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…

Flower Power

The Easter holiday fun continues….

This weekend with the arrival of sun, family Radcliffe took a trip to Halford’s and got biked up.

I have not ridden a bike for about 20 years, t was a sight for sore eyes!! After about an hour and a half in the saddle I was definitely feeling very uncomfortable!

According to Mr R, I am completely wrong to expect cycling to be comfortable and apparently saddles are not sofas… I beg to differ my new ‘Big Bum Sprung Bike Saddle’ is on order!

the sofa of saddles!

the sofa of saddles!

Now onto the important stuff, my summer trend du jour is ‘florals’.

I’m a sucker for a floral so this trend will suit me down to the ground. Flower power has hit the catwalks and so in turn the high street.

This seasons florals are not the BHS variety of flat garden prints. No florals literally sprang forth from the catwalks of S/S ’13, taking on 3D forms. They were oversized, playful, placement, embroidered and photographic.

They took us on a journey through the decades from the floaty and feminine 20’s to the ditsy print tea dress of the 30’s and on to the graphic 60’s.

In fact you name it, it was there.

There surely has got to be something for everyone with this trend?

So what about the high street, what will we find there to satisfy the budding horticulturists amongst us?

Whistles- Victoria Floral Cotton Dress, £135

Whistles– Victoria Floral Cotton Dress, £135

Zara - Floral Print Trousers, £35.99

Zara – Floral Print Trousers, £35.99

NW3- Birch Flower Dress, £169 reduced £118

NW3– Birch Flower Dress, £169 reduced £118

Coast - Multi Winslow Dress, £125

Coast – Multi Winslow Dress, £125

Ted Baker- Novaas lace skirt., £169

Ted Baker– Novaas lace skirt., £169

Karen Millen - Signature fit printed pencil, £160

Karen Millen – Signature fit printed pencil, £160

So will you be blooming marvellous this summer or has another trend caught your eye?

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.

Pyjama Parties and Red Noses!

Happy Red Nose Day Everyone!!

In support of this worthy fund-raising event my two girls are attending a sponsored Pyjama Party at school.

Much to my horror, I was informed by them both that my favourite item, ‘the onesie’ was required,  “Everyone will be wearing them!”

Against my better judgement I acquired a couple of the offending articles and packed the little darlings off to school!!

They actually don’t look too bad.

Doing something funny for money!

Doing something funny for money!

I won’t be spending the day in my pyjamas or a onsie for that matter, but I thought it would be fitting to write a post about the latest trend for S/S ’13, and happily it ties in perfectly with todays proceedings…

Yep, the pyjama trend has taken hold and it’s far too stylish to be kept in the bedroom.

Being dressed head to toe in a print may not be for the shrinking violets amongst us, but done well this can be a very elegant and relaxed look and not necessarily that tricky to wear.

Stella McCartney and Diane Von Furstenberg championed the trend during the S/S ’13 shows and the look seems set to stay as it continued to gain momentum throughout the recent A/W ’13 fashion weeks.

Stella McCartney, sent her girls out in a block printed, relaxed alternative to the trouser suit…I’m sold, if only I could look like this!

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

At Jonathan Saunders, the look had a more daywear feel to it. Wearing the pj pant back to a loose-fitting but plain pj top, is an easier alternative to the head to toe look.

Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunders

Diane Von Furstenberg played with contrasting opaque and sheer fabrics to break up the wall of print.

Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

And at Hermes there was not a print in sight, just relaxed, layering creating a languid pyjama- esque look.

Hermes

Hermes

Fast forward to A/W ’13, and Louis Vuitton has upped the nightwear ante, going all out for the look. His femme fatale collection of satin printed pyjama suits, chemise dresses and slips worn back to mens coats as bathrobes was elegant and definitely brought nightwear out of the bedroom!

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So how is this trend being interpreted by the high street?

Whistles - Safari leopard print bomber and trousers

Whistles – Safari leopard print bomber and trousers

Ted Baker - Rosaro geo printed trouser, Amberley geo print knit

Ted Baker – Rosaro geo printed trouser, Amberley geo print knit

Zara - printed pyjama bottoms, printed silk blouse

Zara – printed pyjama bottoms, printed silk blouse

H&M- trousers, £24.99

H&M– trousers, £24.99

Am I alone, but the more I see it, the more I like it? I will definitely be trying the pyjama trend out, will you?

Have a good weekend everyone!

High Time For Low Heels?

What a pants week!

I’ve spent a few hours in Kingston Hospital on 2 separate occasions, employed the services of 3 different insurance companies, got a parking ticket, and the cherry on my cake…the Radcliffe household has suffered yet another bout of Norovirus!!

When will this run of bad luck end?!

Feeling a little down in the dumps, I’ve decided to post about something that always makes me smile…SHOES!!

I am ever so slightly obsessed with shoes, so I’m amazed that I managed to miss them off of my Trans- Seasonal Wardrobe list!

Thank you very much to Helen, at The Flaky Fashionista for pointing out this huge faux pas!

High heels are a right of passage for all women.

Most of us love them, but sadly, few of us can walk in them.

So why do we obsess over them so much?

Two reasons – We think they make us look taller and thinner!!

