Island Style.

Just as we’re all gearing up and wrapping up, in more ways than one, ready for Christmas, fashion land is enticing the industry with all things summery.  It’s a daydream and a nightmare, all mixed up in one weird, whirlwind couple of weeks.  Just as we’ve got to grips with our winter wardrobe you find yourself drooling over swimwear, flirty dresses, sandals and skimpy shorts – almost wishing away the most wonderful time of the year!

Last week I was lucky enough, thanks to the mother-in-law, to escape all things doting wife and muuummmm, and catch a glimpse at the gorgeous going-ons at River Island’s SS17 press event, of which I’m sharing with you a sneaky peak into what you may be able to buy on the high street next summer.

Of course River is always very trend driven but it’s also really wearable.  They nail festival fashion and as soon as I walk in to the showroom that’s what I see. But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just cool casuals you’ll find in River next summer, if you’re on the hunt for something smarter, with a little sophistication you’ll also be able to nab yourself some stylish pieces for work and play, desk to dinner – all that stuff.

My advice though, if there is one item to add to your wardrobe next spring/summer it’s a denim jacket.  We all need a little something to throw over our shoulders once the sun goes down, but I’m not talking just any old denim jacket, we’re talking business up front and the biggest of parties on the back!  Take a look…..

 

Finally, accessories and there is an abundance for summer.  As you’d expect from River, the footwear is on point with everything from embellished espadrilles to over the knee lace up boots – every occasion covered.  What really impressed me was the selection of sunnies.  Of course we all love a pair of designer shades, but if you’re looking for something budget busting with oodles style, that’ll have people looking twice then set your sights (ahem, sorry) on River Island next season.

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Saddle Up

Every now and then an iconic it bag, a must-have piece of arm candy, widely and loving imitated comes along and creates quite a stir.  The fashion pack swing these expensive pieces proudly from their shoulders, whilst the rest of us search high and low for something similar without the eye-watering price tags, or squirrel away Birthday and Christmas money in hope we’ll have enough to purchase before there’s a cooler replacement on offer.

For some time now Chloe have most definitely been producing the most lusted after ‘it bag’.  Cleverly they took the simple saddle bag and rocketed it to another stratosphere! First of all we had the Marcie cross-body bag which had that typical Chloe boho vibe to it with a thick shoulder strap, tassels with a smarter vibe and stitch detailing.  Then, enter stage left, the super sleek and uber stylish Chloe Drew, with its dainty chain shoulder strap and clean, minimal design what’s not to love?  I couldn’t put an inspo montage together without both bags being included, and more than once, so have a peak below.

(All images via Pinterest)

There’s a strong likelihood that you have a saddle bag somewhere in the depths of your wardrobe, I know I’ve got a couple, and you’ve probably kept them for specific occasions; holidays, music festivals, anything that requires you to be hands-free because you’re with kids!  But thanks to team Chloe the saddle bag has had a chic make-over which means you you can now consider it as a bag that’ll easily take you from day to night, weekly shop to weekend wedding and all with enough room from those essential essentials – if you get my drift.

Here’s a selection of my favourites from understated to obvious, the choice is yours.

 

Pilgrim Jewellery

I’m a bit of a jewellery nut, which I think is putting it nicely and I’m OK with. My husband thinks I’m a kleptomaniac or magpie, attracted to anything shiny which is also fair, but to me it’s incredible what  good jewellery can do for your outfit and the confidence it gives in feeling like your outfit is complete.

Some of you might know I’m a guest presenter at QVC and I get to meet some wonderful people from some fantastic brands.  The other week I met Helen from Pilgrim Jewellery – she is awesome!  You know when you meet someone and feel like you already know them, that’s how I felt with Helen.  I’d heard of Pilgrim, you can find their jewellery in big high street department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser to name two, at online shopping giant ASOS and at a whole host of cool independents, but I didn’t realise that the brands roots were of the supercool scandi kind.

Helen talked me through a bit more about the brand and when she showed me the pieces, and encouraged me to wear something for the QVC show we were on together, I was hooked!

Set up 30 years ago Pilgrim is still a family run business with a conscience and heart. They provide funds to various charities, projects and trusts where possible and all their jewellery is hand-made, which means you’re getting authentic, true pieces that hold on to the designers original influences and in doing so, create beautiful jewellery.  I also think the prices are spot on and easy on the bank balance, especially bearing in mind you’re getting something handmade.  What more could you ask for?

 

 

Scandi style is most definitely at the forefront of fashion.  Stockholm Fashion Week is hotly attended by fashion elite from all over the world who want to catch a glimpse of the up and coming brands, well known big hitters and of course the elite street stylers, bloggers and Insta fashionistas.

