Six transitional wardrobe essentials to take you from Summer to Autumn

Summer in the UK is drawing to a close and with it the warm weather and sunny days have been left behind. I’m convinced that as soon as the 1st September hit, we’ve had nothing but grey days and drizzle – it’s as if the weather knew that the calendar had flipped over to autumn. […]

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Thrifty fashion for BBQ parties

With Summer in full swing and lots of lovely weather to look forward to, you’d probably be heading outdoors and spending a lot of time in the sun, and if you’re lucky enough to be invited to a BBQ, even better! But what should you wear for an al fresco event? It’s difficult to predict […]

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Thrifty fashion – 4 looks from one leather jacket

I’m one of those people who wear only a few items in their wardrobe over and over again. The statistic that’s always quoted is that most of us only wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time and I am certainly guilty of this. I often seem to choose one or two ‘favourite’ items […]

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My new London Retro specs

I’m quite picky about the brands that I feature on this blog – I only ever talk about my favourites – and as a thrifty retail kinda gal, the products I share need to be the best bargains around. So when the lovely team at MyOptique got in touch with me last week offering all […]

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Thrifty embellished cardi – DIY the look for less with buttons

Pink is going to be a big trend for this Autumn/Winter – it’s in all the magazines and on all the best fashion blogs, so it must be true – blush, rose and coral is here to stay. It’s an unusual choice for autumn and I always think that pink is a spring/summer colour, but if […]

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Thrifty fashion ~ On trend with cabuchons

Cabuchons are everywhere this year. I’d never even heard of the word until the start of the summer and now these little resin flowers, animals and bows are attached to every piece of jewellery, every accessory and even on mobile phone cases on the high street. I think they are cute and kitsch (I love anything plasticy!) […]

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Fashion trendspotting ~ Monochrome on the red carpet

A huge amount of celebrities and fashionistas have been spotted wearing this season’s wardrobe staple: monochrome. Here’s a whole host of stars wearing black & white outfits this year: Disney darling Vanessa Hudgens wears an embellished gown on the red (or pink!) carpet, the never-ageing Christina Ricci was spotted in this cropped outfit at New York […]

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Fashion ~ Get Mollie King’s look for less

The Saturday’s Mollie King has been spotted (excuse the pun) wearing this pretty navy polka-dot dress, which I think would be perfect for wearing during Spring (maybe with a pair of tights in this weather) and into Summer. I had a lovely shirt dress in the same fabric that’s lasted me for the past 3 years but […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – 90s footwear revival – do we really want to break our ankles?

Well, it’s true. The 90s are back. The catwalks are showcasing 90s-inspired fashion and the shops are packed full of ‘last millennium’ shoe trends. I can’t believe that I’ve already reached that age where my teen years have become ‘retro’ and I’m seeing those outfits coming back the  second-time-round. That’s the quickest way to make a girl feel her age, bah! But […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Sugar & Spice

This week I’m going to London to see the Spice Girls musical! And I admit, I am soooo excited about it! I can’t wait to see Viva Forever at the Piccadilly Theatre and have been bursting with excitement ever since my bestie told me she’d booked a ticket for my birthday treat back in December! And now I’m […]

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My new fashion skirts featured on The Wardrobe Challenge blog!

I am so pleased to say that one of my new range of fashion tulle skirts has been included on The Wardrobe Challenge blog I love fashion writer Hanna’s blog because I enjoy seeing how she styles her outfits and it’s great to see someone doing it for all the curvy girls! She got in […]

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Button up! Upcycle your old buttons into fashion accessories

Here’s a fun craft project that you can have a go at on this weekend – making some rings, hair clips and brooches from old buttons. I don’t know how, but I have collected tons of buttons over the years  (I can’t even imagine where some have come from) and now have a box full […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – So many shoes, so little space!

