It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the Fran household and I’ll agree that my blog has suffered somewhat while I’ve been preoccupied but we’re back, so to celebrate this joyous occasion I have decided to do a review on an online shop called “Pret a Portobello”.

Now, most of you will be familiar with the London market scene, but if you aren’t..I’ll do a bit of explaining first. London has a very eclectic and interesting market scene that has earned it’s place as one of the most recognized market cities in the world. One of these markets is Portobello.At Portobello you can buy almost anything.. from a vintage pearl necklace to an edgy new handbag, it really is a pretty funky place to pick up a one off item.

This is where “Pret a Portobello” comes in, It’s basically the mother of all online shops containing various stalls and brands that can be found on the market strip, but it’s an online shopping experience with a difference. To keep the theme alive, Pret a portobello has introduced a “haggle” button. So if you want to experience the world of market street haggling but don’t fancy travelling all the way up to London to do it, have a go on here!

Screen shot 2013-07-17 at 13.27.33Haggling in it’s most simplest term involves using your cheek and bargaining skills to get an item down to a more acceptable price, this is an important skill because traders enjoying conning people and are damn good at it too! I can’t tell you the number of times I have walked away thinking I owned that sale only to find that I had been conned out of a tenner. With that being said if you can master the art of haggling it will save you a few pounds.

Screen shot 2013-07-17 at 13.47.28

1. Brown leather satchel, £50.
2. Black fedora hat, £30.
3. Aztec print satchel, £45.
4. Vintage print jumper, £20.
5. Colourful box clutches, £21.

While there isn’t a huge variety of clothing on this website, their accessories are good quality items on the cheap. These box clutches are a perfect twist on the usual clutch trend and come in a wide range of colours, I have my eye on the yellow and mint coloured ones in particular. They stock both new and vintage clothing and despite the current heatwave (urgh!) this vintage jumper is a bargain for £20. Fedoras and trilby hats are still a staple item in anyone’s wardrobes and while my giant head doesn’t  fit in the ” one size fits all” category, I might add this black fedora to my hat collection as they come in a variety of sizes, Hallelujah!

Screen shot 2013-07-17 at 13.33.33

6. Pleated maxi dress, £65.
7. Deco sweater, £20.
8. Leather detail tee, £15.
9. Florescent necklace, £20.
10. Print joggers, £28.
11. Mac coat inserts, £1.
12. Mac coat in see through, £49.

Like I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not one to wear dresses however I am loving the maxi dress trend at the moment and I have been searching for one that isn’t black to add to my collection. I like this one in particular because it oozes elegance and I haven’t seen many like in the high street shops. These aztec joggers are stunning and can be worn in a variety of ways. They also tick the boxes for the aztec and florescent trends. Whilst I’m aware that festival season is coming to a close, I had to share this see through mac with you all, not only is it right on trend at the moment but it’s pocket images can be changed, so if you were wondering what those inserts were for, there you go! I love these inserts because they add a touch of humour to the coat as well as being incredibly trendy and different.

So what do you guys think? Is the haggle feature a good idea or unneeded effort?

Peace out xo



After hours upon hours of my time spent strenuously looking for jobs, I’ve decided to procrastinate by creating a work wardrobe and how to incorporate fashion into the workplace. While suits seem to be the “way forward”, the thought of having to wear a dreary charcoal grey suit to work everyday makes this job search all the more tedious. Now, before I go any further I just want to say that I have nothing against suits as such..  in my personal opinion there are just far more interesting things to wear to work that still make you look professional as well as fashionable. Unless of course.. you are Don Cherry or Craig Sager who give me that glimpse of hope that you can look dang cool in a suit..


Don Cherry


Craig Sager

Obviously if you aren’t them, what you can get away with depends mostly on the kind of job you’re doing. If you’re a tree surgeon, a pro wrestler or something along those lines suits are going to be the least of your worries, so this post is more for people in office or fashion roles.

