The Autumn Collection from Phase Eight

August 23rd, 2014

The Autumn collections are coming thick and fast, and this Saturday I’ve decided to turn my attention to the fabulous new collection from one of my favourite High Street brands, Phase Eight.

Phase Eight can always be relied on for bringing class and elegance to the table. They understand the need for dresses with sleeves, always have lengths which are not thigh revealing, and have designs that step some distance away from what the rest of the High Street is reveling in. They also take cues from the decades of fashion that I love, the bias cut evening dresses from the 1930s in their Collection 8 range, and the full skirt and more fitted styles of the 1950s in their mainline collections.

This season, I think there is a definite emphasis on the romantic, the ladylike and the classic look. I love the combination of soft pink and even softer greys that have a key role in wardrobe looks, whilst I am also spying an Alexa Chung influence in the Peter Pan collars, long sleeves and 1960s style shift shapes. There are also some great dresses that would be perfect for smart workwear, but, as ever with Phase Eight designs, could easily be dressed up to take you for a meal, the theatre or apres work drinks, making them versatile buys that will work well with the rest of your wardrobe.

I make no excuses for saying I love this range, you pay a little extra for Phase Eight but the dresses/clothes really do last forever, they are so far from fast, throwaway fashion. What are your thoughts?

Shadow Tree Print Dress £85.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Shadow Tree Print Dress
£85.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Winnie Collar Jumper £65.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Winnie Collar Jumper
£65.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Suri Embroidered Dress £165.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Suri Embroidered Dress
£165.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Caley Check Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Caley Check Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Sienna Embellished Lace Dress £195.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Sienna Embellished Lace Dress
£195.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Angelina Spot Dress £99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Angelina Spot Dress
£99.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Delta Dress £89.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Delta Dress
£89.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Windsor Print Dress £79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Windsor Print Dress
£79.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Joss Pleated Midi Skirt
£65.00 click to visit Phase Eight

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Betty Jacquard Skirt
£69.00 click to visit Phase Eight

There are still some fantastic savings to be made in the Phase Eight end of summer sale, click here to view what is on offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing LamaLoLi – Perfect for your little superheroes

August 22nd, 2014

If you have a child under the age of 10, the chances are they are in the middle of some sort of obsession. This could be with Disney Cars, Monster High, Spiderman, Barbie, Skylanders – the list is positively endless. For my little boy, the obsession is Angry Birds, or, to be more specific, Star Wars Angry Birds. He seems to live, sleep and dream about them. Which is why I was so happy about an introduction to LamaLoLi.

LamaLoLi is an online shop selling branded fashion children’s hero products. Mainly concerned with t-shirts, sweatshirts, underwear and pyjama’s, the store also stocks some great winter coats and anoraks, along with rucksacks that will be perfect for the return to school that is now just a week away.

The range is very expansive, and the prices are very reasonable, so that sometimes makes me question the actual quality. So when LamaLoLi asked if they could send me some pieces from the range for Joe to test run, I was very happy to give these products a try. Joe is a very active 5-year-old, who is frankly never clean, so if anyone could put these clothes through their paces – it would be Joe.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Pack T-Shirt red £9.95 click to visit LamaLoLi

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 Pack T-Shirt red £9.95 click to visit LamaLoLi

I allowed Joe to choose for himself, and he went for the two pack of Angry Birds t-shirts. Joe is almost 6, but is small in body, so can often fit into size 4-5. These t-shirts only start at age 6, so we knew they could be a little on the large size for Joe.

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Joe really loved the t-shirts straight away, and I was pleased that the sizing was pretty good – they were a little baggy, but not so Joe couldn’t wear them. The colours were bright and vibrant, and the images were really high catching. The cotton feels of a decent quality too – not overly thin.

DSCN8652As you can see, Joe gave the t-shirt a real work out, and by the end of the day it was pretty dirty. I can safely say that it washes really well. There was no colour transference and the t-shirt came out really soft and unbobbled.

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DSCN8663If you have young children, I would definitely recommend LamaLoLi. The clothes are lovely quality, reasonably priced, and would make great Christmas gifts.

*I was sent products from LamaLoLi to review in return for an honest review.

Reviewed – Primetime Ponte Skater Dress from Great Plains

August 21st, 2014

Great Plains is another fashion brand I have rediscovered recently. The sister brand to French Connection, Great Plains was a brand I wore a lot during the years 2000-2007, but then I had Joe, gained weight that didn’t shift, and could no longer fit into the dresses. But since Joe started school I have been more active, enjoying long walks and swimming each week, and suddenly I have lost some of the stubborn baby weight that had taken up residence. And so, when I was asked if I would like to review a dress from Great Plains, I was able to say a resounding yes, because I knew the dress would actually fit. A great result!

 Primetime Ponte Skater Dress £55.00 click to visit Great Plains

Primetime Ponte Skater Dress
£55.00
click to visit Great Plains

The dress I chose is definitely pointing towards Autumn, both in terms of fabric, cut and colour. The Primetime Ponte Skater dress is in the fabulous ponte fabric that offers semi stretch and shape, making it ultra flattering (I think it actually helped pull my stomach in, as this is my problem area, I was super pleased with this.) The dress has a cute, flirty shape, but the dark, more sombre colours make this a far more grown up look than usual skater styles. The dress also has black paneling which gives it an illusion look.

DSCN8855I loved the way the dress had been styled on the Great Plains website, with thick opaque tights and black heels, but I am clinging onto Summer for just a while longer, so I went bare-legged and added a pair of vintage Bally heels in pewter, which I think lifted the dress for a more evening look. I also added a vintage necklace that I found in a charity shop for 59p!

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I wore this dress to a special Chef’s table event at Birmingham’s Hotel La Tour, and I think it was just formal enough for the occasion, and a nice change from a little black dress. Despite being August, there was a definite chill in the night air, so I added a kimono jacket from F&F just to ward off the evening breeze.

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Enjoying an 1889 cocktail at Hotel La Tour.

Enjoying an 1889 cocktail at Hotel La Tour.

I was really impressed with this dress, I love the fit and flare shape, and think the dress could be so versatile – add ballerina flats and a leather jacket for the weekend, heels and a blazer for the office, or a more dressy shoe for evening wear.

*I was sent a dress from Great Plains in return for an honest review, all views are my own.