If the hat fits, wear it..


Winter Hats.....

Hats are an acquired taste, some people love, others loathe, I have never been sure, more about what suits me rather than the idea of fashionable head-wear. 

My hat relationship began with a girl's beanie from New Look, at the time when oversized beanies were in fashion but with short hair I looked odd with a big hat so I went for a kids version so that I could still be involved, it was cute - grey knit with a glittery threads running through. Then came a grey knitted bobble hat from Topshop, with 2 pompoms like ears - I loved it as it was so different whilst warm and snugly as well as making me look like a little bear, but I still wasn't 100% sure so would only wear when really cold. 

This season however I decided to embrace the hat as it is everywhere and is a chic way to battle against the incoming cold weather, but what style to go for - fedora, trilby, beanie, bobble or floppy brimmed? Overwhelmed by all the stylish looks on my favourite source of inspiration Pinterest, I settled on a structured shape and finally found my perfect partner..... Nothing extravagant, a classic wool fedora for only £7 from good old Primark but a gorgeous hat that seems to go with everything and is the perfect size & shape.


I have tried a few styles on this season but was cautious before buying as i knew they would probably end up being bought and then sitting on my mannequin because I wasn't quite sure or because I think people will laugh, which at 28 is a ridiculous notion. However with this hat it was love at first sight - I tried it on and then wore it for the entire hour and a half shopping trip round Primark, I almost forgot to take it off to pay which could have been embarrassing! My new hat has become like a third person in my marriage, I am addicted to wearing it whether that's to work or just to pop out to sainsbury's, much to my husbands dismay (think he was a little embarrassed doing this week's food shop with me and my hat). 


This hat also appears to be a hit with the fashion community, many photos on Instagram and some of my favourite bloggers have also fallen for its woolly loveliness.

Could you be tempted?

For more hat inspiration, check out my new dedicated Pinterest board - All about the hat







TGF Edit: Latest Beauty Loves

Although i have always loved beauty products, it has really only been the last couple of years that i have started to appreciate them. Before i would always buy the cheapest products, usually supermarket own brands but lately my taste has improved. Probably due to the amount of free samples given away these days with magazines, goodie bags etc that allow you try to before you buy, a concept i fully support. Here is a round up of my current beauty loves, products that i do spend money on and that i have see great results from.....


1. Soap & Glory - 3 in 1 daily detox facial wash £8
A gentle facial wash that not only smells amazing but has worked wonders for my skin, which i have struggled with since i was a teenager. It is a wash/scrub hybrid that leaves my face feeling refreshed and clean. This was part of a Soap and Glory gift set i got on offer last year and lasts for ages as a little blob goes a long way.

2. Topshop Lip Bullet in There she goes £8
The newest addition to my beauty collection, only bought last week but already a must have - i bought this after reading so many good reviews on the Topshop website and also many video reviews on YouTube. It is a great classic, everyday colour, that goes on smoothly, doesn't feel dry and lasts well on my lips. I am impressed with Topshops' make up range, most stores that branch out into beauty only produce average products but so far i have several lovelies that rival the major cosmetic brands including the best ever gel eyeliner and a gold eye crayon.

3. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi usage dry oil £17
A sample from the September My Little box, and although i did have to do some research into what this little bottle was for, i was pleasantly surprised just how versatile it is. Face, hair, scars, dry skin you name it Nuxe oil will help. Not the cheapest of products so may not re-buy however because you only use a small drop it will last longer than many products - will continue to use and see how I feel. A silky oil, that smells lovely and isn't sticky like some other oils I have tried.

4. Percy & Reed Wonder Balm £18
Thank you Elle magazine - the tester of this amazing product came free earlier in the year and i have not been disappointed. A great consistency that smooths my hair down before styling without leaving that horrible sticky residue that many serum/balms do. This product has enhanced my blow dry and has also helped to smooth flyaway hairs when straightening. The only downside of this brand is that they do not sell in many stores and i am yet to find once locally, although now i am in love i will probably just order online, especially as it is now stocked by ASOS.

5. VO5 Heat protect styling spray £4
A new brand for me - sadly my usual Lee Stafford heat protection spray was out of stock, so i decided to take a chance on this VO5 one instead. Although i have heard of VO5 i have never used any of the products before, this heat spray has a lovely scent to it and leaves my hair feeling smooth and silky after styling and is a great price.

