so finally, the sun is out and we can begin to start thinking about our spring summer wardrobe ..... spring is actually our favourite season .... we don't need to worry quite yet about the fact that our bodies are not bikini ready or bronzed and beautiful, we are not in the realms of fake tanning every day for fear of a white ankle being on display and we can go out without wearing our thermals!!
so what is on our wish list for this spring? in truth, and it won't shock you to hear, our wardrobes are full to the brim with ruffles and embroidery from last summer, and there still seems to be an abundance of this in the shops and if we are being honest .... even we are a little bored ....
we love this pink capelet from miss selfridge, ok so maybe a little ott for the school run but fab with a slogan t and a pair of jeans for a night out. talking of jeans, you would have to be living on mars to not see that the skinny jean is dead. ok, so maybe that is a tad dramatic but the high street is full of "non skinny - frayed edge" jeans - straight leg, wide leg, culottes, there is a style to suit everyone and having a wardrobe full of skinny jeans we are only too delighted that we have another excuse to buy more (as if we needed one).
if there is one sure bet each spring summer season - it's that the nautical look will grace us again - we love this navy and white jacket and its a good staple that will see you through season after season.
so with a little street style inspiration, we are going online to find the best of the spring edit without a frill or a flower in sight..... click on pics for links to shops....
welcome to uterque ...... u what you say ..... ladies (and gentlemen? or is that just our husbands) we would like to introduce you to zara's (not so little) sister. only available online (for now) and with stores worldwide (except the flipping uk) this little known store (well a lot less known than its big sister) is well .... simply fabulous.
priced about 50% higher than zara, uterque's clothes are stylish and well cut and well.... just slightly more grown up. they still have the edginess of zara, but just cultivated in a more refined way. there are some great pieces in this season's collection - and also some great "designer doubles" and we all know how much us girls love that!
Lots of clean lines, simple silhouettes (and of course the odd ruffle) Uterque offer sophisticated dressing with a not too shabby price tag!
ITS NEARLY FEBRUARY AND WE HAVE TO FACE FACTS THAT DESPITE THE TEMPERATURE HITTING BELOW FREEZING, SALE LEFTOVERS ASIDE, THE SHOPS ARE STARTING TO FILL UP WITH NEW SEASON GOODIES.
WHILST WE CANNOT ACTUALLY WEAR SPRING SUMMER CLOTHES JUST YET, WE CAN GET OUR WARDROBES SUMMER READY (AND WE ALSO NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT OUR SUMMER BODIES AS WE GIRLS ARE OFF TO MIAMI TOGETHER WHOOP WHOOP BUT THAT’S FOR ANOTHER BLOG) ….. SO, LET’S EASE IN GENTLY AND LOOK AT THE ONE COLOUR THAT IS JUMPING OUT AT US ….. PINK, PINK TO MAKE THE BOYS WINK.
ALTHOUGH (AS YOU ALL KNOW BY NOW) WE LOVE FASHION AND ALL THINGS SHOPPING …….. WE WOULDN’T REALLY SAY THAT OUR DRESS SENSE IS GIRLY GIRLY…. SO HOW CAN YOU “DO” PINK IN A COOL, SOPHISTICATED WAY WITHOUT LOOKING LIKE A PRE TEEN?
THE ANSWER PEOPLE – IS MIX IT UP ……… DON’T EVER EVER GO HEAD TO TOE – USE SPARINGLY, ONE ITEM ONLY, DON’T MATCH BAGS AND SHOES, DON’T WEAR A PINK TOP WITH MATCHING TROUSERS (OR RUN THE RISK OF LOOKING LIKE MR BLOBBY) …… TOUGHEN IT UP WITH LEATHER OR RIPPED DENIM (NATCH).
