Red, White and Blue; Just for You

I've been on a bit of a mad wardrobe clear out/ sort out recently, discarding items I no longer wear to the eBay pile, hiding away Winter warmers and sorting through items that are getting a tad too tight for my bump. I saw these quirky polka dot trousers which I bought a few years ago and, I'm ashamed to admit have only ever worn once, so I thought they deserved one more outing before they were popped into the post-baby bump storage heap! I remember when I first wore them that they were quite a tricky item to find much to go with, (hard to believe if you could see my extensive wardrobe!) and I teamed them with a black tie shirt and leather jacket as it was more around Autumn time. This time I wanted to brighten them up and inject a bit of fun into my look, so was inspired to go with a bit of an all American colour theme of classic red, white and blue, but wanted to keep it quite quirky and eclectic with a touch of lace and the chintzy patterned shirt collar.

What I'm Wearing: Red polka dot cigarette trousers: Kelly Brook range at New Look, cream lace knit: Primark, patterned shirt: Thrifted, clutch: Arcadia sample sale, heels: Peacocks, rings: all Vintage, necklace: Next


Phase 8 Holiday Wardrobe Competition!

Phase 8 have been running a blogger competition for the past month, with the brief to create your dream holiday wardrobe choosing 5 key pieces from the website, in order to win £250 to spend in-store! I have decided to base my choices on a rather patriotic theme, as I am now just over 7 months pregnant so will not be travelling to any tropical, faraway islands this year, and instead will be holidaying in one of my favourite places, North Devon. What better location to rock some typically British red, white and blue pieces!?

So these are my five chosen pieces from the website, and this is why I love them:

I fell in love with this cute little number the moment I scrolled down the page; I love the fact they are blue poppies rather than red, which gives the dress a slight quirky twist but remaining classy with the shape and style. Also, since discovering I am expecting a boy, I seem to be drawn to blue clothing a lot more these days! I would wear this dress for travelling down in the car or by train, as it would provide bump and I with comfort and support, with the loose jersey material. It is also the perfect pregnancy dress with the subtle wrap detail at the front, which is always a very flattering style over a bump. I am quite a stickler for not wearing the same outfit twice, (although that has eased a bit since being pregnant) but I love this dress so much that I would wear it again a few days into my holiday as a comfortable shopping outfit and lunching in a cute seaside cafe. 

How I would style it: White espadrille wedge sandals, a big floppy hat, black sunnies, a straw beach bag and simple pendant necklace to complete the English Riviera effect.

Next up is this gorgeous classy, champagne fitted dress which again I thought would be rather flattering over the bump due to the side ruching. It epitomizes elegant simplicity, making it the perfect dress for dining out, over looking the sea and sipping (mock)tails on a hazy summers evening. When holidaying abroad I tend to live in bright and patterned maxi dresses, even when eating out at night, so it would make a nice change to wear something a little more chic and glamorous in the evening on my British holiday.

How I would style it: With the blue angora bolero adjacent, a pair of modest heeled ankle strap sandals to stay in keeping with the delicate style, a pair of pearl earrings and matching bracelet, jewelled clutch bag and to finish off a slick of red lipstick and a slightly messy updo.

I absolutely adore this cornflower blue angora bolero! I am an absolute sucker for anything a little bit fluffy, especially with a little bit of glitz thrown in, and this little beauty is no exception; and  at such an amazing price! I always pack a few lightweight cover ups when going away - especially for an English get away, so this would be an ideal addition to the Petrina dress to keep snug during dinner, as well as to any other day time outfit if the seaside air got a tad chilly.

How I would style it: Firstly with the Petrina dress for dinner, but also with a plain white maxi dress, or white cami and denim shorts for a subtle luxe edge, plus some metallic silver sandals.

This pretty loose fitting dress would be ideal for keeping cool for a walk along the beach, or heading out to do a little touristy sightseeing. The silk adds a feeling of luxury while the jersey lining would provide much needed comfort and easy movement if walking a little more than usual. The subtle pleat detailing at the hem also adds a little interest, while keeping it sweet and simple, making it the perfect item to accessorize differently with each wear.

How I would style it: With a cropped denim jacket, gold sequin sandals, gold bangles, statement necklace, cream leather shoulder bag and a casually messy top knot.

Finally, a lightweight, easy to throw on kimono is an essential item in my holiday wardrobe. It provides a little extra something to the simplest of outfits, creating an effortless vibe. They are handy for providing a little relief on the shoulders if it is especially hot, or for an extra layer should the weather be slightly cooler. I simply love this classy dandelion print which would be extremely versatile with most outfits.

How I would style it: With a pair of ankle grazer skinny jeans and royal blue camisole, or over a bodycon blue maxi dress, tan wedges and tan bag, with oversized sunnies and a selection of quirky rings.

Check out the website here to conjure up your own dream holiday wardrobe!

What do you think of my choices?


Oxford Girly Mini Break

What I'm Wearing: Lilac maxi dress: Miss Selfridge, apple 3/4 length cardigan: Thrifted, lilac jewelled sandals: Kurt Geiger, necklace: Vintage, bracelet and rings: Forever 21, green flower earrings: Aspire in Oxford.

I have been a very good little thrifty Magpie for the last few months since discovering the lovely news of my baby boy's presence, and held back from spending money so frivolously as I once did... in order to then do so on cute, tiny baby things instead..within reason..ahem. However, it's a funny little thing of mine that whenever I go away or to a new town I've not visited before, I like to pick up a tiny little something that will remind me of the trip; a sort of grown up souvenir if you will, I guess I never grew out of wanting to purchase little rubbers and pencils emblazoned with logos from the gift shops of childhood destinations. Anyway, the point is that I saw these gorgeous, green flower drop earrings in a cute little vintage-esque shop called Aspire, and knew that I had to take them home with me. 

Cute and quirky pink bicycle decoration outside the shop and pretty, quaint window displays.

I had to post this picture to show my dear friend Beck's gorgeous Miss Selfridge floral maxi dress - isn't the back detail just divine!?
Lovely view of the pretty pastel punts floating in the river, intricate ceiling architecture, girlies in the sunshine, the Grand Cafe where we have set our sights on for cream tea next time & blue skies and blossom.
I thought I would take the opportunity of a little night out with the girls to give the bump his debut outing, in a turquoise bodycon midi which I snapped up on eBay (along with a couple other colours too) and of course, a perfect chance to show off my beautiful new Primark beauties which I had been lusting after for quite some time, as well as my gorgeous new cream, quilted leather look jacket from good old Toppers*note: this post is from a good month or so ago...my bump has since doubled in size!*

A glorious weekend filled with sunshine, the perfect company of my amazing friends, BBQ's, snoozing, cultured walks and tourist behaviour, picnics, strolls along the riverbank, laughter & cake!


Ted Baker A/W 13 Fashion Show: Take the Scenic Route

On Wednesday 10 July, I had the great privilege of being invited to attend the Ted Baker A/W 13 catwalk show which was held at the impressive Clerkenwell landmark, The Farmiloe Building. It was the perfect setting for the vintage railway station theme for the collection, with it's industrial open air layout, exposed wrought iron beams and aged paintwork. Upon entering the location, my fellow blogger friend Alexandra and I were greeted by a friendly, head to toe Ted Baker clad PR, who ticked us off the guest-list and pointed us in the direction of a dusky, smoky tunnel where we proceeded to walk through to the sound of a guitar being played by a "busking" character. Instantly the scene was set from that moment, and even more so once we stepped into the centre of it all. 

I felt like we had been transported back to the 1940's, what with the carefully thought out styling of old suitcases stacked upon each other and piled onto brass luggage trollies, authentic dress mannequins donning top hats and a penny farthing thrown in for good measure. There were large images of the A/W 13 campaign dotted around the venue, clearly showing the vintage train journey theme.

