By SolihullStyle      Aug 21, 2017

BLOGTASTIC!

My goodness haven’t I been a busy bunny? You may have noticed that lately my blogs are like busses. There are none for months then four come all at once! It’s because it’s the school holidays; there’s time as I’m between seasons and Mr.W is around to take the photos. It’s that simple. When I’m working in the week the last thing I want to do is spend Saturday taking pics and Sunday writing a blog. I’m being honest. The fun goes from it and when it impacts onto family life I feel guilty.  There’s another snag and honesty has to prevail! As much as I like to make an effort at the weekend, I do find that I’m usually in jeans so variety becomes a bit of an issue! My blogs are nothing if they are not real; current and believable in their content. So I have made a New Season’s resolution to write my blogs on a more regular basis no matter what! This blog it therefore “What I Wore This Weekend” with a slightly more endearing title to encourage you to read!

SUNDAY SATOLLO!

The last days of summer. And they were for Granddad. A chance to get the wheat in and a chance for the little people to get into some big machines, and I mean big! It’s a day out that my kids love. It’s a chance to be with Granddad and tell him all their news while hours pass by together in the cab and a chance to sit in a combine with a few tractor rides to the farm thrown in. Mr.W and I get the opportunity to go for lunch sans kids (probably a once a year treat) in the nearest town which happens to be beautiful Marlow. Happy Days! I love Marlow. A great place to mooch around a few independent boutiques and more unusual interior shops or pop into some posh names you may know like Sweaty Betty; Whistles and The White Company. There’s lots of little alley ways with unusual little shops. At Lister Court tucked away behind the High Street we found SATOLLO. A family run authentic Italian restaurant. Part of me wants to keep it a secret but that just wouldn’t be fair. Sat in the sun outside it truly felt like we had been transported to a little cafe in Sienna. We arrived for coffee (and tea) as we had had our lunch. The food looked too good to miss so we shared a Parma ham panini! It’s safe to say that we won’t be having take away sarnies from M&S when we visit Marlow next time. It’s worth visiting the town just to experience SATOLLO in my opinion. Oh, and BTW the coffee was excellent too.

A BLOG OF TWO HALVES!

There was the food. Now here is the fashion. As I explained above, the weekend for me does tend to be jeans, jeans and more jeans. So, here we have an outfit for the weekend with jeans! Tah dah!!! I’m a little obsessed with vintage fit jeans and I’ve customised mine. They arrived with raw hems and I just hacked away a bit more at them and left them with a stepped hem to wear with sandals and anything with an ankle strap. It was a little daunting as they were brand new but I just went for it and everything worked out just fine! My basket bag has been a favourite buy this summer and also my espadrilles. I have to admit to a bit of a collection of espadrilles but I love how they make a simple outfit look continental. Appropriate I felt for my lunchtime (OK, second lunch) setting! I did fork out a bit for mine and took the plunge to buy them from Castaner, the iconic Spanish espadrille makers. I know there’s lots of cheaper copies out there that would do the job but I just love how these fit and the cut of the front is just perfect. Pound for wear they have been well worth it and I know that I will continue to enjoy them for years to come and bore you with them on my blogs for the foreseeable summers of the future!

 

LINEN BLOUSE – The White Stuff

JEANS – H&M ( sale now and limited sizes)

ESPADRILLES – Castaner at NET-A-PORTER

BASKET – Bohemia Design

WATCH – Fossil

RING – Nomination

NECKLACE – Whistles

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog. If you’re reading it on Bloglovin please hit the like button! Social media works best when people interact with it. I hope it’s not too long before I’m able to post again. I can’t believe that the summer feels so over. The fact that we were able to pick blackberries from the hedgerow was a sign that Autumn is arriving fast. I’ll try not to feel too downhearted with the promise of beautiful coats and cozy knits coming my way courtesy of the new season ahead.

Valerie

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By SolihullStyle      Jul 23, 2017

MY VISIT TO THE OBAG SHOWROOM!

