Friday, 18 August 2017

Preview AW17: Jewellery

When I talk about jewellery I don't think only of real  and precious stones jewellery, also costume jewellery complement an outfit. If the first ones are more thought for a Christmas gift, the second ones are more a purchase while out shopping and you see something sparkling  or just something new to treat yourself with. In this post you will find  a mix of real and not, from jewellery designers to high street stores.
*In Store*  Accessorize is our destination for all of our accessories and its jewellery range is huge. These  Zoreh statement earrings are gorgeous  with the marquise cut white crystals and the round cabochon central stone, set in yellow gold metal. Perfect for partying but also just for glamming up a pair of jeans and shirt. In store now or online. www.uk.accessorize.com
*In Store*  Annie Haak Heavenly Collection features dream catcher, feathers. marble effect and use of turquoise beads. Among the great selection I've picked these two sterling silver dream catchers necklaces in two different lengths and different sizes for the pendants. Handcrafted in UK they are a very romantic gift or an auspicious present to yourself. Annie Haak is stocked at several independent jewellery shops, and you can find the nearest on her website or shop online. www.anniehaakdesigns.co.uk
*In Store* I love Les Georgettes concept where you can decide for your own bracelet or ring by choosing the colour of the leather and the metal. These rings are gorgeous and they complement the beautiful cuffs for which Les Georgettes is well known for and worn all over the world. Prices are very reasonable and browsing its website is great fun for the endless options you will find. The website also shows where the stockists are if you want to see the jewellery and buy them already made. At the moment they are mostly in Scotland. www.lesgeorgettes.com

*In Store*  Lola Rose uses semi precious stones and diamonds to create beautiful jewellery with a modern design. These chains with pendants are part of the Curio Collection made in sterling silver or silver gold plated. The chains are sold separately and the pendants are made of polished discs of various semi precious stones like Labradorite or Lapislazuli or Rose Quartz. In the middle of the disc is set a diamond.  As well as the pendants, the collection has matching earrings, bracelets and rings not yet available. Check online to find a stockist and to see when your favourite piece will be available. www.lolarose.co.uk
*In Store*  London Road is a jewellery manufacturer based in London for over 70 years. This pair of earrings is part of the Lattice collection and it is made of 9 carat yellow gold with 17 diamonds for each earring for a total of half carat diamond weight. These earrings are timeless and make for a great Christmas gift. Available also a matching pendant and bracelet. www.londonroadjewellery.com
*In Store*   Another pair of statement earrings, this time from Marks & Spencer made in resin with coloured crystals set shaped like flowers, but I can see bees as well. Marks & Spencer Skin Kind range of jewellery protects sensitive skin with its more than hypoallergenic metal. www.marksandspencer.com
*In Store*   These amazing Mounser Yves earrings are exclusive to Liberty London and they are made of 14 carat gold plated brass and blue porcelain. Buy this pair of earrings for yourself, maybe you've just landed a new job and you want to celebrate buying something that will remember the occasion. www.libertylondon.com
*In Store*  Bees are very popular at the moment and they are featured in many fashion items from printed fabrics to jewellery like in those chokers by Olivia Burton. They are made of gold plated metal, nickel free and they are an online exclusive only. Available in silver plated, yellow and rose gold plated, they will be perfect worn on a high neck top so that it will be a background for the bee pendant. www.oliviaburton.com
*Not Yet*  Keep your eyes peeled on Phase Eight website in order to snap up this beautiful bangle in gold plated metal. I can see it over a dark coloured sleeve so that it will show its intricate design.
A bracelet like this will jazz up any outfit and its rich colour will suit any complexion.
www.phase-eight.com
*Not Yet*  I love Labradorite and this necklace with two different kind of labradorite set in it by Pippa Small is my dream necklace. In the last few seasons, this semi precious stone has become very popular and this jewellery designer has been featuring it in several of her collections. It is not yet available, so keep an eye on the website  in order to buy this beautiful piece with a stone that has got energising powers. www.pippasmall.com











Thursday, 17 August 2017

AW17: Jackets

Jackets are those kind of outwear that takes you from summer to winter and keeping you warm. And then there are jackets that you can wear in cold winter for a sportier look. I love jackets because they've got lots of pockets and they are comfortable when travelling on public transport. See my pick for AW17.

