Wednesday

H&M Home...

South Molton St Style isn't a home-style blog, but wanted to write a quick post just to make sure that you are all aware that H&M do home stuff?!  Because I stumbled upon it by chance and now am not sure how I lived without it!?  If you need a cushion, candle or home accessory go there first.  Their stuff looks great for a modern home, and is incredibly affordable. Here are my favourite pieces so far...




Think Zara Home or The White Company but at prices you can afford at any time of the month!  The cushions are my guilty pleasure - all the different textures and stuff, and at £6 a pop you can afford to go nuts in there! Have a browse through their site here.

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Tuesday

THAT McQ dress...


I did a post yesterday on the tartan surge onto the high street, and didn't realise the dress I'd posted about has been worn by a huge number of A Listers - thought I'd share... This McQ (new, fun, little sister/brain hcild of the Alexander McQueen label) number is a favourite with many - Emma Watson, Rihanna and Chloe Moretz included.


These girls have completely different styles, yet all work this dress.  If you have a spare £470, you can buy it here from NetaPorter.com.  Lush. The tartan army plod on... Read the full post I did here and will do a review of the McQ stuff as it just amazing - and almost affordable!

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Yaelle Scarves

One thing I really didn't expect to make when I started my blog, was friends. It's been the nicest surprise of 2011; the power of social media really is fantastic.  One of my new acquaintances is the lovely Bethany, otherwise known as @RougedBeaut - recommend you follow her.  She works as a PR and Marketing assistant to this lovely brand, Yaelle scarves - the perfect present for the girl who has everything. I am a massive fan, there is something really Alexander McQueen, mixed up with some Hermes.


Yaelle scarves are inspired by the glamour of Cannes and Monaco and the rich diversity of Tunisia, individually hand-drawn, yet printed and manufactured by the latest technology in the United Kingdom.  Each scarf has added personality with the addition of a charm.  The Hamsa Collection is accompanied by a finely made filagree Hamsa hand for both good luck and fortune to encourage the wearer to be bold in life choices and courageous in path finding.


I looked up what a Hamsa was, haha, as I had no idea before Bethany told me about them.  Good old wikipedia - a hamsa is the hand shaped good luck charm used in most Eastern faiths.  If you're a geek in equal proportions to myself, then have a look at the write up here.  Really do love these, and there is something very classy about having a good silk scarf... And every girl should look expensive.
 
The scarves retail at the following price points-
£145 (100 cm x 100 cm scarf)
£80 (40 cm x 160 cm scarf)
 
As an additional wow, Yaelle also offers a Bespoke Service upon consultation where scarves can be personalised or tailored to your very own design brief. Vouchers are also available to buy on the Yaelle website starting from £50. Browse the website here, my favourite by a mile is the Baboushka one - I need it!

 Browse the website here.

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Monday

Kelly Brook in Topshop Tweed Jacket

I've been harping on about box tweed jackets being an essential wardrobe staple for months, and so I thought I should share some piccies of Kelly Brook in a lovely one that is current available at Topshop.  Here she is last week in it, paired with an all black ensemble.


Topshop have lots of great jackets this season, even Kate Middleton has picked up a blue twill piece very similar to this one on her visit to the High Street Kensington store last month.  I like the versatility of this one; you could wear it with anything!  At £65 'Grosgrain Ruffle Boucle' jacket isn't that pricey,especially when you so the age old 'price per wear' trick!  Buy it here.


Miss Brook's style really has come on a long way since the days of the high slit dresses and g string numbers  she wore to a couple of premieres.  Really like her, she seems like a lovely person and really hope she gets a good TV job, missing her from our screens!

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Trend: The Tartan Army...

I've noticed an influx of tartan prints on the high street and have decided to buy into the trend.  I can remember a few years ago being in New York in a store (think it was Saks, not sure) and 2 American women deliberating over a few different tartan scarves to buy, clueless about their heritage...

