Beautiful Knits, Floral Skirts, Trench Coats and Jeans..The Building Blocks to a Perfect Autumn/Winter Wardrobe


Style Theory: This Autumn/Winter for me is all about beautiful jumpers, floral skirts mixed with cool outerwear, denim and a healthy dose of practical footwear. I love to be comfortable but at the same time look like I have made a little effort and these looks, all head to toe Marks and Spencer, are all those things I can move around in but also look like I have spent longer than 2 mins getting ready (genuinely for these photos I had taken 2 mins getting ready..nothing a slick of red lipstick can't fix!)

If you follow me on Instagram you will know I have worn this skirt loads. I love the print and the length, it feels elegant but is also really easy to wear and can be mixed and matched with so many tops, I have worn it with the red jumper (as in these photos) a navy jumper, with a grey hoody and trainers and with a navy blouse and heels for a 'grown up' smarter look. It has an elasticated waist so is super forgiving at dinner, I am wearing a size 10 but could possibly have gone down to a size 8.
Jumper - M&S Cashmere Jumper £75
Skirt - M&S Per Una £39.50
Shoes - M&S £39.50
Bag - M&S Pure Leather Bag £79
The shoes are incredibly comfy, they look great with ankle length jeans and a red blouse or with a simple tee. The cashmere jumper is the ultimate in luxury, a beautiful shade of red and so so soft, I am wearing a size 12 here as I like my sweaters to be generous. I fell in love with this bag as soon as I spotted it, it is looks designer-esque, is the softest leather and stays on your shoulder without immediately slipping off (my bugbear!) I love walking around in this outfit, it is practical but you can really feel quite ladylike in it..

A trench is a 'must have' for Autumn, this M&S Trench looks great on, it is cut beautifully (fits good on the shoulders..important for a trench) and is the perfect length (I am wearing a size 8 - size down for a neater fit).
Trench Coat - M&S £45
Belt - M&S £15
Jeans - M&S £29.50
Trainers - M&S £49.50
Leather Bag - M&S £79
I added a belt to make the trench look expensive and tailored and the deep red leather bag is beautiful, a really useful chic bag, it will look great with a navy, red, khaki or black coat. The trainers are great, the zebra print rings the changes to my trainer collection and as they are leather they are comfy and not too hot..

My perfect dressed up/dressed down outfit. I am a sucker for stripes and this cashmere striped breton is the dream, incredibly versatile wear with jeans and trainers or clash up with a floral skirt and heels. I am wearing a size 8 jumper as I decided I wanted this to be slightly more fitted than the rest of my jumpers but for a slouchier fit size up.
Cashmere jumper - M&S £85
Denim Culottes - M&S £29.50
Boots - M&S £39.50
Culottes are just the best, so practical, easy to wear and look great with heels, due to my height I have to wear heels with culottes to avoid my legs looking incredibly short! (I am wearing a size 8) These velvet sock boots are great, they look super luxe for a decent price, if you do get a chance to try they on instore try on a few different pairs (in your size) as the zips are a little hit and miss, some zips sit well others stick out a little.

Finally the 'event dress' which again can be dressed down pretty easily. I wore it for an evening out in a lovely restaurant but it would look equally good with a tight navy poloneck underneath and a pair of tan, chunky 70s style knee high boots for a cool, boho daytime look..
Dress - M&S £45
Boots - M&S £39.50
It is quite Princess Diana in the 80s (which completely drew me to the dress) I love the gold sparkle and find navy a really flattering and forgiving colour against my skin. It is a great length and the velvet boots give it an edge, Winter events I am ready for you!!

I loved shooting these M&S pieces, I am a huge fan of M&S and always find some real gems in there at affordable prices, ideal pieces to pad out your Autumn/Winter wardrobe and add a touch of luxe. I am so excited to be featured on Style and Living here..



What are your fave Autumn items so far this season, as always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Fran xxx

This blog post was written in collaboration with M&S, all clothing choices, styling, photography and opinions are my own.

The Perfect Cosy and Soft Jumper and lots more....

9.17.2017



Style Theory: Hush have pretty much got comfortable, loungewear nailed. They are my go to brand for comfortable, cosy jumpers, the BEST jumpsuits, their dresses and trainers are cool too. The pieces are just so easy to wear, to mix and match with every wardrobe, they can just slot in and always prove to be my most worn pieces..

Jumper - Hush £130
Jeans - J Brand (similar here) - size down at least one size on these
Boots - Chloe Susannah  - cheaper alternative here
When I saw this Love jumper on the website I knew it would be one of those sweaters I would reach for time and time again, perfect for the school run with jeans and trainers, ideal for weekend walks with skinny jeans and wellies. It is so soft, sits beautifully at the hips blousing over to hide my tummy ( I really dislike jumpers that are tight across my middle, this is not) I am wearing a size small, I would say it is generous but I would not size down as I like my knitwear to be quite oversized.

