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Fall/Winter 2013: Houndstooth Trend

It’s an oldie but a goodie; yes houndstooth is back and it’s one of the big fashion trends this winter. It is such a classic print and it proves to be as chic now as it was years ago. Originating from Scotland around the 1800’s it was actually Christian Dior in the 50’s who coined it as ‘houndstooth’ and the pattern was very much symbolic of well-tailored aristocracy and luxury. Over the years the print has reappeared every era and today it comes in the traditional style but also with more contemporary designs and experimental colours.  This winter the houndstooth print can be seen everywhere from full print dresses to blazers, trousers, bags, scarves and even heels.

Houndstooth is very versatile because you can wear it to the office or can wear it on a night out. Plus you can’t really ever go wrong with classic black and white! You can wear it as an accent piece or be bold and rock the print head to toe!  But the safest way to wear this trend is to keep it simple or perhaps try it with a red lip for a chic sophisticated look?

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Houndstooth fabric mini skirt by ZARA (link) £19.99 // Black tights by ASOS (link) // Black over the knee boots (similar pair here) // Black V Neck Long Sleeve top from ASOS (link) // Leather collar and zip coat from ZARA, last season // Black sunglasses by ZARA (new)

Are you loving the Houndstooth trend this winter?

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The ZARA sale

YES!! Hooray, it is here again. The ZARA sale officially kicked off in the UK  last Friday. So on my day off today (between starting my new job) I couldn’t help popping by my local ZARA store to see if I could score up any lovely bargains. With the ZARA sale you always have to be in quick because the best pieces and sizes sell out super fast!

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 After trying on quite a few bits and pieces I decided to get these items….

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White ruched sleeve top, now £5.99
Orange open back dress (link), now £29.99
Classic striped T-shirt (link), now £9.99
Yellow top with frilled sleeves (link), now £29.99

And then I spotted these shoes!! I’d been lusting after some ankle strap heels for a while now, but I find most ZARA shoes ridiculously high so I’d resisted to buy a pair, until now..

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Ankle Strap Sandal (similar pair here), now £19.99

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Now that’s a whole lotta leg! ;)

Loving my sale purchases.  Are you going to check out the ZARA sale?

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Recent retail therapy: H&M & ZARA purchases

Over the weekend I indulged in some retail therapy after having not felt very well the last few days. It’s not like I really needed any of these items, but hey when you find some great buys and end up spending no more than £25.99 per item it’s allowed right?

These are the purchases I made at H&M and ZARA.

White Blazer £24.99 (link) // Black leather look skirt £19.99
Turquoise sleeveless shift dress £25.99 (link) //White tulip skirt £25.99 (link)
Light orange and white combination strappy top £22.99 (link)

I’ve wanted a white blazer for ages and this one from H&M was a steal at that price. I loved its tuxedo style neckline and I will get so much wear out of it this summer; pairing it with dresses, jeans, shorts and skirts for both casual and dressy looks. Turquoise is one of my favourite colours so I felt this shift dress would add a nice pop of colour to my office wardrobe! Or add some fun heels or a bold statement necklace for a bright summer’s evening outfit.

What do you think of my recent purchases – such bargains don’t you think? Plus all items are pretty classic which makes them easy to combine with other items from my wardrobe for numerous stylish looks. Do you agree that both ZARA and H&M are stocked with great collections at the moment? Must try avoid that danger zone!! ;)

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Neon Coral Outfit of the Day

Summer in the UK doesn’t always mean hot amazing weather; pretty much as long as the sun is out and our jackets can stay at home we are all very happy people! This is a recent outfit of the day when the sun was shining in London and we all pretended for it to be summer time, but when really it was only about 15 degrees outside.

Therefore ‘summer’ here still means jumper-weather and that’s why I think a bright knit is a wardrobe staple for this time of the year. I already love my neon lime/yellow knit from ZARA (as seen here) so when I spotted this neon coral version recently I just couldn’t help myself. Bright colours just make me smile – what’s not to love?!

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Neon coral jumper by ZARA – £25.99 (link) //  White plain t-shirt by H&M // Destroyed Skinny Jeans by Abercrombie & Fitch (as seen here) // Sunglasses by Ray Ban // Leopard suede printed flats from ALDO // Watch by Michael Kors.

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 Are you, like me, a fan of neon and bright coloured jumpers for a fun summery look?

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Orange Fever – How to wear orange?

It is almost that time of the year again……QUEENS DAY!! As you may have read on here before, every year I travel back home to The Netherlands at the end of April to celebrate the Dutch Queens birthday by partying up a storm on the canals of Amsterdam. You can see some pictures of my previous orange fun times here and here. It is one of my favourite days ever and this year again I have organised a boat and am taking 35 of my friends on an adventure to my home country to show them how we party orange style!

One of the rules of Queens Day is that you have to wear orange. Well, you don’t have to, but you would look a bit out of place if you don’t! Now luckily this is not an issue for me because I love wearing orange anyway. And no, it’s not just because I am Dutch! Every time I wear orange people always say ‘of course you love it, you’re Dutch!’ but really it’s got nothing to do with that. I just love this bright and happy colour and think everyone should own something in the colour orange in their wardrobe, especially for summer!

So with me jetting off to Amsterdam this weekend, I have to admit I have been suffering a bit from Orange Fever and with so much orange in fashion at the moment, it has been hard not to shop up a storm filling my wardrobe with even more orange items!

Because some people might fear this bright colour and perhaps aren’t so sure how to wear orange, I thought I’d create a little collage to show you how I would style it and look fashionable and very on-trend.

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I did buy a pair of orange skinny jeans recently which will come in very handy this weekend for my Queens Day celebrations. Plus I also really love these orange heels by ZARA and was very tempted the other day to buy them but I haven’t yet (they were quite high…) but I am still thinking about it ;)

So what do you think, you be wearing orange this summer?

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