Wednesday

High Street: Karen Millen Tailored Cape

I have a funny story abou Karen Millen before I start this one - I used to work for a bigger company, and we took clients out to Twickenham to see the 6 Nations games.  I went along one year, and met a lovely lady in her fifties who I spent most of the match talking to.  She had a gorgeous Karen Millen red dress on, and I  commented that I couldn't believe it was a Karen Millen piece as their collections do often border on the chavvy side of things, and I rarely find anything I like.  Only later that day was I told that the lady was, in fact, Karen Millen.  Mortified. 

Anyway, I do think I have a point - whenever I go in there, most of Brentwood is in there too.  They have a similar trait to River Island in putting their logos all over their clothes - which puts me off their stuff hugely.  However, I was in their Selfridges concession the other week and tried on this lovely cape - big fan of capes after my parents bought me on for my birthday - perfect for early morning dog walking...  Good essential.

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High Street: Jack Wills' Middleton Jacket


How clever; heritage brand Aubin and Wills (big brother of brand Jack Wills) has produced a replica of the blazer worn by the Middleton sisters and named it (wait for it) the Middleton blazer.  I went through a massive Jack Wills phase as do most teenagers in London - I lived in their oversize tracksuit bottoms and hoodies before I knew what tailoring was.  

Aubin and Wills helps those poor feebel souls in their twenties (who are now ten years too old for Jack Wills) wear something with similarly British style.  Kate and Pippa do prove a valid point - this is a British essential piece.  Wear with anything and you instantly look like you know what you're on about...


Here is the jacket, and its really nice - big fan!  As I said before you can wear this with pretty much anything - but always buy one that actually fits you, even if you never intend to do up the buttons, if you can close them comfortably then it is too small.  This one is pricey, but  I promise you that you'll only need buy one of these once.


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Tuesday

High Street: Topshop British Padded Coat

It's getting cooler, and suddenly you need to rip that dry cleaning tag off your coats and wear them again.  For me, coats present one of fashions strangest questions - why does it never look as good as the day you bought it?  My theory is that I must stretch mine under all the layers over the winter - but I never look as slim I thought I did in the changing room.


However, I spied this gorgeous trench coat from Topshop the other week.  Made in England, which for you foreign visitors means one thing - made to last.  We have rubbish weather, so things need to be durable.  This coat is beautifully heavy, and has a lovely mix of the trench coat styles - padding, texture and heritage.  Buy it here for £225...  You all need a trench coat by the way, so please make 2011 the year you buy one.

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High Street: H&M Waistcoat

How do we feel about waistcoats?  I always left them to my uncle Tony, until I saw this one on a girl in the changing room at H&M last week.  She looked so cute, and first wore it with the jeans she had on and a polo neck (red, tick) and then with a white shirt and black pencil trousers she'd found whilst browsing - felt sorry for the girl, I was staring at her for a good five minutes straight.   Something about this colour and shape too - reminds me of the British classics, Aquaschtum and Burberry.




Oversize pieces are all over the collections at the moment, think Marni, Stella Mac and Fendi - always reminds me of a Cindy Crawford shot of her walking down the runway in the 90s for Calvin Klein - and this little piece is a good way to start.  If you are short, only wear with heels, anything over the bum length will instantly make you look shorter.  Buy it here for £34.99.

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Monday

High Street: Reiss Shelby Top

This top makes me want to be in Ibiza - imagine it teamed with long loosely curled hair, flip flops, a few dangly accessories, probably a straw hat...  If only I was going there for the closing parties - which I am still very sad about (even though I have just arrived in Cartagena, and am (hopefully) soaking up the sun as we speak).



Loving the new bits and pieces from Reiss, this is one of many pieces I've got my eye on.  They'd gone a little bit quiet over the summer as other cheaper brands took over with some excellent deals.  However, you really can't buy the quality of Reiss clothing for cheaper - this piece is gorgeous.  Buy it here for £95.

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Friday

High Street : Halle Berry in Gap Dress

This is actually totally irrelevant - but sorry I had to say this, Halle f*cking Berry has got my f*cking dress.  YES.  I love her - she's the woman who just oozes sex.  Goes to show my other half really is wrong about fashion, as he says I look like I'm wearing a bed sheet in it - but who cares, here is the woman in white wearing it:


I picked this up in the sale just before I went to Ibiza, and love it.  Buy it here for £29.99.

