Fashion and Shoes

Fashion and Shoes

Recently my brother got married in the Scottish Highlands. Big family occasions are always lovely but preparing for a wedding is always difficult. It is important to look smart, as if you have made an effort. Choosing an outfit that looks nice is difficult. I spent ages walking around different stores looking for something that leapt out and grabbed me. There was very little that I actually liked. When I found something that looked nice when I tried it on it just did not look the way I thought it would. Eventually I did find a dress I liked but then I had to find matching shoes and a bag. I won’t even go into how hard it is to find a hat.

It is just as hard for men, you have no idea how many suit shops we visited before we found one my husband liked. Then we had to get a shirt and tie that matched. We also had to get a suit for my son to ensure that he looked smart. He was insistent that he wanted a suit that made him look like a gangster, but was pleased with the one he ended up with. Here they are together, looking smart. Do you think my son achieved the gangster look?

   Wedding suitsMy son finished the look with a purple tie which he is not wearing here. I think he looks really smart. My husband was struggling to find a shirt to wear with his suit until he had a look at Jacamo. The shirt is a Black Label Double Collar Texture shirt by Jacamo. (RRP £35) The detailing around the collar and the sleeves made it look a little different as well as being really smart. The white buttons also make it look classy.

Jacamo shirtIt looks nice with or without a tie, he wore a blue tie for the actual wedding which looked lovely. . You can see the pattern around the collar, cuffs and inside the button flap of the shirt better in this picture. His belt is also from Jacamo, a smart buckle belt (RRP £12), which perfectly complemented the suit. 

Jacamo shirtThe shirt is also perfect for casual wear and he teamed it for the evening do with a pair of Jacamo Stretch chinos in tobacco (RRP £25). He was really pleased with the fit of the trousers, normally he takes them in or takes them up but these were perfect.

Jacamo chinosAs for the wedding the weather was gorgeous, the scenery was beautiful and it all went really well. My husband was really comfortable in his outfit which really helped him enjoy the event.

Disclosure: I was sent some items from Jacamo in return for an honest review.

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When I go shopping for clothes I don’t spend hours browsing. I tend to walk though stores quickly and wait for something to shout my name. I always know instantly when I like something, the look and style just calls out to me and I have to stop and look. Sadly these days I find it very difficult to find clothes I like. I like to wear clothes that are a little bit unusual, unique and a bit quirky. I don’t really follow fashion, I wear what I like and what I think looks good. Joe Browns recently got in touch and asked me if I would like to try some of their clothes. When I went to look on their website I found that nearly everything there was shouting my name. The clothes are unique, unusual and very stylish.

Joe Browns was founded in 1998 by Simon Brown to create remarkable and distinctive clothing at affordable prices and they have definitely succeeded. The range covers both men and women clothes and also footwear and accessories. I wanted to put together a summer look, I have been looking for a summer dress that will take me to different occasions in the summer. I needed something that would look perfect walking along the beach, but would also look stylish at an evening barbecue party. I think I found the perfect dress in this Salvador dress.

Joe BrownsThe blue shade is perfect for the Summer and I love the funky crochet lace detail and embroidery. It reminds me of the 1920’s and the flapper style that was around then. The dress is also very comfortable, the soft  viscose fabric flows around you and it swirls in a stylish way as I walk.

Joe Browns Salvador DressThe back of the dress has lacing which looks really nice and also means you can tighten the dress so it flatters you. The length of the dress is perfect for me as well, being small I often find that dresses are far too long.

I teamed the dress with the Lovely Leather Knotted Sandal, a roman style sandal with a bold ethnic print making up the knotted upper. I thought these were striking and very unusual.

Joe Browns Lovely leather knotted sandalThey are also very comfortable to wear and I would be happy walking long distances in them. What do you think of my summer style with Joe Browns?

I have been given a £50 voucher to giveaway to my readers so you can create your own summer style with Joe Browns. To enter just leave me a comment below telling me what event you need an outfit for this summer. When you have done that come back and fill in the rafflcopter widget so your entry is registered. This is the only mandatory entry. You can get other entries by tweeting, following on facebook and twitter if you want to, but these are optional. Good luck!

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The Rules

  • UK only
  • Closing date for entries Monday 9th June 2014 at midnight
  • Include a valid email address or twitter id (it will not been shown). This is to allow me to contact you if you win.
  • One entry per household.
  • The winners will be contacted by email and their details sent to the PR for delivery only and not kept for any other purpose.
  • The PR is responsible for shipping the prize.
  • One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
  • The prize is a £50 voucher for use on the Joe Browns website.

Disclosure: I was sent some items from Joe Browns in return for an honest review. I was not told what to write and my opinions are my own.

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I haven’t worn a watch for a long time. I have sensitive skin and I find that wearing a watch can irritate it and cause a rash. This is caused by the metal back and strap of most watches so it was easier to do without. I rely on my mobile phone to tell the time, but this is not as convenient as looking at a watch. You can’t always have your phone on and it means sometimes I am late for things. I was intrigued when Jord Wood Watches got in touch to tell me about their watches. They are watches which have been hand crafted from wood.

Jord Wood Watches

Each watch is made from wood obtained from all over the world, different woods create different watches. You will find watches made from bamboo, maple, sandlewood, blackwood, cherry and teak. Each watch is unique, crafted depending on the grain of the wood meaning by wearing a Jord wood watch you have a individual fashion item.
Jord Wood Watch

I have the Ely watch in Maple which I love. It is really comfortable to wear, it is so light you can hardly feel it. I love the fact that I now always know what the time is. When it first came the watch was a little large, but it is easy to remove links to make it the correct size. All you need is a small screwdriver. I think it looks really stylish and it goes with lots of different outfits. Lots of people have remarked about it as well and are really surprised you can get a watch made from wood.

