Friday, 1 April 2016


Well hello and HAPPY SPRING! We are officially into my favourite fashion season of the year. While I adore summer, there's something about that feeling you get when the temperature first begins to warm up, and the horrid grey English clouds start to part and the sun finally starts to shine. That feeling when you just about feel brave enough to go bare legs and maybe even ditch the coat- it's exciting! It makes me feel all brand new, and for me it's when it truly starts to feel like a new year. And even better, it's when I can really start to truly express myself through my fashion! Although there are some redeeming qualities to the cold months- capes, cosy jumpers, chelsea boots and tights and cute winter colours- I always feel slightly suppressed during Winter, and it isn't until Spring when I feel really free and can have proper fun with my clothes. 

I bought this incredible dress earlier on in the year, and have been absolutely dying to wear it but haven't had the chance yet, as it's been far too cold to go bare legged, and black tights don't exactly go. But this month we have FINALLY had some decent weather and I've jumped at the chance to wear this every time the sun has come out. Being totally honest? I probably have been a little optimistic about the bare legs, as even though it's been sunny it hasn't always been warm, but I'm honestly so sick of having to match everything with black tights and boots, that dealing with goosebumps and slight shivering has been totally worth it!

So can we just take a moment to appreciate the sheer beauty of this dress I found by some miracle in Miss Selfridge. It was totally sold out online, and I absolutely stalked  it until I finally found it in House of Fraser Oxford Street in my size and I honestly let out a little squeal. You know that moment when there's only one left on the rail, and your heart is racing and you're just praying it's in your size... and it is! Is there any more triumphant a feeling?! And has there ever been a more perfect dress?! You all know how obsessed I am with the Victoriana trend, and I actually can't cope with how gorgeous this is. Just look at all the lace detail, especially the incredible sheer lace sleeves. Not to mention the amazing pintuck detail on the chest, which makes it the ultimate Victoriana dress. And a high neck, which you know is my favourite trend ever, ever, ever. I love how classic and sophisticated the lace and Victoriana style is, but then how cute and sexy it is with the short length and fit and flare style. And then to finish it all off, it has a gorgeous cutout detail at the back, giving it the flirtatious edge it needed to be just the perfect Spring/Summer dress. I can't even explain to you how this dress makes my heart flutter! It was such a great and unique find, and I'm so impressed with Miss Selfridge for creating such a beautiful, designer looking, piece- you do not look at this dress and think High Street at all.

Now for my bag, which is another love of my life. My Michael Kors blossom saffiano tote. I got this at the beginning of last Summer, but it didn't come out to play all that often, as I was so terrified of marking the beautiful baby pink leather. When I saw this bag, it was love at first sight. I'm a fan of Michael Kors bags anyway, I think they are the perfect choice if you want a 'designer/non high street' bag, but don't have the budget for the likes of Chloe or Chanel etc, as they are super stylish and great quality, yet still fairly affordable compared to other designers. I would absolutely say they are worth the money, as they are incredibly durable, especially compared to some other brands I know that sell poor quality bags at similar price points. I have three, a black and a brown which are amazing every day bags, and have lasted me a long time without taking particularly good care of them in the hustle and bustle of a city, and also weighing them down with far too many things, which is really impressive. And of course this one, which is just sooooooo beautiful! When I saw the baby pink with the gold hardware, it wasn't a case of if, but when! It's like the ideal summer handbag, and I'm going to make sure I take it out a lot more this year. Too cute. 

To accessorise I've worn my Pandora rose gold bracelet, which never leaves my wrist. Aside from it having sentimental value, it's my favourite piece of jewellery. I adore the classic, dainty Pandora chain, and the rose gold clasp with the rose gold heart charm adds femininity and a touch of my own style. I love the "mixed metal" with the rose gold and silver together, and it's just so pretty and elegant. I'm also wearing a pearl bracelet, and a little pearl ring- which I have not taken off since I got it because it's so damn pretty- from a brand I just discovered called Ora Pearls, and they have fast become one of my favourite jewellery brands. All of their pieces are so dainty and elegant, and really modernise classic pieces like pearl bracelets and necklaces that are often associated with grandmas! All the pearls are sourced directly from pearl farming communities all around the world, and the jewellery is handmade in London. This ring has been practically glued to my finger, and I am not a ring person at all. It is the tiniest, daintiest, prettiest ring I've ever seen, and instead of making my finger feel short and fat which is the reason I never wear rings, it really elongates my finger and looks so sophisticated and sexy. And the gorgeous little freshwater pearl gives it a girly and unique finish. Paired with the perfect pink manicure, my hands have been totally on point.

On my feet this month have been these total beauties from Kurt Geiger. I love loafers but it can be hard to find really nice ones that strike a good balance between young and classic. These nude patent loafers are the cutest ones I've come across this year! They bring the perfect amount of glamour to the classic style of shoe. I love the little tassels and of course the gold hardware- you can't really see in the photo but the gold bar on the front has the little circles that are on the Cartier love bracelets! They are so classy and go with any Spring/Summer colours! So, so pretty, and once you've broken them in and been through a few blisters, they're pretty comfortable to wear out and about as well. 

For makeup this month I have been sticking to my usual natural, glow routine. I've been adoring the Becca Backlight Filter Primer, it really is incredible and gives your skin the most radiant glow- it's literally like you've melted pearls onto your face! For lipstick I haven't been able to stop using the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipstick in the new shade 44. These lipsticks are just gorgeous, and this shade is the perfect pinky nude which you know I love! I wrote a full review on the lipsticks, you can read it here. Perfume wise, I've been loving Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel. I got it for Christmas after wanting it for absolutely ages, and it's so lovely. It's a really light, fresh but sexy fragrance. Youthful sophistication- my favourite :)

I hope you enjoyed this months style diary! Make sure you leave me a comment if you've seen anything you think I'll love, and as always you can shop the post by clicking on the little pictures below. Be sure to follow me on bloglovin to keep up with my blog posts!

Lots of love,
Freds x

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