Heat!

London has been very, very hot this last week. Im not a summer girl, never have been. Im just not keen on summer fashion. I struggle in summer to combine comfortable, cool, fashionable and London. Im a bit in mourning this week as the amazing vintage fur coat I found in New York has headed off to cold storage for the summer. Im counting the weeks for its return and the lovely AW wardrobe.

London, dont let anyone tell you any different is very very oppressive in the high heat.
This summer has been particularly difficult due to my well documented hatred of pastels, frou frou sweety dresses and the majority of prints. I cant do sweet. My lack of natural waist can make me look a touch docker-ish. So with temperatures hitting 29 degrees this week. What the hell do you do? I am boring myself with black though, so I have taken the plunge and bought some colour and prints.

I thought I would share a couple of my heat week outfits.

This is something I bought from Windsmoor sale about 5 years ago. It sat in the wardrobe for about 3 as I couldnt work out what the hell to do with it. When kimonos emerged last year it jumped into becoming a summer staple. Its pure silk and is so nice to wear and cool.

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Still forcing the husband to take pics and you can see he is still not keen.

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Top – Windsmoor
Trousers – Very So Fabulous

On Saturday I went to a clothes swap that Katie G had organised. Red bows boutique, claire, sian and sally were there. Always as usual great to meet up with the amazing ladies, swap unloved clothes and gain new free ones ( thanks Sally for the polka dot skirt which is coming to Mexico with me). I unfortunately didnt get any pics but wore cobalt blue jeans from New Look Inspire and the asos curve blondie t-shirt with the jacket in the next picture.

Sunday was my husbands birthday and we went for lunch in One Aldwych. A great deal of 3 course brunch with unlimited Prosecco. Its a lovely hotel and I wanted something a bit more formal but cool and comfortable again.

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Jacket – asos curve
Top – GAP pure
Trousers – Evans
Shoes – New Look

I wore some harem trousers which I got from Evans a couple of years ago, pre the death of fashion there. They are in a really fluid fabric but are not too wide. I really like the jacket. Its very light and fluid and is a lovely nude rose colour.
We had a great lunch and took advantage of the Prosecco. We were going to finish off with a cocktail in the bar downstairs but it was invaded by the whole cast of Made in Chelsea. Im sorry those who like this but for me, if there was ever an advert for socialism this is it.

Yesterday I think I went a bit mad, but I actually like this outfit. I wanted to clash prints and colours.
I enjoyed it.

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Aagh my comfort blanket, the ever present Breton top

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Jacket – asos curve (sale)
Top – Very South
Trousers – Very So Fabulous
Necklace – Shape of Lies
Flip Flops – Havainas (pretty much live in them, esp going to work all summer)

That leaves today. Another top that doesnt get enough outings but Im going to wear it more.

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This is a really interesting blouse. A bit waterfally but a beautiful pearl/dove grey colour with dandelion print in gold. Its a very fluid but still a bit structural in a way I love it. Im now also experimenting with self timer on the photos, so a wee bit dodge.

Jacket – asos curve ( this is the rose one in black)
Blouse – Topshop
Trousers – Simply Be

Its now cooling down, so I may be able to revert back to my usual black and weekend skinny jeans staples.

On a shopping note. New Look Inspire have some amazing bright 7/8th trousers in at the moment. They also have amazing shoes including some great styles in wide fit. I went a bit shoe mental after the clothes swap in New Look and ended up with a pair of peep toe flatforms, gold grecian sandals and a great pair of flatform brogues. I will post on them soon.

Oh my God is that a print your in!

As you know from my previous post Im finding this season very difficult. I am struggling badly with almost every look. The sugary pastel and sugared almond colours, pretty dresses and floral prints being the main offenders. However not too wild about a lot of the other prints either.

But, I am boring myself with one woman move towards a gothish summer and am feeling decidedly left out. So the only thing that I really quite like are the more tropical prints with the stronger colours. I had been inspired by Amy of These Girls turn heads wearing the asos floral trousers with her amazing charity shop find of an Issey Miyake jacket. I saw these trousers in Very’s So Fabulous range and thought I would give them a try.

I was meeting up with some other bloggers (strange now being able to say Im a blogger too) for lunch on Saturday and knew I would get an honest reaction. The ladies being Clare from amonkeyfatshionista, Gina of fatfitfine and Sally of Sallyre I have truly met some amazing women through the blogs and Plus London.

This is so far out of my comfort zone, Im so print phobic.

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Trousers – Very So Fabulous
Jacket – ASOS Curve
Top – Gap Pure
Necklace – Spitalfields market years ago
Earrings – Tatty Devine
Shoes – Evans

The photos are courtesy of Claire’s lovely other half Rob. My husband is proving difficult to corner on photo taking duties at the moment.

I do like the trousers. On Very’s website they are down as cigarette trousers, which I would say they are not. I was worried they were leaning towards festival style baggy but they are still fairly slim. These are quite a true fit and I would say are quite roomy, so probably dont be tempted to size up as you sometimes need to on cigarette trousers. My legs are probably my slimmest part though. I am very tempted to get the ASOS Curve floral cigarette trousers to try now.

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I love the jacket and will probably end up getting the nude rose colour for summer. Curve does do great pieces when they get it right. Even though I did have a complete mare with the delivery of the jacket and asos customer care. It ended up taking over a week to get a next day delivery, and I did end up stuck in a round of endless emails with customer care to get the parcel redispatched. With different people telling me different things, and asking me to reply to emails which then bounced straight back telling me that was an unattended mail box, and to start the circle all over again. The order was quite large cash wise and I was a bit annoyed this took so long to sort out. Ordering on line does wind me up a bit as often due to sizing being a bit all over the place, you end up ordering 2 sizes, paying for it, sending back etc. Delivery should be damn easy. I do miss a shopping experience!

I wore the trousers with a black top as a kind of way of easing myself into it. On reflection I think I would try to wear them with a colour or white next time. I have just got the asos curve classic white shirt which is a great cut and fit and I think I would

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I like Gap Pure and this a cocoon shape t that has just come in. I probably wouldnt get another. There is a better style in violet, black and white which is a more flattering shape and this did get a bit big and shapeless after a while.

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Thanks Rob for the great photos.

Last weekend was that delighfully cold snap which gave me a brief opportunity to wear my fantastic NY purchase, my mink coat for 1 weekend before it heads off to cold storage for the summer. Its a vintage coat and is gorgeous. I wore it to the tatty devine sample sale in Brick Lane where I met up with Lauren of the thepocketrocket and Bethany from myarchedeyebrow. I wore it with skinny jeans and a breton top. Roll on winter!

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I bought far too much at Tatty Devine and I will blog the pieces as I wear them. It was amazing, baskets and baskets of lovely Tatty Devine things at amazing prices. I havent spent as much time as I should around Brick Lane and I also had the most amazing bagel at a shop Lauren introduced me to. As an added bonus I got to have cocktails with Rachie before heading off to meet my husband for drinks.

I wore the great shark tooth necklace I got for work to dress up a navy jumper. It just jumps out at you and was such a steal.

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So me in a bright print. What next a peach dress possibly involving chiffon or lace?

Err, no. Im still looking longingly at A/W and will be stalking Asos_Clare on twitter to pester for dark edgy pieces.