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* A great quote from my New Style Crush - Jenna Lyons, a very true statement. * My Christmasy nails start now - updating my favourite shade of Essie polish some much needed glitter. * The glossy new Essie Ad campaign, a selection of gorgeous imagery - every shade of sparkle. * My new Filofax and a selection of divider images that make it so personal - check out my Filofax post here Organise in Style. * The first wave of Christmas lights, and its was only the beginning of November! Although this statement use of lights at my favourite jewelers Steffans in Market Harborough has brighten up my drive home from work. * Topshop shoe haul - visited Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield for a spot of Christmas shopping and may have ended up finding a great pair of moc croc loafer pumps (still available on topshop.com) and a pair of sale sandals i lusted after at full price - last pair and in my size so just had to have. * My personliased Tatty Devine charm necklace, the perfect collection of charms from my favourite jewllery brand - read my post here Chic Charms.


* My beautiful Willow posing for the camera mid hug! * So this year my husband James decided to take part in Movember, and raise some money for Men's health charity's. I was a little skeptical as he has a very young face and to be honest i wasn't sure he could grow a moustache - but armed with a photo of my dad who has the best RAF handlebar tasche, he took up the challenge. Here are the before and after pictures - very impressed that in 4 weeks something resembling a small furry caterpillar grew on his upper lip, and he managed to raise £150. * Another trip to the Royal & Derngate to see the one and only Ed Byrne - a nice Thursday night treat. * A great winter brooch - feathers and jewels, an ASOS purchase last year that looks great on my fedora. * The ultimate snuggly cardi. Wanted a longerline cardi and found this burgundy beauty with shearling trims from none other than Matalan. 
* I have always loved Christmas in the office - my old workplace had a tradition of a office decoration off! which resulted in things such as full sized cardboard reindeer, a grotto made from a tent and a Santa mannequin dressed in velvet short (with white trim), Santa hat and walking boots! not just the usual snowflakes and baubles. So in my new office i wondered what Christmas would be like - so far i have been impressed. A Christmas tree in every area of the building including the warehouse, fairy lights fill the stairwell and the most beautiful tree outside accompanied by every outdoor light imaginable. The pics here olny show a flavour of the Christmas spirit in the Lands End office - will be a magical December.


Looking forward to December and the festive period.

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My November



* A great quote from my New Style Crush - Jenna Lyons, a very true statement. * My Christmasy nails start now - updating my favourite shade of Essie polish some much needed glitter. * The glossy new Essie Ad campaign, a selection of gorgeous imagery - every shade of sparkle. * My new Filofax and a selection of divider images that make it so personal - check out my Filofax post here Organise in Style. * The first wave of Christmas lights, and its was only the beginning of November! Although this statement use of lights at my favourite jewelers Steffans in Market Harborough has brighten up my drive home from work. * Topshop shoe haul - visited Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield for a spot of Christmas shopping and may have ended up finding a great pair of moc croc loafer pumps (still available on topshop.com) and a pair of sale sandals i lusted after at full price - last pair and in my size so just had to have. * My personliased Tatty Devine charm necklace, the perfect collection of charms from my favourite jewllery brand - read my post here Chic Charms.


* My beautiful Willow posing for the camera mid hug! * So this year my husband James decided to take part in Movember, and raise some money for Men's health charity's. I was a little skeptical as he has a very young face and to be honest i wasn't sure he could grow a moustache - but armed with a photo of my dad who has the best RAF handlebar tasche, he took up the challenge. Here are the before and after pictures - very impressed that in 4 weeks something resembling a small furry caterpillar grew on his upper lip, and he managed to raise £150. * Another trip to the Royal & Derngate to see the one and only Ed Byrne - a nice Thursday night treat. * A great winter brooch - feathers and jewels, an ASOS purchase last year that looks great on my fedora. * The ultimate snuggly cardi. Wanted a longerline cardi and found this burgundy beauty with shearling trims from none other than Matalan. 
* I have always loved Christmas in the office - my old workplace had a tradition of a office decoration off! which resulted in things such as full sized cardboard reindeer, a grotto made from a tent and a Santa mannequin dressed in velvet short (with white trim), Santa hat and walking boots! not just the usual snowflakes and baubles. So in my new office i wondered what Christmas would be like - so far i have been impressed. A Christmas tree in every area of the building including the warehouse, fairy lights fill the stairwell and the most beautiful tree outside accompanied by every outdoor light imaginable. The pics here olny show a flavour of the Christmas spirit in the Lands End office - will be a magical December.


Looking forward to December and the festive period.

A while ago i saw an instagram post from agirlastyle.com of her new Tatty Devine Charm necklace and instantly fell in love and have been trawling the web waiting for news of where i could buy one from as they were not showing on the actual Tatty Devine website. Finally an event appeared on the brand's social media network promoting a pop up shop in Birmingham Selfridges, where i could create my own - i had to schedule a visit, even booked a day off work that's how excited i was to design my own!

My obsession with Tatty devine started when I was still at Uni - I was lucky enough to do a month of work experience in the Brick lane workshop/store as it was back then. That month was one of the most expensive of my life as constantly being surrounded by jewellery was too much! Ever since then I am so excited each season to see what new pieces the team have come up with and just how unusual they will go. I have pieces varying from necklaces of fawn's and unicorns to music note earrings, from tape measure brooches to my gorgeous original name necklace - so many Tatty pieces make up a large proportion of my jewellery box - a taster below.


I was wandering around Selfridges for a while before i finally found the pop up shop. It then took me 10 mins to decide on which charms i  wanted on my necklace - too many cute options (plus had the lovely sales lady laughing at me as my sister and her fiance were talking wedding details at me as i was off in my own little world debating my options).

So in the end i went for a silver chain necklace with the following charms:
Shoe - to represent that I am an assistant buyer for footwear and my obsession with shoes. This had to be red glitter in honor of Dorothy's Ruby Slippers in the Wizard of Oz.
Glasses - as I am a glasses wearer and proud of it and glitter because i love a bit of sparkle.
Heart - because it is my favourite symbol, i am always doodling hearts and of course it just has to be pink as that is my favourite colour.


