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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Ways to Wear Strong Pastels | Mint, Pink & Lilac

Pink, mint & purple
I think the end of April signifies full-blown spring, so we are ON with the pastels, people. And there's no better way to kick-start pastels than with the introduction of some new mint trousers from Marks & Spencer - oh how these tailored beauties have exorcised some demons for me! Long-time readers may remember the Mint Chinos Debacle of 2012, where a bottle of orange nail polish and some brand new chinos both met a fateful death. So when M&S asked me if I wanted to review a piece from their Leading Ladies collection (the TV campaign with Emma Thompson, Alek Wek & co), I couldn't have been happier to see a pair of tailored mint trousers with my name on them.

I'm glad to say those demons have now been exorcised once and for all (I know, I know - so dramatic); this is the best pair of cropped summer trousers you could ever want. They're high-waisted and fit perfectly on my waist, a great length (I'm 5'7" and chose the standard length), and at less than forty quid they're incredible value... top marks, Marks & Spencer. I teamed them with lots of lovely strong pastels, including my pink thrifted sweater, cute woven clutch from Lulus and Anna Lou of London yellow leather studded bracelet.

Pastels have been big news now for a few springs in a row and don't seem to be going away any time soon - are you rocking the pastels again this year? What are your favourite hues? Do share in the comments!

Pink, mint & purple
Pink, mint & lemon
Pink, mint & blush
Aviators & pink
Catherine x
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Sweater: Thrifted, Trousers: c/o Marks & Spencer, Heels: Zalando, Clutch: c/o Lulus, Leather bracelet: c/o Anna Lou of London, Sunglasses: Asos, Watch: Asos, Nails: Essie Turquoise & Caicos


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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Mint Suede Jacket & Bunny Ears Bag for Spring

Mint jacket & skinny flares
I don't think I could have produced a more spring-like set of photos on Easter Sunday for you! These were taken in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace where the daffodils and blossom were in full bloom; it was really quite beautiful. The gardens were the ideal setting for my Gray & Osbourn mint-coloured suede jacket which is gorgeously soft and perfectly suited to this time of year in the UK. Although I wore wedge trainers and jeans for another day of sightseeing, the jacket deserved a touch of glam so I also wore my drop crystal earrings from Topshop - I mentioned the other day that I've started to get a bit obsessed with these types of earrings. I want a pair in every colour going...!

And have you noticed that I've also sported a bunny-ears bag on my Easter Sunday post? Pure coincidence, I tell you. Pure coincidence ;)

What are you wearing this weekend? Any Easter-inspired outfits like me? Do share in the comments!

Mint jacket & skinny flares
Mint jacket & skinny flares
Mint jacket & skinny flares
Mint jacket & crystal earrings
Catherine x
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Jacket: c/o Gray & Osbourn (now on sale!), Jeans: Asos, Wedge trainers: Asos (similar), Earrings: Topshop, Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (also in brown & tortoiseshell), Rabbit ears bag: Asos, Watch: Asos







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Friday, 18 April 2014

A Dandelion Print Top, Go Faster Stripes & Butterflies

Floral print top, black stripe taupe pants & flat cap
Our trip to London the other week gave us the opportunity to visit the Natural History Museum and see the butterflies exhibition in a marquee - which in turn gave me the perfect reason to wear my lovely new dandelion print top from Lulus. If ever there was a time to wear a floral top this is it! I don't know if floral prints really make a difference, because the butterflies not only landed on my top a lot (see images below) but also on my cap. To be honest there were so many beauties flying about it was hard to escape them using you as a landing pad...!

A day of walking round London and especially a museum (and getting what I call "museum legs" where they ache because you've been walking about reeeeally slowly) called for comfort - I was glad my white loafers were so comfy, and the black and taupe trousers with the go-faster stripes were so much better than skinny jeans. I know you're really meant to wear heels with this kind of style, but a day of sightseeing meant flats and comfy pants - the marquee was hot and humid so thank goodness I wore loose clothing. You can't tell from the photos, but the trousers are silky soft and I love them and the gorgeous print of the top. Thank you Lulus for sending me this lovely outfit, it's a total winner.

Do you have a favourite outfit that's as comfy to wear as it is stylish? Or do you think you can't have both? Let me know in the comments!

Floral print top, black stripe taupe pants
Floral print top, black stripe taupe pants
Floral print top & taupe flat cap
Yellow & black butterfly
Butterfly

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