Summer Wedges

I explored my love of wedge heeled shoes a couple of months ago in a post entitled “The Wedges“. Since they are such a fantastic and versatile summer must have I have decided to give them a second visit.

With the arrival of summer comes the return of short clothing – and one of the best ways to ensure your legs look their best is to slap on a pair of heels. Personally I dont like tottering about on stilettos, most especially when I am walking from bar to nightclubs on holiday, and I definitely like to not have my stride hindered. There is nothing less attractive than a girl, regardless of her beauty, who when waring five inch stilletos walks like farmer giles in a dress! Come on ladies, if you are going to wear heels, match the heel with the occasion – and learn how to walk in them!! Anyway, I digress, wedge heels are infinitely easier to walk in than a pair of stilettos but they give you the extra length of leg and slimming effect suitable for wearing with this seasons shorts and flesh baring outfits.

Andrea Morelli Wedge Sandals – white

I tend to opt for a heel between 3 and 4 inches, and occasionally venture into just over 4 when I dont have a lot of walking to do. This size heel helps me to lengthen and slim my leg whilst not rendering me a cripple.

Try to buy the best shoe you can afford and check to see if the shoe is well balanced. I generally prefer to buy my shoes in an actual “brick and mortar” store but if you do shop online try to choose those stores who consider returns – just in case the shoe is not suitable and fits badly.

I previously covered my must have wedges shoes for the spring and summer season in my previous post but also be sure to check out Wedge Shoes from StylistPick.

Wedge shoes are versatile, fashionable and suitable for anyone whether you are looking for a nice all round shoe for your holiday, a summer wedding or even some great shoes for summer garden parties

 

 

How to accessorise your swimwear

Tips and ideas for covering up at the beach in 2012

Whether you want to go for a selection of playful tankinis from Next, a fairly made ethical bikini from Kenya, or a daring cut-away neon yellow number for the ultra-daring ultra-sporty look, having the right cover-ups for the beach is essential.

The power of the beach cover-up is two-fold: one, it’s great for preventing you from burning to a crisp if it’s very hot but you want to soak up the sun; and two, if it’s a little colder than expected (oh hi there, ‘British summer’), you can keep the goosebumps at bay.

Kaftans, sarongs and maxi dresses

A pretty, floaty, all-in-one cover up is an excellent option for a reliable, pretty cover up that can also be worn for meals and out and about. This is great if you’re not the rough and tumble type; the delicate fabrics and long skirt lengths make it great for a lazy holiday by the pool, or lounging around looking good. Not so good if you’re planning on playing volleyball or beach football.

Next’s Swimwear Collection have got some absolutely wonderful options in this respect. The sheer black kaftan is a good option for a quick cover-up if you need to dash away from the pool or quickly pop in somewhere where a bikini would be indecent (!).

For evenings and relaxed days on the beach, the gorgeous, body-enhancing maxi dress with side ruffle is wonderful. We actually think it works better as a dress for the nights than a throw-on maxi; but you can use it as you please.

Hats, scarves and playsuits

An alternative to a dress or sarong is the playsuit (pictured) – a really fun option for the beach, and much more suited to active types who’ll be getting active, or dealing with the kids and need to be comfortable and stylish at the same time. This red number with shoulder detailing is gorgeous, and a really good shade for both pale and dark skins, as the depth of colour shows them off.

Another cover-up essential is a hat – often the only thing separating you and a nasty encounter with burnt shoulders or neck. Big and floppy is the order of the day – avoid trilbies, as they look out of place on the beach.

The Mixi & Dipped Hem Trends for Dresses & Skirts

We are seriously loving the dress styles of the 2012 fashion season – the return of the stunning, versatile and figure friendly Maxi Dress is always welcome, but I also adore the mixi dresses frequenting most of the stores this season. The Mixi Dress is neither a maxi nor a mini but a combination of the two – its short in the front and longer in the back. I love the asymmetric design and, like the maxi dress, is very versatile. Its design long and delicate at the back and short in the front means it is superb for evening wear but it can be easily dressed down for day wear – especially whilst on holiday!

I have seen this style worn successfully with leggings at universities and festivals, and it looked absolutely awesome. The key is to not be afraid to experiment – be daring!