Screen shot 2013-06-23 at 18.17.31

Skinny twill trousers, ASOS. £15
Grey t-shirt, Monki. £6.80
Black blazer, Wallis. £34
Brogues, Harvey Nichols. £395
Necklace, Amrita Singh. £39
Neon clutch, Nastygal. £32

A timeless black blazer and skinny twill trousers can be effortlessly jazzed up with hints of colours in the form of  accessories. I’ve paired them with a slinky grey t-shirt as these two colours together are appropriate for the workplace and no one will even notice you are wearing a t-shirt if you pair it right. I’ve opted for fluorescent yellow accessories, right on trend and whilst I know it’s not the most work friendly colour, if you use it in small bursts it can give your outfit a twist without going overboard. Brogues are perfect for work outfits if like me you’re not into the whole stiletto heels look. Smart and practical as well as being a key fashion piece.


Screen shot 2013-06-23 at 18.18.11

Tie dye jumper, Objectci. £41
Sleeveless white shirt, Coggles. £98
Leather pencil skirt, Boutique1. £785
Cut out oxford, Nastygal. £84
Neon box clutch, Juicy Couture. £49
Collar tips, Boohoo. £3

While once again incorporating a key colour this summer, the neon plastic clutch contrasts perfectly against the muted tie dye jumper, fitting in with all the popular trends this summer. Leather has made a mammoth comeback in fashion and is not just for jackets anymore, a leather skirt is perfectly acceptable for the office if you pair it with the right attire. I’ve coupled it with a crisp white shirt, an on trend jumper and collar tips as the only accessory. This outfit is edgy as well as being just the right amount of demure for a work outfit.

Screen shot 2013-06-23 at 18.17.42

White shirt, John Lewis. £100
Black blazer, Wallis. £34
Twill trousers, ASOS. £15
Croc brogues, Kirnazabete. £195
Satchel, GAP. £110
Collar tips, Topman. £10

This outfit looks a lot like the outfits I wear on a daily basis but actually fits in quite well as an office outfit. Once again a simple black blazer and black twill trousers give you a professional look with the white shirt, and is a favourite amongst office wardrobes. However, I’ve given it a bit of a more fashionable finish by pairing it with ram head collar tips ( a tad odd i know but so gorgeous) and crocodile effect brogues. Satchels are perfect for work wear as well as being very fashionable at the moment. This is a perfect outfit to wear if you want to change up the daily routine of wearing a suit.

Screen shot 2013-06-23 at 18.18.00

Knit jumper, Topshop. £29
Pencil skirt, H&M. £15
Wedge boots, Jil Sander. £570
Cross necklace, Topshop. £12
Orange lipstick, Anna Sui. £19

While bold prints don’t work in every workplace, if you want to add a bit of colour into your work wardrobe a printed pencil skirt is the best way to do it. Paired with an oversized black jumper and a statement have yourself a pretty nice ( and trendy) little outfit. Whilst wearing heels isn’t my ideal choice of footwear, these black wedge boots go perfectly with the outfit.


And there we have it, what do you guys like to wear to work? Comment and let me know! 🙂


Peace out xo

So this week I’ve been in a manic frenzy trying to apply to every job under the sun, having unsuccessful interviews and I found out that I passed university with a grade that even my parents are relatively pleased with..result!

However this means that I’ve been slacking on my blog posts this week, so I thought I’d do a shop review for those fortunate enough to have money to burn, which I categorically do not.

So the shop I’ve decided to tell you guys about today is another quirky shop called Choies                  ( odd name i know),  which is an online shop that ships all over the world. It has quite an eclectic edgy style about it and has pages upon pages of clothes for you to look through.


