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LFW Day 3: My Style – Kate Mouse Hits Fashion Week

I can’t believe it is Sunday already, this has been one of the busiest London Fashion Weeks for me and I am so happy as I do love the buzz of a catwalk show and all the drama and socialising that goes with it. Whereas Saturday is official being re-named ‘the day that rains’, today the sun is shining, which means I could finally get my sunglasses out.

Quiet day for me today, I have a number of shows in but I have only done one, the Prophetic show at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, so I can catch up on editing my images and bringing you all the news from the first two days, seriously I have a lot of stuff to share, and generally taking a breather before the madness that is my Monday schedule.

Today’s look is kind of casual, mainly because I was only around for a few hours, but also one of my favourite looks so far. I do love a good maxi skirt and this is one of my most comfortable and surprisingly long enough ones from New Look; I paired it with my Simeon Farrar t-shirt, Long Tall Sally leather jacket, and finishing off the look is my Rebecca Minkoff Morning After Bag.

My Style Details:

You know I love t-shirts, well my Simeon Farrar printed Kate Mouse tee is fast becoming one of my favourites and most versatile pieces, I really just love it and couldn’t resist working it to fashion week.

Fashion week wouldn’t be complete without getting out my trust blue Rebecca Minkoff, this bag is one of my all time favs not only is it a great colour to add a pop to my mainly black wardrobe, but it is also an ideal size for all my belongings. Today I have paired my RM with my new zebra printed New Look scarf, I was wearing to keep the chill off but I love attaching scarves to bags and I thought this worked well.

Finishing off my look today are my Calvin Klein sunglasses, when it comes to dark frames I am more of a dark brown than black type of gal and these are my wear anywhere and everywhere glasses. LFW really does look better in the sun!!!

**Thanks to good pal Bumpkin Betty for taking my snaps – if you haven’t already seen her website you really are missing out**

Shopping: Statement Coats From Long Tall Sally

Last week I raved about how much Long Tall Sally had changed, and excited I was at actually finding a winter coat that fitted my long arms. Well now here are the beauties I was talking about from their amazing autumn/winter 2011 collection, and there is something for every occasion.

Weekend Wonders

First up are the weekend staples, starting with the denim jacket, this one is perfect as it also has an adorable faux shearling collar. As well as the cut being flattering, it is also great for all-year-round wearing as the shearling collar can be removed as well as the button-out thermal fleece. I do love casual and cosy and this beauty is available now for £70.

With weather like ours you need a waxed jacket in your wardrobe, and this casual weekend jacket complete with a textured cord collar and checked lining is the perfect accompaniment to a winter walk. One of the other fashion bloggers snapped this beauty on the day, and I am not surprised at it was only £80.

My favourite of the weekend coats has to be this very on-trend hooded parka, I am completely in love with this utility style parka for £120. As with the denim jacket, this parka has a detachable fleece layer, which means it will see you through from winter to next year’s festival season. I tried this coat on and it was so cosy and I love the toggle fasteners.

Vintage Charm

A key investment every winter is a great coat, and I think if you are after something modern with a vintage twist then this 50’s Fur Trimmed Coat, £150, is for you. Made from a soft flecked tweed I love the addition of the soft faux fur trim on the collar and cuffs, this coat will brighten up any cold morning. The coat has a great silhouette with its softly tailored design fitted to the waist and then flares into a pleated skirt, and comes with a detachable belt.

Maxi Coat

For a tall lady the maxi coat trend can be quite scary, well this gorgeous belted camel maxi for £150, oozes glamour and elegance. What I love about this coat has to be the oversize lapel and I think everyone needs a camel classic in their wardrobe.

Perfect For The Office

For the office, and generally your every day coat you just want something classic that will work with everything. I think this Tweed Double Breasted Coat, £125, is perfect with its a-line style. It also makes a change from just a boring black one with the white fleck. This jacket is also one of Lisa Butcher’s top picks.

The Much Needed Leather Jacket

If you talk about coats that every woman needs in their wardrobe I think you would state a trench coat as well as a good quality leather jacket. I have been looking for too long now for the perfect leather jacket, I always find it hard to get them long enough for my body and arms as well as the leather feeling like it is going to last as they can be quite pricey. I think I may be in luck after trying on this beauty from Long Tall Sally, the biker-inspired jacket is £175, and is perfect in every way.

Not the best shot of me in the jacket, but one thing for sure is I am not going to have any problems with the sleeve length, and I can’t wait to wear for LFW.

I don’t know why I didn’t buy there and then, but no fear the lovely staff are holding one for me so I pick up my new leather jacket tomorrow!!

 

 

 

Long Tall Sally: Where Tall Really Is Beautiful!

Last week I was invited by Long Tall Sally for afternoon tea and to check out their autumn/winter and Christmas collections, as well as their newly refurbished flagship store on Chiltern Street, London. I love it when brands reach out to bloggers in such a positive way, and it was such an intimate gathering that LTS put on it was hard not to get enthusiastic about the brand, which has had a major revamp in recent years.

The event was hosted by Jane Woolf, Buying Director, who has previously worked for Warehouse and Oasis, alongside the brand’s celebrity ambassador, Lisa Butcher, you know the one used to be the presenter of BBC’s What Not To Wear, who is more than just the face of a campaign, Lisa also designs her own collection and is very passionate about the brand.

The flagship store is on Chiltern Street, tucked away slightly, but I think that works as for me as LTS is more of a boutique brand than high street. I say that because the staff are all adorable, all dressed head-to-toe in LTS, happy to help, and most of all extremely knowledgeable, for me it just felt like a boutique rather than a national chain, which it is as Long Tall Sally has 19 stores across the UK including Bath, Birmingham, Manchester, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Albans and York.

When I asked people what they thought about Long Tall Sally a lot of it to be honest was quite negative, from poor fabrics to bland colours and lack of style led pieces, and I have to admit I had never shopped there before as I just thought it was mail-order. But trust me the brand isn’t the same as it was even a few years ago, as it has had a totally revamp and it is much more fashion-forward in its designs and that is all down to the creative direction of Jane and Lisa working together so closely.

This is a brand that has to cater for a wide range of ages, as being 5ft8 or above doesn’t age discriminate, so it is quite a hard task for the design team but I think Long Tall Sally have done really well. There were a number of pieces in the Christmas collection that caught my eye, from this polka dot stretch dress that I am told is just like wearing Spanx it nips everything in and creates a gorgeous silhouette.

No bland colours here, these gorgeous silk blouses are so on trend for autumn/winter, I am loving the electric blue one. I also took a shine to this Art Deco beaded top, I can see it paired with skinny jeans and a tux-style blazer with bright sky-high wedges for a funky night on the town.

Most of the clothes looked even too long for me and I am 5ft8ish, but what stood out for me was the quality of all the pieces especially all the coats. As if like me you are tall you probably have a problem finding coats long enough for your arms, it is something that I painfully go through every winter, well not this year as LTS has something for everyone. Because I loved so many pieces I have decided to do a separate post on them, so pop back tomorrow.

But there was so many pieces I want, from the pleated maxi *finally found one that will sweep across the floor*, this gorgeous bird print blouse, which will look amazing under a leather jacket, and they have an amazing denim section which includes brands from America as well as their own, I am looking forward to trying some of their styles on for my denim challenge *coming soon*.

Thanks to the team at Long Tall Sally and Frank PR for the invite and wonderful afternoon.