Winter 2016 at Monsoon Grand Central

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When you think Monsoon, what comes to mind? Ball gowns? Evening dresses? Wedding outfits?

If that’s all you think of, then you’re missing out. I’ve long listed Monsoon among my high street faves – among the pretty sparkly dresses (which, let’s face it, I’m always a fan of) you’ll find colourful casual wear and quirky accessories (both in store, and next door courtesy of Accessorize), and of course very importantly – good sizing.

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Clad in Plaid & Mary Janes from CLOGGS

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Mary Janes are a pretty staple kind of shoe for me – I adore the cute ankle strap, and they invariably come with a blocky heel that makes them smart yet comfortable when I’m in the studio or styling at events (honestly, I never thought I’d become a ‘comfortable shoes’ type of person, but it’s amazing what being on your feet all day will do!) In my recent great annual wardrobe clear out I had to bin my much-loved tan Mary Janes, a sad, sad day but they really were past saving.  The fact that they were so worn out tells a tale as to how much they were worn, and also the giant, gaping hole they left in my shoe wardrobe!

So, I was incredibly pleased when CLOGGS contacted me to ask if I’d like to review a pair of Hush Puppies, and I spotted this gorgeous, tan, T-bar pair.

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It was obviously fate! I loved the double strap detail, and the mix of croc and plain leathers. Of course, being Hush Puppies I also knew that they would be super comfortable. Off went my order, and the postman swiftly delivered! In person I was just as pleased. The detailing was as lovely as it looked on the site, and also the heels had an unusual round / cylinder shape that I hadn’t noticed but think is fab! All the comfort of a block heel, but with a little more interest. And on the comfort theme, the insoles are lined with a bouncy cushion, meaning that I’ve worn these all day in the studio whilst styling with no achy feet issues. An added benefit at this time of year is some grip on the soles. I hate being that woman sliding about in the Winter in unsuitable shoes!

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I teamed my new Hush Puppies with a recent (ish!) purchase from Lindybop. I’d heard lots of good things about this online purveyor of retro fashion, and when I spotted this plaid dress in their sale at the end of last year I thought it would be a good excuse to give them a try! Teamed with red it made the perfect Christmas Day dress, but I’m now enjoying picking out the browns and blues from the tartan fabric as I take it through into Spring. For the, quite frankly ridiculous, purchase price of £16.99 (and they still have lots of sizes in stock!) I’m really pleased with the quality – it even came with the matching belt. I’ll definitely be making more purchases in the future.

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Blue cardigan – Monsoon (old,), tartan dress & belt – Lindybop, tan t bar mary janes – c/o Hush Puppies at CLOGGS, red tights – Dorothy Perkins (old), tan clutch – Topshop (old)

 

 

 

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Disclosure – Shoes PR sample provided for consideration of review.

Botanical Garden Florals

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Dress – ASOS, Shrug (in hand) – Monsoon, Clutch – Topshop, Flats – Boden

 

 

There was no way that I could resist trying to take some outfit photos in the gorgeous surroundings of the hotel we stayed in on our recent holiday in Madeira. One of the things I loved about this trip was having a dinner booked in the hotel restaurant every night – it was lovely to have the routine of getting dressed for dinner.  [Read more…]

How to Wear Summer Dresses in Winter

Image first appeared on Grand Central Birmingham blog

With my preference for lighter, brighter colours, shopping in winter can be a bit of a nightmare for me. It always seems strange to me that as the sun disappears and the days get depressingly shorter, all of the colour disappears from the shops and we are surrounded by black and grey. Bleurgh!

So, my solution? Well I buy far more in the Spring/Summer months when the colours are sunnier and more my style, and then take them through into Winter with me. [Read more…]