Special Memories with Links of London

Bracelet - Links of London Narrative Yellow Gold Bracelet
Ring - Links of London Timeless 18kt Rose Gold Vermeil Signet Ring
Style Theory: Memories are pretty special, that perfume your Mum always wore when you were little, the colour of a favourite dress, a piece of jewellery that was just 'her' these things can take you back to years gone by, back to those feelings of being looked after. For me it takes me back to a bright yellow, 70s kitchen, sunshine seemed to always be pouring through the windows, my Mum setting up 'shops' for me and my sisters to play, a pile of singles stacked up and dropping in turn on the record player...Stevie Wonder, Abba singing away in the background and lots of laughter. Friends popping in, always lots of kids - my parents have always had and still have an open door..'come in and have a cup of tea, stay for dinner, have a glass of wine'.... these memories are so powerful and mean so much to me.

For our little family we have our precious memories, I remember when I was pregnant with Jess, dancing around our (damp) flat in Wimbledon to Elton John's Tiny Dancer, I played it on a loop, I was convinced that this crazily active baby inside my tummy was a girl (she was!) I was blissfully naive, not knowing what was down the road, anticipation, excitement..the unknown. It was a crazy first 6 months with Jess, I could never predicted the super highs and the lows (thank goodness more highs than lows), I still call her my Tiny Dancer 10 years on...this beautiful Links of London Narrative bracelet is a wonderful memory of that time, I love it, it is engraved with 'Love your Tiny Dancer',the bracelet is delicate, strong and super luminous just like Jess. It is 18ct gold vermeil and sits perfectly on my wrist. A real Mother's Day treat, Links of London will engrave any jewellery (in the 'Engrave' category for free with a special message)
Bracelet - Links of London Narrative Yellow Gold Bracelet
Ring - Links of London Timeless 18kt Rose Gold Vermeil Signet Ring
Blouse - H&M 
Jeans - H&M (in store)
Shoes - Dorothy Perkins (old season) Love these
On to the second person that came into our lives with a huge big, fat ,bump (I was massive - Jack was 9lbs) he is my little rock, strong, sensitive, cool, aware with a wicked sense of humour. Nothing can reflect his secure demeanour better than a signet ring, engraved simply with JB - he is a dude and every time I look at this Timeless 18kt Rosr Gold Vermeil ring I will be reminded of him. 

It is so lovely to be given something to keep for Mother's Day, for the last few years my kids (via Russ) have bought me a little piece of jewellery with a special message on it, last year it was a ring with 'Love' on it, I wear it every day never taking it off, it is my most special piece of jewellery as it is from my little J's. I have added these two pieces of jewellery to my 'wear forever pieces'...the sign they are pretty special.
Bracelet - Links of London Narrative Yellow Gold Bracelet
Ring - Links of London Timeless 18kt Rose Gold Vermeil Signet Ring
So heres to all the Mums, the Grandmas, the Aunties, the Stepmums, the nearly Mums, I hope you all get a little rest this Sunday and spoilt, a cup of tea in bed and a sit down, you deserve it....

My Lovely Mum xx

This blogpost was written in collaboration with Links of London, all opinions, styling and selections are my own.

Talking Dungarees and Denim Jackets

Style Theory: Two pieces of denim I love are a good pair of dungarees and this year, thanks to the big 90s revival, I am loving the denim trucker jacket, it will play a major part in all my Spring/summer outfits this year.

So let's start with the Levis Trucker Jacket, when House of Fraser asked me to select a couple of pieces of denim to style I made a beeline for the denim jacket. I wore one all through my university years under my puffer coat (it was the 90s- all looking very familiar this year) with black jeans, chunky black boots and a crop top (oh those were the days). Fast forward 24 years to 2018 - a lot more wrinkles and lbs - I will be wearing this jacket with floral maxi dresses and chunky trainers this spring and in the summer throwing it over shorter summer dresses and flat tan sandals. It is the piece of denim you need in your wardrobe this year along with a great pair of ankle length jeans.

The colour of this jacket is great, a beautiful light denim and the fit is flattering, I am wearing a size small I would say it is pretty true to size.

The Dungarees..

Dungarees, I live in them, they are almost like a comfort blanket for me, extremely comfortable, practical (toilet trips an exception) and look just as good dressed down as dressed up.

These Fat Face dungarees are the height of comfort, made of super soft denim and look as good dressed up with heels as with a breton and trainers. They will take you from winter to summer and I know there are lots of people with reservations about them but honestly, I just completely love dungarees, they are soo comfortable!

