Category Archives: Fashion Friday

This Fashion Friday is all about a gorgeous little jewellery provider called The Jewel Shack, run by Laura from Secret Diary of a Fashion Journalist. 

Providing statement necklaces through Facebook, The Jewel Shack has some absolutely gorgeous pieces from The Watermelon to the Rainbow Eagle as worn by Hollyoaks’ Carley Stenson. I am a total sucker for a statement necklace and after checking out the many amazing necklaces on offer I finally settled on The Neon Knot for £11.50 and The Pistachio for £12, which personally I think are incredibly reasonably prices. Ordered on Sunday at 4pm, a parcel covered in little flowers arriving cheerily on my doorstep on Tuesday, which given I live in the Channel Islands is hugely impressive so a big thumbs up to Laura for sending them over so quickly…especially given how excited I was for them to arrive! After ripping open the parcel I was happily greeted by two tissue paper wrapped bundles, one in orange and one in green, which again I thought was a really lovely touch.

So onto the two beauties I bought….

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The Neon Knot – £11.50

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The Pistachio – £12

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So that’s it for this week, definitely check out The Jewel Shack on Facebook or Twitter. Let me know if you take a look or place an order I’d love to know what you get!

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This week is all about Isabel Marant for H&M which launches in stores 14 November, and if you want any of these pieces you better be quick to avoid disappointment. The look book came out this week featuring Alek Wek amongst others and the collection features items for men, women, children and teens as well as shoes and accessories, so there’s literally something for everyone.

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So this week I wanted to do a quick Fashion Friday to share with you the pieces that I love from yet another great high street/designer collaboration.

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The coats in this collection are amazing! As is this embellished jacket below, which is not cheap at around £200, but the craftsmanship and quality undoubtedly speaks for itself.

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Brilliant basics are a key part of this collection, with slouchy tees, jumpers and even sweat pants making an appearance. My favourites are these two jumpers which are very simple, but the pattern especially on the red jumper is pretty cool whereas the white jumper is great for autumn layering.

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My final picks are this white aztec tunic and the tassel necklace, which are effortlessly simple but would look great dressed up with jeans, boots and a sharp blazer.

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So there you have it, a whistle stop tour of my favourite pieces from the Isabel Marant for H&M collection. Which are your favourite items? Will you be making a mad dash to get the piece you most want?

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After having checked out a girl at work’s watch the other day I was most intrigued when an email popped into my inbox with the subject ‘the new version of my watch’ and a link to the most gorgeous Michael Kors watch, which even whilst writing this I wish she’d never sent me as now I really, really want it!!

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The gorgeous MK5055

On Asos for £229, I managed to find the same watch on thewatchhut.co.uk for £170, which I know is still a lot of money but at £60 less than the Asos price I am definitely incredibly tempted!

I am a huge fan of watches and at the moment the brighter and gaudier the gold, the better. At the moment my go-to high street store is New Look who have some gorgeous watches from around £9.99 and I have a couple from there at the moment which are on rotation depending on my outfit choice and mood each day. Check out my current faves that are available on their website right now.

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Classic gold and white watch with red leather strap – New Look £9.99 

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Blue and white sports watch – New Look £9.99

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One of my current watches – black and gold New Look £17.99

Asos also has some cute looking watches which suit all budgets as they range from Asos own brand watches from about £20 up to the Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors ones at a few hundred pounds, including midrange brands like Oasis, Ted Baker and Karen Millen so I would definitely check them out if you’re looking for something new.

So that’s my quick round-up of my favourite watches out and about on the web, what’s your watch personality? Any of my picks take your fancy?

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This is not the first week that House of Holland has featured on my blog, check out some of my fave sunnies here, so yes you could say I’m a little bit of a HoH fangirl. And this week when I saw the new Mr Quiffy range I almost let out a squeal of excitement!

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Source: Vogue.co.uk

The actual Mr Quiffy designs are a combination of HoH trademark bright colours and pattern clashes of spots and stripes, but also super cute ice cream illustrations and I am especially in love with Mrs Quiffy and her amazing sunnies and Pat Butcher earrings! The Mrs Quiffy t-shirt is my absolute favourite piece, and I will definitely be treating myself to it on pay day. The Mr Quiffy necklace is also really quirky, and I’d love to team it with a plain white t-shirt or cute summer dress. To break away from the denim short trend of the summer, these patterned Mr Quiffy shorts are also awesome, and because they are also unisex you can get your bf to buy them and then steal them back!

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Mrs Quiffy T-Shirt £50

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Mr Quiffy necklace £30

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Mr Quiffy shorts

Have you seen the rest of the Mr Quiffy collection, what are your favourite items?