When it comes to illustrating what a brand is all about I sometimes think that images can speak loader than words. When a product is as fun and as individually diverses as OBAG it can be difficult to explain all the different ways these bags can be put together to suit your own individual style. That’s why OBAG invited me to come and see their new products. The team are so passionate about the brand and would love you to come and visit them at their showroom to see the bags, watches and accessories first hand for yourself and let them demonstrate all the different ways you can make your bag reflect your own personality. All the bags come fully interchangeable from the body; to the strap; to the interior inserts to the added accessories and bag charms. There’s new styles in house (including a fabulous soft back pack); new colours; new fabrics and new accessories. Visit online too to see the full collection at obagonline.com. The team are excited to introduce their new “Flower Power” styles which feature ditzy little floral motifs in a range of colours. There’s definitely something for everyone and I loved the neutral shade bags this season and I still have a soft spot for my OBAG beach which may feature  on the holiday blog with new neutral robe handles! With a massive trend this season for all things in natural shades, Obag has it covered.  My personal favourite was this milky coloured large “moon” bag. So, feast your eyes on some of the style options I photographed on my visit to the showroom and please be encouraged to pay the team a visit.

 

I hope you enjoyed this blog. It’s been a while I know since I sat down and wrote a blog but hopefully over the summer school hols I’ll get a chance to post some more. I’m not a full time blogger as I have a very busy personal shooping business. I do this for fun and to promote local businesses where I can. This is not a sponsored post. It’s done for free so all opinions are my own. You may or may not know that OBAG has closed it’s store in Touchwood in Solihull. As I said above, please feel free to call the OBAG showroom and pop along ( Unit 30 Monkspath Business Park, B90 4NZ TEL: 0845 5196161). They would be so excited to hear from you and would love to explain the products in more detail. Really, the range and options within it are endless. I’ve always thought that some of the bags (especially the Flower Power range) would be so great for young girls. My OBAG Beach was the best beach bag I’ve ever used on holiday. It was totally suncream and kids wet cozie friendly! Nothing phased it what so ever! Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a great summer!

 

Valerie

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By SolihullStyle      Sep 14, 2016

NEW BRAND, NEW TOP, BUT DEFINITELY NOT NEW EVERYTHING!

Do you remember that I’d said I would fill you in on the other item that I bought from a new brand I was trying? Well, this is it! I bought this blouse for work so I keep my modesty when I bend down; it’s of the moment with the cold shoulder details; it’s a bit more expensive than I might normally spend but it is made from a nice weight of viscose for easy care over silk. I’ve been trying lately to practice what I preach and buy less but buy better. The brand is “& Other Stories” by the way. I found their sizing a little on the generous size perhaps, so I’d recommend trying your usual size or maybe one down? It totally depends how your like the pieces to fit?  There’s not much more to say! Unlike me I know when it comes to ranting on and on about clothes! Everyone loves a good top don’t they?! I’ve found this blouse super versatile too as you can see from the pics below it first came out to play worn with jeans for a stroll around the City on a Sunday with Mr.W and the kiddie winks for a spot of Pokemon hunting! It was a beautiful September day with a hazy light for taking some pics with atmosphere. I have now worn it too for work paired with flowing culottes and heeled sandals. Being viscose it did crease where I folded but I just go with the flow with stuff like that, it never bothers me and like linen, it’s better to not worry it just looks more relaxed that way! Pound for wear, I think I might be quids in with this one.

GREEN EYES!

Love a bargain, hate the sales! Sometimes right at the very end of it all though when the rest of the store is back to it’s tidy self, a little bargain pops up because I can stand shopping again! The mirrored shades in the pictures were £4 from New Look!  These green shades “spoke” to me from across the store and at that price why not? I’m a sucker for anything these days that makes for an interesting photo as most of the time I’m Miss Black, White or Grey!!! Rarely doing print, though might do a stripe??!!!

I SHOULD COCO!

