Monday, 24 May 2010
Reduced from £12 to a bargain £8 (minus £1.60 thanks to 20% student discount) this dress comes in a variety of colours and is still available in store and online.I picked out this light purple colour but there's greens and the like available as well.
The dress itself is figure-flattering with it's elasticated waist emphasising and slimming the waist, the v-neck is long-celebrated for flattering us girls and the length is great for the shape of one's legs. Throw in the cute detailing of crochet on the shoulders (and crochet is not something I usually go for) and I was sold.
More summer wardrobe hauls to come soon, I promise!
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
(image taken from the Howard Centre website)
So for those of you who haven't heard, shoe darling Faith has gone into administration, the online shop is no longer taking orders and stores are beginning to close. This makes me majorly sad. Not just because I love shoes, which I do, but because Faith shoes hold a few important memories for me.
I got my first pair of heels from Faith when I was 14. My dad was getting re-married and we needed to find some shoes that went with my now step-sister's and mine outfits (they were gold). My stepmum, dad, stepsister and I had been shopping for a day and had no luck with mine thanks to my size nine feet. Then we walked into Faith. To cut a long story short, they had a gorgeous pair of cream suede heels in size nine that I walked down the aisle in.
Skip forward four years and to London this time. It was the Easter holidays and I'd turned 18 a few months prior. My boyfriend, away at uni at the time, had taken me to London for the day so I could pick my birthday present. I skipped Topshop, I skipped Urban Outfitters and I skipped Dorothy Perkins. He questioned where I was heading, having anticipated I'd drag him in there. I, however, had my sights set on the Faith store I'd spotted further down the street. We left with a pair of beautiful black suede-style heels. They're my favourite heels.
So Faith may be just another shoe shop to some people, but for every person who thinks that there's someone who bought their first heels in their, or were treated by their first love in there, or got married in a pair. Shoes, like clothes and songs, can have memories attached to them. That is why I'll miss Faith. That and it's killer trying to find size 9s that look as good as Faith shoes do!
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Sunday, 9 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
That aside, I am now the owner of a piece of Henry Holland, thanks to my uni loan and a free morning before uni I found myself in town and decided to treat myself to one of the pieces I so dearly wanted. I scoped out a couple of the pieces from my list in the Sunderland branch and hot-footed it to the changing rooms.
Unfortunately I wasn't all too impressed. The pink check playsuit I wanted may have looked great on the model but on me it was shapeless to the extreme, I doubt even a cinched in waist of my own provision would have helped it. It looked like a sack on me.
This small failure was added to by the ditsy playsuit which came up short on me. Okay so this wasn't a design flaw it was more my long torso means some playsuit shorts can look like hotpants on me, not such a great thing. Onto the reject pile it went.
A few more dresses and a skirt later and I finally found it. 'It' was on my original lust list and one I'd saved until last:
The official description on the Debenhams' website is as follows: "This H! by Henry Holland all in one outfit waves it's magic wand to indecisive wardrobe decisions. The 2-piece dress masters a jersey vest top with an attached check skirt for a complementing daytime look that says "This girl knows how to dress". Effortless."
Effortless? Check. Complementing daytime look? Check. I love this outfit. It's easy to accessorise, can be worn with tights or leggings (I'm not brave enough to go bare-legged) and it's always remarked positively upon when I wear it. The jersey top is stretchy enough for if you're having one of those paranoid days where nothing fits right and the pulled in waist creates great figure. The skirt cuts off at the best point on the leg to provide a very flattering look plus the buttons in the same material as the skirt are a cute attention to detail which I adore.
A lovely outfit for under £30 which can be worn all year round? Brilliant I say, simply brilliant.