Tag Archive: Gap

Feb 11 2015

My Style: Shades Of Grey

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I’ve spoken about my hunt for the perfect grey winter coat previously, as this year I’m trying to just invest in classic pieces rather than trends, I had all but given up hope when I spied this beauty in the Gap sale, only one left, in my size, was down from £99.99 to £39.99 with another 40 percent off, so for £23.99 I picked up the best bargain I have found in a while, and I’m in love with it. 

It ticks a lot of the boxes I had listed for this coat, it is the perfect shade of grey, not too dark, not too light – I am very picky, it has subtle buttons, not over the top shiny ones, it has large pockets to slouch into, oh and carry my phone around, it has a strong collar, and most importantly it falls around knee-length. I have to be honest, listing out all the points it ticks makes me even more surprised that I found it, more so because it was less than £25, it just shows that you can still find a good deal out there. 

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I promise I won’t only wear this with grey, but I thought it made a fun statement to show off the beauty of the coat, plus it was freezing on our weekend winter walk around Anglesey Abbey that I needed this cosy cable tabbard jumper with roll-neck from Oasis **which FYI is in the sale**, which I love layered over a long sleeve tee or as in this case wearing over a thin black roll-neck for extra warmth. If you are going to work a roll-neck you have to do it twice right?

Finishing up my look is my carry everywhere, bottomless pit of a tote that I picked up from Zara, the best bit about this bag has to be the fact you can reverse it for a contrasting colour, so I have the red showing but could have gone for black. I also have this beauty in the blue and mustard colour, which doesn’t seem to be available anymore. It really is the perfect travel companion, or winter walk buddy to carry my camera, instant camera, mini picnic, and basically my life around with me. Best bit, well other than the price it is only £29.99, has to be the inner zipped pocket, which attaches to the handle to keep it secure, plus you can remove if you like and use in any bag you want. 

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Sunday walks are becoming a bit of thing in our household, as we are trying to take time away from our busy schedules, enjoy life and being with each other, and help me especially step away from the computer for at least one day a week. Getting outside is one of my favourite things, I really do think when it is so gloomy that you have to take all the good weather days and enjoy them to the max. Plus what’s not to love about walking around a beautiful place hand-in-hand with the one you love. We are lucky as we live in a village in the countryside, just outside Cambridge, so we get town and country, but when we lived in London we used to wander around one of the parks, or stroll down the River Thames, just somewhere that’s pretty and relaxing. 

I probably go to Anglesey Abbey just outside Cambridge about four or five times a year, it is such a lovely relaxing place, and I just adore the wandering walk through the gardens, alongside the river and through the woods, plus it changes beautifully with the seasons there is always something new to admire. In February, it is all about the snowdrops, one of my favourite flowers – well they do herald the arrival of spring, plus they are just so elegant and pretty, and Anglesey Abbey has more than 270 species of snowdrops dotted around the place. I know who knew there were so many different kinds. 

I also used the occasion to test out my Lomo’Instant, the instant camera from Lomography that we got as our Christmas present from my Mum, as I have wanted an polaroid-style camera for a while. I love digital and snapping away on my phone, I even love the art of editing my images, but there is something fun and more memorable about capturing that moment on instant film and waiting for it to develop. I will be bringing you a more detailed review on the camera soon, which I am loving to capture our first year in marriage memories. 

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My Style: Grey jeans, Ida by Donna Ida (c/o) // Black rollneck, Primark // Grey cable tabbard jumper, Oasis *similar* // Grey coat, Gap *similar* // Tote, Zara // Boots, Quiz Clothing (c/o) // Glasses, Glasses Direct (c/o) // Lomo’Instant, Lomography // 

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Aug 05 2014

My Style: Glorious Goodwood & The Perfect Summer Maxi

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Weekends are precious, I love spending time with my fiancé as well as my close friends, and I love it even more when it is filled with gorgeous sunshine, great food and lots of laughs. Last weekend we went to visit Jim & Sarah, two of our closest friends, to celebrate Jim’s birthday as well as get giddy about the wedding as they are both coming with us to New York and with less than 100 days to go I am pretty excited.

I always love going down to see them both in Chichester, it is always fun and relaxing, and this weekend was made even more perfect with a visit to Goodwood. Not only can you watch planes taking off and cars whizzing around the track, but you can also enjoy them both while eating brunch at the Aero Club Café. The sunshine didn’t hurt either, I think I could have sat outside watching all the planes taking off, landing and doing tricks all day. I really do love discovering secret brunch spots and I can’t wait to go back.

After brunch we wandered around the rest of Goodwood, checking out the motor circuit, watching some drifting, and I couldn’t help but snap away at the lovely retro touches around the grounds including the racing green telephone box and vintage cars. It also made the perfect spot to showcase my new maxi dress from Gap, which is not only flattering but super comfortable. I bought this beauty for my honeymoon but I couldn’t resist giving it a test drive as we are having such glorious weather at the moment.

