As I write it is pouring with rain outside. I’ve just returned from having Daisy weighed and my socks are so soaked through that the dye from my black shoes has run onto them. I don’t know about you but I am longing for some sunshine, dry weather and for Spring to well and truly arrive?
One of the key SS15 colour trends is yellow. When a new “colour” hits our high streets its origin is usually a catwalk show. This season’s yellow trend could be attributed to Acne, Burberry Prorsum or Michael Kors, and yet have you ever noticed that a season’s colours are often a variation of what nature does? The yellow adopted this year could just as easily have been inspired by an egg yolk or a daffodil, all things that remind me of the start of Spring.
Yellow daffodils, a colour inspiration?
Recently I highlighted another key colour trend – blue. Now blue is a colour that is likely to already be in your wardrobe, but yellow, well that’s a totally different story. Most people would shy away from it as it is a colour that can easily wash you out. But, in anticipation of Spring’s arrival, I took the plunge and bought a yellow coat. Yes bright, egg yolk yellow! I thought a little colour would brighten up my own and maybe someone else’s day. They say a little colour goes a long way, so I have kept it simple and worn my coat with ripped denim jeans and a simple breton stripe top.
Yellow Boyfriend Coat, New Look £39.99
Designers may be able to dress their models head to toe in yellow, but I think the trick is to keep it simple. You could accessorise with a bag or shoe, or wear a one-off statement piece worn back with neutral colours.
From top left going clockwise
Hooded Parker with Check Lining, Zara, £79.99.
Daffodil Yellow Pastel Saddle Bag, Zatchels, £30.
Textured Fisherman Jumper, Topshop, £36.
Yellow Colour Block Slim Havaianas, River Island, £24.
Go on add a little yellow colour to your wardrobe!
After a winter of wearing nothing but black, white and grey and then a bit more black and grey, I am longing for a bit of colour to brighten up my wardrobe. We have a real treat in store for us as this Spring/Summer 2015 is all about different hues of the colour – Blue. Every shade is acceptable. Think of the multitude of blues that the sky gives us, everyday just slightly different. Or the varying colours of the sea? From the pale blue of the shallow waters lapping on the seashore, to the midnight blue of a deep deep ocean.
Blues Inspired by Nature
Blues On the High Street
Dress head to toe in tones of blue, shown here by Cos – Silk Panel Jumper £59, Cuffed Hem Trousers £69.
Stay cosy and warm in this mohair blend cable jumper from & Other Stories, £45
Keep it casual with these Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Moire, £105
Step into spring in this midnight blue shirt dress from All Saints, £98
Add a splash of blue to your home with the Aegean Sea cushion from Amy Sia. To see more of Amy’s beautiful cushions and read an interview with the designer please click here.
With Valentines Day quickly approaching it can be quite a depressing time for breastfeeding mummies. All these beautiful pieces of underwear are advertised and all we can wear is a milk stained, saggy nursing bra (more…)
As I looked at in my ‘Get Your Knees Out’, this season denim is all about rips, It doesn’t matter the style – boyfriend, girlfriend, mom or skinny jeans. It doesn’t matter the wash – smart & clean, acid, distressed or blasted, your jeans need to be ripped!
Now I may hear you say you have jeans in your wardrobe full of holes from years back. Well great! Get them out and start styling them with your current clothes. Alternatively you may want to customise a pair of your current jeans? When I was pregnant last year you couldn’t buy maternity jeans with rips in the knees so I bought a pair from Topshop and customised them myself. It’s really easy to do:
DIY Ripped Knee Jeans
You will need:
- Pair of Jeans
- Very sharp fabric scissors (normal scissors won’t give a clean cut)
- Tape measure
Everything you need to customise your jeans with ripped knees.
- Put your jeans on a mark a pin in horizontally where you want your rip to be.
- Remove your jeans and lay flat on a table. If you want your rips to be the same on each knee you will need to measure from the top of the waist band to the rip on both sides to check it is the same.
- Decide how wide you’d like your rip to be. I normally do 10cm for jeans with stretch as when on the body it will look bigger. Also, remember any rip you have will grow.