Boohoo.com have a really inspiring range of dresses in this lovely style and in a wide variety of colours and patterns. The materials chosen, as one expects from the mixi style, are soft and feminine – which results in a dress which moves beautifully in the breeze and when walking at the back! Very eye catching and superb if you have fantastic legs! Here are some of our favourites but check out their full range here.

Frankie Printed Mixi Dress £20.00

Clarissa Mixi Hem Keyhole Back Dress £20.00

Stephanie Strappy Overlay Mixi Dress £25.00

Moving on…

Light Green Drop Back Skirt £35.00

Miss Selfridge, a store I have only recently returned to, also had a nice collection of items labelled “Dipped Hem” which for me amounts to the same thing. I positively adore the Light Green Drop Back Skirt pictured on your right – its soft and feminine and a positively delightful shade of pale green. There were a few little numbers in their store similar to this that I would heartily recommend taking a peek at!

Isme didnt really have any Mixi Dresses but did have this delightful Love Label Printed mixi skirt with a beautiful tropical print for just £29.00. By this point one of the most frustrating parts of my search seemed to be that this popular trend has seemingly gone overlooked by many of the leading stores – for example most of the stores amended by search for “Mixi Dress” to “Maxi Dress” – not a single one in this style to be seen! Did find a few items at Top Shop, particularly this stunning skirt down as being a dipped back maxi skirt for £40.00 but sadly has got some very poor reviews with regards to colour and its transparent material :)

The key is this season, if you fancy adopting a mixi dress into your wardrobe, is simply to shop around! Enjoy :) Plus, if you spot any other stores stocking them, be sure to let me know! Try searching for Mixi or Dipped Hem dresses!

Be the lady in red this summer!

Red is back for the summer so its time to make like the classic Hollywood screen sirens and wear candy apple red frocks with matching lipstick. Make sure you dress to kill this year!

So – red clothing, accessories and lipstick are going to be trendy this year. Time to crack out everything cherry red! We checked some of the top stores for all items red and picked out a few of our favourite.

There are some stunning pieces available online if you take the time to look – check out Boohoo.com, Dorothy Perkins, freemans (absolutely gorgeous red dresses!) and missguided

Lacey Mesh Insert Bodycon Crop Top €18.00

Blake High Shine Hotpants €15.00

Jasmine Lace Detail Cut Out Front Bodycon Dress €26.00

Yasmin Ribbed Skater Dress €24.00

Jane Pintuck Shoulder Pencil Dress €26.00

Lana 'Coco Who' Slogan Print Tee €15.00

Uttam London Rust lace dress £28.00

Red panel bolero dress £35.00

Red sleeveless wrap dress £16.00

Chiffon Drape Dress £38.00

Red Maxi Dress £90.00

Hailey Strappy Super High Wedge Red £34.99

Strut your studs!

Missguided is encouraging us ladies to strut our studs this week for Spring / Summer fashions and, I am forced to admit, I am definitely tempted by their range! From super Studded shoes of all types – to denim shorts and studded dresses. All they lack is the studded leather jacket to turn me into a rock chick fashionista!

I do like the current trends and, since I am leaning back into my rock chick phase (carefully tempered with a little bit of lace here and there just to give it my own spin) I do see a pair of studded shoes in my future. Not sure about the shorts though – but I could definitely work a pair of studded jeans. Anyone know any studded jeans stockists??

Jenine Leather Studded Platform Shoe Boots Black £49.99

Cheetah Ponyskin Spiked Ankle Boots Animal £54.99

Jenine Suede Studded Platform Shoe Boots Black £49.99

Studded Denim Shorts £29.99

Sheryn Studded Bodycon Tailored Dress

Chain And Spike Necklace Silver £9.99

Beautiful Maxi Dresses from Apricot

We have written several posts highlighting the beautiful and highly flexible maxi dresses available across the web. Today we thought we would feature some of the beautiful maxi dresses available from a recent find for us, Apricot. If maxi dresses are not your fancy they are sure to have something to suit you – from pleated dresses & bandeau dresses to on trend poplin dresses & the must have bodycon dress – they are sure to have a dress to suit every occasion!

