[Craving] Miranda Kerr's Marni Coat

Sometimes you just need to buy something for the sake of buying it. It happens to me ever so often, today is one of those days.  It usually happens on Tuesdays, at around 10:01am - when The OutNet's weekly brand sale goes live. Lets be honest, there is a little bit of every girl who wants to be Miranda Kerr so when her Marni coat went live for half price an hour ago I've spent every second since pining over the idea of being Mrs Bloom. Purely for the sake of wearing the coat, obviously.

So if any of you decide paying your rent isn't a must this month, buy yourself this beauty here.  And don't tell me about it, because I'll cry with jealousy... It's a winner. Wear it with your basic jumpers, tees and ankle boots - because lets face it, in this weather thats exactly what we will be wearing until August.


[Trend] Continuing the China theme...

Sometimes I get a bit obsessed with a trend and bang on about it for ages. This is one of those times. Last week I blogged about the blue and white antique/China print trend and last night whilst rummaging through my favourite shopping sites (passed out on the sofa with wet hair, no make up, in my slacks looking anything but fashion) I spied these two shirts that nail the look completely.

MiH Jeans is a brand that has escaped me until recently, I spotted their boyfriend denims in Grazia last week and have been oogling over their SS13 stuff ever since - this shirt is brilliant and love how easy to wear it is. Hobbs is my guilty pleasure, I have so much time for the brand - this season they have gone a little sleeker, this shirt is fab. It comes out soon (I checked), so don't miss out... Over and out - have a lovely Thursday :)


[Outfit] Karen Millen Vs Celine

An unlikely comparison you may think, no? Bear with me...  Some of you may remember a post I did a couple of weeks ago on the blue and white China print trend? I mentioned a couple of lovely pieces by Karen Millen and having seen the post they kindly got in touch and offered me a piece from their SS13 collection to sample for myself.  It didn't take me long to choose, I'd already been oogling (is that a word?) over a leopard print coat which I've wanted since I spied it in the winter and instantly married it up witha  very similar piece from Celine's resort collection...

Celine's leopard print coat / Karen Millen SS13 leopard print coat

The package could not have arrived on a better day (yesterday) - it was snowing outside, we had no internet at work and I had a million things to do (involving said internet) and I was so tired after Paris the day before I could barely drag myself to the coffee machine. I nearly cried with happiness when Jim (our courier guy, he's awesome - and it is his wife's birthday today so HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLARE) arrived with my little parcel of dreams. I skipped around the office in the new coat, but managed to stay still long enough to get Frauke to take a couple of pictures.

Thank you so, so much to the Karen Millen team for making my Tuesday a little more bearable. You can buy this gorgeous coat here. I paired it up with my AG Jeans (comfiest things in the world ever), my new Sam Edelman leopard print boots which were a cheeky purchase in the my-wardrobe sale, - reduced by £150 - (too much?) and my staple 10 year old Topshop Breton dress... Oooh and my new rings and things from the And Other Stories event last week. Overall, I'm pretty happy in these photos - despite the face. Apologies, this is what 4 hours sleep does to you. Over and out!



[Outfit] Some Stella Comic Relief

Comic Relief T Shirt / Whistles Blazer (similar here) / Wrangler Denim Spa Jeans (at ASOS)

I don't often buy into slogan tees but in the name of one of my favourite charities, I bought this Comic Relief tee (by Stella McCartney) a couple of weeks ago - and will be donning it all day on Friday for the big day itself.  It's also a little more fashion friendly than it's iconic red nose sister... In it's 25th year, the charity has raised over £750 million for people in need. You can hear from some of those people here who have benefitted from funds gathered, and most importantly you can donate something yourself here.

Lenny Henry and Richard Curtis started the charity in 1988, with the simple idea of combining some seriously in need people with some seriously funny comedy sketches - and it works. Last year they raised £61 million in one night and they hope to smash that this Friday with a target of £75 million.  Your contributions can only help towards this so instead of buying the new t shirt you spotted at the weekend (unless it's this one, which you can buy here for £10) go a good deed and buy someone a little piece of happiness... Donate here, and watch Comic Relief on BBC1 this Friday from 7pm.