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High Street: River Island Navy Shirt

Oversize silk shirts are everywhere, even Kate Middleton was caught wearing one last week.  Perfect for all frames, whether they are tucked in or worn over a pair of skinnies.  Probably the most versatile piece of 2011.  Here is one we really love from River Island:





We love that you could wear this one to work (as much as we love the fluoro ones, lets be honest, Maureen in the Operations team is going to raise her eyebrows) and at the weekend - it also fits really well.  One tip we picked up along the way - the smaller your bust, the more buttons you do up.  Don't ask us why it works, but it does.

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Thursday

High Street: Reiss Richmond Bag

I feel physically sick when I think about how much I want this bag - Reiss are doing so well this year.  It looks so expensive - so for £195 it is an absolute steal.  I would imagine the fashion-naive as I call them would assume it is a Celine, or even a Hermes.  Love the clasp, reminds me of my friend's business Owen and Savary (if only it had one of their buckles this bag would be perfect).




It comes in a variety of colours - Hermes orange or the brown above are currently my favourites.  I would predict this bag will be draped over many a journo or blogger-on-camera over the fashion weeks - I'll be at home frothing at the mouth.   Buy it here.

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High Street: Whistles Leather Shorts


Is this not the nicest outfit you have seen in a while?  Hello sexy working mama - thank you Whistles.  Love it, tailored, textured, monochrome... I'm frothing at the mouth.  Easy to put together too, you probably already own a couple of pieces needed to put this outfit together. There isn't much more to say other than,  for the pieces you don't own: buy it here.

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Wednesday

Designer: Katharine Hamnett Parker

I went to see Rachael @ Surgery PR last week and was really sad to find out she is moving on.  Rachael has been so lovely to deal with, so she really will be missed by South Molton St Style!  She gave me a tour around the office showing me some great new brands - but the stand out piece for me was this parker by Katharine Hamnett.


Growing up North London, these coats were all the rage in the 90s - remember all the  people who dressed like All Saints?!  The silk material is absolutely gorgeous - I didn't just want to wear it, I wanted to sleep in it.  For those of you who don't know Katharine Hamnett, you should, so read her biography here - she been in fashion for yonks and her new collection for AW11 makes you want to take up yoga and relax in her logo tees and bottoms.  She's a 'good' fashionista too - does tonnes of stuff for charity.  Have a look at her website here.

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Tuesday

Boutique: LUX FIX


We've found a new site we're crazy about; LUX FIX.  Rebecca and Alice formed the site last year, after they saw a real lack in 'something different' and fashion discounts that were really worth it for the lady consumer. Too much mass market, not enough exclusivity.  Rebecca is a digital marketeer (hence the beautiful site) and Alice was in investment banking (I'd imagine this has a lot to do with the brands nack for finding a bargain).


To join LUX FIX you need to apply through the site and await  approval - after that you are privy to two things: 'exciting flash events' and 'limited edition exclusives.'  They work with brands from twenty8twelve, Daisy Knights and Sara Berman - flash events always start at 12pm, and you use your 'points' to be included in one.  The more you take part on the site, the more points you build - it's very clever.

Sign up now here.

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Monday

Designer: Leopard Print Jumper by Sandro

This is definitely a splurge and not a quick spend - but  Sandro's AW11 collection contains the kind of  clothes that you will wear tomorrow.  Cutting edge classics, basically.  We've been talking about the need for quality staples since we began, and now it seems owning an animal print essential is coming to be as the look carries through into its fifth season.





We love this jumper, texture and contrast are big for AW11 - but also - it is just a cool little jumper and can be used as a basic for so many other looks.  With jeans on the weekend, with some sharply tailored trousers and pumps for work...  At £175 it isn't cheap, but price per wear theory will shine through here.  Do it, I dare you - buy her here

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High Street: Miss Selfridge Shift Dress

I always find this time of year causes a major urge to slurge on shopping.  Suddenly all the summer stuff you've been wearing in the sun seems old, and the idea of wearing the same autumn wardrobe as last year seems completely ridiculous.  That, and the fact that the shops are filling up with all the lovely AW11 clothes at the moment - and how much we love it.  My favourite thing is the warm reds and burnt oranges filling the rails, and just before I set off on holiday I bought this little dress from Miss Selfridge:



I thought something like this would translate really well into AW11, as now I can wear it with flats and a belt, and as it gets cooler I can pair it with some pencil trousers and a blazer.  Really love the colour, hooked on it!

