A rogue Lust List

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, hasn’t it? But I couldn’t resist as I made a lovely purchase from this particular store last weekend and have a lot more on my wishlist. And if that wasn’t enough, there is currently 25% off all full-priced items with the code partytimes – perfect timing for the festive season.

So, where am I talking about? None other than Coast. I’ve always had a soft spot for the store – I actually bought my wedding dress there. I was the anti-bridezilla, I emphatically did not want to spend thousands on a dress I’d get a single use from (that’s money that could have been, and indeed was, spent on handbags). Here is my lovely dress, still available at below the £200 mark, and with the judicious addition of a vintage beaded shrug I looked like this (mid-vows):

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Anyway, on to my Lust List, starting with the top I snapped up last weekend:

Ginevie Top - £55

Ginevie Top – £55

I really didn’t need a sequin top, but I could NOT resist this one – it’s such a fabulous deep indigo colour, looking almost purple in some lights, and the shape is simple and flattering. I’m planning on wearing it with a slinky black maxi skirt with a high slit and pointy pumps. I’d recommend sizing down in this one, I bought a 6!

Andrea Cardi - £65

Andrea Cardi – £65

I used to have a cardi just like this, though mine was an el cheapo special from H&M, and I found it really useful. It was great over a simple cami and skinnies or a plain dress for a bit of evening sparkle, and I think this one would perform much the same function.

Louie Knitted Dress - £85

Louie Knitted Dress – £85

I tried this dress on when I bought the top, and I was SO tempted it has gone straight on my Christmas wish list. The fabric is that heavy, very elastic kind that you see in Herve Leger dresses so it is very figure hugging but extremely flattering. I love the simplicity of it, this is a dress that you could wear time and again, jazzed up with different accessories, and no-one would be any the wiser!

Sparkle acrylic clutch - £60

Sparkle acrylic clutch – £60

Speaking of accessories, Coast are having a serious moment on that front. If you’re looking for a cheaper version of the Jimmy Choo Candy clutch, this could be just the ticket!

 

Chunky chain necklace - £35

Chunky chain necklace – £35

Another item that very nearly came home with me (damn that bag fund) was this gorgeous statement necklace. It looked WAY beyond its price tag and would be just the ticket for jazzing up the Louie dress. Love.

Teresa Lane maxi dress - £115

Teresa Lane maxi dress – £115

For a bit of serious Hollywood glamour, how about this maxi? You could even get a bit of Angelina leg-action going on with the split. Personally, I’d lose the gold belt and go big on the jewellery – door knocker earrings and couple of cuffs would seal the deal.

Clayton necklace - £50

Clayton necklace – £50

Another fab necklace that I’m smitten with, this ribbon and diamante piece would look great peeking out from under the collar of a silk shirt, or even over a plain grey tee, come to that.

Snake clutch - £55

Snake clutch – £55

I have precisely no need for another clutch to sit gathering dust in my wardrobe, but if I did, this would be it. I love all things snakey – if you look closely at my photo above, you’ll see I had little Swarovski snakes as my earrings on my wedding day and, though you can’t see them, I wore cream and gold snake print shoes! This bag would fit into my wardrobe quite nicely, and at 25% off maybe there is just a little dust-gathering space somewhere at the back…

So, what’s on your lust list at the moment? As always I love hearing from you guys, so do let me know!

 

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Monday Morning Lust List – Me&Em

So, all the sales are well under way it seems, but the one I’m really interested in is yet to start. Me&Em is still something of a niche brand, though rapidly gaining popularity, so you may not have heard of them. And so begins your education… My Me&Em dresses are just about the most comfortable, flattering and versatile I’ve ever owned (take that from someone who has real difficulty finding dresses) and are fabulous quality too!

On to the Lust List…

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The classic Capped Sleeve Ruched Dress is an essential in any woman’s wardrobe, I think. I have it in the navy but I wouldn’t mind adding a black one to my wardrobe. Slimming, stylish and easy-to-wear, everyone I know who has one loves it!

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This Boyfriend T has more than a touch of T by Alexander Wang about it but for less than half the price. Definitely going on my sales hitlist!

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I could do with a new pair of black skinny trousers for work, and these Soft Tailored Ankle Trousers, with their cropped length and tapered fit, will be perfect. I’ve also heard rave reviews these, so I doubt I’ll be disappointed!

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I had a Ruched Skirt a lot like this when I was pregnant and it was just SO easy to wear. Ruching hides a multitude of sins, let me tell you!

