Saturday, 31 August 2013

Get The Beatnik Look With Slim Black Jeans & Parisienne Touches

Beatnik style: Breton stripes, headscarf & black skinny jeans
Black and white stripes, black skinnies, ballet pumps and bongos... oh là là I've gone all Beatnik style on you. There couldn't be a more simple (and stylish) look to emulate than the look which is beautifully summed up in this clip of Audrey Hepburn dancing in the movie Funny Face - gotta love her.

So when Wallis asked me to review a pair of jeans from their 216 Denim Collection, I went for the Black Slim Leg Jeans, which I specifically chose for two reasons: 1. I've been hankering after dresses worn over jeans a lot lately, so I thought the flat front and zip on the side would be perfect for creating a smooth silhouette, and 2. My ballet pumps have been crying out for the perfect pair of fitted black jeans just to get the Beatnik look for ages. And I'm pleased to say they fitted like a dream! Comfy with plenty of stretch, no gaping on the waist and beautifully smooth for layering. The rest of the outfit was easy: Ray-Bans, Breton stripes, a vintage head scarf and bongos (which I'm learning to play. Slowly).


I have to mention the beautiful vintage scarf: this was a birthday present - see the pictures below for what the pattern looks like. How appropriate that the Eiffel Tower is on it, considering I think Beatnik style is just so French, mes chéris! If you want to get an Eiffel Tower scarf similar to mine, click here for ones you can buy on Etsy, there's some real vintage beauties there.


It may not look like it, but I was actually playing (probably badly) the bongos when the photos were taken... it's something that I've always, always, wanted to learn to do. Not really a bucket list thing, just more of a hankering to learn a new skill that would surprise people. How about you - any weird and wonderful new skills you're hankering to acquire?  Do share them in the comments!


Beatnik style: Breton stripes, headscarf & black skinny jeans
Beatnik style: Breton stripes, headscarf & black skinny jeans
Beatnik style: Breton stripes, headscarf & black skinny jeans
Skinny black jeans, Breton stripes & ballet pumps
RayBan Wayfarers, headscarf & Breton stripes
Vintage Cacharel Eiffel Tower silk scarf
Catherine x
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Scarf: Vintage, gift (from Magpie & Bear), Top: Asos, Jeans: courtesy of Wallis, Ballet pumps: Debenhams, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban Wayfarers, Gold rings: Asos, Bongos: Gift (these ones are almost identical)







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Wallis kindly gifted me these jeans. All opinions are my own, however, and 100% honest.
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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Bold Neon Stripes With Muted Denim

Neon striped jacket & teal jeans
Bold neon stripes are just so perfect for summer. A lot of people shy away from neon but I think when it's pink it can be super-flattering; I still love the colour combo and scalloped edge of this jacket (which I've worn a few times on the blog now). This time I went daytime casual with my muted teal skinny jeans and sandals that have a neon pink trim - and somehow my hairbun ended up being just about the most enormous I've ever seen it. I always use a hair donut, but boy - that day it was super-poofy...!

As there's only a few days of summer (i.e. August) left I think I'm having a wear-everything-summery-before-it-gets-colder kind of panic - every morning at the moment I look at my wardrobe and think What can I wear that's bright. Reeeeally bright. I'm such a hot weather girl, I check the weather report every morning and evening, and feel a little jump in my heart when I see lots of big round sunshine icons for the day ahead.

Is it just a British thing, checking the weather report like a crazy person every day? Or does everyone the world over do this... tell me in the comments, do!

Neon striped jacket & teal jeans
Neon striped jacket, teal jeans & candy pink manicure
Neon striped jacket & hair bun
P.S. I have three winners of my giveaway! Congratulations to Bella Q, Annette and Tracey, who each win two free months advertising on my blog (a Featured, Medium and Small ad respectively). Their ads will run from 1st September :)
Catherine x
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Blazer: River Island (old), Jeans: Toast, Belt: La Redoute, Sandals: Next, Hairbun: Asos, Sunglasses: French Connection at Asos, Chevron rings: Asos, Nails: Revlon Pink Lingerie








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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

My All-Time Favourite Dresses from the Movies

My all-time favourite movie dresses
Since I was small, I've loved watching movies for the clothes that were worn in them as much as the movies themselves. It's safe to say I've probably always had a Top Ten of silver screen outfits milling around in my head - and it's the iconic movie dresses that sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars (or millions) at auction and inspire endless copycat recreations. Think of some of the most well-known ones: a blue and white gingham pinafore dress? The Wizard of Oz. A backless, floor-length emerald beauty with spaghetti straps? Atonement. An ivory pleated halter neck (accessorised with a subway grate)? The Seven Year Itch.

So in partnership with the Jacques Vert Collection Available from John Lewis, I thought I'd share just a small selection of what I personally consider some of the most fabulous - and memorable - movie dresses of all time. These five show how modern designs often have more than a hint of nostalgia about them, and recreating these iconic looks is easy with these gorgeous, easy-to-wear designs!