With 11 charms, in 12 colours to choose from i could have been there all day deciding. Defiantly something for everyone - the only charm i had hoped would be there were the lips i saw on the original instagram post but i love the charms i chose.



PRICES 

♥ Bracelets - 5 charms £30, 10 charms £40 and 15 charms £50.
♥ Necklace - 1 charm £18, 3 charms £25 and 5 charms £35.

As the pop up shop is in Birmingham until Christmas Eve i may have to pay another visit and pick up a match charm bracelet! 

Have you been and created your own Tatty Devine charm jewellery? If so please send me some pics, would love to see what combinations others have come up with.

♥ Chic Charms

A while ago i saw an instagram post from agirlastyle.com of her new Tatty Devine Charm necklace and instantly fell in love and have been trawling the web waiting for news of where i could buy one from as they were not showing on the actual Tatty Devine website. Finally an event appeared on the brand's social media network promoting a pop up shop in Birmingham Selfridges, where i could create my own - i had to schedule a visit, even booked a day off work that's how excited i was to design my own!

My obsession with Tatty devine started when I was still at Uni - I was lucky enough to do a month of work experience in the Brick lane workshop/store as it was back then. That month was one of the most expensive of my life as constantly being surrounded by jewellery was too much! Ever since then I am so excited each season to see what new pieces the team have come up with and just how unusual they will go. I have pieces varying from necklaces of fawn's and unicorns to music note earrings, from tape measure brooches to my gorgeous original name necklace - so many Tatty pieces make up a large proportion of my jewellery box - a taster below.


I was wandering around Selfridges for a while before i finally found the pop up shop. It then took me 10 mins to decide on which charms i  wanted on my necklace - too many cute options (plus had the lovely sales lady laughing at me as my sister and her fiance were talking wedding details at me as i was off in my own little world debating my options).

So in the end i went for a silver chain necklace with the following charms:
Shoe - to represent that I am an assistant buyer for footwear and my obsession with shoes. This had to be red glitter in honor of Dorothy's Ruby Slippers in the Wizard of Oz.
Glasses - as I am a glasses wearer and proud of it and glitter because i love a bit of sparkle.
Heart - because it is my favourite symbol, i am always doodling hearts and of course it just has to be pink as that is my favourite colour.


With 11 charms, in 12 colours to choose from i could have been there all day deciding. Defiantly something for everyone - the only charm i had hoped would be there were the lips i saw on the original instagram post but i love the charms i chose.



PRICES 

♥ Bracelets - 5 charms £30, 10 charms £40 and 15 charms £50.
♥ Necklace - 1 charm £18, 3 charms £25 and 5 charms £35.

As the pop up shop is in Birmingham until Christmas Eve i may have to pay another visit and pick up a match charm bracelet! 

Have you been and created your own Tatty Devine charm jewellery? If so please send me some pics, would love to see what combinations others have come up with.


The latest accessory in my life - the stylish Saffiano Filofax in Bright Purple.
Managed to get at a bargain price £30 from Staples, as Filofax organisers can be expensive dependent on the size, collection and what accessories/sections you need.  I went shopping with the intention of buying and A5 sized organiser but in the flesh it is just too big to lug around everyday in my handbag so i went for the next size down, the Personal. I also really wanted the New Original Filofax in Fluro pink but at £60 it is a little too expensive for me especially as the Saffiano has more logical sections for my needs and is the same size at half the price.

I am an organisational freak with a strange love of stationary, and i can't fully commit to organising my life solely on my smartphone, i like to organise in the traditional way and write everything down so Filofax is great. I also wanted something a little more grown up than a standard diary and this fitted the bill especially in this beautiful leather and bold colour. I also like to customise my diaries but at the same time keep it simple, have seen many YouTube videos showing how others like to organise theirs, where too many stickers and colours are used, it ends up looking like a child's sticker book. I do have a few stickers but they are use sparingly and are symbols rather than bright characters. To personalise my Filofax i have used my favourite Pinterest images, to jazz up the dividers that came with it.

My current sections include Personal, Diary, Blog Plan, Blog Ideas, Websites and To do lists but the nice thing with Filofax is that i can add more as and when i need them.



Only had this for a week now, and currently only have 2014 diary, but once i hit the new year this diary will hopefully be everything i wanted it to be, and make my life uber organised!

Which do you prefer - the old fashion writing everything down way or the modern everything stored on your smartphone way? Let me know how you like to keep organised.

Organise In Style


The latest accessory in my life - the stylish Saffiano Filofax in Bright Purple.
Managed to get at a bargain price £30 from Staples, as Filofax organisers can be expensive dependent on the size, collection and what accessories/sections you need.  I went shopping with the intention of buying and A5 sized organiser but in the flesh it is just too big to lug around everyday in my handbag so i went for the next size down, the Personal. I also really wanted the New Original Filofax in Fluro pink but at £60 it is a little too expensive for me especially as the Saffiano has more logical sections for my needs and is the same size at half the price.

I am an organisational freak with a strange love of stationary, and i can't fully commit to organising my life solely on my smartphone, i like to organise in the traditional way and write everything down so Filofax is great. I also wanted something a little more grown up than a standard diary and this fitted the bill especially in this beautiful leather and bold colour. I also like to customise my diaries but at the same time keep it simple, have seen many YouTube videos showing how others like to organise theirs, where too many stickers and colours are used, it ends up looking like a child's sticker book. I do have a few stickers but they are use sparingly and are symbols rather than bright characters. To personalise my Filofax i have used my favourite Pinterest images, to jazz up the dividers that came with it.

My current sections include Personal, Diary, Blog Plan, Blog Ideas, Websites and To do lists but the nice thing with Filofax is that i can add more as and when i need them.



Only had this for a week now, and currently only have 2014 diary, but once i hit the new year this diary will hopefully be everything i wanted it to be, and make my life uber organised!

Which do you prefer - the old fashion writing everything down way or the modern everything stored on your smartphone way? Let me know how you like to keep organised.


