KEY METALLIC

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There are two key metallic pieces I’ve aimed for this summer. First off, I wanted a metallic silver peplum – top OR skirt would have done.

I stumbled across a perfect one at H&M. What’s more interesting, it’s reversible (nude suede) though not intended to be.

The second ‘must have’ is a silver leather skirt from Autograph at Marks and Spencer. Since my hunt for the skirt began two months back, it’s appeared in quite a few magazines. I’m somewhat tormented by this as the publicity clearly went global. I returned from a two-week break to find that not only had the skirt been released, but had sold out. No joy at Autograph on-line and no joy in the four different city stores I visited.

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I have since discovered a few on eBay for almost £300 – twice the price!

Why I didn’t think to check my little pink Smythson I’ll never know. There listed prominently under ‘M’ is the M&S Chief Exec’s mobile. A girl’s got to call in favours now and again right?

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APPLIQUÉ

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I first fell in love with Zara some ten years ago in NYC and became re-united with the store on annual work trips to Cannes. I’d disappear off La Croisette (having window shopped in the high-end designer stores) to the more affordable Spanish brand ‘Zara’. Since the store came to Cardiff, you’d swear I had shares in it.

I discovered the most amazing blouses in there last week. The cut on both is so basic and the fabric light, but the appliqué detail on the collars and cuff, mixed with the quirky buttons take them to another level.

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Check out the buttons on the pink number. It shouldn’t work – soft pink and skulls – but it’s so right. Not your stereotypical ‘on brand’ Zara which makes it all the more adorable.

I gotta give it to them, they come up trumps for me everytime.

Yes, yet another Zara mention – I really wish they did linkshare #commission.

Pink Zara £59.99. Green Zara blouse £39.99

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CLASSIC

A good few weeks back I attended the Classic FM concert at the Wales Millennium Centre.  I can’t say it was my usual cup of tea but seeing as we (back at my day job) had helped to secure this event for Cardiff, I needed to show face.

With a pre and post VIP reception, I wanted to wear something more ‘classic’ (pardon the pun) but opted for an unworn five-year-old dress.  The poor little thing had been crying out for attention since purchased.  I literally paid pennies for it from a H&M sale. The style wasn’t on trend and the colour (mint) wasn’t popular at the time but I simply loved the cut and somewhat vintage feel to it.

I teamed it with a flower print blazer from Zara and stilettos.

The event turned out to be quite enjoyable (and a sell out at that).  I found my Carvella‘s tap tapping the night away to familiar ensembles.  I even bumped into a few familiar faces- Wyn Evans (Mr Go Compare), L L Bowen and caught up with the lovely Sioned Terry – who is performing at Access All Eirias (olympic concert) this July.

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PEPLUM TALK

I’ve been trying to grow a pair of hips for a number of years now – finally, with the endless amount of peplum cut dresses, skirt and tops, I can at least create the illusion of curves.

The peplum seems to be the most flattering look this season – if not enhance your hips, then to nip your waist.

I seem to have overdosed on peplum this season. I had a ‘peplum’ dress (or four) from a few years back but this spring, the peplum seems enhanced and with more structure – like the tapestry dress pictured.

Some of my favourites featured above. A wide variety too, so these ‘hour glass’ shapes could suit any hour of the day – office or dancefloor!!

[Top montage clockwise: Zara, H&M, Jason Wu, Warehouse. Bottom montage: H&M, Zara, Zara, H&M]

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PURE WHITE

I spent half of last summer looking for the perfect white jumpsuit.  I was trying to find a Bianca Jagger inspired wide legged one, but no joy.  This year, by magic, there was a white jumpsuit in Zara with my name all over it.

I love the abundance of all-white looks this season. So pure and clean-looking although the peekaboo back on this adds a little cheekiness.  I wore this with a metallic clutch but I’ll also team with a patterned blazer when feeling less classic… more jazz.

No doubt this number will be hard to keep spotless on a night out but thankfully I don’t drink red wine so no worries there!

[Jacket: Mango Watch: Michael Kors]

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BEACH READY

Last weekend I ditched the beautiful blue flag beaches of Wales for St Ives. The weather was promising and so I started operation ‘tanned legs’.

I’ve had these shorts for about two months now – been waiting for some warm weather to wear them. Having seen them in my wardrobe everyday I’ve lost interest in them a little, so I was happy to transfer them to ‘beach wear’.

The tomboy in me surfaced as I teamed them with lilac converse. Probably not the right get up for a sneak peak in the Tate en route to beach.

I also bought the blouse in the same pattern which I’ve been wearing to work but soon also to become beachwear – ideal to throw over a bikini to go get a cocktail right?

I’m such a sun worshipper and although I thrive for a great tan every year, I’ve started to be more careful and increased the spf. During my last visit to the Celtic Manor Forum spa I had a skin consultation using a dermo analyzer machine. Thankfully, the sun damage wasn’t as bad as I thought. The staff gave some great advice and re-inforced the dangers of low factors – the wake up call I needed. I invested in Elemis liquid layer factor 30 which will sit firmly in my beach bag.

Bee x

Shorts: Zara / Top: Cos / Bag: Acne Converse: vintage

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COCO

I’m a big fan of Chanel – even as a teenager I’d invest in Chanel-esque tweed jackets that were easily ten years too old for me. Fascinated by the inspirational lady behind the brand, I anxiously watched the film ‘Coco before Chanel’ recently. The boyf was bored senseless but I was glued to the screen.

I’ve been to Paris a few times for work but never had chance to visit the infamous Coco Chanel original workshop at Rue Cambon. An excuse to return if ever I heard one. I’m intrigued by the mirrored staircase which featured in the film. She used to sit and watch her shows from there, too shy to come down for her standing ovation!

Needless to say I’m loving all the Chanel inspired jackets around at the moment. Found this cute one in Zara but debating buying this Asos one too, along with the shorts!

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