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NOTES ON STYLE | J.CREW SS14 NYFW PRESENTATION

I am an autumn girl through and through. It’s my season. The colours, the clothes, the weather – it’s all me. And then I see the spring/summer collections and I start wishing the days away until I can wear crisp whites and citrusy florals. There’s no pleasing some people.

 

J.Crew Spring Summer 14 SS14 NYFW Coquette and Dove 1

New York Fashion Week has just drawn to a close, and as usual, there were some spectacular collections presented. One of my favourites was J.Crew, who continue to develop their ‘style over fashion’ collections to produce clothes that women like me REALLY want to wear. Some fashion week collections are pure escapist fantasy. I’d no sooner consider wearing the pieces than I would moving to the Australian outback and farming sheep.

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But J.Crew seem to have found that happy place between clothes I feel I already own, and clothes I feel I could be brave enough to wear (well,maybe not the floral bermuda shorts, I REALLY don’t have the legs). But that coat, above left, heck yes! And the trousers. And the shoes. And the high-low mix in the outfits below? Yes and yes!

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Matchy-matchy bermuda shorts and shoes? Call me crazy, but I’m loving it.

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The outfit below right is pretty much my idea of perfection. In fact I think I’ll be wearing a variation on that theme tomorrow, because spring is just too damn long to wait.

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All images via style.com

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SHOP STYLE | MUST HAVE – ASOS OBI BELT DRESS

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Sometimes a dress comes along and you find yourself wondering where it’s been all your life. This obi belt dress from ASOS is one such dress. Although it pains me to share the secret, I think you all deserve it…

Sleeves, just below the knee, as little or as much cleavage as you fancy, classic black, printed or show-stopping geranium (they call it red), self-wrapping/tying (so you can let it out a bit after one too many cinnamon rolls), smart enough for a wedding, casual enough for Sunday lunch at the pub… need I go on? It’s a true wardrobe staple and if you don’t buy one in every colour I shall think you a simpleton.

 

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black | oriental print | geranium

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SHOP STYLE | JOIE DAY DREAMING LOAFERS

Joie Day dreaming loafers If these almond-toe loafers from Joie aren’t autumn perfection, then I don’t know what is. Throw them on with skinny jeans and a fine cashmere knit or crisp white shirt and you’re good to go. They have just a little something of the Sloane Ranger about them, but in my eyes that makes them all the more covetable. We all want to channel our inner Duchess now and then (we just don’t always admit it!)

Plaid | Tweed | Houndstooth

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SHOP STYLE | WEDNESDAY WISHLIST

Wednesday Wishlist

Crepe Blouse | Black Heels | Necklace | Cross Body Bag | Pink Palette | rings | iphone Case  | Jacket

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SHOP STYLE | WEDNESDAY WISHLIST

Wishlist 22 May

{ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 }

 

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SHOP STYLE | DON’T SWEAT IT HONEY

Currently obsessed with sweatshirts and in particular, those with a little typographical touch…

 

Sweatshirts

Although these cut-out numbers are starting to sneak onto my radar too. Love a little high/low mix!

Boy Scouts // Live Fast // Off Duty // Lover // Cream // Navy

 

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SHOP STYLE | ZARA PRINTED QUILTED CARDIGAN

Zara PRINTED QUILTED CARDIGAN

Dear Zara,

Yes, yes and thrice yes. Sister, you need this. Maybe the shorts too.

x

 

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NOTES ON STYLE // FLOWERS IN HER HAIR

Wether channeling her inner Lana de Ray, throwing on a cheesecloth dress and dancing barefoot in a meadow, or walking down the aisle towards her beloved, there’s something so enchanting about a girl with flowers in her hair…

Flower Head dresses

{images: Free People // Vogue China // Aleksandra Zaborowska // Anthropologie // Darren McDonald }

So how about paying an homage to spring? You never know, it might help coax it along!

Flower Child

01 // 02, 05, 06, 07, 08 // 03 // 04

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SHOP STYLE | GETTING INTIMATE

OK, confession time. I’m not proud to admit this, but in the interests of full disclosure, I’m gonna lay all my lacy cards on the table – I once ‘darned’ a bra. It wasn’t an expensive bra (M&S of course), it wasn’t particularly beautiful (a plain, black lace) and it possessed no magical qualities (no ‘invisibility cloak’ style lingerie in this house). So why did I take to it with my needle and thread like it was the last bra in the world? Because I LOVED it. I loved how comfortable it was, I loved the shape it gave me, I loved how it was smooth enough to go undetected, but lacy enough to be pretty, and, most tellingly, I loved how it made me feel. I just couldn’t let it go.

Lingerie is pretty powerful suff people, in fact some of it is so powerful it should only be used by trained professionals. It can reduce grown men to gibbering wrecks, make a sex-kitten from the mousiest of subjects, and turn heads with the way it makes you walk…

Girl next door Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - the girl

 

01 // 02 // 03 // 04

 

Bridal Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - The Bride

 

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Seductive black lace Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

Lingerie - The WOman

 

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Coloured Lace Lingerie - Coquette & Dove

 

 

Lingerie - Bold Lace

 

01 // 02 // 03 // 04

 

{ image sources: the girl  // the bride  //  the woman  //  bold lace }

 

 

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SHOP STYLE | STATEMENT NECKLACES

It may have been around for a while, but this is one trend that shows no sign of going anywhere soon. Much to my delight!! Statement necklaces are an easy win, you can wear them with pretty much ANYTHING, they can turn the mundane into the marvellous!! And best of all, there are some pretty fantastic ones to be had for less than you might think…

Coquette Covets Statement Necklaces

 

01 – Accessorize // 02 – Mango // 03 – ASOS // 04 – New Look // 05 – Next // 06 – J.Crew // 07 – Mango // 08 – Dorothy Perkins

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