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HOW I DECIDE IF A TREND IS FOR ME: GINGHAM

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


I've said it before and I’ll say it again – I tread carefully when it comes to new trends. The reason for this is twofold: firstly, I have an ‘all-or-nothing’ personality so as soon as I decide to buy one piece, it’s a bit like breaking the seal and I wind up wanting it all. Secondly, I always describe my style as “classic with a subtle nod to seasonal trends” so adding too many temporary bits to my wardrobe just makes it a little fussy for me. Of course, this can mean I'm sometimes late to the party when it comes to those must-blog pieces but that’s me and that’s how I roll. I mean, it’s important to stay true to who you are anyway, isn’t it?

As a result, I’m fairly systematic when it comes to deciding whether I want to buy into a new trend or not so here was my thought process for gingham:

THE SLIP DRESSthis was one of the first gingham pieces I came across as we had it in at work quite early on for AW16. I love everything about this dress but I would wear it in the exact same way I would my other midi slip dresses (layered with a top underneath or with a lightweight, demure duster draped over my shoulders) and I like to try different looks, especially when a new trend hits. Between me and you though, I do look at it every day and wonder what if?


SHORTS - a really cute and girly pair of shorts is definitely an item my wardrobe is missing but when it comes to a fresh trend, I want to wear it more often than I would shorts living in rainy England!

THE SHIRTa good, well-structured shirt is right up my street for day-to-day life and whilst I'm probably lacking a patterned shirt in my wardrobe, I think gingham was made to be a bit more fun than to be confined to classic fits.


And then I remembered Marissa Webb's amazing SS17 Ready-to-Wear collection: playing with shapes that naturally carry the gingham square well, especially when cut asymmetrically, is genius (reworked shirts are everything RN in case you didn't know!)


After that, the decision was easy: Topshop's Gingham Frill Top just had to join my closet! At first, I was so sure I was going to style it with leather for this post as I love that whole girly/tough contrast thing but then I thought why not exploit gingham's girliness to the max and add two entire ankles of ruffles?






Sunglasses: & Other Stories (SS16) - similar here
Gingham Top: Topshop (sold out - see similar in 'Shop the Trend' below
Bag: Mango
Trousers: Fashion Union
Mules: Next


SHOP THE TREND

I'm Not Most Girls

Monday, 3 April 2017

Last Tuesday, I popped out on my lunch break at work to pick up a gorgeous pair of shoes I had ordered from Next. As I work in the centre of Manchester, this is something I have the freedom to do regularly and I love getting out to refresh my mind from the morning’s activities.

However, upon my return to my office, I was met by a car full of men who decided to pull up at the crossing I was on in the middle of a dual carriageway and proceed to tell me a few things about myself. I couldn’t move; I was completely blocked in. Behind me, there were two lanes of traffic; in front of me, there were two lanes of traffic - two lanes with the green light that the driver was holding up to speak to me, by the way. Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened to me, not even the second, not even the fifth…



I don’t want to dedicate too much time to this creature so I’ll summarise his main point for you: I was “too nice to be walking around here alone”. Now, this is something I’ve had said to me before so I’m guessing it’s on page one of ‘How to be a Moron for Dummies’ but it’s a statement I’ll never understand. His next comment was also one I hear a lot and will additionally never understand but, ladies, stand by - this is a good one!

As I told him to move on and pointed him in the direction his car was supposed to be going, he quickly became embarrassed in front of his friends (poor guy!) and yelled “IT’S A COMPLIMENT!” There it is – that classic line you’ve heard a million times that allows certain men to say whatever they want under a cloak of benevolence.



Over the years, I have, lamentably, come to accept this behaviour, but this occasion was particularly poignant for me because it was my first day back to work after losing my amazing Granny; a feeling of enough is enough swarmed over me and so I simply had to share my experience with you.

At a time when it feels like our freedom as females is walking an ever finer tightrope (Brexit may spell the abolition of some European equality laws, the country with which we have a “special relationship” is being run by someone who says horrendous things about women and the gender pay gap still hasn't been eliminated), I fear that we are being stripped of our individual identities.