A few other denim pieces I have eye on from House of Fraser..
Levis Sherpa Trucker Jacket at House of Fraser £99
A warmer version of the denim jacket, again a 90s classic, this will look fab over dresses or just simply with black or white jeans, a tee and trainers.
Levis 501 skinny at House of Fraser £85
Love a pair of Levis jeans..the original and the best.
Tommy Hilfiger Denim Dress at House of Fraser £80
The neck on this dress is beautiful, a denim dress is so useful, just throw on in the summer with tan sandals and you have a ready made outfit.
Seven For All Mankind at House of Fraser £190
These are 'slim illusion' jeans -that name immediately sells them to me- they stop at the ankle and are a beautiful colour wash.
Oui at House of Fraser £119
This is a great twist on the denim shirt, the frill high neck and cuffs are gorgeous details..

So many gorgeous pieces, I cannot wait until the weather gets better so I can wear my denim jacket over my dresses and not freeze!! Are you a denim jacket/dungaree fan, did you wear them in the 80s as always I love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Fran x

This blog post was written in collaboration with House of Fraser, all thoughts, opinions and styling are my own.

Some Much Needed Inspiration from Paris..

Photo Credit - Sincerely Jules Instagram 
Style Theory: Sezane is a brand I have been stalking for a while, the clothing is understated and so so chic, the colours are muted and tasteful and they look stunning on. It is the perfect range to buy a few pieces from to breathe some life into a winter wardrobe and take you seamlessly from winter to spring to summer. I must admit, it is on the pricier side (hence why I haven't shopped from it before) but I have seen it more and more on people and can see it will be pieces I will wear again and again so I guess I can use that old theory of price per wear they are worth it!! 

Here are the items on my shopping list...
Sezane £90
The most beautiful blouse, (as seen above on Sincerely Jules) It looks amazing on, it will be fabulous in the summer with denim shorts and tan sandals, for now wear with jeans, trainers and a chunky cardigan. I have read up quite a lot about Sezane sizing and in general it appears it is pretty true to size but I will order a few items and let you know.
Sezane £90
How beautiful is it in the red too?!..such a stunning, vibrant colour, this would look amazing in the summer against sunkissed skin.
Sezane £70
A cool twist on the breton..I love the back detail, it adds a little more interest to that timeless look of breton, jeans and trainers.
Sezane £90
This is a silk chiffon and lurex blouse, it is one of those blouses that is so easy to wear and will 'dress up' a pair of jeans in an instant. Pick out one of the colours in the blouse and match to a handbag or pair of shoes/trainers for a gorgeous spring look. Now wear wth black, skinny jeans and black chunky boots.
Sezane £90
Super chic jumper with a fabulous bow detail. So cosy, so pretty..
Sezane £100
This mohair mix jumper is not cheap but is beautiful on, it is soft and the colour is subtle. Chloe and Natasha Wear and Where have this jumper and it looks beautiful on them.
Sezane £130
Again this is a silk chiffon dress, I love the touches of gold on it that will definitely work in the summer too with flat tan sandals, I love a touch of gold in the summer! But for now wear with black opaque tights and ankle boots.
Sezane Coat £265
Sezane Bag £160 (smaller version than seen in photo above)
Super chic, the perfect Spring coat, I love it paired with jeans and the tan bucket bag, so understated, so cool. The bag linked is smaller than the one pictured (that one has sold out) but it is beautiful, the ideal tan colour, it will look fab in the summer with matching sandals.
Sezane £135
Classic, these shoes will last you year and year, perfect with jeans or dresses.
Sezane £115
Every wardrobe needs a neutral pump, they are so flattering, elongating legs and matching with every colour and print.

There is my slightly long list, this is not a sponsored post, I am just slightly loving all things Sezane and the moment and wanted to share with you. Have you ordered from Sezane before, how did you find the sizing/ the quality/the returns process? Right I am off to order the blouses, I will report back..

As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Fran xxx

Styling up the Trench

Style Theory: The trench, a classic Spring staple, endlessly useful to throw over layers in the colder months and as spring arrives, the perfect chic coat to wear over a dressed down outfit, it instantly creates a chic look.

Coat - Marks and Spencer £89Hoody - Marks and Spencer £29.50Shoes - Marks and Spencer £35Bag - Marks and Spencer £25
I adore the over size, puff sleeves, they create drama and interest, the trapeze cut along with the huge pleat at the back of the coat makes it look elegant and sophisticated. I love a trench dressed down with a hoody and jeans but added a pair of heels for a slightly more chic look. I sized down  - I am wearing a size 6 so have sized down two sizes.

