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

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

 

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 ÂŁ16. 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

The Vintage Style Tea Dress from Peacocks

Peacocks is a shop I often forget about, when I was younger before I discovered New Look and Primark I was a huge fan of the shop. I remember when got my first full time job at nineteen, using the shop to build my first working wardrobe. Those clothes lasted much longer than the awful commission based job.

Anyway, I picked this little number up before the March Book Club. I had a bit of extra time to kill, and I remembered the stunning embroidered bag my mum had picked up from the shop earlier in the week. I flitted round the store, noticing the sale aisle on my way out and spotting this dream of a dress, I fell in love!

Peacocks add a Modern edge to this vintage style, keeping the skirt a little shorter than a traditional Tea Dress. On the hanger, the brown ditsy print doesn’t look much, but on its amazing. Fitted on the bust, with a very unique bodice panel, with a full skirt which ends just above the knee with a lot of movement. The cut of this dress is incredible for the price (ÂŁ8 down from ÂŁ16).

As with the majority of my wardrobe, this works nicely for work or social occasions. It’s especially nice if you have something like a vintage fair you wanted to dress up for.

Beret – Miss Ivy’s Vintage Fair Dress – Peacocks Shoes (just seen) Past Season New Look

– Emily

Matt is a bloody brilliant photographer.

You’re Never Too Old For A Playground.

January is over! Well if those aren’t three of my favourite words. January is done, its all up hill from here. There has been some horrendous weather these last few weeks, vicious wind and thundering rain but in-between the sun has been forcing its way through. So a friend and I decided to get out while we could, so I took us to where I spent my childhood playing for hours. We went to the Cargreen playground and stood in awe of its beauty, then we played in the play park. Age is just a number people.

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One day I will have a house that close to a river or the sea.

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Despite sunny pretences, there has been and there will be rain. Not long before this was taken a child in wellies was having the time of his life in that giant puddle.

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I played on this aeroplane over 20 years ago. Its the only piece of play equipment that has survived the upgrade of this park.

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This place is beautiful and filled with memories of the happiest childhood anyone could ask for. I can’t wait until its warm and sunny and can take pictures here again.

Outfit details:

  • Top – New Look
  • Jacket – Matalan
  • Trousers – H&M
  • Shoes – Nike SB

Anyway for now its back to lesson planning. Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

 

Beautiful blue Asos Curve shirt dress: Another workwear piece

My style has always been a little on the preppy side. I found a picture from an aunts birthday when I was about 15 years old and I’m wearing a black vest with a silky high sheen blue blouse. I have a very distinct memory from sixth form of wearing a black 3/4 sleeved button up blouse with my jeans and being asked if I was going for an interview. For me, Blair’s style wins hands down over Serena’s every time. 

 At about 18 I moved from these preppy smart nods to more casual looks, I spent years of my life working in retail wearing uniforms I disliked and dressing for the weekend. However, studying for my degree a few years later meant volunteering and updating my wardrobe, so I was office smart. These volunteer hours, and the office hours I have invested since graduating have brought back my love of preppy, smart, more tailored looks. Especially when I see so many gorgeous stylish women day in, day out.
Add ASOS Curves incredible workwear range, and purchasing this dress was inevitable:

You are looking at a shirt dress, in a size smaller than I would have purchased last year which fits over my bust without any pulling. This is the first button up top I have bought in the last eighteen months, which I haven’t had to hand stitch hook and eyes into, to retain my dignity. This dress screams office appropriate to me, it’s from a lovely cotton material(which is a touch thinner than I would expect) which layers beautifully ,sits nicely and the colour does wonders for pale ladies like myself. It creases very easily but I will forgive that, and it can easily be lifted for a social occasion or evening drinks.


I’m a big fan of shopping my wardrobe, so everything I’ve styled this with in my post is past season. The hat is from a vintage fair last year, the scarf is an ancient New Look beauty, The full skirted Mac is a Primark staple, the boots are from Schuh (thier EBay outlook specifically), the necklace is an old Debenhams piece, and the scarf was a birthday present. Three clear ways to style a new purchase, which makes me much happier about purchasing something I didn’t need, but really wanted.

Best thing about this dress?  It’s currently in the sale at ÂŁ16.50! Link here if you wanted to check it out.

– Emily

Please forgive my slightly awkward modelling, slowly getting the hang of this!! And thank you to the lovely boyfriend for shooting these back in 2016.