Oliver Bonas is one of our favourite stores! If we see a branch when we’re out and about, we are straight in there to peruse their wares. You can try, but you just can’t stop us! Their range is wonderfully diverse, from fun fashion to funky furniture, and everything is just so colourful and alluring. I (Victoria) am not much of an interiors enthusiast but there is something about their furniture collections that makes me weak at the knees. I put their Herbert Wood Chest on my Christmas list every year, and I will continue to do so until my husband Santa delivers. Keep your fingers crossed for me, yeah?
Something else I’ll be putting on my Christmas list this year is the Mint Textured Coat. It’s the candy-coloured coat of my dreams! I’m a big fan of it’s relaxed style and smooth texture. Relaxed and smooth…thinking about it, it’s a lot like me really. Me and this coat, we were mint to be! I promise I’ll keep it in mint condition.
Possibly even smoother than both me and the coat is the grey V Neck Teddy Bear Coat that Jo is wearing. When taking these pictures I found it nigh on impossible to stop stroking it. It could be the softest, loveliest coat ever made and it looks blooming awesome on. It’s hard to put into words exactly how delicately fluffy it is. All I can say is that I wish it came in blanket form.
Ah, coat weather! Don’t you just love it? We were incredibly excited (there were squeals) when these two AW15 beauties from Boden landed on our doorstep. We are always totally obsessed with Boden’s coats! They just consistently nail the colours, the shapes and the patterns. Naturally, not much time was wasted before we threw them on and set off for an Autumnal stroll. Oh my.
In a break with tradition, we’ve gone for some bright colours (yeah, right) with two of the most technicolor dreamcoats around. Victoria is single handedly representing all of the primary colours in her gorgeous striped Tilly*. Those stripes are seriously stunning and the drop shoulder and boyish frame are surprisingly flattering – we are both usually quite scared of anything that isn’t fitted but any fears of this looking too boxy were quickly allayed. My (Jo) obsession with all things pink has continued with the a-line shaped Karlie* which has a beautiful jacquard print and Victoria was a big fan of my trim. I will be wearing this throughout the colder months thanks to it being 100% wool.
So, how exactly to style two such statement coats?! As a couple of girls who wear a lot of patterns, we did struggle with our wardrobes at first but thankfully soon discovered that an Autumnal colour scheme of berries, browns, navy and greys worked a treat for both! Victoria wore a navy t-shirt from Primark with the Hayley Spot Jacquard Skirt from Sugarhill Boutique*, ribbed tights from Boden, and Chelsea boots from Yumi* whilst I went for a jam jar print dress from Book of Deer, grey tights from M&S and grey Pointed Loafers (former gophers) from Boden*. We accessoried with five thousand colourful leaves.
Shoes glorious shoes! We were super pumped when the lovely folk at Clarks got in touch to ask if we would like to style some shoes from their new collection of shoes&boots for AW15! We couldn’t resist their latest collaboration with Orla Kiely, which we first saw in all its fabulous retro glory at the gorgeous #allquietinthelibrary London Fashion Week AW15 presentation. They are fun, quirky and playful! Basically, we like to think of them as the ‘She and Hem’ of the shoe world. That works for everyone, yeah?
We love how the famous stem print design is incorporated on to the sole of all of the shoes in the collection. It’s the little touches like that, the detailing of the straps and the exciting colours which make this collection so shoe-purb! All of Orla’s collaborations with Clarks have been pretty dreamy so far, but this one is definitely our favourite. From sparkly gold flats to groovy 70’s platforms, they are all blooming perfect! And comfy too! So very comfy.
Victoria plumped for the oh-so-sparkly navy and gold Orla Abigail* which, judging by the amount of times we have spotted these beauties on Instagram, are the must have shoe of the moment! It’s not hard to see why as they really are beautiful with such a lovely shimmer and, thanks to their perfectly formed chunky heel, are going to be just the ticket for party season! Victoria let her shoes do the talking and embraced a Sixties vibe with her black and white Primark dress, which is currently available in store if you fancy finding it. She looks so chic!
I (Jo) chose the Orla Angelina* because red and pink is my absolute favourite colour combination at the moment and with those lovely pink buttoned flowers, they were just too cute not to have! I couldn’t wait to wear them with my favourite Boden* skirt (seriously, I live in this skirt now) and, once I’d added some jazzy purple spotted tights and a pink pompom, I decided to try and tone down the madness by wearing a ballet dancer print blouse from Zara. That sentence makes complete sense in my head, anyway.
These shoes really are just fabulous and look so much more expensive than they are! Please carry on these fantastic collaborations, Clarks! We don’t want this to be the last.
On Thursday I popped down to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway with my friend, fashion icon and fellow M&S appreciator Kelly to catch one of the runway shows of Bristol Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 15. This was my third BFW and it was definitely the best so far thanks to the brilliant movie theme that was embraced from start to finish! It was such a nice touch to be welcomed with popcorn and Kelly and I had a great time admiring the movie posters as we drank our delicious fruity drinks.
