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Non Christmas Jumper Christmas Jumpers


Posted on: December 14th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

I’m a bit of a “bah humbug” type but can no longer resist with Christmas literally on the horizon. However I do stand my ground on the Christmas jumper craze which seems to have taken over in the last few years. Don’t get me wrong I am happy to contribute to charity but I refuse to wear a travesty of a jumper doing it. So if you feel the same as me, I have collated some jumpers that whilst may not officially fit the criteria of Christmas Jumper I think you can more than get away with and not compromise your sartorial sensibilities.

Linea by House of Fraser - £35

Label Lab,  House of Fraser – £35

With slogans tees not going anywhere they I think are a good place to get involved without being ridiculous – I draw the line at #ELFIE but I feel that this House Of Fraser number fits the vibe perfectly and also prevents people asking why you haven’t gone to town more.

Oasis, Sequin Tassel - £38

Oasis, Sequin Tinsel – £38

For those of you who like sparkle this time of year, how about Oasis’ sequin tinsel – suitably Christmassy and will work well in your festive wardrobe from parties to cooking the turkey.

If you like your sparkle slightly more subtle try these sequin tassels.

River Island, £35

River Island, £35

 

Be a pearly queen with statement sleeve to boot or how about some angel wings to show santa you have been good (available for local types from Lilac Rose boutique).

 

Make a statement with colour – flirt with  withmulti-coloured sequins

Zara, £37

Zara, £37

or go full on festive with the colour of the season – Red (which gives a double hit of trend and Christmas) –

H&M, £17.99

H&M, £17.99

Here’s me in my favourite of the bunch,  which I think I can just about slide into the category because it mentions booze and it sparkles (it also comes with reference to champagne or prosecco).

Our Design Journey - £35-£40

Our Design Journey – £35-£40

What’s your take on Christmas Jumpers – love ‘em or loathe ‘em?

Recycling Summer for Party Season


Posted on: December 5th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

Tis the season and all that and whilst I just may have a blog of all the lovely stuff that is out there in the shops up my sleeve I also wanted to do a quick piece on why, when faced with occasion dressing of the Christmas variety, you could find the answer in the most unlikely of places – your Summer wardrobe.

Yes you did hear correctly and yes I probably am directing this post at those of you whose internal mercury runs higher than most (I suspect there are quite a few of us ladies). Let’s face it, most “do’s”, parties, shindigs end up being warm affairs whether on the dancefloor, packed bar or in the kitchen at house parties.  I had a christening to go to last week so needed to be church and then gathering at a friend’s house as well as weather appropriate, I came up with three options and at least 2 of them included slightly unseasonal items.

LK Bennett

LK Bennett

First up this LK Bennett number, clearly I am not mad enough to think this would be warm enough in the face of frost and whilst I contemplated layering a fine knit or similar underneath it I decided to carry the blue from tope to toe by adding a brighter blue jumper over the top. Easy to discard once your event warms up, looks great with a statement necklace and by dressing in multiple shades of blue with the finishing touch of the M&S Cinderella shoes you will most definitely be ready to go to the ball.

Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue

Of course even I needed an outer layer option. My top tip here is to go for a luxe fabric –velvet is a great choice I went for trusty black blazer (last winter from M&S) but there are some great coloured versions this season. I also think a sequin goes a long way and this River Island one gets my vote.

Left to Right - Topshop, Karabo Clothing, River Island

Left to Right – Topshop, Karabo Clothing, River Island

Another option was the Reiss dress, that is probably the most complimented dress in my wardrobe, so what better excuse to get more wear out of it? It’s already earmarked for a destination wedding next year but was surprisingly easy to adapt for Derbyshire in December.

Reiss

Reiss

The secret – a great pair of knee high boots with metallic detailing and again finished with luxe velvet. If this is too light on the layers for you, layer over a fitted turtle neck.

Just add suede boots

Just add suede boots

Ultimately I went for my trusty tweed. The wool fabric keeps everything toasty but the bare shoulders created by the bandeau style neckline give it a bit of edge. For warmth add the trusty blazer and bring it all together with a pop of colour with the shoes and bag.

