Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Clutch Bags

Clutch bags are not relegated anymore to an evening occasion. We might thank "Sex and the City" where we've seen the "girls" strutting around NY with clutches and oversized ones. And who doesn't remember when Carrie fell in Dior and the content of her vintage clutch was scattered around the Parisian shop? Personally I always keep a clutch in my huge bag in case I have to pop outside the office for lunch or other small rounds that don't involve taking the whole house with me. I've picked some clutches in different styles.
This  Girls Hardbox Street Style clutch is branded V by Very the premium line from Very.co.uk. This bag has got a chain shoulder strap and the style makes it for a bag where you can keep all your essentials like a mobile, a lipstick, home keys and money without being squashed or with a bulging bag difficult to snap closed. www.very.co.uk
The Oiana bag by Coast is a timeless model with its front bow. Its shape makes it for a clutch where items a bit thicker than a credit card can be stored. It has a detachable strap and a magnetic clasp. Perfect for all those occasions where you need something smart either a wedding or a party or a business lunch. www.coast-stores.com
East has got a nice range of jute bags. These Jute clutches match the tote bags they have got in store and they are perfect on their own when going out in the evening or inside a bigger bag where you can keep essentials like money, home keys and mobile so  when popping out for lunch you just have to carry this clutch. Made of jute they' ve got leather trims and handle.  www.east.co.uk
Jigsaw has got a rainbow coloured range of clutches. The Alma medium leather clutch comes in eight colours and here you can see a small selection.  This clutches are  investment pieces given their "never out of fashion" style. www.jigsaw-online.com
I love this framed clutch by Next. Its black and berry colour will take you through the summer and into the cold season. Its shape gives room to mobile, a lipstick tube and home keys keeping them safe with its metal clasp. A chain shoulder strap can be attached. It is great for the evening or for going out all day. You can store  things like sunglasses, tablet and shoes in a big tote and take this beautiful clutch at work . www.next.co.uk
This Samara suede envelope clutch is by Phase Eight. Its silver colour goes perfectly with the metallic trend that is going to be with us even next season. A thin leather shoulder strap can be attached in order to have your hands free. www.phase-eight.com
Vintage look for these No. 1 Jenny Packham satin clutches for Debenhams. They are the perfect accessories for a wedding or other formal occasion, but as Patricia Field has taught us while styling "Sex and the City", you can wear this beautiful clutch with  denim or while shopping. After all there is space for the right essentials, credit card and mobile. www.debenhams.com
Department stores have got a great range of accessories. This Therapy Kelis clutch bag can be found  at House of Fraser. I like the design with the metal clasp fastening and the stripes and stars motif. The back is plain black and the metallic silver star adds to all the current trends. www.houseoffraser.co.uk












Monday, 12 June 2017

Bejewelled Shoes

It is true that in time of uncertainty  the first item that sells out for women is a red lipstick. Buying something opulent and for yourself is a way of thinking that nothing will happen. This season, opulence has been seen in many items of clothing, especially crystals, on bags, jackets and shoes. Walking with a pair of bejewelled shoes gives a spring on your step.
This season we've seen a surge in flat shoes over high heels footwear. These Classique slip on pump by Russell & Bromley are made of black suede and the twist is the bejewelled heel. They are very comfortable and perfect with a dress or cropped hems trousers so the sparkle can be seen from afar. www.russellandbromley.co.uk
Two trends in one pair of shoes with this metallic silver and gemstones like  embellishment platform sandals from Primark. The block heels make for a pair of comfortable shoes and the platform minimises the height. www.primark.com
These Host ballerina pumps from Dune are gorgeous. Made of satin, either pink or black, they have a jewelled strap made of round and marquise shaped crystals and round toe. These shoes can be worn from day to night jazzing up a pair of jeans or a dress. www.dunelondon.com
Celeb blogger Chiara Ferragni has created a clothing and shoes line and this Find Me In Wonderland  slip on is made of denim with a bejewelled pin. Made in Italy it has leather lining and insole.  www.chiaraferragnicollection.com
These flip flops are part of the Exclusive Collection by Havaianas. Real Swarovski crystals decorate the flat sandals that can be worn while on holiday or to a summer party in one of those trendy holiday destinations and I'm sure that they are allowed at  work as well worn with a nice summery dress of trousers. After all they cost more than a normal high street pair of shoes. They are luxury flip flops. www.havaianas-store.com
The Glisten atlheisure slip on by Jones the Bootmaker are made of soft black or white leather and they are embellished with large crystals. The black trainer has got a white contrast sole. I live in flats and these shoes are both feminine and comfortable. Shoes that you can wear all day long without suffering. www.jonesbootmaker.com