After a quick mingle and a few sips of the refreshing kiwi, lime and mint flavoured Firefly drinks on hand, we followed the impeccably dressed crowd up through the many twists and turns of the old building, each little room and alcove adorned with shoes and accessories from the collection and 'Ted' mannequins pointing us in the right direction, until we reached the catwalk and Alexandra and I took our seats front row. The backdrop for the show was a picturesque image of a train track leading into the distance, along with the words 'Take the scenic route' and each side of the runway was lined with a smattering of Autumnal leaves, creating an enigmatic and authentic mise-en-scene.

I don't usually feature Men's fashion on here, as I am a true girly girl and Womenswear is forever where my heart will lie. However, I wanted to include just a few of my favourite looks from the show, as there were some really suave pieces shown with perfect colour coordination and the styling was just spot on. I especially loved the first outfit above with the spot print blazer and yellow satchel (I have a real love affair going on with yellow at the moment...). 
The inspiration behind the Menswear was taken from the Belle Époque, focusing on strong detail and an air of timeless elegance. Key features were notably the clashing intricate prints, sateen shirts, jacquard, velvet blazers in rich jewel tones with matching bow ties and patterned collars shown under wool mix sweaters. 

I was truly impressed and inspired by the Womenswear collection, and found myself mentally bullet pointing which items would be first on my wish list, sans baby bump come September. The collection began with an array of colour popping matching dress and jacket combinations, which were followed by a selection of tailored pieces in Autumnal hues, a splash of neon and leather. The rest of the collection featured opulent fur collar detailing on luxurious tweed swing coats, leather panelling, decadent geometric patterns and plush velvet on co-ords and mini dresses, all encompassing the needs of the modern and ladylike Ted Baker woman.

 I love the juxtaposition here of the sumptuous velvet jackets mixed with a pair of chic-geek glasses and killer heels.
 In love with this colour coordination and mix of textures.
 A beautifully created update on conventional Autumnal hues with splashes of violet and bright burnt orange.
 This champagne coloured jacquard suit, black devore jacket and plum jacket with the collar detailing, are almost too beautiful to be Menswear!

The show began to come to a close with some stunning evening-wear, in the shape of shimmery brocade and lace prom dresses with embellished boxy jackets draped over shoulders, metallic twinkly shift dresses, silk patterned maxi dresses and long line evening dresses with sparkling jewels adorning the necklines. 
I absolutely loved these patterned jacket and trouser coordinates, all teamed with a matching sleek stiletto heel. The cute train conductor hats just finish the styling off with a fun and quirky twist, and look so effective all together.

The finale was a beautiful collection of prom style dresses and tuxedos, with the models walking down the catwalk in couples carrying vintage looking lanterns, accompanied by a soft love song in comparison to the mix of authentic 1940's music and modern hits played previously. 
Alexandra and I sat front row for the show.

What I'm wearing: Yellow asymmetric sleeved shift dress & floral statement necklace: both Zara, handbag: Calvin Klein, rings: Vintage.

 Beautifully styled static collection of both Men and Womenswear shoes and accessories, using more vintage suitcases and antique looking glass cabinets for display.

A rather blurry instagram snapshot I found of little old me on the Frow, glued to my SLR...

Thank you to the talented team at Ted Baker for inviting me and putting on a fantastic show! I look forward to seeing next season's collection already and what the creative concept will be next time...

Have a nosy on my Instagram thread and Twitter feed to see a few more pics from the day, and feel free to follow me using the buttons on the top left of the blog to keep up to date with my adventures, outfits and everyday ramblings.

Watch the show from the official blog here and see if you can spot me snapping away on the front row... (I'm the one in the bright yellow - kind of hard to miss!) 

Does anyone have a favourite piece from the collection? 


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