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For the past two weeks I have been helping out my old Grammar School by taking part in an Apprentice style task for the Year 12 Business Studies students. As it’s winding down at the end of the school year the teachers thought it might be nice to do something a little different for the students, so got in three local businesses who each did a presentation to the year group of about 40 students before setting them a brief to work to and present back on the following week. Along with some folks from HR and Finance, I went along to represent the marketing function.

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Source: Ben LaParole 

Having not been back in over eight years (has it really been that long since I left?!) it felt so bizarre to walk back through the doors again and immediately recognise a place that you spent nearly everyday in for five years but also so nice to walk around and have such great memories come flooding back. At this point I will quash any wishful thinking for any old shots of me when I actually attended this school because I went to school in the nineties and noughties which was most definitely not a fashionable time for aged 11-18!

So, mentoring aside one of the things that unnerved me more than anything else I would be required to do as part of this process was what the heck to wear?! Now at 26 I like to conveniently forget I am closer to my thirties than my twenties, but when faced with returning to your old school to portray yourself as this successful marketer who the students might one day want to be like (am I just kidding myself here that one of those students would actually be the tiniest bit inspired by me??) it’s never been more important to look good.

So for the first week it was presentation time, so I wanted something smart enough but still comfortable to present in. So I went for my floral trousers from Dorothy Perkins which I am absolutely in love with and if the pattern wasn’t quite so obvious I might be tempted to wear them everyday, teamed with a black t-shirt and some black studded pumps from New Look.

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Floral Trousers from Dorothy Perkins £29.50 matching bomber jacket also available here for £35

So week one done, week two was all about turning Simon Cowell and have the students present back to us with this proposals on the brief. This week I went for something a little more formal (well about as formal I generally get in a business casual office) in a high-waisted black skirt, cobalt blue top and statement necklace with patent black brogues.

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So the first two weeks down, the third and final week is arguably going to be the toughest fashion-wise, as it involves presenting the winning group with a prize in front of the WHOLE SCHOOL. I am not normally overall shy about doing these kind of things but when you are clearly going to be seeing a lot of people who have in no small way shaped who are now, to me I think that’s a pretty big deal. As I’m also flying over to London in the afternoon after having done the presentation I will also need something plane appropriate, so have settled on the below bird print kimono from George at Asda and black jeans.

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Bird Print Kimono and vest set, with necklace also included was £18 now £10 (sold out online, still available in stores)

So those were my choices for going back to school, what do you think? Have you had any similar experiences going ‘back to school’?

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I spent my first pay cheque on a gorgeous quilted Marc Jacobs bag and since then it’s my only designer handbag purchase, but the older I get the more I’ve been craving a Mulberry. This year for my birthday I was in London and whilst over there my normal handbag broke so my lovely bf suggested we visited Selfridges on my birthday (mainly because he knew they had a sale on!), which of course I was immediately incredibly excited about and couldn’t wait for my birthday to arrive!

So on the morning of my birthday after a quick brekkie we trundled off to Selfridges to see what sale beauties awaited, especially when a friend had got a gorgeous blue mini Del Ray for around £500! But to my surprise, once we actually got in there and the money started to get real I seemed to have a change of heart. I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden I didn’t know if I could actually justify spending that much money on a bag?

When browsing online it seems so easy and the money is just a number and I’m instantly drawn to the Alexa and Del Rey in particular, but are they really more than a normal satchel or bowling bag? NOTE: I should probably point out that even whilst writing this post and looking for these photos I am drooling over these bags!!

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So whilst in Selfridges, it seemed that the reality of the cost was too much and as I wasn’t sure that I could justify spending my own money on a Mulberry then how could I expect someone else too? In the end we decided not to get anything but discussed maybe waiting until Christmas (sales!) or next years birthday. But now Mulberry have announced new bag Primrose which is billed as being the lovechild of the Alexa and the Del Rey (could this be anymore the perfect bag for me?!) I am once again thrown into the should I or shouldn’t I of becoming a Mulberry owner.

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At the moment I can’t find anywhere how much the new bag costs, but it’s likely to be at least £600. Some of my friends who have more than one Mulberry have reliably informed me that they are a great purchase, and that her Polly bag looks the same now as it did when she bought it over three years ago. So maybe I should just bite the bullet and go for it?

Decisions, decisions and I still haven’t made my mind up what to do either way. Maybe I’ll just get a Michael Kors or Marc Jacobs in the sales to tide me over?!

Do any of you have a Mulberry bag? Is it worth the cost, or do you just think it’s ridiculous to spend so much money on a humble handbag? I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment below!