It seemed only right to throw in a bit of Chanel into a blog which featured black toe cap courts! Don’t worry, I’ve not won the lottery, it’s just the lippie!

BECOMING A FIRM FAVOURITE!

What? Topshop straight jeans. I absolutely love their straight cut jeans. Either 99% or 100% cotton they are authentic denim at an amazing price. I love everything about them – the denim weight; the cut which goes with pretty much everything (I won’t say everything or Mr.W will ask why I need all those other jeans cuts I have in my wardrobe!) and the different leg lengths that are available so that I can have my fave jeans to wear with different boot or shoe styles. Like all fashion they won’t be for everyone. Not everyone will like the button fly which adds a little bulk at the tummy; not everyone will like the retro vibe they give off  and not everyone will like the lack of stretch or the straight cut. The surprise though for me was that what is deemed as a brand for teenagers, became the place where I find most of my jeans.

 

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BLOUSE – & Other Stories

JEANS – Topshop (straight)

SHOES – Office

MIRRORED SUNGLASSES – New Look (bought in store)

LIPSTICK – Chanel rouge allure

 

Thanks for reading.  Thanks for your support and I’ll be posting again soon. x

 

 

Valerie

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By SolihullStyle      Sep 01, 2016

THE SYMPTOMS ARE GETTING WORSE!

My off the shoulder top obsession reached fever pitch and I needed to draw a line under the issue! The problem is that I have now developed a new stain of the disease! It’s now the one shoulder breed that is taking over my life! I’m buying into silky ones; plain ones and now FRILLY ONES! I spotted this little baby on line at Topshop when I was searching for off the shoulder tops. I told you it was bad!!! I’ve been umming and arrring over the frilly ones but decided that a frill all the way around was a bit… errrr… Wild West? BUT, the one shoulder, oh my I was in love!!! When the top arrived I was thrilled with the style for the price. Topshop could have quite easily settled for a single frill but the double layer of cotton poplin fabric jut makes it look far more expensive than it is and sets it apart from any others I’ve seen in my price range. It packs a punch and makes a statement. Not for the shrinking violet and be prepared for people to comment! I’ve styled mine with tailored culottes for a grown up take on a trend but as my love affair and confidence grows I may well take it into denim territory?

KEEPING AN OPEN MIND!

I’m sure there are some readers who haven’t been in Topshop for years. It’s not all for kids. Some of their jeans styles (which come in petite and tall leg lengths too) give designer brands a run for their money on fit and fabrication and some of their leather shoes and boots offer up to date style at a very affordable price. I love Touchwood (Solihull’s shopping centre) but sometimes what’s on offer in the smaller units can be misleading and be limited by its’ target audience. I think here in Solihull it’s catering for the kids as the shop floor is awash with skinny ripped jeggings. Delve a little deeper and you might be pleasantly surprised? Sometimes there’s a gem that will just lift what you have at home in your own wardrobe out of the doll drums and into next season with very little financial commitment. Happy days!

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There’s a good reason for not wearing lipstick whilst wearing this top! Chin up or get smacked in the face, lots of times! Occupational hazard I guess?

FULL ON NEXT SEASON!

What am I looking at? Well, something velvet; something ballet inspired (maybe a tulle midi?); those elusive basic sweaters; an oversized glamorous coat and a new season shoe? Not much to ask? She laughs uncontrollably at the computer screen!!! Of course I’ll keep you posted! I hope you enjoyed this blog? There’s lots of new exciting things to look forward to. Solihull will see the opening of a new stand alone Mint Velvet store in the high street and I’ll have lots of new season styles to share with you.

NB: At the moment all non- prescription sunglasses are half price at selected BOOTS stores and at boots.com. Ted baker “Blair” women’s sunglasses pictured above were £60, now £30 in store.

 

Valerie

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By SolihullStyle      Aug 27, 2016

THERE COMES A POINT…..