Since it was announced that the American super brand J Crew was coming to London later this year, almost every publication i have picked has some reference to the brand and its creative director Jenna Lyons. Now i have to admit until recently i knew very little about J Crew and the lady at its helm but since the frenzy about its arrival on the UK shore i have been learning more and more - including how much i love J Crew and cannot wait for the Regent store to open.
The most important thing i have learnt is how FABULOUS Jenna Lyons's style is, she is the epitome of chic and i am truly envious of how she can make a pair of jeans and a basic t look stunning! My working wardrobe is waiting in anticipation for some Jenna styling to be added.

Just a few of my favourite Jenna looks below - only included a few as i could have gone mad, this woman has truly amazing style.




On top of her amazing style she shares my obsession and love for shoes. 
I found this video in a J Crew interview, in which she shares her love of shoes and showcases some truly beautiful specimens that i feel my wardrobe is missing!



My new style Crush


Since it was announced that the American super brand J Crew was coming to London later this year, almost every publication i have picked has some reference to the brand and its creative director Jenna Lyons. Now i have to admit until recently i knew very little about J Crew and the lady at its helm but since the frenzy about its arrival on the UK shore i have been learning more and more - including how much i love J Crew and cannot wait for the Regent store to open.
The most important thing i have learnt is how FABULOUS Jenna Lyons's style is, she is the epitome of chic and i am truly envious of how she can make a pair of jeans and a basic t look stunning! My working wardrobe is waiting in anticipation for some Jenna styling to be added.

Just a few of my favourite Jenna looks below - only included a few as i could have gone mad, this woman has truly amazing style.




On top of her amazing style she shares my obsession and love for shoes. 
I found this video in a J Crew interview, in which she shares her love of shoes and showcases some truly beautiful specimens that i feel my wardrobe is missing!





I have always liked Accessorize, with it's mix of unique, everyday and occasion accessories - a something for everyone store as my mum would call it. My earliest memory of this store was buying the craziest pair of multi charm earrings (which i do still own and oddly at the time only wearing one like i was some kind of fashionista pirate!), and always walking around the tiny Cheltenham store lusting over so many items on a Saturday afternoon armed with my pocket money. 

Particularly loving the new collection as it seems to be aimed at the younger edgier customer but still very wearable - and the new face of the brand Tamsin Eggerton is a perfect fit for this younger modern take on the season. She seems to support the mix of classic pieces with a quirky twist, and embodies everything that the brand wants to portray to its customers. This synergy comes across in the Lookbook and brand photography - everyday and wearable styling but with the extra little something special. 

My favourite look is the casual jeans and tartan shirt layered under the burgundy jumper with the statement necklace - this is a look i want to replicate.


With so many great pieces in the new collection it was hard to narrow down my favourites but below are my top 8 items - something from most departments showing that the brand is not a one trick pony but can create beauty in slippers or phone cases as well as its usual glittering jewellery. My number one piece though is the Delhi Urban oversized necklace and at £25 this is an item that will simply have to be added to my already full collection of statement pieces.

Angora Kitten Beanie Hat £17, Scattered Stone Cocktail Ring £15, Delhi Urban Oversized Necklace £25, 
Grumpy Cat Phone Case £10, Heart Print Oversized Clutch £19, Ribbon Cable knit Slippers £20, 
Mesh Plait Bracelet £14, Red Leopard print Scarf £17.

On top of my current loves i have already been and done a little shopping in store - only a couple of bits but I couldn't resist the cute animal socks on 3 for £8, besides who doesn't like a cute character hiding in their boots! Also an amazing blanket cape, which has been worn a few times but the removable fur collar has not left my neck as it is the perfect colour and size to wear with all my winter jackets and coats and add that touch of Hollywood glamour to my everyday outfits.


Below is a great video i found on YouTube that helps to capture the excitement behind this new collection and how well received it has been within the fashion industry.



Hopefully Accessorize will continue with this more modern take on accessorising Britain and give us the fun, fashionable pieces within this new collection for many seasons to come.


What is your favourite piece on the Accessorize website at the moment? 

Check out the site and let me know...... Accessorize.com

All that Glitters



I have always liked Accessorize, with it's mix of unique, everyday and occasion accessories - a something for everyone store as my mum would call it. My earliest memory of this store was buying the craziest pair of multi charm earrings (which i do still own and oddly at the time only wearing one like i was some kind of fashionista pirate!), and always walking around the tiny Cheltenham store lusting over so many items on a Saturday afternoon armed with my pocket money. 

Particularly loving the new collection as it seems to be aimed at the younger edgier customer but still very wearable - and the new face of the brand Tamsin Eggerton is a perfect fit for this younger modern take on the season. She seems to support the mix of classic pieces with a quirky twist, and embodies everything that the brand wants to portray to its customers. This synergy comes across in the Lookbook and brand photography - everyday and wearable styling but with the extra little something special. 

My favourite look is the casual jeans and tartan shirt layered under the burgundy jumper with the statement necklace - this is a look i want to replicate.


With so many great pieces in the new collection it was hard to narrow down my favourites but below are my top 8 items - something from most departments showing that the brand is not a one trick pony but can create beauty in slippers or phone cases as well as its usual glittering jewellery. My number one piece though is the Delhi Urban oversized necklace and at £25 this is an item that will simply have to be added to my already full collection of statement pieces.

Angora Kitten Beanie Hat £17, Scattered Stone Cocktail Ring £15, Delhi Urban Oversized Necklace £25, 
Grumpy Cat Phone Case £10, Heart Print Oversized Clutch £19, Ribbon Cable knit Slippers £20, 
Mesh Plait Bracelet £14, Red Leopard print Scarf £17.

On top of my current loves i have already been and done a little shopping in store - only a couple of bits but I couldn't resist the cute animal socks on 3 for £8, besides who doesn't like a cute character hiding in their boots! Also an amazing blanket cape, which has been worn a few times but the removable fur collar has not left my neck as it is the perfect colour and size to wear with all my winter jackets and coats and add that touch of Hollywood glamour to my everyday outfits.