I have trouble finding flattering maxi dresses, they are either sack-like or too tight, what I love about this Gap beauty is that the elasticised waist creates a blousy top look that really does nip in the silhouette of the dress. Plus I also love anything that I can just throw on, will work with flats, heels and trainers, and is comfortable to wander around in the sunshine.

Have you discovered your perfect summer maxi dress?

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My Style: Stripe cami maxi dress, Gap // Gladiator flats, F&F // Yellow bag, Rebecca Minkoff // Blue watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Sunglasses, Calvin Klein //

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[Pics: Fashionista Barbie & my friends Jim & Sarah]

Jul 24 2014

My Style: Festival-Inspired Floral Love Affair

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What is your go-to festival look?

Mine would probably be skinny jeans/denim shorts, a vintage rock tee, a bold floral kimono, some wellies and a few statement pieces of jewellery that I would probably have picked up from Primark. For this season, with the weather being a little warmer, I thought I would channel my girlie side and opt for a fun and flirty dress, pops of colour, of course sensible but cool footwear, and a statement headpiece, well it wouldn’t be a festival without wearing something silly now would it.

What I love about this look, other than how happy this tropical print shirtdress makes me from Gap, even when it starts to rain, has to be how comfortable I am not wearing wellington boots. I have a problem with not being able to find wellies that fit me well, they are always too big around the ankle, I seem to not be able to walk properly and they make my feet ache, maybe it is because I haven’t invested in quality, but I was so pleased to try out Sorel’s Slimshortie style. They are kind of part cowboy, part biker, with their full-grain waterproof leather they can take on any challenges of a festival, plus they will look great in winter as well.

To tie my boots into my look I added a tan belt, which really nips in this cute dress, and then to add a summer pop I went for this fun pompom headpiece from Asos, which is currently in the sale so snap it up quick, I just thought it looked perfect with my new specs from Kite, the yellow Shore Projects watch and my Rebecca Minkoff bag.

What do you think – would you wear this to a festival? Also have you tried out Sorel’s Slimshortie boots?

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My Style: Floral dress, Gap // Sorel Slimshortie boots, Sorel (c/o) // Pompom headband, Asos // Yellow watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Bracelet stack, Accessorize // Blue framed glasses, Kite Glasses (c/o) // Belt, New Look // Yellow Bag, Rebecca Minkoff //

My-Style-Festival-gap-1For more festival inspiration – check out my top 15 buy-now pieces below:

Mar 04 2013

My Style: Boyfriend Jeans & A Lobster Knit

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As you know by now I love a statement knit, whether it is a flash of neon pink or yellow, or a wolf or tiger, I love how you can dress them up and down, and at the weekend I took my Nowhere Lobster knit from Nelly.com that I picked up at the The Apartment LFW Dress Up event out for a test run.

With my Mum down for the weekend we decided to do touristy things around London, things we hadn’t done in years or never done before, and on Friday we hit one of my favourite places the National Gallery. I love this place for many reasons – the architecture is just exquisite, each time I visit I dream of one day having a gorgeous mosaic floor, and I can’t get enough of the Claude-Oscar Monet, John Constable and Joseph Turner paintings.

As it was a day of walking, relaxing, and having fun, but gloomy and grey, I opted for comfort, warmth as well as style with my new favourite jeans, my sexy boyfriend jeans that I picked up from Gap for London Fashion Week. Since I got such lovely comments at fashion week over my style posts I thought I would keep on working these beauties and I just love how comfortable they are but also how versatile they are that they can be smart as well as casual.

This look is kind of in-between smart and casual, kind of dressed up with the coat, but once off it has the dressed-down feel of a tourist day out that I was after. I just love the moody burgundy colour of the lobster knit against the black and grey coat and the denim.

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My Style:  Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, Gap // Dorothy Perkins coat, bought in the sale // Nowhere Lobster jumper c/o Nelly.com // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) // Bangles – New Look, Forever 21 and Topshop // Ankle boots, Topshop // Grey socks, Topshop //

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**Piccies of me snapped by my Mum**

Feb 17 2013

My Style: Day Three At London Fashion Week

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Day three and the sun has been shining all day, granted still not that warm, but I don’t mind shivering when it is bright. Once again, another look, another shade of pink – so we’ve had a bright pink jumper, bright pink accessories and today I went for my new Gap blazer which I picked up in the sale last weekend.

Considering a blazer is a wardrobe staple I only seem to have two very ill-fitted ones so I thought it was time to invest for fashion week as you can dress an outfit up or down with one and lots of my friends recommended Gap. When I saw this bright pink beauty I couldn’t resist, even more so when it was £20 off – serious bargain that I am sure to wear all-year round.

As the trim of the blazer is a dark grey I thought it would make the bright pink stand out even more if the rest of my outfit was charcoal grey and black – and I think this is one of my favourite looks for a while.

