Monday, 22 May 2017

Autumn fashion trends: what should we expect to see in 2017?

This is going to sound a bit ahead of myself but all of the Autumn look books and collections are already starting to drop.. I know, I know, it seems like an age away, but what i am thinking is that on those days when the sun isn't so shiny and the warmth just ins't here, maybe we could take a few ideas from the new ranges that are coming out imminently. Being ahead of the game never hurt anyone after all. Plus wise investments now could be a real workhorse on the clothes front, and that is always a thumbs up in my books.. Lets take a look shall we?

This season will be influenced by the excitement of an evening in the city, belted coats, fishnets, and vintage-inspired faux fur coats are all returning to our wardrobes this season.
Together with Trilogy Stores, we can provide you with the hottest trends to expect this autumn. By following our guide, you’ll be able to make the most of autumnal-chic, and glide effortlessly into the winter months without any fashion faux pas.

Belted coats

A belted coat is perfect during autumn, as it is an ideal statement piece to keep warm whilst strolling through the park. Expressing effortless sophistication, the belt adds and extra layer of depth to your coat and helps to define your waistline in a way that is flattering.
Whether you decide to wear a statemented fur jacket, or opt for a for a leather trench coat – the belt is a refining piece within this ensemble, which can be knotted or fastened depending on your look.
Alongside the belted coat, wide waisted belts are also making an appearance this autumn; they can be worn over your coat, or, they can be added to an evening dress that will help to define your curves. Browns, blacks, and reds are colours that aren’t only popular, but help you to channel the natural colours of the season. However, if you’re worrying about keeping warm this autumn – Jumper 1234 are sure to keep you warm with fashionable designs that appeal to the comforting colours of the season.  

Suiting in style

This trend is set to go global by September: the female suit. Not only does it keep you warm during the colder months, it also produces a look that is powerful.
Elegantly designed slacks and pressed double-breasted jackets are all the rage this autumn; together with pronounced shoulders and shoulder-width trousers, the suit helps to reappropriate a masculine look for the female fashion-forward. Don’t worry, this isn’t a return of the eighties; it’s power-dressing in 2017.

True blue

Summer is all about eye-catching pinks, and dashing scarlets – but once the leaves begin to change colour, dusky modest blues define autumn. Labelled as the new ‘it’ colour, the moody notes incorporated by dark blues within an outfit can really make a lasting impression.
Wear a pale blue shirt with slim-fitting grey trousers for an outfit that is subtle yet striking, or why not try a brighter coloured blue mac to create a contrast between your outfit and the autumnal environment around you?

Nylon jackets

Whether you’re going to a festival, or walking through town, a nylon coat is the transitional outerwear that you’ve been looking for (think trench coat upgrade). Without fear of any wrinkles, this type of coat is similar to a mac, and can be packed away in your suitcase to take to any event without any hassle.
These futuristic, cutting edge jackets can be worn casually with flats, or can be worn on the evening with a pair of high boots or heels; blacks, browns, and greens are all this autumn – so wear subtle colours underneath to pull off a look that’s striking without having to make the effort.

Photos all via Pintrest
Thanks to Trilogy for teaming up with me on this piece

So, thoughts on Autum trends? Is there anything you can see you liking, buying and wearing?


Friday, 19 May 2017

Styling Culottes (& #Passion4Fashion Link-up)

I was growing board of constant jean wearing and felt like i wanted to add an injection of colour in to my wardrobe in a new way. Its that in-betweeny season for us here as its neither hot nor cold. My brain is kind of against wearing tights at this time of year (i have a weird OCD in regards to some forms of dressing in some seasons.. its weird, i know :( ..), which kind of rules out dresses as its really not that warm, plus these legs just so happen to not be anywhere near 'summer ready'. I will hasten a guess they may never be, but alas i shall just have to just face that as and when (if?) the warm time comes.
Anyway, yes, so dresses are proving to be awkward at the moment and it just seems to be the relentless daily role out of jeans jeans and, you guessed it, more jeans. 
So I thought to myself culottes seem to be a good middle ground.
Ankle baring and a bit breezy, yet covered doesn't require tights and most importantly is not a pair of jeans.
Giving it a try seemed to be the route to go down.
And well it was a good route. I like them, i felt nice to be out of the usual leg coverings and i actually felt pretty snazzy (note to self: no one says snazzy.. apart from me).
Rust red culottes aren't the type of outfit that blends in to the crowds, that i will give you, but strange glances from on-lookers aside, i really liked the difference.
And a change is as good as a rest as they say!

 Thoughts on culottes ladies?

