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Work to Wine Bar 🍷

It’s spring (kinda) and that means less hibernation, and more G&T’s after work. Cue the ‘work to wine’ outfit.

A work to wine outfit can be a tricky affair. Too Worky can make you look like a boring toad and you might miss out on that hot guy noticing you in the bar. Too Winey (new word) and you run the risk of looking a tad inappropes with your bangers out in front of the boss.

There’s a fine line between smart and sexy, and you want to be teetering on that line (unless you work in healthcare like me, then you need to be firmly on the sedate side of things).

For my recent work to wine outfit, I paired leather-look trousers with a jumper and blazer for the work portion. Flats were a must to tone down the brashness of the PVC trousers (also so my feet weren’t broken at the end of the day and I could dance later).

 

The jumper kept things under wraps up top. I went for a camel tone to match with the white blazer as I felt it contrasted well against the black and introduced a third colour without detracting from the blazer itself.

 

As soon as the clock struck 5.30pm I was ready to change. I threw on my trusty leopard print stilettos and removed my jumper to reveal a jazzier lower cut top.

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It wasn’t a full outfit change, so I couldn’t be accused of trying too hard, yet I felt much better swanning around with my Cab Sauv wearing my heels.

 

These KURT GEIGER leopard print stilettos offered a subtle print clash with my stripey blazer, they’re from several years ago but i’ve linked a similar style below. If you’re still getting to grips with Print Clashing check out my ‘How to’ post here.

This blazer is actually part of a co-ord set with shorts. I am craving some warmer weather so I can try out the full look, but until then I will just pair it with trousers and shiver my way around London.

I hope you have a fantastic week.

Hannah

xox

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Encased in Lace

‘A Woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving it’s purpose without obstructing the view’ Sophia Loren .

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It’s not often that I feel supremely elegant, but this dress definitely nudged me towards feeling like a 50’s film star.

Thinking about it, the Disney Princess vibe was probably down to a factor of different elements. Now, where do I start?? The colour… so perfect for understated chic. The length…. yes, just yes, elegant and swishy. The lace details….. so Self-Portrait-esque (but at a fraction of the price). I have to say I’m totally in love!!

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This dress oozes glamour and is a great look for any spring/summer events you may have coming up. I can really picture it in the Ascot enclosures teamed with a fabulous fascinator, or if you have a friend’s wedding coming up this dress would be a beautiful choice to keep things elegant and covered up.

It’s the kind of dress which I knew deserved a special outing as soon as I clapped eyes on it. It just so happened the lovely people at Cari’s Closet sent me this beauty in the nick of time for a special dinner I had planned with my boyfriend. I honestly felt so graceful, I had people asking me where the dress was from as I twirled my way through the restaurant. The length is so demure, it’s hard not to get noticed these days with a longer hemline (it must be quite rare).

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Here, I paired it with barely-there nude heels but the beauty of this dress is that you can easily pair it with nude, black or white. This dress actually comes in 7 colours including this cream option – other colours are linked below.

This Easter you can bag yourself this beauty with a whopping 25% off!! Just type ‘EGG’ into the discount code box (I’m eyeing up the lilac version as I type) and they’re so clever, they deliver worldwide!!

Now, I’m off to book Ascot/Henley Regatta tickets so I can show this dress off a little more!!!!

Hope you have a fabulous Easter Weekend!!

Hannah
xox

N.B. This is a collaboration with Cari’s Closest who kindly gifted me this beautiful dress. All opinions are my own.

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Spring at the Supermarket

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You may have noticed that I’ve been crushing on F&F Clothing recently and wearing pieces of theirs. The truth is, I’ve been incorporating their clothes into my OOTD’s since working in Tescos over 8 years ago!! It’s hard to resist eye catching pieces whilst you’re walking through the store to get to the canteen and over the years I have built up quite the little collection!

Now, I understand there can be a bit of snobbery around Supermarket clothes, but I find they offer a very affordable way to mix your wardrobe up frequently for a very reasonable cost. I have found the quality to be comparatively good too!!

Fast forward 8 years and I am absolutely in love with their S/S18 collection. What I really love about some of these pieces is that they are looking very Zara-esque (and you know how I feel about Zara). I’ve styled 3 of my fave pieces that are available now and linked some more of my faves along with them below.

THE ORANGE STRIPED JUMPSUIT

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I’m kicking things off with this orange, black and white eye catching striped jumpsuit. Stripes are always a big deal in spring… and I still can’t get enough of them. As I’ve mentioned before, the vertical variety are always super flattering. I can definitely envisage myself wearing it in warmer climes, with a pina colada in my paw, but until them I’m sticking with some layers.

