Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Preaview AW17: Socks Boots

Fendi was on to something when it launched the Sock Boots. We know very well the price, but if we want to wear the trend without the hefty price tag, this AW17 season has got quite a few options for all the budgets.
*Not Yet*  These Sock Boots are from Primark and with their block heels and round toe they are incredibly comfortable. They are not yet in store so my suggestion is to check online  as well as visiting the shops to see when they will arrive, because, take my word for it, they will fly off the shelves in no time. www.primark.com
*In Store* Another example of sock boots, available at Aldo Shoes. This one, the Lovelyy model can be found in black or silver, with a 10 cm high block heels, pointy toe, textile upper and rubber sole.  Sizes go from 3 to 9.5.  www.aldoshoes.com
*Not Yet*  Look for this pair of sock boots frequently on boohoo.com website because they will be very popular. With a stiletto heels, pointy toe and hooks detail, they look very Victorian and great with dresses or trousers.  www.boohoo.com
*In Store* These glittery textured sock boots by Charles & Keith are available in purple or black stripes. The block heel makes for a comfortable footwear but if you love high heels, the same model is available with a stiletto heel.  At the moment  they can be bought only online because stockists are not in UK, but you can check the website in case you are  in one of those countries where a Charles & Keith stockist is on site. www.charleskeith.com
*Not Yet*  I love the pattern of this Longchamp sock boots. It reminds me of a silk scarf or tie.With a nice block heel and round toe, it will be very comfortable for everyday wear. It is not yet in store, so check it out in order to own a pair. www.uk.longchamp.com
*Not Yet* Aren't they gorgeous? These sock boots are by River Island in these three gemstones colours. Check frequently for their arrival because they won't be in store for long, I bet  they will be a best seller. www.riverisland.com
*In Store* Another high street favourite, Russell & Bromley, has got its interpretation of the sock boots. The Knit Wit style is made of stretch knitted fabric in black with a patent block heel 6 cm high, round toe and with leather lining and leather sole. It is made in Spain and sizes go from 3 to 9. www.russellandbromley.co.uk

Monday, 21 August 2017

Preview AW17: Light Scarves

It is a habit of mine, I always carry a silk scarf or light cotton scarf during the warmer months because you never know when a gust of wind might come, giving you a nice sore throat. Also, a light scarf can be an impromptu headband or light shawl. Here you can find some of my favourites.
*In Store* Twilly scarfs are very popular right now. These twilly scarfs by Hermes are gorgeous and I must admit they are quite affordable given the label they are coming from. The choice is quite extensive and they come in a classic orange box shaped like a heart. This is what I call a fantastic Christmas gift as well. www.uk.hermes.com
*Not Yet* A floral scarf is a classic but when Biba is involved, classic  gets a twist. I have seen the new patterns for the AW17 collection at House of Fraser and this scarf  is great. I like to knot a scarf to my bag as well, always handy. Check online or in store for when  it will be available.

*In Store* At Joules you can find several styles among the scarves  available. From Neckerchief to wool to silk scarfs or polyester. There is a scarf for any budget. The Wensley one comes in several prints. I've picked the mustard one with a floral pattern and it is perfect for the first low temperatures or when late in the evening and you need something to cover your neck from that treacherous gust of wind. www.joules.com
*In Store* You can loose yourself at Liberty's scarfs department. Its beautiful prints are recognised all over the world. The Florence silk scarf has got a gorgeous paisley pattern in a rich red colour. Buy it for yourself as a "welcome back to work" present after your holidays or suggest  it as a Christmas present to yourself. Everyone needs a classic accessory in her wardrobe, something that spells sophistication and timeless elegance. www.libertylondon.com
*Not Yet*  We know Lola Rose for its beautiful jewellery, but recently they've introduced these gorgeous skinny scarfs in silk, printed with gemstones patterns. These two twillies are inspired by Lapislazuli and Malachite semi precious stones and they are not yet available. At the moment online you can find scarfs with agate, moonstone, labradorite and aquamarine patterns.  www.lolarose.co.uk
*Not Yet*  Neckerchiefs are becoming more and more popular, not just around your neck but as a bracelet or to tie a pony tail. These two scarfs are by M&S Collection for Marks & Spencer, that for this season has come out with a great selection of scarfs in many colours and patterns. Check the stores and the website frequently because you will find a print you will love. www.marksandspencer.com
*In Store* I love museums' shops. I can find things that I don't find anywhere else and also, buying in a museum' shop I help in keeping our museums free for all. This amazing scarf is available at the National Gallery, inspired by the just ended exhibition "Michelangelo & Sebastiano". Made of poly chiffon blend in a bright blue, it will add a splash of colour to any outfit. www.nationalgallery.co.uk
*Not Yet* I like skinny scarfs and these by Sister Loves are among the best I've seen. This collection is called "Cities of the World" and as well as twillies you can have large scarfs or square ones in silk, silk and wool, Georgette and crepe de chine. The background is monochrome with just a single flash of colour for each city. Tattoo artist Vera Kerundi has collaborated with Sister Loves and the cities featured are London, New York, Paris and Tokyo. Check online frequently because these beauties will be available in Autumn. www.sisterloves.com