Below is a great video i found on YouTube that helps to capture the excitement behind this new collection and how well received it has been within the fashion industry.



Hopefully Accessorize will continue with this more modern take on accessorising Britain and give us the fun, fashionable pieces within this new collection for many seasons to come.


What is your favourite piece on the Accessorize website at the moment? 

Check out the site and let me know...... Accessorize.com



* Lands' End Shoes - all about print and pattern this season in my footwear. 
* "About Time" - the best film i have seen in a while. A true romantic comedy that left me blubbing in the cinema and really appreciating my life and my amazing husband. * Marks and Spencer Leading Ladies post, amazing British women promoting the uber brand's new campaign. * SS14 Fashion week Mulberry invitation, miniature Wedgewood tea set - another British heritage brand, if only i had received one rather than just seeing the photo's online. * My amazing Bianca Calf-hair ballet pumps, beautifully soft and comfortable, a perfect way to wear leopard print in the office.


* Finally managed to find a cute case for my Samsung phone - embracing my inner child with bunny ears and a pompom tail (although Willow is currently looking after the tail). * My new Autumn Winter handbag, breaking from my designer tradition and invested in a Topshop bag in a gorgeous wine shade, my colour of choice for the season. * Love how thick the September Issue of Vogue is, full of great new season articles and a touching interview with the beautiful Alexa Chung. * A snapshot into my winter wardrobe - ASOS leopard print swing dress with my H&M leather jacket, New Look statement necklace with H&M buttoned up shirt, and Dorothy Perkins bright pink dress also with my biker jacket. All three styled with my amazing fur collar, cute cuddly and stylish. 


* My bag favourites from the Mulberry Fashion Week show - can feel a trip to Bicester coming on. * My favourite advert shot from the M&S leading ladies campaign - coats on the River Thames. * A forgotten treasure from the depths of my jewellery box - my little owl brooch, vintage Topshop. * Getting my fox on, cute jumper from none other than Sainsburys Tu range and a bargain at just £20. Very impressed with the range in store at the moment * Even managed to find my favourite new season colour in Essie nail polish! Wicked, the perfect shade of burgundy/plum. * The latest new season magazine - Cosmopolitans version of Elle Collections, actually a good collection of catwalk, behind the scenes and how to's.


* River island statement Tribal necklace - made good use of my Elle magazine discount card and bought this bold necklace. * New Topshop blouse, a beautiful print and an interesting cut too with an open slip back. * Forever 21 charm necklace - only £3.50. This store really is the best place for cute pieces at a fantastic price. * New fairy lights from my favourite place - IKEA, i could actually live here it is my guilty pleasure to visit all the showrooms!. * Finally found one!! after giving up hope of ever finding one an Alison Diet Coke bottle and didn't even notice it until i was about to throw it in the bin! * Sample sale bargain, nothing like a shopper with a touch of sparkle.

So that was my September...... can't quite believe it is October already!!

My September



* Lands' End Shoes - all about print and pattern this season in my footwear. 
* "About Time" - the best film i have seen in a while. A true romantic comedy that left me blubbing in the cinema and really appreciating my life and my amazing husband. * Marks and Spencer Leading Ladies post, amazing British women promoting the uber brand's new campaign. * SS14 Fashion week Mulberry invitation, miniature Wedgewood tea set - another British heritage brand, if only i had received one rather than just seeing the photo's online. * My amazing Bianca Calf-hair ballet pumps, beautifully soft and comfortable, a perfect way to wear leopard print in the office.


* Finally managed to find a cute case for my Samsung phone - embracing my inner child with bunny ears and a pompom tail (although Willow is currently looking after the tail). * My new Autumn Winter handbag, breaking from my designer tradition and invested in a Topshop bag in a gorgeous wine shade, my colour of choice for the season. * Love how thick the September Issue of Vogue is, full of great new season articles and a touching interview with the beautiful Alexa Chung. * A snapshot into my winter wardrobe - ASOS leopard print swing dress with my H&M leather jacket, New Look statement necklace with H&M buttoned up shirt, and Dorothy Perkins bright pink dress also with my biker jacket. All three styled with my amazing fur collar, cute cuddly and stylish. 


* My bag favourites from the Mulberry Fashion Week show - can feel a trip to Bicester coming on. * My favourite advert shot from the M&S leading ladies campaign - coats on the River Thames. * A forgotten treasure from the depths of my jewellery box - my little owl brooch, vintage Topshop. * Getting my fox on, cute jumper from none other than Sainsburys Tu range and a bargain at just £20. Very impressed with the range in store at the moment * Even managed to find my favourite new season colour in Essie nail polish! Wicked, the perfect shade of burgundy/plum. * The latest new season magazine - Cosmopolitans version of Elle Collections, actually a good collection of catwalk, behind the scenes and how to's.


* River island statement Tribal necklace - made good use of my Elle magazine discount card and bought this bold necklace. * New Topshop blouse, a beautiful print and an interesting cut too with an open slip back. * Forever 21 charm necklace - only £3.50. This store really is the best place for cute pieces at a fantastic price. * New fairy lights from my favourite place - IKEA, i could actually live here it is my guilty pleasure to visit all the showrooms!. * Finally found one!! after giving up hope of ever finding one an Alison Diet Coke bottle and didn't even notice it until i was about to throw it in the bin! * Sample sale bargain, nothing like a shopper with a touch of sparkle.

So that was my September...... can't quite believe it is October already!!

SS14 Mulberry


I am always inspired when a fashion campaign comes out that uses real women - not just airbrushed celebrities that are stereo typically pretty and slim. M&S especially has impressed me in recent years with their mix of women used in their campaigns but the latest really embodies the spirit that M&S want to get across, a brand for all ages and shapes. The women used are all inspirational - from an actress to a nurse, a singer to an athlete, an incredible group of women who all have something to offer the world rather than just looking beautiful. 
The group also includes one of my personal idols from the fashion world - Grace Coddington, the creative director of US Vogue and also the photographs were shot by one of my favourite photographers Annie Leibovitz, all in all a brand campaign that screams "Girl Power". 
There is also a real British theme running though the photographs, cruising down the River Thames or in the English countryside, which seems appropriate for such a British brand like M&S.