PINK IS A SURPRISINGLY FLATTERING COLOUR AND SUITS MOST SKIN TONES, IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE OLIVE OR DARKER SKIN – GO FOR CORAL TONES, IF YOU ARE PALE – A BRIGHTER, MORE RASPBERRY PINK LOOKS BEST, SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE – WELL JUST ABOUT ANY COLOUR PINK WOULD LOOK GOOD ON YOU!
SO HAVE A LOOK AT HOW WE HAVE BEEN INSPIRED TO LOOK PRETTY IN PINK….
MICH: “MEL, DO YOU WANT TO COME WITH ME TO THE CHANEL BEAUTY PRESS DAY ON THURSDAY?”
MEL: “ERRRRRRRR HELLO?? YES PLEASE”
SO CANCELLING ALL OTHER APPOINTMENTS AND THE DAY WAS SET. THE PERKS OF HAVING A PARTNER IN CRIME WHO IS A RENOWNED NAIL TECHNICIAN ARE CERTAINLY PAYING OFF!!
SO, YESTERDAY MORNING, WE TROTTED OFF TO CHANEL IN OLD BOND STREET. WE CAN CERTAINLY THINK OF WORSE PLACES TO BE…..
WALKING UP THE STAIRS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL STORE, WE OOOHED AND AAAHED OUR WAY THROUGH THE TWEED JACKETS, THE DRESSES AND DON’T EVEN GET US STARTED ON THE QUILTED HANDBAGS ……. WE COULD HAVE DONE SOME SERIOUS DAMAGE BUT ALAS OUR LOTTERY WIN HAD NOT QUITE GONE TO PLAN.
GREETED BY A RATHER HANDSOME WAITER, OFFERING US A CHOICE OF DRINKS (NATURALLY IN A CHANEL POLYSTYRENE CUP WHICH WE OF COURSE TOOK HOME) AND SOME EXQUISITE BREAKFAST NIBBLES, WE ENTERED COCO CAFÉ. THERE REALLY SHOULD BE ONE ON EVERY STREET CORNER. HELL…. WE WANT ONE IN OUR HOUSE.
A CONFETTI OF PINK C’S SMATTERED ALL OVER A PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL, WHITE ROOM… WE DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE. CHANEL SWEETS LAID OUT, TOO PRETTY TO TOUCH, MUCH LESS EAT. AND THIS WAS ALL BEFORE WE HAD EVEN HAD A CHANCE TO LOOK AT THE NEW BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR SPRING 2017.
SO THERE WE WERE, AT THE LONDON HEAD OFFICE OF CHANEL AND WE WERE IN COCO HEAVEN. MICHELLE HEADED STRAIGHT FOR THE NEW SEASON NAIL POLISHES, OTHER THEN THE DELECTABLE SPRING SHADES OF NUDES AND CORAL, THERE WAS AN INNOVATIVE NEW CLEAR TOP COAT THAT WHEN APPLIED TO ANY NAIL POLISH SHADE, TONED IT DOWN A SHADE OR TWO – GENIUS NO?! I WAS PARTICULARLY TAKEN WITH TWO NEW GREY SHADES THAT LOOKED SUPER FLATTERING ON THE HAND.
THE SPRING 2017 CHANEL MAKE UP COLLECTION WAS CREATED BY LUCIA PICA, GLOBAL CREATIVE MAKEUP AND COLOUR DESIGNER AND WAS INSPIRED BY THE COLOURS THAT SHAPED THE LIFE OF GABRIELLE (COCO) CHANEL. RED, BLACK, GOLD, WHITE AND BEIGE ……FROM LIPSTICKS TO EYE SHADOW THESE DARING COLOURS CREATE A PALETTE THAT IS UNEXPECTED, SOPHISTICATED AND BOLD. THE TEXTURE OF THE ROUGE COCO GLOSS IS SUPER SILKY AND SHINY WITH A GEL LIKE FINISH THAT ILLUMINATES LIPS WITH MIRROR SHINE AND WITH A LIP PLUMPING INGREDIENT, IT IS TWO PRODUCTS IN ONE! WITHIN THIS COLLECTion, CHANEL HAVE INTRODUCED A LIP GLOSS CALLED CAVIAR THAT LIKE THE NAIL POLISH, WHEN APPLIED OVER LIPSTICK OR LIP GLOSS, ADDS DEPTH AND DARKENS THE LIP. GENIUS.
