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