These early starts are becoming somewhat of a habit. Approximately 10 hours sleep over the last three nights and i am still alive and kicking. Slightly worrying really! With my morning fix of The Liver Birds and Bread (living in the 80's much??!) my mood is bound to start off great! Not to mention the sun still shining and a lovely short shift at work! I am well aware that my posts have been few and far between of late, and not very fashion orientated at that! As a result i have been ctaching up on my daily emails and picking out the best of the buys. The one thing i do love is how much the high-street shops are changing. Anytime i venture into H&M or Zara i must find a whole host of things i could buy. With the majority being clones of the catwalk!!!
My most favoured look this season simply has to be the floral, tropical inspired! Or as Net-A-Porter so aptly calls it 'Birds of Paradise.'
A basic cut with a beautiful print. Perfect for this summer sun! Go for the bohemian chic and team with a flowing nude maxi (American Apparel!) or skinnies for a more relaxed feel. The bright denims are still going, and if you're not in the league for J-Brands then head to the high street and pick up a pair for £40 and under!
I am never one to be seen without a blazer. Over a dress, a jersey tee, with leggings, jeans or skirt, they really are the buy for the season. Now this may be slightly out of your price range so an easy alternative is to head down to Zara. They have a whole collection in this tropical print and the blazers are amazing. A lightweight cotton makes it totally suitable for this warmer weather we have been enjoying and they come at a totally affordable price, ranging betwen £40-£70 ♥
Collette by Collette Dinningan, £325.
I have never been much of a summer dress person. Tight-fitting, LBD's and such like then yes! As for pretty, girly numbers...not so much! However, times they are a-changing. This i love due to the old-school print and it's ideal with ballet pumps, Cons or heels. I understand that most would pair with sandals, i refuse to wear these other than on holiday!! Nicely cinched in with a belt will make it easy to take from the office to the cocktail bar!
Now, River Island is fast becoming an iconic high-street store. What with the return of the more vintage line Chelsea Girl (RI's name back in the day!) girls everywhere are rocking some of their key pieces...including me! They have a vast array of summer dresses, much like the one pictured here! Stripes, florals, prints, easy to wear and take from day to night! And more importantly well within the price range! Definitely the place to hit this summer ♥
Proenza Schouler, £335.
Speaking of belts, this is just perfect! Navy and yellow don't only look perfect together, but the prints are in keepng with the season and the look is still on the vintage side of it. Yes the price is somewhat questionable but everyone has their favourite hidey-hole for accessories. Wrap around belts, thin, wide, neon and muted tones, Primark is the best place to hit for the belt you'll wear and then forget about (or is that just me??!)
Charlotte Olympia, £675.
Right from the Dries Van Noten of last season, i fell instantly in love with the perspex heel! I knew that it only had to be a matter of time before high street shops did their own version. Imagine my delight when i walked into Oxford Street Topshop and Zara to see shoes with clear embellishment. A real life Cinderella with the glass (plastic!) slipper, who's going to be the one to leave it on the stairway of their favourite watering hole??! And is Prince Charming really going to find it??! Ah who cares, these shoes are To. Die. For ♥
Topshop, Miss. Selfridge, H&M, Forever 21, Mikey...the list is endless and they are all featuring accessories adorned with feathers and laden with diamantes and charms!!
There really is only one look to be working this season. Just stepped off a yacht in St. Tropez (Cornwall) or lounging in the Caribbean (Ibiza) it works anywhere and for anyone. Be it bright and girly or chic and sophisticated it will definitely leave you with that much needed Summer feeling!!!Xxx
P.S. I will just stick with my own dream...sorry, fantasy...