Bermuda Shorts and Bare Legs!

Hooray the sun is finally shining though we may only be on borrowed time…

The unhappy down side to temperatures warming up is the inevitable baring of legs.

It’s catch 22, we spend our time wishing for warm weather but when it arrives we realise that poor lily-white legs are not ready for the light of day; and worse, for them to be ready for the light of day they actually have to be exposed to it…what to do?!!

Never the less the summer trend for the city short (bermuda short if you’re in America) is a great alternative to a skirt but it is still going to cause problems in the initial/ potentially only warm days at the beginning of summer.

City shorts of all fabrics/ fits/ colours and prints were strutted up and down the summer ’13 catwalks in vast quantities so I thought I’d bring you a sample selection from the shows.

Assuming that all goes according to plan on the leg preparation front, I’m feeling quite good about the re – emergence of this particular item of clothing.

So where are my high street alternatives…are there any city shorts out there!?!?

My findings…

French Connection - Infinity drape tie waist shorts, £62

French Connection – Infinity drape tie waist shorts, £62

Whistles- Orchid print silk short, £95

Whistles– Orchid print silk short, £95

Hush - Chloe shorts, £46

Hush – Chloe shorts, £46

& Other Stories - Striped Shorts, £39

& Other Stories – Striped Shorts, £39

Great Plains - Tallahassee Shorts, £40

Great Plains – Tallahassee Shorts, £40

Topshop - Contrast tailored short, £35

Topshop – Contrast tailored short, £35

Zara- Bird print shorts, £29.99

Zara– Bird print shorts, £29.99

I think it’s fair to say that the high street has well and truly jumped on this band wagon. If it’s shorts you’re after then they are in plentiful supply!

Well that’s great, so now it’s just the minor problem of transforming my legs into somebody else’s!!

Hope the sun shines for the weekend and I can get to work on a base colour!!

Have a lovely bank holiday!!

Tiffany’s and Tee-shirts!

I’m a happy bunny…A couple of days ago I missed a parcel delivery.

I duly went to collect said package, (with minimal enthusiasm it must be said) only to find a very covetable box inside…

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Obviously my enthusiasm for this package increased tenfold!

Inside was a beautiful Tiffany’s necklace – A thank you for looking after my Godson (to be) for a couple of days whilst his baby sister was born!

Please excuse the dud photography…would have worn it but an extreeeeme close up was just too scary!!

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He was a dream to look after and give him to me for a week if this how I’m thanked!

Utterly brilliant, there I was thinking that I needed another Alex Monroe necklace, when in fact what I really needed was a fabulous Tiffany’s necklace!!

Moving on swiftly, and todays topic is the humble Tee – shirt.

I’ve got to say that along with jeans, the Tee – shirt is an item of clothing that I just could not live without.

It would however seem that the humble Tee – shirt is moving up in the world.

Where once it was relegated to a gym workout or a slobby Sunday; the Tee – shirt shape has now taken on a life of its own…

Tee – shirt tops are addressing a multitude of wardrobe dilemmas and I think you would be hard pushed to find a more versatile item in your wardrobe!

Cop a load of these beauties!!

Derek Lam, Macrame Top, £1050

Derek Lam, Macrame Top, £1050

Marni- printed cotton jersey and cotton canvas t- shirt, £220

Marni- printed cotton jersey and cotton canvas t- shirt, £220

Simone Rocha- Neon embroidered organza T- shirt, £695

Simone Rocha– Neon embroidered organza T- shirt, £695

Mulberry- Cotton blend lace top, £495

Mulberry– Cotton blend lace top, £495

Hmmm, slightly of the spenny side, once you’ve bought one of these you’ll probably be saving your pennies and watching a lot of TV!

Never fear, the High Street have produced some lovely offerings and they won’t break the bank…too much!!

Whistles- Sporty lace sleeve top, £95

Whistles– Sporty lace sleeve top, £95

French Connection- Broiderie Anglaise short sleeve top, £72

French Connection– Broiderie Anglaise short sleeve top, £72

Warehouse- Metallic knit tee, £28

Warehouse– Metallic knit tee, £28

Zara- Cut out faux leather top, £39.99

Zara– Cut out faux leather top, £39.99

Baukjen- Liv leather tee, £249

Baukjen– Liv leather tee, £249

Topshop- Broiderie high neck crop tee, £28

Topshop– Broiderie high neck crop tee, £28

If only the sun would come out and stay out I’d be living in these!!

What’s your go to/ must have wardrobe item?

Until next time…

Metallic Madness!

I’m feeling quite smug…

We’re currently 1 week of the Easter holidays down and so far so good. No major fall outs and at the time of writing, no visits to A&E, ( I hope that I haven’t just tempted fate by putting that in black and white!)

Though the weather is still completely out of whack with the season and obstinately refusing to warm up, I am going to continue as though we are beginning to break out the summer clothes!

Today, I’m all about the latest summer trend for… metallic.

