A Fantasy Fashion List

It may almost be March (although no one bothered to tell the weather…) but for many of us, the financial hangover from Christmas is still there. Christmas is a very expensive time for people in general, and in my house, it is also the time of Joe’s birthday which makes it even more costly. Shopping treats have been something not on the menu, although I must admit I have enjoyed filling online baskets, only to leave the final checkout.

If you are feeling the pinch as we head into Spring, you could look at a bank loan or Lendgreen Installment Loans to tide you over. Alternately, you could look at making some extra money online through doing online surveys or selling some of your unwanted stuff (Christmas presents maybe) through eBay, or the online buy and sell sites, many of which have now popped up on Facebook, and are useful as you can sell things locally, avoiding excessive postage charges.

If you are avoiding the spend, then a fantasy shopping list can’t really do any harm. Here are some of the things I have been putting in my basket, and hope to add to my wardrobe once my spending drought ends.

Biba at House of Fraser

Biba is one of my favourite labels, one I look out for in Vintage shops for the original Barbara Hulanicki pieces, and also one I love to now indulge in at House of Fraser. Biba is an affordable luxury, and I’m lucky that my branch of House of Fraser also has a bargain basement where you can pick up some amazing pieces for considerable discounts.

Here are the current pieces that I love.

Biba Pleat Front Printed Blouse £59 Click to visit House of Fraser

Chain Detail Midi Dress £80 Click to visit House of Fraser

Pleated Victoriana Blouse £60 Click to visit House of Fraser

Longline Border Print Kimono £80 Click to visit House of Fraser

Somerset By Alice Temperley

Somerset by Alice Temperley is a collection by one of Britain’s best designers for John Lewis. Temperley’s boho style has been a favourite amongst celebrities for many years, and the Somerset collection is both luxurious and wearable. I have a few pieces in my wardrobe already, and love the elegance of Alice’s style.

Here are some picks that I am loving this season.

Somerset by Alice Temperley Frill Two Tone Jumper, Coral £89 Click to visit John Lewis

Somerset by Alice Temperley Button Through Lace Dress, Navy £160 Click to visit House of Fraser

Somerset by Alice Temperley Star Jacquard Top, Teal £99 Click to visit John Lewis

Somerset by Alice Temperley Frill Pointelle Knit Jumper, Coral £59 Click to visit John Lewis

Do you have a wishlist for your wardrobe this Spring?

Spring fashion Ideas

With the Spring Equinox in the Northern hemisphere occurring on Monday (10.28 to be exact), we are now officially in Springtime. Not that you would notice it if you ventured outside over the last few days, we’ve had biting winds, horrible amounts of rain, and we might just be in for some more ‘thunder snow.’ Clearly Spring is here according to the date, but not according to the weather.

But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start to look at introducing some Spring into your wardrobe. The shops are just full of lovely pieces to buy now and maybe wear later, although you could also cling onto your tights and boots and wear them now too. I have focused on three key areas, Spring florals, Womens shoes – with an emphasis on flats, and statement skirts. These are the pieces I would invest in now.

Spring Florals

Following on from the dark and rich winter florals, which had a folkloric feel, Spring florals have a mixed feel, with botanical prints featuring alongside more whimsical water colour varieties. Tops, dresses and skirts are all print festooned, but if you want to keep your floral print to a minimum, check out the rather wonderful Next boots featured below.

Plisse Midi Dress from £25 Click to visit Next

Grey Floral Full Skirt £60 Click to visit Next

 

Pixie Boots from £55 Click to visit Next

Khaki Floral Maxi Skirt £75 Click to visit Next

Pretty Flat Shoes

One of the best things about Spring comes when you can put the boots away for a few months and dig out your pretty flat shoes. Brantano has some lovely flats this season, and I am so obsessed with the Coachella inspired Emilio Luca X espadrille style.

Emilio Luca X Wide Fit Meadow £25.00 Click to visit Brantano

Beach Essentials Abbie £14.00 Click to visit Brantano

Emilio Luca X Exotic  £25.00 Click to visit Brantano

Statement Skirts

Chi Chi London is a definite destination if you are looking for a statement skirt. Skirts are having a bit of a moment, with the likes of Olivia Palermo and Alexa Chung showing how you can dress down even the most stunning of looks with the help of a leather, or denim jacket, a slouchy jumper or a pair of chunky, masculine boots. Of course you can also wear them with heels for a more feminine look.

Chi Chi Samina Skirt £44.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Jazmyn Skirt £37.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Suki Skirt £44.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Maureen Skirt £44.99 Click to visit Chi Chi London

What will you be adding to your wardrobe this Spring?

Looking towards Spring and Summer with Bonmarche

It has been the coldest of weeks, but as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, Spring is definitely in the air. Today we have a warmer feel, blue skies, and I’ve put the jeans away and opted for a skirt again. I love the coming of Spring and the effect it has on our wardrobes, with lighter colours and fabrics taking the place of chunky knits and wall to wall jeans and heavy coats. But before we get to the beautiful days, we have a transitional time when the days can still pack a punch when it comes to chills.

Bonmarche have started to introduce Spring looks to their collections, and they have some great pieces that can be classed as transitional. By this I mean you can wear them now in one style, and then wear them again when the weather is warmer by changing the styling and the accessories.

Here are some of my key picks from their new collection, and ways to wear them now and later.

The Tea Dress

This stunning pink dress is an absolute fave of mine. You could wear this now with boots and a chunky knit 1940s Land Girls style (or like The Edge of Love style – love that film and its fashion). Then, as it warms up, ditch the cardi and add a kitten heel.

Ditsy Floral Tea dress £25.00 Click to visit Bonmarche

 

The Embroidered Quilted Jacket

This jacket has Chanel written all over it. The style could look super chic now worn French style over a black polo neck and skinny jeans. (I’m thinking Ines De La Fressange as inspiration). Come Summer, maybe take inspiration from Karl Lagerfeld. In recent campaigns he subverted the image of the jacket and pearls style by teaming it with shorts and hot pants on model Alice Dellal.

Embroidered Quilted Jacket £35.00 Click to visit Bonmarche

The Signature Lace Shift Dress

Heading to a Spring Wedding? This dress would be great. Team it with a tuxedo style jacket now, or maybe a velvet smoking jacket for a more evening friendly look. Then, in Summer, you can wear it with bare arms and a bit of a tan.

Signature Lace Shift Dress £55.00 Click to visit Bonmarche

Paisley Print Blouse

This blouse is so multi functional. You can enjoy wearing it now with a thick Arran cardigan worn over it, but this will also be brilliant as a holiday piece. The ethnic print gives it a Marrakesh, Talitha Getty hippy feel. Layer it with love beads, add a thong sandal and a pair of denim cut offs and you are ready for sightseeing in the sun.

Paisley Print Blouse £26.00 Click to visit Bonmarche

You can view all the new in selection from Bonmarche here.