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.
 


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Guest Post on Hairtrade.com


Hey, my loves!
 
Just a quick "hello" today to let you all know that Hairtrade recently invited me to write a guest post over on their blog, so I decided to talk about my favourite (and super quick and easy) way to change my hair up a little bit for Autumn/Winter! The blog post just went live this afternoon, so please pop over there and check it out, and I would love it if you left me a comment, like or share to let me know what you think! You can find my guest blog post here.

I hope you like it! :)

Frances x
Monday, 13 October 2014

Wishlist: Tailored.

Duster Coat: Lavish Alice, £60
Tres Chic Clutch Bag: Miss Selfridge, £16
Black Collarless Cape Blazer: Lavish Alice, £54
Pink Satin Longline Culottes: ASOS, £45
Mustard Roll Neck Cropped Sweater: Lavish Alice, £28
Black Crossover Wrap Culottes: Lavish Alice, £48
Dogtooth Suit Blazer & Cigarette Trousers: Topshop, £116

I'm sorry about posting two wishlists so close together my lovelies, but I'm just trying to keep the ball rolling on my blog whilst I am struggling to get hold of somebody to take my outfit photos for me (single lady problems). Lately, I have found my style evolving again. Whilst beanie hats, oversized flannel shirts and chunky heeled boots are what dominated my Autumn/Winter wardrobe and defined my sense of style last year (don't get me wrong, all three of these will still be making appearances all Winter long), AW14 seems to have found the more "mature" side of me.
 
Monochrome palettes with a subtle hint of colour, clean lines, just a little less skin than usual (I am partial to a good suit/midi skirt and crop top combo) and a bit of androdgyny if you will; I love the simplicity, versatality and timelessness of smart, tailored pieces. Lavish Alice gets my pick of the moment, as they are currently killing it with sophistication and a touch of edginess this season (that cape blazer, though). I'm not sure if my new-found love for matching suit co-ords, culottes, cigarette pants and midi skirts this year is a sign that I'm getting old or whether it's just a little heads up that the laid-back, oversized-sweatshirt-loving Frances can indeed scrub up well ;) (doesn't mean I won't pair a smart blazer with a pair of boyfriend jeans every now and again- see my last post here).
 
Are you in to the more tailored look this season?
 
Frances x
Thursday, 9 October 2014

Outfit: Street style with Grafea.

Photo credit: Grafea
Top: C/O Fashion Union* (old) | Jeans: C/O She Likes* (old) | Jacket: C/O Lavish Alice via BANK* (buy here) | Shoes: F&F (old) | Hat: Primark | Necklace: Dorothy Perkins (old) | Rucksack: C/O Grafea* (buy here)
 
In the middle of my many escapades around Manchester last week, I found a bit of time to meet up with the lovely ladies from Grafea, a local brand whose gorgeous handmade leather rucksacks I have lusted over for quite some time now. They took me for a wander around the Northern Quarter, where I had a standoff with a Mancunian rat (it touched my foot- I'm scarred for life), whilst posing for a few streetstyle shots with Grafea's chic white Salt rucksack (which was a match made in heaven paired with my white blazer, no?). It was a pleasure to shoot with Grafea, and also to become the proud owner of my very first piece of handcrafted leathery goodness- Could this be the start of something new? I don't know if it's the timeless beauty of them or that classic leathery scent that makes them so addictive. They also did a quick little interview with me, which you can view with a few more shots from the day on their blog, here :) 
Do you own a Grafea rucksack? Which is your favourite?
 
Frances x 
 
*DISCLAIMER: Starred items are PR samples