20130701-074357.jpgI don’t have a red dress – can you believe it? How have I overlooked such a glaring omission in my wardrobe for so long. Fear not, hopefully it will soon be rectified with the addition of this Scoop Neck Ruched Dress! How sexy is this little number? Va va voom!

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Last on my list of must-haves is this utterly fantastic Ruched Maxi T Dress. I need this dress, I have dreams about it. I love the fitted top half and swishy skirt, and the ruching at the waist will hide my, ahem, relaxed muscles. Check out the lovely Fiona over at Avenue 57 looking fabulous in it here!

So, Me&Em, if you’re reading, please could you get on and start your sale before I go on a no-buying challenge the end of the month? Oh, and if you could reduce the items on this list by at least 50% I’d be much obliged. Cheers!

Monday Morning Lust List – Me&Em

So, all the sales are well under way it seems, but the one I’m really interested in is yet to start. Me&Em is still something of a niche brand, though rapidly gaining popularity, so you may not have heard of them. And so begins your education… My Me&Em dresses are just about the most comfortable, flattering and versatile I’ve ever owned (take that from someone who has real difficulty finding dresses) and are fabulous quality too!

On to the Lust List…

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The classic Capped Sleeve Ruched Dress is an essential in any woman’s wardrobe, I think. I have it in the navy but I wouldn’t mind adding a black one to my wardrobe. Slimming, stylish and easy-to-wear, everyone I know who has one loves it!

20130701-073256.jpg
This Boyfriend T has more than a touch of T by Alexander Wang about it but for less than half the price. Definitely going on my sales hitlist!

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I could do with a new pair of black skinny trousers for work, and these Soft Tailored Ankle Trousers, with their cropped length and tapered fit, will be perfect. I’ve also heard rave reviews these, so I doubt I’ll be disappointed!

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I had a Ruched Skirt a lot like this when I was pregnant and it was just SO easy to wear. Ruching hides a multitude of sins, let me tell you!

20130701-074357.jpgI don’t have a red dress – can you believe it? How have I overlooked such a glaring omission in my wardrobe for so long. Fear not, hopefully it will soon be rectified with the addition of this Scoop Neck Ruched Dress! How sexy is this little number? Va va voom!

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Last on my list of must-haves is this utterly fantastic Ruched Maxi T Dress. I need this dress, I have dreams about it. I love the fitted top half and swishy skirt, and the ruching at the waist will hide my, ahem, relaxed muscles. Check out the lovely Fiona over at Avenue 57 looking fabulous in it here!

So, Me&Em, if you’re reading, please could you get on and start your sale before I go on a no-buying challenge the end of the month? Oh, and if you could reduce the items on this list by at least 50% I’d be much obliged. Cheers!

Monday Morning Lust List – Monochrome Stripes

After a week of patchy blogging, I’m hitting the ground running today. A slightly different sort of lust list today as I am focussing not on a single store, but on a particular trend that is really tickling my fancy at the moment. Monochrome was all over the S/S13 catwalks and this has naturally filtered down onto the high street, but I particularly love it in stripe format. Maybe it’s my inner burglar, I don’t know. Anyway, luckily for me, I’m spoilt for choice!

Prom Skirt, £22 - Dorothy Perkins

Prom Skirt, £22 – Dorothy Perkins

I love the slight volume to this skirt, and the fact that it is 98% cotton is a real selling point – it is so hard to find natural fibres at a reasonable price! I have just ordered this with code DPVC20 (valid until 19 May) giving 20% off. I will report back.

Trench coat, £99.99 - Banana Republic

Trench coat, £99.99 – Banana Republic

I have liked this trench for a while, and it’s now on sale, but of course it has sold out in my size. I will have to do a trawl of the London stores. I’ve not had a Banana Republic trench before but, as I understand it, the quality and cut are among the best on the high street.

Striped knit blazer, £49.99 - Banana Republic

Striped knit blazer, £49.99 – Banana Republic

While I’m on the subject of Banana Republic, here’s another stripey little bargain. I think this would definitely need to be a try on in-store enterprise as I’m not sure the cut would work on me, but I can see it being a really verstaile office cover up.

Striped dress, £39 – Kaleidoscope

I’ve never bought from, or even really ever looked at, Kaleidoscope before, but I LOVE this dress. I think I’m going to have to order it because it ticks all my boxes; crew neckline, slimming side panels and cinching waist band. Click on the pic and check it out on the model, because I’m not sure this shot does it justice!

Cotton striped T-shirt, £22.99 - Mango

Cotton striped T-shirt, £22.99 – Mango

For a more casual take on the trend, how about this tee from Mango. I like the slight twist on the stereotypical Breton top, and I think the relaxed shape makes it really easy to wear.