*In Store*  a leather jacket can rock up any outfit. This Black Drummer Boy faux leather jacket is by Red Herring for Debenhams. It is machine washable which is a great bonus and it is already available in  stores and online. Here it has been styled with a Red Herring skirt which is not available yet and a pair of jeans. www.debenhams.com
*Not Yet* Who loves a splash of colour ? This jacket by East will tick all the boxes. Made  using very hearty nuances, this jacket spells "Autumn" from every thread. It is not yet in store but be sure to know when it will hit the rails by checking the website or visiting one of its stores. www.east.co.uk
*Not Yet*  The whole outfit is gorgeous but let's focus on the jacket. It is from George at Asda and it is a faux shearling jacket in a rich burgundy colour. It is not yet in store and this time I'm going to beat everyone because I live just opposite an Asda store and I will snap it up in no time. The jumper and the culotte are not in store either but check the website and the stores frequently to know when they will hit the rails. www.direct.asda.com
*In Store*  This Maison de Nimes Faux Leather Biker Jacket is available at House of Fraser in this slate colour, softer than the usual black seen in leather jackets and alike. It is machine washable with quilting details and it is perfect for the autumn weather. Its sizes goes from 6 to 18. www.houseoffraser.co.uk
*In Store*  This amazing lambskin mid length jacket is by Longchamp, part of the range  matching shoes and bags. It is a patchwork pattern of metallic and glossy leather and velvet for a unique garment that will last forever. This is a real statement and investment piece. www.uk.longchamp.com
*Not Yet*  Burgundy is one of this season colours  and nothing like it reminds us of the coming Autumn. M & Co has got in its collection this faux fur lined aviator jacket. It is not yet available but keep on checking at its website to locate one of the M & Co stores and when it will be up for grabs. www.mandco.com
*Not Yet* I've got a penchant for aviator and biker jackets. This gorgeous piece is by Marc Cain in real lambskin and fur. The colour is amazing with this light teal outer and lined with purple fur. Another statement piece to be added on our wish list, maybe for Christmas ? Print the page and leave it around, who knows it might arrive nicely wrapped. It is not yet in store but checking it frequently will let you know when it will be available. www.marc-cain.com
*Not Yet*  Metallic is still big this coming season and Marks & Spencer will bring on its rails this beautiful metallic silver puffa gilet. With plenty of zipped pockets this gilet is perfect for layering and it will catch all the sun rays. Visit the stores or check online to know when it will be available. www.marksandspencer.com
*Not Yet*  I love the warm embrace given by the lining of this jacket by New Look. Its metallic brocade fabric  makes it a very festive item that can be worn during all those Christmas parties where the dresses are always quite skimpy. Check its arrival in store or online and make it yours. www.newlook.com
*Not Yet*  This is another dream jacket by Peacocks. It is oversized in faux  shearling, black with burgundy lining. You can spot a winner straightaway here so make sure to be among the first to own it once it lands in stores or online. www.peacocks.co.uk
*Not Yet*  Denim is always present all year round, so rather than layer jacket over jacket head to River Island where you will find this fantastic denim jacket with faux fur lining so you won't have to give up on your favourite garments when it's too cold. It is not yet available so a visit every now and then in store and online will tell you when it will hit the rails.  www.riverisland.com
*Not Yet*  The grey outer is counterbalanced by a bright purple lining for this jacket by White Stuff. A great garment for layering or for those days that are not quite cold and not warm either.  The grey colour is perfect because it matches anything and it can be worn with dresses, or trousers, depending how you style the jacket it can be quite sporty or for a smarter occasion like at work. Not yet in store but check the website frequently for more updates on its arrival. www.whitestuff.com










Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Preview AW17: Hats

Hats are essential during the cold months and wearing one can fend off colds and flu as well as being a fashion trend that never dies. I love hats and I've got quite a few, among others some vintage from my grandmother. Nothing is better that having your ears covered by soft wool or fur either real or faux fur. See what 's in store or yet to come.
*Not Yet*  Aldo Shoes has got a great range of accessories and these two beanie hats will be available in the next few weeks. I love the crystals applications and the brooches that transform a quite sporty hat in something glamorous. Check their arrival in store or online. www.aldoshoes.com
*Not Yet*  I've seen F&F at Tesco collection for AW17 and I've loved many items that are going to be in store. This bobble hat is lovely and the faux fur multicoloured pompom  will put a spark on any outfit. It comes with a matching scarf so in order to be one of the first to snap up the whole set check the store and the website regularly. www.tesco.com
*Not Yet*  Another bobble hat, this time from Joules with double pompom for a playful look. This hat looks so warm and I'm sure it will cover your ears from that snappy cold. It is not yet in store so check online for its arrival. www.joules.com
*Not Yet*  This 1970s style baker boy hat is gorgeous. It will be soon in store at M & Co and it is perfect for those not too cold days but still a hat is needed to keep your head warm and also because it complements an outfit. Check the website regularly to see when it will be stocked and to locate your nearest shop. www.mandco.com

*Not Yet*  If you want to embrace the animal print trend that is still big for this season, this hat by Marc Cain will be perfect. With its wide brim it will cover your eyes from the winter sun and it will keep your head warm. Match it with a trench coat and boots for a Hollywood 1970s star style. It is not yet available but check the website  so you can snap it up as soon as it will hit the shelves. www.marc-cain.com
*Not Yet*  These metallic textured bobble hats are gorgeous. Marks & Spencer gave a twist to this winter staple, glamming it up. Either in silver or rose gold I am sure that they will fly from the shelves so better to check the website and the stores regularly in order to be among the first to own one. www.marksandspencer.com
*Not Yet*  A beret is always a classic and it suits all. Also it is one of those hats that can be stored in your handbag and fish it out when needed. This beret by Matalan has got "pearls" stitched on it for a sophisticated look. Embrace your Parisian streak as soon as it will land in store. www.matalan.co.uk

*Not Yet* A furry hat couldn't be excluded from this post. These two baker boy hats are from River Island, the grey one is simple with no embellishment and the pink one has got  a row of "pearls" stitched on the front for a more glamorous style. Wait for their arrival by checking in store and online. www.riverisland.com
*Not Yet*  Lichen green for this lovely bobble hat by White Stuff with its faux fur pompom.  This coming season sees this colour featured in many garments at White Stuff and it really is great on anyone and it  suits any complexion and hair colour. Check its arrival online and in store. www.whitestuff.com





Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Preview AW17: Bags

Bags are never enough and if there are few women who own only a couple of handbags, the majority can count few dozens of bags around the house. After all we need bags for the day, for the evening, in different colours to match our outfits and our shoes....the excuses are endless. But nothing spells the beginning of the new season like a new bag. There are so many choices out there, I've picked a few.
*In Store* The Cambridge Satchel Company has come up with many styles for its bags. Not only the famous satchel  but bags that are more grown up and city orientated. This Convertible  Cloud Backpack is in grain leather and as well as this taupe colour you can choose navy, red, mustard and white. Why the name Convertible? Because as well as a backpack it can be worn as a cross body bag. Just landed in stores and online. I love the scalloped edge. www.cambridgesatchel.com
*In Store*  Cath Kidston is one of my favourite brands and it is impossible for me to visit a shop and not to buy at least one thing.  This powder blue cross body bag is made of perforated leather with printed cotton lining. The matching wallet has got space for  cards and cash. Already in store and online. www.cathkidston.com
*Not Yet*  I love the raspberry colour for this slouch bag by East. Perfect to store all our essentials, the beautiful colour will give a pop of energy while going to work. The leather is very soft and the craftsmanship is superb. It is not yet in store so better to check out when it will be available because I can spot a bestseller. www.east.co.uk
*Not Yet*  This gorgeous sheepskin bag is the Chilton Tote by Hobbs. It is incredibly roomy, perfect when we spend almost all day at work and then it might happen to see friends or else. In this case you can carry some make up, maybe a pair of shoes, the kitchen sink, the sky is the limit with this tote. Check when it is going to be available because it hasn't been delivered yet in stores and online. www.hobbs.co.uk
*In Store*  Joules came up with the idea of a reversible bag and the Revery Bag was born. You can either choose to go out with a green bag or a navy one  and use it for going to work filling it with your tablet, a book, make up, shoes and then wear a cross body bag for money, travel card and other tiny items. The bag is made of PU and it has a hidden magnet for fastening. Inside there is a removable zipped pouch. It is already available so be quick to snap one. www.joules.com
*Not Yet*  A tote bag  is one of the most popular styles, because our very hectic life and the huge amount of gadgets that we are relying on don't allow us to leave the house with just a small little bag, especially if you work  but even if you are a mum and you've got small children. Kurt Geiger has designed this furry Poppy Tote  with a leopard print pattern that is going to be still big next season as well. Not yet available, check online and in stores for its arrival. www.kurtgeiger.com

*In Store*  This season Longchamp has created a collection with my favourite colour, and this Effrontee purple bag is just a dream. It is available in teal and burgundy as well and also there is a line of shoes matching the bags. The top handle gives just a hint of a vintage vibe  which is counteracted by the arabesques decoration. Its handle is quite large so that it can be worn over the shoulder or under your arm. www.uk.longchamp.com
*Not Yet*  I love this colourful hounds tooth bag by River Island, after all it's in orange and purple which are my favourite colours and I always said that they are great together. This bag is the one that we need when at work we want to go out for lunch without carrying our tote bags full to the brim. In this case you just take with you a small bag like this inside your big one and store essentials like mobile, money and lipstick. This is firmly on my wish list. www.riverisland.com
*Not Yet*  Russell & Bromley has picked up the trend of oversized  and ornate shoulder straps  on cross body bags. This particular number is made in Italy with soft leather and the  shoulder strap bears cabochon crystals and studs. It is one of the bags to keep an eye because I am sure it will go very quickly. www.russellandbromley.co.uk
*In Store*  Smith & Canova make beautiful bags with a minimalistic style.  These bucket bags in tan and burgundy soft leather come from a company who has been in business for over 100 years and still at the top there is a David Smith who take his name after the first Mr Smith who started the company.  The bag comes in black leather as well and in two size as you can see from the picture. Head online or at any leading department store where you can find these bucket bags. www.smithandcanova.co.uk
*In Store*  White Stuff has got in its AW17 collection this amazing Shea Nubuck Hobo bag. Either in grey or khaki nubuck leather it has two strap, one longer if you want to wear it over your shoulder or cross body. If you prefer just leather, the same model is available in black and navy. www.whitestuff.com
*Not Yet*  Zatchels has launched many new styles this season, even if when thinking about this company, the first style you visualise is the satchel. I adore this little bucket bag with the long tassells. This pink one is not yet available and I think that it will be delivered in the next few weeks. Better to keep an eye at the website to check its arrival. www.zatchels.com










