Sunday, 18 February 2018

Highstreet Trench Coats for under £80

Trench coats continue to offer so much choice and variety, this lighter-weight long coat is still one of the best go-to options for Spring. And with it you can play with colour, with length and it's a fabulous item for styling up or dressing down.

Trench Coat H&M

You can choose to stay classic or you can opt for some really trendy pieces - here are a couple of tips to consider before investing in yours:
  • It used to be a coat that typically we would suggest to belt-it at all times - that's probably the best way to wear it professionally if you're buying it for work, but if you want the versatility of wearing it casual with trainers or loafers, then it needs to look good open
  • For either fit, it needs to fit well on the shoulders, if it's too big this style of coat can add a lot of weight to your overall look, and no one wants that!
  • If you are hour-glass or pear shape, it needs to be belted most of the time to define your body shape, so it's important you like how the belt fits and the style of it
  • If you are wearing it open, then you can tie the belt behind you for that casual style and then it minimises the hassle of the belt just dangling and getting in your way
  • When selecting a colour and you can have a lot of fun with colour - just make sure that it works with items you already own; you want it to compliment what you have, not force you to have to buy new items to be able to wear it
  • Take length into consideration - we are not all the same height or size, so really have a good look at where it finishes on the leg or thigh - 'Is that the most flattering length for you?' Be honest with yourself, because choosing right, first time, gives you more money to spend on other clothes
  • If you are spending under £80, it's highly unlikely it will be shower proof, if you need it to be then you need to check the labelling 


First up is the coat that's currently in store at H&M - I love the longer length and it comes up very big, I had to downsize at least one size to get it right on the shoulder. I love the colour of this green, it looks very modern and fresh for the new season.

Also available in a dark blue

H&M Trench coat green

Now I found this gorgeous pink-checked coat in River Island, I did Instagram it on the day because it was reduced down to £50 from £89 - not surprisingly it has sold out. I'm still showing it to you for style inspiration, because a large check like this is very much on trend.

Trench Coat River Island Pink

I have found you an alternative checked option, this is from Topshop and I think looks glam - You will turn heads in the office walking in wearing this one! 

Belted Checked Coat

I'm loving this bright yellow option from River Island, if you opt for the 'column-of-colour' underneath, this is where you wear head to toe one colour including your boots/shoes (it's a very good slimming effect) you could do this with black, navy or another colour you'd like - this would make this mustard yellow coat the statement piece

River Island
Mustard yellow belted duster trench coat

My last few posts I've featured striped trousers, and a trench coat over them with high-heeled pointed shoes, looks just fabulous!!! I'm loving this option from Miss Selfridge.

Miss Selfridge
Green Double-Breasted Trench Coat

This next one from Zara is very different, and if you invest in this piece it's not a classic and so I guarantee that whilst you may love it today (and I certainly do), I don't think you'll be so keen in 12 months - so get as much wear from this, this season.

Contrasting long faux suede jacket

Now if you want classic, long-lasting quality, a choice of colours, and most importantly you want it to be showerproof, then your best bet is this one from M&S - it comes in red, yellow, classic pebble, a variety of blues plus more and it's only £45!

M&S Trench coat blue

It's a shorter length, ideal if you want one suitable for office wear, especially if you are a commuter; the shorter length will be more comfortable to travel in and the website even goes on to say that it is creased resistant, which is a big bonus when you need to look professional throughout the entire day! Sizing is true to size.

The Everywear Mac

And finally if you would like to invest in this trend, but you really do not want to part with much cash - Primark had quite a variety to choose from and all are £25 or less.  This one was my favourite, I love the classic colour, there was no belt with it, so very much an open style of coat, and sizing was true to size. Not bad for £25. I'm sorry, but in typically Primark style it's not online, you'll need to head in store

Khaki green duster coat

Trench coat green

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

My Top Five Slogan Tees

All You Need Is Love Tshirt

It’s a trend that started over eighteen months ago and it doesn’t seem to be disappearing any time soon! The slogan tee is one trend you can easily adopt into your wardrobe, you just need to decide on your message and be prepared to answer to people's inquisitive questions as to why you've opted for this or even maybe laugh at your choice of message - so you need to 'own it'!