Carven and Vivienne Westwood 2011

There is something very empowering about wearing Tartan - it is after all, the dress of the Scottish armies of old (I've put a little more about it's heritage below).  It is no surprise that fashion houses like Westwood use it - it's iconic Brit-wear on a high level.  Lovely to see french brands like Carven using it - and well too, I love some of the pieces in their AW11 collection.  It won't either be surprising that my first favourite piece is by Alexander McQueen, another label that embraces it's Scottish routes:

Alexander McQ at NetaPorter - £470

Secondly, ASOS have intepreted the trend differently - in the form of Braveheart style capes - there are lots of different colours.  And they're only £17.50 so well worth the money - stamps on trend straight away and perfect for autumn walks on weekends. Get yourself one here.


Also from ASOS, I really love these two skirts. Same print but say totally different things.  The longer one, has tailoring very similar to a Vivienne Westwood piece.  The yellow is very out there, but so it everything this season and it does look fabulous on.  At £30 or £45, they won't break the bank either. Buy the short one here, and the longer here.


Trousers are harder to pull off - these prints are big and wearing too much on it can look a little OTT.  But I've found two pairs that look good on, both is blues which are less of a statement and also more flattering. The 'Rothwell Trousers' by NW3 is in my family's tartan (Gordon, see below) and so I have a little affinity with it.  The shape works well on a range of body shapes too - even me and my 'chicken thigh' legs looked pretty good in them.  Buy them here for £119.


And then a pair for the slighter frame, at American brand Tripp NYC. Buy them here for £75.


Accessories wise, you really can't beat this little bracelet from new name J W Anderson (one to watch, keep an eye). Buy it here from the Young British Designer's site for £45.  Great little Christmas present, and a billion pounds cheaper than a Hermes, and you get to support an up and coming name in British fashion.


Any way, I got talking to the two women in New York and was really surprised to hear that they (and apparently to them, most people) didn't know the heritage behind a tartan.  Tartans are age-old prints that were originally worn being part of a particular clan (group/tribe) in Scotland, and then spread to each family having a different check.  In Scotland, they're still really popular - and are worn as kilts.  

In the rest of the UK, the prints are used more for decorative means often on the inside of coats and as scarves. To see if your family name has a tartan you can do so on The Scottish Tartan Register here.  Might be a good Christmas gift for a family member with a difference. My grandmother was from the Gordon family, who's tartan is used all over the place - the primary school around the corner from my house uses it in their uniform!

Finally, I couldn't mention tartan without bringing up this pair of flats I saw a lady wearing yesterday in Selfridges.  Christian Louboutin (what else) and £635.  Buy them here (if you have lots of money and no sense).


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Sunday

Reiss' Holly Jumper


The name says it all; this top is perfect for Christmas.  We all need something comfortable to hide our mine pie and turkey tummies during the festive period, and Reiss have got it sold.  I LOVE their Holly sweater, in the Pewter colour and this weekend it has 20% off!  It has, as my grandmother would say. 'a lovely bit of sparkle' too with the sequins and glitter effect - perfect for visiting family and drinks with friends. Buy it now!


Here are some pictures, and to get the discount click on the banner at the bottom of the page! Reduced from £95 to £76...

Reiss UK

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Thursday

Elle Macpherson's Silver Jeans


Loved this picture ever since it came up on Grazia Daily the other week.  What is brilliant about this is she was genuinely doing the school run looking like this.  Yes really mothers, this happens.  I bet she has made many a friend with the parents in the playground - not.  Love the studded YSL heels too, I have the high street equivalent from Zara which I love equally as much - I bought them over the summer - not sure if they are still available but if you can find them I really recommend them as very comfy pumps.  


It's been a while since I've given Topshop some blog-loving and I thought I would share these amazing jeans with you - as they are fabulous and look just as good as Elle's far more expensive Seven pair.  These have a blue tint which makes them a bit different too - and for £100, their quality is exceptional.  Very comfortable too - they are the Baxter fit.  I have them in black, blue, red, green and white so needless to say I am a fan...

