Patchwork Passion

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Valentino’s patchwork body bag, may be out of your reach price wise, but patchwork is a trend to look out for. Everything that goes around, comes around again, ( I remember patchwork the first time around!).

By the way – I’m totally hooked on the Valentino collections, they are full of inspiration and creativity, so settle yourself down with a latte this weekend and view the Valentino fashion shows.

leather court shoes,

Next’s paired-down patchwork court shoe, featured above, will add interest to a work outfit or a pair of jeans.

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Patchwork bags galore!  Featured above, from Top Accessories – an English company based in Dorset offering a wonderful array of patchwork bags. I can just imagine one of these bags with a chunky sweater for weekend styling.

leather bags,

This is on my Christmas wish list – blue and buff leather silver studded bag  to style with a pair of J Brand bleached out denims and stone N.Peal cashmere kimono!

Happy browsing this weekend – let me know if you buy anything, and you can send me a comment on my blog.






M and M Direct – discount heaven!

For my Your Style post this week, I have discovered a great website - M and M Direct, for discount brands. I promptly ordered the denim blue shortie Hunter wellie above, ( I find the shortie, easier to walk in, compared to the full length versions).

I found the service to be quick and efficient, with a good returns system, when I ordered mine. All you have to do, is decide what you want from the massive choice.

The colours are lovely and I would have ordered many colours – but I got a reality check and bought one pair!

Craving A Carven Coat


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Invest in a Carven coat, if you have the cash ( UK stockists here). You need to spend around  £500, or £3,000 to get your dream designer coat – but worth the money for years to come.

Shades of pink is trending this winter and works well with charcoal or silver grey. Check out Net-A-Porter for the pink collection of coats. Embellished Carven coat at Net-A-Porter, below

High Street Style – dusty pink waterfall coat here from Next, below

Casual Designer Style – Isabel Marant, boucle coat at Net-A-Porter, below

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If you are not in the market for a new winter coat, and can’t afford a designer price tag, update an old winter coat with animal faux fur trimmings, a print collar, or embellish the labels with some bling for a copycat Carven touch!

Lacey Lady

Valentino designer collection

Welcome to September and a change in our wardrobes for most of us.  Add a touch of lace to your existing winter wear and wardrobe classics.  Valentino’s  Fall/Winter 2014, above. You will love exploring the Valentino collection, and the winter accessories are very inspiring!

A Lace tank top can soften up work wear, weekend jeans and knitwear. Don’t pack away any summer lacey tops just yet, and take another look at your lace evening tops that may work with your daywear.

I’ve noticed that all the suggestions below, have high round necks (with the exception of the H&M cardigan), so you may need to try a camisole scoop or button-through blouse style  -whichever flatters you top half best.

Massimo Dutti cream lace top.    H&M plus size black lacey cardigan   Phase Eight powder pink lace top (great with grey work trousers!).  Phase Eight tops are very forgiving round the middle area, and there is a good choice online.

Kalico at John Lewis, in the sale - petrol blue lace top for suits, black jackets and trousers and denim days.

Affordable Designer - Carven at Avenue 23 burgundy lace top, in the sale – look at that styling colour combination, for a fresh new office look!


Azure Days…

Azure skies and the thought of turquoise seas, make me think of all things azure blue on the accessory front, this time of year.

 The Jewel Hut is a  jewellery website with a mix of well know brands, and it’s very easy to browse. Just type in the colour, gemstone or metal, and away you go! Links of London, watch above.

Add a touch of summer to your basic whites and beach front attire with shades of turquoise… I’m not really in the frame of mind for new buys, but new accessories can give you lots of style mileage. Thomas Sabo disc pendant at The Jewel Hut above, to thread onto a favourite chain.


It wouldn’t be summer without a bit of timeless Navajo style jewellery. Faux Navajo-style ring, with sterling silver oval cast, above at Essential. View these cascading drop earrings at Essential, here. Essential is a great website for gifts too, like this Eton Shamballa style bracelet watch, here in the sale.

My Style Tip - use a  silver or gold chain, and swap your pendant or charm, depending on your  outfit. It’s a good idea to collect a few pendants or charms, that will easily slip onto your favourite chain.

When summer is a distant memory, and you have packed away your summer whites – wear your new turquoise jewellery with amber and autumnal shades, to give your winter wardrobe a lift.

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