A Guide To Stylish Driving

There are so many things to consider when learning to drive. Who to choose as a driving instructor? How many lessons to book? How much to spend on a car? Where to get specialist car insurance and what sort of cover to opt for? My head is almost buzzing with all this boring and mundane stuff. But, we can also have a little fun when it comes to our cars even with all these things to consider. I think the best way to make your driving experience as stylish as possible is to think of everything in terms of fashion!

My Driving fantasy

Gloves

My mantra at the moment seems to be ‘what would Grace do‘, whenever I’m faced with any issue, problem or dilemma. In terms of driving, Grace always wore a gorgeous and elegant pair of driving gloves, in ladylike white or a pastel shade. So my first step towards stylish driving may well be to get my hands (so to speak) on a pair of beautiful, elegant driving gloves.

A Personalised Number Plate

Next to consider is the number plate. Do you really want to settle for just a bog standard plate, wouldn’t it look much better to get something personalised and special just to you? NewReg.co.uk and one of the UK’s oldest and foremost number plate companies, and can allow you to search their database of thousands of numbers in order to find a personalised number plate that is perfect for you, your personality or your hobbies and interests, It will make your car feel just that little bit more special to you, giving you that thrill every time you see it, and, of course it will make your car just that bit easier to find in a crowded car park!

Driving Licence

Now let’s look at that driving licence. Grace would never leave that important piece of paper bare and uncovered in the bottom of her handbag. Grace would have a special driving licence cover, probably leather, most definitely designer.

A Head Scarf

And then there’s the question of scarves. Grace often wore them to cover her hair when driving, Brigitte Jones tried this look with a little less success. A pretty square scarf is perfect for covering the head, and if you happen to find one with a car print, that is even better, a sublime  gift for any pretty petrolhead.

 

 

 

 

 

Monochrome Chic at Coast

For many of us, Summer is the season where we truly embrace colour, littering our wardrobe with pretty pastels and citrus brights that seem to shimmer and sparkle once we have some gorgeous sunshine. But another chic option for Summer dressing has to be the always classic monochrome.

Black and white are timeless and stylish. It has been a popular choice for some of the most famous style icons of all time, from Audrey Hepburn, who first immortalised monochrome in a beautiful Givenchy gown in Sabrina, and then sent it to new heights in Cecil Beaton’s Royal Ascot gown in ‘My Fair Lady’ (Although Eliza shouting ‘move yer bleedin a*** may have spoiled the effect slightly). Grace Kelly and Princess Diana gave it the royal seal of approval, a seal which has continued through the Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton. Today monochrome elegance is as popular as ever, with Kate Moss, Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba just some of the stars who wear this look, both on the red carpet, and off.

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Audrey in Givenchy

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Grace Kelly in Rear Window – Edith Head

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Kate Moss in Marc Jacobs

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Jessica Alba

Coast has just unveiled a gorgeous new collection that is made up of monochrome pieces. There are full-skirted designs that Grace Kelly would’ve been proud to have in her wardrobe, neat shift dresses and pencil designs similar to those sported by Jessica Alba and Victoria Beckham, and chic separates that would easily grace a working wardrobe, or look amazing for evening attire.

Here are some of the best pieces from the Coast monochrome collection – do you have a favourite?

KIRA CHECK DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

KIRA CHECK DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS £125.00 click to visit Coast

VALERIE SPOT DRESS
£125.00 click to visit Coast

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IRRIS CHECK SKIRT £85.00 click here to view
QUEENS SHELL TOP £35.00 click here to view

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MILLAS LACE SKIRT
£65.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

MILLA MONO DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI £35.00 click to visit Coast

VADELLA CAMI
£35.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS £160.00 click to visit Coast

GLAMOUR BOW DRESS
£160.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS £115.00 click to visit Coast

TATUM DRESS
£115.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS £135.00 click to visit Coast

ROSA SEQUIN DRESS
£135.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

CANNIZARO SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com

To view all the Monochrome collection, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950s fashion inspired by Quirke

For the past two weeks I have spent my Sunday evenings in the 1950s, more specifically 1950s Ireland courtesy of the new BBC serial Quirke. This is a series that has seen mixed reviews, but I have loved the atmospheric lighting, the moody acting of the always fabulous Gabriel Byrne, and, most of all, I have loved the styling and the clothes – oh my, the clothes.

As a real fan of 1950s fashion and glamour, I love anything that harks back to the times when ladies still wore gloves, dresses included a full skirt, and attention to every detail was second to none. Quirke has it’s roots in High Society, the patriarch is a rich judge, and so the female characters that make up part of his family, played by Geraldine Somerville and Aisling Franciosi, are always immaculately turned out in costumes that are truly elegant. In addition, the beautiful Charlie Murphy played a seductive character called Deidre in episode 2, and entered the episode in a stunning backless gown of Grace Kelly styled satin.

Quirke is well worth a look for lovers of the 1950s, the stories have been absorbing and you can just get swept away with the sheer romance of Grace Kelly/Elizabeth Taylor era costumes.

 

 

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Love Geraldine Somerville’s lace dress.

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Phoebe working in a hat shop, episode 2.

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1950s styling from Coast

On the High Street there are many examples of 1950s inspired pieces, with Coast leading the way with full skirted evening dresses, stiff satin skirts and strapless sweetheart necklines. With stunning prints, and soft watered pastel shades, these are some of the prettiest looks you will find this Summer.

GRACE MAXI DRESS £495.00 click to visit Coast

GRACE MAXI DRESS
£495.00 click to visit Coast

AMALI PRINTED DRESS £495.00 click to visit Coast

AMALI PRINTED DRESS
£495.00 click to visit Coast

HELSINKI SKIRT £115.00 click to visit Coast

HELSINKI SKIRT
£115.00 click to visit Coast

 

DARLING DRESS £295.00 click to visit Coast

DARLING DRESS
£295.00 click to visit Coast

CORDELIA SKIRT £125.00 click to visit Coast

CORDELIA SKIRT
£125.00 click to visit Coast

LILY-ANNA DRESS £175.00 click to visit Coast

LILY-ANNA DRESS
£175.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER SKIRT £75.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER SKIRT
£75.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER CO-ORD TOP £45.00 click to visit Coast

HARPER CO-ORD TOP
£45.00 click to visit Coast