Which of these silver screen looks is your favourite - and what's your number one movie outfit of all time? Let me know in the comments!


Basic Instinct - Jacques Vert Powder Puff Shift Dress, Cream
I was 20 when Basic Instinct came out at the cinema, and I can recall drooling over Sharon Stone's uber-chic minimalist wardrobe. She was as cool and sophisticated as I was grungy (well I was an art college student at the time), and apart from the er, obvious reason this scene was famous*, it should also be remembered for her stunning white dress and coat ensemble. This cream Jacques Vert Powder Puff Shift Dress is a beautiful, very wearable version (I think the round neck and longer hemline are actually more flattering for most of us than her short shift with a roll-neck) - I'm loving the black trim and the pleat detail at the neck.

*If you don't know what I'm referring to, then Google "Basic Instinct interrogation scene". I wouldn't recommend it to the very easily shocked, however.

Some Like It Hot - Jacques Vert Beaded Dress, Black
You wouldn't think that Marilyn Monroe could pull off a 1920s flapper look, but she sure rocked her own version in Some Like It Hot (1959), pouring her curves into a figure-hugging tassle dress. Due to The Great Gatsby remake, the flapper look has been huge this year, and the stunning Jacques Vert Beaded Black Dress has the tiers and beads that capture Twenties chic beautifully. If you wanted to go full-on Sugar Kane, you could even get yourself a ukulele to really complete the look...!

Rear Window - Jacques Vert Statement Floral Dress, Multi
Grace Kelly was the epitome of class, and she oozed style and sophistication. In the brilliant Hitchcock classic Rear Window she wore a typical 50s floral dress with a pearl choker, and this Jacques Vert Statement Floral Dress is a dead ringer for it. I have a sneaking suspicion that she may be holding a Hermès Kelly bag in this scene - the film was made around the time the bag was named after her. So if you've got a spare $6,000(!) lying around then you too could be the proud owner of a brand new Grace Kelly classic...!

Grease - Jacques Vert Organza Leaf Dress, Orange
As soon as I saw the Jacques Vert Organza Leaf Dress I thought of the prom dance scene in Grease, and the pale creamy-yellow sundress that Sandy wore whilst dancing with Danny Zuko. (She was, of course, cruelly robbed of winning the dance contest because of that scheming Cha Cha DiGregorio - I loved the character of Sandy when I was a kid, and I never quite got over Danny's betrayal. I was gutted for her.) At the beginning of the scene she wore a really cute sheer cape, so the addition of a rose corsage at the waist, some chunky T-bar sandals and an embellished cape to this peach sundress makes it so retro prom-style.

Breakfast At Tiffany's - Jacques Vert Shimmer Shift Dress, Fuchsia
Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Is there a more iconic movie character in terms of fashion history? You couldn't have a "best movie dresses" list without including examples from Blake Edwards's pièce de résistance, Fred darling. It's simply too gruesome...! I'm sure most people would immediately think of the long black Givenchy masterpiece in the opening credits, but I personally always preferred the pink dress she wore with the towering pink tiara and pink satin coat. The Jacques Vert Shimmer Shift Dress in Fuchsia is the perfect shade of pink for a modern recreation of this look, and paired with some of the pieces below you've got yourself a Holly Golightly-inspired outfit right there - and don't you forget it!

(I've seen the film a lot, so apologies for the Holly Golightly-isms - I just couldn't help it...!)
Catherine x
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Photo credits: Rear WindowBasic InstinctSome Like It HotGreaseBreakfast at Tiffanys

This post was written in collaboration with John Lewis John Lewis. All opinions are my own, however, and 100% honest.
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

How to Style a Grey Jumpsuit | With Coloured Heels & A Panama Hat

Grey jumpsuit & Panama hat
I have wanted a jumpsuit for simply ages, and this steel grey, silky beauty with a sweeping asymmetric front drape from Oasap ticked all the boxes for me. The problem with jumpsuits - a bit like dresses - is that once you've put them on, there doesn't seem to be much left you can add to complete your look... it's a ready-made outfit. So in my constant need to accessorise (I just can't leave well alone), I added my ever-faithful Panama hat, purple heels and fair bit of gold jewellery.

As well as that impressive sweep of fabric it's the small details of this all-in-one that I love: the pleats by the pockets, the notched lapels, the turnup cuffs on the sleeves. It also amuses me that this year I've become a dungarees and jumpsuit owner. What about you - have you jumped on the jumpsuit train yet? And if so, how do you style yours... I'm intrigued to find out how you ring the changes!

Grey jumpsuit & Panama hat
Grey jumpsuit & gold flower necklace
Grey jumpsuit & Panama hat
Grey jumpsuit & Panama hat
Grey jumpsuit
I'll be picking the winners of my giveaway later today - keep an eye on your Inbox if you entered :)
Catherine x
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Jumpsuit: courtesy of Oasap, Panama hat: Tumi Crafts, Heels: Zalando, Necklace: Asos, Watch: Asos, Wide B&W cuff: New Look, Other bracelets: H&M, Debenhams




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