Sunday, 11 December 2016

THE ONE THAT WALKED STRAIGHT OUT OF MY DREAMS



Hey everyone, and thank you for checking back to freddymylove.co.uk for another Winter outfit post. This post was actually completely spontaneous and unplanned! I was on my way out of the house to meet some friends and go to a few blogger events, when I realised I'd stepped out in pretty much the same outfit (minus the heels, I'll be honest!) almost every day in the last week, and it really deserved some attention on the blog, as it features a few of my favourite pieces I've ever had! I know I always say the new things I buy are my favourite things I've ever bought, and then in the next post I say it again, but it's truly always how I feel! It's like falling in love. Once you're in love with a person, you can't imagine life without them, and you can't understand how you lived life before without them. Well that's how I feel about the clothes and accessories I buy! Not dramatic at all... 


First of course, we need to talk about the coat. OH MY. This coat honestly walked out of my dreams. If I was a coat, this would be me. Of course it's by my absolute favourite brand, Ted Baker. I actually saw a sample of it in the showroom at the press day back in April and TOTALLY fell in love, but I had to wait for it to become current season and it was the one and only saving grace of Summer ending and Winter starting for me! It is the most gorgeous coat I have ever owned. I love the super on-trend colour block style; if you asked me which two colours in the world I'd like to pair for a two tone winter coat, it would be these two! I love how the soft (*faux) fur panels give it an almost Russian "Nutcracker Ballet" look, making it so unique and ultra elegant. I also can't express to you how many compliments I receive when I wear this, from friends and strangers alike! One fellow shopper in Selfridges last week commented "I wish I could find something that special in England" and I was like guuuuuuuurl!!! (She was actually not a girl, she appeared to be a well seasoned shopper into her fifties, and I did not really say "guuuuuuurl" but you get the sentiment!). At a slightly higher price tag, I intended for this to be my "special occasion coat". But of course in true Freddy style, it's obviously just become my every day coat, and there is a moment each day when I step out of my door; a small flicker of doubt of whether it's perhaps slightly over the top for going to the Post Office to pick up my parcels for example. But like I said, just a flicker, and the thought always seems to pass very swiftly ;) Not only is it perfectly stylish and feminine, but it's also seriously warm and cosy, with the exception of the three-quarter length sleeves, but what are freezing cold wrists in the face of fashion? And anyway, all the more opportunity to show off my latest favourite wrist accessory...


How beautiful is this rose gold mesh watch by Olivia Burton. Over the last year I have fallen in love with Olivia Burton watches. They are pretty much my ideal watch brand, combining current trends with vintage, feminine style. They only launched in 2012, but have already become an iconic brand, stocked in Topshop, Selfridges, John Lewis and Asos to name a few. I can spot their flawlessly pretty and stylish designs a mile off, which speaks volumes of their branding and design etc, and they really are the perfect classic accompaniment to an outfit. You know when you really like something, but there's pretty much always something small you'd change about it? Like, ah it's lovely but it would have looked so much nicer in rose gold, or with a slimmer strap. Nope, not Olivia Burton. IMO they literally get it spot on every time. The big, white face and rose gold mesh strap of this watch is statement enough to catch an eye, but understated enough to remain classy. Rose gold has gradually sneaked it's way into every aspect of my wardrobe, so the watch pretty much goes with everything I have. I love the gorgeous little details like the multi-dial on the face, and the Olivia Burton branding engraved on the inside. At a higher price point than the average high street watch, but far below those of luxury timepieces, it's the perfect affordable luxury. It's so bright and shiny and eye-catching, but so perfectly classic and elegant, a total staple accessory!


