Clothing at Tesco brings a touch of Brazil

Last November I was lucky enough to be invited to the Clothing at Tesco press day, and even though I was feeling very ill that day, actually sleeping on the train all the way to London, I knew that this was one preview event I really didn’t want to miss.

The theme was linked to the World Cup in Brazil, which will dominate Summer 2014 for at least half the population. So we got lots of bright colours, citrus, neon and primary shades that just popped and dazzled so beautifully I was instantly in love. We also got beachy vibes in ethnic print maxi dresses and skirts, playfully teamed with bikini tops and thin glitter knits, and some sandals that will be finding a place in your holiday suitcase come the summer months.

But it was not all about Brazil – despite the theme. I was enchanted by the ladylike, elegant Jackie Kennedy dresses and boxy jackets in pretty coral and pink shades. And there were plenty of accessories to help you transform your current wardrobe without spending a fortune.

This was a really lovely collection, and I also got to meet TV presenter and actress Lizzie Cundy, who just looked so beautiful, and was also really lovely too.

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Zesty Lime and 1960s styling in this perfect cardigan

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Jackie Kennedy/Chanel style skirt

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These style jackets are amazing.

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There were also great accessories in high-popping colours.

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The use of neon on ladylike accessories was inspired.

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Think this was my favourite dress.

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This coat is totally gorgeous!

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Chambrey bandeau – very 1980s Footloose.

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The perfect holiday dress if you’re off to Brazil this Summer.

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Pleats and monochrome – perfection!

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Edgy sandals.

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Aztec style sandals.

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Grunge mixed with ethnic prints – a great look.

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Love this – Dior style panel in the skirt.

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Meeting the very lovely Lizzie Cundy – just look at that amazing coat.

 

 

My LPSFW outfit + Win! with Clothing at Tesco.

Last week I was invited to attend London Plus size Fashion Weekend as a guest of Tesco. Of course I said ‘Yes!’ in my loudest voice, and then proceeded to squeal for a good many minutes when they said I would be able to choose an outfit from the Clothing at Tesco site to wear on the day. As a fan of F&F, this was a fantastic opportunity to test drive pieces from the range, although I knew just settling on one outfit wouldn’t be easy.

I knew I wanted to choose a dress, and there were a few that caught the eye, including a fabulous silk feel shirt dress in a vibrant orange shade that I fell in love with. But, in the end, there was only one dress that I could choose. This was the F&F Signature Floral Peplum Dress. This was a dress that clicked so many boxes for me. It had sleeves, it was stretchy, and it was bright and colourful. I loved the digital style floral print that reminded me of a Mary Katrantzou design, and the fact that the peplum wasn’t a full skirted one to add inches, but was a slight, subtle frill on the side of the dress.

F&F Signature Floral Peplum Dress 

I teamed the jacket with a simple navy blazer, that I originally thought was black. It was a perfect match, making this a rather happy accident.This blazer is so versatile, looking as good with jeans as it does over a dress, and yet costs just £16, making it a total bargain. I also added a pair of faux suede shoe boots that looked stylish but were also easy to walk in, a good thing when the nearest station was almost half a mile away.

F&F Contrast Lined Blazer £16 

F&F Faux Suede Heeled Shoe Boots 

I absolutely loved my outfit, the dress, in particular, received lots of positive comments and compliments, not the least of which was a compliment from designer and all round girl crush Anna Scholz, who told me she loved my dress and asked where it was from. With the whole outfit costing less than £60 I think this is real proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make an impact.

With Anna Scholz

COMPETITION TIME

Clothing at Tesco have got together with Fashion-Mommy to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a £50 online voucher to spend at Clothing at Tesco. To be in with a chance, simply leave a comment in the box below telling me who your ultimate style icon is.

The closing date is Friday 1st March at 23.59pm and the winner will be drawn at random and contacted by email. Good Luck.x

 

Reviewed – F&F Bum and Tum jeans

I have a problem with jeans. I can never find a pair of jeans that fit me properly. I often put this down to being in between sizes and so having to go a size up in order to get the jeans to fit on the waist. But I then find that the jeans seem to be falling down all the time, and hence I spend the day hitching them up again, even when wearing a belt. As a consequence, I think jeans are possibly my least favourite item of clothing.

So when F&F launched a new collection of limited edition shapewear jeans, called the ‘Bum and Tum’ collection, I was desperate to try them and offered my services as a reviewer in double-quick time. I actually quite like my bum, a bit big maybe, but not something I worry about. But my tummy is a different matter. I’ve always carried my extra weight around my stomach, and this got worse after I had my little boy – I never quite got rid of my spare tyre. So a pair of jeans that promised to do something about this seemed a godsend, and a little too good to be true. I couldn’t wait to try them.

F&F Limited Edition Bum and tum bootleg jeans £25

I have to say I am totally overwhelmed with them. They are quite simply the best jeans I have ever worn, and they certainly change the way my body looks in jeans. They have a high-waisted design that I love, feeling snug on my waist without feeling tight or rolling down. The stretch makes them very comfortable to wear – they move with you rather than against you, whilst the indigo is a really dark shade that makes them a smart option for everyday wear or easy to dress up for an evening out. I chose the bootcut design as I always thinks this adds balance to a curvy figure, but these are actually quite straight legged and look just great with heels and boots.
These jeans do give your tummy the appearance of being flatter, I instantly felt slimmer wearing them. I am now planning to order the skinny version – I have just started to wear skinny jeans and I think a high waisted, stretch version will be just the ticket for those school run to shopping trips I’m going to have to do this year. The jeans come in a black version as well as the traditional indigo, and I think these would be smart enough to wear in the workplace.

F&F Limited Edition Bum and tum skinny jeans £25 

How I styled mine