Monday, 20 April 2015

How to Style Dark Denim Flares | With a Boxy Print Top and White Cut Out Bomber Jacket

White cut out jacket, black and white boxy top, dark flared denim
The trend for flared denim (and all things 70s, let's be honest) seems to have really caught on this year - I never thought I'd go back to them after loving skinnies for so long, but as always I'm having to eat my words when it comes to trends rolling around again...!

These dark denim flares are so old I can't even tell (or remember) where they're from, but they'll do for now until I track down the best high waisted flares I can find (I'm thinking Paige Denim Canyon bell bottom jeans or Hudson Taylor flare jeans perhaps). They're quite hard to style second time around; the biggest problem is footwear. I have a few pairs of brown and tan chunky-heeled sandals and shoes that would work well with them, but I wanted to wear my lovely black and white boxy print top from Cavells (the brand is Bitte Kai Rand and I adore the loose shape and graphic print) so black wedges were better this time.

The white cut out bomber jacket is from Asos - I'd had my eye on it for ages - and as the weather has warmed up a lot recently I can now wear it without the natural 'ventilation holes' making me cold. It's made of scuba fabric (gawd I'm loving scuba fabric lately) and it's lovely and squidgy with edgy embroidery detail.

Just one thing - Boys: please don't touch flared jeans with a bargepole. We've only just managed to convince you that they're really rather dated for men, so please stick to skinnies/slim legs for now. I beg of you.

Are you on board with the trend for flared jeans? What cut and colour are you going for?

White cut out jacket, black and white graphic top
White cut out jacket, black and white boxy top, dark flared denim
White cut out jacket, black and white graphic boxy top, dark flared denim
White cut out jacket, black and white boxy top
White cut out jacket, black and white boxy top
Jacket: Asos | Top: Bitte Kai Rand c/o Cavells | Jeans: Old, unknown (similar) | Wedges: Asos | Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar) | Earrings: Old, unknown | Bracelets: Asos | Necklace: c/o Front Row Shop | Nails: Barry M gnp3 Watermelon

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Catherine x
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Friday, 17 April 2015

What I'm Wearing to the UK Blog Awards Tonight | Wish Me Luck!

Burgundy pointed heels, blue clutch and patterned dress
The wait is finally over... tonight I'll be attending the UK Blog Awards where I'm nominated for Best Individual Fashion and Retail Blog - I just wanted to give you a little sneak preview of what I'm wearing and to say thank you for all sorts of reasons. Hmm that sounds like a premature acceptance speech, doesn't it?!

First of all I want to thank (now that really does sound like a speech) YOU if you voted for me to be shortlisted way back in November - thanks to you I'm up for a major award, and for that I am truly grateful. And secondly, even if you didn't vote, weren't able to vote, or are a new reader, I'm still eternally grateful because without your support, interaction and love sent my way I wouldn't be where I am now: blogging professionally and loving it. You guys are as much a part of my blog as I am, and the fabulous comments I receive and emails I get from my readers make all the difference to its success. I appreciate each and every effort made to interact with me and your loyalty is incredibly touching.

So THANK YOU, I love you all!!

I'll leave it there I think - either way, win or lose, I still get to go to a big awards bash in a full length vintage dress (this is a proper I-feel-like-a-princess dress, I can't wait to show it to you in full in a proper outfit post) and that's half the fun, right? I can't wait.

Wish me luck - I'll keep you updated on Twitter!
Catherine x
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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Classic Denim Dungarees and Patterned Bow Blouse | La Redoute Brand Ambassador Post

Blue denim dungarees (overalls), patterned Peter Pan collar shirt
This has to be my favourite go-to outfit for crazy-weather season: classic denim dungarees and a pretty patterned bow blouse (both La Redoute). As long as the sun doesn't get too hot (which it has done, weirdly, in the last couple of days) then this is perfect for spring. I'm not afraid to admit I feel more than a touch Beverly Hillbillies in it, but as I was a fan of the black and white TV series when I was a kid - yes I'm that old! - that's no bad thing.

I've wanted a pair of classic blue denim dungarees for absolutely years. I have a pair of grey Asos ones but they're not the traditional style like these with the front clasps, and with this pair I can do the whole one-side-undone-look with a white tank and look like a female car mechanic or something... there's so many different personas I can take on with them ;)

This is my penultimate La Redoute brand ambassador post I'm sad to say. I've held the position for nearly a year now and have really enjoyed seeing their new collections each season and sharing my French-style outfits with you. Check out all my ambassador posts here - I'm thinking of doing a round up of the best from the last 12 months, so watch out for that!

I know they divide opinion but are you a "yay" or a "nay" when it comes to dungarees (or overalls as the say across the pond)? Many think they're unflattering but I don't care when they're this classic...!

Blue denim dungarees (overalls), patterned Peter Pan collar shirt and heeled clogs
Blue denim dungarees (overalls), patterned shirt and heeled clogs
Blue denim dungarees (overalls), patterned Peter Pan collar shirt
Blue denim dungarees (overalls), patterned Peter Pan collar shirt
Blouse: c/o La Redoute | Dungarees: c/o La Redoute | Heels: New Look, old (I like these ones which are perfect for this year's 70s flares trend) | Bag: Accessorize (I like this one) | Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar)

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Catherine x
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P.S. Like this post? You might also enjoy other ways I've styled dungarees: French Style with Breton stripes | With a black leather jacket & Adidas Superstars | With a bejeweled beanie & polka dots | With Carrie Bradshaw style curls & pink heels

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I am a brand ambassador for La Redoute after winning a competition to find two bloggers to represent the brand for 2014-15. The prize included a budget to spend at La Redoute each month. All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.