Flat Out

I’ve been neglecting this blog of late – life has been a bit hectic, but never fear I’ll be back soon with my quest for a holiday wardrobe.

Anyway, I had a request from a lovely lady to show how I wear my Boden silver pointy flats with a pencil skirt, so here I am doing just that.

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Outfit:

Top – Whistles
Skirt – Jaeger
Shoes – Boden
Necklace – Next

I’ve gone for a classic stripes and lace combo here, keeping the palette monochrome with just a hint of colour in the necklace to let the shoes stand out.

I know a lot of people think the shoe natural partner for a pencil skirt is a heel but I think, especially in the case of a tighter tube style skirt, the flats help to tone the look down and stop a tight skirt from being overtly sexy (not always business appropriate, depending on your profession).

What do you think – pencil skirts and flats, hit or miss?

Can I wear a crop top?

Possibly one of the most terrifying trends of the past few years is the return of the crop top. Circa 1998 I was happily trotting around in a Kookai cropped t-shirt with my low slung baggy combats, pretending I was the fifth member of All Saints, but this is 15 years and two babies later so can I still wear one?

To be honest I had dismissed the matter out of hand with a hollow laugh, until I was browsing the Adidas website (looking for running tops for my dear husband’s birthday) when I spotted this:

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I have a bit of a thing for pineapples. I eat at least one a week and just love the look of them. No idea why, but we all have our niche interests. So you can see why this appealed to me. I ordered it thinking I’d just wear it over another vest to the gym, but when I arrived I liked it too much to condemn it to a life as exercise wear.

A pair of high waisted jeans and a boyfriend cardi later we have this. So can I pull it off or am I delusional?

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Outfit:

Cardigan – Gap
Top – Adidas x Farm
Jeans – Goldsign
Shoes – Next

Next – New In Event

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to the Next New In Event showcasing their gorgeous summer collection.

Held at the swanky Soho hotel the Next girls brought a little taste of summer to their suite – a welcome respite from the grey drizzly outside!
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There was a fabulous selection of espadrilles. My personal favourites are the Mono Leather Luxe Espadrilles price at £40 (very Chanel), the Metallic Luxe Espadrilles (also leather and also £40) and the Mono Stripe Platform Espadrilles, price at £18. I think any of these would be a great addition my my summer wardrobe, but I’ll probably go for leather for longevity.

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Continuing with accessories, I loved this little metallic drawstring bag. I can’t find it on the website, but all these items will be dropping soon so keep your eye out. The mule is having a fashion moment this summer, and this gold pair would be an affordable nod to the trend at £30.
20140329-080015.jpg20140329-080452.jpgAfter months of black, navy and grey, I do like to break out the brights in the summer months and I love this Aztec-y print which ran through the summer collection – the top in particular would be a fab holiday staple, perfect for throwing on over a bikini and denim shorts. Again, I don’t think these are on the website just yet, but will be arriving soon.

20140329-080857.jpgI love the look of a denim skirt but can sometimes find the weight of the fabric a bit oppressive in the summer months, especially on a beach break. This lightweight Sporty Skirt, £22, is a lovely lightweight solution.

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My love of Equipment shirts is well documented on this blog, and recently I have been looking to invest in a sleeveless style. This sleeveless Utility shirt gives the look at a fraction of the price. Be quick though, the smallest sizes are already sold out!
20140329-080919.jpgAren’t these Silver Point Slingbacks dead ringers for my Boden ones? They’re not leather, but at £26 I think we can forgive them that. A great way to get the look for less.

20140329-080927.jpgIf flats aren’t your thing, how about these asymmetric pointed courts? I love the summery duck egg blue!

20140329-080935.jpg20140329-080950.jpgI’m pretty happy with my style as a whole, but sometimes I wish I was just that little bit more girly to be able to pull off the two lovely items above. This cream lace dress is just so cute and as it was stretchy rather than structured, would look great dresses down with a denim jacket. Pleats are back in a big way and this dusky pink skirt is an easy way to wear them – so pretty. Again I couldn’t find either of these on the website, but I’m sure they’ll pop up soon.
20140329-080958.jpgAnother of Next’s key prints was this gorgeous muted floral, appearing on a variety of items. My favourites were these tailored shorts and court shoes. I think these would look fab worn together with a simple grey marl tee and stacks of silver bangles.
20140329-081006.jpg20140329-081017.jpgThe ‘fugly’ sandal is big news this year, and these wide strapped snake versions are a gentler nod to the trend if you’re not ready for platform pool slides or Birkenstocks. I had a much loved pair of snakeskin gladiators which finally died last summer and they went with EVERYTHING so I’m very tempted by these.

