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 🙂

The Pink New Look Dress That Makes Me Feel Like A Screen Siren

You know when a discount code drops into your inbox and you decide all you’re going to do is have a little browse? Last time that happened I ended up with two new dress, a black bell sleeved cutie and this pink dress which makes me feel like I know a thing or two about vintage.


With the long sleeves, and Viscose material it is a touch seasonably inappropriate for the hot weather we’ve been having, but on a mild summer day this button up dress is perfect. The pattern is gorgeous, with almost peony like blooms, leaves and birds. The dusky pink means it would work perfectly for any other pale person, especially if you avoid a tan with the same vehemence that some save for cards.

I adore the length of this dress. Though the skirt hits the very demure mid calf height, the buttons end at the slightly sassier mid thigh length 

I tend to wear this to work so I don’t normally accessoriese this any further than wearing my fitbit. When Sally took these pictures I paired this with some strappy sandals from last summer, a hat I’d bought 10 minutes before in Primark, and a v old picnic style Primark handbag that’s about ten years old.

If you can get your hands on this gem, I would recommend trying your true size and the next size down. This is a good fit on my bust, but a touch lose everywhere else.

Emily 

Ps – forgot to add, this dress can be found here and is selling for £29.99. Currently they only have a size 16 in stock, 

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

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 🙂

 

New Pin Haul.

I love pins. They are so versatile and fun. You can wear them on the lapel of your denim or leather jacket or on a bag or purse or really wherever you want. They can be so easily changed from piece to piece to go on whatever it is you’re wearing.

So I found really fun online store called Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes. They have a great range of fun and political pins and I just had to get myself some of the feminist ones. And this is what I got.

 

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These are the three pins that I bought myself and they all have a feminist theme.

 

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This ‘feminist killjoy’ pin is going straight onto my oversized vintage denim jacket. I love the fact that at first glance you wouldn’t even realise what it said, but look close enough and you will know what I’m trying to say with this pin.

 

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This ‘behold my feminist agenda’ pin is going to have to go everywhere with me, because so does my feminist agenda.

 

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And this might be my favourite pin of all the ones I bought. The ‘I’m not sorry about your fragile masculinity’ pin says everything I knew I needed to say and now I can say it every time I leave the house.

 

In terms of quality, the pins are all metal with secure fastenings at the back to be put on to your clothes. Also, the delivery was fast and well packaged so no worry of any breakages. AND in the package you are given a chocolate and a refreshers sweet, aka the fastest way to my heart.

 

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In case you want to peruse the website yourself the business card above will direct to the site. The customer service is great and I cannot recommend them enough. They have a great selection of retro designs if you don’t want to scream your feminist persuasions from your lapels.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally 🙂

 

 

Lace and Pleats: Making the most of the remaining British Sunshine




This, is probably my favourite outfit of this year so far. I’m a real girly-girl and a good portion of my wardrobe is either lace, pleated, pink or white.
The top was a sale find from Tesco (£7), the sleeveless topics made of huge lace flowers with lots of little holes around the lace and the centre of the flowers. The arms and neck have a scalloped lace hem to add an extra detail. I especially love the high neck, it keeps the top demure. I have an incredible nude bra I wear under this, ore wise this would call for a nude vest underneath.
The skirt was an early spring purchase from Primark (£11) that I’ve worn previously with a stripped 3/4 sleeve body and a lace cap sleeve body. The floaty mess of this skirt call for a more fitted top. This moves beautifully and is made for this top. I did have to fix the waistband on this recently as the stitching had starts to come apart.
I added a pair of strappy sandals also from Tesco (£4!) they have a gorgeous gold plate down the middle of the shoe adding a touch of glamour.
I have worn this outfit three times in the last couple months; to the last Blogger Brunch (next brunch is the 16th, comment if you’d like to join), a formal event and a lunch with friends. I doubt I’ll be able to wear this combination for much longer with the Autumn months coming, but that just means looking for new ways to style these.

-Emily
(Eternal thanks to the ever patient Matt for both taking, and editing these photos for me. You are incredibly talented.)

*pricing is a rough estimate, as I don’t have the tags to hand.