Also loving the two other colourways..
Hush £130
Hush £130
This Autumn I am also loving floral dresses and trainers, worn with my biker jacket as it is not too cold yet but as soon as the weather is colder I'll be wearing my dresses with ankle boots and a full length coat..preferably a red coat to add a pop of colour to the winter months. 
Dress - Hush £99
Trainers - Hush £145
Jacket - Old Season - Love this one
This Hush dress is the new addition to my wardrobe, again really easy to throw on and go, it definitely comes up big so size down at least one size (I sized down two sizes to a size 6 - I am usually a size 10) The print with the subtle leopard detail is cool and worn with trainers (love the Hush ones I am wearing with gold stars on them ) or edgy boots is a really practical but smart daytime option, just rings the changes to wearing jeans every day..





Easy wear clothes are great, they make getting dressed in the morning a breeze and look like you have made an effort when really you haven't!

Here are a few more of favourite Hush items so far this season, they are all easy pieces to add to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe that are so wearable but will breathe some new life into your outfits...
Hush Stella Jumper £79
This is a classic Hush jumper, every year this star style sells out as it looks fab on, the jumper to wear with jeans or slouchy trousers and trainers.
Love Jumper £85
I had this style of jumper last year and wore it non-stop. I love the idea of wearing it with jeans and red heeled sock boots for an comfy 'going out' look. Equally it will look fab dressed down with jeans and trainers.
Breton Jumper £79
A breton is a wardrobe staple and this one looks great on, effortlessly chic.
Lightning Bolt Tee £35
This tee would look great with jeans and a tux style black jacket and gold heels.
Helen Jumper - £69
A pink jumper will brighten up every Autumn/Winter wardrobe, it looks beautiful with dark red accessories for a very Autumn/Winter 2017 look.
Long Harem Trousers £55
Another Hush classic, these slouchy harem trousers are what weekends are made for, loungewear at it's most stylish..
Mallory Jumpsuit £85
I am officially obsessed with these Hush jumpsuits, they are amazingly comfortable, look great on (size down) I would wear this with high gold heels for a perfect Autumn out out look...
Short Parka £150
I lived in my Hush parka last year and cannot recommend them enough. The removable faux fur lining is so warm and the coat is a great length. Love the black version, it looks sleek and minimal.

All these pieces will make the ideal weekend/schoolrun outfits, comfy, practical and cool...

Are you a fan of Hush, which are your favourite pieces? As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Fran xxx



The BIG WATERPROOF COAT Edit


Style Theory: Waterproof coats, probably one of items I wear the most in the colder months but one of the pieces of clothing I have never invested in. I bought a cheap, quite ugly navy blue, oversized waterproof coat from an outdoor shop 6 years ago, it has always looked horrible on and when it is raining I drag it out of my understairs cupboard and feel quite as miserable as the rainy day outside. 

I thought it was about time I invested in a decent one so I started researching, it turns out there are quite a few out there to choose from, from technical fabrics to plastic and parka style to a traditional mac, so here are the best I have found, all different price ranges and a big thank you to you all on Instagram for your suggestions...you helped me find some fabulous brands that I had not heard of but am so happy to have found!...
Protected Species £199
This completely waterproof parka is the dream ticket, it is light, cut beautifully, actually looks amazing on and keeps you 100% dry. It has got pretty much all round five star reviews on the website and is probably the best coat I have tried on in ages as I know it works. The hood is stored in the collar but when it is pulled out it is substantial and stays up on your head without straining your neck to keep it up and leaves you free to push a pram, carry a scooter or millions of shopping bag! It ticks all the boxes and looks super chic. A big investment but one that will pay back cost per wear if you are a dogwalker, on the schoolrun but also perfect for commuting to work.
Barbour £249
A heavy duty waterproof coat, again a big investment but one that will last you year after year.
Ilse Jacobsen £200
Ilse Jacobsen devotees would not wear anything else, the coats are comfortable, 100% waterproof and always cut well. I love the mustard zip down the front of this coat and the pleat detail at the back. Again, a big investment but this will never date.
Rains €81
The 'cool girl's' brand of choice, Rains (a Danish brand) is unisex (so size down massively) but the perfect raincoat to take you from the schoolrun to a festival! 
Asos £55
I do love a long mac that keeps my legs dry too, this looks cool too.. It is a 'waxed rain jacket' so probably not completely waterproof but will provide some rain resistance.
Monki @Asos £65
This is quite a thin jacket so layers underneath are required for colder days but for those muggy, rainy days this is perfect.
Asos £60
Perfect for adding a little colour to the schoolrun, this is water resistant and a great maxi length to keep all your clothes dry.
Topshop £49
Useful hooded rain mac, looks good and not too 'mumsy'!
Topshop £49
Classic yellow hooded mac, looks great with jeans and white trainers,
Zara £49.99
The perfect bright raincoat.
Zara £49.99
A great price, lovely design, perfect for the schoolrun.
Joules £84.95
Pretty traditional raincoat but as I am so into red at the moment I had to include this mac. It is waterproof and I love the breton lining, super cute.
Uniqlo £69.90
Love this Uniqlo coat, super sleek and simple...