Screen shot 2013-06-20 at 15.37.25

1- Grey t-shirt £38
2- Flash jumper £29
3- Pacman denim £54
4- Embroidered jumper £45
5- Cowboy sweatshirt £37
6- Stud should cardigan £49

With a huge variety of colourful and out there prints along with more classy clothing, Choies is another alternative online shop for those of you who like to have things that you don’t see everyday. The pacman denim jacket is a perfect way to give the denim trend a bit of personality and has an added bit of stud detailing on the collar which as you guys know is another ongoing trend at the moment. As much as I love the wild prints I have to admit, one of my favourite things on the website is the embroidered jumper above. It’s classy as well as having an extra bit of edge and really gives a different twist to the sweatshirt/sporty trend. The only downside with the tops and jackets on this website is that they aren’t very generous in terms of sizing. Some items come in larger sizes but some are restricted to an under 40 inch bust which isn’t at all ideal. The fact that you can’t use sizing as a search option isn’t brilliant as it means you literally have to go through every page of clothing until you find something you like and even then they might not have your size, but if you have the time to go through the website then i would do it cause you might find something you love as I have with the pieces above.

Screen shot 2013-06-20 at 15.37.07

7- Cut out boots £81
8- Winged sandals £56
9- Pink lace ups £65
10- Transparent clutch £30
11- Cut out leather shoes £60
12- Boy t-shirt £18
13- Stud platform sandals £55
14- Leopard contrast sneakers £89

If like me you love odd looking shoes, Choies is without a doubt the place to go for them. They have a huge selection of boots, platforms, sneakers and sandals that come in a variety of pretty shoes and more odd looking ones. If you are looking for a pair of Jeffrey Campbell esque cut out boots and the thought of paying a couple of hundred makes you want to cry, then these cut out boots are a good alternative for you. At £81 the price is still cry worthy but it can be justified a bit more then a couple hundred. The winged sandals are so cute, I tend not to like sandals cause I have massive feet and they make you look odd but I’ve been wanting this pair for ages. Gladiator sandals will always be a summer essential but they’ve never really done anything for me personally, so these will be a perfect twist on a never ending trend. Now yes.. I know many of you will look at those leopard print sneakers with pure disgust but I think they are absolutely gorgeous. Yellow is very in fashion right now and animal print is making a come back and while I won’t wear it loud and proud on any other part of me, these shoes are ideal for an embracing a trend you’re not sure you want to take part in.

I’ll let you know what shipping etc is like when i make my first order.

Any comments?

Peace xo

With festival season upon us, I’m sure the majority of you will be gracing these mud pits while I sit at home and contemplate why God ever gave me this hideous hay fever.. but I’m not envious or anything, honest!

This year, the festival season promises to be a good one, and with the likes of Eminem and Beyonce performing who can disagree? I unfortunately will not be one of you lucky people going, but I thought I would share with you, what I consider to be this summer’s festival essentials.

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 14.43.08








Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 15.09.15Green boots, £90.  Hunter USA
Art deco flatforms, £39.  ModCloth
Jelly Sandals, £11.34.  Debenhams
Bow Wellies, £87.  Farfetch
Dr. Martens, £90.  Motelrocks
Jeffrey Campbell, £80.  Office
Pink jelly boots, £18.  Blue banana
Clear jelly boots, £30.  USC

Depending on the festival you’re heading to.. the style of shoes you wear, should be based on the amount of mud you’ll be wading through( in some cases this can be a lot!). While I agree that wellies aren’t the most attractive things under the sun, they are by far the most practical so don’t feel stupid about packing a pair because I assure you, you won’t be alone. However if you’re anything like me and the thought of walking around in hideously bland wellingtons makes you cringe, then never fear. These days you can buy wellies in pretty much every pattern and colour you can think of, some even have little features like the adorable bow detailed wellington boots above.

If you are still looking for other options Dr. Martens are pretty near perfect for festivals. They are made of strong leather so are very durable and if you’re a little worried about getting them wet, they sell waterproof sprays pretty much anywhere and it can be a little lifesaver when you need it to be. You could even spray it on the bottom of your new jeans or trousers to stop the colour from running onto your shoes!