Well, I’m here to say that I AM NOT MOST GIRLS. That doesn’t mean I'm better; that doesn’t mean I’m worse, but I am different to the next girl you see and she is different to the following girl and so on. Although one thing is true of us all: we're totally and utterly fed up with you trying to holler at us from your (best friend's) ride.

Take care,

Jacqueline xx

Sunglasses: old (similar here)
Choker: Etsy
T-shirt: Noisy May
Bag: Mango
Skirt: H&M (similar here and here)
Boots: Topshop (sold out)

Introducing... The Gucci GG Belt

Sunday, 5 March 2017

I'm in love... Again... This time with a belt.

If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I was obsessed with Gucci in AW16 and that I continue to be fascinated by their inspiring SS17 collection. So, when I opened this belt on Christmas Day, it was the perfect present at the perfect time.

I've not really worn belts for years so I felt like I was in need of just one classic piece to complete my wardrobe and this one transforms any outfit from basic to beyond. I've mostly been wearing it with Topshop's Gucci-inspired loafer boots and I love how strong that combination is: black, gold, and a tad androgynous. Unfortunately, they've sold out so I've linked some of my other favourites on the market below:

Have a great week and I'll be back soon with an outfit post,

Jacqueline xx

How To Use Mallzee To Recreate Catwalk Looks For Less

Thursday, 23 February 2017
Hi guys!

Hope you are all super well!

I've got a question for you - have you ever used the shopping app Mallzee? You may have spotted them on my Instagram before Christmas and now I'm back raving about how good they are for their LFW Blogger Challenge.

One of the main reasons I use the app is to recreate looks I like on the runway at highstreet prices so I'm going to show you how I do that with a budget of £100 and this Saint Laurent Ready-to-Wear SS17 look:


The first thing you need to do is head to their search page by tapping on the icon in the bottom left. This function is extensive therefore you can really unearth what you're looking for, which is particularly great if you're on a budget or enjoy having a good shop around.

I started to recreate this outfit by entering "blazer" in the search bar then selecting jackets and highlighting the colour black. I also reduced the price scale to fit in with the budget:


If you have a preferred label or are trying to track down an item you have seen in store, you can also select brands on the search page. In this case, I wanted to see options at a range of prices so that I could both stick to my budget and find the closest match to the Saint Laurent piece.

Now, the next page is quite fun as you get to instantly say yes or no to suggestions. When you click the heart, it immediately saves that item in your wishlist so that you can see all of your favourites together at the click of a button. Useful, huh?


Once inside your wishlist, any out of stock items will show, helping you to narrow down your decisions:


I repeated all of this again for the bralet, trousers, socks and shoes which left me with the following compilation in my wishlist:


So, what do you think? A full Saint Laurent outfit for £84.99 - what are you waiting for?

Try it out yourself following the links below and use referral code JACQUELINEM8MG for £5.00 off your first purchase over £5.00.

Trending: Lace

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Hi everyone!

I hope your 2017 has got off to a spiffing start! I'm back with a bit of a change to my previous monthly trend category as I felt it was time to switch things up. Aside from the fact that it is healthy to keep evolving, we are also heading into a new season and that means a whole new catalogue of trends are ready to adorn our blog pages and wardrobes. It could be that I decide to go back to my previous 'This Month I'm Loving' format but come along on the journey with me and we'll find out...

To kick things off, I'm sharing with you one of my favourite ways to wear lace at the moment. Following the underwear as outerwear trend, this season will be all about layering lace and thinking outside the box. Over a plain white tee, this Zara pretty steals the daytime show. For the evening, try wearing it over a simple black dress; adding texture will immediately transform that LBD you've shoved to the back of your wardrobe into a showstopper!








Sunglasses: Coconut Lane
Choker: Topshop
Faux Fur Jacket: Blue Vanilla (old)
T-shirt: ASOS
Lace Top: Zara (pink version)
Jeans: ASOS
Boots: Topshop

As usual, all items are linked above, and you'll notice that this is a separate t-shirt and lace top that I've put together. However, a lot of brands are offering combined ones now to save you the hassle of getting the match right. Here are a couple of my faves (click image for links):
















Ciao for now,

Jacqueline xx




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