6. Percy & Reed Finishing Polish £10
Another Elle free gift (please keep this partnership going!!) and another thumbs up from me. Worked alongside the wonder balm this finishing polish adds just the right amount of styling to my hair without weighing it down or making it greasy too quickly. This brand is fast becoming a solid favourite in my bathroom - not only the quality and results of the products but also the attention to detail in the branding. I absolutely love the illustrations used, they give the brand some personality and also make it look chic and modern, plus I am a real sucker for glamorous illustrations.


Would love to hear which beauty product you love?







Tartantastic


Tartan or plaid, whatever you like to call it (tartan is the traditional but plaid is a term used by the US), has taken over the fashion world for Autumn. It is everywhere on scarves, dresses, trousers, coats even shoes. The fashionista community has embraced and shown us just how to wear it - as a highlight or a full head to toe look. These are just a few of the looks I have seen and loved on Pinterest, with a mix of casual and more refined looks - I really like the tartan pencil skirt teamed with a denim shirt and statement necklace, a look I may have to try as the mix of fabrications and texture is gorgeous.

For me Tartan represents Scotland and it's beautiful scenery (a stunning country I lived in as a child for a few years) however it's use within main stream fashion the last couple of years has given something from my childhood new meaning. This Fall/Winter season has seen the print reappear not as a minor player but a major trend on the catwalk and highstreet, with almost all brands including one piece in pretty plaid, with many colour variations - from the traditional to the modern interpretation.

   

Within my wardrobe I have a few tartan treasures - not brave enough to go full on head to toe I like to have pieces I can team with plain basics. A mixed print scuba dress (Matalan), a cold shoulder sheer dress (Primark), an open back blouse (Topshop) and my favourite lightweight scarf (Accessorize). I also have a really old Lilac and grey blanket scarf that I wear when it's really cold.

If tartan floats your boat be sure to head over to Lands' End who have taken tartan to a new extreme, from nightshirts & pj's to trousers, jackets and accessories - I am biased as I work for them but there are some perfect pieces coming for Christmas.

Tartan - love or loathe?? 

   


My September


* Celebrating hubby's birthday at Zizzi's, with the biggest pizza ever! Can highly recommend. * A unique mixed print - tartan with a leopard print overlay. A great little shift dress for the fantastic price of only £16 from Matalan. * My new ankle boots, a full leather boot with snakeskin heel panel and giant zip detailing - perfect for teaming with the many dresses in my wardrobe. River Island have some great new styles, well worth a look. * Vintage florals are a great look for the warmer days (not that it should be this warm still in September). * Cute little quote, wish it was true for me but not quite there yet - something to aim for. * Yummy new addition to my collection from ASOS. A bold cobalt midi skirt, with texture detail and a floaty full skirt teamed with slogan tee, purple ruffle heels and statement jewels for work. * Winter florals, a fresh take on the girly florals that dominated the summer months, this blazer has not left my body since i bought it last month. * My new office area complete with beautiful stationery and cute pin board full of inspiration. * Best area in my new house, the "accessories corner", showing off all my favourite pieces and quite often a sleeping kitty.


* Freshening up a summer staple with some autumn pieces - Dorothy Perkins White dress, H&M floral blazer, Topshop purple ruffle heels and my beautiful Kate Spade Beau - a lovely outfit and so many compliments in the office * An unexpected find from a few years ago, a feathered brooch from ASOS, that i found whilst un-packing and forgot i had. * First of my monthly Pinterest favourites, with a distinct fall theme to it - if you haven't already check out my boards (link in side bar). * Rocking my new ASOS skirt with last years plaid blouse from Topshop. * Fashion Week - my round up and all of the best bits, from my favourite shows. * The Mulberry SS15 presentation, no show again this fashion week but a beautiful collection, read all the details here... * The newest addiction in my life, not just an amazing beauty box but a slice of French chic, discover My Little Box on the blog today and fall in love too. * A glimpse into the goodies inside my little Parisienne box. * The cutest little laptop case ever, great size and amazing illustrations. 