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Preview AW17: Men's Shoes

The new season is also for men. They've been more and more interested in fashion than ever, after all I believe that nobody is indifferent when get congratulated on his look or if receive a nice present fashion orientated. During the Press Days period I've seen quite a few nice things. Let's start with shoes. You will find a mix of boots, brogues, trainers and other styles. It is just a sneak peek on what will be in store soon.
*Not Yet*  These monk strap Aldo Shoes with a textured finish are amazing. Either in black or brown, these shoes are a classic with a twist, perfect for a man who likes something different but still safe. These shoes are not yet available so check online to see when they will land in store. www.aldoshoes.com
*Not Yet*  Another classic with these J by Jasper Conran for Debenhams Derby shoes. Made of leather they are shoes for everyday, from work to going out to more formal occasions. Men are so lucky that with one pair of shoes they can be ready for anything and always comfortable and stylish. Look for when this gorgeous pair will be available at www.debenhams.com
*Not Yet*  I love these monk shoes by Dune London. Their colours are gorgeous and  I think they will have many fans among the men who shop for shoes. I've noticed that when daring with outfits, men tend to start with shoes, so I can see one of these numbers paired up with a formal suit or a pinstriped one and maybe match the tie with the colour of the shoes. They are not in store yet but check the website frequently to know when they will arrive. www.dunelondon.com
*Not Yet*  These Classic Goodyear welted shoes by Jones The Bootmaker are beautiful. I would wear them if they've made a female version. I like the blue suede upper with contrast laces. These shoes are going to be a best seller so better to check the website monitoring their arrival in store. www.jonesbootmaker.com
*In Store* Chelsea Boots are very popular among men. Perfect for the colder months they keep feet warm, especially because thick socks can be worn without being seen. Joules has got the Chelton Chelsea Boots already in store. They are made of premium leather and cleated sole for better comfort. www.joules.com
*Not Yet*  It is very dandy style these two pairs of Prince slippers by  Kurt Geiger. Made of velvet with a flower or a crown embroidered on the upper , these kind of footwear is perfect to be worn when at home entertaining guests wearing comfortable shoes. Actually I've seen many gentlemen wearing these slippers to go out for a special evening. Look for them when in store. www.kurtgeiger.com
*Not Yet*  These trainers by Luke 1977 are gorgeous with the rose gold details for the zip and the logo. I wish they have made them for women as well. Made of action leather material these lace up trainers are among the smartest I've seen. Check their arrival on the website as well where stockists are. www.luke1977.com
*Not Yet*  These desert boots by River Island tick all the boxes for look, style, comfort and trend. I like the zip detail at the side and with their tan colour they can match any outfit. It's guaranteed that they will keep feet warm and protected during the cold days. Check frequently online to know when they will land in store. www.riverisland.com
*In Store*  Made in Italy for Russell & Bromley the Keeble 4 loafers are gorgeous. Made of grey velvet and black polished leather, they are lined with leather and they are finished with a tassel on the front. The matching Dolce belt adds to the whole outfit another touch of style. www.russellandbromley.co.uk
*In Store*  They are just arrived these Classic suede trainers by Gola. These two colour combinations are just a small selection of the full range in suede.  These two are in graphite and burgundy and tobacco and dark brown. Gola is an iconic British brand specialised in trainers so you know that your feet are in good hands (pun intended). www.gola.co.uk


Friday, 18 August 2017

Preview AW17: Jewellery

When I talk about jewellery I don't think only of real  and precious stones jewellery, also costume jewellery complement an outfit. If the first ones are more thought for a Christmas gift, the second ones are more a purchase while out shopping and you see something sparkling  or just something new to treat yourself with. In this post you will find  a mix of real and not, from jewellery designers to high street stores.
*In Store*  Accessorize is our destination for all of our accessories and its jewellery range is huge. These  Zoreh statement earrings are gorgeous  with the marquise cut white crystals and the round cabochon central stone, set in yellow gold metal. Perfect for partying but also just for glamming up a pair of jeans and shirt. In store now or online. www.uk.accessorize.com
*In Store*  Annie Haak Heavenly Collection features dream catcher, feathers. marble effect and use of turquoise beads. Among the great selection I've picked these two sterling silver dream catchers necklaces in two different lengths and different sizes for the pendants. Handcrafted in UK they are a very romantic gift or an auspicious present to yourself. Annie Haak is stocked at several independent jewellery shops, and you can find the nearest on her website or shop online. www.anniehaakdesigns.co.uk
*In Store* I love Les Georgettes concept where you can decide for your own bracelet or ring by choosing the colour of the leather and the metal. These rings are gorgeous and they complement the beautiful cuffs for which Les Georgettes is well known for and worn all over the world. Prices are very reasonable and browsing its website is great fun for the endless options you will find. The website also shows where the stockists are if you want to see the jewellery and buy them already made. At the moment they are mostly in Scotland. www.lesgeorgettes.com