Outfit Details:

Culottes (available in this brick red and also lovely wearable navy)
Blue Lace-up shoes
Cream Cold Shoulder top: F&F (on sale in store) Try this
Cream Bag
Navy Trench Coat: Dorothy Perkins (old) Try This one


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The All Important Red Shoe

You may have noticed that i have a penchant for a pop of red.  For me it really is the finishing touch to so many of my outfits. I love that the eye is drawn to this fun hit of colour (and therefore detracting away from a, very often, tired makeup less face) . A friend recently said to be how daring it was to pair red with so many other colours such as when i pair red with yellow, birght blues and greens. Truth is I don't really see it as daring, more of an easy access pass to looking half decent. 
Outfit transformers in just one piece.
Red is such a classic colour and to me really does work as a more interesting, stepped up neutral, or a contrast colour if we're getting technical. Now i think there is a shade of red for everyone, and what i will be talking about here is wearing it literally on your extremities so no need to worry about it not looking good next to your hair/ face.

Lets pop some red shall we?

My Red Shoe collection

So red shoes are my forever love. I don't think a week goes past without me donning red shoes in one way shape or form. The red boots i bought in Feb have been worn much much more than i ever envisaged, even though it's supposedly Spring they were even worn last week with a maxi dress, and have been a brilliant outfit maker plus super comfy. Then I have the heeled courts and my little pumps, each worn on constant rotation (as you may have noticed).

So lets see whats about on the red shoe front shall we?

Flats are important aren't they?

Some on trend mules possibly?

Some summery espadrilles are just gorgeous aren't they? Brilliant with denim dresses, floaty skirts and, well, pretty much anything!

These are a fab little numbers for a little extra detail

London rebel via asos

And of course, trainers/sneaker.. where would all be without them these days? The perfect athleisure accompaniment  and excellent for busy days running about. I've had the Nike cortez on my wishlist for months.. I may even sell a pair i already have to try and fund these!

So there we are ladies, red shoes brightening the day. Are you a fan of a pop of colour with your shoes? Or are you a neutral shoe fan?

Monday, 15 May 2017

Gift Giving Done Right

Wedding season is upon us folks, and if its not a wedding you're attending, it could be a christening, graduation or even a special anniversary.
I don't know about you, but in this house not only do I have to think about what outfit I'm going to wear, but its always, always down to me to buy the gift.
I'll be totally honest though and say i revel in the fact that i do the present shopping, because over the years i have honed my present buying skills well and love to give thoughtful, well executed gifts to loved ones.
So with a big ol' Italian wedding for my brother in law and his future wife coming up (who is also from an Italian family.. are you grasping how big and wonderful this weddings going to be? The food will flow and so will the alcohol and the dancing.. it shall be quite the day i'm sure) not only have i started planning my outfit, the kids outfits and also making sure the husband is presentable (the man detests a suit and tie.. compromise is my mantra when dressing him) but i've started to think about the gift.
Its such a personal thing gift buying isn't it. To stray away from the usual John Lewis vouchers or toaster or set of plates is what I find best. There are plenty of relatives to buy the cutlery sets and the glassware, i'm going off piste and personal with something a lot more personal with UncommonGoods.

Uncommon Goods, if you didn't know already are one of those fab individual companies who make gift giving all the more easier. They're also a pretty neat company with a fab ethos in giving back and sustainability, which makes buying from them all the more nicer. I have the link stored in my favourites for occasions where I know i want that special something.

So.. Options? Yes lots.. Here's what i found

These are my favourite items for Unique and amazing wedding presents 

(Personalised chopping board for a pair of Italians.. perfect no?)

And if you're not off to a wedding this year maybe there's a celebratory anniversary (all anniversaries should be celebrated in my eyes!
Quirky individual pieces are my favourite and these are some of the best i have ever seen (i.e i want the all) I love the unusual, the offbeat and different and these are definitely that

One of each please!

Gifts for him, that significant other, dear dad or brother. (FYI fathers day is next month.. be ahead of the game people!)
Love these pieces for men as i often come unstuck when trying to buy for my husband, the man who wants and needs for nothing, but here there is plenty to choose from.

Music lovers, Beard owners, gardners and tool users.. sorted!

Options for EVERY man you may know here. I actually bought the beard kit for Salvatore for Christmas and he uses it all the time (hes a very beard proud man, lol), but whether their interest is gardening (like my dad), drinking good whiskey or music, there is some thing quirky for them.

Ok so i can't not include something for the ladies because the options are just way too fab to not include.

Here's looking for all the fab ladies in your life, mums, sisters, daughters, friends

Colour wheel of prettiness
The umbrella of dog lovers dreams.. It actually comes with your choice of dog breed imprinted on it, so if you have a Labrador lover or a beagle owner they can have the best umbrella ever..
Amazing i know!

Unicorn and Rainbow earrings and dreamy kimono lounge robe

I hope this may have helped on the unique gift giving idea front. I know i am pretty much sorted for the foreseeable.

Do you enjoy shopping for gifts? And do you have any favourite haunts for buying them?

This is in collaboration with the lovely people at uncommon goods,Thank you for reading and supporting the brands and great companies that support RTH
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