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Wednesday Wishlist: The Gingham Trend Report

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TOPSHOP FRILL BLAZER | BERSHKA BLOUSE WITH FRILLED SLEEVES | PLT FRILL HEM TROUSERS | BERSHKA PATCH SWEATSHIRT | STRADIVARIUS FRILL SKIRT | TOPSHOP HYBRID JUMPER | MISS SELFRIDGE RUFFLE BLOUSEASOS FRILL MINI SKIRT | TOPSHOP TRENCH COAT | ZARA FRILLED TOP | TOPSHOP ANKLE BOOTS | BERSHKA SATEEN CAMI TOP | RIVER ISLAND SATCHEL BAG | ZARA POM POM TROUSERS | BERSHKA WHITE T-SHIRT | PLT PLUNGE DRESS | NEW LOOK LOAFERS | H&M SHORT SLEEVED SHIRT | TOPSHOP MIX MATCH DRESS | TOPSHOP JUMPSUIT

How much gingham is too much gingham? Doing my best Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls impression; the limit does not exist. I consider gingham a Marmite trope – you either love it, or hate it. If I’m entirely truthful it’s taken a few weeks for me to look past the nostalgia of primary school where the playground would just be a cluster of colourful checked dresses playing hopscotch and see gingham as a genuine trend report waiting to happen. Even if you’re trying to avoid it whilst shopping on the high street, you just can’t escape it so why not embrace the playful print in all its glory?

 

There’s so many pieces I’m loving at the moment, even with multiple trends such as ruffles, flares and embroidery juxtaposed in the silhouette. I personally tend to associate gingham with a monochromatic theme which is why there’s no burst of vibrant shades in this wishlist but that doesn’t mean there’s not a wide range available elsewhere. From the rainbow hues to the amplified neutrals, from simple blouses you can pair with jeans to lively jumpsuits that you can layer up and go all out with, and from the tiniest of checks to the bold and brassy chunky designs – the retro twist and the ability to switch from a girly to an androgynous style is all prevailed in the diverse gingham collection!

 

Are you digging the current gingham trend? How do you keep it modern?

Bridie x

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Guest Post: Jewellery Trends of 2017

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Are you a jewellery lover? Do you find yourself hovering over to the finery section when you’re out shopping or thinking about the latest piece of bling to enhance an outfit opposed to the clothing itself? Then you’ll love today’s post kindly written by the lovely Beth.

 



Jewellery Trends of 2017:

Keeping up to date with the latest jewellery trends is just as important as keeping up with the latest fashion trends. Jewellery can be the perfect way to complete your outfit, but it can also be the undoing of your whole look. So when selecting your jewellery this year here are a few tips to keep in mind..

 

 

 

Hoops are making a comeback:

Hoop earrings are an accessory that could survive the style apocalypse, they are minimalistic, versatile and can tie any outfit together. This year hoops are making a comeback with a twist! Spring and Summer are going to see a heavy influence on tribal patterns and bold colours, so in honour of the upcoming style, hoop earrings have had a makeover. Our beloved hoops have been jazzed up with intricate, tribal inspired patterns that have a real festival feel to them.

 

 

 

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend:

Diamonds are a timeless classic that will forever be in style. Having a little bit of sparkle on your wrist, fingers or neck really does make you feel extra special. Everybody should have an elegant piece of jewellery that makes their whole look go to a 10/10! Brands like Diamonds of Choice are bringing a touch of elegance to fashion this year. Just remember, when wearing diamonds less is sometimes more and always go for quality over quantity!

 

 

Think big and bold:

This year is going to be an ongoing celebration of culture and style, so there is going to be a heavy focus on tribal patterns, chunky XXL beads, and intricate designs that will turn heads wherever you go. Brands like Thomas Sabo are set to make waves with their new jewellery collections that are going to encompass the upcoming style perfectly.

Minimalist:

Minimalist design has massively grown in popularity over the passing years, it has infiltrated our homes, our favourite places to go and it’s even infiltrated our wardrobes. Minimalist jewellery is a really cool way of expressing style without drawing too much attention from your outfit. This year expect to see a lot of people sporting simple and beautiful rings and necklaces that express a lot by showing a little. A great jewellery style tip this year is to stack your rings and have a mix of midi rings to really turn your fingers into works of art.

 

Jewellery is a great way of expressing personal style, and this year there are lots of style options for you to choose from. Whether you want to show a little bit of class and elegance with diamonds, or let your wacky and playful side show with bold statement jewellery, 2017 has got you covered!

What’s your jewellery preference?