Isn't it gorgeous ? These Tonnia Patent Court shoes by L.K Bennett are just a dream. The bejewelled application at the front, the glossy patent leather and the block heel are details that, as well as the round toe make for  perfect comfortable shoes and on line with the seasonal trends. The heels is 8.5 cm height but the shape of the heels make the shoes very stable. www.lkbennett.com






Sunday, 11 June 2017

Precis Petite Occasionwear

Quite often it is difficult to find occasionwear if you are shorter than 5'5", so most of the time the only option is to buy anything and then have it altered, shortening the hem and sleeves. But sometimes there is not time for this, especially when an invite is received at a short notice. The solution has been brought up by Precis Petite, one of the sister companies of Jacques Vert, specialised in smart and occasionwear. I've picked some outfits that can be perfect for Royal Ascot next week.
This Precis Embroidered dress complies with all the rules at Ascot, like length and the fact that it hasn't a spaghetti strap but even if sleeveless, there is a hint of them covering the shoulders. Also, embroidery is going to be the trend next season, so this dress is the perfect LBD with a twist.
The Precis Check Flared dress is perfect for a summer wedding, a garden party or for an afternoon tea somewhere with a dress code. Its vintage style is very feminine and its red colour will suit any skin tone. Play with accessories in order to dress it up or down. It is available in black as well.
The Precis Roma print dress mixes two trends of this season, the floral print and the yellow nuance that screams summer. This dress is knee length and very flattering for a petite frame with tailoring details and scaling down on using a full floral print that sometimes might be too much for a petite lady.
This Precis Printed Shirt dress has got a great cut emphasising the figure. The waist is cinched by a tie belt and it is perfect for work as well as around town enjoying the sun. Its black and white prints means that you can play with accessories to bright it up, think of colourful sandals and bag as well as a stack of  bangles.
The Precis Maggie shift dress has got this bold floral print on navy background. It is the perfect outfit for a summer wedding as well as any other occasion where it is required a specific dress code. It really is a multitasking dress given that depending on what accessories you are wearing, this dress can take you from work to a party. Check for more styles and where to find a store that stocks Precis Petite collections  at www.precis.co.uk





Friday, 9 June 2017

Orla Kiely Outdoors Range for Halfords

Today, fans of the Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely can add to their collection of multicoloured patterned products, Olive  And Orange,  a range of cycling and camping items produced exclusively for Halfords. From the 9th of June they are  stocked up in store and online, in time for the summer breakout packed  with week ends of music festivals and picnics in the park.
This folding bike it's perfect for commuting and it sports the unmistakable Multi Olive Print by Orla Kiely. The leather saddle and other details have been designed carefully by Orla and the team at Halfords in order to combine fashion and technology.
This classic bike in Pink Tall Flower print has got 8 speed gears, Shimano brakes and full mudguards and chain guard among other details. Available in Duck Egg print as well and you can match accessories like a wire basket or bike bell and more.
I love this  Multi Olive print saddle cover if you want the full look on your bike. Or it is just perfect if you've just bought a bike but still you want it to make it stylish. So head  to Halfords and jazz up your bike with some Orla Kiely accessories.
The Multi Tulip print bike helmet is gorgeous and the matching bike bell is very sweet. Orla Kiely has designed all these accessories with attention to details. The helmet is made of ABS, has got additional padding so it stays comfortable and it has 11 vents to keep your head cool. It comes with a storage bag.
These water bottles are great and they are very light as well. Made of aluminium, they've got a soft drinking nozzle that you can twist it so that water won't spill in case the pop off cap is not closed properly. They are dishwasher safe and they have a 650 ml capacity.
Here they are the bike bells in the three available prints, Duck Egg, Multi Olive and Flower Pink. They fit a 22.2mm diameter handlebar. The vintage inspired design is lovely and the ring is audible and cheerful.
Planning a camping holiday or a music festival attendance ? Do it in style with the new camping products by Orla Kiely for Halfords. The range comprises a two person plus tent in the Multi Tulip print, a sleeping bag in two different prints, Multi Tulip and Multi Olive, so there won't be any mistakes or swaps in sleeping arrangements.
Be comfortable while camping or for a picnic or at the beach with this folding chair in the Tall Flower print. It can hold up to 120 kg and it is easy foldable and easy to carry with its carry bag. It is available in Duck Egg print as well. Also for the camping range there are a picnic rug, a cool bag and a gazebo.
The Wooden Festival chair in Multi Olive print has got that retro style that reminds of trips to the beach when we were kids or picnics in the park. This chair hold up to 100 kg and it folds easily. Storing it at home, it will occupy very little space in cupboards or sheds. Go and check the whole Orla Kiely for Halfords range  at Halfords or online at www.halfords.com







Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Beach Ready

It is official, summer is really coming and already with a ticket booked for some sunny destinations, it is time to renew a few items for your suitcase. I've picked something just to give you an idea of what to put in your beach bag, starting from your beach bag and also a couple of beachwear as well.
First of all we need a new beach bag. This Capriccioli by Antonello Tedde  is a huge bag where you can store all your essentials for a day out. This particular model is made of linen and cotton and it is hand woven and hand stitched in Sardinia. Find  more colours at www.matchesfashion.com or at Liberty in London. www.antonellotedde.co.uk
This gorgeous tunic is the Beziers model by Fantasie. I like the contrast between the monochrome and the bright yellow. From this range you can match either bikini or a swimsuit. With a pair of trousers or a skirt this tunic can be worn  all day, for a touristic stroll and an evening meal. www.fantasie.com
Sunglasses are never enough and when on holiday it might happens that they break or get lost. The best advice? Go to Primark and stock up on these fabulous sunnies, you can match them depending on your outfit and if anything happens to them you've got at least another pair or more. www.primark.com


A pair of flip flops is  a must when on holiday. Havaianas has got a huge collection and this pair with sushi pattern is lovely.  Avoid walking on hot sand or pebbles beaches, or you can wear them while walking with your feet on the shore (great ankles massage). Also flip flops are vital when using communal showers and they can double up as slippers in your room. www.havaianas-store.com
A wicker tote bag could be an option for the beach and this East bag in red bulrushes is spacious enough. Leather details like the shoulder straps and cotton lining make this bag great to be used all day. Just wipe it clean with a damp cloth. www.east.co.uk
Always wear a hat when at the beach or when around in a sunny place. Protect your face and your head from the sun rays in order to have your skin younger for longer. This Eleanor panama by Christy's Hats is beautiful and the Liberty print trim is the right final touch. It is made of panama straw and it will take 7 to 10 days to hand make it here in UK. www.christys-hats.com
Just landed in store and online this gorgeous Souls City swimwear by Freya. Three styles of tops for this model. Here you can see the crop top but also the plunge and bandeau tops are available as well as two different styles of briefs, high waist or normal. The cup sizes for the plunge top are  from D to HH while for the bandeau top, cup sizes are from C to G. www.freyalingerie.com
Keep your fruit and vegetables snacks in this Cath Kidston mini cool bag so that you can have your lunch on the beach without having to leave your sunny spot. At Cath Kidston there is a range of outdoors items with different sizes of cool bags and melamine crockery for a stylish picnic on the beach. www.cathkidston.com