The inspirational women: 
Darcy Bussell, Jasmine Whitbread, Ellie Goulding, Katie Piper, Helen Mirren, Karen Elson, Monica Ali, Laura Mvula, Nicole Adams, Grace Coddington, Helen Allen, Tracy Emin.

Each shot in the campaign represents a different collection from the superbrand - Coats, Per Una and Partywear. All showcasing the variety available for women of all ages, something for everyone. 


Whilst i have only seen the print campaign so far, a glossy centre insert in this month's Elle - i am sure a polished TV advert in true M&S style will follow probably ready for the festive season.





For more information on this amazing campaign see the M&S website here....
I cannot wait to see what this year's Christmas advert is from M&S, if this is anything to go by i can imagine it will be magical.

Hopefully these campaign shots will inspire another brand to consider using some of our British treasures, rather than the usual models. If i see Cara Delevingne in one more advert i will scream - flicking through Vogue or Elle these days she is on almost every other page! 
Bring on more real British women!

Leading Ladies


I am always inspired when a fashion campaign comes out that uses real women - not just airbrushed celebrities that are stereo typically pretty and slim. M&S especially has impressed me in recent years with their mix of women used in their campaigns but the latest really embodies the spirit that M&S want to get across, a brand for all ages and shapes. The women used are all inspirational - from an actress to a nurse, a singer to an athlete, an incredible group of women who all have something to offer the world rather than just looking beautiful. 
The group also includes one of my personal idols from the fashion world - Grace Coddington, the creative director of US Vogue and also the photographs were shot by one of my favourite photographers Annie Leibovitz, all in all a brand campaign that screams "Girl Power". 
There is also a real British theme running though the photographs, cruising down the River Thames or in the English countryside, which seems appropriate for such a British brand like M&S.

The inspirational women: 
Darcy Bussell, Jasmine Whitbread, Ellie Goulding, Katie Piper, Helen Mirren, Karen Elson, Monica Ali, Laura Mvula, Nicole Adams, Grace Coddington, Helen Allen, Tracy Emin.

Each shot in the campaign represents a different collection from the superbrand - Coats, Per Una and Partywear. All showcasing the variety available for women of all ages, something for everyone. 


Whilst i have only seen the print campaign so far, a glossy centre insert in this month's Elle - i am sure a polished TV advert in true M&S style will follow probably ready for the festive season.





For more information on this amazing campaign see the M&S website here....
I cannot wait to see what this year's Christmas advert is from M&S, if this is anything to go by i can imagine it will be magical.

Hopefully these campaign shots will inspire another brand to consider using some of our British treasures, rather than the usual models. If i see Cara Delevingne in one more advert i will scream - flicking through Vogue or Elle these days she is on almost every other page! 
Bring on more real British women!



* Tribal necklace from New Look - bargain at £4, especially as i found the same necklace in Topshop for £50! * A nice surprise purchase from Claire's Accessories - Fifi Lapin inspired earrings, another bargain at £3.50 not where i usually shop but had to have these, so cute. * Willow deciding that my oversized clutch is meant for sleeping on - have had to hide it so she can't find it again. * H&M autumn/winter catalogue, great way to complile my shopping list. * Pinterest ♥'s. * Great little shop in Northampton with a whole wall of witty signs - must go back for Christmas presents. * Best pictures from Kirstie's birthday party - fancy dress fun.


* Autumn inspirational image round up - trend ideas for next year. * The perfect nail polish colour for me - Lovie Dovie from Essie, a soft bubblegum pink with the slightest hint of neon. * Willow choosing what to wear this morning, my tribal floaty vest won, beautifully offsets her tortoiseshell print. * New t-shirt from Zara, finally a perfect stripe t (has only taken a few years to find!). * A great little motto for me. * Stocking up on new socks, cute little characters from Monsoon. A Little bunny, panda and fox. 
* Lands' End spotty cardigan, a great mix of nude background and neon pink print (matches my Essie polish), perfect for layering and adding colour. * An un-expected suprise from hubby, my favourite flowers Gerbera daisies. * My greatest fashion challenge so far - spotted this jacket in the August edition of UK Glamour magazine, there it was in how to buy less wear more and i was in love! So i eagerly kept checking the Next website for when this would finally appear but by the middle of August still no sign so i used modern methods and Tweeted to Next and asked when it would drop down in store, the response i got was both helpful and unhelpful at the same time - it may be in stores but wasn't online yet and no style code available for me to try and order/track down the item with! My next stop was calling my local store to ask if they had it in stock - after half and hour the result, no not in stock, item is actually in sale, some stock in the country but no inter-store transfers on sale items. At this point i was angry and annoyed, why use a sale item in a current article??? In a last ditch attempt to find it i searched on Ebay, and after 5 mins had found it, only one in my size and only £7 as opposed to the next price tag of £34. Good old Ebay saved the day! Was so happy when this landed on my doormat 5 days later!!



* New tablecloth - really cute olive green print, matches my kitchen accessories perfectly. * The latest addition to my ever growing shoe collection - Western slingback ankle boots from Next. Supple leather with a stacked heel, classic shape with a twist. Will style with dress and jeans. * Tatty Devine unicorn necklace - forgot how much i love this necklace, just the right amount of quirky for work. * My Autumn wishlist post - slowly ticking off the pieces and adding them to my wardrobe. * Scrapbooking fashion inspiration my favourite way to spend an afternoon #oldschoolpinterest. * Willow posing for the camera! Little tart. * Vintage mirrored pony badge from my uni days, forgot i had this but a great little badge. * My latest purchases after my shopping expedition with @FashionLind - Topshop animal print dress (on my wishlist), Topshop jersey top in a new colour for me and a silky stripe top from Dorothy Perkins. Think my bank balance hates me now! * My final purchase from Birmingham - my alternative to a coat for work. Gorgeous wool cape with fur collar, perfect for driving to work in whilst remaining warm and stylish.

So that was my August - did you get up to anything fun?