My top tips on how to pick the right slogan:

  1. Unless you can see yourself wearing this over and over again, some slogans have a much shorter life span than you think – so if it’s seasonal, don’t spend too much money
  2. Think about colour – you want it to work with your existing wardrobe so if you don’t usually wear yellow and you have nothing already in your wardrobe that works with yellow, then avoid it – To make an outfit work even colour-clash styled outfits are ‘styled’ – You don’t want to be investing in other items to make the colour work for you
  3. Keep it fun 
  4. Keep the look edgy by teaming up with a biker jacket, an open denim shirt or a stiff modern blazer – I would suggest to avoid the cardigan for this one!
  5. Don’t feel you need to stick with jeans; I quite often like the look with a midi skirt

I frequently use Pinterest as a source of style inspiration however I’m finding more and more I am using Instagram too; simply search by the item you want to see, so in this case I would perhaps use #slogantop and just see what comes up. These lovely ladies below I actually follow day-to-day on Instagram and they have kindly agreed to let me use the following to show you how they wear their slogan tops. Thanks Ladies!

Instagram: @stylingbysusan

Instagram: @debpagano
Instagram: @wearitwithwheels

Instagram: thestylish_mrsmint


Starting with the one I'm wearing - this is from Topshop and such a classic song - you've gotta love the Beetles!

'All You Need Is Love' Slogan T-Shirt by And Finally

You can opt for Susan's choice of GIRLHOOD - I think this is a fab one since we just celebrated 100 years of women getting the vote.

River Island
‘girlhood’ crest embroidered top
Available in light blue or white

This tee from Mango really gels with my sense of humour, love this!

Message cotton t-shirt

I love the colour and I love the message!

Long Sleeve 'Love Saves The Day' Tee

And if you're ok to spend a little more on a tee, then I love this - who doesn't want to be part of the Brunch Club?! 

Brunch Club Logo T-shirt


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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Double Duty - The checked trousers

mustard top

Every time you introduce a new item into your wardrobe you want it to work really hard for you, and whilst I really encourage shopping your own wardrobe as much as you can, to get the cost per wear, sometimes you need to inject something fresh to help you wear more of what you have already.

When you in the shop trying on items, it can be hard to think about what you have that can go with it so if you fall in love with an item then buy, take it home and have a play - if you can create two to three outfits without anything else then you have a winner!

Spring 2018 continues to love the checks - and I feel one of the most stylish items to adopt this trend, is to invest in the trousers, these can be worn dressed up or dressed down to get that added value.

I'm hoping you are going to love these two looks, and that they will inspire you to be able to create something similar yourself so that if this is a trend you would like to adopt you have more confidence to do so. Please don't feel that things have to match perfectly to be an outfit, both these creations inject colour to make these grey check trousers work.

So let's start with the trousers, these are from Zara, I've purposely picked the version with the go-fast stripes so that you can tick that box too for Spring but they do similar ones without. The length of the trousers finish on the ankle which is the length this season so that you can show off easily your fabulous boots or trainers. The trousers have pockets but they are not too deep so they don't add bulk to your hips. Sizing is true to size. I think they are a fabulous at £29.99, the cost per wear on this will be very low indeed!


Alexa zip jacket

I don't know about you, but I find most weekends I'm running around, doing various different activities and meeting different people throughout the day, so I need my outfit to be quite versatile - I want to look great for brunch, I want comfort whilst I travel and then I don't want to look overdressed when I pop to the supermarket and do my crazy half-hour with a trolley - it's all got to work and I think this look covers it off for me.

I've teams the trousers with my Stan Smiths trainers, I think this is a slightly smarter look than my NIKES which I described to you on Thursday's post. I've got a long sleeve t-shirt on which the cuffs are made of lace, it's this kind of detail that steps up the casual to be a little more chic, I've purposely made sure this lace shows through from my jacket sleeves. 

As we are now having warmer days, I've got my Alexa jacket back out which I think gives this overall look some edge, the biker jacket naturally does that. And the last injection of colour comes very easily by adding my favourite tote bag, which I bought a few years ago from Topshop, £40 and I've used it so much it's been a gem!

Kettlewell Colours


checked trousers

I wanted to show you that these trousers make a great option for an evening out, I don't know about you but sometimes I don't want to wear jeans and perhaps a dress is not your thing. To step this up for an evening look, I've gone for a statement blouse that has the button detail and this gorgeous colour of mustard to really go bold with this look. 