As Catlin Moran wrote, in ‘How To Be a Woman’,

“Women wear heels because they think they make their legs look thinner, ENDOV. They think that by effectively walking on tip-toes, they’re slimming their legs down from a size 14 to a size 10. But they aren’t of course. There is a precedent for a big fat leg dwindling away into a point – and it’s on a pig.”

Harsh as it is, she speaketh the truth. You’ve gotta love her!

At 5’10”, I’m not lacking in the height department. When donning a pair of heels, I apparently make Mr R (who is around 6′) feel like Bernie Ecclestone. Therefore the skyscraper-esque, footwear trend of recent seasons, is one I haven’t really gone all out for!!

However, happy days, are ahead, the height of the ‘fashion heel’ looks set to make a swift descent!

A new, low heeled dawn is breaking over Spring Summer ’13.

Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton – Designers who are normally just a bit ahead of the trend curve; are shifting away from the vertiginous, killer heel, in favour of more wearable flats or kitten heels.

Louis Vuitton S/S '13

Louis Vuitton S/S ’13

Marc Jacobs S/S '13

Marc Jacobs S/S ’13

 Miu Miu S/S '13

Miu Miu S/S ’13

It is no coincidence that this shoe trend is evolving, hand in hand with the revival of all things 60’s. There is a very definite Edie Sedgwick/ Twiggy feel about them.

Might there be a night out, on the not too distant horizon, when I will leave and arrive home, wearing the same pair of shoes?

Upon further inspection, it appears that the horizon may be further away than I’d thought. Finding examples of these lower heeled delights was no easy task.

There are 3 pairs below but they’re not perfect by any stretch!

It appears that this trend may take a little time to trickle onto the High Street!

Reiss, Honoree Rich Blue Patchwork Flat Shoe. £139

Reiss, Honoree Rich Blue Patchwork Flat Shoe. £139

Zara, Vamp Shoe with Ankle Straps. £25.99

Zara, Vamp Shoe with Ankle Straps. £25.99

ASOS, Suki Pointed Heels. £35

ASOS, Suki Pointed Heels. £35

So what do you think?

Can you see this trend taking off?

Will these elegantly, grown up shoes be the saviour of your tender toes or will you be sticking to the higher variety and hoping that you don’t break an ankle!?

Happy Weekend!

x

A Trans-Seasonal Wardrobe is the Answer to Problematic Weather.

A couple of weekends ago, with our friends, the Bennett’s in tow, we ventured to Box Hill, ‘to do the Olympic cycle route’…in a car!

Once at the top, we were thrown a curve ball – it was covered in about 5cm of snow and ice. This was unexpected…we adults were not dressed appropriately at all. The bottom of the hill had given no clue to the Narnia that waited at the top!!

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So it is, that we are entering a time of year, when our unpredictable weather plays havoc with our wardrobe.

A promisingly, sunny morning can disintegrate rapidly into wind and rain. The pretty tea dress/ knit combo that you so optimistically set out in, is bedraggled, and no longer looks so tea party ready.

Likewise, the heavy parka you wrapped up in to protect against the sleet, hail and snow is now making you sweat profusely as the sky turns blue and bright sunshine appears!

What are we to do?

The answer to this very British problem is, The Trans- Seasonal or Transitional Wardrobe.

Well chosen, mix and match, wardrobe essentials. Pieces that effortlessly carry you from, cold to hot  (ok, lets not get carried away…warm!) in an instant, using a method that’s as old as the hills  – layering.

With this in mind, I’ve pulled together 6 key items that I will hopefully buy for my trans- seasonal wardrobe.

Lets take it as read that jeans & tee- shirts, play a role in this wardrobe.

1. No surprise to Lust List readers, the Whistles, Riley Trench is taking this spot.

Whistles Riley trench coat £155

A great, lighter weight coat, you can slip it over a tee-shirt or add layers underneath it.

2. No trans-seasonal wardrobe is complete without a blazer or item jacket, I’m plumping for the Crossed Blazer from Zara. £79.99.

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3. ‘The Essential Dress’, I love this one from Whistles. The Erin Colour Block Dress, £135.

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This is  a go to dress for all occasions. great with bare legs or tights, strappy flats, ankle boots or heels. For a chillier day, layer over skinny jeans and add a long-sleeved jersey underneath. or team with a sweater and wear as a skirt.

4. This Maison Scotch, Silk Striped Top, £98, is another must have. I’m a sucker for a breton stripe, and as they’re on trend for summer it would be rude not to. Ideal as an under blazer layering piece, and fine enough for warmer moments. Dressed up or down, versatile is this tops middle name.

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5. I bought an oversized knit from Cos a few seasons ago and it has been a Godsend. My update would be the Kiliann Cotton Blend Cardigan from Etoile Isabel Marant, £340. The perfect keep warm piece for when its chilly, but not cold enough to demand a coat. With a dress or jeans, it’s a peach!

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6. A toss-up between coloured cropped/ full length trousers or a scarf. Jeans are a given so I’ve opted for a scarf. You can never have too many and they’re always great for whipping out of a handbag when there’s a nip in the air. I’ve developed a soft spot for Banana Republic’s  Ciara Snake Print Scarf, £39.50.

Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 18.55.52Fingers crossed, all of these pieces will be creating the frame-work for my trans-seasonal wardrobe.

Have I missed anything?

Until next time…