- Fold your jeans in half at the knee where you want to cut your rip.
- IMPORTANT!! Make sure before you cut you ensure you pull the fabric on the back of the jean away from the front layer to cut, otherwise you will end up with rips at both the front and back!
- Cut a 10cm along your jeans
- Voila! You have a new pair of ripped knee jeans!
In true Blue Peter style, and here’s one I made earlier.
Do you fancy something new but feel you should wait until the end of the month? There are plenty of sample sales happening in London this month to tempt you!
Melanie Potro – Bridal Sample Sale
Getting married this year? This is a great opportunity to buy your wedding dress and accessories at just a fraction of the normal price.
6 February, 10am to 6pm
7 February, 11am to 4pm
8 February, 11am to 4pm
Melanie Potro Bridal Couture
110 Oxo Tower Wharf
Barge House Street
For more information and to book an appointment please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 774 6002, www.melaniepotro.com
People Tree – Ethical Sample Sale
Enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst shopping amazing deals on ethical clothing and accessories. Dresses, skirts and tops start at £15, accessories start at £5 and hand knitted jumpers start at £30. Plus they also often have samples from their designer collaborations. All proceeds from the sale go to the People Tree Foundation.
5th February, 6pm-9pm
6th February, 5pm-9pm
26th February, 6pm–9pm
27th February, 5pm–9pm
28th February, 11am-5pm
People Tree Offices
5 Huguenot Place,
17a Heneage Street,
Egret – Sample Sale
A London-based fashion brand that supports young up and coming designers by introducing their collections to the UK and further afield. Receive £50 off purchases on the day. Also, wear RED and you’ll be treated to a glass of champagne and further £25 off purchases!
7th February, 2pm-5pm
328 King’s Road
A.P.C. – Sample Sale
A.P.C is one of my favourite designers, so I’ll be getting my elbows out ready to fight for samples at up to 70% off!
12th-14th February, 10am-6:30pm
16th-19th February, 10am-6:30pm
34 Ledbury Road
Designer Warehouse Sales
Find great pieces at sample sale prices from designers such as, Etro, Gucci, Velvet, Belstaff, Celine, Prada, Blumarine, Duffy, Vivienne Westwood, Celine and many more.
6th February, 10am-8pm
7th February, 10am-6pm
8th February, 11am-5pm
5/6 Islington Studios,
Aimé – Sample Sale
This is one to put in your diary if you love pretty French brands. Designers such as Isabel Marant, Etoile, Repetto and many more will be on sale, with prices as much as 70% off. A sale not to be missed!
20th-21st February, 10am-6:30pm
23rd-28th February, 10am-6:30pm
34 Ledbury Road
20-21 and 23-28 February
Designer Sales UK
Check out this sample sale for top designers such as Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Armani, D&G, Chole, Celine, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and many many more.
21st February, 12pm-5pm
Chelsea Old Town Hall
Entry: £2/£1 concession
The 90’s were a time of change, the first super sized mobile phones went on sale, the world wide web began and the ‘Girl Power’ ruled, thanks to the Spice Girls. Another key milestone (?) was the complete overhaul of the brownie uniform, a uniform that hadn’t changed in 23 years. The long brown cotton dress with yellow cross-over tie became a thing of the past. In 1990 Jeff Banks put Brownies in culottes!
Now 25 years later culottes are once again back in fashion, although thankfully you don’t have to wear them with a brownie sash with badges on! But how do you wear culottes?
Dress Down your Culottes
In the past you might have had clothes you considered smart and those which were casual, now the lines are blurred. Suits are worn back with trainers, skirts with trainers and yes you guessed it …. culottes with trainers!
As a breastfeeding mum I often find I get stuck in a rut just wearing jeans and a jumper everyday, as you can’t really wear a dress. Culottes, though, are a great alternative to jeans. So swap your everyday jeans for culottes and wear them with an easy fitted crew neck jumper.
Or wrap up warm with a roll neck jumper and cocoon coat.
Or maybe keep it super casual with a Slogan Sweatshirt and Trainers.