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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Usually a Tuesday Instagram post of mine, #tuesdayshoesday is now going to be a regular on here instead - HOW exciting!

To kick this off, I had to choose the most eye-catching design I could find and what's more striking than GOLD! (always believe in your soul.) Don't act like you weren't singing it!

As you will know, I love my silver mirror boots (see here and here) so when these popped up on the Topshop site, I was faced with a dilemma I still haven't conquered: to buy more metallic boots or not to buy more metallic boots.


Gingham and Silver

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Sunglasses: Coconut Lane
Dress: ASOS
Bag: Zara
Boots: Topshop

Gingham is traditionally associated with picnics and countryside kitchens, or, for many of us, childhood. There remains to this day a photo of me on my dad’s fireplace sporting some rather fetching lace-up, canvas trainers with thick, white rubber soles and block heels in an unforgettable shade of orange check. I kid you not.

Moving forward twenty years, I am relishing the challenge of modernising this nostalgic textile which is why, after stating that I'm stringent when it comes to new trends, I’m writing another post on the very thing (let’s face it – you knew I’d end up buying more than the top!)

I had already attempted to make the trend contemporary with exaggerated ruffles and the oh-so-on-point v-throat mules in the aforementioned post. However, my recent obsession has been gingham and silver. The pairing is an unlikely one but the contrast works on so many levels: muted vs. metallic tones, traditional vs. futuristic, country vs. city, to name just a few. Plus, there’s nothing I love more than being unpredictable ;)

Vinyl Leather

Saturday, 15 July 2017


Sunglasses: ASOS
Choker: ASOS (out of stock - similar here)
Shirt: ASOS
Bag: Whistles
Vinyl Leather Trousers: ASOS
Heels: Topshop

Leather has had a dramatic overhaul in the past year: we've gone from a plain, matte pair of black leggings with a nice top for drinks with the girls to flirting with embroidered florals to fashion-forward vinyl.

I first dabbled with uber-shiny vinyl in AW16 and if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I wore my Topshop vinyl boots day in day out and this little H&M mini. For SS17, I decided to go bigger and bolder with the look and try the material in an even shinier form.

Now, it has to be said, this trend isn't for the faint-hearted. You're probably expecting me to say 'oh just buy something small' if you're unsure about delving in but I'm not taking any prisoners with this one and here's why...

With a material such as vinyl leather, you need to go hard or go home. In my experience, styling bold items in a minimal way downplays them from statement-making pieces to just another item in your wardrobe; you need to own them!

So, go on - don your pair of vinyls and add ruffles, electric pink and touches of gold to make an unforgettable, eye-catching (for the right reasons) statement of your own!

There are some great colour alternatives around too if that's your thing (the reds and pinks are my faves - see below). However, I don't think I'm quite that bold yet hahaha!



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


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)
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