Bridie x


 

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Wednesday Wishlist: The Zara Edit

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POLAROID SWEATSHIRT | BIKER JACKET | BLACK LACE DRESS | EMBROIDERED BLOUSE | STRIPED BODYSUIT | WAVY SWEATER | STRIPED CHOKER TOP | STRIPED SWEATER | FRILLED OPENWORK TOP | BUCKLED MINI SKIRT | FRILLED CHECK TOP | EMBROIDERED JEANS | FRILL SWEATER | BLOCK HEELS POLKA DOT DRESS | CORSET TOP | VELVET ANKLE BOOT | STRIPED SKIRT | RED FLOUNCE SWEATER | CONTRASTING BUCKET BAG

 

I haven’t shopped for new clothes in months whilst I skinned myself dry with holidays and events my bank balance most certainly wasn’t accustomed to; which means I also made the rational decision to stay clear of Zara – the shop that tempts me and lures me into its grandeur displays just by strolling past the entrance because any kind of contact would quite clearly both increase my desire and desperation for a new wardrobe and empty my purse completely. Now we’re into March and spring is hopefully rolling in (once we’ve shifted this bleak cold spell and Doris hangs up her boots) I thought it was about time for me to venture online and have my annual lurk – a bit like window shopping except it’s just me rigorously adding items to my online basket.

 

Spring is my favourite season for various reasons but mainly because the temperature is balanced between being able to pull off the jumper and skirt with no jacket and tights look but still cool enough to follow on with my ankle boot fetish. I love the sudden burst of colour that has arrived on the high street lately and of course the minimalistic in me is appreciating the fact stripes and gingham are back in (I mean whenever did they leave?! Certainly not on my account!). Embroidery and allll the frills are also winning my heart and I just can’t get enough of the nude pink hues as that sums up spring in all its glory. There’s not a better place to start updating my sartorial selection than in the arms of Zara and I’m about to spend the rest of the night doing some serious lusting and possible spending…

 

 Have you updated your wardrobe for spring? Where’s your favourite place to shop?

 

Bridie x


 

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Delving Back Into Style

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I can’t even recall the last time I braced the brisk outdoors; partnered with the inquisitive passers by, the inescapable interruptions and the sarky stares, to shoot on outfit location – that’s how long it’s been. Typically, the day I decided to venture to my local park the weather wasn’t on my side. Dark, gloomy, and a lack of natural glare to compliment my not so magnificent camera but the main point was – I loved diving back into the world of style and my impetuous wardrobe for the first time in what feels like forever.

I’ve not been high up in the fashion frow for a while now. I enjoy the concept; the everyday switch up, the pattern of expressing yourself and playing around with different trends and signature appearances to show off the distinctive side of your personal tastes but I’ve not been upping my game recently for various reasons. 1) There’s no spare money aside for me to be buying all the latest must have pieces, 2) I feel I’ve lost myself along the way, and 3) I’ve been stuck in a style rut now for months on end.

I can’t afford to be wearing a mixed batch of clothing for every day of the week, nor do I retain the inspiration to do that. I can rifle through Pinterest and Instagram, make a beeline for my favourite bloggers and their well appointed class, take notes and base my outfit of the day upon their fine eye for grace but if I’m not digging the way I look, then it’s just not going to work. Thankfully I do have one or two pieces that make me feel confident, bad ass and winning at the effortless winter facade, and they’re the ones that I can vary on a regular basis to add some profundity to the recurrent attire – as well as bringing me back to the surface and giving me the readied push to take on the driven couture.

Luckily the stark trees, the fallen and corroded leaves and bogged up pathways made the idyllic background for the vibe I was putting across. Damp and dismal but with a reflection of how you can rock that unpleasant chill. This First & I faux fur jacket has been an absolute staple over the December – January period (in fact, I’ve never had it off) both sporting comfort and class and in the perfect swarthy brown meets orchid colour. Sticking with the cocoa tones, I combined an old, revamped collection of basics – a Primark pyjama shirt with a metallic twist, H&M mini tasselled shoulder bag, Stradivarius snakeskin ankle boots and the ultimate pair of culotte trousers from trusty ol’ Boohoo that allow that relaxed silhouette and can be teamed with elegance or an androgynous feel. My favourite get up of the season!

 

I suppose what I’m trying to get across amidst the poses and the visuals is that it doesn’t make a difference if you don’t have access to the latest technology, the opulent wardrobe filled with extensive luxe or the superior photographer; if you find the inner motive to get out there again and showcase your style and feel as though you can take a step forward into the land of sartorial representation with the added benefits of jubilation and just a tiny bit (okay, a lot) of upheaval then go ahead and do it. Do you and you only.