High sheen featured prominently in the S/S ’13 shows, turning up in all forms. The catwalk was awash with iridescent fabrics, holographic foils, glitter and sparkle aplenty.

Burberry, Nina Ricci and Diane Von Furstenberg were a few of the big names to really latched onto this latest trend; either going all out by sending whole outfits of lustrous metallic down the catwalk or, for a more subtle approach, all over sequins to add a touch of shimmer to their ranges.

Burberry

Burberry

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Just Cavalli

Just Cavalli

As I may have mentioned once or twice before, I’m a sucker for a bit of Tina Sparkle so this trend is right up my street. If the sun ever decides to grace us with its presence I shall be there, reflecting her rays, whilst donning an article of high shine clothing!

But what will I find to satisfy this magpie need in me on the high street?

Topshop- Embellished body con dress, £110

Topshop- Embellished body con dress, £110

Zara- Sequinned Sweater, £45.99

Zara- Sequinned Sweater, £45.99

French Connection- Ozlem sequin leggings, £120

French Connection- Ozlem sequin leggings, £120

Stories -Structured Jacket, £79

& Other Stories -Structured Jacket, £79

Maje- Americano blouson argent, 295e

Maje- Americano blouson argent, 295e

Jigsaw - Square sequin pouch, £69

Jigsaw – Square sequin pouch, £69

Yep, I think, I’m going to be well and truly stylishly catered for and thank goodness I won’t  be walking round looking like a modern-day versions of Metal Mikey, remember him?

Will you be partaking in a bit of summer metallic if we ever get that far?

Happy weekend.

The Maternity Wardrobe

Ahhh pregnancy… not my favourite state of being!

Being honest, I am simply not a person who blooms or blossoms during pregnancy. In fact I think it is fair to say that after gaining a whopping four and a half stones, the term ‘balloons during pregnancy’ is probably more applicable to me!

My straight talking grandmother was probably spot on when she informed me and an equally pregnant friend that we looked like a couple of beached whales! Just what we needed to hear!!

Pregnancy however seems to be rather ‘on trend’ at the moment, with many celebrities, and of course The Duchess of Cambridge all sporting the latest accessory The Baby Bump!

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge with her tiny wee bump!

The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge with her tiny wee bump!

Nine years ago, when I was pregnant, you rarely saw a pregnant celebrity, they used to hide themselves away, until 3 weeks after the birth. Then they would reveal themselves on the red carpet, miraculously looking for all the world, like someone who had not had a baby…ever!!

Why was this?

Well obviously they didn’t want to be ‘papped’ looking like waddling ducks but I think there’s a bigger reason…MATERNITY CLOTHES or lack of, should I say!

The maternity uniform which was available to me was a very basic pair of jersey trousers, some unflattering, badly fitted jeans and a selection of empire line jersey tops. If you were really pushing the boat out, an unfashionable jersey dress, whoop de doo!

So is the world of  maternity wear still the same barren, uninspiring place?

Happily, the legions of fabulously pregnant celebrities out there, proudly flaunting their stylishly dressed bumps, confirm that times are most definitely a changing!

A heavily pregnant Busy phillips on the red carpet, looking stunning

A heavily pregnant Busy Phillips on the red carpet, looking stunning

About to pop, Lara Stone rocking a minin dress

About to pop, Lara Stone rocking a mini dress

Kim K in her on trend monotone dress

Kim K in her ‘on trend’ mono tone dress

The ‘barely there’ maternity wear department, located at the back of Littlewoods, is no longer the only port of call for expectant mothers.

Today maternity is taken seriously, Topshop, H&M, Gap and a host of others High Street brands, all offer affordable ranges of clothes which look to fashion and trend for their inspiration.

But lets not get too carried away here; a pregnant bump is still a pregnant bump, there are limitations!

Here are some of the more inspiring high street finds.

Topshop - Maternity v back maxi dress - £18

Topshop – Maternity v back maxi dress – £18

H&M- Mama Jeans, £24.99

H&M- Mama Jeans, £24.99

Gap - Striped slub cowl neck T, £14.95

Gap – Striped slub cowl neck T, £14.95

Not feeling like trawling the high street, then why not turn to the huge array on online stores now offering high street and designer maternity wear? Isabella Oliver, A pea in the pod, Seraphine and ASOS all do the job brilliantly.

Asos, New Look maternity jersey dress, £19.99

ASOS, New Look maternity jersey dress, £19.99

Isabella Oliver - Ella knit Dress, £115

Isabella Oliver – Ella knit Dress, £115

A pea in the pod - 7 for all mankind secret fit belly skinny jeans, $215

A pea in the pod – 7 for all mankind secret fit belly skinny jeans, $215

Maternity wear today truly is a world away from the lack lustre choice that I was faced with.

And if things weren’t greatly improved already, the current trend for oversized shapes has added to the veritable bump covering bounty of clothing.

I could almost begin to get excited about pregnancy…but not quite!!

What do you think, do you have maternity wear horror or happy memories?

Have a good weekend!