Tibi Camisole, £195 - Net-A-Porter

Tibi Camisole, £195 – Net-A-Porter

I have my heart set on this cute cami by Tibi. It will have to go into the sale, because even I draw the line at spending the best part £200 on a vest, but I’m pretty sure it would be something I could bring out year after year, and as we only get about 6 days of camisole worthy weather a year in this country it would probably last me into my dotage…

T by Alexander Wang tank, £80 - Harvey Nichols

T by Alexander Wang tank, £80 – Harvey Nichols

A still pricey but slightly less absurd option would be this T by Alexander Wang tank. I’m a big fan of the brand and am building a bit of a collection, but the thing that puts me off here is the ‘off-white’ description. I’d have to see it in the flesh to determine just how far from white it really is.

 

Stripe patent court, £85 - Dune

Stripe patent court, £85 – Dune

Ok, so these aren’t quite black and white, but aren’t they fab? I’ve seen these pop up in a lot of fashion shoots, alongside some real big-hitters. I think the blush/black combo just about edges it for me, but it’s close! They’d dress up a simple shift a treat, or look great with jeans.

So, are do stripes do it for you? Or are you more into florals or colour-blocking? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I love hearing your comments, so do let me know what you think!

Monday Morning Lust List – Topshop

Morning all,I wasn’t really planning on a Lust List this morning, but as my overexcited child decided I had to get up at 5.30am, I thought I’d make use of the time. Today is the turn of that high street stalwart, Topshop. Is there any woman between the ages of 15-40 who doesn’t have at least some TS in their wardrobe? I genuinely don’t think anyone does ‘fast fashion’ better. They are up to the second with the latest trends and affordable without reducing the quality of their output to ‘disposable clothes’ as you find with some of their competitors.

Breton Stripe Midi Dress - £28

Breton Stripe Midi Dress – £28

 I know I’m always linking midi dresses, but as someone who has a passionate hatred of their knees, I am just so grateful for this trend! They’re also handy for my fellow shorties who don’t wait to be drowning in pavement-sweeping maxis. I love a stripey dress in summer, and I’d wear this with my favourite snake-print flats.

Textured Boyfriend Blazer - £65

Textured Boyfriend Blazer – £65

I’ve had a hankering for a white blazer for a while now, but fear of looking like an extra from Miami Vice has put me off, not to mention the grim reality that it would only stay white for a maximum of around 4 minutes around my progeny. However, I am liking the idea of one to wear with black leather skinnies and a slinky vest for nights out (as long as I dont roll the sleeves up and take it off the minute I get in the door!) The longer length of this one looks really flattering too, so I might just take the plunge!

MOTO Vintage Lacey Rip Jeans - £42

MOTO Vintage Lacey Rip Jeans – £42

Topshop have form for great jeans. Many a time have I waxed lyrical about my Jamie skinnies, the closest to premium on the high street, and this Lacey pair look just as good. The slim boyfriend cut is very flattering and the distressing detail is so hot right now. I’d be double-deniming with white cowboy boots. Yee-haw!

 
Varied Stripe Tube Skirt - £22

Varied Stripe Tube Skirt – £22

I love my burgundy version of this skirt, but I could do with a summery update. I love this monochrome stripe version which I would wear to work with a black fitted shirt and neon pink flats.

Lime Flower Collar - £28

Lime Flower Collar – £28

A statement necklace is an easy way to update even the simplest of outfits, and I love the zingy hit of lime in this one. I’d layer it over a grey tee to really show off the colour.

TECHNO Neon Print Runners - £35

TECHNO Neon Print Runners – £35

I love the abstract animal print on these sleek sneakers, and at £35 for 100% leather I think they are a total bargain! I’d keep the rest of my outfit simple with these. Maybe black skinnies and an oversized white shirt so I could pretend I was Pheobe Philo…

Clean Clip Backpack  - £80

Clean Clip Backpack
– £80

I’ve had my eye on a leather backpack from Whistles, but at less than a third of the price, this little number may be a better bet. I love the colour and shape of this grey version – more than a hint of Alexander Wang here!

KHAN Animal Slippers - £58

KHAN Animal Slippers – £58

Let’s finish on a high! I cannot put into words how much I LOVE these slippers. I’ve spent far too much on shoes this month, but as soon as the calendar ticks over to May you can bet you’ll be seeing these on my feet! I’ll be wearing them with everything!

So what have you had your eye on in Toppers, and what do you think of my picks? As always, I love reading your comments, so do drop me a line…

Have a great day all!

