Taking a little inspiration from La Redoute and the Language of Love

A brand new Ad campaign from stylish French brand La Redoute has been launched this week, with a real emphasis on telling your most cherished loved ones how you feel about them. Called ‘The language of love’, it features the rather gorgeous Mr La Redoute, aka French model and actor Florent Thevenot, delivering a series of beautiful messages of love, in French, to a whole range of women, messages that actually come from special people in their lives, from spouses and partners, sons and daughters, even a godmother and a god-daughter.

The inspiration for the campaign comes from some rather sad statistics about how often British people actually tell someone that they love them. It seems we Brits really are restrained when it comes to expressing our feelings, and although 82% of us would love to hear the words ‘I love you; every single day, the reality is only 30% of us actually say it that often. We assume that those closest to us know how we feel, and so the words are not needed. La Redoute is encouraging us to stop keeping those feelings to ourselves, and let those closest to us know how we feel. To be a little more like the passionate, expressive French.

So here goes…

I’m not sure that I tell my other (better) half Peter just how much I love him, and how special he is to me. I certainly don’t tell him enough. This year was a special one for us, we celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary, but 20 years since the day we met (20th June 1994). The twenty years have had ups and downs, fabulous highs and terrible lows, but I really couldn’t imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone but him, I want us to grow old disgracefully together. Nobody knows me like Pete does and no one loves me like he does. And it is totally reciprocated.


Train selfie on the way to see Kate Bush.

Wednesday night was a very special one for us. I hit the big 4-0 this year and Pete treated me to tickets to see Kate Bush. I adore Kate and her music – it was the absolute perfect present, the truly grand gesture. Pete, however, is not the greatest fan, and admitted he knew just three songs from the set list. But sometimes it is the smallest gesture that can bring the lump to the throat, and when Pete squeezed my hand when Kate sang my favourite song ‘Running up that hill’. that’s exactly what happened. He knew how much hearing that song live would mean to me. He was happy because I was happy – and I guess that’s what love is all about.


Why don’t you take a minute to tell someone how much you love them today?


La Redoute Autumn Collection

Fabulous French online brand La Redoute has just launched its new Autumn collection, and it is sensational.  An eclectic mismatch of tailored separates and pretty dresses, feminine tulle skirts teamed with stripy Breton styles, this collection is almost Schizophrenic in terms of influences and I absolutely love it.

It is almost as if the La Redoute designers and buyers looked at an average wardrobe and said ‘what do women like to wear for a night out?’ or ‘a shopping trip?’ or ‘a family wedding?’ and basically decided to create pieces for any and every occasion, creating a one stop shop of affordable value.

Take a look at this key pieces and see if you agree.

The wear anywhere sweatshirt – also available in black, but I’m loving this Raspberry shade.

Sweatshirt-Style Cowl Neck Sweater 

Tartan is such a big story this Autumn, and this subtle plaid style print is just gorgeous. Love the elegant shape of the coat too.

Checked Mid-Length Wool Mix Overcoat £99 

Delicate Victoriana at it’s best in this wonderful blouse. Love the prettiness of this, imagine teaming with distressed skinnies and biker boots to subvert the whole look. This blouse is also available in Ivory and Soft Pink.

Long-Sleeved Cotton Crêpe Bib Front Blouse 

This dress is unbelievable value for just £17. The jewelled shoulders make this very dressy. I like the Midnight blue version, but this also comes in grey marl and classic black.

Short Jewelled Dress with Long Sleeves 

The Saffron colour is amazing. Nuff said.

Cotton Jersey Cardigan with Bow 

A denim shirt seems to be a must have in every celebs wardrobe, from Diane Kruger to Alexa Chung. This one is a steal at £17.

Cotton Denim Studded Shirt 

This red lace sweater is a versatile piece that would look equally great with a pencil skirt as it would with jeans.

Lace-Effect Round Neck Sweater 

Jessica Alba has been showing how beautiful tulle skirts can be for daytime, this lined flock skirt is just gorgeous.

Lined Flocked Tulle Skirt 

Love this lace dress. Add a battered leather and spiked heels for a 1980s retro look.

Short-Sleeved Lace Dress with Elasticated Waist 

I love the idea of a leather skirt with a very ladylike blouse – rock and roll style teamed with Downton Abbey!

Straight-Cut Leather Skirt with Zipped Pockets




New season – All about the dress.

Friday shopping focus this week features my favourite item of apparel – the dress. From simple shirts to printed dresses with sleeves(we all know how popular they are), the new season embraces the dress in all it’s glory. I have featured some of my favourite dresses that are currently available online and on the High Street, starting from less than £20.


La Redoute

Short-Sleeved Polka Dot Print Cotton Blend Dress £29.00 click to visit La Redoute

Embroidered Tulle Dress with Three-Quarter Length Sleeves Was £89.00 Now £62.30 click to visit La Redoute

Two-Tone Shift Dress with Round Neck in Stretch Satin £25.00 click to visit La Redoute

Latest Voucher Codes:

Offer: 20% off your order

Order Code: 8114

Ends: 03/02/2013

T&Cs: 20% off full price items when you use code 8114 until 03/02/2013. Offer not valid on green page, mini price, online specials or already discounted items.
Latest New Customer Voucher Code:

Offer: £15 off your first order when you spend £30 or more (plus free delivery)

Order Code: 4708

Ends: 30/09/2013

URL: http://www.laredoute.co.uk/page/new-customer.htm

 Laura Ashley

Love this stripy dress which is the perfect transitional piece. And although it is a slight cheat, I can’t resist adding this gorgeous pencil skirt to the mix too – such a fantastically stylish piece.

Red Navy Rope Print Jersey Tie Waist Dress £75.00 click to visit Laura Ashley

Orange Lurex Tweed Pencil Skirt £65.00 click to visit Laura Ashley

House of Fraser

The ultra popular Biba range has launched it’s new season range with a special 20% off discount. Slinky and stylish, these are the perfect styles to take you easily from day to evening.

Biba Leopard Print Wrap Jersey Dress Now £ 71.20 Was £ 89.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Leopard print wrap jersey dress Now £ 71.20 Was £ 89.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Biba Knot Front 3/4 Sleeve Jersey Dress Now £ 88.00 Was £ 110.00 click to visit House of Fraser


Fantastic 20% Off New Season Biba

Ends Wednesday 6th February

Click here to view full range.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett’s new season is just stunning, and I’ve picked out these two dresses that I really think that Kate Middleton ought to invest in for after the birth of baby Wales!

Silver Satin Cap Sleeve Pleat Dress £245 click to visit LK Bennett

Marva Trench Dress £195 click to visit LK Bennett


As well as embracing monochrome classic style, M&Co are also bringing gorgeous bright and colourful print dresses that require no accessorising. Loving these.

Floral stripe dress £39 click to visit M&Co

Floral panelled dress £55 click to visit M&Co

Code- EVENT20
T&C’s – N/A
Start Date – 30/01/13
End date – 03/02/13

Click here to visit M&Co

George at Asda

George is also embracing flowers in the Moda collection. These dresses are utter bargains – costing less than £20 each.

Moda Floral Panel Illusion Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Moda Floral Print Jersey Dress £16.00 click to visit George at Asda

Monochrome Illusion Panel Front Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda