Girls Weekend

It’s Friday and I’m allowed out on good behaviour for my fabulous friend’s Hen weekend, believe me when I type ‘I CAN’T WAIT’!

You may have seen on Instagram earlier this week (come find me if you haven’t already @notjustadress) a selection of outfits I was planning for said occasion, so I thought it only fitting that the final post this week be a homage to girls weekend fashion.

It’s always tough planning what to pack for any time away, but when you’re only going for a weekend it’s extremely easy to over-pack when you should be saving space in that holdall for shopping splurges and sneaky bottles of sauvignon.

This weekend we will be cocktail making, beauty treatment-ing, dancing and drinking…..not to mention sleeping and eating in my case as these are things I don’t get to do a lot at home!  If you don’t have a girls weekend planned maybe the below will make you think that you and your besties are deserving of one.

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No matter what your girls weekend involves; cinema trips, boot camp work outs, shopping or just lounging there are a few key pieces you definitely need in your bag.  The key to packing clever is to make sure your clothing and accessories work in multiple outfit options.  How often have you packed an outfit, got to where you’re going, put it on and hated it for no reason? Then been miserable for the rest of the time because you wish you’d packed X,Y, Z?

What are these key items then I hear you ask?  I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite high street pieces below, but for me it would always be skinny jeans and leather trousers, a killer dress, Stan Smiths and a pair of heels (ok, maybe two), a plain tee and a beautiful blouse, a cute clutch and statement pair of earrings, a leather jacket and a blazer, hoodie or sweatshirt, of course pyjamas and don’t forget to chuck in enough underwear options.  With just a handful of items you can mix and match your way through a weekend of fun and frolics with your female favs.  Now I think I can hear the Prosecco calling, enjoy your weekend lovelies!!

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You’d Look Good in a Paperbag

How man times have you heard or said that saying?  Well this season it’s most definitely the case as the only way you need to be wearing the waist on your trouser, skirt or shorts is in a paper-bag style.

This is a fab way to wear the high waisted look without needing to hold your breath the whole time, it’s much more relaxed and even better, it’s extremely flattering.

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There is a multitude of ways to wear, from the inspo images you’ll see smart, casual and everything in-between.  You could wear this in a maxi skirt as wedding guest, in a pencil skirt for work or in a pair of easy breezy shorts on holiday.  I have to say my favourite way to do the paper-bag waist ties in with the utility styling that we are seeing a lot of this summer, it’ cool, casual and comfy, but whack on a pair of heels to take you from day to night and allow you to eat, drink and be merry!

This is a look that the high end designers do so well, but armed with inspiration you can pick up some super sassy styles on our wonderful high street.  Here’s a selection of my favs.

Return of the Mac

If there is one item that makes a return every spring it’s the mac or trench.  Whatever you call this piece of outerwear the fashion pack love it and it’s not hard to see why.

I know at the mo we’re a little up and down on the weather front, but the warmer weather is coming and as soon as we get to that in-between bit, where your winter coat is too warm but it’s not yet safe enough to leave the house without a jacket, the mac is a must.

Every year there is always a little twist or update on the classic styling.  Burberry are of course the mac masters but even their famous outerwear gets a little makeover from time to time, this season saw the Burberry mac walking on the wild side with animal print sleeves…Grrrrr!

Take a little look at how else this seasons mac should be worn.

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It’s safe to say that you could easily invest in an expensive mac and see a good cost per wear return on your purchase as it will easily become a staple in your spring wardrobe year after year, but there are loads of fabulous high street versions out there that look super expensive and also feature some of the seasons big trend updates, look out for big sleeves, embroidery, metallic and even denim variations.

All hail the return of the mac.

Seeing Red

We’ve made it to Friday and your final installment of the bright stuff, which has seen me trying my best to fill your week with bright, vibrant colour.  This weeks’ trio would not be complete without me making you see red, in a good way – I hope!

On Wednesday the focus was pink, but the way to wear pink this season is by clashing with big, bold reds.  You can buy into the trend without having to put too much thought into how you’re going to pull it off by picking up clothing that already combines this smoking hot, colour clashing combo and there is a reason why Chris de Burgh sang about a ‘Lady in Red’, so take a look below at how spectacular this colour looks on the catwalks queens and superb street stylers.