Now I have to mention that sandals aren’t very useful for festivals, but if the weather is on your side and there’s no hideous rain coming for you, then go for it! These Jeffrey Campbell spiked sandals are gorgeous and despite being a little on the expensive side, you won’t ever regret buying them.

These jelly Dr. marten inspired boots are the pinnacle of festival footwear, and if you think you can brave them then go for it. Stylish, Unique and a nice change to the usual docs if that’s the route you’re planning on going down. They are also perfect for pairing with a funky pair of socks. And who can disagree with Dr Marten style boots for this price, really?

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 15.09.04Clear bag, £50.  American Apparel
Dip dye denim, £42.  Topshop
Sequin bumbag, £28.  Asos
Jansport bag, £35.  Urban Outfitters
Aztec bag, £48.  Urban Outfitters
Aztec bumbag, £20.  Urban Outfitters
Fringe bumbag, £28.  Urban Outfitters

While trying to keep a suitable balance between practicality and looking good. Choosing a bag to take can be one of the hardest decisions. It makes me cringe when people walk around festivals with their best designer handbags cause the likelihood of them getting dirty or broken is pretty high. With that being said the bags above are all ideal candidates for heading to your chosen festival. Backpacks for a number of reasons are obviously the main choice of bags for festivals. Whilst being durable, they are also easy to clean when you get home so spend the extra money on finding a pattern you like because you don’t just have to get one for going to a festival! i have so many of them and use them on a daily basis for being more practical then a shoulder bag.

Whilst most of you will probably look at the bumbags and shudder at the thought of being mistaken for a tourist,they are slowly creeping into the fashion limelight. However there are so many more styles available that some are actually quite funky. I’ve chosen some above that I think would be perfect for whichever festival you choose to go to. Another plus is that your valuables can be in your sight at all times so you don’t need to worry about coming home out of pocket or a phone down! Amen for the bumbags.

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 15.09.45Fringe top, £33.  All Saints
Leather Jacket, £45.  ASOS
Vintage shorts, £22.  Rokit
Bow detail wellies, £87.  Farfetch
Straw clutch, £18.  GAP
Cross Necklace, £80.  Notjustalabel
Rounded sunglasses, £23.  Topshop

Fringing is set to be one of the biggest trends in festival fashion. I for one am not really it’s biggest fan as I don’t really find it flattering on me or others, but with this being said I have managed to create an outfit with the fringing trend intact that I would actually wear, hurrah! This All saints t-shirt is perfect for those who don’t fancy walking around in fringed dresses or those odd looking fringed shorts, but still want to be part of the trend. I decided to pair it with a classic leather jacket, a vintage pair of shorts and those cute bow detailed wellies from the image above! This outfit is perfect for Glastonbury as long as the weather doesn’t take an evil turn.

Screen shot 2013-06-11 at 15.09.55Dungarees, £65.  Ragged Priest
Jelly boots, £18,  Blue banana
Stud bracelet, £16.  Topshop
Ray-ban’s, £175.  Mytheresa
Green beanie, £12.  Zappos
Tie dye t-shirt, £22.  Etsie
Backpack, £27.  American Apparel

This has to be one my favourite outfit’s ever. Think of the 90’s and The Fresh Prince Of Bel air and this outfit is revived. Dungarees are a statement piece in summer fashion this year and while I’ve written a post with them in quite recently I had to use them in an outfit. This particular one is from the ragged priest which is a clothing brand that specializes in taking vintage articles of clothing and transforming them into customized pieces of new clothing. sad news though.. they only go up to a size 14 on their redesigned clothing, so I’m only just within their sizing boundaries. Paired with a vintage tie dye t-shirt from Etsie and those awesome pink jelly boots, this outfit isn’t one for someone who doesn’t want to be looked at, but if you can brave it then give it a go! Due to the fact that this outfit is already pretty crazy I’ve paired it with a darker green hat and matching backpack so that it isn’t overpowered.. no one wants to look like a pack of liquorice all sorts..

