Category Archives for Fashion
Jeans are a staple item in my wardrobe. Whilst I find girls that wear skirts and dresses all year around enviable, I don’t think I’ll ever be that kind of gal— jeans are just too easy. They go with everything and anything, not to mention the fact there are approximately a million different styles these days, to suit every body shape and size. There’s no tugging at the hem of my skirt to make sure I haven’t tucked it into my knickers after a dash to the loo or checking my tights for ladders. Once my jeans are on, they’re staying there!
Until recent years, I never really understood the idea that a good pair of jeans are hard to find. In my youth, it was all about bootlegs and I can vividly remember a soft pair of stonewash jeans that secured with a brown suede lace at the fly. Gorgeous. I definitely went through that grunge phase too and I can still remember my favourite pair of jeans— they hugged me in all the right places down to my knee, until they flared out over my shoes. They got scuffed and torn on the bottom, but that totally added to my look! I literally wore these jeans all the time. So much so, that I had to stop wearing them, because the material wore thin on my butt and frayed. Dayum.
My late teens and early twenties were all about the skinny jeans. Skin tight jeans. I was a bit of a scene kid, so the skinnier the better— and pre-baby, I could totally get away with it! These days, I’m still fond of a skinny jean, although they require a little more movement now that I have a rascal to chase 24/7 and high-waisted anything is mum-tum friendly!
Jeans are versatile and can easily blend into a look for day or night, with just a few tweaks. It’s not all about blue or black either; my favourite pair of jeans are a purple pair!
I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.
—Yves Saint Laurent
Remember years ago when name necklaces first came out and they were huge? In both senses of the word; they were a big hit and also massive. I had several, from Tatty Devine and Lady Luck Rules Ok (RIP!), among others. They were always glitzy, textured, bright, patterned, generally in your face and usually made from plastic. I loved them then and even though I rarely wear them, I love them now too! As you can imagine though, they don’t go with every outfit and they make me feel like anything but a grown-up, so they’re great for days when being an adult with responsibilities sucks and I want to unleash my inner teen, but not-so-great when I need to be a Responsible Parent and taken seriously!
These initial necklaces from Benna bridge that gap for me and in fact, the initial bracelets from their aptly named ‘Love Letters’ range fill me with even more joy. They’re so delicate and easy enough for any girl or woman to wear, I think— even the ones who wouldn’t be seen dead in a name necklace! I think it’d look lovely paired with a few of these coloured bracelet from Monica Vinader!
The letter charm bracelet is available in sterling silver (£80), 9ct gold (£195) or gold plated (£95). Note to santa: I’ll have it in silver please!
Christmas parties are just the best, aren’t they? Because near enough everyone is celebrating, everyone gets a little bit merry and cheerful, whereas during the year, the birthday girl or boy might be having the time of their life, but maybe not everyone is into it quite so much. And for some reason at Christmas, it’s acceptable to wear 300% more sparkle than any other time in the year and that is something I can get behind.
With Christmas parties, comes Christmas party dresses. My criteria this year is ‘sequins’. Yep, nice and simple. Of course there are a few other requirements too, but if it’s adorned with those little gems, I can forgive those other little things!
Look at these beauties from TFNC London:
I love that bright electric blue in the middle dress! It’s probably not a colour I’d think of when I think ‘festive’, but I think it’ll definitely make you stand out in a crowd, so if you’re someone who wants to make an impact at your office party this year, then it’s a must have! That shade of blue looks amazing with gold, too.
My late teens and early twenties could have been labelled, “The time when I wore all the accessories.” Seriously, I loved necklaces and chunky plastic rings, not to mention a bunch of different belts for every single occasion. And what about those long necklaces of plastic beads? I was all about those when I was at Sixth Form. I think I must have had every colour!
I’m starting to wear a little more jewellery again these days. That might sound like a weird thing to say, but during pregnancy when my rings no longer fit my chubby fingers and I barely had the energy to wash and detangle my hair, let alone think about accessorising my outfit, I just sort of stopped wearing any jewellery. Even once Byron was born, it was a no-go area up until around 6 months ago, as I have a magpie for a son, who was attracted to anything shiny that would grace my neck!
I donated bundles of jewellery to my niece’s dressing up box years ago, but I do still love a statement necklace and tend to roll with the trends if it’s something I like, so whilst I still peruse the high street to get my jewellery fix these days, I have a couple of ‘timeless’ designer pieces too; a gorgeous Christian Dior necklace that once belonged to Ashley’s Nan, a Tiffany bracelet from my girls for my 21st and of course, my engagement ring and wedding band. I’m thinking of trading in my usual brightly coloured, plastic digital watches, for something a little more neutral too. Am I growing up?
David M Robinson is the designer of innovative jewellery and watches, that are sold via his online jewellery shop www.davidmrobinson.co.uk, as well as locations all over England. He started off as a teenager in a workshop in Liverpool and now over forty years later he employs more in house goldsmiths than any other retailer in the North of England! If you’re looking for an investment piece or a luxurious gift, then this store might be your saviour.
How amazing is this ring? The good news is, it’s only £1695, so if anyone’s feeling generous coming up to Christmas…
Buying clothes for Byron is kind of my guilty pleasure. Often, I’ll be wanting lots of new things for myself, but at the moment with a holiday to save for, there isn’t much cash to go around (and I’m of the attitude, “I can buy that in Florida for half the price!”) but I can always justify some new purchases for my little man. To be honest though, 99% of the time, they are justified— for example, there is no way his little bum will squeeze into trousers that fit him last autumn / winter!
That’s the thing with kids, isn’t it? They grown so damn fast! It sounds obvious, but it’s so true. During growth spurts, Byron can grow out of clothes in just a couple of months. Like most parents, we tend to buy clothing that’s a little bit too big, so it’ll last longer. There’s something cute about rolled up cords and jeans over little trainers or boots! I’m not hugely into designer clothes myself and maybe that’s why I don’t splash out on designer garments too often for Byron either. Inevitably he’ll grow out of them completely within 6 months and we’re more than happy to shop on the high street. That said, he does have a few gems in his wardrobe from his Nana and Grandad (some other people who can always justify new purchases!) in the form of bargains from the USA. He has some Ralph Lauren pumps which are a little too big right now, but I can’t wait for them to fit!
Sometimes though, I stumble across some clothing collections that are irresistible. Strawberry is an established children’s store in Liverpool, selling a whole bunch of designer swag, from Vivienne Westwood to Armani and Moschino. The Monnalisa new winter range has some really cute pieces for little girls. This pink bunny tutu skirt would make a great (and generous!) gift for a little girl to wear on her birthday or another special occasion that warrants something a little more extravagant!
The Catimini for kids range has a lovely colour palette— I LOVE the mixture of pink and turquoise for girls. In fact, I love bright colours for babies and toddlers, full stop. If it’s not acceptable to wear bright orange cords, a tee and a bright green hoody when you’re two years old, then when is it?!