* A great smart/ casual look for work, the feathered brooch finishes it off perfectly - Primark skinny jeans, River Island vest, Topshop sleeveless blazer teamed with Aldo sandals and my Beau. * New from Topshop, this flippy hem style dress is my favourite shape from the brand and this version with lace inlays is very simple yet beautiful. Perfect fit, colour and a bargain at £26. * Discover who has been Upping the Fashion Ante this season, with a great new advert and collection. * The rest of Septembers Pinterest lovelies, with a focus on the small details and accessories that make an outfit complete.

Finally to the highlight of My September - my little sisters wedding day........ Just a few of my favourite shots from the amazing day. * My updo for the day, complete with flowers (took 45 mins to do but well worth it). * My outfit, a gorgeous mint green dress with an embellished bust along with some beautiful vintage green peep toe Mary Jane's. * Instead of flowers we had wrist corsages, so pretty with pearls, jewels and flowers, however i did spend the day eyeing up the wand that my niece had (tried to steal but she was onto me and hid it!). * The lovely couple at the ceremony along with my new little niece and my amazing parents chilling out before the speeches.

What a crazy month, but looking forward to a quiet October.









From Paris with Love......

"My Little Box aims to delight and surprise you every month"

Monthly subscription beauty boxes are not a new thing, they have been around for a few years now - Glossybox, Birchbox, Glamour Beauty Box and the latest addition to Mr Postman's delivery bag is My Little box. A delightful little company first started in France, that is now finally arriving in the UK. A box offer that is not only different from the others on the market, but also adds a little quirky fun and defiantly a dose of French chic - unlike the other boxes who focus solely on beauty products, My Little Box has diversified and channeled it's french chic into the offer so that the customer gets more than just cosmetics.

Each month has a different theme, with the UK introduction box being "My Little Parisienne Box", a perfect welcome to the French brand. Below are a few of my favourite themes from the French site, hoping these will be replicated for the UK customers, in particular the Geekette box:


So onto My Little Parisienne Box.....
Beautiful packaging that seemed a shame to open, with equally gorgeous goodies inside. The chic illustrations top off the offering perfectly - and show that the concept, the box and its contents have been thought about down to the last detail.



CONTENTS:
My Little Carnet notepad, Paris themed stickers, Neoprene Laptop Case, LAURA MERCIER foundation primer, NUXE Multi purpose oil, MY LITTLE BEAUTY complexion brightening pen (their own brand range of cosmetics, products with the cutest packaging)


I have felt like an excited child at Christmas this week, waiting for this to be delivered, and i am not disappointed. A good mix of brands and products within the little bag of beauty - the own brand brightening pen is a great multi-use product and i am so pleased that i am able to use all three items as they are not specific to a skin colour/type which is something that put me off the other boxes in the market. The accessories element of the box is also good, every girl needs a cute notepad and stickers. Whilst the laptop case is so cute, the illustrations are perfect and while the case itself is a tad big for my netbook and Ipad it will be great to use to keep all my technology together along with my chargers.

Sadly i did discover what would be in my box before it arrived - social media is normally a great thing, but it did ruin the surprise element of the box as excited ladies around the UK couldn't wait to show off their new goodies. My only complaint so far - how long it takes to be delivered, almost two weeks which for someone like me who is impatient, is not good. 

Like most of these subscription boxes the excitement will inevitably wear off, but for now i am intrigued to see how next months box compares, what the theme will be and what goodies are in store for the ladies of the UK in October.

Have you been tempted by one of these little boxes of chic yet?







Mulberry SS15


"The Spring Summer 2015 collection is inspired by the sheer joy of an English country garden on a summer’s day, with traditional garden borders brimming with British blooms. Floral prettiness is tempered by the ‘can do, can dig’ gardeners’ attire with practical pockets and utilitarian shapes. Laser-cut leather and substantial sandals contradict the delicacy of the intricate prints. The Mulberry Girl may be wearing the finest silk, but she remains cool, contemporary, and ready to enjoy herself whatever the English spring weather throws at her..." 
Extract taken from Mulberry.com
Sadly no catwalk show again this season to unveil the latest collection, a great loss to the LFW schedule, as i am sure many will agree. However the collection preview in my eyes is a much stronger offering than the FW14 unveil, with a clear brand message and some of the Mulberry details that we know and love, that i feel have been missing since Emma Hill left.