Pilgrim manages to mix this Scandi cool, minimalist style with a free-spirited, boho edge, for me the mix couldn’t be more perfect. This means you have items of jewellery that will compliment your everyday jeans and tee combo, to festival and holiday essentials that’ll look great worn on the beach or adorning your wrists as your through your arms up to the beat at the main stage.

I bagged myself this coin detail bracelet and it won’t leave my arm whilst I’m in Ibiza, it’ll come from beach to bar and probably bed it’s that comfortable to wear, but there is much more to the collection including eye catching rings, crystal pendents, quirky earrings and the watches, these are so on trend right now.  Big, oversized, minimal faces teamed with a sleek strap make these the perfect accompaniment for layers and layers of bracelets this summer, or keep it pure and clean and let the watch speak for itself.

 

Here are my favourites from the Summer collection, I’ve had a peak at the AW16 collection too and though I’m not wishing the summer away we’re in for a serious treat.

Want to see more check out http://www.pilgrim.dk/   and let me know what you think.

 

Cool as Chloe but on Half the Money

Sometimes I look back over the previous season catwalk shows, it helps with inspiration and direction whether it’s blogging, outfit planning, shopping or working with a personal styling client.  Obviously this close to the summer, and hopefully some sunshine (fingers crossed) I’ve returned to the SS16 catwalks, which really aren’t that old any way, and there are a couple imprinted on my mind; Isabel Marant, Temperly, Stella McCartney, McQueen, J Crew – OK so more than a couple, but the one that I really loved, and so does the high street, is Chloe.

We’ve already seen the cool kids such as Suki Waterhouse and top blogger, Aimee Song, wearing key pieces from the SS16 Choe collection at fashions hottest festival, Coachella.

(Images via Pinterest)

It’s easy to see why Chloe’s summer offerings would be the first choice for most, especially if you have the cash burning a hole in your pocket.  It’s got the perfect mix of festival with a 90’s edge, there are peasant blouses teamed with raw edge denim, floor sweeping maxi dresses and skirts in rainbow colours, styled with over-sized knits and an updated version of the tracksuit.

(All images via Pinterest)

I think it looks so fresh and above all easy to wear, a style straight off the catwalk that we can all, and should, steal by shopping on the good old high street this summer.  Here’s how at some of my favourite fashion haunts.

Jewellery with a Personal Touch

It’s almost the weekend, that’s right peps we’ve made it through another crazy week.  It passed in a bit of  blur for me, although I do remember the sunshine at some point, shame it never lasts!

One part of my week that sticks clearly in my mind was speaking to an incredible Mum who juggles bringing up a brood of three, aged 1, 11 and 12, along with designing and making some beautiful bespoke bracelets…Phew!

Now I’m a self-confessed magpie and I’m drawn to anything that is big, bold and shiny, but for me jewellery also has to be personal.  It might tell a story about you or mark a special occasion, and not only is it there to compliment your outfit but it can quite often become a conversational piece.

Jess from Aceci Bracelets is someone you just take a liking to instantly, she has that aurora thing going on and you can’t help but be drawn into her.  For me this is what makes the bracelets she produces so wonderful.  She’s creative in her own right an on hand throughout her bracelet design process to give input, but is all ears when it comes to her customers and customising their precious new purchase.  Jess seems to really get a sense for the people she is designing for, and speaking from my own experience, added another level to my bracelet to help mark my special milestones (see below).

I’ve know Jess for many years, but it was only recently that I learnt about her business which she started after going on maternity following the birth of her son, Cesar. I’m so impressed with her drive and enthusiasm for the business, alongside the way she balances this with being a mum and the fact that her jewellery is just gorgeous!

Want to know more, here’s a Q&A with the busy lady herself:

What inspired you to start Aceci Bracelets?
Since a child I loved being creative and making pretty things. I invested a lot of time sewing tiny beads onto fabric to make beautiful patterns, making wedding bouquets out of amazing vintage brooches, anything that create something beautiful to look at but never had the confidence to put it out there.
My bracelets began last year when i saw a model with an armful of silver bracelets and thought “I could make that”.  With encouragement from my Husband I shared it on my Facebook page, and I have been making them ever since.   I’m completely humbled by the response and shear number of orders that I have had.

How did you come up with the beautiful Aceci name?
As my bracelet orders kept coming I realised they needed a name. I found this hard but looked around for some inspiration, infront of me were my 3 lovely children, Ava, Cesar & Marci.
The name Aceci was born, a perfect merge of my children’s names.

How do you and your customers collaborate to create a bracelet?
I can honestly say that I have loved making every single one of my customers bracelets. People have been sold by the idea of each one being unique and the fact they have sentiment. Usually charms are chosen that represent a lost loved one, children’s initials and things that really reflect their personality. If I don’t already have the charms then I will do my very best to source them. Obviously they follow the same pattern but I will never repeat a design. The different beads and charms mean each one is bespoke and a one-off.