My August



* Tribal necklace from New Look - bargain at £4, especially as i found the same necklace in Topshop for £50! * A nice surprise purchase from Claire's Accessories - Fifi Lapin inspired earrings, another bargain at £3.50 not where i usually shop but had to have these, so cute. * Willow deciding that my oversized clutch is meant for sleeping on - have had to hide it so she can't find it again. * H&M autumn/winter catalogue, great way to complile my shopping list. * Pinterest ♥'s. * Great little shop in Northampton with a whole wall of witty signs - must go back for Christmas presents. * Best pictures from Kirstie's birthday party - fancy dress fun.


* Autumn inspirational image round up - trend ideas for next year. * The perfect nail polish colour for me - Lovie Dovie from Essie, a soft bubblegum pink with the slightest hint of neon. * Willow choosing what to wear this morning, my tribal floaty vest won, beautifully offsets her tortoiseshell print. * New t-shirt from Zara, finally a perfect stripe t (has only taken a few years to find!). * A great little motto for me. * Stocking up on new socks, cute little characters from Monsoon. A Little bunny, panda and fox. 
* Lands' End spotty cardigan, a great mix of nude background and neon pink print (matches my Essie polish), perfect for layering and adding colour. * An un-expected suprise from hubby, my favourite flowers Gerbera daisies. * My greatest fashion challenge so far - spotted this jacket in the August edition of UK Glamour magazine, there it was in how to buy less wear more and i was in love! So i eagerly kept checking the Next website for when this would finally appear but by the middle of August still no sign so i used modern methods and Tweeted to Next and asked when it would drop down in store, the response i got was both helpful and unhelpful at the same time - it may be in stores but wasn't online yet and no style code available for me to try and order/track down the item with! My next stop was calling my local store to ask if they had it in stock - after half and hour the result, no not in stock, item is actually in sale, some stock in the country but no inter-store transfers on sale items. At this point i was angry and annoyed, why use a sale item in a current article??? In a last ditch attempt to find it i searched on Ebay, and after 5 mins had found it, only one in my size and only £7 as opposed to the next price tag of £34. Good old Ebay saved the day! Was so happy when this landed on my doormat 5 days later!!



* New tablecloth - really cute olive green print, matches my kitchen accessories perfectly. * The latest addition to my ever growing shoe collection - Western slingback ankle boots from Next. Supple leather with a stacked heel, classic shape with a twist. Will style with dress and jeans. * Tatty Devine unicorn necklace - forgot how much i love this necklace, just the right amount of quirky for work. * My Autumn wishlist post - slowly ticking off the pieces and adding them to my wardrobe. * Scrapbooking fashion inspiration my favourite way to spend an afternoon #oldschoolpinterest. * Willow posing for the camera! Little tart. * Vintage mirrored pony badge from my uni days, forgot i had this but a great little badge. * My latest purchases after my shopping expedition with @FashionLind - Topshop animal print dress (on my wishlist), Topshop jersey top in a new colour for me and a silky stripe top from Dorothy Perkins. Think my bank balance hates me now! * My final purchase from Birmingham - my alternative to a coat for work. Gorgeous wool cape with fur collar, perfect for driving to work in whilst remaining warm and stylish.

So that was my August - did you get up to anything fun?

These days when i shop i try to work to the rule of three on any item i fall in love with - must create at least 3 outfits with other pieces in my wardrobe especially on more expensive items. One of my latest finds were these amazing slingback ankle boots from Next £58. A very flattering shape and heel height with a more trend led detail, the cut out heel, these boots are a great all round piece.



So below are three outfit that i will be wearing these boots with (although these would go with many many more outfits), all perfect for the upcoming transitional weather both at work and for the weekend.

1. Smart for work: Next stripe jacket, Topshop pleated skater dress, New Look tribal multi-layer necklace, Mulberry Tillie
2. A causal / smart mix: Primark Jacket, Dorothy Perkins skinny jeans and stripe top.
3. My favourite new dress: Topshop Blazer, Topshop Fun leopard print dress, leggings, Alexander Wang Rocco bag

Do you shop to the rule of three or are you love it, buy it kinda girl?

The Rule of Three

These days when i shop i try to work to the rule of three on any item i fall in love with - must create at least 3 outfits with other pieces in my wardrobe especially on more expensive items. One of my latest finds were these amazing slingback ankle boots from Next £58. A very flattering shape and heel height with a more trend led detail, the cut out heel, these boots are a great all round piece.



So below are three outfit that i will be wearing these boots with (although these would go with many many more outfits), all perfect for the upcoming transitional weather both at work and for the weekend.

1. Smart for work: Next stripe jacket, Topshop pleated skater dress, New Look tribal multi-layer necklace, Mulberry Tillie
2. A causal / smart mix: Primark Jacket, Dorothy Perkins skinny jeans and stripe top.
3. My favourite new dress: Topshop Blazer, Topshop Fun leopard print dress, leggings, Alexander Wang Rocco bag

Do you shop to the rule of three or are you love it, buy it kinda girl?

So Autumn has officially kicked off on the highstreet, even if the weather didn't get the memo! Although this balmy heatwave is due to continue into September a girl has to be prepared as i am sure the cold will arrive as sharply as the heat did. Although my radar has been on the lookout for autumn items for a few weeks now finally i can see some front runner pieces that have made it onto my wish list ready to incorporate into my wardrobe. My aim for this season is to add in texture and print as last year was fairly black and simple.

Below are my wish items so far, a mixture of pieces to layer with transitional footwear and a dash of sparkle, more i am sure will be added to this list once the warm snuggly winter fashions are delivered to store but for now i am happy to start on my transitional journey into Autumn/Winter 2013. 


