Who else is obsessed with the French Riviera style? I love the dark blues, stripy off the shoulder dresses, straw hats, and big sunglasses. The style is sophisticated and effortless. I have collated a few things from the high street to give you an idea. You don’t really need to get a ticket to Saint Tropez but you can at least look french chic wherever you are.
The weather was gorgeous in London today – the sunshine came!
After purchasing a straw basket bag today, I am a little obsessed with this summer trend. I have put together a few I have seen online, they are all divine for this warm weather and it’s hard to dislike them. Take it to the park, supermarket or a nice brunch with the girls in the sunshine, a versatile look for Spring/Summer.
Arrgh does anyone else have the odd silly purchase and kick themselves or is it just me?
I bought these Mango platform sandals a size up, there is a method to this madness, I tried the size 5 in the shop and it looked amazing, but I thought they were a little tight. I went home and looked at them online because I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I decided to get the 6 – what could go wrong? they have a buckle so I can tighten them up. They arrived, hurray they fit well and look fantastic, I walk around my flat in them for a bit – I am happy. I am winning!
So a few days have passed and I have decided today is the day and I will venture out in them. I walk for about 10 mins and DISASTER! my toes keep popping under the top strap meaning my toe is sticking out underneath and it bloody hurts. Hit me with a feather – I have to wear these all day. I get home, they are scuffed from a days walking which means I CAN’T RETURN THEM LOOKING LIKE THIS! they go back in the box, I don’t think I have worn them out again – BUGGER THAT. So ladies and Gentlemen there is exhibit A for a perfect example of a silly purchase.
They are currently on the Vinted App for sale – sad face.
Go French – I am obsessed with my beret, you have to carefully consider what you wear with it, otherwise you feel incredibly silly.
I found a long sleeved stripy top with squiggly red writing and of course had to buy it, what a sucker for a stripy top. This was £20 from Topshop and perfect for layering. Oui oui mon cherie.
Sunglasses; Victoria Beckham , Shoes; Blondie Vintage at Spitalfields, Nail Varnish; Chanel, Bag; Tamara Fogle Bags, Beret & Stripy top; Topshop.
The highly anticipated collaboration between Erdem and H&M landed on Thursday 2nd. Look back to the night before the launch when I didn’t get a chance to go to a preview to purchase 2 pieces I have had my eye on for ages but no bother I’ll go online first thing only to realise the launch starts at 9 am which is an absolute let down. I underestimated the popularity of this collaboration and had to find out the hard way.
I work part time and Thursdays is a working day, first I have to drop off my son to my mum and then catch a bus to work, in my head it’s all sorted I’ll jump online around half 9 when I’m on the bus and I should get my bag and white frilly shirt. I drop my son off and started searching online at the bus stop only to find it’s sold out – oh my gosh, I was devastated, I honestly thought it wouldn’t be sold out that quick but it was, I managed to get the bag shown in the picture here but not the shirt. By the time I got to work for 10, everything was almost gone. In hindsight I would have gone online before I got on the tube, and purchased the items.
I noticed people were selling items on e-bay literally by 10am or even earlier, double or even triple the original price but you can’t stop people doing this. I stopped off at Westfield on the way home just by chance if it was there but it wasn’t so I’ll have to get an alternative. Ah I’m over it (not)
London is a city where you will find a sample sale on somewhere. I am a shopper that despises the sales unless it is online, the idea of queuing, shoving or mess is something I can’t comprehend. Shops like TK Maxx for example is my idea of hell, I’m not a fan of organised chaos, I like structure and calm.
I went to a Bella Freud sample sale a few weeks ago, people make an effort to go to these things, timing is everything, I went at 10 ish, thinking strategically that people who needed to be at work were at work and lunch wasn’t for a while. I queued a short while to get in, paid £3 ( for charity ) and headed in. The room at the hotel was minuscule, tops and jumpers were in a mountain heap on tables and other items were hanging up but there was no way you could get to them. My anxiety levels hit the roof at this point I brushed past a line of people standing and asked how long they were queuing to pay, a lady said an hour, an hour to pay? A flight to Paris is about an hour and 15, need I say more. I was in and out within 5 mins. Why not get a larger room? More staff at the tills, something to sort out this madness. I came away disappointed and worse, empty handed.
On Thursday I went to a Victoria Beckham sample sale in Shoreditch, it was run by company called curate, maybe Bella should give them a ring. The venue was huge, all items were on hangers, trousers and jeans folded, shoes and bags, along with sunglasses were placed on tables, the price list was above each section so no need to ask questions, you check a code and it gave you the price. The tills were at the back near the exit, it was organised, and well managed, I was very impressed. I managed to pick these 70’s style sunglasses, I like the fact they are not pitch black lenses, you can still see my eyes.
That is the contrast of sample sales I wanted to share with you, you never know what it’s like until you get there and I guess you expect chaos as it’s a sale but I think brands should make an effort to at least provide space. Those two are enough for me for a while.
I am in love with my new coat from Mango, not only is it affordable at £69.99 but it feels gorgeous. I am wearing a medium that fits quite big which is good so I can wear chunky knits with ease.
I noticed instantly that the coat updated my wardrobe considerably. I can still wear summer items teamed with the coat, like today with my plain white tee from Topshop.
Autumn you are alright.
In the occasion where I only have 5 minutes to get ready, I always go for comfort and 99.5% of the time I’m not happy with what I have chosen to wear. This picture is a perfect example, I have my slouchy Uniqglo shirt, my brogues from Asos, and my skinny jeggings from Gap.
I would likely wear this to get a pint of milk, not to go to work in. I love dressing up for things rather than dressing down. The idea of saving your best clothes for special occasions is nonsense. You look good, you feel good. I think I need to be a bit more organised in the morning and leave the comfort look for the milk run.
I bought this gorgeous knitwear from H&M for £39.99, not a high price to pay for warm and comfort. The only thing it does is shed hairs but I can live with that.
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It's a Mango and Topshop ting – I love my new #darling tee from Mango via Asos brings a bit of pow to your outfit. Heart shaped sunglasses from a boutique in shoreditch which surprisingly has some cool shades for a tenner a pop, but I can't remember what's it's called, I'll find out and update.
Bra Top from Topshop; Jamie jeans from Topshop; #darling T-shirt by Mango; Platform sandals by Mango
Everytime I look at this picture I took at the And Other Stories store in Regent Street, I want to decorate my whole flat this way. I’ve been obsessing about cactus plants lately, I’ve been literally dreaming about them, how sad. The award for the best display goes to these guys, they have it down to a tee. Perfection.