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So before you dash round the crowded shops for your Christmas events – take a look in the back of the wardrobe. What about you? Do you need more warmth or do you like the idea of getting more wear out of those underused seasonal pieces? I’d love to see what you are updating for midwinter.

If rummaging in your wardrobe is a daunting prospect or you’d like some tips dressing for the party season get in touch to book your wardrobe reshape or your express shop.

Starry Eyed


Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

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You could be forgiven for having stars in your eyes with the micro trend of the moment taking hold of the high street.   Although stars have been around for a while now this season they’ve been taken to the next level and all things celestial.

As with all things trend a great way to get a taste of it into your wardrobe is to grab an accessory.  Jewellery is the place where celestial really took hold.

Moonstone Star Ring, Soru, £95

Moonstone Star Ring, Soru, £95

One of my favourite brands, Soru, is a master in this area, so hard to choose from their beautiful range but my favourite celestial pieces has got to be their Moonstone Star centre ring, which makes a statement.  If you want to be more subtle then head of their delicate bracelets (choose from opal and star or moonstone and moon).

Opal and Star Bracelet, Soru, £175

Opal and Star Bracelet, Soru, £175

If you are not sure about that level of commitment Lovisa’s range is brilliantly affordable and you can even work 2 trends in one with their red sunburst earrings

Lovisa,  £14.00

Lovisa, £14.00

The moon and stars come out to play with this gorgeous pendant stocked by Lilac Rose.

Lilac Rose, £14.50

Lilac Rose, £14.50

If jewellery isn’t really your thing try a handbag, New Look’s black star embellished clutch will bring a starry slant to any outfit.

New Look, £11

New Look, £11

As we head toward bonfire night, the night sky is acting as a print to rival florals, over at Topshop it’s in the form of this wrap dress, the v neckline being a flattering choice for hourglass and strawberry shapes.  However it is a touch on the short side so definitely one to be paired with opaques, knee high boots or even over jeans.

Topshop £36

Topshop £36

Get your starburst with the length of the season – the midi, M&S skirt ticks the boxes and can be dressed down  – M&S – dress down with trainers as well as up.

M & S, £45

M&S, £45

More comfortable in jeans and a tee?  You haven’t been left out And Other Stories have a galactical print tee which works just as well as any logo tee.

& Other Stories, £23

& Other Stories, £23

If you just want a slight nod to the look then your failsafe is this great cashmere jumper by Luella (also stocked at Lilac Rose), cosy and smart and makes you the star of the show.

Luella Fashion, £89

Luella Fashion, £89

For more galactic inspiration head to my Pinterest Board .  

Would love to see what’s making you starry eyed and how you are getting involved in this trend.

 

Five New Season Faves


Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by Emma No Comments

In the first of a mini series on the blog which will be featuring what I love from the shops right now as we get involved in Autumn. I am talking those few key purchases that will give your wardrobe an updated fresh feel. This week’s faves are from good ol’ M&S who keep bringing their A-game to affordable fashion.

Straight in at the top of the lust haves is this gorgeous grey jumper dress. There is a bit of nostalgia involved due a gorgeous brown (yeah I know) jumper dress I had when I was 18 that made me feel like I was so sophisticated.

Seamless Wonder

Seamless Wonder – £45, M&S

However this piece is more than that, it has no seams! This engineering feat along with the side tie detail and the cosy but not chunky merino equals a flattering dress to anchor your Autumn wardrobe. I’m seeing it with prim shoes, trainers but most of all boots, ankle or over the knee preferably in a shade of red or Oxblood.   Which leads us on to the next fave……

Red Alert - M&S £79

Red Alert -£79 M&S

These red ankle boots with metallic heel detail, look much more expensive than their £79 price tag, and will work beautifully with dresses, jeans (particularly the straight crop style that Autumn is ushering in) and even a faux leather legging which are not going anywhere (but more on those for next week’s Five Faves).

Tasseltastic - £35, M&S

Tasseltastic – £35, M&S

Sticking with shoes, tassels have not deserted us but they have graduated from blouses and earrings to shoes. These heels tick the key colour trend red but also come in black for those who prefer a neutral.

