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The Holy Grail Parka

11 Aug

Everyone has the one elusive Holy Grail fashion item that they’ve been searching for forever. Five minutes of asking about it on Twitter and I’m inundated: from vintage Missoni cardigans and a clear mac to a classic trench coat, it seems that everybody is looking for that perfect addition to their wardrobe. Stylist Frankie Murray is after black platform heels which aren’t too high with a thick heel, Sara from Daily Polish is after some specific Louboutins and has been searching since 2007 and Lyndsey from Be Gorgeous is, like many of us, searching for the perfect pair of skinny jeans.

I have my own fashion unicorn – the perfect parka. I have been searching for years, I’m not even kidding! Though they always come in and out of ‘fashion’, I think they are an incredibly versatile wardrobe addition. They are spot on for dressing down a little dress on a night out, toughening up a girly outfit or just throwing on over a casual, dressed down outfit. I’m not after anything special, just a long length parka with a dipped hem in khaki green with an oversize fur-lined hood…oh and it must be fairly warm. I did come close to the perfect parka once; it was by Theory at House of Fraser. It ticked all of the boxes but it was just too oversize, the smallest size absolutely swamped me. Here are some of the parkas I’ve found which are close…but not close enough.

Parka – £80 from ASOS
 Parka – £80 from River Island

Parka – £30 on sale from House of Fraser

Parka – £98 from Topshop

If you see anything you think may be the parka, do let me know. I’d also love to hear what your Holy Grail items are. Maybe we can set up a support group?!

Sunshine brights

9 Mar
Spring is finally beginning to spring! London has been basking in beautiful sunshine for the last couple of days and it’s been absolutely blissful. The sunshine has inspired me to start banishing blacks, browns and navys to the back of my wardrobe and start wearing more brights. I’m not one of those people who only wears black during the winter months, I think an injection of colour looks fab but a really bright outfit just looks a little misplaced. Thankfully, we can start lightening up now! Literally inspired by the sunshine, I’ve found tons of sunshine brights on the highstreet. I think plain yellow pieces look fab as they are so you can let the zingy colour do the talking but there are lots of fun prints around too like birds and bananas. 

Zara frilled dress – £39.99

Top Five: High-street Summertime Treats

27 May

The brief but beautiful sunshine and soaring temperatures were long overdue and thoroughly enjoyed. I made some hasty last minute plans and flung open my wardrobe doors eagerly, only to be confused. Was anyone else really caught off-guard?! I felt like every single item of clothing I laid my eyes upon was too thick, too dark or just generally unsuitable for such warm weather. I even had difficulty deciding which shoes to wear! 

New Look ruffle top maxi dress – £25

I absolutely love bright colours in Summer and maxi dresses are a cool, breezy way to deal with the heat.

Topshop elastic tie back tee – £25

Light colours and good quality, silky cotton are your friend when trying to keep cool. This tee has an open back which looks gorgeous on.

ASOS Freddy leather knot front sandal – £22

I’m afraid to say, I’m one of those girls who pretty much abandons the heels once the temperature gets over 30C. Nothing could be easier than slipping on these zip back gladiators. They don’t have a toe post so no potential blisters or sores when wearing them in either. 

Miss Selfridge spot floral dress – £32

Florals are a no-brainer during Summer and for lazy buggers like myself, throwing a pretty dress on is such an easy option.

Warehouse utility pocketed shorts – £35

These gorgeous shorts will be a godsend over Summer, as they are both versatile and practical. I do love denim shorts but sometimes it’s just too hot for even the thinnest denim.