Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Clutch Bags

Clutch bags are not relegated anymore to an evening occasion. We might thank "Sex and the City" where we've seen the "girls" strutting around NY with clutches and oversized ones. And who doesn't remember when Carrie fell in Dior and the content of her vintage clutch was scattered around the Parisian shop? Personally I always keep a clutch in my huge bag in case I have to pop outside the office for lunch or other small rounds that don't involve taking the whole house with me. I've picked some clutches in different styles.
This  Girls Hardbox Street Style clutch is branded V by Very the premium line from Very.co.uk. This bag has got a chain shoulder strap and the style makes it for a bag where you can keep all your essentials like a mobile, a lipstick, home keys and money without being squashed or with a bulging bag difficult to snap closed. www.very.co.uk
The Oiana bag by Coast is a timeless model with its front bow. Its shape makes it for a clutch where items a bit thicker than a credit card can be stored. It has a detachable strap and a magnetic clasp. Perfect for all those occasions where you need something smart either a wedding or a party or a business lunch. www.coast-stores.com
East has got a nice range of jute bags. These Jute clutches match the tote bags they have got in store and they are perfect on their own when going out in the evening or inside a bigger bag where you can keep essentials like money, home keys and mobile so  when popping out for lunch you just have to carry this clutch. Made of jute they' ve got leather trims and handle.  www.east.co.uk
Jigsaw has got a rainbow coloured range of clutches. The Alma medium leather clutch comes in eight colours and here you can see a small selection.  This clutches are  investment pieces given their "never out of fashion" style. www.jigsaw-online.com
I love this framed clutch by Next. Its black and berry colour will take you through the summer and into the cold season. Its shape gives room to mobile, a lipstick tube and home keys keeping them safe with its metal clasp. A chain shoulder strap can be attached. It is great for the evening or for going out all day. You can store  things like sunglasses, tablet and shoes in a big tote and take this beautiful clutch at work . www.next.co.uk
This Samara suede envelope clutch is by Phase Eight. Its silver colour goes perfectly with the metallic trend that is going to be with us even next season. A thin leather shoulder strap can be attached in order to have your hands free. www.phase-eight.com
Vintage look for these No. 1 Jenny Packham satin clutches for Debenhams. They are the perfect accessories for a wedding or other formal occasion, but as Patricia Field has taught us while styling "Sex and the City", you can wear this beautiful clutch with  denim or while shopping. After all there is space for the right essentials, credit card and mobile. www.debenhams.com
Department stores have got a great range of accessories. This Therapy Kelis clutch bag can be found  at House of Fraser. I like the design with the metal clasp fastening and the stripes and stars motif. The back is plain black and the metallic silver star adds to all the current trends. www.houseoffraser.co.uk












Monday, 12 June 2017

Bejewelled Shoes

It is true that in time of uncertainty  the first item that sells out for women is a red lipstick. Buying something opulent and for yourself is a way of thinking that nothing will happen. This season, opulence has been seen in many items of clothing, especially crystals, on bags, jackets and shoes. Walking with a pair of bejewelled shoes gives a spring on your step.
This season we've seen a surge in flat shoes over high heels footwear. These Classique slip on pump by Russell & Bromley are made of black suede and the twist is the bejewelled heel. They are very comfortable and perfect with a dress or cropped hems trousers so the sparkle can be seen from afar. www.russellandbromley.co.uk
Two trends in one pair of shoes with this metallic silver and gemstones like  embellishment platform sandals from Primark. The block heels make for a pair of comfortable shoes and the platform minimises the height. www.primark.com
These Host ballerina pumps from Dune are gorgeous. Made of satin, either pink or black, they have a jewelled strap made of round and marquise shaped crystals and round toe. These shoes can be worn from day to night jazzing up a pair of jeans or a dress. www.dunelondon.com
Celeb blogger Chiara Ferragni has created a clothing and shoes line and this Find Me In Wonderland  slip on is made of denim with a bejewelled pin. Made in Italy it has leather lining and insole.  www.chiaraferragnicollection.com
These flip flops are part of the Exclusive Collection by Havaianas. Real Swarovski crystals decorate the flat sandals that can be worn while on holiday or to a summer party in one of those trendy holiday destinations and I'm sure that they are allowed at  work as well worn with a nice summery dress of trousers. After all they cost more than a normal high street pair of shoes. They are luxury flip flops. www.havaianas-store.com
The Glisten atlheisure slip on by Jones the Bootmaker are made of soft black or white leather and they are embellished with large crystals. The black trainer has got a white contrast sole. I live in flats and these shoes are both feminine and comfortable. Shoes that you can wear all day long without suffering. www.jonesbootmaker.com