Check Out - £30, M&S

Check Out – £30, M&S

A nod to tweed and the suiting trend these trousers will bring texture and interest to your new season wardrobe and make a great alternative to your navy and black neutrals. Pair with a classic white shirt and some Oxblood courts for a smart look or red boots and a slogan tee for a more casual affair.

The Updated Parka

The Updated Parka – £79, M&S

Last but not least – THIS  jacket  it’s a parka yes but it features shearling and camo which bring this staple bang up to date. Pair with pretty much anything but black denim and a statement ankle boot will see you from the school run through to gin o’clock.

What’s caught your eye in the early Autumn drops? If you don’t know where to turn, think about booking a seasonal update session with me. It’s a mini wardrobe edit focused on the key trends for the upcoming season, quote “Five Faves” and get this service for just £70.

 

 

Transition Your Wardrobe


Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

One advantage of the distinctly unseasonal weather is that I am already actively plotting my new season wardrobe,  Usually I would be glossing over such things because I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to look at them in any form of heat

I’ve spied a few things recently that I believe qualify as anchor pieces.  Specifically those pieces that allow you to segue effortlessly into the new season because they work just as well for now in this transitional period as they do for new season proper.  To avoid disappointment I won’t be looking at soft suiting which is a key trend for next season that I can’t quite get on board with.  I think it’s something to do with coming of age in the nineties when going out out in a suit was the thing!  I had a pretty amazing silver suit from Warehouse which was worn on repeat including to celebrate my 21st birthday.  It was still hanging in my wardrobe when I met my now husband, where he promptly dubbed it my spaceman suit!!  I had clear early warning that he would not always understand my sartorial choices but I digress.

First up is this vibrant trench from H&M.  They are calling it red but for me it’s very much fiery sunset orange.  Either way it is the perfect slouchy silhouette and is heavy enough to be worn through even the chilliest Autumnal days. It also looks way more expensive than its £59.99 price tag which makes it a shrewd now buy.  Plus it’ll keep some of this endless rain off.

H&M Trench Coat - £59.99

H&M Trench Coat – £59.99

If you are a fan of this sunburnt orange then may I recommend this  French Connection dress. Still summery enough to wear now as a dress, later you can throw over your favourite pair of jeans with  a biker jacket or blazer.

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French Connection, £85

Pleated midis are not going anywhere but they have got bolder.  For an instant update add pattern, like Louche’s floral print version (which I may have just picked up at one of my favourite local boutiques Lilac Rose).  If you aren’t a floral lover then try Next’s midi with its geometric print.

Skirts earn their place as a transitional anchor because they can be worn now with a simple tee and sandals or trainers, just add boots and sweaters for Autumn proper.  If pleats aren’t your thing or you want to make the skirt your centre piece (it’s going to be mine) just go for print or patchwork.  I am coveting Second Female’s navy gold spotted version.

Also on my wish list is Numph’s suede zip front skirt, somewhere between slate and a softer hue.  I can see me wearing this now with a slogan tee (yup they are still here)  and with a jumper and boots for leaf kicking later.   Both Second Female and Numph are available from another local favourite boutique, Karabo.

H&M Hot Pink Slacks - £12.99

H&M Hot Pink Slacks – £12.99

Block colour is still current to make a statement.  I’ve opted for these slacks (slacks?!?! I know I was pondering who on earth who still used the term slacks the other week and now I know, it’s H&M).  Brilliant fit and stretch plus a side zip is always more flattering for those of us wanting a smoother, flatter tum.

H&M also has two more of my wants/must haves.  The first I picked up this weekend and have already worn twice.  It looks like a tee because of its soft cotton body but the addition of statement balloon sleeves compete with tie, in a cotton/poly mix elevate it to so much more. It’s a proper top with interest, pair it with jeans and some jewellery and you are ready to take it almost anywhere.   It’s also great to give balance to pear and apple shapes.  Please please can you do it in some more colours H&M?

