

Yves Saint Laurent £226 Matches

Stella McCartney £198 Matches

Sandals Wallis £15

Espadrille Jigsaw £39

Any of these fab sale bargains would look great with this thrifty New Look dress.

Midi dress £22.99

Oh, false alarm, it’s just started raining again. Still, this dress would look great with those edgy wedges and a trench coat!

Dream Weaver

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A trend that I have noticed coming through in the Spring/Summer collection is the weave. Whether we are talking yarn or basket weave the home-spun look is having a fashion moment. When out shopping with a client last week I spotted a few interesting things on the High Street.

Gascony Tan shoes £79 Jones the Bootmaker

These are fab little shoes from Jones the Bootmaker and would look great with some ankle length skinny pastel jeans.

And these from Massimo Dutti are lovely…..

Braided Blucher £79

Woven Ballerina shoes £69

This dress from Jigsaw has a basket weave print!

Basket Print dress £139

With Alexa Chung and Lana Del Rey gracing the fash-mag covers this month in either Vuitton or Valentino you can hardly have missed the current crush we have on lace and broderie-anglaise.

New Look £17.99

A great little find at New Look  – just change the belt!

Georgia Dress £48 Topshop

Crochet Shirtdress Topshop £50

Trust Topshop to have this look sussed.

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