Current obsession – Fashion World Phoebe Jeans

The search for the perfect pair of jeans is a journey that I seem to have been on forever. I need length in the leg, but also love a high waistband to try to give me a little bit of tummy control. I always used to wear bootcut, thinking these were more flattering for the curvy figure, but then discovered the skinnies could also be really good for a curvy figure. But this season has been all about 70s flared denim, something I didn’t think I could pull off…until now.

Fashion World asked if I would be interested in reviewing a pair of jeans from their new range, and I decided to jump in with both feet and opt for the Simply Be Denim Phoebe Kick Flare Super Soft Jeans. I liked the idea that the jeans had a high waist and were described as super soft – not stiff and unforgiving as some denim can be. I also liked the fact the leg came in different lengths, and that the jeans came in a classic indigo – my favourite shade when it comes to denim, whatever the season.

Simply Be Denim Phoebe Kick Flare Super Soft Jeans Reg With High Waist £28 click to visit Fashion World

Simply Be Denim Phoebe Kick Flare Super Soft Jeans Reg With High Waist £28 click to visit Fashion World

It is hard to put into words how much I love these jeans – they are AMAZING. They are the perfect fit, the perfect cut and the perfect colour. The waistband is high to keep my tummy in place, but is also comfortable – it doesn’t cut into my stomach. The length is 29inches which means they fit perfectly even when wearing a lower heel, and the flare is a cool 70s shape without being too wide , they look cool but not comic. They are easy to wear daily with either a simple t-shirt, or to dress up for a boho look with a crochet or cheesecloth top. I think they would also look great with a pussybow blouse in teal or tan for a 1970s inspired evening look.

How I styled it.

1. Crochet top picked up in Menorca, Swedish Hasbeens and a pony tail. Michael Kors sunglasses (to cover up an eye infection.)

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2. Total 70s – Vintage top picked up from Vintage at the Manor (post here), Clarks tan sandals.

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And what about if you avoid 70s styling – do they still work? Absolutely!

Mango top, Evans jacket (c/o House of Fraser – review here), Peacocks necklace.

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The Phoebe jeans are an absolute keeper, so much so that I’m going to get another pair in black for my Autumn wardrobe. For just £28, these are a stylish, totally wearable pair of jeans that will work in so many outfits and so many occasions.

*I was sent the Phoebe jeans to review by Fashion World.

 

Beautiful Colours of India

If I was to write a list of all the places I would love to visit in the World, India would be very close to the top. Who wouldn’t want to experience the beauty of the Taj Mahal up close, or enjoy the tranquility of Goa. The spices, the hustle and bustle, and the vibrancy of Indian cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai all both fascinate and delight in equal measures, and a beautiful and colourful infographic put together by Great Rail Journeys has only served to increase my fascination with India even more.

National Geographic Society’s Keith Bellows sums it up beautifully in a lovely quote:-

“I had been seeing the world in black & white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolour.”

Conch shells hold religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Throughout Indian history it has been a symbol of power, authority and sovereignty.

Conch shells hold religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. Throughout Indian history it has been a symbol of power, authority and sovereignty.

The Great Rail Journey’s infographic India in Colour just illustrates this so brilliantly. Showcasing the food, the sites, the flora and fauna in all its colourful glory, if you have never wanted to visit India, your mind may well be changed in 24 stunning photographs that chart everything from Conch shells to chilli peppers. These are all things you could experience on a luxury train trip through India on ‘The Palace on Wheels, an exquisite Great Rail Journeys train.

A few of my fave images.

The Amaltas Tree brings bright yellow to the landscape during India’s dry season. The flowers are also an important part of religious festivals.

The Amaltas Tree brings bright yellow to the landscape during India’s dry season. The flowers are also an important part of religious festivals.

It’s uncertain why the locals began painting their houses blue in the city of Jodhpur, but the city resembles an oasis in the desert.

It’s uncertain why the locals began painting their houses blue in the city of Jodhpur, but the city resembles an oasis in the desert.

Wearing green is believed to reinstate your energy and inspire harmony in others.

Wearing green is believed to reinstate your energy and inspire harmony in others.

To view the other images and colours of India, click here.

 

Stylish television – Partners in Crime

It seems that Sunday nights at the BBC are determined to transport us back in time to the 1950s. Hot on the heels of The Outcast, we have ‘Partners in Crime’, based on Agatha Christie stories about Tommy and Tuppence Beresford,  originally set in the 1920s, but moved forward in time to the 1950s. Jessica Raine plays Tuppence Beresford, a glamorous accidental detective with a wardrobe to just about die for.

Partners 3Partners in Crime may be set in the 1950s, but the wardrobe bares little resemblance to the full skirted prom style dresses and floral prints of The Outcast. (You can read all about the fashion of that series here.) Tuppence’s wardrobe is about prim suits, pencil skirts, jackets with nipped in waist and beautiful frilled blouses. It is such an elegant look that you can’t help but admire it, and Jessica Raine’s wears it so well. In the first scene Tommy and Tuppence are on a train, and Tuppence’s outfit – a neat two piece suit in beige with brown pipping, teamed with a small hat with an eye-catching yellow feather, just sets the tone perfectly. The yellow feather is a sign of things to come – Tuppence does wear bright colours so well, from plum cardigans to mustard knits. It is just such a fab wardrobe and certainly makes the series appeal to fans of vintage fashion.

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Partners in Crime has five more episodes to go, so you can certainly catch up if you missed episode one. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a little retro escapism on a Sunday night. Below, I’ve added a few ways to get the Tuppence look with Boden. It seems fitting to use a brand renowned for great British style for a post that celebrates a great British writer, and Britsh acting talent. So we have Cashmere, a pencil skirt, a classic tweed jacket and some rather gorgeous shoes. I’m sure Tuppence would approve!

Get the look with Boden

 Aurelia Ottoman Skirt  £59 click to visit Boden


Aurelia Ottoman Skirt £59 click to visit Boden

Cropped Cashmere Cardigan £89 click to visit Boden

Cropped Cashmere Cardigan £89 click to visit Boden

Favourite Cardigan £49 click to visit Boden

Favourite Cardigan
£49 click to visit Boden

Long Line Shirt £45 click to visit Boden

Long Line Shirt £45 click to visit Boden

British Tweed Blazer £149 click to visit Boden

British Tweed Blazer £149 click to visit Boden

Aurelia Ottoman Dress £89 click to visit Boden

Aurelia Ottoman Dress £89 click to visit Boden

Beatrice Mid Heel from £110 click to visit Boden

Beatrice Mid Heel from £110 click to visit Boden

Alice High Heel £119 click to visit Boden

Alice High Heel £119 click to visit Boden

Are you watching Partners in Crime?