GO ON BE A SPORT

I’m sure I was one of few people wearing brights amongst the sea of red this weekend as the City came alive for, what hoped to be (and certainly was) a very memorable sporting weekend.

Match-day outfits are always a tricky one – trying to get the right balance.  This weekend seemed perfect to work ‘sports luxe’.

Last week I seemed to be drawn to technical fabrics and hints of neon.  Love the colours, fabrics and shapes of these few items I picked up in H&M.  I wore this lime green (bordering neon) top with quirky necklace, teamed with capri jeans and the most ridiculous pair of heels from Kurt Geiger.

This necklace was a great find.  I was originally drawn to the fluorescent ribbon together with the blocks of perspex – but what I love about this necklace, you can change the colour ribbon to suit. 

I’m a sucker for a sporty racer back so grabbed this dress as soon as it was in stock two months back.  I still haven’t worn it yet so I’m now thinking of transforming it into skirt & top.  Getting sewing machine withdrawals. 

These Topshop shoes are yet to be worn too.

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NIFTY 50s

The fashion and style of the 1950’s continues to influence the designers of today. One of my favourite eras for pure femininity and grace.

The conservative necklines of the 50s aren’t for everyone , but I simply love the detailed collar on this 50s inspired top (that also comes in a peppermint) from River Island – very Audrey Hepburn.

Love the elegance of the full skirts from that era but also the sexiness of a pencil skirt. Spotted this fabulous one in H&M this week (who yesterday launched their 70 piece collection in collaboration with Italian label Marni). You need to see the fabric of this skirt to appreciate. Nude with mint spots.

Soon I’m going to trade my wardrobe staple skinnies for a cool & casual capri pants. Much softer for summer. Love them teamed with a cropped gingham blouse or a flowery bra top a la Marilyn Monroe back in the day.

[blouse: Zara / Watch: Thomas Sabo]

This week, I was fortunate enough to see a preview of Gok Wan’s new GW glasses range for Specsavers (in stores from 18th March). Freshwater PR managed the launch – an award-winning Agency, who I’ve had the pleasure of working back at my day job in major events.

Great to see another high street retailer collaborating with a designer / celebrity to produce affordable and wearable products.

It was clear that Gok also looked to the past for inspiration and drawn style cues from the 50’s. The cat’s eyes shapes added a touch of vintage-chic. No doubt I won’t be the only gal with perfect eyesight sporting a pair this season!

That’s two major fashion launches in Cardiff this week – great for the city!

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BIKER JACKET

Whether it be the softest of leather, pale in colour or one of the dark and distressed variety …. who doesn’t love a biker jacket?

One of my favouite looks is an ultra feminine dress paired with a vintage biker that screams “rock chick”. Adds a bit of edge to the look don’t you think?

I seem to have a large collection of leather jackets. I’m saving an old favourite one, sage green in colour, for autumn.

For spring, however, I found this stylish pink biker a few weeks back from Zara (pictured).

The biker jacket was big news at the recent Paris Fashion week. This makes me giggle as on my last busines trip there, I was met at Charles de Gaulle by a colleague and his scooter … plus a spare biker jacket three sizes too big for me.

It was definitely for protection and not the stylish ‘girl about town’ biker jacket I’d have preferred.

Not quite the first impression I wanted to create upon arrival at Hotel Matignon (even if the form of transport was consider tres chic.)

If you’re looking for the perfect biker jacket, try Acne and Carven – they have a variation of coloured jackets (though a little pricey)..

..or for a high street steal, try Reiss (pictured in grey) or this blue Asos number.

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SUMMER STAPLE

A great find in this pvc effect skirt from Topshop, which will definitely be my wardrobe staple for spring/summer.

As there is still a chill in the air (to say the least), I’m wearing with a simple cashmere jumper (Asos do some great ones or there’s always good old M&S ) teamed with a peter pan blouse underneath.  Feeling all 1950s in this ensemble and have a sudden urge to throw on some pearls!

The skirt also looks great with a simple vest or tee … or for a night on the town, I’m going to jazz it up with a bit of metallic. 

 There’s something I love about a silver and pastel combo!  I’d even contemplate pairing the skirt with a pair of silver converse – love a bit of quirkiness!

 Dare I wear pvc to the office though?  Hell yes – the corridor is my catwalk!!!   

Bee x

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Decorative Décolletage

I decided to sort through clothes  storage and organise my wardrobes this weekend, in readiness for spring.  I had some fun finding old pieces of jewellery and clothes I had forgotten existed   ………   like this blouse from Karen Millen (who BTW have free next day delivery on orders placed Thursday 9th Feb). 

 

It became evident that I have a soft spot for fancy necklines.  I wonder if it’s because I always wear my hair up during the working week so the detail compensates. 

I have a fettish for watches and a great collection of cocktail rings but I did not realise how many fun oversized necklaces I own. 

All great for jazzing up a simple outfit.

I simply love the broderie anglaise detail on the collars of the Louis Vuitton spring/summer collection.

Until the next time … Bee x

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‘SALE’ INTO SPRING

Thank goodness sales are over and snippits of spring are starting to emerge.  Although, admittedly, I did brave the rails.  I had a few good buys from Topshop like this textured cream cardigan …

 

… and this 20s inspired drop waist dress [pictured back to front].  Pastel for spring -check,  flapper dress for spring -check.  Simply can’t believe it was sale stock not ‘new season’.   Who cares if it’s four sizes too big for me- my beloved sewing machine will work its magic!  

I get over excited when new collections are released and finally hit the stores. 

 

I was lucky enough to see snippet of Reiss’ S/S 2012 collection last week and was even more impressed than winter’s collection.    

I’m going to start mixing pastel coloured pieces with black for now until the cold weather disappears.  This mint coloured skirt new in at Zara is perfect at the moment as it’s wool.

 

Also another great find from new season stock at Zara -these flowery pants  – which will see me well into spring.

Bee x

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STAR MAKER

 

I can’t say I’m fond of astrology but I’m  enjoying the star-effect pieces in stores this winter.  

Some of my favourites featured here.

This blouse is great for office to Christmas party. [Pictured from Zara]

 

One of my best value purchases recently is this dress from Asos – looks great with ankle boots.

 

.. or for those ladies that prefer a longer hem, this embellished dress is perfect bling for the party season. [pictured from Next].

 

Who needs a Father Christmas or reindeer knit – this star effect  jumper  from Topshop is perfect for the festive season …. 

….as seen on Alex Jones last week on the One Show.

Go shine like a star!

[shoes pictured from Kurt Geiger]

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