H&M Balloon Sleeve Top

H&M Balloon Sleeve Top – £17.99

The other is this hot pink cotton jumper, weighty enough for cooler days but still able to wear now for those rainy summer days.

H&M Hot Pink Sweater - £34.99

H&M Hot Pink Sweater – £34.99

This kind of jumper always make me hanker for a beach house somewhere and imagine myself in white cuffed skinny jeans, on the beach with a dog, you know Jennifer Anniston rom com style.  Just me?

T Bar Shoes

So to footwear.  I have come to the stage where almost all of my staple, waterproof shoes have given  up the ghost at the same time, but I find buying more sensible shoes slightly dull and I am definitely not ready to crack out the boots yet, it is still officially August.  Enter the T Bar shoe, which are going to be everywhere.  They bring polish and poise but with a bit of fun and look great dressed up or down.

All the transition - H&M Balloon Sleeve Tee + Louche Skirt

All the transition – H&M Balloon Sleeve Tee + Louche Skirt

Here’s me in the bolder pleat and paired with the statement sleeve tee, proving their transitional fashion points.  What are you most looking forward to updating your wardrobe with?

 

TV Wardrobes and the Shirt Dress


Posted on: July 16th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

 

Riviera Style

The House of Clios

Like much of the fash pack (yes I really just did use that term, shoot me!) I have become addicted to Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, despite the tad bizarre plot because of the stylish wardrobe – effortless chic set against the backdrop of the Cote D’Azur. The lead character, Georgina Clios (do you think the writers came up with that name by thinking of French cars?) has been firmly filed under the list of other fictional characters whose style I want.

Claire Underwood (Robin Wright in House of Cards)

Claire Underwood Style

Claire Underwood Style

but lets face it I just don’t have the body shape and angles to pull off those lines, although I think a healthy dose of her ruthlessness wouldn’t go amiss.

Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguiles in The Good Wife)

Alicia Versus Diane

Alicia Versus Diane

More me (not just because of the legal aspects) however very formal corporate and Dianne Lockhart (Christine Baranski also of the Good Wife and more recently The Good Fight) but honestly she’s more who I want to be when I grow up and her style feels suitable for someone slightly older. Her statement necklaces though!

But Georgina’s style seems more everyday (if somewhat expensive) and key to this is her weapon of choice – the humble shirt dress, in Episode 1 she wears 3.  It takes her from Villa Carmella (now my dream holiday home – although curiously for such a big place seems to have more sun loungers than bedrooms) to stitching up Interpol and the art world and escaping nefarious baddies.

Already a staple for this season but its style points have been pushed up thanks to Riviera So what is the allure of the shirt dress? For me is that it suits all body shapes. Don’t believe me, here’s why….

Adjustable Neckline  – hourglasses, apples and strawberries – aka those blessed with boobage (technical style term doncha know!) can tweak the neckline for maximum flattery by undoing a few buttons. My advice grab one with the clever concealed buttons feature to avoid unsightly gaping.

Adjustable Hemline – likewise control how high the hemline goes from demure to dramatic split.  Useful to show off those legs if you are a slim rhubarb or also a strawberry/apple.

Waistline Wonder  –  create or disguise a waist as you wish. To bring focus to the waist cinch with a belt. My top tip is to switch out any fabric belt that comes with the dress for your favourite belt.  It adds better shape and brings a bit of your personality.

Flexible Fabric – Choose lightweight fluid fabrics for summer. This also helps to skim rather than hug the figure and avoids the swamping effect for both petite frames and those that want to gloss over any of their least favourite parts of the body. Go for thicker fabrics to create a more structured look for slim athetic builds or for a more utility feel.

To Sleeve or not to Sleeve – Use sleeve length and detail to add balance to your shape. A statement sleeve for pear shapes works brilliantly.

Slimline or A line – both look great and the A-line works really well on those that love more of a vintage style.

Multi Functional – Not just a dress but a great layering tool. Wear undone over a cami and jeans, this creates layers and shape but without adding bulk when trying to disguise tummy areas and hips. Be sure to go for a fluid fabric though.  Also wear as as a cover up at the beach or instead of a jacket.

