Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Walking on the sunny side of the street thanks to Karen Millen, Reiss, Boden and Whistles

The rest of the family don't believe that I like watching Home and Away and Wild at Heart for the sun but it's true. I would imagine that I am one of very few people to be sad that Wild at Heart has finished but it kept me going through the winter months.

Oh well, I am sure that there is something out there on the High Street that I can look at to remind me of the sun instead. Every cloud and all that...

Earlier on I asked the children to come up wtih an analogy for something that is under-rated. Something that is, if you like, a poor second cousin until you try it - because that's how I feel about yellow.

At first I thought about the Quality Street that are left behind in the tin but then I realised that there's a reason that they are there and it's not because they are under-rated but rather because they're not very nice. Our eldest thought that something that was under-rated until you tried it was divorce - but I decided not to pursue that train of thought any further. Anyway, I think that you get my drift.

Whilst white is without a doubt "the" colour for s/s '13, yellow is a great way of freshening up your wardrobe for the spring. It goes well with navy, white and black and for those who like mixing brighter colours, purple too. Yellow isn't really a colour worn in the winter but, as with the daffodils, the arrival of yellow in the shops heralds the arrival of spring. As the sales end and more new season stock arrives in store I am sure that there will be a wider selection of pieces but here's what's available for now.

So, in no particular order, there's this lovely Karen Millen bowling bag (£225) which I would be very happy to carry around, should it come my way...

Or there's this Boden peplum jacket (£63.30 down from £79). Peplums are something about which I have been very sceptical but this jacket is a mere nod to a peplum, so that's OK. I like the idea of this jacket with some skinny, or slightly scruffy jeans and a white shirt or breton top - rather than as part of a smarter outfit.

This button back jumper £59 from Boden would work well with a denim shirt layered underneath it, or worn simply with a smarter pair of trousers or a skirt - pencil, A-line, flippy or bell shaped, take your pick! The buttons up the back of the jumper make it just that little bit more interesting and it may even work as a cardi too.

This Jinny top from Reiss (£60 down from £120) is more of a trend led piece and great for those who would rather wear yellow on their top half but not next to their skin. This would be really versatile - great for pepping up your jeans with heels for an evening out, or worn with some silky sports-luxe trousers. Whistles has had some great grey ones in the sale. I have it on good authority that there will be 70% off in the Reiss sale as from tomorrow, so it could be worth checking out.

For those wanting just a hint of yellow to their outfit, this Whistles neon lightweight scarf (£45) could be perfect. Jewellery is the obvious other way of incorporating yellow but in a very minor way -  any more minor than that and you would be looking at your undies!

Tomorrow I am shopping in preparation for an event that I will be at on Saturday. Any finds that come my way I will be sure to share with you here!