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GUCCI bags……for kids

Now don’t get me wrong, I love a designer bag as much as the next mum but the thought of my child using one to carry Ariel the mermaid, half eaten rice cakes and Squeaks latest obsession of holding stones in her hands makes me feel a little nervous.

Starting at £300 I’m not sure I would be over keen on her putting it over the handle bars of her pink scooter and scooting off down the street. I guess I don’t live in the right city, I’m sure in the glamorous hills of Hollywood this kind of children’s status symbol is a very common sight. As fashion designed objects it’s not that I don’t like the look of them but I can’t help remembering how beautifully innocent my school/gym bags were that my mum use to hand sew for me and yes my name was embroidered in it.

If you are looking for a new school, gym or weekend bag for your little ‘princess’ then check out GUCCI they look as good as the grown up versions. Although the frog is my personal favourite, at least it represents some kind of design fun for kids.

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Craving Culottes

Parentalstyle has a New Year resolution and that is to commit to wearing the culotte. Oh and I must stop eating family size bars of chocolate (note to self). The new bottom option for your wardrobe has been seen from the big guns on the catwalk and now as always can be found in many high-street retailers.

A quick history lesson into the trouser meets skirt garment: Culottes is a word that originated in the French language. Historically, “culottes” referred to the knee-breeches commonly worn by gentlemen of the European upper-classes from the late Middle Ages or the Renaissance through the early nineteenth century. 

I have already purchased two pairs of culottes and was lucky enough to adopt the fashion trend a couple of months ago from the DVF sale. I went for a classic black pair and then a more fashion forward emerald green. Looks great with knee-high boots, ankle boots and heels of all heights. Also looking forward to wearing with sun kissed legs and sandals as soon as the British weather will allow.

To help convince you I have sourced some great options and inspiration images to encourage a genuine craving for culottes too. Go on, give them chance.

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Labour of Love available at Farfetch £130 now with 30% off

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Roksanda Ilinic available at Net-A-Porter.com £870

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Black premium satin available at Topshop £55

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Miguelina broderie anglaise available at Net-A-Porter £190 (love these)

 

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The Red shoes

I’ve always had a sweet soft spot for red shoes and take it from me they work with more outfits then you probably think. Denim is an obvious choice but try with navy, white and black but also works lovely with the other primary colours.

This fabulous pair of open toe ankle boots from Maison Martin Margiela would be a wonderful addition to my/your wardrobe and would stylishly do the trick from thick black opaque Winter tights to Spring time bare legs. If you fancy a splurge visit Matches to make a purchase. Although the £510 price tag may seem a little extravagant on a pair of red shoes as you might well think black would be more of a sensible buy. But who wants sensible, we are talking fashion here.

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Ebay Swiper

I tend to go in phases of spending an unhealthy amount of time perusing the pages of Ebay for fashion finds. The problem I find is I foolishly think I will have a quick look for something then find myself five hours later still logged on and watching anything from one to a hundred items.

This got me to thinking, do people make a living out of searching for particular items for people, a kind of personal Ebay shopper?  It would save a lot of time searching and lets face it there are some amazing finds to be had through Ebay. Today I managed to bag a Kenzo dress for an absolute bargain and I have my eye on a few more things but of course I’m not saying what, I want to win!

However, I have put a potential outfit together that could be a Christmas present to yourself. A green velvet jacket Zara and a bargain, both green and velvet will mean you are hitting two trends in one. An embellished dress by Alice Temperley with green details to tie in with jacket, designer gorgeous shoes by Christian Louboutin and a unique vintage handbag with cute gold details. Throw it altogether and hey presto an affordable stylish look.

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All items have a ‘Buy Now’ offer.

Hope they are your size and Happy bidding x

Sample sale McQueen

So braved the queues today for the Alexander McQueen sample sale with Squeak and another mum and child in tow. Stood for one and half hours to get in, then once inside friend and I realised that trying to shop in an oversubscribed space with toddlers was not that great of an idea.

Walked out with no shopping bags but may attempt to go back solo. Was hoping to find the following pieces but was out of luck.

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Delfina Delettrez gems at Dover Street Market

Spotted these gems from Delfina Delettrez.

A fourth generation Fendi, Delfina Delettrez drew on her creative passion for fashion and accessories to create her eponymous label in 2007. Combining organic materials with polished metals and precious gemstones, her collections are a bold fusion of romance and glamour, perfect for adding a distinctly opulent edge to your look.

Loving these hair slides and single earrings all available from Dover Street Market if like me you resisted popping along to the Dover Street sample today, silly very very silly.

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THU THU a brand with a point of difference

I have to come clean here THU THU is a brand I was not aware of until today, which surprises me as it’s flipping good.

They have a real interesting story behind the essence of it’s originality. I think you will agree although you can see a trend lead story in the collection but when I read more about their inspirations I saw a clear indication as to why the designs have a unique point of difference, which personally I sometimes find hard to spot in a lot of the fashion brands I see every day.

Find THU THU at Browns Focus, Matches and Harvey Nichols.

This is what they say…

THU THU IS THE LABEL OF DESIGNER THUY DUONG NGUYEN. BORN IN VIETNAM BEFORE MOVING TO GERMANY AT AN EARLY AGE, SHE HAS BEEN INFLUENCED BY TWO STRONG CULTURAL FORCES. HER DESIGNS EFFORTLESSLY UNITE WESTERN STYLE WITH THE CHARM AND INTRICACY OF THE FAR EAST, CREATING PIECES THAT ALIGN WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE YOUNG GENERATION. HANDCRAFTED VIETNAMESE EMBROIDERIES FEATURE IN INNOVATIVE FABRIC CONTRASTS, CREATING PIECES THAT EXUDE CONFIDENT FEMININITY AND LIGHTNESS OF BEING. IN EXPLORING THE AFFINITIES BETWEEN TRADITIONAL RURAL TEXTILES AND CONTEMPORARY CUTS, THU THU CONSTRUCTS A NEW URBAN AESTHETIC THAT CONTAINS ECHOES OF DISTANT PLACES AND OLDER TIMES.

BEYOND THE FABRIC    THE STRIKING FABRIC FEATURED IN THU THU DESIGN IS SOURCED FROM VINTAGE SKIRTS AND BLANKETS IN SAPA, A MOUNTAINOUS REGION IN NORTH VIETNAM. MADE BY WOMEN OF THE H’MONG ETHNIC GROUP WHEN A NEW BABY IS BORN, THEY TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO COMPLETE. THE FABRIC IS PRODUCED USING LOCALLY SOURCED NATURAL DYES SUCH AS BEESWAX AND INDIGO, CREATING LONG STRANDS WHICH ARE USED TO WEAVE SHORT CROSSES AND INTRICATE GEOMETRIC EMBROIDERIES. THESE SIT ALONGSIDE PANELS OF BLOCK COLOUR AND FLORAL PRINT TO PRODUCE PIECES THAT ARE IMPRESSIVE AND PLAYFUL, REFLECTING BOTH LOCAL TRADITION, A WOMAN’S CHARACTER AND THE WORLD AROUND HER.

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