Monday Morning Lust List – ASOS

Isn’t it a disappointingly grey morning after that lovely weekend of sunshine? It was so nice to actually leave the house sans duvet coat and not have to use the heated seats in the car. I’m sure normal service will be resumed soon, but for the purposes of this lust list, let’s pretend summer is on the horizon…

Today the subject of my covetousness is ASOS. I wasn’t a regular user of the site, but after two orders in the last week and some excellent customer service they are now firmly on my radar. While I was browsing, I realised that they stock such a great range of brands it can be easy to overlook their excellent and fashion-foward designs, so here are my favourites from their eponymous collection:

I am a firm believer that every girl needs a denim shirt, and this great boyfriend style gives an old favourite a 2013 twist.

ASOS Denim Boyfriend Shirt with Shadow Pocket - £30

ASOS Denim Boyfriend Shirt with Shadow Pocket – £30

The shaded pocket detailing and looser fit makes this shirt just a little bit more current than its western, press-stud equivalent, and I love the way it is styled with a short floral skirt  – very 90s grunge.

This year might finally be the year I brave white jeans, and this pair look great.

Ridley Supersoft High Waisted Ultra Skinny Jeans - £28

Ridley Supersoft High Waisted Ultra Skinny Jeans – £28

High waisted, supersoft and with apparently bum-lifting pockets, what’s not to like? My only concern is how see-through they might be, but I think I’ll order them to find out. These would look great with the denim shirt above and grey cowboy boots.

T-Shirt Dress with Grid Print - £28

T-Shirt Dress with Grid Print – £28

In my fantasies I am the kind of girl who can slink around in super-short dress bare-legged and wearing flat sandals. Unfortunately, the reality is I don’t do a lot of slinking, and for the sake of all concerned it would be best if I didn’t expose my thighs to the general public. However, I think this dress could actually work quite nicely tunic-style over the white jeans, with black leather gladiators. After all, we did see a few dresses over trousers on the SS13 catwalks, and if Dries Van Noten says it’s OK then that’s good enough for me!

This simple zip-top clutch is a lot like a Stella McCartney one I’ve had my eye on, except it’s a third of the price and leather (sorry Stella)

Leather Clutch Bag with Faux Pony Animal Print - £35

Leather Clutch Bag with Faux Pony Animal Print – £35

As my friend Antonia (and Diane Von Furstenburg before her) says, leopard print is a neutral, so this clutch would go with just about anything. ASOS have styled it with a sleek-all black outfit, which looks great, but I love leopard as part of a print clash, and this simple style would look great against stripes or plaid.

Printed jackets are everywhere this season, and ASOS is no exception.

Jacket in Habernera Print - £55

Jacket in Habernera Print – £55

I don’t go a bundle on all the florals which seem to be the print of choice for this sort of jacket, so I really love the vibrant colours and bold pattern here. I would throw this on over a grey marl tee and skinnies for a laid-back summer look.

You’ve probably gathered by now that I am a big fan of flat footwear, and I have a large collection of flat sandals. However, like any good shoe-fetishist my collection is never complete and I would love to add this pair to my wardrobe:

Forest Leather Flat Sandals - £26

Forest Leather Flat Sandals – £26

I love the slingback style of these beauties, and I’d wear them with cropped black jeans and a loose white shirt for monochrome chic with a tribal twist.

A statement necklace is a great way to dress up a simple look, and with this lilac bib version you can incorporate summer pastels into your wardrobe without the risk of looking washed out:

Premium Jewelled Bib Necklace - now £28

Premium Jewelled Bib Necklace – now £28

I think this would look gorgeous paired with a navy and white striped top and maybe the white skinnies featured in this post (see, they’re so versatile…)

If you liked the Pheobe Philo look I blogged about here, these may be for you…

Domino Running Trainers with Suede Detail - Now £17.50

Domino Running Trainers with Suede Detail – Now £17.50

Currently half price and available in a range of colours, these trainers are an affordable way of tapping into the sports luxe trend. I like the patent detail on this black pair, which I would team with rolled up skinnies, a white t-shirt, black leather biker jacket and Ray Ban wayfarers.

I was really suprised at how much of the ASOS collection I liked, and the white skinnies, tribal sandals and printed jacket are definitely on my list to try. What did you think of my picks? Anything I’ve missed tickling your fancy? As always I love to receive your comments, so do let me know!

Happy Monday everyone!

Monday Morning Lust List – Gap

So, how was your Easter? Mine was spent lamenting the utter deficit of attractive footwear that keeps your feet warm, whilst I traipsed, blue-toed, around various zoos, farms and parks. Still, hopefully I have accrued enough brownie points doing this to slope off to the shops for a bit today to look at more sandals I will NEVER WEAR.