Sunday, 21 May 2017

Metallic Shoes SS17

This season and the next one are all about metallic finish and textures in accessories. I've picked a selection of metallic style shoes from  various high street brands. They are going to stay, so invest in some shining styles because they are not going out of fashion any time soon.
These gorgeous high stiletto shoes are from the J by Jasper Conran range at Debenhams. This model is called "Joy" and they are great for the coming season of formal occasions like weddings, summer parties or the races. Made in sateen they've got this beautiful bejewelled buckle on the front. Just wearing these shoes with a pair of jeans and a white shirt will give a new twist to the whole outfit. Available in black, pale blue and also royal blue, like the famous shoes that Carrie picked up for her wedding in " Sex and the City" but without the hefty price tag. www.debenhams.com
This season I've seen more flats rather than heels and if you like your flats not only for your latte these two beauties by Dolcis Shoes are perfect. Either in rose gold or silver the Dolcis Kia will take you from work to the dance floor. They are very comfortable with a memory foam insock so that you can wear them all day.  www.dolcis.co.uk
At Dune you will find so many metallic finished shoes of all heights. Go from flat to stiletto in a range of beautiful colours. I've picked these mules but honestly there is a whole world at its stores.
The heels are 8.5 cm and they are perfect for a dress or a pair of trousers. The real passe-partout for your holiday suitcase. www.dunelondon.com
Russell & Bromley is another of those stops when you need high quality shoes with no eye watering price. The Cufflink loafers are made in Italy with soft rose gold leather and with a silver trim detail on the front. Proper shoes for work without compromising on comfort. www.russellandbromley.co.uk
When buying Toms shoes you know that the company will give another pair to a child in need with its campaign "One For One".  These slip-ons  are in grey canvas with gold foil dots details. They are vegan and with a sock liner that fights bacteria and removable insole. There is a version for kids as well which is so sweet. Toms has got several projects where everyone can support by buying its shoes, its eyewear, coffee at its shops and its handbags. www.toms.co.uk
This Native peep toe shoe boot is by Jones the Bootmaker and it is made of Italian fabric and lined with leather. The block heel is 8 cm and given its shape, very comfortable. Jazz up an office outfit or a pair of denim and match your nail polish. www.jonesbootmaker.com
These slides by New Look will add glamour to a pair of trousers or a mini skirt and you will feel comfortable all day. The snakeskin texture makes them look like a million pounds and the bright colours will match virtually any outfit you have in your wardrobe. www.newlook.com
Brogues are a classic style that can't be missed in our shoe closet. These golden pair are from White Stuff, gorgeous with their glitter finish on suede and all the details required from a classic brogue. The contrasting white sole gives  comfort to the feet. www.whitestuff.com
Metal finish on trainers as well, with these amazing satin trainers by Next. They are comfortable and not only relegated at the gym. Now smart actiwear and sportwear are called Athleisure and I can say that these shoes are fitting in this category. After all they are so lovely that they must be seen around town. www.next.co.uk










Friday, 5 May 2017

Coast SS17 Collection

When you've got a formal event, a wedding or a party, or a day at the Races look no further than Coast. Every time I went there I could find something for those tricky events where you need to dress up but you don't want to dent your bank account. Also Coast is a one stop for all when thinking of accessorising your outfit with jewellery, bags and shoes. There is a section for everyday smart dresses as well. I've picked few looks from their SS17 collection. Some might not been in store yet but knowing  it, you can chase your favourite look and you can dash to the shop in order to be the first one to purchase it.
I love these trousers with a split wide leg in a bright red colour. At the moment they are available in black but check the stores and you can manage to secure this beauty. The top also is a preview. The outfit is perfect for who is not very keen on wearing a dress or skirt, but still wants to look feminine and smart.
This Bodice is very versatile. Here it is paired up with a maxi two tones plated skirt but it is perfect with a pair of smart trousers or to jazz up a pair of denim. Just add the right accessorises like a pair of heels and a clutch and regarding jewellery the best options are a pair of earrings and a statement bracelet. No need for a necklace given that the bow of the bodice makes the  bust already ornate.
This peplum hem dress with its cobalt blue colour will be great on any skin tone and very easy to accessorise, like this great clutch with  big micro fibre bow on the front and clasp. The dress will be great for a wedding or a summer party, one of those dresses that won't be left on your wardrobe but it will be used on many occasions.
This gingham dress is so St Tropez style and paired up with the right accessorises it will be great for a party or brought it with you on holiday. The cut is very flattering and the one shoulder neckline will highlight your bust. Accessorise it with something colourful and a red lipstick.
This A line midi dress has got the stripe trend of this season pinned down. Its multi coloured pattern makes it easy to choose bags and shoes. Stack a series of multicoloured bangles on your arms and depending on the shoes you are wearing, either heels or a platform, you can give a complete different vibe to your look.
Coast has got a great range of fashion jewellery with many in the very popular rose gold colour. You can match earrings and bracelets or necklaces and plan your whole outfit under one roof, trying on dresses and see how that particular necklace that caught your eyes could look like. Check for more ideas at www.coast-stores.com