*In Store*  Lola Rose uses semi precious stones and diamonds to create beautiful jewellery with a modern design. These chains with pendants are part of the Curio Collection made in sterling silver or silver gold plated. The chains are sold separately and the pendants are made of polished discs of various semi precious stones like Labradorite or Lapislazuli or Rose Quartz. In the middle of the disc is set a diamond.  As well as the pendants, the collection has matching earrings, bracelets and rings not yet available. Check online to find a stockist and to see when your favourite piece will be available. www.lolarose.co.uk
*In Store*  London Road is a jewellery manufacturer based in London for over 70 years. This pair of earrings is part of the Lattice collection and it is made of 9 carat yellow gold with 17 diamonds for each earring for a total of half carat diamond weight. These earrings are timeless and make for a great Christmas gift. Available also a matching pendant and bracelet. www.londonroadjewellery.com
*In Store*   Another pair of statement earrings, this time from Marks & Spencer made in resin with coloured crystals set shaped like flowers, but I can see bees as well. Marks & Spencer Skin Kind range of jewellery protects sensitive skin with its more than hypoallergenic metal. www.marksandspencer.com
*In Store*   These amazing Mounser Yves earrings are exclusive to Liberty London and they are made of 14 carat gold plated brass and blue porcelain. Buy this pair of earrings for yourself, maybe you've just landed a new job and you want to celebrate buying something that will remember the occasion. www.libertylondon.com
*In Store*  Bees are very popular at the moment and they are featured in many fashion items from printed fabrics to jewellery like in those chokers by Olivia Burton. They are made of gold plated metal, nickel free and they are an online exclusive only. Available in silver plated, yellow and rose gold plated, they will be perfect worn on a high neck top so that it will be a background for the bee pendant. www.oliviaburton.com
*Not Yet*  Keep your eyes peeled on Phase Eight website in order to snap up this beautiful bangle in gold plated metal. I can see it over a dark coloured sleeve so that it will show its intricate design.
A bracelet like this will jazz up any outfit and its rich colour will suit any complexion.
*Not Yet*  I love Labradorite and this necklace with two different kind of labradorite set in it by Pippa Small is my dream necklace. In the last few seasons, this semi precious stone has become very popular and this jewellery designer has been featuring it in several of her collections. It is not yet available, so keep an eye on the website  in order to buy this beautiful piece with a stone that has got energising powers. www.pippasmall.com

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Preview AW17: Jackets

Jackets are those kind of outwear that takes you from summer to winter and keeping you warm. And then there are jackets that you can wear in cold winter for a sportier look. I love jackets because they've got lots of pockets and they are comfortable when travelling on public transport. See my pick for AW17.