One of the main reasons I love Apricot so much is there ability to keep current with hot new trends at affordable prices. All their pieces are lovingly made with unique designs and fabrics, with the aim to use as many natural fabrics as possible, guaranteeing comfort and quality. Their inspirations come from all over the world and, you can guarantee, each season they aim to satisfy their customers by offering new and exciting garments.

Here are a few of my choice pics from their Maxi Dress range.

Big Yellow Asters Maxi £29.00

Red Floral Strappy Hanky Maxi Dress £29.00

Purple Paisley Strappy Hanky Maxi Dress £29.00

Aqua Floral Strappy Hanky Maxi Dress £29.00

Floral Strapless Ruched Maxi £29.00

Elegant Crochet Back Maxi £29.00

Coral Half Bodice Dip Hem Maxi Dress £39.00

Watercolour Flowers Chiffon Maxi £35.00

Aqua Paisley Strappy Hanky Maxi Dress £29.00

The Wedges

I love wedges. Passionately.

The reason being is they are a great summer shoe. They slim down the leg, add a touch of sex appeal and, factor in a slight tan (either natural or from a much healthier bottle) and you can rock practically any of the seasons fashion trends.

Not to mention they are infinitely comfier than your average high heel – and a great deal easier to walk in than any stiletto of the same height.

This year, to go with the colour block and pastel trends, you can get wedges in any number of colours. Outlined below are just a few of my current favourites (if only I had the budget to buy them all!!)

Rhea Coral Suedette Wedges £30.00 from Boohoo.com

Natalya Black Flower Cut Out Wedges £30.00 Boohoo.com

Lois Ikat Print Cork Demi Wedge £20.00 from Boohoo.com

Two-Tone Wedge Heel Sandals £49.00 from Curvissa

Wedge Mule Sandals £35.00 from Curvissa

And Abigail Strappy Wedges E Fit £60.00 Fashion World

Iron Fist Flithy Platform Wedge £80.00 Fashion World

Anna Sui ROCK 'N ROLL Lace Up £90.00 Fashion World

Moda in Pelle Penney Ladies Sandals £59.95 Fashion World

Daniel Beige Amplified Women’s Wedge Trainer £59.99 Daniel Footwear

Daniel Pink Bluestreak Women’s Wedge Sandal £99.99 Daniel Footwear

Rock & Candy Canvas High Wedge Platform Sneaker £65.00 Scorpio

ANALU MAI TAI BLACK £49.99 from Rocket Dog

Rocket Dog Miller Poncho Now £39.95 From Shoetique.co.uk

Rieker Sandal 64782-80 Tiffany White Now £34.95 Rocket Dog

Other Wedge Stockists

Also be sure to check out TopShop, Dorothy Perkins and Clarks who have some truly awesome wedges.

Bank Holiday Fashion Sales & Deals UK

We have been hitting the online stores in search of all the best deals and sales occuring this bank holiday weekend.

Apricot

A 50% off sale is currently underway with trendy clothes store Apricot. Check the site for current offers!

Boohoo.com

Boohoo.com are having a sale extravaganza with four days still to go. Check the website for further details.

Bonmarché

Free Standard UK Delivery on all orders with offer code Code: MAYPNP2012

Curvissa

Free UK Delivery on all orders with offer Code: p55p

Daniel Footwear

10% off their wide range of shoes, boots and general footwear this weekend plus free uk delivery on order over £75 with Daniel Footwear. Use code BANKHOL at checkout.

Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins are offering 20% off their entire range of Summer Style both in store and online. Check out their website for an awesome range of clothes, dresses, shoes and accessories. Many items in sizes 8 to 20.

FireTrap

Up to 70% their range of mens and womens clothing and accessories.

Fullcircle

A mid season sale is currently underway – get up to 30% off their current range of clothing

Isme.com

Discount: £10 off first orders over £80 when you open an isme credit account with code Code: 293HV End Date: 20th May

Marisota

20% off your first order with code: WWYL9

Missguided

A wide range of offers available on Missguided including Saver Delivery only £1.95, Free UK Next Day on orders over £35* and 10% Student Discount

New Look

Awesome sale currently underway with New Look – get up to 70% off a truly wonderful collection of trendy clothes!

