Three trends I’m not ready to say goodbye to

I’ve been eyeing up this dress for what feels like months. I spotted it in my size a few weeks ago, and of course it came home with me.

It got me thinking about the trends I’ve been loving, and that are probably on their way out.

Basket Bags
Basket bags started to appear all over Instagram last summer. They were calling to my vintage loving heart.

I picked this up at a Miss Ivy event at Mount Edgecombe last summer, and have been waiting for an opportunity to wear it out. I’m a little nervous about wearing it, due to the changeable British weather, currently it is full of scarves.

I know when the trend is over, if I no longer gravitate towards wearing it, the basket will work as a piece of home wear.

Ultimately it’s a basket, so it could store; blankets, cushions, shoes…

Embroidery
This is probably my favourite trend from last year. It’s more than just floral, this Primark dress marks the move away from embroidery with the motif on the bust, and the small flowers across the skirt.

It’s 100% cotton, with a tie string tassel back. The small details, and material make this stand out a bit more from your usual dress.

Thanks to the thin straps, it means I probably won’t be fitting it into my work wardrobe but for weekends and beach trips it’ll be perfect.

Tassel earrings
The grey cuties in this one are from Lovisa. I bought them before the Turtle Bay Launch event, I’d wanted to try the trend but was struggling to find a pair in a colour way that suited my style and Lovisa had a wall of soft toned earrings.

Since then I’ve added a red pair to my collection (thank you Nicole) and about five pairs from Primark in an array of colours.

These are my favourite thing to add to a simple outfit, to snazz things up a bit.

What trends are you not looking forward to ending?

– Emily

Wait, is it actually Summer now?

According the calender Summer doesn’t start until June 21st, but it feels so much like we skipped Spring and went straight to Summer.

Scarves, Hats, and Winter coats and now in storage or at the back of the wardrobe. I’m having to accept that Jumpers probably need to join them, though I feel the minute I pack them away we will probably be hit with a cold spell.

I’m excited for all the spring clothes that can get integrated back into the wardrobe. I love the season change, partially because it means rediscovering a part of your wardrobe that was packed away over six months ago.
Those dresses that have been hidden in a suitcase under the bed, and the culottes shorts which are prefect on a hot summer day. Those thin boyfriend style cardigans everyone has from New Look, and the maxi dresses that will need a denim jacket to prevent hypothermia until Summer actually arrives.

Mac style coats.

That light layer, that is completely timeless and smartens up even the most basic jeans and tee shirt.

Mac are to my Spring/Summer, what Berets are to my Autumn/Winter.

Emily

Eternally grateful to friends like Sally who are actually happy to take photos of me.

Nine Reasons why the Beret is my Favourite Fashion Accessory

I.Love.Berets.

I got given two for Christmas (which means my friends and family associate me with Berets, which makes me most happy) and I have barely left the house without one since September, really. I wanted to share a post on my love of Berets, thank you to Nicole for taking these photos in September.

  1. They work with everything from a raincoat, or wooly coat to just a scarf and top.
  2. It’s a hat, so you immediately feel more fancy.
  3. On the same hat thread, it’s funny watching other people try on your Beret. Especially if it’s blush pink,and it’s your dad/brother/dog..
  4. I’ve been wearing them since I was Sixteen, so the eight I own ARNT going anywhere until Spring.
  5. If you already have a predisposition to wear stripes, you will look even more French.
  6. They keep your head warm, and dry. Sometimes having a hood up can feel stuffy.
  7. They are easy to fold up, ether if you would like them stored in a pocket of a coat or the corner of a bag, and they don’t really lose thier shape.
  8. They take up the least space of any of hat I own, which when space is a commodity, is incredible.
  9. Ive never had to chase after a Beret, because they tend to be a snug fit. Whereas my Fedora and Cossack have definelty had me running after them on windy days.

My favourite way to wear a Beret is across the top half of my forehead (slightly below my eyebrows) and pulled to the left.

If you’re looking to add a Beret to your collection and aren’t sure where to start; three of mine are from Accessorise, one is from Primark, one is for a vintage fair, one is from Peacocks, and two are second hand (Table Top Sale, and Charity Shop).

I really, really want a Black Wool Beret and will be checking out Jasmine Rose Vintage (The Barbican, Plymouth) after this weekends Blogger Brunch.

– Emily

 

A Little Weekend Shopping

I can’t adhere to spending bans. There will always be a book, dress or coffee date which undermines my resolve but ultimately brings me a little joy. Today Sally, Katie and I met up for the first time in the new year and went shopping, there was a vintage fair in the guildhall and that alone is reason for a trip to town.

