Reviewed – Gudrun Sjoden Caramel Skirt

One of the great things about press days hosted by PR companies is that you get to discover new brands that you then fall in love with. This happened to me when I attended a Varg press day and was introduced to Scandinavian brand Gudrun Sjoden. I had never heard of the label, but instantly felt an affinity with the cool and casual designs that seemed to be perfect for working moms to have in both their on and off duty wardrobe.

I reviewed some pieces from the Autumn/Winter collection in November (you can read that review here), and was very pleased when Rachel from Varg asked if I would be interested in reviewing something from the latest collection. I decided to choose a skirt, which would make a great change from the dresses I normally wear, and chose the Caramel skirt in size medium, a piece I chose for its transitional qualities.

“Caramel” skirt in eco-cotton & lyocell £60 click to visit Gudrun Sjoden

This is a great skirt. The waist is elasticated, which makes this comfortable, even after the largest lunch or on those bloated days, whilst the length is just over the knee (length 70cms). By having an elasticated waistband, you can actually hitch the skirt up higher if you choose, making it versatile for different looks. The skirt is gently flared, which gives it the advantage that it has a slightly 1970s feel, and although a Spring/Summer skirt, I think it would also look great with knee-high boots for that Laura Mars feel that I love so much. It is always, as you expect from Gudrun Sjoden, made with eco cotton, and so is a real ethical option.

I styled my skirt on a really warm Spring day. The pretty dotted print makes this a lovely option for spring/summer, with the slightly thicker cotton meaning that the skirt isn’t see thru in the way some cotton skirts can be. The multi-coloured spots allow you to team this with so many different colours, but I decided to go with coral. I chose to wear the skirt with a coral Kate Moss Topshop top that I have never worn, despite it being in my wardrobe for about four years (it was from the very first collection – can you credit it?). The big beads were a charity shop find and have been handpainted, whilst I added a coral and blue sandal with an unusual heel from Irregular choice.

I felt really comfortable in this outfit, loving the feminine feel of the skirt. The extra material, and the fact that the waist was elasticated made this a perfect skirt for every day, but one which could easily handle a blazer for a smarter work look. I also think it would look cute with footless tights and ballerina pumps underneath.

Great Gatsby Fever with Collection 8

It is almost here. The most anticipated film for both movie buffs and fashionista’s is set to be launched at the Cannes Film festival. And from stills already released, we know that we are in for a treat. The Great Gatsby has been made into a film on at least two occasions, in 1949 with Betty Field and Alan Ladd, and a fashionably iconic but ultimately disappointing 1970s version with Mia Farrow and Robert Redford as the ill fated lovers Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. Now we are waiting to see what Carey Mulligan and Leonardo Di Caprio bring to the roles.

The released stills from the movie, the trailer and movie posters show that the costumes are going to be every bit as beautiful as those created by Theoni V Aldredge in 1974. The collaboration between Prada and Catherine Martin has proved to be a match made in  style heaven, with Daisy in particular being a vision of 1920s loveliness. I predict that 1920s elegance inspired by Gatsby will be a key look this season, with the Collection 8 range from Phase Eight leading the way.

Collection 8 has once again surpassed itself in the glamour stakes, producing a range of stunning 1920s inspired evening dresses that will make sure every black tie event is covered this summer. The gowns incorporate many of the key elements we associate with 1920s dress, the fringing, the beading and art deco style embelishment, sleeveless silhouettes and the slinkiest of sheer panels that suggest sensuality, rather than screeming sexiness.

Take a look – which dress is your fave?

Paloma Full Length Dress £275.00 

Liberty Tapework Full Length Dress £295.00 

Esmeralda Beaded Full Length Dress £275.00 

Babushka Full Length Dress £225.00 

Aurelia Metallic 3D Lace Dress £225.00 click to visit Phase Eight

Pippa Embellished Full Length Dress £300.00 click to visit Phase Eight



So Glad and Very – The latest collection from White Stuff

‘So glad and Very’ is the sister collection to the White Stuff mainline range, an exquisite, beautiful collection that this season has been inspired by flora and fauna. The range, entitled Botanica, is adorned with all the elements of spring, pretty buds and leaves, blossom and flowers, in a rainbow of colours designed to add summer brightness to your wardrobe.

The dresses in this collection are great stand out pieces, perfect for a day at the races, or for a summer wedding. I love the Fleur De Lis dress with it’s gorgeous coral china print, and the Momette dress with the soft shape and tie belt. In fact, the whole collection could sort out all your Summer wardrobe needs, it is just such a vibrant, pretty collection.

CARNELLA DRESS £75.00 click to visit White Stuff

FLEUR DE LIS DRESS £75.00 click to visit White Stuff

MOMETTE DRESS £85.00 click to visit White Stuff

MINDY TOP £59.95 click to visit White Stuff

CAMILLE TOP £55.00 click to visit White Stuff

SWEET PEA CARDI £55.00 click to visit White Stuff

BIG FLOWER NECKLACE £35.00 click to visit White Stuff

To view the whole collection, click here.