….when we need to discuss “transition”. The point at which the season is changing. I was chatting to a dear friend the other day and we both agreed that though it’s hot (as per my previous blog on the hottest day of the year), things “feel” different? There are a few leaves falling from the trees; the days are getting shorter as darkness closes in earlier and earlier and the temperature falls at about 5 o’clock. My wardrobe continues to revolved around our changeable climate! I know I’m not ready for wool jumpers and coats yet even if I’m starting to lust after some of them in the shops! I’m holding onto summer like never before!

ADDICTION!

I seem to have developed a rather incurable addiction to off the shoulder tops?  I need help! I have quite a collection! I bought this black one from ZARA from their new season collection recently. It’s pure cotton with deep ruffle cuffs, which I love, and it’s black! It will make a good going out top as well to dress up jeans. It’s actually surprisingly warm  being made from a substantial weight of cotton poplin. All in all it has and will continue to be a great piece to transition through to fall. A versatile piece that I can wear for work; going out and weekends.

A SOLUTION TO AN ON GOING PROBLEM!

Sometimes I feel stuck in a rut. If Zara fails me (which lately it is on quality), I can feel a bit stuck. I love the great British High Street and we are so lucky with the choice and affordable fashion it offers. I can’t justify huge expenditure on clothes but the older I get the more I appreciate and need better quality. Every brand has it’s place and will appeal to different audiences. I realise I expect a lot from my purchases. Fashion-ability, fit, the right price point… When Zara gets it right (like the blouse in the pics) then Zara ticks these boxes for me. With some H&M thrown in and a few other considered purchases I find I get there with my wardrobe. I have been on the look out for “the missing link”. A high fashion brand that won’t break the bank while still offering a degree of quality without being too utilitarian, minimal and bland. I may have found it? It’s a brand called “& Other Stories”. I had spotted a few bloggers wearing their clothes and I wanted to try them out. So try them out I did! I’m a sucker for jeans too so these cream cropped kick flares in the pics below found their way seamlessly into my wardrobe along with one other piece that I will share with you at some point I’m sure. It was nice to find ivory jeans as opposed to white.  They are more expensive than Zara but not as dear as French Connection, Reiss or Whistles. They have provided another option for me and definitely worth having a look at as a brand if you’re into your fashion. I was pleased with the fit (fairly true to size, if not a little generous?) and also the quality for the price point seemed very fair. Though it’s a brand that is clearly aimed at quite a young market there are items that are elegant, timeless with that fashion edge that makes me sit up and take notice.

NEW SEASON!

The new season purchases have started then I guess! The next stage will be some clever layering before I completely roll over into Autumn. Until then it’s still shoulders out and sunnies on!

 

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Off the shoulder poplin blouse – Zara

Ivory cropped kick flare jeans – & Other Stories

Embossed Leather Sandals – Coach Pipher Heels

Ring – Nomination

Leather tassel bag charm – H&M (Premium Quality Range)

Ivory Pearl Studs – Claire’s Accessories

Tote bag – Autograph M&S (old, really old! Like pre kids old!)

Sunglasses – Loewe at (TK Maxx)

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Thanks for reading

 

Valerie

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By SolihullStyle      Jul 24, 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES!

There are so many wonderful parts to my job. Up there with the best is seeing the look on a client’s face when they feel great about themselves again and start to enjoy fashion. One of the other privileges is when a brand invites you to an event they are hosting to showcase their brand and introduce to the world their new merchandise. One such occasion was when O bag in Touchwood Shopping Centre (Solihull) invited me to an evening of fun, fashion and fizz to see their products. Sometimes a successful brand isn’t just about a cool product but is about the whole package, a team with passion and O bag has this by the bucket full. What struck me most was the friendly staff and the enthusiasm they expressed as they spoke about the products and the different styles on offer in store. It’s an in infectious enthusiasm too. You can’t help but find something you like and it might be an unexpected find too. You probably all know me well enough by now to know that I’m a classic girl at heart but I love something different so to quote a cliche then, I guess I’m a sucker for “classic with a twist!” O bag is this in a fun and colourful way. Have a look with an open mind and be rest assured that what they do they do well.