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You’ve got to love the internet. Whilst searching for Alice in Wonderland fancy dress inspiration I clicked on one website which lead to another, which eventually lead to me finding a website selling quite frankly, awesome tees, sweaters and even phone cases. That site is #belovedshirts.

If you are a fan of quirky or kitsch items of clothing then this is most definitely the site for you, with prints of burgers and fries, to grumpy cats or cute sloths to more old skool gameboy or pokemon styles this site has everything for anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd.

All items are printed as they are ordered so the turn around is not quick taking about 2 weeks to print and dispatch, neither are they for the bargain hunters amongst us at $59.99 being the average price for a jumper, which is down from $79.99 and around $35 for a t-shirt. But given that they are printed to order and are incredibly unique I don’t think that the price is too bad (especially when us Brits can factor in the exchange rate!)

Some of my personal favourites on the site are the Warners Bay sweatshirt, which takes me back to good memories of holidays in Mexico or the Maldives. The Cat Vortex sweatshirt because, well just look at it, it’s a cat. In a vortex. What’s not to like?! Continuing the animal theme, everyone loves a cute sloth, especially on a t-shirt. Finally just because I like the bright colours and it makes me feel like a child again, I am also a fan of the gummy bear iPhone cover.

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Warners Bay Sweatshirt

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Cat Vortex Sweatshirt

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Cute Sloth Tee

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Gummybear iPhone case

So those are my picks, have any of you bought anything #beloved before? What did you think?

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It will be 8 weeks on Saturday until my very first festival and this year I’m heading to Wireless to indulge in the musical delights of the likes of Calvin Harris, Emilie Sande, DJ Fresh and the almighty Jay-Z…and I can’t deny I’m crossing my fingers that he’ll be joined on stage by Kanye, RiRi or even Queen Bey herself (not likely but I can dream!).

Given the amazing weather we’ve had so far this year, it’s highly likely I will be needing some wet weather gear but thankfully I have found a mac which I am in love with and will definitely be purchasing upon day pay (please don’t let my size sell out in the next week!). This bright yellow number complete with ears (yes ears!) will not only keep me dry but also act as a homing beacon should I get lost in the crowd. As well as the mac, wellies will be a must and I am pretty keen on these green spotted ones (spot the trend coming up!) available from none other than Amazon, who seem to literally sell everything these days. To try to keep my stash of belongings close to me at all times I figure a rucksack is my go-to bag for this occasion. If you haven’t seen them yet the MiPac range of kitsch backpacks come in a number of different patterns and colours and are available now from ASOS starting at just £20.

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Yellow rain mac from ASOS £50

Green spotted wellies from Amazon £29.99

Nordic print rucksack MiPac available at ASOS £22

So these are my key items so far, any ideas what you’ll be packing for festival season?

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Yesterday was May 9th, which in the Guernsey calendar is a very special day as it was the 68th anniversary since our island was liberated after having been under occupation by the Germans during World War II (separate post to come!).

In honour of this, I have pulled together a patriotic outfit with elements of the red, white and blue of the union jack but also green, the colour most associated with Guernsey.

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Grey long-line blazer Boutique at Topshop – £150

Red skinny jeans New Look – £19.99

White lace t-shirt Oasis – £30

Gold bird necklace Dorothy Perkins – £5

Blue starred Converse trainers from Office – £46.99

Tan tote with stud detail Mango from Asos – £59.99

Seven Dials green nail polish Nails Inc – £11

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Recently I’ve been listening to two songs on repeat – Daft Punk ft Pharrel Get Lucky (absolute summer tune!) and Falling by awesome new girl group Haim.

haim2Often compared to music legends Fleetwood Mac, sisters Este, Danielle and Alana hail from the San Fernando Valley, California and formed Haim (said ‘hime’ rather than ‘haym’) in 2006, although they didn’t start releasing music until last year, with debut EP Forever.

Haim4As well as being championed by Radio 1 DJs like Nick Grimshaw, Huw Stephens and Greg James the band were also named as the ‘BBC Sound of 2013’, following in the famous footsteps of the likes of Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and the almighty Adele.

Haim-LindstromPersonally I’m obsessed with not only the “nu-folk meets nineties R&B” style of their music, but their fun, laid back California ‘grunge boho’ look, which is all long flowing hair, Chelsea boots and Cara Delevinge-esque face pulling.

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Black ‘Stereotype’ boots Kurt Geiger were £165 now £45

Neon Trim fedora Topshop £25

Studded denim shorts Daisy Street £17.99

Chambray shirt New Look was £14.99 now £10

Jonesboro grey blazer American Vintage was £105 now £59 from Atterley Road 

Nude round sunglasses ASOS £10

Who are your girl crushes? Have you got any more tips for some great summer songs? Leave a comment below!

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