This morning’s Lust List comes to you curtesy of Gap. I have been really impressed with their output over the last few seasons; gorgeous bright colours in great staple shapes with plenty of neon thrown in, and the accessories have also been fabulous. And guess what? For today only there is 20% off all full priced styles when you enter GAPSTYLE at checkout.

I genuinely believe there is no easier, chicer summer throw-on than a Breton striped dress, and I love this navy and green version:

Harbor jersey roll-sleeve striped dress - £34.99

Harbor jersey roll-sleeve striped dress – £34.99

It also comes in the more traditional white/navy stripe, but I like the more unusual colour choice. It’s a good length too, short without getting you nicked when you bend over to retrieve a dropped toy.

I love the range of fitted boyfriend shirts Gap has out at the moment, in an array of lovely brights, cute ginghams and quirky prints. While I find a more masculine shape suits my body type, it can be a tricky trend to wear without looking like a shotputter. However, I’m definitely going to try one of these…

Shrunken boyfriend printed shirt - £29.99

Shrunken boyfriend printed shirt – £29.99

The grown-up way to do Hawaiian print (if that isn’t a total oxymoron), I think the bright florals are great for the summer I keep imagining. I’d wear this with rolled up chinos and metallic sandals.

The reality is, when summer does finally arrive for a week at the end of August, I’ll just be swapping my thick cashmere jumpers for a lighter, cotton version.

Mesh-sleeve sweater - £24.99

Mesh-sleeve sweater – £24.99

What I really like about Gap is that unlike a lot of retailers, they are not overly reliant on man-made fibres. I bought a smiliar sweater to this from a mid-range designer at 6 times the price, assuming it would be cotton. More fool me, it was 100% viscose and has bobbled hideously after only a couple of wears. This Gap one actually is 100% cotton and looks great. It also comes in cobalt, red, navy and, I think, grey, though I can’t see it online. I’d sling this on with boyfriend jeans and a pair of Superga pumps for a relaxed off-duty look.

By now you’ll have gathered that cobalt is my absolute favourite colour, so this trench is perfect for me:

Trench coat - £59.99

Trench coat – £59.99

It also comes in the more classic navy and beige, for those of you who draw the line at lurid coats, but I love the incongrous juxtapostion of uber-classic style with a very modern bright. I’d wear this over a simple black shift for work.

If you still haven’t found your perfect Boyfriend jeans, this pair might just be for you:

1969 sexy boyfriend jeans - £39.99

1969 sexy boyfriend jeans – £39.99

Gap introduced their ‘sexy boyfriend’ style a few seasons ago, and they acheive the near impossible; good slouch without swamping. This vintage wash is great for summer, and in my fantasies I’d be wearing these with just a white vest and Converse high tops.

I’ve been deliberating over getting a pair of printed trousers for a while now, and these could be the ones:

Slim cropped print pants - £34.99

Slim cropped print pants – £34.99

I love the fresh green and geometric pattern, and historically I’ve always found trousers from Gap to be very good. Primarily cotton, with that all important bit of elastane for stretch, I reckon these will be a great fit. I’d wear these with a white tee, black blazer and black pointy courts for a sharp work look.

Another one of  the ‘holy grail’ items on my permanent shopping list is a denim shirt dress that doesn’t make me look, as my husband so charmingly puts it, like a farmer.

1969 western dress - £44.99

1969 western dress – £44.99

Could this be ‘The One?’ I’m certainly going to try it to find out!

Let’s move on to accessories now, and how about this for a bargain?

Leather tassel clutch - £19.99

Leather tassel clutch – £19.99

A leather clutch for under £20? Don’t mind if I do! Perfect for summer drinks, it would look lovely with a simple column maxi and jewelled flats.

I spotted this lovely pair of sandals in a magazine last week and have subsequently become obsessed with them.

Strappy sandals - £24.99

Strappy sandals – £24.99

I love the blue/grey tones in them – they’d be perfect with white jeans and a hot pink silk tee.

And finally, how about something you might actually be able to use this summer…?

Printed umbrella - £14.95

Printed umbrella – £14.95

If there is one thing on this list I can GUARANTEE you’ll be sporting for S/S13 it’s this! I love the cute bug print on this umbrella – makes a nice change from black!

I’ll definitely be trying the green print trousers, boyfriend shirt and western dress if I can find them in store – I will report back! What, if anything, do you fancy from Gap this season?

Hope you all enjoy the last day of the long weekend!