*In Store*  a leather jacket can rock up any outfit. This Black Drummer Boy faux leather jacket is by Red Herring for Debenhams. It is machine washable which is a great bonus and it is already available in  stores and online. Here it has been styled with a Red Herring skirt which is not available yet and a pair of jeans. www.debenhams.com
*Not Yet* Who loves a splash of colour ? This jacket by East will tick all the boxes. Made  using very hearty nuances, this jacket spells "Autumn" from every thread. It is not yet in store but be sure to know when it will hit the rails by checking the website or visiting one of its stores. www.east.co.uk
*Not Yet*  The whole outfit is gorgeous but let's focus on the jacket. It is from George at Asda and it is a faux shearling jacket in a rich burgundy colour. It is not yet in store and this time I'm going to beat everyone because I live just opposite an Asda store and I will snap it up in no time. The jumper and the culotte are not in store either but check the website and the stores frequently to know when they will hit the rails. www.direct.asda.com
*In Store*  This Maison de Nimes Faux Leather Biker Jacket is available at House of Fraser in this slate colour, softer than the usual black seen in leather jackets and alike. It is machine washable with quilting details and it is perfect for the autumn weather. Its sizes goes from 6 to 18. www.houseoffraser.co.uk
*In Store*  This amazing lambskin mid length jacket is by Longchamp, part of the range  matching shoes and bags. It is a patchwork pattern of metallic and glossy leather and velvet for a unique garment that will last forever. This is a real statement and investment piece. www.uk.longchamp.com
*Not Yet*  Burgundy is one of this season colours  and nothing like it reminds us of the coming Autumn. M & Co has got in its collection this faux fur lined aviator jacket. It is not yet available but keep on checking at its website to locate one of the M & Co stores and when it will be up for grabs. www.mandco.com
*Not Yet* I've got a penchant for aviator and biker jackets. This gorgeous piece is by Marc Cain in real lambskin and fur. The colour is amazing with this light teal outer and lined with purple fur. Another statement piece to be added on our wish list, maybe for Christmas ? Print the page and leave it around, who knows it might arrive nicely wrapped. It is not yet in store but checking it frequently will let you know when it will be available. www.marc-cain.com
*Not Yet*  Metallic is still big this coming season and Marks & Spencer will bring on its rails this beautiful metallic silver puffa gilet. With plenty of zipped pockets this gilet is perfect for layering and it will catch all the sun rays. Visit the stores or check online to know when it will be available. www.marksandspencer.com
*Not Yet*  I love the warm embrace given by the lining of this jacket by New Look. Its metallic brocade fabric  makes it a very festive item that can be worn during all those Christmas parties where the dresses are always quite skimpy. Check its arrival in store or online and make it yours. www.newlook.com
*Not Yet*  This is another dream jacket by Peacocks. It is oversized in faux  shearling, black with burgundy lining. You can spot a winner straightaway here so make sure to be among the first to own it once it lands in stores or online. www.peacocks.co.uk
*Not Yet*  Denim is always present all year round, so rather than layer jacket over jacket head to River Island where you will find this fantastic denim jacket with faux fur lining so you won't have to give up on your favourite garments when it's too cold. It is not yet available so a visit every now and then in store and online will tell you when it will hit the rails.  www.riverisland.com
*Not Yet*  The grey outer is counterbalanced by a bright purple lining for this jacket by White Stuff. A great garment for layering or for those days that are not quite cold and not warm either.  The grey colour is perfect because it matches anything and it can be worn with dresses, or trousers, depending how you style the jacket it can be quite sporty or for a smarter occasion like at work. Not yet in store but check the website frequently for more updates on its arrival. www.whitestuff.com

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Preview AW17: Hats

Hats are essential during the cold months and wearing one can fend off colds and flu as well as being a fashion trend that never dies. I love hats and I've got quite a few, among others some vintage from my grandmother. Nothing is better that having your ears covered by soft wool or fur either real or faux fur. See what 's in store or yet to come.
*Not Yet*  Aldo Shoes has got a great range of accessories and these two beanie hats will be available in the next few weeks. I love the crystals applications and the brooches that transform a quite sporty hat in something glamorous. Check their arrival in store or online. www.aldoshoes.com
*Not Yet*  I've seen F&F at Tesco collection for AW17 and I've loved many items that are going to be in store. This bobble hat is lovely and the faux fur multicoloured pompom  will put a spark on any outfit. It comes with a matching scarf so in order to be one of the first to snap up the whole set check the store and the website regularly. www.tesco.com
*Not Yet*  Another bobble hat, this time from Joules with double pompom for a playful look. This hat looks so warm and I'm sure it will cover your ears from that snappy cold. It is not yet in store so check online for its arrival. www.joules.com
*Not Yet*  This 1970s style baker boy hat is gorgeous. It will be soon in store at M & Co and it is perfect for those not too cold days but still a hat is needed to keep your head warm and also because it complements an outfit. Check the website regularly to see when it will be stocked and to locate your nearest shop. www.mandco.com

*Not Yet*  If you want to embrace the animal print trend that is still big for this season, this hat by Marc Cain will be perfect. With its wide brim it will cover your eyes from the winter sun and it will keep your head warm. Match it with a trench coat and boots for a Hollywood 1970s star style. It is not yet available but check the website  so you can snap it up as soon as it will hit the shelves. www.marc-cain.com
*Not Yet*  These metallic textured bobble hats are gorgeous. Marks & Spencer gave a twist to this winter staple, glamming it up. Either in silver or rose gold I am sure that they will fly from the shelves so better to check the website and the stores regularly in order to be among the first to own one. www.marksandspencer.com
*Not Yet*  A beret is always a classic and it suits all. Also it is one of those hats that can be stored in your handbag and fish it out when needed. This beret by Matalan has got "pearls" stitched on it for a sophisticated look. Embrace your Parisian streak as soon as it will land in store. www.matalan.co.uk

*Not Yet* A furry hat couldn't be excluded from this post. These two baker boy hats are from River Island, the grey one is simple with no embellishment and the pink one has got  a row of "pearls" stitched on the front for a more glamorous style. Wait for their arrival by checking in store and online. www.riverisland.com
*Not Yet*  Lichen green for this lovely bobble hat by White Stuff with its faux fur pompom.  This coming season sees this colour featured in many garments at White Stuff and it really is great on anyone and it  suits any complexion and hair colour. Check its arrival online and in store. www.whitestuff.com