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?!

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Love to hear from you… especially of any amazing seventies finds on the highstreet!

Thanks,

Vx

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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

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Thank you for reading and please let me know if you have seen an amazing coat on the highstreet this season!

Love,

Vx

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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…

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Vx

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Although I am married to a wonderful man… I am prone to a girl crush… and today’s girl I have crushed HARD… Clemence Poesy.

She has flittered in and out of my life from the fashion pages of Vogue and Harpers to movies, Gossip Girl, Chloe ads, Street Style, and every time I see a photo of her I am entranced. And the reason I wanted to share this with you is because I honestly think she has the perfect easy style that mums can achieve without any effort (well maybe some of that Parisian effort!)

Scruffy hair, lover of hats, always wearing flat shoes (apart from a special occasion or date night), minimal makeup, topknots a plenty, white shirts, cross body bags, large scarfs (perfect for b-feeding!), fitted black blazers, razz a jazz jewellery when the occasion calls for it.. or you want to detract from the bags under your eyes… and ta da… a cute little capsule wardrobe and easy peasy effortless mum style.

I hope of my pick of pics will inspire you and maybe you’ll fall a little in love with miss Poesy too!

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Thank you so much for reading/looking and please comment – I love to hear your thoughts!

Vx

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September is often described as the January of the fashion world, a time for change, out with the old and in with the new.  And the perfect time to revaluate your own wardrobe. I know since becoming a mother my wardrobe is full of clothes I don’t wear. Partly because my life has changed and those short dresses don’t quite cut the mustard at the one o’clock club. Partly because my body has changed, my hips are wider and that flat stomach I was so proud of hasn’t quite made a come-back yet. I blame the G&Ts. But also partly because my personal style has changed. So it was time to look at exactly what I have, what I wear, what I don’t wear and what I want to add. There was a lot I don’t wear, and such a waste, but it felt so great when I stood back and saw the clothes I do wear all hanging pretty in the now far less cluttered wardrobe. A perfect collection of things that actually make me very happy. And that is what is key. Wearing clothes that make you happy.

Now… as to what I want to add…  a beautiful pair of Mary Janes, a romantic maxi or mid length sheer dress,  a statement white shirt, cross-body bag and some winter fringing detail. I have enjoyed browsing the street style photos from New York and London, and am excited about Milan and Paris. I think the street style is just as fun than the shows! Here are my favourite street style shots that have influenced my lust-haves so far. I hope they give you some inspiration for your own wardrobe happiness!

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Love to hear your thoughts, what you’re adding this season and any wardrobe tips you have for September!

Love,

Vx

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