If you love shoes the way that I love shoes, you’ll be experiencing the same dilemma that I am. As the shoe ‘collection’ grows and the wardrobe stays the same size, I’m struggling with finding places to stash my footwear. So that’s what this week’s Tuesday Shoesday is all about – sensible storage for not-so-sensible […]

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Gold fashion trend from Britt Nicole & Scarlet Johansson

Last week I saw this video of Grammy nominee Britt Nicole discussing her stage costumes for her tour and was pleased to hear that she is fully embracing princess-ness with a gold tutu skirt: “I do feel like I have to be comfortable on stage because I’m moving a lot, I’m dancing…so I have to have something […]

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Get crafty in your local charity shop – here’s what I made…

You may remember that I wrote a blog post last week about this vintage pattern by Simplicity that I found whilst rummaging in my local charity shop. I wanted to make myself a this skirt but didn’t know where to start with buying fabric – everything I’d found online was a bit pricey and rooting through the big […]

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Fashion Trendspotting – Sundae girl for spring

I was reading this month’s Cosmo and really enjoyed their Spring fashion pages including a story called “Sundae Girl” – ice cream colours and soft, flowing fabrics. It included some gorgeous looks for Spring and clothing that can be worn well into summer too. Here I’ve snapped some of my favourite looks from this shoot and […]

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Fashion trendspotting – a leopard never changes its spots

I can’t believe it – leopard print is back. Again. The favourite pattern of classy barmaids up and down the country (particularly those in Soapland) has returned to the catwalks this year and is already popping up in my favourite high street and online shops. Plus I’ve noticed that more and more celebrities are wearing leopard […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Make your own Valentine’s treats for your feet

As Valentine’s Day drawers nearer, I couldn’t help looking for inspiration for loved-up footwear, and this week’s drool comes in the (heart) shape of Marc Jacobs and the insane heels below: I would probably never wear such crazy shoes myself (although obviously I wouldn’t turn down a pair if hubby has chosen an extravagant Valentines […]

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Fashion trendspotting – Spring butterflies

I have spotted a bit of a trend emerging for Spring 2013. Alongside the traditional florals, butterflies have been fluttering their way onto a lot of dresses and blouses this year. Just check out this bright butterfly print dress that Lost actress Maggie Grace was spotted wearing on the red carpet recently. And fabulous Les Mis […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Monochrome at the Screen Actors’ Guild

Tuesday again, and last night saw celebrities parading on the red carpet at the Screen Actors’ Guild 2013 awards show in the US. A surprising number of actresses chose to wear monochrome gowns, such as The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies below, and even more glamourous ladies went for classic black with sparkly embellishments. Of course, I wasn’t really […]

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Colour Trend for 2013 – Emerald City

The colour professionals Pantone have announced their colour forecast for 2013 and this year’s colour trend is emerald. The executive director of Pantone Colour Leatrice Eiseman explains that “The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other colour, this powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.” This photo of […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – Nature’s footwear

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a few photos of shoes sent to me which have a common theme – natural materials. It started with these heels made from coral. I can’t help but think that ‘real’ coral might be a little too delicate for a full day of wear – and I imagine […]

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My Christmas haul of craft, recipe & design books – reviews to follow!

I am pleased to say that when I told my friends and family that all I really wanted for Christmas were books, they listened – and just look at this haul of fabulous new books for me to browse through at my leisure during the year! I received a couple of great recipe books; The Pie […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – on a Wednesday…

After the excitement of Christmas and New Year, I’m settling back into my blog routine and here’s this week’s Tuesday Shoesday blog post – one day late on a Wednesday due to New Years Day yesterday! The Queen of Christmas is certainly the fabulously high-pitched singer Mariah Carey and I’ve seen more of her this […]

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Tuesday Shoesday – For frosty mornings: Snowboots

Seeing as we’ve had a flurry of snow in most parts of the country over the weekend, my thoughts turned to sensible snowy-weather footwear. As as the famous Arctic explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes once said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” and this year I am fully embracing this mantra to get […]

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