JORD have a great range of watches to choose from, you can see some of them in the widget below. I think they would make a great gift. The Ely watch costs $129 and can be purchased directly from Jord. Jord ship internationally and the shipping is very quick. The watch is splash proof but I wouldn’t advise jumping into a swimming pool whilst wearing it!


If you decide to buy a JORD watch make sure to share it! Currently JORD is asking people to hashtage thier photos with #jordwatch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. By doing this you are entered to win monthly prizes. How would you like to own an Ely watch like the one I am currently wearing? Jord Wood watch Just make a comment below telling me what the last thing you were late for was. When you have done that come back and fill in the rafflecopter widget so your entry is registered. That is the only mandatory entry. You can get other entries by tweeting and following on facebook and twitter if you wish, but these are optional. a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Rules

  • UK only
  • Closing date for entries Monday 26th May at midnight
  • Include a valid email address or twitter id (it will not been shown). This is to allow me to contact you if you win.
  • One entry per household.
  • The winners will be contacted by email and their details sent to the PR for delivery only and not kept for any other purpose.
  • The PR is responsible for shipping the prize.
  • One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
  • The prize is an Ely Jord Wooden Watch in maple.

 

Disclosure: I was sent a Jord Wood Watch in order to do an honest review.

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Zalando have turned three this month and are running a birthday competition where they are challenging bloggers to look at their fashion style since they were three and see how it has changed over the years. I love a good challenge, so I had a look to find some old photos of myself and see if I could capture how my style had changed.

I was three in 1969, The Beatles released the album Yellow Submarine, the swinging sixties had been in full swing for a while with mini skirts, rock concerts and beehive hairdos. I did not have much choice over what I wore and kids clothing for girls at the time seemed to be very much pinafore dresses, plain sandals and long socks. For school we wore tunics with a blazer, tie and a beret, uniform was much more formal then. This is me around age three showing off my new hobby horse, which I still have and rocking the sandals and socks look.
1960sThe 1970s were a time for strikes, the Vietnam war and the cold war. I was oblivious to this and enjoyed my childhood running around with my brothers building dens and having fun outdoors. It was a time for flares, long dresses and florals. Starsky and Hutch was a big hit and people wanted baggy cardigans as seen on the show. The Bay City Rollers was a big fashion hit and people went around in tartan to my disdain. I was a bit of a tomboy and could be found in jeans and t-shirts. Here I am on holiday in Connemara rocking a very seventies style top.
1970s
The eighties was a time for roller discos, the Rubik cube and the start of computers entering households. I still lived mainly in jeans and t-shirts as seen in the picture below. Sadly it was also the time of the New Romantic era. For a while gypsy skirts, pedal pushers and frilled blouses were in style. I have to admit to owning a pair of green corduroy pedal pushers, which were the height of fashion at the time. I am glad no photos survive.
1960sAlso in fashion were pixie boots and bright sparkly scarves with tassels which we wore bandit style around our necks. I am quite glad that phase did not last long. When I went to university in the mid eighties I went though my rock chick phase. I had a gangster style hat which I used to wear along with beads in my hair which I crimped. I had jeans with holes and leather patches along with a collection of flowing skirts. Again I have no photos of that time, which is probably just as well. By the time I left university I had developed a more classic style with simple co-ordinating pieces that looked nice for work. This is me on holiday in Italy looking cool.

ItalyThese days I tend to wear trousers more than skirts. I like to coordinate tops with cardigans and my hair is a lot longer. It is a bit mad in this picture but I had trouble finding a recent one of me.

 photo NewLook2_zps125a2bca.jpgI like to add a touch of rebellion with studs on my boots and bags where I can and love unusual pieces that add a touch of uniqueness to my look. It is certainly a long way from pinafore dresses and sandals with socks. I wonder what I will be wearing a few years from now.

Disclosure: This is my entry into Zalando’s third birthday blogger competition to show my style evolution since I was three.

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Like any woman I adore jewellery. I have a selection of different items in my jewellery box that range from much loved items I wear most days to statement pieces that come out on special occasions. Some of my jewellery tells a story, like the bracelet I inherited from my Great Aunt. I remember visiting her at another Aunt and Uncle’s house for tea when I was little and always remember their dog. It was a poodle with no teeth and as a child I found this fascinating.
A gift of jewellery is always well received and years later will bring back memories of the occasion you received it. I would love to receive jewellery for Valentine’s day but usually I just get a card or some chocolate. When I saw Links of London were offering bloggers a chance to win £1000 jewellery wish list I had to join in. It gave me a chance to look at their jewellery and dream for a little while.

So if you were given £1000 to spend on Links of London jewellery what pieces would you choose? I had great fun browsing and this was the selection I came up with.

Valentine's Jewellery Wish list

Links of London 20/20 Bangle / Links of London Infinite Links Bracelet / Links of London Seahorse charm / Sweetie Watch Black / Links of London Chinese New Year Dragon

First I chose a watch, currently I don’t have one and I love the simple elegance of the Sweetie Watch with it’s silver face and black strap. This would look elegant with any outfit. Secondly I chose a couple of charms, I already own a Links of London Sweetie bracelet which is a piece I love to wear. These charms would go perfectly with it. I had to have a dragon, as I am mad about them. The seahorse I just thought was nice and a little bit different. Finally I chose a couple of bracelets as these are the items of jewellery I wear most often. I thought both of these bracelets were elegant and timeless as well as being unusual and unique. I can think of numerous occasions where I would wear these, one of them is a wedding I will be going to in the Summer. So that is my wish list, what do you think? What would you choose?

Disclosure: This is my entry into the Links of London Valentine wish list competition.

You might also be interested in my John Greed jewellery wish list.

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