I get such a thrill from scouring the high street to find those high street hits. The sort of pieces that have friends gasping in surprise when you tell them where they are from. I spotted this broiderie anglaise frill blouse on the gorgeous SusieSoSo and purchased it immediately. I liked the ‘instafamous’ Monsoon victoriana blouse, but I didn’t love it enough for it’s £59 price tag and it felt a little stiff and uncomfortable on. This one from New Look is half the price and slightly more comfortable to wear as it’s 100% cotton. (The Monsoon blouse is 100% polyester, you know me and natural fibres…)
I am wearing it with a grey cotton vest underneath, but I would probably recommend wearing a flesh coloured vest underneath. I ordered a size 8 so I would say it runs true to size. It also comes in Black which I think could be very useful in the summer and the black version is currently half price! (Buy here)
I have paired with these Petite Navy Button Wide Leg Cropped Trousers, also from New Look. I have been experimenting with wide leg trousers for a while now, and wasn’t convinced they were very ‘me’ but I think it’s about finding a pair that are the perfect length. And it seems a centimetre or two can make all the difference. These are from New Look’s ‘Petite’ range, so they are the perfect length for me (I am 5’4) They would also look great with a pair of white stans and a t-shirt in the summer. I really loved the button detail on the pockets.
Coat by Miranda Dunn London. (www.mirandadunnlondon.com)
I also have to tell you about my ‘revamped’ bag. My husband bought me this YSL clutch for our 10th wedding anniversary and as much as I love it, I wasn’t using it enough because it’s a clutch, which meant I only really used it when we went out somewhere smart (which isn’t that often) So I decided to order a purse chain from Etsy, and I am so thrilled with the result. (I used a tape measure to decide which length chain I needed.)
I was thinking of taking it along to a cobbler to see if they can attach two little rings inside the bag so that I can attach the chain strap properly, but for now I am just linking the two ends of the chain and it works perfectly. (I just need to make sure that the link is under the flap, if you look closely, you’ll see it wasn’t in these pictures) This is the purse chain that I bought…
The other purchase which I made recently and am THRILLED with are these pink suede loafers from H&M. They are like slippers on, and I think they look just as good as the Gucci or Mansur Gavriel loafers for a fraction of the cost. I have no time for uncomfortable shoes, so tend to ‘invest’ when it comes to shoes to ensure comfort, but these are 100% suede and leather and really comfortable, I promise! H&M £34.99
I also ordered this very pretty red floral blouse from H&M. It’s gorgeous on, but I think I will be sending it back because it’s polyester. Lily and Lionel do a very similar blouse in silk which I might have to save up for, but if you don’t mind wearing polyester, it’s a really pretty shape and a great price at £19.99.
Have you found any high street gems recently? If so, I’d love to hear about them!