Alas Riviera started to air when I was actually in/on (what is the correct term?) the Cote D’Azur,  so I travelled with not one shirt dress #stylefail!  Here are my picks so your summer wardrobe can avoid my mistake.

Riviera Chic - French Connection £35

Riviera Chic – French Connection £35

My favourite because it perfectly channels Riviera – elegant and longer at the back than front (one of my favourite designs in a shirt dress) best of all its currently in the sale at £35. My advice would be to size up.

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Marks & Spencer, £65

If you prefer more structure,  try this one from M&S, smart, great belt (which with this one I would keep) and tie sleeve details. Plus it comes in navy/black and tan.

F&F, £20

F&F, £20

Keep things interesting with print, Florence & Fred has this take complete with cold shoulder detail. Switch the matching belt for a metallic one for extra style points.

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Boden, £80

If you like a more vintage feel the Boden Sophia is for you, it has the advantage of being available in multi colour way prints and an A-line shape.

The White Company - £98

The White Company – £98

Easy to wear utility chic comes with this navy tencel version from The White Company. This lightweight fluid fabric is perfect for trans-seasonal dressing.

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Warehouse, £39

Give block colour a twist with some sculpted detail.

How are you wearing the shirt dress this season, I’d love to know.  If you aren’t sure about it for you, get in touch and book a styling sessions to find looks that suit you.

Spring Colour Trends


Posted on: March 26th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

Spring’s officially sprung and I feel the need to bring up the “C” word – yes colour.

I have lost track of how many times I hear “Oh I don’t do colour” or “I couldn’t possibly wear ….. Insert relevant colour”.  It seems evident from the sea of almost exclusively black and grey that I encounter on my regular commute (in all seasons) that this lack of colour could be an epidemic. With the high street awash with vibrant shades I challenge you to add some colour to your looks, I promise it will instantly update your look (and dare I say mood) for Spring.

Think Pink was the message loud and clear from the catwalks and its not just one hue will do but any type of pink you can imagine goes. From magenta through to the softest blush. You may not imagine yourself as a pink kind of person but it’s a very versatile colour and is much more than its stereo typical fluffy image.

Alternatively bring the sunshine into your wardrobe literally with another of the key colours of the season – yellow. One of the most frightening colours for a lot of people, perhaps because often the wrong shade can be unflattering. With the racks carrying the full spectrum from egg yolk through softest primrose to ice cool pastel it could be time to find the one that suits you.

How to Wear

It’s not what you wear but how you wear it. Injecting colour relies on the right placement for your body shape – it’s a bit like contouring in make up – wise placement of colour can work wonders.

Focussing bright and light colours on your top half with darker shades on your bottom half is a flattering way to use colour on pear shapes especially when combined with another of this season’s hot hits- a statement sleeve.

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Pleat Cuff Top, Warehouse. Also comes in yellow.

A block colour or pattern trouser really show off the slim legs of those with strawberry and apple shapes.

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Trousers, Boden

All over block colour works well on hourglass shapes, include texture and a v neck to ensure shape is enhanced not lost.

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Dress, Second Female available at Karabo

By combining colour and prints, athletic builds and rhubarb shapes can create curves on their frames.

Print +Colour=Curves

Print +Colour=Curves

A common question – if I wear colour what can I wear it with? Here are my tips for colour combos.

Blush + Neutral = Pared Back.

My choice at the moment is khaki/olive green, it’s an underused neutral and adds just the right amount of polish to a look.

Blush n Khaki

Blush n Khaki

Bright + Blue = Colour Pop

Bubblegum pink and magenta both play well against navy and gives a classic combo just the right amount of pop.

Top, Oasis; Skirt, H&M; Trainers, Jones the Bootmaker.

Top, Oasis; Skirt, H&M; Trainers, Jones the Bootmaker.

Colour+Layers = Chic Impact

Layer your pinks, starting with a blush base and adding hot pink accents or vice versa.

Blazer, H&M; Shell Top, French Connection; Dress, Oasis.

Blazer, H&M; Shell Top, French Connection; Dress, Oasis.