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Possibly the best method of proposal ever?


Genius by Anya Hindmarch, genius.  Anya Hindmarch's personalised gift service is a simple must for Christmas this year.  Have a little browse here and design your own look to their lovely pieces.

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Camilla Belle's Miu Miu Banana Heels


It took me a while to gather my thoughts on these shoes. At first I thought they were absolutely vile, then Camilla Belle wore them to a dinner party and I turned into a celebrity-style-whore - and love them just because she wore them... I know, it's poor form.  I am weak.  She's just so damn pretty.  Anyway it made me realise that they really are a little bit of fun, in what is a fairly tame shoe season. So the hunt begins for a high street pair, as the $650 price tag ain't happening...

Now, very hard to find a shoe with the exact same heel - but this pair from River Island are close.  The gold looks good in person/reality too.  Sometimes gold can be a little in your face and a little cheap, but these are great.  Gold is also a lot warmer for winter. And they're not $650, they're £45. Hello bargain, nice to see you again. Really do harp on about River Island shoes; they're so, so comfortable!  Buy them here.


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Wednesday

Fashion Toast's Velvet Theyskens Boots

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I spotted these on fashiontoast and thought I'd share - as I've found a really similar pair at Topshop that I bought when I supposed to be searching for sensible work shoes - oops.  Love these, and they are so perfect for a little bit of understated oomph to an outfit.  I wear mine with everything - from jeans to little dresses.  Addicted to them to be honest, picture below and they're only £75.  They come in navy blue too which I really like the look of.  Buy them here.


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Tuesday

Natalie Suarez in Yellow Pencil Skirt


Natalie Suarez from natalieoffduty.blogspot

I'm 5 foot 3, and slightly curvier than I'd like to be - which obviously makes me terrified of pencil skirts.  They are for two kinds of people - slim girls with slight hips, or larger girls with voluptuous shape - I am sadly neither.  I'm average.  BUT, this picture from Natalie Suarez's fab blog natalieoffduty really made take the plunge.  I'm willing to take the risk to get an outfit this good.  Hers is by Anna Della Russo (jealous, much?) but I've gone for a Topshop number - Natalie's patterned top shifts the eye from the shape of her bottom half - even though she clearly doesn't need to.  Also, pencil skirts don't have to be tight fitting - mine is pleated (again, shifts the eye downwards) and loose, see here:


Buy it here for £48 at Topshop.  Love this look, and thank you for Natalie for giving me a second thought on them.  I'll obviously be wearing Spanx pants underneath (sexy) - something I doubt she will ever need to own!

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Monday

High Street: Dorothy Perkins Embellished Top


I'm in love with this gorgeous top from Dorothy Perkins - easy peasy glamour for this time of year, and more than anything it's very comforatble.  I bought it to go with some black pencil trousers and they look fantastic for work.  Perfect for after work Christmas drinks, and compared to others in the market this top is a bargain at £45.  Got something quite art deco about it, which is all the rage after Gucci's SS12 collection a few weeks ago.  Buy it here - you'll look fab in it!


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Emma Watson in Jason Wu Peplum Top


Emma Watson doesn't have the typical English student's wardrobe.  Well, I'm sure she does live in a pair of Gap jeans, a hoodie and Converses during the week - but at the midnight hour she houses a few pieces unlikely to be found in most halls of residence.  Take this amazing Jason Wu top from their resort SS12 collection, which Watson wore for the premiere of My Week with Marilyn this weekend.


I'm lucky enough to own a similar one (though admittedly it was from the high street - the minute I own a piece of Jason Wu expect me to shout from the rooftops) which I bought last year, and I've already been on the hunt for similar ones as so many girls have asked where I got mine from - which is no longer available.  Luckily the closest I have found is very inexpensive, at Oasis.  I blogged about it a couple of weeks ago, but click here to buy it and here's a pic below.


Hope you all have a lovely week - mine is set to be incredibly busy, ergh!

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