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Here I actually used a thermal top 🙈 to keep Mr Frosty at bay.

You may have seen from my Colour Blog that I tend to stick to no more than 4 colours in any one outfit. I added tan as the fourth colour to compliment the orange accents and make the jumpsuit pop.

Using black as the base tones down the gorgeous (but very bright) stripes making for a chic city look. I added a leather biker to make things a little more edgy and London appropriate.

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You can get definitely get away with these fabulous bright colours on a snazzy beach somewhere or out for cocktails on holiday.

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RED JEANS

My next pick are these fabulous red jeans with zip fastenings at the ankle. As you have probably realised, I am a massive believer in huge splashes of colour within my wardrobe.

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These red jeans just fit the bill perfectly. They can be paired with pink for a dramatic look or navy/black for a more classic approach if you want to let the jeans do all the talking. Being the colour queen that I am I opted for pink with black accessories.

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They’re nice and stretchy and so comfortable to wear. The hight waist is flattering too for days when you want to wear a shorter jumper or cropped top!

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Lastly, I am obsessed with this off the shoulder top. F&F are really nailing cute summer style with this one. I’ve noticed it comes in yellow too so I might even have to purchase one in every colour!!

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Its so cute paired with jeans for a lovely daytime lunch outfit. I opted for ripped jeans from a couple years back but skinny jeans would look just as gorgeous. The sandals added a touch of jazz and can be found here.

The beauty with white is that you’re not restricted in terms of colour matching. It also looks gorgeous with a tan!!! (when the Sun finally decides to pop its head out). It has a lovely scalloped hem but because my jeans were baggy I went for a tucked in approach to add a little definition to my waist. I also incorporated a belt to accentuate the sillouette a bit further.

So, it seems F&F clothing have affordable supermarket togs dialled down. It’s not hard to get distracted by the clothing section whilst making your way round your mundane weekly shop. It’s an extra excuse to go in for the milk if anything!!!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week!

Hannah
xox

N.B Some of the gorgeous pieces in this blog post have been gifted by the lovely F&F team, but all views are firmly my own

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Pretty Polka Print

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Having just got back from Paris it’s fair to say that I’m in the most romantic of moods. Couple that with the official start of Spring and in my eyes that means spicing up my looks with pretty skirts, and pretty dresses.

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I first clapped eyes on this print when I was about 13. Watching Pretty Woman for the first time. You know? The scene where she attends the posh polo match all spruced up in that gorgeous silk dress.

I remember thinking how elegant Julia Roberts looked. The brown colour suits the large polka print so well and due to the neutral tone it looks expensive and chic (even when it’s not silk).

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Fast forward a few years (20 to be exact) and when I spotted this print again I was drawn to it like mini Hannah was all those years ago. Now of course Vivian was wearing a matching hat complete with silk polka dot trim, but this may be overkill for a spot of lunch in Chelsea.

I paired this skirt with caramel hues to keep it as the centre piece but this brown colour also coordinates perfectly with blue tones – such as denim. I’m loving the button fastenings down the front.

At this time of year knitwear works really well with a Midi skirt due to the contrast in the materials maintaining that warm feel. Slowly adding skirts into your OOTDs is a sure fire way to introduce some flair.

For Summer I can envisage matching the look with a white crop top and sandals, and unbuttoning a few of the buttons for an edgier look with chunky boots.

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I love the length too; it’s perfect for my height (5ft4) and identical to the stripey one I featured a couple weeks back here.

I have linked the exact skirt below but all of the other pieces are from a few years ago – you know how I love to recycle. But in true Hannah style I’ve linked some similar options below.

I hope you are all having a great week.

Hannah
xox

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Flatforms

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Being the pint sized girl that I am (I’ve never understood that term by the way – but I’m assuming it’s comparing me to the height of a pint glass) but anyway, I’m getting sidetracked, the point is: I love heels.

That being said, heels can be you know a bit, how do you say?…. crippling!!

Navigating your way around a big city like London with a 6ft2 giant and trying to look chic in flats can be a challenge.

That is why I’m loving these new Stella McCartney-esque platform lace-ups. They add a smidge of lift whilst keeping my heels firmly on the ground.

I love how this GEOX set can be incorporated into a look to create an edgy style. The metallic distressed finish certainly lifts up any outfit. I love the bright silver heel too, who doesn’t love a bit of shine??. Best of all, they’re so easy to match due to the neutral tones. I’ve paired them with denim, grey and black with ease.

