Friday, 24 October 2014

Outfit: Gridlock.

Photo credit: Denivev
Dress: C/O Oh Polly* (buy here) | Coat: Lavish Alice C/O BANK Fashion* (buy here) | Boots: Primark | Bag: Mango C/O House of Fraser* (old) | Hat: Primark | Sunglasses: Primark | Scarf: Zara (old) | Watch: Tommy Hilfiger C/O Shadestation (buy here)*
 
Those of my regular visitors with a keen eye may recognize this grid print beauty from my wishlist a couple of weeks ago. Well fate called and it turns out it was meant to be, the coat of my dreams made its way in to my life thanks to the lovely ladies over at BANK Fashion. Duster coats are my top choice of outerwear for this season; they are tailored enough to make you look like you mean business but oversized and boyish enough to give you an effortlessly cool vibe. Not to mention that when teamed with an on-trend grid pattern and contrasting sleeves, they can be quite a statement piece! Put together with my beloved Zara scarf and my rekindled love for white lace via Oh Polly, I think we have a go-to monochrome outfit; my favourite colour palette for fall!
 
Are you a fan of duster jackets?
 
Frances x
 
*DISCLOSURE: Starred items are PR samples.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Wishlist: Chic Style on a Budget.

Left dress: £28, George @ ASDA
Right dress: £28, George @ ASDA
Choker Necklace: £8, ASOS
Pink Patent Court Shoes: £19.99, New Look
Black Fedora Hat: £14.99, New Look
 
With the good old favourites like ASOS, Missguided and Topshop, it's easy to forget that our supermarket brands have stepped up their affordable-and-stylish fashion game in recent years (I still shudder at the memory of George's Mary-Kate and Ashley range which I must have owned around 75% of when I was ten years old) and every now and then I catch myself browsing on the George and F&F websites as a last resort, only to be pleasantly surprised by hidden gems like the two above from George's hefty and versatile range of dresses.
I love the rock and roll pleather and sleek designs of these numbers with their fun pop of pink, and teamed with a few chic and colourful accessories from our go-to high street shops, I think these dresses are more than worthy of a date night, a fancy meal out or a night on the town (inspired by Disney's Villains, these two dresses from George's Graduate Fashion week range could also be a quick fix for Halloween paired with some dark makeup, no?)... and the best part? They're under £30!
 
Do you ever shop at George?
 
Frances x
 
*In collaboration with George at Asda
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Outfit: All Black Everything.

Photo credit: Shane Murray
Dress: Topshop (old) | Kimono: C/O Quiz* (buy here) | Boots: Primark | Fur Collar: Get The Label (old) | Hat: Primark | Necklace: Primark (old)
 
After a Summer filled with pastel colours, bright patterns and white on white, I do enjoy welcoming the cold, dark seasons by channeling my inner goth with an all black ensemble. I received this kimono from Quiz Clothing a few weeks ago and the floral paisley design and crushed velvet do a brilliant job of adding a bit of flavour to a rather plain, monochrome outfit.
My fur collar has been coming everywhere with me lately too, only to be whipped off and placed in my bag half way through the day due to the couple-of-months-too-late Indian summer weather that we have been experiencing recently. I'm all for a bit of sun when the moment is right, but I am so ready for frosty mornings, warming my hands up with a Starbucks PSL and dusting off my beloved fur jackets!
 
Who else is ready for Autumn/Winter to come at full swing?
 
Frances x
 
*DISCLOSURE: Starred items are PR samples.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Outfit: Gunmetal.

Photo credit: Shane Murray
Dress: C/O Hybrid Fashion* (Buy here) | Coat: Primark (old) | Shoes: C/O Nelly* (old) | Necklace: Primark | Bag: Marla London (old)
 
My wardrobe has seen a fair amount of black dresses over the past few years, but I hadn't found one quite worthy of being deemed my holy grail 'LBD' until this badass number from Hybrid popped in to my life. Now on special occasions when I'm having one of those, "I have nothing to wear!" moments whilst I'm digging through my desperately over-flowing wardrobe (you know the one), I think this dress and I are going to be the best of friends.
I love how the sheer mesh sleeves and knee-length style add a conservative touch, whilst the armour-like faux leather gunmetal panels create a sexy, curve-enhancing silhouette without taking away from the classic look that makes a little black dress what it is. I have also found that whilst this dress still looks fab with gold jewellery, the gunmetal detailing really pops when paired with silver accents.
 
What do you think of this take on the classic LBD?
 
Frances x
 
*DISCLOSURE: Starred items are PR samples.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Event: BANK Fashion Warrington Relaunch #itsagirlthing


It isn't often that Warrington is pinned on the map as a location for events; in fact, it was pretty unheard of until yesterday, when BANK Fashion opened their second ever women's only store (after the Liverpool store, which I blogged about here) in my understated home town. It was a breath of fresh air not having to catch a train to another city for a change!
 
As usual, BANK were celebrating the relaunch of their store in style, with stunning super blogger and model, Nada Adelle, cutting the ribbon and introducing the ladies of Warrington to a brand new shopping experience filled with cake pops, champagne, a DJ and the option to take a rest from their shopping with a complimentary manicure.
Cake pop in one hand and champagne in the other (and my camera slung around my neck in true blogger style), I re-familiarised myself with the store, which looks bigger, brighter and a lot more organised inside following its refresh. BANK is one of those retailers that I think has really improved over the years- Back in my high school and college days I never stepped foot in the store except for when Paul's Boutique handbags were all the rage (cringe), but now I even find myself regularly visiting their website for a browse through their many stylish brands, including Blonde & Blonde (those fringed loafers though), John Zack and Pink Soda, amongst many others. Also, how much have Ellesse stepped up their game recently? I love their take on pastels with their tennis print sweater!
 
Do you shop at BANK? What are you favourite brands?
 
Frances x
Friday, 17 October 2014

Outfit: Big Bird.

Photo credit: Shane Murray
Blouse: C/O Sugarhill Boutique* (buy here) | Jeans: C/O She Likes* (old) | Jacket: C/O Ravi Famous* (buy here) | Boots: Primark | Hat: Primark | Rings: Rare London (buy here)
 
So the name of this post came to be when my best friend- who was taking my photographs for me this morning- stroked the arm of my jacket and said, "You're a bit like Big Bird from Sesame Street". Boys can be so charming, no?
 
This super soft shaggy fur jacket from Ravi Famous is one of my go-to pieces during this transitional time of year; it is snug enough to protect you from the odd chilly breeze but it doesn't fasten up, making it easy to throw on top of an outfit when the weather gets a little cooler. I also seem to be reconciling my love for blouses- I couldn't get enough of printed button-up shirts last year but this heart-print Sugarhill Boutique number is the first one to be added to my collection in quite a while and I think navy and cream is a difficult combination to get wrong at this time of year!
 
What are your go-to Autumn/Winter pieces?
 
Frances x
 
*DISCLOSURE: Starred items are PR samples.