What's a Mulberry show without the best bit - the beautiful bags. This season we are introduced to Delphie, a simple everyday style with a cleaver little secret....the flap flips over to reveal a contrasting colour and creates a whole new look, offering the wearer two bags in one. Also some old favourites got a refresh in seasonal fabrics and colours. 


Beautiful detailing across the entire collection - intricate lace, perforated leather and almost patchwork prints. I really love the above print, used on multiple garments across the collection, a nice choice of colours and a new take on the floral trend.



Most of the imagery used in this post is from Mulberry.com - with no catwalk show, the social media world is a little light on imagery! However i have come across some beautiful shots from the showroom, that really capture the essence of the collection. The setting of the showroom shows the garments in a different light, different angles and textures are seen that aren't as clear on the busy backgrounds in the outfit shots.

Favourite's for me would have to be the patchwork/floral jacket - a great take on a classic piece with a fun print and a modern cut. The floor length lace dress - this dress is so beautiful and the intricate lace detailing is exquisite (i am torn between which i love more, the white or the blue) and finally the white skater style dress with its gorgeous vintage floral print (teamed with the leather perforated top, not sure i would team these two together).

Feeling inspired, ready for the next Spring Summer season - although it is odd thinking ahead to florals and pastel palettes as we head into the Autumn season and are surrounded by the darker shades that come with it.

What do you think to this preview collection?





Fashion Week Fancies


My favourite time of year - Fashion week, or should i say Fashion month? For the regular fashionista's out there, no fancy invitations or parties just a constant addiction to social media to feel part of this amazing world. My Instagram and Twitter are refreshed so often i am surprised they havent broken, with all the updates from various pillars of the fashion world showing the shows, the models and the must have items from each designer. One of my favourite fountains of fashion info during the shows is Vogue.co.uk, with details from all the catwalk shows almost immediately, i am able to see the amazing creations and collections even if i am sat in my living room. 

This season i was inspired to find not only my old time favourites but also some new designers, that i had previously not been that aware of. Here are the SS15 collections i loved - amazing and beautiful in their own right.


"In the Pierre, everything should sparkle," she said. And it did." Style.com

I became aware of Alice & Olivia a couple of seasons ago, after seeing a stunning tulle dress evening gown on the red carpet (remember the dress, but not who was wearing it!). The SS15 collection was awash with strong prints, colour both bold and pastel and a mixture of simple and more extreme silhouettes. The variety in the show was beautiful and meant an Olivia & Alice girl would look fabulous during the working and day and at any party or event. My favourite look was that of the 1950's esque cocktail dress in simple black and white, my only addition would have been some colour in the shoes - this dress would look fabulous with a pair of killer heels from Sophia Webster.

- ♥ -


"Collating the quintessential world of Britain - Morris dancers and maypoles - and combine it with her own graphic signature aesthetic." Vogue.com

A collection built around classic silhouettes and brought to life through the use of print and pattern. The mosiac tile effect within the print, gives a slight futuristic element whilst still being very feminine. A simplistic palette of black and white with precise hints of colour, like the subtle addition of the mint green crop top to a modern day work look. I love the black and coloured dot, tulle midi skirt a nice use of materials to add print rather than a patterned fabric, although not quite so sold on the bullseye top that completes the look. I do wish this had a little more colour to it but I guess this would have ruined the simple lines within the collection.

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"Girls will be girls, but few so much as those Lela Rose envisions, with her hyper-feminine vernacular." Style.com

A new designer on my radar this season, Lela Rose and i think my favourite. Elegant, simple silhouettes but with a bold use of print and pops of strong colours - shades of lime, oxblood and cobalt blue. Plus the use of a lot of fluid fabrics such as silk, which add to the femininity of the collection. My favourite prints are the lead in oversized polka dot and the vintage florals in particular I am drawn to those used on the lime silk number #8 above - a very glamorous look. Majority of outfits in the collection were either midi, skater or maxi skirt/dress styles with only a couple of outfits based around trouser/culottes styles.

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"This season, the 82-year old designer presented a collection that was fresh, youthful and utterly gorgeous." Vogue.com

An old favourite, who for another season has managed to produce a beautiful collection. Particularly loving the ballgown element of the collection, the baby blue embellished style is elegant but with a modern twist, whereas the orange and yellow style is an unexpected pop at the end of the show. The only element of this that i was not so excited about was the opening portion which heavily featured coloured gingham - not something that felt cohesive with the rest of the collection, Oscar is best known for glamour and that is where i felt the strength in this collection.