1. Tapestry print skater dress £46 - River Island,  2. Crepe seam flippy dress £46 - Topshop,  3. Stripe coat £72 and Stripe mini £38 - Oasis,  4. Fun leopard print dress £46 - Topshop,  5. Western slingback boots £58 - Next,  6. Sparkle collar necklace £17 - Dorothy Perkins,  7. Vivian Venetian slipper pump £49.95 - Lands' End

On top of my wishlist i have some beautiful new items, ready for autumn that have already made a dent in my bank account. The perfect stripe t-shirt from Zara, has only taken 2 or 3 years to find! The cutest earrings that remind me of bunny fashionista Fifi Lapin - from Claire's accessories of all places, not my usual stop for jewellery but i stumbled upon these beauties whilst buying pearls for my flapper girl outfit and couldn't resist a bargain at only £4. Finally a gorgeous cardigan from Lands' End, lightweight and in a gorgeous nude shade with bright pink polka dot print, a statement piece perfect for layering with dresses and jeans.

Would love to hear from you on what will be making your wish list or like me what have you already succumb to and had to have regardless of the temperature outside?

Autumn Wishlist

So Autumn has officially kicked off on the highstreet, even if the weather didn't get the memo! Although this balmy heatwave is due to continue into September a girl has to be prepared as i am sure the cold will arrive as sharply as the heat did. Although my radar has been on the lookout for autumn items for a few weeks now finally i can see some front runner pieces that have made it onto my wish list ready to incorporate into my wardrobe. My aim for this season is to add in texture and print as last year was fairly black and simple.

Below are my wish items so far, a mixture of pieces to layer with transitional footwear and a dash of sparkle, more i am sure will be added to this list once the warm snuggly winter fashions are delivered to store but for now i am happy to start on my transitional journey into Autumn/Winter 2013. 


1. Tapestry print skater dress £46 - River Island,  2. Crepe seam flippy dress £46 - Topshop,  3. Stripe coat £72 and Stripe mini £38 - Oasis,  4. Fun leopard print dress £46 - Topshop,  5. Western slingback boots £58 - Next,  6. Sparkle collar necklace £17 - Dorothy Perkins,  7. Vivian Venetian slipper pump £49.95 - Lands' End

On top of my wishlist i have some beautiful new items, ready for autumn that have already made a dent in my bank account. The perfect stripe t-shirt from Zara, has only taken 2 or 3 years to find! The cutest earrings that remind me of bunny fashionista Fifi Lapin - from Claire's accessories of all places, not my usual stop for jewellery but i stumbled upon these beauties whilst buying pearls for my flapper girl outfit and couldn't resist a bargain at only £4. Finally a gorgeous cardigan from Lands' End, lightweight and in a gorgeous nude shade with bright pink polka dot print, a statement piece perfect for layering with dresses and jeans.

Would love to hear from you on what will be making your wish list or like me what have you already succumb to and had to have regardless of the temperature outside?

Fancy dress, two words that should conjure up memories of childhood - running around in my granny's high heels and silk nightie (apparently something i used to do), pretending to be a princess or an animal but these days strikes fear in my heart. As a child dressing up was something reserved for a birthday party or for school events and usually left my mum in a tizz, creating something last minute for a witch or cat at Halloween and Mary or a wise man at Christmas. I have a fond memory of going to a Christmas party at school aged 8 or 9 as a witch, armed with a broomstick and with my little sister in tow as my familiar, a black cat complete with pink nose and whiskers, not sure she was as enthusiastic about this outfit as i was.
Then in university fancy dress was something banded about every week at the student union bar - themes included: school reunion / 80's / Baywatch / playboy bunnies, every conceivable character, usually with girls wearing as little as humanly possible. I even ended up with a dressing up bag reminiscent of my childhood, full of fairy wings, a witches hat and other paraphernalia ready to whip out ready for the next party. 
At uni you don't care, everyone looks stupid and is usually very drunk, so you join in.

As an adult fancy dress is something that doesn't come up to often, the occasional hen party or birthday and of course Halloween. As my enthusiasm for fancy dress is pretty non-existent and my husband shares this feeling, we tend to avoid any party that states fancy dress on the invite however when my little sister's fiance invited us to her themed birthday party, we both had to suck it up and get involved. Originally 80's or 90's themed i had visions of Flashdance or Spice Girl's themed outfits however at the last minute it was changed to anything goes which is much easier to work with.

Not one for skin tight outfits - i immediately ruled out wonder-woman, cat woman or anything with a skirt that covers nothing, so i headed to Narnia, in Northampton (a magical place much larger than a wardrobe) to see what that left me with. I have to say i was pleasantly impressed at the wide choice available - Disney princesses, Greek goddess, 60's/70's/80's, pirates, Star Wars and even Lady Gaga to name a few.


I decided on a 1920's flapper girl which enabled me to mix my love of 1920's fashion with actually looking normal whilst in costume and i would still be fairly cool in this balmy British heatwave.

I was also impressed with the effort my husband made (aware of the abuse he would get for not dressing up) and he had me in hysterics in Narnia as he tried on many characters including Robin and the incredible Hulk - neither of which suited him as he is a skinny bean pole and wasn't beefy enough to pull off the superhero look. Captain Jack Sparrow (minus the dreadlocks) however was the perfect fit and was finished off with a plastic sword i had stashed in my fancy dress bag!

So off we went along with a Grease pink lady, a T-Bird and Bananna Girl to name a few.



The party turned out to be a laugh - so many different fancy dress outfits. My little sister made a fantastic Banana Girl (although when i first saw her i did almost piss myself laughing!) and her fiance made a great Gangster along with her little Tinkerbell sidekick (my soon to be niece). Also a varied group of little superhero's - including Batman, Robin, The Hulk and my favourite Buzz Lightyear, all of whom lasted about half an hour in the heat before ending up running around in shorts and their capes.  My mum and dad somehow managed to avoid all cameras so no pics of them getting their Grease on, but a good effort made by all and a lot of laughter mainly at my sister and her costume issues especially when it came to needing the loo!


Still not 100% sure if i like fancy dress these days, but i had a good night and i have to say i was impressed to find something i felt comfortable in. 
What would you choose to wear for a fancy dress party? Does the idea excite you or fill you with dread?


