I can’t resist animal print shoes!

There was a time when I hated any sort of animal print with a passion. All it conjured up in my mind was tacky images of Bet Lynch behind the bar of the Rovers Return, resplendent in beehive and leopard print, closely followed by another corrie legend, Liz MacDonald, another classy, brassy looker.

But those animal print hating days seem a long time ago now. These days I love any sort of animal print or skin. from leopard and cheetah, to zebra prints and even a little bit of snake. This has become the chicest of prints, whether you wear it in your clothing, or just keep it for shoes and accessories.  Celebrities like Kate Moss and Sienna Miller are all partial to a touch of animal in their wardrobe, whilst Jessie J has shown a cheetah print dress can actually be surprising classy. I love the elegant Blink court shoe, with the black-capped toe and faux leopard print, which I think would be the perfect complement to a little black dress, whilst the Clarks Diva Dolly now have a £10 reduction, making them a classic bargain.

 ILLUSION MUD    £ 91.99 click to visit Spartoo

ILLUSION
MUD £ 91.99 click to visit Spartoo

 ANEES BLACK / CAMEL  £ 31.99 click to visit Spartoo

ANEES
BLACK / CAMEL £ 31.99
click to visit Spartoo

 DEVA DOLLY Natural-snake  £ 39.99 click to visit Spartoo

DEVA DOLLY
Natural-snake £ 39.99
click to visit Spartoo

 FAITH LEOPARD  £ 44.79 Click to visit Spartoo

FAITH
LEOPARD £ 44.79
Click to visit Spartoo

 KARA Leopard   £ 55.99 click to visit Spartoo

KARA
Leopard
£ 55.99 click to visit Spartoo

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Couture Crush

Every so often, a new concept in shopping comes along to excite and invite, Couture Crush is just one of those websites. The concept is really simple, Couture Crush offers you the means to sell your unwanted designer and vintage buys in a safe environment, you can also look for a designer bargain at the fraction of the RRP. And, most interesting, if you have something to sell, and want to buy something on the site, you can always offer a swap, hence the fabulous motto ‘see, seek and switch’.

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Kaley Beardsmore, the brains behind Couture Crush describes some of their clients on the about page, saying ‘Our members are an eclectic mix of fashion conscience students looking to add a pair of Louboutins to a high street look, to young professionals seeking a Chanel handbag for the big boardroom seminars, to socialites and fashionistas looking for a rare find and something completely unique from our handpicked vintage collection.’ I would agree that all these ladies would love and gain from the Couture Crush service, but I think a group has been missed out.

In these label obsessed days, moms often spend a fortune on clothing for their young children, with designer labels being more popular than ever for fashion-conscious mothers with fashion-conscious kids. Labels such as Burberry, Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs all design ranges for children, with Ralph Lauren and Ben Sherman being amongst other labels that are child friendly. The main problem with these ranges is that very young children grow very quickly, and so often the designer wear has hardly been worn before it is consigned to the pile labeled ‘no longer fits’. The idea solution to this is to be able to sell it on, and Couture Crush is a great way to be able to do this. You can either sell the items on at the price that suits you, or you can swap for something else, maybe clothes in the next size up for your child, or even a little treat for yourself!

Burberry Top currently available at Couture Crush.

Burberry Top currently available at Couture Crush.

Polo Ralph Lauren top currently for sale at Couture Crush

Polo Ralph Lauren top currently for sale at Couture Crush

Membership is free, and there is a  pre-sales authentication service from Authenticate4U. This is definitely a great way to make some money from items that no longer fit, you no longer want, or no longer need. Couture Crush is a great idea that I expect to grow and grow. Why not join today?

 

English Heritage inspiration from Joules

One of my favourite fashion trends of all time is the English heritage trend. Role models as diverse as The Queen and Debo, Duchess of Devonshire  have been at the forefront of this particular trend since their youth, and the mantle has been passed on to Stella Tennant, Luella Bartley and Kate Moss. Films like The Edge of Love have also made English Heritage part of their charm. And this season, it is Joules that has created the perfect English Heritage collection.

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The English Heritage look is a design classic. It taps into the slightly disheveled look of the aristocracy off duty. Pretty printed tea dresses teamed with chunky Arran style knits are one of my absolute favourite looks, and tweed jackets, acres of tartan and check prints, and equestrian style touches in terms of buttons and prints are all integral to this look.

The Joules Autumn/Winter collection has all the key prints, fabrics and styles that you would expect from a company that started out selling equestrian gear at Country fairs. No one does the English Country look as well as Joules, and this season there are some real standout pieces. I’m obsessed with the Lowry chunky jumper in one of my fave shades, mustard. I’d love to see it worn nonchalantly with Phoebe striped skirt and a pair of wellies for a look that would totally channel Kiera and Sienna. I also adore the Larkworth Fur Tweed Jacket. This is the sort of piece that you might find in a vintage shop if you were very lucky, the fur collar is just so heritage, a real 1930s vintage piece. And there are so many other pieces to savor. Here are some I would like to find in my wardrobe some time soon.

English Heritage at Joules

 LARKWORTH FUR Womens Tweed Coat - Fur Collar £199.00 click to visit Joules

LARKWORTH FUR Womens Tweed Coat – Fur Collar
£199.00
click to visit Joules

 CRAWFORD Womens Cotton Blend Skirt £49.95 Click to visit Joules

CRAWFORD Womens Cotton Blend Skirt
£49.95
Click to visit Joules

 PHOEBE Womens Knee Length Skirt £59.95 click to visit Joules

PHOEBE Womens Knee Length Skirt
£59.95
click to visit Joules

 LOWRY Womens Chunky Jumper £69.95 click to visit Joules

LOWRY Womens Chunky Jumper
£69.95
click to visit Joules

 LYNDEN Womens Checked Trousers £79.95 click to visit Joules

LYNDEN Womens Checked Trousers
£79.95
click to visit Joules

 LETICIA Womens Woven Blouse £59.95 click to visit Joules

LETICIA Womens Woven Blouse
£59.95
click to visit Joules

 ABINGTON Womens Tunic £69.95 click to visit Joules

ABINGTON Womens Tunic
£69.95
click to visit Joules

 

 LEILA Womens Woven Dress £69.95 click to visit Joules

LEILA Womens Woven Dress
£69.95
click to visit Joules

 

To view all the Joules Autumn/Winter collection, click here.