- ♥ -

And finally to my final designer, a favourite after the SS14 collection:


"This girl doesn't just do cute - be warned." Vogue.co.uk

Wanting to show that the brand can do more than just girly, this new collection shows attitude, plus a lot of flamingo's. With the usual variety of print and colour, the latest collection is just as beautiful as the SS14, that made me fall in love. All of the styles are pieces of art, down to intricate heels and laser cut details but i think my favourites would have to be #5 - a modern day t bar in pastels, plus #8 - barbie platforms with heart covered heels. 

Gorgeous is my final word on these collections! Do you have any Fashion week favourites?



Upping the Fashion Ante

M&S has become a store worth visiting for more than new undies (although still THE destination for the perfect bra), with beautiful pieces across all collections, and the latest TV creation from the brand shows this. Another glamourous advert that shows all of their sub-brands in one space. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here and your in for a treat.

After seeing this on TV, i decided to see what else the super brand has in store for the British highstreet in AW14 and found these amazing press shots - many many more online but these were the looks that grabbed my attention and i could see slotting into my wardrobe. A great mix of colours, trends and items - in particular i am excited for the pastel pieces and sixties influences.



My "New Arrival" loves.....lots of snuggly lovelies in this years collection, the fur gilet is perfect - why shouldn't a girl be cute and cosy?, plus some more edgy pieces like the leather skater dress (leather is definitely not a fabrication i would have associated with this previously labelled old lady brand). The Ponte dress, a fabulous mix of simple colours and print but in a very wearable piece, great for the office especially teamed with this season ankle boots and the on trend slogan clutch, something to rival the goodies in Accessorize - all perfect additions to any wardrobe.


Boucle zipped jumper £32.50, Moi? clutch (not on site yet, seen in preview), 
Faux fur gilet £69, Leather ponte skater dress £249, Colour block tunic £45.

M&S is a brand that has surprised me season after season, perfecting a healthy balance between the new, stylish elements and the more classic that the older customer still wants. A triumph in terms of gaining new customers but also retaining the existing, something a lot of modern brands could learn from. 

My only annoyance is why weren't they this stylish when i worked in store and got discount!







My August


* So excited for not only my first trip to Germany but also my first work trip, off to Dusseldorf for the GDS footwear show and some comp shopping on the German highstreet. Flying solo was a little scary but I survived as it was a short flight, although think i was still half asleep as it was a 7am flight. * My hotel room in Dusseldorf, really nice room, such a comfy bed (wish i could have fitted the pillows in my overnight bag), only issue was no English TV channels except for the news! Thank god for my iPad and Gossip Girl episodes. * A nice green view from my window, not what I was expecting in the centre of a bustling city, great not to just have a brick wall outside. * An unexpected find in the centre of the GDS show, a group of vintage bicycles with this pink beauty catching my eye. * Gorgeous wallpaper in the perfect palette for my new lounge and a interesting modern print, shame it was on a pillar in a German department store. * The little lady of the house, chilling in her new favourite spot. * Three little lights that I have never been so happy to see, my 2 month nightmare with BT is finally over and I very nearly kissed the nice engineer who finally got my internet working. * Beautiful butterfly coaster set, a house warming present. * The best thing I have ever bought, this IKEA rail (bargain at only £6.50) is the perfect overspill area for my wardrobe, great for planning the weeks outfits and also displaying my favourite pieces. 


* My favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon, curled up on the sofa with fashion mags and a large coffee. * My AW wishlist, the pieces that i have fallen in love with, read what made the list TGF Edit: AW14. * New Look's fabulous new collection in store, loving the mix of khaki and tartans. * H&M - my favourite looks from the latest catalogue plus the striped top I had to have (although have to replace as hubby shrunk it in the wash!) * Yummy goodies from my highstreet haul, Primark and New Look - cute tartan dress, skinny jeans, basic v neck t-shirt, gorgeous gingham shirt and a statement necklace in a new colours for me. * New in at Lands' End, the fabulous textured sweatshirt is so cute and snugly, make sure to check out the latest at Lands' End. * Pinning madness this month, the autumnal looks have really caught my eye and there are so many! Again love the transitional pieces and also the variety of hats, an underrated accessory.


