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.
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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.
WELL, HOW CAN WE NOT INCLUDE A CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE! OK WE KNOW, THE SHOPS AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR ARE HIDEOUS, AND THAT IS COMING FROM PROFESSIONAL SHOPPERS. SO, WE HAVE TRAWLED THE INTERNET TO FIND THE BEST GIFTS AVAILABLE ONLINE.
PERSONALISATION HAS BEEN HUGE THIS YEAR, FROM cups and mugs in the kitchen to BAGS AND WALLETS TO JEANS, JACKETS AND SHOES, EVERYBODY SEEMS TO WANT EVERYTHING WITH THEIR INITIALS PLASTERED ALL OVER IT. PERSONALLY, WE CANNOT GET ENOUGH AND ARE ESPECIALLY PARTIAL TO A BIT OF ENGRAVED JEWELLERY - OUR NAMES, OUR KIDS NAMES, IT'S SUCH A THOUGHTFUL GIFT AND ONE THAT WE GUARANTEE WILL BE RECEIVED WITH THANKS! or a how about a personalised leather diary for next year www.hopehousepress.co.uk are offering you 10% off with the unique code rippedjeans.
and don't forget the men in your life..... boyfriend, husband, daddy - they want to get in on the act too! personalised cuff links are always a great gift, we love the ones below that can be personalised with a favourite picture. these ones are from glbgraphics.co.uk and if you put in the code rjap at the checkout you will receive a massive 25% off anything on the website.
and if you are really stuck and need help and inspriration - head over to www.boxdgifting.com and have a look at their beautiful gift ideas .....code rippedjeans for 10% off everything!
FOR YOUR MUM OR DAD, KIDS, FRIENDS OR A LITTLE BIT OF SELF GIFTING, THERE IS SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM WE WERE SPOILT FOR CHOICE. ..... let us know what you think ..... oh and that YSL bag ....... yes please ....
no, not our age ...... £30! we know that despite our wardrobes overflowing with blouses and shirts, t shirts and sweatshirts, tunics, capes and a whole lot more, we are always on the look out for new tops. paired with our trusted jeans and voila a new outfit is born. so, we have searched high and low for you (yes people, online shopping is a real chore) to find you some fabulous additions to your wardrobe at bargain basement prices.
whether its a sparkly number for date night, an embroidered shirt to wear with a pair of trainers or just because you love it, we are sure you will agree that these certainly look anything but "cheap".
and let's be honest, at this price - why stop at buying one .......
click pic to buy .....