Monday, 14 August 2017

Preview AW17: Coats

A coat is always a great investment and  to know what it is going to be in stores in few weeks time can give you an idea for purchasing a statement piece as well as something seasonally trendy that doesn't break your bank account.
*Not Yet* This amazing reversible sheepskin two tone Parka by Celtic & Co is what I call a statement piece and something that will last forever. The black/red colour is bang on trend for this season and surely won't go out of fashion any time soon. Not yet available, it is made in UK and it makes for a super special Christmas gift as well. Check online when it will be up for grabs and where to find a stockist at www.celticandco.com
*Not Yet*  Red is this season's  colour and after all there is nothing better than brave the cold and the winter greyness with  bright outwear. This red coat is by Coast. Look at the sleeves ' details and the black belt at the waist. Keep an eye at the website and stores because it is not yet available but be quick  to secure one when it will hit the stores.  www.coast-stores.com
*Not Yet*  Daks is an iconic British brand and season after season its womenswear range has grown up a lot. This gorgeous coat is classic with a twist mixing a traditional tweed fabric with discreet lurex, just a delicate silver thread to catch the light. It is not in store yet but check it out for its arrival at www.daks.com
*Not Yet*  Colour purple lovers this coat is for you. Not yet available, just look for it at the Studio by Preen for Debenhams corner. The sleeves are beautiful and the colour is just to die for. Well I love purple and a coat like this could not be excluded from this post. www.debenhams.com
*Not Yet*  If you prefer something less showy but still very trendy wait for this beautiful coat by East to land in store. The pattern is like patchwork and its grey nuances are perfect for matching very colourful scarfs and hats. www.east.co.uk
*Not Yet*  Jigsaw has been collaborating with artists for quite a few seasons, always with incredible results. For this AW17 artist Cameron Robbins has created, together with the creative designers at Jigsaw a capsule collection included this amazing coat. Be one of the first to snap it up checking for its arrival in store or at  www.jigsaw-online.com
*Not Yet*  Another successful season for Kin by John Lewis and among the collection, this beautiful coat in tweed will please women of all ages. Its colour and shape will allow you to play with accessories changing the look depending on mood and occasion. Check when it will be available in store or online at www.johnlewis.com
*Not Yet*  Hounds tooth is a pattern I love and this Autograph coat by Marks & Spencer is gorgeous. The cut is classic, but the giant pattern gives a twist. A belt at the waist defines your figure. Match it with a plain coloured hat , scarf and gloves possibly in a bright colour like red or electric blue. Check in store or online in order to be one of the first to snap it up. www.marksandspencer.com
*Not Yet*  A classic Prince of Wales  gets a new look with embroidered flowers on this coat by Miss Selfridge. It will be great for a teenager meeting her first statement piece and it will be great for a grown up woman as well who likes a bit of novelty and who wants to embrace the embroidery look. Keep an eye in store or online to be one of the first to own it. www.missselfridge.com
*Not Yet*  Classic is a trend in the high street. Peacocks has come up with this Prince of Wales long coat, perfect for keeping warm. The sequin mini skirt is not available either so better checking the stores and online to be aware of when they will hit the rails. www.peacocks.co.uk
*Not Yet*  Revisited classic at River Island with this tweed coat where two dragons have been embroidered at the front. The embroidery is not very thick and it looks like that the coat has been painted. I like to see classic patterns and fabrics been given a new look for younger customers. Keep track of the arrivals in store and online to know when it will be available. www.riverisland.com
*Not Yet* This pink faux leather trench coat by Topshop is a dream. The shape, the colour, the material fit perfectly together for something unique on the high street. I am sure it will be one of the best sellers, so better to watch closely in store and online for its delivery. www.topshop.com
*Not Yet*  Royal blue for this great coat by Wallis. I love the sleeve's detail and the cut. This colour is perfect for those rainy and cloudy days, because just wearing bright colours will give a spring in your step. Check its availability in store or online. www.wallis.co.uk
*In Store*  This amazing coat by The White Company is so stylish. Long, made of soft wool in taupe colour this coat is one of those garments that will never go out of fashion. It is available from size 6 to size 16 and you can find it already in store or online. www.thewhitecompany.com
*Not Yet*  This checked coat by White Stuff will please  anyone who wants some patterns but still doesn't want to over do it. I like the bold check and the pockets, always useful for Oyster cards and home keys. A sure winner check in store or online in order to know when it will be available. www.whitestuff.com