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O bags on display at Head Office

ABOUT A BAG!

The O bag brand was established in Italy in 2009. Italians have style, let’s face it! Already I’m interested as I know that despite bring bright and fun and definitely colourful, it’s still going to be stylish.  The thing I liked most about the whole concept of the brand was the fact that every product could be fully customised; from the handles on the bags to the interior; from the charms to the trims and from the size to the shape of the exterior. There is an ageless quality to the products too. I could see my boys wearing the watches or a teenage girl stacking the bracelets on tanned wrists in the sun on holiday. It soon become apparent that there was something for every fashion taste here and I was no exception!

GETTING TO KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU!

At the event it was clear that the shop front was the tip of the ice burg of a bigger picture. There was a family feel to the team that I met and I was intrigued to learn more about the brand and the products. It’s not just about bags but a whole lot more. I loved the accessories. In fact they started in 2009 with their watches. I loved the fun watches and brightly coloured sunglasses. All fully interchangeable with different watch face options or different  lens colours for the sunglasses. A particular favourite of mind was the gold reflective lenses which I might have to go back to buy as I can’t stop thinking about them teamed with a fun colour pop frame!! Oh how I love fashion and it’s endless possibilities! There is an addictive quality to O bag. I could see how it would be easy to keep collecting your favourite pieces or just keep ringing the changes with new components.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?!

Things just got better and better! I was asked if Id like to visit O bag HQ! Well that was a no brainer! Of course, how exciting! So after my rather long winded introduction I have eventually come to the real reason for this blog which is all about my visit to HQ in Solihull. On arrival I was welcomed by Suzanne. I have to say that the staff are superb and made me feel so welcome. If you have any questions at all they would be happy to help. I was bowled over by the sheer scale of the operation. The show room was packed full of samples and exciting new season products. There were draws full of watch straps, faces, sunglasses and bracelets in every mouth watering colour under the sun. There were sky scrapper high piles of bags that I wanted in every shade! How’s a girl supposed to choose?! I went from not knowing what I’d like at our initial meeting to wanting to buy into the brand in rather a big way! As I said before, you can’t like everything in life but there are some hero pieces that stand out to me after my visit.

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fun retro inspired Italian shades styled your way!

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Lovely Sue putting together one of O bag’s watch faces and straps

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THE HERO!

The hero from the brand for me has to be the beach bags. Actually it’s the rope handles I guess?! You can put them on any of the exterior bag shells and you instantly have a child friendly; sun cream safe; wet cozzy protected, take anywhere beach bag. Pure genius and looks good too! I found a bag that suited my fashion taste and worked with life style at the same time. One very happy customer!

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THE NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY!

Drum roll please! I’m so thrilled with what we put together at O bag. I chose the new basket weave exterior in lime with black rope handles. I love it so much and I will enjoy using my new O bag over the next few weeks and I will do a blog to show it on it’s travels on holiday!

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MATCHY, MATCHY!

Also a sucker for a bit of holiday fun jewellery, I went for one of their stretch bracelets in lime too! They are great for the poolside and the gym in these bright colours. I would suggest going into store in Touchwood Solihull and have a look at all the different styles on offer. Make sure you chat to the staff and find out about all the options and ways to customise your accessories. Give something a go and see where it leads……?!

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Thank-you for reading this blog and look out for my juicy tote on it’s travels! The next blog may well be some arty shots of my O bag or there might be a cheeky outfit post in between. We’ll see how  much time I get now that school’s out! I hope you all have a fab summer and enjoy your hols!

 

Valerie

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By SolihullStyle      Jun 08, 2016

HOW TO WEAR!