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Saturday

[Saved] Holiday Packing SOS from Stylist

So, I'm packing up for my two week holiday.  Stephanie is going to be looking after things whilst I'm away, so fear not, you won't have half a month without South Molton St Style...  I am going to Miami, and then Colombia to see some friends.  Never even been to Florida (yes parents, I am still bitter about the lack of Disneyland in my life) - so South America should be an experience.

I was having a complete nightmare putting my holiday outfits together - when I found this article on Stylist Magazine online.  Here are the 10 basic principles for holiday packing...


'We all know that last-minute holiday panic that consists of ten bikinis, six pairs of shoes and a drawer full of make-up versus one, modest-sized suitcase. But while many of us would love to breezily skip through customs with nothing more than fake tan weighing us down, travelling light is harder than it looks. That's why Stylist decided to pick the brains of Sarah Walter, fashion consultant and founder of travel essentials website style-passport.com, for her top tips on how to pack light. Read her advice below...

1. Divide and rule
One rule to ensure everything fits is when you have your selection laid out on your bed, just cut it in half. Drastic, but it forces you to focus and just remember all the items you have taken on holiday before and never worn. You feel different on holiday and being comfortable and feeling special are what's important; concentrate on items that help you do this.

2. Think what and where
Consider everything you might be doing (tennis? posh dinners? hiking? swimming? city explorations?) - then put your favourite items for these scenarios on your bed in piles of tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, beauty favourites, jackets/coverups, swimwear. Anything that doesn't have a specific use doesn't need to come without you.

3. Colour code your clothes
Look at everything and choose items based on the fact they will work with lots of other items. Thinking of a colour palette makes this even simpler. What you are doing here is ensuring everything works really hard and you don’t end up lugging loads of things that just don’t go with anything else and you will end up never wearing

4. Bury the shoes
Pack shoes at the bottom of your suitcase and surround them with your underwear. Remember to pack into the corners of your bag - lots of space can be wasted by not filling a bag correctly

5. Rollin' rollin' rollin'
Roll every item that can be rolled as this will negate creasing. If you take anything remotely tailored, turn it inside out and tuck in the sleeves and it will arrive in the best shape possible.

7. Slip in some scarves
Scarves add very little to your load and will multi-task on holiday like a pro. Use to double over as a mini skirt on the beach, as a cover up over a bikini en-route to the bar, turban style on your head to protect hair during serious sun bathing and, of course, conventionally around your neck to brighten up a plain top or protect shoulders from sun during lunchtime.

8. Dress for success
Dresses are very hard-working and also scream "holiday glamour" - a good choice for slimming down that suitcase. In the day, wear with flats, beach with flip flops and sunglasses, then use the same piece by night with heels and lipstick. Easy travelling = sorted.

9. Say yes to swimwear
Ideally take a costume if you want to seriously swim, dive or snorkel - and as many bikinis as you love: after all, they only take up a tiny bit of space.

10. Use a see-through washbag
Wash bags with see-through compartments are brilliant for organising your essentials, from dry shampoo to sun lotion. They tend to be lightweight and you can check quickly to see if you've forgotten anything. Remember to make sure all beauty items are less than 50ml if you're planning to take them onboard a flight.

Friday

Duchess of Cambridge in McQueen in Birmingham


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been up and about in Birmingham following the riots in the city - and Kate continues to not put a foot wrong in the style stakes, wearing a gorgeous McQueen skirt and shirt and classic LK Bennett pumps.  I am so jealous, I mean, imagine being able to pop up to Birmingham wearing an £800 shirt...


She's got the coat too, ahhhh, which she wore a while ago when William was out doing his army stuff (I'm sure there is a more formal term for this...).  Jeez woman, I want your wardrobe.


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High Street: Express $50 Striped Dress



This little number is taking the US weekend wardrobe by storm, after being seen on stars such as Emmy Rossum and a rather pregnant looking January Jones (do we know who the father is yet?).  We can't get it here, it's from a US brand called Express - but we do have similars.  I have one that is really old and still surviving from French Connection. 

The overall Breton look is still beaming through the fashion looks for AW11 - having a piece like this is a definite essential.  Perfect for relaxed weekend wear, I'm wearing mine right this second.  I love the navy/red look, but I found this dress on the French Connection site that I liked just as much - and it's reduced to £23!