Now moving on to the new bag of my life. I know, I know. I say it every time. But this reallyyyyyyyy is one of my favourite things I've ever bought! I actually saw this beautiful cream bag by Dune months ago, but it was at a time when I'd just done a tonne of shopping, and I really felt like I couldn't buy anymore, so I made a mental note to come back to it. And thank goodness I did! I've been taking this bag out every day. I'm the kind of girl that likes to take a huge tote bag out with me, and stuff it full with every essential a girl might need (and most of the time, does not need) outside of the house. Little boxy crossbody's like this are usually strictly for evenings out alone. But recently this beauty has had me ditching my every day handbags and reaching for this instead. Practicalities first. It fits everything I actually need for a short day out. Phone, purse, keys, charger, compact tangle teezer and a small selection of makeup for touch ups. And it's amazing how much more enjoyable a day can be without a heavy tote bag giving you a painful shoulder and spoiling everything. The quality also feels outstanding, which is really impressive for it's modest high street price tag. Now let's just talk about how damn beautiful and luxury-looking this bag is? It's the most gorgeous blush nude (synthetic) saffiano leather-look material, and the incredible gold chain and tassel is reminiscent of one of my most coveted bags, the Saint Laurent kate monogram shoulder bag- which will one day be on the blog but for now remains in my dreams. Meanwhile, this Dune dupe is perfect. Pinky-cream and gold are my absolute favourite combo, and this little bag is so feminine and effortlessly chic. Aside from it's classic style, it's best attribute is that it is the ideal day to night bag. This can be dressed down with a casual top and skirt/jeans like you'll see below, or dressed up with a cocktail dress and heels, and it looks perfect with EVERYTHING. It's so pretty, I don't even put it away in my wardrobe with my other bags, I've been displaying it in my room! Dune, I bow down to you. For me this is one of the best high street finds of the year!


So now we (reluctantly) remove the coat and see what's underneath. I found this gorgeous nude pink lace top on a recent spontaneous trip to Zara, and knew it had to be mine! Of course I love the colour, and when I find an item of clothing in this colour I know it's going to be worth it, as it will go with everything I have. The frill sleeves and high neck are a nod to the amazing Victoriana trend which is one of my favourites, and the structured cut-out lace is very Self Portrait - esque, but of course at a mere fraction of the cost. Very current, in-keeping with current trends yet still very modest, classic and girly, Zara did so well with this one! Tip: the front is lined but the back isn't, so avoid faux pas' by wearing a nude lacy bralette to blend in nicely, not a white Calvin Klein bra like this silly one here, whoops!

I've paired the top with this cute grey pleated skirt form New Look. Although I really do love how this looks, I cannot gush about it the way I have with everything else. It looks great, but the material does feel cheap, and the fit is really bad. It claims to be a high waisted skirt, but I'm wearing a size 6 and have had to pin it into place to keep it from falling down :( however, I do really like how it looks when it's fitted properly, and everyone's waist is a different size so don't let me put you off. I love the structured pleats on this skirt, the kind of schoolgirl/kilt style that I'm so fond of. The material is a textured knit effect, which is super cute and wintery and more interesting than something plain grey. I LOVE how these two look paired together. It's just the smart casual, feminine chic style that I just love so, so much. 


And finally for shoes. I must admit, these have not been my every day shoes, but I wanted to feature them anyhow as they are so, so gorgeous and perfect for festive, winter events. They are my new Kurt Geiger court shoes. I love how KG have made an on trend update on the classic court shoe. The wide block heel, the cute ankle strap and of course the sexy black velvet. All of which, I adore. Another perfect transitional day-to-night shoe, gorgeous for a party but also don't look at all out of place with my casual daytime top and skirt ensemble. And bonus, they are currently on sale, so be sure to grab yours before they sell out!


I hope you enjoyed this post! After I'm finished writing I'm always stunned at how much I've managed to write about one outfit; passion for fashion right there! As always, you can shop the post by clicking on the links throughout, or by clicking on the lil' pics below. Stay tuned and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin' to stay up to date with my posts- I have two more fab outfit posts scheduled for December... then it will be 2017 and a few things may be changing. I know I've been promising it for a while, but it's finally happening and I can't wait. 

See you soon!
Freds
x

PHOTO CREDIT: OSCAR MAY 



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