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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.

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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!

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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

 

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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..

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Don Cherry

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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 necklace..you 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

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.

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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?

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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

So, I spent most of yesterday doing a spring clean while my dad’s on holiday as I don’t think it’s natural for one man to make so much unneeded mess! Little did I know it was going to be a vintage goldmine.

I’ll admit, I did know that my dad was going to have some crazy items in his wardrobe.. as a kid I was haunted by the memories of going on holiday and feeling constantly embarrassed that my dad would even consider wearing “those” shirts. You guys know the ones I’m on about, the avoidable Hawaiian shirts.. the eccentric art deco shirts and my own worst nightmare the undeniably hideous linen tunic shirt..things?

However, what I didn’t realise was that I was literally going to want to steal the majority of his wardrobe now that I’m old enough to not feel overshadowed by intolerable embarrassment.

As Macklemore would say “I’ma take your grandpa’s style, I’ma take your grandpa’s style,
No for real – ask your grandpa – can I have his hand-me-downs?” Replace the grandpa with dad and I am there! I am the real life Macklemore.

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i’m not even sure how to describe this shirt.. it’s a well blended mix of safari and hawaiian all in the same shirt! I can’t remember this shirt looking this nice when it was on my dad so to help him out I’m going to look after it for him, while it’s hanging up in my wardrobe. It’s perfect for summer and coincidentally goes perfectly with my high shine leggings and ruched bandeau top.

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Here is a perfect example of one of those kooky art deco shirts.. I definitely remember this one as a kid but with so much luck trying on the last shirt i decided to try again and see what happened. I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to wear with it yet, but it fits well and the pattern is quite fashionable at the moment.

Who knew my dad was a style icon? yeah me neither.

 

Gone are the days when you would get stared at in the streets for wearing sportswear in public. Not good stares either but stares of “what is she wearing, really?”, and no one likes those kinds of stares.Despite this, after researching the trends of summer 2013, it’s becoming apparent that sportswear really is making a comeback in a big way and because of this I thought I’d show you how to wear this trend, minus the awkward stares.

So here we go! let’s start with me. I’m not usually one for the sport styled clothing but for £6 in Primark can you really go wrong with this oversized baseball jersey? it’s made from airtex so is perfect for summer, and i’m not going to lie since I purchased it I’ve had a pretty hard time getting out of it as It’s probably the most comfortable piece of clothing I own.

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However, there are quite a few ways to own this trend and I’ve chosen a couple staple items of clothing that will aid you on your way to being a sporty fashionista.

Screen shot 2013-05-30 at 23.49.58This Topshop airtex tee is much like the one I bought from Primark, and fits in perfectly with this trend. Due to these tops being quite long, I’ve taken advantage of this and paired it with some risky wet look leggings. I know what you’re thinking.. and if you’re anything like me, wet look leggings probably aren’t the best idea if you have thighs and a booty but if you are pairing them with a longer top you can definitely pull them off as I have in the pictures above! Work boots work well to break up the outfit and make it less sporty and the acid wash backpack makes a nice change to a normal handbag as well as giving it a different twist.

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I’m aware these trainers are pricey but they are so versatile and are perfect for trying out this summer trend. The plain black leggings and simple white vest work well if you want to accessorize the outfit with a bold denim jacket and edgy embellished beanie like those above. I wear outfits like this quite regularly but if you can’t afford shoes like this, don’t worry cause I can’t either.. They have a pair on ASOS that are a fifth of the price and look the exact same, minus the infamous Nike tick. If you are interested, here they are!

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ASOS Devious high top trainers £14

Now if you are looking at this post, and you’re thinking what the hell are these outfits I’ve put together then never fear, I’ve created another outfit that isn’t quite as sporty but still maintains some of this trend for you to try out.

Screen shot 2013-05-30 at 23.49.33Now I have to say, that when these wedge trainers first started appearing in shops I did have to laugh a bit cause they looked kind of ridiculous. However, much like a lot of girls that I’ve seen walking around in these, they have grown on me massively and I now really want a pair to call my own.  Paired with a graphic or logo t-shirt and some loose boyfriend jeans they really do look good. This is the minimalist version of the sporty trend and so you can afford to accessorize a little bit more with this outfit, for this reason I have chosen to include a skull embellished clutch bag and a spiked ear chain.

