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My Style: A Winter Coat Deserves A Snowy Background


As you will know, from my numerous tweets and Instagram snaps, the snow finally fell on my village this weekend and I certainly made the most of it. So on Saturday, before the major snow fell yesterday, I decided to give my new Dorothy Perkins coat that I bought in the sale a test run – basically I just wanted an excuse to wrap up warm and wear my new coat.

I have been after a smarter winter coat for a while, and I really wanted one with contrasting sleeves but not all black like the ones I have seen in Zara, New Look and Topshop, and I had considered the parka versions seen in River Island and Warehouse but I just didn’t seem to ever find one in my size, so when I spotted this beauty in the sale at DP it was like fate!!!

As well as keeping the chill away, I love the shape of this coat, kind of a slouchy long-line biker-style coat, which is still smart and basically will go with anything in my wardrobe. What I also love is that it fits perfectly in the arms, I have tried on a lot of these contrasting sleeve coats and the faux-leather sleeve is either too tight or too baggy, this one is just right and not bad for £40.

As we hadn’t had that much snow on Saturday I decided to pair my new coat with my fairly new 5th Avenue by Halle Berry knee-high boots, yes designed by Halle Berry the actress as seen at the Golden Globes in Atelier Versace!!! 5th Avenue is a German brand part of the Deichmann footwear group and the Halle Berry line has something for everyone, so when the brand asked me to pick a pair I just loved these simple knee highs. I chose them because not only are they the perfect height, just under 9cm, they have a block heel, which means they are comfortable to wear all day, and they are less than £60 – serious bargain.

Finishing up my look is my super warm Vero Moda knitted jumper dress, which I have had for years, and I added a pop of colour with this neon statement necklace from Dorothy Perkins. Oh and I nearly forgot, I even gave my HTC One X a makeover as my Hello Kitty cover I ordered off eBay arrived – isn’t it cute!!!

What have you been wearing in the snow?

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My Style: Dorothy Perkins coat, bought in the sale; Vero Moda jumper dress; Primark leggings; 5th Avenue by Halle Berry knee high boots (c/o); Dorothy Perkins necklace (c/o); Tesco gloves (c/o); and a Hello Kitty HTC One X cover, via eBay.hello-kitty-htc-cover snow-garden Tia-snow-2

For similar contrasting sleeve coats check these out:

Daily Shop: Tesco Tie Front Tee

With Radio 1’s Big Weekend taking place this weekend it signals the start of the festival season, so for today’s daily shopping pick I have chosen something that is versatile to wear.

Pair this Tesco F&F Tie Front T-shirt with jeans, denim shorts or even a maxi skirt. I love the colour as peach is refreshing for summer, but I think I love the price even more at £8 it is a bargain.

Trends AW10: Capes From The High Street

Pic: ASOS.com

One of my favourite trends coming for autumn/winter 2010 has to be the cape, I loved seeing them come down the runway at London Fashion Week in February and its great to see the high street coming up with price-friendly alternatives.

I have picked a number of capes, with the one above from ASOS.com being one of my favourite, I think going for a dark shade is best for me but there are so many camel and beige shades as well, and the hood on this one is an added bonus. Not out until September but already been added to my wish-list.

Pic: Primark

Second up is this navy military cape from Primark, not due in stores until the beginning of October but with a price tag of just £25 surely it is worth the wait, the addition of the belt makes it a smart alternative to a coat. I also love these wet-look leggings (£7 – end of September) and black lace ankle boots (£15) that the cape has been styled with – makes me excited about the cold weather.

Pic: Debenhams - Rocha.John Rocha

Next up is this designer collaboration with Debenhams from Rocha.John Rocha, this brush cape has leather pipping details and a longer length than most which is what is so flattering. Surprising this cape is only £65 which is a bargain and grey is going to be everywhere so this is a good trend choice.

Pic: Tesco

If you after grey then this one from Tesco is another good contender from the F&F collection, priced £35. The only problem with this one for me is that capes can easily look like a blanket so always make sure you try on a few to see which ones suit you.

Pic: Monsoon

For a lighter shade this Monsoon Carmel cape is perfect. I love the knit print as well as the chunky button – perfect to wear to the office, priced £65 due in store in October.

Pic: Primark

Finishing off with another cape from Primark, again they’ve gone for the military look but this one is lighter than the navy one. I love the ribbed detailing on the large hems, and it is a cheaper alternative to the Monsoon one at only £15 (due in store beginning of September.

Most stores are doing capes and I’ve seen some great ones on press days and from look books from Warehouse, M&S and New Look – so shop around for the perfect one.

Tesco And Couture – Sounds A Little Wrong

Pic: Tesco

I know you’re thinking I got the heading a little wrong, but no Tesco – yep the supermarket – have launched its first ever premium collection, F&F Couture.

The collection debuts exclusively online, from March 29 and is priced between £40 and £140 – so not quite couture prices so maybe they could have sacrifice the sexy and just called it premium.

Buying Director of Tesco Clothing Jan Marchant commented: “F&F Couture signifies a new era for supermarket fashion. It’s a high fashion-led range which will enable us to meet the increased desire for affordable yet high quality clothing, and we’re so confident that the range will be a success that work has already begun on the Autumn/Winter range.”

I admit I wanted to hate it just because they went too far calling it couture – but I actually like some of the pieces. Whether I would buy it from Tesco’s is something else. I have no shame it saying a £14 dress comes from the supermarket chain, but the standout piece of the collection is the Textured Pagoda Dress (item 3), a gorgeous sculpted hourglass shape frock with ruffled collar – but it costs £140. For that type of money I want to show it off, I want people to ask where it is from – but does anyone want to admit it is Tesco Couture?

The whole range mixes print, texture and embellishment in a colour palette of zingy acid brights, muted charcoals and regal magenta tones. I love this strapless Acid Print Jumpsuit (item 2), costing £80, I think it would be perfect for a summers day, and jumpsuits are everywhere this season.

There are 16 items in totally ranging from a sheer printed racer-back vest to a heavily embellished sequin jacket, to sharp tailored shorts and harem pants, layered dresses and skirts as well as cropped jackets.

One of the jackets of note for me is the Extreme Jacket in light denim (item 1), £75, with denim everywhere this is a great alternative – I love the shoulder detailing.

So what do you reckon do you want to buy Tesco F&F Couture?