My wardrobe is a complete mix-up of designer and highstreet and I am not ashamed to admit… a healthy dollop of Primark can also be found lurking in the shadows. I think managing to pair your favourite designer investments with cheaper highstreet buys is the key in nailing the latest look whilst not breaking the bank.
Isabel Marant is copied season after season and although I may have indulged in a few pieces over the seasons I can’t justify over £400 on a sweater that is a trend piece… so when I saw Primarks latest offering hidden away on the bottom shelf in the far corner of my local branch I almost yelped with delight!!! Seriously! It is an amazing looky-likey of the beautiful Charley sweater, complete with silver eyelet lace-up detailing, chunky stitching around the waist, neckline and wrists, and in a beautifully soft wool…. ok maybe acrylic but who can tell right? And best of all it is just £14.
Buy the real deal here.. Charley lace-up wool-blend sweater or quickly run to Primark to pick-up their version before they all sell-out!
Know of anymore amazing lookey-likeys? Let me know and love to hear your thoughts… I know designer copies aren’t everyones cup of tea.
If there is one decade every fashion magazine is making reference to this season it has to be the seventies, and it is everywhere! Big floppy hats, flares, eyelets, velvet, waistcoats, flowing maxi dresses and skirts and swirling patterns and florals. My local Zara looks like a seventies throw-back right now … but I am certainly not complaining. I LOVE it!
Want some serious seventies style inspiration then look to the real things such as the DVF wrap dress, one of the most famous fashion inventions ever and now iconic to Diane Von Furstenberg. The wrap dress is the perfect easy item every woman and definitely every mum needs in her wardrobe. Its fashion you don’t even need to think about. Suits every woman’s body type and can be worn casual or dressed up with some sexy heels. First designed back in 1974 Diane has sold over 5 million of these dresses worldwide – now how can you argue with those figures?
How about Studio 54? The decades hottest venue bar none! And scrolling through images of these crazy nights you’re flooded with style inspo.
Halston – back in 1976 he rocked and his iconic designs live on with Halston Heritage – perfect collection for Christmas parties.
Have you seen Laura Ashley’s seventies campaign shots? Honestly they look like something you’d see on the pages of Harpers today its mad. Back in the seventies the brand was the clothing of choice for housewives everywhere. They described themselves here… ‘They’re not particularly clothes for making a splash in a dramatic place – they’re simple garments to wear at home, and when you get home perhaps you need the security of nostalgia.’
And fashion fact for the day – Karl Lagerfeld worked for Chloe back in 1974 and it was his vision that defined the house’s trademark boho direction.
So how to do it now… limit yourself to one throw-back piece per outfit or risk looking kitschy.
Here are my favourite seventies inspo pictures….can you tell which are modern day and which are original shots?!
Love to hear from you… especially of any amazing seventies finds on the highstreet!
I bumped into a very old friend earlier this week, her son had just turned one and was fast asleep in his buggy, she updated me on how he was doing, how she was doing, where she was living, working etc and I listened, in a way I hoped looked like ‘intent’ but probably more ‘confused’ as really I was stood there regretting like crazy that I hadn’t bothered 1. not showering 2. not brushing my hair 3. grabbing yesterdays clothes from the floor and finally 4. not a shred of makeup on my face. Now I am a firm believer that a woman shouldn’t always be polished to the max, but all these four sins together did not a pretty sight make!!!!
So I ask myself, most mornings, why bother? Who is actually going to see me today apart from the toddler more interested in Mr Tumbles makeup than mine. Even the days I have play dates its far too easy to chuck on the mum uniform and make-do. Work days I am at home so even easier to sit in my jeans and a sweater and not care.
But every day I make that effort to wake-up a little earlier, jump in the shower before the monitor starts cry alerting me, blow dry my hair (or use my new fave Bumble and Bumble don’t blow it lotion woop!) and use the feel-good essentials that are a hydrating primer, foundation, concealer, blush, mascara and eyebrow pencil. It takes less than an hour and then for the rest of the day I genuinely feel better about myself. Catching myself in the mirror isn’t a horror show atleast! If I feel good I look after myself more in the day, making the right choices with my food instead of chowing down on dry bagels (mmmmm).
Tips for speedy polishing:
- Choose your outfit the night before.
- If you don’t have time in the morning shower at night and wrap your hair in one of those towel hats or a loose bun.
- Clean hair and skin is a must – the better condition your skin is in the better you look with and without makeup.
- Blow-dry rough for speed until its part dried and then either wrap up into a bun which will create loose waves as it dries – or using a paddle brush finish the blow-dry straight.
- A good base and a good concealer are quick and easy to apply.
- Add a stain to your lips and cheeks like Benetint for a speedy flushed and wide awake look.
- Mascara will finish your perfect look.
And here are some of my absolute favourite beauty inspo pictures which I hope might help you be inspired to pick up that lipstick and indulge in some beauty therapy – not for anyone else, just for you.
I would absolutely LOVE to know your mum beauty tips and why you bother… comment below if you have time thank you xx
Although I still think I am a Summer girl through and through when it comes to fashion this time of year is great. It’s the perfect time for experimenting with the new season trends and its not too cold that you have to cover up with a giant coat and a two tonne scarf. Autumn lends itself perfectly to a woman’s wardrobe.
But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security… Winter is close and if you don’t plan ahead you may be left short. Now is the time to buy that Winter coat.
This month’s tepid temperature is the perfect opportunity to browse the shops and online for your perfect winter coat, but if you don’t want it to be sold out – purchase before the month is out!
In the meantime here are my favourites on the highstreet (which might seem a little biased towards Zara and Mango but these are my favourites after searching countless shops) followed by a big dollop of gorgeous coat inspo….
Zara straight cut coat £119
Zara short coat £89.99
Zara wool coat £79.99
Mango wool overcoat £129.99
Mango double breasted short coat £119.99
H&M jacquard weave coat £99.99
Topshop bomber £65
Thank you for reading and please let me know if you have seen an amazing coat on the highstreet this season!
Blonde vs brunette… do blondes really have more fun? Are brunettes perceived as more intelligent? I’ve been a blonde since I was fourteen and had my first experience of highlights… but six months ago I decided the expense and maintenance was just too much and time being so precious these days, having four hours to sit in the hairdressers chair just wasn’t feasible. So off to George Northwoods London salon with the wonderful Amy who worked her magic and gave me a sensible medium… rich brown with some blonde balayage thrown in for good measure. I loved it! And no black roots after two weeks. But then a shocker… the greys! I didn’t even know I had grey hair. I had to go back after three months as I would with blonde hair and have the roots touched up. Turns out being a brunette can be just as time consuming and just as expensive. Yes I could have used a home colour but I am a salon addict and would never trust myself with my hair, it means too much to me!
Turns out I missed the blonde and last week it was back to the salon for me, foils back in my hair and bleached up. I feel like my old self again. I think blonde and I think fun, flirty, beachy, laid back and youth. Yet most of the women I style crush on are brunettes. Brunette says elegance, style, maturity, sensible, sensual and sexy. In fact some of those words were exactly what my husband said when I went dark, that I looked more stylish and sexy. I don’t think any of these are necessarily true – but they were the feelings I had when being that hair colour.
Hair means so much to a woman, it is part of our identity. Team blonde or team brunette which ever side you pick be sure sure you work that look and enjoy everything that comes with it… meanwhile I will continue to wish I was a cali beach bum whilst fighting my black roots and depleted bank balance…
Love to hear your thoughts on hair colour and what it means to you!