HAVING BEEN A CHANEL MAKEUP FAN SINCE MY TEENS, I WAS PERSONALLY VERY EXCITED TO BE INTRODUCED TO THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE FOUNDATION FAMILY “LE TEINT ULTRA TENUE” DESIGNED TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE ACTIVE WOMAN (THAT’S US THEN), IT PROMISES TO GIVE YOU THE PERFECT COMPLEXION THAT WILL LAST FROM MORNING UNTIL NIGHT.
SO WHAT A LOVELY MORNING WE HAD, AMELIE AND PENELOPE (CHANEL BEAUTY PR DIRECTORS) WERE SIMPLY DIVINE, BY THE TIME WE LEFT WE WERE CHATTING AS IF WE WERE OLD FRIENDS …. THE ICING ON THE CHANEL CAKE WAS BEING HANDED A NOT SO LITTLE BLACK BAG FULL TO THE BRIM WITH GOODIES …. ENOUGH CHANEL MAKEUP TO LAST ……. WELL I WOULD SAY A LIFE TIME BUT I AM HOPING TO GO BACK ………..
firstly apologies, it's been a while .... this is our first post of 2017 so happy new year people..... it was Christmas, then one of us was in new York (must remember to upload pics of shopping haul) .... then it was new year, then we were hungover for what seemed an eternity and then all of sudden holy moly its nearly February ....... where did January go? so here we are and we are back, a new year ..... you know what that means .... a new wardrobe! so, being as cold as it is, we are not quite ready to jump into summer clothes or even look at an off the shoulder top, but have been trawling the high street to see what good transitional pieces we can find for you. let's face it, we have been in winter clothes since September, that is almost 5 months in the same clothes, so we felt it was our duty to move away from full on winter dressing, and see what pre season goodies we could find.
next ......... not one of our usual haunts we must be honest. in fact, we probably used to only venture in there to look at bits for the kids (when they were younger) but .... just last week the catalogue was put through the door, and for research purposes, we had a little look and were pleasantly surprised! don't get us wrong, it wasn't all for us, but there were some key pieces, designer doubles that looked far more expensive than the price tag suggested.....
online, next offer brands too (French connection boohoo, coast, warehouse to name but a few), - not just own label - but for this little piece - we have concentrated on next's own efforts. there is lots of navy - a good pre spring colour, looks great with jeans, smart but as you will see with the pieces we have found - supercool too. mix with red and white - just check out that navy and white slogan shirt - we love and need ..... trousers are good too (jeans not bad, we tried on a couple of pairs but they don't beat zara in that department) however ...... look at the side stripe trousers - with a pair of stan smiths these are an absolute winner.
SO THE LAST BLOG WAS ALL ABOUT BIKINIS AND BEACH COVER UPS ....... FOR THOSE OF YOU NOT LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE FLYING OFF TO A LOVELY HOT CLIMATE , ITS FLIPPING FREEZING!!! SO THIS BLOG IS DEDICATED TO ALL THINGS COSY! COATS, HATS, SCARVES, JUMPERS - WE HAVE THIS ONE COVERED. PERSONALLY, WE LOVE WINTER DRESSING MORE THAN SUMMER. FIRST AND FOREMOST, IF YOU HADN'T NOTICED, ONE OF US (MEL) HAS AN UNHEALTHY ANIMAL FUR OBSESSION WHICH CAN ONLY BE UTILISED IN THE COLDER MONTHS (ALTHOUGH she does OF COURSE HAVE A LEOPARD PRINT BIKINI).... ANYWAY, BECAUSE we HAVE TO REALISE THAT NOT EVERYBODY SHARES our ANIMAL OBSESSION, we SHALL PROMISE TO KEEP THIS ONE ANIMAL FREE!*
LET'T START WITH COATS - ZARA HAVE JUST ABOUT ALL BASES COVERED - LEOPARD(SORRY!), CAMOFLAGE, PATCHES, STRUCTURED CLASSIC WOOL, PARKAS, PUFFAS, MILTARY STYLE THERE REALLY IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AND WITH MOST OF THEM UNDER £100 THERE REALLY IS NO NEED TO STOP AT ONE! THE QUALITY IS ACTUALLY GREAT AND FOR HIGH FASHION - THERE REALLY IS NO POINT SPENDING HUNDREDS OF POUNDS BECAUSE CHANCES ARE, NEXT SEASON YOU WILL WANT new coat or two.