A huge thanks to Next for having me, and to Blow Ltd for my gorgeous beachy waves – unfortunately no pic as the weather meant I went from beach to bedraggled as soon as I left the building. Boo!

Denim dress in action

Today was the inaugural wear of the Espirit denim dress.
20140322-152843.jpgWhile I concede it will be approx. 1 trillion times better when worn with bare legs and sandals I do quite like it like this. I’ve had the slip-on flats for a while but I don’t think I’ve featured them on here – they were from the Next clearance section and were a bargain £18, for leather. Don’t mind if I do.

So what do you think? Please don’t all say farmhand, the comedian I married has already said it once today, and also criticised it as another iteration of dungarees (a pair of which I have also recently acquired, much to his chagrin).

Outfit:

Dress – Esprit
Scarf – Isabel Marant
Shoes – Next

On my wishlist

Don’t worry it’s not all technical wicking fabrics chez Nectarine, though I won’t deny these have featured heavily in my shopping bags of late, I’m still as covetous as ever. Here is a round up of my Spring wishlist:

First of all I need a new Breton top. Let me tell you it is the DEVIL’S WORK finding one with a white background (not Ecru, Stone or Ivory). I quite like the look of this little Boden bad boy though ignores description navy/ivory.
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On a similar theme is this Boden tunic, which shortarse here would wear as a dress. Will order to try and cross my fingers that it covers my cellulite.
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As the sun shone for about 20 minutes this week, my thoughts turned to sandals. I really shouldn’t wear yellow as it does me NO favours but it’s such a happy colour that I can live with the prospect of jaundiced feet.
20140307-105311.jpgAlso a happy colour is this Jaeger bag. This has popped up on a few blogs now and I just love it, the perfect antidote to those winter navys, greys and blacks.
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This T-shirt is wonderfully silly – I love pineapples, so this would be a cute addition to my casual wardrobe.
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I’m sure I’ve mentioned my perennial quest for a denim shirt dress. I’ve wanted one for ^years^ now, but never found one that didn’t make me look like a middle-aged farm hand. You may have think I’d have taken the hint by now. You’d be wrong. This Next one has had rave reviews so I should at least try it, right?
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Back on safer ground, these Carvela skate flats are right up my avenue, so to speak. And Kurt Geiger currently have 25% off with code KGMARCH25. Rude not to.
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So, that’s what I’m after – what’s tickling your fancy at the moment. Do tell – you can comment below or hit me up on Twitter!

C150 – Day 9

I picked up this stripy jacket in the Next sale a few weeks ago and this was its first outing. It’s more of a glorified cardigan than a jacket, as it’s quite lightweight, so it was the perfect cover up for this warm but changeable weather.

The stripes are quite bold, so I’ve tried to keep it simple with a grey tee and navy chinos, but couldn’t resist adding a bit of sass with the neon necklace and leopard loafers! I’d better like this outfit, as I had my photo taken for my work security pass today, and the ugly magenta M&S jumper I wore in the last one has plagued me for 6 years!

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Outfit:

Jacket – Next
Necklace – Next
T-Shirt – Banana Republic
Chinos – Uniqlo
Shoes – Jimmy Choo

C150 – Day 8

One down, 20 and a bit to go. That’s right folks, I’ve made it a week without shopping. Apparently it takes 30 days to break a habit, so by the end of August, I should be a fully-paid up, pious frugalista. Lolz, as the kids would have it.

This Uniqlo top is turning out to be one of my best pre-ban panic buys. It is really easy to wear as it drapes beautifully and it feels super-soft. I didn’t want it quite as loose as the one on the model though, so I got an XS. Uniqlo is great for basics, I love the cashmere; it really is comparable with stuff costing triple, plus it survives a 30 degree silk wash without incident (absolutely crucial for survival in my wardrobe). You can usually bag the jumpers for around £59 when they go on special offer, which I think is great value, so keep an eye out for them dropping in store over the next few weeks.

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Outfit:

Top – Uniqlo
Skirt – Topshop (similar here)
Shoes – Boden
Necklace – Next