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How can you resist?  Whether it’s top to toe or just an accent with key accessories, red gives every outfit that pop, but it’s also one of those colours that people often think only suits blondes, or only suits brunettes, in honesty there is a shade for everyone, you just need to find your perfect hue.  I love that the inspo pics show how a colour can be ‘the’ trend of the season but also how it transcend the trends, meaning as long as your wardrobe is seeing some sort of red this season you will be nailing it.

Now you know our favourite high street stores are awash with colour what will you choose; yellow, pink or red?  But before you make your final choice here are my flaming hot must-haves from drapey dresses to show stopping sneaks.

Pretty in Pink

Here we are with a second injection of colour this week, I hope you enjoyed Monday’s post on yellow, I had lots of nice feedback from some of you via Instagram so here’s hoping you love today’s as much and  it’s the colour of love, the one that makes the boys wink…Pink!

Pretty in pink they say, but what if you don’t really do pretty and still want to do pink?  Luckily this season there are multiple ways to wear, from vibrant to pastel, every shade of the pink stuff goes and you don’t have to keep it tonal, this season the hottest way to wear is by clashing with other bold colours, such as red.

Take a peak at some of the SS17 catwalks, celebs and street stylers rocking out the sweet stuff.

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Pink is the perfect colour to put a feminine spin on your outfit, but I love it teamed with khaki to toughen things up a little and it’s surprising what a gorgeous combination this makes.  As I mentioned on Monday, there is a lot of top to toe colour going on this season, but if it’s just too much (I think in pink it would be for me) then make sure you’re ripping up the rule book and clashing your colours hard.  Red and pink would not normally be a first choice colour combo, but it’s so fresh and bold I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised if you give it a go.

So, to ensure you’re looking pretty in pink here’s my mouth watering high street favs in light, hot, deep, pastel, baby and Barbie pink, pink, pink.

Colour Me Bad

Happy sunny Monday you gorgeous lot, well, more like happy Monday, not so much of that sunny stuff anymore, typical on the first day of Spring, but fear not, I am about to bring some sunshine to your day!

Last week I was working with a friend who was searching for a dress to wear at her daughters’ christening.  As we sifted through the high street offerings I noticed a difference in our selections, mine were full of colour and her’s were black!  When I showed her a beautiful dress in red she said ‘ooh I never wear red’, ‘WHAT?’ was my reply!  I do understand why people shy away from colour and you guys know I’m particularly partial to black, white and grey, but there is a whole other world out there and it’s in big, bold colours.

This week I’ll be bringing you colour round ups, so if you’re unsure of living life away from the dark-side I can maybe point you in the direction of the seasons’ hottest colour choices that will be flooding the high street this summer.

First up yellow and you’ll see below that the SS17 catwalks were awash with every shade possible from mellow to mega, take a peak.

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This season we’re seeing a lot of head to toe colour block looks.  I understand that if you don’t normally ‘do colour’ this might be a little (or a lot) scary, so take a small element of your outfit and inject some oomph into that key item, whether that’s your jacket, shoes or handbag.

So if you’ve read this far and I’ve still not convinced you to swap your non-colours for colour give me one last shot and take a look below at this lovely lot, all available on our fabulous high street.

Shoes speak louder than Words

I’m a little bit partial to a lot of faux fur, feathers and other fluffy stuff and if the weather

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didn’t dictate what footwear we had to wear I would live in sliders – every day!  For me, they are most comfortable (and not bad looking) bit of rubber you could slide on your tootsies, but when I first laid eyes on my favourite footwear covered in my favourite materials I wasn’t convinced.

Last year we started to see the first furry slidders appear, I have a friend Tanyel from Essex Beauty Patrol who makes them and has been for ages, check her out, but I also found them on the shelves in River Island and of course Rhianna produced a collection with Puma, which you’ll struggle to find anywhere but Ebay now.

Want to see how the style set are wearing their furry footwear?  Have a look below.

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Like me, could you be converted or is it a fashion step too far? I mean there is a lot to love, but a lot to question marks too and you know this is one look the boys will absolutely hate!

Wherever the catwalks and celebs go our humble high street soon follows, so as you’d expect there is now a huge selection currently available at all your favourite high street stores, of which I’ve scoured and brought you the best.  BTW the pink Topshop ones below scream Givenchy if you like you high street with a healthy does of high end style.