who has seen the incredible knitwear on offer from gucci this season - holy moly its out of this world.... sequins and stripes, animal embellishments - the jumpers are literally to die for. of course the high street is hot on the heels and have produced some pretty damn good gucci inspired pieces. in fact, last week, for research purposes, we went into forever 21. i say for research purposes because quite frankly, as much as we think we are still 16, we are in fact forty somemthing mothers and as far as we were concerned, forever 21 really is aimed at those under 16. now don't get us wrong, 95% of it would look fab on my friends daughters, but hanging on a rail, was this one jumper that literally screamed Gucci ......so i thought what the hell -try it on ...... let me tell you its totally fab, fits beautifully and looks a darn sight more expensive than the £19 price tag suggests. andotherstories is a great one for knits, and as well as the plainer basics, they have some really super statement knitweaer that could even pass muster for a saturday night out!
we are about to be hit with a super cold spell, so get shopping and get cosy! xx
* was never going to happen
well ok not strictly true, this christmas, we are off to new york, so more like winter snow here we come..... however, we do usually hit somewhere hot at this time of the year and we are always surprised bY the fantastic selection of swim and beachwear available when it's literally freezing outside.
BIKINI OR SWIMSUIT? WELL LONG GONE ARE THE DAYS OF THE FRUMPY ONE PIECE - YOU CAN SEE THAT THE FEW THAT WE HAVE FOUND (AND THERE ARE HUNDREDS OUT THERE) ARE ANYTHING BUT! SO IF YOU ARE OFF TO WARMER CLIMATES, ENJOY, HAVE A COCKTAIL FOR US!
we have loved working with the freelance fashion illustrator Sophie Jenner and we are delighted she agreed to collaborate with us for our logo.
We just loved her unique style and felt that she really got us!! She has illustrated many celebrities Adele, Zoella, Nicki Minaj, Little Mix and Alesha Dixon to name a few.
After having many requests to illustrate commissioned pieces, Sophie has launched her website selling her custom fashion & bridal illustrations. Either purchase the digital copy of your own custom illustration which is perfect for posting on social media sites or purchase the deluxe print package which includes the digital copy and a Giclee art print which you can frame and cherish for decades.
Check out her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sj_illustrations/ or her Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Sjillustrations1/
so this is less about christmas party dressing and more about going out on a saturday night and trying oh so hard to wear something other than a pair of jeans and a "nice top" ...... although to be fair that is mostly what we wear!
so this little exercise in internet shopping may even get us out of our saturday night style rut and into something other than our good old faithfuls. now, we aren't suggesting full on sequins for a Saturday night dinner in a gastro pub ..... a tad ott, but a well cut cool pair of trousers, dare we say a cute little black dress, would all be perfectly acceptable ........ we have also included a few tops (how could we not with such a large choice out there) and some items that you could wear for a more "dressed up" event .
ok so having looked, the only flipping problem is, we want to buy it all ....
or hennes as we know it (yup showing our age again) .... that Swedish staple, one on every high street, cheap as chips retailer that this season in particular have really nailed it.