Friday, 30 May 2014

Summer-Style Colour Blocking | With TM Lewin Womenswear

Colour blocking, summer style
How beautiful is this coloured blocked blouse? There's nothing more satisfying than the simple way that summer allows us to dress: a summer dress and heels? Done. Jeans and t-shirt? Done. Statement blouse and trousers? Done, done, and done. This simple (but extremely elegant) coloured-blocked Tracy placket blouse was sent to me by TM Lewin - a great British brand known for their menswear, but it turns out their womenswear is just as luxurious and beautifully designed. The Peter Pan collar gives it that feminine touch and the blue is the perfect shade for summer - plus I love buttons that are covered at the front.

And who would have thought sky blue would go so well with mint? With bold black and white and a flash of gold, this is my go-to smart look for this summer. If the sun ever makes an appearance, that is...!


Are you still loving the colour-blocked trend? If so, what colours are you favouring - do let me know in the comments!


Colour blocking, summer style
Colour blocking, summer style
Colour blocking, summer style
Colour blocking, summer style
Want to treat your man? Don't forget to enter my Menswear Giveaway to win one of two white classic Oxford button down shirts!

Classic white button down men's giveaway

Catherine x
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Blouse: c/o TM Lewin, Trousers: c/o Marks & Spencer, Bag: Next, Heels: c/o Matalan, Bracelet: Asos, Watch: Asos, Rings: Asos, Nails: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Lychee



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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

The Block Heel Shoes Trend & Summer Pattern Mixing

Summery pattern mixing
If you're afraid of pattern mixing I'd better warn you: there's some serious mixing going on in this outfit with a patterned dress, neck scarf and striped top all fighting for attention! When you wait for warm weather in the UK sometimes you wait a long time, and at the weekend I was determined to wear my Fever London summer dress come rain or shine. I was fine as I layered it with a stripey top and neck scarf - I didn't set out to mix patterns so much but it was more out of practicality that I ended up with an explosion of prints.

The fabulous surprise with this outfit was how flattering these gorgeous block heel two tone flats from Daniel Footwear were - I'm happy to wear flats, as long as it's with trousers or jeans only. However, I've been wanting to try the block heel trend for a while, and I had an idea that a pointed toe and a low block heel could actually be flattering with a skirt or dress (on me)... I was proved right! I just adore these flats - believe me when I say they are incredibly comfortable. I was able to walk around in them for several hours without any trouble and didn't have to break them in; they have a lovely 60s vibe and have totally converted me to the block heel trend. They're available in beige and black too if you're not sold on the yellow, but you know me: brights all the way :)


Have you tried the block heel trend yet? Do you love it in a low or high heel - or both? I'd love to know your thoughts, do share in the comments!


Sixties style two tone block heel flats
Summery pattern mixing
Mixing patterns
Catherine x
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Shoes: c/o Daniel Footwear, Dress: Fever London, Striped top: Primark, Scarf: Asos, Bag: Accessorize, Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar), Watch: Asos


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Monday, 26 May 2014

How To Style a Blue-Gold Suit | Menswear, Modelled by the Husband

Menswear: Grey suit with white shirt
A few firsts for my blog: menswear ideas on how to style a blue-gold suit, the first post taken over entirely by my husband, and outfits photos shot entirely by yours truly. I hope you'll take a minute to check out these images of a beautiful suit that I styled for him and actually got to photograph - it was great to flex my photography skills for a change.

I was approached by retro and mod menswear brand Adaptor Clothing, who wanted to know if I wanted to get behind the camera for a change and style my other half in a suit and shirt. As many of you know I did a photography degree and once wanted to be a fashion photographer, so there was no way I was going to let this chance slip through my fingers. The question was, did I still have an eye for it?


The suit we chose is the Adaptor Mod 60's Retro 3 Button Slim Suit - although it looks blue-grey, the colour is actually blue-gold. It has a beautiful gold sheen to it when you catch it in the light, and we both agreed that for a ready-made suit the quality is just wonderful, and the retro detailing and slim trouser legs definitely give it that Mad Men feel. The shirt we chose was a classic Oxford white button-down by Ben Sherman, which was also a really good quality shirt. After much trying-on of different ties we decided to go tie-less in the end, and added simple but striking details with a plain white pocket square and red socks with tan brogues. And scroll down for the chance to win one of two of these white Oxford shirts in my giveaway!