So there we have it, would love to hear what you guys think about the essentials and the outfits! Happy festival season!

Peace out xo

Over the years I’ve come to realise that I spend far too many hours of my time, surfing the good ol’ web oohing and aahing at every online shop i can find. I also tend to make wishlists of everything I want so as you can imagine these have accumulated rather dramatically over the last couple of years. But hey! now that I have a fashion blog, I deem it as acceptable to post my wishlists on here to show you guys what I’ll be buying within the next month and label it as “research”.

So here it is, my first beautiful ( and probably unrealistic) monthly wishlist. ( Sorry it’s rather lengthy).

Screen shot 2013-06-06 at 15.58.45

1- Cosmic boyfriend shirt £36,  ASOS.

2- Dungarees £48,  ASOS.

3- Mini dress £45,  ASOS.

4- Peep toe shoes £45,  ASOS.

5- Lace up oxford’s £90,  Wasteland. ( SO beautiful! )

I noticed this gorgeous shirt in the ASOS magazine and I have been waiting ever so patiently for it to appear on the website. It’s perfect for summer and the tie dye/ cosmic trend is very in right now. I’ve been wanting a pair of dungarees for a while now and these are pretty near perfect. They can be dressed down as well as being dressed up, I’ll definately be wearing these over summer! I’m not really a dress and frills kind of girl but with Summer making an appearance I’ll be needing one for nights out and this one is beautiful. It’s in a colour and print that are very in right now and the shape is very flattering for us girls who nip in at the waist as this dress cinches in to show off our curves. Right,  I know these shoes are quite similiar but i do have a slight obsessed for odd looking lace up shoes, and you can’t really have too many of the same style of shoes in different colours to where with a variety of outfits, or I think so anyway… but hey, I’m biased.

Screen shot 2013-06-06 at 16.39.03

6- Camo t-shirt £16,  Beyond Retro.

7- Tube pants £35,  River Island.

8- Grunge jumper £20,  Topshop.

9- Spike necklace £15,  Topman.

10- Spike hand chain £5,  PrettyLittleThing.

11- Comic t-shirt £15,  River Island.

12- Rainbow necklace £10,  Yayer.

13- Fringe backpack £45,  ASOS.

14- sequin bumbag £28,  ASOS.

I am in love with this vintage camouflage t-shirt from Beyond Retro. Camouflage is making a comeback in fashion and while I already have a number of camo t-shirts, I need this one in my collection. It’s oversized so I will probably wear it with leggings of some sort and my black doc martens to finish off the outfit. I have to mention the grunge jumper from Topshop.. it’s actually a maternity jumper but there’s no harm in shopping from this section and don’t feel embarrassed either! I’ve done it so many times over the years that the shop assistants probably think I’m popping out a baby every year! But the clothing in this section tends to be looser if you like that look (which I do) and sometimes tends to be nicer than the actual clothing in Topshop itself. I want these tube pants because I have some disco pants and they are so versatile and comfy that I really want to get another pair in a different colour, so I opted for a light wash denim. Perfect for summer and can be easily dressed up or down. Now, i’m sure some of you will be looking at the sequin bumbag with sheer horror but I actually love it, it’s perfect for fitting in with the shiny trend that’s circulating at the moment and is an essential for festivals as it’s less dangerous than carrying a bag around, no one wants to be down money or a phone when they get home!

Would love to know what you guys think about my wishlist! Don’t be shy and leave a comment 🙂

Peace out xo


So, today after spending a long while thinking about it, I made the executive decision to create a twitter!

Now for about a year I’ve been umming and aahing about making one, however I have doubts as to whether I am both funny and interesting enough to be part of the twitter craze. With that being said, and while I’ve probably not sold myself to you well at all.. I would like to invite you all to follow me on twitter and vice versa!

I will do my best to tweet frequently and humorously, however I cannot promise that you will all understand my sense of humour.