Dorothy Perkins – Jumpers just got interesting

Maybe it’s because we are now firmly into Autumn. Or maybe it’s because I have a dreadful cold and feel rather lousy this morning. Whatever it is, my thoughts and shopping lists just seem to be full of jumpers. Thick ones, fluffy ones, oversized ones, pretty ones that look like you could add a string of pearls to them, jumpers are most definitely having a moment.

Dorothy Perkins currently have some really amazing jumpers that transcend the idea that a sweater is just something you throw on at the weekend with jeans. Jumpers in the softest of colours, with embellishment , with studs and with lace, these are the new knits, designed to be worn with a slinky pencil skirt, or tailored peg trousers. Even sleeves are interesting, they too are embellished, or kimono shaped, definitely not something to be rolling up.

Here are my top ten knit picks from Dorothy Perkins

Blush embellished jumper     Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blush embellished jumper
Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall grey fluffy jumper     Price: £32.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall grey fluffy jumper
Price: £32.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Baroque floral jersey knit     Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Baroque floral jersey knit
Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Berry embellished raglan jumper     Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Berry embellished raglan jumper
Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lace shoulder jersey knit     Price: £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Lace shoulder jersey knit
Price: £18.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Red chunky cable jumper     Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Red chunky cable jumper
Price: £28.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black/white fluffy jumper     Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black/white fluffy jumper
Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black cat face jumper     Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black cat face jumper
Price: £22.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blush ombre fluffy jumper     Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Blush ombre fluffy jumper
Price: £29.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Candy pink kimono jumper     Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Candy pink kimono jumper
Price: £25.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

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Reviewed – Barratts Mary Jane Wedge Court Shoe

When it comes to shoes, I must admit to being a little bit obsessed. I can often resist the urge to buy new clothes, or jewellery, or even gorgeous handbags, but resisting then urge to buy gorgeous shoes is another matter. If there is such a thing as a shoe-pie(bit of a play on a magpie there), or a Shoe-nista, or just a plain shoe fiend, that would definitely be a label to fit me.

carrieseason4gSo an opportunity to review shoes is one I will never turn down. Especially when the offer comes from one of my old favourite brands, with the chance to chose the shoes. Barratts has been a shoe stockist I have spent lots of time in over the years.  I was totally gutted when Barratts disappeared from the High Street, it was a favourite shoe haunt of mine for years, particularly the lovely big branch in Birmingham. However, the brand still survives online and the choice is as good as ever.

 Barratts Mary Jane Wedge Court Shoes £26.75 Click to visit Barratts

Barratts
Mary Jane Wedge Court Shoes

My choice from the extensive Barratts website were the Mary Jane Wedge Court shoe. As you can imagine from their name, these shoes combine the best elements of many different kind of shoes. The smartness of a court shoe with round toe and court shoe shape. The front strap details of the Mary Jane shoe, which makes them cute as a button in my eyes. And then there is the wedge heel which makes them as stylish, but twice as comfortable as a heeled court.

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These are a simply gorgeous pair of shoes. The neutral beige colour means they are a perfect match for any outfit, and will look as great with chunky tights as they do with bare legs. I really liked the suede feel of them, a nice change from leather and patent wedges. Being a wedge, the shoes elongate the legs, but as previously mentioned, they are so much more comfortable than my traditional high heels, which makes them a good choice as a work shoe too.

DSCN4224I wore these shoes for the first time for the opening of the new Primark in West Bromwich (you can read that post here.) and I was surprised at how comfortable they were. However, I need to mention that I went a size up in these, choosing a six rather than a five, mainly because I am mostly comfortable in half sizes, a 5.5 being perfect for me. I would say if you wear a half size, or suffer from your feet swelling when they get hot, I would chose the next size up. But, all in all, a pretty perfect and practical pair of shoes.

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With huge thanks to Kieron Casey and Barratts for the wonderful shoes.

 

Harvey Nichols, Paula Reed and Autumn style

I was invited to a special event this week that had me super excited. Harvey Nichols fashion surpremo Paula Reed was heading to Birmingham! Specially invited guests were invited to hear her thoughts on the new season collections. As a huge fan of Paula and her impeccable style, this was one event that I could not miss.  This was Paula Reed previously of Grazia and the lady who had commentated on the Royal Wedding. I needed to hear what Paula had to say.  To add to the proceedings, Harvey Nichols head of menswear Darren Skey was also attending the event. This was going to be a seriously splendid fashion event!

With Paula Reed and Darren Skey

One of the things that I have been most impressed with at Harvey Nichols Birmingham in recent seasons has been how they have opened up the collections and ranges to the regional stores. In the past, Birmingham has had an eclectic, but undeniably small offering in store. Now, the full Harvey Nichols collection is available to be delivered to the store of your choice. I was also interested to hear about the regional variations in favourite brands and designers, with Louboutin, Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Alice and Olivia, Burberry and Alexander McQueen proving to be Midlands favourites.

Birmingham Favourites

Alice and olivia Willa zebra print stretch silk blouse £225.00 click to visit Harvey Nichols

Choo Dunraven suede chukka boots £395.00 click to visit Harvey Nichols

Alexander McQueen Printed lace dress £440.00 click to visit Harvey Nichols

The trend report took in a lot of things you would expect for A/W, but the attention was in the detail. Statement coats will use sheepskin, employ embroidery, or be in the brightest of colours. Chunky knits will adapt print into their designs, whilst shapes will curve away from the body, with curved shapes and bell like sleeves.

Trends

Issa Jacquard Knitted jersey dress £575 click to visit Harvey Nichols

Paul Smith Black Epsom Wool and Cashmere blend coat £450 click to visit Harvey Nichols

Alexander McQueen Gathered Silk Cady Shirt £1,395 click to visit Harvey Nichols

M Missoni Degrade oversized Knitted jumper £355 click to visit Harvey Nichols

I loved finding out about some of the new designers who will be arriving at Harvey Nichols this season. My favourite items were from Mark Cross, especially his Grace Box Bag, a gorgeous item inspired by Grace Kelly’s overnight bag in the Hitchcock film Rear Window.

Mark Cross Grace small grained leather box bag £1,435 click to visit Harvey Nichols

The morning has really whetted my appetite for the upcoming Harvey Nichols Birmingham fashion show. Look out for an upcoming post next week for more details about this special event.