Isn't it gorgeous ? These Tonnia Patent Court shoes by L.K Bennett are just a dream. The bejewelled application at the front, the glossy patent leather and the block heel are details that, as well as the round toe make for  perfect comfortable shoes and on line with the seasonal trends. The heels is 8.5 cm height but the shape of the heels make the shoes very stable. www.lkbennett.com






Sunday, 11 June 2017

Precis Petite Occasionwear

Quite often it is difficult to find occasionwear if you are shorter than 5'5", so most of the time the only option is to buy anything and then have it altered, shortening the hem and sleeves. But sometimes there is not time for this, especially when an invite is received at a short notice. The solution has been brought up by Precis Petite, one of the sister companies of Jacques Vert, specialised in smart and occasionwear. I've picked some outfits that can be perfect for Royal Ascot next week.
This Precis Embroidered dress complies with all the rules at Ascot, like length and the fact that it hasn't a spaghetti strap but even if sleeveless, there is a hint of them covering the shoulders. Also, embroidery is going to be the trend next season, so this dress is the perfect LBD with a twist.
The Precis Check Flared dress is perfect for a summer wedding, a garden party or for an afternoon tea somewhere with a dress code. Its vintage style is very feminine and its red colour will suit any skin tone. Play with accessories in order to dress it up or down. It is available in black as well.
The Precis Roma print dress mixes two trends of this season, the floral print and the yellow nuance that screams summer. This dress is knee length and very flattering for a petite frame with tailoring details and scaling down on using a full floral print that sometimes might be too much for a petite lady.
This Precis Printed Shirt dress has got a great cut emphasising the figure. The waist is cinched by a tie belt and it is perfect for work as well as around town enjoying the sun. Its black and white prints means that you can play with accessories to bright it up, think of colourful sandals and bag as well as a stack of  bangles.
The Precis Maggie shift dress has got this bold floral print on navy background. It is the perfect outfit for a summer wedding as well as any other occasion where it is required a specific dress code. It really is a multitasking dress given that depending on what accessories you are wearing, this dress can take you from work to a party. Check for more styles and where to find a store that stocks Precis Petite collections  at www.precis.co.uk





Friday, 9 June 2017

Orla Kiely Outdoors Range for Halfords

Today, fans of the Irish fashion designer Orla Kiely can add to their collection of multicoloured patterned products, Olive  And Orange,  a range of cycling and camping items produced exclusively for Halfords. From the 9th of June they are  stocked up in store and online, in time for the summer breakout packed  with week ends of music festivals and picnics in the park.
This folding bike it's perfect for commuting and it sports the unmistakable Multi Olive Print by Orla Kiely. The leather saddle and other details have been designed carefully by Orla and the team at Halfords in order to combine fashion and technology.
This classic bike in Pink Tall Flower print has got 8 speed gears, Shimano brakes and full mudguards and chain guard among other details. Available in Duck Egg print as well and you can match accessories like a wire basket or bike bell and more.
I love this  Multi Olive print saddle cover if you want the full look on your bike. Or it is just perfect if you've just bought a bike but still you want it to make it stylish. So head  to Halfords and jazz up your bike with some Orla Kiely accessories.
The Multi Tulip print bike helmet is gorgeous and the matching bike bell is very sweet. Orla Kiely has designed all these accessories with attention to details. The helmet is made of ABS, has got additional padding so it stays comfortable and it has 11 vents to keep your head cool. It comes with a storage bag.
These water bottles are great and they are very light as well. Made of aluminium, they've got a soft drinking nozzle that you can twist it so that water won't spill in case the pop off cap is not closed properly. They are dishwasher safe and they have a 650 ml capacity.
Here they are the bike bells in the three available prints, Duck Egg, Multi Olive and Flower Pink. They fit a 22.2mm diameter handlebar. The vintage inspired design is lovely and the ring is audible and cheerful.
Planning a camping holiday or a music festival attendance ? Do it in style with the new camping products by Orla Kiely for Halfords. The range comprises a two person plus tent in the Multi Tulip print, a sleeping bag in two different prints, Multi Tulip and Multi Olive, so there won't be any mistakes or swaps in sleeping arrangements.
Be comfortable while camping or for a picnic or at the beach with this folding chair in the Tall Flower print. It can hold up to 120 kg and it is easy foldable and easy to carry with its carry bag. It is available in Duck Egg print as well. Also for the camping range there are a picnic rug, a cool bag and a gazebo.
The Wooden Festival chair in Multi Olive print has got that retro style that reminds of trips to the beach when we were kids or picnics in the park. This chair hold up to 100 kg and it folds easily. Storing it at home, it will occupy very little space in cupboards or sheds. Go and check the whole Orla Kiely for Halfords range  at Halfords or online at www.halfords.com