There are so many things I love about living in the countryside, the open spaces, the gorgeous views, incredible walks on our doorstep, and the moment I’m obsessed with the gorgeous yellow fields that are literally surrounding our village, so of course I couldn’t help but take advantage of the sunny weather to take an impromptu photoshoot of what seems to becoming my weekend go-to outfit, flares and stripes.
There is something about wearing sequins that I think just brightens up any day. Sparkles in general I find helps with the darkness of winter, but sequins just add a whole need level of glamour that helps me cope with the cold. I am currently obsessed with dressing down sequins, especially skirts, with chunky jumpers, denim shirts and trainers, I love it when sequins are worn in a nonchalant way, and by pairing a sequins down it really does take the piece away from just partywear and makes it just cool daywear.
I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to sequin skirts, I love the idea of pairing a silver sequinned beauty with Benton strips, or a dark beauty with a denim shirt, and I am totally in love with brightly coloured trainers with a classic black sequin pencil skirt.
I love it when brands go for something innovative and edgy in their advertising campaigns, in fashion that is generally reserved by major fashion houses, but high street chain French Connection has put together something really creativity and cheeky for autumn/winter 2013 with the help of iconic photography Rankin.
Entitled ‘Sketch to Store’, the concept visualises French Connection’s design process, with naked models being covered by the clothing designs sketched by illustrator Jo Bird – such a fun but powerful idea that really translate well in the brand’s first black and white shoot.
I love the way it mixes style and design, with a provocative cheekiness, and how it is moving the brand away from its FCUK days with this quirky and some what fearless approach . I also think it is a great follow up to its This is the Woman campaign.
If you love the black and white photographs, you will love the campaign video, where you see the sketches being added to the models and the humour of the advert really comes out – plus the backing track by The Beaches is amazing!!!
[Pics: courtesy of French Connection/Rankin]
I always find getting my winter coat one of the most stressful shopping experiences, that is after finding the most perfect pair of jeans – but I have tracked down some beauties in the January sales. From the classic duffle coat, which is my new favourite – I quite like the Paddington Bear look, to another classic the Pea Coat that was seen on the runways at Stella McCartney and YSL. I have also added in some bright coats to brighten up any winter morning, as well as some chic two-tone coats perfect for office.
If you are after a classic, while still being a little quirky you can’t go too wrong with a duffle coat – these are my top three duffles:
1. Lands’ End, Wool Duffle, £110 down from £180, Landsend.co.uk
3. Vicky Smith, Women’s Winter Duffle Coat, £39.99 down from £59.99, Amazon.co.uk
Everyone needs to have a colourful coat in their wardrobe. How about this gorgeous blue maxi from Reiss or the cute 60s dolly coat from Oasis – there is so much choice this season.
1. Oasis, 60s Dolly Coat, £35 was £45, Oasis-Stores.com – I just adore this pastel colour, the swing silhouette and that adorable Princess collar and large buttons.
3. Wallis, Pink 1923 Fur Trim Mohair Coat, £75 was £150, Wallis.co.uk – brighten up your winter days with this gorgeous coat that has been spotted on Daybreak presenter Kate Garraway.
4. Warehouse, Mustard coat, £35 was £45, Warehouse.co.uk
For a shorter coat style the Pea Coat is a perfect solution. I have selected some varying styles from faux fur collars to a boxy shape – as well as something a little colourful. All will look perfect dressed down with jeans – my favourite has to be the Tartan print from ASOS.
2. Dorothy Perkins, Red Short Pea Coat, £35 down from £45, DorothyPerkins.com
4. New Look, Collarless Pea Coat, £18 down from £44.99, NewLook.com
Two-tone and monochrome coats seem to be around every year but the two I have chosen will look amazing for the office or a smart function.