They look cute with a dress and skirts as well. I opted for a polka dot playsuit for a recent coffee date at Peggy Porschen cakes with the beautiful @pepperpaperstyle. I had to use black tights with this polka dot dress due to the mild (polite for freezing) London temperatures. But as soon as Spring is sprung I will be opting for no tights or natural coloured ones.

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I also wore them to a brunch date with my fave PVC leggings. If you haven’t already, check out other ways to style these babies here.

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I’m off to Paris for the weekend so I’m hoping I will get some use out of these once the sun comes out!!

A word of caution. These shoes needed breaking in, I would not for a second risk a tightless/sockless day out, you will suffer the consequences/blisters. Having said that, they are a dream with tights cushioning your heel.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Hannah
xox

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How to: Print Clash

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Print Clashing: it can be scary business!!! It can feel uncomfortable to the untrained eye, and if you get it all wrong you can wind up looking like a messy ‘Bag Lady’.

Having said all of that, if you get it right you can look like a total boss! I believe if you just follow a few simple rules you will look smart and well put-together. Below I’m going to talk you through them.

RULE ONE: STICK TO ONE COLOUR PALETTE

When I print clash I like to tie in colours which naturally work well together. For example, here I’ve gone for a cream and black striped trouser with black and camel leopard print shoes.

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The colours all work well together, making the print clash more pleasing to the eye. The outfit therefore flows better and naturally looks well constructed.

As a rule of thumb, I tend to stick to four main colours for my print clash looks. The focal points of the outfit are the prints, so we want them to be the stars of the show.

In this look I used Tan, Camel, Black and White. In the blazer look above I’ve stuck to black, grey, white and blue (very hard to see, but the horizontal stripes on the t-shirt are actually dark blue). If you’re plumping for more than 4 colours the outfit will tend to look more messy and thrown together.

RULE TWO: ADD IN SOME NEUTRAL PIECES

As I mentioned before, if you’re styling your clothes to incorporate a print clash then you want the printed pieces to do the talking. Try and keep the rest of the outfit grounded with a neutral bag or belt.

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Likewise, if you’re print clashing with some leopard print shoes and stripey trousers keep the other garments in the look plain.

It’s about not over-egging the pudding, we’re not making an Eton Mess here!!

Introducing Neutral accessories will help to keep the whole look polished. A nice simple belt achieves this outcome and has the added effect of creating some separation between the two prints.

For the second look here I added a Navy suede bag to the two striped prints. As there is already Navy in the look it follows the first rule of sticking to one colour palette. You may notice the stripes in the trousers are much thicker than the stripes on the top, I think this helps to balance the outfit.

RULE THREE: DON’T BE SCARED!

The key to pulling off any ‘out there’ look is to totally own it, and wear it with a big dollop of confidence. In this blazer outfit I have used stripes, check and polka dot print.

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As long as you think the pieces through and wear the look with purpose, I promise you will nail it. I re-styled this belted blazer by tying it at the back. You can see how I tied it previously here.

Don’t be afraid to mix it up!!

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I would suggest beginning with stripes on stripes as they’re hella easy to match. Polka dots and animal prints are a close second and third. Floral prints are for expert level clashers – handle these with care.

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HELP IS AT HAND

If you’re still not confident in your matching abilities, why not try the new ‘Ask the Stylist’ feature on the blog. All you have to do is send in a picture of your outfit and I’ll get straight back to you with hints and tips on how to make it shine.

Happy Clashing guys!

Hannah
xox

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Monday Blues

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Recently I’ve been trying to transition my wardrobe into Spring and in turn wanting to up the vibrancy of my outfits. However, this is so tricky when the weather is still distinctly wintery.

This is why I love pastel tones and particularly shades of blue like this, they’re so fresh and springlike. They’re easy to match but also elevate the look of an outfit instantly.

The classic double breasted style and large lapels on this coat make it really flattering so it suits all body types. I’m quite short (5ft4) making the hemline sit at calf level, for you taller beauties out there it will still rest below the knee making for a chic silhouette.

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This coat is made from a lovely wool blend making it gorgeous to the touch, so soft and cosy. This shade of blue matches perfectly with light wash denim for an elegant colour block look, but it works equally well with black or white.

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Here I styled it for a lunch look with the girls. I wore sock boots from DSW in the States but I’ve seen a similar pair in ZARA recently (linked below). The polka dot playsuit/dress is also ZARA. I love the way the ruffled sleeves are just showing under the cuffs of the coat.

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On the accessory front I added a cornflower blue crossbody from MICHAEL KORS 2016 which happens to match like a dream. White and black or even nude bags would also compliment this coat nicely.

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I hope everyone is treated to some spring-like temps very soon.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Hannah
xox

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