Yellow +Navy = New Nautical

I still love the freshness of a nautical vibe for Spring.  I think navy and yellow take it up a notch.

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Cabi Clothing – Grand Slam Blazer, New Stevie Blouse

Colour + Classic Details = Colour Lite

If colour is outside of your comfort zone, try combining with classic detail.  This Cos jumper is the perfect hack with its white shirt detail. Layer over a Breton stripe and wear with a cigarette trouser and trainers.

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Jumper, Cos Clothing

Pastel+neutral = Luxe

Yellow with grey particularly a pastel yellow is the perfect Spring combo.

Tulle T Shirt, Mango; Maine Biker Jean, Mint Velvet.

Tulle T Shirt, Mango; Maine Biker Jean, Mint Velvet.

Bright + Denim =Instant Update

Yellow begs to be a bright be brave. Throw this pretty Warehouse sweater with back strap detail on with your favourite blue denim. Guaranteed instant Spring.

Colour+Trend = Update Plus

Embrace colour incorporated into another trend to give your wardrobe a super boost.

Try a retro floral print incorporating one of the key colours like this pretty Emily & Finn shirt or  Warehouse’s Wisteria print (comes in a blouse and a dress too) or take get 3 in one with this shirt dress (key dress shape of the season, in double on trend yellow stripes.

Biker Jacket, River Island

Biker Jacket, River Island

Go Bold or Go home with this great neon yellow jacket.

Or you could be uber daring and wear pink and yellow together – did I go too far?

Biker Jacket, River Island Dress, Oasis

Biker Jacket, River Island
Dress, Oasis

If all of that seems a step too far and not really you -try coloured accessories, a great bag or show is a simple way to elevate your look.

So now the train platform will be brimming with colour, Right?

If you would like to embrace some colour or refresh your wardrobe or look – get in touch to book your styling session, I’d be delighted to hear from you. 

The 89th Academy Awards Fashion & Drama


Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

Now I have recovered from my once a year all nighter (this year fuelled by the superb espresso martinis at Ham Yard Hotel’s Dive Bar) and the incredible plot twist straight from a script I can share my take on the fashion.  The red carpet may have got somewhat overtaken by events, though it certainly had impact.

The trends saw a move to simplicity but the wow factor was kept high by drama being created through silhouette, bold blocks of colour and high octane jewels.

It was back to black for many of the attendees but that definitely didn’t mean boring.  Kirsten Dunst, Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek and my last year’s favourite dress winner, Brie Larson, all went for highly dramatic shape and detail for their black numbers.  The queen in this category, even though she used navy over black, and also for me a contender of best of the night was Taraji P. Henson.  She nailed the old school Hollywood Va Va Voom with a beautifully cut Alberta Ferretti dress complete with a stunning scooped sweetheart neckline.  Finishing touch were the stunning sparkles around her neck. Bravo and a million miles from Cookie Lyon.

Taraji P.Henson in Alberta Ferretti

Taraji P.Henson in Alberta Ferretti

With the ladies in black the men switched and wore white tie but for me it was only really pulled off by the ever impeccable David Oyelowo.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

One of the other stories of the evening was metallic but again this was used simply to great effect, head to foot block metallic may sound bold but with simple silhouettes and shades of pale gold and pastel, many could have been mistaken for the statuettes themselves.  Those that stood out for me were Amy Adams, Isabelle Huppert and Emma Stone.  I especially loved the fringing detail on Emma Stone’s dress which kept the look fresh.  Also a runner for my favourite of the night.

Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Emma Stone in Givenchy Haute Couture

Michelle Williams, who has my favourite red carpet style overall, decided to combine the 2 key trends with black and pale metallic sequins in one dress.  Louis Vuitton it may have been but the style was pure Michelle.

MIchelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Out of the block colour numbers it was Viola Davis in scarlet that was a revelation, coupled with her youthful swept hair she really  owned that dress.

Viola Davis in custom Armani

Viola Davis in custom Armani

Belts and the waist featured prominently in lots of the looks, the winner of the great Hollywood belt off though was Scarlett Johansson.

