New Year - it's Shopping with Fran time..


Shoes - Dune was £75 now £30
Chair - £599

Style Theory: A whizz around the high street shops checking out what is new in, what is in the sale, clothes worth buying and how they fit - the key things you need to bear in mind when ordering as all shops annoyingly produce clothes which are all sized and cut differently. 

This will be a weekly blog post, with the videos on my Instastories on Instagram, hopefully it will be useful...I can try on the clothes so you don't have too - the only danger is end up buying loads!!..
Topshop Tee £16
This is a super soft, long sleeve tee, a really useful buy for now under coats and the spring with jeans and trainers. This is a size 10, it fits true to size although is a little short so best worn with high waisted jeans.
Topshop - £29
This is my perfect blouse, high neck, frills and pink. It does come up a little big, this is a size 8 and fits me well (I am normally a 10) It is 100% polyester so super static..I normally find spraying things with hairspray makes them less static or some brilliantly suggested wearing a tumble drier sheet in your bra strap apparently it takes all the static away and you smell nice too!
Topshop £34
Love the vibrant colours on this top, again it is short (and quite low cut) so I would wear with a black body/vest top underneath to save me flashing my tummy. This is a size 10 it comes up slightly generous but I think I would stick to my normal size it looks better not too clingy.
H&M £17.99
This shirt has sold out online but I have seen it in a few stores, I love it, it looks far more expensive than it's £17.99 price tag. It fits true to size (this is a size 10) it is a little tight across the top of my arms but I can just about get away with it..a beautiful, beautiful shirt. It would look great with black trousers and heeled boots for a smarter look. I would wear nude vest top/body underneath.
Jumper - H&M instore
Skirt - H&M £24.99
H&M are good at skirts, they are flattering and always well. This one it a faux wrap skirt with a zip at the back so it sits perfectly at the front. I am wearing a size 10 it is quite tight across the tummy and waist so I would maybe go up a size - although it could be down to all the mince pies I have eaten over the past month. Wear the skirt in the colder months with a black jumper tucked in a little, opaque tights and ankle boots and in the summer wear with a logo tee and trainers or sandals..the perfect all rounder skirt..
Trousers - H&M £9.99 (sale)
I am on the constant search for good faux leather trousers, these ones are fab and for such an amazing price too! They come up small across the tummy and waist I was squashed into these (they are a size 10 my normal size) so I would size up. I have turned them under at the ankle to make them a good length..really useful pair of trousers for £9.99!
&OtherStories - £59
This is a great little blouse, it is the perfect shape for covering over tummy rolls (just stick a vest top underneath to cover over the bottom popping out!) This is a size 36 I would say it is true to size.
&Other Stories - £69
The top of this jumper is scuba fabric so it keeps it's shape perfectly and the bottom, navy part is the softest cotton/wool mix, a perfect jumper for the weekend, cosy and cool.
&Other Stories £69
A little strange and kind of jester-like, but I love this dress, one of those statement dresses that can be worn now with black opaque tights and black ankle boots and in the summer tan high heeled the pockets..
Ganni @Irisfashion - £295
This silk dress is expensive but is just so gorgeous on. It is quite oversized (this is a 36) and feels as light as feather on. It is the kind of dress you can wear now - again with opaque tights and black ankle boots and in the summer with flat tan sandals - I am soo tempted to invest in this for my birthday as it would be one of those dresses you I could wear year after year.

A quick round up of the piece that have caught my eye - there are so many nice pieces flooding in the shops at the moment, bring on the Spring!!!

Thanks so much for reading, until next time Fran xx

Feeling Blue...


Style Theory: I have a feeling blue is going to feature heavily in fashion this is sometimes a tricky colour for people to wear..memories of school uniforms..matronly colours but if you get the right blue it can look so striking..

I do love a blue top with pale, blue jeans then just add a pair of trainers , it looks Scandi cool, pulled together but laid back, the perfect 2018 look. 

Here are my favourite blue items on the high street now..
&Other Stories £59
&Other Stories knitwear is always the best, this jumper will look fab with light blue, boyfriend jeans I am a little obsessed with Frame jeans below..they are reduced but still super expensive..sooo tempted though seeing as I wear jeans every day and Frame jeans are the perfect fit...
Frame were £276.38 now £182
Not sure what size I would order - I am normally a size 10 so would maybe order size 27 (squash myself in!) or size 28?? If I do order them (for research purposes only;-) - I will let you know!)
&Other Stories £59
Because a breton is a classic and a New Year wardrobe can always use a fresh new breton!
&Other Stories £49
Love the "Back to School" vibe of this sweater..would look cool with ankle length jeans and white stan smiths and a leopard print faux fur coat thrown over the top.
Topshop £65
With dark red/wine coloured knee highs boots this would look amazing, just throw a faux fur over the top for Sarah Jessica Parker look..
Topshop £30
Topshop always nail this type of easy wear 'going out' top... love spots, love navy, just pair this with high waist jeans (the Frame ones above would be amazing!) and a pair of dark red pointy sock boots and a slick of dark red lipstick.
Topshop £79
Feeling the love for this navy shearling biker jacket, it looks pretty expensive and the navy is so flattering.
Topshop £16
There is nothing more useful than a slogan tee, wear it under blazers now and in the summer wear with ankle length jeans and white trainers.
H&M £29.99