Menswear: Grey suit, red socks & tan brogues
Menswear: Grey suit, red socks & tan brogues
Grey suit, red socks & tan brogues
Menswear: Grey suit with white shirt
Menswear: Classic white shirt
Menswear: Grey suit, red socks & tan brogues
Menswear: Grey suit with white shirt
Menswear: Grey suit, red socks & tan brogues
Menswear: Grey suit with white shirt
Menswear: Grey suit with white shirt
Menswear: Grey suit, red socks & tan brogues
I'd like to think I haven't completely lost my touch as I'm pretty pleased with these pictures (I apologise for my inability to cut them down to my usual four or five) - and I have to say, I think Mr. Summers has somewhat upstaged me. On his first ever appearance, as well... le sigh. I've totally gained my own mini Zoolander - he said he didn't know how to pose and of course I gave him direction, but he does look like he's been doing this for years. Many thanks to Adaptor Clothing for giving me the opportunity to both style and photograph a shoot for a change, and of course for the fabulous shirt and suit - we had a lot of fun, even though it took ten times longer than my outfit shoots do :)


International Giveaway

How would you like the chance to win one of these classic white Oxford shirts? I have two to giveaway (both size Large, 16.5" collar, for up to a 42" chest) - all you have to do is enter via the widget below... good luck!

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Have you ever featured your other half on your blog - if so, how did it go (him modelling and you photographing)? And did you ever think there's maybe more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good looking? (I do hope that joke's not lost on anyone...) 

Catherine x
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Suit: c/o Adaptor Clothing, Ben Sherman shirt: c/o Adaptor Clothing, Pocket square: Debenhams (similar), Brogues: Office (similar), Glasses: Kyusu

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

A Postcard from Paris with La Redoute - La Deuxième Partie

Postcards from Paris with La Redoute
Part two of my trip to Paris in my role as a La Redoute brand ambassador - this was the day we had a tour of the boutiques and experienced yet more amazing food (well, you know - when in Rome...)! It was the best day weather-wise - we missed the rain and had a beautiful spring day to hit the shops: La Redoute had arranged for a guide to show us round and take us to all the best places. If you really want to do some serious clothes shopping whilst in Paris, I can thoroughly recommend getting a guide to take you round. We went to smaller boutiques which were perfect for spending the money myself and the other ambassador Nicolette were given to treat ourselves with; I've already posted about the sequinned stripe top that I ended up buying from Les Petites which you can read about here.

For another day of walking and sightseeing I wore my comfy sandals with my trusty nude pleated maxi skirt and my La Redoute embroidered black sweatshirt - pretty neutral for me, but it did have the most amazingly bright colours in the detail. So until next weekend where I'll show the photos from day three, here's a few shots from our shopping trip day and a day of Parisian foodie treats!


Embroidered sweatshirt & pleated maxi skirt
La Redoute embroidered sweatshirt
La Redoute Ambassadors Catherine & Nicolette with Sarah & Annie
Above left: Myself and Nicolette of Archie and the Rug - La Redoute's two brand ambassadors for the year. Plus the most gorgeous accessory of the trip: four-month-old Sebastian. Above right: Our wonderful chaperones from La Redoute, Sarah and Annie. I couldn't have spent my time with three nicer girls!

Saint Laurent, Paris
Flowers, Paris
Flowers, Paris
The window displays and flower stalls are just as beautiful as you'd expect - peonies have just come into season so they were everywhere, and in every shade imaginable. I desperately wanted to buy a ton of them, but it's not the sort of thing you can take back on the train and carry easily with luggage :(

Laduree, Paris - macarons
Laduree, Paris - patisserie
If you make a trip to Paris, you simply MUST visit Ladurée. Known for their macarons and jaw-droppingly beautiful selection of cakes, it also boasts a stunning restaurant - we went to the one at 21 rue Bonaparte. The interior is nothing short of exquisite, and as we were saving our tummies for a much larger meal in the evening we all went for something lighter, and my Salade Concorde (below) was almost too beautiful to eat. In fact I sat admiring it for quite a while until I had the heart to dig in. The French really, really know how to do food and how to present it in the most stunning way.

Laduree, Paris - Salade Concorde
Paris architecture
Paris architecture
So as the sun came out we took in the architecture, spent our day at a leisurely pace and thoroughly enjoyed spending some money on clothes and having a proper girls shopping trip out. I wore the top I bought that evening and took a quick selfie in the bathroom when we went out for dinner. I can't think of a better place to do all that than Paris, can you?!

Breton striped sequinned top

Part three next weekend - I hope you've enjoyed my pictures of the trip, and I apologise for the fact that I've probably made you very hungry with those pictures of the food...! Have you ever experienced wonderful French cuisine, either in Paris or elsewhere? Or have you ever had a private tour of a city, and how did you find it? Do share in the comments!

Catherine x
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Sweater: c/o La Redoute, Skirt: New Look (old), Sandals: c/o Lulus, Bag: c/o La Redoute, Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar)





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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. La Redoute paid for the trip and all expenses. All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.
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