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Thursday

High Street: Topshop Tuck Dress

Absolutely love this dress, and am fast realising I am a dress person.  The pattern reminds me of a cover of a Cyndi Lauper album when I was teeny (showing my age, but in truth I would probably have been using it to teethe on) and it's a little bit different to all the other animal printed dresses out there at the moment. 



The dress style is the same as the one they made in a thousand colours for 2010 and 2011 - so we know it fits all shapes - but the print really makes it stand out.  This is a little bit pointless for me to buy now, I'm not planning on wearing much more than a bikini for the next couple of weeks - but for you lot, purchase here for £46.

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Wednesday

High Street: Missoni for Target


Missoni zig zags are a must for AW11, we've already posted on a couple of our favourite pieces on the high street (view here)- but the US of A store Target went one step further and teamed up with the fashion house themselves!  Obviously we don't have Target here, but we do have the internet - and you can mail order!  Here are some of the pieces (we love the towels):





This is perfect as everyone needs a zig zag print this autumn, but it is definitely a fad (remember when all the WAGS wore it and we simultaneously burnt ours on the barbeque?) so not worth spending a fortune on.  Check out the full range here.

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High Street: Jaeger Boutique Navy Dress



I. Am. Obsessed. With. This. Dress. I need it.  I saw it in John Lewis last weekend, and am going to pleading with my sister to let me have her staff discount - Look how gorgeous the detail is; it's so elegant, so Blair Waldorf and quite frankly - so me.  It's expensive but I'm not sure I can stop myself.  I would wear it to work, for drinks - for a weekend day out - value per wear would be cheaper than Primark. Oh who am I kidding?  But for this quality the money is 110% worth it...

Buy it here for £180 - or add to the wish list...

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Tuesday

Designer: Tory Burch Carson Bag

I need some help please!  Last week, despite my old feeble attempt to not buy anything until the holiday (stupid, stupid unattainable idea) I bought a pair of Tory Burch Reva pumps on the Outnet for £90.  Never bought anything from there before, but they arrived the following day beautifully packaged - uber convenient.  I'm now obsessed with the site!  So, I've found another handbag there AND I LOVE IT.  Do I buy it?


I do actually need a brown bag, I think having one is an essential.  However, my boyfriend will go absolutely mental if I do and unfortunately he is very aware of my purchases.  For example, I really thought he wouldn't notice the new Revas as I already have a couple of pairs but as soon as I walked through the door he said 'nice new shoes.'  So the chances of this bag going under the radar are nil...  It's £180 - reduced from £400 - have a look here.  Do I buy it?

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High Street: Banana Republic's Mad Men Collection


I'm way behind with the series, but have recently started watching Mad Men and straight away understood what the fuss was about.  Real women wearing real clothes - love the curves, love the colours and love the tailoring.  I've been trying to find some replica work outfits and haven't been getting anywhere - and then all of a sudden one of my favourite bloggers shows off an amazing trench (above and read her post here).  It's from Banana Republic's dedicated Mad Men collection - isn't it gorgeous!?

I've long been a fan of Banana Republic, but have until now always found them far more successful to shop in the US rather than over in London town.  But this collection is gorgeous - here are some of my favourite pieces:




The collection will hit stores in autumn, but you can reserve items now through their UK website here.  I'm trying to work out which pieces I can buy to go with my existing wardrobe - definitely will be needing some silk bows (I did a DIY job one a few months ago which has turned out really well)...  At the moment, it's the black skirt and the blue printed dress...  What are your favourites?

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Monday

[Bought] Monsoon Embellished Jacket


Ever since I saw the Isabel Marant embellished jacket this spring, I have been dying to get my hands on one.  There is a girl who works in an office on my street, who I see every day getting coffee - and she has one.  The poor girl must think I am the most evil person in the world, as whenever she is wearing it I find myself being caught staring at her as if she just burnt my Birkin...  But today whilst shopping for a dog basket, I found myself shopping for myself, and bought this gorgeous jacket from Monsoon which isn't a million miles off - and just £21 in the sale...


This jacket doesn't seem to be online anymore, so is only available in stores.  Cannot rate their sales enough - they have some brilliant maxi dresses with 70% off and also some cute homeware pieces too.  Loving their Fusion AW11 collection too - also bought the gold shorts I was talking about last week, finally!  Here they are.  They were in Grazia this week though, so no doubt they will out quickly!

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