Monday

[Love Her Look] Olivia Palermo's Butterfly Bomber

Thank you to everyone who follows me on Pinterest, over the weekend I had a real "clean up" of my account and added lots of new pictures and new boards (please do check it out here). This week's favourite pin was Olivia Palermo in her gorgeous floral bomber, below. 


I'm not sure but I think Olivia's is a Valentino, as I found this very similar one on Farfetch. What I love about it is that it speaks volumes on its own and is the perfect Spring piece to jazz up an otherwise "norm core" outfit. My favourite find was this one from Reiss which is in the sale and half price (also stocked on ASOS here) - the blue and red would mean it would pair up well with the majority of my other clothes! Second favourite is this from GANT Rugger - adorable little floral print. You should absolutely check out The OutNet for these too as they have lots of good finds including this MSGM and this Mother of Pearl.


I was a bit hesitant about wearing bomber jackets but they look amazing with higher waisted jeans (I've recently been converted to "girlfriend jeans" thanks to an upcoming collaboration with Topshop - watch this space!). They also look great over a tee or a shirt - basically anything! Give it a go!
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Sunday

Shop Sundays - ASOS

Danielle from We Wore What wearing ASOS jacket and ASOS culottes

I'm from the generation that remember ASOS to be the place you went to get the copycat dress that Rachel Stevens' wore on SMTV. "As Seen On Screen" was cheap, fun and how to look like all the girls you secretly wanted to be. So when, years later, it was being banded around as a core fashion destination I was dubious. It's taken me a couple of years, but finally ASOS and I are firm friends. As the site is so, so overwhelming (13,000 ASOS own label items!) I thought I'd do a little edit for you (scroll through the images below) …



ASOS have come into their own in recent seasons and you can easily find bargains and the pieces you'd otherwise be traipsing up and down the high street for. Yes, sometimes their pieces are complete copycats of designer pieces but you need to remember the site's original identity and then it all makes sense! Sometimes their dresses and tops can be 100% polyester but aside from that there is nothing to check for - just enjoy! 

PS - If you like this lot you should absolutely follow one of their stylists called Isabella, here.
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Thursday

Shopping Picks Of The Week

Woah, the sun is still shining! This week I don't feel I need to apologise for my summer picks as it actually seems reasonable (at least if you're in London). First up is this little gem from River Island. I've picked it because for months I've been trying to find a cheaper version of Ellery (little known Australian brand) and have finally found it. This top is perfect for the office, or for a summery day, and it's £30! Next up is some white denims - it took me years to get my head around the idea that a normal sized person can wear them and my favourite are these Paige Verdugo jeans. Yes, they're expensive but when it comes to denim the sooner you realise that if you "pay peanuts, you get monkeys" the easier jean shopping will become for you…


Summer is my favourite time for footwear, especially after the last couple of seasons when flats became acceptable beyond the beach. Manebi is one of my favourite brands, and these are gorgeous. Secondly, new brand to Net A Porter, Flamingos has some really cool ones too. It took me seeing these on someone walking through town the other day to fully appreciate how great they are - these are firmly on the wish list. 

It's so easy to go a bit crazy and buy hundreds of new tops when it gets a bit warmer and I really have to work to restrain myself and think about what I need each year. This year, I'm stocking up on off the shoulder pieces and vests that flatter (as I already have the simple tees sorted).  This white off the shoulder top from Warehouse is perfect, and I love the green of this Topshop number.

Other favourites include this pencil skirt from Warehouse, these striped denim shorts from APC and these nude LK Bennett heels. Ooh and I needed to share this denim jacket because I've been hunting for one this length for ages. Madewell is J Crew's little sister and I'm so glad you can get it over here in the UK as I used to buy it in bulk (on the dollar exchange rate) whenever I went to the US. This one is ace as most denim jackets cut me off in a really unflattering place, this one being a little longer solves that problem. Happy shopping, people!
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Monday

[Outfit] Suede and Shore Projects


Last week Anneli and I had a wonder around the Kings Road. enjoying the London sunshine. I'm so happy to be able to wear clothes I've had hiding in my wardrobe awaiting warmer weather. I was after these Theory suede shorts for ages, so when I found a similar pair in H&M for less than £40 I was delighted (they've since sold out but the shorts - £8 - are online here). They're so comfortable and look great with heels (original plan was to put on some LK Bennett babies for the photos but Anneli convinced me to keep the Birks on).