Upgrade every other detail, so I've gone for big hooped gold earrings, I've ditch the tote for my new Chanel inspired cross-bag, notice how I've taken off the straps so that I can use it as a clutch. I've added some gold bangles and my black boots are the sequinned boots I got from New Look just before Christmas - my best buy for the busy party season, they just go with everything!

One tip I will suggest to you - when you wear a blouse like this with big sleeves that could potentially crease, you obviously would like to avoid this before you get to your event, I would recommend that you drape your coat or your biker jacket over your shoulders (i.e. wear it like a cape), this also helps you to tuck your clutch bag nicely under your arm as it's easier without a jacket on. I personally also think wearing your jacket this way is slightly more glam.

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Chanel Inspired - Mix and Match Bag Accessories by River Island

Chanel inspired bag ootd

When you fall in love the minute you see it, you can imagine using it for this and for that - you must buy it. Too many times I've walked away from idea items and truly regretted this. Every now and then you just have to go for something when you are not planning to buy, just because... it feels so right.

Chanel designs are typically monochrome, typically tweed mixed with leather - and so this collection from River Island really mimics the design ethos of the Chanel brand.

And so with this cross-body bag seen in store and bought - I am in love!  I've been using it now just over a week and I've had so many compliments! I won't deny you may need to reconsider if you have a large purse but on the whole it has lots of compartments therefore helping you to organise your items - it's really helped me reduce what I carry each day, and the lighter load has been lovely!

I think this is a fabulous price at £32, I would say it looks more £50+.

Black boucle cross body bag

Crossbody bag

This is the matching purse, however I noticed in the collection that they had some others that are more slimline that complement this range, which are a great alternative especially if you don't want matchy-matchy.

Black boucle front clip top purse


If you are looking for a bigger bag, then I would opt for this one - again I can't believe the price. The finishes like the zip pulls or the gold chain etc of each item are similar and so this easily allows you to swap between items easily. So for example, if you away for the weekend, you could travel using this slouch bag to get lots of stuff in, but use the cross-body bag above in the evenings when you want less items with you.

Black blocked woven chain slouch bag

Tote bag

This is a fabulous option if you want to avoid black and perfect for summer outfits - all very natural and would easily work with multiple colour schemes, especially if you teamed this with tan sandals. The fringing too will keep you on trend too for 2018.

Beige woven fringe lock cross body chain bag

Woven crossover bag


They've put this as a make-up bag online, I would perhaps say it's a tad big for that. When I was hands-on with it, I felt this was a wash bag ideal for all your bathroom essentials - it has a lining inside to protect the outer fabric from small spills. 

I loved this -  and as its neutral in colour with such a great price-point, this would make a fabulous gift to any women of any age - so if you have any birthdays coming up or maybe even Mother's day - this would be spot on!

Beige woven zip top make-up bag

Wasj bag

I don't generally use vanity cases, especially not whilst travelling - but it's nice that they have included something like this in the range, it would a personal preference item, but classy nonetheless!

Black tweed quilted vanity case

Vanity Case

I WANT THIS WEEKEND BAG!!!! This is on MY HIT LIST, and I can kind of justify it (she says confidently LOL!). My orange faux snakeskin weekender that I've had a few good years, the pull-lever has broken, and so I simply cannot use it - surely that's reason there?! It's fairly lightweight and I thought quite roomy for a weekend bag.

Beige mixed weave panel weekend bag

Weekend Bag

But if you need the wheels, then they have thought of that too! Well done River Island, I am very impressed with this collection. 

Beige woven panel four wheel suitcase


Now not all stores have all the items, I've been in several River Island shops and you get a mix bag (literally!) I would suggest to head into your local store so you can get a feel of the style and fabric and if they are missing an item you are keen on then go online for the full collection.



I know you are keen to know more about what I wear casually at the weekends, and this is probably a typical look on a low-key Saturday run-around kind of day. When I have no major plans and I need to get jobs done I always turn to my NIKES; I've had these over two years now and I love them!

At the moment, it's very cold and so on wet and chilly days, whilst I know most people are opting for their rain coats, I'm choosing my faux fur black coat which I've had for many years and my M&S black cashmere polo that was a gift this Christmas - both keep me very snug!

Pure Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper

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