I’m sure I’ve said it at some point in the past but I am going to try to never say “how to” do anything ever again. I have learnt a lot over the years. I have learnt the most from dressing other women. I love how different we all are. I love how one person will carry off a look completely differently to the next. There’s nothing more refreshing than diversity. It would be such a boring world if we all looked the same. To me it’s not always about how something looks but how it makes the wearer feel. A happy woman is a beautiful one. I think Coco Chanel said something similar? When I put an outfit together for a client and they feel confident and comfortable then they look their best. Sometimes the rule book gets thrown out of the window. We all know that well fitting clothes are the most flattering and there are lots of tricks to making the wearer look taller, slimmer or to create certain assets that might not be there or even to minimise areas of concern. This is all well and good if it helps someone back onto the road of success when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. My job is always going to be a holistic process to help ladies see how wonderful they are no matter what. This goes back to diversity and that there shouldn’t be a stereotype of what we should look like. I’ve had my ups and downs along the way but I am pleased to say that it has only made me stronger and more passionate about finding a way to reach others and to help them get back to simply enjoying life. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

THIS LIST OF INSTRUCTION THEN?

Not going to happen! This is not a post about “how to” do anything! “How to wear …….?” No, it’s going to be “how I” wore it! How you choose to put together different pieces will be entirely different to me! Good for you! You go girl and have fun. My job to to get you to try! I know summer can be tricky. This blooming rule book! “Everything’s big and oversized” you all keep telling me. “It’s not flattering?!” So what! It’s HOT! FINALLY! Wear something comfortable that keeps you cool and you can get covered in sun cream!

FICKLE FASHION DOES MAKE ME LAUGH!

Apparently the pointed flat is back! Did it ever go away? I think I bought my silver Boden ones, pictured in the outfit below, at least two years ago and a similar pair the year before in a different metallic. I thought I’d share that bit of trivia just because I do find it all quite funny! When you’ve been in the industry for as long as I have it’s such a giggle to take the “P”.” Black is the new black” don’t you know, Darling?!!! I also share this point of view to encourage everyone to lighten up when it comes to what is right or wrong. There is no defining answer. It’s all a matter of taste. Every creative field from film to art; from cookery to dance and from theatre to fashion, it all has it’s “stuck up” side which can intimidate us from even trying. I say “try”, relax and have fun finding a style that feels good for you. I’m going to try and quote another famous person again! I remember years ago when Victoria Beckham first started out as a fashion designer she expressed her concerns to a friend of even trying for fear of ridicule. I believe the friend was Tom Ford (the fashion designer) who said (something like this!!!) – If your work is done well and the clothes are beautifully made then people may say they don’t like it but they can’t say it’s not good. My point being? If I (or indeed you) do something to the best of my (or your) ability and with passion and conviction then even if people don’t like it I (or you) can carry on regardless in the knowledge that it is at the very least “good “.

HOW I WORE CULOTTES!

Because they are easier than a skirt when you have kids! Because this pair looked good with flats, a tall order when it comes to lots of skirts! Because you don’t always have to shave your legs and because I liked them! You may have read my previous blogs about kissing a lot of frogs to find your Prince, well, these culottes were no different. You don’t (no, seriously, you don’t !!!) want to know how many different pairs I tried before I found theses!!!

 

 

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White culottes – Zara (sold out on line)

Black tank top – Zara

Leather bag – Banana Republic

Silver flats – Boden

Silver collar necklace – old  (similar here)

Bracelets – Pandora, Nomination and silver bangle (old)

Watch – Citizen

Basket bag – Bohemia Designs

Sunglasses – Missoni (similar here)

THANK-YOU!

Thank you to Jess and Paul for letting me use your beautiful garden and fab retro floors for these photos and making it look like I’m really on holiday. Summer is here for the time being and it has been nice to be able to actually wear the the bits and bobs I’ve been posting about up until now.

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CRACKING ON!

So we’re cracking on aren’t we through the seasons’ trends? Before you know it, it’ll be Autumn/Winter 2017 trend alert. Mean while, enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and it’s not long until the Summer holidays! Thanks for reading.