What do you guys think?

Peace xo

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With summer fast approaching ( once this dodgy weather decides to disappear), I’ve decided to look at some of the main trends of summer 2013 and show you guys how I would style it for myself. And here they are! bold trends are seemingly in this summer and whilst I’m not one to wear bright patterns, I’m considering making an exception after heading into town today, seeing what’s about and mentally spending the small remainder of my bank account!

So the trends are as followed- Clashing, Grunge, Floral and Monochrome.They’ve been hitting the catwalks recently showing how they are being styled by the likes of Gaultier and Marc Jacobs.

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Clashing- For the clashing trend much like the catwalk picture above, I opted for bright patterned trousers to contrast against a bright coloured top. These leggings are gorgeous and are definitely the kind of leggings I would be wearing if I wanted to rock this trend. The pattern despite the colours is extremely versatile and very in fashion at the moment with the colours featured in them. With the top half I didn’t want to go too crazy ( although i’m aware this outfit is already pretty nuts) so I chose a fluorescent pink oversized jumper. I think it compliments the leggings well whilst also clashing against them. due to the high volume of brightness already I didn’t want to do too much damage to your eyesight so i left the accessories and shoes quite simple as the outfit didn’t need much accessorizing.

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Grunge- For the grunge outfit I decided to pair a vintage denim jacket with the sandal version of Doc Martens. This is my favourite trend at the moment as it seems to be what most of my wardrobe consists of, I just cannot get enough of clothes that make me look like a homeless pigeon lady. Whilst I know that probably isn’t the brightest thing to admit on a fashion blog I’m quite proud of it! I wear hats quite frequently and beanies are a favourite of mine. I have a lot of grungey-esque vests in my wardobe and I wear them a lot like this outfit. Usually paired with a denim jacket with a hooded zip up underneath and plainish bottoms, hence why for this outfit i’ve used basic black leggings.              Doc Martens are a staple of grunge clothing and are what most people think of when the word “grunge” is used. The sandal versions are slightly more edgy which is why I chose them for this outfit, as I think it gives it a different edge to the usual Doc Marten boots. In terms of accessories I usually wear my favourite necklace ( a DIY necklace made from an old bike chain) and dark red/ burgundy lipstick.

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Floral- Due to not being the girliest of girls I decided to create an understated version of the floral trend. Whilst the catwalk outfit is very bright and girly with a slight edge, I probably wouldn’t go for something like that so I wanted to show how the lesser girlier girls could style this outfit. Jumpers are a favourite of mine and are defintely a staple in my wardrobe ( i have way too many!) so I chose to mute the floral pattern by adding a thick cream knit jumper. The skirt despite being floral is actually pretty adorable and I’ve been looking for one for a while now and you can’t exactly go wrong with this one with it being a mere £13. Satchels and cut out boots are very in right now which is why I chose them to accessorize the outfit with. The boots have a cut out style with heavy buckles which add a slight edge to the outfit, without taking the attention away from the skirt. Lovely!

Screen shot 2013-05-25 at 01.38.14Monochrome- This trend is quite an easy one to pull off because it means you can wear almost anything black and white and make it look fashionable. White shirts are a key item in the summer essentials list and can be downplayed with jeans or spruced up with heels and some interesting trousers. For this look I decided to pair them with some disco pants. I own a pair and absolutely love them because they make a change from black leggings ( which yet again I’m guilty of owning too many of) and I think they give it an up to date look. The cardigan is nice because although it’s one block colour the pattern of the knit makes it more interesting and compliments the white shirt underneath well. Once again I chose cut out boots as I just love them! I recently invested in a pair from Office and I can’t bear to take them off, I highly recommend that you invest in a pair if you are looking for a new pair of boots.

Hope you like the outfits guys, I’d love to hear your thoughts one the outfits and trends in this post!

Peace out xo