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaïa

Scarlett Johansson in Azzedine Alaïa

So my Oscar for best dressed goes to…………………..  oh I don’t know its one of these 3, they looked equally amazing so you tell me, which one? 

Glitz & Glamour of the Golden Globes ’17


Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by Emma No Comments

January, grim? Simply not so.  For one its my birthday, so yay! (well for me anyway).   It’s also the start of the run up to the Oscars.  This guarantees gowns, glitz, glamour and the odd faux pas, what better way to brighten up the month.   First step on Red Carpet Road is the Golden Globes which took place last night.  So here’s my annual rundown of faves from the first red carpet of 2017.

There was so much to look at from belts with bows, embroidery and florals to art deco pleats and patterns via cold shoulder and even trompe d’oeil details.  However it was also a year where many of my favourites didn’t wow as they might and those that don’t normally rate with me, really delivered.

Colour Stories

With no one colour  sweeping the board (unlike the awards themselves).  I naturally gravitated to the clutch of amazing Yellow gowns.  All of these gowns let the colour do the talking by only using the most delicate of details to enhance them.  My ultimate,  was Viola Davis in Michael Kors, elegant simplicity at its finest. Almost my favourite of the night.

(L-R) Reese Witherspoon in Atelier Versace; Viola Davis in Michael Kors; Natalie Portman in Prada

(L-R) Reese Witherspoon in Atelier Versace; Viola Davis in Michael Kors; Natalie Portman in Prada

White featured prominently, unusual on the red carpet as you don’t want veer into bridal territory (yes I mean you, SJP).   Gillian Anderson avoided this due to the styling of her hair and minimal accessories.

Gillian Anderson in

Gillian Anderson in Jenny Pacha

Meanwhile Issa Rae also stunned in white due to the art deco beaded detailing of her gown.  Art deco was a key look on this red carpet, however few others managed to make it look flawless.

Issa Rae in Christian Siriano

Issa Rae in Christian Siriano

Menfolk got in on the white act,  lead actor and best actor winner Ryan Gosling pulled off the white tie look best and was definitely a white knight after delivering his heartfelt winner’s speech. *swoon*

Ryan Gosling - gorgeous in anything but here it's Gucci

Ryan Gosling – gorgeous in anything but here it’s Gucci

His co-star, Emma Stone was my pick of the pastels channelling not only the feel and style of La La Land  but also showing us a preview of the Spring ’17 which sees pastels coming through strongly.

Emma Stone in Valentino

Emma Stone in Valentino

Any colour as long as its black universally works –  last night it was best on those  who added interest with plunging necklines.  I’m a big a fan of these, see my fave from last year Jamie Alexander.  It was Mandy Moore and Kristen Bell who were the winners in this category.

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Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan and Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham

Magnificent in monochrome was Michelle Williams working lace detail, black and white and cold shoulder.

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

Rachel Evan Wood in custom Altuzarra nailed the girl in a tux look with aplomb by eschewing the usual plunging neckline used in this look.  Instead going for Fred Astaire old school ballroom style look, in keeping with the La La Land theme of the evening.  She kept the femininity with a large bow detail on the shirt.

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Rachel Evan Wood in Altuzarra

As mentioned art deco detail and pleats were a feature and Naomi Campbell stole the show in hers, the cut and colour being what made it work where others failed to.

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Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace

My hands down favourite, Jessica Biel.  A complete shock to me as I normally find her style a little dull.  Her plunging neckline gown by Elie Saab featuring appliqué and embroidered floral detail against a monochrome backdrop had the drama and grace required for the red carpet.  For me – the look of the evening.

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab

Jessica Biel in Elie Saab

As ever there was too much to fit in the blog  so for more of what I loved and to see what I make of the BAFTAS and beyond head over and follow SYW’s Pinterest Board Red Carpet Road.

SYW Presents…….Your Festive Dressing Guide


Posted on: December 16th, 2016 by Emma No Comments

Some of you (although I appreciate very few) may like me be taking a well earned mid festive season night off to recharge before it really hits its stride and others may be nursing hangovers from the night before as you read this but thoughts will be turning to just how your wardrobe will keep pace with the varied events the next week is sure to throw at you.  With this in mind instead of an Outfit of the Month for Royal Priors thought would show you what’s in store with my guide to dressing right the way through from works do to the New Year.

