Born Slippy

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I can’t wait for summer and we have been given a little glimpse of it over the last few days.  As soon as the kids get back to school next week I have a client’s holiday suitcase to shop for and high on my list is a slip dress. She is in her late 20’s and it is perfect for her shape. Slim with curves.

The first dress is from Haider Ackermann, available at net-a-porter.com, £745. It has that Kate Moss 90’s look. The second is Haute Hippie available at matchesfashion.com, £525. Styled perfectly here, I would copy this completely.

In the 90’s when we wore these slip dresses in the spring we wore white t-shirts under.  Although I will be teaming mine with a longer length cardigan or slouchy jumper.

Urban Outfitters have this perfect 90’s check dress, £48. Of course you would expect Topshop to have this trend down. They have a few mini and maxi slip style dresses. This grey one is my favourite at £18. Simplicity is the key, don’t over embellish. The straightness of the style won’t suit everyone, so have a look at these as an alternative.

Topshop £35

River Island £30

Adding some shape to the waist can help hide your tummy or create balance for pear shapes.

Too late to skate?

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90’s inspired fashion has taken a swerve into skate style. It started subtly with trainers and logo t-shirts now we are in the full throws of it. Selfridges have a huge skate theme going on. I was there the other day and graffiti was everywhere, boards were on sale and a skate park will be appearing at Selfridges hotel this weekend. It feels great and new.

The thing is I am far too old to take on this trend even though is is totally my thing, having lived it in my 20’s. So here is my challenge, how to add it into my style without everyone screaming mutton.

The trick will be to keep the overall look clean.

This t-shirt is from Golden Goose £125 available at Selfridges. You could wear this with a midi or maxi skirt and flat sandals as well as the look here with sweat pants. Layer up with a smarter style jacket like a long line blazer if you don’t want to overdo it.

These Vans, £59.95, perfectly hit the trend and you can wear them with anything, from my old hangout Slam City Skates.

Sling a backpack over your shoulder,

like this one from Elizabeth and James £445 from net-a-porter.

Or this amazingly cool backpack from Urban Outfitters, £42.

I feel more confident now to add little bits of this to my everyday casual wear.

From Hackney

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This morning whilst checking out Urban Outfitters on-line I spotted the brand House of Hackney. I instantly loved the dresses they have simple shapes and interesting print which make them easy to wear without being too trend led.

The first two dresses are a very flattering length and you can wear a skinny belt around them if you need to add a little shape. The third dress I would wear right now with thick tights and a chunky cardigan. The price range is £165 – £265. click here to shop.

I was so taken with them that I checked out House of Hackney’s own website. They have beautiful wallpaper and furniture and just looking through the website is inspiring. Luckily I have a new room to decorate soon and I will be using some of their wallpaper, however I did check out the clothing.

This sweatshirt and skirt are both priced at £145. I am completely in love with them and I am counting the days until payday.

In full swing

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With festival season underway I thought I would take a look at some styles that would work for this summer.

This whole look is from YMC. The only thing I might change would be the brogues for DM’s if the weather remains wet. The Spring coat is brilliant and as with most of the stuff from YMC you could dress it so differently it could work for a long time.

Spring coat £175 sale price

I always wear my hair up if the weather is rainy, it makes it so much easier than dealing with long wet hair sticking to my face. If the weather was to cheer up though this hat would be ideal.

Urban Outfitters £16

I love the shape of this cap it is very similar to the straw hats seen in the Burberry Spring Summer 2012 campaign.

I would never take expensive sunglasses with me in case they get knocked off and trampled on, but you still want to look good, these Rayban-esque shades from Urban Outfitters are perfect.

Snake half shades £16

Shorts seem to be a festival staple every year, I like these bright shorts from Uniqlo. Roll them up to get the right length for your leg shape.

Uniqlo £9

Love these desert boots by Dr Martens.

Desert boot £95

Sunny thoughts

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Whilst we are enjoying a warm sunny day in London we should take a look at the swimwear we will want to be packing very soon. Usually I take three or four away with me. I have a plain black string bikini that I bought from Topshop about three years ago that washes and washes. Every year I buy a few extra’s, throwing away the ones that have started to fade from the chlorine. This year as well as the old faithful black number I will be taking last years polka dot 50’s inspired bikini from Frost French which has a cute frill around the waistline of the pant and adds a swish to my walk.  All the others have been thrown away, so I have to buy two new ones.

My favourite styles are the string bikini they seem to work on my shape best. I have a small bust and you can play around with the position of the triangular bits to give the impression of more!

The 50’s inspired bikini’s are ok for me but not brilliant if I am honest. The structured bra just emphasizes lack of filling even will subtle padding.

I love a new look and I am thinking of trying the high waisted bikini this year. I found a few at Urban Outfitters that were really affordable.

Abstract print £32

Shiny black £35

They look great on the models and I am thinking that the black would be easier for me to wear as strangely I find the high pant a bit of a statement on its own.

Gilly Hicks of course have the whole swimwear thing sewn up! Mix and match pants and tops, all with a very preppy summer school vibe.

Show your fashion credentials by playing with different colours. Tops and bottoms are both £11.90 in the sale.

Topshop £20

I had to check out what Topshop had to offer as they are always well priced and wear well. I love this almost metallic olive colour, and £20 for the set! One thing I won’t be wearing, even though I love them, is the swimsuit. I have a long waist and I have never found any to fit me correctly. If I were to, however, this one would be it.

Vintage one piece Miss Selfridge £32

Very pretty and would look great if you pulled on a maxi skirt as a cover up from beach to bar.

If bikini buying fills you with dread, head to Seafolly. They have so many different shapes and styles and helpfully they have a beachwear advice page to help you choose the right style for your bodyshape.

I hear it’s going to rain again tomorrow so get down to that travel agent girls!

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……

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