 

Valerie

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By SolihullStyle      May 23, 2016

BEST FOOT FORWARD!

I think you all know that I love a statement accessory. I’ll freely admit to being quite a classic girl when it comes to clothes but I do enjoy dabbling with a colour pop accessory and there’s fun to be had with a fashion forward statement shoe. When I first saw Chloe’s S/S 2016 footwear collection I knew there was going to be a new shoe style to lust after. It was only a matter of time before our wonderful Great British High Street court up. And they have! I’m talking about “knots!” For a few seasons now it has been all about the “Ghillie” style shoe. By this I mean all those styles of shoes that have laces. From pointed ballet flats to sky scrapper heels. So move over Ghillies, tassels and fringes. This time around think macramé and crochet for your feet!

 

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CHLOE – “Jamie” sandals £525.00

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CHLOE – leather knot slider £611.12

FEAR NOT, THE HIGH STREET IS HERE!

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ZARA – knot slider £17.99

I have ordered these in the green to see how comfortable they are. They are synthetic. I’m a bit of a stickler for needing leather or canvas when it comes to shoes in the heat of the summer but let’s just see how we get on?! I fell in love with the colour and the fact that they aren’t completely flat.

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MIISTA – “Valerie” bow slider £130 ( if only for the name I wish I could justify the price tag!)

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MIISTA – “Valerie” slider  (I just had to include another pic!)

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MANGO – knot slip ons £19.99 and also available in ….

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TOPSHOP – “NAPOLI” knot block heel sandals £

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BUSY, BUSY,BUSY!

There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day and my goodness haven’t we had the weirdest weather of late? My outfits haven’t quite gone according to plan! Between dodging the showers; hail and the occasional flurry of snow I do feel like I’ve jut been doing the best I can to try to look like I’m dressing for Spring. I’ll go back to my first paragraph and confirm that my orange/red colour pop bag has been the best thing I’ve bought so far! It has lifted my navy mack out of drearydom ( I’ve made that word up but I think it fits the bill nicely?!) Thank goodness for fun accessories! I appreciate that the sun seriously needs to shine to wear sandals but when it does make sure you’re ready!

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?!

I’ve had several trips to Birmingham with different clients and a few to Touchwood too. If you’re one of my  friends you’ll get the “several” and “few” joke her! It’s an on going debate we are having on the difference between the two! My advice? Don’t get involved, you’d wish you hadn’t. Trust me you’d be amazed at the rubbish we discuss after too much exercise at the gym when we all clearly need to go home and eat something ASAP! So, anyway, I have been with new clients on wardrobe weeds and shopping days and we have been working on improving the website. As business is growing we are improving the images on the website and we have added an archive section on the blog so that you can now view older blogs too.

SO WHAT DID THEY BUY?

Every lady is different. From age to lifestyle; from skin tone to body shape so you can image that what gets purchased varies dramatically from client to client, however I do find it fascinating when there is a trend or a common theme that crosses over the age ranges. I have found that culottes have been a favourite. I’ve succumbed too though it took me ages to find a pair that felt right so I’d encourage you to persevere. I think I ordered over ten pairs in total to try! They can look good with both flats and heels. It’s here that sometimes a skirt can fail. It’s all in finding the right pair. I’m thrilled with mine and love the cool coverage they provide with the added security of being a trouser! Have a try, you might be pleasantly surprised.

A LITTLE PICK ME UP!

You see, it doesn’t take much to find a little something that will modernise your wardrobe. Who would have thought that a little knotty slider would reinvent those jeans; that flowing midi skirt or that favourite summer dress that you already have in your possession! Buy a pair of fabulous culottes and well then, voilà, you’ve well and truly hurled yourself into S/S 2016. Invest in a matching co-ord (a flowing throw on; sleeveless coat or softly tailored blazer) and I will bow down to you and say you are a fully fledged fashionista and my work is done!!!!

Now things have calmed down a little this end I hope it won’t be as long until my next blog?

 

Valerie

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