As you know if you follow me on Twitter I love jeans but like most people I struggle to find styles that fit and look flattering and a number of my followers answered my pleas for help and suggested Uniqlo, a shop I love for t-shirts but have never tried for denim, but I have seriously been missing out.

These dark grey beauties are from the super soft, super stretchy skinny range, and I can assure you they are exactly that, they are just so flattering and for a long time putting skinny jeans on didn’t make me feel instantly fat. Plus they are super long, I have them turned up as wearing with boots today, but in the summer I will actually be able to wear jeans with flats and not feel like I am showing half my leg off!!!

Finishing off my look is my trusty Osprey London bag, this is so perfect for fashion week – classic colour, classic design and fits everything from my iPad, tickets, make-up, chocolate, phone, diary, notepad, pens, etc, etc, in, as well as my Ice-Watch, which sadly has the wrong date on it, my Topshop ankle boots that I am literally wearing to death, and a new statement necklace from New Look.

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My Style: Pink and grey blazer, Gap // Dark grey skinny jeans, Uniqlo // Dark grey t-shirt, Warehouse // Necklace, New Look // Ankle boots, Topshop // Black ‘The Trader’ bag, Osprey London // Pink watch, Ice-Watch // Tiffany’s bracelet // Silver bangle stack, Forever 21 // Scarf tied to bag, New Look // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) //

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**Thanks to Sherin for the piccies – and the sun coming out to make my blazer look even brighter**

Feb 15 2013

My Style: Day One At London Fashion Week

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Today has been a busy day, tons of shows, catching up with friends some of which I only seem to see twice a year, being pampered at The Apartment run by friend Abi – the lovely girlies at Rimmel did my make-up, and for the first time in about eight seasons I actually got street style snapped – not once but twice, seriously small pleasures really do make me smile.

This fashion week I have decided to work some of the trends/looks I love most right now, first up is boyfriend jeans, granted I would have loved to wear a strappy heel with them but the cold made me go for my comfortable, wear in any weather Topshop ankle boots. I must have tried on about 20 pairs of boyfriend style jeans on the high street, and 19 of them look awful, but then I tried these ‘Sexy Boyfriend’ style at Gap and I fell in love with them.

What I love about this look, other than the fact I was extremely comfortable, has to be the pop of colour from my Primark jumper, which worked perfectly with the gorgeous white broderie trim shirt from the Glamour for Very collection, and the super cute Angelica London necklace that I picked up at Task PR’s LFW gifting suite last week. I also really adore my new Mickey Mouse ‘Mmwwaah – seriously how cute is that.My-style-LFW-day1-close-up

My Style: Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, Gap // Neon pink jumper, Primark // Leather contrast sleeve jacket, Dorothy Perkins // Rose necklace, Angelica London (c/o Task PR) // Broderie Trim Shirt, Glamour for Very (c/o Very) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) // Mickey Mouse watch // Infinite bow bracelet, Tiffany’s // Ankle boots, Topshop // black ‘The Trader’ bag, Osprey London // Make-up all Rimmel products (c/o The Apartment) //My-style-LFW-day1-necklace My-style-LFW-day1-watch My-style-LFW-day1-boyfriend**Thanks to Alex for the piccies**

Feb 16 2012

My Style: When Only Jeans, A Cute Tee And Chanel Will Do

I still get very uneasy about sharing style posts, mainly because I don’t think I have that many clothes so there maybe a lot of repetition, secondly I am not as comfortable in my body as I used to be, which I am totally working on at the gym, and lastly I just think my dress sense is more about comfort and what I like, than trends and style.

One of my main wardrobe staples has to be jeans. I own a lot of pairs, some which don’t fit any more yet I hold on to them in hope that one day they’ll fasten up, others are reserved for weekend use only, some have no place outside the home but are comfortable as hell, and then there are my top flight jeans that make me feel amazing *and slim* – these Gap Long & Lean beauties are one of those pair.

I have to admit I haven’t had them long, I bought them in a Gap outlet because they were ridiculously cheap, and I am completely in love with them. I sometimes have a problem getting jeans long enough as I have a 33 inch inside leg and to wear with heeled boots they need to be extra long – these ones from Gap are perfect. Not only is the length excellent, I also adore the shape of these boot-cuts, and the dark distressed colouring is the perfect slimming trick – I feel that these jeans make me look taller and slimmer *I know it is all in my head* and I feel great wearing them.

Well when you’ve found the perfect pair of jeans it is only fair and right to team them with a funky tee and today’s choice is my new Muppets ‘Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem’ one. What I love other than the fact it is the Muppets and it has a vintage vibe to it, has to be the slouchy neckline, which drops nicely off one-shoulder. Stylish, comfortable with a touch of quirkiness – perfect for me.

Finishing off my look are my amazing Chanel sunglasses – they totally make you wish for sun all year round!!!

Wearing: Junk Food Clothing Muppets ‘Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem’ t-shirt; Gap Long & Lean jeans; Clarks boots; and finishing off my look are my favourite sunglasses from Chanel.

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