I managed to keep my spending below the £25 mark, if you exclude lunch and a slice of cake, but I’m happy with the pieces I picked up;

White Pie Crust Collar Blouse (£5 Primark)

This shirt has a collar detail, and huge sleeves; two trends I really bought into in 2017 and I don’t expect to fall out of love with anytime soon. This was picked up in a size 18, and I need to pop into the Habadashery before I wear this to work as the bust needs a couple hook and eyes to help the shirt sit flat.

I will always be drawn to a crisp white shirt, especially when such a simple androdyonous item has such feminine details.

Red and White Vertical Stripe Bow Blouse
(£10 Primark)

I have been eyeing this shirt up for what feels like the last month, but when I tried it on the for the first time today I fell in love. The shirt isn’t overly shaped, with only a couple darts near the bust, but it falls beautifully with the bow adding a very cute detail.

It would probably also benefit from a couple hook and eyes, but this is a trend with any button up blouse I own.

Blue and White Striped T Shirt (£4 Matalan)

I have a thing for striped shirts (generally horizontal stripes), normally I opt for black and white, but this blue and white shirt will probably be worn first thing next week. It’s ideal for work and will fit easily into my casual wardrobe, and the slightly thicker cotton top is ideal for the colder months.

Polka Dot Print Scarf (£4 Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair)

This silky printed scarf was the only thing I picked up from the vintage fair . Smaller than the fairs I’ve been to in the past, where space seemed to be lacking, I picked this out within minutes of getting to the main hall. I sifted through a basket of gorgeous scarves, and found this near the base knowing this would work perfectly as either a neck or head scarf. The neutral colour, and polka dots mean I’ll find it easy to wear.

I didn’t buy anything else from the vintage fair, after around twenty minutes I decamped to the cafe for a piece of cake and to read this months book club pick. I felt really uncomfortable at the fair, it was crowded and cramped and full of bottle necks of people, what I could actually see leant more towards retro eighties style (pins, vintage t shirts, oversized denim jackets) and wasn’t what I was searching for. Hopefully I’ll find a black wool beret at the next fair.

Now I’m off to make a cup of mint tea, and hang these up.

– Emily

Les Filles – A Slogan Tee from River Island

I’ve seen enough slogan Tees on my instagram and blog feed over the last few months to have fuelled a mini obsession. Cue discovering this amazing little top in the River Island Sale.

Stripped, with a shirting style peplum and French script appliquéd across the bust in a lovely velvet material. Honestly, this is the only thing I look forward to on those cold damp days the British Summer time seems to be peppered with.

Paired with my current wardrobe staple; slit ankle Next Jeans and gorgeous grey suede-esk Puma trainers this outfit is about comfort, and expressing your own sense of style.

At £10 it was an absolute bargain. Now to wait until Joanie Clothing reduce thier Brunch Club shirt as I can’t quite justify £18 + £4 p&p (though Brunch brings me much joy).

Top – River Island (sold out online £10) Jeans – Next (not available online, approx £25  ) Trainers – Sports Direct (£32)

– Emily

On a side note, Hutong Cafe’s coffee is so incredible I apparently couldn’t put it down for a single photo when Nicole was kinda enough to shoot these!

My Summer Saviour: Culottes.

Summer is hot. Summer is sweaty. And chub rub is real. So, to make life more bearable in when it warms up I live it culottes. I love how flowy and comfy they are and also how easy to style and cool they look.

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These particular black culottes are from New Look via ASOS and I think they work perfectly for a casual day with the girls or smartened up for a more formal work environment.

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For this lazy Saturday spent shopping with the girls, I decided to pair the culottes with an old Topshop crop top and my uber comfy New Balance trainers.

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And you can still jump around like an idiot in them.

 

So, don’t be surprised if you see me living in culottes until the weather decides to behave itself and cool down a little.

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

Embroidery : A White Shirt 

There are some trends I wouldn’t touch with a Barge Poll (Ath-Lesuire/ Sports Luxe), there are some I admire from afar (Harem Pants) and then I embrace some trends whole heartedly. My favorite in 2017 thus far have been; Bell Sleeves, and Embroidery. Both add such a fun detail, that shouldn’t date new pieces to a wardrobe too heavily.

Especially if you incorporate a trend within a wardrobe essential like a white blouse (or a blue striped blouse with a trendy detail). This embroidered beauty has a Mandarin collar, very flattering 3/4 length sleeves and falls out in a slight gather from just above the bust leaving a very flattering fit. The material feels very high quality, and is such a pure white.

I don’t have anything like it in my wardrobe, and it’s the sort of piece that can easily be used for work, a social event, or a formal event (such as a Hen Do). This top came from Matalan, and was very reasonably priced at £16. I adore this embroidery as its so unique compared to the other pieces I’ve seen, with an almost Hungarian theme.

What do you think, how would you style this shirt?

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– Emily