Tell us a little more about you.
I finally married my partner of 9 years 4 years ago, we have three beautiful children. Two girls 11 & 12 and a little boy who is just about to turn 1!  Before maternity leave I worked as Sales Manager at a bridal boutique and loved it.  I enjoy working hard but always wanted to work for myself and still enjoy being a mum.  Aceci has given me the opportunity to bring up my son at home, without having to put him in nursery and most importantly I have found a job that I love. Every bracelet tells a story about the wearer.  To be able to make that and bring people joy is an honour.  I am proud of what I have achieved so far and this is only the beginning.

Where can we find you?Up till now all of my orders have been through my Facebook page or recommendations, so I have now set up a website and recently opened an Etsy shop.   I can be contacted through any of these means and start discussing design requirements.  I can post worldwide and have just completed my first international order to Australia!

What you like doing when not working?
I like to relax by the sea. I’m not far from the Essex Coast so can be on a beach within 15 minutes!  I fell in love with Italy after honeymooning on the Amalfi Coast.  My husband and I try and go back as often as we can.  I love Italian culture and cuisine so can often be found in the kitchen cooking up a storm.  Otherwise I spend time with friends and family, and still have a huge passion for weddings so I’m currently also studying to be a Wedding Planner.

What’s next for Aceci Bracelets?
I would love to try some bracelets in gold and rose gold – I think they would look stunning.  I’m also working on ideas to add colour by using turquoise stars, brightly coloured beads & pearls in time for the festival season.  I would also love to make them in sterling silver but I think that part of the positive response I’ve had with them is that they are affordable whilst designing a custom made piece of jewellery at a high street price.

Want to know more? Well you can get in touch with Jess in many ways

her website is www.aceci.co.uk,

she is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/acecibracelets/?fref=ts 

and lastly on Etsy at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AceciBracelets?ref=search_shop_redirect

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Feeling Folksy

HELLO!  I’m back, I had a week off, those of you who follow me on Instagram (@notjustadress) will know I went to France, which was lovely and relaxing but now I’m back and feeling refreshed – let’s hope the feeling lasts!

Today I’m looking at all things fashion that are folk inspired. You may or may not know that this folksy vibe has bubbling under the fashion surface for a few seasons now, mainly due to the high end Ukrainian designer Vita Kin. The brand has captured the eye of the fashion elite, Anna Dello Russo can often be spotted in their beautiful dresses, but I’m not joking when I say you need very deep pockets to buy the real thing – we’re talking blouses starting at £900.

(All images via Pinterest)

Luckily this trend has started to filter down to the high street and couldn’t be more perfect for the summer festival season ahead.  It’s slightly different from you usual boho look with big bold embroidery and over sized tassel detailing, but if it is a little OTT for you there are plenty of other ways to inject that folksy feeling into your wardrobe – take a look below.

So with all that inspo in mind let’s look to the mid level and high street brands to see what they have to offer, other than being much friendly on your wallet there are some incredible lookie-likies out there thanks to Free People, Wonder & Weaver and even H&M.

So if this gets you feeling all folksy let me know, I’d love to see your looks or purchases.

 

Cool as a Kimono 👘

Waking up to a day as wet as this one makes me think about the incredible sunshine we had last Friday, and the fact I was being able to enjoy what was the hottest day of the 2014 so far, whilst being with a group of my best friends at London’s Wireless festival.

Festivals are great aren’t they? Full of good music, (although Kanye was as bad as you probably read in the papers), lots of food, drink and if you’re lucky loads of porter loos! It’s also a great place to scout out other peoples festival wardrobes.

Obviously with Wireless being so hot last week there was naked flesh galore on show, I’ve seen enough side boob and butt cheek action to last me a lifetime, with the vast majority of it not on the nicest of bodies!! But, one item of clothing that many a festival-goer was rocking, myself included, was the kimono.

From floor sweeping to sleeveless and tassels, in florals, monochrome or lace they come in all colours, shapes and sizes, and it’s got to be the summer holiday wardrobe must-have.

If you’ve not already purchased then now is the time, with summer sales in full swing you can definitely bag a bargain or two.

This item is perfect as your bikini beach cover-up, but stick it on with a pair of shorts to take to straight to the bar. Even when you get back from hols it’ll look great teamed with jeans and a cami. I also think they’re a great piece regardless of age. Many older ladies worry about the tops of their arms, but the kimono has it covered whilst still looking elegant and stylish.

Boohoo.com and New Look have a huge range and both retailers are really well priced. Here’s my favourites from the high street and online right now.

F&F at Tesco £14 and £28

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Boohoo.com £18 and £16

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Topshop £48

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New Look both at £24.99

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M&Co £35

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ASOS now £14 & Bank £29

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River Island £40 & M&S £39.50

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Urban Outfitters £40

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