I bought the lace shirt at the end of last year and it's proving to be super useful for springtime too. Whistles have brought out a white one (3 of my friends have it and it looks really good worn open as a jacket with a vest underneath) and a navy cropped sleeve which I would definitely have bought if I didn't already have this black number...


The shoes and sunglasses are old favourites from last year. The sunnies are from Jimmy Choo and I love how "Hepburn" they are - they wouldn't usually be my thing but they were a gift from them after their Bond Street opening and I had a very unexpected surprise when they actually suited me (if I may so bold as to say). The shoes are Birkenstocks, obviously, and the best place to buy them is Atterley Road where they are stocked for half the price compared to Net A Porter.


The rings and things are all Monica Vinader, my absolute favourite for quick-fire easy peasy jewellery. It's never super expensive so you don't mind wearing it every day. My Riva ring was a gift from both my grandmothers for my 30th birthday. And last but by no means least, the watch. You'll have to have been asleep for the whole of last summer not to have noticed Shore Projects. My first one was a gorgeous gold face and I have multiple straps (from baby blue to polka dots) that go with it.


When they unleashed their Project 2 metals range I knew I had to have one, and then scream about it all over the blog. Better still, if you tweet the below message you can win one of your own - all you need to do in the meantime is decide which metal you'd like!

"thanks to @annaelerihart and @shore_projects, I have entered a competition to win a Project 2 watch! http://tinyurl.com/shoreprojectscomp"

Entries will be closed on the 30th of April, and a winner will be selected at random and announced via Twitter over the bank holiday weekend. Very best of luck!

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Sunday

Shop Sundays - Free People


My friend Angie introduced me to Free People last year as I was planning my wardrobe for Wilderness. Being a bit of a festival-phobe previously, I really had no clue what to wear and was terrified at the prospect of having to skin on show (not all of us would like Rosie or Cara at Coachella, sorry to break it to you…). Free People is boho for the masses; there is something for everyone. I use it as much for outfit inspiration as I do actually shopping… (scroll for more items)




Above is my current wish list; a huge mix of sunshine essentials, slogan tees and sloppy slacks. Also, really need to mention this bikini and this woven bralette as the pictures wouldn't seed into the slider. I need all of it - this website causes my military-like closet editing to go out of the window. If I could I'd own it all in every colour, a size up for chill-days and a size down for brave-days. Enjoy!


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Wednesday

Shopping Picks Of The Week

So this week's pick was heavily influenced by the weather over the weekend, so apologies if it seems pre-empted. But you know what? I don't care! After the gloomy start to the year I literally cannot wait for barbecues, copious amounts of rose, holidays, late evenings outside and wearing clothes that make you feel good (in my case, white and blue with pops of prints and brights thrown in at random). In other words; summer.


I feel like my love affair with River Island has been rekindled this season.  Being honest with you, I really didn't like it for a few seasons. I felt like you needed to be 14 years old with a stomach like Rihanna to look good in any of their stuff. Things are different now, we've talked it out and we're working through our issues. These two little camis (here and here) and these green shoes are only the start of my wish list… The same goes for Ted Baker; I've found a few things I love there this season (this parrot print tee, this palm print denim shirt and this embellished bomber jacket). Last up on the surprise hits of the season; Hobbs. Their footwear is absolutely awesome, check it all out here.

I couldn't not mention this skirt as I nearly leaped for joy when I found it… I've been searching for one for months after seeing the Acne one in 2012. This is just as good, if not even better (when considering the price) - get yourself down to And Other Stories now (H&M's cooler, Coachella attending, sister). Ooh and on the subject of decent designer copies, if anyone was after the Isabel Marant padded-look sandals Atterley Road have got a replica pair for £37 here.

Salmon pink would never have been on my hit list but after testing it last season I've decided it's the perfect halfway-house in terms of pastel colours. This Iris and Ink sleeveless blazer is perfect for people trying to spruce up their grey, corporate wardrobe and also looks great on the weekend with blue denim and white tees. Work wise, the same goes for this Alexander Wang shirt (50% off, win). Wear it with fitted trousers and a belt in the office, and then wear with absolutely nothing else (underwear, optional) at the weekends. Last but by no means least is this Whistles dress. I positively repel wedding guest-dress shopping. I hate dress codes and I hate dressing up when forced to. So, when shopping recently for a close friend's nuptials I also think on the basis of repeated-wear. This one will last me a long time and is excellent for dressing up and dressing down. 
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