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Oasis sale picks

14 Jun
The summer sales have officially started! A few retailers went into sale last week but the majority seem to be joining in the fun this week. Yesterday I checked out the Oasis sale and found lots of pretty items for my work wardrobe. Those who follow me on Twitter will know I’ve become a little obsessed with my work wardrobe – particularly searching for the perfect work shoe. I used to dress very smart for work (think City worker – pencil skirts and blouses) but my current workplace (anonymous fashion retailer) is a little more relaxed. I think it’s easy to fall into the trap of wearing lots of black because ‘it looks smart’ or dressing far too casual just because you can. In summer, black can look too heavy and dark and I’m starting to think it’s good to dress like I’m going to work rather than heading out with friends at the weekend!
The pieces I’ve picked from Oasis all have little details – a bit of embellishment here, a ruffle there – to keep them fun and feminine. I think my favourite piece is the bright blue sheer blouse. Sheer is such a huge trend this season, as are brights and colour blocking. I’d wear it with a little cami underneath to make it work-appropriate. The cami can be slipped off if you’re heading out for drinks after work and it will look equally good with some tailored trousers or a skirt. The swallow print tunic is also gorgeous, the shape makes it perfect for days you’re running around from meeting to meeting and it will look so cute with flats which is always a plus at work. 

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Oasis safari chic blouse – was £40, now £25
Oasis wide leg crepe trousers – was £50, now £30
Oasis Grace 70s belted trouser – was £45, now £30
Oasis sheer sleeve embellished dress – was £130, now £40
Oasis boyfriend cardigan – was £40, now £20
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From catwalk to high street: Bright lace dresses

9 Jun
Lace went from wearable to wow in the time it took Christopher Kane to send models down his runway in neon Princess Margaret inspired lace pieces. Plain black and white lace pieces have been around on the high street for a while now, long enough for it to get a little boring, so thank goodness for an injection of colour to brighten things up. White lace dresses and blouses are a wardrobe staple for me as they’re cute, girly and demure but the allure of contrasting pretty lace with a bright shock of colour is growing. At first, I did worry about the practicalities of neon lace, what the hell one would wear with a highlighter pink dress anyway?! I imagine it would take a lot to dress it down enough not to be at the receiving end of bemused looks on the 
tube.

Thankfully, Issa launched a capsule collection of covetable, flirty little lace dresses on Net-a-Porter; a bit of a departure from the label’s signature slinky 
style.The limited edition collection arrived online about a month ago and features chocolate box shades of bright colours in six different styles, ranging from demure full-sleeve lace to more sexy one shoulder and strapless varieties. This collection is the epitome of something classic being reinvented with a contemporary, cosmopolitan spin. 


The high street of course, is on the ball and has plenty of colourful options for those who want to buy into this trend without breaking the bank. My favourites were from fashion department store Very, who stock a colossal amount of brands online. My favourite bright lace dresses were from Rare Fashion’s sister brand Paprika and Love Label. I would experiment by accessorising with clashing brights as well as nude colours to dress it down a little – so many possibilities. Are you going to experiment with bright lace this 
season? 

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Tanner Krolle Spring/Summer 2011

28 May
As Tanner Krolle, a brand with over 150 years of luxury heritage, enters 2011 the focus remains the same: timeless style, beautifully crafted quality and discreet luxury. They are relaunching ten classic models for this season, with four of them only being available to their top ten VIP customers for a year. This is the ultimate luxury and status symbol, not a Louis Vuitton bag with the logo emblazoned over every surface. To me, that is just not luxury, it’s ostentatious and brash. Though some of the colours are bright and eye-catching, the designs are thankfully logo-free and just feature butter-soft leather and metallic accents. As Coco Chanel said: “Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity”.

Rock a statement jacket

11 May

Statement pieces. There always seems to be a new one: dresses, shorts, skirts, shoes, bags, jackets. I understand the rest but never really ‘got’ the concept of statement jackets until I had a little browse on the Rokit Vintage site. I mean, a jacket is a bit of an afterthought, isn’t it – “Oooh I’m in London and it’s grey. Better throw something on before I get hyperthermia”. But Rokit have so many gorgeous tailored, bright, cropped varieties of jackets that I had a bit of a hallelujah moment and suddenly it all fell into place – a few of these bad boys and my wardrobe is instantly updated and complete. They have tons of blazers, bikers, trenches and duffles but why go for something ordinary which you will find on the high street when you can go for one of these beauties? Look out for brights or lace to stay on trend as well as quirky buttons and embroidery, short sleeves are great for summer too. The selection I’ve picked range from £20-£250 so they have unique pieces to suit every budget. 

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Haizen Wang Spring/Summer 2011

1 Apr
How beautiful is Haizhen Wang’s Spring/Summer collection?! Hard to believe it’s his first womenswear collection isn’t it? Inspired by Madeleine Vionnet’s beautiful draping and architectural shapes twisted around the wearer’s body, the collection is very feminine with a luxurious feel. Haizen plays with proportions and the contrast between voluminous shapes and very fitted tailoring. The colour palette of muted greens, rich reds and black laced with white and metallics subtley shows off the beautiful shapes. 

Stripe-spiration

31 Mar
The last couple of weeks have been very Spring-like…hurray! I’ve officially ditched my winter coat in favour of a slightly lighter coat and even wore shorts (with tights) sans jacket on the weekend. As great as the lighter evening and sunshine are, I suddenly feel like I’m ill equipped to deal with the warmer weather. It’s not as simple as just taking a couple of layers off and wearing a lighter jacket, actual hot weather will require appropriate clothing.

One of my favourite Spring/Summer trends is thankfully one that you can count on every year – nautical stripes. Stripes are already all over the high-street  in various guises from traditional blue, ultra thin stripes, vertical and horizontal stripes. My favourite are the more block-y Prada inspired stripes like the Zara skirt in the centre. I also love the Topshop  night shorts which are just too cute to be confined to indoors, I’m planning on wearing them with wedges, slouchy tee and a maxi length cardi. 

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