* A new shade of Essie, "Bikini so teeny". Great blue shade with a slight purple undertone.
* Visit to Bicester village - discovered the latest addition a Lulu Guinness store, so many bags, accessories gorgeous lips everywhere! * Wasn't able to resist the delights of Kate Spade, discover what I couldn't resist and had to have. * Second haul of the month - a New Look long line khaki cardigan and motif tee along with a H&M floral jacket, in this seasons must have winter floral print for the brand. Plus the cutest slogan clutch, from Accessorize. * Incorporating my fabulous new floral blazer with my relaxed joggers, loafers and classic tee for a work look. 
* HEN PARTY MADNESS - just a few of my favourites photos from my little sisters weekend in Blackpool. Me with the bride and my bestie rocking our best school girl looks at Funny Girls. Then best friends do glam with sparkly hen accessories and the best cure for a long weekend and a hangover, a huge ice cream whilst sat on the beach enjoying the sunshine.






TGF Edit: AW14


I love this limbo time between seasons, no longer the warmth of summer but the autumnal chill isn't quite in the air yet, a time for experimenting ready for the new season. Although I wish it was still warm, I am itching to break out my new pieces, which happens every year. However this transitional time can be a nightmare as the weather does not co-operate and quite often i am either freezing or boiling hot as i cannot judge, so i am trying to find pieces i can layer for the time being.

Here are the new season pieces that have caught my eye so far, some transitional, some true winter styles as well as a mix of brands and price points. A beautiful collection of rich colour and pattern alongside some interesting textures like neoprene, fur and wool. The piece I am most excited about is the Oasis pencil skirt, with its gorgeous colour and print, perfect for the office.


1. Topshop Scuba Skirt £55, 2. New Look Wrap £15.99, 3. Oasis Double Layer Dress £50,
4. New Look Coat £64.99,  5. Matalan Mixed Print Dress £16. 6. Oasis Pencil Skirt £40
7. New Look Glitter Boots £39.99, 8. Kate Spade Agenda $30,
9. New Look Vamp Leopard Heels £39.99 

Roll on my next trip to Leicester, can't wait to get these lovelies in my wardrobe. The only item that may be a little harder to get is the beautiful Kate Spade Agenda, as I can only find online and at the moment post and packaging from the US is more than the item itself!!! So beautiful but may need to wait for my bosses next trip to the US and get home to find one for me.

Here is to the new season and all the pretty, warm fashions that come with it.





Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw


Ever since I saw the beautiful Carrie Bradshaw in these outfits, I have loved the idea of adding a touch of grown up tulle to my wardrobe. There is something romantic about the layers of tulle when styled with a beautiful pair of heels and statement jewels. Many many pins have been added to my Pinterest boards, with ideas of how to wear a tulle skirt casually or dressed up but I haven't found one that felt like me and didn't make me look like a three year old!......until now. 

The latest brand to launch via DorothyPerkins.com is Lola Skye and low and behold one item within this capsule collection is a tulle skirt in blush or grey. I stumbled across this whilst trying to find a pair of bridesmaid shoes and as soon as I saw the blush one my inner Bradshaw took over and I simply had to have it and it was clearly fate as not only was it in promotion with money off but I also got free delivery! Now it has arrived I cannot wait to wear it, although my one critism would be the static nature of the underskirt and that it is fairly see through, but I can live with this. I will also need to wait for this balmy hot weather to cool a bit as sweat isn't quite the accessory I want to team with my tulle! 

I have several outfits pulled together on my Stylebook app, so I thought I would share my favourites - a holiday/summer look, girls night out and something for the office fashionista:


Do you own a tulle skirt? Would love it hear how you style it - is it an everyday item or do you save for nights out or special occasions? 




The New Beau

Since deciding to buy my new house, i have been on a fashion detox, spending very little time or money on my wardrobe but since we are almost all settled in, I decided it was time for a treat so this called for a trip to Bicester Village. 

Normally going to Bicester with the intention of shopping means i leave empty handed but not today.....and this trip was all about Kate Spade. A recent addition to my love list, i cannot get enough of this American brand and just how beautiful it is from the product down to the stores themselves, so pleased we do now have a few stores in the UK, to feed my glittery habit. Now i did have a game plan for my trip to the store, knowing that most stores stock is about a year old i was keen to see if my lust item of the last 12 months had made its way to discount heaven. 