Bridie x


 

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Wednesday Wishlist: Topshop New In

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FLUTED FRILL KNIT TOP | TEXTURED FLUTE SLEEVE JUMPER | WAFFLE MERMAID TROUSERS | FRILL FRENCH STRIPE TOP | FLORAL MOM JEANS | FLORAL CROSSBODY BAG | EMBROIDERED STRAIGHT LEG JEANS | FRILL ANKLE BOOTS | CLASSIC PU SKIRT | SPOT RUFFLE FLUTE SLEEVE DRESS | PATCHWORK FAUX FUR COAT | LUXE FAUX FUR COAT | GINGHAM FLUTE SLEEVE TOP | STAR EMBROIDERED BLOUSE | WRAP PU MIDI SKIRT

 

I had a little wobble last week. I mean, I’m always questioning my place in the blogging sector but specifically with my Wednesday Wishlists. I’ve been creating them for about a year now and as much as I enjoy it, I think posting one every week can become a little tedious and repetitive. As much as I love to shop, I find it hard to spice things up because quite frankly, there’s only so many clothes, shoes, bags, and bric a brac in the world isn’t there? So, I decided to run a poll on Twitter asking your thoughts and the results were pretty equal – keep at it and/or mix up the content and showcase some sartorial goodness for you to mull over occasionally, instead.

 

There isn’t a better way to kick off this freshly formed schedule of mine than some Topshop treats from their new in section. It’s that confusing time of year where you don’t know whether to continue buying winter garments or to shuffle over to the spring wear that shall (hopefully) be sprouting its daffodils soon enough but I feel the clothing on offer at the moment is a good balance of both. You can layer up a lightweight blouse with a dominant faux fur coat, pair tights and quirky ankle boots with a flutey dress or a PU skirt with a hint of a pastel colour scheme, and rock those thin to medium knits that appear effortless. I’m loving the specific sleeve detail currently invading the high street which seems to have followed on for the previous season, as with the pretty embroidery detail that can make all the difference to an outfit. The spotted dress, floral bag and striped knit are a definite favourite to push up that to buy list.

 

Have you been shopping lately? I haven’t bought myself a collection of clothes for absolutely ages and I feel like an update of my wardrobe is badly needed and well deserved (in other words, it’s just my excuse to have a good ol’ splurge!).

 

Bridie x

 


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Wednesday Wishlist: The Cold Weather Edit

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PIECES KNITTED POM BEANIE | TOPSHOP KNIT TASSEL WRAP | TOPSHOP TIP FUR POM BEANIE | NEW LOOK GREY BERET | H&M CASHMERE HAT | ASOS PINK WOVEN SCARF | ASOS BLACK LEATHER GLOVES | ZARA NAUTICAL STRIPE SCARFASOS MAUVE WOVEN SCARF | BOOHOO CAMEL KNIT SCARF | H&M WOOL BLEND GLOVES | MISSGUIDED FAUX FUR STOLE | STRADIVARIUS CAT EAR HAT | MISSGUIDED BLACK FAUX FUR SCARF | ACCESSORIZE WOOL BERET | ACCESSORIZE KNITTED POM POM SCARF | NEW LOOK CREAM CHUNKY KNIT SCARF | H&M GREY PINSTRIPED SCARF

 

It seems my inability to be punctual and tracked to schedule worked out logically apt today as the UK turns bitterly cold and the forecast blizzards, that are already hitting the rest of Europe but aren’t particularly welcomed here, move in. Yesterday (when the wishlist was meant to be posted) saw savage winds hurl the country, not made to be accompanied by extra accessories that are bound to blow away never to be seen again as soon as you step out of the car and hold on to your dear life; so a new day means a new attitude to the weather that’s taken a downfall into the worse winter months already striking at the start of January.

 

I don’t think there’s anybody who likes to be cold. I certainly can’t stand the lack of circulation, the icy nose, and the chattering of the teeth – I’d much rather consider hibernating inside with only Netflix and a cup of hot soup to keep me company but unfortunately bracing the outdoors isn’t avoidable. What I do like is keeping sheltered, getting wrapped up warm in as many layers as possible and making myself protective in my own snuggle bubble. Finding your dream coat (or coats) is all well and good but I think the knitted extras are totally underestimated. Scarves act as blankets, hats add a quirky touch to your outfit whilst screening your poor, exposed ears and gloves – although hard to pair with a phone that never leaves your magic typing fingers – are super satisfying when your hands just can’t bear the crisp temperatures. Not only that, they’re great investment pieces and versatile in how you style with the rest of your wardrobe. Whether you’re a cashmere and faux fur kinda person, or someone who’s happy enough with soft cotton and wool – my high street picks are bound to get you through. Enjoy! (Or at least try).

 

What’s your favourite go to item in the cold weather?

 

Bridie x


 

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