The other bits in my outfit are my January sale steal of a jacket from Whistles (buy similar here), my precious Jimmy Choo Cosmics (seriously comfortable believe it or not) and my super soft Wrangler Denim Spa jeans.  Surgery PR hosted an amazing day at a spa a couple of months ago and I picked up there... They have Aloe Vera in. Yeah, you heard right. They feel (and smell) a little bit amazing and having not bought Wranglers for 15 years I can safely say I'm back and in love with brand...


[Trend] Warehouse Does Marant

Last weekend I went shopping with a vengeance and visited Warehouse for the first time in a while. I was extremely impressed, loved their monochrome effort and take on the black and white stripes... But there was one piece that I had to blog about as it followed on from my post last week about Isabel Marant and how to get the look from the high street.  

Isabel Marant SS13 / Warehouse tee, £38

This tee is a dead ringer for Marant's shirt - and at £38 it is no doubt considerably cheaper than the designer's effort. 10 out of 10! I also bought this coatigan (yup, thats a word these days apparently). Love it, and wore it to Paris last week with my waxed trousers and white tee. All in all, Warehouse is very much worth a visit... Do it.


[Craving] Celine / Zara Patchwork Jumper

Yesterday I went over to Paris with Jessie to show her around the Vestiaire Collective offices and have a general meander through the rails of amazing clothes curated by the team.  I can't even begin to tell you how many things we 'ooohed' and 'aaahhed' over - but the main one was this Celine jumper, being sold unworn by one of Vestiaire's most committed sellers...

I spent a good hour drooling (not literally, it's still beautifully unworn - honest) over it, and then remembered a little find I made at the weekend in Zara (on an epic shopping spree - boy is away so I used the opportunity to buy stuff without him finding out) which is a little more price friendly (but no doubt got less longevity) for £59.  It's not anywhere near as luxurious, but for anyone looking to quench their Celine thirst it'll do nicely...


[Outfit] Choo-sing some Pinks

navy shirt, Everlane / pink jeans, Gap / shoes, Jimmy Choo

Last week when Sarah was visiting we popped out for a bite to eat locally in Maida Vale and decided to add some sparkle for the occasion (in my case, literally).  I haven't worn my glitter Jimmy Choos since Christmas (when I had them on ALL day with my pyjamas) so thought I'd give them an outing. Sarah and I are both quite basic-colour people but ever so often colour takes hold, I was out in Hampstead a couple of weekends ago and couldn't resist these Gap bright pink jeans. All in all, I went a bit outside the box with this one...

Jimmy Choo Glitter Shoes, similar here

Just to bring it all back down to normality I paired the jeans with my new silk shirt from US company Everlane.  Yet to ship to the UK, my friend from university was visiting from California and kindly brought this navy piece with him.  If you haven't yet heard of the company, keep an exceptionally close eye on them.  Their concept is to reduce the different between manufacturing costs and retail prices - they effectively cut out several middle men to bring you clothes made by the same people as your favourite expensive names at more wallet friendly prices.  The US are going nuts for them at the moment, and no doubt we will follow suit.  I want everything on the site - have a look here and knock yourself out in capsule wardrobe lust happiness... ps - please excuse the lack of close ups, my little hungover face couldn't cope with that prospect.


South Molton St Style Turns Two

Today, the blog turns two. I wanted to use it as an excuse to say thank you to everyone for reading it, commenting on it, liking it, favourite-ing it, tweeting it, featuring it and generally helping it out.  In the last year South Molton St Style got the traffic it had in year 1 within it's first 4 months...  It wouldn't be anything without people reading it, and I really can't thank you enough.

I started the blog when recovering from an operation, I didn't really know anyone in the industry and worked in an exceptionally dull corporate job.  In the last two years I've made some amazing friends (some featured here), met some brilliant people and have the job in fashion that I've always wanted. I know my PPC from my CPC, featured in a couple of my favourite publications, can tell you the difference between resort, RTW and runway - and I can talk to you until the cows come home about social media, blogging and the like (and started pitch and post to house such rants). I guess what I'm trying to say is if you are starting out, you can make what you want to happen, happen. If I can, you can too.

Thanks a million, billion, trillion times again. Anna x
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