The first thing to catch our eye on the catwalk was the ‘High Shine’ collection from John Lewis! You can’t beat a bit of glitz and glamour and I suddenly became all about sparkles, faux fur and sunglasses! What a combination! Plus, how much do I want to be the sort of girl to rock up at the work Christmas party wearing an actual crown?? I also loved the 70s injection courtesy of M&S during the ‘Nomadic’ segment. I can totally see myself trying this look out come the colder weather and couldn’t help but notice the similarities between that pink hat and the one from Accessorize I fell in love with in our last post! I may have made a sneaky purchase after the show!
As someone who likes to dress in as many bright colours as possible, the large amount of grey and black on the catwalk (the grey coat appears to be this seasons staple) didn’t really do it for me although, once again, I was really feeling the faux fur accessories! I’m going to be a big fan of this trend I can see! Both Kelly and I also enjoyed the liberal use of colourful tights which gave everything a bit of a Gossip Girl vibe and is certainly something I will be happy to embrace!
The two stand out pieces for us were the black sequin jacket (which was spectacularly hard to photograph) from M&S, naturally. It’s absolutely stunning and a brilliant take on the biker jacket. Imagine throwing that on top of your dresses come party season! We did several laps of the store after the show but sadly couldn’t find it (probably just as well as it’s £89) but it is available online should you be feeling flush. The other was the gold and purple fringe dress of dreams from Phase Eight at John Lewis which had Kelly shouting “MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF THAT!” at me as it came sashaying down the catwalk, fringe all over the shop. What a stunner.
Did you go to Bristol Fashion Week? What was your favourite piece? And how are we all feeling about crimped hair??
Jo wears – Floral Print Ruffle Dress from Topshop, bag and tights both past season from M&S, Pointed Loafers from Boden* and heart sunglasses from TkMaxx
Kelly wears – Dress from Primark (available in store), bag from Joy, a scrabble necklace (similar available from Not on the High Street) and a watch from Urban Outfitters
We started off Day 2 of LFW with a trip to the Orla Kiely showcase (which we have written a post about here!). After that, we had some time to kill between shows, so we decided to go and check out the ever fabulous Somerset House. Pretty standard London Fashion Week activities I’m sure you will agree. What we are not so accustomed to is how we traveled there… in a stretch hummer! The lovely Kristabel from I Want You To Know captured this in her awesome Fashion Week Vlog. Be warned, the vlog does feature me (Victoria) getting a little over excited and doing what the kids are now calling #hummerdance.
I wore the Square Print Pleat Skirt Dress from The Whitepepper with probably the most worn item in my wardrobe ever, my yellow Ingrid Coat from Boden* (now in the sale!). I accessorised with fun spotty tights from UK Tights*, white ASOS Strike Heels and a yellow Westminster bag from Boden*. Jo wore a gorgeous Needle and Thread tulle skirt from ASOS, with a vintage blue jacket from Heartfelt Vintage and floral Emilie top from Boden*. Her Alice Heels are also from Boden and that glorious pink bag is Kate Spade.
Our jazzy outfits proved to be quite the hit on the cobbles, and we ended up popping up all over the place. Some of our favourite features we saw over the weekend were Yahoo’s best street style, ASOS Fashion Finder, STYLELDN and Boden Diaries. We had such a blast that we often struggled to pull our best ‘we are very serious about fashion’ faces.
We had quite a busy schedule that afternoon, but our favourite show was the couture collection from Hellavagirl. The show was a kaleidoscopic dream! Vibrant, dramatic and seriously sparkly. Just look at those incredible giant sequin bow headbands!
Having been up since 7am and in need of a pick me up, we made use of our central location and decided to head back to base for a quick G&T and get changed into our chirpy Poppy frocks before heading out to our evening shows. Lady Gaga would be proud! I wore the Iris Navy Budgie Dress and Jo wore the Mable White Budgie Dress. Keep your eyes peeled and your beaks sharpened for a new Poppy post next week.
London Fashion Week AW15: Day 3 coming next week, you lucky things!
The Orla Kiely Autumn/Winter 2015 presentation was inspired by the film Love Story from 1970, starring the gorgeous Ali Macgraw, (who, fyi, has more than a passing resemblance to LFW fave Kendall Jenner). The film is responsible for that very famous quote ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry’, but we are certainly not sorry to say that we love this collection! It had fine written all over it.
When we walked into the Vinyl Factory, we totally lost the plot and both agreed it was our favourite Orla Kiely presentation set so far, with the SS14 Wes Anderson inspired show coming a close second. With colourful cookies on offer, hot chocolate flowing and a Bjork soundtrack, the OK library is our kind of library. Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got an OK library card!
Look up ‘perfect’ in the dictionary and you will see a picture of an OK model. We were dewey-eyed as they browsed the library in cute blouses with bows, Peter Pan collars, geometry chic grid prints and an abundance of grey tights. Each outfit as dreamy as the last and all completely ready to wear off of the catwalk. We really want to jump into that yellow two piece and head for a whisky with Don Draper (though we would obviously settle for Kenny!). This 60’s/70’s revival is long overdue (ha!)
As Jo is a real life Librarian she was keen for us to dress by the book. It looked like Michelle Keegan got the memo too, as she rocked up in head to toe Orla, with a beautiful vintage Chanel bag of course! It was pretty hard for us to stick to library rules and keep quiet when when we caught a glimpse of the new range of shoes in collaboration with Clarks. The Rose Leather Orla Amelia block heels are at the top of our wish lists!
We’ve set our date stamps for the SS16 presentation!