This H&M top came home with me today, it is a super easy, useful top, I love the 'pouffy' sleeves and the drapey fabric.
Preen Line was £407.48 now £285.23
The perfect dress to take you from winter to spring to summer. Wear now with dark red boots, in the summer with high tan or mustard sandals..perfection.
Iden Denim - Due to Launch March
The blouse I will be ordering in March, it is stunning, quite expensive (I can't remember how much- sorry) but one I will be saving up for!
Tabitha Webb £245

This fine cashmere, baby blue jumper is the dream, super soft, super fine and so cosy, the perfect cashmere to throw on now over a vest top with jeans and in the summer over denim shorts.
Olivia Rubin Rainbow Skirt £220

I saw this skirt at Olivia's pre SS18 launch, it is one of those skirts it is hard to get out of your head, it is stunning (especially in the wool crepe) The detail is incredible, the colours so vibrant. For now I would dress it down with a black poloneck and black boots, in the summer I would pair with a denim shirt and tan many ways to wear it, it is stunning!
Ganni was £100 now £55
I tried this top on at the beginning of winter but didn't have the money to buy it, at £55 it is such a good buy, I think I may have to treat myself to it to wear on my birthday in a couple of weeks! I sized down I tend to find Ganni comes up a little big.

Soooo many gorgeous things on the high street, I am so so excited for 2018!! A new year, a new season, so much to look forward too..and the sun..the sun will be here again soon!! For now I will hopefully give you a few ideas of what to wear now with a view of being able to wear these things in the summer too as I do believe in getting my wear out of clothes!!

Happy New Year to you all, thanks for joining me for 2018 and heres to lots of fashion ideas and inspiration!!

Lots of Love Fran xxxx 

New Years Eve Florals...


Style Theory: The brief for me on New Years Eve is to wear something a glam, a little dressy but mainly super comfy. 

This year, florals have been big news and this Studio by Preen for Debenhams dress ticks the floral trend perfectly in a subtle, wearable way. Preen are known for their delicate, trailing flower prints and this is the perfect winter, floral look. The dress looks fab on (size down it comes up a little big - I am wearing a size 8) I love the ruffle detail at the bottom. Just add a pair of patterned/opaque tights and a pair of heels or boots and you are ready to celebrate the New Year in style. Its great to be wearing a designer style at the fraction of the cost for New Years Eve..

I am still a huge fan of a pointed heel, it is still one of the most elegant style of shoe, these Carvela heels from Debenhams are perfect with opaque tights they elongate legs and make them look slimmer. The cross over detail makes them super comfy to walk in and I like the subtle black shimmer..perfect for New Years Eve.

All you need to add is a slick of Dior Rouge, I am wearing 999 matte and go heavy on the Kat Von D tattoo liner (both from Debenhams) to create the perfect cat eye flick and you are ready to party away...
Bag - Call It Spring 'Galalenna' Clutch Bag was £28 now £22.40
Dress - Studio by Preen for Debenhams was £55 now £27.50

Eyeliner - Kat Von D Tattoo Liner £16
Lipstick - Dior Rouge Dior 999 £27.50
Shoes - Carvela Black 'Kross' Heel £89

Wishing you all the most fabulous New Year, whether a quiet night in with a loved one, or a wild party with friends I hope it is filled with happiness, until next time Fran xx

This was written in collaboration with Debenhams, all styling, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Aladdin - A Glittery, fun night out


Style Theory: Sometimes you need to take a break from reality and immerse yourself in a wonderful, glittering world of fantasy and that is exactly what Aladdin the Musical does. It is the perfect antidote to a hectic life, two and half hours of fun, full of familiar songs, amazing costumes and sets, the perfect evening out, you can literally just sit back and enjoy the spectacle..

Life is pretty manic at this time of the year so it was a real treat for Russ and I to be invited by Disney to see Aladdin the Musical, we fancied doing something different than dinner and drinks so going to see Aladdin the Musical together made the evening more memorable. The show is brilliant, a glittering array of dancing princesses, market square capers and stunning sets, it is fast moving, fun, pantomime-like in parts and the real highlight is the genie who is brilliant, his voice is fab, his songs my favourites (a friend like me etc), he dominates the stage in a really good way.

The sets are outstanding, intricately designed, full of lights and sparkle particularly the cave scene, along with the magical flying carpet that really does fly. We had a backstage tour afterwards with the Stage Manager (a massive highlight, I have never been backstage of a West End production before) and to see the sets up close was amazing. We saw the magic carpet and how it flies (we have to keep that a trade secret!) the lights, the props, the level of detail backstage was incredible. The costumes are beautiful, heavily jewelled and embroidered, they shimmer and shine on stage however seeing them up close really showed the immense amount of work that has been put into the design and construction of each garment..the colours rich pinks, silver and turquoises are bright and bold, a feast for the eyes.

It is the kind of show we left feeling really uplifted, it is fast, fun, never a dull moment, the kind of date night we should do more often. It is just as important for us grown ups to escape reality every so often and was brilliant to share the experience with Russ. Grab your girlfriends or your partner, treat yourself to glass of the bubbly stuff and then sit back and enjoy Aladdin the Musical the most fabulous, colourful, fun show. 
Aladdin The Musical - Ticket link

This blog post was written in collaboration with Disney, all thoughts and opinions are my own.