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S&D fashion: winter florals go digital

I love the combination of winter florals and digital prints that seem to be hitting the high street at thee moment. It’s a great combination of the technology fuelled prints we saw last winter combined with the romantic nostalgia of florals.

T his is the one that started my obsession. I’m considering treating myself for my birthday and dressing up the leather pencil skirt I scored in the sale (sounds odd but it will work)

Blue floral blouse oasis

Warehouse’s cherry blossom dress is currently on sale. For 44 pounds I think this would make a neat statement dress.

Warehouse cherry blossom dress

And finally, Emma Cook at Asos delivers a dress that’s more subdued in colour but still packs that punch with it’s one shoulder pleats and graphic floral prints.

Emma Cook at Asos floral dress

Bring on spring

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Party time

I admit that it is a little late to be looking at buying party clothes as most of us are now through the majority of the Christmas party rush. But this year has been so manic that it’s only now that I actually have time to look at the baubles and treats to entice us into spending just a little bit extra.

And of course, there are a few things that I just had to share…

Andy Crossbody Posse clutchSigerson Morrison Leather sandall

Andy Crossbody clutch, Sigerson Morrison Leather sandall both at Gilt

The Andy Crossbody clutch is the perfect combination of touch style and girlie party wear. I’d wear it to dress up my jeans and top after the office combination or with a slouchy Cos sweater dress to give a nod to the holiday season.

The shoes, ahhhhh the shoes, would go with anything this season. The perfect combination of blocky heel and strappy sole means you could dress them up with some evening trousers or use them in the day with knitted tights and a sweaterdress.

Sky stacks neclace     Aurelie Bidermann cuff

Those who know me know I love chunky jewellery hence the beautiful anthropologie necklace and the festive red cuff from Aurelie Bidermann which is apparently inspired by Greek mythology

Anthropologie sky stacks necklace, Aurelie Bidermann cuff
Mmmm I wonder if Santa’s listening? If you are then I have been a very good girl this year…

Sneak Peak: Marni at H&M (video)

Oh my god how exciting. I personally wasn’t a great fan of the Versace at H&M collection – for me it was a case of brands with completely different styles and ethos coming together. But Marni and H&M looks from the sneak peak video they’ve posted about the collection to be a match made in heaven.

The collection launches in March next year. I’m expecting clashing, kooky prints and gorgeous chunky jewellery – check out the necklaces and bracelets shown in the video.

For me the Kurt Geiger & H&M collaboration has been my favourite high street meets designer so far – the merging of beautiful cocoon jackets in leather and slightly punky belts and shoes made it for me. But this I feel may top all of that. Roll on March…

Friends of Oasis: But how similar are these new additions?

Topshop are known for their concessions floors, H&M have owned designer partnerships and now Oasis has branched out to include 3 new brands into their stores.

How close Friends are they really?
Friends of Oasis sees three new concessions added to Oasis stores (from the press release it seems to be Liverpool and London leading the way, with concessions launching in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Dublin, Glasgow, Kingston, Lakeside and Reading later on.) But when I visited the store in Argyll street on Friday I had to question how closely the afinity of the new brands were to Oasis.

Oasis position the new concessions as ‘Like minded brands, that share our passion for fashion.’ For me the Oasis shopper wants fashion that will last; clothes that look and feel good but will last the season and some more (I have a dress that I bought in school that I still pull out for winter meetings). They are the kind of people that see the value in buying a designer handbag that will last the test of time but don’t have the resources to do it.

And whilst the designers they have chosen are fashion forward, a lot of the items I saw in the Argyll Street store were high polyester and obviously so – to me that is not something that would appear in an Oasis collection and so shouldn’t appear in any concession they associate with. So far, so not likeminded.

Sharing a passion for fashion
On the fashion side of things, the brands fare slightly better.

Fever is their ’60’s siren’ range and has some nice dresses that I can see being good for the office.

Friends of Oasis: Fever dressOasis Stores: Fever Dress 2

Pretty yes. Dramatically different from what I can find elsewhere on the high street? Hmmm

Max C is slightly better in that their designs are a little bit different. Their blurb calls the brand ‘quintessentially British’ and this Peter Pan collar dress doesn’t disappoint.

Oasis Dress Max C Peter Pan collar dress

They also have some cute school style cardies.

Oasis Stores: Max C Grey School Cardigan
However, I have to ask – is this all just a little bit copycat rather than leading the pack?

So onto True Decadence, the party brand. There are a few dubious cutout options….

Oasis Stores True Decadence Cut out Dress

But if you root around then there are a few gems to be found.

Oasis True Decadence: Colour Block Dress

So I’m not convinced. But it will be interesting to see how the sales figures show what the rest of shoppers think about Oasis new friends. What do you think- brave move to keep up with trends in retail or brand damaging? Do you feel these brands fit with your view of Oasis?

party dressing – quirky shapes and dramatic details from BHLDN

so it’s not even November and my thoughts are turning to party dressing. Bhldn (pronounced beholden) originates from the same roots as the lovely Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters and just as you would expect brings the same quirky style to it’s collection. Full skirts, beautiful detailing and quirky prints…. mmmmmmm.

BHLDN dresses

I love the way in which the site is shot; taking dresses in different colourways and stylng it up for different occassions. The yellow ribbon dress for example is described as perfect for afternoon tea with the girls:

BHLDN Ribbon Dress

Whilst the white is styled to create some winter glamour – check out those beautiful boots!

BHLDN Ribboned Dress

When you’ve chosen your occasion then you can click through and buy the accessories and shoes all in one go. Too easy really isn’t it?

Homemade…by someone else

With the etsy movement so much entrenched that it’s hard to remember a time without it, handmade is really the way to go for some unique jewellery you won’t find on every girl in the office.

My problem is I’m not sure I’m brave enough to move into the territory of homemade style; questions rush through my mind suc as, if it’s borderline cool will they think I’ve made it myself and sympathy-like it? Will I look like my mum? or even worse a very old girl guide displaying the fruits of this evenings labour?

Well these amazing necklaces from the empress dowagers new jewels have allayed all my fears. Friendly shapes, trendy patterns and unique layering make each necklace a true statement piece that would be perfect over my wadrobe of black slouchy dresses and grey marl.

the empress dowager yellow necklace  the empress dowager layered necklace

the empress dowager chaldedony poppies necklace  the empress dowager reclaimed onyx necklace

Now I’m just waiting for the perfect pattern before I snap up my chosen piece.