There is my round up of the rain coats that have caught my eye over the last week or so. I guess there are two options depending on how full on you want to go with rain protection, I walk to school everyday with my two children through every weather as it is actually quicker for us to walk than drive so I need a completely waterproof coat and I would, now, pay a little more to ensure I stay as dry as possible. If you are dashing out the car to drop off or run to the train station a less expensive option is perfect as you just want to be able to run, carrying bags from one place to another without getting soaked and when it is windy an umbrella is useless. Needless to say it is one of those coats you need to have in your wardrobe, a wardrobe essential!!

Which style/brand of raincoat do you prefer? As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Fran xxx

Spotlight on Farfetch - An Edit of the Dream Items

9.13.2017


Style Theory: Farfetch has hit my shopping radar over the last year, it is my 'go to' website for all things luxe, for those occasions when I have a little birthday money to spend or just to browse the newest designer labels or those Scandi pieces I have been lusting after. I recently bought my new pair of Golden Goose trainers from Farfetch when I was trying to find the exact style I wanted, I find they have the best selection from each brands and are great at introducing new, cool brands.

I was recently treated to a gorgeous brunch at The German Gymnasium at Kings Cross (if you do get a chance to go there it is beautiful) with Farfetch then taken to one of their boutiques The Shop at Bluebird on Kings Road.



The Shop at Bluebird 
The Shop at Bluebird is beautiful, a gorgeous curated collection of fabulous brands along with a Blink spa as part of the boutique and you can pop in to the Bluebird next door for lunch as well. I made a beeline for Ganni my fave (affordable-ish) brand, this jumper is one of the most pricey pieces but I have linked below to the other pieces I have my eye on at the moment. Also what about those earrings...statement is an understatement!


Jumper - Ganni £355
Belt - Gucci £220
Jeans - J Brand (Similar Here)
Espadrilles - Castaner (Similar Here)
Bag - Victoria Beckham 
Earrings - Katerina Makriyianni £130
These are the items I have on my Christmas/Birthday shopping list, starting with Ganni..
Ganni £105

I live in sweaters at the weekend and actually most of the week, this would look fab with jeans and trainers but also with a long floral skirt (with a touch of red in it) and chunky boots (see the Chloe boots below for inspo)

Ganni £250

Obsessed with red and this year it has got to be a puffer over a dress, love this one, perfect length and looks great on.

Ganni £198

I saw this dress on a Scandi blogger with black converse and a red puffer jacket..perfect (this is see through so a black slip is needed underneath) such a useful dress.

Ganni £440

Pricier, but such a classic piece, this leopard print dress would see you through season to season, wear with red/black tight ankle boots and a biker jacket for a chic, edgy look.

Jumpsuit £140

Again, love the touches of red in this jumpsuit, great with the red puffer above and trainers for a daytime look, or red heels and a trench for a smart, stylish evening outfit.


Now on to my absolute dream list of luxe items..
Chloe £715

These Chloe Harper boots are the dream boots this season, they are quite DM like but the thick laces give them a feminine touch. Great in the winter with maxi dresses and a puffer for a completely cool, very 2017 look that is also pretty practical!

Chloe £945

For a luxe, knee high boot, I love these buttery soft leather boots, the gold buttons give them a stylish twist..so so beautiful.

Gucci Loafers £540

The ultimate classics, love these loafers, timelessly elegant.

Chloe Faye Bag £1664
Ahh the Chloe Faye bag, so elegant...love it in tan too..
Chloe £1280
The tan Chloe faye looks great with a trench, jeans and white stan smiths, effortlessly cool.

I adore the Levis Re/done range of denim and Farfetch is the online store with the biggest collection I have seen..
Re/done £336

Definitely worth a look, although I do wish I would have kept all my Levis from the 80s and 90s (which I bought on Kings Road vintage at that time) they would have been worth a fortune by now..


I could go on, I have kept to fairly classic items as I do think that if I am going to 'splurge' it is worth investing in something that will not date, but there are so so many gorgeous items to browse. Farfetch sells on behalf of boutiques in the UK so you get a broad spectrum of designers such as Balenciaga, Missoni and Jacquemus, and can quite often find items that have sold out elsewhere and if you live in London they can deliver within 90minutes, luciky I don't otherwise it could be dangerous!!

There is my little delve into the world of luxe, it's lovely to have a peak in every once in a while. Next time to the other extreme ..waterproof coats..the search is on for the best, thank you to you all for your suggestions, they are fab..blog post coming up this week,

As always thanks for reading, until next time Fran xxxx