First up the office or work do –  you want to look up to date but appropriate (best to avoid becoming talk of the workplace because of a wardrobe malfunction!) and still look good if you are one of the last ones standing at 3am.  You need an LGD – little glam dress!  This one from Topshop ticks the boxes, covered up but in molten metal texture.  To keep it on trend team with a biker jacket and a velvet heel.  Add some detail and fun with these fantastic fox studs from Pia Jewellery and an easily portable purse come handbag, impossible to lose a wristlet (yes they are a thing), the cheesy disco awaits.  Note: you can always double and use this look for New Year’s Eve too.

Dress, Topshop £39; Biker Jacket, M&S £55; Earrings, Pia Jewellery £18; Velvet Heels, New Look £22.99; Wristlet Claire's £16

Dress, Topshop £39; Biker Jacket, M&S £55; Earrings, Pia Jewellery £18; Velvet Heels, New Look £22.99; Wristlet Claire’s £16

With the main event itself looming, you need a look  for tucking into your feast, unwrapping those pressies, charades with the family and a good old Christmas Day walk.  I think this will do it.  Sticking with metallics but softening the look to make it daytime appropriate but remaining stylish all day long. The fun holiday season Alex and Ani bangles available from Fabulous Collections keep it Christmassy.   Layer up with this cosy but classy coat from Jigsaw,  thick tights and over the knee boots when you venture out.

Coat, Jigsaw £298; Metal Yarn Jumper, Topshop £42; Metallic Skirt, New Look £14.99; Alex & Ani Bangles, Fabulous Collections from £24; Velvet Heels as before

Coat, Jigsaw £298; Metal Yarn Jumper, Topshop £42; Metallic Skirt, New Look £14.99; Alex & Ani Bangles, Fabulous Collections from £24; Earrings, Pia Jewellery £15; Velvet Heels as before

The day after the over indulgence and the excitement, I think lends itself perfectly for a more casual combo.  Cath Kidston’s robin Christmas jumper works really well when teamed with Gap’s True Skinny jean with studded details.  Keep the festive feel by repeating the bracelets of the day before and finish with a metallic boot, these ankle ones will ensure that you can manage a walk to blow the cobwebs off and maybe a sneaky visit to the pub.   Keep toasty with M&S’ faux shearling (one of this winter’s key fabrics) wrap.

Robin Jumper, Cath Kidston £75; Faux Sheepskin Wrap, M&S £45; Stud front Jeans, Gap £54.95; Metallic Boots, New Look £29.99; Wristlet and Bangles as before.

Robin Jumper, Cath Kidston £75; Faux Sheepskin Wrap, M&S £45; Stud front Jeans, Gap £54.95; Metallic Boots, New Look £29.99; Wristlet and Bangles as before.

Just enough time to roll out the red carpet glamour to close out the festivities for New Year’s Eve.  This look works whether you are welcoming 2017 by staying in, going out or with  dinner a deux.  The full skirt has seen a real revival and this rich plum version from Roman Originals channels one of the colours of A/W 2016.  Keep it tonal with Jigsaw’s tie top.  Add interest with texture and print in your shoes and accessories but go for one full on statement piece in the form of these Soru earrings (available from Fabulous Collections).  I suggest repeating the biker jacket to give the look some edge but the Jigsaw coat from Christmas Day would work equally well.

Skirt, Roman Originals £50; Tie Top, Jigsaw £98; Block Heel Shoes, New Look £22.99; Leopard Print Clutch, New Look £17.99; Earrings, Soru from Fabulous £160; Jacket M&S as before

Skirt, Roman Originals £50; Tie Top, Jigsaw £98; Block Heel Shoes, New Look £22.99; Leopard Print Clutch, New Look £17.99; Earrings, Soru from Fabulous £160; Jacket M&S as before

So nothing left to say on this other than to wish you a happy and stylish Christmas and New Year.

Emma XX

Note: All items available at Royal Priors Shopping Centre.