Fancy dress - friend or foe

Fancy dress, two words that should conjure up memories of childhood - running around in my granny's high heels and silk nightie (apparently something i used to do), pretending to be a princess or an animal but these days strikes fear in my heart. As a child dressing up was something reserved for a birthday party or for school events and usually left my mum in a tizz, creating something last minute for a witch or cat at Halloween and Mary or a wise man at Christmas. I have a fond memory of going to a Christmas party at school aged 8 or 9 as a witch, armed with a broomstick and with my little sister in tow as my familiar, a black cat complete with pink nose and whiskers, not sure she was as enthusiastic about this outfit as i was.
Then in university fancy dress was something banded about every week at the student union bar - themes included: school reunion / 80's / Baywatch / playboy bunnies, every conceivable character, usually with girls wearing as little as humanly possible. I even ended up with a dressing up bag reminiscent of my childhood, full of fairy wings, a witches hat and other paraphernalia ready to whip out ready for the next party. 
At uni you don't care, everyone looks stupid and is usually very drunk, so you join in.

As an adult fancy dress is something that doesn't come up to often, the occasional hen party or birthday and of course Halloween. As my enthusiasm for fancy dress is pretty non-existent and my husband shares this feeling, we tend to avoid any party that states fancy dress on the invite however when my little sister's fiance invited us to her themed birthday party, we both had to suck it up and get involved. Originally 80's or 90's themed i had visions of Flashdance or Spice Girl's themed outfits however at the last minute it was changed to anything goes which is much easier to work with.

Not one for skin tight outfits - i immediately ruled out wonder-woman, cat woman or anything with a skirt that covers nothing, so i headed to Narnia, in Northampton (a magical place much larger than a wardrobe) to see what that left me with. I have to say i was pleasantly impressed at the wide choice available - Disney princesses, Greek goddess, 60's/70's/80's, pirates, Star Wars and even Lady Gaga to name a few.


I decided on a 1920's flapper girl which enabled me to mix my love of 1920's fashion with actually looking normal whilst in costume and i would still be fairly cool in this balmy British heatwave.

I was also impressed with the effort my husband made (aware of the abuse he would get for not dressing up) and he had me in hysterics in Narnia as he tried on many characters including Robin and the incredible Hulk - neither of which suited him as he is a skinny bean pole and wasn't beefy enough to pull off the superhero look. Captain Jack Sparrow (minus the dreadlocks) however was the perfect fit and was finished off with a plastic sword i had stashed in my fancy dress bag!

So off we went along with a Grease pink lady, a T-Bird and Bananna Girl to name a few.



The party turned out to be a laugh - so many different fancy dress outfits. My little sister made a fantastic Banana Girl (although when i first saw her i did almost piss myself laughing!) and her fiance made a great Gangster along with her little Tinkerbell sidekick (my soon to be niece). Also a varied group of little superhero's - including Batman, Robin, The Hulk and my favourite Buzz Lightyear, all of whom lasted about half an hour in the heat before ending up running around in shorts and their capes.  My mum and dad somehow managed to avoid all cameras so no pics of them getting their Grease on, but a good effort made by all and a lot of laughter mainly at my sister and her costume issues especially when it came to needing the loo!


Still not 100% sure if i like fancy dress these days, but i had a good night and i have to say i was impressed to find something i felt comfortable in. 
What would you choose to wear for a fancy dress party? Does the idea excite you or fill you with dread?




My favourite shots from my cruise.....* A selection of the boat, the on deck bar (happy place hmmmm strawberry diaquari). * My sister and granny with none other than Noddy, definitely not who you expect to find aboard a cruise ship!). * Special trip outfits - a giant onesie party every night on our balcony. My sister, aunt and i went with matching stripes whilst our granny went all out in this child's onesie from Primark, perfect cruise attire - fun for all the family! * A random postcard from Brugges that reminded me of the wellingtons we stock at Lands' End.


* Happy slogan from Pinterest, which my hubby constantly reminds me of. * My new suede and leather Venetian pumps from Lands' End, beautifully crafted and so comfortable. Check them out Lands' End, several colours/patterns available. * This months favourite pics from Pinterest - particularly loving the shoes, a piece of pink artwork. * Styling my favourite khaki skinnies with a mix of animal and tribal prints for work. * My gorgeous new ASOS patchwork dress, can't wait to wear this with ankle boots. * Hot weather outfit, black vest dress with vintage Topshop floral kimono on top. Really cool and floaty for the office in this bizarre heat wave we are having. * My new assistant - open my drive gates, and get back in the car to find Willow familiarizing herself with the layout to find the best seat and not wanting to get out! * Gorgeous silky dress from New Look, finally had chance to wear with my old faithful Aldo sandals. * Birthday barbecue on Ognor beach, Wales for my best friends birthday. Sun, sea and sand topped off my weekend beautifully.

My July



My favourite shots from my cruise.....* A selection of the boat, the on deck bar (happy place hmmmm strawberry diaquari). * My sister and granny with none other than Noddy, definitely not who you expect to find aboard a cruise ship!). * Special trip outfits - a giant onesie party every night on our balcony. My sister, aunt and i went with matching stripes whilst our granny went all out in this child's onesie from Primark, perfect cruise attire - fun for all the family! * A random postcard from Brugges that reminded me of the wellingtons we stock at Lands' End.


* Happy slogan from Pinterest, which my hubby constantly reminds me of. * My new suede and leather Venetian pumps from Lands' End, beautifully crafted and so comfortable. Check them out Lands' End, several colours/patterns available. * This months favourite pics from Pinterest - particularly loving the shoes, a piece of pink artwork. * Styling my favourite khaki skinnies with a mix of animal and tribal prints for work. * My gorgeous new ASOS patchwork dress, can't wait to wear this with ankle boots. * Hot weather outfit, black vest dress with vintage Topshop floral kimono on top. Really cool and floaty for the office in this bizarre heat wave we are having. * My new assistant - open my drive gates, and get back in the car to find Willow familiarizing herself with the layout to find the best seat and not wanting to get out! * Gorgeous silky dress from New Look, finally had chance to wear with my old faithful Aldo sandals. * Birthday barbecue on Ognor beach, Wales for my best friends birthday. Sun, sea and sand topped off my weekend beautifully.

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