Photos by Victoria Metaxas 
These Marks and Spencer shoes are so comfy, I bought a similar pair from M&S a few years ago and have worn them so many times. They are flattering on my legs and the heels are high but because they have M&S's famous insolia in the soles they are comfortable and easy to walk in. I have quite thin (but big) feet, I sized down half a size and they fit well, the first strap is a teeny but wide but it does not really notice. These shoes work with everything from floral dresses to baggy distressed boyfriend jeans and at £35 they are money well spent. The bag is huge with a popper at the top, the perfect bag to throw loads in for a day shopping/out with the kids and also pretty good for taking to the beach on summer holiday.

If you fancy a more dramatic look, this gingham trench looks pretty amazing on, again I would size down I do find M&S coats come up big..
M&S £89
Wear this trench with ankle length jeans, a white broderie anglaise blouse and a pair of white supergas for a chic Spring look.
M&S £45
This is another fab trench (I have this too) I sized down one size on this and to make it look a little more individual I always use my own belt - I have a wide-ish dark red one that looks fab and makes it look a little more dressy.
Marks and Spencer £35
These are insanely comfortable shoes, super soft leather and feel like slippers, really really beautiful.
M&S £89
This bag caught my eye when I was in store, soft leather, slouchy and looks so much more expensive than M&S..chic and classy.

Are you a fan of the trench, which style is your favourite? As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Fran xx

This was written in collaboration with M&S, all styling, opinions are my own.

I LOVE Leopard print....

Jumper - Me & Em 
Skirt - Rixo London 
Shoes - M&S
Style Theory: Starting with the most obvious fashion statement..leopard print is a neutral. I think we have all grasped this fact, leopard can be worn with any colour, looks great in so many styles but is best not layered up, for me one piece of leopard print clothing is perfect.

I am obsessed with leopard print, I love it, my wardrobe is becoming full of it, I am not sure whether it is because I am 43 or just that I like it more but I feel comfortable in it, it is sassy and classy at the same time. It adds interest to a basic outfit, an edge and a bit of fun. I love wearing a leopard print shirt with jeans and neutral heels, or a leopard print dress dressed down with tan/black shoes. It is easy, it does all the work so you don't have to... so without further ado here are my fave leopard items..
Ganni £295
This dress took a lot of consideration to buy, the final push was being invited to the NTAs and as usual having 'nothing' to wear, not exactly true but it was a great excuse. It is the most comfortable, light, easy to wear dress, I have worn it so so many times already and cannot wait to wear it in the summer too with flat tan sandals.
Dress - Ganni £295
Boots - Chloe 
It is a pure silk dress (hence the price) but does not crease and floats over all lumps and bumps!
Moss Copenhagen at Asos £60
This dress is Scandi perfection, just pop a black body underneath or a chunky red jumper over the top, this dress with take you straight through to summer and onto next season..
Asos £38
This gives the Ganni look at a fraction of the price, wear with tan knee high boots now or black opaques and black heels and in the summer with tan sandals.
YAS at Asos £48
Love the wrap and ruffle detail on this skirt, this would look fab with a black poloneck and heels.
Warehouse at Asos £32
A super chic take on the leopard print shirt, love this with black ankle length jeans and white stan smith trainers.
Zara £29.99
An easy way to add a little leopard into your wardrobe, just add a pair of black dungarees and trainers.
Lollys Laundry at Born at Dawn £74.95
Now bear with me with these trousers, they look amazing on, all you need is a black cashmere polo neck and a pair of black pointed heels or team with a pair of trainers. I am not sure how long they are but I will order them and let you know!
Lily and Lionel £300
This is on the super top end of what I would spend but this dress is the most gorgeous shape, I love the plunging but sophisticated neckline and gentle shaping. It is 100% silk crepe so would be light as a feather on.

Scamp and Dude £50
Love these Scamp and Dude sweaters the perfect way to dress down leopard.
Sezane €210
This bag is on my shopping list, the perfect size, very 2018 shape and looks (and is!) expensive.
Dune £70
Sometimes you just need a really great, not too high, pair of leopard court shoes. These ones are THE ones to get, the heel is the perfect height, the toe just pointed enough, wear with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a black poloneck now, in the summer wear with your black summer dresses.
Air and Grace £159
These are the most comfy trainers, like walking on air, I have them and they are such a fab schoolrun, pair of pumps.

There is a round up of all my favourite leopard items on the high street at the moment, such a timeless and cool print, I see my wardrobe soon being dominated by it!

Are you a leopard print fan, do you find you have more and more in your wardrobe? As always I love hearing your thoughts and comments, until next time Fran xxxx