OneStopPlusUK

25% off your order with code: 4772

PrettyLittleThing.com

Up to 50% off selected items of jewellery, bags and accessories with prettylittlething.com

Shoetique

Discount: Shoetique have released a new voucher code for the bank holiday weekend. With the code: HOLIDAY Customers can get 15% off all products, except the new range of Fitflops.
Code: HOLIDAY
Start Date: Live Now
End Date: 07/05/2012

TopShop

Students can get 20% off their range with UNIDAYS. Check the site for further information. This offer lasts ends today so better move fast.

Yours Clothing

Up tp 75% off sale items – everything from clothes to shoes, bags and accessories at bargain prices.

Perfect Prints

The catwalks have been bright and colourful this season and, some might claim, potentially damaging to the eyes. One of the most popular trends I have noticed of late are prints – bold, colourful, of every possible type you can think of prints. Not my favourite I have to admit. What can I say? I hate busy clothes and I hate clothes which clash – both of these seem to be trendy this season. Ugh.

Stripes, floral patterns, ornate geometrics, mind-bending swirls and spots are all back for spring/summer 2012.

The experts are claiming it is not a trend to attack lightly. You need to go at it hard and with no fear of mismatching those patterns. The head to toe print look may not be for everyone so here are a few tips for how to wear prints with success this season!

  • Dont be afraid. Wear those prints from head to toe and be proud. This is not a trend to be approached with caution.
  • Explore animal, floral, and geometrical prints. The world is big and its packed with prints of all shapes and sizes.
  • Feeling a little concious? Explore the more delicate prints – two colour patterns for example

Perfect Prints from Boohoo.com

Mercedes Tropical Leggings £10.00

Coralie Floral Bandeau Dress £20.00

Donna Tile Print Satin Skater Dress £12.00

Perfect Prints from Apricot

Lace Print Belted Fit & Flare Dress £25.00

Blue Digital Print Pinafore Dress £20.00

Pink Lace Floral Flock Dress £30.00

Perfect Prints from Freemans

Class International fx Belted Dress £85.00

Melrose Long Tunic From £21.00 Save 40%

Laura Scott Multi Layer Dress £110.00

Personally I intend to add a few prints to my wardrobe by way of shoes and accessories. I may cover this in a seperate post but, in the meantime, here are a few more…

Perfect Prints from Elsewhere

Lanca Geometric Print Box Pleat Skater Dress Rust £17.99 from missguided

The Clash £90.00 from TopShop

Bright Orange Floral Print Heel Wedges £24.99 from New Look

Looking Crisp & White in 2012

The catwalks have been overflowing with an abundance of all-white looks this spring/summer 2012 catwalks and, based on that, it can definitely be considered a trend of two halves.

On one side designers such as Celine, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jil Sander and Stella McCartney placed their focus on precision-cut tailoring and crisp clean cotton – the looks were minimalistic and cooly clinical.

Yet other designers such as Louis Vuitton, Giambattista Valli, Chloe and Dolce & Gabbana brought an extravagent girly look into the trend – focusing on girly pieces in broderie anglaise, lace and the sheerest of silks.

Since I will be spend the summer in sweltering Andalucia I am absolutely delighted about the abundance of white which is sure to hit the high street stores any time soon. So I hit the online stores today to seek out what they are turning out. Enjoy :)

Boohoo.com

Elisha Lace Sleeveless Dress £20.00

Coco Cotton Tiered Beaded Maxi Dress £22.00

Amanda Ribbon & Crochet Maxi Skirt £18.00

Tabitha georgette frill layer maxi dress £18.00

Blake White Denim Jacket £25.00

Esther Laser Cut Detail Fit And Flare Dress £20.00

White at Freemans

Joe Browns Our Favourite Dress of the Season £58.00

Laura Scott Lace Dress £55.00

Chillytime Cowl Neck Top £20.00

Missguided.co.uk

Jadin Fitted Long Sleeve Dress White £21.99

Meisha Structured Peplum Bodycon Dress White £27.99

Lusyn Crochet Lace Playsuit White £23.99