After only a few minuets of being in the store i spotted it....hidden at the back in 3 different colours, the 2 Park Avenue Beau bag - I have never been so excited to see a handbag (sad i know). With hubby holding my faithful Mulberry i stood clutching the very bag i had set out to find, and although still more than many people will spend on a handbag (but still less than a new Mulberry) i had to buy it, especially after the sales lady said they had only arrived in the store the day before - fate me thinks! 

Then came the important decisions - small or large size and in black, two tone cream or vibrant geranium?? I decided to go for a small black one, as this was an investment leather piece and although bright pink is gorgeous and very me, it's not that classic or timeless. Plus with my little frame the large version looked more like i was carrying a holdall rather than a handbag! not the look i was going for.

So here she is.....



This is what sparked my love of this beautiful bag.....a great little campaign video


So here's to many, many years of happiness with my new beau.
Anyone else been seduced by this beautiful bag?





My June & July

Due to not internet connection at home, this month I have combined My June & July, enjoy.....


* Cute stationary - my faithful Filofax plus some candy lovelies from Sainsbury's and the cutest mobile phone case ever. * Pinterest quote of the month, the perfect sum up of what fashion should be. * Ooh la la, the perfect mix of prints - striped pencil skirt and floral ballets. * The embellishment on my great find in H&M, jewelled butterfly's and flowers on a slinky bomber jacket. * Cute summer workwear, a mix of classic and a little touch of fashionista to complete the look. * Discovered the great homeware collection from none other than H&M, see my the pieces on my new house wish list..... * Work is so much more fun with pink accessories #legallyblonde. * Two more cute summer outfits: 1. New Look midi dress, Topshop wedges and my new favourite scarf from good old Next. 2. Dorothy Perkins White lace dress, Aldo sandals and the cutest accessory ever....the Accessorize camera bag. 


* Beautiful pages in the latest issue of Cosmo season guide. Pastel party with yummy accessories in every shade of sorbet and an amazing bag/sweater combo on the "in my wardrobe" feature. * My puuuuurfect packing partner, after a trip to the vets Willow showing she is all good and ready to continue to supervise the filing of boxes. * In honour of moving, a home themed Pinterest loves selection, for more head over to my Pinterest boards. * Creating artwork for the new house, simple striped wallpaper and a frame, now to find it a spot to hang it. * So it's finally here - moving day!!!! Love this selfie, although hubby does look a little like a floating head.


* A vintage Carrie moment for inspiration, on the train on way to find my sis a wedding outfit. 
* Fuel for what turned into a mammoth shopping trip, gotta start with Starbucks fruit toast and a skinny vanilla latte. * Always the joker my little sis modelling her choice of summer accessory in Primark.  * Finally found my bathroom colour scheme, towels from Dunelm in the perfect shade of plum purple to compliment my beautiful Mathew Williamson butterfly mirror. * Pinterest loves. 
* Discovering that flat pack furniture isn't always easy, can't believe 1 coffee table took 2 hours to build! * A day out in our new local area - indulging my husbands love for trains, a trip on the great central railway. Love the old school luggage - how a lady should travel.


* Whilst discovering my new local New Look store I stumbled upon this staircase with great wallpaper. * A New Look sale bargain, which will be great for FW14, love this burgundy colour and all the embellishment. * Celebrating Denim day at Lands End - my entry for the denim mood board competition " how you wear denim". Pinterest really is a great invention for this kind of task, and it earned me a prize! A pair of new jeans from the new jeans collection! Find your perfect pair at landsend.co.uk. * Look out for the new post coming soon on the blog - channeling your inner Carrie Bradshaw. * My AW14 Mulberry report - check it out to discover if the brand has reignited my love or do we have another dud collection on our hands. * Feeling a little Autumnal with my choice of accessories, a burgundy necklace and tartan scarf. * More Pinterest loves, think the slogan is fantastic and feel like it should be my new mantra in life and in fashion. * Sunday date to a local hay maze, not the traditional day out but good fun in the sun, except when i lost hubby and was wandering around for half an hour lost because he had the map!

So I thought the rest of the year had gone quick but I appear to have blinked and missed not only June but July too!! Oh well here's to August and all it brings - internet re-connection (YAY), a work trip and my sisters hen party!